Video: Priest Sings Hallelujah For Wedding Couple

I’ve been waiting until Easter to post this heart-warming video of an Irish priest singing  Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah  for newly married couple, Chris and Leah O’Kane.

Father Ray Kelly, the parish priest of Oldcastle, Meath told couple Chris and Leah O’Kane he had a small surprise them during the ceremony.
At their wedding last Saturday, Fr Kelly began a note perfect rendition of Leonard Cohen’s/Jeff Buckleys Hallelujah. The talented priest is no stranger to singing and is currently working on his third album he told Evoke.ie.
Fr Kelly had no trouble hitting any of the high notes, even having time to have a little joke with the bride and groom. He received a rapturous applause following the song and received a standing ovation from some of the congregation.

The song was originally released in 1984 on Leonard Cohen’s album Various Positions  but achieved little initial success.  

The song found greater popular acclaim through a cover by John Cale, which later formed the basis for a cover by Jeff Buckley. It is the subject of the book The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah” (2012) by Alan Light. In a New York Times review of the book, Janet Maslin praises the book and the song, noting that “Cohen spent years struggling with his song ‘Hallelujah.’ . . . He wrote perhaps as many as 80 verses before paring the song down.”

Many cover versions have been performed by many and various singers, both in recordings and in concert, with over 300 versions known.  The song has been used in film and television soundtracks, and televised talent contests. It is often called one of the greatest songs of all time

Father Kelly customized the lyrics for the happy couple. Here is the wonderful result. (The video starts off with the tail ending of a gorgeous duet of “Be Now My Vision”.)

Kelly was later interviewed on the radio about the video that went viral.

Father Ray’s Lyrics:

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Bobby Jindal on a Tear

Governor Bobby Jindal caused great confusion and consternation and mayhaps a bit of pearl clutching amongst Washington wags, Monday morning, when he boisterously strode to the microphone after the National Governors’ Association meeting, and proceeded to let the president have it.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal launched into a repeated assault on President Barack Obama’s leadership in the shadow of the West Wing, in defiance of established bipartisan protocol. Speaking after a meeting of the NGA at the White House, Jindal, the vice chair of the Republican Governors Association, said Obama is “waving a white flag” by focusing on executive actions with three years left in his term. “The Obama economy is now the minimum wage economy,” Jindal added.

The trembling Democrat who followed Jindal was Dan Malloy, the governor of Connecticut. When he was through repudiating Jindal, Jindal returned to the mike and blasted the president some more..

“The National Governors Association is supposed to bring Democrats and Republicans together to discuss policy and share ideas for mutual success”, whimpered Zeke Miller of Time’s Swampland. “But after a meeting at the White House Monday, all pretense at bipartisan comity was shattered as a press conference with lawmakers descended into a partisan fracas.”

How dare he!!!

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“Shattered”

The Governor of Louisiana was DEFIANT of established bipartisan protocol. Goodness gracious… No Democrat has ever ever ever been defiant of established bipartisan protocols like this  before. What a ruckus Bobby Jindal caused in Washington DC today with his shocking, rough defiance of established protocols.

Monday evening, Jindal went on Fox News’ Special Report with Brett Baier  and doubled down on the “white flag of surrender” talk that had so upset Malloy.

Can we see a little more “defiance of established protocols” from republicans please? The president hasn’t been shy about showing his defiance of the Constitution, the rule of law, or the TRUTH for the past five years, for crying out loud. it’s the very least they can do.

See Also: The Hayride:  JINDAL: 10 Ways Obama’s Phone And Pen Could Jumpstart The Economy

Federal judge rules against NSA spying (Video)

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As  Obama’s policies continue to fail epicly both domestically and on the world stage, the Regime faces yet another blow to its credibility –   a federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency’s controversial surveillance program that collects millions of Americans’ telephone records may be unconstitutional.

US News reports:

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled in a lawsuit brought by conservative activist Larry Klayman that the legal challenge to the massive surveillance program — disclosed in full earlier this year by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden — would likely succeed.

Leon, appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush, issued a preliminary injunction against the program but suspended the order to allow an appeal by the Justice Department.

“The court concludes that plaintiffs have standing to challenge the constitutionality of the government’s bulk collection and querying of phone record metadata, that they have demonstrated a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of their Fourth Amendment claim and that they will suffer irreparable harm absent…relief,” Leon wrote.

During oral arguments in the case last month, Klayman, a former Reagan administration lawyer who leads the advocacy group Freedom Watch, called the judge “the last guard … the last sentry to the tyranny in this country.”

Justice Department lawyer James Gilligan argued that Klayman lacked standing to bring the case because he could not prove the NSA examined his phone or Internet records.

Via Zero Hedge, Judge Leon blasted, “I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying it and analyzing it without judicial approval.”

CNN video added:

Father Dowling’s Mystery – The Case Of The Disappearing Priest (Video)

The good father really had us going there. People all over the world heard the inspiring story about the otherworldly priest who came out of no where to a crash scene and prayed over the  critically injured girl…..a sense of calm came over the workers and the girl. A mysterious voice was heard saying the tools would now work and the girl would be rescued. Almost 70 pictures were taken at the crash site and Father Dowling is in none of them. And no one remembers seeing him leave.

Rescue workers on the scene were almost certain they had witnessed a miracle. Even the Sheriff who let the priest enter the crash site, and shook his hand on the way out thought there was something uncanny about him. No one recognized him, no one knew how he got there….

Now the man himself speaks.

