Paper Tiger POTUS: Obama’s ‘red line’ on Syria totally just a gaffe, guys!

No, it’s not. This is what happens when one only has the vast experience of  community organizing from which to draw.

@cspanwj Linda why did Obama draw a red line on Syria knowing full well he wouldn’t do anything if they crossed the line??

— Liz Smith (@kybelle1957) May 5, 2013

Why, indeed?

Obama put himself in a terrible position with this red line stuff and now has to pretend words don’t have meaning to get out of it.

— AG (@AG_Conservative) April 30, 2013

Prescient! Because, guess what? President Obama’s “red line” comment was totally just a gaffe, guys!

Paper tiger. “@ktumulty: Obama administration, via @nytimes, now says Obama’s Syria “red line” was a gaffe. Huge implications here.”

— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) May 5, 2013

More from The New York Times. Note, it also gives President Obama cover by titling the piece “Off-the-Cuff Obama Line Put U.S. in Bind on Syria”:

In a frenetic series of meetings, the White House devised a 48-hour plan to deter President Bashar al-Assad of Syria by using intermediaries like Russia and Iran to send a message that one official summarized as, “Are you crazy?” But when Mr. Obama emerged to issue the public version of the warning, he went further than many aides realized he would.

Moving or using large quantities of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” and “change my calculus,” the president declared in response to a question at a news conference, to the surprise of some of the advisers who had attended the weekend meetings and wondered where the “red line” came from. With such an evocative phrase, the president had defined his policy in a way some advisers wish they could take back.

He totally didn’t mean it and stuff. Whatever!

Twitter users are rightly disgusted.

So are Obama’s advisors throwing Obama under the bus on Syria?…

— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) May 5, 2013

Obama aide says about RED LINE: “what the president said in August was unscripted”–> Oh sure, if it was unscripted we can all forget abt it

— Edisa (@EdisWorldView) May 5, 2013

#Obama aide says about #REDLINE: “what the president said in August wasunscripted”–> Oh, never mind then, Barry!…

— Edisa (@EdisWorldView) May 5, 2013

Um, about that red line…I changed my mind, I think, but you should be scared of me, I’m strong…not. -Obama on Syria

— Laura Hall (@manishka78) May 5, 2013

A Red Line in August is not the same as Red Line in May. You buncha dummies. #POTUS

— Rick Sheridan (@RickSheridan) May 5, 2013

When #ISRAEL says theres a #REDLINE…it means U cross it, U suffer consequences! #OBAMA‘S REDLINE is made w/ an ERASER…SHAME ON OUR POTUS

— Edmond Sokol (@DEMSnREPS2BLAME) May 5, 2013

#HeadDesk MT @ktumulty: Obama administration now says Obama’s Syria “red line” was a gaffe. Huge implications here.

— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) May 5, 2013

Amateur hour. MT @ktumulty: Obama administration says Obama’s Syria “red line” was a gaffe. Huge implications here.

— Conservative Wahoo (@ConsWahoo) May 5, 2013

Apparently obama places the red line @ syria and Israeli planes blows it up .bebe gets it . Obama doesn’t .

— Eddie ‘s daughter(@BHanney) May 5, 2013

Obama’s “Red Line” on Syria seems to have been drawn with disappearing ink.

— Jim Hall (@tryonagitator) May 5, 2013

As Twitchy reported last evening, Israel launched a second strike against Syria.

This airstrike is brought to you by Obama’s “red line”…

— Andrew Stiles (@AndrewStilesNRO) May 5, 2013

Shorter Israeli Defense Force: “President Obama, what about your gaffes?!”

— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) May 5, 2013

Shorter Israel: we see the redline violation and we’ll do what Obama is afraid to do.

— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) May 4, 2013

Notice that as soon as Obama clarified that his Syria “red line” warnings were utter BS, Israel goes in and does the job for him.

— Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) May 5, 2013

The “Evolving Red Line” @exjon MT When Obama clarified that his Syria “red line” warnings were utter BS, Israeldoes the job for him.

— chase grace (@mkflyguy) May 5, 2013

Israel to Obama- “That’s a red line”

— S.M (@redsteeze) May 4, 2013

World notices. MT@exjon: Notice as soon as Obama clarified that his Syria “red line” warnings were utter BS, Israel goes in-does the job.

— Mary Smelser (@mdsmelser) May 5, 2013


To get a glimpse of what a disaster Obama Foreign Policy is make sure you read this NY Times piece… #Syria #redline

— Rastakhiz (@sedaye_iran) May 5, 2013


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Busted: John McCain admits playing on iPhone during Syria hearing

As Twitchy noted earlier, an eagle-eyed Washington Post photographer spotted Sen. John McCain playing poker on his iPhone during today’s hearing on Syria. Word spread quickly through social media, and it didn’t take long for the news to reach McCain himself. The senator was unapologetic, though; it was a really long meeting, after all, and John Kerry was doing most of the talking.!/JamesGayleLaw/status/375022979870384128

Exactly. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, as long as you had fun.!/Stranahan/status/375024333996830721

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‘Amazing, humble patriot': Late ‘Gilligan’s Island’ star Russell Johnson was also a WWII hero

They sure don’t.

“Gilligan’s Island” star Russell Johnson, aka The Professor, passed away early this morning. Many fans are paying tribute to him for his role on the beloved TV show, but there was so much more to him than that:

From The Wrap:

Born in rural northeastern Pennsylvania, Johnson graduated from a private boarding school for orphaned children before joining the Air Force, flying dozens of combat missions in World War II – including one that turned him into a real-life castaway in the Philippines in 1945. Johnson’s B-25 bomber was shot down by heavy flak; he broke both his ankles during the mission, and received the Purple Heart.

A true hero.

Russell Johnson (The Professor on Gilligan's Island)
flew 44 combat missions in WWII, until his B-25 was shot down.
(Via @GerryCallahan)— Ed Shahzade (@Ed) January 16, 2014

Badass, indeed. RIP.



‘My heart is broken’: Dawn Wells bids farewell ‘Gilligan’s Island’ costar Russell Johnson

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21 Movies You Should Watch If You Love Food

Kind of gives the term “chewing scenery” a whole new meaning.

1. Chef (2014)

Aldamisa Entertainment


Carl (Jon Favreau) is a chef at an upscale restaurant who feels stunted by the repetitive menu insisted upon by his boss. When he loses his temper and consequently his job, he gets back to his cooking roots making Cuban sandwiches in a food truck with his estranged son.

Most Delicious Scene: Carl’s seductive and simple pasta with pesto.

Where You Can Watch It: Netflix.

2. The Lunchbox (2013)

Sikhya Entertainment


Young, neglected housewife Ila (Nimrat Kaur) in Mumbai sends an extra-special lunch to her husband via the city’s sprawling courier service in the hopes of rekindling the flame. When it is mistakenly delivered to a solitary widower (Irfan Khan), the two begin a sweet though deluded relationship.

Most Delicious Scene: The paneer, in all its iterations.

Where You Can Watch It: Amazon.

3. Chocolat (2000)



Single mother Vianne (Juliette Binoche) and her daughter move to rural France and open a chocolaterie across the street from the local church. Their sweet indulgences and Sunday hours (gasp!) cause a moral uproar, unaided by the arrival of swarthy gypsy Roux (Johnny Depp). But really, how long can people hold out against chocolate?

Most Delicious Scene: Anytime a piece of chocolate passes Johnny Depp’s lips. UNF.

Where You Can Watch It: Amazon.

4. Big Night (1996)

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Brothers Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and Secondo (Stanley Tucci) are Italian emigrants who have opened a restaurant in New York. Primo is the sophisticated chef who will not bow to patrons’ pedestrian expectations of Italian fare; Secondo is the smooth-talking manager who just wants to run a good business. When they’re tapped for a special benefit concert, they attempt to compromise and pull out all the stops for their “big night.”

Most Delicious Scene: The unveiling of the timpano.

Where You Can Watch It: Netflix.

5. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

Magnolia Pictures


This now-classic food documentary follows 85-year-old Jiro Ono, a world-renowned sushi chef completely devoted to his craft. Watching relentless pursuit of perfection is equal parts awe-inspiring, soul-crushing and totally mouthwatering.

Most Delicious Scene: Jiro sushi course “concerto.”

Where You Can Watch It: Netflix.

6. Babette’s Feast (1987)

MGM Home Entertainment

MGM Home Entertainment


Set in a remote 19th Danish century village, two sisters forlorn lead a strict life spent caring for their father, the local minister. Years after missed opportunities to move away and the death of their father, they take in French refugee, Babette Hersant, as their servant. Babette repays the sisters for their kindness with a decadent French meal.

Most Delicious Scene: The feast, of course!

Where You Can Watch It: Hulu Plus.

7. Like Water For Chocolate (1992)



This movie is all about the passionate affair between Tita (Lumi Cavazos), a beauty from a traditional Mexican family who is forbidden to marry, and Pedro (Marco Leonardi), the young stallion who has stolen her heart. If that doesn’t get you, here’s the twist: Everything Tita cooks is infused with her emotions, causing powerful and not always pleasant reactions in all who consume it.

Most Delicious Scene: Tita’s quail in rose petal sauce.

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8. Waitress (2007)

Fox Searchlight Pictures


Jenna (Keri Russell) is a melancholy and pregnant waitress practicing the art of pie-making at her diner in the hopes of winning the local bake-off and earning enough money to leave her husband. All that changes when a cute new doctor comes to town, and the myriad pies become less a job for Jenna and more a form of therapy.

