Reports of veteran’s death by the VA are greatly exaggeratedPosted November 14, 2014 at 10:10 am by Pete Kasperowicz
An 81-year-old Army veteran in Wisconsin was told incorrectly that he was dead last week, in a letter that was just one of several that continue to pour out of the Department of Veterans Affairs insisting that people have died before their time.
“It said I was dead and not to cash any more checks,” Kenneth Brunner told the Wisconsin State Journal last week. “I read that and I said holy…”
Lawmaker calls for full review of Secret Service after security blunders, abuse of authorityPosted November 14, 2014 at 8:52 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee has proposed the creation of an independent panel to conduct a full review of the U.S. Secret Service, after a series of events showed the organization is failing to adequately protect the president, and is abusing its authorities.
Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) introduced legislation that would establish the panel and require it to investigate several key incidents that have taken place over the last few years, and report back to Congress with recommendations after 18 months.
The one thing Glenn Beck wants Americans to remember when his work is finishedPosted November 13, 2014 at 7:48 pm by Erica Ritz
After a week of deeply personal shows, Glenn Beck invited an audience to his studios in Dallas for a live question and answer segment about his journey and the future of his company.
One audience member noted that Beck is doing all he can to teach the youth about history, asking: “When all is over — so let’s say it’s 60 years from now — what’s the one thing you want myself, my boy, my wife to learn?”
Beck laughed, saying he would be 110 by the man’s 60-year estimate, before growing more serious.
“That God lives, and that he is good and gracious and — surrender to him,” Beck said. “Just surrender to him. And everything, you will go through anything with him by your side. Anything. And that’s the one story we’re not teaching. We’re not teaching that at all.”
Beck on Monday announced that he has been struggling with severe health issues for almost five years, but after receiving treatment at the Carrick Brain Centers, recently received a clean bill of health. His struggles have only made him more determined to accomplish what he believes he is meant to do: impact the culture, telling stories of “love and courage where the good guys win.”
Beck said that in addition to beginning work on a show called “History House,” a movie about the background of Santa Claus, and a Spanish-language film called “The Revolutionary,” he also plans to completely revamp his 5 p.m. show.
“For months, we’ve been working behind the scenes to revamp this program,” Beck said. “I told you that five years ago, I started to hear ‘you’re standing in the wrong place.’ That didn’t just mean, ‘you have to leave Fox.’ That meant, ‘you’re doing the wrong thing.’”
Beck said he will continue to cover the news, and all that they are planning will be in addition to what they already do. He hopes to unveil the new show in September of 2015.
“The changes that we’re making are not simple, formulaic changes,” he said with a smile. “It is a feeling, and you will know it when you see it.”
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‘We’re going to fight the president’: Boehner says GOP exploring options to stop Obama on immigrationPosted November 13, 2014 at 4:59 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Republicans are in the middle of discussing ways to stop President Barack Obama from acting alone on immigration, and promised the GOP would fight “tooth and nail” to stop Obama’s plans.
“We’re going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path,” Boehner told reporters. “This is the wrong way to govern. This is exactly what the American people said on election day they didn’t want.”
We should all know the name ‘Rich Weinstein’Posted November 13, 2014 at 4:58 pm by Stu Burguiere
Today on Pat & Stu we had Rich Weinstein join us. Who is Rich Weinstein? He’s the guy who unearthed all of those clips of Jonathan Gruber talking about Obamacare. Could he be the unlikely hero to bring down the ACA?
We talked to him about his diligence in locating then releasing the stunning video clips to the masses — then realized our own employees here at The Blaze may be responsible for Obamacare’s continued existence!
Watch it here:
You can also take listen to the full show below:
Why is Mark Cuban tweeting about Ayn Rand?Posted November 13, 2014 at 4:14 pm by Benjamin Weingarten
In the continuing debate over net neutrality, Mark Cuban, the billionaire who made his fortune as an internet entrepreneur during the dot-com boom, has planted his stake in the ground firmly on the side opposed to such potential FCC regulation.
Cuban’s mini-Twitter tirade on Thursday began with his suggesting the “one article you should read to understand the Net Neutrality debate,” which led to an exchange with some Twitter users who challenged Cuban’s position:
The one article you should read to understand the Net Neutrality debate http://t.co/EHvevhKPXo
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) November 13, 2014
@CXGinBigD i was able to buy prioritized multicast streams in 1999.
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) November 13, 2014
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) November 13, 2014
This led then to a Twitter rant in which Cuban argued that net neutrality was something straight out of Ayn Rand’s novel, ”Atlas Shrugged.”
1. the speed/quality of our home/phone broadband has improved dramatically. We have new tech/apps/clouds/IOT every day. Its working.
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) November 13, 2014
2. In my adult life i have never seen a situation that paralleled what I read in Ayn Rands books until now with Net Neutrality
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) November 13, 2014
Controversial Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber was paid $400,000 in July…to design another health care systemPosted November 13, 2014 at 3:53 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor who has touted the “stupidity of the American voter” as a reason why Obamacare passed, was paid $400,000 in July to advise Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (D) on how to finance a government-run health care system in that state.
According to Watchdog.org, Shumlin’s office announced in July that it would pay that amount for advice on how to proceed. But the website said Shumlin’s office has declined to reveal anything about its plans for nearly two years.
McConnell: GOP won’t threaten government shutdown in immigration fight with ObamaPosted November 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that Republicans would not fight President Barack Obama’s unilateral move on immigration by threatening a government shutdown.
McConnell was asked by the press if Republicans might consider holding up government funding if that move helps them fight back against Obama’s pending immigration move. But McConnell indicated that was not part of the GOP’s plan.
“We will not be shutting the government down, or threatening to default on the national debt,” McConnell said.
Pelosi sees sexism in questions about whether she’ll step down as Dem leaderPosted November 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday implied that it’s sexist of reporters to ask if she is considering stepping down from her leadership post, after three elections in which Democrats failed to win back the House.
“What was the day that any of you said to Mitch McConnell, when they lost the Senate three times a row… aren’t you getting a little old Mitch, shouldn’t you step aside?” she said to reporters.
GOP to Obama: Boots on the ground must be an option against the Islamic StatePosted November 13, 2014 at 10:42 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee warned the Obama administration Thursday that the House will not support a new Authorization for Use Military Force to fight the Islamic State that bans the use of U.S. ground troops, and said attempts to include this limitation will fail.
President Barack Obama is expected to ask Congress for an updated AUMF to fight the terrorist group, and continues to insist that no U.S. ground troops will be used in that fight.
The music video for any mom who has struggled to keep the house cleanPosted November 13, 2014 at 10:40 am by Liz Klimas
Every mom at some point can relate to feeling like they can’t keep up with both housework and kids.
So put down the sponge and sit back for five minutes to watch the parody of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” by the YouTube group “Laughing Moms by Alisha found Eden.”
“[I]t’s been stuck in our heads for weeks and naturally flowed into our daily routines, such as struggling to keep our houses clean! This is a tribute to everyone who has struggled to clean their house!” the group of “happy, fun-loving moms who love to sing and laugh and plan on changing the world one laugh and one diaper at a time” wrote.
Watch the hilarious music parody:
Dozens of House Republicans demand language blocking Obama’s immigration movePosted November 13, 2014 at 10:01 am by Pete Kasperowicz
More than 50 House Republicans on Thursday called on House appropriators to add language to a government spending bill that would block President Barack Obama from implementing his controversial immigration plans later this year.
Funding for the federal government runs out in mid-December, and Congress will have to pass some kind of funding bill to keep it running.
‘We got our butts kicked’: House Democrat says Dems lost because they abandoned their economic messagePosted November 13, 2014 at 8:53 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said Thursday Democrats lost the midterm elections last week because they failed to talk about how they would continue to improve the U.S. economy, and said Democrats wouldn’t win again until they return to that message.
“We got our butts kicked,” Ryan said on C-SPAN Thursday morning. “I think when Democrats don’t talk about economics, we usually lose elections.”
Blaze poll: Do we need a maximum age limit on the presidency?Posted November 12, 2014 at 6:03 pm by Mike Opelka
Does age matter when it comes to presidential candidates?
Our youngest president, John F. Kennedy was 43-years-old when he was elected. On the other end of the spectrum, Ronald Reagan was 16 days shy of his 70th birthday when he took over as commander-in-chief.
Both men are highly regarded, some might even say revered.
The 22nd amendment to the U.S. Constitution placed term limits on how many years someone can serve as president. There is also a minimum age of 35 required to hold the office. However, there is no maximum age restriction.
But looking ahead to the 2016 election, age has suddenly become a topic.
Earlier this year, as Hillary Clinton began to emerge as a frontrunner for Democrats, there were several opinion pieces on the subject of age, and age and gender as it related to presidential candidates.
In March, conservative commentator Michael Medved’s USA Today opinion piece asked, “Is Hillary too old?” Medved pointed out, before Reagan, the last president to be elected and be older than 65, was William Henry Harrison — and he died of pneumonia a month after his inauguration.
CNN/Daily Beast contributor David Frum wondered if it was “sexist” to talk about Hillary’s age.
The National Journal also addressed Hillary’s age in an April 23 piece from Stephanie Stamm and Patrick Reis, calling the comparisons to Reagan’s age, “nonsensical.”
Earlier this week, Mediate took note of Fox News’ Neil Cavuto calling out Sen. Rand Paul for what he called a “condescending swipe” at Clinton’s age.
