Monday, November 11, 2013

Who are the REAL extremists: The tea party or Obama and the New Democrats? [VIDEO]

The Daily Caller ^ | 11/10/2013 | Ginni Thomas

Trevor Loudon, an author and blogger from New Zealand who has spoken to over 200 tea party groups in 30 states, decried the “normalcy bias” that blinds Americans from seeing a future America without liberty, the Constitution and military strength in an interview with The Daily Caller.
“When you grow up like that [with a strong national history], you think it’s going to go on forever,” Loudon said. “But there’s no law of nature that guarantees that.”
But, “if America fails, and America is in danger of failure — that is a harsh reality — if America fails, the West goes down,” he said. “Russia, China, Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Nicaragua, Venezuela and the crazed Islamic allies will carve up this planet amongst themselves. And, if you think the Dark Ages were a tough time, I think it’s going to be pretty bleak for a very long time.”
“We’ve been very, very lucky for the last sixty years that the most benevolent power the world has ever seen, the strongest military power the world has ever seen, it’s America that’s been leading the world, not Russia, China or Nazi Germany or someone like that.”
Loudon noted the irony of President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies calling the tea party “extremists” and “terrorists.”
The tea party, he said, is the “most patriotic, gentlemanly, fair-minded, generous, peaceful people — the exact opposite of terrorists. Yet, you have people in your Congress, mostly in the Democratic Party, who are allied to supporters of North Korea and Iran and Venezuela and Cuba and Communist China.”
“You’ve been infiltrated, and the infiltrators want to deflect attention off what they’re doing by basically demonizing the most patriotic, inoffensive people in this country, the tea party and their sympathizers,” he explained. “It’s Orwellian — truth is lies and lies are truth.”
With these attacks, Loudon said, the Democrats are merely “disguising their own anti-American activism.”
In his book, “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress,” Loudon names over 50 members of Congress who have radical connections to America’s tadversaries. He discussed Reps. Judy Chu, John Conyers and Rosa DeLauro.
Certain member of Congress “couldn’t pass a basic security clearance to clean a toilet in any military base, and neither could your president, by the way,” he said.
(videos at link)

Obama's Bad Lie: But the rest are OK, apparently

The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | November 10, 2013 | Daniel Clark

