Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to abortion today despite the throng of thousands that
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Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to abortion today despite the throng of thousands that
Via: My Christian Daily
By Rob Quinn
Skeptical senators from both parties quizzed top intelligence officials about the NSA’s sweeping domestic call surveillance at a testy Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Ahead of the hearing, the Obama administration declassified and released documents outlining the rules for accessing information from the surveillance program and listing multiple violations of those… …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Newser – Home
By Stephen Harner, Contributor Unable to use the Upper House elections as an excuse for further delay, and under increasing pressure from an exasperated Obama administration, the Abe government very publicly on July 29th dispatched the Japanese Vice Foreign Minister, Saiki Akitaka, to Beijing. …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest
By Rock Peters
“With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing, and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball,” Barack Obama said in a speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. on July 24, 2013.
“If four Americans get killed, it’s not OPTIMAL.”–Obama’s calloused, abnormally detached, and incredibly narcissistic response to Comedy Central’s John Stewart’s question about the changing story of the Benghazi attack.
Does Obama think that the Muslim terrorist attack on our consulate in Libya on 9/11/2012 didn’t really happen and that four Americans (Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glenn Doherty, Sean Smith, and Ty Woods) weren’t actually murdered?
The Obama Laundry List of Phony Scandals
1. IRS targets Obama’s enemies: The IRS targeted conservative and pro-Israel groups prior to the 2012 election. Questions are being raised about why this occurred, who ordered it, whether there was any White House involvement, and whether there was an initial effort to hide who knew about the targeting and when.
2. Benghazi: This is actually three treasonous scandals into one:
a) The failure of the administration to protect the Benghazi mission.
b) The Obama administration changed the talking points in order to suggest the attack was motivated by an anti-Muslim video.
c) The intense stonewalling, complete shutdown, and absolute refusal of the White House to say what President Obama did the night of the attack.
d) Breaking 200 plus years of honorable American military tradition to never leave any solider behind.
3. Spying on the the AP: The Justice Department stole a plethora of Associated Press reporters’ phone records as part of a leak investigation.
4. James Rosengate: The Justice Department suggested that Fox News reporter James Rosen is a criminal for reporting about classified information and subsequently monitored his phones and emails.
5. The Holder perjury I: Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress that he had never been associated with “potential prosecution” of a journalist for perjury when, in fact, he personally signed the affidavit that alleged Fox News reporter James Rosen was a potential criminal.
6. The ATF “Fast and Furious” debacle: Allowed weapons from the U.S. to “walk” across the border into the hands of Mexican drug dealers. The ATF lost track of hundreds of firearms, many of which were used in crimes (including the December 2010 killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.)
7. Holder Perjury II: During congressional hearings held on May 3, 2011, Congressman Darrell Issa asked AG Eric Holder when he first knew about the “Fast and Furious” gun walking scheme. Eric Holder replied under oath: “I am not sure about the exact date but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.” Holder flat out lied to Congress under oath;”Project Gun Runner” (Fast and Furious) was launched by Obama with Holder’s full knowledge on March 24, 2009. Holder is guilty of perjury and should be arrested.
8. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius runs an extortion racket: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius solicited donations from companies HHS might regulate. The money would be used to help her sign up uninsured Americans for ObamaCare.
9. The Pigford scandal: A U.S. Agriculture Department effort that began as an …read more
As hard-working Americans across economic lines are forced to survive on less and less during Obama’s all-out assault on prosperity, leftist are up in arms over extremely modest cuts in welfare checks.
According to reports, the unsustainably dense population of food stamp recipients will see an average drop of between $20 and $25 per month in their so-called benefits.
Celia Cole, the hyperbolic CEO of the Texas Food Bank Network, explained that the organization is counting down the days until each government dependent in the nation “gets a little hungrier.”
A family of four, receiving the maximum monthly payout of $668, will now get $643, which Cole apparently sees as one of our greatest injustices.
“This cut will be the equivalent of taking away 14 meals per month for a family of four, or 11 meals for a family of three,” she said, contending that legislators responsible should feel “the shame that they’re doing something wrong.”
Cole joins a chorus of leftists engaging in the false argument that fiscal conservatives are evil for suggesting we make desperately needed cuts to our runaway spending. If anything, these cuts are far too insignificant to offset the rampant waste for which the federal government has become known.
No one is advocating the starvation of America’s poor; however, the political left has long encouraged families to rely on a monthly government check instead of their own resourcefulness and skill. Since welfare has become a way of life for a large percentage of the population, fewer producers exist to support more consumers.
These real economic considerations have no bearing on the utopian worldview of those who favor a nanny state and unfettered social program spending. Likewise, these vacuous talking heads rarely address the reduced standard of living among those not feeding at the government trough.
