Bibi and Boehner

Speaker Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress about the U.S. – Iran negotiations on nuclear development.  The purpose of the speech is to destroy the negotiation efforts.  Netanyahu wants this because in order for him to maintain power he, and by proxy Israel, needs an enemy.  One posing an “existential threat” is even better.  Boehner wants this because he doesn’t want the President to succeed at anything.

Both want to do something to disrespect the President.  This is so nakedly political it’s embarrassing.  But then few who run for higher office are easily embarrassed.

The negotiations are absolutely the right thing to do.  The reason was summed up by a famous Republican:

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.  — Abraham Lincoln

 

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  1. tempebev

    The speech has been delivered – it will be interesting to see what political fall out occurs because of the way Bibi was invited to speak before Congress. I’m trying to imagine under what circumstances Obama be invited to talk to another nation and deliver a speech without the approval of the government and then discuss what that particular government should and shouldn’t do. Kinda hard to picture it.

  2. tempebev

    “I plan to speak about an Iranian regime that is threatening to destroy Israel, that’s devouring country after country in the Middle East, that’s exporting terror throughout the world and that is developing, as we speak, the capacity to make nuclear weapons, lots of them,” – Bibi

    What about the way Israel is devouring Palestine?

  3. My nephew works for APAC and my brother went to hear Bibi speak, let’s just say we’ve agreed to disagree on this one!

  4. But he did not succeed in mollifying all Democrats. Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the party’s House leader, appeared agitated on the floor during the speech and later issued a statement saying she “was near tears” because she was “saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States” and “the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/04/world/middleeast/netanyahu-congress-iran-israel-speech.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=photo-spot-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

  5. tempebev

    Dr. Ben Carson is a little strange.

  6. You’re being too kind, he’s a creep and asshole

  7. Let’s just be grateful he’s given up the practice of medicine!

  8. Hi guys. Was out walking around in our beautiful 5-6 inches of snow yesterday. Suspect it’s NoVA’s last gasp of white winter, but maybe not.

    I like snow more than Bibi. What are you all up to this last weekend of daylight savings time? Spring is coming, shrouded in white and cold perhaps, but it’s en route.

    Bev: would love to see some pics of spring in the desert.

  9. Ben Carson appears to be a skilled medical surgeon. Political philosopher: there’s a limit to everyone’s skills! He should stick to medicine.

    And I don’t think it’s proper for PBS to use programs with him for fundraising. Which they’ve been doing in the DC area.

  10. Cold day here in Atlanta, I’m ready for some spring.

    • dnd

      We’re having a heat wave! Highs in the upper 40’s. Warmest its been in two weeks.

      I too am ready for spring.

      • dnd

        I’m a bit perplexed about Hillary’s email-gate. It’s not that she had a private server instead of using the State Department’s email. Its that she’s turned over 55,000 pages of emails. Let’s assume that each page was a separate email. That’s about 37 emails per day, every day. How would she have time to do that?

  11. tempebev

    Hillary’s problem: the press and the GOP. They’re over Bibi, and can’t criticize the new Selma march, so Hillary fills the airwaves and print.

    • dnd

      I was about to go on my semi-annual rant against daylight saving time until I found out the clock on my new coffee maker auto-magicially adjusts it’s time. I may still rant, but not now.

      p.s. I may rant about coffee makers that have a clock. Seriously, who needs that?

  12. Some people like to have their coffee waiting for them freshly brewed upon waking up.

    • dnd

      The two simple keys to good coffee is freshly ground coffee beans and fresh from the tap water. If you’re going to start it the night before, you might as well go for Folgers crystals. Not that that’s a bad thing…

      Or go for one of those Kuric things, who’s inventor was recently on TV wishing he hadn’t invented it.

  13. I think you exaggerate a tad, something fairly common among you Luddites.

    • dnd

      Luddites don’t care how their coffee tastes. Purists do. Don’t get me started on people who spend $5 at Starbucks and sip through a lid with one of those tiny holes. The majority of the coffee flavor comes from the aroma you smell.

  14. You keep a very long list of annoyances don’t you? 🙂

  15. tempebev

    I don’t drink coffee – I drink caffeine free diet Pepsi. Mr. Bev makes his coffee on the back porch. I think coffee stinks. Oh yeah and Arizona doesn’t have to change their clocks like the other stupid states.

  16. When I was very sick a few months ago the thought of coffee made me queasy for about two months but I returned to my usual two cups in the morning once I was feeling better.

  17. tempebev

    Way to go Dan.

  18. tempebev

    The entire GOP group that wrote a letter to Iran regarding the future nuclear agreement should be brought up for treason or something like a good kick the the ass with a pointed shoe. At least Rep. Flake didn’t sign because he thought it wasn’t appropriate. No shit Dick Tracy.

    Every time I think they’ve hit bottom, they keep digging a little deeper in their hatred of Obama.

  19. tempebev

    Interesting article on alternet.org. Comment section is interesting reading. Wonder what will be the next “crime” they commit and don’t get nailed. Even if Hillary was getting pissed, she still sounds better than Boner or McCain any day. I didn’t hear her respond “thugs” in response to any of the reporters questions. Also, the press can be a pain until the next thing.

  20. tempebev

    Seems there are a great number of people upset about the 47 senators and have a plethora of opinions as to what should be done to these reps of the US. However, nothing will happen.

    I did like the Iranian Foreign Minister’s mocking response.

    http://www.reuters.com/video/2015/03/10/iran-mocks-letter-from-47-gop-senators?videoId=363452561

  21. tempebev

    Wonder what the result of Hillary’s F** K Y** regarding not revealing the server will be? REpubs definitely have their panties in a wad.

    • dnd

      When Vice President Biden first came to the Senate, Mike Mansfield, D-Montana and probably the greatest statesman in our time took him under his wing. He told Biden: “”Question a man’s judgement, but never question his motive.”

      This applies to Hillary and her email server. All question to motive is mere speculation. That won’t stop them, but it shows what small minds they are.

    • dnd

      Brian,
      I’m gonna get a bumper sticker that says: “Mean Tweets Suck.”

      How’s the lung infection these days? Is Ralphie able to take you out for a walk?

  22. The lung infection isn’t too bad lately, if I don’t walk Ralphie, I can get Elvis to walk him.

  23. They aren’t allow to take my cell phone with them.

    • dnd

      Happy Pi Day!
      You may recall from your math classes that Pi is a transcendental number that is the circumference of a circle divided by it’s diameter. It is approximately 3.141592653.
      Today is 3.14.15 so at 9 hours 26 minutes and 53 seconds have a piece of pie. It won’t happen again for another century so it’s reason to celebrate.

  24. You should bake us all some pie d. I vote for cherry.

  25. Best Pi Day ever, can’t wait for the next one!

  26. tempebev

    Now that you’re all full and fat from all the pi/pie, I knew Saturday was too quiet except for all that chewing and swallowing and belching. What will be the headline of the coming week? More Hillary? Bibi’s re-election or losing? The Reps holding up the confirmation of Lynch? It just never ends.

    “If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?”

  27. Bibi loses (fingers crossed)

  28. Sure would be nice to wake up tomorrow to find out Bibi has gone down to defeat. Do you think the “no Palestinian state” gambit will pull it out for him, or doom him? And I guess he could still end up in some kind of coalition government, even back as PM. Which would be odious.

  29. This may come as a surprise to you d, St Patrick’s Day is not a big holiday in Israel.

  30. True that, Brian, but if Bibi does lose his spot as Prime Minister, it will be all the more reason to remember and celebrate this day.

    Overheard a friend telling his kids that St. P’s Day is a big deal because it allows you to drink (like a fish) during Lent. Hadn’t thought of that angle.

  31. PS: looking upthread: am another purist for a well-brewed cup of coffee. Love the ritual of making it in the morning, and the smell, and my favorite cups … prefer homemade, and not that fond of Starbucks, but it’s great when traveling or out and about. (If you cannot find a small and local coffeehouse.)

    Fighting words: dnd, I was not impressed with some of the coffee served up in Colorado diners. Weak brew. Looking at you, Trinidad. Denver had some marvelous stuff … my friend tells me western coffee is traditionally kind of weak. Is that true?

    Also: can you find a link to the Keurig inventor who rues his invention? Is it due to the waste? Funny. Much like the guy who bought the Segway company. One of his very last acts ….

    • dnd

      Sra Dog,
      If you go to diners where they have one of those commercial Bunn drip makers, and they refill your cup for free, chances are it is a weak medium roast.

      We have a couple of local coffee houses here, the best is The Trident. They’ve been here over three decades. We’ve got a San Francisco based Peets, which is really good. And we’ve got more Starbucks than I can count. To me Starbucks is kind of like the McDonalds of the coffee world. No matter where you go in the world, they’re pretty much the same. There are two things about Starbucks customers that amaze me:
      1) Most of the flavor from coffee comes from aroma, so it astounds me that so many drink it with those plastic sippy lids.
      2) They place Starbucks close to college campuses and high schools. When I was that age, we’d never spend that much of our meager disposable income on coffee. It went to buying beer 😉

      The Keurig inventor didn’t make a lot when he sold it, but that’s not his beef. He’s concerned about all of the waste.

  32. tempebev

    While waiting for the election result, I’m enjoying the posts regarding coffee. I’ve never had coffee and I’m not Mormon. Mr. Bev likes it with lots of Splenda and whipping cream. Yuck. I’m a diet caffeine-free Pepsi gal. Except I buy the cheaper Kroger’s brand. I guess you can figure out we’re not into healthy diets.

    Anybody visiting for spring training? Also, has anyone seen “The Book of Mormon? It’s coming here in the fall.

  33. Shock is resigning, the little putz. Bev it’s a great show, go see it.

    • dnd

      Shock is resigning not about his spending, not about his hypocrisy. He’s resigning because he’s under investigation by the ethics committee. My guess is there is a lot more that he doesn’t want people to see.
      .

  34. Bev: Sounds like dessert for breakfast (Mr. Bev). While you are enjoying a bit of bubbly.

    And: will no one rid us of this troublesome Bibi? I’m waiting ….

  35. Those sippy cups as you put it are very necessary for those of us who drive to work and don’t wish to risk being scalded by hot cups of coffee being spilled all over our chests!

    • dnd

      Fair enough, but you could just put Maxwell House you made at home in a travel mug. You couldn’t tell the difference from Starbucks. Starbucks roasts pretty good coffee. Not great but pretty good. But if you can’t smell the aroma, most of the flavor is lost. So it’s a waste to pay Starbucks prices for a Maxwell House experience.

  36. You’re wrong, I and many many others could tell the difference.

  37. tempebev

    The Presbyterians just OK’d same sex marriage

    Presbyterians Give Final Approval for Same-Sex Marriage
    After three decades of debate over its stance on homosexuality, members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted on Tuesday to change the definition of marriage in the church’s constitution to include same-sex marriage.
    The final approval by a majority of the church’s 171 regional bodies, known as presbyteries, enshrines a change recommended last year by the church’s General Assembly. The vote amends the church’s constitution to broaden marriage from being between “a man and a woman” to “two people, traditionally a man and a woman.”
    READ MORE »
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/18/us/presbyterians-give-final-approval-for-same-sex-marriage.html?emc=edit_na_20150317

  38. tempebev

    Bibi claims victory – Reuters

    • dnd

      Stupid respond to fear-mongering. Tyrants understand this. Ironically Israel just blew their chance at living in peace for the foreseeable future. Just what Bibi wants and needs to stay in power.

  39. I’m so disappointed in Israel, although I realize there were many non-Netanyahu voters too. Looks like Bibi’s “apartheid — I’m all for it!” gambit worked for him. This might be one of those weeks I tune out of news for a while.

  40. tempebev

    And I thought our leaders were corrupt – I’m so naive.

    • dnd

      Brian,
      Charity is a virtue prized by believers and atheists alike. As soon as FFRF has a charity with as low overhead as say, Catholic Charities, it will give them a bit more street cred.

  41. They get 4 starts so I have no idea what you’re talking about and why such a defense tone d?

  42. Actually, your tone was attacking.

  43. So I been thinking, there really isn’t much difference in how Bibi used rhetoric to scare up the right wing Israeli vote buy playing on their fears of the local arab population and how Bush won in 2004 by using rhetoric to scare up the right wing american vote and their fear of gays. Anyone think I’m wrong and if so why?

    • dnd

      I think you’re correct that both Bibi and Bush used rhetoric to scare their base into going to the polls. In Bibi’s case it was the Arabs. In Bush’s case not only was it the gays, it was the Blacks, the Arabs, the socialist liberals, etc., etc.

      I’m curious if Bibi has someone like Karl Rove, and if so, what is Yiddish for “Turd Blossom.”

  44. They are not attacking anyone’s belief’s they are defending the right not to believe and advocating for the separation of church and state. Comparing them to catholic charities makes no sense, they don’t have the same mission.

  45. Putz was the answer to your question about what’s yiddish for turd blossom, not a come back, LOL. You must be smoking some of that colorado legal weed, you’re getting paranoid! 🙂

  46. tempebev

    McCain telling Obama to “get over his temper tantrum” is sort of like that old black kettle thing. McC is the leading tantrum thrower.

    • dnd

      LOL! I almost spit out my coffee when McCain said that. It’s been six years since he lost to Obama and he isn’t over it yet. Likewise Mitt the Twit echoed the Republican talking points to Katie Couric. Apparently he isn’t over it either.

  47. Exactly Bev, I thought the exact same thing, then I changed the channel, I just can’t watch him anymore.

    • dnd

      Brian,
      I think the reason they book Grampy McSore-loser so much is that you know he’ll go off half-cocked and say something crazy. Good for ratings.

  48. I’m not sure you’re right about that, grampa cranky pants day in the sun is long in the past, hard to believe he hikes ratings.

  49. Boca is pretty Jewish, the locals tend to vote Democratic

  50. Day 1, application analyst, and who says you can’t make a new life for yourself in your 50s! 🙂

  51. tempebev

    Brian, You should write a book about the great changes in your life.

  52. There’s an idea d. bev I’m far too young to be writing my memoir! LOL

  53. D, I know you wanted to see me in my new work digs

    • dnd

      This morning on Stephanie Miller they pointed out the irony that Cruz’s announcement at “Liberty” University they forced all the students to show up.

  54. No heavy lifting and it’s indoor work.

    • dnd

      Cruz and his wife are eligible for health insurance provided by his job in the Senate. WTF?

      • dnd

        Interesting that Hannity, Limbaugh and Beck are behind a fringe guy (who’s really a limo Republican). Apparently they forgot William F. Buckley Jr.’s advice that they should nominate the most conservative Republican who can win.

  55. Horrifying about the Germanwings crash. Bad enough it happened, but now …

  56. tempebev

    There ought to be a law regarding suicide. Do it by yourself. How sad for everyone connected with the crash. The world is turning into one scary place.

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