Harry Reid’s ‘Begging’

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8:05 AM, OCT 31, 2014 • BY DANIEL HALPER

Harry Reid is now “begging” for support. He made the comment in an email to supporters of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The subject for the email from Reid, the Senate majority leader, reads: “I’m begging.” Which is no wonder considering his job is at stake — if Democrats lose the Senate, Reid will no longer hold his current leadership position.

“Daniel — I’ve been emailing a TON,” Reid writes.

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Kerry calls Netanyahu to apologize for official’s ‘chickenshit’ comment

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US Secretary of State John Kerry phoned Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to apologize for the remarks of anonymous senior government officials, calling Israeli prime minister “chikenshit”.

Kerry and Netanyahu had a “good conversation” that included a discussion of ways to improve relations between US and Israeli leaders, American officials told the Times of Israel. The two men also discussed other regional issues, including efforts to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

“The thing about Bibi [Netanyahu] is, he’s a chickenshit,” a senior Obama administration official told the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, who published the quote in an article Tuesday on the “crisis in US-Israeli relations.”

“The good thing about Netanyahu is that he’s scared to launch wars. The bad thing about him is that he won’t do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or with the Sunni Arab states,” the anonymous source continued.

The White House and Kerry moved quickly to distance themselves from the quotes.

The president’s press secretary Josh Earnest said the anonymous officials’ remarks do not reflect the US position or President Barack Obama’s views.

“We condemn anybody who uses language such as was used in this article. That does not reflect the president, it does not reflect me,” Kerry said at the Sixth Annual Washington Ideas Forum on Thursday. “It is disgraceful, unacceptable, damaging, and I think neither President Obama nor I – I’ve never heard that word around me in the White House or anywhere – I don’t know who these anonymous people are who keep getting quoted in things. But they make life much more difficult, and we are proud of what we have done to help Israel through a very difficult time.”

On Wednesday, Netanyahu made the unusual move of responding directly to the quotes, using them to his political advantage, according to Newsweek. Israeli leaders usually do not acknowledge comments made anonymously.

“Our supreme interests, chiefly the security and unity of Jerusalem, are not the main concern of those anonymous officials who attack us and me personally, as the assault on me comes only because I defend the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said in opening a memorial ceremony in parliament for an Israeli cabinet minister assassinated by a Palestinian in 2001.

“Despite all of the attacks I suffer, I will continue to defend our country. I will continue to defend the citizens of Israel,” he added.

Regardless of the crassness of the comments in the Atlantic, many Israelis agree with the characterization of the country’s leader, as he is considered to be one of the most risk-averse Israeli prime ministers in history, Newsweek reported.

Yet the man nicknamed Bibi is being attacked on the homefront as well. On Thursday, left-leaning paper Haaretz published a political cartoon that depicted Netanyahu flying a plane labeled “Israel” into New York City’s Twin Towers, which is flying the American flag. Cartoonist Amos Biderman offered no caption to explain the drawing.
In a phone interview with the Times of Israel, Biderman explained that the cartoon implied Netanyahu was leading to “a disaster in Israel-US relations on the scale of 9/11,” pointing to the prime minister’s “arrogance” and unchecked settlement construction in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem.

ANTI-OBAMA ARTIST GETS SECRET SERVICE VISIT FOR JOKE TWEETS

Sabo warns anyone with political opinion could be targeted by feds

Enigmatic anti-Obama artist Sabo received a visit from the Secret Service this week in response to tweets in which he joked about Lee Harvey Oswald returning as a zombie.

Although the tweets were sent out a month ago, two Secret Service agents showed up at Sabo’s home on Wednesday to check if the artist represented a violent threat to President Barack Obama.

In a hilarious exchange, Sabo spoke to the agents while he was working on a toilet seat that features Obama’s face on the lid.

“Did you send out the tweets about bringing back Lee Harvey Oswald as a zombie,” asks one of the agents.

“How likely is that gonna happen?” responds Sabo.

In another tweet, Sabo poked fun at actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who earlier this month received criticism for her fawning adulation of Obama during a Democratic Party fundraiser at her house in Santa Monica during which she told the president, “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.”

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“You’ve really gotta think about some of this stuff you’re tweeting, it could be construed in many different ways,” says the agent.

“I realize we have a fuckhead in the White House and the Constitution no longer means shit, but as far as I’m concerned we still have a First Amendment,” responds the Sabo, before the agents suggest he was advocating violence.

“Unless I could bring Lee Harvey Oswald back as a zombie, then I could see there would be some violence, but until I get the CDC, a way to figure out to make that happen, it’s a dream,” states Sabo.

Sabo subsequently warned that anyone with anti-Obama opinions could also be targeted by the feds.

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Sabo’s depiction of Obama as the Joker in some of his art serves as a reminder that others have been targeted by the feds simply for making fun of the President, such as the creators of a float in the July 4th annual Independence Day parade in Norfolk, Nebraska which portrayed Obama as a zombie, prompting an investigation by the Department of Justice.

NURSES PLAN EBOLA STRIKES, WALKOUTS AND PROTESTS

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Plan to stage bake sales to pay for hazmat suits

Nurses in California plan walk outs and strikes to protest the lack of sufficient protection and protocols against Ebola in corporate hospitals.

“Nurses, who have been willing to stand by the patients whether it’s the flu, whether it’s Ebola, whether it’s cancer, now they’re being asked to put themselves in harm’s way unprotected, unguarded,” Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United in Oakland, told Reuters.

In addition to protests next month, nurses across the nation will stage bake sales to pay for hazmat suits not provided by corporate hospitals.

After two nurses were infected with Ebola in Dallas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta issued new guidelines and recommendations for dealing with Ebola, including the use of protective gear including full-body suits.

Advocates say recommendations should standardized and mandatory in all hospitals.

The National Nurses United and the California Nurses Association have sent a petition to Obama calling for a national standard in the treatment of Ebola patients.

“We want something where a virus cannot penetrate anywhere from head to toe in the nurse’s body,” said DeMoro.