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Hillary Clinton started the problem by using her own personal server, which no previous Secretary of State had done, making her emails clearly under her personal control.  That this raises concern about why she chose to do this, and the potential for criminal behaviour is obvious.

From Fox News:

"The FBI has begun investigating the security of Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server, an attorney for the Democratic presidential front-runner confirmed to Fox News late Tuesday.

"The probe, which was first reported by The Washington Post, comes days after watchdogs from the State Department and the intelligence community asked the Justice Department to explore whether classified material was improperly shared or stored on the former secretary of state's private e-mail account.

"The Post reports that the FBI has contacted Kendall about the security of a thumb drive he possesses that contain copies of work emails sent by Clinton during her time as America's top diplomat. The paper also reported that the FBI had contacted a Denver-based technology firm that help manage the server."

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"Quite predictably, after the [intelligence community's inspector general] made a referral to ensure that materials remain properly stored, the government is seeking assurance about the storage of those materials.

"We are actively cooperating," Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, David Ken­dall said.

"She did not send nor receive any emails that were marked classified at the time.

"We want to ensure that appropriate procedures are followed as these emails are reviewed while not unduly delaying the release of her emails. We want that to happen as quickly and as transparently as possible," Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said.

We are a country of laws.  The name Clinton does not entitle one to be above the law, albeit the Obama administration does not seem to understand this.

Transparency has an effect on politicians, just like sunlight has on roaches, it makes them scatter. More importantly, if it becomes clear that transparency is the norm, politicians tend to behave better.

And as we have seen, claims of transparency, as Obama has done, mean nothing, and in fact are most frequently a smoke screen, something Obama likely learned from the Clintons.

Given the entire circumstance with the personal server because of her absolute need to control her image, given all of the emails Hillary personally deemed her personal business commingled with State Dept matters, all while parts of the world were imploding under Obama's watch, and given her penchant for dishonestly portraying herself as having no conflict in taking money from governments while Secretary of State, why would anyone believe anything this woman has to say?

I guess only diehard Democrats who after 6+ years of Obama's lies don't give a damn about honesty, credibility or trustworthiness.

Hillary is so humble that when she says that information that she sent in her emails was not marked confidential when she sent them, it never occurred to her that the official communications, including by email, of the Secretary of State of the United States of America are presumed to be confidential and secret until someone says they aren’t, not the other way around.

As Secretary of State of the most powerful country in the world most of Hillary's communications were bound to be classified by their very nature. Add to that that today most communications are by email and you have a massive breach of security.

Are we going to let one get away with a massive breach of security, a breach that continues with her lawyers holding classified documents for which they have no clearance, while the other got punished for a minor one?

We can't let that happen.

The email problem, with Hillary Clinton as well as with her aides, this could be the most dangerous of all the issues with which she’s contending just now. They can’t just destroy them – those emails went to people, and probably not everyone to whom they went can be relied on to destroy their copies.

If Huma Abedin or Jake Sullivan were to destroy their copies and others were to surface, it would be a monumental scandal, in no small part because of the likely content that caused them to destroy them in the first place.

Hence, Philippe Reines turns over his emails only recently, after Hillary’s been two years and more out of office – might have taken that long to track down his correspondents and be sure that what he didn't turn over would not surface.

Contrary to her claims could be the prefix for most of what Hillary has to say.  Let's keep following the money trail while she was Secretary of State, funneling money to the Clinton foundation, their money laundering vehicle, and lining up lucrative speaking fees for Hillary, Billy and Chelsea.

Al Capone would have been proud, but then he ended up in jail.

It's unclear why after a widespread warning of impending severe weather a circus put on its planned show in a tent that ended up collapsing in a storm, killing a spectator and his 8-year-old daughter, the state fire marshal said Tuesday.

"We all this morning have heavy hearts," Gov. Maggie Hassan told WMUR-TV early Tuesday. "We lost two lives — a father and a daughter — at an event that was supposed to be fun."

"I see these very large metal poles that are in the ground and go through the top of the tent, I see them starting to come out of the ground and fly up, into the air toward us," Heidi Medeiros, who was at the circus with her 3-year-old son, said.

By Rachel Martin | Watchdog.org

PITTSBURGH — It took 18 minutes for a township official to explain to a standing-room-only crowd how a zoning appeal works — and to say officials wouldn’t decide anything that night.

Vince Restauri, zoning hearing board solicitor for Leet Township, said Friday it takes at least two of the three members to make decisions: one was present, one had resigned and one was absent for “pressing personal reasons.”

As Watchdog.org reported in June, Elise Truchan’s family had to pay $500 for a chance at an official permission slip to keep the elaborate tree house she built as a school project. A building inspector decided it was an “accessory building,” and those aren’t allowed in front yards in the township.

The family initially made a deal with the township that allowed them to keep the tree house until October. But the building inspector said he hadn’t agreed to the deal. He said the Truchans needed to file for a variance — that official permission slip — “within the next five days or remove the tree house.”

Restauri said the township would be available after the hearing-that-wasn’t, to discuss settlement.

The family stayed, and a generous handful of people waited outside. “That’s all my sister and her husband try to do, is the right thing,” said Jules Heidish, Elise’s aunt.

Restauri emerged 36 minutes later: “We settled.”

He explained that Elise would be able to keep the tree house until Dec. 31. He said he hoped there would be some good weather and she could perhaps get a little more enjoyment out of it.

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By M.D. Kittle | Watchdog.org

Despite his checkered record on business growth, President Barack Obama plans his first-ever White House Demo Day, celebrating the “important role entrepreneurship plays in America’s economy,” according to a White House press release.

On Tuesday, innovators from around the country will “demo” or share their individual stories.

“The Demo Day event will showcase why we need to give more entrepreneurs from all walks of life a chance to turn their ideas into indispensable products and services, and will include new announcements that support inclusive
entrepreneurship,” the press release states.

The president has a strange way of showing his support, said David Burton, senior fellow in Economic Policy at the Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation.

Obama, the regulation president, has created a “regulatory tsunami” that has devoured business growth, Burton said.

“It has become genuinely absurd,” the economist said. He testified in March before the House Small Business Committee, noting 96 things needed to change in order to clear the way for entrepreneurs.

“We are generally crushing small businesses and entrepreneurs in this country. It’s almost to the point where you need to be a lawyer to run a business,” he said.

According to the Heritage Foundation, the Obama administration had issued 157 new major rules at a cost approaching $73 billion annually in its first five years. That was a 153 percent increase over his predecessor, President George W. Bush over his first five years in office.

It’s not always the big things but the cumulative weight of hundreds of rules and regulations that small firms have to grapple with.

From rising taxes and ever-expanding environmental regulations, to confusing banking rules and employment codes, the costs of government regulation is killing U.S. business.

It’s the big things, too, like the administration’s newly proposed  final rule requiring for the first time federal limits on power plant carbon emissions. Obama aims to cut CO2 output by 32 percent by 2030 as part of his obsessive climate change campaign.

Obama called the final plan, released Monday, a moral obligation and declared that it will eventually create thousands of jobs and save energy consumers as it reduces greenhouse gasses.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy turned a colloquial phrase from her hometown Boston Monday in praising the regulations.

“This is an especially wicked-cool moment,” said McCarthy, who has been highly criticized by U.S. business for her agency’s penchant for red tape.

The Obama administration estimates an $8.4 billion annual price tag to bring down carbon emissions by 2030, but the actual cost won’t be known until states come up with their reduction plans – expected within a year.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a leading Republican candidate for president, blasted yet another unilateral move by the Obama administration, a decision that will burden Wisconsin energy consumers and the state’s recovering economy. The governor promptly pledged that Wisconsin would join other states filing a lawsuit against the administration.

