by Dr. Phyllis Chesler 8 Jul 2014
Today, President Obama appears in the pages of Ha’aretz– on the very day that Israel’s left-wing newspaper is hosting a “peace” conference at which Obama’s anointed (anti-) Israel Lobby is also present: J Street’s Peter Beinart, Avi Shavit, Gideon Levy, et al.
Of course, this diplomacy-via-media is an over-reaching outrage but it is also pathetic and tragic. Read Peggy Noonan’s appraisal in the Wall Street Journal this past weekend about Obama’s lost, but imperial Presidency.
Instead of holding behind-closed-doors meetings, this President appears on popular television shows, spends times with celebrities, takes long vacations; he is an actor in a film about the American Presidency and he lives as celebrities do. Like so many Hollywood actors, Obama is left-wing, pro-Islam, and anti-Zionist and is proud, not ashamed of being so.
They say that this article appears in Hebrew and Arabic as well. I wonder if the Palestinian media in Gaza and the West Bank have published the exact same words in Arabic? I wonder whether they are running the piece at all? Did President Obama’s team ask for this piece to run in Egypt and Saudi Arabia too? Here’s specifically why I ask: Continue reading at breitbart.com.
If you haven’t seen Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie, America Imagine a world without her, you are missing out. It corrects the myths that the Liberals spew about our country in a powerful but entertaining way. It will blow you away.
At the end, just before the credits begin, it goes into Madison Rising’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Stand and place your hand over your heart and others will join you.
Here’s what the people are saying:
Although it might be extended, as of now it is only scheduled to air in Gainesville* through this Thursday, July 10th. Go see it, bring friends and tell everyone you know, especially young people.
HOUSTON, Texas–As illegal immigrants continue to spill across the U.S. – Mexico border, federal authorities are attempting to relocate the migrants from South Texas to housing facilities in states across the nation. One such facility is located in Murrieta, California, where a large group of protesters recently blocked a bus full of migrants from arriving. The protesters remain there, adamant that illegal immigrants don’t get dumped in their town. But soon the concerned citizens may be forced to step down–Breitbart Texas has learned that federal agents plan to arrive in Murrieta on Monday with riot gear to ensure that another busload makes it to the housing facility.
Jeremy Oliver, a resident of Temecula, California–a town that neighbors Murrieta–told Breitbart Texas that local police officers warned the protesters that “it’s going to get ugly.”
Oliver said, “The feds are pissed that they haven’t been able to use this facility. Officers out there warned people that federal agents will be in Murrieta on Monday–they are going to get the next bus through no matter what. Riot gear and shields will be used to push the crowd back.” Continue reading at breitbart.com.
This video first appeared here on September 24th, 2013
“…In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury…”*
“…And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”*
So once again, happy birthday America!
*These quotations have been excerpted from the Declaration of Independence.
A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, sources say.
In spite of the threat, several former camp workers broke their confidentiality agreements and shared exclusive details with me about the dangerous conditions at the camp. They said taxpayers deserve to know about the contagious diseases and the risks the children pose to Americans. I have agreed to not to disclose their identities because they fear retaliation and prosecution. Continue reading at foxnews.com.
By Matthew Boyle
Conservative election integrity organization True The Vote filed suit in federal court Tuesday against Mississippi’s Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the Mississippi Republican Party, asking a judge for an immediate injunction against them so that the election material from the state’s June 24 GOP primary runoff can be inspected.
The lawsuit comes as allegations that Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) campaign and his allies engaged in voter fraud to win last Tuesday’s runoff against conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Cochran bested McDaniel by fewer than 7,000 votes but did so with an overwhelming turnout from liberal Democrats in the black community.
“All we are asking is that the MS State Republican Party follow the law; allow their designated county representatives to inspect the poll books and ballots, give them the review time they are permitted by law, and allow them to uphold their responsibility to MS voters,” True the Vote president Catherine Engelbrecht (emphasis mine) said in a statement about the suit. “True the Vote has been inundated with reports from voters across Mississippi who are outraged to see the integrity of this election being undermined so that politicos can get back to business as usual. Enough is enough.” Continue reading at breitbart.com.
Hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that “Hamas will pay” for the murders of three Israeli teens, Israel’s air force launched strikes on dozens of targets in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
The bodies of the youths — including one with U.S. citizenship — were found Monday just north of Hebron in the West Bank, and led to outpourings of grief and rage in the Jewish State.
Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, a 16-year-old with dual Israeli-American citizenship, disappeared on June 12 while hitchhiking home. Read more and watch video at foxnews.com.
Christine Rousselle | Jun 30, 2014
In a victory for religious freedom, the Supreme Court ruled today 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. in the case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (formerly named Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby). The case was the strongest legal challenge to Obamacare since 2012.
Justice Alito authored the majority opinion, and Justice Kennedy wrote a concurring opinion. Justice Ginsburg wrote the dissent, joined by Justices Sotomayor, Breyer, and Kagan. Read more at townhall.com.
Update: 800 Hinds County Voters Crossed Over Illegally
By Jim Hoft of The Gateway Pundit on Thursday, June 26, 2014, 3:03 PM:
The Chris McDaniel campaign has identified multiple Mississippi counties in which enough improper ballots have been cast that a legal challenge to the outcome of the election is warranted.
This after Thad Cochran reportedly relied on 25,000-35,000 Democrat votes to pull him to victory in the June 24 runoff.
UPDATE: The Cochran campaign is reportedly asking county clerks not to certify the voting rolls until the last day possible so that the McDaniel people will not be able to look at the rolls and challenge them. Read more HERE.
From Deneen Borelli at FreedomWorks: The Republican Establishment had to use Democrats to beat a real constitutional conservative in yesterday’s Mississippi primary.
Rather than allow grassroots conservatives to decide their next senator, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, the Chamber of Commerce, K Street lobbyists, and the NRSC (National Republican Senatorial Committee – explanation, mine) helped Democrats choose the Republican Nominee. It’s shameful, corrupt, and unforgivable.
The truth is: Chris McDaniel won a majority of Republican voters. That’s why the DC Establishment spent hundreds of thousands of dollars getting Democrat votes. They couldn’t maintain their hold on the Republican Party without them.
The K-Street Lobbyist crowd even sent out robocalls implying the Tea Party and Chris McDaniel were racist, because we oppose Obama’s agenda. The calls told voters to “say no to the Tea Party and their disrespectful treatment of the first African-American President.”
There were even flyers claiming that a McDaniel victory would stop black Americans from voting. The DC-insiders wanted Mississippi Democrats to think Constitutional Conservatives might be racist. This campaign is among the dirtiest, most despicable I’ve seen in my lifetime.
The Cochran campaign was based on helping his cronies. “Vote for Thad, he’ll get the pork!” With $17 trillion in debt and a shrinking economy, the GOP campaigned on more irresponsible spending we can’t afford. That’s why they needed Democrat voters to win – every real Republican knows we need to CUT spending.
If the only way the K Street wing of the GOP Establishment can win is by vile race-baiting and courting Democrats to vote in GOP primaries, then we’re winning. Because they’ve lost Republican voters, and they know it.
You know why the Republican Establishment and the DC-insiders fear us. They want to keep their gravy train rolling. They want unlimited spending and bigger government. That’s why they’re spending millions attacking patriotic conservatives like you and me.
That’s why we can’t give up. They’re afraid of us. And that’s how I know we’re making a difference, that’s how I know that this is the beginning of the end, and we will Take America Back. We must press on.
We will always stand by you. Thank you for all your hard work.
Related article: GOP Establishment Exists To Keep Conservatives Out of Congress
Conservative author and commentator Dinesh D’souza has a new film, AMERICA Imagine the World Without Her, opening nationwide on July 2nd. D’Souza is best known for his blockbuster documentary, 2016: Obama’s America which premiered in 2012. AMERICA will be showing in Gainesville at Regal Cinemas 14 in Butler Plaza.
