Here is the latest Afterburner by Bill Whittle. It is about what appears to be the rising police state in America and it is brilliant as usual.
Barack Obama let an anti-Semitic, anti-gay Muslim leader into the United States to raise money for the Syrian rebels
For some reason–and I will let you draw your own conclusions–Barack Obama supports the al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebels in their quest to topple Bashar al-Assad. Make no mistake about it; Bashar al-Assad is no better than the people who wish to see him deposed and that is why we should not even be involving ourselves in the Syrian civil war.
But involved we are to the point where the Obama regime granted Sheikh Mohammad Rateb al-Nabulsi a temporary visa so that he could tour American Mosques in order to raise money for the Syrian rebels.
Who is this man?
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This week’s musical selection is called ‘Life During Wartime’ by the Talking Heads. Enjoy:
Barack Obama has already delayed the employer mandate in order to give companies more time to adjust to the new law but he has been unwilling to provide ordinary Americans the same luxury for some strange reason even though people have had a hard time signing up for Obamacare.
Next week the House is scheduled to vote on delaying the individual mandate:
In the latest salvo against President Obama’s health care law, the House of Representatives plans next week to vote on a bill to delay the individual mandate for a year.
Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., introduced the bill, the Simple Fairness Act, on Friday.
Under the health care law, Americans who don’t purchase government-approved insurance policies face a fine of $95, or 1 percent of taxable income, for 2014. In 2015, the fine is scheduled to increase to $325, or 2 percent of taxable income.
The new bill would effectively push back that implementation timeline for a year, by setting the fine at $0 for 2014 and then reducing the 2015 fine to $95 (the current 2014 level).
“The President recently issued another delay to unilaterally change his own law, a delay that protected businesses from the employer mandate tax,” Jenkins, who serves as vice chair of the House Republican Conference, said in an emailed statement. “It is not fair to give relief to businesses with big checkbooks, yet not help hard working families with relief from these unaffordable mandates.”
Barack Obama’s national security team met this morning to discuss Russia and the crisis in Ukraine but apparently the president had something more important to attend to (perhaps a fundraiser?) for it is being reported that he did not attend the meeting.
A White House official emailed some reporters to say that President Obama’s team met today to discuss the ongoing situation on Ukraine. It appears President Obama did not attend.
“The President’s national security team met today to receive an update on the situation in Ukraine and discuss potential policy options. We will provide further updates later this afternoon,” reads the full statement.
But do not worry, he was briefed by the ever-reliable Susan–the attack on the consulate in Benghazi was the result of a video–Rice.
Greenpeace co-founder says there is no proof climate change is man-made, compares the movement to a “religious cult”
One of the co-founders of Greenpeace, Patrick Moore (who has since left the group), had some interesting things to say last week, including the claim that there is no proof that climate change is man-made:
A co-founder of Greenpeace told lawmakers there is no evidence man is contributing to climate change, and said he left the group when it became more interested in politics than the environment.
Patrick Moore, a Canadian ecologist and business consultant who was a member of Greenpeace from 1971-86, told members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee environmental groups like the one he helped establish use faulty computer models and scare tactics in promoting claims man-made gases are heating up the planet.
“There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years,” he said.
Even if the planet is warming up, Moore claimed it would not be calamitous for men, which he described as a “subtropical species.”
Of course we have known for quite some time the computer models were faulty, Climategate proved the corruption within the environmental movement, and the movement’s use of scare tactics cannot be denied, but it is refreshing to see someone as high profile as this actually confirm what we already knew to be the truth.
Liberal groups are upset at some of Barack Obama’s judicial nominees since the filibuster was scaled back
We all remember when Harry Reid changed the filibuster rules in order to make it easier for the Democrats to pass Barack Obama’s nominees. Now, with the new rules in place some liberal groups, more than two dozen actually, are upset that not all of his choices have been liberal enough for their liking.
When Democrats changed Senate rules last year to limit the filibuster against White House nominees, it raised hopes among some liberals that President Obama would use his new power to reshape the federal judiciary. Now, just over three months later, some Democrats and progressive groups are instead trying to stop two of the president’s latest nominees to the federal bench on the grounds that they are too conservative.
According to the story linked above the Republicans still do have some power to limit nominees because “blue slips” must still be presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee before a nominee can move forward:
Senators still hold virtual veto power over judicial nominations associated with their states under a custom of the Senate Judiciary Committee that requires senators to return a “blue slip” acquiescing in a nomination before it can move forward.
Blue slips have been difficult to get in the case of nominations from states where one or both senators are Republicans. Of 18 pending nominations from those states, according to the committee, no Republican blue slips have been submitted, and Democrats have submitted only a few.
Senators in Georgia and the White House reached a deal in order to move six nominees forward: