The Lord, as in Chicago Jesus?
Vice President Joe Biden challenged Republicans to “see the Lord” or the “lightning” in regard to immigration reform during a speech he made at a reception for Hispanic Heritage month.
“I’m not offering any false hope about what they’ll do between now and the election, but … I can tell you, when this election [is] over in the lame-duck session, they may see the Lord. It is possible. But if they don’t, they will see some lightning,” Biden said on Monday at the fifth Hispanic Heritage month reception, according to White House press pool reports.
Biden spoke to a crowd of “leading members, advocates and educators from the Hispanic American community” focused on education within Hispanic communities, according to the pool report. The event was hosted at the Bidens’ Naval Observatory residence in Washington.
And if there’s one thing socialists are good at, it’s destroying things.
Why they didn’t see this coming is beyond me.
BHOPAL: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (Peta) first shot at religious activism — a call to Muslims to observe a vegetarian Eid this October — has misfired. It met with violent protests here on Monday.
One policeman was injured and a Peta volunteer roughed up by protestors, which included women, and later whisked away by Bhopal police.
Peta woman volunteer “Benazir Suraiya” attempted to make an appeal to Muslims to go vegetarian at the legendary Taj-ul-Masajid, said to be one of Asia’s largest mosques.
Camouflaged in a green hijab, to highlight the importance of vegetarianism, she walked towards the mosque gates with a couple of PETA volunteers holding a placard in Urdu and English which read: “Make Eid Happy for All. Try Vegan”.
With less than a dozen policemen deployed, locals took the opportunity and shouted slogans asking her to turn back. She was forced to take cover along with another PETA volunteer in the market outside the mosque.
Within minutes the crowd swelled and Suraiya was left to fend for herself as PETA supporters fled the scene. “We are going to get a taxi for Suraiya. Police has been called for support too,” said PETA volunteer Divya.
Interfaith outreach in the form of explosives.
Via CNS News:
An Armenian Apostolic church constructed in memory of the victims of the 20th century Armenian genocide was “rigged and dynamited” on Sunday by forces loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS), according to reports from Syria’s government news agency.
The Armenian Holy Martyrs Church in Der Zor, located in the Syrian desert 280 miles northeast of Damascus, was constructed in memory of the victims of the 1916 Armenian genocide and consecrated in 1991.
The site was chosen because Der Zor is believed to have housed death camps in which an estimated 150,000 to 400,000 Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Turks 100 years ago. The destroyed church included a museum housing the remains of some of the genocide victims.
News of the destruction of the church was met with outrage by ecclesiastical and political officials.
The eco-loons have a new icon.
This week’s climate-change marches have brought out some colorful characters with pretty far-out views, among those being actress Emma Thompson, who likened the fight against fossil fuels to the fight against apartheid.
Thompson took the stage at London’s march on Sunday, urging the crowd to boycott events with ties to fossil-fuel companies, including sporting events and media.
“Just as we argued in the 1980s that those who conducted business with apartheid South Africa were aiding and abetting an immoral system, we can say that nobody should profit from raising temperatures, seas, flooding, human suffering, poverty caused by the burning of fossil fuels,” Thompson said.
Wait, whose fault was it?
Via White House transcript:
Yes, this is hard. But there should be no question that the United States of America is stepping up to the plate. We recognize our role in creating this problem; we embrace our responsibility to combat it. We will do our part, and we will help developing nations do theirs. But we can only succeed in combating climate change if we are joined in this effort by every nation –- developed and developing alike. Nobody gets a pass.
Last week, ZIP posted a clip from comedian Michael Loftus’s new show “The Flipside” about the lies behind the global warming racket. He’s back this week with another funny rant on why the Republican Party sucks. Watch the complete clip below:
Via The Flipside official site.
Only $700K? That’s cheap by Obama’s standards.
Via Washington Examiner:
Taxpayers had to cough up $1,159,823 in just one month to fly President Obama to New York and Denver to raise money for Democrats and attend an LGBT event, according to documents obtained by a taxpayer watchdog group.
Judicial Watch told Secrets that the Air Force just provided expense reports detailing the flight costs of Air Force One to the cities in July.
The documents show that president’s July 8-9 fundraising trip to Denver cost the taxpayers $695,894.10.
His July 17-18 fundraising trip to New York City cost taxpayers $463,929.40.
Via Salon (yes, that Salon):
1) “Effort” Perhaps Obama’s favorite euphemism for what the U.S. is up to. In his September 10 address, Obama distinguished the “wars” in Iraq and Afghanistan from the “effort” against ISIS. “This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground,” Obama explained. In his weekly address on Saturday, the president said that “[t]his is an effort that America has the unique ability to lead.”
2) “Process” Asked in August 28 press conference whether he planned to seek congressional authorization for military action against ISIS, Obama sounded like the caricature of the professorial, technocratic president his critics purport him to be. “You know, I have consulted with Congress throughout this process,” Obama replied. “I am confident that as commander in chief I have the authorities to engage in the acts that we are conducting currently.”
3) “Fight” As close as Obama’s willing to get to saying the W-word. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday before departing for the United Nations, Obama said that U.S. air strikes in Iraq and Syria were “not America’s fight alone,” echoing his September 20 address in which he said that it was “a fight in which all countries have a stake.”
4) “Campaign” Not unlike a swing through Iowa and New Hampshire! Explaining his expansion of the war into Syria on Tuesday, the president noted, “I made clear that as part of this campaign the United States would take action against targets in both Iraq and Syria so that these terrorists can’t find safe haven anywhere.”
5) “A Moment of American Leadership.” Concluding his radio address on Saturday, Obama called this “a moment of American leadership … a moment we will meet.” Leadership. Exceptionalism. America.
This is how it always works…
Via Daily Caller:
The recent campaign to silence conservative radio legend Rush Limbaugh is led by ten liberal activists engaged in a more than four-year long effort to destroy Limbaugh by targeting his advertisers, including a Media Matters executive vice president.
A former Kent State university professor even targeted a small businessman advertising on Limbaugh’s show using her official university email account.
Information compiled by Limbaugh’s team — and first provided to The Daily Caller — demonstrates that nearly 70 percent of the tweets targeting Limbaugh’s advertisers come from the same ten Twitter users, all of whom are actively involved in the “Stop Rush” campaign, which keeps a database of all of Limbaugh’s advertisers.
Eric Holder and Lois Lerner unavailable for comment.
NEW YORK — President Barack Obama denounced foreign governments that try to quash their citizens’ efforts to expand personal freedoms, saying it is in America’s national interest to oppose repression abroad.
Speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual conference on Tuesday, Mr. Obama unveiled a U.S. government directive aimed at strengthening citizen movements that push for freer, more open societies. [...]
Threatened by what he called “civil society”—community organizations, labor unions, charities and other nongovernmental groups—repressive governments “are doing everything in their power” to stifle dissent, Mr. Obama said.
“From Russia to China to Venezuela, you’re seeing relentless crackdowns,” he said, “vilifying legitimate dissent as subversive.”
How do you guys feel about this? Would you like to see him run?
Via Hot Air:
“Unless,” the neurosurgeon and conservative activist adds in a caveat during his interview with Hugh Hewitt, “the American people indicate in November that they like big government intervention in every part of their lives.” What are the odds of that happening? Bernie Sanders isn’t running for re-election to the Senate, and neither is Harry Reid, who looks more likely than not to become the Minority Leader in January. So yeah, Ben Carson is running for President, QED.
How about a “thank you” first?
Muslim activists in Minnesota – that’s the heartland state that’s sent at least two men to fight on the side of Islamic fascists in Iraq – are demanding their own section in the local food bank so illiterate families can pick up free food that lives up to their expectations.
According to WCCO, the CBS affiliate in the Twin Cities, a group of first-generation Somali-Americans marched into Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin’s office last week to demand he do something about the pork and beans and other free foodstuffs that are contaminating the provender.
“It’s about human rights also, basic human rights to get the proper food and also healthy food,” said Hassan Mohamud, the protesters’ imam.
An audit found poor oversight at a government agency? You don’t say…
Via Washington Free Beacon:
Department of Transportation (DOT) employees use government credit cards for cash advances at casinos and racetracks, according to a report by the Office of Inspector General (OIG).
Employees misused their government-issued travel cards in 2012, racking up $2.1 million in charges for personal items, and more than $180,000 in unauthorized cash advances while they were not on business trips.
The audit, released last week, examined the travel card program, which employees are authorized to use on hotels, transportation, and meals during government travel. The OIG found that the DOT does not have effective policies in place to prevent the government credit cards from being misused. In fact, the agency has no policy prohibiting employees from taking cash advances out at casinos.
Guys, they swear it’s not hypocrisy. It’s raising awareness or something like that. Meanwhile, Obama’s travel there emits more CO2 than 22 people combined over an entire year…
Via CNS News:
The UN Climate Summit 2014 is a glaring example of hypocrisy. Just the speakers alone, not the attendees or notable guests for the summit, traveled a grand total of 1,036,537 miles from locations as distant as China, India and Peru. That’s enough miles to circle the equator 41.6 times.
According to the UN itself, in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, “more than 95 percent of our total carbon footprint resulted from air travel.”
This isn’t the first time that climate alarmists have demonstrated their hypocrisy with a “do what we say, not what we do” message.
Al Gore has been criticized for flying to events in a private plane. Naomi Klein, a registered participant of the event (though not one of the speakers), is very critical of air travelers, even though she flies frequently. The Guardian reported on Sept. 14, that Klein actually flies “a lot more than most people, and is set to rack up enough air miles to make her, by her own admission, a ‘climate criminal.’
Admitting he was wrong or posturing for Hillary?
Via Washington Examiner:
Former President Bill Clinton, who signed into law budget measures that led to the developed world’s highest corporate rate of 35 percent, wants it cut to encourage U.S. business to stop fleeing overseas.
What’s more, the husband of the leading 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful also called on Washington to stop elevating the tax charged on overseas earnings of U.S. corporations.
Clinton, in an interview with CNBC’s Becky Quick during his Clinton Global Initiative event, said when he raised taxes, the agreement was that the U.S. corporate tax rate would be about equal to the “average rate” of developed countries, not the top as it is now.
“We need tax reform,” he told Quick.
Must be nice…
Via Capitol City Project:
During the month of August, members of Congress and their staffers took over 200 trips which cost $766,000.
August recess is typically a period in which congressional members spend time meeting with constituents or fundraising, especially during an election year. This year, however, many members took trips around the world — as far as the Philippines and Senegal — and the overall costs of the trips have increased substantially since 2012, according to newly released data from LegiStorm.