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Emails Show White House And State Department Worked With Reporter Who Leaked National Security Secrets

David Sanger

David Sanger

The Obama administration has made much about going after people who leak classified information to reports.  The Obama Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder went after the Associated Press and Fox News’ James Rosen over it.

However, emails show that both the White House and the State Department were working with a reporter who ended up leaking national security secrets while he was writing a book about the Obama administration and its policies towards Iran.

From The Daily Caller:

White House and State Department officials cooperated extensively on background with a New York Times journalist during the period that he broke confidential national security information in a series of leaks that prompted outrage from lawmakers, according to unearthed 2011 and 2012 emails.

The nonprofit organization Freedom Watch, which obtained the internal State Department emails through a Freedom of Information Act request, believes that the Obama administration carried out the leaks to bolster a tough image for itself on Iran.

Then-Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Michael Hammer and other State Department employees arranged background interviews between New York Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger and State Department officials between December 2011 and March 2012 for Sanger’s 2012 book “Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power.”

Sanger’s book included leaks of confidential national security information, including details of the computer worm Stuxnet that was used in a cyberattack against Iran. Sanger linked the worm to a U.S.-Israeli intelligence operation called “Operation Olympic Games” in a June 2012 New York Times article.

White House officials, including then-National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, began cooperating with Sanger before December 12, 2011.

$328 Billion In New Debt Added In One Day Following McConnell/Reid Deal

-1The deal reached earlier this week between Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell among other things included an unlimited increase in the nation’s debt limit until early February.  On Thursday the first day the Treasury Department could start issuing new debt following President Obama signing the McConnell/Reid deal into law $328 billion in new debt was issued pushing the nations total on budget debt to over $17 trillion.  Note we have an estimated $86 to over $100 trillion in debt in the form of unfunded liabilities for the nations entitlement programs.

The Washington Times has more:

U.S. debt jumped a record $328 billion on Thursday, the first day the federal government was able to borrow money under the deal President Obama and Congress sealed this week.

The debt now equals $17.075 trillion, according to figures the Treasury Department posted online on Friday.

The $328 billion increase shattered the previous high of $238 billion set two years ago.

The giant jump comes because the government was replenishing its stock of “extraordinary measures” — the federal funds it borrowed from over the last five months as it tried to avoid bumping into the debt ceiling.

Under the law, that replenishing happens as soon as there is new debt space.

McConnell/Reid Deal Unconstitutional

Senators Mitch McConnell(R-KY) and Harry Reid(D-NV)

Senators Mitch McConnell(R-KY) and Harry Reid(D-NV)

by C. Steven Tucker

H.R. 2775 – the UNCLEAN and UNCONSTITUTIONAL CR that TRANSFERS power to raise the debt ceiling from Congress to Barack Obama.

This should be on the FRONT PAGE of every newspaper in the nation. The pathetic Republican party just TRANSFERRED power from Congress to Barack Obama to UNILATERALLY borrow money on the CREDIT of the United States – which is what a debt ceiling increase IS.

Under Article 1 section 8 of our U.S. Constitution it states that CONGRESS and ONLY CONGRESS has the power to RAISE our debt ceiling. The latest CR – H.R. 2775 states that Barack Obama can raise the debt ceiling on his own and Congress can only vote to REJECT that debt ceiling increase. Not PROPOSE it but REJECT it. Worse yet if they REJECT his UNILATERAL debt ceiling increase he can VETO it. And we all know that in order to defeat a president veto it takes a 2/3rds majority vote. Good luck getting THAT!

This is ILLEGAL and UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

Included in this UNCLEAN CR passed BY REPUBLICANS all members of Congress and their staff will CONTINUE to receive an ILLEGALLY granted 73% taxpayer funded bail out on their Obamacare premiums. A subsidy that was NOT ALLOWED in the original PPACA – Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – a.k.a. “Obamacare”. Members of Congress were to buy their insurance inside the Obamacare exchanges and be subject to the SAME ELIGIBILITY RULES that We The People are subject to. NO SUBSIDY is granted to US if our MAGI – Modified Adjusted Gross Income – is more than $45,650 as an individual, $62,000 as a couple or $94,200 as a family of four. Members of Congress make $176,000 a year. THEY will now get a 73% taxpayer funded bail out on their premiums REGARDLESS of their income. That in ITSELF is a VIOLATION of our Constitution which provides us with EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW. That is NOT equal protection. Not even CLOSE.

Worse even YET, millions of Americans who are LOSING THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE because of Obamacare will CONTINUE to lose it and they will be FORCED to buy at least an Obamacare approved “Bronze” plan which subjects a family to $12,700 in out of pocket expenses every year and the premiums are FAR higher than what they are paying now. Most especially for those who are NOT congressmen and who make more than the aforementioned LEGALLY DEFINED income levels where there is NO subsidy granted.

Oh and Mitch McConnell got $2 billion of sweetheart PORK for Kentucky.

Read HR 2775 here: http://thehill.com/…/jan2013/finalfinalsenate.pdf

A Pox On All Their Houses

by Randi Rossi

We have just witnessed the total collapse of American values and greatness across all segments of American culture. We are $17 trillion in debt, crippling each of our children with over $50,000 of debt and roughly $200,000 of unfunded liabilities, and yet our cowardly and irresponsible politicians “kicked the can down the road” again. The people love to blame the politicians because they are such an easy target, but the blame goes far beyond them. Our horribly biased media has totally failed in its duty to educate the people with the truth. The media slandered those few Republicans that tried to stop our hemorrhage of debt as “anarchists” instead of informing the people that Democrat Harry Reid has broken the law and violated the Constitution by not passing a budget in four years. President Obama has not had a budget passed in 4 years either as he and Democrats have increased our massive debt by $5 trillion or 40% in just four years. In addition, President Obama has been the most divisive, dishonest, and destructive president in 150 years with the media’s help. And as the budget debacle went on, the media has not informed the public that Obamacare, which will control 17% of our economy, is a total and complete disaster which will dramatically increase health care costs, limit access to doctors, and “destroy the 40 hour work week and the backbone of the middle class” (union leader Jimmy Hoffa).  But the blame doesn’t stop there. None of this could happen if we had a responsible and engaged public that still believed in American values. I am afraid that we have crossed the line and 51% of Americans don’t understand the values that made our country great. A pox on all of their houses!

The Surrender Caucus Screws Us Again

Rep. Eric Cantor(left) and Speaker John Boehner(right)

Rep. Eric Cantor(left) and Speaker John Boehner(right)

In the waning days of the last Congress some 10 1/2 months ago we were in the midst of another budget battle that became known as the fiscal cliff crap sandwich.  Last time around President Obama and the Democrats used the expiration of the Bush era tax rates as a sledgehammer against House and Senate Republicans who wanted to maintain everyones tax rates.  In the end Senator Mitch McConnnell and Speaker Boehner allowed President Obama to increase taxes on the nations small business owners aka “The Rich” and we got nothing in return.

Mitch-McConnellThis time around with the partial government shutdown in effect and the nation hitting its debt limit tomorrow McConnell and Boehner have yielded the battlefield and are poised to surrender.

Instead of fighting to get Obamacare’s individual mandate delayed a year, or the elimination of the special congressional exemption/subsidy, or the revoking of the contract to the firm that built the Obamacare exchange website, let alone a full out repeal of the medical device tax that no one in Washington likes in either party, we are going to be left with a boat load of nothing in the deal McConnell and Boehner have worked out with Harry Reid and President Obama.

Fox New has more:

Senate leaders on Wednesday announced a bipartisan agreement to end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, teeing up a string of votes expected later in the day.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced the “important agreement” on the floor.

“The eyes of the world have been on Washington all this week and that is a gross understatement,” Reid said. “The compromise we reached will provide our economy with the stability it desperately needs.”

The framework on the Senate side would raise the debt ceiling through Feb. 7, and include a spending bill meant to last through Jan. 15. The plan would not include any provision relating to the ObamaCare medical device tax, as prior plans did; instead it would include a single provision meant to verify the income of those receiving ObamaCare subsidies. It would also instruct a bipartisan budget committee to report back on a broader plan by mid-December.

Fox News has this on Boehner’s side of this rotten deal:

House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that the House “absolutely” will take up the new Senate budget plan — even if he has to rely on mostly Democrats to pass it — and that he expects the partial government shutdown to end by Thursday.

Boehner made the comments in an interview with Cincinnati radio station WLW-AM.

“We fought the good fight. We just didn’t win,” he said.

Boehner spoke as the Senate was preparing to vote on a recently struck bipartisan deal to end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

Fought the good fight my ass.

Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and the rest of the moderate-liberal Republican Party establishment didn’t want to use the Continuing Resolution to fight Obamacare let alone to delay or defund it.  They have recoiled in horror at trying to tie some kind of fiscal restraint to any increase in the nation’s debt limit.  While Boehner and McConnell haven’t done so personally they have allowed the likes of John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte in the Senate and Peter King and Adam Kinzinger in the House to attack Ted Cruz and Mike Lee for daring to try and lead conservatives and Republicans into battle against Obama, Obamacare, and the reckless and fiscally irresponsible spending of the Democrats.

This fight is going to end up a loser for us because way to many Republicans in both the Senate and the House rejected the very idea of trying to fight right now.

