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Obama Daily Show Interview: DNC Emails Contents “Routine”

What a great liar he’s been. Interview video here

As a quick refresher, here’s what Obama called “routine”:

1.      DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was caught red-handed trying to ensure Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders. The revelation resulted in her resignation from the DNC.

2.      Democrats planned to use Sanders’ religion against him, hoping Kentucky and West Virginia voters would oppose his based on his Jewish heritage.

3.      The Clinton camp mocked Catholic conservatives, suggesting they’re only pretending to be Catholic so as to win votes.

4.      CNN’s Donna Brazile was exposed leaking questions to Hillary Clinton in advance of a townhall event.

5.      Politico’s Glenn Thrush was caught sending articles to the Clinton campaign before publication, offering them a chance to edit his copy.

6.      Politico’s Kenneth Vogel was caught doing the same.

7.      CNBC’s John Harwood was caught asking John Podesta for an interview with Hillary, promising he wouldn’t ask her any hard questions.

8.      One DNC staffer said it was “fucking stupid” Obama wasn’t spending more time helping them raise money.

9.      DNC staffers treated their donors with repeated disrespect, sometimes referring to them as “clowns.” 

10. The DNC was caught violating FEC violating donation limits to non-multicandidate PACs. 

11. Other emails found DNC staffers mocking Hispanics, gays, and Republicans.

12. Perhaps most damning, one showed the DNC panicking after Obama claimed in an interview not to have known about Hillary’s secret server — as all parties were apparently aware this was untrue.

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How Bad is Obama’s New Budget?

“Children that won’t even be born for decades will inherit enormous debts that have been racked up today on drones, bombs, and wars that were waged in our era.

President Obama’s most recent budget makes this abundantly clear.

The new budget projects spending $2.548 TRILLION just on MANDATORY programs like Social Security and Medicare. Another $426 billion will be necessary just to pay interest on the debt.

In total, this is over 99% of ALL the tax revenue the government collected in 2014.

In other words, they’ll spend nearly ALL of their current tax revenue before they write a single check for anything we think of as government (like the military, the IRS, or the light bill at the White House).

Naturally they’re not planning on turning off the lights anytime soon. So they finance the rest of it with… debt.”

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Where are the “humanitarians” who pushed for war in Libya?

Via Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept:

Just three years after NATO’s military intervention in Libya ended and was widely heralded by its proponents as a resounding success, that country is in complete collapse.

Obama: Congress Must Stop ‘Draconian Cuts’ to Military Spending

“Speaking today after a meeting at the Pentagon, President Obama pushed the idea that Congress needs to completely do away with even the pretense of sequestration with respect to military spending, saying they have to prevent the “draconian cuts” mandated.

Sequestration, agreed to because of a rising deficit, was supposed to slow the rate of growth for military spending.”

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The “rate of growth”. That means NO ACTUAL CUTS. And it’s still “draconian”. What is scary here for me is that the right calls Obama “weak” on defense. He has even stopped pretending to care about cutting back on the warfare state. The original story can be found at The Hill. Defense Secretary Hagel makes an appearance:

Hagel has said the Army would shed 20,000 active-duty soldiers if sequestration cuts take effect, a step that would endanger its ability to fight two major conflicts at the same time. The National Guard would also lose 40,000 soldiers, while the Army Reserve would draw down 20,000 soldiers, Hagel said.”

This is all opinion. They could cut contractors with defense contractors. They could cut military bases overseas. They could cut general’s salaries. But no. They must use the threat of some 80,000 troops losing their jobs instead. The troops are always the first to suffer. Like children in schools. You never see a cut in education spending ever affect the administration.

Also, GOOD. So the Pentagon can’t fight two major conflicts at the same time. Where do these conflicts intertwine with actual national security?

Netanyahu Says White House Criticism of West Bank Settlements: “Un-American”

Says the non-American. Everything is man says is doublespeak:

 Israel’s prime minister dismissed a recent White House rebuke of Israeli settlement construction, saying in comments broadcast on Sunday that the criticism goes “against American values.”

Netanyahu said he does not accept restrictions on where Jews could live, and said that Jerusalem’s Arabs and Jews should be able to buy homes wherever they want.

He said he was “baffled” by the American condemnation. “It’s against the American values. And it doesn’t bode well for peace,” he said. “The idea that we’d have this ethnic purification as a condition for peace, I think it’s anti-peace.” The interview was recorded Thursday.

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But when his political party states that Israel is a JEWISH STATE, that is not pushing for “ethnic purification”. He also believes above that not allowing Israeli Jews to illegally build settlements on someone else’s property is “anti-peace”.

