Saturday, July 5, 2014
"Sadly, the U.S. wasn’t even close to being in the top 10 countries with the highest level of satisfaction with their amount of freedom."
In recent years Americans have been feeling less satisfied with their amount of freedom. In fact, Gallup recently released a poll that reveals this trend.
The poll shows that 79 percent of Americans are satisfied with their freedom to choose what to do with their lives—down from 91 percent in 2006. At the same time, Americans’ dissatisfaction with the freedom to choose what to do with their lives rose from 9 percent to 21 percent.
Sadly, the U.S. wasn’t even close to being in the top 10 countries with the highest level of satisfaction with their amount of freedom. It came in 36th. But it tied with Spain (9th) on the list of countries with the greatest level of decline in satisfaction with freedom. Other notable countries include Egypt (34 percent decline), Greece (30 percent), and Pakistan (13 percent).The U.S. isn’t in good company here.
◼ Box Office Mojo - 2016: Obama's America via America The Movie
“Not only is it unconstitutional, but the administration has no authority to enter into such a relationship,” von Spakovsky said. “It is a sign of how the Obama administration believes in official discrimination and sanctions it. They continue to divide up our country and raise the walls between different races. I find it disgusting that they want to do this.”
HONOLULU—A proposal by the Obama administration to create a new relationship with ethnic Hawaiians may have backfired.
The U.S. Department of Interior is holding a series of hearings about the plan, which, it said in a statement, would determine “the best path forward for honoring the trust relationship that Congress has created specifically to benefit Native Hawaiians.”
...Hawaiian activist Bumpy Kanahele, who heads the organization Nation of Hawaii, told Interior officials: “We don’t need you to come in to tell us how to govern ourselves. Let us figure it out.”
University of Hawaii Hawaiian studies professor Jonathan Osorio said the feds shouldn’t intervene and impose additional “aggression upon our nation.”
While the debate is stirring up an already racially divided community, constitutional experts argue President Obama and the Department of Interior have no legal right to create such a relationship and has no business holding these hearings in the first place....
“The current effort to recognize a separate ethnic tribe by the Department of the Interior is unconstitutional because, under the Constitution, it is the Congress that has the plenary power to recognize tribes and ratify treaties,” Lilly said. “That power does not reside in the executive branch of the federal government or with the various states. So the current effort aimed at creating a tribe of Hawaiians has no legal basis.”
It is unprecedented and deeply strange. And, because the world is watching and calculating, unbelievably dangerous.
I don't know if we sufficiently understand how weird and strange, how historically unparalleled, this presidency has become. We've got a sitting president who was just judged in a major poll to be the worst since World War II. The worst president in 70 years! Quinnipiac University's respondents also said, by 54% to 44%, that the Obama administration is not competent to run the government. A Zogby Analytics survey asked if respondents are proud or ashamed of the president. Those under 50 were proud, while those over 50, who have of course the longest experienced sense of American history, were ashamed.
We all know the reasons behind the numbers....
On his state trip to Italy in the spring, he asked to spend time with "interesting Italians." They were wealthy, famous. The dinner went for four hours. The next morning his staff were briefing him for a "60 Minutes" interview about Ukraine and health care. "One aide paraphrased Obama's response: 'Just last night I was talking about life and art, big interesting things, and now we're back to the minuscule things on politics.' ''
Minuscule? Politics is his job.
When the crisis in Ukraine escalated in March, White House aides wondered if Mr. Obama should cancel a planned weekend golf getaway in Florida. He went. At the "lush Ocean Reef Club," he reportedly told his dinner companions: "I needed this. I needed the golf. I needed to laugh. I needed to spend time with friends."
You get the impression his needs are pretty important in his hierarchy of concerns....
It is weird to have a president who has given up. So many young journalists diligently covering this White House, especially those for whom it is their first, think what they're seeing is normal.
It is not. It is unprecedented and deeply strange. And, because the world is watching and calculating, unbelievably dangerous.
Obama’s attempt to provide immigration refugee camps in California (and elsewhere) is proving to be politically quite toxic. While the immigration wave was contained to deep red Texas there was no major upheaval in the balance of power in the US. But as that wave spreads out, there will be repurcussions.
Obama’s federal guards are forcing communities to take in tens of thousands of undocumented people of questionable background and intent (here I mean we have no idea if these people are criminals, free loaders, wanting a better life or just visiting family). This heavy hand action is producing heated resistance:If this type of reaction begins repeating across the country that would be amazing. And it probably will.
The transfer and release of the migrants has created a strong divide between those who want to help and those who don’t want them here at all. Protesters blocked buses that were supposed to arrive at a Murrieta border patrol center on Tuesday.
“When the buses come, you are going to see Americans that are willing to throw themselves under the bus, that’s what you are going to see,” demostrator Greg Allison said ahead of the migrants’ arrival. “I don’t care if I lose a limb. Even if the buses get past me and I lose a limb, guess what? The rest of the country is going to take notice.”
But let’s focus on California and how that state will react. I think Obama and his liberal sycophants misunderstand how California thinks as a community. Yes, they are liberal and hate all things Bush and Tea Party (mostly because they are very naive about such topics). But they are not open border types – not at all....
Californians DO NOT want more immigrants coming in. Only 18% support that idea. 71% prefer to keep the levels the same or reduce them. This 71% will not like what is happening with the flood of refugees coming into their state, consuming their resources. Read the rest!
Twice in the past week, President Obama has needled Republicans in the House of Representatives by saying that while he's doing his job, the GOP House is "not doing anything." The first time was when he was in Minneapolis to spend a "day in the life" of Rebekah, a mother concerned about making ends meet:
And, now, some of you may have read -- so we take these actions and then now Republicans are mad at me for taking these actions. They’re not doing anything, and then they’re mad that I’m doing something.While the significance of the bills passed by the House and Senate may be debated, and while the president's frustrations with the House center around legislation (such as comprehensive immigration reform) where wide differences separate the parties, the numbers indicate that it's not so much that the GOP House isn't "doing anything"; the GOP is just not doing what the president wants.
Friday, July 4, 2014
◼ Not ONE NATION among many OTHER NATIONS, an EXTRAORDINARY NATION and a BEACON OF FREEDOM for ALL - Ramirez Editorial Cartoons/IBD
◼ Be safe today, Humboldt. Here's where all the public fireworks are happening - LoCo
◼ Eureka fireworks ready for blast-off: Behind the scenes of the show - TS
"It's a very American-oriented theme," Motroni said. "A lot of red, a lot of white, a lot of blue."◼ Eureka Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks
Five city blocks packed with more than 100 vendors, live music on two stages, classic cars, kids' activities and firetrucks. The fireworks display starts over the bay at 10 p.m.◼ Madaket Under the Fireworks Cruise 9:30-10:45 p.m.
