This subpoena is a no-brainer. In 2011, the White House abruptly (and quite suspiciously) closed the White House Office of Political Affairs just days before the Office of Special Council cited the White House for “transforming from an official government office into a partisan political operation.” At the time it closed, the White House used the excuse that office staffers needed to work on Obama’s re-election campaign.
Six months ago, the White House Office of Political Affairs re-opened. Obama staffed it with some of the most partisan hacks you can think of:
Now the West Wing is reopening the office and promoting David Simas, a top communications aide, to be its new director. Mr. Simas, a strategist from Mr. Obama’s 2012 campaign, most recently served as one of the officials in charge of the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
The decision extends a restructuring at the White House after a politically disastrous year for Mr. Obama. The president has brought in John D. Podesta, a former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton, as a counselor, and has hired a new legislative affairs director, Katie Fallon. On Friday, he announced the appointment of a new cabinet secretary, communications deputy and two new staff members to work on congressional outreach.
Podesta is, of course, a former lobbyist who just serves to demonstrate that Obama doesn’t care at all about his “no lobbyist” campaign promise. He also founded the Center for American Progress, a notoriously left-wing think tank and political group.
After 6 months, Rep. Darrell Issa has already seen enough and has issued a subpoena for David Simas to appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Issa is calling on David Simas, the director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, to provide testimony on that office’s role in political campaigns. The Hatch Act is a 20th-century legislation prevents executive branch employees from engaging in partisan political activity.
The hearing will center on Issa’s charge that the White House is “[abusing]…taxpayer funds for political gain.”
“In an effort to appease its political allies, the Obama Administration broadcast its intention to re-open a political office within the White House to assist in partisan election efforts and fundraising. This follows a serious pattern of behavior at the highest levels of the Administration,” Issa said.
It’s really not that difficult a case to make. The White House Political Affairs Office exists only to help Democratic candidates for House and Senate in November. They only reason they closed in the first place was to avoid legal scrutiny headed into an election year.
President Obama said this week that he wouldn’t visit the border during his trip to Texas because he didn’t want to to a photo-op. CBS’s Mark Knoller couldn’t stand the hypocrisy of that statement and challenged White House
paid liar Press Secretary Josh Earnest if Obama is “pained by every photo op” he does.
Here’s the video:
The idea that Obama doesn’t like photo-ops is about as stupid and false an excuse as anything he could have said this week.
Here are some of my favorite moments from recent Obama photo ops:
And how could we leave out this gem?
Obviously, there is no way to put a blanket charge against every unaccompanied minor that crosses the US southern border, but already multiple teens and even young children have admitted to unspeakable violence. The situation on the border is increasingly perilous.
Despite Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson vowing to “stem the tide” of unaccompanied illegal minors across the southern border with Mexico, thousands more are expected to enter the United States by the end of the year. With the system being overwhelmed, Border Patrol agents are concerned about minors who have admitted to being MS-13 members, a brutal street gang from El Salvador that has been successful in infiltrating American communities. Agents are also concerned about minors who have committed acts like torture and murder in their home countries before heading north to the United States.
"We have six minors in Nogales who have admitted to killing and doing grievous bodily injuries. One admitted to killing as young as eight years old," an agent tells Townhall anonymously for fear of losing his job for speaking out. "They are being held for placement in the U.S."
By U.S. legal standards many gang members operating in Central American countries and traveling north are classified as minors due to being under the age of 18. However, many young males are actively engaged in violent cartel and criminal activity, yet are treated as children when processed through the Department of Human Services or Department of Homeland Security systems.
The Obama administration is even seeking American families who will host illegal immigrant minors in their homes. It goes without saying that not all and probably most of the minors crossing the border are not violent, but do we really trust that every minor who has gang affiliations is going to come forward and admit to it before being allowed to board a bus or a plane into the US interior?
This is why it would be an important first step for President Obama to visit the border and see the situation there first hand. According to Governor Rick Perry, President Obama didn’t even know that the Border Patrol in Texas was stationed 40 miles in from the border.