Father Patrick Dowling, a priest in the Jefferson City Missouri Diocese, stepped forward this week. He was travelling Highway 19 between mass assignments two weeks ago when he stopped at a crash site. The Missouri priest got out and prayed with 19-year-old crash victim Katie Lentz and first responders. Then he disappeared.

The humble Father told the KHQA reporter that he was pleased to be able to help and that he was only one of many who responded to help the victim.

“You must remember, there were many people praying there, many, many people … and they were all praying obviously for healing and for her safety,” Dowling told Carl Bunderson with Catholic News Agency. “I was probably part of the answer to their prayers, I came by and Anointed and absolved, (but) I didn’t say another word … I did not say anything  like the machinery would begin to work or they would succeed in getting her out of the car.”

Surely goodness and loving kindness shall follow Father Dowling all the days of his life.

Race-Baiting Joan Walsh Beclowns Herself At Salon

Bloggers like Matthew Boyle and Daniel Halper have noticed that the Obama family’s been on an extravagant vacation binge since the beginning of the year. Last year, the Obamas avoided going on  their usual exorbitant vacations for the good of the country because it was an election year. But now, they’re making up for lost time.

“In the first three months of the year, members of the first family have been on three vacations, averaging a vacation a month. And now it’s being reported that the first daughters are on a spring break vacation in the Bahamas,” Daniel Halper reported at the Weekly Standard.

The Obamas began the new year in Hawaii. Then Michelle and the First daughters vacationed in Aspen over President’s Day weekend. While the rest of the family was in Colorado, Obama flew to Florida for a golf weekend with Tiger Woods.

And now it’s being reported that the first daughters are on Spring Break in the Bahamas. “Sasha and Malia Obama are quietly vacationing at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, Breitbart News has learned,” a report reads.

At Big Government, Boyle noted;

Earlier this month, the White House canceled public tours as a result of the recent budget sequester, citing Secret Service staffing costs.

According to Judicial Watch, Malia Obama’s trip to Mexico last spring break, during which she was apparently accompanied by Secret Service protection, cost taxpayers $115,500.87. Sasha did not accompany Malia on that trip.

And that’s the deadly part of the report. Obama’s sequester demagoguery – with the closing of the White House tours (ostensibly because of the Secret Service expense) which the Regime desperately wanted to blame on Republicans, (even though they tried to send Obama a bill that would have given him as much flexibility as he needed to make prudent cuts, and it was rejected by Democrats……so they could blame Republicans), is flopping badly. And this story isn’t helpful, especially in light of the fact that the Regime insisted on keeping the White House doors closed to the public, even as families traveled to Washington on Spring break, and many others will be in Washington in April to see the cherry blossoms. It doesn’t look good.

Enter shrill race-baiter, Joan Walsh, shrieking raaaaaacist to anyone who mentions this very inconvenient (to the Regime) narrative.

Arguing that Boyle’s reporting has a racial undercurrent, Walsh’s post is entitled: “How not to seem like a racist: A tip for right-wingers angry about charges of racial bias: Try treating the Obama daughters with decency.”

Walsh’s general theme, and explicit advice she repeats, is: “Try treating his [Obama's] daughters with respect.”

Walsh goes on to decry various recent reports concerning the First Daughters, noting that “[r]eporters don’t write about minor first chidren except when they’re attending ‘official or semi-official events’.” She then quotes the Washington Post‘s Paul Farhi’s writing on the subject last year:

The ban on such coverage has existed through many administrations by informal agreement with the White House Correspondents’ Association, which represents the interests of journalists who cover the president.

“There’s a general feeling among the press corps that it wants to be respectful” of the president’s children, said Caren Bohan, the White House reporter for Reuters who is president of the WHCA.

In the viciously worded article, Walsh not only refers to Boyle as “untalented” but quotes Esquire‘s Charles Pierce’s recent post describing Boyle as “that pudgy little monster.”

And, one might very well walk away agreeing at least with Walsh’s theme that reporters should all treat presidential “daughters with decency.” Fair enough. Except — oh, wait… there’s this:

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Oh snap! Joan Walsh, you just got serrrrved by AJ Delgado of Mediaite.

Keep reading to fully appreciate how vicious the depraved and hypocritical Walsh was in her hit piece on the Bush girls. I remember hearing about it and thinking, good Lord, leave the girls alone. They’re in college!

But here on the right, no one is attacking the Obama daughters, personally. “Sasha and Malia Obama are quietly vacationing at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, Breitbart News has learned” is not a personal attack. Nor is it raaaaacist.

 

We are questioning the First Family’s decision to take these expensive vacations when “we’re all supposed to be sacrificing a little.”

Since no one in the MSM wants to do it.

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Speaking of race-baiters….you’ll love this via Watching the Watchdogs: SPLC — 2013 — Still No Minorities at the Top After 42 Years:

Last week, Watching the Watchdogs examined the Southern Poverty Law Center’s latest “hate map” fundraising tool and broke the amazing, astounding, unprecedented news that for the first time in history the number of alleged “hate groups” designated by the SPLC’s Public Relations chief, Mark Potok, (something even the FBI cannot do…), actually DECLINED!!

While this inconceivable turn of events left many investigators gasping in amazement, a quick head-count of the SPLC’s top executives reveals a caucus as Caucasian as it was the day Morris Dees opened the doors of the company in 1971. There are still some unbroken traditions that one can count on in this mad, mad world.

This seeming incongruity was brought to the attention of Mr. Dees 19 years ago by journalists Dan Morse and Greg Jaffe in their week-long exposé in the SPLC’s hometown newspaper, the Montgomery Advertiser, in 1994.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

Video: New Pope Argentinian Cardinal Bergoglio, A Doctrinal Conservative

The white smoke rose from Sistine Chapel about 45 minutes ago indicating: A New Pope Has Been Chosen:

It usually takes about 45 minutes of preparation for the new Pope to be ready to greet the crowd, so literally he will be appearing any moment now.

Vatican watchers say that the decision was made relatively quickly, indicating a strong consensus.

 After an inconclusive first vote on Tuesday night, the 115 cardinal electors prayed for inspiration from God for a choice that can lead the Roman Catholic Church out of crisis.

Having spent the night closeted in a nearby guesthouse, the cardinals attended Mass in the Pauline Chapel in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace and returned to the Renaissance splendor of the Sistine Chapel to hold the two morning ballots.

When the new Pope appears, he will greet the waiting throng outside the Basilica in several languages.

He has yet to appear to the crowd, but his identity has been announced:

Argentinian Cardinal Bergoglio was elected as the new pope elected a new pope to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics on Wednesday, overcoming deep divisions to select the 266th pontiff in a remarkably fast conclave.

Tens of thousands of people who braved cold rain to watch the smokestack atop the Sistine Chapel jumped in joy when white smoke poured out, many shouting “Habemus Papam!” or “We have a pope!” — as the bells of St. Peter’s Basilica and churches across Rome pealed.

The 76 year old Bergoglio is said to be a very humble, spiritual and intelligent man. A true servant of the servants of God.

UPDATE:

According to CNN, Pope Francis is considered “a straight-shooter who calls things as he sees them, and a follower of the church’s most conservative wing”

He has clashed with the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner over his opposition to gay marriage and free distribution of contraceptives.

Obama’s Organizing for Action Holds Massive Vigil Outside of NRA Headquarters (Up to 30 People)

We haven’t seen crowds like this since Sandra Fluke went on her Free Contraceptives tour, last Fall.

O the humanity:

Obama’s left-wing agitation group, Organizing for Action, called for a “Day of Action” on Friday to promote stricter gun laws and judging from this picture, about 15 people showed up. The LA Times reported that the protest drew “about 30″, which seems like a high estimate, but maybe some of the throng was off camera.

The protesters, dressed mostly in black, marched silently in front of the NRA’s glass-and-concrete building in a suburban Fairfax neighborhood, the quiet punctuated by the occasional honking of cars passing by. “2050 Gun Deaths Since Newtown,” read one sign. “Don’t Want Background Checks? What Are You Afraid Of?” read another.

“What we want to do is prove we’re not afraid of the NRA,” said Joanna Simon, a retired government consultant who organized the vigil as part of the Reston-Herndon Alliance to End Gun Violence, a group of former Obama campaign volunteers.

The small turnout underscores one of the challenges facing Organizing for Action as it gears up its efforts to promote Obama’s legislative agenda. The group, set up by top advisors to the president, is relying heavily on local volunteers to sustain its work.

Volunteers? They weren’t paid to picket? Oh – well that explains the poor showing, I guess.

Compare the pathetic death march above, organized by the president’s own top advisors,  to the Day of Resistance grass-root rallies that were held all across the nation, on Saturday.

Via Twitchy, this rally took place  in Concord, NH:

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Via Doug Ross,  an even larger crowd attended a Day of Resistance rally  in sunny Phoenix:

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Joplin,  MO:

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Around 1000 rallied in Olean, NY:

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What this guy said:

Don’t laugh too hard at Organizing for Action’s meager showing. I suspect that if we give them enough time, we’ll see larger crowds resembling the Occupy mobs. They’ll be the same people, too, with the same totalitarian goals as their Master.

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Wanna see how popular Obama’s gun agenda is on Twitter?

See Stacy McCain: Hey, Nice Try With the #DemandAVote Spambots #p2! Jacked and Busted! #tcot

OK, so to push their gun-control agenda in Congress, Team Obama started the #DemandAVote hashtag, encouraging the Left to re-Tweet Obama’s message (i.e., demanding that Congress vote on the Democrats’ unconstitutional gun-control legislation).

That hashtag was instantly jacked by #tcot, but then @DefendWallSt discovered that many of the messages in favor of the Obama agenda were from spambots — phony sockpuppet accounts, usually with a blank “egg” avatar, evidently created by some Democrat P.R. operation to give the illusion that this message was more popular than it actually is. In a phrase, Twitter “Astroturf.”

FAILWHALE!

Linked by Doug Ross, The Real REVO and Hogewash, thanks!

Doesn’t Colorado Dem Rep. Joe Salazar Know “Rape is Unacceptable”?

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Image via Zombie from the SF anti-rape dance/protest known as 1 Billion Rising

Democrats have their very own Todd Akin on their hands thanks to Colorado Democrat Rep. Joe Salazar. But you may not have heard about his gaffe because well – there’s a D after his name – not to mention the fact that he made his awkward rape statement while arguing in favor of something with which the media agrees:  The disarmament of law abiding college students:

“It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop around at somebody.”

I’m going to have to join my brave sistas on the left coast and speak truth to power! Because rape is unacceptable! Down with rape! Violence sucks!

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Image via Zombie from the SF anti-rape dance/protest known as 1 Billion Rising

Rape should be heavily discouraged – that’s why women should be able to fight back with whatever means are available to them; in addition to “whistles” and “ballpoint pens”, that would include legally owned firearms.

Why? Because…..

