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Obama Dragged Down By Chaos
All Around, Not By Economy
- Thread Closed
Investor´s Business Daily, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/21/2014 11:54:47 PM     Post Reply
´Why do you think President Obama´s job rating is falling, even though the economy is recovering?" the interviewer asked. It´s a fair question, even though the economy declined 2.9% in the first quarter, even though most jobs created in June were part-time and even though labor force participation remains low. The fact is that the economy is growing, however slowly; jobs are being created, and the unemployment rate is heading down toward what economists consider full employment. And still the president´s job rating languishes. What´s wrong with the question is an assumption embedded within it, that what voters seek most from government and

The Obama Promise Of
Amnesty Drives The Border Surge
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/21/2014 11:51:05 PM     Post Reply
Immigration: As the great wave of illegals continues to wash over our border, Sen. Ted Cruz puts his finger on the magnet: President Obama´s promise of amnesty — an incentive unlike any other. ´The cause of this crisis is the promise of amnesty," the Texas Republican said over the weekend. "In 2011, there were roughly 6,000 children apprehended coming in illegally. Then in 2012, President Obama unilaterally granted amnesty to some 800,000 people who were here illegally, who entered as children. The direct foreseeable consequence of that was the number of unaccompanied children skyrocketed." His summary of the problem is indisputable. Obama not only

MSNBC Flatlines On Big Big News
Day While Fox News Dominates
& CNN Ratings Surge
Deadline.com, by Dominic Patten    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/21/2014 11:42:39 PM     Post Reply
The rule of thumb is that when news is breaking and a crisis is unfolding, cable news networks see a big jump in viewership. Turns out that’s not the case if you are MSNBC. On the first full day of coverage of the Malaysia Airlines disaster and Israeli troop movement into Gaza the day before, the Comcast-owned news channel actually was down double digits among adults 25-54 both in total day and in primetime on July 18. While rivals CNN and Fox News Channel were up 16% and 13% in total day over the comparable day last year, when the

  


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Obama Dismisses ´Haters´
Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/21/2014 11:33:00 PM     Post Reply
During a town hall with young people, President Obama explained how he deals with people who criticize him. “I just don’t watch TV,” Obama joked, after he was asked about his critics during a town hall promoting the White House "My Brother´s Keeper" initiative. Obama advised young people to listen to critics who actually had their interests at heart. “Who gives you constructive criticism because they’re invested in the same things you are but maybe can see the things you can’t, versus folks who are just -- what’d someone say -- hatin’? Somebody just hatin’, just haters?” Obama said. Obama said that people should
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Obama’s LGBT Executive Order
Threatens Religious Liberty,
Say Advocates
Daily Caller, by Kate Patrick    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/21/2014 11:27:28 PM     Post Reply
Unwilling to wait for Congress to pass the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, Obama signed an executive order Monday prohibiting organizations with federal contracts from discriminating against employees who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, or transgender. For religious freedom advocates, that could pose a major problem. Obama’s order does not provide an exemption for religious organizations, whereas the ENDA bill before Congress does. Carmen Fowler LaBerge — president of the Presbyterian Layman Committee – set aside her ordination in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. after the General Assembly opened the door for gays and lesbians to be ordained as ministers in 2010.

What Happened To the IRS IT
Asset Management Team?
Weekly Standard, by Jim Swift    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/21/2014 10:54:11 PM     Post Reply
An Ohio-based trade association, the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM), wants to know why the IRS’s IT Asset Managers have apparently “disappeared at a key juncture.” IAITAM administers internationally accepted certifications for information technology professionals, and according to their records “at least three IT Asset Managers…were working at the IRS prior to the 13 May 2013 Inspector General Report [that detailed the IRS abuse of conservative political groups].” However, IAITAM claims in a press release Monday that those workers “were shuffled out from those positions around the time of the report.” The group’s president, Dr. Barbara Rembiesa, urged

Wonderland
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/21/2014 10:53:08 PM     Post Reply
According to a Reuters story Egypt is in the crosshairs of Islamic militants based in Libya. “Chaos in Libya has allowed militants to set up makeshift training camps only a few kilometers from Egypt’s border, according to Egyptian security officials.” (Snip) Everyone goes to War For Oil, even Europe and China, except they use American troops to do it. Perhaps the saddest thing about all the last seventy years of idealistic political rhetoric is that it was ultimately founded on crass money and power. At the end of the day it wasn’t “show me your heart”. It was show me

  


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It’s virtually impossible to be
a successful modern president
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/21/2014 10:50:38 PM     Post Reply
Being president is the most powerful job in the world. At which you will almost certainly fail. Why? For lots of reasons up to and including: * The decline of the bully pulpit as a persuasion mechanism * The deep partisanship present not only in Congress but also in the electorate more broadly * The splintering of the mainstream media/the rise of social media. Consider the last three presidents -- two Democrats, one Republican -- who have had to deal with those three factors in varying degrees. (Can you imagine what Bill Clinton´s presidency would have been like if Twitter

White House Criticizes Anonymous
Sources, Reporters Note The
White House Has An Anonymous
Source Call Today
BuzzFeed, by Andrew Kaczynski    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/21/2014 10:38:33 PM     Post Reply
(Video) A press briefing between reporters and White House press secretary Josh Earnest got testy Monday as reporters pushed back against the White House’s criticism of a Washington Post story for relying on anonymous administration sources. “The lead of that story is hooked entirely to anonymous sources,” Earnest said of the Post report that Obama aides were warned of coming influx Central American minors into the United States. “That’s just a fact.” “You criticize anonymous sources, but we have anonymous sources from you all every day. In fact, I think we have a call today. How can you criticize that

A deadly enemy within exacerbating
immigration crisis
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 7/21/2014 10:32:09 PM     Post Reply
Pogo, the possum-philosopher from the Okefenokee Swamp of the comics page, got it right: “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” Everything is spinning out of control, and this is where the passionate pursuit of pleasure has brought us. Everybody is eager to go somewhere else, anywhere else, but there’s the dawning realization that “you can’t get there from here.” The rush to judgment about who to blame for the crisis and chaos on the border only confuses the unwary. Some people want to blame it all on Barack Obama, and he deserves much blame. He’s the leader of

U.S. scrambles as violence escalates
in Israel-Hamas conflict
Washington Times, by Guy Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/21/2014 10:26:20 PM     Post Reply
With diplomats from Middle Eastern states and several outside powers scrambling to stem the spiraling Israeli-Palestinian crisis on Monday, President Obama called for a cease-fire and cited “serious concerns” about the rising toll of dead on both sides. The Obama administration also dispatched to the region Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who arrived in Egypt late Monday to try to mediate calm between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. But the violence continued to surge Monday night, with the top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip signaling that the Islamist group, whose charter calls killing every Jew a

  


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Has Congress gotten so
pathetic that even the protesters
aren’t bothering to show up?
Washington Post, by Ben Terris    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/21/2014 10:23:23 PM     Post Reply
Fifteen minutes after the rally’s scheduled start and here’s what we have outside the Russell Senate Office Building: one pink fedora, one pink sun hat and a half-dozen pink T-shirts. Three Capitol Police officers ascend the marble staircase to have a word with Medea Benjamin, the head of Code Pink, an antiwar protest group that has come to publicly demand that Congress send no money to Egypt. “I haven’t seen you guys in a long time,” Officer Patrick Gray says, giving Benjamin a bearhug. “Man, you guys used to be feistier. I remember when there used to be like 200

A fight for Israel’s existence
Washington Post, by Richard Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/21/2014 10:19:52 PM     Post Reply
srael fought its first war, in 1948, against five Arab nations — Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan — as well as the Palestinians. In the prediction of the fairly new CIA, the outcome was never in doubt: “Without substantial outside aid in terms of manpower and material, they [the Jews] will be able to hold out no longer than two years.” It has now been 66 years, but I fear that sooner or later, the CIA’s conclusion could turn out to be right. It does not seem that way at the moment. The five Arab armies of 1948 are

Watch Some Marines Confront a Man
Impersonating An Army Sergeant Major
International Journal Review, by Kevin Boyd    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/21/2014 10:18:35 PM     Post Reply
At a military funeral this weekend in West Palm Beach, Florida, a couple of possibly retired Marines confronted a man dressed in a U.S. Army dress uniform. At first the conversation, posted on the Facebook page U.S Army W.T.F! moments, is cordial, then the Marines started to get suspicious of the alleged “sergeant major.” During the conversation, the Marines catch him in one too many lies about everything from violating uniform code to wearing the wrong ribbons and medals. The man also called himself a sergeant major, a military policeman, and a special forces operator. He also claims to have won a

Hamas, Israel signal
unwillingness to compromise
Washington Post, by William Booth*    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/21/2014 10:16:15 PM     Post Reply
GAZA CITY — The Islamist militant organization Hamas said Monday that it would not agree to a cease-fire with Israel until its demands were met, as Israel warned that its incursion into the Gaza Strip could continue for days or even weeks. The stark assessments offered little hope for quick progress toward ending a 14-day-old conflict that has inflicted heavy costs on each side. Seven more Israeli soldiers were killed in fierce fighting Monday, bringing the Israeli military toll to 25 dead, more than twice as many as in Israel’s last Gaza ground incursion in 2009 and the highest toll

  


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Secretary Kerry’s Hot-Mic Israel
Critique: He Has No Excuse
National Review Online, by David French    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/21/2014 10:13:07 PM     Post Reply
When Secretary of State Kerry criticized Israel’s military operations in Gaza by calling them a “hell of a pinpoint operation,” he not only validated Hamas’s human-shield strategy, he handed Hamas a key propaganda victory. And he had no excuse for doing so. Unlike the vast majority of Americans — including a vast majority of Americans in “public service” — Secretary Kerry has actual combat experience. He’s fully aware of the enormous destructive capability of a modern military, and he’s thus fully aware of what a truly unrestrained Israeli military operation would look like. Further, as a senior leader in the

Government agents ´directly involved´
in most high-profile US terror plots
Guardian [UK], by Spencer Ackerman    Original Article
Posted By: mark34- 7/21/2014 9:39:40 PM     Post Reply
Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or informants, a new report says. Some of the controversial "sting" operations "were proposed or led by informants", bordering on entrapment by law enforcement. Yet the courtroom obstacles to proving entrapment are significant, one of the reasons the stings persist. (Snip) "In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act," the report alleges.

Government corruption on the rampage
Washington Times, by Richard Rahn    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/21/2014 9:29:09 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is arguably the most corrupt administration in U.S. history. Corruption destroys civil society and economic growth by undermining the rule of law and protection of private property. Corruption takes many forms, from the simple payment to a government official for a favor, to the failure of government employees to do what they are paid to do, to gross abuse of power. The president and his senior officials swear to uphold the Constitution and the law — which means following the law as written, and not as they wish it were written. The failure to apply equal justice to

Time for Ukraine to divide
Sydney Morning Herald [Australia], by Paul Sheehan    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/21/2014 9:20:30 PM     Post Reply
Ukraine, as we know it, is dead. The country is irrevocably broken into two by ethnicity, language, geography and now blood. The sooner the people of Ukraine accept this, and the European Community, the Russians and the Americans accept this, the sooner the nation can divide into its two natural parts and move on. It is more than 20 years since the orderly, democratic, bloodless dissolution of Czechoslovakia took place on January 1, 1993, when the Czech Republic and Slovakia came into being as two sovereign nations. Like Ukraine, this was a nation divided with geographic neatness between language and

Stolen Honor Alert! ~~Richard DeNapoli
Lies About Serving In U.S. Military
Breitbart Conversation, by Javier Manjarres    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/21/2014 9:16:25 PM     Post Reply
Charlie Crist Republican Richard DeNapoli has really stepped in it this time. The former Democrat and Broward County GOP boss lied to Broward Republican voters in 2010 when he stated in a letter that he had served in the United States Marine Corps. DeNapoli was running for Treasurer of the Broward GOP, and one night before the group’s monthly meeting, DeNapoli was confronted about lying about his military service. DeNapoli’s lie was spelled out on a candidacy letter he was distributing on all of the chairs that were already put out for the event. When asked about why he stated

