January 20, 2016

Juan Williams: Republicans Alone Are Responsible for ‘Civility’s Breakdown’

Poor President Barack Obama.

Juan Williams, in a Monday column at The Hill, insists that “the president is not to blame for the rancor and polarization that have characterized his presidency,” and “is not responsible for the unprecedented obstructionism employed by (Mitch) McConnell’s Senate Republicans.” Why, In Williams’s world, Obama has apparently been the very model of civility, while Republicans “have let anger and extreme voices define their party.”

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January 11, 2016

Imagine That: Supposedly Mythical ‘No-Go Zones’ Are Back in the News — But Not at U.S. Media Outlets

Despite reports and statements containing the term coming out of Germany during the past week, searches at the Associated Press on “no-go zones,” and even on “no-go,” return nothing. The New York Times has no recent report identifying European no-go zones, but has at least demonstrated that it might be getting over its nearly allergic reaction to the term by observing that parts of Ramadi, Iraq recently liberated from Islamic State control are “no-go zones because they have yet to be searched for booby traps left by the jihadists.”

“No-go zones” again became news because, despite U.S. media outlets continued denial of their existence, several officials in Germany once again used the term.

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December 15, 2015

Fortune Writer Whines At Time ‘Person of Year’ Merkel ‘Reversing Course’ on ‘Refugees’

The year isn’t even over, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Time’s 2015 Person of the Year, has begun to act against the primary reason why the magazine chose her.

To refresh from a NewsBusters post last week, Time’s Nancy Gibbs cited three reasons for the choice. The clearly most important one, from their perspective, was Merkel’s virtually unilateral decision that Germany “would welcome refugees as casualties of radical Islamist savagery, not carriers of it” without apparent restriction. Now Merkel has, as described by a writer at Time Inc. sister publication Fortune, “backpedaled” from that stance.

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December 9, 2015

Time Names Merkel ‘Person of the Year,’ Lauds Her ‘Leading From Behind’

In an announcement which deservedly carries far less weight than it has in the past, Time Magazine (1997 circulation, 4.2 million; current circuation, 3.3 million) has named German chancellor Angela Merkel its 2015 Person of the Year.

The stated reason for her selection: “Not once or twice but three times this year there has been reason to wonder whether Europe could continue to exist, not culturally or geographically but as a historic experiment in ambitious statecraft.” The magazine believes that Merkel saved the day each time. It seems highly unlikely that she would have risen to the top of the pack without the third item the Time’s Nancy Gibbs cited, namely Merkel’s open-borders acceptance of migrants erroneously described as “refugees” dozens of times in its various supporting articles.

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November 18, 2015

Facts and Math Are Both Hard for Smug Daily Beast Pair Ridiculing Refugee-Refusing Governors

Michael Weiss and Justin Miller at the Daily Beast are apparently really proud of themselves. They’re claiming that because a passport found on one of the terrorists involved in last Friday’s terrorist murder spree was a fake, it “means the (U.S.) governors’ freakout over refugees was based, at least in part, on a lie.” Based on their headline (“GOP Guvs Rely on ISIS Lies to Reject Syrian Refugees”), their attack was only directed at Republican governors.

There are at least four problems with their assertion. The funniest one is that these two apparently have no business ever being trusted around a calclulator or a spreadsheet. It’s either that, or Weiss and Miller really believe that 475 million Syrian refugess are spreading themselves throughout Europe and much of the rest of the world.

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August 1, 2015

Juxtapose This

Link (HT to an emailer; text cleaned up a little):

KateSteinleAndCecilTheLion

**Warning** Be mad at me if you want for what I am about to write, but I do not fit into the mold of political correctness, and never will.

Cecil the Lion from Zimbabwe was killed unjustly by a foreigner who shouldn’t have been there. Cecil was supposed to be protected by Zimbabwe’s National Park Patrol. Killer receives death threats from people all over the US. People who stand up for Cecil are called loving.

Kate the Human from the US was killed unjustly by a foreigner who shouldn’t have been there. Kate was supposed to be protected by the US Border Patrol. No death threats around the US. People who stand up for Kate are called racist bigots.

Right now there are US citizens looking at this photo, looking back and forth at the pictures from left, to right. Right now someone’s eyes are tearing like Jimmy Kimmel’s did. As their eyes fill up with water, it is because they can’t help but focusing at the picture to the right, and feel no emotion to the left picture. This is the reality of our current situation. This is what we are up against….

There are hundreds of other Kates:

according to Jessica M. Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, the 36,007 criminal immigrants that the Obama administration released in 2013 to prowl the streets of America even though they had a collective 88,000 convictions, including 193 homicides, 426 sexual assaults, 303 kidnappings and 1,075 aggravated assaults. And that was just one year’s worth of criminal illegal aliens let go to continue to prey on the citizens of the USA.

That’s just one one year’s worth of releases.

June 12, 2015

Michelle Malkin on Trade Deal: ‘What part of ‘Stop selling out America!’ does D.C. not understand?’ (See Update)

First few and final two paragraphs from Michelle Malkin’s column today:

Constitutional conservatives don’t like it. Trade unions abhor it. Obama critics hate it. Environmentalists despise it.

Outside the Beltway bubble, a broad coalition of voters from the left, right and center opposes the mega-trade deal getting rammed through Congress this week by the Republican establishment on behalf of the White House. Here’s why.

The Obama administration, House GOP leader John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have sold out American sovereignty.

… Here is what those of us against the GOP-Obamatrade bills can all agree on: Both political parties in Washington are screwing over our country. American citizens are sick and tired of the permanent ruling class subverting the will of the people in the name of “bipartisanship.” We’ve had enough of Big Business betrayals and Big Government collusion.

What part of “Stop selling out America!” does D.C. not understand?

Locally, Boehner, Steve Chabot and Mr. COAST himself, USA Brad Wenstrup, voted yesterday to enable fast-track trade authority to narrowly clear a procedural hurdle, bringing it closer to reality. Northern Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie opposed it. Shame on them; good for him.

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UPDATE: At RedState

If you don’t like GOP opposition to TPA and TPP, thank Leadership

So at this point, conservatives are being asked to accept that Republicans must vote for TPA, so that the TPP can pass. Oh, and they’re being asked to accept that TPP is probably a good thing, despite us having to pass TPA to find out what’s in TPP, but even if it weren’t, it wouldn’t pass. Except, see above. We’ve seen time and again Republicans make show votes, after casting the Cloture vote that really decided whether the bill would pass.

It comes down to trust. And the GOP establishment has consistently failed to show any backbone when it comes to fighting Obama. They’re constantly telling us that the good, responsible thing is to pass this bill, but we’ll fight the next time. Only, next time never comes.

Exemplifying this point, I just got off the phone with an official from an outfit which generally supports trade agreements, and asked why his group hadn’t taken a position on TPA, the authorization bill. The answer was essentially that they don’t know what’s in it, so it’s impossible to know where to stand.

That’s leadership’s fault. Until the American people know what’s involved, TPA must be rejected to force it out into the open so it can be properly evaluated.

May 6, 2015

Press Ignoring Obama Admin’s De Facto Invocation of Executive Privilege in Immigration Lawsuit

Remember the cries of “Bush Lied” during the previous administration — even though he didn’t? Or the obsession over the 16 words relating to Saddam Hussein’s attempt to obtain nuclear materials from Niger, which George W. Bush’s opponents tried to pretend were false but were really true? Good times.

In federal court in February, the Obama administration seriously “misrepresented” the degree of its adoption of the President’s executive actions relating to illegal immigrants issued late last year. The establishment press has largely treated the matter as a minor bump in the road. Hardly.

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March 21, 2015

Starbucks and USA Today Claim Their ‘Race Together’ Intentions ‘Are Pure,’ But Results Aren’t

The Associated Press’s most recent story on the controversial Starbucks USA Today “Race Together” campaign came out Wednesday evening.

In that story, AP Food Industry Writer Candice Choi quoted Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz at his company’s annual shareholders’ meeting predicting that “Some in the media will criticize Starbucks for having a political agenda,” but that “Our intentions are pure.” Perhaps they are, but I suspect that certain materials company and USA Today have produced in connection with the campaign won’t pass any readers’ “pure intentions” test. Take USA Today’s “How Much of What You Know About Race Is True?” test. Full contents follow the jump.

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March 4, 2015

Reader Email: ‘Does this look like someone who feels there is ‘finally a chance to rescue our nation from six years’ of Obama? (Uh, NO)

Filed under: Economy,Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:11 pm

Readers will agree that the answer is “no.”

