Friday, July 31, 2015
People like this don't deserve the freedoms so many have fought and died to provide.
Via The Blaze:
Via The Blaze:
Collin Brown walked into a 7-Eleven in Redmond, Washington, last Wednesday and got himself a Slurpee.
He also was looking to get cigarettes for his fiancee, so when the clerk asked Brown for proof of age, the Army reservist placed his military ID — which has his birthdate on the back and is a legal form of identification — on the counter.
“She said, ‘You’re in the military?’ I said, ‘Yes,’” Brown recounted to KIRO-TV.
Then came the response that threw Brown for a loop: “She said, ‘I can’t serve you.’”
“And honestly, I was at that point in shock,” he told the station. “I asked, ‘Are you serious?’”
“She looked at me like she was offended,” Brown added.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Via Sun Times:
GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush says that he believes human activity is contributing to climate change, and that the U.S. is obligated to do something about it.
“The climate is changing; I don’t think anybody can argue it’s not. Human activity has contributed to it. I think we have a responsibility to adapt to what the possibilities are without destroying our economy, without hollowing out our industrial core,” Bush said in an interview with Bloomberg BNA published Thursday.
Those comments contradict the position Bush laid out in mid-June during a town-hall meeting in New Hampshire.
Look for Joe Biden to enter the race before the end of September...
She is strong against Democratic challengers, but weaker against Republicans
Six weeks after setting her candidacy into high gear, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers are continuing to fall, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.
Across nearly every key metric, from trustworthiness to caring about voters to leadership, Clinton has seen an erosion in public approval, as likely Republican rivals have erased her leads in the poll.
Clinton has a net -11 favorability rating in the poll, with 40% of the American public viewing her positively and 51% negatively, with more than 50% of independents on the negative side.
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Look for Joe Biden to enter the race before the end of September...
Obama's attempt to regulate America into serfdom takes a hit...
Via The Washington Times:
Via The Washington Times:
President Obama’s environmental agenda suffered another loss in court Tuesday when a federal appeals panel ordered the administration to rewrite rules limiting cross-state pollution.
In its ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, meant to stop upwind states from producing pollution that drifts into neighboring states and pushes them out of compliance with federal standards. But while the court upheld the plan itself, the judges said the EPA’s limits on 13 states, mostly in the South and Midwest, were far too strict and must be redone.
The ruling comes a month after the Supreme Court struck down the EPA’s mercury and air toxics standards, meant to limit pollution from power plants. The court found that the agency failed to consider the massive costs associated with complying with the rule.
Via Free Beacon:
President Obama threatened to veto the Veterans Affairs Accountability Act in a statement on Wednesday.
The President called the bill “counterproductive” and said it would create “a disparity in the treatment of one group of career civil servants.” President Obama’s statement also said the bill would “have a significant impact on VA’s ability to retain and recruit qualified professionals and may result in a loss of qualified and capable staff to other government agencies or the private sector.”
“These provisions remove important rights, protections, and incentives which are available to the vast majority of federal employees in other agencies across the government and are essential to ensure that federal employees are afforded due process,” the statement said.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Finally: Federal Judge threatens to hold IRS Commissioner in contempt for failing to produce Lerner emails...
Go get'em judge.
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced that U.S District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan today threatened to hold the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department attorneys in contempt of court after the IRS failed to produce status reports and newly recovered emails of Lois Lerner, former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS, as he had ordered on July 1, 2015.
During the a status hearing today, Sullivan warned that the failure to follow his order was serious and the IRS and Justice Department’s excuses for not following his July 1 order were “indefensible, ridiculous, and absurd.” He asked the IRS’ Justice Department lawyer Geoffrey Klimas, “Why didn’t the IRS comply” with his court order and “why shouldn’t the Court hold the Commissioner of the IRS in contempt.” Judge Sullivan referenced his contempt findings against Justice Department prosecutors in the prosecution of late Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and reminded the Justice Department attorney he had the ability to detain him for contempt. Warning he would tolerate no further disregard of his orders, Judge Sullivan said, “I will haul into court the IRS Commissioner to hold him personally into contempt.”
After the hearing, Judge Sullivan issued the following “minute order”:
At the July 29, 2015 status hearing, the Government agreed that the Court’s July 1, 2015 oral order from the bench was clear and enforceable. Nonetheless, the Government reasoned it inappropriate to file a motion for reconsideration until a written order was issued. As expressed at the hearing, the Government’s reasoning is nonsensical. Officers of the Court who fail to comply with Court orders will be held in contempt. Also, in the event of non-compliance with future Court orders, the Commissioner of the IRS and others shall be directed to show cause as to why they should not be held in contempt of Court. The Court’s July 1, 2015 ruling from the bench stands: (1) the Government shall produce relevant documents every Monday; (2) the Government’s document production shall be accompanied by a status report that indicates (a) whether TIGTA has turned over any new documents to the IRS, (b) if so, the number of documents, and (c) a timeframe for the IRSs production of those documents. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on July 29, 2015.
We will all be getting a haircut if Hillary is elected president...
Hillary Clinton put part of Bergdorf Goodman on lockdown on Friday to get a $600 haircut at the swanky John Barrett Salon.
Clinton, with a huge entourage in tow, was spotted being ushered through a side entrance of the Fifth Avenue store on Friday.
