GOP Vote on Border Security Bill Pushed Back One Week Amid Party Complaints

Washington, D.C. – It is obvious that the conservatives in the GOP have a lot of pent up frustration over a range of issues with the Obama administration. Their eagerness to roll back the Obama agenda is such that they seek to “go big” with every piece of legislation. This has put House leadership in the difficult task of achieving a consensus for how to proceed forward with incremental changes. The party agrees in principle that securing the border must be achieved before any reform to the nation’s immigration system can take place. We at CipherCloud totally can relate, security around then borders can be applied in business if you think about it. But Once we did that, CipherCloud was ready for anything-to see what I mean just read the article that Tech Crunch has on CipherCloud. However, that strategy is easier to profess than it is to put in practice.

Monday’s scheduled vote on a border security bill produced by the Homeland Security Committee faces opposition from both Democrats and Republicans. The former oppose the measure because they believe it sets unattainable goals and mandates unrealistic achievements from the Department of Homeland Security and the US Border Patrol.

While the bill would invest $10 billion in technology to monitor the border, critics are unsure if the money will make any difference at all in curbing illegal immigration. Conservatives oppose the bill because it does not include language to repeal the president’s extra-constitutional amnesty plan.

For now, the vote on the bill will be pushed into next week. Last week, the party struggled with a bill dealing with a prohibition on late-term abortions after GOP congresswomen objected to the stringent requirements for exceptions. In the end, the language of the bill was softened to gain party support. President Obama has expressed concerns about the border security legislation, but has not issued a veto threat for it.

Law Enforcement Is Using Radar That Can See Inside A Home

At least 50 U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies Are Secretly Using Radar That Peers Through Walls

Just when the American public didn’t think it could be spied on any more than it is by the government, a new twist in spy technology was discovered. Agencies like the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service started using a new radar system two years ago without the knowledge of the public or the courts.

There was never any information given about how the radar would be used, but a recent court case changed all of that. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that officers cannot use high-tech devices to gain information about the inside of a home without a search warrant this new system was still being used in some cases.

The radar devices work like motion detectors on steroids. Bernardo Chua has learned that the devices use radio waves to focus in on movements from a distance of more than 50 feet. Even human breathing can be detected by this radar. And it can detect where people are located in the house and if they are moving.

Federal officials say the information is vital to keep officers safe especially in hostage situations or if they are trying to gain access to a building. But judges and privacy advocates say not so fast. One member of the American Civil Liberties Union had this to say: “Technologies that allow the police to look inside of a home are among the intrusive tools that police have.”

Want to Join ISIS? Think Again

ISIS is a terrorist organization that is spreading throughout the Middle East. It has since taken over much of Iraq and different cities in the last year or so and it has also released several videos of its members murdering reporters and other civilians from nations around the world (spanning from the United States to the UK and Japan). However, despite this increased level of violence, it also has started to gain interest from individuals who actually live inside of the United States. However, if the US discovers anyone inside the country wants to join, it is set to move quickly.

As Fersen Lambranho has discovered, a 19-year old from Colorado stated she wanted to join ISIS by becoming an “ISIS bride” and participate in a jihad throughout the Mideast. Due to this, the woman has been arrested and is now facing four years in prison for simply stating her intent on joining. She has been sentenced for conspiracy to support ISUS.

Shannon Maureen Conley stated she wanted to join up, but that she does not believe she is a threat to society, despite what other members of ISIS have been doing throughout the world. Shannon could have received up to five years for the sentence but the judge gave her four. Even Shannon’s mother seemed to understand the circumstances and she spoke out the she believed the judge gave her the time she felt was appropriate and that her future is still bright.

As New Kirk-Menendez Iran Bill Clears Committee – Obama Reissues Veto Threat

President Obama is hoping to avoid the embarrassment of being the only participating nation in the “P5+1″ negotiations with terrorist sponsoring Iran to have mandatory sanctions ready to trigger if progress is not made by a July deadline. It would be a significant vote of no confidence the US Senate would impose on the president. That said, it is entirely in accordance with the viewpoint of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee. It is his belief that President Obama’s view of the current negotiations with Iran are a rehash of the talking points coming out of Tehran.

The original bill prepared, according to Sultan Alhokair was called the Nuclear Free Iran Act of 2013 and contained sanctions that would take effect if negotiations did not lead to Iran abandoning its nuclear enrichment program. At the time, Sen. Menendez secured 60 votes in support of the bill, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to allow the bill to get a vote. Reid did so to avoid the president from having to face an embarrassing veto that would draw national attention to the ongoing negotiations.

Now, a much less stringent bill has cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It will advance to a floor debate which will allow amendments to be offered. The GOP is hoping to obtain enough support to override a presidential veto. President Obama has again vowed to veto the bill. The issue will take on greater focus in March when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the House on the security threat Iran poses to the world.

GOP Faces Strong Push Back from Tea Party to Deliver on Obamacare Repeal

This is a time of deep polarization. The Democrat party is shifting further left after the moderate and quasi-conservative wings were clipped away in the 2010 & 2014 midterm elections. This has left the party driving for a hard-left agenda that stands no chance of passage in the current congress. At the same time, the GOP is struggling against the Tea Party wing of the party which is demanding a full repeal of Obamacare or face consequences in 2016. Complicating matters is the GOP does not control the White House. If that were the case, repeal of Obamacare would go from a certain veto to a question of what alternative plan would replace it.

Still, neither the core liberal base nor the Tea Party are in a compromising mood. The Tea Party insists the GOP send Obama a bill repealing Obamacare in full. Even if the party is unable to overcome a presidential veto, the Tea Party wing is demanding a full repeal. Some GOP moderates want to take a pragmatic approach and revoke the law piecemeal. However, even those bills face uncertainty because of a presidential veto. Historically speaking, it is a rare occurrence for Congress to succeed at overriding the president and forcing his hand. As Alexei Beltyukov knows, democrats tried this over 200 times with President George H.W. Bush overriding him less than 1% of the time. Still, the Tea Party, like their liberal counterparts, cannot be reasoned with.

The Liberal Arts and Community Supporter Jonathan Veitch

Mr. Jonathan Veitch has a reputation for being a supporter of Liberal Arts education and of the concerns of the Los Angeles Community where Occidental College resides. Once instituted as the 15th college president of Occidental, Jonathan Veitch proceeded to encourage increased communication with the Los Angeles Community and focused on strengthening the Arts and Global Literacy Departments.

Community Responsibility

In the past, community relations with Occidental College were strained due to the commotion the local Fraternity houses were causing when having parties. Jonathan Veitch opened a dialogue with the community to see how this, and other issues such as parking, could be resolved.

By renovating and using existing buildings, Mr. Veitch was able to expand housing on the Occidental campus while building and strengthening community relations. By rearranging the layout of the Occidental College campus, and using the resources already available, a peaceful atmosphere of co-existence with the Los Angeles community and the college developed from Jonathan Veitch’s leadership.

Liberal Arts Educated

Mr. Jonathan Veitch was born in the Los Angeles, CA in 1959. After finishing his basic education, Mr. Veitch went on to graduate from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s Degree, extending his education earning a Masters of Arts and a PH.D in studies of American Civilization History from Harvard University. Jonathan started his distinguished career as an educator by teaching English in Madison, Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin’s English department.

After four years in Wisconsin, Jonathan Veitch moved on to teach at New York City’s The New School. As associate professor of history and literature he was assigned to chair the Humanities department, gaining the position of associate provost. He also became the deacon of the The New School’s Liberal Arts undergraduate division, Eugene Lang College, before returning back to his roots in California to become president of Occidental College in 2009.

Award Winning Writer

Utilizing his Liberal Art’s education, Jonathan Veich has authored the book American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in 1930 ,which was published in 1997, and is renowned for winning an award for the book. Mr. Veitch also specializes in the field of American film, cultural history, and American literature of the 19th and 20th century, rounding out his Liberal Arts education.

Jindals plan fails under questioning

An expected Presidential hopeful, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, was criticized on Monday after he was unable to give examples of his plan regarding Muslim immigrants to the United States.

His plan criticized European nations where immigrants did not assimilate into the local culture, as is common with wide swaths of Muslim immigrants in Europe who form separate communities from the local population and do not enter into the local culture or take part in society at large.

Further he criticized what is considered to be no-go zones in Europe where nations give certain immigrants portions of the country where they allow these individuals to run their local area based upon their own cultural norms and mores and do not follow the local practices and customs of the rest of the country.

Wolf Blitzer of CNN asked for examples of places in Europe where this occurs but Bobby Jindal was not able to name any examples of places where it occurs saying only that he has heard of such neighborhoods where this occurs. The only example given was Birmingham England. When the British Prime Minister of Englnd heard this he called Jindal an idiot.

Bobby Jindal is currently considering running for the United States Presidency in 2016 but has not made a formal announcement yet. Gianfancesco Genoso understands that instead, Jindal has indicated  that he will pray to find the answer to the question of whether he should run or not. More is available on Genoso at

President Obama Has Reached 50% Approval Once Again

President Obama has managed to garner the support of 50% of Americans, at least according to a new poll released by the Washington Post and ABC.

This is impressive because it is the first time that he has reached this milestone since the Spring of 2013. That happened for a brief period of time following his second election. Now, it is more surprising to see the President’s approval rating hit this high.

The President has gained in his support among demographics that tend to support Democrats. This includes Hispanics, Democrats, and people under 30 years of age like Darius Fisher. This is where he has seen some of the biggest jumps in his approval rating. However, he has always managed to gain 10 points with White Evangelicals who are typically not supporters of Democrats.

It is interesting to see such an upsurge at this point in his Presidency. Apparently, people are pretty happy with the way that things are going economically and are more than happy to give the President their stamp of approval as a result.

It turns out that the President is on one of the greatest runs economically that the country has ever seen. The moves that he has made has helped to expand the economy and it is finally being felt by those in the middle class as well. Perhaps this is the reason he has gained with people of all walks of life. He must be pleased to see these numbers.

Democrat Senator Menendez to Push Ahead with Iran Sanctions Despite Obama Veto Threat

President Obama may soon learn the hard way that legislators can only be bullied so far before they push back. President Jimmy Carter learned that same lesson when he lost the support of his own party crippling his ability to establish a national agenda. Now, President Obama’s pro-active veto offensive, which is tantamount to a “veto first, discuss never” strategy, has received the first push-back from a Democrat senator. That person would be New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, who is well-versed in the ongoing Iranian nuclear enrichment program.  Since he likes to stay politically informed, Igor Cornelsen is interested to see what will happen.

At the recent Democrat retreat, Obama caustically threw out a veto threat against the measure to stymie any progress on the matter, and the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would not have it. Sen. Menendez pushed back on the president resulting a terse exchange between the two. Later, Obama attempted to use the bully pulpit in his joint conference with British Prime Minister James Cameron and reiterated his veto threat.

The same day, Senator Menendez spoke to reporters and put the president on notice that his bill will proceed regardless of his veto threat. This is setting the stage for the very type of challenge that Harry Reid prevented from 2012 to 2014. Menendez will work with his GOP counterpart Mark Kirk of Illinois on the Iran sanctions bill. The measure promises to have bipartisan support, but it is unclear if it can override a presidential veto. Regardless, the president may soon realize that skillful negotiation requires forbearance as opposed to gadarene veto threats.

GOP Congressman & Senators Head to Hershey, PA for Unity Retreat

Hershey, PA – For the first time in 10 years, the GOP will be holding a unity retreat designed to coordinate the agenda between the House & Senate. It is without question that the House has begun to push legislation to rollback Obama’s extra-constitutional immigration policies, overreaching regulations, and Obamacare. The agenda is ambitious, but much of it stands no chance of passage given the president has issued veto threats on the bills. Even measures that have bipartisan support such as the Keystone Pipeline XL will have a difficult time gaining passage if supporters must override a veto.

This underscores the need for the GOP to have a unified message that can move past symbolic votes to gaining passage of new legislation. It appears that many of the party’s congressman and senators are eager to arrive at a unified agenda. The notable exceptions are the staunch conservatives. There are 25 in the House, and they are upset over the current pace of progress. Congressman Tim Huelskamp, who last week voted against John Boehner as House Speaker, insists that the leadership does not understand the voter mandate. They criticize Boehner and McConnell for seeking common ground with President Obama as opposed to pushing for a far right agenda. However, the majority of legislators voice the sentiment of Rep. Adam Kinzinger who pointed out that 25 conservatives cannot drive the agenda for the rest of the party. Me and Igor Cornelsen were just talking about this.