Blaze Mag: BlackoutPosted August 25, 2014 at 11:45 am by Chris Field
Too many Americans prefer to live in denial about the threat we face from an electromagnetic pulse weapon. The truth is that an EMP attack is much more than some theory by right-wing fearmongers, as is often claimed by members of the Left.
Our most lethal enemies—a new Axis of Evil—have the means to knock us out and have even conducted test runs. Throw in a new caliphate that’s willing to play along, and the existential threat to the United States grows exponentially. What are we doing to prevent it?
Plus, get to know Trey Gowdy, the man tapped to get to the truth about what really happened in Benghazi. He may just be the most qualified congressman to ever lead such an investigation.
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Are drug smugglers getting more creative? Latest bust finds coke in tamalesPosted August 25, 2014 at 10:51 am by Pete Kasperowicz
U.S. border agents over the last few weeks have thwarted some very creative attempts to sneak drugs into the country, including by hiding drugs in food and children’s toys.
On Friday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced it found seven ounces of cocaine hiding inside tamales. (more…)
New September cover: The EMP threat growsPosted August 25, 2014 at 10:02 am by Chris Field
A new Axis of Evil has eyes on a knock-out punch–and has been practicing.
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Daily government emails teach people how to eatPosted August 25, 2014 at 9:20 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Anyone who isn’t being nagged enough about how to eat right can sign up for a daily email from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is offering daily tips on how to eat better.
USDA’s “MyPlate” website is where the government’s nutrition guide is housed. It was launched in 2011, with the help of First Lady Michelle Obama, and notably replaced USDA’s traditional food pyramid with something closer to a pie chart (although there is no room for pie on the chart).
Paul Ryan on the Ex-Im Bank, bailouts: Tactics trump purityPosted August 25, 2014 at 6:00 am by Benjamin Weingarten
In a wide-ranging interview in connection with the release of his new book, “The Way Forward,” presumptive 2016 presidential contender, 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee and Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke with TheBlaze Books via phone this weekend, touting a populist, market-oriented domestic agenda and robust foreign policy vision.
During the interview, Ryan addressed several issues on which conservatives have been critical of the Republican Party, from perpetuating crony capitalism to immigration.
Perhaps most interesting was the congressman’s defense of votes he and fellow Republicans took in favor of TARP and the 2009 auto bailout, and his belief in the efficacy of a short-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.
When asked how his votes for TARP and the auto bailout comport with the populist, free market philosophy Rep. Ryan espouses in his new book, noting that he “did not enjoy” such votes, Ryan justified them on grounds of “defensive voting.” The congressman argued that in the throes of the financial crisis, based on the feedback he received from Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, the congressman worried, “We would have had a deflationary spiral and then progressives would have swept the election even more, and done even more damage.” Further:
The takeaway lesson from that is, the leadership matters because they frame the choices that you make in Congress…between…lesser evils. That is something that I think is a very important lesson that I learned…that we all need to learn…and we – myself included – as Republicans have got to make amends with the fact that we have not been perfect on minding our principles and policies like crony capitalism.
“Republicans…have not been perfect on minding our principles and policies like crony capitalism”
Ryan noted that his aversion to crony capitalism was why he was fighting together with colleague Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) against the Export-Import Bank, bane of many free market proponents, who view it, like Ryan himself, as “Big government and big business joining in a common cause to hand out preferences.”
Following up on this assertion, we asked the congressman if he foresaw the House voting for a short-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, as has been reported elsewhere. Ryan stated that he does believe Congress will reauthorize the bank:
[B]ecause we want to win this fight [to shut down the Export-Import Bank] and we worry that if we don’t do a short-term [reauthorization] we might not. Just know that that is a tactical…move that we think is in our best interest for those of us who are not in favor of the bank.
You can listen to this portion of our interview in full on bailouts, the Export-Import Bank and crony capitalism beginning at 5:07 below. (more…)
Blaze editor pledges $1,000 charity donation if CNN’s Don Lemon visits a gun range, shoots automatic weapons with himPosted August 23, 2014 at 10:26 am by Mike Opelka
Earlier this week, CNN’s Don Lemon was caught up in a little bit of a controversy when he fumbled the definition of semi-automatic and automatic firearms.
The story went viral and inspired TheBlaze Radio’s Mike Opelka to challenge Lemon to join him at a private gun range to learn the differences between the two kinds of weapons.
Opelka even offered to donate $1000 of his own money to Lemon’s favorite charity.
— Mike Opelka (@stuntbrain) August 23, 2014
Fans of the radio show also picked up the challenge and started re-tweeting the offer.
— James in Alabama (@JamesHaseldenJr) August 23, 2014
Will the CNN host step up and accept the offer? Lemon’s producer has been contacted. The offer is out there.
Listen to the segment from TheBlaze Radio’s Pure Opelka. (The $1K #GunRangeChallenge segment starts at the 32 minute mark of the show.)
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Assemblyman and bikers set to protest Mexican president’s luncheon with California Gov. BrownPosted August 23, 2014 at 9:59 am by Mike Opelka
Tuesday will be day 148 of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi’s imprisonment in Mexico. Tuesday is also the day that Mexico’s president, Enrique Nieto, addresses the California legislature and meets with Governor Jerry Brown.
According to one elected official who will not be attending the event and the luncheon honoring Nieto, the two leaders and the legislature are reportedly not going to be talking about Tahmooressi. Instead, they will discuss trade, immigration and climate change.
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly talked about the upcoming event and told TheBlaze Radio’s Mike Opelka why he won’t be attending.
Donnelly’s anger started a month ago when Governor Brown and a contingent of elected state officials visited Mexico and did not bring up Tahmooressi.
Fast forward to this week and the assemblyman became even more incensed when he received this invitation from Governor Brown.
After reading the invitation, the assemblyman penned a letter to the governor, protesting this luncheon and letting Brown know that he will not be attending.
Instead of sitting inside the historic Leland Stanford Mansion, Donnelly told TheBlaze, he will be outside, holding a rally on behalf of Sgt. Tahmooressi.
Donnelly’s letter closes by letting the governor know exactly how he feels about the snub of Tahmooressi.
“I know that my absence may distress you, but it may comfort you to know that I’ll be standing outside leading a protest, doing the job you should have done as the highest elected official in California: demanding the release of one of our own, our Marine, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.”
The group, “2Million Bikers To D.C.” has reportedly agreed to join the event.
Listen to Tim Donnelly explain the protest. His interview starts at the 20:00 mark of the radio show.
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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.
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