It’s only bad when Republicans do it.
Via Beltway Confidential:
Overnight, DNC strategist and CNN analyst Hilary Rosen became a lightning rod of controversy after attacking Ann Romney for, “never working a day in her life.”
That attack quickly escalated after Ann Romney joined Twitter to defend herself and Rosen refused to apologize, doubling down on her controversial statements.
In 2008, Rosen derided Republican attacks against Michelle Obama as an example as “stupid strategy.”
“You know essentially, you’ve taken on sort of the most sympathetic person in the candidate’s realm, the wife, who is taking care of the children, supporting the husband, doing everything she can because she loves him,” Rosen said on Anderson Cooper 360 according to a CNN transcript from May 19, 2008.
Anyone surprised Rosen advises Debbie Wasserman Schultz?
(ABC News) — Ann Romney’s debut on Twitter couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.
Ann’s first tweet came just moments after Democratic strategist and DNC adviser Hilary Rosen lobbed an insult at Ann Romney, suggesting that the 64-year-old mother of five and grandmother of 16 had never held a job.
“Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life,” said Rosen, who was being interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the “war on women.”
And then, just like that, a familiar name popped up on Twitter: @AnnDRomney.
“I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work,” Ann tweeted.
“I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in a tweet.
Top Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod also tweeted his disapproval: “Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”
We should be thanking Rosen, she’s nuking Obama’s claims of a GOP “war on women.”
Hilary Rosen: No apology — Politico
Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen just took to CNN again, this time to defend herself over her controversial comments about Ann Romney never working “a day in her life.”
Rosen insisted she wasn’t attacking the choices of stay-at-home moms, and suggested the Romney campaign was slamming her to take focus off the candidate’s record — in an appearance in which she offered no apology, as President Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina had called for.
“This really isn’t about stay at home moms versus working moms,” she said. “It’s about women in general. I love stay at home moms. . .”
She added, “I have kids. Being a mom is the hardest job in the world. I’ve said consistently . . . look Mitt Romney (has) bought his wife into this conversation. This is not about Ann Romney. . . this is about the waitress” elsewhere in America with two kids can afford to have care for her kids while she works.
“This isn’t about whether Ann Romney, or I or other women of some means can afford to make a choice and stay home and raise kids,” Rosen said. “Most women . . . don’t have that choice. and that’s the piece that I’m not hearing from the Romney campaign.”
The US Army’s soldier of the future… in 1959
Ready for nuclear warfare: transistor-radio helmet, heat-resistant mask, nylon armored vest, and rifle.
Clinton’s excuse for this abuse of power is a joke, the Palestinians need the money to “combat extremism.”
Via National Journal:
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is allowing U.S. funds to flow to the West Bank and Gaza despite a hold by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., a rare display of executive-branch authority that angered the key lawmaker concerned about protecting her congressional oversight role.
A State Department official said that a letter was delivered on Tuesday to key members of Congress informing them of Clinton’s decision to move forward with the $147 million package of the fiscal year 2011 economic support funds for the Palestinian people, despite Ros-Lehtinen’s hold. Administrations generally do not disburse funding over the objections of lawmakers on relevant committees.
The funds deliver “critical support to the Palestinian people and those leaders seeking to combat extremism within their society and build a more stable future. Without funding, our programs risk cancellation,” the official, who was not authorized to speak about the issue, said in an e-mail. “Such an occurrence would undermine the progress that has been made in recent years in building Palestinian institutions and improving stability, security, and economic prospects, which benefits Israelis and Palestinians alike.”
Late last month, Ros-Lehtinen sent a letter to Clinton and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah, informing them she will lift her hold on some $88.6 million of the Palestinian aid package — out of the full $147 million — under special conditions. Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee Chairwoman Kay Granger, R-Texas, agreed to release her hold on the full assistance package on humanitarian grounds.
“The U.S. has given $3 billion in aid to the Palestinians in the last five years alone, and what do we have to show for it?” Ros-Lehtinen said on Wednesday in a statement to National Journal. “Now the administration is sending even more. Where is the accountability for U.S. taxpayer dollars?”
The most telling thing about J Street was their repeated denials they were being funded by Soros, when the evidence was overwhelming they were forced to admit he gave them almost a million dollars.
WASHINGTON (JTA) — A J Street-backed letter from 74 Congressional lawmakers urged President Obama to reaffirm support for a two-state solution in the Middle East.
The members of the U.S. House of Representatives, all Democrats, signed on to what was the key agenda item during J Street’s advocacy day on March 27, which coincided with its annual conference.
“In our view, support for a two-state resolution is inseparable from such support for Israel, its special relationship with the United States, and its very survival as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people,” the letter said.
Seven Jewish members signed on to the letter, including two of the letter’s chief sponsors, Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and John Yarmuth (D-Ky.). Other notable Jewish members to sign the letter were Reps. Susan Davis (D-Calif.), Bob Filner (D-Calif.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).
Another signatory was Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the ranking member of the budget committee.
Geesh,,,,,now the idiots are saying Jesus was not a Christian, but a muslim! Who actually listens and believes this fucking idiot?
With a former U.S. Congressman in the audience, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan made his anticipated, controversial appearance Tuesday night at Alabama A&M University. Surrounded by a security detail of dark suits and bow ties, it was Farrakhan’s white suit that commanded the stage.
Paul Gattis, a reporter for The Huntsville Times who was in the audience wrote, “[Farrakhan] also repeatedly said that it is not known if Jesus was a Caucasian, as He is typically portrayed. Farrakhan made the same point about Elijah, the Jewish prophet.”
Farrakhan referenced the Jewish Seder holiday and specifically the Jewish tradition of the Prophet Elijah’s arrival to each doorway on Passover night: “If Elijah was at the door and he was black, you would call 911 and say there’s a n****r at the door, claiming he’s Elijah! Send the police!”
Why would Jewish people be so shocked? “Because you are not trained to accept wisdom from a black person, no matter how wise that black person is” the minister explained, “Jesus was a black man.”
Most astoundingly, Farrakhan made the argument that Jesus was not Christian. “Because Jesus said ‘Not My will, but Thy will.’ You know what we call that in Arabic? Islam. He was a Muslim.”
Another reason we need to close this islamic terrorist organization down for good!
And they complain about Americans being suspicious of Muslims.
SOUTHFIELD — The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR-MI, will hold a news conference Friday to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the FBI over the repeated detention and questioning of Muslims about their religious beliefs and practices by federal agents at and inside the United States-Canada border.
The press conference will take place 9:30 a.m. outside the Eastern District Federal Courthouse at 231 W. Lafayette Boulevard in Detroit. Executive Director Dawud Walid will be speaking along with Staff Attorney Lena Masri.
News conference participants will include one of the plaintiffs as well as civil rights attorney Shereef Akeel and a representative of Alliance for Immigrants Rights. Akeel is co-counsel with CAIR attorneys on the lawsuit.
CAIR-MI is filing the lawsuit on behalf of four American citizens who reported that CBP and FBI agents detained and handcuffed them without evidence of wrongdoing and questioned them about their religious beliefs and worship habits. The lawsuit asserts that those actions violated the plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights.
Highway to Hell soundtracks this kamikaze mission in three acts:
1. Customer brings his Suzuki SUV back to the dealership to have a faulty shock replaced.
2. Dealership refuses.
3. Customer becomes incensed and takes it out on the showroom, destroying his own car and several others in the process.
Don’t miss the security guard’s pitiful attempt at knocking on the customer’s windows to get him to stop.
Yes, he just admitted the cornerstone of his tax plan is BS.
Via WaPo’s Dana Milbank:
President Obama admits it: His proposed “Buffett Rule” tax on millionaires is a gimmick. “There are others who are saying: ‘Well, this is just a gimmick. Just taxing millionaires and billionaires, just imposing the Buffett Rule, won’t do enough to close the deficit,’” Obama declared Wednesday. “Well, I agree.”
Actually, the gimmick was apparent even without the president’s acknowledgment. He gave his remarks in a room in the White House complex adorned with campaign-style photos of his factory tours. On stage with him were eight props: four millionaires, each paired with a middle-class assistant. The octet smiled and nodded so much as Obama made his case that it appeared the president was sharing the stage with eight bobbleheads.
By op-ed columnist Nick Kristof’s own standards, he and the New York Times are earning money, indirectly, from child sex trafficking.
Late last month, Kristof targeted Goldman Sachs with farcical allegations of supporting child sex trafficking via its minority stake in Village Voice Media, which owns Backpage.com. He repeated those allegations yesterday on CNBC (which called its story “Goldman’s Ties to Sex Trafficking”–video below).
Kristof’s real target may have been GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, whose wife Ann owns a blind trust that had invested in Village Voice Media through a Goldman Sachs fund.
Ironically, Kristof’s own newspaper profits from the sort of advertising for escort services,strip clubs, and other forms of adult entertainment that Kristof has linked to the underworld of child sex trafficking.
Unlike Backpage.com, only 16 percent of which was owned by Goldman Sachs, About.com is “a wholly-owned subsidiary of the New York Times Company,” according to About.com’s contact information page.
Moreover, the About Group–including About.com and other websites–accounted for 5% of all revenues to The New York Times Company in 2011, roughly $100 million.
In addition, according to its 2011 Annual Report to shareholders, the Times also owns a 49% stake in Metro Boston, a free daily newspaper with left-leaning coverage whose parent company also happens to make money from adult advertising.
One ad, for example, posted for Detroit, MI but visible through Metro.com’s online classified section on April 9, seeks “Girls all ages, races, and body shapes…for Adult Entertainment jobs” (screenshot above).
To work your feeble brains.
Female employees in the Obama White House make considerably less than their male colleagues, records show.
According to the 2011 annual report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000).
Calculating the median salary for each gender required some assumptions to be made based on the employee names. When unclear, every effort was taken to determine the appropriate gender.
The Obama campaign on Wednesday lashed out at presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney for his failure to immediately endorse the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, a controversial law enacted in 2009 that made it easier to file discrimination lawsuits.
President Obama has frequently criticized the gender pay gap, such as the one that exists in White House.
“Paycheck discrimination hurts families who lose out on badly needed income,” he said in a July 2010 statement. “And with so many families depending on women’s wages, it hurts the American economy as a whole.”
It is not known whether any female employees at the White House have filed lawsuits under the Ledbetter Act.
The president and his Democratic allies have accused Republicans of waging a “war on women,” and have touted themselves as champions of female equality. Obama’s rhetoric, however, has not always been supported by his actions.
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION LEAKS ANOTHER ISRAELI DEFENSE SECRET
The leaks continue from the Obama administration with regard to Israeli defense secrets. On Sunday, the New Yorker printed a report stating that US had worked with the Iranian opposition group Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK). The US was apparently receiving intelligence from the group, including intercepted cell phone calls and text messages. But sources also confirmed that Mossad was helping to funnel resources and train members of the MEK. As Seymour Hersh writes:
[E]arly last month NBC News quoted two senior Obama Administration officials as confirming that the attacks were carried out by M.E.K. units that were financed and trained by Mossad, the Israeli secret service. NBC further quoted the Administration officials as denying any American involvement in the M.E.K. activities. The former senior intelligence official I spoke with seconded the NBC report that the Israelis were working with the M.E.K., adding that the operations benefitted from American intelligence. He said that the targets were not “Einsteins”; “The goal is to affect Iranian psychology and morale,” he said, and to “demoralize the whole system—nuclear delivery vehicles, nuclear enrichment facilities, power plants.” Attacks have also been carried out on pipelines. He added that the operations are “primarily being done by M.E.K. through liaison with the Israelis, but the United States is now providing the intelligence.”
So what would be the purpose of the leak this time? The same as the last time: it’s supposed to tip off the Iranians to efforts against them, and it’s supposed to dissuade the Israelis from doing anything to stop the Iranian nuclear program. And those efforts are largely Israeli – Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has already denied any US involvement in the assassinations of the Iranian nuclear scientists.