A source said, “Staff closed off one side of Bergdorf’s so Hillary could come in privately to get her hair done. An elevator bank was shut down so she could ride up alone, and then she was styled in a private area of the salon. Other customers didn’t get a glimpse. Hillary was later seen with a new feathered hairdo.”
The missing email is from a critical time. 18 minutes of missing tape helped take down Nixon. Will two months of emails do the same for Hillary Clinton?
There is a two-month gap in Hillary Clinton’s emails that coincides with violence in Libya and the employment status of a top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin.Among the approximately 2,000 emails that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has released from her private account, there is a conspicuous two-month gap. There are no emails between Clinton and her State Department staff during May and June 2012, a period of escalating violence in Libya leading up to the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead.
A State Department spokesman told The Daily Beast that for the year 2012, only those emails related to the security of the consulate or to the U.S. diplomatic presence in Libya were made public and turned over to a House committee investigating the fatal Benghazi assault. But if that’s true, then neither Clinton nor her staff communicated via email about the escalating dangers in Libya. There were three attacks during that two-month period, including one that targeted the consulate. Keep on reading...
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
In Nashua, NH @HillaryClinton commits to continue to defend LGBTQ & women's rights & defend @PPact #StandwithPP pic.twitter.com/hjcEl07rWR— Mini Timmaraju (@mintimm) July 28, 2015
Via Free Beacon:
The Obama administration is gearing up to lift economic sanctions on a nearly $100 billion network of organizations belonging to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to the parameters of the recent Iranian nuclear deal.
On the day the nuclear deal is implemented, the United States will lift sanctions on Khamenei’s financial empire, which comprises a large network of foundations and companies that personally enrich the Islamic Republic’s leader.
The removal of these sanctions will likely “pump tens of billions of dollars into the supreme leader’s personal coffers, helping him secure his grip on the Iranian people, and bolstering Iran’s ability to promote its agenda abroad,” according to a recent analysis from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
I am sure Jeb feels the same way about securing the border...
Jeb: path to citizenship or /legal status must happen: "Idea of self deportation or the idea of rounding up ple is not an American value"— Adam Smith (@adamsmithtimes) July 27, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
Hey, bicycles don't heckle...
Interesting: There's no audience at Hillary Clinton's climate change speech today. Just her podium...and the media. pic.twitter.com/vc7mXqMxkt— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) July 27, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Senate Republicans lined up Sunday to rebuke Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for harshly criticizing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor.
As the Senate met for a rare Sunday session, Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and John Cornyn of Texas each rose to counter a stunning floor speech Cruz gave on Friday accusing McConnell, R-Ky., of lying.
None of them mentioned Cruz by name but the target of their remarks could not have been clearer. The drama came as the Senate defeated a procedural vote to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law and took a step toward reviving the federal Export-Import Bank, both amendments on a must-pass highway bill.
Via LA Times
Describing himself proudly as a “Kenyan American,” President Obama on Sunday reached deep into his personal history to urge this East African nation to reject the “dark corners” of its past and chart a “path to progress” befitting the 21st century.
Throughout his much-anticipated, three-day trip here, Obama delighted his father’s native country with humorous references to his family connections and by speaking short phrases in Swahili.
At the same time, Obama gently reminded Kenyans that his relationship with their nation today must be as U.S. president, not native son.
But as he departed for Ethiopia, Obama stepped fully into his unique role and spoke frankly to Kenyans as only a member of the family can.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Via Stars and Stripes
Turkish jets struck camps belonging to Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, authorities said Saturday, the first strike since a peace deal was announced in 2013, as Ankara also bombed Islamic State positions in Syria for a second straight night.
The strikes in Iraq targeted the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, whose affiliates have been effective in battling the Islamic State group. The strikes further complicate the U.S.-led war against the extremists, which has relied on Kurdish forces making gains in both Iraq and Syria.
A spokesman in Iraq for the PKK, which has been fighting Turkey for autonomy since 1984 and is considered a terrorist organization by Ankara and its allies, said the strikes likely spelled the end of the peace agreement.
“Turkey has basically ended the cease-fire,” Zagros Hiwa told The Associated Press, declining to elaborate further. He said the PKK was still assessing the damage caused by the strikes, though they didn’t appear to cause casualties.
Inspector Generals are investigating Hillary's server and the IRS targeting of the Tea Party among other things.
Via The Hill:
Via The Hill:
The Obama administration formally announced that inspectors general will have to get permission from their agency heads to gain access to grand jury, wiretap and fair credit information — an action that severely limits the watchdogs’ oversight capabilities, independence and power to uncover fraud.
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Via J Post:
Mohammad Emwazi, the ISIS terrorist known as “Jihadi John” responsible for multiple beheading executions is on the run, from none other than ISIS itself, the British tabloid The Mirror reported on Friday.
According to the report, Emwazi is terrified by the publicity after he was identified as the murderer of British and American hostages and fears being hunted down.
Emwazi is a Kuwaiti born Londoner who emigrated to Britain in 1988 at the age of six. He has murdered multiple foreign journalists, including two Americans, Steven Sotloff and James Foley.
A former ISIS translator told Sky News in March that Emwazi was then seen as the Islamic State group’s chief executioner and was both feared and respected in the organization.
