Pre-Islam vs Post-Islam
Pre-Islam vs Post-Islam
Speaking truth to the money men.
A movement is underway to stage an informal protest when former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush hits the CPAC stage Friday.
William Temple, a member of the Golden Isle Tea Party, told The Washington Times that the party doesn’t need another Bush in office, and said that the party should listen to the grass-roots activists that helped fuel their gains in the 2014 election.
“A lot of peoples were not going to come here because they heard Jeb Bush was speaking,” Mr. Temple said before laying out his plan at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
“We are going to get up en masse, and we are going to walk out on him,” the 64-year-old said. “We are not going to interrupt anyone’s speech, but we are all going to exercise our right to [use] the bathroom at the same time.”
In related news, Jeb Bush doesn’t want to win 2016 GOP nomination.
Via Washington Examiner:
In perhaps his most campaign-style speech so far, not-yet-official GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush vowed Thursday not to alter his views on immigration despite intense opposition among some parts of the Republican base.
“If I go beyond the consideration of running, I’m not backing down from something that is a core belief,” Bush told a gathering of the conservative Club for Growth in Florida. “Are we supposed to just cower because at the moment people are all upset about something? No way, no how.”
It was an issue Bush clearly wanted to talk about. As his 45-minute appearance neared its end, after about 25 minutes of speech and 20 minutes of question-and-answer, the moderator, Club for Growth President David McIntosh, was about to ask the last question when Bush interjected, “Can we do one about immigration?” Without a specific question to answer, Bush, a strong supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, began an extended discussion of his priorities on the issue.
Constitution? Law? What’s that?
The U.S. Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., to explain $3 billion in payments that were made to health insurers even though Congress never authorized the spending through annual appropriations.
At issue are payments to insurers known as cost-sharing subsidies. These payments come about because President Obama’s healthcare law forces insurers to limit out-of-pocket costs for certain low income individuals by capping consumer expenses, such as deductibles and co-payments, in insurance policies. In exchange for capping these charges, insurers are supposed to receive compensation.
What’s tricky is that Congress never authorized any money to make such payments to insurers in its annual appropriations, but the Department of Health and Human Services, with the cooperation of the U.S. Treasury, made them anyway.
UPDATE: As aways, the amazing generosity and verbal support from the readers of WZ is overwhelming to say the least. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you guys are the best! (No, I’m not getting misty eyed, I was just cutting onions!)
I’ll take the sticky off this post as I’m sure everyone is sick of seeing me wearing my favorite sweater (despite my sexiness) at the top of the page.
In case you haven’t heard from me, I’m still sending out thank you emails.
That time of the year again, when I have to swallow my pride and ask the loyal readers for donations to help keep the site going during the first quarter’s huge decline in ad revenue. If you can spare the money that would be awesome, if you can’t, don’t worry about it.
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So they found tapes IRS testified were destroyed, and back up tapes that IRS said didn’t exist. Hopefully, someone is going to jail here, and they find the smoking gun email.
The IRS’s inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner’s emails disappeared, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency’s chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed.
Investigators have already scoured 744 backup tapes and gleaned 32,774 unique emails, but just two weeks ago they found an additional 424 tapes that could contain even more Lerner emails, Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told the House Oversight Committee in a rare late-night hearing meant to look into the status of the investigation.
“There is potential criminal activity,” Mr. Camus said.
What are the odds Obama and Kerry are upset about this?
Arbil (Iraq) (AFP) – After fighting with rebels in Libya and embracing the revolt in Syria, Matthew VanDyke has rolled up in northern Iraq, but the celebrity American revolutionary-cum-filmmaker has traded his fatigues for a three-piece suit.
VanDyke, who rose to fame as a foreign fighter backing Libyan rebels against Moamer Kadhafi, has just finished leading his new military contracting firm through its first assignment — training Christian volunteers to take on jihadists.
Funded by Christian groups from abroad, mainly from the United States, the Nineveh Plains Protection Unit (NPU) aims to bring a local Christian militia to bear against the Islamic State group that has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria.
VanDyke is one of the best-known — and least camera-shy — figures in an expanding and complex constellation of foreign fighters, organisations and donors getting involved in a private war against the jihadists. […]
The Nineveh in the NPU’s name refers to a northern region which Iraq’s Assyrian Christians and other religious minorities consider their ancestral home.
It claims to have raised more than $250,000 for the NPU — which has not yet seen combat — since December through an initiative dubbed “Restore Nineveh Now”.
More than 80 percent of the donations come from the United States, the group’s chairman, David Lazar, told AFP by telephone from the United States.
He says telethons on the Assyrian National Broadcasting satellite channel generated donations “as high as $50,000 from one person”.
Five barrels of oil for one truck load of TP.
Venezuela, plagued with shortages of basic goods, was offered a reprieve by the Prime Minister of neighboring Trinidad & Tobago: exchange oil for tissue paper.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar suggested an oil-for-tissue swap in a news conference Tuesday following a meeting in Port of Spain with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. She said the deal would benefit both countries.
“The concept of commodity sharing is simple -– the Government of Trinidad and Tobago will purchase goods identified by the Government of Venezuela from T&T’s manufacturers, such as tissue paper, gasoline, and parts for machinery,” Persad-Bissessar said.
In Venezuela, which has the world’s largest oil reserves, citizens line up outside supermarkets for hours seeking a bag of clothing detergent, toilet paper or cooking oil. Price controls and a lack of dollars for importers have emptied stores of many basic goods, a situation Maduro blames on hoarders conducting an “economic war” against his socialist government.[…]
Persad-Bissessar presented the swap proposal as a win-win opportunity for the two nations, separated by an 11-kilometer (6.8-mile) strait off Venezuela’s northeast coast.
Tissue paper and other goods “would then be traded for commodities that are needed for our industries –- in particular bitumen and crude oil -– which can be supplied by Venezuela,” she said, adding that “this proposal is at an planning stages, and we recognize that a monitoring mechanism would be key to its success.”
Jon, don’t let the camera hit you in the face on the way out.
Jon Stewart has already revealed why he’s leaving the Daily Show. Nevertheless, Time Magazine released some speculation on the real reason Stewart is leaving the fake news desk – it’s Fox News.
Jon Stewart started his Wednesday night show with clips from the media world commenting on his leaving the Daily Show. Naturally, Fox News had some less-than-favorable things to say about the late-night comedian, including host Megyn Kelly claiming his show’s attacks on her over the years had “no foothold in the facts.”
That was more than Jon Stewart could take, and in response he challenged Fox News to a “lie-off.” But in the process of chastising Fox News for ideological bias, Stewart seemed to exhaust himself, ending the segment by explaining how watching the network was “killing him.”
“Take it from someone who’s been watching what they do for a blessedly almost over 16 years or so. Their chronically angry war for ideological purity, where every aspect of life becomes a two dimensional battle for America’s soul—it ages you. Even watching it is killing me.”[…]
As for the lie-off, Stewart threw down the gauntlet with a six second vine showcasing 50 false claims by Fox News hosts and contributors. The Comedy Central comedian says there’s plenty more where that came from, but it’s only a 22-minute show.
He added that the Daily Show, on the other hand, doesn’t lie, even showing off their resident fact-checker.
Now it’s up to Fox News to respond to Jon Stewart’s challenge.
Tingles needs to wait one cotton picking minute.
On MSNBC this afternoon, network host Chris Matthews said Republicans in Congress who oppose funding President Obama’s immigration executive action are “speak[ing] for whites.” Matthews also said it’s “rural people, Southern people” who oppose the funding.
“It’s not every Republican,” Matthews said on the soon-to-be-canceled Reid Report. “It’s not Peter King. It’s not the eastern guys. [It’s] rural people, Southern people, you know. They don’t speak for every American. They speak for the whites basically, the Anglos. It’s a stupid term, Anglos, if we’re not Hispanic, but it’s the term used. I think it’s politics. I think the tea party is still very strong in the Republican party.”
JOY REID, MSNBC: Please explain to me how when a compromise has been handed to House Speaker John Boehner by Mitch McConnell, whatever you think of him, he’s a hell of a negotiator. He’s created a split vote where his caucus can vote on their immigration — they don’t like the immigration thing, their dyspepsia. They can vote on that. And then they can vote on a clean DHS bill through. Why doesn’t John Boehner just take that up and go for it?
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Well, because, probably 50 or 100 members of his caucus don’t want to go home to a primary fight. They don’t want to face their own people at home who say, “You opened the door on illegal immigration. You just gave them the gate. You opened the door and they’re all here legally now, all the Hispanic people. That’s because of you. You did that. Why don’t you enforce the law? How come you gave the president what he wanted in the executive order? Why didn’t you stand up to the president?”
I’m still in the process of sending thank you emails to everyone who donated, if you don’t hear from me by this afternoon feel free to yell at me (one of my biggest pet peeves is people who don’t say thank you).
Hippies take note: Side door is being guarded by an army of Chuck Norris clones looking to practice their flying, roundhouse kicks to the face.
Will he even earn a strongly-worded letter? And he’s not the first. Other bloggers/writers have been hacked to death in the past in Bangladesh for daring to write things that ‘gentle kind’ Islamists found offensive.
Unidentified assailants have hacked to death writer Avijit Roy and seriously injured his blogger wife Rafida Ahmed Banna.
Police said the couple came under assault near TSC intersection at Dhaka University around 9:30pm on Thursday.
Witnesses said they were on a rickshaw returning from the Amar Ekushey Book Fair when two attackers stopped it, dragged them onto the footpath and started hacking them.
They were rushed to the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) where doctors declared Avijit dead during an emergency surgery, its police outpost Inspector Mozzamel Haque told bdnews24.com.
DMCH casualty department’s Residential Surgeon Riaz Morshed also confirmed bdnews24.com about Avijit Roy’s death.
Islamist zealots have been threatening Avijit, a bioengineer and a naturalised US citizen, for his active campaign against Islamist radicals.
Nancy forgot to coordinate with Dingy Reid. Senate minority leader Harry Reid said Democrats want assurances from Boehner that a clean funding bill will pass the House before they would support McConnell’s plan and allow the votes to move forward.
House Democratic leaders are telling their rank and file to vote against a three-week spending measure that would keep the Homeland Security Department funded after a Friday deadline.
In what has evolved into a game of partisan brinkmanship, Democrats say they will approve nothing short of a seven-month funding bill, which would last until the end of the fiscal year. But the tactic could be a risky political move. Republicans are offering a “clean” bill to keep the department running and Democrats could end up shouldering the blame for a partial closure if they vote against the measure and it doesn’t pass.
“The House Democratic leadership is whipping against this bill,” an aide told the Washington Examiner, “If House Republicans want to end up with another manufactured crisis that risks our national security in a matter of days they can do it with 218 votes of their own.”
House Republicans plan on introducing a measure Friday that would fund the department for another three weeks. They’ll take up the bill hours before the department runs out of money when a stopgap measure expires.
A temporary funding bill would buy the GOP time to force House and Senate lawmakers to compromise on a larger deal now up for debate in the Senate.[…]
Reid oversaw changes to the Senate rules in 2013 that make it easier and faster for the House and Senate to go to conference on a bill, but Democrats can still filibuster because 60 votes are required and Republicans control only 54 seats.
Show me where upholding your sworn duty includes participating in a gay pride parade?
Via KSL Com
Eric Moutsos doesn’t believe he should have to leave his personal convictions at home when he walks out the door to go to work — particularly his religious beliefs.
But his former boss, Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Burbank, says when an officer shows up to work for his department, that officer is expected to do their job. And if there is any hint that any personal biases may get in the way of doing their assigned duties, then that’s a problem.
Moutsos was placed on leave in June after allegedly trying to switch assignments to avoid participating in the city’s gay pride parade. He resigned from the force after his suspension became public.
On Monday, Moutsos issued a six-page statement about that experience, the first time the former Salt Lake police officer has told his side of the story.
In light of current debate on Utah’s Capitol Hill concerning legislation to balance anti-discrimination with religious freedoms, Moutsos said he felt now was an important time to speak out.
