Thursday, April 30, 2015

GAYS are QUEERS

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CRUSH THE RICH!

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Freddie Gray Rap Sheet

snopes.com ^ 

Claim: Freddie Gray, who died from injuries he sustained while in Baltimore police custody on 12 April 2015, had a lengthy arrest record.
TRUE

Example: [Collected via email, April 2015]
Did Freddie gray really have a rap sheet?
Origins: On 12 April 2015, a 25-year-old man named Freddie Gray sustained grave injuries (from which he subsequently died) while in police custody in Baltimore. Although details about Gray's arrest, custody, and death are still unclear, some aspects of the case have come to light.
On 27 April 2015, the web site Heavy published an article that included Gray's arrest record, as follows:
March 20, 2015: Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
March 13, 2015: Malicious destruction of property, second-degree assault
January 20, 2015: Fourth-degree burglary, trespassing
January 14, 2015: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute
December 31, 2014: Possession of narcotics with intent to distribute
December 14, 2014: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance
August 31, 2014: Illegal gambling, trespassing
January 25, 2014: Possession of marijuana
September 28, 2013: Distribution of narcotics, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, second-degree assault, second-degree escape
April 13, 2012: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, violation of probation
July 16, 2008: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession with intent to distribute
March 28, 2008: Unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance
March 14, 2008: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to manufacture and distribute
February 11, 2008: Unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance
August 29, 2007: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, violation of probation
more arrests at link...
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Riot-Plagued Baltimore Is a Catastrophe Entirely of the Democratic Party’s Own Making

National Review ^ | April 28, 2015 | Kevin D. Williamson 

A few weeks ago, there was an election in Ferguson, Mo., the result of which was to treble the number of African Americans on that unhappy suburb’s city council. This was greeted in some corners with optimism — now, at last, the city’s black residents would have a chance to see to securing their own interests. This optimism flies in the face of evidence near — St. Louis — and far — Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco . . .

St. Louis has not had a Republican mayor since the 1940s, and in its most recent elections for the board of aldermen there was no Republican in the majority of the contests; the city is overwhelmingly Democratic, effectively a single-party political monopoly from its schools to its police department.Baltimore has seen two Republicans sit in the mayor’s office since the 1920s — and none since the 1960s. Like St. Louis, it is effectively a single-party political monopoly from its schools to its police department. Philadelphia has not elected a Republican mayor since 1948. The last Republican to be elected mayor of Detroit was congratulated on his victory by President Eisenhower. Atlanta, a city so corrupt that its public schools are organized as a criminal conspiracy against its children, last had a Republican mayor in the 19th century. Its municipal elections are officially nonpartisan, but the last Republican to run in Atlanta’s 13th congressional district did not manage to secure even 30 percent of the vote; Atlanta is effectively a single-party political monopoly from its schools to its police department.
American cities are by and large Democratic-party monopolies, monopolies generally dominated by the so-called progressive wing of the party. The results have been catastrophic, and not only in poor black cities such as Baltimore and Detroit. Money can paper over some of the defects of progressivism in rich, white cities such as Portland and San Francisco, but those are pretty awful places to be non-white and non-rich, too: Blacks make up barely 9 percent of the population in San Francisco, but they represent 40 percent of those arrested for murder, and they are arrested for drug offenses at ten times their share of the population. Criminals make their own choices, sure, but you want to take a look at the racial disparity in educational outcomes and tell me that those low-income nine-year-olds in Wisconsin just need to buck up and bootstrap it?
Black urban communities face institutional failure across the board every day. There are people who should be made to answer for that: What has Martin O’Malley to say for himself? What can Ed Rendell say for himself other than that he secured a great deal of investment for the richest square mile in Philadelphia? What has Nancy Pelosi done about the radical racial divide in San Francisco?
Mychal Denzel Smith, toy radical at The Nation, offered the usual illiterate slogan “f**k the police” and declared of the rioters: “I also hope they break s**t.” Writers at Salon also endorsed violence for its own sake. “I do not advocate non-violence,” Benji Hart affirmed. Most of this can be credited to juvenile posturing, and it should be noted that the rioters in Baltimore mostly are not burning down tax offices or police stations but are in the main looting businesses and carrying out acts of wanton opportunistic vandalism — that’s not a revolt, but a crime spree. Meretricious “black rage” rhetoric notwithstanding, what we have seen in places such as Ferguson and Baltimore is much more ordinarily criminal than political.
But there is a legitimate concern here — from which no one seems to be willing to draw the obvious conclusion: There is someone to blame for what’s wrong in Baltimore.
Would any sentient adult American be shocked to learn that Baltimore has a corrupt and feckless police department enabled by a corrupt and feckless city government? I myself would not, and the local authorities’ dishonesty and stonewalling in the death of Freddie Gray is reminiscent of what we have seen in other cities. There’s a heap of evidence that the Baltimore police department is pretty bad.
This did not come out of nowhere. While the progressives have been running the show in Baltimore, police commissioner Ed Norris was sent to prison on corruption charges (2004), two detectives were sentenced to 454 years in prison for dealing drugs (2005), an officer was dismissed after being videotaped verbally abusing a 14-year-old and then failing to file a report on his use of force against the same teenager (2011), an officer was been fired for sexually abusing a minor (2014), and the city paid a quarter-million-dollar settlement to a man police illegally arrested for the non-crime of recording them at work with his mobile phone. There’s a good deal more. Does that sound like a disciplined police organization to you?
Yes, Baltimore seems to have some police problems. But let us be clear about whose fecklessness and dishonesty we are talking about here: No Republican, and certainly no conservative, has left so much as a thumbprint on the public institutions of Baltimore in a generation. Baltimore’s police department is, like Detroit’s economy and Atlanta’s schools, the product of the progressive wing of the Democratic party enabled in no small part by black identity politics. This is entirely a left-wing project, and a Democratic-party project.
When will the Left be held to account for the brutality in Baltimore — brutality for which it bears a measure of responsibility on both sides? There aren’t any Republicans out there cheering on the looters, and there aren’t any Republicans exercising real political power over the police or other municipal institutions in Baltimore. Community-organizer — a wretched term — Adam Jackson declared that in Baltimore “the Democrats and the Republicans have both failed.” Really? Which Republicans? Ulysses S. Grant? Unless I’m reading the charts wrong, the Baltimore city council is 100 percent Democratic.
The other Democratic monopolies aren’t looking too hot, either. We’re sending Atlanta educators to prison for running a criminal conspiracy to hide the fact that they failed, and failed woefully, to educate the children of that city. Isolated incident? Nope: Atlanta has another cheating scandal across town at the police academy. Who is being poorly served by the fact that Atlanta’s school system has been converted into crime syndicate? Mostly poor, mostly black families. Who is likely to suffer from any incompetents advanced through the Atlanta police department by its corrupt academy? Mostly poor, mostly black people. Who suffers most from the incompetence of Baltimore’s Democratic mayor? Mostly poor, mostly black families — should they feel better that she’s black? Who suffers most from the incompetence and corruption of Baltimore’s police department? Mostly poor, mostly black families.
And it’s the same people who will suffer the most from the vandalism and pillaging going on in Baltimore, too.
The evidence suggests very strongly that the left-wing, Democratic claques that run a great many American cities — particularly the poor and black cities — are not capable of running a school system or a police department. They are incompetent, they are corrupt, and they are breathtakingly arrogant. Cleveland, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore — this is what Democrats do.
And the kids in the street screaming about “inequality”? Somebody should tell them that the locale in these United States with the least economic inequality is Utah, i.e. the state farthest away from the reach of the people who run Baltimore.
Keep voting for the same thing, keep getting the same thing.

