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.

Video here…

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.

Recently Freed Palestinian Terrorist: Israel Violated My Human Rights . . . By Impeding My Stamp Collecting…

The horror!

Via Times of Israel:

Palestinians have long accused Israel of a range of human rights violations. But recently freed Palestinian terrorist Issa Abd Rabbo came up with a new one- infringing on his philatelic rights while he was incarcerated, keeping him from attaining high quality stamps and “special albums.

Abd Rabbo was released from an Israeli prison in October 2013 as part of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. He was serving two life sentences for murdering two Israelis, Ron Levi and Revital Seri, as they were hiking south of Jerusalem in 1984.

Abd Rabbo happened upon the two university students as they rested under a pine tree. He tied them up at gunpoint, covered their heads with bags and fatally shot them both.

According to a Palestinian Media Watch translation, Abd Rabbo told Al Hayat al Jadida, a PA daily newspaper,  in an April 8 interview, ‘I’m proud of the stamps I collected in prison, but it was difficult for me to pursue [my] hobby in prison, because there were many restrictions, few letters arrived, and the quality of the stamps. Prison also affects our hobbies, and I had no special albums to put the stamps in properly, so I put them in an envelope – the same one that left prison with me.’”

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BREAKING: Obama Signs Ted Cruz’s Law Banning Iran’s Terrorist UN Ambassador From Entering Country – Update: Obama Say He Won’t Enforce It…

Update: You have got to be kidding me?

Via Washington Examiner:

President Obama on Friday signed into law a bill authored by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz that would bar an Iranian diplomat from entering the United States, but immediately issued a statement saying he won’t enforce it.

Obama decided to treat the law as mere advice. “Acts of espionage and terrorism against the United States and our allies are unquestionably problems of the utmost gravity, and I share the Congress’s concern that individuals who have engaged in such activity may use the cover of diplomacy to gain access to our Nation,” Obama said in his signing statement.

“Nevertheless, as President [George H.W.] Bush also observed, “curtailing by statute my constitutional discretion to receive or reject ambassadors is neither a permissible nor a practical solution.” I shall therefore continue to treat section 407, as originally enacted and as amended by S. 2195, as advisory in circumstances in which it would interfere with the exercise of this discretion.”

Moonbat Paradise UC Berkeley Holding Conference On “Islamophobia”…

And yes, CAIR is promoting it.

Via Daily Californian:

For more than seven hours Thursday, students and community members gathered at the UC Berkeley School of Law to discuss the presence of Islamophobia in culture and society.

At the Fifth Annual International Conference on Islamophobia Studies, founded and directed by UC Berkeley lecturer Hatem Bazian, attendees listened to panelists describe issues ranging from the discrimination against Muslims to the representation of Muslim women in the media.

Islamophobia is described by Bazian as “an irrational belief and hostile attitude directed toward Islam and Muslims that problematizes them as a subject matter.”

The annual conference is one aspect of the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project, founded in response to the rise of Islamophobia in the United States and parts of Europe around the time President Barack Obama was elected, Bazian, who directs the project, said.

The project aims to establish the study of Islamophobia as an academic discipline by engaging scholars around the world with the conference. It also aims to expand the event to other countries, including France and Austria.

While the conference drew only about 100 to 150 attendees throughout the day, according to Bazian, more than 6,000 people from different countries tune in to the conference online every year. Scholars from universities around the world, such as the University of Leeds and Duke University, broadcast the event.

Sana Saeed, a journalist and panelist at the conference, said she wore a headscarf for 12 or 13 years and experienced negative comments and taunts growing up. Still, Saeed is optimistic that an emerging generation of journalists can use new media to “add nuance” to stories.

Obama Punts On Keystone Decision, Delays Until After Midterm Elections…

Pathetic.

Via Fox News:

The Obama administration once again has punted on a final decision for the Keystone XL pipeline, announcing ahead of the holiday weekend it is extending a key review period indefinitely — a move that could push off a determination until after the midterm elections.

Republicans, as well as red-state Democrats who want the proposed Canada-to-Texas pipeline approved, slammed the administration for the delay. Democrats even threatened to find ways to go around the president to get the project approved.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous that this well over five year long process is continuing for an undetermined amount of time,” Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said in a statement.

Republican Nebraska Rep. Lee Terry called the decision “shameful,” noting that another spring construction season will come and go without the project.

The administration had been in the middle of a 90-day review period for federal agencies assessing an environmental study from the State Department.

Militant Atheists Mock Christians With “Jesus Is A Myth” Sign, Shocked When Someone “Violently Mangles” It…

Via The Blaze:

An anti-Easter sign posted in the Wisconsin state Capitol by atheist activists was “violently mangled” and “mutilated,” according to the organization that displayed it.

“Nobody died for our sins. Jesus Christ is a myth,” read the sign that was posted Monday by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

According to the Wisconsin-based group, a “fanatic” vandalized the poster Wednesday, though little information is known about the culprit.

“A man wrested [the] foamboard sign, which was securely taped to an easel, and violently mangled it in front of passersby,” a statement on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s website said. “Capitol security was quickly summoned and gave chase, but the vandal got away.”

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Pelosi: Passing Amnesty Will Reduce The Deficit By A Trillion Dollars…

Pelosi

It’s almost like she’s just making things up.

Via SF Gate:

To “honor the dignity and work of immigrants,” Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco.

Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 – bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would “reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship.”

The Democratic leader’s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis’ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week. As he did last year, the pope broke with the tradition of washing only priests’ feet during the Mass for the Last Supper – this time, washing the feet of disabled people.

Poll: 37% of Americans Now Fear The Federal Government…

The Bundy Ranch effect?

