Monday, June 30, 2014

Boehner Is Bringing a Whistle to a Gunfight

"A congressional lawsuit is precisely the wrong weapon to combat Obama’s lawlessness."
Andrew C. McCarthy ... "Boehner and the Congress hold the tools that could end, or at least dramatically reduce, the administration’s onslaught. Instead, the speaker prefers to bring a whistle to a gunfight. Paralyzed by fear of catcalls from Obama’s slavish media, Boehner eschews the use of his own armaments in favor of turning to the courts — apparently, in hope that a judge will pronounce with stentorian flourish that which is already abundantly obvious to all with eyes to see: The president of the United States is in gross violation of his solemn oath to execute the laws faithfully, usurping congressional power in a systematic assault on the separation of powers that safeguards our liberties."...


Neal Boortz
          "Just what was the ruling?  In simple terms: If you’re essentially a family business, but you’re organized as a corporation purely for tax, liability and other personal reasons, you are permitted to engage in the free expression of your religious beliefs as a company.  In other words, you cannot be required to make contraceptives available to your employees if you view those contraceptives as drugs that result in an abortion.  Such a mandate would cause you to act contrary to your religious beliefs.
            "What about the employees of Hobby Lobby?  They still have, at one count, over a dozen different contraceptive methods and drugs that will be available to them under the Hobby Lobby health care plan.  This is all about those drugs that some believe end the pregnancy process after an embryo has been formed.
            "The irrationality that comes after this ruling is surprising.  To make this point I’ll pick on Bob Beckle on today’s Fox News show “Outnumbered.”  Beckel says the ruling deprives 13,000 women of contractive help.  Let’s pick that apart point-by-point;
  1. The 13,000 employees of Hobby Lobby are not all women.  I would swear that I’ve seen men working there.
  2. The women who work for Hobby Lobby are not being deprived of contraceptive help.  As I already pointed out – they still get contraceptive care under their plan.  The plan just won’t cover the so-called “morning after” drugs.
  3. There is nothing in the Supreme Court ruling that says any woman anywhere can go and buy whatever contraceptive medication they wish with their own dollars. 
     "Beckel also makes this absurd comparison.  He asked what would happen if a business owned by orthodox Jews decided to ban its employees from driving cars on Saturday?  Damn, Bob?  I thought you were off the drugs!  Where in the hell does this ruling ban any woman working for Hobby Lobby from doing anything?  In fact .. where has Hobby Lobby banned any woman from obtaining any type of contraceptive she desires .. if she does it on her own.  Is there something in that ruling that say a Hobby Lobby employee can’t go to their doctor to get a prescription and then go to the drug store to get whatever contraceptive pill she desires?  Come on, Bob.  You’re smarter than that, aren’t you?  And by the way … why wasn’t one person on that Fox News “Outnumbered” panel with Bob who managed to point out this irrationality!
....."One of the most surprising things about this ruling would be the mindless viciousness it generated from the left. Wait … No … it wasn’t surprising.  In fact, its what I’ve come to expect from the prog world.   I would say that, but I’m really not surprised.  This mindless viciousness is just what I’ve come to expect.  The left has become increasingly violent and vicious in recent years.  Why?  Don’t know.  Maybe it’s the empowerment they feel with an úber leftist president. Maybe it’s a defensive response to losing so many Supreme Court battles.  But the viciousness is there.  Examples?  Just look at some of these tweets that hit Twitter in the moments following the announcement of the Court’s ruling."     But don't read them out loud to your children.

The smell test

Report: Canada Pulls Plug on Keystone Pipeline – Will Send Oil to Asia

The Gateway Pundit  via Lucianne
"The Keystone Pipeline project was expected to create tens of thousands of high paying jobs in the oil industry. The project itself would create 20,000 construction jobs. And the pipeline would bring oil from Canada and North Dakota to refineries in the United States."

"The proposed project would have extended from Alberta, Canada to Illinois, transporting approximately 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day. Estimated cost is $1.7 billion.

"But Obama rejected the plan in 2011 and 2014.

"Democrats are beholden to the radical green movement – the poor and middle class be damned.

"Now this…
Canada pulled the plug on Keystone and will send the oil to Asia.
Watts Up With That reported:" ...
...Rather than purchasing crude from a friendly and allied neighbor, the United States will most likely need to continue its reliance upon hostile sources like Venezuela.

"Only a Democrat could make such a dangerous and irresponsible decision for the country."

The left vs. the courts today

Via Drudge, along with conservative commentary on each.

Justices: Can't make employers cover contraception  " The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women."
As expected, the decision was 5-4

Hobby Lobby 1, Obamacare 0   "Note that this ruling only applies to closely-held corporations, but does not rule out applying the same religious freedom reasoning to publicly-held firms and nonprofits."

Business Insider; Supreme Court Says Small, Private Companies Don't Have To Provide Contraception
"This is the most significant Obamacare-related case argued before the Supreme Court since the high court upheld the law's individual insurance mandate two years ago, in the heat of the 2012 presidential election. In that decision, Roberts cast the deciding vote to preserve the heart of the law and the way for which it is paid."

AP Photo
Public union can't make nonmembers pay fees  "The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions Monday, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover the union's costs of collective bargaining."

 SCOTUS: Private contractors don't have to pay union dues even if union bargains for them   "The ruling affects a very narrow group of employees who recieve compensation from Medicaid disbursements. But it leaves the door open for a broader ruling involving other private workers later."

USA Today: Supreme Court issues narrow ruling against labor unions   "The workers, who were represented in court by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, contended that public employee unions are engaged in lobbying the government, often on issues the workers oppose. That implicates their First Amendment rights because the union speaks for them."

"America": Dinesh D’Souza takes on Obama, Hillary, Saul Alinsky, and Howard Zinn in a single bold film.

... "Dinesh D’Souza, the controversial social commentator who shook up Hollywood with the $33 million earned by the theatrical release of his Obama 2016, is back with a more polished and more powerful message.

"At one level, his message in "America: Imagine a World Without Her" is deeply pessimistic: “The American dream is shrinking because some of our leaders want it to shrink. Decline, in other words, has become a policy objective. And if this decline continues at the current pace, America as we know it will cease to exist. In effect, we will have committed national suicide.”

"But most people will leave the theater with a more optimistic conclusion: Much of the criticism of America taught in the nation’s schools is easily refuted, America is worth saving, and we have the tools to do so in our DNA, just waiting to be harnessed." ... 
In an interview at a preview of America, D’Souza acknowledged that critics will try to discredit his message by attacking the messenger. A few months ago, he pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations that could conceivably land him in prison when he is sentenced in September. D’Souza includes in the film a brief section on his legal troubles; in this, he clearly conveys his view that he was selectively prosecuted. But viewers should take the film on its own merits, he says, regardless of what they think of him.
 Full article...   

Satire: Letterman's Top Ten Reasons to Vote Democrat

This came strictly as satire and Letterman did not do this routine, I'm sure. But I believe you will find these values espoused in media, on campuses and by the majority of the California legislature. They may have not uttered these exact words, but you see them made manifest in the laws, codes, and entertainment they produce. TD
#10. I vote Democrat because I love the fact that I can now marry whatever I want. I've decided to marry my German Shepherd.

#9.  I vote Democrat because I believe oil companies' profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon at 15% isn't.

#8.  I vote Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

#7.  I vote Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

#6.  I vote Democrat because I'm way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves. I am also thankful that we have a 911 service that gets police to your home in order to identify your body after a home invasion.

#5.  I vote Democrat because I'm not concerned about millions of babies being aborted so long as we keep all death row inmates alive and comfy.

#4.  I vote Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits, and we should take away Social Security from those who paid into it.

#3.  I vote Democrat because I believe that businesses should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrat Party sees fit.

#2.  I vote Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.

And, the #1 reason I vote Democrat is:
Because I think it's better to pay $billions$ for oil to people who hate us, but not drill our own because it might upset some endangered beetle, gopher, or fish here in America. We don't care about the beetles, gophers, or fish in those other countries. 
More on this at Before It's News

Cartoons added by the Tunnel Dweller.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

"We Found 9 Howlers in the President’s Weekly Address. See How Many You Can Find."

"Of course, you know that the President usually releases a weekly address each Saturday morning. This week’s was rivetingly-titled “Focusing on the Economic Priorities for the Middle Class Nationwide.” We can only assume that the unpublished subtitle, per our inside source, is “Republicans are Nasty Nasty Nasty S---- of B------ and are Wrecking Everything.”