“If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” That’s just one among dozens of variations of this promise that President Obama has made since 2008. By now, many in the news media have acknowledged that it’s a lie. The obvious questions are, what brings them to that realization now, and why about this, of all things? Their willingness to hold him accountable for this particular lie suggests that it’s something exceptional, as if he’d been impeccably honest about everything else up until this point.
There was no such judgment, for example, about his attributing the motive for the Benghazi attack to a YouTube video, as he did in his Rose Garden speech two days after it occurred, and again on Late Night with David Letterman five days later, and again in a speech to the United Nations a week after that. Not only didn’t the media hold him accountable, but presidential debate moderator Candy Crowley of CNN even helped him deny saying it.
In August 2012, he said in reference to possible military action in Syria, “a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus.” A year later, when it was learned that chemical weapons had been used in Syria, he said, “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line [by producing the Chemical Weapons Convention] … Congress set a red line when it ratified that treaty.” Of course, the red line is only a metaphor that he used to explain what might compel him to launch an attack. If it hadn’t been his line, he would not have been at liberty to move it after it had been crossed.
During his final debate against John McCain in 2008, Obama flatly denied having launched is political career at the home of Weather Underground founders William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. There is no factual dispute over whether the “meet the candidate” event took place. It’s just that it has been deemed unimportant, and the president’s denial of it has not been characterized as a lie.
Although Obama has gambled $840 billion on his stated belief that massive amounts of deficit spending will stimulate the economy, he persists in claiming that his astronomical deficits were inherited from George W. Bush. Not only don’t the media expose this lie, but they happily assist him in spreading it. Some of them have even backed up his efforts to blame Bush for Operation Fast & Furious, and the taxpayer-funded “investment” in Solyndra.
As a state senator, Obama blocked Illinois’ version of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, a decision he justifies by saying that the bill lacked any language prohibiting its use as a means of challenging Roe v. Wade. In fact, an amendment had been added that contained the very provision he’d demanded, and he obstructed the bill anyway.
Not that Obama’s lies are restricted to policy matters. Repeatedly throughout his presidency, he’s stated that Islam has been an integral part of America’s fabric since the nation’s founding. He attended Jeremiah Wright’s church for 20 years, and even pinched a quote from Wright for the title of his 2006 book, The Audacity of Hope, but claims to have been oblivious to the minister’s racist, America-hating rhetoric. He’s even spun the tale that his parents met as a result of the march in Selma, which famously took place in 1965. According to his birth certificate, he was born in 1961. Both can’t be true.
So why, after all this, have the media zeroed in on the Obamacare whopper, as if it were the one and only “bad” lie, among all of Obama’s lies? With the understanding that the simplest answer is often the correct one, here’s one suggestion: it’s the one lie out of the bunch of them that they actually believed, and wanted to be true.
The distinction is like the one between laughing with somebody and laughing at him. For as long as the media have been lying with Obama, they’ve understood his lies to be good. Now, they realize that they’ve repeatedly been told a lie that they don’t perceive themselves to have been in on, and it has hurt their feelings. In their view, it’s perfectly defensible to lie to the American people, and even to the “international community” to which they are more sympathetic. For a liberal president to lie to the press, however, is downright ungrateful.
-- Daniel Clark is a writer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the author and editor of a web publication called The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press, where he also publishes a seasonal sports digest as The College Football Czar.

Lawmakers Push to Impeach Disgraced Attorney General Holder ^ | November 9, 2013 | Alex Newman

