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Bagley NAILs GOP To The Wall & Then Some!



Emptywheel is worried that Bibi will lose next week...

Seriously, people. I'm worried that if Bibi loses next week the GOP will make him Speaker of the House.


Likud admits intent of BibiSpeech was spiking/influencing/shifting/juicing/winning IsraelElections2015 --
http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel-election-2015/1.646390 … #Israelelections2015 #IsraElex #IsraelElections

Senior Likud sources: Netanyahu may not win election
'Speech to Congress should have strengthened Likud, but we didn’t achieve the desired outcome.'

By Jonathan Lis | Mar. 11, 2015 | 2:52 PM

Senior Likud figures are increasingly acknowledging that party leader Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may not win Tuesday’s national election.

“Something isn’t going the way it should. Netanyahu’s speech to Congress last week should have created a turning point for us and strengthened Likud in the polls. It’s clear that we didn’t achieve the desired outcome,” a senior figure in Likud told Haaretz.

“We came to these elections thinking Netanyahu had no real rival. Now we understand that the picture is much more complex,” another Likud source said.

...it’s not clear if we will overcome this, the party figure said adding: “The problem is not Likud. People just don’t want to vote Netanyahu.”


“His mother must have been a Muslim."

“His mother must have been a Muslim. We don’t know that, but she married two Muslim men, so there must have been something there. And the framework that the President has growing up, his influences in his life, was that of Islam.”

— The Rev. Frankin Graham, quoted by Right Wing Watch.

more from a "religious" man:

Cotton, on women...


proof positive - he is an asshole.
amen and peace,

Senator who spearheaded letter to Iran got $1 million from Kristol’s ‘Emergency C’tee for Israel’

Senator who spearheaded letter to Iran got $1 million from Kristol’s ‘Emergency C’tee for Israel’

by Philip Weiss, mondoweiss.net -- The War of Ideas in the Middle East -- Mar 10, 2015

I don’t know who wrote the letter, but I can tell you whose fingerprints are on it: the only folks who are supporting it publicly, the hard-right Israel lobby. Even as Cotton himself splutters on national television, rightwing lobby groups are the main voices out there defending the letter.

Like Bill Kristol of the Emergency Committee for Israel:

Cotton open letter: “Just so you know, we’re a constitutional democracy. Congress (or next president) has a say.” Dem response: Hysteria.

J Street’s Dylan Williams fingers Bill Kristol for writing the letter:

Who gave @SenTomCotton & others the awful idea for the Iran letter? Seems like Sarah Palin-for-VP-level bad advice doesn’t it @BillKristol ?

There’s a reason for Williams’s suspicion. Kristol’s Emergency Committee for Israel gave Tom Cotton nearly $1 million in his race for the Senate just five months ago, Eli Clifton reported. “Cotton received $960,250 in supportive campaign advertising in the last month.” (Thanks to Kay24 in comments).

Cotton also got $165,000 from Elliott Management Paul Singer’s hedge fund. Singer is the billionaire who is trying to stop Obama’s Iran talks (Clifton’s reporting again). He funds the Israel Project too– Josh Block’s efforts.

MORE (plus links):

McCain's breathtaking defense of signing the Iran letter: "I sign lots of letters"

Senator John McCain, whom you may remember from that one time he nearly became the president of the United States, has a less-than-satisfactory explanation for why he signed Senator Tom Cotton's open letter to Iranian leaders.


McCain told Politico that:

"I saw the letter, I saw that it looked reasonable to me and I signed it, that’s all. I sign lots of letters."

McCain's statement, reported late on Tuesday when the furor over Cotton's letter had become a national scandal, seems clearly intended to minimize his actions by making them seem commonplace and inconsequential.

Just signing a letter! Who among us hasn't signed letters? Basically the same as the family update your mom mails to all her cousins every Christmas — they're all just "letters."


Lt. Col. Joni Ernst broke the law by signing the seditious letter to Iran.

Lt. Col. Joni Ernst, the junior senator from Iowa, is an active duty lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard. As such, she is bound by the Iowa State Code of Military Justice. Her signing of the seditious letter to Iran is a clear and direct violation of Chapter 29B.85 of the Iowa State Code of Military Justice.

Any person subject to this code who uses contemptuous words against the president, the governor, or the governor of any other state, territory, commonwealth, or possession in which that person may be serving, shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.

This is very serious infraction. We are a nation governed by civilians. Our Commander-in-Chief is a civilian. The government officials that hold ultimate authority over our military are civilians. This is true at the federal level and the state level. This has always been the case since George Washington was president. He resigned his military commission to accept the position of president. We have never in our history had a military ruler. Military obedience to civilian authority is critical and essential if we are to maintain the democracy we inherited. That is why "contempt towards officials" is such a serious matter. Lincoln enforced that discipline during the Civil War. Even with the imposition of martial law, Lincoln remained a civilian commander. Truman enforced the same discipline after WWII when he relieved Gen. MacArthur of his command. Obama enforced the same discipline recently when Gen. McChrystal was relieved of his command. There is nothing anachronistic about this fundamental principle.

In the federal armed services, this is handled under Article 88 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”

Reading the federal version, it is obvious where Iowa got the wording for its law. It's not an accident or a coincidence. The importance of enforcing the requirement for military obedience to civilian authority is universally applied at every level of governance, from the federal to the local level. This is why we are not a police state.

MORE HERE (plus links):

NJ Star Ledger editorial board: Cotton "a Neocon monstrosity out of central casting"

He is not a "traitor" as some claim, but Cotton is a novice with pitifully shallow motives. He is a Neocon monstrosity out of central casting, someone who calls Iraq a "just and noble war," who wants to use the espionage act against journalists, and even campaigned on a baseless fear that ISIS "could infiltrate our defenseless border and attack us right here in Arkansas."

Give him this much: On Tuesday, he noted how "Israel struck Iraq's nuclear program in 1981 and they didn't reconstitute it," a rare GOP admission that the Bush Administration wasted countless lives and $1.7 trillion on a fantasy.

But above all, Cotton is man of war. He served in the Army Rangers with distinction, he is a walking, breathing casus belli on virtually every policy discussion, and one day after writing his letter - surprise - he addressed a gold-plated assembly of defense contractors.

So 46 other U.S Senators followed him into the political wood chipper.


Dear Iran,

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