Update: Harry Reid refuses to clap for Netanyahu.
Update: Dick Durbin and Harry Reid stay seated while rest of Dems stand and applaud after Netanyahu says Obama supports Israel.
Update: Harry Reid refuses to clap for Netanyahu.
Update: Dick Durbin and Harry Reid stay seated while rest of Dems stand and applaud after Netanyahu says Obama supports Israel.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Monday evening said she would not attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on Tuesday, becoming the eighth Democratic senator to boycott the address.
“It’s unfortunate that Speaker Boehner’s actions on the eve of a national election in Israel have made Tuesday’s event more political and less helpful for addressing the critical issue of nuclear nonproliferation and the safety of our most important ally in the Middle East,” Warren said in a statement to the Boston Globe.
Better there, than here.
Which begs the obvious question: Why did Boehner pick the DHS funding bill as the vehicle to try and de-fund Obama’s executive amnesty?
WASHINGTON — The House will finally vote on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security without immigration measures, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told his conference at a meeting on Tuesday.
The vote will come after the House narrowly averted a shutdown last Friday when the House GOP rejected a “clean” DHS funding bill passed in the Senate, and then 52 conservative Republican members joined Democrats to block even a three-week continuing resolution. The House passed a one-week funding bill in hopes that Senate Democrats would allow a conference between the two chambers to go forward, but that was rejected on Monday.
Senate Democrats have already shown that they will not vote for a funding bill that passed the House in January. That bill would tie funding to ending President Barack Obama’s immigration actions, which could allow as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants to temporarily stay in the country and work.
“With more active threats coming into the homeland, I don’t believe that’s an option,” he said, according to the source. “Imagine if, God forbid, another terrorist attack hits the United States.”
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.”
Imam Kerry approved?
Via Free Beacon:
The State Department’s counterterrorism office is facing pushback after promoting recent remarks by a Muslim cleric who blamed regional unrest in the Middle East on what he called a “conspiracy” by a “new global colonialism allied to world Zionism.”
The State Department’s official anti-terrorism Twitter account last week tweeted out remarks made by a leading Muslim cleric who, during a speech in Mecca, linked terrorism by the Islamic State (IS) to a plot by supporters of Israel around the world.
Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb, a leading voice in Sunni Islam, made the comments during a counter-terrorism rally held in the Muslim holy city last week, according to AFP.
Al-Tayeb “blamed unrest in the region on a conspiracy by what he called ‘new global colonialism allied to world Zionism,’” according to the AFP report, which was linked to by the State Department’s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC).
My new favorite moonbat.
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.
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.
Via Fox News Insider:
Jordan’s King Abdullah II said that the fight against ISIS is “a third World War.”
“This has to be unified,” Abdullah said on CNN yesterday. “I’ve said this to leaders both in the Islamic and Arab world and to the world in general: This is a third World War by other means. This brings Muslims, Christians, other religions together in this generational fight that all of us have to be in this together.”
Kennedy weighed in on “Outnumbered” today about Abdullah’s ISIS comments stating that she thinks the terrorist group “unfortunately could be the thing that really launches a third World War.”
“Well, I don’t think it is a third World War,” Kennedy said. “I think you know we’re getting ahead of ourselves. But I think the ramifications are so dire and so serious, that when people talk about a need for strategy and a need to really figure out what we’re doing over there…it is so incredibly important because we don’t want to get sucked into something like that.”
“We see with ISIS what human beings are capable of and there seems to be no end in future,” Kennedy added.
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.
Much needed lambasting.
Via Washington Times:
A federal judge warned the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday not to discriminate against conservative groups in how it responds to open-records requests, issuing a legal spanking.
Judge Royce C. Lamberth concluded the agency may have lied to the court and showed “apathy and carelessness” in carrying out the law, though the judge was unable to determine if documents were intentionally destroyed.
Judge Lamberth described the “absurdity” of the way the EPA handled a Freedom of Information Act request from the Landmark Legal Foundation and then the court case stemming from it — including late last week admitting it lied to the court about how it went about searching for documents.
In a scorching 25-page opinion, the judge accused the agency of “insulting” him by first claiming it had done a full search for records, then years later retracting that claim without any explanation.
“The recurrent instances of disregard that EPA employees display for FOIA obligations should not be tolerated by the agency,” the judge said in a 25-page ruling. “This court would implore the executive branch to take greater responsibility in ensuring that all EPA FOIA requests — regardless of the political affiliation of the requester — are treated with equal respect and conscientiousness.”