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While you're sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner this Thursday please remember to take a minute and bow your head in praise of Dear Leader and his latest salvo in the econuts' never-ending war on your wallet.
He's making the food you're eating more expensive.
He's ensuring the electricity you're using will be more expensive too.
And if you blink you'll miss the part where he just designated the puddles in your driveway as official "Waters Of The United States."
Yes, to combat the chimera of Climate Change, everything you do needs 3,415 more regulations, 3,415 more restrictions, and 3,415 more bureaucratic fiefdoms fecklessly fulminating for the fulfillment of Mother Gaia's global gloom jamboree.
Because they wouldn't dump this stuff in our laps on the eve of a major holiday if they thought we'd be cheering for it.
While Americans are focused on what delicious foods they're going to eat for Thanksgiving, the White House is focused on releasing its massive regulatory agendaV marking the fifth time the Obama administration has released its regulatory road map on the eve of a major holiday.
The federal Unified Agenda is the Obama administration's regulatory road map, and it lays out thousands of regulations being finalized in the coming months. Under President Barack Obama, there has been a tradition of releasing the agenda late on Friday— and right before a major holiday.
But the White House may have a good reason to do so because its Unified Agenda for fall 2014 includes some 3,415 regulations— more than the last regulatory agenda, and one that includes 189 rules that cost more than $100 million.
One of the most contentious rules is the Environmental Protection Agency rules to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants. According to the agenda, these rules will be finalized in 2015.
Electricity rates will "necessarily" skyrocket.
Or, you'll freeze in the dark.
A more pressing EPA rule set to be finalized is the so-called coal ash rule for coal-fired power plants. A final rule will be issued by Dec. 19, and could be bad news for the power sector, which will bear the brunt of $20.3 billion in compliance costs.
Of course by "bear the brunt," Obama means, pass those costs on to you.
What? You thought renewable energy was competively priced? Bwhahahaha!
But probably the most fought-over rules to be finalized by the EPA next year will be its redefining of the "Waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act. The EPA will issue its redefinition next year, according to the agenda.
"The 'waters of the U.S.' rule may be one of the most significant private property grabs in U.S. history," said Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter, adding "they want to take another step toward outright permitting authority over virtually any wet area in the country, while at the same time providing a new tool for environmental groups to sue private property owners."
Anything to make your life more difficult! Your birdbath is now regulated by the EPA, and some ecotwit is undoubtedly planning to sue you over it.
Whatever you do, don't cry. Your tears are "waters of the U.S." too.
Why do I love Ted Cruz?
This. This is why.
Today on the Senate floor he spoke the words of the great Marcus Tullius Cicero…
When, President Obama, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that madness of yours still to mock us? When is there to be an end to that unbridled audacity of yours, swaggering about as it does now? Do not the nightly guards placed on the border—do not the watches posted throughout the city—does not the alarm of the people, and the union of all good men and women—does not the precaution taken of assembling the senate in this most defensible place—do not the looks and countenances of this venerable body here present, have any effect upon you? Do you not feel that your plans are detected? Do you not see that your conspiracy is already arrested and rendered powerless by the knowledge that every one here possesses of it? What is there that you did last night, what the night before—where is it that you were—who was there that you summoned to meet you—what design was there which was adopted by you, with which you think that any one of us is unacquainted?
Shame on the age and its lost principles! The senate is aware of these things; the senate sees them; and yet this man dictates by his pen, and his phone. Dictates! Ah, he won't even come into the senate. He will not take part in the public deliberations; he ignores every individual among us. And we, gallant men and women, think that we are doing our duty to the republic if we keep out of the way of his frenzied attacks.
You ought, President Obama, long ago have been led to defeat by your own disdain for the people. That destruction which you have been long plotting ought to have already fallen.
What shall we, who are the senate, tolerate President Obama, openly desirous to destroy the Constitution and this republic? For I pass over older instances, such as how the IRS plotted to silence American citizens. There was—there was once such virtue in this republic that brave men would repress mischievous citizens with severer chastisement than the most bitter enemy. For we have a resolution of the senate, a formidable and authoritative decree against you, Mr. President; the wisdom of the republic is not at fault, nor the dignity of this senatorial body. We, we alone—I say it openly,—we, the senate, are waiting in our duty to stop this lawless administration and its unconstitutional amnesty.
