DNC Chief Wasserman Schultz: Obama “Doing His Job Less Often” Than Any President Since Grover Cleveland…
DWS is the gift that keeps on giving.
DWS is the gift that keeps on giving.
That doesn’t sound “moderate” to me.
Via Free Beacon:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at Israel in vitriolic terms on Wednesday, referring to Israel as a “festering Zionist tumor.”
Rouhani, who has been championed by Western media as a moderate reformer who could change Iran’s extremist ways, appears to be adopting a violent tone similar to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has advocated for the complete destruction of Israel in recent days.
“Today, this festering Zionist tumor has opened once again and has turned the land of olives into destruction and blood and littered the land with the body parts of Palestinian children,” Rouhani was quoted as saying in a statement that was translated by the Brookings Institution.
Shockingly, the idea wasn’t met with much support.
Via CNS News:
We are hearing a lot these days about the need to have “compassion” for the thousands of unaccompanied minors who have illegally crossed the southern border. But, the government definition of “compassion” seems to include moving large groups of these kids from the southern border into towns across the United States, without telling the citizens who are currently living there.
I decided to go to a liberal area and find out how people felt about having illegal minors bussed into their town. Not surprisingly, many of them were perfectly fine with the prospect. But, I quickly learned that their sympathies only went so far.
Obviously, the idea of bringing these kids to beautiful Northern Virginia all seemed great – in theory – to many of the people I talked to. But, support for my initiative stopped at agreeing to sign a piece of paper. When I asked these citizens to do anything more to help solve the problem, their sympathy seemed to quickly evaporate.
By Palestinian standards he’s still a moderate.
(INN) – Former Palestinian Authority security chief Jibril Rajoub, often touted as a “Palestinian moderate”, has accused Israel of inflicting a “holocaust” on Gaza – while saying that Jews deserved the genocide inflicted on them by the Nazis.
In an interview with Palestinian Authority TV, translated by MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute), Rajoub – who is a senior member of the Fatah party’s Central Committee – labeled Israeli society as “a fascist society”, adding that “the racism of this fascist society is unparalleled throughout history.”
One parallel that Rajoub could find, however, was with Nazi Germany, claiming that Israelis were “the new Nazis”, and that “Israel, (especially) the Israeli right wing, constitutes a replica of Hitler, Eichmann and Goebbels.”
His statements followed a long introduction by his interviewer, who also equated Israeli actions with the holocaust, accusing “the people who today evoke the spirit of Nazism” of “master(ing) the art of genocide.”
Towards the end of the interview, Rajoub made the oft-repeated claim by Palestinian officials and their supporters that the establishment of the State of Israel was the result of European guilt over the holocaust, intentionally ignoring the indigenous status and nearly 4,000-old ties of the Jewish people to the land of Israel.
Going further, he claimed that Jews had only suffered the holocaust because of their own “behavior”.
Instead of calling them soldiers, CAIR refers to them “those killing civilians in Gaza.”
Grassroots effort brings a slice of home to IDF soldiers – St. Louis Jewish Light
Sometimes it’s the little things that can mean the most. Like a slice of pizza to an Israeli soldier on the front lines in the Israel-Gaza war, who is tired of eating tuna from a can.
“Slices for Soldiers” is an initiative begun by Nusach Hari B’nai Zion in Olivette. Initially, more than $2,200 was raised to send 160 pizzas to Israeli Defense Forces soldiers and families confined to bomb shelters in Sderot, Ashkelon and Ashdod, three war-torn regions in southern Israel. In the past few days, another $1,000 has been collected, which will go to sending another wave of pizzas; the hope is to keep raising money and sending pizzas for as long as the war continues.
Richard Woolf, chairman of NHBZ’s Israel Committee, explained that the initiative was born after congregants Dr. Ethan Schuman and his wife, Debbie, sent a few pizzas to Israeli troops outside of Gaza. The Schumans let Rabbi Ze’ev Smason and members of the shul’sIsrael Committee know that local Jews could order pizzas in Israel for soldiers and families on the front lines, thinking NHBZ might be interested in organizing a congregational effort.
Around that time, on a Sunday, Woolf and his family were at a barbecue hosted by Emelynn Hasky, a friend in St. Louis, whose brother is in the IDF. Hasky and her brother were texting back and forth when he told her how sick he was of eating tuna out of a can.
