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For some reason this sounds familar: Obama will personally sign off on airstrike targets

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 22:50

**Written by Doug Powers

For those who have learned about or remember Vietnam in the mid to late 1960′s, this might ring an uneasy bell:

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More from the Wall Street Journal:

The U.S. military campaign against Islamist militants in Syria is being designed to allow President Barack Obama to exert a high degree of personal control, going so far as to require that the military obtain presidential signoff for strikes in Syrian territory, officials said.

The requirements for strikes in Syria against the extremist group Islamic State will be far more stringent than those targeting it in Iraq, at least at first. U.S. officials say it is an attempt to limit the threat the U.S. could be dragged more deeply into the Syrian civil war.
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Through tight control over airstrikes in Syria and limits on U.S. action in Iraq, Mr. Obama is closely managing the new war in the Middle East in a way he hasn’t done with previous conflicts, such as the troop surge in Afghanistan announced in 2009 or the last years of the Iraq war before the 2011 U.S. pullout.

With this micromanagement in mind, the White House was glad today to accept delivery of the “LBJ-9000 Presidential Selective Target Airstrike Activator,” which has been set up for Obama in the situation room:

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**Written by Doug Powers

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There Will Be Blood II: Al Jazeera counter-sues Al Gore in battle royale for Big Oil money

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 22:50

**Written by Doug Powers

Suit.

Counter-suit:

Al Jazeera America is suing former Vice President Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, the former owners of the TV network that became Al Jazeera America.

The parties are fighting over money that is being held in escrow. The former vice president and Hyatt, the founder of Hyatt Legal Services, sued the network last month saying that it was improperly withholding tens of millions of dollars placed in escrow when Al Jazeera bought Current TV for $500 million.

A peer-reviewed study from the IPCC says that the amount carbon dioxide emitted from millions of people saying “pass the popcorn” about this story now presents a serious threat to the planet, and within five years the Arctic could be completely ice free.

It’s unclear who’s going to win these lawsuits, but God does not appear to be on Gore’s side, as evidenced by the Goracle’s mic being cut off while he quoted from the Gospel of Luke. Bonus points: It happened just as Gore yelled “Ye hypocrites!”

**Written by Doug Powers

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Have Dems already nominated a scapegoat for a possible November election massacre?

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 22:50

**Written by Doug Powers

If the Democrats get bulldozed in November, somebody’s got to take the blame for it, and that person certainly won’t be President Obama.

Enter fact-challenged Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most.

Long-simmering doubts about her have reached a peak after two recent public flubs: criticizing the White House’s handling of the border crisis and comparing the tea party to wife beaters.

Oh I see, DWS’s rhetoric about the Tea Party might have offended the delicate “new tone” sensibilities of the party of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

Here’s an alleged complaint about DWS that’s hilarious coming from the DNC: She reportedly tried to get them to provide free stuff:

One example that sources point to as particularly troubling: Wasserman Schultz repeatedly trying to get the DNC to cover the costs of her wardrobe.

In 2012, Wasserman Schultz attempted to get the DNC to pay for her clothing at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, multiple sources say, but was blocked by staff in the committee’s Capitol Hill headquarters and at President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign headquarters in Chicago.

So the Dems might not have wanted to pay for DWS to “get covered” in a sense? Amazing what difference things make when it’s your own cash. I guess they figure she’s there to preach the party platform, not to practice it.

Also, the “DWS” in “DWS PAC” doesn’t stand for Debbie Wasserman Schultz. If it did, the PAC couldn’t accept money from lobbyists.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Time for another episode of ‘Al Gore’s Doomsday Predictions vs. Reality’

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 22:50

**Written by Doug Powers

Al Gore in January of 2012:

Consider that Antarctica, the massive continent at the southern tip of our planet, holds 90% of the Earth’s ice. It is a frozen desert, covered in ice that at some points is two miles thick. What happens to the rest of the world as that frozen water is released, at ever increasing rates, as a result of the rising temperatures caused by climate change?

