If stonewalling were an Olympic event, Holder would hands down win the gold every time…
Back in July after a long FOIA lawsuit from government watchdog Judicial Watch, a federal judge ordered the Department of Justice to produce a detailed list or Vaughn Index of documents being withheld from Congress and the American people under President Obama’s executive privilege claim. A month later in August, a federal judge ordered DOJ to turn over a privilege log of withheld documents to the House Oversight Committee. Both orders were to be completed by October 1.
Now, Attorney General Eric Holder is asking a federal judge to delay (again) an order requiring him to turn over thousands of Fast and Furious documents, not just a detailed list.
Universities receiving money for this garbage is just icing on the cake to them.
Federal taxpayer funds continue to flow to a slew of U.S. universities that are spending the cash on programs that promote anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, and anti-American viewpoints, according to a large group of Jewish and civil rights organizations that are now pushing Congress to rectify what they call a systemic problem.
Taxpayer funds have been allocated to universities under Title VI of the Higher Education Act (HEA) since 1965. However, Congress and the Education Department have exerted little oversight, leading these funds to be spent on biased educational programs that promote radical views about Israel and even America, according to the groups.
Funding for anti-Israel programs at U.S. universities has fostered a culture of fear among the Jewish state’s supporters on campus and fueled a growing number of anti-Semitic incidents at many schools, the groups warned.
What could possibly go wrong?
Via Washington Times:
The Obama administration quietly has been forcing new gun buyers to declare their race and ethnicity, a policy change that critics say provides little law enforcement value while creating the risk of privacy intrusions and racial profiling.
With little fanfare, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2012 amended its Form 4473 — the transactional record the government requires gun purchasers and sellers to fill out when buying a firearm — to identify buyers as either Hispanic, Latino or not. Then a buyer must check his or her race: Indian, Asian, black, Pacific Islander or white.
The amendment is causing a headache for gun retailers, as each box needs to be checked off or else it’s an ATF violation — severe enough for the government to shut a business down. Many times people skip over the Hispanic/Latino box and only check their race, or vice versa — both of which are federal errors that can be held against the dealer.
Requiring the race and ethnic information of gun buyers is not required by federal law and provides little law enforcement value, legal experts say. And gun industry officials worry about how the information is being used and whether it constitutes an unnecessary intrusion on privacy.
Which begs the obvious question: How is allowing an illegal immigrant invasion force to storm America protecting us?
SEAN HANNITY: Last word. You can pass a bill, secure the border first, would you support that?
REP. LUIS GUTIERREZ (D-IL): No. Because it would be folly. It would be derelict in my duty to protect America.
HANNITY: In the mean time, every day you don’t pass that bill — you’re demanding amnesty.
GUTIERREZ: I would be derelict to my duty.
GUTIERREZ: It sounds great. It sounds good.
HANNITY: It doesn’t sound great.
GUTIERREZ: It sounds good, but it isn’t an effective —
HANNITY: If you don’t do it, it’s a dereliction of duty, sir.
GUTIERREZ: Sean —
HANNITY: It’s a dereliction of duty.
Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) terrorists have released a video in response to President Barack Obama’s promise to “degrade and destroy” the group.
The video, which was posted to YouTube but has been removed, is a Hollywood-quality mix of slow-motion explosions, RPG launches and military troops.
Obama is also featured in the video during a briefing in which the president says, “Our combat troops will not be returning to Iraq.”
There is no narration, and the video is only 52 seconds long.
It ends by flashing words on the screen: “Flames of War: Fighting Has Just Begun” followed by “coming soon.”
Joe being Joe.
Via Yahoo News:
Vice President Joe Biden drew fire from a prominent Jewish group on Tuesday after he described unscrupulous bankers who prey on servicemen and servicewomen deployed overseas as “Shylocks” — a term frequently condemned as an anti-Semitic caricature.
“Shylock represents the medieval stereotype about Jews and remains an offensive characterization to this day. The Vice President should have been more careful,” Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman said.