Most Delicious Scene: “Earl Murders Me Because I’m Having An Affair” Pie.

Where You Can Watch It: Amazon.

9. Ratatouille (2007)

Walt Disney Pictures


Remy (Patton Oswalt) is a rat with a sophisticated palette. When he comes across the kitchen of a fantastic French restaurant, he teams up with the awkward garbage boy Alfredo Linguini (Lou Romano) to bring both their cooking dreams to life. Hijinks ensue.

Most Delicious Scene: When Remy whips up his first soup.

Where You Can Watch It: Amazon.

10. The Trip (2010)

IFC Films


Steve Coogan is asked to tour the finest restaurants of Northern England. When his girlfriend backs out, he invites his best frenemy and fellow comedian Rob Brydon instead. Get ready for incredible cuisine, beautiful countryside, and spot-on Michael Caine impressions.

Most Delicious Scene: Every time Rob orders the scallops.

Where You Can Watch It: Netflix.

11. Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

The Samuel Goldwyn Company


This movie centers around the dinner table of a widowed, masterful Chinese chef and his three grown daughters in Taipai, Taiwan. Each heavenly Sunday meals brings a fresh clash between the modern, independent daughters and their traditional father.

Most Delicious Scene: The opening sequence. The precision! The steam! THE MEAT.

Where You Can Watch It: Amazon.

12. Haute Cuisine (2012)

The Weinstein Company


Based on a true story, Hortense Laborie (Catherine Frot) is a celebrated chef in small-town France who is suddenly tapped by the President of the Republic to be his personal cook. Though she faces mad shade from the mostly male kitchen staff and more attention from the president, Laborie finds power in her indisputably amazing cooking.

Most Delicious Scene: The president’s midnight tartine snack with black truffles.

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13. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Warner Bros Entertainment


A poor boy wins a chance to visit the most glorious chocolate factory ever imagined by mere human minds. Even the wallpaper tastes great! Dude who owns it is kind of strange, though.

Most Delicious Scene: THE CHOCOLATE ROOM.

Where You Can Watch It: Amazon.

14. Romantics Anonymous (2010)



The French and their chocolate, amiright? It’s the cute story of the owner of a small chocolate factory and his new chocolatiere, both painfully timid but totally passionate about their work.

Most Delicious Scene: The chocolate tasting.

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15. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (2009)

Amblin Entertainment


Misfit scientist Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) has created a machine to turn water into food, which goes haywire when it starts converting the water in the atmosphere: It starts raining food! So basically all your childhood—ok, adulthood—dreams come true.

Most Delicious Scene: The ice cream storm!

Where You Can Watch It: Amazon.

16. Spinning Plates (2012)

Chaos Theory Entertainment


This delectable documentary follows three unique chefs, each serving very different in their own amazing way. From Michelin-rated to backyard BBQs, this movie explores how it doesn’t matter what or where you cook, just that you have a passion for food.

Most Delicious Scene: The twisted artistry of yuba, shrimp, orange, miso.

Where You Can Watch It: Netflix.

17. I Am Love (2009)

Mikado Films


This film is about a Russian woman Emma (Tilda Swinton) who marries into a powerful Milanese family, though haute living leaves her feeling unfulfilled. Enter Antonio (Edoardo Gabbriellini), a talented chef who rewakens her passion for life with—what else?—food.

Most Delicious Scene: The prawns.

Where You Can Watch It: Amazon.

18. Bottle Shock (2008)

Intellectual Properties Worldwide


Ok, it’s about the rise of respectability in California winemaking, but you need something to wash down all these food films! Parisian sommelier Steven Spurrier (Alan Rickman) comes to Cali in 1976 to find the best wine to go head-to-head with its French counterparts in a blind taste test.

Most Delicious Scene: The Judgement of Paris.

Where You Can Watch It: Netflix.

19. Spirited Away (2001)

Walt Disney Studio


When young Chihiro and her family make a pitstop on their way to their new home in the Japanese countryside, they wander into an abandoned amusement park secretly ruled by demons and spirits. When her parents are turned into pigs, Chihiro must find a way to barter with the master of the spiritual bathhouse for all of their freedom.

Most Delicious Scene: When the spirit No-Face is all of us: “Just keep the food coming! I want to eat everything!”

Where You Can Watch It: You can buy it on Amazon.

20. Marie Antoinette (2006)

Columbia Pictures


A dramatic interpretation of the lavish lifestyle of Marie Antoinette in the years leading up to the French Revolution. It’s hard to tell what’s more delicious: all the scandal or all the cake. (JK it’s obviously the cake.)

Most Delicious Scene: So many balls, so many pastries.

Where You Can Watch It: Amazon.

21. Julie & Julia (2009)

Columbia PIctures


The drool-worthy retelling of one woman’s attempt to cook through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Start watching for the food, keep watching for Meryl Streep.

