It was a brilliant, inspiring speech, from his opening, “I’m looking for you, you Occupy freaks, with your glitter bombs! Bring it on! Bring on the glitter!” to his closing, “America has finally awoken to your Saul Alinsky bull**** tactics, and we’re coming to get you.” A portion of the speech, and a perspective of Andrew Breitbart that isn’t always remembered as clearly as some others: You want a unity speech? I’ll give you a unity speech. I don’t care who our candidate is. And I haven’t since the beginning of this. I haven’t! Ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate! That’s what the Tea Party is. We are there to confront them on behalf of our candidate. I will march behind whoever our candidate is, because if we don’t, we lose. There are two paths. One is America, and the other one is Occupy.
NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” is known for pushing the envelope, but this week, the comedy routine may have pushed too far.
Saturday’s skit had SNL regular Taran Killam playing a father driving his daughter, played by actress Dakota Johnson, to a parking lot so she could join the Islamic State.
The skit is a spoof of Toyota Camry’s “My Bold Dad” commercial of a father driving his daughter to the airport so she can join the U.S. Army.
“Looks like your ride is here,” Killam said as a truck bearing an Islamic State-like flag drove up with people dressed as terrorists in the back. “You be careful, OK?”
“Dad, it’s just ISIS,” Johnson replied.
The skit is all the more insensitive for its timing — coming shortly after the Islamic State executioner known as “Jihad John” was identified as a Westerner, three men with Islamic State ties were arrested in the United States and three British teenage girls fled to Syria to join the terror group.
And that’s on top of near-daily reports of Christian communities being hounded by Isis savages, or, as Twitter user put it, “Christians being slaughtered in Middle East not laughing.”
Secretary of State John Kerry touted the US’ relationship with Israel, arguing “we have a closer relationship with Israel right now, in terms of security, than at anytime in history” on Sunday’s “This Week” on ABC.
“We have a closer relationship with Israel right now, in terms of security, than at anytime in history. I was reviewing the record the other day. We have intervened on Israel’s behalf in the last two years, more than several hundred, a couple of hundred times, in over 75 different different fora in order to protect Israel. I talk to the prime minister regularly, including yesterday. We are not — we don’t want to see this [Netanyahu’s speech before Congress] turned into some great political football. Obviously, it was odd, if not unique that we learned of it from the Speaker of the House and the administration was not included in this process. But the administration is not seeking to politicize this. We want to recognize the main goal here is to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and on that, Israel and the United States agree” he stated.
Kuwaiti newspaper is reporting that President Obama, angered at Israeli plans to strike Iran nuclear facilities in 2014, threatened to shoot down Israeli planes before they could reach their targets.
The paper, Al Jarida, cites only anonymous sources and just a handful of other publications have followed the story. But according to israelnationalnews.com, the Arabic newspaper quoted “well-placed” sources as saying Benjamin Netanyahu and two top aides “had decided to carry out air strikes against Iran’s nuclear program after consultations with top security commanders.”
“The Netanyahu government took the decision to strike Iran some time in 2014 soon after Israel had discovered the United States and Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran’s nuclear program and were about to sign an agreement in that regard behind Israel’s back,” the website said.
Martin O’Malley, former governor of Maryland and potential Democratic presidential candidate, is taking the first shot of the 2016 race at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also a potential candidate for the White House.
O’Malley suggested in a speech in South Carolina on Saturday that a Clinton presidency would not “move America forward,” according to the New York Times.
“Triangulation is not a strategy that will move America forward,” O’Malley said in his speech, the Times reported. “History celebrates profiles in courage, not profiles in convenience.”
No, Trayvon Martin is not Emmett Till. He isn’t Rosa Parks. He was a 17 year old who, evidence indicates, was beating another man’s head into concrete. Perhaps even, if one were to believe his friend Rachel Jeantel, whom he was on the phone with at the time, because he thought George Zimmerman was gay.
You may feel that here is a young life lost who didn’t have to be lost. But to lump him together with civil rights heroes, as part of the “collective struggle” of “the movement”? That’s exactly what Obama does here.
