Friday, 30 January 2009

HOW ANTI-ISRAEL IS SAMANTHA POWER?

Ken Berwitz

Since I've characterized samantha power as anti-Israel, I would like to back it up. 

To do so, I have enlisted the help of Paul Mirengoff, one of the three key writers at www.powerlineblog.com

Here is an enumeration of reasons he selected (I assume there are more) - all of them fully referenced - which he wrote about last February 28th:

In a 2002 interview, Power advocated investing billions of dollars to impose a Palestinian state. That investment would include the insertion of a mammoth" and explicitly "military" force into the disputed territory. In her present capacity as an adviser to a presidential candidate, Power describes this approach as "weird."

Along the same "weird" lines, Power appears to support slashing, if not eliminating, military aid to Israel (an ally surrounded by 300 million people who wish to destroy her) and giving it to the Palestinians, whose charters (whether the Hamas or Fatah version) advocate the destruction of Israel. Thus, Power has spoken sympathetically about the notion of "alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import [American Jews] and sacrificing...billions of dollars, not in servicing Israel's military, but actually investing in the state of Palestine."

Power has blamed deference to Israel and the "special interests" that support Israel for the U.S. intervention in Iraq. She does so in the face of evidence that Israel had no particular desire that we overthrow Saddam Hussein, and actually viewed that enterprise as a distraction from the more serious threat posed by Iran.

In the same interview, Power also blamed Israel for the tactics the U.S. has used in Iraq. She stated that our alleged "deference" to Israel has caused us "to replicate Israeli tactics, which, as the war in Lebanon last summer demonstrated, can turn out to be counter-productive." Power did not state what she thinks these tactics were, but she seems to have had in mind the bombing of civilians which caused an international outcry. In any case, Power provided no evidence that Israel is to blame for whatever U.S. tactics she finds objectionable.

Still on the subject of Lebanon, Power has expressed outrage at the way Israel has treated the U.N.'s faux peacekeepers in South Lebanon, the ones who stood by while Hezbollah gained a dominant position and used it to commit aggression against Israel. In this connection, Power quotes (with no disapproval) the statement of Sergio Vieira De Mello, the subject of her hagiography, that the Israelis are "bastards." Power also attributes Israel's incursion into South Lebanon not to the terrorism launched against it from that area, but to the existence of dispossessed Palestinians and Israeli "insecurity."

Power criticized the New York Times, which had promoted the bogus Jenin "massacre" story, for attempting to set the record straight through a headline that said "Human Rights Reports Finds Massacre Did Not Occur in Jenin. Power thought the headline should have been about alleged "Israeli war crimes."

Any questions?


JOHN KERRY'S IDEA OF UNIFICATION AND BIPARTISANSHIP

Ken Berwitz

Here, from Victoria McGrane of www.politico.com, is John Kerry's position on two-party government.  As you read it, remember that he could have been President..

Kerry: Ignore Republicans if they'll vote no anyway

 

Sen. John Kerry says Democrats should ignore Republicans' demands about the stimulus plan if they're going to vote against it anyway.

Reacting to Wednesday night's vote in the House - where not a single GOP member supported the stimulus package - Kerry told Politico that "if Republicans aren't prepared to vote for it, I don't think we should be giving up things, where I think the money can be spent more effectively."

"If they're not going to vote for it, let's go with a plan that we think is going to work."

The Massachusetts Democrat and 2004 presidential candidate suggested tossing some of the tax provisions in the stimulus that the GOP requested. "Those aren't job creators immediately, and even in the longer term they're not necessarily. We've seen that policy for the last eight years," he said. 

Although Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) voted in favor of the tax provisions in the stimulus plan that cleared that Senate Finance Committee, it's not clear whether she or other Republican senators will support the package when it gets to the Senate floor.

"We'll see what evolves in the next hours," Kerry said.

Meanwhile, Kerry - who once served on the Senate Banking Committee - believes lawmakers need to move quickly to establish a "comprehensive" plan to deal with the ongoing instability in the financial system, restoring banks to solvency, getting toxic assets off their books and halting the wave of foreclosures that threatens to create even more toxic assets.

"We've got to think of this holistically and not piecemeal - and that the sooner, the faster we get at the root causes, the more impact we're going to have at turning it around," he said.