Here’s the video of Gov. Perry explaining (via Gateway Pundit):
That’s just the issue. There’s nothing secure about a border where the border patrol is 40 miles away from the line.
The illegal aliens shouldn’t even be able to cross the border in the first place. We shouldn’t need to have 90,000 deportation hearings because they should be turned away at the border before they even cross into the country.
Just when you thought the Obama administration’s handling of the current border crisis couldn’t get any more outrageous, there’s this. The TSA is allowing illegal aliens to fly on commercial airlines without any form of verifiable identification.
Illegal aliens are being allowed to fly on commercial airliners without valid identification, according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). “The aliens who are getting released on their own recognizance are being allowed to board and travel commercial airliners by simply showing their Notice to Appear forms,” NBPC’s Local 2455 Spokesman, Hector Garza, told Breitbart Texas.
“This is not the CBP [Customs and Border Protection] or another federal agency renting or leasing an aircraft, these are the same planes that the American public uses for domestic travel,” said Garza. “This just adds insult to injury. Not only are we releasing unknown illegal aliens onto American streets, but we are allowing them to travel commercially using paperwork that could easily be reproduced or manipulated on any home computer. The Notice to Appear form has no photo, anyone can make one and manipulate one. They do not have any security features, no watermark, nothing. They are simply printed on standard copy paper based on the information the illegal alien says is the truth.”
Spokesman Garza continued, “We do not know who these people are, we often have to solely rely on who they say they are, where they say they came from, and the history they say they have. We know nothing about most of them, ICE releases them into the American public, and now they are boarding aircraft at will with a simple paper document that anyone can easily alter or reproduce themselves.”
Meanwhile, for law abiding American citizens, the TSA continues to stop barely short of a cavity search before allowing anyone on a plane. The idea that the TSA is there to provide safety and security for travel is completely bogus.
We live in the Twilight Zone.
Liberals want the public to be outraged about the Supreme Court’s decision that Hobby Lobby should not be forced to pay for things the owners don’t believe in. The media and Democrats on Capitol Hill went into fever pitch after the Hobby Lobby decision. Even President Obama joined in the hysteria:
What’s stupid about Obama’s tweet, and pretty much all the rest of the liberal whining, is that nobody’s boss (including people work at Hobby Lobby) is making their health care decisions any more after the Supreme Court’s decision. Women who work at Hobby Lobby can still go get their birth control. They just can’t force their boss to pay for it, which is as it should be.
Even with all the rabble rousing, the Democrats simply have not won the issue. Polls are now showing that the Supreme Court’s favorability actually improved after the Hobby Lobby ruling.
Although the Hobby Lobby decision was unpopular with Democrats, whose image of the Court shifted from mixed to negative after the ruling, Republicans (who were more positive about the Court to begin with) became even more positive. Favorable ratings of the Supreme Court jumped six points among Republicans, while unfavorable views rose seven points among Democrats.
But the greatest change in perception of the Supreme Court came from independents. Last week, independents were more unfavorable than favorable, this week, a majority of independents are favorable.
Independents who previously held a largely negative view of the Supreme Court did a flip flop after the ruling:
And just in case you thought this poll result was a fluke, the question get even more specific. Independents overwhelmingly approved of the Hobby Lobby decision:
Note to Democrats: forcing somebody else to pay for something they don’t believe in is not a good political platform. It doesn’t matter how many Salon articles or hashtags you come up with. Americans don’t like forcing others to act against their beliefs.
Sgt. Brandon Mendoza was killed in a head-on collision with a driver who was going the wrong way on the road. That driver was an illegal immigrant who had been convicted of multiple crimes yet was not deported and was allowed to stay in the US.
Now, Sgt. Mendoza’s mother has written a letter to President Obama asking why his administration isn’t following the law and deporting illegal aliens, especially those convicted of crimes.
Here’s her letter:
"I am writing this letter to you regarding illegal immigrants.
