Obama apparently shocked to learn companies don’t like paying high taxes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded “economic patriotism” from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers.
“I don’t care if it’s legal,” Obama declared. “It’s wrong.”
Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing to severely limit such deals, a move resisted by Republicans who argue the entire corporate tax code needs an overhaul. At issue are companies that enter into arrangements with foreign companies, shifting their tax addresses overseas while retaining their U.S. headquarters.
“They’re technically renouncing their U.S. citizenship. They’re declaring they are based someplace else even though most of their operations are here,” Obama said at a technical college in Los Angeles. “You know, some people are calling these companies corporate deserters.”
Nazism has nothing on Islam.
A new jihadi media outlet called Al-Fawaris released a video calling on Gazans to endure the military operation, saying that victory looms and that Muslims all over the world support them.
According to a report published on Monday by the MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor, the video also features jihadi cleric Abu hareth Al-Maqdisi threatening Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, saying his demise is coming soon.
Sisi’s killing of Muslims in Egypt is part of a Zionist-Crusader plot against the Gazans, Maqdisi said.
“You won’t sit for long in your position, because what happened to [former Egyptian president Hosni] Mubarak and [former Egyptian president Anwar] Sadat will happen to you as well,” he said, in reference to Mubarak’s stepping down from the presidency following protests in 2011 and to Sadat’s assassination in 1981.
Maqdisi, whose name attests to his Palestinian origin, is currently in Syria. [...]
He added that he and his fighters want to join the fighting in Gaza.
“True, we are fighting in Syria, but our heart yearns to arrive and fight the sons and brothers of the apes and pigs [the Jews],” MEMRI reported Maqdisi as saying The jihadi cleric said that Gazans must be patient and wait for either victory or martyrdom, adding that Allah will soon send “extraordinary soldiers who will fight and defeat the Jews.”
More blind-hatred from the left.
Israel – choking on the racist poison it rests on – Socialist Worker
The response in Israel to the attacks on Gaza has exposed a society consumed by the violence implicit in the Zionist enterprise.
As the famous Israeli novelist David Grossman put it, Israel’s “huge use of violence” causes a “depth of internal poison”.
Noga, an Israeli student at university in Britain, told Socialist Worker about the impact of Zionism, the racist doctrine that binds together the Israeli state.
“I was only five years old, playing at a friend’s house in an Israeli neighbourhood,” she said. “Her mum got us to play a game, running round the house chanting, ‘Death to all Arabs!’
“This chant is typical,” she added, “you hear it everywhere.”
Of course, everyone remembers the left’s respectful and thought-provoking criticism of George W. Bush.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: There was a real difference between the normal partisanship that faced George W. Bush — by the way, that’s with all his limitations — and the nasty hatred of the Republican rand-and-file of this president to the point of something like 4 out of 5 want him to go down in the dirt, fail on everything single thing he tries to do. And sometimes even when they agree with him they want him to fail.
Planned Parenthood approved.
Via Daily Caller:
A TV show on the supposedly family friendly network ABC Family aired an episode of the show “The Fosters” depicting a lesbian couple getting a late-term abortion. [...]
On Monday night’s episode entitled “Mother,” 20-weeks-pregnant character Lena (played by “Rescue Me” actress Sherri Shaum) winds up in the hospital with pre-eclampsia and the diagnosis that she could die if she continues with the pregnancy. The doctor tells the couple they can induce labor and watch the baby die, or end the pregnancy. Lena and her wife Stef (played by “Meet the Parents” actress Terri Polo) decide to abort the baby in order to save Lena.
Alternate headline: World burns, Obama talks hoops.
Via The Hill:
President Obama made an impromptu stop at a Los Angeles diner on Thursday to have lunch with four people who have written him letters.
But he also had a chance to talk about his hoops game.
During the diner drop-by, Obama was asked about how he’s faring in basketball these days by two older gentlemen, according to a White House pool report.
“My shot’s broke,” Obama said, as he held up his arm and did a mock free throw.
“It’s my elbow,” he continued. “It’s my age. I get the chicken wing.”
Obama said he makes 8 out of 10 shots, “but not in one game.”
Meet the goat, the latest in moonbat technology.
Via Campus Reform:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which is managed by the University of California – Berkeley, brought in 500 goats to be “eco-friendly lawn mowers” this month.
For the past 17 years, Berkeley Lab has brought goats from a local company called Goats R Us to eat grass on the hills outside of the building, according to an article published in The Daily Californian, the school’s official student newspaper.
Tom Price, maintenance supervisor of facilities at the lab, told the Californian that the goats’ grass-eating prevents wildfires.
This guy’s a jihadi work accident waiting to happen.
Via Somali Current:
A blind Somali jihadist who is fighting alongside ISIS militants in Syria has reportedly urged others to join the fighting , saying having a disability is no excuse.
Taymullah al-Somali, a Dutch national who is believed to have traveled to the Middle East earlier this year, has been photographed numerous times alongside ISIS militants and is believed to be based in the capital of the self-declared caliphate, Raqqa.