Because of the Surrender Caucus the government is going to fully reopen and the debt limit will be raised and all we will get for it is a another deficit super committee that I promise you know will do accomplish one thing they are tasked with and a requirement that the Obama administration enforce an Obamacare rule they already waived once.

The debt limit and government shutdown fights have become real losers for those of us who believe in liberty and limited government and it is all because the GOP establishment has no spine, let alone a set of balls.

So long as Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are leading the Republicans in the House and Senate we are all screwed.

To Default Or Not To Default

Will the United States default on its debt come Thursday?

The short answer is no.

The longer answer is not unless President Obama orders Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to do so.

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As this breakdown of spending from FreedomWorks shows the federal government will take in roughly $200 billion each month in tax revenue.  That is just slightly less than the $222 billion needed to pay off all of the nation’s debt obligations for the entire fiscal year.  Therefore for each month we only need to direct $18.5 billion towards debt payments leaving more than $180 billion each month to cover the rest of the federal governments functions including Social Security, Medicare, Medicare, and the military.

As Sarah Jean Seman writes at Townhall that the federal has a, “$12 billion dollar Social Security payment due October 23 and an $18 billion dollar Medicare payment due November 1.”So between debt payments, Social Security and Medicare we have only spent $48.5 out of the $200 billion for the month.Using the numbers provided by FreedomWorks we can add $51 billion a month for the military and $26 billion for Medicaid.  That still leaves the federal government nearly $75 billion each month to pay for every other agency or entitlement program.  Clearly the government will have to make do without some things if and when the debt limit is reached but to talk about this nation defaulting as President Obama and Secretary Lew do is absurd.

After Claiming Bill To Fund Military Death Benefits “Not Necessary” President Obama Signs Bill

Five US troops killed in Afghan blastOn Thursday afternoon White House press secretary Jay Carney said that a bill passed by both the House and Senate that would restore funding for military service members death benefits was, “Not necessary”.

Fox News has more:

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney claimed the bill was “not necessary,” noting that charity group The Fisher House Foundation had just entered into an agreement with the Pentagon a day earlier to provide the benefits in the short-term.

“The legislation is not necessary,” Carney said, adding that the Defense Department has already agreed to reimburse the Fisher House.

“It does mean that we don’t need legislation,” Carney said, without explicitly saying Obama would reject the bill.

By Thursday evening President Obama changed his administrations tune and signed the bill ensuring that military death benefits continue while other parts of the government remained effect by the partial government shutdown.

Fox News has more:

President Obama signed a bill late Thursday to pay death benefits to families of fallen soldiers during the partial government shutdown.

The move came after the White House drew heavy criticism from Republicans over White House press secretary Jay Carney’s comment earlier in the day that  it was “not necessary” to sign the bill since a charity already had stepped in to foot the expenses.

The Senate approved the bill Thursday afternoon, after it cleared the House a day earlier. The bill  reinstated the $100,000 “death gratuity” payments to military families and resumed funeral and burial expenses.

The funding had been suspended as a consequence of the partial government shutdown.

Obama Cutting Aid To Egypt In Retaliation Of Ouster Of Muslim Brotherhood

540x403xobama-bitch-protesters.jpg.pagespeed.ic.eycwgbSGWuLets face facts here President Obama does and always has favored the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt despite the evidence that they were turning the country into a radical Islamic state, persecuting Coptic Christians, and may have played a role in the Benghazi attack.

Because the Egyptian people, backed by the military, ousted President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, including banning the group once again, President Obama is cutting aid to the nation out of spite.

From Fox News:

The Obama administration is withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in cash to Egypt, in addition to military aid, in response to the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi and the crackdown by the military-backed government on his supporters.

The State Department announced the decision late Wednesday afternoon, after press reports emerged that an aid cut-off was imminent.

The U.S. provides $1.5 billion in aid each year to Egypt. While the State Department did not provide a dollar amount of what was being withheld, senior Senate leadership aides shared with Fox News some of the details of a conference call with staffers from the State Department and the office of the secretary of Defense.

The U.S. is “holding” — as in not sending to Cairo — a dozen F-16s; a similar number of AH-64 Apache helicopters; four M-1/A-1 tank kits (tanks that are shipped in pieces and assembled in the receiving country); and an unspecified number of Harpoon missiles (typically an anti-ship missile).

Also, the U.S. is not proceeding with the planned transfer of $260 million in cash to the Egyptian government. However, these funds were already on hold pending the outcome of talks between the Egyptians and the International Monetary Fund.

The U.S. is also not proceeding with a $300 million loan guarantee slated as part of our foreign military financing programs.

Presidential Hissy Fit: Obama Would Sign Piecemeal Spending Bills But Won’t Because Pain Of Gov’t Shutdown Needed To Put Political Heat On GOP

Barack ObamaAt today’s press conference President Obama showed that he is throwing a hissy fit over the partial government shutdown when asked a question by CBS News’ Mark Knoller.

The Blaze has this on the exchange:

Knoller’s full question: “While you’re waiting for the shutdown to end, why is it that you can’t go along with any of the bills the House is passing? Funding the FDA and FEMA — where you were yesterday — and veterans benefits and Head Start. You have to be tempted to kind of get funding to those programs you support.”

Obama admitted that he is “tempted” to support the bills, because “you’d like to think you could solve at least some of the problems if you couldn’t solve all of it.” That’s what Republicans claim they are trying to do with the appropriations bills to restore funding to various affected programs.

 “But here’s the problem. What you’ve seen are bills that come up wherever Republicans are feeling political pressure, they put a bill forward. And if there’s no political heat, if there’s no television story on it, then nothing happens,” Obama said .”If we do some sort of shotgun approach like that, then you’ll have some programs that are highly visible get funded and re-opened, like national monuments, but things that don’t get a lot of attention, like those SBA loans not being funded.”

What a childish, immature, thing to say.

This is clearly a man-child who is not, nor ever was, ready to lead a girl scout troop let alone lead the free world.

Shutdown Stupidity: National Park Service Tries To Close Off Parts Of Atlantic Ocean

imagesReally, the National Park Service is trying to tell boat captains and fisherman in Florida that part of the Atlantic ocean is off limits because of the partial government shutdown.

I know the top people in the Obama administration are idiots but do they really think were as dumb as they are?

From Breitbart:

Just before the weekend, the National Park Service informed charter boat captains in Florida that the Florida Bay was “closed” due to the shutdown. Until government funding is restored, the fishing boats are prohibited from taking anglers into 1,100 square-miles of open ocean. Fishing is also prohibited at Biscayne National Park during the shutdown.

The Park Service will also have rangers on duty to police the ban… of access to an ocean. The government will probably use more personnel and spend more resources to attempt to close the ocean, than it would in its normal course of business.

Rep. Mo Brooks Calls Out Obama For Furloughing DOD Employees In Violation Of Pay Our Military Act He Signed

Earlier this week as the partial government shutdown began to take shape the House of Representatives and the Senate passed the Pay Our Military Act that would ensure that active duty military members, civilian DOD employees, and contractors remained on the job.  The Pay Our Military Act was signed into law by President Obama days ago.

That hasn’t stopped President Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel from sending some 400,000 Department of Defense employees home, in clear violation of the very law President Obama signed(where have I heard that one before).

Congressman Mo Brooks called out President Obama on this and insisted that he rectify this.

(h/t The Right Scoop)

Military Priest Threatened With Arrest If They Hold Sunday Mass This Week

z_military-n-mass3Of all the stupid things President Obama and his administration have done during the government shutdown this has to be the most outrageous, and that’s saying a lot given what Team Obama has done to World War II vets and the World War II memorial.

From the Daily Caller:

In a stunning development, some military priests are facing arrest if they celebrate mass or practice their faith on military bases during the federal government shutdown.

“With the government shutdown, many [government service] and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer,” wrote John Schlageter, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, in an op-ed this week. “During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.”

Because of the lack of active-duty Catholic chaplains, the military relies on hiring civilian priests to serve as government service and contract ministers. Those civilian priests are not allowed on the bases during a shutdown, Schlageter wrote.

Park Ranger Admits: “We’ve Been Told To Make Life As Difficult For People As We Can”

BVipkwMCcAALLZh-550x412President Obama, the Office of Management and Budget, and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis have been intentionally doing things during the partial government shutdown to punish the American people.

They have closed down and Barrycaded open air monuments and memorials such as the World War II memorial, the Lincoln memorial, and the Martin Luther King memorial for the first time ever during a government shutdown.

They have blocked off parts of the parking lot at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate even though it is privately owned and operated.

They have ordered states like Wisconsin to close parks(to which Gov. Scott Walker refused).

They have forced private businesses from North Carolina, to San Francisco, To Philadelphia to close.

They forced the privately operated Claude Moore Colonial Farm to close despite the fact that the farm hasn’t been a part of the federal government since 1980.

All because, as one Park Ranger told the Washington Times, “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

Every Park Ranger, or other government employee, should begin disregarding these orders by OMB, Jonathan Jarvis, and President Obama to punish the American people.

#TearDownTheseBarrycades

National Park Service Forces Private Restaurant In San Francisco To Close

Cliff-House-Restaurant_11Yet again President Obama and the National Park Service have force a private business to close because of the partial government shutdown.