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Image via Zombie from the SF anti-rape dance/protest known as 1 Billion Rising

SEE ALSO:

Twitchy: Lefties freak over #LiberalTips2AvoidRape hashtag, silent on Dems who want women defenseless:

When Todd Akin suggested women have natural defenses against impregnation by rape-sperm, “women have ways to shut that whole thing down” became a punchline and political bludgeon for months. Dems insisted Akin was the spokesman for the entire GOP, Team Obama recruited Sandra Fluke to fundraise off of his remarks, and lefties targeted Akin with oh-so-civil rape wishes.

But when genius Colorado Democrat Joe Salazar insisted hysterical womenfolk can’t be trusted to accurately identify a rape threat, much less fend one off with anything more powerful than a 9mm whistle? Crickets from the For the Women™ crowd. Perhaps they agree with Salazar: It’s not “rape-rape” until a male Dem gives his stamp of approval, you dumb broads.

And when the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs issued tips for “passive resistance” to rape, like on-demand vomiting and fake menstruation? Chirp, chirp, chirp.

But somehow, the feminist pearl-clutchers found the strength to take up a new cause when they caught wind of @SooperMexican’s #LiberalTips2AvoidRape hashtag.

Can’t we all agree RAPE IS BAD?

Twitchy: Rep. Joe Salazar: Give women whistles, not guns; ‘You may actually not be’ at risk of rape; Update: Salazar apologizes ‘if’ he offended anyone:

Salazar Rape Kits viajRaiffie on Twitter:

 

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Hillary Won’t Be Testifying at Thursday’s Benghazi Hearing – She’s Going To Australia For Some Wine Tasting

On November 9, the Herald Sun reported that the visit was expected to be confirmed by White House officials “as early as today.” Meaning November 9 – the day after the House Foreign Affairs Committee,  the House Intelligence Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee scheduled hearings to be held this Thursday. The House Foreign Affairs Committee had invited Secretary Clinton to testify at their open hearing, Thursday.

No, but this sounds like it will be a very important trip…

Hillary Wine-tasting pic via JWF

The visit is expected to be confirmed by White House officials as early as today.

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Few details of Ms Clinton’s visit on Wednesday and Thursday have been revealed, but it is understood she will visit close friends, one whom is connected to the Carnegie Mellon University. It also believed that:

THE 150-strong entourage is likely to visit Penfolds’ Magill Estate for either a wine tasting session or private function.
THE entourage has booked more than 100 rooms over several floors at the Intercontinental Hotel on North Tce.
HEAVY traffic restrictions are likely from late Wednesday ahead of her anticipated arrival that night.
HER entourage will leave Adelaide on Friday morning.

She (and her 150 strong entourage!?) will in Australia Wednesday and Thursday.

It almost looks like her trip abroad it was timed to avoid the hearings.

Hey, it worked for Kevin O’Reilly, right?

Meanwhile it appears that the House  Foreign Affairs Committee may issue subpoenas to force Clinton to testify  if she continues to make herself unavailable.
Appearing on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” Ros-Lehtinen expressed frustration at what she described as the State Department’s “utter silence” on events leading up to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate and Clinton’s apparent decision not to have anyone testify in her place this week on Capitol Hill.
Clinton is traveling in Australia and elsewhere abroad this week, a trip that was scheduled but that Ros-Lehtinen suggested is not important.
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“We think that it is only fitting and fair . . . to bring up the secretary of state because this was a consulate. This was part of the State Department operations,” the Florida Republican said, adding that she wants to hear from Clinton in public “about what happened so that we can prevent another Benghazi from taking place again.”
“We want answers, and we’re going to see if we can cooperate with the State Department and have Hillary Clinton finally show up, perhaps by the end of this month, in an open public hearing,” the Congresswoman added. “We’re fine with the classified briefing, but that is no substitute for the answers that the public demands.”

Asked about the possible subpoena if an agreement on testimony can’t be worked out with Clinton, Ros-Lehtinen said, “Absolutely.”

That makes the Sec of State and the former Director of the CIA who won’t be able to testify at Thursday’s hearings, and may have to be subpoenaed. Are any other Regime Cabinet members gonna be sent out of the country or be too embroiled in personal scandals to testify?
(Update: Geo reminds me – Leon Panetta. Of course. He’s joining Hilary in Australia.)
CORRECTION!:
Clinton Arrived in Australia Tuesday for  “the annual Australia-United States Ministerial meetings set to focus on defence and foreign policies.”
Clinton will be joined later by U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta for the visit.

And she will continue on to Singapore.

Via The Dept of State website:

Secretary Clinton will travel to Singapore on November 16-17 to meet with senior government officials, including Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Foreign Minister Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam, on a wide range of issues.

On November 17, Secretary Clinton will travel to Bangkok, Thailand. She will join President Obama and his delegation on November 18 for meetings with Prime Minister Yingluck and other senior Thai officials to underscore our strong alliance and discuss shared priorities and regional issues in advance of the ASEAN East Asia Summit.

Secretary Clinton will accompany President Obama to Burma on November 19, and join his meetings with Burmese President Thein Sein and Chair of the National League for Democracy and Member of Parliament Aung San Suu Kyi.

Secretary Clinton will also accompany President Obama on his travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia November 19-20 to attend the U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Meeting and the East Asia Summit.

No doubt she’ll be too busy to testify until after the holidays, and everyone will have forgotten about Benghazi by then. We’ll already be on to the next blood curdling scandal.

UPDATE:

CNS NEWS: Levin To House GOP: ‘Subpoena Petraeus…Subpoena Hillary Clinton’:

“Right now everybody’s chasing down emails.  Oh, really?  What did her emails say?  What did her emails say of the other woman?  Oh, what about her?  And I’m sitting here thinking, ‘Do you realize Barack Obama still has not told us where he was, what he did or didn’t do when our consulate was attacked in Benghazi?’ – and we’re chasing down these women and their emails.”