The Somalia-born has been quoted on known ISIS social media accounts urging Muslims to join ISIS, reportedly saying: ‘Being blind didn’t stop me from coming to Syria, what’s your excuse?
According Daily Mail Numerous images of al-Somali have recently emerged, showing him posing alongside an international group of jihadist including at least two from Belgium, one of whom is reportedly named Hicham Chaib.
Only in academia is comparing Israelis to Nazis a good thing.
Via Free Beacon:
Duke University has hired as the new director of its $3 million Islamic Studies Center a controversial Iranian-American professor whose scholarship has come under fire for anti-Israel bias and who once used a picture of dead Jews in Nazi death camps to illustrate his writing on the Palestinians.
Omid Safi, a former professor at the University of North Carolina, was installed this week by Duke as the new director of the school’s Islamic Studies Center (DISC), which was handed $3 million specifically for the directorship position.
Safi, whose writings on Islam have been criticized as faulty and “utopic” by other scholars, celebrated his new job on Facebook, writing in his “first comments in my capacity” that he seeks to produce “a knowledge that is efficacious, transformative, and above all, beneficial.”
He led these comments with the common Arabic term, “insha’allah,” or “If Allah wills.”
While Safi has received praise from some for striking a “moderate” tone in his writings, human rights leaders and pro-Israel commentators have repeatedly expressed concern about his equivalence of Israel to the Nazis and other controversial rhetoric.
Hmm, anyone else thinking this might turn into a trend?
Via Dallas News:
Marcos and Crisly, Ana and Blanca, Fabiola and Maria Antonia.
The youths were among 20 from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala who were set to appear in federal immigration court Tuesday for initial deportation hearings. But they weren’t there — 18 of the children whose cases were set to be heard didn’t show up Tuesday for court.
It was an absentee rate that federal Immigration Judge Michael Baird said was “highly unusual,” so high that he reset the hearings for Aug. 11 rather than possibly issuing a deportation order.
Baird said he was concerned that the children may not have received proper notice of the hearings from the government. Attorney Lynn Javier, with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, agreed that it was “prudent” to reset the hearings.
The children are among about 100,000 juveniles who have entered the U.S. without a parent in the last two fiscal years, according to Homeland Security. None of the children set to appear on Tuesday had an attorney, a swelling reality that inspired Dallas Catholic Bishop Kevin Farrell on Monday to appeal to attorneys to step up to provide free services.
We heard you the first time.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been a vocal opponent of Israel’s military offensive into Gaza over the last several days, but in an interview with CNN International that aired on Thursday morning, he escalated his rhetoric, standing by an analogy he made between the modern Israeli government and the Nazis.
“I completely stand by my comments,” Erdoğan said through a translator, referring to parallels he drew between Israel and the Nazis last week. “You can see that what Israel does to Palestine, to Gaza right now, has surpassed what Hitler did to them.”
And this is in the ultra-liberal and ultra-wealthy San Fran area.
Via SF Gate:
President Obama hit the Bay Area for a fast cash-and-grab fundraising drive Wednesday, but there were signs that even in one of the nation’s most reliable Democratic ATMs, donor fatigue is setting in.
There was no listed price for tickets for Obama’s morning appearance at a roundtable in San Francisco for the House Majority PAC – the type of intimate gathering for which admission is usually $32,400 per person, the legal maximum. Some donors said tickets had been offered for a deep discount.
And in Los Altos Hills, the heart of Silicon Valley big money, the president’s appearance at the home of real estate mogul George Marcus drew an older crowd that was noteworthy for the absence of young angel investors, startup stars and tech leaders who have flocked to fundraisers Obama has held while paying 17 previous visits as president to the Bay Area.
Democratic donors who were invited to the San Francisco event, at the Four Seasons Hotel on Market Street, said they had initially been asked to donate as much as $25,000 to sit down with Obama. One who balked at the price said organizers had offered a cut-rate deal of as little as $5,000.
“Five-thousand dollars to sit down with the president for an hour? That’s usually what it costs for a photo of you and your whole family” with Obama, said the invitee, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Biden stoking the racial fire.
Via Washington Times:
In an election-year effort to motivate minority voters, Vice President Joseph R. Biden told the National Urban League Thursday that the black community “can’t be satisfied with where we are now.”
“On the civil rights front, we see renewed attacks on voting rights across the nation,” Mr. Biden said at the group’s annual meeting in Cincinnati. “On the economic front as well, there’s been some tough times.”
He said, “If we’re honest with ourselves, we can’t be satisfied with where we are now, on either civil rights or economic opportunities for African-Americans.”
After recounting gains by blacks in the civil-rights era, Mr. Biden said, “Something happened on the way to the 2008 election.”
“The franchise is under siege,” he said.”Both civil rights and economic rights, in the aftermath of the great recession that the president and I inherited, has devastated parts of the community.”