April 13, 2012
By Joe Kovacs
“This is absolutely incredible. How arrogant of him to think we aren’t going to notice. Talk about a lazy staff of speech writers.” –KTRN
When it comes to politicians, they often say the same thing over and over.
That statement is taken to a new level when comparing budget speeches from President Obama, one from 2011 and one from 2012.
The Republican National Committee has produced a video showing separate speeches a year apart from Obama talking about financial issues.
The strange thing is that the sentences uttered by the president are virtually identical.
“During moments of great challenge and change like the one that we’re living through now, the debate gets sharper and it gets more vigorous,” Obama said in a speech on the House budget in 2011.
On April 3, 2012, Obama parroted himself, saying, “During moments of great challenge and great change like the ones that we’re living through now, the debate gets sharper, it gets more vigorous.”
As the speech continues, there are only very minor variations in the precise wording.
“The speech is exactly the same,” wrote blogger Eric Odom at LibertyNews.
“I watch a LOT of videos throughout each week. Many of them are outright damning of Obama, his administration and his campaign. But I don’t think any make it more obvious that Obama is a man without ideas or a plan than this one.”
April 4, 2012
By Patrick Henningsen
“Obama taught constitutional law? Really?” –KTRN
Many a constitutional scholar were left with their jaws hanging near their ankles following Obama’s press conference on the White House lawn yesterday, where he railed against Supreme Court, describing their potential to overturn his Obamacare as that of an “Unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constitutional and passed law.”
According to the President, it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to overturn his health care law. His preemptive strike against the Supreme Court should worry more people than opponents of Obamacare.
What is most amazing is that this statement comes from someone who purports to have taught Constitutional Law at University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. One might come to conclusion that Obama had someone else take his law exams, not least because the Supreme Court’s ability to overturn such legislation hasn’t been “unprecedented” since Marbury v. Madison in 1803.
Even more disturbing than his individual display of legislative incompetency, or the chief executive’s own summary ignorance of history, is an inability to grasp the over arching concept of separation of powers, also known as “checks and balances”, which is the keystone of an American constitutional republic. The Constitution does not explicitly say whether any branch of government should rule over another, but James Madison, in the Federalist Papers, did hint that “it is not possible to give to each department an equal power of self-defense. In republican government, the legislative authority necessarily predominates.”
March 30, 2012
By Bill Briggs
“People are so scared of Obama getting re-elected that gun sales are way up. If Mitt Romney is the republican choice, it’s hard to see Obama losing this thing.”
“Stand Your Ground” laws, which have come under fire as a possible factor in the Florida shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, may be having another impact, too — helping fuel a surge in gun sales.
Gun buyers swamped retailers nationwide last year, prompting a record 16.4 million instant criminal background checks of potential owners, up 14.2 percent from 2010, according to FBI figures. While some buyers may not have followed through with gun purchases or may have been denied, others bought more than one, so background checks are considered a good proxy for sales in the industry.
On Wednesday, gun maker Sturm, Ruger & Co. announced the company was forced to temporarily suspend its acceptance of any new firearms orders due to a barrage of wholesale orders — more than 1 million in 2012 alone. Last year the company shipped a total of 1.1 million firearms. This massive push “exceeds our capacity to rapidly fulfill these orders,” the Connecticut company said in a news release, adding that it expects to resume normal operations by the end of May.
While “no true stats” exist reflecting actual U.S. gun purchases, Ginger Colbrun, a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms pointed to a report the agency published last year citing a significant spike in gun manufacturing. According to the report, 5.5 million firearms were manufactured in 2009 (the most recent year for which such figures are available) — 1 million more than in 2008, and the highest number since at least 1986. A rise was seen in all four primary categories: pistols, revolvers, rifles and shotguns.
March 29, 2012
By Steve Watson
“Is it time to impeach this president.” –KTRN
A request for original documents by a group investigating the eligibility of president Obama has been turned down by The Selective Service System in a move that is sure to court more controversy.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, leader of the probe into the authenticity of the now notorious Obama birth certificate, announced earlier this month that he had cause to believe that Obama’s Selective Service registration form was also a forgery.
Arpaio asked for a response from the federal agency within 30 days on whether or not it will provide a hard copy of the original document.
The Selective Service System has now replied to the request with a three-sentence letter from the office of Selective Service Director Lawrence G. Romo.
“This Agency has no evidence that President Obama’s 1980 registration is not authentic,” wrote Richard S. Flahavan, associate director of public & intergovernmental affairs.
