Gore, Pharrell Announce Global ‘Climate’ Concert In June

From an irony proof Reuters:

Gore, Pharrell announce global Live Earth climate concert in June

By Ben Hirschler | January 21, 2015

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – A Live Earth music event to demand action on climate change will take place on June 18 across seven continents, including Antarctica, former U.S. vice-president Al Gore and pop star Pharrell Williams announced on Wednesday.

Proving once again that this is a truly serious movement.

Concerts will be staged in six cities — Paris, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, Sydney and Cape Town — in what will be the largest event of its type ever staged.

And never mind that none of the events of this type have ever done a lick of good for anybody, except the promoters.

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Hillary Plans To ‘Astound, Intimidate’ With Fundraising

From The Hill:

Clinton plans to astound, intimidate with fundraising ‘like nothing you’ve seen’

By Amie Parnes | January 21, 2015

Major donors are ready to announce huge financial commitments to Hillary Clinton as soon as she announces a second run for the White House, according to Clinton allies and Democratic fundraisers. The Clinton team wants to build excitement about her campaign launch, which is expected in March or April. The money blitz would be a show of Clinton’s strength meant to scare away potential primary rivals.

And naturally, The Politico, which is just another arm of the Democrat Party, is here to help them do that very thing.

“The floodgates are going to open immediately, and there’s going to be a rush to get on the team,” said Don Peebles, the real estate mogul who served on President Obama’s national finance committee…

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Dems Try To Kill Keystone, In The Name Of American Jobs

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Senate rejects effort to ban Keystone XL-pipeline exports

By Dina Cappiello | January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday rejected Democrats’ bids to ban exports from the Keystone XL oil pipeline and to require building the project with American-made steel. In largely party-line votes, the Senate sidetracked the first two additions to a bill seeking to approve construction of the 1,179 pipeline. Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota argued that their additions would ensure that the pipeline will benefit Americans with fuel and jobs.

What a hoot. Are we supposed to believe these Democrats are concerned about American getting oil and jobs? Then why have they fought the Keystone pipeline tooth and nail?

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GOP Drop (Window Dressing) Abortion Bill At Last Minute

From the Politico:

GOP stumbles over abortion bill

Republicans are forced to drop proposed legislation at the last minute.

By Jake Sherman | January 21, 2015

… Republican leadership late Wednesday evening had to completely drop its plans to pass a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks, and is reverting to old legislation that prohibits taxpayer funding of abortions.

Which is clearly toothless, since Obama-Care uses taxpayer funds to pay for abortions. As does Planned Parenthood.

The evening switch comes after a revolt from a large swath of female members of Congress, who were concerned about language that said rape victims would not be able to get abortions unless they reported the incident to authorities.

So these women are opposed to victims reporting rape?

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GOP Border Bill Removes Border Fences, Deports No One

First, from the Daily Caller:

New GOP Border Security Bill Removes Border Fences

Neil Munro | January 21, 2015

The new border bills drafted by Republican leaders require the actual removal of at least 66 miles of weak border fencing between laborers in Mexico and employers in the United States. The border bills also only require… the construction of 27 miles of effective double-layer fencing along the 2,000-mile border. “It is a remarkable that the direction of our progress is going backwards, from a goal of building 700 miles of double-layer border fencing [in 2006] to only 27 miles [in 2015],” said a Hill staffer who opposes the leaders’ bills.

And that 2006 goal of 700 miles of fence goal was in legislation that passed Congress and was signed by President Bush.

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Reuters: US Cities Will See Strong Growth This Year (1%)

From the whirling dervishes at Reuters:

Jobs growth seen in U.S. cities in 2015; still lagging pre-recession

By Lisa Lambert | January 21, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. cities will see strong job growth [sic] this year, but only about half will return to the employment peaks reached before the recession began more than seven years ago, according to an economic report released by the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Wednesday.

Funny, but seven years ago nobody in the news media called Bush’s jobs numbers great. In fact, all we heard from 2006 on was how the country was on the brink of a recession. But just wait until you see what "strong growth" is:

According to the annual metropolitan jobs forecast, prepared by IHS Global Insight, all 363 metropolitan areas will see job growth in 2015, the first year for a blanket increase during the recovery from the 2007-09 recession.

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US, Cuba Discuss Relations Under Eye Of Russian Spy Ship

First there’s this from the New York Times:

U.S. and Cuba Set to Discuss Diplomatic Ties

By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD | January 21, 2015

HAVANA — Seeking to restore relations ruptured more than five decades ago, the United States and Cuba began talks here on Wednesday by agreeing to disagree on a central issue dividing them — the privilege of Cubans who arrive in the United States to automatically qualify for residency.

The irony. Mexico and our other neighbors to the south are furious that their citizens don’t get automatic citizenship in the US. But Cuba is furious that their ex-patriots do. And so is the NYT, of course.

The American and Cuban diplomats commended one another for collaboration and communication among their law enforcement agencies involved in immigration… Both sides, however, held fast to their positions on aspects of American immigration policy that Cuba has long blamed for luring people into dangerous journeys by sea to reach Florida, 90 miles away.

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Obama ‘Blindsided’ By Congress Invitation To Netanyahu

From an irony proof Reuters:

U.S. Congress invites Netanyahu for Iran speech, Obama blindsided

By Patricia Zengerle and Roberta Rampton | January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on Iran without consulting President Barack Obama, and the White House questioned whether protocol had been violated.

What a laugh. Obama and his stenographers at Reuters are upset about being bypassed by Congress? Maybe Congress felt they ‘couldn’t wait’ for the White House to invite Mr. Netanyahu, since they reportedly refer to him as ‘chicken shit.’

But, really, who does Congress think it is? Inviting someone to speak to them without first getting Mr. Obama’s permission? Do they think they are a separate branch of government?

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Obama’s SOTU Drew Second Lowest Ratings On Record

From the Wall Street Journal:

State of the Union Drew Lowest TV Audience in 15 Years

By Byron Tau | January 21, 2015

President Barack Obama‘s 2015 State of the Union address drew the lowest television viewership for any such speech in the last 15 years, according to new data from Nielsen.

The president’s Tuesday address was watched by 31.7 million viewers across 12 broadcast and cable networks that carried the speech live, despite a two-week campaign style tour and a social media blitz to drum up interest.

And despite Obama’s supposed sudden ‘up surge’ in popularity.

That’s down from the 33.3 million viewers who tuned in to Mr. Obama’s State of the Union address last year, and the 52.4 million who watched him deliver a 2009 speech to a joint session of Congress early on in his presidency.

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DOJ: No Civil Rights Charges Against Off. Darren Wilson

From a deeply disappointed New York Times:

U.S. Not Expected to Fault Officer in Ferguson Case

By MATT APUZZO and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT | January 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — Justice Department lawyers will recommend that no civil rights charges be brought against the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., after an F.B.I. investigation found no evidence to support charges, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

So is it ‘time to cut our gloves off’? But notice how disappointed the NYT sounds in this article. As with global warming stories, shouldn’t this be good news. Shouldn’t they be glad Michael Brown’s civil rights weren’t violated? That there was no racism involved? That this wasn’t a ‘hate crime’?

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

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1,700 Private Jets Fly to Davos to Discuss Global Warming

From Breitbart:

1,700 Private Jets Fly to Davos to Discuss Global Warming

By Peter Schweizer | January 20, 2015

A squadron of 1,700 private jets are rumbling into Davos, Switzerland, this week to discuss global warming and other issues as the annual World Economic Forum gets underway.

The influx of private jets is so great, the Swiss Armed Forces has been forced to open up a military air base for the first time ever to absorb all the super rich flying their private jets into the event, reports Newsweek.

Newsweek also notes that the poor slobs who don’t own their own jets will have to pay between $10,000 and $15,000 per hour to rent their planes.

They also note that helicopters are also in major demand.

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Holder’s Agents To Take ‘Fresh Look’ At Eric Garner Case

From CNN:

FBI agents take ‘fresh look’ at Eric Garner case

By Shimon Prokupecz and Ray Sanchez | January 20, 2015

New York (CNN) A team of senior-level FBI agents with decades of experience in long-term criminal and public corruption cases are handling the federal civil rights investigation into the controversial chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer, two law enforcement sources said Tuesday…

What great news. Their ‘findings’ either way will be a great excuse for a whole new round of rioting and looting and shakedowns. (And never mind it wasn’t a chokehold death.)

The veteran investigators include an agent from the white-collar crime division who specializes in long-term criminal investigations, a supervisor in the public corruption unit and an agent who investigated the infamous 1997 police torture case involving Haitian immigrant Abner Louima, the source said.

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Obama To Visit Selma For The 50th Anniversary Of March

First we have these joyous tidings via Reuters:

Obama To Visit Selma For 50th Anniversary Of Civil Rights Marches

By Emily Stephenson | January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Selma, Alabama, in March to recognize the 50th anniversary of historic marches led by activists fighting against segregation and seeking to ensure African Americans’ right to vote, a White House official said on Tuesday…

Let’s hope he once again regales the crowds with the claim that he was only born because of his parents marching in Selma. (Even though he was actually born in 1961.)

The 1965 marches from Selma to Alabama’s capital of Montgomery were organized by civil rights leaders including Martin Luther King Jr. to draw national attention to the disenfranchisement of black voters.

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Obama-Care Passes Personal Information To Companies

From the Associated Press:

Government health care website quietly sharing personal data

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and JACK GILLUM | January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government’s health insurance website is quietly sending consumers’ personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data for performance and marketing, The Associated Press has learned.

Where is the outrage? Where is Edward Snowden? Where are all the paranoid pot heads?

The scope of what is disclosed or how it might be used was not immediately clear, but it can include age, income, ZIP code, whether a person smokes, and if a person is pregnant….

Does it include whether a person owns a gun? Or whether they vote? And for which party?

The Obama administration says HealthCare.gov’s connections to data firms were intended to help improve the consumer experience.

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Obama Releases Self-Confessed Terrorist From US Prison

From Andrew C. McCarthy, writing at National Review:

Obama Releases Convicted Terrorist al-Marri

By Andrew C. McCarthy | January 20, 2015

… [T]he Obama administration has released Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri from a U.S. prison – not from Gitmo, but from a civilian jail after a federal terrorism conviction. Al-Marri is an al-Qaeda operative who was planted as a “sleeper” in the United States by Khalid Sheikh Mohamed to await instructions on carrying out a second wave of attacks after the 9/11 atrocities – against water reservoirs, the New York Stock Exchange, U.S. military academies, and other targets.

Was he part of Occupy Wall Street?

The Justice Department quietly sprung him on Friday so he could return to his native Qatar… The al-Marri case was a cause célèbre for the Bush-deranged Left because he was detained as an enemy combatant, rather than arrested and charged in court as a criminal defendant, despite being apprehended in the United States.

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