So, what if Republican leaders were saying “President Obama shouldn’t be considered black.” After all, his mother was a white woman. Or what if we said that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor should be “put on a plane and sent back to Pueto Rico.” Don’t you think there would be some outrage?
If a prominent conservative had said these things, there would be an avalanche of Republicans racing to discredit him and put distance between him and themselves. But not on the Democratic side. Vice President Biden actually stood up directly after Dick Harpootlain’s comments and addressed the crowd.
Why the double standard? Well, it’s because it’s the left who views everything (and I mean everything) through the prism of skin color. Not only that, they have narrow definitions of what it means to be of a certain ethnicity. If you’re a conservative Hispanic like Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio, you’re not really a Hispanic. If you’re a conservative black man like Herman Cain, Allen West, or Dr. Benjamin Carson, you’re just an “Uncle Tom.”
There is institutionalized racism in the left and the Democratic party. You won’t hear anybody admit it. You won’t hear the mainstream media talk about it. But it’s there, and it’s undeniable.
Congressional Democrats on Sunday distanced themselves from the Obama administration’s explanation of the Benghazi, Libya, attacks in the immediate aftermath of the fatal strikes, amid mounting evidence that suggests the information was revised to intentionally mislead Americans.
The original explanation of the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, was written by CIA officials, then revised by State Department and White House officials, according to news reports and witness testimony made available to Fox News.
Removed from the CIA’s so-called talking points were references to “Islamic extremists” and Al Qaeda in Libya. And five days later, Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, made the Sunday talk show rounds to say the attacks were “demonstrations” sparked by protests in Egypt over an anti-Islamic video on YouTube.
However, the video is never mentioned in the numerous talking-points drafts, according to a Weekly Standard story last week, based in part on a 43-page House report and records of official emails.
“Well, it was scrubbed,” Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Steve Lynch told “Fox News Sunday.” “It was totally inaccurate. There’s no excuse for that. It was false information. And what they try to do is harmonize what happened in Benghazi with what happened everywhere else across the Middle East.”
Lynch also acknowledged the talking points were likely revised to reflect President Obama’s decry – with his re-election bid in the balance — that “Al Qaeda is on the run.”
Even Democrats are starting to admit what we’ve known to be the case for months: The president lied in order to get reelected. It’s as simple as that. He had been on the stump declaring that Al Qaeda had been all but eliminated. To have this attack be attributed to terrorism would have played right into the hands of the GOP, who had been critical of much of his handling of the war on terror. But, you know what? Politicians lie about their “accomplishments” all the time. Everyone knows this. They always exaggerate their achievements. It’s part of the game. What bothers me is the fact that his administration, namely Hillary Clinton and her subordinates, inexplicably denied the proper defense and relief when it was requested by the men on the ground. This, in my opinion, is far worse and, frankly, more sinister than Obama trying to prevent his own political embarrassment.
In all of this, we must not forget that 4 people are dead and this administration has been purposely lying to us about how they died in attempt to escape public scrutiny.
Exit question: Will they let the film maker out of prison now that we know for certain that the film did not cause the riots?
This is a great speech from one of my favorite Senators. Not only is it full of red meat, it’s full of substance for liberty lovers.
Here’s the video:
My favorite quote from the speech:
I have to note, by the way, Vice President Joe Biden did have some very helpful advice on this issue. You know, he said if your house and your family are ever under attack, all you need to do is go outside with a double-barreled shotgun and fire both barrels in the air, which is very, very useful if it so happens that you’re being attacked by a flock of geese.
It’s one of the liberals’ favorite things to do: tell you that “weather is not climate change,” but every time there’s a hurricane, flood, or a tornado, they cry “CLIMATE CHANGE! CLIMATE CHANGE!”
That’s what they did in 2011 when we saw a record number of tornadoes. How about now that we’re seeing a record low number?
The 12-month period from May 2012 to April 2013 was remarkable for the absence of tornado activity and tornado impacts in the United States.
