Russia Imposes Sanctions Against US Lawmakers Including John Boehner & John McCain

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Russia Imposes Sanctions Against US Lawmakers Including John Boehner & John McCain (Attribution Unknown)

President Obama stepped up sanctions against Russia over its “illegal” annexation of Crimea from the Ukraine, to include a key bank, Rossiya, which will be “frozen out of the dollar,” and more members of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. Here’s the list from the Treasury Department of the Russians banned in latest round of US sanctions.

The Russians also released a list of sanctions against US lawmakers including House Speaker John Boehner,  Senate Majority leader, Sen. Harry ReidSens. John McCain and Robert Menendez. Um, I am sure they care….

Spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio: ‘The Speaker is proud to be included on a list of those willing to stand against Putin’s aggression.’ – @ZekeMiller
Vladimir Putin is flexing his muscles (in his mind) and acting as though he can’t be stopped.  Well, there’s a way to get to Vladimir Putin, assuming he sends troops deeper into Ukraine:
The penalties should include—right now—stepping up military deployments to the NATO allies, especially to Poland and the Baltic nations, which were once tied to the Soviet Union. Another: Draw up plans for containing and countering Russian troops in the event of an incursion into Ukraine—not sending U.S. or NATO troops, but shipping arms, maybe some advisers and black-bag Delta forces—and talk about these plans with the allies, and Ukrainian officials, on open phone lines. Putin surely knows the limits of his army. The ground forces in that sector of Russia could invade Ukraine, but they lack the resources and logistical lines to sustain an occupation for very long, especially in the event of even slight resistance. We have to make him realize we know these limitations, too.
Finally, plans should be drawn up to flood Ukraine with Western money. Putin knows that the Warsaw Pact nations that joined the EU are much better off than those that didn’t. Freedman points out that, in 1990, just before the implosion of the Soviet Union, Poland’s GDP amounted to $64.5 billion, while Ukraine’s was a bit better at $90.2 billion. In 2012 Poland’s had skyrocketed to $489.9 billion, while Ukraine’s was much worse at $176.3 billion. Make plans to turn Ukraine into another showcase—another way of demonstrating to Russia’s thinning gang of allies that they’ve chosen the wrong side. Source:  Slate
US Lawmakers Sanctioned by Russia (LOL):
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US lawmakers banned by Russia includes John McCain and John Boehner

 Russia Imposes Sanctions Against US Lawmakers Including John Boehner & John McCain

Report: MSNBC Host Joe Scarborough Considering 2016 Presidential Run

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Report: MSNBC Host Joe Scarborough Considering 2016 Presidential Run

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is reportedly considering a 2016 presidential run. Well, that would be interesting since he obviously doesn’t have a lot of baggage. That we know about, that is. Still, it just shows you that the Republican Party has no credible presidential candidates to step up to the plate.

Meanwhile, some of Scarborough’s guests are beginning to talk him up as a possible candidate. Mark McKinnon — the former adviser to George W. Bush and John McCain who co-founded the group No Labels and appears on Morning Joe regularly — said he has talked about the prospect of a White House campaign with Scarborough “ever since we first met years ago, but always in the abstract.”

“On paper, he’s a great candidate,” McKinnon told The Daily Caller. “He has the kind of confidence, ideas and media savvy required to make it on the big stage. And he’d be a lot of fun to watch because he wouldn’t be afraid to mix it up with anybody on any topic. I think it would be highly entertaining and good for the party.”

Added McKinnon: “I think Joe looks at the potential field and thinks, ‘I could compete.’ And I think there are potential donors and supporters who think the same thing.” Source:  Daily Caller

 Report: MSNBC Host Joe Scarborough Considering 2016 Presidential Run

Rick Santorum Endorsed Mitt Romney in 2008 Saying He Was Best Conservative Choice for GOP

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Rick Santorum Endorsed Mitt Romney in 2008 Saying He Was Best Conservative Choice for GOP

The Drudge Report goes after Rick Santorum for endorsing Mitt Romney in 2008. Yeah, his words are coming back to bite him in the butt. Approximately 1,504 days ago, Rick Santorum strongly endorsed Mitt Romney for the presidential nomination instead of John McCain saying, that if you wanted a conservative as the nominee of the Republican Party, “you must vote for Mitt Romney.” Well, nobody should be surprised. We all know Rick Santorum literally talks out of his ass.

“Nobody Cares,” Jon Huntsman Arrogantly Dismisses John McCain’s Endorsement of Mitt Romney

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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman raised some eyebrows in his reaction to the news Sen. John McCain is backing Mitt Romney in New Hampshire today:  “Nobody cares,” according to MSNBC’s First Read.

“I have great regard for Sen. McCain. I love the man. But it’s another example of establishment piling on,” Huntsman told reporters at Globe Incorporated, a first-responder fire suit manufacturer today.

“It seems the more establishment piles on, Dole, McCain, all the rest, nobody cares. Nobody cares about this. I mean, none of the endorsements that Romney picked up have been a thing in terms of how people respond, because the people are looking for a new generation of leadership. They’re looking for a new approach to problem solving in this country. You can get all the Doles and McCains in the world as Romney probably will, but in the end, nobody cares.” Source: First Read

Wow, that was a mouthful, don’t you think? Um, here is why people should care about Sen. McCain’s endorsement:

a) He won New Hampshire twice, so clearly people there like him;

b) Jon Huntsman has been a bottom tier candidate all through the campaign (even though I believe he’s the most conservative and most qualified among the other candidates).

Has Jon Huntsman already thrown in the towel on his presidential aspirations or is he just arrogantly dismissive of his political adversaries as a general rule? Either way, John McCain’s endorsement of Mitt Romney is a good one and already seals the deal of him being an establishment candidate, though it’s clear he has major weaknesses. Yes, Jon Huntsman, somebody cares!

 Nobody Cares, Jon Huntsman Arrogantly Dismisses John McCains Endorsement of Mitt Romney

Meghan McCain Rips Callista Gingrich, Newt Gingrich’s Wife, for Being a “Mistress”

Sen. John McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain rips Callista Gingrich, Newt Gingrich’s wife, for being a “mistress” but wasn’t her mother, Cindy McCain also a mistress?

Sen. John McCain’s daughter and MSNBC correspondent, Meghan McCain rips Callista Gingrich, saying, “I think the fact that she was a third wife and a mistress and is coming off somewhat icy and [her] reputation of being somewhat controversial within their campaign is doing damage.” Um, wasn’t your mother, Cindy McCain, also a mistress? That’s just a bizarre attack that will have blowback in a big way because, on it’s face, it’s very hypocritical. Her parents began dating in 1979, but John McCain’s first marriage did not officially end until 1980, according to a 2008 L.A. Times report.

Newt Gingrich had an affair with Callista while he was still married to his second wife, Marianne Gingrich. Meghan McCain says she believes that a background like that could sink Gingrich’s hopes of being in the White House, but it seems she didn’t have a problem when the shoe was on her father’s foot. This is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. LOL.

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 Meghan McCain Rips Callista Gingrich, Newt Gingrichs Wife, for Being a Mistress

Mitt Romney Releases First Ad in New Hampshire Attacking President Obama on Economy

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney releases first ad in New Hampshire, attacking President Barack Obama on the economy and yes, it’s NEGATIVE.

First Read: “Strikingly, Romney’s first ad is NEGATIVE. It blames Obama on the economy and then pivots (with soaring string music) to what Romney wants to do… With grainy video, ominous music and President Obama with an echo, Romney’s ad uses this seemingly damning line from Obama: ‘If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.’”

New York Times:  The line, “which is perhaps the spot’s most devastating moment, is also the one that seems to be the most taken out of context. In fact, at the time, Mr. Obama was referring to something that an aide to his then opponent, Senator John McCain of Arizona, had said in reference to the McCain campaign — not Mr. Obama, then or now.”

Wow, going negative could backfire, particularly since the bottom fell out of the bucket under President George. W. Bush’s two terms in office. In keeping with his record of flip-flopping and stretching the truth, the ad falsely McCain’s campaign quote as Obama’s.

Here is the ad:

 Mitt Romney Releases First Ad in New Hampshire Attacking President Obama on Economy

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) Blames Israeli Commando Raid of Gaza-Bound Flotilla on President Obama

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) blames Israeli commando raid of Gaza-bound flotilla on President Barack Obama.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will say just about anything to come across as on the side of the people, even if it means looking like a real idiot. During his appearance on Fox News last night, he said the raid on the flotilla bound from the Gaza-blockaded area was “another step in a chain of unfortunate events beginning with President Obama’s insistence that there be a [settlement construction] freeze:”

MCCAIN: So what I think is, they wanted to provoke an international incident.

HANNITY: Well, they did.

MCCAIN: And possibly a crisis to bring more pressure to bear against Israel. But this is another step in a chain of unfortunate events beginning with President Obama’s insistence that there be a freeze, as a precondition for peace talks, a freeze on settlements in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, not a settlement. Source: Think Progress

Sean Hannity was only too happy to continue this ridiculous line of reasoning with McCain. Could someone please tell me how this is President Barack Obama’s fault? I hope the people of Arizona will send John McCain home to one of his many houses this fall.

Police Officers Ryan White and C.M. Route, Placed on Paid Administrative Leave for Running Background Check on President Obama

First we had nosy contractors prying into the passport files of President Obama, John McCain and Hillary Clinton, now we have some cops in the news again, for all the wrong reasons. Police officers Ryan White and C.M. Route have been placed on  paid administrative leave after an investigation revealed they ran a background check on  President Barack Obama.  The men were identified by a representative for the DeKalb County CEO’s office.  I cannot recall every hearing that police officers did a background check on President George W. Bush. It is pathetic the lengths some people are going to smear POTUS, Barack Obama. Shameful.

According to WSB-TV, officials said the president’s name was typed into a computer inside a DeKalb County police car on July 20 and ran through the National Crime Information Center. Of course, these idiots just didn’t figure out that the Secret Service would realize what was going on. After all, this isn’t an Average Joe’s file they are snooping in, it’s the president of the United States.

A representative said both officers have been with the department less than five years.A representative said one of the officers denied involvement. An official investigation is being conducted by the DeKalb County Police Department’s Internal Affairs division. There was no reason for these men to run a background check on the president. They shouldn’t be placed on paid administrative leave. They should be fired for being just plain stupid.

Deloris Nissen, 78, Places Ad to Sell her Television Sets, Says She’s Tired of Seeing President Obama on Airwaves

Deloris Nissen, 78, of Carroll, Iowa, has decided to sell her television sets. Why? She said she is tired of seeing President Barack Obama on the airwaves. According to The Daily Times Herald, she placed a classified advertisement for Friday’s paper. She’s just using the President as a scapegoat to ditch the two televisions. She is reportedly still keeping a bigger flat-screen television and selling an older 20-inch Sony and possibly a 13-inch set. She’s just trying to hawk some junk. In the $5.50 ad, Nissen tells readers she has two television sets for sale.

The reason: “Obama on every channel and station.”

She was interviewed by the newspaper and she said taht she was serious about selling two TVs – and genuine about her disgust with what she believes to be an overexposed president. “I just got tired of watching him on every channel,” Nissen said. “I thought, my gosh, does he ever stay at the White House?” Well, it seems to me that Presidents Bush and Clinton were always on the airwaves. How come she didn’t ditch the televisions then? Of course, she voted for John McCain in the presidential elections, so don’t be too surprised with her actions. They do seem pretty extreme, however. Psst, Ms. Nissen, President Obama is coming to a radio station near you! Hah, this is too funny. Also, President Obama won Iowa in the elections and he also trounced McCain in Carroll County where she resides.

Police Unions Call on President Obama, Governor Deval Patrick to Apologize for Comments about CPD, Sgt. James Crowley in Arrest of Henry L. Gates, Jr.

BROTHERHOOD Police Unions Call on President Obama, Governor Deval Patrick to Apologize for Comments about CPD, Sgt. James Crowley in Arrest of Henry L. Gates, Jr.The fallout from from Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates’s arrest is taking an ugly turn. Police union officials appeared at a Cambridge hotel today calling on President Barack Obama and Governor Deval Patrick to reconsider their “misguided” comments in the arrest of a Harvard scholar and issue an apology. There should be apologies on all sides, not just from the president and governor. To add insult to injury, during a White House press conference earlier today, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, “I think the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed McCain,” referring to Obama’s Republican opponent in the 2008 election. “If I’m not mistaken.” He dismissed a suggestion that the backlash from police groups could be distressing to the White House, considering the fact that the president has enjoyed a positive relationship with law enforcement. He was then reminded that the president had won the support of the Policemen’s Benevolent Association, then he conceded: “We got some.” This cannot help President Obama’s position and the fact that he wishes this would go away. He should not have openly criticized the Cambridge Police Department. Clearly, this had nothing to do with the White House and he should have found a way to stay out of this dogfight.

“I deeply resent the suggestion” cops acted improperly in the arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr., said Dennis O’Connor, president of the Cambridge Police Superior Officers Association. Members of city and Bay State cop unions called on President Obama and Gov. Deval Patrick to apologize to officer Sgt. James Crowley.

Crowley arrested Gates July 16 on the porch of the professor’s Harvard Square home. Gates was charged with disorderly conduct. That charge has since been dropped, but the charges of racial profiling swirling around the arrest have yet to soften. The president said at a primetime press conference Wednesday that Cambridge police “acted stupidly” in arresting Gates.

The governor called the arrest of Gates “every black man’s nightmare” and said Gates should have been able to raise his voice in his own house. Both the president and governor, however, admitted they don’t know all the facts in the case. O’Connor said he hopes Patrick and Obama – both “admitted friends” of Gates – will “reflect upon their past comments” and apologize to Cambridge police.

“President Obama said that the actions of the CPD were stupid and linked the event to a history of racial profiling in America. … The president used the right adjective but directed it to the wrong party,” he said. “His remarks were obviously misdirected but made worse yet by its suggestion that somehow, this case should remind us of a history of racial abuse by law enforcement.”

He said Cambridge police “deeply resent the implication and reject any suggestion that in this case, or any other case, that they have allowed a person’s race to direct their activities. “We hope that they they will reflect upon their past comments and apologize to the men and women of the Cambridge police department,” he added. Source: Boston Herald

For what it is worth, if anything, this has brought the issue of racial profiling front and center. I was very reluctant to label this police officer as a racist and I still stand by that reluctance, since it has not been substantiated. I am sure that Professor Gates “mouthed off” to the cops, but did that arise to the level of disorderly conduct, since he was in his own home. Why was he lured to the porch, where he could have been arrested? This is an unfortunate situation and I am deeply troubled that President Obama got involved in this matter, but was aloof and not very forthcoming about the Jena Six case, which was clearly racially motivated.

All the parties involved need to take a step back and revisit the situation. Sgt. Crowley needs to apologize if he made Professor Gates feel threatened and denigrated. Professor Gates needs to apologize for pulling the race card so readily and President Obama needs to end his involvement in this controversy by saying he spoke too quickly or he did not mean to infer that the CPD “acted stupidly” in the arrest of Mr. Gates. This is clearly not the way for us to engage in constructive dialog about racial profiling. This case is pitting black against white for all the wrong reasons. President Obama needs to worry about the health care overhaul that seems to be hanging on by a thread. He needs to focus on the ailing economy, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea, Honduras, the failing education system in America, the rising foreclosure rates, etc.
The fallout continues to develop. More to follow…..