White House planning a party for companies that hire immigrants and help them become citizensPosted September 19, 2014 at 3:43 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Obama administration is asking people to identify companies that hire immigrants and help them apply for U.S. citizenship, and wants to invite some of these companies to the White House for a celebration.
A post on the White House website said immigrants “make up the backbone of many small, large, and emerging businesses,” and said immigrants help expand the skills of the U.S. workforce.
GOP looks to stop government from asking ethnicity of gun buyersPosted September 19, 2014 at 2:08 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Two House Republicans are trying to stop the Obama administration from collecting information about the race or ethnicity of people who buy guns.
According to a report from the Washington Times, the ATF is requiring people to fill out a form when buying a gun that asks purchasers whether they are Hispanic or Latino, and then to identify themselves as being Indian, Asian, black, Pacific Islander or white.
Can legislation stop government workers from watching porn at work?Posted September 19, 2014 at 1:01 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) this week proposed new legislation aimed at stopping government employees from accessing pornography or other supposedly not-safe-for-work content while using government computers or equipment.
Meadows’s bill is the Eliminating Pornography from Agencies act, or the EPA Act. The acronym is dig at the Environmental Protection Agency, since a report found that one EPA worker was watching as much as six hours of porn a day in his government office.
An official with the EPA’s Office of Inspector General said that when an OIG official met with this employee, “the special agent witnessed the employee actively viewing pornography on his government-issued computer.”
“Subsequently, the employee confessed to spending, on average, between two and six hours per day viewing pornography while at work,” the official said. That employee has not yet been fired.
“It’s appalling that it requires an act of Congress to ensure that federal agencies block access to these sites at work,” Meadows said Thursday.
His legislation would require all federal agencies to set up safeguards to prevent their workers from accessing pornography using government equipment.
The bill doesn’t set out any new penalties against government officials. However, it would penalize agencies that don’t have a plan in place to stop people from surfing porn.
Investigative journalist and radio host: The three imperative questions NOT being asked about BenghaziPosted September 19, 2014 at 11:16 am by Benjamin Weingarten
Title: The REAL Benghazi Story: What the White House and Hillary Don't Want You to Know
Author: Aaron Klein
New York Times bestselling author, investigative journalist and radio host Aaron Klein has a new book out titled “The REAL Benghazi Story: What the White House and Hillary Don’t Want You to Know,” in which Klein does yeoman’s work in combing through the thousands of pages of available government documents to chronicle the numerous breathtaking but oft-underreported facts on Benghazi, identify the various inconsistencies between and among the testimony of the various parties involved, and ask the questions begging to be answered.
Klein in fact devotes a whole section of his book to a comprehensive set of suggested questions he believes must be pursued by the Benghazi Special Investigative Committee led by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC). In an extensive interview with Klein, we had the opportunity to ask him what three questions in particular heretofore NOT being asked must be asked. Klein asserted:
One: Why did we hire the February 17th [Martyrs Brigade] militia [to defend the Benghazi special mission compound]? Number two…were there any weapons transfers through this facility? And were the weapons transfers involved in any way, shape, or form, in the attack in the first place…Third: Why were no special forces sent? What were they [our forces] really doing on the night of the attacks on a “training mission,” in Croatia.”
On this third question, Klein elaborated:
There’s something called the C110…forty man special training force. They’re supposed to be maintained to respond to diplomatic emergencies…The anniversary of the 9/11 attacks you would think is the one night…in the entire calendar…that everybody knows jihadists are most motivated to attack. So why would you take the main force to respond to all such emergencies in Africa, and put them, that very night, on a so-called training mission in Croatia.
And I ask…there was a weapons shipment — hundreds of tons by the way — that was going through Croatia at that exact time…You would think if the United States is shipping these weapons, somebody has to protect them…So, was that special force protecting the weapons the night of the attack?
To Klein’s point, the New York Times has reported on significant weapons shipment efforts — to Syrian “rebels” by way of other Arab governments — running through Croatia all throughout 2012. In a March 2013 article titled “Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With Aid From C.I.A.,” the Times notes:
From offices at secret locations, American intelligence officers have helped the Arab governments [based on military cargo flight records, including Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar] shop for weapons, including a large procurement from Croatia, and have vetted rebel commanders and groups [in Syria] to determine who should receive the weapons as they arrive, according to American officials speaking on the condition of anonymity. The C.I.A. declined to comment on the shipments or its role in them.