As Americans continue to see their hours cut in advance of the looming Obamacare fiasco, and increasing taxes take a bigger bite out of their paychecks, it becomes difficult to muster sympathy for a 3.7 percent decrease in “free” money.
A nation as historically blessed and prosperous as America should absolutely have a safety net in place for those unable to provide for themselves; unfortunately, too many in today’s culture treat it like a hammock.
. . . since the mainstream media won’t ask.
Questions for the President at his next press conference:
Four dead in Benghazi and many seriously injured under suspicious circumstances, a government cover up, witnesses gagged, questions unanswered, investigations derailed. That’s not a scandal?
Reporters’ records seized, false allegations leveled by DOJ, reporters threatened, reporters and editors prevented from doing their jobs, cover-ups, government intimidation. That’s not a scandal?
Guns run to drug cartels in Mexico, hundreds killed with them (including our border agents), no following-up to arrest perpetrators (instead ANOTHER cover-up), allegations that American guns cause Mexican violence, border security virtually ignored, government interference with investigations. That’s not a scandal?
The EPA used as a legislative arm of the executive branch, installing rules that Congress voted down (a clear violation of the Constitution.) The EPA also used to persecute political opposition. Not a scandal?
NSA surveillance you authorized seriously suspected of violating citizen rights, and that’s not a scandal?
Recess appointments and an illegal war in Libya, both impeachable offenses. Not a scandal?
The IRS used to stomp down conservative groups so they cannot educate and influence citizens about Founding principles that contradict your radicalism. This is clearly an unconstitutional use of power, amounting to illegal political activity. That is a phony scandal?
ObamaCare, passed illegally and unethically; called a train wreck by the very man who helped write it and get it through Congress; promises to bankrupt the country; a measure designed to redistribute wealth and not provide care; a series of laws and regulations violating privacy, the doctor-patient relationship, and the sovereignty of the states. That is not a scandal?
Your records, Mr. President. You’ve released virtually nothing about your life, your education, your term in the Illinois legislature, nothing. Now a respected country sheriff and his investigators, along with document experts, insist that the birth certificate you released is a forgery. This means you are hiding something, that it is likely you are not ‘natural born,’ a requirement in the Constitution for becoming President. And this is not a scandal, Mr. Obama?
What would qualify as a scandal in your view, Mr. Obama? Oh. That’s right. You have already answered that question. It’s scandalous for citizens to own guns, possess private property, keep the fruits of their labor, determine for themselves what kind of schools they prefer, select their own doctor, speak up about matters of conscience, freely exercise their religion, advocate original founding principles, or worse yet, join the Tea Party.
Allan Erickson enjoyed an 11-year career in radio, television and print journalism as a reporter, talk show host, and operations manager. He then turned to sales and marketing for a decade. Twelve years ago he started a training and recruitment company. Allan & wife Jodi have four children and live in California. He is the author of the book “The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence,” Tate Publishing, 2012. He is available to speak in churches addressing the topics of faith and freedom. To contact him, email: email@example.com
By Don Irvine
The Sunlight Foundation, which tracks government transparency, noted in its blog on Thursday that the Change.gov website that was set up by the Obama transition team in 2008 was shut down sometime last month.
Even though the transition effectively ended when Obama took office in January 2009, the Change.gov website continued to list “the materials and agenda” laid out by the administration, according to Sunlight. But no longer.
Sunlight speculates that the reason for the disappearance of the website may have to do with the promises the administration made to protect whistleblowers, which may now be more of a liability, as it has struggled to keep its promises of transparency.
The Foundation managed to dig up what used to be on the website, thanks to Internet Archives.
Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process.
No hope, no change—just a bunch of empty promises.
This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.
President Obama sought Wednesday to reassure Democrats nervous about the impact of his health care law and the prospects for immigration legislation, telling them “You’re on the right side of history.” In the first of two closed-door meetings on Capitol Hill, Obama focused on financial gains as the economy emerges from the worst downturn since the Depression. He was warned about nominating former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers as chairman of the Federal Reserve and faced questions about his health care law. Some lawmakers complained that three years after its passage, the law still baffles many Americans.
In a surprising acknowledgement of the truth, the Associated Press has reported that “Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.” The damning report, based on what the AP calls exclusive survey data, continues with “…the widening gap between rich and poor and loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend.”
Given Barack Obama’s latest “pivot” toward the problems of unemployed Americans – which by some accounts was his 19th announced such “pivot”- the AP’s swerve into the truth is encouraging.
Obama’s pious speeches emphasizing that his highest priority is rebuilding the “ladders of opportunity” aside, the AP’s reports that whites now see their futures evaporating on his watch. White Americans (who are 68% of our population) are more pessimistic today than at any time in the past 25 years, with over 60% of white Americans describing our economy as “poor.”
In a rarely seen and very stinging acknowledgement of the truth from our mainstream media, the AP reports that white insecurities and economic fears are “more pervasive than is shown in government data..” More than 75% of whites who are at or near 60 years old suffer anxiety over their financial future.
Other important findings from this “cat out of the bag” report are equally damning of Barack Obama’s fraudulent “fight for America’s [white] middle class.”
This is not to say that non-whites are free from economic worries: The AP also reports that 90% of non-whites feel themselves to be financially at risk. Nevertheless, the biggest increases in the rate of poverty by ethnic group are being experienced by whites, with 76% enduring at least some periods of joblessness or dependence on public assistance during their lifetime.
The statistics included in this report are stark refutations of Obama’s claims to be working to make our lives better. He ran on a promise to fundamentally change America, and he is fulfilling his promise. Those who voted for him and the media who lied for him are getting what they voted for. Now even his cheerleaders at the Associated Press have started to report the truth. Maybe that light at the far end of the tunnel is sunlight; but maybe it’s another truck driven by Obama. Time will tell.
The Senate roundly rejected a proposal Wednesday to redirect aid for Egypt into bridge-building projects in the U.S. after a potential Republican presidential candidate and tea party favorite challenged the Obama administration’s refusal to label the ouster of Egypt’s president a military coup. …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Fox US News
On Tuesday, the Chattanooga Times Free Press had a simple message for President Obama, who spoke there earlier in the day.
“Take your jobs plan and shove it,” said an editorial aimed directly at Obama.
The Free Press editorial board said Chattanooga, Tenn., is “one of hundreds of cities throughout this great nation struggling to succeed in spite of your foolish policies that limit job creation, stifle economic growth and suffocate the entrepreneurial spirit.”
And the editorial goes downhill from there, laying the blame directly at Obama’s feet.
“You see, we understand you are in town to share your umpteenth different job creation plan during your time in office. If it works as well as your other job creation programs, then thanks, but no thanks. We’d prefer you keep it to yourself,” the editorial added.
Read More at examiner.com . By Joe Newby.
In the fifth year of the Obama presidency, America’s middle class continues to suffer while the rich are gaining, President Barack Obama noted in a much ballyhooed speech last week before his vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, one of the hottest destinations for America’s elite. Republicans and conservatives complain the middle class is suffering because of Obama policies. Obama counters that if Republicans would just agree to implement more of his policies they could end the suffering. …read more
Source: The Christian Post
When the Obama administration and congressional Republican leadership crafted the policy of sequestration in the summer of 2011, the idea was relatively simple: Onerous budget cuts that affected the top priorities of each political party would never take place because it was in the interest of both parties to avert them.
A so-called super committee tasked with coming up with a large deficit and debt reduction proposal was supposed to dispatch with sequestration quickly. They failed. The House GOP conference passed its own bill, but it was too one-sided to pass. The end of 2012, the deadline at which sequestration would go into effect, was supposed to be another galvanizing event. But that too failed to spark action, save a short-term delay to continue talks. And eventually, this spring, sequestration was implemented.
Now, in retrospect, even the authors of sequestration concede that they oversold the willingness and ability of lawmakers to come together on a replacement. And in an interview with The New Republic, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) placed it among the biggest legislative regrets of his career.
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Huffington Post
By Damon Lowney
It’s easy to refer to the recession in 2008 as the point at which Americans started driving less, but a growing number of studies are showing that American driving peaked in 2004, The New York Times reports, and it’s hard to quantify why.
A study recently published by the University of Michigan shows that miles driven in light-duty vehicles peaked in 2004 and fell five to nine percent through 2011. Several measures were used in the study, including distances driven per person, per registered vehicle, per licensed driver and per household, according to the Times, and all of the measures have decreased since 2004. Interestingly, light-duty fleet vehicle driving peaked in 2006, and decreased from 2.8 trillion miles driven per year to 2.6 trillion miles in 2011.
“I’m reasonably confident that 2006 was a temporary peak in driving,” says Michael Sivak, a research professor at the school’s Transportation Research Institute. “I’m less confident that the peaks in the rates reached in 2004 are temporary.” Lifestyle changes, such as relocation to cities and increased telecommuting and public transit, are driving factors in Americans driving less miles, as is the aging of the driving population, Sivak says.
Micheline Maynard, former Detroit bureau chief for the New York Times, adds that young people tend “to be more infatuated with social media than with cars and driving,” and the number of teenagers earning drivers licenses has reached “recent lows.” And with gas prices high and money tight, people tend to cut cars from their lives first, says Maynard, adding that the Obama administration has improved public transit systems through aggressive financing of projects.
All of this has led to fewer vehicles on the road. Sivak found in a previous report that the number of registered light-duty vehicles peaked at 236 million in 2008 and has fallen since then to 234 million in 2011.
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Autoblog