Like a moth to the flame…McCain drawn to warmth of publicity.

December 9, 2014

John McCain took to the Senate floor today, granted time by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and grateful for the publicity, “crossed party lines,” giving legitimacy to the Dems’ brazen political play.

How times and the players have changed. Last year, even former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, a Democrat, credited enhanced interrogation techniques —- including waterboarding of top Al Qaeda operatives in the wake of 9/11, as ultimately leading to the whereabouts and killing of the terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden, saving American lives.

One question Sen. McCain never addressed in his senate diatribe: Which is worse…water boarding or beheading?

 


Undeniable proof that liberalism is a mental disorder

December 9, 2014

Hillary’s presidential aspirations take a nosedive

Speaking at a foreign policy conference at Georgetown University this past week, Hillary Clinton stunned the half-filled auditorium with her irrational comments:

“Using every possible tool and partner to advance peace and security. Leaving no one on the sidelines. Showing respect —- even for one’s enemies. Trying to understand, in so far as psychologically possible —-  empathize —-  with their perspective and point of view. Helping to define the problems, determine the solutions. That is what we believe in the 21st century will change — change the prospects for peace.”

It appears Hillary has developed short-term memory loss and isn’t able to recall the unprovoked deaths of nearly 3,000 on American soil that took place on September 11, 2001 as those she says we should “respect,” “empathize with,” and “try to understand” flew commandeered airliners into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. She’s obviously forgotten the epidemic of barbaric beheadings of civilians by kindred Islamic extremist terrorists and the savagery of forced rapes of hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian school girls by the al Qaeda-linked sect Boko Haram. Surely she would have recollections of the acts of terrorism that took the lives of four Americans including the U.S. Ambassador at our Consulate in Benghazi, Libya —- since it occurred on her own watch as Secretary of State.

As she said, “What difference does it make?”


USA Weekend: First it shrunk, now it vanishes

December 8, 2014

Gannett Company, which owns USA Today is closing down its Sunday supplement USA Weekend magazine, and pink-slipping about 30 employees as the magazine bites the dust. USA Today president and publisher Larry Kramer sent this memo* to staffers Friday.

Gannett’s flagship newspaper implemented major layoffs in September, cutting an estimated 70 employees following news that the paper’s owner would spin-off and separate its publishing business from its broadcasting and digital entity. In May 2011, the company underwent an even more ‘radical’ overhaul cutting about 9 percent, or 130 employees, in an attempt to focus on its digital strategy.

The efforts are intended to offset sharply plummeting advertising, depleting the newspaper’s main income stream. Escalating the problem, fewer readers are willing to pay for newspapers as free news is easily and instantly available via the Internet.

Under Kramer, who became USA Today’s publisher in 2012, the paper has been aggressively focused on the less costly digital front.

Gannett is the parent company of the struggling, radically leftist, Arizona Republic, which is continually pleading with its remaining readers to “Go deeper with digital. Great reads. Rich databases. Interactive features.”  Besides routinely insulting the intelligence of its readers, it has drastically increased its price, driving more to seek their news elsewhere. 

The last issue of the continually shrinking tabloid-sized USA Weekend magazine insert will be Dec. 28 —– when it will vanish entirely.

*H/T Jim Romenesko’s media blog.


Stephen Colbert instructs John McCain on Bible

December 7, 2014

Left-wing comedian teaches Arizona U.S. Senator 

Red Alert Politics reports (video included) that late night host Stephen Colbert had Sen. John McCain as a guest for one of the “The Colbert Report’s” final dozen shows, a distinction that McCain viewed as “scraping the bottom of the barrel.”

“No, we have saved the best for last, to paraphrase the Gospel,” Colbert said, before beginning to note that McCain was a “five-time U.S. Senator.”

But McCain cut him off, chuckling. “What chapter of the Bible is that?”

“You have saved the best for last?” Colbert asked incredulously. “It’s the marriage at Cana, when [Jesus] turns the water into the wine, the wine that he makes out of the water is passed around to the guests, and they say thou hast saved the best for last. I thought, ‘How are you going to appeal to Christian conservatives if you don’t know your Gospel,’ sir?”

From the Gospel according to John 2: 7 – 10:

Jesus told them, “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it. And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from (although the servers who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.”

 The Blaze’s Billy Hallowell gave a rundown of Colbert speaking openly about his Catholic faith earlier this year.

McCain, who was raised an Episcopalian and now identifies himself as Baptist, rarely discusses his faith. His pastor describes their relationship in this 2008 Bloomberg article.

John McCain has traveled a rocky road with the faith community, evidenced as he publicly denigrated evangelical leaders —-  most notably mocking television evangelists Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell as “agents of intolerance.'” In 2012, he chided the GOP toleave the issue of abortion alone” and “develop a bigger tent.”  


New U.S. Senator speaks truth: It’s not “immigration” that’s the problem

November 17, 2014

Oklahomans have elected a thinking conservative senator in James Lankford

Oklahoma Republican U.S. Rep./Senator-elect James Lankford was among the guests appearing on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace yesterday. He is clearly a man to keep our eyes on. Oklahoma should be commended for sending this thinking conservative to the U.S. Senate.

Lankford responded to a baiting comment from Wallace harkening back to a “government shutdown” as the conversation turned to defunding Barack Obama’s unilateral decision to shove through amnesty for illegals via an executive order. 

LANKFORD: “But people are not pursuing some government shutdown, though. Let me take you back into the Clinton administration. President Clinton put out an executive order and the House voted against that to defund that executive order 417-2. That was in 1998, because it took over power from the legislative branch in the states. I would love to see that bipartisanship again where the Congress steps up and says to a president, you do not have executive authority to do this. You have to do your responsibility. We have to do ours.”

WALLACE: “But I guess what I’m trying to get at and, you know, I fully understand there are a lot of members who say, look, you’ve got to use the power of the purse. That’s your one advantage, your one piece of leverage over the president, to try to change policy. But are you willing to go to possibly shutting down the government to do that? Because it seems — let me — my point is, that regardless of who is responsible on the merits, it seems like Congress gets blamed and the president ends up winning. It certainly happened in October of 2013.”

LANKFORD: “Sure. But, Chris, your assumption is, is that that’s the only option that’s sitting out here, is to be able to shut down government. I just don’t believe that that’s true. I think there are ways to be able to fund everything, and I don’t think the president has the high ground. He has this perception that everyone in the country thinks like him, and that is not correct. I represent millions of people. Tom Cotton represents millions of people. There are millions of people scattered around the United States that think like us, and, though, the president thinks only these few crazy conservatives in Congress think this way and no one else does, he’s misjudged the American people.

Arizonans who don’t hear such cogent truth from their own senators might want to commit these words spoken by newly elected Sen. James Lankford to memory: “The American people really do believe in the rule of law. They don’t have a problem with immigration. They have a problem with illegal immigration. And for the president to step up and say, I’m just going to remove the word “illegal” and to be able to transition this and ignore the law, a lot of people have a problem with that, Republicans and Democrats alike.”

Lankford, who refreshingly campaigned as “a faithful, conservative leader” will fill the unexpired term of retiring Senator, Dr. Tom Coburn, who is sadly battling serious health problems.


Obama 2011: Executive order on amnesty “not appropriate”

November 15, 2014

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Obama 2014: Eagerly embraces Mexico’s poverty exportation scheme as political retaliation

The news is rife with speculation that lame-duck President Barack Obama intends to unveil a series of executive orders that will shield millions of illegal aliens living in the U. S. from deportation, while granting them work permits and access to taxpayer-funded benefits.

His timing is odd, given that the Nov. 4 midterm elections repudiated Obama’s policies —- including those making America an illegal alien sanctuary nation, with an intentionally unenforceable border. Voters across the nation spoke clearly by turning the senate to a Republican majority as well as retaining the House and GOP governorship dominance by even greater margins. Obama’s response is to engage in a flagrant and lawless assault on our constitution to enact measures wrathfully calculated to increase the Democrat voter base.

Democrat duplicity abounds. Obama was pressured to suspend such actions by his own political partisans concerned about the effect amnesty would have on their reelections. These self-serving liberal congressional stalwarts supported Obama’s agenda more than 90 percent of the time.

Of crucial importance is the fact our porous border provides entry to all comers, many who intend harm to America and her citizens. Obama, however, puts his leftist ideology before America’s security.

How do struggling American citizens, many still unemployed or underemployed, benefit by having at least 5 million suddenly legalized foreign workers competing for jobs while undercutting salaries? The new action will expand Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policies, which are already pitting our college-bound students against the now legitimized influx for university placement. 

By now it should be clear that Democrats stock in trade is not putting Americans first and lying about it. This is Obama speaking to a live Univision audience in March 2011. Univision television, based in New York, is an American Spanish language broadcast network with major production facilities in Florida.

“With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case,” Obama said at the time.

“We’ve got three branches of government,” he instructs.  “Congress passes the law, the executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws and then the judiciary has to interpret the laws,” he says.

“For me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president.”


Austin, Logan Flake plead not guilty in dog deaths

November 14, 2014

More drama on the way?

When you are solely responsible for a kennel filled with nearly two dozen dogs entrusted by their owners to your care, and those dogs die agonizing heat-related suffocation deaths in a small windowless utility room, sans air conditioning —- with neither food nor water available —- entering a plea of not guilty to the charges seems reasonable. 

That is, if you’re Austin and Logan Flake, the son and daughter-in-law of Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake.

Logan’s parents, vacationing in Florida, left the couple in charge of the kennel they owned. The twosome appeared in Maricopa County Superior Court with their lawyer and entered their pleas to the charges Thursday. They each face 21 felony and seven misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty after being indicted by a grand jury last month. Neither of the Flake’s sought any emergency veterinarian help, instead opting to hose down the dead and dying pets in an attempt to revive them.

Logan Flake’s parents Todd and MaLeisa Hughes separately pleaded not guilty in October to 22 felony charges and 7 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, along with one felony count of fraudulent schemes and artifices.

Our best guess?  Logan will be pregnant by their next court appearance Jan. 2, 2015.  What better way of gaining sympathy and deflecting attention away from dead dogs than a human baby?  Few will forget Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s obnoxious press conference where he noted that the dead dogs “weren’t 23 children,” after all.  The Flake’s presumably can process guidance.

We’ve covered the late June horrific event numerous times. With so much lag time this one and this other, serve to bring readers up to speed.

Yesterday’s raw courtroom video courtesy of Channel 3.


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