In a bit called Blazing Tattles, The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart spent 7 minutes Thursday night lampooning the ways some people who blow the whistle on multi-billion dollar rip-offs are treated to huge payouts, such as in the JP Morgan Chase and Countrywide cases.
As Stewart noted:
In American finance, snitches don’t get stitches. Snitches get riches, bitches.
But then, as Talking Points Memo writes, he turned more serious and called attention to the government snitches who, instead of being treated like heroes for calling out government waste, are instead being charged with spying:
Of the eleven times in our entire history that the Espionage Act has been used against government workers sharing information with journalists, seven of them have been under this presidency.
President Obama has prosecuted government workers for talking to journalists more than all other presidents combined, according to CNN.
While the most notorious cases are Ed Snowden and Bradley Mannning, Pro Publica reported in 2013 President Obama has gone beyond other presidents in going after reporters, such as in the AP wiretap case and spying on James Rosen of Fox News.
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She was Hawaii’s golden girl after winning a seat in Congress with support from top liberal groups, but now that Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been critical of President Obama, her political reputation in the bluest of blue states is taking a hit.
That isn’t stopping the twice-deployed 33-year-old Army veteran from continuing to challenge the president, her home state’s favorite son, over his refusal to identify terror groups like the Islamic State as driven by “radical Islam.”
“Every soldier knows this simple fact: If you don’t know your enemy, you will not be able to defeat him,” Gabbard told FoxNews.com. “Our leaders must clearly identify the enemy as Islamist extremists, understand the ideology that is motivating them and attracting new recruits, and focus on defeating that enemy both militarily and ideologically.”
Gabbard has been hitting this message for weeks now, putting her at odds with many in her party who toe the line that the Islamic State should not be associated with Islam.
“Every soldier knows this simple fact: If you don’t know your enemy, you will not be able to defeat him.”
– Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii
Gabbard called “mind-boggling” Obama’s refusal to associate ISIS with the Muslim religion, even though the terrorist army is emphatic it is enforcing a strict interpretation of Islam.
“[Obama] is completely missing the point of this radical Islamic ideology that’s fueling these people,” she said
The Army veteran has encountered rough political surf since challenging President Obama.
Her comments have stunned political experts in her home state.
“It is very, very unusual for a junior member in the president’s own party to criticize him,” said Colin Moore, assistant professor at the University of Hawaii Department of Political Science. “Especially for someone considered a rising star in the party. This is a serious gamble for her.”
Michael W. Perry, of Hawaii’s most popular KSSK Radio’s “Perry & Price Show,” said that “while Gabbard is correct in her ’emperor has no clothes’ moment, she may have lost her future seat on Hawaii’s political bench.” He said she’s committed “a mortal sin” by challenging Obama, and “now the knives are out.”
For now, she’s taking her hits in the media.
The editorial board of the online political news journal Civil Beat, owned by eBay Founder Pierre Omiydar, said “the bright-red Right” is promoting her criticism but she is not “presenting serious policy arguments.”
“One wonders where Gabbard is going with this. Sure, the Iraq war veteran and rising political star is achieving national prominence in a high-profile discussion. But at what cost?” the editorial board wrote, saying her comments could be dismissed “as pandering from a young pol with lofty ambitions.”
Bob Jones, columnist for the Oahu-based Midweek, wrote a scathing piece suggesting Gabbard should be challenged in 2016. “I take serious issue when somebody who’s done a little non-fighting time in Iraq, and is not a Middle East or Islamic scholar, claims to know better than our President and Secretary of State how to fathom the motivations of terrorists, or how to refer to them beyond the term that best describes them — terrorists,” Jones said.
Gabbard acknowledges the political risks. “I’m not naïve,” Gabbard said. “It could hurt me politically, but I don’t worry about it because that’s not what I care about. … Our national security and the future of our country is infinitely more important than partisan politics or my personal political future.”
FINALLYY!!!!…….heads are going to roll and people ( Commissioner John Koskinen ) are going to PRISON FOR A LONG TIME! why hasn’t “Special Prosecutors” been assigned to the IRS, Benghazi and the VA……PapaMikeT
The IRS Conservative Targeting Scandal included:
Hundreds of conservative groups were targeted
At least 5 pro-Israel groups
Groups that criticized Obama administration
At least two pro-life groups
An 83 year-old Nazi concentration camp survivor
A 180 year-old Baptist paper
A Texas voting-rights group
A Hollywood conservative group was targeted and harassed
Conservative activists and businesses
At least one conservative Hispanic group
IRS continued to target groups even after the scandal was exposed 10% of Tea Party donors were audited by the IRS
And… 100% of the 501(c)(4) Groups Audited by IRS Were Conservative
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen refused to apologize after he admitted the agency had lost all of Lois Lerner’s emails and had trashed her hard drive.
But they weren’t lost…
The IRS’s inspector general has launched a criminal investigation after 32,744 lost emails were recovered by congressional investigators.
The Washington Times reported:
The IRS’s inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner’s emails disappeared, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency’s chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed.
Investigators have already scoured 744 backup tapes and gleaned 32,774 unique emails, but just two weeks ago they found an additional 424 tapes that could contain even more Lerner emails, Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told the House Oversight Committee in a rare late-night hearing meant to look into the status of the investigation.
“There is potential criminal activity,” Mr. Camus said.
He said they have also discovered the hard drives from the IRS’s email servers, but said because the drives are out of synch it’s not clear whether they will be able to recover anything from them.
“To date we have found 32,744 unique emails that were backed up from Lois Lerner’s email box. We are in the process of comparing these emails to what the IRS has already produced to Congress to determine if we did in fact recover any new emails,” Mr. Camus said.
Hattie: Wine is not the only drink that’s good for you..
Reporter: “Can you give us some health tips for reaching the age of 101?”
Hattie: “For better digestion I drink beer. In the case of appetite loss I drink white wine. For low blood pressure I drink red wine. In the case of high blood pressure I drink scotch. And when I have a cold I drink schnapps.”
President Obama warned workers at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: implement executive amnesty, or else. He made the comments in a town hall event on immigration on MSNBC.
According to the White House pool report, President Obama was asked for reassurance that people wouldn’t be deported as the legal battle over the executive amnesty plays out in the courts.
“Until we pass a law through Congress, the executive actions we’ve taken are not going to be permanent; they are temporary. There are going to be some jurisdictions and there may be individual ICE official or Border Control agent not paying attention to our new directives. But they’re going to be answerable to the head of Homeland Security because he’s been very clear about what our priorities will be,” Obama said, according to a partial transcript provided by the pool reporter.
If Hussein Obama had his way he would just open our Southern borders to everyone then no one would ever be DEPORTED!….PapaMikeT
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So the federal court just granted an injunction preventing Obama from ignoring the law and going ahead with amnesty, but he personally is guaranteeing that his regime will skirt the law in place, as well as flouting the judge’s recent ruling….
Via NY Post:
President Obama was grilled Wednesday by anxious immigrants concerned about the fate of their undocumented relatives after a court ruling and a clash with Congress have left them in the lurch.
Fielding questions at a town hall meeting in Miami, Obama reassured a young veteran wounded in Afghanistan who was worried that his mom would get deported.
“I’m confident that your mother qualified under the executive action I have put forward [not to be deported],” Obama told the vet, Eric Naravayas.
“There has to be some kinda gray area for a situation like this ‘cause I — I put in a lot of time and I love this country,” Naravayas said.
Immigration activist Erica Andiola, whose mom could be deported, asked, “What’s going to happen to my family? Given the fact that immigration reform, it’s not going to happen anytime soon and we know that because of the politics in Congress. What’s gonna happen in the meantime when my mom — and my family if immigration enforcement comes to my house once again?”
Obama said, “We’re still going to make sure your mom is not prioritized for enforcement. She should feel confident about that. I want her to feel confident about that short-term. Long-term, we need to get a path to citizenship.”
Obama issued executive actions to stop deportations of an estimated 4 million illegal immigrants after failing to get a bill through the GOP House.
Amid the chaos of the two, 2014 headline-grabbing stories about the deaths of black men at the hands of a police officer, one man was ever-present.
It seemed that wherever the controversy was, so was Al Sharpton.
The people Sharpton and his National Action Network (NAN) claim to be helping have some pretty specific opinions about the ordained minister, a secretly-filmed video suggests.
James O’Keefe and his staff at Project Veritas posed as activists and approached family members of Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin, community religious leaders, and people involved with the Martin foundation, just to see what they really thought about Sharpton, the New York Post reports.
When a reporter spoke with Erica Snipes, the oldest daughter of Eric Garner, she didn’t have many good things to say:
“He’s about this,” Snipes replies, rubbing her fingers together.
“He’s about money with you?” the undercover asks.
“Yeah,” Snipes responds.
When Snipes was passing out information in the street about her father’s case, a NAN director “attacked” her for not putting the network’s logo on the fliers, she said.
“She started attacking me. ‘Oh, I see that you got this flier out, how come you didn’t add the logo?’ ’’ Snipes said. …
“Al Sharpton paid for the funeral. She’s trying to make me feel like I owe them,” she adds.