The fate of America cannot be the fate of Rome. For surely as the Catiline conspiracy begat Ceasar, Ceasar's hubris begat the barbarian hordes. Obama's lawlessness will do no less to America. These "immigrants" to which he so desparately panders, they do not seek to become Americans or to join in our great journey. Rather they demand that America become the countries they fled, and that we who are here must adapt their culture and their language and their ways, sacrificing our own on the altar of political correctness.
And America as we knew her will cease to exist.
This imperial president must be stopped! America is not a dictatorship, no matter how much Obama wants to pretend he's Caesar. He has no regard for our laws, or for our Constitution, or for the people. He looks only to himself, and to the abrogration of power.
He has no right to rule by decree. He has no authority that is not enumerated in Article II. And yet he persists in flagrantly disregarding the separation of powers established by our forefathers, and thus perpetrating a crisis upon our republic.
There is but one remedy. Impeachment. Now. Or our children will be
If the Secret Service gets their way, us peasants won't be able to even look at the White House anymore. All because some guy jumped the fence on Friday, and caught them with their pants down.
Remember when the White House was The People's House? Now it'll be more like The Forbidden City.
The Secret Service is considering a number of proposals designed to prevent intruders from breaching the security perimeter around the White House, according to published reports.
The Associated Press reported that agency officials have had preliminary discussions about setting up checkpoints in public areas around the executive mansion. A law enforcement official told the AP that such a measure has previously been discussed. However, the issue has taken on added urgency after a Texas man carrying a knife jumped the perimeter fence Friday evening and made it inside the North Portico doors before he was apprehended.
The Washington Post reported that security checkpoints could be implemented as far as a block away from the White House entrance. The paper also reported that the Secret Service is also considering keeping people off the sidewalks around the perimeter fence and creating additional barriers.
If only your president would take the security of our Southern border so seriously.
But no, the riff-raff cannot be allowed to get within a mile of His Imperial Majesty. White House tours are still "suspended," supposedly due to the Sequester. (Remember that? It was repealed like 2 years ago.) Schoolkids have to content themselves with watching a movie from the confines of the White House Visitor's Center, located far, far away from the actual thing.
And now we won't be able to even walk down the street in front of Mr. Obama's
Executive Fortress. For our own good, of course. He's better than us. His
wife is better than your wife. His kids are better than your kids. And his
house is off-limits. Avert your eyes, lest you catch a glimpse of the Emperor,
for which the penalty is … death.
He can't help himself. His bubris mandates his intellectual superiority must be displayed. And thus Barack Obama started his latest speech with a cringe-worthy apology to Muslims.
Because he knows Islam better than anyone else. (Just like with Obamacare; he knows Catholicism better than the Pope does.) He took a class. He discussed it with Smart People. And his opinion is obviously more reasonable than any practical considerations arising out of, you know, the actions and beliefs of actual Muslims.
Obama: "ISIL is not Islamic". So what does he think the acronym stands for?— Bart Simmons (@SimmonsBart) September 11, 2014
Let him be clear: ISIL in not Islamic. Except that they call themselves the Islamic State. And they kill in the name of Islam. #ObamaSpeech— Nadine Elhindi (@NadineElhindi) September 11, 2014
Ignoring reality is The Progressive Way. They truly believe they're our moral and intellectual superiors. And when the world doesn't meet their utopian fantasies, it's not them who has failed. It's the world. The world has not lived up its potential, because it did not follow The Progressive Way.
And so Obama redoubles his efforts to remake the world into his vision
of what it should be. He won't be deterred, no matter how many times he's
Hindsight is 20/20.
And really, I told you so.
But no, you morons voted for him. Twice.
Now it's too late, even if the lightbulb finally came on.
A majority of Americans and even many Democrats consider President Obama's tenure to be a "failure," according to a new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News.
The poll shows Americans say 52-42 that Obama has been more of a failure than a success. Among registered voters, the gap is even bigger -- at 55-39 -- with four in 10 (41 percent) saying they "strongly" believe Obama has been a failure.
Those saying Obama has been a failure include one in four Democrats (25 percent), nearly three in 10 liberals (29 percent) and the vast, vast majority of conservative Republicans (92 percent). Nearly one in five liberals (18 percent) say they feel "strongly" that Obama has been a failure.
I believe the canonical phrase is "Stuttering Clusterfuck of a Miserable Failure," but hey, welcome to the party anyway kids.
Then again, those liberals labeling him a "failure," when reached in Mom's basement, probably said he hasn't taken us far enough to the left.
There's no pleasing some folks.
But the rest of us? We'll be applauding the Mitt Romney Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk World Tour.
And really, let this be a lesson to you. Because if you idiots turn around
and vote for Hillary in 2016? Yeah, congratulations, you destroyed
America, on purpose.
Obama golfs while the Mideast burns.
And because Martha's Vineyard is chock full of sketchy characters, he's got a SWAT team and snipers keeping watch over each and every mulligan.
Yazidis and Christians are fleeing being beheaded in Iraq, but Obama needs a SWAT team on a Vineyard golf course?
As conflict continued in Iraq, President Barack Obama waged a different kind of war during his vacation at Martha's Vineyard — on the golf course.
Obama was escorted to the Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, by a huge motorcade, which included a SWAT team and two snipers who peered out of an open trunk.
Maybe Judge Smails misread his new SketchFactor app?
SketchFactor uses crowd-sourced observations and public data to gauge the "relative sketchiness of an area."
"Google Maps does a good job of telling us where streets intersect but it gives us no information about what the experience of the street is," said Allison McGuire, 27, who co-founded the app with Daniel Herrington, 26.
The app gives users the chance to find out what they might be in for when they trek to a far-out swath of the city — from rats and rancid smells to leering homeless guys and dangerous intersections.
Well, there could very well be a gopher lurking around the 18th green…
Crime, meet journalism and a heavy dose of irony.
A WUSA-TV news van was burglarized in Washington, D.C., Friday while the news crew was interviewing locals nearby, the station reported.
The robbery happened as they were reporting about a "sketchy neighborhood" app.
The crew said they had locked their van in D.C.'s Petworth neighborhood, but someone popped the lock and absconded with "the gear of photojournalist James Hash, the backpack of reporter Mola Lenghi, and the purse of intern Taylor Bisciotti."
Stay safe out there Barry.
So what better way to bump his sagging poll numbers than by pretending he's under savage attack by Evil Rethuglicans?
As if anyone would actually impeach the first black president. Yeah, I can just imagine how well that'll play in Peoria. Not even The Stupid Party is that stupid.
Besides, President Biden.
John Boehner nailed the Democrats' strategy — fundraise on fear.
House Speaker John Boehner torched Democrats on Tuesday over talk of impeaching President Barack Obama, insisting that Republicans have no such plans and that Democrats are using the issue to gin up their base.
"Listen, this whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president's own staff, and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they're trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year's election," the Ohio Republican told reporters, in response to a question.
"We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans," a visibly frustrated Boehner said. "Listen, it's all a scam started by Democrats at the White House."
I don't often agree with Cryin' John, but this time he's right on the money.
Obama needs the House to impeach him. He's practically begging them to do it. It'd be his Wag The Dog opus, the perfect ploy to deflect attention away from his myriad failures and corral recalcitrant Democrats back into his corner.
Sorry Barry. We're stuck with you, and you're stuck with us. So go play some
more golf and solidify your legacy as President Irrevelant.
From Hope and Change to disappointment and shame.
Poll after poll shows President Obama's approval rating dipping recently, and one new Quinnipiac University Poll finds that voters say Mitt Romney would have been a better choice in 2012.
With Mr. Obama deploying military troops to Iraq, failing to find compromise with Congress and seeing major defeats in the Supreme Court, voters continue to sour on him.
Quinnipiac found 45 percent of voters say the country would have been better off if Mr. Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, had been election, while just 38 percent say Mr. Obama remains a better choice.
Even Democrats aren't so sure — just 74 percent of them told the pollsters Mr. Obama was clearly the better pick in the last election.
Voters also rate him the worst president since World War II, topping even his predecessor, President George W. Bush, who had left office with terrible ratings.
Historians will spend years wondering how Obama fooled so many for so long.
Even the ultra-liberals in New Jersey are souring on their Dear Leader.
If a poll released today is any indication, voters in New Jersey have slightly soured on President Obama.
About 51 percent of New Jersey voters surveyed last week disapprove of Obama's performance, according to the Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll. Another 45 percent approve of the work he's doing.
That's a downturn since April, when the president had a 49 percent approval rating; 47 percent gave him a thumbs down at that time.
The only poll that matters, of course, is in November. And sadly the same folks who have opened their eyes to the Real Obama are still enamored with his lapdog Senator.
