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There’s No ‘Excuse’ for the Gang of Eight

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Announce Major Agreement On Immigration ReformOriginally posted at American Thinker blog

Following the Boston Marathon bombing, Candy Crowley of CNN’s State of the Union Sunday show hosted one quarter of the Gang of Eight: Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and the always charming and alluring Democrat from New York, Charles ‘Chucky’ Schumer.  Other gang members like Bob ‘Dominican Republic’ Menendez (D-NJ) were missing from the panel.

During the immigration segment, Crowley asked how Tamerlan Tsarnaev being a permanent resident and Dzhokhar a naturalized citizen impacted the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill, saying,  “Do you see anything in the legal immigration system that you now want to go back and say we need to fix this or that and include it in our bill, Senator Graham, you first?”

Sharing a split screen with Schumer, Graham responded by saying he wants to know how, after Tamerlan was “identified as a potential terrorist,” the FBI “dropped the ball.”  Then Graham came up with a brilliant suggestion for something that the House and Senate should have done a decade ago but didn’t when he said, “I think now is the time to bring all the 11 million out of the shadows and find out who they are.”

No offense to Mr. Graham, but it’s hard to imagine that almost 12 years after 9/11 a United States senator would suggest that now is the time to find out more about the millions of people living here illegally.

It gets better.  After admitting that he didn’t know who they are or where they’re hiding out, Sen. Graham then suggested that he does know “Most of them are here to work, but…”

But, like the two Chechens who just blew up 180 people in Boston, killing three and dismembering at least 14, Lindsey believes that “[we] may find some terrorists in our midst who have been hiding in the shadows.”

This might be a dumb question but, despite being offered amnesty, is it possible that illegals with nefarious intentions might want to maintain anonymity?

Moving right along, Lindsey Graham then said something about 9/11 he must have thought we didn’t know: “The 19 hijackers were all students who overstayed their visas and the system didn’t capture that.” By proudly stating that eight senators finally figured out how to track individuals who shouldn’t be here, the senator might not have realized it but, he was also confessing that for eleven years the Senate did nothing about those they knew were plotting against us.

Senator Graham’s final contribution was to slowly point out that “What happened in Boston and international terrorism … should urge us to act quicker, not slower.”

Next up was the shameless opportunist from New York, Senator Charles Schumer. Schumer said, “I agree with Lindsey.” Sorry, but anyone agreeing with Lindsey Graham or Chuck Schumer, even if it’s Lindsey and Chuck doing the agreeing, is downright scary.   What’s even scarier is Chuck Schumer smiling and nodding his head in agreement with Republican Gang of Eight member Marco Rubio.  That right there is a sure sign that Mr. Rubio is wading into dangerous territory.

As if anyone could stop him, Schumer, a man notorious for never shutting up, requested permission to “say a couple of things.” Chuck insisted that the Gang of Eight bill, which is being criticized for many things, one of which is failing to recognize illegal LGBT families whose heart’s desire is to come out as both gay and illegal, “toughens things up.”

Schumer also pledged that, unless their last name is Tsarnaev, “Illegal immigrants with serious criminal backgrounds or those who pose a threat to national security will not be able to attain [legal] status.” Split-screen Schumer then said, “And in fact asylum, which the Tsarnaev family came here on, was greatly toughened up a few years after. They might not have gotten asylum under the present law.” Chucky apparently felt that saying “Might not have” was comforting to the Boston bombing victims as well as a reassurance to the general public.

Then, as if it were possible, Schumer made a statement more stunning than Amnesty Grahamnesty, admitting that after 9/11, Ft. Hood and Boston, and after 40 attempted-but-failed terrorist attacks, it’s high time America got serious about finding out who’s here.

Hard-left liberal Chucky, without one flicker of embarrassment, actually said “There are some… hard right, some otherwise, who oppose our immigration bill from the get- go, and they’re using [Boston] as an excuse.”

After two immigrants blew up 180 people at a marathon, Senator Schumer is accusing quick-fix immigration opponents of using tragedy as an “excuse?”  And über-journalist CNN Candy and obviously not “on the hard right” Lindsey sat idly by and let ‘log in his eye’ Schumer accuse political opponents of making “excuses?”

