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Obama Now Inventing Reasons To Pull Support From Israel

He is pissed that the Israeli media is dissing John Kerry’s stupid peace proposal. That’s the proposal, you may remember, that gave Hamas everything they wanted and Israel nothing they wanted… the one Israel rejected.

The petulant child is upset that the media there has portrayed the proposal that way even though it’s true.

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Obama Administration Enraged About Israeli Criticism Of Kerry

According to President Obama’s deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken, that type of criticism crosses a line.”

Oooh. Another red line.

Israel has no better friend, no stronger defender than John Kerry,” He said the criticism of Kerry was based on “people leaking things that are either misinformed, or attempting to misinform.”

Other officials used even harsher language, saying the attacks on Kerry crossed a line and put the relationship between the U.S. and Israel in jeopardy. Those officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter on the record by name.

In trying to implement the cease-fire over the weekend, “U.S. Secretary of State of State John Kerry ruined everything,” wrote columnist Ari Shavit in Monday’s Haaretz, Israel’s leading liberal newspaper. “Very senior officials in Jerusalem described the proposal that Kerry put on the table as a ‘strategic terrorist attack’.”

According to the article linked the Palestinian Authority actually agrees with Israel’s assessment of the proposal.

Read more at the Truth Revolt

Update: This is what they were leading up to and inventing justification for. It’s the first step in abandoning support for Israel from the United States.

The United States Lowers Israel’s Diplomatic Shield at the United Nations

Despite a history of rocky relations between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Obama administration could largely be counted on to watch Israel’s back in the U.N. Security Council, where it succeeded for more than five years in blocking successive efforts by the Palestinians to gain more of the trappings of an independent state and to get the world body to formally censure Israeli settlement policies.

That changed after the stroke of midnight Sunday when, in the early minutes of Monday, July 28, the U.N. Security Council, with the backing of the United States, issued a formal “presidential statement” demanding that Israel and Hamas implement an “immediate and unconditional” cease-fire to end fighting that has left more than 1,000 Palestinians and 43 Israelis dead. The Palestinians say they will continue to seek Security Council support for a legally enforceable resolution demanding that Israel halt its military offensive in Gaza.”

Read more here

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Prager: “Who Won The Vietnam War?

A week or so ago we posted a piece by Bill Whittle here. In it he made the assertion that the United States actually won the war in Vietnam against communist forces but Democrats in Congress gave the country away to North Vietnam a couple years later.

It’s commonly stated by news people and educators that the US lost the war. So it has become understood that we lost. But we didn’t.

Some of our readers saw Whittle’s piece and thanked him for the history lesson. They seemed to be thankful for the information.

Dennis Prager runs what he calls Prager University. He uses it to disseminate truths to counteract the deliberate lies we are being fed. Here he presents the real truth about our winning – and then losing – the war in VietNam in more detail. It’s ugly but true. Democrats reneged on our promises to South Vietnam.

Today they are trying to do the same things to our ally Israel. History repeats. Is there nothing we can do to prevent it this time?

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“The Government Is Cracking Down on School Bake Sales”

Of course they are. It’s all about regimentation, you know. The people may not make their own decisions about what they eat. The government must mandate not just nutrition standards but comfort food as well. Comfort food must be eliminated.

The people must not be comfortable.

States are trying to circumvent federal nutrition standards that would limit sugary foods at school fundraisers.

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Barely a month after federal regulations for school cafeterias kicked in, states are already pushing back.

Specifically, they’re fighting nutrition standards that would considerably alter one of the most sacred rituals of the American public school system: bake sales.

Twelve states have established their own policies to circumvent regulations in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that apply to “competitive snacks,” or any foods and beverages sold to students on school grounds that are not part of the Agriculture Department’s school meal programs, according to the National Association of State Boards of Education. Competitive snacks appear in vending machines, school stores, and food and beverages, including items sold at bake sales.”

From the National Journal

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Are You On It Yet?

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“Since Obama became President, 1.5 MILLION people have been added to secret “suspected terrorist” list”

From Doug Ross:

It would seem that the era of hope and change ended about the time that Barack Obama took his oath of office.

The scale of the [federal government's] secret [terror] blacklist was revealed in a civil suit over the Terrorist Screening Database, and it shocked the judge.

99 percent of the names submitted to the list are accepted; the court called this “wildly loose.” The database has grown from 227,932 names in 2009 to its current stratospheric heights. There is no official, public procedure for having your name removed from the list. The US government is seeking to end the trial by invoking state secrecy.”

The Associated Press has the raw stats:

In fiscal 2009, which ended Sept. 30, 2009, 227,932 names were nominated to the database. In fiscal 2010, which includes the months after the attempted Christmas bombing, nominations rose to 250,847. In fiscal 2012, they increased to 336,712, and in fiscal 2013 — the most recent year provided — nominations jumped to 468,749.””

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Produced By The Washington Post:

Title: “Israel pounds Hamas targets”

I guess we know whose side they are on. This is pure propaganda.

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Elizabeth Warren Defines Utopia

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Warren spoke on Friday at Netroots Nation, a convention for liberal bloggers and activists. She was very well received. During the speech she outlined eleven tenets that Progressives believe. This is a rather interesting thing for a politician who is being considered for the Presidency to do. It will alienate many in the business world. As well as others who don’t believe that utopia is possible.

- We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it.”

- “We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth.”

- “We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality.”

- “We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage.”

- “We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them.”

- “We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt.”

- “We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions.”

- “We believe—I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work.”

- “We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America.”

- “We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform.”

- “And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!”

And the main tenet of conservatives’ philosophy, according to Warren? “I got mine. The rest of you are on your own.”

Read more at National Journal

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Communist BRICS Ally To Sink US Dollar

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From Trevor Loudon:

Four Marxist ruled states (Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa) together with heavily communist infiltrated India, are working together on a plan which could destroy the US dollar and sink the economy.

From the British communist paper Morning Star:”

Maduro: Brics summit will change the world order

Decisions taken at the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) summit will change the course of the 21st century, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said July 16.

“Brics have made very important decisions to change the political and economic world order,” he told his weekly TV programme.

The bloc has “decided to create a development bank with $100 billion (£58bn) as starting capital and a commercial and financial system among its members to use local currencies instead of U.S. dollars.”

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Politico: Eric Holder, The Survivor

Politico calls Holder a ‘Survivor’ and asks why he’s still got the job of Attorney General.

I suspect Holder is still there because he is the ‘Enforcer’ who may not break legs but is willing to do about anything else to protect President Obama.

Why the hell is Eric Holder still around? That’s a question many of Barack Obama’s political advisers have asked at various points throughout Holder’s tumultuous five years at the helm of the Justice Department.

For most of Obama’s presidency, in fact, if there’s been controversy, Holder was likely to be in the middle of it, from the failed efforts to close Guantánamo Bay and to prosecute alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a Manhattan court to his inability to send Wall Street executives involved in the mortgage meltdown to jail.

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He’s a race man,” says Charles Ogletree, a longtime friend of Holder’s who taught and mentored Obama and his wife, Michelle, as Harvard Law School students in the 1980s. “He’s gone farther and deeper into some issues of race than the White House would like, but I know he has the president’s well-wishes. It’s clear [Obama and Holder] believe in the same things.”

Holder himself recently told another African-American friend that he feels part of his job is “to talk about things the president can’t talk about as easily.” Asked to describe Holder’s role, one of his former top aides described him as “Obama’s heat shield.”

Read more at Politico

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“Holder: ‘Homegrown Violent Extremists … Keep Me Up at Night’”

I suspect he means you and me. He lumps all gun owners together as ‘Violent Extremists’. They start off talking about the Boston bombers and segue into the two dolts who killed two policemen in Las Vegas.

I doubt whether he is losing sleep.

More at the Weekly Standard

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New York Post: “I feel betrayed and humiliated the way the VA has tried to silence me”

Albany, New York VA hospital is as bad as any other. Indignant doctors, nurses, and others are stepping forward to tell just how bad it has been. This woman is a hero.

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From the New York Post:

Nurse exposes VA hospital: Stolen drugs, tortured veterans

Registered nurse Valerie Riviello has worked 28 years at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, most recently in the psychiatric unit. She teaches at two local nursing schools,and has received many honors for patient care and safety, including the Florence Nightingale Award. Last fall, Riviello challenged the treatment of a female veteran strapped to her bed for hours on end, in violation of VA rules. As a result, she was stripped of her nursing duties. Now she’s one of 37 whistleblowers nationwide whose allegations of retaliation are under investigation by the US Office of Special Counsel. Riviello told her story to The Post’s Susan Edelman.”

Read the story at the New York Post

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Somebody In Norfolk, Nebraska Disrespected Obama

Now Eric Holder and the Department of Justice are investigating.

They put an outhouse on the back of a truck and labeled it, ‘Obama’s Presidential Library’. Then they drove it down the street during the town’s July 4th parade.

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Holder apparently thinks this foolishness is more important than the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious gun running, and enforcement of immigration laws. From Omaha.com:

Justice Department enters fray over 4th of July parade float in Norfolk

The U.S. Department of Justice has joined the discussions over a controversial float in the Norfolk Independence Day parade.
The department sent a member of its Community Relations Service team, which gets involved in discrimination disputes, to a Thursday meeting about the issue. Also at the meeting were the NAACP, the Norfolk mayor and The Independent Order of Odd Fellows.”

This act is intimidation, pure and simple. Holder is telling everyone, “No one will speak out against Dear Leader.”

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Salon: “Let’s nationalize Amazon and Google: Publicly funded technology built Big Tech”

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They’re getting frisky, aren’t they? This article by Richard Eskow is full-on communism.

Eskow makes a lot of allegations but nowhere in his piece does he justify the theft of property from the owners of these companies. Neither does he make a case that nationalizing them will reduce the things he complains about.

“They’re huge and ruthless and define our lives. They’re close to monopolies. Let’s make them public utilities”

How will nationalizing them make them smaller, less ruthless or cause them to define our lives?

Fool.

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Somebody Wants Violence To Start

This morning there are at least two headlines that are important. They deal with the flood of illegal immigrants across the nation’s southern borders. First there is this headline from the Brownsville, Texas Herald. Matt Drudge linked to it.

Militia group heading to Texas border

A group that identifies itself as a coalition of “Patriots” has put out a call for people to go to the Texas-Mexico border and help with a citizen militia operation called “Secure our Border – Laredo.”

A spokeswoman for the group, Denice Freeman, said the operation is a call for civilian militia members — both armed and unarmed — to voluntarily guard private property in the Laredo area and other Texas locations where owners feel threatened by “drug cartels and from gangs, particularly the MS-13 gangs,” a Salvadoran-based gang that is considered among the most dangerous in this country by law enforcement.

Freeman said she expected militia members to become visible in border communities, including the Rio Grande Valley, in the coming weeks but she wanted to stress that the operation’s commander — Chris Davis — is warning members against using any violent means.”

This response is probably understandable from a couple of angles. First, Americans can see this flood of mostly mothers and children for what it is, an effort to overload our systems of health care and law enforcement and they want it stopped. The federal government is not trying to stop it. Instead they are assisting the illegals.

Second, the militia members succeeded in forcing the feds to back down at the Bundy ranch standoff in Nevada. Perhaps they can do the same here.

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The other headline is this from Breitbart:

SOURCE: FEDS TO BRING IN RIOT SQUAD AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION PROTESTERS

Jeremy Oliver, a resident of Temecula, California–a town that neighbors Murrieta–told Breitbart Texas that local police officers warned the protesters that “it’s going to get ugly.”

Oliver said, “The feds are pissed that they haven’t been able to use this facility. Officers out there warned people that federal agents will be in Murrieta on Monday–they are going to get the next bus through no matter what. Riot gear and shields will be used to push the crowd back.”

John Henry, a Murrieta resident since 1991, was told the same thing by local officers.

“We’re being told that federal Marshals or ICE will be here in the next few days and that they are bringing riot gear,” Henry said. “They’re apparently going to be blocking off the street with concrete blockades so that no vehicles can get through. The River County Sheriff’s Department showed up last night and brought a huge watch tower that shoots up into the air 35 feet.”

