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Archive for February, 2014

Proposed budget will reportedly shrink Army to pre-WWII numbers

Published February 24, 2014

FoxNews.com

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will reportedly propose a Pentagon budget that will shrink the U.S. Army to its smallest number since 1940 and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets. 

The New York Times reported late Sunday that Hagel’s proposal, which will be released to lawmakers and the public on Monday, will call for a reduction in size of the military that will leave it capable of waging war, but unable to carry out protracted occupations of foreign territory, as in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

Under Hagel’s plan, the number of troops in the Army will drop to between 440,000 and 450,000, a reduction of at least 120,000 soldiers from its post-Sept.11 peak. 

Officials told the Times that Hagel’s plan has been endorsed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and protects funding for Special Operations forces and cyberwarfare. It also calls for the Navy to maintain all eleven of its aircraft carriers currently in operation. However, the budget proposal mandates the elimination of the entire fleet of Air Force A-10 attack aircraft, as well as the retiring of the U-2 spy plane, a stalwart of Cold War operations. 

The budget plan does keep money for the F-35 warplane, a project which has been beset by delays and criticism over design flaws. 

Other characteristics of the budget will likely draw further ire from veterans groups and members of Congress. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Hagel would recommend a limit on military pay raises, higher fees for health-care benefits, less generous housing allowances, and a one-year freeze on raises for top military brass.

“Personnel costs reflect some 50% of the Pentagon budget and cannot be exempted in the context of the significant cuts the department is facing,” Defense Department spokesman Adm. John Kirby told the Journal. “Secretary Hagel has been clear that, while we do not want to, we ultimately must slow the growth of military pay and compensation.”

“This is a real uphill battle with Congress,” Mieke Eoyang, director of the National Security Program at Third Way, a centrist think tank in Washington, told the Journal

“God bless [Hagel] for trying to get a handle on these costs,” she said. “But in this political environment, in an election year, it’s going to be hard for members of Congress to accept anything that’s viewed as taking benefits away from troops.”

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Allegheny College Calls Pro-Life Students "Dangerous"

Christine Rousselle | Feb 23, 2014

Allegheny College, a small liberal arts school in Pennsylvania, had an odd reaction to pro-life students who distributed flyers in academic buildings: they issued a campus alert, called the students “dangerous,” and treated it like a major security breach.

From the Daily Caller:

The incident occurred on Feb. 7. Apparently, someone slipped pro-life flyers under the doors of professors’ offices in the Arter, Quigley, Steffee and Arnold buildings. Joseph DiChristina, the dean of students at Allegheny, decided to treat this like a security breach, and wrote in an email to campus that security personnel were investigating it.

“Promoting a particular point of view through this type of anonymous method is seen as an act that is antithetical to the kind of environment where open dialogue and conversation can take place,” he wrote in the email. “We ask that individuals engage in respectful behavior that promotes a free exchange of ideas. It is important that we value all people and that we not promote behaviors that cause harm and that can be seen as intimidating.”

Allegheny officials had not released what was actually on the flyer, just that it contained pro-life content.

When I was in college, I had flyers advertising everything from community events to cheerleading tryouts slipped anonymously under my door. If the content of the flyer isn’t “threatening,” then the action cannot possibly be construed as such. Something is majorly fishy about this story and Allegheny College’s reaction.

Famous Presidential Lies

Famous Presidential Lies
Written by, To The Point News

LBJ:

  • We were attacked (in the Gulf of Tonkin)

Nixon:

  • I am not a crook

GHW Bush:

  • Read my lips – No New Taxes

Clinton:

  • I did not have sex with that woman… Miss Lewinski

GW Bush:

  • Iraq has weapons of mass destruction

Obama:

  • I will have the most transparent administration in history.
  • The stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs.
  • I am focused like a laser on creating jobs.
  • The IRS is not targeting anyone.
  • It was a spontaneous riot about a movie.
  • If I had a son.
  • I will put an end to the type of politics that “breeds division, conflict and cynicism”.
  • You didn’t build that!
  • I will restore trust in Government.
  • The Cambridge cops acted stupidly.
  • The public will have 5 days to look at every bill that lands on my desk
  • It’s not my red line – it is the world’s red line.
  • Whistle blowers will be protected in my administration. 
  • We got back every dime we used to rescue the banks and auto companies, with interest.
  • I am not spying on American citizens.
  • Obama Care will be good for America.
  • You can keep your family doctor.
  • Premiums will be lowered by $2500.
  • If you like it, you can keep your current healthcare plan.
  • It’s just like shopping at Amazon.
  • I knew nothing about “Fast and Furious” gunrunning to Mexican drug cartels.
  • I knew nothing about IRS targeting conservative groups.
  • I knew nothing about what happened in Benghazi.
  • I have never known my uncle from Kenya who is in the country illegally and that was arrested and told to leave the country over 20 years ago.
  • And, I have never lived with that uncle.  He finally admitted (12-05-2013) that he DID know his uncle and that he DID live with him.

And the biggest one of all:

  • “I, Barrack Hussein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.”

I believe we have a winner!

Using the government as an arm of a political party.

  • Posted by Judson Phillips on February 21, 2014 at 5:43pm in Tea Party Nation Forum
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    Democrats seen no difference between the government and their party.  That is when they control government.

    They also have no reservations about using the power of government to make sure their candidates get elected and Republicans are defeated. 

    We have seen a text book example of this in Wisconsin.

    From the Journal Sentinel:

    Gov. Scott Walker has a new opponent this year — a super PAC heavily funded by liberal billionaire George Soros.

    In anticipation of Walker’s re-election campaign this fall and possible presidential bid in 2016, American Bridge 21st Century is already hard at work in Wisconsin.

    The group unveiled on Wednesday a new website called JohnDoeWalker.com, devoted to exposing information about Walker. The site was launched the same day emails were released from a secret John Doe investigation into links between Walker’s staff and his political campaign.

    American Bridge received $1 million from the Soros Fund Management firm during the 2012 election cycle and funding from individual donors and labor unions. Organizers say they have committed about two dozen of their Washington, D.C.-based staff to poring over the 27,000 pages of emails.

    Soros is a backer of Hillary Clinton, widely viewed as the Democratic front-runner in the 2016 presidential race.

    Founded in November 2010 by author and liberal activist David Brock, the group grew out of a left-wing media watchdog group, Media Matters for America.

    American Bridge does opposition research on Republican office holders and candidates for president, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and for governor.

    The story here was very simple.  A Democrat prosecutor used the power of his office to investigate Scott Walker and compel the production of emails and documents.  Then they released them to find anything embarrassing that could hurt Scott Walker not only in his reelection but if he decides he wants to run for President in 2016.

    This is Democrat politics.  It is win at any cost so that the Democrats can keep power. 

    This is why the left is evil and a threat to freedom and liberty.

    Obama(S)care: Con Artists and Criminals in Charge

    Michelle Malkin | Feb 19, 2014

     

    Question: If Obamacare officials cannot prevent accused embezzlers from infiltrating their offices, how can they protect enrollees from grifters, con artists and thieves in the federal health insurance exchange system?

    Here in my home state, a director of Connect for Health Colorado — the state-sponsored Obamacare health insurance exchange — was just put on administrative leave. No, Christa Ann McClure did not go on leave over the chronic problems plaguing the cursed Connect for Health website. She’s on leave because she has been indicted for filching funds from her last employer in Montana.

    No, the guardians of Obamacare didn’t smoke her out on their own. McClure ‘fessed up only after the local Billings (Mont.) Gazette newspaper reported on the charges against her. She was indicted by a grand jury on Jan. 16. But her current state government employers did not find out until last week, when McClure finally informed them because the press had published the indictment.

    The Keystone Kops of the Colorado health exchange tell us they conducted “thorough” background checks of McClure. They say they “fully vetted” and investigated her references when they hired her last March for her six-figure job helming the state Obamacare office of “partner engagement.” Colorado officials say she was “well-qualified” for the Obamacare job, which involves being a “liaison” with other government agencies.

    But mum’s the word on who recommended her, which references they talked to and who in Colorado Democratic circles might have known about her history in Montana.

    The 12-page federal indictment is a blood-boiling document outlining government waste, fraud and abuse in the federal affordable housing racket. The feds say McClure siphoned untold amounts of money from the nonprofit group Housing Montana, which received a half-million-dollar federal grant to build homes for poor people.

    McClure allegedly was paying herself “significant sums” for bogus “consulting services” while also taking a full-time salary as executive director of the nonprofit. She is accused of raiding the organization’s funds for family expenses, personal travel and a laptop and lying to the IRS to obtain false reimbursements. She further defrauded the government by inflating her unused sick and annual leave hours. The feds say she also bilked Montana homeowners who participated in the federal affordable housing program by charging them for a fake $750 warranty and a $1,000 fee for “leasing tools.”

