Thursday, May 17, 2012

Boehner: Keeping any parts of Obama health law ‘unacceptable’


The Hill ^ | May 17, 2012 | Sam Baker



House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reiterated Thursday that he wants to repeal all of President Obama’s healthcare law if the Supreme Court doesn’t toss out the entire statute.

“We voted to fully repeal the president’s healthcare law as one of our first acts as a new House majority, and our plan remains to repeal the law in its entirety,” Boehner said to reporters. “Anything short of that is unacceptable.”

Republicans are focusing more intently on their healthcare strategy as the high court’s ruling approaches. The court is expected to rule next month on whether the law’s individual mandate is unconstitutional and, if so, whether the rest of the law should fall along with it.
If the court upholds the entire law or only throws out the mandate, Republicans will have to decide how to handle its politically popular provisions, including the policy that bars insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
Conservatives are lobbying their colleagues to avoid the temptation of leaving popular elements in place. Boehner made clear on Thursday that he’s committed to full repeal.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) also urged Republicans to abandon even the most popular elements of the healthcare law as they prepare for the Supreme Court’s decision.
“I'm a little concerned that there might be some people in the House that would repeal what they might call the most egregious aspects of ObamaCare, [but] leave some of those aspects that seem to have some support,” King said on C-SPAN Thursday morning. “My position is very strong — I will fight that. I want all of it pulled out by the roots.”
A measure to repeal the entire healthcare law was the first bill Republicans brought to the floor after taking a majority in the House.
Conservatives have also been pushing the party to steer clear of a comprehensive plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. They believe a single, unified proposal would expose Republicans to charges of hypocrisy, given their consistent attacks on the length and scope of Obama’s healthcare law.
King endorsed the piecemeal approach.
“I agree with what I've heard come from leadership, it's something I've been arguing also for two and a half years, that Republicans shouldn't go into a formerly smoke-filled room and put together a great big healthcare policy to replace ObamaCare when and if that time should come,” he said.

US government allowing radical Muslim organizations to rewrite counterterrorism material!


Act for America Org. ^ | Thursday, 17 May 2012 | Brigitte Gabriel



Well, it just seems to keep happening right under our nose. When will we put a stop to the madness?
From the Desk of Brigitte Gabriel

Radical Muslim organizations are working with our government to rewrite counterterrorism training materials.

•The FBI is reaching out to ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) for input while it is rewriting its counterterrorism training materials.
ISNA is a Muslim Brotherhood front organization and unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in America.
•CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) is mailing letters to law enforcement offices across America demanding to see how they conduct counterterrorism training, and offering to “review and improve” their counterterrorism training materials.
CAIR is a Muslim Brotherhood front organization connected to Hamas, and an unindicted co-conspirator in the same trial.
•The Pentagon recently announced that it’s reviewing its training materials to eliminate “offensive” statements.
•The Obama administration has purged all references to radical Islam from its national strategic threat assessments.
Madness is on the march. Shockingly, our country’s leaders are in effect allowing the Muslim Brotherhood to help determine our counterterrorism policies!
Our nation—and your family—will be at greater risk as a result.
We must expose this madness. We must fight this madness!
If the Obama administration is successful in completely purging all references to radical Islam from all counterterrorism training materials, those on the front lines fighting terrorism will be left to fight it “with one hand tied behind their back.”
•They won’t understand how jihad drives Islamic terrorism. •They won’t even understand what jihad is.
It was this absurd “See no jihad, hear no jihad, speak no jihad” thinking that allowed Major Nidal Hasan to complete his jihad against America by murdering 13 people at Ft. Hood.
Political correctness killed those soldiers every bit as much as Hasan did.
I trust you agree with me, this is madness.
This is putting our country, your community, and your family, at greater risk. All in the name of political correctness.
That’s why I say again: We must not only expose this madness, we must fight it.

Biden Calls Himself 'Middle Class Joe,' Owns Mansion !


Weekly Standard ^ | 5/17/12 | Daniel Halper



Joe Biden, speaking in Ohio today, said that he is "tired of being called a 'Middle Class Joe.'"
While it's not clear who actually calls the vice president that, it is clear that his house and finances tell a different story. Here's a picture of his home (not his official vice presidential residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.):


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Does May 19’s NATO Summit in Chicago have Communist symbolism?


coachisright.com ^ | May 17, 2012 | George Splevin, staff writer



Curious indeed is the choice of the date of May 19 for this week’s NATO Summit in Chicago. How about this for symbolism? This is the same date listed as the “May 19 Communist Coalition, May 19 Communist Organization or rather just M19CO”.

Why would Obama and his schedulers happen to pick the date of May 19 to invite leaders from around the world to descend on the city that launched him into politics, namely Chicago?

Was a master plan for the usurpation of America as a land of the free hatched way back in the Ayers days of rage during the Chicago burning era of anti war protests?

Is the Occupy Wall Street crowd just the grandchildren of the 60′s era hippies hell bent on remaking America into a land of the Socialists, not the land of inalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness?
Consider this Wikipedia description: “M19CO was a US-based, self-described revolutionary organization formed by members of the Weather Underground Organization. The group was originally known as the New York chapter of the Prairie Fire Organization (PFOC), an organization devoted to legally promoting the causes of the Weather Underground.
This was part of the Prairie Fire Manifesto change in Weather Underground Organization strategy, which demanded both above ground mass and (underground) clandestine organizations.”
Now, even more curious is how the date of May 19 happened to gain such a place of prominence with the Bernardine Dohrn Bill Ayers radicals. “The M19CO was derived from the birthdays of Ho Chi Minh and Malcolm X!”
The original Black Panthers and the Black Liberation Army formed an alliance with the Ayers anti war radicals, and Wiki says this new action group had three big aims: “1. Free political prisoners.....
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Obama’s bin Laden leaks angered military (Leaks came straight from White House)


The Washington Examiner ^ | 5-17-2012 | Paul Bedard



When they published their revealing book last August about the nation’s fight against terrorism, the authors, two New York Times national security reporters, immediately felt heat from the Pentagon for dishing too much operational info about the killing of Osama bin Laden.

“I was stopped by a very senior officer in the special operations community who basically wanted to rip my lungs out,” said Thom Shanker, who co-authored “Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda,” with Eric Schmitt.

But, he revealed at a counter terrorism expo this week, the info came directly and officially from the White House, not some garbage can digging operation. “I said to him, ‘Sir, that information came officially to us from the podium at the White House,’” Shanker said.

He added, “Your civilian leaders make choices about describing missions, perhaps for their own partisan political ends, perhaps to show the nation that their tax dollars are being spent well, but that’s the way it is.”

Shanker, an acclaimed Pentagon reporter and author, said he had a little advice for the unidentified officer: If you make general, “this is part of your new world.”

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Rx For America!

Obama's Gay Political Play: The "Stupid Female Voter" Strategy!


patriotpost.us ^ | May 17, 2012 | Mark Alexander



The "Stupid Female Voter" Strategy


"Marriage is ... in its origin a contract of natural law... It is the parent, and not the child of society; the source of civility and a sort of seminary of the republic." --Justice Joseph Story

Gay Days at the White HouseThere was much gayety among some political constituencies this week.
In advance of his annual proclamation of June as "National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month," or more accurately, "Gender Confusion Month," Barack Hussein Obama ceremonially announced his support for so-called "gay marriage." I note "ceremonially" because while this purely political announcement had no effect on the legal status of homosexual relationships, it certainly moved the needle to the left in regard to the moral status of such "unions."

This proclamation came on the heels of North Carolina joining 29 other states by resoundingly approving a state constitutional amendment affirming the natural definition of marriage.
Obama barely won North Carolina in 2008, and Democrats are holding their national convention there this year as they endeavor to retain that state's electoral votes and pick up some around it. Thus, one would think his announcement was ill-timed, unless there is a larger strategy in the works -- and indeed there is.

So why did Obama really go public with his support for the gay marriage agenda?
Certainly not to win the votes of homosexuals -- Obama already has them kowtowing in reverence, particularly after repealing the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban, and refusing to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act as duly passed by Congress and signed into law in 1996 by none other than Bill Clinton.
Most certainly not to win the votes of his sycophantic socialist cadres -- they will vote for Obama regardless of his position on social issues as long as his political platform is bent on redistributing wealth from income earners and delivering it to his most loyal constituents, those enslaved on the Democrats' government welfare plantation.
The calculus behind Obama's endorsement of "gay marriage" is twofold. First, he genuinely supports and identifies with homosexuals, and they with him -- indeed one in six of Obama's big-money "bundlers" is homosexual. He first signaled his desire to redefine this building block of human civilization back in 1996. But his identification with homosexuals is subordinate to his second motive, a political calculation that he believes will ensure his 2012 re-election -- and that re-election is critical to his macro agenda of "fundamentally transforming the United States of America."
Let's analyze Obama's reasoning on both counts.
Regarding his personal motive for promoting the homosexual agenda, Obama is an archetypal case study of Narcissistic Pathology Disorder, the almost universal underlying pathology of Leftist political leaders. Obama most certainly has a dominant though closeted homosexual predisposition, the ultimate expression of his unmitigated narcissism.
This psychological profile would surprise only those who are blinded, either by their cultish devotion to Obama or their shared pathology.
Newsweek Magazine certainly affirmed this diagnosis with its cover this week "outing" Obama's homosexual proclivity. It featured a photo of BO sporting a rainbow halo and the caption, "The First Gay President." In reality, however, there is nothing "gay" about gender disorientation.
Attempting to explain his rationale, Obama said, "[Michelle and I] are both practicing Christians and ... you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it's also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated. ... I was sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people, the word 'marriage' was something that evokes very powerful traditions, religious beliefs and so forth."
He continued, "But I have to tell you ... when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together -- when I think about those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf, and yet feel constrained even now that 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is gone because they're not able to commit themselves in a marriage ... it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."
Responding to his first rationale, I'd be negligent if I didn't challenge Obama's incredibly narcissistic assertion that "soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors [are] fighting on my behalf," rather than correctly understanding that they are fighting in accordance with their solemn oaths to "support and defend" our Constitution. Obama, of course, has affirmed the same obligation by oath but has vigorously refused to honor it.
But the core problem with Obama's "golden rule" reasoning is that his "faith" as a "practicing Christian" was mentored by another pathological narcissist, Jeremiah Wright, with whom Obama identifies most closely as "a father figure." Wright inculcated Obama with the "Marxist social gospel of hate, the antithesis of genuine Christianity. Thus, Obama's understanding of Christianity assumes that Jesus was a socialist.
Moreover, as with all narcissists, the faith expression of Wright and Obama is self-centered -- nothing more than a manifestation shaped by their own deity.
Not only is Obama's faith deeply flawed in regard to homosexuality, but many people of authentic Christian upbringing are also confused about this issue. For a brief but comprehensive perspective on how Christians should respond to the notion of "gay marriage," read Gender Identity, The Homosexual Agenda and The Christian Response.
Regarding Obama's second and more important reason for announcing his support for the homosexual marriage agenda, Leftist Sen. Dick Durbin (D-ILL) concluded, "I don't think it was a political calculation. ... I think it was a matter of conscience." Of course, Durbin knows that this was both "a matter of conscience," as outlined previously, and "a political calculation."
The Obama campaign's internal polling numbers are not looking good, especially with the one group of voters who have represented more than half of all votes cast since 1960 -- women. The female vote will determine the victor in the 2012 presidential election.
Though a female majority elected Obama in 2008, the Democrats' gender advantage is declining. In the 2010 midterm elections, for the first time in recent history, a majority of women voted Republican. Given the estimate that women drive more than 60 percent of financial decisions in the home, Obama's dismal approval ratings on issues related to economic recovery may cost him the election. That is, unless he can regain a majority of women voters by diverting their focus to other issues -- especially what he sees as a "winning" issue among women, homosexual advocacy.
Thus, Obama's gay political play, at its core, cynically assumes that a majority of women are too stupid to rise above their emotive compassion for, and identity with, effeminate men -- like Obama. This assumption is the overarching political strategy behind Obama's announcement, and it is confirmed beyond reasonable doubt by Demo-gogue Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who fallaciously insists that "there's no political calculus" behind Obama's gay marriage endorsement.
How important is the "stupid women" strategy to Obama's long-term political objective?
The transformation of our nation into a Socialist state is predicated on the success of Obama's effort to destabilize the three pillars of Essential Liberty: Constitutional Liberty, Economic Liberty and Individual Liberty.
The Obama administration has done more to undermine constitutional Liberty than any Leftist since Woodrow Wilson.
The Obama administration has done more to undermine Economic Liberty than any Leftist since Franklin Roosevelt, with a plethora of policies designed to break the back of free enterprise and replace it with Democratic Socialism.
As for the third pillar, Obama knows that the most effective method of undermining Individual Liberty is to erode the integrity of faith and family. To the degree that our nation's faith foundation is undermined, the principle that Liberty is "endowed by our Creator" is enfeebled. To the extent that the "Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" are abjectly violated by redefining marriage, which in turn upends the basic building block of a free society, the family, the consequence is the decay of individual Liberty.
The notion that marriage and family are the foundation of society is older than Christ's teaching on the subject. In the words of Marcus Tullius Cicero (circa 50 B.C.), "[T]he first principle of society consists in the marriage tie, the next in children, the next in a family within one roof, where everything is in common. This society gives rise to the city, and is, as it were, the nursery of the commonwealth."
The bottom line for Obama and his Leftist cadres: Female voters will determine the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. Beyond all the topical rhetoric about redefining marriage, if Obama is correct in his calculation that a majority of women voters can be distracted from critical issues like Liberty and economy, his gambit on the gay political play will be a winner. Don't take that bet.
Pro Deo et Constitutione — Libertas aut Mors Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis
Mark Alexander
Publisher, The Patriot Post

Obama memorials bury Fast and Furious law enforcement deaths(murdergate)


Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 16 May, 2012 | David Codrea



President Obama, as keynote speaker in yesterday’s 31st Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service held by the Fraternal Order of Police on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, elected not to address law enforcement lives lost in the Fast and Furious “gunwalking” scandal.

While the name of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who died in December, 2010, would not have appeared on the 2011 roll call of the fallen being honored, the name of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata, slain in Mexico with a Fast and Furious weapon, was included on the roster. The President made no acknowledgment of that, or of the untold numbers of walked guns still in the wild, allowed by the government to fall into the hands of Mexican cartel criminals who continue to endanger law enforcement and the general population on both sides of the border.

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Obama is first "BIRTHER"?



In case you haven’t seen it, here’s a screencap of the top of the Drudge Report as of the time of this post. The link on the headline takes you to a post at Breitbart.com written by Joel B. Pollack and titled “The Vetting — Exclusive — Obama’s Literary Agent in 1991 Booklet: ‘Born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.’” The article itself begins with a “Note from Senior Management” that cautions the reader, “Andrew Breitbart was never a ‘Birther,’ and Breitbart News is a site that has never advocated the narrative of ‘Birtherism:’”
In fact, Andrew believed, as we do, that President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961.
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Yet Andrew also believed that the complicit mainstream media had refused to examine President Obama’s ideological past, or the carefully crafted persona he and his advisers had constructed for him.
It is for that reason that we launched “The Vetting,” an ongoing series in which we explore the ideological background of President Obama (and other presidential candidates)–not to re-litigate 2008, but because ideas and actions have consequences.
It is also in that spirit that we discovered, and now present, the booklet described below–one that includes a marketing pitch for a forthcoming book by a then-young, otherwise unknown former president of the Harvard Law Review.
It is evidence–not of the President’s foreign origin, but that Barack Obama’s public persona has perhaps been presented differently at different times.
The article goes on to note that “Breitbart News has obtained a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Barack Obama’s then-literary agency, Acton & Dystel, which touts Obama as ‘born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.’”
Ace (who also reminds readers that he’s not a birther, either. For the record, neither are we) notes that Obama himself was likely the source of the copy in the screencap above, which is also presented in numerous other scans in the Brietbart.com article.
While it’s true that bios are often not written by the subject, the information in the bio must come from somewhere — and the obvious place to get such information is the subject himself.
I’ve been asked to write these myself — and in fact I owe someone one right now — and while they may be rewritten and edited, the guy asking you for the bio wants the basic information. He doesn’t want to go researching stuff which you can provide for him in 40 seconds.
So it seems very likely this came from Obama. Where else would Obama’s birthplace have come from? In 1991, Obama had not yet written his two (ahem) memoirs. He was not a famous man.
So, why did Obama say this?
Hey, it probably played well at the time, an early example of Jim Geraghty’s recurring theme that all of Obama’s statements have expiration dates on them. And so do Obama’s previous names, another way that he has altered the way he presented himself to the world at various times.
All of which dovetails into the question that Roger L. Simon asks at the Tatler: “Is Obama a Pathological Liar?”
We have always branded Bill Clinton a liar, at least about sex, and probably other things. But the amazing scoop by Breitbart.com today makes Obama one up on Bill. In all likelihood, the president will say that he never saw the information from his literary agents claiming he was born in Kenya. But as the author of 11 books, I can say that in EVERY instance that I have been published, I have seen such material in advance. It could be that Obama is the exception, but that is highly unlikely.
In other words, we have in the White House a man willing to bend his national identity for profit. Pretty cool! (He’s supposed to be cool, isn’t he? Well that’s as cool as it gets.)
Speaking of playing well during his college days, placing that 1991 bio into context also helps to explain what drives the Birthers, something that Mark Steyn discussed last year in his book After America:
With hindsight, this is what drove both the birthers and the countering cries of racism. Detractors and supporters alike were trying to explain something that was at first vaguely palpable and then became embarrassingly obvious: it’s not so much that he’s foreign to America, but that America is foreign to him. Outside the cloisters of Hyde Park and a few other enclaves, he doesn’t seem to get America. Not because he was born in Kenya or wherever, but because he’s the first president to be marinated his entire life in a post-modern, post-American cultural relativism. What’s worrying about Obama is not that he’s weird but that he’s so typical of much of the Eloi [Steyn's recurring H.G. Wells-inspired leitmotif in After America for the pampered elite -- Ed]; in that sense, his post-Americanness is all too American.
In both Chicago’s Ward Four, where the Obamas lived, and Ward Five, where they worked, 95 percent of electors voted Democrat in 2004. You would be hard put to find another constituency so committed to celebrating lack of diversity. Like most professional multiculturalists, Obama has passed his entire adulthood in a very narrow unicultural environment where your ideological worldview doesn’t depend on anything so tedious as actually viewing the world. The aforementioned Michael Ignatieff, who actually has viewed the world, gets close to the psychology in his response to criticisms of him for spending so much time abroad. Deploring such “provincialism,” he replied: “They say it makes me less of a Canadian. It makes me more of a Canadian.”
And how better to sound cool and exotic to Harvard’s professors (many of whom likely share the same punitive liberal worldview of America that Obama has marinated in much of his life) than to claim you weren’t born in America?
Related: At the Tatler, Myra Adams links to the Breitbart post and asks, “It is only May. Can you imagine what the October presidential campaign will look like?”
I hope for their sake that the Romney camp has.
Update: At Hot Air, Allahpundit adds:
An author born in colonial Kenya sounds more worldly at first blush than one born in Honolulu, just as a law professor who’s 1/32 Cherokee sounds more in tune with the minority experience in America than a white woman from Oklahoma. Beyond that, though, this is a story about the media: I’d bet cash money that some reporter somewhere stumbled upon this booklet in years past and politely suppressed the info rather than do the journalist’s job of asking questions and finding out why the mistake in the booklet was made. The alternative, that the media was so uninterested in O’s background that they never checked his professional listings, is grimly possible, but I’m skeptical. I think this is a case where someone probably heard about the booklet and ignored it in order to play gatekeeper so that the Birthers couldn’t exploit the information. That’s what the press has come to when the subject is Obama’s background.
Read the whole thing. And then click back over to Breitbart.com, where Ben Shapiro notes, “Obama’s Lit Agency Used ‘Born in Kenya’ Bio Until 2007″:
According to archive.org, a website that caches websites on a regular basis, [AKA The Internet Archieve Wayback Machine -- Ed] the Dystel.com website – the official website for Dystel & Goderich, Obama’s literary agents – was using the Barack Obama “born in Kenya” language until April 2007, just two months after then-Senator Obama declared his campaign for the presidency.
Here’s a screencap we made of the Dystel.com client list that the Wayback machine captured in April of 2007 lest it disappears; we’ve scrolled down to the relevant entry; click to enlarge:

Shapiro writes that apparently, sometime later in April of 2007, Obama’s bio at Dystel was revised to state that he was born in Hawaii. Speaking of the Wayback Machine, a commenter at Hot Air links to a 2004 Associated Press article archived there from the Nairobi-Kenya Standard and notes, “This has been around for a long time. But most people assumed it was a one-off error: Kenyan-born Obama all set for US Senate.” Here’s its lede:
Kenyan-born US Senate hopeful, Barrack Obama, appeared set to take over the Illinois Senate seat after his main rival, Jack Ryan, dropped out of the race on Friday night amid a furor over lurid sex club allegations.
Snopes, the left-leaning veteran fact-checking Website has a 2009 article debunking this article; one can only imagine how crazy they’re going there today.
Similarly, Obama’s former literary agent has decided to do one last bit of damage control today for her old client:
Miriam Goderich issued the following statement to Political Wire:
“You’re undoubtedly aware of the brouhaha stirred up by Breitbart about the erroneous statement in a client list Acton & Dystel published in 1991 (for circulation within the publishing industry only) that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me — an agency assistant at the time. There was never any information given to us by Obama in any of his correspondence or other communications suggesting in any way that he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii. I hope you can communicate to your readers that this was a simple mistake and nothing more.”
But one they kept making for 16 years. Still though, nice of Goderich to take the fall herself. As Mark Steyn likes to quip:
When the British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan dumped some of his closest cabinet colleagues to extricate himself from a political crisis, the Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe responded: “Greater love hath no man than to lay down his friends for his life.”
And the wheels of the bus go ’round and ’round.
More: Vindication for Jack Cashill, who believes that Bill Ayers wrote Dreams From My Father? Roger adds his his video interview today with Cashill to discuss these latest revelations to his Tatler post:
Related: Jim Treacher squares the circle: “Obama wasn’t born in Kenya, except when he claims he was born in Kenya:”
Either Obama was born in Kenya or he wasn’t. I remain skeptical that he was. The question is, then: Why did he claim to be? What advantage did he think it gave him at the time?
Maybe Elizabeth Warren can tell us…
To coin a popular Blogospheric phrase, heh.

Trayvon Martin Had Drugs in System, Autopsy Found!


ABC ^ | May 17, 2012 | MATT GUTMAN



Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer, had the drug THC in his system the night of this death, according to new information obtained by ABC News.
The revelation came as prosecutors in the case prepared to release to the public hundreds of pages of new evidence along with videos and crime scene photos.

Martin's death sparked public outrage after police released Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, without any criminal charges for the killing.

Zimmerman, 28, is a multi-racial Hispanic man who shot the black high school junior at close range on Feb. 26, and claimed self-defense, though Martin was unarmed. Zimmerman was later charged with second-degree murder, and the killing provoked widespread debate about racial profiling.

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Cops, Witnesses Back Up George Zimmerman's Version of Trayvon Martin Shooting (another Obama gaff)


ABCNews.com ^ | May 17, 2012 | By MATT GUTMAN (@mattgutmanABC) , SENI TIENABESO and COLLEEN CURRY



Two police reports written the night that George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin said that Zimmerman had a bloody face and nose, according to police reports made public today.

The reports also note that two witness accounts appear to back up Zimmerman's version of what happened when they describe a man on his back with another person wearing a hoodie straddling him and throwing punches.

In addition, Trayvon Martin's father told an investigator after listening to 911 tapes that captured a man's voice frantically callling for help that it was not his son calling for help.

The new information is part of a trove of documents released by the Florida State Attorney today in the case against Zimmerman, who is charged with second degree murder for the Feb. 26 killing of Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old African American male.

