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You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up: At White House LGBT Pride Event, President Obama Is Heckled By Illegal Immigrant Trans-Woman Activist For Over Two Minutes Before She Is Finally Escorted Out

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:35 pm

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It’s crazy town at the White House. Trans-woman and illegal immigrant activist Jennicet Gutierrez heckled and hollered at the president during his LGBT Pride address today for two minutes before the Secret Service showed up to escort her out. Gutierrez is also the founder of immigrant rights group Familia TQLM, which seeks to end all deportations of LGBT detainees.

The president attempted to quiet Gutierrez, but she wouldn’t listen:

“Hey, you’re in my house. … You know what, it’s not respectful, when you get invited to somebody,” before being cut off again.

Gutierrez was finally escorted out by Secret Service agents, and continued yelling as she went out the door.

An obviously annoyed Obama commented:

“You’re not going to get a good response from me by interrupting me.”

“Shame on you, you shouldn’t be doing this,” Obama said before the crowd began chanting his name.

“As a general rule, I am just fine with a few hecklers, but not when I’m up in the house. You know what I mean?” he said, turning to Vice President Joe Biden after the woman was removed from the room. “Because, you know, my attitude is, if you’re eating the hors d’oeuvres … And drinking the booze, I know that’s right. Anyway, where was I?”

Gutierrez later posted her thoughts about the ruckus:


She later added:

‘The White House gets to make the decision whether it keeps us safe,” Gutiérrez said in the Not1MoreDeportation press release. “There is no pride in how LGBTQ and transgender immigrants are treated in this country. If the President wants to celebrate with us, he should release the LGBTQ immigrants locked up in detention centers immediately.”

Joe Biden, who was also on the stage with President Obama, was clearly, and most amusingly, frustrated.

Only in the this White House can a known illegal immigrant activist be welcomed into the White House and allowed to heckle and holler at the the President of the United States for two minutes before finally being escorted out of the room!


White House Continued To Cover Up Extent Of OPM Hack

Filed under: General — Dana @ 1:17 pm

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In a report from today’s Wall St. Journal, we learn that the OPM hack of U.S. data may have impacted upwards of 18 million social security numbers and that the agency misrepresented the breach. This is much different than what obfuscating White House officials originally led us to believe.

Obama administration officials avoided immediately disclosing the severity of the government employee data hack by defining it as two distinct breaches, according to people familiar with the matter, in an incident that underscores the tensions within the government over what officials have described as one of the worst breaches of U.S. data.

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation suspect China was behind the hack of Office of Personnel Management databases, and those hackers accessed not only personnel files but security clearance forms, which contain information that foreign intelligence agencies could use to target espionage operations, according to officials. Chinese officials have said they weren’t involved.

The administration disclosed the breach of personnel files on June 4 but not the security clearance theft. The security theft was disclosed a week later, but investigators probing the theft already knew about it.

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta is investigating the matter:

[S]he believes 4.2 million personnel records of current and former government employees were stolen as part of one breach, but she said the estimates were much less precise on the hack of background check investigations that took place over a number of years.

“It is my understanding that the 18 million [number] refers to a preliminary, unverified and approximate number of unique Social Security numbers in the background investigations data,” she said. “It is a number I am not comfortable with.”

After a heated three-hour hearing earlier this month regarding the hack – when the number being reported was only at 4 million – Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) called for Archuleta and her chief information officer to resign given that “OPM was warned repeatedly by the agency’s inspector general to make computer security upgrades, but took too long”. It’s not like anyone will actually be fired over this egregious breach. And in spite of President Obama has making his priorities known, the White House claims he is weighing out his options in response to the hack.

On a side note: Earlier this month, Mona Charen, who writes for National Review, announced that she had received a letter from the OPM informing her that her information had been compromised. She shared her favorite part of the letter with readers

“. . . nothing in this letter should be construed as OPM or the U.S. Government accepting liability for any of the matters covered by this letter or for any other purpose.”

But of course.



The Media Just Can’t Help Themselves

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:03 am

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I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Promoting a story on Bobby Jindal yesterday, the Washington Post tweeted this:

“There’s not much Indian left in Bobby Jindal.”

The article itself discusses the Americanization of Piyush Bobby Jindal (naming himself after Bobby Brady from the all-white Brady Bunch), his conversion to Christianity, and infers that at a result, his cred as a “conservative of color” is questionable. Because, if “many see him as a man who has spent a lifetime distancing himself from his Indian roots” while chasing the American dream, how can he possibly be viewed as “Indian enough”?

As Allahpundit suggests, the real problem, of course, is: Jindal assimilated. He happily and willfully embraced Americanism and all its glory. It just doesn’t get much worse than this, right?

In yet another bit of race-focus nonsense, a misguided article at The Hill discussed Gov. Nikki Haley’s “shrewdly mapped play” which called for the removal of the Confederate flag, and how that prompted a GOP turnaround on the issue:

And after years of happily whistling political Dixie as part of its mad racial plan for Southern domination, the Republican Party backed away from this in an unprecedentedly humble about face.

It’s packed with tiresome claims which you can read for yourself, but as with most political and cultural issues of the day, there is an obligation to massage and spin so that race takes center-stage:

This was some very smart, very intelligent and very long-term strategic maneuvering on the part of South Carolina’s governor, a move that may have just secured her a new political life and a fresh national stage. She’s still very popular. In terms of image, she’s suddenly transformed herself into Republican Wonder Woman of color, who took a stand against racism even though the GOP hates talking about it.

(h/t JWF)


ADDED: It is certainly no coincidence that the Washington Post published their story questioning Bobby Jindal’s authenticity as a “conservative of color” just one day prior to his announcement that he is a candidate for 2016. As with Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, and now Bobby Jindal, the MSM will do all it can to portray the Republican candidates in an unfavorable light.

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