Obama Circa 2007: Iran Only Wants “Defensive” Nukes To Prevent Regime Changes…

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Hmm.

Via National Review:

If President Obama seems less worried than Israel that Iran will obtain nuclear weapons as a result of his administration’s negotiations with the regime, maybe that’s because he’s less worried than Israel about Iran having nuclear weapons.

“I think Iran is like North Korea,” Obama told David Brooks when he was running for president in 2007. “They see nuclear arms in defensive terms, as a way to prevent regime change.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disagrees. “The ideology of Iran’s revolutionary regime is deeply rooted in militant Islam, and that’s why this regime will always be an enemy of America,” he said in his speech to Congress denouncing the deal being negotiated. “The foremost sponsor of global terrorism could be weeks away from having enough enriched uranium for an entire arsenal of nuclear weapons and this with full international legitimacy.”

The negotiations are currently stuck, as Iran refuses to ship its stockpile of enriched uranium to Russia.

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Arkansas Legislators Approve Their Own Religious Freedom Bill…

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Good for them.

Via Truth Revolt:

On Tuesday, Arkansas legislators, ignoring the deafening cry from LGBT supporters against Indiana’s religious freedom law, finished approving their own version of a similar bill. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has already indicated that he would sign the bill once it was sent to him, and with the 67-21 vote approving the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in the Arkansas House, Hutchinson will get his chance. The Arkansas Senate already has approved the bill.

Hutchinson told KARK that the bill represents an effort to balance religious freedom and equal protection of the law, saying bluntly, “This bill tries to do that, and it’s not that complicated.”

The hue and cry over the religious freedom bill in Indiana prompted the governors of New York, Connecticut and Washington to curtail some government travel to Indiana. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy blustered, “They knew what they were doing. They were going to make it legal to refuse to serve gay men and women. Somebody has to call them on it.” Resorting to typical Democrat name calling, he said of Indiana Governor Mike Pence on MSNBC, “When you see a bigot, you have to call him on it.”

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White House Says Criticism Of Its Climate Change Plan Is “Hard To Take Seriously”…

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Allowing Iran to have nuclear power will help reduce their carbon footprint.

Via The Hill

The White House on Tuesday rebuked Republican critics of its contribution to the United Nations climate pact, saying the criticisms are “hard to take seriously.”

Asked about congressional Republicans who want the Senate to have to approve an agreement, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that politicians who are skeptical of the science surrounding climate change are not qualified to judge the matter.
“These are individuals who — many of whom, at least, deny the fact that climate change even exists, so I’m not sure they would be in the best position to decide whether or not a climate- change agreement is one that is worth entering into,” Earnest told reporters Tuesday.

His comments were directed at lawmakers such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who have all insisted that the international agreement the UN is working on is a treaty and cannot be enforced without Senate approval.[…]

Earnest defended the UN submission as “evidence once again how President Obama and the United States is leading the world to confront the challenge of climate change,” and would likely spur other major countries to follow suit.

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NCAA President Joins In On The Outrage; Says Indiana Religious Freedom Law Against Their Core Values…

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This has everything to do with money and people calling on them to pull the final 4 from Indiana. Not to mention their headquarters is in Indiana. Can’t wait for the calls to relocate…

Via CNBC:

NCAA President Mark Emmert said Tuesday that Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law goes against what higher education and America is all about.

Proponents say the Indiana law would stop the government from compelling people to do things they object to on religious grounds. But critics say it opens the door to discrimination against gays and others in the name of religion.

“This is an issue of extraordinary importance to all of us,” Emmert said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” The NCAA is headquartered in Indianapolis, and the men’s March Madness Final Four basketball games are being staged in the city this weekend.

“It’s important to us because we’re an employer here in this state. But most importantly … it strikes at the core values” of inclusion and diversity,” he said.

The law does not go into effect until July. “Nothing is going to happen this weekend at the Final Four that we think is out of the ordinary,” Emmert said. But going forward “members of the NCAA have to stop and say, ‘What relationship do we want with the state of Indiana.’ We hold lots of events here.”

Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana is responding to critics of the law, writing in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal that protecting religious freedom under Obamacare, not discrimination against gays, was the driver behind the effort. Pence, mentioned as possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate, wrote that he abhors discrimination.

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Virginia State Bar Cancels Trip To Israel Citing “Discrimination” Against Muslims…

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And what about how Muslims treat Jew and Christians?

