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Obama Sets Up New Shutdown Fight

President Obama on Friday set up another potential budget shutdown fight, insisting on a long-term spending bill and saying he would not sign another temporary measure like the current one, which expires Dec. 11.

“I will not sign another short-sighted spending bill like Congress sent me this week,” Bush said. “Congress has to do it’s job. It can’t flirt with another shutdown.”

Laying the groundwork for a bruising brawl in the fall with congressional conservatives, Obama demanded that the sequester budget caps be broken and the spending spigot open wide so lower spending doesn’t make it even harder on things like “an aging population,” schools and the military.

“It’s time now to undo them,” Obama said in a press conference.

The president warned Congress against adding “extraneous” issues to the budget debate, like their objections to Planned Parenthood. “They want to defund Planned Parenthood? There’s a way to do it: Pass a law, override my veto,” Obama said.

Obama returned to his demand for gun control, which he had just lodged Thursday in the aftermath of the mass murder at an Oregon college. He suggested Republicans were resisting him not out of principle, but because they were getting their marching orders from the National Rifle Association.

“It’s because of politics. It’s because interest groups fund campaigns and feed people fear,” Obama said. “And in fairness, it’s not just in the Republican Party, although the Republican Party is just uniformly opposed to gun safety laws.”

Obama took a moment to skewer Jeb Bush for saying, in relation to the shooting, that “stuff happens,” an attempt by Bush to indicate that politicians should not overreact.

“I don’t even think I have to react to that one,” Obama said. “I think the American people should hear that and make their own judgments based on the fact that every couple of months, we have a mass shooting. And they can decide whether they consider that ‘stuff happening.'”

Obama ridiculed his opposition, saying even some Republicans in Congress suggest he wants gun control because he’s plotting to seize power.

His opponents charge that gun control is “an assault on freedom or Communistic, or a plot by me to take over and stay in power forever or something,” Obama asserted. “I mean, there are all kinds of crackpot theories out here, some of which are ratified by elected officials on occasion.”

But he nevertheless suggested he has no plans for dramatic, unilateral executive action, indicating the matter was in the hands of Congress. “Main thing I’m going to do it talk about it,” he said.

Obama said voters should, for at least a few election cycles, judge candidates entirely based on their position on gun laws. “You have to just for a while be a single-issue voter,” he said.

Strikingly, Obama said nothing during the press conference about the Oregon’s gunman’s targeting of Christians, who revealed their faith only to be shot and killed.

This article also appears on PoliZette.

Arne Duncan is Done

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is leaving in December. He will be replaced by his deputy former New York state education commissioner John King.

Duncan’s term, which has spanned Obama’s entire presidency, has been marked by aggressive moves to institute a Common Core-influenced agenda. I will live stream the Obama announcement, scheduled for 3 pm today.

Briefing has been cancelled.

The Gunman’s Christian Martyrs

President Barack Obama likes to tout his religious passion. Today, we will find out if it equals his passion for gun control.

According to multiple reports, the gunman who killed 10 people and wounded seven Thursday at a rural college in Oregon methodically asked his victims whether they were Christians before he killed them, one by one.

One of the students wounded at the school, Anastasia Boylan, said the killer ordered the students to stand up and asked if they were Christian.

“And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second,'” Boylan’s father, Stacy, told CNN, relaying her account.

“And then he shot and killed them.”

Each and every one of those young Americans who revealed their belief is a hero and a Christian martyr. Today, it is incumbent upon our leaders, starting with the top dog, to talk about their incalculable bravery.

Instead, many people, like the president did on Thursday night, will focus on scaling back the Second Amendment by passing gun measures that in all likelihood will be useless for stopping mass murderers, but which will prevent some from defending themselves while scaling back freedom.

The antigun outrage will make Obama and his allies feel fantastic about themselves and offer the comforting illusion that they are “trying to do something.” That will be the main accomplishment.

Perhaps some of those who will serve up histrionics today should ask whether they are compounding the problem. The shooter, 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, craved the attention, according to CBS.

He apparently wrote this on social media about the man who in August killed a reporter and her cameraman in Virginia:

“I have noticed that so many people . . . are alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who they are. A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone. His face splashed across every screen, his name across the lips of every person on the planet, all in the course of one day. Seems like the more people you kill, the more you’re in the limelight.”

Maybe the president would like to outlaw video games. Inevitably, the shooters are found to have spent hours every day wrapped around a video console shooting zombies or some other imaginary threat.

An online dating profile that appears to belong to Mercer lists his hobbies and interests as “Internet, killing zombies, movies, music, reading,” CBS reported.

Nothing the president does is going to eliminate guns or significantly decrease their availability, other than to law-abiding citizens. Unless he believes he can repeal the Second Amendment with a two-thirds vote of his White House staff.

But one thing he can do, for a grieving nation, is talk about the bravery of these martyred American Christians.

Video || Obama Immediately Politicizes the Shooting

President Obama marched directly to the podium of the White House briefing room Thursday and specifically turned the tragic shooting at an Oregon college into a political issue.

“This is something that should be politicized,” Obama said.

I wonder. Guns have always been available. And yet these shootings are occurring more than ever. What else is stoking it. Video games? Excessive attention to the issue?

The president of course didn’t mention that the shooting occurred in another gun-free zone, just like the one in July on a military base in Tennessee.

No guns allowed at the college where this happened. Unless you’re a murderer.

Video || Obama Lectures Iran About Its Policies

I do love it when this most egocentric president tells other countries what would be in their interests. Especially our sworn enemies.

Here, as he so often does, President Obama assumes Iran’s leaders care about stuff that Americans do, like jobs. And he tries to tell the Iranians that it’s bad policy to be projecting its power around the Middle East, which Iran has in fact had much success doing in the absence of American leadership.

He doesn’t get that they want to lead a worldwide Caliphate. He thinks they’re just like us. They’re not. They understand force, not empty words convincing them to be weak like us.

Obama has a lot of nerve to say Iran’s actions isolate it, when their aggressiveness just resulted in a deal with Obama allowing them to create nuclear weapons and releasing billions of dollars in funds for their use – while holding out the promise of billions more in oil sales.

“Chanting Death to America does not create jobs or make Iran more secure,” Obama said. “If Iran chooses a different path, that would be good for the security of the region, good for the Iranian people, and good for the world.”

Obama Slams Campus Political Correctness

Okay, this is good. I like. If only President Obama, however, hadn’t done so much himself to demonize conservatives – and not listen to the opposition – I might like more. But let’s give some credit where credit is due. From remarks Monday at North High School in Des Moines, Iowa Sometimes there are folks… Continue Reading

The Dissing of America: Our enemies and rivals show no respect

As President Obama was traversing Alaska last week sounding the alarm about the theoretical consequences of global warming, a more concrete threat loomed just off the coast, in the Bering Sea. Five Chinese naval ships suddenly materialized and were cruising about, symbols of China’s growing military might and its challenge to America’s naval hegemony in… Continue Reading

Obama Decrees Major New Benefit on Labor Day

President Obama used Labor Day Monday to unilaterally provide a major new benefit for hundreds of thousands of people, signing an executive order mandating that federal contractors provide up to seven days paid sick leave per year. The White House estimates some 300,000 people working on federal contracts will gain access to sick leave as… Continue Reading

Obama? Rule of Law?

The Obama White House could have stayed out of a local matter, as it often does. Or it could have just said it believed that local officials were enforcing the law and supported that. But no. Instead, it offered up a treacly blob of sanctimony to express its commitment to “the rule of law” in supporting… Continue Reading

Van Susteren to Obama: Honor the Police

Greta Van Susteren of Fox News invited President Obama to visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. It’s not far, just eight blocks from the White House. Much closer than the golf course. You know why he needs to honor them? Because #BlackLivesMatter. No one has suffered more from the demonization of the police and… Continue Reading