Sunday, March 1, 2015

Obama Opposes Netanyahu speech because he hates Israel

President Obama's National Security Advisor, told TV talk show host Charlie Rose that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech before Congress about Iran is "destructive" to the relationship between the United States and Israel.
What is going on? The National SecurityAdvisor is just that – an advisor. It is not a cabinet post, nor a position of authority. It is not an appointment that requires confirmation of Congress. The president picks this individual to serve as a staff advisor on national security affairs.
So who is Susan Rice to be hitting the media and defining the nature of relations between the United States and it's principle friend and ally in the Middle East – the only free nation in that part of the world?
In a new poll from Gallup, 70 percent of Americans express a favorable opinion of Israel, unchanged from where it stood same time last year. Gallup concludes that "the evident friction between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu" has not "affected how each is perceived in the US."
So why is Susan Rice, an unelected, unconfirmed, White House bureaucrat appearing in the media, defining the nature of relations between these two important free world allies? And doing so inaccurately?
To suggest, as Ms. Rice and others have, that somehow the prime minster's acceptance of this invitation to speak from House Speaker John Boehner is partisan, because Boehner is a Republican, is like saying that accepting an invitation from the president for a meeting in the White House is partisan because Barack Obama is a Democrat.
We are talking here about the functioning of the American government.
Last November the American people spoke and delivered decisive victories to Republicans, giving them control of both houses of congress. Americans said boldly and clearly that they want a different point of view than that of the White House controlling congress.
Public approval of President Obama's conducting of foreign affairs has dropped precipitously since the beginning of his presidency. In early 2009, approval of the President's handling of foreign affairs, according to Gallup, was 59 percent. The latest poll puts it at 36 percent.
And, in a new Pew Research Center poll, 48 percent say Republicans do a better job on foreign policy issues compared to 35 percent that prefer Democrats.
So the logic and reasonableness of John Boehner's invitation to the Israeli Prime Minister is clear as a bell.
Couple all this with the issue on the table, the agreement being negotiated with Iran regarding its nuclear capability, that is very complicated and very risky – that the Israeli PM thinks is a bad deal - makes it all the sense in the world for the American people to get another well-informed opinion.
Secretary of State Kerry just testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee saying that "Israel is safer today…." because of the deals this administration is cutting with Iran that Netanyahu opposes.
Can John Kerry really be serious that he knows better what makes Israel safe than Israel's own Prime Minister?"
The President has a bully pulpit waiting for him whenever he wants to use it to explain to the American people why he doesn't want Benjamin Netanyahu to give this speech.
Instead of shooting straight with us, the president is sending out his foot soldiers, his proxies, Democrats in Congress, including the black Caucus, to do his business for him, with flimsy explanations.
What's up with our President? And what's up with the press? Why aren't they asking penetrating questions?
All of us recall as students reading about the tragedies in history and asking how they could have happened, why they weren't prevented.
We should hear the Israeli Prime Minster's concerns.
And our president, himself, should tell the American people why he so opposes this very sensible speech.

Gas prices soaring across America

Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest.
Average retail gas prices in the state have surged 25 cents a gallon in less than a week, from $2.98 per gallon for regular on Monday to $3.23 per gallon on Friday. That caps a run that saw the price of regular unleaded go up 60 cents per gallon since Jan. 30 as refineries prepare to shift to a summer blend of fuels.
In some areas of Southern California, gas station owners were forced to pass price hikes of 24 cents per gallon along to consumers on Thursday after seeing wholesale prices shoot up. Prices in Northern California lagged a day, but by Friday were also rising; an independent operator with a chain of gas stations around the San Francisco Bay area boosted prices 20 cents a gallon for regular on Friday, to $3.19.

Jeb Bush and liberal media

not? At least that’s what the big media seem to think.
Here’s David Frum, presenting a forward-looking, decent and thoughtful Jeb Bush via the eminent Atlantic:
Both Jeb Bush and Barack Obama are men who have openly and publicly struggled with their ambivalence about their family inheritance. Both responded by leaving the place of their youth to create new identities for themselves: Barack Obama, as an organizer in the poor African-American neighborhoods of Chicago; Jeb Bush in Mexico, Venezuela, and at last in Cuban-influenced Miami. Both are men who have talked a great deal about the feeling of being “between two worlds”: Obama, in his famous autobiography; Bush, in his speeches. Both chose wives who would more deeply connect them to their new chosen identity. Both derived from their new identity a sharp critique of their nation as it is. Both have built their campaign for president upon a deep commitment to fundamental transformation of their nation into what they believe it should be.
Frum, selling the old patriotic snake oil, is identified in the article as a “senior editor at The Atlantic.” Does that name ring a bell?

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Mark Levin Fiers Up CPAC

Saturday at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference, nationally syndicated conservative talk show host Mark Levin gave an rousing speech hitting on the topics of Obama’s executive overreach, immigration and the threat of ISIS.
Levin opened by quoting the early American patriot, Thomas Paine saying, “These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”
Speaking directly to the president, Levin said,  “Let me say this to you Mr Obama, you may have a pen and you may have a phone, no doubt an Obama phone, but we have the constitution of the United States. And we, not you, we own that constitution, we own this country, and you Mr Obama do not have any legitimate authority to fundamentally transform what does not belong to you.”
On immigration, he added, “We are not a nation of immigrants we are a nation of citizens. A nation immigrants who have become citizens. We are a nation of citizens and I’m sick and tired of the American citizen being demeaned and treated as a second class citizens while anyone who crosses the border is treated as the most virtuous human being on the face of the earth.”
Levin also criticized Jeb Bush, saying the only dynasty he liked was “Duck Dynasty,” and ended his speech saying, “I end with two words, kill ISIS.”

Lois Lerner IRS emails could be a smoking gun

By Emily Stephenson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The discovery of a trove of thousands of emails reinvigorated a long-running inquiry by U.S. House of Representatives Republicans into the Internal Revenue Service's handling of tax-exempt conservative political groups. 
U.S. officials told lawmakers late on Thursday that investigators had found 32,774 emails linked to former IRS official Lois Lerner, a key figure in a scandal that broke in 2013. But the emails' importance was still unclear.
More than a year-and-a-half ago, Republicans accused the IRS of unfairly treating conservative groups in reviewing their applications for tax-exempt status. Congressional investigators quickly focused on Lerner, who led the IRS tax-exempt unit.
Lerner, who resigned from the tax agency, refused to testify to a congressional committee about the affair. Republicans voted last May to hold her in contempt of Congress.
In June, the IRS said that some of Lerner's emails had been lost in a computer hard-drive failure. The U.S. Justice Department said it was investigating.
At a congressional hearing on Thursday evening, Timothy Camus, a Treasury deputy inspector general for tax, told lawmakers that it was not clear whether any of the new trove of emails recovered by his group contained new information.
Camus did not describe the content of the emails, which were located on backup tapes at a West Virginia facility. He said investigators are trying to determine whether additional backup tapes exist that may contain more of Lerner's emails.
Republicans seized on the discovery as evidence that the IRS, which declared the emails missing last year, has been lax in cooperating with the congressional probe.
"I've got to tell you, we have been patient, we have asked, we have issued subpoenas, we have held hearings," said Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican who leads the House Oversight Committee.
"It's just shocking to me that you start (looking), two weeks later you're able to find the emails," he told Camus, referring to the Treasury inspector general's office locating the emails after the IRS said it could not find them. The IRS is part of the Treasury Department.