Winner of the Week: Scott Walker

Steve Deace ^ | April 28, 2015 | Steve Deace 

Editor’s Note: This is a weekly feature where we single out which 2016 presidential candidate did the best job crafting a winning message, based on the 10 Commandments of Political Warfare from Steve Deace’s book “Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again.”

Previous Winners:
Week of March 17th: Rand Paul
Week of March 24th: Ted Cruz
Week of March 31st: Ted Cruz
Week of April 7th: Bobby Jindal
Week of April 14th: Rand Paul
Week of April 21st: Rick Santorum
To say I wasn’t impressed with Scott Walker’s initial presidential roll-out would be an understatement. After speaking of the celebrated Wisconsin governor in glowing terms throughout the pages of Rules for Patriots, the first impression he left earlier this year as a presidential candidate was this is another Romney — albeit with a better record.
I even went so far as to say I thought Walker should go away for a while, figure out what his message is and what kind of candidate he wants to be, and then come back once he’s figured everything out.
This week it appears as if Walker has.
Walker has moved Right on the two issues the GOP establishment demands the party move Left — amnesty and marriage/religious freedom. By doing so, Walker has let it be known he does intend to make the case he’s the conservatives’ champion in 2016. That he’s not abandoning his base (Commandment #6) to become just another run-of-the-mill, “make the trains run on time” Republican.
On amnesty Walker didn’t just put forth a plan that says no to amnesty and yes to the rule of law, but even addresses the problem of the glut of legal immigration. Which imports competition for the American worker at a time a record 93 million people don’t have a job. If America’s unemployed were its own population, it would be the 15th most populous nation on earth. That’s more people than Egypt, France, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Walker even wisely defined his immigration plan as pro-American worker (Commandment #8 ).
Walker also voiced support for Ted Cruz’s proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would allow individual states — not unelected judges — to define and enforce marriage laws.
Finally, Walker made an under-the-radar move that is worthy of notice. His presidential SuperPAC hired Shirley & Banister, one of the most respected P.R. firms in the conservative movement, to handle its messaging and strategy. The P.R. firm was founded by Craig Shirley, the best-selling biographer of Ronald Reagan. I know this firm well, because I retained their services myself the past few months. Their main interest is promoting causes/people that are advancing movement conservatism. So they’re not going to sign on with Walker in order to promote milquetoast (Commandment #9).
Frankly, I was beginning to wonder if Walker was going to be the Tim Pawlenty of 2016. But this week indicates he’s re-branding himself back to what made him successful in Wisconsin. And for that reason Walker is our winner of the week.

