California AG Kamala Harris Seeks to Block “Kill the Gays” Ballot Initiative

California AG Kamala Harris Seeks to Block "Kill the Gays" Ballot Iniative

California AG Kamala Harris Seeks to Block “Kill the Gays” Ballot Iniative (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is seeking to block the “kill the gays” ballot initiative that authorizes the killing of gays and lesbians.

Matt McLaughlin, a Huntington Beach attorney, paid $200 to file the “Sodomite Suppression Act.” Harris, a U.S. Senate candidate issued her first public statement about Sodomite Suppression Act:

“As Attorney General of California, it is my sworn duty to uphold the California and United States Constitutions and to protect the rights of all Californians.  This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society. Today, I am filing an action for declaratory relief with the Court seeking judicial authorization for relief from the duty to prepare and issue the title and summary for the “Sodomite Suppression Act.” If the Court does not grant this relief, my office will be forced to issue a title and summary for a proposal that seeks to legalize discrimination and vigilantism.”

SCOTUS Tosses Alabama Redistricting Plan Ruling to Pack Black Voters in Certain Districts

SCOTUS Throws Out Ruling On Alabama's Redistricting Plan

SCOTUS Throws Out Ruling On Alabama’s Redistricting Plan (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

The U.S. Supreme Court throws out ruling that upheld Alabama’s redistricting plan that would pack certain districts with mostly black voters. The case has been sent back to a lower court.

On a 5-4 vote, the court threw out a lower court ruling that had upheld the plan, saying it was “legally erroneous.”

But the court avoided deciding whether the redistricting plan proposed by the Republican-controlled state legislature in 2012 violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law by concentrating black voters, who tend to vote Democratic, into a small number of districts. Source: Daily Mail

James Baker Blasts Benjamin Netanyahu as “Obstacle to Peace”

James Baker slams Benjamin Netanyahu as an "obstacle to peace"

James Baker slams Benjamin Netanyahu as an “obstacle to peace” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Former secretary of state James Baker, who served during former president George H.W. Bush’s administration, blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as an “obstacle to peace,” echoing similar comments made by White House Chief of Stff Denis McDonough, Haaretz reports.

Baker slammed Netanyahu’s “diplomatic missteps and political gamesmanship,” saying his “actions have not matched his rhetoric.”

James Baker said “the lack of progress regarding a lasting peace” plan for a two-state solution diminished since Netanyahu’s reelection last week. In other words, John Boehner and other Republicans lawmakers are kissing up to Netanyahu as though he’s the moral authority on what the Obama adminstration should do with regard to Iran and Palestine.

Baker’s comments come as the Wall Street Journal reported that Israel spied on the closed-door nuclear negotiations with Iran and shared the information with U.S. lawmakers. A seniro U.S. official told the WSJ, “It is one thing for the U.S. and Israel to spy on each other.””It is another thing for Israel to steal U.S. secrets and play them back to U.S. legislators to undermine U.S. diplomacy.”

Benjamin Netanyahu is acting as though his country gives the U.S. millions of dollars and other support, including their Iron Dome, instead of the other way around.

LMAO: Dick Cheney Accuses President Obama of Playing Race Card

LMAO: Dick Cheney Accuses President Obama of Playing Race Card

LMAO: Dick Cheney Accuses President Obama of Playing Race Card (Photo Credit: DoD photo by Cherie A. Thurlby)

LMAO: Former vice president Dick Cheney is accusing President Obama of playing the race card. Cheney, who gave his thoughts on Ferguson in the April issue of Playboy magazine, believes Eric Holder also played the race card.

If anyone should know about race relations in the U.S., it would be the person who voted against the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and whose daughter, Mary Cheney, compared dressing in drag to blackface.

Cheney said Obama is playing the race card to excuse criticism of his record as president. He said, “My view of it is the criticism is merited because of performance — or lack of performance, because of incompetence. It hasn’t got anything to do with race.” Gee, life was so great under his tenure as VP. The interview was conducted by Fox News’  James Rosen so don’t expect it to be favorable in any way to the Obama administration.

With any luck, the constant attacks on Obama along racial lines should encourage more blacks and Hispanics to go out in vote in the 2016 election. The Republican Party seems to have forgotten Obama won by a landslide twice, quite the opposite of George W. Bush’s two wins.

Read more excerpts from the Cheney interview CLICK HERE.

Sen. Tom Cotton, 46 GOP Senators, Acted Like Bullies with Iran Letter

Sen. Tom Cotton, 46 GOP Senators, Acting Like Bullies with Iran Letter

Sen. Tom Cotton, 46 GOP Senators, Acting Like Bullies with Iran Letter

IRAN LETTER FIASCO:  The #47Traitors controversy continues to swirl, as the New York issued a scathing rebuke of the GOP senators, led by junior Sen. Tom Cotton, acting outside the American government by aiding and abetting the enemy with its Iran letter. By the way, Tom Cotton, AKA Tehran Tom, has zero foreign policy experience. That didn’t matter in the eyes of the 46 GOP senators, as long as they were sticking their fingers in Obama’s eyes. Too bad their strategy backfired. They always manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. It was a total fiasco.

Tom Cotton-Led GOP #IranLetter backfires royally

Tom Cotton-Led GOP #IranLetter backfires royally (Cartoon Credit: Steven Greenberg)

This bully-mentality was evident during the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections when they tried to engage in voter suppression. The thinking was, if we can’t get black votes, let’s stop them from going out and voting in droves for the black guy. This mentality was also evident during the 2010 midterm elections and thereafter, when Sen. Ted Cruz, engineered a government shutdown over Obamacare.

Maybe Mr. McCain, who is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, should have thought about the consequences before he signed the letter, which was drafted by Tom Cotton, a Republican of Arkansas, a junior senator with no foreign policy credentials. Instead of trying to be leaders and statesmen, the Republicans in Congress seem to think their role is outside the American government, divorced from constitutional principles, tradition and the security interests of the American people.

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Besides being willing to sabotage any deal with Iran (before they know the final details), these Republicans are perfectly willing to diminish America’s standing as a global power capable of crafting international commitments and adhering to them. Source: NY Times

Resorting to thuggish behavior is what the Republican Party brand has become. Let’s not forget, they have been pretending as though President Obama wasn’t in the White House from the moment he got there. Remember the famous “You Lie” shout-out from Rep. Joe Wilson during Obama’s 2009 address to Congress? Fast forward to 2015, House Speaker John Boehner invited Israel Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to deliver an address to Congress and didn’t have the decency to notify the White House. Um, that backfired royally, as Netanyahu’s party trails his opponent with a week to go before the elections. The Iranians are mocking us too. The top leader said the letter points to the “disintegration” of the U.S.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the letter a sign of “the collapse of political ethics and the U.S. system’s internal disintegration,” according to the official IRNA news agency. It was the first reaction to the letter by Khamenei, who has the final say over all major policies.

Khamenei said states typically remain loyal to their commitments even if governments change, ” but American senators officially announced the commitment will be null and void after this government leaves office. Isn’t this the ultimate degree of the collapse of political ethics and the U.S. system’s internal disintegration?” Source: NY Times

The actions of the 47 senators was no different that the very thing they accuse President Obama of doing — acting like a king with no regard for the Constitution. The Iran letter shows that they believe they aren’t subject to accountability and are like spoiled rich white brats who must get their way,  no matter what. Well, there’s one other thing that the letter shows — how incredibly ignorant they are.

To close, the #47traitors were blasted in 22 newspaper editorials, here are a few excerpts:

Concord Monitor: “[Kelly] Ayotte and the rest of the gang of 47 would like nothing more than for the American people to view the letter as a necessary defense against misguided negotiations and flawed policies, a comeuppance for an arrogant commander in chief who flaunts his contempt for the Constitution. They want you to know, America, that they wrote the letter for you because Obama must be stopped. In reality, they are playing a political game dangerously out of bounds.”

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: “America’s partners in the talks are among the world’s most important nations — China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom. They can only be appalled at seeing Secretary of State John Kerry and the president, who are charged with making the nation’s foreign policy, hit from behind by one house of the federal legislature. The senators who signed the letter should be ashamed.”

