Even Though Belgium, Not America, Was Attacked, Conservatives Insist Obama Should Drop Everything and Return to Washington
President Barack Obama is on a historic trip to Cuba, and from there he’ll be traveling to Argentina, but conservatives insist he should be in the Oval Office instead. The President, defending his choice to not head home and cower, Tuesday afternoon told reporters why.
.@POTUS, on going to game despite Brussels: “The whole premise of terrorism is to try to disrupt peopleâ€™s ordinary lives.”
â€” Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) March 22, 2016
“The whole premise of terrorism is to try to disrupt peopleâ€™s ordinary lives,” President Obama, speaking to ESPN, said.Â â€œItâ€™s always a challenge when you have a terrorist attack anywhere in the world. You want to be respectful and understand the gravity.â€
The President continued, sayingÂ that one of the “most powerful memories” of his presidency was â€œwatching Boston respond after the marathon” bombing,” The Guardian reports.
Despite attacks in Brussels, Pres Obama continued his schedule – including baseball game – to show terrorists can’t disrupt our daily lives.
â€” Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 22, 2016
“And when [Boston Red Sox player David] Ortiz went out, and said â€“ probably the only time America didnâ€™t have a problem with some person on live TV â€“ was when he talked about Boston, how strong it is.”
“That is the kind of resilience and the kind of strength that we have to continually show in the face of these terrorists.”
â€œThey cannot defeat America. They donâ€™t produce anything, they donâ€™t have a message that appealsâ€ to Muslims or non-Muslims, he continues.
â€œWhat they can do is scare us, and make people afraid and disrupt our daily lives, and as long as we donâ€™t allow that to happen, weâ€™re going to be OK.â€
But conservatives opted to ignore President Obama’s advice, along with his Republican predecessor’sÂ advice, and attack him for not cowering in fear, for not disrupting his agenda. They insist he should return immediately to Washington, D.C. â€“ or, as Ted Cruz said, he should fly to Brussels to “keep America safe.”
GOP Rep. Peter King of New York insisted Obama “has to come back.”Â
â€œCome back and assert leadership,â€ King said. â€œWe are the leader of the free world in the fight against ISIS. It’s important for ISIS to know that. This is much more important than Cuba. You can’t come back in a panic but he has to come back.â€
Fox News’ Stuart Varney complained that “the optics don’t look good.”
“Here is theÂ president of the United States, in a foreign country, shaking hands with a communist dictator, as people die and Europe is paralyzed by terror,” he said. “As the West comes under attack.”
The continually-moving-further-to-the-right Meghan McCain:
Obama hanging out with communist dictators at a baseball game after this international tragedy makes me understand Trump’s popularity.
â€” Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 22, 2016
The far right wing Ben Shapiro:
Would this excuse have also justified golfing during 9/11, for example? How far does it go for a president? https://t.co/5r1Cv6eWSF
â€” Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 22, 2016
Mitt Romney’s formerÂ national security spokesman, for a few days:
A new low, even for Obama…Europe attacked by ISIS and he’s sitting with Castro in Cuba. pic.twitter.com/jrKkkAIDSJ
â€” Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) March 22, 2016
A Washington Post columnist andÂ American Enterprise Institute fellow: Â
Brussels under attack. Obama on a tourist trio in Havana with his family. Says it all.
â€” Marc Thiessen (@marcthiessen) March 22, 2016
â€” CDB (@quietnolonger) March 22, 2016
â€” Donald Lackey (@WastingTimeToo) March 22, 2016
â€” eli the actor (@theauthenticEli) March 22, 2016
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Ethics Complaint Against Sinema Urges Investigation Into Staffers’ Duties and Her Possible ‘Abuse of Taxpayer Dollars’
If you are hired to work in Senator Kyrsten Sinema‘s office on Capitol Hill there is a 37-page memo you’ll want to read detailing all the responsibilities her staffers are required to perform, from getting her groceries, calling Verizon and going to her D.C. home to wait for a repair person if the internet goes out, scheduling massages, and ensuring her very detailed airplane requirements are met.
“It is your job to make her as comfortable as possible on each flight,” the memo says, as The Daily Beast first reported in December.
But now a group of 13 non-profit organizations have joined to file an ethics complaint against Senator Sinema (I-AZ), a new Daily Beast report reveals Friday, including details from that 37-page memo which the newly-independent lawmaker directed to be drawn up. Dated Thursday, the complaint is titled: “Letter to Senate Ethics Committee Regarding Reports of Sinema Abusing Taxpayer Dollars.”
“Senate Ethics guidelines stipulate that staff should not be asked to perform personal errands for members. This is an unambiguous ethical boundary,” the group’s complaint reads.
It also points to that 37-page memo, which it says, “indicates that staff are required, as a condition of their jobs, to carry out numerous tasks that are outside the scope of public employment, including doing personal errands for the Senator, carrying out household tasks at her private residence, and advancing their own funds for her personal purchases. It makes unreasonably precise scheduling demands, and former staff have confirmed some of the allegations.”
The allegations continue.
“And, most troubling, it calls on staff members, who are employed and paid by the public and explicitly barred from campaign activity, to schedule and facilitate political fundraisers and meetings with campaign donors, presumably during the workday while they are on the clock and physically on federal property.”
“Senate staff are prohibited under your guidelines from engaging in political activity ‘on Senate time, using Senate equipment or facilities.’ While you have not prohibited campaign activity outside work hours, the plain language of the memo clearly implies that Sen. Sinema expects her staff to carry out these scheduling tasks during the workday. And these tasks may separately violate Senate Rule 41.1, which explicitly prohibits Senate employees from ‘solicit[ing]’ campaign funds.”
The complaint also alleges that “Sen. Sinema required her staff to schedule three physical therapy and massage sessions a week related to her training for athletic competitions, and to tightly manage her dietary schedule — while allotting only a 30-minute period on Wednesdays for meetings with the constituents she represents.”
The carefully-worded complaint adds, “the allegations paint a picture of a Senator who is not only unresponsive to her constituents, but also disrespectful and even abusive to her employees and wholly unconcerned about her obligations under the law.”
The Daily Beast has posted a copy of the complaint here.
You can read The Beast’s full report here.
Santos May Owe Thousands in Unpaid Traffic Violation Fines and Fees Across Two States: Report
When he left for Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. George Santos also appears to have left a string of unpaid traffic violation fines and fees in two states, including red light, double parking, and overtime parking citations totaling thousands of dollars.
The embattled serial liar and freshman New York GOP lawmaker “may owe more than $3,400 in unpaid citations, according to records from New York City and Florida,” CBS News reports.
Included in that total is $1,299.10 from Florida for toll violations that “racked up late fees and were ultimately sent to collections agencies.”
It appears that in November of 2016, as soon as he got his New York driver’s license after having one in Florida, a car previously ticket via a red light camera whose plates match one registered to Santos “began piling up citations in New York City — 29 in the next two and a half years, according to city government records, which do not identify the drivers of vehicles being ticketed.”
“More than $1,800 in payments were made for 17 citations, but another 12 remain unpaid, with $2,142.61 still due, according to city records.”
CBS News also points to a New York Post report from January revealing “a Nissan Rogue driven frequently by Santos in recent months had been issued speeding tickets at least five times since he was elected on Nov. 8, ‘including four times in school zones.'”
Santos is under numerous state and federal investigations that span the gamut from campaign finance to allegedly stolen charity funds donated to save the life of a veteran’s service dog. The dog died after the vet could not afford to pay for the operation.
‘Bioweapons? FFS’: House Oversight Chairman Mocked for Pushing Unfounded Balloon Conspiracy Theories
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer is pushing baseless conspiracy theories about the Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon floating over the United States – currently, over Montana – that the Pentagon is tracking, and he’s being widely mocked for his unfounded fear-mongering.
Fox News host Harris Faulkner set the stage perfectly for the far-right Republican from Kentucky, declaring the balloon is “the size of three buses” and that “China says was taken by wind – wind that we can’t substantiate.”
The Kentucky congressman who has falsely described President Biden as “compromised,” and stated he is going to target and investigate him, told Faulkner, “I have concern this is going to be another example of the Biden administration’s weakness on the national scale.”
Comer, 50, a former agriculture commissioner, lamented about Biden’s handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, claiming it hurt the reputation of America’s military and Commander in Chief.
The balloon, he said, should “never have been allowed” to cross over into the United States.
“My concern is that the federal government doesn’t know what’s in that balloon. Is that bioweapons in that balloon? Did that balloon take off from Wuhan?” he asked, pushing unfounded theories while echoing the far-right’s false claims the COVID-19 virus was developed as a bioweapon and escaped the lab in Wuhan, China.
After suggesting it might have bioweapons, he then said it was “very concerning” the balloon was not shot down before reaching the U.S. – which could have spread the alleged bioweapon.
Faulkner, seen by some as a propagandist, then jumped in to exhibit her surprise that “people on Capitol Hill were not briefed” about the balloon.
“Calling for the president to ‘shoot down’ the craft,” The Daily Beast’s Justin Baragona adds, “some in the GOP called the president ‘Beijing Biden’ while claiming this is further proof that ‘Communist China’ doesn’t ‘fear or respect’ Biden.”
House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer to Fox News: “My concern is that the federal government doesn’t know what’s in that balloon. Is that bioweapons in that balloon? Did that balloon take off from Wuhan?” pic.twitter.com/0r9JmBl4zo
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) February 3, 2023
“Honestly,” communications strategist Doug Gordon noted, “just surprised he didn’t find a way to include Hunter’s laptop into that conspiracy theory.”
“Actually, he did later on,” Baragona replied.
National security expert Denver Riggleman, the Republican former U.S. Congressman from Virginia who assisted the Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, tweeted: “Bioweapons? FFS”
Referring to Comer’s unfounded bioweapons claim, one Twitter user observed, “Isn’t that more reason not to shoot at it? I’m not saying I know what to do, but logic would dictate ‘don’t shoot at balloons full of bioweapons.’ Right?”
Another noted that the Oversight Chairman should have been listening to the Pentagon’s briefing “taking place now instead of running to get on Fox to talk about something he has no expertise in.”
Another, mocking Comer, noted: “If they were sending a bio weapon, why would they park it over sparsely populated Montana? *rolls eyes*”
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