Reservations required. $45◼ Arcata Fourth of July Jubilee - NCJ
More than 60 arts and crafts booths, music, food and a kids' zone, featuring games, crafts and face painting. Samba Quente performs at noon. Arcata Plaza◼ Humboldt Crabs Baseball
12:30 p.m., Arcata Ball Park Ninth and F streets, Arcata $8 adults, $6 students and seniors, $4 kids under 12◼ Ferndale Main Street - NCJ
Fire engine rides are from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by the parade. After the parade, enjoy a picnic and the Broadway Americana musical revue. The fairgrounds open at 7 p.m. for fireworks at dark.◼ Benbow Fireworks - NCJ
The annual fireworks display with plenty of oohs and ahhs. $8 day-use fee
◼ For some Americans, July 4th is a day for pretend patriotism - Twitchy
◼ For others: ‘So grateful’: Conservative immigrant Kira Davis on what Independence Day means to her [video] - Twitchy
◼ Dinesh D’Souza takes on Obama, Hillary, Saul Alinsky, and Howard Zinn in a single bold film. - JOHN FUND/National Review
The Fourth of July weekend is coming up, and this year you can do something other than fireworks and a barbecue to celebrate our nation’s freedom.◼ Is America a Source of Pride, as Americans Have Long Believed … or Shame, as Liberals Insist? - By the Makers of Dinesh D’Souza’s America/National Review
Dinesh D’Souza, the controversial social commentator who shook up Hollywood with the $33 million earned by the theatrical release of his Obama 2016, is back with a more polished and more powerful message.
At one level, his message in America: Imagine a World Without Her is deeply pessimistic: “The American dream is shrinking because some of our leaders want it to shrink. Decline, in other words, has become a policy objective. And if this decline continues at the current pace, America as we know it will cease to exist. In effect, we will have committed national suicide.”
But most people will leave the theater with a more optimistic conclusion: Much of the criticism of America taught in the nation’s schools is easily refuted, America is worth saving, and we have the tools to do so in our DNA, just waiting to be harnessed.
New York Times bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza and Schindler’s List producer Gerald Molen share alarm at how these destructive accusations are taught in schools, preached by Hollywood, and are setting policy in today’s baffling, confused White House. Obama sees Americans as “greedy, selfish, materialistic” — needing to be punished and subdued.◼ Indomitable D’Souza Produces Powerful America - Klavan On The Culture/PJMedia
No, Americans are the most wonderful, moral people in the world, says D’Souza — and history proves his passion, which he celebrates in this astonishing, entertaining movie, America: Imagine a World without Her.
◼ L.A. ROLLS OUT THE RED CARPET FOR DINESH D'SOUZA'S 'AMERICA' PREMIERE - Breitbart
The film, produced by the Academy-award winning producer of Schindler’s List Gerald Molen and D'Souza, takes viewers through the pivotal moments in American history, led by the men who carved out the country's stake in the world and turned her from a unconquered continent to a superpower.
America promises to bring audiences "face-to-face with the heroes who built America, in the times in which they lived, bled, and sacrificed in order to build a great nation."
"You’ll be there as Columbus sets foot on American soil, as bullets whiz by Washington’s head, as Douglass demands that America live up to the promises of her Founding Fathers, and as Lincoln sacrifices thousands of lives, including his own, to right a great wrong of history," the studio announced.
"America" premieres July 2. To demand that a theater near you show "America,"
click here: ◼ http://demandthemovie.dineshdsouza.com.
◼ ‘Facts are stubborn things’: Dinesh D’Souza debates Bill Ayers [video] - Twitchy
Thursday, July 3, 2014
◼ ‘You Sound Like Osama bin Laden’: Megyn Kelly Goes Toe-to-Toe with Bill Ayers - Josh Feldman/Mediaite
◼ Megyn Kelly Calls Out Bill Ayers in a Big Way During Highly Anticipated Interview: ‘It’s in Your Book!’ - The Blaze
One of the most interesting moments came after Kelly confronted Ayers about the Weather Underground’s suspected involvement in the bombing of Judge John Murtaugh’s home in 1970. At the time, Murtaugh, who was judging a case involving the Black Panthers, was in the home with his 9-year-old son.◼ Megyn Kelly Takes on Bill Ayers: ‘You Sound Like Osama Bin Laden’ - FOX
◼ Highlights: Megyn Kelly's Exclusive Interview With Bill Ayers - Townhall
◼ What Was Bill Ayers Thinking During His Megyn Kelly Interview? - Newshounds
◼ In the fight to bring illegal immigrants into the United States, the voices of Murrieta citizens will not be silenced! - LAURA INGRAHAM
VIDEO: Watch Murrieta citizens stand up to law enforcement officials at a town hall meeting where many were not even allowed inside.
◼ Democratic Governor Jerry Brown once fought to keep out South Vietnamese refugees from being delivered to his state during his first stint as governor of California in the 1970’s, and although he remains silent on the crisis that is happening on the southern border of his state, Brown’s position, via legislation previously signed, on illegal immigrants from Mexico, Central and South America is much more favorable than the cool response he gave to the Vietnamese refugees who had escaped the tyrannical Viet Cong. - Breitbart
TOWN BRACES FOR MIGRANT DUMPING BACKLASH...
'Repatriate the aliens!'
Protesters urn back busloads of illegals...
FEDS SUE COMPANY FOR ENGLISH REQUIREMENT...
HHS BARS CONGRESSMAN FROM SEEING ILLEGALS...
CDC Activates 'Emergency Operation Center'...
Dozens quarantined as diseases spread...
RON PAUL: Hospitals under siege...
SHERIFF JOE: 'CALCULATED' CRISIS...
'I Want Explanation Why 3,800 In My Jails Are Here Illegally'...
DMV Clogged by Applicants for Alien Drivers' Licenses...
Krauthammer: 'If Fences Don't Work, Why Is One Around White House?'
Smugglers threaten ranchers: 'Look other way or face consequences'...
Previously Deported Mexican Felon Captured 80 Miles into Texas...
PERRY INVITES PRESIDENT TO BORDER...
GOP Lawmaker: 'No problem' for path to legal status...
Feds launch ad campaign to discourage dumping of children at border...
A recent Gallup analysis drove home how deep and how threatening the current mood is.
Gallup asked Americans in early June how much confidence they had in our nation's institutions. The answer: not much. Only 30% had "a great deal" or "quite a lot of confidence" in the Supreme Court. Just 29% felt that way about the presidency. And an abysmal 7% had faith in the Congress....
This Fourth of July weekend, we need to remember what our Founding Fathers did to create the liberty we enjoy and dedicate ourselves to a new burst of freedom and a new wave of political reform that cleans up the corruption and re-establishes the right of every American to dream and to work to fulfill that dream.
◼ In a Washington Post op-ed published Monday, activist Sandra Fluke argues that the Supreme Court decision to allow Hobby Lobby to not offer four potentially abortion-inducing drugs and devices mandated by the Department of Health and Human Services means that potentially any company with any religious objections to any health-care treatment could win an exemption. - The Daily Signal
But let’s look at the facts. First, these drugs and devices are not “an uncontroversial form of care.” The four drugs that the Green and Hahn families objected to can end a new human being’s life. And there’s no question that abortion and potentially abortion-inducing drugs and devices is controversial....
