Taliban Commander: “Better to Kidnap 1 Person Like Bowe Bergdahl”

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Taliban Commander: “Better to Kidnap 1 Person Like Bowe Bergdahl”

Time magazine reports an unnamed Taliban commander warns of more kidnappings of  people like Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as a result of the prisoner swap deal.

Time Magazine reports he said “It’s better to kidnap one person like Bergdahl than kidnapping hundreds of useless people. It has encouraged our people. Now everybody will work hard to capture such an important bird.”

This is quite the opposite of how the White House framed its argument for releasing five senior Taliban detainees in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, who many are calling a deserter and not a POW.
The Taliban commander’s latest comments will only amplify the rhetoric from Republicans and some Democrats who are very uncomfortable with the deal.
The alleged Taliban commander comments come as President Obama said he would make “absolutely no apologies” for the deal. Meanwhile, George Mason University law professor Francis Buckley is stoking the right wing fire. He said George Washington was considered the “indispensable man,” while Barack Obama has “assumed king-like powers as president.”
What’s shocking is that staunch Obama critic Charles Krauthammer backs Obama’s deal to bring Bowe Bergdahl home. Um, that’s a stark departure from the right wing feeding frenzy currently underway. Krauthammer told Fox News on Wednesday, “Had the choice been mine I would have made the same choice.”
 Taliban Commander: Better to Kidnap 1 Person Like Bowe Bergdahl

White House Apologizes to Senate Intel Chief for Not Telling Her About Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

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White House Apologizes to Senate Intel Chief for Not Telling Her About Bergdahl Prisoner Swap (Credit: Donkey Hotey)

The controversy surrounding President Obama’s deal to release five Gitmo prisoners in exchange for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who either went AWOL or is a POW, when he was captured in Afghanistan five years ago. It now turns out that the White House is apologizing for an “oversight,” in which they neglected to tell Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the other heads of intelligence committees of the deal. All I can say is just, wow. Really? This is a page out of the George W. Bush playbook. Despite Dick Cheney saying otherwise, ex-Bush official John Bellinger says otherwise. He says that’s exactly what GWB would have done, with the war winding down.

Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein told reporters when the Obama administration approached the House and Senate Intelligence committees in 2011, “there was very strong views and they were virtually unanimous against the trade.” She said, “The notification to us is important and I think that it would have been a much better thing to do because you do try to work together.” Here’s the salt Sen. Feinstein rubbed in the wound: Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken apologized for not notifying her of the trade sooner” and said it was an “oversight.”

It would seem that Feinstein’s version of events has also been backed up by her Republican colleagues, such as House Intelligence Committe chairman Rep. Mike Rogers, who said, “I don’t know what he means by consulted Congress for some time.” “In 2011, they did come up and present a plan that included a prisoner transfer that was, in a bipartisan way, pushed back.” He added, “We hadn’t heard anything since on any details of any prisoner exchange.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) slammed President Obama for going behind Congress’ back to get Bergdahl released. He said, the president “didn’t follow the law” when he unilaterally made the decision to release the five senior Taliban prisoners. He added, “We have a law in this country, it says you have to notify Congress within 30 days. He completely ignored it. He’s gone rogue.”

 White House Apologizes to Senate Intel Chief for Not Telling Her About Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

President Obama Accepts Eric Shinseki’s Resignation Over VA Scandal

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President Obama Accepts Eric Shinseki’s Resignation Over VA Scandal

President Obama announced that he has accepted the resignation of Eric Shinseki’s resignation over the ongoing VA scandal. Sloan Gibson will become acting secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs in place of Shinseki.

Obama said he accepted Shinseki’s resignation with “considerable regret,” after the two men met in the Oval Office Friday morning.

Shinseki had faced mounting calls for his resignation from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers. His resignation comes two days after a blistering internal report found deep-seated problems in the veterans’ health care system, which provides care to about 6.5 million veterans annually.

Shinseki, who is a retired four-star Army general, has overseen the VA since the start of Obama’s presidency.

 President Obama Accepts Eric Shinsekis Resignation Over VA Scandal

NH Police Commissioner Robert Copeland Won’t Apologize for Calling Obama a ‘F*cking N*gger’

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NH Police Commissioner Robert Copeland Won’t Apologize for Calling Obama a ‘F*cking N*gger’

Robert Copeland, Wolfeboro, NH, police commissioner, refuses to resign or apologize for calling President Obama a f*cking n*gger while dining in a restaurant. He said Obama “meets and exceeds my criteria for such.” The majority of the residents want him out.

Resident Jane O’Toole said she overheard Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland use a racial slur in describing Obama…

She heard him say he hates turning on the television because every time he does, there’s that ‘f***ing n*****.’
‘He sort of swung around and puffed up his chest and said, “Yeah,”‘ she told the Concord Monitor. ‘And I said, “Not good, not good at all.”‘

In an email response to her, Copeland included an excerpt from an email he sent to his fellow commissioners acknowledging his remark.
He said in the excerpt, ‘I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse. For this, I do not apologize — he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.’ He also wrote: ‘While I believe the problems associated with minorities in this country are momentous, I am not phobic.’

 NH Police Commissioner Robert Copeland Wont Apologize for Calling Obama a F*cking N*gger

Operation American Spring Promises to Kick President Obama Out of Office

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Operation American Spring Promises to Kick President Obama Out of Office (Video screengrab)

Right wing lunacy:  “Patriots” with Operation American Spring promises to kick President Obama and other lawmakers, including VP Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and Eric Holder out of office. These lunatics will descend on Washington D.C. on Friday.

“We are calling for the removal of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, and Eric Holder as a start toward constitutional restoration,” said retired Army Col. Harry Riley, leader of the Operation American Spring protest group. “They have all abandoned the US Constitution, are unworthy to be retained in a position that calls for servant status.”

Operation American Spring aims to pressure those lawmakers who remain – or are replaced by officials of their own choosing – “to sponsor and pass very Constitutionally crafted State legislation to dissolve the size, powers, scope and spending of the U.S. Government by 2/3rds.”

The activists say they expect 10 million to 30 million like-minded Americans to join them Friday in the nation’s capital for a rally patterned after Occupy Wall Street and “Arab Spring” protests…

Operation American Spring spokesman Terry Trussell told the “Patriot Nation” radio program that he feared Obama would order drone strikes on protesters, and host Mark Hoffman suggested participants bring emergency supplies and make other preparations in case of violence.

Riley told Before It’s News that his group does not want violence, but he admits that peaceful solutions have thus far proved ineffective. Source:  Raw Story

North Korea Publishes Racist Tirade Calling President Obama a ‘Crossbreed’ Monkey

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North Korea’s State-Run News Agency Calls Obama “Crossbreed with Unclear Blood” (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

North Korea’s state-run news agency launched an ugly and racist tirade against President Obama earlier this month, calling him a “crossbreed with unclear blood.” The agency also said that Obama “still has the figure of monkey while the human race has evolved through millions of years” and that “it would be perfect for Obama to live with a group of monkeys in the world’s largest African natural zoo and lick the bread crumbs thrown by spectators.”

The racist tirade was uncovered by Josh Stanton, who frequently blogs about North Korea.

[W]hen North Korea talks about race, it’s almost always important — and telling about the state ideology.

Some academics — most notably B.R. Myers — argue that North Koreans fundamentally have a “race-based” worldview, showing more similarity to fascist Japan during World War II than Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union. Myers condenses North Korea’s state orthodoxy into a sentence: “The Korean people are too pure blooded, and therefore too virtuous, to survive in this evil world without a great parental leader.” [The Washington Post]

The White House on issued a strong condemnation of the racist North Korean screed against President Obama, saying it was “particularly ugly and disrespectful.” Has Kim Jong Un taken a look in the mirror lately? I’m just saying….

 North Korea Publishes Racist Tirade Calling President Obama a Crossbreed Monkey

President Obama: Republicans Are Restricting Voting Rights of Americans

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President Obama: Republicans Are Restricting Voting Rights of Americans

During a speech at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention, President Obama said the Republicans have been conducting a campaign to deny the voting rights of many Americans.

Mr. Obama accused Republicans of trying to rig the elections by making it harder for older people, women, minorities and the impoverished to cast ballots in swing states that could determine control of the Senate.

“The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Mr. Obama said in a hotel ballroom filled with cheering supporters, most of them African-American. “Across the country, Republicans have led efforts to pass laws making it harder, not easier, for people to vote.”…

“America did not stand up and did not march and did not sacrifice to gain the right to vote for themselves and for others only to see it denied to their kids and their grandchildren,” he said.

Republicans in some swing states have advanced new laws that go beyond the voter identification requirements of recent years. Among other things, state lawmakers are pushing measures to limit the time polls are open and to cut back early voting, particularly weekend balloting that makes it easier for lower-income voters to participate. Other measures would eliminate same-day registration, make it more difficult to cast provisional ballots or curb the mailing of absentee ballots.

Over the last 15 months, at least nine states have enacted voting changes making it harder to cast ballots.

President Obama’s Aunt Zeituni Onyango Dies At Age 61

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President Obama’s Aunt Zeituni Onyango Dies At Age 61

President Obama’s aunt Zeituni Onyango died at a rehabilitation hospital on Monday, according to her immigration lawyer Margaret Wong. She was 61.

Onyango died Monday at a rehabilitation hospital after being treated for cancer and respiratory ailments, according to Wong’s office.

Onyango, 61, who was born in Kenya in 1952, was granted asylum in 2010 after her first asylum request in 2002 was rejected and she was ordered to be deported in 2004.

She did not leave the country and continued to live in public housing in Boston. Her status was revealed just days before Obama was elected in November 2008.

At the time, then-candidate Obama said he did not know his aunt was living in the country illegally and that he believes laws covering the situation should be followed. Source:  WCVB:

Poll: U.S. Uninsured Rate Falls to Lowest Level Since Late 2008

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Poll: U.S. Uninsured Rate Falls to Lowest Level Since Late 2008

A new Gallup poll released Monday found that the uninsured rate in the U.S. is the lowest level it has been since 2008.

Gallup reports the uninsured rate dipped to 15.6% in the first quarter of 2014, a 1.5-percentage-point decline from the fourth quarter of 2013. The uninsured rates for blacks also fell, while the enrollment rate for young people in Obamacare, fell.

The uninsured rate falling kinda makes the Republican Party’s aversion to Obamacare utterly ridiculous. The fact is, the legislation can work, with tweaks as needed. It can’t be repealed at this juncture.

The uninsured rate for every major demographic group declined in the first quarter of 2014. The uninsured rate for lower-income Americans dropped 3.2 points to 27.5% — the largest decline within any key subgroup — while the uninsured rate for blacks fell 3.3 points to 17.6%. Hispanics remain the subgroup most likely to lack health insurance, with an uninsured rate of 37.0%, though their rate dropped 1.7 points in the first quarter.

 Poll:  U.S. Uninsured Rate Falls to Lowest Level Since Late 2008

White House Upset Samsung Promoted David Ortiz ‘Selfie’ with President Obama

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White House Upset Samsung Promoted David Ortiz ‘Selfie’ with President Obama (Credit: Getty Images via Twitter)

Trouble for Samsung over the David Ortiz selfie with President Obama. Last week, the White House warned warned Samsung against using the president’s likeness for commercial gain, after baseball star David Ortiz used one of its cell phones to snap a photo of himself and Obama.

The picture shows President Obama smiling broadly and holding a Red Sox jersey as he stood next to Ortiz. The White House was peeved after Samsung tweeted the shot and it went viral. Now White House lawyers are now pursuing the matter.

Here’s Samsung’s retweet:

 White House Upset Samsung Promoted David Ortiz Selfie with President Obama