Via Rasmussen:

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Likely U.S. Voters now fear the federal government, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Forty-seven percent (47%) do not, but another 17% are not sure.

Perhaps in part that’s because 54% consider the federal government today a threat to individual liberty rather than a protector. Just 22% see the government as a protector of individual rights, and that’s down from 30% last November. Slightly more (24%) are now undecided.

No Joke: Pro-Abortion Extremist EMILY’s List Congratulates Chelsea Clinton On Her Pregnancy…

Which is odd because these people don’t consider the “blob of cells” in her womb a baby.

HT: Twitchy

Muslim Man Arrested For Random Shooting Attacks On Highway Motorists Near Kansas City…

His name is Mohammed Pedro Whitaker, so it’s safe to assume he’s a Muslim convert.

GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Police arrested a suspect Thursday in a string of random vehicle shootings on Kansas City-area highways over the past few weeks that have wounded three motorists and frightened many more.

Police Chief Darryl Forte said at a news conference that the suspect is male and lives in Grandview, a suburb south of the city that is home to the Grandview Triangle, where several highways intersect and where at least six of the reported shootings happened.

“We’re here now to basically let people know someone has been apprehended,” an upbeat Forte told reporters at an impromptu news conference about 50 yards from a house where the suspect was taken into custody earlier in the day. “I wanted to make sure the residents and those who travel through Kansas City know they’re safe. They’ve been safe the whole time.”

Investigators could be seen searching the single-story four-plex Thursday night, and a tow truck hauled away a green Dodge Neon that was parked behind house, which is about two blocks from U.S. 49 and south of the Grandview Triangle.

Forte said the Jackson County prosecutor’s office would determine if there is enough evidence to warrant pressing formal charges.

Detectives and analysts started noticing a pattern two weeks ago after reports of random shootings started coming in. Earlier this week, investigators were looking into about 20 reports of shootings, but that number has fluctuated as some reports were cleared and others came in.

Late last week, police said they had connected a dozen shootings to the same person. Forte has said little to this point about how the shootings were linked or what kind of vehicle the suspect drove.

Update:

Mohammed Pedro Whitaker has been identified as the alleged Kansas City highway shooter and has been charged with 18 felonies from 9 separate incidents around the city metro region.

Officials gave an update in a press conference on Friday afternoon.

Jesse Jackson Complains Racist Supreme Court Is “Rolling Back Affirmative Action”…

Jesse Jackson

Like that’s a bad thing.

By Jesse Jackson (Chicago Sun-Times):

[T]oday, America is more unequal than ever. Our schools are segregated, by race and by class, separate and unequal. We rank second to the lowest among industrial nations in the assistance we provide to the poor. In LBJ’s time, we enjoyed a broad middle class — for many, there were good jobs and good benefits. Now the middle class is sinking; we suffer mass unemployment with the jobs that are being created too often low pay and part time. The millennial generation is graduating into the worst economic straits since the Great Depression.

And across the country, basic rights are under assault. State after state, particularly across the South, are passing measures to suppress voting — limiting voting days, ending Sunday voting, demanding voter ID, stripping the right to vote from nonviolent drug offenders who have served their time, and more. The Supreme Court has weakened the Voting Rights Act and is rolling back affirmative action. Republicans in the Congress want to turn Medicare into a voucher, gut Medicaid and turn it into a block grant, slash food stamps, Pell grants and other support for the vulnerable. A detailed analysis by the Center of Budget and Policy Proposals finds 69 percent of the cuts in the budget just passed by Republicans in the House come from programs from poor and low wage workers.

We do well to honor Lyndon Johnson. He understood the power of government to make America better. But it is not enough to honor his legacy. It is time to stir ourselves, as he pushed himself, to not simply defend his contributions, but to extend them to meet the challenges of our day.

Axeldouche Hired To Elect Socialist Next British PM…

Axelrod

He does have experience getting socialists elected.

Via Reason:

The British Labour Party has appointed David Axelrod as a strategic adviser to Ed Miliband’s 2015 campaign. Axelrod, who went on to serve as a senior adviser to President Obama after acting as an adviser on the president’s 2008 campaign, will reportedly be paid a six-figure sum for his work.

Miliband, the leader of Labour, will be prime minister if his party wins a majority in the next election. According to recent polling, 35 percent of British voters back Labour, compared to 33 percent who support the Conservatives, whose leader, David Cameron, is the current prime minister.

“Red Ed” Miliband is not shy about cheerleading for socialism or calling himself a socialist. According to Miliband, “Being a socialist for me is about being willing to criticise capitalism—and saying capitalism produces many injustices, which politics must tackle.”

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Poll: Pant Suits’ Approval Rating Plummets To Six Year Low…

Hillary

Hmmm, can you say B-E-N-G-H-A-Z-I?

Via WaPo:

A  new poll shows former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s (D) numbers hitting their lowest point in six years.

Meanwhile, it finds that the Republican Party is experiencing something of a renaissance.

The Fox News poll, from Democratic pollster Anderson Robbins Research and GOP pollster Shaw & Company, shows Clinton’s favorable rating dropping to 49 percent, compared to 45 percent unfavorable.

The last time her numbers were in that ballpark was during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary race. After she ended her campaign, her favorable/unfavorable split was 47/46.

Other polls have shown Clinton’s numbers — which were stellar during her time as secretary of state — steadily dropping since she left her post last year.

FRIDAY OPEN THREAD…

Happy Good Friday!

Open

Update: Midday bump.

FYI: College debate teams are racist because of “white privilege,” or something like that.

Update: HT: Joe.

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