At first, he wanted to remain anonymous. But after the KSL independently verified his identity, Moutsos agreed to an interview with his name being used.
By stepping forward, Moutsos hopes all sides can agree to come together, even if they don’t see eye-to-eye on every issue.[…]
In June of 2014, the Salt Lake City Motor Squad Unit was asked to participate in the Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake City, which included performing choreographed maneuvers on motorcycles.
Moutsos, a member of the unit, was told to participate. But because of his personal beliefs, he said he felt uncomfortable doing so.
Moutsos said he had no problem performing his duty to protect and serve. The officer had previously provided security as same-sex couples flocked to the Salt Lake City-County Building to be married following a federal court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.[…[
Two days after being placed on administrative leave, Moutsos’ story became worldwide news. Moutsos said he was immediately branded a “bigot” and knew he would no longer be able to work in Salt Lake City. He resigned from the department a short time later.
“I didn’t know what I was going to do. I didn’t think anyone would touch me,” he said.
Since then, Moutsos has been hired by another Utah law enforcement agency. But he said the past six to seven months have been a “battle.
Things I learned today: Not only do I benefit from white privilege, but also “heterosexual privilege.” Watch out world, I’m unstoppable!
Via Free Beacon:
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) spent $12,500 to translate a Spanish novel on “homophobia,” which “examines heterosexual privilege and queer resilience.”
El gato de si mismo, or The Cat Himself, is a 2005 novel by Uriel Quesada, the director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Loyola University, New Orleans.
The NEA issued the grant because of the book’s subject matter.
“One of the few Spanish-language novels that addresses homophobia, Quesada’s book examines heterosexual privilege and queer resilience in 21st-century Latin America through allusions to literary history and Hispanic Catholic culture,” the federal agency said in a description for the grant. El gato de si mismo received Costa Rica’s National Literary Award in 2006.”
A Google translation of the book’s Amazon description said the novel is like a “science fiction detective story,” that journeys “into schizophrenia” and “repressed” discourse.
“Uriel Quesada’s narrative could be defined as a written ‘from the closet’, understood as a place of identity, law enforcement, mental and linguistic space,” it said.
Uncle Ron took two hits of the brown acid at Woodstock. Hints at deranged Veteran syndrome.
Via Buzz Feed
Former Congressman Ron Paul, the father of potential presidential candidate Rand Paul, said Wednesday that “American Sniper” Chris Kyle would be alive today if his killer was not using psychotropic drugs.
Paul has repeatedly linked or blamed mass shootings on the use of psychotropic drugs.
“If Eddie Ray Routh had never served in the military, I’m of the opinion that he would probably not have killed anybody,” Paul wrote on the website of his Institute of Peace and Prosperity on Wednesday as well as on his Facebook page. “He would not be imprisoned for life and Chris Kyle would be alive today. Much of the blame should lie with our foreign policy of interventionism and the VA’s faulty reliance on psychotropic drugs for treating the guilt associated with preemptive wars.”
The post echoes comments Paul made last year in a speech to The Independent Institute in which he said “it doesn’t take a real genius” to figure out psychotropic drugs are the cause of mass shootings.[…]
Paul said when many veterans return from war they realize the dangers of multiple deployments and come to the belief that perhaps the war they are fighting in is “useless, worthless, maybe there is no benefit to it.”
He had a no compete clause with CNN and will be unable to replace Al Sharpton.
Jay Carney, the former White House press secretary for the Obama administration, is joining Amazon in a role that combines public relations and public policy.
Carney will join Amazon on Monday as the online retail giant’s senior vice president for Worldwide Corporate Affairs, the company confirmed on Thursday. The newly-created department will fold in the company’s existing public policy and public relations teams, which are headed by Paul Misener and Craig Berman, respectively. Misener and Berman will both be reporting to Carney in his new role.[…]
Carney, who previously spent nearly two decades as a journalist working for Time, resigned his post as White House press secretary last May after more than three years on the job and had been working as a political analyst for CNN over the subsequent months. Carney succeeded Robert Gibbs, who was the White House’s first press secretary under Obama.