Is President Obama incompetent or lawless?

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(by Judge ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO) It has been well established under the Constitution and throughout our history that the president’s job as the chief federal law enforcement officer permits him to put his ideological stamp on the nature of the work done by the executive branch. The courts have characterized this stamp as “discretion.”

Thus when exercising their discretion, some presidents veer toward authority, others toward freedom. John Adams prosecuted a congressman whose criticism brought him into disrepute, an act protected by the First Amendment yet punishable under the Alien and Sedition Acts, and Thomas Jefferson declined to enforce the Acts because they punished speech, and pardoned all those convicted. Jimmy Carter asserted vast federal regulatory authority over the trucking and airline industries, and Ronald Reagan undid nearly all of it.

The president has discretion to adapt law enforcement to the needs of the times and to his reading of the wishes of the American people. Yet that discretion has a serious and mandatory guiding light — namely, that the president will do so faithfully.

The word “faithfully” appears in the oath of office that is administered to every president. The reason for its use is to assure Americans that their wishes for government behavior, as manifested in written law, would be carried out even if the president personally disagrees with the laws he swore to enforce.

This has not always worked as planned. President George W. Bush once famously signed into law a statute prohibiting federal agents without a search warrant from reading mail sent to persons other than themselves — and as he was literally holding his pen, he stated he had no intention of enforcing it. That was a rejection of his presidential duties and a violation of his oath.

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So Sue Him: Forget The Impeachment Scam, The House Lawsuit Is The Real Threat To Obama

The Wall Street Journal

The travelling "impeachment" carnival that put down stakes in Washington this summer may boost cable ratings, but the amusement rides and midway games are for children. The real story that could have political consequences is Wednesday's 225-201 House vote to pursue a lawsuit challenging President Obama's abuse of executive power.

The impeachment farce is getting so much attention because Democrats and some on the right see it as a money maker. Little did we know when we wrote recently that Sarah Palin and MSNBC had a shared interest in pushing impeachment that the former Alaska governor would soon debut her own $9.95-a-month subscription Web channel. When you're trying to steal eyeballs from Glenn Beck and talk radio, it's all about market share. Impeachment is a marketing tool, and never let anyone seem more furious at Barack Obama.

As for Democrats, they hope impeachment can motivate their otherwise dispirited donors and voters. Everyone from First Lady Michelle Obama to Nancy Pelosi to White House senior counsellor Dan Pfeiffer is begging the GOP to impeach their hero. House Democrats boasted that they raised some $2.1 million over the weekend from the ploy. Impeach him again—harder.

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Dem Rep. John Lewis Outraged, Yells on House Floor : Republicans “Have Never Supported This President!”…

Via Breitbart:

An emotional Rep John Lewis (D-GA) took to the house floor Wednesday to argue against the House Republicans proceeding with a lawsuit against President Barack Obama.

“From the first day in office, the Republicans in this House has never supported this president,” Lewis yelled. “Every olive branch he extended was broken. But today, Mr. Speaker, they have reached a low, a very low point. This resolution to sue the president just goes a little too far. It is a shame and a disgrace that we are here debating the suing of the president. The American people deserve better. We can do better. We can do much better.”

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WHITE HOUSE: Africa summit in US will go on despite risk to Ebola outbreak...

(The Daily Caller) -- President Obama still plans to convene a three-day summit in Washington for leaders of African countries even though the continent is experiencing an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, a White House spokesman said Wednesday.

“We have no plans to change any elements of the U.S.-Africa summit as we believe all air travel continues to be safe here,” principal deputy press secretary Eric Schultz told reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday.

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit is scheduled for Monday through Wednesday of next week. The White House is billing the event as the first such gathering of its kind. 

(Related: Global Emergency Declared -- HUNT FOR 30,000 EBOLA 'VICTIMS'...)

“At its core, this Summit is about fostering stronger ties between the United States and Africa,” reads the Obama administration website about the event.

Obama has issued invitations for the summit to leaders in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — the three countries experiencing the Ebola outbreak.