Democratic Sen. Cory Booker has the early lead in New Jersey's U.S. Senate race, but a poll shows uncertainty among voters.
Today's Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll finds 43 percent of registered voters surveyed support Booker compared to 23 percent who back Republican Jeff Bell.
However, 15 percent say they would vote for another candidate and 17 percent are undecided.
Poll director Patrick Murray says the early preference for none of the above indicates a simmering distrust of the two major parties.
Booker's approval rating of 48 percent remains mostly unchanged from previous surveys in April and February.
And with the GOP doing their best to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory I am not at all optimistic that we'll see a course correction this year, let alone in 2016.
Please America, prove me wrong.
Dear Leader is going to be very, very angry. And I suspect that the IRS just moved 9 names to the top of their Audit Now list.
Barack Obama used his recess powers to appoint a head for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and three radical far left members to the NLRB despite the fact that the senate was in session in January 2012.
The Supreme Court today found Barack Obama's NLRB recess appointments were unconstitutional.
You'd think that a guy who pretended to teach Constitutional Law would be better informed on what the Constitution actually says. Nope. Not even the ultra-liberals on the Court bought his bogus arguments. That's gotta hurt. And it probably won't be very much fun to come anywhere near Royal Consort Valerie Jarrett today.
In a unanimous decision, the high court ruled in favor of Senate Republicans and limited the president's power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments.
The court upheld the general authority of the president to make recess appointments, but said Obama lacked the power to fill slots at the NLRB during a brief, three-day Senate recess in 2012.
Obama had argued that the Senate was on an extended holiday break and that the brief sessions it held every three days were a sham that was intended to prevent him from filling seats on the NLRB.
The justices rejected that argument.
Alas, this ruling is a lot like closing the barn door after the horses have
left. Since Dingy Harry nuked the Senate they've become little more than a
rubber-stamp for the regime. All that could change, of course, if the GOP
gets out of their own way
in November. Then the last two years of Barry's Caliphate could very well
be the worst 2 years of his life.
Because it's leading to rapidly rising oil prices.
Which then causes the price of gasoline to go up, hopefully to somewhere near $8 per gallon.
Hence, Americans will be forced to drive less.
And so we'll emit lower amounts of evil CO2.
Thereby making Mother Gaia, and all of Dear Leader's ecotwit buddies, very happy.
See? Obama does have a Plan. It's just not a plan that's actually
good for America.
History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.
The Iraqi army is in full retreat.
Presumably Baghdad is next to fall.
And if the barbarism displayed so far is any indication of the outcome, the fate of any US personnel left behind can only be called dire, at best.
So the question is, will Valerie Jarrett let our military rescue our people this time?
Because right now the best case scenario is an ignominious retreat a la Saigon Redux.
Alas, given this Administration's track record, the more likely outcome is Benghazi V2.0.
My guess is that help won't be coming. Because there's golf to be played, funds to be raised, and Republicans to be demonized. Besides, Al Qaeda is on the run dontcha know. Back in 2011 Obama committed to a full withdrawal from Iraq, and damned if he'll admit that was a mistake.
So, all he needs now is for Hillary to find a YouTube video to blame this on and his sycophantic media will take it from there.
Has the Obama administration refused to give permission for Americans to leave Iraq as militant al-Qaeda forces approach Baghdad? Word is coming from friends in D.C. this afternoon that Americans are in danger and the two Generals have asked the State Department for permission to evacuate.
They have been refused. That is the word from someone with a family member over there.
So much for that "profound obligation" to bring our people home.
Remember when exposing the name of a CIA agent was Page One news?
Yeah, me neither.
Chalk up just another day of professionalism at the Obama White House.
Today comes word that the White House blew the cover of the CIA station chief in Kabul by identifying him in a list submitted to Washington Post White House bureau chief Scott Wilson and other reporters covering Obama's trip to Kabul. Wilson copied the list in the pool report that he disseminated to 6,000 recipients ("including foreign media, not taking part in the trip") before noting the reference to the "Chief of Station" named on the list.
Old media spin — Get Scooter Libby!
New media spin: Hey, remember when we got Scooter Libby?
The disclosure marked a rare instance in which a CIA officer working overseas had his cover — the secrecy meant to protect his actual identity — pierced by his own government. The only other recent case came under significantly different circumstances, when former CIA operative Valerie Plame was exposed as officials of the George W. Bush administration sought to discredit her husband, a former ambassador and fierce critic of the decision to invade Iraq.