"As a tax paying, law abiding citizen of the United States, I WANT my voice heard on this issue. My son, Sergeant Brandon Mendoza, an officer who was with the City of Mesa, Arizona police department, was killed in a tragic head on collision on May 12, 2014 by a wrong way driver on our freeways. This man happened to be an illegal immigrant, was in this country illegally, convicted of previous crimes, no Social Security number, no valid driver’s license BUT he had purchased a vehicle and registered it to drive in Maricopa County Arizona.
"I had my son’s life STOLEN from me by a man who didn’t value his life, was 3X the legal limit drunk, was high on Meth, drove for over 35 miles THE WRONG WAY on 4 different freeways and had NO BUSINESS BEING IN THIS COUNTRY!!!
"The Federal Government knew he, Raul Silva Corona , was an illegal immigrant when he was convicted on crimes in 1994 in Colorado. The prosecutors were "lenient" on him and several charges were dismissed. When he was convicted of these crimes and 1994 and the government knew he was in the country illegally, why wasn’t he deported? Why are any of these illegal criminals in this country ??
"I am furious that the Federal Government allowed this criminal to stay in this country and KILL my son! I have attached several articles for you to PERSONALLY read about my son. He was an Icon with the City of Mesa Police Department. He was instrumental in making life better for people of all walks of life in the park project he took on. He was humble, selfless, worked many hours off the clock helping disadvantaged children and often used his own money to do things for the community, including "adopting" children at Christmas to provide them with gifts….out of his own money!!
"I have attached numerous articles for you to read about my son. This was not a life that should have been taken so early. The good he was doing in our community is remarkable, the difference he made in people’s lives is amazing and the comfort he brought people in friendship was unmeasurable.
"All you have to do is Google " Sgt/Officer Brandon Mendoza" and you will have plenty of reading material about my wonderful son who had just passed his Sergeant’s exam to become a Sgt. The Chief of Police posthumously promoted him during the week of his funeral but that highlight of his life was stolen from him!!! He was officer of the year last year. Officer of the quarter for the first quarter of 2014. He was only 32 years old and had done more in his life than most of us have done in a lifetime!
"I am going to have my voice heard and I want to you to know what my personal feeling is on whether CRIMINAL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS should be allowed in this country. I have been DIRECTLY affected by this. I am sure if your life had been affected like mine has been, you would have a different view of this situation. I have lived in Arizona most of my life. My son, Brandon Mendoza, was half Hispanic. It’s not the color of skin that my son or I see, it’s the person and how they conduct their lives. If you can’t enter this country legally then you shouldn’t be here. If you commit crimes, you should pay the time any of us as US Citizens would have to serve. Letting these illegal criminals out of our jails before their time is served and turning them loose on the streets to commit further crimes and KILL our loved ones is NOT ACCEPTABLE TO ME!! AND it shouldn’t be acceptable to any US Citizen. Mr. President, you don’t have the right to make this decision yourself……I have a say, even if it is for one moment. Maybe that one moment will light a spark with another citizen who can then light a candle, who can then light a bonfire, who can then light a city up and so on. My light has just been lit and I am not going to back down when so many of these illegal immigrants have more rights than we do. My son’s death will not be ignored as another statistic.
"I want laws to change that would not allow illegal immigrants to purchase vehicles in our country and register them to drive them in our states WITHOUT having driver’s licenses to drive them legally. How is this happening??? I want laws changed that will force the removal of illegal immigrants who break our laws. This man, this repeated law breaker, was allowed to be released and he continued breaking the laws in our country until what???? UNTIL HE WAS STOPPED BY MY SON IN A HEAD ON COLLISION THAT NEVER SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED!!!! HE KILLED AN OFFICER OF THE LAW AS HIS LAST ACT!!! When are you going to see the flip side to this issue? When will you realize the hurt and pain and destruction these illegal immigrants who break the law will continue to cause???? Until you live in a state that deals with this on a daily basis, you will not understand it.
"I want answers that make sense. I want answers from you personally as to why this criminal was allowed to stay in our country until he took my son’s life.