“[Referencing civil rights heroes] One month a year is not sufficient to take on their example and to celebrate the power of a movement. That’s something that we have to do, each and every one of us, every day, living up to their example, then handing it on to our children, and our children’s children. Today, on the third anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death, showing all of our kids, all of them, every single day, that their lives matter, that’s part of our task. I want to thank Trayvon’s parents for being here, on what’s a very difficult day for them. [Michelle Obama claps loudly] It takes all of us to show our young people, as Ms. Atkins puts it, that where we are today didn’t come easy, it came through thick and thin. “That’s why I tell my children,” she says, “To stand up for what’s right”. That’s a simple thing to say. Sometimes it’s hard to do. But progress in this nation happens only because of seemingly ordinary people find the courage to stand up for what is right. Not just when it’s easy, but when it’s hard. Not just when it’s convenient, but when it’s challenging. We don’t set aside this month each year to isolate or segregate, put under a glass case, black history, we set it aside to illuminate those threads, those living threads that African Americans have woven into the tight tapestry of this nation.”
Your own DOJ despite every effort to do so, can’t find anything to charge George Zimmerman with because there are no facts to suggest that Trayvon Martin was attacked or killed because of his race, but all manner of facts to indicate he was the aggressor.
You do “the movement” an injustice, civil rights heroes an injustice, when you seek to lump Trayvon Martin as one among them.
If that was “the movement” you actually meant. Because it sounds a lot more like a hat tip in language to the anti-capitalist anti-U.S. revolutionaries #BlackLivesMatter crazies, whose time is already past. If Rosa Parks were riding the bus trying to get home today, these are the people who would have blocked it. They are the bigots they are waiting for.
Friday, President Barack Obama spoke at the portrait unveiling ceremony for outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, which led to the commander-in-chief breaking into tears that he wiped away as he finished his remarks.
The president said, “Having good men in a position of power and authority, who are willing to fight for what is right, that is a rare thing, a powerful thing. That’s something that shapes our future in ways we don’t even understand, we don’t always imagine. It made me very proud.”
Having good men in positions of power and authority is a rare and good thing. Unfortunately, neither you or Holder qualify.
It sounds like they are trying to plumb who might be at risk for drugs/suicide/psychological problems. The question I find most troubling is ‘have either of your parents served in Iraq or Afghanistan”? What business is that of theirs? There seems to be an implicit assumption that that service is problematic, and your military parents must be psychologically unwell.
The survey also asked if they felt things were “hopeless” and did students consinder or “make a plan” to commit suicide.
But it was the personal questions about family life that irks parents. The students were asked to rate how true some statements were, including: “We argue about the same things in my family over and over” and “People in my family often insult or yell at each other.”
“They crossed the line when they entered the home,” said Michelle Bracewell told a local TV station, Fox59. “Those are personal questions, and if I want people to know what’s going on inside my home, I’ll let them know.”
Facebook quickly filled with parents calling the survey an “issue of rights,” and others calling the survey “data mining, and a 100% violation of privacy and trust,” Fox59 said.
While schools told the children the survey was optional and confidential, a new program asked for the students to include their birth dates and initials. “It’d be very easy to go back and look at a birthdate and initials and see who the child was,” Bracewell said.
President Obama’s controversial attorney general is finally on his way out of office, and he’s accepting requests for one last interview from a full gamut of media outlets, with one notable exception — Fox News.
Fox reported that Eric Holder is offering “exit interviews” to ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Politico. A few weeks ago, he was even given the chance to quack like a duck on MSNBC for Melissa Harris-Perry.
But he doesn’t want to answer any questions from the most watched and most powerful cable news network in the country.
“We learned today that Attorney General Eric Holder has conducted interviews with ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and Politico, while excluding FOX News,” network Executive Vice President Michael Clemente said in a statement.
“The Attorney General’s decision does a deep disservice to America’s largest cable news audience and the interests of a free press. Ultimately, however, we’re not surprised that Holder would try to evade a thorough accounting of his record in office, including his decision to investigate our Chief Washington correspondent, James Rosen through an illegal seizure of emails and phone records of Rosen and his parents.”
Clemente didn’t mention other embarrassing scandals, including Operation Fast and Furious, the Justice Department’s monitoring of Associated Press reporters’ phones and Holder’s race-baiting in Ferguson, Mo., after the shooting death of black teen Michael Brown.[…]
The test of any lawyer’s mettle is his ability to cross-examine hostile witnesses. Apparently Holder doesn’t like it when he’s on the receiving end of the tough questions.
