Ho-hum, nothing to worry about.
Sounds like the Bear is about to be set loose again.
Ho-hum, nothing to worry about.
Sounds like the Bear is about to be set loose again.
CIA head John Brennan’s response? Oops, sorry. Nothing more to be done…
Via NY Post:
WASHINGTON — CIA Director John Brennan apologized to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the agency searched Senate computers earlier this year.
Agency spokesman Dean Boyd said in an email to the Associated Press on Thursday that Brennan has convened an accountability board that will investigate the conduct of the CIA officers and discipline them, if need be.
The Justice Department has so far declined to pursue criminal charges against the employees, who searched the computers for information gathered in the course of a Senate investigation into the CIA’s interrogation techniques.
The jihadi vs. jihadi bloodbath moves from Syria to Iraq.
BEIRUT (AP) — Officials say a commander with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah was killed in Iraq.
The Lebanese officials, close to the Shiite Hezbollah, say Ibrahim Mohammed al-Haj was killed during the past week while on a “jihadi mission” without providing further details.
It is the first known Hezbollah death in Iraq since Sunni extremists captured large parts of the country north and west of Baghdad in June.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
Iraqi officials have said that a handful of advisers from Hezbollah are offering front-line guidance to Iraqi Shiite militias fighting jihadi militants north of Baghdad.
Hezbollah fighters openly joined Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces last year in a decision that has fueled sectarian tensions in Lebanon.
Just a tad condescending.
… “Do you believe that the five male justices truly understood the ramifications of their decision?” Couric asked later in the interview of the men who made up the majority.
“I would have to say no,” Ginsburg replied after a pause. “But, justices continue to think, and can change. So I’m ever hopeful that if the Court has a blind spot today, its eyes can be opened tomorrow.” Asked if she believes those five justices had a blind spot when it came to Hobby Lobby, Ginsburg said, “Yes.”
Dems have raised millions screaming “impeachment” thanks to their followers being a bunch of brain-dead sheeple
ALEX WAGNER, MSNBC: There has been some criticism directed towards Democrats and Democratic organizations that they have overreached on the issue of impeachment and they have overfundraised. By one count, there were 21 e-mails sent to fundraise off the notion of impeaching the president. Do you think that the Democrats have overstepped?
REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Absolutely not. I think that it’s very clear that it’s quite possible this lawsuit against the president of the United States for doing his job is a prelude to the potential for impeachment. The third highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives refused to take it off the table this past Sunday when directly asked on Fox News whether or not he would support impeachment and whether they will pursue it. No less than five to six — I probably lost count how many Republicans in Congress have said they should pursue impeaching President Obama. So not only are we not overreaching but we’re making sure the American people understand exactly where the Republicans, who are running the House of Representatives, priorities are. They certainly are not where Americans’ priorities are and certainly don’t have Americans’ back.
Not fooling anyone… well, maybe some people.
Voters think President Obama is doing a poor job handling the latest immigration crisis and believe he wants to let most of the new illegal immigrants stay here despite majority support for their quick deportation.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters want the U.S. government to send these new illegal immigrant children home as quickly as possible. Thirty-six percent (36%) think instead that the government should process them more slowly to determine whether any should be allowed to stay in the United States. Ten percent (10%) are undecided.
However, only 22% believe the president is interested in doing what most voters want – sending most of these new illegal immigrants home. Fifty-four percent (54%) believe he is more interested in letting most of them stay in the United States. One-in-four voters (24%) aren’t sure what Obama has in mind.
Surprisingly, this didn’t go over well with the Jews living there.
Via Daily Mail:
Tower Hamlets’s Muslim mayor Lutfur Rahman sparked a storm of protest tonight after raising the Palestinian flag over the town hall ‘in solidarity with Gaza’.
Barely 24 hours after it emerged Mr Rahman is to face trial over claims he committed widespread voting fraud, he ordered the flag to fly ‘in support of a ceasefire and peace’.
Jewish leaders condemned the move as ‘destructive’ for community relations as local residents said the council should concentrate on ‘potholes and bins’ and not international conflicts.
Mr Rahman was a member of the Tower Hamlets Labour Party and was its candidate to be the first directly elected mayor of the borough in 2010.
But he was expelled from the Labour party after allegations surfaced about his close links with an Islamic extremist group called the Islamic Forum of Europe.
He is accused of using illegal tactics to win the mayoral election in Tower Hamlets, East London, in May.
He will also eat your dog.
Thursday, at a White House ceremony to sign the Executive Order titled “Fair Pay and Safe Workplace,” President Barack Obama criticized Republican lawmakers for being unwilling to pass his agenda. [...]
“The door’s always open,” Obama said. “More than that, I’ll go to them, I’ll wash their car, walk their dog. I’m ready to work with them anytime.”
If these lowly commoners only knew how much smarter Mooch is than them.
Glendale — Nicolet High School will be dropping out of the national school lunch program this school year because the required healthy food options didn’t win over students.
Healthy foods are required under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which will be fully implemented this year. But Vicky Hanson, the district’s food service director, said foods like black beans, kale and whole grains just end up in the trash at the end of the lunch hour.
“We put it out, but they just don’t take it,” she said. “It’s always in the trash.”
As a result, the Nicolet High School District lost $10,000 last year due to the increased cost of preparing healthy foods that were then thrown away by high school students, said Jeff Dellutri, Nicolet’s business manager. About 15 percent of the school’s population participates in the free or reduced-price lunch program, but the remaining 85 percent of students prefer the a la carte program, which is not allowed under the National School Lunch Program.
For the district to lose the a la carte program would lead to an even more dramatic loss in hot lunch sales, Dellutri said.
“We thought it would be a financial disaster for us this year with the full implementation (of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act),” Dellutri said at a School Board meeting Monday, July 28.
Thanks to Obama it is now acceptable to pick and choose which immigration laws to enforce.
Via NY Times:
The New York State Sheriffs’ Association has recommended that its members refuse requests by federal immigration authorities to hold foreign-born detainees for additional time so that they can be investigated for immigration-related offenses.
At least nine sheriffs in the state have vowed to follow the association’s guidance, joining a growing wave of law enforcement agencies around the nation that have made similar policy changes, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union, which has been pressing the jurisdictions in the state to make the changes.
The shift follows a series of federal court rulings this year that raised questions about the constitutionality of the holds, which are known as detainers and are a key part of the federal immigration-enforcement machinery. Immigration authorities have for years issued detainers to local and state law enforcement agencies, asking them to hold immigrant detainees for up to 48 hours after they were scheduled for release from jail.
Many of those detainees are then transferred into federal custody and end up in deportation proceedings.
“We’re pleased that some of the counties that have large immigrant populations have recognized that they can’t legally hold people based on an ICE detainer,” said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, using the acronym for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency that issues the holds.
“We applaud the state sheriffs’ association for recognizing that you can’t violate the law to enforce the law,” Ms. Lieberman added.
Abolish the IRS.
Via The Blaze:
The Internal Revenue Service has settled a lawsuit brought by a secular activist group, reportedly agreeing to adopt standards for determining and investigating whether churches and religious organizations have violated restrictions on political activity.
The precise terms of the settlement are still unclear, as is how the IRS will amend its policies to enforce tax law on churches in a way that is palatable to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which has long decried “rogue political churches.”
The IRS and the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a joint motion for dismissal July 17, though the court has not officially closed the case, according to Christianity Today.
That said, the atheist group has said that an unspecified settlement agreement is underway.
Freedom From Religion Foundation co-resident Annie Laurie Gaylor called the IRS’s decision to settle the case — a legal battle that began in federal court in Wisconsin back in 2012 — “a victory,” despite the moratorium currently in place on all IRS investigations of nonprofit groups.
Weir was outraged by this post from Fox Nation.
Via Times of Israel:
A Belgian physician who refused to treat a Jewish woman with a fractured rib suggested she visit Gaza to get rid of the pain.
The physician made the remark on Wednesday while manning a medical hotline in Flanders, Belgium’s Flemish region, whose capital, Antwerp, has a sizeable Orthodox Jewish population, the local Jewish monthly Joods Actueel reported Thursday.
The woman, Bertha Klein, had her son, who is American, call the hotline at 11 p.m.
“I’m not coming,” the doctor reportedly told the son and hung up. When the son called again, the doctor said: “Send her to Gaza for a few hours, then she’ll get rid of the pain.” According to Joods Actueel, the doctor confirmed the exchange, saying he had an “emotional reaction.”
Health ministry officials were looking into the incident,cording to the monthly’s online edition. According to Joods Actueel, the doctor knew the patient was Jewish because of Klein’s son’s American accent.
The family called a friend, Samuel Markowitz, who is an alderman of the Antwerp district council and a volunteer paramedic. He called the doctor to confirm the exchange, and also recorded their conversation.
I’m pretty sure he doesn’t consider that a bad thing.
On a three-day trade mission to Mexico, California governor Jerry Brown talked most frequently about climate change and immigration, and spoke passionately about the link between the two, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“We can see how some are fearful of children walking across the border,” Brown said at the signing of a voluntary climate-change agreement with Mexico’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, according to the Journal. “What will they think when millions of people are driven north from the parched landscapes of a world degraded by intensifying climate change?”
