The Hill ^ | 2015-04-17 | Ken Hoagland
The most precious virtues that made America's great experiment in freedom and individual liberty so unique have taken quite a beating under obama and his enablers. Now, after six years of abusing the Constitution on domestic policy issues the Senate has agreed that a White House deal with Iran that will lift Congressionally imposed sanctions is not really a "treaty."
This is no justification for ditching the very things that are supposed to give average Americans the last word on public policy through their representatives and major agreements involving nuclear weapons have always before required a vote of two-thirds of the Senate. And yet, the often-repeated White House rallying cry to "do something" has been largely accepted by the mainstream press as sufficient to ignore the Constitution, the rule of law and the will of citizens. Now a majority of Senators, conditioned by years of Constitutional abuse on domestic policy have agreed to "look the other way" on a major foreign policy initiative with the world's most prolific sponsor of terrorism. How did this happen?
Start with obamacare. Most Americans disagreed with and still oppose obamaCare and remain angry that during our national debate, before enactment, obama and every Democrat simply lied through their teeth about the actual elements of the law. In the private sector this would constitute fraud but somehow our government has become above the law. To add insult to injury, most of the "watchdog" press only woke up when millions were dropped from insurance they liked and the lies became too obvious too ignore.
Since then the White House has repeatedly changed this law without Congress to avoid voter's wrath and to smooth over one after another deficiency. Our Constitution does not allow this kind of unilateral action by the president. Cont'd, the Hill.
About 300 US paratroopers have arrived in Ukraine to train the Ukrainian National Guard which is fighting pro-Russian rebels in the east, the US army said in a statement. The troops from the 173rd Airborne Brigade arrived on Tuesday and Wednesday in Yavoriv, western Ukraine, to spend six months training three battalions of Ukrainian troops, said the statement dated Thursday.
Commander-in-chief Hussein is doing what you would expect Husseins to do.
And now that their is a veto proof vote in the Senate, obama is suddenly willing to compromise. What a phoney.
dailycaller ^ | 4/14/2015 | Michael Bastasch
With environmentalists calling for divestment from fossil fuels, the former United Nations climate chief has gone against the grain and defended using the “Green Climate Fund” to finance coal projects.
“There are massive challenges in terms of poverty eradication where coal is a logical choice from a cost effectiveness point of view, and you really have to be in a position to offer those countries an economically viable alternative before you begin to rule out coal,” Yvo de Boer, the former head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, told the news site Responding to Climate Change (RCC).
“It’s strange for me as a climate person to say that, but it’s an honest answer,” he said.
I have always questioned if Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton were really preachers since they have no church.
When I heard that Al Sharpton was guest preacher at a black Houston Church, I decided to check him out in person and see what it was all about.
I sat down and Sharpton came up to me. I don't know why, but maybe it was because I was the only white person in the Church. He laid his hands on my head and said: "By the will of Jesus, the Lord All Mighty, and the will of God, you will walk today."
I told him I was not paralyzed.
He came back and laid his hands on me again, and repeated the same thing. "You will walk today."
Again I told him there is nothing wrong with me.
After the sermon I stepped outside and lo and behold, my car had been stolen!
The “Gore effect” has struck again, this time forcing thousands of Canadian eco-activists to march through the snow over the weekend, rallying against global warming on a cold Quebec City day.
The Globe and Mail reports the “Act On Climate Change” march included “representatives from First Nations, environmental activists and political groups” who are trying to convince politicians to ban oil sands extraction and prevent pipelines from being built to bring that oil to market.
Protesters dressed in red even marched in a formation that made a thermometer, meant to “send a message about climate change,” the Globe and Mail reported. If it were a real thermometer it would have shown temperatures at a chilly 44 degrees Fahrenheit by 4 p.m. — the high for the day. Most of the day, however, temperatures were lower with some wind chill and high humidity.
Photos of the march show protesters and onlookers alike bundled up, walking over sleet and snow to protest global warming which scientists predicted over a decade ago would eventually mean the “end of snow.”
Same old, same old.
The Washington Times ^ | April 13, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
The federal government’s chief deportation agency has seen its success plummet under obama, and its chief, Sarah R. Saldana, will tell Congress on Tuesday that they’ve had trouble adapting to the changing face of illegal immigration and a lack of cooperation from both American cities and from foreign countries.
Ms. Saldana, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), says in testimony prepared for the House Judiciary Committee that the dramatic drop in deportations is a reflection of a trickier set of circumstances and pressures from all sides.
She said she had to pull agents off their regular duties during last summer’s illegal immigrant surge at the border, which meant fewer people focusing on deporting the longtime illegal immigrants living in the interior of the U.S. And she said the lack of cooperation from states, counties and cities when agents ask them to hold an illegal immigrant for pickup has also hindered efforts.
“While the reasons for this may vary, including state and local legislative restrictions and judicial findings of state and local liability, in certain circumstances we believe such a lack of cooperation may increase the risk that dangerous criminals are returned to the streets, putting the public and our officers at greater risk,” she will testify.
Ms. Saldana is likely to face a severe grilling over the troubles at her agency, as she defends obama’s immigration policies, which have neutered much of ICE’s work.
