July 14th, 2014
By Justin Sink
Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday he and President Obama have been targets of “a racial animus” by some of the administration’s political opponents.
“There's a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that's directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder told ABC. “You know, people talking about taking their country back. … There's a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there's a racial animus."
Holder said the nation is in “a fundamentally better place than we were 50 years ago.”
“We've made lots of progress,” he said. “I sit here as the first African-American attorney general, serving the first African-American president of the United States. And that has to show that we have made a great deal of progress.
“But there's still more we have to travel along this road so we get to the place that is consistent with our founding ideals,” he said.
He also stood by his controversial comments made during Obama’s first year in office, in which he said the U.S. was a “nation of cowards” when it comes to race.
“I wouldn't walk away from that speech,” Holder said. “I think we are still a nation that is too afraid to confront racial issues,” rarely engaging “one another across the color line [to] talk about racial issues.”
The attorney general also pointed to Republican efforts to enact stricter voter ID laws in southern States as evidence that more needed to be done to protect minority rights. Republicans have maintained the efforts are designed to prevent voter fraud, while Democrats say instances of fraud are exceedingly rare, and far outpaced by the minority population that does not have identification that would be unable to vote.
Holder called the laws “political efforts” designed to make it “more difficult” for “groups that are not supportive of those in power” to “have access to the ballot.”
“Who is disproportionately impacted by them? Young people, African Americans, Hispanics, older people, people who, for whatever reason, aren't necessarily supportive of the Republican Party,” Holder said, adding that “this notion that there is widespread in-person voter fraud is simply belied by the facts.”
Holder said the Justice Department was planning legal challenges of new voting laws in Ohio and Wisconsin. It has previously filed suit in Texas and North Carolina.
“I'm attorney general of the United States. … I will not allow people to take away that which people gave their lives to give, and that is the ability for the American people to vote,” Holder said.
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July 13th, 2014
The Obama Regime is now effectively cherry-picking US Laws, to a degree previously unseen, and even making many laws up along the way or changing others, in order to enable what has become a "Clear and Present Danger" to the security of the US, and most especially with regard to the Border Surge underway & enabled by the US Executive Branch......
Committee for Justice.org/ as edited by Conservative Refocus
25 Violations of the Law By President Obama and His Administration
Obama Administration broke law using IRS to target conservative, Christian and pro-Israel organizations, donors, and citizens.
Obama Justice Department ordered criminal investigations of FOX News reporters for doing their jobs during the 2012 election year.
- President Obama, throughout his Presidency, has refused to enforce long-established U.S. immigration laws.
Obama's unconstitutional assault on Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Obama's Health and Human Services Department issued mandate that all health insurance plans must include coverage for abortion-inducing drugs.
Obama forced ObamaCare on an unwilling public through bribery and lying about its cost.
Operation Fast & Furious.
(FCC) Regulated the Internet despite a court order from the Circuit Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. )
"Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Imposed Cross-State Air Pollution Rules on the state of Texas at the last minute and without an opportunity for Texas to respond to the proposed regulation.
"Department of Justice (DOJ): Rejected state voter ID statutes that are similar to those already approved by the Supreme Court of the United States.
"DOJ: In violation of 10th Amendment, sued to prevent Arizona from using reasonable measures to discourage illegal immigration within its borders.
"DOJ: Went to court to stop enforcement of Alabama's immigration reform laws, which require collection of the immigration status of public school students, require businesses to use E-Verify, and prohibit illegal immigrants from receiving public benefits."
"White House: Made "recess appointments" to the National Labor Relations Board and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau when Congress was NOT in recess.
"Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC): Interfered with a Michigan church's selection of its own ministers by trying to force the church to reinstate a minister who was discharged for her disagreement with the religious doctrine of the church."
Obama Administration arbitrarily broke federal law, violated various contracts, and derailed the most studied energy project in American history at Yucca Mountain by denying it a license, thus costing the American people more than $31 billion."
Department of the Interior (DOI): Forced Glendale, a family-oriented town in Arizona, to become another Las Vegas against its will by granting "reservation status" to a 54-acre plot in the town
Obama gutted the work requirement for welfare recipients passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.
In the bailout of General Motors and Chrysler, Obama illegally shortchanged bond holders in favor of Labor Unions, despite U.S. bankruptcy laws that specify that bond holders be first in line to be paid back.
Obama exposed the identity and method of operation of the Navy SEALs team that conducted the OBL operation in Pakistan, thus exposing its members to a lifetime of risk because they have been targeted for assassination by Islamists.
President Obama established an extra-constitutional top secret "kill list" of people (including Americans) who can be summarily killed on sight – presumably by drones -- without due process.
Obama Administration officials twisted the arms of defense contractors to not issue layoff notices in October of 2012 so as to avoid causing bad news for Obama right before the election
President Obama intervened militarily in Libya in 2011 without the Congressional approval required by the War Powers Act.
Obama knowingly lied to Congress and the American people about the killing of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya.
Michelle Obama's family trip to Africa in June of 2011, including a private safari at a South African game reserve, cost American taxpayers $424,000 for air travel alone.
July 12th, 2014
The Associated Press
SEATTLE — Washington will haul in nearly $150,000 in excise taxes from the first three days of legal marijuana sales — and that doesn't include state and local sales taxes.
Randy Simmons, the Liquor Control Board's project manager for legal pot, says that's not bad, considering the market is in its infancy, with only a few stores open statewide.
