End Of Day Report

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Subsidizing Jihad

Adding insult to injury, the Boston Herald reports that the family of terrorist brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received at least $100,000 in taxpayer-funded welfare benefits in recent years. The assistance included “cash and food stamps to Section 8 housing.” Governor Deval Patrick (D) attempted to prevent this information from coming out, citing “privacy concerns” of the accused jihadists.

Back in Washington, Senator Jeff Sessions is sounding the alarm on the comprehensive immigration proposal now pending in the Senate. According Sen. Sessions, a review by his staff “identified a number of loopholes that would allow illegal immigrants to draw public benefits even sooner than advertised.”

Let Them Speak!

Fox News reports that the State Department and the CIA have threatened “at least four career officials” who want to testify as “whistle-blowers” in the Benghazi investigations.

Victoria Toensing, a former Justice Department official who is representing one of these “whistle-blowers,” told Fox that the individuals have been subjected to “some very despicable threats …making them well aware that their careers will be over” if they talk to Congress.

Meanwhile the stonewalling continues at the State Department. In response to congressional demands for more information, a State Department spokesman said, “We think that we’ve done an independent investigation… and that we’ve shared those findings with the U.S. Congress. And that should be enough.” In other words, “Take our word for it and stop complaining.”

At today’s White House press conference, Ed Henry of Fox News asked President Obama about the whistle-blowers and whether he would allow them to testify. Obama dismissed his question, saying, “I am not familiar with this notion that anyone has been blocked from testifying. I’ll look into it.” Don’t hold your breath, Ed.

According to a new Rasmussen poll, 78% of likely voters think it is “at least somewhat important” to learn the truth about the Benghazi attacks. But only 32% of likely voters think the Obama Administration has done a good job of explaining those events. The administration could do itself a huge favor here by trying a little harder. Instead, it is doing everything possible to prevent the public from learning more.

This is a perfect example of how the media’s left-wing bias protects the administration. If a Republican president were in office and dragging his feet this way, the media would be accusing him of stonewalling and the witnesses would be hailed as heroes.

Instead the media are largely silent. And if the witnesses ever come forward, they will likely be treated like traitors, not whistle-blowers.

Gosnell Is Not Alone

The fate of abortionist Kermit Gosnell is now in the hands of jurors. Many Americans are still completely unaware of his trial and the gruesome atrocities he committed in the name of “reproductive choice.” They don’t know because Big Media conspired to cover it up. Consider this analysis from our friends at the Media Research Center:

“Forty two days ago, on March 18, 2013, abortionist Kermit Gosnell went on trial…Yet, in the seven weeks that followed, ABC News has permitted no coverage, discussion or mention of the case, not even a single utterance of Dr. Gosnell’s name.
“But that’s not due to lack of interest in shocking criminal cases. Over the same 42 days, the Media Research Center found that ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ has aired 41 stories — about one per day — on other sensational criminal cases … totaling 109 minutes of coverage.”

The sad reality is that while Gosnell’s crimes may be an extreme case he is by no means alone in his contempt for life. The pro-life group Live Action released two new undercover videos this week from abortion mills in the Bronx and Washington, D.C., revealing that both facilities might allow a baby born during a botched abortion to die.

At the Bronx “clinic,” a staffer discussing a late-term abortion said she would essentially drown the baby in a jar of solution to stop it from “twitching.” When an investigator asked what she should do if the two-day-long procedure caused her to go into labor at home and delivered a live baby, the staffer says, “Flush it!”

The D.C. abortionist was more artful with his choice of words. When asked what he would do if a baby were born alive, he said:
“Technically — you know, legally we would be obligated to help it, you know, to survive. … It’s all in how vigorously you do things to help a fetus survive at this point. Let’s say you went into labor… and you delivered before we got to the termination part of the procedure here, you know? Then we would do things — we would — we would not help it.”
The practice of “after-birth abortions” is likely more widespread than most of us realized.

One of the left’s biggest lies is that it stands for compassion. Where does after-birth abortion fit into anyone’s idea of compassion? While most Americans rightly recoil in horror, too few realize that this is a legacy of Roe v. Wade.

Some conservatives complain that our movement is perceived as “uncaring.” Yet they are the very same people who suggest we stop talking about issues like the sanctity of life.

Conservatives Seek To Limit Government Ammo Purchases

There has been a lot of chatter lately about why in the world the Obama Administration has been purchasing huge amounts of ammunition. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) think they know why, and they aren’t happy about it.

They believe the Obama Administration is buying vast amounts of ammunition in an attempt to limit the Second Amendment rights of U.S. citizens. What good is a gun you are constitutionally entitled to if you can’t buy bullets for it?

Sen. Inhofe and Rep. Lucas are introducing legislation to limit the government’s ability to buy ammunition. According to The Hill, their legislation “would prohibit every government agency — except the military — from buying more ammunition each month, than the monthly average it purchased from 2001 to 2009.”

In addition, the Government Accountability Office is launching its own investigation into the government’s stockpiling of ammunition.

Gun owners and hunters may cheer the efforts of Sen. Inhofe and Rep. Lucas but, with Harry Reid in control of the Senate and Barack Obama holding his veto pen, it is hard to see how their legislation becomes law. But the attention the issue is drawing, the pressure of this legislation and the GAO investigation may hasten the time when the administration’s obfuscation about its purchases comes to an end.


End Of Day Report

Monday, April 29, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Mother/Son Discussed Jihad

It was reported over the weekend that Russian intelligence secretly recorded phone conservations in 2011 between Zubeidat Tsarnaeva and her oldest son, Tamerlan, the dead Boston Marathon bomber. The topic: Sending Tamerlan to wage jihad in Palestine. He didn’t go because he didn’t speak Arabic.

This is a crucial revelation. Many U.S. elites are still trying to delude themselves into believing the brothers’ motivation was political rather than religious. They are trying figure out the importance of their Chechen background. They are scratching their heads wondering why Chechen hatred for Russia led them to blow up Americans in Boston. But it may not have had anything to do with Chechnya.

The most important thing to know is that they are Islamic jihadists. When Zubeidat and Tamerlan were discussing jihad, they weren’t discussing the best target for a Chechen political protestor, but rather the best targets for a Muslim jihadist! That’s why she suggested her son wage jihad in Palestine instead of Chechnya or Dagestan.

The left often accuses conservatives of wanting to go back to the 1950s. But it’s the left that is stuck in the 1950s, confused about why a Chechen would be angry at America. The explanation is not political or economic, but religious. In radical Islam’s war against Western Civilization, Israel is the “little Satan” and America is the “great Satan.”

Benghazi Hearings To Resume

The Obama Administration would like nothing more than for the Benghazi investigation to go away. But congressional Republicans are not dropping the issue. In fact they may be turning up the heat.

This weekend Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) told Fox News, “There are more Benghazi hearings coming; I think they’re going to be explosive.” Gowdy did not elaborate beyond that, but he offered one possible hint when he said, “direct testimony by eyewitnesses is always the most compelling.”

Indeed. CBS reported nearly two weeks ago that “multiple new whistleblowers” were talking to congressional investigators. Members of Congress have been demanding access to survivors of the Benghazi attacks, some of whom were reportedly treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Perhaps we will soon be hearing from individuals who can corroborate reports that military support was repeatedly requested and denied on the night of the attack.

Do you remember former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s feigned outrage during her Benghazi testimony? “What difference, at this point, does it make?” she shouted at one questioning senator. No one has a greater interest in seeing Benghazi forgotten than Hillary — the Democrats’ 2016 front runner. No doubt Democrats and their media allies will adopt Hillary’s rhetorical question as their mantra in the days ahead.

But the country, the victims and their families deserve a thorough explanation of what happened that night. The men and women serving our country in foreign outposts deserve to know that everything possible is being done to reasonably ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

Obama: “God Bless Planned Parenthood”

Friday I wrote about the extraordinary act of Barack Obama becoming the first sitting president to address the leading destroyer of unborn children at its national convention. It was shocking that Obama would do so while Kermit Gosnell stands trial. But I want to go back to Obama’s speech as it highlights two important aspects of this debate.

Kermit Gosnell is an African American. He built his clinic in the middle of a mostly African American community. His targets were mostly unborn minority babies. He treated black women like they were cattle. His staff members have testified that women were often put on tables covered with sheets still soiled with blood from previous abortions.

When the occasional white woman came to his abortion mill, his mostly black staff noticed how Gosnell treated them differently. When they complained, he laughed it off, saying, “That’s the way of the world.” Gosnell is a black man who hates babies and practiced racism in his own mill.

Standing there before Planned Parenthood, Obama had the perfect opportunity to denounce Gosnell. Yet, like so much of the left-wing media, Obama did not mention him. To this day the president, the first man of color in the White House who is able to emote about injustice at the drop of a hat, has not denounced what Gosnell did.

Why not? Sadly, one can only conclude that it is because he is so committed to the carnage of innocent unborn children that he will tolerate virtually anything to make sure he does not in any way undermine that “right.”

But at the end of his speech, Obama did something truly astonishing. He said, “Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you. God bless America.  Thank you.”

Barack Obama called on the God of the universe, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who hung stars in sky, to bless Planned Parenthood. Obama called on the God who knows us so well that He knows the number of hairs on our heads to bless Planned Parenthood. Obama called the God who said “I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life,” to bless Planned Parenthood.

