Washington Post to Obama: You Lie!

Washington Post to Obama: You Lie!

The president who once promised that if elected, he would serve as a unifying force in America has become the most divisive president in history. Pitting factions against each other and engaging in the politics of personal destruction, President Obama appears little concerned with the truth, but relies on repeated manipulations and deceits to weave a preferable narrative.

Apparently, even the mainstream media is running short on gullibility as The Washington Post recently took Obama to task for his outlandish accusations against Republicans and afforded the president’s comments its dreaded “Four Pinocchios” rating.

On May 7th, 2014, Obama addressed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Los Angeles and claimed that Senate Republicans, since 2007, had filibustered “500 pieces of legislation that would help the middle class.”

Obama explained,

“Here’s what’s more disconcerting. Their [Republicans'] willingness to say no to everything — the fact that since 2007, they have filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation that would help the middle class just gives you a sense of how opposed they are to any progress — has actually led to an increase in cynicism and discouragement among the people who were counting on us to fight for them.”

The Washington Post quickly dismissed this claim, stating, “Regular readers knows that The Fact Checker has objected to the way that Senate Democrats tally these figures, but the president’s claim makes little sense no matter how you do the numbers.”

Since 2007, the Senate has encountered 527 cloture motions, which is a call to end debate. Filibusters are deliberate extensions of debate that are designed to delay a vote on a matter before the Senate.

Cloture motions are for ending debate and filibusters are for extending them. Many of these cloture motions were dropped or never voted on.

In short: President Obama defies all conceivable logic by claiming that Senate Republicans have filibustered 500 times. With facts against him, it seems Obama simply pulled a number out of thin air.

The article declared,

“Indeed, when you go through the numbers, there have just been 133 successful filibusters — meaning a final vote could not take place — since 2007.

But, even if you accept the way Senate Democrats like to frame the issue, the president is still wrong. He referred to ‘legislation’ — and most of these cloture motions concerned judicial and executive branch nominations. In the 113th Congress, for instance, 83 of the 136 cloture motions so far have concerned nominations, not legislation.”

Finally, after substantive analysis and a thorough explanation of the many ways in which the president’s claim cannot possibly be considered true, regardless of any creative stretching of definitions, The Washington Post offered it’s “Four Pinocchios” and concluded,

“On just about every level, this claim is ridiculous.

We realize that Senate rules are complex and difficult to understand, but the president did serve in the Senate and should be familiar with its terms and procedures. Looking at the numbers, he might have been able to make a case that Republicans have blocked about 50 bills that he had wanted passed, such as an increase in the minimum wage. But instead, he inflated the numbers to such an extent that he even included votes in which he, as senator, supported a filibuster.”

Politicians fudge the truth; it’s sad, but true. Though we could forgive hyperbole to make a point, this president’s answer to any inconvenient facts has continually been to deny reality, make up his own “facts,” and hope the public buys it after they hear it enough times.

It’s ruthless, dishonest (even by political standards) and the mark of a very, very poor leader who cannot lead with legitimate conviction, but must rely on fabricated narratives and lies to support his failing agenda.

TERRORIST UNIVERSITY: The University of Illinois System Keeps Hiring Terrorists

TERRORIST UNIVERSITY: The University of Illinois System Keeps Hiring Terrorists

In Illinois, the two largest taxpayer-funded universities have now boasted bona fide American terrorists on their faculties.

The University of Illinois at Chicago, a dismal and endless slab of concrete that is easily one of the ugliest campuses in America, was the well-known professional home of unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers from 1987 until his retirement in 2010.

Until just recently, the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, the semi-prestigious flagship school of the state’s college system, employed James Kilgore, an adjunct instructor of global studies and urban planning professor, a felon and a former member of the infamous Symbionese Liberation Army.

The Symbionese Liberation Army was the notorious terrorist organization that kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst. The group also attempted two bank robberies. Kilgore participated in a 1975 bank robbery during which bank customer Myrna Opsahl was murdered.

Much later, after a nearly three-decade life on the lam spent largely in South Africa under the alias John Pape, Kilgore served six years in prison in the U.S. for second-degree murder. While on the run, he got Ph.D. and wrote articles, novels and a textbook. (The story of Kilgore’s 27 fugitive years, as told by The Guardian, is fascinating.)

After serving his time, Kilgore reunited with with his wife, Teresa Barnes, who had found a job as a history professor at the University of Illinois. He quickly also found things to protest vigorously about in the local community, including a proposed $20 million jail.

Kilgore noted that he hinted at his terrorist past when he was hired by saying, “I hope that you’ve Googled me,” according to Inside Higher Ed.

After the local press printed an expose about Kilgore’s radical, murderous youth, University of Illinois officials initially defended him, telling the Chicago Sun-Times he “is a good example of someone who has been rehabilitated” and “is well-respected among students.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/10/terrorist-university-the-university-of-illinois-system-keeps-hiring-terrorists/#ixzz31MThtev3

Leftist, terrorism-inspiring Southern Poverty Law Center labels Common Core critics ‘far-right extremists’

Leftist, terrorism-inspiring Southern Poverty Law Center labels Common Core critics ‘far-right extremists’

Fresh off its “Hate Map” that inspired a fellow leftist to go to the Family Research Council headquarters in an attempt to kill a bunch of people and rub their faces with Chick-fil-A sandwiches, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has issued a derisive report condemning opposition to Common Core as a propaganda effort by “far-right extremists” to destroy public schools.

“Across the United States, a fierce wave of resistance is engulfing the Common Core State Standards, threatening to derail this ambitious effort to lift student achievement and, more fundamentally, to undermine the very idea of public education,” the May 2014 report proclaims.

The report largely ignores the large number of critics on the American political left, including the Chicago Teachers Union, who deplore Common Core because it mandates evermore standardized testing. It also largely ignores the complaints of a multitude of critics on the right, who oppose a technocratic takeover of public education that wrests education decisions out of the hands of local school boards and parents.

Instead, the SPLC report insists, opposition to Common Core comes from “far-right extremists” who oppose Common Core out of fears it will “indoctrinate young children into ‘the homosexual lifestyle’” and “turn children into ‘green serfs’ who will serve a totalitarian ‘New World Order.’”

“The disinformation campaign is being driven by the likes of Fox News, the John Birch Society, Tea Party factions, and the Christian Right,” the report declares. The SPLC also mentions “the Koch brothers,” of course.

The conspiracy theorists behind the SPLC report theorize that “the radical right” hopes to use opposition to Common Core as a proxy in a broader fight to terminate all public education for some 50 million schoolchildren in the United States.

“The Christian Right is reprising themes from earlier battles over the teaching of evolution, school prayer, sex education and more recent efforts to stop the bullying of LGBT students,” the SPLC claims. “Their moneyed allies seek to privatize the education landscape.”

The SPLC calls public education – in one-size-fits-all public schools – a “linchpin not only of our prosperity but of the American ideal of equality for all.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/10/leftist-terrorism-inspiring-southern-poverty-law-center-labels-common-core-critics-far-right-extremists/#ixzz31MSSvRpT