Eric Florack on January 29th, 2015

It doesn’t take a great deal of effort to observe that the White House and its occupants are having a great deal of problems with the upcoming speech to Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In fact, a good number of commenters are observing that the White House is in a state of panic over it.

One such place, oddly enough, is the Washington Post of all places. Not exactly a bastion of right-wing thinking, that, and yet here it is.

After days of whining that Netanyahu’s appearance was not cleared with the White House, U.S. officials have taken to the press to anonymously screech and moan, accusing the Israeli ambassador — gasp! — of furthering the prime minister’s interests at the expense of his relations with the administration. (This is rich, considering the president’s hot-mike comment about Netanyahu and a senior official’s recent use of a barnyard epithet to criticize Netanyahu). In a separate New York Times article (one was not enough to assist the White House propaganda machine!), the Netanyahu speech is portrayed as helping the White House round up opposition to the Menendez-Kirk sanctions. The kicker is a quote from the president of the notoriously anti-Israel J Street  – which the Times originally falsely labeled as “a Democratic-aligned pro-Israel group” and later changed to “Israeli advocacy group” after a spate of mocking tweets on Wednesday night — piling on the anti-Netanyahu criticism. (This would be akin to identifying Vladimir Putin as a pro-peace voice on Ukraine or the Saudi king as a defender of human rights.) The latter is ludicrous. The Menendez-Kirk bill was introduced this week and is set to be marked up in the Senate Banking Committee soon. For the first time, 10 Democrats have promised to vote for the conditional sanctions at a specified time (after March 24).
The complaint from the White House is so disproportionate to the issue and so defensive (is the president so petrified that Congress might hear a compelling speech from the United States’ best ally in the Middle East?) that one wonders what it is up to. 

Well, no, not really. All one really needs to do is look at the history of the thing. Consider the relationship between Netanyahu and democrat President Bill Clinton, for example. This is something that I wrote about in the very first post on this blog.

From Oslo to Camp David, Clinton has pushed Israel to the bargaining table, and pressured her to give up vital strategic and cultural assets she has no business giving away, if survival is at all on her agenda. Ehud Barak, by his giving into Bill Clinton (who, along with his staff including Jim Carville, did much to put Barak into office), has done little more than demonstrate just how empty the Palestinians’ peace talk really is, and how desperate Clinton was to be seen as a good President, his crimes against his oaths not withstanding. Consider….

At Clinton’s insistence, Barak offered Arafat the keys to the kingdom; just about all of the West Bank and Gaza, plus East Jerusalem and even Palestinian sovereignty over the Temple Mount. How do the peace loving Palestinians respond? Yasser Arafat turned it all down, and gave us another few nights of headlines, filled with kids in the street throwing stones, and being shot, occasionally. He also sent his armed forces, (You recall, they’re supposed to be policemen?) to fire at the Israelis, apparently hoping for an excuse to tell the rest of the world how Israel is a war-mongering nation.

Of course that should have been a signal to about anyone with a brain that he didn’t give a damn about peace. All he and his followers are interested in is the destruction of Israel. It should have also been a signal that Clinton’s attempt at a legacy backfired, big time, and more, that it didn’t have a chance to start with…. something that Clinton should have known, did he have any understanding of the
situation at all. You will recall, perhaps that back in 1992 , Clinton more or less bragged he had no understanding of matters of foreign policy. This was never quite so clear as during this monstrosity Mr. Clinton unleashed on the world.

For Israel’s part, all of this has been laid at the feet of Ehud Barak, perhaps unfairly. No, I don’t think he was the man for the job, and clearly was only in the PM’s position because Clinton’s people worked so hard to get him there, apparently hoping to set up Clinton’s brokering a of peace deal. Easy to do when you have the PM of Israel owing you his election. But Barak apparently was under pressures he had no control of, having nothing to do with politics at home, or the Palestinians… both of which were quite out of his control to begin with, in any event.. He was concerned with Israel continuing to get support from the US. In this concern, he saw Israel as being on the controlled end of the puppet’s string… and knowing that if he did not capitulate to Clinton’s demands, that vital US support would wither as quickly as Benjamin Netenyau’s prime ministership did, when it became clear he wasn’t going to buckle to Clinton’s concession demands.

