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02 March 2015

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Lars

I emailed Sen. Nelson this morning telling him that I would be very disappointed if he attended this spectacle. Emailing Sen. Rubio would be a waste of time.

Margaret Steinfels

Wrote to Senator Gillibrand. Schumer is a lost cause.

Cee

All,

Arm yourselves to make them accountable.

AIPAC bribes

http://maplight.org/us-congress/interest/J5100/view/all

BabelFish

I emailed both, although I agree on Rubio.

Adam L Silverman

The dirty little secret of the best way to impact a member of Congress, other than showing up with a really large bundled campaign contribution, is to call their office. Each call is logged in and a note taken of what the caller wanted his Congressperson or Senator to know. Second best is a fax. Third best is a letter. And email is way at the bottom of the list.
Here's the link to the directory of Members of the House:
http://www.house.gov/representatives/
Here's to the Senate directory:
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Here's where to go and find your representative if you're not sure who they are:
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
And here's the guide on basics:
http://civilrights.org/action_center/resources/calling-congress.html
Finally, odds are once connected you'll be speaking to a staffer. Be polite, calm, and considered.

Lars

I filled out a message form on the senator's website. I am reasonably sure it is considered. I have received replies in the past.

Bob R

Thanks, Adam. "Your dirty little secret" is very useful information. I learned this morning that both Senator Warner and Rep. Beyer plan to attend. They need to hear from more concerned constituents. Bob Randolph

sfauthor

Called all three of my members; got through to two of them.

Different reaction from when I called re the imminent attack on Syria. Then the young staffer was eager to inform me that my congressman agreed with me. Now they merely noted my location and opinion.

notlurking

Go here.........


http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=10842

different clue

BabelFish,

I wonder how Rubio would react if writers pointed out to him that the bed he makes for President Obama is the bed Rubio lies in if Rubio ever gets elected President.

MRW

Some comic relief, or gallows humor, whichever you prefer:

"The Emperor’s Nuke Clothes"
http://mondoweiss.net/2015/02/emperors-nuke-clothes

(My apology if someone already linked to this. I'm sending a link to my congressman. When mockery and ridicule are the response from the hoi polloi to a heated subject, our elected officials have lost the cause.)

PirateLaddie

Mine are all lost causes, especially Teddy-Boy Cruz. But this just came across the wire....

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/1/report-obama-threatened-shoot-down-israeli-warplan/

Report: Obama threatened to shoot down Israeli warplanes
Attack on Iran nuclear facilities was seen as threat to U.S. talks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama both said reports about more distant relations in the past year were “wrong.” Mr. Netanyahu visited Mr. Obama in the Oval Office and talked with a group of reporters. (Associated Press)

By Jeffrey Scott Shapiro - The Washington Times - Updated: 5:29 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, 2015

President Obama threatened to use the U.S. military to shoot-down Israeli fighter jets last year if they attempted to destroy Iranian nuclear facilities, the Bethlehem news agency Ma’an reported Sunday.

Mr. Obama’s threat reportedly deterred Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from dispatching warplanes into Iran after Israel discovered that the U.S. had entered into secret talks with Tehran and that the two countries had signed an agreement, according to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida.

Al-Jarida also reported Sunday that “well placed” sources confirmed an unnamed Israeli minister disclosed the plan to Secretary of State John Kerry, and that Mr. Obama replied by warning that he would foil the plan by shooting down Israeli jets before they could reach their target destinations.

“Netanyahu and his commanders agreed after four nights of deliberations to task the Israeli army’s chief of staff, Benny Gantz, to prepare a qualitative operation against Iran’s nuclear program. In addition, Netanyahu and his ministers decided to do whatever they could do to thwart a possible agreement between Iran and the White House because such an agreement is, allegedly, a threat to Israel’s security,” the report said.

The report added that the Israeli plan was practiced for several weeks in the form of aerial war exercises, and that Israeli Air Force even test-flew their fighter jets over Iranian airspace to simulate the actual planned attack.

The stunning stories come only two days before Mr. Netanyahu is scheduled to speak before U.S. Congress about the Iranian nuclear threat, much to the dismay of Mr. Obama and White House officials.

Israeli media agency Arutz Sheva noted that the idea to thwart an Israeli attack on Iran to preserve nuclear talks may have originally hatched with former Carter national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski.

“We are not exactly impotent little babies. They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch?” the Carter administration national security adviser said in a 2008 interview with the Daily Beast.

“We have to be serious about denying them that right,” he said. “If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a ‘Liberty’ in reverse.’”

Mr. Brzezinski’s mention of ‘Liberty’ was in reference to a famous incident in 1967, when Israel mistakenly attacked a U.S. warship during the Six-Day War.

Mr. Brzezinski was originally under consideration to work as an advisor to Mr. Obama, but he was downgraded after there were concerns that his perceived anti-Israel attitude would harm Mr. Obama at the polls.

Last week, Israel’s Channel 2 reported that Saudi Arabia agreed to allow Israel to use its airspace to attack Iran if necessary in exchange “some kind of progress” on the Palestinian issue.

“The Saudis have declared their readiness for the Israeli Air Force to overfly Saudi air space en route to attack Iran if an attack is necessary,” the Israeli Channel 2 report stated.

“The Saudi authorities are completely coordinated with Israel on all matters related to Iran,” the Channel 2 report quoted an unnamed European, Brussels based official as saying.

The White House and U.S. State Department press offices did not immediately respond to email inquiries sent by the Washington Times early Sunday afternoon.

OBAMA: MORE BALLS THAN THAT PU**Y LBJ EVER EXHIBITED, ONCE THE GOIN' GOT TOUGH. Note the reinforcement of the "USS Liberty 'accident'" line -- kinda like explaining "blood guilt" in terms of using Christian babies to make ceremonial cookies, rather than the more generally understood reference to Matt. 27:25.
Be interesting to see how this turd in Bennie's pre-Purim punchbown plays out.

BabelFish

Different, at that ego level, I have to believe he is blind to any consequence that does cost him votes he already thinks he has.

BabelFish

"Our airspace in Iraq"? How dismissive of the Iraqis is that!

Cee

All,

AIPAC bribes work

Buried in the Kirk-Menendez bill, in section 2(b)(5), is a stipulation that whenever Israel feels like taking military action against Iran, the United States is compelled to provide “military support” to Israel. Do Americans understand what the bill entails? Of course not, but that is why Republicans and some blood-thirsty anti-Muslim Democrats are couching their true intent with phony fears that Iran will not adhere to negotiated agreements.

Obviously, to Israel, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and warmongers lusting for yet another Middle East war fought by Americans, the legislation empowering Israel to start America’s next war is a must-pass bill; particularly because it includes an ironclad legal requirement for the United States to launch what neo-cons were giddy concluding would be “a very substantial war” with Iran. The primary reason Boehner showed his true national allegiance to Israel in summoning “the esteemed Senator from Israel” (Netanyahu) to lobby Congress to pass the Iran-War authorization bill, is to put an abrupt end to President Obama and world leaders’ diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful resolution with Iran without a war. Also, Boehner wants to strip foreign policy decisions from the Executive Branch and give them to foreigner Netanyahu along with the power to unilaterally send U.S. armed forces into another Middle East war; this time with Iran.

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/02/17/boehners-conspiracy-empower-netanyahu-start-americas-war-iran.html

Jose

I won't even bother wasting my time emailing Ros-Lehtinen, Rubio nor Nelson.

Phil Cattar

IMO It is very unlikely that Rubio is going to get the nomination.If Bush is not the nominee then Rubio has a great chance to get the VP nomination.Which he is probably running for anyway..........The fact that he is Hispanic and from Florida might help the GOP ticket as a VP..He will not look good going against Hillary.He is too young,inexperienced and not a heavyweight at this time............Women voters over 40 or so will go even more for Hillary if Rubio in the nominee.............Watch for Hillary to select an Hispanic male as her running mate to counter Bush.Who most likely over values his appeal to Hispanic voters .He thinks being married to an Hispanic, speaking Spanish,and being soft on immigration will help him with Hispanic voters.It might a little but not as much as he believes.You can only see so much from an ivory tower.

makosog

What is wrong if Bibi speaks before Congress? Think you are just making a mountain out of a molehill here, Col. Lang. Even Iran has not said anything about Bibi's speech to Congress.

rjj

MORE ON THIS.

Bibi's Sepoys.

rjj

That applies to Cee 02 March 2015 at 09:08 PM

anna-marina

"...when Israel mistakenly attacked a U.S. warship during the Six-Day War."
Why the word "mistakenly?"

anna-marina

Perhaps we need to have a speaker from Iran, which would give a presentation immediately after Bibi, to figure out the foreign policy that benefits the US first.

turcopolier

makosog

There is a great deal wrong with this speech before the Congress. Israel is a country that in spite of not having a constitution functions as a parliamentary government. the PM is a member of the knesset and he derives his actual power from his party or coalition's majority in the knesset. He wields power as a first among equals. That is why we constantly hear on the news of this committee or that committee meeting to approve an action with the PM as a member. Our government is nothing like that. Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the US Constitution. In our government the president and the Executive Branch have completely separate powers from those of the Congress. The president is charged with the conduct of foreign policy. He is NOT subject to the authority of Congress in the conduct of foreign policy. Obama can conclude an agreement with Iran and the other negotiating parties as an executive order. It is only if Obama submits the agreement to the senate for ratification as a treaty that the Congress has a "say' in this matter. Many people have argued for the transformation of the United States into a parliamentary democracy but this has never been a popular idea. Until such a transformation takes place the introduction of the leader of a foreign government to speak from Congress against the foreign policy of the US is a direct assault on our constitutional separation of powers. That is why it is important. pl

The Beaver

@ makosog

May be this is one reason ( at the invitation of President Bush fils):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fpQdg4D78Jc

Check who is sitting right behind him in this video.
BTW: Bibi has been crying Wolf wrt Iran since 1992.

BabelFish

All, James Carville co-authored a book, 40 More Years, that posited that Republicans would not be able to elect a president for the next 40 years. After the last presidential election, that looked like a pretty good bet however, I am far less confident he had this right.

With gerrymandered House seats, I can see the Republicans keeping the majority for a very long time. What Carville's theorem on demographics giving the presidency to the Dems does not do is explain why that would have worked in their favor in the state-wide races last fall, where the Dems got their clock cleaned.

I do not think Hillary is electable as a presidential candidate. I understand her appeal to women over 40 but I believe she simply has bee too compromised by years of political choices over ethical considerations. I believe over the long haul of a nearly two year long campaign, that will take a toll. I believe she does not and will not wear well with the electorate.

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