News/Politics 10-31-14

What’s interesting in the news today?

1. They won’t happy unless they can spy on your phone.

From NationalJournal  “The Obama administration is ramping up its campaign to force technology companies to help the government spy on their users.

FBI and Justice Department officials met with House staffers this week for a classified briefing on how encryption is hurting police investigations, according to staffers familiar with the meeting.

 The briefing included Democratic and Republican aides for the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, the staffers said. The meeting was held in a classified room, and aides are forbidden from revealing what was discussed.

It’s unclear whether the FBI is planning a similar briefing for Senate aides.”


2. Yes, vote fraud is a myth, but non-citizens are still voting.

And O’Keefe strikes again.

From NationalReview Could non-citizen voting be a problem in next week’s elections, and perhaps even swing some very close elections?

A new study by two Old Dominion University professors, based on survey data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, indicated that 6.4 percent of all non-citizens voted illegally in the 2008 presidential election, and 2.2 percent in the 2010 midterms. Given that 80 percent of non-citizens lean Democratic, they cite Al Franken ’s 312-vote win in the 2008 Minnesota U.S. Senate race as one likely tipped by non-citizen voting. As a senator, Franken cast the 60th vote needed to make Obamacare law.

North Carolina features one of the closest Senate races in the country this year, between Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis. So what guerrilla filmmaker James O’Keefe, the man who has uncovered voter irregularities in states ranging from Colorado to New Hampshire, has learned in North Carolina is disturbing. This month, North Carolina officials found at least 145 illegal aliens, still in the country thanks to the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, registered to vote. Hundreds of other non-citizens may be on the rolls.”


3. Here’s more.

From PJMedia   “An election integrity watchdog group is suing the state of Maryland, alleging that it has discovered massive and ongoing fraudulent voting by non-U.S. citizens in one county. But because of the way that the non-citizens are able to cast votes in elections, the fraud is likely happening in every single county and subdivision across the state. The group believes that the illegal voting has been happening for years.

The group, Virginia Voters Alliance, says that it compared how voters in Frederick County filled out jury duty statements compared with their voting records. The group’s investigation found that thousands of people in Frederick County who stated that they are not U.S. citizens on jury duty forms went on to cast votes in elections. Either they failed to tell the truth when they were summoned for jury duty, or they cast illegal votes. Both are crimes. The same group previously found that about 40,000 people are registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland.”

Nope. No fraud here. 🙄


4. Yes please! Democrats can blame Harry Reid’s rule change if it happens. 🙂

From TheWashingtonExaminer  “Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says he would be willing to repeal Obamacare with a simple majority if he takes over as majority leader in January, his spokesman told the Washington Examiner on Thursday.

The announcement comes just days before Tuesday’s midterm congressional election, in which Republicans have a strong chance of seizing the upper chamber from the Democrats and putting the Kentucky senator in charge.

“Leader McConnell is and has always been committed to the full repeal of Obamacare, and he’ll continue to lead efforts to repeal and replace it with patient-centered reforms that enable greater choice at lower costs. He knows it won’t be easy, but he also believes that if Republicans are fortunate enough to take back the majority we’ll owe it to the American people to try through votes on full repeal, the bill’s most onerous provisions, and reconciliation,” McConnell spokesman Brian McGuire wrote in an emailed statement.”


5. Not shocking.

From FoxNews As many as 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees — some of whom were released within the last three years — are suspected by intelligence and Defense officials of having joined forces with the Islamic State and other militant groups inside Syria, Fox News has learned. 

The development has cemented fears that the U.S. military would once again encounter militants taken off the battlefield. 

The intelligence offers a mixed picture, and officials say the figures are not exact. But they are certain at least some of the released detainees are fighting with the Islamic State, or ISIS, on the ground inside Syria. Others are believed to be supporting Al Qaeda or the affiliated al-Nusra Front in Syria. 

A number of former detainees also have chosen to help these groups from outside the country, financing operations and supporting their propaganda campaigns. “


7 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-31-14

  1. We knew at the time that those Guantanamo Bay people were coming back to fight. They are not ordinary prisoners and they desire martyrdom. They want those 72 virgins. Turn a mad dog loose and what will he do?

    There’s an article on the ATT website about a former Marine corporal who was barred from entering his daughter’s school in La Plata, Md. Seems he was protesting the lessons on Islam his daughter was receiving. I was going to copy/paste part of it here, but it’s too long and detailed to bring over. You’ll likely hear more if you watch Fox. If you watch CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, CNN or MSNBC, you likely won’t hear about it. You might on One America News.


  2. I did see that report, Chas. I have no problem with students learning about various religions. Of course, that should include the tenets of Christianity. It all depends on the particular teaching.

    I understood the situation here, though, since this was a man had been in the Middle East in battle. I am sure it was all very stressful for his daughter. I hope that more parents will examine what their children are being taught and do what they need to do.


  3. Chas,

    We are not too old or old fashioned. We just live in a time when Man needs Jesus. Heh, Man has always needed Jesus.

    Satan has always tried to discourage everyone. He succeeds all to often. The funny thing is that Satan has already lost. Jesus won at the cross!

    Why don’t I remember the scoreboard? The game is over! My team won!!! There will be no Do Overs. No replays. Satan is done, finished, Kaput! Now I just have to remember that and act like a winner.

    I don’t have to sin. Sin has no hold over me. Satan has no hold on me. I am a Child of God.

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  4. 1. Domestic spying is a bipartisan effort. It will take a lot more than an election to change it.

    2. As i said yesterday the duopoly of power is to blame. In one case they over expand the right to vote and in the other case the limit the vote. For ever illegal alien voting, the democrats produce a veteran or senior citizen refused the ballot. It’s almost ritualistic.

    So Bob I agree the democrats cheat but so do republicans. Its part of the game in US politics. Btw our min wage debate was the difference between theory and history in economics. We couldn’t winva debate wgen our premises differ.

    5. The problem here is what to do with Gitmo and its prisoners. If they are POWs treat them as such. If they are not ( and they aren’t) treat them like common criminals (which they are). If convicted sentence them and put them in the US prison system. Chances are they would still be there.


  5. Michelle, its actually surprising they haven’t already built these subs. The US has bases in a chain from Japan to south Korea to Taiwan and then the Philippines effectively blocking the Chinese from open sea. From a strategic point of view, this gave the US an incredible advantage over the Chinese. The Chinese have two options 1) obtain bases beyond the US picketts and build carrier fleets or 2) build subs. The latter is cheaper and simple so its not surprising. I trust the US had already gamed it and has contingency plans.


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