On Wednesday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said, “It is stupid to bring up Hillary’s age”:
The fact of the matter, if Democrats select Hillary Clinton and Republicans pick Mitt Romney to represent them in 2016, voters would be faced with choosing between two 69-year-old candidates (barring a competitive third party candidate).
So, we pose the question again: Does age matter when it comes to presidential candidates?
We invite you to participate in our Blaze poll on the topic and share your opinions in the comments section below:
Should there be a limit on how old someone can be to hold the office of president of the United States?
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‘For the Record’ live blog: ‘Biological Battlefield’Posted November 12, 2014 at 4:07 pm by Steve Krakauer
While you watch tonight’s new episode of For the Record, “Biological Battlefield,” about bioterrorism, join the conversation here with producers and reporters at TheBlaze. We’ll have behind-the-scenes pictures and details, related links, polls and much more. The live blog begins at 8 p.m. ET.
Mitch McConnell: Obama’s action on immigration would be a ‘big mistake’Posted November 12, 2014 at 3:08 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned from the Senate floor Wednesday that an executive action on immigration from President Barack Obama would undermine the trust Obama needs to build with the new Republican Congress.
“Working together requires trust,” said McConnell, who will become the new majority leader in the next Congress. “I think President Obama has the duty to help build the trust we all need to move forward together, not to double-down on old ways of doing business.”
Why won’t Israel listen to the State Department on east Jerusalem settlements? Don’t ask the State Department.Posted November 12, 2014 at 2:13 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The State Department on Wednesday refused to answer why Israel ignores State’s recommendation against building more settlements in east Jerusalem, and indicated it’s not really sure why.
The Israeli government announced Wednesday that it had approved the construction of 200 more homes in east Jerusalem, a move some say will make it even harder to restart peace talks between Israel and Palestinians. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday afternoon that the U.S. is again “deeply concerned” by Israeli’s announcement for that reason.
Which media outlet compared Glenn Beck’s new show ‘History House’ to Pixar?Posted November 12, 2014 at 1:26 pm by Erica Ritz
The Huffington Post on Tuesday compared Glenn Beck’s recently-announced show “History House” to a Pixar creation, which Beck said Wednesday was a “huge compliment.”
“We released four minutes of a piece of [the show], and it’s going to be on Johnny Appleseed,” Beck explained on his radio program. “The Huffington Post posted it yesterday with something amazing. They said it was very reminiscent of Pixar, which is a huge compliment for us.”
In case you missed it, you can see the clip the Huffington Post references, below:
Beck recently received a clean bill of health after roughly five years of debilitating health issues. During that time — when doctors told him he may only have five functional years left — Beck asked Ben McPherson, who heads the American Dream Labs, to tell all the stories he had written if the time came that he could no longer remember them.
Among the stories Beck hoped to tell are those that will be featured on History House, in addition to a remarkable story that explains the background of Santa Claus.
Now that he is well, Beck said he and his company are ready to start creating the stories “of love and courage where the good guys win.”
Jeff Sessions dares Obama to veto bill blocking funding for amnestyPosted November 12, 2014 at 10:43 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Tuesday night said there is growing support in the Senate to deny President Barack Obama the funding he needs to executive his immigration plans, and said Obama’s veto of that legislation would not be supported by the American people.
Sessions said on the Mark Levin Show that Republicans will be looking to pass a government funding bill that prevents Obama from using any money to implement an amnesty program for millions of illegal immigrants. Sessions admitted that passage of this language might have to wait until next year, when Republicans take over the Senate.
U.S.-China climate change deal filled with good intentions, but no binding languagePosted November 12, 2014 at 9:28 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The United States and China announced an agreement Wednesday that says both countries “intend” to cut carbon emissions in the coming years, but contains no binding language requiring that goal to be met.
The deal also largely repeats China’s proposal from earlier this summer, and doesn’t commit China to move any faster as some had hoped.
Why a leading financial analyst believes we will see the ‘final destruction’ of the dollarPosted November 12, 2014 at 9:15 am by Benjamin Weingarten
Free-marketeers have been derided by Keynesians and other monetarists for predictions of impending doom due to the policies of the Federal Reserve. But if what one of the most erudite and outspoken leaders of the free-market chorus, Jim Grant, says is true, it might be he and his fellow capitalists who get the last (terrifying) laugh.
In an interview with Grant, eminent financial journalist and author of the new book ”The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself,” Grant explained why the prognostications of those concerned about the collapse of the dollar have to date proven wrong, but he still expects to see the “final destruction or near destruction” of currencies throughout the world.
“This radical precedent is now on the books — the virus as it were is in the monetary bloodstream”
Grant attributes the lack of massive price inflation in spite of money printing in the U.S., and around the world to three primary factors: (i) “re-channeling of redundant dollars into financial assets and real estate,” as opposed to other assets (ii) “worldwide competition for labor,” which consequently keeps the prices of goods down and (iii) the fact that the dollars that the Federal Reserve has created “have…been cooped up in the financial system rather than circulating in the economy because the banking system has been impaired, and the regulators have seen to it that loans are not so freely forthcoming as they might have been otherwise.”
Grant noted however that we should consider the question “in the absence of these really really radical monetary policies, mightn’t prices have been dwindling?” He continued, “[I]f rate inflation now is say, one percent (1%), and if it otherwise would have been minus two percent (-2%) because of the worldwide integration of labor markets, because of the wonders of digital technology, then that increment of what might have been and what is could be seen as a kind of inflation.”
Nevertheless, for Grant, quantitative easing in and of itself has sown the seeds of the destruction of the dollar and other currencies. Grant stated [during a portion of our discussion that you can find below beginning around 26:46]:
[If] the monetary authorities are intent on depreciating the currency, then I think that in the fullness of time they will succeed all too well.
…The important thing about QE [quantitative easing] is this idea, this radical precedent is now on the books — the virus as it were is in the monetary bloodstream. (more…)
Buck Sexton takes you inside the largest naval battle in World War II with this Veterans Day specialPosted November 11, 2014 at 7:12 pm by Wilson Garrett
This post is by Brian Nole of TheBlaze Radio Network.
We as Americans have a special appreciation for our veterans, as they have put their lives on the line to protect what we so deeply cherish: life and liberty. This Veterans Day, TheBlaze Radio’s Buck Sexton gave thanks in a unique way, opening his radio program with a tribute to America’s veterans that not only gave us historical reference, but shed bright light on the courage they’ve shown, the difficulties they’ve faced and the sacrifices they’ve made to defeat our nation’s most ruthless adversaries.
Having had a grandfather who served in the United States Navy during World War II, Sexton focused on a battle that epitomized what veterans throughout American history have faced and will deal with in the future. Sexton’s late grandfather fought in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle of World War II, which took place Oct. 23–26, 1944.
Sexton was determined to find oral history of this particular battle. He found a valuable story: the recollections of Lt. Walter B. Burwell, a medical officer who was aboard the USS Suwannee when it was struck by two Japanese Kamikaze aircraft on Oct. 25–26, 1944.
Although we could all simply read the story to ourselves, Sexton brings us closer to those critical days in American history with this special Veterans Day radio presentation.
Enjoy. And we issue a sincere thanks to all the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces:
You can listen to the full Nov. 11, 2014 episode of The Buck Sexton Show below:
The Buck Sexton Show is LIVE, Monday–Friday from 12–2 p.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.
‘For the Record’ update: White House not discussing possible extension of Iran nuclear talksPosted November 11, 2014 at 4:31 pm by Tom Orr
The P5-plus-1 nuclear deal with Iran is set to expire in less than two weeks, but the White House says it’s not in discussions with Iran to keep the deal alive.
“We have not focused on discussions with Iran on extending those discussions because we want to keep the focus on closing gaps,” White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters Tuesday.
President Barack Obama told CBS News in an interview aired Sunday: “The question now is, are we going to be able to close this final gap so that they can re-enter the international community, sanctions can be slowly reduced and we have verifiable, lock-tight assurances that they can’t develop a nuclear weapon. There’s still a big gap. We may not be able to get there.”
Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday conducted another day of talks about Iran’s nuclear program with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union envoy Catherine Ashton in Oman.
For the Record investigated the significance of those talks in last month’s episode, “Iranian Revelation.”
Obama recently reached out to Iran’s leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei about the U.S. and Iran’s shared interest in the fight against the Islamic State and about trying to secure a new nuclear deal. Then over the weekend, Khamenei took to Twitter to call for the annihilation of Israel.
Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that it was further proof that the U.S. should not compromise with Iran just to get a deal done.
“There is no moderation in Iran,” Netanyahu said. “It is unrepentant, unreformed.”
Learn more about Iran’s nuclear program and the ongoing negotiations by watching “Iranian Revelation” on demand.
Obama’s plan to change the internetPosted November 11, 2014 at 3:40 pm by Stu Burguiere
Hope you aren’t too attached to the internet!
President Obama has a plan to make some changes to the the way you surf the web and we discussed the latest attempt of a government grab on today’s Pat & Stu show!
Take a listen at the 1:10:15-mark:
Lawmaker warns against letting Obama draw GOP into impeachment fightPosted November 11, 2014 at 1:19 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) said Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s planned executive action on immigration is meant to force Republicans into a debate about whether to impeach Obama, and indicated that the GOP should stay away from that option.
“I believe that he’s trying to force the Republicans into a fight that we don’t need to get into right now, and that’s the impeachment fight,” Miller said on NewsRadio 1620 in Florida.
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