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  • Reminder #43: Obama Really Doesn’t Believe that America has a Right to Exist

    11/28/2014 11:56:22 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 11 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | 11-28-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    November 28, 2014 Reminder #43: Obama Really Doesn’t Believe that America has a Right to Exist By Daniel Greenfield Obama went down to Chicago and continued his usual sneering promotion of amnesty. There was a time when Obama tried to play noble. He’s given that up for smug and condescending until he sounds exactly like his hipster advisers.“I was just traveling in Asia — you go to Japan, they don’t have problems with certain folks being discriminated against because mostly everybody is Japanese,” Obama said. Obama doesn’t seem to know that… 1. There’s plenty of discrimination in Japan, including internal...
  • Caught: Mary's (Landrieu's Chief of Staff says if re-elected she will vote with Obama) 97%

    11/28/2014 11:35:17 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 6 replies
    Black Conservatives Fund obtained video footage of Mary Landrieu's Chief of Staff telling an all-Democrat crowd that Mary Landrieu would in fact keep voting with President Barack Obama 97% of the time if she is reelected. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kmmpWSXNsA
  • Obama unleashed: Defies GOP election wins, moves in opposite direction

    11/28/2014 11:16:38 PM PST · by yoe · 7 replies
    McClatchy Washington Bureau ^ | November 26, 2014 | By David Lightman and Anita Kumar
    President Barack Obama has spent November acting with a defiant fury, moving with little regard for the message voters sent at the polls.[snip] Instead of reaching out to Republicans who won control of next year’s Congress Nov. 4, he’s charged ahead with initiatives that infuriate the victors, prompting critics to label him a “king” or “emperor.” [snip] Obama instead draws his already insular circle tighter. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel doesn’t spout the White House line in public, so he’s out. Chief of Staff Denis McDonough becomes a frequent visitor to Congress but doesn’t heed warnings from Republican leaders that an...
  • Traynor: Fixing Free Speech [by abolishing it]

    11/28/2014 10:16:59 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 21 replies
    The Dartmouth ^ | ZACH TRAYNOR
    Free speech is often cited as a cornerstone of American democracy. Individuals or a group have the right to express themselves and say whatever they want with fairly few restrictions. As long as the speech does not imminently incite violence, constitute slander or libel, or have excessively objectionable content, the speech is allowed. This protects crucial kinds of free expression, like criticisms of the government or U.S. policy, the publication of potentially risqué or provocative works and the ability to mock others for comedic effect. It allows for dissenting but respectful viewpoints critical to our system of democracy: people can...
  • Rick Santorum Vindicated (galloping toward Gomorrah)

    11/28/2014 7:19:37 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    http://www.redstate.com ^ | November 26, 2014
    Shortly after the odious Lawrence v. Texas decision in which the US Supreme Court, in a grim foreshadowing of the short shrift it has given the desecration of the concept of marriage, decided to toss a couple of millenia of Western Civilization so no one’s libido would be restrained by law, Rick Santorum gave an interview with Associated Press: And if the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to...
  • Kelly File Special: Who's Teaching Our Kids? - Liberal Bias In The Classroom

    11/28/2014 6:33:30 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 15 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | Nov 28, 2014 | You Tube
    Kelly File Special: Who's Teaching Our Kids? - Liberal Bias In The Classroom
  • Agency: $443,000 on Gruber analysis of Obamacare in Wisconsin long spent

    11/28/2014 12:56:40 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 11-25-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — The “architect” of Obamacare who suggested the “stupidity of the American voter” helped pass President Obama’s signature health-care reform law hauled in $200,000 from Wisconsin taxpayers for his analysis of the potential costs and impacts of the Affordable Care Act on the Badger State, according to the state Department of Health Services. In total, taxpayers spent $443,718 for MIT economist Jonathan Gruber and a firm to analyze the actuarial and economic impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Wisconsin health insurance markets, according to records obtained by Wisconsin Reporter. The remaining $243,718 went to Gorman Actuarial LLC,...
  • IRS Accused Of Sharing 2,500 Private Taxpayer Documents With White House

    11/28/2014 12:37:09 PM PST · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 28, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    IRS Accused Of Sharing 2,500 Private Taxpayer Documents With White House By Cheryl K. Chumley November 28, 2014 The Internal Revenue Service may have given thousands of confidential filings from private taxpayers to the White House to review, a lawsuit against the Treasury Department just revealed. The suit, filed against Treasury’s inspector general by Cause of Action, a legal advocacy outfit, reveals a steady stream of communication went on between the White House and the IRS — a potentially “improper” stream, the group alleged, The Daily Caller reported.
  • Congress Can't Break Highway Gridlock

    11/28/2014 11:04:21 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 26, 2014 | Michael Needham
    “I don’t want to say they’re unsafe, but they’re dangerous.” That was how President Obama’s former transportation secretary Ray LaHood described America’s roads and bridges in a pre-Thanksgiving interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes. The high-profile story left viewers with the distinct impression that America’s roads and bridges are crumbling, and politicians were to blame. First, let’s dispense with the notion that travel in America is a life-jeopardizing experience. According to the Federal Highway Administration’s own 2013 report, the number of structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridges has decreased every year since 2000. This same report also shows that fatalities and...
  • Obama Rules Are Coal In America's Christmas Stocking

    11/28/2014 8:25:11 AM PST · by rktman · 7 replies
    investors.com ^ | 11/26/2014 | IBD editorial
    Regulation: Funny how this always happens: Right before a big holiday weekend, when almost no one is paying attention, the Obama administration announces hundreds, sometimes thousands, of new regulations. Early Christmas Season Surprise: 3,000 New Federal Regulations Earlier this week, news broke that businesses and consumers should get ready for more than 3,000 new regulations that will hit the economy in 2015. The national media yawned.
  • Court rejects Arizona incumbent's bid on ballot count

    11/28/2014 8:19:06 AM PST · by rktman · 15 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 11/28/2014 | unknown
    The 133 ballots at the heart of a federal lawsuit in Arizona’s Second Congressional District will not be counted.
  • WashPost on Ferguson: A Racist Town and 'Civil Rights' Landmark, Just Like Selma

    11/28/2014 8:10:30 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 35 replies
    NEWSBUSTERS ^ | NOV 28, 2014 | Tim Graham
    WashPost on Ferguson: A Racist Town and 'Civil Rights' Landmark, Just Like Selma By Tim Graham | November 28, 2014 | 8:49 AM EST As proof the national media is trying to turn Ferguson into Selma – with no appreciation of a difference in racism between Alabama in the 1960s and St. Louis in 2014 – see Krissah Thompson’s Thanksgiving Day dissertation in The Washington Post. A headline was “To many, ‘Ferguson’ is shorthand for police mistreatment of blacks.” "Though it has been less than four months since Michael Brown was killed, the town seems to have entered the pantheon...
  • CAGW Names Rep. Mike Rogers November Porker of the Month

    11/28/2014 8:09:14 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Citizens Against Government Waste ^ | November 2014 | Citizens Against Government Waste
    (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) its November Porker of the Month for his second unsuccessful attempt to convince his fellow Republican lawmakers that it would be a good idea to restore earmarks. During a closed-door meeting on November 14, 2014, by a vote of 145-67, House Republicans rebuffed Rep. Roger’s effort to earmark projects for “state, locality, public utility or other public entities.” Rep. Rogers was also named CAGW’s Porker of the Month in April 2012, after his first failed attempt to end the earmark ban on March 30, 2012. Rep....
  • I'm an Immigrant in America Thanks to Executive Action—Just Like Many of Your Ancestors Were

    11/28/2014 8:01:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    TNR ^ | 11/28/2014 | By Julia Ioffe
    This year will be the fourth year that my family will celebrate Thanksgiving without my grandfather, Yankel. It’s safe to say that Thanksgiving was his favorite holiday: Sitting at a table groaning under the otherworldly quantity of food, surrounded by his children and successful, Americanized grandchildren, he would raise toast after toast to this great country, his eyes moist with gratitude that America opened its rich embrace to him and his progeny. This year, after Obama’s executive immigration order, more than four million people might have the same impulse as my late grandfather. Even if the embrace proves temporary, it...
  • George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

    11/28/2014 7:57:53 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 27, 2014 | George Washington
    On October, 3, 1789, George Washington issued a proclamation about the Thanksgiving holiday: BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, A PROCLAMATION Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; And whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of...
  • Blooming assault on Nevada gun rights

    11/28/2014 7:03:03 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 11/28/2014 | Jeff Knox
    Everytown’s Washington, D.C., attorney reserved the Nevadans for Background Checks name with the Nevada Secretary of State’s office earlier this year. Filing information for the PAC and nonprofit corporation formed to push for the initiative, which significantly changes the state’s firearm transfer laws, lists Tara Paone as “director, president” of the nonprofit and as “director” of the PAC. Tara Paone is elsewhere listed as treasurer for Everytown for Gun Safety in New York, and was listed as the director of the Everytown fund in support of I-594 in Washington. Ms. Paone’s LinkedIn profile says she is a professional manager for...
  • Many Faiths, Common View on Marriage: Men and Women Are Created for Each Other

    11/28/2014 5:20:43 AM PST · by dontreadthis · 12 replies
    the daily signal ^ | November 26, 2014 | Ryan T. Anderson
    As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I’m particularly thankful for marriage—both on a personal level and for the critical role it plays in society. Today, my parents will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. And last week, I was able to join hundreds from around the world at an International Interfaith Colloquium led by Pope Francis at the Vatican on the complementarity of man and woman. The Vatican conference brought together speakers from more or less every faith tradition on earth: Catholic, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Mormon, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Taoist. The speakers hailed from 23 different countries, representing...
  • If Not Now, When?

    11/28/2014 3:03:54 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 26 replies
    Conservatives are not split as to whether or not Obama and his ministers have committed high crimes. We are split over what to do about it. There is no question Obama has gathered arbitrary powers within the executive branch to make, ignore, modify congressional statutes at his whim. His administrative agencies, a shadow army of lawgivers whose identities (sans Gruber) are kept quiet and out of public view, issue dozens of unconstitutional and imperial diktats every year. OTOH, what is certain is that impeachment of American presidents is unfortunately an historic rarity. Taken all together, impeachment is largely viewed as...
  • Nonpartisan organization confirms the GOP can defund Obama’s immigration order

    11/27/2014 10:07:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/27/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Congressional Republicans agree that Barack ObamaÂ’s executive actions involving the extension of legal status to millions of illegal immigrants have to be fought. The GOP is, however, split on what methods would be the most effective in blunting or even reversing ObamaÂ’s actions. CongressÂ’s more conservative elements believe that a series of symbolic measures should be used in conjunction with more operationally focused tactics. Some, like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), have suggested that Congress should not invite Obama to Congress for his annual State of the Union Address and that no presidential nominee should be confirmed until these orders are...
  • Oklahoma school district caves to atheist group, cancels Bible elective

    11/27/2014 5:55:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 26, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    An Oklahoma school district is reportedly walking back plans to begin offering students an elective course on the Bible after facing pressure from a major atheist group. The class, called “The Book: The Bible’s History, Narrative and Impact,” was developed, in part, by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green, and it was set to launch in Mustang Public Schools, Raw Story reported. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) said on its website Tuesday that the district canceled the class after Hobby Lobby allegedly did not provide the district with the final curriculum for approval and did not “commit to providing legal...
  • Conservative expert on immigration law to pursue suit against executive action

    11/27/2014 4:15:21 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Eli Saslow
    The most pivotal moment of his career is about to unfold on prime time TV, and Kris Kobach has no way to watch. “There’s really no TV in here?” he says, and a waitress at a downtown diner in tiny Tonganoxie shakes her head. “How about a phone? Anyone have enough cell service to stream live radio?” Kobach asks, and a few of the Republicans assembled here for a county meeting rush up to help. (SNIP) Governors have been texting his cellphone and Senate staffers have been sending e-mails, and everyone is asking Kobach a version of the same question:...
  • Chuck Schumer, Hypocrite

    11/27/2014 1:50:23 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Mickey Kaus
    In a satisfying moment of intramural recrimination this week, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York pointedly second-guessed President Obama’s decision to push sweeping health care legislation in 2010, when Americans were more concerned with the state of the economy and their economic futures. (SNIP) Even if you don’t think (as I do) that the “gang” bill would actually hurt the economic fortunes of many middle class Americans by importing competing, cheaper workers to bid down their salaries, it was hardly the sort of economic fix Schumer says the middle class was demanding. Even more than Obamacare, it failed to give...
  • Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Rep. Raul Labrador Debate Obama's Immigration Action on "Face The Nation"

