Rand Paul Calls For Release Of Secret 800 Page TPP Deal

Once again, Congress has to pass something in order to find out what is in it. Still, why shouldn’t we just trust Obama completely? When has he ever misled us before?

From Breitbart:

Sen. Rand Paul Visits Secret Room To Read Obamatrade, Calls For Public Release Of Deal Text

By Matthew Boyle | May 13, 2015

Washington, DC — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) — an opponent of the secretive Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) that would fast-track the Pacific Rim trade deal Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)—went inside the secret room inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning to read the TPP text and told Breitbart News exclusively afterwards that he believes President Barack Obama should make it public now.

The deal’s text is kept in a room behind double doors that each have signs: “No Public Or Media Beyond This Point.” “It’s done like you’re going in to read a classified briefing though it’s not actually ‘classified.’ It’s called ‘confidential,’” Paul said in an interview with Breitbart News outside the room after reading it.

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Whew! Senate Democrats Reach Deal ‘Fast Tracking’ TPP

Yes, this secret treaty must be rushed through Congress without any amendments or even any review or before the American public of our so-called representatives start to think too much about it.

From Reuters:

Senate Reaches Deal on Trade Vote After Democratic Revolt Against Obama

By Krista Hughes and Richard Cowan | May 13, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators reached a deal on Wednesday to move forward this week with legislation key to the proposed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact, a day after a Democratic rebellion dealt a blow to the White House’s trade agenda.

So it looks like all the liberal Democrats opposition was all for show. Just window dressing to placate the unions and the rest of their lunatic base. (Something the GOP’s ‘leaders’ are past masters at.)

A compromise between Republicans and Democrats would set up a vote on “fast-track” trade authority with a worker assistance provision, while two other trade bills, a customs bill including rules against currency manipulation and one extending African trade benefits, would be considered separately.

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Amtrak Engineer Was A Same Sex Marriage Activist In SF

A few media outlets, including the Daily Mail, are pointing to this article and others which indicate that Brandon Bostian is a ‘gay rights’ activist.

From the October 2012 archives of New York City’s Midtown Gazette:

Campaign for Marriage Equality Continues in New York

By Morgan M. Davis | October 26th, 2012

… Representatives from four organizations- Freedom to Marry, TheFour.com, Empire State Pride Agenda and Marriage Equality USA- hosted a panel at the LGBT Community Center in early October…

Brandon Bostian, a recent transplant to New York, attended the event. Bostian was active in the Proposition 8 fight, which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman, in San Francisco.

According to the NBC News in San Francisco, NBC Bay Area News at 11, Mr.

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Lawyer: Amtrak Engineer Can’t Remember Crash Details

Not to be too cynical, but lawyers often advise their clients to develop memory problems. (Cf. Hillary Clinton and the Rose Law firm records.)

From ABC News:

Amtrak Engineer of Derailed Train, Brandon Bostian, Can’t Remember Crash Details

By MEGHAN KENEALLY and MICHAEL S. JAMES | May 13, 2015

Brandon Bostian, the engineer driving the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night, has no recollection of the crash itself, his attorney told ABC News.

The attorney for Bostian, 32, a Queens, New York, resident, confirmed his identity to ABC News, and added that Bostian voluntarily turned over a blood sample and his cell phone and is cooperating with authorities.

To some extent, anyway. (We later learn that he refused to provide a formal statement to the police.)

He said that Bostian was "very distraught" to learn of the loss of life in the crash, but cannot remember details from the moment of the crash and has "no explanation" for what happened.

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Nets Push For More Amtrak Funding Despite Speed News

You have to give our one party media credit. They never let a crisis go to waste.

From NewsBusters:

Networks Continue to Shamelessly Push Need for More Infrastructure Funding After Amtrak Crash

By Curtis Houck | May 13, 2015

Despite now knowing that the Amtrak train that derailed outside of Philadelphia on Tuesday night was going more than double the speed limit, the “big three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC continued pushing the need for more infrastructure funding and an increase in Amtrak’s budget on their Wednesday evening newscasts.

On the CBS Evening News, anchor Scott Pelley parroted the point that “[s]ome of Amtrak’s equipment has been charitably described as ‘antique,’” before going on fret that “a House panel today cut Amtrak’s budget even more.”

Does Amtrak need more modern speed limit signs?

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NYT Sobs: Amtrak Funding Fails After Speeding Accident

The rule of thumb of the news business is supposed to be: ‘If it bleeds, it leads.’ But the real rule is: ‘If it can advance our agenda, it leads.’ And the Amtrak accident proves that in spades.

First, some pesky details via a deeply disappointed Associated Press:

Investigators: Train in deadly wreck was speeding 106 mph

By GEOFF MULVIHILL | May 13, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people, was hurtling at 106 mph before it ran off the rails along a sharp curve where the speed limit drops to just 50 mph, federal investigators said Wednesday.

The engineer applied the emergency brakes moments before the crash but slowed the train to only 102 mph by the time the locomotive’s black box stopped recording data, said Robert Sumwalt, of the National Transportation Safety Board.

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House Approves Killing NSA’s Meta-Data Tracking Ability

Remember how cutting the funding for DHS by even one thin dime in order to stop them from giving out work permits was ‘throwing open the door to the terrorists’?

From a cheering Washington Post:

House approves measure ending NSA bulk phone data collection program

By Mike DeBonis and Ellen Nakashima | May 13, 2015

A bill that would end the National Security Agency’s mass collection of phone records won broad support in the U.S. House on Wednesday, but key Republican leaders in the Senate remain unconvinced of the need for reform as a crucial deadline approaches.

This is a "reform?" Did we fall asleep for few years? Is it already 9/10 again?

The House approved the USA Freedom Act, which would keep vast troves of phone “metadata” out of government hands as well as make other revisions to the federal government’s surveillance practices, on a 338-to-88 afternoon vote.

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US Won’t Take Credit For ISIS Leader Killed In Mosque

We certainly don’t want to make ISIS mad by bombing a mosque. You know how touchy they are about respecting places of worship.

From BBC News:

Islamic State deputy leader ‘killed in Iraq air strike’

13 May 2015

The second-in-command of Islamic State (IS) has been killed in a US-led coalition air strike in northern Iraq, the Iraqi ministry of defence says. Abdul Rahman Mustafa Mohammed, also known as Abu Alaa al-Afari, was at a mosque near Tal Afar that was targeted, spokesman Brig-Gen Tahsin Ibrahim said.

However, the US military later denied coalition planes had attacked a mosque.

Are people still pretending Muslims don’t use mosques as recruiting centers, as well as fortresses and armories?

In recent weeks, there were unconfirmed reports that Afari had taken temporary charge of IS operations.

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Vatican Recognizes State of Palestine (Peace Is At Hand)

Which once again raises the question, ‘Is the Pope Catholic’? — Clearly, that is no longer a rhetorical question.

From a cheering Los Angeles Times:

Vatican recognizes ‘State of Palestine’

By Batsheva Sobelman, Maher Abukhater | May 13, 2015

The Vatican recognized Palestinian statehood in a treaty Wednesday, generating praise from Palestinians and criticism from Israelis, who said the move does not advance peace efforts.

Ya think? Still, why not recognize the ‘state’ of Hamas and Hezbollah while they are at it? Does the Pope hope that the Muslims will kill him last?

An announcement from the Holy See on long-discussed bilateral issues with Palestinians said an agreement was reached with the “State of Palestine,” a change from the Roman Catholic Church’s diplomatic recognition of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

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Saudis Oil Price Strategy Is Killing Shale Oil Competition

The Saudis could have never done it without the help of Obama and the ‘greens’ and the rest of the radical left.

From the Financial Times:

Saudi claims oil price strategy success

By Anjli Raval | May 13, 2015 

Riyadh — Saudi Arabia says its strategy of squeezing high-cost rivals such as US shale producers is succeeding, as the world’s largest crude exporter seeks to reassert itself as the dominant force in the global oil market.

Even the Saudis would have to admit that the Obama and the rest of the Democrats and the environmentalists and the rest of the radical left have helped them by fighting fracking and oil shale at every turn. (Cf. the Keystone Pipeline.)

Apparently, the ‘progressives’ want to keep the US as dependent as possible on the Middle East for our energy.

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NYT: Saudis Promise To Match Iran’s Nuclear Capability

Way to go Obama. You are ending nuclear proliferation for sure.

From a surprisingly critical New York Times:

Saudi Arabia Promises to Match Iran in Nuclear Capability

By DAVID E. SANGER | May 13, 2015

WASHINGTON — When President Obama began making the case for a deal with Iran that would delay its ability to assemble an atomic weapon, his first argument was that a nuclear-armed Iran would set off a “free-for-all” of proliferation in the Arab world. “It is almost certain that other players in the region would feel it necessary to get their own nuclear weapons,” he said in 2012.

Now, as he gathered Arab leaders over dinner at the White House on Wednesday  and prepared to meet with them at Camp David on Thursday, he faced a perverse consequence: Saudi Arabia and many of the smaller Arab states are now vowing to match whatever nuclear enrichment capability Iran is permitted to retain.

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Record Antarctic Ice May Force Move Of Research Station

Of course this has nothing to do with the world’s real weather. The big picture.

From an unfazed Agence France Presse:

Record Antarctic sea ice a logistic problem for scientists

May 12, 2015

Growing sea ice surrounding Antarctica could prompt scientists to consider relocating research stations on the continent, according to the operations manager of the Australian Antarctic Division.

Rob Wooding said that resupplying Australia’s Mawson Station — the longest continuously operated outpost in Antarctica — relied on access to a bay, a task increasingly complicated by sea ice blocking the way…

Wooding said that at Mawson, the ice typically only breaks up for one or two months of the summer, but in the last four to six years this has not happened every year, and some years only partially.

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Pope Wants More Food Production, Enviro Protections

Never mind that one of the biggest targets of the ‘greens’ is ‘Big Agriculture.’ Which is performing the kind of miracles in feeding the multitudes that the Pope can only talk about.

From the Agence France Presse:

Pope says environmental sinners will answer to God

May 12, 2015

Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Tuesday warned "the powerful of the Earth" they will answer to God if they fail to protect the environment to ensure the world can feed its population. "The planet has enough food for all, but it seems that there is a lack of willingness to share it with everyone," Francis said at a mass to mark the opening of the general assembly of the Catholic charitable organisation Caritas.

"We must do what we can so that everyone has something to eat, but we must also remind the powerful of the earth that God will call them to judgement one day and there it will be revealed if they really tried to provide food for Him in every person and if they did what they could to preserve the environment so that it could produce this food."

And never mind that one of the biggest targets of the environmental movement is ‘Big Agriculture.’ Which is performing the kind of miracles in feeding the multitudes that the Pope can only talk about.

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Boeing Gave Clinton FDN $900K After Scoring $3.7B Deal

Boeing also gave Bill $250,000 for a speech while Hillary was SOS. And their top lobbyist hosted a Hillary fundraiser. But there isn’t even a smidgen of impropriety.

From Fox News:

Clinton facing new ethics questions on role in Boeing deal

By Dan Springer | May 13, 2015

When Hillary Clinton was America’s top diplomat, she also appeared at times like a top salesperson for America’s biggest airplane maker, Boeing.

According to Defense News (August 2014), Boeing is also the second largest defense contractor in the world. Where is the outrage? (Just wait until Obama finds out.)

Traveling abroad on official business as secretary of state, Clinton often visited Boeing facilities and made a pitch for the host country to buy Boeing jets… A sales plug in Russia in 2009, though, may have proved especially fruitful.

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Nets Ignore Vote Against TPP; Obama Regs Cost Biz $80B

If the GOP had slapped down a Republican President like this it would be the lead story for a week, if not longer.

First, from NewsBusters:

ABC, CBS Ignore Senate Democrats Voting to Block Obama on Trade

By Curtis Houck | May 12, 2015

On Tuesday, ABC’s World News Tonight and the CBS Evening News chose to ignore news that Senate Democrats voted to block debate on a series of trade measures pushed by President Barack Obama as part of a push to eventually approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.

Earlier in the day, the Senate failed to reach 60 votes with a 52-45 margin that killed debate on a series of trade measures with only one Democratic Senator in Tom Carper (Del.) voting with Senate Republicans in an attempt to push the deal forward…

Obama is right.

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