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Risch Asking Right Q’s RE: Syria

Some of the best questions (re: Syria), so far, have come from Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho. Serving on the Foreign Relations Committee, Risch Wednesday joined the minority in opposing Obama's request for congressional authorization.Here's what Risch is saying:

  • “I want to hear the analysis of what happens if you do pull the trigger,” Risch told Boise's KTVB. “You heard (Obama's) statement that it was going to be a one-shot deal sort of thing is what he described. Well, what happens if (Syrian strongman Bashar Hafez) al-Assad turns around and ups the ante and kills 5,000 people or 10,000 people with the nerve gas, which he has the capability of doing. What do you do then?”
  • This is no Afghanistan. Syria has some of the most sophisticated weaponry Russia can supply. So what happens after the U.S. intervenes? “My biggest fear is escalation and the unknown,” Risch said.
  • If not responding to the chemical attack threatens U.S. credibility, what about staging any attack that leaves al-Assad still in power? More here.

Question: Do you appreciate the hard questions that U.S. Sen. Risch is asking re: Syria?

Wallenberg Fam Wants Obama Help

The family of World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg will ask President Barack Obama for help in their quest to find out what happened to the Swedish diplomat who vanished after being arrested by Soviet forces in 1945. Wallenberg's niece, Marie Dupuy, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the family will present a letter to Obama at a memorial ceremony for Wallenberg that the president is set to attend Wednesday in Stockholm. In the letter, Wallenberg's half-sister Nina Lagergren and the widow of his half brother, Matilda von Dardel, suggest U.S. diplomats raise the Wallenberg issue “directly in formal discussions with Russian authorities/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Do you know the connection between Raoul Wallenberg and the city of Coeur d'Alene?

Obama Refuses To Boycott Olympics

President Obama on Friday rejected calls for the United States to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. “I know that one question that's been raised is, how do we approach the Olympics? I want to just make very clear right now I do not think it's appropriate to boycott the Olympics. We've got a bunch of Americans out there who are training hard, who are doing everything they can to succeed,” Obama said. Some have said the U.S. should skip the Games in Sochi, Russia, over the country's harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. Others have pushed the boycott to protest Russia's treatment of gays and lesbians/Mario Trujillo, The Hill. More here.

Question: Should the United States boycott the Olympics?

Some Protesters Take To Overpasses

A Berry Picker who was on the Kootenai County portion of Interstate 90 reports on the planned national Overpasses for Obama Impeachment: “I saw a group of 8-10 people this morning on the NW Blvd/I90 overpass protesting Obama.  One sign referenced Benghazi.  Another sign said 'Honk for no IRS.' No other overpasses had protesters at the same time in the CdA area.” Organizers of the North Idaho protest had hoped to man every overpass from Post Falls to Wallace.

Question: Anyone else seen Overpasses for Obama Impeachment activity?

Obama Overpass Protest Hits Snag

Overpasses for Obama's Impeachment, a movement that is sweeping the nation, is in the planning stages of protests targeting the only interstate freeway in north Idaho, organizers Mike Towan and Don Nolan told Examiner.com in an exclusive interview on Tuesday. Towan, an IT security specialist from Hayden, Idaho, says the biggest hurdle right now is the paperwork required to keep the protest legal. Part of the problem is the $1 million insurance required by state and local laws/Joe Newby, Examiner. More here.

Thoughts?

Costello: Obama Fears Obamacare

Could it possibly be a coincidence that Barack Obama has illegally postponed the imposition of Obamacare until after the next round of congressional elections? Even though the execrable Nancy Pelosi tried to make the case that we should celebrate Obamacare on the Fourth of July (Dependence Day?), congressional Democrats (other than Pelosi) understand full well that the implementation of Obamacare will cost many of them their jobs. The damage that just the anticipation of Obamacare has already done to the economy is easily quantified. Many employers have elected to reduce the hours that their employees may work to below 30 hours per week to escape the mandatory coverage provisions for full-time employees. Other small businesses have laid off employees or refused to grow beyond 49 workers to escape the mandate/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Why do you think President Obama postponed imposition of a key provision of Obamacare for a year?

Patriots To Man NIdaho Overpasses

Dunno if this is a joke or not. But an item was posted on the Kootenai County Reagan Republican Facebook wall promoting an event called “Overpasses for Obama's Impeachment — North Idaho.” Seems the “event” is part of a larger effort to (wo)man overpasses demanding the impeachment of President Barack Obama. The effort in North Idaho is calling for overpasses from Post Falls to Wallace to be (wo)manned Aug. 6. The group  has a Facebook wall. This note accompanied the Reagan Republican post: “We would like to get as many patriots together as possible for this event. The more people, the more overpasses we can cover. Imagine the impact if every overpass from Post Falls to Wallace was manned on August 6th!”