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During a conference call organized by the Jewish Federation of North America (JFNA), Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the nuclear deal with Iran “will bring war.”

“This deal will bring war. It will spark a nuclear arms race in the region. And it would feed Iran’s terrorism and aggression that would make war, perhaps the most horrific war of all, far more likely.”

“Oppose this dangerous deal.

“The nuclear deal with Iran doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb. It actually paves Iran’s path to the bomb. Worse, it gives Iran two paths to the bomb.

“Iran can get to the bomb by keeping the deal or Iran can get to the bomb by violating the deal.

“Iran will be able to produce the enriched uranium for an entire arsenal of nuclear weapons” and be able to do so “very quickly,” Netanyahu said.

“After 15 years, Iran’s breakout time will be virtually zero, just a few days.

"The deal makes it far easier for Iran to build dozens, even hundreds of nuclear weapons.

“We’re told this deal buys us time, but 10 to 15 years is no time at all. By keeping the deal Iran can get in a decade or so not just to one bomb, but to many bombs.

“It has to be said honestly, for years, none of us discovered the massive underground facilities Iran was building at Fordow and Natanz.

“I can tell you from experience, it’s very precarious to bet the deals’ success on intelligence.

“The inspectors must first share with Iran the critical intelligence that led them to suspect these sites in the first place. That’s actually astounding.

“Twenty-four days is more than enough time to clean up a site of all traces of illicit activity. It’s like police giving a drug dealer three-and-a-half weeks notice before raiding his lab. You can flush a lot of nuclear meth down the toilet in 24 days.

“The deal that was supposed to end nuclear proliferation will actually trigger nuclear proliferation. It will trigger an arms race in the Middle East, the most volatile region on the planet. That’s a real nightmare.

“As a result of this deal there will be more terrorism, there will be more attacks, and more people will die.”

“The days when the Jewish people could not or would not speak up for themselves, those days are over. Today we can speak out. Today we must speak out. And we must do so together," Netanyahu said.

On Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals informed Planned Parenthood it is exercising its right to terminate Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid provider agreement.

In recent weeks, multiple videos have surfaced showing Planned Parenthood Federation of America senior personnel and other employees describing how they actively engage in illegal partial birth abortion procedures and conduct these abortions in a manner that leaves body parts intact so that they can later be sold on the open market. Since these videos have surfaced, Governor Jindal has directed DHH to investigate Planned Parenthood’s activities in Louisiana and also sent a letter to both the Louisiana Inspector General and the F.B.I. asking them to assist in the investigation.

According to the Medicaid provider contract between DHH and Planned Parenthood, along with relevant Louisiana law, either party can choose to cancel the contract at will after providing written notice.  Governor Jindal and DHH decided to give the required 30-day notice to terminate the Planned Parenthood Medicaid provider contract because Planned Parenthood does not represent the values of the State of Louisiana in regards to respecting human life. Pending the ongoing investigation, DHH reserves the right to amend the cancellation notice and terminate the provider agreement immediately should cause be determined.

Governor Jindal said, “In recent weeks, it has been shocking to see reports of the alleged activities taking place at Planned Parenthood facilities across the country. Planned Parenthood does not represent the values of the people of Louisiana and shows a fundamental disrespect for human life.  It has become clear that this is not an organization that is worthy of receiving public assistance from the state.”

DHH has concerns that Planned Parenthood could be acting in violation of Louisiana law that states no person or group contracting with the state or receiving government assistance shall require or recommend that any woman have an abortion.  The state investigation into Planned Parenthood remains ongoing.

Louisiana’s Medicaid Family Planning Services program is required to provide adequate services to women across the state. Cancellation of this contract at will does not jeopardize those services in any way as Planned Parenthood is just one of many providers in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas.

Planned Parenthood claims that 3% of all their health services are abortion services but that's not even close to the truth. Watch this video to learn what percentage of their health services are abortions.

Students for Life of America (SFLA) is one of the nation’s most active pro-life organizations and the largest youth pro-life organization. We are the only national pro-life organization dedicated to training and equipping college, high school, medical, and law school students.


During a July 30 speech at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Miami, Florida, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan called for a race war. Farrakhan called on black Americans to “kill those who kill us” if the federal government does not “intercede in our affairs.”

“The Koran teaches persecution is worse than slaughter. Then it says, retaliation is prescribed in matters of the slain. Retaliation is a prescription from God to calm the breaths of those whose children have been slain.

"So if the federal government will not intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us. Stalk them and kill them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling,” Farrakhan said.


A fifth undercover video released by The Center for Medical Progress on Tuesday reveals the Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, talking about her branch's record of fetal tissue sales and its ability to deliver fully intact fetuses.

“If we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, we can make it part of the budget that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this. It’s all just a matter of line items," Farrell said in the video.

This is now the fifth member of Planned Parenthood leadership discussing payments for aborted baby parts without any connection to actual costs of so-called tissue ‘donation.’ Planned Parenthood’s system-wide conspiracy to evade the law and make money off of aborted fetal tissue is now undeniable.

"Anyone who watches these videos knows that Planned Parenthood is engaged in barbaric practices and human rights abuses that must end. There is no reason for an organization that uses illegal abortion methods to sell baby parts and commit such atrocities against humanity to still receive over $500 million each year from taxpayers," CMP's David Daleiden said about the latest video.

Successful societies require strong moral anchors. Lacking those, societies have to rely more heavily on government regulation and enforcement.

The latest Planned Parenthood incidents exemplify how we are losing our moral bearings. As a result, there will be even more government to replace the internal values that used to guide us.

We are moving in the wrong direction.

I’ve long held that we owe the greatness of this country to a salutary blend between secular rules and moral values, a good working together of God and Caesar.

I've further maintained that Christian moral values induce behaviors that obviate the need for an excessive number of secular rules; they keep government from having to regulate moral behavior.

One reason the Constitution is so relatively simple is because, as John Adams himself said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” In other words, the two are necessary.

I've always seen the Establishment Clause, the very first words of the Bill of Rights, as the umbilical cord between our secular and religious laws, the religious being just as important as the secular because they are the source of our morals, virtues and values. Now we seem to be losing these.

Plan Parenthood is only the latest manifestation of our loss of a moral anchor.

As the Left continues its march to secularism, their care for science in many cases doesn't go far beyond the actual invoking of the word.  Everyone can be as smart as a scientist now if you just integrate the word into your arguments enough times.

What is equally disturbing to me is the Lefts continued use of the argument, "no proof of anything illegal".  I heard the head of Planned Parenthood use this the same defense as I have heard Hillary and her apologists use time after time for her many debacles.

It's truly as if the Left now knows that right or wrong are useless in politics today because if it doesn't rise to legal standards, who cares.  They are right as long as it's for their side of the political spectrum.

So in America today the Left is reduced to defining their entire moral compass in the context of power and winning elections.  The unborn are not important enough to them.

One thing that really surprises me is that for years we have been told by the abortion proponents that it is not a baby, it is simply a clump of cells. Now after the videos arose, we are seeing those clumps of cells have organs that are worth harvesting for fetal research.

So much for those theories.

No matter where you fall on the abortion issue, selling parts of aborted babies, and babies carefully aborted to preserve vital and costly organs, has got to be abhorrent.

As to the meme that these were "carefully edited" films, well no one edited the words coming out of the mouths of those women.  They were both haggling over how much Planned Parenthood would get for the recovered fetal tissue.

And why would Planned Parenthood need to be reimbursed anyhow?  Either they gave the tissue, as it was, for research for free or they could throw it away. What reasoning gets them any money for tissue that supposedly would be disposed of anyhow?