Kerry's preference is to have the Federal Reserve set up a program requiring banks to write down these toxic assets to their true value. Where the value is unknown, the banks should write them down to zero, he said.

In exchange for this, the Fed would recapitalize the banks, Kerry said.

Other lawmakers are pushing the idea of creating a so-called bad bank, a separate entity that would purchase the toxic assets from financial institutions, freeing the system of their burden. Kerry would not oppose such a plan but believes it would lead to the government overpaying for some assets.

While Kerry believes the Fed could pay for recapitalizing the banks by selling debt rather than asking Congress for more money, he also predicts the Obama administration will be coming for more taxpayer money sooner or later as it fights to save the economy.

"I believe it's inevitable," he said.

There you have it.  The government should essentially take over the banks, then raise your taxes.  And if Republicans don't like it, if they have alternative ideas?  Who cares - just ignore them. 

This is one-party government at its finest, folks.  And we, the voters, inflicted it on ourselves. 

We have two years to realize the damage we've done.

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ANOTHER ISRAEL HATER BROUGHT BACK BY OBAMA

Ken Berwitz

This one, from www.littlegreenfootballs.com, is for the 78% of Jewish voters - most of them supporters of Israel, I presume - who voted for Barack Obama last November:

Fired Obama Adviser Hired by Obama

Politics | Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 4:06:32 pm PST

Anti-Israel progressive academic Samantha Power, who was forced to resign from Barack Obamas presidential campaign last spring after calling Hillary Clinton a monster, is back out from under the bus. Campaigns over, nobodys left to fool with phony resignations and dismissals.

power is not alone, either.  She joins robert malley, another anti-Israel part of the Obama campaign who was forced out when his long history of anti-Israel activity came to light.  At that time the Obama people assured us that he never really had anything to do with Obama's campaign anyway (which was ludicrous on its face, but would you have really expected media to say so?  This is Obama we're talking about).  

Now, however, Mr. Obama is President.  So, presto-change-o:  malley and power are both part of the administration.

And the news media?  Are they on this story?  Well, as you can see, I got it from littlegreenfootballs.com - not the NY Times, or the network news shows, or....you get the idea.

I hope the 78% are happy with what they put into the White House.  As one of the 22% who voted against Obama, I can assure you I'm not.


CITIZEN OF GAZA: I AM THE SOLDIER WHO SLEPT IN YOUR HOME

 Ken Berwitz

This beautiful, poignant letter was sent to me by my sister, and is shown in its entirety below.  Despite its accompanying e-mail address, I cannot know for sure that it was written by a real soldier.  But what it says rings so true and so important that, frankly, it doesn't matter.

Here it is:

An Open Letter to A citizen Of Gaza:
I Am the Soldier Who Slept In Your Home:
By: Yishai G (reserve soldier)
ygoldflam@gmail.com
[Originally published in Hebrew in Maariv]

Hello,

While the world watches the ruins in Gaza, you return to your home which remains standing. However, I am sure that it is clear to you that someone was in your home while you were away.

I am that someone.

I spent long hours imagining how you would react when you walked into your home. How you would feel when you understood that IDF soldiers had slept on your mattresses and used your blankets to keep warm.

I knew that it would make you angry and sad and that you would feel this violation of the most intimate areas of your life by those defined as your enemies, with stinging humiliation. I am convinced that you hate me with unbridled hatred, and you do not have even the tiniest desire to hear what I have to say. At the same time, it is important for me to say the following in the hope that there is even the minutest chance that you will hear me.

I spent many days in your home. You and your family's presence was felt in every corner. I saw your family portraits on the wall, and I thought of my family. I saw your wife's perfume bottles on the bureau, and I thought of my wife. I saw your children's toys and their English language schoolbooks. I saw your personal computer and how you set up the modem and wireless phone next to the screen, just as I do.

I wanted you to know that despite the immense disorder you found in your  house that was created during a search for explosives and tunnels (which were indeed found in other homes), we did our best to treat your possessions with respect. When I moved the computer table, I disconnected the cables and lay them down neatly on the floor, as I would do with my own computer. I even covered the computer from dust with a piece of cloth. I tried to put back the clothes that fell when we moved the closet although not the same as you would have done, but at least in such a way that nothing would get lost.

