December 15, 2012

Obama vs Charitable Deductions?

From One News Now:

Obama working to reduce deductions for charitable giving

According to a story in The Washington Post, the president sees the move as part of his plan to reduce the federal deficit..

If Obama has his way, the government would limit the charitable deduction for high-income earners, the people that groups such as the Red Cross and the United Way depend upon for donations.

According to the Post story, non-profit group leaders say lowering or eliminating the deduction would reduce giving by wealthy donors. Studies have shown that people would donate less if the deduction were reduced, but estimates of the effect vary widely.

The newspaper report also notes that in recent meetings and phone calls, White House aides have been pressing nonprofits to get behind the president on this issue as he tries to reduce the federal deficit and avert the “fiscal cliff” facing the nation.

American Family Radio’s financial expert Dan Celia, however, suspects there is more to the president’s plan than meets the eye.

“When we hear the president or any other administrative person talk about this — saying Well, for families making $250,000, if you’re in a 35-percent tax bracket, you’re going from a 35-percent credit to a 28-percent credit for your charitable deductions — that’s going to be the headline you’re hearing,” he said.

But Celia contends that the 28-percent number being reported is actually a cap — one that includes mortgage deductions.

“And frankly, it includes all itemized deductions, including the mortgage interest deductions, other interest deductions and such, along with the charitable deductions,” he said Friday morning on American Family Radio. “So it’s not reducing just the charitable deduction — but that’s the argument they’re going to make.”

Now, why does that NOT come as a surprise? Perhaps the next step will be to nationalize the charities that contribute the most to liberals’ campaigns and, through the over-bureaucratization that is a hallmark of left-hand government, manage to make these charities exponentially more expensive to the taxpayer than they are while supported by deductible contributions.

by @ 10:45 am. Filed under The President

December 7, 2012

A “Slip of the Times”?

The NYT apparently couldn’t go on ignoring one of their usual “ignore this because it casts a liberal administration in a bad light” stories, so…

From Political Outcast:

New York Times Wakes Up, Admits U.S. Weapons Went to Islamists

It’s hard for most people to deny what’s right in front of them.

That hasn’t kept the New York Times from trying.

Months after all us “wingnut conservatives” realized the Obama Administration was arming Islamists in North Africa and the Middle East, the New York Times has finally run a story about U.S. weapons being sent to Libyan fighters and winding up in Islamist hands.

Don’t get too excited, though. It doesn’t mean the NYT has finally returned to the old-fashioned notion of journalism, asking questions and being the public’s government watchdog.

The NYT only goes so far as to admit that the Administration “secretly” approved giving arms to Libyans in Qatar and then became “worried” that some weapons were being put in Islamist hands by the Qataris.

The article blames the Qataris and a lack of CIA personnel overseeing the program for the “wrong” people being armed.

It also insists there’s no evidence that any of the U.S. weapons were involved in the murders of the ambassador and other U.S. personnel in Benghazi, Libya.


The money and weapons from Qatar, which we gave them. … First, it was a video’s fault, then it was Hillary Clinton’s fault, then it was everyone in the D.C. food chain’s fault, now it’s some unnamed Qataris’ fault. The buck certainly does not stop anywhere near this Oval Office, does it?


The entire piece is here.

by @ 10:27 am. Filed under The Mainstream Media, The Mideast, The President

December 1, 2012

O’s Way or the Highway

From Freedom Outpost:

Apparently Barack Obama’s fiscal cliff proposal is so one-sided, partisan, and ridiculous that Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell says he “burst into laughter” during the talks on Thursday when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner explained the Obama administration’s proposal to avert the fiscal cliff.

Obama’s fiscal cliff proposal is so one-sided, partisan, and ridiculous…

Of course it is, we’re talking B. Hussein, here!

Read the rest.

November 26, 2012

I don’t know how new/old/or whatever this is,

but having only just run across it, I must place it here for posterity (or something). :-)

by @ 9:43 am. Filed under The President

Obama and the “Arab Spring”

I recall our president’s elation at the outset of the so-called Arab Spring, when he was outspoken in his desire to see the likes of Mubarak being replaced by an Egyptian statesman who would promote democracy in the land of the pyramids and the Sphinx.

