If you’re a raging narcissist like Obama, someone (the press in this case) forgetting his birthday is a grave insult.
If you’re a raging narcissist like Obama, someone (the press in this case) forgetting his birthday is a grave insult.
Why does being black automatically make you anti-Israel?
Via Free Beacon:
Obama administration-endorsed “champion of change” has lashed out at an African American pro-Israel activist, accusing her of forgetting “where she came from” and implying that she is being manipulated by the pro-Israel community.
Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian-American Muslim activist who has been honored by the White House as a “champion of change,” upbraided pro-Israel activist Chloe Simone Valdary Thursday on Twitter after she criticized the campus group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), which has come under fire for engaging in anti-Semitic rhetoric.
The heated exchange between Valdary (@Cvaldary on Twitter) and Sarsour (@lsarsour on Twitter) elicited multiple responses from observers who accused Sarsour of engaging in racist and anti-Semitic stereotypes.
“Please understand Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), that this year, we are coming for you,” Valdary wrote online, referencing the heated battle on college campuses between Israel’s detractors and its defenders.
Sarsour objected to Valdary’s criticism, tweeting: “This girl forgot where she came from. Publicly threatening @SJPNational. Bring it on.”
Seattle got a new shipment from Chicago.
Via Seattle PI
Two young men accused of firing more than a dozen shots outside a Seattle rap show now face felony charges.
King County prosecutors claim Marquis Jackson and Jerrod Marks II opened fire as a gangster rap concert concluded at a Beacon Hill bar. One of the rounds fired by the men blew through the wall of a home and lodged feet from a sleeping woman.
According to charging papers, Marks – a convicted felon – explained to police he was simply “test” firing the stolen Glock handgun later found in a car he was driving. Both men have now been charged with drive-by shooting and unlawful gun possession.
Jackson, 20, and Marks, 19, are described by police as members of a minor South Seattle street gang. Police claim the performers at the concert near the shooting scene are members of two Central District gangs, and that the long-running feud between gangs in two parts of the city played a role in the shooting.
Gang violence in Seattle is often described as stemming from a generations-long conflict between members of Central District and South Seattle gangs. While the young men involved often have deep ties to each other outside of gang life, the CD-Southend divide is apparent in much of the youth violence in Seattle and its southern suburbs.
Seattle police contend that geography-based beef drove the violence Jan. 11 outside Dahlak Bar, a North Beacon Hill restaurant and venue.
The night of the shooting, the South State Street bar was hosting a gangster rap concert headlined by the Central District gang members. Writing the court, a Seattle Police Department gang unit detective said one of the rappers often rapped about killing Southend gang members.
The detective said he and other gang unit detectives were outside the bar shortly before 2 a.m. when shots rang out. Investigators later determined that at least 12 shots were fired nearby, at the McDonald’s at the intersection of Rainier Avenue South and South Bayview Street.
HT Theo Spark
Shipped and then just released…
HOUSTON, Texas–As unaccompanied minors continue to illegally cross the Texas-Mexico border, President Obama’s Health and Human Services (HHS) has been quietly releasing them onto U.S. soil. A total of 30,340 unaccompanied minors have already been released from federal custody and placed into foster homes, according to HHS’ Office of Refugee and Resettlement (ORR). While many migrants have been released in border states like Texas and California, others have been set free in Alaska.
A spokesman from HHS confirmed to Breitbart Texas that as of July 7, five unaccompanied minors were released in Alaska. “Between January 1 and July 7, 2014, a total of five minors were discharged from the Unaccompanied Alien Children program to sponsors in Alaska,” the spokesman said.
El Rancho Verde Unified School District will stop requiring its high-school students to take geography and instead require them to take a class on diversity and inclusion.
ERUSD president Aurora Villon said the class is necessary because minority students “need to feel validated.”
“When you negate their culture, they feel less than other students,” she said in an e-mail to Whittier Daily News.
Internal and external threats have never been greater…
An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said Thursday that President Obama’s strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for today’s global threats.
The National Defense Panel called on the president to dump a major section of his 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and write a broader strategy that requires the military to fight on multiple fronts at once.
It also said the shrinking U.S. armed forces, which are being downsized to fit that strategy and budget cuts, is a “serious strategic misstep on the part of the United States.” The forces’ numbers spelled out in Mr. Obama’s QDR are “inadequate given the future strategic and operational environment.”
