Hat Tip: BB
By: Lloyd Marcus
In a shameless glaring act of hypocrisy to rehabilitate Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations, the New York Times published an article doubling down on the Obama Administration’s lie that the attack on our consulate in Benghazi was due to an anti-Islam video. http://bit.ly/KjIKlr
Meanwhile, the NYT, Hillary and Obama have displayed a “Pat who” attitude towards Pat Smith, the mother of Sean Smith who was killed in the Benghazi attack on Hillary’s watch as Secretary of State.
What makes the attitudes of these superior, arrogant and pompous liberals so hard to stomach is that they falsely portray themselves as champions of women.
In reality, NYT, Hillary and Obama consider American lives acceptable collateral damage in furthering their socialist/progressive agenda; Obama’s vowed fundamental transformation of America.
Thus, the Administration stonewalling by refusing to release facts about what led to the death of Pat Smith’s son in Benghazi is par for the course – mere collateral damage.
Over a year ago, Hillary looked Pat Smith in the eye and lied to her face. http://bit.ly/1fZDgHc So much for Hillary’s commitment to the sisterhood. Obama promised Pat Smith answers regarding her son’s death. Pat is still waiting for answers about what happened. http://bit.ly/1cGSEsa But then, what else could you expect from a president recently awarded Liar of the Year? http://bit.ly/1he32ek
Yes, liberals like the NYT, Hillary and Obama only give a rat’s derriere about liberal women that they can exploit to further their liberal agenda. Cindy Sheehan was a liberal darling until she could no longer further their cause. http://bit.ly/KimIjB Then, Sheehan was thrown away on their pile of broken lives and dreams sacrificed for their agenda.
These people, NYT, Hillary and Obama are always railing about their phony bologna made-up GOP War on Women, all the while displaying a callous cold disregard for Pat Smith who has been simply seeking the truth about the greatest loss of her life. Thus, the NYT, Hillary and Obama are guilty of launching a war on a mom, Pat Smith.
Ms Smith, I am confident I speak for millions of Americans. We are deeply sorry for the loss of Sean, your brave son. Our prayers and support are with you. May God bless you and your family.
By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings
Take a look at a map created by the ACLU showing their interpretation of Homeland Security’s “Constitution Free Zone”. Now throw that map away because the courts are prepared to expand the border zones to cover any location in these United States.
A little background information might be helpful.
In April of 2011 David Kravets wrote an article, Appeals Court Strengthens Warrantless Searches at Border. A known pervert had all his electronic gear seized by ICE agents wherein they discovered child pornography and gained a conviction in criminal court, a conviction which was appealed and overturned.
“At issue in the case decided Wednesday was the prosecution of a California man on child pornography charges. In 2007, ICE agents seized three laptops and a camera from convicted child molester Howard Cotterman, and transported them 170 miles away for a two-day search that uncovered hundreds of child porn images.”
I have no liking for perverts who destroy the lives of children by exploiting them and it’s a shame to have to let this particular deviant go; but the rules of evidence apply to everyone, including degenerates who molest and photograph children.
Apparently the majority of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals doesn’t agree with the rule of law or the 4th Amendment.
“We find this position simply untenable,” 9th Circuit Judge Richard Tallman wrote for the majority, reinstating the evidence. Limiting searches “would only reward those individuals who, either because of the nature of their contraband or the sophistication of their criminal enterprise, hide their contraband more cleverly or would be inclined to seek entry at more vulnerable points less equipped to discover them.” (emphasis added)
You may recall how travel within these United States changed dramatically after the attacks on 9-11. Air travel was actually suspended for a time while government officials came up with a way to address the issue. Immediately airports were turned into check point stations which required travelers to produce picture identification, a boarding pass and unwarranted random searches as a means of restricting terrorists from using airplanes as bombs.
Americans grumbled at the inconveniences imposed by TSA; but permitted the bodily intrusions as a trade off, individual God given liberties in exchange for safety. In actuality these check points have yet to stop any terrorists; but folks believe their government is trying.
History records Benjamin Franklin’s warning, “Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither”. (Some historians have attributed this quote to Thomas Jefferson as well; but as Hillary Clinton has reminded us, “What difference does it make!”)
We’d already lost over three thousand lives when two jet passenger planes took out the World Trade Center, another crashed into the Pentagon while yet one more headed for Washington D.C. crashed into an empty field when valiant passengers took on the terrorists rather than permit them to complete their assigned target of the White House…, or was it the Capitol Building. (I keep hearing that voice in my head, Hillary Clinton shrieking, “What difference does it make!”)
Okay, most folks would agree some kind of security measures are needed; but how far is too far?
There’s a more current news item regarding Homeland Security ignoring the 4th Amendment as Julian Hattem’s article records how government agents methodically go about randomly searching electronic devices of anyone within reach; you’ll observe these searches are no longer limited to the confines of an airport. (See ACLU map once more)
You only need to be within a hundred miles of any U.S. border to be considered a national threat, which I can testify of personally.
“A federal court has tossed out a lawsuit trying to prevent the government from searching laptops, cellphones and other devices at U.S. border checkpoints.”
Interestingly the ACLU took up the fight; but lost their case, at least at this particular level of appeals.
“According to government documents, officials at the border search and copy the contents of thousands of people’s devices each year. Border agents are allowed to look into the devices and detain them for a short period of time without a reasonable suspicion that the traveler has committed a crime.” (emphasis added)
The ACLU responded appropriately. (Unfortunately the ACLU is as much a threat to the standards of America since their sole purpose is to undermine and destroy the foundations upon which our nation was founded.)
“Unfortunately, these searches are part of a broader pattern of aggressive government surveillance that collects information on too many innocent people, under lax standards, and without adequate oversight.”
The 4th Amendment was put in place for a reason, to prevent our government from conducting unwarranted searches and seizures. It didn’t include exceptions for the state to get around obtaining warrants, warrants which are based on probable cause and it certainly didn’t define an extended border area wherein constitutional protections were not recognized; exceptions have been added, by our courts acting as representatives of our government, over the years which basically nullify the intended restrictions placed on government. The inmates are running the asylum!
Judge Tallman and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has given us insight as to the lengths and measures our government may operate in order to obtain convictions.
“Limiting searches “would only reward those individuals who, either because of the nature of their contraband or the sophistication of their criminal enterprise, hide their contraband more cleverly or would be inclined to seek entry at more vulnerable points less equipped to discover them.” (emphasis added)
What about smaller airports located well within the borders? Add to that train stations, bus depots, cruise ships or even river boats where criminals often are found; are we to simply accept that officers of our government may indiscriminately stop and search individuals without warrant or probable cause? If this ruling stands the 4th Amendment has been abolished. Our founders fought a war over things like this.
I’ll use Judge Richard Tallman’s line, remember, he wants to make sure any and all criminals are within the grasp law enforcement regardless of the rule of law…
“We (as in We The People) find this position simply untenable”.
This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”
By: Nelson Abdullah
Conscience of a Conservative
Cancelled health insurance plans by the millions. Premiums rise 300%. Two million people enrolled in ObamaCare but most are low-income families covered under Medicaid, not the healthy, young, affulent Middle-Class families with incomes that were supposed to support the program. The so-called Affordable Care Act is already proving to be unaffordable with family deductibles averaging $10,000 or more. That means that even with the health insurance a family must pay out the first $10,000 in medical bills before the coverage starts. This plan is a disaster but it is so bad that it could not possibly be that way by accident. Even stupid people manage to do something right once in awhile. The Unaffordable Care Act was designed to fail from top to bottom.
Since the Democrats were the only ones who voted for ObamaCare they will be the only target of the expected backlash by millions of angry voters. The Democrat leaders who conceived and wrote the plan in secret, who told members of Congress they had to pass it before they could read it, are now facing the most frightening threat they have ever faced. But while conservatives are enjoying the prospect of voter revenge in the 2014 elections, only 11 months away, and the expected retaking of the Senate giving Republicans control of both houses of Congress, this may all be just a planned scenario scripted by the Marxist/Socialist leadership of the National Democratic Party. A perfect example of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. While we watch images of a squirming and obviously uncomfortable Obama admitting that he screwed up, we may well be the ones in for the big surprise. This is because the Affordable Care Act is not the health plan that the Democrats had in mind, it was only a stepping stone to launch their valiant and heroic rescue effort to save America. And the solution to everyone’s problem will be a “new” compromise health care plan, the Single Payer System. The Single Payer System, otherwise known as National Healthcare is pure, outright socialized medicine. The following is a glossy explanation from Wikipedia that does little to explain the pitfalls of National Healthcare. It fails to warn of the long waiting lists for medical treatment or the low wages paid to Doctors or the full implementation of the Death Panels that consist of panels of bureaucrats who will be granting approval for medical procedures or denying them to the elderly who make no contribution to society.
The United States National Health Care Act, or the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act (H.R. 676), is a bill introduced in the United States House of Representatives by Representative John Conyers (D-MI). The bill had 88 cosponsors in 2009. The act would establish a universal single-payer health care system in the United States, the rough equivalent of Canada’s Medicare, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service…
Under a single-payer system, all medical care would be paid for by the Government of the United States, ending the need for private health insurance and premiums, and probably recasting private insurance companies as providing purely supplemental coverage, to be used when non-essential care is sought.
The national system would be paid for in part through taxes replacing insurance premiums, but also by savings realized through the provision of preventative universal healthcare and the elimination of insurance company overhead and hospital billing costs.
