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HuffPost Reporter Actually Chides Netanyahu for Not Reading Iran Deal

By on 7.14.15 | 12:31PM

The snarkiest thing I have read about the nuclear deal with Iran comes from Jessica Schulberg of the Huffington Post. There is much to be snarky about concerning the Iran nuclear deal. Unfortunately, Schulberg’s snark is directed at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The headline reads, “Benjamin Netanyahu Doesn’t Need To Read The Iran Deal To Know He Hates It.” Now, speaking from personal experience, the headlines I choose for my articles aren’t always what appears online. That could be the case here, but judging by the following I doubt it:

Netanyahu’s judgment of the 159-page agreement came before the public release of the text of the deal. He blamed the nuclear agreement on the willingness of the negotiators to reach a deal “at any cost,” a thinly veiled criticism of President Barack Obama, whom the Israeli premier has long sparred with on the topic of Iran’s nuclear program.

Iran Nuclear Deal Represents a 21st Century Munich Agreement

By on 7.14.15 | 11:33AM

Barack Obama’s top foreign policy objective from the time he declared his candidacy for the White House in February 2007 was to engage with Iran for the purpose of negotiating a nuclear agreement. He told Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes

I think that the notion that this administration has — that not talking to our enemies is effective punishment — is wrong. It flies in the face of our experiences during the Cold War. Ronald Reagan understood that it may be an evil empire, but it’s worthwhile for us to periodically meet to see are there areas of common interest.

Why I’m Not Worried About Scott Walker or Thank You Richard Trumka

By on 7.13.15 | 10:11PM

I don't mind Emily's skepticism where it concerns my brash prediction that Scott Walker will be elected this country's 45th President

But whatever skepticism Emily might have concerning Walker's positions on abortion, corn subsidies and immigration, I believe they are effectively neutralized by the words that were uttered by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

Scott Walker is a national disgrace.

I can assure you that Richard Trumka doesn't think Scott Walker is a national disgrace because he is insufficiently conservative.

Hillary Clinton, Old Person, Does Not Like This Newfangled Uber App

By on 7.13.15 | 5:54PM

A week or so ago, my friend Lisa De Pasquale over at Breitbart, penned an article about how this election cycle is shaping up to be Gen-X versus Baby Boomers. In it, she pointed out that while Hillary Clinton might not be too old to be President (I mean, seriously, the GOP once ran John McCain who knows so much about foreign policy because he was around with Pangea broke apart), she certainly acts old - way older than should be socially acceptable or electorally palatable. 

Today, Hillary spent half her speech railing on the Wall Street banks that make up a significant part of her donor base, and the other half complaining about these young whippersnappers and their newfangled smartphones with the texting and the Facebooking and the Ubering. I mean, who do they think they are, circumventing an antiquated and burdensome, union-driven transportation boondoggle with ingenuity and common sense and a cooperative network that allows individuals to purchase products on a free market that they themselves police? 

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended Indefinitely as WaPost Reporter Stands Trial in Tehran

By on 7.13.15 | 4:56PM

The latest deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran has come and gone and surprise, surprise, surprise, the talks have now appear to have been extended indefinitely.

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian’s time in captivity in Iran has also been extended indefinitely as his espionage trial has resumed in Tehran. Read what Saeed Kamali Dehghan has written in the Guardian about the proceedings:

There has been international condemnation of the prolonged detention of the 39-year-old, who was working in Iran with appropriate accreditation and has had two hearings since May. Iran has a history of jailing journalists working for the foreign press. Its intelligence authorities have a deep suspicion of citizens with dual nationality. Iran does not recognise dual nationality and thus treats Rezaian solely as an Iranian.

Hamptons Hotspot Turns Down Nancy Peolsi

By on 7.13.15 | 4:54PM

There are only a few people who can get seated at any restaurant in the Hamptons without making a reservation first. That list might include Billy Joel, Howard Stern, maybe that woman from the Food Network who runs the gourmet store in the neighborhood, probably Barack Obama.

Obviously, the list, at least at Hamptons hotspot Beautique, does not include House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Unfortunately for Nancy, she, reportedly, had to find that out the hard way.

[A] source said Pelosi had wanted to dine at the hotel’s restaurant, Beautique, that night, but arrived without a reservation and they were forced to turn her away.

“She was accompanied by a lot of security. Guests like Howard Stern already had tables,” says a spy. We’re told the restaurant did put together some room service so she could dine in her room.

Hillary Clinton, Backed By Wall Street, Wants to Dismantle Wall Street

By on 7.13.15 | 4:03PM

It isn't easy being Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders is drawing big crowds. Pantsuits weren't a staple on the Paris Fashion Week runways. Disgusting commoners want to touch you, and people want to know things about your email and Benghazi and all these things they were supposed to forget about once they were dazzled by Hillary Clinton's wisdom and beauty. 

And there's only so much pandering you can do to target demographics. Keeping women, minorities, youth and small leftist special interest groups in line is only helpful if you have the majority of the Democratic base locked down, and its increasingly apparent that she doesn't. As Bernie Sanders rants away, Hillary's numbers are slipping, and her connection with the progressives that put Obama over the top only to see him govern as (mostly) a moderate, is tenuous at best. So what's a girl to do?

Pander some more. This time, to Bernie's base. America, you need a raise. Or something.

Ted Cruz Didn’t Bulk-Buy His Own Book, Says Amazon

By on 7.13.15 | 1:45PM

Over the weekend, Ted Cruz got a rude response from the New York Times when, despite blockbuster sales for his book, A Time for Truth, the New York Times refused to put it on their weekly list of best-sellers because they were convinced - convinced, I tell you - that Ted Cruz had been instructing his campaign to buy the book in bulk in order to pad his numbers. Cruz's book, by all accounts, sold around 11,000 copies, which should have put him third on the list, behind a book about the Wright Brothers and a book written by a former Playboy bunny and reality television star.

Scott Walker: Conservative Presidential Candidate, But for How Long?

By on 7.13.15 | 12:50PM

I suppose, based on the exultant prediction Aaron is making about Scott Walker's run at the Presidency, that it's up to me to be the Debbie Downer. 

So, it's not that I don't like Scott Walker. I do. I like him even more because the very mention of his name makes liberal toes curl. He's defeated the worst of the progressive worst not once, but three times in four years, and he plans on making his vision for Wisconsin, which won over voters despite dramatic sit-ins, protests and threats to bring hippie drum circles to every school district in the state, his vision for America. His brand new campaign video says it all.

But as serious conservative contenders for the highest office abound, Scott Walker isn't necessarily among them.

Peter Brimelow Posts a Rather Large Picture of My Head

By on 7.13.15 | 12:29PM

For the past couple of weeks, I have raised the ire of Peter Brimelow of VDARE.

When I criticized Ann Coulter for incorrectly calling South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley "an immigrant," Brimelow took me to task for it and only to incorrectly call me an immigrant. Although I was born in Canada, I've always had a claim to U.S. citizenship, which I exercised in 1999 before moving down to Boston the following year. For this, Brimelow nows say I am of immigrant stock. But then again so is he.

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