Scroll down to watch the trailers.
Click HERE to go to the America the movie website for more info and theaters nationwide.
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(My transcript is below video)
Congressman Trey Gowdy outdid himself while questioning IRS Commissioner John Koskinen during Monday night’s House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing. Below is my transcript:
Gowdy: “Well, I’m going to help you with it. Spoliation of the evidence is when a party fails to preserve evidence There’s a negative inference that the jury can draw, from their failure to preserve the evidence. You with me? If you destroy documents, the jury can infer that those documents weren’t going to be good for you. If you fail to keep documents, the jury can infer that those documents were not going to be good for you. You’ve heard the phrase spoliation of evidence haven’t you?
Koskinen: “No, I can’t recall ever hearing that.”
Gowdy: “It’s true in administrative hearings, civil hearings, criminal hearings.”
Koskinen: “I practiced law once 45 years ago, gave it up for Lent one year, never went back.”
Gowdy: “Well let me tell you what you would have found had you stuck with it. When a party has a duty to preserve evidence or records, and they fail to do so, there is a negative inference that is drawn from their failure to preserve the evidence. It’s common sense, right? If you destroy something, the jury has a right to infer that whatever you destroyed would not have been good for you. Or else every litigant would destroy whatever evidence was detrimental to them. Agreed?”
Koskinen: “I’m not sure. I think if you destroy the evidence and people could prove it, it wouldn’t be a good thing for your defense.”
Gowdy: “Well, no it’s worse than that the jury can draw and they’re instructed, they can draw a negative inference.”
Gowdy: If a taxpayer is being sued by the IRS administratively, civilly or prosecuted criminally, and they fail to keep documents, the jury can draw a negative inference from the fact that they didn’t keep receipts or emails or documents. So if it’s true and applies to a taxpayer, it ought to apply to the IRS as well. Agree?
Koskinen: “Is this a trial? Is this a jury? Is that what you’re…”
Gowdy: “I say administrative, civil or criminal. I say if you want to, if you want to go down that road, I’m happy to go down there with you. In fact I’m glad you mentioned it. You’ve already said multiple times today that there was no evidence you found of any criminal wrongdoing. I want you to tell me what criminal statutes you’ve evaluated.”
Koskinen: “I’ve not looked at any statutes.”
Gowdy: Well then how can you possibly tell our fellow citizens there’s no criminal wrongdoing, if you don’t even know what statute to look at?”
Koskinen: “Because I see no evidence that anybody consciously…”
Gowdy: “But how would you know what elements of the crime existed? You don’t even know what statutes are in play. I’m going to ask you again: What statutes have you evaluated?”
Koskinen: “Uh, I think you can rely on common sense. Nothing I have seen…”
Gowdy: “Common sense. Instead of the criminal code, you want to rely on common sense, no Mr. Koskinen, you can shake your head all you want to Commissioner, you have said today, that there is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. And I’m asking you what criminal statute you have reviewed to reach that conclusion?”
Koskinen: “I’ve reviewed no criminal statute.”
Gowdy: Alright, so you don’t have any idea whether there’s any criminal conduct or not, because you don’t know the elements of the offense.”
Koskinen: “I’ve seen no evidence of wrongdoing.”
Gowdy: “Oh well, that’s very different than no evidence of criminal misconduct Commissioner.”
Koskinen: “It seems to me that if you haven’t done wrongdoing, It would be pretty hard to (stutter) argue that you had some criminal violation if you didn’t…”
Gowdy: “Well what did Lois Lerner mean when she said that ‘perhaps the FEC will save the day’?”
Koskinen: “I have no idea.”
Gowdy: “What did she mean when she said that ‘we need a project but we need to be careful that it doesn’t appear to be per se political’? You don’t think that’s a potential violation of 18242”?
Koskinen: “I have no idea if.”
Gowdy” “Because you haven’t looked at 18242. You don’t have any idea, Commissioner. You don’t have any idea whether there’s any criminal wrongdoing, or not.”
