The debt-ridden federal government is encouraging people to pay down their debtPosted September 16, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Obama administration’s Department of Labor is encouraging people to save money for retirement and make plans to pay down debt, advice the federal government itself hasn’t taken in more than a decade.
Labor posted an article on its website called “Do the Math — and Save” that directs people to several online tools they can use to estimate how much they need to save for retirement, develop a cash-flow plan, and “make a plan to reduce debt.”
Census Bureau: Noncitizen income rose 15 times faster than income of native U.S. workers in 2013Posted September 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday that household income for noncitizens working in the United States rose 6.0 percent between 2012 and 2013, 15 times more than the paltry 0.4 percent increase for households led by native-born U.S. workers.
Census said income households led by foreign-born workers, which includes noncitizens and naturalized citizens, rose 1.7 percent over the same period of time. That’s still about four times higher than the 0.4 percent increase for native born workers.
Republicans slam report that shows taxpayers are funding elective abortionsPosted September 16, 2014 at 10:47 am by Pete Kasperowicz
House Republican leaders on Tuesday blasted a new government report indicating that taxpayer money is likely being used to subsidize the purchase of health care plans that cover abortion services, even though Democrats explicitly promised that public money would not be used to fund abortion.
The GAO report was produced at the request of House Republican leaders, who said it’s example of a broken promise by President Barack Obama and his supporters.
The Cold War-era national security document that America could revive to win todayPosted September 16, 2014 at 10:43 am by Benjamin Weingarten
There’s a national security document from the Cold War that could be updated and implemented today for an America seeking a comprehensive set of goals, tactics and strategy against a host of enemies.
In our interview, Pacepa mentioned a Cold War era document titled National Security Council Paper Number 68, or NSC-68. First published in 1950 at the behest of President Truman, based on input from the Defense Department, State Department CIA, and other interested agencies, the document was created to guide Truman and other national security leaders against Communism and the Soviet Union.
NSC-68 would serve as the cornerstone foreign policy document for multiple decades. All of this was unknown to Americans incidentally until declassification in 1975.
Pacepa argued that Americans should look to NSC-68 as a means of combating modern leftist disinformation. He noted:
That National Security Council report did not blame videos or books for the Cold War’s ideological and terrorist attacks against the United States. That down-to-earth, 58-page document described the challenges facing the United States in realistic terms. “The issues that face us are momentous,” NSC 68/1950 stated, “involving the fulfillment or destruction not only of this Republic but of civilization itself.”
Therefore, NSC 68/1950 contained a two-pronged political strategy: superior military power and a “Campaign of Truth,” defined as “a struggle, above all else, for the minds of men.” Truman argued that the propaganda used by the “forces of imperialistic communism” could be overcome only by the “plain, simple, unvarnished truth.” The Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and Radio Liberation (soon to become Radio Liberty) became part of Truman’s “Campaign of Truth.”
Romania’s second post-communist president, Emil Constantinescu, summed it all up:
“Radio Free Europe has been a lot more important than the armies and the most sophisticated missiles. The ‘missiles’ that destroyed Communism were launched from Radio Free Europe, and this was Washington’s most important investment during the Cold War. I don’t know whether the Americans themselves realize this now, seven years after the fall of Communism, but we understand it perfectly well.”
We dusted off our copy of the document recently in preparation of an editorial on American foreign policy, and were struck by its relevance today vis-a-vis Islamic supremacists, Russia, China and other foes of the United States. The table of contents (pictured below) alone provides a roadmap that could serve as an outline for a comprehensive foreign policy were America to demand it today:
Below are some of the more striking assertions from the document, that could be updated fairly easily in light of America’s enemies today.
It bears noting of course that there are underlying fundamental differences between Islamic supremacists, and today’s Russia and China, which make the assertions and conclusions/action plans enumerated below imprecise parallels to the the Soviet Union and its proxies during the Cold War. We thought the document particularly relevant however in terms of its political correctness-free, intellectually honest, comprehensive but simple, intelligible, logical and strategic nature.
All emphasis is ours.
On America’s enemy:
The fundamental design of those who control the Soviet Union and the international communist movement is to retain and solidify their absolute power, first in the Soviet Union and second in the areas now under their control. In the minds of the Soviet leaders, however, achievement of this design requires the dynamic extension of their authority and the ultimate elimination of any effective opposition to their authority.
The design, therefore, calls for the complete subversion or forcible destruction of the machinery of government and structure of society in the countries of the non-Soviet world and their replacement by an apparatus and structure subservient to and controlled from the Kremlin. To that end Soviet efforts are now directed toward the domination of the Eurasian land mass. The United States, as the principal center of power in the non-Soviet world and the bulwark of opposition to Soviet expansion, is the principal enemy whose integrity and vitality must be subverted or destroyed by one means or another if (more…)
Arizona senators dare to ask: Why haven’t any VA officials been fired?Posted September 16, 2014 at 9:11 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) are pressing Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to quickly fire VA officials involved in the health care scandal, and are asking why nothing has happened several weeks after Congress passed a bill allowing the VA to quickly dismiss or demote employees.
“[W]e stress the importance of taking swift action and using the authority Congress has provided you to quickly remove the senior leaders at the VA who perpetrated the scandal of denied and delayed care for our nation’s heroes,” they wrote McDonald on Monday.
House to require reporting every three months on Obama’s Syria planPosted September 15, 2014 at 6:37 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The House Armed Services Committee on Monday introduced language that authorizes President Barack Obama to arm and train Syrian fighters against the Islamic State, but it also requires the administration to provide progress reports every three months.
The committee proposed the language as an amendment to a short-term government funding bill that the House is expected to pass this week. But as expected, Republicans were thought to be adding language that requires the Obama administration to give Congress constant updates about how its plan to arm Syrian rebels is faring.
Obama forced to withdraw controversial Justice Department nomineePosted September 15, 2014 at 4:06 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
President Barack Obama on Monday formally withdrew a controversial choice to be an assistant Attorney General at the Justice Department, after the Senate — including seven Democrats — rejected the nominee earlier this year. The White House announced the Deb Adegbile was no longer in the running to work under Attorney General Eric Holder.
State rejects report that key Benghazi documents were withheldPosted September 15, 2014 at 3:03 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The State Department on Monday rejected a report saying that senior officials purposely withheld sensitive documents from the group that was investigating the 2012 attack against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
Earlier in the day, the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal reported that senior officials worked to identify and withhold potentially damaging documents from the Accountability Review Board, which was investigating the incident. That story said former Deputy Assistance Secretary Ray Maxwell watched State Department officials and even some top aides to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sift through documents.
You’ve heard a lot about the ‘Burning Man’ festival in the middle of the desert, now see it in a stunning drone videoPosted September 15, 2014 at 12:36 pm by Jonathon M. Seidl
I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the ever-popular “Burning Man” festival in Nevada. For those unfamiliar, here’s the official explanation:
Burning Man is an annual event and a thriving year-round culture. The event takes place the week leading up to and including Labor Day, in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. The Burning Man organization (Black Rock City LLC) creates the infrastructure of Black Rock City, wherein attendees (or “participants”) dedicate themselves to the spirit of community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, leaving no trace. As simple as this may seem, trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind.
Now that you know what it is, here’s a look at it from the eyes of a drone. It’s stunning:
Is it appropriate (and sanitary) to urinate in the shower? How about a shower full of 40 other men? NFL player weighs in.Posted September 15, 2014 at 12:19 pm by Steve Krakauer
Is it appropriate — or even sanitary — to urinate in the shower?
NFL player Jay Feely was a guest on Cain and Cupp on TheBlaze Radio this weekend, and he discussed a variety of topics with co-hosts SE Cupp and Will Cain. One of those was a survey which found out how many people say they urinate in the shower…and how often (spoiler alert: a lot of people). Cain said he only had on a few occasions (although he did say he blows his nose in the shower on a daily basis — a separate debate that ensued). Cupp said “that has happened” for her as well.