  



Tony Dungy ´wouldn´t have taken´
Michael Sam ... ´things will happen´
CBS Sports, by Will Brinson    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 7/21/2014 8:53:50 PM     Post Reply
Former Missouri linebacker, SEC Defensive Player of the Year and openly-gay human being Michael Sam was eventually drafted by the Rams, though it wasn´t until the seventh round when St. Louis made history. Had Super Bowl-winning coach, NBC analyst and noted conservative Tony Dungy been running the Rams, he "wouldn´t have taken" Sam. Why? "Things will happen" apparently. "I wouldn´t have taken him,´´ Dungy told the Tampa Bay Tribune. “Not because I don´t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn´t want to deal with all of it. It´s not going to be totally smooth ... things

Obama Reportedly Cancels ‘Surprise’
Jimmy Kimmel Appearance This Week
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/21/2014 7:51:47 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama has talked politics with David Letterman and slow jammed the news with Jimmy Fallon, but he has yet to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live. TMZ claimed that was about to change this week when they reported that Obama would appear on Jimmy Kimmel’s show this Wednesday during an already-scheduled trip to Los Angeles. The site quoted “ABC network sources” who said Obama would travel to the El Capitan theatre on Hollywood Boulevard to tape a segment with Kimmel that would be at least partly “serious.” Sources at the LAPD reportedly confirmed the news to TMZ, saying the

ABC Denies Secret Obama
Appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’
Variety, by Ted Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/21/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
ABC is denying that President Obama is booked to appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” during his trip to Los Angeles this week, when he is scheduled to raise money for the Democratic National Committee and visit a local community college to deliver a speech on job training. TMZ reported that Obama would come to his Hollywood studio to tape a special segment. But an ABC spokeswoman said that the report “is inaccurate and he is not booked on the show.” Kimmel’s reps also issued a denial. An Obama appearance on “Kimmel” would not be out of the ordinary for late

Perry seeks second chance in
wide-open 2016 Republican primary
Bloomberg News, by John McCormick    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/21/2014 7:45:16 PM     Post Reply
CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — Texas Gov. Rick Perry, seeking political redemption in Iowa, spent his weekend waiting almost two hours in a school cafeteria to speak to Republican activists, attending local church services and eating barbecue with fellow veterans. The former U.S. Air Force pilot´s two-day visit was his fourth trip to the state since the 2012 election, in what even he describes as a disastrous first try at the White House. "I know first impressions matter, but second impressions do as well," Perry, 64, said Sunday in an interview in Clear Lake, Iowa. "This country has been about second chances a

Burka Bans Spread Across Europe as
Catalan Town Becomes Latest
to Ban Full Face Veil
Breitbart London [UK], by M. E. Synon    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/21/2014 7:43:20 PM     Post Reply
The town of Reus in the Catalan province of Tarragona has become the first in Spain to ban the wearing of full-face veils in public, a move which follows a judgment on July 1 by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) which found that a French law banning the wearing of the veil did not breach the Convention on Human Rights. The Strasbourg judges said the French ban was justified because of respect for life in society: "The barrier raised against others by a veil concealing the face in public could undermine the notion of ´living together,´" the judges said. France

Now IRS Reports EVEN MORE
Computer Crashes, Doesn’t Know
If Emails Still Exist
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/21/2014 7:39:22 PM     Post Reply
IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane said in transcribed congressional testimony that more IRS officials experienced computer crashes, bringing the total number of crash victims to “less than 20,” and also said that the agency does not know if the lost emails are still backed up somewhere. The new round of computer crash victims includes David Fish, who routinely corresponded with Lois Lerner, as well as Lerner subordinate Andy Megosh, Lerner’s technical adviser Justin Lowe, and Cincinnati-based agent Kimberly Kitchens. “You stated at the time that document was produced to Congress, the document, the white paper in Exhibit 3[the

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