Google Helped Pick Questions YouTubers Asked Obama

From BuzzFeed News:

Google Helped Choose The Questions YouTube Stars Asked Obama

The company is a huge supporter of President Obama and his administration.

By Evan McMorris-Santoro | January 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Google was directly involved in choosing the questions President Obama was asked by three YouTube stars last Thursday. One of the personalities, Hank Green, the creator of educational science videos, wrote Sunday that Google pushed him to ask tougher questions in his post–State of the Union interview with Obama.

We’re just surprised none of the YouTube ‘stars’ have turned out to be former (or current) Democrat staffers.

“After I sent Google my first list of questions, they got back to me pushing me to drop the soft balls,” he wrote on the website Medium…

Maybe Google should run the White House Press Corps.


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Raul Castro Demands Gitmo And Compensation From US

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Raul Castro: US must return Guantanamo for normal relations


SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.

Is that all? He didn’t demand a lifetime supply of foot massages, as well? Still, who didn’t see this coming?

Castro told a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States that Cuba and the U.S. are working toward full diplomatic relations but "if these problems aren’t resolved, this diplomatic rapprochement wouldn’t make any sense." …

It will make even less sense if the US were to pay compensation for an embargo that was started because of Cuba’s outright theft of untold billions of dollars of assets from American companies and American private citizens after the ‘revolution.’

Castro’s government has increasingly linked the negotiations with the U.S.


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Al Jazeera Bans The Terms ‘Terrorist,’ ‘Militant,’ ‘Islamist’

From National Review:

Internal Emails Show Al Jazeera English Banning Use of Terms ‘Terrorist,’ ‘Militant,’ ‘Islamist’

By Brendan Bordelon | January 27, 2015

Shortly after news broke of a deadly January 27 attack by Islamic terrorists on a hotel in Libya’s capital, Al Jazeera English executive Carlos van Meek shot out an email to his employees. “All: We manage our words carefully around here,” the network’s head of output wrote to staff at the Doha-based news channel’s New York and Washington, D.C. newsrooms. “So I’d like to bring to your attention some key words that have a tendency of tripping us up.”

In an email obtained by National Review Online, van Meek warned the network’s journalists against the use of terms including “terrorist,” “militant,” “Islamist” and “jihad.” “One person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter,” the Al Jazeera executive wrote.


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Muslim Brotherhood Leaders Met With State Department

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Muslim Brotherhood-Aligned Leaders Hosted at State Department

By Adam Kredo | January 28, 2015

The State Department hosted a delegation of Muslim Brotherhood-aligned leaders this week for a meeting about their ongoing efforts to oppose the current government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt, who rose to power following the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi, an ally of the Brotherhood, in 2013.

It’s a wonder Mr. Obama didn’t meet with them as well. (Presuming he didn’t.) He certainly would rather meet with them than with Mr. Netanyahu. Anyway, lest we forget, President al-Sisi happens is one of the few (if only) Muslim leaders to say that Islam has to change and become less extreme and less violent.

One member of the delegation, a Brotherhood-aligned judge in Egypt, posed for a picture while at Foggy Bottom in which he held up the Islamic group’s notorious four-finger Rabia symbol, according to his Facebook page… [Waleed] Sharaby, the Brotherhood-aligned judge, flashed the Islamist group’s popular symbol in his picture at the State Department and wrote in a caption: “Now in the U.S.


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WH Insists Taliban Are ‘Armed Insurgency,’ Not Terrorists

From the Wall Street Journal:

White House Labels Taliban ‘Armed Insurgency,’ Not Terrorists

By Byron Tau | January 28, 2015

… Asked about a Jordanian plan to swap a would-be suicide bomber for a Jordanian pilot being held by Islamic State militants, the White House reiterated the longstanding policy of the U.S. to refuse negotiations with terrorists. “Our policy is that we don’t pay ransom, that we don’t give concessions to terrorist organizations,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Wednesday. “This is a longstanding policy that predates this administration and it’s also one that we communicated to our friends and allies across the world,” he added.

Mr. Schultz seems to be using the wrong tense there. That was US policy.

