[WATCH] Stephen Colbert educates Americans on Ukraine, US-Russian relations

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, March 5, 2014

Leave it to Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert to provide humor to a history lesson about the crisis in Ukraine and the difficult relationship between the United States and Russia.

“The Colbert Report” host opened up his show Tuesday night with a segment on the region, which has faced internal strife and civil unrest over the past few weeks as protestors hoping to modernize the former U.S.S.R. state. The protests have already led to the ouster of former President Viktor Yanukoyvch and the establishment of a new government.

In a new segment entitled “Better Know A Geopolitical Flashpoint” (akin to his “Better Know A District” political series), Colbert described the history of “Ukraine’s ballsac” – a.k.a. the Crimean peninsula – where much of the fighting is taking place. According to the faux conservative, at one point Crimea was run by the goths, the subject of a Lord Alfred Tennyson poem, and also ceded back from Russia to Ukraine in 1954 in an agreement involving a bottle of Stoli.

Colbert then discussed the latest “Cold War Update” between the United States and Russia, despite taking the time to answer his “shoe phone” and tell the person who called to “leave a message with his other foot.” Expressing his worry (and excitement) that “Obama may be in way over his head” when dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the crisis in Ukraine, Colbert suggests that the Democrat buck up and prove he’s a man.

“Obama needs to immediately do something ‘manly’ – maybe a one-armed push-up or carve a canoe or invade a foreign country,” he said. “How about Iraq? Third time’s the charm.”

Colbert then went on to accuse the president of being “outplayed” by Putin, particularly when it comes to wardrobe choices.

“Right now the President of the United States is being outplayed,” he continued. “Look at what he wore Saturday during a tense 90-minute phone call with Vladimir Putin: no tie, jeans with a jean shirt. What is this, casual doomsday? Meanwhile, on the other end you know Putin’s shirtless, stroking a tiger, looking into an infinity mirror.”

The Comedy Central host wasn’t too thrilled with how Obama response following the phone call, either: Sending in a drone — a.k.a. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Watch the segment in full below.

Calif. Dem. accuses GOP leadership of being ‘Wolves of Wall Street’

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, March 3, 2014

Although it didn’t win any awards at the 86th Annual Academy Awards Sunday night, the Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio biopic“The Wolf of Wall Street”managed to nonetheless make waves in the political Twitterverse.

That’s because California Rep. Mark Takano, a Democrat representing the state’s 41st Congressional District, unsuccessfully tried to tie key Congressional Republicans to the movie about the epic rise and fall of Wall Street stockbroker Jordan Belfort.

Takano’s tweet wasn’t public long, however, before the freshman Congressman was called out on its hypocritical message.

[WATCH] Pope Francis accidentally curses in front of live audience

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, March 3, 2014

Pope Francis did not have one of his finest outings Sunday, as he accidentally recited the Italian equivalent of the F-bomb during his weekly blessing at the Vatican.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Argentine-born leader of the Roman Catholic Church was talking about the current political crisis in Ukraine and meant to say the word caso, meaning example, when he mispronounced it so it sounded somewhat like a different Italian word he definitely did not mean to say.

“If each one of us does not amass riches only for oneself, but half for the service of others, in this [expletive],” the Pope said (translated into English, according to The New York Daily News), before quickly catching himself and moving on.”In this case the providence of God will become visible through this gesture of solidarity.”

While the mistake is considered to be a common one, especially for someone who is not a native Italian speaker, it nonetheless went viral rather quickly.

The incident was a rare misstep for the rather popular pope, who is often considered to be a more relatable papal leader than his predecessors. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll from December found that 57 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the pontiff, compared to just 36 percent of Americans who have a favorable opinion of the Catholic church. TIME Magazine’s 2013 Person of the Year also received a 92 percent approval rating from the nation’s Catholics in an ABC News/Washington Post poll last December as well.

Watch the pope’s gaffe below.

[PHOTO] Obama’s nerded-out selfie at the White House Student Film Festival

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, March 1, 2014

Science nerds, unite! President Barack Obama has once again found himself in the middle of an awesome presidential selfie, this time with two of the nation’s preeminent scientists – Bill Nye (“The Science Guy”) and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

“What an honor. And we even pulled off ‘The Presidential Selfie’ (!!),” Nye wrote on Instagram.

Both men were at the White House Friday as part of the first-annual White House Student Film Festival. The festival, which focused on the importance of technology in everyday life, showcased 16 of the more than 2,500 official entries received from students nationwide.

Attendees also saw a sneak peek of the new “Cosmos” TV series, hosted by Tyson and set to premiere on March 9.

“The Academy Awards are not until Sunday, but as you can see, we brought the Oscars to the White House a little bit early,” Obama told the student filmmakers. “We’ve got the red carpet, we’ve got the big screens, the opening monologue. The only difference is, nobody asks what you’re wearing.”

The scientists were later joined by “Harold and Kumar” actor Kal Penn for another selfie. Penn, who also starred on Fox’s “House, M.D.”, served as the associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement during the president’s first term.

GOP congressional candidate channels Frank Underwood in new campaign ad

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, March 1, 2014

Watch out Frank Underwood – you have some serious competition coming your way in the form of congressional candidate Carl DeMaio.

The California Republican, who’s running against freshman Democrat Scott Peters in the state’s 52nd Congressional District, channeled some of the darkness channeled by the ruthless politician from Netflix’s “House of Cards.”

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DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, the others being Richard Tisei of Massachusetts and Dan Innis of New Hampshire. DeMaio and Tisei are both on the GOP’s list of potential “Young Gun” candidates for the 2014 cycle.

 

A one-term member of the San Diego City Council, DeMaio lost the 2012 Republican Mayoral primary to now-former Mayor Bob Filner. Filner later stepped down from the post in August after being charged with (and later found guilty of) false imprisonment and battery stemming from his repeated inappropriate sexual behavior toward women. He was sentenced to three month’s home confinement and three years probation back in December as part of a plea deal.

 

California’s 52nd Congressional District, which includes a large chunk of San Diego, is considered to be a pure toss-up according to the Cook Political Report. It has a partisan voter index rating of D+2.

 

“Democrat Scott Peters defeated Rep. Brian Bilbray (R), 51 percent to 48 percent, in 2012 and is extremely vulnerable in his first re-election. Peters faces former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio (R) this fall in what should be one of the top races in the country,” the release announcing the downgrading said. “After a high profile (though unsuccessful) bid for mayor of San Diego, DeMaio may actually start the race with higher name I.D. than the incumbent. The Republican also got out to a strong fundraising pace with over $1 million in 2013. That should put him at or near Peters in finances.”

 

 

[WATCH] Bill Maher outrageously claims Obama’s skin color led to formation of Tea Party

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, March 1, 2014

Bill Maher’s made some ridiculously outrageous claims about Republicans over the years, but his latest blows them all out of the water. The HBO talk show host asserted on his show Friday night that the Tea Party – which celebrated its fifth anniversary this week – started not because of economic concerns but rather the color of President Barack Obama’s skin.

“It was about a black president,” Maher said about the Tea Party’s origins.

“That’s bulls***,” The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol retorted back at him. “That is total bulls***. You think tens of millions of people just out there — even you don’t believe that,” he added. “You’re just saying that.”

“I totally believe that,” Maher insisted.

Earlier in the segment, Maher attempted to defend socialism by claiming that many of the companies that had been bailed out by the federal government in 2008 and 2009 had since paid back their debts to the treasury in full (or close to it). Kristol then explained to the liberal talk show host that the Tea Party had formed in response to President Obama’s plans for healthcare reform (later known as the Affordable Care Act) and the passage of the $830 billion stimulus plan and the Trouble Asset Relief Program (TARP).

“They were right to be worried about them, I think they were very bad precedent,” Kristol said of the stimulus plan and TARP.

Conservative CNN commentator Margaret Hoover later chimed in, arguing that the Tea Party started out as “a truly fiscal disciplinary mass movement” calling out politicians on both sides of the spectrum but later grew out-of-control after the 2010 Midterm elections, as conservative firebrands like Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and grassroots organizations took over the movement.

Watch the NSFW-segment below.

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h/t The Blaze

[WATCH] Michele Bachmann claims Tea Party is as strong now as it was in 2010

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, March 1, 2014

Just because former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is leaving Washington, D.C. at the end of the year doesn’t mean she thinks the Tea Party – of which she is a leader – is going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, the Minnesota Congresswoman thinks the grassroots movement is as strong now as it was during the 2010 Midterm elections.

Bachmann, who is the founder and chair of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus, made the assertion on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” Friday as the two discussed the future of the Tea Party movement in the United States, which celebrated its fifth anniversary earlier in the week.

“I think that we are looking as strong in 2014 as we were in 2010 when as a result of that strength we took the gavel out of Nancy Pelosi’s hand,” she told co-host Bill Hemmer. “I believe that we have the potential to take the gavel out of Harry Reid’s hand in the U.S. Senate this year, and that’s because Americans want to adhere to principles of economic sanity – they don’t want to have this out-of-control spending madness from either party.”

Earlier in the segment Bachmann noted that the movement “is alive and well and kicking.”

“You see it reflected in the polls, I think especially the one was done recently that showed that six in ten Americans are disaffected with Obamacare – 55 percent according to your own poll say they wish the law had never been passed,” she said. “This impetus really came as a result of the Tea Party movement. The Tea Party rose up because the American people were sick of this out-of-control spending. The Tea Party believes we’re taxed enough already, the government shouldn’t spend more than what it takes in and it should follow the Constitution.”

Bachmann also told Hemmer that the GOP needs to focus on political unity in 2014, particularly when it comes to candidates for office – a particularly noteworthy remark considering that infighting between the Tea Party movement and the Republican establishment potentially cost the party several House and Senate seats over the past two cycles.

“Our message this year needs to be about unifying – and if we find a candidate that we agree with 80 percent of the time we get around them, because one thing the political left understands [is that] you have to win elections, that’s what we have to do to govern,” she said.

And, in case you’re worried that Bachmann will be leaving the political realm for good, Bachmann told Hemmer she “intends to be here for a long time to come.”

Watch the segment below.