#ThingsWeTrustMoreThanObama gaining steam on Twitter

Courtesy of a hashtag on the social networking site Twitter, here’s a collection of things Americans trust more than President Barack Obama.

Enjoy.

U.S. Chamber will fight Obama regulations

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue said Tuesday that his group is launching renewed efforts to reform the nation’s regulatory process, which he says is currently more about politics than protections.

“There is a compelling need to reform the regulatory process itself not for the purpose of steering it to specific outcomes, but to ensure that we will have rules that really work,” he said, according to The Hill.

“Our regulatory system is increasingly opaque and driven by political agendas. It lacks basic accountability, it often employs flawed data and questionable science, it ignores Congressional intent and too often prevents citizens or their representatives from weighing in on proposed rules in any meaningful way.”

Donohue said that the Chamber of Commerce is prepared to increase lobbying efforts to support Congressional passage of the Regulatory Accountability Act, legislation designed to make agencies consider lower-cost regulatory options.

The business advocate also called on Congress to step up its efforts to combat burdensome regulation by requiring agencies to fully disclose regulatory impact information and allow peer review. He also wants lawmakers to vote on costly rules.

“We currently have a government that has shifted into regulatory overdrive,” Donohue said. “The administration knows time is running out and there is every incentive and temptation to ram new rules through the pipeline and never mind the process, the research, the cost or the benefits.”

Donohue said new EPA ozone regulations could result in more than 600,000 annual job losses.

“How come we have those great broad numbers?” he asked. “Why don’t we know? Because we’re not able to get the facts out of the regulating agencies and it takes forever to sort through what they have done.”

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to fix an editing error.

A vote for Mary Landrieu is a vote against murdering puppies

If the welfare of children isn’t an emotionally charged enough concern to provoke you to vote Democrat, there’s always the welfare of puppies.

That’s the approach one advocacy group is taking in its ad promoting incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.

The Human Society Legislative Fund, which is behind the ad, offers up such a transparently maudlin doggie death fantasy that you have to wonder whether they understand that the voting age in this country is 18 years and older.

What kind of monster would allow a Louisiana dog to be “forced to fight other dogs” or “locked in a small cage for life in a puppy mill?”

Not Mary Landireu, that’s for sure. Landrieu, who was forced into a runoff election against Republican Bill Cassidy, has been polling far behind Cassidy as her pro-Obama reputation has taken a series of hits in the weeks leading up to, and after, the general election last month.

Landrieu is also the only thing standing between Republican racists and President Obama’s sure impeachment, a radio ad also intones.

Again, the voting age is 18 and older. Landrieu’s backers are wasting their money on these ads aimed at credulous children. The runoff election is slated for Saturday, Dec. 6.

Feds warn service members of possible ISIS attacks at home

Federal officials are urging current and former members of the military to review their online identifying information and do away with anything on social media that could draw attention amid threats that Islamic State terror sympathizers could target them in the homeland.

A joint bulletin issued by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security suggests that ISIS sympathizers in the U.S. could be preparing attacks copying events that took place in Canada, where two uniformed Canadian soldiers were killed in separate attacks last month.

“The FBI and DHS recommend that current and former members of the military review their online social media accounts for any information that might serve to attract the attention of ISIL [ISIS] and its supporters,” according to a copy of the document obtained by ABC News.

The bulletin states that overseas FBI investigations have turned up examples of terror suspects “assessing like-minded individuals who are willing and capable of conducting attacks against current and former U.S.-based members of the United States military.”

Federal officials issued similar warnings for U.S. military personnel in October.

“Soldiers, Government Civilians and Family Members are reminded to be vigilant of their surroundings and report suspicious activities to their respective military or local law enforcement,” said a bulletin issued at the time.

Michigan cop stops suspect for… walking with hands in pockets

A Pontiac, Michigan, man was stopped by police over Thanksgiving weekend for walking with his hands in his pockets on a 32-degree day.

Brandon McKean, who is black, was confronted by the officer after leaving a friend’s house. When, annoyed, he asked the officer why he’d been stopped, McKean was informed, “You were walking by.”

“OK?” McKean replied. “Walking by and doing what?”

“Well, you were making people nervous,” the officer said, as he pulled out his phone in reaction to McKean’s decision to record the encounter.

“By walking by?” McKean again questioned.

“Yeah, they said you had your hands in your pockets,” the officer replied.

“Wow, walking by having your hands in your pockets makes people nervous to call the police when it’s snowing outside?” McKean said.

The officer replied in the affirmative before going on to question, “What are you up to today?”

“Walking, with my hands in my pockets,” McKean replied.

When asked if it was an inconvenience to be stopped McKean informed the officer: “Hell, yeah, just because of the whole police situation going across the country, this is outrageous… There’s 10,000 people in Pontiac right now with their hands in their pockets.”

The cop’s rebuttal, “You’re right. But we do have a lot of robberies, so just checking on you.”

Cartoon roundup

Yesterday Americans gave thanks; today they fight over cheap consumer goods. Enjoy these cartoons celebrating Thanksgiving and reflecting on the following brief breakdown of civility in shopping malls across the country.

RJ Matson

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Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch
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Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle
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RJ Matson, Roll Call
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David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star
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Huffaker, Politicalcartoons.com

Watch the boneheaded, hypocritical, cynical and lying gaffes Democrats have made in 2014 (so far)

Some of the funniest political mash-ups we’ve seen this year have come courtesy of The Washington Free Beacon, but the WFB may have topped itself with this one.

This lowlight reel of Democrats being condescending, deceitful, slow-witted, Janus-faced and (in a couple of instances) delusional offers a nice capsule summary of all the reasons why the midterm elections were as unkind to the Democratic Party as the Democratic Party was to voters in 2014.

And, except for the turkey footage and the goodbye message at the end, every bit of it is primary source material: It’s Democrats speaking for themselves… badly.

Enjoy and share.

And happy Thanksgiving!

H/T: The Washington Free Beacon

Rand Paul: ‘I mostly blame politicians’ for Ferguson

Following a Missouri grand jury’s decision against filing charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) weighed in on the situation in Ferguson with a call for government reform.

In an op-ed for Time, Paul said that the situation in Ferguson is largely the result of the failed policies born out of the government’s “wars” on drugs and poverty in America.

“In the search for culpability for the tragedy in Ferguson, I mostly blame politicians,” Paul wrote. “Michael Brown’s death and the suffocation of Eric Garner in New York for selling untaxed cigarettes indicate something is wrong with criminal justice in America. The War on Drugs has created a culture of violence and put police in a nearly impossible situation.

“In Ferguson, the precipitating crime was not drugs, but theft. But the War on Drugs has created a tension in some communities that too often results in tragedy,” the senator continued. “One need only witness the baby in Georgia, who had a concussive grenade explode in her face during a late-night, no-knock drug raid (in which no drugs were found) to understand the feelings of many minorities — the feeling that they are being unfairly targeted.”

Paul has previously noted that War on Drugs policies lead to disproportionate incarceration of America’s minorities. But in his Time op-ed, he argues that the nation needs to rethink more than the criminal justice system.

“Reforming criminal justice to make it racially blind is imperative, but that won’t lift up these young men from poverty. In fact, I don’t believe any law will,” he wrote. “For too long, we’ve attached some mythic notion to government solutions and yet, 40 years after we began the War on Poverty, poverty still abounds.”

In creating changes that prevent future situations like the unrest in Ferguson, Paul argued, requires breaking the nation’s poverty cycle by encouraging personal liberty and responsibility.

“Escaping the poverty trap will require all of us to relearn that not only are we our brother’s keeper, we are our own keeper,” he wrote.

Read the senator’s full op-ed at Time.

Ferguson-area school district cancels classes next week

One school district on the east side of Ferguson, Mo. has cancelled classes early next week, in anticipation of potential security concerns that could arise if a grand jury doesn’t indict officer Darren Wilson for violating the law when he allegedly shot and killed Michael Brown.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Jennings School District has already cancelled class for Monday and Tuesday (with the remainder of the week off for the Thanksgiving holiday).

The decision didn’t stem from any revelation school officials received ahead of the expected announcement of the grand jury’s decision, according to the report. “With the heightened anxiety and activity, we thought it would be better for students and staff to extend the holiday at this point,” superintendent Tiffany Anderson told the Dispatch.

Other school districts may follow suit. “Jennings is the first of what could be several school districts to cancel school, giving students and staff a week-long Thanksgiving break,” the Dispatch wrote.

White House: Things have changed since Obama’s ‘I am not the emperor’ remark

During a press conference this week, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said things have changed since President Obama said “I am not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.”

On Tuesday, ABC reporter Jonathan Karl asked Earnest, “Does the president still stand by what he said last year when he said, ‘I am not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.’ Is that still operative?”

“Absolutely,” answered Earnest.

“Not a king, either?” Karl continued.

“That’s right,” said Earnest.

Karl then explained why he asked the question.

“[Obama] was asked very specifically about the idea of expanding the deferred action executive order for the DREAMers to their parents,” he said. “And he said September 17th last year, Telemundo, very clearly: ‘If we start broadening that, then essentially I would be ignoring the law in a way that would be very difficult to defend legally so that is not an option. Is that still operative — when the president said specifically that expanding the DACA executive order is not an option because it would be ignoring the law? Does he still believe that?”

Earnest said that things may be different now because the Obama administration has reviewed its options.

“Well Jon, I don’t want to get ahead of — what — any sort of announcements that the president may make, before the end of the year, about executive actions that he may take to fix our broken immigration system,” the press secretary said. “Since [the Telemundo] interview aired, the president did direct the attorney general and the secretary of homeland security to conduct a review of the law to determine what, if any, authority he could use to try to fix some of the problems that House Republicans have refused to address. So this is something that has been under consideration for some time…”

On Wednesday, Earnest insisted that Obama wears GOP allegations of executive lawlessness as a badge of honor.

“We’ve heard this kind of rhetoric about lawlessness from House Republicans for some time,” he said, adding that Obama is “willing to examine the law, review the law and use every element of that law to make progress for the American people.”

“If that is something that Republicans are critical of, then that’s, you know, maybe a criticism that the president wears with a badge of honor,” Earnest said.