But now, according to the report, Emwazi is believed to fear that his unmasking identification by the foreign media has “diminished his value as an ISIS killer and that jealous fellow jihadists might plot against him.”
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Saturday, July 25, 2015
There seems to be little blow back among veterans from Trump denying McCain being captured made him a war hero.
Among current veterans, a full 53% view Trump favorably compared to just 41% for McCain.
McCain’s unfavorable rating with this group is also higher than Trump’s, 49% to 42% respectively.
Among all Republicans, Trump still ties McCain with a 57% favorability rating. Only 3 points separate their unfavorable ratings with McCain doing a little better at 36% while Trump sits at 39%.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Lock her up.
Via The WSJ:
Via The WSJ:
An internal government review found that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent at least four emails from her personal account containing classified information during her time heading the State Department.
In a letter to members of Congress on Thursday, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community concluded that Mrs. Clinton’s email contains material from the intelligence community that should have been considered “secret” at the time it was sent, the second-highest level of classification. A copy of the letter to Congress was provided to The Wall Street Journal by a spokeswoman for the Inspector General.
The four emails in question “were classified when they were sent and are classified now,” said Andrea Williams, a spokeswoman for the inspector general. The inspector general reviewed just a small sample totaling about 40 emails in Mrs. Clinton’s inbox—meaning that many more in the trove of more than 30,000 may contain potentially secret or top-secret information.
Via WLEX 18:
The owners of an Eastern Kentucky gun shop made their feelings known this week, by hanging a sign that's causing quite a bit of controversy. However, the Letcher County store owners said it's their First Amendment Right to declare their business "Muslim free."
"It just says Muslim Free gun shop," said Jill Stidham. She and her husband own Jace Firearms. However, their few short words are causing quite a stir in Whitesburg.
"That's not freedom of speech, that is discrimination," said Anthony Stamper, as he walked past the store.
"He's an American and he's got his rights and he can do what he wants to," added Jordan Reynolds as he walked past the business.
Right or wrong, the owners of Jace firearms said it's their right to say what they want. Read it all...
They shot the man with beanbags and a Taser.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - There won't be a federal-government shutdown this year, and Congress will work on a temporary spending measure in September, once lawmakers return from their summer recess, House Speaker John Boehner, said Thursday. Democrats and Republicans have been unable to agree on annual spending bills, and without a deal by Sept. 30, the government will partially shut down.
Time to lock some people up and do away with the IRS.
Via Judicial Watch:
Via Judicial Watch:
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained documents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that confirm that the IRS used donor lists to tax-exempt organizations to target those donors for audits.
The documents also show IRS officials specifically highlighted how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may come under “high scrutiny” from the IRS. The IRS produced the records in a Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking documents about selection of individuals for audit-based application information on donor lists submitted by Tea Party and other 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations (Judicial Watch v. Internal Revenue Service (No. 1:15-cv-00220)).
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Nancy Pelosi wants to investigate PP over videos of them selling fetal baby parts. J/K She wants to investigate the group that filmed the videos...
Via The Hill:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday joined calls for a federal investigation into the California-based anti-abortion group that sparked the Planned Parenthood hidden camera controversy.
“Let’s have an investigation of those people who were trying to ensnare Planned Parenthood in a controversy that doesn’t exist,” Pelosi said Thursday in her first public remarks about Planned Parenthood since the first undercover video surfaced last week.
A long-time abortion rights champion, Pelosi dismissed accusations that Planned Parenthood has raked in profits from its fetal tissue donation program.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Monday, July 20, 2015
President Obama is making a rare golf outing with members of Congress, per White House pool: Democratic Reps. Courtney, Perlmutter, Yarmuth— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) July 19, 2015
MayorSRB on riots "lasting only a few hrs": "There's a lot of cities that would love to have that record" pic.twitter.com/zP4LCYGd8c— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) July 19, 2015
Sunday, July 19, 2015
#BlackLivesMatter protestors shout Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley off Nutroots Nation conference...
The crowd was angered when former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said #AllLivesMatter.
Netroots Nation, the annual conference of ultra-left-wing activists, had two Democratic Party presidential candidates in attendance at their event in Phoenix, Ariz., this year… And shouted them both off stage.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley participated separately in a candidate discussion moderated by journalist and illegal alien Jose Antonio Vargas. Both speakers were interrupted by shouting protesters from the #BlackLivesMatter movement and were unable to continue.
O’Malley was being interrupted by protesters and, after pleas from the stage and event organizers, was allowed to continue. He went on to say, “I know, I know…Let me talk a little bit…Black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter,” which the crowd did not appreciate. The chants and boos got louder and the candidate left the stage.
Is anyone surprised Obama is a gun grabber?
Obama plans to extend gun background checks to Social Security. The administration will use the same strategy they use to confiscate guns from veterans who have others handle their financial affairs only this will affect a massive 4.2 million Americans. An
inability to balance a checkbook could get them banned from owning a gun.
This is the single most massive gun grab by this administration. If you are elderly, a veteran or disabled, you might have your gun taken away because of Obama’s big brush approach to gun control.
About 4.2 million adults receive monthly benefits that are managed by “representative payees” and they would all be subject to gun confiscation.
Gun rights activists, mental health experts, advocates for the disabled and others are critical of the plan, according to the LA Times.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Via The Hill:
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) issued an executive order late Friday authorizing certain full-time military personnel in her state to be armed following a deadly shooting the previous day in Tennessee.“Four unarmed Marines were killed in what appears to be a domestic terrorist attack,” Fallin said in a statement accompanying her executive order.“It is painful enough when we lose members of our armed forces when they are sent in harm’s way, but it is unfathomable that they should be vulnerable for attack in our own communities," she said.Fallin's order applies to those on military installations in Oklahoma, including recruiting offices like the one where a gunman opened fire in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Thursday, before killing four Marines.
Friday, July 17, 2015
The man who opened fire at two military facilities in Chattanooga, killing four Marines and injuring three others, is Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez.
WKYC has confirmed that he worked and lived for a time in Northeast Ohio.
FirstEnergy confirmed to WKYC’s Investigator Tom Meyer that he also worked at Perry Nuclear Power Plant from May 20 to May 30 of 2013.
FirstEnergy said he left because he didn’t meet the minimum requirements to remain employed. He worked as a electrical engineer right outside the nuclear reactor, which they say he did not have access.
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doesn't want the power to force sanctuary cities to turn over criminal illegals...
Jeh Johnson warned Congress not to pass any laws to stop sanctuary cities. He also made it clear he won’t use the tools available to him to return criminals from countries who don’t want them back.
It’s not just hardworking men and women crossing the southwest border, but drugs, weapons, victims of human trafficking and people with terrorism ties, as well. The border is not secure and we don’t have a southern border, according to testimony in March of this year by border agent Chris Cabrera.Jeh Johnson was asked about it on Tuesday and evaded the questions, answering with diversionary responses. Johnson did say he does not want to see nor does he want to enforce any law against sanctuary cities. Nor will he use the powers he has as DHS Chief against countries who refuse to repatriate illegal aliens from their country. He will talk with them instead.
Trump is proven right again...
Donald Trump was unfortunately proven right on another one of his top issues Thursday: "gun free zones" at military bases.
There are indications that Thursday's shooting at two military bases in Chattanooga, Tenn., occurred at or near "gun free zones."
In an interview with the website AmmoLand.com, Trump decried the zones on military bases, suggesting that they left highly-trained gun operators without a weapon to fire at attackers, with the exception of military police.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Heartless Monster Nancy Pelosi: American hostages should not have been released as part of nuke deal...
Via CNS News:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the four American hostages being held in Iran should not have been released as a pre-condition to the Iran nuclear deal, but she added that because “we have a nuclear agreement, that a much brighter light is being shone on the prisoners of conscience in Iran.”
At a Capitol Hill press conference, CNSNews.com asked Rep. Pelosi, “Do you think the four American hostages being held in Iran should have been released as a pre-condition to any deal made about Iran’s nuclear program?”
Pelosi answered, “No, no, it would have been good but it’s just — no, this is a nuclear deal. This is a nuclear agreement and I think that we have to –. I appreciate the fact that since we have a nuclear negotiation and now we have a nuclear agreement that a much brighter light is being shone on the prisoners of conscience in Iran
What the Planned Parenthood hoax really proves: Right-wing extremists have no qualms about destroying peoples’ lives http://t.co/gYNWWCpeh8— Salon.com (@Salon) July 16, 2015
What part of this 2 hour video is a "hoax?"
Worst negotiator ever...
Via The Washington Free Beacon:
Via The Washington Free Beacon:
U.S. and Iranian officials confirmed Thursday that no American nuclear inspectors will be permitted to enter the country’s contested nuclear site under the parameters of a deal reached with world powers this week, according to multiple statements by American and Iranian officials.
Under the tenants of the final nuclear deal reached this week in Vienna, only countries with normal diplomatic relations with Iran will be permitted to participate in inspections teams organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The revelation of this caveat has attracted concern from some analysts who maintain that only American experts can be trusted to verify that Iran is not cheating on the deal and operating clandestine nuclear facilities.
Via Suffolk University:
Republican businessman Donald Trump is on a roll with likely GOP presidential primary voters, according to a Suffolk University/USA TODAY national poll.
Among voters who identify either as Republicans or independents and who plan to vote in their states’ Republican primaries or caucuses, 17 percent named Trump as their first choice for the GOP nomination in the 2016 presidential race.
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(Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he expects U.S. congressional Democrats to back the nuclear deal with Iran once they understand it.
“I’m here to answer questions and explain what the deal is, and I’m confident they’ll like it when they understand it all,” Biden told reporters as he headed into a meeting with Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, many of whom have expressed skepticism about the nuclear deal announced on Tuesday.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
It will take the NYT's a while to get all the egg off their face...
Five days after accusing The New York Times of bias, secrecy and foul play, Ted Cruz is finally getting what he wanted: a highly coveted spot on the paper's bestseller list.
Cruz's memoir, "A Time For Truth," will appear at No. 7 on the Times' list for hardcover nonfiction, reflecting its second-week sales, a Times spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday. The Texas senator's book had not been included on the list for its first week, on the grounds that its sales had been driven by "strategic bulk purchases."
Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy said that the newspaper made no changes to its selection process, and so the fact that Cruz's book is being included now suggests a rise in individual purchases, spurred by his public battle with the paper.
Via Associated Press:
The president of the Atlanta NAACP says the group wants Confederate symbols — including a giant carving at Stone Mountain Park — removed from all government-owned property and plans to pursue making those changes during the next legislative session.