I know that the devastation, the bullet holes in your walls and the destruction of those homes near you place my descriptions in a ridiculous light. Still, I need you to understand me, us, and hope that you will channel your anger and criticism to the right places.

I decided to write you this letter specifically because I stayed in your home.

I can surmise that you are intelligent and educated and there are those in your household that are university students. Your children learn English, and you are connected to the Internet. You are not ignorant; you know what is going on around you.

Therefore, I am sure you know that Qassam rockets were launched from your neighborhood into Israeli towns and cities.

How could you see these weekly launches and not think that one day we would say "enough"?! Did you ever consider that it is perhaps wrong to  launch rockets at innocent civilians trying to lead a normal life, much like you? How long did you think we would sit back without reacting?

I can hear you saying "it's not me, it's Hamas". My intuition tells me you are not their most avid supporter. If you look closely at the sad reality in which your people live, and you do not try to deceive yourself or make excuses about "occupation", you must certainly reach the conclusion that the Hamas is your real enemy.

The reality is so simple, even a seven year old can understand: Israel withdrew from the Gaza strip, removing military bases and its citizens from Gush Katif. Nonetheless, we continued to provide you with electricity, water, and goods (and this I know very well as during my reserve duty I guarded the border crossings more than once, and witnessed hundreds of trucks full of goods entering a blockade-free Gaza every day).

Despite all this, for reasons that cannot be understood and with a lack of any rational logic, Hamas launched missiles on Israeli towns. For three years we clenched our teeth and restrained ourselves. In the end, we could not take it anymore and entered the Gaza strip, into your neighborhood, in order to remove those who want to kill us. A reality that is painful but very easy to explain.

As soon as you agree with me that Hamas is your enemy and because of them, y
our people are miserable, you will also understand that the change must come from within. I am acutely aware of the fact that what I say is easier to write than to do, but I do not see any other way. You, who are connected to the world and concerned about your children's education, must lead, together with your friends, a civil uprising against Hamas.

I swear to you, that if the citizens of Gaza were busy paving roads, building schools, opening factories and cultural institutions instead of dwelling in self pity, arms smuggling and nurturing a hatred to your Israeli neighbors, your homes would not be in ruins right now. If your leaders were not corrupt and motivated by hatred, your home would not have been harmed.   If someone would have stood up and shouted that there is no point in launching missiles on innocent civilians, I would not have to stand in your kitchen as a soldier.

You don't have money, you tell me? You have more than you can imagine.

Even before Hamas took control of Gaza, during the time of Yasser Arafat, millions if not billions of dollars donated by the world community to the Palestinians was used for purchasing arms or taken directly to your leaders bank accounts. Gulf States, the emirates - your brothers, your flesh and blood, are some of the richest nations in the world. If there was even a small feeling of solidarity between Arab nations, if these nations had but the smallest interest in reconstructing the Palestinian people - your situation would be very different.

You must be familiar with Singapore. The land mass there is not much larger than the Gaza strip and it is considered to be the second most populated country in the world. Yet, Singapore is a successful, prospering, and well managed country. Why not the same for you?

My friend, I would like to call you by name, but I will not do so publicly. I want you to know that I am 100% at peace with what my country did, what my army did, and what I did. However, I feel your pain. I am sorry for the destruction you are finding in your neighborhood at this moment. On a personal level, I did what I could to minimize the damage to your home as much as possible.

In my opinion, we have a lot more in common than you might imagine. I am a civilian, not a soldier, and in my private life I have nothing to do with the military. However, I have an obligation to leave my home, put on a uniform, and protect my family every time we are attacked. I have no desire to be in your home wearing a uniform again and I would be more than happy to sit with you as a guest on your beautiful balcony, drinking sweet tea seasoned with the sage growing in your garden.

The only person who could make that dream a reality is you. Take responsibility for yourself, your family, your people, and start to take control of your destiny. How? I do not know. Maybe there is something to be learned from the Jewish people who rose up from the most destructive human tragedy of the 20th century, and instead of sinking into self-pity, built a flourishing and prospering country. It is possible, and it is in your hands.

I am ready to be there to provide a shoulder of support and help to you.

But only you can move the wheels of history."

