Saturday, August 24, 2013

Ignoring Qualms, Some Republicans Nurture Dreams of Impeaching Obama

NY Times ^ | Aug 24, 2013 | By JENNIFER STEINHAUER

WASHINGTON — Representative Kerry Bentivolio, a freshman Republican from Michigan, has a legislative dream. It is not to balance the federal budget, or find a way to help his ailing state or even take away money from the federal health care program, a goal that has so animated many other Republicans this summer.
Rather, Mr. Bentivolio told constituents, it is to put in motion the impeachment of President Obama. “If I could write that bill and submit it, it would be a dream come true,” he said this month.
Mr. Bentivolio may be lacking in his understanding of the technical details of the impeachment process — he has retained experts and historians to help him with that, he said — but he is hardly the only one with this desire.
While many members of Congress have used their August break to engage in conversations about immigration policy, the federal budget and the impending implementation of the Affordable Care Act, some Republicans have taken the opportunity to raise the specter of — if not quite the grounds for — presidential impeachment.
At least two other House Republicans told voters this month that the impeachment process could happen. And last week, Senator Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who has called himself a friend of the president, told constituents that the nation was “perilously close” to an impeachment situation.
Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, lamented to one voter who asked about the prospect of impeachment that the Senate, controlled by Democrats, would probably not yield the needed votes for conviction. (This logic has not impeded Mr. Cruz from seeking to stop a short-term spending bill unless money is drained from the health care program.)
There is also a grass-roots movement in which citizens across the nation have been hanging signs on overpasses...
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The Christopher Lane Murder Wasn't a Tragedy, It Was a Hate Crime!

PolicyMic ^ | August 24, 2013 | Mike Mulraney

Three Oklahoma teens are accused of shooting and killing 23-year-old Chris Lane, an Australian student visiting the United States on a baseball scholarship. Sixteen-year-old Chancey Luna, along with his friends James Edwards and Michael Jones, have been charged in connection to the slaying. Not only was the case possibly a hate crime, it should spark a national conversation about the way our media treats race.
The tweets and Facebook status updates from accounts linked to James Edwards paint a very clear picture of someone obsessed with violence and hatred for white people. Edwards had no problem putting violent and hate-filled messages like "90% of white ppl are nasty. #HATE THEM." or "knocked out 5 woods since Zimmerman court." out for public consumption. "Woods" is a slang term for white people.
Young men with an affinity for violence, boredom, and underlying racism made for a deadly cocktail. With all this information available the Department of Justice should look into adding a hate-crime charge to the alleged killers' cases. Especially now, following the Department of Justice opening an investigation into George Zimmerman, a case where Zimmerman's entire history of helping and working with African Americans was completely ignored, I would say there is much more evidence of racism here than there ever was in the Zimmerman case....
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The Lawless Dictator

The Market-ticker ^ | August 24, 2013 | Karl Denninger

Are we, the people, going to allow yet another unlawful military action to take place?
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel suggested Friday that the Pentagon was moving naval forces closer to Syria in preparation for a possible decision by President Obama to order military strikes.
Hagel declined to describe any specific movements of U.S. forces. He said Obama asked that the Pentagon to prepare military options for Syria and that some of those options "requires positioning our forces."
I don't seem to recall a Declaration of War by Congress. And there is certainly no exigent emergency that requires an immediate response by our military prior to the time that such a declaration could be reasonably obtained.
Yes, I know, Obama said the use of chemical munitions (if it occurred) was his "red line" months ago and now he has his schwantz in his hand, it would appear, in that he either has to act or be seen as "weak" and "feckless" (not that this would be anything new.)
But the fact remains that an offensive military strike is an act of war, and while there is a clean argument that such a strike is lawful under our Constitution when exigent circumstances exist and require immediate response, this is clearly not one of those cases.
Wake up America; we're not supposed to be a dictatorship but we're sure acting like we are one, and both our Congress and our people appear to be bowing before the King.

Why Obama can't admit Assad has WMDs: if he does,they came from Irag..and that means BUSH WAS RIGHT!

one man's opinion.....

Talk about being hoisted on your own petard...hamstrung by your own rhetoric..or whatever. There's only one reason that Obama hasn't called out Assad for crossing the supposed "red line" on using WMDs. That's because Assad got his nerve gas, and other goodies, from Saddam..just before the war began...there were many documented stories about secret, late-night convoys from Bagdad to secret Syrian military bases. So, Saddam DID in fact possess WMDs..and that means....gasp...BUSH WAS RIGHT!!

Republicans want their party to change, by becoming more conservative!

Washington Post ^ | 08/24/2013 | Aaron Blake

Republicans agree on one thing: They want their party to change.
A new Pew Research Center study shows 65 percent say their party needs to address “major problems” to compete in future presidential elections, while 59 percent say it needs to reconsider some of its core positions.
But just exactly what kind of changes they want has been a little harder to pin down. As we’ve noted before, displeasure with party leadership is pretty universal, from the most conservative Republicans to the most moderate ones.
If anything, Republicans want their party to be more conservative, the Pew poll finds.
Given the choice between a more moderate course and a more conservative one, 54 percent choose a more conservative one, while 41 percent choose moderation.
And asked about whether their party has compromised too much, too little or just the right amount, Republicans split into three pretty equal camps. Just 29 percent say it hasn’t compromised enough.
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Keeping Americans fat, dumb and happy with your tax dollars

Small Government Times ^ | 2013-08-19 | Steve Adcock

Big governments control more than just your pocketbook and basic freedoms. In the United States, the foods that our government subsidizes has a direct effect on YOUR health, and unfortunately, the effect is usually a negative one.
It is no secret that the United States spends more on health care than any other country in the industrialized world, by a long shot. U.S. doctors treat diseases that are directly influenced by the diets of Americans. However, it might come as a surprise to know that the foods that our government subsidizes are direct contributors to the diseases that kill so many Americans every year.
Heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States. And that is no wonder because 66% of Americans are obese. Diets high in processed foods, red meats and high fructose corn syrup are routinely linked to the deadliest medical conditions suffered by Americans in the United States. One study puts the number of deaths every year in the United States, caused by high fructose corn syrup, at 42,000. Another study proves that countries with more corn syrup have much higher rates of diabetes – about 20% higher, in fact.
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'Whites are Only Group You Can Discriminate Against in America’

Mediaite ^ | August 24, 2013 | Evan McMurry

Denouncing the use of race in college admissions on PBS’ The McLaughlin Group, former Richard Nixon speechwriter and GOP presidential candidate Pat Buchanan claimed that caucasians were the only group in America who could be legally discriminated against.
“It should be like the NFL: whoever’s the best player plays, and whoever does best academically should be advanced,” Buchanan said of diversity in collegiate acceptances. “What is wrong with that?”
“I think there’s an argument to be said that the greatest affirmative action program that there is in the country is being born white,” panelist Michelle Bernard argued. “There is a natural assumption when you are applying to institutions of higher education that you are excellent or you are more superb than others.”
“With due respect,” Buchanan responded, “whites are the only group that you can discriminate against legally in America now.”
Watch the full clip here, via PBS:
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Axelrod Says Talk of Impeachment “Dangerous and Disloyal”

Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 Aug 2013 | John Semmens

Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn's suggestion that President Obama may be “perilously close to impeachment” elicited a harsh rebuke from Obama adviser David Axelrod.

“Senator Coburn calls himself a friend of the President, but then stabs him in the back like some sort of latter day Brutus,” Axelrod complained. “His remarks are way out of bounds. They are dangerous and disloyal.”

Axelrod mocked Coburn's credentials for criticizing the President. “What does an obstetrician know about the law?” he sarcastically wondered. “Every move the President has made has the full support of the nation's top lawyer, Attorney General Eric Holder. The Senator would be wise to back off to a safe distance. The President will make full use of all the powers at his disposal to sterilize the 'virus' infecting our politics and undermining his authority. It would be a shame if any of his 'friends' became collateral damage.”
Axelrod cited news that the First Family bought a new puppy in furtherance of his argument. The puppy, like their other pet, is a Portuguese Water Dog. “Is the purchase of a puppy the kind of thing a tyrant would do?” Axelrod asked. “We think that the American people will agree that a man who lays out $2,000 to give an animal a home evinces the type of benevolence and good will they want in a leader. We are confident that this rebuts the negative impressions the President's detractors are trying to foist on the general public.”
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No race motive in Australian's murder: prosecutor (WTF?) ^ | August 23, 2013

US prosecutors handling the case of two black teenagers accused of shooting dead a white Australian baseball player said Friday there was no evidence to suggest the killing was racially-motivated.
The murder of Chris Lane, 22, in the small Oklahoma town of Duncan has triggered a race debate in America after it emerged that one of the victim's alleged killers had posted racist comments on Twitter earlier this year.
Several commentators have questioned why authorities had not pressed to have hate crime charges added to the indictment of James Edwards, 15, and Chancey Luna, 16, who are both charged with murder.
However Stephens County District Attorney Jason Hicks said while authorities were aware of the comments made by Edwards, there was not enough evidence to pursue extra charges.
"At this point, the evidence does not support the theory that Christopher Lane was targeted based upon his race or nationality," Hicks said in a statement.
"The evidence is insufficient to establish that race was the primary motive in the murder of Christopher Lane."
In separate posts on Twitter earlier this year, Edwards spoke of his "hatred" of white people.
"90% of white ppl are nasty. #HATE THEM," read one tweet.
In another post Edwards claimed to have assaulted several "woods" -- a derogatory slang term for white people -- following the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida.
Hicks later reiterated to CNN that he did not believe the crime was racially motivated. He noted that Luna came from a mixed race family, and that the third teenager arrested with the duo, 17-year-old Michael Dewayne Jones, was white.
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Obama at NY Town Hall: ‘I’m a Testament’ To Racial Progress (Yeah right..Not) ^ | August 23, 2013 | Cortney O'Brien

This weekend in Washington, DC, thousands will march to recognize the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Just prior to that historic celebration, President Obama touched on the issue of race today at a town hall meeting in New York at Binghamton University. Responding to a question about educational opportunities for minorities, Obama acknowledged the progress America has made in race since Martin Luther King, Jr.'s momentous 'I Have a Dream' speech on August 28, 1963.

"Obviously we've made enormous strides -- I'm a testament to it, you're a testament to it, the diversity of this room and the students who are here is a testimony to it."

Yet, the president insisted,

"Institutional barriers for success for some groups still exist."

It’s all fine and good that the president can acknowledge the leaps our country has made in overcoming prejudice, but he seems to back track with this latter claim. Additionally, he contradicts his message of racial progress when making such comments as, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” While he manages to identify himself with the tragically deceased teen and suggests his death was directed by racial prejudice, he fails to comment or identify with the horrifying murders of Chris Lane or WWII veteran Delbert Belton.

It’s unfortunate that so many prominent figures are still claiming America is tainted with racism, such as “The Butler” director Lee Daniels, and the ever charming Chris Matthews.

Hopefully this week’s March on Washington festivities will be a celebration of our racial progress, instead of a condemnation of our past.

Sharpton on Chris Lane Murder: ‘I Protest When I’m Called In’

CNSNews ^ 

( – Rev. Al Sharpton said Thursday that he did not protest the murder of an Australian man who was gunned down in Oklahoma because no one called him and there was no racial motive.

“I protest when I’m called in and when there’s an injustice,” Sharpton said on his MNSBC show “PoliticsNation” in response to a viewer’s question of whether he would issue a statement regarding the murder of 22-year-old Christopher Lane, an Australian baseball player, who was shot in the back while jogging near his girlfriend’s home in Duncan, Okla.


“How appropriate. A million muslims surrounded by 2 million hogs!”

Two million bikers to meet ‘Million Muslim March’ in DC on 9/11
Hot Air ^ | August 23, 2013 | Katie Pavlich 
Posted on 8/23/2013 9:18:09 PM by 2ndDivisionVet
I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the “Million Muslim March” planned in Washington D.C. on 9/11. If you haven’t, you can watch the group’s organizer refusing to denounce hateful groups like the Muslim Brotherhood here.
Now in response to the march, a bunch of bikers are planning their own party in DC on 9/11…with two million people.
Thousands of America’s patriotic bikers are organizing an enormous counter protest to the planned Million Muslim March on DC this Sept. 11.
The Facebook Page, “2 Million Bikers to DC,” has over 18 thousand “likes,” as of Thursday morning and individual state chapters of riders have launched pages on Facebook, as well.
The bikers are riding “To remember those who were killed on 911 and honor our armed forces who fought those who precipitated this attack,” the Facebook page said.

Obama Supports the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt!

Time Magazine ^ | Aug 23, 2013 | Jay Newton-Small

 Egyptians remain convinced that President Obama is backing the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed President Mohamed Morsi. At a lunch at the Egyptian Ambassador’s residence on Thursday, Dr. Mohamed Abou El-Ghar, head of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, bluntly warned a small gathering of journalists and policy wonks that he fears, “America is losing Egypt…There is a very strong perception that they are supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and they are against other parties,” he said.
The latest evidence of Obama’s purported proclivity towards the Brotherhood came in Thursday’s State Department briefing, which has made headlines in Egypt. In it, spokesman Jen Psaki says that the choice to detain of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is an “internal Egyptian legal matter,” but in the next breath calls for the release of Morsi, who is accused of many serious crimes. Egyptians took this as further evidence that America is intervening on behalf of the Brotherhood still.
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Obama’s Racial Imbalance ^ | August 24, 2013 | John R. Lott Jr.

Racism should make people pretty angry. But for that very reason charges of racism should only be leveled carefully.
George Zimmerman wasn’t motivated by race in confronting Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, a Hispanic, was himself one-eighth black. The prosecution in his case produced no statements by Zimmerman showing any racial bias.
Alas, most people didn’t have time to follow the trial’s day-to-day testimony, and obviously didn’t know that. They got summaries presented by the mainstream media. NBC selectively edited a 9-1-1 call to make Zimmerman sound racist. President Obama pronounced the killing as racially motivated, first personalizing the case by comparing Trayvon to a hypothetical son of his, then his younger self, and then suggesting Trayvon was followed because of his race. Naturally, Jesse Jackson claimed the case meant “blacks are under attack.” Martin’s parents surely believed the tragedy was about race.
Now, race appears central in the recent murder of Australian Christopher Lane in Oklahoma, but the discussion seems to be about almost everything else, especially gun control.
Just days before the attack on Lane, one of his killers, James Edwards, tweeted how he “knocked out 5 woods since [the] Zimmerman court [decision]”; “woods” apparently is a pejorative term for whites. Another tweet read: “90 percent of white ppl are nasty. # HATE THEM.” Two others: “With my niggas when it’s time to start taken life’s” and “At the end of the day it’s all about the kill.”
Unfortunately, many attacks on innocent people have taken place in revenge for Trayvon’s death. Some include:

  • Gainesville, Fla.: A white man was beaten by a group of black men yelling “Trayvon.”
  • Oak Park, Ill.: Two blacks repeatedly punched a young white man; one of the two attackers told police he beat the victim because he was upset with the Trayvon case.
  • Toledo, Ohio: A 78-year-old man was severely beaten by a group of black youths while they shouted “this is for Trayvon.”
  • Washington, D.C.: Three black men robbed and beat a white man, stealing his wallet and iPhone. One of the black men said, “This is for Trayvon Martin” as they approached the victim.
  • Mobile, Ala.: A white man was attacked by 20 black adults who hit him with chairs, pipes, brass knuckles, and paint cans. As the group left, two witnesses reported one assailant said, “Now that’s justice for Trayvon.”
  • Baltimore, Md.: A group of black youths beat a Hispanic man while saying, “This is for Trayvon.”
  • Chester County, Pa.: Firefighters responded to an arson started at a white-owned business with the words “Kill Zimmerman” painted in red on the front wall.
Similar revenge attacks have reportedly occurred in Memphis, Tenn.; Norfolk, Va.; and Sanford, Fla.
Would these attacks have occurred without the perception that Zimmerman was motived by race? Maybe. The Zimmerman case could have been only an excuse for attacks that would have taken place anyway. Nevertheless, the list of attackers who explicitly mention Trayvon’s name is long enough to be disturbing.
For President Obama’s part, it is hardly the first time that he has interjected race into law-enforcement issues. When Harvard Law professor Louis Gates was arrested at his home in 2009, President Obama fanned racial flames by saying “Cambridge Police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home” and linking it to “a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.” He left out the important fact that Gates behaved aggressively towards police officers in front of many witnesses.
President Obama’s election brought hope that he would bring Americans of all colors together. The opposite has occurred. Criticisms of the president are often framed as based on racism rather than legitimate policy disagreements.
A new Pew Research Center poll finds that compared to 2009 almost twice as many of both blacks and whites think that race relations have been getting worse. While Obama’s comments might hearten blacks who feel discriminated against, is anyone surprised that polls show race relations have been getting worse since his election?
President Obama would probably have more credibility on race issues with America as a whole if he criticized crimes against whites or Hispanics in the same terms as he uses when discussing attacks on blacks. He has kept mum on violence by blacks against whites, even when there is evidence of racial animus, such as in Christopher Lane’s death. When Obama’s deputy press secretary was asked about Lane’s murder on Wednesday, he claimed, “I’m not familiar with it, actually” and said that he couldn’t comment on it anyway because he “wouldn’t want to get ahead of the legal process here.” That’s hardly the approach the White House took to the Martin or Gates cases.
Would it really hurt the president to speak out against all forms of racism? It’s what we were promised. A little balance would help bring Americans together.

