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On Friday, the Obama Administration officially announced the end of its spectacularly unsuccessful $500 million plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels. . . .
This latest decision is the most obvious manifestation of what Obama Administration officials have been telling the press for the past few days: the plan for Syria, in light of Russia's intervention, is to do nothing to escalate the situation. There are no plans to send anti-aircraft weapons to moderate rebels being hit by Russian air strikes, for example. Eli Lake and Josh Rogin write that some White House advisors are even encouraging the President "to give up on toppling the Syrian regime."
In Obama's America, we "give up."
But don't worry, he's still leading on the important stuff.
When CBS host Steve Kroft questioned Obama about Russia president Vladimir Putin, the topic quickly turned to climate change.
"He's challenging your leadership, Mr. President," Kroft said, of Putin.
And Obama's reply: "I got to tell you, if you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in, in order to prop up your only ally is leadership, then we've got a different definition of leadership. My definition of leadership would be leading on climate change and [an] international accord that potentially would get in Paris."
In other words, Obama will fight World War III with windmills and solar panels.
And not for nothing, but he's one to talk about "running your economy into the ground." I guess because he's just so gosh-darned good at it, right?
Besides, "the community of nations" will rise up and defeat ISIS. Any day now. Presumably with carbon credits.
I suppose all that's left now is for him to give his last SOTU in Arabic.
Then the capitulation will be complete.
Yeah, I know, you guys really want me to comment on last night's cattle-call debates. Here goes: Carly won.
Now on to the news.
While you were watching Megyn Kelly bait Donald Trump for laughs and ratings, our Dear Leader was busy doubling down on his "Republicans and Iranian mullahs are two sides of the same coin" Orwellian claptrap.
Obama's "common cause" argument rests on several factual premises that seem to us obviously false, and that certainly are not obviously true — among them, that Republicans desire war, that there is a meaningful distinction between "Iranian hard-liners" and the Iranian regime, and that those hard-liners would prefer American military action to American appeasement.
But there is an even more basic objection to Obama's statement. Assume for the sake of argument that the "Iranian hard-liners" and the Republicans really do want an all-out military confrontation. Now, consider an example from history when such a result actually obtained. On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. On Dec. 8, Congress declared war on Japan. Would it make any sense to say that the Japanese and the U.S. Congress had made "common cause"?
Obama is equating mutual antagonism with its opposite, "common cause." Again, Orwell put it more pithily: War is peace.
Because Obama is the center of his universe. If you are not with him, you are against him. And, everyone who is "against" him must be acting in concert.
Which means Chuck Schumer is a Republican now. LOL.
It's all part and parcel of Obama The Petulant.
Lame duck Obama no longer cares about even the appearance of civility with Republicans, or any Democrat who dares to oppose him. His gloves are now off, it's all personal to him (and his worshippers), and his radical ideological agenda is on full display. It's full Orwell, replete with blatant lies, rewriting of history, and assault on the fabric of society itself. Obama is a bully, with a bully pulpit, and he doesn't give a damn about the Constitution or its founding principles, which he thinks is deeply flawed. He has done more to damage the Constitution, the economy, and societal unity than all prior presidents combined.
That's what "fundamentally transforming" America means to him: Burn it down.
Which, to utilize his own twisted logic, puts Obama firmly in "common cause" with every rogue regime, terrorist group, radical Islamist, and Marxist revolutionary worldwide. Hence we get rapproachment with Cuba and Iran while shunning Great Britain and Israel. We get subservience to Vladmir Putin's expansionist aggression while gutting our own military capabilities. We get the rise of ISIS, the disintegration of Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, a resurgent China, and saber-rattling in Argentina while our erstwhile Commander in Chief plays golf with celebrities. Not to mention crippling deficits, a moribund economy, and bureaucratic tyranny on an unprecedented scale while he demonizes patriotism and slanders local law enforcement.
In short, if Obama wasn't actively trying to destroy everything America and Americans have ever stood for, what exactly would he doing differently?
And if you wanted to see him "succeed," who better to lead the country down
the rabbit hole than stealth-Clinton-crony Donald J. Trump?
You've heard of the Rooney Rule, right? It's an NFL regulation which requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate for every open head coach and front office job.
Because in the meritocracy of pro football, tokenism counts.
So, after posting yesterday about Obama's secret town by town, block by block racial database I got to thinking about how he'll use it. And I thought, "Rooney Rule."
Imagine having to prove you tried to sell your house or rent your vacant apartment to at least one black person just to satisfy Obama's racial bean counters.
It's not as far-fetched an idea as you might want to believe.
Banks and mortgage companies already are required to amass volumes of statistics on the racial makeup of their loan portfolios, and they're in danger of being sued by the feds for not approving "enough" loans for low-income and minority borrowers. Welcome to the bizarro world of "disparate impact" litigation.
So why not another HUD form at closing to document how many minority buyers put in an offer on your house? Complete with a section for you to explain why you chose not to sell it to them, of course.
And no, price won't be a valid reason.
We've already seen how affirmative action requires colleges to allow lower SAT scores for minority applicants. So why wouldn't the Obamaunist social justice warriors demand that you accept a lower price for your house in order to fulfill their utopian goal of racial balance in housing?
Ditto for apartment rents. I can see Obama using his database to define below market rents that would only be available to minority tenants. Meanwhile, white guys, if you're even allowed to rent to them, still pay full price. You know, to make up for past discrimination, or slavery.
Because nothing can stand in the way of giving Obama's sycophants the right to
live wherever they desire, regardless of their ability to pay. It's all part
and parcel of the Equality Of Outcome worldview. From each according to his
ability, to each according to his needs.
Remember last month when I said you should pay attention to the Supreme Court's affirmation of "disparate impact" lawsuits? You know, the racial grievance industry's statistical tool to "prove" discrimination and guarantee equality of outcome and big paydays for the reparations crowd?
And remember too when I noted that Obama voided every zoning law in America in his quest for affordable housing?
Well, here's how his grand redistributionist scheme is playing out. While we weren't looking, he took census data and built a humongous database to map the racial makeup of every city, town, neighborhood, and block in America. It shows exactly how many minorities live on your street.
A key part of President Obama's legacy will be the fed's unprecedented collection of sensitive data on Americans by race. The government is prying into our most personal information at the most local levels, all for the purpose of "racial and economic justice."
Unbeknown to most Americans, Obama's racial bean counters are furiously mining data on their health, home loans, credit cards, places of work, neighborhoods, even how their kids are disciplined in school — all to document "inequalities" between minorities and whites.
This Orwellian-style stockpile of statistics includes a vast and permanent network of discrimination databases, which Obama already is using to make "disparate impact" cases against: banks that don't make enough prime loans to minorities; schools that suspend too many blacks; cities that don't offer enough Section 8 and other low-income housing for minorities; and employers who turn down African-Americans for jobs due to criminal backgrounds.
Big Brother Barack wants the databases operational before he leaves office, and much of the data in them will be posted online.
So civil-rights attorneys and urban activist groups will be able to exploit them to show patterns of "racial disparities" and "segregation," even if no other evidence of discrimination exists.
In Obama's world, all white people are racists. And his goal is to take from the whites and give to the blacks. Because slavery. And Confederate flags. Or something.
I suppose at some point he'll make us white folks pin yellow stars on our shirts too.
The idea of homogenizing America is not new. It's one of those utopian fantasies bantered around in college faculty lounges on Friday nights after everybody's gotten just a little high.
Except, President Choom Gang now has the power, and the desire, to impose this racial spoils system across America.
As I recall, there once was another country that kept detailed records of every citizen's race. They moved people around too, although their goal was to prevent mixing of the races, and they locked up the "undesirables."
So imagine my lack of surprise when retired General Wesley Clark, a true nut who's politics are even farther to the left than Obama's, floated the idea of segregating "radicalized Americans" from the "normal community."
In an interview with MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts, retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark suggested segregating "radicalized" Americans from those who are loyal to the United States.
Clark said he believes our government needs to get "increasingly tough" in its treatment of "radicalized" Americans and should reexamine our domestic law procedures.
Now let's parse that statement: "Radicalized Americans" who are not "loyal." Ergo, Conservatives. As in people opposed to Obama. What this president and his supporters demand is loyalty to his regime. Opposition to Obama is de facto evidence of racism.
Really, that's how they think. Ask a liberal. She'll tell you.
And of course the way to stamp out racism is to impose quotas. Quotas in housing. Quotas in lending. Quotas in employment. Quotas in education. Quotas everywhere. That's what his database is for. Ensuring the proper quotas. Deviate from the preferred racial makeup, and yup, you're a racist. So Obama will impose quotas on you.
Quotas ensure equality of outcome. Or so I'm told. Quotas will make us all "equal," no matter what that freedom of assembly clause says. And if anyone doesn't feel "equal," he sues, and then he gets a check. Cha-ching! Equality!
This is your future America. Obeisance to the racial bean counters.
Of course sooner or later we'll end up like
Zimbabwe — no white people allowed. But hey, that's a small price
to pay for "equality," right?
Your town doesn't have enough black people.
Obama is going to fix that.
And if it means turning your neighborhood into a slum, well that's the price you gotta pay.
Citing "exclusionary zoning" HUD Secretary Julian Castro released Obama's totalitarian regulatory onslaught against suburbia. The goal? Uniformity in racial balance and housing quality for every town, city, hamlet, and village in America.
AFFH is easily one of President Obama's most radical initiatives, on a par with Obamacare in its transformative potential. In effect, AFFH gives the federal government a lever to re-engineer nearly every American neighborhood — imposing a preferred racial and ethnic composition, densifying housing, transportation, and business development in suburb and city alike, and weakening or casting aside the authority of local governments over core responsibilities, from zoning to transportation to education. Not only the policy but the political implications are immense — at the presidential, congressional, state, and local levels.
It doesn't matter what kind of neighborhood you want to live in.
Obama will dictate who moves in next door.
Obama will dictate what kind of house you'll be allowed to build.
