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Saturday, February 13, 2016

President Barack Obama on Saturday said he intends to nominate a new Supreme Court justice to replace Antonin Scalia. "I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time," Obama said, delivering remarks from Omni Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage, California. Scalia, 79, died Saturday in Texas. His death leaves the Supreme Court with an even split of Republican and Democratic appointees during an election year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Obama to leave the nomination for Scalia's replacement to the next president. "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice," he said in a statement. "Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President." Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid expressed opposition to leaving Scalia's seat unfilled for so long. The next president won't be inaugurated until January 2017.

President Barack Obama on Saturday said he intends to nominate a new Supreme Court justice to replace Antonin Scalia.

"I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time," Obama said, delivering remarks from Omni Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage, California.

Scalia, 79, died Saturday in Texas. His death leaves the Supreme Court with an even split of Republican and Democratic appointees during an election year.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Obama to leave the nomination for Scalia's replacement to the next president. "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice," he said in a statement. "Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President."

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid expressed opposition to leaving Scalia's seat unfilled for so long. The next president won't be inaugurated until January 2017.


Ain't gonna happen Dirty Harry!

Trump Is All Complaints, Insults, Vulgarities And No Action

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump acknowledges photographers after speaking at a campaign rally in Baton Rouge, La., Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

I’m so tired of Donald Trump and all of his un-presidential crybaby complaints, insults and vulgarities. For crying out loud, the Donald continues to go on and on complaining about Sen. Ted Cruz being born in Canada and claiming, most think incorrectly, that Cruz is not eligible to be president. Trump brought it up yet again Friday night in an effort to make it an issue in Saturday night’s debate:

It’s time for Trump to put up or shut up. If Trump truly believes that nonsense why doesn’t he stop crying about it and just file the lawsuit he keeps threatening. The answer is obvious. When that ever happens, if  the Donald were to actually follow through on his threats, Trump would no longer have one of his favorite talking points. Instead of a silly and often repeated Trump talking point there would be a legal action that could actually resolve the Donald’s alleged concern.

Come on Trump. File the lawsuit and get the issue resolved or shut up about it and debate serious issues in a civil manner. It’s not like you can’t afford the litigation. We need a lot less Trump Twitter talk — complaints, insults and vulgarities, and at least a little action.

The post Trump Is All Complaints, Insults, Vulgarities And No Action appeared first on RedState.


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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79 via @NYPost

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead Saturday on a luxury resort in West Texas, federal officials said. 

Scalia, 79, was a guest at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, a resort in the Big Bend region south of Marfa. MySanAntonio.com said he died of apparent natural causes. 

Scalia arrived at the ranch on Friday and attended a private party with about 40 people, the website of the San Antonio Express News said. When he did not appear for breakfast, a person associated with the ranch went to his room and found a body. 

The U.S. Marshal Service, the Presidio County sheriff and the FBI were involved in the investigation, according to the report. 

Officials with the law enforcement agencies declined to comment. 

A woman who answered the phone at the ranch told the Post she was unaware of the justice’s death, and no manager was available to discuss the matter. 

A federal official who asked not to be named told the San Antonio Express News paper there was no evidence of foul play and it appeared that Scalia died of natural causes. 

Scalia was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan.

Who dislikes Obama more -- conservatives or liberals? via @NYPost

As President Obama prepares to carefully fasten his bike helmet and ride off into the sunset, how do we know his presidency has been a total failure? 

Because even liberals say so. The famous thrill going up their legs (in the words of Chris Matthews) is now forming a cold, embarrassing puddle in their shoes. There’s a reason why Hillary Clinton, campaigning as the guarantor of Obama’s third term, just got smoked by a kooky geriatric. Bernie Sanders is catching on in part because he tacitly concedes that Obama has been a dud. 

“We voted for hope and change, Mr. President, but what did we get?” asks progressive radio host Bill Press, a longtime voice of the left on CNN shows such as “Crossfire,” in his new book “Buyer’s Remorse: How Obama Let Progressives Down” (Threshold Editions). 

The answers are saddening: “stagnant wages, a struggling middle class, rising income inequality and a diminished social safety net.” 

Press issues a withering indictment of virtually every notable event of the Obama years: 

“In the end, the Affordable Care Act pleased few.” 

“Obama’s claim that everybody could keep his own plan and doctor was so far from true that Politifact actually gave it the worst possible designation: ‘Pants on Fire.’ For all the promises to abandon the Bush-Cheney policy of ‘anything goes’ in the war on terror, Obama would, for the most part, not only continue down that same path, but expand it. 

“The place where progressives anticipated the most change is where, to their shock and chagrin, they found the least.” 

“Not since Richard Nixon has a White House used the powers of the presidency to threaten or actually persecute journalists for seeking to uncover and report the truth. The Obama administration’s war on journalists raises serious questions about how much freedom of the press really exists today.” 

“[Obama] let us down. He simply failed to lead.” 

Perhaps most damagingly, Press admits racism had little to do with Obama’s failures. To say that “it’s all because he’s black” is “a very convenient excuse,” Press says. “But I don’t buy it.” 

Moreover, Press faults Obama for the poor state of race relations in this country, which according to polling are the worst they have been since the Rodney King riots. (Last May, 61% of Americans rated race relations as “bad;” in that violent spring of 1992 it was 68%.) 

Such is the sickness of the burn in Press’ book that he quotes many other crestfallen lefties such as Michael Moore, who said in 2014, “When the history is written of this era, this is how you’ll be remembered: He was the first black president. . . . Eight years of your life and that’s what people are going to remember. . . . You’d probably wish you were remembered for a few other things.” 

Matt Damon, Press notes, has suffered a kind of brokeback bro breakup with Barack. “He broke up with me,” Good Will Martian said in 2013. 

“You know, Jimmy Carter came out and said we don’t live in a democracy. That’s a little intense when an ex-president says that. So, you know, [Obama]’s got some explaining to do.” 

Even the guy who did the HOPE poster is saying NOPE: “Not even close,” was Shepard Fairey’s answer when asked last year whether Obama had lived up to his promise. 

Judging by what happened in New Hampshire this week, it’s fitting that Bernie Sanders blurbed Press’ book. 

Though Press’s argument is itself unintentionally funny in places (“most liberals are also pragmatic realists,” he claims), it’s a bracing reminder of how little lefty promises are worth. 

Press spends a chapter noting that the $787 billion 2009 stimulus (remember how that was going to fix the economy?) “fell way short of expectations,” which is a little like saying “Fantastic Four” wasn’t quite as good as it could have been. 

Another chapter dings Obama’s woeful foreign policy, another notes with alarm how the president has more or less burned down the Democratic party to warm his own hands. 

Democrats have lost 13 Senate seats, 12 governorships, 69 House seats and control of 30 state legislative chambers since 2009, “all of which leaves the Democratic Party in worse shape today than it’s been in decades,” Press says. 

Press closes the book with two letters, one to President Hillary Clinton, the other to President Bernie Sanders. 

The Hillary letter is three pages of warnings about abandoning Obama as a model and living up to progressive dreams, while the Bernie-gram contains only one piece of advice: “Now be yourself, Bernie. That’s all we ask.” 

Sanders has about as much chance as the Church of Scientology of healing what’s wrong with this country, but that’s pure, desperate Obama fatigue talking. 

We, as a nation, spent a lot of our psychic capital on Obama. It turned out to be the ballot-box equivalent of Cash for Clunkers

Congress Passes North Korea Sanctions, Ryan Says "Strategic Patience" is Not Working

Congress has acted to expand sanctions against North Korea after the nations’ daring satellite launch last weekend. The bill passed the Senate Wednesday with a unanimous vote of 56-0 and then overwhelmingly in the House, 408-2.

CNN provides a few details regarding the new restrictions:

The legislation requires the President to investigate sanctionable conduct by North Korea, including proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, human rights abuse, cybersecurity attacks, and other actions. It also mandates sanctions against anyone involved and steps up enforcement of these sanctions.

House Speaker Paul Ryan praised the bill Friday, insisting it was a necessary step because the president’s strategy of “strategic patience” with North Korea is simply not working.

Earlier this week, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee with a warning that North Korea was on a dangerous path to restarting their plutonium reactor. 

In a nice change of routine, President Obama is not expected to veto the bill.

DHS Employee: The Obama Administration Ordered Us To 'Scrub' Intelligence Of Muslims With Terror Ties

So, in the era of fighting radical Islamic terrorism, the Obama administration reportedly told workers at the Department of Homeland Security to scrub the records of Muslims with terror ties; information that’s been collected for years, according to Philip Haney. Haney broke his silence on the matter last week in The Hill,where he said that the president’s remarks that the intelligence community couldn’t connect the dots post-underwear bomber in 2009 was infuriating since these actions would remove any chance at doing so. Haney had been a DHS employee for 15 years:

Twenty-three-year old Nigerian Muslim Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab intended to detonate Northwest Airlines Flight 253, but the explosives in his underwear malfunctioned and brave passengers subdued him until he could be arrested. The graphic and traumatic defeat they planned for the United States failed, that time.

Following the attempted attack, President Obama threw the intelligence community under the bus for its failure to “connect the dots.” He said, “this was not a failure to collect intelligence, it was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had.”

Most Americans were unaware of the enormous damage to morale at the Department of Homeland Security, where I worked, his condemnation caused. His words infuriated many of us because we knew his administration had been engaged in a bureaucratic effort to destroy the raw material—the actual intelligence we had collected for years, and erase those dots. The dots constitute the intelligence needed to keep Americans safe, and the Obama administration was ordering they be wiped away.

[…]

Just before that Christmas Day attack, in early November 2009, I was ordered by my superiors at the Department of Homeland Security to delete or modify several hundred records of individuals tied to designated Islamist terror groups like Hamas from the important federal database, the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS). These types of records are the basis for any ability to “connect dots.”

[…]

As the number of successful and attempted Islamic terrorist attacks on America increased, the type of information that the Obama administration ordered removed from travel and national security databases was the kind of information that, if properly assessed, could have prevented subsequent domestic Islamist attacks like the ones committed by Faisal Shahzad (May 2010), Detroit “honor killing” perpetrator Rahim A. Alfetlawi (2011); Amine El Khalifi, who plotted to blow up the U.S. Capitol (2012); Dzhokhar or Tamerlan Tsarnaev who conducted the Boston Marathon bombing (2013); Oklahoma beheading suspect Alton Nolen(2014); or Muhammed Yusuf Abdulazeez, who opened fire on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee (2015). 

Now, this is just one account, albeit a devastating one. It shows that the Obama administration isn’t doing what many feel right now–keeping the country safe. Nevertheless, we shall see if anything more comes of this.

Limbaugh: The Democrat Party Is the Most Destructive Force in America


Friday - February 12, 2016

RUSH: I checked the e-mail during the break and there's some people ticked off at me today.  Strange.  Yeah.  "What do you mean, the Democrat Party's the most destructive force?  You say this stuff all the time, you never back it up, it's why you're so inflammatory."  Okay.  See, I think something like that doesn't need, even on this program, explanation and detail, but I'm happy, I am more than happy to provide it. 

This is my point here.  I mentioned earlier that normally the desire here is just mock and laugh and make fun of these people, Hillary and Bernie in this debate, but the problem is way too many people really, really just believe the drivel and the bilge that these people put out.  Look, I believe that liberalism, Democrat Party, whatever you want to call it, is the most destructive force in America, outside of weather calamities that are acts of God.  It is an organized force.  It has an active philosophy with a multiplicity of objectives, and together they are oriented and aimed at destroying and tearing down this country. 

I don't think there's any argument about that.  Isn't that why the people that support the Democrat Party support it, because they want this country changed and transformed.  They want aspects of it they don't like destroyed?  You know, you people can get all upset at me out there, but all I happen to be doing is properly identifying you.  The Democrat Party is the most destructive force in America.  The Democrat Party is hell-bent on destroying this economy, and they're well on their way.  They have ownership of it.  We are seven years in.  We've got 94 million Americans not working.  And then they lie and tell us the unemployment rate's 4.9%. 

We have people's hours, people who are working, their hours are being pared down because of the onerous, punitive nature of Obamacare to American business.  The US military is one of the last institutions left that still hasn't fully, totally been corrupted, and they're on the way with that.  It's in their crosshairs.  And there's not even any pretense of it.  They're not even trying to camouflage it anymore.  In the old days, liberalism, they didn't even want that word used.  That's why they came up with the word "progressive," cause "liberalism" was a death knell.  Now not so much.  There's no pretense. 

The media doesn't hide their liberalism.  The Democrat Party openly advocates it.  Free market capitalism is the enemy.  The system that has produced the greatest standard of living in the history of the world is under assault in this country on the basis that it somehow is unfair and rigged, and so it's got to be blown up and replaced with what?  A bunch of neophyte, no-experience little leftists commanding and controlling the economy and redistributing everything in what they claim is fairness. 

But the real objective is to keep everybody dependent on them and government, thereby ensuring massive landslide election victories every two or four years.  You have to make free market capitalism the enemy.  You have to make rugged individualism the enemy.  You have to make self-reliance the enemy.  They're on the way.  They've been doing it for my entire life and longer.  Massive taxes, tax increases.  Did you see the stories -- and they were abundant before the Super Bowl -- Cam Newton was the focal point, but it was any of the players. 

Cam Newton paid more in taxes than he earned playing the Super Bowl, because of the tax structure.  California took their share.  The Feds took their share.  North Carolina, where he lives, took their share.  And then Medicare and Medicaid, separate taxes, FICA, took their share.  I think the losing share for a Super Bowl team -- I'm making this up 'cause I don't remember -- let's say it's a hundred grand or something like that.  It's close to that.  Cam Newton's income tax on that income added to his income the rest of the year meant that he would pay more taxes on that income than what he earned. 