Even though Antarctica is thousands of miles distant from the rest of the world, the melting ice on this continent should be of paramount concern to all of us. As our planet’s ice melts, sea levels are rising steadily. This increases the risk of storm surges, coastal floods, diminished supplies of drinking water for billions of people, and hundreds of millions of climate refugees.

I first traveled to Antarctica in 1988. At the time, it was already clear that our southernmost continent stood at the frontier of the global climate crisis. Scientists expected that as climate change accelerated, Antarctica would be one of the fastest warming areas of the planet. This prediction has proven true: Today, the West Antarctic Peninsula is warming about four times faster than the global average. In many ways, it is the biggest “canary in the coal mine,” signaling one of the largest impacts of climate change for the entire world.

Reality this week:

Antarctic sea ice set new record high yesterday, beating record set this time last year: http://t.co/mwUh9bwEoJ

— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) September 17, 2014

**Written by Doug Powers

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Mainstream media, cover your eyes and ears: House Select Committee on Benghazi holds first hearing [live stream]

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 22:50

**Written by Doug Powers

The House Select Committee on Benghazi is holding their first open hearing today.

Here’s the schedule:

10 a.m.: Hearing begins.

10:01 a.m.: Democrats say all evidence presented so far fully vindicates the State Department, Hillary Clinton and the White House of any and all wrongdoing.

10:10 a.m.: First witness testifies.

11:30 a.m.: Trey Gowdy gets a stubborn witness to yell “you can’t handle the truth!”

6:30 p.m.: Network newscasts provide little more than passing mention of the story, if any at all.

I’m not sure what day former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell will testify, but that should make for an extra special fireworks show from the Dem side of the room.

Below is a live stream. If that’s not working try here.



Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

**Written by Doug Powers

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Actor Leonardo DiCarbonFootprint named ‘UN Messenger of Peace on Climate Change’

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 22:50

**Written by Doug Powers

If you’re in a hurry, here’s the shorter version of the U.N.’s announcement:

Warm up the private jets and prepare Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s “superyacht” for departure, because actor Leonardo DiCaprio has been charged with helping save the planet:

Leonardo DiCaprio has been tapped by the United Nations to be honored with the title of Messenger of Peace, and the actor has been asked to speak on Sept. 23 at the U.N. Climate Summit to address the topic of climate change, the international organization announced on Tuesday.

“It’s an honor to accept the role of UN Messenger of Peace on Climate Change and to support the Secretary General in his efforts to address one of the most important issues we face as a global community,” said DiCaprio in a statement. “I feel a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history – it is a moment for action. How we respond to the climate crisis in the coming years will likely determine the fate of humanity and our planet.”

DiCaprio is already set to take firsthand sub-orbital observations of the planet’s health from Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spaceship, which has a **negligible carbon footprint (**spelled h-u-g-e):

According to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s environmental assessment of the launch and re-entry of Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft, one launch-land cycle emits about 30 tons of carbon dioxide, or about five tons per passenger. That is about five times the carbon footprint of a flight from Singapore to London.

Over one-third of Virgin Galactic is owned by an investment firm in Abu Dhabi, which is also where a spaceport will reportedly be built. Abu Dhabi of course made its fortune selling carbon credits and Fiskers.

The choice of DiCaprio for “messenger of climate change peace” proves that the U.N. continues its reign as the world’s biggest, most expensive joke.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Caption away: Pelosi and Christie buddy up

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 22:50

**Written by Doug Powers

Caption-worthy:

Chris Christie holding hands with Nancy Pelosi — http://t.co/SWEdv0PBTs pic.twitter.com/VAPmaF39QP

— Reid Wilson (@PostReid) September 16, 2014

I think they were just trying to commiserate because they were lured to the event under false pretenses:

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Former State Department diplomat describes effort to scrub damaging Benghazi docs

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 22:50

**Written by Doug Powers

As always, when we talk about new info about Benghazi (or the IRS, or Fast & Furious, or any other “not a smidgen of corruption”-related story), cue Drebin:

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According to reporter Sharyl Attkisson, former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell has already told these same allegations to some members of Congress looking into Benghazi. We’ll see how much of this comes up in the Select Committee on Benghazi hearings which begin tomorrow:

As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation: Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to “separate” damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

New Benghazi allegation puts spotlight on Hillary Clinton confidants, alleged after-hours document review.

According to former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, the after-hours session took place over a weekend in a basement operations-type center at State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. This is the first time Maxwell has publicly come forward with the story.

At the time, Maxwell was a leader in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, which was charged with collecting emails and documents relevant to the Benghazi probe.

“I was not invited to that after-hours endeavor, but I heard about it and decided to check it out on a Sunday afternoon,” Maxwell says.

He didn’t know it then, but Maxwell would ultimately become one of four State Department officials singled out for discipline—he says scapegoated—then later cleared for devastating security lapses leading up to the attacks.

Somebody check Sandy Berger’s pants!

Read it all here. Attkisson is a heck of a comprehensive reporter, which might be why CBS didn’t want her around. Wonder why.

Also remember that 80 percent of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board was hand-picked by Hillary Clinton, and they never interviewed her. Possibly because they knew what she was going to say and decided to save everybody some time (one of the upsides of choosing your friends to investigate your department).

This caught my eye:

We contacted Mills and Sullivan to ask about the allegations and the purpose of the described separation of documents, but they did not return calls or emails. We reached out to Clinton, who declined an interview request and offered no comment. A State Department spokesman told us it would have been impossible for anybody outside the Accountability Review Board (ARB) to control the flow of information because the board cultivated so many sources.

When a government official says something is “impossible” that should set off more red flags than a Moscow May Day parade.

(Video h/t Real Clear Politics)

**Written by Doug Powers

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Hillary Clinton’s big Iowa motorcade must be part of her ‘mass movement’ on climate change

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 22:50

**Written by Doug Powers

Hillary Clinton this year called for a “mass movement” to act on climate change.

Hillary more or less launched another bid for the Dem nomination in 2016 at the Harkin Steak Fry in Iowa. The meat is actually grilled, not fried, and per one of Hillary’s contract riders the steaks this year were cooked over select torched Benghazi documents and four more copies of Leaves of Grass found in Bill’s duffel bag.

The Clintons got Hillary’s climate change “mass movement” going… with 12 environment-saving vehicles in their convoy:

https://twitter.com/kasie/status/511224733623656449

A dozen cars — or as Al Gore would say, “where are the rest?”

Need definitive proof Hillary’s running? Try not to laugh:

Someone asks Bill Clinton how he is doing. His response: "As long as I am still married to her, I am doing good," he says of HRC.

— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) September 14, 2014

I hope Bill enjoys wearing that remote-controlled electro-shock genital cuff for the next couple of years.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Obama earns Nobel Peace Prize in role play as ISIS adviser

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 22:50

**Written by Doug Powers

From the New York Times via Twitchy, take the rest of the day to soak this one in:

Mr. Obama had what guests on Wednesday afternoon described as a bereft look as he discussed the murders of Mr. Foley and Mr. Sotloff, particularly because two other Americans are still being held. Days later, ISIS would report beheading a British hostage with another video posted online Saturday.

But the president said he had already been headed toward a military response before the men’s deaths. He added that ISIS had made a major strategic error by killing them because the anger it generated resulted in the American public’s quickly backing military action.

If he had been “an adviser to ISIS,” Mr. Obama added, he would not have killed the hostages but released them and pinned notes on their chests saying, “Stay out of here; this is none of your business.” Such a move, he speculated, might have undercut support for military intervention.

He didn’t win that Nobel Peace Prize for nothing! Also Obama probably would have advised ISIS to pin OFA donation envelopes and voter registration forms to the shirts of released hostages.

Beyond parody.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Standing atop rubble of failed Dem policies, Nancy Pelosi warns about GOP’s threat to civilization

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 22:50

**Written by Doug Powers

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/09/12/pelosi_civilization_as_we_know_it_would_be_in_jeopardy_if_republicans_win_the_senate.html

BILL MAHER: I want to ask you about this election that’s coming up because now the campaign has been kicked off. Nate Silver said the other day it looks like actually the Republicans are going to win the Senate and everyone was like ‘Oh, no, they’re going to win the Senate.’ My question is what would change? There’s the filibuster there anyway, they don’t pass anything. It’s completely gridlocked. What do I care if they lose the Senate?

NANCY PELOSI: It would be very important for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate. Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if Republicans win the Senate.

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Obama admin has their bases covered on ‘war’ or ‘no war’ with ISIS

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 22:50

**Written by Doug Powers

John Kerry yesterday:

According to Kerry we won’t be at war against ISIS unless they do something really severe, such as sponsor a terrorist attack inside the U.S. or vandalize one of his kiteboards.

Fast forward to today. Here’s Jay Carney Jr., Josh Earnest, saying we are at war against ISIS (via Weekly Standard):

Military strategists refer to this latest approach from the Obama administration as “Mixed Message Shock & Awe.”

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Congressional Democrats demand greater transparency … from the NFL

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 08:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Team Opaque has issued another transparency demand:

A dozen House Democrats sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday seeking more “transparency” surrounding its actions that followed the recent release of a video that depicted star running back Ray Rice hitting his wife.

While they’re at it maybe they can see if Goodell knows anything about the whereabouts of Lois Lerner’s email.

Meanwhile, with ISIS murdering people by the thousands and beheading Americans while DC pols continue to run the country into the ground, Sen. Blumenthal is demanding accountability:

If recent reports are true—that @nfl had the Ray Rice battering video months ago—@nflcommish must go, for the good of @nfl & its fans. -RB

— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) September 11, 2014

An NFL commissioner should leave in disgrace but the people whose lies and incompetence cost millions their health insurance are still patting themselves on their backs for that glorious “achievement.”

**Written by Doug Powers

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Letting in the wrong refugees

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:58

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Letting in the wrong refugees
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

Fresh terror busts in Australia expose a common Achilles’ heel of the West: Indiscriminate refugee policies turn free countries into breeding grounds for jihad. It’s the same game in America. Soldiers of Islam have weaponized our blind generosity against us.

In Sydney this week, authorities detained a half-dozen Muslim plotters and arrested a top collaborator in an alleged conspiracy to kidnap and behead a random Australian citizen. The accused mastermind? Afghan refugee turned Aussie Islamic State recruiter Mohammad Ali Baryalei. He and his aristocratic family were welcomed Down Under decades ago. Baryalei returned the favor by taking to the streets of Sydney to recruit and radicalize dozens of fellow Muslim immigrants or their children.

Baryalei’s minions include Australian jihadist Khaled Sharrouf, the homicidal son of Lebanese immigrants. Sharrouf is now based in Syria, where he infamously tweeted a photo of his elementary school-age son brandishing a severed human head.

The Sydney Beheading Bust comes on the heels of a separate outbreak of violence by Afghan refugees aligned with the terror group Hezbollah. In late August, Aussie police broke up a bloody riot involving members of the “420 gang” — Muslim teenage boys and young men who post sword-wielding, AK-47-toting selfies on social media. The self-described “Shia soldiers” quote Hezbollah militant imam Hassan Nasrallah online, while wreaking havoc in Sydney slums offline.

International “human rights” wags have attacked Australian officials for trying to crack down on unfettered immigration from terror-sponsoring states. Now, many of those ungrateful imports are crying “Islamophobia” as law enforcement authorities try to stop the head-choppers from spilling blood on their soil.

Australia, we feel your pain. America’s unselective and desultory asylum and refugee policies have also enabled jihadists of all stripes and blades to recruit, convert, plot, pillage, rape and kill.

