Category Archives: Politics & Government

David Brooks: Obama was right on Bergdahl, Taliban aren’t terrorists like al-Qaeda

http://twitter.com/#!/willcollier/status/475296135851298816

When it comes to the decision to release five Taliban leaders in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, President Obama can count on New York Times columnist David Brooks for his support.

According to Brooks:

The president’s instincts were right. His sense of responsibility for a fellow countryman was correct. It’s not about one person; it’s about the principle of all-for-one-and-one-for-all, which is the basis of citizenship.

But if Bergdahl indeed deserted his unit, does he deserve to be treated as a fellow countryman?

http://twitter.com/#!/DanL_nitweets/status/475020945175093249
http://twitter.com/#!/NathanHarden/status/475291014567976960

As far as the freed Taliban prisoners are concerned, Brooks does acknowledge that they “seem like terrible men who could do harm,” but he says the Taliban aren’t, you know, terrorist-terrorists:

http://twitter.com/#!/RealJamesWoods/status/475295834515709952

No, he really said that:

http://twitter.com/#!/JayCaruso/status/475293146847662081

Dude. Major crazy talk.

http://twitter.com/#!/Rob19N/status/475300303928307712
http://twitter.com/#!/HBergHattie/status/475303004132757505
http://twitter.com/#!/BelsheRuby/status/475300986647359488

That’s good advice, Mr. Brooks.

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Related:

Twitchy coverage of David Brooks

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/06/07/david-brooks-obama-was-right-on-bergdahl-taliban-arent-as-terrorist-y-as-al-qaeda/

Rep. Paul Ryan wants amnesty first, border security second

http://twitter.com/#!/kausmickey/status/428609164231716864

Well, yes, that pretty much sums it up:

[Rep. Paul] Ryan confirms GOP “principles” will include legal status for the 11 million, but he also says this will be a “probationary status” to make sure the 11 million will not be “preferenced over people who did follow the laws.”

Ryan also says the undocumented will be allowed to work as part of “probationary” status before security benchmarks are met. “You can be on probation,” Ryan says, “while the border is being secured.”

So, legal status for 11 million illegal aliens, before anyone even pretends the U.S. borders are secured. Just the thing Americans need when long-term unemployment is at record levels in virtually every state.

http://twitter.com/#!/MaggioMatt/status/428556201287516160

No wonder Rep. Ryan, “the most pro-amnesty member of Congress,” rose to his feet to clap last night when President Obama urged Congress to enact immigration reform.

http://twitter.com/#!/Laurence4LiberT/status/428606252348764161

As for concerns about the poor and rising income inequality, well, never mind all that!

Twitchy readers may recall that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., pushed a similar bill last year. That bill didn’t go over so well with conservatives. On the other hand, it did win the endorsement of “Homeland” terrorist Abu Nazir. So there’s that.

The Daily Caller’s Mickey Kaus, as usual, sees through the pro-amnesty smokescreen:

http://twitter.com/#!/kausmickey/status/428611504015814657

Bingo.

Related:

Buzzfeed says amnesty advocate Paul Ryan is on a mission to help the poor; Mickey Kaus calls BS

Washington Post: Paul Ryan called illegal aliens ‘exploited Americans’

Mickey Kaus: If Obama were really worried about rising inequality, he wouldn’t be pushing immigration bill

Want US workers to earn more? Mickey Kaus has an idea

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/01/29/rep-paul-ryan-wants-amnesty-first-border-security-second/

Lib ‘logic’: Brewer an ‘anti-gay extremist,’ DOMA signer Clinton a brave hero

http://twitter.com/#!/redsteeze/status/438903557631533057

As Twitchy noted last night, Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of updates to Arizona’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act didn’t win over CNN contributor Sally Kohn. And her tweet was just a mild example of how progressives react when they get what they want.

http://twitter.com/#!/redsteeze/status/438903790113394688
http://twitter.com/#!/sallykohn/status/439019497165697024

Brewer vetoed the bill and is a “vicious anti-gay, anti-immigrant extremist”? Fascinating:

http://twitter.com/#!/redsteeze/status/438904032183468032

Duh. He’s evolved now. What a difference a (D) makes. (Repeat: It’s not a cult.)

http://twitter.com/#!/redsteeze/status/438904834172141569
http://twitter.com/#!/JimmyPrinceton/status/438907698742956033
http://twitter.com/#!/redsteeze/status/438912080092348416

Jan Brewer vetoes #AZ1062
Bill Clinton signed #RFRA and #DOMA

Guess which one @SallyKohn supports.— S.M (@redsteeze) February 27, 2014

http://twitter.com/#!/redsteeze/status/438912919045414912

Not to mention Clinton’s personal War on Women.

http://twitter.com/#!/redsteeze/status/438930730132176897

And yet, the Left remains disappointed that Cheney is alive.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/02/27/lib-logic-gov-brewer-still-an-anti-gay-extremist-doma-signer-clinton-is-a-brave-hero/

Ron Paul spreads Blame America poison on 9/11 anniversary

http://twitter.com/#!/RonPaul/status/509793624595247105

Here is an excerpt from the three-paragraph article, published on Ron Paul’s Voices of Liberty website:

It will be an immense dishonor to those dead Americans that the U.S. government will continue to commit the moral equivalent of 9/11 against others equally as innocent, equally as precious. It will be a disgusting display as they continue to try to convince us to excuse the deaths of innocents with horrible euphemisms like “collateral damage” and callous phrases like “people die in war”.

The least Americans can do is oppose them. The least we can do is regard them as warmongers and hold them in contempt. The way to honor those killed on 9/11 is to never forget that killing innocents is always wrong and can never be justified.

If “killing innocents is always wrong” and “collateral damage” is a “horrible euphemism,” the author must believe that the U.K. and U.S. bombings of German and Japanese cities during World War II were moral atrocities, since those bombings killed many thousands of innocent civilians. Indeed, the author presumably regards the U.S. and British armed forces who ordered and implemented those bombings as “warmongers” who are morally equivalent to Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda.

Disgraceful.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/10/ron-paul-spreads-blame-america-poison-on-911-anniversary/

Hickenlooper staffer threatens to call police on investigative reporter

http://twitter.com/#!/allenfuller/status/520728721485885442

That’s Allen Fuller, the communications director for Republican Colorado gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, asking about the arrest of reporters. The reason? Former Denver Post reporter, former Channel 7 investigative executive producer and current Watchdog.org investigative reporter Art Kane says he was threatened with arrest for trying to procure Gov. John Hickenlooper’s tax returns, which have already been distributed to other media outlets.

John Hickenlooper's stonewalling reporters continues… Campaign spokesman threatens reporter with arrest http://t.co/EX2NCPRGin #copolitics

— Allen Fuller (@allenfuller) October 11, 2014

Kane reports that the campaign spokesman for Hickenlooper threatened him with arrest and called police when Kane attempted to get the candidate’s tax returns, which were distributed to other Colorado media weeks ago.

Beauprez released his returns to Watchdog.org, which is planning to run a story on both candidate’s returns — or lack thereof — next week.

He still believes "transparency creates problems"? Hick campaign spokesman threatens reporter with arrest http://t.co/vJNImk5lff #copolitics

— Bob Beauprez (@bobbeauprez) October 11, 2014

So this is one way to handle a reporter asking for things like . . . tax returns, threaten arrest. http://t.co/RTHXnplwWG #cogov #copolitics

— Kelly Maher (@okmaher) October 11, 2014

Reporter threatened with arrest? http://t.co/CxpulCHsNr Colorado Watchdog must be doing something right @Watchdogorg #copolitics @hickforco

— Sean Paige (@SeanPaige) October 11, 2014

What’s next for the Democrats this week?

Lookin' good out there, Democratic campaigns! Up next: arresting reporters *in* wheelchairs. http://t.co/et6Byop235

— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) October 11, 2014

@mkhammer The desperation is at unreal levels

— VK (@vickikellar) October 11, 2014

 

 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/11/another-low-hickenlooper-staffer-threatens-to-call-police-on-investigative-reporter/

Reports: Iraqi PM Maliki resigns

http://twitter.com/#!/sshatipoglu/status/500007966788300800

Just in.

http://twitter.com/#!/mrfabrizi/status/500004055394291712
http://twitter.com/#!/SarahJReports/status/500008755522961408

Twitchy will update as news develops.

Via the New York Times:

http://twitter.com/#!/DefenseOne/status/500010360498573312

Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki on Thursday night said he agreed to relinquish power, state television reported, a move that came after days of crisis in which Mr. Maliki’s deployment of extra security forces around the capital raised worries of a military coup.

While the country is not at peace, Mr. Maliki’s decision, nonetheless, appeared to pave the way for the first truly peaceful transition of power, based on democratic elections and without the guiding hand of American military forces, in modern Iraq’s history.

In stepping aside Mr. Maliki agreed to end his legal challenge to the nomination of his replacement, which was made on Monday when Iraq’s president nominated Haider al-Abadi, a member of Mr. Maliki’s own Shiite Islamist Dawa Party.

