Unless the whole definition of peace was suddenly changed without our knowing it, we’re a little befuddled at noted Somali-born, anti-Islamic author and activist Ayan Hirsi Ali’s suggestion that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.
For waging war.
According to Salon, the suggestion came during an interview published Friday by Israel HaYom, the Sheldon Adelson-backed Israeli daily.
“Asked whom she admired, Ali — who once called Islam a ‘ nihilistic cult of death’— included Netanyahu on a list featuring her husband, Harvard professor Niall Ferguson, as well as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Princeton professor Bernard Lewis,” Salon reported. “Ali said she admired Netanyahu ‘[b]ecause he is under so much pressure, from so many sources, and yet he does what is best for the people of Israel, he does his duty.’”
“I really think he should get the Nobel Peace Prize,” she continued, unperturbed by the hundreds of Palestinian civilians killed in Israel's recent war on Gaza. “In a fair world he would get it.”
Hard to fathom that even Netanyahu himself would agree.
2. Ultra-conservative Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback isn’t very popular anymore. And that’s gotta be Obama’s fault.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has managed the seemingly impossible: turning redder-than-red state Kansas against Republicans. He had a very poor showing in his state’s recent primary, nearly a third of the voters voting against him, and that can’t possibly have anything to do with how he’s driven the state into the ground with far-right fiscal policies, tax-slashing and a hard-right Christian social agenda.
Nope, it has to be that dastardly Obama’s fault. Because, what isn’t? People are taking out their irritation at Obama on Brownback. Yeah, that's it. Never mind that the president and Brownback’s politics are pretty much diametrically opposed.
“I think a big part of it is Barack Obama,” Brownback said, explaining his poor showing in the primary. “[A] lot of people are so irritated at what the president is doing, they want somebody to throw a brick. I think it’s a lot of deep irritation with the way the president has taken the country, so much so that people are so angry about it they’re just trying to express it somehow.”
That sound you hear is the sound of a lot of heads being scratched in unison.
3. GOP Rep. Mo Brooks: Democratic Party is waging a war on whites.
Not sure if you were aware of this. But there’s a war going on. A war against white people. Kind of similar to the war on Christmas and the war on rich people. It’s awful. And it’s being waged by the Democratic Party. So says GOP Rep. Mo Brooks during an interview this week with Laura Ingraham
Brooks was responding to comments made by National Journal's Ron Fournier, who told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that "the fastest growing voting bloc in this country thinks the Republican Party hates them. This party, your party, cannot be the party of the future beyond November if you’re seen as the party of white people.”
Subscribing to the philosophy that the best defense is a good offense, Brooks said to Ingraham, “This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else.”
And of course, we all know who is behind that war. “It’s part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of thing,” Brooks explained.
Even Laura Ingraham thought he was a little out there. Now that’s really saying something.
Full story: HuffPo
4. Christian wacko Bryan Fischer: Of course Obama would defend those devil-worshipping Yazidis.
Hoo boy, Christian nutjob Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association heard the words “devil worshippers” and “Obama” in the same sentence and he was off to the races. Never mind that the source was the uber-violent Sunni extremist group ISIS, which, as the world now knows, is terrorizing, butchering and attempting to exterminate a group of people in Iraq called the Yazidis for practicing a different faith than ISIS-approved Sunni extremism. Obama has ordered air strikes and help for the stranded Yazidis, whom ISIS considers to be “ devil worshipers.” And why would they lie?
And why would Obama help them? Outraged Bryan Fischer thinks he knows, because Obama only wants to help and defend “devil worshippers.” Because, you know, Obama has been in league with Lucifer all along. Everyone knows that
“They go after devil worshipers and all of a sudden the entire weight of the United States government is sent in there to relieve them and to avenge them,” Fischer said. “Those are the Yazidis.” Coincidence? HE thinks not.
“In a rare point of theological accord, both Muslims and Christians agree that the archangel revered by the Yazidis is in fact the Prince of Darkness,” the very theologically knowledgeable Fischer wrote in his column today. “The New Testament describes him this way, 'Satan (who) disguises himself as an angel of light' (2 Cor. 11:14), eager to deceive the gullible into believing that he is good rather than evil.' The Yazidis have fallen for his lies."
The belief system of the very insular Yazidis is extremely complicated, but that’s not what’s important to Fischer. He’s after that devil-worshipping president of ours.
5. Ann Coulter’s unhinged Ebola rant reveals her to be more hateful than previously imagined.
Ebola brings out the vitriol in people like Donald Trump and Ann Coulter. Well, to be fair, everything brings out Coulter’s vitriol, like soccer and the metric system. She let it fly in a column this week clearly meant to shock with its hatefulness, in which she said, “Ebola doc’s condition downgraded to ‘idiocy.'” She was referring to Dr. Ken Brantly, one of the two Americans who has been diagnosed with Ebola. His crime: taking his Christian missionary zeal to Africa to help the sick and poor.
“Can’t anyone serve Christ in America anymore?” Ann wonders. America has all sorts of problems, she says. Murder! Drug overdoses! Babies born out of wedlock! But no, no Christian can spare a moment for these worthy causes.
Ultimately, she does ease up on Dr. Brantly, but only in order to blame Hollywood and liberals for driving Christians to go on “mission trips abroad to disease-ridden cesspools. They’re tired of fighting the culture war in the U.S., tired of being called homophobes, racists, sexists and bigots. So they slink off to Third World countries.”
Wow, yeah. Never thought of it that way. Think she really nailed it.
6. Rush Limbaugh wonders if Obama is bombing Iraq to distract us, because, of course he does.
Since the dawn of time, or at least the dawn of the Obama administration, Rush Limbaugh has been pretty sure it’s all a plot. Nothing is ever as it is said to be. It’s all smoke and mirrors, a devious scheme to distract the gullible masses so they will not notice the truly evil deeds, like Obamacare, this administration is perpetrating.
And so it is with the new airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq.
In Limbaugh’s dark and twisty little mind, it is only reasonable to suspect Obama of wanting to distract the multitudes from all the problems we are facing. Because Obama once accused President Bush of using the Iraq war to distract Americans from the economic catastrophe that was unfolding.
Fair is fair to Rush. Tit for tat.
“Would it be too cynical to suggest that Obama might be bombing Iraq to distract us from his numerous problems? I mean, we’ve got an immigration disaster taking place. Our economy is a disaster. Obamacare is a disaster.”
Oh c’mon, Rush. You're being too modest. Nothing is too cynical for you.