Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Phony Fascist Tears: Obama Cries During Gun Control Speech!

Breitbart ^ 

Obama wiped away tears from his face about five different times during his speech, pausing frequently to add more emotion and gravity to the event. He also deviated several times from his prepared remarks to add more feeling to the text.

Members of Obama's staff were also wiping away tears as the president spoke as members of Congress sat silently in the room. Senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Health and Human Secretary Sylvia Burwell, and FBI directer James Comey attended the speech.
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Former U.S. attorney: Clinton could face criminal indictment!

wash examiner ^ | 1-5-16 | sarah westwood 

A former U.S. attorney thinks Hillary Clinton could face a criminal indictment from the FBI within the next 60 days.
Joe DiGenova, a Republican U.S. attorney appointed by President Reagan, said Clinton's "biggest problem right now" is the open FBI investigation into the contents of her private emails.
"They have reached a critical mass in their investigation of the secretary and all of her senior staff," DiGenova said Tuesday on the "Laura Ingraham Show" radio program. "And, it's going to come to a head, I would suggest, in the next 60 days."
FBI Director James Comey has refused to answer questions about when his agents will wrap up a months-long probe into whether Clinton and her staff mishandled classified information on an unsecured network.
Clinton's campaign has maintained that the investigation is not focused on Clinton herself and is not criminal in nature.
"It"s going to be a very complex matter for the Department of Justice, but they're not going to be able to walk away from it," DiGenova said. "They are now at over 1,200 classified emails. And, that's just for the ones we know about from the State Department. That does not include the ones that the FBI is, in fact, recovering from her hard drives."
The former U.S. attorney noted Clinton has yet to be interviewed by the FBI, a step he said will likely occur before agents make their findings public.
But DiGenova warned the decision to charge Clinton personally with a crime lies with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, putting the Obama administration in a difficult political position.
"I believe that the evidence that the FBI is compiling will be so compelling that, unless [Lynch] agrees to the charges, there will be a massive revolt inside the FBI, which she will not be able to survive as an attorney general. It will be like Watergate. It will be unbelievable," DiGenova said.

Bill Clinton’s strategy of rising above Trump’s attacks on sex scandals seems to be backfiring!

National Post ^ | 01/04/2015 | The Associated Press 

KEENE, N.H. - For months, former president Bill Clinton has largely stayed out of the 2016 race, mentioned mostly in passing by Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Now, following days of attacks over his sexual history from Republican front-runner Donald Trump, Clinton is escalating his public involvement in his wife's campaign. On Monday, he headed out for his first solo campaign events with stops planned in New Hampshire, a key primary state that gave much-needed momentum to his struggling 1992 presidential bid.
But some of the less desirable moments of his past - his impeachment and decades-old sex scandals - are also re-emerging as he prepares to campaign in the Granite State.
So far, Bill Clinton has remained mum about the accusations - following the lead of his wife's campaign which believes their candidate comes across as more presidential by rising above what they see as Trump's crass political tactics.
But the attacks seem to have struck a nerve.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalpost.com ...

Ted Cruz expands horizons beyond Iowa

CBS ^ | Alemany 

Ted Cruz is hitting a well-timed stride, topping several Republican polls in Iowa and basking in media attention about his popularity in the state where the first voting contest will be held, in the first week of February.
Now, with less than a month until the first votes of the 2016 race, Cruz is looking beyond Iowa to a state that might be a harder sell for him: New Hampshire.
The Texas Senator has not been to New Hampshire since November, but he is planning an all-out blitz of the state later this month, pegged to a Jan. 17 bus tour that will take him to every corner of the state. And his wife Heidi is being dispatched to the leadoff primary state later this week to drum up support in the meantime.It might seem implausible that the Iowa frontrunner -- a conservative firebrand with strong support among evangelicals -- is stepping up his efforts in the mostly secular, moderate-leaning state of New Hampshire, where establishment candidates like Chris Christie and Jeb Bush are planting their flags.
But a unique set of circumstances -- the splintering of establishment support during a time of populist fervor -- has paved the way for Cruz to possibly steal a higher than expected finish in New Hampshire, a prospect that seemed unthinkable at the outset of the campaign. And conservatives have been dropping in the polls and leaving the race, so Cruz is hoping there's an opening on the right for him.
"With the traditional conservative lane freed up by Rick Perry, Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal dropping out, and Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee focusing on Iowa, Cruz could do very well in New Hampshire,
(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...

