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Your Phone Calls are Making an Impact on Capitol Hill — It’s Not Too Late to Halt Obama’s Agenda

June 26, 2013

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RUSH: Okay, folks, let me ask you: What area of disintegration of the United States do you want me to start with here today? You want me to start with the IRS scandal? You want me to start withimmigration reform? You want me to start with Obama’s green initiative, which will be the final nail in the coffin of the US economy? You want me to start with the Supreme Court decisions today?

What do you want to start with?

I’ll give you some polling data to start with, and then I’ll get to the court stuff. I’d actually rather start with some polling information data. Story from The Daily Caller: “Immigration Reform Critics Flood Senate with Phone Calls.” You are overwhelming them and it is working, apparently. “Critics of the Democrat-led immigration rewrite are bombarding Senate orifices with thousands of phone calls. Advocates say that those calls are keeping numerous wayward Republican senators from joining the Democrats’ immigration bill.”

And, by the way, in a “closed-door meeting” today, John Boehner told the Republicans that the House will not bring up the Senate immigration bill. That’s in a closed-door meeting today. A National Review reporter tweeted this out that Boehner has told House Republicans the House will not bring up the Senate amnesty bill. And one of the reasons why, no question about it, is your phone calls. Now, it’s funny… Well, it’s not funny, but it’s interesting how the State-Controlled Media is not reporting this. It’s almost as if they don’t want us to know that it’s going on.

Because, after all, it might give us the crazy and dangerous idea that letting our voices be heard is working — and the last thing that the Drive-By Media wants you to know is that your opinion and your action and your phone calls are having an impact. Apparently this is one of the lessons that the Drive-Bys learned from when the push for amnesty was shot down back in 2007. It’s the same thing that happened then.

You and millions of others literally overwhelmed Washington with your telephone calls and shut it down. So they try to keep you distracted with other news (even Obama scandals) until amnesty is a done deal. But The Daily Caller’s Neil Munro is the reporter — and you might remember Neil Munro. He’s the guy that the media chased all the way to Washington Monument from the White House Rose Garden when he dared to ask the Dear Leader a question at a White House ceremony.

Imagine that, a reporter asking the president a question! He supposedly broke tradition, format, or whatever. The Drive-Bys started chasing Munro out of there and they ripped him to shreds. That’s the guy that has the details. “Critics of the Democrat-led immigration rewrite are bombarding Senate offices with thousands of phone calls, and advocates say those calls are keeping numerous wayward GOP Senators from joining the Democrats’ immigration bill.

“‘Five hundred [calls] yesterday, and right now, they’re just ringing non-stop,’ said an upset staffer at the office of Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker, who has voted on both sides of the dispute.” Five hundred calls, and that’s just to one senator. That’s probably the number that are getting through. That’s not the total number of people calling. That’s just the people getting through, and that’s just to one senator.

“Protestors have sent ‘hundreds or thousands’ of calls to Ohio Republican Sen. Robert Portman’s Republican office, a staff member told The Daily Caller. ‘That vast majority of calls today have been on that… [and] we’ve been getting calls on that for a couple of weeks,’ said a staffer working for Pennsylvania Democrat Sen. Robert Casey.”

You won’t read about this anywhere else the State-Controlled Media. And again, John Boehner, according to a National Review reporter’s tweet, told House Republicans that the House will not bring up the Senate immigration bill. Now, one of the targets for this, one of the many reasons Dingy Harry is putting the pedal to the metal on this, is the August recess.

They know that you Tea Party people go to town hall meetings, and they traditionally conduct town hall meetings during the August recess. Now, this isn’t an election year, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of these members actually cancel town hall meetings. But those that have them, you’re gonna be there. You’re gonna storm these things. You’re gonna let people know what-for.

Dingy Harry wanted amnesty passed in both houses before members went home so it didn’t matter what happened at the town halls. That’s just one of the many reasons why they’re putting the hurry on this. Now polling data. The Washington Examiner: “Poll: 77% of Americans Oppose Schumer-Rubio’s Welfare Benefits for Immigrants.” Seventy-seven percent!

“Majorities of Americans may tell pollsters they support the idea of giving citizenship to illegal immigrants, but a new poll from National Journal suggests that may change as they are better informed about what the immigration legislation currently being debated in Congress really does. According to the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, 77% of Americans oppose giving government benefits, like food stamps and Medicaid, to illegal immigrants before they become citizens.

“Not only do 90% of Republicans oppose such a policy, but 65% of Democrats do as well.” Well, now, the first part of the story, “Majorities of Americans may tell pollsters they support the idea of giving citizenship…” Of course they’re gonna say that. They don’t want to be tarred and feathered. It’s the same thing with the Wilder Effect in taking a poll on Obama.

Nobody’s gonna say what they really think because they don’t want the pollster, even if it’s a phone robo-call, to think that they’re a racist. Same thing here with immigration. So the story says, “Majorities of Americans may tell pollsters they support the idea of giving citizenship to” illegals, but when they find out that they’re gonna get all kinds of welfare benefits and so forth, that changes on a dime. Seventy-seven percent.

So, folks, keep talking.

Keep talking to your neighbors. Keep talking to anybody. Keep telling people what this amnesty bill really is. Once they find out what it really is, there is dramatic opposition to it — and even without this, Obama appears to be in trouble. I don’t know what ramifications any of this is gonna have, but I still wanted to pass it on to you. “A new Fox News poll released Tuesday shows that President Obama’s troubles have only gotten worse since the cable news network’s previous poll.

“As of now, Obama is upside down by a full eight points with only 43% approving of his job performance while 51% disapprove. Last month, in this same poll, Obama was in a little better shape at 44% – 50%.” I know what you’re saying, “What does this matter, Rush? What does Obama approval-disapproval matter? I mean, he’s not gonna run for election. What does it matter?” What it indicates is a shift.

Remember, we’re only in the first year of the guy’s second term here, folks. We’re only in the first year. Obamacare has yet to be fully implemented. Amnesty is out there being debated. Well, not debated. They’re trying to ram it down everybody’s throat. Obama proposed yesterday… You know, I opened the program yesterday telling you that I had encountered people over the weekend that were telling me what a bumbling idiot they thought Obama was for the surface reasons.

“He can’t speak without the prompter!” I said, “What are you talking about? This guy, from his point of view, is the most successful president in my lifetime! This guy’s getting everything he wanted! In his first term alone, look at what he got. People on the Democrat side have been trying to get national health care for 55, 60 years; he did it. The stimulus. His objectives on the economy, shrinking it and growing government. He’s had phenomenal success, from his standpoint.”

Now, it does not mean success for the country, but it does for him. This is why, dare I remind you, I said, “I hope he fails,” and he has not failed, from his standpoint. From the standpoint of the left, from the standpoint of the Democrat Party, he has not failed. But he’s only in the first the year of the second term. This green energy thing that he proposed yesterday, depending on where you read, you can find media people thought it was no big deal, not enough.

Of course I read, as I’ve mentioned I don’t know how many times (I hate to be redundant about this, but people are new tuning in each and every day), I read the tech blogs. The tech blogs are made up of young, impressionable, elitist-type kids, and they all think that they are scientists and engineers. As such, they totally believe the “science” of global warming. Whereas you and I look at the fraud of global warming science, they have swallowed it hook, line, and sinker.

It’s fascinating. It is literally fascinating.

It’s a fascinating thing to expose yourself to, to see how these people are lassoed by the leftist power structure. They think that it’s all science. They think it’s undeniable — and, as such, many of the tech bloggers are disappointed with Obama’s green energy speech. “It doesn’t go nearly far enough!” In fact, one of the sites talks about how this thing actually does more harm than good from their perverted perspective on this. The point is that depending on where you look, you’ll find differing opinions on Obama’s green energy.

What you need to know about it is that it is a continuation of Obama’s war on the private sector and traditional sources of energy for which there are no replacements yet, for which there are no substitutes. There’s nothing to take the place of oil, yet Obama wants to get rid of it. There’s nothing to take the place of natural gas; Obama wants to get rid of it. There’s nothing. It’s crony capitalism. It’s Solyndra after Solyndra after Solyndra. It is an absolute boondoggle. It’s horrible.

But if it happens, folks, it’s a bad, bad thing for the US economy, if it happens. But it hasn’t yet. It’s just at the proposal stage. So the 2014 midterm elections loom, and they continue to gain, actually, in importance. So the Fox News poll, his approval numbers way down. He’s upside down. Only 43% approval. In the same poll, 70% want more investigations of what happened in Libya, Benghazi. They want more investigations of the IRS.

Now, the Fox poll, just so you understand, has never been a poll that has been tough on Obama. The Fox News poll has always been… It’s fairly supportive of Obama. The Fox News poll has not been in any way — either in the way it’s conducted or the way it’s reported — biased against Obama like some people on the left think. So these are important numbers. It’s a legitimately accurate poll, as it turns out, at least the way it compares with the others.

So this is big.

Seventy percent want more investigations. Washington Times: “Obama Job Approval Underwater.” Sixty-one percent of independents disapprove of Obama’s job performance. The Gallup poll has the similar numbers. So some people might say, “Well, Rush, this is too little, too late.” No, it isn’t. No, it’s not. This is just the first year of the second term, and nothing is etched in stone yet.

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RUSH: One thing on Boehner and the tweet from National Review Online saying that Boehner will not bring up the Senate immigration bill. Don’t stop pounding them, folks.Remember what Senator Cruz said. Just call ’em. Keep calling your senator and your members of the House of Representatives, members of Congress. Keep calling them. We don’t know that this is actually true. It could be true now, could not be true tomorrow.

Boehner may change his mind on whether to bring it up, and it doesn’t preclude the use of the conference committee. So, you know, it’s important to keep pounding. It is working. It is having an impact. I’ll tell you, there’s another way we know it’s having impact and it’s not being reported. The Daily Caller is the only place that’s reporting it, and the reason for that is that the media doesn’t want you to know, nor do the Democrats, nor does Obama. They don’t want you to know it’s working.

There’s no question about that.

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been a Hawaii-stationed employee of security contractor Booz Allen Hamilton for less than three months.

The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, the Guardian reports.

Snowden is interviewed by journalist and blogger Glenn Greenwald in a nearly 13-minute video made available on the Guardian’s website.

Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.

From the moment he decided to disclose numerous top-secret documents to the public, he was determined not to opt for the protection of anonymity according to the Guardian, which after several days of interviews revealed his identity at his request.

“I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong,” Snowden said, according to the UK paper that broke his revelations about the extent of  National Security Agency spying on Internet usage in a top secret program code-named “Prism.”

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Snowden Snowballs Into Colossal Embarrassment for Obama and his Foreign Policy

Posted By Bridget Johnson On June 24, 2013 @ 8:09 pm In Politics | 27 Comments

Not even a week ago, President Obama was at the Berlin Wall vowing to scale back the U.S. arsenal in good faith that Moscow would follow suit in “negotiated cuts.”

Before that, Obama was meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Palm Springs for a bilateral sit-down that he confidently branded as a positive step forward in U.S.-China relations.

Buoyed by NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s revelations of U.S. intelligence activities and after reportedly milking the hard drives of four laptops he carried into his Hong Kong hotel, the Chinese government defied a Washington extradition request and let Snowden leave the former British territory.

Once safely at the airport in Moscow, his U.S. passport revoked, Snowden had cover from Russia as he obtained financial and legal assistance from WikiLeaks and petitioned Ecuador for asylum.

Even if the Ecuador claim is intended to throw pursuers off his trail, any number of countries less than friendly with the Obama administration may be lining up to give the former NSA contractor safe haven. Considering Snowden was charged under the Espionage Act, there are enough political loopholes in extradition treaties to ensure the administration will have a hard time getting him back.

And considering these disastrous turns for a president who declared first-term success in improving America’s image across the globe while resetting relations with old foes, America’s superpower image has taken a super hit with these Snowden snubs.

“We understand that he departed Hong Kong yesterday and that he arrived in Russia. Beyond that, I would refer you with regards to his whereabouts to Russian authorities,” a testy Jay Carney told reporters at the White House briefing today.

“I would say that we are, obviously, in conversations, and that we are working with them or discussing with them and — or rather, expecting them to look at the options available to them to expel Mr. Snowden back to the United States to face justice for the crimes with which he is charged,” Carney continued.

On Hong Kong, Carney gave a lengthy explanation of contacts the U.S. had with the special administrative region of China regarding the provisional arrest request.

“On June 17th, Hong Kong authorities acknowledged receipt of our request. Despite repeated inquiries, Hong Kong authorities did not respond with any request for additional documents or information, stating only that the matter was under review and refusing to elaborate. On June 21, Hong Kong authorities requested additional information concerning the U.S. charges and evidence. The U.S. had been in communication about these inquiries and we were in the process of responding to the request when we learned that Hong Kong authorities have allowed the fugitive to leave Hong Kong,” the press secretary said.

“We are just not buying that this was a technical decision by a Hong Kong immigration official. This was a deliberate choice by the government to release a fugitive, despite a valid arrest warrant. And that decision unquestionably has a negative impact on the U.S.-China relationship.”

Give past capitulations, the main question hanging in the air was what standing the U.S. has to express said displeasure with China and Russia in any meaningful way. Carney had “no presidential communications to report out,” indicating Obama had not intervened with his counterparts at the presidential level.

“But, obviously, we are communicating with our counterparts at the appropriate levels,” Carney added.

When pressed repeatedly for more information about what the U.S. has done and what actions it might be willing to take — would the U.S. force a plane carrying Snowden to land? — Carney referred back to his prepared statements about Washington’s outrage.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) said “a president that can talk more about diplomacy and maybe flex some muscles should.”

“This comes on the heels of the president’s trip to China and Russia. And look at the amount of respect that these two countries are paying to this president,” he added.

McCaul said at this point he could see using “a lot of legal pressure, a lot of economic, a lot of trade pressures” to get Snowden returned. “I think the only thing other than that that we could possibly do would be some sort of rendition, which I think would be very controversial.”

Other lawmakers tried dumping guilt on Russia. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) fired off a letter to Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak today urging Moscow “to apprehend [Snowden] and turn him over to United States authorities immediately.”

“The Snowden case is an important test of the ‘reset’ in relations between our two countries,” Graham wrote. “Mr. Snowden’s own statements have made clear his guilt. If our two nations are to have a constructive relationship moving forward, Russian cooperation in this matter is essential.”

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) urged Russia to turn over Snowden in a statement today.

“Edward Snowden is not a whistleblower worthy of protection, but a fugitive deserving of prosecution,” said Menendez. “He violated his sworn pledge to protect classified information. He jeopardized our national security. And he betrayed the trust of the American people. This man is no hero.”

Alexei Pushkov, the head of the International Affairs Committee in Russia’s Duma, was quoted by Reuters as saying, “Ties are in a rather complicated phase, and when ties are in such a phase, when one country undertakes hostile action against another, why should the United States expect restraint and understanding from Russia?”

The Kremlin claimed it had no prior knowledge of Snowden coming to Moscow or where he currently is — but also made clear that it won’t be jumping in to hand Snowden back to the U.S.

“Snowden did nothing illegal in Russia. There are also no orders for his arrest through Interpol to Russian law enforcement agencies,” RIA-Novosti news agency quoted an unnamed security official.

China’s state-run press agency Xinhua reveled in the moment by leading its site Monday evening with “White House expecting Russia to expel Snowden back to U.S.”

The story opened into a full package of pieces on the Snowden affair, including a Sunday commentary saying “Washington owes world explanations over troubling spying accusations.”

“In the past few months, U.S. politicians and media outlets have thrown out Internet spying accusations one after another against China, trying to make it as one of the biggest perpetrators of Internet spying activities. And those claims were even highlighted during a highly anticipated summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama held earlier this month in California, which had been designed to help the world’s two biggest economies to build a new type of major power relations,” the commentary said.
“The ball is now in Washington’s court. The U.S. government had better move to allay the concerns of other countries.”

Like clockwork, today The Moscow Times ran a photo of Obama at the Berlin Wall last week with the headline “Russia Could Stand in Way of Obama’s Nuclear Cuts.”


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What Snowden Knew

Posted By Roger L Simon On June 24, 2013 @ 12:00 am In politics,Tea Party,terrorism | 116 Comments

I’m still a bit confused about the brouhaha surrounding Edward Snowden. I’m not sure what he has said that is really new. I mean, what did we think was going on in all those mammoth NSA installations? What were they doing with all those satellites revolving around our heads, collecting jelly beans?

I assumed they were gathering everyone’s emails, texts, phone calls, and just about any other form of information, digital or otherwise, known to man or woman. And, though I don’t think I’m particularly brilliant for doing so, I’ve been assuming that for some time. 1984 began for me in 1987 at the latest. (In case you didn’t realize it, the NSA has been around since1951! [1] Its origins under other names are yet earlier.)

I’m even unimpressed with the revelation that our tech giants — Google, Facebook, Apple, etc. — have been involved. Why wouldn’t they want to cooperate with government as they expand their server farms across miles of our country? It makes perfect business sense.

Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t have a brief for Snowden. He seems to be a new form of narcissistic international creep, similar to Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame. I hope he gets dysentery in Ecuador or wherever he winds up.

But he may have done us a favor, putting an exclamation point on the activities of the NSA so there are no doubts. He also has made obvious the utter contempt with which Russia and China treat the Obama administration. (Evidently this was surprising to Dianne Feinstein [2] on Face the Nation Sunday. Go figure.)

Also interesting is that the heightened concern for our civil liberties under government digital surveillance crosses political and party lines. Given the plethora of scandals confronting the administration, this presents an opportunity for dialogue we haven’t had for many years. Who knows if it will happen?

But if it does, I hope it will be intelligent and substantive. These are not easy questions. Good reasons exist for government surveillance.

Most obvious of them is the threat and reality of Islamic terrorism, which, despite the death of bin Laden, does not seem to be going away. Quite the contrary. It appears to be growing rapidly and dangerously.

Currently, an entire tier of the Middle East — across Syria and Lebanon and, tangentially but significantly, Iraq — seems to be engaged in the umpteenth refighting of the Battle of Karbala, the brutal 680CE encounter which initiated the never-ending violence between Sunnis and Shiites that has lasted a mind-boggling thirteen plus centuries.

The current version has a death toll of a hundred thousand and counting. Who knows where and when it will end and whether, thanks to Hezbollah, al Qaeda/al Nusra and assorted similar maniacs, it will wash up on our shores?

Meanwhile, Iran (Syria and Hezbollah’s mentor) has a new “moderate [3]” president who evidently was involved in the bombing of the Jewish Center in Buenos Aires that killed 85. Rouhani (this new president) also credits the Mahdi — the Shiite messiah whose renewed presence allegedly signals global conflagration [4] — with his election. Furthermore, his son apparently committed suicide when he heard his father had signed on with the corrupt and fanatical Khomeini regime. Rouhani sounds about as “moderate” as Goebbels or Himmler.

Egypt, of course, is a madhouse and about to go under martial law [5] and, just yesterday, what the New York Times calls “militants” [6] (but the rest of us call the Taliban) dressed up as paramilitary police and murdered ten foreign mountain climbers, including one American, in North Pakistan.

And we all know about the Boston Bombers.

It’s endless, actually. But suffice it to say I’m not so keen on dismantling, or even much curtailing, the NSA. The IRS perhaps, but not the NSA.

Still, we have to figure out how to balance this. The Founding Fathers would have had no inkling of Ayman al-Zawahiri and his fanatical ideology (wait, I take that back — Jefferson might have), but we do have the Bill of Rights for a reason. We are defending something other than the right to shop at Costco.

I don’t have any answers. But I do know we have to talk about this urgently and publicly. Unfortunately, our president doesn’t seem to see this as pressing. He prefers to address the ever-important issue of “climate change.” [7] Heaven help us.

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[1] 1951!: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency

[2] Dianne Feinstein: http://www.cbsnews.com/face-the-nation/

[3] “moderate: http://iranian.com/posts/view/post/16234/jumpto/idcomment-26640

[4] global conflagration: http://www.wnd.com/2013/06/new-iran-president-thanks-messiah-for-victory/

[5] martial law: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-06-23/egypt-s-military-is-prepared-to-intervene-to-prevent-conflict

[6] “militants”: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/24/world/asia/gunmen-kill-climbers-in-northern-pakistan.html?_r=0

[7] “climate change.”: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/06/22/obamas-for-the-children-climate-change-video-announcement-only-a-few-hundred-views/

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April 9, 2013

Cruz

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) released a report today on President Obama’s power grabs. It’s about time someone did.

Funny, I didn’t hear about this tonight on the evening news.

Here’s his press release:

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) today released a report – “The Legal Limit: The Obama Administration’s Attempts to Expand Federal Power” – that analyzes six instances in the last 15 months where the U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously rejected the Obama Administration’s arguments for increased federal power.

“When President Obama’s own Supreme Court nominees join their colleagues in unanimously rejecting his Administration’s call for broader federal power six times in just over one year, the inescapable conclusion is that the Obama Administration’s view of federal power knows virtually no bounds,” said Sen. Cruz. “This is a deeply troubling pattern that we will continue to highlight as long as this Administration continues seeking ways to expand its power in direct violation of Americans’ constitutional rights.”

Sen. Cruz’s report highlights the six cases that the Supreme Court has unanimously rejected since January 2012. Had President Obama’s Department of Justice been successful in its cases, the federal government would have the power to:

  • Attach GPSs to a citizen’s vehicle to monitor his movements, without having any cause to believe that a person has committed a crime (United States v. Jones);
  • Deprive landowners of the right to challenge potential government fines as high as $75,000 per day and take away their ability have a hearing to challenge those fines (Sackett v. EPA);
  • Interfere with a church’s selection of its own ministers. (Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC);
  • Override state law whenever the President desires. (Arizona v. United States);
  • Dramatically extend statutes of limitations to impose penalties for acts committed decades ago. (Gabelli v. SEC); and
  • Destroy private property without paying just compensation. (Arkansas Fish & Game Commission v. United States).

The arguments advanced in these cases demonstrate an astonishing view of federal power on behalf of the Obama Administration that is worthy of further examination. View the full report below:

The Legal Limit: The Obama Administration’s Attempts to Expand Federal Power