I’ve known all along that Obama is a fool, and probably a knave too, but I didn’t think he was totally gullible. (Well yes, he did pick John Kerry for secretary of state, so I should know better.) His “hopeful” phone call with Iran’s new “moderate” President Rouhani brings to mind all of the jokes arising our of our bitter experience with Iran in the 1980s: What’s an Iranian “moderate”? An Iranian who’s run out of ammunition. Today’s version might run something like this: What’s an Iranian “moderate”? An Iranian who needs sanctions lifted so he can buy just a few more centrifuges.
Do I have this right? President Rouhani refused to meet with 0bama, and Rouhani definitely did not want to shake his hand (there is much speculation about why, with 0bama´s rumored gay past), so 0bama calls up Rouhani and says he will give him a "special gift, " a Persian artifact. So they speak on the phone. Then 0bama "runs" to the microphones to announce he has done something no one else has done in over thirty years, communicate with Iran (only after a major bribe). I watched him breathlessly proclaim what a major feat he had accomplished. Am I the only one who sees this as a stunt; the Iranians, along with Putin, are just rolling over laughing at this president.
Obama had to call the Iranian immoderate while Rouhani was in a motorcade to JFK. Safe bet that Secret Service had the cell phone number of the Iranian security officer riding with Rouhani so that Secret Service could communicate in an emergency. Number then provided to WH in exchange for promise of hookers the next time Obama travels abroad. Also safe bet that Valerie Jarrett was the first voice Rouhani heard, with "President Rouhani, President Obama would like to announce the return an Iranian antiquity to you." Rouhani surely claimed that he was too busy, but ValJar pleaded that "This will only take a moment of your time. So, please speak to President BO for a brief moment."
"Oh, alright. Tell Obama to stop sniveling and put him on the phone" responded Rouhani. "But make it quick since I have to stop at the duty free shop." As NBC News noted on Friday evening, this totally inconsequential call "was historic and unprecedented".
FTA: "What’s flat as a pancake and glows in the dark? Iran after Ronald Reagan becomes president.
"I’m guessing Netanyahu understands this clearly, even if our Boy Blunder president doesn’t."
At the time of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran take-over in 1979, a Soviet official was quoted as saying, "If they had done this to the Soviet Embassy, Tehran would have been a glass parking lot by morning."
Which of these names should not be included in a list of LEADERS who would respond appropriately to an incursion on its sovereign soil? Jimmy Carter, Benjamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, Vladimir Putin.
Remember, contrary to the teachings of progressive schools and historical accounts, the take-over of our Embassy WAS NOT a "hostage crisis." It was an act of war.
Hollywood, Fla.- Standing here on the streets of Hollywood with two comely Obamacare cheerleaders by my side, I’m feeling fired up and ready to go. I’m feeling like the change I’ve been waiting for. I’m feeling like whatever Obama cliché you can think of. And all I want to say, like the late Todd Beamer before me, is, “Let’s roll.” Or more like, “Let’s enroll.” Because much as Beamer, God rest his soul, took on the terrorists who tried to take down America, we are now in a similar cataclysmic fight: the fight to guarantee that every American has the right
A Washington state man has left a fortune worth $187.6 million to charity, after spending his life keeping his wealth a secret by coupon clipping and riding the bus. Jack MacDonald, who died at age 98 in September, left his fortune to Seattle Children´s Hospital, the University of Washington School of Law and the Salvation Army. MacDonald´s family says few people outside his immediate family knew he was wealthy. "Our family has lived with the ´secret´ of Jack´s generous fortune for more than 40 years, all while being amazed at his frugal lifestyle and modest demeanor," said Regen Dennis, MacDonald´s stepdaughter. "He
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea state media claimed Saturday that an elderly U.S. tourist detained for more than a month has apologized for alleged crimes during the Korean War and for "hostile acts" against the state during a recent trip. North Korean authorities released video showing 85-year-old Merrill Newman, wearing glasses, a blue button-down shirt and tan trousers, reading his alleged apology, which was dated Nov. 9 and couldn´t be independently confirmed. Pyongyang has been accused of previously coercing statements from detainees. There was no way to reach Newman and determine the circumstances of the alleged confession. But it was riddled
Chief Brown, an 11-year-old shortstop in Winona’s city league, scooped up the ground ball and fired it to first base for what should have been the final out of the game. The throw sailed high and wide, and the tying and winning runs scored. Tears streamed down his face as he reached the dugout and looked up at his coach, Eddie Hammond. “I lost the game for us, Mr. Eddie,” he said. Hammond told him, “No, no. That play was no different than one in the first inning or the third inning … the team lost the game. Not you.” And Hammond hugged him. That
Havana- Elian Gonzalez, the object of a 1999-2000 custody squabble involving Washington, Havana and family members on both sides of the Florida Strait, holds a piece of U.S. legislation directly responsible for what he endured then, Cuban official media said Monday. "They were very sad times for me, which marked me for my whole life. I was never given the chance to have a moment to think about my mother, who as a result of that (U.S.) Cuban Adjustment Act died at sea," the now-19-year-old Gonzalez said last weekend during a Union of Young Communists event. Gonzalez was 5 years old in
You might not recall hearing about an undocumented Nepalese man who was picked up by U.S. border cops in south Texas a year ago. His case didn’t make the news at first, perhaps because federal health officials wanted to avoid a panic. But earlier this year, when a Wall Street Journal reporter finally broke the story, it was clear right away why the feds were nervous. The detainee was suffering from a particularly nasty disease – contagious, tough to treat, and potentially deadly. It was the superbug they call “extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis,” XDR-TB for short. Ordinary tuberculosis is bad enough. Once
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George Cohen is resigning only days after learning he is a target of a congressional inquiry spurred by a Washington Examiner series. The Examiner series reported that FMCS employees spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on luxuries and that top officials retaliated against employees who questioned the spending. “I have notified President Obama that I intend to resign as Director, effective December 31, 2013,” Cohen told employees in a memo obtained by the Examiner. “I am happy to report that I leave the agency in very good shape with the admiration and respect coming from private parties,
Edgar Jimenez Lugo, or "El Ponchis," is an admitted member of Mexico´s Beltran Leyva drug cartel and a four-time murderer. And, as of early this morning, he´s a free man. Although he´s not really a man; at 17, he´s still a year shy of adulthood. And after serving three years in a juvenile detention center for his crimes, he´s heading back to America, where he´s a citizen. Lugo was arrested December 2010. Then just 14, he´d already killed four people. He told authorities he did so while under the influence of drugs and under threat of death. His victims´ headless bodies
Harry Reid is having a banner year. The Senate majority leader has emerged as an unlikely darling of the Left, most recently because of his decision to annihilate longstanding Senate precedent by “nuking” the filibuster on executive-branch and judicial nominations. In the near term, this move will allow President Obama to pack the lower courts with liberal justices to rubber-stamp his extensive regulatory regime; in the longer term, it potentially sets the stage for the outright demise of the filibuster and “the end of United States Senate.” At least, that’s how Reid himself put it in 2005, when the Republican
The height of the holiday shopping season is upon us, as fervor over the deals coming on Black Friday and Black Thursday (a.k.a. Thanksgiving) grows. Which means it’s time to take a look at some of the best tech deals on offer from retailer this week. While there are plenty of tech-lovers who are probably be happy to stick strictly to online shopping from now through Cyber Monday, there are a few bargains that may lure them out to fight crowds in stores. If smartphones are your most-coveted item, you may want to check out the myriad deals for the Samsung
Give President Obama credit: You can’t trust his promises, but when it comes to his ideas, you can be certain he means what he says. As a politician, he’s as dishonest and slippery as any we’ve ever seen, but as an ideological leader, he tells you the truth about what he really believes. Thus, you can’t trust that the ObamaCare Web site will be fixed by Nov. 30, but you know he meant it when he said it is “doing what it was designed to do.” What it was designed to do is fundamentally reshape the relationship of the American citizen and
The entire Senate Republican Conference on Monday filed a friend of the court brief with the Supreme Court, continuing its effort to oppose President Barack Obama’s disputed use of the recess appointment power. Several federal appeals courts have ruled against the constitutionality of the appointments, which included slots on the National Labor Relations Board, as well as the initial move to put Richard Cordray in charge of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Resolving the fate of the individuals in question was among the key features of a July deal that (only temporarily, as it turned out) prevented the use of the
Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin are starting to sour on the new pope. In response to Pope Francis’ first Apostolic Exhortation, in which the pontiff denounced “trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world,” these two paragons of the far right – both of whom regularly invoke the teachings of Jesus to bolster their own political views – have suddenly turned their backs on the man whose actual job description is to speak for Jesus. Sarah Palin complained that Pope Francis sounded “kind
President Obama requested Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu take a “breather” from his harsh criticism of the U.S. strategy regarding Iran during a call betwee the two leaders, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. The request came as the administration girds up for a push in the next six months to reach a final settlement on Iran´s nuclear program. The president reportedly urged Netanyahu to tone down his rhetoric for the sake of diplomacy and urged him to dispatch officials to Washington who could help negotiate a resolution agreeable to both countries. The president called Netanyahu last Sunday, promising to
In 1947, Sen. Harley Kilgore (D-W.Va.) condemned a proposed constitutional amendment that would restrict presidents to two terms. “The executive’s effectiveness will be seriously impaired,” Kilgore argued on the Senate floor, “ as no one will obey and respect him if he knows that the executive cannot run again.” I’ve been thinking about Kilgore’s comments as I watch President Obama, whose approval rating has dipped to 37?percent in CBS News polling — the lowest ever for him — during the troubled rollout of his health-care reform. Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the reform and from the president.
