Paul Ryan Hitting Back Against Dem Demagoguery

Via Gateway Pundit:

I wouldn’t say he’s “punching back twice as hard”, (he’s too mild mannered for that), but he’s throwing some right jabs against the Dem’s shameless demagoguery:

The Hill reports:

Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, lashed out at Democrats, whom he said had distorted his 2012 budget proposal to their political benefit in the special election in New York’s 26th congressional district.

“There is a Medicare story to be told here … and it’s that the president and his party have decided to shamelessly distort and demagogue Medicare,” Ryan said on MSNBC, calling it a “Mediscare” campaign led by President Obama and Democrats in Congress.

Democrat Kathy Hochul scored an upset victory to succeed former Rep. Christopher Lee (R) in the Republican-leaning seat. The race became something of a referendum on House Republicans’ budget, including Ryan’s controversial Medicare proposal, which would transform the entitlement program into a voucher-based system for Americans under the age of 55.

“I think that’s a big part of it,” Ryan said of the role Medicare played in the race. “Having the ability to scare seniors is powerful.”

He also argued, as have many other Republicans, that GOP nominee Jane Corwin was the victim of a third-party candidate in the race, Democrat-turned-Tea Party candidate Jack Davis, who won 8 percent of the vote.

“There is a Medicare story to be told here … and it’s that the president and his party have decided to shamelessly distort and demagogue Medicare,” Ryan said on MSNBC, calling it a “Mediscare” campaign led by President Obama and Democrats in Congress.

Democrat Kathy Hochul scored an upset victory to succeed former Rep. Christopher Lee (R) in the Republican-leaning seat. The race became something of a referendum on House Republicans’ budget, including Ryan’s controversial Medicare proposal, which would transform the entitlement program into a voucher-based system for Americans under the age of 55.

“I think that’s a big part of it,” Ryan said of the role Medicare played in the race. “Having the ability to scare seniors is powerful.”

He also argued, as have many other Republicans, that GOP nominee Jane Corwin was the victim of a third-party candidate in the race, Democrat-turned-Tea Party candidate Jack Davis, who won 8 percent of the vote.

Democrats have seized on the win and attributed it virtually entirely to Medicare, framing the special-election victory as a rebuke of the Ryan plan and an indicator of good fortunes in their efforts to retake the House in 2012.

Still, Ryan said that House Republicans remain “very unified” behind the Medicare reforms, even amid the signs of political peril and rumblings of dissent within GOP ranks. And he dismissed the notion that the plan would cost Republicans in 2012.

“I personally don’t think it will work,” he said. “With 15 or 18 months to go, the facts will get out.”

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Gateway Pundit: Paul Ryan Posts Path to Prosperity Part II to Counter Dem Lies About Medicare (Video)

Democrats believe they have found a winning strategy for the 2012 elections – lie to the American people about the GOP plan to save Medicare and to mock and misrepresent any proposal that would cut back on Barack Obama’s historic spending levels.

Despite the fact that Obama has tripled the national deficit, democrats have no intention of cutting spending even if it bankrupts the country.
They believe this is a winning strategy for 2012.

Today Paul Ryan countered their lies with The Path to Prosperity (Episode 2)

Video at link.

Keep punching back Republicans. Now is not the time to be weak kneed.

See Michelle Malkin for a visual of shameless Dem hackery via Dingy’s Twitter account: Mediscare and the NY-26 loss; Plus: Ryan the Brave, Reid the Hack.

Ace of Spades HQ: Barone: NY-26 Proves Republicans Have To Go On The Offensive Against MediScare Campaign

Interesting breakdown of the numbers. I’ll leave those in the article, but long story short, MediScare probably depressed conservative turnout from a high Bush 2004 level down to a low-ish McCain 2008 level. Note that had Jack Davis not been in the race, we probably would have won, but even adding his numbers into our pile, MediScare does seem to have dented our support.

High fives all around at Dem-gog headquarters. Think about it. If over the top demagoguery and a fake teaparty candidate worked out so well this time, these tactics will  be reproduced en-masse in 2012. Especially the fake tea party candidates. Obviously, we already expect shameless  demagoguery from Democrats.

I was just talking with someone — Drew, maybe — about the need to start hitting the point, hard, that MediCare “self-corrects” in 8 years if nothing is done, and by “self-corrects,” I mean Seniors automatically get less money in health care, price controls are automatically imposed, and doctors and hospitals are paid less.

And they’re already being paid less.

If you like your doctor, you get to keep, instead, a doctor who got his degree in the Belgian Congo, because guess what, there is a limit to how low doctors are willing to go.

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The Blaze: Paul Ryan Responds to Calls for Him to Run for President

Sure, Paul Ryan appeared on the cable shows this morning to talk about his Medicare plan being demonized by Democrats. And sure he revealed that he holds no hard feelings toward Newt Gingrich for the former House Speaker’s blasting of the Ryan plan. But really what people are wanting to know is, will he run for President?

The answer? Well, I don’t want to be a conspiracy theorist, but he did seem to leave the door open.

Video at link.

NRO: Draft Paul Ryan?

That’s right…the Ryan for President chatter has not abated…even Krauthammer is in favor of it.

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Video: John Huntsman, RINO

I know I said in a post awhile back, that that mention would be the first and last time I wasted my time on non-entity, John Huntsman. But that was before my pals at Verum Serum produced this epic Huntsman campaign video:

‘Nuff said?

Bravo, guys!

Hat tip: Drew at AoSHQ.

