Obama's Trip to Paris For Global Warming Summit Sure Emitted a Lot of Greenhouse Gases

Pres. Obama and a host of other world leaders convened in Paris this week to discuss the environment at the United Nations Climate Change summit. While Justin already wrote about the exorbitant cost of the meal the world leaders would be enjoying, the Daily Caller did the math and found that the president's trip to Paris would emit more carbon dioxide than 72 cars--over a year.

Obama’s Paris jaunt will send more CO2 into the atmosphere than 31 American homes‘ energy usage for an entire year. The president’s trip is equivalent to burning 368,331 pounds of coal or 797 barrels of oil, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon footprint calculator.

Just one leg of the president’s Sunday trip to Paris emitted 189 tons of CO2 after travelling 3,855 miles and burning 19,275 gallons of jet fuel, according to Daily Caller News Foundation calculations based on past presidential flights. Obama’s return flight to Washington, D.C., would double the amount of CO2 burned to 378 tons — more than 72 cars driving for a year.

It's perfectly fine to care about the environment, and steps should be taken to avoid needless pollution. I think it's rather hypocritical for the United Nations to ask for world leaders to travel (with large entourages) to a location to discuss the environment, rather than hold the conference in a much greener method. It's 2015--video conferencing exists. Having the world leaders stay home and conserve energy and conferencing in this manner would be a unique, albeit one with far fewer photo ops, way for the United Nations to promote environmentalism.

Reid: GOP Rhetoric Caused 'Frenzy of Hate,' So Planned Parenthood Probe Must Be Shut Down

In the aftermath of last weekend's deadly shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, many on the Left have reacted despicably yet predictably -- seeking to exploit the actions of a madman in order to level a moral indictment against an explicitly anti-violence political movement. The anti-Planned Parenthood rhetoric of pro-lifers, it's alleged, is at least partially responsible for the violence that claimed three lives. The underlying message isn't subtle: Those who've expressed outrage over the abortion provider's horrifying organ harvesting business model have blood on their hands because their words and political activism 'inspired' an unstable individual to perpetrate a killing spree. This is dangerous, speech-stifling rubbish. It's also a staple of the Left's End of Discussion playbook, wherein partisans attempt to "win" debates by silencing and delegitimizing their ideological opponents. Planned Parenthood officials have been spouting this line for days, starting well before any potential motive was established. Others have piled on, with cheap demagogue Harry Reid joining the opportunistic chorus, calling for an end to the Congressional probe into Planned Parenthood's illegal practices exposed by an anti-abortion group's extensive undercover investigation:

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pushed House Republicans to disband the committee investigating allegations that Planned Parenthood mishandled fetal tissue on Monday, following last week's shooting at a clinic in Colorado. "We should not fail to see the context in which this vile assault took place. Last summer, a right-wing group began releasing videos with unsubstantiated allegations. Since that time the Republican Congress have made it their mission to push these unsubstantiated allegations," the Democratic leader said of the inquiry into the healthcare provider...But Reid added on Monday afternoon that lawmakers "must be mindful of our words and our actions. We bring people into a frenzy of hate and anger while providing them with easy access to firearms — [that] has proven disastrous for our country."

First of all, the purpose of the investigation is to explore and vet the very allegations Reid calls "unsubstantiated," even though they arise from statements made on video (edited and unedited) by Planned Parenthood executives and whistleblowers.  There is on-camera evidence of several apparent crimes, including failing to secure patient consent prior harvesting fetal organs, altering abortion techniques in order to reap more valuable intact specimens, and profiting from fetal organ transfers -- each of which is illegal.  Reid argues that Congress should cease looking into these matters because they were raised by a "right-wing group" (irrelevant), and because Republicans' discussion of the matter has whipped up a "frenzy of hate and anger."  Because a controversy over X "caused" a nutcase to do Y, we must ignore X.  This is a non-sequitur, the only purpose of which is to run interference for a Democratic mega donor.  Though Reid has routinely demonstrated his lack of compunction over peddling in cynicism and deceit, he's likely emboldened on this subject matter in particular, on which the mainstream media is uniquely biased.  Case in point, this Associated Press headline, which swallows whole the tendentious Reid/Planned Parenthood premise:

What's especially galling about the Left's debate-crushing smear campaign against pro-lifers -- who've been virtually unanimous and unequivocal in their condemnation of the shooting -- is how often the Left gets away with selectively applying their own illiberal standards on political speech and violence.  NRO's Jim Geraghty wrote an excellent piece about this yesterday, on which Megyn Kelly drew heavily in an impactful Fox News segment that aired last night.  One example: When a deranged gay rights activist attempted to massacre the staff at a socially conservative advocacy group in 2012, were same-sex marriage proponents lambasted for their "dehumanizing" slogans that attributed opponents' motives to "hate"?  Were they instructed to stop speaking out on behalf of their cause, lest another psychotic person twist their words into a call for blood?  No. Ramesh Ponnuru offers another pertinent example:

Jim Pouillon was murdered in 2009 by a man who objected to [an] anti-abortion pamphlet he was distributing. Press coverage was scant, but some pro-choice groups, to their credit, denounced the murder. The New York Times didn't run articles suggesting that over-the-top pro-choice rhetoric -- likening pro-lifers to the Taliban, accusing them of seeking to oppress women, urging a crackdown on their ability to protest abortion -- had set the stage for the murder. Pro-lifers refrained from suggesting that pro-choice groups bore responsibility for the murder. (I'm not aware of any exceptions to this generalization.) That was to their credit: The suggestion would have been obscene. Pro-choicers have been less restrained in the wake of the recent murder of three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. They intend to turn the killings "into a political moment they say will put abortion opponents on the defensive."

The abortion lobby has been eagerly aided in that endeavor by Democratic politicianspoint-scoring ideological allies (by the way, the accusations against Planed Parenthood are not "lies"), and sympathetic (read: most) media outlets.  Because the Left engages in this form of moral bullying so frequently -- someone really ought to write a book about this phenomenon -- I hope you'll forgive me for quoting my last post on the subject:

Spree killer Christopher Dorner's rambling manifesto espoused admiration for various CNN and MSNBC personalities. The anti-religious fanatic who slaughtered three young Muslims in North Carolina was a fan of Rachel Maddow and Neil deGrasse Tyson. The LGBT activist who planned a bloody massacre at the conservative Family Research Council used a map from the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center to choose and locate his targets. And December's New York City cop murderer was involved in the anti-police protest movement, in which he may have been exposed to chants like, "what do we want? Dead cops!" That last bit comes a lot closer to actual incitement than the other examples I enumerated, but none of those deranged criminals' actions can be fairly laid at the feet of CNN, or MSNBC, or Neil deGrasse Tyson or SPLC. And guess what? If a Left-wing, anti-Christian nut who never misses an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher shoots up an evangelical church tomorrow -- God forbid -- Maher's speech would not be at fault for that, either. This form of guilt-by-association, especially of the tenuous or even non-existent variety (see: Giffords and Palin), is designed to shame and impugn innocent people who hold opposing ideological viewpoints.

This insidious silencing method should be forcefully rejected by thoughtful actors across the ideological spectrum. It squelches honest debate, and as evidenced above, it can easily be used to bludgeon liberals and conservatives alike, depending on the circumstances. Sadly, the Left has less of an incentive to crack down on this trend because they enjoy a distinct demagoguery amplification advantage, thanks to their dominance of opinion-driving social institutions.  That frustrating reality notwithstanding, those Americans who value the free and robust exchange of ideas must make the following point as often as necessary:  Political rhetoric, with the very rare exception of explicit incitement, is not "to blame" when unhinged people do horrible things.  To argue otherwise is to conflate sentiments with which one disagrees with criminal actions -- a tempting, lazy, and anti-speech intellectual cop-out that should be treated as anathema to a vibrant open society.  Resist it, even when doing so is politically inconvenient.

Mr. Sensitivity: At Paris News Conference, Obama Says Mass Shootings Only Happen In America

President Obama held a news conference in Paris, where he was asked about the recent shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“I mean, I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings; this just doesn’t happen in other countries,” Mr. Sensitivity said in a city that just witnessed horrific mass shooting at the hands of ISIS that left 130 people dead. He added that the U.S. devotes “enormous resources” in preventing terrorist attacks at home and abroad. Of course, that’s a mutual interest we share with our allies. The president added, “We have the power to do more to prevent what is just a regular process of gun homicides.”

First, there is “no regular process of gun homicides.” Overall, they’ve gone down 3.9 percent from last year. Depending on the source, Bureau of Justice Statistics, which is part of the DOJ, noted that firearm-related homicides have dropped 39 percent between 1993-2010. Pew Research noted that gun homicides dropped 49 percent between 1993-2010. Either way, the trend is the same: gun violence is down, along with “nonfatal gun victimizations.” There is no gun violence epidemic.

Second, was the president alluding that the Planned Parenthood shooting and the Paris attacks were somehow linked? We do not know if the Planned Parenthood shooting was an act of domestic terrorism. Law enforcement officials still haven’t pinpointed a motive, whereas ISIS specifically said their attack on Paris was due to France’s intervention in Syria and insulting the prophet Muhammad. They also called the city “the capital of abomination and perversion.” These are political aims, in which violence was used to influence the wider audience by targeting innocent civilians to possibly achieve those goals. Terrorism could come in the form of mass shootings, but not all mass shootings are acts of terrorism. Moms Demand Action seems to have a problem differentiating between the two. 

After the Charleston shooting that left nine people dead this past summer, the president once again mentioned that this sort of violence only occurs in America.

“But let’s be clear: At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency,” he said. Kyle Becker of the Independent Journal was able to find a chart on mass shootings from members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). While the website is now defunct, he was able to obtain a screenshot:

The bottom line: The United States falls from number one due to its frequency of 38 mass shootings from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2013 (which would be number one without correcting for population) to number seven.

Becker also cited Security Magazine, which commented on the OECD chart:

Between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2013,there were 413 fatalities from mass shootings in the 34 member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). From the five-year period of 2008-2012, there were 373 total spree shooting fatalities.

According to the OECD’s latest version of the Rampage Shooting Index, a pair of deadly shootings in Switzerland in early 2013 pushed the U.S. out of the top five OECD nations for the most per capita fatalities, but the U.S. continues to have the most rampage shooting deaths (one reason could be its size – The U.S. population accounts for 25 percent of the OECD total). However, the U.S. saw a drop in mass shooting deaths from 93 in 2012 to 68 in 2013.

“Another thing one might note: The top 5 countries for mass shootings per capita all have “restrictive” gun policies,” wrote Becker.

So, mass shootings do happen in places other than the United States, Mr. President. You’re at the site of one of them, with the horrid bonus of it also serving as a scar of international terrorism, despite your absurd declaration that ISIS was “contained.” To say otherwise (regarding the comment on mass shootings and ISIS), is either willful ignorance or gross insensitivity.

The president is in Paris for a UN conference on climate change

Contained? New Report Says There’s ‘Unprecedented’ ISIS Mobilization In The U.S.