After having already been held in criminal contempt of Congress for an ongoing cover-up of the Obama administration’s deadly “Fast and Furious” gun-running program, disgraced Attorney General Eric Holder is facing a fresh challenge: an effort by some GOP lawmakers to impeach him before the end of the year. According to media reports, the bid to force Holder out of power, if successful, would represent the second impeachment of a cabinet member in American history. Meanwhile, the movement to impeach Obama himself is growing stronger by the day as well — both in Congress and among everyday Americans.
News that a group of Republicans was finally planning to do something about Holder’s lawlessness and defiance was first unveiled during a town-hall meeting by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), a liberty-minded freshman in Congress who worked as a veterinarian before taking office. “It’s to get him out of office — impeachment,” Yoho was quoted as saying about the plan in local newspapers, which reported that the audience also applauded the lawmaker’s positions on a number of other issues such as opposition to ObamaCare and the wild federal deficit.
A formal resolution to impeach Holder is already being drawn up, sources on Capitol Hill said. “It will probably be when we get back in [Washington],” Yoho continued during the town-hall session with constituents in the town of Chiefland. “It will be before the end of the year. This will go to the speaker and the speaker will decide if it comes up or not.” While it was not immediately clear which other lawmakers were behind the effort, the list of outraged lawmakers is vast. By July, over 135 congressmen had co-sponsored a resolution calling on Holder to resign immediately. Public fury continues to grow, too.
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), who introduced the no-confidence resolution, summarized a few of the reasons in a speech on the House floor. “Mr. Holder’s violations of the law are egregious and he should not be immune from the prosecution or given license to act without restraint,” Gosar explained. “An ordinary citizen would go to jail for selling guns to Mexican drug cartels. An ordinary citizen would go to jail for secretly obtaining phone records and emails. An ordinary citizen would go to jail for lying to Congress about an investigation. What would happen to an ordinary citizen for lying to a judge? This is just a small part of what Attorney General Eric Holder is responsible for.”
According to Rep. Yoho's chief of staff, Cat Cammack, the Florida Republican and his colleagues are pursuing impeachment because of a variety of scandals — primarily the administration’s “Fast and Furious” scheme to arm Mexican drug lords, which left hundreds dead, including U.S. law enforcement officers. “Obviously there is a lot of frustration with our attorney general,” Cammack said. “You can name the botched programs. Fast and Furious has been one of the number one complaints we get in our office, and why no one has been held accountable.”
So far, Holder has managed to escape prosecution after being held in contempt only because the Justice Department he leads refuses to prosecute its boss. However, without a pardon from Obama, more than a few legal experts and activists have said the disgraced official could eventually end up behind bars. If House Republicans are to succeed in impeaching Holder by the end of the year, however, they are going to have to act quickly. According to news reports, there are only 16 legislative days scheduled for the remainder of 2013.
A lot will depend on House Speaker John Boehner, too, who has remained silent on the matter thus far. Despite occasional conservative rhetoric, the top Republican in Washington has come under heavy fire from grassroots leaders for continually selling out, caving in, and protecting the Obama administration from accountability. The most recent example came just last month, when Rep. Boehner capitulated completely to the president’s extortion tactics by agreeing to fund ObamaCare — even though polls showed a majority of Americans supported partially shutting down the government until the healthcare takeover was defunded.
Holder “should be immediately impeached,” noted the Capitalism Institute, citing Fast and Furious, the targeting of journalists who challenge Obama, and the fact that the attorney general has “constantly trampled” on the Constitution. One of the biggest challenges, though, will be getting it past Speaker Boehner. “We’ve constantly said that John Boehner has to go, and this is a good example of why that’s still the case,” continued the popular market-oriented group. “Boehner is in a position where he can pretend to fight Obama most of the time — but defend him whenever it actually counts.”
While public pressure to oust the disgraced Justice Department boss has been escalating for years, successfully impeaching Holder would be historic. In more than two centuries of American history, only one U.S. cabinet-level official has been impeached: Secretary of War William Belknap in the Ulysses S. Grant administration. In 1876, after Belknap was accused of receiving bribes, the House voted to impeach him. The vote took place despite the fact that the war secretary had resigned earlier the same day. After Belknap's impeachment, the Senate tried him, but he was acquitted when the vote to convict fell short of the required two-thirds majority.
Led mostly by Republican congressmen, the effort to hold Obama’s attorney general accountable has been building up for years. Even before he took office, scandal had long been swirling around Holder, who was caught on video proposing a tax-funded propaganda program to “brainwash,” in his words, the American public against gun rights. He also played a key role in securing presidential pardons for billionaire fugitive Marc Rich and Marxist terrorists with the Obama-linked Weather Underground. Immediately upon his assuming control of the Justice Department, new controversies began blowing up, and a seemingly never-ending series of increasingly serious scandals have plagued his controversial tenure ever since.
The turning point for members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, however, appears to have come when Holder unlawfully defied a congressional subpoena ordering him to hand over documents on Fast and Furious. That federal program, which is still often characterized inaccurately in the establishment press as a “botched” investigation, put thousands of high-powered American weapons in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Holder and his underlings were also caught lying about the scheme repeatedly in congressional hearings — while under oath, potentially committing perjury — and in letters to lawmakers.
Official documents later revealed that the supposed “drug lords” being “investigated” were already on the FBI’s payroll. Government records also emerged showing that the administration was plotting to use the Fast and Furious violence to intensify its attack on the unalienable right to keep and bear arms guaranteed under the Second Amendment. Eventually, with public outrage boiling over and U.S. law enforcement officers murdered with some of the weapons in question, House Republicans and even some Democrats decided to hold the attorney general in criminal contempt of Congress last summer. The offense should land the perpetrator behind bars.
Despite becoming the first attorney general in U.S. history to hold the dubious honor, Holder has been clinging to power with the president’s support, and even stepping up the lawlessness. Incredibly, earlier this year, the Justice Department he leads was exposed arguing that Obama has the authority to kill Americans without even a semblance of due process. He has also been unlawfully bullying state governments on everything from guns to voter ID. According to the non-partisan group Judicial Watch, Holder is actually among the most corrupt officials in Washington, D.C. — and there were, of course, plenty to choose from.
More recently, even the administration’s traditional allies in the establishment media were outraged to learn that the attorney general had approved unconstitutional spying against Associated Press journalists. “There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters,” noted AP President Gary Pruitt. In an affidavit indicting a federal employee for talking to reporters, meanwhile, Holder’s out-of-control Justice Department claimed a Fox News journalist was a “co-conspirator” in the case — potentially setting him up for prosecution merely for doing his constitutionally protected job.
While impeaching Holder has taken center stage for the moment, the push to impeach Obama is accelerating, too. From highway overpasses to the halls of Congress, countless activists and over a dozen U.S. lawmakers are turning up the heat, having become convinced that ousting the president may be the only remaining option to stop the reign of lawlessness and the never-ending parade of constitutional abuses. Numerous impeachable offenses have been cited by lawmakers and legal experts.
Recent polls suggested that about half of Americans would support impeachment for some of the most extreme scandals — Benghazi, spying on journalists, and using the IRS to persecute conservatives. Meanwhile, the new book Impeachable Offenses: The Case for Removing Barack Obama From Office is being distributed on Capitol Hill by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas). Some lawmakers have said publicly that there are probably enough votes in the House to impeach Obama already. Whether the president or his attorney general is removed from power, though, still depends on how much more the American people are willing to tolerate.

