Rubio Ruffling Feathers; And Running Away In Kentucky *Open Thread*

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While Baltimore continues to be embroiled in its ramped up, agitated, ginned up violence, with a bunch of other cities sharing in the manufactured outrage against the People in Blue, encouraged by Liberals and the President himself, there is actually some other news going on. Which leads me to the US Senator from Florida.

Yep, that Sen. Marco Rubio ruffling feathers again. You will never GUESS what he wants to have put in that little Iran deal thing-y that Sec. Kerry and President Obama are insistent upon getting. What is it Rubio is demanding? Okay – hold onto your hats and take a deep breath:

For Iran to recognize Israel.

I KNOW, shocking, right?? But wait, that isn’t all. Rubio – hang on while I struggle to get this out – Rubio actually wants any agreement to include Iran returning all Americans.

Can you believe the NERVE of this guy?!?! Wanting Iran to acknowledge Israel and to return our people to us? But wait, that isn’t all. Seems Rubio also wants to make sure Obama and Kerry don’t go off half-cocked with any UN resolutions, either. Heavens to Betsy, Rubio is out of his MIND!

Ahem.

You better believe the Democrats aren’t happy about these Amendments Rubio wants passed. From JP Post:

[…] Rubio’s uncompromising stance threatens to blow up the recently negotiated compromise between the White House and Congress whereby lawmakers would be permitted to review a deal concerning Iran’s nuclear program.

US President Barack Obama said earlier this month that the agreement was a “reasonable compromise” that would not derail talks with Tehran over its nuclear program.

Obama told a White House news conference that Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator Bob Corker and the panel’s leading Democrat, Ben Cardin, had agreed they would protect the bill from “poison pill” amendments that would be tilted toward trying to kill an agreement with Iran.

Now Rubio is insisting that lawmakers vote on a number of his amendments which Democrats believe will kill the compromise and invite an Obama veto.

Aside from Iranian recognition of Israel, Rubio also wants the Tehran regime to unconditionally release all Americans held in Iran, the Obama administration to submit any UN resolutions to Congress for approval, and the economic sanctions regime to remain in place, according to Politico.

Despite indications that the GOP leadership is on board with the proposed Rubio amendments, some Republicans are wary of the move since it threatens to undo progress made with Democrats over a bipartisan coalition that has forced the administration to back down from its previous position ruling out any Congressional say over the Iran deal. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Oh, yeah – what a shame it would be to slow down progress on a deal with a country that is LITERALLY firing shots across the bow of a ship in International Waters, seizes it, and then “escorting it” them to their country. And now the news is out that this was not the first ship to which Iran has done this. There is also a US FLAG SHIP that Iranian war ships fired upon and “escorted” to an Iranian port. Oh, yeah. Isn’t that piracy??

That same country, Iran, had some smack to say about Obama, and Sen. Tom Cotton while speaking at NYU – yes, that NYU. From BizPacReview:

[…] “As a foreign government, I only deal with the U.S. government. I do not deal with Congress,” (Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad) Zarif said, according to Bloomberg. “The responsibility of bringing that into line falls on the shoulders of the president of the United States. That’s the person with whom we are making an agreement.”

He claimed that if the parties came to an agreement by the June 30 deadline, the United Nations Security Council would immediately lift its sanctions against Iran, and that Obama would have no choice but to do the same.

“He will have to stop implementing all the sanctions, economic and financial sanctions that have been executive order and congressional. However he does it, that’s his problem,” Zarif said. “The resolution will endorse the agreement, will terminate all previous resolutions including all sanctions, will set in place the termination of EU sanctions and the cessation of applications of all U.S. sanctions.”

Zarif also used the opportunity to call out Cotton by name, stating that the United States would be required to endorse a U.N. resolution ending sanctions against Iran “whether Senator Cotton likes it or not.”

That statement was in reference to Cotton’s open letter to Iran, signed by an additional 46 GOP senators, cautioning Iran that the United States has to abide by its constitution and that sanctions put in place by Congress can only be removed by Congress.

Cotton was having none of it. The Army veteran, who served as a platoon leader in Iraq, called the Iranian a coward for dodging military service in his country during its war with Iraq in the 1980s.[…] (Click here to read the rest.)

Ugh. So you can see why Obama and Kerry are twisting themselves up in knots to secure a deal with these folks, huh? These “honest brokers” from Iran? Sheer insanity.

Then again, what would one expect from people for whom facts clearly mean so little, like in Ferguson, or Staten Island, or Baltimore – who needs facts when one’s legacy is at stake, am I right? Yeah. Sure. That is the warped “logic” of Obama, apparently.

