Krauthammer: Harry Reid’s ‘a Disgrace to His Own Institution’

An “unrestrained” Charles Krauthammer dropped the hammer on Harry Reid Friday night on Fox News’ Special Report in reaction to the news that the Minority Leader is not seeking re election in 2016.

“Harry we hardly knew ye, and what we did know, we didn’t like,” Krauthammer said as his co-panelists tittered in the background.

Krauthammer said that he wasn’t against Reid being a partisan, but explained, “I do think he was a disgrace to his own institution because he emasculated it in the name of protecting the president and trying to re-elect Democrats.”

Krauthammer noted that Reid didn’t succeed because “he essentially shut down the Senate as soon as Republicans took the House in 2010.”

He added that Reid, “failed as a partisan because 9 of his party lost re election, but he succeed in protecting the president from having to exercise the veto – and in order to do that – he killed his own institution.”

Video via National Review:

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There is no gentle way to characterize Senator Reid’s career: He is and long has been one of the worst things about American government — a self-interested, dishonest, sanctimonious, unscrupulous charlatan who began his career with an act of cheap theater — choking Jack Gordon, who had offered him a bribe, for the benefit of the FBI’s cameras — and capped it by filibustering a bill intended to help people being held as slaves because it did not allow for shunting public money into the coffers of Planned Parenthood for subsidized abortions, a stunt he pulled after boasting of his pro-life voting record.

The Mountain Behind Hillary’s Email Molehill – And a Prescient 2008 Warning From Christopher Hitchens (Video)

Pat Caddell on Hannity, Tuesday evening, said Hillary Clinton’s email scandal feels like “deja vu all over again”

After watching Clinton’s “trainwreck” of a press conference earlier today, he remarked, “I just had this horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach that we’ve been here before, and Oh my God, here we go again. Not only did she not answer – she raised a lot more questions.” An AP fact-check found Clinton’s explanations to be less than exculpatory. Here are the 20 Funniest Reactions to Hillary’s Catastrophic Email Press Conference.

“This is a big hill,” Caddell continued. “It’s not a molehill. This is a big hill – this email – and the mountain standing behind it are all those contributions from foreign governments and corporations – 26 of whom tried to get work from the State Department.”

Caddell noted, “we know this server has been hacked because we have the Sydney Blumenthal hacking that took place with her in which he was sending her… dozens of emails about foreign policy.”

He was referring to the hacker known as “Guccifer” who in a e-mail blasts two years ago,  disseminated four memos to Clinton from Sidney Blumenthal on foreign policy.

Via The Smoking Gun:

The 64-year-old Blumenthal, who worked as a senior White House adviser to President Bill Clinton, had his AOL e-mail account hacked last week by “Guccifer,” who has conducted similar illegal assaults against a growing list of public figures, including Colin Powell, relatives and friends of the Bush family, and a top United Nations official.

The hacker’s e-mails went to hundreds of recipients, though the distribution lists were dotted with addresses for aides to Senate and House members who are no longer in office. But many of the addresses to which the Blumenthal memos were sent are good (though it is unclear whether karl@rove.com is a solid address for the Republican mastermind).

Most of the e-mail recipients were sent four separate memos that were e-mailed to Clinton by Blumenthal during the past five months. Each memo dealt with assorted developments in Libya, including the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi. One memo marked “Confidential” was sent to Clinton on September 12.

Blumenthal’s memos and e-mails to Clinton were sent to her at a non-governmental e-mail address through the web domain “clintonemail.com.”

Did Republicans not yet see the problem with this?

As TSG reported last week, after Blumenthal’s e-mail account was compromised, the hacker searched it for e-mails sent to Clinton, and further sorted the mail to segregate any attachment–like Word files–that were included in Blumenthal’s correspondence to Clinton. Many of these pilfered documents were memos to Clinton on foreign policy and intelligence matters.

