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Written by Allen West on August 18, 2014
The “I” word — everyone has been told to stay away from it and never mention it because it’s political suicide. They say mentioning the “I” word is a losing battle and will cause a loss of focus. Some have tried so hard to avoid the “I” word that they’ve pursued other means by which to make the point of unconstitutional behavior by the head of the executive branch.
DAILY CALLER – Lawsuit: White House Accused Of Hiding Politically Embarrassing Information – 08/19
Cause of Action, a conservative legal group, is suing the White House over allegations of interference with executive agencies complying with FOIA requests, The Washington Post reports.
The central complaint is that federal agencies have taken over 14 months to complete Cause of Acton’s FOIAs, and still has not provided the information, owing to the fact that the requests are currently under White House review. Some of the agencies include the Department of Justice, Office of Management and Budget, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of Defense.
TOWN HALL – NYT Editoral Board: The Indictment Against Rick Perry “Appears” to be “Overzealous” -08/19
Add the New York Times editorial board to the growing list of constitutional scholars, journalists, and political operatives who find the curious indictment against Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) to be a farce. The board doesn’t go as far as defending his tenure or his policies (in fact, they do the opposite) but they do nevertheless feel as if he is the victim of an “overzealous prosecution”:
CONSERVATIVE BYTE – More than dozen witnesses confirm Ferguson cop’s version of shooting-08/19
The truth is getting out and the protesters are looking like fools. Check it out:
A St. Louis Post Dispatch reporter says that Ferguson, Missouri, police confirm that more than a dozen witnesses to the shooting of teenager Michael Brown have backed up the account of the incident offered by the officer who killed the teenager. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Christine Byers tweeted Monday that police told her that an account of the shooting by a woman named “Josie” who called into a syndicated radio program last Friday matches the account given by Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown.
WND – ISIS TERRORISTS: WE’RE HERE IN FERGUSON - 08/19
A sign carried by a protester in Ferguson, Missouri, declaring the presence of the Islamic State, or ISIS, is an act of intimidation, warning Americans they should fear the Middle Eastern Islamic jihadist group, even in their own homes, according to an expert.Islam analyst Robert Spencer, whose Jihad Watch website website monitors Islamic jihad worldwide, said the sign, which says “IS is here,” is “in line with supporters of the Islamic State taking photos of the Islamic State flag held in front of the White House and other landmarks.” “The objective is to ‘strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah’ (Quran 8:60) and to emphasize the desire of Islamic State jihadis to strike within the U.S.,” he said.
THE SYDNEY MORNING HEARLD -The Hamas trap: hidden labyrinth was wired for war- THIS IS A MUST READ BY EVERYONE! - 08/17
Israeli security thought it had adequate intelligence about Gaza. It was in for a surprise. It was not just the labyrinth of tunnels discovered, much more extensive than expected, but the stockpiles: thousands of weapons, Russian anti-tank missiles, explosive devices, and large amounts of tranquillisers, handcuffs, syringes, ropes. The tools of capture on a large scale. Some of the tunnels are very deep, big enough to hold vehicles. They were dug with electric jackhammers, mostly about 20 metres below ground, and reinforced with concrete made on site, in workshops adjacent to the tunnels. The tunnels served as command centres, infiltration points into Israel, weapons stores, rocket-launcher hiding sites, and the means to move and conceal fighters during urban combat. PLEASE READ ON
NEWSMAX – Schools Opting Out of Federal Lunch Program - 08/17
A number of U.S. school districts are opting out of the federal school lunch program serving meals that comply with the nutritional standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama. The reason: Students are choosing not to eat the healthier meals mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that was passed in 2010. One district opting out of the program is Fort Thomas Independent Schools in Campbell County, Ohio. “The calorie limitation and types of foods that have to be provided have resulted in the kids just saying, ‘I’m not going to eat that,’” Fort Thomas Superintendent Gene Kirchner told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
POLITICAL OUTCAST – If Police Gear Up, Let Them Actually Protect Property - 08/17
On the military police gear, I got some good pushback on the use of body armor in general. I think my original point stands (and I’ve made it over and over again) that we have far too many late night/early morning raids in this country with far too much firepower for situations that don’t call for it. But I do want cops to be protected from real threats, and I should have been more specific. Using a headline about Ferguson was probably not the best way to rehash the argument about SWAT raids.
Also, Ferguson’s time of peace did not last very long. I’ve seen several local stories in St. Louis. Here is a summary from the Daily Caller.
THE HILL – California Democrats in tight races balk at Obama climate talk- 08/17
Voters don’t hear the words “climate change” when Democrats in competitive races in California explain what’s causing the worst drought in the state’s history. President Obama has repeatedly blamed global warming for episodes of severe weather, including wildfires and droughts in the Golden State, but Democrats seeking to unseat Republicans in the hard-hit Central Valley region are balking at that argument. The drought is an issue in three of the five closest House races in California, but Democrats are opting against drawing a direct link between the drought and climate change. “The way folks talk about the drought out here is: ‘We have a problem, let’s fix the problem,’” said Amanda Renteria, a Democrat challenging Rep. David Valadao (R).
“Climate change doesn’t really belong in the question, or answer,” said Renteria, one of her party’s best hopes of gaining a House seat this fall.