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Benghazi Report: The Al Qaeda Affiliated Attack was “Complex”

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Yesterday, Mediaite, among other liberal democrat/Obama ops, were cheering the report was the end of the investigation of the Benghazi attack. I guess they only grabbed a few perceived favorable words here and there…

(Fox News) – A leading Republican wants to expand the House investigation into the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack by adding a Senate probe, as a new House Intelligence Committee report Friday concluded that the initial CIA assessment found no demonstrations prior to the assault and a primary purpose of the CIA operation in eastern Libya was to track the movement of weapons to Syria.

The report described the attack as “complex” with the attackers affiliated with Al Qaeda. It also said the initial CIA assessment concluded there were no demonstrations outside the State Department Consulate in Eastern Libya.

Referring to the House Select committee Chairman, and the Democratic ranking member, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, said the current House investigation should be expanded.

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You “Stupid” Americans had Better Stop Being “Selfish”

Sheila Jackson Lee was one of the democrats that frantically and joyfully cheered and applauded Barack Obama’s assertion in his last SOTU address to both houses of the US Congress threatening to usurp executive powers away from the Congress (making them taxpayer paid irrelevant dolts) and act like a dictator to get exactly what he wants. Hell! She is even on record as having vowed to “write-up” his Executive Orders for him in order for him to completely circumvent her own branch of government. Something Re. Jackson Lee would be screaming for impeachment of a republican administration and a compliant GOP membership of her branch. And I ponder we shall see just that if/when in 2016 a GOP POTUS is elected and if the GOP still holds both houses of the US Congress.

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This past summer Texas democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee handed out candy to some of those unaccompanied illegal alien children as she patted their little lice-covered heads and welcomed them as they flooded across our unsecure border. This woman basically rewarded those kids for breaking our laws. I am sure that was very lovely. However, from the time those kids, and adults, stomped across our sovereign border the local/state/federal taxpayer dollars have been spent to meet those illegals’ every need, from housing to feeding to medical to educating. THIS, as Americans struggle with inflated prices in gas/energy and food and products in the stores on wages that have not risen in six years, in addition to either having their ‘liked’ healthcare plans (and doctors) stripped from them, or premiums raised to unaffordable rates.

Last week she had the audacity to stand on the floor of the House and scold us as “selfish” for opposition to the law-breaking, and insisting Obama himself was about to break the laws of the U.S. Constitution by going around the U.S. Congress for his projected Executive Action/Order amnesty for at least five million illegal aliens already in this country.

I would remind the Congresswoman that the legal citizens of these United States have, in our past and recent history, been anything but “selfish”. Around the world we have given generously to natural disasters to other countries in need. Our military, with the funding from American taxpayers and our sons’/daughters’ lives, has fought in several wars to free oppressed people around the world and are typically the first on the scene in overseas natural disasters to help with evacuations, medical aid, and supplying basic food and water needs.

However, the greatest crime of audacity Mz. Jackson Lee commits here is her total ignorance, or intentional ignoring, of the well-over $22 TRILLION hard-working U.S. taxpayers have contributed to her democrat party’s (LBJ’s) 50 years-long/multiple generations “War on Poverty”, and by all accounts “This war is lost”, as we right now have more people on food stamps, welfare, and disability funding than any other time in our history.

“Selfish”??!!?? Says the woman who has had her paychecks provided for by taxpayers since taking various elected offices since 1990.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee needs to check herself, because I would wager she bought that damned candy she handed out this summer to those illegal alien kids with our tax dollars…

Yeah, that’ll work.

It is real easy for this nation’s elected class to not only spend our hard-earned money they suck like vampires from our paychecks and various other things they deem in-need-of-taxing, giving themselves pay hikes when Americans are not seeing a raise in theirs, and even watching their work hours cut by employers to avoid crushing ObamaCare mandates, to stand on the floor we built and carpeted (f*ck yeah, WE built that!) act like all the money in this nation belongs to them, spend it like drunken and unconscionable credit card addicted demons and illiterates, and then call us “selfish” when we call them dangerous hypocrites for not following the written laws of the land whenever they selfishly feel it is beneficial to them politically.

Step-off.
F*ck-off.

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November 22, 1963

I’ll never forget.

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The Nation’s Personal Freedom has Declined by 17 Percent Under Obama

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And it will only get worse, if Obama’s planned agenda for us continues these next two years…

Washington Examiner: Under Obama, U.S. personal freedom ranking slips below France

Americans’ assessments of their personal freedom have significantly declined under President Obama, according to a new study from the Legatum Institute in London, and the United States now ranks below 20 other countries on this measure.

The research shows that citizens of countries including France, Uruguay, and Costa Rica now feel that they enjoy more personal freedom than Americans.

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The freedom scores are based on polling data from 2013 indicating citizens’ satisfaction with their nation’s handling of civil liberties, freedom of choice, tolerance of ethnic minorities, and tolerance of immigrants. Polling data were provided by Gallup World Poll Service. The index is notable for the way it measures how free people feel, unlike other freedom indices that measure freedom by comparing government policies.

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In the 2010 report (which relied on data gathered in 2009), the U.S. was ranked ninth in personal freedom, but that ranking has since fallen to 21st, with several countries, including France, Germany and the United Kingdom passing the U.S.

The nation’s overall personal freedom score has declined by 17 percent since 2009, with a 22 percent drop in combined civil liberty and free choice contributing to that decline.

Of the eight categories in the index, personal freedom was America’s second lowest performance relative to other countries. The U.S. had its lowest ranking when it came to safety and security (a broad measure of how threatened citizens feel in instances such as walking late at night, or expressing their opinions) — ranking 31st out of 142 countries.

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Fact-Checking the Emperor’s Amnesty Speech

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No wonder Hugh Hewitt calls him “A Lawless President, Salting The Fields”

(AP) – OBAMA: “It does not grant citizenship, or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive – only Congress can do that. All we’re saying is we’re not going to deport you.”

THE FACTS: He’s saying, and doing, more than that. The changes also will make those covered eligible for work permits, allowing them to be employed in the country legally and compete with citizens and legal residents for better-paying jobs.

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OBAMA: “Although this summer, there was a brief spike in unaccompanied children being apprehended at our border, the number of such children is now actually lower than it’s been in nearly two years.”

THE FACTS: The numbers certainly surged this year, but it was more than a “brief spike.” The number of unaccompanied children apprehended at the border has been on the rise since the 2011 budget year. That year about 16,000 children were found crossing the border alone. In 2012, the Border Patrol reported more than 24,000 children, followed by more than 38,800 in 2013. In the last budget year, more than 68,361 children were apprehended.

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OBAMA: “Overall, the number of people trying to cross our border illegally is at its lowest level since the 1970s. Those are the facts.”

THE FACTS: Indeed, in the 2014 budget year the Border Patrol made 486,651 arrests of border crossers, among the fewest since the early 1970s. But border arrests have been on the rise since 2011.

The decline in crossings is not purely, or perhaps even primarily, due to the Obama administration. The deep economic recession early in his presidency and the shaky aftermath made the U.S. a less attractive place to come for work. The increase in arrests since 2011 also can be traced in part to the economy — as the recovery improved, more people came in search of opportunity.

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OBAMA: “When I took office, I committed to fixing this broken immigration system. And I began by doing what I could to secure our borders.”

THE FACTS: He overlooked the fact that he promised as a candidate for president in 2008 to have an immigration bill during his first year in office and move forward on it quickly. He never kept that promise to the Latino community.

Conservative Review: Top 10 Lies from Obama’s Nullification Speech

Lie #1: Every President has Taken Executive Action on Immigration: No other president has ever issued an amnesty of anywhere near this scope, created it out of thin air, or built it upon a prior executive action instead of a statute. And in the case of President Eisenhower, his executive action was to deport 80,000 illegal immigrants.

Lie #2: Illegal Immigrant Crossings are Down: Actually, this is the third straight year that border crossings have gone up, not to mention the entirely new wave from Central America.

Lie #3: It does not grant citizenship or the right to stay here permanently: Under the royal edict, the work permits can be renewed every three years, and most likely, they will be renewed at the same 99.5% acceptance rate as DACA applications. And once they get Social Security cards, they are going nowhere. So yes, this is permanent. And yes, they will be able to get green cards, which puts them on an automatic path to citizenship: “we are reducing the time that families are separated while obtaining their green cards. Undocumented immigrants who are immediate relatives of lawful permanent residents or sons or daughters of US citizens can apply to get a waiver if a visa is available.”

Lie #4: Only 5 Million: Make no mistake about it. Obama’s illegal amnesty will not just apply to 5 million individuals. It will apply by default to all 12-20 million illegals in the country as well as the millions more who will now come here to enjoy the permanent cessation of borders and sovereignty. Given the numerous options for people to become eligible for amnesty, ICE and CPB will be restricted from enforcing the law against anyone because each individual has to be afforded the opportunity to present themselves and apply for status. There is no way those who were here for less than 5 years will be deported and there’s no way the new people rushing the border and overstaying their visas will be repatriated.

Lie #5: Deport Felons: Obama claims he is going to focus on deporting felons. Yet, he has done the opposite. 36,000 convicted criminal aliens were released last year, 80,000 criminal aliens encountered by ICE weren’t even placed into deportation proceedings, 167,000 criminal aliens who were ordered deported are still at large, 341,000 criminal aliens released by ICE without deportation orders are known to be free and at large in the US. Again, this is cessation of deportations for everyone. They are leaving no illegal behind.

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And the guy who heads the political party that at its core believes your/our rights are granted by big government, not by “God”, once again reverts to Scripture to appear more rightious and faithful than you haters. But Dana Loesch ain’t buying it anymore than I did when I heard him last night.

Yep, Satan can quote Scripture too.

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Hello: 30,000 Lois Lerner Emails Recovered

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(Washington Examiner) – Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever.

The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email system.

“They just said it took them several weeks and some forensic effort to get these emails off these tapes,” a congressional aide told the Washington Examiner.

Committees in the House and Senate are seeking the emails, which they believe could show Lerner was working in concert with Obama administration officials to target conservative and Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status before the 2012 presidential election.

The missing emails extend from 2009 to 2011, a period when Lerner headed the IRS’s exempt-organizations division. The emails were lost when Lerner’s computer crashed, IRS officials said earlier this year.

In June, IRS Administrator John Koskinen told Congress the emails were probably lost for good because the disaster recovery tape holds onto the data for only six months. He said even if the IRS had sought the emails within the six-month period, it would have been a complicated and difficult process to produce them from the tapes.

The IRS also lost the emails of several other employees who worked under Lerner during that period.

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Sharyl Attkisson in the Obama/Holder Crosshairs

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(PJM) – Judicial Watch reports that the Obama administration has turned over about 42,000 pages of documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal. The administration was forced to turn the documents over to Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Judicial Watch is posting them on its web site. The administration turned them over on November 18, 2014.

One of the documents provides smoking gun proof that the Obama White House and the Eric Holder Justice Department colluded to get CBS News to block reporter Sharyl Attkisson. Attkisson was one of the few mainstream media reporters who paid any attention to the deadly gun-running scandal.

In an email dated October 4, 2011, Attorney General Holder’s top press aide, Tracy Schmaler, called Attkisson “out of control.” Schmaler told White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz that he intended to call CBS news anchor Bob Schieffer to get the network to stop Attkisson.

Schultz replied, “Good. Her piece was really bad for the AG.”

Schultz also told Schmaler that he was working with reporter Susan Davis, then at the National Journal, to target Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA). Issa led the House investigation into Fast and Furious. Davis now works at USA Today. In the email chain, Schultz tells Schmaler that he would provide Davis with “leaks.”

Davis wrote a critical piece on Issa a few weeks later.

Attkisson was later subjected to hacking of her computer by people who remain unknown, but who likely belong to a government agency [...]

