Kira Davis: How Do You Change the System? One Citizen at a Time

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Kira Davis: How Do You Change the System? One Citizen at a Time

For the last four years, I have had the privilege of traveling all across our nation and speaking to all types of wonderful American citizens. I talk about my love for this nation and my journey towards becoming an American.

Invariably, after each occasion, some wearied, frustrated attendee will work their way towards me, press their hands firmly into mine and look at me with quiet desperation as they ask, “Do you think our country can be saved? Is it too late to change things?”

Some may giggle at the intensity of such an inquiry, but I never do. I take it quite seriously. While the expression may sound dramatic, I understand exactly where it comes from. People are scared. People are worried. Hard-working Americans are watching their savings, their jobs, their health insurance, their homes just evaporate in front of them. When they dare to complain about how their hard-earned money is being spent, they are accused of being racists, bigots, anarchists, homophobes…whatever “ists” and “phobes” are in season that day.

It’s wearying. It’s discouraging. I get that. I’d be lying if I said I never had days where I feel the battle is lost. I look at how the media has become nothing but a stenographer’s pool for the White House and I wonder how Americans can ever find the truth, when the one institution sworn to report the truth has given up on even the concept of veracity.

But then I am reminded of just how great this country is, and by extension how great her people are. Even in the face of overwhelming odds, Americans have never been a people to back down from a challenge, especially when it comes to freedom. Then I can look at those strained faces hoping so desperately for me to have a good answer and say, “As long as there are people like you asking that question, it will never be too late,”…and I truly believe that.

The problem comes when ordinary people wait for extraordinary leaders to come save them. We humans have some deep-rooted need for a hero. We think that one person – a Superman of sorts – can just come along and make everything better. That would be easier. Heck, I’d love a superhero to come swooping through my house and magically make all the dirt, dust and bills disappear.

Unfortunately, its not that easy. This is real life, and in real life we are each responsible for our own actions. That is how our government works, too. Government isn’t a superhero. It’s not some other-worldly entity that functions outside of the normal parameters of time and space. Government is us…and “us” dropped the ball.

So, is it too late? Short answer -no, but you have to be the change. I know that sounds terribly cliche but there is no other way to say it. You’re a citizen, you’re a voter, you have a responsibility to hold your government accountable. No one else is going to do it for you. Take back control of your life.

To that end, one of my favorite citizen-journalist organizations is holding a contest encouraging regular Americans to confront their representatives during the August recess of Congress. Matt Kibbe of Freedomworks often says, “Government goes to those who show up.” Watchdog Wire is encouraging average citizens to simply “show up” this summer, as our legislators use the summer recess to head home to constituents.

WW wants you to head out to those events with your camera or smartphone. Ask a question, stage something clever, be funny, get your word in. Whatever you feel like doing, the point is that it’s time for us to start “showing up” if we have any hope of righting this ship.

You may be saying to yourself, “But Kira, who am I? I’m a [senior citizen/stay-home-mom/student/high school drop-out/etc.]. How am I qualified to speak on politics and government?”

To which I would respond, “You pay your taxes, earn (or have earned) a living, buy gas, use water, drive cars, eat out, buy food at the grocery store, sing, dance, smoke, drink, go to the beach, go the park, graduate from school, get married, get divorced, get remarried, etc. etc. Every one of these things, every single one is affected and/or regulated by government. Your entire life is at the mercy of government so, hell yes, you are qualified to speak on politics and government!”

So, go be an expert. I happen to be on of the “celebrity” judges for this contest (yes, they are scraping the bottom of the “celebrity” barrel, but I take what I can get!) and I can’t wait to see what happens when some of you start showing up to remind your legislators that you see who they are and what they’re doing. And that you’re watching.

And that’s what we need more of. We need more people reminding our officials that they are indeed being watched. None of what they do is without consequences for us regular citizens, thus none of what they do should be without consequences for themselves as well.

Click here to find out more about the contest. Don’t worry about quality. Just get out there, point and shoot!

You want change? Its time to start showing up.

*Kira Davis is a freelance blogger, scotch enthusiast and IJReview’s Op-Ed-Diva-in-Chief. She as interviewed President Obama and appeared on Fox News, the Blaze and the Dr.Phil Show. Follow Kira on Twitter @KiraAynDavis

Flashback: Mitt Romney Now Makes Obama Look Dangerously Foolish in 46 Second Exchange Over Russia

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Remember Barack Obama’s sarcastic response to Mitt Romney during their third presidential debate about Russia being America’s number one “geopolitical foe”? And how Romney wanted to bring back the policies of the “Cold War,” if we treated Russia like a serious adversary?

