[Townhall.com] Provocative comments over the weekend from Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will provide grist for the ‘grassroots vs. establishment’ mill for some time. In an interview with the New York Times about the 2014 election cycle, McConnell predicted that Tea Party-backed Senate candidates will get wiped out in GOP primaries this year:
This election season, Republicans led by Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky are taking a much harder line as they sense the majority within reach. Top congressional Republicans and their allies are challenging the advocacy groups head on in an aggressive effort to undermine their credibility. The goal is to deny them any Senate primary victories, cut into their fund-raising and diminish them as a future force in Republican politics. “I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” Mr. McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, said in an interview, referring to the network of activist organizations working against him and two Republican incumbents in Kansas and Mississippi while engaging in a handful of other contests. “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.” (Click title to continue reading…)
[Newsmax.com] The disappearance of a Malaysian airliner about an hour into a flight to Beijing is an “unprecedented mystery”, the civil aviation chief said on Monday, as a massive air and sea search now in its third day failed to find any trace of the plane or 239 people on board.
Dozens of ships and aircraft from 10 countries scoured the seas around Malaysia and south of Vietnam as questions mounted over possible security lapses and whether a bomb or hijacking attempt could have brought down the Boeing 777-200ER which took off from the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.
The area of the search would be widened from Tuesday, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the head of Malaysia’s Civil Aviation Authority, told reporters.
A senior police official told Reuters that people armed with explosives and carrying false identity papers had tried to fly out of Kuala Lumpur in the past, and that current investigations were focused on two passengers who were on the missing plane with stolen passports. (Click title to read more…)
[Townhall.com] Unemployment claims came out, and WOW!
So even though our economy is down, it’s still up. Or we’re up, but still down. Whatever… it’s all good, because your neighbor pays.
And it’s another example of the stupid math liberals use to mask reality.
The unexciting nature of the newest unemployment claims is papering over all of the downward revisions that we are seeing in other areas of the economy. (Click title to read more…)
[Infowars.com] O-O-P-S. President Barack Obama had a spelling blunder Thursday while praising Aretha Franklin.
Obama misspelled “respect” while lauding the “Queen of Soul” before a White House concert featuring several musical legends.
“When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her,” Obama said, before the audience in the East Room erupted into laughter. He then continued, “”She had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African-Americans, and women, and then everyone who felt marginalized because of what they looked like or who they loved. They wanted some respect. Later, when somebody asked her why it had such an impact, she said, ‘I guess everybody just wants a little respect.’ Today, they still do.” (Click title watch video…)
[Townhall.com] After strolling into CPAC with his eight-man security entourage and posing for pictures with countless college students, a smiling Donald Trump sauntered up to the main ballroom podium and delivered a rambling yet impassioned speech that covered virtually every political issue under the sun.
“No teleprompter,” he roared, just before beginning his remarks in an obvious jab at the president. “No teleprompter.”
Then he got down to business.
“I have to tell you,” he said, “that our country is in serious, serious trouble. We owe 17 trillion dollars!” (Click title to read more…)
[TheBlaze.com] When three journalists for Al Jazeera’s English service were brought into an Egyptian court Wednesday, they were held in cages, a shocking image that prompted reactions including “disturbing,” “heartbreaking” and “rocked.”
Al Jazeera tweeted this photo showing their staffers in court, not only held in cages, but also separated from the legal teams by rows of security personnel:
They are facing charges of allegedly being members of and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood and endangering national security. Getty Images published more photos of the scene: (Click title to read more…)
[HumanEvents.com] House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) is not a fan of the White House budget proposal released today. ”The President’s budget is yet another disappointment – because it reinforces the status quo,” Ryan said in a statement. ”It would demand that families pay more so Washington can spend more. It would hollow out our defense capabilities. And it would do nothing to preserve or strengthen our entitlements. The President has just three years left in his administration, and yet he seems determined to do nothing about our fiscal challenges.”
He criticizes the Obama proposal for never coming anywhere near balance, spending $56 billion above the agreement Ryan reached with Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), quadrupling debt service costs on a steep ten-year climb to $25 trillion in gross national debt, and looking for more tax hikes. ”This budget isn’t a serious document; it’s a campaign brochure,” Ryan concludes.
The Budget chariman’s own proposal for the year is still forthcoming, but he begins the process with a report called “The War on Poverty: 50 Years Later,” which can be read in its entirety here. The report charts the fortunes of no less than 92 separate programs, which cost $799 billion in fiscal year 2012. For example, there are 28 separate education and job training programs, totaling $94.4 billion in cost. (Click title to read more…)
[FloppingAces.net] Talk about your war on whistleblowers….
The Obama regime has been conducting an IRS pogrom against conservatives for several years now. Private records have been released, conservative groups and individuals have been audited continuously and the Obama regime has issued new rules codifying the persecution of conservatives.
Now the Obama regime is taking it to a new level- the threat of death.
Lois Lerner fears for her life if she testifies openly before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday, according to her attorney. (Click title to read more…)
[Newsmax.com] The Obama administration is expected to announce another delay to the implementation of Affordable Care Act to allow insurers to continue offering health plans that do not meet Obamacare’s minimum coverage requirements.
The move would prolong the one-year “keep your plan fix” so as to avoid another wave of health policy cancellations which could hurt Democrats just weeks before the November midterm elections,The Hill reports.
“The cancellations would have created a firestorm for Democratic candidates in the last, crucial weeks before Election Day,” The Hill said. “The White House is intent on protecting its allies in the Senate, where Democrats face a battle to keep control of the chamber.” (Click title to read more…)
[Townhall.com] Republicans retaining control of the House of Representatives after November’s elections would officially usher in the lame duck years of Barack Obama’s presidency. Democratic party elders seemed to bow to the inevitable in late January when they began openly discussing the possibility of hoisting the white flag on Congress’ lower chamber. That strategic retreat, they said, would allow the party to marshal its resources and defend its imperiled Senate majority via triage. In spite of this ‘desperate times’ approach, one would assume that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) would at least put on a brave face and offer perfunctorily upbeat assessments of Democrats’ chances. They, after all, have donors to motivate, candidates to encourage, and incumbents to persuade to hang on for another cycle. So what to make of this?
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released its initial list of top 2014 races Monday. The 19 districts and 16 individual candidates who won the committee’s “Red to Blue” designation show which races are drawing early attention from the party, but they also demonstrate, along with races not on the list, how difficult it will be for Democrats to capture the House majority. First of all, the DCCC named 16 initial Red to Blue candidates this week, but the party needs to net 17 House seats for a majority. Plus, three of the designees are for seats that Democrats already hold, and retirements by two Democrats in conservative areas—Reps. Jim Matheson of Utah and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina—put the party in an even deeper hole. Republicans are expected to win those seats without much of a fight. If last year is any indication, some of the 19 second-tier “Emerging Races” districts the DCCC also identified Monday will get promoted as the cycle goes on, but the initial list outlines how difficult it is for Democrats to win the House. (Click on title to read more…)
[HumanEvents.com] House Intelligence Chair Mike Rogers (R-MI) summed the Ukraine crisis up perfectly on Fox News Sunday by saying “Putin is playing chess, and I think we’re playing marbles.” The degree of disconnect between reality on the ground in the Crimean region, and the Obama Administration’s hapless stream of babble and bluster, is amazing. The message other global leaders and miscreants must be taking from the confrontation is profoundly disturbing.
Rogers relates an old geo-strategic saying: “Russia without the Ukraine is a country. Russia with the Ukraine is an empire.” The scary thing is that nobody in the Obama Administration seems familiar with that saying, or much of anything else about the region. The fallback position for nervous Obama apologists at this point is to snarl at critics, “Well, what do you think he should do, nuke Moscow?” The point is not that a better President would be on a war footing against the Russian empire, but that a better President might have kept this crisis from bubbling over the way it has, or at least avoided further damage to American diplomatic prestige by fumbling the response so badly.
Team Obama has been agonizingly slow to realize that Russia had an empire, and wants it back. The universal Administration expression of shock and awe as Russia first violated international law by slipping forces out of regular uniform into key positions, and then just rolled in thousands of regular military forces – within hours of saying no, of course they would never do any such thing! – makes Obama and his people look ridiculous. It is very important not to look ridiculous at times such as these. (Click title to read more…)
[TheBlaze.com] Though she was mocked for it, Palin actually speculated in 2008 that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be encouraged to invade Ukraine after President Barack Obama’s weak response to the nation invading Georgia.
“After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next,” Palin told Foreign Policy in 2008, “
As Mediaite’s Andrew Kirell points out, conservative websites and personalities are reminding people of the quote.
Palin herself took to Facebook on Friday to remind supporters of her prediction. (Click on title to read more…)
[FoxNews.com] Ukraine’s acting president announced that he has put the country’s armed forces on high alert after the Russian parliament unanimously voted to grant President Vladimir Putin permission to mobilize the country’s military in Ukraine.
Oleksandr Turchynov said Saturday he had also ordered increased security at nuclear power plants, airports and other strategic infrastructure, because of the threat of “potential aggression.”
The Russian parliament unanimously voted Saturday to grant President Vladimir Putin permission to mobilize the country’s military in Ukraine and asked that the country’s ambassador in Washington be recalled after earlier statements by President Obama. (Click title to read more…)
[DailyCaller.com] Four of the five authors responsible for drafting an invasive Federal Communications Commissions media study seemingly designed to regulate news coverage donated to Barack Obama’s campaigns for president.
Professors Carola Weil and Ernest J. Wilson III from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism along with Lewis Friedland from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Communication and Democracy and Philip Napoli from Fordham University all donated to Obama and were subsequently commissioned to write the study, which came under heavy media criticism last week for including criteria likely to influence media coverage.
Federal Election Commission records cited by a Washington Examiner report reveal $3,300 donated to the Obama campaign from Wilson between 2007 and 2008, $500 from Napoli in 2008, $200 from Friedland in 2008 and $250 from Weil in 2012. No contributions were listed for USC’s Katya Ognyanova, the study’s fifth author. (Click title to read more…)
[Townhall.com] Katie wrote up one major element of the new New York Times/CBS News poll — namely that nearly six in ten Americans are disappointed in Barack Obama’s presidency — but there are additional pieces of data worth teasing out and underscoring as well:
(1) The president’s approval rating has once again slumped to 41 percent overall, with a majority disapproving of his performance. Independents disapprove. The president is underwater by double digits on foreign policy and on the economy.
(2) Fully 79 percent of respondents describe their attitude toward Washington, DC’s politics as “dissatisfied” or “angry.” Just 10 percent of the country is “very satisfied” with the Obama presidency. Hope and change is long dead. (Click title to read more…)
[PJMedia.com] SB1062 did NOT say that businesses could discriminate for religious reasons.
The CNN headline screams: “VETOED: Governor says ‘no’ to anti-gay bill.”
Saying she has not heard of “one example where business owners’ religious liberties has been violated” in the state and that the bill was too broad, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial SB 1062 .
SB 1062 is that bill that would have allowed business owners to discriminate against gays and deny them service in restaurants and bakeries, right? Have you gotten the message (from virtually every news outlet and even from the NFL) that the bill was all about — and only about — Arizona’s attempt to impose some version of Jim Crow laws on homosexuals? If so, you’ve been misled. But you’re probably not alone because the bill was so widely misrepresented.
In fact, nearly a dozen religious-liberty scholars wrote a letter to Governor Brewer prior to her veto, saying that SB 1062 “has been egregiously misrepresented by many of its critics.” The group included individuals on different sides of the same-sex marriage debate and those from a variety of religious and political perspectives. All said that “many criticisms of the Arizona bill are deeply misleading.” (Click title to read more…)
[FoxNews.com] Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is being hammered by Republican lawmakers after he claimed on the Senate floor that all the ObamaCare “horror stories” being circulated are untrue.
Reid tried to clarify his remarks late Wednesday by saying he was only referring to the “vast majority” of stories featured in ads funded by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group, and not the complaints of everyday Americans. However, he added fuel to the fire by continuing to slam the group’s backers, the Koch brothers, calling them “un-American.”
Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips, in response, said Reid had effectively “attacked the character and integrity of every American who had the courage to share how they’re being hurt by the president’s health care law.” (Click title to read more…)
[FoxNews.com] In one of Alaska’s most remote outposts, where a thousand hardy souls make their homes, the Obama administration has put the fate of birds and bears above the lives of people, blocking construction of an 11-mile gravel trail connecting a tiny fishing hamlet to a life-saving airport.
For more than three decades the predominantly Aleut fishing community of King Cove has been fighting to build a one-lane,gravel track connecting the Cove to the nearby hamlet of Cold Bay. What they have gotten is 30 years of flat-out federal refusals or stall tactics. (Click title to read more…)
[Washington Examiner] Call it what you want — anti-gay or religious rights — but if Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs a controversial bill, you might not be calling Arizona the home of the 2015 Super Bowl.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, S.B. 1062, is the current controversy du jour out of Arizona, and the National Football League is with the opposition.
“Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other improper standard,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told USA Today. “We are following the issue in Arizona and will continue to do so should the bill be signed into law, but will decline further comment at this time.” (Click title to read more…)
[FloppingAces.net] Hillary Clinton has a history of prevarication going back a long time. By now most people are familiar with ludicrous story of her having to dodge sniper fire in Bosnia. Scuttlebutt has it that she also claimed to have discovered penicillin and walked on the Moon.
Fewer people know that Hillary was involved in Watergate proceedings as a young counsel, and that she was fired for being a liar.
Jerry Zeifman, General Counsel and Chief of Staff to the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate proceedings, refused to offer Clinton a letter of recommendation and he told Dan Calabrese why:
After signing her termination papers, Zeifman refused Hillary a letter of recommendation. He told me in an interview that this was because she had shown herself to be a liar and an unethical lawyer. (Click title to read more…)
American Statists Work To Destroy Gun Rights; Embattled Ukrainian Citizens Demand The Right To Bear Arms
[Personal Liberty Digest] America’s Founders so understood the importance of the right to bear arms as a great equalizer between the political power structure and the general populace that they included the right in the 2nd Amendment to the supreme law of the land. Today, far removed from the bloody war for American independence, the sanctity of that right is lost on certain factions of the Nation’s population, and they are working overtime to destroy it.
Meanwhile, some of Ukraine’s citizens, currently battling an oppressive government, are calling for a version of America’s 2nd Amendment to be added to their constitution. (Click title to read more…)
[HotAir.com] The stakes in the collapsing relationship between the Obama administration and the Karzai government in Afghanistan went up considerably today — as relations hit a new low. In a phone call between the two heads of state, Hamid Karzai told Barack Obama that he would not sign a new agreement to keep American forces in the country, leaving it to the next president instead. In response, Obama told Karzai that the US would entirely withdraw before the end of the year, and ordered the Pentagon to produce a full-retreat option:
President Barack Obama has told the Pentagon to prepare for the possibility that the United States will not leave behind any troops in Afghanistan after its troop drawdown at the end of this year, the White House said on Tuesday.
Obama conveyed the message in a phone call to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, who has been balking at signing a bilateral security agreement that the United States insists it must have before agreeing to leave a contingent of troops behind for counter-terrorism operations and training. (Click title to read more…)
[FoxNews.com] WASHINGTON – When a high school teen acted up in an Indiana classroom a few years ago, his teachers sent him to an isolated room, where he was left unmonitored for hours. He wasn’t allowed to leave, for any reason, and was forced to urinate on the floor. As punishment, he was dragged to that exact same room the following day where he screamed, pleaded and banged on the door for someone to let him out.
When no one came, he tried to hang himself.
The 2011 case is just one example of how children and teens have been isolated in what are known as “scream rooms,” as a means of both punishment and regaining control — a practice that has been called barbaric and abusive, yet is still being used in several states. The use of scream rooms and other forms of restraint were highlighted in a recent Senate report; individual case studies, which did not identify the students, were shared with FoxNews.com. (Click title to read more…)
[Infowars.com] Three cases involving Second Amendment issues were turned away from the Supreme Court on Monday. The cases concerned the right of Americans to carry firearms outside their homes for self-defense.
The Court did not comment on petitions for certiorari for NRA v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, NRA v. McCraw and Lane v. Holder.
Constitution Daily reports the cases were considered on Friday in private conference.
A fourth case, however, may ultimately be considered by the Court and settle the matter. Drake v. Jerejian addresses gun control in New Jersey. The case argues that the Second Amendment permits a resident of the state to carry a firearm outside the home without providing justification to the state. A number of amici curiae briefs were filed with the Court on February 12. (Click title to read more…)