But besides all the craziness going on in this country with the manufactured “police brutality” and with Obama and Kerry wanting to give away the story to some of the craziest people in the World, Iran, there is a little good news to run to today.

Yes, it is the Running of the Kentucky Oaks, a big time race in its own right the day before the Kentucky Derby! It will be a decent sized field of 14 fillies (three year olds). I have a favorite mainly because a dear friend is friends with the horse’s jockey, Victor Espinoza, and his brother (who was a jockey for her parents). They are both very nice men by her account, so I am rooting for Stellar Wind (photo credit: Tracksideview.net):

stellar-wind-benoit

She’s a beauty, isn’t she? I’ll also go with Forever Unbridled, too, just because Mike Smith is riding her, and I never bet against Mike Smith! This afternoon and early evening, at least, I’ll be enjoying watching some beautiful horses run rather than a bunch of angry people demonstrating for “peace.” Yeah, I’d rather watch the ponies…

How about you? What’s up with you today? This is an Open Thread.

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38 Responses to “Rubio Ruffling Feathers; And Running Away In Kentucky *Open Thread*”

  1. foxyladi14 Says:

    Great post Amy,
    Go Rubio, And Stellar Wind. 😀

  2. foxyladi14 Says:

    Happy May Day dear friends!!! ❤

  3. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    BREAKING NEWS: the latest out of Baltimore. Charges are filed. Have to love the State’s Attorney saying no one is above the law when a number of criminals were allowed to break the law at WILL in Baltimore. I guess that is the “equality” many of the protesters were demanding. Interesting that the autopsy report was just delivered this morning, but whatever. Let the courts decide: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/05/01/many-questions-still-remain-in-death-freddie-gray/

    • mcnorman Says:

      Very fast. DA is married to a councilman. Lots of political connections. Probably has a bat phone line to ValJar.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        LOL – thanks for adding some brevity to this situation!

        And yeah, it was very fast. I hate to be a cynic (!), but all things considered, it seems like the decision was already made. I reckon the courts will decide now…

        • mcnorman Says:

          This is hot potato with lots of people turfing sacrificial lambs. I can’t see all 6 of the cops doing the dirty. I just cannot.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Agreed. I heard the Judge from FL saying that he would be surprised if these charges weren’t reduced. As a friend at Facebook said, the SA basically punted to the courts…

            • mcnorman Says:

              Yes. It’s so much easier to turf on this. I feel for anyone caught in the middle of this mess. The crazies want blood and any blood will do. I’m really disgusted by the IQ level of too many of the protesters. It sure doesn’t help to have Al “ready to throw gasoline with flamethrower on anything” Sharpton in the city.

  4. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    mcnorman, you are so right. As a friend noted, the DA has to make the case, and the Judge said that so doing might reduce the charges. So, if these charges are reduced, or if they are NOT convicted, then what happens?

    But I guess that is down the road, and no doubt, Al “Flamethrower” Sharpton will get his face in front of the camera and rile up the crowd pretty much regardless of the facts or outcome. That seems to be his MO…

    • mcnorman Says:

      We had a cop shoot a handcuffed man caught on CCTV. No riots, no craziness, no political motivation for victimhood. It was wrong imho. The jury decided not to indict. http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_25174675/grand-jury-declines-charge-el-paso-police-officer

      We just never know.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Holy moley. I guess they could argue the officer could not possible have known a shot in the shoulder would end up traveling to the heart…

        But yeah, I am not surprised there were no riots…

        • mcnorman Says:

          There should have been protests. There weren’t. This happens too often here. One man was shot through a closet door. He was a schizophrenic locked inside his mom’s closet having an episode. I can only tell you that there are certain places where you never want to cross that line…this is one of those places and it doesn’t matter what color you are.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Ah, I see. That certainly paints a different picture! Thanks for elaborating on that, mcnorman. I was taking the lack of protest differently (like when the unarmed white guy was killed by a black cop in Salt Lake City around the same time as Ferguson).

            • mcnorman Says:

              Lack of protests were described as being complacent to the man by the outside forces that came in to start trouble. The huge block of Hispanics in the city decided to see the evidence first. I don’t know how I would have voted on a jury knowing that they (the so labeled oppressed) would have thought if I had witnessed what they did? It just goes to show that you just don’t know. What you do know is that there are always those who want to make you the victim so that they can benefit from it in some fashion. I take responsibility for me. I thought that is what we were all taught as a kid. Sadly, that is not the case.

