President Barack Obama waived off a question Tuesday about whether his deputies are gagging government employees who are now willing to testify about administration shortcomings before and after the jihadi attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya.
“I’m not familiar with this notion that anybody has been blocked from testifying, so what I will do is find out what exactly you’ve referred to,” he told Fox News’ Ed Henry.
The question followed statements by Victoria Toensing, a D.C. lawyer, that administration officials are trying to gag several American witnesses to the attack.
The New York Post reports that a study by the NYC Dept. of Health shows that gun deaths in NYC are down dramatically while Chicago gun murders continue to surge. How can that be when Chicago’s gun control laws are even tougher than in NYC? Simple: NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly targets the people who commit gun crimes:
“Deaths by gunfire in the city are down dramatically, far lower than the national rate, according to a new study — and Mayor Bloomberg credited his policing strategies for the downturn . . . a 31 percent decline during a time when the NYPD drastically increased its use of stop-and-frisk.
Bloomberg aides said they expect the death rate from guns would continue to drop, pointing out that murders by shooting accounted for 57 percent of total homicides in 2012 in the city, which had 419 murders last year.
By comparison, 87 percent of Chicago’s murders last year were caused by firearms, a Bloomberg aide noted.”
“In dedication to the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the only president who shared a birthday with the nation shared the true meaning of progress:”
“About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may well discard their conclusions for something more modern…[But] no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward…Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.”
If so, then why is Jason Collins gay and his identical twin brother Jarron straight? It is apparently more complicated than simple genetics.
Hmmm. We thought it was the Administration’s position that the Boston Bomber’s trip to Russia/Chechnya was not a training trip? AP story indicates otherwise:
“U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said after a meeting with his Belgian counterpart, Didier Reynders, that `’we just had a young person who went to Russia and Chechnya who blew people up in Boston. So he didn’t stay where he went, but he learned something where he went and he came back with a willingness to kill people.”
“In the Constitution, the states balanced the power of the national government (the one now in Washington, DC.) Not only did the states control half of the legislature, but they decided if and how they would implement the edicts of the national government. And that included deciding whether a law was constitutional or not.
This changed in 1803 with the Marbury v. Madison ruling. This ruling – taught as a work of genius in American schools – was a fraud against the US Constitution. In it, the Supreme Court held that they understood the Constitution better than James Madison, the man who wrote it!
But worse than even this, they held – with absolutely no basis – that it was they who would decide what was constitutional or not. The states were tossed aside. Even the sitting President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, called it “a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.”
Marbury’s Judicial review (the Supremes ruling on constitutionality) merely involves one branch of the national government providing a check on the other branches of the national government. After Marbury, no one could check the national government.
Washington DC was unleashed with Marbury v. Madison. What made it almighty was the 17th Amendment of 1913, which took the powers of the states and transferred them to Washington, by mandating the popular election of senators.
With senators being elected directly by the populace, the states were cut-out of the equation. In their place, political parties gained massive power, and nearly all power was consolidated in the city of Washington.”
“Despite a long recession and high unemployment, Italians are shunning the job because of the long hours and modest pay . . .
“Italians . . . want a nice comfortable office job where they can work six hours a day, five days a week, in air-conditioning. They’re not prepared to work 10, 12 hours a day.” Alessandro Rossi, who runs another pizzeria in Rome, is also surprised that Italians refuse to take up an occupation that is part of their cultural DNA, especially as unemployment among young people has reached 35 per cent.
“The Italian mindset is that being a pizza-maker is humiliating, it is a manual labour job,” he said. “Young Italians want to own 40,000 euro cars and wear nice clothes but they are not prepared to work for it. So the gap is being filled by the Egyptians, the Filipinos and the Arabs.”
From “The Telegraph”
“Sheriff Dominic Dagostino said Friday that security system footage showed the informant removing a small quantity of cocaine from his rear end when Andrews walked away from the counter.
“In hindsight my officers got burned, and this will cause them to be even more cautious in their dealing with informants,” said Dagostino.
Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Drug-informant-stings-cops-as-case-against-4468170.php#ixzz2RlS7SGiV
“Best New Documentary Director – Sean Dunne for Oxyana (USA). Winner receives $25,000, presented by American Express; and the art award “Untitled (#5), from the Men in the Cities Photo Portfolio” by Robert Longo, courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures. The jurors for the 2013 Best New Documentary Director Competition were Jared Cohen, Taraji P. Henson, Riley Keough, Jason O’Mara, and Josh Radnor.The award was given by Taraji P. Henson and Deborah Curtis from American Express.
Jury Comments: “Sean Dunne’s Oxyana is a major accomplishment, deeply sad without being sentimental, fearless, unblinking and deft in the filmmaker’s ability to coax harrowing stories from his subjects. It is not an easy film to watch. It could be read as hopeless, but by the end, something of the light of each person shone through. It presents an acute awareness of the severity of their situation mixed with an inner battle to not let this film be the final story of them or their once-proud town. We will never forget the faces of these people, their stories and their struggles.”
From the Washington Examiner:
Family Research Council (FRC) officials released video of federal investigators questioning convicted domestic terrorist Floyd Lee Corkins II, who explained that he attacked the group’s headquarters because the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) identified them as a “hate group” due to their traditional marriage views.
“Southern Poverty Law lists anti-gay groups,” Corkins tells interrogators in the video, which FRC obtained from the FBI. “I found them online, did a little research, went to the website, stuff like that.”
The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard reported that Corkins, who pleaded guilty to terrorism charges, said in court that he hoped to “kill as many as possible and smear the Chick-Fil-A sandwiches in victims’ faces, and kill the guard.” As Bedard explained, “the shooting occurred after an executive with Chick-Fil-A announced his support for traditional marriage, angering same-sex marriage proponents.”