“I think this is a complete set up and a complete cover up and these women and Petraeus are just pawns in the whole process,” Levin said.

Levin then offered advice to the Republicans in the House of Representatives:

“Now let me give a little advice to the geniuses in the House of Representatives; that would be you Republicans:  Go ahead and subpoena Petraeus – he has to show up.

“He can plead the fifth if he wants.  But subpoena him.  There’s not a court in the land that won’t uphold it.  And subpoena Hillary Clinton; because she has no rational basis, no constitutional argument not to appear.  She has to appear.  Now issue your damn subpoenas and get on with it.

Chavez, Castro, Putin and Iran: Four more years!

Ira Strauss of The Corner says: Happy October Surprise: Iran Endorses Obama:

It’s from Iran again, an October move that could throw the election, and this time it’s for real. Iran is near to agreeing to hold direct nuclear talks with the U.S. It throws a big bone to Obama, on the eve of his final foreign-policy debate with Romney.

Plainly, it does not want to face a Romney presidency.

It’s not something dreamed up after the fact, as in the 1980s “October Surprise.” This time around, the story comes from the parties that stand to benefit from it, and it’s out there in real time — indeed, with exquisite campaign timing.

Administration officials anonymously leaked it just in the nick of time to affect the final debate. They couldn’t afford to wait for Iran to complete the agreement on talking with us.

What does it tell you when a regime that has been dissing the Empty Chair for four years suddenly wants to talk less than a month before the election? What does it tell you that Iran Says Obama Sent Secret Message Through Swiss Envoy Recognizing Their Nuclear Rights? Does it not suggest that the rulers of Iran have assessed that another four years of an Obama Presidency is the best possible outcome for their evil and oppressive Islamic state? What other American President would have sat on his hands or gone out for ice cream while the country was in upheaval – possibly at a tipping point in 2009?

Said Charles Krauthammer in December of 2009:

In Iran, it was a year of revolution, beginning with a contested election and culminating this week in huge demonstrations mourning the death of the dissident Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri— and demanding no longer a recount of the stolen election but the overthrow of the clerical dictatorship.

Obama responded by distancing himself from this new birth of freedom.

First, scandalous silence. Then, a few grudging words. Then relentless engagement with the murderous regime. With offer after offer, gesture after gesture — not to Iran but to the “Islamic Republic of Iran,” as Obama ever so respectfully called these clerical fascists — the U.S. conferred legitimacy on a regime desperate to regain it.

Why is this so important? Because revolutions succeed at that singular moment, that imperceptible historical inflection, when the people, and particularly those in power, realize that the regime has lost the mandate of heaven. With this weakening dictatorship desperate for affirmation, why is the U.S. repeatedly offering just such affirmation?

Apart from ostracizing and delegitimizing these gangsters, we should be encouraging and reinforcing the demonstrators.

Well, that never happened, obviously. But the good news is,  Obama has apparently earned the approval -or at least the implicit endorsement of the evil despot who’s in power there.

Meanwhile, this Washington Times report seems vaguely familiar to me:

The latest [dictator] to publicly announce his support for the commander-in-chief’s reelection bid was Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, who this week assured he’d vote for Obama if he were from the United States. The America-bashing strongman made the announcement on state-owned television, saying “Obama is a good guy” and that if Obama was from Caracas, he’d surely return the favor by voting for Chavez.

Earlier in the year the government-official daughter of Cuban military dictator Raul Castro proclaimed her country’s support for Obama during a visit to the U.S. “I believe that Obama needs another opportunity and he needs greater support to move forward with his projects and with his ideas, which I believe come from the bottom of his heart,” Mariela Castro said during a cable news interview. …

The reason for my deja vu? That’s kinda how I started my Radicals, Terrorists And Tyrants Of The World Root For Obama post four and a half years ago.

The latest terror group to weigh in was of course:

Hamas:

Cameron’s Corner, Fox News reports:

During an interview on WABC radio Sunday, top Hamas political adviser Ahmed Yousef said the terrorist group supports Obama’s foreign policy vision.

“We don’t mind–actually we like Mr. Obama. We hope he will (win) the election and I do believe he is like John Kennedy, great man with great principle, and he has a vision to change America to make it in a position to lead the world community but not with domination and arrogance,” Yousef said in response to a question about the group’s willingness to meet with either of the Democratic presidential candidates.

Oh, but that wasn’t all…there were/are all sorts of nefarious characters  supporting Obama:  Hatem El-Hady, The New Black Panther Party, FARC, Jodie Evans, Ali Abunimah, Louis Farrakhan, ACORN, Father Michael Pfleger, Arab American Action Network, Rashid Khalidi, Dr. Khalid al-Mansour, Marilyn Katz, Dr. Jamal al Barzinji, Sokoni Karanja, Trita Parsi, and Carlos the Jackal.

Hit the link for the complete list.

A couple of weeks later, I followed up with Reds Who Support Obama:

CPUSA National Board’s Tim Wheeler, Socialists For Obama, Marxists, Socialists, Communists For Obama, Democratic Socialists of America, Communist Party USA, Rev Wright, William Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn, Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega, Progressives For Obama,  Hugo Chavez, Raila Amolo Odinga, Kim Jong Il, The New Party, George Galloway, Mike Klonsky, Carl Davidson etc – etc – the list goes on and on.

We speculated that Charles Manson would eventually come out and endorse him, too, but to be fair – that remains to be seen.. Notorious left-wing terrorist, Carlos the Jackal did, however, offer Obama encouragement in a touching letter of support in March of 2009.

