Obama could burn a picture of Netanyahu on live TV and Jarrett would still push the laughable claim Obama is Israel’s best ally.
In an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday, Obama White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett offered some reaction to the upcoming address to a joint session of Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later in the day.
Jarrett insisted President Barack Obama remains committed to Israel’s security and preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. [..]
As for the speech itself, Jarrett explained the reason Obama won’t be watching the address is that he has a full slate.
“Well, he’s got a full day today and I hope we’re going to in a second our announcement for today,” she continued. “He’s action packed. He and the first lady are so excited about the new initiative that we’re going to launch and when you’re ready, I’d love to talk about that.”
Remember this guy, Barack?
Major news out of Libya as AbdelHakim Belhadj, the former head of the Al Qaeda-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, and a major player in the U.S.-backed overthrow of Mummar Gaddafi, has reportedly joined the Islamic State and is leading its forces there. This according to The Blaze National Security journalist Sara Carter on twitter, and Fox News’ Catherine Herridge in a Fox News report.
Belhadj’s ties to Al Qaeda were controversial during the run up to U.S. airstrikes in support of the Libyan rebels, but this did not prevent him from maintaining a high profile at the time,including being made head of the Tripoli Military Council, a position he held until resigning to run for office in May 2012. Belhadj has a reputation for involvement in the international jihad has well, playing a role in the 2004 Madrid training bombings, and accused by investigatorsof being involved in the murder of two Tunisian politicians at behest of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Islamic State fighters landed in Libya back in November of 2014, and have been at work establishing training camps in the Libyan city of Derna before launching a terror offensive which included an attack on a Libyan hotel, attacks on oil field workers, and the execution of 21 Copts in a graphic video which made international headlines.
And they didn’t think anyone would notice?
Via The Hill:
Two female Democratic senators named Barbara plan to retire in 2016 — and the White House is recycling the same lines to praise them.
Statements from President Obama and Vice President Biden honoring Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, repeat statements lauding Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). Mikulski announced her plans to retire on Monday, and Boxer made her announcement last month.
Biden used almost the exact same closing joke in both statements, swapping out each senator’s name.
“I am sorry to see her go, but there are still two years left. And two years of Barbara Mikulski is like six years of any other senator,” Biden said in a statement Monday after Mikulski announced that she’d retire after this term.
“I am sorry to see her go, but there are still two years left. And two years of Barbara Boxer is like having four to six years of any other senator,” he said in January.
And Obama doesn’t get a better grade for creativity either.
“Senator Mikulski is more than just a legendary senator for the people of Maryland, she’s an institution in the United States Senate,” Obama said Monday morning.
That language is almost identical to Obama’s statement on Boxer, which begins: “Barbara Boxer is more than a senator — she’s an institution.”
Mikulski on Monday said that she wanted to spend her next two years devoted to the issues she supports instead of worrying about the rigors of a campaign.
Senator Kirk is unaware of the common denominator between Chicago and Detroit, it isn’t the body count.
Via Chicago Sun Times
Chicago could follow Detroit into bankruptcy if Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not re-elected, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) warned Monday.
Without mentioning Jesus “Chuy” Garcia by name, Kirk said Emanuel’s challenger lacks the “gravitas with the bond market” to secure Chicago’s mountain of debt and prevent Chicago from going the way of Detroit, which recently emerged from bankruptcy.
“Rahm’s re-election is essential to maintaining the value of Chicago’s debt market. We need a strong capable leader… I would worry about the value of the Chicago debt if Rahm was not re-elected…. It’s a concern if we have some of the less responsible people running against him,” Kirk said.
“None of them could command the respect of the bond market. A collapse of Chicago debt, which already happened with Detroit, I think would soon follow if somebody who was really inexperienced and irresponsible replaced Rahm.”[…]
Emanuel has emphatically rejected comparisons between Chicago and Detroit, citing Chicago’s more diverse economy.
“It’s a non-partisan election but it sounds like a political comment. He’s entitled to it,” Garcia said.