Obama will dictate where you live, where you shop, where you work, and how you get around town.
It's the culmination of decades of "equality of outcome" nonsense spewed by the denizens of "fairness." Because it's "unfair" that someone who worked hard all his life has a nicer house than someone who is sliding by on Section 8 vouchers.
The Obama administration announced new rules on Wednesday that are meant to racially integrate America's neighborhoods but some conservatives claim are an attempt by Washington to play a heavy-handed role in creating "utopias."
The new HUD housing rule comes on the heels of a landmark Supreme Court decision that reaffirmed the federal agency's power to ban housing policies that hurt minorities.
The Fair Housing Act, which originally was passed in 1968 and barred racial discrimination, demanded the government end segregation.
The new rule takes this a step further and requires cities across the country to scrutinize their housing patterns for racial bias and report the results every three to five years. Communities would also have to set and track goals to further reduce segregation.
"Unfortunately, too many Americans find their dreams limited by where they come from, and a ZIP code should never determine a child's future," Julian Castro, the secretary of the department of Housing and Urban Development, said Wednesday in a written statement. "This important step will give local leaders the tools they need to provide all Americans with access to safe, affordable housing in communities that are rich with opportunity."
They couldn't wave their magic wands and make the inner cites safer and nicer. So they're going to force every town to look more like the inner cities. Only they're called "transit villages" now. High density housing. Designated retail locations. Bus and train depots. And no parking lots.
Sounds wonderful, right?
And if that's what you want, great. Go for it.
But America is not a communist central planner's blank canvas. Our towns and cities each have unique features that make them desirable to different groups of people. Homogenizing our living experiences will not bring us all closer together; it'll bring conflict and foster resentment since we'll lose control over how and where we live.
Or does no one remember what East Germany looked like before the Berlin Wall came down? Because that's Obama's vision for your town. Depressing, unappealing sameness, miles and miles of bleak utilitarian boxes, devoid of color and indistinguishable from any other corner, anywhere.
I don't want to live there.
It's not enough that Obama's minions have made our currency look like Monopoly Money. The new bills are uglier than sin, and more often than not they're mistaken for Canadian money. And don't get me started on how they've ruined pennies and nickles. But now it's time for the coup de grace. The Obamabots have decided to dump all the Dead White Guys in favor of newer, presumably more "hip" portraits.
First to be redesigned? The ten dollar bill.
Out is Alexander Hamilton, first Secretary of the Treasury.
In is ... Rachel Dolezal?
The Treasury Department is preparing to announce that they are putting a woman on the $10 bill, as a source has confirmed what appears to be a premature tweet.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will announce Thursday that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing will put a woman on the bill as soon as 2020.
Presumably this woman will be selected because she's the lesbian single mother who created the Camanche nation's first central banking system. Or something.
Close enough, because according to the Official Feminut Website driving this idiocy, these are the 4 finalists:
Rosa Parks, and
Truthfully, when I first saw this, ahem, movement on Facebook a few months back I didn't take it seriously. I figured it had as much chance of success as the guys who want to put Ronald Reagan on Mount Rushmore.
But I was wrong. Obama took 'em seriously. Because fundamentally transforming America means detaching us from our history. More importantly, it means writing new history.
I'm guessing they'll impose the Mankiller woman on us. Why? Because aside from her extensive background in community organizing, her name exhibits everything modern feminism extolls. In their dogma, men are superfluous. Lower than dog excrement. Brutes, unworthy of inclusion in their utopian society. Because a great warrior chief has feelings dontcha know. And trolling for federal dollars is how they measure success.
Conan, she's not.
Still, I suppose it could be worse. Imagine this new sawbuck landing in your wallet:
Then again, why not just cut to the chase, and put Hillary Clinton on all the money?
Don't laugh, it'll probably be her first presidential decree.
It's no secret that Obama hates Israel.
It's highly likely he's a Muslim anti-Semite too, and he'd like nothing better than watching Iran wipe Israel from the face of the earth in an orgy of nuclear devastation.
Alas, one sad consequence of those proclivities is he can unilaterally deny that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, because the Constitution gives him that power.
The Supreme Court struck down a disputed law Monday that would have allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to list their birthplace as Israel on their U.S. passports in an important ruling that underscores the president's authority in foreign affairs.
The court ruled 6-3 that Congress overstepped its bounds when it approved the law in 2002. It would have forced the State Department to alter its long-standing policy of not listing Israel as the birthplace for Jerusalem-born Americans and listing only "Jerusalem."
The policy is part of the government's refusal to recognize any nation's sovereignty over Jerusalem, until Israelis and Palestinians resolve its status through negotiations.
Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his majority opinion that the president has the exclusive power to recognize foreign nations, and that the power to determine what a passport says is part of this power.
"Recognition is a matter on which the nation must speak with one voice. That voice is the president's," Kennedy wrote.
"Jerusalem" is not a country. It has no embassy. It has no flag. To pretend otherwise is dangerous foolishness which gives credence to the barbarism of malevolent terrorists.
Israel is a Real Country. Israel says Jerusalem is their capital. Ergo, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Period, the end.