But the U.S. engaged in a similar prisoner swap with Afghanistan’s Taliban last year, releasing several Guantanamo Bay prisoners in exchange for the freedom of U.S.


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Jordan Is Now Prepared To Do A ‘Prisoner Swap’ With ISIS

From the Wall Street Journal:

Jordan Prepared to Exchange Prisoner for Pilot Held by Islamic State

By Alexander Martin, Suha Ma’ayeh, Maria Abi-Habib | January 28, 2015

Jordan publicly offered to swap prisoners with Islamic State in a move that opened a path for saving two hostages through a route that has been rejected by the U.S. and other coalition allies.

Huh? Obama has blazed that ‘route’ with his swap of five Taliban terrorists for Bowe Bergdahl. Not to mention the ransom that is alleged to have been paid for the US writer, Peter Theo Curtis, who was held by ISIS. (A ransom probably paid by the US via Qatar.) And, lest we forget, Mr. Obama just swapped ‘prisoners’ with Cuba.

In an apparent response, Twitter accounts linked to the militant group distributed a new video in which a voice attributed to Japanese hostage Kenji Goto said Jordan must present the prisoner it is proposing to swap at the Turkish border by Thursday’s sunset local time…

It wasn’t clear from the message whether Islamic State was willing to release both hostages—Mr.


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Official Asked Disney To Use ‘Frozen’ To Teach AGW Hoax

From the National Journal:

State Department Official Wants Disney’s ‘Frozen’ to Teach Kids About Climate Change

By Clare Foran | January 23, 2015

A high-ranking State Department official wants to enlist Princess Elsa and a talking snowman to teach the American public about the Arctic.

Why not? Hitler had the German film industry make propaganda films for his party. Stalin and Mao and Castro all did the same. In fact, the only surprises here are 1) that Disney had to be asked. And 2) that Disney refused.

But it turns out they didn’t refuse because man-made global warming is a hoax based on lies. No, Disney refused because the story wouldn’t have a happy ending.

Adm. Robert Papp, the U.S. special representative for the Arctic, told an audience at the Arctic Frontiers conference in Norway this week that he met with a Disney executive to discuss raising awareness about the polar region using characters from the wildly popular movie Frozen…

"I said, you’ve taught an entire generation about the Arctic," Papp said, describing his exchange with the Disney executive.



Dems Block Passage Of Keystone Pipeline (Not Gridlock?)

From Reuters:

Senate blocks swift passage of Keystone XL pipeline bill

By Timothy Gardner and Richard Cowan | January 26, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in the U.S. Senate blocked the Keystone XL pipeline bill from moving forward on Monday, but supporters of the project vowed to push ahead and eventually get a vote on the measure.

For the record, gas prices went up overnight for the first time in many months. And, in fact, they went up quite a bit. But don’t worry. We don’t need things like Keystone.

The Senate failed to get the 60 votes needed to limit debate, voting 53 to 39 on the measure…

Why not pass the bill via budget reconciliation, which only requires a 51 vote majority? And, if you don’t want to go that route, why not declare the bill filibuster proof, like Harry Reid did with all of Obama’s nominations?



Reuters: GOP Softening Its Message On Global Warming

From an ever hopeful Reuters:

On climate change, ‘not a scientist’ not enough for some U.S. Republicans

By Valerie Volcovici and Amanda Becker | January 26, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rick Perry’s… Jan. 15 speech… [touted] his environmental record, from lowering Texas’ carbon emissions to turning the state into a global leader in wind energy production… It was a greener message than the one he delivered ahead of his last presidential campaign, when he called climate change a "contrived phony mess," and it reflects an expectation among some in the party that voters in 2016 will want Republican candidates to develop a more sophisticated climate change message…

Translation: Reuters and the rest of the MSM are trying to convince the GOP leadership that they have to join the Democrats on yet another issue — manmade global warming.



Deflategate Probe Focusing On Locker Room Attendant

From Fox News:

NFL’s deflated footballs investigation reportedly focuses on Patriots locker room attendant

January 27, 2015

The NFL’s investigation into whether the New England Patriots used deliberately under-inflated footballs against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game has focused on a locker room attendant at the Patriots’ stadium.