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Video: Obama Flubs Toast To The Queen

Okay, my turn. I know everybody’s already seen video of Obama’s awkward gaffe at Buckingham Palace. But have you seen the queen’s nicely executed toast that came right before his? Skip to 2:00 in to avoid the ridiculous and insufferable Martin Bashir’s  gushing:

I was wondering if Obama’s toast was unusually long winded, but it clocked in at about the same amount of time as the queen’s, so we can’t rag on him for that.

You’ll also  notice that she read her remarks off of paper, which, given her advanced age, and the length of her speech should be expected. Obama’s notes don’t strike me as that big a deal, either, although he could have bothered to memorize at least some of the lines.

No, the breech of etiquette occurred when he continued his toast after God Save The Queen had started, (like his toast had its own musical score.)  He may have paused too long when he lost his place [where were you TOTUS?], or the band was told to start at the words, “to the queen”, not realizing there were two “to the queens” in the toast.  It doesn’t matter whose fault it was, these things happen. That was just a mix-up. The awkwardness came because he kept right on talking, and then thought he was going to drink up before the music was done playing. The queen had to give him a look, and a slight shake of her head, as if to say, “not now, you gormless prat!”

So, it was awkward…but not abysmal.

The MSM will probably not make a huge deal out of it, nor should it – all things being equal. But they’re not. The MSM and the left (birm)would have been in a tizzy for weeks, had W done such a thing – playing it on an endless loop, in conjunction with getting the year wrong in signing the Westminster Abbey visitor’s book. There would have been such a constant drumbeat of ridicule, we would have been forced to defend his cloddish behavior, only because of their over the top reaction.

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Yep, McCotter Is Definitely Thinking About Running For President

In an interview with Jonathan Martin of the Politico, Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter confirmed that he’s seriously considering a White House bid and said he will make a decision within the next two weeks.

McCotter argued that the current crop of GOP candidates simply isn’t making the case about how to confront what he described as the existential threats facing the country.

“I think the majority of the Republican electorate isn’t happy with the choices they’ve got and want to take a look at new people,” he said.

McCotter said his party must address four major issues: “The challenge of globalization, the war for freedom against terrorists, the rise of Communist China and whether moral relativism erodes a nation built on self-evident truth.”

But what makes a little-known four-term House member who gave up his own leadership position think he can enter the campaign in June and be a viable contender for the nomination?

McCotter said the revolution in communication and media has made it easier for aspiring politicians who don’t have the sort of name identification or personal wealth that traditionally determined who could mount a national campaign.

“It’s easier to get your message out today, and people will take a look at it — and if they like it, maybe they vote for you,” he said.

Pressed further, the Michigander quipped: “I’m from Detroit — we live to prove the doubters wrong.”

If anything, McCotter, 45, is known among political insiders for such wit — along with a love for rock music and his chops on the guitar. He’s a member of a band — The Second Amendments — comprised of a bipartisan group of House members. At a congressional picnic in 2006, President George W. Bush memorably deemed him “that rock and roll dude.”

But he’s also developed something of a cult following on the right as an unapologetic conservative who can quote Russell Kirk as easily as he can Robert Plant. (McCotter weaved Led Zeppelin lyrics into a House floor speech earlier this year.)

Frequent appearances on Fox’s late-night show “Red Eye” and Dennis Miller’s radio program also have built up his fan base in the right-leaning media, particularly among Republicans who, like him, came of age in the 1980s.

“There’s no one I’d like to see more at a debate than McCotter,” gushed conservative Web impresario Andrew Breitbart. “This is a guy that’s blunt, sarcastic, pop-culture-savvy, constitutionally sound and an authentic voice.”

Rest here.

He  was recently interviewed by KCMO morning talk show host, Greg Knapp and discussed Obama’s violation of the War Powers Act,  the  debt ceiling, spending caps, repeal of ObmaCare, Newt Gingrich’s comments on Ryan’s budget plan, and more.
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There are a lot of good reasons to like McCotter, he’s conservative across the board, has a great sense of humor, he’s relatively young, and  is conversant on all the issues. I can’t overstate the importance of being conversant on all of the issues, and being comfortable in all sorts of media situations. As Herman Cain recently demonstrated,  even a somewhat friendly interview situation can go very awry if you don’t have a decent command of all the issues. We can’t have that because when a Republican flubs a question, the MSM goes in for the kill.
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Previously:

More McCotter For Prez Talk

Why Not? McCotter For President

Video: Netanyahu’s Powerful Address To Congress

This video only contains the first seven minutes of Netanyahu’s excellent speech before a joint session of Congress, today. I’ll put up part two when it appears on Youtube.

You can watch the full video at the Right Scoop.

There were so many memorable lines in this speech, (which was read without the aid of a teleprompter):

In a region of shifting alliances, Israel is America’s unwavering ally. Israel has always been pro-American. Israel will always be pro-American.My friends, you don’t need to do nation building in Israel. We’re already built. You don’t need to export democracy to Israel. We’ve already got it. You don’t need to send American troops to defend Israel. We defend ourselves.

We’re proud that over one million Arab citizens of Israel have been enjoying these rights for decades. Of the 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, only Israel’s Arab citizens enjoy real democratic rights. I want you to stop for a second and think about that. Of those 300 million Arabs, less than one-half of one-percent are truly free, and they’re all citizens of Israel!  This startling fact reveals a basic truth: Israel is not what is wrong about the Middle East. Israel is what is right about the Middle East.

Yet the Ayatollah regime briefly suspended its nuclear program only once, in 2003, when it feared the possibility of military action. That same year, Muammar Qadaffi gave up his nuclear weapons program, and for the same reason. The more Iran believes that all options are on the table, the less the chance of confrontation. This is why I ask you to continue to send an unequivocal message: That America will never permit Iran to develop nuclear weapons.

