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Valerie Jarrett’s Power Matrix

Americans may have voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, but it’s Valerie Jarrett that’s influencing what’s happening in the White House, the administration and the country. Most of the Obamas’ closest allies are from Chicago, as are the vast majority of Jarrett’s insider power matrix.

The chart below doesn’t mention Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Obama’s pastor Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Eric Whittaker, Arne Duncan, Lisa Madigan, Mike Madigan or the Pritzkers – all from Chicago, too.

Keep in mind, Rahm Emanuel and William Daley both left the White House partially because of run ins with Jarrett. She is best friends with Michelle Obama and heavily influences decision making.

Valerie Jarrett Power Matrix

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Posted by Don Anastas - March 18, 2015 at 3:36 pm

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Rick Perry Discusses the Iran Deal

Obama and John Kerry are desperately trying to carve out a “deal” with the State-of-Terrorism Iran. They’re busy trying to tell us all is well and we can trust the Iranians not to make the bomb or many bombs which of course they won’t share with their terrorist friends to wipe out Israel, the United States and any other country who doesn’t comply with their ideology/religion.

Former Texas Governor. Rick Perry, does a fine job explaining the issue, how Congress is not involved and that the next POTUS should not be required to comply with any agreement Obama signs on his own. (Full transcript is below the video)


During the negotiations, this administration has caved on one demand after another. They once pledged that Iran would dismantle much of its enrichment capacity. No longer — Iran will retain thousands of centrifuges.

They once insisted that Iran would have to come clean on the military dimensions of its nuclear program. No longer — the past is all but forgotten if not forgiven. And Iran’s long-range ballistic missiles…whose only purpose is carrying a nuclear payload…are not even the subject of discussion in these talks.

But perhaps the most disturbing concession to Iran is the notion of a sunset clause. This means that at a date certain…perhaps only ten years from now…Iran will be free to become a nuclear power, with our acceptance and approval. All limits on this terrorist regime will be removed.

Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu knows this…which is why he made a special appearance before Congress warning that this deal would jeopardize Israel’s security…and ultimately ours.

In my view two principles should be non-negotiable: one, Iran will not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, period…and two, the United States will not normalize relations with Iran until Iran ceases to support terrorist groups that target the United States and our allies.

We must be clear about the threat posed by the Iranian regime. Iran is still the most significant supporter of terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas. It continues to call for extinction of Israel and actively plots against our Arab allies. It continues to deny the Iranian people the freedom they seek.

And the ayatollahs have the blood of hundreds and hundreds of Americans on their hands…from Marines blown up in Beirut to soldiers killed in Iraq by weapons Iran supplied.

This proposed nuclear agreement would legitimize the Iranian regime and its search for nuclear weapons. This cannot stand.

The Senate should finally pass the bipartisan sanctions bill sponsored by Senators Mark Kirk and Robert Menendez. And Congress must demand that any nuclear arms agreement negotiated with Iran be submitted to Congress for a vote…not deliberately kept from our elected representatives.

If President Obama signs an agreement that the Congress cannot support, our next president should not be bound by it.

An arms control agreement that excludes our Congress, damages our security, and endangers our allies has to be reconsidered by any future president.

We must not allow the incompetence of one administration to damage our country’s security for years and decades to come.

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Posted by Don Anastas - March 5, 2015 at 7:39 pm

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Obama the Snarky, Childish, Playground Bully

Obama the Snark

David Victor Hanson over at National Review Online calls Barack Hussein Obama “Snarker-in-Chief.’ I thought I heard all of the insults coming out of Obama’s filthy, arrogant yap but some new ones mixed with old one’s so let’s have a look.

On Russian President Vladimir Putin:

“My sense is that’s part of his shtick back home politically as wanting to look like the tough guy,” Obama snarked. Putin has has “got that kind of slouch, looking like the bored kid at the back of the classroom.”

On Mitt Romney:

“[Romney is] changing up so much and backtracking and sidestepping we’ve got to name this condition he’s going through. I think it’s called . . . Romnesia. I’m not a medical doctor, but I do want to go over some of the symptoms with you because I want to make sure nobody else catches it.”

On Democrat voters in Pennsylvania:

“It’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

On American Christians:

Advising them not to get on their “high horse,” given the moral equivalence between the millennium-old Crusades and the present epidemic of radical Islamic terrorism.

On Obama’s Staff:

“I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”

On Washington DC culture:

“What Washington needs is adult supervision.”

On Michael Jordan:

When chided the golf-obsessive Obama as in fact a “hack” and a “shitty” golfer. Obama quickly fired back:

Jordan “was not well informed. He might want to spend more time thinking about the Bobcats — or the Hornets. But there is no doubt that Michael is a better golfer than I am. Of course if I was playing twice a day for the last 15 years, then that might not be the case.”

On Nancy Reagan:

“I didn’t want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any séances.”

On Obama’s bowling skills:

“No, no. I have been practicing. . . . I bowled a 129. It’s like — it was like Special Olympics, or something.”

On Obama’s white mother:

“But she is a typical white person, who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know, there’s a reaction that’s been bred in our experiences that don’t go away.”

Referring to lawmakers:

“I’m presenting a fair deal, the fact that they don’t take it means that I should somehow do a Jedi mind-meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right.”

On opponents during Obama’s reelection campaign:

“And you can pretty much put their campaign on . . . a tweet and have some characters to spare.”

Responding to Romney criticizing the down-sizing of the US military:

“Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. . . . We also have things called aircraft carriers that planes land on and submarines that go under water.” Note the snark “that planes land on” and “that go under water.”

Responding to Romney’s statement that Putin is America’s chief worry:

“The 1980s — they’re now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”

At Obama’s last State of the Union address Republican’s applauded when he noted he had no more campaigns to run:

“I know. Because I won both.”

To Senator Jon Kyl, who once questioned the newly inaugurated Obama about the proper mix between tax hikes and budget cuts:

“I won.”

To his Republican House opponents of his agenda, Obama snarked:

“Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff. So sue me.”

On proponents to the Keystone Pipeline:

“Let’s set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline.”

But, but, wait……….

“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy, I mean, that’s a storybook, man. And he’s fresh. He’s new. He’s smart. He’s insightful.” ~ Joe Biden


“I remember distinctly an image of–we were sitting on his couches, and Iwas looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant,” David Brooks says, “and I’m thinking, a) he’s going to be president and b) he’ll be a very good president.”

Obama the Snark would agree with the erstwhile Brooks:

“Obama sees himself as a Burkean,” Brooks says. “He sees his view of the world as a view that understands complexity and the organic nature of change.”

Brooks went further:

“I divide people into people who talk like us and who don’t talk like us,” he explains. “Of recent presidents, Clinton could sort of talk like us, but Obama is definitely–you could see him as a New Republic writer. He can do the jurisprudence, he can do the political philosophy, and he can do the politics. I think he’s more talented than anyone in my lifetime. I mean, he is pretty dazzling when he walks into a room. So, that’s why it’s important he doesn’t f**k this up.”

To quote Michelle Malkin: “They don’t make drool buckets big enough…”


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