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Turkey to Make Dramatic Foreign Policy Move as Russia Rises

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Turkey used to be a reliable NATO member and ally of Israel. But the Islamist government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking Turkey far away from all of that. Turkey prolonged the Iraq war by not allowing US troops to move in through Turkish territory or use Turkish bases. Turkey has also agitated against Israel and in favor of the Palestinians over the past few years.

Today, one of Erdogan’s closest advisers is signalling that the West is about to lose one of its most strategic allies.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s chief economic advisor Yiğit Bulut has claimed that Turkey will no longer need Europe, stating that the “new West” solely comprises the US.

Bulut maintained that under the new world order, Europe will no longer be a relevant power, predicting that Turkey will cut off its relations with Europe at once.

According to Erdoğan’s aide, the new world will be shaped by the US and the axes of Turkey-Russia-Eurasia-the Middle East and China-India-Iran.

Get that? Turkey is switching sides.

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What’s Hillary Clinton’s Great Achievement as Secretary of State? MSNBC: Gwarble Gwarble Gwarble

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Bill Kristol, you mischievous hooligan you. Kristol appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today and asked a straightforward question: What makes Hillary Clinton so qualified to be president? Specifically, what did she achieve as Secretary of State that earned her the White House.

And…none of the liberals on the panel has an answer. So they toss to Democrat apologist Chuck Todd, and the best he can come up with is that she isn’t John Kerry, or something.

Benghazi comes up at the end, before one of the panelists touts Clinton’s ability to park herself in airplanes to fly around the world on the taxpayer’s dime. Impressive!

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For what it’s worth, no one on the panel managed to make the most obvious point. While it’s nice that such a debate occurred, and it’s nice that someone even on the left is thinking about qualifications for the presidency, the very idea that one needs actual qualifications before becoming president went out the window with Barack Obama. He admitted that he wasn’t even qualified to run, then he ran, and he won. Twice. His wins strongly suggest that a majority of voters don’t even glance at candidate résumés anymore, and neither does the media. Hillary Clinton’s lack of achievement in any field won’t hurt her. Her coldness and inability to connect will, though.

h/t Grabien and Ace

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IRS Emails on Tea Party Group: “Our Hot Topic”

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 - by J. Christian Adams

The document dump of IRS emails about Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) contains some very interesting items.  One is how eager IRS officials seemed to be to help Cummings in his crusade against the election integrity group True the Vote.  IRS officials referred to the Cummings meddling as synonymous with “our hot topic.”  Logan Churchwell posts the emails.

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After this request, the tax agency that has trouble answering its own phones, snapped into action. Lois Lerner badgered Holly Paz to get Cummings what he wanted.  Paz promised quick results, “ASAP.”

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After this Friday, January 25 email, Lerner badgered Paz on Monday whether Cummings got his IRS care package about the Texas Tea Party group.  When Paz told her the package hadn’t been delivered yet, Lerner snapped – “thanks, check tomorrow please.”

 

 

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All of the urgency came from officials in an IRS unit which sat on Tea Party 501(c)(3) applications for years.

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Desperate Democrats Sign Letter Urging Obama to Approve the Keystone

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

It’s a Hail Mary

Nearly a dozen Senate Democrats, including five up for re-election this year, are pressing President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and they say they want a decision by the end of next month.

Most Republicans support the pipeline, but the 11 Democrats who wrote a letter to Mr. Obama urging him to approve the project deliberately made it a one party-effort. While a set of bipartisan signatures can be a powerful thing in the art of Washington letter-writing, these lawmakers clearly want to accentuate the pressure Mr. Obama faces from his own party on this issue.

“It’s really to turn up the pressure on the president,” said a Senate Democratic aide on the condition of anonymity. “We know where the Republicans are on this issue.”

Democratic Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mark Warner of Virginia, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska, who all face tight races this November, signed the letter, which urges Mr. Obama to put in place an explicit timeline to decide on the project and to make a final decision by May 31. The party’s quest to keep control of the Senate could hinge on the races of these five Democrats, who have previously expressed support for the project. Many of them come from fossil-fuel rich states.

I have to be honest: The way I’m reading the electorate this year, four of those senators are probably toast. Warner is the only one who stands in a strong position and is running in a bluish state. Hagan and Pryor are already polling behind their opponents and they’re in red states. Landrieu has been in a downward spiral but is still hanging on. Once she faces the actual GOP nominee, her trouble begins. Louisiana has changed dramatically under her feet. Begich fell behind last month.

Still, it’s nice to see some Democrats track right for a change. The vast majority of the American people support the Keystone, but President Obama is showing his radical left roots in standing in the way. Odds are, he relents closer to the election, to give vulnerable Democrats a positive talking point.

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Do They Really ‘Regret the Error?’

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Erik Wemple at the WaPo noticed a curious thing: From the New York Times to Talking Points Memo and beyond, media outlets took a Sen. Mitch McConnell quote about one thing, and turned it into a quote about another thing — and that error just happened to help Democrats.

When the New York Times issues a correction, the New York Times issues a correction. The text attached to this Tuesday story by New York Times reporter Jonathan Weisman is unequivocal. A mistake had occurred, it reported, in characterizing some quotes by Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Here’s how the Times correction reads:

Correction: April 9, 2014

An earlier version of this article misidentified the target of criticism by Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, as the Senate prepared to vote on legislation meant to close the pay gap between men and women. When he referred to “the left’s latest bizarre obsession,” he was criticizing Democrats’ attacks on David H. and Charles G. Koch, conservative billionaires whose political organizations have spent more than $30 million on ads so far to help Republicans win control of the Senate. He was not referring to the pay-equity issue.

That’s just one sample of a flurry of corrective — and somewhat less corrective — steps taken by news organizations over this very issue. At 1:40 p.m. yesterday, Sahil Kapur of TPM published a piece on this very matter, one that prompted a lot of aggregation around the Internet. It carries this note at bottom, which leaves room for more interpretation than does the New York Times’s treatment:

Clarification: This article initially attributed McConnell’s remarks to Democrats’ push on pay equity. His office contends that they were in reference to Reid’s comments about the Koch brothers. Reid discussed both pay equity and the Kochs in the floor speech McConnell was referring to.

And on and on.

I’ve been doing this too long to believe the media on much of anything anymore. They keep making the same smeary “errors” over and over again, and only issue corrections when they have no other choice. They “regret the error” until they make an identical error at some point in the not too distant future.

