Boehner blasts Obama’s ‘lapse in judgment’ by releasing the Taliban FivePosted August 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Friday that President Barack Obama made a critical tactical error earlier this year by releasing five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay, especially as the threat of the Islamic State continues to grow.
“At a time when we are grappling with the evil terror of the self-proclaimed ‘Islamic State’ in Syria and Iraq – a group whose leader was once an American detainee, before being released – it is difficult to imagine a more potentially serious lapse in judgment by the Obama administration,” Boehner said.
Greenland might not be the most popular vacation destination, but flying over it in a fighter jet looks awesomePosted August 22, 2014 at 1:22 pm by Liz Klimas
Though some might not consider its icy and austere landscape the most hospitable, flying over Greenland’s glaciers and fjords makes for stunning footage from a fighter jet’s point-of-view.
John Kristensen with the Danish Air Force took a GoPro camera on this recent mission over the ice rim east of Kangerlussuaq, a fjord near Illuissat and the town where explorer Knud Rasmussen was born.
So while, you might choose more bathing suit-friendly locations for your next vacation, at least enjoy the beauty of Greenland’s landscape in Kristensen’s video of the low-level flight. You might even see some greenery on the country that was notoriously named to fool people about its most typical climate:
(H/T: Popular Science)
Lawmaker: Best way to let VA officials know reform is needed is to ‘fire a few people’Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:26 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) said Thursday that the best way to get Department of Veterans Affairs employees to improve their performance on the job is to fire the bad ones.
In an interview with NewsRadio 1620 in Pensacola, Miller said that most VA employees understand that it’s time to respond to the VA health care scandal by focusing on getting heatlh care to the nation’s veterans. But even after the national scandal, Miller said some in the VA are still part of the problem, and should be fired. (more…)
States struggling to control fraud in federal food stamp programPosted August 22, 2014 at 10:40 am by Pete Kasperowicz
States around the country are finding it more difficult to monitor and prosecute fraudulent efforts to obtain federal food stamp benefits in large part because state enforcement budgets have fallen even as the number of food stamp beneficiaries has increased dramatically.
Another problem cited in a new Government Accountability Office report Thursday is that even when fraud is detected, state prosecutors often decide not to prosecute because of scarce resources. And in some cases where fraud is prosecuted, states are finding that juries are often sympathetic to the food stamp scammer.
VA official accused of lying to Congress placed on administrative leavePosted August 22, 2014 at 9:21 am by Pete Kasperowicz
A senior Veterans Affairs official accused of lying to a member of Congress has been placed on administrative, along with another top official at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System.
CAVHCS Director James Talton was placed on leave, along with Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson.
A black conservative on the conversation ‘a lot of people, black or white,’ don’t ‘want to have’Posted August 22, 2014 at 8:06 am by Benjamin Weingarten
Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board has been one of the most prominent and outspoken contrarian voices in the media in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting and ongoing chaos in Ferguson, Missouri.
Echoing the themes of his new book, covered extensively by TheBlaze Books, “Please Stop Helping Us,” in a recent viral appearance on Meet The Press (captured below), Riley seemed to make the show’s panel very uncomfortable by contending that the real issue represented in Ferguson is black criminality itself.
Since the Meet The Press panel promptly cut Riley off in the middle of his response to anchor Andrea Mitchell’s question, we reached out to Riley and asked him what he would have said had he been allowed to speak freely. Here is what he told us [emphasis Riley's]:
Title: Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed
Author: Jason L. Riley
I don’t see how you reduce these tensions going forward between these inner city communities and the police…in an environment where the black crime rate is what it is. I mean that is what is driving this.
Blacks are only thirteen percent of the population, but they are responsible for something like half of all murders in America. Half. I mean all manner of violent crime, all manner of property crime, you see black arrests at two or three times their numbers in the population. And until you…address that black crime problem — that black criminality — I don’t know how you’re going to address these other issues that people want to talk about, involving tensions between the black community and law enforcement, or involving racial profiling and so forth.
What is driving those tensions is black crimes. What is driving those perceptions of young black men are these crime statistics.
And if you want to change those perceptions, you need to change the behavior driving those perceptions. And that is not a conversation a lot of people, black or white, want to have. They want to talk about incarceration rates, but not crime rates. They want to talk about tensions in the black community, but they don’t want to talk about the behavior driving those tensions.
And I think we need to have an honest conversation about black criminality if we want to move forward in addressing a lot of bad black outcomes we see in these ghettos.
You can listen to this portion of our interview below beginning at 2:55.
Among other issues covered in the interview, Riley also took on what he calls the “civil rights industry,” arguing that:
So many in the civil rights industry as I refer to it and in the black political leadership have a vested interest in…this idea that the black man is so put-upon by white society, and that that is what is driving these outcomes. And so you get your sort of professional agitators like [Al] Sharpton and Jesse Jackson getting to work…it serves their interest.
If you go around talking about how white racism is responsible for all these bad black outcomes, you get a tv show…If you go around talking about personal responsibility and black behavior…you don’t get a tv show.
Riley also had a chance to riff on the political impetus that he sees behind the words and actions of President Obama and Eric Holder, telling us:
[W]hen it comes to black political leaders, they also have a vested interest here. And that is in the case of Holder and Obama, driving black turnout; continuing their black support, political support. And so in Holder and Obama you have people who think nothing of dividing us along racial lines when it suits their political interest.
Holder’s been running around the country claiming that white Republicans are trying to disenfranchise blacks with voter ID laws. He’s been claiming that criticism of the administration is racially driven. And I think he has political goals in mind with that. And the fact that he’s stoking racial resentment does not concern him. That is trumped by his political goals, and that is to address his black constituents and tell them what they want to hear, or what he thinks will get them out to the polls to support President Obama.
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‘Putin is ‘Writing a children’s book called The Happy Octopus’: The ‘Tonight Show’ gives the news a makeoverPosted August 22, 2014 at 7:54 am by Mike Opelka
Did you see the “breaking news” recently?
- President Obama and Speaker Boehner take a balloon ride to talk about their favorite colors.
- Valdimir Putin decides to stop being evil and takes up writing children’s books.
- And, ghosts have never killed anyone.
Alright, those were not news stories on a real news report. However, they were the headlines delivered by real New York City news anchors participating a new sketch from “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” called “I’ve Got Good News and Good News.”
Give yourself a break from tsunami of bad news and enjoy this little bit of comedy.
Watch the segment courtesy of NBC:
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A student plans to shoot WHAT?Posted August 21, 2014 at 3:17 pm by Stu Burguiere
Today on Pat & Stu, we had the story of a student who was suspended for threatening to shoot an animal…that doesn’t exist. (Note: He was completing quite possibly the stupidest assignment ever) Listen at the 57:25 mark:
State says Foley execution won’t change government’s mind on paying ransomPosted August 21, 2014 at 3:16 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A State Department spokeswoman said Thursday that the execution of James Foley by a member of the Islamic State is not leading to new discussions within the government about whether it should pay ransoms to terrorist groups who kidnap Americans.
“We do not make concessions to terrorists.,” said Spokeswoman Marie Harf. “That includes, we do not pay ransoms.”
Mike Slater: Introducing the hot soup bucket challengePosted August 21, 2014 at 1:25 pm by Chris Peterson
By now you’ve heard of the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness for ALS. TheBlaze Radio’s Mike Slater has taken the challenge up a notch in response to the Islamic State terror group and created the hot soup bucket challenge. Yes, this is not a joke, Mike Slater actually dumps a bucket of hot soup on his head. You have to see it to believe it.
Please, do not try this at home:
You can listen to The Mike Slater Show every Saturday, from 3-6p et, on TheBlaze Radio Network.
Rick Perry hits Obama on link between weak border enforcement, ISIS threatPosted August 21, 2014 at 1:12 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) warned Thursday that the unsecured southern U.S. border is creating a real risk that Islamic State agents could try to enter the U.S. and commit acts of terrorism.
