12/19/14
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The Council Has Spoken! Watcher’s Council Results – 12/19/14

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.

“I don’t believe it is possible to transcend race in this country. Race is a factor in this society. The legacy of Jim Crow and slavery has not gone away. It is not an accident that African-Americans experience high crime rates, are poor and have less wealth. It is a direct result of our racial history.” – Barack Obama

“Barack Obama is like the old joke about boats. The two best days of owning a boat are the day you buy it and the day you sell it.” – Howie Carr

“None of what Barack Obama is doing or wants to do to this country is anything the rest of the world hasn’t seen before and already failed at.” – Rush Limbaugh

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This week’s winning essay, Nice Deb’sSheriff Clark: After Obama, We’re Going To Need A “Period Of Reconstruction To Put The Country Back Together,” Is her astute take on an interview with Sheriff David Clark of Milwaukee concerning race relations under President Obama. Here’s a slice:

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clark joined Megyn Kelly, Thursday night to discuss a new Fox poll that shows that 62% of voters believe race relations have gotten worse since Barack Obama became president.

Kelly asked the the clear-eyed, straight talking sheriff, “are they right?”

“Of course they’re right,” Clark answered without hesitation. “He built that…..remember that statement, ‘you didn’t build that’? Well, he built this racial divide, it was a wound that had been healing for a number of years – number of decades – and he reopened it with his divisive politics.”

He continued, “Obama has benefited from the divide and conquer strategy – it secured two successive electoral victories for the White House but it’s been very destructive for America.” He went on to ask a devastating question, “Who would have thought that after the election of first black president in the history of United States, that we would need a period of reconstruction to try to put this country back together?”

Clark claimed that instead of taking a neutral tone, Obama has habitually fanned the flames.

Megyn gave Clark an opportunity to give Obama a pass and put most of the blame on people with whom he surrounds himself, but Clark was having none of it.

“It’s a cabal of people,” he acknowledged. “But he’s at the top. When the president speaks, people listen and he has to choose his words carefully.”

Megyn, playing devils advocate, noted that Obama often acknowledges the sacrifices made by police.

Clark countered by saying that Obama likes to “throw a few bones out there” for law enforcement with “a wink and a nod” to the racial agitators. “People know what he’s doing,” the Sheriff declared.

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Kurt Schlichter at Townhall with Nothing Succeeds Like Liberal Secession, submitted by The Razor. It’s a fascinating look at what things would be like if Blue America and Red America decided on a mutual peaceful parting of the ways, with a nice side order of Schlichter’s wry sense of humor.

Here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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12/17/14
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Watcher’s Council Nominations – Cuba Betrayed Edition

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With today’s announcement by President Obama that the U.S. will be normalizing relations with Cuba, American foreign policy took a very dark turn. Just at the point when this hideous regime was on the verge of collapse, our president took action that will not promote freedom for the Cuban people, but will throw an economic lifeline to a brutal dictatorship to enable it to stay in power. Disgraceful and shameful beyond words.

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.

Council News:

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Greg at Rhymes With Right was quoted in Breitbart.

My latest, Fear And Loathing – Labor And Livni’s Hatnua Join Forces is up at the Times of Israel.

This week, The Political Commentator, IOwnTheWorldReport.Com and Blazing Cat Fur earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

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Simple, no?

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12/16/14
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Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees!! 12/16/14

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It’s time again for the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Week’ nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the famed Golden Weasel, which will be awarded to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations and check back Thursday to see which Weasel gets the votes and walks off with the statuette of shame!

Here are this weeks’ nominees:

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Squeaker of the House, Obama Doormat and RINO extraordinaire John Boehner!! 

The Noisy Room: John Boehner for betraying his conservative base and aligning himself with Obama and the Progressives on the Left. In the CRominbus bill, he gave everything and more to Obama on every Progressive issue addressed. It was a breathtaking act of treason against conservatives and the Tea Party.

I agree wholeheartedly with Sean Hannity:

“John ‘Gruber’ Boehner, two days after the midterm elections, talking tough on the issue of amnesty, but unfortunately, that’s all it was. Because today it’s conservatives who feel like they’ve been burned as the Speaker aligned himself with the president, with Harry Reid, Steny Hoyer and Joe Biden to pass a spending bill a short time ago,” Hannity said.

“John Boehner ‘Grubered’ conservatives tonight and by that, I mean, the conservative base in particular, and Michele Bachmann hit the nail on the head,” he continued. “He never would have done this before the election. He has no inspiring vision and to me, he is everything that is wrong with Washington. He is a Democratic Party-lite. He doesn’t have those bold colored differences that Reagan talked about. And he should, in my view, he should not be the Speaker and should be replaced.”

Boehner would not even speak, much less negotiate with conservatives on this and he implemented a provision that would effectively raise the amount that high net-worth donors can contribute to political party committees from $97,250 to $777,600, which was an egregious slap in the face to the Tea Party and conservatives. It basically ensures that fat cats are the only ones who can afford to run and it is a blatant attempt to shut out Tea Party candidates.

Time to go RINO hunting as Sarah Palin put it. Lock and load.

