Obama encourages illegal aliens to vote?

Not quite so fast. He did not understand the premise of the question, or he just was not listening. When Gina Rodriguez asked the question during the interview earlier this week, everyone freaked out about the answer. The video you’re seeing elsewhere cuts off a relevant comment by the president a few moments later in the interview.

But let’s be clear, the president is known for interviews with mixed messages like this.

Rodriguez asked, “Many of the millennials, dreamers, undocumented, ahh… citizens … and I call them citizens because they contribute to this country are fearful of voting. So if I vote, will Immigration know where I live, will they come for my family, and deport us?”

The president answers, “Not true.” He goes on with platitudes about how important it is to vote and not be afraid. It’s important to note Rodriguez just smiled and did not correct or clarify her question. At 1:12 into this clip, the president noted he thought it was important for Latinos – who are citizens – to vote because others in the community may “not have a voice, who can’t legally vote.”

To me, it’s clear what Rodriguez was asking the president, and she let him keep speaking. At 1:09, Rodriguez even mentions “the entire community.” The president did not get it … or did he?

Follow up

Let’s see if the president actually makes the effort to come out and say if you are an illegal alien, non-resident or non-citizen, you can not vote. It is illegal to do so. He won’t.

Here is a proper edit of the clip. If you’d like to see the entire interview – I’m certain it was edited like any other interview – click here.

Gina Rodriguez thinks it’s fine for illegal aliens to vote?

Another follow up. Rodriguez is an actress born and raised in Chicago to parents from Puerto Rico. A question for Rodriguez … is she now suggesting it’s OK for undocumented workers (non-citizens) to vote? In her opinion, did Obama give that opinion the green light?

Rodriguez is claiming the question referred to illegal aliens who are afraid of the voting process. Supposedly they think if someone in their family who is a citizen votes, they are at more of a risk to be tracked down and deported. If that’s the case, it’s one of the worst interview questions I could ever imagine. It’s actually an absurd question if you think about it.

Then she follows up with the following.

So if I vote, will immigration know where I live, will they come for my family and deport us?

Again, absurd question. If you are a citizen and voting, how is Immigration going to come and deport you? You’re a citizen. 

Bad interview all-around, and just enough “mixed messaging” to let illegals know they can vote with no consequences while the president and Rodriguez can claim “we never said that.”

Words matter.

Obama administration created list of Muslims & Asians for top jobs

Imagine the total media firestorm George W. Bush would have been – or Donald Trump would be in now – if they had requested their staff put together an exclusive list of white Christians for top Executive Branch positions. Imagine an oil company or a Fortune 50 company doing the same.

Be honest, not only would the full force of the mainstream media come down on Bush, Trump or that evil oil company, the Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Justice (DOJ) would be rushing to publicly hang every single individual involved. They would be going for complete personal and financial destruction and publicly discuss prison time.

They would get more than their pound of flesh, but if Barack H. Obama asked for a list of Muslims and Asians for top administration jobs, what do we get?

The co-chairs of the Obama transition team in 2008 were John Podesta, Valerie Jarret and Peter Rouse. Recently, WikiLeaks has provided some insight into the inner-workings of the transition team. Gayle E. Smith is listed as one of the National Security Team Leads for the transition, and she – along with Podesta and Michael Froman – received an email from Preeta D. Bansal with the subject Asian American Candidates, Muslim American Candidates.

Smith is currently the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Smith has worked for years in various positions in the Clinton and Obama administrations, and she was a “working group chair” for the Clinton Global Initiative prior to working in the Obama administration.

Michael Froman was a classmate of Obama’s at Harvard Law, and an advisor during his US Senate campaign and a member of the 2008 transition team. He worked in the administration and is currently the United States Trade Representative. Bansal first sent the email to Froman, and then she immediately sent the email to Podesta and Smith. Smith then forwarded it to Podesta again.

Bansal – who happened to go to Harvard and was a supervising editor at the Harvard Law Review in the late 1980s – ended up working in the Clinton Administration DOJ in the mid-90s. More on her professional background here. She’s not listed as part of the Obama transition team, but she ended up working as general counsel and senior policy adviser at the Office of Management and Budget for a couple of years.

During the transition, Bansal was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, one of the top law firms in the United States. The email came from Bansal’s work email address so we can assume this was a professional request by the transition team.

What Bansal was tasked to do – presumably by Smith or one of the co-chairs – was to provide a list of “Asian American Candidates, [and] Muslim American Candidates” for top jobs in the administration.

Again, let that request sink in… Here is the email and attachments. This is the original part of the email, without the forwarding replies, but with my emphasis in bold.

