Friday, September 20, 2013

Disgraceful them out

Close-up of the empty seats of the Democrats on the House Oversight Committee who walked out of the Benghazi hearing right before the parents of those who died in the Benghazi terrorist attack were set to testify.

And here's the names of those who did this most disgraceful of acts:

Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
Danny Davis (D-IL)
Gerald Connolly (D-VA)
Jim Cooper (D-TN)
John Tierney (D-MA)
Mark Pocan (D-WI)
Matt Cartwright (D-PA)
Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM)
Peter Welch (D-VT)
Stephen Lynch (D-MA)
Steven Horsford (D-NV)
Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
Tony Cardenas (D-CA)
William Lacy Clay (D-MO)
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)

Tea Time...

Iran President blames Israel for Middle East instability

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer

130919-rouhani-curry-4a.380;380;7;70;0.jpgThe journalist is the one in the hijab

Of course -- who else would be behind it all but the people whom the Qur'an designates as the worst enemies of the Muslims (5:82)? And Ann Curry, safely tucked inside her hijab, does not appear to have challenged his antisemitic conspiracy paranoia.

"EXCLUSIVE: Iran president blames Israel for 'instability,' calls for peace," by F. Brinley Bruton for NBC News, September 19:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blamed Israel for causing "injustice to the people" of the Middle East during an exclusive interview with NBC News in which he also called for peace, saying Iran is not "looking for war." 
Unlike his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Rouhani struck a moderate tone on many issues, but he deflected a question from NBC News' Ann Curry about whether he believed that the Holocaust was "a myth."
"I'm not a historian. I'm a politician," he replied. "What is important for us is that the countries of the region and the people grow closer to each other, and that they are able to prevent aggression and injustice."
Rouhani's comments came in his first interview with a U.S. news outlet since his June election. The interview was broadcast Thursday on TODAY.
When asked by Curry about the fact that Ahmadinejad had people believing that Iran wanted to wipe Israel off the map, Rouhani replied: "What we wish for in this country is rule by the will of the people. We believe in the ballot box."
Curry also asked Rouhani to respond to comments by Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu, who has called him a "wolf in sheep’s clothing."
Rouhani described Israel as "an occupier and usurper government" that "does injustice to the people of the region, and has brought instability to the region, with its warmongering policies."
He added Israel "shouldn't allow itself to give speeches about a democratically and freely elected government."
Netanyahu has previously hinted at the possibility of Israeli military strikes on Iran over the country's controversial nuclear program if Western sanctions and diplomacy fail.
However, Rouhani also said it was important that countries across the Middle East learn to peacefully coexist.
"We are not seeking ... and looking for war with any nations. We are seeking peace and stability among all the nations in the region," Rouhani said....

Obama And Putin Got It Wrong: Why The U.S. Is Exceptional

by / Personal Liberty Digest

Obama And Putin Got It Wrong: Why The U.S. Is Exceptional
What a wonderful brouhaha Russian President Vladimir Putin stirred up when he (or one of his PR flacks) wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times earlier this month.

Much of the piece was pretty much what you would expect from the Russian strongman and former KGB thug. He denied that Syrian president Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own citizens. “No one doubts that poisoned gas was used in Syria,” Putin wrote. “But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons.” If you buy that one, he has a bridge is Vladivostok he’d like to sell you.

And don’t assume that his remark about “powerful foreign patrons” was a sly reference to Russia’s relationship with Syria. No, no, not a bit. After all, Putin wrote: “We are not protecting the Syrian government, but international law.”

Yes, I know. It’s hard to keep from laughing out loud at some of his absurd protestations. Here’s another one: “We must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement.” Like you did in Chechnya, comrade?

But nothing stirred up more response than Putin’s parting shot. In his final paragraph, he said he disagreed with President Barack Obama’s comments regarding American exceptionalism. The Russian near-dictator had the unmitigated gall to lecture his American audience on the subject, writing: “It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation.” And he concluded: “We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”

I doubt if Putin himself believes what he wrote in that final sentence any more than our own President really believes in American exceptionalism. Oh, sure. Barack Obama has used the words a few times, such as in his address to the Nation that Putin referenced, but never with any real conviction.

Four years ago, for example, Obama answered a reporter’s inquiry on the subject by saying: “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.” Doesn’t that fill your heart with patriotic fervor?

Yes, America is exceptional. And it’s exceptional for a reason that neither Putin nor Obama will ever admit. America is unique among all the countries that have ever existed for one simple but profound reason: The United States was founded on the principle that our rights come from God, not from government.

One of the most majestic phrases in the English language is the one Thomas Jefferson included in Declaration of Independence expressing that thought. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

It was our Creator who gave us our rights — rights that are unalienable. That means they cannot be withdrawn or transferred. At least, that’s the theory. I have no doubt that the Founding Fathers would be shocked by how powerful the Federal government has become today. And dismayed at how much it encroaches on our liberties (not to mention our wallets).

By the way, the Declaration of Independence not only opened with an acknowledgement of God, it also ended with the same recognition: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of a divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Yes, this country was founded on the principle that our rights come from God — and that governments exist not to grant them, but to protect them. The Declaration also said: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

The men who drafted our Constitution worked very hard to craft a document that would limit what a central government was allowed to do. They wanted to “bind it down” with the chains of a constitution.

But even that wasn’t enough to satisfy the leaders of our new Republic, who were very aware of the lessons of history. They knew that governments, always and everywhere, tried to expand in reach and power. Even before the new Constitution was submitted to the 13 States for ratification, they added a list of Amendments, to make even more specific what the new government was not allowed to do.

The first eight Amendments in what became known as the Bill of Rights enumerate a whole list of things that the new central government cannot do. The 1st Amendment begins: “Congress shall make no law…”

And just to make sure that the people’s rights shall not be infringed, the framers added the 9th and 10th Amendments, basically saying that if they overlooked anything, government can’t do that either. They made it as clear as they could in the 10th Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

While government in this country was limited, the ability of our people to prosper was not. America became the freest, the wealthiest and the most powerful nation on Earth. It made us the hope (and the envy) of the world.

That is why the United States is exceptional — or maybe I should say why this country was exceptional. Because there is no question that our central government has become a bloated monstrosity, bearing almost no resemblance to the very limited government our Founding Fathers envisioned.

One of the charges against King George in the Declaration of Independence was: “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”

Let’s face it: Those colonists had it easy, compared to all the ways that our present government “eats out” our substance.

I wouldn’t be the first to suggest that it’s time for a new American revolution.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.
 –Chip Wood

P.S. There was one more comment in Putin’s opinion piece that merits a rebuttal. He said, “No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations.”

Wrong again, Mr. President. There are many of us who believe one of the greatest things we could do for freedom, peace and prosperity in the world is to get the U.S. out of the U.N. and the U.N. out of the U.S. And our numbers are growing every day.

Ted Cruz: Will Do 'Anything and Everything' to Defund Obamacare


Congressional Republicans struggled to tamp down a family feud Thursday as they approached a politically charged showdown with the White House that combines the threat of a government shutdown, a possible first-ever federal default and the GOP's bid to repeal the nation's three-year-old health care law. 

One day after conceding that the Democratic-controlled Senate probably would prevail on the last part, Sen. Ted Cruz still vowed to do "everything and anything possible to defund Obamacare." That includes a possible filibuster of legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown, added the Texas Republican.

That was a step further than Sen. Mike Lee of Utah — Cruz's partner in a summertime run of "Defund Obamacare" television commercials — was willing to go. President Barack Obama's health care law "is not worth causing a shutdown over," he said.

The two men spoke at a news conference with several House Republicans where lawmakers stressed they were unified and thanked Speaker John Boehner for agreeing to tie the anti-shutdown and anti-Obamacare provisions into one bill.

That bill is on track for House passage on Friday, with a Senate showdown to follow.

The House intends to move quickly next week with a separate bill to put the health care law on ice, this one a measure that also would allow the Treasury to avoid a default that could destabilize the economy.