The Independent Sentinel: John Boehner is unquestionably my choice for weasel of the week, perhaps for the month, no the year. He said he would stand up to Barack Obama before the election, but the only ones he has stood up to are conservative Republicans. When it looked as if the budget wouldn’t pass, he pressured conservatives and when that didn’t work, he went to the far-left Steny Hoyer and Barack Obama to get the bill passed.

Boehner tweeted this on December 11th: “By the House’s action, we are setting up a direct challenge to the president’s unilateral actions on immigration next month…″

Horse feathers!!!

Boehner pushed through a budget that funds amnesty. The Republicans have nothing to fight with next year. We can’t defund the DHS.

They won’t fight anyway.

Any fight is always pushed off into the future with this phony.

He betrayed the people who put Republicans in control of the House and the Senate. My second runner up for weasel is Karl Rove who is pleased that we are on our way towards having a budget as if that were the end all and be all. We passed an exorbitant spending bill that funds all of Obama’s lawless actions and neither Karl Rove or John Boehner appear to care about the Constitution in all of this.

VA Right: I’m going to go with John Boehner and his lead from behind deal with Barack Obama on the Omnibus bill.

The voters made this a wave election, not to get the Republicans to work with the Democrats, but to get them to push back. Boehner gave up an entire year of leverage and opportunity. He managed to prove that Republicans are not the answer either.

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Senator Dianne Feinstein!

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: For unleashing a partisan report that only spoke to terrorist pro bono attorneys with serious Nat’l Security repercussions. Allies and fence sitters will be less likely to work with America since anything they help with could be blown by a spiteful old lady. Enemies may use it as a rallying point to continue their mad jihad to kill innocents and innocent Americans.

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Hamas Shill And British Labour Party Nutjob Sir Gerald Kaufman!!

Bookworm Room: Gerald Kaufman, a Jewish-born, British member of Parliament (Labour, of course), for coming up with one of the most foully antisemitic statements ever:

“You cannot appeal to the Israelis’ better nature, because they do not have one.”

The video and transcript can be found here.

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Sen. Elizabeth “Stands With Fistfuls of Corporate Cash” Warren!

The Razor: My pick of the litter this week is Sen. Elizabeth “Stands With Fistfuls of Corporate Cash” Warren. As Kevin Williamson writes in this week’s National Review, Sen. Warren has become a darling of the progressive community for her attacks on Wall Street yet at the same time has taken its cash. The New York Times has supported the narrative of Warren’s opposition to the federal bailouts, writing ““The liberal base of the Democratic Party, led by Ms. Warren, also found itself in an unlikely alliance with the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party. Both opposed the Wall Street bailout of 2008 and feared that the spending measure would not only provide a bounty for big banks but would also help cause another economic crisis.” Williamson writes, “Senator Warren is an energetic proponent of corporate welfare for Boeing, General Electric Bechtel, Caterpillar, and other such poor, defenseless little mom-and-pop operations.” Williamson also references the funniest movie ever, Blazing Saddles, referring to Warren’s claim of Cherokee ancestry (she’s 3.1%) “Senator Warren is as much an authentic champion of ordinary working people as she is an authentic Cherokee princess — and Mel Brooks and those Yiddish-speaking Indians from Blazing Saddles were more convincing in that role.”

Sen. Warren is the new face of progressives in the Democratic party, meaning she’s extremely wealthy, white and old – having turned 65 last June. She’s being considered as the youthful alternative to Hillary Clinton (who turned 67 in October). But being eligible for full Social Security benefits doesn’t deter her nomination for weasel of the week, especially for one as weaselly as Warren. Weasel Warren: it has a certain ring to it..

Yeccch! Can you smell the stench these weasel creatures emit or what? Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

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12/16/14
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Mark Levin threatens to leave the GOP

On Monday’s Mark Levin Show, The Republicans had an opportunity Saturday night to stand up and vote against this Cromnibus bill, which funds Obamacare, amnesty and President Obama’s radical agenda, and they didn’t. Mark says he is one inch away from leaving the Republican Party if this keeps up and there are thousands of people who feel the same. The Constitution is in tatters and the Republican Party doesn’t even realize they’ve ceded their power to Obama. Congress goes on about an imperial president yet do nothing about it. John Boehner and Mitch McConnell should resign but their egos won’t let them. Instead, they’re cutting deals with the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid behind closed doors, pushing their agenda to the Republican establishment in Congress, and anyone that speaks out against it like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz are attacked for not going along with the party. We are sick of voting for corrupt crony Republicans who won’t do what we voted for and continue to violate their oath of office and trample the constitution. Senators Mark Lee and Ted Cruz call in and speak with Mark to talk about the gridlock in Washington. They have to fight tooth and nail to vote on anything, while bills are negotiated behind closed doors rather than on the Senate floor.

Ted Cruz: They want to come after me? Knock yourself out

Mike Lee: We are not to blame for Harry Reid pushing through nominees

12/15/14

Forum: How Do You feel About The ‘Cromnibus’ Spending Bill? What Does it Signify Politically?

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Every week on Monday morning, the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum with short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture or daily living. This week’s question: How Do You feel About The ‘Cromnibus’ Spending Bill? What Does it Signify Politically?

The Independent Sentinel: I will take the last part of the question first. It signifies that the Republicans aren’t willing to accept the results of the last election. It’s a Boehner sell-out.

I don’t want to say too much until I see what the new congress does. If they do nothing, it’s time for a third party. They’re trying to shove Jeb Bush on us and have decided that he, Romney and Christie are our only presidential choices for 2016.

The bill funds the unconstitutional amnesty, Obamacare, EPA regulations, abortions, et cetera. The bargaining chip is the DHS. What are they going to do? Tell Barack Obama no amnesty or they will stop funding the Border Patrol?

The Noisy Room: Richard A. Viguerie is absolutely right when he calls most of the Republican leadership “boneless wonders.” And as Senator Rand Paul correctly labeled the CRomnibus, it is an “abomination of a bill,” and it passed narrowly thanks to the betrayal of John Boehner. Boehner lied himself silly as he did exactly what I predicted he would do… he claimed that the Republicans didn’t dare shut down the government and had to pass the CRomnibus to find out what was in it, a la Pelosi. He also claimed the good in the bill, outweighed the bad. So many lies in such a short time. He went all the way with Obama, knowing that the President would kick him out of bed in the morning. Conservatives were Grubered by Boehner and the other Progressive RINOs who wanted everything they passed – they also gave Obama ALL he asked for and oh, so much more.

Every Republican who voted for the CRomnibus must be targeted in primaries and gotten rid of. They are cancerous to the Republic – they are Progressives on the Right side of the aisle and are every bit as much a danger to our country as the Progressive Liberals are. Every one of these Republicans owns this. They weren’t ‘forced’ into anything… they chose this because of money and power. It’s as simple as that.

The implications basically include that unless there is a thunderous turn around, the Republican Party is done. A third party will rise over this betrayal. Conservatives have had enough of the lying RINOs and being manipulated. My hope is that Sarah Palin will run in 2016 with Ted Cruz at her side, or Ted Cruz and Mike Lee or Allen West. It is the only chance left for the Republican Party as it now stands.

One last minute rider in particular – a provision that would effectively raise the amount that high net-worth donors can contribute to political party committees from $97,250 to $777,600, was an egregious slap in the face to the Tea Party and conservatives. It basically ensures that fat cats are the only ones who can afford to run and it is a blatant attempt to shut out Tea Party candidates. The rider would give the Republican and Democrat Party establishments huge advantages in battles with primary challengers to incumbents.

The bill will obviously pass and it is the exact antithesis of what America wants. But this is not a new political alignment. Warren is a die-hard socialist – the bill wasn’t Progressive enough for her. Conservatives want the polar opposite on this.

Are the Republicans so deaf, dumb and clueless that they can’t battle corrupt Democrats even when they control the House and the Senate? Or are they just as corrupt as the Progressive Liberals? Both is the answer. Just more arrogant elitist bull crap… slapping each other on the back, wallowing in their greed for power and money – they feel as though the party will never end. But walking on the wild side always has a price and Americans won’t take this much longer. The RINOs are going to find themselves on the wrong dance card after waking with a major hangover and the realization that the tab has come due and Obama doesn’t love them in the morning. Suckers. All the back room deals, lies and manipulations, just simply delay the demise of the Republican Party. But an accounting is coming and soon.

Boehner’s dirty deals with Obama have increased spending by $3.8 Trillion in 3.8 years. It’s just flat out criminal what they are doing to this nation. It is suicide and they know it and just can’t seem to care evidently. The arrogance of Boehner and his cronies is stunning. He wouldn’t work with conservatives at all on the CRomnibus.

As Sarah Palin says, this bill stinks to high heaven. RINO season is now officially open. Lock and load. More on this in my article:  Boehner Betrays His Conservative Base by Passing the CRomnibus and ‘It Stinks to High Heaven’. This is what it has come to – one party… the Progressive Party. Where Boehner and the RINOs identify more with Obama and the Liberals than conservatives, the Tea Party and America in general. Let America eat cake. Never mind the smell.

JoshuaPundit: There are several things I take away from this.

First off, this has all the appearance of a political coup d’etat. The chief leverage congress always has against a president is the power of the purse. That leverage has now essentially been lost for the incoming Republican congress until September of 2015.

It would have been quite easy to simply pass a basic continuing resolution (which is all cromnibus is) which funded everything and made no major changes that lasted until, say January 30th, when the new congress would have been seated. That would have made political and tactical sense, and Majority Leader Reid could not have held it up nor could the president have vetoed it without sustaining major political damage as the cause of a government shut down for no reason.

So why wasn’t it done that way? Instead,the Republican leadership stuck in changes that could almost have been made to order for the upcoming Democrat class warfare campaign (even though they actually benefit Democrats far more, which is why Harry Reid let them go through) and essentially neutered themselves and the incoming Republican dominated congress. Not only that, but the confab in the senate gave Elizabeth Warren a major boost in her public profile, especially among the Professional Left.

The way this was done made no sense politically or tactically, but it was so important that Speaker Boehner and his whip Rep. McCarthy were actually willing to blatantly lie to a number of House members to get them to vote in favor of a procedural rule without which cromnibus could not have come to a vote, something that is going to further split the GOP caucus, weaken the whip and do serious damage to Boehner’as credibility, whatever was left of it.

The only possible side benefit for Boehner and the Republican leadership was to damage the conservative branch of the Republican caucus, but that also makes no real sense because it weakens them to no purpose and divides the caucus. Many of the new electees are not necessarily associated with the Tea Party, but they’re also not stupid. They will look at this and realize that Boehner, McCarthy and new senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell are not to be trusted.

That Boehner was willing to go to these lengths convinces me of something I’ve suspected for a long time… that President substantial Obama has something on John Boehner (and likely others).

Boehner wasn’t paid off, he’s paying off. And by the way, this also explains this president’s aggressive and combative stance after the debacle of the midterms, something unique in modern history. He obviously knew something.

Remember, we’re dealing with the sort of Chicago pol who got elected to the Senate by judge shopping to get his opponent Jack Ryan’s sealed divorce records made public so Ryan was forced to quit his campaign to protect his child.

You might also remember how the White House found out about General Petraeus’ affair months before it came out and got him to lie about Benghazi – before they released the info publicly anyway to discredit him and get him to resign. He changed his story on Benghazi afterwards but no one took him seriously after that.

With the resources Barack Obama commands as president, there’s no limit to what he might have tucked away on various people. And I think we also have ample evidece of his lack of scruples and what some might think of as simple decency.

The Republicans may dominate congress, but with compromised leadership, nothing much is going to get done. That is something that is going to have to change, and quickly.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: Here’s what Rush Limbaugh had to say about the latest developments:

Where do we stand on this thing now? It’s a legitimate question because the way this has been reported is that it’s a done deal. It’s a done deal because the House voted for the rule and then voted for the whole thing and it’s done and it’s considered a rubber stamp in the Senate and so it’s done. But it isn’t yet, is the thing. The media’s reporting that it’s done, but it’s really not, and all eyes are focused on Elizabeth Warren. And the question is, can she stop it?

Now, everything I mentioned in the previous hour’s true. Obama and Steny Hoyer and Biden, these guys are all helping Boehner, all the Democrats are doing everything they can to help Boehner, or did do everything they could to help Boehner get the votes that he needed in the House. It was the strangest thing. So now, the attention shifts focus to the Senate, and the question there is, “Can Democrats in the Senate still scuttle this thing?” And the answer is yes. They could still scuttle the deal, but they can’t do it alone. And there’s the rub.

They’re going to need some help from Republicans if the Senate is to stop this from happening. Now, what we’re talking about is the $1.1 trillion, it’s called the omnibus spending or cromnibus, and some people have even given to calling it the crimenibus because they think it’s an outrage the way it’s happening. It really is a piece of legislation that is in stark, in-your-face opposition to the people who voted this past November.

The American people want no part of this, or very little of it. The Washington establishment doesn’t care, and a lot of people are fuming, and rightfully feeling that, well, what, did the election not matter? And I’ll tell you, the answer to that question is a question a lot of people don’t want to hear the answer to.

So here’s where we are. A little help from Fox News. They’ve had some analysts looking at this trying to figure out where it goes from here. Now, last night, both the House and the Senate passed a two-day continuing resolution to keep the government running and avoid a partial shutdown. The House also passed the omnibus, this $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds the remaining nine and a half months of the government’s fiscal year through September 30th.

Now, stop there for a moment. A lot of people think that’s asinine. The Republicans just won a landslide election. Why do a bill that funds the government for the rest of this fiscal year, which basically takes a year away from Republicans and the power they have over the budget next year and the year after the Republicans won the show and run the budget if they want to, albeit with Obama. So why punt one of those two years, which is what’s happened by going for the omnibus to fund it all the way through.

The Republican establishment’s answer to that, “Well, you know, we need to fund the government and then take care of that because the president will present his budget in February for 2016 and that’s where we’ll fight.” And a bunch of us frankly are getting real tired of the Republicans saying let’s go ahead and let this happen now and in a couple of months that’s when we’ll kick butt. They never kick butt, is the problem.
So what happened is, the House passes the omnibus bill that funds the remaining nine and a half months of the federal fiscal year, but funding immigration programs for just three months, which will allow Republicans to try to roll back Obama’s executive amnesty after the Senate is in Republicans’ hands.

Now, the House’s move punted the ball over to the Senate for final passage and then Obama’s signature. But that’s not as easy as it seems with Elizabeth Warren lurking in the weeds. The Senate convened at ten o’clock this morning but had to first finish the National Defense Authorization Act, and time will run out on that bill sometime this afternoon. Until the must-pass military measure is finished, Harry Reid cannot file cloture to move to the vote on the spending package, and he needs 60 votes for it. They can’t get to it ’til this afternoon, ’til they finish this military funding thing, which is a mass requirement.

If Elizabeth Warren, Fauxcahontas, and liberal senators get enough help from conservative Republicans opposed to the bill for other reasons, they could prevent it from advancing.

They have to find 41 votes to stop it. And finding 41 votes for what would essentially be a government shutdown is what the media think is impossible to do, because nobody wants to shut down the government.

Nobody wants to get blamed for shutting down the government. So if the bill is stopped, the end result’s a government shutdown, and that is the big obstacle that’s in the way, the abject fear of that. Now, it is reported that both conservatives and liberals have some additional options even after the thing passes, if it does. For example, a single senator, or a small group, could insist on using all 30 hours of debate time, which would pass the two-day emergency funding plan that was approved last night. Remember, it’s only just two days that they gave them.

Finding 41 votes is a tough thing because that’s a government shut down. But even at that, there’s still some other things they could do, like insist on full-fledged 30 hours of debate, which would then cause the current two-day spending measure to expire. That would force leaders to go back to the House for yet another emergency patch, if you will, say of another 48 hours to fund the government. You see how ridiculous this is getting? And another vote in the House would give conservatives, who they say they were lied to by House leaders into backing the emergency bill, a chance to redo their vote.

This takes us back to the Santa impersonator and Marlin Stutzman, who openly claims he was lied to about this. Just to refresh your memory, Stutzman was promised if he voted for the continuing resolution, the rule, not the ACR, but for the procedural vote, if he voted for the rule, that they would pull the omnibus and enact a 30-day continuing resolution to get the Republicans in power in both the House and the Senate and then start working on the omnibus, and they lied to him. They didn’t pull the omnibus.

So, again, if they get back to the House, if they have to go back to the House for another 48-hour emergency funding patch, that would give these conservatives who say they were lied to by House leaders into backing the emergency bill on the grounds that the bill was dead and buried, and with the shutdown threat revived, liberals and conservatives alike could make some additional demands, or at least use the time to try to find 51 Senators to vote against the final package.

Now, it must be said that while on paper this sounds like it could all shake out, the odds of it happening are said to be very unlikely. But the procedure provides some sticking points to bedevil the establishment, also some unhappy votes for ideological purists. The Senate could avoid this whole mess by invoking unanimous consent to vote on the big spending bill this afternoon. But if one Senator objects, then the whole decision is rejected, and that would mean that the Elizabeth Warren wing and the Republican rebels alike would all have to cave to some degree.

So this is an outline of what would have to happen to once again scuttle it or put some roadblocks up, and everybody involved thinks that all of this is really, really unlikely to happen. But it could still. A lot depends on Elizabeth Warren and just how big a flag she wants to plant on this. So we’ll just sit back and casually observe and see what happens. But the smart money is that it’s going to happen with no controversy whatsoever, that it’s practically already a fait accompli. “Is there still a way of stopping it?” But, again, the smart money says it’s not very likely.

Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason: Unfortunately, the bill will pass. Another voluminous spending bill no one has read. It appears we still have a ways to go to convince our “trusted servants” we will not stand for this continued confiscatory theft of our hard earned tax dollars. The efforts of conservatives delivered the Senate to the Republicans and increased their numbers in the House this past November, but apparently it is business as usual. There has been no effort whatsoever to shrink the size of government. Regulations continue to take more money out of our pockets and into the hands of the government. The GOP has essentially given away nearly a year of control over the purse strings, half of the time they will have control of both houses of Congress.

Hopefully during the next two years many more Americans will wake up and realize their earnings and personal wealth are not growing as they continue to pay more for essentials such as food, energy, and gas and have less left over for discretionary spending. We cannot continue on this path. The debt has surpassed $18 Trillion dollars with no attempt being made to cut spending.

2016 will be a major turning point for America. It will be up to We the People to decide whether we continue along this path towards a progressive America, or take our country back from the political and elite class and restore our country to government of the people, by the people and for the people.

The Glittering Eye :The continuing resolution omnibus spending bill, waggishly nicknamed “CRomnibus”, is about what you’d expect from one of its kind. Neither party is happy with it and the more ideological you are the less happy you’re likely to be. That’s the way things get done in a representative democracy, particularly one as large as ours.

The question boils down to whether you think we’re better off with a crummy budget than none at all. I think that on balance we are. Isn’t this the first budget that the Senate has actually voted into law? That’s something of an accomplishment in its own right. I guess elections do have consequences.

I would prefer that these huge, opaque omnibus spending bills be abolished in favor of bills that were about a single matter and a single appropriation. That won’t happen without a constitutional amendment forcing it. It’s just too hard to get graft into a simple, short bill on a single subject.

Relevant-it’s often attributed to Bismark but it was apparently first said by John Godfrey Saxe: if you like law or sausages you should never watch either one being made.

Well, there you have it.

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12/13/14
Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann Wants An Attack On Iran For Christmas

Bachmann: Obama Dismissive When Pressed on Iran Nukes

Rep. Michele Bachmann retiring, but says ‘I’m not going to go home and put a sock in my mouth’

12/12/14
CRomnibus

CROmnibus: a $1 trillion betrayal; updated

By: James Simpson
DC Independent Examiner

CRomnibusUpdate: The votes are in and the massive spending bill known as “CROmnibus” has passed the House of Representatives. The Senate has been given two days to consider. Cannot imagine a successful GOP challenge there so it will be come law of the land. Democrats call this massive bill one of the best deals they’ve gotten with the GOP in decades. Congressman James Moran (D-VA) said:

In 20 years with appropriations bills, I haven’t seen a better compromise in terms of Democratic priorities. Implementing the affordable care act, there’s a lot more money for child development…We got virtually everything Democrats tried to get.

