Well then Sony’s capitulation makes sense, doesn’t it?
Category: Makes Ya Barf
…they’re at it again. (Although hoping Cuba will cement your “foreign policy legacy” when you’ve already allowed the WORLD to begin IMPLODING merely seems desperate scrabbling.)
Cuba releases American Alan Gross in prisoner swap
Washington (CNN) — U.S. contractor Alan Gross, held by the Cuban government since 2009, was freed Wednesday as part of a landmark deal with Cuba that paves the way for a major overhaul in U.S. policy toward the island, senior administration officials tell CNN.
President Obama is expected to announce Gross’ release at noon.
Gross’ “humanitarian” release by Cuba was accompanied by a separate spy swap, the officials said. Cuba also freed a U.S. intelligence source who has been jailed in Cuba for more than 20 years, although authorities did not identify that person for security reasons. The U.S. released three Cuban intelligence agents convicted of espionage in 2001.
President Barack Obama is also set to announce a broad range of diplomatic and regulatory measures in what officials called the most sweeping change in U.S. policy toward Cuba since the 1961 embargo was imposed.
For a President who took office promising to engage Cuba, the move could help shape Obama’s foreign policy legacy.
Well and predictably the Right Wing Smear Machine instantly lashes out
Trading Mr. Gross for three convicted criminals sets an extremely dangerous precedent. It invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips. I fear that today’s actions will put at risk the thousands of Americans that work overseas to support civil society, advocate for access to information, provide humanitarian services, and promote democratic reforms.
This asymmetrical trade will invite further belligerence toward Cuba’s opposition movement and the hardening of the government’s dictatorial hold on its people.
Oops, my bad; that was actually the statement from my senior Senator Robert Menendez (D) NJ…
You say “executive action”, I say apples and poTAHtoes, yo.
Obama issues ‘executive orders by another name’
By issuing his directives as “memoranda” rather than executive orders, Obama has downplayed the extent of his executive actions.
…Obama has issued executive orders to give federal employees the day after Christmas off, to impose economic sanctions and to determine how national secrets are classified. He’s used presidential memoranda to make policy on gun control, immigration and labor regulations. Tuesday, he used a memorandum to declare Bristol Bay, Alaska, off-limits to oil and gas exploration.
Like executive orders, presidential memoranda don’t require action by Congress. They have the same force of law as executive orders and often have consequences just as far-reaching. And some of the most significant actions of the Obama presidency have come not by executive order but by presidential memoranda.
Obama has made prolific use of memoranda despite his own claims that he’s used his executive power less than other presidents. “The truth is, even with all the actions I’ve taken this year, I’m issuing executive orders at the lowest rate in more than 100 years,” Obama said in a speech in Austin last July. “So it’s not clear how it is that Republicans didn’t seem to mind when President Bush took more executive actions than I did.”
Obama has issued 195 executive orders as of Tuesday. Published alongside them in the Federal Register are 198 presidential memoranda — all of which carry the same legal force as executive orders…
Because we, the PEOPLE, are SO STUPID.
…to leave Afghanistan.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) December 16, 2014
Coming soon to a shore near you?
I’ve been reading that the US is getting ready to accept 7000 Syrian refugees, as the START of that refugee resettlement program.
I’m sure they’ll be as carefully and thoroughly vetted as everything else this administration touches.
132 children peacefully slaughtered in Pakistan.
Taliban militants killed dozens of children in an attack on an army-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar that left 132 people dead so far, the country’s deadliest terrorist attack since at least 2007.
Two attackers are still holding 40 teachers and 20 students hostage, Mushtaq Ghani, information minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said by phone. Four attackers blew themselves up and another was shot dead by soldiers, he said.
…Terrorism has killed more than 50,000 people in Pakistan since 2001 and complicated efforts to revive South Asia’s second-biggest economy.
Yeah, that’s one word for it.
The comments angered cops, with one saying, “Did he tell his son to be wary of his police bodyguards, that he should be afraid of them as they pick him up at school and drive him where he needs to go?”
Reaction to Mayor de Blasio’s remarks from the other night.
I wonder if he “warned his son about the dangers” of the 47 member police security detail that went with him and his family on their vacation to Italy this Summer?
EVERYTHING he waves it over ~ from race relations to Olympic bids to healthcare ~ immediately turns to SHIT for somebody who truly deserved to be left out of it. Case in point: his immigration power grab. Great for ILLEGAL FAMILIES in the country, but if you DID THE RIGHT THING/FOLLOWED THE RULES/ACTUALLY CONTRIBUTE A SKILL IMMEDIATELY?
Immigration Policy Reversal Denies Residency to Some Military Spouses
President Obama made his executive order on immigration weeks after a recent reversal of a U.S. immigration policy that will separate some military and Veterans Affairs employees from their spouses.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service reversed a policy whereby it automatically granted legal residency status to spouses of doctors and those with critical language skills who came to the U.S., joined the military and were fast-tracked to citizenship.
The reversal will force spouses to go back to their country of origin, stay there two years, and then apply to come to the U.S., just as any foreign visitor or student in the U.S. would have to do.
“They did just notify an Army doctor in Baltimore and another in Kansas City that their spouses’ green-card applications are going to be denied and the spouses will have to go ‘home’ for two years,” said Margaret Stock, a retired Army Reserve officer who pitched the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program to the Army in 2008.
“This will end up working out to a three-and-a-half year separation because … the spouses will have to re-apply for green cards from overseas after two years, and it is taking [the State Department and Department of Homeland Security] about a year-and-a-half to process [the] applications,” she said.
Citizenship and Immigration Services should be embarrassed by the policy, Stock said.
Oh, I’m sure they’re mortified. NOT.
For some reason I am on Salon.com’s email list. Whilst it is an interesting glimpse into the attitude of the obnoxious, bossy Left, I usually just delete the emails right away because, well, I just can’t be bothered.
But I have to admit that today’s email both annoyed me and made me sad. Here’s what the top story was:
How to win Thanksgiving: Your guide to arguing with relatives
JIM NEWELL It’s going to be especially hard to avoid politics at Thanksgiving this year. Here’s how you can defeat Uncle Dingo
Now, this is always the style with them, these pretentious “Here’s How” articles to help the Enlightened Left exert their proper moral authority over us Cromagnonian rubes and out wit us with their Superior Logic™ (which is, of course, obviously a wasted effort as we can’t understand logic in the first place, being schtupid and all).
But what makes me especially sad is this concept that every conversation, every event, every Holiday is a political contest that needs to be “won” in some way or another, that the very people who so loudly and incessantly decry the lack of “diversity” and “respect for others” are so insistent that their point of view not only is correct but in fact must be assiduously imposed upon every occasion, upon every conversation until complete adherence to the acceptable orthodoxy is obtained.
It’s not actually “especially hard to avoid politics at Thanksgiving this year.” It’s quite simple.
You avoid it.
You shut up.
If someone says some overtly political statement, you say “yes, a pity. Would you like more cranberry sauce?”
When everything becomes a contest, a contested event, we all lose.
…I’m starting to think this President really, REALLY doesn’t LIKE most of us.
Obamacare offers firms $3,000 incentive to hire illegals over native-born workers
Under the president’s new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare.
President Obama’s temporary amnesty, which lasts three years, declares up to 5 million illegal immigrants to be lawfully in the country and eligible for work permits, but it still deems them ineligible for public benefits such as buying insurance on Obamacare’s health exchanges.
Under the Affordable Care Act, that means businesses who hire them won’t have to pay a penalty for not providing them health coverage — making them $3,000 more attractive than a similar native-born worker, whom the business by law would have to cover.
If you can get to work through the “understandably angry and resentful” sweet Michael Brown protesters blocking every traffic orifice in the name of that martyred man-child in YOUR city, check it out.
I can’t WAIT to see what the Poison Pen President does next to his chattel milling about in the amber waves of grain.
What a pathetic joke.
“Some advisor who never worked on our staff”? Right after ~ of COURSE ~ he’d “just heard about this.”
I think we need to have the Prezzle checked out for a bump on the head à la Hilary’s forgetful spells…
— TMZ Politics (@TMZ_Politics) November 18, 2014
Schmaybe he took a tumble doing all that bowing overseas.
…”From ’08 to 2010, [Obama] had the House, the Senate, and the White House,” Gowdy said to several reporters on Capitol Hill on Friday, “and he didn’t do a damn thing about immigration reform, so if he could take two years to do nothing, I would think he could give this new Congress maybe three months? Six months?”
So ignore that shit I said about y’all being dumbasses, ’cause I never meant it.
‘Til I said it again…
and trillions of dollars in debt and god only knows the damage done by the unconstitutional diktats and social/economic/racial polarizing but at last the Press is finally kinda sorta maybe getting the idea that this White House is full of shit
Thanks for doing your job, guys.
It deserves a lot more attention than it’s getting
Massive, systemic academic fraud at UNC-Chapel Hill revolving around its athletics department (particularly the high-power basketball team) has been detailed in an explosive investigation that if anything does not go far enough. Forbes reports:
An eight-month investigation by former federal prosecutor Kenneth L. Wainstein has found that more than 3100 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students – almost half of them athletes — were given credit for “irregular” (read: nonexistent) classes over an 18-year period from 1993-2011 as part of a organized scheme that allowed many to remain sports-eligible.
