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Petulant Obama Mocks GOP on Refugees

In 2013, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev detonated two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring 264. The Tsarnaev brothers were Islamist radicals and “refugees.” In July 2015, five military personnel in Chattanooga were murdered by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez — an Islamist Palestinian immigrant. In other words, refugees and immigrants committing terrorism in the U.S. is not some theoretical hypothetical. It’s already happened. It happened in Paris, too — at least one attacker was a Syrian “refugee.”

But that makes no difference to the man-child in the Oval Office. Rather than assaulting the Islamofascists who commit such heinous acts, he turned his rhetorical fire on Republicans. Again. Still.

“I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric coming out of here in the course of this debate,” Obama said of his plan to bring in the Islamic Trojan horse via Syrian refugees. “Apparently [Republicans] are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America. At first, they were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of three-year-old orphans. That doesn’t seem so tough to me.”

Obama has never said a word in regard to the long list of orphans left in the wake of Islamist attacks in the U.S. and worldwide. Instead, he prefers hurling insults at his political opponents. That’s what narcissists do. And that in itself illustrates a big reason conservatives oppose his plan: It isn’t heartlessness on the part of Americans who don’t want a flood of 10,000 unknown Syrian refugees, it’s distrust of our own government. Remember, this is the administration that ran guns to Mexican drug cartels, targeted conservatives for IRS audit and set up ObamaCare in all its colossally inept glory. Secretary of State John Kerry insists “we have a very capable ability” to vet refugees, and he argues, “I just think people shouldn’t be hysterical here.” But forgive us for not hopping aboard the Trust Obama Express, trusting that he’ll successfully distinguish between those in need and those bent on killing Americans.

Besides, if Obama really wanted to help refugees, he’d quit hammering Republicans for advocating a focus on persecuted Christians. He doesn’t ever admit it, but Christians aren’t the ones blowing themselves up or firing into crowds with AK-47s yelling “allahu akbar.” And yet Christians are the group Obama isn’t admitting.

Finally, as we said yesterday, the real question is this: Why is Obama burning so much political capital on this issue? First, he’s a narcissist, and opposition usually serves only to make him double down. But second, and more important, he knows if he gives way on Syrians, Republicans will point out that our porous southern border poses a national security threat, which is going to eat into Democrats’ appeal with illegal immigrants. His faux immigration strategy is to play the issue for political gain. The political capital he’s investing now is all part of the plan.

(Bonus reading from The Heritage Foundation: What a Responsible Syrian Refugee Policy Looks Like for US After Paris Attacks)

Kerry: There’s ‘Legitimacy’ for Charlie Hebdo Attack

Another chapter was written into John Kerry’s long history of anti-American and anti-Western thoughts and actions Tuesday, as he pontificated that there was justification for the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris earlier this year. Jihadists assaulted the satirical newspaper because its cartoonists drew caricatures of Mohammad. “There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that,” Kerry mused, piling on the insult by making these remarks from the U.S. embassy in Paris. “There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of — not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, okay, they’re really angry because of this and that. This Friday was absolutely indiscriminate. It wasn’t to aggrieve one particular sense of wrong. It was to terrorize people. It was to attack everything that we do stand for.” And somehow, free expression — the Liberty to level the pen against sacred cows — is not something the West stands for anymore?

And another thought about this particular American in Paris. As an anti-war civilian in 1970, Kerry met with the North Vietnamese delegation during the Vietnam War peace talks in Paris — something Kerry has said was “borderline” legal. We think it was treason. He then came home and slandered American soldiers in Senate testimony. But by all means, let him represent our nation’s interests abroad.

