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  • Texas captain goofs on coin toss, UCLA receives ball to start both halves(Coached by amateur)

    09/14/2014 4:55:24 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 9 replies
    yeahoo ^ | 9/13/14 | s cooper
    The coin toss for a college football game is a fairly simple thing. A captain from the visiting team calls heads or tails and ordinarily, if he wins the toss, he gets to choose whether his team will receive the kickoff to start the game or he can defer that choice to the second half. Apparently one of Texas’ team captains had trouble understanding this against UCLA on Saturday. The Bruins won the toss and elected to defer their choice to the second half. At that juncture, Texas was given the opportunity to choose whether to receive the opening kickoff...
  • Employees Quit Gun-Free Chipotle, Cite 'Borderline Sweatshop Conditions'

    09/11/2014 5:22:56 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 45 replies
    breitbart ^ | 9/11/14 | a hawkins
    On September 10, one of the stores in the gun-free Chipotle chain "temporarily closed" after employees "walked off the job," citing their work environment/conditions. This particular Chipotle was located in State College, Pennsylvania. According to Eater.com, the employees affixed a note to the drive-thru window explaining their actions: "Want to know why we are closed? Ask our corporate offices why we are forced to work in borderline sweatshop conditions." On May 20, Breitbart News reported that Chipotle banned guns in their restaurants. By doing this, Chipotle became one of the first of six businesses which Moms Demand Action successfully pressured...
  • Susan Rice: This Is 'Very Different' from a War. (Incompetent or just plain stupid?"

    09/11/2014 5:11:52 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 41 replies
    breitbart ^ | 9/11/14
    Thursday on CNN's "The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer," Obama White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice said the president's actions against ISIS are "very different" from America being at war. Rice said, "I don't know whether you want to call it a war or sustained counterterrorism campaign. I think, frankly, this is a counterterrorism operation that will take time. It will be sustained. We will not have American combat forces on the ground fighting as we did in Iraq and Afghanistan which is what I think the American people think of when they think of a war. So I...
  • Electricity Prices on the Rise; New England Leads the Pack

    09/07/2014 2:53:08 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 29 replies
    CFP ^ | 9/5/14
    According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), residential electricity prices have risen by 3.2 percent during the first 6 months of this year compared to the first 6 months of last year—the highest year-over-year growth in 5 years. But, the real story is that New England’s residential electricity prices have risen 11.8 percent over that period—the highest increase anywhere in the nation. That is because New England is shuttering low-cost coal and nuclear plants and replacing them with new natural gas plants and mandated renewable energy sources. Worse, New England has done this against a backdrop of in-sufficient pipeline capacity...
  • Ex-Justice Lawyer: Holder Incapable of Neutrality on Cop Shooting

    08/23/2014 6:02:32 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 17 replies
    newsmax ^ | 8/22/14
    Attorney General Eric Holder is biased and incapable of neutrality in the case of the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white cop in Ferguson, Missouri, according to J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department lawyer. "Of course he's not capable of being unbiased. Attorney General Holder is all about race," Adams told Ben Swann, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. "He said things he shouldn't have said, he went places he shouldn't have gone … he talked about his record of the police harassing him as he sees it, he talked about promising...
  • Probe into Brown shooting goes to pot ("shows that Brown was the quintessential American teenager")

    08/19/2014 11:42:49 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 53 replies
    WP ^ | 8/18/14 | J Capehart
    Reading the profile of Michael Brown by Molly Hennessy-Fiske of the Los Angeles Times over the weekend, one paragraph stood out. He was heavyset and quiet, but not shy. He recorded rap music with his best friend and smoked marijuana with other young men. Hennessy-Fiske also points out that cigarillos, the kind that Brown allegedly stole from a convenience store, are “often used to smoke marijuana.” So, it should hardly come as a shock that Michael Brown had marijuana in his system when he was shot and killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. If anything, this...
  • Obama's Attention to Border Crisis Outrages African-Americans