How Cruz Wins New Hampshire, and the Nomination

American Thinker ^ | January 4, 2016 | Fritz Pettyjohn 

It’s the ethanol, Sherlock.
For if he wins Iowa, he will have defeated the ethanol lobby. And beating Big Corn on its home turf is what can propel him to a win in New Hampshire.
People in New Hampshire hate ethanol. Ethanol is corrosive, it destroys engines. If ethanol-laced gasoline is more than a couple months old, it can't be used in high performance small engines. It is hydroscopic, attracting water, another problem with performance.
A lot of guys have a personal problem with ethanol. Go to any tavern in New Hampshire and you'll hear an earful. There's nothing worse than getting all rigged out with your chain saw, ready to rip, and your saw won't start. Your ports and jets have been clogged by residue released by the ethanol in your fuel, a solvent. So you haul your saw down to the mechanic, cursing ethanol the whole way.
Ethanol is different than almost any other government boondoggle, in that everyday Americans have to put up with it on a daily basis. Some government handouts, such as those to Rubio's favorite, Big Sugar, are easy to ignore. You pay an extra nickel when you buy...-- big deal. But a whole lot of people, working class people, actually hate ethanol, in ways that coastal elites don't understand.
Because it's more, of course, than just ethanol. It's craven politicians seeking the White House, in the first state they compete in, whoring for the votes of a special interest that the rest of the country is forced to put up with. It's corporate welfare in general. It's the poster child of the Washington cabal, which is so intensely despised. It's what's wrong with the Republican Party, and the country.
But if Cruz wins those caucuses it's different story. He will not have been cowed by the ethanol lobby. He will have defied Big Corn and its entrenched political machine....
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...

Yes, Obamacare is in dire need of fixing. Here's a guide to the best options

Los Angeles Times ^ | January 4, 2016 | By Michael Hiltzik 

... Some of [Obamacare's] approaches have turned out to be ineffective, poorly targeted, or not ambitious enough to address deeply rooted problems. - Healthcare experts Timothy Jost and Harold Pollack These are inevitable occurrences with any major legislation, though they don't have much to do with the real issue conservatives have with the ACA. In the view of John E. McDonough of Harvard's School of Public Health, it's that Obamacare raises taxes on the wealthy while giving them "bupkis" in direct benefits.
A lot can be done to correct the real flaws in the ACA, and Timothy S. Jost, emeritus professor at Washington and Lee law school, and Harold Pollack of the University of Chicago have provided an extensive guide, published a couple of weeks ago by the Century Foundation.
Jost and Pollack approach their task as admirers of the ACA, which they note has brought the percentage of Americans under 65 without health insurance to its lowest point in five decades. Yet they acknowledge that "some of its approaches have turned out to be ineffective, poorly targeted, or not ambitious enough to address deeply rooted problems."
Here are a few of their main recommendations:
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...

The Busybody Left: Using Taxes For Regressive Social Engineering

capitalismmagazine.com ^ | 1/4/2016 | Thomas Sowell 

The political left has been trying to run other people’s lives for centuries. So we should not be surprised to see the Obama administration now trying to force neighborhoods across America to have the mix of people the government wants them to have.
There are not enough poor people living in middle class neighborhoods to suit the political left. Not enough blacks in white neighborhoods. Not enough Hispanics here, not enough Asians there.
Nowhere in the Constitution does it grant the federal government the power to dictate such things. But places that do not mix and match people the way Washington wants them to can lose all sorts of federal money they currently receive under numerous programs.
(Excerpt) Read more at capitalismmagazine.com ...

This Is A Very Troubling Chart (Good stats on exploding gun sales under the Obama Administration)

Zero Hedge ^ | January 4, 2016 

The chart below, showing the total number of monthly FBI firearm background checks - a direct proxy for gun purchases in the U.S., needs no commentary.

Here is the same data, on a monthly basis to avoid the seasonal noise. No matter how one looks at it though, the 3.3 million background checks in December was a record high.

Neither of these are the "troubling chart" referenced in the title. This one shown below is, and it comes courtesy of the NYT:

The chart shows that while the soaring gun sales are the effect, the cause is simple: president Obama.
The same president who tomorrow at 11:40am will finally reveal just what, after many delays, his executive action(s) on gun control will be.
The concern is that with one more year under Obama's term, gun sales over the next 12 months are certain to surge to new all time highs as Obama's crusade to crush the second amendment slowly picks up steam in order to cement his "anti-gun" legacy, and as the population rushes to buy as many as it can before Obama makes such purchases illegal.
It's not all bad news though: gun makers could not have asked for a better president, as the following headline just confirmed:

As of this moment Smith and Wesson is trading at an all time high.

Establishment Presidential Candidates Battle to End Voters’ Flirtation With Outsiders

wsj.com ^ | Patrick O’Connor 

With less than a month before voting begins, establishment presidential candidates, thrown off stride by insurgent rivals through much of last year, are urging voters to move toward conventional choices and end their flirtation with the field's novices and outsiders.
The efforts reflect the hope on the part of such candidates that the dynamic of the campaign will change now that the calendar has turned to 2016 and real choices are nearly at hand.
"Showtime is over," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told a crowd Monday at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. He questioned the seriousness of businessman Donald Trump as a candidate, saying these are "dangerous, perilous times" for the nation and the world, and added: "We are not electing an entertainer-in-chief."

(Excerpt) Read more at wsj.com ...



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