Boehner himself sought to redirect the political fire at Obama, accusing him of being ready to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Syria but not engage with Republicans on raising the nation's debt limit, an issue that could lead to national default.

But he also got in a subtle jab at Cruz and Senate conservatives who have been clamoring for weeks for a showdown on the health care law.

"I expect my Senate colleagues to be up for the battle," he said.

The prospect is for a 10-day period of intense uncertainty, with Boehner pledging to avoid a shutdown, yet also hoping to come away with a bite out of the health care law, even if that bite is less than complete defunding.

Congressional aides pointed out during the day, for example, that if the Senate rewrites the House-passed bill to leave the health care law in place, Boehner and the rest of the House leadership could still seek further changes before passing it a second time.

For their part, the White House and majority Democrats in the Senate will be trying to protect the health care law that stands as Obama's signature domestic accomplishment — without complicating the re-election chances of senators on the 2014 ballot in swing states.

The White House intruded briefly on the Republican feud, pledging that Obama would veto any legislation that blocks the health care law from taking full effect. The defunding drive "advances a narrow ideological agenda that threatens our economy and the interests of the middle class" and would deny "millions of hard-working, middle-class families the security of affordable health coverage," it said.

The effort seeking virtual repeal of the law as part of a government funding bill gained powerful momentum over the summer when the Senate Conservatives Fund, Heritage Action and other groups with tea party ties launched a nationwide campaign.

Cruz and Lee played prominent roles, each appearing in television ads aimed at pressuring Republican lawmakers not to yield. "Republicans in Congress can stop Obamacare if they simply refuse to fund it," Lee says in one SCF-funded commercial.

On the other hand, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has urged Republicans to fund the government and prevent a default, then double back and try and work out changes to the health care law later.

In a tea party age, it is unclear how much political clout establishment groups carry with individual GOP lawmakers.

At the same time, many Republicans fear a replay of twin government shutdowns nearly two decades ago that inflicted significant damage on their party and helped resurrect then-President Bill Clinton's political fortunes.

"When it comes to shutting the government down, that is not going to succeed because people don't want a government shutdown. And they'll blame Congress. They did before," said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Another Republican, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, agreed. "I'm one who doesn't believe that a shutdown does anything except divert attention from a president and his policies, which are rightfully unpopular, to congressional incompetence," he said.

Cruz saw it differently hours earlier.

He told the National Automobile Dealers Association that the 1995-96 episode was just a "partial, temporary government shutdown" that didn't hurt Republicans politically as much as most people think and that it helped bring welfare reform in 1996 and a budget deal in 1997.

"Nobody likes that outcome. But it also wasn't the end of the world," he said of a possible shutdown.

Ironically, it was a Cruz comment that ignited anger among House conservatives on Wednesday evening.
As word spread that the House would pass legislation to fund the government and cut off money for the health care law, he issued a statement that said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "likely has the votes" to delete the health care provision. "At that point, House Republicans must stand firm, hold their ground, and continue to listen to the American people," he said.

House Republican aides said rank-and-file lawmakers on the House floor at the time vented their anger at what appeared to be a pre-emptive surrender.

Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., tweeted that Lee and Cruz "refuse to fight. Wave white flag and surrender."

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., tweeted, "Senate R's already declare defeat... before the battle even begins. So much for standing up for the American people."

America's whiner-in-chief...whines yet again
By: Diane Sori

Oh what a president we have as the blame game takes center stage...and the oh so familiar whining begins anew.

Oh what a president we have...a president who will sit down and talk with any vile despot, dictator, and terrorist group leader in the world, but heaven forbid he sits down and talks with John Boehner and the Republicans about the dreaded and unwanted ObamaCare or the looming debt ceiling crisis
Oh what a president we have...a president who protects by exemptions his cronies...his minions...and those who orbit around him...protects them from ObamaCare but sticks 'We the People' with this monstrosity.  And with a possible government shutdown hovering because of ObamaCare and the debt ceiling crisis, Obama had the audacity to accuse House Republicans of 'extortion', saying a 'faction' of lawmakers threaten to force the country into default unless he agrees to delay or defund his 'beloved' ObamaCare...complete with its death panels and medical treatment decided upon by bureaucrats and NOT by doctors.

“You have never seen in the history of the United States the debt ceiling or the threat of not raising the debt ceiling being used to extort a president…and trying to force issues that have nothing to do with the budget and have nothing to do with the debt,” Obama whined at a recent speech to a nonpartisan association of top American CEOs.

Oh what a president we have...a president who had the wind knocked out of his sails when Speaker of the House John Boehner said the House would only pass a temporary funding measure that would keep the government running but at the same time would also “defund Obamacare.” Clever Republicans who cleverly constructed the bill so that the two are tied in together and cannot be in if Obama wants to keep the government up and running ObamaCare must be sacrificed to do so.

You could hear Obama whining from miles away as he just got checkmated by a RINO.

Gotta love Boehner's maneuver...for its better Obama whining than Boehner crying.

And if Boehner's plan unfolds as planned the government will still function and ObamaCare will go it should...but as expected, yesterday afternoon Obama a whiny nails-on-a blackboard voice...that he would veto any and all defunding of his pride and joy.

Whining...the 'blame game'...the hallmark of the Obama presidency...blaming everyone but himself...whining over and over that everything is the Republicans fault....everything...even the recent Navy Yard shooting is the Republicans fault because they would NOT pass his gun-control bill.
Oh what a president we have...a president who forgets that the reason the death toll was as high as it was is because the soldiers at the Navy Yard, like soldiers on all our military bases, were stripped of their Second Amendment rights by Democrat President Bill 'Bubba' Clinton in 1993. But the in-the-pocket-for-Obama media will NEVER tell the American people that so I will...'Bubba' was one of the causes of this.  And as expected the media and the liberal gun-hating left quickly decided they have a way to capitalize on the death of 13 Americans by twisting the facts and placing blame on the 'bad' gun for the shooting...blaming the 'bad' gun, not the mentally ill yet another black individual (can I say that...I mean it is the truth and all) who shot the supposed 'bad' gun...par for the course...par for Obama's course of trying to disarm 'We the People' by any means possible.

Major whining as even blaming the 'bad' gun isn't going to work to take our guns away.

Oh what a president we have...a president who opens his BIG mouth whenever anyone dares to criticize his muslim brethren but says nary a word of condemnation when at yesterday's part two of the Benghazi hearings, the majority of Democrats on the Committee got up and left the room en-masse as they refused to listen to the heart-wrenching testimony of Patricia Smith, the mother of information officer Sean Smith, or that of Charles Woods, the father of ex-Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods.  What amounts to spitting in the face of fallen heroes by his Democratic minions and this president looks the other way and says NOTHING...says NO words of condemnation for the truth about Benghazi must be kept hidden at all costs for everything leads back to Benghazi.

Oh what  president we have...a president who sides with the enemy time and time again...NOT only sides with the enemy but funds them with our taxpayer dollars.  After his Arab Spring disaster...after his siding with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt...just look at how he now sides with the al-Qaeda backed Syrian rebels...the 'badder' of the 'bad' guys...NOT only sides with them but funds them...promotes them...makes excuses for them as he looks away as they slaughter Syrian Christians.   

But hey...blood is thicker than water and it's muslim blood that courses through Obama's veins.

Let the whining begin again as Obama is now blaming the Republicans who forced him to go to Congress for permission to bomb a county we are NOT at war with and who is NOT at war with us.  Obama whined and pouted BIG time when enemy de jour...Russia's Vladimir Putin...gained the upper hand and pulled Obama's bombs away from him...diffusing the Syrian chemical weapons least temporarily that is. And oh yes, showing Obama up for the weak ineffective 'leader from behind' that he is.

Obama is most assuredly whining about that too...emasculated by the Russian 'Bear' he has been shown..and on the world stage NO less...for the failure that he is.

And so the whining will continue on...and on...and on.