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Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 06:53 PM PDT

Houston Equal Rights Ordinance Upheld!

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Reposted from bastrop by Chrislove

Sometimes common sense and equality actually wins in Texas.

Today state District Judge Robert Schaffer is the voice of common sense and equality.

Opponents of Houston's non-discrimination ordinance failed to gather enough valid signatures to force a repeal referendum, a state district judge ruled Friday, validating city officials' decision to toss out the petition foes submitted last summer.

After separate rulings from both a jury and state District Judge Robert Schaffer, attorneys for both sides entered dueling counts of the valid signatures, adding and subtracting voters as Schaffer responded to motions. By early this week, the counts were closer together than ever before, fewer than 1,000 signatures apart.

Ultimately, Schaffer on Friday ruled the final count of valid signatures was 16,684, leaving opponents short of the threshold required in the city charter of 17,249 signatures, or 10 percent of the ballots cast in the last mayoral election.

Houston has had a vibrant GLBTQ community for a very long time. It's the cultural center of the city and is one of the things that makes Houston such a world class town. There have always been haters. I remember watching rednecks with baseball bats cruise up and down Montrose through the heart of the district looking to bash. I have countless friends who had been on the receiving end of that kind of bashing in the past. For the most part the city has grown out of that, but it still exists. The haters are there. They may not be using bats as much as the internet and the voting booth but they are there.
But opponents, largely conservative activists and pastors whose objections center on the protections the law extends to gay and transgender residents, say they will appeal the decision.
It isn't over but they aren't going to win. Haters can't control Houston anymore, and really haven't for a long time. They can't stand that a city in Texas would have this kind of ordinance. It drives them crazy that they can't control it.

Bring it, haters. Bring it!

Chalk one up for equality and reason in the Lone Star State!

From Houston abc13:

HOUSTON -- A judge has ruled in favor of the city in Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance.

The district judge on Friday declared opponents of the ordinance, which prohibits discrimination based on several categories including race, sexual orientation and gender identity, did not have enough signatures required to put the issue on the ballot.

"I would hope that the plaintiffs would not appeal, they lost during a jury trial and today they also lost with the judge's ruling," said Houston Mayor Annise Parker. "Now all Houstonians have access to the same protections."

The ruling comes in response to a jury's decision back in February.

For those who do not know, Houston Mayor Annise Parker is a major force of progressive maturity and is the natural evolution of GLBTQ history in the city as our first openly gay Mayor.
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The Texas Progressive Alliance revels in the start of another baseball season as it brings you this week's roundup.

Off the Kuff looks at the case to pass a state law that would enable "rideshare" services like Uber and Lyft to operate in Texas cities.

Libby Shaw writing for Texas Kaos and contributing to Daily Kos cautions Latino voters to beware slowly starving Republican wolves that are dressed in sheep's clothing.  GOP Woos Latino Voters While Punishing Immigrants.

From WCNews at Eye on Williamson. As GOP Texas House passes it's budget, taxes take center stage, The Texas Way - The More You Make The Less You Pay, The Less You Make The More You Pay.

SocraticGadfly thinks that creating a national Appomattox Day could be part of dealing with all the political problems that unreconstructed Southerners have caused for America.

To quote Emperor Palpatine: "It is inevitable."  To quote the Borg: "Resistance is futile."  And to quote Yogi Berra: "It ain't over 'til it's over."  PDiddie at Brains and Eggs dissects the 'inexorable' meme that surrounds Hillary Clinton's presidential bid.

Nonsequiteuse says it is time to wear orange and head to Austin (or the internet) to rally against HB 723 as the Texas House of Representatives Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence committee considers little word with constitutional consequencesfor minors who need access to safe, legal abortion services.

Neil at All People Have Value said that the Houston/Galveston National Weather Service offers useful instruction about life. APHV is part of NeilAquino.com.

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I laughed out loud the other morning when I opened the print edition of the Houston Chronicle. The front page headline read

Koch funded Libre Initiative looks to mobilize Latino voters.
I like to read the print edition every morning.  The first thing I do is open the paper and line up the front page and the city and state sections side by side.  I look to see what section I will read first. So, when I opened the city/state section I laughed when I read the section's front page headline.  Of course none of this is really funny at all.  The plight of immigrants in this country is beyond craven, heartless and hypocritical. While the Koch GOP groups try to pretend to care about immigrants their colleagues in state houses and in the U.S. Congress are working 24/7 to keep cheap labor a permanent state of slavery in this country.
GOP again tries to repeal in state tuition law
If you click on the image below you can see a larger version.  (I'm technologically challenged).