    08/19/2014 5:09:19 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 21 replies
    newsmax ^ | 8/17/14 | t beamon
    President Barack Obama's attention to the illegal immigration crisis, which could lead him to issue executive orders early next week to delay deportations and grant work permits to as many as 6 million migrants, has soured many of his core voters: African-Americans. Many blacks, who twice voted for Obama in record numbers to elect him — and keep him — as the nation's first African-American president, are angry that he has neglected the problems facing inner cities while working on the border crisis. These big-city ills include chronic black unemployment, poor housing conditions, steep prices for food and services, low...
  • Rand Paul: Police Militarization Makes Americans, Esp. Blacks, Feel 'Gov't Is Targeting Them'

    08/15/2014 12:21:32 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 26 replies
    breitbart ^ | 8/14/14 | t lee
    After another night of violent confrontations between police and demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) argued Thursday that big government has gone too far in militarizing local police forces. Ahead of a potential 2016 presidential run, it was another chance for Paul's liberty-centered philosophy to appeal to libertarians and black voters. After police shot and killed an unarmed black teenager over the weekend, Ferguson residents rioted, looted, and protested this week. The police response has escalated each day, with police on Wednesday firing pepper spray and tear gas and arresting two D.C. journalists. "Americans must never sacrifice their...
  • Obama decries excessive force against Missouri police shooting protesters

    08/15/2014 5:40:40 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 19 replies
    wash times ^ | 8/15/14 | d boyer
    President Obama stepped into a racially charged police shooting in Missouri on Thursday, calling on local police to show restraint with demonstrators as Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. criticized the authorities’ military-style tactics and Gov. Jay Nixon ordered state police to take over security in the roiling town of Ferguson. “We all need to hold ourselves to a high standard, particularly those of us in positions of authority,” Mr. Obama said in his first televised remarks about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white policeman in the predominantly black town of Ferguson, Missouri. The president said...
  • Awash in Coal, U.S. Imports Even More (Obama succeeds once again to screw Americans)

    08/14/2014 6:10:34 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 37 replies
    wsj ^ | 8/13/14 | John W. Miller and
    Coal imports to the U.S. are rising sharply even as coal mines close throughout Central Appalachia. A big reason: price. It costs $26 a ton to ship coal from Central Appalachia to power plants in Florida compared with $15 a ton to get coal from a mine in Colombia, according to research firm IHS Energy. Labor costs are lower in Colombia, and it's much more cost effective to move coal by ship, which can transport well over 50,000 tons of coal, than by train, usually made up of more than 100 railcars, each carrying only 100 tons of coal. In...
  • Texas Democratic Gov. Candidate Wendy Davis Goes Negative in TV Ad (Garbage from trash woman)

    08/09/2014 9:06:18 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 25 replies
    newsmax ^ | 8/8/14 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    In her first television ad of the campaign, Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis goes directly at her opponent, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, attacking him for his role in a 1998 rape case. The ad entitled, "A Texas Story," heavily criticizes a vote Abbott made when he was on the state Supreme Court involving a case in which a woman was raped by a door-to-door salesman. The case at the center of Davis' ad involved the 1993 rape of Dena Kristi Read by Mickey Carter, who was employed as a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman by a distributor of The...
  • Michelle Obama: ‘Women are smarter than men’

    08/07/2014 5:34:40 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 59 replies
    wash times ^ | 8/6/14 | b wolfgang
    First lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday proudly stated she believes women are the smarter sex and must use prominent positions in government, business and other endeavors to affect change. Speaking at a women’s forum at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington alongside former first lady Laura Bush, Mrs. Obama said women in power cannot waste their opportunities because they’re simply more intelligent than men. “Every time I meet a child I think, who knows what’s going on in her life, whether she was just bullied or whether she had a bad day at school or whether she lost a parent...
  • Tea Party Leader: House GOP Finally Listening on Border (to Speaker Cruz)

    08/02/2014 5:58:59 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 8 replies
    newsmax ^ | 8/1/14 | c coren
    Conservative lawmakers have put pressure on House Speaker John Boehner to add items to the emergency border security measure so conservatives in Congress can support it, and tea party leader Jenny Beth Martin says that the House leadership is finally listening. "What I'm seeing this morning from Capitol Hill and this afternoon is that finally the House leadership is paying attention to what the conservatives want," Martin told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV Friday. "They're going back and they're modifying the supplemental bill," she explained. However, the president and co-founder of Tea Party Patriots says that "we will...
  • Dem Rep Slams GOP for Folding to 'Speaker Cruz' (Excellent Idea, Lib!)

