Restoring Liberty http://joemiller.us Sat, 23 May 2015 09:56:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 LTC Christopher Downey‏ – An American Hero Sacrificed by Yet Another Gutless General, Subservient to Homosexual Lobby http://joemiller.us/2015/05/ltc-christopher-downey%e2%80%8f-an-american-hero-sacrificed-by-yet-another-gutless-general-subservient-to-homosexual-lobby/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/ltc-christopher-downey%e2%80%8f-an-american-hero-sacrificed-by-yet-another-gutless-general-subservient-to-homosexual-lobby/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 09:56:00 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118345 America is about to lose one of its most effective combat leaders. Why? Because of a brown-nosing general doing the bidding of the radical homosexual lobby.

LTC Christopher Downey‏ – An American Hero Sacrificed by Yet Another Gutless General, Subservient to Homosexual Lobby

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downeyAmerica is about to lose one of its most effective combat leaders.

Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Christopher Downey is an American hero who has devoted 24 years of his life to serving our country and the Army he loves.

But as you’ll see, he’s the latest victim of a social agenda being imposed on the military by the White House.

He flew over 1,000 combat hours supporting our ground troops during three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Army awarded him 3 bronze stars and 7 air medals, including one for his heroic actions on May 25, 2011 when, as a helicopter pilot and air commander, he saved the lives of many soldiers on the ground by initiating multiple attacks against the enemy in complete disregard for his own safety.

Brigadier General Kelly Thomas rated Lt Col Downey as “our Army’s best Aviation Squadron Commander, bar none.” The General went on to say,

“LTC Downey is the fearless, caring, and a charismatic leader that we want leading our Soldiers under our command in both combat and garrison. His professionalism, loyalty and determination to do the right thing have never failed the Army.”

Yet, the Army he so loyally and capably served threw him under the bus just to appease the White House and silence homosexual advocacy groups.

As you read on, you’ll understand why the Army turned its back on Lt Col Downey. And why we must continue the legal battle on his behalf.

Overview of the Case

Brigadier General Mark Milley found Lt Col Downey guilty of violating the recent repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT). This finding was based on Lt Col Downey’s request to two lesbian officers that they stop engaging in excessive displays of public affection while in uniform at a formal military event. As you may know, that repeal of DADT now allows open homosexuals to serve in the military. Lt Col Downey was also wrongly found guilty of assault consummated by a battery after lowering the camera of an enlisted soldier that was directed at the French-kissing female officers.

As a result, this exceptional combat leader was relieved of his command, removed from the attendance list at the National War College, effectively barred from further promotions, and placed in danger of being separated from the Army.

His conviction was not the result of a judicial trial. It was the result of an administrative hearing (commonly referred to as an Article 15 hearing) presided over by General Milley, who acted as the prosecutor, judge, and jury. General Milley considered himself above the Constitution or any standard of fairness. He controlled the appearance of witnesses and their questioning. He had two lawyers advising him. Lt Col Downey had none. His military lawyer had bailed-out on him.

It was a 5 hour farcical show trial. General Milley knowingly humiliated this American hero by forcing him to spend 30 minutes viewing a 3-ringed binder filled with photographs of men and women dancing and indicating to the General whether the behavior captured was inappropriate or not.

After his conviction and initial appeals, Lt Col Downey asked the Thomas More Law Center to represent him. We agreed.

We are now pursuing every possible legal avenue to overturn Lt Col Downey’s wrongful conviction and punishment. That’s why we’re in this legal battle. And that’s why I’m asking for your financial support.

At last! We’re finally in federal court to reverse Lt Col Downey’s career-ending conviction and punishment.

But I want you to know this is only the beginning of the process. If we’re successful at this stage, the court will order the case back to an Army administrative board to re-examine the evidence and explain in writing why it denied Lt Col Downey’s constitutional arguments. If we are unsuccessful, we will appeal the case to the federal appellate court. The Army has the same options.

Here are the Facts

On April 14, 2012, a formal military ball was held to celebrate the accomplishments of Lt Col Downey’s unit during their recent deployment. At one point in the evening, Lt Col Downey observed two of his female officers in full dress uniform, a Captain and a Lieutenant, in the middle of the dance floor engaged in prolonged French-kissing, groping each other, and removing each others’ jackets. Several enlisted personnel were taking videos and photographs of the officers’ lurid sexual conduct.

Lt Col Downey quickly moved to the dance floor and directed the lesbian officers to stop their inappropriate conduct. As he was making his way to the dance floor, he lowered the camera of one of the soldiers in his path. Unfortunately, the Soldier, who admitted having 5 or 6 drinks, lost his balance. This incident led to Lt Col Downey being charged with assault consummated by a battery. It was nothing but an unfortunate accident.

The Investigating Officer, appointed by General Milley himself, found that Lt Col Downey did not intend to injure the Soldier, and that his actions were motivated mainly by his desire to protect the privacy of the lesbian officers and his unit’s reputation.

This is important. The Soldier himself stated that he did not believe Lt Col Downey intended to assault him; that his actions were done with the intent to prevent him from taking further photos of the two lesbian officers.

The Soldier’s statement did not fit General Milley’s political narrative so he was never called to testify at the Hearing; nor did the General call the two lesbian officers to testify.

Why did Lt Col Downey tell the two lesbians officers to stop their lurid behavior?

It was his duty.

The long-standing custom of the Army and the uniform code of military justice prohibit inappropriate public displays of affection (PDA) by military personnel in uniform.

The Defense Department issued written guidance clearly stating that regardless of the repeal of DADT, the existing standards of conduct relating to public displays of affection would continue to apply to all service members regardless of their sexual orientation.

Also, shortly after the repeal, the military issued a written directive that commanders were still expected to enforce the code against PDA regardless of the sexual orientation of the offenders. And that’s what Lt Col Downey was doing when he told the lesbian officers to stop their inappropriate behavior.

General Milley’s own Investigating Officer found that the command climate in Lt Col Downey’s unit regarding the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was a positive one. Clearly, Lt Col Downey had never discriminated against any of his soldiers because of their sexual orientation.

The Lesbian Captain Threatens the Army

Within hours of being confronted by Lt Col Downey on the dance floor, the lesbian Captain posted false allegations on her Facebook page and a lesbian advocacy website claiming that she was the victim of sexual discrimination in the Army. She threatened to take legal action and to publicly embarrass the Army in the media. Others on the website exhorted her to go national with her story. As a result:

She gave an interview to a Huffington Post reporter claiming she was the victim of the first instance of discrimination against gays in the military since the repeal of DADT. She ended the interview by stating that a message should be sent throughout the country that this behavior will not be tolerated in the military.

In a televised interview, she revealed for the first time that she had been contacted by the Army and assured that if she stopped speaking to the media about the incident, the Army would take care of her complaints.

A homosexual advocacy group directly contacted the Pentagon on her behalf.

But there’s more to this story.

