These harrowing illustrations of life inside one of North Korea’s prison camps were drawn by former prisoner Kim Kwang-il and were submitted as evidence to the UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in North Korea.



The best twitter reactions to Obama's executive amnesty speech

Forget Kim Kardashian.  Obama’s speech on his executive amnesty plan is what broke the internet tonight. 

Here are the best responses from the Twitterverse:

“Racism is alive. Face it.” #amnestyM2M



Judge orders Obama admin officials to personally explain why they shouldn’t be held in contempt

This is a big deal. Remember how Obama’s executive amnesty was ruled unconstitutional? And remember how the Obama administration lied to a federal judge about whether they had already begun to implement the illegal program? And remember how that made the federal judge in the case rightly angry? And remember how the judge issued an injunction? And remember how the Obama administration brazenly ignored the judge’s injunction and *still* kept implementing the program? Yeah, well, now the judge has ordered that Obama administration officials come personally stand before him and tell him why they shouldn’t be held in contempt of court.

From the DC:

A federal judge in the district court of South Texas has ordered top officials with the Department of Homeland Security — including Secretary Jeh Johnson — to appear in person in his court in Brownsville next month to show why they should not be held in contempt for violating an injunction issued against President Obama’s executive amnesty order.

Andrew Hanen issued the rare order on Tuesday in the latest court filing for a lawsuit filed to halt President Obama’s executive amnesty order. Obama announced the action on Nov. 20. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, then the state’s attorney general, filed the suit on Dec. 3.

Hanen called the Obama administration’s response to his Feb. 16 injunction “unacceptable” and “unprofessional.” He also stated that he is “shocked and surprised at the cavalier attitude the Government has taken” towards it.

At issue is the federal government’s failure to clear up why DHS issued 2,000 work permits to illegal aliens even after the injunction was in place. The Justice Department made that announcement in May, but DHS and its sub-agencies have not yet explained why applications for the permits were approved.

Hanen says that the government must answer that question to his satisfaction by the end of the month or else appear in his court on Aug. 19.

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This administration reminds me of spoiled teenage celebrity brats who have never been told “no.” As I’ve said before, if you or I were to lie under oath to a federal judge, we would be in prison. Shouldn’t government officials be held to that same standard? I doubt the judge will actually go through with punishing them in any tangible way, but I would *love* to see it happen if, for no other reason, than to simply remind these people that they are not above the law. Because as it stands now, they are.

Obama amnesty plan gives businesses $3,000 incentive to hire illegals rather than US born workers

It’s almost like he's trying to hurt the US jobs market…

from Washington Times:

Under the president’s new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare.

President Obama’s temporary amnesty, which lasts three years, declares up to 5 million illegal immigrants to be lawfully in the country and eligible for work permits, but it still deems them ineligible for public benefits such as buying insurance on Obamacare’s health exchanges.

Under the Affordable Care Act, that means businesses who hire them won’t have to pay a penalty for not providing them health coverage — making them $3,000 more attractive than a similar native-born worker, whom the business by law would have to cover.

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Obamacare + Amnesty = a disaster for the American economy. 


Obama’s Executive Power Grab

So, he has “expanded” his treaty authority.  He has “expanded” his prosecutorial expression.  He has “expanded” the regulatory authority of his executive agencies.  He’s even basically taken control of independent agencies.

Now, the good news is that President Obama said he will never use this authority for evil.  He will embody a common purpose; a higher purpose.  That’s exactly what he says.  And his people say he’s only doing what the American people want anyway…and that’s comforting.  Let’s trust him.  After all, he also says, “the government will make use of these powers only insofar that they are essential for carrying out vitally necessary measures.  It will always be the first and foremost task of government to bring about inner consensus within the President’s aims.”

Oh, wait sorry…that was Hitler assuming total power in 1933 under the Enabling Act.  My bad.

5th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds injunction against Obama’s illegal amnesty

Hey, remember that whole amnesty by executive fiat thing that even Obama said was unconstitutional (before turning around and doing it anyway)? Turns out, it was.

From the Washington Times:

A federal appeals court upheld an injunction against President Obama’s new deportation in a ruling Tuesday that marks the second major legal setback for an administration that had insisted its actions were legal.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of Texas, which had sued to stop the amnesty, on all key points, finding that Mr. Obama’s amnesty likely broke the law governing how big policies are to be written.

“The public interest favors maintenance of the injunction,” the judges wrote in the majority opinion.

Mr. Obama had acted in November to try to grant tentative legal status and work permits to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants, saying he was tired of waiting for Congress to act.The full amnesty, known as Deferred Action for Parental Accountability, or DAPA, had been scheduled to begin last week, while an earlier part had been slated to accept applications on Feb. 18. But just two days before that, Judge Andrew S. Hanen issued his injunction finding that Mr. Obama had broken the law.

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It’s really simple. The President isn’t a king. He doesn’t get to decide who citizens are. He doesn’t get to set economic policy. He doesn’t get to create laws. With a few exceptions (like being able to veto bills, etc), he has – or should have – exactly the same rights as you and I do.