Monthly Archives: January 2015

January 31, 2015

Cruz: ‘In Effect, They Are Counterfeiting Immigration Papers’ (Video)

“Federal law is unequivocal. Those who are present in this country illegally are barred from working. The Obama administration is printing up work authorizations directly contrary to federal law. In effect, they are counterfeiting immigration papers, because the plain text of federal law makes it illegal for those who have entered this country illegally to obtain employment.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Thursday that contrary to what attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch said in her confirmation hearing on Wednesday that illegal aliens do not have a right to work in the United States and that by printing work authorizations for them the Obama administration is effectively “counterfeiting immigration papers.”

CNSNews asked asked Cruz: Do you believe illegal aliens should have a right to work in the United States as Loretta Lynch told Senator Sessions?

Cruz responded: Federal law is unequivocal. Those who are present in this country illegally are barred from working. The Obama administration is printing up work authorizations directly contrary to federal law. In effect, they are counterfeiting immigration papers, because the plain text of federal law makes it illegal for those who have entered this country illegally to obtain employment.

CNSNews asked: So you would say no?

Cruz: No.

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Texas Senate to Feds: Secure the Border and Pay Up

When the resolution is passed it will be sent to the President of the United States, the President of the U.S. Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and all member of the Texas Congressional Delegation.

Texas State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) filed a resolution to express the 84th Texas Legislature’s dissatisfaction with the federal government for failing to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. Additionally, the resolution demands reimbursement for the money spent by Texas taxpayers during last year’s border surge.

“This resolution (SCR 5 attached below) respectfully demands the United States Congress reimburse the state of Texas for the amount of non-federal money it appropriated to secure the Texas-Mexico international border,” Sen. Estes told Breitbart Texas in response to an inquiry. “As Ronald Reagan once said, ‘a nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.’ Because the federal government has neglected its responsibility, our border with Mexico has been increasingly exploited by smugglers, human traffickers, and violent drug cartels.”

“In other words,” the Senator continued, “the federal government has consistently chosen not to do its job. As a result, we have been forced to appropriate a great deal of state funding to maintain border security and protect the citizens of Texas. This resolution would ‘invoice’ the federal government for that money.”

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Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say: How the language police are perverting liberalism

But it would be a mistake to categorize today’s p.c. culture as only an academic phenomenon. Political correctness is a style of politics in which the more radical members of the left attempt to regulate political discourse by defining opposing views as bigoted and illegitimate.

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The recent mass murder of the staff members of Charlie Hebdo in Paris was met with immediate and unreserved fury and grief across the full range of the American political system. But while outrage at the violent act briefly united our generally quarrelsome political culture, the quarreling quickly resumed over deeper fissures. Were the slain satirists martyrs at the hands of religious fanaticism, or bullying spokesmen of privilege? Can the offensiveness of an idea be determined objectively, or only by recourse to the identity of the person taking offense? On Twitter, “Je Suis Charlie,” a slogan heralding free speech, was briefly one of the most popular news hashtags in history. But soon came the reactions (“Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie”) from those on the left accusing the newspaper of racism and those on the right identifying the cartoons as hate speech. Many media companies, including the New York Times, have declined to publish the cartoons the terrorists deemed offensive, a stance that has attracted strident criticism from some readers. These sudden, dramatic expressions of anguish against insensitivity and oversensitivity come at a moment when large segments of American culture have convulsed into censoriousness.

After political correctness burst onto the academic scene in the late ’80s and early ’90s, it went into a long remission. Now it has returned. Some of its expressions have a familiar tint, like the protesting of even mildly controversial speakers on college campuses. You may remember when 6,000 people at the University of California–Berkeley signed a petition last year to stop a commencement address by Bill Maher, who has criticized Islam (along with nearly all the other major world religions). Or when protesters at Smith College demanded the cancellation of a commencement address by Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, blaming the organization for “imperialist and patriarchal systems that oppress and abuse women worldwide.” Also last year, Rutgers protesters scared away Condoleezza Rice; others at Brandeis blocked Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a women’s-rights champion who is also a staunch critic of Islam; and those at Haverford successfully protested ­former Berkeley chancellor Robert Birgeneau, who was disqualified by an episode in which the school’s police used force against Occupy protesters.

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Rand Paul Slams Federal Reserve’s Secrecy, Reintroduces Bill to ‘Audit the Fed’

“Enough is enough.”

Sen. Rand Paul is reviving his push to audit the Federal Reserve.

The Kentucky Republican and presumptive 2016 presidential candidate said he wants to bring several of the Fed’s monetary activities under congressional oversight.

In a statement released Monday, Paul said it was time to end the secrecy behind the Fed. He believes an audit is the best way to do it.

“[An] audit of the Fed will finally allow the American people to know exactly how their money is being spent by Washington.” Paul said.

He slammed the Fed’s current operating practices, saying it works “under a cloak of secrecy and it has gone on for too long.”

Paul concluded that “the American people have a right to know what the Federal Reserve is doing with our nation’s money supply.”

Calls for a Fed audit increased after the 2008 financial crisis. The ensuing collapse in the housing market and financial industry sparked an ongoing effort to bring more sunlight to the agency.

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Bill Whittle: Why Benghazi Matters (Video)

Bill Whittle provides a moment-by-moment breakdown of the events leading up to the attack on the Consulate in Benghazi, a detailed analysis of who was doing and saying what as the attack was underway, and chronicles the following ten days of deceptions and lies on the part of the White House and the State Department, throwing a clear, cold and unflattering light on the competence and character of the President and Secretary of State.


January 30, 2015

Complete Classic Movie: Junior Bonner (1972)

Stars: Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino. Ace Bonner returns to Arizona several years after he abandoned his family, Junior Bonner is a wild young man. Against the typical rodeo championship, family drama erupts.


The Birds – Trailer

“The magic is as wide as a smile and as narrow as a wink, loud as laughter and quiet as a tear, tall as a tale and deep as emotion. So strong, it can lift the spirit. So gentle, it can touch the heart. It is the magic that begins the happily ever after.” – Unknown


Hank Williams Jr – All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight

“The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.” William Shakespeare


Calais migrants use Facebook to sneak into UK

Hundreds of smartphone-savvy refugees are using online forums to outwit security protecting the port.

They are invited to charge their phones at a newly opened EU-funded camp dubbed Sangatte II and have bragged of accessing wi-fi codes.

The internet lets them create interactive maps reporting the location of police patrols and where best to stow away on trucks bound for Dover.

They can also communicate with those who have smuggled themselves across the Channel already.

Evidence the army of migrants is more organised than thought comes after officials at the camp boasted they were offering “a more complete service” than the original Sangatte that closed amid riots in 2002.

Syrian migrant Ahmad, 30, said Facebook was an invaluable tool, adding: “How to get from one place to another, which train to take, the number of someone locally who can help, or even to borrow money… information changes hands quickly.

“I have myself helped many people who I’ve never seen.

“From Italy onwards, if you haven’t got a precise plan, you start to research with the Syrian communities of France, Germany, England, or anywhere else.

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Quick Pix: Natalie Wood w/Video

Natalie Wood: publicity still for Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner’s best film together: All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960) based on the novel The Bixby Girls by Rosamond Marshall, supposedly loosely based on the life of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. Natalie stars with then husband Robert Wagner and makes the prettiest and best made-up dirt poor backwoods girl ever seen in the movies.