Secret Service missed man with gun in elevator with Obama

The Secret Service has had a bad couple of weeks. Apparently just 3 days before letting a man jump the White House fence and run around the ground floor of the White House for a while, the Secret Service let a man with a gun ride in an elevator with Obama. Oops.

A man with a gun that the Secret Service did not know about rode in an elevator with President Obama during his visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Sept. 16.

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The previously undisclosed breach, confirmed by two sources familiar with the case, raises new questions about the agency’s ability to protect the president.

The incident, which took place three days before an intruder jumped a fence and sprinted inside the White House, involved a failure in Secret Service advance work to prevent an armed man from coming into close proximity with Obama while he was visiting the CDC to receive a briefing about the Ebola threat.

The threat to the president appeared minimal, but the incident alarmed agents on site and exposes a breakdown in several important Secret Service security protocols, the sources say.

Ebola reaches the US

According to recent reports, a man has tested positive for Ebola in Texas.

From The Blaze:

A patient in Dallas has tested positive for Ebola, the first time the virus has been diagnosed inside the United States.

A report from Fox News said the Dallas County Health Department said the patient was recently in Africa, where the virus has claimed the lives of thousands in an epidemic that has spread across country borders.

In a late Tuesday briefing, Tom Frieden, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director, said he believes officials will be able to quickly minimize the spread of the virus.

“There is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here,” he said.

But Frieden stressed that health officials will spend time identifying everyone with which the patient had contact, and to monitor those people to see if they develop any symptoms. He said once that list is developed, they will all be closely monitored, and if they develop Ebola-like symptoms, they will also be isolated.

While that raises the prospect that the patient may have infected some others, Frieden stressed that Ebola can only spread from people with Ebola symptoms, and said the patient entered the U.S. from Liberia without any symptoms. He said the patient returned from Liberia on September 20, and didn’t show symptoms until around September 24.

“Remember, Ebola does not spread from someone who’s not infectious,” he said. “It does not spread from someone who doesn’t have fever and other symptoms. It’s only someone who’s sick with Ebola who can spread the disease.”

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From what I can tell, doctors and scientists don’t know enough about the disease to know with any certainty how it is transmitted. One thing’s for sure, we shouldn’t treat what the government tells us as gospel. After all:

White House: Our strict military standards to avoid civilian deaths will not apply in Syria

Remember those strict rules of engagement that President Obama issued to the US military to avoid civilian casualties?  Yeah, you can forget about those…

from Yahoo News:

The White House has acknowledged for the first time that strict standards President Obama imposed last year to prevent civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes will not apply to U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq.
A White House statement to Yahoo News confirming the looser policy came in response to questions about reports that as many as a dozen civilians, including women and young children, were killed when a Tomahawk missile struck the village of Kafr Daryan in Syria’s Idlib province on the morning of Sept. 23.

The village has been described by Syrian rebel commanders as a reported stronghold of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front where U.S officials believed members of the so-called Khorasan group were plotting attacks against international aircraft.

But at a briefing for members and staffers of the House Foreign Affairs Committee late last week, Syrian rebel commanders described women and children being hauled from the rubble after an errant cruise missile destroyed a home for displaced civilians. Images of badly injured children also appeared on YouTube, helping to fuel anti-U.S. protests in a number of Syrian villages last week.

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With President Obama, words do not mean what they mean.  They mean whatever he wants them to mean.  Standards are not standards. Promises are not promises. Laws are not laws. They are all just empty words.

Trey Gowdy grills Secret Service head on why they failed to investigate shooting at White House

Did you even know that there was a shooting at the White House? Shots were fired into the Obamas’s private residence.  The Secret Service didn’t know either until days later when a housekeeper found broken glass inside around one of the windows. 

Now, Congress is demanding answers on why the Secret Service failed to investigate the night of the shooting despite hearing 6-8 shots fired. 

Here’s the video:

We’re also learning today that the White House fence jumper made if much further into the White House than originally thought, overpowering a Secret Service agent on his way inside.

The Secret Service has gotten lucky, but luck is not enough when your job is to protect the President.  

Democrats To Supporters: “We’re BEGGING” You For Donations. "Begging, begging, BEGGING"

From Drew over at the great Weasel Zippers.  This is how Democrats treat their financial supporters.  Sadly, it seems to work for them.

Obamacare website costs pass $2 billion. Yes, you read that right. $2 BILLION…for a website

This is the perfect example of why big government is such a stupid, bad, unethical thing.

from Bloomberg:

The federal government’s Obamacare enrollment system has cost about $2.1 billion so far, according to a Bloomberg Government analysis of contracts related to the project.

