Obama Deliberately Emboldening Our Enemies

Barack Obama

Should be required reading by every member of Congress, and a call to them to do their duty.

Via Fox News:

All Americans should be aware of some very disturbing events that speak to the state of terrorism, the strength of al Qaeda and our nation’s security. In light of the danger unfolding around us, we also need to question whether or not President Obama’s administration is serious about confronting what is clearly a gathering storm, or whether, in fact, his policies are encouraging those who wish to harm us.

One of the more shocking events illustrating the growing strength of al Qaeda is the release of a video this week showing what CNN reports as “the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years.” It’s what experts think is a recent gathering of the terrorist group’s leadership and more than 100 fighters in Yemen.

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Parents And Kids At Don’t Want Michelle Obama Speaking At Their High School Commencement


The families get what some don’t: anytime Obamas are present, it is all about them and no one else.

Via NY Post:

TOPEKA, Kan. — If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend.

A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate. For others, it was the notion that Obama’s speech, tied to the 60th anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools, would overshadow the student’s big day.

“I’m a single mother who has raised him for 18 years by myself,” said Tina Hernandez, parent of Topeka High School senior Dauby Knight. “I’ve told him education is the only way out. This is one of the biggest days of their lives. They’ve taken the glory and shine from the children and put on Mrs. Obama. She doesn’t know our kids.”

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HT: Joe The Fatman

Charlie Daniels: Harry Reid Should Be In Jail For ‘Impersonating An American’


An amazing lifelike replica of a slug would be accurate.

Via Examiner:

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called supporters of the Bundy ranch “domestic terrorists” and questioned their patriotism. Country music star Charlie Daniels responded the same day with a tweet saying Reid should be in jail for “impersonating an American.”

“Harry Reid you should be put in jail for impersonating an American,” he tweeted.

“Ouch!” the Twitchy staff wrote. A number of people agreed.

“AMEN Charlie!! I second that motion,” one person said.

“Please keep the light shined on this cockroach @SenatorReid & his punk kids too @CharlieDaniels -you’ve got a powerful torch to do it,” another person added.

Others suggested Obama also be thrown in jail. One Twitter user said that Reid would have been hung for his actions in the days of the wild west.

As we reported earlier today, Reid told the Las Vegas Review-Journal those who supported Bundy are “domestic terrorists” armed with fully automatic rifles. Additionally, he accused Bundy of not paying taxes and not recognizing the United States.

The Nevada Democrat also said he spoke with Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI leaders and Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie about the situation with the Bundy ranch. While speaking with reporters, he indicated that a task force is being set up, and hinted of further action.

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Sallie Mae Overcharging Active-Duty Soldiers For Student Loans


Just the folks who protect our liberty getting the shaft. Nothing to see here…

Via Newsmax:

Investigators have uncovered evidence that Sallie Mae overcharged active-duty soldiers on student loans, according to insiders familiar with probes into the student loan company.

The Huffington Post reported that the revelations may threaten Sallie Mae’s lucrative contract with the Department of Education.

“The allegation also may further embarrass the Education Department, already under fire for lax oversight of student loan companies that are paid by taxpayers, yet are alleged to have repeatedly violated federal rules,” the report said.

Probes into the massive firm, which services federal student loans for 5.8 million borrowers, are being conducted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Justice Department.

In February, a group of state attorneys general announced that they, too, are investigating Sallie Mae.

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Illinois Taxpayers Owe $56B In Unfunded Retiree Health Care Costs


Look for the Union label

Via My FOX Chicago

A new study forecasts that health insurance for retired state employees will cost billions of dollars more than previously thought. That makes efforts to control those costs more urgent than ever.

In most states, retired government employees pay about half the cost of their health insurance. In Illinois, though, those retirees pay less than 20% of the cost of a very rich health plan with very small co-pays. A new study — completed before Gov. Quinn’s recent cost control efforts — finds taxpayers face a staggering $56.4 billion in unfunded retiree health care costs, up from $54.2 billion estimated in 2011. One reason: state workers may retire at age 55 with full benefits.

“If you’re looking at a retiree in their 50s, the state pays more than $14,000 a year for this unheard of benefit. The retiree is paying less than $1,000,” The Illinois Police Institute’s Kristina Rasmussen explains.

