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Open thread: Affluent white candidate calling for end to affluent white privilege expects your vote

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 00:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! We’re cooking steaks on the grill in a little while to celebrate the patriarchy (“NOW and PETA hardest hit”), so it’s a good day for a “talk about whatever you want” open thread.

Here are a few things I ran across recently just to kick things off…

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In San Francisco yesterday, Hillary Clinton said racism isn’t confined to “kooks and Klansmen,” but it also exists among “affluent whites,” and that “white privilege” needs to end. So vote for an affluent white candidate, or something.

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“This. Is CNN.”:

CNN takes a stat from New America Foundation labeled "nonjihadists" and changed it to Right Wing Extremism. Unreal. pic.twitter.com/Kw6zWKauMA

— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) June 19, 2015

“The most trusted name in news,” ladies and gentlemen.

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President Obama is upset that Americans have failed to keep his promise to fix Washington:

“When I ran in 2008, I in fact did not say I would fix it. I said we could fix it,” Obama told an audience of about 250 at a fundraising event here at the stately hillside home of film mogul Tyler Perry. “I didn’t say, ‘Yes, I can.’ I said, ‘Yes, we can.'”

A quick preview of Obama’s presidential farewell speech coming in January of 2017:

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President Obama called for the government to show a “sense of urgency” to act after nine people were murdered at a church in Charleston, SC. Obama then headlined four high-dollar fundraisers in California and went golfing for two days. Leading by example!

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Remember “al-Qaeda is on the run,” ISIS is “JV” and “the world is less violent than ever”? Good times:

#BREAKING Global terror attacks soared in 2014, deaths up 81%: US

— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) June 19, 2015

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This quote from John Kerry should have terrorists shivering with fear:

Starting soon: Watch the release of the 2014 Country Reports on Terrorism at 11am ET on http://t.co/58Uc9lZRv7! pic.twitter.com/qBpVtkrnpa

— Department of State (@StateDept) June 19, 2015

That sounds more like a motivational speech for the Yale debate team than a call to action against terrorism. And if Kerry’s going to expose and shame any hypocrisy, he should start with his own.

Happy Father’s Day all!

**Written by Doug Powers

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Friday idiocy dump: Obama admin says EPA’s new truck emission regs will make shipping things totally cheaper

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 00:35

**Written by Doug Powers

The EPA’s quest to help Obama do battle against America’s #1 national security threat — climate change — continues. Recently the EPA announced they’d be putting new regs on airplane emissions (no, not you President Obama).

Next up for strangulation by regulation: Trucking companies:

The Obama administration laid out a major step Friday in its fight against climate change with a plan it said would reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses by 1 billion metric tons.

The matching regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Transportation Department would improve fuel efficiency standards by an average of 24 percent for medium-sized and heavy trucks, buses and big trailers through model year 2027, which would cut the output of Earth-warming carbon dioxide while saving 1.8 billion barrels of oil.

The federal agencies said the rules, which would be the second round of truck efficiency standards from the Obama administration, would bolster energy security and spur innovation in manufacturing while saving money for consumers and businesses.

Check out this dishonest bureaucratic crackpottery:

“These efficiency standards are good for the environment — and the economy,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. “When trucks use less fuel, shipping costs go down.”

That’s tied for first with 10,000 other quotes from administration officials for the dumbest economic claim ever made. Foxx sure skipped some broad strokes to make that point, didn’t he? I had no idea you could just snap your fingers and your vehicle would get better gas mileage without having to do anything else. Why didn’t they tell us this sooner?

The EPA has for quite a while been pushing the “our regulations create jobs” angle, and they do, but only for EPA bureaucrats and/or manufacturers of straight jackets.

There’s really only one fitting way to respond to the Transportation Secretary’s claim:

(h/t Twitchy)

**Written by Doug Powers

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Oh really? Obama says ‘this type of mass violence doesn’t happen in other advanced countries’

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 00:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Inside a church in Charleston, South Carolina, nine people were murdered in cold blood by a psychopath, and one of the first instincts the White House has is to use it as an opportunity to run down the United States based on a lie:

"We as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries." —@POTUS

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 18, 2015

This kind of bogus rhetoric doesn’t help matters. Then again, it’s not really supposed to, because we’re talking about people who have this quote cross-stitched on throw pillows on their living room couches

Sure, it never happens elsewhere — if we don’t count Charlie Hebdo, Kunming Rail Station in China, the youth camp slaughter in Norway, Cumbria, England, etc. The list is, sadly, quite long and far from isolated to the U.S. But the White House knows that.

