The American Dream

A homeless person in America,
A person with a sad face and dark skin,
By police officers, yesterday was shot,
For being homeless, he was killed.

Brutal bastards with a smirk on their faces,
He was a danger, or so they said,
On their faces ye can see the lies,
An innocent man died because of them.

Oh politicians, please do say,
Where the equality,
In black peoples pain,
Being beaten to death - living in strain.

Oh my , what have we done,
Governments are being feared
More than the Lord above,
Oh dear humans, what happened to love ?

Dear Lord, can’t Ye see I’m crying ?
For my fellow humans out there,
In vain whom are dying,
And the people in power whom are constantly lying.

To nations of empty faces turned,
For our beliefs, our bodies get burned,
Oh, and after all this time,
A lesson of love, we haven’t learned.

And the black man, whom yesterday died,
Was called a lunatic - someone sick in the mind,
Oh, in front of thy eyes ye can see,
How they’re lying to all of humanity.

And the black man was shot,
Whom’s mind was, by them, in insanity,
But he is not their only victim,
The only victim of police brutality.

Instead of helping them,
Their government left them,
They were all killed mercilessly,
By those whom were suppose to protect them.

And as I was observing his demise,
Only these words, in my mind were left,
I thanked the Lord for creating,
The eternal pit of Hell.

Can the Americans tell me,
As from razors and bullets, they bleed,
Do they still think of it,
The eternal American dream ?

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First They Came for the Jews

…and Obama didn’t speak up because he’s not a Jew.  Then they came for the Christians, and Obama did not speak up because he is not a Christian.  Now, they come for western civilization and Obama will not speak up because he is not an advocate of western civilization.  He believes that western civilization is exploitative and imperialistic, that terrorism is caused by imbalances between the west and rest, and that if only the west would minimalize its arrogance on the world’s stage peace would blossom.

Hillary Clinton violated federal law, exclusively used secret email account as Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton certainly isn’t the first Obama administration official to use a secret email account in order to circumnavigate the Federal Records Act, but she’s certainly the highest profile cabinet member to get caught. 

from New York Times:

Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.

It was only two months ago, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, that Mrs. Clinton’s advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department. All told, 55,000 pages of emails were given to the department. Mrs. Clinton stepped down from the secretary’s post in early 2013.

Her expansive use of the private account was alarming to current and former National Archives and Records Administration officials and government watchdogs, who called it a serious breach.

“It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business,” said Jason R. Baron, a lawyer at Drinker Biddle & Reath who is a former director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration.

A spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, Nick Merrill, defended her use of the personal email account and said she has been complying with the “letter and spirit of the rules.”

Under federal law, however, letters and emails written and received by federal officials, such as the secretary of state, are considered government records and are supposed to be retained so that congressional committees, historians and members of the news media can find them. There are exceptions to the law for certain classified and sensitive materials.
Mrs. Clinton is not the first government official — or first secretary of state — to use a personal email account on which to conduct official business. But her exclusive use of her private email, for all of her work, appears unusual, Mr. Baron said. The use of private email accounts is supposed to be limited to emergencies, experts said, such as when an agency’s computer server is not working.

“I can recall no instance in my time at the National Archives when a high-ranking official at an executive branch agency solely used a personal email account for the transaction of government business,” said Mr. Baron, who worked at the agency from 2000 to 2013.

Regulations from the National Archives and Records Administration at the time required that any emails sent or received from personal accounts be preserved as part of the agency’s records.
But Mrs. Clinton and her aides failed to do so.

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If you’re thinking that this was just an oversight, think again.  The secret email account was created on the day she went before the Senate for her confirmation hearings.  The account was under a newly registered domain: clintonemail.com. 

So, it’s not that some staffer forgot to create an official State Department email address and never got around to it.  No, instead they registered an entire web domain in order to avoid obeying the law. 

It’s Read Across America Day!

Talk about a good day to read.

Today is the birthday of Dr. Seuss and what a better way to celebrate his enduring genius than by having a nationwide reading celebration.

Read Across America is a partnership between The National Education Association (NEA) and Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

more here including President Obama’s Proclamation for Read Across America Day, 2015

image and text above: Harvey Lieberman, 1st grader at Fairmount Park Elementary School in Seattle. 

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Obama Supporters Endorse Karl Marx for President in 2016

I wonder how many users on Tumblr would blindly agree to this as well…

Washington Post gives Obama 4 Pinocchios for his Keystone Pipeline lies

You know it’s bad when the Washington Post stops pulling their punches on Obama.

from WaPo:

“I’ve already said I’m happy to look at how we can increase pipeline production for U.S. oil, but Keystone is for Canadian oil to send that down to the Gulf. It bypasses the United States and is estimated to create a little over 250, maybe 300 permanent jobs. We should be focusing more broadly on American infrastructure for American jobs and American producers, and that’s something that we very much support.”

– President Obama, interview with WDAY of Fargo, N.D., Feb. 26, 2015
President Obama, seeking to explain his veto of a bill that would have leapfrogged the approval process for the Keystone XL pipeline, in an interview with a North Dakota station repeated some false claims that had previously earned him Pinocchios. Yet he managed to make his statement even more misleading than before, suggesting the pipeline would have no benefit for American producers at all.

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As we have noted before, when the president says “it bypasses the United States,” he leaves out a very important step. The crude oil would travel to the Gulf Coast, where it would be refined into products such as motor gasoline and diesel fuel (known as a distillate fuel in the trade). Current trends suggest that only about half of that refined product would be exported, and it could easily be lower.

A report released in February by IHS Energy, which consults for energy companies, concluded that “Canadian crude making its way to the USGC [Gulf Coast] will likely be refined there, and most of the refined products are likely to be consumed in the United States.” It added that “for Gulf refineries, heavy bitumen blends from the oil sands are an attractive substitute for declining offshore heavy crude supply from Latin America.” It concluded that 70 percent of the refined product would be consumed in the United States.

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Finally, note that Obama said Keystone was just for Canadian oil, and “we should be focusing on American infrastructure for American jobs and American producers.” But actually, Keystone would help U.S. oil producers in North Dakota and Montana. TransCanada, the builder of the pipeline, has signed contracts to move 65,000 barrels a day from the Bakken area –and hopes to build that to 100,000. That’s nearly 10 percent of the region’s production.

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The truth is, of course, that Obama rejected the Keystone Pipeline because he is ideologically opposed to America having energy independence.  His alliances with environmental groups are only half of the equation. The other half is the crucial part of Obama’s ideology that influences virtually all of his policy making: that the United States has led the world for too long and that our influence and successes should be redistributed to other countries around the world. 

Obama Admin To Urge Supreme Court Strike Down State Bans On Gay Marriage

The Obama administration will file a brief this week with the Supreme Court urging it strike down state laws and amendments which exclude gay couples from marriage.

Currently, gay couples can marry in 37 states, plus the District of Columbia. On Monday, a federal judge struck down Nebraska’s ban.

The nation’s highest court will hear arguments next month is a case challenging bans in four states: Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky.

In an op-ed published Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder wrote that his office’s brief in the case will argue that such bans “violate the fundamental constitutional guarantee of ‘equal protection of the laws.’”

“It is clear that the time has come to recognize that gay and lesbian people deserve robust protection from discrimination,” Holder wrote.

“Nothing justifies excluding same-sex couples from the institution of marriage. Denying them the right to marry serves only to demean them and their children, to degrade the dignity of their families and to deny them the full, free and equal participation in American life to which every citizen is entitled.”

Such bans, he added, “inflict concrete harms that touch nearly every aspect of daily life for gay and lesbian couples.”

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Mark Levin’s Speech at CPAC

This is long of course but his list of grievances with Obama and the Republican Party are well worth the watch alone.

Scott Walker: I changed my view on amnesty after seeing how badly Obama's attempt is going

I’m just putting this out there because it will be a big hurdle for Scott Walker if he jumps in the 2016 Presidential race.  Walker was previously a vocal proponent of a “pathway to citizenship” for illegal immigrants.  However, he said in an interview with Chris Wallace that he has changed his policy stance after seeing how badly Obama’s amnesty efforts have gone. 

A couple of thoughts about this.  

1) Flip flop duly noted.  When a politician does a 180 on an important policy position, it’s always difficult to know how to trust him moving forward.  Is Walker really moving away from amnesty altogether, or is he just playing semantic games with the word “amnesty” itself.  There is, not unexpectedly, plenty of skepticism all over the place today

2) While we will certainly remember Walker’s flip-flop in the future, it is important to note that he’s tackling it head on.  Unlike so many politicians, he’s not trying to claim he’s been consistent on the issue and just pretend like Americans are too stupid to notice.  He’s admitted his flip-flop and given a fairly sound reason on why he changed his mind: somebody else is trying it, and it’s obviously not working. 

Donald Trump at CPAC: "I don't know where Obama was born."

The Conservative Political Action Conference seems to hit a new low everyday.  First it was the tit-for-tat playground fight they had with the Log Cabin Republicans (x).  Then it was Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson doing what Phil Robertson does (x).  Now we have Donald Trump questioning Obama’s birth certificate.  Again.  In 2015. 

Oh and Senator Rick Santorum was there to lend a helping hand too.

Why don’t they have anything better to talk about?  Why doesn’t someone remind them that even if Obama was born in Kenya, he was a US citizen at birth because his mother was one?

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Saudi Arabia: Columnist Stands with Netanyahu, Slams Obama - Top Saudi government-controlled paper says Netanyahu's speech will serve Gulf interests more than Obama's 'foolish behavior.' - 3 March 2015

A look at Saudi Arabia’s news media shows that the Persian Gulf monarchy stands squarely behind Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s efforts Tuesday in Congress.
In an article in Monday’s edition of the Saudi daily Al-Jazirah (no relation to the Qatar-based television network), columnist Dr. Ahmad Al-Faraj comes out strongly against U.S. President Barack Obama. “I believe that Netanyahu’s conduct will serve our interests, the people of the Gulf,” he writes, “much more than the foolish behavior of one of the worst American presidents.”
The article was translated and disseminated to Western media by MEMRI, the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute.
Al-Faraj writes that Obama is working to sign a deal with Iran at the expense of America’s longtime allies in the Gulf, and that Netanyahu’s campaign against the deal is therefore justified and serves the interests of the Gulf states.
The article provides background regarding the speech and the tensions surrounding it. It states that Netanyahu “will devote his speech to expressing his firm objection to the signing of an agreement between the Obama administration and Iran on the nuclear issue. He hopes to convince the Congress members that he is right, which could delay the agreement.”
It further mocks Obama for his behavior, saying he is “clearly furious – not because Netanyahu is intervening in an important matter that Obama hopes will bring him personal glory, but because House Speaker [John Boehner] did not consult with Obama before inviting Netanyahu, and Obama considers this a breach of established protocol…”
The Saudi columnist’s main conclusion minces no words: “Since Obama is the godfather of the prefabricated revolutions in the Arab world, and since he is the ally of political Islam, [which is] the caring mother of [all] the terrorist organizations, and since he is working to sign an agreement with Iran that will come at the expense of the U.S.’s longtime allies in the Gulf, I am very glad of Netanyahu’s firm stance and [his decision] to speak against the nuclear agreement at the American Congress despite the Obama administration’s anger and fury. I believe that Netanyahu’s conduct will serve our interests, the people of the Gulf, much more than the foolish behavior of one of the worst American presidents. Do you agree with me?”
The pressure-cooker of tensions between Saudi Arabia and the Obama Administration has been simmering for a while. A New York Times article of a year ago states that Saudi leaders were vexed already then at Obama “for failing to throw America’s military might behind their proxy war with Tehran in Syria… And the Saudis were flabbergasted last year when Mr. Obama reversed course at the last minute, calling off missile strikes against the Assad government for its use of chemical weapons.”
The paper quoted a commentator for the Saudi-owned news network Al Arabiya as having written that Obama “has got it all wrong when it comes to Iran.” He accused the president of having a “new fondness” for the Iranians, calling this “the heart of the problem” in his relations with the Saudis.