More on The Speech

Doubtless by now, you have heard part or all of the speech, and much in response. I have several thoughts. First, I made popcorn. Seriously, I did, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

This was poison to Obama and his brownshirts. Even though Netanyahu want further than I imagined he could or would in gratitude toward Obama, he savaged the proposed deal. Left no meat on the bone. They cut away to Pelosi during the speech, and there were two times I remember when I thought she had lost her mind. (Well, she did so long ago, but further lost it). In one shot, she was applauding along with the rest of the chamber—but she was talking to herself, animatedly. In another, she was talking to someone else, just as animatedly. To see her visibly upset made my day.

All she could manage was a written statement released to the press:

“That is why, as one who values the US–Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech – saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.”

Aw gee, toots, that’s tough. Take two Botox and call me in the morning.

So the speech was not about placating Obama: what else, then? It was meant to appeal to the 65%-70% of Americans, Republicans, independents, and those few Democrats not out of their freakin’ minds, who are not Obama bitter-enders. I think it played strongly to them. But Rush Limbaugh had this right-on observation, among many others: when Obama is (or feels) humiliated, he goes all in. He is more likely to rush to conclude a deal—perhaps a worse deal, just to spite you—than he is to scrap it and try to get to a better one. You don’t like it? Tough. Eat it.

If it failed to persuade Obama, directly of indirectly, what good did it do?

It announced to the world that one way or another, by treaty or by bombardment, alone or with help, Israel will guarantee that Iran will not become the civilizational threat that many fear it almost already is. Israel will lead.

The message will be met with almost as much hatred in Tehran as it was in Washington, but in other capitals there must be sighs of relief that someone responsible has filled the void of leadership America has created. Iran already has. Russia already has. China already has. Israel is minuscule in size compared to them, but outweighs them all in heart. I wish she didn’t have to do so, but Obama has left her little choice.

Maybe Netanyahu is like the guy surrounded by toughs in a dark alley. He knows he can’t take ‘em all, but he can take one or two, and he shows he’s not afraid to try. The doubts are now in their heads, not his, and he gets away safely. You have to be pretty crazy to try, but again what choice do you have? To walk into the US Congress and undress the sitting president is pretty meshuganah, you have to admit.

PS: Especially loved the shout-out to Moses at the end.

PPS: Caroline Glick:

Netanyahu did it. We have a leader. G-d bless him. He did it.

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Bibi Killed It

Have to run out with the Bloodthirsty Puppy, but Netanyahu delivered. I was very moved. Riveted, and very moved.

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Skipping School

This is a list of the 53 democrats who won’t attend Netanyahu’s speech.

SENATE – 8 members

Sen. Al Franken (Minn.)

Sen. Martin Heinrich (N.M.)

Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.)

Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.)

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.)

HOUSE – 45 members

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.)

Rep. Corrine Brown (Fla.)

Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.)

Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.)

Rep. Joaquin Castro (Texas)

Rep. Katherine Clark (Mass.)

Rep. William Lacy Clay (Mo.)

Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.)

Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.)

Rep. John Conyers (Mich.)

Rep. Danny Davis (Ill.)

Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.)

Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.)

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (Texas)

Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.)

Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.)

Rep. Marcia Fudge (Ohio)

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.)

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.)

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.)

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas)

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (Ohio)

Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.)

Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)

Rep. Dave Loebsack (Iowa)

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (Calif.)

Rep. Betty McCollum (Minn.)

Rep. Jim McDermott (Wash.)

Rep. Jim McGovern (Mass.)

Rep. Jerry McNerney (Calif.)

Rep. Gregory Meeks (N.Y.)

Rep. Glen Moore (Wis.)

Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas)

Rep. Donald Payne (N.J.)

Rep. Chellie Pingree (Maine)

Rep. David Price (N.C.)

Rep. Charles Rangel (N.Y.)

Rep. Cedric Richmond (La.)

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.)

Rep. Adam Smith (Wash.)

Rep. Bennie Thompson (Miss.)

Rep. Mike Thompson (Calif.)

Rep. John Yarmuth (Ky.)

Rep. Karen Bass (Calif.)

Rep. Chaka Fattah (Pa.)

It is a handy vote-against guide. I’m interested in the fact that Ed Markey is not on the list; Elizabeth Warren is. That probably means she will be our next President. Sorry, BTL, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

– Aggie

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That’s It?

To employ one of my recurrent themes: what was that all about?

ACCORDING TO a report in Monday’s New York Times, the Justice Department is preparing to tell the embattled Ferguson, Mo., police department to shape up or get sued. In an impending analysis, the Justice Department will reportedly accuse Ferguson authorities of racially discriminatory practices, a move that will force them to change their behavior voluntarily or face a federal civil rights lawsuit.

Uh-oh. Here comes the boom:

Justice Department investigators conducted a wide-ranging inquiry into the Ferguson police, from patrol car to lockup. One major finding, according to the Times, is that officers disproportionately pull over and arrest African Americans.

Eric Holder storms into Ferguson, MO like some crusading crime fighter, with the might and weight of the Justice Department behind him (and the rest of the Executive Branch behind them), and all he comes up with is excessive traffic stops for black people? For cause, it would seem, given the arrests that followed?

That’s it?

I use the analogy too often, but it so often fits: they nailed Al Capone only for tax evasion. Except in this case, the Ferguson PD isn’t guilty of much more than excessive ticketing (if even that). If the arrests after the traffic stops were bogus, I’m sure the Justice Department would have said so.

Michael Brown didn’t die because he or anyone else was pulled over in a traffic stop. He died because he got high, knocked over a convenience store (roughing up the owner in the process), walked obliviously down the middle of the street and MF-ed the cop who told him to knock it off, got into a fight with said cop, punching him and trying to grab his sidearm, then bull-rushed the cop when ordered to stop leaving the scene of the above crimes.

For Holder and company to go all Elliot Ness on FPD and come away with this report is an embarrassment. To Eric Holder.

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Day of Deliverance

Seeing will be believing, but:

Temple activists were euphoric Monday after a precedent-setting ruling by Magistrates’ Court Judge Malka Aviv in the case of Yehuda Glick vs. the Israeli Police, a day earlier. The judge ruled that the police “must make sure that Jews are able to pray on the Temple Mount” – in a ruling replete with harsh criticism of the police’s policies on the Temple Mount.

Activists were quoted on a Temple activists blog as saying: “This day will be remembered for generations in the annals of the struggle for the return of Jews to the Temple Mount.”

The police are legally bound “to ensure that Jews are able to pray on the Temple Mount, and not to act sweepingly to prevent Jews from praying on the Temple Mount,” the judge determined.

I am not religious, and not Jewish (my father was), but I can’t do justice in writing to how moved I am by this ruling. My inspirational texts are the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Federalist (and Anti-Federalist) Papers. Forbidding Jews from even a hint of prayer at their holiest site has always struck me as monstrous. That this was policy, enforced by the Jewish State itself, for decades, offended me as much as any other civil rights violation in the world (with a few choice exceptions by the Chinese, Arab, and certain African governments).

And it is swept away in just a few words: The police are legally bound “to ensure that Jews are able to pray on the Temple Mount, and not to act sweepingly to prevent Jews from praying on the Temple Mount.”

It’s a far cry from the court’s decree to facts and feet on holy ground—but to use the language of our ObamaCare-boosting friends, it’s the law of the land. Half a century after America’s civil rights laws, Israel now has hers. Maazel tov.

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DQ’d

Not Dairy Queen—disqualified.

Stick a spoon in the Oreo® Cheesecake Blizzard® Treat: she’s done.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a personal e-mail account to exclusively conduct official business during her time at the State Department, a move that raises questions about access to the full archive of her correspondence, as well as the possibility that she violated federal law requiring official messages to be retained for the record.

The existence of the account was discovered by the House select committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and was first reported by The New York Times.

Clinton did not even have a government e-mail address during her tenure as America’s top diplomat, which lasted from 2009 to 2013, and The Times reports that her aides took no action to preserve her emails on department servers, as required by the Federal Records Act.

Madame Secretary was conducting the nation’s most sensitive business with brutes and thugs like Sergei Lavrov and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad under an email handle like HillsBills@hotmail.com? I can’t tell you how illegal that is. Massively so. Gargantuanly.

And hardly accidental:

Instead, the paper reports, Clinton’s advisers selected which of her emails to turn over to the State Department for archival purposes after going through tens of thousands of pages of correspondence.

Records officials interviewed by The Times expressed grave concern over Clinton’s practice, saying it represents a severe ethical breach and noting that personal e-mail accounts are far less secure than official ones.

Jason Baron, a former director of litigation at the National Archives, told the paper he found it “very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private e-mail communications channel for the conduct of government business.” Baron added that the use of private e-mail accounts is meant to be reserved only for emergencies, such as when a department’s server is not working or compromised.

That’s hard to square with the defense, desperately offered in the story, that every other Secretary of State did the same.

This is not merely a technical violation. This fits a pattern of evasion and deception—from her and the entire administration (hello Lois Lerner). That is the difference at this point that it makes.

PS: I’ve been saying all along that Hillary is vulnerable to a raiding party from Lieawatha’s rogue tribe. I’m beginning to wonder if MadSec will fold up her tent and disappear into the night.

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Still Life With Banana

You can imagine how intrigued I was by this news story

Artist reveals subtle Monica reference in shadows of Clinton portrait

What is it? The beret? The cigar? No…you don’t mean…really?

An artist commissioned years ago to paint a portrait of former President Bill Clinton has revealed a secret reference — to Monica — tucked into the shadows of the official painting.

Pennsylvania artist Nelson Shanks told The Philadelphia Daily News that he painted in the shadow of a blue dress in the 2006 portrait — a reminder of the political sex scandal between Clinton and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

“The reality is he’s probably the most famous liar of all time. He and his administration did some very good things, of course, but I could never get this Monica thing completely out of my mind and it is subtly incorporated in the painting,” Shanks told the Daily News.

It’s definitely subtle, but Shanks pointed out that the dress can be seen casting a shadow on the mantle in the portrait.

“If you look at the left-hand side of it, there’s a mantle in the Oval Office and I put a shadow coming into the painting and it does two things,” the painter told the newspaper. “It actually literally represents a shadow from a blue dress that I had on a mannequin, that I had there while I was painting it, but not when he was there.”

Shanks said the secret shade also is “a bit of a metaphor in that it represents a shadow on the office he held, or on him.”

And if you grab a magnifying glass, you can also see the shadow of the stain on the shadow blue dress.

I would suggest looking at the crease of his trousers (a la Obama), but I fear a Ron Burgundy situation.

It’s the pleats. It’s actually an optical illusion. It’s the pattern on the pants. It’s not flattering in the crotchal region.

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Final Thoughts Before Netanyahu’s Speech

Good idea, bad idea—nuts to all of that.

He was invited, he accepted. End of story. If someone (a jug-eared, thin-skinned someone) wants to have a fecal-fit, let him. Jews need to stop apologizing for themselves.

No more he shouldn’t have, no more it’s disrespectful, no more don’t make them angry. [Bleep] that noise, all of it. He was invited, he accepted. Leave the bowing and scraping to (jug-eared, thin-skinned) others.

I will be tuning in, as will millions of others. And I don’t think I’ll learn anything new. Iran is playing Obama like a 1745 Nicolo Amati violin; that’s obvious to everyone, even the jug-eared, thin-skinned fiddle himself, who wants to spread the WMD along with the wealth.

I just want to hear what a real leader who stands up for his country rather than apologizing for it looks and sounds like. It’s been so long, I’ve forgotten.

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First They Came For Adelle

And we spoke up.

Then they came for Asher and Yonatan.

And we spoke up.

Then they came for Ayala Shapira.

And we spoke up:

Ayala Shapira, the 11-year-old girl who was critically burned in a firebomb attack by Arab terrorists on the family car she was in with her father outside Ma’ale Shomron in Samaria late last December, has given her first interview since the attack that nearly took her life.

Speaking to the children’s magazine “Otiot” in an interview that is to be published next week, Ayala spoke about the night that rudely shifted her life from the pleasant routine of school and play into a struggle of life and death, and which has left her in a hospital bed to this day.

The Arab terrorists lobbed Molotov cocktails at the car from out of the darkness; describing the harrowing event, Ayala recalled “we didn’t see anything before, it was dark. I just saw something burning fly at us and suddenly everything exploded.”

Despite the blaze which turned the car into a lethal inferno, Ayala managed to break free and save her own life.

“It’s kind of funny, because I’m usually not a hero. I’m even relatively a bit of a coward,” Ayala admitted. “The moment the fire caught I knew what I had to do in order to live. I put my right hand into the flames to free the seatbelt. I was on automatic.”

When asked what she thinks should be done to prevent such attacks, the young girl said “I don’t know what I would do, but there are much better ways than to sit in quiet and wait for them to attack us.”

“We need to deal with terror. If they don’t deal with the problem of the terror of the Arabs it will not stop,” she emphasized.

A girl as smart as she is pretty.

Still.

I know Netanyahu’s speech before Congress is supposed to be about Iran, but if he can tie in Islamofascism in all its guises, including the targeting of children, he would do Israelis and Americans a great favor.

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A Tepee Divided Cannot Stand

I’m putting my wampum on Lieawatha:

Centrist Democrats are gathering their forces to fight back against the “Elizabeth Warren wing” of their party, fearing a sharp turn to the left could prove disastrous in the 2016 elections.

For months, moderate Democrats have kept silent as Sen. Warren’s (D-Mass.) barbed attacks against Wall Street, income inequality and the “rigged economy” thrilled the base and stirred desire for a more populist approach.

But with the race for the White House set to begin, centrists are moving to seize back the agenda.

The New Democrat Coalition (NDC), a caucus of moderate Democrats in the House, plans to unveil an economic policy platform as soon as this week in an attempt to chart a different course.

“I have great respect for Sen. Warren — she’s a tremendous leader,” said Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), one of the members working on the policy proposal. “My own preference is to create a message without bashing businesses or workers, [the latter of which] happens on the other side.”

Peters said that if Democrats are going to win back the House and Senate, “it’s going to be through the work of the New Democrat Coalition.”

“To the extent that Republicans beat up on workers and Democrats beat up on employers — I’m not sure that offers voters much of a vision,” Peters said.

I don’t see how freeing workers from mandatory union dues and cutting back on job-killing regulations is beating them up. But yes, Fauxcahantas has her tomahawk out and she knows how to use it. Don’t think she won’t use it on your scalps, centrists. Crockagawea is Lenin, your lot is Kerensky.

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If Only Hitler Had Had Twitter

George Galloway will have to do (hat tip reader Jeanette):

An online question and answer session with George Galloway backfired after the Respect politician was sent a barrage of insults.

Twitter users were invited to send questions to the Bradford West MP by posting under #AskGalloway after he teamed up with media company Press TV UK.

But it appeared the Q&A session was abruptly cancelled when Twitter users sent the politician unflattering images of his stint on Celebrity Big Brother and questioned his relationship with Saddam Hussein.

Mr Galloway refused to answer any questions but instead posted: “I must say there is nothing like Twitter to remind you of the sea of ignorance, filth, racism, hatred and utter banality that’s out there.”

He continued: “They’re all out tonight; the Tory vermin, the UKIP proto-fascists, their Scots counterparts, the actual fascists, even Texans!”

The incident was described as one “of the biggest PR fails ever”…

I am compelled to observe that if you count Tories, UKIPs, Scots, and Texans (not to mention Zionists and alcoholics) among your enemies, you might be the problem, not them. Now, don’t go hating me, George; it comes from a good place.

PS: My favorite tweet: “My bubbe wants to know if you want to come for shabbas dinner on Friday, shes got your favorite chicken soup with kneidlach? #askGalloway”

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No Such Thing as Bad Publicity

Just spell the names right:

House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that there is unprecedented demand for seats in the House for Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech Tuesday.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said on CBS’s Face the Nation. “Everybody wants to be there.”

“What I do wonder is why the White House feels threatened because the Congress wants to support Israel and wants to hear what our trusted ally has to say.”

Support for Israel continues to be bipartisan, he stressed, and Democratic support for the Jewish state has not receded. “Really,” he added, “the only conflict here is between the White House and Israel.”

We addressed the reasons why in a lengthy post yesterday. We hinted that (or hope we did, we can’t remember) Obama’s character assassination campaign would send the TV ratings through the roof. Bibi and the Super Bowl; everything else will be public access cable.

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