By Joe Kovacz, World Net Daily
PALM BEACH, Fla. – President Obama’s newly announced gun-control initiatives are intended as “revenge” against many Americans, as he’s pushing them “to snap,” claims top-rated radio host Rush Limbaugh.
“I think he wants people to snap. I think Obama is challenging everybody’s sanity,” Limbaugh said on his show Wednesday afternoon. “Obama [is] literally pushing people to snap, attacking the very sanity of the country.”
His plan would demand federal access to the details every time an uncle sells a .22 to a nephew, would ban some weapons outright through a limit on ammunition capacity, would waive medical privacy laws in some cases so individuals can be reported, and others.
Coming on the heels of a recent birth-control mandate, Limbaugh noted, “All of this is so in our face. Everything that people hold dear is under assault. Deliberately making people upset. This is not what presidents do.”
Speculating why Obama is taking this action, Limbaugh said, “Maybe this is about revenge. Obama used that word when he was on the campaign trail prior to the election. He told his supporters in Ohio to go vote and get their revenge. Revenge against who? Well, obviously the people that disagree with Obama. But who are those people? He clearly knows who they are, and I think the root of this … can be found in the comment that Obama made when he thought he was off the records at a fundraiser in San Francisco when he talked about the ‘bitter clingers.’”
In 2008, Obama made the “bitter clingers” comment, referring to small-town Pennsylvanians upset over a number of issues, saying “It’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
“These are people that the liberals all know,” Limbaugh said. “These are ‘the not very bright people’ that want life to never change. They don’t want any progress. They want to remain cloistered in their archaic, antique past and when things don’t go right, when there’s too much change, when there’s too much progress or progressivism. Like when there’s civil-rights laws, they don’t like it. When there’s gay rights and gay marriage. They don’t like it. When there’s all kinds of cultural rot on TV, they don’t like it. … That’s who Obama wants revenge on. Maybe he has an active dislike for the people he calls the bitter clingers. That birth-control mandate was revenge on the bitter clingers.”
Limbaugh also came up with an absurd way to help put an end to abortion in America.
“You want to know how to stop abortion? Require that each one be carried out with a gun,” he said.
Among Obama’s 23 executive orders presented today several are aimed at upgrading the system of background checks for gun purchases.
Limbaugh noted, “If we’re going to have universal background checks on virtually everybody who buys a gun, you think maybe it’s time to require a background check on anybody wanting to be president? I would submit to you we still have not had a background check on Barack Obama.
“We are soon to be starting the second term of Obama’s regime, year number five without a background check. And by that, I mean the media have never vetted Obama. Low-information voters have no idea who he is. A majority of people who vote don’t really know anything about Barack Obama. Background checks, anybody?”
And regarding Obama’s push to drive citizens to snap, Limbaugh said, “You just be cool and calm. Everything’s going to be fine. I’ll tell you when it’s not.”
By Dr. Keith Ablow
A new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has accumulated data for the past 47 years from 9 million young adults, reveals that college students are more likely than ever to call themselves gifted and driven to succeed, even though their test scores and time spent studying are decreasing.
Psychologist Jean Twenge, the lead author of the analysis, is also the author of a study showing that the tendency toward narcissism in students is up 30 percent in the last thirty-odd years. These data are not unexpected. I have been writing a great deal over the past few years about the toxic psychological impact of media and technology on children, adolescents and young adults, particularly as it regards turning them into faux celebrities—the equivalent of lead actors in their own fictionalized life stories.
On Facebook, young people can fool themselves into thinking they have hundreds or thousands of “friends.” They can delete unflattering comments. They can block anyone who disagrees with them or pokes holes in their inflated self-esteem. They can choose to show the world only flattering, sexy or funny photographs of themselves (dozens of albums full, by the way), “speak” in pithy short posts and publicly connect to movie stars and professional athletes and musicians they “like.”
We must beware of the toxic psychological impact of media and technology on children, adolescents and young adults, particularly as it regards turning them into faux celebrities—the equivalent of lead actors in their own fictionalized life stories.
Using Twitter, young people can pretend they are worth “following,” as though they have real-life fans, when all that is really happening is the mutual fanning of false love and false fame.
Using computer games, our sons and daughters can pretend they are Olympians, Formula 1 drivers, rock stars or sharpshooters. And while they can turn off their Wii and Xbox machines and remember they are really in dens and playrooms on side streets and in triple deckers around America, that is after their hearts have raced and heads have swelled with false pride for “being” something they are not.
On MTV and other networks, young people can see lives just like theirs portrayed on reality TV shows fueled by such incredible self-involvement and self-love that any of the “real-life” characters should really be in psychotherapy to have any chance at anything like a normal life.
These are the psychological drugs of the 21st Century and they are getting our sons and daughters very sick, indeed.
As if to keep up with the unreality of media and technology, in a dizzying paroxysm of self-aggrandizing hype, town sports leagues across the country hand out ribbons and trophies to losing teams, schools inflate grades, energy drinks in giant, colorful cans take over the soft drink market, and psychiatrists hand out Adderall like candy.
All the while, these adolescents, teens and young adults are watching a Congress that can’t control its manic, euphoric, narcissistic spending, a president that can’t see his way through to applauding genuine and extraordinary achievements in business, a society that blames mass killings on guns, not the psychotic people who wield them, and—here no surprise—a stock market that keeps rising and falling like a roller coaster as bubbles inflate and then, inevitably, burst.
That’s really the unavoidable end, by the way. False pride can never be sustained. The bubble of narcissism is always at risk of bursting. That’s why young people are higher on drugs than ever, drunker than ever, smoking more, tattooed more, pierced more and having more and more and more sex, earlier and earlier and earlier, raising babies before they can do it well, because it makes them feel special, for a while. They’re doing anything to distract themselves from the fact that they feel empty inside and unworthy.
Distractions, however, are temporary, and the truth is eternal. Watch for an epidemic of depression and suicidality, not to mention homicidality, as the real self-loathing and hatred of others that lies beneath all this narcissism rises to the surface. I see it happening and, no doubt, many of you do, too.
We had better get a plan together to combat this greatest epidemic as it takes shape. Because it will dwarf the toll of any epidemic we have ever known. And it will be the hardest to defeat. Because, by the time we see the scope and destructiveness of this enemy clearly, we will also realize, as the saying goes, that it is us.
Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. Dr. Ablow can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There goes Colin Powell running off his mouth again. The former Chairman of the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff is the useful idiot for the left-stream media. Today he went on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to take another cheap shot at the Republican Party. Here’s how Fox News’ website reported what Powell said:
“They still look down on minorities,” he said.
Powell also said the party’s more recent shift to the right has resulted in “losing campaigns” and “will be in trouble” if it doesn’t change along with the country’s shifting demographics to appeal more to minorities and immigrants.
“You can’t keep saying no immigration policy … it makes it hard for minorities to vote,” he said.
How ignorant can Powell be? Nobody in the GOP looks down on minorities.
Furthermore, there has been no “recent shift to the right” — unless 1980 is considered a recent year.
The so-called shift to the right has not resulted in losing campaigns. It’s the mushy moderate RINOs who don’t stand for anything Republican that keep losing elections. Ask Mitt Romney. Ask John McCain. Ask Bob Dole. Ask George H.W. Bush and many other RINOs going back nearly a century.
General Powell, get this: the conservative message is not losing! Your anti-Republican friends are losing.
Last but not least: no Republicans are saying “no” to immigration policy! We’re saying enforce the immigration policy! Illegal border crossers should not be rewarded for their felonious actions. They should wait in line along with every other foreigner seeking to legally immigrate to America! What is so hard to understand about that, General Powell?
And what makes it hard for minorities to vote? You’re making no sense whatsoever! I can’t believe Fox News even bothered to report on such nitwit statements that make so sense. Minorities have full voting rights in America; illegal aliens who violated U.S. customs law are not eligible to vote!
Take a civics course, General Powell!
How to best describe Powell’s dreadful appearance on NBC? Well take a hint from Mark Twain, who once said:
“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”
President Barack Obama has signed the $633 billion defense bill into law, but has criticized one of its provisions protecting conscience rights.
The provision exempts chaplains from ceremonies like same-sex weddings that they oppose based on their faith.
It also says the military cannot punish chaplains or other service members for their religious beliefs and must accommodate them unless the individual’s speech or actions threaten good order and discipline.
In a signing statement, Obama called the conscience provision “unnecessary and ill-advised” and said his administration remains committed “to protecting the rights of gay and lesbian service members.” (Reaction from retired chaplain and from member of Congress)
Here is the president’s full statement:
“Section 533 is an unnecessary and ill-advised provision, as the military already appropriately protects the freedom of conscience of chaplains and service members. The Secretary of Defense will ensure that the implementing regulations do not permit or condone discriminatory actions that compromise good order and discipline or otherwise violate military codes of conduct. My Administration remains fully committed to continuing the successful implementation of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and to protecting the rights of gay and lesbian service members; Section 533 will not alter that.”
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Libertyresponded that “the president is not at liberty to disregard the law” he signed. “Chaplains should be able to stand by their faith traditions and honor their commitments to God’s Word,” said Alliance executive director Ron Crews.
(CNSNews.com and staff reports) – Government unemployment numbers for December showed that while the general unemployment rate remained flat at 7.8 percent, unemployment for women and African-Americans rose despite an economy that created 155,000 jobs. December employment typically rises – though temporarily — due to Christmas season hiring.
Unemployment for women rose from 7.0 percent to 7.3 percent in December.
Unemployment for African-Americans rose sharply from 13.2 percent in November to 14.0 percent in December.
Unemployment among African Americans has remained quite high throughout the Obama years.
The number of employed African Americans actually fell in December – a month that typically sees a spike in job creation as employers add temporary positions to handle the holiday shopping season.
The number of employed African Americans fell from nearly 16 million to 15.8 million in December.
By contrast, the unemployment rate for Whites remained nearly a full point below the national average at 6.9 percent in December.
Quote of the Year
“The land on which they [the Founders] formed this Union was stolen. The hands with which they built this nation were enslaved. The women who birthed the citizens of the nation are second class….This is the imperfect fabric of our nation, at times we’ve torn and stained it, and at other moments, we mend and repair it. But it’s ours, all of it. The imperialism, the genocide, the slavery, also the liberation and the hope and the deeply American belief that our best days still lie ahead of us.”
— MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry on her eponymous July 1 program, delivering what she called “my footnote for the Fourth of July.” [MP3 Audio]
The Throwing Granny Off a Cliff Award
for Portraying Romney and Ryan as Heartless
“What the press should be focused on is what are the consequences of repeal of ObamaCare. And the consequences, as Mike [Kinsley] just indicated, are death. Repeal equals death. People will die in the United States if ObamaCare is repealed. That is not an exaggeration. That is not crying fire. It’s a simple fact….They [the Obama campaign] need to move on to a debate about the main issue, which is ObamaCare. And they can bring death into the conversation and say, ‘No, we’re not calling Mitt Romney a murderer. What we are saying is that if he’s elected President, a lot of people will die.’”
— Ex-Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter, now an MSNBC political analyst, on The Ed Show, August 9. [MP3 Audio]
The Obamagasm Award
“This guy’s done everything right. He’s raised his family right. He’s fought his way all the way to the top of the Harvard Law Review, in a blind test becomes head of the Review, the top editor there. Everything he’s done is clean as a whistle. He’s never not only broken any law, he’s never done anything wrong. He’s the perfect father, the perfect husband, the perfect American. And all they do is trash the guy.”
— MSNBC’s Chris Matthews talking about President Obama on Hardball, July 17. [MP3 Audio]
The “Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste” Award
for Exploiting Tragedy to Promote Liberalism
Co-host George Stephanopoulos: “I want to go to Brian Ross here, because, Brian, you’ve been looking — investigating the background of Jim Holmes here, and you’ve found something that might be significant.”
Correspondent Brian Ross: “There is a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado page on the Colorado Tea Party site as well, talking about him joining the Tea Party last year. Now, we don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes. But it’s Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado.”
— ABC’s Good Morning America, during July 20 coverage of the movie theater shooting. A few hours later, Ross appeared on ABC to confess: “An earlier report that I had was incorrect, that he was connected to the Tea Party. In fact, that’s a different Jim Holmes….” [MP3 Audio]
The Sandra Fluke Award for Promoting Obama’s Phony “War on Women”
“People like [Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd] Akin that think the vagina is some sort of Magical Mystery Tour and men like that are running this country…This is why I took this job. I have a job already at The View. But I feel this country is going downhill because of people like Akin and Ryan and Romney. They’re trying to kill us and destroy us.”
— New Current TV host Joy Behar, as quoted by the Boston Herald’s Megan Johnson in an August 29 article.
The Ku Klux Con Job Award
for Smearing Conservatives with Phony Racism Charges
“They are happy to have a party with black people drowning.”
— Yahoo! News Washington bureau chief and former political director for ABC News David Chalian talking over a picture of Ann and Mitt Romney, as caught on an open microphone during ABCNews.com coverage of the Republican National Convention, August 28. [MP3 Audio]
The Politics of Personal Destruction Award
for Ripping Romney
“This is the kind of man that Mitt Romney is. This man does not have a soul. If you opened up, you know, his chest, there’s probably a gold ticking watch in there and not even a heart. This is not a person. This is just a robot who will do whatever it takes, whatever he’s told to do, to make it to the White House. And he will take whatever push in the back from whatever nasty person is pushing him and move him further in that direction.”