Some who support flying the battle flag say the symbol represents Southern heritage and pride in Civil War-era leaders. However, Atlanta NAACP President Richard Rose and others have argued the flag is a divisive symbol and white supremacy is at the heart of the heritage the flag celebrates.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The Iran nuclear accord hammered out in Vienna between the world powers and Tehran is a “historic mistake” for the world, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday.
Netanyahu's comments came at the start of a meeting with visiting Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders.
Netanyahu, who said that he would relate to the details of the accord a a latter time, said that it is the result of wanting to reach an agreement “at any price.”
The prime minister said that the powers negotiating with Iran – the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – made far reaching concessions on the areas meant to prevent Iran from ever being able to obtain nuclear arms.
Son of a Boston police captain accused of plotting ISIS terror attack went on hippie "peace walk" in 2012...
BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors have arrested the son of a Boston police captain in a plot to commit terrorist acts on behalf of the Islamic State group.
Alexander Ciccolo is accused in a criminal complaint unsealed Monday of receiving four guns July 4 from a person cooperating with the Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force.
An FBI affidavit says the 23-year-old Adams resident had talked with the cooperating witness in recorded conversations about his plans to commit acts inspired by the Islamic State group, including setting off pressure-cooker bombs at an unidentified university. According to the affidavit, he said the attack would include executions of students broadcast live online.
Before his arrest, agents had observed Ciccolo buying a pressure cooker similar to those used in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
Monday, July 13, 2015
So, do they get to decide which uniform they wear and which locker room they use? What could go wrong? Pretty soon our military will be perfectly politically correct and incapable of effective combat.
Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals in the military, with the goal of formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press.
An announcement is expected this week, and the services would have six months to assess the impact of the change and work out the details, the officials said Monday. Military chiefs wanted time to methodically work through the legal, medical and administrative issues and develop training to ease any transition, and senior leaders believed six months would be sufficient.
During that time, transgender individuals would still not be able to join the military, but any decisions to force out those already serving would be referred to the Pentagon’s acting undersecretary for personnel, the officials said. One senior official said the goal was to avoid forcing any transgender service members to leave during that time.
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[...]Among Trump’s many bestselling, anecdote-filled books, Time to Get Tough (originally published in 2011) stands out as his most penetrating, serious, and detailed enunciation of his political philosophy and policy views. Trump says the it’s the “best book I’ve ever written” and is “better than The Art of the Deal.” Trump added, “It’s the hardest I’ve ever worked on a book. And it’s the most thought I’ve ever put into a book.”
It’s easy to see why. Backed up with nearly 250 endnotes, citing everything from Government Accountability Institute (GAO) reports to Sherman Antitrust Act amendments to the Theory of Moral Sentiments, Trump’s book clearly lays out serious policy solutions to vexing U.S. problems. Welfare reform, cyberwarfare, energy, illegal immigration and crime, taxes, healthcare, national defense—you name it, Trump offers his plans, often including specific bills and amendments. Best of all, Trump does it all in his refreshingly blunt and authentic voice—the very voice now resonating with a citizenry fed up with the Political Class and its conceits.[...]
Teachers unions support Hillary...
Via Wall Street Journal:
Via Wall Street Journal:
While the media chase the Bernie Sanders rallies, keep your eye on the political crowds that matter. On Saturday the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) endorsed Hillary Clinton—16 months before Election Day.
This counts in the fight for the Democratic Party nomination because the 1.6 million member union boasts it can make a million phone calls and knock on 500,000 doors. Bernie’s Birkenstock irregulars can’t match that political power and money.
The endorsement is even more notable as another sign of Hillary’s left political turn. Democrats in New York and elsewhere have been debating education reform, but by embracing the AFT Mrs. Clinton is choosing the union status quo that opposes school choice and teacher accountability.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Donald Trump has won over Republican voters with a pair of speeches to the party faithful, attacking the government of Mexico and outlining a plan to charge them $100,000 for every illegal immigrant who crosses the southern border.The Republican presidential front-runner got round after round of applause at successive events in Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona, at which he rounded on the Mexican government for allegedly ‘pushing’ undocumented immigrants to the U.S. to avoid dealing with them themselves.Trump said that Mexico had been allowed to get away with the scheme because they are ‘smart’ and President Obama and his administration are ‘stupid’ – a situation which can only be fixed if he leads the charge to ‘take back our country’.
The failed war on poverty has been expensive...
Via CNS News:
Via CNS News:
Testifying in the U.S Senate yesterday, Congressional Budget Office Director Keith Hall warned that the publicly held debt of the U.S. government, when measured as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product, is headed toward a level the United States has seen only once in its history—at the end of World War II.
To simply contain the debt at the high historical level where it currently sits—74 percent of GDP–would require either significant increases in federal tax revenue or decreases in non-interest federal spending (or a combination of the two).
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Saturday, July 11, 2015
Via NY Times:
Ellen Pao, the interim chief executive of Reddit, resigned from the online message board on Friday after a week of ceaseless criticism from scores of angry users over the handling of an employee departure.
Ms. Pao will be replaced by Steve Huffman, who, along with Alexis Ohanian, started Reddit from a two-bedroom apartment in a suburb of Boston a decade ago. Ms. Pao said she would remain as an adviser to Reddit’s board for the remainder of the year.