Look how many shooting victims there have been in Chicago just this year — over 1,000. Barely a peep from the “more gun laws” crowd. Why not? (Rhetorical question… don’t bother)

After his comments about the need for more gun laws, the president excused himself in order to go save the planet from airplane emissions the EPA says are killing us all:

Pres Obama wheels up en route Los Angeles. He has two DNC fundraisers there today. pic.twitter.com/vPnG2OtNvw

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 18, 2015

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Putin opens 15,000 acre ‘military Disneyland’ park to help Obama prove Romney was wrong

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 00:35

**Written by Doug Powers

This park is known colloquially in the Kremlin as “Six Flags Over Stalin”:

Russian President Vladimir Putin opened “Patriot Park,” a military theme park funded by the Russian Defense Ministry.

The 15,000-acre park, a hour away from Moscow in Kubinka, will be completed by 2017 featuring hotels, conference centers and a residence for Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu. A massive assortment of military hardware will be on display on which children can climb and play.

The park opens as military rhetoric and heightened patriotic passion accompanies Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its involvement, officially denied, in Ukraine.

The Defense Ministry has allotted over 20 billion rubles ($363.3 million) to the project, which features an “Army-2015″ exhibit showcasing the latest in Russian technology for sale to visiting delegations from around the world.
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At the opening ceremony Tuesday, Putin called the park “an important element in our system of military-patriotic work with young people.”

Putin really went out of his way to help prove that President Obama was right to mock Mitt Romney for Cold War-era thinking on Russia:

The president arrived at Kubinka by helicopter and spoke in front of a military choir and balalaika orchestra, who belted out a patriotic number. Putin said in a short speech that the Russian military was developing several new pieces of hardware that had “no equivalents in the world”, including the next-generation Armata tank, first displayed publicly during a military parade in Moscow last month.

He said the 40 new nuclear missiles that Russia’s strategic forces would receive this year were “capable of overcoming even the most technically advanced missile defence systems”.

Russia’s deputy defence minister, Anatoly Antonov, said at the conference that the west was “provoking an arms race” with Russia. Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of NATO, responded by accusing Moscow of unjustified scare mongering. “This nuclear sabre-rattling of Russia is unjustified,” he said. “It’s destabilising and it’s dangerous.”

This particular theatrical ceremony at the park’s opening was called “transmitting the information to Vladimir”:

Vladimir Putin's "Patriot Park" Is A Creepy Version Of #Disneyland (via @bustle) #PutinIsWalt http://t.co/M7eeUMHUhI pic.twitter.com/dbhjdjPGli

— Melanie Schmitz (@MelsLien) June 17, 2015

**Written by Doug Powers

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In other words, if the OPM ran a bank, they outsourced security to some guy named John Dillinger?

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 00:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta attempted to answer a House panel’s questions yesterday about a hack that accessed records of nearly all federal employees. The testimony was a real confidence-builder in the government’s security level:

Archuleta partly blamed dated equipment, because there’s no level of incompetence that can’t be defended by responding “if only we’d have had more funding.”

The OPM was clearly not prepared (and that’s putting it mildly) for such hack attempts, but how the agency reportedly went about securing the system should be the plot for the movie Idiocracy II.

From ARSTechnica via Twitchy:

Some of the contractors that have helped OPM with managing internal data have had security issues of their own—including potentially giving foreign governments direct access to data long before the recent reported breaches. A consultant who did some work with a company contracted by OPM to manage personnel records for a number of agencies told Ars that he found the Unix systems administrator for the project “was in Argentina and his co-worker was physically located in the [People’s Republic of China]. Both had direct access to every row of data in every database: they were root. Another team that worked with these databases had at its head two team members with PRC passports. I know that because I challenged them personally and revoked their privileges. From my perspective, OPM compromised this information more than three years ago and my take on the current breach is ‘so what’s new?'”

