After 6+ Years, W Finally Unloads on Obama

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It’s interesting that he would come out now to criticize Obama. One wonders what finally set him off, or if this is political posturing for his brother.

Via Josh Rogin, Bloomberg:

 In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State.

After reportedly expressing his distaste for re-entering the political fray, Bush started blasting Obama on Iran:

Bush said that Obama’s plan to lift sanctions on Iran with a promise that they could snap back in place at any time was not plausible. He also said the deal would be bad for American national security in the long term: “You think the Middle East is chaotic now? Imagine what it looks like for our grandchildren. That’s how Americans should view the deal.”

Bush then went into a detailed criticism of Obama’s policies in fighting the Islamic State and dealing with the chaos in Iraq. On Obama’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of 2011, he quoted Senator Lindsey Graham calling it a “strategic blunder.” Bush signed an agreement with the Iraqi government to withdraw those troops, but the idea had been to negotiate a new status of forces agreement to keep U.S. forces there past 2011. The Obama administration tried and failed to negotiate such an agreement.

Bush went on to call the rise of ISIS, al Qaeda’s “second act” and chided Obama for not coming up with an effective strategy to deal with them.

He also hit Obama’s sore spot – his complete lack of credibility at home and abroad.

“In order to be an effective president … when you say something you have to mean it,” he said. “You gotta kill em.”

Read the whole thing at Bloomberg. Josh Rogin doesn’t resist the temptation to throw in a little gratuitous dig at President Bush at the end, but other than that, it is a good piece.

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Via Instapundit; 

ON TWITTER, A BUNCH OF LEFTIES ARE BLAMING BUSH FOR DESTABILIZING THE MIDDLE EAST, WHICH PROBABLY MEANS BATTLESPACE PREP FOR STILL MORE TERRIBLE NEWS.

It also means they read Josh Rogin’s article and are howling in fury. Hahahahahaha. Good.

But, but, but Bushhh….(essentially Rogin’s weak, closing dig.)

So remember, as late as 2010, the Obama Administration was bragging about how stable and successful Iraq was. And, of course, when Bush left office Syria, Yemen, Libya, Egypt were all stable. But they’ll blame Bush as long as they can get away with it, because it’s better than admitting that Obama has been an absolute disaster in foreign policy.

But, you know, the problem for them is that Obama has been an absolute disaster in foreign policy.

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Memories Pizza Reopens To A Full House After National Uproar (Video)

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Memories Pizza reopened to a packed house, Thursday, after a torrent of left-wing threats and intimidation forced them to shut down.

Earlier this month, the owner of the northern Indiana pizzeria had said his religious beliefs wouldn’t allow him to cater a gay wedding – spurring  a manufactured 2-minutes-of-hate campaign that ended up backfiring badly.

Via Washington Times:

A crowdfunding campaign started by supporters raised more than $842,000 with donations from 29,160 contributors in 48 hours. O’Connor said he hasn’t received the money yet, but said he plans to give some to charity and use some money to make improvements to the restaurant.

The family reopened Thursday “to a full house of friends, regulars and people wanting to show their support.”

“It’s a relief to get going again and try to get back to normal,” said Kevin O’Connor, owner of Memories Pizza.

Jeanne and Ken Gumm from outside LaPorte, about 20 miles northwest of Walkerton, said they had been waiting for the pizzeria to reopen so they could show their support.

“We couldn’t wait to get down here,” said Ken Gumm, 66, a tank truck driver. “To us this whole thing isn’t about gay marriage. It’s mostly about freedom of religion.”

The Washington Times reports that there were no protests as of 7 p.m. Crystal O’Conner told Sean Hannity, Thursday night, that other than a couple of (presumably harassing) phone calls she had just received and hung up on, there have been no other threats.

It would seem that the Gaystapo finally realized that they were hurting their cause more than helping it.

Meanwhile, another crowd-funding campaign has managed to collect nearly $4,ooo in five days…

“They were running”: Hundreds of Moore, OK Residents Run Westboro Freaks Out of Town

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Members of the Westboro Baptist Church  were in Moore, Oklahoma, Sunday, to spread the message that a vengeful God sent the tornado that devastated the town nearly a year ago. Westboro had a permit to picket the  junior high school that has been housing the elementary school students whose school was destroyed.  24 people died in that tornado, including 9 children, 7 of them at the elementary school.

Hundreds of Moore residents lined the street across from Junior high, ready to confront the WBC clan, and some crossed the street to go after them.

Amanda Eccles said, “It’s just sic kening. You know, it’s just innocent kids that lost lives and it’s sickening for them to even think that way.”

Kristy Hensley said, “They’re judging us because they think that, you know, we deserve what we got you know. But you know, their judgement day will come.”

Westboro’s permit to picket was for half an hour.

They had been there a mere eight minutes when several people took matters into their own hands.

Dan Eccles said, “I was afraid of a riot really. I didn’t know how long Westboro would stay, which they were smart to leave.”

Police held the Moore residents at bay while the Westboro bunch fled the scene.

Dan Eccles said, “They shagged tail, got in them cars and was leaving in a hurry. Oh yeah, they was gone!”

Tina Johnson said, “I thought it was hilarious. I mean I really did. We sat there and laughed the whole time. They were running, yeah.”

Amanda Eccles, no doubt spoke for many when she said,  “I think it’s just impressive how Moore comes together as a family and stands for their town.”

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

‘Well Played': Marine Schools Anti-Military Ignoramus on Facebook

Seen on Facebook: 

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 You really can’t blame Miley, though. Let’s face it – she was only expressing the very same view our current Secretary of State expressed in 2006.

Remember this?

And this?:

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 Did you ever in your wildest dreams think Hanoi John would be a US Sec. of State?

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:

Introducing… Tony Katz Tonight! (Videos)

Radio show host Tony Katz is launching a new internet based talk show,  Tony Katz Tonight, which promises to bring a new perspective to the news of the day and a fresh take on late night television.

Katz needs to raise $25,000 and has started a “crowdfunding” campaign to connect directly with fans.

“Late night TV is stale – it’s boring,” Katz noted in a press release, today. “The format hasn’t changed and the guest selection has gotten worse. Exactly how many vapid non-stars does America want to hear from? Johnny Carson used to smoke on the set. Now even talking about smoking can get you seven years in the PC gulag.”

Tony Katz Tonight is using Indiegogo to solicit the  funds needed to continue his endeavor.

“Contribution levels get people huge thanks, web links, personalized videos and a chance to be a part of one of the tapings”, Katz explained.

In an environment where media outlets are consolidating and programming is becoming homogenous, Tony Katz is pursuing an alternative path, proving that original content will thrive in a free market.  In addition to raising capital and awareness of the program, they are also pursuing traditional network distribution of the program.

Here are a couple of test run episodes: