RAND PAUL: SWAP FIVE DEMOCRATS FOR MARINE HELD IN MEXICO

RAND PAUL: SWAP FIVE DEMOCRATS FOR MARINE HELD IN MEXICO

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has a tongue-in-cheek suggestion for President Obama: Negotiate another prisoner exchange, but this time trade five senior Democrats for a U.S. Marine being held in Mexico.

Addressing the GOP convention in Fort Worth, Texas Friday, Paul said a delegate he had been chatting to had said, “There is one guy who is kind of deserving we ought to try to get home, and that’s the Marine who accidentally carried his guns into Mexico.”

“So here’s what I’m thinking: Mr. President, you love to trade people.”

“Why don’t we set up a trade? But this time, instead of five Taliban, how about five Democrats?” Paul said to laughter and applause. “I’m thinking John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi – couldn’t we send them to Mexico?”

Paul was alluding to the controversial swap of five senior Taliban detainees being held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a soldier held by the Haqqani network, a terrorist group allied to the Taliban, for five years.

The Marine Corps reservist he was referring to, Andrew Tahmooressi, has been in Mexican custody since the end of March, when he was arrested with three legally-registered firearms in his vehicle.

The 25 year-old, who served two combat tours in Afghanistan and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, has stated that he crossed the border accidentally.

He is being held on weapons charges and several U.S. lawmakers have been urging the administration to do more to get him returned home.

On Thursday State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the administration was “working very hard to discuss with the Mexican authorities the path forward here.”

At a briefing earlier in the week, Harf fielded a question that linked the Tahmooressi and Bergdahl cases.

“Given what just transpired to release Sergeant Bergdahl – again, wouldn’t a phone call from Secretary Kerry to his [Mexican] counterpart – couldn’t this thing be wrapped up quicker?” a reporter asked.

“They are two totally different situations,” she replied. “Are you comparing the Mexican Government to the Taliban?”

“No, I’m saying one would assume that it would be easier to negotiate and talk to the Mexican government than the Taliban,” the reporter said.

“Look, he entered – he reportedly entered Mexico with several weapons and ammunition, circumstances which would normally result in arrest in Mexico. So we are letting the process work itself through,” Harf said. “The Mexican authorities provided prompt notification of his arrest, have allowed regular consular access. We’ll continue working with them.”

Kerry visited Mexico last month, and when asked afterwards about Tahmooressi said he had raised the matter with his hosts.

“We are working on determining whether or not certain evidence that has been presented is meeting the standard that’s necessary to be able to hold that young Marine, and we’re trying to find out exactly what the fact pattern is, but we are working on that,” he told CNN on May 28. “And as recently as last week, I had those discussions with Mexican authorities.”

Rand Paul: Let’s Trade John Kerry And Nancy Pelosi To The Taliban

Rand Paul: Let’s Trade John Kerry And Nancy Pelosi To The Taliban

By Brian Anderson on June 6, 2014

Rand Paul is nothing if not entertaining. Following the disastrous trade of 5 top Taliban terrorists for deserter Bowe Bergdahl by President Obama, the Kentucky Senator suggested more appropriate trade bait for future prisoner swaps.

While speaking to at the Texas GOP Convention Paul unveiled his enhanced negotiating package:

“Mr. President, you love to trade people. Why don’t we set up a trade? But this time, instead of five Taliban, how about five Democrats? I’m thinking John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi…”

Unfortunately, the crowd erupted in cheers and laughter and the last two remaining democrats up for trade could not be heard. It’s tricky to offer a guess because there are so many liberal politicians that could easily make the list. I’d say Dianne Fienstien, Harry Reid, and Bernie Sanders are all in the running.

The only problem I can see with such a swap would be that we’ve got nothing to trade for. According to Obama, Bergdahl was the last American soldier that needed to come home. The President seems to be forgetting about the 2500 POWs and MIAs from the Vietnam War, but the truth is what Obama says it is.

But do we really need something in exchange for Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi? What could we reasonably expect to get for John Kerry? A couple boxes of old newspapers, maybe? I’d be happy just to get rid of these democrats as I would with an old non-working appliance.