Spending for and related programs, including at the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies, exceeds cost estimates provided by the Obama administration, the analysis found. The government’s most recent estimate, limited to spending on computer systems by the agency that runs the site, through February, is $834 million. and its associated programs are the main portal for millions of Americans to sign up for coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare. Spending for the system has been a matter of dispute between the administration and Republican opponents in Congress, who have tried to block funding for the law.

“The way in which Obamacare has been rolled out has been very messy,” with spending scattered across dozens of contracts, many of them predating the law and amended afterward, said Peter Gosselin, a senior health-care analyst at BGov and lead author of study. “One of the reasons it has been implemented in the way it has been, financially, is precisely to deny opponents of the law a clear target.”

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Deny opponents a clear target? The target of criticism and accountability for this mess is Obama, not one of the dozens of contractors he’s paying with my hard-earned money to build this boondoggle. 

We still don't know how many people Obamacare enrolled

There are a lot of conflicting numbers out there, and that leads to only one sure conclusion: we have no clue how many people have actually enrolled and paid for their Obamacare plans.

Obama has missed more than half of his daily intelligence briefings

After blaming the intelligence community for missing the threat of ISIS, Obama set of a firestorm of backlash.  Former and current national security officials have been coming out of the woodwork to blast Obama’s comments on 60 Minutes as false and preposterous.

And what do we learn today? The truth is that Obama has missed more than half of his daily intelligence briefings, and yes, those briefings have contained warnings about ISIS for a very long time.

from Breitbart:

A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report reveals that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014.

The GAI report also included a breakdown of Obama’s PDB attendance record between terms; he attended 42.4% of his PDBs in his first term and 41.3% in his second.

The GAI’s alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s 60 Minutes comments on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s (ISIS) rapid rise squarely at the feet of his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

“I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” said Obama.

According to Daily Beast reporter Eli Lake, members of the Defense establishment were “flabbergasted” by Obama’s attempt to shift blame.

“Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullshitting,” a former senior Pentagon official “who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq” told the Daily Beast.

On Monday, others in the intelligence community similarly blasted Obama and said he’s shown longstanding disinterest in receiving live, in-person PDBs that allow the Commander-in-Chief the chance for critical followup, feedback, questions, and the challenging of flawed intelligence assumptions.

“It’s pretty well-known that the president hasn’t taken in-person intelligence briefings with any regularity since the early days of 2009,” an Obama national security staffer told the Daily Mail on Monday. “He gets them in writing.”

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It’s getting difficult to even call him President Obama anymore.  I respect the office as much as anybody, but it’s evident that Obama doesn’t. 

You know, Democrats loved mocking Clint Eastwood’s empty chair sketch at the GOP national convention, but it rings true today more than ever.  Obama isn’t acting like a President.  The chair is empty. 

US poised to become world’s leading liquid petroleum producer

Since corporations are now global, I’m a little skeptical of the notion of “energy independence” as it is often sold to the public. But one thing is for sure, the United States has plenty of petroleum to go around. And it is set to become the world’s largest producer of petroleum in spite of policies of its federal government.

The US is overtaking Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest producer of liquid petroleum, in a sign of how its booming oil production has reshaped the energy sector.

US production of oil and related liquids such as ethane and propane was neck-and-neck with Saudi Arabia in June and again in August at about 11.5m barrels a day, according to the International Energy Agency, the watchdog backed by rich countries.

With US production continuing to boom, its output is set to exceed Saudi Arabia’s this month or next for the first time since 1991.

Judge says Detroit water cutoffs are legal


It’s amazing that it had to come to this, but a bankruptcy judge has allowed Detroit’s water cutoffs to continue.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ruled on Monday that Detroit can continue shutting off water service to non-paying customers, saying his court does not have jurisdiction over the issue and that suspending disconnections for six months could hurt the city’s finances.

"Detroit cannot afford any revenue slippages," the judge said, before resuming his ongoing hearing on Detroit’s plan to exit the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy.

"As it prepares to show the court its plan is feasible… the last thing it needs is this hit to its revenues,” he said, adding there was a strong correlation between disconnections and the city’s collections of delinquent bills.

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This: "…there [is] a strong correlation between disconnections and the city’s collections of delinquent bills."

Allow to me to say the exact same thing in a different way: People will not pay for things if they think they can get it for free.

How is this not obvious to everyone?

This is a perfect microcosm of the problem. When people are consistently handed something they haven’t earned, generally speaking, they become accustomed to it. They begin thinking it is owed to them. They cease being thankful. And they develop a disincentive to work and better themselves. These aren’t hateful statements. They are simply observations of human nature.

But inevitably, whenever this argument is made, it is met with indignant, angry responses. Responses such as “You hate poor people” or “you don’t know what it’s like to be poor” or the utterly cliched “RAAAACCCIST!" argument, etc.