For the first time ever, many retired government workers last year began to pay health insurance premiums: ranging from 1% to 2% of their annual state pension. Together with other reforms, it has reduced taxpayer costs by more than $100 million a year. But facing $80 billion in unfunded pension costs, and $56.4 billion in unfunded retiree health insurance, taxpayers here are on the hook for more than $136 billion in unfunded retirement benefits.

Analysts at the Illinois Policy Institute said reforms adopted by Democrats in Springfield don’t go far enough.

“And now looking forward we need to make some tough choices,” says Rasmussen. “It’s not fair to ask union members in the private sector to continue working — the plumbers and the steamfitters — until they’re 67 so someone else can retire in their 50s with gold-plated health insurance.”

Poll Finds Vets Aren’t Big Fans of Hope And Change: Large Majority Disapprove of Obamacare, Say Country On Wrong Track…

That’s because vets are white supremacists, at least according to the NY Times.

Via Rich Lowry:

Sixty-six percent of veterans disapprove of President Obama’s handling of his job, according to a new poll conducted for Concerned Veterans for America, a veterans’ advocacy organization. The survey finds a sour mood among vets over the direction of the country generally — 68 percent think it is on the wrong track — and Obamacare specifically. More than 60 percent disapprove of the health-care law, and almost half believe it will be worse than VA health care. Seventy-three percent consider the national debt the greatest threat to the country’s national security.

Wendy Davis Caught Up In FBI Investigation


Part of the Friday bad news dump.

Via The DC

The FBI is probing past legal work done by Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, according to a report her Republican opponent’s campaign calls a “bombshell.”

The Dallas Morning News reported Friday that documents “related to Sen. Wendy Davis’ work as a lawyer for the North Texas Tollway Authority are part of an FBI inquiry of the agency.”

The news outlet said it’s unclear how much this investigation revolves around Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor.

“It’s not clear whether Davis’ work for the tollway authority is a focus of the FBI or only part of the material collected in connection with its look into tollway agency operations,” the paper wrote.

“We are not aware that Wendy Davis is the subject or target of any investigation,” her campaign told the outlet.

But the campaign for her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, is raising questions in the wake of the revelation.

“This revelation — the latest in a series of bombshells regarding Sen. Davis’ ethical conduct — is both shocking and unsurprising at the same time,” Abbott communications director Matt Hirsch said.

“Sen. Davis must fully disclose the facts about any wrongdoing and the extent of her involvement in that wrongdoing,” Hirsch said. “Texans deserve to know the truth about Sen. Davis’ involvement in a matter the FBI is investigating. This is a serious ethics issue that may violate federal law and cannot be swept under the rug, as Sen. Davis has tried to do when confronted with questions about her ethics thus far.”

China: ‘U.S. Soldiers Are Really Not Worth Anything’

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Would any country dared to have said that, even if felt insulted, during the presidency of Ronald Reagan?

There is a reason that for years, people voted Republican presidents, knowing they would be strong on foreign policy, and why they did NOT vote Democratic. Pity many voters of the last two elections forgot that.

Via Newsmax:

A Chinese editorial criticized the U.S. military, according to The Washington Times.

“These U.S. warships roaming around here [in the East China Sea] are slowly being considered by us Chinese as our moving targets right in front of our eyes, and the [U.S.] bases in Okinawa as a whole are also no longer a big deal” to us, said an editorial printed in the Communist Party-owned Global Times.

“When facing China, these U.S. soldiers are really not worth anything,” the editorial said, according to The Washington Times. “If China and the U.S. were to start an all-out fight, these American Marines would be more like a marching band, charging with others, but with their musical instruments in hands.”

The editorial was a response to comments by a U.S. general, the Washington newspaper said.

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Red On Red: NYC Commissar Bill De Blasio Attacked For Appointing Too Many White Officials…

If you’re a lib the worst thing you can be accused of is not supporting “diversity.”

Via NY Post:

There are plenty of things that critics can find wrong with the de Blasio administration, but a group of ministers somehow found reason to pick on one issue where City Hall has excelled: diversity.

The ministers, led by the Rev. Dennis Dillon of the Brooklyn Christian Center, took to City Hall’s steps Thursday to demand that the mayor appoint more African-Americans to high-ranking positions.

They claimed that by not doing so, Mayor de Blasio — who has made his biracial family a centerpiece of both his campaign and his administration — was displaying “utter disdain” toward the black community.

The ministers repeatedly pointed out how “blacks delivered the votes” but have a “limited role in leadership,” adding they haven’t been able to get a meeting with the mayor despite making 39 phone calls and writing three letters since January.

Dillon even expressed regret at supporting de Blasio, who was elected with 95 percent of the black vote. “I think there is probably some regret with all of us. We want to believe his heart is in the right place — his actions are obviously all wrong,” the pastor said. “There are certainly regrets that the black community feels.”

Congressman Accuses Obama’s BLM Of Acting Illegally In Bundy Ranch Case

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You mean he doesn’t have princely powers? Who’d a thunk?

Via Western Journalism:

After the federal Bureau of Land Management agents backed down from their intimidating stance at the Bundy Ranch last weekend, ample evidence has surfaced indicating the standoff between the government and the Nevada ranching family is far from over. Throughout the weeklong stalemate, members of the Bundy family were physically assaulted by armed officers, numerous cows were shot dead, and protesters faced threats of gunfire for merely expressing their outrage.

Immediately after what many considered a victory against a tyrannical federal agency, a number of leftist voices – most notably, Sen. Harry Reid – indicated the action against this family will continue.

n response, Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman sent a letter to Barack Obama, Department of the Interior Sec. Sally Jewell, and BLM Director Neil Kornze, laying out his position that any such action by the agency would violate the U.S. Constitution.

“Because of this standoff,” he wrote, “I have looked into BLM’s authority to conduct such paramilitary raids against American citizens, and it appears that BLM is acting in a lawless manner in Nevada.”

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HT: Cary

Surprise: Another Major Hillary Donor Pleads Guilty To Illegal Fundraising Charges

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But, but the evil Koch brothers.

Via Town Hall

I say “another” because this is the second such guilty plea in the span of five weeks. First, the latest development:

A wealthy hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser who supported Hillary Clinton for president pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he secretly funneled more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions to three unnamed candidates and coached someone to lie about it. An informant caught Sant Singh Chatwal on tape in 2010 explaining that he believed his illegal fundraising bought him access to people in power. Without the contributions “nobody will even talk to you,” Chatwal said. “That’s the only way to buy them, get into the system.” Chatwal entered the plea to evading contribution limits and witness tampering in federal court in Brooklyn as part of a plea deal…Court papers allege that between 2007 and 2011, Chatwal used his employees, business associates and contractors who worked on his hotels to collect contributions from straw donors in Queens, Long Island and elsewhere. He then arranged to pay the donors back, a violation of the election laws. As part the scheme, an unnamed business associate submitted a bill to Chatwal for $104,745 in 2011 for purported work done for one of Chatwal’s companies. Prosecutors allege that $69,000 of the total actually was reimbursement for money the associate had raised via straw donors.

In a moment of candor, caught on tape, this guy explained that throwing stacks of money at powerful politicians is the “only way to buy them, get into the system.” Without your checkbook, “nobody will even talk to you,” he lamented. Really? Even within the party that routinely prattles about the “corrosive influence of money in politics,” and slanders Republican donors? Perish the thought. At first, I thought I’d read about Mr. Chatwal’s illegal conduct back in March. But then I realized that was a story about a different deep-pocketed Clinton contributor who admitted to breaking campaign finance laws:

A major Democratic donor pleaded guilty on Monday to funneling millions of dollars in illegal campaign donations to federal and local politicians, including an unnamed 2008 presidential candidate believed to be Hillary Clinton…According to prosecutors, Thompson funded a $600,000 shadow campaign “in coordination with and in support for a federal candidate for president of the United States.” The charges did not name the candidate. Last September, the Washington Post reported that Thompson allegedly paid a marketing executive “more than $608,000 to hire ‘street teams’ to distribute posters, stickers, and yard signs beginning in February 2008 to help raise Clinton’s profile during her primary battle with then-Sen. Barack Obama.”