    08/01/2014 4:52:23 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 25 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/31/14 | breitbart tv
    Thursday on MSNBC's "Now with Alex Warner," Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) blasted Republican leadership for letting “Speaker Cruz” "call the shots," which caused a delay of the August recess, as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) battled over the bills details. Van Hollen said, “It was Senator Cruz calling the shots, and that’s why people around here are calling him ‘Speaker Cruz’ today." He added, "It means when Speaker Boehner says he’s going to get something done from now on, he’d better be checking with Senator Cruz to see if he’s gonna get the votes...
  • US Chamber to Back Democrat Mary Landrieu

    07/29/2014 1:37:04 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 37 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/28/14 | m flynn
    Rob Engstrom, the US Chamber of Commerce's national political director, recently told a gathering of trade association executives that the Chamber planned to endorse Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu in her reelection bid this year. The endorsement, reported by the New York Times columnist Joe Nocera, could decide the balance of power in the Senate and preserve Sen. Harry Reid as majority leader. Landrieu, running in crimson-red Louisiana, is one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection this November. In the RealClearPolitics average of polls, she trails her leading Republican challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy, by one point. An endorsement...
  • Dr Carson:Costco’s executives are smart businessmen—they didn’t pull D’Souza’s book intentionally

    07/23/2014 6:01:13 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 28 replies
    nat review ^ | 7/23/14 | dr ben carson
    When I was a small child, one of the most dramatic and effective business boycotts in the history of America occurred. This, of course, was the Montgomery bus boycott. By refusing to ride the bus, blacks who were being discriminated against were able to terminate many discriminatory practices not only in Alabama but also throughout the South. The white-owned businesses were clearly being unfair, and the public transportation system was no better. The actions taken were appropriate and in many cases heroic. The power of the purse, particularly in a capitalistic society, is mighty, and business boycotts are a potent...
  • Get Ready for the New England Power Shortage

    07/19/2014 6:18:35 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 34 replies
    am spectator ^ | 7/18/14 | w tucker
    n 1980, under the first administration of Governor Jerry Brown, California decided it wasn’t going to build any more power plants but would follow Amory Lovins’ “soft path,” opting instead for conservation and renewable energy. By 2000, with the new digital economy sucking up electricity, a drought in the Pacific Northwest cut hydropower output and the state found itself facing the Great California Electrical Shortage. You know what happened next. For weeks the Golden State struggled to find enough electricity to power its traffic lights. Brownouts and blackouts cascaded across the state while businesses fired up smoke-belching diesel generators to...
  • Holder Attacks Palin: Bad VP Candidate, 'Even Worse Judge' of Impeachment

    07/13/2014 10:35:34 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 36 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/13/14 | breitbart tv
    Sunday on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Attorney General Eric Holder blasted former Gov. Sarah Palin's (R-AK) for her call to impeach President Barack Obama by saying, "She wasn't a particularly good vice presidential candidate. She's an even worse judge of who ought to be impeached and why." House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and other senior Republicans have dismissed Palin's calls and instead have opted to file a lawsuit against Obama's executive overreach. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said earlier on the program, "We are not working on or drawing up articles of impeachment. He has not...
  • Panama Canal Widening to Hit California Port Revenue (Another nail in coffin of the liberal state)

    07/10/2014 5:25:44 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 36 replies
    am thinker ^ | 7/10/14
    Texas stands to take a bite out of California’s lucrative port business according to the Wall Street Journal. The widening of the Panama Canal, due for completion in early 2016, will divert a significant portion of the lucrative container shipments that currently pass through the Port of Los Angeles and other West Coast ports. The canal’s widening will allow much larger container ships to transit the canal and deliver their goods to the Port of Houston and other ports along the Gulf and East Coasts. The WSJ reports: Because of cheaper per-unit shipping costs, as much as 25% of West-bound...
  • Two Robberies at Target Since Chain Asked Law-Abiding Citizens to Shop Unarmed

