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The Obama Morning News || June 21, 2013

Stealth WH campaign for immigration bill . . . New York Times
Border deal boosts bill’s chances . . . Politico
Syrian chemical weapons use unprovable . . . Washington Post
Bipartisan push on to block Syria aid . . . Fox News
Uproar over Obama Catholic school remark . . . Washington Times
Top Shulman aide was frequent WH visitor . . . Examiner
Obama to meet with civil liberties board . . . Fox News
Obama to nominate Comey as FBI chief . . . Fox News
The top 9,486 ways Carney won’t answer . . . Yahoo News

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21 Responses to The Obama Morning News || June 21, 2013

  1. Two days ago, four illegal aliens looking for the promised land of free food, free medical care, free schooling and without the risk of deportation were found dead in the southern desert of Arizona. We don’t know how they died yet, but we know why they died.

    While our elitist elected officials debate making anyone who crosses our national border eligible for citizenship so that heartless employers can enjoy a new class of poorly paid workers, the unions will have a new class of worker to exploit, and the Dems can enroll ignorant foreigners to their rolls, thousands of foreigners will cross that border looking for the safety net and security that their homeland doesn’t provide.
    They’re not coming here to seek employment or even to become American citizens. They’re coming here for the streets paved with gold; the promise of never being hungry again, the promise that their children will be educated and have the best of medical treatment now denied to them, and not having to work a single day for these miracles.

    Without a closed border and the threat of deportation for illegal activities, more will come, more will die.

    • Sadly, these unfortunate people were just four more victims of the treachery of the ruling class, srdem. They care nothing about these poor people who hear by word of mouth or federally-sponsored advertisements that America’s borders are wide open to all comers.

      Both political parties are to blame. From the Bushes to Clinton to Obama, our government has always fought securing our national borders. I know where Senator Cruz stands on amnesty and have already signed his petition to stop the disastrous “gang of 8” amnesty bill. I’ve also called and written Senator Cornyn and get nothing back but form letters and hedging from his staff about where he stands on the ruse of border security amendment being pushed by Corker and Hoeven. The ruling class is playing us for fools. They are planning on shoving amnesty for illegal aliens down our throat just like they did Obamacare. They didn’t listen to us then, and they aren’t listening to us now, but that won’t stop me from speaking my mind.

      • I signed the petition too, Susan. I know you do links. Is there a chance you can link it here for the others to sign? Ann Coulter says that Republican Senators and Representatives are hearing from constituents who are overwhelmingly against the Senate bill. It is suicide for them to pursue it and just utterly stupid.

        I read Byron York this morning who predicts the Senate will pass their abomination but that the House will not pick it up. I wish I could believe that, but these people gain their victories one grimy inch at a time.

  2. “If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,” said the President, during his Northern Ireland Visit for the G8 summit.

    Insert Sunni/Shi’ite, stand in him in front of the OIC and let’s see how long he remains “standing” and pontificating.

  3. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is a little-known federal oversight organization. The meeting was arranged as part of the president’s pledge to engage a range of stakeholders on privacy issues, according to a senior administration official.

    SNIP

    The privacy board was created in 2004 but has operated fitfully ever since, given congressional infighting and at times, censorship by government lawyers. The board was dormant during Obama’s first term and only became fully functional in May, before the NSA programs became public.

    SNIP
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    Interesting timing.

      • It’s been around since 2004, but only now is getting into action?

        I hate to go into black-chopper territory, but I can’t help but wonder if this whole NSA issue was designed to take the heat off of Benghazi.

        On December 17, 2010, President Obama nominated Elisebeth C. Cook to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for a term expiring January 29, 2014. SNIP On January 5, 2011, President Obama again nominated Elisebeth C. Cook to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for a term expiring January 29, 2014. A hearing to consider the nomination was held on April 18, 2012. SNIP Cook was confirmed by the Senate on August 2, 2012.

        On December 17, 2010, President Obama nominated James X. Dempsey to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for a term expiring January 29, 2016. SNIP On January 5, 2011, President Obama again nominated James X. Dempsey to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for a term expiring January 29, 2016. A hearing to consider the nomination was held on April 18, 2012. SNIP Dempsey was confirmed by the Senate on August 2, 2012.

        On December 16, 2011, President Obama nominated Rachel L. Brand to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for a term expiring January 29, 2017. A hearing to consider the nomination was held on April 18, 2012. SNIP Brand was confirmed by the Senate on August 2, 2012.

        On December 16, 2011, President Obama nominated David Medine to be Chairman and Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for a term expiring January 29, 2012, and a term expiring January 29, 2018 (reappointment). A hearing to consider the nomination was held on April 18, 2012. SNIP

        On January 3, 2013, the nomination was returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate. On January 22, 2013, President Obama nominated David Medine to be Chairman and Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for a term expiring January 30, 2018 (new position). Medine was confirmed by the Senate on May 7, 2013.

        On December 16, 2011, President Obama nominated Patricia M. Wald to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for a term expiring January 29, 2013. On April 16, 2012, President Obama nominated Patricia M. Wald to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for a term expiring January 29, 2019 (reappointment). A hearing to consider the nomination was held on April 18, 2012. SNIP Wald was confirmed by the Senate on August 2, 2012.

        On March 21, 2013, President Obama nominated Patricia M. Wald to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for a term expiring January 29, 2019 (reappointment).

        http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/nominations/112thCongressExecutiveNominations/PrivacyAndCivilLibertiesOversightBoard.cfm

        Medine’s nomination was held up for eight months, from 4/12 until 1/13. Why? FCMABBHO resubmitted his nomination on 1/22/13, and the Senate approved him in May.

        I’m grasping at straws here, but something doesn’t set right with me.

        • The board’s first meeting was closed, and was held under a provision that allows it to not provide at least a week’s notice to the public.

          The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will meet in closed session to discuss classified information pertaining to the PRISM-related activities and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

          The Government in the Sunshine Act, 5 U.S.C. 552b, normally requires that agencies provide at least one week prior notice to the public of the time, date, and location of meetings. As permitted by section 552b(e)(1), the Board determined, by recorded vote, that agency business requires that this meeting be called at an earlier date.

          https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/06/17/2013-14431/sunshine-act-meeting

  4. What is the latest Senate solution to the decades old immigration fiasco? Adding 10,000 more border agents – 20,000 in total – and a gazillion drones on the border! How stupid do they think we are? The bigger question is why do we need an immigration bill at all? Amnesty is not the alternative to deportation. Let them all stay, take away all benefits, implement E-Verify, abolish birthright citizenship, and close the borders to newcomers. If we remove them from the gravy train, they will self-deport. Romney was right!

    What happened to the quota system? We have no clue as to how many illegals are here – 11 million has been bandied about for years! It’s more like 20-25 million. If we want to be generous, how about issuing green cards to a small number – 10,000 or so. Blanket amnesty is irrevocable, unlike Obamacare which is subject to repeal or collapse under its own weight. The future of our country is at stake! Table the bill!

    • This bill does seem so overloaded with “ornaments” that it’s worse than the status quo. What a mess. I stand by what I said–we are always having some mishmash of legal and not legal. But people venturing into the desert–well, it is brutal, I can hardly venture into my back yard–the Mexican govt must work to help stop this, not say hey, you can get free food. That is murder!

      • The Mexican govt. is aiding and abetting by exporting the illiterate Mestizos to the U.S. Remember a few years ago when then Presidente Vicente Fox came to Compton, CA to visit ‘his people’? Surreal!

        • The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

          U.S. Const. art. V.