I’m no expert on this stuff, but it sounds like the OPM essentially handed the keys to the car to people wearing “security guard” jackets at the parking garage and said “keep it safe, but don’t drive it!” And you know how that was bound to turn out:

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**Written by Doug Powers

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Jeb Bush slings ‘failed secretary’ arrows at Hillary, who deflects them with the Liberty Medal he gave her not long ago

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 00:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Yesterday was Jeb Bush’s first day as an official GOP candidate, and his immediate focus was on Hillary Clinton:

Newly declared Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is fast out of the gate when it comes to criticizing Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic front-runner.

In his New Hampshire debut as an official candidate, Bush commended Clinton as tough and smart Tuesday but labelled her record as secretary of state “a complete failure” and said she didn’t accomplish much as a New York senator before that.

No argument here. But, Team Hillary might have a ready-made comeback thanks to an award Jeb bestowed not even two years ago:

Bush, the chairman of the National Constitution Center, is presenting Clinton with the organization’s 2013 Liberty Medal.

“Former Secretary Clinton has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in democracy,” Bush said in a statement released earlier this summer. “These efforts as a citizen, an activist, and a leader have earned Secretary Clinton this year’s Liberty Medal.”

Bonus points: Bush presented Hillary with the award on the eve of the second anniversary of the Benghazi attack.

This is why the GOP can’t have nice things.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Dueling Headlines, Democrats helping to fix the wage ‘Gap’ edition

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 00:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Last year, after the Obama administration did more arm twisting than the mannequin dresser at UNIQLO 5th Ave., Gap stores agreed to help Dems sell the idea of raising the minimum wage, and were awarded with praise and a visit from the president himself:

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The move earned the retailer high compliments from Nancy Pelosi, and the DNC said that when companies do like Gap did and bend over for Democrats, “business thrives.”

Fast forward to our “Dueling Headline” this week:

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**Written by Doug Powers

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Donald Trump humbly accepts Donald Trump’s nomination to be the greatest jobs president in history

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 00:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Donald Trump announced today that he’s running for president — I think as a Republican, but based on his past donations you can’t be too sure:

Trump made the announcement to a rally of cheering supporters gathered at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue Tuesday morning.
“I am officially running for president of the United States and we are going to make our country great again,” he told the crowd, with many holding signs saying “I Believe In Trump!”

Before the big announcement, the businessman and reality television star was introduced by his daughter Ivanka and came down an escalator with his wife Melania to the song “Rockin’ In The Free World” by Neil Young.

In his speech to supporters, Trump took on China, immigration, Obamacare and the economy, saying, “I will be the greatest jobs president God ever created.”

This was the funniest part:

“Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories any more,” Trump said. “When did we beat Japan at anything?”

Trump will finish the job that Truman couldn’t!

According to Trump, Trump is now the Republican front-runner. And for all I know he’s not wrong.

Below is Trump’s entire announcement. This makes him about the 16th declared GOP candidate, and if this doesn’t work out for The Donald, his $100,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation qualifies him to be on Hillary’s “short lists” of VP choices:

**Written by Doug Powers

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Let this be a lesson to reporters who don’t obey the Hillary campaign’s ‘fawning only’ signs!

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 00:35

**Written by Doug Powers

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The U.S. political editor for the Daily Mail, David Martosko, noticed something over the weekend about the media who were reporting Hillary Clinton’s campaign re-re-re-launch speech:

It's truly astonishing how many journalists at the @Hillaryclinton speech today reported exactly, and only, what the campaign wanted them to

— David Martosko (@dmartosko) June 14, 2015

Today in New Hampshire, Hillary’s campaign yet again demonstrated their commitment to openness and transparency for any accredited member of the press:

The Hillary Clinton campaign denied access to the print pool reporter on Monday, reigniting reporters’ longstanding concerns about the campaign’s commitment to running an open and transparent campaign.

That pool reporter was — you guessed it — David Martosko of the Daily Mail. What a coincidence!

David Martosko of DailyMail.com was told by Hillary for New Hampshire staffer Meredith Thatcher that he was not approved for Monday’s pooled events.

When Martosko asked Thatcher to phone her boss, Harrell Kirstein, he was again told that he had not been approved by the campaign.

Martosko pressed further and asked Thatcher if he was being prohibited from getting on either of the pool vans, to which she replied; ‘I’m afraid that’s right.’

When he asked why, she responded; ‘All I know is what Harrell has told me. I got an email saying the print pooler would be changed for today. Sorry.’

Martosko then spoke with Clinton press aide Nick Merrill for 10 minutes and learned that the campaign would not be allowing the designated print reporter to cover Mrs. Clinton today.