Shylock, the villain in Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” is a Jewish moneylender who mercilessly demands a “pound of flesh” from the merchant who defaults on a loan. Whether the 16th-century play is anti-Semitic or reflects the anti-Semitism of the time is a subject of frequent, bitter debate, but the term Shylock is offensive enough that Florida stripped it from state law back in 2009. (Not everyone has gotten that memo).
“When someone as friendly to the Jewish community and open and tolerant an individual as is Vice President Joe Biden, uses the term ‘Shylocked’ to describe unscrupulous moneylenders dealing with service men and women, we see once again how deeply embedded this stereotype about Jews is in society,” Foxman said.
Update: Biden Apologizes For “Poor Choice Of Words”…
America’s raging narcissist president is nothing if not predictable.
As we found out yesterday, Obama has made fighting Ebola the military’s number one priority and is pulling military personnel from counter-terrorism to deal with the virus.
Side question: Unless they’ve found a way to shoot a virus, what are 3,000 U.S. troops doing there?
Via CNS News:
President Obama said on Tuesday he is wasting no time in addressing a “global threat” that demands a “truly global response.” He was talking about disease, not terrorism.
Although the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is “spiraling out of control,” the world knows how to stop it from spreading, Obama said in remarks at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
“But we have to act fast. We can’t dawdle on this one. We have to move with force and make sure that we are catching this as best we can, given that it has already broken out in ways that we had not seen before.”
Sounds like the Obama administration to me.
Via The Hill:
A spokesman for the family of Steven Sotloff, an American journalist killed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, said Wednesday that the family had been “hectored and bullied” by the Obama administration.
“We had meetings with the administration,” Barak Barfi, the spokesman, told “CBS This Morning.” “The family sat with the National Security Council officials. And basically he bullied and hectored them, and they were scared.”
Sotloff, who went missing in Syria a year ago, was killed in a video released by ISIS earlier this month. He was the second American journalist beheaded by the group.
The family has critized the administration through their spokesman, suggesting that officials did not cooperate to secure Sotloff’s release.
On Sunday, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough responded to reports that before Sotloff, and another journalist, James Foley, were killed, their families were threatened with prosecution if they paid ransoms to ISIS.
“In terms of what was communicated to the families in the midst of many, many meetings, over the course of this very difficult circumstance, we obviously made clear what the law is,” McDonough said on “Fox News Sunday.”
If only he knew about “real Islam” (as defined by John Kerry).
The Islamic State has apparently found a “cheerleader” in Canada. The man from Greater Toronto Area continues to defend the actions of the Middle-Eastern extremists group on Twitter.
The man, who uses Twitter user as Abu Turaab (@AlTuraabSVD), defended IS activities and evidently seemed to be pro-Jihad. He was “unmasked” by the National Post, which identified him to be Mohammed Ali, a 23-year-old Canadian citizen. He was a former Mississauga resident and left the country for Turkey and then for Syria, the website reported. His parents said that he had gone for a couple of weeks after he had left Canada in April 2014.
Turaab aka Ali is apparently one of the modern-day Islamists who use the social media to express freely about their love for Jihad. He quoted Islamic militant Anwar Al-Awlaki who, according to the United States, was a major al-Qaeda talent-recruiter. “”If their wisdom does not lead them to the Truth, it’s not wisdom,” Turaab tweeted Al-Awlaki’s quote. [...]
He also tweeted in August that he could not wait for the day when the Islamic State would behead the first U.S. soldier. “Soccer anyone?” he wrote apparently giving a hint of playing soccer with the “head” of the decapitated soldier. Later, he tweeted after American journalist James Foley had been beheaded by the Islamic State that it was “time to play soccer.”
It’s almost like ISIS isn’t afraid of President Milquetoast.
Via CBS News:
Despite his speech announcing his strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) last week, President Obama receives criticism for his most recent foreign policy challenge – the situation with the ISIS militants – and his approval ratings on handling terrorism and foreign policy have also taken a hit.
According to a new CBS News/New York Times poll, 57 percent of Americans don’t think Mr. Obama is being tough enough in dealing with ISIS militants, while just 31 percent think his approach is about right. Republicans are particularly critical of Mr. Obama on this measure: 83 percent of Republicans don’t think he is being tough enough.