While “Guccifer” appears to have downloaded many of these attachments, the hacker opted not to send the actual Word files to those on the e-mail blast list (likely as a security measure since the downloaded files could contain metadata that could lead to the hacker, who is the target of a mushrooming federal criminal investigation).

Flashback: A very prescient Christopher Hitchens (God rest his soul) in an appearance on the Larry King Show in November of 2008 – when Hillary Clinton’s name was being bandied about for Secretary of State – gave a laundry list of reasons why she should not be nominated. First and foremost – the Clintons’ history of taking corrupt foreign donations.

“There are about five or six financial scandals in her past – all of them related to foreign donors to her and her husband – the Riady family in Indonesia, innumerable people in connection to business in China – not an unimportant country in our State Department’s periphery – or our Treasury’s periphery.”

He added that there were “many, many dozens of whom fled the country rather than testify into the hearings on Clinton’s fundraising and her brother who tried to get a hazelnut monopoly in Georgia and who took loans from Marc Rich and didn’t repay them. If all of this was balanced by huge foreign policy expertise – okay, maybe, conceivably, possibly — but it isn’t! What’s her best foreign policy position?  She invented a record for herself in Bosnia – made herself into a laughing stock!”

Jeanine Pirro: Hillary Clinton a ‘Veteran of Scandal’ (Video)

In her opening statement, Saturday night, Jeanine Pirro assailed Hillary Clinton and the Obama State department for their hypocritical stance on email transparency.

Her voice dripping with sarcasm, she said, “so Hillary Clinton used her private email for work.  Everybody does it. Who cares! And why is this even important?”

Answering her own question, she said, ” because this is a woman with a past. A history of evading, obfuscating, hiding, here, making sure we only see sanitized contents of e-mails. And no one knows the game better than she. No one spins or does the Washington two-step better than she does. She’s a veteran, a veteran of scandal.”

She pointed out that Clinton “forced out that former US Air Force General, an Ambassador to Kenya, in 2012 in part for using personal e-mails for official business. Your henchwoman, Cheryl Mills told him he violated your state department policies while you didn’t even have a government account. But the rules don’t apply to you, do they?…While she pontificates to her subordinates about following the e-mail law, she does not practice what she preaches. Hillary, have you been studying Claire Underwood in House of Cards?” she asked before playing a clip of Underwood saying “you don’t have to mean it, you just have to say it.”

Pirro continued, “Clinton and her staff decided what e-mails to turn over to the State Department. Who knows what was included and what was not included? We don’t even know how many there were to begin with. So, by sifting through them, she has decided what we should see and not see. So, the State Department doesn’t have all them, they can only produce the ones that she has handed over. Hillary, that’s why you’re supposed to use a government account. You don’t get to hide what you don’t want us to see. That’s just not how it works.”

Pirro concluded “you exposed us, the United States of America, to data breaches because you wanted to protect your own butt…why? Could it be that raising money for the Clinton Foundation — up to $25 million from the Saudis — while Secretary of State [note: the Saudi government did not give its $25 million in donations during Clinton’s time at the State Department] was something you didn’t want us to see? I wonder, Hillary, when you were Secretary of State for four years, how many Freedom of Information requests were denied because the State Department didn’t have any information and were just stamped ‘lack of information?’”

She had Ann Coulter on to discuss the email scandal.

Coulter has a theory. “I think Hillary is just really dumb,” she posited. “It is so stupid – it is such a self-inflicted wound — it reminds us of all the worst parts of the Clinton era.”

“I want to see her SAT scores,” she added.

Video: RS McCain Explains “Sex Trouble” at #CPAC2015

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There’s a reason why I rarely cover radical feminism. Those ladies are clearly nuts.

My tendency is to back away slowly from crazy people, and figure they’re just not worth my time.

Someone who does think they’re worth his time is my friend and fellow blogger Robert Stacy McCain. If you’ve visited his blog for the past couple of years, you may have noticed that he has been blogging almost exclusively on the subject. 

RS McCain is convinced that radical feminism is going to be a critical issue in 2016 and the #WarOnWomen rhetoric Democrats had so much success with in 2012, will return with a vengeance (what with Hillary Clinton on the top of the ticket.) I think he’s right about this, and that is why we all should be paying more attention to this unpalatable subject.

I don’t know how he has been able to keep his own sanity after immersing himself into the creepy and disturbing world of radical feminism, but he has, and has a new book to show for it: Sex Trouble,  Essays on Radical Feminism and the War Against Human Nature.

Here’s McCain’s presentation on Radical Feminism and his introduction to his new book for fellow bloggers at CPAC 2015:

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The Other McCain: Sex Trouble: Feminism, Mental Illness and the Pathetic Daughters of Misfortune

The Other McCain: Sex Trouble: Radical Feminism and the Long Shadow of the ‘Lavender Menace’

The Other McCain: Sex Trouble: Yes, Feminists DO ‘Practice Witchcraft … and Become Lesbians’

Obama’s #CVE Conference Is A Travesty

Well, that White House Summit to counter “violent extremism” is going about as badly as we expected it would. Which is to say – it’s an obscene travesty – a slow motion train wreck horrifying and fascinating to us at the same time.  I’d say it’s a complete waste of time, but it’s worse than that because the Regime refuses to correctly diagnosis the problem, so the wrong remedies are being prescribed.

And as fully expected, they are ludicrously trying to give equal time to “Christian” violent extremist groups.

Via Twitchy, Obama shows the world just how profoundly and grotesquely he has misdiagnosed the problem in an oped in today’s Los Angeles Times (timed to coincide with the CVE Summit.)

More broadly, groups like al Qaeda and ISIL exploit the anger that festers when people feel that injustice and corruption leave them with no chance of improving their lives. The world has to offer today’s youth something better.

Governments that deny human rights play into the hands of extremists who claim that violence is the only way to achieve change. Efforts to counter violent extremism will only succeed if citizens can address legitimate grievances through the democratic process and express themselves through strong civil societies.Those efforts must be matched by economic, educational and entrepreneurial development so people have hope for a life of dignity.

Nowhere does the lure of joining Islamic Jihad and expanding the Islamic caliphate (for it’s own sake) enter into the president’s calculation. This has nothing at all to do with Islam, the PC/Taqiyya crowd will tell you. As far as they are concerned, universal health care coverage and midnight basketball are better answers to the Jihadist threat than bombs.

ISIS/Daesh fighters on the ground, may laugh and sneer at this point of view (“Like a pig covered in feces giving hygiene advice to others,” one tweeted)- but in faculty lounges in America I’m guessing  it’s the “smart take.”

Meanwhile, as I’ve already noted in a previous post - look at the people they have invited to participate in this travesty.

Via The Washington Free Beacon, Muslim Leader Who Called Israel a ‘Suspect’ After 9/11 Meets with Biden at White House

A controversial U.S. Muslim leader who has been highly critical of Israel and said the Jewish state should be on the “suspect list” in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks participated on Tuesday in a White House summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) that featured Vice President Joe Biden.

Salam Al-Marayati, founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), tweeted out a photo of himself at the White House with Biden and bragged, “We joined VP @JoeBiden for a discussion at the @WhiteHouse #CVESummit which kicked off today.”

Al-Marayati has been viewed as a controversial figure due to past statements characterized by his critics as anti-Israel and soft on terrorism.

Al Marayati’s group MPAC also tweeted out their delight that “Biden just talked about the right wing militias & supremacist groups that are violent in the name of the Bible,” during Biden’s talk, yesterday.

Prompting me to tweet:

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Almost as if on cue, Marie Harf came out and asked why no one talks about Kony anymore – who she described as a violent Christian extremist.

And if you’ve never heard Kony described as a Christian – it’s because the nationalist/mystic/far Eastern/voodoo brand of “Christianity” Kony practices is not what most people would consider Christian – and he has no worldwide network of Christian supporters.

Kony proclaims himself the spokesperson of God and a spirit medium, and has been considered by some as a cult of personality, and claims he is visited by a multinational host of 13 spirits, including a Chinese phantom.[2] Ideologically, the group is a syncretic mix of mysticism, Acholi nationalism, and Christian fundamentalism, and claims to be establishing a theocratic state based on the Ten Commandments and local Acholi tradition.

But consider this: Although Obama has no problem identifying Kony as a Christian violent extremist – he refuses to identify ISIS/Daesh or any other Islamic terrorists waging Jihad, as Muslim extremists.

And although Obama is loath to identify the victims of Islamic terror as Christians or Jews, because as Jen Psaki says “we are not going to put new labels on victims”,  he has no compunction at all about  identifying the “three young people” who were murdered in Chapel Hill, N.C., (by a left-wing, MSNBC-watching, SPLC supporting atheist) as “Muslim Americans.”

And how the president does go on in his LA Times oped:

 But we know that many Muslim Americans across our country are worried and afraid. Americans of all faiths and backgrounds must continue to stand united with a community in mourning and insist that no one should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship.

Because Muslims in America – the land of the free –  have it just so – so incredibly hard.

The Christians of Nigeria, North Sudan, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, and that Christian Pastor rotting in an Iranian prison (none of whom this president deigns worth writing about or wasting his breath on) only wish they had it as “hard.”

Obama constantly betrays his approval of Islam with his preferential treatment of Muslims and open contempt for Christians and Jews -which at this point is difficult to see as anything but anti-Christian bigotry and antisemitism.

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America’s Newsroom: White House Holds Summit On Countering Violent Extremism – Lt Col Ralph Peters and Dr. Zuhdi Jasser

“I really think the president stands with the Muslims Brotherhood,” Peters said.

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“Let’s not get up on our high horse,” Obama says.

This week, the White House is hosting an international conference on “countering violent extremism.” The administration promises that the conference will “work to address the underlying conditions that can help foster violent extremism such as poverty, inequality, and repression. This means supporting alternatives to extremist messaging and greater economic opportunities for women and disaffected youth.” What “extremist messaging” would that be? The Christian Science Monitor?

This is gibberish. The administration uses language to impede thought rather than to elucidate it — which suits the jihadis very well.

 Breitbart National Security: EXTREMISTS ATTENDING OBAMA’S ‘COUNTERING EXTREMISM’ SUMMIT:

As we expected and warned, the Islamic Society of Boston’s (ISB) Cambridge mosque – the radical Muslim Brotherhood front group attended by the Boston Marathon bombers – was invited to join the summit and is represented there by its executive director, Nichole Mossalam. A few days ago, in Breitbart News and the Washington Times, we reported how over the past decade, 12 of the ISB’s worshippers have either been killed, imprisoned, or declared fugitives due to their involvement in terrorist activity. In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, Ms. Mossalam told media outlets that the ISB urged members to contact law enforcement “immediately after the bombings in case they knew of anyone who might have been involved.”

In reality, the ISB sent out the first email about the bombings to its members a full seven days after the Marathon was blown up, urging them not to talk to the FBI without first contacting the ACLU and the ISB. The ISB wrote: “We have been informed that the FBI may be starting to question some of the community members about the two suspects. Insha’Allah we want to help as much as we can, but of course not put ourselves at risk either. Seeking representation does not imply any guilt on your part but is simply a way of protecting your own rights.”

Nabeel Khudairi is the other deeply problematic individual taking part in the White House CVE Summit. Khudairi is a Boston ophthalmologist and leader of two other extremist groups – the Islamic Council of New England and the Islamic Center of New England. In 2007, our organization, Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT), successfully subpoenaed a variety of documents from Nabeel Khudairi during the Islamic Society of Boston’s failed defamation suit against Boston’s Fox 25, the Boston Herald, and us. In its complaint, the ISB alleged that it had been defamed by our reporting on its extensive ties to Islamic extremism. The ISB was ultimately forced to drop the lawsuit after subpoenas like the one pursued against Khudairi not only supported our original claims, but also began exposing even more of the mosque’s extremist links.