Isn’t Chucky a representative of a political party that is using bereaved family members of the Newtown shooting as an excuse to try to weaken the Second Amendment? Wasn’t it Chuck Schumer who suggested in December on Face the Nation that what happened in Newtown was a “tipping point” and that because children were involved, gun-control advocates may be able to “get something done?”

Excuse-maker Schumer warned:  “[w]e’re not going to let them use what happened in Boston as an excuse because our law toughens things up.” What that means is that Chuck isn’t going to allow anyone other than the master of excuse exploitation, Barack Obama, use catastrophe as a pretext to push unpopular policy.

By utilizing weak excuses to accomplish a punch list of progressive political goals, lefty politicians are now accusing others of using “excuses,” and they do it while Schumer and his excuse-making liberal cohorts whittle away at our Constitutional liberties.  Therefore, it is incumbent upon the American people to impede Democrats and “some otherwise” (like the RINO sharing the split screen with Chuck Schumer) from bamboozling us into allowing their quest for power to destroy this nation.

Michelle Obama Substitutes Eye Rolling for Politics

barack-michelle-obama-boehner-luncheon-reuters_uni_1358812239Originally posted on American Thinker

On Inauguration Day there was lots of talk about laying aside partisan differences and coming together as a nation.  However, during the inaugural luncheon Michelle Obama’s body language indicated that if she has anything to say about it over the next four years, laying aside and coming together will include rolling her eyes.

The day started with Obamacare advocate/Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts swearing in Barack Obama, a man who vowed to defend a Constitution he’s in the process of dismantling, and did it with his hand on a Bible the president mocks Christians for clinging to.

Besides paying homage to a large activist government, the President delivered a speech short on specifics that defined “our journey [as] not complete until” liberty is defined his way and the “precise path to happiness” takes America in the direction he wants us to go.

Then the President ‘laid aside’ and ‘came together’ by accusing political adversaries who were genuinely wishing him well of being those who trade “absolutism for principle…substitute spectacle for politics…[and] treat name-calling as reasoned debate.”

After the swearing-in ceremony the President and his entourage attended a ceremonial luncheon hosted by the Congress.  The midday event featured comments from people like New York Democratic Senator/shameless opportunist Chuck Schumer as well as Nancy Pelosi who, if she had worn a hat with a celery-green feather, could have easily passed for a Bloody Mary.

Part of the ceremony included freshly-tanned Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner presenting the Capitol flags to the President and Vice President Joe Biden.  Laying aside differences and coming together for the day, Boehner closed his remarks by graciously wishing the President, as he commences with finishing the fiasco he started, “Congratulations and God speed.”

It was during the luncheon, while gorging on a sumptuous 3,000 calorie feast that included lobster, bison and apple pie, the newly-coifed healthy food advocate Michelle Obama revealed how she, as first lady, lays aside differences and comes together with political foes.

With her leftist husband sitting on her right and the right-leaning Speaker of the House sitting on her left, as John Boehner leaned in to tell the President a joke Mrs. Obama turned away, exuding an unattractive level of palpable derision by shaking her head and rolling her eyes.  That’s right, acting more like Sasha and Malia than the first lady of the United States, Michelle actually rolled her eyes.


As a friendly John Boehner chatted up the President, Michelle ignored him and kept right on eating as if he wasn’t there.  At one point, while John was speaking, the first lady peeked out from under her new bangs, looked at him out of the corner of her eye, and made a face that dismissed as silly whatever it was the Speaker was saying.

Boehner kept talking to Barack and at one point lifted his hand to make a point. To shield herself from being grazed by his hand, in a move that would give body language expert Tonya Reiman plenty to analyze Michelle turned her shoulder and elbow toward the Speaker.

Then, void of any hint of subtly, while chewing a mouth full of food, the first lady shot Boehner a disgusted look, rolled her eyes, turned forward and shook her head disapprovingly.