    07/10/2014 4:55:01 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 28 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/9/14 | a hawkins
    On July 2 Breitbart News reported that interim Target CEO John Mulligan "respectfully" asked law-abiding citizens not to bring their guns in Target stores. Since then, Gainesville, Georgia, police have arrested three over a Target parking lot robbery and are looking for another man who punched a woman and stole her Mercedes at a Decatur, Georgia, Target as well. Just days after Target's request the Gainesville Times reported that three men were arrested for allegedly pulling a handgun to rob a man in a Target parking lot. The three – Xavier Holland, 21; Zuccari Goudelock, 20; and Kenneth Long, 17...
  • Send U.S. marshals to the border (message from a lib)

    07/07/2014 1:48:54 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    cnn ^ | Ruben Navarrette
    President Obama needs to send U.S. marshals to Southern California. They can protect the Central American women and children whom the federal government has sent out West, with more due to arrive every 72 hours under an immigrant redistribution plan hatched by the Obama administration. The next group of immigrants is expected to arrive on July 7. The marshals could ensure that nobody interferes with this federal law enforcement operation, as was done last week by angry protesters in Murrieta, California, a small town in southwest Riverside County, about 70 miles north of San Diego. It was there that the...
  • 'Blood Feud’ book: Michelle Obama dubs Hillary Clinton ‘Hildebeest,’ mulls W.H. run

    06/23/2014 5:58:17 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 36 replies
    wash times ^ | 6/23/14 | c chumley
    Author Edward Klein’s newest release, “Blood Feud,” is being billed as a tell-all of the animosity that marked the Clinton-Obama family relations — and already sparks are flying over first lady Michelle Obama’s less-than-complimentary pet name for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Mrs. Obama, along with adviser and friend Valerie Jarrett, dubbed her “Hildebeest,” especially during talks over a bottle of wine they would share in a quiet section of the White House, The Blaze reported. Meanwhile, former President Bill Clinton didn’t possess any particular affinity for President Obama, either. From the book, Mr. Clinton was caught saying to...
  • Sens. Corker, Murphy Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax (Spot the RINO here)

    06/18/2014 3:23:28 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 33 replies
    newsmax ^ | 6/18/14
    Two senators unveiled a bipartisan plan Wednesday to raise federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades, pitching the proposal as a solution to Congress' struggle to pay for highway and transit programs. The plan offered by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., would raise the 18.4-cents-a-gallon federal gas tax and 24.4-cents-a- gallon diesel tax by 12 cents each over the next two years, and then index the taxes to keep pace with inflation. The plan also calls for offsetting the tax increases with other taxes cuts. Senators said that could be...
  • Obama: 'The First Lady Doesn't Get Paid and She Works Pretty Hard' (Liar-in-Chief)

    06/18/2014 3:15:03 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 34 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/18/14
    Tuesday while President Barack Obama was answering questions at TechShop Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, he used first lady Michelle Obama as an example of the importance of equal pay for families. The president explained he wants Michelle to get fairly paid for her efforts. "I want her to get what she rightful deserves," he said. "The first lady is a bad example because the first lady doesn't get paid and she works pretty hard." In 2012 it was widely reported taxpayers had already spent approximately $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, clothing, housing, flying and entertaining Obama's family. The Office...
  • Michelle Obama: Immigrants Just Like Founding Fathers, Not 'Born American'(Proven incompetence)

    06/18/2014 3:10:51 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 72 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/18/14 | c spiering
    First Lady Michelle Obama reminded attendees of a naturalization ceremony Wednesday that the Founding Fathers weren’t born in America. The ceremony for 50 new U.S. citizens was held at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. “It’s amazing that just a few feet from here where I’m standing are the signatures of the 56 Founders who put their names on a Declaration that changed the course of history,” she said during her speech, referring to the Declaration of Independence. “And like the 50 of you, none of them were born American – they became American.” Obama pointed out that the Founding...
  • California Lawmakers Push Ammunition Registration, 'Ammunition Purchaser Permit'

