This is huge. It’s ironic. In its attempt to violate the 2nd amendment, the state of New York just violated the 4th amendment in a massive way.
From The Blaze:
Palumbo claimed he was told by an undercover officer that police first considered raiding his business with an armed SWAT Team to retrieve the records. The lead investigator, however, opted to take a more peaceful approach, he said.
Palumbo told TheBlaze he’s not entirely sure why law enforcement officials suddenly became focused on his business. He said there have been rumors that his gun shop came under scrutiny after police received an anonymous complaint via the NY SAFE “Tipline” that promises a $500 reward to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest under the gun control law. He also said he’s heard rumors that an anti-gun group could be responsible.
After he was initially informed by the undercover officer that the state police wanted the customer records related to the modified AR-15 rifles, Palumbo said police didn’t want to return to his gun shop and requested that the list be sent via email. He said he reluctantly complied because his hands were tied due to the restrictive provisions found in the SAFE Act and he realized a SWAT team could raid his store and confiscate all of his inventory.
Palumbo said the SAFE Act gives police unprecedented authority to investigate cases involving so-called “assault weapons.”
The police must know that this is clearly unconstitutional, they’re just more concerned with punishing lawful gun owners than following the law and protecting people.
Obama has decided not to ignore the Constitution and pass
amnesty immigration reform via executive order just yet. He’s going to wait until after the election.
From the AP:
Abandoning his pledge to act by the end of summer, President Barack Obama has decided to delay any executive action on immigration until after the November congressional elections, White House officials said.
The move instantly infuriated immigration advocates while offering relief to some vulnerable Democrats in tough Senate re-election contests.
Two White House officials said Obama concluded that circumventing Congress through executive actions on immigration during the campaign would politicize the issue and hurt future efforts to pass a broad overhaul.
The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the president’s decision before it was announced, said Obama made his decision Friday as he returned to Washington from a NATO summit in Wales.
They said Obama called a few allies from Air Force One to inform them of his decision, and that the president made more calls from the White House on Saturday.
The officials said Obama had no specific timeline to act, but that he still would take his executive steps before the end of the year.
In a Rose Garden speech on June 30, Obama said he had directed Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to give him recommendations for executive action by the end of summer. Obama also pledged to “adopt those recommendations without further delay.”
Obama faced competing pressures from immigration advocacy groups that wanted prompt action and from Democrats worried that acting now would energize Republican opposition against vulnerable Senate Democrats. Among those considered most at risk were Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina.
To hear Obama talk about “immigration reform”, you would think that it is the most important, crucial, time sensitive, necessary thing of all time (well, at least since health insurance reform). Interesting….
What’s more, is that the mere fact that he’s delaying it means that it’s unpopular. If it were popular, wouldn’t he want to do it now?
"Not even a smidgeon of corruption" said Obama about the IRS.
I’m pretty sure we know by now there is more than just a smidgeon.
from Daily Caller:
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) improperly obtained donor lists from nonprofit groups as part of a “secret research project” being run by Lois Lerner and other officials.
IRS official David Fish revealed the “secret research project” in a June 27, 2012 email to Lerner’s direct subordinate Holly Paz, according to emails released Thursday by the nonprofit group Judicial Watch, which obtained the emails in a pending Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
“Joseph Urban [IRS Technical Advisor, Tax Exempt and Government Entities] had actually started a secret research project on whether we could, consistent with 6104, argue that [REDACTED],” Fish wrote.
“Joe was quite agitated yesterday when I told him what we were doing. (He was involved when the initial question was raised, but we didn’t continue reading him in),” Fish continued. “At one point he started saying that this was a decision for Steve Miller–I told him we were already doing it, and that I didn’t know whether Lois had already talked to Nikole [Flax, former IRS Chief of Staff to IRS Commissioner Steve Miller] about this. Would not be surprised if he already started working on Lois.”
“Thanks for the heads up,” Paz replied. “The decision was made by Steve, based on advice from P and A. [Procedure and Administration].”
Lois Lerner and Nikole Flax, who were both part of the “secret research project,” both suffered computer crashes that allegedly wiped out their emails, according to the IRS.
The next logical step after obtaining a donor list for these groups would be to single them out for audit. The Obama administration was using the IRS as a political bludgeon in an election year. That’s not just corrupt. It’s illegal.
Just a bit more than a smidgeon.
Bill Whittle. He’s fantastic as usual. This one is full of head shaking information about how President Obama delayed the rescue mission to save kidnapped journalist James Foley for more than 30 days. His reason, according to his advisors? He didn’t want to be “Carterized.” Well, he’s worse than a Carter. Obama is a coward.
Here’s the video:
What happened after the failed rescue mission is even more shocking. Obama revealed classified information to the enemy and once again failed to rescue Steven Sotloff.
