Maryland Dem Governor O’Malley to illegal immigrants: Welcome to the US! Stay out of Maryland

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Liberal Democrat Martin O’Malley is totes in favor of amnesty and what not, he just doesn’t want any of those immigrants in his state. And wait ‘til you hear his flimsy and insulting excuse for not wanting them there.

From Politico:

Martin O’Malley says that deporting the children detained at the border would be sending them to “certain death” — but he also urged the White House not to send them to a facility in his own state.

Hours after the Maryland governor and prospective 2016 presidential candidate became the most prominent Democrat to criticize the White House on the issue, Domestic Policy Director Cecilia Muñoz called O’Malley to complain.

But before they hung up, O’Malley told Muñoz not to send any of the children to the facility in Westminster, Md., that the White House was looking at. It’s a conservative part of the state, he warned. The children were at risk of getting harassed, or worse, he said.

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Are you getting that? He says he doesn’t want the immigrants in his state because he’s afraid that those (implied — evil, white, backward) conservatives will be mean to them.

He praises foreign felons while insulting law-abiding, tax-paying American citizens who are residents of his own state. Nice.

Illegal alien Obama admin caught and released in June arrested for murder and kidnapping

Border Patrol agents had Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas in custody, but they released him with a “permiso,” a notice to appear at immigration proceedings that thousands of illegal immigrants have been treating like a “free pass” to enter the US.  Soon after his release, Monterroso-Navas bludgeoned his girlfriend to death in a bathtub. 

from Breitbart:

An illegal immigrant who was released by U.S. authorities with a Notice to Appear has been arrested for the alleged murder of a woman and kidnapping of children on U.S. soil. The alleged crimes occurred after the man was released.
The man, Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas, entered the U.S. illegally with children and turned himself in to U.S. Border Patrol agents. He was processed and released, as are all illegal immigrants who come as unaccompanied minors or incomplete family units from Central America. The alien is from Honduras.

The arrest was first reported by the Associated Press (AP), but Breitbart Texas has exclusively confirmed that the man was part of the Obama Administration’s catch and release policy for family groups from Central America.

A U.S. Border Patrol source who spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity provided Breitbart Texas with the alien registration number for the man, and the event number for the man’s apprehension. He was processed in the McAllen station of the U.S. Border Patrol. The alien’s registration number is 202027386. The event number for his apprehension is MCS14061487. The “MCS” designates the McAllen station, the “1406” designates that the man was apprehended in June of 2014. A separate Border Patrol source confirmed that the man was apprehended on June 26, 2014 with two children he claimed were his own. He told U.S. authorities he had family in Metairie, Louisiana.

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Every day gang members and violent criminals like this dirtbag are streaming over our southern border.  And that’s not all…authorities are increasingly concerned that radical Islamist terrorists are using the porous southern border as an entry point into the US.  

The Obama administration’s illegal catch and release immigration policy puts lives and the security of our nation at risk.

Issa releases voicemail implicating Obama’s former Labor Secretary in illegal campaign activity

Here we go again.  Yet another Obama official has been caught violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits White House cabinet officials from engaging in campaign activities.  

from LA Times:

Rep. Darrell Issa released a recording Wednesday that his office said supported allegations of illegal fundraising activity by Los Angeles County Supervisor-elect Hilda Solis when she served as U.S. Secretary of Labor.

Issa (R-Vista), whose House Oversight and Government Reform Committee obtained the audio as part of an ongoing probe of political activities by Obama administration employees, played the recording during a hearing in Washington.

A White House spokesman said later Wednesday that the recording relates to an “ongoing law enforcement investigation”—the first time the administration publicly acknowledged the existence of such an inquiry or that it is ongoing. The Times reported in January that the FBI had investigated Solis’ activities in connection with a 2012 Los Angeles fundraiser at La Fonda restaurant for President Obama’s reelection campaign.

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The message was left on the employee’s government-issued BlackBerry, according to a letter sent to Solis last year by the Office of Special Counsel, an independent agency that investigates allegations of administrative violations of fundraising rules by federal officials.

In the recording, from March 2012, the speaker identifies herself as Hilda Solis and says, “Just calling you off-the-record here. Wanted to ask you if you could, um, help us get folks organized to come to a fundraiser that we’re doing for Organizing for America for Obama campaign on Friday at La Fonda at 6 p.m.”

She goes on to say, “There are a lot of folks that we know that are coming, but wanted to ask you if you might help contribute or get other folks to help out.”

Solis appeared as a speaker at the La Fonda event. Two sources familiar with the probe who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter said Wednesday that investigators also are examining allegations that Solis asked at least two other subordinates to help organize and stage the fundraiser.

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Here’s the voicemail audio:

So, not only was Solis herself engaging in illegal campaign activity.  She was getting her subordinates at the Labor Department involved as well.  Why does this matter?  Because she gets her paycheck from you, the taxpayer.  She is not elected.  She is not accountable to you the taxpayer, yet she took time away from her job and other employees away from their jobs and used that time to campaign for Obama. You paid for it all.  

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that yet another person in the Obama administration has been caught in illegal campaign activities.  After all, campaigning is all Obama knows how to do. 

National Organization for Women to Obama: enforce contraception mandate with executive order

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Apparently the representatives at the National Organization for Women don’t understand how the Constitution works. They’re suggesting that Obama bypass the Supreme Court with an executive order.

From Life News (H/T: WZ):

The abortion activists at the National Organization for Women are none too happy with the Supreme Court’s decision protecting Hobby Lobby from being forced to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees and they want President Barack Obama to do something about it.

In an email LifeNews.com received, NOW calls on Obama to sign an executive order to essentially overturn the decision. The email ignores how Hobby Lobby already covers 16 kinds of contraceptives but refuses to support abortion-causing drugs.

“We’re asking President Obama to issue an executive order ensuring that all federal contractors who provide a group insurance plan comply with the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act. We want the president to make crystal clear that the U.S. government will not do business with those who discriminate against women. Make no mistake — withholding basic health care like birth control from women is gender bigotry,” the pro-abortion group claims.

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So, apparently NOW not only thinks that the President has the ability to write laws like a dictator, but also that the President can magically enforce a law that was just ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. This amount of ignorance is truly staggering.

VIDEO: Joe Biden says the change Obama promised in 2008 “didn’t happen”

So much for “hope and change.”  A solemn Joe Biden admitted today to a crowd at the “Generation Progress” conference that the change Obama promised in 2008 didn’t happen. 

Here’s the video:

Transcript:

Look folks, this is within our power to change. Everybody says because we tried in ‘08 and it didn’t happen, it’s not possible. Wrong. We’ve gone through these periods before… But folks, this is totally within our power. Change. Change for the better is absolutely possible and I believe it’s close to inevitable, if you’re the drivers of it.

Generation Progress is an annual gathering of young progressives in Washington DC.  Hot topics at this year’s gathering included gun control, government subsidized birth control, gay marriage, and climate change.

How to “Grow” gas prices. 
Actually, this is how to grow the price of anything…add government.

How to “Grow” gas prices. 

Actually, this is how to grow the price of anything…add government.

Judge Rules Death Penalty Unconstitutional in CA

From what I understand, the judge didn’t say that the death penalty itself was unconstitutional, just that the way California implements it is. We’ll have more details as they come to light.

A federal judge in San Francisco on Wednesday declared the death penalty “unconstitutional” in California.

U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney in San Francisco made the ruling, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.

ACLU Associate Director Natasha Minsker tweeted from court that the judge said the current system is so plagued by delay that sentence is actually carried out against only a trivial few of those sentenced.

Mom Jailed Because She Let Her 9-Year-Old Daughter Play in the Park Unsupervised

Wow. Talk about a police state. A woman (whom The Atlantic inexplicably feels the need to note is black) was arrested, arrested for letting her responsible 9-year-old daughter play at a nearby park by herself. Now the state has taken her away.

From Reason:

Just in case you thought you could parent whatever way you see fit in 2014 America:

A North Augusta mother is in jail after witnesses say she left her nine-year-old daughter at a nearby park, for hours at a time.

