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Black Journalist Takes Exception to the Obamas’ “Racism” Experiences

The recent “People Magazine” interview with the Obamas is being scoffed at because both Barack and wife Michelle not only gave very vague experiences and twisted them into something they were not (racism), but Michelle’s story is being ‘flashed-back’ to hear her singing a far different tune when just two years ago, on national TV, she told it to David Letterman as a funny anecdote. They both are dangerous liars and instigators. Horrible people. Just horrible.

HT: BizPac Review

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The Pakistani School Massacre … Obama Built That

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At what point will the bulk of the American people realize the guy in the White House is completely working against them and our nation?

(GOP The Daily Dose) – According to Reuters, only eight days before the Taliban faction known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) brutally massacred over 130 school children in Peshawar Pakistan on Tuesday, Obama released the terror group’s second in command, Latif Mehsud.

U.S. forces captured Latif Mehsud, the former number two commander in Pakistan’s faction of the Taliban, in October 2013, in an operation that angered then Afghan president Hamid Karzai.

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Obama Nominates Former Soros ‘Media Matters’ CEO to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission

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Well, if nothing else, Obama does repay his political sycophants…

(PJM) – With a quiet, almost unnoticed nomination just before Thanksgiving, President Barack Obama rewarded Media Matters for its help in attacking reporters and critics of the administration. At the same time, he virtually guaranteed that a federal agency that is supposed to improve the administration of elections will instead become a partisan battleground intended to help his political party.

On Nov. 19, the White House issued a press release announcing that it was withdrawing the nomination of Myrna Perez, a lawyer at the Brennan Center, to be a commissioner on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). It instead nominated Matthew S. Butler, the former CEO and president of the George Soros-funded left-wing advocacy group Media Matters, to replace her.

The EAC is a bipartisan agency created in 2004 by the Help America Vote Act of 2002, the election reform law that Congress passed in the wake of the 2000 presidential election and the controversy over what happened in Florida. The EAC, which is governed by four full-time commissioners — two Democrats and two Republicans — is supposed to assist and guide state and local election administrators in improving the administration of elections for federal office.  The EAC serves as a national clearinghouse and resource for information about the best practices in election administration. It is also responsible for the accreditation of testing laboratories and the certification, decertification, and recertification of voting systems, like the electronic voting machines many people use when they vote in their precincts.

The four commission slots have been empty for several years, as Republicans and Democrats fought over the need for the continued existence of this agency.

In fact, just on Tuesday, Dec. 16, the Senate finally confirmed three other nominees for the EAC.  The common characteristic of its new commissioners — and past commissioners like Paul DeGregorio or Donetta Davidson — has been that most of them were experienced election administrators at the state and local level, or at least election lawyers familiar with the federal and state election laws that apply to the administration of elections. That is a necessity given the EAC’s responsibility for helping improve the election process.

That is not a characteristic shared by Mr. Butler, as you’ll see on the next page.

He is currently a political consultant at BCT Consulting Group. But as BCT’s website explains:

Butler served as the President and CEO of Media Matters for America the largest and most influential progressive non-profit organization dedicated to challenging conservative misinformation in the mediawith an annual budget of $11M and a staff of seventy. While at Media Matters, TED named MediaMatters.org to its list of top 100 websites people should know and use. Butler also created the Progressive Talent Initiative a full-service media training and booking operation that has become an essential part of the progressive infrastructure. (emphasis added)

Butler also worked in the John Kerry and Christopher Dodd presidential campaigns, but when it comes to federal and state election laws or the administration of voter registration and elections, his experience is lacking. If working in a campaign qualified you to be an election official, everyone in Washington could be one.

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Most disappointingly, the nomination of an individual with no relevant experience in the area he is tasked with administering looks like political patronage of the worst kind. President Obama has rewarded Media Matters for its underhanded, deceitful, behind-the-scenes help in going after reporters and others who were raising legitimate concerns about the questionable actions of the administration. This also does not portend well for having a bipartisan agency that tries to act in the best interests of the American voter as opposed to the best interests of one particular political party and its candidates.

HT: TUS reader BK, who adds:

It’s all right out of the Communist Manifesto of the late 40s, facilitated by Alinsky et al, and solidified in university PolySci and subversive history classes. And the kool-aid drinkers seem woefully unaware. Slowly it’s dawning on all those youngsters who can’t make a decent living. But it needs active support and exposure by those of us who see and understand the consequences of all these moves by this administration, unconstitutional and just ordinary bad ones. Be vocal; make a difference.

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For Your Holiday Viewing Consideration: “American Sniper”

Only Clint Eastwood could do Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s story justice.

This is actor Bradley “The Hangover” Cooper like you’ve never seen him.

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POTD: The Emperor’s Cuban Rolled Gold

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At a White House Hanukkah reception a guest handed Obama an illegal Cuban cigar, which he shoved under his sniffer.

Human rights? F**k that sh*t! He’s saving this one for the golf course during the family Christmas vaycay in Hawaii!

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The Semi-Retired Administration’s New Outlook: Security, Liberty, Freedom, and Human Rights are Old News

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Obama and his democrat/MSM minions keep announcing, “This is not who we are…” whenever he/they make a drastic unilateral change in U.S. policy.

Yes, I imagine he has decided we will no longer be the bastion of liberty and freedom through stern strength and resolve. Practice bending over, America, so you don’t pull out your backs. Those backs will be needed in the serfdom his ilk have planned for us.

Two pieces of interest.

The first comes from The Daily Signal: A Really Bad Day for Freedom

And this bit from the US State Department (via Reuters): Restoring U.S.-Cuba ties unlikely to be tied to human rights: U.S. official

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VOTD: Rubio’s Response to Reporter’s FIU “Super Majority Poll” of Cuban-Americans’ Supporting New U.S.-Cuba Relationship

It would be an understatement to say FIU is a “liberal” college, and those polled were quite likely of that socialist/liberal slant. Rubio also stated this, and much more on Obama’s Cuba deal AND Sen. Rand Paul’s support for it, last night on Megyn Kelly’s FOX program. Rubio also addresses the future of Gitmo under a new Cuban policy. Hadn’t thought of that one, eh?

By the way, I would wager the majority of those cheering and celebrating in the streets of Cuba after Obama’s announcement were not anti-Castro folks. They looked well fed and dressed, and young. The product of Cuba’s state-run indoctrination primary and university schools.

And here we have more liberal/leftist know-it-alls comparing the US embargo with Castro Cuba to the Berlin Wall. I am not linking to the article, but you can search TPM’s Opinion section for “Our Cuba Policy Is Our Berlin Wall, And It’s Starting To Crumble” by Sarah Stephens, where she concludes…

Early in his term, President Obama received the Nobel Prize not for actions he’d already taken, but for actions yet to be. Given what he has been doing in foreign policy—the nuclear negotiations with Iran, the climate change agreement with China, and this agreement with Cuba, it’s now time to say that the Nobel Committee was right: he earned it.

Laughable, considering everything she notes has been a bait and major switch by the other side of the equation in Obama’s “foreign policy successes”.

Jonathan S. Tobin @ Commentary Magazine sums it up pretty good:

“By cooperating in this manner the U.S. is going from a position of futile hostility against Communism to one in which it will be directly complicit in the efforts of this brutal regime to survive. Just as American economic ties helped the communists in Beijing to succeed where those in Moscow failed at the end of the Cold War, so, too, is it likely that all that will be accomplished here is an infusion of American cash and legitimacy that will give a failed, bankrupt yet vicious government a new lease on life.”

But you see, the ilk of writers/readers of TPM are champions of socialism/communism and desire a lifeline for that remaining enclave of Cold War communism, not its end.

Friend Marta Verdes Darby has taken a sidestep from her family, cultural, and cooking posts to enter the debate and written an opinion on this issue at her “My Big Fat Cuban Family Blog”: The Thing About Being Cuban Right Now

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Disarming America: U.S. Nukes Drop 85% Under Obama’s

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Hey, I feel safer…

(The Weekly Standard) – The State Department’s Rose Gottemoeller, under secretary for arms control and international security, spoke at the Brookings Institution Thursday where she reaffirmed the United States’ “unassailable” commitment to putting the nuclear weapons genie back in the bottle. Gottemoeller told the attendees at the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative-sponsored event that “the U.S. commitment to achieving the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons is unassailable.”

She went on to note that the nation’s stockpile of active weapons is down 85 percent from maximum cold war levels, falling to 4,804 in 2013 from a high of 31,255. But, she said, “We still have more work to do.”

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According to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which is put out by the Federation of American Scientists, Russia has about the same number of active weapons now as the U.S., and both countries have several thousand more warheads awaiting deactivation. Due to security concerns governments are reluctant to divulge exact numbers, but it’s generally beleived that most of the older nuclear powers (U.S., Russia, the UK, and France) have reportedly been gradually declining their stockpiles…

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Meanwhile, China is increasing their stockpile, and Iran is very close to developing its own.

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Hillary, The Pope, and Cuba…

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During her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was planning and pushing for the administration to move ahead with normalizing the U.S. relationship with Cuba. And here Obama goes, taking all the cred…

(Bloonberg View) – From 2009 until her departure in early 2013, Clinton and her top aides took the lead on the sometimes public, often private interactions with the Cuban government. According to current and former White House and State Department officials and several Cuba policy experts who were involved in the discussions, Clinton was also the top advocate inside the government for ending travel and trade restrictions on Cuba and reversing 50 years of U.S. policy to isolate the Communist island nation. Repeatedly, she pressed the White House to move faster and faced opposition from cautious high-ranking White House officials.

After Obama announced the deal Wednesday, which included the release of aid contractor Alan Gross, Clinton issued a supportive statement distributed by the National Security Council press team. “As Secretary of State, I pushed for his release, stayed in touch with Alan’s wife Judy and their daughters, and called for a new direction in Cuba,” she said. “Despite good intentions, our decades-long policy of isolation has only strengthened the Castro regime’s grip on power.”

Yet Clinton played down her own role in the issue, which will surely become important if she decides to run for president. Top prospective Republican candidates, including Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have all come out against the president’s policy shift.

Clinton’s advocacy on behalf of opening a new relationship with Cuba began almost as soon as she came into office. Obama had campaigned on a promise to engage enemies, but the White House initially was slow to make good on that pledge, and on the Cuba front enacted only a modest relaxation of travel rules. From the start, Clinton pushed to hold Obama to his promise with regard to Cuba.

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I don’t doubt this as accurate. Obama has climbed his way up the political ladder taking credit for everyone else’s ideas and successes, while never taking responsibility for his/their failures when enacted.

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What alarms me more is Pope Francis’ deep involvement in this Cuba plan

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The president negotiated the deal between the United States and Cuba over the course of 18 months. Pope Francis apparently initiated the negotiations himself. The Vatican released the following statement:

[T]he Holy Father wishes to express his warm congratulations for the historic decision taken by the governments of the United States of America and Cuba to establish diplomatic relations, with the aim of overcoming, in the interest of the citizens of both countries, the difficulties which have marked their recent history.

Raul Castro thanked Pope Francis personally for the deal.

Pope Francis’ casual embrace of a communist regime contrasts sharply with the approach of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict. Pope John Paul II’s visit to Poland in 1979 famously helped launch the solidarity movement that led to the collapse of communism in the nation.

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Francis has gone further than both of his predecessors. He didn’t merely criticize the embargo – he attempted to broker an end to it with explicitly political maneuvering. According to his biographer, Austen Ivereigh, Francis “saw the paralysis that resulted from the embargo, which had a deeply damaging impact on Cuban politics, psyche and economics.”

And unlike both John Paul II and Benedict, Francis’ critique of communism has been tepid at best. In October, Francis complained that “land, housing and work are increasingly unavailable to the majority of the world’s population,” and warned, “If I talk about this, some will think that the Pope is a communist.” Instead, Francis explained, “love for the poor is at the center of the Gospel…it’s the social doctrine of the church.”

In June, Francis actually suggested that communism had cribbed from Catholicism: “I can only say that the communists have stolen our flat. The flag of the poor is Christian… Communists say that all this is communism. Sure, twenty centuries later. So when they speak, one can say to them: ‘but then you are Christian.’”

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I am not a devout Catholic, but I am a Catholic. It pains me to say that from my observations since he took the Papacy I believe Pope Francis is, indeed, a closet socialist.

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Sen. Ted Cruz Talks with Cuban Dissidents: “Since 1959 Cuba has been a Big Jail…”

Sen. Cruz, on the heels of Obama’s announcement of normalizing the US relationship with Castro Cuba, reached out to prominent Cuban dissidents Elizardo Sanchez and Guillermo Farinas for their thoughts…

More background on this interview at Sen. Ted Cruz’s Facebook page.

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