“However, if you have any credible evidence to the contrary and believe that a Federal crime has been committed, we suggest that it be turned over immediately to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to pursue,” the letter concluded.
March 26, 2012
“Ron Paul is not giving up, so don’t give up on him just yet.” –KTRN
Ron Paul is not ready to give up. Though he still hasn’t won a single state’s primary or caucus, the GOP presidential candidate told his supporters that “our numbers have swelled tremendously.”
The Republican underdog displayed his optimism for his campaign during a campaign video, taking into account the primaries still on the horizon (23 to come).
Though he has 50 delegates out of the 1,011 that have been allotted and has yet to win a primary (he won the most votes at the U.S. Virgin Island caucuses), he described the campaign as “going quite well.”
He is attempting to generate monetary support with yet another “money bomb.”
This one is called the “Give Me Liberty” Money Bomb, in reference to Patrick Henry’s famous line, “Give me liberty, or give me death.” As of late Friday afternoon, the fundraiser had drummed up $291,211.88 worth of support.
Paul also said in his latest campaign statement that it was difficult for him to compete with other candidates who attracted donors with deeper pockets.
March 26, 2012
It’s nice to know Obama thinks this is all fun and games.” –KTRN
At Friday’s meet and greet in Oklahoma, President Obama took a prime opportunity to make light of the conflict surrounding his actual birth place.
A woman shaking his hand mentioned their one commonality: being born in Hawaii.
“Oh yeah, you’re a Hawaiian? You and me?” he grinned and asked. “You have your birth certificate?” And the small crowd squealed with laughter.
No doubt, he’s used this line before. It’s hardly comical, though, to take a grave situation like the birthplace validity of one holding the highest authority in America — one signing off unilaterally on war actions and Executive Orders — and get the people laughing with him to make incensed questioners look like invalid kooks. Of course we saw similar opportunistic showmanship with the shameless exploitation of the Trayvon Martin tragedy. Clearly there are no bounds.
March 6, 2012
The Associated Press
By Jim Kuhnhenn
President Barack Obama is aiming mortgage relief at members of the military as well as homeowners with government-insured loans, the administration’s latest efforts to address a persistent housing crisis.
In his first full news conference of the year Tuesday, Obama was to announce plans to let borrowers with mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration refinance at lower rates, saving the average homeowner more than $1,000 a year. Obama also was detailing an agreement with major lenders to compensate service members and veterans who were wrongfully foreclosed upon or denied lower interest rates.
The efforts Obama is announcing do not require congressional approval and are limited in comparison with the vast expansion of government assistance to homeowners that he asked Congress to approve last month. That $5 billion to $10 billion plan would make it easier for more borrowers with burdensome mortgages to refinance their loans.
Obama is holding the news conference in the midst of a modestly improving economy. But international challenges as well as a stubbornly depressed housing market remain threats to the current recovery and to his presidency.
Obama has not held a full news conference since November. The White House scheduled this one on the same day as the 10-state Super Tuesday Republican presidential nominating contests. While aides insisted the timing was coincidental, it follows a pattern of Obama seeking the limelight when the attention is on the GOP.
March 6, 2012
By Agence France-Presse
US President Barack Obama will host leaders of the G8 club of rich nations on May 18-19 at his Camp David retreat instead of in his hometown of Chicago, the White House said Monday.
Obama still plans to host NATO leaders and partners in Chicago on May 20-21 for a summit that is shaping up as crucial to plans to transition international forces out of Afghanistan.
The White House said in a statement that it had been decided to move the G8 summit to Camp David, which features plush cabins nestling in the Catoctin Mountains “to facilitate a free-flowing discussion with our close G8 partners.”
February 28, 2012
By Richard Silverstein
There have been endless recent visits to Israel from high-ranking U.S. officials regarding the Iran issue, including Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and most recently National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.
The AP reports that during the last set of meetings the Israelis defiantly told the U.S. that if they attacked Iran, they would leave the U.S. in the dark. Here’s how Mike Rogers, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee put it:
Rogers told CNN on Monday: “I got the sense that Israel is incredibly serious about a strike on their nuclear weapons program. It’s their calculus that the administration … is not serious about a real military consequence to Iran moving forward.
“They believe they’re going to have to make a decision on their own, given the current posture of the United States,” he added.
Now, Israel’s two top leaders head to Washington for separate sets of talks in the coming days. Bibi comes for his annual triumphal curtain call before the Aipac national conference. There he will certainly repeat his baleful predictions of what a world with Iranian nukes would be like. It could be his last speech in this country before an Israeli attack.
February 23, 2012