Govt obtains wide AP phone records in probe
“The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.
The records obtained by the Justice Department listed incoming and outgoing calls, and the duration of each call, for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP.
In all, the government seized those records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices whose phone records were targeted on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.”
U.S. culture war brewing as backlash grows against socialism, gun control and attacks on American values
“As the Obama administration continues its attempted cultural purge of conservativism, gun owners and anyone who practices religion, there is a massive underground backlash that’s building up steam and may be nearing the stage of revolt.
This article is a tour of several astonishing recent poll results and statistics that paint a picture of an armed cultural backlash taking shape in America. It’s off the radar of the mainstream media because the media doesn’t want to acknowledge the reality of what’s happening. But beneath the surface, a cultural backlash is seething, fed up with the criminal occupation of America by anti-freedom socialists and Marxists who are quite literally working to destroy the U.S. economy and cultural conservatism.
Regardless of where you stand on the Obama Administration or even being “progressive” vs. “conservative,” this cultural backlash needs to be on your radar because it leads to a boiling point that may bring America to the brink of civil war.”
Via Natural News
“President Barack Obama, speaking in Mexico City on Friday, said the United States is responsible for much of the crime and violence in Mexico because of the demand for drugs and the illegal smuggling of guns across the southern border.
He told the crowd, “We understand that the root cause of violence that’s been happening here in Mexico for which so many Mexicans have suffered is the demand for illegal drugs in the United States.” He later added, “We also recognize that most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States.””
Via CNS News
Specifically you obama, you jackass, you and your sidekick holder and your debacle that is known as Fast & Furious. The continued “war on drugs” also is causing this. The American government is causing the violence in Mexico, not the rest of us Americans. Take the blame for once you arrogant, self-centered, narcissistic, freedom hating wannabe dictator.
“Tuesday morning, a peculiar announcement trickled out of the White House press office: President Barack Obama would be holding a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston bombings. At the White House. By himself. No press or other intruders allowed.
Except the White House photographer.
That Obama assumed Americans would want an iconic photo of him privately mourning the victims of the bombings was emblematic of a kind of hubris that has enveloped the president and his White House as the president commences his second term.
Hubris in a leader is an obnoxious thing, leading to imperiousness in governing. And it’s also a dangerous thing for a second-term president, often spelling trouble.
Unfortunately, this president’s acts of high handedness and self-absorption have been accumulating in the past several months at a blistering pace.
Even as the nation’s workers wilted under a struggling economy and high unemployment, Obama decided to take two round excursions to Hawaii at taxpayer expense over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Just six weeks later, he jetted down to Florida for a luxury four-day golf vacation where he played with Tiger Woods. Meanwhile Michelle Obama also took another vacation, skiing in Colorado.”
“It appears, once again, that the government’s inept approach to spending ‘other people’s money’ has blown up in their face. As HotAir.com reports, newly obtained documents show the Obama administration was warned as early as 2010 that electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc. was not meeting milestones set up for a half-billion dollar government loan, nearly a year before U.S. officials froze the loan. Just as with Solyndra, Congress seemed convinced to spend billions of taxpayer money ‘investing’ in green-tech startups – only to lose everything. Simply put, in our humble opinion, the pattern is explained by the ‘monopoly money’ perspective we suspect these funds are viewed as in light of Bernanke’s inexorable funding of the government’s largesse. None other than the great Joe Biden reveled in the news in 2009 that Fisker would re-open a closed GM plant creating jobs, jobs, jobs; it never completed the task and never created one job. When the money isn’t yours, ‘investing’ public funds is oh so easy and it appears, with zero consequence for the decision makers – again.”
Via Zero Hedge
“According to White House visitor log records, Obama’s chief fundraiser Matthew Barzun was among those in attendance at the Dec. 5 White House meeting that also included Shawn Reilly, the Kentucky politico who is accused of secretly bugging a campaign meeting held by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Longtime journalist and Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board member Keith Runyon was also there.
These facts, along with other emerging details, further undermine the narrative that Reilly and his colleagues were nothing more than quixotic rogues who got out over their skis.”
Via The Daily Caller
“I rarely go after private citizens in my column. Today I’m going to make an exception and the reason is that this person inserted themselves, on their own volition, into an attempt to violate every man, woman and child’s fundamental right to life. By doing so they have turned themselves into public figures and as such lose any such pretense of “privacy” in their opinion nor do they have a legitimate shield from the equally-public response by those who they offend.
I speak of Francine Wheeler, specifically, who Obama trotted out this morning like a puppet to try to press for more “gun control.”"
“I feel Ben’s presence filling me with courage for what I have to do – for him and all the others taken from us so violently and too soon,” Wheeler said in the address, which was broadcast on radio stations and streamed on the Internet.
“But that’s only the start,” Wheeler said. “They haven’t yet passed any bills that will help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. And a lot of people are fighting to make sure they never do.”
“Listen up, you incompetent and defective sack of meat — your son is dead because you are unfit to be parents.
You sat silently by while your state and our nation erected signs telling people who are criminally insane where they can find the maximum number of defenseless people to murder.
You are personally, jointly and severably responsible for the consequences.
You are unfit to possess a uterus and your husband is unfit to possess testicles.
You, Mrs. Wheeler, having willingly and intentionally refused to take responsibility for your acts of omission and commission that led to your son being murdered by a madman now have the audacity to stand in front of the nation and demand that everyone else give up their children to murderous goons as well.
Go to Hell Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler and take your state and its alleged laws with you.”
Via Market Ticker
Early analysis: Obama’s 2014 budget numbers are based on bad math, phantom revenues, imagined spending cuts and a middle-class tax hike
“The Obama administration released an outline of its fiscal 2014 budget to reporters on Tuesday, forbidding its release until 6:00 a.m. Wednesday. The preview promises that President Barack Obama’s budget ‘reduces the deficit and puts the Nation on a sound fiscal course.’
‘Every new initiative in the plan is fully paid for, so they do not add a single dime to the deficit,’ the White House pledges.
An initial walk through the budget proposals, however, suggests that Republicans in Congress will need some convincing.
The budget will hit congressional offices less than 24 hours after the government’s top watchdog agency declared that nearly $100 billion was wasted last year in duplicative and overlapping programs stretching into every corner of the Washington bureaucracy.”
Via The Daily Mail