We can start by looking at the number of EF1 and stronger tornadoes during that period. A final count is available through January 2013 and we have a pretty good estimate of how many occurred in February through April, although final numbers won’t be available until July. Although the 12 month total may change a little bit with the final data, it’s unlikely to change enough to affect the results here.
From May 2012-April 2013, the estimate is that there were 197 tornadoes rated EF1 or stronger. Where does that stack up historically? Well, we have pretty good data back to 1954. During that time, the previous low for (E)F1 and stronger tornadoes in a 12 consecutive calendar month period was 247, from June 1991-May 1992. The next lowest (ignoring the overlapping periods, such as April 2012-March 2013) was 270 from November 1986-October 1987. The lowest non-overlapping 12 month counts on record from 1954-present, with the starting month, are:
197 May 2012 (preliminary)
247 June 1991
270 November 1986
289 December 2001
298 June 2000
This apparent record was set less than two years after the record for most EF1+ tornadoes in a 12-month period was set, with 1050 from June 2010-May 2011.
Well, it’s not a crime to read a magazine, but this certainly doesn’t look good for Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s wife…
from Washington Post:
Federal law enforcement officials are sharpening their focus on the widow of the dead suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing after finding al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine and other radical Islamist material on her computer, according to law enforcement officials.
The probe of the computer belonging to Katherine Russell, 24, widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, is part of the effort by investigators to determine whether Russell knew anything about the April 15 bombing plot or helped her husband and his brother, Dzhokhar, hide from authorities, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation.
As I noted yesterday, the female DNA on the bomb turned out not to match Russell, but that doesn’t necessarily rule her out as a suspect. From the beginning, I have wondered how she couldn’t have known what her husband was planning. Especially after Tamerlan’s photos were plastered all over the news, Russell could have come forward and saved lives.
In a bold move, the South Carolina house of representatives has voted overwhelmingly (65-39) to criminalize the implementation of Obamacare. This act, appropriately named the “Freedom of Health Care Protection Act”, is apparently broadly written to include a nullification of any attempt by the federal government to take control of South Carolina’s health insurance industry or force South Carolinians to purchase health insurance.
From the AP (via CBS Charlotte):
The South Carolina House approved a bill Wednesday criminalizing the implementation of President Obama’s health care law in the state.
The Republican-controlled House voted 65-39 on the Freedom of Health Care Protection Act.
The act renders “null and void certain unconstitutional laws enacted by the Congress of the United States taking control over the health insurance industry and mandating that individuals purchase health insurance under threat of penalty.”
“This kind of victory occurs when the grassroots across the State come together and coalesce,” Chris Lawton, spokesman for the Greenville Tea Party, told The Greenville Post. “I could not be prouder.”
The bill declares “Obamacare” unconstitutional – despite the Supreme Court ruling last year that the Affordable Health Care Act was constitutional — and that there will be criminal penalties for enforcing the law.
Gov. Nikki Haley earlier this year said that the state will not implement the nation’s health care law.
This is federalism in action, folks. It’s why our founders wrote the 10th amendment. It is, in fact, the entire point of states.
If states can’t choose to exempt themselves from an overreaching oppressive federal law, then why do we have states? What’s the point?
This act will most certainly go the Supreme Court but if I were Nikki Haley, I would ignore any decision that didn’t uphold it. South Carolina is autonomous. Its people have the right do whatever they please. Individual states are not ruled from Washington D.C. and it’s high time that we recognized that truth again. Just because there are 5 supreme court justices who either lack the ability to reason or the ability to read, is no reason that the people of South Carolina should be oppressed.
Maybe this will inspire other states to join in the fight against Obamacare. If we are to have a bright future as a nation, Obamacare must go.
The media, desperate and relieved to be able to report “good economic news” is in party mode right now as the U3 unemployment rate dropped to a four-year low of 7.5%. But this isn’t the whole story. Besides the fact that the Obama administration predicted that we would be at around 5% unemployment if we passed Obama’s stimulus plan, the actual numbers are truly dismal.