Her exit, which the company described as a mutual agreement between her and Reddit’s board, follows a week of unrest in the Reddit community, which is made up of more than 160 million regular users who use the site to talk about anything from current events to viral cat photos.
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Via The Telegraph:
Pope Francis on Thursday launched a blistering attack on the “new colonialism” of austerity, describing unfettered capitalism as “the dung of the devil” and apologising for the Catholic church’s role in the conquest of indigenous populations in the Americas.Capitalism has done more to provide food, medicine and technology to people than any other economic system.
He delivered a powerful mea culpa on the part of the church in the highlight of his South American pilgrimage, “humbly” begging forgiveness during an encounter in Bolivia with indigenous groups and other activists and in the presence of Bolivia’s first-ever indigenous president, Evo Morales.
Friday, July 10, 2015
Following the murder of a young woman in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant from Mexico, voters want to get tough on so-called “sanctuary cities” that refuse to enforce immigration laws.
Sixty-two percent (62%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the U.S. Justice Department should take legal action against cities that provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 26% oppose Justice Department action against sanctuary cities. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Fifty-eight percent (58%) believe the federal government should cut off funds to cities that provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants.
Cruz’s “A Time For Truth,” published on June 30, should be #2.
The New York Times informed HarperCollins this week that it will not include Ted Cruz’s new biography on its forthcoming bestsellers list, despite the fact that the book has sold more copies in its first week than all but two of the Times’ bestselling titles, the On Media blog has learned.
Cruz’s “A Time For Truth,” published on June 30, sold 11,854 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Bookscan’s hardcover sale numbers. That’s more than 18 of the 20 titles that will appear on the bestseller list for the week ending July 4. Aziz Ansari’s “Modern Romance,” which is #2 on the list, sold fewer than 10,000 copies. Ann Coulter’s “Adios America,” at #11, sold just over half as many copies.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Flashback to 2007: Candidate Obama defends sanctuary cities, blames the federal government for not doing it's job
I wonder if Obama feels that way now? Obama has owned the federal government for going on 7 years. For the first two years after he was elected, Democrats owned both houses of Congress, with a super-majority in the Senate. They didn't pass comprehensive immigration reform or secure the border as Obama promised. Their disingenuous approach now seems to be to try and blame the Republicans. If we had a real press, instead of lapdogs, Obama and Democrats would be laughed out of Washington, DC.
Jeb's ,Super Pac has raised $103 million already...
Shock and awe GOPe style:
Shock and awe GOPe style:
(National Journal) It appears Bush raised even more than what was disclosed on Thursday. That mammoth figure still doesn’t include a third political committee in Bush’s orbit, the Right to Rise PAC Inc. When Bush first announced last December that he was “actively” exploring a presidential run, he said he was forming a PAC to help promote “leaders, ideas and policies.” Neither the super PAC nor campaign responded to an inquiry about the other PAC’s fundraising figures in 2015…
Bush formally declared his candidacy in Miami on June 15 and raised an average of $710,000 per day for the rest of the month. To put his $11.4 million haul in perspective, it would require Bush to have raised the maximum donation of $2,700 in primary dollars from more than 4,200 donors—in 16 days.
His super PAC, Right to Rise USA, run by one of Bush’s longtime confidantes, is not constrained by contribution limits. Bush had roughly 500 donors contribute more than $25,000, according to figures released by his super PAC Thursday. Of the $103 million raised, the super PAC said that it had more than $98 million cash on hand.
It has been cooler and wetter than normal in Kentucky too...
SR120W Tioga Pass is NOW CLOSED From 4 miles west of Jct 395 to the Yosemite Nat'l Park Entrance Gate, Due to Snow.— Caltrans District 9 (@Caltrans9) July 9, 2015
…Kathy Sullivan, a Democratic National Committee member from New Hampshire who attended the training, said it helped her “talk about the Hillary Clinton we know.” The session included a workshop in which supporters turned to the supporters sitting next to them and practiced sharing anecdotes about Clinton that help humanize her.
“We would each tell a personal story about Hillary Clinton that is an example of the qualities about her that make her attractive as a candidate. as opposed to listing a lot of policy positions,” Sullivan said.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Finally, I can sleep at night.
Via Daily Mail:
Via Daily Mail:
Michelle Obama has given a touch-up to the White House State Dining Room, the latest interior design change that will endure long after she leaves the building at a cost of $595,000.
Her modest changes to the room where many dinners and other events are held follow this year’s more dramatic remake of the Old Family Dining Room and the unveiling of the Obama china service.
The change, which has been years in the making, comes just months after head florist Laura Dowling quit her post and was escorted from the building by security.
Much of the recent focus has been on border security and we do need a secure fence on the border, but to solve the problem we have to go round people up, physically escort them to the border and and kick them out. If they come back, we need to lock them up for a long time.
Hundreds of thousands of convicted criminal immigrants remain at large in the U.S. and a number have gone on to commit additional crimes.
According to a March 2, 2015 “ICE Weekly Departures and Detention Report” obtained by Center for Immigration Studies expert Jessica Vaughan and shared with Breitbart News, there were 168,680 convicted criminal immigrants who had final orders of removal but who remained at large in the U.S.