Just weeks before the incident, the Pentagon had begun a campaign to assure the public that the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell had been successfully implemented. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff released a statement that he had not seen “any negative effect on good order and discipline” resulting from the repeal.

General Milley’s farcical hearing is directly attributable to his intent to silence the lesbian Captain and make sure that the Pentagon’s public relations initiative regarding DADT was not derailed. To silence her, they had to punish Lt Col Downey.

An Outstanding Officer

Lt Col Downey led his unit to achieve two national awards in a single year, a feat accomplished only once before; one for being the top combat unit of the year, and the other for flying in excess of 30,000 accident free hours in some of the most inhospitable flying terrain in the world to sustain the mission and protect the local populace.

He was selected ahead of officers from all three of the other major services to become the Presidential Airlift Coordinator for the White House in Washington, D.C. from 2008 to 2010. As the Presidential Airlift Coordinator, his superior described him as “clearly in the top 1% of the handpicked officers of the White House Military Office Operations Directorate and in all of the Lieutenant Colonels I have known in my 20 years of military service.”

As the Aviation Task Force Squadron Commander in Jalalabad, Afghanistan from 2010 to 2012, his military boss stated that he “deservedly is trusted with the most kinetic and dangerous portions of our battle space, and his leadership is the crucial factor in aggressively accomplishing the mission . . .”

There’s more . . . .

“Chris is a tough and caring leader who always leads from the front. He represents the future of the US Army and will no doubt command a combat aviation brigade with distinction. His reputation is outstanding and his leadership is respected by all with whom he has served.”

General David Rodriguez

“In LTC Downey, I observed a quality leader and officer whose integrity was beyond reproach.”

Major General James L. Terry

“He always led by example, driven by and personifying the values which the Army expects of its senior leaders. I testify to the tremendous combat leadership ability and proven potential of this exceptional officer.”

Major General Daniel B. Allyn

“His motivations have always been in the best interests of his soldiers and the organization and to the accomplishment of the mission.”

Lieutenant General James O. Barclay

And the list goes on . . . .

Since 2012, the Thomas More Law Center has been defending Lt Col Downey at no charge. We have expended tens of thousands of dollars worth of attorneys’ time to his cause. We’ve been able to do this because of the generous support of patriotic donors like you.

Political correctness and a social agenda promoted by the White House are on the verge of eliminating one of America’s most effective combat officers. We have one chance left to correct this injustice — the federal courts. But I need your financial help.

Lt Col Downey has devoted his life to the defense of our country. That’s why he deserves the support of every patriotic American.

Now is the time to show him your gratitude.

Please stand with him.

Editor’s note: You can donate to the Thomas More Center and support the defense of LTC Christopher Downey by clicking HERE. Your donation is tax deductible.

LTC Christopher Downey‏ – An American Hero Sacrificed by Yet Another Gutless General, Subservient to Homosexual Lobby

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ISIS Claims It Could Buy Its First Nuclear Weapon From Pakistan Within 12 Months http://joemiller.us/2015/05/isis-claims-it-could-buy-its-first-nuclear-weapon-from-pakistan-within-12-months/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/isis-claims-it-could-buy-its-first-nuclear-weapon-from-pakistan-within-12-months/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 09:42:47 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118302 ISIS has used the latest issue of its propaganda magazine Dabiq to suggest the group is expanding so rapidly it could buy its first nuclear weapon within a year.

ISIS Claims It Could Buy Its First Nuclear Weapon From Pakistan Within 12 Months

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Photo Credit: The Independent

Photo Credit: The Independent

ISIS has used the latest issue of its propaganda magazine Dabiq to suggest the group is expanding so rapidly it could buy its first nuclear weapon within a year.

The hyperbolic article, which the group attributes to the British hostage John Cantlie, claims ISIS has transcended its roots as “the most explosive Islamic ‘group’ in the modern world” to evolve into “the most explosive Islamic movement the modern world has ever seen” in less than twelve months.

Photojournalist Cantlie is regularly used in the terror group’s propaganda and has appeared in a number of videos, including a YouTube series called “Lend Me Your Ears”. He has been held a hostage by Isis for more than two years.

The piece, entitled “The Perfect Storm”, describes militant Islamist groups such as Boko Haram, which recently pledged allegiance to ISIS, uniting across the Middle East, Africa and Asia to create one global movement.

The article claims this alignment of groups has happened at the sane time as Isis militants have seized “tanks, rocket launchers, missile systems, anti-aircraft systems,” from the US and Iran before turning to the subject of more extreme weapons the group is not in possession of – such as nuclear weapons. (Read more from “ISIS Claims It Could Buy Its First Nuclear Weapon From Pakistan Within 12 Months” HERE)

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Senate GOP Gives Obama New Powers, Passes TPA; Details Remain Classified http://joemiller.us/2015/05/senate-gop-gives-obama-new-powers-passes-tpa-details-remain-classified/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/senate-gop-gives-obama-new-powers-passes-tpa-details-remain-classified/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 09:42:26 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118282 President Obama won a big victory for his trade agenda yesterday with the Senate’s approval of fast-track legislation that could make it easier for him to screw the American worker.

Senate GOP Gives Obama New Powers, Passes TPA; Details Remain Classified

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images (7)President Obama won a big victory for his trade agenda Friday with the Senate’s approval of fast-track legislation that could make it easier for him to complete a wide-ranging trade deal that would include 11 Pacific Rim nations.

A coalition of 48 Senate Republicans and 14 Democrats voted for Trade Promotion Authority late Friday, sending the legislation to a difficult fight in the House, where it faces more entrenched opposition from Democrats.

The Senate coalition fought off several attempts by opponents to undermine the legislation, defeating amendments that were politically popular but potentially poisonous to Obama’s bid to secure the trade deal.

“This is an important bill, likely the most important bill we will pass this year. It’s important to President Obama,” Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and primary author of the bill, said at the close of debate.

TPA’s fast-track provisions would allow Congress, under strict timelines, to consider trade deals with a simple up-or-down vote without any amendments or requirements of a Senate super-majority to end debate. That would help Obama complete the final details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), with the other 11 nations, a bloc that represents about 40 percent of the global economy. (Read more from “Senate Republicans Give Obama New Powers; Details Remain Classified” HERE)

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An Unpatriotic Soldier Wants the World to Know She Won’t Salute the Flag http://joemiller.us/2015/05/an-unpatriotic-soldier-wants-the-world-to-know-she-wont-salute-the-flag/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/an-unpatriotic-soldier-wants-the-world-to-know-she-wont-salute-the-flag/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 09:41:59 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118278 A soldier who hid in her car to avoid saluting the flag, and then flaunted it on Instagram, is the latest service member to come under attack via social media. Will Obama give her a medal?

An Unpatriotic Soldier Wants the World to Know She Won’t Salute the Flag

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A soldier who hid in her car to avoid saluting the flag — and then flaunted it on Instagram — is the latest service member to come under attack via social media and be accused of dishonoring her service.

Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey, whose Instagram handle is “sheffeynation,” posted a selfie with a caption that reads:

“This is me laying back in my car hiding so I don’t have to salute the 1700 flag, KEEP ALL YOUR ‘THATS SO DISRESPECTFUL/HOWRUDE/ETC.’ COMMENTS TO YOURSELF cuz, right now, IDGAFFFF.”

The image was distributed via Facebook and also sent to Army Times. Angry service members, Gold Star mothers and spouses have called for the soldier’s removal from service.

“Any soldier who refuses to salute the flag is in the military for the wrong reason, and should be removed by dishonorable discharge with loss of all benefits,” one Facebook commenter said. “If they won’t salute it, they damn sure won’t fight for it.” (Read more from “An Unpatriotic Soldier Wants the World to Know She Won’t Salute the Flag” HERE)

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ICE Releasing Illegal Alien Felons Across the Nation Because of This http://joemiller.us/2015/05/ice-releasing-illegal-alien-felons-across-the-nation-because-of-this/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/ice-releasing-illegal-alien-felons-across-the-nation-because-of-this/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 09:41:52 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118291 The government routinely releases people from immigration detention centers across the nation after unsuccessfully seeking to deport them. Here's why.

ICE Releasing Illegal Alien Felons Across the Nation Because of This

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Photo Credit: Moon Battery

By Jeremy Redmon. The government routinely releases people from immigration detention centers in Georgia and across the nation after unsuccessfully seeking to deport them. The reason: Their native countries won’t accept them back.

Many have criminal convictions, ranging from minor drug offenses to violent crimes, including robbery, rape and murder. Their names, convictions and even their photos are a matter of public record in local courts and jails. But U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement won’t identify them, citing privacy reasons. ICE also does not automatically notify all victims and local law enforcement authorities before letting them go under orders that they remain in contact with the federal agency. (Read more from “ICE Releasing Illegal Alien Felons Across the Nation Because of This” HERE)

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DHS Let Child-Molesting Illegal Alien Edgar Covarrubias-Padilla Run Loose in USA

By Moon Battery. Now that it looks like the Boy Scouts will fold on the issue of sending boys out in the woods with people who make an issue of their homosexuality, more troop masters of the politically preferred sexual persuasion will be needed so as to hasten the demise of the hated (by progressives) BSA. In case there is a shortage, more should be brought in from abroad. Jeh Johnson is already on it:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) knew last year that an illegal alien California camp counselor known as “Papa Bear” was being investigated on child molestation and child pornography charges but did nothing about it, Iowa U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley claims in a letter sent to DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson on Wednesday.

Edgar Covarrubias-Padilla was arrested May 7 and charged with four felonies including child molestation and the distribution of child pornography. According to local news reports, authorities believe that Covarrubias-Padilla also produced child pornography.

(Read more from this story HERE)

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House Republicans to McConnell: Pass Our NSA Bill or Programs ‘Go Dark’ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/house-republicans-to-mcconnell-pass-our-nsa-bill-or-programs-go-dark/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/house-republicans-to-mcconnell-pass-our-nsa-bill-or-programs-go-dark/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 09:41:36 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118316 House and Senate Republicans were locked in an escalating standoff yesterday over legislation reining in the National Security Agency, and the House - surprisingly - may have the upper hand.

House Republicans to McConnell: Pass Our NSA Bill or Programs ‘Go Dark’

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House and Senate Republicans were locked in an escalating standoff Friday over legislation reining in the National Security Agency, with lawmakers warning surveillance programs could “go dark” in a matter of days if they don’t reach an agreement . . .

With Patriot Act authorization for NSA data collection set to expire on June 1, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing a two-month extension to keep the programs running. But the House already has passed a separate bill, called the USA Freedom Act, that would end the NSA’s bulk collection of domestic phone metadata, while replacing it with case-by-case searches, and extend two other expiring surveillance provisions used by the FBI.

The House has since left town for the holiday break, and House lawmakers are putting heavy pressure on the Senate to just accept their bill — or else.

“The NSA programs will lapse if the Senate doesn’t take our bill,” a senior House GOP source told Fox News . . .

House lawmakers have leverage because if the Senate goes with McConnell’s two-month extension, and not the House-passed version, sources say the House would not come back in session to deal with it before June 1. That would leave an unfinished bill hanging on Capitol Hill over the holiday. (Read more from “House Republicans to McConnell: Pass Our NSA Bill or Programs ‘Go Dark'” HERE)

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What’s Wrong With Sex Ed in America? http://joemiller.us/2015/05/whats-wrong-with-sex-ed-in-america/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/whats-wrong-with-sex-ed-in-america/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 09:41:25 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118341 By now you’ve heard the news du jour that the heir to the throne of America’s biggest TV family molested his younger sisters and a family friend as a young teenager. Because he and his family live a life of publicly-demonstrative faith, they must obviously be stoned for their crimes.

What’s Wrong With Sex Ed in America?

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download (29)By now you’ve heard the news du jour that the heir to the throne of America’s biggest TV family molested his younger sisters and a family friend as a young teenager. The internet is predictably delighted, because nothing is more delicious to progressives than a stumbling, screwed-up Christian. Never mind that it happened over a decade ago and he has reportedly repented and reformed himself; because he and his family live a life of publicly-demonstrative faith, they must be stoned for their crimes.

The real victims in this whole disaster are, of course, his younger sisters and the girl who suffered his unwanted advances and touching, and his own children who are now going to grow up in a world where daddy’s dirty adolescent laundry will be forever enshrined online.

I am in no way excusing Josh Duggar for the abuse he committed against his own sisters. I know plenty of women who were once little girls who suffered molestation by family members, friends, and peers, and the healing can be the work of a lifetime. And sometimes it doesn’t come.

But I am a little confused as to why, in this sexually-permissive freewheeling society of excess we dwell in, it’s being treated as such bombshell.

If every boy I went to middle school with had his behavior from that time period made public, I can guarantee we would have a massive influx of registered sex offenders added to the roster, for one thing. . .

But sin is the damnedest thing, isn’t it? There’s no guarantee that, no matter the efforts you make as a parent, no matter the values you strive to instill in them, your kids aren’t going to turn out to be delinquents or criminals. Or at least screw up royally at some point.

But here’s my question. Why, in a culture pushing sex sex sex at younger and younger ages, passing out condoms and dental dams in 6th grade health class and schooling kindergarteners on proper masturbation techniques, is it shocking or disappointing when a kid goes ahead and acts on the information we’re saturating their developing brains in? (Read more from “What’s Wrong With Sex Ed in America?” HERE)

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Chinese Military Using Jamming Against U.S. Drones Over Artificial Island http://joemiller.us/2015/05/chinese-military-using-jamming-against-u-s-drones-over-artificial-island/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/chinese-military-using-jamming-against-u-s-drones-over-artificial-island/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 09:40:57 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118324 China tried to electronically jam U.S. drone flights over the South China Sea in a bid to thwart spying on disputed island military construction, U.S. officials said.