The Sacramento Bee: “It’s the Republican senators who signed the letter – including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and potential presidential candidates Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida – who could use a remedial civics class. The Constitution gives the president broad authority to conduct foreign policy. The Senate’s “advise and consent” role covers formal treaties. The potential deal on Iran’s nuclear weapons program is not a treaty. It is a multinational agreement that involves Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia, as well as the United States and Iran.

Baltimore Sun: “The poison pen note was a shocking example of just how far President Barack Obama’s GOP critics in Congress are willing to go in an effort to undercut his foreign policy goals…The GOP senators might just as well have put up a big sign over their chamber warning the mullahs in Tehran to prepare for war because that’s the practical import of rejecting any possibility of a negotiated resolution of the two countries’ differences. Republican lawmakers in effect have adopted the hard-line agenda of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who offered a similarly uncompromising view of Iranian intentions when he addressed a joint meeting of Congress last week.”

Boston Globe: “WINNING SYMPATHY for the renegade Islamic Republic of Iran is no easy trick. But Republicans in the US Senate seem to be accomplishing it with their breathtakingly reckless intrusion into international diplomacy….The letter not only undercuts the president’s traditional authority to oversee the shaping of foreign policy but badly undermines America’s credibility in the international community.”

Kansas City Star: “Given the Republicans’ pure hatred of Obama, it also seemed extra personal, yet another politically motivated attempt to stop him from doing anything that might be perceived as a victory for his administration.”

Salt Lake City Tribune: “It will be up to history to judge whether the latest partisan stunt joined by Utah Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch amounts to an act of End Times warmongering or merely another bit of cringe-worthy buffoonery on the global stage. Chances are that the foolish, dangerous and arguably felonious attempt by the Obama Derangement Caucus of the Senate will soon be forgotten. Unless, as President Obama himself muttered the other day, the Senate Republicans make common cause with the hard-liners in Iran to push the region, and the world, that much closer to nuclear war.”

White House Petition Seeking Charges Against #47Traitors Surpasses 100K

Petition Seeks Charges Against #47Traitors Over Iran Letter

Petition Seeks Charges Against #47Traitors Over Iran Letter (Photo Credit: Twitter via @patfrederickson)

A petition to file charges against the 47 dunderheads who signed the Iran letter in an act to sabotage President Obama is heating it up. So far, nearly 149,000 people have signed the petition. It’s also hilarious that the 47 senators, led by Tom Cotton (R-AR), are blaming the president for their letter, which may have violated the Logan Act. Dumbasses. Yeah, I said. That’s even as some Republicans are saying writing the Iran letter was a bad idea.

TREASON CHARGES PETITION:  On March 9th, 2015, forty-seven United States Senators committed a treasonous offense when they decided to violate the Logan Act, a 1799 law which forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. Violation of the Logan Act is a felony, punishable under federal law with imprisonment of up to three years.

At a time when the United States government is attempting to reach a potential nuclear agreement with the Iranian government, 47 Senators saw fit to instead issue a condescending letter to the Iranian government stating that any agreement brokered by our President would not be upheld once the president leaves office.

This is a clear violation of federal law. In attempting to undermine our own nation, these 47 senators have committed treason. Source: White House.gov

#47Traitors: 47 GOP Senators Accused of Sabotaging Obama with Iran Letter

Twitter users slammed the 47 GOP senators who signed the letter sabotaging President Obama’s Iran deal as “traitors.” In fact, there is no other way to sum this up. These people are acting as though we don’t have a president. So much for that minority outreach the RNC has been touting. Never mind the fact that freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and the others traitors, including breadbag queen Joni Ernst, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, just made it very hard for Sen. Bob Corker to get bipartisan support for legislation he was crafting to address the Iran situation.

Regardless of President Obama’s fecklessness in negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran, 47 Republican U.S. senators engaged in treachery by sending a letter to the mullahs aimed at cutting the legs out from under America’s commander-in-chief.

We join GOP signatories in opposing the pact as outlined, but we strenuously condemn their betrayal of the U.S. constitutional system.

The participants represented the bulk of the Republicans’ 54-member senatorial majority, vesting their petulant, condescending stunt with the coloration of an institutional foreign policy statement.

They are an embarrassment to the Senate and to the nation. Source: NY Daily News

The New York Daily News cover page says it alls:  TRAITORS

#47Traitors:  Slams 47 GOP Senators Sabotaging Obama Iran Deal as Traitors

#47Traitors: Slams 47 GOP Senators Sabotaging Obama Iran Deal as Traitors (Photo Credit: NY Daily News cover page)

I especially like the response for the Iranian foreign minister Dr. Javad Zarif:

Asked about the open letter of 47 US Senators to Iranian leaders, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Dr. Javad Zarif, responded that “in our view, this letter has no legal value and is mostly a propaganda ploy.  It is very interesting that while negotiations are still in progress and while no agreement has been reached, some political pressure groups are so afraid even of the prospect of an agreement that they resort to unconventional methods, unprecedented in diplomatic history.  This indicates that like Netanyahu, who considers peace as an existential threat, some are opposed to any agreement, regardless of its content.

Zarif expressed astonishment that some members of US Congress find it appropriate to write to leaders of another country against their own President and administration. He pointed out that from reading the open letter, it seems that the authors not only do not understand international law, but are not fully cognizant of the nuances of their own Constitution when it comes to presidential powers in the conduct of foreign policy.

Foreign Minister Zarif added that “I should bring one important point to the attention of the authors and that is, the world is not the United States, and the conduct of inter-state relations is governed by international law, and not by US domestic law. The authors may not fully understand that in international law, governments represent the entirety of their respective states, are responsible for the conduct of foreign affairs, are required to fulfil the obligations they undertake with other states and may not invoke their internal law as justification for failure to perform their international obligations.

The Iranian Foreign Minister added that “Change of administration does not in any way relieve the next administration from international obligations undertaken by its predecessor in a possible agreement about Iran`s peaceful nuclear program.” He continued “I wish to enlighten the authors that if the next administration revokes any agreement with the stroke of a pen, as they boast, it will have simply committed a blatant violation of international law.

He emphasized that if the current negotiation with P5+1 result in a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, it will not be a bilateral agreement between Iran and the US, but rather one that will be concluded with the participation of five other countries, including all permanent members of the Security Council, and will also be endorsed by a Security Council resolution.

Zarif expressed the hope that his comments “may enrich the knowledge of the authors to recognize that according to international law, Congress may not modify the terms of the agreement at any time as they claim, and if Congress adopts any measure to impede its implementation, it will have committed a material breach of US obligations.

Hillary Clinton: “I Want the Public to See My Email”

Hillary Clinton: "I Want the Public to See My Email"

Hillary Clinton: “I Want the Public to See My Email” (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

State Hillary Clinton broke her two-day silence since news of her use of a personal email address during her tenure as secretary of state surfaced, tweeting, that she has asked the State Department to release the emails.

Clinton tweeted, “I want the public to see my email.” “I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.”

No matter what happens, Benghazi truthers and her critics (mainly Republicans) will say she engaged in a cover-up of sorts. In other words, she is only releasing those emails she wants the public to see. Personally, I believe this wasn’t the smartest thing she did and it may come back to hurt her if she chooses to run.

More from Politico:  “The State Department will review for public release the emails provided by Secretary Clinton to the Department, using a normal process that guides such releases,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf emailed reporters shortly after Clinton’s tweet. “We will undertake this review as quickly as possible; given the sheer volume of the document set, this review will take some time to complete.”

US Amb. Mark Lippert Attacked by Man Upset Over S. Korea-US Military Exercises

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was attacked by a man upset over South Korea-US military exercises. The man, who has been arrested, used a razor blade to slash Lippert in the face. Why didn’t the ambassador have more security around him?

Here’s a tweet from Yonhap:

US Amb. Mark Lippert Attacked by Man Upset Over S. Korea-US Military Exercises

US Amb. Mark Lippert Attacked by Man Upset Over S. Korea-US Military Exercises

Lippert was hospitalized after the razor-blade attack, which occurred before a lecture on Korean reunification at the Sejong Center on Thursday morning. His injuries are non-life threatening.

Korean media reports that someone shouted “North Korea and South Korea should be unified.” “No to war training.” Lippert is listed in stable condition at a local hospital.

Mark Lippert’s attacker, has only been identified by his last name, “Kim,” and is said to be 55 years old.