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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Dear Rand Paul--You Are Now Dead To Me

I have spent much of the past year trying to convince friends that Rand Paul was not Ron Paul, not that I was going to endorse him or anybody else in GOP race for the nomination but I thought that Rand should be fairly evaluated based on his positions not based on his racist, anti-Semitic father.  Today that all changes....Rand Paul as a candidate is dead to me. Oh of course I will vote for him if he gets the nomination, but to be honest I really don't believe I have much to worry about.

What was the Kentucky Senator's offense? He broke Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment,"Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican"  Rand went far beyond the 11th commandment, he blamed his fellow Republicans for creating ISIS.

On Wednesday morning he was interviewed by Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe. The host asked Rand about a comment Lindsey Graham made, blaming people like Rand Paul for ISIS. Graham was wrong for the attack (but who really cares because I have a better chance of getting the nomination than Graham who is little more than John McCain's mini-me). Instead of hitting back at Graham, Rand Paul lashed out at a big segment of the GOP.
ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS. These hawks also wanted to bomb Assad, which would have made ISIS' job easier. They created these people. ISIS is all over Libya, because these same hawks in my party, they loved Hillary Clinton’s war. They just wanted more of it. Libya is a failed state. It’s a disaster. Iraq is a failed state or a vassal state now of Iran.
The creation of ISIS has much more to do with Obama's premature withdrawal of troops from Iraq than any GOP hawk. It was a stable country when our troops left, heck even the SCHMOTUS Joe Biden said so. Actually the biggest factor was Wahhabism the radical Islamist philosophy created in Saudi Arabia which morphed into the radical Islam which became Hamas, Hezbollah,  al Qaeda, and ISIS.

One of the reasons Romney lost in 2012 was the primary period where the large crop of GOP candidates spent all their time slamming each other instead of laying out their own policies. Rand Paul's statement to Joe Scarborough was reminiscent of that kind of "If I can't be president--no Republican can" type of campaign we saw in 2012 and it is unacceptable.

Thus Rand Paul is now dead to me. And If I could sway RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (he doesn't know me from a hole in the wall)  I would urge him to ban Paul from the debates because of the cardinal sin of breaking the 11th commandment.

Clintons Got Money From Qatar's Soccer Committee (But Probably Weren't Involved in Scandal)

I am beginning to feel bad for Hillary Clinton (OK not THAT bad). Today the soccer (they call it football) world was rocked with a major scandal. And like most scandals these days that scandal has a Clinton link. But in this case the Clintons were probably not involved in this particular scandal,

Much of the leadership of FIFA the world body which rules soccer OK football, was arrested today as part as a bribery scandal. From what I have been told FIFA is more crooked than boxing was in the bad old days

The Swiss Govt. announced a criminal investigation into Qatar's 2022 bid.  Just as interesting is that the government of Qatar and the Qatar organizing committee accused of bribing its way to being awarded the 2022 World Cup each donated to the Clinton Foundation (Qatar Govt gave between $1-5 million- the Qatar World Cup Committee gave between $250K and $500K) There was no mention of the Clinton foundation in any of the charges.

While so far the foundation has no involvement with the investigations and I doubt that they were involved. But this is another reminder that the Clinton Foundations has accepted donations from many of the world's richest and most powerful players. Its donor list runs to 200,000 names, and includes foreign governments, Wall Street and foreign financial institutions, energy conglomerates and others. Many of whom has had relationships with Hillary in her role as NY Senator, or as Secretary of State.

I doubt that Clinton was involved in the Qatar football scam because Bill Clinton led the U.S. efforts to win the 2022 World Cup.
Bill Clinton traveled to Zurich in 2010 with a gaggle of celebrities pushing for the U.S. to win the right to host the 2022 tournament but FIFA chose Qatar instead. At a conference the next day hosted by The Economist, Clinton attributed the decision to FIFA's desire to "make soccer a world sport."

“They wanted to say, here's a good non-terrorist, non-bigoted way of embracing -- no really, I'm not trivializing this -- a way to embrace the modernization attempt of the Middle East," he said.
Others were shocked that the FIFA committee selected a site for the World Cup where average temperatures were well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald Bill Clinton flipped out when he found out that Qatar won the bid.
The former US president, who had spent two years travelling the world glad-handing members of football's governing body, FIFA, could not believe America's bid to host the 2022 World Cup had been beaten by, of all places, Qatar.

