Former Obama Strategist In State Department-Funded Group Working On Anti-Bibi Campaign In Israel…

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Former Obama strategists working to defeat Netanyahu? No way! Update to this story.

Via Capitol City Project:

A former campaign strategist for President Obama was flown into Israel and is now in the midst of working on anti-Benjamin Netanyahu efforts in hopes of replacing Israel’s government in the upcoming March elections.

Jeremy Bird, a political strategist who in 2008 served as Obama’s field director for South Carolina and deputy director of Organizing For America before becoming his National Field Director during the 2012 elections, is currently in Tel Aviv propelling a group that operates with a “just not Bibi” mission. The group, V15, has tapped Bird along with four other seasoned political operatives who have worked on Obama campaigns.

V15 does not outright support specific political parties, but are actively working against Prime Minister Netanyahu and allies — despite those involved denying it.

Nimrod Dweck, a man who founded a company called Dice Marketing and helped band together the activists for the movement, danced around their “Anyone but Bibi” mission when asked by Roy (Chicky) Arad from the left-leaning Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

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Saudis Outraged At Michelle Obama For Not Weating Headscarf…

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I suppose I can’t blame them.

Via Politico:

First lady Michelle Obama faced backlash from Twitter users in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for not wearing a head covering during her brief visit there with the president.

Obama wore loose-fitting clothes including a long blue jacket and dark pants while accompanying President Barack Obama during their four hours on the ground in Riyadh to pay respects to the late King Abdullah and for the president to meet with new King Salman.

On Twitter, Saudis used a hashtag that translates to “#Michelle_Obama_Immodest” or “#Michelle_Obama_NotVeiled” to chastise the first lady for being disrespectful to Saudi traditions.

Flashback: Where Is This Chap Today?

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Subversion: State Department-Funded Group Working To Oust Netanyahu…

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But don’t worry, Obama doesn’t want to influence Israeli elections so he can’t meet with Netanyahu during his trip to America.

Via Free Beacon:

A U.S. State Department-funded group is financing an Israeli campaign to oust President Benjamin Netanyahu, and has hired former Obama aides to help with its grassroots organizing efforts.

U.S.-based activist group OneVoice International has partnered with V15, an “independent grassroots movement” in Israel that is actively opposing Netanyahu’s party in the upcoming elections, Ha’aretz reported on Monday. Former national field director for President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign Jeremy Bird is also reportedly involved in the effort.

OneVoice development and grants officer Christina Taler said the group would be working with V15 on voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts but would not engage in overtly partisan activities. She said OneVoice and V15 are still formalizing the partnership. […]

OneVoice said in a press release on Tuesday that it is teaming up with V15 because Israel “need[s] a prime minister and a government who will be responsive to the people.”

OneVoice International received two grants from the U.S. State Department over the past year, and lists the agency as a “partner” on its website. Taler said the group is not using this money for its Israeli election-related efforts.

First Beheading Under New Saudi King, As President Obama Visits…Update: 3 More Beheaded During Obama Visit

But they’re the cool kids, so it’s all jake.

Via ABC:

Saudi Arabia on Monday executed a man convicted of raping several girls in a case that has captured the kingdom’s attention and marks the first beheading carried out under the newly enthroned King Salman.

The Interior Ministry said Moussa al-Zahrani was executed in the city of Jiddah. The ministry statement, carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, said al-Zahrani was convicted of luring underage girls, intoxicating them, forcing them to watch pornographic videos and then physically and sexually assaulting them.

His alleged victims were children assaulted in 2011 in a string of attacks in Jiddah.

The case has caused a stir on social media — which is unusual in Saudi Arabia for cases of violent crimes — in part because al-Zahrani claimed his innocence throughout the trial and two later appeals.

Last year, al-Zahrani appealed in a 20-minute video for Saudi King Abdullah, who died on Friday, to intervene. In the widely-viewed video, the 45-year-old Arabic teacher claimed he was framed by police and that a man — a neighbor of 10 years — who accused him of molesting his daughter was also a police investigator in the case.

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3 more heads roll, while Obama is still there:

Via Daily Mail:

Saudi Arabia has carried out the second, third and fourth beheadings under the reign of King Salman just days after he assumed the throne.

Today’s executions of the men, two of whom were accused of drug smuggling, show the oil-rich Arab state is unlikely to back down over the enforcement of its strict version of Sharia law.

One of the men, convicted heroin trafficker Latif Khan Nurzada from Pakistan, was executed in the holy city Mecca – within hours of the new king meeting U.S. President Barack Obama.

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The Roof Is Now Literally Caving In On Venzuela

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Via Progwatch:

Venezuela’s problems never seem to end lately. With an economy in free-fall and inflation rising at an alarming rate, it often feels like the bottom is about to drop out on the country.

But who would have thought the roof would drop out first? During a taping of the National Assembly in Venezuela (their parliament), news crews had to run for cover as part of the archway and ceiling above the podium began to collapse and fall to the ground. The crew took these pictures and tweeted them to social media.

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Pics: Michelle Obama Doing The Stinkface In Saudi Arabia…

The public face of America.

