Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The seriousness of "Securitygate"; The hatred of the left; Impeachment is appropriate; No Sharia law in Kansas; This is no burning straw; US and others try to censor internet search results; Let them get polio; Key Catholic ally drops support; Game changer by defense contrators; The Obama Fellowship; Details of King Obama's Immigration Decree; McGurk's judgement the issue

photo.JPGWhat I call “Securitygate” — the release of the most intricate details about the cyber war against Iran, the revelations about a Yemeni double-agent, disclosures about covert operations in and against Pakistan, intimate details about the Osama bin Laden raid and the trove of information taken from his compound, and the Predator drone assassination list and the president’s methodology in selecting targets — is far more serious than either prior scandal. David Sanger and others claim that all this was sort of in the public domain anyway; well, “sort of” covers a lot of ground. We sort of knew about the cyber war against Iran, but not to the detail that Sanger provides and not through the direct agency of the Obama administration itself.
Here is the crux of the scandal: Obama is formulating a new policy of avoiding overt unpopular engagements, while waging an unprecedented covert war across the world. He’s afraid that the American people do not fully appreciate these once-secret efforts and might in 2012 look only at his mishaps in Afghanistan or his public confusion over Islamic terror. Ergo, feed information to a Sanger or Ignatius so that they can skillfully inform us, albeit with a bit of dramatic “shock” and “surprise,” just how tough, brutal, and deadly Barack Obama really is.
Yet these disclosures will endanger our national security.  Here is why Securitygate is a national outrage and goes to the heart of a free and civil society......
Reader, forget politics. Just digest the nature, theme, the timing, and the damage of these disclosures. Do that and most of you will conclude they are offenses to the security of the United States — or, in the words of Barack Obama on another matter, “unpatriotic.”

[Martin Bashir should lose his right to be on TV for doing the following news item on Romney, in my view.  It is, however, typical of the hatred displayed by the Left, for they fear a loss of their power in this election.   DO watch the short Video: MSNBC notes Romney’s bus tour with montage of exploding buses]:  http://freebeacon.com/msnbc-splices-bus-explosions-into-segment-on-romney-bus-tour/

From Hot Air: Lest you doubt that they actually ran this, the Washington Free Beacon has posted its own copy of the same segment. The excuse here will be that it’s just a jokey metaphor for how badly things can go on the campaign trail, not any sort of death wish directed at Romney. Which may be true — but remember, Bashir is among MSNBC’s most enthusiastic practitioners of psychoanalyzing one’s political opponents to attribute the worst possible motives to them. If a Fox host used the same montage for an Obama bus trip, the “metaphor” excuse would never, ever fly, and Bashir would be leading the parade of righteous indignation. He’s a paradigm case of someone who thinks his own shinola doesn’t stink even though, as you’re about to see, the stench is overpowering. http://hotair.com/archives/2012/06/15/video-msnbc-notes-romneys-bus-tour-with-montage-of-exploding-buses/
If the citizens of this Republic still took the Constitution seriously, Obama would be impeached for his decision to unilaterally grant amnesty to certain illegal aliens.
Article 1, Sec. 8 of the Constitution, which enumerates the power of Congress, states that "Congress shall have the Power To... establish an [sic] uniform Rule of Naturalization." Congress has passed numerous laws pertaining to immigration and naturalization, including laws requiring the deportation of illegals.
The role of the President, according to Article II, Sec. 3, is to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed." Obama's refusal to execute Congress's immigration laws (or, for that matter, Congress's Defense of Marriage Act) is an impeachable offense. Article II, Sec. 4 states that the President "shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for... Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors." The deliberate failure to enforce valid immigration law and allow hordes of foreigners to live and work in the U.S. is, arguably, "treason," and doing so in an election year to appease Hispanic voters could certainly be considered "bribery."

The upshot of Obama's policy not only to allow hundreds of thousands of illegals to live and work in the U.S. during a time of 8 to 10% unemployment, but even worse, since the vast number of illegals we're talking about are Hispanics eligible for affirmative-action preferences, to actually get preferential treatment over native-born Americans.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Republican Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill aimed at keeping state courts and agencies from using Islamic or other non-U.S. laws when making decisions, his office said on Friday, drawing criticism from a national Muslim group. The law has been dubbed the "sharia bill" because critics say it targets the Islamic legal code. Sharia, or Islamic law, covers all aspects of Muslim life, including religious obligations and financial dealings. Opponents of state bans say they could nullify wills or legal contracts between Muslims.
Supporters said the law will reassure foreigners in Kansas that state laws and the U.S. Constitution would protect them. Opponents said it singled out Muslims for ridicule and was unnecessary because American laws prevail on U.S. soil. [Inch by inch......]  http://news.yahoo.com/kansas-governor-signs-bill-effectively-banning-islamic-law-234840632.html
[Let me say that I have visited China.  When we went to Chian we could not even barely see the nuclear power stacks due to the terrible smoke in the air from the burning of their corn crops.  This photo below is not at all what that looked like, of course.] A couple days after residents in central Chinese provinces received warnings they should stay inside due a mysterious yellow-grey haze, a giant mushroom shaped cloud has also been spotted in the sky over Beijing.
(Related: Is this mysterious, yellow haze in China really from burning straw?)
Officials said last week the haze was the result of burning straw — an illegal but still practiced activity. The June 14 cloud on the other hand is reported to be a natural phenomenon created by clouds typically associated with thunderstorms.
Here are a few photos of the cloud from China Daily:
Mushroom Cloud Seen Over Beijing Associated With Thunderstorms
Mushroom-shaped cloud over Beijing. (Photo: China Daily)
-- Let’s hope the explanation suffices. That’s because some citizens of the Hunan, Hubei, Anhui, Jiangxi and Jiangsu provinces witnessing the haze (not the cloud) criticized the government’s explanation and two were arrested for spreading rumors the haze was the result of a chemical plant malfunction.  http://www.theblaze.com/stories/natural-or-man-made-giant-mushroom-cloud-appears-over-beijing/
Western governments, including the United States, appear to be stepping up efforts to censor Internet search results and YouTube videos, according to a "transparency report" released by Google.
"It's alarming not only because free expression is at risk, but because some of these requests come from countries you might not suspect -- Western democracies not typically associated with censorship," Dorothy Chou, a senior policy analyst at Google, wrote in a blog post on Sunday night.
In the last half of 2011, U.S. agencies asked Google to remove 6,192 individual pieces of content from its search results, blog posts or archives of online videos, according to the report. That's up 718% compared with the 757 such items that U.S. agencies asked Google to remove in the six months prior. http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/18/tech/web/google-transparency-report/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------QUOTE----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A Taliban commander in northwest Pakistan has announced a ban on polio vaccines for children as long as the United States continues its campaign of drone strikes in the region, according to a statement by the Taliban.
"Polio drops will be banned in North Waziristan until the drones strikes are stopped," said the statement, released Saturday.
"Almost every resident of North Waziristan has become a mental patient because of the drone strikes, which are worse than polio," the statement continued. "On one hand, the U.S. spends millions of dollars to eliminate polio, while on the other hand it kills hundreds with the help of its slave, Pakistan." http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/18/world/asia/pakistan-taliban-polio/index.html

The Obama administration’s key Catholic ally on its controversial plan to require health insurers to provide free contraceptive coverage is dropping support for the plan, potentially complicating the president’s relations with Catholics in an election year.
The Catholic Health Association, which comprises 2,000 Catholic hospitals, health systems and related organizations, said Friday that although it had initially supported what the White House called a compromise on the contraception issue, it is now “deeply concerned” about the plan and says the White House “has not relieved our initial concerns.” http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/18/key-catholic-group-drops-support-for-white-house-contraception-plan/
Facing economic uncertainty, defense contractors are plotting to spur Congress to nix the automatic budget cuts set to begin next year.
The plan? Threaten to send out layoff notices — hundreds of thousands of them, right before Election Day.
Congress, industry leaders contend, has left them few options. Federal law, they say, requires employers to give notice of 60 days to workers facing layoffs.
For President Barack Obama and congressional incumbents, the timing couldn’t be worse. With the automatic cuts, called sequestration, set to begin taking effect on Jan. 2, the layoff notices would have to be sent out by Nov. 2 — four days before this fall’s elections. http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=F40922B3-2016-4916-8BCE-C0574DCD0C75

As I noted on Friday, campaign organizers for the Obama reelection campaign are called "Fellows" and communicate on Twitter using the hashtag #fellows2012. But did you know that they have an official crest?
"Become an organizing fellow, get your own family crest," reads a note on the campaign's Tumblr page.
The Obama "Fellowship" is a 12-week, volunteer program that takes place in the summer and fall of 2012. http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/obama-organizing-fellows-get-their-own-crest/605636
The maddening details of Obama’s DREAM Decree are becoming clearer. As this CIS report notes, 1) The decree doesn’t just apply to illegal immigrants who were “brought to this country by their parents.” It also would give work permits to those who snuck across the border by themselves as teenagers. “Through no fault of their own” is a talking point for DREAM proselytizers, not an actual legal requirement. 2) The same goes for the phrase “and know only this country as home.” That’s a highly imaginative riff on the decree’s actual requirement, which is for 5 years “continuous residence.”  It turns out “continuous residence” doesn’t mean what you think it means. “Immigration attorneys have been successful in getting immigration courts to whittle this down to a point where it is almost meaningless,” says CIS’s Jon Feere. As an illegal immigrant you can go back
abroad for multiple 6-month stints during those five years–but, if precedent holds, in Janet Napolitano’s eyes you will still “know only this country as home.” …
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/06/18/the-maddening-details-of-the-dream-decree/#ixzz1yEmaDBCK
Sources on Capitol Hill praised the White House for “finally waking up” to the fact that former National Security Council member Brett McGurk was unfit to serve as the next ambassador to Iraq.
McGurk, who withdrew his name from consideration late Monday afternoon, was caught in a series of leaked emails engaging in an affair with a former Wall Street Journal reporter while the duo were stationed in Iraq and he was serving as a senior Bush administration official.
The emails raised questions about McGurk’s judgment and led to concerns that he could have been trading sensitive information for sexual favors.
“This nomination has been in free fall since the emails became public,” said one GOP aide close to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which was considering McGurk’s nomination. http://freebeacon.com/obama-nominee-for-ambassador-to-iraq-withdraws-nomination/



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