March 13th, 2015
By Barry Secrest
The cacophony from the political Left has been so deafening it's beginning to look like there may be a strong bit of overcompensation going on.
Sen. Tom Cotton penned an open letter to Iran on his website, signed by 47 Republican Senators which never actually went to Iran, in which the Senate honestly explained America's political system to Iran.
The thrust of the letter laid out the fact that both houses of Congress would never approve of Obama's nuclear plan for the Mullahs, and even if the President signed the agreement with Iranian leadership, the agreement would have little chance to stand when Obama left office.
Well, okay, assuming that he does leave office without a struggle.
The result? Well, that's when the gnashing of teeth began within the co-opted media and most of the radical Left, who likely also believe that Taqiyya is an Islamicized version of a Margarita.
While we who actually know what's going on will often somewhat affectionately refer to most of the political Left as low-information voters, that bit of slang has taken on a whole new meaning with this particular Iranian debacle.
Iran is terrorist-sponsoring nation which is responsible for bankrolling most of the terrorist violence which occurs in the Mideast, in addition to providing the war material used to either kill or maim thousands of US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In essence, when the leadership of a terrorist state joins with a grossly inadequate US executive branch in condemning a US legislative branch, concerning a poor treaty, where would you put your money with regard to who is actually right?
Yeah, see? This is precisely what is meant by the term "Low-Information."
It would seem that the following article which speaks to Obama and Iranian leaders condemning the US Senate, should tell you everything else you needed to know about who is actually right.
The story comes to us from CNN:
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei joined top U.S. officials Thursday in blasting a letter 47 GOP senators recently sent on the Iran nuclear talks.
Khamenei dismissed the letter as "part of their ploys and tricks," according to Iran's official state outlet, Press TV. The senators, who are highly critical of the deal being worked out, wrote the Islamic Republic to warn its leaders of Congress's role in approving and implementing any agreement.
Khamenei's comments came the day after Secretary of State John Kerry slammed the letter in a Senate hearing and said his reaction to it had been "utter disbelief." President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other senior administration figures have also taken strong exception to the GOP move.
Khomenei's barbs Thursday didn't stop with the GOP senators, however, as he also lashed out at the world powers -- Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, as well as the U.S. -- sitting across the negotiating table from Iran.
"Of course, I'm concerned because the other side is into deception, trickery and backstabbing," Khamenei said, according to Press TV.
Kerry, who has been heavily invested in the process and will meet with his Iranian counterpart next week as talks enter the homestretch ahead of the deadline for a framework agreement, defended the administration's negotiating efforts at Wednesday's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.
He told the panel that the Republican letter was a breach of "more than two centuries of precedent" and factually incorrect.
"It purports to tell the world that if you want to have any confidence in your dealings with America, they have to negotiate with 535 members of Congress," Kerry said. "That is both untrue and a profoundly bad suggestion to make."
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut set Kerry up to address the letter, asking him to explain its impact, and Kerry took five minutes answering the question while glancing at what appeared to be prepared remarks.
As he wrapped up, Sen. Bob Corker, the committee chairman and author of legislation that would require Congress to approve any deal with Iran, cut Kerry off, ending what the senator called "a well-written speech."
"This is not a speech," Kerry insisted.
But Corker again cut in and said Congress must weigh in on any deal with Iran, saying that he was "very disappointed" with Kerry.
Sen. Tom Cotton, a freshman Republican from Arkansas, penned the letter, which asserted that a lasting agreement would need congressional support. Cotton wasn't shy about his attempts to undermine the Obama administration's negotiations with Iran and said Tuesday the letter is "about stopping Iran from getting a nuclear deal."
At the hearing, Kerry maintained that Cotton's letter stemmed from the false premise that any agreement brokered with Iran would be legally binding, though the letter doesn't use that language.
"We're not negotiating a legally binding plan," Kerry said, pointing out that an eventual agreement would have the same power as the "thousands" of executive agreements between the U.S. and foreign countries that Congress has not approved.
Kerry said that the letter is "incorrect when it says that Congress could modify the terms of an agreement."
Sen. Jim Risch, a Republican who signed the letter, countered Kerry's statement.
"This indignation and breast-beating over this letter is absolute nonsense," he said.
Risch said the "problem we've got here is we have a real disagreement," adding that the deal should be considered a treaty, not an executive agreement. A treaty requires the approval of two-thirds of the Senate.
But he added, "I hope an agreement is reached. I really hope we get a good agreement."
Sen. Rand Paul also knocked Kerry and the Obama administration, asserting that he signed on to the letter to send a message to the White House -- a White House Paul asserted has repeatedly overstepped its authority with executive actions.
"The message I was sending was to you. The message was to President Obama that we want you to obey the law, we want you to understand the separation of powers," the Kentucky Republican said. "The letter was to Iran but it should have been CC'd to the White House."
March 12th, 2015
A photograph has captured what is believed to be the ghost of a little girl who drowned at a popular swimming hole in Queensland 100-years-ago.
The image shows three children and two adults playing in the water at Murphy’s Hole near Helidon in 2014.
An eerie white figure can be seen in the water between the two women.
It is thought to be the face of 13-year-old Doreen O’Sullivan, who drowned in that exact spot in 1915.
Jessie Lu, who is one of the subjects in the photo, said the image had been examined by experts.
“At the time of taking this photo there was nothing between us,” she said.
March 12th, 2015
It's becoming painfully apparent that the Obama Regime's entire negotiation giveaway to "Islamic Iran" was more of an effort to enable Iran's development of a nuclear bomb rather than prohibiting it.
Remember, Obama's primary impetus has been towards chaos the world over.
From Obama's role as the primary functionary in disarming Ukraine, which allowed their invasion by Russia, to race riots in Ferguson, where Sharpton lead the charge as one of the chief functionaries to the White House.
At some point the American people simply must ask whose side, exactly, the President is actually on....
~ Refocus Notes
By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee warned President Barack Obama on Thursday not to try an end-run around Congress by getting the United Nations to implement a nuclear deal with Iran.
Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee cited reports that the Obama administration was contemplating taking an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program — or at least parts of it — to the U.N. Security Council for a vote.
In a letter, Corker said letting the U.N. consider such an agreement, while at the same time threatening to veto legislation that would allow Congress to vote on it, is a "direct affront" to the American people and would undermine the role of Congress. In exchange for signing onto a deal aimed at keeping it from developing nuclear weapons, Iran seeks relief from sanctions, including those imposed by the U.S. executive branch, the United Nations and Congress.
Corker has introduced legislation requiring any final agreement with Iran to be submitted to Congress for review before any sanctions imposed by Congress can be eased.
On Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki raised the possibility of establishing the deal through the U.N. Security Council. Psaki didn't speak definitively on the matter but cited the example of a 2013 strategy agreed to between the U.S. and Russia on Syria relinquishing its chemical weapons stockpile. That plan was then endorsed by the United Nations' top body.
"This framework was not legally binding and was not subject to congressional approval," Psaki told reporters. "It outlined steps for eliminating Syria's chemical weapons and helped lay the groundwork for successful multilateral efforts to move forward." In that case, she added, the U.S.-Russian agreement "went to the U.N. to the Security Council vote."
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is the only official who has gone on record saying such a model would be followed with a nuclear deal.
U.S. negotiators have been more circumspect. Making such a declaration would amount to telling Congress that it won't have a say on the accord, because it is not a treaty, but that the United Nations will.
March 12th, 2015
Hmm...good thing he wasn't an illegal....but, the latest race dynamic, I suppose, will be "Hispanic Racism?" That's new.....~Refocus Notes
Talk show host Rodner Figueroa was fired from Univision after saying that Michelle Obama looks like someone from the cast of "Planet of the Apes."
Figueroa, who's known for his biting fashion commentary, made his remarks during a live segment of the show "El Gordo y la Flaca" in which the hosts were commenting on a viral video that shows a makeup artist transforming himself into different celebrities, including Michelle Obama.
"Well, watch out, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she's from the cast of 'Planet of the Apes,' the movie," Figueroa, 42, said with a giggle.
When hostess Lili Estefan countered with "What are you saying?" and host Raul de Molina said Obama was very attractive, Figueroa defended his remark, saying "but it is true."
In a statement, Univision called Figueroa's comments "completely reprehensible" and said they "in no way reflect the values or opinions of Univision."
Figueroa, who in 2014 won a Daytime Emmy Award, did not respond to requests for comment Thursday. He worked for Univision for 17 years and had been on "El Gordo y la Flaca" since 2000.
March 12th, 2015
Washington (CNN) The Department of Homeland Security is investigating another incident of misconduct by senior Secret Service agents, White House officials said Wednesday night.
Two senior Secret Service agents, including a top member of President Barack Obama's protective detail, crashed a car into a White House barricade following a late-night party for retiring spokesman Ed Donovan and it's suspected they had been drinking, sources confirmed to CNN.
The Washington Post first reported the incident.
The officers were allowed to go home after a supervisor on duty overruled on-duty law enforcement who wanted to arrest the agents and conduct sobriety tests, a U.S. law enforcement official confirmed to CNN.
"The officers for the Secret Service who monitor the safety of the White House complex and ultimately the president and his family felt that these two individuals may have been intoxicated," Washington Post reporter Carol D. Leonnig, who broke the story, said in an interview broadcast on CNN's Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.
The two employees have been reassigned to non-supervisory, non-operational assignments, a Secret Service official said.
A senior administration official says the White House, including President Barack Obama, is "aware of the alleged incident."
"At the request of Secret Service Director Joe Clancy, the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General is conducting an investigation into the allegations. We're not going to comment further on this while that investigation is ongoing," the official said.
"The President is aware of the allegations and supports Director Clancy's decision to turn the investigation over to the DHS Inspector General for a thorough review," another senior administration official said.
The Secret Service gave a top Republican lawmaker a heads up earlier today before The Washington Post reported that two agents crashed a government car into White House security barriers last week after attending a party.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz told CNN that his initial understanding is that the two agents were "partying in Georgetown" when they responded to an incident at the White House.
"Drinking on the job isn't good at McDonald's and it certainly isn't good if you work for the Secret Service," he said.
Chaffetz said the agency gave him "a very short, brief heads up," and only then because the paper was going to report a story about "inebriated Secret Service agents, and obviously that's the most serious concern."
"I know there was an incident and it wasn't pretty. The details of which we need to have flushed out. Our committee will continue its investigation into the Secret Service and add this on to the list of embarrassments," he said.
Chaffetz said four whistleblowers had contacted his office about the incident in the last 48 hours, but he's not yet verified their accounts.
"They've got to get a grip on what's going on. There's obviously a deep-seated cultural problem," said Chaffetz, calling for swift discipline if warranted.
Chaffetz and the committee's top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings, issued a joint-statement on Wednesday evening questioning whether further reforms are necessary to ensure the agency's integrity.
"Although recent steps have been made to bring new leadership in at the highest levels, this incident begs the question of whether that is enough," they said. "The fact that this event involved senior-level agents is not only embarrassing but exhibits a clear lack of judgment in a potentially dangerous situation."
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