This portion of our interview, which continues with Klein going into further detail on the role of the February 17th Martyrs Brigade, begins at 21:11 below.
During the extensive interview with Klein, we also had a chance to discuss a number of other issues including: (more…)
House Republican leader says ground troops may be needed in IraqPosted September 19, 2014 at 10:52 am by Pete Kasperowicz
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Friday wrote that the U.S. may have to insert ground troops in Iraq in order to fight the Islamic State, a call that many Republicans have hinted at but have not made explicitly.
“The reality is that airstrikes alone may not get the job done and we should acknowledge this reality,” McCarthy wrote in an op-ed for USA Today. “Certainly we will not reoccupy Iraq, but some special operations forces may be necessary to supplement our airpower and augment the capabilities of moderate indigenous forces we want to see ascendant when the smoke clears.”
Obama’s new plan to help veterans find jobs: Turn them into solar panel installersPosted September 19, 2014 at 9:32 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The Obama administration on Thursday announced a new program aimed at training military veterans so they can get jobs installing solar panels, and “become the leaders of the nation’s clean energy economy.”
The Department of Energy already has an initiative — the Solar Instructor Training Network — that helps train people to join the solar industry. The new initiative will have that program partner with up to three military bases this fall, and train up to 30 active service military personnel on how to install solar panels.
Rand Paul says Dems are ‘intellectually dishonest’ by claiming war authorityPosted September 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) charged Thursday that the Obama administration is violating the Constitution by falsely claiming it has the power to step up efforts against the Islamic State, without first getting explicit authorization from Congress.
Paul is one of many members who say the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force allowing the U.S. to fight terrorists is not enough to authorize efforts against the Islamic State. But despite these complaints, the administration is expected to start its effort without securing any approval from Congress, although it will get approval for some specific actions in Syria.
This could be the nicest confrontation between a biker and a cop you’ve seenPosted September 18, 2014 at 3:36 pm by Liz Klimas
The encounter, which happened in London, though ended up being amazingly civilized and funny.
Watch the brief incident:
So, to recap: The cop asked why the biker was riding on the street. To this, the cyclist pointed out that he was in a bike lane. Further affirmation on behalf of the cyclist was given by a fellow officer standing by as well.
The cop apologized when he realized his error and everyone went on their merry way.
“I thought it was pretty funny and told him not to worry…No need for a smart-arsed remark,” the cyclist, going by Silvio Diego on YouTube, wrote.
Eric Holder launches federal effort to reduce racial tensions between cops, communitiesPosted September 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Attorney General Eric Holder launched a new program Thursday designed to “combat distrust and hostility” between police and the cities and towns they patrol.
Under the initiative, a $4.75 million grant will help fund a training program for cops and community leaders. The effort is a direct result of the race-related protests in Ferguson, Missouri that followed the shooting of an 18-year-old black student by a white police officer.
Sen. Bernie Sanders cut a record in 1987 and it’s exactly what you’d expectPosted September 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Bernie Sanders, the quirky, socialist and Independent senator from Vermont, recorded a folk album in 1987 that could get people even more interested in his possible presidential run. Or, possibly, less interested.
Seven Days, a Vermont website, found the old record, which features his singing and music from 30 Vermont artists. More importantly, the site posted some sharable songs from the record.
‘One cannot win the war with blankets’: Ukraine President Poroshenko’s address to CongressPosted September 18, 2014 at 11:16 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on the United States to take the lead in beating back Russia’s ongoing aggression toward Ukraine, and asked directly for the U.S. to provide more aid, including military aid.
“They need more military equipment, both lethal and non-lethal, urgently,” he said of Ukraine’s fighters in a speech to a joint session of Congress on Thursday.
A Cuban conservative explains why many Hispanics see government as a benefactor from the day they come to AmericaPosted September 18, 2014 at 10:48 am by Benjamin Weingarten
Title: A Race for the Future
Author: Mike Gonzalez
Mike Gonzalez, a Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, has a new book out titled “A Race for the Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic Americans.” In the book, Gonzalez examines the history of Hispanics in America, Democratic electoral dominance among, and the disastrous effects on Hispanics broadly, and how and why conservatives must break the liberal hold on Hispanics, beginning with working to change the culture.
