In immigration speech, President omitted full scripture and UN policy

Harry Reid and Democrats
Harry Reid (center) and other longtime Democrats in Congress spoke about immigration before President Obama spoke on Thursday evening. Reid’s own faith, Latter Day Saints, was instrumental in changing federal law to give faith groups a pass on using foreign nationals in the country illegally as volunteers. Reid has flip-flopped on immigration, depending on the politics of the moment.

President Barack Obama’s rhetorical abilities are among his greatest assets as a politician. During his speech justifying his decision to selectively abandon enforcement of immigration law, the president relied on tried and true clichés—our “broken” system, people in the “shadows.”

Obama also relied on scripture, and while the words from Exodus are eloquent, they’re a false basis for his decision to not enforce existing laws he took an oath to uphold. The passage Obama cited came from Exodus (22): “21 Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

While our president took to scripture as politicians on both sides sometimes do—taking a passage out of context—he should have told Americans the truth. Our president’s party bases policy on foreign nationals on policies set by the United Nations.  Continue reading

Philly man who broke Gruber Obamacare story doesn’t want limelight

PPACA state exchanges
The PPACA is explicit on subsidies for premiums paid through “an exchange established by the State.” (Snip: PPACA/HHS)

Rich Weinstein, a Philadelphia man who isn’t a blogger, member of the media, or spokesman for an activist group, apparently didn’t scoop the PPACA/Obamacare fraud story for financial gain. He’s turning down interviews.

By most accounts, Weinstein just sought the truth after his own health insurance policy was canceled, forcing him to get coverage with premiums twice as expensive as his old policy.  Continue reading

Networks won’t air Obama “immigration” talk; suspect numbers touted

Obama immigration message Facebook
President Obama unveiled his “broken immigration” message on Facebook. (Snip: Facebook)

Legacy networks reportedly will decline to air President Barack Obama’s “immigration” talk on Thursday. The president announced his event via Facebook, a nod perhaps to his ally and supporter Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook titan Zuckerberg funds a group advocating for increasing the number of foreign nationals in the US labor pool.

The president may repeat his claims about setting a record for deportations, but the numbers are suspect.  Continue reading

Grubered: Comparing Obama to Reagan and Bush on immigration

immigration cartoon 1903
Turn of the century cartoon titled ‘The immigrant. Is he an acquisition or a detriment?’ illustrates age-old debate on the topic. (Library of Congress: Victor F. Gillam; 1903, Sackett & Wilhelms Litho. Co., N.Y.)

Are we being Grubered again, this time on what politicians falsely call “immigration”?

Democrats want President Barack Obama to push amnesty through without the cooperation of Congress, and they’re citing past actions by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush to justify it.  Continue reading

Media fail: Ahead of 2012 election, Gruber penned PPACA ‘confessional’

Jonathan Gruber
Jonathan Gruber admits in so many words Democrats hoodwinked Americans with the PPACA/Obamacare tax bill. (Snip: Video at Daily Signal)

Major media chose not to act as watchdog when it came to PPACA/Obamacare ahead of the 2012 presidential election. That decision gave a decisive advantage to Democrats. One of the worst messaging failures relates to content in a paper written by Jonathan Gruber, top policy wonk to President Barack Obama and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on the PPACA/Obamacare tax bill.

The paper amounts to a ‘confessional’ regarding the uncertainty of outcomes for the PPACA.  Continue reading

Operation Inherent Resolve enters ‘new phase’ as US forces land in Anbar

Blackhawk landing in Anbar Province Iraq
A UH-60 Blackhawk comes in for a landing in 2011 at Camp Ramadi in Anbar Province, Iraq. Anbar Province is the largest in land area in Iraq. (Image: US Army)

By Chris Carter

In what he calls a “new phase” of the fight against the Islamic State, President Barack Obama now plans to send up to 1,500 troops to Anbar province. The president claimed they will not be directly involved in combat.  Continue reading

Fears at US embassy in Yemen as Nov. 24 deadline for Iran approaches

US gives Yemen officials security equipment
In late October, the US Embassy in Sana’a presented Yemen officials with security equipment including radiation detector pagers.(Photo: US Government)

US officials are said to be “updating plans” for evacuating embassy personnel in Yemen because of instability in that country. Many analysts believe the unrest in Yemen is directly influenced by Iran’s meddling.

As the Nov. 24 deadline for an agreement to reign in Iran’s nuclear program approaches, the Iranian government is also believed to have ramped up interference not only in Yemen, but also in Somalia and Syria.  Continue reading

Doocy’s SEAL interview addresses issue in Lorance trial

US soldiers train in close quarters
The team seeking Osama bin Laden may have benefited from training like this. Soldiers from 2nd Military Intelligence Battalion trained in close quarters at the US Army Garrison’s paintball facility in Darmstadt, Germany, Feb. 27, 2008. (U.S. Army photo by Martin Greeson; www.army.mil; license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

Pt. 10 in a series

Fox News’ Peter Doocy conducted interviews with the Navy SEAL who claimed he shot Osama bin Laden, and it was unintentional, but some remarks addressed a significant issue in the trial of former 1LT Clint Lorance.  Continue reading

IRS and Civil Forfeiture Under the Bank Secrecy Act bring nasty surprises

IRS sign
Photo of IRS sign: Joshua Doubek

by Wendy N. Powell

Wendy N. Powell
Wendy N. Powell (Used with permission)

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the most powerful of government agencies, has been under recent scrutiny for extreme civil forfeiture of assets.

With IRS’ power to confiscate and make financial demands, most Americans are increasingly fearful of the “tax man”.  Recent accounts of alleged overreach by the IRS have surfaced, resulting in American taxpayers questioning the agency’s extreme authority. With allegations of abuse resulting in serious financial injury, particularly to small business and individuals, Americans’ disgust over the power of the IRS has escalated.  Continue reading

Soldier’s mother and brother appeal for clemency

Pt. 9 in a series

Petition for Clint Lorance
Snip from petition on behalf of Clint Lorance [change.org/p/us-army-lt-sentenced-to-20-years-charged-with-murder-for-protecting-his-men-from-taliban]
The family of former 1LT Clint Lorance is asking for justice for the soldier whose alleged “crimes” rested largely on a judgment call. On Veterans Day, Lorance’s mother penned a heartfelt tribute to him on a Facebook page dedicated to his cause, and his brother spoke via a video in an effort to tell people who the soldier really is.  Continue reading

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