Obama Admin Discouraging Egyptian Airstrikes Against ISIS in Libya – Prefers “Political Solution”

One of the bright spots in the Middle East right now is Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who in an important speech on January 1, called for religious reformation of the Muslim faith.

“The corpus of texts and ideas that we have made sacred over the years, to the point that departing from them has become almost impossible, is antagonizing the entire world, al Sisis said. You cannot feel it if you remain trapped within this mindset. You must step outside yourselves and reflect on it from a more enlightened perspective.”

 

So we have a strong potential ally in al Sisi, launching a military operation against (one would think) our common enemy ISIS/Daesh in Libya to avenge the deaths of 21 Egyptians who were not Muslims – but Coptic Christians. You would think that the United States would be embracing this important ally in the war against Islamic Terror.

But you would (of course) be wrong. CNS News Reported, via Weasel Zippers:

The United States does not support Egyptian and Emirati airstrikes against Islamist militias in Libya because the U.S. believes the crisis in Libya must be resolved politically and without outside interference, a Department of Defense spokesman said Tuesday.

Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) carrying out airstrikes in Libya was different from U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant forces in Iraq, Pentagon spokesman Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told a briefing, because the U.S. was acting in Iraq, in a “very targeted” manner, at the request of its government.

“This wasn’t some unilateral decision by the United States to strike targets inside Iraq.”

“We discourage other nations from taking a part in Libya’s issues through violence,” Kirby said. “We want the issues solved in Libya to be done peacefully and through good governance and politics and not violence.”

Libya’s “issues” of course have become Egypt’s issues in the form of 21 decapitated Egyptian heads.

Now we know why Obama Refused to Help Egypt With Intelligence on ISIS Targets. Also, it does seem likely now (as was speculated yesterday) that Egypt launched the airstrikes without the US government’s knowledge.

My God. How much lower can this administration get?

Previously:

Video: Egyptian Prez Calls for Religious Reformation in Islam – Why Isn’t the MSM Covering This?

State Dept Hosts Delegation of Muslim Brotherhood Leaders Trying To Oust Egyptian Pres al Sisi

After Meeting With State Dept Officials in DC, Muslim Brotherhood Promptly Declares “Open Jihad” In Egypt

Joe Klein: Obama’s ‘Slow-Walking Aid to the al Sisi Government’ (Video)

 

Charles Krauthammer: Obama’s Buzzfeed Selfies “Truly Distasteful”

I long for the return of warm weather.

Because with the return of Spring, we’ll see more presidential golfing and less presidential mooning and preening for the camera in frivolous interviews with YouTube personalities, and left-wing a$$hole websites.

The latest presidential embarrassment came in the form of a Buzzfeed/ObamaCare infomercial that was filmed on the same day the nation heard the awful news about a young American woman’s death at the hands of ISIS and as Americans were evacuating Yemen .

My God.

On Special Report, Thursday night, Charles Krauthammer said when he first saw the video of Obama taking selfies and making funny faces he found it “amusing.”

“The idea that you could diminish the dignity of a president who gave a one-on-one  with someone whose claim to fame is bathing in a tub of Froot Loops is a rather paradoxical one,” Krauthammer  noted.

“But when I learned when he did it, it really is of a piece with playing golf after you learn of the beheading of an American, that makes it truly distasteful.”

Krauthammer added, “it just shows you how frivolous he is in executing his office. And that I think is not a question of the dignity of the office, but of the seriousness of the man.”

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YOLO man!’ President Obama now using a ‘selfie stick’ to get people to buy Obamacare [photos]

 ’24 Signs That You’re A Propagandist': Buzzfeed ducks ethics questions

‘Nero and his fiddle ain’t NOTHING!’ Sorry, world: Obama’s busy with his selfie stick

You don’t say': Men who take a lot of selfies might be psychopaths

‘Mockery?’ White House getting ‘exactly what it wanted’ from Obama’s selfie stick video