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From The Weekly Standard:

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to a background briefer provided by the White House, President Barack Obama is asking doctors to help deal with guns. Here’s the relevant passage:

PRESERVE THE RIGHTS OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO PROTECT THEIR PATIENTS AND COMMUNITIES FROM GUN VIOLENCE: We should never ask doctors and other health care providers to turn a blind eye to the risks posed by guns in the wrong hands.

Clarify that no federal law prevents health care providers from warning law enforcement authorities about threats of violence: Doctors and other mental health professionals play an important role in protecting the safety of their patients and the broader community by reporting direct and credible threats of violence to the authorities. But there is public confusion about whether federal law prohibits such reports about threats of violence. The Department of Health and Human Services is issuing a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits these reports in any way.

Protect the rights of health care providers to talk to their patients about gun safety: Doctors and other health care providers also need to be able to ask about firearms in their patients’ homes and safe storage of those firearms, especially if their patients show signs of certain mental illnesses or if they have a young child or mentally ill family member at home. Some have incorrectly claimed that language in the Affordable Care Act prohibits doctors from asking their patients about guns and gun safety. Medical groups also continue to fight against state laws attempting to ban doctors from asking these questions. The Administration will issue guidance clarifying that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit or otherwise regulate communication between doctors and patients, including about firearms.

I love how our president is so concerned about the “rights” of doctors. He is so concerned about those rights that he is ready and willing to enable doctors to gather information on individuals, that some how will not violate patient privacy laws, that sure looks like it infringes on every citizens right to bear arms. How is a doctor going to know if a family owns weapons? Is it any of that doctor’s business? I know if my doctor ask me about guns and etc. I will walk straight out of his office and find myself another doctor. Don’t get me wrong if someone’s life is in danger, a doctor does need to get involved, what the president is suggesting though is outright spying on citizens and reporting information directly to the federal government.

 

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From the Washington Times:

President Obama is using the national debate over gun violence to push for further action on his health care law…. Mr. Obama, unveiling his gun proposals Wednesday barely a month after the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn., will make it clear that his health law, known as the Affordable Care Act, allows doctors to ask patients whether they have guns in their homes, and will tell them they are able to report any threats of violence they hear to police.

Those are some of the 23 executive actions Mr. Obama plans to take whether or not Congress acts on his broader recommendations, the White House said.

Other moves including offering incentives for schools to hire police; finally naming a new director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); and requiring federal authorities to trace all guns recovered in their criminal investigations.

Mr. Obama also will call on his secretaries of education and health and human services to hold a national dialogue on mental health.

The entire list of the actions Mr. Obama is taking comprises:

1. Issue a presidential memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system

2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

4. Direct the attorney general to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.

5. Propose rule-making to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

9. Issue a presidential memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

10. Release a Department of Justice report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

11. Nominate a new director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

12. Provide law enforcement, first-responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

14. Issue a presidential memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

15. Direct the attorney general to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun-safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors from asking their patients about guns in their homes.

17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school-resource officers.

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

22. Commit to finalizing mental-health parity regulations.

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Education Secretary Arne Duncan on mental health.

 

 

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The original article is here.

 

President Barack Obama and Vice President Jose...

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The link to Matt Drudge’s site is here.

 

This is getting serious folks, Joe “foot in the mouth,” Biden has now stated that,

 

The president is going to act…. There are executives orders, there’s executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet. But we’re compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required….

So the question is now, does Congress play dead and allow this to happen like they did with the President using an Executive Order to legislate from the White House and make the DREAM Act a reality?

 

 

 

 

 

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Investor’s Business Daily has this piece outright saying that the White House knew about Gunwalker.

A former ATF special agent tells Congress a National Security Council staffer was informed about Operation Fast and Furious before guns allowed into Mexico wound up at the murder scene of a U.S. agent.

The latest evidence that both the White House and attorney general knew and approved of Project Gunrunner and its deadly offshoot, Operation Fast and Furious, came this week in the testimony of William Newell, ATF special agent in charge of the Phoenix office, before Rep. Darrell Issa’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

That the “stench of cover-up,” as Fox News analyst Brit Hume described the administration’s handling of the matter, may reach even into the Oval Office itself was evidenced by Newell’s testimony that he communicated with Kevin O’Reilly, a staffer on President Obama’s National Security Council, about Operation Fast and Furious in September 2010.

The exchange they’re discussing is here (link goes to 4min mark):

They draw a conclusion from it that O’Reilly, being on the National Security Council, knew, and thus so did those in the White House.  Screenshot of the email in question at Sipsey Street Irregulars, who were on this a few days ago, and a couple days before IBD picked it up.  And guess who else scooped Investor’s Business Daily?  Not that there’ll be a parade or anything.

The President has created a new job, only one, but a new job nonetheless. It is the post of Director of Progressive Media and Online Response. Sounds interesting. The new post will have the (I would think HUGE) job of building up President’s online presence and dealing with any negative media towards the President.

The new director, Jesse Lee, first tweet from his new White House post included a picture of the Terminator, suggesting this guy is taking his job very serious squashing stories the President’s campaign may find inconvenient. One website listed below is already calling Mr. Lee the “Czar of Truth.”

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Osama Bin Laden is dead. Killed late last night by elements of Seal Team Six. This is a significant development in war against terrorism as Bin Laden ordered the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He was killed at a mansion command in Pakistan near Pakistan’s Army College. President Obama made the announcement late Sunday night.

The administration also stated that Bin Laden’s body was handled in accordance with Islamic Law and was buried at sea preventing any type of location for Jihadist to claim as a shrine or another  type of religious site.

What matters now are the possibility of attacks of reprisal from Al Qaeda. Also another point, what is to be done in Afghanistan, Iraq and other Jihadist hot spots now that the “head of the snake” has been dealt with? Does the United States continue an aggressive policy taking the fight to terrorist organizations themselves or will the U.S. government be content to withdraw and protect its own borders?

Update:

The link to the photo of Bin Laden has been determined to be a fake and has been removed. It has also been learned that the White House is mulling the decision to release photoes of Bin Laden’s body.

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Dallas’s own reporter makes a splash in the political river while interviewing the president. Watch Obama’s facial expressions as he is answering the questions Watson gives him.

I don’t know about everyone else, but i saw a little anger, irritation among other things. The president doesn’t like to be corrected and he likes to be able to say whatever he wants in answering a question, whether his response actually answers the given question or not. I think Watson did a good job in both correcting the President and in framing the question of political considerations being involved in which states received the space shuttles from NASA. This type of questioning needs to be used more often when the media has opportunity to interview major political personalities whether they have a (R) or (D) by their name.

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