"Mary Ann Mendoza"
CBS 5 in Phoenix during their coverage put up a graphic detailing some of the criminal convictions of the illegal alien who killed Mendoza’s son:
This man had no business being in the United States in the first place, and he certainly should not have been allowed to stay after his conviction.
All of this could have been avoided if our border were secure and immigration law were actually followed. Illegal immigrants must be deported. It’s not all that complicated. Illegal immigrants who commit crimes in the US should be the first ones on the bus.
It seems that even with the current border crisis, the Obama administration is sticking to their plan of “if you repeat a lie enough times, people will believe it.” Well, at least stupid people will.
from Washington Examiner:
The White House is standing by a statement on its website claiming that border security is at its strongest in history even in the face of a spiraling border crisis in Texas.
Under the heading “border security” on the White House website’s section on President Obama’s immigration proposal, the whitehouse.gov website gives the president credit for having “doubled the number of Border Patrol agents,” saying “today border security is stronger than it ever has been.”
The White House says the statement is true despite the estimated 52,000 unattended children who have crossed the southwest border so far this year and the roughly 90,000 expected by fall.
“Looking at the overall picture of the border, the Border Patrol is better staffed today than at any time in history,” White House deputy press secretary Shawn Turner told the Washington Examiner.
“We’ve doubled the number of agents nationwide … more agents providing more eyes across the border. If you look at the boots on the ground on the Southwest border, there’s been a 95 percent increase since 2004.”
The number of “boots on the ground” is irrelevant if those agents aren’t actually securing the border. Instead, they’re acting as welcoming parties for massive groups of illegal aliens, either playing catch and release or actually bussing them to overcrowded facilities in the US only to be released later. That’s not a secure border; that’s taking a gaping hole in the border and turning it into an open gate.
Mexican President makes agreement to provide safe passage to illegal immigrants from Guatemala to US
While Obama is busy playing pool and drinking beer, our neighbors to the south are making agreements to provide safe passage to illegal immigrants into our country.
On Monday, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina held a joint press conference in Playas de Catazaja, Mexico, to officially announce an agreement to make it easier for those making the illegal journey to the United States from Central America, to cross into Mexico.
The Southern Border Program to Improve Passage, will provide for more border checkpoints along Mexico’s border with Guatemala, and offer more protection and even emergency medical care to those making their way north. The illegal aliens will receive a so-called Regional Visitor’s Card, according to El Universal.
Officially, the program will grant the cards to only illegal aliens from Guatemala and Belize, allowing them to remain in Mexico’s southern states for 72 hours (more than enough time to reach the U.S./Mexican border by train). While, those two countries share a border with Mexico, the program will undoubtedly benefit anyone who makes it to the border, which would explain why our Border Patrol stations are currently overflowing with illegal aliens from El Salvador and Honduras as well.
The program will also give special protection and even financial assistance to unaccompanied minors now pouring across our border. Of course, these efforts, chiefly by the Mexican government, will only increase the number of illegal aliens coming to this country by the thousands, now on a daily basis.
I cannot fathom why the Obama administration would tolerate such an agreement between Mexico and Guatemala without imposing some sort of trade sanctions with the countries. Two sovereign nations conspiring to break US immigration law is a big deal.
This video shows the ugly side of humanity that supports on-demand abortion and is either willfully ignorant or completely dishonest about what abortion really is: the death of an innocent human life.
Here’s the video (EXTREME language warning!):
What sets the woman off is seeing the photo of the aborted human fetus the size of a quarter. She destroys the pro-life group’s signs and maniacally insists, “A fetus doesn’t look like that. It’s just a clump of cells!”
Honestly, I can’t help but feel compassion for this woman. I can only imagine that she herself has had an abortion and has been emotionally clinging to the lie that it was “just a clump of cells.”
Sometimes the truth hurts. And sometimes it makes people go completely crazy.
Published by Reuters today from President Obama’s meeting with Texas Governor Rick Perry. President Obama apparently thinks the immigration crisis on the southern border is hilarious. Governor Perry doesn’t seem so amused.