Here’s a thought. Take all the money you spend on the public schools, toss the unions, and switch them to charter schools with real teachers that stress personal responsibility and do not excuse bad behavior. Give me my million dollars.
But this is actually a thing and you only have till Monday to submit your idea. So get on the stick, Zippers! Send in your thoughts.
She was Hawaii’s golden girl after winning a seat in Congress with support from top liberal groups, but now that Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been critical of President Obama, her political reputation in the bluest of blue states is taking a hit.
That isn’t stopping the twice-deployed 33-year-old Army veteran from continuing to challenge the president, her home state’s favorite son, over his refusal to identify terror groups like the Islamic State as driven by “radical Islam.”
“Every soldier knows this simple fact: If you don’t know your enemy, you will not be able to defeat him,” Gabbard told FoxNews.com. “Our leaders must clearly identify the enemy as Islamist extremists, understand the ideology that is motivating them and attracting new recruits, and focus on defeating that enemy both militarily and ideologically.”
Gabbard has been hitting this message for weeks now, putting her at odds with many in her party who toe the line that the Islamic State should not be associated with Islam. […]
Her comments have stunned political experts in her home state.
“It is very, very unusual for a junior member in the president’s own party to criticize him,” said Colin Moore, assistant professor at the University of Hawaii Department of Political Science. “Especially for someone considered a rising star in the party. This is a serious gamble for her.”
Michael W. Perry, of Hawaii’s most popular KSSK Radio’s “Perry & Price Show,” said that “while Gabbard is correct in her ‘emperor has no clothes’ moment, she may have lost her future seat on Hawaii’s political bench.” He said she’s committed “a mortal sin” by challenging Obama, and “now the knives are out.”
For now, she’s taking her hits in the media.
The editorial board of the online political news journal Civil Beat, owned by eBay Founder Pierre Omiydar, said “the bright-red Right” is promoting her criticism but she is not “presenting serious policy arguments.”
“One wonders where Gabbard is going with this. Sure, the Iraq war veteran and rising political star is achieving national prominence in a high-profile discussion. But at what cost?” the editorial board wrote, saying her comments could be dismissed “as pandering from a young pol with lofty ambitions.”
Bob Jones, columnist for the Oahu-based Midweek, wrote a scathing piece suggesting Gabbard should be challenged in 2016. “I take serious issue when somebody who’s done a little non-fighting time in Iraq, and is not a Middle East or Islamic scholar, claims to know better than our President and Secretary of State how to fathom the motivations of terrorists, or how to refer to them beyond the term that best describes them — terrorists,” Jones said.
That President Obama won’t call it Islamic terrorism; that he believes we shouldn’t be on a “high horse” because America and Christians have done bad things; that Muslims are victims of “bigotry and prejudice”; that his State Department says it’s the lack of jobs, not religion, that fuels ISIS, should come as no surprise.
After all, he said the same thing about 9/11.
In 2004, Obama released an update of his 1995 memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” with a little-noticed new preface about the attacks.
“On September 11, 2001,” Obama wrote, “…history returned with a vengeance; in fact, as Faulkner reminds us, the past is never dead and buried — it isn’t even past.”
“This collective history, this past, directly touches my own,” he added. “Not merely because, as a consequence of 9/11, my name is an irresistible target of mocking websites from overzealous Republican operatives. But also because the underlying struggle between worlds of plenty and worlds of want…is the struggle set forth, on a miniature scale, in this book,” which at its core is an indictment against Western imperialism, racism and colonialism.
Obama goes on to say he identifies with the “desperation and disorder of the powerless,” and how they can “easily slip into violence and despair.”
9/11 isn’t about us being attacked, it’s about his resultant victimization, which of course is all due to that lack of jobs thing again, racism and colonialism.
And tellingly, we should change out “corrupt” regimes that “suppress Islam”. Is that not what he has been doing? Paging Gaddafi! Paging Assad!
BUSH: Sure. So, on immigration, I wrote a book about this. Instead of people opinion on what I believe, they ought to by the book. It’s called Immigration Wars. You can get it on Amazon for a $1.99. It’s probably discounted. And in that book, I talk about first and foremost the need to enforce the borders. A great country needs to enforce borders for national security purposes, public health purposes, and the rule of law. First and foremost we have to do that.
Secondly, we need to narrow family petitioning so that it’s the same as every other country, spouse and minor children, not this broad definition of spouse, minor children, adult siblings and adult parents, that crowds out what we need, which are economic-driven immigrants. Those that want to come here to work, to invest in their dreams in this country, to create opportunities for all of us, and that’s what we need to get to.
The plan also includes a path to legal status. I have not seen anybody, and I know there’s disagreement here. Some of these people are angry about this, and, look, I kind of feel your pain. I was in Miami this morning, it was 70 degrees. So the simple fact — the simple fact is there is no plan to deport 11 million people. We should give them a path to legal status, where they work, where they don’t receive government benefits, where they don’t break the law, where they learn English, and where they make a contribution to our society. That’s what we need to be focused on.
The U.S. Air Force has a quarter of the number of fighter squadrons it did 25 years ago and two-thirds of the active duty airmen, a drop that threatens U.S. air superiority, defense officials told lawmakers on Friday.
‘Enough is enough,’ Air Force Secretary Deborah James told lawmakers in the House of Representatives as she defended a Pentagon budget request that exceeds federal spending caps. ‘Given the state of the world … the number one thing we have to stop is this downsizing.’
But members of the defense appropriations subcommittee said President Barack Obama’s 2016 Pentagon base budget of $534 billion exceeded spending caps by nearly $35 billion and would have to be cut.
During a recent press event regarding the battle over the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill, Nancy Pelosi attempted to address how difficult it was for people – even members of Congress – to go without timely paychecks.
The California representative, who is worth $29.01 million herself, said:
“I don’t know about you, but I think almost everybody I know cannot live without having a paycheck on time–members of Congress, even. And yet they’re (Republicans) asking the Department of Homeland Security people to do that.”
What Pelosi did not mention is that the average annual salary of a member of Congress is $174,000 plus benefits.
According to a joint study between Our Generation (OG), and Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), that puts members of Congress in the top 5% of the country in terms of wealth. Comparing that with the average American salary of $50,875 annually, members of Congress earn 3.42 times the average American salary.
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer and given only three weeks to live, a beloved Marine had one last wish: to be buried in uniform, along with a Marine Corps flag.
Donnie Loneman had loved being a Marine, according to CNN affiliate KOCO in Oklahoma City. But the veteran, who was homeless for the past decade, did not own a dress uniform. He also could not afford to buy one.
As Loneman explained to Tulsa station KOTV at an event for homeless veterans last October, he had given everything up in order to care for his mother in her final days.
At the time of the event, he said he was spending cold nights on freeway overpasses and under trees.
Loneman passed away Thursday night, according to KOCO.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Friday that he is indebted to America for welcoming his Cuban immigrant parents, while he continued to back away from his 2013 legislation that would have allowed illegal immigrants to become U.S. citizens.
Mr. Rubio, a likely presidential contender, was a major sponsor of a bill that was cast by conservatives as bestowing amnesty on law-breaking immigrants. “It wasn’t very popular. I don’t know if you know that from some of the folks here,” he quipped to an audience of hundreds of activists gathered for the Conservative Political Action Conference.
The bill’s critics were proven right, Mr. Rubio said, by what he described as President Barack Obama’s failure to enforce border security. He said immigration legislation is still necessary, not to integrate undocumented workers into society, as some say, but to make sure employers can’t hire illegal immigrants. Mr. Rubio also condemned President Obama’s executive order shielding millions of illegal immigrants from deportation as unconstitutional.
Earlier in his remarks, Mr. Rubio described how his parents left Cuba for the U.S. in 1956 with little money and no connections, a legacy he said fuels his commitment to public service. “I have a debt to America that I will never be able to repay,” he said. “For me, America isn’t just a country. It’s the place that literally changed the history of my family.”
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday his government had captured Americans, including a pilot, involved in espionage activities and said U.S. citizens in the future will have to seek visas to come to the OPEC nation.
Speaking during a rally, he said his government will prohibit some U.S. officials from entering Venezuela in retaliation for a similar measure by the government of President Barack Obama against a group of Venezuelan public officials.
“We have captured some U.S. citizens in undercover activities, espionage, trying to win over people in towns along the Venezuelan coast,” he said, adding one was a U.S. pilot taken in the convulsed border state of Tachira.
“In Tachira we captured a pilot of a U.S. plane (who is) of Latin origin (carrying) all kinds of documentation,” Maduro said, without offering details.