While Feely said he occasionally urinated in the shower, he brought up a separate issue. “What I don’t like is when you’re standing in the shower with like 40 guys and there’s like four or five of them just peeing, no problem, and you’re watching the yellow pee run by you,” he said of the locker room shower etiquette. “I’ll absolutely say, ‘Come on dude!’”
What do you think? Listen here (the conversation starts up at approximately the 00:21:00 mark).
Cain and Cupp also discuss the NFL (specifically the Ray Rice case) and the way it doles out punishment with Feely. “If [Roger Goodell] saw that film he needs to get fired, because he lied about it. It would be his Nixon moment,” said Feely. “The cover-up would be worse than the crime.”
Another topic with Feely: what it feels like to miss not one, not two, but three game-winning kicks in the same game — and what happened in the next game:
You can listen to all the Cain and Cupp TheBlaze Radio shows here.
GOP demanding oversight of Obama’s plans for SyriaPosted September 15, 2014 at 11:12 am by Pete Kasperowicz
House Republicans are looking to add significant oversight language to legislation authorizing the Obama administration to provide weapons and training to moderate Syrian rebels, in an effort to force the administration to keep Congress in the loop as it tries to stabilize the Middle East.
The House Armed Services Committee is working on language authorizing the administration to act in Syria, and is expected to have it ready for a House vote later this week, according to House aides.
GOP senator says Obama, like Teddy Roosevelt, thinks the Constitution is a ‘nuisance’Posted September 15, 2014 at 9:57 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Sunday said President Barack Obama is emulating one of the worst traits of GOP President Teddy Roosevelt — his disregard for the Constitution.
Grassley tweeted late Sunday night that Obama “considers the Constitution a nuisance.” While Grassley wasn’t more specific, many Republicans have complained about Obama’s various unilateral decisions to amend and delay Obamacare, change immigration rules, and even engage in military action without considering Congress.
When Pres Obama says I hv pen and ph if Congress won't I will he's like the Roosevelts he considers Constitution a nuisance
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 15, 2014
Mike Rowe tells TheBlaze Radio about his new CNN show that trumpets passionate, driven workersPosted September 13, 2014 at 7:04 pm by Mike Opelka
There was some star power on this week’s episode of “Pure Opelka” on TheBlaze Radio network.
Mike Rowe called the radio program to give us a preview of his new CNN show, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.”
During the animated, two-part interview, the no-nonsense purveyor of hard work and discipline explained the concept of the new show and spilled the beans on the first two people he will introduce to the world on Oct. 8 at 9 p.m.
You should know that “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” is not a spinoff of his previous hit series, “Dirty Jobs.”
“The similarities are, the crew and I show up, and we spend a day,” the unpretentious host explained, adding that ”we don’t do second takes, we don’t hire actors or scripts, there’s no rehearsing.”
The program is all about passion and mission in work — whatever it may be. The first show features a woman who runs a hair museum in Kansas and a man who’s the world’s greatest stage hand.
Rowe also updated us on what’s been happening at Mike Rowe Works, his program to help people get training and skills needed to fill some of the great jobs available in trades such as welding and engine repair.
TheBlaze’s Elizabeth Kreft also visited the show to talk about a California school district that apparently needed an armored vehicle.
Listen to the interview here. The Mike Rowe segments begin at the 8:45 mark:
Follow Mike Opelka (@Stuntbrain) on Twitter.
The Phoenix VA is still paying its corrupt director, and hasn’t picked a replacementPosted September 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Arizona’s two senators and nine members of the House are calling on Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to find a permanent director of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs office, as the VA is still paying its director who has been accused of fraud and mismanagement, and has relied on interim directors in the meantime.
Sharon Helman was put on leave in the wake of the VA health care scandal, in which VA officials manipulated data to make it appear that veterans were not waiting very long before seeing doctors, and then tried to cover up that scandal.
White House says it doesn’t have ‘any plan’ to propose language authorizing Islamic State planPosted September 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The White House said Friday that it has no plans to send Congress proposed language that would authorize the Obama administration to carry out its plans to expand airstrikes against the Islamic State and help moderate Syrians.
“At this point, we have not, and I don’t know of any plan to do so at this point,” White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said when asked if the White House would send Congress language.
Lois Lerner fallout: GOP looks to stop IRS workers from using personal email at workPosted September 12, 2014 at 12:49 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The Republican House next week plans to take up three IRS-related bills, including one that would prevent all IRS officials from using their personal email while at work.
The issue has come up in the GOP investigation of former IRS employee Lois Lerner and her role in the IRS targeting scandal. Not only has the IRS said it lost more than two years’ worth of Lerner’s emails, but it has become clear that Lerner used her personal email for work purposes.
Garages with 27-foot ceilings: Government wastes millions building fancy houses for border officersPosted September 12, 2014 at 11:51 am by Pete Kasperowicz
A new report says U.S. Customs and Border Protection has wasted millions of dollars building excessively large homes with luxury amenities in Arizona for border officials, despite a recommendation to build much less expensive apartment-style housing.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General reported that CBP ended up spending an average of $680,000 per house for 21 family-style houses, in an area where the average home costs just $86,500.
These states still have hanging, electrocution and the firing squad as possible options for executionPosted September 12, 2014 at 11:41 am by Steve Krakauer
Lethal injection is the primary form of execution in the United States now, but did you know that there are still other options in some states?
Will Cain, co-host of Cain and Cupp on TheBlaze Radio and Real News on TheBlaze TV, takes on the issue of capital punishment in the U.S. and explains the entire history in a three-minute TheBlaze Explains video. Thirty-two states have capital punishment; among them, Florida still uses electrocution, Utah has the firing squad, Idaho has hanging and even Arizona has the gas chamber.
See the full history:
Some other facts:
- Hanging was the predominant form of execution in the U.S. in the 1800s, before being overtaken by electrocution, and finally lethal injection.
- The first state to perform a lethal injection was Texas in 1982.
- The Supreme Court has found lethal injection is not a form of cruel and unusual punishment, unlike several other methods of execution specifically noted as a violation of the Eighth Amendment.
See more of TheBlaze Explains at TheBlaze’s YouTube channel.
Stop taking selfies, before we become a society of self-idolatry and implodePosted September 12, 2014 at 11:03 am by Steve Krakauer
On a recent trip with my wife to Atlantis in the Bahamas, we encountered some interesting characters swimming in the large main pool. There was the woman and her significant other, wading slowly in the shallow end with while holding an iPhone. After some attempts by him to photograph her while she posed in her thong bikini, she gave up on his ability to get “the shot” and did it herself. A likely disciple of Kim Kardashian’s forthcoming literary work, she spent the next 20 minutes – 20 minutes! – taking selfies in a variety of positions.
Meanwhile, in another section of the pool, there was an Eastern European man in a Speedo holding what appeared to be a GoPro camera attached to the end of a foot-long stick. It was exactly that. Apparently there is a new thing, called a camera “pole” (or in one case, a “Smartphone Selfie Pole“) that are growing in popularity. Here it is in action. The man’s selife pole and GoPro camera were waterproof, so as he swam around underwater he held the pole out for minutes at a time and just stared at it, occasionally waving into the emptiness.
For a moment, I wanted this selfie video stick, but in that same moment, a small piece of my soul shook its head disapprovingly and died in shame.
This is an international crisis, and we need to band together and correct this societal fault. We must take a stand and put an end to this vain, narcissistic, “pic or it didn’t happen” path to self-idolatry.
The uptick in selfies is different, and far worse than the uptick in “takes” which has recently been put under the microscope. There’s a certain vacuousness, a detachment from actually living that happens when your sole thought while experiencing life is, “How can this moment of me be captured and shared?”
And if we’re being real about it, images don’t even really exist anymore. Where do the selfies go to gather dust? No one has the chance to stumble on a shoebox full of snapshots and think, “That was a fun trip but what the hell was I wearing?”