In a speech at the Heritage Foundation that sounded very much like a warmup to a presidential run, Perry started by blasting President Barack Obama for failing to adequately enforce the border. That failure, Perry said, created the conditions that have prompted thousands of children and other illegal immigrants to try to cross into the United States.
The viral ‘Christmas Jammies’ family is back with a new back-to-school parody videoPosted August 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Liz Klimas
You might remember the Holderness family from their “#Xmas Jammies’ video, which went viral last year and made everyone rue the day they only sent out family portraits in their own Christmas newsletters to family and friends.
Well, the North Carolina family is back and rapping about another holiday, at one least for parents. It’s back to school.
The family modified the lyrics of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” into a school-friendly theme titled “Baby Got Class.”
Watch the parody that sums up many a parent’s views on going back to school:
If you’re into the classics though and rap is just too much for you, this oldie but goodie Staples commercial from 1996 might fit the bill:
The Holderness family dedicated their video to “teachers, bus drivers, administrators, and support staff who teach and love our children. THANK YOU for all you do,” the parents wrote.
(H/T: Huffington Post)
One senator’s response to Ferguson: $5.5 billion in new spending to deal with ‘black youth unemployment’Posted August 21, 2014 at 11:53 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday proposed legislation that would provide billions of dollars to states, which would be charged with creating “summer and year-round employment opportunities for economically disadvantaged youth.”
Sanders proposed the Employ Young Americans Now Act, which would give $4 billion to states directly, and award another $1.5 billion to provide training to low- and moderate-income youth and disadvantaged adults.
Author sounds off: ‘If you’re taking a check from Uncle Sam — and not for working — and you weren’t blown up by an IED in Iraq, you’re a loser.’Posted August 21, 2014 at 10:10 am by Benjamin Weingarten
Recently we wrote about Kurt Schlichter’s new book, “Conservative Insurgency,” a fictional retrospective looking back in 2041 on how constitutional conservatives stopped the inexorable march of progressivism and won back the country.
We sat down with the Townhall columnist to talk about his book and the state of the culture war in America today. In a particularly explosive part of our interview, we asked Schlichter how he foresees the welfare state effectively coming to an end, as codified under the fictional Thirty-Second Amendment, which reads:
Title: Conservative Insurgency
Author: Kurt Schlichter
Each American shall be presumed to be responsible for the financial support of himself or herself, and for his or her dependents, and Congress shall make no law providing for such support for more than a minimal period of no more than three months during their lives, and in modest amounts necessary to preserve life, unless such person has paid into, and is eligible to participate in, a system of social insurance for such support, is truly and demonstrably physically or mentally unable to support himself or herself, or is injured in the service of this Nation.
Schlichter told us:
I think…people are starting to see the failure of government as…a sort of father of a spoiled child. I think a lot of people resent the free-ride mentality that many people have. I think we’re seeing the tremendous damage that the welfare state does, not only economically, but morally, and socially. There are critiques out there of what it’s done to minority families and…white families that are shocking. I mean when it becomes an economically smart play…to ditch the man…the man of the family is gonna get ditched in a lot more cases than would otherwise. We need to do things that promote families because families are the basic building block, not government.
The author continued:
And frankly there are a lot of people that are working hard who are sick of giving free money to losers. And a lot of free money goes to losers.
…[T]oday it’s funny because it’s kind of harsh, but I think down the road eventually…people are going to start saying, “Wait a minute – you sit on your couch gobbling Doritos, you watch Judge Judy. I’m working two jobs, and you’re getting about seventy-five percent of the money I’m getting, and it comes out of my check.”
“Here, I have a counter-offer. How about you get nothing. And if you’re hungry, that motivates you to go…and operate a mop and bucket at a McDonald’s.”
You know when somebody starts whining (more…)
VA secretary: Discipline ‘doesn’t automatically result in firing’Posted August 21, 2014 at 9:28 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Wednesday that while he wants to hold poorly performing employees accountable, that doesn’t necessarily mean these employees will be fired or disciplined.
Instead, he indicated that the VA is willing to help work with and even train those employees.
