Stuck on the spin cycle.
Neera Tanden, who’s president of the Center for American Progress, a think tank closely associated with the Clintons, did her best on Meet the Press today to defend Hillary Clinton’s scandalous handling of her e-mails, but her co-panelists, and even host Chuck Todd, weren’t having it. Tanden whipped out Clinton defenders’ favorite weapons: trying to tie concern over Clinton’s practices to Republican overreach on Benghazi and making some reference to “the scandal machine,” as if the e-mail issue were a ginned-up controversy rather than genuine bipartisan outrage over America’s top diplomat keeping official records however she likes.[…]
Chuck Todd, Joe Scarborough, and Kathleen Parker certainly didn’t buy it, repeatedly pushing back on Tanden, interrupting her to correct misleading claims, and at times just laughing at the case she laid out. Eventually, it got raucous enough that Todd cut off the segment with a reference to desert rodents and optical devices that was almost surely incomprehensible to 95 percent of Meet the Press’s audience.
Iowa Democratic Party Comm Director Takes Selfie At Site Of NYC Building Explosion…Update: Two Missing Victims Found Dead In The Wreckage
Disaster selfies are all the rage these day.
Look who we caught taking one at the site of a building explosion where dozens were injured and two might possibly have lost their lives..
Christina Freundlich Comm Dir At Iowa Dem Party – selfie at a site where two people are missing and dozens hurt pic.twitter.com/wuMp2j0sWO
— Bill (@DefendWallSt) March 29, 2015
From her LinkedIn Page:
Searcher found the bodies of the two missing men today.
At least he does say a nuclear Iran, which at least has to be up there. Of course, then he completely fails and says climate change.
HT: Right Scoop
Lindsey, the RINO’s crowded the Republican primary so you could win, now you are doing the same for Jeb Bush.
After his third venture into Iowa testing the waters for a presidential bid, South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham is convinced he sees an opening for himself in the 2016 race.
“At the end of the day, I think there’s a pathway forward for a guy like me,” Graham, a 12-year U.S. senator known for pushing for stronger national defense, told The Des Moines Register in an interview Saturday. “Whether I finish first or 10th, at least I had a chance here.”
Asked which GOP competitors he considers most formidable, Graham, 59, mentioned former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio — in that order.
“Jeb starts in a good spot,” Graham said. “He comes from a well-known family. People like the Bushes. I like the Bushes. He’s going to have a lot of money. Scott Walker is your neighbor here, and he has been a very successful governor. He’s a fighter. People like that. Marco is a very young, charismatic Republican, a Cuban-American. But the game that’s created in Iowa is an interesting game. It’s an antidote to big money. … A guy like me has a chance out here.[…]
On Friday night, about 60 people, including a small contingent of Iowa press, crowded into a banquet room at a Des Moines restaurant to meet Graham. He had dinner with former Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn, his wife, Erin Strawn, and several state senators. On Saturday, he attended the Iowa National Guard Officers’ Association, meeting separately with top brass, then company grade officers, then enlisted members. He met with some well-known Linn County GOP activists privately, then did a meet-and-greet in the Iowa City area.
HT: Dan Riehl
And that number is just for the airfare…
In its latest attempt to shut down media coverage, the White House Saturday dismissed reporters to their Florida hotel by declaring a news “lid” even though President Obama was just beginning his golf game — but the press pool voted to stay.
After a two hour flight, Obama motorcaded to the posh Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City to play a round and also stay.
At that point, the pool reporter, Byron Tau of the Wall Street Journal, wrote in his report to other correspondents, “The White House has called a lid. Pool does not anticipate news or POTUS sightings until tomorrow’s departure of Air Force One.”
With a lid, the reporters in the “travel pool” would typically return to their hotel. But with Obama still in public golfing, though at a very exclusive club, something could happen. So the pool voted to stay in the area just in case.
“However, the pool will hold on the grounds of the golf course until the early evening. This was the a result of a democratic vote by the pool to hold as close as possible to POTUS. (The other option was a hotel about 15 miles away.) Despite the lid, pool voted to stay on site.
“Pool is holding in a maintenance shed,” Tau reported.
Obama’s golf pools are regularly frustrated by never even seeing him. Some previous presidents, notably George H.W. Bush, would allow reporters to watch his play on one or two greens. Sometimes he answered questions.
Obama has golfed at the club before, with Tiger Woods.
The trip will cost taxpayers $843,508 in airfare alone.
Won’t work, they will spend more time fighting amongst themselves.
