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.

Right Wing Blogger Erick Erickson: Obama Not a Christian in “Any Meaningful Way”

Right Wing Blogger Erick Erickson: Obama Not a Christian in "Any Meaningful Way"

Right Wing Blogger Erick Erickson: Obama Not a Christian in “Any Meaningful Way” (Photo Credit: Twitter)


Right wing stupidity hits a fever pitch. Right wing blogger Erick Erickson tweeted, “I don’t think Barack Obama is a Christian. He certainly is not one in any meaningful way.” Um, so I guess by his standard Jesus wasn’t a “meaningful” Christian since he was all for helping the poor and the downtrodden. That’s quite the opposite of the Republican Party’s belief. They are all for the fabulously wealthy….#ijs

Here’s the reaction on Twitter to Erick Erickson’s tweet (by the way, he blocked us, must have been after we commented on another stupid tweet he sent in the past):

Failed Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani Doesn’t Believe Obama Loves America

Failed Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani Doesn't Believe Obama Loves America

Failed Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani Doesn’t Believe Obama Loves America (Photo Credit: YouTube Video Screengrab)

Rudy Giuliani is using that old, tired and failed line that President Obama doesn’t love America. Yes, we see where that got the Republican Party in 2012 — Obama beat Mitt Romney by a landslide.

Rudy Giuliani went straight for the jugular Wednesday night during a private group dinner here featuring Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by openly questioning whether President Barack Obama “loves America.”

The former New York mayor, speaking in front of the 2016 Republican presidential contender and about 60 right-leaning business executives and conservative media types, directly challenged Obama’s patriotism, discussing what he called weak foreign policy decisions and questionable public remarks when confronting terrorists.

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said during the dinner at the 21 Club, a former Prohibition-era speakeasy in midtown Manhattan. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”

Black Lawmakers To Netanyahu: Don’t Disrespect Our President

Black Lawmakers Tos Benjamin Netanyahu: Don't Disrespect Our President

Black Lawmakers Tos Benjamin Netanyahu: Don’t Disrespect Our President (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey Flickr)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been put on blast by the Congressional Black Caucus, many of whom plan to skip his March 3 speech before Congress. They are telling him not to “disrespect” our president. The CBC considers Netanyahu and John Boehner’s stunt as a “slight” to President Obama and won’t support it, Politico reports.

Israeli officials have been caught by surprise by the CBC backlash, kicked off by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a civil rights leader who said last week he wouldn’t attend, quickly followed by Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) and others. As a result, they’re working to set up a meeting for CBC members with Ambassador Ron Dermer or even Netanyahu himself when he’s in Washington.

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“It’s not just about disrespect for the president, it’s disrespect for the American people and our system of government for a foreign leader to insert himself into a issue that our policymakers are grappling with,” said Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.). “It’s not simply about President Obama being a black man disrespected by a foreign leader. It’s deeper than that.”

That was a word many members used: “It is very disrespectful to this president, and what concerns me more is that I think it’s a pattern that is starting to develop from this speaker that we’re getting more and more disrespectful of the office of the presidency,” said Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.). “I think it’s silly and petty.” Source: Politico

Netanyahu pulled another stunt during the 2012 presidential campaign when he entertained presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Israel, interjecting himself in out political process. Bibi dissed Obama when he went behind his back and accepted John Boehner’s invitation. He’s trying to score points in his upcoming election to make himself.

Rand Paul Opposes Loretta Lynch Nomination as Attorney General

Rand Paul Opposes Loretta Lynch Nomination as Attorney General

Rand Paul Opposes Loretta Lynch Nomination as Attorney General (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Sen. Rand Paul,  GOP 2016 presidential hopeful, says he will vote against the nomination of Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general. Paul cites her positions on drone strikes, executive amnesty and her “track-record of violating the individual freedoms granted to us by our Constitution.”

Um, if Loretta Lynch was truly guilty of “violating the individual freedoms” afforded to individuals under the Constitution, would she still be practicing law? I don’t think so. As usual, Rand Paul is out the periphery of sound reason.

Rep. Mark Sanford to Introduce “Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act”

Rep. Mark Sanford to Introduce "Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act"

Rep. Mark Sanford to Introduce “Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) will reportedly introduce the “Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act” bill on Monday, to lift travel restrictions to Cuba after 50 years. Um, did he find another Latina girlfriend?

This comes as eight Republican and Democratic senators introduced legislation to “repeal all restrictions on U.S. citizens’ travel to Cuba,” Reuters reports.

The senators backing the bill are Republicans Jeff Flake, Michael Enzi, John Boozman and Jerry Moran. Democratic senators are Tom Udall, Richard Durbin, Sheldon Whitehouse and Patrick Leahy.

Sen. Flake said, “We’re not offering a concession. We’re simply saying that Americans should be allowed to have the right to travel wherever they would like to unless there’s a compelling national security reason.”

Why Did Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Skip MLK Commemoration?

Why Did Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Skip MLK Commemoration?

Why Did Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Skip MLK Commemoration? (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal was M.I.A. from a commemoration for Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

Deal “skipped town over the weekend for an economic development trip. Just where he went is being treated like a state secret,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

“His office won’t disclose where the state’s top elected official journeyed or whom he visited. His public schedule is blank. His name was on the agenda for Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration but he wasn’t there.”

President Obama: “Shadow of Crisis has passed, State of the Union is Strong”

President Obama:  "Shadow of Crisis has passed, State of the Union is Strong"

President Obama: “Shadow of Crisis has passed, State of the Union is Strong” (Photo Credit: RT Video Screengrab)

President Obama delivers his seventh State of the Union address and wasted no time in highlighting the falling unemployment rates, falling gas prices and the end of combat in Afghanistan. President Obama said, “The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.”

He unveiled a new initiative:  “I’m launching a new nationwide Precision Medicine Initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes.”

Here’s an excerpt of the SOTU speech:

At this moment — with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production — we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth. It’s now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next fifteen years, and for decades to come.

Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort?

Will we approach the world fearful and reactive, dragged into costly conflicts that strain our military and set back our standing? Or will we lead wisely, using all elements of our power to defeat new threats and protect our planet?

Will we allow ourselves to be sorted into factions and turned against one another — or will we recapture the sense of common purpose that has always propelled America forward?

In two weeks, I will send this Congress a budget filled with ideas that are practical, not partisan. And in the months ahead, I’ll crisscross the country making a case for those ideas.

So tonight, I want to focus less on a checklist of proposals, and focus more on the values at stake in the choices before us.

It begins with our economy.

Seven years ago, Rebekah and Ben Erler of Minneapolis were newlyweds. She waited tables. He worked construction. Their first child, Jack, was on the way.

They were young and in love in America, and it doesn’t get much better than that.

“If only we had known,” Rebekah wrote to me last spring, “what was about to happen to the housing and construction market.” As the crisis worsened, Ben’s business dried up, so he took what jobs he could find, even if they kept him on the road for long stretches of time. Rebekah took out student loans, enrolled in community college, and retrained for a new career. They sacrificed for each other. And slowly, it paid off. They bought their first home. They had a second son, Henry. Rebekah got a better job, and then a raise. Ben is back in construction — and home for dinner every night.

“It is amazing,” Rebekah wrote, “what you can bounce back from when you have to…we are a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times.”

We are a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times. America, Rebekah and Ben’s story is our story. They represent the millions who have worked hard, and scrimped, and sacrificed, and retooled. You are the reason I ran for this office. You’re the people I was thinking of six years ago today, in the darkest months of the crisis, when I stood on the steps of this Capitol and promised we would rebuild our economy on a new foundation. And it’s been your effort and resilience that has made it possible for our country to emerge stronger.

We believed we could reverse the tide of outsourcing, and draw new jobs to our shores. And over the past five years, our businesses have created more than 11 million new jobs.

Michelle Obama Guests at SOTU Include Watts Police Cpt. Phillip C. Tingirides

Michelle Obama Guests at SOTU Include Watts Police Cpt. Phillip C. Tingirides

Michelle Obama Guests at SOTU Include Watts Police Cpt. Phillip C. Tingirides (Photo Credit: White House/Pete Souza)

The White House released the lists of invitees who will sit in First Lady Michelle Obama’s box during the State of the Union address. The guests include:

Watts Police Captain Phillip C. Tingirides:

“Once a hotbed of crime since its eponymous race riots of 1965 and a surge of gang violence in the 1990s, the Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles has seen a 50 percent reduction in violent crime in recent years.”

“That’s thanks in large part to the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) — a program that Captain Phillip C. Tingirides, a 35-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, is spearheading. The CSP facilitates cooperation between the police department and Watts housing development residents scarred from decades of distrust — including encouraging dialogue at community meetings with police who personally engage with residents.”

Malik Bryant, Student (Chicago)

“But this past Christmas, 13-year-old Malik Bryant from Chicago wrote Santa with a very different request.”

“All I ask for is for safety,” he wrote. “I just wanna be safe.”

Malik’s neighborhood of Englewood has one of the highest rates of violent crime in Chicago. In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Malik’s mother explained how he isn’t always able to leave his house and go hang out with his cousins, “because he has to cross gang lines and walk past all these gang members on some of those blocks. And all he ever hears on the news about our neighborhood is shootings, gangs and violence.”

State Senator Catherine Pugh (Marylyand)

“Senator Catherine Pugh isn’t just Maryland’s Senate Majority Leader: She’s a small business owner who knows first-hand how important it is that employers take care of their employees.”
“Senator Pugh has passed over 100 bills since being elected in 1999, and she’s been a tireless advocate on behalf of working families.”
Prophet Walker (California)
Co-founder of Watts United Weekend
“Prophet Walker was serving a six-year sentence for robbery when he made a choice to turn his life around. Walker — now 27 — began a program in his prison that provided fellow inmates with the opportunity to complete a two-year college degree.”
“After he was released, Prophet graduated with a degree from Loyola Marymount’s Engineering school, working as a construction engineer and still finding time to serve the southern California community.”
“Prophet is the co-founder of Watts United Weekend — a program that provides weekend camp retreats for hundreds of people weekly, strengthening trust between law enforcement, community members, parents, and kids from local housing projects.”
See FLOTUS’ full guest list here.