In an administration full of shameful moments, that may have been the most shameful of all.

Obama’s Priorities

Roughly 12 million Americans are unemployed and millions more are underemployed. Nearly five million Americans have been unemployed for more than six months. Their families are not taking vacations or enjoying time on the golf course.

But in the middle of their suffering, President Obama has more time to play golf and go on vacation than to meet with his advisors to get the economy moving again. Just how much time may surprise you.

The Government Accountability Institute determined that Obama spent 976 hours playing golf or on vacation, compared to 474 hours in “economic meetings of any kind.” If there were a conservative president in the White House with that kind of record, this report would lead tonight’s evening news broadcasts.

And what are Democrats on Capitol Hill doing? They are busy raising taxes, pushing so-called “comprehensive immigration reform” and trying to limit your Second Amendment rights.

End Of Day Report

Friday, April 26, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

The Abortion President

The famously misnamed Planned Parenthood is hosting its national conference in Washington, D.C. this week. Today Barack Obama became the first sitting president to address the event, sponsored by the nation’s largest destroyer of innocent human life.

His speech was full of distortions. As is so typical of the left, Obama accused the pro-life movement of wanting to “turn back the clock to … the 1950s.” He added that there is an “orchestrated and historic effort to roll back basic rights when it comes to women’s health.” Isn’t it amazing that in Obama’s world, 1.2 million abortions a year is seen as progress?

It is obscene when Obama equates the killing of innocent unborn children with healthcare. Pregnancy is not a disease! Even accepting that there are occasions when a woman’s life or health may be in danger, such circumstances are among the rarest of reasons why abortions are performed today.

If Obama cares so much about women’s health, when will his administration speak up about the growing scandal where women are dying along with babies? It is outrageous that he is addressing Planned Parenthood’s conference when a butcher like Kermit Gosnell, who collected the feet of his little victims, is standing trial for “after-birth” abortions — literally killing babies after they were born.

And, by the way, Planned Parenthood knew about the horrific conditions at Gosnell’s clinic, but to this day refuses to condemn him. Obama too is silent.

But Obama was there today, pledging his fealty to Planned Parenthood, promising to be “a president who is going to be right there with you, fighting every step of the way.”

Let me translate that for you: While we are cutting back on education, cutting air traffic controllers, cutting our military, cutting benefits to our seniors, Obama will be there to make sure that your hard-earned tax money keeps flowing to Planned Parenthood to subsidize abortions and to make sure that no legislation preventing any abortion of any kind ever becomes law.

Did Welfare Pay For Jihad?

When news broke that the Boston Marathon jihadists had been receiving state welfare benefits, liberal Governor Deval Patrick’s administration shutdown press inquiries citing privacy concerns for the accused terrorists. One administration official told the Boston Herald that such information was “confidential and not a matter of public record.”

What about the public’s right to know? The bombing was an assault against the public and the taxpayers of Massachusetts will be picking up the tab for that attack for some time. Were any of the materials used in the attack purchased with taxpayer-funded welfare benefits?

Here’s an interesting question: Did the bombers have Obamaphones? Qualifying is pretty easy if you are receiving any form of federal or state welfare assistance.

The people of Massachusetts ought to be demanding that the governor release all the records of welfare payments to these terrorist thugs. That is not a violation of their privacy, and the taxpayers have a right to know how their dollars are spent.

Ron Paul’s Strange Think Tank

I have never been a fan of former Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Paul has played footsie with conspiracy theorists and apologists for radical Islam.

Paul recently launched a Washington, D.C., think tank called the Institute for Peace and Prosperity. But according to the Daily Caller its academic board is comprised of “9/11 truthers,” apologists for Iran and one avowed secessionist. For example:

  • In an article questioning who was responsible for 9/11, Eric Margolis wrote: “I remain uncertain that Osama bin Laden was really behind the attacks,” and then goes on to compare the attacks to Hitler’s infamous Reichstag fire, which Hitler exploited to target his political enemies and suspend liberties. Margolis rhetorically asks, “Sound familiar?” Margolis is suggesting Bush was responsible for 9/11 and wanted it to happen to provide an excuse to take away our liberties.

  • Butler Shaffer, another member of the board, doesn’t go quite that far. But he has been open to the idea that we attacked ourselves. In 2006, he wrote, “…how can any intellectually honest person categorically deny the possibility of the involvement of American political interests in 9/11?”

  • Professor Walter Block somehow thinks breaking up the United States is the answer to world peace. Block wrote: “A century and a half after the war against Southern secession, the foreign policy of our country is still hampered by this tragic event. … When and if the U.S. ceases to imprison the Confederacy, we will be in a far better position to bring about world peace.”