And Barak wasn’t alone, nor was the left in Israel, in this perception of US control versus Israel’s survival. Yitzhak Rabin, hardly a liberal even by American standards and certainly not under Bill Clinton’s extortion based control to the extent that Barak was, saw the same problems. His longtime friends, according reports I’ve seen,
tell us he was deeply troubled over the prospect of losing US support… and therefore bought into the ‘land for peace’ deals being brokered by the liberals in the US. This was something I predicted he wouldn’t have done.

Israeli voters, seeing this happening, and clearly annoyed with the US control over Israel’s dealings with the Palestinians, trounced Barak in the polls. Unless one considers this anger, the election of Ariel Sharon, his replacement, is hard to fathom, since he has never been overly popular, as best I can tell. But perhaps the people of Israel are finally figuring out what the real story is.. that in truth, there is no dealing with the Palestinians, and Arifat.

One hopes that they’ve not been too late in coming to this conclusion. If they are, world war seems fairly certain to me… possibly nuclear in nature.”

Personally, I consider it no small point, that the post to which I refer and which I have quoted here, was written two days after the 9 11 attacks.

Sorry for the extended quote of my older article, but it’s critical that you understand that history is repeating itself here.

I suggest the pattern of Democrats having anti Israel and Pro Muslim sentiments, and working toward those goals, is nearly axiomatic. But that’s just for openers.

Even more pronounced is the Pro Muslim sentiments of Barack Hussein Obama, whose White House is once again meddling in the political affairs internal to Israel. As the Washington Post article notes….

Other Israel watchers speculate that this is really a ham-handed way of interfering with Israel’s elections by giving fuel to Netanyahu’s opponents, who argue that he cannot get along with the United States. This would be par for the course for an administration that has strained to topple the Israeli government. Its offense? It simply refuses to knuckle under to administration bullying or go quietly as the United States appeases Iran, an existential threat to the Jewish state.

Ironically, the scuffle comes just after Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorists killed two Israeli soldiers, reminding us that Iran is on the march throughout the region and that the Iranian government with which Obama hopes to achieve a grand reconciliation is committed to Israel’s destruction.

A destruction which this administration is apparently as eager to help along, as was that of the Clintons.

Speaking of the Clintons, Hillary Clinton has endorsed very loudly the approach Barack Hussein Obama has taken with the situation, and I say unsurprising, since it’s so similar to the policies  she and her  husband pursued while they infested the White House.

I suspect that there is some crucial bit of intelligence as regards to the activities of Iran… activities of a nuclear weaponry nature, which Netanyahu is going to bring to the congressional speech. I suggest that the White House knows this, and is desperate to stop it, knowing the Congress will act on that information.

As will both the Israeli and American voters.

Really, it’s the only way to explain the hysterical responses we see from the White House.

Eric Florack on January 29th, 2015

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I don’t even think I have to say anything here. I will however add the idea that these idiots are voting on your future. How your money gets used. What kind of car you drive. What kind of light bulbs you can have. And so on. Did you get the picture, yet?

Addendum: DavidL

In France, a number of h9mosexuals have found the clues,  to wit the Muslim is not the friend of the homosexual.   The right wing party National Front is gaining support from the homosexual population, from Spectator:

French gay votersare falling for the Front National’s leader, Marine Le Pen. A survey by the polling firm Ifop indicates a dramatic increase in support for the FN among homosexual and bisexual voters since the French presidential elections of April 2012. It showed, for instance, that in Paris 26 per cent of homosexuals supported Le Pen, compared with 16 per cent of hetero-sexuals.

It only makes sense, hat tip and reax, Neo-Neocon:

Le Pen winning more gay support in France

It makes perfect sense, actually, because the real hate crimes against gay people in France are being committed by Muslims:

If a population, any population, is being murdered by another population, which refuses to assimilate, it make sense to oppose the open border immigration on an intolerant population, to wit Muslims.

Eric Florack on January 29th, 2015

Daily Caller this morning is reporting…..

President Barack Obama is abandoning his proposal to eliminate Section 529 — the popular tax break used by millions of Americans to save for college — following a big backlash, not only from Republicans and parents, but also from his own Democratic allies.

Ace looks at this and muses:

Actually I think it was a stunt from the start. The point of it is to propose an outright attack on the Middle Class so that our energies are expended defending against that attack and not expended on offense repealing ObamaCare.

We then get a the feeling we’ve “won one” and have less of an appetite to fight.

In fact we won nothing. This was always a Negotiating Point, proposed only to be bargained away.

I think Ace is on the right track here, but he doesn’t go nearly far enough.

Let’s be honest here. Obama and his crew are a target rich environment unlike anything we’ve seen since the beginning of the country. It’s not just Obamacare, although that’s part of it. The Benghazi thing coming up very shortly as David mentioned earlier, is certainly another high priority item with this White House. They want to keep it under wraps.  what better way than to create confusion and diversion?

I’ve said this before, but it applies here rather well. This is not an incompetent administration. They know precisely what they’re doing. They have Goose-stepped in exactly the wrong direction at every opportunity. You simply don’t get that kind of consistency without two things going for you, talent, and intent. What we are witness to is resistance management. Now, whether or not it works to my mind is an open question.

Addendum, Eric
Of course, it should be noted that that kind of controversy control, could not possibly have been had to the degree of as absent s press willing to eat out of the hand of Obama and company. Normally, I would consider that an entirely different subject, but in this case, I reckon one cannot be had without the other.

davidl on January 28th, 2015

On January 13 and 14 a major blizzard hit the city of Chicago, and so ended the political career of one Michael Bilandic, from Wikipedia:

[Chicago’s] inadequate response to the blizzard was blamed primarily on mayor Michael Bilandic, who had assumed the post after the 1976 death of Richard J. Daley.[2][3] Newspaper articles at the time blasted Bilandic; Jane Byrne, Bilandic’s main political rival in the Democratic primary (who had previously worked with Bilandic in the Daley administration and been fired by Bilandic when the two could not get along), capitalized on this and went on to defeat Bilandic in the February 27 primary

On January 26, the much proclaimed story of the century did not hit New York City, from New York Post:

De Blasio defended his move to warn New Yorkers on Sunday that 3 feet of snow might be headed toward Gotham in what he said was expected to be a historic storm.

That announcement sent Big Apple residents running to stores to stock up on food, snow shovels and rock salt and led to the general clampdown on city activity.

“You can’t put a price on safety,” de Blasio said. “We’ve seen what happens when people are caught off guard. So we made the decision, better safe than sorry.”

Mayor Bill’s decision to shut-down Gotham, can be chalked to too much caution and too much nanny state mentality. On the other hand, New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo decision to shut down the New York City subway can only be attributed to hubris and shear ignorance, from Slate:

On the other hand, as Cuomo has alluded to Tuesday, the idea that a train could get stranded during a storm is not implausible. Limiting the number of trains on the tracks and keeping passengers off trains that might become stranded could avoid a potential crisis that might slow down the restoration of full service once the storm is over.

On the other other hand, Cuomo doesn’t seem to have said anything on Monday about trains running without passengers overnight, leading one to wonder whether he in fact knew that’s what would happen when he made his announcement. As writer Josh Barro observes, Cuomo has a very recent history of making bold leadership decisions that turn out not to be supported by reason or evidence.

In large part, the city subway system is resistance to snow, as almost all track is either underground or elevated. New York City subway has rarely beeen shutdown, and an impromptu could not have been part of any emergency response plan. The city keeps the trains running to keep the tracks open. The trains were running without passengers . They could just as well have been running with passengers.   Bilandic under reacted.   Cuomo over reacted.   Yet the reason was the same, incompetence.   Will Cuomo pay the same price Bilandic did?

Eric Florack on January 28th, 2015

I noticed Glenn making comments about Andrew Sullivan giving up blogging.

IN JOHN CARTER’S WORDS, I STILL LIVE: Andrew Sullivan is going to stop blogging. No, blogging isn’t dead. And InstaPundit gets more pageviews than pretty much everyone who’s calling blogging dead. But I can understand Andrew quitting. For me, the real strain isn’t the blogging, but having to pay close attention to the news all the time. The news is usually depressing, when it’s not angering, and that’s doubly true for the Obama years. But I’m not going anywhere anytime soon.

Well, it must be particularly depressing for Saint Andrew, who for the life of him, can’t figure out this most recent election. Yes, I’ve been watching his rather morose output . He’s basically just giving up, following that. Fully understandable, why Glenn doesn’t mention that.

But I will.

I suggest that the reason Glen is thriving is precisely because he’s not a Kool Aid drinker like Sullivan always has been. Well, at least since he decided to go crazy years ago.

Sullivan’s transition from an outspoken conservative to an outspoken leftist was the direct cause of his readership falling into John Crapper’s elegant device. It was a move that his readership numbers never recovered from.

Certainly, he got a number of newspaper berths over the years, at leftist rags, and kept himself in money, but he’d have done far better if he’d retained his common sense. Sad to say, he never did.

And to this day he doesn’t understand why, I’m quite sure.

Eric Florack on January 28th, 2015

I think Limbaugh got this one right…

They’re going to have to learn why this happened.  Why was this presented, this forecast — and, even at its worst, it was gonna be 24 inches, which New York has survived countless times.  
Yet this was presented as a life-threatening crisis, and look what they did, look at the economy, the economic commerce that these people from the National Weather Service and all these politicians collectively ganged up on and destroyed.  Look at all the stores that closed unnecessarily.  Look at all the flights that were canceled unnecessarily.  

Now, the weather guy is apologizing and blaming his models.  The same people that tell us their models 50 to a hundred years out on climate change can be trusted.  Anyway, I mean, I could, I could sit here and do a giant See, I Told You So, predicted this yesterday, and I know what you’re gonna retort: “Hey, Rush, they didn’t miss it. They just missed where. Boston, New England are getting pounded.”  That’s all true.  That’s all true, but, folks, 24 hours out they are forecasting that this is gonna be massive and they still miss it in the nation’s number one city. So just hang on for that.  I mean, this is such a teachable moment.

It is such a teachable moment about government, the relationship that citizens have to and with government. It’s a lesson about how liberals do things and why, and why there will not be an apology from them.  de Blasio is saying, “Hey, better safe than sorry.”  They can never make a mistake. They never screw up. It’s everybody else that screws up and has to apologize. 

And I think that’s exactly right. image

These are the people we are supposed to trust as regards to projecting weather trends over the next hundred or two hundred years, and they can’t get one weekend right, in one city. We are to believe that there will be no disruption to our lives, to our economy, to our freedoms, if we react as they suggest to the supposed threat of global warming, and yet look at the destruction that was wrought by governmental reaction to the mystic production of one the storm, much less the next hundred or two hundred years of our national life.

That point, it seems to me, is step one. Step two cuts a little deeper.

The underwriting, the umbrella thing here that everything falls underneath, liberalism has corrupted.  People who are liberals are now at the National Weather Service, and they can’t separate their liberalism from the job.  So they’re nannies, and they think most people are incompetent, unable to take care of themselves. Not competent, capable to make reasonable, correct judgments when they hear information.  So they have to be babied; they have to be steered and so forth. 

And in reality there is the core of it. They know better than we how to run our lives. These are the smartest guys in the room. And they never screw up. If you believe that, you probably believe that Obama is a great president. Frankly, I don’t know how to address that level of idiocy.

It says I’ve been writing in these spaces for near on two decades now, they think they know how to run your lives, your every activity, better than you. And if you don’t like what they’re doing y, they will use government force you to live to their standards. You’re completely incompetent to handle a snowstorm. And if you can’t handle that, how are you to handle keeping a job, keeping a roof over your head, knowing good from evil, and so on.

Now that we’ve come that far, let’s address the issue of Bill de Blasio. El Supremo himself. Here’s another situation, where his actions are coming back to bite him. Already is popularity is running much lower than it was, and is bound to go lower yet.

Let’s also look more closely at that blob in New Jersey. Chris Christie did nothing but follow along with the mayor’s lead. This is not a leader, this is a follower. And his choices of whom to follow, are questionable at least. I think he’s just been very successful indeed and ruling out any possibility of a presidential run. Just as well, since I really don’t want him anywhere near the White House. The ground in that particular Swamp is unstable enough.

I predict this is going to play heavy on the presidential campaign, going forward. These themes are going to do be central to the core of the arguments going forward. Who is it that is best equipped to deal with the questions of your everyday life? You, or the governments? The disaster that is the last 8 years, and particularly emblematic is the storm that wasn’t, will be the examples.

davidl on January 27th, 2015
Hat tip:   Mad Magazine

Hat tip: Mad Magazine

From Jeff Zeleny. ABC News:

Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said Tuesday he still intended to summon former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify as part of the investigation into the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya that killed four Americans.

“Every witness who has relevant information needs to be talked to,” Gowdy told reporters after a committee meeting Tuesday

Representative Gowdy wants all his ducks, read documents, in row before he calls Mrs. Clinton. This should prove amusing.

davidl on January 26th, 2015

snark2.jpgKarl Rove takes a two by four to Donald Trump, the failed casino owner who has never run for public office, the Snark of the Day:

“I love Mitt Romney being lectured by Donald Trump on choking, […] Trump is the guy who constantly chokes on the idea of becoming a candidate. He says he’s gonna run and then, like in 2012, goes out and gives a lousy speech in Las Vegas and ultimately decides his TV show is more important than his presidential campaign.”

Hat tip: Mediaite

davidl on January 26th, 2015


from Karen, Lonely Conservative:

Here’s some shocking news – Cuba has walked out on talks with the United States because the Castro regime isn’t interested in improving its human rights record.

Inspector Renault could not be reached for comment.

davidl on January 26th, 2015

DavidL's Breakfast ScrambleThe Breakfast Scramble:

Feel good story, four year old calls 911, saves mother’s life and become a big sister.

Paging Algore, two feet of global warming to bury Gotham.

New Jersey is the new Arkansas, and does that make Chris Christie the new Mike Huckabee?

Keystone Kops, police receive call of bomb in school.   Find no bomb.  Raid house of man who neither planted bomb that did not exist, nor made the phone call.  Libtards mad swatting victim not arrested.

Bonnie and Clyde redux.

#SpoiledBratsLivesMatter.

 

davidl on January 25th, 2015

Al GoreI would suggest at Algore walk the walk on his so-called global warming, but Algore is too fat to walk the walk.   Well Algore, the feeling is mutual. So propose to settle for Algore waddling the waddle, from Breitbart:

A squadron of 1,700 private jets are rumbling into Davos, Switzerland, this week to discuss global warming and other issues as the annual World Economic Forum gets underway.

The influx of private jets is so great, the Swiss Armed Forces has been forced to open up a military air base for the first time ever to absorb all the super rich flying their private jets into the event, reports Newsweek.

“Decision-makers meeting in Davos must focus on ways to reduce climate risk while building more efficient, cleaner, and lower-carbon economies,” former Mexican president Felipe Calderon told USA Today.

Davos, which has become a playground of sorts for the global elite, is expected to feature at least 40 heads of state and 2,500 top business executives. Former Vice President-turned-carbon billionaire Al Gore and rapper Pharrell Williams will be there as well; each plans to discuss global warming and recycling respectively.

Until these self-proclaimed do gooders and faux expert start treating global warming, climate change, or whatever, like a problem instead of an excuse for an expensive lark in the park, there is no need, at all, to take these jokers seriously.

Hat tip: Darleen, Protein Wisdom.

davidl on January 23rd, 2015

Obama_Barack-chaiirAlternative title, the chickens come home to poop.