Another 179,018 convicted criminal immigrants with deportation cases pending also remained at large.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
CNN's Keilar Blasts Clinton's Interview Performance: 'I Didn't Hear A More Open Or Transparent Hillary' (Video)
Gee. If Keilar had asked a tough follow up question or two, it would have helped. Her performance was abysmal. For instance, Hillary Clinton sent a memo directing State Department employess to not use private email for official business when she was Secretary of State. Why was it OK for her to ignore her own directive? What kind of paranoid world does she live in where she needs a private email server in her house?
You could make a very similar map to the one below (source here) by coloring Democratically controlled states Yellow and Republican controlled states green. You could do something similar by coloring the states that took the
Obamacare SCOYUScare Medicaid expansion as opposed to those that declined. My state of Kentucky, which has had a democrat as governor for years, is an embarrassing 45 out of 50. We can change that this November by electing Matt Bevins.
Via Daily Caller:
Just a few weeks after Rachel Dolezal transfixed the nation with her bogus claims to black heritage, yet another professor stands accused of falsely claiming a different racial identity to advance her career.
Andrea Smith, a professor of media and cultural studies at the University of California at Riverside, has started to draw attention in the wake of the Dolezal incident from those who say she has for years falsely claimed to have Cherokee blood. The case is arguably much more significant, though, because while Dolezal was a relatively undistinguished academic at Eastern Washington University, Smith is recognized as a significant scholar in her field. She routinely appears as a featured scholar at major events and has written books that were well-received by her colleagues (though others may question the broader worth of works like Conquest: Sexual Violence And American Indian Genocide).
Her career has largely been defined by her supposed American Indian identity. Besides her academic work, she also helped create the organization INCITE!, which describes itself as a collection of “radical feminists of color.” She’s also been active in the Indian group Women of All Red Nations (WARN).
Monday, July 6, 2015
Go big with your lies or stay home...
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest is blaming Republicans after an illegal immigrant who was reportedly deported five times was charged with murder in California.From the comments at Breitbart:
When asked by reporters about critics of President Obama’s immigration enforcement policies, Earnest insisted that it was actually Republicans who are fault for voting against the Gang Of Eight bill last year, pointing out that it contained funding to increase border security.
As an employee of ICE who deals with criminal aliens - I can tell you first hand the White House created this situation. They destroyed secure communities and 287(g). ICE employees are utterly demoralized having seen years of good law enforcement work get gutted by politicians and left wing judges with agendas. The blood of anyone killed by illegal aliens is on Obama and his team.
What a crock. If the gang of eight bill had passed, this illegal would have been put on the path to citizenship because he hadn't been convicted of any violent felonies. It's a shame no reporters questioned this blatant lie.
This killer was in a liberal Sanctuary city of San Francisco . They protect all illegals no matter what they have done. They refused to turn this creep over to ICE. They let him run free to kill an innocent young woman. These liberals are sick in the head.As a side note, anyone Democrat or Republican, who tells you they want to secure the border, but don't want to build a very secure fence across the entire length are lying to you through their teeth.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Steven Rebenstorf has numerous flags flying atop his canopy tent inside Daytona International Speedway.
The Confederate flag is front and center.
It's been like that for years. And the 57-year-old Rebenstorf has no plans to take it down — not even if NASCAR decides to ban the embattled flag from its racetracks.
"They'd have to come and get it," Rebenstorf said Saturday, pointing out that his American flag purposely flies a few inches higher than the rest.
Rebenstorf and others staunchly defended their Confederate flags at NASCAR's first race in the South since the racing series and its tracks urged fans to no longer wave the banner. Dozens were scattered throughout the vast infield all weekend leading to Sunday's race.
If Jews are smart, they will flee the EU too...
Just a year ago, Russian journalist Vladimir Yakovlev was one of Moscow’s most influential media figures.
Today, he lives a quiet life in Tel Aviv and has swapped his Russian passport for an Israeli one.
Yakovlev, the founder of the respected Kommersant publishing house and the Snob magazine, belongs to a new wave of disillusioned Russian Jews deserting their country for the relative stability of Israel.
“The big problem with Russia, and the main reason why I left, is the fact that our value system was destroyed,” he says. “Life in Russia has turned into Russian roulette. Every morning you turn the roulette wheel, you never know what is going to happen to you.”
Spooked by Russia’s actions in Ukraine and by the increasingly stringent punishments for anyone deemed critical of the Kremlin, Russians of Jewish descent have been fleeing in droves over the past 18 months.
Keep on reading…
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Clinton advance aides create a rope line for the press, moving with the candidate pic.twitter.com/9S7CpVt7x4— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 4, 2015
God forbid they posted a negative story about the anointed one...
Gorham, New Hampshire (CNN)Hillary Clinton’s campaign used a rope to keep journalists away from the candidate on Saturday while she walked in this small town’s July Fourth parade.I would have whipped out my pocket knife and cut the rope, but I am not a lapdog.
The ensuing photos of journalists, including a CNN reporter, being somewhat dragged by a thin white rope as Clinton walked down Main Street caught fire online.
Initially, Clinton’s campaign was not using a rope to corral the press, allowing journalists to get close to her and ask her questions.
But campaign aides said they brought the rope out because they feared the press scrum of around a dozen reporters and photojournalists would obstruct the view of New Hampshire voters attending the parade.