Fuck this guy.

Obama Adminstration Covered Up War Crimes in Afghanistan – Amnesty International

“The U.S. military has systematically covered up or disregarded “abundant and compelling evidence” of war crimes, torture, and unlawful killings in Afghanistan as recently as last year, according to a report by Amnesty International published today in Kabul.

The human rights organization alleges that the U.S. military has routinely failed to properly investigate reports of criminal behavior and, in some instances, tampered with evidence to conceal wrongdoing. On the rare occasions when servicemen are held to account, the report found that the compromised military justice system seldom secured justice for the victims of enforced disappearances, killings, and abuse that included torture.”

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Air Strikes in Iraq

Sweet. Air strikes in Iraq. That’ll work for a couple months until the civlians start hating our presence more than the extremists we armed. Again.

Iraq. 3 states in one. Brought to you by George Bush and the Islamic Council from Iran. Fought a war just give the southern part of the country to the Shia of Iran.

Obama Just Found Another Way to Make College for Expensive

“The main difference is that unlike them, it’ll explicitly rate colleges by their “accessibility and affordability” and, if Congress agrees, tie federal aid to the score they get. Colleges that admit more Pell grant students will get a higher ranking and therefore more aid. This sounds great, but in reality it means that existing federal aid will beget more federal aid.

 It gets worse. One of the most under-reported aspects of administration’s scorecard is its loan forgiveness provision. Currently, “new borrowers” who obtained their first federal student loan after 2007 are eligible to signup for something called the “Pay As You Earn” program. This program caps their loan repayment at 10 percent of their income for 20 years after which the remainder is written off. (For professions such as nursing it takes only 10 years to get the write off.) In other words, students take loans according to their needs, and repay them according to their ability and hit taxpayers for the rest. The president wants to expand this socialist prescription to all students who receive federal loans.”

“One reason college costs have grown 27 percent beyond inflation over the last five years is that parents are picking up an ever smaller share of their kids’ college costs and the government (and other) grants ever more, according to a report last year by Sallie Mae, agovernment-sponsored enterprise that manages student debt. Loan forgiveness will shift this equation even more toward the government, giving students even less reason to seek—and colleges less reason to become—more cost-effective institutions.

Ultimately, if the administration wants to make college affordable, it’ll have to stop reading the Communist Manifesto and curb inflation. And in order to curb inflation, it’ll have to give parents information—and incentives—to be better shoppers.”

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Directive 3025.18 – President Has Authority to Use Military Force Against Civilians

“Directive No. 3025.18, “Defense Support of Civil Authorities,” was issued Dec. 29, 2010, and states that U.S. commanders “are provided emergency authority under this directive.”

 

 “Federal military forces shall not be used to quell civil disturbances unless specifically authorized by the president in accordance with applicable law or permitted under emergency authority,” the directive states.

 

 “In these circumstances, those federal military commanders have the authority, in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the president is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation, to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbancesunder two conditions.

 The conditions include military support needed “to prevent significant loss of life or wanton destruction of property and are necessary to restore governmental function and public order.”

 

A second use is when federal, state and local authorities “are unable or decline to provide adequate protection for federal property or federal governmental functions.”

 

 “Federal action, including the use of federal military forces, is authorized when necessary to protect the federal property or functions,” the directive states.

 

 Military assistance can include loans of arms, ammunition, vessels and aircraft. The directive states clearly that it is for engaging civilians during times of unrest.

 

 A U.S. official said the Obama administration considered but rejected deploying military force under the directive during the recent standoff with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his armed supporters.

Don’t worry folks, drones are not acceptable.

 ““Use of armed [unmanned aircraft systems] is not authorized,”

 This document brings into question the comments of the president at the National Defense University a year ago:

President Obama stated at the National Defense University a year ago: “I do not believe it would be constitutional for the government to target and kill any U.S. citizen — with a drone or with a shotgun — without due process, nor should any president deploy armed drones over U.S. soil.”

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The full Department of Defense document.

Rand Paul to Place “Hold” on Court Nominees Over Drone Policy

http://media.thehill.com/services/player/bcpid2764968420001?bctid=3538362614001&bckey=AQ~~,AAAAAEA-5AE~,7pYsU79IKz2CXW_BSQItHbG6JoyZCfQ5

“Sen. Rand Paul has warned Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that he will place a hold on one of President Obama’s appellate court nominees because of his role in crafting the legal basis for Obama’s drone policy.”