The Look

Little Bitty Lies!

Obama still 'soul-searching' on racial unrest

Washington Examiner ^ | 4/29/15 | Susan Crabtree 

Just hours after a powder keg of racial tension in Baltimore exploded into violence, looting and destruction, President Obama once again urged America to do some soul-searching and commit to helping impoverished black communities gripped with unemployment, drug addiction and educational inequality.

It was the similar soul-searching message the president sent nearly three years ago in 2012 amid a national firestorm over the slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Florida.
But if America has done any deep thinking over the issue, there have been few tangible results and president's policing task forces have done little to heal the nation's open racial wounds.
Since Martin's slaying, a string of deadly clashes between police and black men have continued, spurring community outrage and violence throughout the country.
After Michael Brown's killing by a police officer in Ferguson, and the weeks of violence, rioting and protests that erupted there, Obama appointed an 11-person task force to make recommendations on 21st Century Policing polices to build trust between law enforcement and black and minority communities around the country.
But so far the task force, like many toothless Washington blue-ribbon commissions, failed to shift the dynamic and become a catalyst for any real change.
Late last year, Eric Garner, whom police confronted for allegedly illegally selling cigarettes, died in a police chokehold. And already this year, Walter Scott was shot five times in the back by police in South Carolina and Freddie Gray mysteriously died from spinal injuries suffered while under police custody in Baltimore.
There have been more than a dozen incidents in a year and a half around the country — all with similar themes — frustrations with police brutality and the lack of opportunity in blighted urban communities.
National Urban League President Marc Morial reacted to the civil unrest in Baltimore by declaring the racial tensions sweeping across the country a "state of emergency of tremendous proportions," arguing that the riots and deep anger in the black community show a lack of faith in the local and national political systems to adequately respond.
"It's imperative that we address the outrage that fuels the unrest and heals the rifts between police and the communities they serve," he said.
Few could have predicted that racial riots would mark the final years of America's first black president's time in office. But Obama has mostly appeared penned in by the crisis, worried that if he wades in too deep he will prejudice the legal outcome of the cases and stoke more division.
On Tuesday as the smoke cleared in Baltimore, Obama continued the balancing act.
While he said there was "no excuse" for Monday's violence in Baltimore and perpetrators should be treated as criminals, he also called on America to come together to address the underlying problems of unemployment, drug addiction and fatherless homes.
Still, he offered few concrete prescriptions other than "soul-searching," complaining that he didn't expect the Republican-controlled Congress to dig into the issue of black inner-city poverty.
"Now, I'm under no illusion that out of this Congress we're going to get massive investments in urban communities, and so we'll try to find areas where we can make a difference around school reform and around job training and some investments in infrastructure in these communities and trying to attract new businesses," he said, noting that sentencing reform for non-violent drug offenders could also help those convicted of lesser crimes get jobs.
The president also talked about communities where investment and manufacturing have been shipped way just minutes after extolling the virtues of a massive new trade deal that many on the left and some on the right blame for killing jobs that many of blue-collar communities like Baltimore once depended on.
In passing, the president mentioned new Justice Department grants or communities who want to purchase body cameras.
After Scott's killing earlier this month, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said body cameras could have helped and touted a $75 million Justice Department grant announced earlier in the year that would help law enforcement agencies across the country purchase body cameras.
Obama's budget calls for $97 million to help communities buy them, but the White House has failed to amplify the issue as a major priority.
The White House, at times, also has sent mixed messages about its role in trying to quell racial unrest – even as early as Monday.
Confronted by questions about the protests in Baltimore before they turned exceptionally violent on Monday, Earnest seemed to suggest there was very little role for the president and the federal government to play.
"This is fundamentally a local issue," he told reporters.
While the president's policing task force made recommendations he said the fate of every city's response rests in their local leaders.
"There does need to be local elected leaders and local law enforcement leaders to confront this challenge and to demonstrate some determination about trying to build bridges with the citizens that they're sworn to protect," Earnest said.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in a sternly-worded speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, echoed the president's call for criminal justice reform and more education and job training investments in impoverished communities.
But he too has done very little to back up his rhetoric with action.
"No American should ever feel that their life is not valued," Reid said Tuesday on the Senate floor.
He also highlighted several bills that would reform the nations sentencing laws. Congress enacted the laws after a national crime wave in the 1980s that both liberals and libertarians now decry as flooding the nation's prison population.
"It's easy to believe the system is rigged against you," he said.
Reid did not mention, however, that while serving as majority leader from 2007 to 2014, he did not bring any sentencing reform measures to the floor, including a bipartisan bill sponsored by Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., for debate and a possible vote.

Kerry Told Iran He Wishes ‘U.S. Had a Leader like Iran’s Supreme Leader’!

Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/29/15 | Adam Kredo 

Secretary of State John Kerry told his Iranian counterpart that he wished the United States had a leader more like Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, according to comments made by a senior Iranian cleric and repeated in the country’s state-run media.
Ayatollah Alam al-Hoda claimed during Friday prayer services in Iran that in negotiations over Tehran’s contested nuclear program, Kerry told the country’s foreign minister that he “wished the U.S. had a leader like Iran’s supreme leader,” according to a Persian-language report on the remarkspublished by the Asriran news site.
“In the negotiations Kerry told [Iranian Foreign Minister Javad] Zarif that he [Kerry] wished U.S. had a leader like Iran’s supreme leader,” according to Alam al-Hoda, who is a senior member of the Iran’s powerful Assembly of Experts.
A senior administration official told the Washington Free Beacon that such a contention is patently absurd.
The remarks are the latest in a string of comments made by Iranian leaders purporting to reveal private details of the talks.
Iranian newspapers have carried multiple reports in recent months suggesting that Iranian Foreign Minister and chief negotiator Javad Zarif was ordered to stop screaming at Kerry behind closed doors.
In his Friday remarks, al-Hoda went on to say that Obama is set on striking a deal with Iran by June.
“Both Republicans and Democrats want these negotiations with Iran, but they fight each other for partisan interests,” he was quoted as saying. “Obama wants the negotiation to succeed so his party can win the next election and Republicans want to stop him.”
Alam al-Hoda also celebrated Iran’s expansion in the region and controversial activities in war-torn countries such as Syria and Yemen.
“Today, the resistance crescent has gone beyond Syria and Lebanon and reached to Yemen,” he said. “Today the resistance front is in control of Strait of Hormuz and Bab-el-Mandeb.”
The “U.S. and Israel have not been so weak anytime before,” he continues. “All these events are being managed by the hidden Imam,” a revered religious figure in Shia Islam.
Saeed Ghasseminejad, an Iranian dissident and fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), said U.S. overtures to Iran at the negotiating table have failed to win it any respect from the Islamic Republic’s leaders.
“President Obama thinks that by making more concessions he can gain the trust and respect of Iranian leaders,” Ghasseminejad said. “However, Iranian leaders neither trust him nor respect him.
“Seeing unprecedented weakness in the U.S. president, Iranian leaders do not fear the United States anymore. Partnership, trust, and alliance between the radical Islamist regime of Tehran and United States cannot and should not exist.”
Meanwhile, Zarif said over the weekend that fighting between the Obama administration and Congress over a potential final deal could not stop America from implementing any agreement the White House signs.
“As we have stated since the beginning, we consider the U.S. administration responsible for implementing the agreement and internal problems and conflicts in the U.S. are not related to us and to the implementation of the agreement, and based on the international laws, the countries’ internal problems don’t exempt them from implementing their undertakings and this is the main framework that we attach importance to,” Zarif said,according to the Fars News Agency.
On Monday, Zarif urged the United States to woo Iran.
“Maintaining an uncertain and unstable situation is not acceptable to Iran and the Americans should take practical and confidence-building measures to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement,” Zarif was quoted as telling reporters.

BALTIMORE IS A DEMOCRAT PROBLEM, NOT AMERICA’S PROBLEM

Breitbart ^ | April 29, 2015 | JOHN NOLTE 

Contrary to the emotional blackmail some leftists are attempting to peddle, Baltimore is not America’s problem or shame. That failed city is solely and completely a Democrat problem. Like many failed cities, Detroit comes to mind, and every city besieged recently by rioting, Democrats and their union pals have had carte blanche to inflict their ideas and policies on Baltimore since 1967, the last time there was a Republican Mayor.
In 2012, after four years of his own failed policies, President Obama won a whopping 87.4% of the Baltimore City vote. Democrats run the city of Baltimore, the unions, the schools, and, yes, the police force. Since 1969, there have only been only been two Republican governors of the State of Maryland.
Elijah Cummings has represented Baltimore in the U.S. Congress for more than thirty years. As I write this, despite his objectively disastrous reign, the Democrat-infested mainstream media is treating the Democrat like a local folk hero, not the obvious and glaring failure he really is.
Every single member of the Baltimore city council is a Democrat.
Liberalism and all the toxic government dependence and cronyism and union corruption and failed schools that comes along with it, has run amok in Baltimore for a half-century, and that is Baltimore’s problem. It is the free people of Baltimore who elect and then re-elect those who institute policies that have so spectacularly failed that once-great city. It is the free people of Baltimore who elected Mayor Room-To-Destroy.
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Debunking Obama's Bilious Baltimore Babble

Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2015 | Michelle Malkin 

It's never enough. American taxpayers have surrendered billions and billions and billions of dollars to the social-justice-spender-in-chief. But it's never, ever enough.

The latest paroxysm of urban violence, looting, and recriminations in Baltimore prompted President Obama on Tuesday to trot out his frayed Blame The Callous, Tight-Fisted Republicans card. After dispensing with an obligatory wrist-slap of toilet paper-and Oreo-filching "protesters" who are burning Charm City to the ground (he hurriedly changed it to "criminals and thugs" mid-word), the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner got down to his usual business: hectoring his political opponents and grousing that America hasn't forked over enough money for him to make the "massive investments" needed to "make a difference right now."
If we are "serious" about preventing more riots, the president declared, then "the rest of us" (translation: all of us stingy conservatives) have to make sure "we are providing early education" and "making investments" so that inner-city youths are "getting the training they need to find jobs."
Narcissus on the Potomac wheedled that "there's a bunch of my agenda that would make a difference right now." Me, me, me! His laundry list of the supposedly underfunded cures that he can't get through Congress includes "school reform," "job training" and "some investments in infrastructure" to "attract new businesses."
I'll give POTUS credit: He can lay it on thicker than a John Deere manure spreader.
Let's talk "massive investments," shall we?
In 2009, Obama and the Democrats rammed the $840 billion federal stimulus package through Capitol Hill under the guise of immediate job creation and economic recovery. An estimated $64 billion went to public school districts; another nearly $50 billion went for other education spending. This included $13 billion for low-income public school kids; $4.1 billion for Head Start and childcare services; $650 million for educational technology; $200 million for working college students; and $70 million for homeless children.
How's that all working out? Last week, economists from the St. Louis Federal Reserve surveyed more than 6,700 education stimulus recipients and concluded that for every $1 million of stimulus grants to a district, a measly 1.5 jobs were created. "Moreover, all of this increase came in the form of nonteaching staff," the report found, and the "jobs effect was also not statistically different from zero."
More than three-quarters of the jobs "created or saved" in the first year of the stimulus were government jobs, while roughly 1 million private sector jobs were forestalled or destroyed, according to Ohio State University. President Obama later admitted "there was no such thing" as "shovel-ready projects." But there were plenty of pork-ready recipients, from green energy billionaires to union bosses to Democratic campaign finance bundlers. About $230 billion in porkulus funds was set aside for infrastructure projects, yet less than a year later, Obama was back asking for another $50 billion to pour down the infrastructure black hole.
In 2010, President Obama signed the so-called Edujobs bill into law -- a $26 billion political wealth redistribution scheme paying back Big Labor for funding Democratic congressional campaigns. A year later, several were spending on the money to plug budget shortfalls instead of hiring teachers. Other recipients received billions despite having full educational payrolls and not knowing what to do with the big bucks.
In 2012, with bipartisan support, Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act "to encourage startups and support our nation's small businesses."
In July 2014, with bipartisan support, Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to "help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy." (Never mind that a GAO review of the feds' existing 47 job-training programs run by nine different agencies "generally found the effects of participation were not consistent across programs, with only some demonstrating positive impacts that tended to be small, inconclusive or restricted to short-term impacts.")
In December 2014, the White House unveiled nearly $1 billion in new "investments" to "expand access to high-quality early childhood education to every child in America" from "birth and continuing to age 5."
That's all on top of the $6 billion government-funded national service and education initiative known as the SERVE America Act, which was enacted less than a month after the nearly $1 trillion stimulus with the help of a majority of Big Government Senate Republicans. The SERVE America Act included $1.1 billion to increase the investment in national service opportunities; $97 million for Learn and Serve America Youth Engagement Zones; and nearly $400 million for the Social Innovation Fund and Volunteer Generation Fund.
The "social innovation" slush fund was intended to "create new knowledge about how to solve social challenges in the areas of economic opportunity, youth development and school support, and healthy futures, and to improve our nation's problem-solving infrastructure in low-income communities." The biggest beneficiaries? Obama's progressive cronies.
Apparently, the richly funded "social innovators" haven't reached the looter-prone neighborhoods of Baltimore yet. But it's not ideologically bankrupt Obama's fault. It's ours.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Clinton Foundation follies starting to roil the left

New York Post ^ | 4-27-15 | Editorial 

To hear Hillary Rodham Clinton’s aides and supporters tell it, questions about her family foundation’s fund-raising while she was secretary of state are “nothing more than a tangled web of conspiracy theories” by Republican operatives.
Sorry: The steady flow of disturbing news has concern growing in Democratic circles.
That’s likely one reason the foundation’s acting CEO, Maura Palley, released a long statement admitting “mistakes” that she insisted were mostly minor clerical errors.
Hmm. Charity Navigator, the philanthropic watchdog, has the Clinton Foundation on its “watchlist,” as it does “when we become aware of conduct that may affect a donor’s decision to support that charity.”
Watchlist status, according to CN, remains in effect until “we see evidence that the issues identified . . . have been resolved.” Only 23 charities are listed (including Al Sharpton’s National Action Network).
Which is why Team Clinton’s counter-attack is failing even on the left.
Ask Bill Allison, a senior fellow at the left-leaning Sunlight Foundation, which monitors government transparency. He told The Post: “It seems like the Clinton Foundation operates as a slush fund for the Clintons.”
Liberal columnist Jonathan Chait wrote that even in a best-case scenario, the Clintons have been “disorganized and greedy.”
And Jim Cooper, a veteran New York Democratic fund-raiser and bundler who was enlisted as a “HillStarter” by the Clinton campaign, says he’s holding back for now from tapping his network.
“I was sitting there trying to draft the e-mail, and I just couldn’t do it,” he tells The Washington Times. “I just wish that there would have been a more forceful response from the Clinton campaign to some of this.”
Until Hillary herself delivers just that, this story’s not going away.
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Baltimore Burns While Obama Plots

Frontpage ^ | 4/28/15 | Matthew Vadum 

Baltimore is burning because community organizers and various thugs are tearing the city apart in the aftermath of the strange death of a young black man who was in the custody of police — and President Obama is trying to make things worse.