What the Washington Times story tells us is, after four years of watching Obama in action, all of the world’s biggest bad guys LIKE WHAT THEY SEE.

Pray that most voting Americans on November 6 do not.

Hat tip: @seedubya

Revealing Politics: Intellectually Dishonest and Hypocritical Obama Supporters Answer “Who Are The Obstructionists?” (Video)

Obama supporters leaving an Obama event at Ohio State University, were asked by Revealing Politics’ Caleb Bonham  what they thought of the so-called “obstructionist” politics of the Republicans.

Many of the Obama supporters blamed Republicans and denounced obstructionist tactics. The most ardent activists called for Republicans to cross the isle and help enact Obama’s economic and social policies.

However, when the tables were turned, the interviewees were not so quick to advocate bipartisanship if it meant Democrats helping Republicans enact Mitt Romney’s economic and social policies. In fact, many of those interviewed advocated for obstructionism. Go figure.

The mind-blowing hypocrisy that is caught on tape is just too delicious for words….

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Biden Laughs and Smirks His Way Through VP Debate – Ryan Wins (Lots of Updates)

First of all – what did we just witness, tonight? Why was Joe Biden emulating Chris Matthews on crack?

I realize that the  rap on Obama’s debate performance was that he wasn’t aggressive enough – so Biden’s handlers probably told him to be assertive (like Romney was!) but Biden overcompensated, interrupting Ryan 82 times.   CNN’s Gloria Borger said Biden Came Off As Condescending, Brit Hume called him a ‘Cranky Old Man’…while Greta Van Susteren said he just was very unlikeable.

Romney may have been aggressive, but he was polite, and always a gentleman. He wasn’t overbearing and didn’t come off like an unhinged, condescending crank, like Biden did for this entire debate, laughing, sneering and mugging during all of Ryan’s answers – even on serious issues like Libya, Afghanistan, and Iran. What was that all about? Romney was fighting for equal time in a debate where Obama was allowed four minutes more time. Biden was merely fighting. Chris Wallace said “I’ve Never Seen a Debate Where one Candidate Was So Disrespectful”.  He got a minute more time than Ryan who was interrupted at nearly every turn, either by Biden or by the moderator – the two of them seemed at times  to be tag teaming him.

In spite of that, Ryan remained calm, winning easily on debate style, and holding his own on debate substance in the face of the blizzard of lies coming  from Biden – a problem Sarah Palin also encountered back in 2008..

Dana Perino quipped:

Anyway, from the GOP rapid response team, Joe Biden Cackles During VP Debate:

UPDATE: Via the RNC, an excellent video compilation of Biden’s seriously inappropriate laughter: Laughing at the Issues:

Joe’s bizarre smiling and cackling act got panned by the left and right alike on Twitter:

Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan were the two candidates on stage at Thursday’s vice presidential debate, but a third character emerged: Joe Biden’s laugh, which didn’t escape the notice of tweeting politicos. (And led, of course, to at least three satirical Twitter accounts: Laughing Joe Biden, Biden Smirk, and yet another Laughing Joe Biden.)

Weekly Standard’s Mark Hemingway: “Joe Biden’s laughing through talking about Iran sanctions?”

TIME’s Michael Scherer: “Not sure debate cameras have been light tested for Biden’s teeth. Best to watch with sunglasses.”

Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein: “Biden’s strategy seems to be to laugh at Ryan constantly. Will it work to infantalize Ryan, or backfire like Gore sighing?”

(PHOTOS: Joe Biden over the years)

NBC’s David Gregory: “Biden’s smile is out of control.”

There’s more, here.
And Ace has the results of CNN’s undecided poll: Ryan Wins CNN’s Poll of Undecided Likely Voters, 48-44% Also Wins on Likability, Ryan 53% Biden 43%

Not a crushing victory, but a victory nonetheless — the sitting VP was bested by the challenger.

So Romney passed the Threshold test — spectacularly — and Ryan passed it as well.

And in both debates, they won.

Alex Castellantos on CNN had a point: The post-debate buzz will be about Biden’s buffoonish mugging.

I hate to say this, but as I said in the liveblog, Biden’s Mission Number One was to reassure and re-energize the base. He did that. He at least stopped some Democrats from defecting to Romney, or deciding not to vote.

And see – this  is why some people think Allahpundit and Ace are the same person:

I expected “table-pounding atmospherics” from Biden but I didn’t expect him to act like a total jackhole for fully 90 minutes. Give him credit for knowing his target audience, though: His task tonight was to get the left excited again after Obama fell into a semi-coma in Denver, and evincing utter disdain for Ryan — grimacing, shouting, laughing inappropriately, constantly interrupting, the total jackhole experience — is just what the doctor ordered. He might have irritated independents and undecideds, but probably not so much that it’ll change people’s votes. The Democrats needed someone to go out there and clown for liberals, and if there’s one thing this guy knows, it’s clowning.

Foreign Policy fact checked Biden on a major point: Biden contradicts State Department on Benghazi security:

Vice President Joe Biden claimed that the administration wasn’t aware of requests for more security in Libya before the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi during Thursday night’s debate, contradicting two State Department officials and the former head of diplomatic security in Libya.

“We weren’t told they wanted more security. We did not know they wanted more security there,” Biden said.

In fact, two security officials who worked for the State Department in Libya at the time testified Thursday that they repeatedly requested more security and two State Department officials admitted they had denied those requests.

Paul Ryan fact checked Biden’s attempt to throw cold water on the charge that the HHS mandate is an assault on religious liberties:

Biden try to explain away the Obama administration’s pro-abortion assault on Catholics, evangelicals and other religious groups and businesses.

