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  • How was Gun Control Imposed Upon an Unwilling World?

    02/20/2016 1:37:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 18 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Disarmists use the bandwagon fallacy, (argumentum ad populum) to promote citizen disarmament. In essence, the non-argument makes the claim; everyone else disarms their population - so we should do the same. This is a logical fallacy. (snip) .. it is clear that from 1500 on, the major developments in gun technology came from Europe.Europeans underwent the black death shortly before the introduction of the gun. The loss of up to a third of the population made the remainder much more valuable. The development of the gun, the Reformation, the Renaissance, much wider availability of literacy and printed material, all...
  • Colonialism inspired ISIS extremists, says Welby: Archbishop of Canterbury use lecture [tr]

    02/11/2016 10:06:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Februray 11, 2016 | Steve Doughty
    The Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday that Britain must confront its historic responsibility for conflict in the Middle East. The Most Reverend Justin Welby said ‘our own responsibilities must be faced and acknowledged’ and singled out Britain’s behaviour during the First World War and its aftermath. The Archbishop also pointed to the British Empire, the global trading system, American culture and even Western championing of women’s and gay rights as factors which cause ‘humiliation’ and disaffection among some Muslims.
  • The Past Haunts Oxford Debate Over Rhodes Statue

    01/25/2016 12:50:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JAN. 21, 2016 | ALAN COWELL
    LONDON — High above a main thoroughfare in the city of Oxford, in an alcove framed by twirly columns, a statue of Cecil John Rhodes, the archimperialist who shaped Britain’s empire and the destiny of its far-flung subjects in Africa, peers down inscrutably on the people below. If you weren’t looking for it, you might miss it. In recent weeks, though, the statue has provoked an acrimonious debate about whether it should be removed, as was another monument to him last year, in South Africa, where he built his fortune and power before his death in 1902. But, as the...

    12/21/2015 12:44:19 PM PST · by A Navy Vet · 43 replies
    VetsCoR | 12/21/2015 | A Navy Vet
    America has had to defend herself from TWO major theologies, not ideologies like communism (LENIN/STALIN), national socialism (NAZI) or facism (MUSSOLINI). These wars were and are caused by religious beliefs. One occurred in the 20th century, the other is occurring in the 21st century.

    10/16/2015 3:35:40 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 2 replies ^ | October 15, 2015 | Bruce Thornton
    Many of our policy debates and conflicts both domestic and foreign call on history to validate their positions. At home, crimes from the past like slavery and legal segregation are used to justify present policies ranging from racial set asides to housing regulations long after those institutions have been dismantled. Abroad, our jihadist enemies continually evoke the Crusades, colonialism, and imperialism as justifications for their violence. Yet the history used in such fashion is usually one-sided, simplistic, or downright false. Nor is the reason hard to find: as we read in 1984, Who controls the past . . . controls...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Lends Weight To Putin patriotism

    08/21/2015 12:59:10 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8/20/2015 | Vitaly Shevchenko
    A raid by Russian Orthodox vigilantes on "blasphemous" artworks in central Moscow has highlighted the influence of traditional, ultra-conservative values in President Vladimir Putin's Russia. The Orthodox Church has long had close links to the Kremlin. And during Russia's stand-off with the West over Ukraine that relationship has only grown stronger. On 14 August a radical group called God's Will raided an exhibition of Soviet-era underground art at the Manezh hall, near the Kremlin. They especially objected to avant-garde depictions of Jesus Christ and Orthodox saints - a video posted online showed them throwing exhibits onto the floor and shouting...
  • Need Some Naval History Help

    08/18/2015 4:21:48 PM PDT · by Crapgame · 22 replies
    Freepers I am turning to you all for assistance in preparing a class lecture on the importance of Mahan's "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History". Specifically I was hoping one of you well read Freepers can direct me to a good, excerpt or summary of Mahan's "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History". Something I can hand out in class. I have read his many articles but none of them seem to cover the major points of his theories succinctly. So I am wondering now if there is a good excerpt of his major work that you all could...
  • Obama pledges gay rights push in Africa

    07/24/2015 6:40:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 24, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama said he will voice support for gay rights during his Friday trip to Africa, despite warnings from some leaders to steer clear of the issue. In an interview with the BBC on Thursday, Obama said he has delivered a "blunt" message on gay rights to African leaders in the past and the topic will be "front and center" when he visits Kenya and Ethiopia.
  • Multiculturalism: We Wave the White (can I say that?) Flag