Obama still shying away from ‘boots on the ground’ in SyriaPosted August 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A State Department spokeswoman indicated Wednesday that the Obama administration is still not entertaining the thought of sending ground troops to Syria to attack the Islamic State, even after the terrorist group shocked the country by publicly executing a U.S. photojournalist.
Video released of the execution of James Foley prompted Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to call for a direct attack against the Islamic State in Syria.
Ever fired a machine gun?Posted August 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm by Stu Burguiere
Today on Pat & Stu we asked listeners to call up and share their experiences with really big guns. Take a listen at the 1:04:00 mark:
Warren Buffett’s company hit with $896,000 fine from Justice DepartmentPosted August 20, 2014 at 2:25 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Warren Buffett, the inspiration for the Obama administration’s push for higher taxes on the wealthy, agreed to a different kind of income redistribution on Wednesday.
According to the Justice Department, Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway consented to paying an $896,000 fine for not telling regulators about a 2013 investment in USG Corp.
Issa probes telework scam at U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficePosted August 20, 2014 at 1:06 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Tuesday asked Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker for information related to an internal report showing abuses of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s “telework” program that allows employees to work from home and with flexible hours.
The letter builds off a damaging Washington Post story that said employees at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have abused the agency’s telework policy for years. That story said USPTO employees “lied about the hours they were putting in,” and received bonuses for work they never finished.
McCain calls on Obama to attack Islamic State in Syria after execution of U.S. photojournalistPosted August 20, 2014 at 11:56 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday called on President Barack Obama to attack the Islamic State’s stronghold in Syria, after a video was released showing the apparent execution of American photojournalism James Foley by the group known as ISIS or ISIL.
“The more he (Obama) delays and the more he acts incrementally, the more ISIS adjusts and the more difficult they will become,” McCain said, according to the Arizona Republic. “And one of the decisions that he has to make is to attack ISIS in Syria because they are moving the captured equipment there and they are fighting there and their enclaves are there.”
A profound but long ignored message on Islamic supremacism from Great BritainPosted August 20, 2014 at 10:42 am by Benjamin Weingarten
In the wake of the savage beheading of American journalist James Foley at the hands of an alleged ISIS militant of British descent, we were immediately reminded of a 2006 book, “Londonistan,” whose lessons seem to have been sorely neglected.
Melanie Phillips, a prolific and sharp-tongued columnist for the Times of London, journalist, author and broadcaster of which TheBlaze Books has written before, wrote “Londonistan” to document the growing (and largely homegrown) threat by jihadists to Great Britain, the nation’s inability to comprehend it, foolish attempts to appease and whitewash it, and fatal consequences were the Brits to not change course.
With reportedly thousands of Europeans having joined ISIS ranks alone, not to mention those Americans who have joined various other jihadist movements throughout Arabia, our relations with the Muslim Brotherhood for example in Egypt prior to Mohamed Morsi’s ouster, arming of various jihadists, and ignorance (or worse), intentional censorship, and even inability to say the phrase “radical Islam” itself, the conclusion to her 2006 book is as significant today if not more so than the day it was written.
Here is part of Melanie Phillips’ strikingly prescient conclusion to “Londonistan” [emphasis ours]:
Britain is in denial. Having allowed the country to turn into a global hub of the Islamic jihad without apparently giving it a second thought, the British establishment is still failing even now— despite the wake-up calls of both 9/ 11 and the London bomb attacks of 2005— to acknowledge what it is actually facing and take the appropriate action. Instead, it is deep into a policy of appeasement of the phenomenon that threatens it, throwing sops to both radical Islamism and the Muslim community in a panicstricken attempt to curry favour and buy off the chances of any further attacks. This disastrous policy ignores the first law of terrorism, which is that it preys on weakness. The only way to defeat it is through strength— the strength of a response based on absolute consistency and moral integrity, which arises in turn from the strength of belief in the values that are being defended. By choosing instead the path of least resistance, Britain is advertising its fundamental weakness and is thus not only greatly enhancing the danger to itself but also enfeebling the alliance in the defence of the West.
Author: Melanie Phillips
Britain has a long and inglorious history of appeasing terrorism, thus bringing true the aphorism, in which its ruling class so cynically believes, that ‘terrorism works.’ Now, however, this dubious national trait has been cemented even more firmly into the national psyche by the governing doctrine of multiculturalism, which has made it all but impossible even to acknowledge that this terrorism is a problem rooted within the religion of a particular minority community. The fervent embrace of ‘victim culture’ means instead that this minority has to be treated on its own assessment as a victim of the majority and its grievances attended to on the grounds that it is these grievances that are the cause of terrorism. At the same time, however, this minority disavows any connection with terrorism and vilifies anyone who dares suggest the contrary. Thus Britain is being forced to act on the basis that if it does not do so it will be attacked— by people who claim that terrorism runs totally counter to the values of their religion, but then demand that the grievances of members of that religion are addressed as the price of averting further attacks. This deeply manipulative and mind-twisting behaviour is the equivalent of holding a gun to Britain’s head while denying that this is being done, and threatening to run out of town anyone who points it out.
The intersection of an aggressive religious fanaticism with the multicultural ideology of victimhood has created (more…)
Tick tock: 111 days later, former Phoenix VA official still getting paidPosted August 20, 2014 at 10:33 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ broken health care clinic in Phoenix, Arizona is still being paid her $170,000 salary 111 days after being released in the wake of the VA health care scandal.
Concerned Veterans for America has launched a web page tracking how long Sharon Helman is still getting paid, despite constant promises from the VA that officials involved in the scandal will be held accountable.
David Letterman’s touching tribute to Robin WilliamsPosted August 20, 2014 at 8:08 am by Mike Opelka
David Letterman and Robin Williams were friends for nearly four decades. On Monday night, Letterman spent over ten minutes paying tribute to his late friend and sharing his thoughts and memories of the comedic genius of Williams.
Letterman described the night that he first saw Williams perform at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, 38 years ago. Letterman was a budding comic and recalled his reaction to seeing one of Williams’ early performances: “We came on like morning dew, he came on like a hurricane.”
“He finishes and I thought, ‘That’s it, they’re gonna have to put an end to show business, because what can happen after this?’” he added.
The late night host told the story of Williams’ meteoric rise to stardom and how he never acted differently towards those he grew up with in the comedy business.
Did you know that David Letterman appeared on “Mork and Mindy?” He credited Williams with convincing the producers to give him the spot on the hit show. It was a very brief appearance that Letterman said he could not bear to watch for years.
As Letterman’s career grew and spanned more than two decades across NBC and CBS, Robin Williams made more than 50 appearances on his shows.
The segment closed with a montage of some of Dave’s favorite moments from Williams’ visits. The clip was posted on YouTube less than 24 hours ago and has gone viral, generating more than 1.6 million views.
Watch the clip:
(H/T: @Letterman on Twitter)
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Obama’s Labor secretary embarks on cross-country junket to promote Labor DayPosted August 19, 2014 at 4:34 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Labor Secretary Tom Perez has embarked on a week-long tour across America in order to meet five people and fill up the Labor Department’s website with pictures and stories about people at work, a sort of pre-celebration of Labor Day.
A Labor Department spokesperson didn’t respond to questions from TheBlaze about how many people were on the trip or how much it will cost.
What would those old empires look like today? Map geeks have the answers.Posted August 19, 2014 at 3:50 pm by Zach Noble
Some people reminisce about old bands getting back together.
Users of the “Map Porn” subreddit, on the other hand, have been spending this week reminiscing about old historical empires getting back together.
To each their own.
The idea is simple: What would an historic empire look like if it existed today?
Users have covered the historical gamut, from the Roman Empire…
…through the rise of the Mongols…
…through the age of colonialism.
One user even mocked up the Confederate States of America circa 2014, which the user calculated would have more than 100 million residents and an economy to rival the U.S., China and Japan.
It’s an interesting exercise for map lovers, though given the historical sins of some of the nations — from the Mongols’ butchery of tens of millions of people to the Confederacy’s slave state — the world might be grateful that these old empires aren’t getting back together anytime soon.
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