Obama Vows ‘Leaner’ Military In Fight Against Terrorists

From a cheering Washington Post:

At N.J. military base, Obama thanks troops, ushers in era of leaner military

By Katie Zezima December 15 at 5:21 PM

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – President Obama came to this base that houses three branches of the military to thank troops for their service and to usher in an era of a leaner military that no longer engages in “nation-building” with large numbers of ground forces.

So he ‘thanked’ the troops by promising to slash their already slashed budget even more.

Flanked by gray C-130 Hercules transport plane in a hangar, Obama welcomed back members of the military who just returned home here and to other bases from Afghanistan, where the president said the war “will come to a responsible end” at the end of December…

So he is going to bug out of Afghanistan like we bugged out of Iraq.

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Taliban Kill 126 At School, Sydney Terrorist Was ‘On Bail’

From CNN:

At least 126, most of them children, slaughtered as Taliban storm Pakistan school

By Sophia Saifi and Paul Armstrong | December 16, 2014

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — The Taliban stormed a military-run school in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday and gunned down at least 126 people, most of them children, in one of the country’s deadliest attacks in recent weeks…

The "deadliest attacks in recent weeks."

Hours after the attack, the Pakistani military was still exchanging gunfire with the militants inside the Army Public School and Degree College, in the violence-plagued city of Peshawar, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the country’s capital, Islamabad…

The death toll has steadily risen, and officials fear it will climb higher. The number of injured was upwards of 100.

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Reader Selected News For The Week Of Dec 13 To Dec 19

This thread is for the busy bees of S&L to post news articles that might not warrant their own thread.

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Texas College Quizzes Students On Their ‘White Privilege’

From Campus Reform:

Prof. measures students’ white privilege with class assignment

By Maggie Lit | December 11, 2014

A professor at Lone Star College in Texas required her students complete a white privilege assignment to measure how privileged they are.

So this nonsense is even happening in Texas. No place is safe.

The assignment consisted of a white privilege handout, quiz, and checklist.The professor allegedly deemed the worksheet appropriate in light of the recent deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. A student whistleblower, who chose to remain anonymous for fear of retribution from the college, told KPRC he felt singled out and uncomfortable despite the class being online, and didn’t feel right answering the questions. ?

“I was shocked, I thought it was a joke [when I received the assignment],” the student told the local station.

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Black Hill Staffers Pose For ‘Hands Up Don’t Shoot’ Photo

From a deeply moved Washington Post:

House staffers gather in solidarity with protests against police shootings

By Joe Davidson | December 11, 2014

In a quiet, dignified way, congressional staffers drew attention to an issue that has become loud and boisterous — police shootings of black males. The cold, cloudy weather seemed an appropriate backdrop as about 100 congressional employees silently gathered on the House steps in solidarity with many across the country who have protested the refusal of grand juries to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York.

The only person who spoke was the Senate chaplain, Barry Black. “Forgive us,” he prayed, “when we have failed to lift our voices for those who couldn’t speak or breathe for themselves.” Black didn’t mention any names, nor did he criticize any agency.

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Fannie/Freddie To Resume Subsidies, Still Owe US $188B

From the Daily Caller:

Taxpayer-Backed Fannie And Freddie Ordered To Subsidize Low-Income Housing

By Rachel Stoltzfoos | December 11, 2014

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have yet to repay a $188 billion taxpayer bailout, but the Federal Housing and Finance Administration ordered the agencies Thursday to begin diverting some of their profits to low-income housing funds.

It’s almost as if the housing collapse that led to the recession didn’t happen. Meanwhile, the Democrats are pretending to be outraged by the rollback of Dodd-Frank that would let airlines buy jet fuel futures in order to keep prices stable.

Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the Financial Services Committee, slammed the move. ”Director Watt’s decision to activate the Fannie and Freddie slush fund may be an early Christmas present for Acorn-like, liberal housing activists, but it’s a lump of coal in the stocking of every American taxpayer,” he said in a statement Thursday.

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Illegals Will Get ‘Earned Income’ And ‘Child Tax’ Credits

From Byron York, over at the Washington Examiner:

Obama opens fraud-ridden benefits programs to illegal immigrants

By Byron York | December 11, 2014

President Obama’s unilateral executive action on immigration will make hundreds of thousands, perhaps more than a million, illegal immigrants eligible for federal transfer payments.

Why not five million? (The number is Obama going to give work permits to. So they will be paying taxes.) In fact, this will eventually be true for all of the 11 or 20 million illegals who are in the US. Many of whom are already defrauding the system.

That will be done primarily through two widely used programs — the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, and the Additional Child Tax Credit, or ACTC.

As it turns out, those two programs are already among the most corrupt and fraud-ridden in the entire federal government.

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AZ Asks SCOTUS To OK Denying Illegals Drivers Licenses

From Reuters:

Arizona asks U.S. top court to OK immigrant driver’s licenses policy

By Lawrence Hurley | December 11, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to allow the state to enforce a policy that denies driver’s licenses to recently legalized young immigrants, in a case that affects about 20,000 state residents…

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in July that there was no legal basis for Arizona’s driver’s license policy… The appeals court ruling was originally due to go into effect on Dec. 1, according to court documents, but the district court judge overseeing the case has not yet issued an injunction, meaning the state can still withhold licenses…

How bigoted of Arizona.

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NYT Crows: Russia Denounces US Over CIA Torture Report

From a beaming New York Times:

Russia Denounces U.S. Over C.I.A. Torture Report

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN | December 11, 2014

MOSCOW — Often castigated by the United States over its record on human rights, democracy and civil liberties, Russia on Thursday seized on the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the use of torture by the C.I.A. to turn the tables on Washington and demand that those responsible be brought to justice.

