Warren announced she would not attend the speech in a statement issued by her office Monday evening.
“I strongly support Israel, and I remain deeply concerned about the prospect of an Iranian nuclear weapon, which I discussed in detail with Prime Minister Netanyahu when we met in Jerusalem last November,” the Democratic senator said in a statement. “It’s unfortunate that Speaker Boehner’s actions on the eve of a national election in Israel have made Tuesday’s event more political and less helpful for addressing the critical issue of nuclear nonproliferation and the safety of our most important ally in the Middle East.”
I’m also a supporter of Israel who’s appalled at this nakedly political move by the Republican Party, obviously intended to undermine President Obama. And I sincerely hope it backfires on them, as it should.
Ah, CPAC — the conservative movement’s primary action conference, attended by most of the major Republican politicians and prospective front runners for the Presidential nomination.
The conservative conference where religious fanatic and overt racist Phil Robertson gets a “First Amendment” award from Breitbart “News.”
And the conservative conference that gave press credentials and free access to the Tennessee white supremacist radio show Political Cesspool.
Yes, they really did.
World Net Daily Crackpot Says Officials Who Skip Netanyahu’s Speech Should Be Hanged - Especially the Black Ones
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is giving a very controversial address to Congress tomorrow, as you’ve probably heard; some Democrats are reportedly considering boycotting the speech, because it’s an egregious violation of the usual diplomatic protocols. And it’s not just US Democrats who think John Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu was a terrible idea — nearly 200 Israeli intelligence and security officials have also expressed their opposition, saying it would do serious damage to US-Israel relations. But Netanyahu is unmoved, and the speech is going ahead.
But the most insane reaction to Netanyahu’s speech (so far) comes from World Net Daily crackpot Andrea Shea King, who says any elected officials who skip the speech should be “hanging from a noose.”
Especially members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Via Right Wing Watch:
King specifically suggested hanging members of the Congressional Black Caucus, saying “their districts are all dumb clucks because these dumb clucks wouldn’t be electing these people if they knew better.”
“How do people like this get to represent us in Congress?” she asked. “Because there are stupid people out there in those congressional districts who are so ignorant it’s dangerous…. Stupid, stupid people. Our lives are on the line and all they can think of is skin color. All of us will turn black if we end up in a cage on fire.”
As a Todd Rundgren fan from way way back, I was ecstatic to find this absolutely amazing video of the full concert he performed in 2012 with Amsterdam’s Metropole Orchestra. He does all of his greatest songs, and is in exceptionally good voice throughout, and the audio quality is outstanding. A real treat, and worth watching all the way through.
The following presentation is a crowd sourced video production.
More info, interview and show notes AND the 2011 concert here: keezer.nl
Footage collected from consumer videocameras and HD mobile phones in the audience -12 in total- brought together in a real time full length concert registration.
The performance of the artists, combined with superb sound quality from the radio broadcast, makes the viewer forget that camera work and picture quality are not always up to modern broadcast standards.
However this sense of reality adds an extra dimension to the concert experience, making it most enjoyable to watch this unique concert, seen entirely through the eyes of Todd Rundgren fans.
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Todd Rundgren and The Metropole Orchestra
Paradiso, Amsterdam Holland
November 11, 2012
Conductor: Steve Sidwell
Orchestrations: Tom Trapp
Intitiator: Co de Kloet
All songs written by Todd Rundgren
The Metropole Orchestra, featuring:
Lex Bolderdijk- guitars
Hans Vroomans - piano and synthesizer
Boudewijn Lucas - bass guitar
Arno van Nieuwenhuize - drums
Backing vocals by
Mathilde Santing (production)
Wouter Penris (backing vocal arrangements)
Painting by Bert Wouters
Crowd sourced video production:
iPhones (camera 1 and 2) - Lion Keezer (front stage left)
Original HD and SD video footage kindly provided by
Peter Mader (HD balcony front)
Jack Moerman (balcony right)
Jaqueline Poortvliet (balcony left)
Dirk-Jan Booy (mobile)
Additional YouTube video footage shared from:
Paul Berkholst ‘Unicapb21’ - (CU’s front stage)
Bart Brugman - (front middle)
‘Toddmania1856’ - (balcony right)
‘casiomusic.nl’ - (top balcony)
Bart Versteeg - (opening total, balcony right)
‘Boddgla’ - (balcony right)
‘ModestyXX’ - (front)
Thank you all for making this possible.
Audio live radio mix by NTR Radio
Concert video production and video editing:
More info: keezer.nl
For Todd, his fans and all involved in this project
You may have heard that the moderator for the first Republican presidential debate will be right wing talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, which makes total sense from the GOP’s point of view — because he’s guaranteed not to ask any questions that might be embarrassing. For example, whether they reject the scientific theory of evolution.
In an interview with radio host Aaron Klein that will air Sunday night on New York’s AM 970 The Answer, Hewitt ruled out certain types of questions completely.
“I don’t care what people think about evolution,” he told Klein. “I don’t care. I never cared. I don’t care if they know how old the earth is and I just have never cared about personal religious beliefs.”
This is the latest Republican talking point on evolution, of course; who cares? What does it matter?
It matters because Republican politicians at every level of government are still, in 2015, trying to find ways to sneak the teaching of creationism into public school science classes. In Louisiana, for example, where Gov. Bobby Jindal signed into law a “teach the controversy” bill sponsored and written by the creationist Discovery Institute.
It would be especially embarrassing this time around, too, because it looks like this may be the first GOP presidential race in which all of the candidates are creationists.
And this is why they’re now pretending it doesn’t matter. Classic dishonest misdirection from the anti-science party that specializes in it.
We should also note, by the way, that Hugh Hewitt himself is a creationist. (h/t: Timothy Sandefur.)
“Doubt is our product”
Peter Sinclair from the Yale Climate Forum reviews a documentary that details how marketing doubt about science became profitable for multiple industries and their shills.
In March 2015, Robert Kenner, the Director of “Food Inc” and other acclaimed documentaries, will debut his newest, “Merchants of Doubt”.
Based on the book by Naomi Oreskes and Eric Conway, the film follows the development of sophisticated methods for distorting science, used by the Tobacco industry to hide the poisonous nature of their products, and adapted by the Fossil Fuel industry to distort the science around climate change.
Note: the documentary has had limited showings in the UK and US at festivals and limited venues, the Official release is in March.
From Bob Schneider’s King Kong Vol. 1 EP :: Released Feb 10, 2015
Video shot/edited/directed by: Bob Schneider
Here they are, folks, the straw poll results you’ve been waiting for! (What, you haven’t been waiting for these?)
These are the loons most admired by CPAC attendees this year:
1. Rand Paul
2. Scott Walker
3. Ted Cruz
4. Ben Carson
5. Jeb Bush
Here are the complete results of the clown car vote: