Kanye West: Celebrities Treated Like Blacks In The 1960s

From Breitbart:

Kanye West: Celebrities Treated Like Blacks in 1960s

By Christian Toto | July 21, 2014

The most jaw-dropping comments from Kanye West’s just-released interview with GQ Magazine wasn’t that he confirmed giving a 45-minute toast to himself on his wedding day.

West, who lives to poke and provoke pop culture, compared being a celebrity in 2014 to what it felt like for black Americans during the 1960s. The rapper repeated the charge during the magazine Q&A.

And what I talked about in it was the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the Sixties, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name,” he said.

Something tells us Mr. West is confused about how blacks were treated in the 1960s.



DC Appeals Court: Most Obama-Care Subsidies Are Illegal

From CNBC:

Fed appeals court panel says most Obamacare subsidies illegal

By Dan Mangan | July 22, 2014

In a potentially crippling blow to Obamacare, a top federal appeals court Tuesday said that billions of dollars worth of government subsidies that helped nearly 5 million people buy insurance on HealthCare.gov are illegal.

A judicial panel in a 2-1 ruling said such subsidies can be granted only to those people who bought insurance in an Obamacare exchange run by an individual state or the District of Columbia — not on the federally run exchange HealthCare.gov…

The Obama Administration is certain to seek a reversal of the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which does not immediately have the effect of law.


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Halper: Clintons Lobbied GE To Get Rid Of David Shuster

From the Politico:

Halper book: Clintons lobbied GE to get rid of MSNBC’s David Shuster

By HADAS GOLD | July 21, 2014

Hillary and Bill Clinton went to the top of the NBC food chain, all the way up to General Electric’s board, to get back at MSNBC’s David Shuster in 2008, according to Daniel Halper’s forthcoming book “Clinton Inc.”

We’re supposed to be surprised by this? The Clinton’s don’t deal with underlings. Especially, when they are talking about their personal PR machine, NBC.

Halper, the online editor at the conservative Weekly Standard, details how far the Clinton camp went to get back at Shuster for saying that Chelsea Clinton was "sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way” for lobbying super delegates on her mother’s behalf during the presidential primaries.



Detroit Retirees Vote For 4.5% Pension Cut In Landslide

From a gobsmacked Associated Press:

Detroit retirees vote in favor of pension cuts

By Ed White | July 21, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — Workers and retirees approved pension cuts in Detroit’s bankruptcy by a landslide, the city reported Monday, a crucial step to emerging from the largest municipal insolvency in U.S. history.

The city disclosed results from two months of balloting, which ended July 11…

Two months of balloting? That’s what the Democrats want for every election.

General retirees would get a 4.5 percent pension cut and lose annual inflation adjustments. They accepted the changes with 73 percent of ballots in favor. Retired police officers and firefighters would lose only a portion of their annual cost-of-living raise. Eighty-two percent in that class voted "yes." …

4.5% less of something is better than getting 100% of nothing.


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Detroit Water Cut-Off Is Racist, Gets Suspended 15 Days

First we have this, from the CBS Detroit affiliate, WWJ:

NAACP Legal Defense Fund: Detroit Water Service Shutoffs Were Racially Motivated

July 21, 2014

DETROIT (WWJ) – After a class action lawsuit filed against the city of Detroit, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund says that recent water shutoffs to Detroit residents were racially motivated.

Veronica Joice with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund says, “That (the shutoffs are) being done in a discriminatory fashion; and they should at least take a look at whether there’s a better way to do this that doesn’t affect the most vulnerable citizens — the majority of whom are African American here in Detroit.”

Attorney Alice Jennings, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Detroit residents, said it’s a known fact that there are corporations that owe hundreds of thousands of dollars to the city of Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.


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IRS Reports More Computer Crashes, Email May Still Exist

From the Daily Caller:

Now IRS Reports EVEN MORE Computer Crashes, Doesn’t Know If Emails Still Exist

By Patrick Howley | July 21, 2014

IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane said in transcribed congressional testimony that more IRS officials experienced computer crashes, bringing the total number of crash victims to “less than 20,” and also said that the agency does not know if the lost emails are still backed up somewhere.

What are the odds that 20 or so of Lois Lerner’s email correspondents would be the victims of catastrophic computer crashes? And that none of their emails would have been backed up anywhere? (Hint: zero.)

It seems like only the other day that Obama said about the ‘rebels’ destruction of the evidence from the Malaysian air shoot-down: "What have they got to hide?" — Well, that those ‘separatists’ have got nothing on the IRS.


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Obama Gives LGBT Protections The Law Already Provides

It hasn’t been all golf and gala luncheons for Obama. He has managed to throw yet another symbolic sop to some of his major donors and bundlers.

From a cheering Associated Press:

Obama gives protection to gay, transgender workers

By NEDRA PICKLER | July 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, after being convinced by advocates of what he called the "irrefutable rightness of your cause."

"America’s federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people," Obama said at a signing ceremony from the White House East Room. He said it is unacceptable that being gay is still a firing offense in most places in the United States…

Of course, nobody can ever cite an example of anyone being fired because of being a homosexual.


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Obama Starts Three Day Trip, Including Six Fundraisers

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Obama heads off to raise money on the West Coast

July 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a swirl of foreign and border challenges, President Barack Obama is embarking on the one mission that has regularly proved a winner for him — raising money for his fellow Democrats.

Actually, until he was safely re-elected Obama was notorious for not raising money for his fellow Democrats. He only raised money for himself.