Bacon correctly noted that Breitbart News broke the story of the conditions in which the children were being held by U.S. Border Patrol, and singled out Brandon Darby of Breitbart Texas for credit--and calumny... The op-ed failed, however, to note that the Breitbart story was also picked up by the left-wing Huffington Post, which led with Darby's images on June 6. Other mainstream media outlets, both print and electronic, also followed up Breitbart's story.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
“There is no excuse for denying a Federal Representative from Oklahoma access to a federal facility in Oklahoma where unaccompanied children are being held,” Rep. Jim Bridenstine said in a statement following his visit Tuesday to Ft. Sill Army base near Lawton.
The Department of Health and Human Services has set up housing at Ft. Sill and two other military bases – Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio and Ventura County Naval Base in Oxnard, Cali. – to house thousands of unaccompanied alien children, or UACs, who were apprehended at the southern U.S. border.
Bridenstine went to Ft. Sill to observe the conditions under which the 1,200 UACs there are living and to find out to whom they would be released.
But when he showed up at the facility, Bridenstine says he was told by a guard with a security unit which calls itself the “Brown Shirts” that he could not observe the children or their living conditions.
When the congressman spoke to a manager and HHS official, he was told he would have to schedule a formal visit for July 21.
“Any Member of Congress should have the legal authority to visit a federal youth detention facility without waiting three weeks,” Bridenstine said in his statement.
◼ Enforcing the Secrecy of Obama’s Refugee Camps - Trevor Loudon
It’s not just politicians being shut out either. Border Patrol agents have been told to shut up and not talk to the press or they would be fired and arrested. Now, medical staff have also been warned to keep mum under threat of arrest. Suddenly, it’s really, really beginning to feel a lot like Nazi Germany and for the first time, I truly feel a shudder of fear crawling up my spine. Obama and his cohorts are not even being subtle any more. These are children, for God’s sake! Children who are being warehoused in FEMA-type refugee camps with no rights, no visitors and absolutely no transparency. Forget about compassion and humanity – they serve the collective.
Obama proclaimed to America that the children had to go home to their individual countries. But his actions belie his true intent. These children were provided bus tickets in many instances. They were actively recruited to come here. Now they live in deplorable conditions… filth and stench beyond American comprehension and a plethora of disease is spreading. This, my friends, is manufactured chaos. A chaos that Obama could use to put UN troops on our borders.
Why do you think medical staff are being threatened and bullied? Because the conditions are so outrageous that Americans would be horrified if they truly knew how bad it was, that’s why. The threats are coming from a government contracted security agency who actually refer to themselves as “Brown Shirts.” I kid you not. “It was a very submissive atmosphere,” the counselor said. “Once you stepped onto the grounds, you abided by their laws – the Brown Shirt laws.” This is part of Obama’s private mercenary army. Several personnel have broken their confidentiality agreements to come forward anyway. Good on em....
So now, telling the truth can get you imprisoned – in the United States. This is no longer a free country and we are letting Progressive thugs and monsters run things. This must stop.
...Obama is flaunting this in our faces. Why do you think these jackbooted thugs proudly call themselves “Brown Shirts?” They want the shock, awe and fear of it to reverberate among Americans — that’s right — domestic shock and awe. They want submission. This is the mentality and actions of a dictator beginning to spread his poison throughout what was once the land of the free and the home of the brave. Enforcing the secrecy of Obama’s refugee camps is only the beginning of the end of America. The Constitution be damned.
A dramatic scene in Murrieta that saw American flag-waving protesters prevent Homeland Security buses carrying undocumented migrant children and families from reaching a suburban processing center is likely to be repeated in the coming days, a city official said Wednesday....
The standoff came after Mayor Alan Long urged residents to complain to elected officials about the plan to transfer the Central American migrants to California to ease overcrowding of facilities along the Texas-Mexico border.
After the buses were blocked, federal authorities rerouted the vehicles to a freeway and then to a customs and border facility in San Diego within view of the Mexico border.
At least 40 illegal immigrants processed are in quarantine for head lice and scabies, according to CBS 2′s Tom Wait. A Border Patrol agent told Wait another 140 could be brought to Murrieta on the Fourth of July.
◼ Poll: Public holds Obama responsible for border crisis, Iraq and the IRS scandal - HotAir
As the crisis at our southern border continues to stagger on, a recent IBD/TIPP poll found that a majority of Americans hold President Obama and his administration responsible for the problem:
The public largely blames President Obama for the flood of children who have poured over the border in recent weeks, creating a growing humanitarian crisis, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll released Monday.
[...] The poll found that 59% of those closely following the immigration crisis agree that “current administration policies and lack of focus on securing the border” are behind the human tide of illegal crossings. Six in 10 say that the children should be ordered to leave the country. (The survey found that 73% of Americans are following this story closely.)
◼ Last night former National Organization for Women President Patricia Ireland made an appearance on Fox News' Hannity to discuss the Supreme Court's decision on Hobby Lobby earlier this week. When asked by Hannity how many forms of contraception Hobby Lobby offers employees, Ireland had no idea. The answer is: 16 different kinds. - Katie Pavlich/Townhall
A series of orders on lower-court rulings on Tuesday suggests to the Associated Press that Hobby Lobby might not be quite as narrow as some may think
The mantra after the announcement of the 5-4 Hobby Lobby decision on Monday, other than the Left’s shrieking over falling skies and theocracies, has been this: It was narrowly decided. That analysis springs from Justice Samuel Alito’s mention of Hobby Lobby’s status as a closely-held corporation, and the narrow number of contraceptive methods that the retailer chose to reject. That gave some hope that other cases involving broader rejection of contraception coverage might be more problematic in later cases....
The ACLJ ◼ announced yesterday that the Court has granted a reversal for one of their cases, Gilardi v HHS, after a partial defeat in the DC Circuit:
In the wake of yesterday’s blockbuster Hobby Lobby decision striking down the HHS Mandate, today the Supreme Court granted our petition for review in the case of Gilardi, v. HHS, and denied the government’s petition in our case of Korte v. HHS. In Gilardi, the Court vacated the decision of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals (see report of decision here) and sent the case back to the lower court to apply the Hobby Lobby decision to the facts of the Gilardi case. In Korte, the Court’s action today leaves in place the resounding victory we achieved at the Seventh Circuit (see report of decision here.)All of these orders make clear that Hobby Lobby is not just a fluke. The Supreme Court appears ready to apply the ruling on a broad basis with for-profit businesses, even those who refuse to cover any contraceptive method at all. That would suggest that any attempt to impose the mandate on explicitly religious organizations seems to have a couple of strikes against it at the Court already, even with the so-called “accommodation” offered as a compromise. The Supreme Court clearly takes the RFRA and the First Amendment seriously on this point.
The district court refused to order an injunction against enforcement of the mandate in Gilardi, which would have cost the business owner $14 million in penalties for refusing to provide abortifacient contraceptives to his employees (all of whom can buy them on their own, of course).