This was a massive, premeditated betrayal of the American people and the Leadership’s own party. Before the vote on Cromnibus, there was a vote on a procedural rule whether or not to allow the bill to be considered at all. A vote against the rule would have killed the bill. One congressman claimed leadership lied to him, telling him that Cromnibus was dead and if he voted for the rule it would be to clear the way for a vote on a simple short term continuing resolution funding government until the GOP took charge. So he voted for the rule. It won 214 to 212. CROmnibus then went on to pass with significant support from Democrats and way too many Republicans. Finally, GOP leadership chose the December 11 expiration date for a continuing resolution passed in September to temporarily fund government. They did this knowing full well that if the GOP won the Senate in November, it would offer Democrats one last chance to pass something in the lame duck session. Speaker Boehner, McConnell and other GOP leaders deliberately disenfranchised their fellow Republicans.

Original article posted at American Thinker yesterday:

Flush from an unprecedented nationwide GOP victory in this November’s elections, House and Senate GOP leadership determined that their essential first course of action should be to snatch defeat from its jaws. They have brought forth a spending bill for 2015 that gives President Obama almost everything he wants, while disenfranchising the very voters who delivered the GOP victory.

The $1.014 trillion Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, (HR 83), has been dubbed “CROmnibus” as it is a combined continuing resolution (CR)[1] and Omnibus spending bill. It will provide full funding for 11 of the 12 annual appropriations bills to the end of FY 2015 (September 30th), and a short term continuing resolution to February 27 for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Speaker Boehner has said he would ensure members a minimum of 72 hours to read legislation. Instead, following former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s innovative “pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it” policy, there will only be a tiny window of no more than 52 hours to read, analyze and vote on a trillion dollar spending bill that is 1,603 pages long. For reference, the Bible (NKJV) is only 1,200 pages. In 2010, incoming Speaker Boehner sang a different tune, “I do not believe that having 2,000-page bills on the House floor serves anyone’s best interests, not the House, not for the members and certainly not for the American people,” he said. But he also said he was going to cut spending…

Well, since this monstrosity went public at around 8:30 Tuesday night, countless eyes have been poring over its provisions to make sure we don’t have to pass it to find out what’s in it. Following are some of the worst:

1. Explanatory Statement

Right from the start, the very first provision indicates this is a new animal:

Sec. 4 Explanatory Statement (P 4.) “The explanatory statement regarding this Act, printed in the House of Representatives section of the Congressional Record on or about December 11, 2014 by the Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations of the House, shall have the same effect with respect to the allocation of funds and implementation of divisions A through K of this Act as if it were a joint explanatory statement of a committee of conference.”

What it says in plain English is that the appropriations committee chairman could have authority to write in changes to any of the appropriations bills after the bill is passed. Usually this is done by a conference committee before the vote and indicates how and where they would like to see monies spent. This provision could allow the chairman to sneak in something or make other changes after the vote!

2. Executive Amnesty Is Fully Funded

The bill withholds funding for 451 separate activities, but none for executive amnesty. It provides at least $2.5 billion to handle this year’s influx of approximately 252,600 illegals. Most of the programs existed beforehand, but the legislation makes clear that increases have been provided to cover the additional costs:

Health and Human Services: $948 million for HHS’s Unaccompanied Alien Children program, $80 million more than fiscal year 2014, specifically to accommodate the “more than 57,000 children” apprehended in 2014. According to the Democrats, “It will also support legal services for children as they seek safety in the United States from extreme violence and abuse in their home countries.” This mantra is part of the Democrats’ effort to reclassify illegal aliens as “refugees,” a classification they clearly do not warrant. See p. 34 of Democrat bill summary.

Social Security: The following convoluted language actually gives illegals greater access to Social Security. By limiting denials to individuals whose actions have “formed the basis for a conviction…” implicitly everyone else is eligible, including those 4.5 million amnestied illegals. Virtually no one will be denied:

“None of the funds appropriated in this Act shall be expended or obligated by the Commissioner of Social Security, for purposes of administering Social Security benefit payments under title II of the Social Security Act, to process any claim for credit for a quarter of coverage based on work performed under a social security account number that is not the claimant’s number and the performance of such work under such number has formed the basis for a conviction of the claimant of a violation of section 208(a)(6) or (7) of the Social Security Act.” (PP. 958-959).

Department of Education: “$14 million for grants to all State educational agencies within States with at least one county where 50 or more unaccompanied children have been released to sponsors since January 1, 2014…” (P. 910) Furthermore, local agencies will be given subgrants for “supplemental academic and non-academic services and supports to immigrant children and youth.”

Department of State: $932 million. Includes a provision to assist Central American countries in improving their border security. (PP. 1303 – 1306). No funds appear to be allocated specifically to this activity but the Democrat’s bill summary identifies $260 millionto respond to a surge of unaccompanied children from Central America coming to the U.S. The funds will be used to implement a prevention and response strategy focused on border security and the reintegration of migrants, as well as the causes of the migration, including programs to improve education and employment, support families, counter gangs, coyotes and drug cartels and professionalize police forces.” See p. 53.

Note that the above does not refer to U.S. border security but that of Central American countries – an absurd gesture. The three Northern Triangle states of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador facilitated this year’s migration. Their borders are much tighter than ours. If they wanted to shut them down, they could. Flush $260 million.

Providing a short-term CR for DHS was supposed to make it appear that the GOP was going to challenge Obama’s illegal executive amnesty next year, because DHS agencies are to process new applicants under the executive order. But there is no language in the DHS CR defunding amnesty. Bill writers claimed they could not insert defund language into the DHS CR because affected programs are self-funded with user fees. Yet the bill had language restricting other user-fee based programs in other agencies. And if they couldn’t defund it now, how could they next year when the CR expires?

Between now and February 27, Obama’s executive action is fully funded, and the CR expires after the program kicks in. Meanwhile, DHS is rushing to hire new personnel to process the illegals expected to apply for the amnesty. There were so many lies and deceptions in this exercise it was almost impossible to keep up.

The GOP House leadership wants amnesty. Rep. Pete Sessions has said publicly that Republicans did not intend to repatriate the illegals who overwhelmed the border in 2014. Regarding any immigration “reform”, Sessions emphasized that the plan, “even in our wildest dream, would not be to remove any person that might be here, unless they were dangerous to this country and had committed a crime.” They structured the CROmnibus specifically to give Obama what he wants, allowing him to take the heat for it while they pretend to oppose it. Their real goal is to pass comprehensive immigration “reform” in 2015 that will look much like George W. Bush’s failed effort in 2007.

Daily Caller’s Neil Munro quoted a GOP Hill aide: “GOP leaders want to block and complicate the anti-amnesty fight because the GOP might win the fight against Obama… That victory would derail their plans for an GOP-designed amnesty in 2015, and complicate their efforts to keep immigration out of the 2016 election…”

The Leadership’s amnesty goals defy all logic. Those illegals brought with them a dictionary of new diseases, including most likely, the Enterovirus outbreak responsible for at least 8 deaths and numerous cases of serious paralysis. Illegals commit heinous crimes in disproportionate numbers. A major reason the GOP swept elections nationwide is that most Americans – including democrats and Hispanic Americans – do not like Obama’s open borders policies and want illegals sent home, not to remain here stealing jobs and overburdening our welfare system – already stressed to the max. Poll after poll indicates this.

On Wednesday, an amendment was proposed that would block funding for Obama’s executive amnesty. One of the amendment’s co-sponsors was Dave Brat, the Virginia legislator who threw Eric Cantor out of office. The amendment probably won’t get a fair hearing but good on him for trying.

3. Full Funding for Obamacare

Clever language says “no new funding” for Obamacare. But Obamacare was fully funded in the CR passed in September to keep the government open until December 11, including the contentious abortion funding and other issues. Now funding will be provided for the full fiscal year. This means no Obamacare repeal this year, and as it gradually sinks its tentacles into our Nation’s heart, it will be increasingly difficult to rip out. If a Republican becomes president in 2016, by then it will be so entrenched they won’t dare risk political capital to remove it. Difficult to believe, but the GOP Leadership appears to want Obamacare almost as much as the Democrats.

4. Millions More Muslim Refugees from Terrorist Countries

Syrian Refugees $3.06 billion has been provided, $1.01 billion above the President’s request for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons. (P. 52 Democrat summary). Recall that in September Simon Henshaw, deputy assistant secretary of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, announced: “Next year, you will see thousands [of Syrians] entering the US. We are committed to a large program on a par with other large [refugee resettlement] programs in the past… Our commitment is to do thousands a year over many years,” he said. There are over 1 million Syrian refugees in Turkey who have fled Syria’s civil war. “Our resettlement program from Turkey is one of our largest in the world, and it will continue to grow,” he added. Refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran will also benefit. So if you like Dearbornistan, prepare for many more towns like it.

5. Aid to Syrian Rebels

Half a Billion to Nice Terrorists “$500,000,000 … to provide assistance, including training, equipment, supplies, sustainment and stipends, to appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition and other appropriately vetted Syrian groups or individuals for the following purposes: defending the Syrian people from attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and securing territory controlled by the Syrian opposition; protecting the United States, its friends and allies, and the Syrian people from the threats posed by terrorists in Syria; and promoting the conditions for a negotiated settlement to end the conflict in Syria.”. Weren’t our friends in Libya “appropriately vetted” too? The bill denies use of these funds for “procurement or transfer of man portable air defense systems.” But how does DoD plan to enforce that? (PP 426-427).

