Saturday, June 6, 2015

Republicans wield the power of the purse to block Obama's gun regs

Legislation to fund the Justice Department is chock full of GOP-backed language designed to keep the Obama administration from moving ahead with gun control regulations.

The Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill, which cruised through the House this week, contains several provisions directed squarely at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) rule-making authority.

Under the measure, the ATF would be prohibited from banning certain forms of armor-piercing ammunition or blocking the importation of military-style shotguns. Another provision would block federal agents from creating what critics say is a gun registry.

American Pharoah Wins The #TripleCrown

Today is the Anniversary of D-Day

Edward Snowden hails the end of the PATRIOT Act in a New York Times op-ed

R.I.P. Beau Biden

Australian foreign minister says Isil is using chemical weapons

Islamic State militants have used chlorine as a weapon and are recruiting highly trained technicians in a serious bid to develop chemical weapons, Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has warned.

In a speech to an international forum of nations that works to fight the spread of such weapons, Ms Bishop said the rise of militant groups such as Isil, also known as Daesh, posed "one of the gravest security threats we face today."

Free Beacon CATCHES New York Times getting Rubio hit from Democratic opposition research firm!

California Senate terminates ride service for lawmakers

Reuters: GOP Field Too Diverse for Ted Cruz to ‘Catch Fire’ with Latinos

...To Latinos, Cruz often feels more like an afterthought. And while that’s largely attributed to his hard-right stance on immigration reform, prominent Hispanic conservatives offered insight as to why his problems with Latinos run deeper. Rubio, they said, has embraced his ethnic identity in a way that Cruz, who speaks little Spanish, has not or will not.
What they’re essentially saying is that the field’s diversity makes it difficult for Cruz to be a token, which is the Democrats’ approach to such things.

All of that “blah, blah” about the embrace of his identity and Spanish speaking skills is only brought up because he is a Republican. The two Latino golden boys of the Democratic party at the moment are Julián and Joaquín Castro are still at the “¿Dónde está el baño por favor?” stage of their Spanish learning development. If that’s the litmus test, I’d be the ranking Latino if the three of us were hanging out. Also, if either Cruz or Rubio make it onto the GOP ticket, Joaquín Castro will almost certainly be given the Veep slot on the Democrat ticket because of the aforementioned leftist tokenism when it comes to race and ethnicity.

Cruz embraces being an American, and we all know how that irritates leftists.

Friday, June 5, 2015

AP: Saudi Arabia says it shot down Scud missile fired into kingdom by Yemen Shiite rebels, allies


Anita Perry talks 2012, Rick’s glasses, and how her husband has grown since his last presidential campaign

After a secret trial, 8 of the 10 men jailed for shooting Malala Yousafzai have been released

...Just two militants accused of the attempted murder of the Pakistani schoolgirl have been convicted and are currently serving the 25 year sentence that the Pakistani authorities claimed had been given to all 10 suspects. All 10 men are believed to be members of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terror group.

"10 men are not behind bars, as the Pakistani authorities would have us believe. That is a big lie," a security official told the Daily Mirror.

...In April, a Pakistani judge found all 10 men guilty of the "planning and execution" of the 2012 assassination attempt which left the education activist seriously wounded. Then 14-year-old, she was shot in the head while travelling on a bus to her school in Pakistan's Swat Valley. She was flown to Birmingham in Britain for emergency surgery and she remains in the country today.

Malala, now 17, won the Nobel Peace Prize last year and shared the award with child human rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. She also donated her £50,000 (€68,200 ) prize money for winning the World's Children's Prize to the reconstruction of United Nations schools damaged by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) in last summer's Gaza conflict.

Last year, the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for a massacre at a school in Peshawar, in which a number of the group's militants stormed the building wearing suicide vests, killing 141 people, including 132 children. In response to the attack, Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif reinstated the death penalty for terrorism cases, resulting in a number of executions.

Scott Walker: Over 20 years, every $1 invested (capped at $80 million) leads to $3 in return

Thursday, June 4, 2015

California legislature:

ISIS boasts of smuggling nuke from Pakistan through 'porous border' with Mexico

The Islamic State's propaganda magazine says the terrorist group could purchase a nuclear weapon in Pakistan and smuggle it through Latin American trafficking networks and into the United States through its "porous border," the same way "'illegal' aliens in America" arrive.

This "sum of all fears for Western intelligence agencies" scenario is "infinitely more possible today than it was one year ago," claimed the article in Dabiq, which was published late May.

"Drug shipments from Columbia [sic] bound for Europe pass through West Africa, so moving other types of contraband from East to West is just as possible," postulates the article.

After transportation through Central America, "It's just a quick hop through a smuggling tunnel and hey presto, they're mingling with another 12 million 'illegal' aliens in America with a nuclear bomb in the trunk of their car."

Israelis and Saudis Reveal Secret Talks to Thwart Iran

This week in a nutshell: Leftist writers praise Bruce Jenner's courage, but have no clue who Marcus Luttrell is

Rick Perry Is In

James O’Keefe exposes how the VA is turning Veterans into DRUG ADDICTS

I have yet to hear a single person say of any male candidate that they are “only running for Vice President.”

More price hikes expected thanks to Obamacare, but the White House doesn’t care

The Qataris denied the Guardian report, while the Clintons said that philanthropy shouldn’t sit in judgment on its benefactors. That’s probably what they hope voters will think about politics too

WaPo: Say, those Qatari donations to the Clinton Foundation seem suspect - HotAir

...the problem for the Clintons is that all of these corrupt relationships cross traditional liberal constituencies. It’s tough to be pro-LGBT if you’re enabling regimes that throw gays off of rooftops, and it’s tough to be pro-worker when you’re shaking hands with people who are killing them by the dozen to build sports stadiums as monuments to their rule.

It might get worse for anyone associated with FIFA, perhaps including the Clintons. Former FIFA VP Jack Warner, arrested in the bribery probe, bought a political ad on Trinidad television to announce that he’s going to spill the beans on all the corruption in soccer — and that he fears for his life in doing so:
“I will no longer keep secrets for them who actively seek to destroy the country,” said Warner, who was held in jail overnight last week, but was later released on bail.


61% believe it's very or somewhat likely the Clintons sold influence

White House memo has had 'chilling effect' on release of documents to public

Launching a two-day hearing on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) blasted an email that directs federal agencies to consult with President Obama’s general counsel following any document request that could involve the White House.

“If you’ve got the yahoos at the White House having to review every document that falls under FOIA,” Chaffetz said. “This is the heart of the backlog.”

The memo, dated April 2009, applies to any documents that may have “White House equities.” Chaffetz suggested the memo is being used as an excuse to delay the release of documents.
“No, no, no, don’t fulfill the FOIA request,” Chaffetz said of the memo. “Send it here to the White House. We have equities! The White House equities!”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said the memo has made federal employees fearful of crossing the White House.


The Earth is sick!
Gaia, the Earth is sick!
From the fever of poisoned air,
From the effect of greenhouse gases;

She suffers from “desertification”,
As if her vegetable skin has dried up; She is sick From the gradual increase of the cities, Spreading like a cancer,
And the spiralling density of her populations!

f you can stand it, there’s ◼ a website for the production...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


Snowden gives 'cautious praise' but says USA Freedom Act 'not enough'...

Crowd gathers in Iraq to watch ISIS throw gay man from rooftop


Why the new Washington Post/ABC News poll is good news for Marco Rubio

Democrats consider filibuster of huge defense bill

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Top pro-Elizabeth Warren group says she’s out

Deepening scandal

U.S. Tightens Airport Security After Screeners Fail Undercover Tests

Key House committee votes to repeal parts of ObamaCare

NSA -- Not So Authorized

Are the American people really going to let @HillaryClinton get away with ANOTHER scandal?
How many can they ignore?

“New FBI official: Terror threat in Ohio is surprising,”

The new head of the FBI's wide-ranging Cincinnati division says the threat of homegrown terrorists in her native state is surprising and scary. - AP

Byers told The Associated Press in an interview she was surprised at the threat level in Ohio, and she suspects many people in the Midwest don't realize that "violent extremists" can pop up anywhere.

"It's scary. And it's scary to us. I'm not sure the general public quite gets the gravity of it," she said.

She said counterterrorism efforts are ongoing in her office, although she couldn't comment on any possible other cases.

"It seems like once we get one guy, another guy pops up high on the radar," she said. "We just keep moving from one to the next."

FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over cities...

FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over cities - AP
The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned.

The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency flew above more than 30 cities in 11 states across the country, an AP review found.

Aerial surveillance represents a changing frontier for law enforcement, providing what the government maintains is an important tool in criminal, terrorism or intelligence probes. But the program raises questions about whether there should be updated policies protecting civil liberties as new technologies pose intrusive opportunities for government spying.
Planes carrying video, cellphone snooping technology
Hidden behind fictitious govt 'front' companies

Major GOP donor to hold Rubio fundraiser

Coveted Republican donor Bob Pence and his wife are set to host a fundraiser for Sen. Marco Rubio at their Washington home a little over two weeks from now.


WikiLeaks announces $100K bounty for trade deal text

Monday, June 1, 2015

Meanwhile on the #IranDeal...

Why We Can't Trust the #NSA (And Why That's a Crisis)

Insurers eye steep ObamaCare hikes for 2016

Lindsey Graham Announces Presidential Bid.

The #CallMeCaitlyn cover shot has lots of people talking

The jihadist group has handed out leaflets in their stronghold of Mosul in recent weeks announcing that full beards become compulsory on June 1 and explaining why shaving is punishable.

There's an effort in the Legislature right now to raise gas taxes - despite that California already has some of the nation's highest gas taxes.

More Pain at the Pump - Jon Coupal/Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Sacramento is about to launch a new attack in its ongoing war on drivers.

California’s 48.6 cent gas tax already ranks second out of 50 states –- the feds take another 18.4 cents — and when the hidden carbon tax, part of the cap-and-trade program, is factored in, our state leads the pack by a wide margin. But this is not nearly enough, according to the political class.

Sen. Jim Beall is building a coalition of both Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature to hike gas taxes along with vehicle license fees and registration.

The San Jose lawmaker’s Senate Bill 16 slams taxpayers in three ways. First, it would raise at least $3 billion annually by increasing the gas tax by another 10 cents a gallon. Second, it would hike the vehicle license fee, which is based on value, by more than 50 percent over 5 years. Third, it would increase the cost to register a vehicle by over 80 percent.

Although the backers of the SB 16 tax increase say it is vital to make up the claimed $59 billion backlog in roadway maintenance, some of the funds are slated to go to repaying transportation bonds that, when passed, were to be paid from the general fund. This means that not all of the new revenue will go to the stated intent of fixing roads and highways.

Whatever the actual dollar amount of the backlog in roadway maintenance, this shortfall is the result of previous diversions of gas tax and truck weight revenue to budget items that have no direct impact on road improvement, and Beall’s bill would allow this practice to continue.

...Gas prices in California are already tops in the nation. If taxes are increased again, every motorist should be given a railroad engineer’s cap compliments of Sacramento lawmakers and the governor because the extra they pay will free up money, which could have been used for roads, to be spent on their pet train. KEEP READING

BREAKING NEWS: The Patriot Act has expired.