Allow me to dispel a few of these myths (or, rather, rhetorical hyperbole) with the following:

Everyone, regardless of any of the characteristics that may divide us (gender, race, social status, etc) has a right to water (or anything else), but they do not have the right to force their neighbor to buy it for them.

This is a principle on which we should all be able to agree.

SCOTUS temporarily blocks early voting in Ohio


The Supreme Court has delayed Ohio’s early voting for the time being.

From a very disappointed USA Today:

The Supreme Court delayed the start of early voting in Ohio Monday, a day before it was scheduled to begin, temporarily blocking a victory won by voting rights groups in lower courts.

The decision has potential implications for other states, including Wisconsin, North Carolina, Texas and Arkansas, where state efforts to tighten up voting procedures are opposed by civil rights groups who say they disproportionately affect minorities.

Ohio’s was the first of those cases to reach the high court, and the conservative majority blocked lower court rulings that would have jump-started early voting Tuesday.

Their action, opposed by the court’s four liberal justices, reversed a federal appeals court decision that had blocked the state from reducing early voting from 35 to 28 days. The lower court also had ordered the state to restore some evening and Sunday voting that the Legislature had eliminated.

Those reductions remain in place as a result of the high court’s order Monday. The justices invited the state to seek a full ruling on the merits of the case. If that request is denied or the state loses in court, the expanded voting hours would be restored — albeit too late for this year’s election.

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I truly believe that states are completely autonomous entities and should be able to create their own laws, including election laws, so long as those laws are constitutional. But, at the same time, people shouldn’t be given the ability to easily manipulate elections. Elections effect all of us tremendously. Granted, it shouldn’t be this way, but it is. Because we ignore the Constitution and 51% of the people get to vote to take away the rights of the other 49%, it is imperative that elections be reasonable and fair (yes, it’s the dreaded subjectivity argument).

This brings us to early voting laws. People are busy. I get it. Voting lines can be long. Voters have lives and places to go. Why not have early voting? It will make it easier for those who want to vote, right? In my opinion, we should be able to vote from our cell phones in the comfort of our own home. But why can’t we? Potential voter fraud.

When people are given weeks (and weeks and weeks) to vote, voter fraud not only becomes easier, it becomes nearly inevitable. No, I’m not suggesting with certainty that a law will be broken, but fraud (i.e. voting manipulation) most definitely will occur. There are those (who always seem to mysteriously be on the same side of the political spectrum for some reason) who always manage to “get out the vote” by hook or by crook. For example, they’ll contact voters on their federally subsidized cell phones and tell them that they will lose said subsidy if they don’t go vote for candidate A. Or, in some cases, they’ll pay people to go vote. Etc.

And when they have weeks instead of days to do things like this, you can rest assured that they’ll be more successful.

But who does it hurt? Particularly, the people who take voting seriously. The people who set their alarm clock to go off 45 minutes earlier than normal so that they could go vote before work. And the people who skipped lunch so they could vote during their lunch break. And the people who have researched the issues, know the candidates, have prayed, thought and debated and made a thoughtful decision about their vote. These are the people laws like this hurt. And, quite frankly, they are the only people I want voting.

Liberal city council fumes as concealed carry finally comes to Washington DC

The anti-gun left is going nuts today after the DC City Council finally voted to begin issuing concealed carry permits for residents of Washington DC. The liberal members of the DC city council are fuming that that pesky old Constitution won’t let them prevent residents from arming themselves. 

from Washington Post:

The D.C. Council voted Tuesday to grant residents and visitors the ability to carry concealed firearms in public, but the bill would establish a regulatory structure that could make it difficult for gun owners to secure a permit.

The legislation passed unanimously, although several of the council’s 13 members said they were voting for the measure reluctantly after a federal judge struck down the city’s long-standing ban on carrying weapons.

Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) said before the vote that she was “deeply disappointed” by the demise of the city’s decades-old ban on carrying guns and said the court ruling, in her view, did “grievous harm to public safety” in the nation’s capital.

But Cheh joined her colleagues in voting for the bill, knowing that the July court order would otherwise invalidate much of the city’s gun-control statute and that prosecutors have already ceased pursuing unlicensed-carrying charges.

“We really don’t want to move forward with allowing more guns in the District of Columbia, but we all know we have to be compliant with what the courts say,” said Muriel Bowser (Ward 4), the Democratic nominee for mayor.

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Cheer up, DC liberals. Your city’s crime rate will go down (like it has in every state that has adopted concealed carry).  

An armed society is a polite one.  It’s always nice when there’s a Constitutional victory to celebrate.