6. A Bunch More Objectionable Provisions

  • EPA gets to keep on imposing “greenhouse gas” regulations that are strangling coal, while provisions reining in EPA were stripped from the bill.
  • Provisions supporting gun rights were removed.
  • $5.4 billion for Ebola efforts in Africa – more than provided to fight ISIS.
  • The bill contains phony budget gimmicks, but still violates spending caps
  • Too many others to list

Club for Growth is urging all members of Congress to vote “NO” on the Cromnibus (HR 83), as is Heritage Action for America, the political action arm of the Heritage Foundation. Conservatives may have an unlikely ally in Senator Elizabeth Warren. Warren has become the Democrat’s latest lunatic folk hero following the ignoble flameout of Wendy “Abortion Barbie” Davis. Warren has called on Democrats to deny support until one objectionable provision regarding the Dodd-Frank law is removed. The Teamsters have weighed in as well, asking members not to support Cromnibus because of changes to multi-employer pension legislation. Both sides may be willing to consider a short term 90 day CR should the CROmnibus fail to pass, but the White House understandably prefers the monster.

This bill sets horrible precedents; most importantly it blatantly dismisses overwhelming popular opposition to both executive amnesty and Obamacare. The GOP majority was elected to take action, and not the action preferred by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Obama and the Democrats, but that demanded by taxpaying voters. If allowed to stand, these two policies will rip our country apart and ensure that the GOP majority, as usual, is very short-lived.

[1] A continuing resolution simply funds the government at current levels for a certain specified period without making any programmatic changes.

12/12/14
American Pinata - UnsavoryAgents

The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results – 12/12/14

The Watcher’s Council


UnsavoryAgents – American Pinata

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.

Agitators are a set of interfering, meddling people, who come down to some perfectly contented class of the community and sow the seeds of discontent amongst them. – Oscar Wilde

Rioting and looting are the tools of those without a voice… There is no revolution without violence. – Agitator at the Ferguson riots, as quoted by Reuters.

“You are hard at work madam,” said the man near her.
“Yes,” Answered Madam Defarge; “I have a good deal to do.”
“What do you make, Madam?”
“Many things.”
“For instance —”
“For instance,” returned Madam Defarge, composedly,
“Shrouds.”
The man moved a little further away, as soon as he could, feeling it mightily close and oppressive. – Charles Dickens in his novel about the French Revolution, A Tale Of Two Cities.

We’re liberators, not looters. – Al Sharpton

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This week’s winning essay, The Noisy Room’s The Movers and Shakers Behind the Ferguson Riots, explores the Ferguson protests and riots and is pretty much about what the title implies it is, a well written in-depth examination about a subject not much covered in the media… the plethora of very well organized groups who organized it and orchestrated it. Here’s a slice:

The Ferguson riots are not what they seem and those behind them are professionals. One of the top organizers of the protesters for the Ferguson riots is Lisa Fithian, someone who was intimately involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement. She has been deemed “Professor Occupy.” In 2005 and 2008, Lisa Fithian, Root Activist Network of Trainers, (2005), Alliance for Community Trainers Inc. (2008), was voted onto the Steering Committee for United for Peace and Justice. United for Peace and Justice is a partner organization of the George Soros linked Institute for Policy Studies. Several Marxist organizations are involved in the UFPJ leadership, but the most influential has been the Communist Party USA.

Lisa Fithian joined the labor movement through the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute in 1993. She is considered a legendary organizer. She also served as a human shield in actions conducted by the International Solidarity Movement in the Palestinian cities of Jenin and Nablus and has accused Israel of “slaughter[ing] Palestinians every single day in Gaza and the Occupied territories.” These are just a few of her credits.

Fithian is known for her statement: “create crisis, because crisis is that edge where change is possible.” Sound familiar? It should, it is straight out of Holder’s and Obama’s playbook, as well as Marxism in general. Fithian was a lead organizer in the infamous 1999 Seattle riots against the World Trade Organization that devolved into violence. She is known for teaching violent tactics as well as community organizing. She specializes in aggressive “direct action” tactics. Fithian previously provided training and support for the controversial ACORN group, National People’s Action, the new version of the Students for a Democratic Society and other radical organizations. She trained somewhere around 600 protesters for Ferguson.

The following video shows anti-capitalist radical Lisa Fithian training Chicago union teachers on how to stage their arrests for the camera in 2011:

Fithian is far from alone in her Revolution organizing. She is joined by the likes of Code Pink, RevCom, the New Black Panthers, Socialist Party USA, etc. The ACLU has been in the mix from the beginning as well, along with SEIU. The UN also became involved, along with national LGBT organizations, climate environmentalists, amnesty groups, pro-Palestinian organizations, Christian social justice groups and Planned Parenthood.

LGBT organizations represented include the Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, National Black Justice Coalition, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Center for Transgender Equality, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, National Center for Lesbian Rights Action Fund and PFLAG National.

Amnesty International sent a “13-person human rights delegation” to the town to “examine” potential human rights abuses, in what they refer to as an “unprecedented” move by deploying in the United States. Many other groups joined in, such as Tauheed Youth Development Life, the Organization for Black Struggle (OBS), the Moorish Science Temple, the Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression and the Universal African Peoples Organization (UAPO). No radical party would ever be complete without the Socialist Workers Party as well.

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Andrew McCarthy at the NRO with What’s Really Going on with Holder’s Civil-Rights Crusade against Police Departments, submitted by Nice Deb. McCarthy has an excellent take here on what’s behind the sudden seemingly endless assault on the nation’s police departments by our Attorney General and the DOJ.

Here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

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