KochBoys

I guess it has dawned on the Republican Party that it cannot rely solely on cheating, stealing, lying, fraud and treason in order to win elections.  It somehow has to find a way to woo Latino voters.

The Libre Initiative, the Texas-based organization funded heavily by billionaires Charles and David Koch, is expanding in Texas and around the country in a drive to mobilize Latino voters heading into the 2016 elections.

The growth of the Mission-based organization offers more evidence of Republicans’ determined effort to make inroads into the fast-growing Latino vote, which overwhelmingly supported President Barack Obama and most Democrats in recent elections.

Since February, a separate Koch-funded group has posted openings for Libre Initiative jobs in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, Colorado and Virginia - states with heavy Latino populations or likely battlegrounds in the 2016 elections.

The organization's methodology will likely rely on typical GOP scorched earth politics.  It will target groups of evangelical Christian Latinos and employ the usual wedge issues, i.e. gay marriage, abortion. It will demonize Democratic opponents by smearing and attacking their greatest strengths. Remember the Swift Boating of John Kerry?  I guess it's hard for the Party of, for and by the 1% to run on the merits of its accomplishments, agendas and ideologies.

A wolf in sheep's clothing.

Libre — the Spanish word for free — bills itself as a nonpartisan, grassroots organization that advances the principles and values of economic freedom to empower Latinos. The group provides a variety of services, from helping obtain driver’s licenses and tax filing to providing children with school supplies.
The definition of freedom in Koch GOP World means serfdom. While these grassroots groups pretend to help immigrant families their cronies, enabled by GOP politicians, will prey upon them later like sharks.  The unfettered payday loan businesses in Texas is out of control.  Greg Abbott and other Texas Republicans protect the loan sharks because of the industry's generous contributions to their campaigns.  Unfortunately it is the low income earners who fall into the traps laid by ruthless payday loan organizations.  While the politicians look the other way.  
The Latino Victory Project, a political advocacy group co-founded last year by Henry Muñoz, of San Antonio, is keenly aware of Libre’s activities. Project president Cristobal Alex said he intends to conduct a briefing on Libre in New York soon with potential donors.

"We need to have a counterweight to what the Koch Brothers are doing," he said. "They understand, and rightly so, that Latinos will decide future elections in a number of places, including at the very top, but that Latinos are not hyper-partisan."

He added: "They (Koch brothers) are not investing in Libre for the benefit of the Latino community. They are investing in Libre for their pocketbooks."

Yep.

Meanwhile, back on the ranch in Austin, Texas Republicans are hell bent on making life as miserable as possible for immigrants and their children.

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The Texas Progressive Alliance hopes that our state can learn the lesson of the Indiana debacle as it brings you this week's roundup.

Off the Kuff compared Greg Abbott's performance in heavily Latino districts to that of Rick Perry in 2010.

Libby Shaw writing for Texas Kaos and contributing to Daily Kos is absolutely stunned to learn Texas elected a crook as its top cop. Not. Texas Attorney General an "admitted law breaker".

Socratic Gadfly wrote about the DPS' stupid disciplining of Trooper Billy Spears.

Nonsequiteuse explains to Rep. Stuart Spitzer, the Kaufman Republican who bragged about his sexual history on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives during debate on a budget amendment,that virginity and abstinence aren't the same thing, and neither will protect a person from all methods of HIV transmission.

A conversation between Sen. Elizabeth Warren and JPMorganChase CEO Jamie Dimon from 2013 provides a clue as to what's wrong with everything, according to PDiddie at Brains and Eggs.

Neil at All People Have Value said look at things you see in everyday life because they are interesting & use as few words as you can. APHV is part of NeilAquino.com.

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It seems that the once great state of Texas elected an admitted law breaker as its top cop.  
It also seems that the law breaker and his network of cronies and protectionists hoped no one would notice.

Prior to the November election several Texas newspaper editorial boards tried to warn voters about then candidate Ken Paxton's past criminal activity.  Unfortunately Republican voters didn't hear or they ignored the prediction and voted a straight R ticket, anyway.  And now this election outcome is coming back to haunt all of us. Of course, I can't blame this debacle on straight ticket Republican voters alone. Non-voters share the burden of guilt as well.

Paxton admitted in writing to the Texas State Securities Board in May that he violated the law by soliciting investment clients and accepting fees on commissions without having first registered with the securities board. Under state law, failure to register is a third-degree felony.

Paxton did it repeatedly, in 2004, 2005 and 2012 while serving as a Republican state representative. The securities board issued a reprimand, and Paxton paid a $1,000 fine for the administrative part of this violation. But the question of criminal violations has yet to be addressed. Are prosecutors willing to initiate a case against the man who now occupies the attorney general’s seat?

Despite the fact it was public knowledge that Paxton failed to register with the securities board three times, nothing happened. No inquiries were made.  The reason investment firms are required to register with the securities board is to protect the public from fraud and scams.  By his failure to register did Ken Paxton want to operate without detection?  

Fortunately the group Texans for Public Justice asked the Travis Co. (Austin) DA to explore the matter.  It wants answers.

Last year, the Austin-based group Texans for Public Justice asked Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to look into the case. She determined that Travis County wasn’t the proper venue and referred it in January to prosecutors in Collin County, where Paxton’s offices were based, and Dallas County, where some of the securities work occurred. Neither county appears to have acted so far.
Birds of a feather flock together.
The matter gets tricky for Collin County, where District Attorney Greg Willis could determine whether to prosecute. Willis and Paxton are longtime friends. Both are listed on the most recent board of directors online filing of Plano-based Unity Resources LLC. They are limited partners together in three firms and co-investors in another.

Against that backdrop of multiple conflicts, Willis is hard-pressed to explain why he shouldn’t recuse himself and seek appointment of a special prosecutor who can objectively weigh the merits of the case. The public’s faith in the justice system requires that there be no hint of prosecutorial bias or that staffers under Willis’ direction might fail to pursue justice to protect their boss and his friend.

Willis’ office says there has been no prosecutorial action since the case was referred from Lehmberg’s office. Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk’s spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

The Dallas Morning News' editorial is correct about the public's faith in the justice system.  After years of Rick Perry and his reign of crony capitalism and corruption, much of our faith in the Texas justice system is severely shaken.  
These are not nitpicky issues. State securities law imposes registration requirements to protect the public from victimization by investment frauds and scams.

The fact that Paxton violated the law repeatedly over several years suggests a troubling pattern unbecoming of the esteemed office he now holds. That’s why an independent prosecutor needs to assume control of this case.

There is a reason why the Collin Co. DA's office is stonewalling on the Paxton case.
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Texas state troopers
More of these state troopers on the border, fewer elsewhere.
Texas spent a billion dollars on border security in the past eight years. Increased spending for that purpose continued even as the state was hacking billions from education, transportation and other programs.

For the 2014-15 budget, a record $331.2 million was appropriated for border security. Still not enough, according to Republican lawmakers. For the 2016-17 budget, both the state senate, at $815 million, and Gov. Greg Abbott, at $735 million, want to spend more than double the previous amount. The budget is being considered in the legislature session now underway. Lawmakers in the state House of Representatives want to appropriate a good deal less than that, but still a large increase—to $500 million. Much of the money, whatever is finally appropriated, would go toward funding the hiring and training of another 500 state troopers.

State Rep. Armando Walle, a Houston Democrat, complained about the increases because, he said, border security is "something that doesn't even have a definition." During budget hearings, Abbott offered an off-the-cuff definition: zero border crossings by undocumented people.

This comes at a time when the federal government has added 3,000 additional Border Patrol agents since 2008, increased surveillance and strengthened the border fence. During that period, illegal border crossings have been cut in half.

As Marty Schladen at the El Paso Times reports, state government in the past three years has shifted hundreds of Texas state troopers from their usual turf to the border. At the same time, the number of traffic citations issued by those troopers has fallen 22 percent. As that has happened, so has something else:

As troopers issued substantially fewer tickets, the number of accidents on Texas roads jumped by 14 percent during the same period, according to data obtained by the El Paso Times. [...]

"You can see there is a correlation," said state Rep. Trey Martinez Fisher, D-San Antonio.

"Here's what we all know: Police officers are community caretakers. When there's a presence in our community, there's a tendency for people to follow the law, people are safer, people are more observant of the laws. Conversely, if you think you can run a red light or speed down the highway because you don't think there are any adverse consequences, sometimes people are going to do that."

Numerous Republican legislators said there are not enough data to prove a correlation between the border security shifting of personnel, the decrease in ticketing and the increase in crashes.

Maybe not. But at the same time, there aren't enough data to show any benefit from the state's increased emphasis on border security—which includes the deployment of Texas National Guard troops by former Gov. Rick Perry. The lack of data obviously has not stopped Republican lawmakers from preparing to spend even more money on the effort.  

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The Houston Area Kossacks would like to announce a meet-up scheduled for Saturday, April 11. We normally meet on the last Saturday of the month, but we thought this deserved a special meet-up.

You probably know Kossack Smoh. She will be visiting Houston that weekend and would love to meet some local Kossacks. Since she will be in southwest Houston, we thought the best location would be Fadi's Mediterranean Grill in Meyerland. We've held a few meet-ups at this location, and they are always very accommodating and friendly to area Democrats. Not to mention, the food is amazing.

Would you like to meet Smoh? We'd love to have you--let's give her a big Houston Area Kossacks welcome! Here is the meet-up info:

Date: Saturday, April 11
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Fadi's Mediterranean Grill (Meyerland Plaza), 4738 Beechnut Street
We hope you can come enjoy some delicious Mediterranean food with Smoh and the rest of us.

Here is our current RSVP list:

Smoh
Chrislove
cosette

Maybees:
nomandates
Deja
Mr. cosette

Guests are welcome, but please let me know in your RSVP how many are coming. Please RSVP by no later than Thursday, April 9. You can RSVP either by commenting in this diary or by sending me a Kosmail.

Also, if you're from the Houston area and haven't joined the Houston Area Kossacks group, feel free to send me a Kosmail to request to join. We do all of our communication via e-mail, however, so please also include an e-mail address so we can keep you in the loop!

We hope to see you at Fadi's!

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The Texas Progressive Alliance thinks even Ted Cruz deserves affordable health insurance as it brings you this week's roundup.

Off the Kuff hears the death rattle of the anti-gay forces.

Harold Cook explains how the "school choice" scam works.

Horwitz at Texpatriate makes an early pick and endorses Sylvester Turner for mayor of Houston.

Libby Shaw at Texas Kaos and contributing to Daily Kos is pleased to know the Houston Chronicle called out Ted Cruz for being all about Ted. The Houston Chronicle Spanks Ted Cruz.

Houston's LyondellBasell refinery's management turned off an advance warning system near the front gates of the plant, where striking USW workers walk the picket line.  PDiddie at Brains and Eggs says that if this is how they demonstrate their concerns for worker safety, it's no wonder they won't end a work stoppage despite the national settlement.

Neil at All People Have Value said you should make an effort with the people in your life as part of a complete outlook on life.   APHV is part of NeilAquino.com.

From WCNews at Eye on Williamson. Bad things happen when a bunch of government haters try to run the government like a business. This Is What Happens When We Turn Government Over To Corporations.

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Howdy my fellow Texans, we got a full-blown lefty coming to town! Come see Bernie Sanders at the IBEW Union Hall tomorrow.

The IBEW Union Hall is on 71 (aka Ben White Boulevard because this city loves naming streets like four times) just east of I-35 on the northside of the road. The discussion will begin around 7pm, Austin time.

As a left-leaning populist, rarely do I get to hear a politician speak that I can even remotely relate to. I look forward to seeing the Senator speak and helping to open the overton window to the left as much as we can. And doing it in Texas.

So come on by tomorrow!

Town Meeting on the Fight for Economic Justice (RSVP here)

Tuesday, March 31 at 7 p.m.
IBEW Local Union 520, 4818 E. Ben White Boulevard, Austin, TX 78760
Please join Bernie, Jim Hightower and other local leaders to discuss how we can:
Get Big Money Out of Politics
Deal with Obscene Wealth and Income Inequality
Combat Climate Change
Create Democracy NOT Oligarchy
Click here to RSVP »Town Meeting on the Fight for Economic Justice

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The editorial board at the Houston Chronicle fortunately has little patience for political snake oil dealers, charlatans, hypocrites, fork tongued liars and narcissistic demagogues.  At least this is the case when a major and one of the most diverse U.S. city's major newspaper has to hold on to its standing in the credibility department.  

It is helpful to know that when an elected official blatantly abdicates his duties and responsibilities on behalf of those whom he supposed to serve in order to serve himself instead, that the press and the mainstream media will expose him.  

Open Secret.

Ted Cruz has every right, as best we can tell, to run for president, even though he was born in Canada to a Cuban father. We're happy he's the first of several potential candidates with Texas ties. We're not so happy about his disdain for 30 million Texans he was elected to represent just a couple of years ago. It's no secret that he's been running for president since the day he was elected - or maybe since he was a 15-year-old memorizing the U.S. Constitution at Houston's Second Baptist High School. But his declared candidacy in 2012 was for the Senate, not the White House.
It is true that Ted Cruz has done squat for the Texans he was elected to represent other than to bring shame, humiliation and embarrassment to all of us who didn't vote for him. And that would be many of us since few of us vote in Texas.  

It's all about Ted.

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The Texas Progressive Alliance roots for underdogs even to the detriment of its own brackets as it brings you this week's roundup.

Off the Kuff argues against having a state spending cap, much less making it tighter.

Libby Shaw writing for  Texas Kaos and contributing to Daily Kos makes a solid case as to  Why The Right is so Wrong given the last few weeks of national political events.

The Poop Cruz is now boarding and ready to set sail, announces PDiddie at Brains and Eggs.  Or is that 'shove off'?

Neil at All People Have Value saw the real spirit of Texas at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. APHV is part of NeilAquino.com.

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Sun Mar 22, 2015 at 01:14 PM PDT

Why the Right is so Wrong

by Libby Shaw

Reposted from Libby Shaw by Libby Shaw

Actually, the Right is more than wrong.  It's behavior and policies are scary, dangerous and are an unmitigated disaster.  The social media had been on fire last week with shares and hashtags that included #47Traitors. #GOPHatesthePoor. #GOPHatesWomen. #GOPWantsWar. #47Traitors trended at the top for three days.  

Economists, social scientists, earth scientists and legal scholars can write or have already written volumes on this subject.  I would like to address some of the more recent Republican Party's naked and stunning attempts at treachery, sabotage, back-stabbing and mendacious budget fraud. Not to mention the Party's inability to govern responsibly and in good faith.  

In no uncertain terms it is clear that most of the elected Republican Party officials hate our President.  It doesn't matter that he won two elections hands down.  Actually there is probably quite a bit of pathological resentment surrounding Mr.  Obama's big wins. He outfoxed his opponents. Twice. It wasn't supposed to turn out this way, according to them, for reasons that we can safely assume to be true, again, according to them. I guess it never occurred to his Republican opponents and naysayers that President Obama is far more likable, he has infinitely better ideas, as far as ordinary Americans are concerned, not to mention his heartfelt passionate, highly articulate and eloquent speaking skils that go beyond simple, lizard brain sound bytes and dog whistling talking points. That and younger, more educated voters tend to be more open minded and many are color blind.

To be perfectly frank I don't always agree with President Obama. As a FDR New Deal liberal Democrat I disagree with his policies on many occasions. Mr. Obama is more conservative at times than i would like. That said, our POTUS has been elected twice, fair and square, with no cheating or stealing needed, thank you, so, at the very least, Barack Obama deserves a modicum of respect from all of us.  Those of us who voted for the President deserve a modicum of respect, too.

I believe it is the GOP's unholy aversion to our President and all of us who voted for him that is driving it's dysfunction and difficulty in governing.  Granted, there is a split in the GOP between the far right tea party and the more moderate members. The far right nails the moderates as traitors if they compromise with Democrats. But they are vilified as traitors not for compromising with Democrats.  It's the perception of the moderates caving into the man they loath the most. The President.

The GOP's irrational contempt for our President is the driving force behind the sabotage and back-stabbing that is taking place.  To the point that Republican lawmakers, their behavior and agendas have become pathological, irrational and dangerous.  

The irrationality of GOP loathing is toxic. As recent events have proved, the GOP is clearly incapable of governing. This fact threatens our national security, the financial well-being for most of us and the democratic process itself.  

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner must have been possessed by the hate monster when he invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without consulting with the White House. It was a cowardly and deliberate slap in the face to the President.  This back stabbing act upset many Americans, including some Republicans.  And Mr. Netanyahu's actions and remarks have further divided American Jews.  In the end the Boehner/Netanyahu stunt turned out to be a disaster on too many levels.

Some 48% of registered voters said they disapproved of inviting another leader to speak without first checking with the president, while 30% said congressional Republicans should have done so. Just over a fifth said they didn’t know enough to say.

Mr. Netanyahu accepted the invitation in order to further insult and bully our POTUS.  He and John Boehner also insulted the vast majority of the American people who voted for the President.  

But even worse, Netanyahu encouraged Congress to reject the U.S. and our Allies negotiations with Iran.  

Instead, Netanyahu chose to make a desperate-seeming end-run around the president and attempted to appeal directly to Congress to oppose a decision Obama has not yet made. In a plan concocted by Ron Dermer, who serves as Netanyahu’s ambassador to the U.S., the speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, invited Netanyahu to address Congress on the dangers of a nuclear deal and the need for tougher sanctions, without first informing the White House.

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An even more obvious flaw: John Boehner is not the commander-in-chief, and does not make U.S. foreign policy. Netanyahu might find Boehner’s approach to Iran more politically and emotionally satisfying than Obama’s, but this is irrelevant. Yes, Congress can pass new sanctions against Iran, but it is the executive branch that drives U.S. Iran policy. Barack Obama will be president for two more years, and it makes absolutely no sense for an Israeli leader to side so ostentatiously with a sitting American president’s domestic political opposition.

So while trying to sabotage the President's negotiations with Iran, Mr. Netanyahu arrogantly lied to members of the U.S. Congress.

Netanyahu stood before our Congress and lied to them, receiving standing ovations.

Laudable remarks had they had been made in good faith, which they were not. In 2011 Bibi told Americans what we most wanted to hear. That he was ready to be reasonable and seek some kind of settlement to the conflict that has gone on for decades.
But he was not being reasonable.  He told the Congress what they wanted to hear. This is what he said after his trip to Washington D.C.
JERUSALEM — Under pressure on the eve of a surprisingly close election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Monday doubled down on his appeal to right-wing voters, declaring definitively that if he was returned to office he would never establish a Palestinian state.

The statement reversed Mr. Netanyahu’s endorsement of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a 2009 speech at Bar Ilan University, and fulfilled many world leaders’ suspicions that he was never really serious about peace negotiations.

A day before his election in Israel Netanyahu played the race and fear cards, like a true right wing war monger would.  God forbid, Arab Israelis had the nerve to vote.  And there will never be a two state solution under Netanyahu's watch, according to him.  Of course after he won the election Netanyahu tried to ratchet back his rhetoric but it is too late. This time he went too far and cannot be trusted.
Although Mr. Netanyahu has since tried to backtrack on those comments, Mr. Obama said that they had nonetheless forced his administration to reassess certain aspects of its policy toward Israel, according to a White House official who offered details of the call only on the condition of anonymity.

For the second consecutive day on Friday, the White House publicly questioned Mr. Netanyahu’s sincerity about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, suggesting that Mr. Obama did not trust him to back Palestinian statehood, a central element of United States policy in the Middle East.

Asked why the president did not take the prime minister at his word about his support for a two-state solution, Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, quickly shot back: “Well, I guess the question is, which one?”

Needless to say the damage has been done to U.S.-Israeli relations.  All because Benjamin Netanyahu proves himself to be a disingenuous war mongering bully while John Boehner is blinded by contempt for the POTUS.

As if this treacherous deceit and backstabbing wasn't enough a junior Republican Senator from Arkansas, along with 46 other Republican Senators also decided to sabotage the President's negotiations with Iran.

The Snow Made Them Do It.

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