    Here’s another disturbing fact: In a classic dance of the lemons, McClure had bounced around successfully from government-funded job to job until now. The Montana state auditor’s office disclosed last week that McClure had managed three grants worth more than $2 million to implement Obamacare in that state. McClure worked on the project for three years at an annual salary of $98,000. She was “responsible for managing a broad range of contracts and making sure they got delivered on time,” according to The Billings Gazette.

    To whom did she deliver them, you ask? State auditors will be trying to find out now. McClure faces trial in June and up to 20 years on each of the eight charges of fraud and embezzlement.

    I’d like to be able to tell you that she’ll never work in another Obamacare job again. But take a look at California. Just a few weeks ago, Jillian Kay Melchior reported in National Review that “at least 43 convicted criminals are working as Obamacare navigators in California, including three individuals with records of significant financial crimes.” The crimes include forgery, petty theft, shoplifting, welfare fraud, child abuse and evading an officer.

    Only the best to handle your private medical data and sensitive financial information!

    And take a look at Oregon’s disastrous Obamacare exchange, Cover Oregon. While overseeing an over-budget and inoperable website subsidized to the tune of nearly $60 million in federal funds, project managers allegedly “initiated the design of dummy web pages to convince the federal government the project was further along than it actually was,” according to KATU-TV in Portland. A former Republican state legislator who served on the information technology oversight committee reported the whistleblowing allegations to the FBI. There is still no estimated completion date for the dysfunctional project, and the woman in charge of implementing the system is now in California, refusing to answer questions about her role.

    “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it,” Nancy Pelosi infamously brayed in 2010. Ever since, Obamacare has revealed its true and horrifying colors: It’s not salvation. It’s a criminal enterprise rooted in ideological fraud.

    Hollywood’s Hypocritical Exit From California

    Katie Pavlich | Feb 18, 2014

    For years big, liberal Hollywood executives have inked new movie deals that are filmed not in tax burdened California, but in the tax friendly south. Townhall’s John Hanlon wrote about this phenomenon in the February 2013 edition of Townhall Magazine:

    In the 2011 blockbuster “Battle: Los Angeles,” the City of Angels faced an attack from an outside force that threatened everyone in the town and their way of life.
    In reality, though the alien enemy from that film doesn’t exist, an outside force has significantly undercut the vibrancy of a town known for its vast array of film and television productions. The external force? Tax credits, which are quickly moving film and television productions far away from the Hollywood Hills.
    The production of “Battle: Los Angeles” brings this situation into stark focus.
    Ironically enough, the movie about aliens attacking Los Angeles was predominantly shot far away from the city it portrayed. Much of “Battle: Los Angeles” was actually filmed in Louisiana, a state that is taking full advantage of California’s high taxes and helping to create a burgeoning industry in the state. As the Los Angeles Times reported, “Except for the movie’s opening sequences at Camp Pendleton and the alien beach attack in Santa Monica, 90% of the film was shot in Louisiana’s capital, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport in the northwest part of the state.”
    This wasn’t the first time that Hollywood surrendered a major production to a state that was actively competing with California for business. What is interesting, though, is that despite seeing the effect a higher tax burden is having in their industry as productions head to the South, many celebrities continue to extol the virtues of higher taxes.

    Now, the Daily Caller reports Hollywood is demanding the state give the industry a tax break to operate in California despite re-electing big tax promoter Jerry Brown as Governor and “the rich should pay their fair share” President Barack Obama. Until then, the industry won’t suck it up, pay the taxes (because it’s only fair the rich pay more) and stay in California. Instead, Hollywood will continue to do business in states with fewer taxes.

    Film Works, an entertainment-industry advocate organization, recently launched an online petition asking California’s film and TV enthusiasts to lobby lawmakers to create greater incentives for production to stay within state borders.
    While operating costs in California have grown more expensive over the past decade, other states and countries have established film tax credits in an effort to bring production to their territory.
    If California does not pass similar legislation, Film Works warns, the state will lose hold of one of its most iconic industries.
    “We are now greatly concerned that the state’s status as the epicenter for motion picture production is at risk,” the petition reads.
    “If policymakers fail to make our state more competitive, the film industry in California will face the same fate as other industries, including aerospace, which resulted in hundreds of thousands of jobs permanently leaving California for other states.”

    Heavy taxes kill entire industries? Who knew! Once again Hollywood liberals, deficient of basic economic knowledge, have proven to be useful idiots sealing their fate outside of The Golden State. Here are some headline flashbacks just in case some people aren’t quite seeing the hypocrisy:

    Top Hollywood Executives Turn Out For Jerry Brown Fundraiser

    Alan Horn & Other Studio Bosses Set Big Jerry Brown Fundraiser Next Month

    Californians approve massive tax hike on the wealthy

    Jerry Brown’s Tax Cliff

    Pay up Hollywood, it’s only fair.

    The Free Beacon Offends the Clintons

    Brent Bozell | Feb 19, 2014

    Media liberals are howling at the apparent injustice of the “anti-Clinton” Washington Free Beacon website, which has dared to paw through old Hillary Clinton history. The hypocrisy is stunning. Let us recall the avalanche of mean-spirited and sleazy “fair game” the networks assembled for us just a few years ago in the last election cycle.

    Sarah Palin? She didn’t even run, but NBC and Savannah Guthrie needed no documentary evidence to repeat every scurrilous accusation of leftist author Joe McGinniss: She was a horrible mother who used her children as props. Her marriage was a mess of incessant fighting on the verge of divorce. Both Palins used cocaine. And Sarah Palin once slept with pro basketball player Glen Rice.

    Michele Bachmann? ABC’s Brian Ross used a leftist gay activist from the group Truth Wins Out to create a “pray away the gay” scandal around Michele Bachmann’s therapist husband, Marcus.

    Rick Perry? CBS anchor Jeff Glor warned of a “race-related firestorm” broken by the Washington Post, a nothing burger that a hunting camp leased by the Perry family had a rock marker with the N-word on it — which the Perrys painted over — decades ago.

    Herman Cain? The networks aired 100 stories relaying anonymous charges of sexual harassment against Cain before there was an accuser with a name and a face. Shameless George Stephanopoulos dismissed Cain for low character: “There are just too many questions about his honesty, his judgment, his experience, his organization.” NBC’s Chuck Todd clucked he was a dead man walking.

    Newt Gingrich? ABC’s Brian Ross eagerly prompted Newt Gingrich’s second wife Marianne Gingrich to tell all about her claim that Newt asked for an open marriage: “You know his secrets. You know his skeletons,” he said hungrily.

    Rick Santorum? NBC’s Michael Isikoff jumped right in with this utterly unnecessary attack on his wife Karen: “Newsweek reported that before she married Santorum, she had a six-year live-in relationship with a Pittsburgh abortion doctor 40 years her senior.”

    Stories from Mitt Romney’s private life were routinely “fair game,” from the Washington Post’s story that Romney may have cut another boy’s hair as a prank in high school in 1965 to the alleged horror that the family dog rode inside a cartop carrier on a vacation trip to Canada in 1983.

    Keep all that in mind as NBC’s Andrea Mitchell raged on the “Nightly News” about “inflammatory excerpts” from papers from the late Diane Blair, one of Hillary Clinton’s closest friends in Arkansas. “Blair did not survive to provide context for her diary. Now Republicans say her notes are fair game.” She concluded: “Hillary Clinton had no comment on a campaign already brutal two years before it’s begun.”

    Those dastardly Republicans. They are so … brutal! Dear, Mitchell: before any lectures about campaign brutality, explain where you were while mud was splattering on Palin, Santorum, Cain, etc. Mitchell’s appointed left-wing expert at the University of Arkansas, Angie Maxwell, complained that the Free Beacon account was “very cherry-picked, it’s very selected.” So was every network story on Republicans listed above.

    Mitchell continued to complain on her own MSNBC show, claiming that the whole focus on Blair’s papers was out of context: “What we have so far … are things out of context without corroboration, and it’s not clear when she’s — Diane Blair’s quoting herself paraphrasing Hillary Clinton versus what Hillary Clinton said.”

    What Mitchell quite clearly implied is that to explore Hillary Clinton’s history is to take Hillary out of context — unless you support her. Whatever Hillary wants to talk about her life’s work is current and fresh. Whatever Hillary’s critics want to discuss about her record is out-of-context and unfair.

    Mitchell cherry-picked this quote from Blair’s notes for her NBC story, since it’s apparently Hillary in context: “I’m a proud woman. I’m not stupid. I know I should do more to suck up to the press. I know it confuses people when I change my hairdos. I know I should pretend not to have any opinions, but I’m just not going to. I’m used to winning, and I intend to win on my own terms.”

    That same old win-on-my-terms ruthlessness is exactly what the Clintons are practicing against the Free Beacon: “Nothing to see here, folks. Everything negative about us is old news.”

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