For one, the U6 unemployment rate actually went up, not down. As you may or may not know, the U6 number, also known as the “real unemployment rate” is the one that most accurately represents the state of the workforce in America.
9.5 million people have left the workforce under Obama. And as any honest economist will tell you, this staggering number is what’s truly responsible for the fact that the U3 number has dropped to 7.5. In actuality, the number of people we add to the workforce every month barely keeps up with our population growth, much less actually lowers our unemployment rate. If it weren’t for the people who got discouraged and quit looking (who are no longer counted in the U3), the unemployment rate would be in the double digits.
A record 1 out of every 5 Americans is on food stamps. As you might imagine, when 20% of a nation is on government food assistance, that nation’s economy is not a strong one, regardless of how you spin it.
A record 8.9 million Americans are on disability. Yes, the amount of people who are on government assistance because they are sick or injured should be independent of the state of the economy. However, the long-term unemployed have learned that when their unemployment benefits run out (benefits which, in some states last nearly two years), they can begin receiving disability benefits from the government with relative ease. There aren’t more sick people, there are simply more long-term unemployed people.
Obamacare is also starting to play a large role in hindering the economy as small businesses, attempting to avoid huge fines by the federal government, are refusing to hire more than 49 employees or, if the business already has more than 49 employees, they are keeping their employees’ work weeks at less than 30 hours.
In addition to all of this, construction employment fell and manufacturing payrolls went nowhere, signs that even Reuters said was “consistent with a slowdown.”
For starters, the point at which Obama wants to eliminate the ability of you and your employer to deduct contributions to your retirement account isn’t actually the $3.4 million in his budget proposal — that’s just an estimate. The real number is how much a couple age 62 would have to pay for an annuity that yields $205,000 a year. That $3.4 million — which applies to the combined values of your pension and retirement accounts — is subject to a sharp downward change in the future because annuity issuers charge significantly less for an annuity when interest rates are higher than they do today, with rates at rock-bottom levels.
I’ll grant you that $205,000 a year — the current IRS maximum for what a pension fund can pay a recipient — is serious money in many places. But it doesn’t buy you a rich retirement lifestyle in, say, New York’s Manhattan, where $205,000 is equivalent to $88,000 in Manhattan, Kans. The Manhattan-Manhattan distinction, from Money magazine’s cost-of-living calculator, is an example of the difference between being rich statistically and being rich in reality.
Second, I can’t get past Obama’s wanting to limit savers’ tax-favored accounts to only about half the value of what he stands to get from his post-presidential package. Based on numbers from Vanguard Annuity Access, I value his package at more than $6.6 million.
That’s right, $6.6 million. And that doesn’t include the IRA into which Obama has been socking away the $50,000-a-year maximum contribution, using money from his book royalties. Or the $18,000 (plus cost of living) a year he will get at age 62 for his service in the Illinois Senate, or any other benefits he or his wife may realize from past or future jobs.
This is the kind of thing that makes my blood boil. A high school track team in Texas was disqualified after the student running the anchor leg of a relay made a “religious gesture” in thanks for winning the race.
Here’s video of the local news report:
from Fox Houston:
“It’s a sad deal. I think it’s a travesty. Those kids work hard,” says K.C. Hayes. Hayes’ son Derrick Hayes is the runner who won the race then pointed to God, turning a once in a lifetime opportunity into a huge heartbreak that will likely last his lifetime. “As a team they reached their goal and in an instant it was just gone, over something we think is a non-issue. I guess someone else thinks it is an issue. He just said dad I was pointing at the heavens” says K.C. Hayes.
A judge with the University Interscholastic League or UIL, which enforces the rules for high school athletics, was there at the meet in Kingsville and made the call to disqualify the four member relay team. “For those kids the work they put in, what are we teaching them? Ok you’re going to sacrifice, work hard and do everything it takes and ok it’s just ripped away,” says Hayes.