They are deliberately trying to punish the American people over the shutdown.

From The Blaze:

A private San Francisco restaurant serving as a concessionaire of the National Park Service, was forced to close Wednesday night due to the federal government shutdown.

A message on the website for the Cliff House, a AAA three diamond-rated restaurant with stunning ocean and bay views, states it will “update (its) page as information is provided to us.” That’s all.

The restaurant is situated in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a park operated by the NPS. A concessionaire, according to Miriam Webster’s dictionary, is “a person or business that has been given the right to sell something on property owned by someone else : a person or business that has been given a concession.”

Its renovation from its 1909 structure is described as a “joint undertaking” by the restaurant owners, Dan and Mary Hountalas who have been its proprietors for 35 years, and the National Park Service, according to the Cliff House website

As a result of this closure, KTVU-TV reported the restaurant has had to help people find different venues for weddings and other events planned for this weekend.

NPS spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet called the restaurant’s closure “really sad” and “so counter to everything that the National Park Service does.”

Coordinators “have worked tirelessly to find them a different place not affected by the shutdown,” Picavet said.

Al Qaeda Fighters In Syria Hang Babies Head From Tree, Cut Woman In Half

AP-Image-Syria-620x413And to think Senator John McCain, congressman Adam Kinzinger, and President Obama all want to give military aid to these barbarians.

From the UK Guardian:

At dawn on 4 August their peace was shattered. Armed rebels, led by local jihadis as well as members of Jabhat al-Nusra and the al-Qaida linked group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, left their headquarters in the largely Sunni town of Salma. They sneaked into the al-Akrad mountains, taking control of five Alawite villages. The rebels called it Operation Liberation of the Coast and the aim was to send the government a message that even the Alawite heartland was no longer safe.

“The attacks started with treachery,” said Hassan, an officer in Syria’s special forces. “There was a unit of 40 troops. A Sunni defected from it and took 30 other Sunnis with him. A few days later they were part of the attack that started with the village of Hambushiya. The 10 Alawite troops left behind in the area were killed.” Hassan said he could listen to the rebel’s radio communications. “I heard a rebel telling another rebel: ‘Kill this one, but not that one’ . One rebel asked: ‘What do I do about the girls?’ The answer came: ‘I’m sending a truck to pick them up’. Several were taken and raped, and have not been seen again,” he said.

“They kidnapped Sheikh Badr Ghazal and stripped girls and the sheikh to humiliate him. The sheikh was then killed. Rebels videoed the events and we found the pictures on the mobiles of dead rebels when we retook the villages. They have not been shown on Syrian TV or media because they are too distressing.”

Shadi, a 32-year-old officer in a local defence unit that is separate from the Syrian army, was lightly wounded during the government’s counter-attack. “When we got into the village of Balouta I saw a baby’s head hanging from a tree. There was a woman’s body which had been sliced in half from head to toe and each half was hanging from separate apple trees. It made me feel I wanted to do something wild,” he recalled.

Ali, a member of the regular army, said he also saw the baby’s head. “We found two mass graves with 140 bodies. They were not shot. They had their throats slit. About 105 people of different ages were kidnapped,” he said. “It’s really scary what happened. Nobody has gone home to the villages because so much has been destroyed and many houses have been burnt. The whole area is unusable. Salafists from abroad were behind the attack.”

Obama Orders Closure Of Hundreds Of Privately Funded Parks

Veterans2With the partial federal government shutdown in effect President Obama is deliberately trying to use it as a means to punish the American people.

From Fox News:

The Obama Administration is ordering hundreds of parks that sit on federal land to close amid the government shutdown — even though they don’t use any government funding.

Operators of Claude Moore Colonial Farm in Virginia, for example, say they were shocked when the National Park Service ordered their park be shut.  That’s because it’s been 80% funded by a local non-profit for years, which agreed to take over 100% of the costs of the facility as of October 1. Still, the National Park Service spent taxpayer money to erect barricades around the park and evict everyone from the farm this week.

The same is true for the more than 100 U.S. Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas run by the Arizona-based company Recreation Resource Management.

In a letter to his congressman, RRM’s owner and president Warren Meyer writes that his parks haven’t been affected by past government shutdowns because “our operations are self-sufficient (we are fully funded by user fees at the gate), we get no federal funds, we employ no government workers on these sites, and we actually pay rent into the Treasury.”

However, Meyer says he too got orders yesterday, directly from the White House, to close up shop.

“I can only assume their intention is to artificially increase the cost of the shutdown as some sort of political ploy,” Meyer said in his letter. “The point of the shutdown is to close non-essential operations that require Federal money and manpower to stay open. So why is the White House closing private operations that require no government money to keep open and actually pay a percentage of their gate revenues back to the Treasury? We are a tenant of the U.S. Forest Service, and a tenant does not have to close his business just because his landlord goes on a vacation.”