“With regard to the assault on the Catholic church, let me make it absolutely clear, no religious institution, Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic Social Services, Georgetown Hospital, Mercy Hospital, any hospital, none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact,” Biden falsely claimed.

“Now, I’ve got to take issue with the Catholic church and religious liberty,” Ryan retorted.  “Why would they keep — why would they keep suing you? It’s a distinction without a difference.”

That’s all Ryan was able to get in before he was cut off. Shhhhh!!!!

The mandate compels religious employers to pay for and refer women for abortion-causing drugs, birth control, contraception and sterilizations.

The left has tried to turn the right’s objection to this into the phoney Republican War on Women™.

UPDATE:

Like I said, Biden’s smirking and sneering got panned by almost everybody:

We’re about thirty minutes into the debate and already Vide President Joe Biden is receiveing pretty tough reviews for his bizarre smiling and smirking as debate moderator Martha Raddatz talks about issues as serious as Iran getting a nuclear weapon.

These aren’t exactly conservative media types, either.

In 2000, Al Gore was just being a smug jerk trying to rattle George W. Bush. Gore also probably thought he was off-camera. Biden was obviously trying to rattle Ryan, but he also knew the camera would be on him, so other than hoping to distract the audience so they wouldn’t hear Ryan’s superior arguments, I have no idea what this debate game-plan was intended to accomplish.

My guess is that Team Obama simply didn’t expect moderator Martha Raddatz (who might be the worst debate moderator in history) to open things with a serious topic like foreign policy — and this is where Biden got in trouble, even with left-wingers like Tom Brokaw…

Another huge lie caught by Washington Free Beacon. I somehow missed this one (why didn’t Ryan call him out on it?): Biden Claims He Voted Against Afghanistan, Iraq Wars:

“By the way, they talk about this great recession like it fell out of the sky–like, ‘Oh my goodness, where did it come from?’” Biden said. “It came from this man voting to put two wars on a credit card, at the same time, put a prescription drug plan on the credit card, a trillion dollar tax cut for the very wealthy.”

“I was there, I voted against them,” Biden continued. “I said, no, we can’t afford that.”

Then Sen. Biden voted for the Afghanistan resolution on Sept. 14, 2001 which authorized “the use of United States Armed Forces against those responsible for the recent attacks launched against the United States.”

This was such an obvious, blatant lie. Ryan’s been in Washington long enough to know the truth. Why did he get Biden get away with it? The day after fact checks are not where the action is. You have to call them out on their lies when you have the chance, or most people will never know the truth.

Pundits and news anchors are expressing post-debate shock at how smirky, condescending and arrogant Vice President Joe Biden was tonight. They buzzed on Twitter at his “malarkey” rebuke of Paul Ryan’s foreign policy criticism.

But this is all old, tired recycled behavior and rhetoric from the last election cycle. Remember? Go back and read my VP debate thread from 2008. It was titled: Sarah vs. Smirky. Go back to 2008, when Biden derided Sarah Palin for her “malarkey” about Bill Ayers.

Tonight, just as in 2008, Biden sighed.

But more significantly, Biden bald-facedly lied.

In other words: Biden was…Biden.

Fred Barnes, The Weekly Standard:Biden Bombed:

You don’t win a nationally televised debate by being rude and obnoxious.  You don’t win by interrupting your opponent time after time after time or by being a blowhard.  You don’t win with facial expressions, especially smirks or fake laughs, or by pretending to be utterly exasperated with what your opponent is saying.

That’s why Vice President Joe Biden didn’t win the one and only debate last night with his Republican rival, Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan.

In fact, though Ryan had several weak moments—one of them was on Syria—the only conceivable takeaway from the veep debate was Biden’s out of control conduct.  It will be long remembered—and not favorably.

There’s one person who should be delighted with Biden. That’s Al Gore. He had the honor of having delivered the most over the top and weird performance in a presidential campaign debate when he sighed and frowned and acted frustrated in his first debate with George W. Bush in 2000. Now Biden has taken that crown—or dunce cap—from Gore.

Finally, via Twitchy, the Tweet of the night, as far as I’m concerned:

UPDATE:

Another fact check via Yid with Lid: Joe Biden Has Never Been a Big Friend Of Israel:

When Biden was in the Senate and the upper-body sent out “non-binding letters supporting Israel, Biden support was missing:

  • November 2001, Bond/Schumer Letter Urging President Not to Meet with Arafat until the Violence Ends, 89 Signers: Sen. Biden did not sign this letter urging President Bush not to meet with Arafat until Palestinian violence ceased. The letter had 89 signers.
  • March 2004, Schumer-Hatch-Clinton-Smith Letter Urging Kofi Annan to Reverse Support for ICJ Hearings on the Security Fence, 79 Signers: Sen. Biden did not sign this letter urging Kofi Annan to reverse support for the International Court of Justice Hearings on the Security fence which ultimately had 79 signers.
  • December 2005,Talent/Nelson Letter Urging Pres. Bush to Press Palestinian Leadership to Bar Terrorist Groups from Participating in Palestinian Legislative Elections, 73 co-signers: Sen. Biden did not sign this letter barring ter
  • ror groups from participating in Palestinian elections which ultimately had 73 co-signers.
  • June 2008, Landrieu/Collins Letter to President Bush Supporting Israel’s Quest for Peace, 77 Signers: Sen. Biden did not sign this pro-Israel letter which had 77 signers.

Joe Biden is one more reason for supporters of Israel to be concerned about the Obama Administration.

