Video: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tears The U.N. A New One: Calls It “Theater Of The Absurd”

Someone had to say it. And today, at the 66th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, Benjamin Netanyahu did. Claiming not to come there for applause, but to stand up for the truth, The Israeli Prime Minister was that “single candle of light seen far and wide.”

He noted how year after year, Israel, the one true democracy in the  Middle East, is singled out for condemnation (more often than all of the other nations of the world combined!), yet:

“Saddam’s Iraq  headed the UN Committee in Disarmament. Qaddafi’s Libya chaired the UN Commission on Human Rights.

And now, Hezbollah controlled Lebanon presides over the UN Security Council.

This means in effect, a terrorist organization presides over the body entrusted with guaranteeing the worlds security. You couldn’t make this up!”

The UN, Netanyahu alleges, has become the “Theater of the Absurd”.

I don’t know that he got any applause at the General Assembly, but I do know there are plenty of Americans and Israelis applauding him from their homes.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

Obama Commits Embarrassing Gaffe While Trying To Embarrass Republican Leaders

The Community Organizer in Chief used a crumbling bridge connecting northern Kentucky to Ohio as a backdrop for his most recent campaign speech at taxpayer expense.

Andrew Malcolm at The LA Times’ Top of the Ticket notes that Obama is having trouble selling his Jobs stimulus – even to his own party who are in no mood to annoy taxpayers with another ridiculous boondoggle.

Obama’s own Democratic Party controls the Senate and won’t put their leader’s jobs bill on the schedule because more wild spending like this doomed bill could also doom some Dem senators next year.

So here’s how the ex-state senator from the Chicago machine reacts: At an operating cost of $181,000 per hour, he flies Air Force One nearly four hours roundtrip for 17 minutes of remarks touting infrastructure repairs by a bridge that doesn’t need them.

The real reason he’s at the Brent Spence Bridge is because it links the home states of both congressional Republican leaders, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. So Obama can cutely blame Republicans for holding up his jobs bill, even though it’s Nevada Democrat Harry Reid.

Obama turns the empty rhetoric into a pep rally for himself, leading the obedient audience to chant, “Pass this bill! Pass this bill!”

The farce included some of his most cynical attacks on Republicans, to date:

“Now, the bridge behind us just happens to connect the state that’s home to the Speaker of the House with the home state of the Republican leader in the Senate,” Obama said.

“Just a coincidence,” the president mockingly said. “Purely accidental that that happened.

“The reason I came here is because Mr. Boehner and Mr. McConnell are the two most powerful Republicans in government,” the president continued. “They can either kill this jobs bill, or they can help us pass it.”

Obama later appeared to mock the two GOP leaders by echoing the rhetoric of President Reagan’s “tear down this wall” demand to Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev.

“Mr. Boehner, Mr. McConnell, help us rebuild this bridge,” Obama, said, adding, “Help us rebuild America. Help us put this country back to work. Pass this jobs bill right away.”

So how delicious is it that in the midst of this attempt to embarrass and chastise Republicans,  our most intellectual President, ever – Harvard graduate, author of two books (he wrote all by himself), well creased pants, etc etc made yet another embarrassing gaffe:

“We’re the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad.” (Meaning Transcontinental Railroad.)

That’s what the president of the United States flat-out said Thursday during what was supposed to be a photo op to sell his jobs plan next to an allegedly deteriorating highway bridge.

A railroad between continents? A railroad from, say, New York City all the way across the Atlantic to France? Now, THAT would be a bridge!

It’s yet another humorous gaffe by the Harvard graduate, overlooked by most media for whatever reason. Like Obama saying Abraham-Come-Lately Lincoln was the founder of the Republican Party. Or Navy corpseman. Or the Austrian language. Fifty-seven states. The president of Canada. Etc.

At Michelle Malkin, Doug Powers notes that this wasn’t the first time that Obama had made that particular mistake. It’s a gaffe he and his flunkies have made repeatedly, in fact. (See video, here.)

Here’s the entire speech. The faux-pas occurs at 4:09:

Note, that when Obama mentioned Boehner and McConnell’s names, the audience booed, lustily and the President of the United States said nothing. Earlier, when they had booed Rand Paul, he came to his defense:

Senator Rand Paul is here.


THE PRESIDENT:  Rand is going to be supporting bridges, so we’ve got to — (applause.)

