Category Archives: US Politics
by Tony Lee
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) wowed the beltway elite and even Democrats during Saturday’s annual Gridiron event, showing why the Ivy Leaguer has confounded and been vilified by many with whom he shares the same intellectual pedigree.
The annual D.C. roast is hosted by the exclusive Gridiron Club, which is composed of D.C.’s mainstream and “elite” journalists.
Cruz has degrees from Princeton and Harvard, which those in the permanent political class covet, and he can do their social rituals better than they can. Yet Cruz refuses to be co-opted by them politically, instead choosing to be a staunch conservative who represents the grassroots that sent him to Washington to fight against both political and media establishments.
Politico’s Mike Allen said that Cruz, “crushed his speech – even Dems said he knocked it out of the park.” In an appearance with Secretary of State John Kerry and Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist, the Florida gubernatorial candidate who wants to be loved by the permanent political class, Cruz called himself the “anti-Crist” in what could be the perfect description of Cruz’s brand of politics.
He also made fun of his filibuster and tense relationship with the GOP leadership:
And when Leader McConnell wants something, who am I to say no?… Twenty-one hours and 19 minutes [in the filibuster] – hearing nothing but my favorite sound.… Continue Reading
Taken last Friday in Miami
A woman cries while meeting U.S. President Barack Obama at the Coral Reef High School in Miami, Florida.
On March 9th NBC’s Bob Costas dismissed criticism of his having armed guards while disparaging “gun culture” by saying his guards were NBC and NFL security, not “personal” bodyguards.
He did this while being interviewed by Fox News’s Howard Kurtz, who brought up Costas’s December 2012 halftime criticism of “the NFL’s gun culture.”
Kurtz said, “You were accused of injecting politics into halftime, and Fox News’s Greg Gutfeld said you were ‘a hypocritical buffoon’ because you’re in New York, and you’re surrounded by armed guards, and you don’t have to worry about safety.”
Costas responded, “In truth, Greg was accurate if you consider one-hundred-eighty degrees from the truth accurate. I have never had a personal bodyguard a single day in my life. There are security people at NFL games that the NFL employs, and there is always massive security at an Olympics, and there… is NBC security.”
The problem with this explanation is that Gutfeld did not say Costas hired a “personal bodyguard.” Rather, he said Costas “doesn’t have to worry about being armed. People are armed for him.”
The NFL and NBC security personnel are armed, aren’t they?
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel laid out the budget and troop level projections for the upcoming year and the net effect is reflected in the Army staffing levels, which will result in the smallest U.S. Army since 1940.
Former DoD Secretary Robert Gates makes it perfectly clear, stating, “Cutting the Defense Budget in significant ways right now is a serious mistake.”
Gates remarks how when we’ve cut the budget before, at the end of the cold war and the Vietnam War, it was because we thought the world was going to be a safer place, at least temporarily at the time.
Gates says, “No one can make that case right now. You look at the situation in Ukraine and our relationships with Russia, if you look at the tensions between China and Japan and the South China Sea, you look at Iran and North Korea.
These guys are operating on the 20th century model of nation states, boundaries matter, strategic interests matter, zero-sum game, I win you lose. This is the way these countries look at the world.
It’s different from the way west Europeans and we look at it, and frankly, the pace at which both the Europeans and the United States is cutting their defenses, regardless of the facts on the ground in terms of the number of ships and the number of planes, it certainly sends a signal that we are not interested in protecting our global interests.”
Rick Wells is a conservative Constitutionalist author who contributes to conservative media outlets.… Continue Reading
When I first saw this headline I thought to myself, “here we go, it’s started. The gloves are off now.” This is the kind of incident that will certainly cause the citizens of this great land to take action, and I was right. Please be sure to read all the way to the end.
Boston – National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a Para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.
Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement.
Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group’s organizers as “criminals,” issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government’s efforts to secure law and order.
The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.
Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week.
Kathleen Sebelius and others within HHS are making their expectations of Congress known to the tune of $600 million.
On Tuesday, HHS officials announced that to be the funding amount they need in excess of an estimated $1.2 billion which they expect to be self-generated by obamacare. The purpose of the funds is to finance the federal portals. The actual amount could change if the projected revenue from fees generated by obamacare proves to be deficient.
Just to give people a means through which to sign up for obamacare is going to cost $1.8 billion. Roughly three dozen states now rely upon the federal government portal, having none of their own. 35 States dependent upon the federal government, just the way the Obama regime wants it. But they can still shoot for 50, or 57.
With the contorted accounting tricks and grand assumptions that are characteristic of Washington DC, one has to wonder how accurate that $1.8 billion figure really is.
Sebelius said, “If Congress funds the president’s budget … this would fully fund the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act.” She’s effectively going on the record as shifting responsibility for financial shortcomings and future failures to Congress rather than her agency.… Continue Reading
‘We Are Going to Crush Them Everywhere’: Who’s Behind This Prediction for Tea Party in Midterm Elections?
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) didn’t merely say Tea Party candidates challenging him and other established Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections don’t pose much of a threat.
McConnell’s prediction is arguably more along the lines of fighting words.
“I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” McConnell told the New York Times. “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”
As TheBlaze has extensively reported, McConnell’s most notable opponent is Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin, who is contrasting himself as a true conservative and blasting McConnell’s conservative credentials.
“Mitch McConnell is clearly in trouble in this primary or he wouldn’t be attacking Matt Bevin and declaring war on conservatives,” the Senate Conservatives Fund’s Matt Hoskins said in the Times’ Saturday story.
The Kentucky primary will be held May 20.… Continue Reading
President Barack Obama is inserting himself into yet another television program, this time the reboot of a classic science series.
Obama will introduce the first episode of Cosmos at 9 p.m. EST tonight on Fox as well as other Fox-owned channels–FX, FXX, National Geographic Channel, Fox Sports 1, FMX, Fox Sports 2, Nat Geo Wil, Nat Geo Mundo and Fox Life.
In the video message, Obama invites a new generation to embrace the spirit of discovery and inspires viewers to explore new frontiers and imagine limitless possibilities for the future.
The 13-episode Cosmos, produced by Cosmos Studios and Fuzzy Door Productions, tells the story of how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time. Ann Druyan, Seth MacFarlane, Cosmos Studios president Mitchell Cannold and Brannon Braga are executive producers, with Jason Clark co-executive producing.
Obama, along with many in the Democratic party, maintain they embrace science unlike their GOP rivals. Yet Obama’s position toward the country’s space program has drawn some heavy criticism from space experts, and his most recent attempt to blame bad weather on global warming was contradicted by one of the administration’s most vocal supporters. The president’s penchant for using “climate change” arguments to support his policies often comes out as more pragmatic politics than actual science.… Continue Reading
Judge Jeanine’s opening statement deals with an array of topics, from the invalidation of Obama’s election by virtue of the fraud he perpetrated to John Bolton’s statement at CPAC that Obama is the biggest national security crisis.
She also gets a dig in at Newt Gingrich’s proposal to just turn the other cheek to Democrats in the upcoming election, as well as some positive comments regarding statements made by Texas Gov Rick Perry and those of former UN Ambassador John Bolton.
She also has video of the Romney/Obama debates in which Romney proved to be right and in which Obama talks down to Romney. In doing so Obama exposed his own ignorance as to the situation, his reference to a still existing threat that he claimed was negated, as well as his trademark condescension.
She also highlights how Obama has been outsmarted outpunched outclassed by his adversary that he claimed didn’t exist, Vladimir Putin.