The executive director of Paul’s institute defended the appointments, replying, “For the purposes of the institute, [Dr. Paul] wanted important academics who agree with him on the moral and practical necessity of a foreign policy of peace. He has such a board.” There you have it. Paul picked these nuts to be on his board because there is a lot they agree on.

Obama vs. The Courts

The courts are rarely sources of encouragement for conservatives. The process is slow and many judges are left-wing activists. But they have considerable authority, and there is news this week indicating that the Obama Administration may be facing major setbacks in two high-profile cases.

House leaders are in court right now trying to enforce a subpoena for documents on Operation Fast and Furious after Obama asserted a claim of executive privilege. In defending its position, the Obama Justice Department essentially told the court to stay out of it, saying it was a dispute between the executive and legislative branches.

The judge was having none of it. At one point she interrupted the Justice Department attorney and said, “You keep talking about the two [branches] as if the third one isn’t there.”

According to Politico, the judge was very skeptical of the administration’s claim and “suggested that by refusing to enforce the House subpoena, she wouldn’t really be sidestepping the dispute, but tilting the playing field in the White House’s favor.”

The second case involves Obama’s executive order suspending our immigration laws. Federal immigration agents sued the administration claiming they were being ordered to ignore the law and break their oaths as law enforcement officers.

A federal judge in Dallas seemed sympathetic, writing, “The court finds that [the Department of Homeland Security] does not have discretion to refuse to initiate removal proceedings.”

Final judgments are still pending in both cases, but these judges appear inclined to force the administration to obey the law!

End Of Day Report

Thursday, April 25, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Who Sent The Judge?

Fox News is reporting that the FBI informed members of Congress this week that its interrogation of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was unexpectedly interrupted and cut short when federal Judge Marianne Bowler showed up at the hospital and read him his Miranda rights.

In the aftermath of the Boston bombing, authorities invoked the “public safety exception” to the legal requirement that a suspect be read his Miranda rights. The exception allows law enforcement officials to question a suspect up to 48 hours without informing him of his rights if they have reasonable concerns about imminent threats to public safety.

According to Fox the FBI had been questioning Tsarnaev for just 16 hours and were getting “valuable intelligence” when the judge, federal prosecutors and defenders showed up at the hospital Monday to begin a hearing.

That’s when the judge, against the FBI’s wishes, stopped the interrogation and “stunned” FBI officials by reading Tsarnaev his rights. Once advised of his right to remain silent, he predictably stopped talking.

Who sent the judge? Was it Eric Holder’s Justice Department or the White House? Whatever happened, we lost valuable information.

Today’s Hypocrisy Award Goes To…

Congressional Democrats win today’s hypocrisy award hands down. According to Politico, Democrats have secretly approached the GOP leadership begging for an exemption to Obamacare.

As you may recall, Republicans were virtually shutout of the process of drafting the health care overhaul legislation. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) offered an amendment mandating that members of Congress and their staffs get their health care through the same Obamacare exchanges that the American people must use.

For the sake of public relations, Democrats embraced the Grassley amendment. But now, as Obamacare is starting to be implemented, these same liberals want to figure out a way to escape from it!

In response to the story, Speaker Boehner’s office released the following statement:

“The fact that Democratic leaders want to opt themselves out of the Obamacare exchanges shows that Sen. Baucus isn’t the only one who realizes the president’s healthcare law is a ‘train wreck.’ The speaker would like to see resolution of this problem, along with the other nightmares created by Washington Democrats’ health law, which is why he supports full repeal. In the meantime, it is Democrats’ problem to solve. He will not sneak any language into bills to solve it for them.”

Making Americans Suffer

No doubt you have heard the news about flight delays at the airports as sequestration budget cuts have forced furloughs for air traffic controllers. Somehow what amounts to a 4% cut in the FAA’s budget has been turned into a disaster with the potential (or is it the promise?) to delay 40% of all flights.

The Obama Administration is saying that this one government agency simply cannot find 4% of waste and fat in its budget. The only place it can cut is the very place that will cause the most pain to the public. Does anyone in their right mind really believe that?

Obama and his allies are trying to punish the public and blame the inconvenience and delays on budget-cutting conservatives. And to prove just how political it is, consider this: The bureaucracy implementing Obamacare IS NOT furloughing any of its workers. Your flight may be delayed or cancelled, but the government takeover of your health care will not wait.

Tea Party = Anarchy?

