Sinking Low

Arlene from Israel

It has been my practice, when writing about the Iran agreement, to deal as much as possible with facts.

But in some respects this is no longer possible, as the case being made by the Obama administration has sunk to a shameful and despicable low.  If you pay attention to Obama’s words, and those of his flunkies, what we hear is a position that maintains that the deal is so obviously good that anyone coming out against is, in one fashion or another, being disloyal to America.  There is less than no respect for the patriotism and the intellectual integrity of those who oppose the deal out of deep concern for America.


We see that he is doing this with regard to Republicans, whom he claims are putting party politics ahead of the good of the nation, and – far worse! – making common cause with the hardliners in Iran.  He first leveled this charge in a speech last week.  Yesterday, he was challenged on it by Fareed Zakaria on CNN, and rather than back down said it is absolutely true.


A point being made by critics of the president is that since some Democrats are also against the deal, according to Obama’s logic, they must also be making common cause with the Iranian hardliners – although Obama neglects to address this.  The Democrats who are opposed certainly cannot be charged with being negative on the deal simply out of “party loyalty.” Those who have come out against the deal include:

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Members of Congress Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ted Deutsch (D-FL), Steve Israel (D-NY), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Grace Meng (D-NY), Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Albio Sires (D-NJ) and Juan Vargas  (D-NY).


But let us move on, as we are seeing behavior from the administration that is even more reprehensible.  An editorial in Tablet Magazine – “Crossing a Line to Sell a Deal” – describes what is going on (emphasis added):

“What we increasingly can’t stomach—and feel obliged to speak out about right now—is the use of Jew-baiting and other blatant and retrograde forms of racial and ethnic prejudice as tools to sell a political deal, or to smear those who oppose it. Accusing Senator Schumer of loyalty to a foreign government is bigotry, pure and simple.Accusing Senators and Congressmen whose misgivings about the Iran deal are shared by a majority of the U.S. electorate of being agents of a foreign power, or of selling their votes to shadowy lobbyists, or of acting contrary to the best interests of the United States, is the kind of naked appeal to bigotry and prejudice that would be familiar in the politics of the pre-Civil Rights Era South.

This use of anti-Jewish incitement as a political tool is a sickening new development in American political discourse, and we have heard too much of it lately—some coming, ominously, from our own White House and its representatives. Let’s not mince words: Murmuring about “money” and “lobbying” and “foreign interests” who seek to drag America into war is a direct attempt to play the dual-loyalty card. It’s the kind of dark, nasty stuff we might expect to hear at a white power rally, not from the President of the United States—and it’s gotten so blatant that even many of us who are generally sympathetic to the administration, and even this deal, have been shaken by it.



Just as some on the editorial board of Tablet Magazine, who are “generally sympathetic to the administration, and even this deal…have been shaken by” the “anti-Jewish incitement that is being used as a political tool,” we must hope that members of Congress who might have been predisposed to the deal will begin to wonder if in the end there is any legitimate rationale for accepting it.  Why would the president have to resort to innuendo and slander against opponents, if he could make a strong case based on the agreement’s merits?

Perhaps Obama is overplaying his hand, and will end up defeating precisely what he imagines he is defending.


See further details on what is going on with regard to the old anti-Semitic canard of “dual loyalty”:

“…anti-Schumer campaigners refer to him repeatedly as a ‘traitor,’ suggest that his loyalty lies only with Israel and not the United States, and accuse him of receiving his ‘real paycheck’ from nefarious sources — which they characterize as Israel, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) or other pro-Israel bodies.”


Those who make such blatantly prejudicial judgments are missing the point in several respect:

They are positing that the deal is bad only for Israel, when in fact it is a disaster for the US.  What is more, an accord that threatens the only reliable ally the US has in the Middle East is bound to put America at a disadvantage.


It is a major issue, that the accord with Iran provides no brakes on Iran’s support of terrorism or on its aggressive hegemony in the Middle East.  Quite the contrary, that agreement is doing two things that will strengthen Iran’s ability to foment violence in our part of the world:

It is providing a fortune in sanctions relief that Iran will utilize in some part to strengthen terrorist elements.  And it is lifting sanctions against Iran’s acquisition of conventional weaponry, including, in time, ballistic missiles.


Now, please, note what Kerry said yesterday, at a Reuters Newsmaker event.  If Iran violates the arms embargo, there will be no “snapback” of sanctions against Iran (emphasis added):

“The arms embargo is not tied to snapback…So they are not in material breach of the nuclear agreement for violating the arms piece of it.”

But we should not worry, explained Kerry, because the US has “ample tools at our disposal” if Iran violates the arms embargo.

“There is a specific U.N. resolution outside of this agreement that prohibits them from sending weapons to Hezbollah. There is a separate and specific U.N. resolution that prohibits them from sending weapons to the Shia militia in Iraq.”

That will do it, you think?

Myself, I think that even Kerry, who is dumb, is not that dumb.  I think the US does not care.

As Reuters reports:

“Iran’s senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi made clear last month that Tehran had no intention of complying with the arms embargo and missile sanctions.

’Whenever it’s needed to send arms to our allies in the region, we will do so,’ he said. ‘We are not ashamed of it.’”



I share here a video of Kerry testifying before an Armed Services Committee hearing, with Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark) questioning.  I recommend the entire six minutes: very enlightening in terms of how the chief American diplomat conducts himself. But most pertinent here is the portion that begins at slightly past minute 4, as it addresses Iranian weaponry and what the US will do to prevent Iran from sharing it.

Kerry speaks about US laws in place to block Iranian distribution of lethal weapons. But please keep in mind that he negotiated a deal that will make it easier for Iran to acquire and distribute such weaponry. Heaven help us all.


(With thanks to Moti G. on this.)


About two weeks ago, Kerry was testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  He was questioned by Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA), who asked:

“Let’s say Congress doesn’t take your advice, we override a veto, and the law that is triggered then imposes certain sanctions. Will you follow the law even though you think this violates this agreement clearly, and even if you think it’s terrible policy?”

Kerry: “I cannot begin to answer that at this point, without consulting with the president and determining what the circumstances are.” (Emphasis added)



Credit: Olivier Douliery/Getty


For those who might doubt the implications of the above exchange, there is this information from MEMRI (emphasis added):

”Iranian officials recently began to reveal details from the nuclear negotiations with the U.S. since their early stages. Their statements indicate that the U.S. initiated secret negotiations with Iran not after President Hassan Rohani, of the pragmatic camp, was elected in 2013, but rather in 2011-2012, in the era of radical president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The disclosures also indicate that, already at that time, Iran received from the U.S. administration a letter recognizing its right to enrich uraniumon its own soil. Hossein Sheikh Al-Islam, an advisor to the Majlis speaker, specified that the letter had come from John Kerry, then a senator and head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Iranian vice president and top negotiator Ali Akbar Salehi said that Kerry, while still a senator, had been appointed by President Obama to handle the nuclear contacts with Iran.”


United Against Nuclear Iran is an American organization that is seeking “to educate and inform the American public regarding the serious shortcomings” of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. To that end, it is planning to run advertisements against the accord.

It is good news that former Senator Joe Lieberman has just accepted the position of chairman of this organization.  Senator Lieberman has solid name recognition and a reputation for integrity. Coupled with this, as CEO Mark D. Wallace has pointed out, is “Senator Lieberman’s foreign policy and national security expertise.” In the Senate he was on the Committee on Armed services and chaired the Committee on Homeland Security.

Credit: Getty

It should be noted that, while the Senator identified as an “independent” at one point in his career, he was in the main associated with the Democratic party – and ran as the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000, on a ticket with Al Gore.  Also a plus in this context.


The following key Democratic Senators are still undeclared with regard to the Iran deal, at least according to information I have. Some might be pre-disposed to opposing the deal, even if they haven’t declared their opposition formally yet.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.); Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.); Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.); Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.); Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.); Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.); Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.); Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.)

If you are a constituent of one of the Senators, please, write to express your strong opposition to the agreement. If you know others who are their constituents, even if you are not, please urge them to do the same.  The votes of these Senators may be critical.


NEWS ALERT: Harry Reid to Face Iran Nuke Deal Protest

CONTACT:  Luan Francis  (775) 764-0567 or [email protected]
Residents of southern Nevada will gather for a significant protest outside of Senator Harry Reid’s U.S. Senate office (333 S. Las Vegas Blvd.) on Tuesday, August 18th at 8:00 AM.

A coalition of groups led by the Conservative Campaign Committee will converge outside of Senator Reid’s office calling on Senator Reid and the Democrat Caucus in the U.S. Senate to vote against the disastrous Iranian nuclear deal.

“The Iranian nuclear deal is a horrible proposition for the safety of the U.S., Israel and our allies.  We must secure a better deal for our national security and the well-being of our children and their safety,” said Lloyd Marcus, Chairman of the Conservative Campaign Committee.

The protest will be accompanied by the launch of a new TV ad campaign currently under production calling for Congress to vote against the Iranian nuclear deal:

An online petition effort complements this campaign – asking Senator Reid to vote to OPPOSE the Iranian nuclear deal, and the petitions will be delivered to Senator Reid’s office on the morning of August 18th – while the protest is simultaneously taking place outside:  http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/harryreidopposeirannukedeal

A Facebook event page has been set up for those interested in learning more about next Tuesday’s protest outside of Senator Reid’s office:  https://www.facebook.com/events/428882880650309/

For more information on the August 18th protest against the Iranian Nuclear Deal outside of Senator Harry Reid’s office, please contact Luan Francis at:  (775) 764-0567 or [email protected]


Trevor Loudon to Speak in Minnesota, Illinois, Idaho and Tennessee

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TrevorLoudon-EnemiesWITrevor Loudon will address meetings in Minnesota, Illinois, Idaho and Tennessee over the next few weeks.

Monday, August 17, Central Minnesota Tea Party, Michael’s Austrian Restaurant, 510, US Highway 10, St. Cloud, Minnesota, 7-9 pm. Contact  Paul Brandmire, 320-360-0374.

Tuesday, August 18, Central Minnesota Tea Party Patriots, Browerville Community Center, Main Street, Browerville, Minnesota, 6.30 pm-9 pm. Contact Nancy Judd, 320-533-1119.

Thursday, August 20, Peoria Patriots, Peoria, Illinois.  Contact Jenny Keller, 309-691-0753

Thursday, August 27, Region 6, Idaho Republicans Annual BBQ.  Contact Bryan Smith, 208-681-3931

Saturday, August 29, National Federation of Republican Assemblies convention, Rocketown, 601, 4th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee. Contact Sharon Ford, 615-587-1711


Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Classified Edition

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Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

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This week, The Pirate’s Cove, Gates Of Vienna and The People’s Cube earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

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Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees!

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It’s time once again for the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Week’ nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the award of the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations!

Here are this weeks’ nominees…

RedState’s Talking Head Erick Erickson!!

Puma By Design: I nominate RedState’s, Erik Erickson, for Weasel of the Week.

Late Friday night, Erick Erickson, disinvited Donald Trump from the RedState Gathering supposedly because of disparaging remarks Trump made about Megyn Kelly. In turn, Erickson invited Megyn Kelly to speak in The Donald’s place.

His actions led to an uproar on social media and beneath the comment section of his post.

Erickson in his post laid out his rationale for disinviting Trump, alluding to the fact that Trump is a “non-professional politician” and a “blunt talker” only to expose himself later in the post:

The other day, we sent out the agenda for the RedState Gathering. The file had been saved with the “final” tag and the Washington sent it out. But it still had Governor Deal on the agenda and it did not have Donald Trump on it. Obviously, it wasn’t the final.

So, then Erickson never really invited Trump? Trump was not invited. Or he was invited and Redstate just waited anticipating the moment and opportunity to disinvite?

As time went on, RedState found itself inundated with comments from an endless wave of outraged voters.

How did RedState, a so-called Conservative website respond? They responded by deleting comments and when that didn’t slow down the wave of his displeased readers directing their comments to Erickson, the moderator closed the comments section.

Throughout the RedState Gathering, a snarky Erickson read angry tweets that were directed at RedState. In addition, Erickson responded to tweets on social media, but the tone of Erickson’s tweets gave one the impression that Erick Erickson was working overtime to cover himself.

Then we learn a day and a half later that Erick Erickson intentionally failed to extend an invitation to Dr. Benjamin Carson. Again, the rationale for not inviting Carson, seen by Erickson as another “non-professional politician,” much like the excuse for disinviting Trump does not hold water.

According to Breitbart, Erickson allegedly attended two events where Carson was speaking before a group of veterans. According to Erickson, Carson spoke only of himself and Barack Obama, failing to acknowledge the concerns or struggles of our vets. Then he went on to blame failure to invite Carson to the RedState Gather on the fact that there were limited slots available.

“I was at two different events for military non-profits in the last year,” Erickson stated. “They were non-profits that had asked Dr. Carson to speak about military veterans and the work he did with the disabled and both times he spent the entire time talking about himself and his battle with the president and it just struck me wrong. And when we were putting together a list of RedState speakers we had a limited selection and I chose not to put Dr. Carson on the list unless the other spots didn’t fill up. The other spots filled up, so I didn’t ask him. I was impressed with his debate performance the other night and his closing statement but I just, it left a bad taste in my mouth.”

Okay, if the reason for not inviting Ben Carson had to do with limited slots being available, Erickson could have very well remedied that situation after disinviting Trump, but he made no effort to because he had no intention of inviting Carson in the first place.

Erickson is obviously overlooking the fact that “professional politicians” is how this country got so screwed up in the first place.

Erickson is colluding with the media (Fox) and the GOP leadership to bring out long-term results unfavorable to the American people and for that, I nominate Erick Erickson for Weasel of the Week.

The Right Planet: While there were plenty of candidates for Weasel this week, I’m going to have to give the crown to RedState’s Erick Erickson; who rescinded invitations to speak at a RedState event for GOP presidential candidates to both Donald Trump and Ben Carson. Now, let me just say that I’m not on the Trump bandwagon. I’m not trying to defend Trump. I have some serious reservations about Donald Trump. With that being said, Erickson apparently took umbrage with Trump’s comments about Megyn Kelly as “a bridge too far.” This is coming from the same guy who was praising Trump’s retorts to Rosie O’Donnell not too long ago. It’s also the same guy who once tweeted, that with the retirement of Justice David Souter,  America had lost “the only goat-f*cking child molester to ever serve on the Supreme Court.” Some of Erickson’s own views on women have left a bad taste in few people’s mouths as well. Furthermore, Trump’s “on her knees” comment that Megyn Kelly grilled him on at the GOP debate appears to have been taken completely out of context, from what I can gather. This really smacks of gross hypocrisy.

Erickson also calls Ben Carson a “non-professional politician”; and defended his un-invite by claiming Carson “spent the entire time talking about himself and his battle with the president” during a veteran’s event he attended. Apparently, Erick Erickson and the Fox News moderators have decided to act as the gatekeepers. Are we going to let the media or the voters pick our candidates?

Target Stores!

The Noisy Room: My nomination this week is Target. More political correctness insanity rears its hoary head. This time Target has claimed that there has been a massive outcry that they remove gender references from toys and bedding. I just don’t believe there are millions of Americans crying out for this. If they are under pressure, it is a small radical, vocal minority. More likely it is a combination of pressure from the Obama Administration and Liberals among the upper echelons of their internal leadership. Kid’s clothing will still be separated and labeled by gender for the simple reason that sizing dictates it. But they’ll find a way around that before long and go to some stupid universal sizing code. You watch. This is just ridiculous. Little girls can no longer just be girls and God forbid that a little boy would just be a boy growing into a man. No – we are all transgenders now.

Our culture is not evolving – it’s twisting and disappearing. Home and entertainment is also being ‘de-genderized.’ I’m literally running out of places to shop these days over all this political correctness crap. I find myself shopping more and more through Amazon.com where at least I’m not subjected to this PC torture. I don’t want all of society to be the same, bland vanilla stereotype. We are allowing Progressive tyrants to paint us all with the same brush and herd us into one big controllable corral. People will ditch Target over this. I’m one of them. They can take their gender-neutral society and stuff it. This will not end well. For pushing Marxist propaganda for the Obama Administration, Target gets the nod for Golden Weasel this week.

Obama’s Soviet-Style EPA

JoshuaPundit: When they’re not killing jobs and raising energy prices by killing coal or driving businesses overseas because of insane, arcane regulations, the Environmental Protection Agency does  a pretty good job of polluting….and breaking the law by trying to cover it up.