    03/07/2015 7:57:50 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-7-2015 | MOTUS
    What are we teaching the children? Students at the University of California, Irvine have voted to make their school a more culturally inclusive place by banning the American flag. The Associated Students of University of California (ASUCI) passed a resolution March 3 that would remove the Stars & Stripes along with every other flag from the lobby of a complex housing the offices of the student government. Last week the children of UC Irvine determined that: The American flag has been flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism. Flags not only serve as symbols of patriotism or weapons for nationalism,...
  • Nationalism is a Poison

    02/08/2015 6:04:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | February 8, 2015 | Sheldon Richman
    Governments never fail to call on their flocks to "love their country," and make any sacrifice on its behalf, "sacrifice" being defined by politicians. "Forward, the Light Brigade!" Was there a man dismay'd? Not tho' the soldier knew Someone had blunder'd: Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred ~"The Charge of the Light Brigade," Alfred, Lord Tennyson The reason for the venom directed at those of us who question American sniper Chris Kyle's status as a hero can be put into one...
  • Tea Partiers Are Right: Jeb Is a RINO

    12/28/2014 6:10:43 PM PST · by Mozilla · 56 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | December 18, 2014 | Matt Taibbi
    o Jeb Bush might be running for president. The rest of the world must be howling with laughter. Apparently, the American political establishment isn't just afraid of new ideas, it's afraid of new people. It wants things so much the same, it's seeking blood guarantees, like the old Euro aristocracies that sealed military alliances with marriages. It's pathetic, and if Bush-Clinton turns out to be the general election menu, it's going to make kleptocratic paradises like the Soviet Union or the PRC look like vibrant democracies in comparison. And man, could anything be less exciting, less of an inspiration to...

    09/18/2014 12:34:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 183 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | September 18, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Follow Breitbart London's LIVE coverage of the Scottish Independence Referendum on our live blog below: James Chapman (Mail) @jameschappers Kids at Yes rally outside Scottish Parliament. Pipes playing. Feels like a vigil #indyref 2:06 PM - 18 Sep 2014 5 Retweets 3 favorites 09/18 14:06 by Donna Edmunds Back in October last year Russell Brand made waves by urging people to incite revolution by not voting. He admitted in an interview with Jeremy Paxman that he had never voted, and never intended to, but went on to exhort people not to vote, claiming that democracy needed to be swept away....
  • Ukraine Says It Destroyed Russian Armored Vehicles Seen Crossing Border

    08/15/2014 2:09:58 PM PDT · by docbnj · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 15 Aug 2014 | James Marson
    MOSCOWUkrainian artillery destroyed a large part of a column of armored vehicles that had been seen entering Ukraine from Russia, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday. The reported episode was near where Russian trucks loaded with what Moscow says are relief supplies destined for eastern Ukraine had stopped for the night, adding to fears that the convoy was a prelude to a Russian military intervention. Russia has denied sending men and weapons into eastern Ukraine.
  • Vietnam Boats Ram China Boats 171 Times in 4 Days

    05/10/2014 7:18:27 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 18 replies
    Newser ^ | May 10, 2014 | John Johnson
    "China is in yet another territorial dispute with a neighbor, and this time things are already getting a little physical. After Beijing plunked down its first-ever deepwater drilling rig in disputed waters off Vietnam this week, the Vietnamese navy made clear its displeasure. China says Vietnam's vessels rammed its ships 171 times over the course of four days, reports the New York Times. The newspaper quotes a Vietnamese political analyst who sums things up thusly: Invasion is in their blood, and resistance is in our blood.
  • The Brain Behind the Crimea Annexation Wants to See a Return to Russian Imperialism

    04/29/2014 3:31:17 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Vice News ^ | April 28, 2014 | Jack Gilbert
    As a founder of Russias Eurasia Party and, unsurprisingly, a leading advocate of Eurasianism Dugins political outlook is one based around anti-liberalism, anti-Americanism, and a return to Russian imperialism. The Eurasianism ideology, developed among the Russian emigre community during the 1920s, regards Russia as having closer links to Asia than Europe or the rest of the West. Dugin wants to see the formation of a new Eurasian empire that will include every state from the former Soviet Union, as well as extending into other Asian countries. [....] By this, he means a society where individual freedoms are ignored...
  • Ethiopian Lawmakers to Pass Bill Deemed 'Anti-Gay' (boo hoo)

    04/03/2014 5:04:31 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 4 replies
    ABC ^ | 03/25/14 | Elias Meseret
    Ethiopia's lawmakers are set to pass a bill that puts homosexuality on a list of offenses considered "non-pardonable" under the country's amnesty law, a measure that continues a trend of anti-gay legislation across Africa. The bill, endorsed last week by Ethiopia's Cabinet, is widely expected to pass when lawmakers put it to a vote next week. Homosexuality is criminalized in 38 African countries, about 70 percent of the continent, according to Amnesty International. Uganda and Nigeria have recently strengthened criminal penalties against homosexuals. In Ethiopia, same-sex acts are illegal and punishable by up to 15 years in prison. A 25-year...
  • Data belies Dan Patricks illegal invasion claim (Chron Hit Piece Barfer)

    03/26/2014 8:50:20 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 17 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 26, 2014 | Nolan Hicks
    State Sen. Dan Patrick is no stranger to over-the-top statements about immigrants and immigration. The Houston-area Republican, who is the GOPs leading candidate for lieutenant governor, told a group in 2006 that immigrants are bringing Third World diseases with them, referencing tuberculosis, malaria, polio and leprosy. (A top official at the Department of State Health Services had to slap that down, pointing out, for instance, there hasnt been a case of polio in decades). When asked to address the issue of immigration at a forum of leading business groups during this campaign, Patrick chose to talk about violent crime, as...
  • Faroe Islands face EU sanctions over herring dispute

    07/31/2013 1:57:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:38am EDT | Barbara Lewis and Claire Davenport
    The European Unions member states supported sanctions against the Faroe Islands, which could be an import ban or closing its ports to its boats, to protest the islands decision to treble the limit on herring fishing. The move follows months of haggling after the Faroe Islands earlier this year unilaterally increased its existing quota by more than three times the allocations it would have got under EU policy, the Commission said. The Faroe Islands, a self-governed territory within the Danish Realm and not part of the European Union, says the EU rules do not give it a sufficient share...
  • Mourning: End of the Defense of Marriage in US federal law

    06/27/2013 3:14:40 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 9 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Mourning: End of the Defense of Marriage in US federal law By Julio Severo In a historical decision, the Supreme Courte issued today (June 26, 2013) two rulings against natural family. In response to demands from gay supremacists, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was invalidated in the protection that it granted to natural marriage against the gay marriage ideology. The Supreme Court found unconstitutional federal law upholding marriage as only between a man and a woman. What will follow next? A decision saying that it is unconstitutional a marriage among only human beings, opening the doors to other...
  • U.S.: Syria used chemical weapons, crossing "red line" (Obama Wants War)

    06/13/2013 4:28:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    The Obama administration has concluded that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government used chemical weapons against the rebels seeking to overthrow him and, in a major policy shift, President Obama has decided to supply military support to the rebels, the White House announced Thursday. "The president has made a decision about providing more support to the opposition that will involve providing direct support to the [Supreme Military Council]. That includes military support," Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communication Ben Rhodes told reporters. Focus on political resolution in Syria, says Sen. Reed President Obama has repeatedly said that the use of...
  • Now Congress Wants to Exempt Itself from Obamacare

    04/25/2013 8:23:59 PM PDT · by Sequoyah101 · 55 replies ^ | April 25, 2013 | Bob Moffit
    No argument for Obamacares repeal can top the simple fact that Members of Congress do not want it to apply to them. Todays Politico reports that the House and Senate congressional leadershipboth Democrats and Republicans working in cahoots with Obama Administration officialshave been secretly negotiating for months trying to find a way to exempt Members of Congress and their staffs from being forced into Obamacares health insurance exchanges. Beginning on January 1, 2014, these exchanges, to be run by the federal government or the states (under federal rules) will offer federally qualified insurance coverage for millions of Americans. Ordinary Americans...
  • EU threatens to punish Norway for breaching EEA agreement

    01/30/2013 12:18:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 30 January 2013 | Henriette Jacobsen
    Norway is failing to live up to its obligations as a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), including imposing extra taxes on EU products and not implementing more than 400 directives, according to an EU report to be published later this year. Moreover, the EU also dislikes the fact that Norway has rejected several directives coming from Brussels. The Norwegian government has for example warned it wont implement the EUs postal directive about competitiveness for letter mail weighing less than 50 grams. (Denmark MEP Bendt) Bendtsen said the problems in the EU-Norway relations could eventually affect the...
  • Myth Of Cultural Imperialism

    11/02/2012 11:56:00 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 31, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Missionaries have long been painted as part and parcel of an imperial American foreign policy by academics but as with most things academic, this view does not hold up to careful scrutiny. I dont like the term cultural imperialism, Cambridge University lecturer Andrew Preston said in a lecture in Georgetown. I prefer cultural exchange or cultural transfer. Preston is the author of Sword of The Spirit: Religion In American War and Diplomacy. The hard core missionary imperialists were the exception to the rule, I found out, when I got beyond the secondary literature and into primary sources, Preston at the...
  • Obama: I cant change Washington unless I change voters (More proof Obama is losing)

    09/21/2012 7:03:44 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 19 replies
    fox news ^ | 9/21/2012 | By Chris Stirewalt
    "I think that I've learned some lessons over the last four years and the most important lesson I've learned is that you can't change Washington from the inside." -- President Obama in an interview with Spanish-language broadcaster Univision. The Obama campaign is pushing back hard against the president's gaffe in his Univision interview of saying that Washington cannot be changed from within. It was an unfortunate thing for an incumbent to say, especially when the nation is so unhappy with the way Washington operates. The federal government has gotten more dysfunctional in the era of Obama, despite his promises to...
  • GAO confirms Obama administration overstepped bounds in welfare law changes (So who are the liars?)

    09/06/2012 10:52:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 5, 2012 | Howard Portnoy
    The Obama administrations efforts at extending executive authority were dealt a setback on Tuesday. The bipartisan Government Accountability Office flagged the administrations end run around Congress in its July memo announcing changes to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) act, aka welfare reform. The GAO said that the White House needs to give Congress the chance to block its plan that permits states to tweak the work requirements that needy families must satisfy in order to receive government assistance under the program. The official word came in the form of a letter to lawmakers from GAOs general counsel, Lynn...
  • $465 for Legal Status Under Obamas Dream Act

    08/03/2012 6:22:46 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | August. 3, 2012 | Devin Dwyer
    The Obama administration will formally begin granting some young undocumented immigrants legal status and work permits later this month under a controversial new policy first announced by President Obama in June. The Department of Homeland Security today announced details of the application and approval process for the DREAM Act-like program, outlining specific eligibility requirements and a $465 fee. It will begin Aug. 15. Illegal immigrants younger than 30 who came to the United States before age 16, have lived here for at least five years continuously, attend or have graduated from high school or college, and have no criminal convictions...

    05/20/2012 9:56:00 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 185 replies
    Big Government ^ | May 20, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    A YouTube video uploaded on Monday afternoon apparently shows a schoolteacher from the Rowan-Salisbury school district in North Carolina informing a student that failing to be respectful of President Obama is a criminal offense. The video shows a classroom discussion about the Washington Post hit piece about Mitt Romney bullying a kid some five decades ago. One student says, Didnt Obama bully someone though? The teacher says: Not to my knowledge. The student then cites the fact that Obama, in Dreams from My Father, admits to shoving a little girl. Stop, no, because there is no comparison, screams the teacher....
  • Britain falls foul of Brussels over immigration

    04/30/2012 10:39:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Financial Times (sub) ^ | April 26, 2012 11:35 pm | Alex Barker in Brussels
    Brussels is threatening to sue the UK unless it removes illegal curbs on the rights of EU citizens to use the National Health Service and bring their non-EU family members to Britain without a visa. The European Commissions ultimatum gives ministers two months to comply with the EU rules or face court, setting the stage for a legal battle with Britain over several highly charged immigration issues. On Thursday night Theresa May, home secretary, vowed to fight the Brussels ruling so that ministers can protect rules designed to stop the abuse of an EU directive that underpins the single market...
  • Mark Levin: Obama Is An Imperial President

    04/24/2012 11:08:22 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 7 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 19, 2012 | Mark Levin
    MARK LEVIN: "Obama, it would seem, wants to deny to others what he will not deny to himself. He wants to deny to the children of others what he will not deny to his own children. He wants to amass riches, but he doesn't want you to amass wealth. He doesn't mind private school for his own children, but he minds it for your children. He doesn't mind eating whatever he wants to eat, but he minds what you eat. He doesn't mind taking that 747 one frivolous trip after another, one self-serving fundraising after another, but he minds what...
  • Stand Against President Obamas Abuse of Recess Appointments (ACTIVISM TIME!)

    01/11/2012 2:38:45 PM PST · by tutstar · 26 replies
    citizens united ^ | 1 11 2012 | David Bossie
    Congressman Jeff Landry (R-LA) has just introduced the Executive Appointment Reform Act to reverse the Constitutional damage President Obama has done with his unprecedented recess appointments. Contact your Representative today by calling (202) 224-3121 to urge them to cosponsor and support Rep. Landry's Executive Appointment Reform Act and stand against President Obamas abuse of the recess appointment process. The text of Rep. Landry's letter to his colleagues in the United States House of Representatives is below:
  • Obama's reckless recess ploy

    01/06/2012 7:05:27 AM PST · by american_steve · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/06/2012 | David B. Rivkin, Jr. and Lee A. Casey
    Mr. Obama is claiming an open-ended authority to determine that the Senate is in recess, despite that body's own judgment and the factual realities. That is an astonishing and, so far as we can tell, unprecedented power grab. It is not up to the president to decide whether the Senate is organized properly or working hard enough. However much the supposedly power-hungry President George W. Bush may have resented the Senate's practice of staying "in session" to defeat his recess-appointment power, he nevertheless respected the Senate's judgment on the point. The president has done his new appointees and the public...
  • Gingrich: Defund NLRB in Response to Obama Appointments

    01/06/2012 6:22:57 AM PST · by katiedidit1 · 57 replies · 1+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 01/05/2012 | Martin Gould
    Newt Gingrich on Thursday called for Congress to defund the National Labor Relations Board in retaliation for President Barack Obamas decision to make three recess appointments to it. Speaking at a rally in Plymouth, N.H., the Republican presidential candidate said cutting money from the agency would be the "correct response" to Obama's move. "The answer to an imperial president is a Congress which stands on its own rights. And the correct response to what the president just did would be for the Congress to zero out and refuse to fund the National Labor Relations Board," Gingrich said. "The National Labor...
  • Obama: 'I refuse to take no for an answer'

    01/04/2012 2:54:39 PM PST · by Qbert · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/4/2012 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama, introducing his controversial recess appointment to a crowd of Pennsylvania supporters, explained that he would not "take no for an answer" from the U.S. Senate -- especially the Republicans, that refused to confirm his nominee to the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau. "I refuse to take no for an answer," Obama said at a campaign-style event. "I'm not going to stand by while a minority in the senate puts party ideology ahead of the people that we were elected to serve." Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., opposes the nomination because the CFPB "is subject to none of the...
  • The Leftist/Socialist/ and Media Highjack of the term "Nationalism"

    12/11/2011 12:07:29 PM PST · by Amerisrael · 4 replies
    And the demonization of Serbs, Israelis, patriotic Americans, and the ongoing attacks against capitalism.The definition of "nationalism"--Webster's New World Dictionary 1982: a) devotion to one's nation; patriotism. b) excessive, narrow, or jingoist patriotism; chauvinism.the doctrine that national interest , security, etc. are more important than international considerations.the desire for or advocacy of national independence.  The definition most Americans would certainly agree with are,- 1. a)-devotion to one's nation; patriotism and all of # 2 & 3. But certainly not 1. b)-excessive, narrow, or jingoist patriotism; chauvinism.jingo- "a person who boasts of his patriotism and favors an aggressive , threatening , warlike foreign policy; chauvinist"-...
  • China: Don't take peaceful approach for granted (Chicom state propaganda)

    11/09/2011 2:41:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    Global Times ^ | 10/25/11
    Don't take peaceful approach for granted Global Times | October 25, 2011 01:22 By Global Times Recently, both the Philippines and South Korean authorities have detained fishing boats from China, and some of those boats haven't been returned. China has been increasingly confronted with sea disputes and challenged by tough stances from the countries involved. These events have been promoting hawkish responses within China, asking the government to take action. China has emphasized its reluctance in solving disputes at sea via military means on many occasions. Peace is vital for its own economic development. But some of China's neighboring countries...
  • Let them cut off aid: African countries revolt against UK threat to cut aid over homosexuality

    11/08/2011 5:16:56 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 11-8-11 | Peter Baklinski
    The president of Ghana is leading the charge as several African countries are making their stand against Britains threat that they either legalize homosexual acts or be excluded from financial aid. I, as president of this nation will never initiate or support any attempts to legalize homosexuality in Ghana, said President John Evans Atta Mills in an official statement to the UK government under Prime Minister David Cameron last Wednesday. Ghanaian President John Evans Atta Mills At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia at the end of October, which Prime Minister Cameron attended, the issue of homosexuality...
  • Obama uses executive orders as a political tool

    11/01/2011 8:38:37 PM PDT · by Innovative · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | Nov. 1, 2011 | Tom Cohen
    President Barack Obama is crafting his own laws of political physics these days, insisting that inaction by a divided Congress requires White House action in order to get something done. A campaign labeled "We Can't Wait" pushes unilateral directives and programs from the White House as the only way to push ahead on the president's agenda when a do-nothing Congress fails to act.
  • Obama to announce actions on housing, student loans (Dictator bypasses Congress)

    10/24/2011 5:47:12 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/24/11
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama this week will announce a series of actions to help the economy that will not require congressional approval, including an initiative to make it easier for homeowners to refinance their mortgages, according to a White House official. The actions come as Obama is facing resistance from Republicans to a $447 billion jobs package he has urged Congress to pass. The first of the initiatives will be unveiled during Obama's three-day trip to western states beginning Monday. He will discuss the changes in mortgage rules at a stop in Nevada, which has one of the hardest-hit...
  • Jobs plan stalled, Obama to try new economic drive (Obama tries for another failed "stimulus")

    10/24/2011 4:02:41 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 20 replies
    msnbc ^ | 10/24/2011 | Jackie Calmes/NY Times
    With his jobs plan stymied in Congress by Republican opposition, President Obama on Monday will begin a series of executive-branch actions to confront housing, education and other economic problems over the coming months, heralded by a new mantra: We cant wait for lawmakers to act. According to an administration official, Mr. Obama will kick off his new offensive in Las Vegas, ground zero of the housing bust, by promoting new rules for federally guaranteed mortgages so that more homeowners, those with little or no equity in their homes, can refinance and avert foreclosure. And Wednesday in Denver, the official said,...
  • Obama: Gaddafi death is warning to iron-fist rulers

    10/20/2011 4:55:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10/20/11 | Matt Spetalnick and Laura MacInnis - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama hailed Muammar Gaddafi's death on Thursday as a warning to authoritarian leaders across the Middle East that iron-fisted rule "inevitably comes to an end," and as vindication for his cautious strategy toward Libya. Obama joined U.S. politicians and ordinary Americans in welcoming the demise of Gaddafi, who was for decades regarded as a nemesis of American presidents, and also claimed some of the credit for the Libyan strongman's downfall. ... "This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of Libya who now have the opportunity to determine their own...
  • Obama Tells Advisers To Find How To Approve Stimulus Projects "Without Additional Congressional

    10/11/2011 5:16:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 10/11/11 | staff
    "Scour this report, identify all those areas in which we can act administratively without additional congressional authorization and just get it done," President Obama said today to a "Jobs Council" meeting.
  • The Secret Memo That Explains Why Obama Can Kill Americans

    10/03/2011 8:02:55 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 64 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/03/2011 | Conor Friedersdorf
    Outside the U.S. government, President Obama's order to kill American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki without due process has proved controversial, with experts in law and war reaching different conclusions. Inside the Obama Administration, however, disagreement was apparently absent, or so say anonymous sources quoted by the Washington Post. "The Justice Department wrote a secret memorandum authorizing the lethal targeting of Anwar al-Aulaqi, the American-born radical cleric who was killed by a U.S. drone strike Friday, according to administration officials," the newspaper reported. "The document was produced following a review of the legal issues raised by striking a U.S. citizen and involved...
  • EDITORIAL: Beware: Obamas executive fiat

    09/06/2011 8:56:50 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 5, 2011 | Editorial
    White House plans to circumvent Congress to spend moreIts official: President Obama is presiding over the worst era of unemployment in U.S. history since this nation was embroiled in World War II. On Friday, it was announced zero net jobs were created nationwide in the whole month of August. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis stammered, I do believe that were going in the right direction, but we need cooperation and it begins with members of the House and the Senate agreeing to do something now. Going in the right direction? Its a perfect admission of the cluelessness of this White House...
  • New Law Could Halt Obamas Backdoor Amnesty Plan