Hours at a time? At a park? In the summer? Gosh! That certainly sounds normal and fun like a reason to throw a mom in jail—and place the child in state custody.

Here are the facts: Debra Harrell works at McDonald’s in North Augusta, South Carolina. For most of the summer, her daughter had stayed there with her, playing on a laptop that Harrell had scrounged up the money to purchase. (McDonald’s has free WiFi.) Sadly, the Harrell home was robbed and the laptop stolen, so the girl asked her mother if she could be dropped off at the park to play instead.

White House refuses to say whether border is secure.

I assume this is because Josh Earnest doesn’t want to be laughed at during his press conference.

VA director attempted to SPY on Congressional investigators with video recorders

Congressional staffers from the Veteran Affairs Committee who were investigating complaints against the VA benefits office said that employees there attempted to spy on the investigation with video and audio equipment at the direction of the regional director. 

Here’s audio of Rep. Jeff Miller talking about the incident on WMAL:

from Daily Caller:

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller told DC-based WMAL Radio on Tuesday about his congressional staffers recently being spied on when they looked into various VA complaints at a regional Veterans Benefits Administration office.

His staff was told on “three different occasions” to go to a specific room to do their work but one VA employee said it wasn’t necessary.

Miller, a Republican from Florida, recounted that the “VBA’s acting director took that employee outside” for several minutes and when they returned, his staff was directed again to the specific room on a different floor.

His staffers discovered the room’s sound and video system were prepared to observe their work while they reviewed case files.

“In that room, both of the mics were hot and the camera itself was activated,” the committee chairman told WMAL host Larry O’Connor.

Miller continued, “My staff said, ‘We’re not going to do it in this room,’ and they requested to be taken to another room.”

VBA relocated the committee staffers after they pushed back about the use of the room.

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The top officials at the VA are not denying the attempt to spy on Congressional investigators.  One wonders who was on the other end of the video conferencing feed…

Great. Plurality of Americans don’t like the 1st amendment

This should scare everyone. A recent poll published by the Christian Science Monitor reveals that a plurality (almost a majority) of Americans think that the 1st amendment doesn’t apply to those who engage in speech that is “offensive and harmful.” America, what have we become?

From a seemingly approving CSM:

Donald Sterling. Paula Deen. Juan Williams. Cliven Bundy. Phil Robertson.

Each of these individuals has landed in hot water thanks to controversial comments that unleashed similar responses – public outrage, a media blitz, and professional sacking or suspension. Along with scores of others, they represent a treadmill of inflammatory speech scandals that have tripped up America for decades.

Yet for all the attention devoted to the off-color comments – even President Obama weighed in on the Sterling scandal – Americans’ collective reaction to controversial speech may be far more revealing than the headline-making remarks themselves. Society’s reaction is more about style than substance, commentators say, suggesting Americans haven’t made as much progress as they think they have on issues of race, religion, gender, and sexuality.

Furthermore, incidents of inflammatory speech force Americans to confront the fine line between protecting free speech and fostering a tolerant, pluralistic society.

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This is frightening. The mere fact that we are at the point where we are taking polls about what people should and shouldn’t be allowed to say in America shows us just how far we’ve wandered from the founding principles of liberty.

The very wording of the question creates a perfect teachable moment. The 1st Amendment exists for the sole purpose of protecting speech deemed offensive, harmful or dangerous. If speech is not threatening or offensive to anyone, then there is no reason to protect it. Put another way, if we do not protect all speech, what’s the point of the first amendment?

Bergdahl hires a lawyer, thanks Obama

Lawyering up for his desertion trial I assume…

US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is grateful to President Barack Obama for the prisoner exchange that freed him from five years as a captive of the Taliban, his attorney said on Wednesday.

Bergdahl, who was cleared to return to a desk job this week after the Army said he had completed counseling and a reintegration process, has retained Eugene Fidell, a specialist in military law, to represent him.