What Mr. Reputable Journalist forgets to tell us is, Scooter Libby didn't do it. Dick Cheney didn't do it either. The leak of Valerie Plame's super-secret desk-jockey doppelganger's identity came from Richard Armitage, a career bureaucrat working for then-Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Of course that didn't stop the Democrats and their media sycophants from beating up on Cheney. And it didn't keep Scooter Libby out of prison.
Will the Washington Post or New York Times leave no stone unturned in identifying who in the White House screwed up this time?
I won't hold my breath.
Meanwhile, an actual undercover operative, and his family, are probably in mortal danger. He'll have to be secretly whisked back to the States, and his secret agent days are over for good.
Worst. President. Ever.
Dear Leader's senior henchwoman has some bad news for you. Speaking at the Pomona College commencement co-president Valerie Jarrett warned the graduates:
"But also remember, before I hire anybody, I always check out everything that they've been doing online. And believe me, we have ways of finding out everything you've been doing online."
Privacy? You don't have that. Because the Obama Administration thinks your privacy is a joke.
Are you laughing at Jarrett's joke? The audience in attendance did. "That was actually funnier than I intended it to be," Jarrett said.
Yeah, it's all fun and games until the NSA tells the FBI to knock on your door.
The Fourth Amendment used to mean something. I think Ms. Jarrett needs a refresher course because her radical communist roots are showing. And the joke's on us.
Oh, by the way, Remember when Obama "joked" about the IRS auditing his enemies?
The Obamabots don't care; their guy won, and all's fair when it leads to a win for their team. The Conservatives care, but we can't impeach America's Great Black Hope, so what's the point of repeatedly wringing our hands over the deaths of 4 brave men, right?
This is not hard to understand. It has never been hard to understand. The White House knew how this attack would look on President Obama's foreign policy credentials. It would have looked as if Obama's foreign policy was weak and a failure. In other words, it would have highlighted the truth of the matter and almost certainly, it would have affected his chances of defeating Mitt Romney and of winning another four-year term. His team couldn't have that, so they launched the campaign of lies that were designed to shield their boss from the truth of the matter. It worked long enough for him to pull off a victory, with the help of the media, who has covered his tracks. We now know it was all lies designed to protect President Barack Obama.
What you may not know is just how complicit the media was in all of this.Ben Rhodes is no ordinary political hack. He has power and influence in Obama's inner circle for one simple reason — his brother David is the head of CBS News.
You know, the very same CBS News which fired Sharyl Attkisson for digging too deeply into the truth about Benghazi. Does anyone here really believe the Rhodes brothers didn't coordinate their actions or share information?
It was all about keeping the lid on a major foreign policy failure until after the 2012 election. Candy Crowley helped. As did most of the mainstream media.
There's the Real Scandal. The media isn't a watchdog; they're lapdogs. And
they can no longer pretend otherwise.
Money in politics is bad, unless it's used to help Democrats.
What you won't hear about in mainstream media is how Billionaire Tom Steyer drove the decision [to again delay Keystone XL] by promising to spend $100 million to help Democrats in the midterm election who help defeat the project:
Depending on how you view money in politics, this is either a bribe or The Chicago Way.
With the decision pushed back probably past the election, this allows the Democrats to be for or against the decision depending on their election chances and how badly they need Steyer's support. Given that a majority of Americans want the project to go through, this is good news for vulnerable Democrats.
Pretend you're for it, while secretly being against it. Or, vice versa. But pledge undying fealty to Tom Steyer, and $100 million dollars can be yours for the asking.
Harry Reid was unavailable for comment, being too busy demagoging the Koch Brothers and all.
Meanwhile, American jobs suffer, and whatever economic impact the project might have had on Russia is ignored for the sake of Obama's political gain.
Everything Obama does is for political gain. Any resemblance between politics
and something which helps Americans is purely coincidental. And definitely
Reading The American Spectator's recap of ABC's "9 Things You Might Not Know About HHS Nominee Sylvia Burwell," one thing really jumped out at me.
Did you know she single-handedly closed access to our national parks, so Obama could spitefully make last year's government shutdown as "painful" as possible?