Sitting to her right, unaware of what was going on, the president was doing something weird to his nose that looked as if he was in dire need of a 57th inaugural monogrammed handkerchief.

So there it is.  During the inauguration, barely a mention of our national debt, the President laid aside differences and came together by rebuking Republicans for thwarting the journey toward big government, clean energy, gay marriage, amnesty for illegals, extended entitlements, and engagement with international tyrants.

In support of that progressive agenda, after laying aside differences and coming together, Michelle Obama rolled her eyes at the man who represents the party that she believes “mistakes absolutism for principle… substitutes spectacle for politics…[and] treats name-calling as reasoned debate” – things that neither Barack nor eye-roller Michelle would ever think of doing.

Rangel’s Birthday Bash – American Thinker – August 13, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker Blog

In Democrat circles an ethics charge is small potatoes.  Heck, Clinton was impeached for lying under oath and is still a hero.  So, what’s a little tax evasion when compared to impeachment?

As they say in New York, “Ethics, schmethics as long as you’re healthy,” and El senador” Charlie Rangel, who at 80 sports a full head of hair, is certainly healthy. Accused of 13 House ethics charges, Rangel, Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means committee, vowed to fight and run again.

In the meantime, octogenarian Charlie was feted at a birthday party/fundraiser in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel.  It was there that New York political luminaries “heap[ed] praise on the longtime Harlem legislator.”

The theme for the night was highlighted by Governor David Patterson, who lauded the frequent Dominican Republic vacationer for self-sacrificial “dedication to public service.”

In attendance were Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and the 9-11-mosque-friendly Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

In absentia was the esteemed Bill Clinton, as was Aretha Franklin.  The irreplaceable Queen of Soul was replaced by Dionne “I’ll Say a Little Prayer for You” Warwick. Dionne led the crowd in “Happy Birthday” as Rangel’s cake was wheeled out. No one knows for sure whether a nail file was baked inside the sugary concoction for Charlie to use, if need be.

As Warwick performed her smash hit “That’s What Friends Are For,” she sang “In good times, in bad times,” while gazing into Charlie’s eyes despite being distracted by those eyebrows.

Cuomo and Schumer praised Rangel for “devotion to the poor.”  Andrew Cuomo maintained it was Charlie who “carried the banner for people long forgotten.”  Rangel has the wherewithal to remember “forgotten people,” but when it comes to reporting extra income, struggles with eighth-decade dementia.

The forgetful Rangel, encircled by faithful supporters, defined the occasion as “an experience I’ll never, ever forget.” A fellow standing outside the Plaza also had an unforgettable experience after calling Rangel a “crook.” The normally classy former Mayor Dinkins, upon hearing the negative comment from the Rangel critic, flipped the guy the bird.

Democrats who declined the invitation showed support for Charlie by giving him something green to shake out of a birthday card. Take for instance “Carolyn Maloney — whose district borders Rangel’s — didn’t attend, but … wrote a $2,500 check.”

Other than the Honorable finger-in-the-wind Mayor Dinkins, many partygoers dodged questions about Rangel’s ethics woes.  The always “charitable” Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith of Queens, when asked whether he would be damaged by appearing with Rangel, said “My career’s soaring high!”

Charlie’s birthday celebration came a day after a defiant Rangel challenged House colleagues to expel him. In an incoherent speech that sounded like someone had been laying on a chaise lounge in the sun too long, Charlie the Chairman said “If I can’t get my dignity back here, then fire your best shot in getting rid of me through expulsion.”

At the get-together, Charlie was said to be “whooping it up,” laughing uncontrollably and saying things like, “This damn sure ain’t no funeral, is it?”

As the festivities concluded, an emotional Rangel told the audience, especially Dionne Warwick, “Please remember me in your prayers. It helps.”

Rangel “left the stage dancing” after thanking the revelers, saying “I can’t tell you how moving this has been.”

With 800 tickets sold, Rangel’s birthday stockpile included a colossal satchel of cash.  Ethics charges aside, it’s anyone’s guess, if money goes missing, whether forgetful Charlie Rangel will recall where it is.

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