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Global Emergency Declared -- HUNT FOR 30,000 EBOLA 'VICTIMS'...

MAN NEARLY REACHED USA...
FEAR IN CHARLOTTE...
Could go global...
'Speeding up not slowing down'... 
If Ebola Hits America, Even Healthy Will be Quarantined... 
Doctor tells of his hell on ward... 
CDC issues airline advisory... 
Travelers could face flight restriction... 
Fight against disease hampered by belief in witchcraft...
Rep: Close Border to Virus Countries... 
Peace Corps volunteers exposed...
Hospitals Training Staff To Be on Lookout...
Doctor Quarantined in Canada...
Woman treated in Hong Kong... 
Schools closed in Liberia...

(MIRROR) -- The hunt for people in contact with deadly Ebola was dramatically escalated tonight as the risk of infection spread across the globe like a giant spider’s web.

Initially health officials wanted to trace only a few hundred passengers on two planes which had carried victim Patrick Sawyer, 40.

But – as Cabinet ministers held an emergency Cobra meeting in London – the search was widened to find up to 30,000 people who could be hosting the organism which kills 90% of sufferers.

The list includes anyone at one of four airports visited by American dad-of-three Sawyer, and those in contact with him in Nigeria’s capital Lagos, home to 17 million, where he died five days ago.

Mike Noyes, of Action Aid, said: “This is the worst Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen.

"The most worrying thing is not just the numbers of people dying, but how long it is going on for.

“Most outbreaks last six weeks to two months. This one began in February and is speeding up.

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'RELIGION OF PEACE' -- Islamic State jihadists issue 30-minute killing spree on video...

Pure Evil.

Pure Evil.

(THE TELEGRAPH) -- Al-Qaeda linked terrorists that control swathes of Iraq and Syria have circulated a video compilation of hundreds of graphic executions to mark the Muslim religious festival of Eid.

Accompanied by an explicit threat to Iraqi soldiers , the group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (Isis), showed dozens of young men men cowering in the shadow of gunmen before being brutally slaughtered.

People inspect the destroyed Mosque of The Prophet Younis (AP)

A group of soldiers are led to a desert pit that will soon become a mass grave.

Others are seen standing on a small river jetty before shuffling forward where they are shot in the head and fall into the water. The executions take place in Saddam Hussein's hometown Tikrit.

Another sequence shows Isis gunmen in a fast car firing on traffic, riddling other vehicles with bullets in an apparently random killing spree.

The 30-minute clip shows tracksuit bottoms being removed from men to reveal combat trousers underneath in an apparent justification that they are soldiers being slain.

Many pleas for mercy are heard on the audio as the victims are killed.

The group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has declared an Islamic caliphate in the wake of the takeover of Mosul, Iraq's second city.

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Obama To Jesus Heckler: 'I Believe In God, Thanks For The Prayer, Amen'...

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Kansas City, Mo. (CBS ST. LOUIS/AP) – President Barack Obama responded to a heckler in Kansas City on Wednesday, with Obama responding to the woman yelling, “Jesus is the Lord of Israel.”

“I’m sorry what you hollering about?” Obama asks the woman, as the crowd noise picks up to drown her out. He then casually replied, “I believe in God. Thanks for the prayer. Amen. Thank you.”

As Obama chuckled and continued with his speech to supporters, the crowd erupted in a chant of “We love you! We love you!”

The president is in Missouri ridiculing Republican lawmakers for congressional inaction.

“Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the time. Come on,” the president said in a boisterous and sharply partisan speech in Kansas City.

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ALERT -- Over 120,000 Illegals Arrested near Tucson

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(BREITBART) -- Pinal County, AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu announced that over 120,000 illegal immigrants have been arrested in just the Tucson sector of the southern border. “We have [had] 123,000 illegals arrested right here in the Tucson sector” Babeu said on Wednesday’s “Sean Hannity Show.”  He added that eight “cartel scouts” arrested in the last month.  “close to 60,000, what’s predicted to be 90,000 by October 1 of unaccompanied juveniles” are expected cross the border in just the Del Rio Sector of Texas. 