The Animas River in Southwestern Colorado in not only a major source of water and the aquifer in the area, but a wonderful recreation area and a prime environment for fish and wild life. Now, thanks to the EPA, its a polluted mess.

Obama’s environmental commissars were nosing around and ‘accidentally’ – it’s been difficult to get a straight answer on exactly what happened – broke into an abandoned mine and released a huge amount of chemical-laced water…that flowed right into the Animas River.

It appears that someone, believe it or not, used a backhoe to move some debris out of the way rather than removing it more carefully, since it was known there was water in the abandoned gold mine.

Even worse was that the EPA attempted to cover it up, at first saying it was just a minor spill and then finally admitting it amounted to over 3 million gallons. There have also been no answers about why the EPA took so long to repair the breech.

Fortunately the local authorities were able to keep the polluted mess, which contains
arsenic, lead and other metals out of the city of Durango’s main reservoir, but wells and groundwater will definitely be affected.The polluted water has traveled down to New Mexico and to the Navajo Nation’s reservation.

Durango and and La Plata County have declared states of emergency, and there’s now a potential water shortage.

The Weaselness comes from the EPA’s attempt to cover up what happened and shift the blame to the owner of the long abandoned mine for a catastrophe the EPA caused. Particularly odious was the E.P.A.’s regional director, Shaun McGrath, who led the charge, but he was just a Good German following orders. We all know that had a private company done something like this, the Obama Regime would be calling for their heads.

Well, there it is. What a despicable group of Weasels… ANY OF THEM COULD WIN! Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

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The Hillary Email Server Scandal Runs Deeper at State Dept.

By: Denise Simon

The Hillary email scandal-palooza began on July 31 with Judge Sullivan’s declaration demanding Hillary and her staff certify certain conditions with regard to all the emails being turned over to the State Department.

On August 8, 2015, Hillary signed a certification document under penalty of perjury that all materials within server communications have been provided to the State Department. Concurrent to this action, the FBI visited the Denver IT company, Platt River that provided email support and redundant systems to the Hillary server established in her home in 2009. Of note, this server was NOT Bill’s server as she previously stated.

The two page certification signed by Hillary is found here.

Most important to readers here is the fact that the communications of the two emails in question that originated from the CIA were transmitted via a controlled pathway to the State Department, from there, someone(s) at State had to find a unclassified printer and computer to create hard copies, re-format them into electronic form and then email them to Hillary meaning that others at State are surely going to be investigated and caught up in the web or dragnet of culpability.

A 7 page email document chain is found here where the classified material is simply chilling.

On August 11, the Intelligence Community Inspector General briefed several members of the Senate as well as James Clapper, the Director of the Office of National Intelligence on the exact classifications of at least 2 newly discovered emails, which at the time of transmission were given the classification rating of TS/SI/TK/NF. This classification is the top confidential rating designation. Of particular note is the ‘TK’ rating which means Talent Keyhole, stemming from signals intelligence/geo-spatial via the CIA. These communications are only done on highly controlled systems and within a SCIF system.

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Senator Chuck Grassley took the aggressive and positive step on August 11 to provide voters with the new information noted here.

From Associated Press dates August 11:

Also Tuesday, Kendall gave to the Justice Department three thumb drives containing copies of work-related emails sent to and from her personal email addresses via her private server.

Kendall gave the thumb drives, containing copies of roughly 30,000 emails, to the FBI after the agency determined he could not remain in possession of the classified information contained in some of the emails, according to a U.S. official briefed on the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly.

The State Department previously had said it was comfortable with Kendall keeping the emails at his Washington law office.

Word that Clinton had relented on giving up possession of the server came as Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said two emails that traversed Clinton’s personal system were deemed “Top Secret, Sensitive Compartmented Information” — a rating that is among the government’s highest classifications. Grassley said the inspector general of the nation’s intelligence community had reported the new details about the higher classification to Congress on Tuesday.

“Secretary Clinton’s previous statements that she possessed no classified information were patently untrue,” House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement. “Her mishandling of classified information must be fully investigated.”

Those two emails were among four that had previously been determined by the inspector general of the intelligence community to have been classified at the time they were sent. The State Department disputes that the emails were classified at that time.