The law voters passed in 2012 to legalize pot for adults specifies that excise taxes of 25 percent are imposed when producers sell their product to licensed retail stores, and another 25 percent is imposed when shops sell to consumers.
All excise taxes due from the first day of sales Tuesday totaled $61,604. The figure dipped to $30,924 on Wednesday, and rose to $55,728 on Thursday, for a total of $148,256.
July 12th, 2014
Is there a spiritual significance in tonight's lunar phenomenon?
Many people believe there is a connection between the Supermoon and the frequent Blood Moons occurring in 2014, so is there a connection? Maybe, the odd thing for 2014 is that that there will be three actual Supermoons this Summer in addition to the two Blood Moons for 2014 and then two more Blood Moons which will occur in 2015, all viewable in both Israel and the US.
In this case, each of the Blood Moons occur on major Jewish Holidays, this Super Moon has one major connected Jewish holiday, called "Tisha B' av" which is a time of mourning in Judaism over the destruction of the Temple and the exile of the Jews.
There is an additional twist.
This Supermoon occurs during the important Islamic Festival period called Ramadan. In addition, the two additional Super Moon periods will occur on Aug. 10 and Sept. 9. of 2014.~ Barry S.
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International Business Times
Saturday's full moon will be a so-called supermoon and sky gazers can expect two more before the summer ends. While not quite a blood moon, a supermoon is quite the viewing event.
The supermoon of June 2013 captured everyone's attention, and this weekend people from around the world can look up and see an incredibly bright, large full moon. The scientific term for a supermoon is a "perigee moon." The moon will be at its closest point in its orbit around Earth, which leads to what looks like a larger moon.
According to NASA, Saturday's supermoon and the one that will occur on Sept. 9, will fall on the day the moon enters its closest orbit to Earth. The supermoon on Aug. 10 will occur at the same hour of perigee, creating an "extra supermoon." The farthest distance between the Earth and the moon, known as apogee, is 252,657 miles. At perigee, the moon will be around 222,000 miles away.
Supermoons can appear as much as 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than regular full moons, notes NASA. Saturday's full moon officially took place at 7:25 a.m. EDT but the moon will appear bright and full in the night sky.
July's full moon is also known as the Full Buck Moon, notes the Farmers' Almanac, as the antlers begin to show on buck deer. The Full Thunder Moon is another name for the full moon due to common summer thunderstorms.
While people like to attach theories or conspiracies surrounding astronomical events, the supermoon is harmless.
There was a belief that a supermoon would increase the chance of a major earthquake, but that has been debunked several times. Earlier in the year, the quartet of total lunar eclipses, beginning on April 15, received widespread attention as it was linked to a "blood moon conspiracy" involving a major historical event. The next total lunar eclipse in the tetrad, a series of four total lunar eclipses occurring in six-month intervals, takes place on Oct. 8.
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July 12th, 2014
Refocus Notes: Obama is rapidly becoming the internationalist version of a "cuckold-in-chief"
Russian President Vladimir Putin gave final approval on Friday to a measure that wrote off 90 percent of the more than $30 billion in Soviet-era debt Cuba owed Russia. The move came just hours before Putin touched ground in Havana, where he kicked off a six-day tour of Latin America aimed at boosting trade and ties in the region.
Putin's meeting with the Cold War ally of the former Soviet Union is expected to include meetings with President Raul Castro and former leader Fidel Castro.
The visit is Putin's second to the communist island in 14 years, Prensa Latina, Cuba’s official state news agency, reported. Moscow has sought to revive ties with the Caribbean country, whose economy has been saddled with a U.S. economic embargo since 1962. Cuba’s economy also plunged into a severe economic crisis after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Russia's State Duma approved a deal last week to forgive 90 percent of Cuba's debt, or almost $32 billion, most of it originating from Soviet loans to a fellow communist state. The remaining 10 percent will be spent by Havana on local investment projects selected with Russian input, the Associated Press reported.
Putin's visit will feature commercial agreements, including a deal for Russian state oil companies Rosneft and Zarubezhneft to explore offshore oil. Zarubezhneft has been involved in offshore exploration in Cuba in the past, and currently helps the country extract oil from onshore wells.
Cuba believes there may be 20 billion barrels of oil in its waters, although the U.S. Geological Survey has a more modest estimate of 4.6 billion barrels. A number of foreign companies, including Spain's Repsol SA, Malaysia's Petronas Bhd and Venezuela's PDVSA SA have drilled in Cuba without success.
A major oil find would inject new life into Cuba’s economy, which is desperate for foreign investment. The government has had difficulty meeting obligations to creditors.
Putin’s visit to the region will also include stops in Argentina and Brazil for bilateral talks. While in Brazil, Putin will participate in a summit of emerging market nations that include Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, Cuba and some other nations in the region have been sympathetic to Russia's position on the conflict or at least not overtly critical.
Articles in Cuban official newspapers tend to characterize the crisis as a struggle against right-wing extremism that threatens ethnic Russians in Ukraine. Earlier this year, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez criticized U.S. and EU sanctions on Russian individuals and pro-Russian Ukrainians that sought to pressure Moscow.
In March, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez accused the United States and the United Kingdom of having a double standard for criticizing a pro-Russian independence referendum held in Crimea while backing a similar vote in the disputed Falkland Islands.
Brazil was among several nations opposing Russia's possible exclusion from an upcoming G20 summit in Australia due to the crisis.
"We are grateful to South Americans for the support of our international initiatives, including outer space demilitarization, strengthening international information security and combating the glorification of Nazism," Putin told Prensa Latina.
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