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Obama Admin Continues Its Assault on Israel

By on 3.24.15 | 4:57PM

The Obama Administration continues its assault on Israel.

Consider the remarks of White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough yesterday when he addressed J Street, the Jewish anti-Israel group which is viewed to be Left's answer to AIPAC. Here is how McDonough questioning Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's commitment to a two-state solution:

After the election, the Prime Minister said that he had not changed his position, but for many in Israel and in the international community, such contradictory comments call into question his commitment to a two-state solution, as did his suggestion that the construction of settlements has a strategic purpose of dividing Palestinian communities and his claim that conditions in the larger Middle East must be more stable before a Palestinian state can be established. We cannot simply pretend that those comments were never made, or that they don’t raise questions about the Prime Minister’s commitment to achieving peace through direct negotiations.

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Guess Which President Said This

By on 3.24.15 | 2:54PM

President Obama and Afghani President Ghani just had a joint press conference.

Guess which one said "I would also like to thank the American taxpayer for his and her hard-earned dollars that have enabled" (the United States to help Afghanistan militarily and otherwise.)

Actually, I'm sorry for asking you such an easy question.

President Obama would never thank taxpayers since the Progressive view of taxation is that money belongs to government first, and whatever we get to keep is only due to the kind-heartedness of politicians.

I don't know much about Ghani, but with some of his very first words spoken in the United States being to thank those of us who funded the Afghanistan War, he starts out on a good foot with me.

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The Tyranny of “Un-Feminist Underwear”

By on 3.24.15 | 1:15PM

Are you sick and tired of being attractive? Does the idea of having a fulfilling love life not appeal to you in any way? Are you always wondering why more underwear designers aren't willing to accommodate the unruly body hair that accompanies your firm commitment to your feminist ideas? 

Well, your time has come, underserved ladies of the Internet. Thanks to the generousity of the Internet, if you face these and other feminism-related problems where your lingerie is concerned, there's now a company that has you covered. Literally. It's called "Neon Moon," and it makes underthings that are designed to bring out your inner Gender Studies major: by which I mean they are specifically designed without any real support or purpose, other than to be unattractive to men

Rather than burning her bra, an entrepreneur fed up with 'sexualised' underwear in stores was inspired to design her own range that suited her feminist ideals.

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Rep. Peter King Will “Jump Off A Bridge” If Ted Cruz Gets Nominated

By on 3.24.15 | 12:40PM

Someone needs a nap.

Speaking to Wolf Blitzer yesterday afternoon, a fact I'm noting because otherwise, you'd just ask whether Wolf Blitzer was actually still on the air, Rep. Peter King decided to let America know that, if they end up nominating Ted Cruz for President in 2016, well, then, they'll just have to do without Rep. Peter King. Because Ted Cruz is a carnival barker and is probably going to push Peter King off a bridge. Or something.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) appeared on CNN’s The Situation Room Monday afternoon and when Wolf Blitzer asked him to explain his statement that compared Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to a “carnival barker,” the Republican congressman opted not to walk back his comments but instead take about a dozen steps forward.

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Iran Talks Stall, But Not Because of “Death to America” Comments

By on 3.24.15 | 12:18PM

I'm a tiny bit late picking this up because I had to wait in a ridiculous online queue for Lollapalooza tickets which I didn't get anyway. I suppose that's not that big of a deal, since Kanye West is rumored to be the primary headliner, but still. Can't something remind me that summer is only a few short months away?

Anyway, while I'm busy feeling sorry for myself over concert tickets, John Kerry, who should feel sorry for himself for being in any way involved with foreign policy, will allow another deadline to pass: the original deadline by which the international negotiations team was supposed to have a deal that would halt the progress of a nuclear Iran. Unsurprisingly, that deadline has been rendered all but meaningless, and Kerry will not even return to the barganing table until Thursday. 

The original Tuesday deadline in the Iran nuclear talks will pass without a framework for a final agreement nor congressional action on bills to impose new sanctions or require approval of a deal.

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I Hope Israel Spied on The Iran Nuclear Talks

By on 3.24.15 | 9:55AM

Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal came out with a report which alleges that Israel was spying on the P5 +1 nuclear talks with Iran.

Naturally, the Obama Administration is furious. But take a look at this quote from an unnamed senior Obama Administration official:

It is one thing for the U.S. and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal U.S. secrets and play them back to U.S. legislators to undermine U.S. diplomacy.

So this senior Obama Administration official readily acknowledges that it spies on Israel. It takes a certain amount of audacity to say. "It's OK for us to spy on you, but you don't you dare spy on us and use it against us." But then again this is the Obama Administration and they specialize in audacity.

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That’s Not My Web Site, Really!

By on 3.23.15 | 8:16PM

Well, this is a little embarrassing for a guy who kicked off a presidential campaign today...

http://www.tedcruz.com/

Whoever owns the web site has a private registration through GoDaddy. The URL was first registered in 2004 and current registration doesn't expire until after the 2016 elections.

One wonders if it's for sale, and if so how much he/she/they, who clearly aren't on the same policy page with Senator Ted Cruz, would charge the senator for it.

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Starbucks Has Solved Racism, Will Move On To Other Things Now

By on 3.23.15 | 4:28PM

If you, like me, were disappointed over the weekend when the person mixing up your tiramisu latte didn't offer to have an in-depth conversation with you about the state of race relations in America ("it's 8:30am on a Saturday, it's way too early to talk about racism"), you may not have a chance to live out your dream of discussing uncomfortable subjects with uninformed strangers much longer. At least, as far as Starbucks is mandating it.

According to Starbucks, the #RaceTogether promotion, which was widely ridiculed for being utterly ridiculous, ended on Sunday and baristas are no longer required to request that you "race together" to a better America. They're "moving on" to other aspects of the multi-dimensional campaign. And while most people looking forward to getting a bit of social justice with their morning espresso were under the impression the promotion would last for weeks, Starbucks says the short stint was all that was in the plan, and that they're "moving on."

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Ted Cruz: Imagine Abolishing The IRS, It’s Easy If You Try

By on 3.23.15 | 2:34PM

In launching his presidential campaign today, Senator Ted Cruz showed he has a fondness for the word imagine using it 38 times in his speech. On one of those occasions, Cruz even implored his audience to text the word.

Now there's nothing wrong with the word imagine in of itself. I suppose Cruz and his team intended imagine to be their answer to Barack Obama's use of the word hope. The only problem is that the word imagine is so strongly associated with John Lennon and naturally a lot of people picked on up on it and are having fun with it including The Daily Caller.

Well, it might just my imagination (sorry, I couldn't resist the temptation), but I don't think Cruz and company were seeking to be associated with the late Beatle. If this is the case then they might have better suited to choosing a different theme word for the campaign.

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Ted Cruz Is No Ronald Reagan

By on 3.23.15 | 11:39AM

Towards the conclusion of his 2,700 word plus article on Ted Cruz's forthcoming GOP presidential bid announcement, Jeff Lord acknowledges, "Ted Cruz is, of course, not Ronald Reagan. As with every other human on the planet, there was only one Reagan."

Yet this does not prevent Jeff from making 67 other references to Ronald Reagan in his piece.

I just don't see it.

Now don't get me wrong. Ted Cruz has very quickly found his way to the national stage. But then again so did Barack Obama. And much like Obama, he's throwing his hat into ring scarcely two years into his Senate term without much in the way of achievement. While the two men are diametrically opposed ideologically, I see more parallels between Cruz and Obama than I do with Cruz and Reagan.

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