What Republican voted for this amendment?
The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a 2014 Homeland Security funding bill with a bipartisan voice vote. The bill is expected on the House floor in June.
In a surprise development, the committee approved an amendment from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), which would effectively end immigration from Brazil.
The provision was included in order to pressure Brazil to extradite Brazilian-born Claudia Hoerig to the United States for trial in the murder of her husband, Air Force Major Karl Hoerig. The Ryan amendment does not affect travel visas or visas for temporary workers, an aide said.
It was passed despite urgings from Homeland subcommittee Chairman John Carter (R-Texas) and ranking member David Price (D-N.C.) that it would have far-reaching implications. The text of the amendment withholds all funding from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to process any immigration visa request for a Brazilian national.
You bet your ass it’s going to have far-reaching implications.
Yes, brilliant. Punish hard working people who want to come here LEGALLY and give your *wink wink* amnesty to all the ones who came here ill-friggin-egally.
The ONE country in LatAm that is getting its act together and we continually go out of our way to snub them.
We need all the Brazilians here we can get.
The importance of this IRS disaster cannot be over-stated. The chilling nature of the IRS’s actions on our constitutional freedoms cannot be exaggerated. This isn’t at this point an Obama Scandal; it is a Big Government scandal. It needs to be vigorously rooted out, many people need to be fired and hopefully go to jail. The MSM needs to get out of Protect The Messiah At All Costs mode and realize that an unfettered government like this will affect them as well.
(with apologies to Frank)
How little they know
How much we uncover
When Issa’s subpoenas flow
The drones start to hover
How little they understand
What caused the murder and maiming
Al Qaeda islamists
Not the video they’ve been blaming
Who cares who refined
Their talking point missives
Who cares which scapegoat resigned
How ignorant bliss is
So I’ll just recuse me
In my world that’s accurate but fake
“What difference does it make”
How little we know
How little we know
How little we know….
…and poor JayJay will have some explaining to do
The documents, first reported by THE WEEKLY STANDARD in articles here and here, directly contradict claims by White House press secretary Jay Carney and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the revisions of those talking points were driven by the intelligence community and show heavy input from top Obama administration officials, particularly those at the State Department.
As somebody said on Twitter the other day: Obama called the Seals and Bin Laden died. The Seals called Obama and the Seals died.
These people in their boundless arrogance completely screwed up on protecting the folks in the mission and ignored them as they were murdered. I think that Althouse got it exactly right here when she wrote
I think he is ashamed. Here’s what I’ve been assuming happened: It looked like our people were overwhelmed and doomed, so there was shock, sadness, and acceptance. But then the fight went on for 7 or 8 hours. The White House folk decided there was nothing to do but accept the inevitable, and then they witnessed a valiant fight which they had done nothing to support. It was always too late to help. It was too late after one hour, then too late after 2 hours, then too late after 3 hours…. When were these people going to die already? After that was all over, how do you explain what you did?
This is what we need an answer to, and to hold them accountable.
Lots and lots of links as people suddenly discover what’s been going on in DC
Who could have possibly suspected that if you give unaccountable bureaucrats lots of power they will abuse it?
Remember these words: “a direct result…of the video.”
Me, I would blame my accountant
Lauryn Hill Blames Slavery as She’s Jailed for $500,000 Unpaid Tax Bill
Reclusive soul superstar Lauryn Hill has been jailed over an enormous unpaid tax bill.
Fugees singer Hill, 37, was sentenced to three months’ jail followed by three months’ home confinement for failing to pay $500,000 to the taxman in the United States.
…During her trial, Hill was ordered by the judge in Newark, New Jersey to undergo counselling because of her conspiracy theories – including that artists are being oppressed by a plot involving the military and media.
…Shortly before she was arrested last year, Hill penned a diatribe declaiming the music industry.
In the rant, Hill blasted pop music for a “climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism.
“Over-commercialisation* and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual.”
During her trial, Hill claimed she is still forced to live under the pernicious economic hierarchy imposed by the slave trade.
She told the court: “I am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them. I had an economic system imposed on me.”
*in case you’re wondering I believe this is a Latin phrase that means “earning lots of money.”
What a whack-a-doodle.
And really? She’s only getting 3 months?
Then they let them die.
Diplomat: U.S. Special Forces told “you can’t go” to Benghazi during attacks
The deputy of slain U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens has told congressional investigators that a team of Special Forces prepared to fly from Tripoli to Benghazi during the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks was forbidden from doing so by U.S. Special Operations Command South Africa.
The account from Gregory Hicks is in stark contrast to assertions from the Obama administration, which insisted that nobody was ever told to stand down and that all available resources were utilized. Hicks gave private testimony to congressional investigators last month in advance of his upcoming appearance at a congressional hearing Wednesday.
According to excerpts released Monday, Hicks told investigators that SOCAFRICA commander Lt. Col. Gibson and his team were on their way to board a C-130 from Tripoli for Benghazi prior to an attack on a second U.S. compound “when [Col. Gibson] got a phone call from SOCAFRICA which said,
‘you can’t go now, you don’t have the authority to go now.’
And so they missed the flight … They were told not to board the flight, so they missed it.”
Obama’s “bumps in the road”, remember?
And there’s more in my fearless girl Sharyl Attkisson’s report. I cannot STRONGLY ENOUGH urge you to follow her on Twitter – she is doing amazing work, and needs ALL the support she can get. Send her some LOVE.
ths note: Dan Collins has a great, personal “Thank You” to Sharyl up over at Conservative Commune. She’s thinking of leaving CBS and THAT would be a tragedy.
*Fixed my fat finger in the headline to C-130. Had KC on the brain when they were talking about the refuelers coming out of Aviano and it bled over.
Clinton sought end-run around counter-terrorism bureau on night of Benghazi attack, witness will say
On the night of Sept. 11, as the Obama administration scrambled to respond to the Benghazi terror attacks, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a key aide effectively tried to cut the department’s own counterterrorism bureau out of the chain of reporting and decision-making, according to a “whistle-blower” witness from that bureau who will soon testify to the charge before Congress, Fox News has learned.
That witness is Mark I. Thompson, a former Marine and now the deputy coordinator for operations in the agency’s counterterrorism bureau. Sources tell Fox News Thompson will level the allegation against Clinton during testimony on Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
Fox News has also learned that another official from the counterterrorism bureau — independently of Thompson — voiced the same complaint about Clinton and Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy to trusted national security colleagues back in October.
…“You should have seen what (Clinton) tried to do to us that night,” the second official in State’s counterterrorism bureau told colleagues back in October. Those comments would appear to be corroborated by Thompson’s forthcoming testimony.
…knows how guns from the US get to Mexico
“Most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States,” President Obama said during a speech at Mexico’s Anthropology Museum. “I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms. And as president, I swore an oath to uphold that right, and I always will.”
“But at the same time, as I’ve said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common-sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people. That can save lives here in Mexico and back home in the United States. It’s the right thing to do,” Obama added.
Mind you, this is the same guy who declared April “Fiscal Responsibility Month.”
*update see below*
ths update redux: In my comment, I (with Ebola’s “pithy” assistance) clarify WHAT the Courts Martial order seems to be in response to, which is what I suspected when Bingley first emailed me. Breitbart is indulging in a shameless bit of revolting flamethrowing without any thought for the facts this sprung from.
And this has been by NO MEANS limited to evangelical influence in the Air Force, although they seem to have been the most egregious abusers. For instance, Marine Commandant Gen Krulak started “voluntary” prayers breakfasts at Headquarters Marine Corps when he arrived…and no one went. Guess what became “MANDATORY”?
Do you think the local Sgt. Druid would dare complain?
It’s wrong, plain and simple. Not “ANTI-GOD, Christ, Mary, Joseph, or the mules” they road in to Bethlehem on.
But it is desperately WRONG to COMPEL someone’s attendence at YOUR RELIGIOUS SERVICE/MEETING/handholding ceremony through dint of your SUPERIOR rank and/or position, if they have no wish nor religious fervor to be there, or do not believe as you do.
As far as enforcement, sure, sure, it’ll be mostly the “Christians” thrown to the lions ~ you betcha. But there’s two things that don’t worry me about that right now. First and foremost, it HAS BEEN THE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS who have been the thugocracy, so consider them warned. After ALL these years of harrassment complaints litigation, they are STILL wielding their cabal-like power in insidious ways with impunity, so weed them out and clean it up. Secondly, until there’s another religious strain that congeals enough to take hold through ALL the rank and file, I can’t see where you’d have anyone, BUT the current bunch standing tall. They’ve got the numbers and nobody else comes close.
ths again: One more thought: NEVER forget that, in the military, there are potentially DIRE CONSEQUENCES for grudgingly obeying that order to show up at the prayer breakfast/praying before your shift, or snapping and finally telling that superior to “blow it out his posterior”. This isn’t the corner grocery store, where you can walk away, and file a lawsuit. That “shirt”, or stripe, or set of bars above you OWNS YOUR ASS. LITERALLY.
We are beyond doomed
Breaking: Pentagon Confirms May Court Martial Soldiers Who Share Christian Faith
The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense…Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis…”.
The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith.
(From our earlier report: Weinstein is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and says Christians–including chaplains–sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military are guilty of “treason,” and of committing an act of “spiritual rape” as serious a crime as “sexual assault.” He also asserted that Christians sharing their faith in the military are “enemies of the Constitution.”)
Being convicted in a court martial means that a soldier has committed a crime under federal military law. Punishment for a court martial can include imprisonment and being dishonorably discharged from the military.
The Left wants to completely destroy the fabric of this country. I don’t see how one can even argue this point.
15 year-olds can give themselves abortions without notifying their parents, but don’t you DARE talk to a 25 year-old fellow soldier about God.
**UPDATE**: here are what are purported to be the latest regulations. If this is true than frankly I don’t see what Breitbart is getting all excited about:
1 7 AUGUST 2012
Government Neutrality Regarding Religion.
Leaders at all levels must balance constitutional protections for an individual’s free exercise of religion or other personal beliefs and the constitutional prohibition against governmental establishment of religion. For example, they must avoid the actual or apparent use of their position to promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion. Commanders or supervisors who engage in such behavior may cause members to doubt their impartiality and objectivity. The potential result is a degradation of the unit’s morale, good order, and discipline.
Airmen, especially commanders and supervisors, must ensure that in exercising their right of
religious free expression, they do not degrade morale, good order, and discipline in the Air Force or degrade the trust and confidence that the public has in the United States Air Force.
Free Exercise of Religion and Religious Accommodation.
Supporting the right of free exercise of religion relates directly to the Air Force core values and the ability to maintain an effective team.
All Airmen are able to choose to practice their particular religion, or subscribe to no
religious belief at all. You should confidently practice your own beliefs while respecting
others whose viewpoints differ from your own.
Your right to practice your religious beliefs does not excuse you from complying
with directives, instructions, and lawful orders; however, you may request religious
accommodation. Requests can be denied based on military necessity. Commanders and
supervisors at all levels are expected to ensure that requests for religious accommodation are
dealt with fairly.
If these are the current rules then I have no problem with them whatsoever.
Iran, Syria…the list goes on and on.
But again why should the bastards have to stoop to our level?
Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.
…Yet if Capitol Hill leaders move forward with the plan, they risk being dubbed hypocrites by their political rivals and the American public. By removing themselves from a key Obamacare component, lawmakers and aides would be held to a different standard than the people who put them in office.
Is anyone even slightly surprised by this?
Tar and feathers, friends.
Tar and feathers.
An amended version of a bill that would extend new protections to California’s homeless population cleared the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning.
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, framed Assembly Bill 5 as an attempt to create a statewide baseline of homeless civil rights, citing a proliferation of municipal ordinances cracking down on behavior like lying or sleeping on the sidewalk as examples of the “criminalization of poor people.”
“Today numerous laws infringe on poor peoples’ ability to exist in public space, to acquire housing, employment and basic services and to equal protection under the laws,” Ammiano said at a Tuesday morning hearing.
Ammiano’s legislation faced a backlash from critics who said the bill would sanction behavior like urinating in public while exposing businesses to new litigation, undercutting the will of voters who had passed local ordinances and handcuffing city-level efforts to deal with homelessness. The California Chamber of Commerce included AB 5 on its annual list of “job killers” because it imposes “costly and unreasonable mandates on employers.”
What H8TRS those CoC people are.
Even some lawmakers think that maybe this isn’t something they can do right now.
Concerns also remain about the cost of the bill, which requires the State Department of Public Health to fund health and hygiene centers. At the committee hearing on Tuesday, even lawmakers who voted to move the bill underscored those qualms — committee chair Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, predicted a “lively discussion” when the bill goes before the Appropriations Committee.
“While I can certainly appreciate the goal and the aspiration, we all know we simply don’t have the money to be able to provide that,” Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, said of the proposed hygiene centers.
I predict a very short political career for Mr. Muratsuchi, as he seems to have too much sense for that state.
You know, where they might have gone over these words:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
I can’t bring myself to link to the site but Drudge has the link, showing Boston police in full SWAT gear forcing people out of their homes at gunpoint to look for Dokey.
It is for EXACTLY these situations that our Constitution was written. Assuming the video is accurate the police have absolutely no justification for what they are doing.
Oh wait, it’s “for the children.”
It’s “common sense ways” to find a dangerous criminal.
Update: Safe link here.
Sorry, this sort of behavior is not acceptable at all by the police or government.
Updated Update: Worth reading.
(moved here because the auto-play was driving me nuts)
We were just in that exact spot over the weekend, walking around, looking at the marathon tents and other various preparations at the finish line, joking about the HazMat trucks there and saying if I ran one again I would need one, feeling the energy and buzz of all these people zipping about in their running attire as they prepared for the race. The excitement. The joy.
Such bastards who did this.