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Open Thread: Some Businesses Offering Freebies To Ease The Pain Of Tax Day

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

A little bit of kindness

They’re going to be updating this list until next week so keep checking.

If I ever acquire a liquor company, I promise a free bottle of whatever I’m selling every April 15th. If there’s any inventory left after I have to pay, that is.

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Another $30 Million In Stimulus Money Down The Failed Green Company Drain

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Lather. Fail. Repeat.

Critics of Democrats calling for additional subsidies for electric vehicles are pointing to the financial troubles of one stimulus-backed car producer that just announced it is closing its U.S. plant.

Missouri-based Smith Electric Vehicles said this week that it is suspending operations in the United States due to a “tight cash-flow situation.”

Its financial troubles came despite nearly $30 million in funds from the Department of Energy (DOE) granted to the company through President Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus package.

“You’re setting a model for what we need to be across this country,” Obama said when he visited Smith’s Kansas City production facilities in 2010.

“You’re doing more than just building new vehicles,” Obama said. “You are helping to fight our way through a vicious recession and you are building the economy of America’s future.”

In the minds of the politicians who support these taxpayer funded greendoggles, these businesses should work simply because they want them to work. The Democrats are the anti-economics and anti-real world party and just can’t factor in the presence of reality to any of their legislative lunacy. If you’re propping an industry that has no firm foundation, you’re going to have to continue to do so (not that I want to give them any ideas) indefinitely or market realities show up.

“We didn’t see value in continuing to build a small number of vehicles at the price point we were,” said Hansel, who noted that despite federal support the company was manufacturing vehicles at a loss.

Of course when things like price points and production costs are mentioned, the average Democrat legislator-and especially this president-don’t understand a single word.

Because hey-free money, right?

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The ‘Paycheck Fairness Act’ Isn’t About Paychecks Or Fairness

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

It’s about control.

Republican lawmakers have said that given existing anti-discrimination laws, the legislation is redundant and is a transparent attempt by Democrats to distract from President Obama’s much-criticized health care law.

Supporters of the bill, called the Paycheck Fairness Act, say it would bring transparency to worker pay by making it illegal for employers to penalize employees who discuss their salaries and by requiring the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to collect pay information from employers.

I don’t say this often (and yes, I’ve checked my temperature-no fever) but kudos to the Senate Republicans for not chasing this ridiculous squirrel from the Dem emo-panderers.

This piece of ridiculousness does nothing but put yet another suffocating layer of redundant regulation and do nothing to shrink the largely mythological gender pay gap.

Every time a Democrat starts belching talking points about income inequality a Republican should counter with, “Are you worried about that now because everyone has to pay twice as much for health insurance thanks to you?”

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Lois Lerner Wanted to Work for Obama’s Activist Army, OFA

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Check this out.

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That’s one of the emails that the House Oversight Committee released today. It lays Lois Lerner’s politics out pretty plain, dontcha think?

At the same time, she was also trying to find a way to deny Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS group tax-exempt status.

Lois Lerner needs to be compelled to testify, and a special counsel has to be appointed to investigate Cummings — and whether any other Democrats were involved.

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Bombshell: Emails Show Democrat on Oversight Committee was Working With Lois Lerner to Target True the Vote (Update: Engelbrecht Reacts)

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Emails released today by the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee show that Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) has some explaining to do. The emails show that Cummings and the IRS were asking for nearly identical information from election integrity watchdog True the Vote. Further, the emails show communication as Lerner was feeding information to Cummings and his staff.

The communication occurred in 2012, before the public was ever aware of the ongoing and widespread IRS abuse of Tea Party and conservative groups. In a press release detailing the newly delivered emails, committee Chairman Darrell Issa asks Cummings to answer for himself.

“Although you have previously denied that your staff made inquiries to the IRS about conservative organization True the Vote that may have led to additional agency scrutiny, communication records between your staff and IRS officials – which you did not disclose to Majority Members or staff – indicates otherwise,” wrote the Chairman and five Subcommittee Chairmen of the Oversight Committee.  “As the Committee is scheduled to consider a resolution holding Ms. Lerner, a participant in responding to your communications that you failed to disclose, in contempt of Congress, you have an obligation to fully explain your staff’s undisclosed contacts with the IRS.”

Cummings has stonewalled the investigation throughout, while President Obama has claimed that there wasn’t even a “smidgen of corruption” in it.

The communication between Lerner and Cummings and his staff shows that the IRS and Cummings made numerous requests for virtually identical information from True the Vote, the Houston-based group dedicated to improving election integrity and rooting out election fraud. That Cummings and the IRS sought nearly identical information raises the strong probability of collusion between the government agency and the Democrats on the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee.

  • Five days after Cummings contacted True the Vote seeking “copies of all training materials used for volunteers, affiliates, or other entities,” the IRS sent True the Vote a letter requesting True the Vote provide “a copy of [True the Vote’s] volunteer registration form,” “…the process you use to assign volunteers,” “how you keep your volunteers in teams,” and “how your volunteers are deployed … following the training they receive by you.”
  • On or before January 25, 2013, Cummings’ staff requested more information from the IRS about True the Vote.  The head of the IRS Legislative Affairs office e-mailed several IRS officials, including former Exempt Organizations Director Lois Lerner, that “House Oversight Committee Minority staff” sought information about True the Vote.  On Monday, January 28, Lerner wrote to her deputy Holly Paz: “Did we find anything?”  When Paz informed her minutes later that she had not heard back about True the Vote’s information, Lerner replied: “thanks – check tomorrow please.”
  • On January 31, 2013, Paz attached True the Vote’s form 990s, which she authorized the IRS to share with the Minority staff.  Neither Cummings nor the IRS shared these requested documents with the Oversight Majority.  None of the Minority’s communications about True the Vote with the IRS were shared with the Committee Majority even though Ranking Member Cummings frequently complains about the Committee Majority contacting individuals on official matters without the involvement of Minority staff.
  • Cummings denied that his staff, “might have been involved in putting True the Vote on the radar screen of some of these Federal agencies” at a February 6, 2014, Subcommittee hearing:

Ms. Mitchell:                      We want to get to the bottom of how these coincidences happened, and we’re going to try to figure out whether any – if there was any staff of this committee that might have been involved in putting True the Vote on the radar screen of some of these Federal agencies.  We don’t know that, but we – we’re going to do everything we can do to try to get to the bottom of how did this all happen.

