Reader Selected News For The Week Of Sep 27 To Oct 3

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CBS Analyst Phil S**** Tried To Stay Away From R Word

From the Associated Press:

CBS analyst Simms stays away from ‘Redskins’

September 25, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS lead analyst Phil Simms referred awkwardly to "the Washington team" early in the Redskins’ nationally televised game against the New York Giants on Thursday night.

Otherwise, his decision not to say the NFL club’s nickname wasn’t very conspicuous.

Simms first told The Associated Press last month that he would refer to the team only as "Washington" during the broadcast. He said he wasn’t taking sides on whether the club should change its nickname, but he was sensitive to complaints that the term is offensive.

Simms’ broadcast partner, play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz, used "Redskins" as usual Thursday, so the word was still heard plenty during the telecast.

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American Samoa Gives Amnesty To 4,111 Illegal Aliens

From a cheering Associated Press:

American Samoa grants amnesty to more than 4,000

By FILI SAGAPOLUTELE [sic] | September 24, 2014

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — A U.S. territory has granted immigration amnesty to more than 4,000 foreigners who are physically present in American Samoa without current lawful immigration status. The bill signed by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga also grants amnesty to those who are lawfully in the territory but subject to specific numerical limitations on their registration by country.

(Gov. Moliga claims to be an Independent, but is there any doubt that he is really a Democrat?)

The attorney general’s office said the amnesty bill is the first step in immigration reforms for the U.S. territory, which controls its own borders and isn’t subject to federal law…

How much do you want to bet this brilliant idea originally came from the Obama White House?

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Shocked AP: Most Illegal Alien Families Fail To Report In

From an incredulous Associated Press:

US: Most new immigrant families fail to report in

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL | September 25, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration for nearly three months this summer carefully avoided answering questions about what happened to tens of thousands of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border and released into the United States with instructions to report back to immigration authorities. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and others said they faced deportation.

But it turns out that tens of thousands of those immigrants did not follow the government’s instructions to meet with federal immigration agents within 15 days. Instead, they have vanished into the interior of the U.S.

The hell you say. Now who could have predicted that?

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Military Announces It Will Allow Illegal Aliens To Serve

From the Military Times:

Military to allow undocumented immigrants to serve

By Andrew Tilghman | September 25, 2014

A small number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. will have an opportunity to join the military for the first time in decades under a new Department of Defense policy unveiled Thursday.

This sure smells like another Obama executive order. But why didn’t they wait until Friday evening to ‘unveil’ it? (By the way, didn’t the Romans make this mistake, too?)

The new rules will expand an existing program allowing recruiters to target foreign nationals with high-demand skills, mostly rare foreign language expertise or specialized health care training.

For the first time, the program — known as Military Accessions in the National Interest, or MAVNI — will be open to immigrants without a proper visa if they came to the U.S.

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Malkin: What’s Really Going On In CO Student Walk Out

From Michelle Malkin, over at Townhall:

‘A’ Is for Agitation: What’s Really Going on in Jefferson County Schools

By Michelle Malkin | Sep 26, 2014

There’s a big battle brewing in the Jefferson County, Colorado, school system. The manufactured controversy over a proposed curriculum review is generating national headlines. But the fight is not about what misguided students and biased reporters say it’s about. "Censorship" is a red herring. The real issue is union control.

Here’s the deal: Public school teachers in this Denver-area district walked out of their classrooms this week to protest the implementation of performance-based pay. The JeffCo school board approved the new compensation system last week, which rewards the most highly effective teachers with 4.2 percent raises, effective teachers with 2.4 raises and inferior teachers with nothing.

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Teachers Union Uses Students As Pawns In Raise Dispute

From Breitbart:

Colorado Teacher’s Union Uses Students As ‘Political Pawns’ In Teacher Salary Dispute

By Dr. Susan Berry | September 24, 2014

Dozens of students walked out of classes in Jefferson County, Colorado high schools Tuesday, but likely not for the reason they were apparently led to believe… Ken Witt, Jefferson County Board of Education president… told Breitbart News the real issue is a salary dispute with the teachers’ union, a situation that began during last year’s annual union negotiations. Now, he said, the teachers’ union is using students as “political pawns.” …

Witt, however, said the proposal made by board member Julie Williams suggested a review of the… curriculum by a board committee, with no authority given to make choices or modifications to the curriculum.

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Ferguson Police Chief Apologizes To Michael Brown Family

From Reuters:

Ferguson police chief issues apology over Michael Brown’s death

By Carey Gillam | September 25, 2014

After weeks of heavy criticism and calls for his ouster, the police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, issued a video apology on Thursday to the parents of Michael Brown, the black teenager shot to death by a white police officer last month.

"I want to say this to the Brown family. No one who has not experienced the loss of a child can understand what you are feeling," Chief Tom Jackson said in the video. "I am truly sorry for the loss of your son."

Jackson spoke directly into a camera and read from a script in the video, which was released by a public relations firm hired by the city.

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Chuck Todd Declares: Eric Holder ‘Wasn’t Political At All’

From NewsBusters:

Chuck Todd: Attorney General Eric Holder ‘Wasn’t Political At All’

By Kyle Drennen | September 25, 2014

Appearing on MSNBC’s News Nation on Thursday to react to Attorney General Eric Holder announcing his resignation, NBC’s Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd had the audacity to proclaim that Holder "wasn’t political at all" during his tenure at the Justice Department…

Host Tamron Hall began the segment by describing Holder’s time as attorney general being "complicated" "turbulent" and "controversial," but also gushed over him being "defiant" and "unforgettable."