The rope was held by two of Clinton’s advance staffers, who at times walked ahead of reporters, seemingly pulling them along the parade route.
“You guys, we are going to do 10 yards and a little more organized,” said one of the advance staffers after breaking out the rope.
In explaining why they were using the rope, the staffer said, “so maybe a voter could see her, that kind of thing.”[…]
Saturday, July 4, 2015
How did this country become so messed up? When did parents give up their rights? I am not opposed to birth control, but this is ridiculous.
Via Life News
Via Life News
Earlier this month, LifeNews.com reported on a high school in Seattle, Washington that is now implanting intrauterine devices (IUD), as well as other forms of birth control and doing so without parental knowledge or permission.
The IUD is known as a long acting reversible contraception, and may even act as an abortifacient. So, a young teen in Seattle can’t get a coke at her high school, but she can have a device implanted into her uterus, which can unknowingly kill her unborn child immediately after conception. Or, if she uses another method, she can increase her chances of health risks for herself, especially if using a new method.
The high school, Chief Sealth International, a public school, began offering the devices in 2010, made possible by a Medicaid program known as Take Charge and a non-profit, Neighborcare. Students can receive the device or other method free of cost and without their parent’s insurance. And while it’s lauded that the contraception is confidential, how can it be beneficial for a parent-child relationship when the parents don’t even know the devices or medication their daughter is using?
.@marcorubio what do you say to the family of Kathryn Steinle in CA who was viciously killed b/c we can't secure our border? Stand up for US— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2015
Where are the other candidates now that this tragic murder has taken place b/c of our unsafe border http://t.co/amaV7tqgAR We need a wall!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2015
Our Southern border is unsecure. I am the only one that can fix it, nobody else has the guts to even talk about it. http://t.co/ujz3jENIYo— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2015
Mexican leaders and negotiators are much tougher and smarter than those of the U.S. Mexico is killing us on jobs and trade. WAKE UP!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2015
Barack Obama and liberal Democrats are most pleased. They think we should be ashamed.
Fewer people are “extremely proud” to be American, according to new polling from Gallup.
The pollster finds that 54 percent are “extremely proud” to be American, which is down from around 70 percent between 2002 and 2004. The percentage may have jumped in those years after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Gallup released the new numbers just before the July 4 holiday.
Friday, July 3, 2015
It's hard to imagine the British once ruled the world. Now, they are obsessed with school lunches...
LONDON – The British government is urging school leaders to use their “common law powers” to search student lunches and potentially confiscate any items they deem “unhealthy or inappropriate.”
Education minister Lord Nash tells Express, “Schools have common law powers to search pupils, with their consent, for items.
“There is nothing to prevent schools from having a policy of inspecting lunch boxes for food items that are prohibited under their school food policies.
“A member of staff may confiscate, keep or destroy such items found as a result of the search if it is reasonable to do so in the circumstances.”
The government’s foray into lunch inspections began when Cherry Tree Primary School in Colchester banned a Peperami sausage snack and scotch eggs from a six-year-old girl’s lunch.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Shameful: Emails reveal NYT's reporter and former Politico reporter changed stories at behest of Clinton aides?
Can anyone say "No Credibility?"
Eyebrows were raised Tuesday evening after a batch of Hillary Clinton's emails released by the State Department turned up the names of two prominent journalists.
BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith and former New York Times correspondent Les Gelb both make a brief appearance in the newly released trove of messages, as the two reporters apparently discussed Clinton-related story ideas with various members of her team. The emails, which cover only the former secretary of state's first year at Foggy Bottom, raise questions about how much input Clinton's people had in the press' coverage of her early days as America's top diplomat.
In one of the correspondences released Tuesday evening, Smith, who was reporting for Politico at the time, discusses possible story ideas with Tommy Vietor, the former spokesman for President Obama's National Security Council.
Hillary claimed she had no classified material on her private server. If the State Department has now decided some should be classified, why couldn't Hillary come to that conclusion? Well, she did have trouble operating a fax machine...
Chick-fil-A may generate a lot of political controversy, but when it comes to customer satisfaction the restaurant can’t be beat. The chain earned a higher satisfaction score than any other fast food restaurant, according to a new report by the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
Overall, customer satisfaction at fast food restaurants declined in 2015, according to report. The report explained the change as a result of customers thinking more about food quality than price as the U.S. moves further away from the recent economic recession. As part because of this trend, the more upscale Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread followed close behind Chick-fil-A in the rankings.
I hope the man gets the help he desperately needs, but he still needs to face the legal consequences...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A man who reported someone beat him and carved a homophobic slur into his arm staged the attacks, authorities in rural Utah said Tuesday.Millard County Sheriff Robert Dekker said Rick Jones, 21, could face charges after officers investigating the series of reported attacks found inconsistencies in the evidence. The Delta man eventually acknowledged faking the harassment, Dekker said.Brett Tolman, an attorney for Jones, said the reports were a cry for help initially directed toward people close to him, and Jones didn't realize how much attention they would get.
Obama doesn't want them to have heavy weapons. It's almost like he is secretly rooting for ISIS.
The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State Jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt.Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over the world’s gravest security crisis for decades.They now say they are willing to “go it alone” in supplying heavy weapons to the Kurds, even if means defying the Iraqi authorities and their American backers, who demand all weapons be channelled through Baghdad.