Honestly, this is getting old. Emails don’t disappear when hard drives crash. That’s not how computers work. Besides, the IRS has mandatory backup and record-keeping policies and are bound by the Federal Records Act. If this is still going on, it’s because people are violating the law intentionally. It’s time to start arresting people for evidence tampering and gross violations of Federal law.
The Internal Revenue Service has lost emails from five more employees who are part of congressional probes into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, the tax service disclosed Friday.
The tax agency said in June that it could not locate an untold number of emails to and from Lois Lerner, who headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. The revelation set off a new round of investigations and congressional hearings.
On Friday, the IRS issued a report to Congress saying the agency also lost emails from five other employees related to the probe, including two agents who worked in a Cincinnati office processing applications for tax-exempt status.
All five of these employees need to be arrested, booked, arraigned in court, and put on trial. Enough is enough.
There’s a great piece in the Wall Street Journal today about just how wrong the climate change alarmists have been. They haven’t just been wrong about one thing either. They’ve been wrong about pretty much everything.
The U.N. no longer claims that there will be dangerous or rapid climate change in the next two decades. Last September, between the second and final draft of its fifth assessment report, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change quietly downgraded the warming it expected in the 30 years following 1995, to about 0.5 degrees Celsius from 0.7 (or, in Fahrenheit, to about 0.9 degrees, from 1.3).
Even that is likely to be too high. The climate-research establishment has finally admitted openly what skeptic scientists have been saying for nearly a decade: Global warming has stopped since shortly before this century began.
First the climate-research establishment denied that a pause existed, noting that if there was a pause, it would invalidate their theories. Now they say there is a pause (or “hiatus”), but that it doesn’t after all invalidate their theories.
Alas, their explanations have made their predicament worse by implying that man-made climate change is so slow and tentative that it can be easily overwhelmed by natural variation in temperature—a possibility that they had previously all but ruled out.
When the climate scientist and geologist Bob Carter of James Cook University in Australia wrote an article in 2006 saying that there had been no global warming since 1998 according to the most widely used measure of average global air temperatures, there was an outcry. A year later, when David Whitehouse of the Global Warming Policy Foundation in London made the same point, the environmentalist and journalist Mark Lynas said in the New Statesman that Mr. Whitehouse was “wrong, completely wrong,” and was “deliberately, or otherwise, misleading the public.”
We know now that it was Mr. Lynas who was wrong. Two years before Mr. Whitehouse’s article, climate scientists were already admitting in emails among themselves that there had been no warming since the late 1990s. “The scientific community would come down on me in no uncertain terms if I said the world had cooled from 1998,” wrote Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia in Britain in 2005. He went on: “Okay it has but it is only seven years of data and it isn’t statistically significant.”
If the pause lasted 15 years, they conceded, then it would be so significant that it would invalidate the climate-change models upon which policy was being built. A report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) written in 2008 made this clear: “The simulations rule out (at the 95% level) zero trends for intervals of 15 yr or more.”
Well, the pause has now lasted for 16, 19 or 26 years—depending on whether you choose the surface temperature record or one of two satellite records of the lower atmosphere.
You see, true science isn’t based on consensus. It’s based on hard facts, and the facts have simply never favored the global warming/man-made climate change disaster crowd. Every step of the way, the politics-fueled research into AGW has been riddled with errors, intentional data tampering, and outright lies.
Perhaps just as telling as the poor or fraudulent research has been the “solutions” that politicians and the scientists who depend on their government grants have pushed on the world: taxes, taxes, and more taxes. Supposedly, increasing your taxes and decreasing your freedom is the only way to stop a climate change disaster.
It’s utter hogwash, and the data proves it to be so.
In today’s briefing about ISIS, Secretary of State John Kerry was as incoherent as ever. He called for a “kinetic” and “holistic” approach to dealing with the world’s most dangerous terrorists.
Never mind what American news reports say: President Obama is “totally committed” to dealing with ISIL — and his strategy is “becoming more clear by the day,” Secretary of State John Kerry told U.S. allies at the NATO summit in Wales on Friday.
"Contrary to what you sort of heard in the politics of our country, the President is totally committed; there is a strategy that is clear, becoming more clear by the day," Kerry said.
"And it really relies on a holistic approach to ISIL. That is to say that we need to do kinetic, we need to attack them in ways that prevent them from taking over territory, that bolster the Iraqi security forces, others in the region who are prepared to take them on, without committing troops of our own, obviously.
"I think that’s a red line for everybody here, no boots on the ground. Nevertheless, there are many ways in which we can train, advise, assist, and equip. There are kinetic operations we can run in direct support of Iraqi security forces."
Kerry said it may take a year or two or even three to destroy ISIL — “But we’re determined it has to happen.”
Contrary to what Kerry says here, there are already “boots on the ground” in Iraq, at least 750 of them, sent in to protect US interest from ISIS just days after Obama said there would be none.