ISIS forces advance to 1 mile outside Baghdad

While Obama runs around blaming his intelligence advisors for “underestimating ISIS,” ISIS continues advancing towards Baghdad.

from Daily Mail:

Reports that ISIS militants are now just one mile from Baghdad came from the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East - an organisation supporting the work of Canon Andrew White, vicar of the city’s St George’s Church, the only Anglican church in Iraq.
In a message posted on Facebook, the group said: ‘The Islamic State are now less than 2km away from entering Baghdad. They said it could never happen and now it almost has.

'Obama says he overestimated what the Iraqi Army could do. Well you only need to be hear a very short while to know they can do very very little,' they added.

The claims were backed up by Canon White himself, who shared the message just hours after he had earlier suggested the group were approximately six miles from the centre of Baghdad.

In a message he also posted on Facebook, Canon White had said: ‘The Islamic State are now within 10km of entering Baghdad. Over a 1000 Iraqi troops were killed by them yesterday, things are so bad. As I said all the military air strikes are doing nothing. If ever we needed your prayer it is now.’

The militants are understood to have had their advance halted by airstrikes yesterday at Ameriyat Al-Falluja yesterday - a small city about 18 miles south of Fallujah and 40 miles west of Baghdad.

But the clashes did not force the bulk of the fighters - with many of them now having made their way to the Baghdad suburbs for this morning’s fighting.

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The strategy here for ISIS, I’m sure, is to get their militants too far advanced into the Baghdad city limits for airstrikes to be a feasible tactic without massive amounts of collateral damage.  They know that Obama has already pledged no to use our troops in combat, and so all they need to do is advance into Baghdad far enough to begin using the residents there as human shields.

Another radical Islamist in Oklahoma arrested after threatening to behead coworker at nursing home

What in the world is going on out in Oklahoma?

from Oklahoman:

Jacob Mugambi Muriithi, 30, is being held in the Oklahoma County jail on a terrorism complaint. His bail is set at $1 million.

“We take these threats very seriously,” Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said.

The arrest came on the same day police in Moore revealed fired Vaughan Foods worker Alton Alexander Nolen beheaded a co-worker after he was fired Thursday. Nolen is a Muslim convert.

Muriithi was identified as a native of Kenya who is living in Oklahoma City. He worked at Bellevue Nursing Home in northwest Oklahoma City, police reported.

The co-worker reported Muriithi threatened her while they were both working at the nursing home Sept. 19, a police detective wrote in an arrest warrant affidavit.

The woman was not identified.

She said Muriithi identified himself as a Muslim and said he “represented ISIS and that ISIS kills Christians,” the detective told a judge in the affidavit. The two had not worked together before.

ISIS is a reference to Islamic State militants responsible for highly publicized beheadings in the Middle East.

The woman said she asked him why they kill Christians and he replied, “This is just what we do,” the detective reported.

“The victim said Jacob asked her what time she got off work and she replied by asking him in a joking manner if he was going to kill her,’ the detective wrote. “Jacob told the victim, ‘Yes,’ he was going to cut her head off. The victim asked Jacob what he was going to cut her head off with and he said, ‘A blade,’ then told her after he did it he was going to post it on Facebook.

“The victim said Jacob was serious when speaking and never made any statements that he was joking or playing around.”

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As we’ve discussed before, the 1st Amendment offers the freedom to worship peacefully to everyone, including Muslims. However, the minute a person’s religious practices begin infringing on the rights or safety of others, the 1st Amendment protections no longer apply.  

Once a person starts openly threatening violence against other person, they can no longer hide behind the 1st Amendment for protection. 

Mississippi restaurant owner kicks out Rabbi after learning he’s Jewish


This is just one more disturbing case in growing trend of anti-semitism in the United State and Europe.  How in the world did we get here?

from WAPT:

Friday’s meeting between Wraps owner John Ellis and Rabbi Ted Riter lasted about five minutes. The two men shook hands and sat down at a table at the back of the shop.

Ellis said he’s received about a dozen nasty phone calls since Riter first talked about his experience at the restaurant on Tuesday. Riter ordered a Greek salad and was insulted when Ellis allegedly asked, “the regular size or the Jewish size?”

"He said, ‘You know Jews are small and cheap? Everyone knows that,’ and I said to him, ‘Did you really just say that to me?’ And he said, ‘Are you Jewish?’ I said, ‘Yes,’" Riter said of his exchange with Ellis.

In an interview Wednesday with 16 WAPT News, Ellis said it was a misunderstanding. He said the restaurant sells a Jewish salad and a Greek salad. During Friday’s meeting with Riter, Ellis said the rabbi must have misunderstood him because of his Greek accent.

"I know what I heard and I was insulted and you did curse at me and tell me to get out," Riter said.

Ellis apologized again and asked to name a salad after the Riter, an offer the rabbi refused.

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The restaurant owner claims he’s “been under a lot of stress.”  That’s no excuse.  When I’m stressed out, I don’t go running around discriminating against Jews.