On the Senate floor this week, Democrat Leader Harry Reid once again demonstrated the stark difference between the two parties. Defending big government spending, Reid suggested that supporters of the Tea Party movement are similar to anarchists. Here’s what he said:

“We have a situation where this country has been driven by the Tea Party for the last number of years. When I was in school, I studied government and I learned about the anarchists. Now, they were different than the Tea Party because they were violent. But they were anarchists because they did not believe in government in any level and they acknowledged it. …
“[Tea Partiers] are not doing physically destructive things to buildings and people, directly, but they are doing everything they can to throw a monkey-wrench into every form of government… Government is not inherently bad; government is inherently good. That’s why we have a Constitution and that’s what we direct the activities of this government based upon.”

Clearly, Harry got off-script for a moment. He conceded, contrary to the media’s mythology, that the Tea Party is not violent. He got that much right. The folks being physically destructive to buildings and people would be the leftists in the Occupy Wall Street crowd.

But our Founding Fathers did not share Reid’s view that government is inherently good. I don’t know what school Reid went too, but that was not why they wrote the Constitution. As Thomas Paine put it, “Government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.”

The Founding Fathers were not believers in big government. They wrote the Constitution precisely because they were believers in smaller, limited government. I have no doubt that if Washington, Madison, Jefferson and other Founding Fathers were alive today, they would be Tea Partiers, not big government liberals and progressives.

Left-wing Group Linked To Domestic Terrorism

The Southern Poverty Law Center has made headlines in recent years for labeling pro-family Christian ministries as “anti-gay hate groups.” It has equated organizations such as the American Family Association and the Family Research Council, which I ran for ten years, with the KKK and Neo-Nazis.

But under the guise of fighting bigotry, the SPLC has contributed tremendously to the left’s growing intolerance for men and women of faith. Last summer Floyd Lee Corkins turned the SPLC’s hate list into a virtual hit list when he attempted to murder the good people working at FRC, shooting a security guard before he was disarmed.

Corkins pled guilty to a number of charges, including domestic terrorism. During his FBI interrogation, Corkins confessed to targeting FRC because of the SPLC’s hate list. You can watch the video of the attack and Corkins’ confession here.

The SPLC is a smear machine. Its hate speech against conservatives inspired a man who tried to commit a mass killing. Its credibility should be gone, yet the Obama Administration and the media continue to promote its anti-religious bigotry.

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Did Obama Administration Drop The Ball? Does The Sun Rise In The East?

After a briefing yesterday on the Boston Marathon bombings for members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the committee’s ranking member, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), said:

“There now appears that there may have been some evidence that was obtained by one of the law enforcement agencies that did not get shared in a way that it could have been. …
“Information sharing between agencies is critical. …we’re going to get to the bottom of whether or not somebody along the way dropped the ball on some information and did not share it in a way that it should have been shared.”

Chambliss may well be right. The Boston Globe is reporting, “Russian authorities alerted the US government not once but ‘multiple’ times over their concerns about Tamerlan Tsarnaev.” Reuters tells us that Tamerlan’s name was included on the government’s “highly classified central database of people it views as potential terrorists.” Five years of Obama has taken us back to a pre-9/11 mindset in which agencies do not share information.

Meanwhile we are learning a bit more about the bombers and their motivation. They hated America so much they wanted to kill as many innocent Bostonians as possible, and they were also collecting state welfare benefits! The cover of today’s Boston Herald reads: “What Nerve — Mastermind of Boston Terror Hated us…But Took Our Money.” Of course they took our money. Why not use the infidel taxpayer to subsidize your jihad?

And while some in America are struggling to comprehend the jihadists’ motivation, their mother’s comments to CNN are quite revealing:

“My oldest son is killed, so I don’t care. I don’t care if my youngest son is going to be killed today.  I want the world to hear this.  And, I don’t care if I am going to get killed too.  And I will say ‘Allahu Akbar!'”
All week she has denied her sons could ever do what they are charged with. Now her own Islamist bile is on display.

By the way, we have been warning for a long time that the problem with radical Islam is more widespread than some people will admit. There are big problems right here in the Washington, D.C. area. Several years ago, a local Islamic school valedictorian was arrested and convicted of plotting to assassinate former President George W. Bush.

Now police in Fairfax County, Virginia are investigating an individual spouting radical Islamic rants who has been trolling a website called the Fairfax Underground making what police have called “disturbing statements.” Last week he threatened a massacre at Paul VI Catholic high school and closed the threat with “Allahu Akbar!”

Boston & Immigration Reform

Democrats in Washington are working hard to make sure that their immigration reform bill doesn’t get dragged down by the Boston bombings. But one of their own, Bob Beckel, evidently didn’t get the memo.

Beckel is a veteran Democrat operative. He worked on Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign, worked in the Carter Administration and managed Walter Mondale’s 1984 presidential campaign. He raised eyebrows this week when he said on a Fox News show:

“We have to really consider, given the fact that so many people hate us, that we’re going to have to cut off Muslim students coming to this country for some period of time … and decide whether some of the people here should be sent back home or to prison.”
The roof has not caved in on Beckel, presumably because he is a liberal Democrat, the way it would have if Rush Limbaugh had made that comment. But I suspect most Americans would not see bigotry, but perhaps common sense precaution in Beckel’s remarks.

I also suspect most Americans would be surprised to learn that since 9/11 there has been a 500% increase in the number of Saudis studying in America. And the same government that could not keep tabs on Tamerlan Tsarnaev recently added Saudi Arabia to its “trusted traveler program.”

If we are bringing so many young Saudis to U.S. universities to study here because we believe that doing so makes them more inclined to like the United States, it would help that goal if the professors teaching them did not despise America themselves.

Unfortunately, the evidence is overwhelming that most left-wing professors may not particularly like America. College textbooks often teach anti-American history. And the culture on most college campuses is unlikely to instill patriotism or a love of America.

“Academic Cesspools”

As a former Under Secretary of Education during the Reagan Administration, there is little that boils my blood more than the anti-American bias at our so-called “institutions of higher learning.” I commend to everyone reading this report a column by Walter Williams entitled “Academic Cesspools.”

Williams writes about a report commissioned by Thomas Klingenstein examining the intellectual and political “diversity” of Bowdoin College. It is a disturbing representation of the radical leftist culture at one of America’s elite institutions — a culture that is all too common throughout the country. Consider these excerpts:

“There are ‘no curricular requirements that center on the American founding or the history of the nation.’ Even history majors aren’t required to take a single course in American history. …As for political diversity, the report estimates that ‘four or five out of approximately 182 full-time faculty members might be described as politically conservative.’ During the 2012 presidential campaign, 100 percent of faculty donations went to President Barack Obama.”
I urge parents with high school seniors to carefully examine the schools your college-bound children will be attending and the courses they will be taking.

If you are donor to any alumni programs, learn from Mr. Klingenstein’s example and find out exactly what your money is funding at your alma mater. You may be stunned and disgusted. I strongly encourage you to redirect your resources to organizations that defend, rather than denigrate, your values and our country.

House Report Blasts Hillary On Benghazi

House Republicans released a preliminary report on the terrorist attacks against our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The report is a conglomeration of findings from five House committees that have been investigating the attacks. The report has three main conclusions: Hillary misled Congress, there was a cover-up and the Obama White House misled the American people. You can read more here.

The report is a good start. But at this stage I believe it makes more sense to combine and continue the work of the five committees into a single Watergate-style select committee on Benghazi.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) has introduced a resolution calling for the creation of such a committee specifically empowered to thoroughly investigate the Benghazi attacks. One hundred-twenty House Republicans have co-sponsored his resolution, and the idea is also supported by hundreds of retired Special Operations officers.

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Obama’s FBI

Many members of Congress, as well as average Americans, are furious that Russian intelligence warned the FBI about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, which interviewed him, allowed him to leave the country for six months and then ignored him.

His growing interest in radical Islam was obvious. He had visited Internet sites of Islamic radicals preaching hatred of America. The Wall Street Journal reports that he even tried to convert one of the FBI agents during his interview. Apparently that didn’t raise any red flags since the FBI determined that Tamerlan was not a threat.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev is now the fifth person to become involved in a terror plot AFTER being interviewed by the FBI. Others include the Fort Hood assassin Major Nidal Hasan and Carlos Bledsoe, who attacked an Army recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas. Both attacks took place in 2009.

The Associated Press reports today that the interrogation of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has led investigators “to believe he and his brother were motivated by a radical brand of Islam.” Sadly, that might come as a big surprise to many in our increasingly politically correct government.

Here’s what has happened to the FBI under this president. In recent years, following orders from political appointees, the FBI has purged anything critical of the Muslim Brotherhood from its counterterrorism and agent preparation manuals. The Muslim Brotherhood is at the root of many modern Islamic terrorist movements.

The FBI has been ordered to reach out to local mosques, a good idea in theory. The problem is that many American mosques have been built with and are subsidized by Saudi money. They are often staffed with imams who are trained in Saudi Wahhabism and teach from radical Saudi texts.

Put yourself in the shoes of a young FBI agent. Often those agents have gone through U.S. universities permeated with leftwing instructors. There they learned all of America’s flaws while being inundated with politically correct dogma extolling tolerance and diversity as the highest values.

Then they come into an agency in which the way to end your career is to appear to be overly zealous in pursuing radicalism in the Islamic community — leaving you open to charges of profiling and bigotry.

Just consider what is coming from the top. President Obama hesitated to call the Boston Marathon bombing “terrorism.” His administration labeled the Fort Hood shooting “workplace violence.” After the attack, a top general fretted about “diversity becoming a victim.”