Mr. Cummings.                 Will the gentleman yield?

Mr. Meadows.                                Yes.

Mr. Cummings.                 I want to thank the gentleman for his courtesy.  What she just said is absolutely incorrect and not true.

Did Rep. Cummings lie during the committee hearings?

Update: True the Vote president Catherine Engelbrecht reacts in a press statement:

“Elijah Cummings has blocked the IRS abuse investigation all along. We now see clearly that two branches of government have colluded to target and silence private citizens.

“America has come to a tipping point,” Engelbrecht said. “No more lies. No more cover-ups. No more collusion. Enough is enough. Finally, we have a chance for the rule of law to be re-established, thanks to the bold efforts of Chairman Issa and Rep. Jordan.”

Engelbrecht added, “We filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Cummings in February. Today we’re amending that filing to include this latest revelation. As I have said in my testimony before Congress; I will not retreat, I will not surrender, I will not be intimidated. I will not ask Rep. Cummings, Lois Lerner, Barack Obama, or anyone else, for permission to exercise my constitutional rights.”

 

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I Guess I’m Supposed to Care About Another Stupid Rolling Stone Cover

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Rolling Stone’s next issue — which hardly anyone will read — has Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the cover. She’s naked long past her Seinfeld days and has a big mistake tattooed on her photoshopped back. If that’s even her back.

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The big mistake is the text. It’s neither the US Constitution nor the Declaration of Independence. It begins as the Constitution, but ends with John Hancock’s flamboyant signature. But Hancock didn’t sign the Constitution. He signed the Declaration, and that’s where his famous sig became famous. In case you flunked history, as RS‘ editors and the “First Lady of Comedy” evidently did, lemme catch you up: The Constitution and the Declaration are not the same thing.

And Idiocracy wasn’t supposed to be a documentary. Way to go, Rolling Stone.

As for JLD, she’s now achieved the same status as the Boston bomber. She should be so proud…

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Kickstarter Bullied Conservatives, Too

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Kirsten Powers’ USA Today column today is a must-read:

Kickstarter, the nation’s biggest crowd-funding site,refused to accept a film about convicted abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell unless descriptions of his crimes were removed.

After producers Phelim McAleer and his wife, Ann McElhinney, complained publicly, embarrassed Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler claimed on Twitter that the allegation was false. Strickler released an e-mail accepting the Gosnell film, but failed to mention that it was accepted only after the filmmakers withdrew in frustration. The producers released e-mails from Kickstarter demanding that references to stabbing babies and “similar language” be removed. The “acceptance letter” came March 28, the day after the producers withdrew their proposal.

Kickstarter explained its reasoning for blocking the movie by writing, “We understand your convictions … however … our Community Guidelines outline that we encourage and enforce a culture of respect and consideration, and we ask that that language specifically be modified.”

Somehow, making a movie recounting the crimes of a convicted abortion doctor is disrespectful and inconsiderate. Kickstarter would only speak off the record, but its explanations were dissembling and contradictory. That might be because Kickstarter’s standards aren’t exactly rigorously enforced. An album titled Incest is the Highest Form of Flattery was fine. The movie Die Sluts Die telling “the story of … sex crazed friends … murdered in unusual and creative ways,” ditto.

Read the rest.

Progressives censor and bully conservatives in the name of tolerance or whatever other weapon happens to be at hand, then lie about it. Sun rises in the east, sets in the west.

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‘Praise Jesus!’ MSNBC Gets Religious Over Obama’s ‘Equal Pay’ Gig

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

I’ve often described MSNBC as a religious broadcaster. It doesn’t do news, it doesn’t allow any fact to challenge its dogma. It just sings hymns and broadcasts sermons to worship its god.

Mika Brzezinski attended President Obama’s “Equal Pay Day” event Tuesday. She was enraptured.

SCARBOROUGH: “Speaking of women, yesterday, big event at the White House. You were there along with Valerie. And a lot of other people. And of course, the president. Tell us about the event.”

BRZEZINSKI: “So this is the east room of the White House. And it was sort of like a church revival. I’m telling you, every time the president made a comment about why women should be paid equally to men. Equal pay for equal work, talking about the same jobs. You’d hear like ‘okay.’ Clapping, and almost like ‘praise Jesus.’ It was fun.”

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Caption Contest: Hillary’s New Book Needs A Title

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Myra Adams
Credit: Drudge Report

Credit: Drudge Report

Drudge has posted our contest image and is reporting:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new book on her time as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state will be released on June 10, her publisher says. Publisher Simon & Schuster said Wednesday that Clinton would share “candid reflections about key moments during her time as Secretary of State as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century.” The book’s title and jacket design have not yet been released; the publishing date was released by the publisher on a website for the book: http://www.hillaryclintonmemoir.com/

STOP RIGHT THERE!

As I have indicated in bold, the book’s title has not yet been released. That means PJM readers have a unique opportunity to name her book. BUT, because of the passionate feelings many of you have towards Mrs. Clinton, please remember that this is a “family” website.

To start things off here is my title:

I Am Not A Rhymes With Rich

Have fun and be clever but NOT too mean.

 

 

 

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Eric Holder Suggests that Racism is Behind Republicans’ Tough Questioning Of Him

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Attorney General Eric “My people” Holder went to speak at racist Al Sharpton’s National Action Network event today, and to the shock of no one, he played the race card.

Before Sharpton was a power broker in the Democratic Party and a host on MSNBC, he rose to power by instigating violent race riots.

Holder said, “I am pleased to note that the last five years have been defined by significant strides, and by lasting reforms. Even in the face…even in the face…of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity.”

The audience applauded.

Holder continued: “Forget about me. You look at the way the Attorney General of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee. Had nothing to do with me. Forget that. What attorney general has ever had that kind of treatment?”

Holder is referring to his exchange with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX). Gohmert and other Republicans were trying to pin down when Holder’s Department of Justice would fulfill a promise that Holder had made to deliver documents. Holder refused to answer forthrightly. Gohmert called him out, to which Holder replied “You don’t want to go there, buddy!”

Holder continued: “What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”

The audience applauded all of Holder’s claims.

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Hey Look! CNN Is Covering the Leland Yee Scandal!

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

The incredible scandal of CA state Sen. Leland Yee, Democrat, broke on March 27. The story had just about everything from a hypocritical politician to a Russian arms dealer to Islamic terrorists, a guy named “Shrimp Boy” and even a massage parlor scene. It’s basically Sleeping Dogs II: Sacramento Boogaloo. Yet CNN declined to cover it (as did most of the national media).

Some bloggers tried to get CNN to explain itself, and CNN replied that Yee is a mere state senator. Beneath the network’s gaze.

Problem with that argument: CNN has produced many stories about another state senator, Democrat Wendy Davis. That was back on April 1.

Here we are at April 9, and CNN has finally decided that Yee is worth a story. But get a look at how CNN packs its story with excuses for his alleged crimes. This is CNN’s lead.

First, the ambitious California state senator had to fund his 2011 race for mayor of San Francisco. When he came in fifth, he was stuck with $70,000 in campaign debt that he had to retire before he could mount his next run, for secretary of state — a costly statewide venture.

And that’s how prosecutors say Yee ended up sitting across from an undercover federal agent in a coffee shop in early March, brokering what he was told was a $2 million arms deal that would include the purchase of shoulder-fired missiles from Islamic rebels in the Philippines.

“Do I think we can make some money? I think we can make some money,” Yee told the agent in a conversation recounted in a 137-page arrest affidavit. “Do I think we can get the goods? I think we can get the goods.”

Shorter CNN: Campaign finance laws turned Yee to the Chinese mob and gun-running.

CNN doesn’t get around to identifying Yee’s party affiliation until the fourth paragraph, and even then, they modify it with “veteran” to give him a bit more gravitas.

You can’t make this stuff up.

You can’t make up Willie Brown’s defense of Yee, either.

“That’s why it’s such a shock to me,” said Brown, who once endorsed and later fired the aspiring politico. From a “practical, intellectual standpoint,” he said, “You don’t bribe or you don’t launder money or you don’t do things with people who can’t deliver on public policy.”

He sounds like he’s speaking from direct experience.

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OkCupid’s Sam Yagan Breaks His Silence

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

OkCupid and its co-founder Sam Yagan have gone silent on Twitter ever since they succeeded in getting Brendan Eich ousted from Mozilla. In the week since then, we and others have taken a look at OkCupid’s board members’ political donations. It turns out that Yagan himself donated to Republican Rep. Chris Cannon of Utah. Cannon had consistently voted against gay marriage at the time — as had most members of Congress, in both parties. Support for gay marriage is a relatively recent development, so recent that President Barack Obama didn’t even evolve on the issue until 2012, at a time when he needed to shore up his party’s leftwing base so that could be re-elected. In 2008, when Obama sought a broader electoral coalition and wanted to present himself as a moderate, he clearly told Pastor Rick Warren that he opposed gay marriage.

Yagan had donated money to Obama and the Democrats as well, both of which were opposed to gay marriage at the time he made the donations.

Yagan has broken his silence, in a statement that he emailed to the Huffington Post. He claims ignorance over the Cannon donation.

A decade ago, I made a contribution to Representative Chris Cannon because he was the ranking Republican on the House subcommittee that oversaw the Internet and Intellectual Property, matters important to my business and our industry. I accept responsibility for not knowing where he stood on gay rights in particular; I unequivocally support marriage equality and I would not make that contribution again today. However, a contribution made to a candidate with views on hundreds of issues has no equivalence to a contribution supporting Prop 8, a single issue that has no purpose other than to affirmatively prohibit gay marriage, which I believe is a basic civil right.

Yagan remains unapologetic about harassing a man out of a job because that man held a majority view a few years ago, and a view that still commands around half support in polls, and still wins outright when put to a vote, and has been around for thousands of years. Yagan remains unapologetic about launching a lynch mob action.

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MSNBC Hack Brzezinsky: Republican Women are Just ‘Hostages’

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Proof that Republicans will never ever get a fair shake on MSNBC. On Tuesday, President Obama launched his dishonest “Equal Pay Day” play despite the fact that his own White House doesn’t pay women and men equally. Obama’s move forced the Republicans to respond, which is why he made the move in the first place, and it was only natural that elected Republican women would lead the charge. They see the cynicism and hypocrisy of a White House that is so desperate that it will exploit women and try making victims of them.

On Morning Joe today, they played a sequence of those women speaking out against Obama. These are women who hold elected positions in Congress. Mika Brzezinsky, given a network job because she is the daughter of a famous Democrat, calls those independently elected Republican women “hostages.”

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Brandeis University Rescinds Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Honorary Degree Because She Criticized Islam

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

The students, faculty and staff of Brandeis University have submitted themselves to dhimmitude.

Brandeis University in Massachusetts announced Tuesday that it had withdrawn the planned awarding of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a staunch critic of Islam and its treatment of women, after protests from students and faculty.

The university said in a statement posted online that the decision had been made after a discussion between Ali and university President Frederick Lawrence.

“She is a compelling public figure and advocate for women’s rights, and we respect and appreciate her work to protect and defend the rights of women and girls throughout the world,” said the university’s statement. “That said, we cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.”

Ali, a member of the Dutch Parliament from 2003 to 2006, has been quoted as making comments critical of Islam. That includes a 2007 interview with Reason Magazine in which she said of the religion, “Once it’s defeated, it can mutate into something peaceful. It’s very difficult to even talk about peace now. They’re not interested in peace. I think that we are at war with Islam. And there’s no middle ground in wars.”

Ali knows well of what she speaks. She was raised Muslim in Somalia, survived female genital mutilation, escaped Somalia’s civil war and became a member of the Dutch parliament. But Islam followed her, and credibly threatened her life. She and Theo Van Gogh produced a short film critical of Islam’s treatment of women, called Submission. A Muslim murdered Van Goch on an Amsterdam street in 2004. His killer used a knife to pin a note to Van Gogh’s body, and in that note he threatened Ali.

The threats became too much, and Ali was once again forced to move, this time to the United States.

So she knows very well what she is criticizing and why she criticizes it. Shame on Brandeis. The university probably thinks it is making a statement for tolerance, but in rescinding Ali’s honor, it is making a very different statement.

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Democrat Kathleen Kane Needs to Name Names — Or Fess Up to Lying

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane, Democrat, scuttled a major corruption investigation soon after she took office. That investigation had snared a handful of Democrat officeholders accepting bribes. Kane smeared the investigation, claiming it was racist. When the Philly Inquirer reported on her actions, Kane pulled a Wendy Davis move and threatened to sue the newspaper. That threat is still in play.

Kane has added to her racism smear, claiming that federal investigators had concluded that the investigation was too weak to prosecute. She and her staff even gamed the situation by prepping a case file for a Republican to review, a case file apparently stacked to make the case look impossible to prosecute.

Now Kane is being called out on claiming that prosecutors believed that the case was too weak, too. This is another Inquirer story; perhaps Kane will add it to the lawsuit she is threatening to bring against the paper.

Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia never deemed a sting operation that targeted public corruption as too weak to prosecute, according to District Attorney Seth Williams and law enforcement sources familiar with the brief federal review of the investigation.

The sources and Williams say the prosecutors never came to a judgment about the investigation one way or another before the state attorney general asked them to halt their review.

Their statements echo a declaration by the Philadelphia office of the FBI, which said it made no judgment about whether the case was suitable for prosecution.

Kane’s response: “Did too!” But she hasn’t named a single name.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has said “federal authorities” endorsed her view that the sting was fatally damaged. She has declined to identity the federal officials involved, saying they had asked for anonymity.

Much more at the link. The Inquirer contacted many of the officials who would have made the judgement that Kane is claiming, and none of them agree with her at all.

Kane will have to name a name. But it’s likely that there is no name to name. All the available evidence strongly suggests that Kane killed the investigation for purely partisan reasons. The investigation targeted Republicans and Democrats, but only Democrats were caught on tape accepting the bribes. The process of prosecuting them could damage the Democrat Party in Pennsylvania for years to come, turning a swing state at least a light shade of red. Kane could have mitigated that damage by standing up for the rule of law, and presiding over a fair prosecution of her fellow Democrats. But that isn’t the choice that Kane has made.

h/t First Street Journal

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Media Hacks Who Have Never Voted Republican Continue To Tout Jeb Bush For 2016

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Drivel, drivel, toil and snivel

Two months ago, I predicted that Jeb Bush would be the Republican nominee for president in 2016. The case was simple. With Chris Christie’s nascent presidential campaign fatally imploding and the rest of the GOP field too weak to stop the Hillary Clinton juggernaut, a panicked Republican establishment was bound to turn to a known, safe, and relatively centrist quantity to serve as its standard bearer.

There are many more words in the article but that first paragraph was all that he really wanted to say:

Real conservative candidates weak, Hillary JUGGERNAUT!”

“Juggernaut” in this case actually means, “The Democrats have a pathetically weak bench”. Elizabeth Warren does have supporters on that side of the aisle and still may be a candidate but beyond those two…they’ve got nothing. Sure, Crazy Joe the Wonder Veep could make things interesting in a “dog trying to lick peanut butter off the roof of his mouth” kind of way for a few months but nobody outside of his head takes him seriously.

So they have to work overtime to establish that Hillary is THE STRONGEST CANDIDATE EVER AND SUPER INEVITABLE.

Just like she was in 2008.

The “moderates are the GOP’s only hope” argument is made by both the Democrats in the media and the old guard in the Republican party, which is yet another reason not to trust them.

I have no hope that the old guard will finally learn not to listen to what the media is telling them what’s best but I do think there might be enough voters who are grasping that it’s a bad idea.

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Cheerleading for Obama ‘Commonplace’ In the IRS

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Drudge is fronting this shocking Washington Times story about the Internal Revenue Service.

Even as the IRS faces growing heat over Lois G. Lerner and the tea party targeting scandal, a government watchdog said Wednesday it’s pursuing cases against three other tax agency employees and offices suspected of illegal political activity in support of President Obama and fellow Democrats.

In one case the Office of Special Counsel, which investigates federal employees who conduct politics on government time, said it was “commonplace” in a Dallas IRS office for employees to have pro-Obama screensavers on their computers, and to have campaign-style buttons and stickers at their office.

Another IRS employee in Kentucky has agreed to serve a 14-day suspension for blasting Republicans in a conversation with a taxpayer.

“They’re going to take women back 40 years,” the IRS employee said in a conversation that was recorded. The employee also said that “if you vote for a Republican, the rich are going to get richer and the poor are going to get poorer.”

That employee went on to tell the taxpayer she knew she wasn’t supposed to be voicing her political opinions, and asked the taxpayer not to say anything.

More at the link.

I used to see and hear some of this sort of thing when I worked at NASA, but in those cases nearly all of the workers involved were contractors, and NASA is a very different animal from the IRS. You’d see a sea of Howard Dean stickers on the cars in the parking lot outside some agency buildings, you’d hear the occasional political diatribe against Republicans by high-ranking officials now and then, and James Hansen’s constant politicking from his agency perch speaks for itself. But within NASA you could at least debate things, and NASA cannot ruin people’s lives the way that the IRS can.

That the IRS has apparently morphed into another arm of the Democratic National Committee is dangerous and deeply depressing. It suggests that while Lois Lerner probably was working with Obama administration officials above her in the food chain, she and many many other agency officials may not have even needed specific orders to act upon. They knew what to do, and more importantly, they knew that the Obama administration was extremely unlikely to punish them.

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SecState Kerry Blames Collapse of ‘Peace Process’ on Israel

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

The Palestinians elected terrorist group Hamas to lead them. That group espouses the total destruction of Israel. Palestinians teach their children to hate and want to kill Jews. Hamas and Hizballah regularly stage deliberate attacks on Israeli civilian targets. The Palestinians do not truly believe in a “two state solution,” they believe in a one state solution that does not include the continued existence of Israel.

Yet to Secretary of State John Kerry, none of that matters as much as a few Israeli gestures.

“Both sides wound out in a position of unhelpful moves,” Kerry said at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, delineating what he said led to the current impasse.

“The prisoners were not released by Israel on the day they were supposed to be released and then another day passed and another day, and then 700 units were approved in Jerusalem and then poof — that was sort of the moment,” Kerry said.

The secretary of state was referring to the planned fourth release of Palestinian security prisoners, which was originally slated for March 29. Israel did not proceed with the release on time, with Jerusalem saying that it was delayed because the Palestinian Authority had demanded that Israeli Arabs be among those freed and was unwilling to commit to extend peace talks beyond their April 29 deadline.