Sarah Palin Calls For Civil Disobedience Around “Barrycades”

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

Former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin wrote the following on her Facebook page today about the partial government shutdown and the barricades being put up around the World War II memorial.

*Note a spelling error in the title has been corrected

My Call For Civil Disobedience Around The “Barrycades”

It’s beyond shameful to see Barack Obama disrespect and mistreat our World War II veterans so blatantly. Obama’s political stunt to “shut down” their memorial by barricade is to elicit an angry response to generate bad publicity for people the president uses in his continual blame game.

Don’t believe me? Look at the “barricade” at the World War I Memorial:

https://twitter.com/McCormackJohn/status/385388192465031168/photo/1

The difference is obvious. There aren’t any World War I veterans alive today to mistreat in a shameful political stunt. He’s deployed more guards to bar our World War II heroes from their memorial than he sent to Benghazi when our consulate was under attack.

The President is treating our veterans the same way he treated school kids when he cancelled their White House tours. When times called for obvious government belt-tightening, he took it out on kids rather than look for anything that would affect him personally. And while our vets are barricaded from the memorial they built with their heroism, the government “slim down” won’t affect Obama’s golf game or his family’s White House chefs.

Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress are attempting to fund the Veterans Administration and other essential functions, but Democrats are blocking them because they want to make any slim down look as awful as possible in order to deflect from what this whole slim down thing is about, which is their Obamacare train wreck.

Good Congressmen are fighting for average middle class Americans to get the same breaks that Obama gave Congress, his pals, union bosses, and crony corporations who financed his campaign and snookered the media into putting him in office.

It is a sad day when We the People have to go cap in hand to the president begging him to give us the same relief he gave his friends by fiat. Thank God we have bold leaders willing to fight for those who can’t afford to pay powerful lobbyists to make Obama and Harry Reid listen.

Want to know why this whole thing happened? Look at what Obamacare is already doing to our country with health care costs skyrocketing, workers laid off or kicked to part-time, employers shutting down projects, and debt still soaring. See the article linked below. This is what America is up against.

And Obama employees who know in your hearts and souls that punishing our veterans is wrong, know that we have your backs when you say “enough is enough” and then allow our vets to gaze upon our memorials that honor America’s finest. This simple act of civil disobedience will galvanize our nation against atrocious political games, and I promise you’ll sleep well tonight.

– Sarah Palin

Article on the consequences of Obamacare:
http://www.nationalreview.com/node/359861/print

Todd Starnes’ column today about our vets being barred from their memorial:
http://townhall.com/columnists/toddstarnes/2013/10/01/elderly-veterans-banned-from-ww-ii-memorial-n1714080

Obama deployed more guards to block World War II vets from their memorial than he sent to save our people in Benghazi:
http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/10/02/confirmed-obama-admin-deployed-more-guards-at-the-wwii-memorial-than-benghazi/

War On Coal: EPA Issues New Regulation That Effectively Bans New Coal Fired Power Plants

stop-war-on-coal-fire-obamaToday the Environmental Protection Agency made official a new regulation under the Clean Air Act that would have the effect of banning any new coal fired power plant from being built in the country.

Ben Howe has more at RedState:

Now, of course, the regulation will not actually say “no one may ever again construct a power plant that burns coal to produce electricity anywhere in the United States of America.” Instead, it will just say you can’t build anything in future that emits more than a certain amount of greenhouse gas and then set a really low number that is commercially untenable as the relevant highest amount that can be emitted in order for a plant to be legally constructed.

From the Wall Street Journal:

But a person who has seen a recent version of the revised rule said it would propose an emissions limit of 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour for coal plants and 1,000 pounds per megawatt hour for large gas-fired plants. Last year’s version was only slightly different, setting a 1,000-pound limit for both types of plants.  

[…]

The person and others briefed on the rule said such stringent limits would ban new coal plants, which generally release about twice as much carbon dioxide as the proposed limits. Even the newest, most advanced coal-fired power plants in the world would fall far short of that revised standard, they said.

The only way coal plants could comply is to capture carbon-dioxide emissions and stick them underground—a costly process that hasn’t been demonstrated at commercial scale before. 

“This shows the administration discounts and does not appreciate the value of coal and how it can serve the country. You’re impairing the backbone of the power grid,” said Hal Quinn, chief executive of the National Mining Association, an industry trade group. 

