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Don't Thank nObama for Cheap Oil
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 nObama Deploys the 'Great Green Fleet' 
From December 1907 to February 1909, President Theodore Roosevelt ordered America's steel-hulled, steam-powered battle fleet to circumnavigate the globe. Nicknamed the "Great White Fleet," the excursion showed that the United States' military was a technologically current global superpower. A hundred years later, Barack nObama is trying to demonstrate that the world's greatest superpower can operate within the constraints of his climate change agenda with a Navy, Mitt Romney noted in 2012, that is the smallest its ever been since 1917. We suppose that's one way to pay tribute to the past.
          On Wednesday, the "Great Green Fleet" launched from San Diego to demonstrate that it can steam across the world's oceans using nothing but alternative fuel. The Department of Defense wanted the U.S. Navy to run on a 50/50 mix of traditional petroleum and biofuels by year 2020. It seemed to be making headway by using a plant-based jet fuel — for which it paid $29.30 a gallon. After Congress mandated that any alternative fuel had to be competitive with petroleum fuel, the military lowered its standards, as the fuel some ships in the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group are burning is a blend of 10% biofuel and 90% petroleum. In other words, those green ships are running on a biofuel mix similar to the one found at the common gas station. At least the price is right — $2.05 per gallon — for a biofuel that's composed of beef fat. How American.
          While the nObama administration might cite warm, fuzzy feelings for turning the U.S. Navy green, the move toward biofuels means an increase in cronyism, with the green industry positioning itself to make a killing. Meanwhile, the price of oil, thanks to OPEC holding steady on production and Iran entering the world market, is heading ever lower. It makes more sense for the U.S. military to develop nuclear power, but this is what we get from a commander in chief more concerned with fighting the temperature than terrorists.  -The Patriot Post 
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 Stonewall Jackson 
"[M]y religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave." —Stonewall Jackson
          Today we mark the birth anniversary of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson (1824-1863), a great military commander and a man of equally great faith who gave his life for the cause of Liberty and states' rights.
          Jackson died of pneumonia after being wounded by a security detail in the dark of night after resounding victory at the Battle of Chancellorsville in May 1863. Upon learning that Jackson lay dying, Gen. Robert E. Lee said, "Give General Jackson my affectionate regards, and say to him: He has lost his left arm but I my right."   -The Patriot Post 
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 DC Blizzard? These Guys Never Take a Break 
Hilly Clinton kept information on her home-brew server that went beyond the government's top-secret designation. This is information dealing with Special Access Programs, a security designation on information to which only a handful of people have access. Information so secretive that when members of Congress who sit on intelligence oversight committees are briefed on it, they cannot take notes. When that level of information was found on Clinton's server, the inspector general of the intelligence community had to get special security clearances just to continue the investigation.
          Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey believes the FBI has enough cause to prosecute Clinton. "But will it be brought?" Mukasey wrote. "That depends in part on the recommendation of FBI Director James Comey, a man described by President nObama, at the time the president appointed him, as 'fiercely independent.'"
          Anthony DeChristopher, a former Special Forces soldier and currently an intelligence analyst, wrote that when his team in Afghanistan lost a thumb drive with classified information and later found it for sale on the black market, the military changed its protocol for working with classified information — for a thumb drive. And as far as what's been found on Hilly's home-brew server, "Special Access Programs (SAP) is a game changer," DeChristopher wrote. "It is now undeniably clear that the results of the FBI investigation will be the end of one of two things: Hilly's bid for the White House or the legitimacy of the FBI — at least when it comes to prosecuting cases on the mishandling of classified material."
          Finally, in an interview with Hugh Hewitt, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, "given the fact that the Pentagon acknowledges that they get attacked about 100,000 times a day, I think the odds are pretty high" that whatever classified information is on Clinton's server, China, Iran and Russia have it.
          So given the punishment for Gen. David Petraeus, where will Clinton find herself?   -The Patriot Post
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Congress, White House Ignore 
Grim CBO Debt Report
Steve Byas
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{thenewamerican.com} ~ Last August, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a grim report regarding projected federal spending and revenues, concluding that the present course of deficit spending cannot continue indefinitely... CBO Director Keith Hall told reporters, “This is an unsustainable path here for federal debt. At some point, it’s going to get to a very high level. Obviously, you can’t predict tipping points, but at some point this becomes a problem.” Conservatives in and out of Congress expressed deep concern over the size and scope of the federal debt, especially since neither House Speaker John backstabber-Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McCon-nell, nor President Barack nObama seemed to share that concern. In fact, backstabber-Boehner had offered little resistance to the leftist agenda out of the White House. As Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz told the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit this past summer...
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Iran: ‘We Welcome 
War with the United States’
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{pjmedia.com} ~ John hanoi-Kerry said Monday that “the world is safer today” because of the Iran nuclear deal. Details of how loud and long the mullahs laughed have not been released... In reality, the world is more threatened than ever by an aggressive and assertive Iran, confident and swaggering after besting hanoi-Kerry at the negotiating table. As the International Atomic Energy Agency certified Iran’s compliance with the stipulations of the nuclear deal and the U.S. and EU ended sanctions against the Islamic Republic, the head of Iran’s armed forces, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, was not in a conciliatory mood. After Iran seized two U.S. Navy boats and briefly held ten American sailors hostage, Firouzabadi declared:
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Judge Napolitano:
Case Against Hilly 'Overwhelming, Damning
and, from Her Perspective, Grave'
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{pjmedia.com} ~ Reacting to the latest bombshell revelations about Hilly Clinton's email arrangement, Judge Andrew Napolitano said on The Kelly File Wednesday night that Clinton should be lawyering up... because "the case against her is overwhelming, damning and, from her perspective, grave." Mrs. Clinton, on the other hand, continues to insist that the latest allegations about her emails while secretary of State change “nothing." During a Wednesday interview with NPR, she said, “I'm just going to leave it up to the professionals at the Justice Department, because nothing that this says changes the fact that I never sent or received material marked classified.” What a liar.
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Fast and Furious Scandal 
Resurfaces—Media Ignore It
Roger Aronoff
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{aim.org} ~ The liberal media avoid reporting on President nObama’s many scandals at any cost, and Fast and Furious is no exception... Despite the media’s studied avoidance of these scandals, their impact continues. When Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents discovered that a weapon from Fast and Furious was found in Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Mexican hideout, there was virtual silence from the mainstream media. But U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s ruling that President nObama cannot use executive privilege to prevent the release of records to Congress has the potential to breathe new life into this ongoing scandal. “Berman Jackson limited her order to information not covered by other protections and told the Justice Department to produce it by Feb. 2,” reports Bloomberg. The judge is an nObama appointee, and yet none of the network evening news shows found this story to be newsworthy. The only mention of it in The Washington Post was in an online blog, PowerPost, under the heading “Hot on the Right,” that linked to a Politico story. You see, it’s a story that only appeals to conservatives, so why bother to put a reporter on it? Don’t expect reporters to suddenly start reporting on Fast and Furious’ ongoing death toll.        http://www.aim.org/aim-column/fast-and-furious-scandal-resurfaces-m...
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Understanding the Caliphate Curve
Daniel Greenfield
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{aim.org} ~ A report by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation found that the Syrian rebels were mostly Islamic Jihadists and that even if ISIS were defeated there were 15 other groups sharing its worldview that were ready to take its place... And that’s just in Syria. The official ISIS story, the one that we read in the newspapers, watch on television and hear on the radio, is that it’s a unique group whose brand of extremism is so extreme that there is no comparing it to anything else. ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. Or with anything else. It’s a complete aberration. Except for the 15 other Jihadist groups ready to step into its shoes in just one country. Islamic Supremacist organizations like ISIS can be graded on the “Caliphate curve”. The Caliphate curve is based on how quickly an Islamic organization wants to achieve the Caliphate. What we describe as “extreme” or “moderate” is really the speed at which an Islamic group seeks to recreate the Caliphate.        http://www.aim.org/guest-column/understanding-the-caliphate-curve/?...
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Jewish Human Rights 
Group ‘Horrified’: British Doctors’ Request to Revoke Membership From World Medical Association
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{algemeiner.com} ~ An international Jewish human rights organization expressed horror at a request made to the World Medical Association (WMA) by a large group of UK doctors that Israel’s membership be revoked... The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) sent a letter to WMA President Sir Michael Marmot to protest. SWC Director for International Relations Dr. Shimon Samuels warned that “the very mission of the World Medical Association (WMA) ethics programme is about to be impugned by a group of 71 British physicians intent on expelling the Israel Medical Association from your membership.”
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US Grand Strategy: 
Destroying ISIS and al Qaeda
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{aei.org} ~ The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and the Critical Threats Project (CTP) at the American Enterprise Institute conducted an intensive multi-week exercise to frame, design, and evaluate potential courses of action that the United States could pursue... to defeat the threat from the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) and al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria. The planning group weighed the national security interests of the United States, its partners, its rivals, and its enemies operating in or influencing the conflicts in Iraq and Syria. It considered how current policies and interests are interacting in this complex environment. It identified the minimum end states that would satisfy American national security requirements as well as the likely outcomes of current policies. The group also assessed the threat posed by al Qaeda and ISIS to the United States, both in the immediate and long-term, and tested the probable outcomes of several potential courses of action that the United States could pursue in Iraq and Syria.
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Libya's Chaos: Threat to the West
Mohamed Chtatou
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The Skhirat Agreement (left), with its good intentions, is not enough to save Libya from Islamist militias such as Fajr Libya (right).
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{gatestoneinstitute.org} ~ In 2011 when Libya's former ruler, Muammar Gaddafi, was murdered by the mob of militiamen, many people believed it was the beginning of a new, free, democratic country... Libya, however, did not become free or democratic. Instead, it became fractured, violent, tribal and divided. Rather than starting a new life, Libya was sliding slowly toward some sort of hell. Over the years, as violence became a daily casual occurrence, Libya almost became synonymous in the news with disorder, and on its way to becoming yet another failed stated, like Somalia. In spite of that, hope emerged anew with the attempt of the United Nations to negotiate a national agreement through UNMSIL (United Nations Support Mission in Libya).
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Robert Gated:
Odds are Pretty High' Russia,
China, and Iran Compromised Hilly's Server
Jeff Dunetz
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{lidblog.com} ~ Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates visited the Hugh Hewitt Radio show to talk about his new book, “A Passion For Leadership: Lessons On Change And Reform From 50 Years Of Public Service.”... But the host rightfully could not let an interview with a former nObama cabinet secretary go by without asking about Hilly Clinton’s email problems. Gates was pretty sure that some unfriendly countries got into Clinton’s server, “Well, given the fact that the Pentagon acknowledges that they get attacked about 100,000 times a day, I think the odds are pretty high.” And when that is combined with the recent news that information that was classified as higher than top secret was on her email, it means that Ms. Clinton’s cavalier attitude toward secrecy may have exposed America’s most sensitive information to belligerent countries—not exactly what we need in a Commander-in-Chief.
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Inspector General Confirms
Clinton Emails Contained Most Secretive Intel
Alice Greene
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{punchingbagpost.com} ~ According to a letter sent last week by Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III to senior lawmakers, the emails on Hilly Clinton’s homebrew server contained information that was more than secret... In fact, a recent review conducted by intelligence agencies located several dozen emails that contained intelligence classified as SAP (special access programs). To give you an idea, SAP is one step above TOP SECRET. “There is absolutely no way that one could not recognize SAP material,” a former senior law enforcement member told Fox News. “It is the most sensitive of the sensitive.” The SAP intel in question was so sensitive, in fact, that McCullough and his aides had to obtain special clearance just to be read in on the info before viewing the sworn declaration regarding the Clinton emails.        http://punchingbagpost.com/inspector-general-confirms-clinton-email...
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Don't Thank nObama for Cheap Oil
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{townhall.com} ~ The big fall-off-your-chair moment during President nObama's State of the Union address came when he proclaimed: "We've cut our imports of foreign oil by nearly 60 percent and cut carbon pollution more than any other country on Earth. Gas under two bucks a gallon ain't bad, either."
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Sure, Mr. President. Take a bow for the smashing success of the very domestic oil and gas industry that you have tried to destroy.
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Even nObama couldn't carry this off. The smirk on his face as he sang the praises of the oil and gas industry was unmistakable.
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Right after nObama boasted of these low gas prices, he reverted back to form, by sermonizing:
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"We've got to accelerate the transition away from dirty energy" -- by which he means fossil fuels. Then the hammer came down: "I'm going to push to change the way we manage our oil and coal resources, so that they better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and our planet."
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So, 30 seconds after toasting lower gas prices, he pledges to find ways to make gas more expensive.
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The irony of the nObama war against fossil fuels is that the shale oil and gas revolution in America has saved nObama. During his first term, all the net new jobs created in America came from oil and gas as fracking took off in Texas, Oklahoma, North Dakota, West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. nObama owed his re-election to the frackers, but instead he and his Environmental Protection Agency have tried to shut them down.
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The EPA has issued three regulations in the last year -- the clean power plant rule, the methane rule and tougher clean air statutes -- that have begun to shut down fossil fuel production in America, as planned.
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How bad are these rules? According to Harold Hamm of Continental Resources, a major driller in North Dakota: "These rules and red tape are killing us. They are raising our costs at a time when oil prices are low, and margins are already thin. This means layoffs of workers." nObama seems to be doing exactly what the Saudi oil sheiks are trying to do: shutting down fracking in America.
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nObama won't allow drilling on federal lands. He wants to raise taxes on oil and gas production. He won't give the go-ahead to the Keystone XL pipeline, or any pipelines for that matter, and he just handed out hundreds of millions of dollars to keep the solar and wind industries from bankruptcy. Other than that, he's pro-oil and pro-gas.
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He also neglected to mention that the major reason that U.S. carbon emissions are falling is that cheap and clean-burning natural gas, due to shale drilling, is becoming the No. 1 source of electricity production in America. The lesson: Free markets and innovation are almost always the best way to clean the environment.
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If nObama's vision of an American energy future is fulfilled, the price of oil and gas will skyrocket -- again. He'd like that to happen. This is the only possible scenario that makes green energy financially feasible.
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One last point about low gas prices. How come when oil prices rise, the entire industry is accused of price fixing to gouge consumers? But if the industry has the monopolistic powers to keep prices as high as possible, why aren't they doing that now? The answer is in the new era of shale oil and gas this a brutally price-competitive industry -- unlike in the past, where the OPEC monopoly was able to fix prices. OPEC can't manipulate prices now, because the U.S. will soon be the world's largest producer. All the more reason to let the domestic oil and gas industry flourish.
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For now, nObama, unbelievably, will hog the credit for lower gas prices that he never wanted in the first place, while he finds every way possible to make gas more expensive in the years to come. No wonder voters have grown so cynical of the political class.
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Joe Biden Vows: Give Taxpayer-Funded Obamacare To All Illegal Aliens In U.S.

Former Vice President and 2020 Democrat presidential primary candidate Joe Biden is vowing to give Obamacare, funded by American taxpayers, to all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the United States.

During an interview with Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart, Biden forgot that Obamacare technically bans illegal aliens from enrolling in healthcare plans — although illegal aliens are still able to obtain subsidized and free healthcare at Americans’ expense — and promised that under his plan, all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens would be able to get Obamacare.

The exchange went as follows:

DIAZ-BALART: When I … NBC moderated that first debate with you, I didn’t … I don’t recall a clear answer, under your plan should … would the 11, 12 million undocumented immigrants that live in the United States, that have been here many for generations, would they have access …

BIDEN: Yes.

DIAZ-BALART: — to health insurance.

BIDEN: Yes, they … if they can buy into the system like everybody else.

DIAZ-BALART: Because you know, in [Obamacare] they can’t.

BIDEN: Yeah. Yeah, I know. Well they can, that’s my point. They continue to be able to do that.

DIAN-BALART: They cannot under the ObamaCare.

BIDEN: Well and that’s my point, they will though. They will be able to buy into … [illegal aliens] would be able to buy in, just like anyone else could.

Biden joins Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — among other 2020 Democrats — in committing to forcing American taxpayers to pay for healthcare for illegal aliens who arrive in the U.S.

Already, due to loopholes, American taxpayers are spending nearly $20 billion every year to provide illegal aliens with subsidized healthcare, emergency room visits, and other health services.

Under the 2020 Democrats’ plan to provide taxpayer-funded healthcare to all illegal aliens living in the U.S., Americans would be billed potentially $660 billion every decade just to cover the costs. Other research has found that the plan would cost Americans at least $23 billion every year.

As Breitbart News has reported, experts have said that giving taxpayer-funded healthcare to effectively all foreign nationals who can make it to America’s borders would drive “strong incentives for people with serious health problems to enter the country or remain longer than their visas allow in order to get government-funded care.”

Despite 2020 Democrats’ continued push for taxpayer-funded healthcare for illegal aliens, American voters are overwhelmingly opposed to the plan. The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey revealed that the healthcare-for-illegal-aliens plan is the least popular policy position, with opposition from 62 percent of U.S. voters.

Similarly, a CNN poll from July discovered that 63 percent of likely swing voters oppose providing healthcare to illegal aliens, along with nearly 6-in-10 of all likely U.S. voters and 61 percent of moderates. A Rasmussen Reports survey also found that likely voters, by a majority of 55 percent, oppose giving healthcare to even the most low-income illegal aliens.

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