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Bad enough for foreign policy elder statesman Leslie H. Gelb to condemn President Sharpton, uh, Obama for failing to attend the unity march in Paris that drew millions of people and dozens of world leaders in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the executions of police, the murders of hostages at a kosher deli. Even worse that Gelb is urging Obama to dump his inner circle and replace them, at least partially, with ... Republicans.
Six years into the Obama regime and it just might happen yet ... change we can believe in. Meanwhile, the world is on high alert. What we've gotten so far for change has come at a dear cost, and we're not done paying yet.
Plenty of speculation out there as to why President Sharpton, uh, Obama didn't go to the massive unity rally in Paris on Sunday that drew leaders from dozens of other nations. The take on this from America's Real Anchorman, aka Rush Limbaugh, comes closest to plausibility.
On his radio show yesterday, Limbaugh cited two specific reasons why Obama passed on a golden opportunity to demonstrate that he's capable of genuine leadership and empathy.
Not much in the way of political commentary crosses the line into public service. Here's one that does.
If you aren't familiar with Andrew Klavan's brilliant polemics at Truth Revolt, PJ Media and City Journal, you're in for a treat. He's also a best-selling author of mystery novels under the pen name Keith Peterson. Remember that great Michael Caine crime thriller, "A Shock to the System," from 1990? Klavan wrote the screenplay, based on a book by British author Simon Brett.
How much more carnage will it take for Jeremy Scahill to grasp the obvious?
Even as the jihad metastasizes and the pace of its atrocities accelerates, the left-wing journalist would have you believe there are worse threats out there. His comments on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry show yesterday must have caused the several conservatives watching to turn away in disgust.
Was it just coincidence that the only person consigned by purportedly conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks to the "kiddie table" on Meet the Press this morning was fearless conservative Ann Coulter?
In a panel discussion on Charlie Hebdo's unvarnished brand of political incorrectness, Brooks divided those in the commentariat to the "adult" and "kiddie" tables. As to be expected, Brooks seated himself with the grown ups, which makes sense considering that he's been an adult roughly since toddlerhood. Coulter, on the other hand, she's with the kids, given her troubling propensity to throw food and run circles around liberals --
Not sure how he manages to pull this off, but Eugene Robinson comes across as churlish, naive and inane at the same time.
During one of his annoyingly frequent and unfailingly predictable appearances on MSNBC, when he was among the guests on "Andrea Mitchell Reports" on Friday, the Washington Post columnist weighed in with his thoughts on the differences between France and the US in fighting jihadists. He didn't actually say the word "jihadists," of course, since doing so would result in immediate banishment from MSNBC.
Maybe it's just my imagination, but it sounds like Fox News's Shepard Smith is suggesting that the Muslim fanatics involved in the Charlie Hebdo massacre were motivated by religion in much the same manner as that notorious Christian extremist, Timothy McVeigh.
You remember, the one who spent months in prayer at his evangelical church before detonating a truck bomb outside the Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City nearly 20 years ago. And when McVeigh wasn't praying, he was certain to be fasting or poring over Scripture or obsessing over his next pilgrimage to the Holy Land, you know, the types of things that Christian extremists can be expected to do. Aside from the fact that none of this happened, except for McVeigh murdering 168 people for no reason than his virulent loathing of the federal government, the closest he actually came to religious fervor.
Context is all, especially in media, unless you're a liberal intent on smearing the most prominent voice in radio who also happens to be conservative. At that point, context becomes an inconvenience quickly to be jettisoned.
Two days before Christmas, Rush Limbaugh was talking about the leaked Sony emails when he said something that proceeded to make news during the traditionally slow news drought of the holidays.
Conservative radio host and widely-read author Hugh Hewitt ended 2014 with a bang. BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith finished it with a whimper, thanks to Hewitt. When the two spoke yesterday, it brightened New Year's Eve for many a listener.
Smith appeared on Hewitt's program to discuss BuzzFeed's coverage and what to expect in the coming year when the subject of anti-police protests arose (audio) --
To anyone unfamiliar with the force of nature that is Mark Levin, his withering denunciation of President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and aspiring despot Al Sharpton on his radio show earlier this week could serve as a fitting introduction.
Levin could barely contain his outrage against the trio he accused of having "blood on their hands" for the unprovoked murders of two New York City police officers as retaliation for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in their confrontations with police (audio) --
MSNBC used to bill itself as "the place for politics." An updated version of the slogan would add -- "... provided we're not left embarrassed and defensive." Such has been the case on the cable outlet ever since the execution-style murders of two New York City police officers by a gunman who vowed on social media that he would avenge the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in their confrontations with police.
On her show Monday night, the network's Rachel Maddow showed a clip of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio at a news conference asking "everyone" and "this is across the spectrum, to put aside protests, put aside demonstrations, until these funerals are passed. (And that includes those of you on the other end of the "spectrum" with your fiendish insistence that "police lives matter.")
This helps explain those countless boatloads of desperate refugees fleeing Florida for Cuba over the last several decades. Oh wait ...
Paleo-lib columnist Eleanor Clift was in fine fiddle on The McLaughlin Group yesterday and did not disappoint when the conversation turned to Cuba.
Seven weeks since their seismic losses in the midterm elections, liberals continue mouthing their moronic mantra that the results were a mandate for Republicans to "get things done" with President Obama.
On This Week with George Stephanopoulos today, uber-Dem Howard Dean trotted out a variation of the threadbare theme, that Republicans better work with Obama or face dire consequences in the 2016 election. Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol proceeded to pounce. It made for entertaining Sunday morning television --
It would have been more honest had ABC News simply stated its opinion that those opposed to the communist regime in Cuba are unreconstructed ignoramuses, but that would be asking a bit much.
Instead, a photo was shown on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" this morning that said as much without coming out and saying it.
When Senator Elizabeth Warren makes it official that she's running for president, she ought to hit up late night talk show host Seth Meyers for a campaign contribution. Better yet, his checkbook.
While chatting with Fox News's Bill O'Reilly last night, Meyers joked (or did he?) that he's more comfortable with Warren deciding what to do with his money than he is.
Yeah, it's a stretch -- but not by much.
Incorrigible thought criminal Rush Limbaugh wondered aloud on his radio show yesterday whether President Obama will fasten onto the latest left-wing protest fad, the raising of one's arms aloft while chanting "Hands up, don't shoot!," preferably in proximity to heavily-armed police.
The number of Bill Cosby's alleged victims just rose exponentially, at least in the eyes of MSNBC ever-hyperbolic contributor Michael Eric Dyson.
Dyson, who teaches the decidedly soft science of sociology at Georgetown when he's not huffing and puffing on cable TV, appeared on NOW with Alex Wagner this afternoon to opine on Cosby's wife and daughter coming to his defense, along with Cosby asking "black media" to approach allegations against him with a "neutral mind."
What is it about GOP Senator Ted Cruz that brings out such vitriol from liberals? Look no further for solid evidence that the man is seen as a threat.
Over at the Facebook page for Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show, a post was published Monday by MaddowBlog writer Steve Benen titled, "Senate Dems find an unwitting ally in Ted Cruz," about Cruz and fellow Republican Senator Mike Lee forcing the Senate to work on Saturday (poor babies!) to push through votes on the constitutionality and funding of President Obama's amnesty for illegals.
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow greeted last week's release of the so-called Senate torture report with her skewed telling of the tale of Yuri Nosenko, a KGB officer who defected to the US and was subjected to years of harsh treatment and interrogation before the CIA concluded he was not a double agent.
As you'd expect from the marquee host at America's version of Pravda, Maddow left out a significant and embarrassing detail in her report --
Americans owe the Kennedys, more specifically the late Robert F. Kennedy, a huge debt of gratitude. Without him, we might never have gotten President Ronald Reagan.
This was hardly Kennedy's intention, however, when he unscrupulously threatened to cancel government contracts with General Electric unless the company fired the popular host of its Sunday evening television show, "General Electric Theater," according to Reagan biographer and former aide Thomas C. Reed in his new book, "The Reagan Enigma: 1964-1980."