Chinese Military Using Jamming Against U.S. Drones Over Artificial Island

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A-US-Global-Hawk-surveillance-drone-lands-at-the-Misawa-Air-Base-inChina tried to electronically jam U.S. drone flights over the South China Sea in a bid to thwart spying on disputed island military construction, U.S. officials said.

Global Hawk long-range surveillance drones were targeted by the jamming in at least one incident near the disputed Spratly Islands, where China is building military facilities on Fiery Cross Reef.

Disclosure of the jamming came as a U.S. Navy P-8 surveillance flight on Wednesday was challenged eight times by the Chinese military to leave the same area.

“This is the Chinese navy … This is the Chinese navy … Please go away … to avoid misunderstanding,” a radio call in English from an installation on Firey Cross said. The warnings were reported by CNN, which had a reporter on the aircraft.

Later Thursday, the Navy released video revealing that the China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy sent several radio warning messages to the crew of the P-8 ordering the jet to leave the area, and to deviate from its flight path near Fiery Cross Reef. (Read more from “Chinese Military Using Jamming Against U.S. Drones” HERE)

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Students Think John Boehner Should Resign Because of ‘Deflategate’ [+video] http://joemiller.us/2015/05/students-think-john-boehner-should-resign-because-of-deflategate-video/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/students-think-john-boehner-should-resign-because-of-deflategate-video/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 09:40:48 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118297 Students and visitors at the University of Colorado think John Boehner (R-Ohio) is responsible for Deflategate.

Students Think John Boehner Should Resign Because of ‘Deflategate’ [+video]

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JBRStudents and visitors at the University of Colorado think John Boehner (R-Ohio) is responsible for Deflategate and should resign “immediately,” according to a series of interviews conducted on the Boulder campus.

The video, which promotes this summer’s Western Conservative Summit, presented students with a non-sequitur asking if they believe John Boehner, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, should be forced to resign over the totally unrelated “Deflategate” incident in which the New England Patriots allegedly underinflated AFC championship game footballs.

“Personally, I don’t think he’s responsible for Tom Brady’s actions, and I don’t know if he was involved. They need to do a little bit more investigation.”

“Uum…I think so, I think you just gotta keep it fair,” one girl answered when asked if Boehner should resign. (Read more from “Students Think John Boehner Should Resign Because of ‘Deflategate'” HERE)

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Students Think John Boehner Should Resign Because of ‘Deflategate’ [+video]

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Meth Addict Gouged out Eyes and Ate Them http://joemiller.us/2015/05/meth-addict-gouged-out-eyes-and-ate-them/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/meth-addict-gouged-out-eyes-and-ate-them/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 09:40:32 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118329 “We have to get these kinds of stories out to young people — this is not a recreational drug,” said an elected representative who broke the story.

Meth Addict Gouged out Eyes and Ate Them

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crystal_meth_01-570x334An ice addict in [an Australian] hospital emergency department gouged out his own eyeballs and ate them, a Federal Liberal MP has revealed.

The horrific story was revealed yesterday at an Ice Summit on the Central Coast organized by the Express Advocate to address the epidemic in the region.

Dobell Federal Liberal MP Karen McNamara relayed the story as she opened the summit before a packed auditorium this morning.

“There is nothing at all recreational about this drug,” Ms McNamara said . . .

A spokeswoman for Ms McNamara later said the incident occurred at John Hunter Hospital at Newcastle [Australia] and that she was in the room when the story was related to Ms McNamara by a frontline emergency services officer who wished to remain anonymous. (Read more from “Meth Addict Gouged out Eyes and Ate Them” HERE)

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Court Affidavit: Suspect in DC Quadruple Murder Did Not Act Alone http://joemiller.us/2015/05/court-affidavit-suspect-in-dc-quadruple-murder-did-not-act-alone/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/court-affidavit-suspect-in-dc-quadruple-murder-did-not-act-alone/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 09:40:18 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118312 More than one person likely was involved in the brutal slayings of four people - including a child - who were held captive inside a Washington, D.C., mansion. The massacre occurred after a $40k ransom was delivered.

Court Affidavit: Suspect in DC Quadruple Murder Did Not Act Alone

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download (28)More than one person likely was involved in the slayings of four people who were held captive inside a Washington, D.C., mansion until $40,000 was delivered last week, authorities revealed Friday.

Daron Dylon Wint, a welder with a criminal record of assaults who once worked for the mansion’s owner, has been charged with murder. But authorities said they believe he did not act alone: A court document made public Friday said they believe the crimes “required the presence and assistance of more than one person.”

Savvas Savopoulos, 46; his wife Amy, 47, and their housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, 57, died from “blunt force and sharp force trauma.” The couple’s 10-year-old son, Philip, died of “thermal and sharp force injuries.” All four bodies were found by firefighters after a flammable liquid was spread around the home and set ablaze.

“The crimes described in this affidavit required the presence and assistance of more than one person,” said a court document made public Friday.

The document also confirms that thousands of dollars were delivered to the mansion before it was set on fire. Firefighters found all four bodies inside; three of them had been stabbed or bludgeoned. (Read more from “Court Affidavit: Suspect in DC Quadruple Murder Did Not Act Alone” HERE)

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Josh Duggar on Child Molestation Report: ‘I Acted Inexcusably'; TLC Pulls Show http://joemiller.us/2015/05/josh-duggar-on-child-molestation-report-i-acted-inexcusably-tlc-pulls-show/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/josh-duggar-on-child-molestation-report-i-acted-inexcusably-tlc-pulls-show/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 09:40:11 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118320 Reality TV star Josh Duggar issued an apology this week after reports surfaced that he allegedly molested girls as a teenager, saying: "I acted inexcusably."

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jdReality TV star Josh Duggar issued an apology Thursday after reports surfaced that he allegedly molested girls as a teenager, saying: “I acted inexcusably.”

Duggar, 27, is the oldest of the children who appear on TLC’s hit show “19 Kids and Counting.” The Duggars are known for being devout Christians who don’t believe in practicing birth control and whose children follow strict courtship rules.

TLC pulled all episodes of the show currently set to air, according to Shannon Llanes, a spokeswoman for the network.

The network had already replaced several scheduled repeats of “19 Kids and Counting” with “The Little People.”

“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” Josh Duggar said in a post on Facebook. (Read more from “Josh Duggar on Child Molestation Report: ‘I Acted Inexcusably'” HERE)

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11-Year-Old Graduating With 3 Degrees From U.S. College http://joemiller.us/2015/05/11-year-old-graduating-with-3-degrees-from-u-s-college/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/11-year-old-graduating-with-3-degrees-from-u-s-college/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 09:39:48 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118286 An 11-year-old boy receiving three degrees became the youngest graduate at this US college this year, by far.