When we say never again, we mean never again. Israel always reserves the right to defend itself.

You see, our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It has always been about the existence of the Jewish state. This is what this conflict is about. In 1947, the United Nations voted to partition the land into a Jewish state and an Arab state. The Jews said yes. The Palestinians said no. In recent years, the Palestinians twice refused generous offers by Israeli Prime Ministers, to establish a Palestinian state on virtually all the territory won by Israel in the Six Day War.Israel will not return to the indefensible lines of 1967.

So I say to President Abbas: Tear up your pact with Hamas! Sit down and negotiate! Make peace with the Jewish state! And if you do, I promise you this. Israel will not be the last country to welcome a Palestinian state as a new member of the United Nations. It will be the first to do so.

Transcript here.

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Not a good sign:

RCP: Biden Does Not Applaud After Netanyahu Says Jerusalem Will Not Be Divided

Atlas Shrugs: 56 Thunderous Times:

56 times. That’s how many times the Congress cheered, applauded and/or stood up for Benjamin Netanyahu. This kind of reception is reserved for a much loved president of …… the United States. He was welcomed with a standing ovation and over three minutes of thunderous applause.

And he did not disappoint. Binyamin was brilliant. I will post video as soon as it goes online.

This was history. Unforgettable.

“Israel has no better friend than America and America has no better friend than Israel,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in his much-anticipated speech to a special joint session of Congress.
The two countries “stand together, to defend democracy, to advance peace and to fight terrorism.”

His speech was very strong, He did not downplay the disagreements, but discussed them forthrightly and was met with thunderous applause.

Lisa Graas: Rand Paul Pouts on Senate Floor During Netanyahu Speech

As Benjamin Netanyahu delivered his address before Congress, Rand Paul pouted…alone…on the Senate floor. haha

From Politico:

As senators gathered on the Senate floor before the address, Paul was spotted speaking to his staffers toward the back of the chamber. As the Senate procession across the Capitol began, the tea-party-backed senator quietly walked to his desk, sat down and began shuffling through papers and newspapers.

He remained the only senator on the Senate floor during the speech.

Keep reading, here.

Like father like son. And  here I thought he was different than his dad on foreign policy issues.

Blaze: CODEPINK Takes Responsibility for Netanyahu Heckler — Claims She Was Hurt.

She’s in a neck-brace and everything:


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Obama Still Poised To Silence Critics

Very early in Obama’s presidency, on February 19, 2009 to be exact, I wrote a  post about how this thin skinned president was poised to silence critics of his regime.

We already knew about Obama’s history of intimidation, and character assassination.  We knew how he had tried to destroy his political enemies – at least regular readers of this site know, because I covered it while it was happening, here, and here, and here. While projecting an outward appearance of near messianic magnanimity, his underlings, lawyers, and political allies were always working feverishly to steamroll over critics, (and plaintiffs).

Mark Hyman of  The American Spectator wrote about Obama’s Chicago brand of hardball politics, recently in an article entitled, Obama’s Enemies List. As many of us feared, the “Chicago way” has found a home in The White House:

In only his third full day as the 44th president Obama personally went on the offensive against a media personality. On January 23rd, Obama warned Congressional Republicans against listening to Rush Limbaugh. The man who offered to sit down with Holocaust denier and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad without any preconditions whatsoever views an American radio talk show host as a dangerous threat.

In precedent-setting action, Obama moved his director of political affairs, a highly partisan post, from the Old Executive Office Building into the West Wing. Political operative Patrick Gaspard was given White House access not experienced by his predecessors. Obama official Shauna Daly, a non-lawyer and career opposition researcher described as a “partisan dirt-digger,” was assigned to the White House counsel office. The move signals not only a new low in partisan activities, but suggests the office assignment may be intended to hide Daly’s political activities under the guise of the counsel’s attorney-client privileges.

Fast forward over two years later, and nobody even bats an eye at White House enemies lists, lies, threats, intimidation, bullying, corruption, and  opposition research of anyone who looks like a threat to His Highness.

This is the new normal.

So, nothing weird about this report from The Daily Caller, at all:

HuffPo’s Sam Stein writes that Jesse Lee, a member of the Obama administration’s new media department, will take on a new role in replying — at times aggressively — to stories that paint the administration in a bad light.

In a preview of what his duties may be, Lee blasted Fox News commentator Glenn Beck in a White House blog post, accusing Beck of lying and engaging in a “partisan attack to boost ratings.”

“This week, Jesse Lee will move from the new media department into a role in the communications department as Director of Progressive Media & Online Response,” said Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer in an internal memo obtained by the Huffington Post.

Director of “Progressive” Media.  Wonderful.

Bryan Preston calls him, “The Pushback Czar”.

I call him the “Shut-up Czar”, a government paid hack whose job it is  to silence critics.

This comment at the Daily Caller said it all:

When are we going to hear something – better yet, see something – from Obama about jobs??? Today he’s Irish. Last week he was lighting the fuse in Israel. He’s diddling around with his image on twitter and the net. Moats with alligators. Yammering about oil company profits. IT’S THE ECONOMY STOOOPID! This country will remain constipated until we squeeze this disgraceful @#$% from our White House.

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This will be a government sanctioned White House version of Obama’s farcical campaign propaganda website,  “Fight the Smears” which  corrected supposed “smears” and “misinformation”, (often just inconvenient truths), with  half truths,  misinformation, and flat out lies of its own.

I plan to hit back twice as hard.

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Nobody’s laughing….

Obama Jokes in Ireland: I Should ‘Paddle’ Bad Members of Congress

Members of Congress beware. If you misbehave, you could be getting visit from Barack Obama and his new hurling stick.

After meeting with Ireland’s prime minister yesterday and receiving the stick as a gift, Obama immediately suggested one use unrelated to its place in the native Irish sport of hurling.

He bounced the flat-paddled, wooden club in his hands like a Louisville Slugger and suggested it might make a good weapon for spanking uncooperative representatives and senators.

“If Congress doesn’t behave,” he said, taking a playful swing with his new toy. “I’m going to give them a little paddle, a little hurl.”

With any other President that would be a cute joke. But with this bully in the pulpit, it has ominous implications.

UPDATE

Uh oh — Lee’s wife, Nita Chaudary, behind the “Betray Us” Ad? Googling Jesse Lee

Lee is married to Nita Chaudary. Here is a CSPAN transcriptfrom Sep. 10, 2007, wherein Chaudary represents — and ardently defends — MoveOn.org for publishing the Petraeus smear ad prior to Petraeus speaking a word before Congress.Says Chaudary:

We want to make sure the truth gets out there in advance of this testimony.

I found the following bio for Chaudary from 2008:

Nita Chaudhary, Campaign Director at MoveOn.org Political Action: Nita leads MoveOn’s campaigns on the Iraq War, Constitutional Liberties as well as running the fundraising program for MoveOn’s 2008 electoral effort. In the past she was the Director of Online organizing for the DNC. She’s also held several positions at People for the American Way, including Media Research Analyst, Web Editor, and Online Organizer.

I think it fairly safe to hypothesize that Chaudary may own that ad: as the leader of MoveOn’s campaigns regarding the Iraq war, the ad as conceived may be her work.

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Obama’s Re-Election Campaign Digging Up Dirt On Potential Opponent, Chris Christie

Chris Christie and  two-faced Obama shake hands at Newark International Airport. AP Photo via Politico 44

Even though Christie has said on numerous occasions, in no uncertain terms, he. will. not. be running, (“Short of suicide, I don’t really know what I’d have to do to convince you people that I’m not running. I’m not running,” he’s insisted), the Obama camp is spending resources trawling for dirt on the Republican rock-star governor.

The NY Post reports:

The Obama campaign is trying to keep its efforts from public view, concerned they would only elevate Christie’s already impressive standing within the Republican Party, sources said.

The operatives have chosen not to dispatch their own people to New Jersey, but instead are talking to people there and in New York who know Christie from his time in the governor’s office, as a gubernatorial candidate and as US attorney.

Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, did not respond to messages.

That would be Jim, we will punch them back twice as hard” Messina. Only they’re not “punching back”, they are on the offensive against a man who has never been anything but cordial with the president.

Of rumors that Christie is considering a run, a “flattered” Christie spokesman said:

“This is just wishful thinking . . . He is not running, and he is not cracking the door open even a little bit.”

Since this is how Obama wants to roll, maybe some Republican opposition researchers should  do a little more digging into Obama’s Chicago years, Columbia years, and Occidental years.
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They could start by reading Stanley Kurtz’s “Radical In Chief”, and Jack Cashill’s, Deconstructing Obama.
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And let’s not forget his WH corruption with Michelle Malkin’s;Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies
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And then maybe,  just maybe they could look into that puzzling CT Social Security number issue.

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The Other McCain: Obama’s Smear Machine

On the one hand, this looks like mind-games: Democrats are trying to mess with Republicans’ heads, to promote the notion that Team Obama is unbeatable even by the GOP elite’s “dream candidate.” On the other hand, the fear of a ferocious Chicago-style attack is very real, as the New York Times obliquely notes in its story on Mitch Daniels’ decision:

Saying that his family did not want to go through a campaign, Mr. Daniels became the third high-profile Republican in eight days to choose not to compete for the chance to challenge Mr. Obama. . . .
But after weeks of deliberating in public and making clear that his wife and four daughters had deep reservations — caused in part by the knowledge that they would be exposed to intensive scrutiny over a period in the 1990s when Mr. Daniels and his wife, Cheri, divorced and then remarried — he said he was unsuccessful in swaying his family.

As we know, Obama has no compunction at all about using an opponent’s divorce records to destroy his political career.
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Karl Rove said this is going to be the most negative reelection campaign ever mounted by a President, ever, when asked about this on Fox News, this morning:
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Mullah Omar Reported – Not Confirmed – Dead

Asia Pacific News is reporting that according to an Afghan intelligence  source,  Mullah Mohammed Omar, (the one-eyed sheik) has been killed in Pakistan by the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI).

KABUL – Afghanistan’s intelligence services said on Monday that Taliban leader Mullah Omar had “disappeared from his hideout” in Pakistan, but could not confirm that he had been killed despite an earlier claim.

Omar, the one-eyed, reclusive leader of militant Islamists with a US$10 million bounty on his head is known for his strict adherence to Sharia law and hard line on women’s rights. He is said to have vanished up to five days ago.

“We can confirm that he has disappeared from his hideout in Quetta, (the capital of the southwestern Pakistani province) Baluchistan,” said Mashal, spokesman for the National Directorate of Security (NDS).

“He has disappeared from his location during the last four to five days,” he added, speaking in English. “So far we cannot confirm the killing of Mullah Omar officially.”

Mashal’s comments came hours after one Afghan intelligence source called a handful of reporters to tell them, on condition of anonymity, that Omar had been killed in Pakistan by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.

A separate source later told AFP that he had been missing for 11 days.

The Taliban have denied that he is dead or missing.

Brad Thor at Big Peace, notes:

Just over a year ago, we broke the exclusive story that Mullah Omar had been taken into custody by the Pakistani Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).  We also predicted that Mullah Omar would never be seen alive again.

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Stories You May Have Missed Over The Weekend

As you may have noticed, the rapture failed to materialize on Saturday, but you may have missed Zombie’s firsthand report about the media circus in front of end-times prophet Harold Camping’s Oakland, California headquarters.

Zombie’s photo-essay begins with some serious Christians, who were disgusted by Camping’s self-serving prophecies, and then it takes a major downward slide as the sarcastic hipsters, professional jokers, Gay Pride attention whores, sarcastic nihilists, “scientists,” a koolaid wielding Santa, and basically kooks of every stripe showed up.



As Zombie notes in his/her report, this minor story has mostly been a convenient excuse to bash Christians, even though the vast majority of Christians think Camping is a kook.

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Wackos were out in full force on the East Coast, (*Washington DC), as well for Obama’s AIPAC appearance. The usual Jew-hating suspects were  to protest the event, only as Atlas Shrugs notes, in past years, the group was small and insignificant. Now has swelled to a much larger, bolder, and more menacing crowd. She calls this “the Obama effect”:

What these pictures fail to convey is the malevolent carnival atmosphere, the strange dirge of death music played by awful musicians and drummers. It was a surreal hell.

Yes, that’s Medea Benjamin of Code Pink.

As for Obama’s speech, she says:

In a rare, useless skill set mastered by our clumsy President, Obama managed to double down and backpedal at the same time. He tried to softshoe the ’67 borders remark by focusing instead on the caveat of mutually agreed-upon swaps. He admonished us for taking him the wrong way. I kid you not.

I said that the United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine. The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states. The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state.

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That is what I said.  Now, it was my reference to the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps that received the lion’s share of the attention. And since my position has been misrepresented several times, let me reaffirm what “1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps” means.

By definition, it means that the parties themselves – Israelis and Palestinians – will negotiate a border that is different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967. It is a well known formula to all who have worked on this issue for a generation. It allows the parties themselves to account for the changes that have taken place over the last forty-four years, including the new demographic realities on the ground and the needs of both sides. The ultimate goal is two states for two peoples. Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland for the Jewish people, and the state of Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people; each state enjoying self-determination, mutual recognition, and peace.

As if the Muslims would swap anything with the Jews and allow the Jews peace in their rightful homeland. Lunacy.

See update below!

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Jennifer Rubin used the same choice of words: Obama double downs at AIPAC:

The president just finished speaking to a packed convention room at the AIPAC policy conference. He was not booed when he entered; most stood and offered brief applause. Still, the crowd during the speech had long periods of stony silence, and audible boos were heard when he brought up his plan to base an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal on the 1967 border lines. (tsk Pam!) President Obama took nothing back from his foreign policy speech on Thursday and blamed the press for any controversy. He doubled down, making this upcoming presidential election a time for choosing for friends of Israel.

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…the lowlight was his reiteration of his Thursday remarks on the 1967 lines. Oh, yes, he did. But mixed in were blame-the-media and woe-is-me sentiments that were shameful displays by a U.S. president.

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This is the sort of spin that pro-Israel Democrats use to justify voting for Obama. But there is a reality that can’t be avoided. This president once again has proved an apt negotiator on behalf of the Palestinians and a thorn in Israel’s side. Now is a time of choosing for the American Jewish community, for Israel and for Congress. And if Obama should be reelected in 2012 one can only imagine how hostile he will become toward the Jewish state.

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This one via Ace: Flemming and Hayes: Obama’s Classmate At Columbia Raises New Questions:

This candid email was sent to us by someone who wishes to remain anonymous. We have confirmed its author was a student at Columbia University at the same time as Obama.

The points raised in the following email have yet to be addressed by the “main-stream” media, let alone the Obama Administration. What say you?

First, why Columbia?  i.e. why a child from Hawaii, and a school in California would want to go to Columbia (rather than Harvard, Yale, etc).

Columbia is the birthplace of the Communist movement in the United States.
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If you recall, the gentleman that Obama’s grandfather ‘chose’ to be his African American role model, Frank Marshall Davis (who he cites in his books), chairman of the Hawaii Communist Party.

Next.  Despite the press’s stories to the contrary, Obama has long ties, largely through, again, his grandparents, Davis and Valerie Jarret’s families, with yes, Bill Ayers.

And again, despite the press to the contrary, Ayers admission to Columbia just a few years after the planned bombing of Low Library was publicized and criticized all over the campus.  His presence was well known and heavily documented.  Jarrett’s father and Ayer’s father were best friends.

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There’s much more from Obama’s Columbia classmate including — how did a poor Hawaiian  kid from a 3rd rate college like Occidental, ( where he apparently didn’t do well academically) – even get into Columbia?

You’ll definitely want to read his memory of Obama getting slapped down in Brzezinski’s Presidential Brief class for having such outrageous, unrealistic views on unilateral disarmament.

Finish reading at Flemming and Hayes.

Note: Recall Zombie’s October 2008 report –, Barack Obama’s Close Encounter with the Weather Underground  (Did the presidential candidate and the revolutionary terror group cross paths at a violent 1981 anti-Apartheid protest?)

Keep in mind that a fellow-traveler during Obama’s Occidental days, Dr. John Drew, (now reformed), has gone on the record to claim that Obama was a firm believer in violent Marxist revolution at the time.

It would be nice if more former acquaintances who knew Obama back in the day, would  go on the record to tell the world what they know about the man. I’ve read that there are a number of people back in Chicago who know things about Obama that would shock the general public. There are only a few – like Debbie Revor and Dr. Drew,  who have been brave enough to come forward under their real names.

Man up, the rest of you -  2012 is looming.

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PACNW Righty has an interesting post about the left’s latest BDS attack:  Bush Makes a Bunch on the Lecture Circuit, and the Left is Mad

There is just something about George Bush that the leftist press just can’t seem to leave him alone. Now they are picking at him because he is making a fist full of money on the lecture circuit. In a piece at The Daily Beast the author mentions several times that Bush had wanted to stay out of the limelight, then they go on to chastise him for delivering speeches across the country and the world.
When George W. Bush declined President Obama’s invitation to ceremony at New York’s ground zero after Osama bin Laden was killed, the former president citied his desire to keep a low public profile.

But Bush has been raising his profile in a different, and lucrative, way: He has ranked in millions of dollars since leaving office by making scores of speeches the typically warn him six figures a pop.

Breitbart TV: Watch How Rep. Paul Ryan Answers Same Question David Gregory Asked Newt Gingrich

In that same interview, Ryan also reiterated that he is not interested in running for President in 2012.

UPDATE:

Via Big Peace, a video From Philip Klein at the Washington Examiner. Described as a “bizarre video clip from the proceedings of Move Over AIPAC– a production of the Israel-hating hags at Code Pink and several pro-jihad groups.”

What in God’s name was the point?

The saving grace, according to Dave Reaboi is the fact that Helen Thomas, the scheduled keynote speaker at Move Over AIPAC– did not participate in the “mooning for peace.”

iOWNTHEWORLD: Benjamin And Barry – The Early Years. Oy.

Netanyahu……oy oy oy!

*I’ve been confused about where AIPAC took place, all day — at first, assuming it was on the East Coast, either DC or NYC.  Then a report seemed to indicated that it took place in San Francisco, so I issued a correction, I’ve since been able to confirm it was indeed DC, as I originally thought. Sorry for the confusion.

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Your Sunday Hymn: Be Not Afraid

A Catholic classic written and performed by Bob Dufford, S.J. with the St. Louis Jesuits.

Dedicated to the 5th grade girls  at my daughter’s 11the birthday slumber party, who are currently freaking out over a thunderstorm:

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Leave it to Charles Krauthammer on Fox’s Special Report, to explain how Obama’s speech about  Israel and the Palestinians differs from what has been said in the past. He notes that Obama undermined Israel in three major areas:

Via Human Events: Socialist Senator Sanders Hawks His Book Like an Evil Capitalist:

Via White House Dossier: Obama Gas Station:

Via iOWNTHEWORLD: The ‘Hope and Change’ Sticky Note Campaign:

Beyond the Headlines: The Debt Ceiling:

I drove to St. Louis (in the pouring rain on Friday to meet up with some longtime internet friends, and when I lost all the a.m. stations (between Columbia and St. Louis) I had to resort to f.m. Normally I listen to classic rock, but I found a classic music station that played absolutely sublime pieces like this one:

 Henry V

  Patrick Doyle, arr: J.De Meij

I thoroughly enjoyed that.

Senator John Thune joined host Bill Hemmer on FOX earlier this week to discuss the budget.

This last one was definitely worth waiting for:

Via rdbrewer at AoSHQ: Menthos Heat-seeking missile:

Reactions To Obama’s Middle East Speech

 In Thursday’s speech, Obama announced that he wants Israel to return to its 1967 borders–

We agree that the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines, with mutually agreed swaps…

…Prompting Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu to remind Obama of the 2004 deal that promised commitments to Israel about not having to withdraw to the 1967 lines:

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was quick on the draw Thursday in voicing clear displeasure with President Barack Obama’s mideast policy speech.

“Israel appreciates President Obama’s commitment to peace,” the response began, curtly. “Israel believes that for peace to endure between Israelis and Palestinians, the viability of a Palestinian state cannot come at the expense of the viability of the one and only Jewish state.”
“That is why Prime Minister Netanyahu expects to hear a reaffirmation from President Obama of U.S. commitments made to Israel in 2004, which were overwhelmingly supported by both Houses of Congress.”
“Among other things,” Netanyahu reminded Obama, “those commitments relate to Israel not having to withdraw to the 1967 lines which are both indefensible and which would leave major Israeli population centers in Judea and Samaria beyond those lines.”

US Rep Thaddeus McCotter shot off this Press Release soon after the speech.

Gateway Pundit went  on a blogging tear:

Leading Jewish American Group: AIPAC Should Rescind Invitation for Obama to Speak

Brigitte Gabriel on Obama’s Muslim Speech: “He Is Killing Our Allies & Cozying Up to Our Enemies” (Video)

OBAMA TELLS ISRAEL: TURN OVER THE TOMB OF JESUS TO HAMAS

Knesset Member: Barack Hussein Obama Is the New Arafat …Update: Obama Sandbagged Israel

OBAMA LIED… Said He Would Not Divide Jerusalem (Video)

For God’s sake –Are we supposed to be surprised that this President lied — or reneged on a promise? Is that even newsworthy at this point?

Keith Koffler says: Obama Insists Israel Withdraw to Fantasyland:

Despite the coming new regime in the Palestinian Authority, which will include Hamas, Obama has gone along his merry way and made a key concession to the Palestinians, as if Israel’s peril had some how lessened rather than grown.

By making it U.S. policy that the 1967 borders are the STARTING POINT for negotiations, Obama put Israel on the defensive in its fight for security and for its cultural – and the Christian cultural – heritage in Jerusalem.

