Quinn Lucas Schansman ID’d as American Killed Aboard Malaysia Airlines Crash

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Quinn Lucas Schansman ID’d as American Killed Aboard Malaysia Airlines Crash

Quinn Lucas Schansman, a dual U.S. and Dutch citizen, was confirmed as a passenger on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down in eastern Ukraine.

Schansman was on his way to meet his family members who were vacationing in Malaysia when the plane was hit by a Buk surface-to-air missile, thought to have been launched by pro-Russian separatists.

According to his Facebook page, he studied international business at Hogeschool van Amsterdam (the University of Amersterdam). Quinn is also a former soccer player for the Olympia ’25.

The U.S. State Department is still working on confirming if any other American citizens were among the 298 passengers and crew members killed in the flight bound for Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam.

President Obama warned that there could be other Americans besides Quinn Lucas Schansman who were killed in the crash.

Also killed were Indiana University  chemistry doctoral students, 25-year-old Karlijn KeijzerThe Malay Mail Online reports Ariza Ghazalee, 46, her husband Tambi Jiee, 49, and their four children, who were returning home to Malaysia after spending three years abroad, were also killed.

Dutch nationals Jeroen and Nicole Wals and their four children Amel, Jinte, Brett and Solenn, were also killed. Australian businessman, Nick Norris, and his three grandchildren: 12-year-old Mo, 10-year-old Evie and 8-year-old Otis Maslin are among the victims.

Moms With Guns Founder On Obama Photo: “Where’s An Assassin When You Need One”

RIGHT WING EXTREMISM:  Moms with Guns founder Kathy Perkins shared a photo on her Facebook page of President Obama during his recent trip to Texas with the caption: “Where is an assasin (sic) when you need one?” The photo has since been removed and the Moms with Guns Facebook account closed, but Liberaland was able to save a screen capture:

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Moms With Guns Founder On Obama Photo: “Where’s An Assassin When You Need One” (Credit: Liberaland)

 

SMH: John Boehner to Sue Obama for Obamacare Employer Mandate Delay

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John Boehner to Sue Obama for Obamacare Employer Mandate Delay

The GOP clown car just keeps on rolling….Just when you think Congressional Republicans couldn’t sink any lower with their obstructionist tactics, John Boehner just outdid himself. He now plans to sue President Obama for not imposing the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act fast enough. Yes, fast enough. But wait, didn’t we have a government shutdown led by Teabagger Sen. Ted Cruz over defunding Obamacare? You can’t make this stuff up:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday revealed that he plans to sue President Barack Obama for his unilateral delay of the Obamacare employer mandate.

The Speaker unveiled a two-page bill that he plans to advance through the House, declaring a right of action to sue the president for exceeding his authority.

“Today we’re releasing a draft resolution that will authorize the House to file suit over the way President Obama unilaterally changed the employer mandate,” Boehner said in a statement. “In 2013, the president changed the health care law without a vote of Congress, effectively creating his own law by literally waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it. That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work. No president should have the power to make laws on his or her own.”

Um, if they succeed in their lawsuit, doesn’t it mean that Obamacare will be implemented faster? But didn’t they want this repealed? Wow. What geniuses we have representing us. LOL.

The White House Press Secretary issued a statement:

It is disappointing that Speaker Boehner and Congressional Republicans have decided to waste time and taxpayer dollars on a political stunt. At a time when Washington should be working to expand economic opportunities for the middle class, Republican leaders in Congress are playing Washington politics rather than working with the President on behalf of hardworking Americans. As the President said today, he is doing his job – lawsuit or not – and it’s time Republicans in Congress did theirs.

Glenn Beck to Help the 60,000 Underage Refugees Who Have Crossed US Borders

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Glenn Beck to Help the 60,000 Underage Refugees Who Have Crossed US Borders (Credit: Wikipedia)

When Glenn Beck is the voice of reason for the right wing, then you know they are in deeper trouble than they care to admit. I was pleasantly surprised to see him take a position of helping the 60,000 undocumented children who came across the U.S. border. Instead of joining the right wing chorus and blaming President Obama, Beck is willing to help those children in some way. That’s admirable. Yeah, I didn’t think that’s a word I would ever use to describe Glenn Beck.

Glenn Beck on Tuesday announced that he will be bringing tractor-trailers full of food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to McAllen, Texas on July 19 as a way to help care for some of the roughly 60,000 underage refugees who have crossed into America illegally in 2014.

Beck said he will be joined by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), and a number of pastors and rabbis.

“Through no fault of their own, they are caught in political crossfire,” Beck said of the children. “And while we continue to put pressure on Washington and change its course of lawlessness, we must also help. It is not either, or. It is both. We have to be active in the political game, and we must open our hearts.”

Beck said that “everybody” told him not to talk about other controversial issues, like the caliphate, in the past, and that he is hearing the same thing about his stance that we must care for the children who have crossed into America illegally.

