Trey Gowdy Shames State Department Liaison That Has Time For “Condom Demonstrations” But Not For Congress

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State Department Liaison Joel Rubin was questioned by the bulldog, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, and demanded an explanation why the Select Committee on Benghazi still had not received access to all the witnesses and the documents they asked for.

Rubin cited security issues and the Justice Department as obstacles for the delivery of the witnesses and documents, to which Gowdy countered by telling him that the Justice Department wasn’t part of the hearing because they “have no issues with them.”

Gowdy concluded his questioning of the department with a subtle jab.

“If you have time for condom demonstrations or culinary diplomacy, I think you have time to comply with a legitimate request for documents from Congress and I’m sure you agree,” Gowdy said before recognizing another committee member.

h/t: IJReview

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WATCH The Gov’t-Produced Super Bowl Warning Video That’s Sparking A Crazy YouTube Frenzy

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has produced and posted to YouTube a short video warning people that flying a drone over, or even near, the site of this year’s Super Bowl could land them in big trouble.

As Fox News reports, the FAA has issued the 15-second video declaring the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., to be a “No Drone Zone.”

The FAA’s YouTube channel, which is not all that popular and generates relatively little traffic, has something of a “hit” on its hands with the brief no-drone advisory…but not necessarily the kind of hit the agency might want.

Those giving a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” to the brief video have reacted negatively to the “No Drone Zone” warning by almost 3-1. And viewers pushing back against the government restriction on flying a drone around the stadium — people apparently angered that their drone-flying rights are being restricted — have posted comments such as these (which contain language some might find offensive):

“What a retarded video how is it spoiling the game what a f-ing moan LOL I’m taking my drone to the Superbowl and I can fly it anyway I want…”

“I’ll leave my quad at home the moment people start leaving noisemakers and bodypaint at home. That or when there’s actually legal incentive to do so.”

“LOL I was waiting for the comic relief but this was an actual commercial. Oh lawd.”

“We live in the dystopian cyberpunk future.”

You can watch the FAA’s “No Drone Zone” Super Bowl warning by clicking on the video above.

h/t: Fox News

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School Superintendent Tells 8-Year-Old To Stop Handing Out Anti-Common Core Paraphernalia


Earlier this month, Kelly Watson received a call from the principal of her daughter’s school asking her to come in. Her daughter, Faith, is 8-years-old and a student at Martin Bluff Elementary School in Gautier, Miss.

Watson had recently attended a rally at the state capitol and had come home with buttons, bookmarks, and stickers that read, “Stop Common Core.” Faith asked if she could take some to school and pass them out to her friends. Watson said the other children were asking Faith questions about Common Core, and that she was able to answer them. “She was an A student,” Watson said, emphasizing that she did not pressure her daughter to pass out the anti-Common Core paraphernalia. “She knows all about Common Core. She hates it.”

School authorities were less than pleased. The principal, Victoria Hoover, told Watson that Faith was not allowed to hand anything out without permission from the superintendent, Wayne Rodolfich. Rodolfich said Faith couldn’t hand out the pins because they were dangerous (though the school’s handbook has no rule about pins on buttons unless the button is vulgar or demeaning, or the pin is being used as a weapon); however, Rodolfich’s no-pin rule “doesn’t explain why you can’t hand out bookmarkers and stickers,” Watson pointed out. “I’m still waiting on that.”

Incidentally, Rodolfich issued a public letter last week opposing an effort in the state legislature to repeal Common Core. He made the point that millions of taxpayer dollars have already gone into implementing Common Core, and millions more would be needed to create new standards.

“While I realize the opinion of licensed degreed professionals is not always valued by some in our state,” he remarked, “I would ask that anyone with any understanding of creating new standards calculate how many millions of dollars and years it will take to complete this process again? This is a classic case of throwing the baby out with the bath water.”

In response, State Senator Michael Watson, who sponsored the bill to repeal Common Core in Mississippi along with State Senator Angela Burks-Hill, wrote a letter in which he stated, “Mr. Rodolfich is a prime example of an educrat who thinks he knows what’s better for your children and my daughters than we do. Over the past 50 years, Washington has gained unprecedented, centralized control over our classrooms and our children. As a result, public education in Mississippi is worse for the wear. Mississippi’s stellar teachers have done the best with what they’ve been given. However, their hands are tied by highstakes testing and a lack of autonomy in their classrooms.” He went on to state some of his specific concerns about Common Core.

If nothing else, this is an issue of free speech. Just because Faith is 8-years-old by no means diminishes the freedom she has to have an opinion and speak her mind as a citizen of this country.

What do you think? Should Faith be allowed to pass out anti-Common Core information and speak her mind at school? And is it worth “throwing the baby out with the bath water,” as Rodolfich wrote, to implement a better educational standard?

h/t: TheBlaze

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Watch: What Defiant Rick Perry Just Said About His Indictment Shows Why He’s Texas Tough


Rick Perry may no longer be the governor of Texas, but he’s still very much in the legal spotlight in the Lone Star State…and still moving ahead with plans for a possible 2016 presidential run.

That bright legal spotlight following Perry has to do with his felony indictment that a judge has once again refused to dismiss. That indictment, which Perry claims amounts to the “criminalization of politics,” was filed after the then-governor pulled state funding from a county district attorney after her refusal to leave office following a drunk-driving conviction.

In an appearance on “Hannity” Wednesday night, Perry told the Fox News host that he’s not worried about the indictment and wears it as a “badge of honor,” saying the Constitution will ultimately protect him.

You can see why Rick Perry said that — and what else the former governor told Sean Hannity about his legal troubles — by clicking on the video above.

h/t: Fox News

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

WATCH: What This NBC News Reporter Just Called ‘Sniper’ Chris Kyle Shocked Even His Colleagues

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“American Sniper” and Chris Kyle continue to draw heavy fire from the leftist media.

People who love the movie as well as those who respect the warrior whose extraordinary service it depicts may find themselves applauding MSNBC show host Joe Scarborough for his reaction to what an NBC reporter said this morning about Chris Kyle, the late Navy SEAL at the center of the blockbuster film.

That reporter — NBC Foreign Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin — was a guest on “Morning Joe” when he called Kyle a “racist” who went on “killing sprees.”

As writer Mark Finkelstein observes in a piece on Mohyeldin’s comments: “With opinions like that, you might imagine Mohyeldin to be some unhinged bloviator from the bowels of the anti-American far left.”

In fact, Ayman Mohyeldin is a long-time employee of NBC News, a foreign affairs correspondent who used to work for Al Jazeera and regularly reports for the peacock network on events in the Middle East.

When challenged by show host Joe Scarborough after calling Kyle’s military missions “killing sprees,” Mohyeldin was clearly taken aback, as you can see by clicking on the video above to watch the tense exchange.

Despite what people like this NBC News reporter may think and say, the movie-going public has spoken loud and clear. As The Washington Times points out, “American Sniper” is a huge hit.

“Despite taking heavy flak from some critics, led by left-wing director Michael Moore, the film earned a jaw-dropping $247 million in its first two weeks, exposing a chasm between the Hollywood and political elite and moviegoing public not seen since the release of “The Passion of the Christ” in 2004.”



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