Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Too Late!

Kerry Meeting With Saudi Foreign Minister Abruptly Closed to Press (CYA Time!)

Front Page ^ | April 16, 2013 | By Daniel Greenfield

Kerry’s previous rounds of meetings with foreign ministers had been open to the press. And the meeting with the Saudi Foreign Minister should have been far less controversial than his meetings with foreign ministers in Asia where the North Korean crisis was still underway.
The meeting with the Saudi Foreign Minister should have been open to the press as well. But then suddenly, it wasn’t.
A meeting Secretary of State John Kerry was to hold with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal was abruptly closed to press coverage Tuesday morning.
The State Department provided no reason for the change, which was announced just 15 minutes before the scheduled 10 A.M. session, but media reports have said that a Saudi national in the U.S. on a student visa is a “person of interest” to investigators probing the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
“Apologies for short notice,” the State Department’s press office told reporters as it announced the change. A spokesperson did not immediately respond to a query about the closure of the meeting, which had been scheduled to include a so-called “camera spray” at the top of the session.
The Saudis tend to be aggressive in protecting their nationals, even when they are involved in terrorism. And Kerry clearly is trying to avoid any kind of public exchange or questions at the topic.
The abrupt shutdown suggests that the State Department left the window open as long as possible in the hopes that the Saudi national would become a non-issue. The shutdown suggests that whatever direction the FBI investigation is headed in, its people are unable to tell State that the Saudi national in custody is not a player. Otherwise Kerry could have easily shot down the question.
It also suggests that the Saudis might want to press Kerry privately on their usual agenda of exculpating Saudi Arabia for its terrorist backing and transferring over the Saudi national to their custody.

College Professor Arrested for Freaking Out at Pro-Life Display

A University of Buffalo (SUNY) professor was arrested for screaming obscenities at an administration approved graphic pro-life display. While cursing profusely, she accused the pro-lifers of being "profane."

The video below shows the arrest along with the professor cursing and finally yelling out to surrounding students to tell her 1 p.m. class that she wouldn't be able to teach that day because she was being taken away in handcuffs.

I contacted the media relations department at UB and they confirmed the arrest. John DellaContrada, Assistant Vice President for Media Relations at UB, told CMR that:

Laura Curry was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. She is an adjunct instructor of media study. She is entitled to due process under the law.

This was a display by a student club, the UB Students for Life. Student organizations are allowed to reserve space on campus for purposes of free expression.

The University at Buffalo strives to create an environment in which diverse opinions can be expressed and heard. As a public university, it is a fundamental value of UB that all members of the campus community and their invited guests have a right to peacefully express their views and opinions, regardless of whether others may disagree with those expressions. This includes the right of protesters to oppose the views or opinions of others, but not in such a way as to limit or prevent the speaker's freedom of expression or interfere with university operations.
I asked whether there would be any ramifications over the incident but I didn't receive an answer on that.

Mind you, Professor Curry curses an awful lot while accusing the pro-life display of being profane.

This is not the first battle over abortion on the SUNY Buffalo campus. In 2011, a pro-life display was reportedly vandalized. In a separate incident, pro-lifers were reportedly pelted with feces by people enraged by the pro-life message.

Boston bombs said to be made from pressure cookers (ban them now)

AP via Yahoo News ^ | 4/16/13 | JAY LINDSAY and EILEEN SULLIVAN

The bombs that ripped through the crowd at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 170, were fashioned out of pressure cookers and packed with metal shards, nails and ball bearings to inflict maximum carnage, a person briefed on the investigation said Tuesday.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...

House Minority Whip (IDIOT) Blames Boston Marathon Bombings on Sequester [ He just provided the motive ]

breitbart.com ^ | April 16 2013 | Tony Lee

At a Tuesday press conference, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) politicized the Boston Marathon bombings by blaming Monday's tragedy on the sequester, saying the bombings were "proof" that some of the sequester cuts were "irrational." Hoyer is the House Minority Whip and second-ranking Democrat in leadership.
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ABC News Actually Claims Boston is the First Terrorist Attack on the US Homeland Under Obama!

by MissesBush

Anyone else listening to Sean Hannity's Show and the ABC News breaks during? ABC News is SHAMELESSLY claiming this is the first US homeland terror attack on Obama's watch, a blatant lie and surely they know it. And if they don't, they should go out of the news business. ABC News needs to tell the families of the 13 murdered heros by Hassan the Islamic radical maggot that their loved ones didn't die from terrorism. Or should we assume ABC News is just toeing the Obama line that it was an act of workplace violence and not what it was, terrorism?
What about the shooting and murder of one ROTC recruiter, and the wounding of another by yet another Islamic radical in Little Rock in 2009? And 2 other major terrorist masscres were only averted because of the incompetence of the bombers, not because of the Obama administration's supposed vigiliance: The Times Square bombing and the Detroit airliner bombing. Had either succeeded, Obama's record on domestic terrorism would be considered eggregious. That these attacks all happened, or nearly happened, without the Obama admin detecting and preventing them tells us something is seriously amiss in the Obama admin's handling of terrorism and homeland security. The loss of enhanched interrogations is surely partly to blame. Instead, the shameless imbeciles at ABC Radio News try to tout some sort of illusory Obama triumph on preventing terrorism!
The ABC lapdogs even went so far as to report Clinton's first US homeland terrorist act came within weeks of his being sworn in and Bush's in his first year, but "4 years, 3 months and 25 days" into Obama's presidency as they actually contrasted came Obama's first deadly terrorist attack on US soil as if to say "look at how much better Obama's been on combating terrorism!"
The US news media once again shows itself to be intellectually dishonest and cravenly co-opted. What an embarrassment and what an afront to the brave service people who suffered under the scourge Islamic terror on US soil during Obama's watch, to say nothing of the many who also perished overseas under Obama including especially our Benghazi diplomats.

Kermit Gosnell (abortionist): Secret Hero of the Left

AmericanThinker.com ^ | 4/16/2013 | Jeannie DeAngelis

Until the right-to-choose community fell victim to what the late late-term abortionist George Tiller called "sloppy medicine," all was well in pro-choice America. Then, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, proprietor and chief abortionist at the Women's Medical Society, got busted and is now eligible for the death penalty after allegedly killing 41-year-old patient Karnamaya Mongar and murdering seven babies born alive in botched abortions.
Countless Americans falsely believe that disposing of a pre-born infant is more about women's life choices than tiny crumpled corpses filling red biohazard bags. Therefore, without much resistance, every day in America, 3,500 babies are aborted, discarded, and promptly carted off to the crematorium. Now, much to the dismay of liberals, Gosnell's murder trial is providing an up-close guided tour of a "baby charnel house" and in the process is exposing those in denial to the harsh reality that, regardless of gestational status, abortion means that babies die excruciating deaths.
It also means that, contrary to what Nancy Pelosi says, women in the throes of exercising the sacred right to choose occasionally muck up the works by dying on the floor.
Thus far, Gosnell's wretched clinic, with its filthy speculums, jars filled with severed baby feet, and photos of female genitalia, has had a hard time piquing the interest of major news outlets. After all, racy, sexy murderess Jodi Arias is much more intriguing than some twisted biracial abortionist carrying out Margaret Sanger's eugenic ministry on vulnerable people of color. Isn't she?
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...

Obama’s Second Term Already Looks Like a Failure

Lucianne ^ | 04/15/2013 | Ramesh Ponnuru

President Barack Obama’s second term has so far been a story of high liberal hopes and scant liberal achievements.
The president has been re-elected, demographic trends favor the growth of his coalition, his party has a technological edge, and his opposition is confused and divided. One might therefore expect Obama to be enacting the legislative agenda of that rising coalition. Yet the White House has to be disappointed, whatever it says, by the way the second term has been going.
The president’s poll numbers have been falling since December, for one thing. His average job-approval rating, compiled on Pollster.com, has been below 50 percent for weeks.
And liberal policy gains have been sparse, and mostly unrelated to Obama. His campaign for new gun regulations is fizzling out -- and not, primarily, because of opposition from the Republican House or filibuster threats from Republican senators. Harry Reid, the leader of the Senate Democrats, has kept an assault-weapons ban out of the gun bill because it had fewer than 40 supporters. That’s in a chamber that has 55 Democrats. The main gun legislation now under consideration is a proposal for “universal background checks” that is filled with exemptions.
Liberals can celebrate the rapidly increasing support for same-sex marriage. Most of the action on that issue, though, is taking place in state legislatures, referendums and the courts. Obama hasn’t had much to do with it. If the Supreme Court declares traditional marriage laws unconstitutional, it won’t be because the administration has asked for it; it hasn’t.
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GOP lawmakers introduce bill to help Obama, Buffett voluntarily pay more taxes!

Daily Caller ^ | 04/16/2013 | Caroline May

Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise and South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune introduced legislation on Tax Day that would make it easier for wealthy Americans like President Barack Obama and billionaire Warren Buffett to voluntarily pay more in taxes.
White House press secretary Jay Carney recently made it clear the president wishes he paid more in taxes, and Buffett has also advocated for tax hikes on the rich.
“If Warren Buffett and others truly feel like they’re still not paying enough in taxes, they can use this Buffett Rule to put their money where their mouth is and voluntarily send in more to pay down the national debt, rather than raising taxes on hard-working Americans,” Scalise said.
“Liberals in Congress and the White House continue to call for more revenue. Here is their chance, but the only prerequisite is that donations that come from the Buffett Rule Act are strictly voluntary and are used to pay down our massive debt, not to fund more irresponsible spending,” he added.
Americans can already donate more money to the Treasury. Scalise’s and Thune’s legislation, however, would add a box to IRS filing forms to make the process even easier.
“President Obama has signed over $1.7 trillion in tax hikes into law since taking office, and now is proposing another $1.1 trillion in new taxes in his budget, including his Buffett Rule tax hike, which will stifle job creation and economic growth,” Thune added in a statement.
“President Obama continues to advocate for higher taxes on American families and small businesses, yet we just learned that his effective income tax rate for 2012 was only 18.4 percent, far lower than the 40 percent top marginal rate he’s advocated for small businesses and 30 percent effective rate he’s advocated for millionaires,” he continued.
According to Thune, the Buffett Rule Act will make it easier for “taxpayers such as the president to pay what they believe is their ‘fair share.’”
Last year, the House passed the Buffett Rule Act of 2011. The Senate did not consider the legislation.
If the bill is passed, the box on the IRS forms would read: “By checking here, I signify that in addition to my tax liability (if any), I would like to donate the included payment to be used exclusively for the purpose of paying down the national debt.”

Your Loose Change Adds Up to Big Money for the TSA

TSA Watch ^ | 04/15/2013 | TSA Watch

Does this sound familiar?
You're standing in your stocking feet in line at the airport security checkpoint waiting for your turn. The clock on the wall seems to mock you, ticking off the minutes until your boarding time freakishly fast. At long last you draw near. Your time to enjoy the renowned 'hospitality' of the TSA is almost at hand.
As you approach, a bored looking TSA agent in an ill-fitting polyester uniform and blue latex gloves drones at you, "Empty everything out of your pockets and place the contents into one of the plastic security bins, please."
Into the bin go your watch, keys, wallet, the receipt from the airport "cafe" where you paid a ridiculous eight dollars and seventy-seven cents for bad coffee and a stale croissant, and the buck twenty-three in change that the pimply faced cashier handed back to you with a smirk.
After having your carry-on screened and pawed through, and after receiving your complimentary grope – excuse me, enhanced pat-down – you are allowed to collect your belongings from the security bin. So back on your wrist goes the watch and into your pockets go the keys. You grab the dollar bill but leave twenty-three cents. After all, you have a plane to catch and it is only twenty-three cents. You’re not the only one.
Whether because of rushing through checkpoints or heading to a foreign country where they feel they will have little need for U.S. currency, loose change is left behind at TSA checkpoints all the time.
It happens so often, in fact, that for the fiscal year 2012 (October 1 – September 30), $531,392.22 – over half a million dollars – was collected by the TSA.
The TSA makes 'every effort' to reunite abandoned currency with its owners. According to TSA spokesperson David Castelveter, "To the extent we can return loose change, including bills, we do. There have been circumstances where our officers noticed that someone had left money behind, sought out that individual and returned it."
Passengers must file a claim within 60 days to recover money left at a TSA checkpoint.
Any "voluntarily abandoned" money that is not claimed goes into the TSA's coffers, a practice of which not every lawmaker approves.
GOP Rep. Jeff Miller, of Florida's 1st District, feels that the collected pocket change should go to a non-profit groups. Specifically, he would like to see the money go to the United Service Organizations (USO) to help finance airport programs that support the military.
"The TSA has been keeping the money from your change purse to pay for their bloated bureaucracy," says Miller. "The lost change should be put to good use, and I know that the thousands of coins have a positive impact on millions of our nation’s warriors."
Top 10 Airports By Amount of Abandoned Change Collected
In the fiscal years 2010 – 2012, the TSA collected over $1.43 million. Here are the ten airports who collected the highest amounts:

  1. New York (JFK): $112,384
  2. Miami: $79,819
  3. Los Angeles: $74,528
  4. Las Vegas: $63,209
  5. San Francisco: $61,692
  6. Chicago (O’Hare): $60,633
  7. Dallas/Fort Worth: $48,656
  8. Washington (Dulles): $41,703
  9. Atlanta: $38,235
  10. New York (LaGuardia): $34,430
How much money have you "voluntarily abandoned" to the TSA?

Boston Marathon bomber planted SEVEN devices but only two went off: One ´suspect´ held!