    11/27/2014 1:45:20 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 2 replies
    REPRESENTATIVE RAUL LABRADOR (R-Idaho): Well, there's several things that we need to do. Number one, it was illegal for the President to do this. He has been saying it for the last three years that he did not have the authority to do it and now he changed his mind. (SNIP) And finally, and I think this is the most important part, we can't take the bait from-- from the Democrats. We can't say we're not going to do immigration reform. We need to tell the American people what we're for. And we need to show them the step-by-step approach...
  • OBAMA'S LAWLESS AMNESTY TESTS OUR REPUBLIC

    11/27/2014 1:32:33 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 22 replies
    boston.com ^ | November 24, 2014 | By Tom Fitton
    Honest Americans are still gasping from President Obama’s speech last week announcing his own amnesty program, based on no legal authority, for at least five million illegal aliens. I recently warned you about Obama’s amnesty assault on our nation. Self-government, elections, laws, and other essential aspects of our constitutional system seem of little concern to the corrupt leader of this gangster administration. Judicial Watch will continue to take the lead in exposing and stopping this lawlessness. Judicial Watch is considering major litigation to stop Obama’s dictatorial amnesty agenda. We will keep moving forward toward accountability and won’t wait for Congress...
  • Sen. Cruz: Hagel Resignation Shows Obama Defense Policy Has Failed

    11/27/2014 12:37:40 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    www.cruz.senate.gov ^ | November 24, 2014 | Senator Ted Cruz
    Next nominee must spurn policy of ‘leading from behind’ and mount forceful defense of U.S. national security interests WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement regarding the resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel: “Today's resignation reflects the ongoing damage caused by President Obama's misguided foreign policy of leading from behind. We need a Secretary of Defense who is squarely focused on defending the national security interests of the United States, first and foremost, and especially preventing a bad deal over Iran's nuclear weapons program that could do irreparable harm to us and our allies....
  • Sen. Cruz: May We Always Remain a Grateful Nation

    11/27/2014 12:34:13 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    www.cruz.senate.gov ^ | November 26, 2014 | Senator Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement in advance of Thanksgiving Day: “Today we give thanks for the miracle of freedom. “Our gift of liberty was first realized a century and a half before we ever signed the Declaration or Constitution—it was born when the Pilgrims risked their livelihood so that they might worship the Lord Almighty with all their hearts, souls, and minds. “Thus our nation sprung from a spirit of courage and gratitude: courage to trust that a small force could achieve mighty deeds through the grace of God, and gratitude for his deliverance. “When...
  • IMPEACH - Obama's executive order allows illegal aliens to destroy America's soul

    11/27/2014 12:32:47 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 21 replies
    Renew America ^ | November 23, 2014 | By Kevin Fobbs
    Are we stupid or what? Did our parents, and grandparents and great grandparents just simply get it wrong about our nation and its values. Did the greatest generation, who fought against Nazism and tyranny, sacrifice and die on foreign soil so that our American Dream and its values and principles could simply become a joke? This is what has befallen the nation since Obama took the oath of office as president of the United States. Now he stabs the nation in its heart and soul with an Executive Order that allows millions of illegal alien immigrants to become unofficial-official citizens....
  • Chuck Schumer: Passing Obamacare in 2010 Was a Mistake

    11/27/2014 11:36:47 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    The National Journal ^ | November 25, 2014 | Sarah Mimms
    Sen. Chuck Schumer upbraided his own party Tuesday for pushing the Affordable Care Act through Congress in 2010. While Schumer emphasized during a speech at the National Press Club that he supports the law and that its policies "are and will continue to be positive changes," he argued that the Democrats acted wrongly in using their new mandate after the 2008 election to focus on the issue rather than the economy at the height of a terrible recession.(snip) The third-ranking Senate Democrat noted that just about 5 percent of registered voters in the United States lacked health insurance before the...
  • Obamacare Architect Says Abortion is a Social Good