Jesse Ventura: Don’t Feel Sorry For Chris Kyle’s Widow, I’m The Real Victim…

…In an appearance on CBS News’ This Morning on Wednesday, Ventura engaged in an amateurish attempt to manipulate your emotions by simply insisting rather forcefully that you should not feel sorry for the women who lost her husband to an assassin’s bullet who now has to pay millions to a professional self-promoter with a tenuous grasp on reality. Instead, Ventura insisted that he is the victim here.

“I’m already damaged,” Ventura said when asked if he had hurt his reputation by seeking restitution even after Kyle’s death. “I can’t go to a SEAL reunion anymore. That was the one place where I always felt safe. I can’t go there anymore without looking over my shoulder now wondering who is going to come after me next.”

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New Emails Show Lois Lerner Called Conservatives “Assholes,” “Crazies That Will Take Us Down”…

The feeling is mutual, Lois.

The feeling is mutual, Lois.

(Weasel Zippers) -- It’s getting harder and harder for the Obama regime to call this a “phony scandal” with a straight face.

Via The Blaze:

New emails uncovered by the House Ways and Means Committee indicate that former IRS employee Lois Lerner has a strong dislike of conservatives, and at one point called them “assholes” in an email exchange.

The committee released an email Lerner received in November 2012 complaining about the “whacko wing of the GOP.” The person wrote Lerner that there are “too many foreigners sucking the teat,” and that the “right wing radio shows are scary to listen to.”

Lerner replied, “Great. Maybe we are through if there are that many assholes.”

The other person then wrote, “And I’m talking about the hosts of the shows. The callers are rabid.”

Lerner replied, “So we don’t need to worry about alien terrorists. It’s our own crazies that will take us down.”

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EXCELLENT -- Poll: 87% Of Israelis Approve Of How Netanyahu Is Handling War In Gaza…

JERUSALEM — The airwaves are filled with images of death and destruction in the Gaza Strip. President Obama is pressing for an immediate cease-fire. More than 50 Israeli soldiers have been killed.

But at home, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is riding a massive wave of popularity.

Domestic support for the Israeli leader’s prosecution of the war in Gaza, which has left more than 1,200 Palestinians dead, has only grown over the past three weeks, as the Israeli public and political class rally behind an aggressive, definitive campaign against Hamas and its rockets and tunnels. The deep support among Israelis, from left to right, for the military’s Gaza offensive and Netanyahu’s leadership is almost unprecedented, political analysts say.

A poll this week for Israel’s Channel 10 news, conducted by the Sarid Institute, found that 87 percent of Jewish Israelis support continuing the Gaza operation. A survey by the Israel Democracy Institute found that 95 percent of Israeli Jews think the operation in Gaza is just, and 4 of 5 oppose a unilateral withdrawal. Just 4 percent said the Israeli military has used excessive force.

Geraldo: Matt Drudge Trying To “Stir Up A Civil War” With Border Crisis Coverage…

Via Mediaite:

Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera sniped at conservative blogger Matt Drudge over his website The Drudge Report’s emphasis on news regarding the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Shame on Drudge,” Geraldo tweeted Wednesday. “His authoritative website has gone hysterical on issue of immigrant children. 14 stories like ‘Could Ebola sneak across?’” [...]

“This is exactly what they did to the Irish in the 19th Century,” Rivera said of Drudge’s headlines, “and to the Chinese… and to the Jews and to the Italians. … ‘They bring disease.’”

He said Drudge is “doing his best to stir up a civil war.”

Geraldo continued, “We have to reject this hysterical jingoistic rhetoric, this inflamed hysteria hyped by irresponsible political ideologues.”

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California Dem Gov. Jerry Brown In Mexico: Send Us More Illegals…

(ABC News) – California Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday his state is willing to shelter more migrant children from Central America if needed but reiterated that the United States needs to find a long-term solution to the immigration crisis.

“I would do everything I could to make sure California will do its part to shelter any young children that are in need of protection,” Brown said after meeting with more than a dozen Central American religious leaders and Los Angeles Catholic Archbishop Jose Horacio Gomez in Mexico to discuss the surge of unaccompanied Central American youth and families illegally crossing into the United States.

“I would support additional shelters to deal with this particular immediate challenge we have,” Brown added.

A Naval Base in California’s Ventura County known as “Building 267″ is one of three shelters set up by federal government officials to house hundreds of Central American children. There are also shelters in Texas and Oklahoma.

While Brown’s three-day visit to Mexico was primarily aimed at business matters, the governor also took on the immigration issue.

h/t Weasel Zippers

Dem Rep. Barbara Lee On Immigration Crisis: “I’m Ashamed Of America”…

Breitbart TV:

Tuesday at the Congressional Progressive Caucus' Ad-Hoc Hearing on the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied minors flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said she "felt ashamed" her country has handled the influx of illegal immigrant children.

After hearing the stories of several children who made the journey alone across several countries and the chaos they were greeted with at the border holding facilities Lee said, "In listening to your testimony I felt ashamed and I ask my colleagues are you talking about America? Is this America, where you have fled and were treated as you were.

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House Dem: Stop “Whining” About Insurance Plans Cancelled Because Of Obamacare…

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Via NRO:

Representative Anna Eshoo (D., Calif.) wants Republicans to stop “whining” about the insurance policies cancelled due to Obamacare regulations.

“Your plan is whining. Your plan is suing the president and using taxpayer dollars,” Eshoo said to Republicans during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing as lawmakers debated a proposal by Representative Bill Cassidy (R., La.) to allow people to keep purchasing group plans currently available.

Michelle Obama: “The Blood Of Africa Runs Through My Veins”…

WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – First lady Michelle Obama embraced her family’s African roots in a speech on Wednesday, telling a group of young Africans that the “blood of Africa” runs through her veins as she urged changing traditional beliefs on the worth of educating women.

Her husband had shied away from discussing his African heritage in his own remarks to the 500 Africans finishing a six-week Washington leadership fellowship on Monday, referencing his Kenyan father only once and in the question-and-answer session. But Michelle Obama said as an African American woman, her discussion with the African youth was “deeply personal.”

“The roots of my family tree are in Africa,” the first lady told the cheering crowd. “My husband’s father was born and raised in Kenya. Members of our extended family still live there. I have had the pleasure of traveling to Africa many times over the years, including four trips as first lady, and I have brought my mother and my daughters along whenever I can.”

“The blood of Africa runs through my veins, and I care deeply,” Obama said, addressing her listeners as her “brothers” and “sisters.”

U.S. Commander Tells Troops To Refrain From Eating Or Drinking In Front Of Muslims During Ramadan, Study Islam…

Via Fox News:

Do not eat or drink in front of Muslims, and learn more about their religion.

That’s the directive that has gone out to active duty military personnel at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a Department of Defense medical and graduate school in Bethesda, Md.

The brigade commander sent an email to military personnel at the facility last month – just before the start of Ramadan – advising them to show respect to Muslim colleagues.

“This is a period of great personal restraint and commitment in addition to renewed focus on worship,” Brigade Commander Col. Kevin Glasz wrote. “I’d like to encourage you to learn just a little more about this religion, but more importantly, I’m asking you to be considerate and do not consume food or drink in front of our Muslim colleagues; it is a simple, yet respectful action.”

During the month-long period known as Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours.

The brigade commander also provided a link to a website about Islam, and specifically Ramadan.

Now that raised the ire of some of the officers and doctors training at the USU, and several of them reached out to me with their concerns – provided I not disclose their names.

“I respect the intention behind this email, but note that there is no similar call honoring other faiths,” one Marine told me. “There is no similar invitation for non-Jewish colleagues to refrain from eating leavened products during Passover, or non-Christian colleagues to refrain from eating meat during Lent.”

The entire incident smells of political correctness, the Marine told me.