On April 1, the Israel Lands Authority reissued a call for tenders for 708 homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo, which is located beyond the 1967 lines and was annexed by Israel.

Later that same day, PA President Mahmoud Abbas signed 15 letters of accession to multilateral treaties and conventions, in what Israel said was a clear breach of Ramallah’s commitment not to take unilateral steps to advance their statehood bid so long as the talks were ongoing.

The Palestinians repeatedly broke their word, as they always do. The most that Kerry could say about that, about the PA’s open defiance on statehood, was that it was “unhelpful.”

There isn’t a whole lot that one can say to someone like Kerry. Sen. John McCain scolded him in that hearing, but it’s very unlikely that Kerry learned anything. If he doesn’t have a clue by now — and he doesn’t — it’s unlikely that he ever will. But he’s only a symptom of the problem. The Democrats as a whole have mostly turned against Israel, or at least see it as being on the same moral plane as Hamas. The average American voter doesn’t pay enough attention to foreign policy to realize the danger of electing any Democrat administration. The “free stuff” coalition has the upper hand in that party.

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Medicare Report: 2% Of The Doctors Getting 25% Of The Payouts

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

So this is why they kept those numbers quiet for so long.

A tiny fraction of the 880,000 doctors and other health care providers who take Medicare accounted for nearly a quarter of the roughly $77 billion paid out to them under the federal program, receiving millions of dollars each in some cases in a single year, according to the most detailed data ever released in Medicare’s nearly 50-year history.

In 2012, 100 doctors received a total of $610 million, ranging from a Florida ophthalmologist who was paid $21 million by Medicare to dozens of doctors, eye and cancer specialists chief among them, who received more than $4 million each that year.

I am not suggesting that we infer that some physicians know how to game the bureaucratic system better than others…I’m flat-out saying it.

Dr. $21 Million may practice in Florida but he is originally from the Dominican Republic and just happens to give a lot of money to a certain Democrat New Jersey Senator who has a Dominican hooker problem.

Just saying there might be a little chicanery going on somewhere. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t trust federal bureaucracy, you might tend to agree.

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‘They Are Slaughtering Us Like Chickens’

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Raymond Ibrahim

As happens at Christmas every year throughout the Muslim world, Christians and their churches were especially targeted—from jihadi terror strikes killing worshipers, to measures by Muslim authorities restricting Christmas celebrations.  Some incidents follow:

Iraq:  “Militants” reported the Associated Press, “targeted Christians in three separate Christmas Day bombings in Baghdad, killing at least 37 people, officials said Wednesday.  In one attack, a car bomb went off near a church in the capital’s southern Dora neighborhood, killing at least 26 people and wounding 38, a police officer said. Earlier, two bombs ripped through a nearby outdoor market simultaneously in the Christian section of Athorien, killing 11 people and wounding 21.”

Iran:  Five Muslim converts to Christianity were arrested from a house-church during a Christmas celebration. Plain clothes Iranian security authorities raided a house where, according to Mohabat News, “a group of Christians had gathered to celebrate Christmas on Tuesday, December 24.” Before arresting the five apostates, authorities “insulted and searched those in attendance, and seized all Christian books, CDs, and laptops they found. They also took the Satellite TV receiver.”  The original report received by Mohabat stated: “These Christians had gathered to worship and celebrate [the] birth of Jesus.”

Indonesia: Muslims in the Aceh province protested against Christmas and New Year celebrationsand called on authorities to ban them. Days earlier, an influential Islamic cleric organization, the Ulema Consultative Assembly, issued a fatwa, or edict, “prohibiting Muslims from offering Christmas wishes or celebrating on New Year’s Eve,” said the Associated Press.  Aceh is the “only province in predominantly Muslim Indonesia that is allowed to implement a version of Islamic Shariah law.”

Kenya: “Youths,” reported Reuters, “threw petrol bombs at two Kenyan churches on Christmas day … in the latest bout of violence against Christians on the country’s predominantly Muslim coast.”  The attacks occurred “in the early hours of December 25 after churchgoers held services to usher in Christmas.”  The churches were located in Muslim-majority regions. One church was “completely destroyed.”

Somalia: The more “moderate” government—as it is often portrayed in comparison to Al Shabaab (“The Youth”) opposition—banned Christmas celebrations. Hours before Christmas Day, the Ministry of Justice and Religious Affairs released a directive banning any Christian festivities from being held in the east African nation.  In the words of one ministry official: “We alert fellow Muslims in Somalia that some festivities to mark Christian Days will take place around the world in this week. It is prohibited to celebrate those days in this country.”  All security and law enforcement agencies were instructed to quash any Christian celebrations.

Pakistan:  During Christmas Eve services, “Heavy contingents of police were deployed around the churches to thwart any untoward incident.”  In some regions, “prayer service at major churches focused on remembering the Pakistani Christians who lost their lives in terror attacks.” For example, three months earlier, Islamic suicide bombers entered the All Saints Church compound in Peshawar following Sunday mass and blew themselves up in the midst of some 550 congregants, killing some 130 worshippers, including many Sunday school children, women, and choir members, and injuring nearly 200 people.

Even in Western nations like Denmark, Christmas Eve witnessed Islamic demonstrations and cries of “Allahu Akbar” (or “Allah is greater”).

Also in December, Syria’s Greek-Catholic Church declared that it had three “true martyrs”—men from the small town of Ma’loula, an ancient Christian site where the inhabitants still spoke the language of Christ.  According to Asia News, “When the town fell [in September, to al-Qaeda linked rebels], a climate of fear was imposed… When three men refused to repudiate their religion, they were summarily executed in public, and six more were taken hostage. This was followed by a failed attempt by Syrian government forces to retake the town.”  In the words of Patriarch Gregorios III to Pope Francis in a meeting: “Holy Father, they are true martyrs. Ordered to give up their faith, they proudly refused. Three others however gave in and were forced to declare themselves Muslim, but later returned to the faith of their ancestors.”  According to the families who fled from Ma’loula, “some of their Muslim neighbors took part in the attack that devastated this historic village where people still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. Muslims are approximately one third of the population of the village…” Keep reading

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Mozilla Haz a BIG Sad — And Arithmetic Troubles

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - by Charlie Martin

Okay, I was just figuring to follow up on “Mozilla Monday”. That looks bad enough for Mozilla.