Religious leaders in Ferguson agree with Snipes’ opinion, saying the Reverend “exploited” the case for his own profit:
“I think that as he came into the community, rather than trying to establish a common conversation, it was more of a baiting situation, to where he was divisive of people. Instead of bringing us together, I think he was drawing us apart.”
When the New York Post questioned Snipes about her comments, she denied ever making them.
Sharpton later told the paper that he was not “exploiting” her and her family – in fact, quite the opposite. He said Project Veritas was “exploiting” Snipes:
“They’re splicing and dicing stuff together. It was a distortion. Erica is a sincere victim. She was not trying to infer anything with me,” Sharpton said of the secret recording.
Other people featured in the video now claim to have been “entrapped” by the Project Veritas journalists.
But is it possible that what’s really happening is that they just don’t want to cross the Reverend Sharpton?
France, Belgium and now even liberal Denmark regret letting in so many immigrants from Muslim countries. Their swelling Islamic communities have become breeding grounds for terrorists. So why is the U.S. opening the floodgates to foreign Muslims AND SHARIA LAW! Why the hell has OBAMA not been IMPEACHED. I say we take a vote and if AMERICA AGREES THAT ISLAM AND ISIS ARE ONE AND THE SAME THEN WE IMPEACH OBAMA AND ERIC HOLDER THEN PUT THEM BOTH BEHIND BARS WHERE THEY BELONG….Rudy Giuliani should have included Holder when he questioned Obama’s patriotism……PapaMikeT
The threat Muslim immigrants pose to homeland security was not addressed during the White House’s three-day summit on terrorism.
Instead, Vice President Joe Biden assured Muslim groups gathered during one session that the “wave” of Muslim immigration is “not going to stop.”
Wave? More like a tsunami.
Between 2010 and 2013, the Obama administration imported almost 300,000 new immigrants from Muslim nations — more immigrants than the U.S. let in from Central America and Mexico combined over that period.
This is a sea change in immigration flows, and it threatens national security.
Many of the recent Muslim immigrants are from terrorist hot spots like Iraq, where the Islamic State operates. From 2010-2013, Obama ushered in 41,094 Iraqi nationals from there.
Now the State Department says it will quadruple the number of refugees brought here from Syria, where ISIS headquartered…
Terrorism should be the least of their worries. What I’m worried about is the loss of the American way of life. Also from the same article:
If you think this huge influx of foreign Muslims will assimilate and adopt Western values, you haven’t been to Alexandria, Va., or Dearborn, Mich., or Minneapolis recently.
They resemble little Cairos, with their Arabic store signage, halal butchers, hookah bars and even blaring calls to prayer from mosque minarets.
Everywhere they go they want to implement sharia law and not only do they expect to be allowed to abide by it, they want us to live under it as well.
What a long, strange trip it’s been for pot legalization in Colorado
First, the law came under fire last year for not protecting youth as scores of children were taken to emergency rooms after ingesting their parents’ pot edibles.
Just a few days ago, nine former heads of the Drug Enforcement Administration — both Republican and Democrat — signed onto an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Colorado’s legalization of marijuana citing numerous public safety concerns.Now, Colorado health professionals are coming forward to report an emerging trend: expectant mothers who are addicted to pot.
The emerging health crisis is creating what is undoubtedly our generation’s version of 1980s “crack babies.”
Health practitioners specializing in the field of Obstetrics & Gynecology spoke to me on condition of anonymity to report an alarming rise in pregnant patients showing up in emergency rooms and doctors’ offices and presenting mysterious complications including abdominal pains, cold sweats, shakiness, insomnia, weight loss and a host of psychological problems.
According to the physicians, as routine pot smokers cease consumption of marijuana upon learning they are pregnant, it can lead to violent or painful withdrawal from tetrahydrocannabinol — also known as THC — the addictive substance found in marijuana.
The emerging situation is not unlike babies who are addicted to crack.
Physicians say the exact cause and treatment of symptoms are initially difficult to pinpoint as patients either don’t admit to prior pot use, or aren’t aware that weeks-old or even months-old marijuana consumption can remain in the body and cause such withdrawals, thus affecting children in the womb.
While the physicians in Colorado commend pot users for refraining from the use of marijuana during pregnancy, they regret to inform the patient that it is the first step in a potentially long battle.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, the presence of THC in fetuses can lead to impairment of fetus growth and low birth weight.
The March of Dimes reports that the presence of marijuana can lead to premature birth. It can also create problems with brain development which may later affect a child’s “behavior, memory, problem-solving skills and ability to pay attention.” It can also create neonatal abstinence syndrome, in which a baby gets addicted to a drug before birth “then goes through withdrawal after birth.”
This week, Little Caesars announced a bacon pizza. That in itself isn’t terribly new, but the approach is: The sides of the deep-dish pizza are wrapped in bacon. Three and a half feet of it, according to a news release from the company.
“Roses are red, bacon is good, rhyming is hard … mmmm, bacon.”
Actress Stacey Dash says Hollywood snubbed the smash hit “American Sniper” at the Oscars because of Clint Eastwood’s speech at the RNC.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck: How pervasive are politics in Hollywood right where we can’t even watch the Oscars? Everybody has their freedom of speech but you would think there would be some who feel a different way now. Are there some being silenced?
Stacey Dash: Oh yeah, being silenced. And I think they are so chummy with this administration. They love it so much…
Brian Kilmeade: But, let me ask you something. Clint Eastwood, 84 years old does the American sniper. Now, it seems Hollywood liked “The Hurt Locker.” They liked “Lone Survivor.” What’s the problem? Was Clint Eastwood the problem with American Sniper” do you think because he was at the RNC talking to the chair?
Stacey Dash: Probably. I would say probably. Which is so sad. It’s Clint Eastwood. And that film was the most beautiful film I’ve seen in a very long time.
American Sniper has earned around $320 million domestic and crossed the $400m mark at the worldwide box office by Oscar night on Sunday. The movie is the eighth-biggest grossing Best Picture nominee of all-time, ahead of The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring ($313m) and Forrest Gump ($329m).
Politically active 12-year-old student C.J. Pearson recorded a Youtube video and released it in answer to the controversial question: ‘President Obama: Do You Really Love America?”
“Here’s the truth of the matter: I don’t want to be politically correct. I don’t care about being politically correct at this point,” Pearson begins and lives up to that billing. He continues:
“President Obama, You don’t love America. If you really did love America, you would call ISIS what it really is: an assault on Christianity, an assault on America and downright hate for the American values that our country holds. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion and every single thing that our country stands for.”
“I hope that one day people will get enough guts to speak out against your downright hatred for this nation.”
In 2008 then Senator Obama called President Bush “unpatriotic” for adding trillions to the national debt. Bush added about four trillion to the debt in eight years after the 9-11 attacks and mortgage crisis. Barack Obama then added the same amount of debt in less than three years.
Via Flopping Aces:
You certainly didn’t hear any reporters lecturing Obama for his uncivil rhetoric after that outrageous attack.
This week former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani accused President Obama of not loving America. He promptly received death threats. The Obama White House said Giuliani’s comments were “horrible.”
The secretary of Homeland Security on Sunday warned shoppers at Minnesota’s Mall of America and similar venues to be vigilant in the wake of new terrorist threats.
“I’m not telling people to not go to the mall,” Secretary Jeh Johnson said on NBC’s Meet The Press. “I think that there needs to be an awareness.”
He also said, “I’m saying that the public needs to be particularly vigilant.”
Mall of America says it has heightened security after a video threatening a terror attack was apparently released by a Somali militant group with ties to al-Qaeda. The group, al-Shabaab, previously took responsibility for the 2013 attack at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, that left more than 60 people dead.
SOURCE: Knuckledraggin My Life Away
“Remain particularly vigilant”? What good is that going to do when DHS and the government continually keeps trying to disarm us? What the fuck are we supposed to do – alert a $10 an hour unarmed security guard to protect us from attack or a bomb?
Besides, who in the fuck would send advance warning about an impending attack against a specific target? If they really wanted to terrorize the American people, they’d attack several small malls all across the country at the same time to send the message that Americans are not safe anywhere.
This is a speech Rudy Giuliani gave on February 13 before a group of folks who fled Iranian persecution, hence the focus on Iran. He pulls no punches and minces no words, and he has no compunction against calling Obama out.
He was criticized earlier for his words about Obama, and he still is not backing down from them.
Via NY Post:
Rudy is doubling down.
Former mayor Rudy Giuliani acknowledged his speech criticizing President Obama’s patriotism last week “hit a nerve” but went even further Sunday denouncing the president’s foreign policy agenda.
“I said it maybe 30 times before but somehow this time it hit a nerve, maybe because the president is on such defense for his unwillingness to face Islamic terrorism,” Giuliani told John Catsimatidis on 970 AM The Answer.
“We need a American president more like Ronald Reagan who gave us a sense of optimism,” said Giuliani. “There’s something about his unwillingness to talk about Islamic extremist Muslims that is not only wrong, it is becoming very dangerous.”
Giuliani said Wednesday that he did not believe President Obama “loves America.”