IRS Gun Keeps Smoking; Students Blame ‘Stubborn’ President; Breaking Down Barriers Now A Thing; D.C. Delegate Spars With President; White House Expands On Debt Tradition; Da Bears’ Coach Regrets Not Taking On Obama For State Senate Seat; Army Commissions Iron Man Soldiering Suit – Thursday Morning News Roundup 10-10-2013

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

  • Top IRS Obamacare official Sarah Hall Ingram discussed confidential taxpayer information with senior Obama White House officials, according to 2012 emails obtained by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and provided to The Daily Caller. Lois Lerner, then head of the IRS Tax Exempt Organizations division, also received an email alongside White House officials that contained confidential information. Federal employees who illegally disclose confidential taxpayer information could face five years in prison. Source: The Daily Caller…

 

  • Students at the University of Colorado – Boulder (CU), a dependably liberal college town, blamed President Obama and Democrats on Tuesday for the ongoing government shutdown, which is now in its second week.  “He’s [Obama] just being really stubborn, not willing to negotiate at all, not taking any ideas from anyone else, it’s either his way or the highway and apparently we got to shutdown the government because of that,” one student told Campus Reform. “Obamacare is stupid. You shouldn’t be required to have health care,” said another. Watch The video at Campus Reform…

 

  • Taking their lead from the veterans who first pushed through the barricades to visit the World War II Memorial, Americans nationwide are defying the federal government shutdown, tossing aside traffic cones and toppling wooden fences to get to national parks and other federal lands that the administration has deemed out of bounds. As the shutdown hits the middle of its second week, civil disobedience has become a sensation. Some proudly post online photos of themselves overcoming the government’s obstacles, and others use more subtle ways to make their point. Source: The Washington Times…

 

  • Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) had what some colleagues called “a heated exchange” and what she described as “a conversation” with President Obama during a White House meeting Wednesday afternoon regarding the District’s budget constraints as a result of the partial government shutdown. While most lawmakers might not interrupt Obama as he answered their question, Norton said she was compelled to interject when Obama suggested in his response to her that the budget crunch facing the District is similar to how other congressional districts are adjusting during the shutdown. “That demanded that I give a response,” she said. “Obviously we’re the only District in the United States. We’re uniquely in this position.” Norton insisted she meant no disrespect towards the president. “He’s a big boy and I’m a big girl,” she said. Source: The Washington Post…

 

  • When Barack Obama became president in January 2009, the total federal debt stood at $10.6 trillion. This week, it hit $16.7 trillion — an increase of 57 percent. In the same time frame under President George W. Bush, total federal debt rose 38 percent. Under President Clinton, it rose 32 percent. Source: The Washington Times…

 

  • NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka is regretting not running against President Barack Obama for the Illinois Senate seat in 2004. During an interview with The Dickinson Press following his appearance at North Dakota’s Oil Patch grand opening ceremony, the former Chicago Bears coach and current NFL analyst for ESPN believes Obama would not be president right now if he ran for Senate. “Biggest mistake I’ve ever made,” Ditka said. “Not that I would have won, but I probably would have and he wouldn’t be in the White House.” Source: CBS Connecticut…

 

  • The US Army has commissioned a real-life Iron Man suit called the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (Talos), inspired by Tony Stark’s legendary nano suit used in the Iron Man movie series. Talos will provide its wearer with powers straight out of a Marvel comic – including night vision, enhanced strength for lifting heavy objects and armored protection from bullets and combat injuries. The armor suit, currently under development at MIT, is designed to offer full-body ballistic protection, enabling the wearer to emerge unscathed even through a barrage of bullets. The design incorporates a special liquid armor, capable of turning solid in “milliseconds” when subjected to electric or magnetic fields, as well as basic life-support mechanisms such as heat, air and oxygen. Source: International Business Times…

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Some Citizens Ready To Pick Up Government Slack; Many Americans Cite Government Dysfunction As Major Concern; New Fed Chair, Same Old Fed; Wolf Blitzer Says Delay Obamacare; And The Taliban May Have A Point On Government Shutdown— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 10-9-2013