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Report: Network News Secularizes Easter Nine Out of Ten Times…


It’s not like Easter is an important holiday for Christians.

Via Newsbusters:

Dilemma: You’re a thoroughly secularized, liberal TV journalist and the central religious holiday of the Christian faith is coming. You can’t completely ignore it and you can’t show your outright disdain for the faithful and their quaint beliefs. The solution: secularize and trivialize Easter to render it essentially meaningless.

That’s how ABC, CBS and NBC have handled the Easter season recently. Over the last three years, the networks attached the word “Easter” to secular topics 500 times versus religious topics 56 times – that’s about 89 percent. Instead of celebrating Christ’s rising from the dead, the networks have made it about “egg-cellent Easter fashions,” frilly Easter bonnets and pink martinis or, in NBC’s words, “drinky-poos.” Chocolate, it turns out, is “the essential part of Easter,” except for Peeps, because “Easter depends on [Peeps].”

During ABC’s “Good Morning America” on March 21, 2013, anchor Josh Elliot deemed “the peep” synonymous with “Easter.” Eight days later, ABC’s weather anchor Sam Champion asked lifestyle anchor Lara Spencer on “Good Morning America,” “This is Easter weekend, which means what?” Spencer responded, “Peeps.”

NBC played copycat on March 30, as co-anchor Erica Hill said the exact same thing (great minds think alike?). That same day, NBC’s Dylan Dreyer announced, “No crazy eyes, crooked beaks, or improper Peeps allowed,” during “Today” and concluded, “Easter depends on this.”

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Video Of Suspect In Kansas Shootings, Mohammed Pedro Whitaker

Update to this story about of Mohammed Pedro Whitaker, the man arrested today for multiple shootings at vehicles over the past month in Kansas.

Illinois Dems Plan To Offer $100 Million In Taxpayer Money To Lure Obama’s Presidential Library Site…

They are so generous . . . with other people’s money.

Via IBD:

First, the good news: We are close enough to the end of the Obama presidency for his crowd to talk about a presidential library.

Now, the bad news: Obama’s retirement is still 1,008 days distant.

Plenty of time though to round up the dough to build it somewhere. Figure they need Solyndra-style money, at least $500 million.

The last two presidents — Bill Clinton and George W. Bush — built their legacy edifices totally with private money. As seems appropriate, since taxpayers already chip in to fund retirement office space, staffing and Secret Service protection for ex-presidents for life. Last year that cost $75 million.

It may not surprise you, however, that Obama’s supporters have a different take on this library money business. They think taxpayers should put up $100 million in public money for Obama’s library. With more likely needed later. So far, this idea is confined to Illinois.

But if Democrats hold the U.S. Senate and retake the House of Representatives, some money magic might happen.

Thankfully the Illinois Policy Institute is watching. Little-noticed out there in Springfield, the Democrat House Speaker John Madigan is pushing a bill now before his Democrat chamber to put up $100 million as good-faith money in the less-than sizzling competition to host the Barack Hussein ObamaCare Presidential Library and Clinic.

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Abortion Fanatic Sandra Fluke Congratulates Chelsea Clinton For Not Aborting Her Baby…

Or as Sandra calls it, the one who got away.

Obama: “The Repeal Debate Is Over”…

Jedi mind-trick?

Via Washington Examiner:

President Obama declared an end to the debate about Obamacare, even as Republicans gear up to retake the Senate on a platform built around repealing the law.

“The repeal debate is and should be over,” Obama told reporters Thursday. “The Affordable Care Act is working and I know the American people don’t want us spending the next two years fighting the settled political battles of the last five years.”

A recent Quinnipiac survey cuts against Obama’s claim. “American voters oppose the Affordable Care Act 55 percent to 41 percent and 40 percent are less likely to vote for a candidate who supports Obamacare, while 27 percent are more likely and 31 percent say this will not affect their vote,”the pollster found on April 2. The same survey showed Obama’s personal job approval numbers underwater, at 42 percent approval and 50 percent disapproval.

Underexposed First Lady To Appear On Episodes of NBC’s “Parks And Recreation” And ABC’s “Nashville”…

All Mooch, all the damn time.

(EW.com)– Michelle Obama’s about to be all over our TV screens: The First Lady is making a cameo on NBC’s Parks and Recreation for its April 24 finale and now will be guest starring in an upcoming episode of ABC’s “Nashville.”

In the “Nashville” episode, Rayna (Connie Britton) turns to her famous friends — including other guest star Kellie Pickler — to help throw a charity concert at Fort Campbell.

Pentagon Pleads With Obama Regime To Stop New Russian Spy Plane From Flying In American Airspace…

Unsurprisingly, the John Kerry-led State Department is arguing for its approval.

Via Daily Beast:

The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military and American intelligence agencies have quietly pushed the White House in recent weeks to deny a new Russian surveillance plane the right to fly over U.S. territory. This week, the White House finally began consideration of the decision whether to certify the new Russian aircraft under the so-called “Open Skies Treaty.” And now the question becomes: Will the spies and generals get their way?

As the United States and Russia face off publicly over Ukraine, behind the scenes, President Obama’s national security cabinet is having its own quiet feud over a long-standing agreement to allow Russian surveillance flights over U.S. airspace.

The spies and the generals want to deny the Russians the overflight rights for its latest surveillance planes. The State Department, which ultimately makes that decision, has favored such certification. On Wednesday an interagency meeting of senior officials failed to reach consensus, delaying the decision until Obama takes it up with the National Security Council, according to U.S. officials involved in the dispute.

At issue is the Open Skies Treaty. First signed in 1992 and finally ratified in 2002, the treaty adopted by 34 nations allows the safe passage of planes equipped with advanced cameras and sensors that give governments the imagery and data they use to assess everything from compliance with arms control treaties to troop movements.

On April 15, the Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, and the Republican chairman of that panel’s subcommittee that oversees the U.S. nuclear arsenal, Rep. Mike Rogers from Alabama, urged Obama to deny Russia the right to fly its new planes over U.S. airspace.

In their letter, the two lawmakers write, “We agree with the concerns expressed by the Intelligence Community and the military leadership of the Department of Defense” in their opposition to certifying the new Russian planes under the treaty.

The State Department on the other hand has argued the United States should live up to the treaty’s obligations and approve the new Russian aircraft. The decision to certify the planes and their sensors has been pending since late last year, long before the Ukraine crisis began. One senior U.S. official said, “This isn’t just an issue between the United States and Russia. Our allies and partners depend on this treaty for insight into Russia because they don’t have the same capabilities as the United States.”

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Harry Reid Doubles Down: Bundy Ranch Supporters “Violent Terrorist Wannabes”…

Words can’t even begin to describe how much I detest this scumbag.

REID: Bundy doesn’t believe that the American government is valid, he believes that the United States is a foreign government.

He doesn’t pay his taxes. He doesn’t follow the law. He doesn’t pay his fees.

And if anyone thinks by any figment of their imagination what happened up there last week was just people rallying to somebody that was oppressed — 600 people came in, armed. They had practiced, they had maneuvered, they knew what they were doing. They set up snipers in strategic locations with sniper rifles. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons. And they boasted about the fact that they put women in children — in fact one retired sheriff from Arizona boasted that he put women and children so that they would get hit first.

So, 600 people. If there were ever an example of people who were domestic, violent terrorist wannabes, these are the guys. And I think that we should call it that way.

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Pakistani Cleric Names Islamic Seminary After Osama Bin Laden…

Because Islam is a Religion of Peace™

ISLAMABAD (AP) –  A spokesman for a controversial Pakistani cleric who runs an Islamic seminary for girls in the capital, Islamabad, says he has named the school’s new library in honor of Usama bin Laden.

According to the spokesman, Tehsin Ullah, cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz wanted to pay tribute to the al Qaeda chief who was killed by U.S. commandos in 2011.

Ullah said on Friday that Aziz considers bin Laden to be a “martyr” for Islam.

Aziz is also a prayer leader at the city’s “Red Mosque” a former militant hideout the army raided in 2007. The raid killed dozens and unleashed a wave of militant attacks across Pakistan.

The mosque runs two schools, one for boys and one for girls. The girls’ school has an all-female staff and about 15,000 students.

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