Dianne Feinstein says the CIA spied on the Intelligence Committee – and suddenly she realizes the Constitution exists
Feinstein, it seems, has no problem with everyone in the United States being spied upon. The “little people” should just accept that reality. She has vociferously defended the NSA’s various data collection programs, it’s cell phone metadata collection, and it’s alleged need to “protect us” by infringing upon our Fourth Amendment protections. In fact, just last week, she delivered a strong defense of the NSA, saying their domestic spying was necessary to safeguard everyday Americans against a never-ending threat of attack.
However, when she’s the one being watched by the watchmen, she’s not so comfortable.
by Daniel Greenfield
This isn’t really new, but some of the most interesting material comes from Rafael Medoff’s demonstration of how the material was buried and misreported by historians sympathetic to liberal presidents.
When FDR endorsed quotas for Jews in the US and even North Africa, liberal historians claimed that he was being “practical” or actually trying to help Jews. And then there’s the story of the efforts to bury and lie about FDR’s exchange with Stalin about the Jews.
A new Oversight Committee report lays out obstruction case against the former top IRS official.
by Robert Wilde
Dr. Richard Saul, a behavioral neurologist based in Chicago, has made an interesting observation about the squirming, unfocused children brought to his office by desperate parents who beg him to ease their child’s ADHD behavior. After 50 years of practicing medicine and seeing thousands of patients demonstrating symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dr Saul’s observation is that: ADHD doesn’t exist.
More than ten percent of American children have been diagnosed with the disorder, and it is now considered the most common mental health disorder in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, the drug that has been most often prescribed for the condition, Ritalin, which was designed to stimulate the brain and reduce fidgeting, proves to sometimes exacerbate the condition and creates its own matrix of side effects, including dangerous behavior. According to Dr. Saul, treating so called ADHD behavior with stimulants is neglectful and wrong.
In the 70s, Saul believed in ADHD; however, he has come to the conclusion that an array of childhood attention disorders may be rooted in nutritional deficiencies. In many situations, iron deficiency (otherwise known as anemia) can produce fatigue, poor attention and concentration, and memory problems. Once iron was added to the diet with iron pills and more fish, fruit, vegetables, and nuts, performance and behavior improved. Significantly, a 2004 French study discovered that 84% of children diagnosed with ADHD were iron deficient, compared to only 18% of children that were not diagnosed with the alleged disease.
By John Boozman & J. Randy Forbes
‘Religious freedom is no luxury, but is a basic right of a free people.” It is “one of the cornerstones of our democracy” and one of our country’s most “cherished traditions.”
These are the words of then-Representative Charles Schumer as he championed his bill, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), on the floor of the House in 1993.
The Supreme Court had struck a blow to religious freedom in 1993 in Employment Division v. Smith by lowering the standard of judicial review for government infringements on religious free exercise. In a rare show of robust bipartisanship, Congress responded by overwhelmingly passing RFRA. President Clinton observed on signing the law that “our Founders . . . knew that religion helps to give our people the character without which a democracy cannot survive.”
This month, the Supreme Court has a second shot at rectifying its decision in Smith — this time, with the aid of RFRA — when it considers two challenges to the HHS mandate, from Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood.
By Phillip Swarts
For years, the Federal Communications Commission has allowed TV stations to execute joint operating agreements allowing themselves to outsource tasks such as advertising sales to group owners with more resources.
But when conservative columnist and entrepreneur Armstrong Williams recently purchased two stations, making him one of America’s few black owners of local TV affiliates, the commission unexpectedly decided to use his acquisition as a test case to review the practice.
The actions — coupled with other recent FCC decisions such as a plan to survey newsrooms that alarmed news media before it was withdrawn — have injected questions about whether a commission set up by Congress to be nonpartisan is now acting with a political litmus test under the Obama administration.
“Drunks,” “Bullies,” “Traitors,” “Fringe,” and Other Things Mitch McConnell Has Called Conservatives
By: Erick Erickson
Mitch McConnell is doing his best to walk back his comments about conservatives. He told the New York Times he intended to “crush them everywhere.” Now he says he was only talking about the Jim DeMint founded Senate Conservatives Fund and its candidates — candidates like Ben Sasse supported by Paul Ryan, Mike Lee, Club for Growth, RedState, National Review, and others.
Actually, Mitch McConnell has been pretty open in the past about his contempt for conservatives. He has referred to conservatives and the outside groups they fund, as traitors, bullies, drunks, and fringe. He claims conservatives “tear up every bar they walk into,” and he wants to “punch” the tea party “in the nose.”
Jonathon M. Seidl
The Malaysian military has radar data showing the missing Boeing 777 jetliner changed course and made it to the Malacca Strait, hundreds of kilometers (miles) from the last position recorded by civilian authorities, according to a senior military official.
The development injects more mystery into the investigation of the disappearance of Saturday’s flight, and raises questions about why the aircraft was not transmitting signals detectable by civilian radar.
Reuters put it more bluntly:
Clearly this ignorant man has never read the Bible [KJV].
Obama should therefore not expect to hear anything new from Abbas, who continues to insist there will be no peace agreement until Israel and the U.S. comply with all his demands.
By requesting the backing of the Arab countries, Abbas is seeking to show Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that there is no point in exerting pressure on him because the Arab countries will not accept any concessions to Israel.
If Bill Clinton’s was the Animal House presidency, then Ukraine is realizing that it made the mistake of trusting Clinton, and by extension America.
Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons in 1994 on the promise that the U.S., UK and Russia would respect its territorial integrity. Ukraine didn’t sign on to the Budapest Memorandum because it feared a British invasion. Based on its history with its neighbor, it feared a Russian invasion. It wanted backup for giving up the one serious deterrent that it had for preventing such an invasion.
Now the Russians have taken Crimea, and Ukraine still doesn’t have its nukes.
The Washington Post, in its March 9 edition, runs an article by Ruth Eglash with a headline that reads “Israel tears down Palestinian homes in Jordan Valley.” The demolition of half a dozen illegal structures belonging to a Palestinian herder gets the full emotional, up-close and personal treatment.
Buried farther down in Eglash’s piece is an eventual Israeli explanation that Palestinians can build in the Jordan Valley if they can prove land ownership and gain building permits. Israel also, it turns out, is drafting plans for new Palestinian communities in the region, with five already announced.
Farther on in Eglash’s piece is an additional explanation that, under the Oslo Agreements, the West Bank is divided into some areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority, Areas A and B, and in Area C which is under Israel’s full control. The herder’s illegal structures were built in Areas C.
None of these explanations makes it into the headline or in the top three paragraphs, however; so the false impression left for most readers is that Israel is persecuting innocent Palestinians.
Adam Kredo reports for the Washington Free Beacon that Obama is planning to cut America’s key reconnaissance fleet by 25 percent:
In June 2012, five Republican lawmakers (most prominently, Michele Bachmann) sent letters to the inspectors general at the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Defense, and State, asking that they investigate government “policies and activities that appear to be the result of influence operations conducted by individuals and organizations associated with the Muslim Brotherhood”—the ideological wellspring from which such terrorist outfits as al Qaeda and Hamas first emerged. One letter, for instance, noted that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s closest aide, her deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin, “has three family members … connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations.” (In fact, Abedin herself spent 12 years working for for the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, a Saudi-based Islamic think tank whose agenda was—and remains to this day, as journalist Andrew C. McCarthy explains—“to grow an unassimilated, aggressive population of Islamic supremacists who will gradually but dramatically alter the character of the West.” For details about this agenda, click here.)
While Bachmann was widely criticized and ridiculed for daring to suggest that Muslim Brotherhood elements had infiltrated the U.S. government, corroboration of her allegations came, in December 2012, from an unlikely quarter: Egypt’s Rose El-Youssef magazine, which asserted that six highly-placed Muslim Brotherhood infiltrators within the Obama administration had transformed the United States “from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.” (A translation of the article is available from the Investigative Project here.)
According to the Investigative Project, “the six named people include: Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for policy development; Mohammed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council; Rashad Hussain, the U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference; Salam al-Marayati, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC); Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); and Eboo Patel, a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships. These represent many of the individuals and groups about whom Bachmann had raised concerns.
This section of Discover The Networks profiles these and other Islamists who have influenced, or have been appointed to positions within, the Obama administration. Also included in this section are a number of Islamists who have not officially been connected to the Obama administration, but who have had a significant influence on Obama’s thinking over the course of his life.
Moreover, this section contains a link to a profile of the Barack H. Obama Foundation (BHOF), which was established in 2008 by Abon’go Malik Obama, President Obama’s half-brother, a Kenyan-born Muslim with twelve wives. Abon’go Malik Obama is:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Monday, March 10, that because the world chooses to slide over Iran’s concealed nuclear program, the next Klos C ship may not carry missiles but “nuclear suitcases.” They would not only reach an Israeli port, he said, but any port in the world.
He spoke at Israel’s naval base in Eilat at the presentation of the 60 missiles, 181 mortar shells and hundreds of bullets unloaded from the Klos C that was apprehended by Israeli commandos on the Red Sea opposite Sudan last week. Present too were defense minister Moshe Ya’alan, chief of staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz and top generals.
Netanyahu did not elaborate on his reference to nuclear suitcases. debkafile’s military and intelligence sources link it to a shipment of 6-10 “nuclear suitcases” that were part of an illegal Ukraine delivery to Iran in 2003 or 2004 of half a dozen nuclear-capable X-55 cruise missiles (NATO codenamed AS-15) whose 2000-km range covers every part of Israel.
By Jillian Kay Melchior
The Department of the Interior knew beforehand that two groups of aging veterans would be visiting the World War II Memorial as the partial government shutdown began on Oct. 1 but decided to barricade the site anyway, according to e-mails obtained by National Review Online.
The newly released public records also show National Park Service employees busily monitoring the news for any bad publicity and making shutdown exceptions for their co-workers.
Today’s Guest : Pastor Leonard J. Vander Zee
Topic : After Rick covers the latest news, author and Pastor, Leonard J. Vander Zee, spends the balance of the hour with Rick to discuss the often misunderstood and debated Sacraments of the Christian faith, specifically in regards to the Lord’s Supper. Pastor Vander Zee is the author of the book, “Christ, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper: Recovering the Sacraments for Evangelical Worship.”
Progressive politics is rooted in racism. Look carefully at most social or fiscal policies advocated by progressives and you’ll see that underneath their false public rationales lie hidden racist fears and assumptions — some of which the progressives may be too embarrassed to admit even to themselves, much less to the world.
By Doug Mainwaring
The left is seeking not only equal status to enumerated constitutional rights, but a position of superiority. When you have “rights” that have been magically pulled from the emanations and penumbras of the Constitution – such as the “right” to an abortion – that compete with fundamental rights not created by our government, but rather endowed by our Creator, the contest should be quite simple. But when you dislodge the bedrock of our culture, found in our First Amendment, you create a sinkhole of relativism and totalitarianism and anarchy.
There is something much, much deeper going on here.
Same-sex marriage is a trial balloon of sorts, being used to test how far Americans will allow their consciences to be suppressed by the State.
“If Christians can be compelled to lend a craft to something their conscience objects to, what can’t they be compelled to participate in? We’re talking about precedent; and the cases before us are bellwether test cases about whether private actors can be forcibly mandated to go against their conscience” (“Of Consciences and Cakes,” First Things, Feb. 20, Andrew Walker).
A couple years ago, the Health and Human Services Contraceptive and Abortifacient Mandate served the same purpose, leading the way to where we now are. When the State can get away with abusive behavior and strong-arm tactics toward even The Little Sisters of the Poor, let alone privately owned businesses such as Hobby Lobby, then statists know that the time is ripe to take another big step.
This battle is much bigger than anybody thinks it is. We cannot see the forest for the trees. We are not witnessing a clash of rights; we are in the middle of a massive social experiment. This is a test for the viability of incremental totalitarianism. Nothing less.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union has been charged by the NLRB with beating company workers and making horrific threats against the company manager in Vancouver.
By Michael Bargo Jr.
Ever since FDR’s New Deal initiative, Democrats have gathered electoral support through the distribution of federal program dollars. They justify their spending by saying it is done to pursue “social justice” and “fairness.” The great political value of these concepts is that they are open-ended; they do not imply, nor do they allow, any limits.
While Republicans have struggled to convince voters that open-ended federal spending will eventually hurt working Americans and the poor, the mortgage crash of 2008 may provide such an opportunity. This is because the mortgage changes promoted by the standards of social justice and fairness had a clear beginning, middle, and implosive end.
Ukraine, which is about the size of Texas with twice the population, has no real bargaining chips to play. Lacking in any meaningful GDP numbers and serving as a transportation route for Russian gas to Western Europe, its economic clout is weak. The real story behind the false humanitarian arguments is about the West’s concerns over maintaining the flow of abundant natural gas. The failure of NATO countries to source energy from friendly countries is the key takeaway here. Never give a probable enemy control over your thermostat.
by William Bigelow
Some nonprofit organizations whose stated purposes have nothing to do with farming have enjoyed hundreds of thousands of dollars in farm subsidies over the past ten years, according to a FoxNews.com report.
By Ramesh Ponnuru
The good news coming out of the just-concluded legislative battle in Arizona is that religious freedom remains what it has been there, undiminished by Governor Jan Brewer’s veto of a bill meant to protect it. The bad news is that the debate over religious freedom has taken an ominous turn. Here are six takeaways from the controversy.
The media cannot be trusted to report accurately on social issues. I mention this first not because it is the most important part of the Arizona story — though it is very important — but because it has made understanding that story so difficult. The press leans to the left, as everyone knows, and especially on social issues. CNN anchors more or less openly advocated for a veto of the bill, which they would generally not do on tax legislation.
by Daniel Greenfield
The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs claims that it is in the business of “Interpreting the Middle East for North Americans • Interpreting North America for the Middle East”.
Unfortunately the only place in the Middle East that the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs has ever heard of is Israel. That’s strange since the people who run it tend to be closely acquainted with their old Middle Eastern jobs in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The IRS still has not responded to allegations from a former Center for American Progress (CAP) employee that the left-wing think tank coordinates on editorial content with the White House — revelations that could threaten the organization’s nonprofit status.
Former ThinkProgress reporter Zaid Jilani wrote a piece this week detailing his experiences working for the liberal blog, which is run by CAP’s 501(c)(4) nonprofit Action Fund, the advocacy arm of White House counselor John Podesta’s think tank.
Was it a terror attack? Two people on board Boeing 777 that disappeared over Vietnam were traveling on STOLEN PASSPORTS
He said the investigation will look at two areas, the maintenance of the aircraft and possible terrorism