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An 11-year-old boy receiving three degrees became the youngest graduate at American River College this year, by far.

Tanishq Abraham graduated from high school at age 10, and now has his sights set on a medical degree. He told KCRA he wasn’t intimidated by taking classes with students twice his age.

“Even on the first time I came to a college class, I wasn’t really nervous, so, this isn’t much of a big thing to me,” Abraham said.

Abraham graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA, which didn’t come as a surprise to his mother.

“Even in kindergarten he was pretty ahead, two years ahead, and just went from there,” she said. (Read more from “11-Year-Old Graduating With 3 Degrees From American River College” HERE)

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Woman Found Pushing Dead Son in Swing at Park http://joemiller.us/2015/05/woman-found-pushing-dead-son-in-swing-at-park/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/woman-found-pushing-dead-son-in-swing-at-park/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 09:39:36 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118306 The 24-year-old mother and her son may have been at the park since the day before, officials said.

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A Maryland mother was found pushing her dead three-year-old child in a swing at a park Friday morning, according to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers responded to Wills Memorial Park located at 500 St. Mary’s Avenue around 6:55 a.m. for the report of a woman who had been pushing a child in a swing for an unusually long period of time.

The 24-year-old mother and her son may have been at the park since the day before, officials said. When officers got to the park, they found the woman pushing the three-year-old in a swing at the playground. Officers noticed right away that the boy was dead. (Read more from “Woman Found Pushing Dead Son in Swing at Park” HERE)

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World’s Oldest Person to Turn 116 http://joemiller.us/2015/05/worlds-oldest-person-to-turn-116/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/worlds-oldest-person-to-turn-116/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 09:39:22 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118333 The woman declared by gerontology experts to be the oldest person in the world is turning 116 today. Read what she gives credit to for her longevity.

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635678879509615683-B9316884533Z.1-20150406202445-000-G7PAECID2.1-0The woman declared by gerontology experts to be the oldest person in the world is turning 116 Saturday.

Jeralean Talley was born in Montrose, Ga., on May 23, 1899. She’s been in Michigan since 1935. Relatives say she remains active and aware of what’s going on around her.

Talley was named world’s oldest person in April after the death of Gertrude Weaver,who passed away at the age of 116. Weaver died just five days after 117-year-old Misao Okawa died in Japan . . .

Talley has been consistent in her answer as to what she’s lived so long.

“It’s all in the good Lord’s hands,” she said. “There’s nothing I can do about it.” (Read more from “World’s Oldest Person to Turn 116″ HERE)

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MUST WATCH VIDEO: Ted Cruz Charges Reporters’ Gay Rights Questions Come From MSNBC http://joemiller.us/2015/05/must-watch-video-ted-cruz-charges-reporters-gay-rights-questions-come-from-msnbc/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/must-watch-video-ted-cruz-charges-reporters-gay-rights-questions-come-from-msnbc/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 09:55:55 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118235 During a presidential campaign visit to Beaumont, Texas, Ted Cruz finally became so exasperated with the constant barrage of reporters' inquiries about homosexuals' rights that he suggested this.

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During a presidential campaign visit to Beaumont, Texas, on Tuesday, U.S. senator Ted Cruz finally became so exasperated with the constant barrage of reporters’ inquiries about homosexuals’ rights that he suggested Kevin Steele of KMBT-TV refrain from getting his questions “from MSNBC. They have very few viewers, and they are a radical and extreme partisan outlet.”

Cruz also referred to the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage and said Democrats are “so devoted to mandatory gay marriage that they’ve decided there’s no room for religious liberty.”

Steele also asked the senator: “Do you have a personal animosity against gay Americans?”

The GOP official patiently replied:

. . .I recognize that you’re reading questions from MSNBC, that you’re wincing. You don’t want to talk about foreign policy. I recognize that you want to ask another question about gay rights.

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Unprecedented Disgust with DC: Negative Views of New Congress Now Cross Party Lines http://joemiller.us/2015/05/unprecedented-disgust-with-dc-negative-views-of-new-congress-now-cross-party-lines/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/unprecedented-disgust-with-dc-negative-views-of-new-congress-now-cross-party-lines/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 09:54:43 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118255 The new Republican-led Congress is drawing harsh reviews from the public, including most Republicans. The GOP faithful's criticism of its own party is a significant shift from past, much more approving attitudes.

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download (2)The new Republican-led Congress is drawing harsh reviews from the public – including most Republicans. Just 23% of Americans say congressional Republicans are keeping the promises they made during last fall’s campaign, while 65% say they are not.

Nearly four-in-ten (37%) say the new Congress has accomplished less than they expected, while 4% say it has accomplished more than expected. About half (53%) say its accomplishments are in line with what they expected.

On both measures, the public’s views are far more negative than they were of the Democratic-led Congress in March 2007, after the Democrats regained control of both chambers following several years of Republican control. Views are also much more negative than they were in April 1995, shortly after the GOP had gained control of the House and Senate for the first time in four decades.

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Photo Credit: Pew Research Center

The new national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted May 12-18 among 2,002 adults, finds that just 22% approve of the job performance of Republican congressional leaders, little changed since the summer of 2011. Ratings for Democratic congressional leaders are somewhat better (33% approve).

Unlike after some previous partisan turnovers on Capitol Hill, negative assessments of the new Congress now cross party lines. Today, just 41% of Republicans approve of the job their party’s leaders in Congress are doing. By comparison, in April 2011, 60% of Republicans approved of GOP leaders’ job performance and in April 1995, 78% approved of GOP leadership’s policies and proposals. (Read more from “Negative Views of New Congress Cross Party Lines” HERE)

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10 Hard Truths About Pope Francis, Mid-East Christians and the Palestinians [+video] http://joemiller.us/2015/05/10-hard-truths-about-pope-francis-mid-east-christians-and-the-palestinians-video/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/10-hard-truths-about-pope-francis-mid-east-christians-and-the-palestinians-video/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 09:54:35 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118195 The greatest catastrophe for Christians in the region since the Armenian genocide was while George W. Bush was president. Although the Pope wants to protect these Middle Eastern Christians, his approach is likely to fail, too.

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EGYPT-RELIGION-COPTS-NOBEL-PEACEGreat waves of heat but little light emerged from the controversies surrounding Pope Francis’ recent actions and statements about the Middle East. Each story followed the standard pattern of reporting about Pope Francis:

(a) Pope Francis does or says something.

(b) Secular reporters spin it to the greatest possible benefit of the nearest leftist cause.

(c) Conservatives react to (b) instead of (a) — and who can blame them? They mostly don’t read Italian or obsess about Vatican news.

(d) The Vatican issues a belated and confusing explanation, which appears only in the Catholic press, for a tiny readership.

(e) Some conservative publications accept (d), write about it and reprimand the media. Others don’t.

(f) The nearest leftist cause benefits from the perception of papal support, the whiff of infallibility, and the world moves on. Rinse and repeat.


Pope Francis is not entirely blameless. His sympathies do lean left on many issues, and conservatives have reason to disagree with some of his statements. That being said, two recent stories about Pope Francis and the Middle East are examples of the media pattern above. Pope Francis did not call Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas an “angel of peace.” He called on Abbas to become an angel of peace. That’s starkly different.

Yes, Pope Francis did finalize a process launched by previous popes, which culminated in a document that recognized the PLO entity as a “state.” This is a bad idea, but it’s the fruit of a complex history which one can’t understand without knowing a series of hard truths about the region. These are truths I’ve learned from years of study and from speaking to Arab Christians personally — during almost five years of attending a wonderful Melkite Catholic church in New Hampshire. I will simply list these hard truths, resisting the urge to moralize about them:

1. Christians in the Middle East are mostly hostages of intolerant regimes, dependent on the good will of their Muslim masters. Christians there are unarmed, divided and periodically persecuted as scapegoats for whatever is going wrong at the moment. This has been true for most of their history since AD 800 or so, with a brief respite in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when European powers interfered with the Middle East, setting up colonies and fitfully protecting Christians. That all ended after World War II.

2. With the disappearance of their French and British protectors, many Arab Christians were suspect as agents of foreign influence, so they tried to fit in with their societies by promoting secular Arab nationalism, in the hope that this movement would replace intolerant Islam. The nationalist and socialist Ba’ath party, which once ruled Iraq and still rules Syria, was invented by a Lebanese Christian.

3. At the beating heart of Arab nationalism was opposition to Israel. Christians who signed on to nationalist movements hoped that by fervently fighting the “Zionist enemy” they could prove their patriotism, and win a space where they could survive. Some of the founding members of the PLO were Christians. Ironically, the genocidal, anti-Christian jihadists of Hamas were aided at first by the Israeli secret service, which hoped to divide its Palestinian enemy into warring factions. Oops.

4. Secular Arab nationalism was never very effective, and it began to collapse in the 1970s, to be replaced by Islamist sharia movements. Without the Soviet Union to back them, regimes like Hussein’s Iraq and Assad’s Syria became more brittle and fragile. These regimes tried to shore up their own shaky legitimacy by becoming more fervent in their support for terrorism against Israel. Saddam Hussein, for instance, while he mostly protected Christians, paid bounties for suicide bombers who targeted Jewish civilians.

5. The viciousness of such terrorist attacks hardened Israeli public opinion, and rallied American Christians to support more right-wing governments in Israel. These attacks also fed support for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, and the proposed overthrow of Bashar al-Assad today. Of course, the collapse of such secular regimes would be terrible news for local Christians, since the only plausible replacement for them would be intolerant Islamist governments. We see that more than a million Christians were driven out of Iraq after the U.S. invaded. The U.S. did little to protect them.

6. Many American Christians don’t know and don’t care about the plight of Middle Eastern Christians. They are more concerned about American security and the defense of Israel.

7. Israelis don’t care much about the fate of Middle Eastern Christians, whom they see (with much justice) as just another bunch of Arabs who hate them. If they thought that American Christian support for Israel depended on its intervening to protect Christians, Israelis might do something in that direction. But it doesn’t, so they don’t.

8. Pope Francis sees protecting Middle Eastern Christians as his primary task in the region. Someone, somewhere, has to take an interest in them. If not him, then who? Pope Francis believes that championing a Palestinian state will buy goodwill from Muslims toward Christian minorities, and perhaps diminish the number killed or ethnically cleansed.

Pope Francis is probably mistaken, as David Goldman has pointed out. The only hope for Christians in the region is for American conservatives to put pressure on Israel to protect them, and on Middle Eastern Christians to give up on their support for dying Arab nationalism. But whether because they have succumbed to Stockholm Syndrome, or for some other reason, too many Arab Christians actually prefer Muslims to Israelis. So they are unlikely to cooperate — as we saw from the event where an American Jewish philanthropist, Ronald Lauder, brought together the leaders of persecuted Middle Eastern Christians. Ted Cruz addressed them and in rather tactless language called on them to drop their Ba’athist strategy and support the state of Israel. They booed him off the stage. To his credit, Lauder has continued his humanitarian efforts to help persecuted Christians anyway.
The only short-term hope for Middle Eastern Christians is the survival of secular dictatorships like Assad’s in Syria and el Sisi’s in Egypt. The long-term future of Middle Eastern Christians is probably in the United States of America — if and when we revise our refugee policy to start accepting persecuted Christians instead of their Muslim persecutors. That won’t happen under a Democratic president — and unless we Christians wake up and defend our brothers, it won’t happen under a Republican president, either. Remember that the greatest catastrophe for Christians in the region since the Armenian genocide was while George W. Bush was president and Christian men like Chris Kyle were patrolling the cities of Iraq. (See “10 Hard Truths About Pope Francis, Mid-East Christians and the Palestinians”, originally posted HERE)

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Boy Scouts of America Bans Water Gun Fights; ‘Pointing a Firearm’ Is Not Kind http://joemiller.us/2015/05/boy-scouts-of-america-bans-water-gun-fights-pointing-a-firearm-is-not-kind/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/boy-scouts-of-america-bans-water-gun-fights-pointing-a-firearm-is-not-kind/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 09:54:25 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118208 The Boy Scouts of America, an organization with semi-military origins, now thinks water gun fights are too violent for its boys.

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downloadBy Douglas Earnst. The Boy Scouts of America, an organization with semi-military origins, has put out approved activities for its members, and water gun fights are strictly prohibited.

A blog for the organization’s leaders said May 6 that pointing simulated firearms at people is not allowed.

“Why the rule? A Scouter once told me this explanation I liked quite a bit: A Scout is kind. What part of pointing a firearm [simulated or otherwise] at someone is kind?” said Bryan Wendell on the scouting website

The rule is clarified in the Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Manual, which says “For water balloons, use small, biodegradable balloons, and fill them no larger than a ping pong ball. […] Water guns and rubber band guns must only be used to shoot at targets, and eye protection must be worn.”

The manual includes a lengthy list of other prohibited items — boomerangs, crossbows, potato guns, spear guns and throwing stars. Scouts also may not use “marshmallow shooters that require placing a straw or similar device in the mouth.” (Read more from “Boy Scouts of America Bans Water Gun Fights; ‘Pointing a Firearm’ Is Not Kind” HERE)

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Fox Host: Boy Scouts Ban On Water Guns Is ‘Emasculating’ Future CIA Agents

By Ahiza Garcia. A Fox News co-host said on Wednesday that a Boy Scouts ban on water guns and limitation on the size of water balloons was proof that boys were being emasculated.