And, just to make a fine point, apparently these tissues are not just a glob of goop, but really lungs, hearts, brains, hands, toes, eyes and skin.  Hmmm, seems the folks who push so hard for abortion on demand citing that this is just a lump of cells and nothing more, want to have it both ways.  Lump of useless cells, or a heart, lung or other valuable organ to use for research.

If we are looking to find ways to reduce the deficit, cutting funding for Planned Parenthood would seem to be a great candidate.  Even their name is a fraud.  It should be Planned Elimination of Parenthood.

And shouldn't their be some restrictions on the sale of fetus organs?  One would think moral grounds alone would make this unacceptable.

Donating bodies or organs to science is certainly useful and at times noble.  But we can see how selling fetus organs is vile and certainly has unintended consequences that we begin to see in these videos.

I will acknowledge that defunding Planned Parenthood is next to impossible at the point and time. However, Planned Parenthood could be forced to decouple it's abortion activities from whatever else it is they do.

This would be easy.  Make all Federal funding to Planned Parenthood contingent on them separating their abortion activities out into a completely separate and accountable division.  One for which the funding and spending is separately accountable.

By doing this two objectives are achieved:

1)  The fungibility of the funding goes away and taxpayers are now confident that no Federal money goes to perform abortions.

2)  Planned Parenthood will now have to show clearly how large a percentage its abortion activities are of what it does, and it further has to charge the clients of its abortion services whatever is required to pay for it.

Planned Parenthood exemplifies how an arrogant left and their idiotic science based policies can run amok. What positive societal outcome is/was hoped for when tax dollars began to be used in support of the 'non-profit'?

Planned Parenthood started in 1916 handing out birth control pamphlets and relied on charity.  It has turned into a Fed surrogate, carrying out at taxpayer expense, the policy of abortions at will and free.

What a disgrace for a mostly God fearing country. Small unborn children are being dismembered and treated like animals. The callousness is chilling.

 It's easier to mourn over the killing of a lion than over the killing of a baby. That's how far from our humanity some have come.

Most horrifying about what has come out through the undercover Planned Parenthood videos is how such large segments of our society have been slowly dehumanized. That was bound to happen when some people will not even stand up against late term abortions.

 What have we come to? And I ask this as a person who was taught to respect all human life.
The U.S. Senate has blocked a Republican effort to shut off federal funds for a national abortion provider organization.

“The time has come to have a full-throated debate about this, and the time has come to end all taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. It’s about time we had a debate in our country about this, and it’s about time we said enough is enough," Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said.

“If this bill went into effect, blocking our health centers from serving patients who rely on publicly funded programs for health care, millions of people would struggle to access quality reproductive health care — period,” Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said.

"An organization that so callously reduces our most vulnerable to spare parts for sale has no business receiving any money from the federal taxpayers," Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) said shortly before the vote.


Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial declined to rule out the death penalty Monday as they move toward sentencing James Holmes, finding his defense failed to persuade them to show him mercy.


On Monday, President Obama and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy talked about the Clean Power Plan.

"Today after working with states and cities and power companies, the EPA is setting the first ever nationwide standards to end the limitless dumping of carbon pollution from power plants.

"Washington is starting to catch up with the vision of the rest of the country.

"This is one of those rare issue, because of its magnitude, because of its scope, that is we don't get it right, we may not be able to reverse.

"No challenge poses a greater threat to our future, and future generations, than a changing climate," President Obama said.

"This plan is all pain and no gain. That's why state leaders across the country are coming to the same conclusion -- that we should not sacrifice our power system to an unworkable plan built on a faulty interpretation of the law," Luke Popovich, vice president of communications for the National Mining Association, said.

"Power plants are the single biggest source of harmful carbon pollution that contributes to climate change. Until now, there have been no federal limits to the amount of carbon pollution plants dump in the air," President Obama said in a video released by the White House this past weekend.


The White House claims the Clean Power Plan will:

1. Provide significant public health benefits – The Clean Power Plan, and other policies put in place to drive a cleaner energy sector, will reduce premature deaths from power plant emissions by nearly 90 percent in 2030 compared to 2005 and decrease the pollutants that contribute to the soot and smog and can lead to more asthma attacks in kids by more than 70 percent. The Clean Power Plan will also avoid up to 3,600 premature deaths, lead to 90,000 fewer asthma attacks in children, and prevent 300,000 missed work and school days.

2. Create tens of thousands of jobs while ensuring grid reliability.

3. Drive more aggressive investment in clean energy technologies than the proposed rule, resulting in 30 percent more renewable energy generation in 2030 and continuing to lower the costs of renewable energy.

4. Save the average American family nearly $85 on their annual energy bill in 2030, reducing enough energy to power 30 million homes, and save consumers a total of $155 billion from 2020-2030.

5. Give a head start to wind and solar deployment and prioritize the deployment of energy efficiency improvements in low-income communities that need it most early in the program through a Clean Energy Incentive Program.

6. Continue American leadership on climate change by keeping us on track to meet the economy-wide emissions targets we have set, including the goal of reducing emissions to 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and to 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

So the Obama Administration's EPA response to being rebuked by the Supreme Court is to come up with even harsher job killing regulations. Such poor policy on so many levels it is hard to know where to begin.

Everyone knows the earth has had numerous cycles in climate.  Most have been gradual and non-catastrophic.

Go back 20 years and look at what the environmental "experts" said was going to happen in global warming, and compare to what has happened. It becomes obvious that the experts were completely wrong.

Yet Obama and today's environmental "experts" suggest that global warming is "settled science". Even the phrase is wrong, as science continues to evolved. The world was flat was settled science years ago.

 But worse is the continue abuse of power by the Obama administration, which has become a daily occurance. The rule of law takes time. Throw enough lawless acts forward and the lawful process tends to get overwhelmed.

We also know that various groups promoting the theory of man-made climate change have been caught lying about the data, specifically the group at East Anglia (Climategate) and Michael Mann who promoted the completely debunked hockey stick theory.  We also know that the IPCC has consistently over-written the data in it's Summary Report to sensationalize non events in hopes of causing fear in the world.

Finally, not one plan provided by the Climate mongers will do anything other than raise tax money for governments.  If this last fact doesn't tell you everything you need to know, you are willfully blind.

Renewable isn't renewable if you look at the full cycle requirements. Solar is probably the least renewable energy source we have. The major solar plant in Southern California out near Victorville will be effectively useless by 2018 because the water required to keep the panels clean and general evaporative loss from cooling the indirect heating will be exhausted.

For the direct electrical production, a metal that is required in the most effective panels, which aren't all that great, is called indium. At the current rate of panel production, indium will be exhaused by 2019 and, poof, no more panels available for Tesla charge stations.

"Renewable" energy, aka solar and wind, can never be baseload generators, i.e. power sources to supply a major metropolitan area 24/7/365. Sometimes the wind  doesn't blow. The sun only shines half the day and far less than that during cold winters. Electricity cannot be stored at massive level - no batteries or capacitors exist to do that. All renewable sources will require baseload sources to back them up..... those would be coal, nat gas or nuclear.

This is just another example of politicized bureaucrats making bad policy based on really crummy ideology that is passed-off as science. Washington DC needs more engineers and fewer lawyers.

Complete nonsense any way you look at it.  40 billion in health benefits?  I guess it will pay for Obamacare then.  Stop climate change?  CO2 induced climate change has not been shown to exist.  Reduce CO2?  What about other CO2 sources and sinks such as manufacturing in Asia and deforestation in South America?  The legislation doesn't effect that.
Complete nonsense.

This is just another progressive liberal scam to impose yet more taxes (in disguise - like record breaking fines to Chrysler, which get passed on to consumers), to line the pockets of lifer, corrupt, morally bankrupt politicians and lifer, corrupt, morally bankrupt civil servants and their cronies.  Now that they have the younger generation hooked on power for everything digital, the sky's the limit on how much they fleece us under the guise of "caring about the earth."

There is much we don't know about the effect of CO2 on climate and global warming. Alarmists base their positions on the behavior of only one part--greenhouse effects--of the overall climate system, major parts of which we still don't understand well.

Not long ago NASA discovered that high altitude atmospheric CO2 actually reflects large amounts of the incoming radiation from the sun.

My point is that there is much that we still don't know. I would posit the hypothesis, meaning something to be tested, that the more CO2 we pump into the lower atmosphere, the more seeps into the upper atmosphere to help keep solar radiation from coming through.

There is therefore a balance between greenhouse warming and upper atmosphere cooling for which we don't know the overall net effect. It is suggestive, however, that even as CO2 concentrations in the lower atmosphere have increased, during the last fifteen years the warming predicted by existing models has not occurred.

The latest EPA mandates, therefore, may actually have the opposite of their intended effect. Remember the saying that "you can't fool Mother Nature." Only liberals believe they can do better.
By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

McKINNEY — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the state’s top law enforcement officer, turned himself into jail Monday to be booked on felony securities fraud charges.

Wearing a pin-striped suit and a red tie, he smiled slightly for his booking photo. Then, he was promptly released from the Collin County Jail on $35,000 bond, according to records with the local sheriff’s office.

Paxton then apparently slipped out of his hometown courthouse unnoticed, eluding a throng of waiting media and Democratic protesters. Neither Paxton nor his lawyer, Joe Kendall, planned to make a public appearance after the booking, according to a spokesman for Kendall. Paxton’s side is expected to issue a written statement on the case later Monday.

Paxton faces three counts: two for securities fraud involving more than $100,000, and another for acting as an investment advisor or representative without registering.

The indictments, unsealed about noon Monday, allege Paxton committed fraud in July 2011 by offering to sell stock in a tech company to two people without telling them he was an investor in that company.

One of those people is believed to be state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana. The other is named in the indictment as Joel Hochberg.

The Texas GOP quickly jumped to his defense. The statewide party released a statement minutes after his booking that criticized the “sloppy process” that led to the charges.

“Ken Paxton, like all Americans, deserves to have his say in a court of law, rather than be judged in a court of public opinion that is presided over by liberal interest groups,” said Aaron Whitehead, the party’s spokesman.

But Democrats and liberal groups immediately called for his resignation.

“Ken Paxton has abused people’s faith in his public office,” said Craig McDonald, executive director of Texans for Public Justice, which filed a criminal complaint related to Paxton’s case. “He has engaged in outright deception to personally profit at others’ expense. These qualities make him dangerously unfit to be attorney general.”

Much of Paxton’s case has played out in public since even before he was elected in 2014. The State Securities Board first investigated him while he was a member of the Texas Senate. The board reprimanded and fined him $1,000 last year after he admitted to soliciting investment clients for a friend and business partner without properly registering with the state.

The case lay dormant for months – aside from efforts by election opponents to use it against him. Then, around the turn of the year, the public integrity unit in the Travis County district attorney’s office briefly investigated — and then decided that it didn’t have jurisdiction to file charges. The case moved to Collin County, where the district attorney assigned two special prosecutors from Houston to take charge.

Anthony Holm, a Paxton spokesman, has harshly criticized the work of those two prosecutors, Kent Schaffer and Brian Wice. News has regularly leaked out about their investigation, and Holm has accused them of being politically motivated publicity hounds.

Some conservatives have compared the case to other indictments of Texas Republican leaders, including former Gov. Rick Perry and former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

The special prosecutors have denied any political motives, nothing that they were appointed by a Republican judge from one of the most conservative areas in the state. Wice, in fact, worked as a defense attorney for DeLay during his criminal case.

Here's the text of the three indictments:

No. 416-81913-2015

THE STATE OF TEXAS V. WARREN KENNETH PAXTON, JR. IN THE 416TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT OF COLLIN COUNTY, TEXAS

OFFENSE: Acting as an investment advisor representative without being registered by the Texas Securities Board in violation of Texas Securities Act, Section 29(I).

INDICTMENT
IN THE NAME AND BY AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:

THE GRAND JURY for the County of Collin, State of Texas, duly selected, impaneled, sworn, charged and organized as such by the 416th District Court for the said County at the July Term, A.D. 2015 of the said Court, upon their oaths present in and to said Court that WARREN KENNETH PAXTON, JR., hereinafter styled Defendant on or about the 18th day of July, 2012 and before the presentment of this indictment, in the County and State aforesaid, did then and there knowingly and intentionally render services as an investor investment advisor representative to James and Freddie Henry and the aforesaid WarEN KENNETH PAXTON, JR., was then and there not duly registered as an investment advisor representative by and with the Securities Commissioner of the State of Texas.

AGAINST THE PEACE AND THE DIGNITY OF THE STATE.

/s/ FOREMAN OF THE GRAND JURY
7/7/15

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No. 416-81914-2015

THE STATE OF TEXAS V. WARREN KENNETH PAXTON, JR. IN THE 416TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT OF COLLIN COUNTY, TEXAS
OFFENSE: In connection with the sale, offering for sale or delivery of, the purchase, offer to purchase, invitation of offers to purchase, invitations of offers to sell, or dealing in any other manner in any security or securities, engaging in fraud or fraudulent practice in violation of Texas Securities Act, Section 29(C)(Byron Cook).

INDICTMENT

IN THE NAME AND BY AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:

THE GRAND JURY for the County of Collin, State of Texas, duly selected, impaneled, sworn, charged and organized as such by the 416th District Court for the said County at the July Term, A.D. 2015 of the said Court, upon their oaths present in and to said Court that WARREN KENNETH PAXTON, JR., hereinafter styled Defendant on or about the 26th day of July, 2011, and before the presentment of this indictment, in the County and State aforesaid, did then and there engage in fraud in connection with the offer for sale and sale of common stock of SERVERGY, INC., being a security to wit: stock, to BYRON COOK, hereinafter styled the complainant, in an amount involving $100,000 or more, by intentionally failing to disclose to the complainant, to wit: that WARREN KENNETH PAXTON, JR. had not, in fact, personally invested in SERVERGY, INC., and that WARREN KENNETH PAXTON, JR. would be compensated, and had, in fact, received compensation from SERVERGY, INC., in the form of 100,000 shares of SERVERGY, INC. stock, the said information being material fact.

AGAINST THE PEACE AND THE DIGNITY OF THE STATE.
/s/ FOREMAN OF THE GRAND JURY
7/28/15
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No. 416-81915-2015

THE STATE OF TEXAS V. WARREN KENNETH PAXTON, JR. IN THE 416TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT OF COLLIN COUNTY, TEXAS
OFFENSE: In connection with the sale, offering for sale or delivery of, the purchase, offer to purchase, invitation of offers to purchase, invitations of offers to sell, or dealing in any other manner in any security or securities, engaging in fraud or fraudulent practice in violation of Texas Securities Act, Section 29(C)(Joel Hochberg).

INDICTMENT

IN THE NAME AND BY AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:

THE GRAND JURY for the County of Collin, State of Texas, duly selected, impaneled, sworn, charged and organized as such by the 416th District Court for the said County at the July Term, A.D. 2015 of the said Court, upon their oaths present in and to said Court that WARREN KENNETH PAXTON, JR., hereinafter styled Defendant on or about the 26th day of July, 2011, and before the presentment of this indictment, in the County and State aforesaid, did then and there engage in fraud in connection with the offer for sale and sale of common stock of SERVERGY, INC., being a security to wit: stock, to JOEL HOCHBERG, hereinafter styled the complainant, in an amount involving $100,000 or more, by intentionally failing to disclose to the complainant, to wit: that WARREN KENNETH PAXTON, JR. had not, in fact, personally invested in SERVERGY, INC., and that WARREN KENNETH PAXTON, JR. would be compensated, and had, in fact, received compensation from SERVERGY, INC., in the form of 100,000 shares of SERVERGY, INC. stock, the said information being material fact.

AGAINST THE PEACE AND THE DIGNITY OF THE STATE.
/s/ FOREMAN OF THE GRAND JURY
7/28/15

Matthew Watkins contributed to this report.  This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune.
Contributor article by Rod Eccles

All over the world and all throughout history, humans have celebrated their heroes which includes heroes of the battlefield, heroes of the sports field, heroes of the intellectual field, heroes of the business field and even heroes of the political field. Even today we have added heroes of the entertainment field and we have heroes that portray heroes on the big and little screen.  We have heroes that sing about heroes on the musical stage and we have heroes who write about real and imaginary heroes in top selling books.

The problem with all of this hero worship is we often overlook the real heroes that are right next to us.  These heroes don’t often do super heroic deeds as we like to think of them because they  do what needs to be done on a daily basis without regards to their own well-being. I know one of these heroes and I have lived with this hero.  I have known this hero for over 50 years and he is a hero that does not have to boast.  He does not reach for the limelight and he does not covet the accolades of the masses. He just does and did what he thought was the right thing to do and he did not give it a second thought.

My father was and is my greatest hero. He served his nation in the United States Air Force for over 21 years and that makes him a hero. He and my mother remained married for over 54 years and that makes him a hero because he made her happy. He participated in his community by coaching many kinds of sports and he played professional basketball in the European professional basketball league.  He went back to school in his 40’s to earn his BA Degree and that to me all heroic.

The point is you have your own heroes living with you, next to you.  You know of a hero that does not covet the notice of the crown and you know of a hero that does not wish to have volumes of books written about them.  You know a hero that does not seek to sell his story to the big screen and you know a hero that isn’t interested in having songs sung about them. To me, these are the true heroes.
 
But instead of celebrating these heroes, we often overlook them and turn instead to fake heroes because they are flashy and in your face all the time.  They are well rehearsed and well versed in what moves us in our hearts and minds. They talk often about “leaving a legacy” not once really thinking about how that so-called legacy will affect everyone around them.  To these false heroes life and history is all about them. A true hero knows it’s not about them and the story that is being written in the heavens is not about them.  It’s all about those whom they love and care about.  It’s all about the human story of carrying on the human tradition of love and patience.

True heroes rarely if ever, think about themselves first.  They truly work, fight and suffer for the betterment of others.  True heroes wonder more about what would happen if they did NOT do the right thing verses how the press will view them and report their story. We have few heroes in our public discourse and I mean true and real public heroes.  Yet we manufacture a new hero weekly and we drop old heroes because we finally understand that they were not heroes in the first place.
So we stumble forward looking for another to fill the gap and we create heroes that are sometimes not even human.  They are animals, or even cartoons and we have this need for hero worship simply because we know there is something lacking inside ourselves.

But what we often fail to understand is that we truly are not lacking a hero  because all's we need to do is understand what a hero really is and what a hero really does.  A hero is selfless and a hero is loving.  A hero has fear even if they never show it and a hero is quiet, not a braggart.
My biggest and greatest American hero is MSGT Robert Eccles (Ret) and he will forever live in my heart and my mind. You have your hero as well and it’s time we as American, as humans, recognize the true heroes we live with each and every day and that we understand that these people are the kinds of heroes that deserve our praise.

When will we stop the madness of worshiping those who pretend to be heroes when in fact they are lying cowards. Let me be clear President Obama is not a hero, Hillary Clinton is not a hero, Tom Cruise is not a hero, and Maroon 5 are not heroes.  Get my point? Its time you understand and recognize the real heroes and then go and emulate them.  When we finally do that, we won’t have to worry about fake heroes because we won’t elect them and we won’t pay to see them.  We will,  instead,  find those that emulate true heroes and raise them to be leaders of men.

I told you who my hero is.  Now, who is your real hero?

Speaking to reporters after Officer Sean Bolton was fatally shot during a traffic stop on Saturday night, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong told the community that "all lives matter."

“As a community we say so often as a theme — black lives matter. And at the end of the day, we have to ask ourselves, do all lives matter?  Regardless of race, creed, color, economic status, what profession that person holds.

“All lives matter. And this is just a reminder of how dangerous this job is.

“One life is too many, but how do you put a value on somebody’s life? How do you say one life is more important than another?

“So, again, what we need more than anything right now is just your prayers again for this MPD family as well as this officer’s family," Armstrong said.

On August 1, 2015 at approximately 9:18 pm, the Memphis Police Department was alerted by a citizen through Bolton's radio that the officer had been shot in the area of Perkins and Cottonwood. Memphis police officers arrived on the scene and found Bolton had been shot during what appeared to be a traffic stop.

Bolton was transported in critical condition but was later pronounced deceased due to multiple gunshot wounds. Officer Bolton was hired by the Memphis Police Department in October of 2010.

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows that the American people oppose the nuclear deal with Iran 57 percent to 28 percent. The poll also reveals that 58 percent to 30 percent think it will make the world less safe.

The questions asked by Quinnipiac for this poll were very straightforward: "Do you support or oppose the nuclear deal with Iran?" And, "Do you think the nuclear deal with Iran would make the world safer or less safe?"

"There's not a lot of love for the proposed nuclear deal with Iran. Only a bare majority of Democrats support the pact," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.


By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org

Since 2000, Denver’s general fund tax receipts have more than doubled from $64.9 million to $149.7 million, city budgets show. In that time, state tax revenues only increased about 59 percent, according to a Watchdog.org analysis of state budgets.

Despite the city’s skyrocketing tax income, Mayor Michael Hancock is supporting at least two tax votes this year — an extension of the lodging and rental car taxes to renovate the National Western Center and an initiative to increase Denver sales tax to help pay down student college debt.

Hancock has also talked about a possible revenue increase to support more affordable housing in the city though it’s not clear if that will be a tax increase, developer fees, another source of funding or even when that will happen.

Denver’s tax increases represent an average 7 percent annual boost for the general fund and a nearly 6 percent increase overall including school levies. That state’s average annual increase was 3.6 percent.

Colorado Union of Taxpayers president Gregory Golyansky said the average taxpayer doesn’t receive a 6 or 7 percent annual pay hike so he asks why the city should get that largess.

“Given the size of government, there is almost an unfettered ability to plunder those who do not have control of the government,” he said.

Hancock, who Watchdog.org spoke with after a public meeting last week, didn’t want to compare the city to the state tax revenue.

“I’m not managing the state. I’m managing the city,” he said when asked about the differences.

He said Denver residents have one of the lowest tax burdens in the country and that recent increases in revenue are just helping the city get back to staffing levels before the Great Recession.

“We still remain one of the most competitive cities in the state of Colorado in terms of the tax burden on our taxpayers as well as in cities (compared) to Denver in our region,” Hancock told Watchdog.org. “We will always ask the question: ‘What is the burden we’re placing on our citizens and how do we compare to everyone so that we remain appropriate and competitive?’”

Hancock is correct that Denver residents don’t suffer the same tax burdens as many East Coast and Midwest cities.

A 2013 study by the District of Columbia comparing its taxes to taxes in the largest cities in all 50 states ranks Denver in the bottom 20 percent when it comes to combined property, sales, income and auto taxes as a percentage.