As it looks like Russia might have played a role in bringing down Malaysia Airlines MH17, defied American policy towards Syria, and is leading hostile military incursions against Ukraine, how’s that policy of giving Putin “more flexibility” after your “last election” going, Mr. President? Is it time for another “reset” button?

Hillary Clinton’s Fingers are So Tired From Typing Her New Book It’s Affected Her Ability to Speak

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Hillary Clinton is out promoting her new book, Hard Choices. This isn’t anything out of the ordinary, right? Wrong. Apparently, she doesn’t want to talk about any of it face to face- if it’s not on her terms.

Maggie Haberman, a senior political reporter at Politico, has been covering book releases from two opposing forces — Hillary Clinton and Gov. Chris Christie. She was asked how the two have differed, in her experience:

“It’s night and day…. She [Hillary] has not taken a single question… she is giving very controlled interviews. These are very controlled settings. There is very little that is up in the air or unexpected about them.”

Of course, it could be argued that Hillary wrote the book because she’s tired of answering so many questions about her life. But then, why go on tour at all?

Is Hillary controlling everything because she’s afraid of what she will be asked, or what she might say if she’s caught off guard- about a book that she chose to make public to the world?

Oh, well. She’s probably just tired from all that writing. Poor thing.

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What ‘Law’? Separate Federal Appeals Court Says ObamaCare Subsidies are Just Fine

CNBC is reporting that a separate federal appeals court has ruled that subsidies to enrollees of healthcare.gov, the federal health insurance exchange, are legal.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a federal regulations that implemented subsidies that are vital to President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, in direct conflict with another ruling on the issue handed down earlier on Tuesday.

 

A three-judge panel unanimously said the law was ambiguous, and that it would defer to the IRS’s determination that subsidies could go to individuals who purchased health insurance on both federal and state-run exchanges.

This ruling contradicts the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s ruling earlier today, which held that the law stated the subsidies only applied to those enrolled in state-run exchanges.

The slew of legal challenges to Obamacare- and the fact that the President has felt it necessary to use Executive Actions to “clarify” the law’s provisions- all point to one thing. Congress should learn a couple of major lessons: when writing a law, read it and have ample time to debate and revise it before passing it.

WH Press Secretary Earnest Grilled For Slamming Anonymous Sources… When He Routinely Uses Them

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White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest received quite the tongue-lashing from McClatchy correspondent Anita Kumar on Monday after Earnest dismissed a Washington Post story that he felt relied too heavily on anonymous sources.

The WaPo report, published Saturday, charges that the administration was warned about the brewing border crisis but did nothing to fix it. Earnest said that if reporters wanted the story to have more credibility, they shouldn’t have used so many anonymous sources.

via The Hill:

“In the course of reporting, I think it’s important, based on my own personal view, for those kinds of quotes and those kinds of stories to be given greater weight than just anonymous sources,” Earnest said.

 

“So, what that means is, if you have anonymous sources at the White House who are telling you something and you’re gonna say to them – that anonymous source – ‘Look, I’m willing to give your side of the story a little less weight right now, because you’re telling me this anonymously.’”

But to Kumar, this statement came off sounding a bit hypocritical. As a WaPo reporter was not present, she came to their defense.

“You criticize anonymous sources, but we have anonymous sources from you all every day. We have a call today. It’s just – how can you criticize them, when that’s what you basically give us every day, except for the briefing?”

And from there, things got a bit heated, with Earnest retorting, “Except for the fact that I’ve been standing here for an hour, answering all your questions?”

Other reporters rushed to the defense of the Washington Post over the course of the press briefing. The general agreement: if the White House wants reporters to stop using anonymous sources, they should probably practice what they preach.

MSNBC Host Rates America as Unqualified to Give Opinion on Hillary’s Qualifications for President

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Journalist Mike Barnicle petulantly whined that the American people are too stupid to be able to judge Hillary Clinton’s failure as the Secretary of State after a new poll showed many weren’t impressed with her credentials.

After dismissing the poll as “absurd,” he then demanded to know from Julie Pace, Associated Press reporter, why everyone’s being so mean to Hillary. Pace actually answered pretty well, but Barnicle’s anger is hilarious in manifesting the petty demand that everyone just accept Hillary without discussion or debate.

