Saturday, August 01, 2015

*CRUNCH* THIS POPCORN IS GETTING GOOD! Federal Judge Slaps Hillary and Huma With Full Disclosure Demands

By Judicial Watch

(31 July 2015, Washington DC) – Today U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered the U.S. State Department to request that Hillary Clinton and her top aides confirm, under penalty of perjury, that they have produced all government records in their possession, return any other government records immediately, and describe their use of Hillary Clinton’s email server to conduct government business. The court issued the ruling late today after holding a status hearing in a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information lawsuit that sought records about Huma Abedin, the former Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-01363)). The lawsuit reopened last month because of revelations about Hillary Clinton’s email records.

The text of Judge Sullivan’s minute order, which was issued at 5:46 pm:

As agreed by the parties at the July 31, 2015 status hearing, the Government shall produce a copy of the letters sent by the State Department to Mrs. Hillary Clinton, Ms. Huma Abedin and Ms. Cheryl Mills regarding the collection of government records in their possession. These communications shall be posted on the docket forthwith. The Government has also agreed to share with Plaintiff’s counsel the responses sent by Mrs. Clinton, Ms. Abedin and Ms. Mills. These communications shall also be posted on the docket forthwith. In addition, as related to Judicial Watch’s FOIA requests in this case, the Government is HEREBY ORDERED to:

Larwyn's Linx: Iran Needs to Get Nuclear Weapons So We Can See if They’ll Use Them

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Nation

Iran Needs to Get Nukes So We Can See if They’ll Use Them: Sara Noble
Obama: If Congress Blocks My Iran Deal, I’ll Ignore The Law and Do It Anyway: RWN
Clinton in Free Fall: Dick Morris

Hillary sidekick, Muslim Brotherhood-tied Huma Abedin investigated for fraud: Shoebat
Planned Parenthood Got Millions After Lobbying Hillary State Dept.: Bill McMorris
StemExpress Trying To Block Knowledge They Get ‘Fully Intact Fetuses’: Russ Hepler

Thank God Mr. Ted Cruz is in Washington.: Thy Black Man
Ted Cruz super PACs rake in $38 million: Katie Gueck
Rand Paul: Those Who Support Trump Are Insane: Matt Wilstein

The Donald's Madhouse Candidacy Will Implode, Right?: Mike Littwin
Cruz Replies to Romney: There’s a Reason He Got ‘Clobbered’ in '12: Josh Feldman
President Huckabee might deploy troops, FBI to stop abortions: Leada Gore

Economy

Obama's Economic, Jobs, Deficit Performance Is Worst On Record: Timothy H. Lee
The Interest Rate Trap: The Z Man
No Congressional GOP Leaders Will Support Reducing Immigration: Julia Hahn

Scandal Central

Federal Judge Orders State Dept. to Turn Over All Hillary Records: JW
Obama heavily redacts latest batch of Hillary Clinton’s emails: Times
Trump attacks Hillary Clinton’s Muslim Brotherhood-linked right-hand woman, Huma Abedin: BNI

Hillary Clinton’s Emails, Round Three — Live Dive: WSJ
Email Release PROVES Questions Were LEAKED to Hillary Before ‘Meet The Press’ Interview!: Sooper
Judge, former Obama bundler and ‘huge Democrat donor,’ blocks Planned Parenthood videos: Twitchy

Media

Clearly, the Donald Works for Hillary: Joe Queenan
Now it's Edward Snowden the comic book: Daily Mail
Hillary Clinton’s doctor wrote her a note saying she can be president: Twitchy

Rise up and awaken the sleeping generation: David Bossie
In Honor of His 103rd Birthday, Here Are The 20 Best Quotes From The Late, Great Milton Friedman: John Hawkins
Black Woman Saved by Florida's Stand Your Ground Law: David Ovalle

Academic: Constitution Is ‘Confederate Symbol,’ Censor It: Blake Neff
Huckabee’s ‘oven’ remark taken out of context: Jonah Goldberg
Text reveals Subway’s Jared paid 16-year-old for sex: report: Post

World

French Official Reportedly Stated That Killing Iran Deal Would Lead To Better Deal: RWN
FRANCE: Calais up in flames as illegal alien Muslim invaders fight to get to UK: BNI
UK: Muslims threaten to slaughter soldiers’ wives and families: Robert Spencer