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Man Mowing Grass At Lincoln Memorial Reminds Us That America Is Elbow Grease, Not Bureaucracy And Handouts… Feds Tell Him To Get Lost

Early Wednesday an unidentified man took his lawnmower and a few tools to the Lincoln Memorial to provide free groundskeeping work to the closed Federal monument. Multiple Park Police officers promptly asked him to leave. Read More… 

Most Americans Ever Say Government Dysfunction Is U.S. Biggest Problem

A record number of Americans say a dysfunctional Federal government is the most important problem facing the United States, as 33 percent name “dissatisfaction with government and elected representatives” as their biggest concern. Read More… 

A New Chairman Means Nothing To Americans Being Screwed By The Fed, Says Ron Paul

Former Congressman Ron Paul, the man who literally wrote the book on criticizing the Federal Reserve, issued a statement Wednesday acknowledging the nomination of Janet Yellen, an American economist and professor who currently serves as vice chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, to be the top official at the Nation’s central bank. Read More… 

You Know It’s Bad When Wolf Blitzer Wants To Delay Obamacare…

Pigs flew Wednesday as CNN’s Wolf Blitzer said – on television – that President Barack Obama should listen to the criticisms of Obamacare websites coming from Republican opponents, as well as the American people, and delay the entire undercooked plan. Watch… 

Topsy-Turvy World: The Truth In The Taliban’s Mockery Of Government Shutdown

Reports that Taliban troops in Afghanistan are mocking the U.S. over the ongoing government shutdown indicate the terrorist group is as despicable as ever. The sad part is that their taunts are filled with true observations. Read More…

Topsy-Turvy World: The Truth In The Taliban’s Mockery Of Government Shutdown

Reports that Taliban troops in Afghanistan are mocking the U.S. over the ongoing government shutdown indicate the terrorist group is as despicable as ever. The sad part is that their taunts are filled with true observations. It’s a very messed up state of affairs in Washington, D.C. when our greatest enemies have to exercise almost no imagination to mine our elected leaders’ behavior for propagandist fodder.

The Al Arabiya English-language news website reported Wednesday on a Taliban statement that made its way into foreign media outlets, featuring comments from an unspecified source within the Afghani militants who derided American politicians for “sucking the blood of their own people.”

The statement also contained the following remarks:

The American people should realize that their politicians play with their destinies as well as the destinies of other oppressed nations for the sake of their personal vested interests.

The insurgents blamed “selfish and empty-minded American leaders” and claimed they were guilty of taking U.S. citizens’ money “earned with great difficulty” and then “lavishly spending the same money in shedding the blood of the innocent and oppressed people.”

“Instead of sucking the blood of their own people… this money should be utilized for the sake of peace,” the statement adds.

If someone attributed those words to an American newspaper columnist criticizing the policies of any of our last four Presidents, no one would blink. And let’s be clear on this point: the Taliban deserves no sympathy for being right about anything. As the saying goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day. Statements like these are tailor-made to foster dissent back in the land of the Great Satan, and so they necessarily ratchet the terror rhetoric to a pitch that Western ears can discern. The “peace” remark is particularly risible.

But it’s an outright shame that Congress and the President, by their behavior, play into the hands of those who would cheer America’s utter undoing.

You Know It’s Bad When Wolf Blitzer Wants To Delay Obamacare…

Pigs flew Wednesday as CNN’s Wolf Blitzer said – on television – that President Barack Obama should listen to the criticisms of Obamacare websites coming from Republican opponents, as well as the American people, and delay the entire undercooked plan.

 

 

“If they weren’t fully ready, they should accept the advice that a lot of Republicans are giving them — delay it another year, get it ready, and make sure it works,” said Blitzer.

“They know how to do it, but if they didn’t get it ready on time, then maybe fix the problem and make sure people don’t have to worry about it.”

Hey, the White House has already ignored its Constitutional task of enforcing the laws, in their entirety,  that Congress passes. So why not give individuals the same one-year break that companies are receiving? It’s not too late – even Wolf Blitzer can see that.

H/T: National Review

Hypocrites Rally; Yellin’ For Yellen; Obamacare Exchanges Hit The Reset Button; Feds Hang Help Wanted Sign Amid Shutdown; Obama’s Conservative Columnist Powwow – Wednesday Morning News Roundup 10-9-2013

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  • Nancy Pelosi cheerfully led Spanish-language chants of “Si se puede” — or “Yes we can” — at a rally Tuesday for amnesty and immigration, but turnout for the event at the National Mall was far below the organizers’ predictions of 100,000 attendees. The barriers at the event were set to accommodate 35,000 people, but less than half the area was occupied. Loudspeakers and a large display screen at the rear of the area were almost devoid of listeners or viewers. The rally was held on public land during a widely hyped government shutdown that has seen the Obama administration rigidly shut tourists, property owners and even World War II veterans out of federally controlled areas. Source: The Daily Caller…

 

  • We now know where we stand. Janet Yellen is to take over the US Federal Reserve, the world’s monetary hegemon, the master of all our lives. The Fed will be looser for longer. The FOMC will continue to print money until the US economy creates enough jobs to reignite wage pressures and inflation, regardless of asset bubbles, or collateral damage along the way. Source: The Telegraph…

 

  • Amid all the attention, bugs, and work happening at Healthcare.gov in light of the Affordable Care Act, potential registrants talking to phone support today have been told that all user passwords are being reset to help address the site’s login woes. And the tech supports behind Healthcare.gov will be asking more users to act in the name of fixing the site, too. According to registrants speaking with Ars, individuals whose logins never made it to the site’s database will have to re-register using a different username, as their previously chosen names are now stuck in authentication limbo. Source: ArsTechnica…

 

  • The federal government is shut down, but that hasn’t stopped agencies from running lots of “help wanted” ads. More than 4,000 job postings remained active on the federal government’s hiring site as of Tuesday. Although many ads first ran before the shutdown began, nearly 500 posts were placed in the past three days. Source: The Washington Times…

 

  • President Obama held an off-the-record meeting with five conservative journalists on Tuesday afternoon. Present at the meeting were Charles Krauthammer, the Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor; Paul Gigot, the Wall Street Journal editorial page editor; Robert Costa, the National Review’s Washington editor; syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker; and Washington Examiner columnist Byron York, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting. Source: POLITICO…

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Obama’s Needless Government Closures; Grand Canyon Workers Stranded By Shutdown; Obama Likens GOP To Striking Workers Who Need Fired; Learn About NSA Malware; And How Gun Control Causes Gun Violence— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 10-8-2013

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The Long List Of Needless Closures In Barack Obama’s Shutdown Offensive

It’s finally happened: Someone has started a running list of all the unnecessary closures, barricades and service suspensions the Obama White House is perpetrating as part of the President’s deceitful, backwards campaign to convince America that the House of Representatives is holding hostage the political process – and 300 million citizens with it. Here It Is… 

2,000 Grand Canyon Workers Said Stranded Without Food, Money To Leave

The government shutdown has stranded about 2,000 workers in Grand Canyon National Park with little food and insufficient funds to leave, officials say. Read More… 

Pro-Union President Obama: Striking Workers Should Be Fired

President Barack Obama has used an analogy likening Congressional Republicans’ unwillingness to raise the debt ceiling to workers walking off the job and “shutting down the plant.” Watch… 

EFF Provides An In-Depth Look At How The NSA Deploys Malware

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has penned an explanation of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) capability to snoop on unsuspecting computer users by deploying malware. Malware is hidden software that enables remote users to access information – or even gain direct control – of your computer, and the NSA is using malware in a manner no different than a rogue hacker might. The EFF takes you step by step through the process and offers some tips that could minimize your exposure. Read More… 

Mises: Gun Prohibition Means More Demand for Guns

No president in contemporary history has been as insistent on passing gun-control legislation as President Obama who signed 23 executive orders related to gun control following Sandy Hook, and continues to lobby for more “action” after every mass shooting. No president in contemporary history has had the number of mass shootings that President Obama has had, either. Read More… 

Pro-Union President Obama: Striking Workers Should Be Fired

For the second time, President Barack Obama has used an analogy likening Congressional Republicans’ unwillingness to raise the debt ceiling to workers walking off the job and “shutting down the plant.”