    11/27/2014 8:07:34 AM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 27, 2014 | DUSTIN SIGGINS
    Over the last three weeks, MIT professor and Affordable Care Act (ACA) architect Jonathan Gruber has gone from being an academic, known mostly in policy circles, to the face of political dishonesty and manipulation. Gruber, who helped create and sell the ACA to the American people, has been caught on tape admitting—on multiple occasions—that the law was written to mislead the public.But that’s not all that he’s done. As originally reported by Jerome Corsi, Gruber is the author of at least two separate reports arguing that legalized abortion has tremendous social benefit. His work also provided some of the foundation...
  • Gay Marriage Bans Overturned In Mississippi And Arkansas

    11/27/2014 7:04:46 AM PST · by madprof98 · 19 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | 11/26/14
    U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote in his ruling, “The Fourteenth Amendment operates to remove the blinders of inequality from our eyes. Though we cherish our traditional values, they must give way to constitutional wisdom. Mississippi’s traditional beliefs about gay and lesbian citizens led it to defy that wisdom by taking away fundamental rights owed to every citizen. It is time to restore those rights."
  • The 2014 Cato Institute Surveillance Conference

    11/27/2014 6:36:34 AM PST · by Zuben Elgenubi · 11 replies
    Cato.org ^ | December 12, 2014 | The Cato Institute
    Never in human history have people been more connected than they are today — nor have they been more thoroughly monitored. Over the past year, the disclosures spurred by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have drawn public attention to the stunning surveillance capabilities of the American intelligence community, and the unprecedented volume of data they collect from hundreds of millions of people around the world. But the growth of government surveillance is by no means restricted to spies: Even ordinary law enforcement agencies increasingly employ sophisticated tracking technologies, from face recognition software to “Stingray” devices that can locate...
  • The First NATIONAL Days of Thanksgiving

    11/27/2014 6:28:42 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 5 replies
    American Minute ^ | Nov. 27, 2014 | Bill Federer
    After the victory of the Battle of Saratoga during the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress proclaimed the first National Day of Thanksgiving, November 1, 1777: "The grateful feeling of their hearts... join the penitent confession of their manifold sins...that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of remembrance...and... under the providence of Almighty God... secure for these United States the greatest of all human blessings, independence and peace." After John Paul Jones, commanding the Bonhomme Richard, captured the British ship HMS Serapis, the Continental Congress declared a Day of Thanksgiving,...
  • Communist, Palestinian Groups Join Ferguson Protesters In Oregon

    11/27/2014 6:24:35 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 17 replies
    http://seattle.cbslocal.com/ ^ | Nov 26, 2014 | Staff
    PORTLAND, Ore. .....The protest had many elements of the Occupy Portland movement, which galvanized protesters in the city and formed a network of people who still communicate via mass text message. As with Occupy, the vast majority of protesters preached peace, but a fringe group of people — some covering their faces with black bandannas — advocated violence and confrontations with police. And like Occupy, the original protest drew a disparate group of people together, not all of whom agreed with one another. Military veterans called for peace, a communist group called for the overthrow of capitalism, and a group...
  • How immigration killed the tax deal [Tax Filing in March?]

    11/27/2014 5:46:45 AM PST · by SES1066 · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/26/14 | BRIAN FALER and RACHAEL BADE
    How could a major tax deal brokered by the top Senate Democrat die so quickly at the hands of a Democratic president?SnipUntil late last week, Senate Finance, Ways and Means and leadership met regularly and were making progress on the package of tax breaks known as tax extenders. The group of some 55-plus tax breaks have expired, and many lawmakers in both parties want to renew by the end of the year, amid warnings from the IRS that failing to act would disrupt the upcoming tax filing season. They include everything from a major business research credit to one for...
  • 2-Minute Thanksgiving NFL Ad Warns of Rogue President

    11/27/2014 5:29:13 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 56 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 11/26/14 | Greg Hengler
    This brilliant ad is coming to your televisions this Thanksgiving from Conservative War Chest.
  • Thank a White Male

    11/27/2014 5:28:02 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 30 replies
    Do you like internal combustion engines? Thank a few white men. (Jean Lenoir, Nikolaus Otto, Karl Benz, Rudolf Diesel, Gottlieb Daimler, Emil Jellinek, Henry Ford among others.) Are you a fan of flush toilets and indoor plumbing? Thank white males Alexander Cumming, Thomas Twyford, and Isaiah Rogers Toilet paper? Thank Joseph Gayetty, W.M. How about washing machines and dryers? Thank white males Alva Fisher and J. Ross Moore. “When you’ve got your health, you’ve got just about everything” ran the tag-line in a famous Geritol commercial from the 1970s, and the guys we most have reason to be grateful for...
  • An Inconvenient Law