But the study also shows Denver’s tax burden falls on the poor,  which is important because recent and proposed sales tax increases often disproportionately fall on low-income people. The study said Denver is the 33rd lowest of 51 cities if you have a family of three that makes $25,000 a year. Denver residents making $50,000 or more have the 41st or 42nd lowest tax burden as percentage of income.

IN OTHER NEWS: Denver spends big on controversial public art

The median single family homeowner in Denver paid $867 in taxes in 2000 and $1,484 last year, accounting for the increase in tax levies and home values, assessor records show. Denver’s sales tax went from 3.5 percent to 3.65 for most goods since 2000 after voters passed a sales tax increase for preschools last year. The state’s portion of sales tax remained steady at 2.9 percent.

Hancock’s staff also sent a statement pointing out the state Constitution doesn’t allow tax increases without voter consent.

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By Jason Hart | Ohio Watchdog

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s habit of telling voters “Ohio money” pays for his Obamacare Medicaid expansion is about to catch up to him.

To silence conservative critics, Kasich says Obamacare expansion is bringing $14 billion of Ohio money back to Ohio from the federal government.

But that’s not how the expansion works — a fact Kasich’s opponents in a crowded Republican presidential primary are certain to point out.

There is no vault of “Ohio money” set aside to pay for Kasich’s Obamacare expansion, which has already increased federal welfare spending by $4 billion.

Matt Mayer, president of free-market think tank Opportunity Ohio, expects the governor’s message to fall apart when it’s challenged by other presidential candidates.

In an email to Ohio Watchdog, Mayer said Kasich’s presidential platform relies on a misrepresentation of how Obamacare expansion is paid for.

“Kasich’s balanced state budget and false claim of ‘getting Ohio money back’ to extend Medicaid depend entirely on robbing the taxpayer Peters of tomorrow with federal deficit spending to pay the Obamacare Pauls of today,” Mayer said.

“Without the federal funny money that increases America’s national debt, John Kasich’s ‘Ohio miracle’ utterly collapses,” Mayer added.

Defending Obamacare expansion as a way to reclaim Ohio money from the feds has worked for Kasich so far, as his poll numbers have jumped following his official July 21 campaign announcement.

That’s likely to change in the near future, since Kasich is competing for attention with Obamacare expansion foes that include former Florida governor Jeb Bush and former Texas governor Rick Perry.

Where did Kasich get the idea his Obamacare expansion would be paid for with Ohio money and not new federal spending? He made it up.

In 2013, the Kasich administration told state legislators Medicaid expansion was necessary to “keep $2.4 billion in Ohioans’ federal tax dollars in Ohio ($13 billion over seven years).”

Health policy experts from inside and outside Ohio explained to lawmakers this was inaccurate. Even Obamacare expansion supporters conceded Kasich was wrong.

Read more....
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Donald Trump leading the Republican presidential primary field with 20 percent support. In the same poll, 30 percent of registered Republican voters say there is "no way" they would support Trump for president.

I am far from being a fan of Donald Trump and still believe the chances of him becoming the GOP presidential nominee are slim to none. However, there is no doubt Trump has change the entire dynamic of the 2016 presidential election.

The Trump phenomenon is simple to understand: people are fed up with lying professional politicians who won't address the problems that are taking this great nation down the tubes. I don't know Trump knows himself what he would do but he is not shy to fight for what he believes once he makes up his mind and I sense people want a fighter, not one who hedges all his or her bets and wants to please everyone.

Well, he certainly has more credibility than most of the professional politicians running. How can they be believed when they have been part of the problem for so long. At least Trump promises a new fresh approach.

Conservative Republicans have seen what has happened to the Tea Party movement as it was sabotaged by the IRS selectively targeting patriotic and conservative organizations by intrusive audits, harassment and plain persecution.  In 2010 Tea Parties brought an energy and focus to the conservative wing of the Republican Party that was truly remarkable and this alarmed its leadership.  The movement was too independent and didn’t need financing or direction.  They had ideas of their own.

The Tea Parties were not so much an ideological movement as they were a reaction to the corrupt internationalist Republican core.  While the IRS harassment was urged on by anti-rightist "watchdog" sympathizers and liberal Democratic Senators, the Republican establishment was not unhappy, even though they paid for it in 2012 when they lost close races they should have won.

Donald Trump's support represents values still held deeply by many conservative Republicans outraged by its RINO inner elite.

Trump is just saying the truth in a way that the people understand. Politicians never even speak substance, just mention nouns but don't give them any content--they are afraid it would turn off one or another voter. Trump calls them as he sees them. The people may not agree but like that someone is finally telling them something real.

The phenomenon we see with Trump is the same that put Fox News on top: they filled a gap, maybe not as stridently as Trump, although some would say just as much, but still they filled a gap.

When asked about who they trust, people score politicians the lowest. Trump is tapping into that, with the double advantage that by doing it not only do people listen but he gets a lot of free publicity from the very media that he knocks.

Take immigration. Every politician on all sides of the isle just beats around the bush with no one addressing the issues the people see. Trump does.

Trump created outrage when he said illegals coming across the border are a crime wave. I started following it then.  Three things have happened since that I can report:

1. A vibrant young lady was murdered in San Fransisco by an illegal with a bunch of felonies and deportations.

2. A retired homicide detective in California told me 42% of crimes charged in the state today have illegals as defendants.

3) Last week a Hayward, California police sergeant with nice family pulled over a 21-year old kid and was shot in the face with a 9mm.  The turnout for his funeral, to support his teenage family was so big they used the Oracle Arena.

Now here's the thing about #3: go read the San Jose Mercury News or the San Francisco Chronicle and you'll think the guy they've arrested was just some kid. No, he and his family are illegals from Mexico but they will not report it.

Trump was right!

We the People are tired of the hypocrisy and tired old ways of professional politicians and welcome a new face who calls them as he sees them. Maybe he is a bit rough around the edges but often that's the way the truth sounds. Politicians by contrast are so worried about whose toes they may step on that they never say or do anything meaningful.

Even if he doesn't get elected he should have the salutary effect of letting other candidates know that We the People are fed up with being spoon fed nouns without content. We want real answers to what we see is going on in the country. Trump provides them while professional politicians run away from them. Enough. Let's address the problems we have without more bs.

It's interesting that there has been such a huge Republican Establishment boom for Mitt Romney in 2012 and Carly Fiorina today, whose business accomplishments are nil in comparison to what Trump has accomplished.

Trump does have a big mouth with a thin filter between thoughts that pop into his brain and words that come out of his mouth.

But, if we want a person who understands business in the White House, why would Trump NOT be our first choice? We especially glorify entrepreneurs. Is Trump NOT the Kingpin of entrepreneurs? He doesn't talk like he owes any loyalty to anybody but himself. Is THAT the problem? Or do we really want another Republican tool of big business,  or a Dem tool of Big Labor and Big Government in the White House?

We seem to be picking on Trump because he has the big mouth of a self-made man. Do we not want to cut him some slack on BEING a self-made man of fantastic accomplishments in business?

My favorite part of "The Apprentice" was the board room.  Trump was always fair in assessing the contestants, questioning them, and ultimately figuring out (correctly) why a candidate moved forward....or was "fired".  He expressed empathy when needed; accolades when earned.  I always felt he made the right decisions because he backed them up with facts...whatever they were; pleasant or unpleasant.  I do think most of the contestants admired him.  He did allow them the time and effort to defend themselves when the time came.  It was fun.

Granted Trump can be harsh, rude, and sometimes appears in love with himself.  But he has earned his way to the top in the business world, raised ambitious and successful children, and is generous with his money in both overt and covert ways.

Trump gets things done; no matter what it takes.  He's not perfect, but he loves this country

The Nation better take Trump seriously...especially the Republicans.  He is speaking the language that many of us want to hear but don't from the political machine...on either side.

He's rough, he's gritty, he's not PC, he doesn't mince words, he calls it how it is rather than how it should be or "probably" is, he doesn't give a rat's ass about the media or what they think of him.  In other words, he's real and all of the other candidates are posers.  They have too much to lose, he doesn't.  That's why he can talk truthfully about this country's major issues.  And he's right about most of it...but not all of it.

Should he be taken seriously?  Oh yes.  If you are a Democrat or a Republican, be very afraid. This man is a loose canon with the right talk and the right walk with the right weapons.  Take heed politicians, this man is going to shake you to your core.

Under estimate him at your own peril. Could he win?  I can think of another man in a similar situation that did.

Trump won't enter as an independent if he doesn't get the nomination. He may try to broker a deal of some sort, but despite his ego, he's not stupid. Unlike Ross Perot who had a personal antagonism for Bush Sr, Trump is not going to put another Democrat in the White House if he truly believes what he says about getting the country up and running again.

At this stage of the game, like Hillary's scripted performances, answering NOTHING, there is no reason for Trump to show his cards. He'll keep everyone guessing until that game plays itself out.

If anything, I believe if he continues to carry a sizable following as the Republican convention approaches, he will engage is some backroom dealing, maybe even a VP nod.

I'll take the Donald Trump over Hillary any day.

ABC News reported on Sunday morning that Joe Biden's political team is ramping up for a possible presidential bid by the Vice President.

"This morning, the strongest signs yet that Joe Biden might be ready to run. The vice president's advisers telling ABC News, his political team has been ramping up in recent days, entering what they call a more active phase.

"In camp Biden, there are discussions about fundraising and launching a political action committee, while the vice president himself hasn't authorized any of these moves, one adviser tells ABC News he believes Biden is 90 percent in," ABC News reported.

Contributor article by Teri O'Brien

Watching our the deliberate and orchestrated destruction of America, inspires me to ask an important question. Isn’t the first duty of citizenship becoming well-informed?

Some people make things happen. Some people watch what happens. Some people look up and say “What just happened?” -Unknown

I know that you, Dear Reader, share the frustration that I felt over the last seven years, watching the very predictable continued economic stagnation, flouting of the law and contempt for the Constitution, and relentless race-baiting that we knew would happen if we allowed Barack Obama anywhere near the Oval Office. We (and by “we” I don’t mean you or me, but our fellow Americans, and voting illegal aliens) elect a radical leftist on the record for decades as hostile toward the founding of the country and our precious Constitution, mentored from childhood by a card-carrying communist, who spent 20 years listening to racist, anti-Semitic screeching of an unhinged preacher. What could possibly go wrong? Now here we are, where we feared we would end up. Our horrifying vision of America’s future with Obama as president has become a depressing reality.

That’s frustrating, and even infuriating, but you know what’s even worse? The fact that so many of our fellow citizens appear incapable of appreciating that our country is being destroyed by this enemy within. They seem perfectly content to live in La-La Land, thinking that because they can go shopping, go to restaurants and take a family vacation, everything is fine and dandy. Perhaps for them, at least on the surface, it is. I wonder if the family of Kate Steinle, the San Francisco woman murdered by an illegal alien who had been deported 5 times, were like so many Americans. Before July 1, 2015, were they walking around in blissful ignorance, only to be confronted by the ugly reality that is Obama’s cynical open border policy when Kate bled out on Pier 14, saying her last words “help me Dad?”

That case has gotten an amazing amount of publicity, but it is far from the only such case in our country. Just this week, in Ohio, there is the case of Juan Emmanuel Razo.

From cleveland.com: 

"Lake County sheriff’s deputies learned that Juan Emmanuel Razo was in the U.S. illegally from Mexico more than two weeks before his arrest in the death of a 60-year-old Concord Township woman.

"Razo made his first court appearance Tuesday in the death of Margaret Kostelnik where a judge set a $10 million bond. He’s also accused in the attempted rape of a 14-year-old girl and the shooting of another woman who survived.

"Razo pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder, but still faces possible murder and other charges in connection to the other incidents.

"Lake County Sheriff’s Det. Brian Butler said during the court hearing that during a July 7 traffic stop, deputies contacted border patrol agents who advised the sheriff’s office not to detain Razo despite his status as an undocumented immigrant."

The border patrol wouldn’t arrest this dirt bag. Why? For the same reason Kate Steinle’s killer was in this country. It’s also the same reason that Denny McCann, another human sacrifice to  Barack Obama’s identity politics, was killed in Obama’s adopted home town, Chicago, run down by a illegal alien drunk driver. As we have been discussing in the last several months on The Teri O’Brien Show, Obama and the democrats are hell-bent on changing the demographics of this country to enhance their election prospects. The goal is to turn the whole country into Cook County writ large. Yes, Cook County is a “sanctuary” county, thanks to the sleazy local democrat officials who rule it, including the contemptible Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinckle, who sought the designation to pander to mascot groups, including those afore-mentioned voting illegal aliens.

An interesting aside: in his July 27, 2015 appearance on NBC’s Meet The Press, Ohio governor John Kasich, referring to illegal aliens, stated “if they’re hardworking, God-fearing, family people, they go to church, they work with us, let them stay. …if they’re part of our culture now and society, and they’re doing fine, they’re hardworking, they’re just like all of us, then I think they can stay.”  That’s a new one. It’s been bad enough over the last ten years, hearing amnesty advocates in both parties tell us that illegals will “have to learn English,” which caused me to ask whether we are going to hire English police to administer pop quizzes to them. Now, what? Church attendance police? It’s ridiculous, of course, as is the candidacy of the buffoonish, narcissistic RINO Mr. Kasich.

So, here’s the question: where’s the outrage? Is it possible that so many of our fellow citizens don’t care what sort of country they pass on to future generations? Can they really look into the eyes of their grandchildren, knowing what is happening to the nation that so many shed so much blood and paid so much treasure to create and preserve, and just head out to the mall, pretending everything is just fine? Will they wake up one day and be slapped in the face by reality like the family of Kate Steinle? Is that what it will take to get them to care and join us in doing something?

Why do you think that so many Americans seem if not oblivious to the destruction of America, indifferent? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Think it’s just illegals committing crimes in America? In Part II, we’ll explain why unfortunately that is not true.

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By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been indicted by a Collin County grand jury, Texas and national media reported Saturday, citing unnamed sources close to the case.

Paxton faces three charges in indictments that were issued Tuesday and instantly sealed, according to NBC 5. The charges will be revealed Monday in McKinney, and a Tarrant County judge has already been tapped to oversee the case, WFAA reported.

Kent Schaffer, one of two special prosecutors who took the Paxton case to the grand jury, told The New York Times that the indictments include three felony counts — two alleging first-degree securities fraud and another alleging a third-degree charge that he failed to register as a securities agent.

Schaffer said Paxton is accused of encouraging others to invest more than $600,000 in a company called Servergy Inc. without telling them he was making a commission and misrepresenting himself as a fellow investor. The grand jury also charged him with failing to register with state securities regulators for soliciting clients for Mowery Capital Management in return for fees.

A spokesman for Paxton's lawyer and a spokesman for Paxton did not immediately return calls from the Tribune Saturday. Wice would not comment.

Paxton's spokesman, Anthony Holm, has criticized the investigations into the attorney general as politically motivated from the start. Others have been more circumspect, but said other prosecutions raise the specter of politics in such investigations.

"I think you have just a little bit of caution with it," said state Rep. Matt Krause, a Fort Worth Republican who is friends with Paxton.

Krause pointed to the current abuse-of-power indictment against former Gov. Rick Perry, one count of which was recently dismissed.

"I think it's all seen within the same universe of what's taking place, and that's why people are quick to think there's a political motivation or agenda behind it," Krause said.

Krause said Paxton, like many others, has been waiting to hear more details about the potential case against him.

"He always seems upbeat," Krause said. "I think he feels like a lot of people do: I'm not going to put my time, effort and energy into it until we know something serious about this."

Democrats pounced on the news of Paxton's indictment, calling it a result of the GOP's longtime hold on state government. Manny Garcia, the deputy executive director of the Texas Democratic Party, said in a statement that the case is "yet another example of the corrupt culture that fester with one-party, unchecked Republican power."

The two special prosecutors, Schaffer and Brian Wice, have been presenting evidence to the grand jury in connection with Paxton's self-admitted violation of state securities law. Schaffer has previously said he and Wice would pursue an indictment for first-degree felony securities fraud.

Paxton admitted last year that he solicited investment clients for a friend and business partner at Mowery Capital Management without properly registering with the state. He was reprimanded and fined $1,000 by the State Securities Board.

Schaffer and Wice, both attorneys from Houston, were selected to look into Paxton's admission after Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis, a friend and business partner of the attorney general, stepped aside.

State officials do not have to step down from office if they are indicted, but convicted felons cannot serve.

Paxton is not the first statewide elected official in Texas — or even the first attorney general — to be indicted while in office. The indictments add his name to a list of accused Texas officeholders that includes then-Gov. Rick Perry, then-Treasurer Kay Bailey Hutchison and then-Attorney General Jim Mattox. Former Attorney General Dan Morales was indicted and convicted after leaving office on charges that arouse from litigation between the state and several big tobacco companies while he was AG.

Perry’s indictment is pending. Hutchison and Mattox were acquitted and went on to win elections after their legal troubles were behind them. Morales served time in federal prison.

Another potential problem for Paxton is the cost of defending himself. If he were charged for something he did as a state officeholder or as a candidate, his campaign funds could be used to pay the lawyers who defend him. In the case of charges that stem from his private or personal business activities, his campaign funds are out of bounds, according to experts in state ethics laws. Paxton would have to pay for his defense out of personal funds or find some way to set up a separate defense fund that could solicit contributions on his behalf.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune. 
Remember "inspections anytime, anywhere"? Well, we don't even have access to Iran's military facilities, the most important which appears to be Parchin, where they are said to be developing nuclear bomb detonators. Only the UN might, I underline might because an agreement for the UN to inspect facilities like Parchin is still being negotiated.

But even if an agreement is finally reached two things are already known to be certain: 1) our government won't be able to read the agreement, and 2) Americans will not be included in the inspection teams.

To say that John Kerry and President Obama were fleeced is not an overstatement.

Why is inspection of the Parchin facility which only the IAEA may have access to, that agreement is still not a done deal, so crucial?

When you piece together all of the parts that have come out it looks awfully like Iran is not working on a nuclear bomb per se—they may already have it—because what is important to them today is learning how to detonate a miniaturized version to put on the tip of a missile. The trick to detonating a miniaturized version of a bomb is a sufficiently sophisticated shaped detonator, in the case of the bomb a spherically shaped inward directed detonation.

That is a really tough proposition, and that’s what the Parchin facility has been known to be doing. And Energy Secretary Moniz admits that to do research on that kind of explosive doesn’t require nuclear material, so there would be no telltale radiation with which to determine that they were violating the agreement.

So it is very likely that we will never know about the most important part of the Iranian research and development of a nuclear bomb. It is not part of the agreement that Kerry negotiated.

It is entirely possible, perhaps even probable, that the Iranians already have the capability of making a nuclear device, and are negotiating entirely to achieve an end to sanctions.

Assuming that this is probable, ending sanctions and permitting access to the frozen $150 billion which they are to receive would not only provide additional money for support of terrorism, it would accelerate the weaponization of devices capable of being carried on strategic missile systems, to be acquired in only a few years

The more that emerges from this "agreement" the more ridiculous it sounds. This entire exercise is a joke and its obvious what Obama and Kerry have been spending their time and energy on, i.e., trying to figure out how to sell this load of crap to the American public by their now trademark lies, deception, deflection, and resignation.

They proudly proclaim this "deal" as the best they could do when in fact they have really accomplished none of the goals they themselves set when this process started. Obama and Kerry are truly imbecilic and now expect everyone else to be as imbecilic as they are. Both of these people have proven they couldn't negotiate their way out of an open elevator door!

Winston Churchill once said something to the effect that history does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.

This Iran fiasco is so reminiscent of how the western world averted its eyes in the 1930s while Hitler rearmed Germany in violation of the Versailles Treaty, occupied militarily critical areas of Germany in which the German military was not allowed per the Versailles Treaty, "annexed" Austria (annexed meaning conquered without firing a shot) and, in effect, conquered parts of Czechoslovakia, amongst other things.  The west also averted its eyes to what was taking place with the German Jewish population (and eventually that of other countries occupied by the Nazis).  International inspectors visited Germany and saw only what the Germans allowed them to see and returned to the west to assure the world that all was well in Germany.  The western world chose to see nothing, hear nothing and say nothing.  The ultimate price was 60 million lives.

Sound familiar at all to you appeasers out there?

Obama apologists claim that the deal between Iran and the P5+1 says Iran will comply with the NPT and submit to IAEA inspection, which are subject to their agreements.

In the next breath, the same apologists say that those "confidential" IAEA agreements weren't negotiated by the P5+1 or the U.S., and that every country that has signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty has a confidential agreement with the IAEA.

First, Iran is not every country.  Second, if it is the P5+1 agreement that mandates Iran's compliance with the IAEA side deals, then those side deals are necessarily part of the P5+1 agreement by way of incorporation.

Since we are talking about Iran, and not Never Never Land, all agreements and deals must be made public.

Or no deal.

It’s interesting that Rep. Pompeo and Sen. Cotton got wind of the side agreements and the huge hole in the agreement purely by accident while meeting with the Deputy Director of the IAEA in Vienna. I say this because earlier this week when Kerry and company, including General Dempsey testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee, to make the point made in this article, Senator Cotton showed two charts of how IEDs work, with emphasis on the directed explosive charge that allows penetrating a Humvee.

I bet any money that those directed explosive charges used in IEDs were developed at the Parchin facility that not even the IAEA has gotten an agreement to inspect, at least not yet.

When you piece all of the parts together it looks awfully obvious, at least to me, that right now Iran is not working on a nuclear bomb per se, and they may already have it, because what is important to them today is learning how to detonate a miniaturized version on the tip of a missile.

That is a really tough proposition and everything they were all saying tells me that the Iranians managed to protect their continued work on such a detonator, and keep us from learning about it. That’s what the Parchin facility that not even the IAEA will be able to inspect, has been known to be doing. And Energy Secretary Moniz did admit that to do research on that kind of explosive they don’t require nuclear material, so there would be no telltale radiation with which to determine that they were violating the agreement.

Now, the trick to detonating a miniaturized version of a bomb is a sufficiently sophisticated shaped detonator, in the case of the bomb a spherically shaped inward directed detonation. With this in mind it was interesting to watch Senator Tom Cotton ask questions of General Dempsey about the IEDs that Iran provided our enemies in Iraq to kill Americans very effectively. The charts presented by Senator Cotton showed the incredible effectiveness of Iranian designed and manufactured shaped explosives.

As the saying goes, all paths lead to Rome.