The ABC story does tell us that Burwell is "really smart." It should have said, "willing to do anything the boss asks." NBC News, in a story that somehow slipped past the editors, reports the following: "A single person shut down the entire U.S. government.… Not a congressman, but an unelected woman named Sylvia Burwell who … sent the email that initiated the process that has closed national parks." This eventually led to the refusal by park rangers to allow WWII veterans into their own memorial, a travesty that clearly demonstrated how the White House was deliberately inflicting as much pain as possible on the public in order to gain political points.
She's Dear Leader's hatchet woman at OMB.
So it's not hard to envision a day at the helm of HHS when she decides to show Republicans who's boss again, this time by closing hospitals, say until they give up on trying to repeal Obamacare.
Given how she treated veterans last year, and knowing how Obama feels about our military, she'll undoubtedly start with Veterans' hospitals first.
Using the government to punish his "enemies" is what Obama does. And Sylvia
Burwell is a faithful Obamabot, well-versed in inflicting pain on America.
From that perspective, she's the perfect choice to lead HHS as Obamacare
is firmly and completely shoved up our ass.
Remember when searching a potential terrorist's library records meant George W. Bush was shredding the Constitution?
Yeah, me neither.
Here comes Barack Obama, openly admitting he's listening to our phone calls, reading our emails, tracking our cell phones, and scanning our license plates. All without a warrant. Not even one of those super-secret fig-leaf warrants from a FISA court. And nobody says "boo," because he's The One, and he craps unicorns or something.
The Obama administration has conducted warrantless searches of Americans' communications as part of the National Security Agency's surveillance operations that target foreigners located outside of the U.S., the administration's top intelligence official confirmed in a letter to Congress disclosed Tuesday.
The recent acknowledgement of warrantless searches on Americans offers more insight into U.S. government surveillance operations put in place after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The government has broadly interpreted these laws to allow for the collection of communications of innocent Americans, practices the Obama administration maintains are legal.
"Senior officials have sometimes suggested that government agencies do not deliberately read Americans' emails, monitor their online activity or listen to their phone calls without a warrant," Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Mark Udall of Colorado said in a joint statement. "However, the facts show that those suggestions were misleading, and that intelligence agencies have indeed conducted warrantless searches for Americans' communications."
Obama lied? Say it ain't so!
But it's OK, they investigated themselves and decided they did nothing wrong.
Wyden has pressed the administration on whether these searches on Americans have occurred. In a March 28 letter to Wyden, James Clapper, the government's top intelligence official, said the NSA has searched for Americans' communications within information it collected when it targeted foreigners located outside the U.S. In his letter, Clapper also pointed to a declassified document released last August that also acknowledged the use of such searches and stated that these searches were reviewed, and there was no finding of wrongdoing. It was unclear how often these searches are conducted.
Trust them, their motives are pure! Even if the Fourth Amendment says they gotta sell it to the judge first.
"If a government agency thinks that a particular American is engaged in terrorism or espionage, the Fourth Amendment requires that the government secure a warrant or emergency authorization before monitoring his or her communications," Wyden and Udall said.
Oh, c'mon, those kind of legal technicalities only apply when a Republican is president. Don't you guys watch MSNBC?
The Obama administration contends the searches are legal because they are searching information they lawfully obtained.
The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming.
Away from the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is quietly seeking a foothold in Latin America, military officials warn.
To the alarm of lawmakers and Pentagon officials, Putin has begun sending navy ships and long-range bombers to the region for the first time in years.
Russia's defense minister says the country is planning bases in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, and just last week, Putin's national security team met to discuss increasing military ties in the region.
Gen. James Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command said there has been a "noticeable uptick in Russian power projection and security force personnel" in Latin America.
"It has been over three decades since we last saw this type of high-profile Russian military presence," Kelly said at the March 13 hearing.
I'm sure you'll be shocked to learn that Obama is asleep at the switch.
According to Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), there are 10 countries in Latin America that currently have no U.S. ambassador because they either haven't been nominated yet or confirmed, a sign that the region is seen as a low priority.
And when Dear Leader does nominate an ambassador, the guy is a moron.
President Obama has nominated yet another totally unqualified fundraiser to be a US Ambassador. This one is his pick for Argentina, who admitted he's never been to the country.
Priorities, dontcha know. Because his real enemy is the Koch brothers.
This president is determined to nullify U.S. influence in world affairs, and now he's abandoned our oldest foreign policy initiative. James Monroe ensured the Russians would stay out of the Americas for almost 200 years. Barack Obama has reduced the United States to a spectator, powerless to influence events in our backyard, while Russia openly mocks us and taunts our joke of a president.
