Obama Met With Woman Who Eats Cereal From Bathtub

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Obama’s YouTube interview with woman who eats Fruit Loops from a bathtub turns into PR disaster as his bid to get down with the digital kids backfires

By David Martosko | 23 January 2015

President Obama was asked about his ‘first wife’ in a PR-disaster interview on Thursday after picking three of the most popular YouTube content creators to interview him.

How many of them will turn out to be former or current Democrat staffers? (Cf. Rebekah Erler.)

GloZell Green, a popular YouTube fixture known for her extreme acts like eating a ladle full of cinnamon, offered the president three samples of her trademark green lipstick as gifts for his daughters – and for the woman she called Obama’s ‘first wife.’ ‘You know something I don’t?’ Obama cracked before Green corrected herself and referred to Michelle Obama as ‘first lady.’ …

So her line wasn’t even meant as a joke.

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Obama Will Not Meet With Netanyahu (Too Chickensh*t?)

From the Agence France Presse:

Obama will not meet US-bound Netanyahu

By Andrew Beatty | January 22, 2015

Washington (AFP) – US President Barack Obama has refused to meet Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu, who will make a controversial visit [sic] to the United States in early March as he fights for re-election.

Obama is going to pass up another opportunity to snub Netanyahu again, or to lecture him again? Still, maybe if Mr. Netanyahu would put on green lipstick and make a YouTube of himself eating Fruit Loops out of a bathtub, Obama would give him some of his valuable time.

It is a "matter of long-standing practice and principle" that the president does not meet foreign leaders engaged in an electoral campaign, a White House spokeswoman, Bernadette Meehan, said Thursday…

Imagine if foreign leaders had refused to meet with Obama during his two endless re-election campaign?

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Yemen’s Gov’t Is Overthrown By Iran Backed Extremists

From the Associated Press:

Yemen’s US-backed president quits; country could split apart

By AHMED AL-HAJ and MAGGIE MICHAEL | January 22, 2015

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s U.S.-backed president quit Thursday under pressure from rebels holding him captive in his home, severely complicating American efforts to combat al-Qaida’s powerful local franchise and raising fears that the Arab world’s poorest country will fracture into mini-states.

Presidential officials said Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi submitted his resignation to parliament rather than make further concessions to Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, who control the capital and are widely believed to be backed by Iran. The prime minister and his cabinet also stepped down…

In other words, this was a Muslim terrorist coup. (For those of you keeping score at home, the Houthis are Shia Muslim extremists, who are the majority in Iran.

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Heir To Saudi’s Deceased King Abdullah Has Dementia

From the Washington Post:

Saudi King Abdullah’s death sets up complex succession process

By Kevin Sullivan and Liz Sly | January 22, 2015

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Adbul [sic] Aziz died early Friday, setting the stage for a transition of power at a critical moment as the key U.S. ally in the Middle East struggles with falling oil prices and rising Islamist violence.

Note that the Washington Post couldn’t even get the spelling of his name right. (It’s Abdul not Adbul.) Such is the state of US journalism today.

The monarch, believed to be 90, was succeeded by his brother, Crown Prince Salman, according to state television. That put the region’s most important Sunni power and America’s closest Arab ally in the hands of a 79-year-old who is reportedly in poor health and suffering from dementia…

“Despite so many people saying it will be a smooth transition, there’s every reason to believe that Saudi Arabia is heading for rough times,” Simon Henderson, an expert on the Saudi succession at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said in an interview Thursday.

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Bill Belichick Says He Has No Explanation For Deflategate

From the Boston Globe:

Bill Belichick says he has ‘no explanation’ for Deflategate

By Matt Pepin | January 22, 2015

Coach Bill Belichick said he did not know of any issue with the Patriots’ game balls in Sunday’s AFC Championship, and did not learn the league was investigating his team until Monday morning.

The real question is — does Obama know yet? He probably does, since it’s gotten a lot of coverage on ESPN.

He also said he did not know how the Patriots’ footballs became underinflated during the game. “I have no explanation for what happened,” he said…

Then why did he hold a news conference. — Oh, that’s right. News conferences don’t have to actually impart any news these days. (Cf. Barack Obama.)

“When I came in Monday morning, I was shocked to learn of the news reports about the footballs.

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NIH Spent $432,000 Studying Homosexual ‘Hookup’ Apps

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Feds Spent $432,000 Studying Gay Hookup Apps

By Elizabeth Harrington | January 22, 2015

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent nearly a half a million dollars studying gay hookup apps such as Grindr.

And yet we were told a few months ago that NIH didn’t have enough money to develop an Ebola vaccine or any other Ebola treatments. (Thanks to the evil Republicans.)

The government awarded $432,000 to Columbia University to interview gay men who use GPS dating apps and determine whether it increases their likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behavior…

Boy, that’s a tough one.

The project argues that dating apps that use the Global Positioning System, or GPS, has “accelerated” the rate that gay men can find sexual partners, compared to online…

We sure hope ‘the project’ sees that as the positive thing it is.

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CNN To Produce Game Show Based On Presidential Politics

From AdWeek:

CNN to Produce Political Game Show

By Chris Ariens | January 21, 2015

CNN is producing a political game show, (Adweek’s) TVNewser has learned. The blocking and testing of the show is happening this week at CNN’s New York studios.

Insiders tell us the show will be hosted by Anderson Cooper and will air on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 16. If it’s successful, further episodes would go into production.

How can it fail? It’s a game show hosted by Anderson Cooper. (We guess Ronan Farrow wasn’t available.)

We hear the program will be a quiz style game show, focused on presidential politics.

We can’t wait for some of the questions about Bill Clinton’s Presidency? For instance: ‘Bill Clinton was famous for inserting these in interns?’

As the Sony email hacking story unfolded last month, one of the more interesting TV news stories to emerge was that CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker had asked a Sony TV executive if the company would consider producing “Political Jeopardy!” for CNN.

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Gore, Pharrell Announce Global ‘Climate’ Concert In June

From an irony proof Reuters:

Gore, Pharrell announce global Live Earth climate concert in June

By Ben Hirschler | January 21, 2015

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – A Live Earth music event to demand action on climate change will take place on June 18 across seven continents, including Antarctica, former U.S. vice-president Al Gore and pop star Pharrell Williams announced on Wednesday.

Proving once again that this is a truly serious movement.

Concerts will be staged in six cities — Paris, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, Sydney and Cape Town — in what will be the largest event of its type ever staged.

And never mind that none of the events of this type have ever done a lick of good for anybody, except the promoters.

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Hillary Plans To ‘Astound, Intimidate’ With Fundraising

From The Hill:

Clinton plans to astound, intimidate with fundraising ‘like nothing you’ve seen’

By Amie Parnes | January 21, 2015

Major donors are ready to announce huge financial commitments to Hillary Clinton as soon as she announces a second run for the White House, according to Clinton allies and Democratic fundraisers. The Clinton team wants to build excitement about her campaign launch, which is expected in March or April. The money blitz would be a show of Clinton’s strength meant to scare away potential primary rivals.

And naturally, The Politico, which is just another arm of the Democrat Party, is here to help them do that very thing.

“The floodgates are going to open immediately, and there’s going to be a rush to get on the team,” said Don Peebles, the real estate mogul who served on President Obama’s national finance committee…

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Dems Try To Kill Keystone, In The Name Of American Jobs

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Senate rejects effort to ban Keystone XL-pipeline exports

By Dina Cappiello | January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday rejected Democrats’ bids to ban exports from the Keystone XL oil pipeline and to require building the project with American-made steel. In largely party-line votes, the Senate sidetracked the first two additions to a bill seeking to approve construction of the 1,179 pipeline. Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota argued that their additions would ensure that the pipeline will benefit Americans with fuel and jobs.

What a hoot. Are we supposed to believe these Democrats are concerned about American getting oil and jobs? Then why have they fought the Keystone pipeline tooth and nail?

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GOP Drop (Window Dressing) Abortion Bill At Last Minute

From the Politico:

GOP stumbles over abortion bill

Republicans are forced to drop proposed legislation at the last minute.

By Jake Sherman | January 21, 2015

… Republican leadership late Wednesday evening had to completely drop its plans to pass a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks, and is reverting to old legislation that prohibits taxpayer funding of abortions.

Which is clearly toothless, since Obama-Care uses taxpayer funds to pay for abortions. As does Planned Parenthood.

The evening switch comes after a revolt from a large swath of female members of Congress, who were concerned about language that said rape victims would not be able to get abortions unless they reported the incident to authorities.

So these women are opposed to victims reporting rape?

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GOP Border Bill Removes Border Fences, Deports No One

First, from the Daily Caller:

New GOP Border Security Bill Removes Border Fences

Neil Munro | January 21, 2015

The new border bills drafted by Republican leaders require the actual removal of at least 66 miles of weak border fencing between laborers in Mexico and employers in the United States. The border bills also only require… the construction of 27 miles of effective double-layer fencing along the 2,000-mile border. “It is a remarkable that the direction of our progress is going backwards, from a goal of building 700 miles of double-layer border fencing [in 2006] to only 27 miles [in 2015],” said a Hill staffer who opposes the leaders’ bills.

And that 2006 goal of 700 miles of fence goal was in legislation that passed Congress and was signed by President Bush.

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Reuters: US Cities Will See Strong Growth This Year (1%)

From the whirling dervishes at Reuters:

Jobs growth seen in U.S. cities in 2015; still lagging pre-recession

By Lisa Lambert | January 21, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. cities will see strong job growth [sic] this year, but only about half will return to the employment peaks reached before the recession began more than seven years ago, according to an economic report released by the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Wednesday.

Funny, but seven years ago nobody in the news media called Bush’s jobs numbers great. In fact, all we heard from 2006 on was how the country was on the brink of a recession. But just wait until you see what "strong growth" is:

According to the annual metropolitan jobs forecast, prepared by IHS Global Insight, all 363 metropolitan areas will see job growth in 2015, the first year for a blanket increase during the recovery from the 2007-09 recession.

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US, Cuba Discuss Relations Under Eye Of Russian Spy Ship

First there’s this from the New York Times:

U.S. and Cuba Set to Discuss Diplomatic Ties

By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD | January 21, 2015

HAVANA — Seeking to restore relations ruptured more than five decades ago, the United States and Cuba began talks here on Wednesday by agreeing to disagree on a central issue dividing them — the privilege of Cubans who arrive in the United States to automatically qualify for residency.

The irony. Mexico and our other neighbors to the south are furious that their citizens don’t get automatic citizenship in the US. But Cuba is furious that their ex-patriots do. And so is the NYT, of course.

The American and Cuban diplomats commended one another for collaboration and communication among their law enforcement agencies involved in immigration… Both sides, however, held fast to their positions on aspects of American immigration policy that Cuba has long blamed for luring people into dangerous journeys by sea to reach Florida, 90 miles away.

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Obama ‘Blindsided’ By Congress Invitation To Netanyahu

From an irony proof Reuters:

U.S. Congress invites Netanyahu for Iran speech, Obama blindsided

By Patricia Zengerle and Roberta Rampton | January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on Iran without consulting President Barack Obama, and the White House questioned whether protocol had been violated.

What a laugh. Obama and his stenographers at Reuters are upset about being bypassed by Congress? Maybe Congress felt they ‘couldn’t wait’ for the White House to invite Mr. Netanyahu, since they reportedly refer to him as ‘chicken shit.’

But, really, who does Congress think it is? Inviting someone to speak to them without first getting Mr. Obama’s permission? Do they think they are a separate branch of government?

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