US Unfreezing $11.9B In Iranian Assets – For Nuke Talks

From the Washington Free Beacon:

U.S. to Award Iran $11.9 Billion Through End of Nuke Talks

By Adam Kredo | January 21, 2015

The Obama administration on Wednesday paid $490 million in cash assets to Iran and will have released a total of $11.9 billion to the Islamic Republic by the time nuclear talks are scheduled to end in June, according to figures provided by the State Department.

This must be some more of Obama’s ‘smart power.’ It certainly can’t be paying ransom to terrorists. (‘Give us all our assets or we will build a bomb.’) The US doesn’t do that.

Today’s $490 million release, the third such payment of this amount since Dec. 10, was agreed to by the Obama administration under the parameters of another extension in negotiations over Tehran’s contested nuclear program that was inked in November.

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Muslim Extremists Take Yemen Media, Presidential Palace

First there is this from the New York Times:

Coup Fears Rise in Yemen as Rebels Storm Palace

By SHUAIB ALMOSAWA and KAREEM FAHIM | January 20, 2015

SANA, Yemen — Houthi rebel militiamen seized control of the palace of Yemen’s president and clashed with guards outside his residence on Tuesday, in an escalation of the violent crisis that has gripped the capital for days and raised fears of a coup in one of the Arab world’s most impoverished and insecure states.

The "Houthi" rebels are just another brand of Islamic extremists. Though they are Shia (like Iran) rather than Shiite, like Al Qaeda and Saudi Arabia. The Houthi movement’s slogan is: "God is Great; Death to America; Death to Israel; Damnation to the Jews; Victory to Islam."

But they are clearly just extremists who are acting in the name of Islam.

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Joni Ernst Ignores Executive Amnesty In SOTU Response

From Breitbart:

Joni Ernst Ignores Exec Amnesty in SOTU Response

By Tony Lee | January 20, 2015

Freshman GOP Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) did not oppose President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty in her State of the Union response on Tuesday evening. Ernst claimed that the “new Republican Congress you just elected” has “heard the message you sent in November–loud and clear.” “And now we’re getting to work to change the direction Washington has been taking our country,” she claimed… [And by doing so] she ignored arguably the loudest message midterm voters sent lawmakers.

If they are ignoring the American public’s total rejection of amnesty, what message did they hear?

Aware that the illegal immigration issue was hurting Democrats last year, incumbent Senate Democrats in red states who eventually went on to lose their races begged Obama to delay his executive amnesty until after the midterms.

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Obama’s SOTU Touts Middle Class Economics (Marxism)

From a cheering Associated Press:

Obama in State of the Union: America is turning the page

By JULIE PACE | January 20, 2015    

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama urged the nation Tuesday night to "turn the page" on years of economic troubles, terrorism and lengthy wars, arguing that his presidency had ushered in an era of smarter American leadership and a growing U.S. economy…

Smarter American leadership? Obama’s leadership has lost us Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama is letting Russia run rampant and letting Iran get nukes. Obama has even let the US lose its economic leadership in the world to China.

And as for the economy, it has only improved due to the lower price of oil, which is due to fracking, which has happened despite Obama and the Democrats’ best efforts to stop it.

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Bob Schieffer Swoons: Obama’s Speech Was ‘Uplifting’

From Newsbusters:

CBS’s Bob Schieffer Swoons: Obama’s Speech Was ‘Uplifting’ with ‘Soaring Rhetoric’

By Curtis Houck | January 21, 2015

At the conclusion of President Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union speech, CBS News chief Washington correspondent and Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer offered plenty of praise for the President’s address by proclaiming it as “the best speech he’s made in awhile” with “soaring rhetoric” and being “uplifting at the end.” …

Schieffer [also] found time to fret about Congress, lamenting how many who make up the new Congress were in the last one who “managed to do absolutely nothing in the space of two years, the least-productive Congress in history.”… Minutes later, Schieffer’s gushing over Obama returned and even went up in intensity:

"One of the things, Scott, we talked about how he rolled out so much of this before this speech tonight.

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Pope Francis: Catholics Don’t Have To Breed Like Rabbits

From the Associated Press:

Pope: Catholics don’t have to breed ‘like rabbits’

By NICOLE WINFIELD | January 19, 2015

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don’t have to breed "like rabbits" and should instead practice "responsible parenting."

Hmmm. It sounds to us like the Pope has just greased his red shoes for the slippery slope. After all, doesn’t Planned Parenthood pretend to preach responsible parenting? In reality, of course, Planned Parenthood should be called Planned Un-Parenthood.

By the way, do you think the Pope would ever say Muslims breed like rabbits? Even though their birth rate if far higher than Catholics. We suspect not. Or there would be riots.

Speaking to reporters en route home from the Philippines, Francis said there are plenty of church-approved ways to regulate births.

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‘Black Lives Matter’ Protesters Disrupt MLK, Jr Day Events

From the Daily Caller:

#BlackLivesMatter Protesters Disrupt MLK Day Events Across The Country

By Alex Griswold | January 19, 2015

Radical protesters disrupted events in Atlanta and St. Louis celebrating the life and legacy of civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr. In Atlanta, a downtown MLK Day parade was blocked by protesters. In raw video captured by local news station WSBTV, a protest leader can be heard yelling. ”We will not allow those that actively subject us to an oppressive lifestyle to lead the parade or be in the parade!” …

A similar disruption occurred in St. Louis, where protesters first blocked a planned march and forced marchers to take an alternate route, and then disrupted an interfaith prayer event held at Harris-Stowe State University.

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Pro-Amnesty GOP Rep To Deliver Spanish SOTU Response

From Breitbart:

Pro-Amnesty House Republican To Deliver Spanish Language Response

by Dan Riehl | 20 Jan 2015

Based on House Republican documents reviewed by Breitbart News, pro-amnesty Republican freshman Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida will be delivering the Republican’s Spanish-language address in response to Obama’s State of the Union speech.

This has since been confirmed by John Boehner’s office.

Curbelo recently made waves with a January 18 interview in The Hill, which focused on his strong dissent from the basic Republican position on immigration and all but stated his support for Obama’s executive amnesty…

So this just isn’t Hispanic outreach. It’s Hispandering at its worst.

Boehner may be talking a good game in regards to fighting the White House on immigration, but it’s difficult to square that with his choice of Curbelo to deliver this particular address.

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WH Invites ‘DREAM-er’ To SOTU, Rubio Invites Dissident

From Breitbart:

White House Invites DREAMer to State of Union

By Tony Lee | January 19, 2015

On Tuesday, a DREAMer from Texas will be sitting with First Lady Michelle Obama during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. The White House officially announced that Ana Zamora will join 21 others [sic] as Michelle Obama’s guests tomorrow evening in her box.

Even though there will be 22 people sitting with Michelle Obama, apparently Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl won’t be sitting with Michelle. Which is surprising, especially since Bergdahl is such a hero with the left. Unlike Chris Kyle of American Sniper.

(And while we’re on the subject, the Army’s investigation of Bergdahl has been over for several months, and yet we still don’t know if he will be charged with desertion.

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Obama Has The Worst SOTU Record, Second Only To Ford

From the Washington Times:

Obama has worst State of the Union record since Ford, study shows

By Stephen Dinan | January 20, 2015

Judging by his recent history, it doesn’t really matter what President Obama says in Tuesday’s State of the Union address — Congress is going to ignore him anyway. Mr. Obama has the second-worst record of getting his State of the Union policy requests enacted into law of any president in the last five decades, according to an analysis by two scholars that puts him only above the unelected two-year presidency of Gerald Ford.

We haven’t been able to take Mr. Obama’s State of the Union addresses seriously since in his first one in 2009 he promised to “cut the deficit in half” by the end of his first term.

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Obama Wants To Rollback Clinton’s Capital Gains Tax Cut

From a memory deficient Associated Press:

In State of the Union, Obama aims to influence 2016 debate

By JULIE PACE | January 20 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Key elements of the economic proposals President Barack Obama will outline in his State of the Union address Tuesday appear to be aimed at driving the debate in the 2016 election on income inequality and middle-class economic issues, rather than setting a realistic agenda for Congress.

We thought Obama didn’t do theater. In any case, who cares about income inequality? It ranks even below global warming in every poll of the public’s top concerns.

Obama’s calls for increasing taxes on the wealthy, making community college free for many students and expanding paid leave for workers stand little chance of winning approval from the new Republican majority on Capitol Hill.

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Desperate Lefties Mock ‘American Sniper’ For Fake Baby

From the Hollywood Reporter:

‘American Sniper’s’ Fake Baby Mocked by Critics, Moviegoers

by Mia Galuppo , Arlene Washington | 1/19/2015

American Sniper opened to a record $105.3 million over the long Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in North America. In addition to that achievement — as well as its six Oscar nominations, including a best picture mention — critics and moviegoers also are talking about something else when discussing the Clint Eastwood-directed war biopic: that fake baby.

That is, they have managed to find a nit to pick.

The most glaringly obvious scene in which a fake baby is used features Bradley Cooper and his onscreen wife, Sienna Miller. The two pass the partially mechanized baby back and forth as they talk about Cooper leaving for another tour.

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Moore, Rogen Claim They Didn’t Criticize ‘American Sniper’

From NewsBusters:

Pathetic: Both Michael Moore and Seth Rogen Pretend Their Tweets Didn’t Criticize ‘American Sniper’

By Tom Blumer | January 19, 2015

[On the 18th] Michael Moore tweeted, in part, that "We were taught snipers were cowards." Earlier today… Seth Rogen tweeted that "American Sniper kind of reminds me of the (Nazi propaganda) movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds."

Tonight, both Moore and Rogen… are both pretending that they didn’t imply and say what they really implied and said.

Here’s Moore’s original tweet: "My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse"

Does Michael Moore even knows why the US invaded in Iraq in the first place in the First Gulf War?

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ISIS Demands $200M Ransom For 2 Japanese Hostages

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

ISIS executioner ‘Jihadi John’ threatens to kill Japanese hostages unless they receive $200m in 72-hour ultimatum after their Prime Minister pledged the same amount to countries fighting ISIS

By Simon Tomlinson | 20 January 2015

The Islamic State has released a video threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive $200 million within 72 hours. It comes two days after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged $200million in non-military support for countries fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria…

For the record, this is the first time ISIS has demanded a ransom in public. Of course, they have demanded ransoms in the past — and gotten them — but just not out in the open like this.

The clip… featured the British-accented militant widely known as ‘Jihadi John’ who appeared in the beheading videos of four Western hostages last year.

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The NFL Investigates Whether Patriots Deflated Footballs

From Indianapolis’ NBC affiliate, WTHR:

Source tells Bob Kravitz that Patriots may have deflated football

By Bob Kravitz | Jan 19, 2015
FOXBORO, Mass. – A source within the NFL tells wthr.com’s Bob Kravitz that the league is investigating the possibility that the Patriots deflated footballs in their 45-7 win over the Colts Sunday night. The source told Kravitz that officials took a ball out of play at one point and weighed it.

New York Newsday’s Bob Glauber tweeted around 7 a.m. Monday that NFL Spokesman Michael Signora confirmed the WTHR exclusive that the NFL is looking into whether footballs were properly inflated during the Colts-Patriots game.

"I initially thought a softer ball would be tougher to throw, but people who understand physics have since told me it would be easier to throw and catch."

Anyone who has played sandlot football in the rain or snow would know this.

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