Here are the compiled lists of Asian American and Muslim American candidates for top Administration jobs, sub-cabinet jobs, and outside boards/agencies/policy committees. A couple things to note about the list of Muslim American candidates:

  1. In the candidates for top jobs, I excluded those with some Arab American background but who are not Muslim (e.g., George Mitchell). Many Lebanese Americans, for example, are Christian. In the last list (of outside boards/commissions), most who are listed appear to be Muslim American, except that a handful (where noted) may be Arab American but of uncertain religion (esp. Christian).
  2. There is only one candidate I thought was a viable one for a Secretary-level job among the Muslim Americans. That said, on both lists, there are some very senior people listed in the last category (for outside boards/commissions) who conceivably could be considered for top jobs. The very senior people I put on the last list tended not to be terribly involved in politics or policy, or in the case of some Asian Americans, had already served in the Clinton and even Carter Administrations and so I thought we should seek new talent. But there’s no magic to some of the placements. I think the lists are fairly exhaustive, but some of the people may be moved to other categories.
  3. High-profile Muslim Americans tend to be the subject of a fair amount of blogger criticism, and so the individuals on this list would need to be ESPECIALLY carefully vetted. I suspect some of the people I list would not survive such a vet — but I do personally know, at least in part, virtually all of the candidates in the 1st two categories (but I know very few of those listed for outside boards/commissions).
  4. I listed the elected Muslim American democratic officials at the end of the second category, but for various reasons, I didn’t think any of them would necessarily be suitable for an Administration appointment. Nevertheless, I wanted to flag them for you in case you wanted to evaluate them further.

DOJ list will be coming in the next two days. Judges and USAttorneys will still take about 10 days. Let me know if the latter are needed sooner.

Preeta D. Bansal

The attachments (both MS Word documents) included one list of Asian Americans and one list of Muslim Americans.

I list and provide links to information about all of the parties involved since you are certain to see every single one of them involved in a Hillary Clinton transition team if she is elected president. These people most likely publicly condemn Republicans and conservatives for being racists and bigots, when all they seem to be able to see is the color of one’s skin or their religion. They are making hiring decisions based on race and religion.

I understand optics in politics, but to create lists that outright exclude qualified candidates based on their race or religion? Come now, you know this would be treated quite differently by everyone if the tables were turned. The same exact people I’ve listed in this post would be complaining on-air Sunday morning, writing op-ed pieces for the Times and demanding justice be served.

Hypocrites. Every one of them.

For Obama, federal government reach has NO limit – Free college proposed

For years, I’ve been advocating the complete shutdown of the U.S. Department of Education. In the United States Constitution, funding of education is never mentioned or implied, but for 35 years federal government has been handing out cash to states and school systems in return for capitulating to prescribed standards and rules created by federal bureaucrats. Now President Obama wants to offer up “free” college education.

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Obama immigration Executive Order speech wrap-up

I watched only a few moments last night, and listened for a few more. It concerns me the president referenced Reagan and Bush 41 regulations and interpretations of laws* passed in Congress in comparison to his Executive Order that will completely ignore current law. But that’s not all conservatives are rightfully bitching about.

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More “calibration issues” with voting machines

Again, if these votes were switching from Democrats to Republicans, all hell would be breaking loose. This time, we’re getting reports from Maryland. All we have left it seems is our vote. The process should be held in the highest regard, yet Democrats just don’t see it that way.

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The more things change… Reagan’s “A time for choosing” speech

Central government planning. Un-checked federal government growth. The failed “war on poverty.” Social Security ponzi scheme. Outlandish Department of Agriculture rules and regulations. Appeasing the enemy.

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Racial profiling traffic “study” stirring up stupidity again

For the life of me, I can not figure out why a review of traffic stop statistics could provide race-baiters with solid information showing cops are “illegally” racial profiling. Oh wait, I know. They can use the statistics collected – no matter how valid they are – to show a “disparity” they can use in a headline.

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Single tragedy kicks off discussion on additional boating regulations in Connecticut

The government does not always have to “do something.” Emily Fedorko from Greenwich died in what can only be described as a terrible accident on the water Aug. 7. Emily and three teenage friends were in a motorboat on Long Island Sound enjoying the day when Emily died after coming in contact with a spinning propeller. Horrific. But as usual politicians are already discussing additional state regulations to limit the operation of motor vessels by kids on the water.

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Bill Whittle: A brief history of mental illness

Here is Bill Whittle’s newest Firewall video. Whittle generally bats one thousand with these informative videos, and this one does not disappoint. It’s worth it to watch.

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Good News: Firearm dealers removed from FDIC “high risk” category

This was one of the Obama administration’s attacks on the firearm industry bypassing the normal legislative process. In-other-words, President Obama used his phone and pen to tell the Federal Insurance Deposit Corporation (FDIC) to put firearm dealers on a list of “high risk” businesses banks should avoid. Banking is heavily regulated by the federal government, and if banks wanted to stay “in good graces” with the feds, they were told they should “avoid those high risk businesses” or … well, you may have problems in the future.

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