    06/16/2014 5:15:36 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 53 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/15/14 | a hawkins
    California lawmakers are considering the creation of an ammunition registry that will require ammunition purchasers to go through a background check--including fingerprinting--and obtain an "ammunition purchaser permit" before getting ammo. The registry is contained in Senate Bill 53, which passed in the California Assembly Public Safety Committee 5-2 on June 12. According to the NRA-ILA: "If passed and enacted into law, SB 53 would require the collection and reporting of personal consumer information and thumbprinting for all ammunition purchases throughout the state. It would also ban online and mail-order sales of all ammunition, including hunting and collectible ammunition." Additionally, SB...
  • Liberal groups angry with SC pols over order to teach Constitution

    06/14/2014 6:04:30 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 33 replies
    foxnews ^ | 6/13/14 | s mcneal
    The South Carolina legislature has rankled liberal groups after requiring that a pair of public schools use state funds to teach the U.S. Constitution and other founding documents -- on the heels of a budget fight over gay-themed books in the curriculum. State House lawmakers previously had cut funds from two public universities in retaliation for required-reading material containing homosexual themes. A revised budget passed by both the House and the Senate earlier this month, though, restored the money -- but dictated that exact amount be spent "for instruction in the provisions and principles of the United States Constitution, the...
  • Climate Change Induced Corn-mageddon? (Another stupid environmental wacko theory)

    06/14/2014 5:53:01 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 57 replies
    am thinker ^ | 6/14/14 | s rayne
    According to a new article at the Guardian, corn-mageddon could be just around the corner in the United States because of anthropogenic climate change: "The days of 'king corn' could be numbered as climate change brings higher temperatures and water shortages to America's farmland, a new report warned on Wednesday... The report amplifies warnings earlier this year from United Nations climate scientists and the National Climate Assessment that America's agricultural industry -- and specifically its corn crop -- was at risk from the high temperatures and water shortages anticipated under climate change... Corn uses the most water for irrigation of...
  • Obama says America ‘should be ashamed’ of its gun laws\ (2md Amendment trashing)

    06/11/2014 5:18:00 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 84 replies
    wash times ^ | 6/11/14 | b wolfgang
    Calling the failure to pass gun-control laws the biggest frustration of his time in office, President Obama on Tuesday said America “should be ashamed” of its gun laws, decried the type of violence seen again Tuesday at an Oregon school, and praised a country that more or less banned all long guns. Speaking to Tumblr founder David Karp, Mr. Obama said the U.S. does not conform to the rest of the “advanced, developed” world when it comes to gun laws, resurrecting his plea for restrictions on the sale of firearms. He also disputed the notion that mental illness is solely...
  • John Cornyn: America Needs To Care For 'Dumped' Children (wants them to be wards of the State)

    06/10/2014 4:39:16 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 109 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/1/14 | c spiering
    Sen. John Cornyn criticized President Obama for creating a “human magnet” with his unlawful approach to immigration enforcement, but admitted that Americans had a duty to care for the children that were flooding into the country. “They need to be taken care of, I mean they’ve been left, basically dumped at America’s doorstep, and we need to treat them compassionately we need to make sure they get the care they need,” Cornyn explained to reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday afternoon. Cornyn pointed out that children as young as four years old had traveled as many as 1,200 miles, suffering...
  • King Obama Vows to Go Around Congress on Student Loans

    06/07/2014 12:16:26 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 51 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/7/14
    In this week's address, President Barack Obama underscored the importance of helping to lift the burden of crushing student loan debt faced by too many Americans and highlighted the efforts he's taken to ensure we uphold America's commitment to provide a quality education for all who are willing to work for it.
  • Highway (trust fund) robbery:Obama wants new taxes to replenish the trust fund depleted by raiding

