President Obama to Address Nation on Immigration Reform

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President Obama to Address Nation on Immigration Reform (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

The heads of Republicans are exploding over President Obama’s imminent executive order for immigration reform that is expected to shield five million illegal immigrants.

Our immigration system has been broken for decades — and every minute we fail to act, millions of people who live in the shadows but want to play by the rules and pay taxes have no way to live right by the law and contribute to our country.

So tomorrow night, President Obama will address the nation to lay out the executive actions he’s taking to fix our broken immigration system. You can watch the President live tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET at WhiteHouse.gov/Live.

This is a step forward in the President’s plan to work with Congress on passing common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform. He laid out his principles for that reform two years ago in Del Sol High School in Las Vegas — and that’s where he’ll return on Friday to discuss why he is using his executive authority now, and why Republicans in Congress must act to pass a long-term solution to immigration reform.  Source: WhiteHouse.Gov

George W. Bush’s Regret: Iraq Invasion Paved Way for “Al-Qaeda Plus” AKA ISIS

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George W. Bush’s Regret: Iraq Invasion Paved Way for “Al-Qaeda Plus” AKA ISIS (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Former president George W. Bush said his only regret about invading Iraq was that it paved the way for the rise of the Islamic State — ISIS or ISIL. Of course, former vice president Dick Cheney will level the blame for ISIS on President Barack Obama’s footsteps.

President Bush made the comment during a two-part interview with CBS News. He said he thought it was “the right decision” to take military action in 2003 to get rid of Saddam Hussein.

Bush added: “My regret is that…a violent group of people have risen up again…This is “Al-Qaeda plus”…they need to be defeated. And I hope we do…I hope the strategy works.”

In other words, this is the mess he created, but Barack Obama is getting all the blame for not having an ISIS strategy. Um, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney never had a sound strategy in the first place.

Separately, President Bush said that there’s a “50-50″ chance that his brother, Jeb Bush (R), will run for president in 2016, The Hill reports.

GWB: “You know, it’s a lot of speculation about him. I occasionally fuel the speculation by saying that I hope he runs. I think he’d be a very good president. I understand the decision making process pretty well. And I’m– I– you know, I know that he’s wrestling with the decision.”

GWB:  “He knows exactly — you know, the ramifications on family, for example. He’s seen his dad and his brother go through the presidency. I would give it– I’d give it a toss up. I know this about Jeb. He is not afraid to succeed. In other words, I think he knows he could do the job. And nor is he afraid to fail.”

 

SNL Asks What Would it Take for Obama to Lose Black Vote — Not Even Dreadlocks

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SNL Asks What Would it Take for Obama to Lose Black Vote — Not Even Dreadlocks (Photo Credit: Video Screengrab)

SNL asked the big question on its fake black voices talk show, “How’s He Doing?” — what would it take for President Obama to lose support among black voters. They basically said it would take a lot, not even three big, nasty dreadlocks.

The panel defended President Obama on everything and even laughed at a Mitt Romney presidency. The dismissed everything from the Ebola outbreak to ISIS to the White House fence jumper.

The show ended by teasing the discussion topic for the next show:  “Ferguson PD: Guilty or Incredibly Guilty?”

On a serious note, President Obama’s popularity has fallen to some degree with the black community, but it still remains very high, compared to other groups.

GOPer Debbie Dunnegan: I Meant “No Ill Intent” Calling for Obama Overthrow

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GOPer Debbie Dunnegan: I Meant “No Ill Intent” Calling for Obama Overthrow (Photo credit: JeffCo.org)

Missouri Republican official Debbie Dunnegan said she meant no “ill intent” when she asked on Facebook if the military could overthrow “domestic enemy” President Barack Obama. Um, then you wonder why blacks are up in arms in Missouri. Dunnegan, the Jefferson County Recorder of Deeds, is up for reelection in November. I urge all the black voters in Missouri to vote for her opponent.

According to a screenshot published by Progress Missouri, Dunnegan referred to President Obama as “our domestic enemy.” She wrote in the post, “I have a question for all my friends who have served or are currently serving in our military…having not put on a uniform nor taken any type of military oath, there has to be something that I am just not aware of. But I cannot and do not understand why no action is being taken against our domestic enemy. I know he is supposedly the commander in chief, but the constitution gives you the authority.”

Debbie Dunnegan claims her comments were taken out of context, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. She told the newspaper, “Something innocent and simpe got twisted into a disaster because it’s an election.” She added, “I meant no ill intent toward the president. I meant no ill intent toward anybody.” How so? It’s crystal clear that she is calling for President Obama to be overthrown in a military coup because he is our “domestic enemy.”

Ms. Dunnegan hasn’t read the Constitution, has she? Military coup to overthrow the president? She has been watching way too much TV. It’s clear she hasn’t been reading.

Twitter Sues U.S. Government to Disclose More Surveillance Information

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Twitter Sues Government to Disclose More Surveillance Information

Twitter announced that it is suing the Justice Department and the FBI over the restrictions placed on its ability to disclose information about the surveillance orders it receives from intelligence agencies violates its First Amendment rights.

Ben Lee, a Twitter vice president wrote in a blog post, “As part of our latest transparency report released July, we described how we were being prohibited from reporting on the actual scope of surveillance of Twitter users by the U.S. government.” “Our ability to speak has been restricted by laws that prohibit and even criminalize a service provider like us from disclosing the exact number of national security letters (“NSLs”) and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”) court orders received — even if that number is zero.”

Lee also wrote, “It’s our belief that we are entitled under the First Amendment to respond to our users’ concerns and to the statements of U.S. government officials by providing information about the scope of U.S. government surveillance – including what types of legal process have not been received. We should be free to do this in a meaningful way, rather than in broad, inexact ranges.”

“So, today, we have filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to publish our full Transparency Report, and asking the court to declare these restrictions on our ability to speak about government surveillance as unconstitutional under the First Amendment. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is already considering the constitutionality of the non-disclosure provisions of the NSL law later this week. You can read our filing with the U.S. District Court of Northern California in PDF form here.”

 

Report: Bogus Congressman Got Backstage at Obama Black Caucus Event

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Report: Bogus Congressman Got Backstage at Obama Black Caucus Event (Photo credit: Donkey Hotey)

Bloomberg News reports that an unidentified man posing as a member of Congress made it into a secure area backstage during President Obama’s appearance last week at a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation awards dinner in Washington, DC.

The man entered the backstage area during or just after Obama’s speech at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center as members of Congress gathered there to have their pictures taken with the president, said the official, who asked for anonymity to discuss the incident, which has not previously been made public.

The unidentified man said he was Representative Donald Payne Jr., a Democrat from New Jersey, the official said. One member of the White House staff determined that the man wasn’t Payne, and another asked him to leave, the official said. He did so without incident and wasn’t detained.

Agency spokesman Brian Leary told Bloomberg that the agency did its job in this case.

“This guy went through security, fully screened,” he said.

I’m sorry but these blunders are leaving the president open to harm. Is that the intent of the Secret Service agents?

Fence Jumper Omar Gonzalez Was Tackled by Off-Duty Secret Service Officer

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Fence Jumper Omar Gonzalez Was Tackled by Off-Duty Secret Service Officer (Photo credit: Wikpedia)

It’s reprehensible that the U.S. Secret Service has bungled guarding the White House, which is supposed to be the world’s most fortified presidential residence in the world. The latest revelation is that the two off-duty Secret Service agents took down fence jumper Omar Gonzalez. Wow, I don’t see how Secret Service Director Julia Pierson will survive this break-down.

Gonzalez, 42, was the first person in modern memory to jump over the White House fence and get into the mansion, largely the result of a failure of numerous layers of Secret Service security on the northern fence line.

Though the Secret Service initially said that Gonzalez was quickly detained inside the front door, The Washington Post reported Monday that the man actually made it well into the house before he was tackled on the far southern side of the 80-foot-long East Room. Once he burst inside the unlocked front door, Gonzalez, a former Army veteran, overpowered one Secret Service officer and, on his journey, sprinted past a stairway that leads up half a flight to the first family’s living quarters.

The additional information about the incident came as Secret Service Director Julia Pierson was being grilled on Capitol Hill about the Gonzalez incident and other security lapses revealed in Washington Post stories in recent days. The Post on Sunday detailed the agency’s fumbling response toa November 2011 shooting, in which a man fired a semiautomatic rifle into the White House residence while Sasha Obama was home, but the Secret Service discounted the gunshots on Constitution Avenue as a shoot-out between rival gangsters. Source: Washington Post

Even if the November 2011 shooting was the result of a shoot-out between rival gangsters, it’s shameful, nonetheless that bullets hit the White House and the Secret Service didn’t know. It seems to me that the Secret Service troubles are pause for concern. How can we expect them to adequately protect the president and his family when they can’t even guard his residence? Are these deliberate acts on their part?

Separately, the Secret Service dropped the ball again during President Obama’s visit to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this month. They allowed a security contractor with three prior convictions for assault and battery, who was armed with a gun, to get on an elevator with the president. Um, is the Secret Service trying to kill President Obama?

Obama was not told about the lapse in his security, these people said. The Secret Service director, Julia Pierson, asked a top agency manager to look into the matter but did not refer it to an investigative unit that was created to review violations of protocol and standards, according to two people familiar with the handling of the case who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The incident, which took place when Obama visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to discuss the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, rattled Secret Service agents assigned to the president’s protective detail.

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When a supervisor from the firm providing security at the CDC approached and discovered the agents’ concerns, the contractor was fired on the spot. Then the contractor agreed to turn over his gun — surprising agents, who had not realized that he was armed during his encounter with Obama.

Extensive screening is supposed to keep people with weapons or criminal histories out of arm’s reach of the president. But it appears that this man, possessing a gun, came within inches of the president after undergoing no such screening. Source: WaPo

President Obama: AG Eric Holder’s Resignation Bitter-Sweet

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President Obama: AG Eric Holder’s Resignation Bitter-Sweet (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

President Obama said Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation is bitter-sweet. He said he is the longest serving attorney general in U.S. history and the first black Attorney General.