Young people are looking for another way – because the economy they’ve experienced for the past 5 years just hasn’t been working.
Remember the President’s repeated assurances that his bailouts and Obamacare would revive the economy? Those claims probably sound pretty hollow to the President’s one-time supporters, young adults.
These eight graphs, which examine adults under the age of 25 who have moved out of their parents’ home, via PolicyMic, show that this group is suffering the worst from dwindling incomes and long-term unemployment.
1. Annual household income is at shockingly low levels for families headed by someone under the age of 25. Forty percent of these households get by on only $10,000 a year.
2. Compared with older households, under-25 poverty rates are extremely high.
3. Young unemployment is over double the national average. It peaked in spring 2010 at 19.5%, but still remains higher than it was at the onset of the recession.
4. Despite an increase in the national minimum wage in 2009, and several states across the country raising their minimum wages, median hourly wages for people under 25 are lower than they were 10 years ago. Some economists argue that the minimum wage increase actually contributed to these lowered hourly wages and higher unemployment.
5. Almost 90% of under-25 households rent, as oppose to own their living space. This lowers their equity and oftentimes their credit scores.
MORE, at the link...
The standoff in Murrieta came after Mayor Alan Long urged residents to complain to elected officials about the plan to transfer the Central American migrants to California to ease overcrowding of facilities along the Texas-Mexico border.
Many protesters held U.S. flags, while others held signs reading "stop illegal immigration," and "illegals out!"
"We can't start taking care of others if we can't take care of our own," protester Nancy Greyson, 60, of Murrieta, told the Desert Sun newspaper.... After the buses were blocked, federal authorities rerouted the vehicles to a freeway and then to a customs and border facility in San Diego within view of the Mexico border.
The three buses were trailed by a half-dozen news crews during the two-hour trip. People near the San Diego facility were surprised by the caravan....
More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been detained after crossing the Texas-Mexico border since October in what President Barack Obama has called a humanitarian crisis. Many of the migrants are under the impression that they will receive leniency from U.S. authorities.
Another flight was expected to take 140 migrants to a facility in El Centro, California, on Wednesday, said Lombardo Amaya, president of the El Centro chapter of the Border Patrol union. The Border Patrol would not confirm that arrival date.
Poll after poll shows President Obama’s approval rating dipping recently, and one new Quinnipiac University Poll finds that voters say Mitt Romney would have been a better choice in 2012.◼ Voters say Romney would have been better - Politico
Quinnipiac found 45 percent of voters say the country would have been better off if Mr. Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, had been elected, while just 38 percent say Mr. Obama remains a better choice. Even Democrats aren’t so sure — just 74 percent of them told the pollsters Mr. Obama was clearly the better pick in the last election.
Voters also rate him the worst president since World War II, topping even his predecessor, President George W. Bush, who had left office with terrible ratings.
◼ ZOGBY: 'It's all over' - Paul Bedard/Washington Examiner
“Mr. Obama finds himself in the uncomfortable position where every age group, independents, and whites all agree that the public has given up on his ability to accomplish anything before the end of his term,” said Zogby in releasing his latest numbers.◼ Setbacks Cloud Second Term
“In short, we see a president in full salvage mode. He is not only racing for his legacy but for his relevancy,” Zogby added.
◼ 'Sue me': Defiant President Taunts Republicans - AP
◼ Poll: Public holds Obama responsible for border crisis, Iraq and the IRS scandal - HotAir
As the crisis at our southern border continues to stagger on, a recent IBD/TIPP poll found that a majority of Americans hold President Obama and his administration responsible for the problem:
The public largely blames President Obama for the flood of children who have poured over the border in recent weeks, creating a growing humanitarian crisis, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll released Monday.The responsibility for the border crisis is one Obama can’t duck or deny – it is a crisis of his own making. His refusal to enforce the laws of the land and his permissive policies and rhetoric all but invited this to happen. Now that it has, he’s “frustrated” with Congress – his personal candidate for being tossed under the blame bus, and is asking for 2 billion in emergency funds to address the crisis he created. As you can see, most Americans aren’t buying the White House spin.
The poll found that 59% of those closely following the immigration crisis agree that “current administration policies and lack of focus on securing the border” are behind the human tide of illegal crossings. Six in 10 say that the children should be ordered to leave the country. (The survey found that 73% of Americans are following this story closely.)
Apparently the Obama Justice Department was reaching out to the Obama IRS to see if it could “piece together” prosecutions of nonprofits even before any evidence of wrongdoing emerged.
...Among the email communications between Flax and Lerner which the IRS did submit to congressional investigators was this exchange from May 8, 2013 – just days before Lerner admitted to undue targeting of conservative groups at an American Bar Association conference:
I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ. I know him from contacts from my days there. He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s could talk to about [Rhode Island Democrat] Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who “lied” on their 1024s –saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures. DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs.“Translation: The Obama Justice Department was reaching out to the Obama IRS to see if it could “piece together” prosecutions of nonprofits even before any evidence of wrongdoing emerged,” observed National Review’s David French....
I told him that sounded like we might need several folks from IRS. I am out of town all next week, so wanted to reach out and see who you think would be right for such a meeting and also hand this off to Nan as contact person if things need to happen while I am gone
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
If Hobby Lobby will create complications for Obamacare, Halbig vs. Sebelius could trigger a full cardiac arrest.
Now that the Supreme Court has issued its ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, the legal fight over the Affordable Care Act will shift a few blocks away to another Washington courtroom, where a far more fundamental challenge to Obamacare is about to be decided by the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Indeed, if Hobby Lobby will create complications for Obamacare, Halbig vs. Burwell could trigger a full cardiac arrest....
If the ruling goes against the White House, it's hard to overstate the impact. Without subsidies, consumers in 34 states would face huge additional costs and, because of those costs, potential exemptions from the law. And voters — a substantial percentage of whom have never liked Obamacare — would be further alienated from the Democratic Party just in time for midterm elections.
Moreover, a ruling against the administration would mean that Obama has been responsible for ordering what could amount to billions of dollars to be paid from the federal Treasury without authority. And it would mean the administration has committed yet another violation of the separation of powers....
The administration's loss in the Hobby Lobby case is a bitter pill to swallow, but it is not a lethal threat to Obamacare. For critics of the law, Halbig is everything that Hobby Lobby is not. Where Hobby Lobby exempts only closely held corporations from a portion of the ACA rules, Halbig could allow an mass exodus from the program. And like all insurance programs, it only works if large numbers are insured so that the risks are widely spread. Halbig could leave Obamacare on life support — and lead to another showdown in the Supreme Court.
◼ Megyn Kelly Stops By The ‘O’Reilly Factor’ To Destroy Sandra Fluke’s Hobby Lobby Argument - IJ Review
Megyn Kelly takes about 90 seconds to set Fluke straight on a common misunderstanding about the court ruling, explaining that birth control pills are still mandated, while emergency contraceptives (abortifacients) are not.
Little known law could allow many of the unaccompanied children to remain in the U.S. legally if they are “abandoned”
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.
If you haven’t heard of it before now, you probably will as tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors flood across the border, having been “abandoned” by their parents in Central America.
A Legal Insurrection reader tipped us off to what could be a coming legal onslaught to give these children a right to stay in the U.S. permanently:
“Special Immigrant Juvenile Status is something that we attorneys on the border have been getting CLE training in for a while, but largely it has not been well known outside of CPS attorney work.SIJS regulations are part of 8 CFR 204.11
With the invasion now taking place, it is going to explode. No parents means that any immigrant child under 18 can apply for a Green Card as soon as they are deemed “abandoned” by their parents for 6 months by the court system. There are some other minor rules, but that is the big one….
The bill renewal was the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. It modified and exempted application of certain rules which would normally result in inadmissibility…. Also, it set up an “expedited” review schedule that USCIS is REQUIRED to adjudicate SIJ petitions within 180 days of filing, and that interviews may be WAIVED for SIJ petitioners under 14 years of age or when it is determined that an interview is unnecessary.
Further, per the Violence Against Women Act of 2005, a SIJ petitioner may not be required to contact an individual who allegedly abused, abandoned or neglected the Juvenile.
What nobody is talking about (or maybe nobody has realized yet) is that this is going to flood the child welfare courts FIRST, before they get to the USCIS (certain findings of fact which can only be made by the state are prerequisites to SIJS applications) with a sudden influx of “abandoned” children, and put a strain on the CPS system like nothing that has ever been seen.”
A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, sources say.
In spite of the threat, several former camp workers broke their confidentiality agreements and shared exclusive details with me about the dangerous conditions at the camp. They said taxpayers deserve to know about the contagious diseases and the risks the children pose to Americans. I have agreed to not to disclose their identities because they fear retaliation and prosecution.
“There were several of us who wanted to talk about the camps, but the agents made it clear we would be arrested,” a psychiatric counselor told me. “We were under orders not to say anything.”
The sources said workers were guarded by a security force from the Baptist Family & Children’s Services, which the Department of Health and Human Services hired to run the Lackland Camp.
The sources say security forces called themselves the “Brown Shirts.”
“It was a very submissive atmosphere,” the counselor said. “Once you stepped onto the grounds, you abided by their laws – the Brown Shirt laws.”
She said the workers were stripped of their cellphones and other communication devices. Anyone caught with a phone was immediately fired.
“Everyone was paranoid,” she said. “The children had more rights than the workers.”
She said children in the camp had measles, scabies, chicken pox and strep throat as well as mental and emotional issues.
◼ Enforcing the Secrecy of Obama’s Refugee Camps - Trevor Loudon
◼ U.S. Congressman Blocked From Entering Child Immigrant Facility - Daily Caller
Lie #1: Men are taking away women’s rights ... again! ...As Gabriel Malor of The Federalist wrote, “In the Bizarro World of the newspapers, not paying for someone else’s contraception is the same thing as prohibiting them from purchasing and using them themselves.”
Liberals seemed to miss the sticking point of this case: female employees of privately-owned businesses are not being forced to give up birth control; rather, the ruling gives business owners the right to not provide certain types of contraceptives in their insurance plan that they deem morally objectionable. Furthermore, businesses like Hobby Lobby already give their employees access to 16 different types of contraception in their employees health care plan. Which brings us to the next lie being spread by liberals on Twitter and elsewhere.
Lie #2: Conservatives are prudes who want to take away access to all contraception, which is a healthcare issue for many women.
Another argument making it’s rounds was that conservatives and religious organizations are trying to stop women from having sex, but that’s not the only reason women use contraception. While it is true that women use birth control for a variety of hormonal conditions, in this case Hobby Lobby already covered several different types of hormonal contraception, they were only objecting to 4 types of abortifacient pills, required under the HHS mandate. Hobby Lobby refused to pay for "morning after" abortion pills, not standard birth control.
Extreme feminist Amanda Marcotte who has compared getting an abortion to getting a cavity, retweeted classy lefty Twitter troll, “Religion is now only about unapproved fucking.”
More at the link
◼ Reminder: Hobby Lobby Provides Coverage for 16 Types of Contraception - Katie Pavlich/Townhall
◼ MRC's Brent Bozell Reacts to Hobby Lobby Decision - MRC
◼ Megyn Kelly Takes On Sandra Fluke [VIDEO] - Daily Caller
◼ Hobby Lobby, Liberty, Empathy, and Dignity - and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 - Weekly Standard
...“To further clarify, no Division within IRS ever used Sonasoft’s email archiving software. Only a Division within the IRS used any Sonasoft product and that was our email replication software, not our archiving or backup software,” said Andy Khanna.Phil Kerpen noted that this was a rather large oopsie for Sonasoft, considering its 2009 bragging:
Heckuva then-and-now; @Sonasoft says the IRS was NEVER a backup client. Just a marketing lie, then??? pic.twitter.com/YKPv7FVnZD...There have been a number of curious reversals of late in the investigation of IRS targeting of the Obama administration’s political opponents, especially with the production of official records such as e-mail. This one should be fairly easy to resolve, at least in terms of the probe. The federal contract with Sonasoft and the payments made should be part of the public record, and the House Oversight Committee (or Ways and Means, which is performing a parallel probe) should be able to quickly determine whether Sonasoft is telling the truth about the contract scope and services rendered. Sonasoft’s credibility in its marketing will not be as easily remedied....
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) June 29, 2014
No one will get to the truth without subpoenas, testimony under oath, and the threat of perjury and obstruction charges. That won’t happen with this DoJ running interference for the IRS and the White House.
But on Monday, former Hewlett Packard CEO and 2010 California GOP Senate nominee Carly Fiorina will launch a new super PAC to focus on both issues, Breitbart News has learned.
The UP Project, which stands for "Unlocking Potential," will seek to help Republicans win back the Senate by directly confronting Democrats and their "war on women" narrative.
But unlike other super PACs, the UP Project will not do battle on TV. Instead, the PAC will solely focus on the ground game, organizing and mobilizing grassroots networks, especially of women, that can help Republicans win the messaging battle woman-to-woman and neighbor-to-neighbor.
"We need to name and shame Democrats who play the 'war on women' game," Fiorina told Breitbart News. "Too often, Republicans have allowed the label to stick because of a misguided theory that by ignoring a charge it just goes away...We need to organize strong conservative activists, especially women, and energize them to take action on behalf of our conservative principles. Women make up half this country. The UP Project is no longer going to allow Democrats to pretend we are single-issue voters."
The UP Project will hit the ground running Monday in six key swing states -- Colorado, Michigan, Iowa, North Carolina, Virginia, and New Hampshire -- that will help determine which party controls the Senate. The super PAC, which expects to have raised over $1 million by July 15th, will also recruit and develop field staff, build lists, and launch its rapid response operation this week.
Monday, June 30, 2014
It’s a huge blow to the Obama administration. You know, this has been an awful 10 days. You know, they were previously found to be in violation of the 4th amendment and privacy. Then they were found to be in violation of the Separation of Powers. Now they’ve been found to be in violation of the first amendment and the religion clauses.