Obama on Tuesday was starting a three-day West Coast trip, scheduled to attend at least five fundraising events in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles less than four months ahead of midterm elections that could change Washington’s balance of power.

The AP later cites Mark Knoller as the expert on Obama’s fundraising trips.


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Obama Loves ‘Constructive’ Critics, But Ignores ‘Haters’

From Breitbart:

Obama Dismisses ‘Haters’

By Charlie Spiering | July 21, 2014

During a town hall with young people, President Obama explained how he deals with people who criticize him.

“I just don’t watch TV,” Obama joked, after he was asked about his critics during a town hall promoting the White House "My Brother’s Keeper" initiative.

We know Obama must be joking. Because previously he and his spokesflacks have told us he has only learned about his various scandals and policy failures by seeing them reported on TV.

Obama advised young people to listen to critics who actually had their interests at heart.

“Who gives you constructive criticism because they’re invested in the same things you are but maybe can see the things you can’t, versus folks who are just — what’d someone say — hatin’?


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$3.67B Of $3.7B Border Request Won’t Be Spent In 2014

From an unfazed Associated Press:

CBO: $25M of $3.7B border ask to be spent in 2014

By ANDREW TAYLOR | July 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just $25 million of President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion request to deal with a wave of unaccompanied Central American children on the southern border might be spent before the budget year ends Sept. 30, a new study released Monday says.

The Congressional Budget Office analysis assumes Obama’s request for handling the border crisis won’t be enacted until mid- to late-September…

That would still put this money into the hands of Democrat operatives before the midterm elections. Which is the real urgency here.

The study says the $25 million would be spent immediately by the Department of health and Human services to help the agency pay costs associated with the care of unaccompanied immigrant children and placing them with family members or other caretakers.


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Obama Stopped Deporting Caretakers Of Illegals In 2013

From the August 2013 archives of the Washington Times:

Obama adds to list of illegal immigrants not to deport: Parents

By Stephen Dinan | August 23, 2013

The Obama administration issued a policy late last week telling immigration agents to try not to arrest and deport illegal immigrant parents of minor children — a move that adds to the categories of people the administration is trying not to deport.

In a nine-page memo issued Friday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said agents should use “prosecutorial discretion” to try to avoid detaining parents and, if parents are detained, agents should make sure they have the ability to visit with their children or participate in family court proceedings…

It’s not clear how many illegal immigrants could be aided by the latest guidance, nor how many parents already in the deportation pipeline could be released or transferred…

The memo issued last week instructs ICE agents to give special consideration when they encounter an illegal immigrant who is a parent or legal guardian of a child.


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Biden Says He Told Putin: ‘I Don’t Think You Have A Soul’

The latest dispatch from ‘Planet Joe,’ via The Hill:

Biden to Putin: I don’t think ‘you have a soul’

By Justin Sink | July 21, 2014

Vice President Biden told Vladimir Putin that he did not believe the Russian leader had “a soul” during a visit to the Kremlin in 2011, the vice president said in a New Yorker magazine interview published Monday.

Biden said the incident occurred while he was touring Putin’s office in the Kremlin. “I had an interpreter, and when he was showing me his office I said, ‘It’s amazing what capitalism will do, won’t it? A magnificent office!’ And he laughed. As I turned, I was this close to him,” Biden said, signaling that the two leaders were standing just inches apart.


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Rebels Hand Over Black Boxes, Russia Says: ‘CIA Did It!’

First we have this from Reuters:

Bodies, black boxes handed over from Ukraine crash site

By Anton Zverev and Peter Graff | July 22, 2014

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – A train carrying the remains of many of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine arrived in Ukrainian government territory on Tuesday as a separatist leader handed over the plane’s black boxes to Malaysian experts. The train carrying around 200 body bags arrived in the eastern city of Kharkiv, which is in Ukrainian government hands. The bodies will then be taken back to the Netherlands to be identified.

The train left the crash site after the Malaysian prime minister agreed with the separatists for recovered bodies to be handed over to authorities in the Netherlands, where two thirds of the victims came from…

We wonder how much the ‘separatists’ were paid.


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NYT Says Obama’s Vacations Could Make Him Look Bad

From the New York Times:

Sticking to His Travel Plans, at Risk of Looking Bad

Obama Maintains Schedule Despite World Crises

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR | July 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — As smoke billowed from the downed Malaysian jetliner in the fields of eastern Ukraine on Thursday, President Obama pressed ahead with his schedule: a cheeseburger with fries at the Charcoal Pit in Delaware, a speech about infrastructure and two splashy fund-raisers in New York City.

The potential for jarring split-screen imagery was clear. Reports of charred bodies and a ground-to-air missile attack from Eastern Europe dominated television screens while photographers snapped pictures of a grinning Mr. Obama holding a toddler at the restaurant. The presidential motorcade was later filmed pulling up to Trump Place Apartments, the Riverside Avenue venue for his first fund-raiser.



FBI Is After Scammers Who Target Illegal Alien Families

From an unquestioning Reuters:

Scammers target families of illegal child immigrants to U.S.: FBI

By Jim Forsyth | July 20, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — (Reuters) – U.S. officials warned on Sunday that scammers are attempting to prey on the families of some of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied child immigrants crossing the border from Latin America, seeking money for phony travel costs.

A Federal Bureau of Investigation official in San Antonio said investigators have uncovered two similar fraud schemes targeting family members of the children who are living illegally in the United States.

"One fraud scheme involved individuals who claimed to be representing a charitable or non profit organization, which they claimed assists in processing and reuniting the children with their families," said Special Agent Michelle Lee.



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