In response to a question about GOP tactics, Obama responded:

I think what has changed is they’re aware of the fact that I’m not budging when it comes to the full faith and credit of the United States, that that has to be dealt with, that you don’t d– you don’t pay a ransom, you don’t provide concessions for Congress doing its job and America paying its bills.

And — and I think most people understand that. I mean, you know, I — I was at a small business the other day and talking to a bunch of workers, and I said, you know, when you’re at the plant and you’re in the middle of your job, do you ever say to your boss, you know what, unless I get a raise right now and more vacation pay, I’m going to just shut down the plant; I’m not going to just walk off the job, I’m going to break the equipment — I said, how do you think that would go?

They all thought they’d be fired. And I think most of us think that. You know, there’s nothing wrong with asking for a raise or asking for more time off. But you can’t burn down the plant or your office if you don’t get your way. Well, the same thing is true here. And I think most Americans understand that. All right?

How do you think union members, a key liberal constituency known for using walking off the job and “shutting down the plant” as a bargaining tool, feel about the President’s remarks?

White House Open To Short-Term Deal On Debt Limit; House GOP Not Interested; China Cautions On Default; Most Don’t Want To Raise Debt Limit; Careless Congress; Where Have All The Millionaires Gone?; ‘Affordable’ Obamacare – Tuesday Morning News Roundup 10-8-2013

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  • On Monday, White House officials said they were willing to accept a short-term measure to extend the debt ceiling, possibly for a few weeks, to allow lawmakers to work out a longer-term resolution. But they said that wasn’t their preferred course. “It is the responsibility of Congress to decide how long and how often they want to vote,” White House adviser Gene Sperling said Monday at a breakfast organized by POLITICO. “The important thing is that they not threaten default.” Source: The Wall Street Journal…

 

  • House Republicans will opt not to push a short-term extension of the debt ceiling, and instead will move quickly to bring two bills to the floor that they hope will be approved, merged, and sent to the Senate in short order, according to senior GOP aides. The first piece of legislation would ensure that paychecks for essential government employees who have been working through the shutdown are delivered on time. The second measure would establish a bipartisan negotiating team for the debt-ceiling and other fiscal debates. Source: National Journal…

 

  • China, the biggest foreign creditor of the United States, has waded into the American budget crisis, warning Congress that it must resolve the political impasse over the debt ceiling without further delay. The Chinese Vice Foreign Minister, Zhu Guangyao, told America’s deadlocked politicians on Monday that “the clock is ticking” and called on them to approve an extension of the national borrowing limit before the federal government is projected to run out of cash on 17 October. Source: The Independent…

 

  • A Fox News national poll asks voters to imagine being a lawmaker and having to cast an up-or-down vote on raising the debt ceiling:  37 percent would vote in favor of it, while 58 percent would vote against it. Source: Fox News…

 

  • The fact that America has repeatedly survived careless behavior – and bounced back from crises – has bolstered the inward-looking complacency in Washington. That, in turn, seems to have persuaded U.S. politicians that they can take ever greater risks with the nation’s finances. But repeated games of Russian roulette are never advisable. It is certainly possible that this time Congress will spin the chamber – and find that there really is a bullet in it. Source: Financial Times…

 

  • The Asia-Pacific region, which includes Australia, China and India, is on course to topple the US as being home to the majority of the world’s millionaires by next year. The region held the title in 2011, having done better than the US, which was suffering in the aftermath of the banking crisis. From 2007 to 2012, Asia-Pacific’s millionaire population and wealth increased at double and triple the rates of the rest of the world. The US rallied last year, and although Asia-Pacific’s super-rich population rose by 9.4 per cent to reach 3.68 million, the top spot went to the US, which rose 11.5 per cent to 3.74 million. Source: The Telegraph…

 

  • Problems with the main “Obamacare” website, HealthCare.gov, have dominated headlines since the site opened for business on Oct. 1. But as Obamacare begins to roll out, another problem is surfacing: some people who already buy insurance on the individual market are getting cancellation notices – and offers for coverage at double and triple their old rates. Source: The Christian Science Monitor…

