[Iran Press TV] US House of Representatives Speaker John It is not pronounced 'Boner!' Boehner ... the occasionally weepy leader of House Republicans... has praised Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... for launching a military offensive in Yemen ...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic... against the Houthi ...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ... movement's Ansarullah fighters.
"I applaud the Saudis for taking this action to protect their homeland and to protect their own neighborhood," Boehner told news hounds in Washington, DC on Thursday.
"If America leads, our allies in the region would be tickled to death and would be happy to join a coalition. But America has to lead," he added.
Early on Thursday, Saudi Arabia began launching Arclight airstrikes in Yemen where the Ansarullah fighters have acquired power.
Saudi warplanes bombed the positions of the Ansarullah fighters and launched attacks against the Sana'a airport and the Dulaimi airbase.
So much going on, but so much of it the same thing over and over that at times I simply don't have the energy to state the obvious: America and the West are governed by an "elite" with a world view full of delusions and malice. The "elite" either is so deluded about the nature of the world, or so full of malevolence towards Western Civilization that, to paraphrase an "elite" darling and Presidential hopeful, "What difference, at this point, does it make?" The result is the same: disaster.
In depth from the "Diplomat" at the link
After Harry Truman left the White House, he and Bess drove their car back to Independence, Missouri. At that time his pension consisted of about $110. per month from his Army service. Presidential pensions were to come along later. Nothing has been the same since.
Trumans situation is why there are Presidential pensions. I think he ended up collecting, but he sure didn't take the job with the expectation of one. Not much of a head for money, couldn't even shake a measly million out of the money tree.
[The Weekly Standard] As President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry close in on a nuclear deal with Iran, it's worth remembering that the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation received money from "a front for the government of Iran" called the Alavi Foundation.
The front gave the Clintons $30,000 between April 2005 and March 2006, according to tax forms. This occurred years after law enforcement officials tied the group to Iranian radicals. "The center is funded by the New York-based Alavi Foundation, which law enforcement officials say is closely tied to the mullahs who dominate Iran," the Washington Post reported in 2003. In other news from Feb 2014: 'Clinton opposes new Iran sanctions.'
"David Cohen, the New York City Police Department's intelligence chief, said in a recent court document that the Alavi Foundation is 'totally controlled by the government of Iran' and 'funds a variety of anti-American causes,' including the Potomac center and other mosques. These organizations, said Cohen, a 35-year veteran of the CIA, have affiliates that support Hezbollah and the Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas, two groups the U.S. government has deemed terrorist."
In 2009, U.S. attorney Preet Bharara called the foundation a "front for the government of Iran." "The Alavi Foundation has effectively been a front for the government of Iran ... For two decades, the Alavi Foundation's affairs have been directed by various Iranian officials, including Iranian ambassadors at the United Nations, in violation of a series of U.S. laws." Newt: 'It's not the e-mails, follow the money.'
[WASHINGTONTIMES] Just a brief bulletin, then we'll move right along. Time to fire up Air Force, because President B.O. is off to the Treasure Coast of Florida this weekend, specifically Palm City. The local press is attentive, reporting that Mr. Obama will play a few rounds at the Floridian National Golf Club. Yeah, well. Rather than prattle on about the cost of operating Air Force One ($206,000 an hour), here's the description of the course, just for the heck of it.
"This stunning, yet formidable Par 71 will certainly impress. At 7,114 yards, the 18-hole course offers perfectly manicured rolling fairways and greens, demanding hazards, breathtaking views of the St. Lucie River, and is surrounded by natural preserve and native wildlife."
h/t Gates of Vienna
It is amazing how a simple question can cause a complex lie to collapse like a house of cards. The simple question was asked by Bill O'Reilly of the Fox News Channel, and it was addressed to two Democrats. He asked what has Hillary Clinton ever accomplished.
[CNN] Marcia Keefer watched Martin O'Malley ...former Democratic governor of Maryland and aspiring presidential candidate, known locally as The One-Man Economic Wrecking Crew. O'Malley was elected to his second term driven by union support and near-Stalinesque vote margins in Baltimore city (82%) and Prince George's County (88%)... methodically work the room at a recent Democratic fundraiser in Davenport, Iowa, and readily acknowledged she knew nothing about the former Maryland governor. Oh, Gawd! Think "National Rain Tax." And the AR ban and AR magazine capacity limits...
"I have to ask, is he running for something or is he something already?" said Keefer, a retiree attending the Scott County Democratic Party's fundraiser.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.