Via WaPo:

The Virginia State Bar has canceled its midyear legal seminar in Jerusalem, citing “unacceptable discriminatory policies and practices pertaining to border security that affect travelers,” in a decision that provoked a swift reaction Sunday among some political leaders

The decision to cancel the trip followed an online petition launched by bar members who said exit and entrance policies in Israel would discriminate against Arab, Muslim and Palestinian members of Virginia’s legal community.

“It is unacceptable that the Virginia State Bar has decided to hold a conference in a location that actively discriminates on the basis of racial, religious, and national origin grounds, and effectively prevents Arab, Muslim and Palestinian members of the [Virginia State Bar] from attending,” the petition said.

As word of the state bar’s decision buzzed on social media, with some critics describing it as a “boycott,” House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) wrote a letter Sunday urging the group to reconsider. Virginia has a long-standing relationship with Israel, Howell noted, and shares deep cultural and economic ties, including $75 million in exports last year.

HT: Legal Insurrection

Compilation: Questions So Dumb Only MSNBC Would Ask Them…

On a lighter note, here’s another great video compilation from the Washington Free Beacon.

Some of these are truly amazing.

Via WFB:

Turns out there are stupid questions.

Last week, MSNBC fill-in host Ari Melber’s way to push back on a guest’s offensive comment that “nothing says let’s go kill some Muslims like country music” was to ask meekly, “There’s plenty of country music that doesn’t have that message, right?” It doesn’t stop there.

Asking whether ISIS had “taken it one step too far” after burning a pilot alive, pondering disarming police officers and petitioning a sitting Attorney General to quack like a duck are all things that have actually happened on MSNBC. Also, “Why was traffic problems email sent?” Verbatim.

H/T Free Beacon

MSNBC Guest: Indiana’s Religious Freedom Laws Could “Lead To A State Of Anarchy And Chaos”…

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Overexaggerate much?

BESEN: “It is about context. When the original freedom restoration laws were passed, it was about legitimate protection, a Muslim could go to prison, closely shave a beard, Christians could feed homeless people in parks. In the context now, religious right sees marriage equality laws across the land, saying Christians don’t have to participate and other religions saying you know what, we can make our own laws. We can opt out of this. Which is just going to lead to a state of anarchy and chaos”

Great News: Americans Have To Work From Jan. 1 Through April 24 Just To Pay Nation’s Tax Burden…

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That means Americans have to work 114 days as a whole to pay the burden.

Via CNS News:

(CNSNews.com) – Tax Freedom Day will arrive this year on April 24 – 114 days into the year – according to a report from the Tax Foundation.

“Tax Freedom Day is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay its federal, state, and local tax bill for the year,” explained the Tax Foundation. “Tax Freedom Day takes all federal, state, and local taxes and divides them by the nation’s income. In 2015, Americans will pay $3.28 trillion in federal taxes and $1.57 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total tax bill of $4.85 trillion, or 31 percent of national income. This year, Tax Freedom Day falls on April 24, or 114 days into the year.

“This year, Americans will work the longest to pay federal, state, and local individual income taxes (43 days),” the report stated. “Payroll taxes will take 26 days to pay, followed by sales and excise taxes (15 days), corporate income taxes (12 days), and property taxes (11 days). The remaining 7 days are spent paying estate and inheritance taxes, customs duties, and other taxes.

“Tax Freedom Day is a significant date for taxpayers and lawmakers because it represents how long Americans as a whole have to work in order to pay the nation’s tax burden,” explained the Tax Foundation.

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“Christian Privilege” Bulletin Board Set Up At Appalachian State University To Shame Christians…

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Another glaring example of the intolerance of the “tolerant” left on display…literally.

Via Campus Reform:

Another privilege bulletin board has surfaced in an Appalachian State University residence hall, urging students to “check their privilege”—this time, their Christian privilege.

According to photos exclusively obtained by Campus Reform, a pastel bulletin board across from an elevator in Cannon Hall reads “Unpacking Christian Privilege” with several statements on how Christians have “privilege.”

“The Christian faith is taught or offered as a course at most public high schools, usually in the form of a literature class,” one statement reads.

“Positive references to Christian faith are common, regardless of faith,” another statement said.

Brantley McDonald, a freshman computer science major at App State, emailed the University Housing administrators about the board but has yet to receive a reply.

“Residence areas should be a safe and comfortable area for everyone,” McDonald told Campus Reform.

“You don’t have to preach tolerance by singling out one major religion,” he said. “Also, if they are concerned with systematic issues, they should have that discussion with their elected officials and not the students in the residences they manage.”

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MSNBC’s Ratings Implosion Continues, First Quarter Ratings Hit 10-Year Low…

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Even better, MSNBC’s unwatchable shrill Rachel Maddow saw her ratings hit an all-time low.

Via Mediaite:

… It’s safe to say MSNBC has the least to brag about for this quarter.

Their press releases focused mostly on March 2015 ratings rather than the quarter, and this is likely why: For Q1 2015, MSNBC’s weekday primetime experienced a 45% decrease in key 25-54 demo viewership from Q1 2014. The network’s total daytime demo viewership declined 39% from Q1 2014. Additionally, a key program like The Rachel Maddow Show hit an all-time low in quarterly demo ratings since its Sept. 2008 launch.

In total day and weekday primetime demo ratings, MSNBC hit its lowest quarterly levels in 10 years (since Q2 2005), and its lowest quarter of total viewership since the last quarter of 2007.

Daily Beast’s “Progressive” Muslim Sees Racism In Backlash Against New Daily Show Host’s Anti-Semitic Comments…

Don’t worry, Dean, Comedy Central said today it’s standing behind your anti-Jew pal.

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If you are white, criticizing this is racist.

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Poll: Majority Of Americans Say “Big Government” Is Back….

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Did it ever really go away?

Via Rasmussen:

Bill Clinton made news when he declared nearly 20 years ago that the era of big government is over. Voters still prefer smaller, cheaper government but clearly recognize that Barack Obama, the next Democrat after Clinton to be in the White House, has reversed that trend.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 12% of Likely U.S. Voters now agree that “the era of big government is over.” That’s down from 18% last October  and ties the lowest finding last measured in February of last year. Most voters (55%) disagree with that assessment, but a sizable 32% are not sure.

College Cancels All Classes For Mandatory Forum On Racism Over Professor’s Anti-Hamas Facebook Post And Racist Bathroom Stall Graffiti…

Ughhh…

Via College Fix:

How’s this for a teachable moment?

A professor at Connecticut College wrote a Facebook post in August comparing Hamas to a “rabid pit bull” and justifying Israel’s blockade. A student complained about it in February. The prof took it down and apologized to those who thought he was slurring Palestinians.

Now he’s on leave, accusing his antagonists of “deliberately trying to silence and even threaten pretty much the only Jewish professor on campus who openly advocates for Israel,” Andrew Pessin tells WTNH.

That’s not all – the school cancelled classes Monday and required students to attend events for a “campuswide conversation on racism, equity and inclusion,” and now its social media policy is under review, by the school’s own account.

The speaker list included “George Lipsitz, professor of Black Studies at UC Santa Barbara, and Barbara Tomlinson, professor of Feminist Studies at UC Santa Barbara.” […]

The school claims it only scheduled the mandatory forum after a second racially charged incident happened – “a racial slur found scrawled in bathrooms in the student center” on Sunday.

By the school’s own admission, several departments have already released statements against “hate speech.”

ISIS’ Female Sharia Police Mutilating Women Caught Breast Feeding In Public Using Medieval Torture Device…

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Not the first time we’ve seen reports about this.

Via Raqqa News:

A young mother has been savagely mutilated by ISIS – for breastfeeding in public.

Islamic State (ISIS) has a record of treating women appallingly. But a new report has revealed just how barbaric its regime can be. […]

Recently, one 24-year-old woman in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria was recently accosted by the Al-Khansa brigade for breastfeeding her baby in public.

Her account of the resulting punishment is hair-raising.

“[T]hey took me to the ‘Hesba’ headquarters in the city, and escorted me to the torture chamber, then they asked me to choose between a whip or a ‘biter’,” the woman told anti-ISIS group A-Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.

“They brought a sharp object that has a lot of teeth and held me, placing it on my chest and pressing it strongly,” the young woman, nicknamed Batol to protect her identity, said.

“I screamed from pain and I was badly injured. They later took me to the hospital… I felt then that my femininity has been destroyed completely.” […]

The device “resembles the type of animal trap that closes on an animal’s legs when he touches it,” Ms Ibrahim a-Raqawi explained to Syria Direct. “The biter is like a jaw, when you press on it sharp teeth emerge.”

The horrific torture instrument is similar to the Spider, also known as the Spanish Spider due to its use during the Spanish Inquisition for the crimes of adultery and abortion. It has spikes or “teeth” on the end, and was used in the Middle Ages to shred or rip off the breasts of women accused of various ‘crimes’.