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Million Vet March To Condemn Politicizing Memorials; Shutdown Pain Gets More Absurd; Ron Paul Says Iran Talks Long Overdue; Scalia Bemoans America’s ‘Coarser Nature’; Obamacare Train Wreck Still Wrecking; TruthRevolt – A New Website Takes Aim At Mainstream Media And Its Sponsors— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 10-7-2013

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Obamacare Train Wreck Continues

Since the online Obamacare insurance exchanges opened last week the government-run healthcare websites have been plagued with problems. The government is currently working to find solutions to the online glitches, but it isn’t likely to find many ways to make the process of signing up for government healthcare more pleasurable for uninsured Americans. Read More… 

TruthRevolt Takes Dead Aim At Mainstream Media And Its Sponsors

TruthRevolt, a new website/project born of collaboration between Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro and the David Horowitz Freedom Center, launched today. It’s an ambitious, self-styled foil to progressive media watchdog Media Matters, and it’s taking aim not only at the mainstream media, but the sponsors who support their programming and celebrity pundits. Read More… 

Get Involved: Million Vet March Slated To Voice Disgust Over Government Closing Of Veteran Memorials

If news of the Federal government’s illogical barricading of military memorials to make a point over the government shutdown made you angry, an event taking place Sunday throughout the Nation will give you a chance to vent your frustrations over the Federal actions. Here’s How… 

Shutdown Pain: Government Kicks People Out Of Homes

Since the government shutdown began, it has become apparent that Federal officials are going out of their way to make sure average Americans are inconvenienced as much as possible. The government, which spent last week closing national monuments in Washington D.C. and throughout the Nation (likely spending more than it would have cost to keep them open), has even resorted to kicking Americans out of privately owned properties situated on Federal land. Read More…

Ron Paul Straight Talk: A Good Time To Talk To Iran

Last week, for the first time since the 1979 Iranian revolution, the US president spoke with his Iranian counterpart. Their 15 minute telephone call was reported to open the door to further high-level discussions. This is a very important event. Paul Explains… 

Scalia Bemoans ‘Coarser’ Nature Of American Culture

Justice Antonin Scalia says he is concerned about the future of American culture but not his legacy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Read More… 

Get Involved: Million Vet March Slated To Voice Disgust Over Government Closing Of Veteran Memorials

If news of the Federal government’s illogical barricading of military memorials to make a point over the government shutdown made you angry, an event taking place Sunday throughout the Nation will give you a chance to vent your frustrations over the Feds’ actions.

A recently-created Facebook page  is urging Americans throughout the country to join in a “Million Vet March” by attending rallies set to take place at the war memorials in Washington DC on October 13 at 9 a.m. and at memorials throughout the United States.

The event, billed as a non-partisan event of people from all walks of life and backgrounds, is described as follows by organizers:

We are all military brats, current and former military spouses and some veterans.  We cannot express how utterly disappointed we were that our Greatest Generation were being used as political pawns in the ongoing government shutdown and budget crisis.  This should never be the case.

We do not care what political leanings you may be; be it liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent or whatever.  The actions of the U.S. government this week with regard to barricading and shutting down the World War II Memorial to veterans, that may or may not be on their last trip to Washington DC, is a despicable act of cowardice.

Veterans this week were unwillingly pitted as pawns in this crisis.  We feel that this should never be the case.  This is why we will go to Congress after the budget crisis and ask for a bill to be introduced that would prevent any member of the government from closing our memorials down to any American, except for maintenance purposes.  In the meantime, we will have our March in Washington DC on October 13th!  Our veterans deserve that!

Many in our group have decided that enough is enough.  We are Americans.  We are proud of our heritage and our service.  As all of us were military brats and spouses, we have served in some form or another our entire lives.  This is our way of life.  We will not stand by and let the U.S. government dishonor the legacy of sacrifice of the generations before us.  It is time to make a stand!  We hope that you will join us in our peaceful rally against anti-American policies.  It doesn’t take anything other that!

You can find a list of rallying points throughout the Nation here.  And sign a petition demanding that the Federal government reopen veteran memorials here.