“Outnumbered” co-host Rachel Campos-Duffy, who is married to former MTV “Real World” star and current Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), said the ban would have an effect on future generations of America’s spies and soldiers.

“If we keep emasculating our boys and not letting boys be boys,” Campos-Duffy said, “how are we gonna raise the next generation of hardcore CIA operatives, Navy SEALS?”

“That was a very nice, unloaded question,” former CIA officer and “One Lucky Guy,” Mike Baker said.

Baker ultimately agreed with Campos-Duffy. (Read more from “Boy Scouts of America Bans Water Gun Fights; ‘Pointing a Firearm’ Is Not Kind” HERE)

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Arizona Slashes Welfare Lifetime Limit from 24 Months to 1 Year [+video] http://joemiller.us/2015/05/arizona-slashes-welfare-lifetime-limit-from-24-months-to-1-year-video/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/arizona-slashes-welfare-lifetime-limit-from-24-months-to-1-year-video/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 09:53:52 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118219 The Arizona Legislature has slashed the lifetime limit for welfare benefits from 24 months to 12 months, the shortest time frame in the U.S.

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imagesThe Arizona Legislature has slashed the lifetime limit for welfare benefits from 24 months to 12 months, the shortest time frame in the U.S.

The Associated Press reported:

As a result, the Arizona Department of Economic Security will drop at least 1,600 families – including more than 2,700 children – from the state’s federally funded welfare program on July 1, 2016.

The cuts of at least $4 million reflect a prevailing mood among the lawmakers in control in Arizona that welfare, Medicaid and other public assistance programs are crutches that keep the poor from getting back on their feet and achieving their potential.

Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward, a co-sponsor of the bill, was on “Fox and Friends” to explain the decision. She said that it wasn’t a popular move, but it was a necessary one. (Read more from “Arizona Slashes Welfare Lifetime Limit from 24 Months to 1 Year” HERE)

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This Single Chart Shows Why Congress Can’t Control Government [+video] http://joemiller.us/2015/05/this-single-chart-shows-why-congress-cant-control-government-video/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/this-single-chart-shows-why-congress-cant-control-government-video/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 09:53:40 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118201 For once, we have good news to report from House Republican leadership: it actually helped pass a strong spending bill. But the spending numbers reflect a startling problem.

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All-Congress-APThere is no denying that Conservative Review has been critical of GOP, but today there is good reason to report that House Republican leadership has actually passed a strong spending bill.

On Tuesday, the House passed the annual spending bill (FY 2016) appropriating funds for the legislative branch of government, and they have once again kept the level of spending flat. The bill would appropriate $3.3 billion for the House of Representatives and all of the legislative agencies. When coupled with the Senate’s own budget bill expected to pass later this year, the House bill will bring the total budget for the entire legislative branch of government to roughly $4.3 billion.

Accordingly, the entire cost of the legislative branch of government represents just .001% of total federal spending, projected to top $3.9 trillion next year, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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It’s important to note this budget is not only paying for the members of Congress and their staff; it includes all of the investigative and research agencies as well as other positions, such as the Capitol Police. Here is a breakdown of the legislative branch’s budget for some key offices:

House of Representatives: $1.81 Billion

Senate: $1 billion

Capitol Police: $369 million

Congressional Budget Office: $47 million

Architect of Capitol: $494 million

Library of Congress: $591 million

Congressional Research Service: $107 million

Government Accountability Office: $522 million

While there is always wasteful spending to root out in any budget, most seem to agree that this is close to the minimum budget required to operate the legislative branch. Which leads to the real salient question: how is it that the most constitutionally grounded branch of government – the one that represents the people – commands just .001% of the federal budget? The Executive Branch dwarfs the legislative branch in spending by a ratio of 907:1. Even the Judiciary Branch has a bigger budget than Congress, at $6.9 billion.

Consider this: the budget for the Department of Agriculture was $141 billion in 2014, which is 33 times the size of the entire legislative branch; the budget for the Department of Education was $59.6 billion, which is 14 times the size of Congress. And remember, the entirety of Article I in the Constitution is dedicated to the legislative branch, while some of these executive departments and agencies are, shall we say, post-constitutional. The Department of Commerce is slated to receive $8.1 billion for the next fiscal year. The DOC was without a cabinet-level secretary at its helm for an entire year (June 2012- June2013) and nobody even noticed. The EPA, which is just an independent agency (not a full department), costs twice as much as the entire legislative branch of government.

There is something wrong with this picture. How can members of Congress ever have the time and resources to properly engage in oversight over this leviathan?

It is no wonder then Congress has abdicated so much authority to the executive branch over the past few decades. The legislative branch lacks the expertise and resources to keep up with the daily unconstitutional power grabs of the executive agencies.

When the executive branch grows so large that the people’s representatives can no longer exercise proper oversight, that in itself is a sign that the recent model of governance has gone off the rails. The only solution is to downsize the scope of the executive branch to its constitutional mandates, freeing up the people’s representatives to focus on the core missions of government. (Read more from “1 Chart Shows Why Congress Can’t Control Government” HERE)

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Yes, Amtrak Train Was Sabotaged – by Congress http://joemiller.us/2015/05/yes-amtrak-train-was-sabotaged-by-congress/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/yes-amtrak-train-was-sabotaged-by-congress/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 09:53:01 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118262 The reason money-losing long-distance trains continue to operate is that the economic arguments for eliminating them fails the political test. Here's why.

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Ever since privately owned freight railroads were freed by Congress in 1970 from their public service obligation to operate unprofitable intercity passenger trains—a law that created publicly owned Amtrak—a debate has raged in the US over how much passenger rail service is enough, how fast passenger trains should travel, why passenger trains aren’t profitable, and who should provide the subsidy that keeps them afloat.

Amtrak loses money, as do all rail passenger systems across the globe. . .

While government subsidies keep Amtrak trains running, those sums perennially fall short of fully satisfying Amtrak’s capital-investment needs—like the purchase of new locomotives and passenger cars, plus renewal of track, signals, bridges, and stations.

Among some 500 bridges that along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC) between Washington, DC, and Boston—each a century or more old, and requiring extensive rehabilitation—is one spanning New Jersey’s Hackensack River. It needs a $1.5 billion replacement. New tunnels under the Hudson River to replace 115-year-old twin bores come with a $13.5 billion price tag. Another $1.2 billion is required to replace a 142-year-old tunnel under Baltimore. Overhead catenary delivering electricity to trains dates to the 1930s. New safety systems, which might have prevented the Philadelphia fatal derailment and which are nearing completion along the NEC’s entire length, have siphoned substantial, scarce, dollars. . .