Don’t Forget the Other Entitlement Monsters!

FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 8, 2013 | Bruce Thornton

The continuing attention devoted to the blunders, incompetence, and lies surrounding the Obamacare rollout is much deserved. But we shouldn’t forget that the President’s health-care monstrosity is merely the latest and biggest of scores of government entitlement programs suffering from the same flawed progressive assumption––that government “experts” armed with coercive power alone can solve problems better left to the states, civil society, and the free market. In reality, such programs relentlessly metastasize, increasing as well fraud, waste, abuse, and costs.
One such program is SNAP, the kinder and gentler name for what we used to call food stamps. Apparently the old coupons were too hurtful, so they have been replaced by the Electronic Benefits Transfer card that looks like a debit or credit card. Over the last decade, SNAP recipients have increased from 21 million to 47 million, 1 in 7 Americans. But benefits paid out have nearly quadrupled from $21 billion to $75 billion. This total, by the way, doesn’t count the $7.2 billion spent on the Women Infants and Children program that also provides taxpayer-funded food. And don’t forget the other costs of the program, which tack on another nearly $4 billion. Part of this expansion reflects Obama’s relaxation of work and income requirements, and the increase of benefits by 13.6% as part of the 2009 stimulus bill (that increase expired on November 1). Worse yet, some speculate that Obamacare, by expanding the number of people eligible for Medicaid, might further increase the number of SNAP recipients by 3%-5%....
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Cynthia Tucker: Obama lied after GOP saboteurs left him no choice!

Conservative Firing Line ^ | Posted on November 10, 2013 | by Howard Portnoy

Her argument, if it can be rightly called that, might be encapsulated as “Sure, Obama lied, but only after those conniving Republicans sabotaged his undeniably excellent health care reform law, thereby forcing his hand.” The sabotage claim, which did not originate with Tucker, was neatly dismantled in a Best of the Web Today column by James Taranto, who points out:

The idea that Republicans have ‘sabotaged’ ObamaCare is ludicrous on its face. Sabotage entails destroying or damaging something by subverting It — by stealthily undermining it from within. Republican opposition to ObamaCare has been neither stealthy nor ‘within.’

Every Republican member of Congress has opposed ObamaCare consistently, openly and honorably.