“Everybody is telling me I’m seeing subscriptions down; I’m seeing Mercury One donations down,” Beck said, growing emotional. “I’m getting violent emails from people who say I’ve ‘betrayed the Republic.’ Whatever. I’ve never taken a position more deadly to my career than this — and I have never, ever taken a position that is more right than this.”

“We’re going to fill some tractor-trailers with food, with water,” Beck said. “The churches have asked us if we could bring teddy bears and soccer balls, so we’ve loaded up a whole tractor-trailer of nothing but teddy bears and soccer balls. And then I’m going to go serve breakfast and lunch, and I’m going to help unload these trucks, hot meals for 3,000. That’s what we’re doing.” Source: The Blaze

So, instead of Caribou Barbie, half-term governor Sarah Palin screaming that it’s time to impeach President Obama for treating the U.S. like a “battered wife,” how about offering up some real solutions? Seems like Glenn Beck beat her and the rest of the right wingnuts to it.

Rick Perry Disses President Obama by Refusing Formal Meeting and Handshake

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Rick Perry Disses President Obama by Refusing Formal Meeting and Handshake

The Republican disrespect of President Obama continues….Texas Gov. Rick Perry declines meet with President Obama and handshake in Austin on Wednesday. Yep, this is the grandfather of conspiracy theories about immigration and border protection.

In a letter to President Obama, Mr. Oops wrote:

I appreciate the offer to greet you at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, but a quick handshake on the tarmac will not allow for a thoughtful discussion regarding the humanitarian and national security crises enveloping the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. I would instead offer to meet with you at any time during your visit to Texas for a substantive meeting to discuss this critical issue. With the appropriate notice, I am willing to change my schedule to facilitate this request.

At any point while you are here, I am available to sit down privately so we can talk and you may directly gain my state’s perspective on the effects of an unsecured border and what is necessary to make it secure.

Um, I didn’t realize President Obama’s schedule revolves around Gov. Rick Perry’s schedule. It was mighty thoughtful of the governor to offer to fit the president in whenever…. Republicans think treating President Obama like crap will help them win the White House in 2016. I would venture to say, their behavior will increase black and Hispanic voter turnout at record levels again, as we saw in 2008 and 2012.

UPDATE:  Um, it seems that Gov. Perry had a change of heart. His spokesperson issues a hilarious statement trying to take credit for the already planned White House roundtable he had been invited to attend. “Gov. Perry is pleased that President Obama has accepted his invitation to discuss the humanitarian and national security crises along our southern border, and he looks forward to meeting with the president tomorrow.”

ABC News Cuts Rick Perry’s Conspiracy Rant About Obama on Immigration, Drones

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ABC News Cuts Rick Perry’s Conspiracy Rant About Obama on Immigration, Drones

Texas Gov. Rick Perry continues to amaze me as to how he got elected in the first place. Martha Raddatz cut him on during his appearance on ABC News after  he spent four minutes defending a ridiculous conspiracy theory that President Obama planned to fill up the United States with illegal immigrants.

Perry made the assertion on Fox News last week, but of course, they didn’t take him to task, since that fits in quite nicely with their views. Perry accused President Obama of being responsible for the mass influx of undocumented immigrants, including children, streaming across the borders.

Perry said, “We either have an incredibly inept administration, or they’re in on this somehow or another.” He added, “I mean I hate to be conspiratorial, but I mean how do you move that many people from Central America across Mexico and then into the United States without there being a fairly coordinated effort?”

On Sunday, Martha Raddatz gave Perry a chance to walk back those comments but he dug into. She asked, “Governor, do you really believe there’s some sort of conspiracy to get people into the United States by the federal governmenet, by the Obama administration?”

Gov. Perry responded, “When I have written a letter that is dated May of 2012, and I have yet to have a response from this administration, I will tell you they either are inept or don’t care, and that is my positio.” “We have been bringing to the attention of President Obama and his administration since 2010, he received a letter from me on the tarmac… I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept, or you have some ulterior motive of which you are functioning from.” Really? Wow.

Well, Gov. Perry went on….

“Unless we secure our southern border, this is going to continue to be a massive amount of individuals that are coming to the United States,” Perry warned. “And, frankly, we don’t have a place to house them as it is. And if we have a major event, a hurricane that comes in to the Gulf Coast, I don’t have a place to be housing people who are displaced because this administration…”

Wow, really dude? At that point, Martha Raddatz cut him off. Enough of the crap. What the heck is it with Texas? So many wingnut politicians in one state, from both political parties.

WestView News Under Fire for Calling Obama “The N*gger in the White House”

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WestView News Under Fire for Calling Obama “The N*gger in the White House” (Credit: NY Post Screengrab)

The WestView News, which calls itself the “Voice of the West Village” ran an opinion editorial calling President Obama “The N*gger in the White House.”

The community newspaper came under blistering criticism on Sunday for the op-ed penned by James Lincoln Collier, who is actually pro-Obama and was criticizing the “racism” by far-right voters.

WestView News didn’t put the article on its website, possibly out of fear of a fierce backlash, but a copy was posted online by the New York Post. There was also a screen grab of another story by WestView News Columnist Alvin Hall, who criticized the article. Hall’s rebuttal, entitled, “This Headline Offends Me,” saying “I don’t see how its use benefits anyone, but I do feel all too clearly how it deeply offends me.”

The WestView News says it has 20,000 readers in Greenwich Village, West Village and Chelsea neighborhoods. The newspaper is run by George Capsis.

 

 

Hogwash: Is Obama Planning to Snub Hillary Clinton, Back Elizabeth Warren in 2016?

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Hogwash: Is Obama Planning to Snub Hillary Clinton, Back Elizabeth Warren in 2016? (Photo Credit: Daily Kos)

The New York Post is out with an article claiming President Obama has quietly given his word to Sen. Elizabeth Warren that he will back her over Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nominee. Um, there are all kinds of problems with that theory. For starters, just think back to the 2012 presidential election when Bill Clinton rescued Barack Obama during the Democratic National Convention.

President Obama has quietly promised Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren complete support if she runs for president — a stinging rebuke to his nemesis Hillary Clinton, sources tell me.

Publicly, Obama has remained noncommittal on the 2016 race, but privately he worries that Clinton would undo and undermine many of his policies. There’s also a personal animosity, especially with Bill Clinton, that dates from their tough race six years ago.

A former Harvard law professor and administration aide, Warren would energize the left wing of the Democrat Party just as Obama did againstClinton in 2008.

Thanks to her outspoken stand against big banks and the top 1 percent, Warren is the darling of progressives. She won her Senate seat thanks to millions of dollars in donations from outside Massachusetts, including from rich environmentalists and Hollywood celebrities.

 

The Clintons have come through for President Obama time and time again. Even when he getting a huge black eye over Obamacare. Bill Clinton went to bat for him, even showing up at a press conference. So, no, I don’t believe Barack Obama would go with Elizabeth Warren over Hillary Clinton.

Obama has authorized his chief political adviser, Valerie Jarrett, to conduct a full-court press to convince Warren to throw her hat into the ring.

In the past several weeks, Jarrett has held a series of secret meetings with Warren. During these meetings, Jarrett has explained to Warren that Obama is worried that if Hillary succeeds him in the White House, she will undo many of his policies.

He believes that the populist Warren is the best person to convince the party faithful that Hillary is out of touch with poor Americans and the middle class. Warren, in his view, would carry on the Obama legacy after he leaves the White House.

Besides, is there really much difference between the two women and their political ideology? Heck no. Hillary Clinton is just as liberal as Elizabeth Warren. The only difference is that she’s a heckuva lot shrewder that Warren. Let’s not underestimate the Clinton machine. President Obama owes them big. How about taking a good look at Gov. Martin O’Malley as a possible Democratic presidential candidate?

Vladimir Putin Congratulates President Obama on Independence Day

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Vladimir Putin Congratulates President Obama on Independence Day (Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated President Obama on Independence Day and called for the ties between both countries to continue to develop on a pragmatic basis. Seems to me Putin stuck his finger in America’s eye by granting NSA leaker Edward Snowden temporary asylum and by failing to adequately warn the U.S. about Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and their ties to extremism.

In his message of congratulations, Mr Putin said that he hopes that ties between the two countries, which have a rich history, will continue successful development on a pragmatic and equal basis despite the current differences and difficulties.

The President also stressed that Russia and the United States are both countries bearing particular responsibility for ensuring international stability and security and should therefore cooperate not just for the benefit of their own peoples but also in the entire world’s interest.

Mr Putin said it is important to build bilateral relations based on mutual respect and genuine consideration of each other’s interests.

Right wing site, Truth Revolt says Putin is putting the onus on Obama for improving the strained relationship. But it’s more like Putin wants to work with Obama on some level because the sanctions the president imposed over the Crimean invasion is actually working.

Joan Rivers Calls President Obama ‘Gay’ and Michelle Obama a ‘Tranny’

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Joan Rivers Calls President Obama ‘Gay’ and Michelle Obama a ‘Tranny’ (Credit: Video Screengrab)

Joan Rivers raised eyebrows after she was caught on video during an on-the-street interview calling President Obama gay and First Lady Michelle Obama a “tranny.” Um, really Joan? Take a good, long look in the mirror.

After she officiated an impromptu gay wedding at her New York City book signing on Monday, Rivers was asked about whether she thinks the U.S. will see a gay president or woman president.

She responded, “We alread have it with Obama, so let’s just calm down.” She added, “You know Michelle is a tranny.” Wow, really Joan?

The comments sparked outrage on Twitter: