Jun 262012
 

Republican senators urge Attorney General Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate whether the Obama administration is responsible for recent national security leaks.

Republican senators urge Attorney General Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate whether the White House is responsible for recent leaks, as they call National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon a likely source.


GOP senators are putting the pressure on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel to investigate whether the White House is responsible for national security leaks.

“The numerous national security leaks reportedly originating out of the executive branch in recent months have been stunning,” according to a copy of the letter to Holder, signed by more than 30 GOP senators and obtained by Fox News. “If there were ever a case requiring an outside special counsel with bipartisan acceptance and widespread public trust, this is it.”

Among the concerns about the leaks are recent news reports regarding the United State’s drone attacks in the Middle East.

Their letter points out the recent New York Times story about the drone program and its list of human targets states the reporting involved interviews with “three dozen of [President Obama's] current and former advisers.”

It suggests that Thomas Donilon, the national security adviser, is a likely source in The Times reporting, considering he is “the commenter of record on events.”

“You have an important role as a member of the president’s national security team, and no administration should be expected to investigate itself impartially on such a grave and sensitive matter in the midst of an election,” states the letter signed by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

Also See:

Intel director takes steps to plug security leaks

The time is now for a special counsel

One Way or Another…

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Jun 262012
 

Jay Sekulow, from the American Center for Law and Justice, said on Hannity tonight, “This is presidential activism in an unprecedented scale. The president is issuing decrees as if he was the king … The Supreme Court says that one provision is constitutional, White House says well we’re just going to suspend our relationship, enforcement relationship with the state of Arizona, which by the way has the most difficult border control issue of any state in our union.”

Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson, Jr. weighed in on the issue, saying, “Now in essence the federal government has put out a wanted poster … for law enforcement in the state of Arizona. They have now published a hotline phone number so that people in the state of Arizona can report police officers on these kinds of stops. Now the only reason they’d want to report police officers is to indict those police officers for civil rights offenses.”


Johnson added that President Obama has no interest in enforcing immigration laws, “especially in an election year.” He went on to say, “This is very serious. We have a new nullification crisis in the United States whereby a president decides by words and deeds and executive orders and hotlines and decisions to revoke immigration agreements with states and localities.”

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Jun 262012
 

The Boston Globe reported the incident last night:

Making a light-hearted jab as he delivered a series of thank-yous at the start of a fund-raising speech, the president added: “Finally, Boston I just want to say – thank-you for Youkilis.”

The infielder was traded on Sunday for righthanded relief pitcher Zach Stewart and utility fielder Brent Lillibridge.

As boos swelled up from the floor and down down from the double balconies at Symphony Hall, Obama chuckled.

“I’m just saying, he had to change the color of his socks,” the president said with a building grin.

“I didn’t anticipate boos out of here,” he added

Does this sound like Yook? OMG Jay is a pathetic oaf!

Update: Carney took to Twitter to defend his comments, “Excellent WH stenos not members of Red Sox Nation. To untrained ear “Yoooouk!” and “Boooo!” sound alike. Crowd said both.” he insisted to BuzzFeed’s Zeke Miller.

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h/t Brad Thor my most favorite author

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Jun 262012
 

AlfonZo Rachel reviews the new film “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter” for PJTV viewers. Hear what Zo thinks about the story that ties the supernatural, slavery and the confederacy into a single story. What relevance does this fanasty thriller about the first Republican president have to reality? Find out.

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Jun 262012
 

Given the precedents that Obama has already set for his willingness to ignore or change laws at his own whims, Rush wonders if Obama might also ignore election laws or maybe even the 22nd Amendment. Where does it end when what he is doing is like a dictator’s wet dream?

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Jun 262012
 

Thanks to one military program, the age gap between grandfather and grandson was greatly diminished recently when Vietnam veteran Rusty Leigh walked across the stage with grandson Michael Allen at their high school graduation.

Though the two were born 50 years apart, Allen said it was an awesome experience that he wouldn’t have traded for the world.


“It made me feel ecstatic,” Allen said. “I thought it was absolutely awesome that I got to graduate with my grandfather. Not many people get to do that,” he said.”

Allen explained that the state program that had originally only allowed World War II vets to get their diplomas if they showed they had the “necessary life skills” soon opened the initiative up to Korean War vets, then soon after Vietnam vets, which is when Leigh decided he wanted to do it.

“It’s a good program because a lot of fellas quit school and went into service, and they’ve taken GED tests and stuff like that but never got New York state and local diplomas from their hometowns … and now they can,” he said.

As for how walking across that stage after all this time, Leigh said it was the feeling of a lifetime.

“It was great,” he said. “My friends have been calling me from all over the country saying, ‘Congratulations!’ … Even people in Canada are calling me!”

Michael will also follow in his grandfather’s, as well as his own father’s, footsteps by serving in the military.

“It’s a little bit because of family, but it’s also a pride thing,” Allen said. “It’s really good to do … it made me feel good that I’ll be able to do something bigger with my life.”

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Jun 262012
 

While Debby remains the big story across Florida, an extreme heat wave has taken control of the center of the nation. High temperatures will be in the triple digits from Texas and Louisiana to North Dakota. Denver, CO will see its fifth day in a row of temperatures in the 100s. Colorado tied an all-time state record high temperature in Las Animas, reaching 114 degrees on Saturday.

These hot conditions, coupled with dry weather and low humidity, are keeping an elevated fire danger in place across the West. The massive 81,000 acre High Park Fire fifteen miles northwest of Fort Collins is the second largest and most destructive fire in Colorado’s history. Red flag warnings are in effect from Montana to Colorado and Nebraska, meaning that there is an elevated fire danger.

The area of high pressure will move east over the next few days. Chicago, IL could see triple digit high temperatures by Thursday, the Mid-Atlantic could see them by Saturday.

- source

In Alabama we have been dealing with triple digit heat already…

But a tad bit of relief:

NOT AS HOT: A nice, refreshing airmass is over the Northeast U.S. this morning, and we will catch just the far edge of it, but temperatures will back down a bit with highs back in the low 90s today and tomorrow. Humidity will be fairly low for summer in Alabama, and nights a little cooler. Some of the cooler pockets might even reach the upper 50s early tomorrow.

BUT… the heat makes a quick comeback late in the week as the “death ridge” moves back in from the west. We return to the 99-102 degree range Thursday and Friday, and over the weekend the high should be at or 100 degrees Saturday and possibly Sunday. Actual model output statistics (MOS) guidance from the GFS prints 100 for Birmingham Friday, followed by 97 Saturday and 96 Sunday. Keep in mind MOS products skew toward climatology, so often temperatures are hotter in summer with a strong upper ridge, especially with dry soil conditions like we have now. I fully expect some West Alabama communities like Tuscaloosa to experience triple digit heat Thursday through Sunday.

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