It sounds like Team Hillary is still a little bitter as Martosko attempts to cover the campaign:

Latest @HillaryClinton development: Sec. Service agent won't let me into the YMCA venue to go to the bathroom, says "Hit the woods."

— David Martosko (@dmartosko) June 15, 2015

Hillary gave Putin a “reset” button. Members of the media who don’t obey the “fawning only” signs get no such forgiveness. Press access is for closers only, like these reporters who were covering Hillary in Iowa:

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(h/t Twitchy)

**Written by Doug Powers

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The 5 most Clinton moments from Hillary’s latest campaign launch

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 00:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Did you see Hillary Clinton’s latest campaign launch yesterday? If not, good for you!

Clinton spoke for about 45 minutes, reading from a speech where it was obvious that Every. Word. Had. Been. Focus. Grouped.Exhaustively. Thoroughly. Yes, Hillary still needs to refer to notes to repeat tired leftist rhetoric she’s been talking about most of her life (not counting the time she dabbled in Goldwater).

The speech was so jam-packed with hypocrisy and shamelessness that the Feds had to make the airspace above Roosevelt Island a no-fly zone so planes wouldn’t lose lift in the vacuum created by the absence of self-awareness.

Here are some of the most Clinton-esque moments from Hillary’s most recent campaign launch. If you have additional ones feel free to add them in the comments. “Shared prosperity” was the theme, as the arrow on the stage that is Hillary’s logo pointed to Manhattan’s financial district as if the set designer were in on the joke.

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As Chelsea Clinton sat next to her hedge fund manager husband, they listened to Hillary say this while everybody applauded wildly:

Hillary Clinton came out strong against Wall Street and hedge fund managers in a speech Saturday that launched her presidential campaign.

“Prosperity can’t be just for CEOs and hedge fund managers. Democracy can’t be just for billionaires and corporations,” Clinton said, speaking to a crowd of supporters at Roosevelt Island in New York City.

Clinton also called for Wall Street to pay more taxes and compared hedge fund managers to kindergarten teachers in a particularly brutal line:

While many of you are working multiple jobs to make ends meet, you see the top-25 hedge fund managers making more than all of America’s kindergarten teachers combined. And, often paying a lower tax rate.

So, you have to wonder: “When does my hard work pay off? When does my family get ahead?” “When?”

I say now.

She then jumped into the crowd and started beating the crap out of her son-in-law.

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There was the predictable call for a minimum wage increase:

We can build an economy where hard work is rewarded.

Team Hillary workers who are either unpaid or aren’t paid enough to afford rent in the city their boss chose to house her headquarters applauded wildly from their cots in garages of people who agreed to take them in.

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Hillary mocked Republicans for focusing on “yesterday” while she was at Roosevelt Park ripping off FDR, channeling Eleanor and talking about the awesome days when her husband was president.

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The Rubio campaign responded nicely to that one:

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This isn’t specifically a moment from Hillary’s speech, but surrounding it. CNN randomly chose one of several publicized “Hillary watch parties” in Iowa and found it to be more sparsely attended than a Clinton Foundation Ethic’s Committee meeting:

The crowd “overflow” area on Roosevelt Island was bustling as well:

Clinton's campaign set aside this area for overflow w jumbotron. Here it is 20 min to speech: pic.twitter.com/MUUhZJFiD0

— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) June 13, 2015


We’ll see what gems today’s “campaign launch” has to offer.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Figures: Nancy Pelosi finds a way to blame Republicans for Dems sinking ‘Obamatrade’

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 00:35

**Written by Doug Powers

After the Democrats torpedoed the trade deal President Obama had been lobbying for, I began to wonder how Dems could spin it to blame Republicans. Nancy Pelosi generously floated some talking points for the MSM’s perusal not long after the vote:

Just hours after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., helped sink President Obama’s trade agenda, she indicated that more Democrats might be willing to support trade if Congress passed a long-term highway funding bill.

“The overwhelming vote today is a clear indication that it’s time for Republicans to sit down with Democrats to negotiate a trade promotion authority bill that is a better deal for the American people,” Pelosi said in a statement.

“The prospects for passage of a such a bill will greatly increase with the passage of a robust highway bill,” she added.