    06/07/2014 5:17:07 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 63 replies
    washtimes ^ | 6/6/14
    The Highway Trust Fund is running on fumes, and this is sending certain congressmen and the administration into a tizzy. The administration insists that America’s roads are crumbling, the bridges tumbling, and Congress must raise taxes, or else. “If they don’t act by the end of the summer,” President Obama says, “federal funding for transportation projects will run out — will run out. There will be no money. The cupboard will be bare.” This is a classic Washington crisis by the numbers. Congress sets up a “trust fund” — in this case, the Highway Trust Fund — and depletes it...
  • Unfit to be President: Obama chews gum during D-Day ceremonies, sparks Twitter outrage

    06/06/2014 2:26:35 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 137 replies
    washtimes ^ | 6/6/14 | k howell
    <p>President Obama was caught on camera chewing gum during the D-Day ceremonies in France as Queen Elizabeth II was welcomed, and Twitter feeds worldwide exploded with criticism.</p>
  • Respect for the Military? White House calls Bergdahl’s Fellow Soldiers Liars

    06/06/2014 10:15:57 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 11 replies
    cfp ^ | 6/6/14 | r zieve
    There are no depths to which the Obama syndicate will not sink, in order to suppress and destroy the truth. And there is no tactic too demeaning for them to use against their enemies. The White House Officially Turns Against the Soldiers Obama Commands The soldiers who served with deserter Bowe Bergdahl knew about his desertion in 2009 and the note and emails he had left behind. Bergdahl said he was “ashamed to be an American.” In 2012 even left leaning Rolling Stone Magazine reported emails Bergdahl had sent to his parents condemning the US Military and Americans in general:...
  • Emptying Gitmo: Government considers freeing another Guantanamo inmate, on heels of Bergdahl swap

    06/04/2014 12:13:31 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 45 replies
    foxnews ^ | 6/4/14 | n kalman
    As controversy grows over the release of five hardened Taliban detainees in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the Obama administration is considering springing yet another prisoner from Guantanamo Bay. Fouzi Khalid Abdullah al-Awda appeared via a video feed before a review board Wednesday morning in northern Virginia, often smiling as his private counsel Eric Lewis made the case for his release. Al-Awda has been held prisoner for 12 years. According to Defense Department officials and his official Guantanamo detainee profile, he traveled from his home in Kuwait to Afghanistan just before the 9/11 attacks to train in terrorist camps, and...
  • An odd coincidence in the Bergdahl release? (Highest level of Treason if proven)

    06/04/2014 7:47:39 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 50 replies
    am thinker ^ | 6/4/14 | j kissner
    There are a few potentially important details surrounding the timeline leading to Bowe Bergdahl’s release that might deserve some discussion. Truth Revolt supplies some details on the timeline: This week’s [the week of Bergdahl’s release] secret diplomacy was not the first time the U.S. government had engaged the Taliban in an effort to negotiate a prisoner swap for the release of Bergdahl. In 2011, State Department officials held a series of meetings with Taliban leaders in Doha. In Congress, there was bipartisan opposition to any release of Guantanamo prisoners. After the negotiations were made public in early 2012 by Sen....
  • Obama: Sorry I Broke The Law In Not Notifying Congress About Prisoner Swap

    06/03/2014 2:16:28 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 49 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/3/14 | c spiering
    A top aide to President Obama is now apologizing to Congress for not informing lawmakers, as required by law, that the White House was planning to trade an alleged deserter for five top Taliban commanders. The apology comes after Obama himself defended his actions this morning, insisting his administration had discussed the release with Congress “for some time.” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told reporters that she received a call from Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken on Monday evening apologizing for failing to inform Congress about the deal to exchange five Taliban detainees for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl....
  • Sen. Rubio: I'm Considering Run for the White House

    06/03/2014 10:58:37 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 84 replies
    newsmax ^ | 6/3/14 | Drew MacKenzie
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has made his intentions clear as he hit the campaign trail with Jodi Ernst on the eve of the crowded Iowa GOP U.S. Senate primary. First, he hopes to help Republicans gain control of the U.S. Senate, either in the midterm elections or in 2016, and that has led to him stumping for Ernst, The Des Moines Register reported. The primary in Iowa is Tuesday. Second, after taking a back seat last year as a potential GOP candidate for president, Rubio is pondering his political future and that may lead to him taking a shot at...
  • Susan Rice: We didn’t negotiate with terrorists, Qatar did.

    06/03/2014 6:07:50 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 60 replies
    cfp ^ | 6/3/14 | r laurie
    This weekend, White House national security adviser Susan Rice took a break from her busy schedule of scouring YouTube for blamable videos, and sat down with CNN’s Candy Crowley. You may remember Crowley as the “journalist” who likes helping floundering Democrat Presidents score points in political debates. Crowley wanted to know if, in fact, the United States had negotiated with terrorists in its effort to secure Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release. The short answer is “yes,” but this is the Obama administration. ...So you never get the short answer. “Point blank,” Crowley asked. “Did the US negotiate with terrorists for his...
  • Inflicting Pain for Political Gain(Read if you wanna get mad this morning)

    05/28/2014 6:14:40 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 15 replies
    nat review ^ | 5/28/14 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    In the early days of last October’s government shutdown, South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard, a Republican, wanted to use state and private funds to keep Mount Rushmore open — an offer the Department of the Interior quickly rebuffed, even as its high-ranking staff circulated accounts of the shutdown’s harmful effects on would-be visitors and private-sector park workers. . Advertisement Evidently the Department of the Interior didn’t want the media to know it had so bluntly turned down the governor’s detailed proposal, which was accompanied by a logistical addendum that outlined how Daugaard would keep Mount Rushmore equipped with security, parking,...
  • Michelle Obama: Changes to School Lunch Menu 'Unacceptable'

    05/27/2014 4:01:44 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 83 replies
    breitbart ^ | 5/27/14 | c spiering
    First Lady Michelle Obama sent a strong message to Republicans in Congress who want to allow local school districts to opt out of the federal regulations on school lunches. "This is unacceptable," she said during a roundtable discussion of the issue. “It's unacceptable to me not just as First Lady but also as a mother." The strict rules, passed in 2010, limit the amount of fat, calories, sugar, and sodium served in school meals. House Republicans are supporting a measure that would allow some school districts to opt out of the standards — if they can prove that it is...
  • Why you can't fix stupid:Republicans Say They'd Restore Filibuster If in Power

    05/26/2014 6:00:09 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 51 replies
    breitbart ^ | 5/26/14 | k ppickett
    The Democrats’ majority in the Senate is on the line this election season, and if Republicans take back control, the GOP will need to decide on new rules for the new Congress in the upper chamber. Some Republican members are willing to go back to way things were before Harry Reid took the gavel. In the wake of the recent controversial nomination of Judge David Barron, author of the memo which gave a legal basis to kill Americans abroad with drones, to the first U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Republicans became apoplectic after getting word that Senate Majority Leader Harry...
  • Premature suicide belt explosion dampens jihadi party (Feel good video of Memorial Day)

    05/26/2014 5:54:45 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 33 replies
    am thinker ^ | 5/25/14 | t lifson
    It’s the feel-good video of the day. I’d trade it for six cute puppy or kitten videos. (WeIl, except maybe this one.) It happened in Syria, when a bunch of terrorists, said to be from abroad, got together for a little party. (Video below) Sean Brown of Mad World News reports: The Syrian-based terror group is all sitting around singing, rifles stacked in the middle of the room in a menacing manner and their flag draped on the wall above. As their celebration continues, all of the sudden there’s a massive BOOM and the camera is shot off the screen....
  • Two Charts and Their Portent(Perceptions of American energy abundance will do an abrupt about face)

    05/26/2014 5:50:04 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 23 replies
    am thinker ^ | 5/26/14 | d archibald
    Last week brought news that the Energy Information Agency (EIA) has reduced its estimate of recoverable oil from the Monterey Shale in California from 13.7 billion barrels to 600 million barrels. To put that in perspective, the U.S. consumes 6.9 billion barrels per annum and produces 2.7 billion barrels. The shortfall of production relative to consumption is made good by spending $400 billion a year-odd on imported oil. While the initial estimate for the Monterey Shale can be put down to hubris, there is another tight oil formation in which the EIA’s reserve estimate looks quite good given the vagaries...
  • Father of Slain Victim Blames Son’s Death on NRA and Craven Politicians(eh, knife victims too?)

    05/25/2014 10:20:42 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 34 replies
    breitbart ^ | 5/24/14 | r wilde
    In an emotional statement, the father of a victim of the mass murder in Isla Vista on Friday night addressed reporters Saturday and warned families that it can happen to them too. "Our family has a message for every parent out there: You don’t think it’ll happen to your child until it does.” According to the Los Angeles Times, Richard Martinez, the father of Chris Martinez, who was killed in the premeditated attack near the campus of UC Santa Barbara, spoke for 45 minutes, extolled the virtues of his son, and expressed his disdain for the National Rifle Association for...
  • Obama blames Founding Fathers’ ‘structural’ design of Congress for gridlock

    05/24/2014 5:37:11 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 77 replies
    wash times ^ | 5/23/14 | d boyer
    President Obama is taking a swipe at the Founding Fathers, blaming his inability to move his agenda on the “disadvantage” of having each state represented equally in the Senate. At a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago Thursday night, Mr. Obama told a small group of wealthy supporters that there are several hurdles to keeping Democrats in control of the Senate and recapturing the House. One of those problems, he said, is the apportionment of two Senate seats to each state regardless of population. “Obviously, the nature of the Senate means that California has the same number of Senate seats as Wyoming....
  • Restaurant With Anti-Gun Policy Robbed at Gunpoint(Created a Killing Zone)

    05/23/2014 4:33:37 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 26 replies
    newsmax ^ | 5/22/14 | j devaney
    A North Carolina restaurant that posted a sign out front saying it was a gun-free zone was robbed at gunpoint earlier this week. As seen in surveillance video, Eyewitness News 11 reports, three men wearing hooded sweatshirts and wielding handguns entered The Pit, a barbecue restaurant, through the kitchen Sunday night. Two employees were assaulted during the robbery, although the restaurant's owner says, "[t]hey're doing great." The restaurant has a sign on its front window that reads, "No Weapons. No Concealed Firearms." A pro-gun website published a photo of the sign this week in the wake of the robbery. Several...
  • John Cornyn Publicly Mocks Popular Texas Tea Party Leader

    05/21/2014 4:10:25 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 11 replies
    breitbart ^ | // | k tate
    Last night Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn took to Twiiter to attack former Texas House candidate and popular Tea Party activist Katrina Pierson. "That tweet was completely unprovoked," Pierson told Breitbart Texas. "With all the tweets Cornyn gets, why would he respond to that one? He was digging at me personally." It is unclear if the tweet was written by a staffer or by Cornyn himself, but according to Pierson, Cornyn said in the past that he controls his own account. "We all know that John Cornyn runs his own Twitter account," Pierson said. "He tells people, 'Just contact me,...
  • VA Fast-Tracks Sex Change for Manning While Vets Die on Waiting Lists (Sickening)

    05/17/2014 8:32:00 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 28 replies
    breitbart ^ | 5/16/14 | t rose
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has formally approved the request of Pvt. Bradley Manning, convicted for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks, to be temporarily transferred out of military custody in order to undergo expensive hormone therapy and surgery to become a woman. Manning, whose taxpayer-funded request to change his name from Bradley to Chelsea was approved last month by a Kansas court, has been able to obtain repeated diagnoses from military doctors that he suffers from “gender dysphobia”; a condition of someone ‘discontented’ with the sex they were ‘assigned with’ at birth. It was first listed as a medical condition in...
  • Obama-Approved Illegal Alien Assailants:jobs Americans don't want to do-robbing and mugging

    05/17/2014 6:20:24 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 7 replies
    am thinker ^ | 5/17/14
    Rumor has it that Barack Obama may be readying another Executive Order. This time it’s to halt the deportation of illegal immigrants. That announcement comes just days after America was alerted to the fact that in 2013, with the approval of the Obama administration, ICE released 36,000 illegal immigrant convicts who were patiently awaiting the outcome of deportation proceedings similar to the ones the president is currently hoping to do away with. Now, coming out of Tucson, Arizona we hear the story of an innocent woman almost having her skull fractured by an illegal alien drug smuggler as she cleaned...