Ah, yes – so true!:

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Bookroom Room: Joe Biden breaks into Jennifer Granholm’s medicine cabinet and tries to overdose *UPDATES*

The good thing was that Ryan was able to make his points quickly and efficiently.  The bad thing was that he occasionally looked like a deer in the headlights.  I understand that this look reflected his amazement at Joe’s behavior, his shock at Joe’s bald-faced lies, and his frustration that both Joe and debate moderator Martha Raddatz kept cutting him off and giving the floor to the crazy uncle.  Still, I wish he hadn’t been such a polite Midwesterner.

Thinking about it, though, Ryan may have done just the right thing.  While the base probably found Joe’s performance exciting and emotionally honest, I suspect that millions of Americans did not appreciate that Joe made a mockery of a ritual performance that is meant to enhance the honor of the presidential office and to give voters an opportunity to compare the two parties.  If people were actually comparing the two debaters, Ryan was an attractive, polite, stable, normal, well-informed young man.  Joe was the bloviating, obnoxious drunk at the bar who had grabbed Ryan by his lapel and wouldn’t let go.  You could practically see Ryan’s hair melt from the noxious odors wafting out from behind Joe’s peculiarly whitened dentures.

Cat Photos Taken at Just the Right Moment

Adorable kitties are de rigueur on YouTube, these days, and now they are starring in their own viral pictorial essays.

This one’s via Socialphy - (Be sure to view to the end)…

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Romney Asks For Apology After Obama’s Dishonest and Over the Top Bain Attacks, New Obama Ad Basically Gives Romney the Finger

We knew this was going to be a hellish election season. But my God. We’ve got Obama campaign officials smearing Romney now as a  possible felon over absolutely bogus and absolutely discredited allegations, and not only does this classless, graceless POTUS not apologize for a campaign smear one of his own surrogates called “a little bit too far”,  his ridiculous  “truth team” puts out this “Up Yours” video as their justification.

Watch:

That video should be shown far and wide. Everything Mitt said in those attacks was true. Too bad the radical Marxist doesn’t like having the light of truth  shined on his radicalism. We understand the rage of a malignant narcissist squirming under the spotlight. But nothing Mitt said was over the line. Nowhere does Mitt suggest that Obama is a felon, or has even broken the law. Maybe it’s time to really take the gloves off and start talking about Obama’s impeachable offenses.

Obama wants to play hardball, let’s play hardball.

Incidentally….

The top comment under for this video is typical Obot stuff so content warning:

Mitt needs an apology. Wahhhhh.

Oversensitive little pussy ass rich boy.

SEE ALSO:

John Nolte, Big Government: Obama Unloads Vicious Attack Ad: Romney ‘The Problem’ with America:

Commenting on another nasty Obama ad, “Firms”:

….this Obama attack is extremely heavy-handed and even uncomfortable to watch. It’s a vicious, demeaning, and mean-spirited ad meant to humiliate its target. This is far from the inspirational, hope-changey Barack Obama voters fell for in 2008 and a very different approach than the Bush campaign’s towards Kerry. Though they mocked Kerry, it was with a much lighter touch. Whether you supported Kerry or not, you almost had to laugh.

Far be it for me to question the wisdom of Obama’s Chicago operation, but if any of this is hurting Romney, it likely isn’t or won’t be the Bain stuff — it’s how the Romney campaign responds. Obama’s trying to get into Romney’s head, keep his people on defense, and make them look incompetent. And this is where Romney could really hurt himself.

In many ways, John McCain lost in ’08 because he looked hapless and erratic instead of like a leader. The mismanagement of his campaign fed this narrative, especially near the end. This, I think, is the arch-narrative the Obama campaign is aiming for with Romney. If Romney’s campaign can be made to look defensive and ineffective, that undercuts Romney’s compelling biography as a competent, effective leader more than any offshore account or SEC filing.

The Romney campaign needs to put above all else — not rebutting charges that have already debunked — but running a competent campaign.

I want to see an ad showing all the ways Obama has “outsourced” and otherwise killed jobs. They need to get on that, STAT.

Weasel Zippers: No Joke: White House Says Obama Wants A “Highbrow” Debate Same Day Campaign Releases Ad Mocking Romney For Singing “America the Beautiful”…

Their arrogance blinds them.

Via The Hill:

The White House said Saturday that President Obama wants to have a “highbrow debate” with Mitt Romney, even as it touted a new ad hitting the GOP candidate’s business record and mocking his singing of “America the Beautiful.”\

Uh huh…Mitt tried “high brow” already: (“Obama’s a nice guy who’s in over his head.”)

I think those days are over.

RS McCain Surfaces In LA

I hope he doesn’t mind me spilling the beans, LA is a huge city after all – finding him would be like finding a needle in a haystack.

Anyway, I saw this Daily Mail story linked on Drudge: Justin Bieber wanted for questioning after allegedly ‘roughing up’ a photographer during a date with Selena Gomez

Teen idol Justin Bieber is wanted for questioning by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators –  after a paparazzo complained of being roughed up by the young pop star at a shopping center.

The scuffle allegedly happened when the photographer tried to snap pictures of the 18-year-old and his girlfriend Selena Gomez, after they walked out of a theater at The Commons at Calabasas today.

Sheriff Lt. Robert Wiard says the photographer in question called 911 on Sunday and complained of pain to his chest.

Stacy’s resting comfortably in his hotel room after the traumatic episode.

The Conservatory has covered a few more Stacy sightings. He’s really getting around.

If you feel inclined, please hit the poor slob’s freakin’ tip jar - he’s just getting started as a paparazzo and  has a family to feed.

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