Jindal Is Out, but Let’s Hope He Lingers in the Wings

Once considered a potential leader in the Republican Party, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Tuesday he was dropping out of the presidential primaries. “This is not my time,” Jindal said. If money is air and media churn is fuel in this presidential race, Jindal’s campaign died from asphyxiation. Jindal’s résumé is as high as his five-foot nine-inch frame, yet he couldn’t get enough money for his campaign to draw attention to himself and the lack of poll numbers regaled him to the pre-debate debates among the tail end of the Republican pack. The reformer of Louisiana was a man focused on ideas. “We spent a lot of time developing detailed policy papers,” Jindal told Fox News. “Given this clearly, unpredictable election season, clearly there just wasn’t a lot of interest in those policy papers.” So Jindal will return to the think tank he started to create “a blueprint for making this the American century.” Hopefully, when the presidential field is pared down, the front-runner will consider the politician-philosopher in Louisiana. He’ll make a great pick for vice president.

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Clinton Foundation: Oh, THAT Foreign Money…

By Lewis Morris

The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has refiled six years’ worth of amended tax returns to more properly account for revenue sources for the “charity.” Much of that revenue just happened to come from foreign governments — while Hillary was secretary of state.

The returns include tax years 2010 through 2013 for the Foundation and tax years 2012 and 2013 for the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Foundation president and longtime Clintonista Donna Shalala said that the organization was under no legal obligation to refile the forms but was motivated instead by the desire to be transparent. (They keep using that word…)

“There is no change in our bottom line numbers: assets, liabilities, and net assets,” Shalala wrote in a statement. “There is nothing to suggest that the Foundation intended to conceal the receipt of government grants, which we report on our website.”

There is also nothing to suggest that Shalala or the Foundation is telling the truth. The fact that these amended returns come during a period of intense scrutiny of Hillary Clinton’s White House run cannot be coincidence. Neither can it be mere chance that the years in question coincide with her term as secretary of state.

We’ve reported previously about the mounting evidence that the Clinton Foundation was set up mainly as a means of greasing the skids for Clinton’s inevitable White House run. We also explored how the Foundation continued to do business with countries that were simultaneously working with the State Department while Clinton was secretary.

Neither the State Department nor the Clinton Foundation found any conflict of interest or any impropriety in the arrangement after independent internal reviews. Well, isn’t that a load off our collective minds? Both organizations absolved themselves of any wrongdoing and we were expected to go on with our lives without any further questions.

This news about the amended returns brings the focus back to the Foundation just as the email server scandal temporarily slips off the front page. But the Clinton spin machine is in high gear right now, tossing out the “transparency” card to make the organization seem above board.

The returns that had been filed probably never would have been refiled had Reuters not reported on errors it discovered in the forms earlier this year. The only reason the Clintons are being “transparent” now is because they got caught. Again.

Meanwhile, the review of the tax returns was made by a law firm with strong Clinton ties. How much more transparent can they be?

The lawyer who conducted the review is Kathy Keneally, an attorney with DLA Piper, an international law firm in 30 countries. She worked for two years in Barack Obama’s Department of Justice. According to public record, DLA Piper has given somewhere between $50,001 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

The firm contributed $496,700 to Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and another $700,530 to her two Senate campaigns. Employees have already contributed $171,200 to her 2016 run. Not exactly what would normally be considered an unbiased third-party review. Oh yeah, and two registered lobbyists from DLA Piper are bundlers for Clinton’s campaign.

Keneally, like Shalala, said that no discrepancies were found. How convenient. However, if there were no discrepancies, then why did the returns have to be amended and refiled? The answer is because the Clintons don’t need this kind of trouble when primary season kicks in.

Bernie Sanders has already turned out to be more trouble than he’s worth by going after Clinton’s Wall Street connections. She didn’t do herself any favors by claiming the massive contributions she received from investment firms were because she was there to help them “rebuild” after Sept. 11, 2001. Never mind the load of cash she netted from Wall Street before 9/11.

Hillary Clinton has no shame. This is well documented. It’s also well documented that the Clinton Foundation is raking in the bucks. It finished 2014 with $354 million against $22 million in liabilities — the strongest financial position the organization has held in its history. Remember when Hillary complained about being “dead broke”? Good times.

Obviously, Clinton will do whatever it takes to continue greasing the wheels that will transport her to the White House. The Clinton Foundation is the prime conduit.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Michelle Malkin: “Along with everyday fraudsters, numerous jihad operatives — ranging from the Boston Marathon bomber brothers Tsarnaev to 1993 World Trade Center plotters Ramzi Yousef and the Blind Sheik to 1997 New York City bomb plotter Gazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer to CIA headquarters jihadist Mir Aimal Kansi to Ohio shopping mall bomb plotter Nuradin Abdi to ethnic Albanian Fort Dix jihad plotters Dritan, Shain and Eljvir Duka — have exploited our fraud-riddled asylum and refugee programs to plot and wage war on Americans. … Our government continues to issue one million green cards every single year, 70,000 permits to people who apply for asylum, 500,000 foreign student visas, and 700,000 work permits for both skilled and unskilled labor. Upwards of 30 million aliens are here illegally, with 45 percent of them visa overstayers from around the world, and hundreds of thousands of them deportation fugitives. The Departments of Homeland Security, State and Labor have all proved themselves serially incapable of monitoring, collecting and analyzing basic data about who gets in. Decades’ worth of U.S. Government Accountability Office and inspector general reports document repeated failures to enforce visa requirements and national security measures. ‘Force protection’ for American citizens on American soil starts with saying ‘stop’ to a perilous new refugee flood — so we can get our own house in order first.”

SHORT CUTS

Upright: “There was a revealing moment Sunday at the G20 summit in Turkey: As all stood for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Paris terror attacks, Barack Obama walked in late. This is the president who made the start time for the Chicago Bulls home opener just fine, mind you. Still, tardiness has been the norm for the duration of Obama’s presidency. The country and the world are always meant to wait for him, for both revolve around his leisure.” —Stephen Miller

Observations: “Some financial institutions may be considered ‘too big to fail,’ but contemporary Western society may be too frivolous to survive. The Romans had bread and circuses to keep the masses passive and unthinking. We have electronic gadgets, drugs and pornography. Like the Roman Empire, we too may decline and fall. What happened in Paris may be just the beginning.” —Thomas Sowell

For the record: Obama could have addressed the nation, calmed nerves, and quietly reached out and explained things. Instead, he took to the world stage to announce that there really is nothing we can do to stop ISIS and he’s not much inclined to change his strategy. The only choice the American people have, given the above, is to turn their back on refugees because the American people cannot and do not trust that President Obama’s Administration is able to exercise sound judgment and discretion relating to who gets into our country.“ —Erick Erickson

Good question: “How exactly do the #Dems propose to ‘vet’ the potential terrorists hidden among the #horde? Same way they ‘vetted’ the #Tsarnaevs?” —tweet by actor James Woods

Non Compos Mentis I: “[W]e cannot allow ourselves to become like those who want to destroy us. We cannot resort to the tactics of the barbarians.” —Fox News anchorhead Shepard Smith (We’re talking about measures to ensure those coming into our country are surrogates for the Islamic State masquerading as immigrants. We are not proposing to cut their heads off.)

Non Compos Mentis II: “I think the president is right to recognize that there is a limit to the potential of American military power in the region, that the reason that ISIS exists is in part of because of 10 years of U.S. boots on the ground.” —Sen. Chris Murphy (The Islamic State rose when Obama took boots off the ground.)

Friendly fire: “Where was the anger in that Obama press conference? I’m in Paris. His words fell shamefully short of sentiment here.” —Roger Cohen of The New York Times

And last… “To destroy ISIS, President Hollande has said that he will form a big unified coalition. But [Monday] President Obama said it would be a mistake for the U.S. to send troops to Syria. So the international community agrees on two things. One, the only way to wipe out ISIS is to send in ground troops. And two: ‘Not it!’” —Stephen Colbert

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