Regards,
Yishai, (Reserve Soldier)

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FOX (HEART) OBAMA

Ken Berwitz

Sorry for that title; I don't know how to put up a heart symbol.  But you get the idea.

Fox must love Obama.  Because since he became President its ratings, already the highest in cable news, have flown upwards.

Here are the latest data, from www.drudgereport.com - which got them from Neilsen media research:

OBAMA BOOM AT FOXNEWS... RATINGS SOAR... NIGHT OF 1/28/09... VIEWERS...

FOXNEWS OREILLY 3,891,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 3,034,000
FOXNEWS BECK 2,306,000
FOXNEWS SHEP 2,299,000
FOXNEWS GRETA 2,155,000
MSNBC OLBERMANN 1,581,000
CNN COOPER 1,559,000
CNN BLITZER 1,490,000
CNNHN GRACE 1,435,000
CNN KING 1,420,000
MSNBC MADDOW 1,398,000

As you can see, every Fox show beats every other show.  First there is Fox, then there is et cetera.

If I were Roger Ailes, the guy who runs Fox, I'd treat Barack Obama to a steak dinner. 

Wagyu steak, of course.


THE FUNNIEST QUOTE OF THE YEAR (SO FAR)

Ken Berwitz

Here is the single funniest quote of 2009 - so far:

I didnt come here to be partisan. I didnt come here to be bipartisan. I came here, as did my colleagues, to be nonpartisan, to work for the American people, to do what is in their interest.:  Nancy Pelosi

You can count on there being competition for this title as the year goes on.  Lots of it.

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THE OCTUPLET WAR

Ken Berwitz

What an interesting war is in progress between the CBS Early Show and NBC's Today Show.

Let's start with the obvious fact that, since these two shows are on at the same time and compete for the same audience, there is always a war of sorts between them. 

But in the last couple of weeks it has escalated significantly. 

Remember when Ann Coulter was suddenly dumped from a book-promoting appearance on the Today Show, because NBC didn't like her criticism of the network (as if this latest book was the first time she nailed NBC)?  The Early Show immediately contacted her and did an interview the next morning -- after which NBC suddenly had a change of heart and put her on the morning after that.

This, friends, was just round one.

Over the last couple of days, the Today Show has aired a series of warm-and-fuzzy stories about the octuplets who were born to a Los Angeles mother this week.  Evidently that didn't go over so well with the CBS Early Show crowd (presumably because the stories drew a segment of its already-meager viewership and delivered it to Today).

So CBS has reacted.  How?  By exposing the negative side of this Octuplet birth.  And, yes, there very definitely is a negative side.

Here are excerpts from the CBS article which, I'm sure, will show you what I'm talking about:

Octuplets' Family Filed For Bankruptcy

Source: Also Abandoned A House; L.A. Times: Mom Had Embryos Implanted; Ethicist Blasts Clinic That Did

Related
(CBS) CBS News has learned that the family of the octuplets born this week outside Los Angeles filed for bankruptcy and abandoned a home a little over a year-and-a-half ago.

Early Show
national correspondent Hattie Kauffman says the mother is in her mid-thirties and lives with her parents.

There's been no mention of the octuplets' father, Kauffman observes.

The grandfather, she adds, is apparently going to head back to his native Iraq to earn money for the growing family. He told CBS News he's a former Iraqi military man.

Kauffman reported Thursday, and the octuplets' maternal grandmother now confirms to the Los Angeles Times, that
the babies' mother already had six young children.

And a family acquaintance had told Kauffman that two of the six other kids are twins, and the six range in age from about two to about seven.

The mother's name is still being kept under wraps.

But her mother, Angela Suleman, also tells the newspaper her daughter conceived the octuplets through a fertility program.

Suleman told the Times her daughter had embryos implanted and, "They all happened to take."

On The Early Show
Friday, the scientific director of an Atlanta-area fertility clinic blasted whichever clinic did the implantations, saying he's "stunned."

Kauffman says unanswered questions include where the woman got the fertility treatments and how they were paid for.

On The Early Show
Friday, Michael Tucker, scientific director of Georgia Reproductive Specialists, says all these developments leave him "stunned. As the story's unfolded and it's gone from the potential use of just fertility drugs, or misuse thereof, to actual, apparently, IVF (in-vitro fertilization) with transfer of embryos, this is just remarkable to me that any practitioner in our field of reproductive medicine would undertake such a practice."

Tucker, who has a doctorate in reproductive physiology, says it's "absolutely" possible the octuplets' mother got pregnant with them by taking fertility drugs on her own without the help of a clinic, "and that seemed the most plausible scenario, simply because the profession, we're policed by the
American Society of Reproductive Medicine, has focused so minutely on the fact that we need to reduce the number of embryos that we transfer. We really are all about seeking the one, the one embryo that's going to make the healthy, single-born baby.

"And this kind of multiple plethora excess of babies is too much of a good thing. And it's rather a slap in the face of the whole profession, simply because it's going in the wrong direction.

"And it's unfortunate, because the media pick up on this and seem to go, I think, Arthur Kaplan from UPenn (University of Pennsylvania) said the media tend to go goo-goo gaga over this and, in fact, it's really a bit of a medical disaster."

"Had she walked into a fertility clinic and said, 'Listen, I've got other children, the oldest seven, the youngest two,' co-anchor Julie Chen asked Tucker, "is there any ethical responsibility on the clinic's part to say, 'I'm not going to treat you,' or, 'You know what? This is not a good idea?" '

"Suffice to say," Tucker responded, "I've been in this business for 25 years now. And it's pretty much standard practice in all clinics to have some form of psychological evaluation of the patient. Also, their sociological circumstances. And I'm stunned, actually, that a clinic would proceed to treat a patient in this circumstance and then even to get to perhaps the transfer of embryos and ponder the transfer in, I believe, the lady's mid-30s, a 35-year-old -- she should be receiving two embryos, maximum, as a transfer into her uterus to have had eight transferred is somewhat -- is extremely irresponsible."

Those octuplets don't sound as warmy and fuzzy now, do they? 

I'd call that round two.  I wonder will happen next -- and whether Good Morning America is going to get into the act. 

Stay tuned.


ANOTHER ANTI-ISRAEL F.O.B.

Ken Berwitz

When it comes to Friends of Barak, the Israel and Jew hating just doesn't seem to end.  We have:

-jeremiah wright, who calls Israel "a dirty word" (one of his nicer descriptions). 

-william ayers, who has hated Israel for decades. 

-louis farrakhan, who loves Barack Obama and sees him as a messiah.  When Obama's church gave farrakhan a lifetime achievement award, he didn't have one bad word to say about it

-rashid khalidi, Israel-hating activist and professor who Mr. Obama so glowingly complimented at a dinner in his honor, and described as a frequent dinner companion.

-susan power and robert malley, who I've already blogged about today (not to mention all the other Israel-haters who worked on the Obama campaign).

And now we have ali abunimah.  Who is he?  Just read the excerpts below, which come from an article by Aaron Klein  writing for www.worldnewsdaily.com.

The hatred is abunimah's.  The bold print is mine:

FROM WND'S JERUSALEM BUREAU
Obama 'friend': End of Israel 'within reach'
Activist boasts 'Western support, complicity' starting to crack

Posted: January 30, 2009
12:20 am Eastern
By Aaron Klein
 2009 WorldNetDaily

JERUSALEM Accusing the Jewish state of "genocide," an anti-Israel Palestinian activist once commended by President Obama has predicted the end of Israel, which, he boasted, is "within reach, in our lifetimes."

In a piece earlier this month titled, "Why Israel won't survive," Ali Abunimah, co-founder of Electronic Intifada, a pro-Palestinian online publication, accused Israel of war crimes and gloated, "Now, the other pillar of Israeli power Western support and complicity is starting to crack. We must do all we can to push it over."

"It is Israel as a Zionist state, not Palestine or the Palestinian people, that cannot survive this attempted genocide. Its problem is legitimacy, or rather a profound and irreversible lack of it," wrote Abunimah.

Abunimah previously was described as close to Obama and has introduced the politician at pro-Palestinian events. Referring to a time period in the late 1990s, Abunimah said that "Obama used to be very comfortable speaking up for and being associated with Palestinian rights and opposing the Israeli occupation."

Abunimah was quoted stating Obama was "quite frank that the U.S. needed to be more evenhanded, that it leaned too much toward Israel."

He noted Obama's unusual stance toward Israel, commenting "these were the kind of statements I'd never heard from a U.S. politician who seemed like he was going somewhere, rather than at the end of his career."

In his piece this month, Abunimah blasted Israel's three-week campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, accusing the Israel Defense Forces of "massacr[ing] civilians in the hope that the population would turn against those fighting the occupier."

"The death toll keeps rising as more bodies are pulled from carpet-bombed neighborhoods," Abunimah claimed.

Israel did not carpet-bomb any area in the Gaza Strip. It carried out surgical precision strikes against specific Hamas targets. The IDF regularly warned civilians of incoming attacks with phone calls or text messages. The IDF routinely employed what it terms "roof knocking" just prior to a targeted bombing, the building in question would receive a telephone call in Arabic warning that the structure was going to be bombed.

Hamas, on the other hand, was widely condemned for utilizing civilians as human shields and storing weapons and military infrastructure in civilian zones, including apartment buildings.

But Abunimah asserted: "Israel simply cannot bomb its way to legitimacy. What choice will Israel make? In the absence of any political and moral legitimacy the only arguments it has left are bullets and bombs. Left to its own devices Israel will certainly keep trying as it has for sixty years to massacre Palestinians into submission."

He claimed "Israel's real goals (in Gaza) were to restore its 'deterrence' fatally damaged after its 2006 defeat in Lebanon (translation: its ability to massacre and terrorize entire populations into submission) and to destroy any Palestinian resistance to total Israeli-Jewish control over historic Palestine from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea."

Zionism, he asserted, is an ideology of "racial supremacy, extremism and hate, is a dying project, in retreat and failing to find new recruits. ... It is within reach, in our lifetimes."

Obama, anti-Israel activist raised funds for Islamic causes

In the 1990s, Obama was a speaker at events in Chicago's large Palestinian immigrant community to raise funds for U.N. camps for the so-called Palestinian refugees. Abunimah recalls introducing Obama at one such event, a 1999 fundraiser for the Deheisha Palestinian camp in the West Bank.

"I knew Barack Obama for many years as my state senator when he used to attend events in the Palestinian community in Chicago all the time," stated Abuminah during an interview last year with Democracy Now!, a nationally syndicated radio and television political program.

"I remember personally introducing [Obama] onstage in 1999, when we had a major community fundraiser for the community center in Deheisha refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. And that's just one example of how Barack Obama used to be very comfortable speaking up for and being associated with Palestinian rights and opposing the Israeli occupation," Abunimah said.

Abunimah previously described meeting with Obama at a fundraiser at the home of Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi, reportedly a former PLO activist.

"[Obama] came with his wife. That's where I had a chance to really talk to him," Abunimah recalled. "It was an intimate setting. He convinced me he was very aware of the issues [and] critical of U.S. bias toward Israel and lack of sensitivity to Arabs. ... He was very supportive of U.S. pressure on Israel.

According to quotes obtained by Gulf News, Abunimah recalled a 2004 meeting in a Chicago neighborhood while Obama was running for his Senate seat. Abunimah quoted Obama telling him "warmly" he was sorry that "I haven't said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race."

"I'm hoping when things calm down, I can be more up front," Abunimah reportedly quoted the senator as saying.

Abunimah said Obama urged him to "keep up the good work" at the Chicago Tribune, where Abunimah contributed guest columns that were highly critical of Israel.

 

In the last election, 78% of Jews voted for Barack Obama.  Presumably, most of them support Israel.

I hope they're happy with what they got.  Speaking as one of the other 22%, I can assure you I'm not.


MSNBC'S VERSION OF FAIR AND BALANCED

Ken Berwitz

MSNBC's on air "talent" has a near-pathological obsession with Fox News, often deriding its claim of being fair and balanced.

With that in mind, I would like to show you the transcript of a segment from Norah O'Donnell's afternoon show yesterday, with guests John Feehery and Morris Reid.  See how you think they make out in the fair and balanced category:

NORAH O'DONNELL: Also, some news today about former Republican vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. Because she's actually headed to Washington this weekend. That's right, she says she's going to lobby for some stimulus funds for her home state of Alaska. But perhaps, more interesting, is that she is slate to attend a high profile dinner where she could run into President Obama. That's right. There's also big questions about whether she is setting her sights on a White House run in 2012?

SARAH PALIN: No. Not at all. Not at all. No. But now we'll have an available source of funds so that we're not coming close to any ethical line.

O'DONNELL: Joining us now is Democratic strategist Morris Reid and Republican strategist John Feehery. Alright, great to have both of you on. What about this, John? Sarah Palin is coming to D.C. she ran as a maverick this whole campaign, wanted nothing to do with people in Washington, the anti-establishment candidate, and now she's coming to the most exclusive dinner in Washington, to hobnob with perhaps the president, ambassadors, senators, all the people she derided during the campaign. What's up with that?

JOHN FEEHERY: I can't wait, Norah. What excitement for everybody.

[ O'DONNELL LAUGHS]

FEEHERY: You know, the big news is she didn't get $11 million for that book contract. I think that's the thing that people are really worried about. That's a lot of money for a book contract and she didn't get it. So that's good news. You know, Norah, on this whole thing on the Gridiron or Alfalfa, whichever club this is-

O'DONNELL: Alfalfa.

FEEHREY: You know, if she didn't come in and she was invited, that would be a controversy, too. Sarah Palin makes news wherever she goes. And that's the part of Sarah Palin that you all love about her.

O'DONNELL: Well, I want to play what she said yesterday. Because she did talk to reporters for about eight minutes. Specifically, it's the second sound bite we have here and it is about this dinner. Because she was asked if, in fact, she was heading to this dinner. And the reason it's interesting is because her staff denied to reporters, like myself, that she was actually going to this dinner. And then, she came out and revealed it. Listen to what she had to say about why she wanted to come here to Washington for this dinner.

PALIN: Alfalfa dinner, yes. In fact, that's because President Obama is scheduled to be there. And how often will I have an opportunity to have dinner with the president. I will take up that offer to do so, yeah.

O'DONNELL: Morris, didn't she call him a terrorist on the campaign trail?

MORRIS REID: Well, I think she called him a terrorist among other things. But listen, the woman's hungry. She's got to eat, Norah. We got to feed the woman, don't we.

[ O'DONNELL LAUGHS LOUDLY THROUGHOUT]

REID: You know, she lives in public housing, we got to feed her on the public doll. She got a bridge to nowhere. We love Sarah Palin on the Democratic side. We can't get enough of her.

FEEHREY: You know, Norah, there's nothing like having dinner with 2,000 of your closest friends and the president. So it's going to be a small intimate dinner.

O'DONNELL: However, it is not 2,000 people.

REID: I think -- I don't think she knew -- I think she -- Norah, I think she thought it was just her, and Buckwheat, and Alfalfa, with the president at dinner. She's just clueless, it's ridiculous.

O'DONNELL: Well, she is meeting also with a number of senators, including the Republican leader in the Senate Mitch McConnell, as well as, I think, some -- Senator Snow, there's going to be a private dinner for her at Fred Malik's house. So she is doing a little bit of courting. Many people think that could mean she's gearing up for 2012. Morris Reid, John Feehery, great to talk to both of you. Thanks so much.

Those sarcasms, personal insults and lies were from O'Donnell, who clearly hates Sarah Palin's guts (thus is a middle-of-the-roader at MSNBC) and Reid, who was happy to jump on the insult/lie bandwagon and do a 2-on-1 against the Republican.

For the record, Sarah Palin never called Barack Obama a terrorist.  She said he "palled around" with terrorists (what do you call william ayers and bernardine dohrn?  How many bombs did they have to set off at US government and military installations before they earned the title?).  That was either ignorance or dishonesty.

And if a Republican ever tossed in that "Buckwheat" reference for an event in Washington DC, he/she would be tagged as a racist in two seconds flat.  

Amel Hi Tamara,Both Mike and I are well impressed with the coruage you showed by bringing your story into the open. The main theme in your story is your strong will and it shows your journey through life by applying that strong will in different ways. The fact that you have definitely found the way to use it in a very positive way currently, plus that you have the coruage to open up, makes you an only STRONGER and MORE inspirational role model as far as we are concerned!Mike and Saskia (05/02/12)


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