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Tuesday, February 19

Bill Maher :‘The Israelis Are Controlling Our Government’
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Maher :  “Based on every statement I’ve heard from every Republican in the last two years, the Israelis are controlling our government,” he said, prompting a huge applause from the audience.

by Rufus Petersen

Bill Maher is known for his incisive wit; he’s funny and makes some valid political observations. If he was completely off-base, there’d be no reason whatsoever for him to be where he is today.  He has been attacked in the past by social conservatives– perhaps at times deservedly so.
On Friday, Maher lashed out at Republican senators  for blocking the nomination of Chuck Hagel, who he emphasized is a “right-wing Republican, …and that’s not good enough?”
Jamie Weinstein, (Senior Editor, at The Daily Caller) responds, “That’s not fair.” ‘
Meher: Not fair?!
Jamie Weinstein: “They believe during the question and answer at Rutgers University he claimed that the State Department was controlled by the Israeli government–the Israeli Foreign Ministry controls the State Department…’”
Maher:  And it’s not?!
Maher:  “Based on every statement I’ve heard from every Republican in the last two years, the Israelis are controlling our government,” he said, prompting a huge applause from the audience.
Watch the segment here:
To my knowledge, Maher has also been attacked by paleoconservatives blaming Jewish control of the media on the likes of Maher and his leftward bent. Which is it, conservatives?
The old flavor of conservatism was about putting America’s interests first, while today’s has been about kneeling to the shrine of Israel Uber Alles. It’s a mighty marked difference if you ask me!
Perhaps the only truly conservative thing left in contemporary conservatism is conserving money for the wealthy- for whomever those wealthy might be. But let’s take a look at some of the money cruising around Congress today. Don’t question why so many are given large incomes and expensive homes and cars to be publicist-propagandists for a country founded on war crimes and injustice. That would be anti-semitism!
….so it’s okay for US politicians to give pro-Israel paid speeches, when paid for by  Israel and its number of lobbying groups and special interest groups  in the United States, at every influential institution across the nation, but it’s not okay for Arab and Muslim lobbies, if any, to invest in a bit of PR ?
Today  The Hill, the largest circulation of any Capitol Hill publication ran this editorial: American Jewish Committee (AJC) calls for “further Senate deliberation” on Chuck Hagel

Jewish lobby group wants Senate to take harder look at Hagel’s Israel views

A Jewish advocacy group is calling for “further Senate deliberation” on Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel because of his views on Middle East policy.
American Jewish Committee (AJC) Executive Director David Harris said the former Nebraska Republican senator’s “complex record and controversial statements he has made since his public service on strategic and political affairs” necessitated a closer look.
Senate Republicans blocked Hagel’s nomination through a filibuster. He received 58 votes — two shy of the amount needed to break the hold, as Senate Majority Leader (D-Nev.) switched from a yes vote so he could bring up Hagel’s nomination again.
Republicans said the White House rushed the nomination, which they said necessitated the hold. Reid and President Obama accused the GOP of playing politics.
And while Hagel is still likely to get confirmed, the hold underscores the touchy matter of his nomination.
Republicans have taken issue with Hagel on several topics, with Israel being prominent.
The GOP has highlighted a comment Hagel made during an interview while still in the Senate in which he said the Jewish lobby “intimidates a lot of people.” Hagel has said he misspoke, mentioning he said “Israel lobby” elsewhere in that interview.
Republicans also have aired concerns with an earlier Hagel statement in which he supported U.S. engagement with Hamas.
While AJC is calling for more discussion, some pro-Israel lobby groups have backed Hagel’s nomination.
In a December statement, the liberal J Street advocacy group said it was “appalled by efforts surfacing in recent days to question his (Hagel’s) commitment to the state of Israel and to Middle East peace.”
Republican senators have  also been looking into Hagel’s financial doings and also past speeches. As per the latter, are they expecting to uncover his speech to the Associated Communist Satanic Child Abuse Society of America? And that newly elected junior senator from Texas, Ted Cruz was saying something about him taking money from terrorists or the like- “We do not know, for example, if he received compensation for giving paid speeches at extreme or radical groups,” Cruz told the Senate Armed Services Committee before it voted Tuesday to approve Hagel’s nomination. “It is at a minimum relevant to know if that $200,000 that he deposited in his bank account came directly from Saudi Arabia, came directly from North Korea.”

The Citizens United  Supreme Court decision made it possible for thinly disguised foreign money to circulate in the US. Pro-Israel Super pacs proliferated. Witness Sheldon Adelson’s attempt to purchase the last Prez election for Mitt Romney:
The list below tells an obvious tale of who controls the US government.

Top Senate Recipients Funded by Pro Israel PACS

Recipient Amount
Mark Kirk $945,679
John McCain $772,327
Benjamin Cardin $446,948
Mitch McConnell $404,700
Carl Levin $366,278
Robert Menéndez $343,394
Richard Durbin $325,112
Kirsten Gillibrand $312,687
Mary Landrieu $294,259
Harry Reid $261,708
Frank Lautenberg $258,333
Barbara Boxer $245,179
Charles Schumer $243,149
Bill Nelson $236,150
Ron Wyden $219,931
Sheldon Whitehouse $214,421
Sherrod Brown $212,175
Robert Casey $203,450
Claire McCaskill $175,396
Debbie Stabenow $169,089
Barbara Mikulski $168,250
Mark Udall $162,923
Roger Wicker $152,561
Bob Corker $151,820
Roy Blunt $144,750
Susan Collins $141,518
Mark Warner $140,651
Mark Pryor $138,250
Jeff Merkley $137,130
John Rockefeller $123,807
John Thune $122,725
Max Baucus $121,050
Amy Klobuchar $119,302
Pat Roberts $116,900
Jeanne Shaheen $114,374
Jon Tester $113,557
John Reed $111,140
Michael Bennet $109,126
Al Franken $109,018
Tom Udall $107,468
John Cornyn $107,000
David Vitter $105,469
Joe Manchin $103,910
Saxby Chambliss $103,650
Tim Johnson $92,465
Kelly Ayotte $90,350
Martin Heinrich $89,160
Maria Cantwell $87,722
Jefferson Sessions $86,550
Lisa Murkowski $85,900
John Barrasso $84,550
Lindsey Graham $84,515
Daniel Coats $81,733
Tammy Baldwin $81,637
Patty Murray $81,550
Thomas Harkin $81,480
Richard Blumenthal $80,640
Orrin Hatch $80,250
Patrick Leahy $74,062
Marco Rubio $73,800
Richard Burr $70,850
Robert Portman $68,815
John Hoeven $67,535
Thomas Carper $64,450
Mike Johanns $63,635
Dianne Feinstein $63,520
James Inhofe $60,000
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