Now that an Islamist has taken over and declared himself dictator — the first step in establishing a fanatical, hardcore, Talibanic fundamentalist Islamic state whose dogmas and general output would be good for neither the west nor Israel — there doesn’t appear to be much comment emerging from the same White House.

From The Foundry

Morsi has set Egypt on a troubling new foreign policy course since coming to power in June. His government has distanced itself from Washington while cozying up to China, improving relations with Iran, and violating its peace treaty with Israel.

He has escalated Egypt’s cooperation with Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood that controls Gaza and remains adamantly committed to Israel’s destruction. Morsi’s Islamist-dominated government has cracked down on Egypt’s media and has announced that Egyptian journalists will be put on trial for “insults” to the president. Morsi’s government is systematically clamping down on Egyptians’ political, social, and cultural freedoms. Yet the Obama Administration naively continues to court it as a partner.

Morsi may calculate that his help in administering Band-Aids to the festering Israeli-Palestinian conflict will make the United States and others who give aid to Egypt think twice before trying to reverse his power grab.

The Obama Administration was working on an aid package to Egypt that includes forgiving approximately $1 billion of Egypt’s debt to the United States. This is in addition to about $1.5 billion in annual U.S. foreign aid.

When protesters tore down the American flag at the U.S. embassy in Cairo on September 11, Morsi’s public reaction was nonchalant. Instead of immediately denouncing the attack and taking action to upgrade security around the embassy—as Libyan and Yemeni leaders have done after similar events—Morsi waited a day before casually issuing a mild rebuke to the rioters via Facebook.

The Obama Administration should leverage U.S. aid to pressure the Egyptian leader to respect the rule of law, abide by the decisions of Egypt’s courts, and abandon his drive for absolute power. Morsi has exploited external crises in the past to advance his own ambitions. In August, he used a Sinai terrorist attack that killed Egyptian soldiers as a pretext to purge the Egyptian army of its top Mubarak-era holdovers. Now he has done the same with the judiciary….

Barack Hussein Obama, where are you? Hiding under the what???? Oh, you’re not hiding, you’re down on your knees, derrier in the air on your prayer rug, thanking Allah for another Islamist victory?

It figures….

by @ 8:49 am. Filed under The Mideast, The President

November 21, 2012

Maybe We Need A “Stay At Home” President

This would certainly be better than a guy who travels the globe embracing tyranny on our “behalf”…

Obama in Burma, Appeasing Another Dictatorship

Burma is a society under tyranny. The military government has a record of human rights violations such as genocide, systematic rape, slavery, sex trafficking and child labor.

The government is so reprehensible, in fact, that many civilized countries refuse to acknowledge the name Myanmar, which is the official name of the country since the military junta changed it in 1989.

As such, you would expect the country to receive some stern words from the president of the freest country on Earth, something along similar lines to “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” perhaps.

Instead, President Obama, fresh off his re-election, was out kissing up to another dictatorship today when he spoke in Burma. In his honor, the Burmese government release several dozen prisoners.

It wasn’t exactly an apology tour this time, but he pointedly referred to the country as Myanmar, throwing a bone to the country’s dictatorship, when U.S. policy for years has been to call it Burma.

During his speech, Obama assured his audience that “the United States of America is with you.”

Right, we are with them. To be a little more accurate, Barack Obama is with them.

The Godfather Politics article continues:

He also threw in some of his usual socialist happy talk about how important it is for people to be allowed to own the land they live on, unless they become too wealthy, in which case their wealth needs to be redistributed.

Obama was there to pump up trade relations and congratulate Burma on its “transition” to a more mercantile society, nothing more. There was some pap about empowering young people, “investing in you” and so on in a country where people are still held as political prisoners for speaking up and where brutal treatment of anyone who steps out of line is still the order of the day.

But the most tooth-gnashing part of the speech was hearing the supposed leader of the free world tell an audience under dictatorship, “Now, on other hand, as president, I cannot just impose my will on Congress — the Congress of the United States — even though sometimes I wish I could.”

Why not just say, “Gee, you guys are really on to something with this tyranny thing”?

The joke, of course, is that Obama has imposed his will on Congress more than once, during the whole Obamacare “debate” and most notably when he wrote, passed and authorized amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants through executive order.

Once again, America’s principles are undercut by the man in the Oval Office.

…and giving away the farm (naturally, on our “behalf”)

White House Announces $6 Billion to Promote Clean Energy – in Asia

The White House announced the federal government will spend $6 billion over four years for a “sustainable energy future” plan with Asian countries that involves loaning tax dollars to other countries to increase their purchasing power for U.S. technology, services and equipment.

“Recognizing that energy and the environment are among the most pressing issues confronting our region, President Obama, in partnership with Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and President of the Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, today proposed the U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Partnership for a Sustainable Energy Future,” the White House announced Tuesday as Obama visits Asian Pacific countries.

The initiative comes after the Obama administration has been criticized for spending billions to subsidize U.S.-based green energy companies that went on to declare bankruptcy, including Solyndra, Ener1, A123, Beacon Power and other failed renewable energy ventures.

The White House announcement goes on to say that, “The United States will provide up to $6 billion to support the partnership.” Most of that will come from the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which will launch a $5 billion export credit financing program to certain Asian countries over the next four years “to increase access to American technology, services and equipment to implement energy infrastructure.”

Again, the CNS News link, so you can read the whole piece.

If someone doesn’t revoke His Majesty’s passport soon….

by @ 12:06 pm. Filed under The President

October 26, 2012

B. Hussein & Hillary, Real Pieces of Work

It’s plain to see why the Democrats in various states don’t want to give our military personnel stationed overseas, particularly in combat theatres, elbow room to vote when time permits:

From Michelle Malkin –

What About the Camp Bastion Attack?

Three days after the bloody 9/11 siege on our consulate in Benghazi, the Taliban waged an intricately coordinated, brutal attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. The murderous jihadists released video exactly one month ago this week showing off their training exercises in preparation for the assault. Where are the questions?

Where’s the accountability? Where’s the Obama administration? Where’s the press? Where’s the outrage?

Two heroic U.S. Marines were killed in the battle. Their names — Lt. Col. Christopher Raible and Sgt. Bradley Atwell — have not been uttered publicly by the commander in chief. Their arrival back in the U.S., in flag-draped coffins, was not broadcast on network TV. But their brothers-in-arms did not and will not forget. And neither must we.

Read On…

And then, there’s this one from Weekly Standard:

Charles Woods, the father of Tyrone Woods, who was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attack at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, reveals details of meeting Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at the publically broadcast memorial service for the slain Americans at Andrews Air Force Base only days after the attack. And, in a recent radio appearance, Woods publicly questions who made the call not to send in back-up forces to possibly save his son’s life, as well as the three other Americans killed in Benghazi (which includes the American ambassador to Libya).

“When [Obama] came over to our little area” at Andrew Air Force Base, says Woods, “he kind of just mumbled, you know, ‘I’m sorry.’ His face was looking at me, but his eyes were looking over my shoulder like he could not look me in the eye. And it was not a sincere, ‘I’m really sorry, you know, that your son died,’ but it was totally insincere, more of whining type, ‘I’m sorry.’”

Woods says that shaking President Obama’s hands at his son’s memorial service was “like shaking hands with a dead fish.”

“It just didn’t feel right,” he says of his encounter with the commander in chief. “And now that it’s coming out that apparently the White House situation room was watching our people die in real time, as this was happening,” Woods says, he wants answers on what happened—and why there was no apparent effort to save his son’s life.

“Well, this is what Hillary did,” Woods continues. “She came over and, you know, did the same thing—separately came over and talked with me. I gave her a hug, shook her hand. And she did not appear to be one bit sincere—at all. And you know, she mentioned that the thing about, we’re going to have that person arrested and prosecuted that did the video. That was the first time I had even heard about anything like that.”

Yes, the indifference of this administration to our nation’s military, the people who put life and limb on the line on our behalf, is once again manifesting itself, not surprisingly, as it did when a campaigning B. Hussein Obama went to Afghanistan back in 2008 to talk to some brass, blatantly ignored troops who stood waiting to greet him after he arrived, then staged a fake photo op basketball shoot by himself that was supposed to look as though he were “shooting hoops” with the troops.

What an insincere hemorrhoid a whole lot of uninformed, flat out ignorant or simply America hating *ss#0!es subjected us to when they voted this creature into the White House four years ago.

Let’s hope we don’t see the same mistake made again!

October 23, 2012

Obama: “Bird of a Feather?”

They do, as they say (birds of a feather) flock together or, to go with another maxim, you are judged by the company you keep.

From the Investigative Project on Terrorism:

A Red Carpet for Radicals at the White House

A year-long investigation by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) has found that scores of known radical Islamists made hundreds of visits to the Obama White House, meeting with top administration officials.

Court documents and other records have identified many of these visitors as belonging to groups serving as fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and other Islamic militant organizations.

The IPT made the discovery combing through millions of White House visitor log entries. IPT compared the visitors’ names with lists of known radical Islamists. Among the visitors were officials representing groups which have:

Been designated by the Department of Justice as unindicted co-conspirators in terrorist trials; Extolled Islamic terrorist groups including Hamas and Hizballah;
Obstructed terrorist investigations by instructing their followers not to cooperate with law enforcement;

Promoted the incendiary conspiratorial allegation that the United States is engaged in a “war against Islam”— a leading tool in recruiting Muslims to carry out acts of terror;
Repeatedly claimed that many of the Islamic terrorists convicted since 9-11 were framed by the U.S government as part of an anti-Muslim profiling campaign.

Individuals from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) visited the White House at least 20 times starting in 2009. In 2008, CAIR was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorist money laundering case in U.S. history – the trial of the Holy Land Foundation in which five HLF officials were convicted of funneling money to Hamas.

You can read the entire piece here.

And this guy’s actually not only sitting in the Oval Office, but there are voters who actually want to keep him there!

by @ 10:34 am. Filed under Questionable Relationships, The President

October 22, 2012

Talkin’ ’bout

The Prezeedent.

At least, inbound President (c’mon, January!) Mitt Romney

and Jersey Gov Chris Christie


by @ 12:11 pm. Filed under Election 2012, Mitt Romney, The President

October 16, 2012

America Haters, the Information Challenged and Entitlement Parasites

Those are the only three kinds of people who could possibly want to vote for Barack Hussein Obama’s reelection.

America haters, obviously. Information challenged… these are the idjits who listen to all the lefty hyperbole and think CNN, the NYT, MSN and the rest of that ilk are honest, fair or even remotely patriotic disseminators of current events. Entitlement parasites; these are largely people (apartment dwellers, according to the new liberal interpretation) who grew up in welfare families and who believe a hard day’s work is sitting in social services offices all day vying for free housing and monthly checks, both on the backs of the taxpayer, who do not believe they should have to work like most people.

So the above will have no problem voting for a “progressive” whose greatest skill is lying.

And the lies that prompted the above video were only a few among many.

Obama Was Golfing While Bin Laden Plan Unfolded Without Him

The Obama Administration has repeatedly spiked the football on President Obama’s “brave call” to order the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Given the Administration’s policy of placating enemies, it was the one event that stood out as demonstrating something like an American backbone.

According to a new report, however, the White House’s version of how it all happened is a lie.

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely has produced a report citing an insider intelligence source that claims the mission to kill bin Laden was hatched and given the go-ahead by Intelligence Director Leon Panetta and other White House staffers who deliberately kept the president out of the loop until the last minute.

According to the report, the reason Panetta, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Adm. Bill Mullen and Gen. David Petraeus went behind the president’s back is because Obama had rejected three previous kill missions on bin Laden earlier in the year.

Panetta was the leader of the subversives and signed off on the final “go” order. Only after the SEALs were committed did anyone go find Obama on the golf course and clue him in.

Obama “did not know of the raid in Abbottabad to kill Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011, until after the helicopters with SEAL Team 6 had crossed into Pakistani airspace,” Vallely wrote.

And the Godfather Politics article migrates into still darker territory:

According to the book “Leading From Behind,” Obama’s chief adviser Valerie Jarrett was the person who convinced Obama to reject previous plans to get bin Laden.

The Iranian-born Jarrett is the power behind the throne in the White House. Although her religious affiliation is unknown (the media apparently forgot to ask), she was named Iranian of the Day in 2008 by, and she is the Administration’s voice in meetings with Muslim activists.

