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Friday, April 17, 2015

Chuck Todd: Hillary 'Swung And Missed' Her First Campaign Week

When someone from NBC News says a progressive liberal has had a bad week, you know it must have been a really lousy week. Chuck Todd, host of Meet The Press was a guest on Friday's Hugh Hewitt program and as the interview was wrapping up he said a few things one would never expect someone who worked for NBC would ever say. First he said Hillary's email servers were a huge issue going to her trustworthiness. He followed that up by saying Hillary's first week of campaigning was a bomb, she had a good first day and has swung and missed every day since.
Hewitt: Chuck Todd, Trey Gowdy came on the show as well and said he’s going to subpoena her if she doesn’t show up. And then he’s going to subpoena Huma Abedin and Sidney Blumenthal and Cheryl Mills. How big of an issue, we’ve got 45 seconds, is this server going to be?

Todd: Look, I think it’s a huge issue. I’m sorry. I think it’s why those trust, those honest and trustworthy numbers were the way they were. We talked about this last week. I used those numbers on the show on Sunday.

Hewitt: Yeah.

Todd: I think this is, it brought back all of the Clinton demons that swing voters are uncomfortable with.

Hewitt: And she doesn’t, she didn’t take any questions this week to dispel those, did she?

Todd: No, and all, and can I just say this week, she had a golden opportunity to come across unscripted and truly out of her bubble. She created opportunities for herself, and then didn’t take them. I just say this was a perplexing week.

Hewitt: Very.

Todd: …watching her. They did very well on day one, and then sort of swung and missed every other day.

We're Screwed! Obama Signals He Is Willing To Fold On Sanctions and Inspections

It looks as if the leaning tower of Jello, our Chief is ready to fold again. When last we left Iran's Supreme despotic leader Khamenei, he was claiming that there was now way there would be nuclear inspections on military sites, there would be no surprise inspections, oh and the day Iran agrees to the final deal all the sanctions get lifted.  All of these demands contradicted the framework agreement, as described by the Obama administration.  But no worries It looks as if the Obama Administration is about to fold.

Regarding the inspections of nuclear facilities on military bases (PMDs) even before the framework deal was announced the Wall Street Journal reported that the US would allow Iran to delay letting the inspectors know what was being done in bases until all the sanctions were lifted. Which of course begs the question, why in the world would Iran agree to let inspectors on to their bases AFTER sanctions are lifted. Oh sure the sanctions can "snap back" as long as the U.S. can convince China and Russia (who is now selling missiles to Iran) not to veto the sanctions at the U.N. Security Council.  Of course getting those two countries to allow the reimposing of sanctions is as likely as me waking up in the morning with hair covering my bald head.

Also on  inspections, Ben Rhodes the Deputy National Security Adviser For Strategic Communication started floating language last week indicating a U.S. fold was imminent.. The administration's traditional language has been "we will do whatever the IAEA requires for verification". According to IAEA experts that means anytime, anywhere" they can inspect  suspicious sites, including military sites. There can't be a system where the IAEA asks for permission, then the Iranians say 'prove to us you actually need access,' then a few weeks go by, then maybe inspectors get to go in or maybe they don't. The Iranians would just move or destroy the evidence while blocking inspectors - something they've actually done at Parchin and something that Saddam Hussein did very successfully.   During a press conference held in Panama last week Ben Rhodes walked back from "anytime, anywhere," promise saying:
On the military sites, similarly, clearly there will have to be the ability for the IAEA to conduct inspections that are consistent with what’s in the framework, which includes resolving past issues of concern with the IAEA related to possible military dimensions of Iran’s program, as well as Iran joining the additional protocol and having the ability of the IAEA to inspect suspicious sites, no matter where they are, if the United States and other countries, again, present information and seek access through the IAEA to those sites.
In other words in order to inspect the nuclear facilities on military bases, the U.S. has to ask the IAEA, who will ask Iran, who will hide everything before anybody is allowed to inspect.

During a joint press conference with Prime Minister Renzi of Italy, Obama was asked point blank whether he would rule out lifting Iran sanctions at time of nuclear deal. The President pointedly refused, instead talking about "creative negotiations."
With respect to the issue of sanctions coming down - I don't want to get out ahead of John Kerry and my negotiators in terms how to craft this. I would just make a general observation and that is that how sanctions are lessened, how we snap back sanctions if there's a violation - there are a lot of different mechanisms and ways to do that. Part of John's job and part of the Iranian negotiators' job and part of the P5+1's job is to sometimes find formulas that get to our main concerns while allowing the other side to make a presentation to their body politic that is more acceptable. Our main concern here is making sure that if Iran doesn't abide by its agreement that we don't have to jump through a whole bunch of hoops in order to reinstate sanctions. That's our main concern. And I think that goal, of having, in reserve, the possibility of putting back and applying forceful sanctions, in the event of a violation, that goal can be met. And it will require some creative negotiations by John Kerry and others, and I’m confident that we’ll be successful.
Folks I have said it over and over, preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons is important for the safety of Israelis AND Americans.  We are the big Satan. Sadly the way the tower of jello who sits in the White House is negotiating this deal... the U.S. is in grave danger.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hillary Meets Iowa Dem. Leaders But First Makes Them Turn In Phones And Cameras

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton likes to act like "one of the people." A regular Joan-type. But when she meets with the common folk there are no cameras or cell phones. Even when those common folk are Democratic Party leaders.

On Thursday Hillary took the Scooby Van to the Main Street Cafe in Council Bluffs Iowa, where she met privately with party leaders for about an hour and a half. And the Scooby van was parked in a handicapped zone the entire time.
Pottawattamie County Democratic Chairwoman Linda Nelson said the meeting was so private that everyone invited was asked to hand over their cellphones and cameras before taking part.
No pictures of the queen..there was no word on whether or not participants were allowed to look her in the eye.
Clinton told local Democrats she would be leaving Iowa on Thursday, but would not disclose her next stop.

Nelson said it was exciting to meet Clinton and she looks forward to working with campaign staffers in the future

MSNBC's Harris-Perry Facing $70K IRS Tax Lien (Maybe She Spends Too Much On Tampon Earrings)

MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry perhaps the Anchor who makes the nastiest personal attacks, who journalistic peak came when she donned earnings made out of tampons (see below) is in trouble with the IRS. Probably forgetting she is an extreme liberal the IRS has placed a tax lien on  Harris-Perry and her husband, James Perry, for about $70,000 in delinquent taxes, according to a notice filed in Forsyth County, North Carolina Hall of Justice earlier this month.
Harris-Perry is a well-known host of an MSNBC talk show and a professor at Wake Forest University. The IRS filed the notice April 6.

In an email Wednesday, Harris-Perry said she was unaware of the tax lien but knew about the debt. She said she and her husband paid $21,721 of the debt when they filed their taxes Wednesday. The remaining debt, $48,581, covers a tax period ending Dec. 31, 2013, according to the notice.

Harris-Perry said she and her husband had been working to pay off the debt but had to deal with a series of personal crises that caused the couple to pay off the debt a lot slower than expected.

“We were aware that we would continue to need to work to pay off the 2013 debt,” she said in the email.

Harris-Perry said the couple had an official payment plan with the IRS. She said she had not had any recent conversations with the IRS and doubted that she could reach the IRS Wednesday, the deadline for millions of Americans to file their income tax returns.
I wonder if Ms. Harris-Perry would avoided the debts if she didn't spend so much money and tampon earnings. At the very least Al Sharpton has another MSNBC tax cheat he can talk to.