    11/27/2014 4:55:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 27, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There is a humane, transparent, truthful -- and constitutional -- way to address illegal immigration. Unfortunately, President Obama's unilateral plan to exempt millions of residents from federal immigration law is none of those things. Obama said he had to move now because of a dawdling Congress. He forgot to mention that there were Democratic majorities in Congress in 2009 and 2010, yet he did nothing, in fear of punishment at the polls. Nor did Obama push amnesty in 2011 or 2012, afraid of hurting his own re-election chances. Worries over sabotaging Democratic chances in the 2014 midterms explain his inaction...
  • Case Suggests How Government May Get Around Phone Encryption

    11/26/2014 5:17:32 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 44 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 25, 2014 | By Danny Yadron
    The Justice Department is turning to a 225-year-old law to tackle a very modern problem: password-protected cellphones. Prosecutors last month persuaded a federal magistrate in Manhattan to order an unnamed phone maker to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to unlock a password-protected phone that could contain evidence in a credit-card-fraud case, according to court filings. The court had approved a search warrant for the phone three weeks earlier. The phone maker, its operating system and why the government has not been able to unlock it remain under seal. The little-noticed case could offer hints for the government’s strategy to counter new...
  • Mary Landrieu is the clear choice for Senate: Editorial

    11/26/2014 3:38:19 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 100 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | November 26, 2014 | By The Editorial Board
    Mary Landrieu is dedicated to the well being of Louisiana residents. Even her vote for the Affordable Care Act, which is being used to attack her, reflects concern for the hundreds of thousands of her constituents who lack health insurance. Seniority matters in the Senate. Although Democrats lost control of the chamber in the midterm elections, Sen. Landrieu would be one of the highest-ranking members of the minority party in the next Congress. Her track record demonstrates her ability to work successfully with Republicans on a variety of matters. Louisiana needs Sen. Landrieu's knowledge, energy and influence in Washington as...
  • Does the Fifth Amendment Grand-Jury Protection Still Matter?

    11/26/2014 1:38:31 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 56 replies
    National Review ^ | November 26, 2014 | By Andrew C. McCarthy
    A number of commentators have argued tonight, with no challenge by their media interviewers, that even if the evidence was insufficient to indict Officer Darren Wilson, justice would have been better served if the grand jury had indicted anyway. That way, the reasoning goes, we could have had a public trial in the light of day where everyone could have seen that the case was insufficient. That, we are to believe, would have made it easier for the community to accept the result. The interests of the community, however, are not the only ones in the equation, much less the...
  • Obama: Americans Have No Right To Favor Americans

    11/26/2014 9:32:04 AM PST · by Zakeet · 79 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 25, 2014 | Neil Munro
    The only Americans who can legitimately object to immigration are native Indian-Americans, President Barack Obama told his Chicago audience Nov. 24, as he made an impassioned ideological plea for endless immigration, cultural diversity and a big government to manage the resulting multicultural society. “There have been periods where the folks who were already here suddenly say, ‘Well, I don’t want those folks,’ even though the only people who have the right to say that are some Native Americans,” Obama said, rhetorically dismissing the right of 300 million actual Americans to decide who can live in their homeland. Americans should not...
  • Obama: ‘I Just Took An Action To Change The Law’

    11/26/2014 9:22:18 AM PST · by servo1969 · 27 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 11-26-2014 | JIM TREACHER
    The great thing about Obama’s teleprompter is that when he stops reading from it, he slips up and tells the truth.Daniel Halper: The White House has argued that President Obama’s executive amnesty order last week was made well within the existing law. But in remarks in Chicago tonight, President Obama went off script and admitted that in fact he unilaterally made changes to the law. President Obama made the admission after getting heckled for several minutes by immigration protesters. “Now, you’re absolutely right that there have been significant numbers of deportations. That’s true. But what you are not paying attention...
  • Thanksgiving Story: The Pilgrims, Collectivism, and Free Markets