Unless, of course, you believe in the mythical country of "Palestine." And if you think people who've started and lost 4 wars still have some sort of legitimate right to disband the state of Israel via protracted and duplicious "negotiations." In which case you might be a Democrat. Or a loon like Jimmy Carter.
But because we respect our Constitution, the only way to fix our foreign policy
is to elect a president who's not afraid to stand up to Palestinian thugs. End
the charade. Recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, move our embassy
there, and tell the "poor, pitiful" Palestinians to go pound sand. They lost.
Their Arab brothers lost. So let the Arabs pick up the pieces of the mess
they created and relentlessly perpetuate. It's not our job to fix their
wounded pride. Although, if they stop trying to destroy things and start
working to build themselves up, they just might find that we're the best
friends they never knew they had.
I want some of what he's smoking.
Actual Obama quote: Camden, NJ is "a symbol of promise for the nation."
President Obama came to this New Jersey city on Monday to "hold you up as a symbol of promise for the nation."
"This city is on to something," Obama said in a speech before almost 300 people at the Salvation Army's Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, which offers programs for recreation, performing arts, early childhood and job training.
So, let me guess, his girls will be attending Camden public schools in September?
Because, not to put too fine a point on it, but Camden is a shithole.
And you'd have to be an idiot, or a Democrat, to believe it's ever going to be anything but a shithole.
Here, see for yourself, the first 9 pictures that came up in a Bing images search for "Camden, NJ".
Yeah, I can't wait for my neighborhood to look like that. How about you?
Camden can "hold up" something alright. Hopium. And I challenge Barack Obama to spend more than an hour there, preferably without his Secret Service detail. You know, just like the average Camden resident. Who definitely wouldn't agree that his city is any kind of "symbol" of anything. Except crime.
Speaking of inner city crime, guess what else Obama did today?
He cut cops off at the knees, unilaterally denying them access to military surplus weaponry. Unfortunately, the Bad Guys aren't subjected to the same restrictions. So now the police will really be outgunned.
I suppose that's "more like" what Obama wants for America too.
Old and busted: Iran will not get a nuclear weapon.
"This framework is the result of tough, principled diplomacy," Obama said in his weekly address to the nation. "It's a good deal — a deal that meets our core objectives, including strict limitations on Iran's program and cutting off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon."
New hotness: Iran will absolutely get the bomb, in 13 years.
President Obama admitted Tuesday in a broadcast interview that his nuclear agreement with Iran only delays Tehran from eventually acquiring a weapon, which could come immediately after Year 13 of the agreement -- leaving the problem for future presidents.
Obama made the comments about Tehran's so-called "breakout time" in an interview with NPR News that aired Tuesday morning. The president was attempting to answer the charge that the deal framework agreed upon by the U.S., Iran, and five other nations last week fails to eliminate the risk of Iran getting a nuclear weapon because it allows Tehran to keep enriching uranium.
Obama said that Iran would be capped for a decade at 300 kilograms of uranium -- not enough to convert to a stockpile of weapons-grade material.
"What is a more relevant fear would be that in Year 13, 14, 15, they have advanced centrifuges that enrich uranium fairly rapidly, and at that point, the breakout times would have shrunk almost down to zero," Obama said.
Now to be fair, Obama made that first promise a whole three days ago.
And 13 years is more time than Neville Chamberlain gave the Jews of Europe in 1938.
But make no mistake. This "historic" deal gives Iran the green light to wipe Israel off the map. They've been waiting for that day for 1,300 years. What's another 13 to them?
The path is clear. The plan is established. And Caliph Barack I is pleased.
NATO? That's so colonialist man.
So it's really no surprise when The Great And Powerful Obama chooses to snub his NATO counterpart.
President Barack Obama reportedly will not meet with NATO's new secretary general when he is in Washington this week, despite requests from the alliance chief's staff for a get-together.
Bloomberg View reported Tuesday that Jens Stoltenberg's office requested a meeting with Obama in advance of his scheduled visit, but did not receive any response from the White House. Instead, Bloomberg View reported that Stoltenberg had to settle for a last-minute meeting with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.
Send the new guy! There's golf to be played, and dictators to be coddled.
Perhaps Mr. Stoltenberg should try wallowing in a bathtub full of Fruit Loops. That seems to get Obama's attention…
The report of Obama's snub comes amid Russia's growing willingness to test NATO's military readiness. On Tuesday, NATO jets were scrambled after four Russian military planes were spotted flying over the Baltic Sea with their transponders turned off. Over the weekend, a Danish newspaper published remarks by the Russian ambassador to Denmark in which he hinted that Russian missiles could target Danish warships if Copenhagen joins NATO's missile defense system.
But the most far-reaching example of Russian belligerence came Tuesday, when Britain's Daily Telegraph reported that Moscow was preparing to lease 12 long-range bombers to Argentina in exchange for shipments of beef and wheat. The report comes after a round of rhetoric from Russian officials questioning Britain's claim to the Falkland Islands.
The Russian position echoed remarks made last year by Argentina president Cristina de Kirchner, who said, "The Malvinas [Argentina's name for the archipelago] has always belonged to Argentina, the same way that Crimea also belonged to the Soviet Union until it was given to Ukraine."
A Russian-backed attack on the Falklands is in effect a proxy attack on NATO. You'd think our president would be worried about that.
The United States is taking part in joint military operations with Iran, admitting it is providing aerial surveillance over the current battle for Tikrit.
Troops loyal to the Baghdad government, along with Iran-backed Shia militia and some Sunni tribesmen, have surrounded Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters in Saddam's old palace complex and one other part of the city, but have been unable to make further progress.
The attack has been openly master-minded by an Iranian general, Qassem Suleimani, head of the internationally-focused Al Quds division of the Revolutionary Guard, who has been photographed on the front lines.
An official from the US-led coalition operating air strikes against Isil in Iraq and Syria confirmed to the Reuters news agency that it was now providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance from the air to support the attack.
The United States is also said to be awaiting an imminent formal request for the coalition to join in military operations directly from the air, which it would be likely to grant.
Hey, let's help Iran conquer Iraq! What could go wrong?
The sight of American jets effectively acting as an air force for Iranian regional interests will further alarm critics at home and in the Arab Sunni world already looking nervously at a possible rapprochement between the two old foes after a possible deal on Tehran's nuclear programme.
Gee, ya think?
Will our pilots be required to scream "Death To America!" too?
"Over the weekend, Ayatollah Khomeini gave a speech," Acosta said. "And during that speech, there were people in the crowd chanting 'Death to America' and the Ayatollah responded back to them according to various translations, Of course, 'Death to America.' Do those comments give this White House any pause about moving forward with a nuclear deal with that country?"
Nah. "Death To America" is Farsi for "Hope and Change."
Every Obamabot knows that.
Obama's minions aren't very good stewards of the public's money.
they're so bad, they set a new record for
Federal agencies made $125 billion in improper payments last year, including tax credits to people who didn't qualify, Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary and unemployment benefits for people who were actually working, said a government report released Monday.
The level of improper payments was a new high after several years of declines. In addition to fraud, the errors included overpayments and underpayments, as well payments made without proper documentation.
While the errors were spread among 22 federal agencies, three programs stood out: Medicare, Medicaid and the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Together, the three programs accounted for more than $93 billion in improper payments, according to the report by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress.
"This taxpayer money was not spent securing our borders, it was not spent on national defense, and it was not spent contributing to a safety net for those in need," said Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. "This is a problem that is going to get worse year after year if we do not get a handle on it now."
The "problem" is in the eye of the beholder Senator.
And in the eye of President Jarrett, everything is going according to plan.
Because every single one of those $125 billion dollars went toward buying votes for Democrats. What could be more important than that?
If the Obamabots were interested in Homeland Security they'd close the borders and keep Iran and Hezbollah on the terrorist watch list.
Instead they're focused on one thing. Putting as many Americans as possible on the dole. Consumers of government vote for the party of government. And Democrats are masters at promising Free Stuff.
Just wait, the next two years of "improper payments" will make $125 billion look like a drop in the bucket. They're gonna pull out all the stops to keep the White House firmly under their jackboots, which means levels of wealth transfer that would make Robin Hood blush.
Tax "refunds" to illegal aliens who never paid a dime of taxes in their lives.
Obamacare subsidies to anybody with a pulse. And to the recently departed, especially if Social Security "forgot" to count them as dead.
College loan "forgiveness."
More mortgage writedown shenanigans from the FHA too.
No grant is too small. No boondoggle too shameful. Federal largess will flow where votes are needed most, while their propagandists in the press fan the flames of racial and class discord. It's the Progressives' Battle Of The Bulge, their last-ditch effort to cement socialism as the successor to the great American republic.
And when we really do run out of other people's money? Hey, that's Hillary's
This president really does believe he's our king. That we must bow before him. That he can impose his will upon us by fiat. The Constitution? That's so old, who cares about it anymore? Certainly not anyone in his administration!
He's got a pen and a phone, and he's going to use them to unilaterally raise taxes.
President Obama really does think he is a king or an emperor of some type. Now he claims that he is going to use executive orders to raise taxes on us all.
This arrogant prince thinks he can do anything he wants just by his say-so. No act of Congress needed.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Monday that President Obama is "very interested" in the idea of raising taxes through unilateral executive action.
"The president certainly has not indicated any reticence in using his executive authority to try and advance an agenda that benefits middle class Americans," Earnest said in response to a question about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calling on Obama to raise more than $100 billion in taxes through IRS executive action.
Tyranny. Pure, unadulterated tyranny.
The reason the Constitution requires that all new taxes originate in the House is because its members face reelection every two years, and are thus very responsive to the desires of their constituents and/or are quickly replaced. At least that's the theory. A big hole in that limitation is that there doesn't seem to be any sort of enforcement mechanism available, otherwise ObamaCare!!! — which originated, taxes and all, in the Senate — could never have become law.
Bad as that is, at least the Senate also faces popular pressure, so much so that half of the Democrat Senators who voted to pass ObamaCare!!! have since been removed or exited gracelessly from their jobs.
But the executive? Raising taxes on his own accord? Because the House, most closely representing the will of the people, won't succumb to his will and enact his "preferred option" on its own?
Remember the concept of "no taxation without representation?" Yeah, me neither.
The Founding Fathers declared independence over less. The list of abuses and usurpations imposed by this president is unparalled in history.
And he grows bolder with each passing day.
Consider that just last week he moved to ban AR-15 ammo, the most common bullet sold in the United States.
And yesterday he announced a plan to Federalize every local police department in the country.
He's preparing for something big. And if We The People allow him to succeed, if we do not stand up, united in opposition to his tyranny, Freedom and Liberty will die. Forever.
The president who bombs everybody vetoed an Israeli first strike against Iran's nuclear weapons facilities. Not only that, he threatened to shoot down IAF planes if they tried.
In a shocking report, a Kuwaiti newspaper is claiming that President Barack Obama once threatened to shoot down Israeli jets if they went through with a plan to target Iranian nuclear sites.
Citing "well-placed sources," Al-Jarida claims that sometime in 2014, the Israeli government made plans to attack Iran when they heard that the United States and Iran were on the cusp of striking a secret nuclear deal behind Israeli's back. The decision was made after Israel learned the terms of the deal were supposedly "a threat to Israel's security."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu allegedly came to the decision after four nights of deliberation with commanders, and Israeli jets even managed experimental test flights in Iranian airspace after evading Iranian radars. But when an Israeli official with good ties to the Obama administration revealed the planned airstrikes, Obama allegedly threatened to shoot down the Israeli jets.
No wonder Dear Leader doesn't want Netanyahu to speak before Congress! Suppose the Prime Minister gets up there on Tuesday and confirms this report? Suppose he says, yes, Barack Obama is actively working to ensure that Iran gets The Bomb?
Because, face it, if Obama was in fact helping Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, what exactly would he be doing differently?
Actually there are reports saying exactly that.
The deal that the United States and the P5+1 powers are working towards would enable Iran to produce nuclear weapons only a few years after the signing of the accords, if Iran demonstrates "good behavior" during the years the agreement is in effect, Israel's NRG reported on Monday citing The Associated Press. The report cites an official involved in the talks between the Western powers and Iran who leaked details of the agreement emerging between the two sides.
Does this scare the living shit out of you?
Because I'm freaking out. Iran has told the world exactly what they'll do with an atomic bomb.
Maybe Obama is OK with smoking craters where Haifa and Tel Aviv used to be, but anyone who's sane would be recoiling in horror.
Here's what I hope.
I hope Israel launches that strike. Soon. They know how.
And I hope our pilots and air group commanders will stand down and refuse
to attack an ally of freedom. Because an order from
Valerie Jarrett to attack Israel is so far beyond the pale that it must
be seen for what it really is. Treason.
Remember that day after Pearl Harbor when FDR told Harry Hopkins to set up a WPA office in Tokyo because the "root cause" of Japanese aggression was the lack of good jobs?
Yeah, good times.
And it's what probably would have actually happened if Barack Obama had been our president back then.
Two incomprehensible news items today.
Item #1 — State Department spokesidiot Marie Harf:
We cannot kill our way out of the IS problem; we have to address the "Root Causes" and give the IS killers jobs.
I hear Target is hiring greeters.
And not for nothing, but given Obama's ability to create jobs, we're doomed.
Item #2 — Hey Egypt, couldja please stop bombing ISIS? Because it's making us look lame, or something.
The United States does not support Egyptian and Emirati airstrikes against Islamist militias in Libya because the U.S. believes the crisis in Libya must be resolved politically and without outside interference, a Department of Defense spokesman said Tuesday.
What color is the sky on their planet?
Obama's strategy is working so well, ISIS just torched another 45 "random" people.
They're barbarians. But Obama can't bring himself to contextualize their depravity.
The Obama White House said Monday that there's no evidence Muslims are more likely to become radicalized than any other group of people in America, and said that.s why this week's summit on countering violent extremist won't focus on Muslims in particular.
The Obama administration has repeatedly avoided saying that radical Islamic extremists are the cause of recent terrorist events around the world, drawing criticism from Republicans who say the White House is ignoring reality. White House officials followed up that logic Monday by saying domestically, it's not right to profile people based on their religion when considering strategies to counter violent extremists.
I ask again, what color is the sky on their planet?
Here's a pro tip. Denying reality doesn't make reality go away.
Officials did acknowledge that the Islamic State is behind several terrorist activities in the Middle East, but they dismissed the idea that this group is Muslim at all. Instead, they said the group is using a "warped interpretation" of Islam.
You wanna know who's interpretation is "warped?" Obama's. And all his sycophants'.
While they equivocate, ISIS marches on.
While Obama dithers, the world burns.
Remember his remark about "the JV team?" Yeah, there is a JV team alright, only it's his team that's not ready for prime time.
He's either woefully incompetent, or, and this is my real fear, he's rooting for the other side and actively working to ensure a worldwide Islamic victory.
Censorship is coming to the WyBlog. Obama's FEC commissars are going to regulate political blogs and websites, subjecting us to their byzantine campaign finance regulations.
Liberals on the Federal Election Commission are discussing new rules to regulate websites and blogs. The new regulations would require websites to disclose their political donors.
The better for Lois Lerner to harass those donors, of course.
So, nonwithstanding the First Amendment, I can have opinions, just so long as they're the approved opinions.
I'm pretty sure the Founding Fathers wouldn't approve. Can you imagine the absurdity of Thomas Paine reporting to King George on the sources of his funding for Common Sense? Yeah, me neither.
The fact that so many liberals do approve speaks volumes about their mentality. They want to be told what to think; it frees them from having to take responsibility for their actions. They want to be insulated from contrary opinions; it relieves them from contemplating right vs wrong.
Welcome to communist America. Where the government controls the media. And citizens aren't free to speak their minds.
Noting the 32,000 public comments that came into the FEC in advance of the hearing, Democratic Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub said, "75 percent thought that we need to do more about money in politics, particularly in the area of disclosure. And I think that's something that we can't ignore."
But a former Republican FEC chairman said in his testimony that if the agency moves to regulate the Internet, including news voices like the Drudge Report as GOP commissioners have warned, many thousands more comments will flood in in opposition of regulation.
"If you produce a rule that says we are going to start regulating this stuff, including the internet and so on, I think you will see a lot more than 32,000 comments come in and I don't think staff will analyze them and find that 75 percent are favorable to more regulation," said Bradley Smith, now with the Center for Competitive Politics.
They don't care what we want. They're going to impose their will. They're going to shut us up. They're going to shut me up.
This isn't America anymore. And if you voted for Obama, then you don't deserve to call yourself an American. You're a communist. Move to Cuba or North Korea already. Because I am not going to stand idly by and let you and this power-mad president destroy the last vestiges of my freedom.
I have a RIGHT to speak my mind. And Barack Obama can go to hell.
He sees you when you're driving. He knows where you came from. He's watching where you're going. And he's waiting for you around the bend.
I'll bet you thought Enemy of the State was a work of fiction.
Nope. While you were singing along to American Idol, fretting about #DeflateGate, or waiting for the Blizzard That Never Was, the Obama administration built a massive database to track us in real time. Millions of license plate scanners mounted along roads nationwide log our every move, with the data freely available to any law enforcement agency who asks for it. Privacy? Yeah, you don't have that. Big Brother Obama sees all.
The Justice Department has been building a national database to track in real time the movement of vehicles around the U.S., a secret domestic intelligence-gathering program that scans and stores hundreds of millions of records about motorists, according to current and former officials and government documents.
The primary goal of the license-plate tracking program, run by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is to seize cars, cash and other assets to combat drug trafficking, according to one government document. But the database's use has expanded to hunt for vehicles associated with numerous other potential crimes, from kidnappings to killings to rape suspects, say people familiar with the matter.
Officials have publicly said that they track vehicles near the border with Mexico to help fight drug cartels. What hasn't been previously disclosed is that the DEA has spent years working to expand the database "throughout the United States," according to one email reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
Many state and local law-enforcement agencies are accessing the database for a variety of investigations, according to people familiar with the program, putting a wealth of information in the hands of local officials who can track vehicles in real time on major roadways.
Seven years ago I predicted just this kind of thing, when I wrote about the Mobile Plate Hunter 900. Back then it was 2 cameras mounted on a police car driving around parking lots. I'm sure the technology has "matured" in the interim, and it looks like they've got years and years of data recorded, now correlated into one big conveniently searchable database.
Which, apparently, the state of Maryland is already using to
harass legal concealed carry permit holders. Because the Fourth
Amendment is a shadow of its former self. And our Founding Fathers
could never have imagined trading our liberty for the illusion of
Nothing upsets a climate change alarmist more than cheap fossil fuel. Since gasoline prices are approaching an all-time low, Barack Obama needs to find a way to make oil more expensive asap.
Enter a quid pro quo with his Muslim buddies in Saudi Arabia. They're not exactly fans of cheap oil either dontcha know. So, what better way to nudge those oil futures higher than doubling down on killing the Keystone XL pipeline, and then putting another 12 million acres of Alaska off-limits to drilling?
The Obama administration will propose setting aside more than 12 million acres in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, the White House announced Sunday, halting any chance of oil exploration for now in the refuge's much-fought-over coastal plain and sparking a fierce battle with Republicans, including the new chair of the Senate Energy Committee.
The announcement, according to individuals briefed on the plan, is just the first in a series of decisions the Interior Department will make in the coming week that will affect the state's oil and gas production. The department will also put part of the Arctic Ocean off limits to drilling as part of a five-year leasing plan it will issue this week and is considering whether to impose additional limits on oil and gas production in parts of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
Add in his EPA's anti-fracking edicts, and you have a full-blown war on domestic oil production, which quite coincidentally will cause global oil prices to rise.
Mideast Islamic theocracies, and Vladmir Putin, that's who. America's enemies, of course.
Guess where Dear Leader is suddenly interested in going, with all possible haste? Saudi Arabia! Where it just so happens they're sucking wind due to low oil prices. Imagine if he were to whisper in new King Salman's ear, Muslim-to-Muslim, I've got your back?
Go ahead. Tell me it's too far-fetched a notion. And I'll say, this is the guy who gave machine guns to Mexican drug lords, ostensibly to push "gun control" here in America. Nothing is beyond the pale when it comes to pushing his far-left anti-American ideology.
Remember, he's identified the "greatest threat" to our existence. It's not Islamic terrorism. It's not the unsecured border. It's not the $18 trillion dollar federal deficit. It's not a resurgent Russia, or a nuclear Iran. And it's not the 1/3 of Americans on federal welfare programs.
It's the Climate Change Chimera that moves him to act. Even though Global Warming is on hold. And there's the Snow Storm Of The Century bearing down on Chez WyBlog as we speak. Too bad I can't hop a private jet to Davos and pontificate about sacrificing for Mother Gaia. Sorry, but I gotta get my shovels ready.
Obama promised us $8 per gallon gas? Go ahead, tell me he isn't hell bent
on doing everything he can to make that happen.
I have absolutely no intention of watching Dear Leader tell us how great he is tonight. Because for the next 2 years he'll be putting the "lame" in lame duck, and really, will the GOP fall for any of his ridiculously liberal policy prescriptions?
Nah. Obama is about to discover the meaning of the word irrelevant.
Starting with his blueprint for playing class warfare with the part of America that still gets up and goes to work every morning.
No matter what Obama says, his policies have been devasting to the middle class. People are worse off now than they were six years ago. They know it. He knows it. And we know he knows it.
But, he'll never admit he knows it. His narcissism won't let him admit failure.
Wanna know the state of our union?
There's the illusion of falling unemployment.
Of the more than 3,000 U.S. counties, just 65 have recovered from Obama's recession.
Let's look at a few numbers Obama wouldn't dare mention tonight.
The national debt now stands at $18.1 trillion dollars.
Of that, $7.5 trillion came on Obama's watch.
There was a time when he lambasted George Bush as "unpatriotic" for adding $4 trillion to the national debt. I'm pretty sure he wants you to forget that.
Then there's his proposal for universal broadband access. Sounds great, right? Yeah, until you get the bill. To pay for it, he'll put a 16.1% tax on your FiOS and cable internet service. Ouch.
He'll probably tell you how great it is that he bowed down to Castro's Cuba.
But he won't mention how he let Iran and North Korea get The Bomb. Or how he misjudged Putin's Russia. Or completely bungled the Arab Spring. He'll wave a pencil for Charlie Hebdo, but he won't utter the words "Islamic terrorism." And he'll undoubtedly bash Israel for defending herself while praising Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS, and Boko Haram.
Osama bin Laden might be dead, but al Qaeda is alive, and growing in power.
And last but not least, he'll tout he his new "free" college plan. What he won't do is mention how he's going to pay for it — by taxing your kid's formerly tax-free 529 savings account. Because if you planned ahead, you need to pay for the slackers who didn't.
After all, slackers vote Democrat.
So, if you're still with me, and you're looking to sum up Barry's 6th SOTU is one sentence, this comment from a Facebook friend will fill the bill:
Just a word of caution - if you pulled the word investment in the SOTU drinking game, you're going to need medical attention.
All the more reason to tune in to NFL Network at 9 and follow
In 2015, Every time you eat a hamburger, a climate scientist cries.
Because, according to the Obama Administration, you need to go vegan, or the planet will die.
A panel that advises the Agriculture Department appears set to recommend that you be told not only what foods are better for your own health, but also for the environment. That means that when the latest version of the government's dietary guidelines comes out, it may push even harder than it has in recent years for people to choose more fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and other plant-based foods — at the expense of meat.
The advisory panel has been discussing the idea of sustainability in public meetings, indicating that its recommendations, expected early this year, may address the environment. A draft recommendation circulated last month said a sustainable diet helps ensure food access for both the current population and future generations.
A dietary pattern higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods is "more health promoting and is associated with lesser environmental impact than is the current average U.S. diet," the draft said.
Hyperbole, it's what's for dinner. Maybe it tastes better than broccoli.
Nevertheless, the True Believers will not be deterred.
Their first target? Beef.
The study said that compared with other popular animal proteins, beef produces more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out more water-polluting nitrogen, takes more water for irrigation and uses more land.
Well, I suppose we could always Eat Mor Chikin!
Seriously though, the constant drumbeat for Globull Warming is tiresome. And every time the Obamunists come up with another hare-brained regulatory regime, more Americans inevitably lose their jobs while the rest of us end up paying higher prices for basic necessities.
Sometimes a steak is just a steak, and not a political statement, or a dagger in the heart of Mother Gaia.
Oh, by the way, guess what I'm having for dinner tonight?
That sound you hear? It's Gina McCarthy's head exploding. Yowzah!
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 agenda— 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.