The statement overturns assurances by George W. Bush to Israel in a 2004 letter that stated a return to the 1967 borders was in fact NOT the policy of the United States. This assurance was made in return for a concrete step, the withdrawal of Israel from Gaza. The concrete step cannot be reversed. The assurance could be reversed by an unreliable ally. Today, it was.

It was a DEAL. A deal is a deal, right? Wrong.

Obama today said the status of Jerusalem is up for grabs. But by declaring as the starting point the 1967 border – under which the Old City portion of Jerusalem and its holy sites were in Arab hands – Israel now has give concessions to keep Jerusalem whole, not get concessions in return for giving it away. And as a practical matter, putting Old City Jerusalem in the hands of the Palestinians at the start of the negotiations means they will never relinquish it.

How well the Arabs will protect Jewish and Christian holy sites there is anyone’s guess.

(CNSNews.com) — President Barack Obama has made an unprecedented demand on Israel, Jewish leaders said today after the president called for Israel to redraw its borders to where they were in 1967 before the Six Day War. One rabbi said Obama was, in essence, asking for “ethnic cleansing” of thousands of Jewish families.

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Atlas Shrugs is organizing an emergency rally Fri, May 20 to protest these dangerous developments:

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NYC Emergency Rally Today: Protest Obama’s Jihad Against Israel

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If you are in the New York area tomorrow – grab your crew and stand for freedom. Stand with Israel. Protest Obama’s jihad against the Jewish people. You. must. Take a stand.

Muslim groups are calling for the mass invasion of Israel today – stand up, get up, it is now or never….. if not you, who?
The Free World urgently needs your help!

An emergency rally to protest the outrageous speech of President Barack Obama!
Friday May 20th at 12:0opm, The Israeli Consulate, 800 2nd Ave & 42nd Street

Please join us in telling the president that: WE AINT GOING BACK TO AUSCHWITZ!
Please invite everyone of your facebook friends to this event:
Forward this email and most important: SHOW UP TO THE RALLY AT 12:00 PM

We are assured of media coverage and many important political leaders are being invited!
Its necessary in these times to remember what Abba Eban, when he served as Israel’s Foreign Minister said when he appeared at the United Nations following the Six Day war, in describing the fragility of Israel’s 1949-1967 map as Israel’s “Auschwitz” lines.

“We have openly said that the map will never again be the same as on June 4, 1967. For us, this is a matter of security and of principles. The June map is for us equivalent to insecurity and danger. I do not exaggerate when I say that it has for us something of a memory of Auschwitz. We shudder when we think of what would have awaited us in the circumstances of June, 1967, if we had been defeated; with Syrians on the mountain and we in the valley, with the Jordanian army in sight of the sea, with the Egyptians who hold our throat in their hands in Gaza. This is a situation which will never be repeated in history.”

Ace states the obvious : Yup, Obama Hates Israel

Very neat article at NRO pointing out the nuances of Obama’s words for Israel — compared to his words for Palestine.

It’s all pretty neat, but these word-choices matter: These words have been chosen carefully. Including the passive/active voice and declarative or commanding tenses. This is essentially a publicly-delivered diplomatic cable.

There are other neat things, but the best observation, to me, is the fact that when Obama speaks of Israel, he speaks in terms of concrete demands that he, Obama, is laying upon Israel.

When he turns to the reciprocal concessions most urge on Palestine, however, he stops speaking in the command tense, stops speaking of demanding this or that, and simply says that Palestinians will do better if they stop killing Jews.

Not that they must stop killing Jews, mind you, like Israel must stop building settlements; just that hey, it would be better, you know? Or not, you decide.

For contrast, the writer quotes Bush, who was pretty command-tense with Palestinians: They must crack down on terror and dismantle the terror infrastructure.

Hey, LA Times — any. time. now. on those Khalidi tapes.

More Friday.

Aaron Goldstein at the American Spectator is thinking what I’ve been thinking re George Mitchell’s sudden exit last week from his position as Obama’s Middle East Envoy:

Ah yes, 1967. The year President Obama believes “the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on.” Of course, he dropped that bombshell right after stating scarcely seconds earlier, “No peace can be imposed upon them – not by the United States, not by anybody else.” President Obama’s knack of contradicting himself never ceases to amaze.

With that in mind, perhaps we can expect some tap dancing from Obama in the coming days. But let’s assume Obama draws a line in the sand at 1967. Does this also mean Israel has to return The Golan Heights to Syria? No wonder George Mitchell walked away. It’s all quite unsettling.

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There have been signs of trouble between the US and Israel since the very beginning of his administration…

Obama v.s. Israel

John Bolton: “Israel’s On The Chopping Block”

God Help The USA and Israel

Goodwin Liu Nomination Goes Down In Flames

Morgen,of Verum Serum,  who took a leading role in opposing Liu’s nomination to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, reports the good news:

Defeat, finally, for Goodwin Liu’s nomination to a seat on the Ninth Circuit. The vote to end debate on Liu’s nomination just failed, 52-43. In somewhat of a surprise, and in what can only be called a resounding rebuke to the White House, Murkowski seems to be the only Republican who voted against the filibuster. And Ben Nelson even crossed over to vote against Liu!

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To the pathetic members of the liberal media spinning this as “petty revenge” for Liu’s opposition to Roberts and Alito, or arguing inanely that Liu was a threat only because he was “too qualified”…suck it.

Read the whole thing – little bit of a victory dance going on over there .

Now, why couldn’t this have happened with Elena Kagan?

Here’s a rundown from LifeNews on what we just dodged:

Pro-life advocates opposed the nomination, with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council saying, “Administrations come and go, but federal judges last a lifetime. And with the nomination of Goodwin Liu, that’s exactly what the Senate should be worried about.”

“After three tries, the man who said constitutionalism is “nice in theory” will finally get a vote. Liu’s confirmation would be the ultimate achievement for a White House that’s made it their goal to put a permanent, liberal stamp on the court,” Perkins added. “For a man who’s just 39, Liu has managed to rack up quite a resume of radicalism. In fact, his nomination is so controversial that 42 of California’s 58 county district attorneys warned the Senate not to consider him.”

As a law professor at Berkeley, Liu has spent the last few years lecturing about his disdain for the U.S. Constitution. “‘…[S]trict construction,’” he wrote in the Stanford Law Review, “[doesn't] make a lot of sense.

Meanwhile, Curt Levey, executive director of the conservative Committee for Justice, called Liu “the worst of Obama’s nominees at all levels of the federal courts.”

Obama picked Liu for the open federal appeals court seat a year ago, but Republican filibusters kept him from receiving approval in the full Senate — forcing Obama to renominate Liu this January. With Democrats controlling fewer seats now, at 53, they are seven short of the 60 votes needed to stop a filibuster assuming no Democrats peel off and side with Republicans, which may not be the case for some moderates or those facing tough election battles in 2012.

Liu is a liberal abortion supporter who conservative legal guru Ed Whelan observed was so left-wing that former “White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel initially vetoed” his candidacy for the Ninth Circuit “on the ground that Liu’s left-wing record made him too controversial.” But Whelan says new White House counsel Robert Bauer “eager to please the Left, successfully pushed back.”

More from Gabe at AoSHQ: Congratulations, Team GOP: Nomination of Radical Goodwin Liu Blocked:

I wrote about the reparations-loving Liu over a year ago and I’m glad to see his nomination finally die.

Liu was nominated by Obama in 2010 and again in 2011for a seat on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate Judiciary Committee had approved him by a vote of 10-8. Had Liu been confirmed by the Senate, many expect that he would have eventually been promoted to the Supreme Court.As Harry Reid noted of Goodwin Liu after meeting with him, “The court of appeals is where law is made, and we need the finest minds in the world for that.”

Note: Reid, the idiot, seems unaware that Congress is where law is made.

Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks!

Previously:

Obama’s Race Obsessed Nominee for the Ninth Circuit, Goodwin Liu

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Video: “Waivers”

Hot stuff from a group called, “*Crossroads GPS”:

The video highlights that more than 185 Obamacare waivers have been granted to politically-connected unions, which helped elect Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. These unions supported Obama and other democrats with more than $120 million in the 2008 and 2010 elections.

*Crossroads GPS is a policy and grassroots advocacy organization that is committed to educating, equipping and mobilizing millions of American citizens to take action on the critical economic and legislative issues that will shape our nation’s future in the years ahead.

Michelle Malkin has been doing an ace job covering the ObamaCare waiver scandal on her blog, this week. I’m just gonna point you her way:

Waiver-mania: Now, nursing homes lobby for Obamacare pardon; Update: San Francisco’s escape hatch

Waive Me

Waivers for favors: Who applied, who was denied, and why?

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Tucson Superintendent Capitulates in Radical La Raza Curriculum Battle

Tucson Superintendent, John Pedicone

This is one of those posts I just want to skip, because the story is just  so depressing and pathetic. We are talking complete capitulation, here.

In case you’re not familiar with what’s been going on in the Tucson school district, where the school board has been considering changing the radical, anti-American, Raza (ethnic) Studies course to an elective (it should be removed, entirely), you can get caught up at Moonbattracker – I’ve been covering the story there for weeks:

Video: Shocking Excerpts Read at Tucson School Board Meeting From A Book In The Ethic Studies Curriculum

At the end of this video, you get to witness Pedicone telling the woman reading the excerpts from the course to the school board, to stop reading the offensive and profane language because kids are present. Now, he’s giving the greenlight for the district to continue teaching the course that contains this offensive and profane language….to kids.

You cannot make this stuff up.

Video: More On The Tucson La Raza Studies Course – (It’s Even Worse Than You Thought)

Reconquistador Mob Shuts Down Tucson School Board Meeting

La Raza Protesters Mob AZ Attorney General

Today, The Blaze reports:

Superintendent John Pedicone told local station KOLD-TV that he sent a letter to UNIDOS — the radical student group opposing the change — and the Mexican American Studies Community Advisory Board saying he has now advised the TUSD governing board to “table and not consider the resolution to make Mexican American Studies an elective.” (Quote is not Pedicone’s, but rather KOLD’s.)

Also contained in at least one of the letters is a promise that he won’t recommend charges against those who were arrested during the rowdy protests.

“We simply have to kind of bring that level of anxiety down to where we can begin to talk reasonably about this program, which we, which I think the district has said from the very beginning it supports,” Pedicone told KOLD. He later added: “I can’t speak for individual board members or others, but from my perspective it’s more important to bring the tone to a level where we can have a conversation and begin to have levels of understanding for the sake of the district.  That’s really my responsibility.”

In the letters, Pedicone told both groups that he is recommending the board refrain from voting on the plan until the State Department of Public Instruction rules whether the Mexican-American studies program is illegal.

“The intensity of the discussion has reached a point where it makes it difficult to consider any resolution at this time,” he writes in a letter to the Mexican-American Studies advisory board. “The deep-seated feelings surrounding this program, either as a result of a strong affiliation to its purpose or, in other cases, a rejection of the premise for its inclusion has created a counter-productive atmosphere that must be changed.”

He concludes the letter by asking the board to “please accept my apologies for my role in the situation.”

You can read the rest of the report, and see a copy of the letter at The Blaze.

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