Ted Cruz Spokesperson Derides White House Katy Perry Concert for Special Olympics - Then Deletes Tweets
For real? President Obama is having a Katy Perry concert at the WH? Do they even care about optics anymore.
Thinking back this week on things Cruz has worked on: Israel, border crisis, Internet taxes, NSA, FAA. Iran. Not holding Katy Perry concerts
After realizing said performance was for Special Olympics, Amanda Carpenter weasels out of it with a lame apology and deletes said Tweets.
Didn't see earlier the WH Katy Perry concert was for kids. I'm sorry for the mistake. Have a nice night folks.
Live from the White House South Lawn.
An interesting new detail has emerged in the Sgt. Bergdahl story; the reason why the Obama administration had to act in relative secrecy to free Bergdahl: the Taliban threatened to kill him if the deal leaked.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has told senators it didn’t notify Congress about the pending swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban officials because the Taliban had threatened to kill him if the deal was made public before it happened. That’s according to three congressional officials who spoke to The Associated Press.
Given the history of leaks from Congress, and the completely deranged state of the Republican Party, keeping the deal as quiet as possible was the only sane course of action.
The National Climate Assessment is sobering reading — and even more sobering when you realize the entire Republican Party will reject it out of hand, and fight tooth and nail to prevent us from doing anything about it.
On the bright side, the website is very nicely designed.
Here’s the official statement from the White House on today’s Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2014
The United States has steadfastly supported the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine since it declared its independence in 1991, and we reject the “referendum” that took place today in the Crimean region of Ukraine. This referendum is contrary to Ukraine’s constitution, and the international community will not recognize the results of a poll administered under threats of violence and intimidation from a Russian military intervention that violates international law.
No decisions should be made about the future of Ukraine without the Ukrainian government. Moreover, this vote was not necessary. The Ukrainian government has made clear its willingness to discuss increased autonomy for Crimea, and the presidential elections planned for May 25 provide a legitimate opportunity for all Ukrainians to make their voices heard on the future of their country.
In addition, Ukraine, the United States, the EU, the OSCE, the UN, and others have called for Russia to allow international monitors into the Crimean peninsula to ensure that the rights of ethnic Russians in Ukraine are being upheld. Russia has spurned those calls as well as outreach from the Ukrainian government and instead has escalated its military intervention into Crimea and initiated threatening military exercises on Ukraine’s eastern border.
Russia’s actions are dangerous and destabilizing. The UN Security Council recognized this in a vote yesterday that only Russia opposed. As the United States and our allies have made clear, military intervention and violation of international law will bring increasing costs for Russia - not only due to measures imposed by the United States and our allies but also as a direct result of Russia’s own destabilizing actions.
In this century, we are long past the days when the international community will stand quietly by while one country forcibly seizes the territory of another. We call on all members of the international community to continue to condemn such actions, to take concrete steps to impose costs, and to stand together in support of the Ukrainian people and Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
And also, too:
Here's Ted Cruz speaking in front of the flag of the extreme right wing Oathkeepers militia: pic.twitter.com/wuUwi6Wem4
Oh, and by the way…
Were the Oathkeepers doing security for Sarah Palin? pic.twitter.com/NUYyU777I7
Tear down the wall! pic.twitter.com/szNvvGLGiM
Who says the Tea Party never accomplishes anything? pic.twitter.com/iZeX2zYk9X
Today we saw a protest against the government shutdown, featuring the people who shut down the government.
Here’s CNN’s report on the right wing protest at the White House today, attended by both Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin, with that Confederate flag right in the front of the crowd. Notice: you don’t see anyone trying to get that guy holding the symbol of slavery to take it down.
If you want people to believe that the Affordable Care Act is the worst thing since slavery, maybe it’s not a good idea to wave a freaking Confederate flag at your White House protest. The symbolism is beyond appalling: the first black President of the United States protested with the Dixie flag.
Pro tip: If you want to express your love of US Army & its monuments … leave the Confederate flag at home. pic.twitter.com/dyByu9av51
Seriously, what the hell is wrong with these people?
And that’s not all, folks: At Tea Party-Like Rally, Obama Told to ‘Put the Quran Down’.
One speaker went as far as saying the president was a Muslim and separately urged the crowd of hundreds to initiate a peaceful uprising.
“I call upon all of you to wage a second American nonviolent revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town, to get up, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come out with his hands up,” said Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, a conservative political advocacy group.
Wingnut blogger Glenn Reynolds says the Confederate flag was planted by liberals, presumably to make right wingers look bad. “Usually is,” said Glenn.
@JeffreyGoldberg Prob a plant. Usually is.
Still fighting the “War of the Northern Aggression”, I see… pic.twitter.com/p1rO9zRTCD