Oversight Committee subpoenas White House political chief over campaigning with taxpayer money

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.

from Politico:

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.

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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. 

VIDEO- CBS’s Mark Knoller mocks Obama: Is he “pained about every photo-op he does?”

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?

Multiple illegal minors waiting for placement in US have admitted to murder and torture

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.

from Townhall:

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.

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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?

Gov. Rick Perry: Obama had no idea Border Patrol was stationed 40 miles from the actual border

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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.

TSA is allowing illegal aliens on commercial airlines with NO ID

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. 

from Breitbart:

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.”

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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. 

CISPA is back with a new name, and it’s even more dangerous to Americans’ privacy

Remember CISPA?  It was the internet spying bill that would give the NSA even more access to American’s private internet conversations without search warrants. The bill got stalled in Congress after major outrage from privacy groups (both left and right) as well as hundreds of major internet corporations who went to bat for their customers.  

Well, CISPA is back…and with a new name: CISA (aren’t they just so creative?)   

from ACLU:

The bill would create a massive loophole in our existing privacy laws by allowing the government to ask companies for “voluntary” cooperation in sharing information, including the content of our communications, for cybersecurity purposes. But the definition they are using for the so-called “cybersecurity information” is so broad it could sweep up huge amounts of innocent Americans’ personal data.

The Fourth Amendment protects Americans’ personal data and communications from undue government access and monitoring without suspicion of criminal activity. The point of a warrant is to guard that protection. CISA would circumvent the warrant requirement by allowing the government to approach companies directly to collect personal information, including telephonic or internet communications, based on the new broadly drawn definition of “cybersecurity information.”

While we hope many companies would jealously guard their customers’ information, there is a provision in the bill that would excuse sharers from any liability if they act in “good faith” that the sharing was lawful.

Collected information could then be used in criminal proceedings, creating a dangerous end-run around laws like the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which contain warrant requirements.

In addition to the threats to every American’s privacy, the bill clearly targets potential government whistleblowers. Instead of limiting the use of data collection to protect against actual cybersecurity threats, the bill allows the government to use the data in the investigation and prosecution of people for economic espionage and trade secret violations, and under various provisions of the Espionage Act.

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It’s time to get on the phone and start forcing members of Congress to publicly commit to opposing this bill. 

If you’ve never contacted your Congressman or Senator before, it’s never too late to start.

This is the number for the Congressional switchboard: (202) 224-3121

This link contains the phone numbers of every member of Congress

Here are the social media contacts every member of the Senate.

Here are the social media contacts for every member of the House.

You’ve got the tools…now get to work!

Sorry, Liberals. Public opinion of the Supreme Court IMPROVED after Hobby Lobby ruling

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. 

from YouGov:

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. 

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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. 

Mother of policeman killed by illegal immigrant writes to Obama: “Why wasn’t he deported?”

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:

President Obama,

"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.

"Sincerely,

"Mary Ann Mendoza"

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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.

42% of millennials describe themselves as “socialist.” Only 16% know what socialism actually is.

Via the great researchers over at Reason comes a poll that will leave you with a great big facepalm.  

from Time:

Millennials use language differently than Boomers and Gen Xers (born between 1965 and 1980). In the Reason-Rupe poll, about 62% of Millennials call themselves liberal. By that, they mean the favor gay marriage and pot legalization, but those views hold little or no implication for their views on government spending. To Millennials, being socially liberal is being liberal, period. For most older Americans, calling yourself a liberal means you want to increase the size, scope, and spending of the government (it may not even mean you support legal pot and marriage equality). Despite the strong liberal tilt among Millennials, 53% say they would support a candidate who was socially liberal and fiscally conservative (are you listening, major parties?).

There are other areas where language doesn’t track neatly with Boomer and Gen X definitions. Millennials have no first-hand memories of the Soviet Union or the Cold War. Forty-two percent say they prefer socialism as a means of organizing society but only 16% can define the term properly as government ownership of the means of production. In fact, when asked whether they want an economy managed by the free market or by the government, 64% want the former and just 32% want the latter. Scratch a Millennial “socialist” and you are likely to find a budding entrepreneur (55% saying they want to start their own business someday). Although they support a government-provided social safety net, two-thirds of Millennials agree that “government is usually inefficient and wasteful” and they are highly skeptical toward government with regards to privacy and nanny-state regulations about e-cigarettes, soda sizes, and the like.

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There’s definitely some good news in there too.  Free markets are something that come naturally to most millennials.  They want to get paid what they’re owed.  The want to get rewarded financially when they work harder or smarter than everyone else.  They don’t really support the nationalization of industry.

I think the gap here is an educational one, and the GOP certainly isn’t doing a good job closing the gap.  The Democrats have the benefit of owning practically all of the mainstream media and public education.  

The only group I see out there actually doing a good job education young voters and those about to start voting about free markets is Libertarians.  That’s because Libertarians do a much better job at sticking to principles and not just playing politics, even in casual debate between friends or over the internet.  

In my own experience, virtually every millennial I’ve ever talked to about politics agrees on the central point that government should stay out of the lives and businesses of individuals unless they infringe on the rights or property of others.  That’s about the best starting block you can have. 

Obama: “border security is stronger than it ever has been.”

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.”

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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

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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. 

from Examiner:

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.

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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.

Uh oh: Representative Stockman files motion ordering the arrest of Lois Lerner

I’m not sure about the ramifications of this, but it looks like things are about to heat up at the IRS:

Congressman Steve Stockman Thursday filed a resolution directing the House Sergeant-At-Arms to arrest former IRS Director of the Exempt Organizations Unit Lois Lerner on charges of contempt of Congress.

“Asking the Justice Department to prosecute Lois Lerner for admittedly illegal activity is a joke.  The Obama administration will not prosecute the Obama administration.  How much longer will the House allow itself to be mocked?  It is up to this House to uphold the rule of law and hold accountable those who illegally targeted American citizens for simply having different ideas than the President,” said Stockman.

“Democrats have openly stated the House has the powers to arrest those in contempt of Congress and imprison them in the Capitol.  I don’t want to go as far as Democrats in exercising the House’s powers to arrest.  Ms. Lerner will be held in the D.C. jail,” said Stockman.

Under the resolution Lerner would be held in the D.C. jail and would have full legal rights and access to an attorney.

More here. And here.

BOOM: Federal Judge Orders IRS to Explain Lost Emails under oath

This is huge. Perhaps not as huge as what a separate federal judge might rule on Friday, but it’s huge, nevertheless. A federal judge has ruled that the IRS must testify under oath about what happened to Lois Lerner’s emails.

A federal judge on Thursday ordered the IRS to explain under oath how it lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency’s tea party controversy.

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan gave the tax agency a month to submit the explanation in writing. Sullivan said he is also appointing a federal magistrate to see whether the lost emails can be obtained from other sources.

Sullivan issued the order as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group. He said the IRS declaration must be signed, under oath, by the appropriate IRS official.

"I’m going to hold tight to that Aug. 10 declaration," Sullivan said.

The IRS says it lost the emails in 2011 when Lois Lerner’s computer crashed. At the time, Lerner headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. She has since retired.

Lerner, who refused to answer questions at two House committee hearings, has become a central figure in several congressional investigations over the handling of tea party applications. At both hearings, Lerner cited her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has testified on the lost emails before Congress at least three times. Each time he was under oath.

Koskinen said he first learned there was a problem with Lerner’s computer in February but didn’t learn that emails were lost until April. The IRS notified Congress June 13.

Judicial Watch lawyer Ramona Cotca complained that the IRS never informed her group or the court about the lost emails, even though Sullivan had ordered the IRS to produce documents related to the information request on a monthly basis.

VIDEO: Unhinged abortion activist attacks pro lifers.

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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.

These photos sum up Obama’s attitude about the border crisis.

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.

No wonder Governor Perry said, “I don’t know whether he heard what I said” after today’s meeting.