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Looks like they had around 13,000 “sad faces” yesterday.

But then I noticed something: Here’s a screenshot of their 1-day totals for today. You will notice that they have around 23000 messages, and over in the left (in faint gray type dammit) they show 95% are sad.

(Just in passing, does this “sad face”/”happy face” thing seem just incredibly childish to anyone else?)

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Yeah, you need to click it to read it.

Look where today’s figure is on the chart. Just over 7500. Now, I haven’t lived in Mountain View in a long time, but when I was last there, 22792×0.95 was 21652. I just checked by computing it via Google and that’s what I get now.

Isn’t that odd.

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Open Thread: Burglars Foiled When One Butt-Dials 911

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Twice.

Two Minnesota burglary suspects are arrested after police say one of them accidentally called 911 and left the line open as the pair discussed the crime.

Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell says the dispatcher got a call and hang-up, then another call that stayed open.

Gotta love that the idiot left the phone on in the first place. If these guys were smart they would have run for Congress if they wanted to rip people off. They’re from Minnesota, so even money says they were Franken voters.

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Blame Obama: Archie To Be Killed Off

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Nothing is sacred.

Not even Archie Andrews is immortal in the world of comics.

Archie Comics says the famous comic book character will heroically sacrifice himself while saving the life of a friend in a July installment of “Life with Archie.” The comic book series tells the story of grown-up renditions of Archie and his Riverdale gang.

Archie’s final moments will be detailed in “Life with Archie” No. 36, while issue No. 37 will jump forward a year and focus on his friends Jughead, Betty, Veronica and Reggie honoring the legacy of their red-headed pal, who first appeared in comics in 1941.

If they are so determined to bring realism to comic books they should have Archie die while waiting for surgery that he can’t get because it isn’t covered on his Obamacare “Bronze” plan.

For the record: I was always a Veronica guy.

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NPR: Women Don’t Ask For Enough Money

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Hey, they said it.

She started to talk to other women and to examine her own behavior. All the women she spoke to said they hated advocating for themselves at work. But they had no trouble speaking up for colleagues.

So Amanatullah, now an assistant professor of management at the University of Texas, devised an experiment. In a simulation, she had men and women negotiate a starting salary for themselves. Then she had them negotiate on behalf of someone else.

When the women negotiated for themselves, they asked for an average of $7,000 less than the men. But when they negotiated on behalf of a friend, they asked for just as much money as the men.

I can almost script a leftist response to this. They’ll say a woman shouldn’t have to ask, it should be offered and there will be the perfunctory “blah, blah” about “fairness”, which doesn’t exist anywhere in the real world.

To which I will reply, “So you agree we shouldn’t give any tax dollars to a misogynistic organization like NPR, right?”

And then I will watch them twitch for a few minutes.

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Energy Exec: The ‘Future’ Is Still Coal, Nuclear And Natural Gas

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

If it ain’t broke

In this century, power companies are facing “far more intrusive and disruptive” interference from government than ever before, Anderson said Tuesday. The Chamber event came in advance of Thursday’s Senate Energy Committee hearing on the reliability of the electric grid.

Anderson heads the Akron-based holding company that can trace its lineage to the 1893 founding of Akron Electric Light and Power Co.

Unlike the past, “electricity is under attack in our country,” he said. “I believe state and federal policymakers are manipulating the supply and demand and distorting markets for electricity to further advance the ‘war on coal,’” he said.

Anderson said energy efficiency, renewable power, distributed generation, micro grids, roof-top solar and demand reduction may play “some role” in the future, but “they are not substitutes for what has worked.”

What works are the 19th and 20th centuries’ “real generating assets such as coal, nuclear and natural gas,” he said.

The Party of Science is hell-bent on making everyone use renewable energy sources that are expensive, inefficient or, most of the time, both. And they don’t care how broke it makes you.

So…science but ignore economics, technology and history.

Wait…they’re ignoring the science too.

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Carney Says Iran’s Hostage-Taker Pick ‘Not Viable’ for UN Ambassador

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

The White House declared Iran’s pick for UN ambassador to be “not viable” a day after the Senate agreed by unanimous consent to block terrorists from entering the United States as envoys.

The bill, in response to Tehran naming Hamid Aboutalebi to the UN post, was a bipartisan effort led by Sens. Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).

A companion bill has been introduced in the House by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.).

Aboutalebi, formerly Iran’s ambassador to Belgium and Italy, was a member of Muslim Students Following the Imam’s Line when the group took 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. Iran submitted a visa application for Aboutalebi to come to New York and serve as Tehran’s ambassador to the United Nations.

“Well, we share the Senate’s concerns regarding this case and find the potential — the nomination is extremely troubling. The U.S. government has informed the government of Iran that this potential selection is not viable,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters today. “The legislation passed by the Senate underscores just how troubling this potential nomination would be.”

When asked if President Obama would sign the Senate’s bill, though, Carney tried to be extra-careful to not irritate Iran.

“First of all, this is a potential nomination. We’ve informed the government of Iran that this potential selection, rather, is not viable,” he said. “It’s a potential selection. As I understand it, it has not been formally made. We’ve informed the government that that selection’s not viable.”

A senior administration official said on background yesterday that “if in fact this possible nomination were in fact the person nominated, it would be extremely troubling, as both our deputy spokesperson has said and as the White House spokesperson has said.”

“We are taking a close look at this case now and we have raised our serious concerns about this possible nomination with the government of Iran through a variety of channels that we use to convey our concerns,” the official said. “All I can say at this time regarding this is that if this possible nomination were the nomination, it would be extremely troubling, and we have raised those concerns with the Iranians.”

A member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission. Mohammad Hassan Asafari, said the Senate’s action to “bar Aboutalebi’s entry as Iran’s designated ambassador at the UN is sheer interference in the internal affairs of the UN,” according to Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency.

“The Americans are not entitled to the right to oppose the entry of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s representative at the UN and the U.S. Senate approval is illegal,” Asafari said.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said Aboutalebi, “the ambassador who has been introduced[,] is qualified for the position and has had important diplomatic posts in European countries and Australia and has shown a good, effective and positive performance during his previous [diplomatic] career and missions.”

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Obama’s ‘War on Women’ Devolves into a Squabble Over Dry Cleaning Costs

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

The formerly* most powerful man in the world, the President of the United States of America, said this today.

