It’s not as if President Barack Obama is the first chief executive to get the cold shoulder from his party subordinates during election season. President George W. Bush wasn’t swamped with invitations to come rally the troops during the 2006 midterms. And the Democrats treated President Bill Clinton like the proverbial creepy uncle in both 1994 and 1998 — although he was probably too busy during both occasions to care much. In 1994, he was chasing chubby interns around the Oval Office. In 1998, he was perjuring himself in front of a grand jury about chasing chubby interns around the Oval Office.
But I can’t recall a time like this. At the depths of Bush’s popularity in 2006, GOP senators and congressmen might not have been ringing the Oval Office phone off the hook; but they weren’t pretending they didn’t even know the number. And they certainly never tried to convince an already-skeptical electorate that they didn’t vote for him. Even as Clinton was facing impeachment — and later, disbarment — for his peccadillos, the Democrats might have forgotten to add him to the invitation list; but they never barred the door to the ballroom.
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The Social Security Administration has just released wage statistics for 2013, and the numbers are startling. Last year, 50 percent of all American workers made less than $28,031, and 39 percent of all American workers made less than $20,000. If you worked a full-time job at $10 an hour all year long with two weeks off, you would make $20,000. So the fact that 39 percent of all workers made less than that amount is rather telling. This is more evidence of the declining quality of the jobs in this country. In many homes in America today, both parents are working multiple jobs in a desperate attempt to make ends meet. Our paychecks are stagnant while the cost of living just continues to soar. And the jobs that are being added to the economy pay a lot less than the jobs lost in the last recession. In fact, it has been estimated that the jobs that have been created since the last recession pay an average of 23 percent less than the jobs that were lost. We are witnessing the slow-motion destruction of the middle class, and very few of our leaders seem to care.
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“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
Did you know that a storm 14 times larger than the Earth is happening on the sun right now? Earlier this week, it unleashed a flare which was a million times more powerful than all of the nuclear weapons in existence combined. Fortunately, that flare was not directed at us. But now the area of the sun where this solar storm is located is rotating toward Earth. An eruption on the sun at just the right time and at just the right angle could result in a society-crippling electromagnetic pulse blasting this planet. So if your computers, cell phones and electronic equipment get fried at some point over the next few weeks, you will know what is probably to blame. Such an electromagnetic pulse has hit our planet before, and as you will read about below, some very prominent voices are warning that it will happen again. It is just a matter of time.
Scientists tell us that the absolutely massive sunspot group that has recently formed on the sun is highly unusual. NASA has described it as “crackling” with magnetic energy. The mainstream media has not been paying too much attention to it, but this sunspot group is potentially extremely dangerous.
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Closing in on the 2014 midterm elections, a majority of likely American voters agree with Republicans on key issues. But Democrats continue to enjoy a more positive image than politicians on the right.
That’s according to the latest numbers out from the pollsters at Pew Research.
Republicans led Democrats by 17 points when voters were asked about the parties’ ability to handle terror threats, by 15 points on budgetary matters, by 6 points on the economy and by 5 points on immigration.
“However,” Pew points out, “the Democrats have advantages on a number of qualities and traits — from honesty to empathy and a willingness to compromise. And on some dimensions, the Republican Party is viewed less positively by voters than it was just prior to the 2010 election, when it captured the House.”
Democrats led by 22 points when voters were asked about each party’s commitment to bipartisanship, 21 points on being empathetic to the needs of people, and 8 points on honesty and ethics.
According to the poll, voters deem Democrats better able to handle the nation’s healthcare (by 6 points), they believe Republicans can better manage the federal government overall (by 3 points).
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Even after the deadly terror attacks in Canada this week, some Democrats continue to insist that the Islamic State poses no threat to the U.S. homeland. But the apologist rhetoric from the left aimed at easing worries over President Obama’s ISIS aloofness is upended by a recently released government bulletin warning of impending ISIS attacks on U.S. law enforcement.
The October 2014 intelligence bulletin revealed by Breitbart Texas comes from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI and is titled “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Its Supporters Encouraging Attacks Against Law Enforcement and Government Personnel.” It focuses largely on Internet chatter about possible ISIS threats to the U.S.
“While we have no information indicating any ongoing plotting within the Homeland, FBI and DHS would like to ensure law enforcement and government personnel are aware that ISIL and its supporters continue to issue threats online,” the bulletin states.
One online call to action discussed in the document is attributed to ISIS spokesperson Abu Muhammad al-Adnani. A translation of a recorded message delivered by the terror affiliate calls on ISIS sympathizers to conduct domestic “lone wolf” attacks on Western “soldiers, patrons, and troops… their police, security, and intelligence members.”
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The Obama administration met its Oct. 22 deadline for submitting a listing of all the Fast and Furious papers for which it’s claiming executive privilege for the Department of Justice, giving Judicial Watch — the plaintiff in the lawsuit against the DOJ to share the actual documents — its first look at what kind of stuff the government is trying to hide.
Among the 15,662 documents listed in the “Vaughn Index” the DOJ submitted are some interesting things. The department is claiming that its assertion of executive privilege extends to the wife of Attorney General Eric Holder, as well as his mother.
From Judicial Watch:
The document details the Attorney General Holder’s personal involvement in managing the Justice Department’s strategy on media and Congressional investigations into the Fast and Furious scandal. Notably, the document discloses that emails between Attorney General Holder and his wife Sharon Malone — as well as his mother — are being withheld under an extraordinary claim of executive privilege as well as a dubious claim of deliberative process privilege under the Freedom of Information Act. The “First Lady of the Justice Department” is a physician and not a government employee.
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Last month, the Washington, D.C., city council grudgingly agreed to revise a local ordinance to bring the city into compliance with a judge’s order mandating a path to concealed carry for residents.
Now, it appears that the city is doing all it can to make it prohibitively inconvenient and expensive for anyone thinking about actually taking advantage of the change.
The new ordinance isn’t exactly 2nd Amendment-friendly, requiring anyone who wants a permit to finish an 18-hour training course and ensuring that law enforcement has the final say in whether a person truly needs a concealed carry permit.
And city administration is dragging its feet to live up to its own end of fulfilling even those mandates, offering a passive resistance to the change that, according to the Washington Time, is “emblematic of the city’s reluctant scramble to comply with the July order that overturned the District’s ban on carrying handguns in public.” It’s charging $75 just to apply for a permit and requires firearms instructors who wish to provide the mandatory training to shell out a $435 fee.
From the Times:
The District’s newly minted concealed carry laws require gun owners seeking permits to complete 18 hours of firearms training.
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Outgoing Sen. Tom Coburn’s final rendition of his government Wastebook was released this week, chronicling $25 billion worth of wasteful spending on 100 “silly, unnecessary, and low priority projects.”
“Washington politicians are more focused on their own political futures than the future of our country,” Coburn declares in the introduction of the publication. “And with no one watching over the vast bureaucracy, the problem again isn’t just what Washington isn’t doing, but what it is doing.”
The lawmaker’s 182-page report provides example of government’s wasteful use of taxpayer dollars at all levels, pointing out examples everywhere from the Pentagon and Veterans Affairs Department to the National Science Foundation.
Here are just a few examples of the sort of waste Coburn highlights:
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- $4.6 million spent by Customs and Border Patrol for luxury homes for temporary agents.
- $48.6 million spent by the Department of Homeland Security for vehicles which are not being used.
- $331,000 spent by the National Science Foundation to examine how spouses interact with voodoo dolls when they are hungry and angry.
- $16 billion for the Department of Defense to destroy ammunition.
- $450,000 in Department of Homeland Security spending on gym memberships.
We are fast approaching an ignominious date in American history. Sunday, Oct. 26, will mark the 13th anniversary of the signing of the USA PATRIOT Act.
The clever wordsmiths in the halls of power gave the act a high-sounding name. But like most laws passed by the psychopaths in the Washington cesspool, the law is the opposite of its name.
Ostensibly designed to combat terrorism — the name is an acronym for “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism” — the act was passed quickly and immediately signed into law just over a month after 9/11 and in reality opened the door for a growing government surveillance state and the loss of basic American liberties.
“Patriotism” throughout history has covered a multitude of mischief. We are seeing it now.
It is frightening how simple the American people are and how easily they are manipulated simply because they are intellectually lazy.
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Those 30,000 Wal-Mart employees who are losing their health insurance aren’t alone. There’s another huge wave of cancellations of health plans coming.
Fox News reported that 13 states and the District of Columbia are cancelling plans that are not in compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Virginia will be the hardest hit, with some 250,000 families losing their health insurance.
Of course, all of the plans being canceled now weren’t in compliance a year ago. But back then, President Obama asked that they be granted a reprieve from enforcement. That is now coming to an end. As a result, hundreds of thousands more people will lose their health insurance.
Remember President Obama’s often-repeated promise, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it?” PolitiFact labeled that one its “Lie of the Year” in 2013. More than 4 million people received notices last year that their healthcare plan was being canceled.
Now, more cancellations are inevitable. Plus, a ton of people who will retain their health insurance are seeing staggering increases in what they have to pay. The average increase is reported to be 8 percent, but some unlucky folks are getting hit with premium increases of 30 percent or more. Ouch!
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Hi. I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. From my commentaries the past few weeks, you know I’m concerned about a potential Ebola pandemic inside America. Nonetheless, Ebola is a worry about a potential problem, a theoretical problem. No one knows yet how much damage Ebola can do to America.
On the other hand, we have already experienced the damage, destruction and pain of Obama. Let’s compare Ebola to Obama.
Ebola: So far, one dead and two nurses infected.
Obama: Almost 50 million Americans on food stamps, 108 million on welfare or other entitlement programs and an all-time record number on disability. More than $3.7 trillion has been spent on welfare over the past five years under Obama.
Ebola: The healthcare, decontamination and security costs for Ebola are frightening. Each patient could cost in excess of $1 million to treat. But so far, there are only a handful of patients. Ebola is with us for weeks or months. Then it’s gone.
Obama: The $7 trillion in debt added by Obama (so far) will cause decades of pain for American consumers and taxpayers, damage middle-class quality of life and reduce U.S. economic growth for many generations to come.
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Thanks to the Federal Reserve, the middle class is slowly being suffocated by rising food prices. Every single dollar in your wallet is constantly becoming less valuable because of the inflation the Fed systematically creates. And if you try to build wealth by saving money and earning interest on it, you still lose because thanks to the Federal Reserve’s near zero interest rate policies banks pay next to nothing on savings accounts. The Federal Reserve wants you to either spend your money or to put it in the giant casino that we call the stock market. But when Americans spend their paychecks they are finding that they don’t stretch as far as they once did. The cost of living continues to rise at a much faster pace than wages are rising, and this is especially true when it comes to the price of food.
Someone that I know wrote to me today and let me know that she had to shut down the food pantry that she had been running for the poor for so many years. It isn’t that she didn’t want to help the poor anymore. It was that she just couldn’t deal with the rising food prices any longer. Now she is just doing the best that she can to survive herself.
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“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
It’s been 16 months since The Guardian published its first story on the National Security Agency’s bulk collection program, launching a series of reports that would introduce the public to cryptic terms like PRISM and Boundless Informant.
Since the initial outrage over the U.S. government’s warrantless collection of personal data from millions of people who aren’t suspected of any crimes, though, little has changed about the way the government scoops up that very same data. Not even the sanctimonious anger of elected leaders has resulted in any meaningful reforms to protect Americans’ 4th Amendment rights.
On Tuesday, the editorial board of USA Today (not just a single columnist, but the entire editorial board) published a scathing condemnation of the government’s all-talk, no-action response to the entire scandal. The piece levels most of its ire at everyone’s favorite target: Congress.
“After leaks last year revealed a vast web of government surveillance of innocent Americans, the outrage in Washington could hardly be contained… Yet the program lives on,” USA Today wrote:
The government is still collecting and storing telephone call records of tens of millions of Americans who have done absolutely nothing wrong. The “metadata” show who they call, when they call and how long they talk.
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It’s sometimes said that bad publicity is better than no publicity, but you’ve got to wonder if that’s a sentiment that Senate candidate Bruce Braley shares.
The Iowa Democrat, who’s competing against GOP candidate Joni Ernst for the Senate seat being vacated by “retiring” Democratic incumbent Tom Harkin, keeps getting slighted whenever the Obamas attempt to endorse him. Apparently, the first family doesn’t know his last name — or even the office he’s seeking.
“The relationship between the White House and Senate Democrats hit a new low Tuesday evening after the administration’s press office released a transcript of first lady Michelle Obama’s appearance in Iowa on behalf of Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley,” National Journal reported Wednesday.
“The problem: The subject line of the e-mail referred to Braley as the “Democratic candidate for governor.”
In case you missed it, Braley is running for one of Iowa’s Senate seats. He isn’t running for governor.
In an election year when Democrats are already dodging associations with the Obama administration, thanks to the president’s unpopular handling of almost every issue, the White House keeps throwing fuel on the fire. Misidentifying Braley as a gubernatorial candidate isn’t the first family’s only screw-up in its efforts to support his candidacy.
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It hasn’t been so very long ago that Hillary Clinton’s “Hard Choices” underperformed after garnering its author a lavish publisher’s advance. Now another high-profile Democrat’s book has tanked in even more spectacular fashion, but only after its author was assured a tidy sum of guaranteed money.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released “All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life” last week, and it’s been getting trashed both by reviewers and by non-customers. In its first few days on sale, the book’s only managed to move a reported 945 hardcover copies:
Clinton’s book, a poorly reviewed piece of tepid “insider” talk, has been out since June. It hasn’t been doing so great either — but it still managed to sell 920 copies in the same week that Cuomo’s memoir was released.
Clinton received a reported $14 million advance for “Hard Choices.” Cuomo’s take for “All Things Possible” can’t match that figure, but still assured him a reported $700,000 advance from Harper, its publisher. That’s guaranteed money, regardless of how the book performs.
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Ahead of the Nov. 4 midterm elections, the major television news outlets are covering the anticipated anti-Obama voter backlash with far less fervor than in 2006, when a public disgruntled with President George W. Bush handed control of Congress over to Democrats.
According to an analysis by the conservative Media Research Center (MRC), the three U.S. broadcast news networks are covering this year’s elections — widely anticipated to be a net loss for Democratic incumbents — with a frequency that pales in comparison to the incessant anti-GOP coverage they offered ahead of the 2006 midterms.
According to the MRC, the Big Three networks are “all but ignoring” the possible shift in Congressional control:
In less than two weeks, voters head to the polls in midterm elections that seem certain to yield strong Republican gains, if not outright control of the U.S. Senate. Such a political sea change is big news, but a new Media Research Center study finds that, in contrast to their enthusiastic coverage of the 2006 midterms when Democrats made big gains, the Big Three broadcast evening newscasts are all but ignoring this year’s political contests.
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The Pennsylvania legislature approved a bill Monday that provides a pathway for “membership organizations” to sue cities in the Keystone State for passing any local ordinances that go beyond state law in regulating the possession and use of firearms. Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to sign it into law.
Democratic leaders are predictably outraged.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer Monday:
“If you are a resident of Forest County and you don’t like the Norristown gun law,” said Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery), “you could hire Johnnie Cochran and bill a township $100,000 an hour or whatever he charges to win the case.”
…Former Gov. Ed Rendell, a gun control advocate who has worked with the advocacy group CeasefirePA, has vowed to target in the Nov. 4 election Southeastern Pennsylvania lawmakers who voted for the measure.
“This bill is outrageous,” Rendell said last week. “People all over the commonwealth support the basic notion that someone who loses their firearm should report it.”
According to the Inquirer, 28 mostly urban municipalities have local ordinances that require owners to report missing firearms.
The mayors of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh — both Democrats — united in their opposition to the law, issuing a joint statement decrying its potential to encourage “gun violence.”
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President Barack Obama appointed an Ebola czar and aside from some GOP caterwauling over the fact that Ron Klain is simply a political hack with no “medical” experience, nothing else was said.
Never mind that, according to the Constitution Article II, Section 2, the president must have the “Advice and Consent of the Senate… [to] appoint… public Ministers and Consuls…” The word “czar” is of Balkan origin etymologically originating from the name “Caesar” and is, therefore, a title of nobility. Never mind that, according to Article I, Section 9, “No Title of Nobility shall be granted in the United States.”
Supposed conservatives like Senator Ted Cruz have called on Obama to formulate a policy for handling the Ebola crisis, particularly in the area of travel restrictions and border security. Never mind that Article I, Section 1 grants all legislative powers to the Congress and Article II, Section 1 only grants the president the power to execute laws passed by Congress. And never mind that it is the job of Congress under Article I, Section 8, to “regulate Commerce with foreign Nations” and “to provide for calling forth the Militia to… repel invasions” and to “establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.”
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