Jihadi Work Accident: 14 ISIS Fighters Killed When Rocket They Were Filling With Chlorine Explodes Prematurely…
Baghdad, Sep 16 (IANS/EFE) – At least 14 members of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group were killed Tuesday near Baghdad when a rocket whose warhead they were filling with chlorine gas exploded.
Iraqi security officials said seven more IS militants were injured in the incident, which occurred near the town of al-Dhuluiya, about 90 km north of Baghdad.
Al-Dhuluiya was also where four members of the Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen suffered symptoms of asphyxiation after inhaling chlorine gas released by two improvised explosive devices.
It was the first time that chlorine has been used as a weapon in Iraq, although it is not uncommon in neighbouring Syria, where the regime’s use of it has been denounced by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
House Dems Still Waging War Against The First Amendment, Now Trying To Get Rush Limbaugh Off The Air…
Apparently they don’t having bigger issues to worry about.
Poll Of Ferguson Residents 62% Of Whites Say Shooting Of Mike Brown Was Justified, 65% Blacks Say Wasn’t…
Via St. Louis Dispatch:
A new public opinion survey of St. Louis County residents shows that the public perception of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown and its aftermath is sharply divided along racial lines.
The survey, released Monday morning by the Kansas City-based Remington Research Group, found that 65 percent of African-American county residents believe Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson acted unjustly when he ended Brown’s life Aug. 9 on a Ferguson street.
Conversely, 62 percent of the white residents surveyed by Remington believe the shooting death of Brown was justified.
The fissure broke even wider when surveyors asked if Wilson should be “arrested and charged with a crime” with 71 percent of African-American residents responding “yes,” opposed to the 71 percent of white survey-takers who believe the police officer should not be arrested or charged.
An equally stark divide emerged on the question of whether Brown was “targeted because of his race.”
Over three-quarters of the white respondents — 77 percent — responded “no” while 64 percent of the African-American respondents answered in the affirmative.
The troops were advisers and not boots on the ground.
Via FOX News
Two American troops and a Polish service member were killed Tuesday when a Taliban suicide car bomber attacked a foreign motorcade just a couple hundred yards from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Fox News confirms.
The NATO-led international military coalition in Afghanistan said five others were wounded in the attack.
Security forces in full battle gear administered CPR to wounded comrades shortly after the 8:10 a.m. blast, which rattled nearby neighborhoods and sent a plume of smoke high into the sky.
The attack – which the Taliban claimed responsibility for — happened on a main Kabul road that leads to the airport, next to an ISAF base that houses many Americans.
The three military deaths — and a fourth in the country’s east — brought the total number of international troops killed in Afghanistan this year to 59, at least 44 of whom were American.[...]
In the aftermath of the blast, Afghan and foreign troops secured the area as fire and rescue vehicles moved in. Investigators inspected an empty black SUV, its windows smashed and exterior pockmarked with shrapnel.
In a separate attack in the country’s east, ISAF said Tuesday that one of its troops died after being shot by an individual wearing an Afghan army uniform. That raises the possibility that the service member died from a so-called insider attack carried out by an Afghan soldier, a serious problem over the last couple of years.
ISAF said it will continue to train and advise Afghan security forces “and does not view these incidents as representative of the positive relationship between our forces.”
Report: Obama Pulling Military Personnel Off ISIS Mission To Combat Ebola, Pentagon’s “Number One Priority”…
What the …?
Via Daily Mail:
The Fox News Channel reported on Sunday that the U.S. military’s emphasis on Ebola prevention, driven by President Barack Obama, has stretched thin most if not all of its other missions.
A senior military official told Fox that General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a recent meeting that ‘the Department of Defense’s number one priority is combating Ebola.’
The network’s source commented that ‘we don’t need to be taking planners away from the CT [counter-terrorism] mission, and that is what is going on.’
Defense spending is down 21 per cent since 2010, the first fiscal year for which the Obama administration presided over the federal budget.
But the president is insisting that the military carry much of the burden in Africa.