Sunday respite: American Pie

Thanks to Geez for a reminder of this number that seems to sum up the times. Dan McClean. American Pie. Maybe next week will be a bit better.

Recall how the Democrats undercut Bush’s Syrian policy?

Oh the outrage that GOP members of Congress have written Iran letting them know how our Republic works.  GOP senators called ‘traitors’ over letter to Iran on nuke deal  Let us step back in time and look at how the Democrat savants really undercut Bush as he tried to isolate Syria. The GOP wrote a letter, the Democrats visited Assad.

Kerry,Clinton’s sorry Syrian policy has led to this? August 28, 2013 — bunkerville

During the Bush Administration, the Dems did what they could to undermine his policy in attempting to isolate Syria. From Kerry to Pelosi, they defied him and went waltzing over to meet with their “friend” that they were sure was going to be our go to guy in the Middle East. A butcher with massive amounts of chemical weapons, no mind. What is it with all of these Progressives and their infatuation with dictators?

April 5, 2007:

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held talks with Syria’s leader Wednesday despite White House objections, saying she pressed President Bashar Assad over his country’s support for militant groups and passed him a peace message from Israel.

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On the March 27, 2011, Clinton insisted, “There’s a different leader in  Syria now. Many of the members of Congress who have gone to  Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer.” (The Washington  Post gave this remark three Pinocchios. Clinton later backtracked.)  Yet, ABC, NBC and CBS have not reexamined the comments in the wake of the attack  or its accuracy.

On July 27, 2012, National  Review recounted several politicians who have offered hopeful comments  about Assad. Noah Glyn wrote of Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi  and others.

In 2007, Nancy Pelosi, over strong objections from the  State Department, visited Syria, and said, “The road to Damascus is a road to  peace.” Senator John Kerry predicted that “Syria will change as it embraces a  legitimate relationship with the United States.” Read more:  Newsbusters

It wasn’t so long ago that Kerry made repeated pilgrimage to Syria, meeting with Assad five times between 2009 and 2011.

He famously used the adjective “generous” to describe Assad, as the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens recalled in a column:

On March 16, 2011—the day after the first mass demonstration against the regime—John Kerry said Assad was a man of his word who had been “very generous with me.” He added that under Assad “Syria will move; Syria will change as it embraces a legitimate relationship with the United States.” This is the man who might be our next secretary of state. (DONE)

As Michael Rubin recently wrote in Commentary Magazine, Kerry’s staffers described “their collective cringe when, after a motorcycle ride with Bashar al-Assad, he returned to Washington referring to Bashar as ‘my dear friend.’”

Kerry clearly believed Assad was honest and a force for stability. The National Review quoted a WikiLeaks document which revealed Kerry had told the emir of Qatar in November 2010, “Assad is a man who ‘wants to change’ and that Israel should cede the Golan Heights to the Syrians ‘at some point.’”

The Washington Free Beacon in an article titled “An Affair to Remember: John Kerry Hearts Bashar al-Assad” called Kerry the Syrian dictator’s “highest-ranking apologist in American politics”:

Kerry thwarted efforts during the Bush administration to diplomatically isolate Syria after the administration’s own efforts to engage the regime ended in failure in 2003. Kerry served as the Obama administration’s envoy to Assad, leading a delegation to Syria just days after Obama’s inauguration. H/T:The Blaze

Sunday respite: Hallelujah

There are over 60 renditions Cohen’s Hallelujah. Most by Leonard. I thought this one by K.D. Laing unusually beautiful.

Music and lyrics by Leonard Cohen.
From the album ‘Hymns of the 49th Parallel’.

Sunday respite: Living in Kerry’s ‘Lotus Land’

I really reached back for this Sunday respite. I wanted something to represent this totally bizarre universe as presented to us by John Kerry and his remarks that we are living in the most peaceful time in all of recorded history. Something like that.  No doubt I had owned Frankie Lane’s “Moonlight Gambler” thus the memory recall of the “B” side. We are on one grand Odyssey. You have the gist. “Lotus Land” – yes that is where we are.

From the Urban Dictionary:

Term comes from the land of the lotus eaters in The Odyssey, where people ate lotus flowers and “A single taste of this native fruit made my soldiers forget everything they had ever know; where they were from, where they were going, everything.”

1956 Columbia records flip side to Frankie’s big hit that year of “Moonlight Gambler”

Lotus Land.

Homer’s Odyessey:

“Those who ate the honey-sweet lotus fruit no longer wished to bring back word to us, or sail for home. They wanted to stay with the Lotus-eaters, eating the lotus, forgetting all thoughts of return.”

Sunday respite: Let It Go (Disney’s “Frozen”) Vivaldi’s Winter

This one from the Piano Guys seems appropriate for this weekend. Hope everyone is staying warm!

Prime example of how our government works.

Something on the lighter side for a Saturday. Always on Watch posted this earlier as an example of how our government works. A prime example and once again, American ingenuity.

From the YouTube blurb:

It is powered by a 1920’s vintage hit and miss engine, and doesn’t do anything except make noise and lots of lost motions.

Title of the display at Cotton Ginning Days in Dallas, North Carolina (October 11, 2014): Scale Model of the US Government:

Sunday and what you may have missed

Still under the weather, so I thought I would send out some story links that should be a must read, and I just didn’t have it to tool it up.

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