Thoughts?

Obama Visits ‘Door of No Return’

U.S. President Barack Obama stands facing out to see, at the 'Door of No Return,' at the slave house on Goree Island, in Dakar, Senegal, Thursday. Obama is calling his visit to a Senegalese island from which Africans were said to have been shipped across the Atlantic Ocean into slavery, a 'very powerful moment.' President Obama was in Dakar Thursday as part of a weeklong trip to Africa, a three-country visit aimed at overcoming disappointment on the continent over the first black U.S. president's lack of personal engagement during his first term. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Question: Have you ever visited Africa? When?

Costello: Wolves At Obama’s Door

A week ago, the Washington Post editorial board felt compelled to remind its readers that “the press must have the ability to ask questions.” That editorial was in reaction to two known occasions when the Department of Justice accessed the phone records and emails of journalists who did dare to ask questions. The Post was defending the constitutional right of journalists to conduct investigative journalism, even if it causes discomfort to the most powerful man on Earth. Of course, if the Post and its liberal news media brethren hadn't allowed this right to atrophy over the last five years, then its editors wouldn't have had to remind people that freedom of the press still exists. Press harassment was just one of myriad scandals that have erupted in recent weeks. In the meantime, Barack Obama sandwiched Scandalpalooza with two speeches in which he argued for Americans yielding ever more control of their lives to an all-powerful federal government whose benevolence should not be questioned/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: How long will the scandals now dogging the Obama administration hinder its effectiveness? Or have the scandals hindered it at all?

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Costello: Media In Bed With Obama

What does it say about the mainstream news media culture when a multiple award-winning journalist like Sharyl Attkisson, who has spent the last seven months as a voice in the wilderness, finds herself in peril of losing her job? According to Politico, Attkisson's bosses at CBS have decided to terminate her contract with the network. Her crime was her dogged pursuit and exposure of the Obama administration's flagrant lies regarding the terrorist attack on the embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Before that, she was nearly alone in her reporting of the Obama administration's Fast and Furious gun smuggling operation.The Benghazi smoke hadn't even cleared before she caught the scent of rats. But even though she documented a clumsy coverup originating from the highest levels of the U.S. government, few mainstream journalists showed even a flicker of curiosity. Her network broadcasted little of her work and relegated her reporting to its website/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with premise of Costello column that the nation's media are linked too closely with President Obama?

Obama On Gun Vote: ‘Shameful Day’

An angry President Obama criticized a minority of the Senate on Wednesday who helped defeat a proposal to expand background checks on gun purchases. “It all came down to politics,” Obama said in the Rose Garden. “All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington.” Obama was flanked by the family of Daniel Barden, who was among the 20 children and six adults killed Dec. 14 in a gun massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Also with Obama: former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head during an assasination attempt in 2011. Just hours before, the Senate voted 54-46 to defeat an amendment by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa. on tougher background checks/Gregory Korte and Catalina Camia, USA TODAY. More here. (AP photo: President Barack Obama is shown with former Rep. Gabby Giffords, left, and Mark Barden, the father of Newtown shooting victim Daniel)

Question: Do you support/oppose decision by U.S. Senate re: gun background checks?

Judge To Retire After Racist Prez Joke

Montana’s chief federal judge will retire following an investigation into an email he forwarded that included a racist joke involving President Barack Obama. U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull had previously announced he would step down as chief circuit judge and take a reduced caseload, but he informed the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that he now intends to fully retire May 3. The appellate court posted a statement by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski on its website Tuesday announcing Cebull had submitted the retirement letter/Matt Volz, Associated Press. More here.

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Cutline Contest — 3.19.13

An audience member holds up a “Flat Stanley” as President Barack Obama, rear, greets guests at a Women's History Month reception in the East Room at the White House in Washington Monday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Monday winner: Jen (w/4 likes): “Fido's owner was praying for his health. Fido was praying that he'd never have to wear this outfit again.” Monday photo & all entries here.

Costello: 1 Boom Obama Can’t Stop

Our economy isn't entirely dead in the water. Sure, the last quarter for which we have data came in at essentially zero. But there are parts of the nation where the economy is clicking along and jobs are being created. But that economic activity is occurring not because of Barack Obama, but in spite of Barack Obama. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama promised to make energy from fossil fuels unaffordable so that we would all be forced to purchase ridiculously overpriced “green” energy from his best friends and most generous campaign contributors. He also promised to put 5 million electric cars on the road. It was all part of healing the planet and lowering sea levels. That all flopped. The green energy companies that he subsidized have been failing at an alarming rate, assuming that you believe in unicorns and are easily alarmed/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you believe, as columnist Michael Costello does, that President Obama has declared war on fossil fuels?

