Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 7-16-2014: Americans Increasingly Worried About Immigration; Liberty Groups Sue Obama Over NSA; All Guns Are The Most Dangerous Guns; Gitmo Secrets Impede Justice; Michelle Obama Race Baits In White House Photo

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News Flash: Guns In America Have Triggers, Fire Projectiles

Rolling Stone magazine recently published a highly informative photo essay titled “The 5 Most Dangerous Guns In America” which lends further credence to the notion that those who most fear firearms are also those who know the least about them. Doh!..

Americans Haven’t Been This Worried About Immigration In Years

Polling data out Wednesday indicate that President Barack Obama and Congress ought to get busy coming up with a plan to fix the immigration crisis along the U.S.’s southern border, as one in six Americans cites immigration as the most pressing issue facing the Nation. Read More… 

Guantanamo Judge’s Secret Order On Secret Motion Is So Secret Defense Lawyers Can’t See It

In the latest installment of the Guantanamo war court’s most mysterious legal filings — two motions so secret that the public can’t know their titles — an Army judge has issued a classified order to prosecutors that even the defense lawyers can’t see. Read More… 

Michelle Obama’s Hammer-Subtle Racial Photo Op

For all their acceptance among America’s pseudointellectual elite, Barack and Michelle Obama possess a gift for nuance and subtext that even the most uneducated of jerks would likely find offensive and gauche. The Picture… 

EFF, ACLU Join Idaho Mom’s Legal Challenge to NSA Surveillance

The Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho have announced they will join Anna Smith’s legal team in her challenge of the government’s bulk collection of the telephone records of millions of innocent Americans. Read More… 

Michelle Obama’s Hammer-Subtle Racial Photo Op

For all their acceptance among America’s pseudointellectual elite, Barack and Michelle Obama possess a gift for nuance and subtext that even the most uneducated of jerks would likely find offensive and gauche.

Today, the White House released this insult to everyone’s intelligence (as well as their sense of American unity) on its Flickr page, meta-martyring the first lady under the cruel sign of yesterday’s racists:

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Depending on the level of criticism the White House receives over this one, its qualified comment on the photo either will be “we still have a long way to go” (if the criticism is scant), or “look how far we’ve come” (if the criticism is robust).

Michelle Obama laid the groundwork for either reinterpretation during her speech in May, when she spoke to high school graduates in Topeka, Kansas and toured the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site – where, obviously, this picture was taken…by White House photographer Chuck Kennedy.

However many more words a picture like this may be worth, given the context – we’re done.

Disgusting.

Wednesday Morning News Links: 7-16-14

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories

  • A prominent law professor and avowed supporter of the Barack Obama White House will tell the House on Wednesday that the President has created one of the biggest Constitutional crises in the country’s history and will endorse House Republicans’ effort to sue to rein him in. More from The Washington Times… 
  • As thousands of illegal immigrant children are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, House Democrats pushed for more amnesty, guest-worker visas, $3.7 billion in funding, and more lawyers for illegal immigrant children during a Tuesday Twitter town hall on immigration. Their message to illegal immigrants was, in the words of Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), “our doors are open.” Breitbart has more…
  • Speaking to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Albuquerque in 2001, George W. Bush declared that, as Mexico was a friend and neighbor, “It’s so important for us to tear down our barriers and walls that might separate Mexico from the United States.” Bush succeeded. And during his tenure, millions from Mexico exploited his magnanimity to violate our laws, trample upon our sovereignty, walk into our country and remain here. Full story at WND…

  • At a time when Hamas continues to fire salvos of rockets into Israel while rejecting a ceasefire proposal, the United States has finalized a deal to provide the Palestinian terrorist group’s leading supporter, Qatar, with weaponry worth $11 billion. Read more at CNSNews…
  • The Congressional Budget Office has predicted that the Federal deficit will skyrocket in coming years to levels unseen since World War II, even though the White House reported last week that the deficit this year was at its lowest of the Barack Obama Presidency. Story continues at Newsmax… 


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Personal Liberty Digest P.M. Edition 7-15-2014: Harry Reid ‘Defends’ Border Security; The Honest Politician; Obama Reverts To Enjoying Photo Ops; Three-Mile Buffer For Illegal Immigration Protesters; The Fed Who Fired His Gun

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Harry Reid: The Border Is Secure

As thousands of people continue to illegally immigrate into the U.S. from the south, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that he believes the border is secure. Read More… 

Meet Phillip Mimouf-Wifarts, An Honest Politician

Gil Fulbright, a satirical candidate in the Kentucky race between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, is giving Americans a rare glimpse at an honest politician. Fake Ads That Tell The Truth… 

New WH Press Secretary Asked Whether Obama Is Enjoying His ‘Photo Ops’ This Week

New White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest got a taste of what it’s like to be Jay Carney at today’s White House briefing, when Fox News senior White House and Foreign Affairs correspondent Wendell Goler asked him whether President Obama is enjoying his latest round of staged photo ops. Watch…

Mexico Names ‘Czar’ To Handle Issue Of Central American Migrants; Three Mile Buffer Between U.S. Protesters

With pressure mounting from the U.S. government, Mexico on Tuesday appointed a czar to take charge of largely unimpeded migration from Central America. Meanwhile, U.S. demonstrators on both sides of the issue were ‘being kept’ three miles apart from one another in a Tucson-area town. Read More… 

Federal Agent Who Fired Gun During Pro-Israel Rally Is Placed On Leave

A Federal Protective Service agent is on administrative leave after firing his gun when a truck full of men who allegedly assaulted pro-Israel protesters Sunday in Westwood, Calif. tried to get away, an agency official said. Read More…

Meet Phillip Mimouf-Wifarts, An Honest Politician

Gil Fulbright, a satirical candidate in the Kentucky race between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, is giving Americans a rare glimpse at an honest politician.

Enjoy:

Fulbright, the brainchild of the campaign finance reform group Represent.Us, is running his fake campaign in Kentucky because the McConnell/Grimes race is shaping up to be the most expensive Senate race in U.S. history.

Via Represent.Us:

The race between McConnell and Grimes is on pace to cost an unprecedented $100 million. Over three quarters of both candidate’s money is coming from outside of Kentucky, including a who’s who of big money special interests. When it costs that much to win an election, the candidates become dependent on their funders, not on the people they’re supposed to represent. As a result, the issues that matter to the people go unsolved.

In order to raise awareness about the electoral corruption that affects Americans of all political affiliations, Gil will be inserting himself in the Kentucky race by renting billboards and TV ads and crashing campaign events in his tour bus. Unfortunately, he won’t actually appear on the ballot.

Learn more about the Fulbright campaign here.

Personal Liberty Digest P.M. Edition 7-14-2014: Holder’s Tired Race Card; The Mouth That Feeds Common Core Reporting; Bergdahl On The Job; The NSA Gets Personal; Straight Talk On The Border Crisis

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Eric Holder’s Worn Out Race Card

Attorney General Eric Holder — never one to allow the record of the Administration to which he belongs to speak for itself — doesn’t think that Americans are frustrated with him and President Obama because of failures and scandals. Rather, Holder argues, Americans ticked off at the Obama Administration and his Department of Justice are simply racists. Read More…

MSM Common Core Reporting Funded By Common Core’s Biggest Supporter

If you’re one of the millions of Americans keeping tabs on how the national Common Core education standards are affecting students in America’s schools, you’d better be careful where you get your news. That’s because some of the Nation’s leading education reporting is funded by major supporters of Common Core. Read More… 

Released Afghan POW Bowe Bergdahl Completes Treatment, Takes New Army Post

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive for five years in Afghanistan until he was traded May 31 for five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo, has completed his U.S. military-led reintegration and has been assigned to an army unit in Texas to continue his military service.Read More… 

NSA Spying: Now It’s Personal

Imagine that you watched a police officer in your neighborhood stop ten completely ordinary people every day just to take a look inside their vehicle or backpack. Now imagine that nine of those people are never even accused of a crime. They just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Even the most law-abiding person would eventually protest this treatment. In fact — they have.Electronic Frontier Foundation… 

Ron Paul Explains What’s Missing In The Current Immigration ‘Crisis’ Debate

Over the past several weeks we have seen a significant increase in illegal immigration, as thousands of unaccompanied minors pour across what seems an invisible border into the United States. Most liberals and conservatives miss the point about why is this happening in the first place: this latest crisis is a consequence of mistaken government policies on both sides of the border. Texas Straight Talk…

Monday Morning News Roundup 7-14-2014

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • The world economy is just as vulnerable to a financial crisis as it was in 2007, with the added danger that debt ratios are now far higher and emerging markets have been drawn into the fire as well, the Bank for International Settlements has warned. Source: The Telegraph…
  • Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is to ask the United Nations to put the state of Palestine under “international protection” in light of the worsening violence in the Gaza Strip, the PLO said Sunday. Source: Agence France-Presse…
  • Four people were arrested at a pro-Israel peace rally in front of the Federal Building in Los Angeles Sunday after pro-Palestinian protesters also turned up and the two sides clashed. At least one gunshot was fired by a Federal Protective Service officer, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said. Source: NBC Los Angeles…
  • U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson visited a New Mexico detention facility housing 400 Central American women and children Friday and warned immigrants that “we will send you back” if they try entering the country illegally. After touring the recently opened center, he said staff told him that some of the immigrants told them they were surprised to be detained. Source: CBS DC…
  • Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday he and President Obama have been targets of “a racial animus” by some of the Administration’s political opponents. Source: The Hill…
  • William Binney, who featured in a 2012 short film by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Laura Poitras, last week described a future where surveillance is ubiquitous and government intrusion unlimited. “The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control”, Binney said at a London conference, “but I’m a little optimistic with some recent Supreme Court decisions, such as law enforcement mostly now needing a warrant before searching a smartphone.” Source: The Guardian…

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Personal Liberty Digest P.M. Edition 7-11-2014: Judge Gives IRS One Week To Get Its Lerner Story Straight; Bloomberg Insults Coloradans On Gun Control; Militia To The Border; Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Mystery Bailout; Friday Funnies

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Second Judge Puts IRS On The Clock To Explain Lois Lerner’s ‘Lost’ Emails Under Oath

Another Federal judge – the second in as many days – has ordered the IRS to explain how a trove of Lois Lerner’s emails was lost to an alleged hard drive crash. But instead of giving the agency 30 days to come up with the info, as a judge in a separate case did yesterday, today U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton gave the IRS one week. Read More…

Bloomberg Gives Colorado Governor Hickenlooper’s GOP Opponent An Unintended Gift

Michael Bloomberg gave 2nd Amendment advocates, as well as Coloradans of every ideological persuasion, plenty to get cranky about when his uninformed and condescending remarks about the State were posted in a Rolling Stone interview. Even the local TV news station pounced. Watch…

Minutemen Project Begins Recruiting Volunteers To Man U.S. Border

The Minutemen Project says it’s recruiting volunteers to guard the U.S.-Mexico border from illegal immigration, claiming the government has failed to do so properly. The group says it’s also expecting at least 3,500 non-militia volunteers to participate. Read More…

Mystery Loan Lets Ex-Representative Jesse Jackson Jr., Wife Keep Both Their Homes

A year ago, former Representative Jesse Jackson Jr.’s attorneys said his family was in “significant financial peril” as he and his wife, Sandi, awaited sentencing for looting $750,000 from his campaign coffers. Jackson, who had to repay the money or lose two houses, isn’t saying where $550,000 of that amount came from. Read More…

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

President Barack Obama’s antics are frustrating for most Americans. But can you imagine being a Democratic candidate right now? The Democrats are probably steaming mad at Obama. With the midterm elections just four months away, it’s crunch time. And it’s par for the course for the sitting President to do whatever he can to support his party during such a crucial time. But Obama doesn’t seem to care, though – he’s already acting like a short timer. Friday Funnies…

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

President Barack Obama’s antics are frustrating for most Americans. But can you imagine being a Democratic candidate right now? The Democrats are probably steaming mad at Obama. The midterm elections are just four months away; it’s crunch time for candidates. And it’s par for the course for the sitting President to do whatever he can to support his party during such a crucial time. Obama doesn’t seem to care, though. He’s already acting like a short timer.

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Taylor Jones, El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico
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Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle
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Eric Allie, Caglecartoons.com
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John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri
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Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch
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Bill Schorr, Cagle Cartoons

Friday Morning News Links: 7-11-14

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories

  • President Barack Obama’s approval rating is higher among Muslims than any other religious group, a new poll says. According to a Gallup poll released Friday that tracked responses for the first six months of 2014, 72 percent of Muslims said they approve of the president, compared with just 20 percent who disapprove. More from Politico… 
  • Two new University of Colorado studies paint an ominous picture of the direction of the state since marijuana commercialization, but neither provides conclusive evidence that legal pot is causing harm. Daily Camera has more…
  • Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu emerged from a marathon security cabinet meeting on Thursday at the end of Operation Protective Edge’s third day, saying the campaign would continue and expand. Full story at The Jerusalem Post… 
  • President Barack Obama has been busy hobnobbing and entertaining big ticket donors across the country while “Rome burns,” ignoring serious issues the administration should be focused on tackling, Sarah Palin said. Read more at Newsmax… 
  • Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on the nation’s southern border. Story continues at Newsmax… 

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