Clinton, the honorary chairman of the US bid, had wheeled out such big-hitters as Brad Pitt, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Morgan Freeman and Spike Lee to add lustre to the US Soccer Federation bid. Australia and Japan's bids had seemed the biggest threat, but few had seriously entertained the idea that Qatar, a footballing desert, could win.

"Clinton was fuming," said one well-placed source. "He felt humiliated and felt the decision did not make sense."
Bill Clinton looked anything but happy as he strode into the Savoy Baur en Ville hotel in Zurich in December 2010. The receptionists could tell he was irritated, but had no idea just how angry he was.

After closing the door to his suite, he reached for an ornament on a table and threw it at a wall mirror in a fit of rage, shattering the glass.

So this might be one of those rare cases where the Clinton name is attached to a scandal but they were probably not involved.

Carly Fiorina's Brilliant Move

When a candidate is behind in the polls it's time for a bold move, and Carly Fiorina is pulling a bold one today. She held a news conference outside of the the Columbia, S.C. Marriott at noon on Wednesday. What makes the move so bold is that inside that same hotel, Hillary Clinton was hosting a campaign event and if she holds to tradition the only one who will be answering questions from the press will be Fiorina.

Fiorina took reporter questions for about ten minutes.  She criticized Clinton as a career politician and in response to a reporter question, addressed the equal pay for women issue (see video below)
Hillary Clinton is the personification of the professional political class, We need a nominee who can ask her these questions, said Fiorina.
Indeed when Ms. Clinton first ran for the Senate, her opponent's over step approaching Hilliary's podium during a debate was seen as a man bullying a woman. Its an issue that all the male candidates must be careful with. But Fiorina is the perfect Hillary "hitman."

As for Fiorina's move today, it was brilliant, but it can only be done once.   It will be interesting to see what she does next.

Below is a clip from her presser outside the Marriott.

Newsbusted: Hillary Hires Stephanopoulos As Spokesman (Will Also Keep ABC Job)

The recent scandal of ABC Anchor George Stephanopoulos maintaining close ties to the Clintons has opened up new opportunities for the both the Anchor and the Hillary Clinton campaign. According to an exclusive report by Newsbusted Anchor Jodie Miller (see video below) we learn that Stephanopoulos has been offered the job as spokesman for the Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign. And not only has he accepted the offer, but ABC News will allow him to do double duty and keep his job at the network. Apparently they feel that since the news about George and the Clintons is public and in their opinion he hasn't been more biased than any other liberal anchor their belief is "why the heck not!"

Other news items covered in the latest installment of Newsbusted the weekly faux news feature from (embedded below) include; L.A. raises the minimum wage; ISIS Captures Ramadi; Bill Murray drunk on MSNBC? ; and much, much more.

Please make sure you watch the video below because something bad always happens to the people who don't. Last week Hillary and Bubba both forgot to press play and ever since there has been an almost daily leak of scandals.  So If you don't want your dirty laundry aired in public in a slow drip to the American better press play.

And if you can't see the video player below please click here

Fraudulent Video Attacking Obama Claiming To Be From MEMRI

Folks some of you may have been exposed to a video where Egyptian TV reporters make fun of President Obama's statement that Climate Change is the biggest threat facing America today. The video has the MEMRI logo and subtitles in all caps (see screenshot above). Basically they took an old MEMRI video and inserted a video of Obama's speech and new subtitles for the "Egyptian reporters."

While the president's claim was certainly worthy of ridicule, this never happened. The video is a fraud and was reported to the MEMRI people yesterday. Three things made the fraud apparent. Firstly it didn't begin with the MEMRI frame asking for donations, secondly look at the subtitles on the screenshot of the fake video above and compare them to the ones on the real MEMRI video below, not only is the typeface different, the fraudulent one is in all caps. Finally the video is political in nature as a 501(C)(3) MEMRI is not allowed to make overtly political statements such as those in the fake video.

Folks there is plenty of legitimate news that people can use to criticize President Obama. In fact the American reaction to the president's claim that Climate change is our biggest threat would have made a great video.

But using the MEMRI name for a fraudulent claim of ridicule of Obama, without labeling it as satire, etc. only serves to damage the reputation of a valuable tool exposing the truth about what is being presented in Middle East media.

If you see the fraudulent video, or any video which seems a bit off, check with the supposed source before you send around. Yesterday I made one phone call to MEMRI and got my answer in two can do the same thing their contact info is on their website.
For real MEMRI videos you can visit their home page here or visit their Youtube page here And for legitimate reporting about what President Obama is doing right or wrong--continue to tune in here at The Lid.