Regan: ‘I Am Not A Racist’

Coeur d'Alene School Trustee Brent Regan (pictured) has issued the following statement to a school district patron who criticized his anti-Obama joke at a legislative forum Saturday. The patron's criticism, Regan's response, and an editorial on racism by Regan are now online at the Coeur d'Alene Press site:

Brent Regan (to school constituent): “Thank you for taking the time to contact me. I assure you I am not a racist, as people who know me will confirm. I am sure that if we got to know each other that you would also come to that conclusion. I believe that people should be judged by their actions and then their words but absolutely never by their race. This is the opposite of racism. I also believe a person is responsible for what they say, but not what others chose to infer from those words. Your suspicions of my narrow mindedness are unfounded as I rigorously encourage the consideration of all viewpoints in an attempt to craft a solution that is the best fit for a given situation. Prior to making my comments at the meeting I made a clear statement that I was participating as an individual, not as a Trustee, specifically to insulate others from my comments. It is unfortunate that was not also quoted as I would not presume to speak for others unless specifically directed to do so. More here.

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Trustee’s Anti-Obama Joke Falls Flat

Last fall, Brent Regan (middle) is interviewed by a Coeur d'Alene Press reporter during a demonstration by United Conservatives of North Idaho, near the Kootenai County Courthouse, against the proposed Unified Land Use Code.

A forum involving 8 Kootenai County legislators Saturday in Post Falls prompted an exchange between freshman Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d'Alene, and Coeur d'Alene School District Trustee Brent Regan that's caused a buzz on the local blogosphere re: gun rights:

Regan, responding to Malek, said he hasn't heard a concise definition of an “assault” weapon or rifle. He said the legislature could help define what an assault weapon is to preserve rights of gun owners. Then, Regan added, to some shocked and uncomfortable laughter and rumblings in the audience, “My wife and I were having this conversation and I said, 'They can't figure out what an assault weapon is — it's just black and it looks scary.' And she looks at me and says, 'Well, so is Obama.'”

Question: On the Coeur d'Alene Press Web site (see link above), commenters are arguing re: the appropriateness of Regan's comment about President Obama. What do you think?

 

Romney Blames Loss On Obama Gifts

A week after losing the election to President Obama, Mitt Romney blamed his overwhelming electoral loss on what he said were big “gifts” that the president had bestowed on loyal Democratic constituencies, including young voters, African-Americans and Hispanics. In a conference call on Wednesday afternoon with his national finance committee, Mr. Romney said that the president had followed the “old playbook” of wooing specific interest groups — “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people,” Mr. Romney explained — with targeted gifts and initiatives. “In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” Mr. Romney said/Ashley Parker, New York Times The Caucus Blog. More here. (AP file photo after last presidential debate)

Question: What gift did President Obama give you to vote for him?

Secret Service Eyes Obama Display

Wayne McKay is letting his opinion of the president be known in his front yard - and raising some eyebrows and gaining the attention of the U.S. Secret Service as a result. The Coeur d'Alene man has a skeleton hanging with a noose with a sign stating, “I committed treason” hanging from his neck in his front yard on Pennsylvania Avenue. Below the skeleton is a headstone with “RIP Obama” on it. It's not your average Halloween display. McKay cites the attack on the U.S. Consulate compound in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 as a reason behind the display. U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. nationals were killed during the attack. “It's not racist; it's freedom of speech,” McKay said of his display/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Shawn Gust's Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Wayne McKay's display of a skeleton and a tombstone shows his displeasure with President Obama and his policies)

Thoughts?

Bloomberg Backs Obama, Luna Laws

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s endorsement of President Obama is prompting many to analyze the billionaire’s move. Is this a sign that business isn’t as anti-Obama as it seems? (Bloomberg is, after all, a highly successful entrepreneur—and business bible The Economist endorsed the president the same day.) How many independent voters might actually be swayed by the mayor’s lukewarm praise? And what does this mean about the man’s own presidential aspirations, and his post-mayoral life?/Jena McGregor, Washington Post. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: So billionaire Bloomberg endorses Obama after quietly giving $200,000 to Education Voters of Idaho to fight for so-called education reform promoted by the Idaho GOP establishment? What gives?

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