[…]

Utilities and manufacturers also worry the new rules could lead to an electricity supply crunch or rising prices for consumers. “For the first time ever, EPA is becoming a regulator of energy. The rule they’re putting out there is going to force choices as to which energy you use, and that’s a very disturbing concept for manufacturers, for businesses, for anybody that has to comply with these laws,” said Ross Eisenberg, the vice president for energy policy at the National Association of Manufacturers, a trade group.

Speaking today at the National Press Club EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said of the new regulation:

“Now we know…that our standards, rather than doing damage, can actually promote an industry sector to grow,” McCarthy said. “And what we did here in this proposal was we worked strongly with the utilities to understand what technologies are available; we will work with them over the comment period (all proposed regulations come with a comment period) so they understand what type of Carbon Capture and Sequestration (technology) will be necessary and at what level…but it’s going to get them prepared as time goes on to be competitive in a carbon-constrained world.”

McCarthy said the EPA’s intention is to regulate pollution by understanding what kind of reductions are “achievable,” and “without doing significant damage to the companies that we’re regulating.”

She hailed the “wonderful cost-benefit analysis” EPA has done — so the American people “can understand the impacts of our rule, from the public health protection to the costs associated with it.

“And in this case, we think we have done exactly the right job in looking at what the science and the data tells us, and again, to make a sensible, reasonable step forward to address what is essentially one of the greatest public health challenges of our time.”

What a load of crock.  This new reg from the EPA is going to have a detrimental impact on energy production in this country.  Electricity rates are going to go up.  And we can forget about any new coal fired power plants being built considering the EPA and President Obama have managed to force dozens of existing coal fired plants to shut down.

All in the name of the hoax that is global warming.

By the way CO2, aka carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, it is the stuff you exhale every time you take a breath.

Pat Smith: Obama, Biden, And Clinton Lied To Me About Benghazi

Pat Smith the mother of State Department employee Sean Smith, who was killed during the Benghazi terrorist attack, testified today before a House committee hearing about the incident.  During her testimony Smith said that President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others lied to her about what happened when her sons coffin arrived in the US from Libya.

Syriaously The Syria Situation Has Devolved Into A Cluster-Fuck

137849301488The situation in Syria is best described as being a cluster-fuck.  First President Obama was going to bomb Assad and his regime as punishment for probably using chemical weapons in late August.  Then the bombing was to commence once Congress voted to authorize it.  However, the American people and Congress were dead set against any American military intervention in the more than two-year old Syria civil war and any vote in Congress was likely to go against President Obama.  Then there was talk that the administration would launch cruise missiles and air strikes against Syria with or without congressional approval.

Then Secretary of State John Kerry committed a gaffe, as confirmed by the State Department minutes after Kerry opened his mouth, saying that Assad could avoid being bombed if he gave up his chemical weapons.  Then Kerry’s gaffe turned into a brilliant piece of diplomatic maneuvering when the Russians and Assad agreed to Kerry’s idea.  And now the US and Russia have hammered out a deal in which Assad gets to turn over his chemical weapons to the “international community” with zero mention of any possible consequences should he(and the Russians) fail to comply.

Like I said this whole situation in Syria is one giant cluster-fuck.

If all of that wasn’t enough President Obama this week waived a law that prohibited the transfer of weapons to terrorist because there was no other way to get weapons that President Obama and Senator John McCain want the Syrian rebels to have into their hands.

Why is that?

Because the Syrian rebels are festering with fighters who have sworn allegiance to Al Qaeda or are otherwise affiliated with radical Islamic terrorist groups.

IHS Jane’s has estimated that half(or more) of the fighters in the coalition called the Syrian rebels are either full-throated Jihadist or militant Islamist.

The new study by IHS Jane’s, a defence consultancy, estimates there are around 10,000 jihadists – who would include foreign fighters – fighting for powerful factions linked to al-Qaeda..

Another 30,000 to 35,000 are hardline Islamists who share much of the outlook of the jihadists, but are focused purely on the Syrian war rather than a wider international struggle.

There are also at least a further 30,000 moderates belonging to groups that have an Islamic character, meaning only a small minority of the rebels are linked to secular or purely nationalist groups.

Naturally the fact that the Syrian rebels are nothing more than Islamic terrorist isn’t deterring Senator John McCain.

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain hotly disputed a study claiming that at least half of Syria’s rebels are radical jihadis, repeatedly exclaiming “Not true, not true!”

“Frankly, I just disagree,” McCain told the Council on Foreign Relations audience, challenging the contention by defense consultancy IHS Jane’s that “the insurgency is now dominated by groups with at least an Islamist viewpoint of the conflict.”

“There’s about 70 percent still who are Free Syrian Army,” McCain said, flipping on its head the consulting firm’s research showing that just 30 percent are fighting for secular values.

Senator McCain’s moderate Syrian rebels in recent days lost control of a Turkish border town to Al Qaeda.