Richard Dawkins defends “mild pedophilia” as not causing “lasting harm”

Richard Dawkins is a hero to the anti-religious left.  He is one of the worlds most high-profile voices against the existence of religion.  The bullies in the atheist movement in this country ironically cling to Dawkins’ writings like scripture.  Well, Dawkins recently gave to date the most high-profile stamp of approval on pedophilia.

from liberal nuts over at Salon:

In a recent interview with the Times magazine, Richard Dawkins attempted to defend what he called “mild pedophilia,” which, he says, he personally experienced as a young child and does not believe causes “lasting harm.”

Dawkins went on to say that one of his former school masters “pulled me on his knee and put his hand inside my shorts,” and that to condemn this “mild touching up” as sexual abuse today would somehow be unfair.

“I am very conscious that you can’t condemn people of an earlier era by the standards of ours. Just as we don’t look back at the 18th and 19th centuries and condemn people for racism in the same way as we would condemn a modern person for racism, I look back a few decades to my childhood and see things like caning, like mild pedophilia, and can’t find it in me to condemn it by the same standards as I or anyone would today,” he said.

Plus, he added, though his other classmates also experienced abuse at the hands of this teacher, “I don’t think he did any of us lasting harm.”

Child welfare experts responded to Dawkins’ remarks with outrage — and concern over their effect on survivors of abuse.

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This falls in line with recent calls by far-left whack jobs to consider pedophilia a sexual orientation.  Child sexual abuse is not harmless, and anybody who claims as much does not need to be hanging around anybody’s children. 

Russia to reopen Cold War era spy station on Cuba

I’m sure we can credit this to the Obama’s “reset” with Russia.  We’ve reset all the way to 1960. 

from Daily Mail:

Russia has agreed to reopen a major Cold War listening post on Cuba that was used to spy on America, it was reported today.

Moscow-based daily Kommersant claimed Russia and Cuba have struck a deal ‘in principle’ after President Vladimir Putin visited the island last week.

Citing several sources within Russian authorities, the respected daily wrote: ‘The agreements were finalised while President Vladimir Putin visited Havana last Friday.

The signals intelligence facility near Havana at Torrens, also known as Lourdes, was the largest Russian SIGINT site abroad, but has been mothballed since 2001.

It covered a 28 square-mile area with 1,000-1,500 Russian engineers, technicians, and military personnel working at the base.

Russia had closed the Lourdes spy base south of Havana on Putin’s orders to save money and due to a warming of relations with the U.S. after the September 11 attacks.

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Whatever “warming” there was in US relations after 911 is officially ice cold again.  

White House political chief defies Congressional subpoena to testify citing “executive privilege”

Over the weekend, we gave some background on House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa’s subpoena of White House Political Director David Simas.  Simas heads up a department in the White House that mysteriously closed its doors days before being cited by Office of Special Council for campaigning using taxpayer money. Now, it has mysteriously re-opened…just in time for the November mid-term elections.  

Issa wants answers as Simas’s entire job description is to use the taxpayer’s money for campaign purposes.  But no.  This, the most transparent White House in history, refuses to let Simas testify, citing “executive privilege.” 

from the Hill:

White House political director David Simas will not appear before the House Oversight Committee to testify Wednesday, despite a subpoena from Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the White House said Tuesday.

In a letter to Issa on Tuesday, White House counsel Neil Eggleston said the California congressman had “made no effort to justify your extraordinary demand that one of the president’s immediate advisers testify at a committee hearing.”

In the letter, the White House argues Simas is “immune from congressional compulsion to testify on matters relating to his official duties” because doing so would threaten “longstanding interests of the Executive Branch in preserving the president’s independence and autonomy.”
In a statement issued Tuesday night, Issa said he would proceed with the hearing to find out whether “President Obama actually intends to assert executive privilege.”

The California Republican said a federal court had “already rejected” the notion senior presidential advisers were exempt from congressional subpoena. He pointed to a 2008 ruling in which a federal court ruled that Bush advisers Harriet Miers and Josh Bolton must obey congressional subpoenas.

“Flouting a federal judge’s opinion about our system of checks and balances is yet another attack on our Nation’s Constitution by this President,” Issa said.

“Assertions that this Administration’s taxpayer-funded political efforts should be above Congressional oversight are absurd,” he added.

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If you’ve got nothing to hide, why not testify?  Isn’t that what “transparency” is all about out?