Yes it seems that someone wants the violence to start. There are other similar stories. For instance, over the weekend it was reported that Texas Governor Rick Perry is sending Texas Rangers to the US/Mexico Border.

These actions are the natural reactions of traditional Americans to unlawful moves. There will be confrontations and they will cause reactions as we saw at the Bundy ranch. The question now is whether the federal troops are prepared to take the next step into violence.

The President has shown repeatedly that he does not have the stomach for warfare overseas. Instead he dithers until the problem resolves itself. Will he show the same reluctance here on American soil?

We shall see.

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The Fact That This Tribal War Has Been Going On For Thousands Of Years Means Nothing

If you don’t read history you say stupid things like this.

The writer does a poor job in this article. After bemoaning the violent uprising in Iraq, that, incidently, is being fueled by Islam and the desire to establish a new Caliphate, as they are instructed by the Koran, Eric Holthaus clumsily segues into blaming the ‘Increased violence’ in the United States on global warming. With no explanation that he is changing locations from Iraq to the US, he leaves the reader wondering just what happened.

Like most warmists and other dolts he takes it as a given that violence in the United States is dramatically increasing. Don’t bring up the actual figures from the FBI that show violent crime decreasing over the last several years. That would not fit his narrative. What does this mean, other than Holthaus is retarded? It means that he has an agenda and he is a liar.

Slate: “Is climate change destabilizing Iraq?”

ISIS emerged around the same time Iraq experienced its warmest March-April-May season on record. It may just be an interesting coincidence, but it could mean more.

ISIS emerged around the same time Iraq experienced its warmest March-April-May season on record. It may just be an interesting coincidence, but it could mean more.

Could there be a connection between climate change and the emerging conflict in Iraq?

The short answer is a qualified yes, according to Frank Femia of the Center for Climate and Security, a Washington-based policy institute advised by senior retired military and national security leaders. He explained in a phone interview:

It’s far too early, considering this is happening in real time, to figure out what is motivating ISIS and its members. Certainly, the natural resource stresses in the region make things worse. Terrorist organizations can try to control those resources and gain significant influence and power. You can’t say climate change is causing ISIS to do what it’s doing, but it [climate change] certainly has a role to play in the region.”

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POLITICO: “Inside the vast liberal conspiracy”

The Democracy Alliance, a progressive think tank that contains liberal mega donors. It is funded by George Soros and others.

POLITICO has a story with the name in out headline. It begins like this:

Picture this: millionaires and billionaires gathering under tight security in fancy hotels with powerful politicians and operatives to plot how their network of secret-money groups can engineer a permanent realignment of American politics.
Only, it’s not the Koch brothers. It’s the liberal Democracy Alliance.

The 21 groups at the core of the Democracy Alliance’s portfolio intend to spend $374 million during the midterm election cycle — including nearly $200 million this year — to boost liberal candidates and causes in 2014 and beyond, according to internal documents obtained by POLITICO.
While growing sums of that cash are being spent vilifying the billionaire conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch over their own network’s political spending, the documents reveal the extent to which the Democracy Alliance network mirrors the Kochs’ — and is obsessed with it.”

Democracy Alliance has produced a 62-page list of ‘Investment Recommendations’ for 2014. The Table of Contents looks like this:

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It seems that they have big plans and will likely have the money with which to do it. Any conservative who believes that the 2014 elections will be dominated by the right might well look at just how serious the left is. They consider the elections this year to be very important.

Groups profiled by the Democracy Alliance, with funding amounts. The number of Democracy Alliance partners supporting each organization is in parentheses.

America Votes: $3.16 million (24 partners supporting)
American Constitution Society $1.19 million (18 partners supporting)
Black Civic Engagement Fund: $900.000 (3 partners supporting)
Brennan Center for Justice: $2.6 million (32 partners supporting)
Catalist, LLC: $1.18 million (9 partners supporting)
Center for American Progress: $3.3 million (26 partners supporting)
Center for Community Change: $2.15 million (17 partners supporting)
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: $1.91 million (27 partners supporting)
Common Purpose Project: $130,000 (5 partners supporting)
Fund for the Republic: $1.39 million (14 partners supporting)
Latino Engagement Fund: $1.89 million (15 partners supporting)
Media Matters for America: $2.7 million (33 partners supporting)
New Media Ventures: $330,000 (14 partners supporting)
New Organizing Institute: $440,000 (13 partners supporting)
Organizing for Action: $650,000 (10 partners supporting)
Progressive Majority: $600,000 (13 partners supporting)
ProgressNow: $1.8 million (31 partners supporting)
State Engagement Initiative: (created through a partnership with the Committee on States)
State Voices: $1.44 million (20 partners supporting)
Youth Engagement Fund $240,000 (14 partners supported)

Source: CNS News

There are a lot of leftists who bemoan the fact that the Koch brothers are supporting conservative causes. What they don’t admit to is the number of liberal billionaires who are supporting progressive causes. I found this partial list here:

Georges Soros
Tom Steyer
Jeffery Katzenburg
David Geffen
Steven Spielberg
Steven Bing
Leslie Wexner
Peter Lewis
Jerry Greenfield
Ben Cohen
Warren Buffet
Bill Gates
Renee Hardy
John Mackey
Anne Cox Chambers
Micheal Bloomberg
Eli Broad
Jon Striker
Dirk Ziff
Haim Saban
Charles Ergen
Leonard Lauder
James Simmons
Irwin Jacobs
David Shaw
Penny Pritzker”

This is interesting and important information. We should have it and more.

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IRS Commissioner Is A Hero To Rep. Cummings

Rep Elijah Cummings not only took the side of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, he praised him and thanked him, “…from the bottom of my heart.”

The story is that Cummings encouraged the IRS to pursue conservative and tea party groups. He wanted them hassled and he wanted their tax-exempt status reversed. He had no intention, however, of asking them to do the same for groups on the left. The IRS took up the baton eagerly. They used their power to tax and their power to investigate to frustrate attempts by them to raise and distribute money to candidates of their choosing.

More and more it appears to me that the efforts to destroy conservative political action committees is a result of the left’s violent reaction to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. We on the right have heard the railing and teeth-gnashing from the White House and every other Democrat about that decision but we, at least I, never imagined that they would try to use the power of the bureaucracy to smash the teeth out of it.

Koskinen, Lois Lerner, and all of the management level employees of the IRS have made this a holy quest. And it’s not just the IRS. Every other agency has been doing it in one form or another.

John Koskinen is a hero to the left. He has worn the mantel of the cause and he has taken on the PAC’s on the right. Cummings actually feels ashamed that Koskinen has had to suffer the attacks from the committee members on the right. That he has held his head up and told those members to ‘shove it’ makes Koskinen a hero to Cummings. It nearly brings him to tears.

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Government Is Reading Your Emails And Facebook Posts

And they are arresting people who post anti-government opinions.

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More About Colorado Governor Hickenlooper And The State’s Seriffs

The Governor is lying to the Sheriffs. He says he never talked with Mayor Bloomberg but public phone records show he did – multiple times. The Sheriffs want to know why he would not consult with them but he would with Bloomberg.

He is up for reelection this year. He has shown himself to be a lot further left than he says in his campaign. He has been caught in this lie to his Sheriffs. How many more lies has he told to other important groups?

Bloomberg is a gun control extremist who has used national astroturf campaigns based on lies and exaggerations to push gun control legislation at the state and national level. Just last week the Bloomberg group Everytown was busted inflating the number of school shooting since the tragedy at Sandy Hook. Charles C. Johnson did an extensive take down of their bogus “school shooting” figures.

Governor Hickenlooper ignored the many sheriffs of Colorado who tried to warn him about how bad these gun control bills were. Governor Hickenlooper ignored his constituents. Governor Hickenlooper tooks calls, and no doubt some direction, from the former Mayor of New York City and gun control extremist, Michael Bloomberg.

And now he is blatantly lying about it.

To quote Moe (Lane), “That internal polling must be downright awful.”

Read more at Red State

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Brass: “IRS Claims to Have Lost Over 2 Years of Lerner Emails”

Never before has there been an American administration that had this much chutzpah. And they get away with it.