  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    So, Rep. Elijah Cummings, Dem. of MD, was just railing abt the “System.” Cummings has been in Congress since the mid-’90’s. Baltimore has been run by Democrats for over 50 years. The current City Council, all 115 of them, are Dems. The Mayor is a Dem. But it is the SYSTEM that is to blame for the lack of education and jobs in Baltimore, no matter HOW much money (ours) has been thrown at it.

    He went on to say that the children feel like they were heard – a sad commentary if indeed the SA was influenced by the demands of uninformed, uneducated young people who had no access to the facts on the ground. Ahem.

  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Since this question has been raised by political commentators, and Ms. Mosby herself, on the legality of the Gray arrest, Legal Insurrection has a piece addressing that very issue: http://legalinsurrection.com/2015/05/was-freddie-grays-arrest-lawful-almost-certainly/

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I am watching a press conference with the Gray family and their attorney post-charges filed. I have to say, I very much appreciated Gray’s father telling people that they love Baltimore, and if people want to come to Baltimore over this, to come in peace, or don’t come at all. That Freddie would not want people losing their jobs and businesses for him. Good for the family for being very clear that this kind of violence is unacceptable…

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Ohmygosh – now I am agreeing with Juan Williams. He just said on The Five that it looks like the speed with which Mosby put out the charges was political in nature to stop the protests…

      • mcnorman Says:

        The bike cop Nero said that he begged them to strap Grey in. They didn’t. He also said that there is audio of him stating this. We’ll see but in the meantime there will be alot of people in the crossfire hurt as collateral damage.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Oh, boy – well, if there is audio of him, that is pretty good evidence, isn’t it? Greta was just on The Five saying she hopes some of the political connections with Mosby, her husband, the Gray’s atty, and all don’t come into play and to give Mosby a chance. But she also said that Mosby’s political statement at the end was, and I quote, “stupid.”

    • mcnorman Says:

      I hope that they find peace within their hearts because I know that losing Freddie (no matter what hid did or didn’t do in life) is tearing them all apart. In the meantime, our local rag msn is filling the media time by adding gasoline.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Oh, no doubt the family is grieving and in mourning. My heart goes out to them no matter what – not only did they lose their son, troubled as he clearly was, but they have been foisted into a national spotlight they do not seem to want (unlike Al Sharpton). Their continued calls for peace, peace, peace, says a lot abt them.

        Thanks for the video – wow…

        • mcnorman Says:

          You know, I am as fair as humans come and as a kid I was always told that I would never experience racism. I didn’t. My black friends didn’t either. They all went on to do great things because they are great people. I don’t get this victimhood oppression business. I honestly don’t.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            I don’t either, mcnorman – the Grievance-hood, the blaming, the sense of entitlement, the lack of responsibility, all of that are things I simply do not get. Like you, a lot of the black people with whom I grew up worked hard and became successful. They didn’t think they were owed anything, and certainly didn’t conduct themselves that way, either. (The church that sponsored me for ordination in the Episcopal Church, the denomination in which I grew up, was predominantly black. When I say that, I mean at that my family were the only white people in it. The congregation ranged from doctors, lawyers, teachers, and nurses, to those in the lower income neighborhood. NONE of them ever acted like these young people we are seeing today, none of them. And I dare say, they would never have tolerated the kind of behavior we are witnessing of late, either.)

            Thanks for your great comment!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Was the driver of the van a racist?

        Police officer who drove the van in Baltimore

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          And since 3 of the 6 officers were black was it just the white officers who were racists? And what was the reason behind the actions of the other 3?

          Here are images of all 6:

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          What a bunch of RACISTS!! Ahem. Thank you for this. I literally just saw their photographs. I also just saw a black woman attorney, Kisha Hebbon, who was very clear these charges were political in nature.

          She’s not the only one as noted in the comments above. But someone else has come out, too, abt these trumped up charges, Alan Dershowitz (h/t Facebook friend):

          http://www.newsmax.com/t/newsmax/article/642143

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    mcnorman, in response to your comment above abt responsibility and all, yeah, it is hard to say what one would decide. but presumably, there would be facts put in evidence at a trial as opposed to whatever the media and certain groups want to promote. It would be a different ballgame, I would think.

    And yeah – so much for personal responsibility, huh? It seems to be a thing of the past, sadly…

  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Our favorite Milwaukee County Sheriff has something to say about today’s charges from Mosby: http://dailycaller.com/2015/05/01/sheriff-clarke-charges-against-baltimore-cops-a-miscarriage-of-justice-video/

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    Someone remind me again which is the party of old white men…

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