On November 12, President Obama said ISIS had been “contained.” The next day, ISIS launched a deadly terrorist attack in Paris that left 130 people dead. Guy has written about what appears to be a developing scandal within our intelligence community, specifically the suppression­–or disregard–of intelligence about ISIS’s rise that didn’t necessarily fit the view of the Obama administration. Now, George Washington University’s Program on Extremism released a rather disconcerting report showing “unprecedented” “ISIS-related mobilization” in the United States:

Seventy-one individuals have been charged with ISIS-related activities since March 2014. Fifty-six have been arrested in 2015 alone, a record number of terrorism-related arrests for any year since 9/11.


The profiles of individuals involved in ISIS-related activities in the U.S. differ widely in race, age, social class, education, and family background. Their motivations are equally diverse and defy easy analysis.


ISIS-related radicalization is by no means limited to social media. While instances of purely web-driven, individual radicalization are numerous, in several cases U.S.-based individuals initially cultivated and later strengthened their interest in ISIS’s narrative through face-to-face relationships. In most cases online and offline dynamics complement one another.

The spectrum of U.S.-based sympathizers’ actual involvement with ISIS varies significantly, ranging from those who are merely inspired by its message to those few who reached mid-level leadership positions within the group.


The 71 indictments are merely the tip of the iceberg, as U.S. authorities estimate that the number of individuals linked to ISIS is much larger. Our researchers identified a few dozen individuals with reported ISIS links who have not been charged. Similar to those in the legal system, the “At-Large” cohort have no common profile.

Among them, for example, are three teenage girls from the suburbs of Denver, two Somali-American sisters aged 15 and 17, and their 16-year-old friend of Sudanese descent. The trio lived a normal and comfortable life among their unsuspecting families and peers.

Leah wrote yesterday about ISIS planning on having Sirte, Libya as their fallback capital, given that al-Raqqa, Syria, their current base of operations, is being pummeled by Russia and France. Libya was destabilized when the Obama administration decided to assist rebel forces in their effort to oust Muammar Gaddafi, which was ultimately successful in 2011; another testament to the success* of smart power.

ISIS being “contained?” We probably better add that to the long list in which the president has been wrong, beginning when he mocked Gov. Mitt Romney that Russia isn’t our biggest geopolitical foe during the 2012 election. Romney was right–Russia has been allowed to invade Ukraine, annex Crimea, and intervene in the Middle East, where the U.S. has made it a priority to keep them out of this region for the past 50 years. As former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton noted in October, our decision to even entertain de-confliction talks regarding our air forces in Syria legitimizes their presence there.

What is this administration going to do if 150,000 Russian troops enter the region? Russian president Vladimir Putin signed legislation conscripting 150,000 troops in October. While Putin’s office noted that this decree is signed every two years, it comes at a time when Russian airstrikes have intensified. Moreover, this administration’s effete efforts on the Ukraine crisis, among other things, pretty much assured the rest of the world that the lights were on, but no one is home at the Obama White House.

Regarding the taking in of Syrian refugees, the president has mocked Republicans’ rational concern that this could allow terrorists into the country. The FBI has admitted that they cannot screen all of the refugees that are projected to enter the country. We’ve currently accepted 10,000, of which over 2,000 have been resettled. Thirty-one governors have said they will reject Syrian relocation, though the State Department noted that they might not have much choice. Nevertheless, a lack of participation could make things more difficult.

As Kevin Drum of the left-leaning Mother Jones wrote, this mockery of a legitimate issue has the potential of biting Democrats next year by coming off as out of touch and looking un-serious on national security issues. No one wants to look that way, but it’s a criticism that is mostly affiliated with Democrats–hence why the House’s refugee bill passed with a veto-proof majority despite opposition (and a veto threat) from the Obama White House.

*Of course, I'm being sarcastic 

Paul Ryan Sports New "Hunting" Beard

Newly-elected Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) is sporting a beard these days, making him the first Speaker of the House to do so since 1925--90 years ago.

Per the U.S. House Historian, the last Speaker of the House to sport a beard was Rep. Frederick Huntington Gillett, a Republican from Massachusetts. Gillett served as Speaker of the House from May 1919 until March 1925.

Ryan said the beard was a "hunting beard" that he grew while hunting deer over the weekend. A spokesperson for Ryan said that he will keep the beard for as long as his wife lets him.

What do you think? Yea or nay on the whiskers?

Obama and Kerry Wine and Dine in Paris: American Taxpayers Cover the Tab

Barack Obama and John Kerry dined in one of the finest restaurants that France has to offer yesterday. This comes after the president and secretary of state met in Paris to discuss climate issues with world leaders.

Sitting cozy with a plethora of lavish furniture, the government workers enjoyed themselves at L’Ambroisie in the town of Marais. A three-course meal at this restaurant can run anywhere from $300 to $400.

Obama joked with the reporters in the room saying, “don’t break the chandelier, you can’t afford it.”

How about this idea: Instead of taking world leaders to fancy restaurants, take them to one of the 12 American cemeteries in France and show the world what America is prepared to do to defend freedom. Forget the $400 wine and three-course meal, and just show them the 9,387 graves at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial free of cost. Show them the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial where over 2,000 U.S. Marines rest.

There is plenty to choose from, probably more than on the entrée menu at L’Ambroisie.

Bipartisan Effort to Rethink US Visa-Waiver Program After Paris Attacks

The visa-waiver program currently allows foreigners from 38 countries to enter the United States without a visa for up to 90 days, bypassing an in-person interview at an embassy or consulate. Upwards of 20 million people enter the U.S. under this program each year. Considering this policy applies to Belgium, the origin of Paris attack “mastermind” Abdelhamid Abaaoud, both Democrats and Republicans believe it deserves some closer scrutiny.