“That’s when we decided to run with the pizza idea,” said Woolf, “and create an initiative behind it.”
On Monday, July 14, an email was sent to NHBZ congregants explaining that the shul would be ordering and delivery pizzas to troops in Israel. Some then used social media to advertise the effort.
Rival circus performers.
Via Kansas City Star
A circus parade and rally for nonviolence that drew hundreds of people to the Linwood Shopping Center on Tuesday evening had to be cut short when multiple fights broke out.
Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté said the organizers stopped the event. He tweeted that the crowds dispersed and there were no reported injuries.
But the fighting marred an event, called “Your Life Counts,” that was intended to celebrate survival in a city plagued by crime.
Performers and animals from the UniverSoul Circus paraded north on Prospect Avenue from 39th Street to the rally.
The guest of honor was Ka’Vyea Tyson-Curry, the 10-year-old boy who was paralyzed from the waist down in a Kansas City shooting that killed his father earlier this year.
“I’m not a talker,” the boy said into a microphone as he sat in the front seat of a light-blue convertible. “Thank you all for praying.”
Alvin Brooks of the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime called Ka’Vyea a leader and encouraged the crowd to continue to pray that he will walk again.
“There are a number of young Ka’Vyeas out there that have been victimized by us,” Brooks said. “Folks who look just like us. Because of the evilness and the mean-spiritedness whenever these things happen.”
Two girls, 13 and 14 years old, each spoke with emotion about losing their older brothers to violence.
The UniverSoul Circus, which is performing through Saturday at Kemper Arena, is organizing anti-violence events around the country.
“We must fight the fact that much of the music children listen to has violent subject matter, and it’s promoted so well that it is entrenched in the mindset of these kids,” circus owner Cedric Walker said in an announcement. “Well, we’re going to promote positivity. We’re going to feed positivity into these communities.”
Performers in bright costumes walked on stilts through the crowd as Caribbean dancers invited young people from the audience onto the stage to do the limbo.
“Don’t tell me something good can’t happen on Prospect,” Brooks said before the fights broke out.
HT Doug Ross
“He has a point, Democrats were so supportive of the Bush administration, the least we can do is back Obama”… said nobody.
An emotional Rep John Lewis (D-GA) took to the house floor Wednesday to argue against the House Republicans proceeding with a lawsuit against President Barack Obama.
“From the first day in office, the Republicans in this House has never supported this president,” Lewis yelled. “Every olive branch he extended was broken. But today, Mr. Speaker, they have reached a low, a very low point. This resolution to sue the president just goes a little too far. It is a shame and a disgrace that we are here debating the suing of the president. The American people deserve better. We can do better. We can do much better.”
I am calling BS, Walsh wasn’t a Congress Critter when he submitted his thesis. In previous reports the Army War College was going to investigate.
The plagiarism investigation of U.S. Senator John Walsh (D-MT) will end up in the Pentagon following a review by a panel at the U.S. Army War College.
A college spokeswoman told MTN News on Tuesday that it’s standard policy that the Inspector General of the Department of Defense is the “office of record” regarding allegations against former military members who serve in Congress.
The Army War College, located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, said it is convening an Academic Review Board following the report last week by the New York Times that shows Walsh plagiarized or failed to properly attribute significant portions of a paper that was key to his obtaining a master’s degree in 2007.
Carol Kerra, a spokeperson for the college, said the involvement of the Department of Defense Inspector General in the situation is neither unusual nor a move to take the investigation away from the college.
“What is out of the ordinary is that we’ve not previously experienced a case with a member of Congress,” she wrote in an email.
The review board will likely start its proceedings no earlier than August 15 and take 30 to 45 day to do its work.
Walsh has been invited to participate in that review.
The board’s written analysis, findings, and recommendation will go then to the college’s deputy commandant, who will then forward the case to the U.S. Army Inspector General, who will then pass it on to the Department of Defense Inspector General.
The Walsh campaign had no comment Tuesday on the process.
SDSU can always invest in green energy and unicorn breeding. SJP is getting the talking points from CAIR.
Via The College Fix
A pro-Palestinian campus activist group has laid blame for recent deaths in Gaza very close to home – their home – San Diego State University.
