Next Stept: Governor Abbott’s Desk
AUSTIN – Open carry in Texas is just a signature away from becoming law, as the House and Senate voted in rapid succession on Friday to send the contentious bill to Gov. Greg Abbott.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 29, 2015
The measure – backed by Republicans and a few House Democrats – would allow licensed Texans to openly carry handguns in belt or shoulder holsters. And Abbott, a Republican, has said he will sign open carry into law. Read the rest of this entry »
Nice Work If You Can Get It: Charity Gave $500K to Clinton Foundation for Bill to Accept Award from Supermodel Petra NemcovaPosted: May 29, 2015
‘The donation, made late last year after the foundation sent the charity an invoice, amounted to almost a quarter of the evening’s net proceeds — enough to build 10 preschools in Indonesia.’
Andrew Stiles reports: A charity run by Czech supermodel Petra Nemcova donated $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation in 2014 after Bill Clinton agreed to accept a lifetime achievement award from the organization…
“The former executive director of the Happy Hearts Fund, Sue Veres Royal, told the Times that Clinton…only agreed after an honorarium was offered following a ‘thinly veiled solicitation’ from the Clinton Foundation, a transaction she described as a ‘quid pro quo.'”
This most suspicious part of this whole story? That Bill Clinton, of all people, demanded $500,000 to accept an award from her:
The New York Times reports…
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Petra Nemcova, a Czech model who survived the disaster by clinging to a palm tree, decided to pull out all the stops for the annual fund-raiser of her school-building charity, the Happy Hearts Fund…
…She booked Cipriani 42nd Street, which greeted guests with Bellini cocktails on silver trays. She flew in Sheryl Crow with her band and crew for a 20-minute set. She special-ordered heart-shaped floral centerpieces, heart-shaped chocolate parfaits, heart-shaped tiramisù and, because orange is the charity’s color, an orange carpet rather than a red one… Read the rest of this entry »
Todd Starnes writes: Hillary Clinton went down to Dixie this week and tried to pull off a faux Southern accent. Sweet Lord Almighty, folks – it was pitiful.
Miss Hill’ry was drawling and dropping “g’s” all over the stage during a speech to Democrats in South Carolina – the Palmetto State.
I was surprised Miss Hill’ry didn’t show up at her campaign rally in bare feet, waving a cast iron skillet and singing Dixie.
“Clearly, Miss Hill’ry has mastered the art of speaking from both sides of her mouth – but she still needs to work on her drawl.”
“Hillary Clinton’s southern twang is back,” announced New York Times writer Maggie Haberman on Twitter.
The folks over at Hot Air crafted a spot-on analysis of Miss Hill’ry’s politically expedient dialect in a story titled, “Hillary’s Fake Southern Accent is Back.”
“The truth is that lady couldn’t tell the difference between a collard green and a turnip green. She probably thinks fat back is something a personal trainer can help you get rid of. And heaven only knows how she would smoke a pork butt.”
The problem is that it’s not a very good Southern accent. It’s almost like her linguistic advisors made her watch every episode of “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
“It’s ce-ment pond, not cement pond, ma’am. And it’s ‘pert near’ not ‘pretty near.’”
Folks, I’m a native of Tennessee – the Volunteer State. And there’s nothing more unpleasant to the ear than a phony Southern accent. It’s downright disrespectful and a bit condescending. But because she’s Miss Hill’ry – the mainstream media laughs off her faux dialect. Read the rest of this entry »
In January 2015, Muslim terrorists massacred cartoonists and writers at the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, proclaiming to be avenging Islam’s prophet. The rampage, which included the murders of hostages at a kosher market, prompted global leaders and throngs of citizens to rally in support of free expression. But was the support genuine?
In this Broadside, Andrew C. McCarthy explains how leading Islamists have sought to supplant free expression with the blasphemy standards of Islamic law, gaining the support of the U.S. and other Western governments. But free speech is the lifeblood of a functioning democratic society, essential to our capacity to understand, protect ourselves from, and ultimately defeat our enemies.