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Network Newscasts Devote 300% More Time to Indiana Religious Freedom Law Than Hillary E-Mail Server Wipe…

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Shocked? Didn’t think so.

Via Newsbusters:

The stunning revelation that Hillary Clinton wiped her personal e-mail server clean is the kind of political cover-up that should have sent the networks into overdrive, except they had an even more important agenda to advance: smearing an entire state and its Republican governor as anti-gay bigots.

From the morning of March 27 through March 30 evening the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks spent only 10 minutes and 15 seconds to the admission by Clinton’s own attorney that her State Department e-mails were wiped from the server that had been subpoenaed by Congress, but they devoted a whopping 35 minutes and 1 seconds to coverage of the Indiana religious freedom law.

The erasing of 18 and-a-half minutes of tape in the Nixon White House was considered an impeachable offense by the liberal media, but the deletion of Clinton e-mails that spanned the Benghazi investigation wasn’t the top story of the week. The networks found a more compelling object of obsession to cover in the last few days: A Republican governor signing a bill into law that merely underscores the First Amendment protection to people of faith.

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Lib Rag Salon Headline Of The Day…

“Progressive” news at its finest.

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New York Dem Gov. Cuomo Bans State-Funded Travel To Indiana Over Religious Freedom Law…

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How will Indiana survive?

Via The Hill:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced on Tuesday that he is banning all non-essential state-funded travel to Indiana in response to a state law that critics say would allow businesses to deny service to gay people.

“Today, I direct all agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to the State of Indiana and to bar any such publicly funded travel that is not essential to the enforcement of state law or public health and safety,” Cuomo said in a statement.

“The ban on publicly funded travel shall take effect immediately,” he continued. “New York State has been, and will continue to be, a leader in ensuring that all LGBT persons enjoy full and equal civil rights. With this action, we stand by our LBGT family members, friends and colleagues to ensure that their rights are respected.”

OFA Continues Its Creepy Meet-Obama Campaign: “You Could Even Compare Jump Shots” With Dear Leader!

If I could “talk about anything” with Obama his jump shot would be at the bottom of the list. I guess if you’re an Obamabot you’d feel differently.

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Here are the other

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Military Planning To Spend Billions On New Air Force One – Due To Obama’s Overuse During Last Six Years…

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Obama to request a rose petal-blowing escalator to deplane?

Via FOX

The Pentagon is considering spending billions of dollars on three new Boeing 747s to use as Air Force One, the aircraft that shuttles the United States president.

According to CBS News, the current Air Force One fleet is getting old, and the U.S. military says it’s time for a new generation to carry future commanders in chief.

“We’ve got a pretty good size team working on it,” said Air Force Col. Amy McCain, who is in charge of ordering the new Air Force One, according to the station.

McCain’s team has grown to 80 people from 20 in the past year. The team is expected to swell to 100 shortly.

Budget paperwork shows the military requested from Congress $102 million this year to buy the planes, with the numbers growing to more than $3 billion over the next five years. Those numbers do not include the final three years of the project, CBS reported.

Questions linger as to whether taxpayers can afford to buy a new presidential plane.

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HT: Woof

Bloody Wars Rage Islamic World, U.N. Chief Slams Israel For “Causing Enormous Suffering”…

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Priorities.

Via UN.org:

Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, 28 March 2015:

I thank President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and the Government of Egypt for inviting me to address this Summit of the League of Arab States at this pivotal time.

I sincerely hope that under the able leadership of President el-Sisi will address many challenges and issues of this region.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation to his Highness the Amir  of Kuwait for his leadership during this past year as the President of the League of Arab States.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Four years ago, a generation of Arabs rose against tyranny.  Last year, this effort bore fruit in Tunisia.

Tunisia became a model for the region and beyond.  Yet the recent terrorist attack in Tunis highlights how extremists are targeting innocents and the fragile democratic process itself.

Today, war and violence in the region, reprehensible acts of terrorism, and the seemingly endless Israeli occupation of Palestine are causing enormous suffering. The impact of all these threats transcends the Arab world.  They pose a direct challenge to international peace and security.

To counter these trends, we must address the root causes that fuel extremism and violence.  Even when security measures are needed, reliance on military approaches alone will not solve these problems.

And security responses must be done in a way that protects human rights and dignity.

Fighting extremism while committing abuses is not only wrong, it is counter-productive.

Wherever this is tried, we find that the appeal for extremism actually increases. Without good governance, the rule of law, respect for women’s rights and all human rights, long-term political stability will remain a mirage.

Your Majesties,
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,