Take that, Republicans!
Via CBS News:
President Obama signed an executive order on Thursday designed to protect employees of federal contractors. The order will require contractors to disclose any violations of labor law within the last three years before receiving new federal contracts, and it will adjust procurement procedures to protect contractors with no record of violating the law.
“We expect our tax dollars to be spent wisely on these contracts,” the president said. “Our tax dollars shouldn’t go to companies that violate workplace laws, they shouldn’t go to companies that violate workers’ rights.”
The president acknowledged that the “vast majority” of contractors comply fully with labor laws. “But some don’t,” he added, “and I don’t want those who don’t to be getting a competitive advantage over the folks who are doing the right thing.”
The US embassy in Tel Aviv has cancelled tourist visa applications for Israelis, according to a statement on its official website, in a move it claims is a matter of staffing and security.
“Due to the current security situation in Tel Aviv, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv remains open but is operating at reduced staffing until further notice, and has canceled routine visa application processing and American Citizen services,” the statement says. “Emergencies involving an American citizen and visa applications will be considered on a case by case basis.”
The statement surfaces in the midst of both souring US-Israel relations and an already-pressured visa crisis, which has seen the visa process for Israelis grow more and more difficult over the past year.
As we’ve already seen multiple times, even when Hamas’ own rockets hit civilians in Gaza the world blames Israel (including the Obama regime).
Via Free Beacon:
More than a third of the 140 rockets fired by Hamas at Israel yesterday fell short and exploded inside the Gaza Strip, according to the Israeli Army spokesman’s office.
Rocket shortfalls have increased, according to Israeli military sources. They attribute these misfires to the intense pressure Hamas rocket squads face from Israeli air and artillery attacks, as well as poorly assembled rockets.
Some 2,000 rockets have been fired at Israel since the fighting between Israel and Hamas began three weeks ago. Of these, say army officers, about 300 have fallen inside the Gaza Strip. The army spokesman said shortfalls were responsible for explosions three days ago at a hospital and a refugee camp that took dozens of lives. Hamas has denied the accusation and blamed Israel for the blasts.
If she had a brain she’d be dangerous.
Via Yid With Lid:
LEE: I ask my colleagues to oppose this resolution for it is in fact a veiled attempt at impeachment and it undermines the law that allows a president to do his job. A historical fact: President Bush pushed this nation into a war that had little to do with apprehending terrorists. We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because as an executive, he had his authority. President Obama has the authority.
Sheila, does H.RES.1258 ring a bell?
Update: Yeah, no.
“She misspoke,” Jackson Lee’s spokesman Mike McQuerry told Yahoo News on Thursday morning. He declined to elaborate on what she meant to say.
Basically echoing what the White House said.
Via The Cable:
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon directly accused Israel of shelling a U.N.-protected shelter housing more than 3,000 Palestinians in Gaza as part of what he said was an “outrageous” and “unjustifiable” strike that left at least 16 civilians dead and lent urgency to the need for an “immediate, unconditional cease-fire.”
In a scorching rebuke from the normally mild-mannered diplomat, Ban charged that Israel’s action constituted a “reprehensible” assault on civilians and demanded that those responsible for the strike be held accountable. The shelling of the Jabalia Elementary Girls School marked the fifth time since the conflict began on July 8 that a U.N.-protected shelter has been hit with incoming fire, but the incident is the first time that Ban has directly blamed Israel. That leaves open the possibility that some of the other facilities were hit by Hamas rockets. Israeli officials have said the militant group stores weapons in U.N. facilities and uses them to fire rockets into the Jewish state.
“This morning, yet another United Nations school sheltering thousands of Palestinian families suffered a reprehensible attack. All available evidence points to Israeli artillery as the cause,” Ban said during a stop-off in Costa Rica. “Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children.”
NEW DELHI (AFP) ― U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday holds his first meetings with India’s right-wing government as he seeks to reboot a relationship seen as a bulwark against a rising China.
Kerry’s visit to New Delhi comes after an unusually large number of disputes between the world’s largest democracies, including charges of U.S. surveillance against Indian politicians and a trade rift that could scuttle a global customs deal.
The top U.S. diplomat plans to hold a full day of talks with senior Indian leaders before meeting Friday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist who was shunned by Washington until soon before his sweeping election victory in May.
Taking a break from intense Middle East diplomacy that has dominated his tenure, Kerry will highlight other issues dear to his heart including climate change, with a meeting scheduled with Indian environmental scholars.
Stressing the theme of U.S.-India cooperation to find solutions on climate change and other global challenges, Kerry is also expected to tour laboratories of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.