POTUS said, “[I] know it’s equal pay and not Obamacare day, but I do want to point out that the affordable care act guarantees free preventive care like mammograms and contraceptive care and ends the days when you can be charged more for being a woman when it comes to your health insurance. That’s true for everybody. That’s just one more place where things were not fair. We’ll talk about dry cleaners next, right? I know that — I don’t know why it cost more for Michelle’s blouse than my shirt.”

If he really doesn’t know, it’s probably because he never held a real job in his life. Or, he just isn’t very smart.

That remark prompted the Washington Post’s Juliet Epstein and Kate Zezima to study up and write a post about — I’m not making this up — why it costs women more than men to get dry cleaning.

They note that there is no federal law against charging women more. They noted that Obama isn’t even the first Democrat to bring this vital issue to our nation’s attention.

They fail to note that women’s clothes tend to be tailored more than men’s, and that women tend to wear more delicate fabrics than men. The Post’s two writers on this one story failed to even take any of that into consideration, even though it’s blindingly obvious. They note all of the politics, but none of the relevant facts.

A female commenter on the story sets them straight.

I was born in the dry cleaning business. My parents have been in the business for 18+ years.
That being said, I would like to say dry cleaners are not trying to be discriminatory. It’s business.

1.) Men’s shirts are dry cleaner’s loss leaders. We hate people who bring 10+ shirts without any dry cleaning because we make no profit.

2.) Dry cleaners have men’s shirts machines. These machines are fit for men’s shirts.
See link: http://www.mymartinizing.com/files/shirts/sankosha…

3.) Women’s clothing are more complex than men’s clothing. This article talks about cleaning a women’s blouse versus a man’s shirt, but what about pressing a blouse, dress or skirt?

4.) Think about the lines of a woman’s figure and the way that clothes are designed to contour this figure. Now think about a man’s body. It’s more boxy. No machines are manufactured that could form the many types of women’s blouses. See link above.

5.) Women’s blouses are usually more versatile in style, fabric material, and embellishments. If a woman brought in a silk shirt, a dry cleaner would not wash it. It must be dry cleaned. The cost of chemicals and pressing is more expensive. Thus, her blouse is more costly.

Overview: The time and effort that goes into cleaning women’s clothing is more labor intensive as well as time intensive. This is why Michelle’s blouse is more expensive than Obama’s shirt.

Thank you, Pres. Obama, for considering the discrimination of women in the area of dry cleaning. However, you spoke too soon.

*Barack Obama has devalued the US presidency to the extent that he is no longer the most powerful man in the world. Vladimir Putin might be, China’s president might be, George Soros might be…but Barack Obama is not.

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‘Come on, really?’ CNN Anchor Mocks White House Over ‘Equal Pay’ Gambit

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

So this happened on CNN this afternoon. The network took a break from its search for the missing airplane long enough to whack the White House over its ridiculous “equal pay” rollout.

That’s Carol Costello exploding in mockery after WH spokesman Jay Carney essentially debunks his own talking point. Enjoy.

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If the Obama White House has lost CNN…well, it still has the bitter enders at MSNBC.

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Holder Scolds Congressman over Contempt: ‘You don’t want to go there, buddy!’

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

During a House committee hearing today, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) suggested that Attorney General Eric Holder did not mind it when Congress held him in contempt over the Fast and Furious investigation. That sparked a bitter response from Holder.

Holder was promising the committee staff to provide it with requested documents, and Gohmert replied that the Justice Department’s response so far had been “inadequate.”

“And I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general, but it is important we have proper oversight,” Gohmert said, referring to the 2012 vote that held Holder in contempt. President Obama eventually buried that scandal by invoking executive privilege.

Holder fired back at Gohmert: “You don’t want to go there buddy. You don’t want to go there.”

Gohmert: “I don’t want to go there?”

Holder: “No.”

Gohmert: “About the contempt?”

Holder: “You should not assume that that is not a big deal to me. I think it was inappropriate and it was unjust. But never think that that was not a big deal to me. Don’t ever think that.”

Gohmert: “Well, I’m just looking for evidence and normally we’re known by our fruits. And there have no indications that it was a big deal because your department has still not been forthcoming in producing the documents that were the subject of the contempt.”

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Reid: ‘Really Rich, Rich, Rich, Rich, Rich People’ Keep Women from Equal Pay

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - by Bridget Johnson

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters after a policy luncheon today that “really rich, rich, rich, rich, rich people” are trying to keep women from earning as much as men.

Democrats were on the offensive for Equal Pay Day, when President Obama issued executive orders to prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against employees who choose to discuss their compensation and to collect information from federal contractors on pay broken down by sex and race.

“For the last few days, you’ve heard it, you’ve heard it, and you’ve heard it. I’m going to repeat it today. In America, a man who works the same job a woman has makes more money than she does. It takes a woman until today every year to make up for what she lost last year,” Reid said.

“So my Republican colleagues, I guess, think that pay gap doesn’t matter that much since I had not a single person come to the floor — well, we’ve had a couple. One of them came and said it was a bill for trial lawyers,” he continued. “But basically they do nothing but stand in the background and filibuster. I get it. Two Congresses ago, they did it last Congress, and they’re doing it this Congress, filibustering our moving to this important piece of legislation.”

Reid spoke of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which comes to the floor Wednesday with heavy opposition from Republicans.

“These really rich, rich, rich, rich, rich people like the Koch brothers, they prefer to go along with women being paid less than men. And like so many things here, the Republicans in the Senate go along with what the Koch brothers want,” he said. “This issue boils down a fundamental question: Whose side are you on? As usual, the Republicans are siding with the rich and not obviously being too concerned about what’s happening with women in America, not getting paid as much as men for doing the exact same work.”

Reid was asked if he’s going to get to the minimum wage bill, seeking a hike to $10.10, before the end of the week.

“I don’t think so. I have a lot of other things I’m going to do,” he said. “I want to put lots of nominations we’re going to move on, as early as probably today. So we’ll have to have a ton of votes before the week is done.”

Then the majority leader was asked by another reporter if he’s “been successful in explaining to America who they are.”

“Well, I haven’t been successful enough, because I’m going to continue. But I do feel good about this, no one knew who the Koch brothers were until we started this little deal here. And now about half the people in America know who they are,” Reid declared. “By the time we finish this, everyone is going to know who these — the two richest brothers in the world are.”

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