The leftist news media that has been covering up the problems with ObamaCare in order to protect the Democrats in the previous two national elections while the bill was being created and the 20,000 pages of new regulations were being written are now playing their part by reporting the disastrous effects to drum up support for some sort of needed relief. Even liberal web sites like Politico called Barack Hussein Obama’s promise that we could keep our insurance coverage, The Lie of the Year. They are all setting the stage for the White House to announce a viable solution to the millions of citizens suddenly finding themselves with no health care coverage and the millions more who have found they cannot afford the coverage they signed up for. Look for Barack Hussein Obama calling on Congress to voluntarily repeal ObamaCare and replacing it with a National Health Care Single Payer System. The law they wanted all along.
And there goes one third of the U.S. economy right down the tubes.
My name is Nelson Abdullah and I am Oldironsides
Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.
Well, 2014 is upon us and I’m sure all of my Council mates and the WoW community join me in wishing you a prosperous, healthy and happy New Year. Traffic wise, this was one of our best years ever and we couldn’t have done it without your support, I tell ya!
Oh, and 2014? Some of the Council and our invited guests weighed in with a few predictions for the New Year you can view here.
This year, once again the Council as a whole won the award for Best Blog Ring in the 2013 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards, not to mention that Council members The Noisy Room and Nice Deb copped the awards for Best All Around Blogger, as did our pal, Council alumnus and distinguished member of the WoW community, Sarah Noble, of The Independent Sentinel.
Council Akbar indeed! Thanks to everyone who voted for us.
This week, Ask Marion, Seraphic Secret, Maggie’s Notebook and The Independent Sentinel took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status with some great articles.
You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.
To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6 PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning.
It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members, while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?
So, let’s see what we have this week…
- Liberty’s Spirit – J”accuse the Ultimate Anti-Semite (Update): The “as a Jew” Meme Returns
- The Noisy Room – Verily, It Is A Clusterduck
- The Political Commentator – Egypt knows what Obama still can’t figure out!
- Joshuapundit – Stone Soup
- GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – What If Germany Won WWI?
- Simply Jews – Turkish Blues
- Rhymes With Right – Book Review — Unintimidated By Scott Walker
- VA Right! – Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson a Modern Day Rosa Parks
- The Right Planet – Do Barack Obama and Karl Marx Agree on Social Inequality?
- The Colossus of Rhodey – Missed Irony
- The Mellow Jihadi – The French peasants are revolting
- Nice Deb – Benghazi Witnesses Outraged By NYTs Story: Complete Baloney (Video)
- The Glittering Eye – Nativity Scenes
- Bookworm Room – When it comes to Norman Rockwell (nudge, nudge), homosexuality is in the eye of an obsessed culture
- The Razor – 2013 Posts That Went Nowhere
- Ask Marion – Inside TAO… NSA Intercepts Your Mail
- Maggie’s Notebook – Can the NYT Get More Bizarre: Why Yes… They Can and Did: NYT Reporter on the Ground in Benghazi a Photographer? Or Is It Just a Lie?
- Seraphic Secret – Obama Flees From ObamaCare
- The Independent Sentinel – Stunning: ACA Mandate for Religious Organizations Blocked by Justice
- Caroline Glick/Jerusalem Post – Khodorkovsky and the Freedom Agenda submitted by Liberty’s Spirit
- Red State – Of Ducks And Disposition submitted by The Noisy Room
- American Thinker – Will 2014 See A Repeat Of 1914? submitted by The Political Commentator
- Sherri Mandel – I’m Glad My Son’s Murderers Have Not Been Found submitted by Joshuapundit
- War On The Rocks – Holiday Reading List submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- David P. Goldman/PJ Media – The End of Erdogan’s Cave of Wonders: An I-Told-You-So submitted by Simply Jews
- Doug Ross @Journal – Obamacare Comix – Real Numbers Edition submitted by Rhymes with Right
- New American – Global Warming Alarmists Stuck In Antarctic Sea Ice submitted by VA Right!
- Alinsky Defeater’s Blog – The Darwinian Paradox of Progressivism submitted by The Right Planet
- The Daily Caller – 5 dumbest Melissa Harris-Perry quotes of 2013 submitted by The Colossus of Rhodey
- Roger L. Simon/Pajamas Media – The Principal Enemy submitted by The Mellow Jihadi
- Sultan Knish – Rise of the Mediacracy submitted by Nice Deb
- Althouse – “Look, you wait until they get to be 20-years-old, the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket.” submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Norman Rogers/American Thinker – The Solar Swindle submitted by Bookworm Room
- Popehat – Burn the F***ing System to the Ground submitted by The Razor
- Bill Whittle – The End of the Beginning submitted by The Watcher
- Victor Davis Hanson – 2017 and the End of Ethics submitted by The Watcher
And what a battle this will be! Happy New Year everyone!
Sorry I have been quiet the last few days. Our household has the flu, but that won’t stop me as soon as I get my bearings again.
May the coming year be one that returns us to Constitutional principles and our original founding beliefs. May we defeat our enemies from within and without and may God once more shed favor on the USA.
Here’s to Mr. Turner, my 8th Grade teacher and principle. You were right after all sir.