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White House Annoyed Networks Won’t Carry Immigration Announcement

By on 11.20.14 | 3:51PM

Not a single major network will air Barack Obama's major announcement on immigration tonight since it's November sweeps and Barack Obama is not nearly as interesting to watch as whatever passes for primetime programming in a sweeps month. And the White House has taken to whining to DC reporters that it's simply not fair.

“In 2006, Bush gave a 17 minute speech that was televised by all three networks that was about deploying 6000 national guard troops to the border. Obama is making a 10 minute speech that will have a vastly greater impact on the issue. And none of the networks are doing it. We can’t believe they were aggrieved that we announced this on Facebook,” a senior administration official told POLITICO.

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Taking a Bite Out of The Obamacare Enrollment Numbers

By on 11.20.14 | 2:43PM

Back in September, the Obama Administration announced with great fanfare that it had enrolled 7.3 million Americans into Obamacare exceeding its goal of 7 million.

Well, like nearly everything else associated with Obamacare, this number turns out to be a lie. Officials with the Department of Health & Human Services admitted that 400,000 of that figure were actually enrollments onto dental plans. If not for that sleight of hand, the Obama Administration would not have achieved its goal. Revised figures show that Obamacare enrollment stands at approximately 6.7 million.

Of course, the Obama Administration isn't forthcoming about how many of those 6.7 million lost health their insurance coverage after Obamacare was implemented beginning in October 2013.

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Al Sharpton Owes $4M in Back Taxes Because of Racism or Something

By on 11.20.14 | 2:41PM

Yesterday, the New York Times revealed that Al Sharpton owes around $4.5 million in back taxes to state and local authorities. They also noted that, while Al Sharpton has commented before that he's been slowly paying off his tax obligations, his accounts have allegedly grown with the state, alongside numerous overdue accounts for travel, hotel, entertainment, rent and private school tuition. 

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The Terrifying Machinations of ‘Big Pistachio’

By on 11.20.14 | 2:38PM

When a writer wants to make an industry sound ominous, all he has to do is capitalize its name and add the word "Big" in front. There's…

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Jim Webb is Running for President

By on 11.20.14 | 1:42PM

In a fourteen-minute video statement released this morning, Jim Webb, former Senator and Reagan Democrat, has announced that he will seek the nomination for President in 2016. Theoretically, he's the first Democrat to officially announce, but nowhere in his fourteen-minute long speech does Jim Webb ever actually indicate which party he's running for. So your guess is as good as mine.

He does mention that the Democratic party has changed significantly, though, from the party of apple pie, baseball and children who never got muddy to the party of people who will go out of their way to pretend they have no actual ideology. 

The Democratic Party used to be the place where people like these could come not for a handout but for an honest handshake, good full-time jobs, quality education, health care they can afford, and the vital, overriding belief that we’re all in this together and the system is not rigged.

We can get there again. The American Dream does survive.

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Thoughts on Rand Paul’s Meeting with Al Sharpton

By on 11.20.14 | 1:03PM

So Rand Paul sees fit to meet with Al Sharpton "to discuss criminal justice issues and more".

Put aside the recent developments concerning Reverend Al's tax troubles. This is the same Al Sharpton who has more than anyone in America stoked the threats of violence in Ferguson should the grand jury render a decision not to their liking. Anyone who still thinks the GOP nominating Paul to be its presidential nominee in 2016 is a good idea should pause to consider Paul's judgment in seeking out Sharpton in the first place. Paul's press secretary states, “This meeting is another example of Senator Paul’s willingness to work across the aisle to solve our nation’s problems.”

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Israel Eases Gun Control Following Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

By on 11.20.14 | 11:18AM

Yesterday, Israel's Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch announced that gun control measures would be eased in Jerusalem and 41 other municipalities across Israel. This announcement comes in the wake of the attack on the Jerusalem synagogue which left five people dead including three American rabbis as well as other attacks which have taken place at various bus and train stations across Israel by Hamas terrorists over the past several weeks.

I find this very interesting. Typically when there are mass shootings in the United States the clamor is for more gun control by the liberal media and elected officials especially President Obama.

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Guess Which Flag Makes Berkeley Students Angrier! Israel or ISIS?

By on 11.20.14 | 10:40AM

I saw this tweet from an AmSpec alum Philip Klein which links to a website called The Right Scoop which posted a YouTube video by Ami Horowitz who stands on the campus of Berkeley first waving an ISIS flag and then an Israeli flag.

Guess which flag makes Berkeley students angrier?

But then why should we be surprised when President Obama gets angrier at Israel than he does at ISIS, not to mention Iran.

 

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Mike Nichols, R.I.P.

By on 11.20.14 | 10:14AM

Mike Nichols, director of film and Broadway, died suddenly last night of a heart attack. He was 83.

Born in Germany, Nichols was sent to America along with his brother in 1938 as anti-Semitic measures against Jews intensified.

Nichols would study medicine, but his real passion was the theater and through the theater would meet Elaine May. They would come to national prominence in the late 1950's and early 1960's as the comedy duo Nichols & May.

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Could Ferguson Grand Jury Indict Wilson to Avoid Riots?

By on 11.19.14 | 10:35PM

Obviously officials in Missouri are preparing for the worst where it concerns the decision of the grand jury concerning the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

Clearly many expect Wilson not to be indicted as the evidence suggests that Wilson shot Brown in self defense.

Yet the grand jury is surely not ignorant of what has been developing and know what scrutiny they are under. Given this pressure, is it possible the grand jury could return an indictment against Wilson to avoid a riot?

Needless to say, it would be wrong to indict Wilson if there is no legal foundation for doing so. It could also make things worse if Wilson ends up being acquitted. Of course, the jury could end up convicting Wilson for the sake of avoiding a riot. Where would the justice be in that?

 

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