In an interview with TheBlaze Books, we asked Gonzalez — who immigrated to America from Cuba in 1974 — about how and why Hispanics (with the exception of Cubans) came to overwhelmingly vote Democratic, which he argues coincides with the period in which Hispanic immigration (legal and illegal) to America exploded.
Gonzalez notes that it was in the time of the civil rights revolution, sexual revolution, and Great Society passage and implementation — the 1960s and 1970s — that America’s fundamental institutions, including schools, explicitly turned against teaching citizens civics, and working to inculcate in them the age-old American values that had been passed on from generation to generation to that point:
Maybe in the 1960s we began to be overly optimistic about the durability of the [American] experiment and we thought we didn’t need to assimilate any more, or maybe on the contrary we became embarrassed about our values and we didn’t think we should teach them any more. Either way we stopped, and what we do today is almost the opposite, which is we use all of our institutions to aggressively instill multiculturalism, rather than assimilation into these founding values.
“[W]e use all…our institutions to aggressively instill multiculturalism, rather than assimilation”
At the same time as our educational institutions succumbed to progressivism, and began to propagate it, so too did our government shift, seeking to redistribute wealth and power to specific racial and ethnic groups, including Hispanics, who had to that point according to Gonzalez seen themselves as white.
The artificial designation by government of Hispanics as a separate group, with legitimate grievances that needed redress through entitlements, had grave consequences. As Gonzalez asserts:
In the case of Hispanics…they [government racial classifications which broke out Hispanics as a group] were done with the express purpose of administering affirmative action, of collecting data so they could administer affirmative action to these groups, and that is why I think the effect has been nefarious.
Gonzalez continues, in a portion of our interview which you can listen to below at 4:31:
[The] Mexican-American rank-and-file did not want this [the labeling]…but the activists did. They saw the spoils system that was being created in the aftermath of the civil rights movement, and they said, “Well we want to…get in there too. We want to be designated as one of the minorities, so money can start going to the barrio.”
…To me what that does is that it starts right away, right away, to associate government interference with success, because your success depends on the government…apportioning what your participation in society will be: what your participation in the labor force will be, what your participation in government contracts will be, and what your participation in the universities will be.
…Now we’re a country of immigrants…the left always says that, but they forgot what that implies. For 300 years (more…)
Here’s what it looks like when someone wins $1 Million on ‘Wheel of Fortune’Posted September 18, 2014 at 9:17 am by Jonathon M. Seidl
Sarah Manchester is a math teacher from Maryland. On Wednesday night, she won $1 million. Here’s what that looks like:
You can get more details on her from WJLA-TV.
VA announces pay hikes as high as $35,000 for VA doctors and dentistsPosted September 18, 2014 at 8:43 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The Department of Veterans on Thursday announced it will increase the maximum salaries for doctors and dentists within the Veterans Health Administration by as much as $35,000, which will come on top of salaries that can exceed $200,000 or even $300,000 per year.
The announcement comes just weeks after complaints that the VA’s health providers don’t work full schedules. It also comes in the midst of an ongoing scandal in which veterans had to wait months and even years to get a health appointment, as VA officials delayed those appointments and in some cases covered up their actions.
Lawmaker slams Obama, Biden, Kerry as ‘three senators… exercising terrible judgment’ on Islamic State authorityPosted September 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee criticized President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretary of State John Kerry for failing to seek proper congressional authority to expand airstrikes against the Islamic State, and said this failure is all the more unbelievable given that they all served in the Senate.
“We have three senators — the president, vice president, and secretary of State — that are exercising terrible judgment right now,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said at a hearing where Kerry was testifying.
IRS: Reports that Lois Lerner’s emails were backed up are ‘erroneous’Posted September 17, 2014 at 3:38 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday dismissed recent press reports saying that the lost emails of former IRS employee Lois Lerner might still be recoverable.
In August, the government watchdog group Judicial Watch said it was told by an IRS lawyer that Lerner’s emails still exist and were backed up in some form. That led to GOP complaints that Koskinen didn’t tell the whole truth about the status of those emails in various hearings before Congress.
‘For The Record’ Returns to TheBlaze TV With Premiere Episode: ‘Honor Fight’Posted September 17, 2014 at 2:57 pm by Steve Krakauer
While you watch the return of For the Record, about the State Department, join the conversation here with producers and TheBlaze talent such as Sara Carter. We’ll have behind-the-scenes pictures and details, related links, polls and much more. The shows, and live blog, begin at 8 p.m. ET.
