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A List of Islamophobes for Dean Obeidallah

By 5.14.15

In the wake of the controversy surrounding Pamela Geller’s “Draw the Prophet Mohammed” contest, comedian Dean Obeidallah, a left-leaning comedian (but I repeat myself) who is also a Muslim has decided he will use his radio show to have a “Draw an Islamophobe” contest. Obeidallah writes a column over there at the Daily Beast and, albeit in typical left-handed fashion, has nonetheless stood up to defend Geller's right to free speech. While he titled the piece“Muslims Defend Pam Geller’s Right to Hate,”defend her right to free speech he did, writing:

Moody’s Downgrades Chicago Bonds to “Junk”

By on 5.13.15 | 11:39AM

Yesterday, Chicago got the Obama Presidential Library and thank heavens, since Chicago also lost any semblance of dignity in terms of our bond rating, and we'll most definitely need the kind of multi-million dollar public works project the Library promises to be in order to survive financially.

After years of teetering on the edge of fully bankrupting the city, Moody's finally pulled the plug, dropping Chicago's status two notches to "junk," in a (probably futile) effort to encourage either pension reform or a tax increase. The move came (at least in part) as a response to an Illinois Supreme Court decision that dropped late last week, declaring that the pension reform package the legislature had concocted was unconstitutional, and wiping it off the books. 

Moody’s Investor’s Service on Tuesday dropped Chicago’s bond rating two more notches — to junk status — turning up the heat on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to raise property taxes and on the Illinois General Assembly to approve a Chicago casino.

White House Demands Sen. Sherrod Brown Apologize for “Sexism” Comments

By on 5.13.15 | 10:53AM

Last night, the President of the National Organization for Women piled on Sen. Sherrod Brown's claim that President Obama's criticism of Sen. Elizabeth Warren as "a politician like everyone else" smacked of sexism and microagression.

This morning, the White House, already reeling from the mass defection of Dems over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, demonstrated exactly how stining Sherrod's comments were when they used today's press conference to demand that Brown take his turn on the Naughty Step

The White House responded Wednesday to Sen. Sherrod Brown’s criticism of President Barack Obama’s treatment of fellow Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Brown is “a stand-up guy.”

“I’m confident after he’s had a chance to look at the comments he made yesterday that he’ll find a way to apologize,” he told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday.

Sen. Sherrod Brown Calls Obama ‘Sexist’ for Attacks Against Elizabeth Warren

By on 5.12.15 | 5:45PM

Elizabeth Warren was successful in blocking key provisions of the TPP today, and as Aaron noted earlier this afternoon, President Obama's reaction to the power of Fauxcahontas to make a dent in his foreign trade agenda, was, overall, somewhat less than enthusiastic. Calling the Senator, "just another politician," he minimized the imapct that a growing contingent on the left, now unconvinced of his progressive credentials, is having on his signature legislation. 

Sen. Sherrod Brown, the unabashed progressive Senator from Ohio, did not take kindly to President Obama's designation of Sen. Warren as nothing more than a run-of-the-mill elected official with no market value. And to prove that he was offended, he told a reporter, in only mildly uncertain terms, that the President was a big, fat sexist.

Jeb Bush Says He’d Dump Executive Amnesty…Sort Of

By on 5.12.15 | 1:56PM

Thankfully for the Republican Presidential candidates, Ted Cruz's encounter with Mark Halperin, which demonstrated that Mark Halperin has little to no contact with the outside world, has dominated headlines this week. Otherwise, a few of them would be forced to explain some bizarre statements they've made.

Hillary Clinton Plagiarized Herself for Her Book

By on 5.12.15 | 1:14PM

I suppose it's not technically plagiarism if you're copying yourself, unless you decide to also implicate yourself for the theft of intellectual property from your own mind, but if you were wondering how Hillary Clinton had managed to eek out a book when she's so stingy with public statements, it seems she literally took a page from herself. 

As discovered by the Washington Free Beacon, Clinton cribbed entire passages for Hard Choices, her book about her years in government, from earlier speeches, testimony she gave in front of the House and Senate, from her husband and even from some of her earlier works.

Large portions of Hillary Clinton’s $14-million memoir Hard Choices are copied from more than a dozen public speeches, congressional testimony she made while serving as secretary of state, and her previous book Living History, a Washington Free Beacon analysis found.

Chicago Wins Bid to Host Obama Presidential Library

By on 5.12.15 | 10:58AM

Oh, thank heavens. Our long, national nightmare has finally come to an end.

In a move that surprised literally no one - except those of us who live here and thought that our President, warrior of the downtrodden minority communities, would rather the money go to building a much-needed trauma center on the city's South Side rather than a vanity project of a tourist attraction - Chicago has won the right to build the Obama Presidential Library, a project of the Barack Obama Foundation, which launched yetsterday with the comforting tagline, "his Presidency was just the beginning."

President Barack Obama's presidential library will be located in Chicago, the Barack Obama Foundation officially announced Tuesday.

The University of Chicago beat out its competitors, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii, which also touted their ties to Obama and vied for the opportunity to host his presidential center.

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Fidel’s Millions and Streisand’s Lawn

By 5.12.15

A more vivid, quite literal illustration of how socialism and the liberal-mindset works would be hard to find. 

Illustration one: the California drought. As reported here in the New York Post, California is “withering” in a drought. Reports the paper: 

Experts predict California reservoirs have less than a year’s worth of drinking water left. An emergency law passed last week forces local cities to conserve water immediately. The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, which supplies many of these elite enclaves north of Los Angeles, will have four weeks starting next month to cut water use by a staggering 36 percent.

Bill Clinton Will Stay in the Shadows For Now

By on 5.11.15 | 5:07PM

Although it was clear from this flattering Washington Post bit from this weekend that Bill Clinton has been slowly shoring up his First Lady agenda, it seems that the Hillary Clinton campaign is not interested in giving the people what they're clamoring for.

While Bill Clinton will happily trot the globe, pulling up developing nations from certain economic disaster with his charm and compassion alone, Hillary will be leaving her happy hubby off the campaign trail for now in order to focus America's attention on the lesser Clinton, lest they start making unflattering comparisons. 

President Clinton will not hit the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton in 2015, aides told The Washington Post, keeping in line with his promise to be a “backstage adviser” to her White House run.

Elizabeth Warren Takes Aim at the Clinton Foundation

By on 5.11.15 | 1:43PM

She's nice, but she's not so nice. 

Elizabeth Warren (D-$8.5 million, net worth), who I am quickly running out of Native American-themed jokes for, despite having literally decades yet to go in her tenure, wrote a blog post the other day on her own website, ElizabethWarren.com, bolstering Hillary Clinton's credentials with her populist following over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that Warren is at war with the White House over. But even though the article is titled "I Agree with Hillary Clinton," it seems Elizabeth is the dictionary definition of a frenemy. While Warren took vicious aim at supporters of the TPP, her targets were carefully selected for impact...on her new friend.

Warren’s post, “I agree with Hillary Clinton,” details her concerns with a provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that she says “would let foreign companies challenge American laws outside of American courts.”

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