Democrats have been demanding a long-term highway bill for the last several months, but it’s unlikely that Republicans would do that favor for her just to secure more votes on trade. Most importantly, Republicans are split on how to find funding for a highway bill.

Did you ever think it would come to this? Pelosi’s telling Republicans that Dems will only allow the GOP to help Obama pass his pet trade measure if the Repubs give in on long-term highway funding. If Republicans take a bite at that particular dangling carrot their congressional majority status should be rescinded forthwith, not that they aren’t trying to do that themselves.

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Racist House Democrats torpedo Obama’s coveted trade deal

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 00:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Change the word “Democrats” to “Republicans” in the above title and that would have been the spin had it been the GOP who shot down Obamatrade:

House Democrats rebuffed a dramatic personal appeal from President Obama on Friday, torpedoing his ambitious push to expand his trade negotiating power — and, quite likely, his chance to secure a legacy-defining trade accord spanning the Pacific Ocean.

In a remarkable rejection of a president they have resolutely backed, House Democrats voted to kill assistance to workers displaced by global trade, a program their party created and has stood by for four decades. By doing so, they brought down legislation granting the president trade promotion authority — the power to negotiate trade deals that cannot be amended or filibustered by Congress — before it could even come to a final vote.

Et tu, Nancy?

By the way, John Boehner urged House support of Obamatrade. Why? “for the kids.” Boehner borrowed that tired tactic from the libs because they weren’t using it on this issue.

Can’t wait to see how some people manage to blame Republicans for this rebuke of Obama.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Vigilance is patriotic

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:19

Vigilance is patriotic
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2015

My fellow Americans: If you see something, say something — even if it means CAIR will threaten to sue you.

Multiple federal agencies and the Department of Defense are on high alert for a possible Islamic terrorist attack on U.S. soil this Independence Day weekend. They’ve increased security at military bases and sent bulletins to law enforcement officials across the country.

The heightened stance comes in the wake of a bloodthirsty ISIS call to arms for Ramadan; multiple jihad outbreaks in Kuwait, France and Tunisia; and the arrest of at least 30 terror plotters in our country radicalized by ISIS over the past year.

“Those who seek to harm this nation and our friends take no holiday,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warned at a Pentagon press briefing Wednesday with Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey.

“We continue to encourage all Americans to attend public events and celebrate this country during this summer season, but always remain vigilant,” DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson implored.

“We all have to be vigilant,” former NYPD Detective Sgt. Wally Zeins urged.

“Remain vigilant,” House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul cautioned.

Unfortunately, too much of the nation remains in permanent post-9/11 snooze-button mode. Compounding this collective apathy is political correctness run amok. It’s the ever-present handmaiden of terrorism: reluctance to risk offending, unwillingness to stick out one’s neck, and feckless aversion of the eyes in the face of existential threats.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which was designated by the Justice Department as an unindicted terror co-conspirator in 2007 in the federal prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation and others for providing support to Hamas, has gleefully exploited this cultural weakness — filing intimidation and obstructionist lawsuits left and right against those who have dared to look out and speak up.

CAIR subjected a private citizen, Zaba Davis, to harassing and invasive subpoenas over her opposition to a planned construction project by the Muslim Community Association and Michigan Islamic Academy. A federal judge called CAIR’s anti-free speech witch-hunt “chilling.” The group has refused to pay sanctions ordered by the court.

In Cleveland, the organization has targeted a police officer for his personal views about sharia and jihad posted on his private Twitter account.

In Washington, CAIR has waged a three-year court battle to prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from pursuing basic investigative questions about border-crossers’ ties to jihadist “martyrs” and radical mosques.

You’ll recall that it was CAIR that advised six publicity-seeking imams who filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Airways and the Metropolitan Airports Commission in Minneapolis-St. Paul several years ago. The Muslim clerics were removed from their flight and questioned for several hours after their suspicious behavior alarmed both passengers and crewmembers. CAIR and the instigating imams targeted “John Does” — innocent bystanders who alerted the authorities about their security concerns.

After a national backlash and passage of a congressional amendment protecting heroic John Does from frivolous p.c. lawsuits, CAIR quietly dropped its complaint. But their incessant cries of “Islamophobia” remain a potent deterrent to alert whistleblowers and witnesses who risk the manufactured wrath of jihad apologists, funders, enablers and front groups.

The litigious social justice activists have transformed common-sense vigilance into a prosecutable crime of paranoia or prejudice. CAIR and its ilk have succeeded in turning a large portion of America into security eunuchs who pay lip-service courage in times of crisis, yet recoil from the bold, unapologetic acts of self-protection that make such heroism possible in the first place.

Let’s not let them win.

This weekend, remember the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 who refused to sit back on 9/11 and let themselves be murdered in the name of Islam without a fight.

Remember the passengers and crewmembers who tackled al-Qaida shoe-bomber Richard Reid on American Airlines Flight 63 before he had a chance to blow up the plane over the Atlantic Ocean.

Remember Brian Morgenstern, the teenage Circuit City worker who fearlessly contacted authorities when suspicious Middle Easterners brought in tapes of themselves shooting off guns and shouting “Allahu Akbar.” The men were convicted of plotting to kill American soldiers at Fort Dix.

And as you party, parade and celebrate on this high-alert holiday weekend, remember the words of one of the brilliant men who secured America’s independence, Patrick Henry: “The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.”

Vigilance is patriotic. Grievance grifters be damned.

Obama admin: Honor the spirit of Independence Day by convincing your family this gov’t mandate is awesome

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:55

**Written by Doug Powers

The Obama administration wants you to remind your family and friends this 4th of July that nothing honors the spirit of the occasion more than a gigantic government mandate. Obamacare’s the best thing that ever happened to independence, even if some of your family members are in denial:

The Obama administration wants you to bring a side of healthcare politics to your family picnic this weekend.

After ObamaCare’s big win at the Supreme Court last week, federal health officials are serving up some tips about talking to family members who may be less-than-enthused that ObamaCare is here to stay.

“You should be prepared when Aunt Janine says something like, ‘Obamacare hasn’t helped anyone!’” a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services wrote in a blog post on Thursday.

For instance, if your Uncle Ted starts calling Obamacare a train wreck, you should calmly explain that he’s “gotten ahold of some old talking points,” the spokesman recommends.

One of the first afflictions the proponents of Obamacare hope to eradicate is situational awareness. Any efforts to make relatives believe that the Declaration of Independence begins “we hold these mandates to be self-evident” will be made more difficult when “Aunt Janine” and “Uncle Ted” launch bottle rockets at their family’s rogue member of the Pajama Boy Army until he goes away.

Update:

You just know the HHS is going to see this and say “why didn’t we think of that!?”

This is in our future… pic.twitter.com/CHRERK4Snk

— John Sexton (@verumserum) July 2, 2015

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Activist worlds collide: Anti-cop demonstrator protected by police

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 20:38

**Written by Doug Powers

Wednesday evening, the movement Disarm NYPD continued their “no cop zones” crusade with a flag burning at a Brooklyn park. Veterans and bikers counter-protested and chased off the vermin after they’d managed to set fire to an American flag. That’s when one demonstrator decided just this once it might be a good idea to disregard the anti-cop group’s mission statement:

When word got out that the flag burning was underway, dozens of counter protesters, along with the NYPD, sprinted toward the scene. Emotions quickly escalated and one biker pushed a man suspected of being associated with the flag burning to the ground.

Moments later, bikers and other counter protesters chased the anti-police activists out of the park, running after them while some threatened violence.

As one woman suspected of being with the anti-police group left the park, a crowd gathered around her.

“Shame, shame, shame!” some shouted toward the woman as officers provided her with protection.

There’s video at the link.

All I have to add are the immortal words of Buck Murdoch:

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Feel the Bern, Hillary! Packed house in Madison, WI cheers Bernie Sanders’ plan to turn US into Greece

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 22:19

**Written by Doug Powers

With Greece going down the crapper overseas and the Obama administration working the plunger, Bernie Sanders is pitching his plan to re-create it in America. Judging from this crowd in Madison, Wisconsin, Sanders has some backing. Feel the Bern, Hillary:

Sanders calls for a political revolution in Madison. pic.twitter.com/L5ZIztpHFH

— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) July 2, 2015

Bernie Sanders in Madison is a natural draw — like Buddy Hackett in the Catskills. Hillary can draw adoring crowds that large, but they’re all “reporters” and Clinton Foundation donors.

Sanders’ full speech is here. If you can make it through the entire thing word is that Ben & Jerry will name a flavor after you.