Putin's beachhead is a harbinger of disaster for America.
Thanks Obamabots. The 1980's called, to remind you of when we were a superpower.
I'll bet you didn't know that up to now Barack Obama has been the very model of "austerity." Ask him, he'll tell you it's true.
Try not to laugh, OK?
Because I guess putting us $17.2 trillion dollars into debt isn't considered profigate in his universe. I wonder what he's smoking.
Anyway, now he says increasing our deficit by more than 60% since he took office hasn't been enough. He needs to spend more money. A whole lot more money.
President Obama's forthcoming budget request will seek tens of billions of dollars in fresh spending for domestic priorities while abandoning a compromise proposal to tame the national debt in part by trimming Social Security benefits.
With the 2015 budget request, Obama will call for an end to the era of austerity that has dogged much of his presidency and to his efforts to find common ground with Republicans. Instead, the president will focus on pumping new cash into job training, early-childhood education and other programs aimed at bolstering the middle class, providing Democrats with a policy blueprint heading into the midterm elections.
That policy being "throw money at people who vote Democrat."
Sadly, it seems to work. At least in the short term. Eventually their kids will have to pay that money back. Right now every man, woman, and child in America owes the Chinese $54,000. Make you check payable to the Peoples Liberation Army and try not to grimace when they become the world's #1 superpower.
As part of that strategy, Obama will jettison the framework he unveiled last year for a so-called grand bargain that would have raised taxes on the rich and reined in skyrocketing retirement spending. A centerpiece of that framework was a proposal — demanded by GOP leaders — to use a less-generous measure of inflation to calculate Social Security benefits.
The idea infuriated Democrats and never gained much traction with rank-and-file Republicans, who also were unwilling to contemplate tax increases of any kind.
He's gonna print more money! Which'll really ratchet up inflation. Hence the need to abandon any pretense of keeping entitlements in check. Social Security payments will have to jump up just to keep pace. Hungry geezers don't vote Democrat!
"Over the course of last year, Republicans consistently showed a lack of willingness to negotiate on a deficit-reduction deal, refusing to identify even one unfair tax loophole they would be willing to close," said a White House official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe the budget before its official release. "That is not going to stop the president from promoting new policies that should be part of our public debate."
How quickly they forget that the Bush tax cuts expired.
Obama got his tax increases. Taxes are higher now than they've been in 3 decades. Yet, we never got one thin dime in budget cuts.
"Negotiate?" This president doesn't know the meaning of the word. He dictates. He demonizes anyone who dares to disagree with him. That's not a negotiation. That's petulance.
You know, this is why Ted Cruz is right. The GOP never should have given Obama a "clean" debt ceiling vote. Because as soon as Obama gets what he wants he demands more. He's never satisfied. He just keeps whining and complaining and blaming everyone else for his failures.
Who's he gonna blame when the U.S. goes the way of Venezuela?
Oh, right, George Bush.
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
Remember when America didn't negotiate with terrorists?
Yeah, that was when we had a Real President.
Now we have Barack "I love the Muslim Brotherhood" Obama, and he's busy making new friends, with the Taliban.
The Obama administration has decided to revive talks with the Afghan Taliban in an effort to free the only known American soldier in captivity in exchange for the release of Taliban prisoners held at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, The Washington Post reported late Monday.
Five Taliban prisoners who have been held at Guantanamo for years would be released to protective custody in exchange for the release of Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2009, the newspaper reported, citing current and former U.S. officials familiar with the decision.
The Post reported that senior officials from the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies decided within the past month to allow the release of all five prisoners at the same time, though the exchange offer has not been formally made.
It makes me sick. How much more humiliation can this poor excuse for a president impose on my country?
Five bad guys will go free, to plot murder and mayhem again, because he's too weak and dilatory to effectively project American power. And yes, it's important to get our guy back in one piece. But not at the expense of emboldening the regime which helped Al Qaeda attack us on 9/11.
The next time they snatch an American they'll demand the release of 50 bad guys. And why not? Give in to one terrorist, and pretty soon every terrorist in the world is gonna want to get in on the action. It'll be open season on America.
Islam literally means "submission." And Barack Obama has repeatedly shown that he's more than willing to submit.
What's next? Unconditional surrender? I wouldn't put it past him.