The warning comes as Mr. Obama is under criticism from many Republicans and some Democrats for his standoff policy toward Syria and his limited response to a June offensive by an al Qaeda offshoot that has gobbled up swaths of territory in Iraq.
Thugs are getting high tech.
Via Calgary Herald
A drone carrying cellphones, marijuana and other contraband into a U.S. maximum-security prison never made it inside the razor wire fence, and authorities said Wednesday they are looking for one of two people accused of trying to sneak it in.
The search has been ongoing since April 21, when officials found a small, crashed drone in bushes outside the walls of Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina, according to Corrections Department spokeswoman Stephanie Givens.
At the site, Givens said officers also found materials that inmates aren’t supposed to have, including the phones, tobacco products, marijuana and synthetic marijuana. One person has been arrested.
Givens said officials aren’t sure exactly where the drone would have gone if it made it over the wall. According to Givens, this is the first time officials know of a drone being used to smuggle banned items into a South Carolina prison. Last fall, four people in Georgia were accused of using a remote-controlled drone to fly tobacco and cellphones into a state prison there.
In the South Carolina case, one person has been charged with drug possession and trying to give contraband materials to inmates. Court records listed no attorney for 28-year-old Brenton Lee Doyle.
Authorities are seeking a second man seen on convenience store surveillance images buying some of the products later found with the crashed drone, Givens said.
…and the race card jumps the shark.
By attacking Israeli troops and kidnapping one just hours into a new ceasefire Friday morning, Hamas guaranteed that the people it claims to represent in Gaza will face more casualties as Israeli forces hunt for the terrorist who live among them.
Yet, for Hamas defenders, this is unlikely to change their descriptions for the group. Despite long-standing terrorist designations by the United States and European Union, to them Hamas is a “sovereign government,” a political party, a “humanitarian organization”or a “resistance” movement.
A July 14 blog written by Cata Charret on Mondoweiss, a website with a self-described focus on a “progressive Jewish perspective,” denounced describing Hamas as a terrorist group as “reductionist and racist,” noting they were democratically elected. The Huffington Post’s Jonathan Russo called Hamas’ terrorist reputation a result of “Israel’s mislabeling and misdiagnosis.”
“When they threw out Fatah in their 2007 coup they became a sovereign government, rulers of a tiny yet definable enclave. At that moment Hamas went from a terrorist group to a legitimate government,” Russo wrote.
That “legitimate government,” we now know, diverted millions of dollars that could have helped build Gaza and improve life for its people into building a vast rocket arsenal and tunnel network with one aim – to kill as many Israelis as possible.
*Video* "President Obama bummed that reporters forgot his birthday..” http://t.co/dD8LUUJz2r
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) August 1, 2014
Israel is pounded by missiles, Russia is invading Ukraine, there's an Ebola epidemic, and Obama wants the press to ask about his birthday.
— Princess Chelsea (@chelsea_elisa) August 1, 2014
How did this empty suit, leaning on his elbow on the podium, begging for birthday wishes, ever get elected president? pic.twitter.com/NdFuiT2z8X
— Vern Demerest (@TxAv8r) August 1, 2014
$20.00 for a certified copy of a birth certificate is a stumbling block for a free State issued ID.
Via Journal Sentinel
A divided state Supreme Court on Thursday tweaked a provision of Wisconsin’s voter ID law to put it in keeping with the state constitution, making it easier for people to get identification cards without having to pay along the way.
Despite Thursday’s rulings in two challenges of the law, the requirement to show photo identification at the polls remains blocked because a federal judge in April found Wisconsin’s voter ID law violates the U.S. Constitution and federal Voting Rights Act. That decision is now under review by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.
State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, who defended the law, said he believed Thursday’s rulings strengthened his hand in the federal litigation and he would use them to try to reinstate the voter ID requirement in time for the Nov. 4 election.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in two cases, upholding the voter ID law 4-3 in one and 5-2 in the other.
In one case, the court majority crafted a “saving construction” of the voter ID law to keep it from being unconstitutional. That was aimed at preventing the state from requiring voters to pay any government fees to get a state-issued ID card.
How that would work is unclear. The ruling requires the state Division of Motor Vehicles to give out IDs to those who can’t afford birth certificates and other documents, but provides no guidance to how officials could determine people are who they say they are without such documentation.
“I am confounded by that, by the saving construction, because there are no standards for how to apply it,” said Madison attorney Lester Pines, who represented the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin in one of the voter ID cases.
“I find it to be unworkable and it’s going to lead to more litigation.”
Currently, people can get free ID cards for voting from the state, but they have to produce certified copies of their birth certificates — which cost $20 apiece in Wisconsin — to get them. The majority saw that as a problem.
“The modest fees for documents necessary to prove identity would be a severe burden on the constitutional right to vote not because they would be difficult for some to pay. Rather, they would be a severe burden because the State of Wisconsin may not enact a law that requires any elector, rich or poor, to pay a fee of any amount to a government agency as a precondition to the elector’s exercising his or her constitutional right to vote,” Justice Patience Roggensack wrote for the majority in a case brought by the Milwaukee branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
To keep the law intact, the majority rewrote the state’s administrative code to require the Division of Motor Vehicles to issue photo ID without requiring a birth certificate or other documents that require fees.
“As the (U.S.) Supreme Court has explained, it is best to ‘limit the solution to the problem’ rather than enjoining the application of an entire statute due to a limited flaw,” the majority stated.
The majority left DMV administrators with some discretion on when to issue voter ID cards without birth certificates or other documents. That opens the possibility for more legal disputes.
In dissent in both cases, Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson wrote it was “anyone’s guess” as to which government costs voters could avoid, noting fees are charged for an array of documents that could be used to get IDs, such as marriage certificates, judgments of divorce and naturalization papers. She argued the court shouldn’t be interpreting regulations that aren’t before it, such as the administrative code the majority redrafted.
Because the burden on voters is severe and the state has not shown a compelling interest served by requiring photo ID, the voter ID law should be struck down as unconstitutional, she wrote.
“Today the court follows not James Madison — for whom Wisconsin’s capital city is named — but rather Jim Crow — the name typically used to refer to repressive laws used to restrict rights, including the right to vote, of African-Americans,” Abrahamson wrote for the dissenters in the second case brought by the League of Women Voters.
She noted that in the NAACP case, the majority conceded that the cost of a birth certificate amounts to a poll tax, but in the League of Women Voters case declared all of the voter ID law constitutional. Neither opinion explained the inconsistency, she wrote.
It’s almost like Dems want people to go on welfare.
PHILADELPHIA – Instead of the welfare office and City Hall, Philadelphia residents may soon be lining up at schools to apply for government benefits.
A proposed bill by the Philadelphia City Council would make public schools the “one-stop location” for government handouts, including everything from Section 8 housing subsidies to reproductive health services.
Though the School-Based Family Services Program would focus on providing public services to children, the program extends coverage to parents and family members, creating “neighborhood-based community hubs,” which would cut down on trips to various government agencies in town.
“The Philadelphia School District’s schools offer the potential to serve as one-stop locations, where children and their families could receive those services intended to increase the likelihood that those children will thrive both in school and in their homes,” states the legislation.
Considering the bill is sponsored by 11 of 16 Philadelphia City Council members, it’s destined to pass once a public hearing is held sometime in the coming weeks, according to a legislative aide of 3rd District Councilwoman Janie Blackwell, one of the sponsors of the bill.
Update to this story. In March, Brennan flatly denied the spying. Now his own inspector general said they did it.
Two Democratic senators demanded that Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan resign on Thursday after revelations that the CIA snooped on Senate computers.
Administration officials briefed the Senate Intelligence Committee’s membership on Thursday afternoon about an inspector general report that revealed CIA officials improperly accessed computers used by Senate staffers to research a 6,700-page report on the agency’s Bush-era interrogation and detention practices.
Via Raw Story:
Acclaimed producer and musical artist Brian Eno has written a letter accusing Israel of ethnic cleansing and asking why the United States would continue to support what he considers “a ragingly racist theocracy.”
The letter was sent as an email to a number of friends, including frequent collaborator David Byrne, who decided to publish it on his website. Byrne included a lengthy response by friend Peter Schwartz, who criticizes Israel but includes greater historical context for the crisis.
Eno begins by describing a graphic photo of a Palestinian man holding a carrier bag containing his son’s remains.
He goes on to blast Israel for “straightforward old-school racism” and writes that supporting the country is “like sending money to the [Ku Klux] Klan.” The target of much of his anger is the United States for supporting Israel, though he admits he doesn’t understand the reason for that support. [...]
The musician, who has produced acclaimed records by Talking Heads, U2 and dozens of others, has been known to voice opposition to Israel in the past. In 2009, he criticized Israelis for “recapitulating their own history as though they’ve forgotten it” at a rally in London. More recently, he co-signed a letter in The Guardian opposing Israeli military action.
The status of the rest of the folks in the killer group is not mentioned in the accounts, but the group includes a 14 year old.
Via Daily Caller:
A 19-year-old who was part of a group suspected of fatally beating a USC graduate student with a baseball bat told authorities that he has been in the U.S. illegally for seven years.
The suspect, Jonathan Del Carmen, told authorities of his illegal status in an interview at the Los Angeles County jail, according to a federal source reached by The Daily Caller with knowledge of the interview who was not authorized to speak to the press about the investigation.
The Los Angeles Times issued a similar report confirming Del Carmen’s immigration status.
Police believe that Del Carmen, and three other suspects between 16- and 18-years-old, attacked 24-year-old Xinran Ji with a baseball bat and a wrench during an attempted robbery early on the morning of July 24 as the engineering student was walking home from a study group.
Del Carmen has no problem coming in and killing Ji, but Ji’s family who had to travel from China for his memorial, were held up for a week because they tried to enter legally and the U.S. visa system crashed.
Translation via NRO:
They know he’s going to act soon — they want to maintain this crisis to condemn our community, a community without rights for our kids at this moment, our DREAMers, and for millions of others that the president has said he wants to help. That’s what they want. They want to punish our community, and that punishment will be met with an electoral punishment. Be assured that we are not going to forget the mistreatment our community has received.
No surprise considering this is from pro-Islamic terror MP George Galloway.
Notice they are referred to as “residents”, not “detainees”. Putting them in school there doesn’t sound like they’re just staying there for 23 days…
KARNES CITY – Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Friday will open a remodeled detention center three hours north of the Rio Grande Valley.
The Karnes City center will house women and children who entered the country illegally through the Valley.
The 532-bed facility underwent a massive renovation to house women and children. The center housed only adult immigrants in the past.
Immigrants will be at the facility for an average of 23 days.
The feds said the rooms will be referred to as “suites.” The suites are furnished with bunk beds, play tables for children, flat-screen television sets and landline telephones.
“I will refer to everyone in this facility as a resident. ICE generally refers to people in custody as detainees,” ICE San Antonio Field Office Director Enrique Lucero said.
Some folks? Like mass-murderer Khalid Sheikh Mohammed?
Via The Hill:
President Obama said in blunt terms Friday that the United States “tortured some folks” — describing how a forthcoming report will detail now defunct U.S. interrogation techniques he described as “contrary to our values.”
Obama said the White House has finished its declassification review of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on Bush-era enhanced interrogation techniques.
Now, it’s up to the committee to make the executive summary and other portions of the report public, which is expected to happen in the next few weeks.
“Even before I came into office, I was very clear that in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we did some things that were wrong,” Obama said in a last-minute news conference in the White House briefing room. “We did a lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values. I understand why it happened.”
Just because every president before him had to negotiate with Congress to get stuff done doesn’t mean he has to the same, right?
Friday at a press conference, President Barack Obama said in order to address the humanitarian crisis of ten of thousands of unaccompanied children illegally flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border, he was “going to have act alone.”
The president said he would use an executive order to “reallocate resources.”
Osama wasn’t in the town, but in the hills, Clinton wouldn’t have had to harm Kandahar at all.
Via NY Post:
WASHINGTON — Bill Clinton ruminated about a missed chance to get Osama bin Laden just hours before the horrific September 11th attacks, according to new audio made public Wednesday in Australia.
He made his comments at a paid speech in Melbourne, Sky News reported.
“And I’m just saying, you know, if I were Osama bin Laden — he’s very smart guy, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about him — and I nearly got him once. I nearly got him.”
“And I could have killed him,” Clinton continued, “but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him. And so I didn’t do it.”
Clinton got paid $150,000 for the speech to J.T. Campbell & Co.
Former Liberal Party head Michael Kroger was there, but said he had forgotten about a recording he had of the session until last week. He revealed the existence of the chilling comments — just 10 hours before the first plane struck — to Sky News in a broadcast.