“It’s a harsh consequence for what some people may deem a small gesture. The rule states no celebratory gestures including raising your arms,” explains Columbus I.S.D. Superintendent Robert O’Connor. According to the UIL the relay team was disqualified for “unsporting conduct”. The UIL also points out, it does not have a rule prohibiting religious expression. “You can do whatever you want to in terms of prayer, kneeling or whatever you want to once you get out of the competition area. You just can’t do it in the competition area. It goes back to the taunting rule. I can’t taunt my opponent,” O’Connor explains.
Okay, let’s break down how utterly insane this decision is. First of all, they were disqualified under a “taunting” rule for making a gesture of thanks to God? How is not taking credit for your win a taunt? 1st Amendment, anyone? What kind of lesson does this teach?
Secondly, let’s step back and imagine that it wasn’t a religious gesture. Perhaps it could have been a “1st place” gesture or maybe a “we’re number one.” So what? Disqualified for celebrating your victory? This is the left’s political correctness taken to its extreme.
And yes, liberals. Your side owns this kind of political correctness absurdity. Liberals are too afraid to hurt anybody’s feelings, and they ban celebration and thankfulness. Competition and freedom of expression are conservative ideals. Political correctness and regulation are liberal ideals. Guess which side runs the public school system in the United States…
What a bunch of garbage from start to finish (pardon the pun). No religious expression. No celebration of victory. Why don’t we just give all the teams medals, pat their heads, and tell them they’re all winners? Better yet, instead of having races, let’s just have them all hold hands, interlocking their fingers, and run around the track together. Wouldn’t that just be beautiful?
Several Yemeni men belonging to al Qaeda took part in the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi last September, according to several sources who have spoken with CNN.
One senior U.S. law enforcement official told CNN that “three or four members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” or AQAP, took part in the attack.
Another source briefed on the Benghazi investigation said Western intelligence services suspect the men may have been sent by the group specifically to carry out the attack. But it’s not been ruled out that they were already in the city and participated as the opportunity arose.
The attack on the compound and subsequently on a “safe-house” to which Americans had been evacuated left four U.S. citizens dead, including the ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens.
If the AQAP members were dispatched to Benghazi, it would be further evidence of a new level of co-operation among jihadist groups throughout the Middle East and North Africa, counterterrorism analysts say.
I hope that CNN decides to keep up their newfound interest in a story that’s bigger than Watergate. Americans lost their lives in Benghazi, needlessly it appears, and thus far, very little of the mainstream media has been willing to investigate the story.
While it is clear that Katherine Russell has made some terrible decisions in her life, helping her husband Tamerlan Tsarnaev build a bomb may not have been one of them. Female DNA from the bombs did not match that of Mrs. Russell.
from Hot Air:
And neither were the fingerprints, but that won’t end the FBI’s interest in the widow of one of the Boston Marathon bombers. The bombs were built in relatively close quarters, CBS’ John Miller points out, and the sudden proliferation of pressure cookers, ball bearings, and fireworks must have raised some suspicions in Katherine Tsarnaev’s mind – if she saw them at all. That question, plus a phone call while Tamerlan was on the run, has investigators very interested in continuing to talk with Mrs. Tsarnaev … even if she’s not interested in talking with them.
I’m inclined to agree with Miller that the reported lack of cooperation is just an attorney doing his/her job in protecting a client. It’s not difficult to see how Katherine Russell Tsarnaev could become a suspect, if she’s not already one, and needs to protect herself from becoming further implicated in the plot. There are a lot of unanswered questions about her knowledge of Tamerlan’s plans — starting with his six-month absence in Dagestan that left her with a small child to care for all by herself. How does a young wife justify that, unless she knows what her husband’s business will be on the trip?
And wouldn’t she have known that her husband had been plotting a suicide attack, at least initially?