The Secretary of the Homeland Security prefers to avoid the term “terrorism” in favor of “man-caused disasters.” The new director of the Central Intelligence Agency argues that “jihad” is a “legitimate tenet of Islam.”

The amazing thing is in spite of all these disincentives to keeping us safe, we have had only a handful of attacks like Fort Hood and the Boston Marathon bombing. But left-wing political correctness and pure blindness will put more Americans at risk, and, if unchecked, it will become our own “suicide belt.”

Canadian Bombing Foiled

Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, ages 30 and 35, were arrested in Canada yesterday and charged with plotting to blow up a passenger train that runs from Toronto to Niagara Falls and then onto Penn Station in New York City. Canadian authorities said that no attack was imminent, but stressed that the plot was serious because the men had “direction and guidance” from Al Qaeda operatives in Iran.

There is no known connection between this plot and the Boston bombing, except perhaps the motivation. The Canadian Muslim suspects have been described as “very religiously strict.”

Immigration Reform A Boon To Democrats

I like Florida Senator Marco Rubio. I think he has a bright future ahead of him. But there must be some disconnect between the way he describes the comprehensive immigration reform bill he is supporting and the reaction of so many liberal Democrats to the bill.

Why is Chuck Schumer (D-NY) so happy with this bill? Schumer is a raw political partisan. Why has Obama’s political operation announced it is mounting an all-out effort to get it passed? Politico answers those questions in a report today highlighting the electoral benefits for Democrats. Consider this excerpt:

“The immigration proposal pending in Congress would transform the nation’s political landscape for a generation or more — pumping as many as 11 million new Hispanic voters into the electorate a decade from now in ways that, if current trends hold, would produce an electoral bonanza for Democrats and cripple Republican prospects in many states they now win easily.”
The article goes on to note that had those voters been eligible to participate in the 2012 election, Obama’s narrow win would have been a seven-point landslide. States like Florida, Colorado and Nevada would be reliably Democrat, while Arizona and Texas would be highly competitive swing states.

To Rubio and the GOP leadership: SLOW DOWN!

Boy Scouts Compromise

The Boy Scouts of America, under pressure from the militant homosexual rights lobby and its big business allies, recently put forward a compromise on its membership policy. Trying to “cut the baby in half,” the proposed new policy will allow openly homosexual scouts but not openly homosexual scout masters.

Given that the vast majority of scouting chapters are sponsored by churches or religiously affiliated organizations, this proposed compromise will hurt the Scouts and cost them members and chapters.

Predictably, all of the leftwing groups, led by the Human Rights Campaign, immediately made it clear that this compromise was not enough. If anyone at the BSA thought this would end the pressure, they haven’t been paying attention to the culture wars in America.

This may be shocking to our friends at the BSA, but even if they announced a total reversal of the entire policy, the left’s assault would not end. It would instead intensify.

Surrender would only be greeted by more demands for sensitivity training to guarantee that tolerance was being enforced, resulting in the indoctrination of young scouts into the homosexual rights agenda. All that the BSA accomplished with this move was to demoralize its supporters and encourage its opponents.

For readers who may be confronted by friends with the “tolerance” argument, let me remind you once again that this is not about tolerance. If tolerance is the yardstick, then where is the tolerance for the BSA and its values?

The left has no tolerance for the values of men and women of faith. Like the debate over marriage, this is about the left forcing its “morality” on the rest of society. It is the left that will not tolerate a traditional group for young men.

No one in America is saying, “You can’t start a group similar to scouting for gay kids.” Anyone can do that, but I doubt the group would have many members.

Meanwhile, the BSA only has to look to its Canadian counterpart to see what the future holds if it continues to surrender to the demands of the left.

End Of Day Report

Monday, April 22, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Second Suspect Arrested & Responsive

Everyone cheered when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, was found hiding in a boat late Friday evening. He is currently under heavy guard in Beth Israel Hospital. He is reportedly unable to speak but is communicating with authorities in writing. Here are some additional details:

  • There were reports over the weekend that the FBI was investigating the possibility that the brothers were part of a larger sleeper cell. On ABC’s Sunday talk show “This Week,” reporter Pierre Thomas said that while there was no evidence yet of a broader plot, there was nonetheless “deep, deep concern about the amount of ammunition, guns and working bombs these men had.”
  • In addition, the FBI wants to speak with Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, the wife of slain bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
    She converted to Islam when she married him and they have a three year-old daughter. According to her attorney, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev had no reason to suspect her husband since she was working 70 to 80 hours a week, seven days a week to support her family.  

  • The mosque the brothers attended has a checkered past. It has connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, and recently hosted a left-wing author who believes the “war on terror” is really a “war against Islam” being waged by America and its allies.
  • The brothers’ parents, Anzor and Zubeidat Tsarnaev, insist their sons are innocent. In fact, the mother, Zubeidat, contends it is all a plot by the FBI. During an interview with a Russian news agency, she said, “He [Tamerlan] was controlled by the FBI for three to five years… they were controlling his every step and now they say that this is a terrorist act! …I am 100 percent sure that this is a set up.”
    Mrs. Tsarnaev’s paranoia aside (I’ll come back to that below), this is a point that officials must take more seriously. The FBI had investigated Tamerlan before. Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey writes in today’s Wall Street Journal, “Tamerlan Tsarnaev is the fifth person since 9/11 who has participated in terror attacks after questioning by the FBI.”

  • Mrs. Tsarnaev seems to be a radicalized Muslim herself. According to this column, Mrs. Tsarnaev, like her eldest son, became increasingly religious in America and abandoned western dress for Islamic garb. She set up her daughters in arranged marriages and is a “9/11 truther.” She once told a customer that 9/11 was carried out by the government to make America hate Muslims. “It’s real,” she said, “My son knows all about it. You can read on the internet.”

9/11 Trutherism & The Left

A lot of people continue to wonder why leftists, who are pro-abortion, pro-gay rights and secular, have made political alliances in United States and Europe with Islamists who are opposed to them on a host of issues. Radical Islamists are not debating same-sex marriage, but whether gays should be killed.

What is often overlooked is that in both groups there is propensity to favor big government. Radical Islamists want a caliphate to regulate every aspect of our lives based on Islamic principles. The left wants to tell us what to eat, what to drink, what to drive and what to say and think.

Many on the left also despise Judeo-Christian civilization and its two pillars — America and Israel. Both groups believe absurd and obscene charges about our country. They do not believe America is a “shining city upon a hill” or a force for mainly good in the world, but rather the source of much of the world’s ills.

One of the most obscene lies in recent years is the idea that the 9/11 attacks were “an inside job.” Some on the left believe that George W. Bush knew the attacks would happen and didn’t do anything because he believed the country’s reaction would provide cover to take oil in the Middle East and wage wars that he and other “warmongering neo-cons” wanted.

But others on the left (and sadly even some on the Paulian right) believe the attacks were actually carried out by elements of the U.S. government. They call it a “black flag” or “false flag” operation. According to one 2006 poll, more than half of Democrats were willing to entertain the notion that Bush either knew about or ordered the 9/11 attacks.

Just like many political leftists, Mrs. Tsarnaev has chosen to deny the truth about 9/11. (By the way, Paul Kevin Curtis, the man arrested in Mississippi for mailing letters containing the poison ricin, was also a 9/11 truther.) Polling in Islamic countries shows large majorities do not believe that Arabs were responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Why do we never hear about this?

It’s not as though the American media are averse to reporting on bizarre theories and the people who believe them. But the conspiracy they are fixed on is “birtherism” — that some Americans don’t think Obama is a citizen. They miss few opportunities to vilify such individuals and put conservative politicians on the hot seat. But the liberal media show no interest at all in the widespread belief on left and among radical Muslims that the Bush Administration (Republicans) attacked America on 9/11.

Anger Management

What angers you more — Congress not doing what you want or Islamists blowing up your neighbors? Watching his performance last week, you would have to conclude that President Obama seems more bothered by Congress voting against his gun control legislation than by the Boston Marathon bombing.

Obama spoke about the two events several times last week, and he showed far more emotion over losing the Senate vote on background checks than he did about the jihadist bombings in Boston. During his Rose Garden press conference on the gun control vote, Obama was petulant, angry and over the top. He could barely hide his disdain for his opponents, calling them liars and suggesting the vote was “shameful.”

But when it came to the Boston bombing, Obama was almost emotionless. He initially refused to call the attack terrorism. Friday night he lectured us, urging everyone not to “rush to judgment — not about the motivations of these individuals; certainly not about entire groups of people.”  That’s what he felt was really important to tell the American people.

So, Obama thinks some supporters of the Second Amendment are liars but doesn’t want to rush to judgment with alleged jihadists.

Exploiting The Boston Bombing

Believe it or not, Reuters and some Democrats are citing the Boston jihadists as justification for tougher gun control laws. Here’s the reasonsing, and I use that term loosely: The two men were not licensed to own guns, did not go through background checks, thus we need more laws.

As the Reverend Al Sharpton said, “How can we have such upheaval, such bedlam, and people don’t even want to check who we allow to have deadly weapons. Something don’t make sense to me.”

The left-wing ideology doesn’t make sense to me. Think about that for a second: The criminals were obviously ignoring laws on the books and the left’s solution is to pass more laws that criminals will undoubtedly ignore, but that will create additional burdens for law-abiding Americans!