Pensions and Medicare after an Economic Collapse: Ferfal
Venezuela Supermarket Looting Leaves One Dead, Dozens Detained: IBTimes
Venezuela's hospitals on life support: Channel 4

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Top Ten Most Evil Dictators of All Time (in order of kill count): Juan Carlos Pineiro Escoriaza (2010)
Since when did the Islamic State (ISIS) seize control of Facebook?: BNI
Mt. Gox head arrested over loss of 650,000 bitcoins: Jon Brodkin

Cornucopia

Get your Hillary lawn signs for 2016!: iOTWreport
The Dog Days of August Are Upon Us: MOTUS
Dr. Distracto: Springer's Blog

Image: FRANCE: Calais up in flames as illegal alien Muslim invaders fight to get to UK
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QOTD: "We are going on seven years since the Fed lowered rates to what people thought was the floor of the possible...

...That’s not the half of it. Corporate and sovereign debt is now fully structured around near zero rates. Most of this debt is rolled over when it matures so a rising interest rate environment means suddenly rising interest payments. That’s what happened to Greece. Rates jumped and the operating deficit increased. That was met with more borrowing, which drove rates higher. Eventually, they could no longer borrow at rates they could pay...

...Rates will return to their natural level eventually. The question is whether it will be an orderly recession that comes with raising rates or whether it will be a chaotic depression as central banks lose control of monetary policy. Those are not great choices and they are political choices. The Fed is a political institution, which is why they keep delaying the pain. In politics, tomorrow is the best time to take the pain and tomorrow never comes...

...The Romans never figured out how to make an orderly retreat from empire. They exhausted themselves financially and culturally trying to keep the empire together, eventually leading to collapse. America is not about to be invaded by Visigoths. Collapse is unlikely, but a very painful and disruptive reordering is on the horizon. The question is how painful and orderly." --The Z Man

Friday, July 31, 2015

Improbable Dialogue Comix

Masterfully illustrated by our year-round summer intern, Biff Spackle (follow Biff on Twitter at @BiffSpackle).

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CHANGE, PART 1,803: Obama Edits Oath of Allegiance for New Americans, Deletes Pledge to Defend the U.S.

By Warner Todd Huston

Newly naturalized Americans will no longer have to pledge to defend the USA thanks to the Obama administration’s decision to remove the lines requiring new citizens to bear arms on behalf of the United States or perform noncombatant duties in the armed forces in times of war.

Obama’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ruled that effective on July 21 of this year, some candidates for naturalization will skip the services clause while taking the oath to become Americans.

So that means that in an age when people are streaming here to pretend to become Americans in order to commit acts of terror, now Obama won’t even ask them to voice the words that they will defend the USA.

The current oath reads as follows:

Here is the Ironclad Case for Impeaching IRS Head John Koskinen

By Logan Albright

Key members of the House Freedom Caucus are demanding that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen be removed from office. In an op-ed written for the Wall Street Journal, Reps. Jim Jordan and Ron DeSantis told President Obama that if the Commissioner is not removed, they will begin the proceedings to impeach him.

Modern Americans view impeachment with a sort of awe and reverence. To most, it seems like an inconceivably drastic thing to do. But it was not always this way, nor was it the intention of the founders. Impeachment has always been a practical tool for getting rid of bad actors in government and, given the amount of government corruption we see today, a tool that should be used with much greater frequency.

If there is any doubt that Koskinen is a worthy target for impeachment, let’s run down a few of his misdeeds since he assumed the office in 2013.

First, the IRS targeting scandal. In 2013, it emerged that the IRS had been targeting conservative non-profit groups, delaying their applications, demanding ridiculous amounts of paperwork including highly invasive personal questions, and general obstructing conservative grassroots activities. The American Enterprise Institute estimated that this depressed Republican voter turnout in the 2012 elections, and could have even made the difference between Barack Obama winning or losing.

Of course, this was all before Koskinen became commissioner, so what does it have to do with him? Koskinen assumed office in December 2013, during the ongoing investigation into the scandal. Any serious public servant would have done everything possible to clean up the agency and get to the bottom of the wrongdoing. Koskinen instead chose to obstruct. Koskinen responded to subpoenas for emails regarding the scandal with the unbelievable claim that all the emails from the specified time period had suddenly gone missing.

Larwyn's Linx: Dem Congressman: With Sanctions Lifted, Iran Can Just Buy a Nuke from North Korea

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Nation

Dem: With Sanctions Lifted, Iran Can Just Buy Nukes from North Korea: Daniel Greenfield
Nuclear Iran: Is the U.S. Really Suicidal?: Bassam Tawil
Iran Deal: $150 Billion to Fund Obama's War: George Phillips

Hillary mishandled secret reports from 5 different agencies: Sarah Westwood
Hillary Clinton's former spokesman turns over 20 boxes of emails: Rachael Bade
The movie Hillary Clinton should be very, very worried about: Kyle Smith

Killing Them: Erick Erickson
Desperate Dems Recycle Planned Parenthood’s Mammogram Lie: Michelle Malkin
More Offensive Than Huckabee’s Holocaust Remark: Obama’s Iran Deal: David Harsanyi

Hidden Motives Behind the Huge GOP Primary: Tyler O'Neil
Will Jewish Democrats Sink Iran Deal?: Mona Charen
Los Angeles gangs’ #100days100nights kill contest sparks fear: Melissa Chan

Economy

AP US History back to admitting that America is, in fact, exceptional: Moe Lane
Bias-Free Language Guide claims the word 'American' is 'problematic': Peter Hasson
Big loss in Michigan Supreme Court for public-sector unions: Marathon

Scandal Central

Planned Parenthood video reveals babies may be born alive and then killed: Live Action
Raw Power: The Left’s Move To ‘Legally’ Silence The Grim Truth: Camp o' the Saints
The Curious Case of Lois Lerner's Physically Damaged Hard Drive: Alexander Hendrie

Hillary Clinton’s incestuous relationship with major Swiss bank draws attention: Jazz Shaw
Federal Judge: I Will Haul IRS Chief Here and Personally Hold Him in Contempt: Katie Pavlich
Emails Show Top Hillary Aide Complaining That Clinton Email Account Wasn’t Working: Chuck Ross

Media

On CNN, Giuliani: 'I'd Have' Hillary Clinton 'Under Investigation for About Five Different Crimes': Brad Wilmouth
Hillary’s Very Brady Problem: Bill Whalen
Huckabee's Critics: Rabbi Aryeh Spero

Pathway to Codswallop: Mark Steyn
What Tom Cotton Did To John Kerry Today Is Illegal In 26 States: HayRide
BEASTMODE: Congressman Tells John Kerry ‘You Represent America’: WFB

Watch the first trailer for Michael Bay's Benghazi movie: The Week
New Benghazi movie ’13 Hours’ has Hillary camp quaking; Dana Perino tells Megyn why: Michael Dorstewitz
Why Cruz Trumps Trump: Robert Cleveland

World

What Happened After This Nation Started Sending Muslims Back to Their OWN Countries?: ConTrib
How to Scam ISIS: Clarion
The World’s Most Important Graph: Africa's Population Projections: Steve Sailer

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Beautiful Video Explains How Light's Been Harnessed For Communication: Jamie Condliffe
14 million PCs upgraded to Windows 10 in the first day: Peter Bright
Mozilla CEO slams Microsoft over Windows 10 browser defaults: Steven Musil

Cornucopia

Auschwitz commandant outraged over Mengele video: Cube
Plunder and Deceit: David Limbaugh
A Bill and Hillary Private Moment (NSFW): Diogenes

Image: Reports: Officials say debris is 'likely' from MH370
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QOTD: "What we do know is this deal is catastrophic...

...It means, Dana, if this deal goes through; the Obama administration, President Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry will become the world's leading financiers of radical Islamic terrorism." --Sen. Ted Cruz

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DEMOCRAT POLICIES WORK! Which country is out of food, pays doctors $15 a month, and has no beer?

By Daniel Greenfield

Venezuela used to have oil literally coming out of the ground. Then the Socialists took over and under Hugo Chavez made it a model for the world... to run away from. Here's what's going on in Venezuela now.

Universal Health Care - Venezuela's widely praised government health care system is doing great. Doctors are being paid $15 a month

In some hospitals, they had less than a third of the medical supplies they require. Almost every patient told me they had to buy at least some of their drugs on the street.

Oncologists said that people who were diagnosed with breast cancer sometimes had to wait more than 18 months for treatment, while surgeons said that other patients often die while waiting for operations.