The specifics of the phone calls aren’t exactly clear, but the fact that the NFL really wanted Sam signed is clear.
From the DC:
According to NBC’s Peter King and ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, NFL officials called teams around the league to gauge interest in signing Michael Sam to their practice squad.
Yesterday, the Dallas Cowboys signed Sam, who is trying to become the first openly gay player in NFL history.
King reported this during the pre-game show on NBC prior to the Seahawks/Packers season opener Thursday night.
“The Rams waived Michael Sam, the first openly gay player trying to make an NFL roster, he was unemployed for two days,” King said. “During that time a league official contacted multiple teams asking if they had evaluated Sam as a probable practice squad player.”
“Now Sam and the NFL avoided a nightmare situation when he signed with the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys.”
This report, that is surely to upset other players vying for NFL practice squads around the league, was initially reported by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith on yesterday’s edition of “First Take.”
Why would it be considered a “nightmare situation” for a team to not sign him? Shouldn’t it be based on merit? I don’t remember it being considered a “nightmare situation” when any other player was cut. Why Michael Sam?
Furthermore, what about the other players looking for a spot on a roster? Did the NFL make phone calls on their behalf as well? If not, why not?
These are rhetorical questions, obviously. But as is so often the case with matters like these, when special treatment is given to someone for the sake of promoting something, it often has the opposite of its intended effect.
This is the kind of insanity that Israel has knocking on its doorstep. The Golan Heights area, where the Al Nusra front is located, shares a border with the northern part of Israel.
from Arutz Sheva:
The 45 UN peacekeepers from Fiji who were abducted by Al Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front rebel forces on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights last Wednesday are to “stand trial” under sharia (Islamic law), according to a Britain-based monitoring group.
Rami Abdul Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that the commander of Al-Nusra Front has declared that the 45 peacekeepers will be tried under “divine law,” according to Asharq Al-Aswat as cited by Yedioth Aharonoth.
It was revealed on Monday that the rebels issued three demands for the release of the peacekeepers: to be taken off the UN terrorist list, delivery of humanitarian aid to parts of the Syrian capital Damascus, and compensation for three of its fighters it says were killed in a shootout with UN officers.
In response, the 15 members of the UN Security Council on Wednesday demanded the “immediate and unconditional release” of the Fijians, denouncing their abduction “in the strongest terms.”
The statement added that “there can never be any justification for attacks on or the detention of UN peacekeepers.” Fiji has issued a similar statement calling for the release of its soldiers.
In addition to the 45 Fijian troops, 72 Filipino troops were surrounded by the rebel forces; however, the two units of soldiers from the Philippines managed to escaped over the weekend into Israel.
Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas, Boko Haram…different branches of the same evil tree.
While Obama enjoyed a multi-million dollar taxpayer-funded vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, millions of Americans were still out looking for work and not finding any to be had.
Job growth cooled in August, with nonfarm payrolls adding just 142,000 even as the unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent, according to the Labor Department. The fall in the headline rate came as labor-force participation fell, declining to 62.8 percent, or 64,000 workers, tying the 2014 bottom and remaining at the lowest level since 1978.
Economists expected payroll growth of 225,000 in August following July’s upwardly revised 212,000. The unemployment rate was forecast to drop to 6.1 percent from 6.2 percent.
The unemployment number mentioned here, as we have explained many times before, is a bunch of crock. Have you been out of work for a really long time? They don’t count you. Have you been looking for work but decided not to file for unemployment benefits? They don’t count you either.
The real number is to look at here is the labor force participation rate. With 62.8% of Americans participating in the labor force, that means that 1/3 working age Americans are out of a job.
The full interview isn’t out yet, but three US security contractors with the CIA are finally telling their story to the public. In this advance clip, the team tells Bret Baier that they were ordered to stand down 3 times.
Finally, they actually defied orders in a last ditch effort to save Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith, but it was already too late.
Here’s the video:
It still remains to be told who actually gave the stand down order. Did that call come from the State Department in Washington, the CIA, the Pentagon, or the White House?
More sad news out of Hollywood today. Comedy legend Joan Rivers died after complications from surgery.
from Hollywood Reporter:
Joan Rivers, the blunt, tart-tongued celebrity and talk show host who reconstructed her career time and time again en route to becoming one of the most memorable female comics of all time, has died. She was 81.
The breakthrough standup comic, writer, actress, fashion critic, red-carpet doyenne, gossip and businesswoman died Thursday at 1:17 p.m. local time at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, her daughter Melissa announced. She was rushed there Aug. 28 and placed on life support after she suffered from respiratory and cardiac arrest during surgery on her vocal cords in a doctor’s office.
When I was a kid, I used to watch Muppets Take Manhattan over and over again. One of my favorite scenes in the film is the one where Joan Rivers cameos as a makeup counter rep at a department store with Miss Piggy.
It’s brilliantly hilarious stuff: