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Obama Gets The Name of Afghanistan’s New President Wrong & a Pin Drops

By on 3.24.15 | 6:31PM

During a joint White House press conference, President Obama referred to new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani as his predecessor, Hamid Karzai.

Given that we still have nearly 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, you would think Obama might want to remember the name of the country's elected President.

Or let me put it another way. How would Obama have reacted if a world leader called him President Bush? 

Barack Obama is still presented as a man too smart for this country. Yet this hasn't stopped him from claiming he visited 57 states with one to go, refering to corpsman as "corpsemen", referring to The Malvinas as The Maldives and declaring he was on Asian soil when he was speaking in Hawaii.

The Presidential Florist Has Been Escorted from the White House

By on 3.24.15 | 5:26PM

I wouldn't normally go to the Washington Post's "Style" section for insight into the inner workings of the Obama Administration, but since they blew the lid off the soon-to-be-former Rep. Aaron Schock case with their expose on his Downton Abbey-themed office space, resulting an investigation into his finances that may now lead to Federal charges, I find the fluff worth checking. 

And today, it revealed an administration scandal of epic proportions: the Presidential florist has been unceremoniously escorted from the White House and the Administration has been left utterly adrift as they search for a replacement in time for the upcoming State Dinner with the Japanese Prime Minister. And DC is just swirling with speculation.

Hillary Now Thinks This Email Thing is Hilarious

By on 3.24.15 | 5:13PM

If you're keeping score, based on familiarity with the Clinton playbook, we have now delightfully exited the "pretend nothing is wrong" phase of Hillary Clinton's private email scandal and we've moved into the "joke about it as though it's funny" phase.

If you recall, this closely mirror's Bill Clinton's response to the Monica Lewinsky scandal, where, after denying his scandal under oath and then recanting it, embraced his public personal as a lovable, yet kind of creepy oaf, bound to haplessly follow the edicts of his nether regions: "Oh, that's just Bill!" and "Did someone say Colombian prostitutes?" Hillary is following suit. Fresh off her UN press conference, where she revealed her own technological vulnerability, as well as her abject commitment to the feminist principle of always playing too dumb to know what's going on, she's confident the situation has been completely resolved. And so, on to the jokes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.