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It’s as if CNN was putting new correspondent Jay Carney through an initiation process.

Following the President’s remarks on the situation in Iraq and Syria and his plans to combat the growing threat of the ISIS terrorist organization, CNN host Anderson Cooper had Obama’s former Press Secretary on air to discuss the proposed plans with Senator John McCain.

The veteran GOP Senator came out swinging, and didn’t let up until the very end. Every time Carney insisted that the two should “agree to disagree,” McCain came back with different versions of “facts are pesky things.”

Live TV is a very different game than the orchestrated and (at most times) agreeable setting of the White House press briefing room. Carney was just baptized by fire, courtesy of the Maverick.

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This is an amazing, unplanned performance from a well spoken Marine — Staff Sergeant Dean… I’d have him in my corner any day.

September 11th, 2001… We all know what we were doing during that fateful day. We all know where we were when we heard the unthinkable news. For the first time since Pearl Harbor, America was under attack. Thousands of our countrymen lost their lives, and the image of so many Americans choosing death as the leapt from those burning towers will be forever burned in our memory. The sounds of twisting metal, the smell of sulfur, gasoline, and smoke… The sounds of falling bodies slapping the ground before the thunderous crashing of those magnificent buildings… And then what?

What did they take from us? What did the cowardice bastards who hijacked those planes and killed so many Christians, Muslims, Jews, and every other faith actually take from us? Our stock market? Our economy? Our way of life? No…. The thousands of innocent people who lost their lives that day are still mourned and missed by family and friends, and the thousands more who have perished in foreign sands fighting for our country are still cherished by all who knew them. So what did they take from us?

September 12th, 2001…. The aftermath and implications of the previous day’s events began to sink in throughout America. We all knew that there was more violence to come. We all knew that the world would never be the same. However- we also knew that we were not the same as we were just two days before. In the following days after 9/11, we weren’t blacks and whites. We weren’t Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, pro-life or pro-choice. We were Americans. There was a sense of American pride in the coming days after those tragic acts that I haven’t experienced during any other period of my lifetime. The National Anthem at ball games left people weeping who previously wouldn’t have thought twice about it. We were Americans.

All these years later, racial tension is at an all-time high in America. Political parties have become more polarized than they’ve been in a century. Religions that preach peace seem to spew intolerance toward one another because they call God by different names. America is more segmented and fractured than at any point I can remember. How quickly we forget. How quickly we lose focus. How quickly we lost our American pride.

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As a result of a Freedom of Information Act filing by the legal watchdog group Judicial Watch, it was discovered that that there was a “secret research project” dedicated to the donor lists of these various groups. The mention of the project was contained in an email thread back-and-forth between a technical advisor, Lois Lerner’s direct subordinate, and another official.

The emails clearly show that the agency was aware that the vast majority of the groups targeted were conservative. A technical advisor to Lerner sent this in a thread:

Of the 199 (c)(4) cases, approximately 3/4 appear to be conservative leaning while fewer than 10 appear to be liberal/progressive leaning groups based solely on the name. The remainder do not obviously lean to either side of the political spectrum.

The emails utterly disprove Lerner’s testimony that the scandal was merely the result of “low-level employees in Cincinnati.” Three different emails, one from an IRS attorney and two from Lerner herself, clearly state that no applications should be approved or denied without express approval from Washington, D.C. The strongest statement was from attorney Michael Seton, in an email sent to Lerner, defining the steps that must be taken:

Please inform the reviewers and staff in your groups that before issuing any favorable or initial denial rulings on any cases with advocacy issues, the reviewers must notify me and you [Lerner and other senior IRS staffers] via e -mail and get our approval. No favorable or initial denial rulings can be issued without your and my approval.

In a formal report from IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to the Congressional committees involved, the IRS said that five more individuals‘ computers “had hard drive issues that resulted in a probably loss of emails during portions of the four-year-period.”

The IRS said that the lost emails do not raise any red flags, although without access to them, of course, it is impossible to verify that statement. There is no mention of whether they are actually lost or merely “too hard to go get,” as they asserted about former tax exempt head Lois Lerner’s emails.

In addition to the acknowledged unfair treatment of conservative groups, Republicans charge that the IRS engaged in a cover-up of their politicized activities. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the committee chairman for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, called for a special prosecutor to evaluate this most recent revelation and said this:

The IRS’s ever-changing story is practically impossible to follow at this point, as they modify it each time to accommodate new facts.

At this point, it is stunningly obvious that the IRS was completely aware of its blatant targeting of conservative groups. The same goes for its attempts to revise history in the face of Congressional questioning.

In this context, the President’s assertion of there being “not even a smidgen of corruption” is only correct if by “not a smidgen” he meant “there is a a boatload.” As to whether anything will actually come about from these investigations, that depends on the will of the American people to put a halt to the IRS’ flagrant abuse of power.

 

Via HERE

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On Thursday’s The Kelly File, Megyn Kelly aired what she termed a “frighteningly accurate” 2007 prediction by President Bush about Iraq, if U.S forces were withdrawn before “our commanders tell us we are ready”:

“[It] would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al Qaeda. It  would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale.

It would mean we’d allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan.

It would mean increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.”

Of course, as history will record, President Obama did just that in 2011; he ordered a complete withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Iraq – against the advice of his military commanders. So how frighteningly accurate were Bush’s predictions?

  • While George Bush could not have foreseen the rise of ISIS in 2007, its brutality eclipses that of even al Qaeda.
  • Not only has ISIS conducted mass executions, it posts videos and images on social media to underline its brutality.
  • It has carved out a “Caliphate,”encompassing a large swath of land stretching through large parts of Iraq and Syria.
  • In addition to ordering airstrikes, Obama has reintroduced troops into Iraq – this week increasing the total to 1,000 or more.