(h/t Twitchy)

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Fanning the flames of another black church arson hoax

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:06

Fanning the flames of another black church arson hoax
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2015

America is still reeling from the horrific Charleston, S.C., massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that claimed the lives of nine innocent people.

The last thing the community and our country need are hysterical journalists compounding the pain with inflammatory reporting on an unsubstantiated “epidemic” of black church arsons.

On Monday, a Baltimore Sun lead editorial decried “a series of mysterious fires at African-American churches across the South” in the wake of the Charleston murders. The newspaper cited a “pattern” of attacks, including what it claimed was an “uptick in attacks on 37 black churches in the South” in the 1990s that “prompted President Bill Clinton to set up a church-arson investigative task force.”

The Sun neglected to mention that Clinton had falsely claimed at the time that he had “vivid and painful memories of black churches being burned in my own state when I was a child”— an assertion immediately debunked by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

The Sun also neglected to mention that the manufactured media coverage that launched the 1990s black church arson juggernaut, fueled by former USA Today reporter Gary Fields’ 61 fear-mongering stories, fell apart under scrutiny. Fields’ own employer was forced to admit that “analysis of the 64 fires since 1995 shows only four can be conclusively shown to be racially motivated.”

Reminder: Several of the hyped hate crimes against black churches had been committed by black suspects; a significant number of the black churches were, in fact, white churches; and the complex motives behind the crimes included mental illness, vandalism and concealment of theft.

Once again, falsified history is repeating itself.

The NAACP, which capitalized on the Clinton-era race hustle, is now pushing the new arson epidemic narrative. The organization remains shamelessly undaunted after fueling the fake NAACP “bombing” in Colorado Springs earlier this year. The group’s CEO, Cornell Brooks, tweeted the incendiary “#WhoIsBurningBlackChurches” hashtag on Tuesday and disclosed that he is “informing churches, reviewing legislation, pushing media awareness and deciding legal options.”

The left-wing instigators at the Southern Poverty Law Center, whose stated mission is to “destroy” its political opponents and whose target map and list of social conservative groups were used by left-wing domestic terrorist Floyd Lee Corkins to shoot up the Washington, D.C., office of the Family Research Council in 2012, baselessly reported: “In what may not be a coincidence, a string of nighttime fires have damaged or destroyed at least six predominately black churches in four southern states in the past week.”

Teach for America alumnus agitator DeRay McKesson quickly added his Twitter kerosene to the fire, reflexively claiming that the “KKK” was responsible for a half-dozen black church burnings.

Buried beneath the sensationalized social media avalanche of panic: the more judicious and careful observations of Los Angeles Times reporter Matt Pearce that the feds have made no official determinations that any hate crimes have taken place and that “it’s unclear whether any of the fires are linked.”

It was observed that “one of the half-dozen church crimes was most likely “accidental” and had “no element of criminal intent.”

Another “was likely touched off by an electrical short” after a tree limb fell on the property, yanking the electrical service line with it.

And yet another alleged “black church arson” actually involved a white church “struck by lightning.”

No matter.

NBC News trumpeted: “Spate of Fires at Black Churches Raise Concerns of Rise in Hate Crimes.”

The Washington Post ominously tallied “five predominantly black Southern churches burn within a week; arson suspected in at least three.”

The New York Daily News blared: “String of apparent arson fires plague black churches in Carolinas, Georgia and Tennessee.”

Mic.com quoted a hate crimes “expert” blaming — you guessed it — “the growth of violent right-wing extremist ideology in the U.S.” for the nonexistent black church arson epidemic.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. In this case, it’s coming from the five-alarm self-immolation of agenda-driven journalism’s credibility.

State Dept’s dump of Hillary’s emails re-confirms what we already knew: David Axelrod’s a liar

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 23:53

**Written by Doug Powers

A couple of weeks ago, former Obama adviser David Axelrod said he wasn’t aware at the time Hillary Clinton was serving as secretary of state that she was using a private server and email address:

Why do we know that was a lie? Because it came out of David Axelrod’s mouth. However, if more evidence is needed for the sake of redundancy, a 2009 email from the hand-picked selection Hillary Clinton decided to turn over to the State Department does the trick:

Here is @davidaxelrod emailing Clinton's private account pic.twitter.com/fGpphLBilg

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) July 1, 2015

That said, the emails Hillary Clinton turned over to State (which were edited by Team Clinton and the rest were deleted) are sticks for fetching. In other words, Hillary’s obviously “going long” in red herring futures, because nothing’s been released that hasn’t been first scrutinized, edited or scrap-heaped by somebody wearing a “Grillary Clinton” apron.

