Saturday, August 1, 2015

No Ramadan For You

This is what I imagine Coulter’s testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs would look like
Donald Trump has stated he thought Oprah Winfrey would be a “great” running mate.  He’s also intimated that he’d love to include Sarah Palin in his cabinet if he is elected president.

Now we learn that author Ann Coulter would like to be the head of The Donald’s Department of Homeland Security.  Coulter believes she would run a much tighter ship than the current DHS chief.

Speaking at the Eagle Forum’s Collegian Summit in DC, Coulter said “slightly joking”, that she "could get it all done before breakfast” adding she “could kind of guess who the criminals are going to be at least 50 percent of the time.”

She said she would bring America back to the good old days, when immigration was more tightly controlled.

“There was no pussyfooting around,” she said. “We’re assimilating you, you’re here, and you’re going to be an American. There will be no celebration of Cinco de Mayo, there will be no Ramadan, in fact there won’t even be a Feast of the Immaculate Conceptionwe are an Anglo-Protestant country, and you will learn about the Battle of Valley Forge.”

Ella And Snowy

A 21-year-old mother in Queensland, Australia gave birth to Ella who was born without her left arm from the effects of Amniotic Band Syndrome.  Ella is an otherwise healthy, adorable baby.

Ella’s mom saw a posting for a one-year-old abandoned dog named Snowy and emailed The Animal Welfare League asking if they could hold the dog for her at a rehoming center.  She knew instantly that Snowy would be the perfect companion for her one-year-old daughter.  You see, Snowy has only three legs.

Little Ella will face challenges growing up and when she realizes she is different from the other children or she’s having a bad day she will see the resemblance and know that she’s not alone.

The child and the pup have a long friendship ahead of them and Ella will have all the unconditional love, loyalty and companionship Snowy can give even to her very last breath.

Via The Daily Mail

UPDATE:  This appears to be the video that touched the heart of Ella’s mother prompting her to bring Snowy home to shower her little girl with love.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Flowing Curves Of Beauty

Men who have pierced ears are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Your Dazzling Moment Of Zen

CNN/ORC Polling For July 22-25

The complete polling results can be found here.

Why the Daily Show is Such a Success, Illustrated:

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“Washington Cartel” Savaged By Ted Cruz

Is it true that Ted Cruz refrained from criticizing Donald Trump after the firestorm over his comments belittling John McCain’s war record to pick up some of The Donald’s support should he drop out of the race for president? 

In an interview with Bloomberg Politics Cruz said, "My view on John McCain is explicit and unambiguous. He's an American hero and he's a friend.  I'm not going to just take a stick to fellow Republicans or for that matter to Democrats.  In my time in the Senate I haven't impugned the character of Republicans or Democrats and I don't intend to start today."

In his March 23, 2015 presidential announcement speech, Cruz cited Ronald Reagan who popularized the Eleventh Commandment:  Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.

On Friday, however, the gloves came off.  He accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of lying to his colleagues.

Elected to the Senate in 1984, McConnell has been labeled “one of the most corrupt members of Congress” by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). 

Cruz’s broadside of McConnell came after he set up votes on the controversial issues of the repeal of Obamacare and the reauthorization of the Export-Import bank. Though McConnell has personally spoken against the Ex-Im Bank’s reauthorization, Democrats said in June that he had agreed to schedule a vote on the bank in order to get highly divisive trade legislation passed.

“I asked the majority leader very directly: What was the deal that was just cut? The majority leader was visibly angry with me that I would ask such a question, and the majority leader looked at me and said, ‘There is no deal, there is no deal, there is no deal.’ Like Saint Peter, he repeated it three times,” said Cruz.

The bank’s reauthorization expired on May 31, 2015.  Ex-Im subsidizes innumerable export transactions with guaranteed loans to make exports cheaper for American products.  In March, two months before the reauthorization expired, the bank’s $100M cap had been reached.

Critics of the bank call it “Boeing’s Bank” because of its interventions in financial assistance to the aircraft manufacturer in selling planes to China, India and other nations thus allowing U.S. trade policies to be set by market-distorting foreign governments. The bank is only lightly constrained by the law that supposedly leashes it.

As Sallie James of the Cato Institute notes, government favors flow to the politically connected.  Favor-dispensing institutions such as the Export-Import Bank are dispensing incentives for private interests to develop lucrative political connections.

Are charges by Cruz that McConnell is “running the Senate in much the same manner” as Harry Reid did when he was Majority Leader true?  Hell yes.

“There is a profound disappointment among the American people because we keep winning elections, and then we keep getting leaders who don’t do anything they promised,” Cruz said. “We’ve had a Republican majority in both houses of Congress now for about six months…This Senate operates exactly the same, the same priorities.”

According to published reports, McConnell was not on the floor of the Senate during Cruz’s “outburst”.  When he learned about it McConnell barred Cruz from discussions regarding the National Defense Authorization Act in the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The full speech is here.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Naïve Blunderer Feeling Sheepish

In the prelude to the 60-day congressional review of the Iranian nuclear deal, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker told Secretary of State “Frenchie” Kerry on Thursday, “Not unlike a hotel guest that leaves only with a hotel bathrobe on his back, I believe that you've been fleeced.'  He also said that “Iran did a masterful job of giving you a talking point” on centrifuges used to refine fissile material for nuclear weapons.

A clearly riled up Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) further pummeled the naïve blunderer saying, “With all due respect, you guys have been bamboozled and the American people are going to pay.”

Kerry, smug asshole that he is, insisted that critics of the deal are pushing an unrealistic alternative that he dismissed as a “sort of unicorn arrangement involving Iran's complete capitulation.”

Jonathan Tobin characterizes the “deal” in this manner:
“…allowing an Islamist theocratic tyranny that is the world’s leading state sponsor of terror with hopes of achieving regional hegemony and pledged to the destruction of Israel to have a nuclear program is a threat. Giving its nuclear infrastructure western approval and a path to an eventual bomb is a danger to the entire region as well as the West. Handing it a massive cash bonus in the form of relaxed sanctions will enhance its ability to foment terrorism and spread violence through its auxiliaries and allies.” 
“Opponents of the deal rightly decry this embrace of Iran not just because the inspections are insufficiently rigorous, the nuclear provisions weak and will eventually expire giving the Islamist regime a clear path to a bomb. They also oppose it because despite their occasional attempts to pose as tough-minded in their approach to Iran, the basic premise of the deal is President Obama’s quest for the regime to ‘get right with the world.’”
“Iran won the lenient terms of the deal by being tough in the negotiations and convincing weak-willed interlocutors such as Obama and Kerry that they would never be moved by Western pressure or threats. Critics of the deal view it with disdain because they correctly perceive its premise to be the hope of an entente with Iran, not a treaty aimed at limiting its power. Seen from that perspective the details of the deal are not only unpersuasive, they are beside the point despite the effort of the Times and other pro-Obama media cheerleaders to depict the GOP as knee-jerk naysayers. That is why sensible Republicans and Democrats will reject Kerry’s arrogant lobbying efforts and vote a deal rooted in appeasement down.”


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