Which, of course, is exactly what Mr. Obama and the NYT want, at least in the big picture. At the very least, Obama and the NYT don’t want the world to see the US as any kind of moral authority.

Still, it is a little ironic to see the world’s foremost champions of ‘gay rights,’ the NYT snickering at Russia’s finger wagging at the US.

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Feinstein Fact-Checks Brennan On Twitter With Non-Facts

From the Politico:

Dianne Feinstein fact-checks John Brennan on Twitter

By Kendall Breitman | December 11, 2014

As CIA Director John Brennan took the podium on Thursday to address the recent Senate torture report, Sen. Dianne Feinstein took to Twitter to fact-check his remarks…

Proving once again that the Politico is a stranger to the concept of facts. Nothing Ms. Feinstein (or more likely, her radical leftist staffers) posted is a ‘fact,’ let alone a ‘fact check.’

They are naked partisan assertions based on her anonymous staffers’ partisan ‘report.’ But whenever the news media want to try to put over a really big whopper, they call it a fact check.

Brennan also called the report "hyperbole," "exaggeration and misrepresentation" and said claims that no intelligence was gained from the use of these techniques "lacks any foundation at all" …

This is what the AP called ‘threading the needle.’ And what they called Brennan’s ‘finely tuned argument.’ He was about as subtle in his attack on the report as a sledge hammer.

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Obama’s CIA Director Condemns Senate Democrat Report

From the water muddiers at the Associated Press:

CIA chief challenges Senate torture report

By KEN DILANIAN | December 11, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director John Brennan threaded a rhetorical needle in an unprecedented televised news conference at CIA headquarters Thursday, acknowledging that agency officers did "abhorrent" things to detainees but defending the overall post-9/11 interrogation program for stopping attacks and saving lives.

Mr. Brennan didn’t ‘thread any needle.’ He said almost exactly what every other CIA Director and Deputy Director has said about the Democrat staffers’ report: It’s hogwash. (Meaning, ‘crap.’)

At the heart of Brennan’s case is a finely tuned argument (sic): that while today’s CIA takes no position on whether the brutal interrogation tactics themselves led detainees to cooperate, there is no doubt that detainees subjected to the treatment offered "useful and valuable" information afterward.

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Remember When Pelosi And Warren Attacked Shutdowns?

From the Daily Caller:

FLASHBACK: Pelosi Calls Republicans ‘Legislative Arsonists’ Over Shutdown Threat

Derek Hunter | December 11, 2014

… In the 2013 budget battle, House Republicans sought to de-fund Obamacare. Senate Democrats and the White House refused to entertain the idea, or any offer from across the aisle. In the lead up to what was a government shutdown, Nancy Pelosi told CNN’s Candy Crowley:

"But for many of them, I call them legislative arsonists. They’re there to burn down what we should be building up in terms of investments and education and scientific research and all that it is that make our country great and competitive…"

Lest we forget, there have been 14 government shutdowns just since the 1970s. (Most of them have been triggered by the Democrats.) So our country has been burned down quite a lot over the years.

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Tea Party: Cromnibus Helps Fat Cats Donate To GOP Elite

From the Politico:

Tea party fumes over campaign finance plan

By Tarini Parti and Anna Palmer | December 11, 2014

Tea party activists are attacking a campaign finance rider in the $1.1 trillion spending bill that they view as a sneaky power grab by establishment Republicans designed to undermine outside conservative groups.

The provision would increase the amount of money a single donor could give to national party committees each year from $97,200 to as much as $777,600 by allowing them to set up different funds for certain expenses. The change would be a huge boost for party committees that have faced steep challenges in recent years from well-funded outside groups.

Normally, we oppose any and all campaign finance caps. But this seems to have been slipped into the bill simply to give establishment Republicans a way to undermine outside conservative challengers.

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Media Love How A Santa Impersonator Saved Christmas

From the National Journal:

How a Santa Impersonator Saved Christmas for Congress

By Emma Roller | December 11, 2014

For members of Congress eager for their winter break, it was a real D.C. Christmas miracle.

On Thursday, the House of Representatives was set to vote on a rule that would affect whether an enormous spending bill, colloquially known as the "CRomnibus," would pass in time to prevent a government shutdown.

It should be colloquially known as the "CRime-nibus," given that funds so much illegality. Including Obama’s illegal amnesty and Obama’s criminal Obama-Care.

And it all came down to a Santa Claus impersonator. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, an outgoing House member from Michigan, is a reindeer farmer in his spare time. And as a Republican, he was the final deciding vote on the rule, which he originally voted against…

For the record, Mr.

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Gohmert: Boehner Works With Obama Not Conservatives

From Breitbart:

Gohmert: Leadership Wouldn’t Work With Conservatives on Cromnibus

December 11, 2014

Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said that conservatives in the House heard "not one word" from House GOP leadership on compromises to make changes to the cromnibus in order to get conservatives to vote for it even though "we were willing to work with them to compromise" on Thursday’s "Hannity" on the Fox News Channel.

[Rep. Gohmert:] "There was no encouragement to conservatives. The Speaker and Majority Leader, these folks knew there’s money for abortion, money for the EPA to hurt states like Texas, Arizona. There’s just all kinds of money in there for things we don’t support."

But those are things Obama supports. And Mr. Boehner dares not to offend Obama. In fact, Boehner has just made sure that Obama-Care and amnesty are funded for another year, despite his pledge to fight them both ‘tooth and nail.’ (Obama’s golf games with Boehner have really paid off.)

[Rep.

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