Is the Ebola Virus the 2014 Election “October Surprise?”

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Is the Ebola Virus the 2014 Election “October Surprise?”

Ebola is on the minds of just about every American these days and one has to wonder if it’s the 2014 midterm elections will be greatly impacted by what’s transpiring before our eyes. It seems that once again, President Obama and his advisers have grossly miscalculated the risks involved with the Ebola virus landing on our doorsteps. It must be pretty bad if President Obama cancelled his fundraising trip to call an emergency meeting at the White House.

This comes as a second nurse, Amber Vinson, who cared for patient zero, Thomas Eric Duncan, tested positive for the Ebola virus. To make matters worse, she returned from Cleveland, OH, on October 13, then tested positive for the virus the following day. Airline stocks have taken a huge tumble on Ebola fears today and the broader stock market has fallen about 300 points. My question is this — why was Amber Vinson allowed to travel by plane when she was among the group of medical professionals at risk of contracting the disease because of care given to Duncan? Who is the genius who didn’t bother to tell her that traveling was a no-no? Sounds like the Centers for Disease Control, among others dropped the ball. They are now searching for the passengers who traveled on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 with Amber Vinson.

All the missteps have landed squarely in President Obama’s lap, right in time for the midterm exams. Coming off the abysmal Obamacare roll-out, this has been one blunder after the next. But the Republicans shouldn’t celebrate because of them, we don’t have a surgeon general. Sen. Rand Paul is holding up the confirmation of Vivek Murthy over his stance on guns.

The mounting anxiety has made politicians extra attentive to Ebola, with candidates  seizing on the spread of the virus to hammer their opponents.

The issue is particularly fraught for Democrats, given signs that President Obama’s dragging poll numbers could help Republicans take control of the Senate. Though Ebola is unlikely to move the needle in specific races, political strategists say it adds to the darkening public mood.

“The situation with Ebola and what’s going on in Syria and Iraq — all of this is creating a high level of anxiety among voters and a sense of uncertainty about the future,” said Democratic strategist Doug Thornell.

Both parties are seizing on the Ebola crisis to reinforce broader political themes.

Democrats are pinning blame on the GOP, arguing the party has hobbled the response by supporting budget cuts to public health agencies that anticipate and respond to epidemics.

Republicans, in turn, are raising questions about the administration’s preparedness and pushing Obama to impose tougher restrictions on air travel from the three West African countries that are at the center of the outbreak: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Source:  The Hill

While I don’t think Amber Vinson will be the last person to test positive for Ebola in the U.S., I would urge the Obama administration and the CDC to get in front of this before it spirals out of control and cause mass hysteria.  He handled the Superstorm Sandy disaster well, but it seems that it’s bungling time again — Syria redline, Obamacare rollout, ISIS and now Ebola…

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.

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.

President Obama Praises Congress for Bipartisan Support on ISIS Air Strikes

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President Obama Praises Congress for Bipartisan Support on ISIS Air Strikes (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

ISIS AIR STRIKES: President Obama spoke to the nation briefly after the U.S. and its partners staged air strikes in Syria to disable ISIS (Islamic State) militants. He said he was pleased with the bipartisan support from the U.S. Congress.

President Obama singled out members of the coalition who took part in the air strikes last night — Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — saying the US is “proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder” with them against ISIS.

Obama said “This is not America’s fight alone.” He was very clear that we must cut off ISIS’ funding, including selling oil on the black market.

President Obama said the U.S. will do what is necessary against ISIS. He also said the flow of foreign fighters need to be stopped because they can come back to their native countries and launch attacks.

The US armed forces went after al Qaeda affiliate, Khorasan, operating inside Syria, because there was a credible threat against the homeland.

Syria said it supports “any international effort” in the fight against jihadists, following the US-Arab coalition air strikes. This comes as a Pentagon official said there are indications that the air strikes against ISIS and Khorasan targets were “very successful.”

Here’s more from the Department of Defense:

A mix of fighters, bombers, remotely piloted aircraft and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles conducted 14 strikes against ISIL targets.
The strikes destroyed or damaged multiple ISIL targets in the vicinity of the towns of Ar Raqqah in north central Syria, Dayr az Zawr and Abu Kamal in eastern Syria and Al Hasakah in northeastern Syria. The targets included ISIL fighters, training compounds, headquarters and command and control facilities, storage facilities, a finance center, supply trucks and armed vehicles, the news release said.

The United States employed 47 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, launched from the USS Arleigh Burke and USS Philippine Sea, which were operating from international waters in the Red Sea and North Arabian Gulf. In addition, U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fighters, bombers and remotely piloted aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations participated in the airstrikes.

Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates also participated in or supported the airstrikes against ISIL targets. All aircraft safely exited the strike areas.

Also, in Iraq yesterday, U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists, using attack aircraft to conduct four airstrikes. The airstrikes destroyed two ISIL Humvees, an ISIL armed vehicle and an ISIL fighting position southwest of Kirkuk. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely. To date, U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 194 airstrikes across Iraq against ISIL.

I doubt the ISIS air strikes alone will be sufficient to degrade the Islamic militants but it’s a good first step. President Obama is, once again, proving his critics wrong on his ability to build a coaltion to combat the militants.

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.

President Obama Fails to Name Specific Conditions to Defeat ISIL Threat

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President Obama Fails to Name Specific Conditions to Defeat ISIS (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

ISIL THREAT: President Obama delivered an address to the nation about the threat of ISIL (ISIS), but failed to name specific conditions on how we would defeat this extremist group. Did I think he would tell every specific steps he is considering in going after ISIS, absolutely not, but I wasn’t really sold on us going into another war, particularly in the Middle East where so many countries are in really bad shape.

The fact is, we can’t go into Syria and change the course of history and then leave. There are a lot of unintended consequences when we get into war. If we conduct air strikes, someone will be shot down, if we use special forces, someone will be captured and we will find ourselves in an endless war. Yes, we have to help the Syrian moderates and the Iraqis, but we can’t forget the millions of Americans who are no longer in the workforce and the disappearing middle class.

President Obama laid out his strategy to take out ISIS would consist of four steps. The U.S. will conduct airstrikes against the Islamic State, increase support of forces on the ground, work to prevent attacks by cutting off ISIS’ funding and improving intelligence. He also said the U.S. will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to civilians.

The problem is, the more we get involved and invested in this, the more this will become America’s war. The Middle East is a mess, a horrible mess. How will we rebuild the Iraqi army, which has effectively disintegrated? Who are those local partners we will work with in Syria? Fictitious partners, right? Believe me, I want President Obama to succeed. He’s disinclined towards war, unlike the Republicans, but I doubt U.S. military intervention will be the way ISIL will be defeated.

Here’s the full text of President Obama’s speech on ISIS threat:

My fellow Americans – tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people. Over the last several years, we have consistently taken the fight to terrorists who threaten our country. We took out Osama bin Laden and much of al Qaeda’s leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We’ve targeted al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, and recently eliminated the top commander of its affiliate in Somalia. We’ve done so while bringing more than 140,000 American troops home from Iraq, and drawing down our forces in Afghanistan, where our combat mission will end later this year. Thanks to our military and counterterrorism professionals, America is safer.

Still, we continue to face a terrorist threat. We cannot erase every trace of evil from the world, and small groups of killers have the capacity to do great harm. That was the case before 9/11, and that remains true today. That’s why we must remain vigilant as threats emerge. At this moment, the greatest threats come from the Middle East and North Africa, where radical groups exploit grievances for their own gain. And one of those groups is ISIL – which calls itself the “Islamic State.”

Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.

In a region that has known so much bloodshed, these terrorists are unique in their brutality. They execute captured prisoners. They kill children. They enslave, rape, and force women into marriage. They threatened a religious minority with genocide. In acts of barbarism, they took the lives of two American journalists – Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.

So ISIL poses a threat to the people of Iraq and Syria, and the broader Middle East – including American citizens, personnel and facilities. If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region – including to the United States. While we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland, ISIL leaders have threatened America and our allies. Our intelligence community believes that thousands of foreigners – including Europeans and some Americans – have joined them in Syria and Iraq. Trained and battle-hardened, these fighters could try to return to their home countries and carry out deadly attacks.

I know many Americans are concerned about these threats. Tonight, I want you to know that the United States of America is meeting them with strength and resolve. Last month, I ordered our military to take targeted action against ISIL to stop its advances. Since then, we have conducted more than 150 successful airstrikes in Iraq. These strikes have protected American personnel and facilities, killed ISIL fighters, destroyed weapons, and given space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim key territory. These strikes have helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children.

But this is not our fight alone. American power can make a decisive difference, but we cannot do for Iraqis what they must do for themselves, nor can we take the place of Arab partners in securing their region. That’s why I’ve insisted that additional U.S. action depended upon Iraqis forming an inclusive government, which they have now done in recent days. So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.

Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.

First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.

Second, we will increase our support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. In June, I deployed several hundred American service members to Iraq to assess how we can best support Iraqi Security Forces. Now that those teams have completed their work – and Iraq has formed a government – we will send an additional 475 service members to Iraq. As I have said before, these American forces will not have a combat mission – we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq. But they are needed to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence and equipment. We will also support Iraq’s efforts to stand up National Guard Units to help Sunni communities secure their own freedom from ISIL control.

Across the border, in Syria, we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition. Tonight, I again call on Congress to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters. In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its people; a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all.

Third, we will continue to draw on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks. Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding; improve our intelligence; strengthen our defenses; counter its warped ideology; and stem the flow of foreign fighters into – and out of – the Middle East. And in two weeks, I will chair a meeting of the UN Security Council to further mobilize the international community around this effort.

Fourth, we will continue providing humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced by this terrorist organization. This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who are at grave risk, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities. We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homelands.

This is our strategy. And in each of these four parts of our strategy, America will be joined by a broad coalition of partners. Already, allies are flying planes with us over Iraq; sending arms and assistance to Iraqi Security Forces and the Syrian opposition; sharing intelligence; and providing billions of dollars in humanitarian aid. Secretary Kerry was in Iraq today meeting with the new government and supporting their efforts to promote unity, and in the coming days he will travel across the Middle East and Europe to enlist more partners in this fight, especially Arab nations who can help mobilize Sunni communities in Iraq and Syria to drive these terrorists from their lands. This is American leadership at its best: we stand with people who fight for their own freedom; and we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.

My Administration has also secured bipartisan support for this approach here at home. I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL. But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together. So I welcome congressional support for this effort in order to show the world that Americans are united in confronting this danger.

Now, it will take time to eradicate a cancer like ISIL. And any time we take military action, there are risks involved – especially to the servicemen and women who carry out these missions. But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years. And it is consistent with the approach I outlined earlier this year: to use force against anyone who threatens America’s core interests, but to mobilize partners wherever possible to address broader challenges to international order.

My fellow Americans, we live in a time of great change. Tomorrow marks 13 years since our country was attacked.  Next week marks 6 years since our economy suffered its worst setback since the Great Depression. Yet despite these shocks; through the pain we have felt and the grueling work required to bounce back – America is better positioned today to seize the future than any other nation on Earth.

Our technology companies and universities are unmatched; our manufacturing and auto industries are thriving.  Energy independence is closer than it’s been in decades.  For all the work that remains, our businesses are in the longest uninterrupted stretch of job creation in our history.  Despite all the divisions and discord within our democracy, I see the grit and determination and common goodness of the American people every single day – and that makes me more confident than ever about our country’s future.

Abroad, American leadership is the one constant in an uncertain world. It is America that has the capacity and the will to mobilize the world against terrorists. It is America that has rallied the world against Russian aggression, and in support of the Ukrainian peoples’ right to determine their own destiny. It is America – our scientists, our doctors, our know-how – that can help contain and cure the outbreak of Ebola. It is America that helped remove and destroy Syria’s declared chemical weapons so they cannot pose a threat to the Syrian people – or the world – again. And it is America that is helping Muslim communities around the world not just in the fight against terrorism, but in the fight for opportunity, tolerance, and a more hopeful future.

America, our endless blessings bestow an enduring burden. But as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead. From Europe to Asia – from the far reaches of Africa to war-torn capitals of the Middle East – we stand for freedom, for justice, for dignity. These are values that have guided our nation since its founding.  Tonight, I ask for your support in carrying that leadership forward. I do so as a Commander-in-Chief who could not be prouder of our men and women in uniform – pilots who bravely fly in the face of danger above the Middle East, and service-members who support our partners on the ground.

When we helped prevent the massacre of civilians trapped on a distant mountain, here’s what one of them said. “We owe our American friends our lives. Our children will always remember that there was someone who felt our struggle and made a long journey to protect innocent people.”

That is the difference we make in the world. And our own safety – our own security – depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation, and uphold the values that we stand for – timeless ideals that will endure long after those who offer only hate and destruction have been vanquished from the Earth.

May God bless our troops, and may God bless the United States of America.

President Obama Plays Politics by Delaying Immigration Action Until After Elections

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President Obama Plays Politics by Delaying Immigration Action Until After Elections

BAD STRATEGY:  President Obama enraged pro-immigration activists with his decision to delay immigration reform until after the November elections. Um, that’s called playing politics — a blatant political move. But will the immigration advocates run to the other side? I scarcely believe the Republican Party is right faction to align with.

What makes this upsetting to many pro-immigration Obama supporters is the fact that he promised to take executive action on immigration before the end of the summer, but had some kind of epiphany and decided to wait until after the November congressional elections. Unnamed White House officials told the New York Times that executive action risked undermining Democrats in the 2014 elections.

Let’s backtrack a bit…

On June 30, President Obama pledged to review recommendations for executive action and “adopt those recommendations without further delay,” but as usual partisan bickering after that pledge led to Congress going on recess without a final bill. So, technically, Congress, as usual, is behind this inaction.

Fast-forward to the present…..

This is yet another broken promise by the president and by the U.S. Congress. Once again, immigration reform has been punted for all the wrong reasons — politics.

Immigration advocacy groups called on President Obama to go it unilaterally, but would that have been in the best interest of those Democrats in tough re-election bids? They want policy over politics. Cristina Jimenez of United We Dream called President Obama’s stunning reversal a “slap in the face of the Latino and immigrant community.” United We Dream said the president “has further cemented his legacy as the #DeporterInChief by delaying the usage of his executive authority to stop the deportation of millions of immigrants.”

Um, Obama just played the Hispanics and he has been playing the black community since Day 1. Yeah, I said it. It’s another broken promise but will that mean these groups won’t support the Democrats in the next presidential election? The alternative certainly is no better.

The fact is, when President Obama had the votes in the House and the Senate, they could have easily passed immigration reform, just like universal healthcare. Cornel West’s head must have just exploded over Obama’s latest move. I’m just saying.

Right wing chorus is loud and shrill…..

House Speaker John Boehner called President Obama’s decision a political move, though he wants him to forego using executive orders altogether. That’s laughable, but why even dignify Boehner’s opposition with a comment?

ISIS Executioner Taunts Obama as He Beheads American Journalist Steven Sotloff

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ISIS Executioner Taunts Obama as He Beheads American Journalist Steven Sotloff (Photo credit: Attribution Unknown)

The ISIS criminal who beheads American Steven Sotloff taunts President Obama in new video saying, “Obama, I am back.” He seems to be same militant who beheaded James Foley.

Steven Joel Sotloff, 31, worked as a freelance journalist. He was captured in northern Syria a year ago. ISIS also threatened to execute British captive, David Haines.
Some intelligence officials believe Steven Sotloff was executed on the same day as James Foley. ISIS is engaged in a propaganda game with the release of each video.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein: Obama Might Be “Too Cautious” on ISIS Threat

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein says Obama might be “too cautious” on ISIS threat (Photo Credit: NBC MTP Screengrab)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said ISIS poses a real threat and chides President Obama as being “too cautious” in his response to the militant group. Feinstein was interviewed by Andrea Mitchell for Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”

She also said ISIS wasn’t akin to a JV (junior varsity) team as the president had suggested, but a major varsity team.

Feinstein’s criticism comes as Secretary of State John Kerry penned an op-ed in the New York Times saying that a global coalition was needed to wipe out ISIS and the threat it poses.

With a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations, the cancer of ISIS will not be allowed to spread to other countries. The world can confront this scourge, and ultimately defeat it. ISIS is odious, but not omnipotent. We have proof already in northern Iraq, where United States airstrikes have shifted the momentum of the fight, providing space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to go on the offensive. With our support, Iraqi leaders are coming together to form a new, inclusive government that is essential to isolating ISIS and securing the support of all of Iraq’s communities.

Airstrikes alone won’t defeat this enemy. A much fuller response is demanded from the world. We need to support Iraqi forces and the moderate Syrian opposition, who are facing ISIS on the front lines. We need to disrupt and degrade ISIS’ capabilities and counter its extremist message in the media. And we need to strengthen our own defenses and cooperation in protecting our people.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia warned that the West will be the next target of the Islamic militants, unless there is “rapid” action.