In our heartland, Minneapolis has become “Little Mogadishu” — a haven for Somali refugees targeted by Islamic supremacists. It’s a deadly two-way street. As former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy noted in “The Grand Jihad,” “We not only import Somali aliens, including their ‘traditional leaders.’ We also send back aspiring Islamist militants, including suicide bombers. Since 2006, the FBI has detected that many Somalis are returning to fight on behalf of al-Shabaab, and more are launched from Minneapolis than from any other U.S. haven.”

But instead of slowing down refugee admissions from terror-sponsoring and terror-supporting states, the Obama administration has jacked them up. Instead of increasing our scrutiny of asylum and refugee seekers who admit to providing “limited material support” to terrorists, the Obama administration has created more loopholes for them.

Last fall, FBI agents admitted that several dozen suspected terrorist bomb-builders may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees from Iraq. These include two al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI) jihadists who were resettled as refugees in Bowling Green, Ky. — and then later admitted in court that they had attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq, according to ABC News.

In Colorado Springs, a gang of Iraqi Muslim refugees monstrously raped and brutalized a woman — after being welcomed here with open arms and, in at least one case, receiving praise and help from U.S. soldiers.

These thugs join a growing litany of asylees and refugees gone wild in America, including:

–The vengeful Tsarnaev family of Boston Marathon brothers and their jobless, mooching sisters.

–Ramzi Yousef, who faked an asylum claim to plot the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

–Gazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer, a Palestinian bomb-builder who entered the U.S. illegally through Canada and claimed political asylum based on phony persecution by Israelis.

–Palestinian jihadist Mir Aimal Kansi, convicted in 1997 of capital murder for the January 1993 shooting spree outside CIA headquarters in McLean, Va., claimed bogus political asylum based on his ethnic minority status in Pakistan.

–Somali national Nuradin Abdi, the al-Qaida shopping mall bomb plotter convicted in 2007, first entered the U.S. in 1995 using a false passport, entered again illegally from Canada in 1997, and then secured asylum on false grounds. He fraudulently obtained a refugee travel document, which he then used to fly to Ethiopia and, yes, Chechnya for jihad training.

–Convicted Fort Dix (N.J.) jihad plotters and ethnic Albanian illegal alien brothers Dritan, Shain and Eljvir Duka, who snuck into the country through Mexico with their parents, who applied for asylum in 1984.

Meanwhile, countless Christians, Jews and other victims of Islamic persecution remain outcast and abandoned around the world. Ain’t diversity and assimilation grand?

Misdial ‘M’ for Maddening: Is the DOJ conspiring with Dems to bury the IRS scandal?

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 21:35

**Written by Doug Powers

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We already know that Lois Lerner and Rep. Elijah Cummings seemed to have a very friendly working relationship when it came to scrutiny of conservative groups. According to a phone call Darrell Issa says was accidentally placed to his office, we might be able to add the Department of Justice to the mix:

The administration official calling House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) office last week had an odd request.

Could the Justice Department get some help leaking information about the IRS’s scrutiny of conservative groups? asked Brian Fallon, a top spokesman for Attorney General Eric Holder.

Apparently thinking he had reached the office of Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), Fallon said the department wanted congressional staffers to get documents to selected reporters so that officials could comment on them “before the majority” did.

After Issa spokesman Frederick Hill replied that Oversight Committee staffers would have to examine those documents first, the line went silent, and Fallon placed the call on hold for three minutes.

When he returned to the line, Fallon was “audibly shaken,” according to an account of the conversation that Issa recounts in a letter sent to Holder.

Cummings is one of the biggest defenders of the IRS, so it’s nice to know the DOJ seems to be working with the Maryland congressman to help keep the little helpless agency from getting any “smidgen of corruption” on it:

Will the Justice Department’s thorough investigation of the IRS mess be able to determine if the Justice Department is improperly involved with Democrats’ effort to sweep the scandal under the rug? Confidence remains low.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Nancy Pelosi will say this confirms her economic theory about unemployment checks in 3… 2… 1…

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 08:35

**Written by Doug Powers

In the past, Nancy Pelosi has said that the fastest way to create jobs is through unemployment checks:

Has Pelosi pointed to this info from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as “proof” of her claim yet?