Fighters linked to al-Qaeda have overrun a Syrian town near the border with Turkey after fighting broke out with units of the anti-government Free Syrian Army, opposition activists say.

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Wednesday stormed the town of Azaz, 5km from the Syrian-Turkish border, and killed at least five FSA members, the activists said, adding 100 people were taken captive.

When this cluster-fuck that is Syria isn’t on the brink of drawing Turkey into the fighting the Islamist inside the Syrian rebel forces are carrying out suicide bombings(h/t Weasel Zippers).

When the guys McCain and Obama are trying to arm, and help via bombing Assad, aren’t doing suicide bombings they are beheading people.

UK Daily Mail-Horrific footage shows Syrian Helicopter pilot who was shot down by Turkish forces and then beheaded by rebels

Gateway Pundit-Horror! Syrian rebels behead Pro-Gov’t Prisoners In Front Of Children

Human Rights-Syrian rebels use child to behead a prisoner

And when the rebels aren’t doing that they are engaged in an ethnic cleansing of Christians.

From Stars and Stripes:

Syrian rebels, who are mostly Sunni Muslims, have repeatedly shelled Christian neighborhoods in the city, including Kasaa, with its wide avenues, apartment blocks and leafy parks. The opposition Free Syrian Army claims it strikes only government targets, but constant shelling of the civilian quarter suggests otherwise.

Over the past year, many Christians have fled the neighborhood, moving to other areas of the capital or into neighboring Lebanon. Some who remain say they fear the rebels are aiming to achieve “ethnic cleansing” — the policy of eliminating unwanted ethnic or religious groups by terror that gained international notoriety during the Bosnian war 20 years ago.

Many Syrian Christians say they fear becoming victims of the same kind of targeted anti-Christian violence that resulted from the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. This persecution, known here as the “American solution,” caused a massive exodus — of the 1.5 million Christians who lived in Iraq in 2000, less than 300,000 remain today.

“The terrorists are trying to push the Christians out of this area,” said Isan Bahri, the 44-year-old owner of a mechanical shop in the Kasaa district of eastern Damascus that the rebels have been trying to capture. “They are not shooting at the army, they are intentionally aiming for civilians.”

The attacks fit an emerging pattern where fighters of the Free Syrian Army, and other jihadist elements, have targeted civilian members of Syria’s various minority groups — primarily Alawites who traditionally supported the government of President Bashar al-Assad, himself an Alawite. But other groups, including the Kurds, Druze and Christians, who together with the Alawites make up a quarter of Syria’s 22.5 million people, are also seen as supportive of the secular government and therefore viewed as enemies. This week, some 30,000 Syrian Kurds fled into Iraq’s Kurdistan region saying they were being killed by jihadists targeting the minority.

Make no mistake Bashir al-Assad is a bad guy.  For years he has been a state sponsor of terrorism and an ally of the Iranians.  Assad is also closely aligned with the terrorist group Hezbollah to the point that its fighters have joined with his military to combat the Al Qaeda infested rebels.

What’s even more troubling are reports that Assad has been moving some of his chemical weapons into the hands of Hezbollah for safe keeping in Lebanon in advance of this deal worked out between President Obama and Secretary Kerry and the Russians.

The Jerusalem Post has more on that:

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces are smuggling chemical weapons to Hezbollah hidden in trucks carrying vegetables in order to escape international chemical inspection, Syrian opposition member Dr. Kamal Labwani told Saudi newspaper Al Watan on Monday.

The chemical arms are set to be stored in Hezbollah-controlled mountain areas of Lebanon, where it will be difficult to find and monitor them.

Syria has also been able to smuggle the bulk of its chemical arsenal to Russian warships stationed off the coast of Syria, Labwani said.

On Sunday, Lebanese daily Al-Mustaqbal reported Syria has moved 20 trucks worth of equipment and material used for the manufacturing of chemical weapons into Iraq, but Baghdad has denied allegations that it is helping the Syrian government conceal chemical stockpiles.

The report came just a day after the United States and Russia struck a deal stipulating that the Assad regime would destroy its chemical arsenal to avert an American military assault.

To top off this cluster-fuck it should be noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government have been giving arms and other support to Assad for many years now and continues to do so even after the chemical weapon attack on civilians nearly a month ago.

Good Lord Almighty has this thing turned into a giant mess. A mess that the United States has no business getting itself into.

This deal with Assad and the Russians will never be complied with.

Obama will never get congressional, let alone international, support to attack Syria anytime soon.

And all the while terrorist are fighting terrorist with Syria’s civilians and ethnic and religious minorities caught in the middle.

If anyone in Syria needs to be given arms or support in Syria it is the Christians there.