The Wainstein report — which the University of North Carolina (UNC) authorized and paid for — does not directly implicate any coach. […] we didn’t receive a full-throated answer from Mr. Wainstein, perhaps because he was hired by the party that stands to lose the most from a comprehensive presentment.
College big money athletics have, in large part, turned into a cancer that is destroying our universities.
Being forced to stay in NJ for 21 days is clearly a violation of her Human Rights…
Funny isn’t it how Christie is DAH EVUL NAZI whilst Cuomo, you know the guy who sat next to Christie at the news conference and announced the same quarantine program for NY as Christie did for NJ, ah old Cuomo he’s just peaches and cream according to the Press, now isn’t he?
Can’t for the life of me figure out why one’s treated differently.
Certainly that thought was never on anyone’s mind
A Muslim convert shot dead a Canadian soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa today before exchanging dozens of shots with guards inside Parliament in a terrifying attack that left the nation’s capital on lockdown.
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a 24-year-old father, as he stood guard at the War Memorial on Wednesday morning.
Zehaf-Bibeau then ran inside the Parliament, where he opened fire before he was shot dead by the House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms.
Zehaf-Bibeau, who had a criminal history for drug trafficking in Montreal and robbery in Vancouver, was born in Quebec as Michael Joseph Hall but recently converted to Islam, CBS reported.
Sources told the Globe and Mail that he had been designated ‘high-risk traveler’ and government had seized his passport
Mind you, in the continuing annals of Self-Delusion, the Canadian Globe and Mail provides more background information on this fellow without ever in the entire article being able to bring themselves around to actually saying it
Federal sources have identified the suspected shooter as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a man in his early 30s who was known to Canadian authorities.
Sources told The Globe and Mail that he was recently designated a “high-risk traveller” by the Canadian government and was unable to secure the appropriate travel documentation, thus blocking his attempt to travel abroad. The circumstances are similar to that surrounding the case of Martin Rouleau-Couture, the Quebecker who was shot Monday after running down two Canadian Forces soldiers with his car.
Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau was born in 1982 and was the son of Bulgasem Zehaf, a Quebec businessman who appears to have fought in 2011 in Libya, and Susan Bibeau, the deputy chairperson of a division of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board.
Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau has a record in Quebec in the early 2000s for petty crimes such as possession of drugs, credit-card forgery and robbery. He was also charged with robbery in 2011 in Vancouver.
The “similar circumstances” being conversion to that Peaceful Lifestyle.
So nothing at all to see here, really.
The Democratic Panic
Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kay Hagan and Other Candidates Avoid Obama
After a few days of trying to ignore the question, Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for the United States Senate in Georgia, acknowledged on Friday that she had voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. By this year’s standards, that’s pretty forthright, especially compared with Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat running for the Senate in Kentucky, who refuses to discuss her presidential vote.
…The panicky Democratic flight away from President Obama — and from some of the party’s most important positions — is not a surprise. Mr. Obama remains highly unpopular among white voters, particularly in Southern states where candidates like Ms. Nunn, Ms. Grimes and several others are struggling to establish leads.
But one of the reasons for his unpopularity is that nervous members of his own party have done a poor job of defending his policies over the nearly six years of his presidency, allowing a Republican narrative of failure to take hold.
Crackers in the South, weak Party apostles, DAMN Republicans controlling the airwaves obscuring the Boy Genius’s incredible gifts unto His People…
ALL the dog-whistles save WYMMINS in ONE spectacular, water-carrying paragraph?! Oh, well done!
I find this sort of disingenuous statement from an “expert” pretty disconcerting, current events considered.
…ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser, an infectious disease specialist and the acting director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during the similarly sensationalized swine flu outbreak in 2009, tells THR that he understands the widespread fear. “But the big misconception about Ebola is that there’s risk to people in America. And that’s just not the case.”
Besser and his colleagues in the medical field do expect more Ebola cases in the U.S. as aid workers continue to return from West Africa.
But they point out that the U.S. health care system is far better equipped to deal with Ebola than the one in West Africa, where over 4,400 people already have died in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, according to the World Health Organization.
And news divisions have been vigilant about training reporters in the field about proper personal protection while on assignment in the region.
REALLY?!? There’s only been ONE indigenous case of Ebola treated in the U.S. so far, and that’s gone PRETTY SMASHINGLY, wouldn’t you say? Confidence builder,right there.
Keep spreading THAT raspberry jam, doctor.