Students for Justice in Palestine recently declared SDSU’s refusal to support divesting from companies that do business with Israel means it has blood on its hands.
The SJP Facebook post included an image of an explosion from an Israeli rocket strike, with the campus logo and headline: “San Diego State University – Ethnic cleansing starts here.”
It went on to state: “After decades of partnership with Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin; and an exceptional performance in 2008 and 2012. We at SDSU are once again, proud sponsors of Israel’s bombing of Gaza. This year we continue to celebrate the blood on our hands from thousands of Palestinians’ deaths by keeping red and black our official colors.”
The declaration comes as the active and controversial student group continues to push its campus to endorse the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement against Israel. SPJAd
Earlier this school year, Students for Justice in Palestine asked the student government to lobby campus officials to divest in certain companies that do business with Israel, including General Electric, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola. The proposal was narrowly defeated by a student government subcommittee by a vote of 10 to 7, The Daily Aztec student newspaper reported in March. A full vote by the Associated Students in April also denied the resolution 16 to 3.
San Diego State officials told The College Fix they have no comment on the issue.
But other SDSU students are alarmed.
The Daily Aztec earlier this month published an opinion piece by Anthony Berteaux “questioning the integrity” of the school’s branch of Students for Justice in Palestine.
“While I used to consider myself pro-divestment and, by default, anti-Israel, ‘Ethnic cleansing starts here’ shook something in me as an Aztec,” Berteaux wrote.
The piece called attention to SJP’s questionable appraisal of the current unrest.
“SJP has been adamant about spreading its message of justice for the Palestinians, and in the process has purposely demonized Israel and its citizens.” This is a skewed and “violent misrepresentation of Israel convenient to the specific narrative of SJP,” according to the column.
Dems helped foster this mess so they could try and ram amnesty legislation through Congress.
On Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Congress should use the border crisis to pass comprehensive amnesty legislation.
At a Congressional Progressive Caucus hearing on the border crisis, Pelosi said the influx of illegal immigrant juveniles is more reason to pass an amnesty bill that Democrats in the Senate like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) have said they want to attach to the House’s border bill.
“We should move quickly to pass comprehensive immigration reform,” Pelosi said.
Also the rockets by Hamas are a self defense measure against an invading enemy.
Ken Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, claims that terrorist attacks and abductions are not a “rights violation” so long as they only target soldiers.
Tunnels used to attack or capture civilians is a rights violation. Tunnels used to attack or capture soldiers isn’t. http://t.co/gPPScdrYDO
Roth appears ignorant of one of the basic tenets of the Geneva Conventions, the distinction between lawful and unlawful combatants. Terrorists are unlawful combatants under the Geneva Conventions because they do not wear uniforms and are not fighting on behalf of a sovereign state.
Roth also appears ignorant of the Fourth Geneva Convention’s explicit prohibition on the taking of hostages. Article 34 reads, in its entirety: “The taking of hostages is prohibited.” Hamas uses tunnels to attempt to take Israelis hostage.
In 2009, the founder and former chairman of Human Rights Watch, Robert Bernstein, publicly disowned the organization over what he said were its double standards and hostility to the Jewish State.
Via Revealing Politics:
Two days of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearings began Tuesday in Denver. Outside the EPA’s LoDo offices were some interesting attractions. There was a tent set up to tout solar energy and another one with a giant inflatable inhaler. The most interesting attraction outside the EPA offices in Denver, however, was the “free” ice ream truck. But just like anything else labeled “free” it wasn’t really free.
A non-profit group called The Climate Reality Project sponsored the truck. To get a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s milk and cookies ice cream you were pushed into a line and handed an iPad. Representatives of The Climate Reality Project then told those eager for some free ice cream that first they had to sign their name and provide an email address. They said they were going to send this info to the Senate to show how many people want action on climate change…or really, free ice cream.
The organization’s materials claimed that the climate is “too hot” (hence the ice cream) and that they want the government to cut carbon pollution. They we also pushing their agenda through social media, calling on the Governor to support the EPA’s proposal to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants. The organization tried to start a trend using the hashtag #imtoohot. We’re pretty sure it was used for things other than climate change awareness.
Messengers for Al Queda?
The fourth Ethiopian athlete missing since Saturday morning from the World Junior Championships track meet in Eugene was located safe by police Tuesday evening in Federal Way, Wash., a University of Oregon Police Department spokesman said.
Zeyituna Mohammed, 18, was contacted at the residence of an acquaintance by Federal Way police, at the request of the UO Police Department, spokesman Kelly McIver said. Federal Way is just north of Tacoma.
The university police had been investigating a missing persons case since late last Friday, when two Ethiopian track team coaches reported about 11 p.m. that four athletes had not checked in at their UO residence hall.
The four athletes — three 18-year-old women and a 17-year-old male — reportedly had left the area by choice with an acquaintance, but police needed to positively confirm the athletes’ safety, McIver said.
Three of the athletes were found safe in Beaverton on Monday afternoon: Amanuel Abebe Atibeha, 17; and Dureti Edao and Meaza Kebede, both 18.
Earlier Tuesday, McIver said police do not know whether the athletes plan to seek political asylum.
“That’s always a question when you have international visitors, especially in an area where there’s unrest,” McIver said.
Sharon Rummery, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in San Francisco, said the agency does not release the names of individuals applying for any immigration services, including asylum, due to federal privacy law.
McIver said the Ethiopian athletes are in the United States legally and can stay per the terms of their visas.
Although foul play was not suspected, UO police were leading the missing persons investigation, with help from Eugene police, Portland police and the FBI, among other agencies.
The missing persons case for the four athletes is now closed, and the university and its police department will have no further information about their situation, McIver said. Law enforcement’s only interest was in confirming the safety of the individuals, he said.
McIver said Tuesday morning that UO police do not know why three of the athletes were in Beaverton. He said the athletes traveled to the city by vehicle, but he did not know whom they traveled with.
“No clear messages were left from the athletes,” he said of any motive for leaving the international track meet early.
Most people who come into the country for non-work reasons are issued tourist visas that typically allow them to stay in the country for six months, a local immigration law attorney previously said.
Mohammed ran in 800-meter race heats at last week’s track meet. She qualified to compete in the final on Thursday and came in sixth place.
The six-day International Association of Athletics Federations event drew athletes from at least 167 countries. The meet concluded Sunday.
More PC run amok.
Via Fox News:
Do not eat or drink in front of Muslims, and learn more about their religion.
That’s the directive that has gone out to active duty military personnel at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a Department of Defense medical and graduate school in Bethesda, Md.
The brigade commander sent an email to military personnel at the facility last month – just before the start of Ramadan – advising them to show respect to Muslim colleagues.
“This is a period of great personal restraint and commitment in addition to renewed focus on worship,” Brigade Commander Col. Kevin Glasz wrote. “I’d like to encourage you to learn just a little more about this religion, but more importantly, I’m asking you to be considerate and do not consume food or drink in front of our Muslim colleagues; it is a simple, yet respectful action.”
During the month-long period known as Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours.
The brigade commander also provided a link to a website about Islam, and specifically Ramadan.
Now that raised the ire of some of the officers and doctors training at the USU, and several of them reached out to me with their concerns – provided I not disclose their names.
“I respect the intention behind this email, but note that there is no similar call honoring other faiths,” one Marine told me. “There is no similar invitation for non-Jewish colleagues to refrain from eating leavened products during Passover, or non-Christian colleagues to refrain from eating meat during Lent.”
The entire incident smells of political correctness, the Marine told me.
Expect any less from the Romper Room White House?
White Republican: “Michelle Obama has the blood of Africa running through her veins”
Libs: OMG! Racist!
WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – First lady Michelle Obama embraced her family’s African roots in a speech on Wednesday, telling a group of young Africans that the “blood of Africa” runs through her veins as she urged changing traditional beliefs on the worth of educating women.
Her husband had shied away from discussing his African heritage in his own remarks to the 500 Africans finishing a six-week Washington leadership fellowship on Monday, referencing his Kenyan father only once and in the question-and-answer session. But Michelle Obama said as an African American woman, her discussion with the African youth was “deeply personal.”
“The roots of my family tree are in Africa,” the first lady told the cheering crowd. “My husband’s father was born and raised in Kenya. Members of our extended family still live there. I have had the pleasure of traveling to Africa many times over the years, including four trips as first lady, and I have brought my mother and my daughters along whenever I can.”