The American Mirror ^ | 4/13/15 | Olaf Ekberg
Georgia middle schooler CJ Pearson is no fan of Hillary Clinton, and her pledge to be a “champion” for “everyday Americans” likely isn’t going to change his mind. “Hillary Clinton, I’m done with you,” the 12-year-old student declares in his latest viral video. “Why? Because you are one of the most narcissistic, power-hungry, self-absorbed politicians of this day. “You have no accomplishments to point out, except, oh, I was married to Bill Clinton.”
The Daily Caller ^ | 04/09/2015 | MICHAEL BASTASCH
As Japan promises the United Nations it will cut carbon dioxide emissions, the country simultaneously plans on building 43 coal-fired power projects to make up for shuttered nuclear power. (If you like your coal plants, you can keep your coal plants.)
Russia announced Monday that it will sell Iran advanced S-300 surface-to-air missiles. The sale, which ends an embargo dating back to 2010, shows that obama is rapidly losing control of the international consensus on Iran. It also sets Israel a deadline to attack Iran–since Israel has treated the S-300 system as a “red line,” and has attacked Syria several times recently to prevent advanced Russian air defense and anti-ship missile systems from becoming operational.
Some Israeli analysts have recently suggested that Israel will only attack Iran if the regime’s nuclear program poses a direct and imminent threat–if the “sword is at the throat.”
However, it is likely that Israeli strategists have another deadline in mind–namely, the point where a military attack against Iran is no longer feasible. Currently, Iran has weak air defenses and would not be able to do much to stop an airstrike. However, the Russian missiles will advance its defensive capabilities.
Effectively, then, Putin is calling the world’s bluff. He is setting a deadline for Israel to make a fateful choice, and daring obama to intervene. More broadly, he is unraveling the P5+1 process that the U.S. has dominated recently–chiefly by leading the way in offering concessions to Iran. The “framework” of Lausanne is still murky, and a final deal is a long way from done, but Putin is already challenging the U.S. leverage that brought about the conditions for negotiations.
Putin knows full well that he is triggering an Israeli countdown–and he has been happy to do so in the past. From his point of view, it makes little difference whether Iran or Syria actually use the weapons he is selling them, so long as their money is good and the two regimes remain somewhat dependent on Russian protection.
You’ve seen Andrew Cuomo’s TV commercials, the ones that say, “The new New York is open. Open to innovation. Open to ambition. Open to bold ideas.” The spot is promoting the Start-Up NY program.
Now the results are starting to come in: 76 jobs so far.
In the entire state. From a program that has spent $28 million advertising its own existence.
That’s $368,000 per job.
Start-Up NY sounds great on its face. It’s a tax cut. Who could argue with that? The problem is that it’s a very, very narrow tax cut. It’s only for certain kinds of businesses that do certain kinds of things in certain areas of the state. Surprise: It’s had very narrow effects.
Those 76 jobs are just a tad bit shy of the program’s initial goals, which were rather, er… modest to begin with.
Start-Up NY’s professed goal? Creating 2,100 jobs. Over five years. Points for modesty.
In a state in which there are 7,775,000 jobs, that’s projected job growth of 0.005% a year. Touting this as “economic development” is like saying you’re going to fight hunger in India by sending Mumbai one box of Minute Rice.
americanthinker ^ | April 12, 2015 |
Foodstamp enrollment by able bodied childless adults in Maine (which has a conservative Republican governor) is down 80% after imposing a very modest requirement that recipients work at least 6 hours a week in a volunteer program. Of course, the media portrays this as an exercise in cruelty. (Imagine that, asking people to help themselves is now cruelty. What's happened to this country? I suspect the true democrats in Maine will soon be moving to Vermont.)
In March, we learned that during her four-year stint as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton conducted all business — political, public, and private — solely through her personal e-mail account, on a server in her house.
When asked why she didn’t use two e-mails, one for official business and one for personal use, Hillary said: “I thought it would be easier to just carry one device for my work and for my personal e-mails instead of two.”
Then an e-mail surfaced that was sent from her iPad, undermining that excuse.
In a press conference to address the controversy, Clinton answered questions with all-too-familiar arrogance, contempt and incredulity that her word should be questioned.
“She came off as defensive and artificially put-off,” one Democratic strategist told New York magazine.
“I’m a huge Hillary Clinton fan,” said another. “But after that press conference, I do have major concerns about her ability as a campaigner and to get elected.”
One of the great lessons of 2008, say Hillary’s aides, is that she has learned to run toward history, not from it: Instead of downplaying her gender, she’ll amplify it, running not just as the potential first female president but as a proud feminist.
If so, she may create a new problem for herself: How to explain her decades-long defense of her womanizing husband — a philanderer at best, a predator at worst? In 2014, the papers of Hillary’s late friend Diane Blair were made public; in them, Blair wrote that Hillary dismissed Monica Lewinksy, then a 22-year-old White House intern, as a “narcissistic loony-toon” and insisted that Bill had not abused his power.
As for Bill’s other women — including Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey, who alleged sexual harassment, and Juanita Broaddrick, who accused him of rape — the Clintons often embarked on a “nuts and sluts” campaign, denigrating the accusers.
According to Carl Bernstein’s “A Woman in Charge,” Hillary called Bill’s longtime mistress Gennifer Flowers “trailer trash”; she also encouraged his team to get signed statements from all of Bill’s other women, swearing they’d never had sex with him.
Willey later said that Hillary spearheaded a “terror campaign” against her. “She is the war on women, as far as I’m concerned,” Willey said.