Sure, find a low level minimum wage employee to be the scapegoat.

Fox Sports reported Monday that the attendant could be seen on surveillance video bringing 12 balls supplied by the Patriots for use on offense into another room at Gillette Stadium after a pregame inspection by the game officials. Under NFL rules, each team must present their chosen footballs to the game officials for inspection and approval two hours and fifteen minutes before the start of each game.



Border Patrol Will Help With Security At The Super Bowl

From the a memory deficient Associated Press:

Border Protection lends a hand for Super Bowl security

By ASTRID GALVAN | January 26, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines that are typically deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border have been brought to the Super Bowl venue to assist with the security effort.

Why not? Obama and his lickspittle minions have assured us the border is secure. So they aren’t needed down there.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection showed off the technology Monday as it helps with Super Bowl security. Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske was on hand for a demonstration of the agency’s Black Hawks and large mobile X-ray machines that are used to detect contraband and explosives. The helicopters and X-ray machines are from Tucson and Nogales, some of the busiest spots in the nation for the smuggling of drugs and immigrants [sic].



Justice Department Tracked US Calls For Over A Decade

From the Wall Street Journal:

US: New Revelations U.S. Tracked Americans’ Calls For Over A Decade

By Devlin Barrett | January 17, 2015

The Justice Department secretly kept a database of Americans’ calls to foreign countries for more than a decade, according to a new court filing and officials familiar with the program. The revelation of another secret government database storing records of Americans’ calls came in a filing Thursday in the case of a man accused of conspiring to unlawfully export electronic goods to Iran.

A Drug Enforcement Administration official said in the filing that the agency, which is an arm of the Justice Department, has long used administrative subpoenas – not federal court orders – to collect the metadata of U.S. calls to foreign countries "that were determined to have a demonstrated nexus to international drug trafficking and related criminal activities." …

Lest we forget, metadata means non-content information.


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WP Sobs: Obama’s Approval Rating Up 2 Months Too Late

From the Washington Post:

Obama’s approval hits 50 percent — just a couple months too late for Democrats (again)

By Aaron Blake | January 27, 2015

President Obama’s approval rating in Gallup’s tracking poll hit 50 percent on Monday for the first time since May 2013. This comes on the heels of a Washington Post-ABC News poll last week that showed the exact same thing — approval at 50 percent, first time since May 2013.

And many Democrats have had the same sarcastic response: Just in time. Nearly three months after you’ve lost control of both chambers of Congress, after all, isn’t a great time to start being popular again.

Wait a cotton picking minute. The news media told us endlessly that the midterms weren’t a referendum on Obama.



NYT: Drone Too Small To Detect, Rattles The White House

From the New York Times:

A Drone, Too Small for Radar to Detect, Rattles the White House

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MICHAEL D. SHEAR | January 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — A White House radar system designed to detect flying objects like planes, missiles and large drones failed to pick up a small drone that crashed into a tree on the South Lawn early Monday morning, according to law enforcement officials. The crash raised questions about whether the Secret Service could bring down a similar object if it endangered President Obama.

Is it just us, or does the news media seem to revel in telling us about what danger Obama is everyday? We don’t recall them being this concerned when Bush was President. In fact, we seem to recall it was the Secret Service policy not to talk about such threats.



Ex-Intel Officer: Bergdahl Will Be Charged With Desertion

From Fox News:

Bergdahl to be charged with desertion, ex-military intel officer says

January 27, 2015

The Army has decided to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released by Taliban-aligned militants last year in exchange for five Guantanamo prisoners, with desertion, according to a former military intelligence officer.

Lest we forget, following the much-criticized exchange, the Army conducted an investigation into his actions, which concluded three months ago, in October. Which was before the midterm elections.

In fact, we were told the announcement of the Army’s decision would occur before Thanksgiving. And yet we are still waiting.

Retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, who now works at the London Center for Policy Research, told Fox News’ "The O’Reilly Factor" Monday night that he’s learned of the military’s decision from two sources.



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