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The Joke’s on Us: A Nihilist Pyromaniac Agent of Chaos in The Oval Office

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A few good reads regarding the unhinged occupier in the Oval Office as we move forward these next two years…

Joseph Curl @ Washington Times: Obama sets off on scorched-earth rampage

…President Obama, fresh off a shellacking in the 2014 midterm elections — in which he made himself a centerpiece, much to the chagrin of embattled Democrats — is about to embark on a scorched-earth rampage that will change the face of America forever.

Although the Harvard graduate and former professor often speaks of “teachable moments,” the president saw nothing worth learning in the outcome of the Nov. 4 elections, when voters gave Republicans their largest majority in the House since World War II and drummed the Democrats out of control of the Senate.

More, he doesn’t care that poll after poll shows a growing disillusionment with his signature policy as president, Obamacare, which now holds a record low approval rating of 37 percent. And his plan to use executive authority to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens rates just about the same — just 38 percent of Americans approve.

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President Obama, fresh off a shellacking in the 2014 midterm elections — in which he made himself a centerpiece, much to the chagrin of embattled Democrats — is about to embark on a scorched-earth rampage that will change the face of America forever.

Although the Harvard graduate and former professor often speaks of “teachable moments,” the president saw nothing worth learning in the outcome of the Nov. 4 elections, when voters gave Republicans their largest majority in the House since World War II and drummed the Democrats out of control of the Senate.

More, he doesn’t care that poll after poll shows a growing disillusionment with his signature policy as president, Obamacare, which now holds a record low approval rating of 37 percent. And his plan to use executive authority to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens rates just about the same — just 38 percent of Americans approve.

But Mr. Obama couldn’t care less. He doesn’t care that he has said at least 22 times in the past that he couldn’t simply create his own immigration law or ignore the statues already on the books. “Congress’s job is to pass legislation. The president can veto it or he can sign it. … I believe in the Constitution and I will obey the Constitution of the United States,” he said in 2008.

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And in 2010, he was more blunt: “I am president, I am not king. I can’t do these things just by myself.” That’s right, he can’t. The Founders, fearful of the power of a monarch, designed the American government so that the president is the least powerful of the triumvirate, giving far more power to the legislative branch and the judiciary.

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After his party’s historic losses, he refused to even acknowledge the thrashing. Instead, he said the real lesson from that day was that Americans want everyone in Washington to “work together.”

Yet behind the scenes, the president was busy directing his team of lawyers to find real or perceived loopholes in the law — even the Constitution — in order to wave his royal scepter and instantaneously turn as many as 12 million illegal aliens into America citizens. Already he had quietly ordered the federal government to stop deporting aliens and unilaterally allowed some 60,000 “unaccompanied minors” to enter the U.S.

So he never had any intention of “working together” with Republicans, who in six weeks will control both chambers of Congress. Instead, he set off to circumvent Congress by granting amnesty to millions. Throughout, he knew that he would be, as GOP leaders said, “poisoning the well” and “waving a red flag in front of a bull.”

Peggy Noonan @ WSJ: The Nihilist in the White House – This administration doesn’t build, it divides and tears down. Vindication is assumed.

The assumption of history’s inevitable vindication is sharper in the current White House, due to general conceit—they really do think they possess a higher wisdom and play a deeper game—and the expectation that liberal historians will write the history.

The illusion becomes a form of license. We don’t have to listen to critics, adversaries, worriers and warn-ers, we just have to force through our higher vision and let history say down the road we got it right.

They make this assumption because they don’t know much about history—they really are people who saw the movie but didn’t read the book—and because historical vindication is what happened so spectacularly in the case of Ronald Reagan. So it will happen to them, too.

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Historical vindication happens. The Obama White House assumes it will happen to them. Thus they can do pretty much what they want.

What they forget is that facts largely decide what history thinks—outcomes, what happened, what it means. What they also forget, or perhaps never knew, is that the great ones are always constructive. They don’t divide and tear down. They build, gather in, create, bend, meld, and in so doing move things forward.

That’s not this crowd.

This White House seems driven—does it understand this?—by a kind of political nihilism. They agitate, aggravate, fray and separate.

Look at three great domestic issues just the past few weeks…

Fay Voshell @ The American Thinker: Obama’s Perfect Storm?

The leftist lives in eternal revolt and permanent rage against the injustices, real or perceived, of the world around him. But any rectification of injustices is never enough. He must be continually on the move, inventing new or resurrecting old injustices. He is inherently and irrevocably anarchical, but the new world order he seeks never actually arrives. He doesn’t know what fundamental transformation actually looks like, since it’s never existed in reality. For him, the current order is irretrievably and eternally flawed and without remedy; so he must destroy it. He must at all costs keep the fires burning.

In the leftist spirit of never letting a crisis go to waste, the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri is kept on the front burner, and the fire is stoked even hotter because unrest is a given in leftist ideology.

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Perennially unhappy with peace and blind to any improvement of race relations, leftist activists today are still hell-bent on scripting and acting out endless acts that imitate past plays. Continual evocation of the past makes the Left feel alive. So they supply the kindling and the match to incidents that would flame out were they not stoked into conflagration by professional race hustlers who take a tragic incident as an indicator that America is still systemically and critically sick with racism. Professional activists are bused in and our Radical in Chief meets with activists hell-bent on creating racial chaos.

But yet more than racial chaos is stoked. The appetite for crises is never satiated, as crises are the Left’s means for their aim of radically transforming America into their own image.

In order to continue the transformation we desire, says the Left, let’s create more chaos by announcing amnesty for millions near or on the same day the Ferguson incident is ruled on by a grand jury. Let’s reinforce the chaotic open border policies by rewarding those who have broken the law with instant legalization. Let’s introduce even more chaos into the “system.” It is a healthy development that meaningfully disturbs the present national construct, its stabilizing institutions and foundational documents.

Let’s create the Perfect Storm.

Leftists love war of all kinds. They adore disorder and seek chaos, all the while proclaiming they are aiming at establishing permanent peace. Conflict is considered good because it is necessary to keep the historical process of fundamental change continually going forward. That is why the Left, though sometimes uneasily, fundamentally identifies with terrorists around the world. Islamists and the Left are in basic alignment with Islamists’ prophetic call for destruction in order to bring in an ideal world. That is why our left-leaning administration supports terrorism or plays it down. It is actually empathetic to terrorism, including home grown terrorism that advances socialism, because “fundamental transformation” requires destruction of the old order. In both cases — Islamism and socialism/communism alike — terror is considered a legitimate policy instrument.

After all, if the manufactured crises were to cease, the leftist rationale for their existence would also cease. But if the leftist is successful in sowing the seeds of destruction and actually harvests what he sows, the resultant chaos will overwhelm him, too. When he sees that he can’t count on the authority of old institutions to preserve order; when he notices the mob is at his own gated community; when the government he hates actually begins to break down according to plan and he begins to suffer the consequences of destruction he fomented, where will stability to protect him and his interests be found? Where will he find security?

He will find security in supra-constitutional entities, authoritarianism characterized by executive orders and decrees and in paramilitary groups that respond to his commands alone.

In other words, he will find stability in tyranny. Authoritarianism is always the end game for the Left. [...]

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Legal Immigrants Feeling the Sting of the Emperor’s Amnesty

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Former Sen. Jim DeMint expresses what millions of legal immigrant citizens, and those dutifully waiting in line for citizenship, are feeling this morning after Barack Obama’s power drunk amnesty ruling last night…

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer counter’s DeMint with the latest canard push of “Reagan and Bush did it too”. He will not STFU and allow DeMint to be heard in his clarifying how it was not the same thing at all. And Blitzer insists the Department of Homeland Security and the DOJ impressed upon Obama that it is completely “legal” for him to just go ahead and do this. First, it is not. Second, we are talking about the lawless, highly politicized Eric Holder DOJ and the DHS who is more concerned with climate change and TEA Party groups. Right?

And yes, legal immigrants are growingly pissed right now

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