Via Al Arabiya
The Arab League on Sunday called for the establishment of a voluntary, unified military force that member states can turn to when facing security challenges.
The statement, issued in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, calls for establishing a voluntary Arab military force that can intervene to counter challenges that threaten the safety and security of any member, based on a specific request from that state.
Iraq, one of the members of the Arab League, voiced reservations to the proposed military force.
The statement also urged Houthis to “immediately withdraw from Sanaa, government institutions, and give their weapons to the legitimate authorities,” citing its support for the Saudi-led ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ in Yemen.
On Saturday, the Saudi-led coalition continued for a third day a bombing campaign against the Houthi militias who are marching to the southern city of Aden after seizing the capital Sanaa last year.
According to the statement, Arab leaders at the summit in Egypt also backed Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi’s request to hold a conference in Saudi Arabia under the auspices of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Iraq rejected military intervention in any country and called for dialogue as the best solution. Lebanon stressed that any decision taken should prioritize Arab consensus.
The Arab states also expressed their political and financial support to the legitimate government in Libya, and urged for the backing of the national army, according to the draft statement.
They called on the United Nations Security Council to hastily lift an arms embargo on the internationally recognized Libyan government, which they considered as legitimate.
The statement also stressed support for the Libyan government in order for it to control its borders with neighboring countries, a decision that Qatar voiced reservations.
Obama Allies, Including David Axelrod Firm, Have Been Working To Elect Sharia-Favoring Presidential Candidate In Nigeria
The hand of the slimy David Axelrod is involved, so you know to vote for anyone who he is against. The election is today, so we shall know soon whether they fail here as spectacularly as they did in Israel…
Via The Commentator:
On Saturday, Nigerians will go to the polls to choose their president. The race pits an incumbent with an imperfect record against a former military dictator who has flirted with Islamism.
As with the recent election in Israel, alumni of Obama are aiding the challenger — and not because he would make the region safer.
The decision Nigerians will make this weekend matters greatly, both for themselves and the West. Nigeria has Africa’s largest economy, with a gross domestic product of about $500 billion. It is a major energy producer and exporter, but also a political and cultural bellwether: the nation of 177 million is divided almost equally between Christians and Muslims.
Nigeria’s problems are serious, ranging from endemic corruption to a spiraling jihadist insurgency. The economy is growing but the unemployment rate exceeds 20 percent. Transparency International, which ranks nations by the absence of corruption, places Nigeria at an undesirable 136th out of 175.
Far more concerning, Boko Haram, the foremost jihadist group in Nigeria, has waged a bloody Islamist insurgency. This month, the group’s leader pledged allegiance to ISIS, whose own reach now includes parts of North Africa.
The challenger in Saturday’s election, Muhammadu Buhari, blames incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan for these problems. Buhari recently remarked, “if Nigeria does not kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria.”
That sounds appealing: corruption repels foreign capital and creates misery for those without privilege. But Buhari’s medicine may be worse than the disease.
His prescriptions range from the facile, like passing a whistleblower law, to the dangerous, like expanding the use of sharia — Islamic law that is enacted and enforced by clerics rather than democratic institutions.
Segregation at its finest.
Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life.
“No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful,” Obama told the crowd, which included many young black girls.
“I am so proud of you. My husband, your president, is so proud of you,” she added. “We have so much hope and dreams for you.”
Obama was not among the honorees at Saturday night’s festivities, held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. That distinction went to actress Jada Pinkett Smith, singer Erykah Badu, actress Cicely Tyson, “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, educator Nadia Lopez and Dr. Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA, a humanitarian organization.
However, Obama was the most celebrated participant. Wearing a form-fitting white dress, she jammed to performances from the likes of Badu, Fantasia, Sheila E!, Estelle and others and applauded the honorees.
But Obama got among the night’s loudest ovations as she came on stage and declared “Black girls rock!” – the slogan and name of the organization founded by Beverly Bond, which is designed to uplift young black girls, a group that often has difficulty finding positive and reaffirming images of themselves in the world.[…]
DuVernay, whose civil rights drama “Selma” received an Academy Award nomination, making her the first black woman to notch such an achievement, name-checked a host of other black filmmakers in her speech as she accepted her Shot Caller award, and implored women to “figure out what you need to do to be the heroine of your own story.”
A window into the future, if we do not stop it…
Via NY Post:
If you’re confused about the Saudi Arabia-led air attacks against Islamist rebels in Yemen and can’t tell one group of head-choppers in Iraq and Syria from another, don’t despair. All you need is imagination.
Close your eyes and imagine that those countries and terrorists have nuclear weapons. Imagine their barbarism going nuclear as they blow up cities, wipe out ethnic and religious groups and turn the region into cinders.
Now open your eyes and realize you’ve seen the future, thanks to President Obama’s policies. It is a future that will be defined by Obama’s Wars. Yes, plural.
I’ve written frequently about the likelihood of a dystopian “Mad Max” scenario if Iran gets nukes. My thinking is guided by a belief among American military and intelligence officials that a nuclear exchange would take place in the Mideast within five years of Iran getting the bomb. To judge from events, the future is arriving ahead of schedule.
The fact that a top Saudi official wouldn’t answer a question about the kingdom’s plan to get nukes is an answer in itself. Proliferation in the world’s hottest spot was guaranteed once Obama abdicated American leadership, a decision that led our adversaries to conclude we would not stop them and our allies to conclude we would not protect them.
A future where it would be every nation for itself was trouble enough, but something far worse is unfolding now. Obama’s courtship of Iran and his willingness to let it go nuclear is speeding up the race to chaos.
Bus loads of protesters are exempt.
San Francisco prides itself as a tolerant place, but it is closed off to one thing: Indiana.
On Thursday, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, a Democrat, directed all City Departments under his authority to bar publicly funded travel to the Hoosier State.
The decision followed Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s decision to sign a “religious freedom” bill that critics say effectively sanctions discrimination of LGBT citizens by private businesses.[…]
Though San Francisco is a famously LGBT-friendly city, the mayor did not mention in his announcement the 19 other states that currently have similar religious freedom acts on the books.
De Blasio Policy For “Zero Tolerance” For Jay Walking Means Police Ticketing Little Girls Run Over By Cars
No tolerance for jay walking but plenty of tolerance for cop hating.
Via NY Post:
Brooklyn cops who said they were following Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero orders to crack down on reckless drivers and pedestrians gave two bleeding 16-year-old girls jaywalking tickets as they were being treated in an emergency room after a car hit them, their enraged parents told The Post.
Teen pals Beanca Moise and Jo-Anna Thiboutot had suffered multiple fractures and deep bruises in the March 14 accident while crossing busy Flatbush Avenue in Sheepshead Bay.
But the cops told their parents the tickets were mandatory given the mayor’s “zero tolerance” jaywalking policy.
Ex-CFO Who Belittled Chick-fil-A Employee Reportedly Now Unemployed And On Food Stamps After Tantrum…
Released from job lock.
Via Daily Mail
An ex-CFO and Chick-fil-A protestor who lost his job after posting a video rant against one of the chain’s employees has since lost his home and lives on food stamps.
Adam Mark Smith, 37, who worked for an Arizona-based medical device manufacturer, was shamed after the 2012 YouTube video was posted showing him berating employee Rachel Elizabeth.
The video which expressed his disdain over the firm’s anti-gay marriage stance went viral, and left him unemployed and forced to lose his home.
Nearly three years later, the married father of four is still searching for a job and his family previously had to give away possessions before he was hired and fired again, according to ABC.
At the time he was working as CFO for Vante, Smith was earning $200,000 annually and had more than $1million in stock options, but he said it was all taken from him when he was fired.
His 2012 firing was reported on the same day as the counter-protest against Chick-fil-A’s Appreciation Day as thousands of gay couples flocked to restaurants to kiss during the summer of 2012.
Things were looking rough for Smith and his wife, Amy, along with their four sons after they lost their home and moved into an RV.
But there was silver lining for him and the chance for a new start when he was offered a new job as a CFO in Portland a few months later.
‘I felt like, “yeah, I got it. I am back”,’ he said.
However, nearly two weeks later, he was fired once again after his boss realized he was the man from the video.
As the incident continues to haunt him, he said he does not regret the stand he took but he regrets the way he spoke to Elizabeth.
While Smith is unsure if the incident will ever go away, he has turned to meditation, and has written a memoir, A Million Dollar Cup of Water: Discovering the Wealth in Authenticity.
A Boston woman has been indicted with fraudulently obtaining $8,000 from the fund set up for victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and thousands more from other fundraising, officials said on Thursday.
Investigators found that Joanna Leigh, 41, was at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 when two bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring more than 260, but they argued that she was not injured, the Boston Police Department said in a statement.
Leigh was indicted earlier this month by a Suffolk County grand jury on five larceny counts and a charge of making a false claim to the government, the police department said.
Mooch received a Cambodian smack down.
Michelle Obama recently traveled to Japan and Cambodia to promote girls’ education in those nations, as part of the “Let Girls Learn” White House Initiative:
During her visit, the First Lady gave a speech in Cambodia which covered issues facing female education, as well as the benefits that can be claimed with further progress on this front:
“When girls get educated — when they learn to read and write and think — that gives them the tools to speak up and to talk about injustice, and to demand equal treatment. It helps them participate in the political life of their country and hold their leaders accountable, call for change when their needs and aspirations aren’t being met.”
According to the Phnom Penh Post, Prime Minister Hun Sen told the U.S. embassy that, although speaking about the initiative is good, it does nothing to help with the costs associated with making such a program functional:
“’Her [Michelle Obama’s] mission is very good, but I suggest the United States should help completely and not play like this,’ he said. ‘It is just playing around – it is not good. What if she chose 300 students? It would be death. I don’t have that money to give.’”[…]
Since his statements, the Prime Minister made the point that not only does he not have the financial resources to back such a campaign, but he also worries the U.S. will be able to take credit for the initiative.
NYC Councilwoman: Too Many Asians In Public Housing, It Might Be ‘Beneficial’ To Assign Housing By Ethnic Group…
Housed based on your color.
Crown Heights Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo has an odd question – she wants to know why there are large numbers of Asians living in housing projects in Brooklyn.
According to the NY Post, Ms. Cumbo made the bizarre comment while speaking at the New York City Housing Authority hearing:
A Brooklyn city councilwoman wants to know why “blocs” of Asians are living in two Fort Greene housing projects — and suggested it would be “beneficial” to assign housing by ethnic group.
“How is it that one specific ethnic group has had the opportunity to move into a development in large numbers?”
After initially apologizing for her comments, Ms. Cumbo doubled down and told the Post:
“There could be some benefit to housing people by culture . . . I think it needs to be discussed.”
Via NY Post:
It’s the City That Hits the Snooze Button, at least when it comes to Mayor de Blasio.
Hizzoner has scheduled press conferences, speeches or public events before 11 a.m. on just 23 of 87 days this year. De Blasio has admitted he’s “not a morning person.”
And while the serial oversleeper has missed the starts of parades, holiday Masses and solemn ceremonies for plane-crash victims, he does carve out plenty of late-morning time to hit the gym in his old Park Slope neighborhood.
Rather than working out at home — former First Lady Donna Hanover outfitted Gracie Mansion’s attic for workouts — or at Asphalt Green, only three blocks away, de Blasio sweats out the stress at the Prospect Park YMCA 10 miles away.
On Wednesday morning, de Blasio arrived with his entourage of three black SUVs and climbed on an exercise bike at 9:50 a.m.
Via Daily Mail:
Islamic State is clamping down on Caesarean operations in the latest attack on what it perceives to be decadent Western practices.
Doctors working for ISIS have been ordered to charge 15,000 Syrian pounds for a Caesarean childbirth operation, the equivalent of two months salary for the average Syrian worker.
Under the harsh new rules enforced by the terror group, doctors who carry out the operations without charging the fee will now face unspecified punishments.
The Islamic State order stipulates that the new charges are aimed at deterring hospitals from carrying out routine Caesareans.
But the high fees will force women who can’t afford the operations to endure painful childbirth.
A written order published in the northern Syrian province of Deir az-Zor states: ‘in order to assist the believers from the sons of Islam who are working in the medical corps to support their brothers from the poor and others besides them from the Muslim populace, and with the desire to keep the course of medical work removed from arbitrary whim.’
It adds: ‘This is to be considered as tantamount to a written order and all who contravene it will be held accountable in the Dar al-Qaḍa [IS judiciary] with attendant consequence.’
There is growing opposition among Islamic clerics to Western trends in gynaecology developments and in particular to mothers who wish to have a pain-free childbirth sometimes referred to as ‘too posh to push’.
Add non-Obamacare government health insurance to the benefits that foreign nationals currently illegally present in the United States could receive should President Obama’s November 2014 executive action be determined constitutional in the courts.
If implemented, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability) would grant legal status to an estimated five million foreign nationals illegally present in the U.S.
“These immigrants are not eligible for health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act [commonly known as Obamacare], but Californians who are granted DACA or DAPA become eligible for comprehensive Medi-Cal coverage under state policy if otherwise eligible based on income,” reads a March joint report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education. Medi-Cal is California’s form of the federal Medicaid program.