◼ ‘Fu*k you:’ Left-wingers want to ‘burn down’ Hobby Lobby after SCOTUS win - Twitchy
◼ ‘Clueless or lying’: Sandra Fluke ‘purposefully ignoring’ fact in Hobby Lobby decision - Twitchy
You also know too that Hobby Lobby already voluntarily pays for pill, right @SandraFluke ?— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) June 30, 2014
@SandraFluke because 16 forms of birth control are not enough and you support abortifacients.— Sandy (@RightGlockMom) June 30, 2014
Not accurate. No one is being denied anything. The employer is just not forced to pay for it. Try being intellectually honest. @SandraFluke— AngieSenseiofSass (@Artist_Angie) June 30, 2014
In extremis, he understands that no other country would depose an oil-rich tyrant, stay on to foster democracy, leave the oil to its owners, and then leave when asked — and finally consider coming back to the rescue of an abject ingrate.
...The subtext of the Obama administration’s Middle East policies — evident in the president’s inaugural interview with al Arabiya, the so-called Cairo speech, the pressures on Israel, the constant trashing of George W. Bush, the reinvention of Islamic terror as workplace violence and man-caused disasters, the outreach to Iran, the outsourcing of responsibility to allies and enemies — is that America has questionable moral stature to help adjudicate anything in the region. To the degree we would exercise our prior influence, it would either be for self-interested purposes or be counterproductive due to our own unsophistication or ill-intentions. So we abdicated, and the predictable followed: one, the world as we know is unraveling, particularly in the Middle East; and, two, most suddenly want more, not less, U.S. engagement.
What explains these paradoxes? No doubt there are the usual suspects. First, the U.S. is privately recognized as a prosperous, free and dynamic society in the way most others nations are not.
Second, such assumptions cannot be publicly expressed for a variety of reasons, ranging from the power of envy, jealousy, and a sense of inferiority to an interest in hoping to guilt the stronger power into some sort of concession, both material and psychological.
Third, there is the assumed assurance for a Maliki, or Central American government, or Middle East autocrat that there are never consequences to anti-Americanism. Or better yet, as in the case of Obama himself, the elite world of the politician, journalist, academic, professional, or rich grandee accepts that anti-Americanism is fashionable, hip even, and that such cheap disdain otherwise should not prevent one from enjoying what America has to offer.
How weird the result: the anti-American Maliki pining for American arms from the escapist American president who lords his American power over others even as he ankles bites the very foundations of such power. Anti-American Latin American governments export their precious youth to the hated U.S., where its oppressive government will take care of them in a way the benevolent socialism at home did not, and the new arrivals will in time become hyphenated Americans with supposedly justified grievances against a largely racist and prejudicial society....
If you think it is a waste of taxpayer money to give a creepy psychology professor a federal grant to measure women’s sexual arousal to pornography, you will be condemned as “anti-sex.” If you want to reduce deficit spending by limiting tax money for the National Endowment of the Arts, you’re “anti-art.” Don’t agree with proposed EPA environmental regulations? You’re “anti-science.”
The reaction to today’s Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case — where a business objected, as a matter of religious liberty, to ObamaCare’s mandated insurance coverage for contraceptives — is a case in point: Liberals want us to believe that, unless businesses are compelled by federal law to provide contraception to their employees, contraception will cease to exist.
The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women....◼ ROBERTS REGRETS: CAN'T MAKE EMPLOYERS COVER CONTRACEPTION 0 ABC
Two years ago, Chief Justice John Roberts cast the pivotal vote that saved the health care law in the midst of Obama's campaign for re-election.
On Monday, dealing with a small sliver of the law, Roberts sided with the four justices who would have struck down the law in its entirety.
Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion. The court's four liberal justices dissented.
Alito wrote that “RFRA applies to regulations that govern the activities of closely held for profit corporations like Conestoga and Hobby Lobby” and the “The HHS contraceptive mandate substantially burdens the exercise of religion."◼ OPT OUT! - Politico
“The Government has failed to show that the contraceptive mandate is the least restrict means of furthering that interest," according to the majority opinion.
The ruling deals with only a small provision of Obamacare and will not take down the entire law, but it amounts to a huge black eye for Obamacare and its backers. The justices have given Obamacare opponents their most significant political victory against the health care law, reinforcing their argument that the law and President Barack Obama are encroaching on Americans’ freedoms.◼ Supreme Court Chooses Religious Freedom Over Obamacare in Benchmark Hobby Lobby Case - IJ Review
This decision strikes a blow for the Obama Administration’s signature legislation, taking away a significant portion of the mandate.◼ Hobby Lobby Wins - RedState
Hobby Lobby argued that the requirement was in direct violation to the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which prevents the government from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion.
This is the first time the Court has ruled in favor of a for-profit company presenting a case to defend religious freedom.
◼ Open thread: SCOTUSocalypse Monday with Hobby Lobby, Harris v Quinn; Update: Harris first, unions lose 5-4; Update: Hobby Lobby wins, 5-4 - HotAir
◼ SCOTUS Strikes A Blow Against The Contraception Mandate - Daily Caller
Nearly 60 amicus briefs were filed alongside the Hobby Lobby case. According to SCOTUSblog, the decision covers only contraception and does not affect a corporation’s freedom to deny other medical products or services on religious grounds, like vaccinations or blood transfusions.◼ Yes Justice Kagan, We Have Rights - Tom Del Beccaro/Forbes
◼ Supreme Court kills Obamacare birth control mandate in Hobby Lobby case - Sean Lengell/Washington Examiner
The Affordable Care Act provides for a range of free preventive care, including 20 forms of contraception. But the Christian families who separately own the companies say that forcing them to insure certain forms of contraception violates their First Amendment freedom of religion.
Both companies said they were amenable to providing most of the mandated forms of contraception. But they oppose emergency contraceptives like the morning-after pill, arguing that life begins at conception and that destroying an already fertilized egg in the uterus is tantamount to abortion.
The Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby, founded by the Green family in 1972, also opposes two intrauterine devices (IUDs) that may prevent implantation of a fertilized egg.
◼ SCOTUS rules against Obamacare and for religious freedom in Hobby Lobby - neoneocon
◼ The Supreme Court — in Hobby Lobby — upholds religious exemptions to Obamacare. - Althouse
I need to spend more time with the opinion, but for now, I'll say that it may be harder for the government to figure out which for-profit corporations warrant the accommodation, but that's the consequence of Congress's own statute RFRA, so it's a problem of the government's own making, not a compelling interest itself to be served by denying religious accommodations. RFRA itself is a monument to the government's lack of interest in avoiding the trouble of figuring out things like this◼ Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby in landmark religious freedom case - Twitchy
◼ ‘I Feel Sick’: Liberal Pundits React to SCOTUS Hobby Lobby Ruling - Mediaite
◼ Everything You Need to Know About the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Case - Mediaite
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This summer and fall, we'll see a serious debate over an 80-year-old federal agency called the Export-Import Bank. Ex-Im subsidizes U.S. exports by extending taxpayer-backed loans and loan guarantees to foreign buyers of American-made goods.