By all accounts, Obama doesn’t make a move without Jarrett’s advice. So Jarrett was the primary roadblock to taking out bin Laden, and it was to get around her that Panetta and company kept Obama in the dark.

Given the recent Libya coverup and allegations of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the Administration, it’s reasonable to ask if Jarrett might not be the Brotherhood’s connection to Obama’s leash.

Whether she is or not, one of Obama’s most trumpeted accomplishments, the killing of bin Laden, apparently is just another Administration lie.

Which may well explain this:

As the Obama Administration Wants To Transfer $400 million To The Muslim Brotherhood

During the course of the national elections in Egypt the Obama Administration actively supported the Muslim Brotherhood. Secular and Christian Egyptians could not believe that the United States ignored them to support the militant Brotherhood. As we know, the Brotherhood took control of Egypt’s political system.

A few weeks ago, the Obama Administration and Bill Clinton used the opening of the UN’s General Assembly to put a civilized face on the Brotherhood by escorting Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi. Bill Clinton gave Morsi a prominent role in his Global forum.

This week, the spiritual guide for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood called for Jihad to take back Jerusalem. In his diatribe he said that negotiations will not work only Jihad.

This is President Morsi’s spiritual guide speaking and it is in line with statements made by Morsi. You can check out Morsi’s anti-Semitic ravings in Secure America Now’s exclusive Morsi File.

This is the man the United States government helped get into power and now they want to give them over $400 million in aid paid for American taxpayers.

Oh, yes, and remember the “Stimulus” Bill?

With little notice, inspectors generals across federal agencies are piecing together criminal and civil cases into stimulus money that was misspent, wasted or defrauded.

The government’s chief spending watchdogs have already secured nearly 600 convictions and judgments against people and companies accused of misusing stimulus funds and have a whopping 1,900 investigations currently open into possible wrongdoing, officials say.

The wave of scrutiny more than three years after the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed by Congress early in the Obama administration means the question of how money was managed early in the program is certain to extend well into the next year as many of the current investigations come to conclusion.

The Recovery Board charged with coordinating efforts among than inspectors generals at more than two dozen federal agencies that distributed stimulus money posted an item on its official blog last month claiming the total amount of money lost to fraud from the $840 billion stimulus program was a miniscule $11.1 million so far.

Vice President Joe Biden even made reference to the figure as he defended the stimulus program from attacks from Republican Rep. Paul Ryan during the vice presidential debate last Thursday. But that number only identifies money that is considered lost to fraud and does not include funds still under investigation or those recommended for reimbursement after audits identified misspending, officials said.

And a senior official familiar with the ongoing investigations by inspectors generals at federal agencies told the Washington Guardian the government expects the loss figure to balloon in coming months.

“These cases often take months or years, and we’ve got hundreds open right now across the government so that number is going to go up, probably by a large amount over the next 18 months,” the official said, speaking only on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak to the media.

Since the blog post a month ago that released the $11 million figure, several inspectors generals have announced new convictions, prosecutions or audits, a sign that some of the investigations are growing near decisions and actions.


For instance, the Energy Department inspector general reported last week it discovered the California energy commission collected two duplicate payments under a stimulus program that costs taxpayers $678,000 and and it recommended the money be repaid.

The Health and Human Services inspector general reported recently that a Louisiana group that received stimulus funds for Head Start programs for children had inappropriately spent nearly $1.2 million in federal funds to construct a new building that wasn’t approved by federal officials. The group is contesting the finding.

The Energy Department inspector general also warns in its most recent semiannual report that the Western Area Power Administration, which received $3.25 billion in borrowing authority to help build transmission lines under the stimulus law, is at risk of losing significant money on a transmission project for wind power in Montana that it funded.

“WAPA has significant financial exposure on the project … encountering significant delays and cost overruns,” the IG warned.

There’s more in the linked article, but even if there wasn’t, how much is too much?

We simply can’t afford this president any longer. Not his lies, his tragic economic policies nor his pandering to and encouragement of our enemies.

by @ 10:18 am. Filed under Election 2012, The President, Weasels