From an emailer, responding to a plea for money from Arizona’s senior senator, throwing words contained therein back at him (bolds are mine):

(John) McCain is not the only voice of surrender. Referring to a TEMPORARY stay against the implementation of Obama’s Amnesty Decree that was recently issued by a federal judge, Senator Jeff Flake proclaimed: “Why don’t we just… declare victory and move on?”

Senator Lindsey Graham chimed in: “When the judge ruled, that was the way I wanted to end it.”

And Congressman Peter King went so far as to say that people who actually value the Constitution and who do NOT want Obama’s Unconstitutional Amnesty Decree funded are “absolutely irresponsible” and “have no concept of reality.”

McCain, Flake, Graham and King are advocating what is being called the “escape hatch theory” in Washington. It goes something like this… “Look, the courts have delayed Mr. Obama’s unconstitutional actions for now, so let’s just go ahead and fund those unconstitutional actions… since we really want amnesty to pass anyway… and when the dust clears, we’ll blame the courts for the evisceration of our Constitution.”

You can almost hear them chuckle.

But wait just a minute: Now that a federal judge has placed a temporary hold on Mr. Obama’s unconstitutional decree… is that not a reason why Congress SHOULD NOT fund it? Would logic not dictate that Congress wait for the courts to reach a final decision BEFORE funding Mr. Obama’s lawless amnesty decree?

Sorry gentlemen, but a TEMPORARY stay by a federal judge is not a “victory” and it’s not an excuse or an escape hatch that ALLOWS you to fund Mr. Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty decree. Rather, it’s the reason why you SHOULD NOT fund Mr. Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty decree.

We’re not that stupid, Sens. McCain, Graham and Flake.

As to Rep. King, the “reality” is that you, sir, are the one who is being “irresponsible.”

Speaking of money, isn’t it amazing how the GOP can come up with significant funds almost instantly to attack its own true conservative members but never, ever, ever consistently spends the kind of money needed to go after the Obama administration and the left and around the press?

February 16, 2015

TEA Party Leader to Fox News: 11 Reasons to Stop Calling Kasich ‘Conservative’

Because he’s not.

The harsh truth was delivered in an open letter to Fox News’s Bret Baier, who consdiers Kasich a center-right Republican politician, by Mike Snead, Dayton TEA Party President. It reflects his personal views.

Well done, sir.

January 9, 2015

Business Week’s Neuger Decries ‘Anti-Immigrant Sentiment’ in Europe

At Business Week, reporter James G. Neuger was really upset on Thursday that concerned politicians were raising the issue of protecting the public against radical Islamists in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Of course, he couldn’t resist chalking it up to bigotry — against “immigrants — especially those with veils, turbans and non-white skin.” Excerpts follow the jump.

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December 31, 2014

Stop the Presses: Jesse Jackson Said Something Sensible — On Immigration

Call the Ripley’s Believe It or Not people. Have smelling salts available. What follows will surely be one of the more unusual things you’ve seen or heard this year.

In the midst of his otherwise odious Silicon Valley race-hustling shakedown effort, Jesse Jackson said something that made sense — so much sense that the rest of the press, which usually hangs on every word of his nonsensical pronouncements, has virtually ignored it, and will probably continue to.

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December 16, 2014

AP’s Story on Federal Judge’s Immigration Opinion Woefully Incomplete

Earlier tonight, Curtis Houck at NewsBusters observed that the Tuesday evening network news shows failed to report on an opinion issued today by a federal judge in Western Pennsylvania in connection with President Obama’s illegal immigration-related executive actions last month.

Several blogs and center-right outlets noted Judge Arthur Schwab’s 38-page “Memorandum Opinion” this afternoon. Not that this excuses the networks, but a search at the Associated Press’s national site just before 8 p.m. on Schwab’s last name (unfortunately not saved) returned nothing relevant. But shortly after 8 p.m. a story with a time stamp of 5:08 p.m. with Schwab’s name finally showed up in the same search. Only the AP can explain how this could have happened.

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December 2, 2014

Earnest: Obama Was Speaking ‘Colloquially’ in ‘Change the Law’ Immigration Remark

Earlier today, according to several center-right and zero establishment press outlets thus far (based on an appropriate Google News search done just before 5 PM ET), White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that President Obama was only speaking “colloquially” when he told hecklers in an audience in Chicago last week that “I took action to change the law” in his November 20 announcement on immigration.

Video follows the jump (HT National Review):

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