President Obama said Eric Holder will stay on until someone is nominated to replace him. During a press conference, President Obama praised him for going after terrorists and going after the mafia. He also praised him for reaching some of the largest settlements against banks for the subprime mortgage meltdown.

The overall crime rate and overall incarceration rates have declined by 10 percent under Eric Holder, Obama said.

Holder said he and President Obama have a shared vision of ensuring keeping the Voting Rights Act in place so that Americans aren’t denied the right to vote.

Eric Holder leaves behind an interesting legacy — civil rights, voting rights, LGBT rights, signing the surveillance warrants to shape how the NSA operates, going after big banks in subprime mortgage meltdown, going after leakers, among other things.

The speeches of both President Obama and Eric Holder were heartfelt and very emotional.

Secret Service Blunder: Fence Jumper Omar Gonzalez Enters White House

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Secret Service Blunder: Fence Jumper Omar Gonzalez Enters White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thanks to yet another Secret Service lapse, President Obama seems to be more vulnerable than we think. An intruder, identified as Omar Gonzalez, was able to jump the White House fence and enter the front door of the North Portico before he was apprehended. This is unacceptable and shameful on so many levels.

President Obama and his daughters had departed for Camp David minutes before Gonzalez pulled his stunt. The security breach triggered a rare evacuation of the presidential residence.

This is yet another devastating incident of failure on the part of the U.S. Secret Service. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R), who chairs the House subpanel on national security oversight, called the Secret Service blunder “totally unacceptable.”

Chaffetz said, “Unfortunately, they are failing to do their job.” Adding, “These are good men and women, but the Secret Service leadership has a lot of questions to answer.”

The officers who apprehended Omar Gonzalez, of Copperas Cove, TX., say he had a small pocket knife, though initial reports said he was unarmed. He was charged with unlawful entry into the White House and is facing a weapons charge for the knife. Gonzalez was taken to an area hospital after complaining of chest pains.

Separately, less than 24 hours after Omar Gonzalez was arrested for entering the White House, a second man was apprehended after he drove up to the White House gate and refused to leave, the Associated Press reports.

Less than 24 hours after Gonzalez’ arrest, a second man was apprehended after he drove up to a White House gate and refused to leave, the Secret Service said, prompting bomb technicians in full gear to search the vehicle as agents shut down nearby streets.

Georgia Has Highest Unemployment Rate in the U.S.

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Georgia Has Highest Unemployment Rate in the U.S.

Georgia has the highest unemployment rate in the U.S., according to newly released report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Gov. Nathan Deal, who is in a tight reelection race, suggested that politicking is behing the “historically faulty” data.

Georgia Democratic Party chairman DuBose Porter said: “You know it’s bad when Mississippi is saying, “Thank goodness for Georgia.”” The comment was based on the fact that Georgia had the second-worst unemployment rate, behind only Mississippi, for July. That rate improved in August to 7.9 percent while Georgia’s numbers inched up.

Here’s the chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Unemployment Rates for States
Monthly Rankings
Seasonally Adjusted
Aug. 2014p
Rank State Rate
1 NORTH DAKOTA 2.8
2 NEBRASKA 3.6
2 SOUTH DAKOTA 3.6
2 UTAH 3.6
5 VERMONT 4.1
6 HAWAII 4.3
6 MINNESOTA 4.3
8 NEW HAMPSHIRE 4.4
9 IOWA 4.5
10 WYOMING 4.6
11 IDAHO 4.7
11 MONTANA 4.7
11 OKLAHOMA 4.7
14 KANSAS 4.9
15 COLORADO 5.1
16 TEXAS 5.3
17 MAINE 5.6
17 VIRGINIA 5.6
17 WASHINGTON 5.6
17 WISCONSIN 5.6
21 OHIO 5.7
22 INDIANA 5.8
22 LOUISIANA 5.8
22 MASSACHUSETTS 5.8
22 PENNSYLVANIA 5.8
26 ARKANSAS 6.3
26 FLORIDA 6.3
26 MISSOURI 6.3
29 MARYLAND 6.4
29 NEW YORK 6.4
29 SOUTH CAROLINA 6.4
32 DELAWARE 6.5
33 CONNECTICUT 6.6
33 NEW JERSEY 6.6
33 WEST VIRGINIA 6.6
36 ILLINOIS 6.7
36 NEW MEXICO 6.7
38 ALASKA 6.8
38 NORTH CAROLINA 6.8
40 ALABAMA 6.9
41 ARIZONA 7.1
41 KENTUCKY 7.1
43 OREGON 7.2
44 CALIFORNIA 7.4
44 MICHIGAN 7.4
44 TENNESSEE 7.4
47 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 7.6
47 NEVADA 7.6
49 RHODE ISLAND 7.7
50 MISSISSIPPI 7.9
51 GEORGIA 8.1