[Order Michelle Malkin’s book “Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs“ from Amazon.com]
Charges relate to large sums of money he allegedly paid to keep someone quiet about ‘prior misconduct’
WASHINGTON — Andrew Grossman and Ben Kesling report: Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges related to bank withdrawals of large sums of money that he allegedly paid to keep someone quiet about “prior misconduct.”
Mr. Hastert is charged with intentionally withdrawing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash in increments of less than $10,000 to avoid federal reporting requirements designed to prevent money laundering. The Republican also is charged with lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the withdrawals, telling agents he was taking the money out because he didn’t feel safe using the banking system.
“Mr. Hastert is charged with intentionally withdrawing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash in increments of less than $10,000 to avoid federal reporting requirements designed to prevent money laundering.”
The indictment alleges the money was going to someone identified only as “Individual A,” who had known Mr. Hastert for most of the person’s life. In 2010, Mr. Hastert agreed to pay this person $3.5 million “to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against Individual A,” the indictment said.
What did Hastert do? Whatever it was, it was worth $3.5 million to him.
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 28, 2015
The seven-page indictment notes that Mr. Hastert was a high-school teacher and coach in Yorkville, Ill., from about 1965 to 1981 before running for public office. The individual he was trying to pay off was also a resident of Yorkville and apparently met Mr. Hastert as a child, according to the indictment.
“After Mr. Hastert left office, he became a lobbyist at Dickstein Shapiro. Two years later, he began meeting with the individual listed in the indictment. At some point, they began discussing the ‘prior misconduct,’ according to the indictment, and Mr. Hastert agreed to the payments.”
Mr. Hastert, 73 years old, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. Attempts to reach his personal assistant and the law firm where he worked, Dickstein Shapiro LLP, for comment weren’t successful. The firm removed his biography from its website Thursday.
Mr. Hastert was first elected to Congress in 1987 to represent an Illinois district west of Chicago. He became House speaker in January 1999 after the resignation of Newt Gingrich, who stepped down as speaker amid GOP infighting after the party’s unexpected losses at the polls in the previous election. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Obama Defense Dept. Forced Soldiers to Sign Non-Disclosure Statements on Turncoat Bowe Bergdahl’s BehaviorPosted: May 28, 2015
General Mullins told Bowe Bergdahl’s closest comrades to sign non-disclosure statements on Bergdahl’s behavior before he deserted his platoon.
“There is no way that she did not know what was going on, that women were being abused and accosted by her husband. They have both lied.”
But 21 years after Paula Jones accused Bill Clinton of lurid behavior, she is speaking out against Hillary and insisting that his wife is not fit to be President either – because of her husband’s history of bad behavior.
- Paula Jones sued President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment, saying he propositioned her when he was Arkansas governor
- Her case led to investigation in which Bill Clinton denied under oath having sex with Monica Lewinsky, leading to his impeachment trial
- Now a stay-at-home mom in Little Rock she tells Daily Mail Online his conduct means he should be kept out of the White House
- Jones says he is still lying and would philander again – and that Hillary lied too so is also unworthy of office
- ‘There is no way that she did not know what was going on, that women were being abused and accosted by her husband.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Mail Online Jones delivers her own verdict on Hillary’s bid to
become president, saying that her husband’s attitude towards women disqualifies Bill from re-entering the White House – while what she calls Hillary’s ‘lies’ disqualify her from the Oval Office.
‘There is no way that she did not know what was going on, that women were being abused and accosted by her husband,’ she says. ‘They have both lied.’
Jones, 48, became a national figure when in 1994 she sued President Clinton for sexual harassment after an incident in an Arkansas hotel room three years earlier. Read the rest of this entry »
“This order sent a very clear message to the Imperial dictators at the Obama White House, In Your Face!”
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) May 26, 2015
Gerard Araud, the French ambassador the United States, says an emerging nuclear deal with Iran will impose tough restrictions on the Islamic Republic and improve regional security across the Middle East. But on Tuesday, Arnaud acknowledged that it could also pose a potential risk: spurring an array Arab countries to develop their own civilian nuclear programs.
“For me, that’s one of the major weak points of the agreement we are negotiating because let’s be frank: the agreement is not perfect,” Araud said at an Atlantic Council event in Washington. “It’s a compromise. Any agreement is a compromise.”
Araud, joined by his British and German counterparts, insisted that Western negotiators in Switzerland wrested the maximum amount of concessions from Iran as possible. Their joint appearance was the latest indication that a final nuclear deal with Tehran is likely to happen this summer, though perhaps not by the June 30 deadline.
“It’s very likely that we won’t have an agreement before the end of June or even (right) after,” Arnaud said, citing the difficulties of fleshing out technical details and possible delaying tactics by the Iranians. “We could have a sort of fuzzy end to the negotiation,” he said.
In their remarks, the diplomats said the benefits of such an accord far outweigh the risks. But as the June 30 deadline looms for world powers to make an agreement, Araud differed with his fellow European ambassadors about the unintended consequences a final deal might produce.
Namely, Araud said that allowing Iran to maintain enough enrichment capacity for a one-year breakout time could cause Arab adversaries such as Saudi Arabia to seek a similar capability, resulting in more countries becoming nuclear threshold states. Read the rest of this entry »
Obama responded to this theory by saying the following: “Well the fact that you are anti-Semitic, or racist, doesn’t preclude you from being interested in survival. It doesn’t preclude you from being rational about the need to keep your economy afloat; it doesn’t preclude you from making strategic decisions about how you stay in power; and so the fact that the supreme leader is anti-Semitic doesn’t mean that this overrides all of his other considerations. You know, if you look at the history of anti-Semitism, Jeff, there were a whole lot of European leaders—and there were deep strains of anti-Semitism in this country—”
He really needs to point out America’s past sins and flaws whenever anyone points out vile behavior overseas, doesn’t he? Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] REWIND 2011: Andrew Breitbart: Illiberal Democrat Collectivism Vilifies Individualism, Independence, Part 2Posted: May 24, 2015
http://democracybroadcasting.com Hollywood blacklisting silences dissent against Obama. Filmed at BlogWorld NYC June, 2011.
BREAKING NEWS – The Republican-led Senate blocked a House bill early Saturday that would have ended the National Security Agency’s bulk of collection on domestic phone records.
The vote was 57-42, short of the 60-vote threshold to move ahead. It leaves the fate of the key provisions in the Patriot Act in doubt with a June 1 deadline less than two weeks away.
The Senate also failed to advance a two-month extension of NSA programs as well. The vote also needed 60 votes to get to the Senate floor. The vote was defeated 54-45…(read more)
Can’t make this up: Michelle Malkin is informed she’s ignorant by Grace from Memphis during a call-in discussion of her latest book ‘Who Built That’.
“Cruz’s haul is eye-popping, one that instantly raises the stakes in the Republican fundraising contest.”
The PAC is led by prominent Democrats including President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, Jim Messina. Read the rest of this entry »
Populist Progressive Anti-Capitalist Bank-Slaying Hero Elizabeth Warren Did Not Disclose $1.3 Million Credit LinePosted: May 20, 2015
Alex Pappas reports: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the populist Democrat and foe of big banks, has not listed a $1.3 million credit line against her home with Bank of America on annual financial disclosure documents because of a loophole in federal law, according to a new report.
“Splitting hairs between a ‘line of credit’ and a ‘mortgage’ to try and explain away potential violations of federal disclosure laws is a very 1 percent kind of problem to have, particularly when the loan is question is to the tune of 1.3 million dollars.”
— Colin Reed
The Boston Herald reported Wednesday that Warren, who is required to disclose financial assets and liabilities, avoided listing it in 2014 because it’s a line of credit — not a mortgage — and the Democrat doesn’t actually owe enough money yet. Read the rest of this entry »