In an incredible non-coincidence the rioting follows a weekend rally by the Occupy Wall Street-like Baltimore Peoples Assembly. There also was a first wave of rioting over the weekend. Outside activists have been flooding into Baltimore, according to reports. Police and civilians have been injured. A CVS store was looted and set on fire. Rioters chopped up fire hoses to prevent firefighters from doing their job. Criminal gangs have declared open season on cops. Rioters have been throwing cinder blocks, bricks, and other objects at police. And there aren’t enough cops to go around. Baltimore police are begging police officers in other states to come to Baltimore to help out. Schools are closed Tuesday.
Baltimore is now a war zone. Understandably, the Baltimore Orioles announced on Twitter at 6:20 last night that the game with the Chicago White Sox scheduled for 7:05 had been postponed. After Democrats dawdled, Maryland’s new Republican Gov. Larry Hogan acted last night, activating the Maryland National Guard in an attempt to restore order. Sensing things were getting out of hand fast, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D), said Monday that as of Tuesday evening she will impose a one-week curfew lasting from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. It’s not clear why the curfew wasn’t to take effect last night while parts of the city were burning.
The looters and rioters have seized on a pretext. They are exploiting the case of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who was arrested the morning of April 12 in West Baltimore. At that time he was reportedly having difficulty walking. About 30 minutes later when he arrived at a police station, he was reportedly unable to breathe or talk. Somehow he suffered severe injuries to his spine but nobody can say why. He was admitted to hospital and a week later he was dead. Gray was laid to rest yesterday, an event that some took as a green-light to riot.
Gray’s death may be a genuine case of police malfeasance. Eventually investigators will figure out what happened to Gray and we can only hope justice will be done.
Pundits are weighing in on the unfolding events in Baltimore.
On last night’s “John Batchelor Show,” National Review‘s national-affairs columnist John Fund bemoaned “a level of incompetence we haven’t seen since” then-Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco (D) botched the state’s response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
On Fox News Channel, Charles Krauthammer said, “There’s a total failure of leadership here. People can look at the scenes and they know that there’s a city out of control on the ground. But it’s also out of control at the level of governance.”
In the meantime, you can bet this year’s harvest of Chesapeake Bay crabs that the Obama White House is now in overdrive trying to capitalize on Gray’s death. President Obama has single-mindedly pushed hard again and again and again to reduce the country he hates to warring racial factions. This is a crisis he cannot afford to waste. His pen and phone are ready for action.
America’s ambulance-chasing, race-baiting, chief executive is doing his best to make the situation in Maryland’s largest city much more unpleasant than it is now. Predictably, Obama will deplore the violence in Baltimore and then out of the other side of his mouth condone it by saying he understands the anger of the mob that is ripping the city to pieces.
We know Obama is doing these things because after Eric Holder’s dreary ideological twin, Loretta Lynch, was sworn in as U.S. attorney general yesterday, she acknowledged [2] that the Department of Justice’s Alinskyite shock troops are already goose-stepping the dangerous streets of Baltimore.
As she regurgitated the obligatory politically correct recitals, Lynch played the Gandhi card. She perfunctorily shared her hope that the protestors that the media persists in labeling “mostly peaceful” would play nice. She condemned “the senseless acts of violence.”
“As our investigative process continues,” she said in a statement, “I strongly urge every member of the Baltimore community to adhere to the principles of nonviolence.”
Alarm bells should have gone off in the heads of patriotic Americans when Lynch admitted that the Justice Department’s infamous Community Relations Service (CRS) “has already been on the ground, and they are sending additional resources as they continue to work with all parties to reduce tensions and promote the safety of the community.”
And what might those “additional resources” consist of? Al Sharpton’s favorite electronic gadget, the bullhorn, is bound to be part of the aid package from Washington.
This is what CRS does. Three years ago CRS dragged an innocent man through the muck and into court.
In February 2012, after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot to death during a physical confrontation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, the Obama administration deployed government-paid community organizers to Sanford, Florida.
CRS’s mission was to foment racial tensions. It succeeded.
For a month and a half after Martin’s death, local police declined to press charges against Zimmerman, who was ultimately acquitted, because they believed the criminal case against him was tissue-thin.
But CRS burned through [3] thousands of dollars helping to plan marches at which its organizers exacerbated racial tensions and loudly demanded that Zimmerman be prosecuted — and he was.
In theory CRS employees are supposed to try to defuse combustible situations in communities but in reality they pour gasoline on raging fires by engaging in political advocacy. It’s never advocacy for conservative causes or positions.
As a result of a Freedom of Information Act request, Judicial Watch discovered that CRS employees were involved in “marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain”; providing “support for protest deployment in Florida”; rendering “technical assistance to the City of Sanford, event organizers, and law enforcement agencies for the march and rally on March 31”; and providing “technical assistance, conciliation, and onsite mediation during demonstrations planned in Sanford.”
In April 2012, CRS “set up a meeting between the local NAACP and elected officials that led to the temporary resignation of police chief Bill Lee, according to Turner Clayton, Seminole County chapter president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People,” government documents state.
This odious government-subsidized rabble-rousing is nothing new. For a half century, the Left has been using taxpayer dollars to fund efforts to advance radical, subversive causes in the United States. Changes in federal social policy in the mid-1960s helped to lay the groundwork for this insidious leftist astro-turfing. Guided by the doomed-from-the-start War on Poverty, since 1965 the federal government has been giving taxpayer money to liberal and radical groups to help them agitate against the status quo.
In the Zimmerman case, the Obama administration got rid of the middleman and in-sourced the work instead of doling out grants to left-wing street protest groups. Field agents for CRS also assisted the Occupy Wall Street and anarchist activists outside the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Again, this is what the leftist agitators of the Community Relations Service do and we can only wonder what they are doing on the ground in Baltimore.
It needs to be pointed out that it is not at all clear why Gray was arrested. David A. Graham provides a useful summary [4] of the facts at theAtlantic‘s website. Graham wrote that:
“an officer made eye contact with Gray, and he took off running, so they pursued him. Though he’d had scrapes with the law before, there’s no indication he was wanted at the time. And though he was found with a switchblade, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said, ‘We know that having a knife is not necessarily a crime.'”
Gray did not resist arrest and officers say they did not use force, a claim that seems to be backed up video footage shot by witnesses. The young man apparently howled with pain and seemed to have been injured as he was dragged to a police van.
Off-camera a voice can be heard saying, “His leg broke and y’all dragging him like that!” Gray, who was asthmatic, requested his inhaler but it wasn’t given to him.
“Yet it’s not the leg or the asthma that killed him,” Graham observed.
“Instead, it was a grave injury to his spinal cord. Gray’s family said he was treated for three fractured vertebrae and a crushed voice box, the sorts of injuries that doctors say are usually caused by serious car accidents. The van made at least two stops before reaching the police station, but there’s no footage to say what happened during the journey or at those stops.”
Needless to say, at this point things don’t look good for the Baltimore City police department.
For a multitude of reasons, left-wing city officials don’t like putting down riots. They know that social justice enthusiasts like rioters are an important voting bloc in the Democratic Party. They don’t like interfering with the spontaneous outbreaks of redistribution –for example, the smash-and-grab appropriation of consumer electronics– that looters effectuate.
Is this hyperbole? After rioting started on Saturday, Mayor Rawlings-Blake consoled [5] violent activists and even encouraged more rioting.
“I made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech,” the mayor said.
“It’s a very delicate balancing act. Because while we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and other things that were going on,we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well. And we worked very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate.” [emphasis added]
Radical left-wingers must be comforted knowing that Rawlings-Blake has their back.
And she isn’t some fringe figure among her fellow Democrats. She is currently secretary of the Democratic National Committee and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Her views are more or less mainstream in her party. The idea of leaving rioters alone is part of the Left’s catechism.
Marylander James Simpson, who chronicles the insanity of the Left, observes [6] in a blistering column that the mayor is the author of her own misfortune. The mayor must be under the illusion that rioting is a constitutionally protected form of political speech.
He writes:
“Under orders, police held back and did nothing while rioters engaged in repeated acts of violence, including smashing car windows, destroying police cars and attacking individuals and private businesses … This was the mayor’s idea of respecting the rioters’ First Amendment rights.”
“Predictably, they took her encouragement as opportunity for even more violence and widespread looting,” Simpson writes. “The city is burning and the governor has declared a state of emergency. Now she is calling those very same people, thugs.”
Simpson is right. Rawlings-Blake did an unexpected about-face as the situation grew more grave in Baltimore. She suddenly labeled the rioters “thugs” and said they “only want to incite violence and destroy our city.”
Despite her epiphany, Rawlings-Blake “personifies the mindless, entitlement mentality that has ruined inner cities throughout the U.S. The wild, defiant and often violent behavior of criminals in this city is enabled and encouraged by an attitude always looking to blame someone else.”
Standing down the police in the face of civil unrest has become standard operating procedure for left-wing government officials.
After race riots erupted in cities across America following the April 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Washington, D.C. mayor Walter Washington refused to use force to restore order in his city. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover and others pressed the mayor to authorize police to shoot looters on sight but Mayor Washington stubbornly refused to do his duty.
A strong argument can be made that Washington betrayed his constituents by failing to take necessary steps to restore order and protect human life and property. He wandered the streets and, in his own words, “urged angry young people to go home.” His outreach efforts may have caused some to drop their baseball bats, but by wimping out, Washington condemned large stretches of the nation’s capital to decades of purgatory. Some burnt out neighborhoods took 30 years to recover; some neighborhoods still haven’t.
Riots, of course, are nothing new for Baltimore.
The Pratt Street Riot of April 19, 1861 took place not too far from the current disturbances. The state song, “Maryland, My Maryland,” refers to “the patriotic gore that flecked the streets of Baltimore,” which at least in the earliest days of the Civil War was a hotbed of Confederate sympathizers. Secession supporters and federal troops skirmished all day and in the end four soldiers and a dozen civilians lay dead.
This is the same Baltimore that leftist Martin O’Malley neglected when he was mayor from 1999 to 2007. O’Malley is the egomaniacal guitar-playing, bulging-biceped man who has carefully cultivated an image as one of the cool guys that you’d have to be a major-league grouch to dislike. Citing dubious figures, O’Malley claimed [7] to be responsible for making big-time inroads on his city’s crime rates.
Now after spending eight long, truly awful tax-and-spend years [8] in the governor’s mansion in Annapolis, O’Malley is considering challenging Hillary Clinton as she seeks the White House. Maryland lawyer Richard J. Douglas argues that O’Malley made a mess of Maryland.
“Taxpayers abandoned his state in droves during his tenure as governor, but that’s not dampening the presidential aspirations of Martin O’Malley,” writes Douglas. “In 2014, his final year in office as governor, Maryland had the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation. Now he wants to ride this embarrassing record to the White House.”
O’Malley won’t be able to become president if Americans manage to connect the current troubles in Baltimore to the failed left-wing ideas, including the shameless race-baiting, he embraces.
And so the suffering of the people of Baltimore may serve as a national civics lessons.
If Barack Obama and his ilk get their way, Baltimore may become a cautionary tale for the ages.

Hillary Decimated by Palin in Today’s Poll

examiner.com ^ | April 20, 2015 7:22 PM MST | Lance Thate St. Augustine Tea Party Examiner 

Now that Hillary Clinton has announced her candidacy for president, the question was asked again. The reader should bear in mind that this is not an opinion poll strictly from St. Augustine residents. Very few people on St. George Street, on any one day are from the city. St. George Street is populated by people from every state in the union, and many countries of the world. The poll was random and face-to-face. Only American citizens of voting age were allowed to participate.
Palin Wins Hands Down The results of today’s poll are: 1. Palin 79% 2. Neither 14% 3. Clinton 7%
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Anyone Arguing Iran Isn't 'Really' Pursuing a Bomb or is 'Not a Threat' Is NOT To Be Taken Seriously

Reaganite Republican ^ | 28 April 2015 | Reaganite Republican 


Iran -a country floating on sea of petroleum- only ever pursued nuclear technology for military purposes- and any intellectually-honest person can tell you that. There exists no reason this otherwise 2nd-or-3rd rate country needs nuclear anything (supplied by the world's devil-on-the-shoulder, Russia) when they could fuel conventional power plants for next to nothing...  

On the other hand, you've got the Rand Pauls of the world: somewhat like the Soviets, he increasingly finds the truth doesn't fit reality as purported by his political world view (in his case, pacifism). That means he has to make arguments that twist him into a pretzel and make no sense to anyone outside his fanboy base. 


Aren't Iran's genocidal trash-talk and garish military parades enough clue for some people?


WAR OF THE PAULBOTS

Todays out-of-control world (a direct result of the power vacuum Obama's lead-from-behind has brought) is downright unfriendly to any US politicians out there still trying to sell appeasement and continued American strategic decline. I would imagine the Pauls' isolationist claptrap will likely kill Rand's candidacy as things get uglier-and-uglier-and-uglier. The open borders stuff isn't going to make any new friends either.


I don't think we should have been involved in Libya or Syria -not the way we were, I'm closer to Rand Paul than McCain/Linseed on that. But on the major issues of the day -like Russia/Ukraine, rising Chinese sea power, and ISIS- Americans are going to be expecting a stiffened spine and strategic clarity in the next administration, you would think


After the world has it's way with Obama for the next 18 months -and people get scared enough- the Russians need to be put back on their heels... 

and ISIS needs to be wiped from the face of the Earth. First step might be arming Kiev and the Kurds.


Then there's Iran: When I hear George Will or the Pauls out there arguing how Iran is this-far or that-far from a bomb, 'has no way to deliver', etc- I lose all respect for their commentary in a kind of permanent way: do they actually think the Iranians would not build a bomb tomorrow if they could... and thought they could get away with it without the Mossad knowing? 


What sane person would ever assign good faith to this vile fascist regime?


As for delivery to US (or Israeli) territory, this is IRAN we're talking about- 
you know, generous uncle to Hezbollah and Hamas. Seems readily apparent to me that these proxies could just lug a suitcase bomb over our nation's all-but-undefended borders...
or sneak a container into the Port of Long Beach. Meanwhile, Iran's ICBM's keep getting bigger.



Anybody telling you Tehran 'doesn't want a bomb', 'is years away', 
'can't deliver' -or quotes some old, questionable US intelligence report supporting these arguments- is absolutely full of it -isn't paying attention- 
or for some reason, can't afford to be honest about it.


OF COURSE they want a bomb! And they're going all-out to get it, making it very difficult for Israel's defense establishment to wait for a
US president focused on pressing strategic issues (rather than dreamy leftist twaddle).

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