— New York Times columnist Charles Blow on MSNBC’s The Last Word, July 17. [MP3 Audio]
Damn Those Conservatives Award
Allison Yarrow / Ramin Setoodeh
Newsweek/Daily Beast assignment editor Allison Yarrow: “Can you imagine being that organ donor? I mean, it’s such a difficult decision to say ‘I want to give my body to someone else after I’m dead.’”
Newsweek senior writer Ramin Setoodeh: “To Dick Cheney? I would never give my heart to Dick Cheney. It would freeze over.”
Yarrow: “I would never do it. I’d say ‘give me my heart back.’ Exactly …”
Host/columnist John Avlon: “Seriously, the ill will toward Dick Cheney getting a heart transplant is stunning.”
Yarrow: “He may be one of the most evil people in the world.”
— Exchange on NewsweekDaily Beast’s daily “NewsBeast” Web show, March 26. [MP3 Audio]
The True But False Award
for Fatuous Fact Checking
“[Newt] Gingrich lies repeatedly. First of all, we know today that more people were collecting food stamps under George W. Bush than are under President Obama. So, that’s the first — something like a difference of about a half a million people.”
— MSNBC host Martin Bashir on The Ed Show, January 23. In fact, U.S. Department of Agriculture showed more than 46 million Americans on food stamps at the end of 2011, a figure 40 percent greater than the highest number of recipients recorded during the Bush years (31.98 million, in January 2009). [MP3 Audio]
MSNBC = Mean-Spirited, Nasty, Belligerent Chris Award
C-SPAN’s Steve Scully: “Is the thrill still there today?”
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: “Well, I had, actually, if you had done your reporting over at C-SPAN, you would have checked that I said the exact same thing in 2004….I’m thrilled as I speak about it now. I think this is the great country and I’m thrilled by it and I’m willing to say this, and I meant to say as part of my reporting, because I felt it. A guy like Tom Brokaw wouldn’t have said it. I’m an un-traditional person, but I have traditional values and I love the country and I said so. Perhaps I shouldn’t have said so because I’ve given a lot of jackasses a chance to talk about it….So I hope you feel satisfied that you raised the most obvious question that is raised by every horse’s ass right winger I ever bump into. And usually they say ‘tingle,’ which tells me about their orientation, but that’s alright.”
— Talking about Matthews’ 2008 comment that listening to Obama speak sends “a thrill up my leg,” during a May 22 panel discussion at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association’s convention in Boston. [MP3 Audio]
By Life News
The Planned Parenthood abortion business in St. Louis has apparently botched its third abortion in recent weeks, as it was documented sending another woman to a local hospital the day after Christmas.
For the third time since Thanksgiving, the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic transported a woman to the hospital for emergency care, making it one of the most dangerous abortion clinics in the nation, according to officials with Operation Rescue, who informed LifeNews of the incident.
As the pro-life group indicated, on December 26, at approximately 9:30 a.m., an ambulance was photographed by local activists loading a Planned Parenthood patient into an ambulance. The ambulance was accompanied by two police cruisers.
Mary Maschmeier of Defenders of the Unborn, a local pro-life group that emailed both LifeNews and Operation Rescue about what happened, said “Her face was covered and we don’t know her condition. How sad it is to see this scene but especially the day after we celebrate the birth of Our Lord.”
Other medical emergencies took place at this Planned Parenthood abortion clinic on November 21 and December 1, according to Maschmeier. A fourth incident took place there on February 14, 2011, Operation Rescue noted.
Maschmeier talked about the other two cases in her email to LifeNews:
On Nov. 21, 2012, a woman was taken to an area hospital after complications from her abortion. Defenders of the Unborn suspects that the same abortionist is responsible for both. We have spoken to the brother of the first injured woman and he said she was doing okay. We will be contacting him again to see if she is in need of any help.
On Saturday Dec. 1, 2012, Planned Parenthood of St. Louis Region transported another victim to an area hospital. She was taken around 10:30 a.m. Sidewalk counselor John reported to Defenders of the Unborn that he witnessed an ambulance take a women from the abortion mill and transport her. Of course her face was covered with a sheet. The condition of the victim is not known at this time.
How can this be good medical care for women? Not only does the child die but now Planned Parenthood has sent three women to an area hospital from complications during their abortion. We must take action to bring this to an end, the senseless killing of our children and the harming of the mother.
The pro-life group says it has tried to follow up on the medical conditions of the women involved and the details of what happened during the failed abortion but it has been repeatedly denied access to 911 call records by St. Louis authorities, which could shed light on the rash of emergencies at Planned Parenthood. Such records are generally considered public documents.