Follow this timeline, if you will.   In November, some unknown regime official referred to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “chickenshit.”    Now this same, or another, regime official is “offended because Netanyahu did not seek the regime’s blessing before accepting an invitation to address Congress, from Times of Israel:

In November the already faltering ties between the leaders were served a new blow when an anonymous US official was quoted calling Netanyahu a “chickenshit” in an article published by journalist Jeffrey Goldberg in the American magazine The Atlantic. The article portrayed the rift between the United States and Israel as a “full-blown crisis.”

Now:

The public spat between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government and US President Barack Obama’s administration escalated further Friday evening, with US officials reportedly charging that it will be “hard to trust” Netanyahu, following the fallout from the announcement Wednesday that the PM would address Congress in two months, a move he failed to coordinate with the White House.

Read more: ‘It will be hard to trust Netanyahu’ after latest bust-up, US officials reportedly say | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/it-will-be-hard-to-trust-netanyahu-after-latest-bust-up-us-officials-reportedly-say/#ixzz3Pgj7wQvP

Comprehend,  when I call you a chickenshit, it follows that I feel you don’t have the standing to meaningfully insult me.   Yet the one hand, the regime says that Netanyahu is an insignificant nothing, but on the other, they are offended by the same insignificant nothing.   Go figure.   The regime of the lame duck is now feeding on chickenshit.   Expect Bibi to keep the regime well feed.

Eric Florack on January 22nd, 2015

Being born and raised in western New York, I am no fan of the New England Patriots. I want that understood before you continue.

That having been said, I wonder how genuine this problem is of the deflating footballs. I know, for example, in my own experience that when you have a tire let’s say a truck tire, blown up to 100 psi, and you subjected to temperatures that are much colder than where it was blown up, you will get what’s commonly referred to as shrinkage. The pressure will go down rather substantially. That’s why you have cars with extremely low tires, many of them having gone flat entirely every time there’s a cold snap here in the Northeast.

So, with that in mind, I wonder why it is that nobody has thought to apply that to the situation currently ravaging the NFL? Have we lost all ability for critical thinking?

Blow a bunch of footballs up, in cold weather, and then wonder why the pressure inside them has gone down substantially?

That having been said, can we get off this nonsense and get on to something important?

Eric Florack on January 22nd, 2015

Being born and raised in western New York, I am no fan of the New England Patriots. I want that understood before you continue.

That having been said, I wonder how genuine this problem is of the deflating footballs. I know, for example, in my own experience that when you have a tire let’s say a truck tire, blown up to 100 psi, and you subjected to temperatures that are much colder than where it was blown up, you will get what’s commonly referred to as shrinkage. The pressure will go down rather substantially. That’s why you have cars with extremely low tires, many of them having gone flat entirely every time there’s a cold snap here in the Northeast.

So, with that in mind, I wonder why it is that nobody has thought to apply that to the situation currently ravaging the NFL? Have we lost all ability for critical thinking?

Blow a bunch of footballs up, in cold weather, and then wonder why the pressure inside them has gone down substantially?

That having been said, can we get off this nonsense and get on to something important?

Eric Florack on January 21st, 2015

The arguments for homosexual marriage has always been “discrimination”. To not allow them to marry is just take headed and discriminatory. David and I have argued over the years that such what open the flood gates to any form of coupling, calling it “marriage”.

David and I were both laughed off the planet as were the other people who made the same argument.

So, comes this story out of New Jersey where it is apparently legal to marry your own father.

FOX News – A teenager has revealed in an interview that she plans to marry her father and have children after dating for two years.

The unnamed 18-year-old revealed in an interview with New York Magazine her romantic relationship of almost two years with her biological father after being estranged from him for 12 years.

In the interview, the girl also said the two plan on having children as well.

The teenager said her father reached out to her on Facebook when she was in high school and soon after, she went to stay with him for a week.

After the week together, the 18-year-old said they had sex and were dating a short time later.

Said one respondent in an email to me, “I didn’t even know in incest in New Jersey was legal”. To which of course I responded “How else to explain the left leaning politics in New Jersey other than the several generations of inbreeding?”

In any event, this is as I said years ago the use of government to destroy instead of support the culture.

Can we say “I told you so”, now?