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Saying Less in More Words

I may not be the heppest cat in the bunch, but I’m not completely clueless. (Am not!)

But WTF is she saying?

KORI SCHULMAN, WH OFFICE OF ONLINE ENGAGEMENT: You could consume the speech in real time on whitehouse.gov, with enhanced graphics and polls and tailored information to your particular city or town and really get a personalized and unique experience. On top of that, everything was shareable so as people were engaging in the speech, they could share videos, photos, favorite lines across their social channels, not to mention the fact that you could watch live gifs of the speech if you were on tumblr.

Gifs and tumblr? What editor missed those typos?

Whatever, I’m glad everything was “shareable”. Even if so few actually took part in the “giffing” and “tumbling”:

Television viewership for President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night fell to a 15-year low, according to numbers from Nielsen.

The 1-hour, 15-minute speech drew an average of 31.7 million viewers on broadcast and cable networks, the audience tracking firm said.

The combined figure is down about 5% from last year’s State of the Union address, which clocked in at 33.3 million viewers.

This year’s count, which does not include people who streamed the event online, was the lowest since President Clinton’s final State of the Union in 2000. That speech pulled in just under 31.5 million viewers.

Nielsen’s combined tally included networks ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Al Jazeera America, Azteca, CNN, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, Galavision, MSNBC, MundoFox and Univision.

Fox News Channel topped cable news ratings for the speech with about 3.5 million viewers.

Yet again, Fox News represents, while the rest of the racist media disses The Nation’s First African American President (TNFAAP).

But maybe all you young kids were streaming gifs on tumblr. Or tumbling streams on gifter. I would have preferred either to the live TV presentation. At least on the computer I can have Mature Madames open in another window. Who needs gifs when you can watch gilfs?

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Bullsh**ter-in-Chief Calls Chickens**t. Again.

The Speaker of the House invites Bibi to address Congress—a great honor.

What’s it got to do with the First Narcissist?

The White House’s outrage over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to speak before Congress in March — a move he failed to coordinate with the administration — began to seep through the diplomatic cracks on Friday, with officials telling Haaretz the Israeli leader had “spat” in President Barack Obama’s face.

“We thought we’ve seen everything,” the newspaper quoted an unnamed senior US official as saying. “But Bibi managed to surprise even us.

“There are things you simply don’t do. He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price,” he said.

Officials in Washington said that the “chickenshit” epithet — with which an anonymous administration official branded Netanyahu several months ago — was mild compared to the language used in the White House when news of Netanyahu’s planned speech came in.

We apologize to our readers for the indecorous language spewing from the White House. We regret it more than you can ever know.

Now for something a little more civil:

“The Prime Minister is expected to arrive in the US at the beginning of March and will also participate in the AIPAC conference,” read a statement from the PMO. “The speech in front of both houses of Congress will give the prime minister the opportunity to thank President Barack Obama, Congress, and the American people for their support of Israel.

“I look forward to the opportunity to express before the joint session Israel’s vision for a joint effort to deal with [Islamist terrorism and Iran’s nuclear program], and to emphasize Israel’s commitment to the special bond between our two democracies,” Netanyahu said, according to the statement.

At least there’s one adult.

Meanwhile, back at the kids’ table:

US President Barack Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he travels to Washington in early March.

The State Department said later Thursday that Secretary of State John Kerry would also not meet with Netanyahu during the trip.

They say it’s because of the Israeli elections. Fine.

It’s just that:

Leftist sources in Israel have decried Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s acceptance of an invitation extended by the US Congress and changing the date to two weeks before March 17 elections; likewise US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry refused to meet Netanyahu, claiming a policy of not meeting foreign leaders close to elections.

However, just 19 years ago then-Prime Minister Shimon Peres visited the US to meet then-President Bill Clinton – a mere month before elections.

Peres’s visit at the time came on the background of his government’s inability to stop Arab terrorism, and Netanyahu was the head of the opposition then, accusing Peres of “manipulating” his close relations with Clinton to help his chances in the elections.

America’s most recent election was a thorough rejection of Obama and his politics. Not over Israel, primarily, but I think Netanyahu is smart to go over and around Obama.