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Army Spox: No Decision Made Yet On Bergdahl

Can you imagine the effort behind the scenes and the pressure being brought to bear? Update to this story on the struggle behind the scenes.

Via Right Scoop:

DAILY MAIL – No actions or decisions have been made in the investigation of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was released last year in a prisoner swap with the Taliban after disappearing from his base in Afghanistan in 2009, a U.S. Army spokesman said on Tuesday.

Major General Ronald Lewis, head of public affairs for the U.S. Army, also said in the statement that media reports published earlier on Tuesday about the case “patently false.”

NBC News earlier reported that Bergdahl would be charged with desertion, citing senior defense officials.

Saudi Arabia’s State-Run TV Blurs Out Michelle Obama’s Face For Not Wearing Islamic Headscarf…

I’ve seen a few libs claiming she made some kind of statement by not wearing a hijab… she wasn’t.

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Update: Or maybe not? Another version of the same clip with a blue logo shows Mooch in all her stinkface glory. Could be the Arab user who uploaded it blurred the face, or it could also be the Saudi’s have different versions for different markets (Muslim and non-Muslim).

To be honest, I’d be surprised if the Wahhabi Kingdom showed Mooch without a headscarf.

Nigeria’s Sharia Police Arrest 12 Men For Planning “Gay Wedding”…

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Not fabulous.

Kano (AFP) – Twelve young men were arrested in the north Nigerian city of Kano for allegedly planning a gay wedding, the Islamic law-enforcement agency, the Hisbah, said on Tuesday.

The suspects, most of them teenagers, were detained on Monday at a popular resort on the outskirts of the city, said the head of the Hisbah, Aminu Daurawa.

Homosexuality is banned under federal law in Nigeria, where last year new legislation was passed outlawing same-sex marriages and the promotion of civil unions.

In northern states, where Sharia runs parallel to the state and federal justice system, homosexuality is punishable by death, although the sentence is rarely, if ever, enforced.

“We have 12 men in custody, including the bride. We arrested them at the venue of a planned gay wedding,” Daurawa told AFP.

“We got information of the wedding four days earlier and our men stormed the venue while the wedding was about to start.”

Freedom!…

Paving a way for my youngest to play with his friend next door.

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FLASHBACK: Obama Admin Defends Bergdahl Against Claims He Was A Deserter…

Ouch.

Auschwitz Victor, Fr. Maximilian Kolbe

On this International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and the commemoration of the 70 anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, I wanted to bring you the story of Fr. Maximilian Kolbe.

Fr. Kolbe was born in 1894, in what today is Poland, of an ethnic German father and a Polish mother.

Kolbe described an apparition of the Virgin Mary that he had as a child of nine, an apparition which strongly influenced him all of his life:

That night I asked the Mother of God what was to become of me. Then she came to me holding two crowns, one white, the other red. She asked me if I was willing to accept either of these crowns. The white one meant that I should persevere in purity, and the red that I should become a martyr. I said that I would accept them both.

He became a Franciscan priest, and achieved two doctorates, one in philosophy and one in theology. He had a brilliant mind, was interested in astrophysics and even designing the concept of an spacecraft that looked like an airplane, long before the Space shuttle. He founded an order inspired by Mary and spreading the word through media. At one point he had over 700 Franciscan friars at his monastery working to put out a newspaper, a magazine and a radio program. He also went to Nagasaki and started a monastery there, built on the backside of the mountain away from the city, contrary to Shinto tradition. When asked about why he did that, he said, essentially, “what I have done, I have done”. The monastery continued and was one of the few structures to survive the bomb drop in 1945 because it was built on the backside of the mountain.

In 1936, Fr. Kolbe returned from Asia to Poland and the ever encroaching threat from the Nazis. When the Nazis invaded, one of the first groups they targeted were the intelligentsia who might spread dissent. Fr. Kolbe was right up there on the list. He was arrested but let go initially. He refused the protection of declaring himself an ethnic German which he could have because of his father. Instead he said, “I am Polish”. Upon his release he continued work at his monastery, where he continued to speak out strongly against them through his media, and where he and other monks provided shelter to refugees from Greater Poland, including 1,000–2,000 Jews whom he hid from Nazi persecution in their friary in Niepokalanów. In 1941, the Nazis came for him again, arresting him again, and this time, taking him to Auschwitz.

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Susan Rice: Relations “Will Continue To Prosper” With New Saudi King, As They Have With Old

Yes, as long as you look the other way at the beheadings, support for terrorism and denial of women’s rights…

White House: “We Are At War” With The Islamic State In Iraq … But We Are Not Really At War In Iraq…


Errr, what?

Via CNS News:

President Obama never wanted to be a war president, but apparently  he is.

Not only has he has taken credit for ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; he also has insisted on several occasions that the United States will not be “dragged into another ground war in the Middle East,” and he has emphasized that the United States is moving away from a “13-year war footing.”

But in the past two days, two different Obama aides have said that the U.S. is “at war with al Qaeda and its affiliated groups.” […]

“Are we at war with al Qaeda?” a reporter asked Rhodes on Monday:

“Look, we’ve always said that we’re at war with al Qaeda and its affiliated networks, that that’s been an ongoing effort,” Rhodes said. “That’s, frankly, rooted also in the AUMF (authorization for the use fo military force) that was passed after 9/11.

“And look, we have made great progress against al Qaeda core, and we’ve made this distinction many times, that while we have decimated leadership ranks of al Qaeda core in Afghanistan and Pakistan, that what you’ve seen is the emergence of different affiliates, particularly AQAP (in Yemen).  That’s one that we’ve been uniquely focused on the last several years.  So that is how we approach it.

Pics: Blizzard Apocalypse Is Upon Us – Update: 29 Inches And Still Going Strong…

View of my backyard at 10:00am… and it isn’t going to stop until midnight.

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Another one:

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For those who don’t know, I live in Massachusetts.

Update: Nick will be organizing the search party if blizzard-zilla swallows the Zip family whole.

I was born and raised in Mass so snow isn’t a big deal (opposed to the D.C. area where a half-inch leads to 50 car pileups) but this is nuts.

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Report: Pant Suits 2016 Presidential Campaign “100 Percent” Likely…

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Surprise, surprise.

Via Syracuse Com

There is no doubt about Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016, at least according to a new report today from Politico.

“Campaign advisers say the likelihood of a campaign, long at 98 percent (she never really hesitated, according to one person close to her), went to 100 percent right after Christmas, when Clinton approved a preliminary budget and several key hires.”

Citing sources close to Clinton and her election team, Politico reports that the former First Lady and Secretary of State is going to officially announce her 2016 campaign in April, just after the end of 2015’s first quarter. Her first fundraising report is expected to be a “blockbuster.”

Sources also told Politico that every major campaign position for Clinton has been filled, with the exception of communications director.

According to the report, Bill Clinton is already deeply involved in the campaign. He was able to get a “heads-up” from George H.W. Bush ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s announcement in December that he was going to “actively explore” a campaign himself. Clinton apparently considers Jeb Bush a “real threat” to Hillary’s presidential prospects.

Bill Clinton also sees New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as “probably just a sideshow.”

Hillary Clinton’s camp is also reportedly already exploring potential Vice Presidential candidates, including Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, and Julian Castro, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development.[…]

Clinton has long been considered the Democratic Party front-runner in the 2016 election, despite having declined to officially announce a campaign. Several other Democrats have been mentioned as possible contenders, however, including Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

A vast field of Republican candidates have been mentioned besides Christie and Bush, including Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

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Islamic State Threatens To Kill Japanese Hostage Within 24 Hours If Demands Are Not Met…

“Jihadi John” about cut another head off.

CAIRO (AP) – An online message purportedly from the Islamic State group warned Tuesday that a Japanese hostage and Jordanian pilot the extremists hold have less than “24 hours left to live.”

The message, posted online Tuesday afternoon, again demanded the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman sentenced to death in Jordan for involvement in a 2005 terror attack that killed 60 people. It also mentioned Jordanian pilot 1st Lt. Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh, who is a captive of the Islamic State group.

Tuesday’s video matched a message released over the weekend, though neither bore the logo of the Islamic State group’s al-Furqan media arm. The weekend video showed a still photo of Kenji Goto holding what appears to be a photo of the body of Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa.

The Associated Press could not independently verify either video. However, several militant websites affiliated with the Islamic State group referenced the video and posted links to it late Tuesday afternoon.

A Japanese envoy in Jordan, Deputy Foreign Minister Yasuhide Nakayama, earlier expressed hope the two hostages would return home “with a smile on their faces.”

Flashback: The Story Of The Bergdahl Desertion And The Men Who Died Because Of It

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The purpose of the Obama ‘2nd investigation’ was to delay the inevitable charges from the time of the trade, so people would forget. Don’t forget…

Via Michelle Malkin:

Five years ago, I publicly raised questions about Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion from Blackfoot Company, 1-501 Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.

A few weeks after his so-called “capture” in late June 2009, three conflicting accounts had surfaced: U.S. officials told the Associated Press Bergdahl had “walked off” the base with three Afghans; the Taliban claimed on its website that “a drunken American soldier had come out of his garrison” and into their arms; and Bergdahl claimed in his Taliban “hostage video” that he had “lagged behind a patrol” before being captured.

I asked on my blog: Were the AP’s sources mistaken? Or is the disturbing first account the right one? What about the “three Afghans” who Pfc. Bergdahl reportedly “just walked off” with after his shift? Who are they? What’s going on?

Five years ago, one of the brave soldiers who risked his life to search for Bergdahl answered my questions and I published his statement on July 20, 2009:
“I know the story and the accounts that he was drunk or that he was lagging behind on patrol are not true– this soldier planned this move for a long time. He walked off the post with a day’s supply of water and had written down before that he wanted to live in the mountains…he is an embarrassment to everyone who has worn the uniform.”

After news broke this weekend of President Obama’s trade of 5 high-level Taliban commanders at Gitmo for Bergdahl’s “freedom,” I heard from another soldier who served on the search team.

“Many of my brothers died because of PFC Bergdahl’s actions, and this has been a very hard day for all Geronimos,” he told me after documenting his proof of service. Other journalists ignored his attempts to get the truth out.

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