Proud to be an American
Finally, someone stood up for us and the Constitution. Whether you agree politically with Rand Paul makes little difference. He did what few other Congressmen do, he stood for all of us. Brought tears of gratitude to my eyes. R-words had better wise up,
While “yesterday’s mashed potatoes” like John McCain and Lindsey Graham were busy letting President Obama pick up the tab for a dinnertime schmooze-fest, Rand Paul captured the nation’s attention with an epic 13-hour filibuster against John Brennan’s nomination as CIA director.
Stale old guard: You’ve been replaced. And we’re OK with that.
Rand Paul is a hero today, a man with a backbone who stands by his convictions.
Dick Durbin, not so much. He wouldn’t allow a vote on a non-binding resolution regarding drone killing of US citizens on US soil.
The filibuster succeeded precisely because it wasn’t a cheap partisan ploy but because the substance under discussion – why won’t the president of the United States, his attorney general, and his nominee to head the CIA explain their views on limits to their power? – transcends anything so banal or ephemeral as party affiliation or ideological score-settling.
The chills started early in the filibuster as Paul said things along the lines of, “If you’re gonna kill people in America [as terrorists], you need rules and we need to know your rules,” and “To be bombed in your sleep – there’s nothing American, nothing constitutional, about that” (these quotes are paraphrases). Those are not the words of a career politician trying to gain an advantage during the next round of horse-trading over a pork-barrel project. They are the words of a patriot who puts his country first and they inspire accordingly.
I am sure this will be little noted by the LSM. They are much too busy being hypocrites and attacking Rand Paul and the R-words who stood with him.
The U.S. asked Turkey to extradite Abu Ghaith after his detention in Ankara early February.
Abu Ghaith, the former spokesman of the al-Qaeda terror network, was seized in a luxury hotel in Ankara after a tip-off from CIA. He was held there by police for 33 days, the Hürriyet report said.
However, a Turkish court decided to release Abu Ghaith after 33 days in detention on the grounds that he had not committed any crime in Turkey.
Ankara considered Ghaith a “stateless” person, as he was stripped of his Kuwaiti nationality after appearing in videos defending the 9/11 attacks and threatening further violence.
Turkish police also found no criminal record for Abu Ghaith, who entered the country illegally from Iran; he could therefore be deported to Iran or to another country of his choice. After Iran did not accept him, Turkey decided to send him to Kuwait via Jordan. Abu Ghaith was sent to Jordan on March 1, the same day U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Turkey.
Time to cut the ever expanding paycayshuns.
President Obama and his family are likely headed to Martha’s Vineyard for a summer sojourn again this year.
A source tells POLITICO that the Secret Service has started booking accommodations on the toney island off the Massachusetts coast.
So far, the White House isn’t saying anything, but the Vineyard is abuzz with the news. The first family is expected toward the end of August, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
This post will take the place of Friday Bits and Pieces. Have to be out most of the day attending to business.
- Krauthammer: This Is The Moment That Launched Rand Paul As A National Figure (breitbart.com)
- Bizarro world: Code Pink joins conservatives in cheering Sen. Paul’s #filiblizzard (twitchy.com)
- Rand Paul Has a Good Question (newyorker.com)
- Bin Laden kin to face charges in New York (latimes.com)
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