It's why I don't go to New York anymore.  I learned this way back in the nineties.  It costs me X-number of thousands of dollars a day to work in New York.  So I left New York in 1997.  I'm audited every year, nevertheless.  What they want to determine is how many days I work in New York every year.  That's why I don't.  I don't want there to be any dispute about it.  But there still is.  I still have to prove 14 different ways where I am every day of the year. 

They can claim, "No, you worked 50 days in New York." 

"No, I wasn't there once." 

"Well, we say you were. You have to prove you're not."

So I hire a lawyer, go prove I wasn't there.  It can take years.  When this all started, the way to settle this was to agree on a per diem amount per day that I worked in New York, and that's exactly how sports teams are taxed.  When the Los Angeles Dodgers go to New York, they pay New York tax for the number of days they're playing games there.  When the New York Mets or Yankees go to California, same thing, and it's this way all over the country now.  It's called the duty day tax.  And it's these states wanting their share of whatever portion of a player's income was derived on the days those guys were in town playing. 

Well, it's worked out for Cam Newton.  He had to pay more in California, additional North Carolina, and all these other incremental taxes, it all added up, the income he made from the Super Bowl blew his taxable income up to an amount greater than what he was paid for working that day.  There were all kinds of stories about it.  It's gotten so bad that some players are determining where they're gonna live in free agency now, what teams they're gonna choose.  They're choosing teams or places to live where there are no state income tax.  That's how they escape all this. 

My point is that we owe this to the Democrat Party. What was that governor's name? David Paterson.  Some reporter at a press conference told him, "You know, Limbaugh left New York because of your tax policy."  He said, "Really?  Well, if I'd a known we could have gotten rid of Limbaugh earlier, I would have raised taxes sooner."  And chuckles came from the media, and they laughed and so forth.  But the Democrat Party is right in there raising everybody's taxes, taking away money from people who earn it and produce it to redistribute it to others.  It's all part of their transformation and their economic reorganization, which I call destructive. 

And last night, the debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders was the equivalent of quack doctors extolling the wonders of untreated cancers.  These people actually had the gall to sing the praises of the Cuban health care system to us.  But it's not just Cuba's third-rate health care system that the Democrats want.  They want the whole nine yards.  They want an economy-killing centralized government that claims a monopoly on virtue, compassion, and intelligence, promises of revolution and prosperity while the middle class craters and careers are transformed into part-time jobs.

And that is the history of the last seven years under Barack Obama.  Then you add to that students graduating with six-digit student debt, student loan debt, with worthless degrees that are not gonna help them recoup what they've spent for their education and then get ahead.  Last night was a naked power grab by two unaccomplished, old dithering fools both nearing their dotage, if you ask me, justified by lie after lie after lie when it comes to mathematics and economics, a complete ignorance of history.  It almost forced me to turn the TV off last night.  I couldn't handle the lies anymore.  One lie after another.  It became intolerable. 

John Podhoretz of the New York Post has written about it: "Apparently We Should Get on a Boat and Leave America ASAP -- The two candidates for the Democratic nomination spent most of two hours arguing over who was the better diagnostician of the moral diseases, ideological calamities, spiritual infirmities, racial injustices and downright evils that are being visited upon the suffering 320 million who have found themselves through no fault of their own trapped between two oceans in a dystopian oligarchic hell they call America."

That's exactly how this country was portrayed last night and the previous debate and every other Democrat debate or every Democrat campaign appearance.  This place is portrayed at hell on earth brought to you by George W. Bush, the Republicans, and the Iraq war (in the modern incarnation).  The America they want to save us from, the America from which they want to liberate us is not George W. Bush's.  It's Barack Obama's.  But they don't ever say that.  They blame the Koch brothers.  Nobody knows who the Koch brothers are! 

The Koch brothers can't do, don't do diddly-squat.  The Koch brothers never enforced a regulation on somebody.  The Koch brothers never raised anybody's taxes.  The Koch brothers never sent anybody's kids off to war.  The Koch brothers haven't done diddly-squat because they can't.  They're not in government.  The government does all of this.  But in the Democrat Party, world, it's the evils of private citizens who are wreaking and meting out all this havoc.

It's the government -- ever expanding with more power to dominate and control -- which must come in and clean out the vipers and the cesspool and the landfill and the utter sewer and garbage that this country is.  And I can only take so much it for so long, particularly when I'm listening to people who have been in positions of power while all these complaints they register have occurred.  Bernie Sanders says there is massive despair all over this country -- and there is massive despair. But the massive despair felt by the majority of Americans is despair over what the Democrat Party has done in its quest, its destructive quest in this country. 

That's my explanation for it, and I could keep going if you want me to.