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Veterans Aren’t Losers, Liberals! ^ | November 11, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter

This Veterans Day, let’s honor our warriors, not patronize them.

We veterans resent the left glomming on to us to justify the welfare state, responding to any observation regarding the millions of liberal-voting deadbeats feeding off of Uncle Sucker with the smug rejoinder “What about the veterans who need help? Why do you hate veterans?”
Like progressives ever cared about our warriors – the only reason they aren’t lined up to spit on our returning fighters is they know they’d get their teeth knocked in.
Let’s be clear – being a veteran is not a “Get out of work free” card that excuses you from the basic responsibility of supporting yourself and your family. If I pass a bum with a sign reading “Homeless Vet,” I don’t feel an overpowering surge of solidarity. I feel disgusted that another low-life is trying to milk sympathy off a proud status that millions of us earned with our blood and sweat and years of our lives.
Are there vets who need help? Of course, but those aren’t the ones you see playing the vet card to avoid work and fuel their addictions. Some legit ones have physical injuries. For others, the wounds are invisible and hard to understand, like traumatic brain injuries. We owe these warriors not only our support but our compassion as they struggle against an insidious enemy. They are eager to overcome their challenges and to build productive lives.
These wounded warriors are getting some of the help they need through the government – taking care of those hurt in the service of the nation is a basic federal government function and about the only kind of safety net program that can be legitimately extrapolated from the text of our Constitution. Where the government falls short – as it inevitably will, because it is the government – the American people are picking up the slack.
But the “professional vets” you see demanding handouts are, at best, exploiting their long-ago service. Just because you served doesn’t necessarily indicate that you will forever demonstrate the kind of character and self-respect that the military demanded you show when on duty. It’s not a free pass for the rest of your life – in fact, fellow vets expect more from you. We expect you to live up to the example of the overwhelming majority of veterans who came home, hung up our uniforms and went about building families and careers.
Of course, that assumes that all of the people out there claiming to be veterans actually are veterans. My police pals inform me that the only uniform most of these frauds have ever worn is an orange jumpsuit. A vet can always tell a fake – asking for a DD 214 and getting a blank stare back is usually a pretty good tip-off.
We vets aren’t victims. We aren’t pawns to be used to justify giving handouts to couch-dwellers. We aren’t asking for anything except to be taken care of when injured – and we shouldn’t have to ask for that.
Vets are humble – the guy who tells you how he was a war hero invariably wasn’t. But because our military has grown so remote from most Americans’ lives, many civilians are unsure how to express their gratitude toward their warriors. Here’s how:
If you see an guy in a ball cap that reads “World War II Vet,” “Korea Vet” or “Vietnam Vet,” ask about it. Make sure your kids listen. These heroes won’t be with us forever, and their stories need to be told. I remember speaking at a function and sitting next to an unassuming gentleman who turned out to have landed at Normandy. For a military guy, this was like being a garage band guitarist who got seated next to Pete Townsend.
Citizens often want to reach out to warriors they see in uniform around town or at airports. That’s great. A “Thanks” and a handshake, even a hug, is appropriate.
Now, this will fluster the warriors. The warriors will tell you they are just doing their job, and they mean it. Most warriors are baffled that someone is thanking them because they know so many people they feel truly deserve it. Thank them anyway.
Sometimes a warrior in uniform at a restaurant will find his tab paid when he asks for the check. This happens a lot. If you feel compelled to do it, any senior sergeant or officer will tell you to save that for the younger troops. They get paid less and they do the really hard work.
If you want to say “Thanks,” but you aren’t where there are a lot of warriors around, then why not help out Operation Gratitude orWounded Warriors? Do you own a business? Think about hiring a vet. I did, and she’s awesome.
Regardless of how you choose to do it, on this Veterans Day, let’s honor our warriors – including deployed ones like my pals Jon and Don. Instead of treating them like losers in need of pity, let’s treat them like what they are – heroes.

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