So classy.

One more thing:

As Obama runs around pretending  he’s trying to “save the middle class” it’s good to remember that everything he’s done as President has been designed to CRUSH the middle class. Because he knows that one of the hallmarks of socialist countries, is the absence of an independent middle class:

 From the Bolshevik experiment in Russia to socialist Venezuela today, it is necessary for communist leaders to eliminate that class of citizens who are not dependent on government for their welfare.

Political theorists from Aristotle to Locke understood that a truly independent and prosperous middle class was essential to the collective well-being of any society. The middle class has always, in every society, been characterized by qualities of social restraint and economic realism — a shrewd and skeptical conservatism that serves to restrain the grandiose plans of utopian revolutionaries and embittered reactionaries alike.

Throughout its history American society in particular has been the beneficiary of an aspiring middle class whose efforts have created the world’s greatest democracy. It is an ominous sign that the political left, with the loyal support of more than a third of our population, is intent on its destruction.


Gary Johnson on Shovel Ready Jobs Joke: “I Didn’t Hear It From Rush”

Governor *Gary Johnson told the joke of the night at Thursday’s Republican debate in Florida. The audience enjoyed it so much, Charles Krauthammer called it “the moment of the debate”, and said if he had told it earlier on, he might be a top tier candidate.

Unfortunately, the moment was almost immediately taken from him as Rush listeners charged that he had stolen the joke from the “Limbaugh Institute For Conservative Studies”.

The Huffington Post caught up with Johnson after the debate, and asked him about the joke. He told HuffPo that he had received “about eight one liners” from his buddy, Jim Villanucci, a former “Tonight Show” writer and current radio host on Albuquerque’s KKOB station.

I have no reason to doubt him, so I thought I’d correct the record – as I did report last night, that he stole the joke from Rush.

Hat tip: The Blaze

*Correction: I originally wrote “Ron” Johnson instead of Gary Johnson. Need. more. coffee.

See Also:

Sunshine State Sarah on another thing people are getting wrong: The Truth About the Booing at the Debate:

The debate included video questions that were submitted on YouTube, and one came from a soldier serving in Iraq who is gay and asked about the candidates’ opinions on don’t ask don’t tell. There was audible booing after his question…however, please note that it was not the crowd booing. It was only one or two people.

I was at the debate, in the audience on the right hand side about halfway back (here’s my tweet of the video screen that was right in front of us). The person who booed was just a few rows in front of us. The booing got an immediate and angry reaction from nearly everyone sitting around him, who hissed and shushed at him. Lots of loud gasps, “Shhhh!” “No!” “Shut up, you idiot!” etc.


Video: Krauthammer on the GOP Debate – Johnson Had The Best Line, Perry “Missed an Opportunity or Two”

Sir Charles was on hand after the debate to offer his insights on how it went. He liked Gary Johnson’s joke about his neighbor’s dogs creating more shovel-ready jobs than Obama. Unfortunately, if Krauthamer  listened to Rush limbaugh, he’d know that Johnson stole that joke from him.

Overall, he says, not much changed, but Rick Perry “might have missed an opportunity, or two”:

via Rightvideos

I think he let Perry off a bit easy. Some conservatives on Twitter were writing post-mortems for him, after the debate.

Michelle Malkin thought he faltered badly on immigration:

Mitt Romney and Rick Perry played Punch and Judy throughout the night. Perry lost big in his continued defense of DREAM Act illegal alien student preferences. Frank Luntz’s focus group on Sean Hannity’s show after the debate unanimously panned Perry on immigration and especially took umbrage at his condescending line about critics not having a “heart.” Which follows on his similarly-toned line from the last debate about how Republicans should care about students no matter what their last names sound like.

(Reminder: Texas Tea Party activists to Perry: Hey, what about our borders?)

He blundered through what should have been an easy attack on Romney’s flip-flopping, leading Charles Krauthammer to note his fizzled-out answers. He “dissipated.”

And Gary Johnson delivered a recycled Rush Limbaugh joke about his neighbor’s dogs creating more shovel-ready jobs than Obama.

Winners: Rush, Cain.

See also her choice for Perry’s Cringe Worthiest Debate Moment.

The Dream Act blunder was number two.

(Psssst…this is why I wanted Paul Ryan or Chris Christy in the race…)