It's not just a lack of medicines that is making life difficult. Spiralling inflation, which topped 600 percent in July 2015, has meant that doctors' salaries are now worth less than £10 per month.

That's about $15 a month. But even that may be optimistic because Venezuelan currency is monopoly money. Obama had to bail out Cuba because Venezuela couldn't keep carrying Castro.

 It’s taken what, no more than a couple of decades, to turn an oil rich middle income country into something worse than most sub-Saharan economic wastelands (the minimum manufacturing wage in Ethiopia is currently $21 a month or so).

Minimum wage in Venezuela is now about $11 a month. But that's okay because there's no food to buy so the government is just confiscating it from farmers, Bolshevik style.

Sanctuary Cities Represent Naked Crimes against the American people

Testimony of Jessica M. Vaughan before Congress:

Thank you for the opportunity to testify on the public safety problems created when local governments adopt policies that obstruct immigration enforcement, commonly known as sanctuary policies. According to ICE records, as of October 2014 there were 276 such jurisdictions in the United States. Over an eight-month period in 2014, more than 8,100 criminal aliens who were the subject of detainers were instead released back to the streets as a result of local non-cooperation policies. Approximately two-thirds of these individuals had a serious criminal history at the time of their release. Nearly 1,900 have subsequently re-offended. Only 28 percent have been re-apprehended by ICE.

Sanctuary policies do nothing to build trust between immigrant communities and local law enforcement. They do not improve access to law enforcement services for immigrants; nor have they been shown to increase the likelihood that more immigrant crime victims will report crimes. On the contrary, they destroy the trust of the community at large that the laws will be faithfully enforced to preserve the quality of life for all.

Despite widespread public outrage at the San Francisco Sheriff’s policies that caused the release of a man with five prior deportations and seven felony convictions, and who was the subject of an ICE detainer, who then went on to kill Kathryn Steinle, it is clear that some jurisdictions will not budge from their criminal alien sanctuary policies. To make matters worse, the Obama administration’s new Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) explicitly allows local jurisdictions to obstruct ICE – and also establishes the entire country as a sanctuary for nearly all illegal aliens by further narrowing enforcement priorities and severely restricting the ability of ICE officers to deport removable aliens, including many with criminal records. Therefore, Congress must step in to correct the situation by a) clarifying in the law that local law enforcement agencies are expected to comply with ICE detainers; b) establishing that local law enforcement agencies will have qualified immunity when cooperating in good faith; c) implementing sanctions for those jurisdictions that continue to refuse to obstruct enforcement; and d) reversing the Obama administration’s non-enforcement policies.

Where Have All the Bullets Gone?

By James Simpson

Since the day President Obama was elected, gun owners have been on an unprecedented buying spree, purchasing everything from .22 ammunition to every kind of semi-automatic firearm available.

Their fears are not unwarranted — especially because, for a while, the federal government seemed to be racing private owners to buy the ammo first.

Closer examination shows that some fears of federal activity on this front are overblown. Others, though, are deeply rooted in legitimate concerns.

While Obama claims to support “common-sense” gun laws, he has made high-profile public announcements telegraphing his anti-gun intentions and engaged in behind-the-scenes gun control — tweaking government regulations to deny gun rights to veterans, seeking the same for Social Security recipients, and using the ATF to ban certain types of popular ammo. Calling guns more dangerous than terrorism, Obama recently indicated he’ll devote the rest of his time as president to gun control.

Larwyn's Linx: Joint Chiefs Chairman Dempsey: Obama Presenting False Choice Between Deal and War

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Nation

Joint Chiefs Chair: Obama Offering False Choice Between Deal and War: Blake Seitz
Kerry: We Can't Reveal Contents of Secret Side Deals to American People: Daniel Halper
Ted Cruz Toys With Kerry, Carter, Moniz: "Sir, Do You Apologize Or Not?": RCP

Defense Secretary: Iran Will Not Change Behavior as Result of Nuke Deal: Daniel Halper
The Price Of Ignorance: WIlliam Pollack
Kerry's disrespectful mocking stance on Israel, and Congress: Michael Curtis

Cecil the Lion: MagFarm
Two Weeks Later, Hillary Clinton Finally Comments On Planned Parenthood Video: DC
Fear and Fascism: Judge Bars Release of More Planned Parenthood Videos: Treehouse

John Boehner's 10 Worst Moments as Speaker: Logan Albright
Meadows Files Resolution to Fire Cryin' Johnny Boehner: Camp o' the Saints
Boehner, McConnell 'Destroying Party From the Top': Greg Corombos

Economy

9.6MM Americans Unemployed—8.1MM Illegal Aliens EMPLOYED: Stephen Frank
Situation critical: Obamacare costs set to pummel state budgets: Jason Hart
Obama Cost Us All Over $5 Million Just for the Flight Alone for His Vacation to Africa: RWN

Scandal Central

A curious — and coincidental — two-month gap in Hillary e-mails: Ed Morrissey
Cause of Action Sues State for Clinton Records Failure: Destiny Albritton
Obama’s Border Patrol Releases Another Illegal Alien Who Murdered and Raped Americans: RWN

Judge threatens to hold Obama’s lawyers in contempt over Lerner’s IRS emails: Stephen Dinan
Cruz on lost IRS emails: ‘Nixon’s ghost must have been smiling’: Fox
Ted Cruz presses IRS commissioner on non-profit targeting: Sylvan Lane

Climate & Energy

Hillary on Keystone Pipeline – I’ll tell you my position when I’m President: LI
Massive Tampering By GISS: Paul Homewood
Failure Theater, Regulatory Edition: Rob Garver

Media

Can Mark Levin’s New Book, ‘Plunder and Deceit,’ Rescue America’s Youth?: Hans A. von Spakovsky
Mark Levin's Plunder and Deceit: Thomas Lifson
Watch: Cruz compares Obama to Nixon: Sean Langille

Hey David Muir and Almin Karamehmedovic, Why Cecil and Not Cecile?: Erick Erickson
Nets Spend More Time on Cecil the Lion in 1 Day Than Abortion Vids in 2 Weeks: MRC
Panic in Pittsburgh: Media Struggling to Ignore Black Mob Violence: Colin Flaherty

NYT backtracks, a little, amid email scandal: Bill Bumpas
President Obama’s Companion Rep For Criminal Justice Reform Arrested Today: Treehouse
Ratings for Bruce Jenner’s ‘I Am Cait’ Are In, and Guess What?: RWN

World

Israel: U.S. Officials Are Withholding Major Parts And Details Of Iran Deal From Us: Katie Pavlich
Iran agreement: Why you should read Paragraph 36: Owen Alterman
Ted Cruz: Release names of U.S. deaths linked to Iran: Andrew Tilghman

The Much-Too-Special Relationship: Nicholas Shaxson
Three ISIS Terror Trials This Week in America: Clarion
'May I Cut Off a Head as a Wedding Present?' - ISIS: 'Yes': Clarion

That Clicking Sound: The Z Man
What Is Life Really Like in North Korea? One Woman’s Story: Chelsea Scism
Gun Rights Advocates Have A Devastating New Argument Against Gun Control. Here It Is.: Kurt Schlichter

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Search for Alien Life Ignites Battle over Giant Telescope: Lee Billings
Hackers can crack the self-aiming rifle to change its target: Andrew Tarantola
This is How Photoshop Artist Erik Johansson Creates His Mind-Bending Images: Michael Zhang

Cornucopia

Time for the GOP to Crap or Get Off the Pot: Leon H. Wolf
Let’s Hear It For Team-Boehner! Raw! Raw! Raw!: MOTUS
For the Little People: Hillary Clinton’s NYC haircut cost $600: Douglas Ernst

Image: Ted Cruz presses IRS commissioner on non-profit targeting
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QOTD: "Do you, [Defense] Secretary [Ashton] Carter, believe that Iran will change its behavior as a result if this agreement is finalized? And have you seen any indication of that?" Senator John McCain asked this morning.

"I've not, Mr. Chairman," said Secretary Carter. "In speaking just from my own judgment I don't foresee that or have any reason to foresee that. That is why it's important that the agreement be verifiable. That is why it's important that Iran not have a nuclear weapon and that is also why it's important that we keep doing everything that we need to do. Defend our friends and allies, remain strong in the Gulf, freedom of navigation, ballistic missile defense--all of the things we're doing. We need to keep doing those things, and the agreement doesn't limit us in anyway. Obviously if Iran changes its behavior, that would be a welcome thing. But I see no reason to foresee that chairman, personally." --Daniel Halper