Daily Mail ^ | 4/15/13 | Beth Stebner*

Police confirmed that at least three people lost their lives in today´s deadly Boston Marathon terror attack as counter-terrorism sources in the city revealed that seven devices were planted across the city - but only two detonated. Law enforcement in the city said that they found what they believed were five additional, undetonated explosive devices around the Boston area. The additional devices were uncovered as police frantically inspected all suspicious packages, many left behind as runners and pedestrians rushed away from the scene in the aftermath of the blasts.
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Somebody has to say it. | April 15, 2013 | Lancey Howard

George W. Bush kept the homeland safe for nearly eight years following the terror attacks of 9/11, right up until the end of his term as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Barack Hussein Obama has now FAILED, and that FAILURE is the direct result of his hatred for America and its military, and his policies of weakness and appeasement.
Somebody had to say it, because the dinosaur Democrat "mainstream" newsrooms sure won't (although if the shoes were on the other feet they'd be having themselves a hot tub rodeo blaming the Republican President).
Can you say, "Obama FAILED"? I knew you could.

The working theories for who did this (Boston Globe admits it might be a Muslim)

The Boston Globe ^ | April 16, 2013 | Lawrence Harmon

The PERPETRATOR or perpetrators behind the two bombs that exploded within a few seconds of each other near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon are still unknown. But there are working theories. Terrorists often plan their strikes on anniversaries and commemorative dates. Yesterday marked both a patriotic holiday in Massachusetts and Israel Independence Day, which raises the possibility of Islamic terrorism. April 15 is also the deadline for filing federal taxes, which suggests the possibility of homegrown, anti-tax extremists. The pathological possibilities abound at this point.
The Marathon is an uplifting event. It is also a made-for-terrorism event. The presence of live television crews ensures that the evil deed will be broadcast almost immediately throughout the world. Reports indicate that at least three people died as a result of the explosions and at least 140 were injured, some horribly.
The image of the dead and wounded will be burned into the memory of Americans for decades to come.....
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Hey Idiot Obama Voters

Reaganite Republican ^ | 16 April 2013 | Reaganite Republican

Just remember what Obama's politicized-and-militarized Department of Homeland Security was doing while terrorists where planning to blow-up the Boston Marathon...
MONITORING ME -an amateur BLOGGER- who posts cartoons about him and his charmless tree of a wife:

Damn you self-pleased goofballs for handing our nation's security over to such an incompetent, agenda-driven scumbag- these people's blood is on ALL your hands.

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President Obama's Plan for A Socialist One Party State!

American Thinker ^ | April 16, 2013 | Peter Ferrara

The last check and balance on President Obama is the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. He has made clear that he intends to remove that check on his power in the 2014 elections.
Our Founding Fathers wisely provided for a free and independent press as an additional check on government power. But the New York Times, the Washington Post, NBC, CBS and ABC decided they had a better idea. They concluded that it is more important to behave voluntarily like the old Soviet press did under government compulsion, when the socialist party is in power.
Of course, we do still have the freedom in America for now for the alternative media -- talk radio, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal editorial page, conservative websites, blogs and a few other media outlets - to air criticism of the reigning socialist regime. But 50% of the country is ensconced in urban enclaves where listening to or reading views that are not friendly to socialist rule is considered socially unacceptable behavior. So, no alternative views, or checks on the reigning regime, ever break through there. That explains why our once grand, world-leading democracy has now been rendered dysfunctional.
An independent judiciary is also supposed to be a check and balance on the abuse of government power. But as his second term drags on, President Obama will have appointed more and more, and eventually a majority of, all federal judges...
If the Obama economy falls back into recession in the second term, as Obama deserves, it will be the Democratic Party that will be on the verge of extinction...
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President Obama snubs Margaret Thatcher funeral

The Sun ^

US President Barack Obama will snub Lady Thatcher’s funeral by failing to send a single senior member of his administration, The Sun can reveal.
Ageing former Secretaries of State James Baker, 82, and George Shultz, 92, will lead the US delegation, the White House will announce today.
The slight comes as German leader Angela Merkel also declines the official invite. She will send her foreign minister instead.
But Downing Street is most angered by rejections from Obama, First Lady Michelle and Vice-President Joe Biden.
And none of the four surviving ex-US leaders — Jimmy Carter, George Bush Sr, Bill Clinton and George Bush Jr — is coming either.
The response contrasts with glowing US tributes on the day Lady Thatcher died.
A No 10 source said last night: “We are a little surprised by the White House’s reaction as we were expecting a high-profile attendance.”
The snub came ahead of last night’s Boston marathon bomb outrage.
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85% of Cops Don’t Believe Gun Control Works, 86% Want More Civilians Armed!

liberty news ^ | 4/10/13 | Duane Lester

According to the lengthy survey of law enforcement professionals, one of the largest ever of street cops, 85 percent believe that President Obama’s gun control plan to ban assault weapons, limit the size of ammo magazines and expand background checks won’t improve their safety, with just over 10 percent believing it will have a “positive effect.”

The poll from PoliceOne.com, a site dedicated to police policy and news, also found surprising support for arming citizens. The poll found that 86 percent of officers believe that casualties would be decreased if armed citizens were present at the onset of a shooting. Another 81 percent backed arming teachers, as the National Rifle Association has called for.

The policeone survey