“This is a serious issue and we’ll continue to address it head-on.”
Now that there are only two candidates left standing, both are under pressure to be more specific on how they plan to solve Chicago’s $20 billion pension crisis and the $10 billion in unfunded pension liabilities at the Chicago Public Schools.
Clinton used a domain registered to herself one week before her Senate confirmation hearings. Going to be tough for the MSM to sweep this under the rug, but they will find a way.
The New York Times reported Monday night that, during her tenure at the State Department, Hillary Clinton never used her official email account to conduct communications, relying instead on a private email account. As the Times notes, only official accounts are automatically retained under the Federal Records Act, meaning that none of Clinton’s email communication was preserved.
In March 2013, an adviser to Clinton, Sidney Blumenthal, had his email hacked by “Guccifer” — the Romanian hacker perhaps best known for revealing George W. Bush’s paintings to the world. At the time, Gawker reported that Blumenthal was communicating with an account that appeared to belong to Clinton at the “clintonemail.com” domain. The content of some of those emails was published by RT.com.
Examining the registry information for “clintonemail.com” reveals that the domain was first created on January 13, 2009 — one week before President Obama was sworn into office, and the same day that Clinton’s confirmation hearings began before the Senate.
Now Sharpton knows what it’s like for people on the other end of his racial attacks.
Via Daily Caller:
Legendary TV talk show host Byron Allen went on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday to discuss his ongoing racial discrimination lawsuit against Comcast and Al Sharpton.
He called Sharpton a “black pawn” perpetuating “financial genocide” on the black community, and bashed President Barack Obama for protecting donors that discriminate against blacks.
It is a start, also need a provision for VA employees that are fake warriors and claim serving with elite forces.
Via The Blaze
The House voted Monday to allow the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to take away performance bonuses from officials who are later discovered to be undeserving of those cash awards, and did so in a unanimous voice vote.
The vote showed that both Republicans and Democrats continue to be worried about ongoing managerial problems at the VA, nearly a year after the VA was shown to be systematically failing to provide veterans with timely health care.
That scandal unveiled a broken VA in which senior officials were delaying health care access, and trying to cover up this fact once Congress started investigating. Along the way, it was found that senior VA officials were routinely getting huge bonuses, even in VA systems that failed to help thousands of veterans.
Since then, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) has said the VA needs to have the authority to strip away bonuses from corrupt or negligent officials. His legislation was aimed at letting the VA take back $380,000 in bonuses at 38 VA hospitals that are still under investigation for pretending to serve veterans on time.
“Ideally, VA employees and executives who collected bonuses under false pretenses should be subject to prosecution when warranted, but at a minimum their bonuses should be paid back in full,” Miller said in January when he introduced the bill.
However, it’s unclear whether the VA would use its new authority even if it became law. In January, Miller’s committee held a hearing in which two senior VA officials said the VA had no opinion on whether corrupt or negligent officials should be able to keep their ill-gotten bonuses.
These savages are pathetic.
Via Campus Reform:
Two American academics are the targets of ISIS terrorists as their pictures have appeared in a recruitment magazine calling for those who condemned the Charlie Hebdo attacks to be killed.
Dabiq, the online magazine used as propaganda and recruitment for the terrorist group, claimed that there would be a “reward” in the afterlife for those who killed apostates.
“There is no doubt that such deeds are apostasy, that those who publicly call to such deeds in the name of Islam and scholarship are from the du’āt (callers) to apostasy, and that there is great reward awaiting the Muslim in the Hereafter if he kills these apostate im?ms…” the magazine says on page 60 of those who defend Charlie Hebdo or promote the slogan “Je Suis Charlie” created in the aftermath of the violent slaying of the Charlie Hebdo reporters and cartoonists.
While the article does not specifically mention names, pictures of Yasir Qadhi (also spelled Kazi), an assistant professor at the private Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., and Hamza Yusuf, president, cofounder, and senior faculty member of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, Calif., accompanied the piece.
The magazine, titled “From Hypocrisy to Apostasy: The Extinction of the Grayzone,” includes violent and graphic images. It was released Feb., 15.
Seems to be a common trend under Obama.
Via CNS News:
(CNSNews.com) – In contrast to the steep decline in the gasoline price index over the past year (which led to a decline in the overall Consumer Price Index), the seasonally adjusted electricity price index hit an all-time high in January, according to data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In January, the seasonally adjusted price index for electricity was 212.290. That was up from 210.489 in December, which was the record up until then. Before that, the high had been the 209.341 recorded in March of last year.
The annual electricity price index set a record in 2014 of 208.020 up from 200.750 in 2013.
In January, the average price for a kilowatthour (KWH) of electricity also hit an all-time high for that month of the year.
According to BLS, a KWH of electricity cost an average of 13.8 cents in January 2015, which was less than the 14.3-cent cost in June, July and August of 2014 (and 14.1-cent cost of September 2014) but more than the average cost of a KWH in any month—including the summer months—of 2013. In that year, the average price of a KWH peaked at 13.7 cents in the months from June to September.
The price of electricity tends to follow an annual pattern–rising in the spring, peaking in the summer, and declining in the fall.
No wings in the air to go along with no boots on the ground.
Via Military Times
The Pentagon says the U.S. is not providing airstrikes in support of Iraq’s ground offensive against Islamic State fighters in the northern city of Tikrit because the Iraqi government did not request it.
A Pentagon spokesman, Army Col. Steve Warren, said the U.S. was alerted to the offensive before it started Monday but was not asked to provide air power.
Warren said he could not comment on any Iranian military involvement, beyond saying Washington is aware of Iran’s interest in Iraq’s fight against the Islamic State group that controls key territory, including Tikrit and Mosul.
Warren said he could not provide an assessment of Iraqi progress in the Tikrit battle.
There’s something seriously wrong with this guy…
Radical LGBT activist Dan Savage plumbed new depths of lewd anti-Catholicism in a series of Twitter posts on Saturday. The hypocritical “anti-bullying” activist pointed out how a “‘repair’ on this statue of John Paul II makes him look like he just stuck 2 fingers in a squeaky clean altar boy.” (see screen cap below)
However, Savage (who comes from a Catholic family, but is now an atheist) revealed his own ignorance, as the statue, which has its hand stretched out in blessing and currently has two fingers wrapped in plastic, is actually of a pope who died six years before John Paul II was born – Pope Saint Pius X.
One of his Twitter followers actually pointed out the lack of resemblance between the statue and the Polish pontiff, but took his own disgusting shot at him: “That’s supposed to be John Paul II? Doesn’t even resemble him. Except the fingers.” The far-left personality re-Tweeted this barb with his own reaction: “Ha!”
Later, Savage disclosed that he found the supposed statue of John Paul II “when I slipped into a church to light a candle and say a prayer for my mom.” He also claimed to liberal writer Ana Marie Cox that his mom “would’ve found that pic hilarious. She had a sense of humor.”
We are BFF’s with Israel and will unfriend them if we don’t get our way.
We heard from both Prime Minister Netanyahu and also Ambassador Power today that America’s support for Israel should be, always has been, and will continue to be bipartisan and non-partisan. And I think that’s why you heard Ambassador Power and you will hear other officials talk over the coming days about how we really have an unprecedented security relationship with Israel.
John Kerry stood up today in front of the Human Rights Council and defended Israel. And it’s also why we’re working very hard to see if we can get a negotiated agreement that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapons, which of course is critical to Israel’s security …
We believe that it is in Israel’s security interest that we get a diplomatic agreement with Iran to prevent it from getting a nuclear weapon. I didn’t hear Prime Minister Netanyahu put forward any alternatives today and some of the alternatives we heard before to a negotiated agreement either put more sanctions on and they capitulate taking a military option. Many of those alternatives are wholly unrealistic – all experts agree on that. Or, they’d give us much less transparency and much less visibility into Iran’s nuclear program.