On the average day, an unemployed American is more likely to be shopping — for things other than groceries and gas — than to be looking for a new job, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Only 18.9 percent of Americans who were unemployed (in surveys conducted from 2009 through 2013) spent time in job search and interviewing activities on an average day, according to BLS. Yet 40.8 percent of the unemployed did some kind of shopping on the average day–either in a store, by telephone, or on the Internet. 22.5 percent of the unemployed, according to BLS, were shopping for items other than groceries, food and gas.

Using the Pelosi “unemployment checks are the best job creator” model, there can only be full employment in the U.S. when every single American is unemployed, living on UI and shopping. The economic science is settled.

**Written by Doug Powers

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The spread of Rocky Mountain jihad

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 07:49

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The spread of Rocky Mountain jihad
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

Something’s fouling Colorado’s crisp air — and I’m not talking about the pot smoke.

In my adopted home state, the toxic fumes of Islamic jihad have penetrated the most unlikely hamlets and hinterlands. Obama administration officials are vehemently denying plots by ISIS operatives to cross our borders. But the lesson here is clear: Thanks to laptop recruitment, reckless visa policies and homegrown treachery, the U.S.-based jihad export-import business is and has been thriving.

Last week, 19-year-old Shannon Conley of Arvada (a Denver suburb once known as the “Celery Capital of the World”) pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. Conley, a militant Muslim convert, plotted to aid al-Qaida and its affiliates. According to the federal criminal complaint filed in April, she planned to use her military training with the U.S. Army Explorers “to go overseas to wage jihad” and “to train Islamic jihadi fighters in U.S. military tactics.” A certified nurse’s aide, she also told investigators she would use her medical training to aid jihadi fighters.

Over the Internet, Conley met an ISIS-affiliated Tunisian Muslim based in Syria. She was headed there on April 8 when the feds arrested her at Denver International Airport. Her luggage contained jihad propaganda, materials on administering first aid on the battlefield, and CDs and DVDs bearing the name of Anwar al-Awlaki, the jihadi counselor to the 9/11 hijackers and Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan.

Conley’s not the first Colorado woman to go jihad. In January, Muslim convert Jamie Paulin-Rodriguez was sentenced to eight years in federal prison for providing material support to terrorists. The 31-year-old nurse practitioner left her home in Leadville, a tiny old silver-mining town perched at 10,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains, to marry an Algerian terror plotter in Ireland. The man, Ali Damache, was a recruiter for North Africa’s al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. He brainwashed Rodriguez’s then 6-year-old son (fathered by an illegal alien from Mexico) to build pipe bombs, shoot guns and declare war on Christians and “kafirs” (pejorative for non-Muslims).

Like Conley, “Jihad Jamie” was radicalized in online forums and chatrooms. That’s how she met fellow “Jihad Jane” collaborator Colleen LaRose, who enlisted her in a conspiracy to murder Swedish cartoonist and outspoken critic of Islam, Lars Vilks.

LaRose also introduced Rodriguez to another Colorado Muslim avenger, New York City subway bomb plotter Najibullah Zazi.

Zazi, a 24-year-old Denver airport shuttle driver who lived in suburban Aurora, was a green-card holder from Afghanistan. He flew back to his native land to join the Taliban in 2008, but was snatched up by al-Qaida leaders to lead suicide bomb operations back in the U.S. He acquired explosives in Denver, which he drove to New York City as part of the plot to bomb Manhattan subway lines in September 2009. Zazi’s scheme was part of a larger conspiracy involving al-Qaida pilot Adnan Shukrijumah. The two huddled with top jihad operatives in Pakistan. As I noted earlier this month, Shukrijumah is still on the loose with a $5 million FBI bounty on his head.

Jihad’s Colorado ties can also be traced to Pakistani militant cleric Sheik Mubarak Ali Gilani, the leader of terror group Jamaat ul-Fuqra. (It was Gilani whom Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was traveling to interview when he was kidnapped and beheaded in 2002.) Gilani once visited and owned land in Colorado tourist hot spot Buena Vista. Ul-Fuqra established a nearby high-altitude training compound, where terror operatives stored AK-47 rifles and an estimated 6,000 rounds of ammunition. The camp was raided by local and federal law enforcement officials in 1992; a quartet of homegrown jihadists were convicted of various crimes, including the firebombing of a Hare Krishna temple in Denver in 1984. Another ul-Fuqra weapons storage facility was busted in Colorado Springs.

Al-Qaida also reached into the northern Colorado town of Greeley, where the Muslim Brotherhood’s founding father Sayyid Qutb attended Colorado State College of Education (now the University of Northern Colorado) in the 1950s. His exposure to the friendly, freedom-loving farming community engendered his virulent hatred of the West, leading him to declare that “an all-out offensive, a jihad, should be waged against modernity. … The ultimate objective is to re-establish the Kingdom of God upon earth.” His acolytes range from Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki to the Blind Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman (now behind bars in Colorado’s supermax prison in Florence for plotting the 1993 World Trade Center bombing) and the new generation of caliphate warriors.

The decades-long spread of Rocky Mountain jihad is instructive. From the Big Apple to the Beltway to the Mile High City, there is no safe haven from Muslim terrorism. They and their willing accomplices are already here — and have been for a good, long time.

Obama executive action

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 15:35

**Written by Doug Powers

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/09/06/obama-to-delay-executive-action-on-immigration-until-after-election/

Obama’s possible amnesty executive action is SO POPULAR that he’s going to delay it until after November’s elections

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Sunday at the Improv: Obama uncomfortable with the ‘theater’ aspect of politics

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Chuck Todd’s first interview as the new host of Meet the Press was with President Obama. Todd asked Obama a simple yes or no question, which to paraphrase was “Do you regret golfing minutes after making a statement about the beheading of James Foley?”

Obama basically gave the “Scooby Doo” answer of “Nobody would have known about it either if it weren’t for that darn nosy press!” Except he used many more words than that in his rambling answer. Here’s just part of Obama’s response:

Because the possibility of a jarring contrast given the world’s news, is always — there’s always going to be some tough news somewhere is going to be there. But there’s no doubt that after having talked to the families, where it was hard for me to hold back tears listening to the pain that they were going through, after the statement that I made, that you know, I should’ve anticipated the optics.

You know, that’s part of the job. And you know, I think everybody who knows me, including, I suspect, the press, understands that that you know, you take this stuff in. And– it– it’s serious business. And you care about it deeply.

But part of this job is also the theater of it. A part of it is, you know, how are you, how, how are you, well, it’s not something that always comes naturally to me.

Full transcript Obama’s 285-word answer to a yes or no question is at Real Clear Politics.

Political “theater” has never come natural to him? That’s always been obvious:

Obama said the "theater" aspect of politics has never come natural to him? No, not at all: pic.twitter.com/VKIwUlRisK

— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) September 7, 2014

Here’s video of the segment on the HemHaw StutterTron™:

(h/t Twitchy)

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Email from five more IRS employees lost in latest wave of ‘historic levels of transparency’

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 03:35

**Written by Doug Powers

This has gotten so ridiculous that I’m starting to suspect it’s a giant red herring of some sort — the problem is that we’ll never know that for sure because even the giant red herring’s hard drive has been “accidentally” erased.

From the Associated Press:

The IRS says it has lost emails from five more workers who are part of congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax exempt status.

The tax agency said in June that it could not locate an untold number of emails to and from Lois Lerner, who headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. The revelation set off a new round of investigations and congressional hearings.

On Friday, the IRS said it has also lost emails from five other employees related to the probe, including two agents who worked in a Cincinnati office processing applications for tax-exempt status.

The agency blamed computer crashes for the lost emails.

Call the CDC because the biggest infectious disease going around is “Lois Lerner lost email syndrome.” Ebola’s got nothing on the cyber pandemic at the IRS.

As always, blame Fox News for promoting the notion that there might be a smidgen of corruption in any of this:

**Written by Doug Powers

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