Here’s the “absurd” poll he was upset about:

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Yeah, I’d be upset, too, if I were a rabid Hillary Clinton supporter.

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The 5 Happiest Cities In America Are In One State & The Unhappiest Places Have One Thing in Common

A working paper from professors from Harvard and the Vancouver School examined the happiness of cities based on data from a CDC study and weighted based on demographics and income, PolicyMic reports.

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Some might suspect that they’re just putting something in the water, but the five happiest cities in America are all in the same state: Louisiana. Those cities are Lafayette, Houma, Shreveport-Bossier City, Baton Rouge, and Alexandria.

The Northeast and one city in the Midwest did not fare too well: Scranton, Erie, and Pittsburgh, PA, Gary, IN, and New York City were found to be the top five unhappiest cities. Nearly all of the unhappiest places in the nation lean heavily Democratic when it comes to voting.

The paper examined data from a CDC study called the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and adjusted for age, sex, income, and other factors.

Other “abnormally happy” cities include Charlotte, NC, and Naples, FL. Is it just me, or is there a pattern here, and does it have something to do with southern cities?

The study examined why unhappy cities continue to see such population growth.

If we choose only that which maximized our happiness, then individuals would presumably move to happier places until the point where rising rents and congestion eliminated the joys of that locale.

 

An alternative view is that humans are quite understandably willing to sacrifice both happiness and life satisfaction if the price is right. … Indeed, the residents of unhappier metropolitan areas today do receive higher real wages – presumably as compensation for their misery.

Unfortunately, as the nation heads towards more centralized government, there is more of a chance of urbanized areas spreading misery through their voting than less densely populated but happier areas spreading their joy and general satisfaction with life.

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Huge Blow to ObamaCare: Federal Court Strikes Down Crucial Part of Healthcare Law

A federal appeals court ruling released this morning could have a devastating effect on Obamacare, as it declared subsidies given to those insured by healthcare.gov illegal. From CNBC:

The 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which is sure to be appealed by the government, threatens the framework of the health care system for about 5 million Americans without employer-provided health plans.

Indeed, the ruling directly confronts the major reason the law was passed:

The ruling endorsed a controversial interpretation of the Affordable Care Act that argues that the HealthCare.gov subsidies are illegal because ACA does not explicitly empower a federal exchange to offer subsidized coverage, as it does in the case of state-created exchanges. Subsidies for more than 2 million people who bought coverage on state exchanges would not be affected by Tuesday’s ruling if it is upheld.

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HealthCare.gov serves residents of the 36 states that did not create their own health insurance marketplace. About 4.7 million people, or 86 percent of all HealthCare.gov enrollees, qualified for a subsidy to offset the cost of their coverage this year because they had low or moderate incomes.

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If upheld, the ruling could lead many, if not most of those subsidized customers to abandon their health plans sold on HealthCare.gov because they no longer would find them affordable without the often-lucrative tax credits.

Ultimately, this ruling will force Congress to take another look at the healthcare law – and this time, in a political pressure cooker. Perhaps they will read “what’s in the bill” before they pass a law this time.

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A Stay-at-Home and Working Mom Exchange Letters, Reveal They Have More In Common Than They Realized

A pair of dramaticized letters are getting a lot of attention, because they are spreading understanding between women in different life-circumstances.

In a mainstream media environment that so often pits working moms against their stay-at-home counterparts for political purposes, Dr. Carolyn Ee’s blog gives us an insightful look into everyday reality for many wome:

Dear Stay-At-Home Mum,

 

Some people have been questioning what you do at home all day. I know what you do. I know because I’m a mum and for a while I did it too. 

 

I know you do unpaid work, often thankless work, which starts the moment you wake up, and doesn’t even end when you go to sleep. I know you work weekends and nights, with no discernible end to your day or working week. I know the rewards are joyous but few.

 

I know that you seldom have a hot cup of coffee or tea. I know that your attention is always divided, often diverted from a moment to moment basis, and you cannot ever count on completing a task in the one go. I know that you probably don’t get any down time when you’re on your own at home, unless you have a single child who still naps in the daytime.

 

I know the challenges you deal with daily, usually with no peer support or backup. The toddler tantrums, the toilet training accidents, the food battles, the food on the floor, the crayons on the wall, the sibling rivalry, the baby that never seems to stop crying. I know how the work seems incessant, like an endless cycle – you shop for food, prepare it, cook it, attempt to feed it to your children, clean it off the floor, wash the dishes, and repeat in three hours.

 

I know you fantasise about having an hour to yourself to eat your lunch in peace, or about having an afternoon nap. I know you sometimes wonder if it’s all worth it, and feel envious of your friends who are having coffee breaks at work. I know that sometimes when your partner gets home in the evening after his work is done, he wants to put his feet up exactly when you need a break the most, and this can bring you to tears.

 

I know that you are misunderstood by so many who do not appreciate the difficulties of caring for small children on your own, all day, and refer to you as joining the “latte set”. They imagine you spend your day sipping coffee while your children play quietly. I know you miss your financial independence. I know you feel amused and sometimes annoyed when others proclaim “TGIF!” because to you every day is the same – there is no Friday, no break from your job. I know that many people do not understand that you work – you simply work an unpaid job at home.

 

SAHM, I don’t know how you do it. I admire your infinite patience, your ability to face each day cheerfully and bring joy into your children’s lives even when they wear you down. I admire your dedication to being a constant presence in your children’s lives even if it isn’t always easy. I admire the way you work without expecting any reward – no promotions, no fame, no salary. I know you want your children to feel important and loved, and SAHM, you do this the best.

 

I just wanted you to know that I understand. We’re both mothers. And I know.

 

Love from the trenches

 

Working Mum

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And here’s the reply from “Stay-At-Home Mum”:

Dear Working Mum,

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I know you sometimes get judged by others for leaving your children in the care of others to work. Some people imply that you don’t love your children as much as us SAHMs do, and that it’s best for children to be at home with their mothers.

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How can they say this about you? I know you love your children just as much as any other mother. I know that going back to work was no easy decision. You weighed up the pros and cons, long before you conceived a baby. It has always been one of the most important decisions of your life. You thought about this even while you were in high school and were choosing subjects for Grade 11.

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I see you everywhere. You are the doctor I take my children to when they are sick. You’re my child’s allergist, the one who diagnosed her peanut allergy. You’re the physiotherapist who treated my husband’s back. You’re the accountant who does our tax returns. My son’s primary school teacher. The director of our childcare centre. My daughter’s gymnastics teacher. The real estate agent who sold our house. What sort of world would it be if you hadn’t been there for us? If you had succumbed to the pressures of those who insisted a mother’s place had to be in the home?

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I know you weigh up every job to see if it will suit your family. I know you wake up an hour before everyone else does, just so you can get some exercise done or some quiet time. I know that you have attended meetings after being up all night with your toddler. I know that when you come home in the evening, your “second shift” begins. The nay-sayers don’t understand that you run a household AND hold a job. You come home, cook dinner, bath your children and read them stories. You tuck them in and kiss them goodnight. You pay the bills, do the grocery shopping, the laundry, the dishes, just like every other mother does.

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I know that you often feel guilty about having any more time away from your children so you sacrifice your leisure time. I know you can’t bring yourself to take a “day off” for yourself when your children are at daycare. I know you accept that work is your “time off” for now. I know that when you are at work you don’t waste a single minute. I know you eat your lunch at your desk, you don’t go out for coffee, and you show complete dedication and concentration to your job. You chose to be there after all. You want to be there.

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I know how discerning you are about who is looking after your children, and that many long daycare centres offer excellent care. I know you only leave your children in a place where you confident they are loved and well looked after. I know that you spend many days caring for your children at home when they are sick, and sacrifice your pay. I know that you secretly enjoy these days, and revel in being able to be with your children.

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I know that sometimes you feel guilty about not being there all the time. But WM, I know this. You are setting a wonderful example to your children. You are showing them that a woman can have a career, contribute in some way outside the home, and still be a loving mother. You are showing your daughters that they can do anything they want to do in life. You are displaying strength, endurance, dedication, tenacity, and you do it with so much joy and love.

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I just wanted you to know I understand. Because we’re both mothers.

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Love from the trenches

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Stay-At-Home Mum

What a great reminder that it’s not the “type” of parent someone is but the driving force behind it that truly matters. Being a good parent is marked by the love one shows to their children – whether it’s in a business suit or blue jeans.

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EPA Bureaucrat Captures Heart of America with ‘C-List’ Tweet About New Kim Kardashian Game

As a country, we’ve basically accepted that government is full of lazy bureaucrats. We get it, gov’t, you’re screwing us over.

All that we ask in return is that when you post your scores from brain-numbing iPhone app games on our official government Twitter accounts, that you not disgrace us and yourselves with low scores.

So, shame on you, EPA:

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This tweet was posted to the EPA water Twitter account last night, an account that YOU and I pay for, but apparently the EPA employee is just too lazy to get higher than “C-List celebrity” on the Kim Kardashian game app.

Even congressman John Dingell chimed in on the odd Tweet:

john dingellNo, congressman, the EPA is not OK! Hours after deleting the tweet, they eventually responded:

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NO DICE, EPA!! We demand our lazy, overpaid, underworked, bungling government employees score higher on their iPhone game apps!!

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What The IRS Now Wants To Do With 3,200 Hard Drives Would Be Laughable If It Wasn’t So Shady

The IRS sent a special notice out to contractors on Monday, saying that, due to “system changes,” it needed help with a special assignment: Destroying its employees’ hard drives. At least 3,200 of them.

Wait a second…This is the same department that is in the midst of a congressional investigation and whose unexplained record destruction practices are under intense scrutiny, right?

While you might expect an agency in the IRS’s current position to be hesitant to get caught destroying anything else that could be perceived as evidence, they really don’t seem to mind. The Washington Times reports:

While those questions remained unresolved, IRS officials signaled plans to destroy tens of thousands of additional electronic records.

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“After all media are destroyed, they must not be capable of any reuse or information retrieval,” IRS officials stated in the contract papers.

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The agency estimates the need to destroy at least 65,464 magnetic tapes, 3,225 hard drives, 5,856 floppy disks and 708 reels, according to procurement records.

The Washington Times notes that “media destruction” is a routine way for the IRS to “protect sensitive taxpayer information.” However, given the IRS’s current investigation and the particularly large amount of data it says needs to be destroyed, something smells rotten.

The IRS and other agencies within the Obama administration are already using the hard-drive-was-destroyed excuse too often.

Just days ago, a top IRS official swore that the emails of former employee Lois Lerner, who is accused of targeting conservative groups, were wiped clean and cannot be recovered.

Also recently, senators received reports that an EPA official’s hard drive crashed, “just as congressional investigators began looking into questions about the EPA’s review of an Alaska mining project.” The timing is just too convenient.

If the IRS has managed to wait this long to destroy 3,225 hard drives and thousands of other files, why can’t it wait a bit longer until after Congress is finished with its investigation?

MSNBC’s Krystal Ball: Illegal Immigrants Understand the ‘Promise’ of America Better Than Anyone

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MSNBC’s Krystal Ball continued to give Americans reason to click the remote control and move on to another news channel when she went on an irrational rant that explained why she believes illegal immigrants understand the “promise” of America better than anyone else.

Given that the Democrats have been trying to persuade everyone that the border crisis has been caused by violence in Central America, why should we believe that those streaming across our borders are simply seeking escape? There’s no reason to think these immigrants understand why America is so great and what made it so powerful, wealthy, and free.

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When Vet Was Robbed, a Local Group Pitched In. But The Real Story Is What He Did With the Donation.

Two months ago, 100-year-old veteran James Sorrentino was robbed by two burglars at gunpoint. The real story, however, is how he and the community handled the situation.

After hearing about what happened, Western Nevada College’s Veterans Resource Center decided to do something to help and raised 1,000 dollars to help Sorrentino. Timothy Galluzi, a member of the group, said,

“Our efforts are in keeping with our motto of ‘veterans helping veterans,’” Galluzi wrote in an email. “The smile on his face made the months of hard work for this event well worth it.”

Acts like this are always a joy to see, but Sorrentino’s response was equally touching: He gave it away to charity.

“I was overwhelmed. But I really don’t need it, so I’ll donate it to charity… I’m just grateful. [It] shows the spirit of the group.”

It’s not every day you see someone pay it forward like that, but it is nice to see that some people still care about the community enough to make a difference.

Egyptian TV Hosts Have Some Surprising Views On The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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Normally, when there’s a flare up of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, you can expect the Arab World to universally line up against Israel. Well, apparently these Egyptian TV hosts, in this clip from MEMRI, are bucking that trend and instead are criticizing Hamas – with very harsh language.

One Egyptian host mocks Hamas for “waging jihad out of a hotel room in Qatar.” One says Hamas has Swiss bank accounts and drives the latest model luxury cars while the Palestinian people suffer. Another host criticizes Hamas for using human shields and hiding among civilians. One even slams Hamas for “pretending to be Muslims.”

The reason why these Egyptians are so hostile to Hamas is probably because Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, and they just recently deposed their own Muslim Brotherhood-backed president.

Mika’s Face Gives Away What We All Think of Obama’s Constant Fundraising, Even If She Doesn’t Say It

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Amid the crisis at the Gaza Strip, in the Middle East, and at our southern border, Obama has been continuing to do what Obama does best: fundraise.

And when called out by the media, the White House offered this excuse: “Abrupt changes in the presidential schedule could unduly alarm the American people.”

Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski’s and her guests’ reactions are nothing short of priceless.

Frustrated With People Driving On His Lawn, Homeowner Set Up A Booby Trap… And Is Fined By Police

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A homeowner in Pevely, Missouri, was so frustrated by pranksters and bad drivers cutting through his lawn, that he finally took matters into his own hands.

The man set a booby trap in his grass, near the road: it was a board with nails sticking it out of it and painted black, so it would be difficult to see. He hoped the boards would flatten the tires of people driving on his lawn, according to KMOV St. Louis.

But once the police got wind of it, they removed the booby trap and fined the homeowner. However, the police didn’t even know if city law prohibited booby traps – so they’re working on creating a law.

The homeowner declined to be interviewed on camera by KMOV, but told them via telephone that he felt that the victim was being punished.

Was the homeowner justified in protecting his property, or did he take it a step too far?

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Columnist: Rick Perry Sending National Guard to Border to Shoot Children!

While tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors stream into our country illegally, Texas governor Rick Perry is doing what the president just isn’t willing to do- secure the border.

And to show you how reasonable the media is when a servant of the people actually enforces the rule of law, here’s columnist Roger Simon:

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As some have noted on Twitter, Simon wrote a column whining about the incivility afflicting politics:

Rudeness is becoming the new normal. One year ago, 33 percent of Americans accepted incivility “as an inherent part of the political process.” But this year, that figure has risen to 40 percent. That’s an increase of more than 21 percent in just one year.

Remember, irresponsible exaggerations  are only uncivil when lobbed at Democrats.

One last point – if he really believes that the National Guard is bloodthirsty enough to shoot children when the government tells them to, why are they doing everything they can to make sure we can’t defend ourselves against them?

Is Buckingham Palace Trying To Tell the World Something With This ‘Game of Thrones’ Theme Song Rendition?

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The theme song for the popular television show “Game of Thrones” has been reinterpreted many ways, but this recent one definitely raises an eyebrow, in addition to being a really good listen.

For the uninitiated, “Game of Thrones” is the HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s best-selling series of books; it’s the stories of multiple characters, manipulating and killing their way to power in a fictional medieval-ish era. In other words, it’s pretty much a video history of Western Europe in a fantasy setting.

But the video does beg two questions: Is Queen Elizabeth planning a passing of the crown – which is extremely common on the show? Or is someone about to be beheaded or flung off a tower or tortured or castrated or shot or hung or poisoned or stabbed or burned alive? We’ll stick with the first theory…

Marine Interrupts Flight with Soulful Performance of ‘Home’ That Left Audience Moved & Then Cheering

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Listen to U.S. Marine Matt Bussen‘s soulful rendition of Michael Bublé‘s “Home” as he is returning from a military assignment, and you will hear the song in a whole new way.

The Marines and our other servicemen spend months and even years away from their homes – and Bussen’s mid-flight performance surely struck a chord with many of his fellow countrymen.

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Did The Obama Administration Know The Border Crisis Was Coming?

The U.S. Border Patrol and the federal government have been overwhelmed with a flood of illegal immigrants, many of whom are unaccompanied children.

The tide of humanity has crested on America’s southern border without any warning that they were coming - or did it? According to reports, the Obama administration was warned last year that there was going to be a border crisis soon.

From Fox News:

The Washington Post reported Saturday that a team of experts from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) submitted the 41-page report in August of 2013 after discovering a makeshift transportation depot manned by Border Patrol agents at the Fort Brown station in Brownsville, Texas. The report detailed how thirty agents were assigned to perform such tasks as washing the children’s clothes, driving them to offsite showers, and making them sandwiches.

 

The report said that an average of 66 children were taken into custody each day and more than 24,000 cycled through patrol stations in Texas alone in 2013.

 

The study’s leader, a former Border Patrol agent named Victor Manjarrez Jr., told the Post that the government had little reaction to the report’s warning and viewed the situation as a “local problem.” Manjarrez added that a crisis on the scale of what has developed over the past several months was “not on anyone’s radar [even though] it was pretty clear this number of kids was going to be the new baseline.”

Leah Barkoukis at Townhall.com also points out something very interesting:

The White House initially claimed to be surprised by the influx of illegal immigrants crossing the Southwest border, but a January 29 employment ad placed by DHS looking for contractors to escort roughly 65,000 unaccompanied alien children challenged that assertion.

It is entirely possible for the Obama administration to be asleep at the wheel and ignore warnings - see Iraq for the most recent example. So what we have is either incompetence (which is an entirely believable explanation) or outright lying to the American people.

One former government official told the Post that the warnings were definitely given, but were overshadowed by the Obama administration’s push for comprehensive immigration reform.

Many believe the administration ignored this growing humanitarian crisis in order to try and get amnesty comprehensive immigration reform passed. This is just another consequence of electing someone with very little policy experience as President of the United States.

Watch Some Marines Confront a Man Impersonating An Army Sergeant Major

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At a military funeral this weekend in West Palm Beach, Florida, a couple of possibly retired Marines confronted a man dressed in a U.S. Army dress uniform. At first the conversation, posted on the Facebook page  U.S Army W.T.F! moments, is cordial, then the Marines started to get suspicious of the alleged “sergeant major.”

During the conversation, the Marines catch him in one too many lies about everything from violating uniform code to wearing the wrong ribbons and medals. The man also called himself a sergeant major, a military policeman, and a special forces operator.

He also claims to have won a Bronze Star with a “V” for valor for saving one of his men from killing himself. Well according to Rare, it got a little heated:

“You know that’s called false valor? It is a federal crime for you to be wearing that uniform,” one of the Marines asks the faker, to which he could only respond with a series of expletives.

Such a shame anyone would want to falsely take credit for the heroic sacrifices our soldiers make.

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Forget Learning Anything, University Says Grades Should Be Distributed Equally Based On Ethnicity

Political correctness has now reached an entirely new stratosphere: The University of Wisconsin-Madison believes grades should be apportioned based on race:

Campus Reform reports:

The policy, named the “Framework for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence,” calls for “proportional participation of historically underrepresented racial-ethnic groups at all levels of an institution, including high-status special programs, high-demand majors, and in the distribution of grades.”

Huh? UWM professor W. Lee Hansen wrote about his concerns with the ridiculous politically correct policy late last week: 

“Professors, instead of just awarding the grade that each student earns, would apparently have to adjust them so that academically weaker, ‘historically underrepresented racial/ethnic’ students perform at the same level and receive the same grades as academically stronger students.” 

The good professor also took the university to task over how students of one race could prohibit students of other races from selecting their major:

“Suppose there were a surge of interest in a high demand field such as computer science. Under the ‘equity’ policy, it seems that some of those who want to study this field would be told that they’ll have to choose another major because computer science already has “enough” students from their ‘difference’ group.”

As the famous Austrian economist F.A. Hayek said: “There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal.”

Shameless ‘Salon’ Editor Calls Torture Camp Survivor John McCain ‘Cowardly’ for Choosing Sarah Palin as VP Pick

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In a shameless segment with professional race-baiter Al Sharpton, Salon.com editor Joan Walsh had the guts to call John McCain “cowardly” for choosing Sarah Palin as his Vice President pick in 2008. The comment was in response to John McCain himself calling Obama’s White House “cowardly” and saying it was AWOL- that is, “Absent Without Official Leave,” a military term for someone who’s abandoned their post.

What makes it so pathetic for Walsh to call him cowardly is John McCain spent time in the notorious Communist Vietnamese torture camp called the “Hanoi Hilton,” where his arms were brutally broken many times over. They refused him medical care, which left a permanent disability resulting in his not being able to raise his arms above his head. When his evil captors told him he could be let go early because his father was a top admiral, he refused to go before other captive Americans who had been there longer, in order to prevent his being used for propaganda purposes.

Whatever you may think of McCain and his politics, it’s utterly despicable to call him a coward, in defense of a man whose most courageous act was to eat dog in Indonesia.