Dana Loesch mocks Mark Sanford in ‘hilarious’ soap opera segmentPosted September 17, 2014 at 2:46 pm by Erica Ritz
On Tuesday’s episode of TheBlaze TV’s “Dana,” Dana Loesch, Steven Crowder, and Jason Castro mocked South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford’s extremely lengthy Facebook post explaining his current relationship status. According to the Washington Post, the former Republican governor used 2,346 words to explain “that he’s hiring a lawyer to deal with a years-long divorce from his ex-wife and ending his engagement to his fiancee.”
Loesch turned Sanford’s saga into a soap opera called “Days of Our Wives,” which Glenn Beck called “hilarious.”
You can watch the clip, below.
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Texas lawmaker says U.S. government should only speak EnglishPosted September 17, 2014 at 2:46 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) proposed legislation this week that would declare English as the official language of the federal government.
“The English language has long been a unifying aspect of the United States,” Stockman said in a letter to House colleagues seeking support for the bill.
The House just voted for a full audit of the Federal ReservePosted September 17, 2014 at 1:44 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The House on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to require a full audit of the Federal Reserve, an action more and more members support in light of the Fed’s increasing importance and role in the U.S. economy.
Republican leaders called up the Federal Reserve Transparency Act on Tuesday, and approved it in a 333-92 vote Wednesday afternoon — all but one of the “no” votes came from Democrats. The bill calls for a full audit of the Fed, including its private discussions related to monetary policy, by the Government Accountability Office.
Nancy Pelosi on possible Obama request for ground troops: ‘Whatever it is, I’m against it’Posted September 17, 2014 at 11:27 am by Pete Kasperowicz
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that should would oppose any request from President Barack Obama to introduce ground troops into Iraq again.
That possibility was raised on Tuesday, when Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said circumstances could change in Iraq, which could require U.S. ground troops at some future point in order to fight the Islamic State more effectively.
Atheist comedian Bill Maher reveals something monumentally shocking about Jesus and Religion, but…Posted September 17, 2014 at 10:55 am by Billy Hallowell
It’s a well-known fact that comedian Bill Maher is an outspoken atheist who rejects any and all theological inclinations, which is why his latest Funny or Die video spoof is so ironic.
The clip opens with one of Maher’s friends discovering him in the midst of prayer. When she questions what the comedian is doing, he tells her he’s appealing to God — and reveals that he’s secretly a Christian who uses the money he makes money to help fund church ministry (of course, he’s joking in the clip to get some laughs).
“Well, everyone in the business knows I play an atheist,” Maher said. “This is an act. This is what we do. This is Hollywood, sweetheart.”
The comedian, who uses some colorful language, also claims to have had an experience with Jesus as a young person that helped convert him. Again, all jokes being made for the sake of comedic irony.
Watch the spoof below (caution: language):
One Dem’s proposal for the NFL: Tax the league, use the money for domestic violence programsPosted September 17, 2014 at 9:56 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has introduced legislation this week that would end the tax-exempt status of the National Football League and other professional sports leagues, and use the tax revenue to fund domestic violence programs.
Booker’s announcement came just as the NFL has come under increased scrutiny on the issue of domestic violence, as Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended from the league after a video surfaced in which he punches his wife unconscious in an elevator. Another running back, Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, has been suspended after he was indicted for child abuse.
House slaps down IRS for using personal emails for workPosted September 17, 2014 at 9:08 am by Pete Kasperowicz
In a late Tuesday night vote, the House easily passed legislation that would prohibit all IRS officials from using their personal email for work-related purposes.
It was one in a series of bills aimed at reining abuses at the IRS and elsewhere in the government. Members also approved a bill making it easier to punish senior officials for misbehavior, and making it harder for them to stay on administrative leave with pay.
Good news on Ebola: Health official confident U.S. healthcare system can contain the virusPosted September 16, 2014 at 4:04 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A top U.S. health official warned Tuesday that the Ebola virus is “ferocious and spreading exponentially” in Western Africa, but said the U.S. healthcare system should be able to prevent an outbreak in North America.
“It is important to note that we do not view ebola as a significant public health threat to the United States,” said Beth Bell, who directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.
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