Instead of putting this deal in the “barter” section on Craigslist, list it under the “free” category:

Free: 5 obsolete democrats. One may have some slight brain damage, but all retain their sense of self-righteousness. Can be stripped for parts. Will be on curb of Capitol Building. First come first served. Please don’t disturb residents.

Paul was using humor to make a point about the legal and national security implications of Obama’s deal and it is something that makes him uncomfortable.

“I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve been a little bit annoyed with the president. Releasing five Taliban senior officials…it’s illegal and wrong and he should never have done it,” said Paul.

At a press conference after the speech, reporters hammered Paul about his comments.

“It was a joke. Except for Nancy Pelosi, I was serious about her,” zinged Paul.

You know liberal reports have about as much of a sense of humor as liberal politicians, so they continued to harass the Senator about his joke.

“Well, I mean, it’s humor, and I hope there’s room for humor. I thought it was funny. It was meant to be humorous,” replied Paul.

I guess Rand Paul didn’t get the memo. There is no room to make fun of Obama or the democrats. In fact, because he specifically named Clinton, Pelosi, and Kerry it will be construed as part of the GOP’s war on women. Kerry’s a girl, right?

WATCH as Reporters Actually Laugh at This Ridiculous Obama State Department Claim

State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki, who worked as a spokesperson for John Kerry’s failed 2004 presential bid, thinks that Obama is being too modest in regards to taking credit for supposed foreign policy “successes,” like Ukraine and Iran.

Ukraine and Iran?

It’s laughable and even the mainstream media chuckles with disbelief at the outrageous assertion (WATCH BELOW) and mocks Psaki:

Q: Jen, you would argue the president doesn’t give himself enough credit? How much credit would you give him?

PSAKI: Well, I think what I’m — I would give him more than he has given himself. That’s what I just said.

Q: What, like, 200 percent credit?

PSAKI: So would the secretary.

Q: So — and for — and for –

Q: Credit for what? I’m sorry, credit for what?

Q: For what, yes, exactly? That’s the point.

Q: No, I mean, I don’t — I don’t mean, like, he doesn’t deserve credit.

Q: For the Iran negotiations?

Q. I mean — I mean — I’m talking, what specifically are you talking he doesn’t get enough credit for — (inaudible)?

PSAKI: For engagement initiatives like Iran, what we’ve done on Ukraine, efforts to dive in and engage around the world.

(Crosstalk.)

Q: I mean, Russia has still annexed Crimea. I mean, Iran — there’s ongoing negotiations, but is that the success here that you’re talking?

PSAKI: We’re talking about engagement in the world and taking on tough issues that present themselves. And the United States continues to play a prominent role doing that.

IRS Revokes Tax-Exempt Status of Conservative Group

IRS Revokes Tax-Exempt Status of Conservative Group

April 21, 2014 4:10 pm

The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the tax-exemption for a conservative charity, saying the group’s criticism of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry violated rules against political activity.

The Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty engaged in “deliberate and consistent intervention in political campaigns,” according to the IRS decision released Friday and first reported by USA Today.

The IRS said the group’s tax-exemption would be revoked as of July 1 unless the decision is successfully appealed.

Tax-exempt groups are restricted from engaging in certain political activity, including participating in partisan campaigns in support or opposition to a candidate.

The IRS said the Patrick Henry Center violated this rule, in part, by publishing “alerts” on its website that highlighted columns by its president, former FBI official and longtime Clinton critic Gary Aldrich.

In one column cited by the IRS that appeared to be published by Townhall on April 2, 2004, Aldrich wrote “if John Kerry promises otherwise ill-informed swing-voters lower gas prices at the pump, more than a few greedy, registered ignoramuses will follow him anywhere.”

The IRS also took issue with what it said was a Patrick Henry Center fundraising letter, which appeared to draw from an April 13, 2005 Townhall column written by Aldrich entitled “Stop Hillary now!”

“There may not be a South Lawn barbecue party for Conservative political activists who work to keep Hillary from power – but they will march forth with a passion because they know the country will be better off without Hillary in the White House,” said the column.

Aldrich published a salacious 1998 book on his time in the Clinton White House called Unlimited Access.

The IRS came under fire last year after it admitted to targeting Tea Party and other conservative non-profits for special scrutiny.

Aldrich and the Patrick Henry Center did not immediately respond to requests for comment.