    09/04/2011 9:54:54 AM PDT · by yoe · 26 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 7/27/2011 | Staff
    Legislation has been introduced in Congress to stop President Obama from further implementing a backdoor amnesty program that has already suspended the deportation of thousands of illegal immigrants, including those with criminal convictions. The presidents stealth amnesty plan was first exposed last year after internal Homeland Security documents were obtained by the media. The first is a now-famous (memo) outlining a secret backup plan to grant illegal immigrants amnesty in case Congress doesnt pass legislation to do it. Devised by high-ranking officials at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the plan calls for meaningful immigration reform absent legislative action and...
  • JW Uncovers Documents from DHS Detailing Obama Plan to Impose DREAM Act by Suspending...

    09/01/2011 1:41:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 1, 2011
    Complete title: JW Uncovers Documents from DHS Detailing Obama Plan to Impose DREAM Act by Suspending Illegal Alien DeportationsRecords Show Obama Administration Began to Implement Provisions of the DREAM Act Rejected by Congress; DHS Official: And we wonder why ppl [people] FOIA us. Washington, DC -- September 1, 2011 Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the Obama Department of Homeland Security (DHS) detailing behind-the-scenes efforts by the Obama administration to bypass Congress and grant amnesty at least one million illegal aliens by suspending immigration deportation proceedings...
  • Barack Obama: Above the Law or Just Lawless?

    08/31/2011 9:13:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 1+ views ^ | August 30, 2011 | AWR Hawkins
    To date, Barack Obamas presidency has been characterized by many things, not the least of which has been a display of arrogance usually reserved for full-blown dictators like Hugo Chavez or crazies like Al Gore. And his personal haughtiness has been more than matched by members of his administration who have followed their fearless leader lockstep down a path of government expansion and economic implosion. Its been a slide from the exceptional to the mediocre, throughout which Obama appears to have deemed himself above the law. Thus, when he comes across a law with which he does not agree, he...
  • Republicans Decry DHS Deportation Review as 'Amnesty'

    08/19/2011 5:41:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies ^ | August 19, 2011
    Republicans accused the Obama administration of instituting "backdoor amnesty" after officials announced they would launch a case-by-case review of illegal immigrants slated for deportation in an effort to thin the list and focus resources on kicking out criminals. The move would likely grant a reprieve to many would-be DREAM Act beneficiaries and thousands of others. The DREAM Act is a proposal in Congress to give illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children a chance at legal status if they complete two years of college or military service. Though the bill has not passed, Thursday's announcement could serve to...
  • Obama Amnesty Begins: Halts Deportations for 300,000 Illegal Aliens; Offers Work Permits

    08/18/2011 3:42:59 PM PDT · by LUV W · 357 replies · 1+ views
    Stand With Arizona ^ | August 18, 2011 | John Hill--Stand With Arizona
    The Obama Administration today announced a virtual amnesty-by-decree for hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, whose deportations will be indefinitely delayed. In addition, Obama finally announced a jobs program but for ILLEGAL ALIENS, not citizens as those 300,000 illegals will also become eligible for work permits. This action represents an administrative end-run around Congress, which twice rejected the DREAM Act in 2010. As disgraceful as is this usurpation of Congressional authority, this announcement is even worse than is being reported.
  • New DHS rules cancel deportations

    08/18/2011 1:46:49 PM PDT · by GreaterSwiss · 104 replies
    Wash Times ^ | 8/18/2011 | Stephen Dinan
    he Homeland Security Department said Thursday it will halt deportation proceedings on a case-by-case basis against illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria such as attending school, having family in the military or are primarily responsible for other family members care. The move, announced in letters to Congress, comes after Hispanic activists and Democrats had urged President Obama to exempt broad swaths of illegal immigrants from deportation while Congress wrestles with the issue. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said her department and the Justice Department will review all ongoing cases and see who meets the new criteria on a case-by-case basis....
  • Obama Exempting Schools From Testing Mandate

    08/08/2011 2:22:31 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Big Hairy News ^ | August 8, 2011 | Scooter Van Neuter
    Obama administration Education Secretary Arne Duncan is announcing today a system of waivers relieving public schools from federally-mandated reading and math proficiency tests.