This kind of stuff is maddening. CBS is now reporting that small business owners have “concern and anxiety” that they are going to be crushed under the weight of Obamacare. But why is CBS just now reporting on this? If I didn’t know better, I’d think that they didn’t want you to know how awful the law was going to be before it was passed. But that can’t be, can it?
Here’s the video:
Anyone willing to look at this issue objectively and intelligently knew, without a doubt, that Obamcare was going to be an utter disaster, especially for small businesses.
Remember, we can repeal it but it will take time and effort and needs to be a priority for us when we go to the ballot box. We must remember to only vote for politicians who will consistently fight against it by attempting to defund it and repeal it at every reasonable opportunity.
A high school student in North Carolina who accidentally left his shotgun in his truck after skeet shooting the day prior, was promptly expelled from school. Upon learning this, representatives of Liberty University decided to not only accept him into college, but they offered to pay his way.
From the Blaze:
In a matter of days, North Carolina high school student David “Cole” Withrow’s situation has changed dramatically. For one, Liberty University announced Thursday that it will extend a scholarship to Withrow after he was suspended and arrested for accidentally leaving a shotgun in his pick-up truck parked in the school lot.
Withrow, a high school senior and Eagle Scout, had been skeet shooting the day before the incident and inadvertently neglected to store his firearm. Once he realized his error, he immediately locked the gun in his truck and went inside the school to call his mom so she could come pick it up.
But a Princeton High School official overhead Withrow’s phone call to his mother and the school promptly called the police. After the gun was discovered in his truck, he was arrested and charged with a felony. The school is not allowing Withrow to return to school of the rest of the year, however, an attorney for Johnston County Schools on Thursday said he will still be allowed to graduate on time by attending an alternative school, WTVD-TV reports.
Now, Liberty University is stepping in to make sure that the high school senior will be able to continue on to college.
…“I think he’s a perfect fit for Liberty University,” [Liberty University school chancellor] added. “We will do whatever he needs to complete four years of tuition and room and board.”
Unbelievable. He realizes his mistake and immediately tries to rectify it by calling his mother and asking her to come retrieve the weapon from his truck. A school official eaves drops on his conversion with his mother and then tattles on him to the police. If this “school official” was listening closely enough to hear him say he had a shotgun in his truck, wouldn’t they have also overheard that it was a mistake and that his mother was going to come pick it up immediately? Or maybe that last part was just irrelevant to them because, like every other modern leftist, they were taught to irrationally fear anythingwithatrigger.
In any case, all’s well that ends well, I suppose. Kudos to Liberty University for this fantastic gesture.
The State Department’s Office of Inspector General is investigating the special internal panel that probed the Benghazi terror attack for the State Department, Fox News has confirmed.
The IG’s office is said by well-placed sources to be seeking to determine whether the Accountability Review Board, or ARB — led by former U.N. Ambassador Thomas Pickering and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen — failed to interview key witnesses who had asked to provide their accounts of the Benghazi attacks to the panel.
The IG’s office notified the department of the “special review” on March 28, according to Doug Welty, the congressional and public affairs officer of the IG’s office.
This disclosure marks a significant turn in the ongoing Benghazi case, as it calls into question the reliability of the blue-ribbon panel that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton convened to review the entire matter. Until the report was concluded, she and all other senior Obama administration officials regularly refused to answer questions about what happened in Benghazi.
I’ve got news for you, Harry. Obamacare is going to be a train wreck no matter much money we sink into it.
from the Hill:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says he shares colleagues’ concerns that the Affordable Care Act could become a “train wreck” if it’s not implemented properly.
Reid warned that people will not be able to choose health insurance plans on government health exchanges if federal authorities lack the resources to set them up and educate the public.
“Max said unless we implement this properly it’s going to be a train wreck, and I agree with him,” Reid said, echoing a warning delivered last month by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.).
Reid warned the federal government is not spending enough money to implement the law because of Republican opposition to ObamaCare.