Update:

One of the things Team Hillary was probably hoping is that the emails that were released would focus the conversation on others and normalize how she was handling her communications as secretary of state. Mission accomplished:

Emails show top Obama administration officials knew about Clinton's private email address: http://t.co/N0cUZPXMux

— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) July 1, 2015

Even Vox understands what’s going on — or isn’t going on, to put it more accurately.

As for Axelrod, his explanation was so very Clinton-esque.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

MSM Awakenings: Hey, maybe problems like Greece have something to do with spending money they don’t have

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 10:01

**Written by Doug Powers

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Some are starting to notice the problem even if they don’t seem to realize it:

Trillions Spent, but Crises Like Greece’s Persist http://t.co/YPi6x3mG2z

— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) June 30, 2015

“Trillions Spent, but Crises Like Greece’s Persist” is the most oblivious headline I’ve read since “Man Drowns Despite Brick Tied Around Ankle,” but at least it’s a sign some are catching on, albeit somewhat unwittingly at this point.

Captain Obvious was laid off when Obama took office, but he’s apparently received gainful employment as a writer on the New York Times’ foreign desk:

Stifling debt loads, for instance, continue to weigh on governments around the world. Greece’s government has repeatedly called for relief from some of its debt obligations, and Puerto Rico’s governor said on Sunday that its debt was “not payable.” Both borrowers are extreme cases, but high borrowing, either by corporations or governments, is also bogging down the globally significant economies of Brazil, Turkey, Italy and China. And economists say that central banks and their whirring printing presses can do only so much to alleviate the burden.

They are the burden. Well, part of it anyway.

Greece has got President Obama’s economics team working on a “solution,” which only proves that so far nobody has learned any lessons from this whatsoever.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Real shocker! Hillary Clinton edited emails that were turned over to the State Dept; Updated

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 13:04

**Written by Doug Powers

The setup: Last month Hillary Clinton said “I want those emails out” ASAP.

The punchline:

Hillary Clinton withheld Benghazi-related emails from the State Department that detailed her knowledge of the scramble for oil contracts in Libya and the shortcomings of the NATO-led military intervention for which she advocated.

Clinton removed specific portions of other emails she sent to State, suggesting the messages were screened closely enough to determine which paragraphs were unfit to be seen by the public.

For example, one email Clinton kept from the State Department indicates Libyan leaders were “well aware” of which “major oil companies and international banks” supported them during the rebellion, information they would “factor into decisions” about about who would be given access to the country’s rich oil reserves.

The email, which Clinton subsequently scrubbed from her server, indicated Clinton was aware that involvement in the controversial conflict could have a significant financial benefit to firms that were friendly to the Libyan rebels.

When Hillary said she “wants the emails out” she obviously meant thrown out.

And this will really stun you — but probably not. Hillary’s claim that long time Clintonista slimeball Sidney Blumenthal’s emails to her were unsolicited was another total lie:

Hillary Rodham Clinton told reporters last month that the memos about Libya she received while secretary of state from Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime adviser whom the Obama administration had barred her from hiring, had been “unsolicited.”

But according to officials briefed on the matter, email records that Mrs. Clinton apparently failed to turn over to the State Department last fall show that she repeatedly encouraged Mr. Blumenthal to “keep ’em coming,” as she said in an August 2012 reply to a memo from him, which she called “another keeper.”

And yet Hillary remains a media darling and the Dem front-runner.

Update:

The State Department released another batch of emails that Hillary didn’t previously delete. This batch was hand-selected to turn over to the department and edited by Team Hillary. Is there much of interest? Of course not. The entire point is that she kept a private server for just such control, and yet the media are digging through this email dump as if there might actually be something there.

Here’s my favorite: An email exchange from December of 2009:

Huma Abedin: “can you hang up the fax line, they will call again and try fax”

Clinton: “I thought it was supposed to be off hook to work?”

Abedin: “Yes but hang up one more time. So they can reestablish the line.”

Clinton: “I did.”

Abedin: “Just pick up the phone and hang it up. And leave it hung up.”

Clinton: “I’ve done it twice now.”

It reminded me of this:

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

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