“The blood of Africa runs through my veins, and I care deeply,” Obama said, addressing her listeners as her “brothers” and “sisters.”
He was a good boy and just walking down to the corner to look for a job. Update to this story.
After nearly two years of no answers from Border Patrol, the mother of a Mexican teen killed 2- years ago has slapped the US Border Patrol with a lawsuit. Aricela Rodriguez is calling her son’s death a “brazen and lawless killing.”
The civil rights case is testing a recent federal ruling on law enforcement’s use of deadly force along the border.
Family members and attorneys spoke Tuesday at a news conference outside U.S. District court in Tucson after attorneys filed a 10 page civil lawsuit against 20 Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Protection agents — identified only as John Does.
16-year-old Elena Rodriguez was on Main Street in Nogales, Mexico. The Border Patrol contends Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was a lethal threat, but the suit alleges he was not throwing rocks at agents when they opened fire through the border fence.
The suit alleges Border Patrol agents shot the teen about “10 times” through the fence — virtually all of them “entered his body from behind.”
Now the teen’s mother wants the agent’s names.
A-C-L-U attorney Lee Gelernt said, “At least know who is responsible for killing her son, why did they do it and why they aren’t they being held accountable.”
Gelernt said the agents used “excessive and unreasonable force” — violating 4th and 5th amendment rights.
It comes on the heels of a federal appeals court ruling that extends the protection of the U.S. Constitution to citizens in Mexico. “It can not be that they can shoot a civilian 30 feet over the border and the constitution doesn’t protect them. They cannot exert force in this town in Nogales and then claim we can do it with impunity,” said Gelernt.
Gelernt said he doesn’t know if the government has taken any action in this case — a reason the lawsuit is necessary.
Holding pictures of her grandson, the matriarch of the family, who lives in the U.S., said — in Spanish – they want justice. “We just want the names of those people. We want to see their faces — we want to see them in court because those who killed are committing a crime,” said Taine Elena. And they want a jury to hear the evidence.
KGUN9 reached out to the border patrol for comment, but have yet to get a response.
The teen’s mother was unable to attend the news conference in Tucson because she could not cross the border.
War on women.
(Reuters) – Nigerian forces have arrested two Boko Haram suspects who were traveling with a 10-year-old girl with explosives strapped to her, the government said on Wednesday.
Government spokesman Mike Omeri said the suspects had been intercepted in a Honda CRV car traveling along a road in the north’s Katsina state.
“Ten-year old Hadiza was discovered to have been strapped with an explosive belt and, immediately, Iliya and Zainab made attempt to escape with the car, but were later blocked by other concerned Nigerians and subsequently arrested,” he said.
Only the federal government could spend $840 million on a website and have it still not work properly.
Via National Journal:
The Obama administration has spent roughly $840 million on HealthCare.gov, including more than $150 million just in cost overruns for the version that failed so badly when it launched last year.
The Government Accountability Office says cost overruns went hand-in-hand with the management failures that led to the disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov and the 36 state insurance exchanges it serves.
GAO’s report, prepared for a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Thursday, details a long series of management, oversight, and contracting problems that plagued the entire process, from risky contracting practices in 2011 through the botched launch last October.
A massive repair effort got the site stabilized by January, and despite the early failures, the administration ended up exceeding its enrollment target for this year. More than 8 million people chose plans through Obamacare, including the 36 states whose marketplaces run through HealthCare.gov.
All the same, GAO says, similar problems could arise again without structural changes in the way the government manages its contracts and spending.
Washington (CNN) – Congressional Democrats say they’re the gifts that keep on giving.
Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Wednesday that conservative calls to impeach President Barack Obama and the House GOP’s push to sue the President are motivating the Democratic base in advance of November’s midterm elections.
“You bet we’re going to run on a Congress that is just obsessed with lawsuits, suing the President, talking about impeaching him, instead of solutions for the middle class, talking about jobs and infrastructure. You bet that we’re going to ask people to support us based on that contrast,” Israel declared at a briefing of CNN political reporters and producers.
On Tuesday, Boehner flatly denied that congressional Republicans are moving to impeach Obama, blasted talk about it as “a scam started by Democrats at the White House.”