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OOPS- Mike Jones to Obama while voting: Mr. President, Don’t Touch My Girlfriend

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This president is the coolest POTUS ever…

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Bold move. Yesterday President Obama was casting his ballot in Chicago for the upcoming mid-term election. Casting his vote bext to Aia Cooper, her fiancé Mike Jones wisecracked to the president to not touch his girlfriend.

“I really wasn’t planning on it,” Obama shot back. He then called Jones “an example of a brother just embarrassing you for no reason.” It’s a moment of good fun that will bring a smile to even the most adamant Benghazi conspiracy theorist’s face.

Blackwater Founder Wants to Fight Ebola, ISIS, and for the GOP to ‘Get Off Their Ass’

Blackwater founder Erik Prince | Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty

I have no kind words for war profiteer and founder of “BlackWater Security“, Erik Prince and his band of merry thugs so I’ll just re-post the article…

The Daily Beast

Erik Prince says his old private army could have dealt with the Islamic State militants on their own—and that Republicans need to start fighting ‘like we pay them to.’
Erik Prince has a message for ISIS: You’re lucky Blackwater is gone.

On Friday night, the controversial founder of the private military company had plenty to say about what the organization he once ran could be doing in the fight against the so-called Islamic State—and also why Republicans need to stop being such losers.

“It’s a shame the [Obama] administration crushed my old business, because as a private organization, we could’ve solved the boots-on-the-ground issue, we could have had contracts from people that want to go there as contractors; you don’t have the argument of U.S. active duty going back in there,” Prince said in an on-stage discussion featuring retired four-star Gen. James Conway. “[They could have] gone in there and done it, and be done, and not have a long, protracted political mess that I predict will ensue.”

Prince was speaking at a dinner event for donors to the Maverick PAC, a conservative group with ties to the Bush dynasty, at the Capital Hilton just blocks from the White House.

His private military company (since rebranded as Academi) courted more than its fair share of trouble during the Bush years, in large part due to Blackwater guards gunning down 17 civilians in Baghdad. The Obama administration severed most ties with Blackwater, and Prince sold the company and uprooted to Abu Dhabi, where he continued doing sketchy work with security forces. Feeling betrayed by the Obama administration, he has since said that his days working for the U.S. government are over.

But on the subject of the federal government that he no longer wishes to work with, Prince has a rough message for the Republican Party: Get off your asses, guys. (Prince is a libertarian, staunchly Catholic conservative.)

“I want you to tell your congressman that we pay them to fight,” Prince told the crowd. “They are hired to fight for our values, for what you sent them there to do… I am sick and tired of Republicans getting rolled—having a lousy, weak leadership that gets rolled every time by the Democratic Party. We’re like… Charlie Browntrying to kick the football every time and they keep taking it away… I encourage the Republican Party to get off their ass and fight like we pay them to.”

This was the big applause line of the evening, but another one of Prince’s crowd-pleasers came when the conversation turned to Iran. He, of course, had nothing but unkind words for the regime in Tehran, but praised the young, liberal population of the Islamic Republic.

“Most Iranians… are just like you guys,” he said. “They want to be able to drink a beer when they want, travel where they want, have their wife or girlfriend drive a car or wear a short shirt and wear high heels. I’m all in favor of it.”

Roughly 70 percent of the country’s population is under the age of 30 and has no memory of the Islamic Revolution of 1979, so the Prince characterization is… sort of on the money.

But what—beside perhaps killing ISIS members—could The Artist Formerly Known As Blackwater do for the world today? Prince has said that one thing that inspired him to create Blackwater was his disgust at the international community’s failure to stop the Rwandan genocide.

“Who can watch the movie Hotel Rwanda and not wish it had a different outcome?” he told Charlie Rose in 2007. “Who didn’t wish that the UN would have sent troops or yanked those Belgian commandos back there, to secure that hotel and to provide some safe havens? I mean, you let almost a million people in a country about the size of Maryland get killed by farm tools over four months.”

So I asked him what he sees in terms of the humanitarian potential for something like Blackwater in the world today. He pointed to the NOAAS McArthur (S 330), an American survey ship once bought by Blackwater for the stated purpose of humanitarian missions.

“Now, that’s the sort of thing that could help fight Ebola,” Prince tells me.

A family tree to explain how President Obama and Milton Wolf are related

The Washington Post – The Fix

Stories about Milton Wolf, the conservative physician aiming to unseat Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on Tuesday, always include one particularly interesting detail: The guy running to the right of the incumbent Republican senator is also a second cousin to the president of the United States.

What’s not usually articulated is precisely how the two are related. In short, Wolf’s mother was cousins with Obama’s grandmother. But the story is a bit more interesting than that.

We pieced together the family tree from a number of sources: a tombstone database, online genealogy sites, old newspapers. Giving us this family tree, with the Obama branch at left and the Wolf branch at right. It’s explained below.

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The common ancestors are Thomas McCurry and Margaret Belle Wright. (We know about their lives and children thanks to this overview of Obama’s history.) But we get a little more detail from a 2009 interview with Wolf’s mother, Anna McCurry Wolf. Her father’s family, she said, “migrated into Kentucky, and Illinois is where my grandfather lived; Alten, Illinois.” That’s Thomas. “And he, at age three, shook President Lincoln’s hand … he was on my grandfather’s shoulders, and this is Thomas Creekmore McCurry, and Lincoln just came over and shook his hand way up there. And I thought well, isn’t that strange?”

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McCurry and Wright had seven kids, among whom were Leona Belle McCurry — who Anna McCurry knew as Aunt Lee — and Franklin Wright McCurry. We tracked Frank McCurry (as he was known) down thanks to a mention in that same interview with his daughter, Anna, in which she noted that he was a vice president for Derby Oil. That detail allowed us to trace him to a 1949 newspaper article mentioning that he had a model oil refinery in his bedroom.

Leona McMurry and her husband Rolla Payne had three kids, including Madelyn Payne, Obama’s grandmother. Frank and Mabel had the aforementioned Anna McCurry. Anna McCurry married Curtis Wolf, who was also a physician. They had Milton.

Madelyn Payne married Stanley Dunham, and they had a daughter, Stanley Ann Dunham. She married a man from Kenya named Barack Hussein Obama. You know the rest of the story.

Perhaps the most charming part of the interview with Anna McCurry is her obvious excitement about being related to the president. She’d heard that the family was related to a black man from Chicago, and then saw his 2004 convention speech. When she heard him refer to a white grandmother from Kansas at some point, she told her second husband, Gene Colle, “that kid has to have the same DNA I have. That has to be Stanley Ann’s son.” It was. She traveled to D.C. with a group from Kansas, and met Obama, who gave her an autographed copy of his book. Then, the group ran into him in the Capitol.

Before he noticed me he shook everybody’s hand in our group, and he said, “I understand you’re all from Kansas,” and gave them all greetings. Then he gave me a hug and he said to them, “Now, you guys take care of my cousin.” So that was a really special time for me.

If her son has his way, he’ll soon be walking the halls of the Capitol himself — but probably not with as generous an assessment of his distant relative.

See video here…

 

Fox Panel on Impeachment Erupts into Charges of Racism and Lawlessness

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A Fox News Sunday panel that began skeptically of the GOP chatter about impeaching PresidentBarack Obama erupted with charges of racism and lawlessness, as Fox contributor Juan Williams and Heritage Action leader Michael Needham went at it over the motivations behind the calls for impeachment.

Both National Journal editor Ron Fournier and Williams called out Needham for calling Obama “lawless.”

“You listen to Michael and you understand why lots of Republicans think [Obama's] a demon,” Williams said. “Lots of people in the minority community see it as an attack against the first black President. They think it’s unfair, and so it’s gonna spur their turnout in the midterms, which is going to be critical in several races.”

“If you just break it down as a matter of political analysis and say who is this group [calling for impeachment], it reminds me that the Republican Party has become almost a completely white party,” Williams continued. “The people who want him impeached are all white, they’re all older, and guess what — they’re all in the far right wing of the Republican Party.”

“He might as well have just said they’re all racists,” Needham objected. “That’s ridiculous….You’re the one demonizing people who are concerned about the fact that we have a crisis of Constitution.”

“Look, we can have a principled argument about President Obama’s actions and use of executive actions, but you called him lawless, as if he’s an outlaw, as if he’s riding the range and we gotta go get that guy,” Williams said.

Fournier finally cut in: “The way the Americans are hearing this conversation, is they’re hearing you say that our president is a criminal and hear you saying that Republicans are racists,” Fournier said. “What they want is solutions.”

Watch the clip below, via Fox News:

John McCain Finds a Way to Blame ‘Cowardly’ Obama for MH17 Crash

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This simply sounds like sour grapes directed toward Obama supporters, but McCain and his ilk are not saying these things to upset Obama’s base.  Right-wing politicians are trying to stir up their Obama-hating base so they will come to the polls in 2014.  They’ll worry about 2016 after the mid-term elections.

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When he appeared on MSNBC and CNN Thursday afternoon, shortly after news broke of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that had been shot down over Ukraine, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) warned that if Russia turned out to be responsible, there would be “hell to pay.” But by the time he joinedSean Hannity on Fox News last night, he had turned his outrage directly at President Barack Obama.

“It’s just been cowardly,” McCain said. “It’s a cowardly administration that we failed to give the Ukrainians weapons with which to defend themselves.” He speculated that the Russian separatists who allegedly shot down the plane “may not even have occupied and had access to these weapons, which apparently they got at an airfield,” if the U.S. had intervened earlier in the Ukrainian conflict with Russia.

McCain then told Hannity what he would do in response to the deadly crash:

“First, give the Ukrainians weapons to defend themselves and regain their territory. Second of all, move some of our troops in to areas that are being threatened by Vladimir Putin, in other countries like the Baltics and others. Move missile defense into the places where we got out of, like the Czech Republic and Poland and other places. And impose the harshest possible sanctions on Vladimir Putin and Russia. And that’s just for openers.”

And just like that, the likely accidental shooting down of a Malaysian plane carrying mostly Dutch passengers by Russian separatists in Ukraine is President Obama’s fault.

Watch video below, via Fox News:

Two-Thirds Of Republicans Think Impeaching Obama Would Be Justified

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First of all…on what legitimate grounds would he be impeached?  Secondly, the Right’s perceived “Obama offenses” are mainly made up lies and a host of deliberate misconceptions…

The Huffington Post

Sarah Palin raised eyebrows last week when she called on Congress to impeach President Barack Obama, but a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows that the former Alaska governor is not alone. A third of Americans, and two-thirds of Republicans, think Obama should be impeached.

Among all Americans, those saying Congress would not be justified in beginning impeachment proceedings against Obama outnumber those who think it would be justified, 44 percent to 35 percent, while 21 percent said they weren’t sure.

The question drew a huge partisan divide. Sixty-eight percent of Republicans said beginning the impeachment process would be justified, while only 8 percent of Democrats said the same. Independents were divided, 37 percent to 37 percent, while 26 percent said they weren’t sure. Overall, 26 percent of non-Republicans said impeachment would be justified.

Impeachment was described in the poll as “the first step in the constitutional process for removing a president from office, in which possible crimes are investigated and charges are made.” A HuffPost/YouGov poll experiment conducted last year found that support for Obama’s impeachment varied depending on question wording, but that at least half of Republicans said they would support his impeachment no matter how the question was worded.

Obama isn’t the only recent president to face calls for impeachment from members of the other party. A 2007 Gallup poll asked the same question about George W. Bush, and found that 36 percent of Americans, including 58 percent of Democrats, 35 percent of independents and 9 percent of Republicans, said there was justification for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings.

The 1998 impeachment of Bill Clinton also divided Americans along party lines. A 2001 ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 77 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independents, but only 17 percent of Democrats, thought the House of Representatives made the right decision when it impeached Clinton.

The Gallup and ABC News/Washington Post polls were accessed using the Roper Center’s iPoll database.

In the new HuffPost/YouGov poll, 49 percent of Americans said Obama had exceeded the limits of authority placed on the president by the Constitution, while 34 percent said he had not. Eighty-nine percent of Republicans, 52 percent of independents and 16 percent of Democrats said Obama had exceeded the limits of his authority.

The HuffPost/YouGov poll was conducted July 9-11 among 1,000 U.S. adults using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population. Factors considered include age, race, gender, education, employment, income, marital status, number of children, voter registration, time and location of Internet access, interest in politics, religion and church attendance.

The Huffington Post has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls. You can learn more about this project and take part in YouGov’s nationally representative opinion polling. Data from all HuffPost/YouGov polls can be foundhere.

This story has been updated to include the percentage of non-Republicans who said impeachment would be justified.

Wingnuts Gone Wild: Calls To Impeach Obama After Crazy Lady Scribbles A Word Salad On Breitbart

Half-term ex-Governor Sara Palin | CNN

I love this headline…

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Half-baked former Governor of Alaska has had ‘enough” and is fed up with “the years of abuse from this president.” She took to Breitbart.com to scribble out a word salad which states, “His unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, ‘no mas’.”

No mas! No mas! She has had it, dammit!

La mujer estúpida continued to say,”Because of Obama’s purposeful dereliction of duty an untold number of illegal immigrants will kick off their shoes and come on in, competing against Americans for our jobs and limited public services.”

The crazy lady added, “There is no end in sight as our president prioritizes parties over doing the job he was hired by voters to do. Securing our borders is obviously fundamental here; it goes without saying that it is his job.”

While she was drawing funny pictures on Breitbart, this happened. 

Today Obama has asked for help in what he has called a humanitarian crisis. President Obama on Tuesday asked Congress for $3.7 billion to confront a tide of minors from Central America who are illegally crossing the U.S. southern border, straining immigration resources and causing a political firestorm in Washington.

Meanwhile, it was  1George W. Bush who allowed more undocumented children into the United States. Sadly, it was Obama who wanted them deported.

But never mind all the fact-y stuff.

“President Obama’s rewarding of lawlessness, including his own, is the foundational problem here,” she declares.

Sarah’s ghost writer concludes “It’s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment. The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he’s not impeachable, then no one is.”

600 upvotes on Breitbart for this comment, so it must be true:

Or maybe Obama will be so afraid that he’ll quit halfway through his second term.

IMPEACH! Also, apparently Sarah doesn’t have a vajayjay. I’m not judging though.

 

Impeach our twice elected President for freedom and stuff:

 

Because he’s the boss of all the cops, that’s why:

 

Because Fascism:

 

 

Obama did this deliberately because a half-term Governor said so.

CNN Helps White ** Declare Obama Worst President

I censored the above headline because I think it went just a bit too far.

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There’s a new poll out showing that President Obama is the Worst President Since World War II, a poll which CNN reported on with the not-even-skin-deep shallowness we’ve come to expect from the mainstream media. The Quinnipiac poll shows that Obama was rated worst by more respondents than any other president. At 33%, the President was even rated worst by more people than George W. Bush’s 28%, or Richard Nixon’s 13%.

In reporting the news, CNN’s John King joined Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev and Olivier Knox of Yahoo! News in dispensing the analysis that these are not “good numbers,”  that they reflect a “partisan split,” and that Obama is the most recent president, and so the freshest in people’s minds.

What they’re ignoring is that this result was driven entirely by aggrieved conservative white people. While CNN declined to cite crosstabs based on race, they did reference party identification, and here’s how that voting went

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Captured Benghazi Mastermind Says Attack Was Revenge For Video

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The GOP doesn’t want to give the POTUS credit for anything.  So they will declare that this is a planted lie by the Obama administration or say the captive is lying.

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So one of the things that has been driving Conservatives absolutely nuts is anyone suggesting that Benghazi had anything to do with a video. It seems that the mere mention of the word “video” in a Benghazi discussion sends them right over the edge.

But from the beginning, the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton have been saying that initially they thought that the terrorist attacks in Benghazi could have been fueled, at least in part, to an anti-Islamist online video that was made in the United States. That is why Susan Rice went on to all of those Sunday morning talk shows immediately following the attacks and mentioned it.

Now since then, Republicans have been relentless about insisting that the video had absolutely nothing to do with the Benghazi attacks, and that anyone suggesting otherwise was obviously only trying to contribute to some kind of cover-up.

Well, now there’s someone else talking about the video. And he’s no Liberal. Nope, he’s actually the terrorist mastermind himself, Ahmed Abu Khatallah, who was captured by the U.S. on Sunday.According to the New York Times, Khatallah said that he was motivated by the video and wanted revenge against Americans.

10 things you need to know today: June 18, 2014

Obama discusses the capture of Khattala. 

Obama discusses the capture of Khattala. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Week

Commandos catch the suspected Benghazi ringleader, a suicide bomber targets Nigerian World Cup fans, and more

1. Commandos capture alleged ringleader in Benghazi attack
American commandos seized the suspected leader of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that killed ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, the Obama administration announced Tuesday. President Obama said the capture of the suspect, Ahmed Abu Khattala, should send the message that, “When Americans are attacked, no matter how long it takes, we will find those responsible and we will bring them to justice.” [The New York TimesBBC News]

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2. Bomber attacks soccer fans in Nigeria
An apparent suicide bomber riding a tricycle taxi attacked an outdoor viewing center in northern Nigeria on Tuesday as a crowd gathered to watch the Brazil-Mexico World Cup match. As many as 21 people, including small children, were killed, according to a hospital source. No one immediately claimed responsibility, but the prime suspect is Boko Haram, an Islamist insurgent group blamed for a similar attack that killed 14 earlier this month. [New York Daily NewsCNN]

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3. Executions resume after botched April lethal injection
Georgia and Missouri overnight conducted the country’s first executions since a botched April 29 lethal injection in Oklahoma. Georgia executed 58-year-old Marcus Wellons for raping and murdering a 15-year-old girl in 1989. Early Wednesday, Missouri executed John Winfield for the 1996 shooting deaths of two women. Several states have postponed executions since Oklahoma halted the lethal injection of Clayton Lockett, who died anyway of a heart attack. [Voice of America]

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4. Google confirms it is launching a paid streaming-music site
Google’s YouTube announced Tuesday that it planned to start offering a paid streaming music service. YouTube reportedly has signed deals with 95 percent of the music labels included in its existing ad-supported music video site, and said it was partnering with “hundreds of major and independent” labels for the new one. Critics feared that YouTube might keep labels that don’t join the paid service off of the free video site. [Rolling Stone]

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5. SunTrust settles mortgage allegations for nearly $1 billion
SunTrust Banks has agreed to pay $968 million to settle allegations of possible wrongdoing in its mortgage business leading up to the 2008 financial crisis. The company admitted to making loans that were insured by the Federal Housing Administration but didn’t meet its requirements. $500 million of the settlement goes toward relief for consumers hurt by bad mortgages, and the rest is a penalty. [Fox Business]

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6. Maliki fires four military commanders as Sunni militants surge
Sunni militants in Iraq continued their offensive on Wednesday, attacking the country’s largest oil refinery. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki fired four of his top military officers on Tuesday over their failure to perform “their national duty” and stop the advance by the Islamic extremists, the government said. The rebels have taken over several cities over the last week and vowed to attack Baghdad. [USA TodayUPI]

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7. Experts expect Amazon’s hyped new product to be a smartphone
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is unveiling a major new product in Seattle on Wednesday. A YouTube teaser video suggests the new gadget will be a long-rumored Amazon smartphone, according to industry analysts. Amazon already competes directly with Apple with its iPad-rivaling Kindle tablet, streaming entertainment, and digital music and books. An Amazon smartphone would present a new, low-budget challenge to Apple’s iPhone, its most profitable gadget. [Forbes]

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8. Obama proposes vast new marine sanctuary
President Obama on Tuesday announced a proposal to ban fishing, oil exploration, and other activities in a vast section of the central Pacific Ocean. “I’m going to use my authority to protect some of our nation’s most precious marine landscapes,” Obama said. The proposal is on track to take effect later this year after a comment period. If enacted, it would create the world’s largest marine sanctuary. [The Washington Post]

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9. Rare 1856 stamp fetches a record $9.5 million at auction
A rare, 1-cent stamp from 19th-century British Guiana sold for a record $9.5 million in a Sotheby’s auction on Tuesday. The “British Guiana One-Cent Black on Magenta” was printed in 1856 after the then-colony ran out of stamps from London. The postmaster had clerks initial every stamp to prevent counterfeiting. This is the fourth time the stamp has broken the record for highest auction sale price. [CBS News]

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10. Mexico holds Brazil to a scoreless World Cup tie
Mexico held soccer powerhouse and host team Brazil scoreless Tuesday in one of the biggest thrillers yet in the 2014 World Cup. The star of the game was Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who held Brazil to a 0-0 draw with several spectacular saves, including one that kept Brazilian superstar Neymar from knocking a header just inside the post. Ochoa “came up with at least four miracles,” Brazil striker Fred said. [The Associated Press]