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Harry Reid on Univision: Promises More Obama Amnesty Moves; Bashes Sheriff Joe


Stand With Arizona ^ | 05-17-2012 | John Hill




Harry Reid was in full pander mode in his Unvision interview with anchor (and noted amnesty for illegals advocate) Jorge Ramos.
Ramos first confronted Reid about Obama's failure to keep his campaign promise to push for an amnesty bill in his first term, despite his 14 months of Congressional filibuster-proof super-majority in 2009-10.
An irritated Reid responded as we would expect him to: by blaming Republicans, even though the GOP could not have stopped any bill in Obama's first term, if Obama had actually made it a priority (which he did not).
But then Reid made news by revealing that Obama - who has already dismantled the enforcement regime against illegal aliens, and granted a unilateral amnesty for nearly 2 million illegal aliens by a stroke of his pen last August - would be engaging in more amnesty moves without Congressional approval in the near future:
RAMOS: Because he didn't keep his word on presenting an immigration proposal his first year, is there a Hispanic problem for President Obama? REID: Well, Jorge, the polls, because of what the Republicans have done on wide-ranging issues to be anti-hispanic, the polls show Democrats leading by significant numbers including President Obama. President Obama is not a perfect man, he hasn’t been a perfect president. He’s been a very very good president. And we’ve done some extremely good things, especially as it relates to the dreamers to make sure they are not taken away in the middle of the night. There’s a lot more than can be done. There’s more the president is going to do administratively and that should happen fairly quickly.
There you have it - with their electoral backs against the wall, we can expect even more extra-judicial, extra-Congressional, lawless amnesty moves by this cabal before November. And don't you just love the phony drama about preventing "Dreamers" from being "taken away in the middle of the night", when in reality they parade around on city streets and protest state capitols with no fear of the neutered ICE whatsoever.
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A Bailout Ponzi Scheme


Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-05-16 19:00:46 | mrcurmudgeon




It was the second largest financial penalty levied on a single industry in U.S. history. $25 billion was extracted from the nation's banks for financial fraud committed during the heyday of the home mortgage boom. The money was intended to help qualified homeowners nearing foreclosure.
That, however, was when another fraud was perpetrated.
"In a budget proposed this week," reports the New York Times, "California joined more than a dozen states that want to help close gaping shortfalls using money paid by the nation's biggest banks and earmarked for foreclosure prevention ..."
Oh, just in passing, Gov. Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown announced that the Golden State will suffer a $16 billion shortfall. To cut costs while keeping state employees happily feeding at the public trough, California will slash its budget for "hospital and nursing home inspectors to perform unannounced inspections to monitor compliance with state laws," says the Huffington Post.
When given a choice to help his state's most powerful union keep its perks (California's prison guards) or preventing elderly abuse ... you know whose side Gov. Moonbeam will come down on.
The party of "the little guy" has it in for the littlest and most vulnerable.
So, let me see if I've got this straight: taxpayers funded the bailout of the international financial sector, we were told, to prevent another Great Depression. The federal government then sued U.S. banks for engaging in "predatory lending" that was in keeping with mandates passed by Congress. As the dip in home prices triggered an economic collapse, which triggered Depression-era unemployment, more and more Americans lost their homes.
That's when our subprime Congress decided to aid homeowners down on their luck. However, it turns out to be a backdoor bailout for bankrupt Blue States so as to keep their pampered public employees living large.
The bailed-out are bailing out the bailers. And the guy footing the bill continues to be, well, you - the little guy.
Meanwhile, back in Washington, President Obama is gearing up for another debt-ceiling fight. He told the press that Republicans should "avoid fighting old political fights." White House Press Secretary Jay Carney added, "It's simply not acceptable to hold the American and global economy hostage to one party's political ideology."
So, when Speaker Boehner eventually caves, and Obama shovels additional trillions onto the nation's massive debt, it won't be the Tea Party's "political ideology" that pushed the country into a second Great Depression.
It was a Ponzi scheme masquerading as a bailout.

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Obama assets valued at $2.6M to $8.3M (but Obama claims to be an ordinary middle-class gal)


Fox News ^ | 5/16/2012 | ap



The White House says President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hold assets worth between nearly $2.6 million and nearly $8.3 million.

The White House released financial disclosure documents Tuesday showing the couple's assets for last year. In 2010 the first family's assets were valued between $1.8 million and nearly $12 million.
The disclosure form requires public officials to list their assets in broad ranges, for example, between $1 million and $5 million, making it difficult to determine a precise net worth.

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Is There a Drone In Your Backyard?


Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2012 | Judge Andrew Napolitano



Earlier this week, the federal government announced that the Air Force might be dispatching drones to a backyard near you. The stated purpose of these spies in the sky is to assist local police to find missing persons or kidnap victims, or to chase bad guys.
If the drone operator sees you doing anything of interest (Is your fertilizer for the roses or to fuel a bomb? Is that Sudafed for your cold or your meth habit? Are you smoking in front of your kids?), the feds say they may take a picture of you and keep it. The feds predict that they will dispatch or authorize about 30,000 of these unmanned aerial vehicles across America in the next 10 years. Meanwhile, more than 300 local and state police departments are awaiting federal permission to use the drones they already have purchased -- usually with federal stimulus funds.
The government is out of control.
If the police use a drone without a warrant to see who or what is in your backyard or your bedroom, or if while looking for a missing child the drone takes a picture of you in your backyard or bedroom and the government keeps the picture, its use is unnatural and unconstitutional.
I say "unnatural" because we all have a natural right to privacy; it is a fundamental right that is inherent in our humanity. All of us have times of the day and moments in our behavior when we expect that no one -- least of all the government -- will be watching. When the government watches us during those times, it violates our natural right to privacy. It also violates our constitutional right to privacy. The Supreme Court has held consistently that numerous clauses in the Bill of Rights keep the government at bay without a warrant.
Even when we don't have an expectation of privacy, we do have a right to be left alone. But merely watching us in public isn't enough for the police, as many street corner cameras are equipped with listening devices and tiny megaphones. We can expect that these devices will soon bark commands: "Put down that BlackBerry." "Look to your right before crossing." "Don't kiss her; a car is coming." Actually, Big Brother is coming, and he's not smiling.
Big Brother is watching from the skies, as well as the streets. This started when the Department of Defense decided to offer help to police -- and they are prepared to accept. Never mind that the military may not lawfully operate within our borders, except in the case of rebellion, and then only when publicly authorized by the president. Never mind that the military may not lawfully be used for law enforcement, except in the case of disaster, and then only when publicly authorized by the president. And never mind that this use of drones by the Air Force was not the result of legislation debated and enacted by Congress, but was done under the authority of the president alone.
Add to all this the use of drones to kill people. President Obama has argued that he can use drones to kill Americans overseas, whose deaths he believes will keep us all safer, without any constitutional due process whatsoever. His attorney general has argued that the president's careful consideration of each target and the narrow use of deadly drones are an adequate substitute for due process. Of course, no court has ever ruled that way. The president's national security adviser has argued that the use of drones is humane since they are "surgical" and only kill their targets. Of course, that's not true, but it misses the point. Without a declaration of war, the president can't lawfully kill anyone, no matter how humane his killing.
How long will it be before the Air Force and the police adopt the unconstitutional arguments of the president's wrongheaded advisers and use the drones not only to spy but also to kill Americans in America?
The whole reason we have a Bill of Rights is to assure that tyranny does not happen here, to guarantee that the government to which we have supposedly consented will leave us alone. Do you think the government accepts that? Would you feel safe with a drone in your backyard? Would you feel like you were in America?

Romney responds to Bain attacks, says he helped create 100k jobs (Saving companies save jobs)


Politico ^ | 5/16/2012 | By ALEXANDER BURNS



Mitt Romney, who has been silent up to this point on the Obama campaign's extensive attacks on his private equity career, defended his experience in an interview with conservative blogger Ed Morissey, distancing himself from the closing of a steel factory at a Bain-owned company and accusing the president of talking out of both sides of his mouth on private equity.


Here's what he said:

"The most recent attacks are really off target and I think they know. They said, oh, gosh, Gov. Romney at Bain Capital closed down a steel factory. But the problem, of course, is that the steel factory closed down two years after I left Bain Capital. I was no longer there. So that’s hardly something that was done on my watch. And of course they don’t mention a couple of other things. One is that we were able to help create over 100,000 jobs and secondly, on the president’s watch, about 100,000 jobs were lost in the auto industry, in auto dealers and auto manufacturers. So, you know, he’s hardly one to point a finger. Oh, and by the way, he has no problem going out and doing fundraisers with Bain Capital and private equity people"

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