The reason money-losing long-distance trains continue to operate is that the economic arguments for eliminating them fails the political test. Once the good folks of a given state or city lose their once-daily, long-distance train, the congressional lawmakers representing those souls are less likely to allocate tax dollars to the NEC, which still needs those subsidies for capital expenditures. (Read more from “Yes, Amtrak Train Was Sabotaged–by Congress” HERE)

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FBI Admits No Major Cases Cracked With Patriot Act Snooping Powers http://joemiller.us/2015/05/fbi-admits-no-major-cases-cracked-with-patriot-act-snooping-powers/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/fbi-admits-no-major-cases-cracked-with-patriot-act-snooping-powers/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 09:52:52 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118249 FBI agents can’t point to any major terrorism cases they’ve cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report this week.

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Photo Credit: Cliff Owen

FBI agents can’t point to any major terrorism cases they’ve cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report Thursday that could complicate efforts to keep key parts of the law operating.

Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said that between 2004 and 2009, the FBI tripled its use of bulk collection under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows government agents to compel businesses to turn over records and documents, and increasingly scooped up records of Americans who had no ties to official terrorism investigations.

The FBI did finally come up with procedures to try to minimize the information it was gathering on nontargets, but it took far too long, Mr. Horowitz said in the 77-page report, which comes just as Congress is trying to decide whether to extend, rewrite or entirely nix Section 215.

Backers say the Patriot Act powers are critical and must be kept intact, particularly with the spread of the threat from terrorists. But opponents have doubted the efficacy of Section 215, particularly when it’s used to justify bulk data collection such as in the case of the National Security Agency’s phone metadata program, revealed in leaks from former government contractor Edward Snowden.

The new report adds ammunition to those opponents, with the inspector general concluding that no major cases have been broken by use of the Patriot Act’s records-snooping provisions. (Read more from “FBI Admits No Major Cases Cracked With Patriot Act Snooping Powers” HERE)

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Planned Parenthood Says Counseling and Medical Care for Women Victimized by Rape Is Senseless http://joemiller.us/2015/05/planned-parenthood-says-counseling-and-medical-care-for-women-victimized-by-rape-is-senseless/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/planned-parenthood-says-counseling-and-medical-care-for-women-victimized-by-rape-is-senseless/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 09:52:31 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118238 Unsurprisingly, Planned Parenthood is proving its grand lack of “Care. No Matter What.” for rape and incest victims.

Planned Parenthood Says Counseling and Medical Care for Women Victimized by Rape Is Senseless

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Photo Credit: Life News

Unsurprisingly, Planned Parenthood is proving its grand lack of “Care. No Matter What” for rape and incest victims. Once again, America’s abortion giant is proving that abortion is its front and center priority – not the well-being and rescue of victimized women.

Planned Parenthood claimed the 20-week abortion ban, just passed by the U.S. House:

Forces sexual assault survivors to wait for 48 hours and survivors of incest who are minors must file a police report to qualify for the exception and access safe, legal abortion

Requires survivors (during their mandated 48-hour waiting period) to undergo compulsory, unnecessary medical treatment or counseling in order to access safe, legal abortion — a senseless delay in their access to constitutionally protected care.

But wait? Planned Parenthood claims to “Care. No Matter What.” And yet the organization has the guts to object to the filing of a police report for minors who have survived incest? It boldly calls counseling for rape victims and medical care for injuries sustained in a rape “a senseless delay”? Even abortion supporters should be able to see this as a new low for Planned Parenthood. (Read more from “Planned Parenthood Says Counseling and Medical Care for Women Victimized by Rape Is Senseless” HERE)

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Donald Trump: “This Country Is a Hell Hole” http://joemiller.us/2015/05/donald-trump-this-country-is-a-hell-hole/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/donald-trump-this-country-is-a-hell-hole/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 09:52:22 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118243 Billionaire Donald Trump continues to tease a potential presidential run. He also says this about America.

Donald Trump: “This Country Is a Hell Hole”

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MV5BOTY3NjU3OTY1NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjI3Mjc4MQ@@._V1_SY317_CR4,0,214,317_AL_Billionaire Donald Trump continues to tease a potential presidential run.

Appearing on Fox News Wednesday evening, Trump reiterated he will announce in June what his intentions are in regards to 2016.

“I’m gearing up and we’ll see what happens,” Trump said on “The Kelly File.”

The “Apprentice” star said he wants to make America “great again.”

“I want to make the country great again,” he said. “This country is a hellhole. We are going down fast.” (Read more from “Donald Trump: This Country Is a Hell Hole” HERE)

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Siblings Shut Down School Bus Bully With Bible http://joemiller.us/2015/05/siblings-shut-down-school-bus-bully-with-bible/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/siblings-shut-down-school-bus-bully-with-bible/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 09:52:11 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118229 Two Texas siblings were tired of being harassed on the school bus, so they turned to the Bible to get the bully to stop.

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download (1)Two Texas siblings were tired of being harassed on the school bus, so they turned to the Bible to get the bully to stop.

Phoenix and Kingston Walwyn were being taunted and called names on the ride home from school. Instead of encouraging them to retaliate against the bully, their pastor father suggested they give him a Bible.

“We gave it to him and then two minutes later when it was almost his stop to get off, he just said thank you and sorry for all the bad stuff I did to you,” Phoenix said.

Since that day, there has been no more name-calling or bullying, according to Phoenix and Kingston.

The children’s father, Pastor Vaughaligan Walwyn, said on “Fox and Friends Weekend” that after praying and seeking God, he felt the spirit tell him to get the bully a Bible, let him know that Jesus loves him and invite him to church. (Read more from “Siblings Shut Down School Bus Bully With Bible” HERE)

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MMA Fighter Captures, Hog-Ties Bank Robber [+video] http://joemiller.us/2015/05/mma-fighter-captures-hog-ties-bank-robber-video/ http://joemiller.us/2015/05/mma-fighter-captures-hog-ties-bank-robber-video/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 09:52:01 +0000 http://joemiller.us/?p=118224 A bank robber learned the hard way that crime never pays, when his attempted robbery was foiled by a local MMA instructor and business owner.

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A bank robber in Pinellas County learned the hard way that crime never pays, when his attempted robbery was foiled by a local MMA instructor and business owner.

Eric Haritakis, nicknamed the ‘Ginja Ninja’ by friends for his red hair and swift moves, was at the Grow Financial Federal Credit Union on Friday to make a deposit for his health food delivery company, Zen Body Foods, when a man robbed one of the tellers. . .

Surveillance video from a neighboring UPS Store showed Haritakis sprinting after the suspect. Haritakis chased the man, later identified as 31-year-old Michael Jon Neubecker, around the side of the building.

FOX 13 News

“I don’t really know what I was thinking at that time. I just kind of went for it. I figured if he had a weapon, he probably would have pulled it out at that point,” Haritakis continued. . .

“I see the guy bringing a guy back with his hands behind his back and almost carrying him,” said Kristin Drexler, an employee at UPS. “I was just amazed at how down-to-earth [Haritakis] was. He was just so nonchalant about the fact that he just chased down a bank robber.” (Read more from “MMA Fighter Captures, Hog-Ties Bank Robber” HERE)

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