"We identified 9 asinine statements in this brief talk, so grab a pad of paper and see if you can find more of your own." ...  Read more...
Michael Hausam             

Shifting Sands

Clarice Feldman   "If you paid close attention this week, you could see the sand shifting under Obama’s feet. From public opinion to the federal courts to the president’s former putative allies, it was not a good week to be Obama, and it’s likely to get worse for him. Walkabouts in D.C., travels to distant fundraisers, preposterous flailing on the international scene, and more shots with his cute kids are not going to change the situation as far as I can tell. Yet he lacks other options.
There is much detailed content in MS, Feldman's column and this last paragraph sums it all up nicely:

"However this turns out, the president’s petulance, disrespect for the coequal branches of government, and boundless view of his powers continues to add to the kinds of uncertainty and stasis that is so harmful to our economic and political life. His shortcomings deny him firm footing …they are a kind of quicksand into which he is rapidly sinking beyond rescue."


"The number of medical malpractice lawsuits filed in Wisconsin fell to 140 last year, a drop of more than 50% since 1999."

Althouse   "At the same time, a state-run malpractice insurance fund — created because of fears that medical malpractice insurance premiums would skyrocket without it — has grown to more than $1.15 billion, a total larger than all the money it has paid out during its entire 39-year history."

From 2010: Doctors Apologizing for Medical Malpractice Won’t Alone Stop Lawsuits   
"A recent Bloomberg Business Week article caught my eye.  The headline read “When Doctors Admit Mistakes, Fewer Malpractice Suits Result, Study Says.”  It was an eye-catching title because it seemed to indicate that basic human decency was an effective way to reduce unnecessary patient lawsuits.  Some would say that I have a naïve outlook toward human nature, but I believe that most disputes, especially those that can lead to lawsuits, can be resolved by the harming party simply admitting fault and sincerely apologizing for it.  So opening up the article, I expected to have my beliefs vindicated.  Unfortunately, they were not."   More...

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The petulant juvenile dude: 10 times Obama made fun of Republicans in the past year

Washington Examiner
President Obama smiles while making a joke during his speech at the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel, May 3, in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
"President Obama is so over Republican lawmakers.

"He has long lamented what he views as GOP obstructionism, but now he’s not even trying to hide his disdain, belittling them with a newfound fervor.

" 'They don't do anything,” an exasperated Obama said in Minnesota Friday, “except block me and call me names.”

"Well, the president is also in a bit of name-calling mood.

"Here are just a handful of times Obama has mocked conservative leaders in the last year:" 
Full article...

And if that isn't enough, consider these opinions:

Inside the Obama Frat House   ... "There were intimations early in Obama’s Presidency that his leadership team was a boys club. "  Dude.

Our Petulant Child President  From as far back as 2011 they had this guy pegged: ... "The Obama administration has been a veritable Mecca for narcissism and incompetence from the time Obama took the oath of office."

Obama, The Petulant Child
Obama Confessional SC
... "I’ve spoken quite a few times to the malignant narcissism of President Obama in the context of his disposition with (or disposal of) those whom he considers dangerous to him, or for whom he simply harbors disdain." ... 

Land of the Free?

American Thinker
...With extorted money available, the land of the free became increasingly buried under progressive mega-government, like FDR’s second Bill of Rights and Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. The left argued that that complex nature of modern society requires more government control. So did Benito Mussolini in 1929:

..."Tyranny begins with the consent of the victims who fail to oppose it or even encourage it. Bravery in the men and women of the armed forces, police officers, emergency responders, and the like is not enough if many Americans vote away their liberties. Those unwilling stand up for the land of the free, or vote to destroy it, forfeit the right to live in it, and won’t in the end." 


Neal Boortz  "Much gnashing of teeth in the commentariat yesterday.  It seems that John Boehner has finally grown a pair and has announced his intention to sue Barack Obama over his misuse of the powers granted to our president under the terms of our Constitution.

"What’s the big problem here?  Do the proggies really think our Dear Ruler should be beyond the law?  And if he isn’t beyond the law, what do you do to bring him into compliance?  Say pretty please?  Or maybe you’re one of those who don’t think the law actually applies to the president.  After all – Obama was elected by the majority of the people, right?  And the majority rules, right?  So the president can rule on behalf of the majority, right?
" Wrong, wrong and wrong.

"'You may not know that, but you’re in good company.  [N]Either did Obama when he was about to enter office.  That’s why he had his head dog-washer, Valerie Jarrett, tell the world that Obama would be “ready to RULE from day one.' ”

2008: Obama Spokesman Says ‘Obama Ready to RULE on Day 1′

Friday, June 27, 2014

Is Hillary Ashamed of Her Vast Wealth?

Hillary Book Tour

Seth Mandel   "In Hillary Clinton’s recent interview with the Guardian, she gave an interesting answer when pressed on whether her exceedingly rich lifestyle is in conflict at all with her party’s class warfare. “But they don’t see me as part of the problem,” she said, “because we pay ordinary income tax.”
"Such is the mind of the leftist: good works are done through the government. She didn’t say she’s a good example of the deserving rich because she gives charity. She said she pays her taxes. She surrenders enough of her money to the government, and therefore she gets to keep the rest, no complaints. It’s a bit of a non sequitur: if the concern is income inequality, paying your taxes doesn’t exactly get at the root of the issue, does it?
"Sure, it’s not as though–like, say, Mitt Romney–the Clintons were creating jobs or helping businesses adapt to new climates, or turning around failed ventures. And it’s also true that the Clintons are generally paid tons of money just because they’re the Clintons. But trading on celebrity isn’t illegal."
Emphasis added, TD

Krauthammer: Government by fiat

Charles Krauthammer   "The Supreme Court this week admonished the Environmental Protection Agency for overreaching in regulating greenhouse gases. The Clean Air Act covers polluters that emit 250 tons per year (or in some cases, 100 tons). This standard makes no sense if applied to greenhouse gases. Thousands of establishments from elementary schools to grocery stores would be, absurdly, covered. So the EPA arbitrarily chose 100,000 tons as the carbon dioxide threshold.
"It was a welcome constitutional lesson in restraint, noted the Wall Street Journal. One would think — hope — that an administration so chastened might reconsider its determination to shift regulation of the nation’s power generation to Washington through new carbon dioxide rules under the Clean Air Act.

"Fat chance. This administration does not learn constitutional lessons. It continues marching until it meets resistance. And it hasn’t met nearly enough."
"Having been supine for years in the face of these encroachments, Congress is stirring. The Republican House is preparing a novel approach to acquiring legal standing before the courts to challenge these gross executive usurpations. Nancy Pelosi, reflecting the narrowness of both her partisanship and her vision, dismisses this as a “subterfuge.' ”

Democrats being Democrats

NYC Democrat Wants Junior ROTC Program Removed From High Schools: Training Students For “War Machine”…
"But Dromm said he had already visited the programs and opposed their very existence.
“I really have a problem with . . . them being there. It sends a message to kids about armed forces and their policies, what happens when they move forward with college,” he said."

                                                                 Dromm, pictured at right.

Obama Declares June Gay Pride Month… 

 Obama to “Borrow the Power” Needed to Solve Immigration Problem  
Democrats: No bluff, Obama will go it alone on immigration
"The Obama administration is “not bluffing” in its intent to take executive action on immigration policy if House Republicans don’t act soon, top Democratic leaders warned Thursday.

"President Obama has delayed any potential changes to his deportation policy to allow House GOP leaders time to bring legislation to the floor this summer. But if the Republicans don’t act in July, the Democrats say, unilateral changes by Obama are inevitable.

“ 'We’re at the end of the line,” Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said Thursday during a press briefing in the Capitol. “We’re not bluffing by setting a legislative deadline for them to act.

“ 'Their first job is to govern,” Menendez added, “and in the absence of governing, then you see executive actions.' ”

Terrorism Victims Take Innovative Approach Against Offending Nations

Legal Insurrection
   "A group of terrorism victims is seeking unsatisfied court judgements. How do they plan to obtain the cash they were awarded? By taking over Iran’s internet.
   "At the helm are Israeli civil rights attorney, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner and Robert Tolchin of New York. Darshan-Leitner has won over  $1-billion in judgments, frozen more than $600-million in terrorist assets and collected $120 million in payments, according to the National Post. She hopes to replicate her success in her latest effort.
   "ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is an agency of the US Department of Commerce in Washington, DC, which administrator the World Wide Web. ICANN licenses domain names like “.gov” “.ca” and in this case, “.ir”. Countries are then able to allocate the domain names, effectively making “.ir” an asset. 
   "Court papers have been served to ICANN and seek ownership of top-level domain names like .ir TLD, the ایران TLD and all Internet Protocol (IP) addresses being utilized by the Iranian government and its agencies. Darshan-Leitner believes these domains are worth the over $1-billion required to satisfy the outstanding debts owed by the Iranian government to the families participating in the civil suit.
   "Darshan-Leitner said: “This is the first time that terror victims have moved to seize the domain names, IPs and internet licenses of terrorism sponsoring states like Iran and are attempting to satisfy their court judgments. The Iranians must be shown that there is a steep price to be paid for their sponsorship of terrorism. In business and legal terms it is quite simple – we are owed money, and these assets are currency worth money. ” 
   Baruch Ben-Haim whose son, Shlomo, was severely injured in a 1995 terrorist bombing of an Israeli bus: “It’s not right that the US government would provide these licenses to Iran while it is refusing to pay off the judgments handed down against it for funding global terrorism. The federal court awards given to our families must be satisfied.”
   "Darshan-Leitner said, “For years the Iranian government has refused to pay its judgments, thumbing its nose at these terror victims and the American court system. Our clients continue to suffer from the suicide bombing that Iran financed in Jerusalem nearly seventeen years ago. It is not our intention to shut down Iran’s internet usage, but we want what is rightfully due. If by seizing any funds earned from these licenses and contractual rights we can satisfy the judgments, we will have served our clients. We remain committed to helping these American families satisfy their judgments.” 

The maneuverings to keep Thad Cochran in the Senate will not soon be forgotten.

Remember Mississippi   "How far did the establishment GOP forces backing Senator Thad Cochran go in Mississippi this week? Too far, and their tactics are likely to leave permanent scars in a civil war with Tea Party forces that are out of all proportion to the importance the establishment placed on saving one 76-year-old senator’s ability to please Washington’s K Street lobbying interests.

... "There has been much speculation about the offensive robo-call, which trashes the Tea Party for “their disrespectful treatment of the first African American president.” The female narrator claimed that Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel would cause “even more problems for President Obama.” 
"As I said, the wounds from all of this are likely to be long lasting."...  John Fund, NRO
Meet Mitzi Bickers; A scandal-plagued Democratic operative may have worked the black vote for Cochran.   ... "In a bizarre turn of events, it seems that Bickers was in the middle of a bitterly contested Republican Senate primary. Two Atlanta-based entities affiliated with Bickers, ... [Haley] Barbour’s nephew Henry, paid the groups a total of $44,000 for get-out-the-vote “phone services.' ”
The Cochran supporters’ arrangement with Bickers is especially notable, given the role of racial politicking generally and of one sketchy robo-call ​in particular that raised the ire of Tea Party voters as the race drew to a close. Near the end of the runoff campaign, a recording came to light — it was first reported by investigative reporter Charles Johnson – of a racially tinged call that urged voters to combat the Tea Party by casting a ballot for Cochran. It accused the Tea Party of “disrespectful treatment of the country’s first African-American president.” The Cochran campaign has denied any connection to the call, and Barbour says the call was not from the Mississippi Conservatives PAC or from Bickers. He believes, he says, that Bickers placed two automated calls to African-American households." ...

Poor Hillary; poor, fired from her job, laughed at, and cheated on by her husband

As we relish these revelations of Hillary's character, bear in mind who will replace her as the Democrat candidate:  Elizabeth Warren: The Obama of 2016   
 "Her brand of populism could spell doom for Hillary’s White House ambitions."

Hillary Clinton fired for lies, unethical behavior   "I’ve decided to reprint a piece of work I did nearly five years ago, because it seems very relevant today given Hillary Clinton’s performance in the Benghazi hearings. Back in 2008 when she was running for president, I interviewed two erstwhile staff members of the House Judiciary Committee who were involved with the Watergate investigation when Hillary was a low-level staffer there. I interviewed one Democrat staffer and one Republican staffer, and wrote two pieces based on what they told me about Hillary’s conduct at the time.
"When the investigation was over, Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation – one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifman’s 17-year career.

“ 'Because she was a liar,” Zeifman said in an interview last week. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”

"Hillary’s book tour got off to a poor start during an interview with Diane Sawyer.  We learned that Bill and Hill came to the White House “with no money” and left “not only dead broke but in debt“. People used to call her Patches.
"It wasn’t for lack of effort, though, or “dint of hard work” as Hillary put it.
"The threadbare baggage the Clintons brought to Washington from Arkansas in 1993 included the Whitewater real estate scheme. They lost $40,000 on that one. According to prosecutors, dubious loans through a failed S&L didn’t profit them either. More hard work and nothing to show for it. Plucky Hillary did finally manage to shoo the wolf from the door by turning $1,000 into $100,000 on a cattle futures trade. She attributed her investing acumen to reading the Wall Street Journal." ....
obama, obama jokes, political, cartoon, humor, clinton, hillary, lewinsky, finger, dead broke, stilton jarlsberg, hope n' change, hope and change, conservative
 NRO Slideshow: Hillary in Three Words   "Hillary Clinton (probably) wants to be president in 2016, but even her supporters can stumble in defining her accomplishments and qualifications. How best to describe HRC? Never fear, Twitter users are up to the challenge. Here’s a sampling of snark at #HillaryInThreeWords."
  "Obama's Third Term"

Some new names for the Washington Redskins

Here are just some of the suggestions at National Review Online

15 Most Annoying Expressions in Politics

Here's one for Greg Gutfeld of The Five and his Banned Phrases:

RealClearPolitics  "Irritating phrases and words are not confined to political circles, or solely to Washington, although here in the nation’s capital they burrow in and proliferate like obsolete, but entrenched, government programs. This is a call to arms to fight them—but only metaphorically."
Read more:

I would like to add the cliché' that all our incumbents are "fighting" for us. TD
"I'll fight to see that yada, yada, yada"

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Winter Is Coming for Global Warming: Is Climate Change the Hoax of the Century?

PJ Media   "Recent evidence calls into question the accuracy of climate data, and every day, natural gas looks like a cleaner domestic alternative to Middle East oil. So why is the left promoting global warming and resisting the use of natural gas? Find out."

 Climate Reparations—A New Demand   "At the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in December 2009, leaders from more than a hundred nations gathered to consider an agenda that included a massive transfer of money from developed countries to the Third World.  The developed states were tagged to provide $130 billion by 2020 to help developing nations deal with the consequences of global warming.  The proposed transfer was widely discussed as “reparations” for the damage caused by use of fossil fuels in the developed world."

Lt Col Peters: Obama Is A Coward Who Won’t Make Tough Decisions to Defend America
Barack Obama, The Reluctant Commander-in-Chief
... "President Obama had an opportunity a month ago to bomb ISIS/ISIL while they were on the Syrian border, away from towns and civilians, but he failed to act.

"If he is consistent about anything, it’s about his failure to act unless it’s to push a socialist domestic agenda.

"He watched ISIS gain in power and did nothing. ISIS intends to one day attack us, on that they have been clear.

"ISIS is moving rapidly towards Baghdad and, along the way, they have been erasing borders that have existed in the heart of the Middle East since the 20th century. They intend to eventually go into Jordan and Lebanon. The Iraq-Jordan border is already evaporated in some places.

Fox News' Catherine Herridge reports: 

Full Article.

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Oldman Denounces Hollywood Political Correctness, Hypocrisy

The American Culture    "The acclaimed actor and self-described libertarian Gary Oldman comes out with guns blazing against political correctness and Hollywood hypocrisy in a soon-to-be-Playboy magazine. In the interview, he notes that Hollywood leftists such as Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can publicly use any words they like and imply people are homosexuals (without adding “not that there’s anything wrong with that”), but a private outburst by an actor such as Mel Gibson or Alec Baldwin results in widespread denunciation and loss of employment. (Gibson has been blatantly blacklisted by the Hollywood studios ever since his antisemitic outburst directed at two policemen who were arresting him on a DUI charge, and Baldwin was fired from his talk-show duties at MSNBC.)"

Ann Althouse: Gary Oldman can't stop apologizing for that Playboy interview he did where he kept denouncing political correctness.     Hmm.

I read the interview. It wasn't such a big deal. Was this all a set-up to get publicity?
I just think political correctness is crap. That’s what I think about it. I think it’s like, take a f--king joke. Get over it....
Apparently not!
We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That’s what gets me. It’s just the sheer hypocrisy of everyone, that we all stand on this thing going, “Isn’t that shocking?”
He did say "everyone," so technically, he's not a hypocrite.

IRS scandal evolving too fast for reporters to ignore

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez
Hot Air    "A handful of former IRS executive Lois Lerner’s emails released by the House Ways and Means Committee seem to be serving as a Rorschach test for political actors and members of the press alike. For some, the early reaction to those emails revealed more about an individual’s thinking about the IRS scandal, and the Republican-led House committees, than it did about the alleged misconduct of one of the country’s most powerful law enforcement agencies.

"On Wednesday, the House Ways and Means Committee released emails sent by Lois Lerner to a colleague reveal that she received information about Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) which led her to inquire about referring him and an unnamed organization soliciting him for a paid speech for an audit. After somehow receiving an event invitation meant for Grassley in which the event planners offered to pay for the senator’s wife to attend, Lerner asked her colleague if she could take action on the apparent infraction. "   How might these people be discussing you and me?
“Makes it hard for the White House to say ‘This is Republicans trying to make a big partisan issue out of a mistake,’”[CNN's John] King noted.
Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley
IRS: A Series of Unfortunate Events? ..."The alternative and much more likely — undeniable, to my mind — explanation is that the Internal Revenue Service is engaged in an active and ongoing criminal conspiracy to misappropriate federal resources for political purposes, to use its investigatory powers, including the threat of criminal prosecution, for purposes of political repression, and to actively mislead Congress and the public about the issue;  that the Justice Department is turning a blind eye to these very serious crimes for political purposes and is therefore complicit in the cover-up; that these crimes were encouraged if not outright suborned by Senate Democrats; and that the White House is at the very least passively complicit, refusing to lift so much as a presidential pinkie as the IRS runs amok.

"And, apparently, there’s nobody in Washington with the power and the inclination to do anything about it.
Political Cartoons by Dana Summers

The Supreme Court rules against Obama's recess appointments.

Supreme Court Narrows Recess Appointment Authority   "In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court "limited a president's power to make recess appointments when the White House and the Senate are controlled by opposite parties, scaling back a presidential authority as old as the republic," NBC News reports.

" 'The case arose from a political dispute between President Obama and Senate Republicans, who claimed he had no authority to put three people on the National Labor Relations Board in January 2012 when the Senate was out of town' ."
Supreme Court limits president's recess appointment power  "On a separate track, House Speaker John Boehner said a day earlier he plans to proceed with a lawsuit against the president over his alleged abuse of executive power.

"The issue of recess appointments receded in importance after the Senate's Democratic majority changed the rules to make it harder for Republicans to block confirmation of most Obama appointees. "

The Washington Post has this:   "Breyer and Kennedy were joined in that part of the opinion by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
"Justice Antonin Scalia disagreed strongly, signaling his displeasure by reading from the bench a statement accusing his colleagues of “judicial adventurism.' ”

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Boehner’s Feckless Plan to Sue Obama

Andrew C. McCarthy   "So we finally have the Beltway GOP plan to confront Obama administration lawlessness. Make that, to have someone else confront Obama administration lawlessness. Is there a contest to name the Republican strategy? I’d call it: “Please Don’t Make Me Use My Powers … The Obamedia Might Say Mean Things About Me.”

"Mr. Obama’s sweeping lawlessness, a comprehensive assault on the separation of powers, is the subject of my new book, Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment. The administration’s goal is to centralize governmental power in the executive branch. That is exactly what the separation of powers is designed to avoid, the Framers having grasped that the accumulation of all power in one set of hands had always been, and will always be, the road to tyranny.
"Roll Call reports that House Speaker John Boehner (R., OH) will respond to this challenge to our constitutional framework by … wait for it … filing a lawsuit. The apparent aim of this theater is to persuade a judge to pronounce what is already patent: the president is flouting congressional statutes."

Cavuto Explodes at Bachmann Over Lawsuit Against Obama ‘Rome’s Burning and Your(sic) Filing’

... "Cavuto was in the right going after Michele Bachmann telling her she is “being silly”, because she and many other republicans are delusional as this lawsuit is a massive waste of time. All the hearings over the countless scandals have gone nowhere. Holder was held in contempt and it doesn’t affect him. Rome aka the US, as Cavuto put it, is on fire where half the republicans keep playing these useless games while the other half is attacking and destroying conservatives and anyone who goes against the establishment GOP." ...

The Deadly Manipulations of the Anti-Israel Mob

  Seth Mandel – Commentary Magazine   The claim that Israel is carrying out a genocide of the Palestinians is meritless, but its proponents ...