“Maliki steps down as prime minister in favor of Abadi,” the state television said on its Arabic-language news crawler.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/08/14/reports-iraqi-pm-maliki-resigns/

‘So good!’ Delicious tears: Hey, Dems, how’s #Fl13 working for you?

http://twitter.com/#!/GPollowitz/status/466560347802185729

Giggling madly? Achieved! Why? Oh, this happened:

http://twitter.com/#!/AndrewHClark/status/466252263993118720

Stop! Our sides can’t take it.

Why did Ed Jany drop out of the Florida race?

http://twitter.com/#!/RussOnPolitics/status/466168526781571073

Snicker. Yep, he was taking a page from Obama’s book and offering up a composite bio. And did we mention he doesn’t even live in the district in which he was running?

On the plus side, Mr. Jany did provide some excellent schadenfreude.

http://twitter.com/#!/NRCC/status/466266281445187585

Oops! But the tears are delicious.

http://twitter.com/#!/robertsays/status/466254385375629312

Looks like the @DCCC spin cycle for #FL13 finally ended.

Shot: twitter.com/IsraelDCCC/sta…

Chaser: thehill.com/blogs/ballot-b…

#sayfie— Ashleigh Grant (@ashleighgrant) May 13, 2014

Check out the flashback:

http://twitter.com/#!/IsraelDCCC/status/462271465916993536

Yum!

http://twitter.com/#!/joepileggi/status/466254034706632704
http://twitter.com/#!/Robasimms/status/466254800364273664
http://twitter.com/#!/ashleighgrant/status/466261490644058112

Coming soon?

http://twitter.com/#!/AndrewHClark/status/466279430370127872

And an exit schadenfreudelicious clip to sum it up:

http://twitter.com/#!/joepileggi/status/466275984795512832

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/05/14/so-good-delicious-tears-hey-dems-hows-that-fla-congressional-race-working-for-you-snicker/

‘Wow … idiotic statement’! Katie Pavlich smacks Cenk Uygur for Hamas-splaining

http://twitter.com/#!/KatiePavlich/status/497458971822002177

We’d expect nothing less from the MSNBC/Current TV alumnus:

http://twitter.com/#!/cenkuygur/status/497458474729472000

The stupid … it scorches.

Reasonable tweeters tried to use logic on him:

http://twitter.com/#!/saints63213/status/497458716787351553

But Uygur is impervious to logic.

http://twitter.com/#!/cenkuygur/status/497459507337756672
http://twitter.com/#!/cenkuygur/status/497459848057876480
http://twitter.com/#!/cenkuygur/status/497460420211265536
http://twitter.com/#!/cenkuygur/status/497461722509107201

Annnnnnd there it is. What is it with progs like him and their morbid insistence that Israeli casualties need to be higher in order to make things fair?

http://twitter.com/#!/cenkuygur/status/497462172557922304

Uygur wouldn’t know the first thing about being a man. Townhall’s Katie Pavlich has more guts than he’ll ever have, and unlike Uygur, she actually has a firm grasp on reality:

http://twitter.com/#!/KatiePavlich/status/497462240891928576
http://twitter.com/#!/KatiePavlich/status/497463700266418176

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Related:

Twitchy coverage of Cenk Uygur

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/08/07/wow-idiotic-statement-katie-pavlich-smacks-cenk-uygur-for-hamas-splaining/

Obama and Putin have 6th phone call since start of Ukraine crisis

http://twitter.com/#!/NoahWehrman/status/455851917940629504

President Obama and Vladimir Putin had another phone call today in regards to the situation in Ukraine.

CBS News’ Mark Knoller has the details:

http://twitter.com/#!/markknoller/status/455851512275935232
http://twitter.com/#!/markknoller/status/455851999905710080
http://twitter.com/#!/markknoller/status/455853392624369664

Obama and Putin have spoken by phone a reported half dozen times since the start of the Ukraine crisis:

http://twitter.com/#!/markknoller/status/455853830992044034

With that out of the way…

http://twitter.com/#!/GlennCarswell/status/455852614966460416

Heh.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/04/14/concern-level-grave-obama-and-putin-have-6th-phone-call-since-start-of-ukraine-crisis/

Biggest joke of all at #WHCD: Kathleen Sebelius makes cameo

http://twitter.com/#!/HuffPostPol/status/462783949723295744

President Obama and disgraced former HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius actually think their job-killing, innovation-undermining, market-distorting, website-choking, insurance-sabotaging Obamacare failure is funny.

http://twitter.com/#!/HouseCracka/status/462784016056594432
http://twitter.com/#!/ryankath/status/462784330155053056

These people really have no shame.

Word:

http://twitter.com/#!/WSJPolitics/status/462784550251532288

Update: Here’s the video.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/05/03/biggest-joke-of-all-at-whcd-kathleen-sebelius-makes-cameo-to-fix-obamas-video-glitch/

See what domestic abuse belittling Wasserman Schultz said about GOP, women

http://twitter.com/#!/gelnails2012/status/507358060726059008

Yes, that is the truth every day. But what sparked that particular reply? Oh, just this:

http://twitter.com/#!/matthewhurtt/status/506845496540139520

The article is as utterly absurd as you’d expect. But Debbie wanted to make sure y’all didn’t miss it.

http://twitter.com/#!/DWStweets/status/506834656894136320

She totally loves women, you see.

http://twitter.com/#!/DWStweets/status/507240410390224896

Milwaukee? Hmm, is that where said this?

http://twitter.com/#!/TPCarney/status/507258082624544768

That’s right. As Twitchy reported, Debbie Wasserman Schultz further exposed herself as the loathsome hack that she is when she pretty much said Gov. Scott Walker beats women. The GOP has a woman problem? Take a look in the mirror, woman-user Debbie.

http://twitter.com/#!/BiasedGirl/status/507254647526920192

Amen. But to the disgraceful Debbie, the end justifies the means. Even if the means are abused women.

http://twitter.com/#!/AFutureFree/status/507499284858961921
http://twitter.com/#!/ConservativeLA/status/507261078452322304

Dear Debbie: That’s not true. Contrary to your obvious belief, women can and do think for themselves.

http://twitter.com/#!/JHassTN/status/507292465657696256

And here is an exit question for those “feminists” who heart Debbie and the Dems:

http://twitter.com/#!/bethanyshondark/status/507300603291525124

We’re waiting.

Related:

‘Right on!’ Scott Walker capitalizes on Wasserman Schultz’s smear campaign

Can you guess how DNC responded to Wasserman Schultz’s Scott Walker slander?

‘Shut up, Debbie’! Wasserman Schultz suggests Gov. Scott Walker beats women

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/04/look-what-domestic-abuse-belittling-wasserman-schultz-had-the-gall-to-say-about-gop-women/

President Big Spender: ‘We can’t just keep throwing money at the problem’

http://twitter.com/#!/BarackObama/status/476063330310696962

Please. Says the guy who’s helped propel the national debt to over $17.5 trillion. Says the guy who spends our money like it’s going out of style.

http://twitter.com/#!/TheBrandonMorse/status/476063455250624512

Oh yeah. If there’s anyone who can “keep throwing money” at problems indefinitely, it’s Barack Obama. After all, it’s no skin off his Pinocchio nose.

http://twitter.com/#!/baldingschemer/status/476063603187933186

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/06/09/president-big-spender-we-cant-just-keep-throwing-money-at-the-problem/

Rep. Pete Sessions is reportedly mulling run for House Majority Leader

http://twitter.com/#!/costareports/status/476579275538452480

We have no idea where Congressman Pete Sessions lives, but we do know that he voted for TARP and supports amnesty. And now, according to Washington Post reporter Robert Costa, he wants to replace Eric Cantor as House Majority Leader.

So, apparently, the idea here is to replace one pro-TARPpro-amnesty Republican with another. That’s the kind of rebranding the GOP establishment can get behind!

 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/06/11/uh-oh-rep-pete-sessions-is-reportedly-mulling-run-for-house-majority-leader/

L.A. marchers backing Maduro asked to take support to Venezuela [pics]

http://twitter.com/#!/Matthops82/status/437726949172342784

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro’s actions against citizens and reporters in that country have disturbed even Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Madonna. However, Hugo Chavez’s successor does have supporters in the U.S., as a rally taking place in Los Angeles proves:

http://twitter.com/#!/MikePrysner/status/437717787159429120
http://twitter.com/#!/MikePrysner/status/437722867518550016
http://twitter.com/#!/AnswerLA/status/437721809291444224

The irony of taking advantage of the right to free speech to express support for somebody in another country accused of cracking down on free speech seems lost on many, but certainly not everybody:

Dear Pro-Maduro Supporters in LA:

Fuck you. Go to Venezuela if you support Maduro and his murdering thugs, cowardly bitches.

Sincerely,
Me— Matt (@Matthops82) February 23, 2014

http://twitter.com/#!/Matthops82/status/437727444267978752
http://twitter.com/#!/anthmichcara/status/437731190938673152

Good question.

This is some kind of funny:

http://twitter.com/#!/RedScareBot/status/437733172160126976

We see what you did there.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/02/23/l-a-marchers-backing-maduro-asked-to-take-support-to-venezuela-pics/