Several lawmakers have legislation in the works to address this specific security concern. Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) introduced a bill that would let Homeland Security bar a country from participating in the visa-waiver program if it refuses to share foreign travel and terrorism intel with the U.S.   

“We have to look at our current systems and how terrorists are exploiting our freedoms,” Miller said.

Meanwhile, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) are working on legislation that would prevent anyone who has traveled to Syria or Iraq within the past five years from coming to the U.S. without a visa.

Feinstein, who as of late has been very critical of the Obama administration’s failed counterterrorism efforts, admitted the visa-waiver program is “the soft underbelly of our national security policies.”

Though President Obama has opposed Congress’ effort to toughen the Syrian refugee screening, the White House is not completely reluctant to strengthening the visa waiver program. On Monday, the administration announced it is making the following changes:

The United States will expand the use of fingerprints and photographs to identify passengers and update its databases to include any past travel to a country considered a terrorist safe haven. Such countries include Somalia, Mali, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Colombia and Venezuela, according to the State Department.

The White House will also be reviewing all 38 countries participating in the visa waiver plan to ensure they are meeting security demands. If not, they could be suspended.

Watch Megyn Kelly Tear Apart Media for Biased Reporting On Planned Parenthood Shooting

Megyn Kelly did not mince words last night on "The Kelly File," where she went on an explosive eight-minute rant tearing apart the liberal media for blaming "angry rhetoric" by pro-lifers as the cause of the recent shooting in Colorado Springs. Kelly compared the media's coverage of that shooting to their coverage of the recent shootings in Roanoke, VA, and Chattanooga, TN. She also pointed out that the media barely covered the Center For Medical Progress' videos, yet are now blaming them for the shooting.

Watch here:

Trying To Save His Own Job, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Fires His Police Chief

As demands for his own resignation continue to grow louder, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has fired Police Chief Gary McCarthy. The firing comes after uproar from the community over the long delayed release of a video showing a Chicago police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times. The video was held for a year before being released last week. Protests in the city have regularly taken place ever since. 

Warning, the following video is graphic: 

During a rare press conference held Tuesday, Emanuel was asked directly about whether the video was held for a year because he was in a close reelection fight. He denied that as the case.

McCarthy has been at the center of controversy for years as Chicago remains the bloodiest city in the country with more than 400 murders just this year. Further, McCarthy has been accused in the past of cooking the books on falling crime and homicide rates. He also famously said police would shoot concealed carry permit holders when a ban on the practice was struck down two years ago by a federal court. 

Emanuel is now in the process of looking for a new police chief as he attempts to save his own job. In the meantime, former head of the DOJ Civil Rights Division John Escalante will serve as interim chief.

Watch: Liberal Logic: Dissenting Opinions = Hateful Rhetoric = Violence

The liberal PR machine is on point with all of their minions dutifully pushing that anti-First Amendment line.

#SueMeSaudi: Twitter's Latest Trending Topic Taunts Saudi Government

I wrote last week about how the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is threatening to sue people who compare their justice system to that of ISIS. Almost immediately, the Internet decided to take Saudi Arabia up on their offer and taunt them, leading to the Kingdom announcing a lawsuit against one unnamed Twitter user. However, Saudi Arabia had better ramp up its legal team, as "#SueMeSaudi" was one of the top trending topics on Twitter (and reached the front page of Reddit) Tuesday as Twitter users stated that they believe Saudi Arabia's justice system is like ISIS.

Here are some tweets:

Good News: Paris Attack Suspect Might Be In Syria, U.S. Embassy In Kabul Warns Of 'Imminent Attack'

Belgian-born French national Salah Abdeslam, who allegedly  drove ISIS terrorists to the Bataclan Concert Hall during the Paris Attacks on November 13, might be in Syria, despite earlier reports that Belgian police arrested him. The UK’s Metro  described the hunt for Abdeslam, dubbed “public enemy number one,” as one of the largest manhunts in European history. The theory that he’s in Syria comes from French intelligence, while Belgium remains unsure (via CNN):

A source close to the investigation said Monday that Abdeslam had purchased 10 detonators from a fireworks shop on the outskirts of the city before the November 13 attacks.

The detonators cost 10 euros (about $10.60) each at the Saint-Ouen l'Aumone shop, Les Magiciens du Feu or "Fire Magicians." He also bought batteries.

Investigators have been looking for the Belgian-born French national since shortly after the attacks, which killed 130 people.

French intelligence services say they think he's escaped to Syria, according to the source close to the investigation and a counterterrorism source.

Belgian officials aren't so sure, however. Security services there have seen no indications Abdeslam has made it to Syria, although they've always thought he might be headed there, a Belgian security analyst in touch with Belgian security officials told CNN on Monday.

The store manager at Les Magiciens du Feu alerted authorities after Abdeslam's name and photograph were released to the public, the French newspaper Le Parisien reported.

CNN added that he also could have driven the suicide bombers to the Stade de France, as his fingerprints were found in one of the cars. There was also a chance to capture Abdeslam and his two associates when they decided to head for Brussels, but French police didn’t zero in on the culprits–ISIS–at the time and were allowed to exit the country.

While our European allies deal with finding Abdeslam, our embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan has received information of an imminent attack on the capital within the next two days, according to Reuters. Our embassy, staff, or any other American weren’t specifically listed as targets, but surely it’s a cause for concern.

It’s certainly wasn’t the best of days for the good guys, and the situation is further compounded with a president who is focused on a) not being like Bush (though in some regards he is) and b) his refusal to trust or listen to military and intelligence assets feeding him information on the current situation with ISIS.

President Obama has already mocked Republicans for their stance of the Syrian refugees, even though some on the left have characterized this position as out of touch. This is a cause for concern to anyone who is of rational thought because terrorists have feigned refugee status to enter this country. Maybe that’s why the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act passed the House with a veto-proof majority before the Thanksgiving holiday since there really isn’t anything controversial in the legislation other than making absolutely sure that we don’t allow terrorists into the country.

Guy has written about the alleged intelligence scandal over ISIS, how CENTCOM was told to “cut it out” over negative reports on the Islamic State, and how the reports that reached Obama’s desk only ended with the administration “kicking the can down the road.” Today, he touched upon the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Michael Flynn, who said that the rise of ISIS is due to “willful decisions” by the Obama White House to ignore sound reports, which has led to bad policy.

The president had resorted to calling ISIS the “JV team” and said they were “contained” until they proved they had global reach when they murdered 130 Parisians earlier this month. Even knowing the threat ISIS poses, the president refuses to do anything different, noting at the G20 summit that he isn’t interested in narratives about “pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning;” narratives that happen to be part of his 2015 national security strategy, but that’s for another time.

We did finally go after the source of ISIS’s income: oil. And destroyed close to 500 tanker trucks, which weren’t targeted for fear of civilian casualties. In one of the two airstrikes, our aircraft actually ran out of ammunition and was unable to complete the mission.

To make matters more maddening, Justin wrote about how former CIA director Michael Morrill reportedly said he was hamstrung by the Obama administration from going after the oil wells or the transport trucks that they knew were under ISIS control due to environmental concerns. Leah adds that ISIS is consolidating a fallback capital in Libya. The current ISIS capital of al-Raqqa, Syria is under air attack from France, while Russia has targeted the city with cruise missiles.

Shouldn’t we be quarterbacking this effort? Not with Obama as president.

Oh, and add Libya to the list of failures this administration has reaped for us abroad.

Obama "Confident in the Wisdom of the American People" to Elect a Democrat in 2016

At this morning's Paris climate conference (COP21) press briefing, President Obama took a second to weigh in on the 2016 Presidential elections:

Reporter: "Can leaders gathered here believe that the United States will keep it's commitments even after you've left office, if a Republican succeeds you in the White House?" 

Obama: "You know, just with respect to my successor, let me first of all say that I'm anticipating a Democrat succeeding me. I'm confident in the wisdom of the american people on that front."

Obama Confident the American Voters Will Do This One Thing

President Obama thinks the Democrats have 2016 locked up.Do you?http://bit.ly/1LLBlDj

Posted by Townhall.com on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

I wouldn't be so sure, Mr. President. With a lack of strong leadership in opposition against ISIS, murky foreign policy with countries like Russia, China, Turkey and Syria, and an immigration and refugee crisis that continues to divide the country as just a few of the top issues being weighed by the American voter this cycle, I wouldn't place all my money on dear Secretary Clinton.

She's busy dealing with her classified emails, anyway.

The American people are wise enough to know this is not the leadership our country needs.

Hillary: Hey, Let's Learn From Latin America's 'Success' and Elect a Woman President

As I've said repeatedly, and as is flagrantly obvious, Hillary Clinton will seek to overcome her heavy personal and political baggage with a simple identity-based message to America's female-majority electorate: It's high time we elect our First! Woman! President!  That her allies have already played the gender card to neutralize mild criticisms from Mrs. Clinton's top Democratic (nominal) opponent tells you everything you need to know. They're going to blitz the eventual GOP nominee as anti-women at every turn, while hyping the historic nature of Clinton's candidacy. In her latest naked appeal to 'girl power' vibes, Clinton is explicitly and enthusiastically subordinating actual results to the cult of identity:

Let's examine a few of the recent "success" stories from which Americans can learn:

Brazil - 
Over to you, Washington Post...

Brazil’s economy is tanking — and it’s not just China, its principal trade partner, that is to blame. South America’s biggest economy fell into recession in August and is expected to shrink by 2 to 3 percent this year. Inflation is pushing 10 percent, its highest since 2003, unemployment has climbed to over 8 percent, and the Brazilian real has lost about a third of its value against the dollar this year. Just a few years ago, Brazil was a favorite of investors — one of the “BRICS” group of emerging markets named for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Its economy grew more than 7 percent in 2010. Yet last week, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s reduced Brazil’s credit rating from investment grade to junk. In a rare front-page editorial Sunday, the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper reacted by attacking President Dilma Rousseff, who was narrowly reelected in October, for the “generalized irresponsibility” of recent years, during which public spending soared.

Brazil's tanking economy comes amid a huge spike in government spending under Brazil's left-wing government, which has been consumed by a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal.  The country's credit rating has been downgraded to junk status.  Presiding over all of this is President Dilma Rousseff, whose approval rating has slumped to eight percent.

Argentina - The era of Cristina is over.  The left-wing president's hand-picked successor lost to a conservative opponent last month, ending an period marked by longstanding corruptioneconomic malaise, and multiple credit defaults.  Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner leaves office with another dark cloud hanging over her head:  She's been dogged by serious allegations that her government was actively complicit in covering-up an Iranian terrorist attack against an Argentinian Jewish center in 1994. In January, the chief federal prosecutor who'd investigated the case for a decade was found dead, literally the day before he was set to brief Congress on the evidence he'd compiled. The New York Times: "Mr. Nisman, 51, leveled explosive accusations that top Argentine officials, including President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, had conspired with Iran to cover up responsibility for the bombing as part of a deal that would supply Iranian oil to Argentina. Now, the mystery has deepened with the discovery of Mr. Nisman’s body on Sunday — the day before he was to testify before lawmakers about those accusations."  Cristina's administration declared the death a suicide, but no gunshot residue was discovered on the deceased's hands.  Authorities found a draft warrant for the president's arrest in the dead prosecutor's apartment.  The Economist summarizes Cristina's tenure:

Ms Fernández has hoarded power and suppressed dissent. She has bent the central bank to her will, muzzled the government’s statistics institute and bullied the media. She has tried, less successfully, to suborn the independence of the judiciary. She leaves an economy in even worse shape than it looks.

Costa Rica - Via Bloomberglast year: "Costa Rica’s presidential race is in a statistical tie with a third of voters undecided after corruption scandals and historically high unemployment undermined President Laura Chinchilla. Unemployment averaging 10 percent the past two years and a series of resignations tied to accusations of corruption pushed Chinchilla’s approval rating to 9 percent, the lowest among 17 Latin American leaders, according to a 2013 survey by Mexico City-based pollster Consulta Mitofsky."  Chinchilla, a center-Left economic moderate and social conservative, was replaced by a member of a different Chilean left-leaning party.

Chile - Via The Guardian, this spring:

Amid a series of political corruption scandals which have upended the Chilean political establishment and delivered a critical blow to her popularity, President Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday dismissed rumours that she is considering resigning...Public opinion polls in March showed the president’s approval ratings fell to 31%, down drastically from the 84% with which she finished her first term in 2010. Over the past year the percentage of Chileans expressing disapproval with Bachelet’s leadership jumped from 20% to 61%. Long a champion of Chile’s poor, Bachelet is now battling to maintain her ambitious social reform agenda amid massive public criticism. “There is an important crisis of confidence,” the president said...Over the past 12 months, Bachelet has had multiple legislative victories, including an increase in corporate tax rate to finance free or heavily discounted higher education for tens of thousands of students. The president, a pediatrician, is also pushing to build thousands of free day care centers throughout Chile.

A more recent public opinion poll measures a further deterioration of the left-wing president's approval rating, which now stands at (24/72).  Between the failed leftism, the endemic corruption, and the flagging approval ratings, perhaps Hillary Clinton is right: There is a lot American voters can learn from these examples.  I'll leave you with two more instances of First! Woman! President! identity fetishism.  Eleven more months of this, friends:

Awesome: Oklahoma Wesleyan President Tells Students to Grow Up

While some college presidents have cowered under students’ cries of victimhood, resigning in shame or promising to change campus policies in order to maintain a “safe space,” Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Everett Piper is giving these kids what they really need: some tough love. In an op-ed acquired by The Washington Post, he boldly tells these self-entitled students to “grow up.”

Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them. This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up!

This is not a day care. This is a university!

I hope I’m not the only one applauding.

While these truths need no context, Piper felt compelled to pen this bold letter after a student complained to him that a chapel service about love made him uncomfortable. (Really). The president showed some grace in not completely embarrassing this student, but offering some sound advice, letting him know more PC-friendly schools are available.

If you’re more interested in playing the “hater” card than you are in confessing your own hate; if you want to arrogantly lecture, rather than humbly learn; if you don’t want to feel guilt in your soul when you are guilty of sin; if you want to be enabled rather than confronted, there are many universities across the land (in Missouri and elsewhere) that will give you exactly what you want, but Oklahoma Wesleyan isn’t one of them.

At OKWU, we teach you to be selfless rather than self-centered.

As a conservative college student at a liberal arts school, I had plenty of opportunities to feel “unsafe.” My ideals were challenged nearly every day. Did I demand the administration change their policies or my professors and peers silence their rhetoric so I could feel more welcome? Of course not. College is all about leaving your comfort zone and being exposed to different cultures and ideas. If you are as genuine to your values as you thought before enrolling in your classes, then you will graduate with those ideals more firm than ever and gain confidence that will translate to the real world.  

Today’s college students can’t even handle a chapel.

Read Piper’s whole op-ed here. Be warned, students: it will make you uncomfortable. 

At Climate Summit Obama Touts Stimulus Funding For Totally Failed, Bankrupt Solar Power Projects

Speaking from Paris Tuesday at the global climate change summit, know as COP21, President Obama touted his "investment" in solar power through the 2009 stimulus package.

There's just one huge problem. The so-called "investment" in solar power through the stimulus package was a total failure and was only issued as a favor to Democrat friends and big corporate campaign backers. Four years ago, the bankruptcy of the solar company Solyndra was a big scandal, but because there have been a number of Obama administration scandals since, it's difficult to keep track and remember. 

As President Barack Obama takes to the road to sell his Stimulus II, troubling news about the last stimulus continues to break.The House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee Wednesday begins its investigation of Solyndra, the stimulus-funded solar energy company that recently declared bankruptcy. The company, which laid off 1,100 workers after its sudden demise, once looked like the poster-child of stimulus success.

“The true engine of economic growth,” the president said in May 2010 while at the company’s California headquarters, “will always be companies like Solyndra.” It’s no wonder the economy is stalled.

Digging beneath the surface, the situation gets more troubling. The White House’s relationship with Solyndra, it turns out, was a mix of corporate favoritism, big-money politics, liberal ideology and Chicago-style deal making. As the Obama administration dealt favors, the American taxpayers got stuck with the $535 million bill.

In fact, the Solyndra scandal was the first time we saw company officials plead the Fifth to avoid congressional testimony. Since then, we've seen pleading the Fifth used repeatedly during administration scandals.

And by the way, Solyndra wasn't the only company President Obama dumped money into to pay back his friends. I'll leave you with this:

Oh Boy: Number of Emails With Classified Info on Clinton's Private Server Approaches 1000

When Democrat presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton was busted earlier this year by the New York Times for conducting not some, but all, of her official government business on a private email server during her time as Secretary of State, she said the following: 

Clinton's claims that there was no classified information sent or received on her private server have been repeatedly proven false. Over the past six months, we've seen hundreds of documents emerge with classified information, many with top secret information, from her personal email account. Now, Fox News is reporting at least 999 pieces of classified information have been found as the FBI continues their criminal investigation. 

The State Department’s latest release of Hillary Clinton documents brings the total number of Clinton emails known to contain classified material to nearly 1,000.

The department on Monday released its largest batch of emails yet, posting 7,800 pages of the former secretary of state’s communications.

The latest batch contains 328 emails deemed to have classified information. According to the State Department, that brings the total number with classified information to 999.

The emails in question were deemed classified before their release by the department – and the former secretary of state has said all along she never sent emails with material marked classified at the time.

But the large number of emails containing now-classified material further underscores how much sensitive information was crossing her private server, a situation her critics have described as a security risk.

As noted above, this once again emphasizes the carelessness Clinton used when handling important national security information during her time as Secretary of State. The big question everyone is waiting to be answered now is whether Clinton will be indicted. It's been four months since the FBI opened up their criminal probe of her server.

ISIS Is Preparing a Backup Capital in Libya

With ISIS’s de-facto capital of Raqqa the target of international strikes, the terrorist organization is making backup plans in the Libyan city of Sirte should its Syrian hub fall.

While ISIS (also known as the Islamic State) has other affiliates throughout Africa and the Middle East that have pledged their allegiance to its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group's branch in Sirte is the only one that ISIS central leadership directly controls.

The Wall Street Journal reports that ISIS leaders in Libya have reportedly adopted a slogan that reflects Sirte's heightened profile within the jihadist organization: "Sirte will be no less than Raqqa." […]

ISIS's influence in Sirte has been growing over the past year, as it has evolved into what The Times describes as an "actively managed colony" of the central group.

The growth has been swift — the Libya affiliate has gone from 200 fighters to about 5,000 since ISIS announced its branch there, The Journal reports. (The Times reports that Western put that estimate at 2,000 fighters.)

The lack of a functioning government in Libya and its oil rich resources make it fertile ground for the terrorist group.

"We don’t have a real state. We have a fragmented government. Every day we delay on a political deal, it is a golden opportunity for Islamic State to grow,"Fathi Ali Bashaagha, a politician from Misrata, Libya, told The Wall Street Journal.

Watch: Recut - Honest Propaganda: ISIS

ISIS wants you to be scared when you see their propaganda videos, but what is there to be scared of?

Lack of Funding Will Leave 30,000 Graves at Arlington Cemetery Wreathless

Wreaths Across America has placed commemorative wreaths on the headstones of hundreds of thousands of veterans since 1992. With 230,000 fallen soldiers, Arlington National Cemetery is the largest of their projects. However, because of a lack of funds, 30,000 graves at Arlington will have to remain without a garland.

The project is not government-sponsored, leaving the organization responsible for raising $3.45 million to fund the $15 wreaths on each Arlington tombstone. As of Wednesday night, Wreaths Across America was $450,000 short of reaching its goal with five days until the Tuesday, Dec. 1 deadline.

Now, the group is hoping more donors will pitch in so every serviceman and woman buried at Arlington can be remembered.  

A featured video on the Wreaths Across America website explains why the group dedicates time every year to bring wreaths to these deceased veterans. “A lot of these stones don’t have people anymore to come by and pay respect,” one participant explains. Brad Winchester, a Patriot Guard Rider, said “These men and women give everything for their country and this is an opportunity just to give a little bit back.”

Others involved with the organization emphasize how the program offers a way to “honor the fallen” and “teach children the value of freedom.”

Thousands of volunteers are expected to help Wreaths Across America place the garlands on tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 12.

It is a small way to thank them for their service, but at the very least, Every Fallen Hero Deserves a Wreath.

Police Union to NFL: Fans Are Vulnerable to Terrorism in Stadiums, Change Your Concealed Carry Ban For Retired Cops

A little over one week after multiple ISIS terror attacks in Paris, one of which was carried out a soccer stadium, the National Fraternal Order of Police is asking the NFL to reverse it's ban on concealed carry in America's football stadiums for current or retired law enforcement officers. From Fox News:

More guns are needed at NFL games to keep fans safe, according to the nation's largest police union -- which recently asked the league commissioner to let certain firearms owners pack heat on Sundays.

The National Fraternal Order of Police has asked the NFL to lift its ban on fans carrying guns at games, at least for retired and off-duty law enforcement officers who hold permits to carry concealed weapons. In a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell, FOP President Chuck Canterbury said armed cops are the best bet for stopping a terrorist attack inside a stadium.

“Today, I am writing on behalf of the members of the Fraternal Order of Police to urge you to rescind this policy, which weakens the safety and security of NFL players, personnel and fans,” read the Nov. 20 letter, which was reported by BuckeyeFirearms.org. “The terrorist attacks and threats of attacks from organizations like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are selecting targets based on the amount of death and injury they can inflict -- mass murder and casualty events.

“Well-attended venues and areas are being deliberately targeted by the radical killers who do not intend or expect to survive the assault," the letter continued. "Law enforcement, even when working actively with highly trained and skilled security professionals, cannot be certain that all threats will be detected and neutralized.”

It's a start. Better advocacy would be for concealed carry in stadiums as an option available to all with a permit.

I can already hear the "drunk idiots will be shooting each other" arguments in response to this proposal, but it's important to point out that when the Virginia legislature (home of many RedSkins fans) voted to allow concealed carry in restaurants and bars (for everyone, not just cops), the same argument was made. The reality seen, however, was a drop in crime at restaurants and bars by more than five percent. Like stadiums, people also watch football in restaurants and bars, where the law requires those practicing concealed carry to remain sober.

Virginia's bars and restaurants did not turn into shooting galleries as some had feared during the first year of a new state law that allows patrons with permits to carry concealed guns into alcohol-serving businesses, a Richmond Times-Dispatch analysis found.

The number of major crimes involving firearms at bars and restaurants statewide declined 5.2 percent from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, compared with the fiscal year before the law went into effect, according to crime data compiled by Virginia State Police at the newspaper's request.

And overall, the crimes that occurred during the law's first year were relatively minor, and few of the incidents appeared to involve gun owners with concealed-carry permits, the analysis found.

Rand Paul to Run for Re-Election in the Senate

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will officially be running for both the presidency and for re-election to the United States Senate. He is the only current senator running for president that will also seek re-election to that post in 2016; Marco Rubio (R-FL) will not. (Sens. Graham and Cruz are not up for reelection in 2016.)

It initially appeared as though Paul would be unable to run for both offices as Kentucky law prevents a person from appearing on a ballot twice in the same election. To circumvent this, Kentucky's Republican Party will hold its presidential caucus in March and its "normal" primary election in May.

Paul is currently averaging about two percent in national polls.

A Bloody Thanksgiving Weekend For Chicago

Holiday weekends in the Windy City have become shooting galleries. Chicago had a bloody Fourth of July and Labor Day, along with countless weekends in between. Now, Thanksgiving can be added to the list, with 8 dead and 20 wounded (via Chicago Sun-Times/Fox32):

Eight people were killed and at least 20 others were wounded in Thanksgiving weekend shootings across Chicago.

The most recent fatal shooting happened Sunday night in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.

At 7:55 p.m., officers found the 28-year-old man unresponsive in a gangway in the 900 block of West 59th Street, according to Chicago Police. The man suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the death.

Early Sunday morning, a 27-year-old man was fatally shot in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side.


At least 16 other people were wounded in separate attacks between 10:15 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Monday.

Contrary to what anti-gun liberals have been peddling aggressively since the 2012 Newtown shooting, there is no gun violence epidemic embroiling the nation. Concerning our urban areas, there seems to be a spike, though these cities, like Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington D.C., are notoriously anti-gun, with some of the most stringent gun control laws on the books. Gun control liberals often blame pro-Second Amendment states for flooding their communities with firearms, yet criminals don’t go to Gander Mountain, Bass Pro Sports, or Cabelas* for their guns. They usually obtain them through stealing, straw purchasers, or corrupt FFL dealers, all of which is already illegal. Moreover, these two felonious ways of becoming armed have the added bonus of bypassing the background check process progressives have obsessed over for the past few years.

Maybe it’s time to rethink having enclaves that leave the law-abiding unarmed and the criminal element armed is a good start.

*Yes, we all know this, but it's a friendly reminder for our anti-gun "friends."

Obama and Putin Have Another Sideline Meeting

Barrack Obama and Vladimir Putin had another 'off the script' meeting today at the climate summit in Paris. The two discussed a number of issues including the events that have taken place in the Middle East.  This comes weeks after their last meeting at the G20 Summit where the two addressed the ISIS attacks in Paris.  

During the half-hour long meeting, Obama addressed the downing of a Russian Su-27 over Turkey and expressed regret.

Obama requested that Putin keep airstrikes in Syria aimed at ISIS militants rather than rebels fighting against Bashar Assad.

Larry Hogan Still Riding High In Maryland, Even With Democrats

We all knew Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan had a lot on his plate. Personally, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in June. Politically, he was a Republican governor in a deep-blue state with an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature. Yet, somehow, he’s managed to draw praise from across the political spectrum in a new Baltimore Sun/University of Baltimore poll, where Marylanders also feel that their state is finally heading in the right direction. A far cry from the numbers seen during the O’Malley administration:

Less than a year into his term, Hogan's approval rating among likely voters has soared to 63 percent and exceeds that of Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, typically the state's most popular politician, the poll found. She is supported by 61 percent of voters.

The governor's popularity is coupled to a dramatic swing in optimism about Maryland's future.

A majority of likely voters — 57 percent — now believe the state is moving in the right direction. It marks what pollster Steve Raabe calls an "enormous" swing in attitudes from the final months of former Gov. Martin O'Malley's tenure, when only 44 percent felt that way.

"You almost never see that sort of shift," said Raabe, president of Annapolis-based OpinionWorks, which conducted the poll. "Everybody, regardless of political stripe, feels like we're moving in the right direction."


His populist moves, such as lowering tolls on the Bay Bridge, and his relative newness in office have contributed to high approval ratings, Raabe said. Hogan is enjoying "an extended honeymoon," Raabe said, especially among Democrats in state where they outnumber Republicans more than 2-1.

"I'm a strong, dyed-in-the-wool Democrat. And I approve," said Larry Regan, a 61-year-old lawyer from Rockville. "Hogan appears to be taking action. … I like his work on tolls. Boom. Doing something."

Gov. Hogan was recently declared cancer-free. And his approval rating seems to be holding steady from his October numbers, where the Washington Post noted that he enjoyed a 61 percent approval rating in October; a huge jump from his 42 percent rating in February.

Keep up the good work, governor.