These images are not physical objects – they exist in the ether, in the great cyberspace. They live in 140 characters and are gone for good, begging for barely friends and coworkers to give a thumbs up or heart of approval, then are deleted or forgotten.
There was a moment last week when Facebook was down for a few minutes where I turned to our social media manager Sara Johnson and said, “What if this is it? What if Facebook never comes back, disappearing in a Departure like on ‘The Leftovers’?” For a few seconds, I felt fear, and a small sense of relief. But it became quickly clear that some other social media platform would take its place and the selfie-ing would commence unabated.
But if somehow all of social media was outlawed, would selfies cease to exist too? It’s likely that the rise in selfie culture can be traced to the rise in social sharing opportunities. In that sense selfies are not really about self at all – it’s really about others. A life receipt, a stamp in the passport.
Which brings us back to the dude with the GoPro on a stick, swimming slowly in a shallow pool, recording a video of himself staring at a small camera that no one will want to watch, which will go on to garner a few scattered sympathy likes, at most. What is the endgame here?
I kissed a dolphin last weekend on that trip to Atlantis, and no one will ever see a picture of it. Phones weren’t allowed, and the pictures were $70 for a set of 5, and that’s just insane. Baby steps.
Michelle Obama’s unfortunate 9/11 tweetPosted September 12, 2014 at 10:33 am by Madeleine Morgenstern
— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) September 12, 2014
KaBoom “works to bring balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America.”
It’s also a bit of a disadvantageous name to have on the anniversary of 9/11.
Buck Sexton: The history of September 11th… 1565Posted September 11, 2014 at 9:42 pm by Chris Peterson
Of course you’ve read and heard about September 11, 2001, today – and rightfully so. But today on TheBlaze Radio Network, Buck Sexton took a different approach and gave a history lesson on September 11… 1565.
What notable event happened on September 11, 1565? The Siege of Malta.
Malta was the last Christian strong hold in the Mediterranean and the only thing preventing Ottoman advances into the heart of Europe – Perhaps even preventing the sack of Rome and seizure of the Pope. The Ottoman Empire at this time included all of the Islamic states – a caliphate, as Buck stated. And what happened in Malta on September 11th, 1565 shaped history for all of us.
Buck tells the amazing story, beginning at 8:34:
Listen to The Buck Sexton Show every weekday, from 12-2p ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.
Obama said ‘America is safer,’ but these two senators disagreePosted September 11, 2014 at 4:07 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) argued Thursday that America is not safer under the Obama administration as President Barack Obama’s himself proclaimed in a nationally televised address to the nation.
Obama said Wednesday that his administration has “taken the fight” to terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan, even as it has brought most troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Republicans just killed a Democrat plan to give Congress more power by amending the ConstitutionPosted September 11, 2014 at 2:23 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Senate Republicans stuck together on Thursday and voted down a Democratic proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution in order to let Congress regulate political speech by corporations.
Democrats have been arguing for months now that two recent Supreme Court cases have allowed companies to inject millions of dollars into the campaign system, money they say dampens the ability of regular people to have a say in elections. (more…)
Twenty-five Dems agree with GOP, vote for bill letting people keep their health insurance plan if they like itPosted September 11, 2014 at 1:39 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The House approved legislation Thursday that would let people keep their health care plans if they like them, with the help of 25 Democrats.
House Republicans called up the bill in an attempt to make President Barack Obama’s famous promise come true, that people who like their plans can keep them under the 2010 health care law.
‘An F-16 is not a strategy’: Boehner says GOP has doubts about Obama’s plan for Islamic StatePosted September 11, 2014 at 1:06 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday said many Republicans have significant doubts that President Barack Obama’s game plan for attacking the Islamic State will work, and indicated that Republicans believe a significant commitment of ground troops is the only way to defeat the terrorist group.
“The president’s made clear that he doesn’t want U.S. boots on the ground,” Boehner told reporters. “Well, somebody’s boots have to be on the ground.”
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