Cher told her fans on Wednesday that she does not celebrate Thanksgiving. In fact, she appears to deplore the American holiday, calling in the “beginning of a great crime.” Cher said that the American settlers were guilty of taking land from native Americans who had no concept of property ownership and also intentionally infected them with smallpox. “You don’t celebrate the holiday I thought?” a fan asked Cher. “I DON’T,” Cher replied emphatically. She said that, to her, Thanksgiving is a day to see family, eat food together and watch a movie. “Not 2 celebrate the beginning of a GREAT Crime.” When asked
For all the gnashing of teeth over the lack of comity and civility in Washington, the real problem is not etiquette but the breakdown of political norms, legislative and constitutional. Such as the one just spectacularly blown up in the Senate. To get three judges onto a coveted circuit court, frustrated Democrats abolished the filibuster for executive appointments and (non-Supreme Court) judicial nominations. The problem is not the change itself. It’s fine that a president staffing his administration should need 51 votes rather than 60. Doing so for judicial appointments, which are for life, is a bit dicier. Nonetheless, for
Four more years. 10 trillion more dollars in debt. And by the end of it, we’ll have a nuclear war in the Middle East and mandates forcing you to buy everything from electric cars to Michelle Obama’s trademark Soy and Asphalt pie. The motives behind the Washington Post op-ed argument are… revealing. I watch President Obama, whose approval rating has dipped to 37?percent in CBS News polling — the lowest ever for him — during the troubled rollout of his health-care reform. Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the reform and from the president. Even former president Bill Clinton
President Obama's weekly remarks: Hi, everybody. On behalf of all the Obamas — Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Bo, and the newest member of our family, Sunny — I want to wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We’ll be spending today just like many of you — sitting down with family and friends to eat some good food, tell stories, watch a little football and. most importantly, count our blessings. And as Americans, we have so much to be thankful for.
LEE COUNTY - The Lee County Sheriff´s Office has arrested a juvenile in connection with two random attacks reported in Lee County. Traveshia Blanks, of Fort Myers, is charged with two counts of battery on a person 65 years of age or older. On Tuesday around 3:50 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a group of people who randomly attacked an unsuspecting victim (Snip)We talked to students from nearby Cypress Lake High School who didn´t seem to think the teens did anything wrong. "I´m not gonna say it´s not right and it´s not fun, because it is fun," said
For Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, enough was enough. The Senate´s top Republican had watched a Tea Party-driven government shutdown sink the GOP´s already-weak brand and jeopardize McConnell´s own chances of ever becoming majority leader. The solution, he concluded, was that the party´s so-called Establishment had to start fighting back against its most conservative wing. McConnell, an ardent Obamacare opponent, and other Republican pragmatists in Congress, supported the conservatives´ mission to defund Obamacare during budget negotiations, which led to the 16-day shutdown. But the pragmatists also accepted that their odds of success were virtually nil. Democrats ruled the Senate and White House, those
One day after a new poll showed that only a minority of Americans trust President Barack Obama, the president told an audience that his policies are based on kindness. “Kindness covers all of my political beliefs,” Obama told his audience of wealthy investors, high-tech donors, journalists and fellow Democrats Tuesday, only two months after he slashed at GOP legislators, calling them arsonists, nuclear blackmailers, economic wreckers, hostage-takers, obsessives and irresponsible extremists. “When I think about what I’m fighting for, what gets me up every single day, [kindness] captures it just about as much as anything,” he told his audience at the DreamWorks
Progressive talk radio needs a savior. Just a few dozen stations now carry liberal talkers, as key affiliates in cities with active left-wing politics are falling like dominoes, going dark or switching formats. Detroit’s progressive outlet shut down in January, along with Seattle’s liberal talk station, which changed to sports. And after last year’s election, Portland’s progressive talk station ended its political programming. With the political battlegrounds of 2014 and 2016 on the horizon, reducing the whopping imbalance between conservative radio, with its huge fan base, and the left has become more important than ever, according to those in
When 200 of CGI Federal´s top managers gathered at the luxurious Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in southwestern Pennsylvania on a brisk day in early November 2009, they found time for business - and high jinks. CGI Federal and its parent company, CGI, do behind-the-scenes work, often with "Top Secret" clearance, for hundreds of American and foreign government agencies - from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and State Department to the Kyrgyzstan Border Service and World Anti-Doping Agency. But the questions swirling around the company go beyond how it mangled the showpiece reform of Obama´s presidency. Some investors and analysts are expressing concerns