Bureaucrats ruling by caveat over the populace.
Via Breit Bart
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest is defending a proposal by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to ban AR-15 ammunition. Earnest calls it a “common sense” approach.
“This seems to be an area where everyone should agree, that if there are armor piercing bullets available that can fit into easily concealed weapons, that it puts our law enforcement at considerable more risk,” Earnest explained when questioned about the ban by White House reporter Fred Lucas.
The proposed “framework” would ban the 5.56-millimeter “M855 green tip” rifle bullet to prevent the ammunition from being used in handguns. The ATF has requested public comment before making a decision.
Republican lawmakers have opposed the ban, submitting a letter to ATF director B. Todd Jones.
“Millions upon millions of M855 rounds have been sold and used in the U.S., yet the ATF has not even alleged, much less offered evidence, that even one such round has ever been fired from a handgun at a police officer,” the letter reads.
The audacity of this guy…
President Barack Obama took a stab at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview with Reuters on Monday, on the eve of Netanyahu’s controversial speech to a special joint session of Congress on Tuesday morning. Obama said that Netanyahu “made all sorts of claims” about the interim nuclear deal with Iran that turned out to be untrue. Yet Obama mischaracterized Netanyahu’s remarks, and misrepresented Iranian compliance with the terms of the interim deal.
Obama’s full comment on Monday was: “Netanyahu made all sorts of claims. This was going to be a terrible deal. This was going to result in Iran getting 50 billion dollars worth of relief. Iran would not abide by the agreement. None of that has come true. It has turned out that in fact, during this period we’ve seen Iran not advance its program. In many ways, it’s rolled back elements of its program.”
However, each element of that claim is untrue–and some are outright lies.
The deal is a “terrible” deal, by the standards of the international community when Obama came to office, when the UN Security Council had banned any nuclear enrichment at all by Iran.
Melissa forgot to wear her Aunt Jemima head scarf to make her point.
Via News Busters
As left-wing as weekday MSNBC hosts can be, weekend MSNBC anchors wander off into the land of bizarre, humorless scolds. Anchor Melissa Harris-Perry on Saturday chided two celebrity liberals for possible bigotry and for not being liberal enough. After relating a comedy bit Neil Patrick Harris performed at last Sunday’s Academy Awards, Harris-Perry lectured, “Not everyone appreciated the way that he did it.”
In the sketch, Harris jokingly asked African American actress Octavia Spencer to guard his Oscar picks. Somehow constructing potential racism, Perry connected, “Of course, he explained that the task required her diligence and undivided attention.” The cable host quoted the liberal professor/blogger Roxane Gay for the inevitable conclusion. Gay tweeted, “Typical. Octavia Spencer plays a maid, wins an Oscar and then is expected to work at the ceremony.”
Another offense came from liberal actress Patricia Arquette, who used her Oscar acceptance speech to argue for equal pay for women. This was “heartfelt,” according to the MSNBC host. But Arquette’s crime came in a later comment when she said that it’s time for “all the gay people and all the people of color that we’ve fought for to fight for us now.”
MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: [Arquette’s] post-show elaboration revealed showed a fundamental misunderstanding of a key feminist concept that marginal identities like gender, race, sexual orientation and class are not separate. They are fundamentally intersecting.
Of course, this is the same person who famously wore tampon earrings in 2013 to make a point about abortion rights.
And nobody distracts from Chicago Jesus.
President Obama today downplayed Susan Rice saying Benjamin Netanyahu‘s speech to Congress is “destructive” to the U.S.-Israel relationship. He said, “I don’t think it’s permanently destructive. I think it’s a distraction from what should be our focus, and our focus should be how do we stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.”
The White House and Congress have been at odds over the address ever since John Boehner invited Netanyahu to speak weeks ago, circumventing the White House. Based on a statement from Josh Earnest today, the president may not even watch Netanyahu’s speech when it’s on.