Who was busy anyway:

Someone in there is the leader of the free world. I think it’s the broad with the green lipstick.

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Deflated President

I have to give credit to Rush for this idea: what if all the media marauders went after Obama for his myriad scandals the way they’re going after Bill Belichick for “Deflate-gate”?

It might read something like this:

OBAMA: I’ll start out by addressing the [IRS] issue here. When I came in Monday morning, I was shocked to learn of the news reports about the [harassment of conservative Americans]. I had no knowledge whatsoever of this situation until Monday morning.

The [Congress] is investigating [the VA scandal]. We have cooperated fully, quickly and completely with every request that they have made; [we] continue to be cooperative in any way that we can. I have no explanation for what happened. That’s what they’re looking into. So I can’t comment on what they’re doing. That’s something that you should talk to them about.

[I] really can’t think of anything that I would have done differently [about Fast & Furious], based on what I knew then, based on what I know now.

Again, I have no further comment on the [Congressional] investigation [on Benghazi] and I’ve told you all I know about the subject from my perspective.

Unleash the hounds!

Q: Aside from the [Congressional] investigation, in your own investigation, did you find whether anyone willfully –

OBAMA: I’ve told you everything I know.

Q: What do you say to your critics?

OBAMA: I have nothing – I don’t have an explanation.

Q: Not withstanding what you’ve said here today, there are a lot people who are questioning your integrity, saying you will win [elections] at all costs.

OBAMA: I’ve told you everything I know.

Q: What do you say to critics who are challenging your character, which seems to go well beyond [a dead ambassador]?

OBAMA: I’ve told you everything I know.

Q: Any message to the fans who are watching all of this and are upset by this?

OBAMA: I’ve told them everything I know. There’s nothing else I can add to it.

Q: What have you talked to Tom Brady about? I assume you’ve had conversations with Tom about this issue and what happened.

OBAMA: I have no explanation for what happened.

Q: Why do you think these controversies continue to follow you?

OBAMA: I don’t have any explanation for what happened.

Q: Is it possible that someone on your [regime], even though you may not know about it, might have deliberately altered the [emails]?

OBAMA: I don’t have any explanation for what happened. I’ve told you all I can tell you from my point of view and anything coming from the investigative side, from the [impeachment committee], needs to be directed toward them.

Q: Knowing how much you care about [ObamaCare], what’s it been like for you since you found out about [Jonathan Gruber’s remarks—plural] and what’s it been like trying to deal with [that s**t]?

OBAMA: I had no idea [who he was, besides the architect] and so forth and so on and all of that. That’s not something I have ever thought or concerned myself about…. So some of the things like that [Gruber’s] talked about, that have happened, I mean, I’m totally unaware of.

A boy can dream, can’t he?

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This Is Truly Entertaining

This site allows us to look at Obama’s State of the Union speech and compare word use frequency to the SOTU speeches of all other presidents. For example, which president used the word crisis the most frequently, and how much more frequently than other presidents? OK, I know you think it sounds dull, but trust me, it’s a lot of fun. You click on any word in the text and a bar graph appears on the side, stacking the presidents. Our pajama boy is quite the bloviator.

PS: Check out the word: terror. Here’s another: folks. Also check out hype.

– Aggie

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How Obama Will Make Affording College More Difficult For Middle Class Families

He will “rollback” the tax savings on the 529 plans

President Obama is pitching his new tax plan as a way to help the middle class at the expense of the rich. But middle-class savers are bound to notice if he achieves two of the White House’s stated goals—to “roll back” tax benefits of 529 college savings plans and “repeal tax incentives going forward” for Coverdell Education Savings Accounts.

Both plans allow parents, grandparents or anyone looking to help fund a kid’s education to contribute after-tax dollars into accounts that grow tax-free. There is also no tax when the money is withdrawn, provided it is used for qualified educational expenses such as tuition, fees, books, room and board.

Mr. Obama wants to allow the IRS to tax as income any withdrawals from future 529 contributions. This would make them less attractive. The White House goal seems to be to discourage private thrift, and encourage greater use of government benefits, when paying for college.

If the plans are closed to new investments and savers, those who stand to lose aren’t the 1%. As of June 30, 2014 there were 11.8 million 529 accounts holding $244.5 billion in assets, according to the College Savings Plans Network, a a group of state officials who administer the plans. The average account balance was $20,671. That sounds like “the middle class.”

Isn’t that fascinating? Rather than make it easier for mom and dad and grandma and grandpa to help with college costs, this administration wants to make community college free, and withdraw parents and grandparents from the equation. Let’s be honest here. Community college is terrific, but most kids and families would prefer the choice of going directly to a 4 year college or choosing to save money with community college first. And community college is inexpensive already. So, given the loss of tax breaks for the educational plans, I think that we can fairly conclude that Obama’s plan is both a tax on the rich and a tax on the middle class. What a disaster this president is.

– Aggie

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Hey Obama! How’s That Unclenched Fist Working Out?

Russian spy ship in Havana.

Russian intelligence warship docked in Havana on Tuesday, a day before the start of historic US-Cuba talks aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations.

There was nothing stealthy about the arrival of the Viktor Leonov CCB-175, which was moored to a pier in Old Havana where cruise ships often dock. But the visit was not officially announced by Cuban authorities.

US officials in Washington played down the presence of the Russian vessel, saying it was perfectly legal and not at all out of the ordinary.

“It’s not unprecedented. It’s not unusual. It’s not alarming,” a defense official told AFP.

Whistling past the graveyard…

– Aggie

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Detached and Deranged

Muslim terrorists slaughter 17 in Paris, and Obama responds vigorously:

Today, the President unveiled a new proposal: Make two years of community college free for responsible students across America.

Muslim terrorists in Nigeria plunder and pillage a village, killing hundreds, and Obama leaps to defend freedom:

President Obama has revealed that he will be pushing for the Healthy Families Act (which, given that it’s about paid sick leave, should be the Unhealthy Families Act, surely?) to become law.

Muslim terrorists in Syraq (or is it Iraqia?) post a video showing a child hacking off the heads of two prisoners, and Obama says no mas:

Yesterday, President Obama announced that he is challenging the federal government to remove all unnecessary regulatory barriers to broadband build-out and competition, and is establishing a new Broadband Opportunity Council. The council will bring together more than a dozen government agencies with the singular goal of speeding broadband deployment and improving access in areas that need it most.

It’s like he’s in a different movie. It’s one thing to not say the phrase “Muslim terrorists”, but to pretend that they’re not there? Setting aside any value in his proposals, aren’t they a little weird in context of daily headlines? Don’t they come from an alternate reality?

As for the proposals themselves, community college wouldn’t be free: every taxpayer would pay for it. At a time when the value of a bachelor’s degree is barely worth the paper its printed on. It’s just child care for the post-child set. Paid sick leave is fine, but to mandate it? Ask a small business owner how that would work out. And the next time he “remove[s] all unnecessary regulatory barriers” to anything will be the first. That’ll be the day.

I would ask what inanity he was going to come up with next, but I don’t want to know. They’re all accompanied by acts of Muslim terror.

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Devout Member Of Religion Of Peace Arrested In Ohio

for planning terror attack on the US Capitol

The FBI has arrested an Ohio man for allegedly plotting an ISIS-inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol, where he hoped to set off a series of bombs aimed at lawmakers, whom he allegedly considered enemies.

Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, of Green Township, was arrested today on charges of attempting to kill a U.S. government official, authorities said.

According to government documents, he allegedly planned to detonate pipe bombs at the national landmark and open fire on any employees and officials fleeing after the explosions.

The FBI first noticed Cornell several months ago after an informant notified the agency that Cornell was allegedly voicing support for violent “jihad” on Twitter accounts under the alias “Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah,” according to charging documents. In addition, Cornell allegedly posted statements, videos and other content expressing support for ISIS — the brutal terrorist group also known as ISIL — that is wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria.

“I believe that we should just wage jihad under our own orders and plan attacks and everything,” Cornell allegedly wrote in an online message to the informant in August, according to the FBI. “I believe we should meet up and make our own group in alliance with the Islamic State here and plan operations ourselves.”

In the message, Cornell said that such attacks “already got a thumbs up” from radical cleric Anwar Awlaki “before his martyrdom.”

Ok, let’s pretend we are liberals. First we notice that young Raheel is only 20 years old. Why, he’s only a teenager! I wonder if his parents are divorced? Perhaps this can be understood as a cry for help? Young people have it so hard today.

– Aggie

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We Are Not Charlie

Gosh, everyone is in Paris!

Well, almost everyone:

At least 3.7 million people including more than 40 world leaders are marching throughout France on Sunday in a rally of national unity to honor the 17 victims of a three-day terror spree that took place around the French capital.

The French Interior Ministry said the rally for unity against terrorism is the largest demonstration in France’s history, more than the numbers who took to Paris streets when the Allies liberated the city from the Nazis in World War II.

“Today, Paris is the capital of the world,” said French President Francois Hollande. “Our entire country will rise up toward something better.”

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas were among the leaders attending, as were top representatives of Russia and Ukraine. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron were alongside Hollande at the front of the crowd, estimated to be around one million people, Sky News reports.

Wait. Isn’t someone missing?

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is in Paris this week to attend a meeting on fighting terrorism, but did not participate in the march.

Holder? Didn’t he resign? He did, three and a half months ago! What’s he doing there?

And why not someone a little higher up the food chain than an ex-Attorney General?

What was Obama doing?

Obama Schedule || Monday, January 12, 2014
by KEITH KOFFLER on JANUARY 11, 2015, 8:37 PM
10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
11:55 am || Lays out plan to combat identity theft and improve consumer and student privacy; Federal Trade Commission Offices, Washington
2:40 pm || Honors the 2014 NBA Champions the San Antonio Spurs; East Room

I understand Obama will wear a t-shirt that reads “Je Suis Manu Ginóbili” to the ceremony.

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Frightened Liberals

Bill Maher (who gave Obama 1 million dollars for the 2012 campaign) is upset:

Notice that his peeps are not applauding much.

– Aggie

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The Convergence Of The Israeli Left, Right And Center

I don’t buy that Europe or the US will change in response to Islamic activities in Paris, but last summer’s missile/tunnel war in Israel seems to have made a difference.

First, let’s check out the most popular political video in Israel:

You can find it here, but unfortunately is begins to play automatically. Hilarious, accurate, worth a trip to the link.

Now, what’s it about? It’s about the upcoming elections and popularity of the leader of Jewish Home, haBayit haYehudi.

It’s election season in Israel, and so far the most talked-about campaign ad features an Orthodox politician in an unorthodox role. In a YouTube video that quickly went viral, Naftali Bennett plays a fashionably bearded Tel Aviv hipster with a compulsion to say sorry—especially when he’s the one being wronged.

A waitress spills coffee on him: He begs her forgiveness. His car gets rear-ended: He steps out to tell the offending driver how sorry he is. He sits on a park bench and reads an editorial in a left-wing newspaper calling on Israel to apologize to Turkey for the 2010 flotilla incident, in which nine pro-Palestinian militants were killed aboard a ship after violently assaulting Israeli naval commandos. “They’re right!” he says of the editorial.

At last the fake beard comes off and the clean-shaven Mr. Bennett, who in real life is Israel’s minister of economy and heads the nationalist Jewish Home Party (in Hebrew, Habayit Hayehudi), looks at the camera and says: “Starting today, we stop apologizing. Join Habayit Hayehudi today.”

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“For many years we’ve sort of apologized for everything,” Mr. Bennett explains in his Tel Aviv office. “About the fact that we are here, about the fact that this has been our land for 3,800 years, about the fact that we defend ourselves against Hamas, against Hezbollah.” It’s time, he says, “we raise our heads and say, ‘We’re here to stay, we’re proud of it, and we’re no longer apologetic.’ ”

Should a Likud-Jewish Home government form, it could represent a tectonic shift in Israeli politics. For 25 years, between Israel’s capture of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the 1967 Six Day War and the 1992 election of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, every Israeli government had categorically rejected the idea of a Palestinian state. Then came the 1993 Oslo Accords with the Palestinians, after which Israeli governments of both the left and right, including Mr. Netanyahu’s, effectively committed Israel to the two-state solution.

Now the wheel is turning again. “The latest conflict in Gaza was a real earthquake for Israelis,” says Mr. Bennett, referring to last summer’s war.

“For 50 days we were incurring missiles, and they just went on and on from the very place where we did pull back to the ’67 lines. We did expel all the Jews. We did everything according to the book. The expectation might have been, we’ll get applause from the world—‘you’re OK; it’s they who are attacking you’—but what happened was the opposite. The world got angry at us for defending ourselves.”

For decades, “land-for-peace” has been the diplomatically accepted equation for solving the Israeli-Arab conflict. Experience has shown Israelis that it doesn’t always work as anticipated. Peace with Egypt, achieved after Israel agreed to return the conquered Sinai Peninsula, has proved durable. But Israel also withdrew all of its forces and settlers from the Gaza Strip in 2005, and what it got was a haven for Hamas, which used it to fire thousands of rockets at Israel. Doing likewise in the West Bank seems to many Israelis a surefire way of achieving the same result over a larger territorial scale.

Mr. Bennett, however, is making a deeper point. It isn’t only the land-for-peace formula that has failed Israel. The other failure is what one might call land-for-love: the notion that, even if ceding territory doesn’t lead to peace, it will nonetheless help Israel gain the world’s goodwill, and therefore diplomatic and strategic leverage. Instead, after 20 years of seeking peace and giving up land, Israel’s diplomatic isolation has only deepened. And, as he points out, it has deepened over disputes connected to Gaza—from which Israel withdrew—and not the West Bank, where Israel largely remains.

“So why would I follow the bad model,” Mr. Bennett asks, “instead of strengthening the good model?”

You see, BTL, you’re in excellent company:


“Judea and Samaria is imperfect,” he allows, “but it’s working. More Israelis and Palestinians are shopping together. Driving on the same roads. Working together. It’s not ideal there. But it’s working. People get up, go to work in the morning, come home alive.”

That’s a depiction that critics of Israeli policy would furiously contest, claiming that current policy gives Jewish settlers privileged access to the land while consigning nearly two million Palestinians to Bantustan-like enclaves. That, they say, risks transforming Israel from a democracy into an ethnocracy and guaranteeing international pariah status.

Mr. Bennett’s answer is that it’s the Palestinians who bear the blame for proving themselves unworthy of statehood. “They had all the opportunity in the world to build the Singapore of Gaza, he says. “They chose to turn it into Afghanistan.” He also believes that it’s better to find ways to make the best of a difficult situation than try to reach for a solution that is destined for failure. He wants a “Marshall Plan” to improve the Palestinian economy, “autonomy on steroids” for Palestinian politics—but no more.

“The truth is that no one has a good solution for what’s going on,” he says. “We have to figure out what we do over the next several decades. Trying to apply a Western full-fledged solution to a problem that is not solvable right now will bring us from an OK situation to a disastrous situation. So the first rule is, do no harm, which is the opposite of the Oslo process.”

Read on to learn about Mr. Bennet’s background (he invented the software that protects online banking) and then feel a bit jealous when you consider that he could have been an American but made a very different choice.

By the way, the title mentions the coming together of the Israeli Left, Right and Center. This is based on personal observation and conversations I’ve had over the past few months with Israelis of all stripes. Even the most optimistic, Leftist among them has given up on the Kool-Aid that Obama and Kerry are serving.

– Aggie

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EXACTLY How Stupid Is The State Department????

Can you believe this stupid?

The year began on a rough note for the U.S. State Department’s Think Again, Turn Away anti-terror program. On January 1, the State Department used the program’s official Twitter account to tweet a photo collage accompanied by the message, “Entering 2015, taking time to honor some of terror’s many victims of 2014 and their families – RIP.” However, none of the individuals appearing in the photos are believed to be dead, but rather held captive by terrorists.

The tweet, since deleted, appeared as follows, and is archived here

Dolts, Twits, Nitwits… I’m looking for a word to describe these lazy jerks.

– Aggie

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