    11/26/2014 7:08:25 AM PST · by dleeper47 · 12 replies
    Western Free Press ^ | Nov 23, 2014 | David Leeper
    The undertold story of how the Pilgrims tried hard to live under what we could call communism and nearly starved to death. In 1623 they abruptly switched to private property and free markets and never went hungry again.
  • House Republicans Seek Answers from Eric Holder About Bank Settlement Money for Liberal Groups

    11/26/2014 6:52:33 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Nov 26, 2014 | Fred Lucas
    The Justice Department’s massive mortgage settlements against two bank giants requires them to give millions to liberal advocacy groups, and House Republicans are trying to find out why. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling asked Attorney General Eric Holder seeking details about who was involved in steering the funds from the Bank of America and Citigroup settlements this way, which they said was an unprecedented departure from other settlements. “It seems that the alleged victims are not the primary beneficiaries of these multi-billion dollar settlements,” the House chairmen said in the letter....
  • Obama touts immigration action in speech frequently interrupted by hecklers

    11/26/2014 6:29:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    FOX News ^ | November 25, 2014
    President Obama traveled to Chicago on Tuesday to sell his executive action on immigration in a speech at a community center in a predominantly Polish-American neighborhood, although his remarks were frequently interrupted by hecklers. Obama listened and asked them to stop yelling. Then when it appeared he'd had enough, the former lawyer and constitutional law professor set about deconstructing their arguments. "What you're not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law, so that's point No. 1," Obama said. "Point No. 2, the way the change in the law works is that...
  • AP Warns Black Friday Means 'Perfect Storm' of Gun Buying

    11/26/2014 6:28:55 AM PST · by rktman · 53 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 11/26/2014 | Tim Graham
    The liberals at Associated Press have a special reason to freak out over Black Friday: it’s a huge day for gun sales, and the background-checks system is severely tested. AP writer Nick Stroud even found space for the noting it’s a “perfect storm,” like the disastrous ship-sinking movie. The volume of sales means some purchasers “beat the system,” meaning there are only three business days for a background check:
  • Black Friday gun buys test background check system

    11/26/2014 4:04:14 AM PST · by rellimpank · 27 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 26 nov 2014 | Matt Stroud
    BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) - Black Friday isn't just when shoppers rush to stores for holiday sales. It's also one of the busiest days of the year for gun purchases. In the U.S., there are nine guns for every 10 people. Someone is killed with a firearm every 16 minutes. And every minute, gun shops make about 40 new requests for criminal background checks on people wanting weapons. On Black Friday, the rush accelerates to nearly two checks a second, testing the limits of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. "We have a perfect storm coming," says Kimberly Del Greco,...
  • Thanks, Property Rights!

    11/26/2014 3:46:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | John Stossel
    This Thanksgiving, I give thanks for something our forebears gave us: property rights. People associate property rights with greed and selfishness, but they are keys to our prosperity. Things go wrong when resources are held in common. Before the Pilgrims were able to hold the first Thanksgiving, they nearly starved. Although they had inherited ideas about individualism and property from the English and Dutch trading empires, they tried communism when they arrived in the New World. They decreed that each family would get an equal share of food, no matter how much work they did. The results were disastrous. Gov....
  • Geo-engineering: Climate fixes 'could harm billions'

    11/26/2014 3:07:17 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 25, 2014 | By David Shukman, Science editor
    Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say. That is the conclusion of a new set of studies into what's become known as geo-engineering. This is the so far unproven science of intervening in the climate to bring down temperatures. These projects work by, for example, shading the Earth from the Sun or soaking up carbon dioxide. Ideas include aircraft spraying out sulphur particles at high altitude to mimic the cooling effect of volcanoes or using artificial "trees" to absorb CO2. Despite the risk...
  • Illegal immigrants could receive Social Security, Medicare under Obama action

    11/26/2014 2:40:04 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 15 Nov 14 | Karen Tumulty
    Under President Obama’s new program to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, many of those affected will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and a wide array of other federal benefits, a White House official said Tuesday. In his speech Thursday night, the president touted his plan as a means of bringing accountability to a broken immigration system, under which 11 million or more people are estimated to be living in this country illegally. “We’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve with been in America more than five years. If you have children who are American citizens...