Full Caf Americano™
Everyone came away from the initial summit meeting between Obama, Boehner and Reid with big smiles and a public air of confidence that Friday’s kumbaya moment would lead to The Big Deal. Call me a cynic, but I’m still not buying it. Yesterday, AP touched on a part of this story, tossing out some ideas about how everyone – particularly Democrats – might walk away with relatively clean hands if no deal is reached on the fiscal cliff this year. It’s all true, but for some of us there’s a bit more to the story. The Democrats, for their part, seem to have plenty to gain and not much to lose.
Show of hands… How many of you guys would just love to get John Boehner into your Thursday night poker game?
Rubio Makes His Iowa Debut As Possible ‘Future’ Of The Republican Party
¿Usted habla a Demócrata? Make no mistake, Marco Rubio is the ‘future’ of the party. Because he’s, like, Cuban-American and everything.
File under: The Democrats Do it This Way
ALTOONA, Iowa – As the Republican Party regroups after Mitt Romney’s defeat, the message Saturday night at Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad’s birthday fundraiser was “turn the page” and “look to the future” — and what that future apparently holds is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the event’s featured speaker.
Rubio was invited to speak at the event around Sept. 1, Branstad told The Daily Caller, and had Romney won, the atmosphere might have been a bit different.
But only 11 days after voters went to the polls and Republicans came up short, Rubio was speaking to a crowd that had trained its sights squarely on 2016.
And Reince Priebus thought those college Spanish classes were a waste of time. Here’s a thought, guys. Why not just message conservative ideas to Americans. Sort of ‘un-RINO’ so to speak? Then Hispanics might not think you’re trying to contrive a message targeting, well, Hispanics.
Novel idea Ronald Reagan came up with.
Obama Consults with Al Sharpton on Fiscal Cliff
No, really, this is not a SNL skit.
This afternoon, President Barack Obama consulted with MSNBC host Al Sharpton, who’s also assicated [sic] with the National Action Network (NAN), about the fiscal talks between the White House and Congress. At the same meeting, Obama also consulted with other “leaders of civil rights and civic organizations.”
Via the pool report:
President Obama and Vice President Biden met with leaders of civil rights and civic organizations to discuss negotiations over how to avoid the fiscal cliff. The meeting lasted over an hour, and participants spoke to reporters outside the West Wing after they wrapped up.
Isn’t this a little like going to Tawana Brawley for rape counseling?
How’s the Obama Middle East-Northern Africa policy working out for you guys?
Two major Israeli newspapers are reporting that rockets fired from Egypt have hit Israel.
“Terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula launched rockets into Israel Friday night,” reports the Jerusalem Post. “The rockets fell near an Israeli village on the southern border, causing some damage, but no injuries.”
The Israeli daily Haaretz reports, “Rockets fired from direction of Egypt toward Eshkol Regional Council.”
It appears no damage was reported in connection with the rocket fire from Egypt. Earlier today, the Egyptian prime minister visited Gaza to express solidarity with the Palestinians there.
This new front comes a day after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv and on the same day Israel’s capital Jerusalem was the target of rocket fire. Those attacks were courtesy of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Not to be un-PC here, but…
Which is better for U.S. interests, a couple of tame dictators in Egypt and Libya, or a couple million former goat herders potentially armed with rockets and missiles indiscriminately firing at women and children in Israel? Go ahead; take some time with this.
Clue: Don’t ask CNN.
Or Kim Kardashian as it turns out.
Trumka Takes Dumka In The Twinkies Isle
President Obama’s strongest union backer, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, has injected himself into the Hostess bankruptcy, blaming capitalism for the shutdown of Hostess rather than an intransigent union. Today, he issued this statement:
What’s happening with Hostess Brands is a microcosm of what’s wrong with America, as Bain-style Wall Street vultures make themselves rich by making America poor. Crony capitalism and consistently poor management drove Hostess into the ground, but its workers are paying the price. These workers, who consistently make great products Americans love and have offered multiple concessions, want their company to succeed. They have bravely taken a stand against the corporate race-to-the-bottom. And now they and their communities are suffering the tragedy of a needless layoff. This is wrong. It has to stop. It’s wrecking America.
Bankruptcy phftttt! If you capitalist pigs would just stop worrying about making money and stuff, us union lemmings could get back to our twenty minute coffee breaks.
Allen Emailed Jill Kelley Re ‘Deep-frying Koran’ Radio Stunt
TAMPA — In March, Jill Kelley said U.S. Gen. John Allen needed her help.
In emails obtained by the Tampa Bay Times, she claimed Allen, commander of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan, called and emailed her seeking assistance in tamping down a threat by disc jockey Bubba the Love Sponge Clem to “deep fat fry” a Koran….
In emails to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Kelley said Allen was worried the radio stunt could put troops in harm’s way. She said then-CIA director David Petraeus and Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward also contacted her about lending a hand.
“I have Petraeus & Allen both emailing me to get this dealt with,” she wrote Buckhorn March 7.
Well, first you bring the oil to a rolling boil, then you sauté the pages lightly in breaded golden curry sauce before… Ohhhh, he meant how NOT to deep fry a Koran.