Koskinen: “With regard to the production of the evidence, the production of Lois Lerner’s emails, I have seen no evidence of wrongdoing. What else, what else…”
Gowdy: “If there were, that would be a separate criminal offense.”
Koskinen: “What else went on with Lois lerner, I’ve said in the past…”
Gowdy: “So what you’re saying is that you don’t have any idea whether she engaged in criminal wrongdoing, you’re just saying that you did not engage in any with respect to the emails.”
Koskinen: “I haven’t seen any wrongdoing with regard to the production of Lois Lerner’s emails.”
Gowdy: “You are not saying there was no criminal wrongdoing with respect to the targeting of conservative groups. I want to be very clear, you’re not saying that.”
Koskinen: “Made no judgments.”
Gowdy: So you disagree with the President when he says that there’s not a smidgen of corruption.”
Koskinen: “There are people who have been making judgments both sides about whether there were…”
Gowdy: “And you know what? I’m not one of those. I’m just simply saying we will never know because you didn’t keep the evidence. The evidence was spoliated. And whether it was negligent, whether it was intentional, whether it’s reckless, we still don’t have the evidence, Commissioner.”
Koskinen: “Well you have the evidence that there is no emails from the White House, You have the Treasury emails, so the basic premise that this was an argument in a conspiracy driven by the White House…”
Gowdy: “No sir, you’re wrong about that. You’re wrong about that. That you’re repeating a talking point from our colleagues on the other side that we’re obsessed with the White House. It was Jay Carney who perpetuated the myth that it was rogue agents in Ohio. It wasn’t any of us. Was that accurate? Was that first initial line of defense that this is just two rogue agents in Ohio? Was that accurate Commissioner?”
Koskinen: “Not that I know of.”
Gowdy: “Alright, so that wasn’t accurate and that came from the White House. Who said there’s not a smidgeon of corruption? Who said that, Commissioner?”
Koskinen: “Uh, my understanding it was the President.
Gowdy: “Uh it was the President. So that was Jay Carney and the President both inserting themselves into the IRS scandal. And you want to blame us for bringing the White House into it?
Koskinen: “I haven’t blamed you at all I…”
Gowdy: “You just did, Commissioner, ya’ just did.”
Koskinen: “It’s a good argument, all I said was the White House has revealed there were no Lois Lerner emails, Treasury has given you all of their emails and to the extent that uh the argument was that Lois Lerner was conspiring and emailing back and forth, thus far I haven’t seen any emails…”
Gowdy: “You can be engaged in a conspiracy that doesn’t include the White House.
Unknown voice: “Gentleman, time’s up.”
Monday, June 23rd 7:00PM – Live on CSPAN-2
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the loss of an unknown number of emails related to former IRS official Lois Lerner.
By Sharyl Attkisson * Sunday, June 22, 2014
15 Technology Questions for the IRS Prior to Monday’s Hearing.
In advance of tomorrow evening’s hearing on the Lost Lois Lerner emails, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has asked the IRS Commissioner to provide answers to 15 technology questions.
On Fri. June 13, the IRS notified Congress that key emails during a two year time frame, January 2009 to April 2011, were irretrievably lost due to a “crash” of Lerner’s hard drive and of a server. The IRS also said that computer crashes affected six other IRS employees who are connected to the investigation.
After the Friday notification, the Oversight Committee requested that the IRS make Thomas Kane, the IRS Acting Deputy Chief Counsel for Procurement and Administration, available for a transcribed interview about the Lerner emails but the IRS declined. The Committee then requested a briefing “to discuss the IRS’s e-mail systems, data retention policies, and document production processes” but the IRS declined that request as well.
“Because the IRS has refused to provide basic information about these matters to the Committee in advance of the hearing, and in the interest of promoting a frank and thorough discussion at the hearing, I ask that you provide answers to the factual questions posed below,” writes Issa in a letter addressed to Commissioner John Koskinen on Saturday. Read the rest of this article including the 15 questions submitted to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen HERE.