Off the Rails: MSNBC Guest Claims GOP ‘White Nationalist, Afrikaner, Boer Party’ ^ | August 23, 2013 | Noah Rothman

“Do you think we’re ever going to have a real conversation about race in this country?” MSNBC guest host Joy-Ann Reid asked her guest at the conclusion of one of the most self-serving and dishonest segments on the subject of race in the United States yet broadcast on her network.

Reid’s cable news home has taken the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the civil rights movement’s march on Washington D.C. and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech to, ironically, set race relations back as far as they can. In the name of furthering progress by highlighting injustices – real or perceived – some of the networks’ hosts have set out on a mission to alienate as many minorities from the political system as possible by creating boogiemen and normalizing language commonly recognizable as hate speech by anyone who does not outright agree with the sentiments expressed.
Joining Joy Reid on Friday was “anti-racism activist” and author Tim Wise. In that segment, host and guest attacked some conservative media outlets for calling on civil rights leaders to address the killing of Christopher Lane, an Australian exchange student, by three teens, two black and one white....
The perpetually dishonest “dialogue” on race was further elevated when Wise insisted that the Republican Party as a whole is a segregationist party. Wise insisted that the GOP is “a white nationalist, Afrikaner, Boer party.”
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Maxine Waters Calls For More Changes At 'Redeem The Dream' Summit! ^ | August 23, 2013

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters urged change at the "Redeem the Dream Summit."

The Democratic congresswoman spoke at the event hosted by the National Urban League marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

She says there's still more work to do, and she's ready to roll up her sleeves.
"And we must be committed to bring about change," Waters said. "What drove more that 250,000 Americans to the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago was because they had the courage of their convictions, and they had the sense of their power to bring about change. They created the agenda. They demanded change. The question is, 'Do you feel a sense of determination and power to overcome the harm and disparities that continue to haunt us?'"
"Ladies and gentlemen, we must do this because there are those who have new tactics and clever strategies to limit our power and participation and undermine a decent quality of life in an effort to control and maintain their power," Waters added. "I think that we all do have the courage of our convictions, and we're prepared to do this work."
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TPNN - TEA PARTY NEWS NETWORK ^ | August 22,2013

Tim Constantine, the “Voice of Reason,” interviews TPNN’s Matthew Burke about the GOP leadership’s reluctance to join with Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul in defunding Obamacare. Tim asks Burke about Ted Cruz’s recent admonition, in which he proclaimed the GOP should stand their ground and #DontBlink in the battle to defund Obamacare. Burke believes this is the final opportunity to stop this “unconstitutional, Marxist monstrosity.”
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Obama hides Obamacare subsidies for foreign students, guest workers!

The Daily Caller ^ | August 23, 2013 | Neil Munro, White House correspondent

President Barack Obama told Americans Friday that federal aid is reserved for citizens, even though his deputies have drafted complex regulations to give taxpayer-funded Obamacare subsidies to foreign students and to millions of guest workers.
He made the misleading claim during a televised roundtable at the second stop of his two-day, two-state tour promoting more aid to students.
“Obviously, when it come to federal grants, loans, support, subsidies, that we provide, those are for our citizens,” Obama told a student questioner from the friendly audience of college professors, administrators and students at the Binghamton University in New York.
“You know, a lot of Americans are having a tough time affording college, as we talked about, so we can’t spread it too thin,” he told the Turkish student, who was asking for aid.
A 1996 law bars foreigners and recent immigrants for most means-tested products.
But the Obamacare system will provide valuable health-care subsidies to many student-workers and foreign guest workers hired for jobs in America.
The costs of this Obamacare subsidy will likely escalate if Washington rewrites current immigration law, because leading House bills would double the inflow of foreign blue-collar workers, professionals, students and agriculture guest workers.
“Most Americans … don’t want their tax dollars subsidizing health insurance premiums for anyone just visiting, studying or temporarily working in our country,” Rep. Jim Gerlach said in a statement to The Daily Caller....
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