Grow a spine, Republicans

Originally posted on A Moral Outrage:

Commentary

On February 27, funding for the Department of Homeland Security will run out unless Congress authorizes a new appropriation. The House passed such a bill some time ago, funding the department but denying funding for the immigration policies that President Obama instituted by executive order, despite the opinion of nearly everyone, including President Obama—22 times no less—that the president lacks the authority to issue such executive orders.

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Say Islam Is Violent and Jihadis Will Kill You

Originally posted on THAT'S WHAT I'M SCREAMING:

By:  Debra J Saunders

Here’s what I love about the French: They’ve long understood the dangers presented by radical Islam. French President Francois Hollande swiftly called the deadly Wednesday shooting at Paris’ Charlie Hebdo magazine “an act of exceptional barbarity,” without doubt a terrorist attack. There was no hedging. The Socialist leader didn’t engage in the sort of blather White House spokesman Josh Earnest offered on MSNBC shortly after the shootings. Earnest called the attack a “terrible act of violence,” but not necessarily terrorism.

He repeated the mantra that Islam is a “religion of peace.” Given that the shooters proclaimed “Allahu akbar” (God is great) and “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad,” Earnest came across like an addict in denial.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations knew better than to throw out the “religion of peace” line. In its statement, CAIR condemned the shootings as an assault on free speech. CAIR…

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Will Democrats blame global warming or the Crusades for the murder of 21 Christians?

Originally posted on Wintery Knight:

Breitbart reports on a new video from Islamic State: (H/T Ari)

A newly released video by Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists showing the mass beheading of 21 Christians condemns the faith’s believers as “crusaders.”

“All crusaders: safety for you will be only wishes, especially if you are fighting us all together,” a man on the video says with a North American English accent. “The sea you have hidden Sheikh Osama Bin Laden’s body in, we swear to Allah we will mix it with your blood.”

The five-minute video, which includes the caption, “The people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian church,” shows Egyptian Coptic Christian men on their knees in orange jumpsuits having their heads severed by black-clad terrorists.

President Barack Obama has yet to comment on the mass beheading of Christians by Islamic State terrorists, since he was golfing on Sunday at a private golf course owned by billionaire Larry…

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Supporters of Violent Extremism To Participate In WH Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (Video)

Originally posted on Nice Deb:

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But of course this should come as no surprise.

Matthew Vadum of FronPageMagazine reported:

Boston-based hub of terrorism associated with a top Islamic State propagandist and producer of hostage-beheading videos will receive the red carpet treatment at an anti-terrorism conference at the Obama White House this Wednesday.

The so-called Summit on Countering Violent Extremism comes as President Obama seeks formal authorization from Congress to wage war against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL).

The terrorist-friendly Islamic Society of Boston (ISB), which is a known front for Islamist terrorist groups, operates mosques in and around Boston.

Members of the anti-terrorist community are outraged that officials of ISB will participate in discussions of anti-terrorism best practices on Feb. 18.

Via the Center for Security Policy:

President Obama is hosting a Countering Violent Extremism Summit this Wednesday Feb. 18 at the White House. The problem is the groups he has invited to…

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The brilliance of this administration is dazzling…

Originally posted on A Moral Outrage:

It’s Not Just Measles; DUI’s Ok If You’re An Illegal Too

The Obama administration has ordered federal agents responsible for protecting one of the nation’s busiest and most crime-infested regions near Mexico to stop apprehending drunk drivers, according to an internal government memo that also concedes an officer that elects to detain them is “acting within the course and scope of his employment.”

Obtained by Judicial Watch this week, the notice is titled “Enforcement Options With Alcohol-Impaired Drivers” and directs the 4,000-plus U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Tucson, Arizona sector to “release” individuals under the influence and “allow them to go on their way.” The document acknowledges that this feels counter-intuitive for Border Patrol agents, but eases concerns by answering a hypothetical question for the officers who have sworn to uphold the law: “If you allow this driver to continue down the road and they kill someone, aren’t you…

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EPA’s Wood-Burning Stove Ban Has Chilling Consequences For Many Rural People

Originally posted on A Moral Outrage:

Forbes

It seems that even wood isn’t green or renewable enough anymore.  The EPA has recently banned the production and sale of 80 percent of America’s current wood-burning stoves, the oldest heating method known to mankind and mainstay of rural homes and many of our nation’s poorest residents. The agency’s stringent one-size-fits-all rules apply equally to heavily air-polluted cities and far cleaner plus typically colder off-grid wilderness areas such as large regions of Alaska and the American West.

While EPA’s most recent regulations aren’t altogether new, their impacts will nonetheless be severe.  Whereas restrictions had previously banned wood-burning stoves that didn’t limit fine airborne particulate emissions to 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air, the change will impose a maximum 12 microgram limit. To put this amount in context, EPA estimates that secondhand tobacco smoke in a closed car can expose a person to 3,000-4,000 micrograms of particulates per cubic…

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Using Doublespeak To Describe Islamist Terrorism Blinds Us To Reality

Originally posted on A Moral Outrage:

TheFederalist

It can lull those who wish to be in denial about violence in the name of Islam into a false sense of security about the reality they have constructed around themselves. This is a reality wherein there is no more violence done today in the name of Islam than any other religion—and, more to the point, that these terrorists are not motivated by religion but by a vague thing called “extremism.” Using the term “violent extremism” in lieu of “Islamic terrorism” crucially fails to acknowledge that in order to be an “extremist” you must be extreme about something. You can’t be an extremist about nothing.

By refusing to utter the word “Islamist,” people can make-believe about the world. The more they exclude “Islamism” or “Islamist terrorism” from their lexicon, the less credence they will give to the possibility that groups like ISIS are in fact motivated by religion…

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz considering 2016 Senate bid

The First Food Snob And Her Mommy Blogger Allies Make Mothering Difficult

Originally posted on A Moral Outrage:

TheFederalist

You know what’s awesome? Being told you’re a bad mom. That makes for a fabulous start to the day. And that’s what many moms took from the First Lady’s scolding of parents who feeding their kids Kraft macaroni and cheese, which the First Lady said isn’t “real food.”

Of course, she’s just echoing what other mommy bloggers do every single day on websites that make moms feel bad about their decisions. Take the website Mamavation, which this week told me and their millions of followers that I’m a bad mom because I let my kids have Goldfish crackers.

Uh huh. Chew on that for a few minutes.

In the judgmental little piece titled: “10 Processed Foods to NEVER Feed Your Kids,” writer Elizabeth Bruno (a self-described working mom and a food scientist nutritionist doctor nurse biologist toxicologist pirate enthusiast) promises to (emphasis and bracket mine) “take a…

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Another Cluster-You-Know-What from the World of Government-Run Healthcare

Originally posted on International Liberty:

In the grand scheme of things, the most important development in health policy is the pending Supreme Court case revolving around whether subsidies can be provided to people obtaining health insurance from the federal exchange, even though the law explicitly says handouts are only available to people getting policies via state exchanges.

If the Court rules correctly (unlike, ahem, the last time the Justices dealt with Obamacare), it will then be very important that congressional reformers use the resulting mess to unwind as much of the law as possible.

That will be a challenge because statists already are arguing that the “only” solution is to re-write the law so that subsidies are also available via the federal government. For what it’s worth, my colleague Michael Cannon outlines the right strategy in Cato’s newly released Policy Priorities for the 114th Congress.

But let’s set aside that issue because we have…

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