A vast majority of Ex-Im’s financing subsidizes the 10 largest exporters in the country. Yet nearly all Democrats (who supposedly hate the privileges of Big Business) and many Republicans (who supposedly believe in free enterprise) defend the agency.
Ex-Im’s defenders in Congress and on K Street reliably charge their opponents with dwelling in an imaginary world — of dealing with ideas instead of reality....
◼ The Export-Import Bank's corporate welfare: War by other means - Timothy P. Carney/Washington Examiner @TPCarney
◼ Delta Air Lines' Export-Import Bank proposal: Stop giving subsidies to our foreign competitors - Timothy P. Carney/Washington Examiner @TPCarney
◼ Export-Import Bank is a Petri dish of corruption and graft - Timothy P. Carney/Washington Examiner @TPCarney
◼ Welcome to Dave Brat's America: Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy says Kill the Export-Import Bank - Timothy P. Carney/Washington Examiner @TPCarney
House Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy says Congress should let the Export-Import Bank expire, the biggest blow yet to the imperiled subsidy agency whose charter expires this fall.
On "Fox News Sunday," host Chris Wallace asked McCarthy if he agrees with "conservatives who say that the Export-Import Bank is a form of crony capitalism and it should be put out of business -- allowed to expire."
McCarthy responded by tying Ex-Im to "one of the biggest problems with government," using taxpayers' "hard-earned money," to do things the private sector can do. McCarthy supported Ex-Im's reauthorization in 2012, but he argued on Fox News Sunday that this was a vote to "wind down the Ex-Im Bank."
...* At no point did Obama ever say, "I know you are but what am I," according to a Washington Examiner review of presidential transcripts.
"I will not be a part, however small, in any campaign against Israel. No Christian who knows how the Church largely stood silent during the Holocaust should be."
Prominently featured at the website of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is an "An Open Letter of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to our American Jewish Interfaith Partners" which is signed by the denomination's three senior officials...
Read the whole thing at pcusa.org. It is gibberish, nonsense of the worst sort: deeply disingenuous double talk intended to skim over the biased proceedings which produced it. Now the PCUSA, as its members call it, has taken an official position against Israel and so I, as an elder in the PCUSA -- no longer a "ruling" elder in my congregation, having wrapped up my second such stint last year -- have to take a position for or against the PCUSA based on it....
The PCUSA has raised its hand against Israel. So now either my congregation must depart the PCUSA or I must depart my congregation. I will not be a part, however small, in any campaign against Israel. No Christian who knows how the Church largely stood silent during the Holocaust should be. No thinking person who reads beyond the fringes of the Left would reason as this letter does. If a denomination insists on being ruled by a majority of ill-educated posers, it deserves the withering that has already set in and will now accelerate.
In a 5-4 split along ideological lines, the justices said the practice violates the First Amendment rights of nonmembers who disagree with the positions that unions take.◼ Violates First Amendment rights
The ruling is a setback for labor unions that have bolstered their ranks - and bank accounts - in Illinois and other states by signing up hundreds of thousands of in-home care workers. It could lead to an exodus of members who will have little incentive to pay dues if nonmembers don't have to share the burden of union costs.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy Outlined In Leaked Lib Megadonor Doc: 'Fundamentally Change Our Current Political System'
According to a recently published briefing book "obtained by Politico" by the liberal megadonor group Democracy Alliance, "progressives' long term success hinges on our ability to fundamentally change our current political system - including large questions about who can vote, the role money should play in politics, and what our courts look like."
...The Democracy Alliance is a membership group that directs funding to a wide variety of liberal causes. It was created to consolidate the efforts of wealthy liberal donors such as George Soros, Tom Steyer and Robert Mckay.
The report paid "particular attention" to "the successful examples of alignment that have developed over the last three years and highlight additional opportunities that could further advance our collective visions of a stronger democracy and more progressive America."
The document highlighted 21 organizations the Alliance viewed as success stories. These "successes" included items like:
"Met goal to coordinate campaigns to block conservatives agendas" (America Votes),Towards the end of the document is a list of 172 liberal groups that the Democracy Alliance encouraged its supporters to donate to, entitled "Progressive Infrastructure Map Spring 2014." A footnote on this list states that "[O]ver the last nine years, many of the organizations previously recommended for support by the Democracy Alliance have played instrumental roles in building a stronger, more integrated progressive infrastructure." These 172 groups cover a wide range of left-wing issues such as gun control, LGBT activism, pro-choice activism and climate change alarmism.
"Met goal to promote progressive vision of the law" (American Constitution Society),
"Met goal to advance progressive state policies" (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities).
Another highlighted group, Progressive Majority, boasted that it helped "elect 60 progressives and flip six local governments" in 2013 alone.
...Groups profiled by the Democracy Alliance, with funding amounts. The number of Democracy Alliance partners supporting each organization is in parentheses.
America Votes: $3.16 million (24 partners supporting)
American Constitution Society $1.19 million (18 partners supporting)
Black Civic Engagement Fund: $900.000 (3 partners supporting)
Brennan Center for Justice: $2.6 million (32 partners supporting)
Catalist, LLC: $1.18 million (9 partners supporting)
Center for American Progress: $3.3 million (26 partners supporting)
Center for Community Change: $2.15 million (17 partners supporting)
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: $1.91 million (27 partners supporting)
Common Purpose Project: $130,000 (5 partners supporting)
Fund for the Republic: $1.39 million (14 partners supporting)
Latino Engagement Fund: $1.89 million (15 partners supporting)
Media Matters for America: $2.7 million (33 partners supporting)
New Media Ventures: $330,000 (14 partners supporting)
New Organizing Institute: $440,000 (13 partners supporting)
Organizing for Action: $650,000 (10 partners supporting)
Progressive Majority: $600,000 (13 partners supporting)
ProgressNow: $1.8 million (31 partners supporting)
State Engagement Initiative: (created through a partnership with the Committee on States)
State Voices: $1.44 million (20 partners supporting)
Youth Engagement Fund $240,000 (14 partners supported)
◼ WIRE: Obama may create own refugee program - Reuters
◼ AMNESTY ADVOCATES STORM CONGRESS - Breitbart
◼ Activists arrested at Rep's office - The Hill
◼ Illegals bankrupting border towns - Infowars
One state trooper told Infowars that the border is now an explosive hotspot of violent crime, which is now rapidly spreading miles inland.◼ Chinese teens entering through Central America - NY Post
“I just got a report from a couple of days ago from a local rancher that they [illegal immigrants] broke into his ranch and we are getting more and more reports of either [Border Patrol] agents who are being accosted or deputies who are fighting resistance from these individuals,” Ramirez added.
◼ Report: Michigan may be next stop for migrants - Tuscola Today
◼ HIV FEARS AS MIGRANTS EXPOSED ON JOURNEY NORTH - KRGV
◼ New House Majority Leader: Border Security -- Then Legalization - Joel Gehrke/National Review
◼ 40% of kindergarteners in Fairfax Virginia schools require English instruction - Washington Post
◼ Doc: Border crisis inviting 'health catastrophe' - WND
◼ Congressman: Obama 'co-conspirator' in border torture - WND
◼ Border agents' new jobs: Shower runs, food prep, laundry service - WND
◼ No fear: Illegal kids snubbing noses at U.S. - WND
◼ Congressional committee: Send illegals home - WND
◼ Obama 'risking lives' of U.S. border agents - WND
◼ PELOSI ON BORDER: 'WE'RE ALL AMERICANS' - Breitbart
◼ BORDER AGENT: THIS IS AMNESTY - CNS News
◼ SURPRISE: FEDS TO FLY MIGRANTS TO CALIFORNIA - AP
◼ Border crisis: With immigration reform ‘dead,’ will Obama act alone? - CS Monitor
◼ Eight rebel fighters have been crucified in Syria by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) because they were considered too moderate, a monitoring group said on Sunday. - Reuters, vis ◼ Daily Beast via ◼ The Right Scoop (image source)
The Observatory, an anti-Assad group which tracks the violence, said the vast majority were killed in explosions, including car bombings and suicide attacks. It monitored the infighting in seven provinces.
It said ISIL had executed the eight men in Aleppo province for belonging to more moderate groups. The men were crucified in the town square of Deir Hafer in eastern Aleppo and would be left there for three days, it said.
The men were accused of being "Sahwa" fighters, the Observatory said, a term ISIL uses to refer to rival combatants whom it accuses of being controlled by Western powers.
ISIL also crucified another man in the province in al-Bab town near the Turkish border, it said. He was pinned up for eight hours as a punishment for giving false testimony but survived the ordeal, the Observatory said.
ISIL, a rebranding of al Qaeda in Iraq which fought American forces during the U.S. occupation, has been disowned by the al Qaeda leadership, partly because of its brutality and indiscriminate attacks.
The group has alienated many civilians and opposition activists by imposing harsh rulings against dissent, even beheading its opponents, in areas it controls.
◼ “Scandalclipse” - Johan Goldberg/National Review
Have you noticed that basically the only way this White House can get out from under one scandal or controversy is by getting crushed by another? The White House was reeling from the VA scandal, which is why they rolled out the Bergdahl news. They didn’t expect that the Bergdahl story would become so controversial; fortunately they were rescued by the June 6 news of thousands of immigrant children showing up at the border. Hey, quick question: I can’t get my kid out of an airport without her getting messy. Isn’t it strange that all of these kids seem to show up, after a 1,000-mile journey looking so spiffy? Anyway, the immigrant-kid story was pretty brutal for the White House; fortunately they were rescued three days later by the news that ISIS had taken Mosul. The “Who Lost Iraq?” narrative isn’t great for the White House either, which is why it might have been a relief when the IRS announced on June 13 that they lost Lois Lerner’s e-mails.◼ Does a rogue, low-level email archiving company have backups of ‘lost’ IRS emails? - Michelle Malkin
...Sonasoft’s six-year business relationship with the IRS came to an abrupt end at the close of fiscal year 2011, as congressional investigators began looking into the IRS conservative targeting scandal and IRS employees’ computers started crashing left and right....◼ Obama: Not 'even a smidgen of corruption' in IRS scandal; Blames Fox News & Conservative groups
"Whatever judgements are made in terms of its legitimacy, (the) announcement that it has restored the Caliphate is likely the most significant development in international jihad ism since 9/11.
"The impact of this announcement will be global as al-Qaeda affiliates and independent jihadist groups must now definitively choose to support and join the Islamic State or to oppose it."
◼ GABRIEL: ISIS is a threat beyond Iraq, with Shariah as worldwide aim - Brigitte Gabriel/Washington Times
There is a great deal of confusion and ignorance about the jihadist organization ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) which has been waging a terror campaign in those two nations for some time now, culminating most recently in the seizure of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul.
ISIS isn’t acting out of anger over borders or “politics” as the West understands the term. ISIS has a specific goal in mind and that is the formation of an Islamic state ruled by Shariah.
This is very important to understand because this is a common goal of all the major jihadist organizations across the world. It is shared by al Qaeda, Hamas, Lashkar e Taiba, Abu Sayyef, Jemaah Islamiyah, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and others. The shared goal transcends any disagreements over borders and pure politics.
For instance, Israel could evaporate tomorrow and the overriding goal of the formation of Islamic states ruled by Shariah would not change a bit. It’s based in their thousand-year-old doctrine, which is far more fundamental and overarching than mere political ideology....
The greatest problem we have is misinformation. People simply do not comprehend why and how the economic policies of the post-war era are imploding. This whole agenda of socialism has sold a Utopian idea that the State is there for the people yet it is run by lawyers following their own self-interest. The pensions created for those in government drive the cost of government up exponentially with time. The political forces blame the rich and this merely creates a class warfare with no resolution for the future. Even confiscating all the wealth of the so-called rich will not sustain the system. Consequently, we just have to crash and burn and start all over again.
This is not going to end pretty. The question is when does society wake up? Just how high will this price be that we have to pay? They will blame the rich and the idiots will cheer – get them. What will happen when there is no more wealth to hunt? We end up with a communist state by default – no wealth, just career politicians who blame everyone but themselves.
Breitbart ◼ reports Canada has just approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project – a major pipeline to ship Canadian oil to Asia.
The Canadian oil will still be burnt – in Asia, instead of America.
All the jobs and energy security which Canadian oil could have delivered to America, will instead be delivered to Asia.
Rather than purchasing crude from a friendly and allied neighbor, the United States will most likely need to continue its reliance upon hostile sources like Venezuela. Energy analysts had hoped that construction of Keystone could have replaced almost half of the current U.S. daily crude purchases from that volatile, anti-American dictatorship, depriving Venezuela of the resources it relies upon to stay in power and fund its Cuban allies.
You can’t say Canada didn’t give America a chance – they waited years for the American administration to come to their senses.
The heroes of Watergate are no more, if they ever were. (That was always basically a chimera.) The myth of the crusading investigative reporter is not only dead, it’s decomposed. In the disintegration of the Obama administration, the end of the mainstream media is not collateral damage, it is the core damage.
The real reason these media folks cannot face reality is that to do so would mean to see their very persons, everything they have ever stood for, or thought they stood for, or pretended to themselves they stood for, dissolving in a puddle like the Wicked Witch of the West.
Obama is beside the point. They don’t even like Obama anymore. Nothing could be more obvious. Almost nobody does. But they won’t say so in public because that would mean that they would be revealed as fools who believed the most banal tripe imaginable. It would also mean admitting Barack Obama never really existed, that they invented him. He was their projection. Barack Obama is the creation of the New York Times, et al. Without them he would never have happened and they know it.
So the media are left in an untenable position. If you say Barack Obama is a mistake, then you yourself are a mistake. Who wants that?
No wonder they won’t investigate the scandals. No wonder they won’t report any of this. They are too ashamed of themselves to speak.