Todd declared: And he’s been an enormous important ally to the President in a way that I think people don’t understand. Eric Holder took a lot of the slings and arrows at him from Republicans in Congress that were essentially intended for the President….He probably got more vicious questioning sometimes from committee hearings than we’d seen many attorney generals get…

Really?

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AP Lists Holder’s ‘Legacy’ From Terrorism To Civil Rights

From the Associated Press:

Holder’s legacy: counterterrorism to civil rights

By JIM KUHNHENN | September 25, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Holder, who is resigning as attorney general, leaves a legacy built over six years during which he was in the vanguard of administration policymaking but also the subject of intense criticism from Republicans. A look the legacy of the nation’s first black attorney general and one of President Barack Obama’s longest-serving Cabinet members:

TERRORISM - Holder declared that waterboarding was torture, ordered a review of CIA interrogations and defended the use of drone strikes overseas… He was widely criticized by Republicans and some Democrats for his plan to try professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other alleged co-conspirators in New York, a plan he ultimately dropped.

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Removal Of Filibuster Should Ease New AG Confirmation

From the Washington Examiner:

Senate rule change eases path for new AG

By Susan Ferrechio | September 26, 2014

Democratic changes to the filibuster last year should give President Obama’s attorney general pick a gliding path through the Senate in the lame-duck session. Last November, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid changed Senate rules so that nominations for Cabinet positions and most judicial posts needed only 51 votes, instead of the 60 that had been required…

So this is yet another theory to explain the timing of Holder’s resignation. By resigning now, Holder gives Obama the time to get another radical leftist confirmed as the head of the DOJ before the Republicans take control of the Senate.

And, more importantly, while the Republicans can’t filibuster Obama’s nominee, thanks to Harry Reid changing the rules.

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Court Orders DOJ To Release List of Fast & Furious Docs

First there is this, via the Washington Free Beacon:

Court Orders DOJ to Release List of Fast and Furious Docs

By CJ Ciaramella | September 25, 2014

A federal judge ordered the Justice Department Thursday to release a list of documents it is withholding from the public related to Operation Fast and Furious within the next month.

Calling the Obama administration’s request for further delays “unconvincing,” U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates told the Justice Department to release the list of documents—called a “Vaughn index”—that the department is withholding by Oct. 22…

The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch sued the Justice Department in September 2012 for documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, where federal agents allowed thousands of guns to cross the border and fall into the hands of violent drug cartels.

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DHS Takes On Climate Change, As DOD Takes On Ebola

Two stories that show the Obama administration’s bizarre priorities.

First from Reuters:

US Homeland Security moves to tackle climate change risks

By Lisa Anderson | September 25, 2014

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Protecting the infrastructure of American cities from the effects of climate change is rising on the agenda of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to a top agency official.

"Increasingly, we’ve moved not only from a security focus to a resiliency focus," said Caitlin Durkovich, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at Homeland Security, an agency better known for its fight to curb terrorist threats.

Durkovich spoke Thursday on a panel at the Rising Seas Summit, a three-day conference organized by the U.S.-based Association of Climate Change Officers to discuss tools and ideas on building resiliency, particularly against rising sea levels.

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Peaceniks Say Obama Is ‘Given Pass’ Because He Is Black

From Breitbart:

Liberal Activist: Anti-War Left Giving Obama a Pass Because He’s Black

By Tony Lee | 25 Sep 2014

As President Barack Obama launches air strikes in Syria, anti-war activists are frustrated that he is getting a pass from groups traditionally opposed to military intervention.

According to the Washington Post, only 22 anti-war activists protested near the White House this week, and "it was the latest display of how Obama has neutralized the left."

Left-wing activist David Swanson, "who voted for Obama in 2008 before switching to the Green Party," told the Post that "if George W. Bush were launching wars with Congress out of town, oh, it would be flooded."

But he said liberals give Obama a pass because "he’s more eloquent, he’s more intelligent, he’s African American, he bills himself as a constitutional scholar.”

Medea Benjamin of Code Pink said "the black community is traditionally the most antiwar community in this country," but Obama has "defanged that sentiment within the black community, or certainly voicing that sentiment.”

She told the Post "that the two leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus split on last week’s Syria vote" and said that “if it were under Bush, there would be no split at all and they would all be against this." …

So finally somebody has found the courage to explain why the usual suspects are not protesting Obama’s wars in Syria and Iraq.

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Boehner: Congress Will Vote On War in ’15, If BHO Asks

From the Atlantic magazine:

John Boehner Says Wait ‘Til Next Year For Congressional War Vote

By Russell Berman | September 25, 2014

Members of the House clamoring for a vote on President Obama’s expanded war against the Islamic State will have to wait until 2015 – if they get one at all.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told the New York Times that while he now sees a need for a more extensive congressional debate on the military campaign, he doesn’t think it should occur during the lame-duck session after the November midterm elections.

"Doing this with a whole group of members who are on their way out the door, I don’t think that is the right way to handle this."

The expansion of the war from Iraq to Syria prompted many lawmakers to call for a new vote on the grounds that the 2001 authorization of force that Congress passed is outdated and shouldn’t apply to the offensive against ISIS…

In fact, Obama has also regularly denounced the 2001 authorization of force.

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