Now, Americans from across the political spectrum are calling for the U.S. to take the war against ISIS to Syria – by a 4-1 margin.

The reality is this: It will be debated “forever” whether George Bush should have taken the war on terror to Iraq in the first place. But facts are facts; that is the hand that Barack Obama was dealt.

The question is, should Obama’s opposition to the war have played into that hand of cards?

Did his “play” – hasty withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq without leaving a contingency behind – facilitate the crisis we, and the world, now face?

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That’s more like it.

No equivocation. No blame shifting. No downplaying. No namby-pamby “blame Bush for the Iraq war” rhetoric.

More importantly, never once does he say “We don’t have a strategy.”

This is a speech made by a man who understands the threat of radical Islam, and isn’t afraid to lay the blame where it belongs. He’s not trying to explain or understand the feelings of the enemy.  He’s not trying to coddle them, deal with them, or work around a direct solution.

He’s not trying to appease.

At the same time, he’s not advocating – as he says – some “knee-jerk” response. He is measured, intelligent, and strong.

He is, unfortunately, not the President of the United States.  He’s UK Prime Minister David Cameron and, if you’ve forgotten what a leader looks like, he’s here to remind you.

After seeing this, Barack Obama should be absolutely, utterly, ashamed of his performance yesterday.

Sadly, that would require a level of introspection of which he seems incapable.

Well done, Mr. Cameron.

 

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A great scientist named Roger Revelle had Al Gore in his class at Harvard and the Global Warming campaign was born. Revelle tried to calm things down years later, but Gore said Revelle was Senile and refused to debate. John Coleman documents the entire story and shows how our tax dollars are perpetuating the Global Warming alarmist campaign even though temperatures have not risen in years and years.

Since the start of the House Oversight Committee’s investigation into the Obama IRS targeting of the Tea Party and other conservative groups began, there have been ever-changing stories from the group that abused its power to punish political dissenters from Barack Obama’s agenda.

Lois Lerner initially gave a soapbox speech in which she claimed she did nothing wrong, then pled the Fifth and refused to answer any questions. The House Republicans were accused of conducting a witch hunt. Even as evidence surfaced that proved collusion between top Democrats, even Elijah Cummings who is on the investigative committee, and the IRS, there was the continued claim made that there was no scandal.

When the claim that the targeting scandal was the result of a few rogue employees in the Cincinnati office was debunked as a lie, Democrats still claimed there was no scandal. In fact, Barack Obama even adamantly claimed, during a pre-Super Bowl 2014 interview with FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly, that there was not even a smidgen of corruption at the IRS. Obama was proven to be a liar in regards to that claim days later.

We were told that the agency did have all of Lois Lerner’s emails, then we were told they did not. The claim was made that they were destroyed when her hard drive crashed. We were told that no backups of the emails were done, even though that is required by law. On Tuesday, Judicial Watch obtained an admittance from the Justice Department that, contrary to the lies previously told, the backups were done, but they would not search for the emails pertinent to the case because it would be too difficult.

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Can Republicans Win Back the Senate?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Will the Republicans win back the Senate with this year’s mid-terms? I think so, and here’s how… There are several KEY battleground states up for grabs, and if the Republicans win the states they should and just two of the races that are currently too close to call- then we should be looking at a very “controlled” final two years of Obama’s dictatorship. See the state races layout below:

WINS:

  • South Dakota: Republican Gov. Mike Rounds will destroy Democratic Rick Weiland in the race for retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson’s seat
  • Montana: Republican Rep. Steve Daines will walk away with the victory after acting Democratic Sen. John Walsh dropped out of the race due to plagiarism, sparking state lawmaker Amanda Curtis to replace him in the race
  • West VA: Republican Shelley Moore will continue to push to victory over Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (though I feel that this race will get closer as the clock ticks down)
  • Arkansas: Republican Tom Cotton is 3 points up on Democratic incumbent Mark Pyror, and I think he will maintain a steady (albeit minimal) lead through the finish line

LOSSES:

  • Louisiana:  While Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy is all but tied with Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu, I feel as though this one will unfortunately slip to Landieu
  • Iowa:  While Republican lawmaker Joni Ernst is virtually even with Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley, I do feel as though Iowa will continue to disappoint me (but who knows, this is always a key battleground state with plenty of focus from both parties)

TOSS-UPS:

  • Colorado: While most polls still have incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall roughly 3 points up, it’s entirely possible that the grass roots movement which de-throned so many Colorado lawmakers over the Gun Control fiasco coupled with Obama’s continued plunging ratings will help push Republican Rep. Cory Gardner to a close but needed victory
  • N. Carolina: Republican Thom Tillis is locked in a tight race with freshman Democatic Senator Kay Hagan that could truly go either way
  • New Hampshire: Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown is within 2 points of incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen; and that momentum appears to be gaining. This one will be a battle.
  • Alaska: The field was just set after the Republican primaries last week, so the slight lead Democratic Sen. Mark Begich is currently enjoying is likely to disappear as Republican challenger Dan Sullivan really gets more into his campaign

Keep in mind that the Republicans need to hold what they have and pick up 6 seats to take control of the Senate. While it certainly won’t be easy- I do think it will happen. Four of the races listed above are too close to call, and it’s not out of the question that either Louisiana or Iowa could be stolen with momentum before the race. In other words, there is plenty of opportunity for the Republicans to finish the drill in the upcoming races!