Obama delays amnesty by executive fiat until after election…but it’s totally not political

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.

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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?

(Hint: yes.)

IRS used “secret research project” to improperly obtain donor lists for conservative groups

"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.

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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.

VIDEO - Bill Whittle calls out Obama’s response to ISIS what it is: cowardice

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. 

Surprise! IRS says it “lost” emails from 5 more staffers under Congressional investigation

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. 

from FNC:

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.

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All five of these employees need to be arrested, booked, arraigned in court, and put on trial.  Enough is enough.  

Sorry, alarmists. Everything you thought you knew about global warming is wrong.

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.

from WSJ:

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.

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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.  

Huh? John Kerry says US needs a “holistic approach” to defeating ISIS

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. 

from CNS:

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.”

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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. 

Report: NFL called teams, encouraged them to sign Michael Sam

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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.”

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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.

Syrian Al Nusra rebels will place kidnapped UN workers on trial under Sharia law

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.

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Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas, Boko Haram…different branches of the same evil tree.

Job growth slows in August, labor participation rate at lowest level since 1978.

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. 

from CNBC:

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.

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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.   

City mandates free medical marijuana for low-income residents

Berkeley, CA will soon offer marijuana to it’s low-income residents, courtesy of the taxpayers. What could possibly go wrong?

Weed welfare?

That’s what the Berkeley City Council in California has unanimously approved, ordering medical marijuana dispensaries to donate 2 percent of their stash to patients making less than $32,000 a year.

The new welfare program in the liberal-leaning city is set to launch in August 2015.

The ordinance, which passed in August and is the first of its kind in the country, comes at a time when several states are debating how to handle a growing movement to legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use.

But Berkeley’s decision to effectively order weed redistribution is prompting a vocal backlash.

Bishop Ron Allen, a former addict and head of the International Faith Based Coalition, told Fox News he doesn’t understand why the California city would want to dump pot on the impoverished.

“It’s ludicrous, over-the-top madness,” Allen said. “Why would Berkeley City Council want to keep their poverty-stricken under-served high, in poverty and lethargic?”

John Lovell, a lobbyist for the California Narcotic Officers’ Association, agrees.

“Instead of taking steps to help the most economically vulnerable residents get out of that state, the city has said, ‘Let’s just get everybody high,’” Lovell told The New York Times.

Benghazi security team says publicly that they were told to stand down 3 times

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?

Seattle City Council Wants Columbus Day Changed to Indigenous Peoples' Day

I need some duct tape. Like right now.

Socialist Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant is behind a resolution to change Columbus Day to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in her city. 

Sawant, along with her fellow city councilman Bruce Harrell, both feel that it is wrong to center the focus on Columbus and his discovery of the New World because that ignores the indigenous people that were slaughtered and enslaved after he arrived. 

According to MyNorthwest.com, Sawant said she desires the change as a show of solidarity with “people of color and indigenous people:”

Joan Rivers - Dead at 81

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.

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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:

Hackers crack into $840 million Obamacare website

At a cost over over $840 million, you would expect the Obamacare website to be the most secure website on the planet.  Not so much.

from Market Watch:

A hacker broke into part of the HealthCare.gov insurance enrollment website in July and uploaded malicious software, according to federal officials.

Investigators found no evidence that consumers’ personal data was taken in the breach, federal officials said. The hacker appears only to have accessed a server used to test code for HealthCare.gov. The Department of Health and Human Services discovered the attack last week.

An HHS official said the attack appears to mark the first successful intrusion into the website, where millions of Americans bought insurance starting last year under the Affordable Care Act. It raised concerns among federal officials because of how easily the intruder gained access and how much damage could have occurred.

“Our review indicates that the server did not contain consumer personal information; data was not transmitted outside the agency, and the website was not specifically targeted,” the Department of Health and Human Services said in a written statement. “We have taken measures to further strengthen security.”

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Just because the hacker didn’t leave a trail indicating that he stole personal data doesn’t mean that it wasn’t stolen.  It just means he didn’t leave a trail that the geniuses behind the $840 million boondoggle aren’t smart enough to find it.

DC Circuit vacates Halbig Obamacare decision; will re-hear and likely overturn their own decision

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This is why Harry Reid axed the filibuster for judicial nominations, so that he could stack the court with Obama-friendly liberal judges and cram whatever piece of unconstitutional legislation down Americans’ throats with one less check or balance. 

The Halbig case was a huge one because the 3-judge panel’s decision said that the Federal Government did not have the authority to operate their own Obamacare exchange because the law specifically says that the states must set them up. That decision would have certainly led to a Supreme Court hearing of the case (which had a different decision in the Fourth Circuit). 

Now, at the Obama administration’s request, the DC Circuit court has vacated their own decision and will re-hear the case, and likely give Obama what he wants. 

from Forbes:

Today’s decision by the D.C. Circuit to grant en banc review of Halbig v. Burwell is unwise and unfortunate. It has the appearance of a political decision, and will likely only delay Supreme Court review. It does not necessarily presage the outcome of these cases, and I predict that even if the administration wins, it will lose ground before the full D.C. Circuit. But a ruling overturning the Halbig decision will be perceived as political, and understandably so.

The Halbig ruling does not require review. A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit correctly applied the law when it held that Congress authorized health-insurance subsidies, as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act says, only “through an Exchange established by the State.” The health-insurance Exchanges the federal government established in 36 states were not “established by [a] State,” and there is nothing in the PPACA to suggest Congress understood those words to mean anything other than their plain meaning. The Halbig ruling was authored by Thomas Griffith, a judge supported by then-Senator Barack Obama and praised by prominent Democrats for his fair-mindedness.

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Basically, the Obama administration will re-argue the point that even though the law specifically says one thing, the Federal government should be allowed to ignore that point and do whatever it wants to.  The most likely outcome, with a Harry Reid-stacked court, is that the DC Circuit will now grant Obama the power to completely disregard any portions of the law he doesn’t favor.