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Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) issued the following statement regarding the Internal Revenue Service informing the Committee that they have lost Lois Lerner emails from a period of January 2009 – April 2011. Due to a supposed computer crash, the agency only has Lerner emails to and from other IRS employees during this time frame. The IRS claims it cannot produce emails written only to or from Lerner and outside agencies or groups, such as the White House, Treasury, Department of Justice, FEC, or Democrat offices.

“The fact that I am just learning about this, over a year into the investigation, is completely unacceptable and now calls into question the credibility of the IRS’s response to Congressional inquiries. There needs to be an immediate investigation and forensic audit by Department of Justice as well as the Inspector General.”

From Ways and Means committee

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“Chicago police, ATF form Intelligence Center to fight “three-percenters””

You are the enemy.

U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon (right) and Chicago Police First Deputy Superintendent Alfonza Wysinger announce the creation of the Chicago Crime Gun Intelligence Center. (Photo credit: WGN-TV)

U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon (right) and Chicago Police First Deputy Superintendent Alfonza Wysinger announce the creation of the Chicago Crime Gun Intelligence Center. (Photo credit: WGN-TV)

The Chicago Police Department, working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and FBI, has opened the Crime Gun Intelligence Center to crackdown on illegal guns from what they call “three-percenters.”

A number of agencies including Chicago PD, the Department of Justice, the FBI, the ATF, and other regional partners, will operate the new joint task force from within the ATF’s Chicago Field Division.

The target of this Crime Gun Intelligence Center: a group the ATF is referring to as “three-percenters.”

Read more at Guns.com

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CBO: “It’s Not Possible To Determine Fiscal Impact Of Obamacare”

Of course we know what this is all about. The promises made by President Obama and his sycophants were all lies. We knew it at the time. There is no way a sixth of the US’s economy could be nationalized and run by bureaucrats and the costs would go down.

The Congressional Budget Office is tasked with recording those savings and reporting them to the people. What do they do if the promised savings don’t materialize? This is what they do. They say it’s not possible to track the numbers.

They lie.

INFLUENCE UNKNOWN: CBO Director Douglas W. Elmendorf and his agency surprised some fiscal experts by saying that it’s currently not possible to size up the fiscal impact of the 2010 law.

INFLUENCE UNKNOWN: CBO Director Douglas W. Elmendorf and his agency surprised some fiscal experts by saying that it’s currently not possible to size up the fiscal impact of the 2010 law.


Charles Blahous, a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s free market-oriented Mercatus Center, calls the CBO’s inability to estimate the net effect of the law “a real problem.”
“The ACA’s financing provisions were assumed to be effective so as to get a favorable score out of CBO upon enactment, but no one is keeping track of whether they’re being enforced,” says Blahous, a public trustee for Social Security and Medicare. “We receive occasional updates on the gross costs of the law, but none on whether the previously projected savings provisions are producing what was originally projected.”

When Congress passed the health care law in 2010, the CBO estimated it would reduce the deficit by more than $120 billion over a decade, compared to the agency’s current-law baseline projection of spending, revenue and the deficit. That meant the health care law would, in effect, pay for itself and deliver an additional fiscal bonus.

More at Roll Call

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Call It A Million – Close Enough For Government Work

You and I are paying bureaucrats to do union business; lots of it, too. Somehow, though, those same Veterans Administration bureaucrats can’t find time to actually do their jobs. Do you think there is a connection?

VA Employees Spent WHOPPING 998,483 ‘Official’ Hours on Union Business in 2011

AFGE In 2011 – the last year the office published such numbers – employees of the VA reported spending 998,483 “official” hours on union business. That is to say, they spent taxpayer-funded work time furthering their union’s objectives instead of serving veterans.

Remarkably, that was a 23.3 percent increase over 2010’s 809,740 hours.

The VA employees far-and-away spent the most official time on union business of any federal agency. The next closest was the Treasury Department, which includes IRS employees. Those employees racked up 625,704 hours that year.”

If you haven’t discovered ‘Progressives Today’ yet here is a link.

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Lest We Also Get Distracted By Bergdahl…

Forbes:

“Obama EPA Issues Coal-Killing Rules To Cut Carbon Emissions 30 Percent”

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Today the Environmental Protection Agency released a long-anticipated rule proposal that seeks by 2030 to reduce America’s carbon dioxide emissions 30% from 2005 levels. (The full proposal can be found here.)

The primary mechanism for the reduction will be tough emissions limits on coal-fired power plants. The effect of the rule will most likely be the dramatic expansion of natural gas as a fuel for power generation. When burned, gas emits just half the carbon of coal.

States will have until June 30, 2016 (with the potential for some extensions) to come up with a plan on how to implement the rule and reduce their average emissions per megawatt-hour of electricity. If they refuse to play ball — as Texas Gov. Rick Perry has threatened — the EPA says it will impose its own plan.”

I also discovered this map this morning. It tells us what the Annual cost of these regulations is expected to be by region. Click to enlarge.

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Kate has the right comment. “Don’t attribute to stupidity that which can be adequately explained by malice”

And this is just the start.

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“OBAMA’S SCHEME #103,283: Military “support” for feds against uppity sheriffs”

From Guns Save Life:

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Word has gotten out that our illustrious Commander in Chief, Barack Hussein Obama, offered up a Presidential directive for use of the U.S. military inside the U.S. to support and defend federal interests.

Yes, this includes against domestic unrest and when local authorities are unwilling to carry out federal directives. Translation: Using the U.S. military against uppity local sheriffs who won’t do the Obama regime’s dirty work against their local residents.

(Washington Times) – A 2010 Pentagon directive on military support to civilian authorities details what critics say is a troubling policy that envisions the Obama administration’s potential use of military force against Americans.

The directive contains noncontroversial provisions on support to civilian fire and emergency services, special events and the domestic use of the Army Corps of Engineers.

The troubling aspect of the directive outlines presidential authority for the use of military arms and forces, including unarmed drones, in operations against domestic unrest.

“This appears to be the latest step in the administration’s decision to use force within the United States against its citizens,” said a defense official opposed to the directive.

Directive No. 3025.18, “Defense Support of Civil Authorities,” was issued Dec. 29, 2010, and states that U.S. commanders “are provided emergency authority under this directive.”

“Federal military forces shall not be used to quell civil disturbances unless specifically authorized by the president in accordance with applicable law or permitted under emergency authority,” the directive states.

“In these circumstances, those federal military commanders have the authority, in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the president is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation, to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances” under two conditions.

The conditions include military support needed “to prevent significant loss of life or wanton destruction of property and are necessary to restore governmental function and public order.” A second use is when federal, state and local authorities “are unable or decline to provide adequate protection for federal property or federal governmental functions.”

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More Failed Socialized Medicine In The US

It’s not just the Veteran’s Administration that provides socialized medicine. And it’s not just the VA that is incapable of doing it right. From the Great Falls, Montana Tribune comes this story of the same problems in the Tribal Health Care:

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Misdiagnosed illnesses, denied payments and a shortage of trained medical personnel in government-run clinics are wrecking the federal health care system for Native Americans, tribal leaders said Tuesday as they pressed officials to overhaul a system beset with problems.

With the head of the Indian Health Service listening on, representatives of seven Montana and Wyoming reservations delivered a litany of health care woes suffered by their members during a U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee field hearing in Billings.

They described an agency compromised by a bloated bureaucracy and unable to fulfill its core duty to provide health care for more than 2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

“All too often, tribal members complain of ailments but get sent home from the Indian Health Service with cough medicine or pain killers. Later we learn the situation is much more serious, like cancer,” said A.T. “Rusty” Stafne, chairman of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of northeast Montana’s Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

“We have lost fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers and future leaders because they were unable to get the health care they need,” he said.

Indian Health Service acting director Yvette Roubideaux said in response that changes are underway, including reforms meant to streamline the bureaucratic hurdles faced by patients. But she acknowledged greater efforts were needed at the local level, and that more money will be required than the $4.4 billion the federal agency receives annually.

“I’ve never thought you could fix the Indian Health Service in a day or overnight,” Roubideaux said.”

Sounds like the same kind of mistreatment our veterans are experiencing.

The really stupid thing that is going on is that there is a very strong push among US Democrats to extend this kind of ‘Care’ to all Americans. It’s madness.

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