Most Delicious Scene: Boeuf bourguinion and raspberry Bavarian cream.

Where You Can Watch It: iTunes.

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IRS agents to slip on rubber gloves, lab coats to enforce Obamacare tax?

Yes. Or maybe they can at least buy us all dinner first!

On the heels of the decision that the Obamacare mandate is really a “tax,” Twitter users wonder what this means: Will their doctors be replaced by Mr. Tax Man? Naturally, this tax that isn’t a tax according to the Obama administration (words are hard) conveniently already sparked the addition of thousands of IRS employees to the government payroll.

Again, Obamacare has budget for 16K new IRS agents to enforce the law and nobody thought it was a tax?!?

— D. Dextra (@DollyDextra) June 29, 2012

@RedOctober7 @micflo18 Now that it was magically pulled a tax, it can be enforced through the IRS. 16,000 IRS agents have already been hired

— david smith (@petlessons) June 29, 2012

Thousands of new IRS agents are getting their wings today

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) June 28, 2012

What will these new health care decision makers and enforcers do?

Will the IRS agents who come for your ObamaCare tax be wearing scrubs and masks? That would enhance their effectiveness, because creepy.

— John Hayward (@Doc_0) June 29, 2012

Super creepy! Kind of like the Stepford Doctors who were handed out lab coats in the Rose Garden. Welcome your new health care overlords.

After all, you don't want the IRS to come visiting, do you? MT @BarackObama: Say you're standing with President Obama on health care

— Rschrim (@Rschrim) June 29, 2012

When I was diagnosed w/cancer I was told my oncologist wld be my closest friend – know one said the IRS wld be my friend too!!! #tax #tcot

— Michael (@pfloyd325) June 29, 2012

How will the IRS enforce this health insurance tax on people who currently don't file tax returns?

— Jim Jamitis (@anthropocon) June 29, 2012

4500 new IRS agents…….ready to hunt you down…confiscate your bank account put a lien on your property….if you don't buy Obamascam

— f396 (@f396) June 29, 2012

Will IRS agents get training in how to give vaccines? #ObamaTAX

— Legal Immigrant (@votermom) June 29, 2012

It's like a big hug, delivered by the IRS. RT @davidharsanyi: you mean shared responsibility payment penalty

— John Hayward (@Doc_0) June 29, 2012

So will the IRS agents be signing me in at my doctors office? Taking my medical insurance card, payments?

— Jerry (@Durango24k) June 29, 2012

Obamacare: Doctors don't make house calls anymore but IRS Agents can't wait to make a visit.

— Cynthia Heath (@CynthiaCHeath) June 29, 2012

More power for the ever-popular, and now medical expert, Internal Revenue Service?

Exclusive: IRS officials tell FBN the Supreme Court health-care ruling gives the IRS more power than initially thought.

— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) June 29, 2012

@MarkSteynOnline: "Only in America does "health" "care" "reform" begin with the hiring of 16,500 new IRS agents"

— Justin Hart (@justin_hart) June 29, 2012

The genius Mark Steyn sums it up best.

Indeed, citizens of many Continental countries now have more – what’s the word? – liberty in matters of health care than Americans. That’s to say, they have genuinely universal government systems alongside genuinely private-system alternatives. Only in America does “health” “care” “reform” begin with the hiring of 16,500 new IRS agents tasked with determining whether your insurance policy merits a fine. It is the perverse genius of Obamacare that it will kill off what’s left of a truly private health sector without leading to a truly universal system. However, it will be catastrophically unaffordable, hideously bureaucratic, and ever more coercive. So what’s not to like?

To give Chief Justice Roberts’ argument more credit than it deserves, governments use taxes as a form of incentive. There is mortgage-tax relief because the state feels homeownership is generally a good thing. Conversely, not buying health insurance is a bad thing, so such antisocial behavior should be liable to a kind of antisocial tax. But, as presently constituted, the Supreme Court’s new “tax” is a steal – $695 is cheaper than most annual health insurance policies. Especially when, under Obamacare, you’re allowed to wait till you get ill to take out health insurance, and you can’t be turned down. Which is why the cost of insurance is already rising, and will rise higher still down the road.

Bingo. But, hey, “shovel-ready” jobs for IRS agents.

Obamacare creating jobs. IRS will hire 4000+ agents to enforce the dang thing. But don't worry folks that will only affect taxpayers

— tom bononno (@tomjbo) June 29, 2012

So we can't now have our own plans? What kind of Maddof scheme are the Feds making us buy? IRS penalizing for non payment or incorrect plan?

— Carmen G Pastor (@cgpb) June 29, 2012

“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” If the Tax Man says so, that is.

Fortunately for Obama, the IRS is really, really popular, so people will welcome its involvement in health insurance.

— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) June 28, 2012

So, there’s that. All hail unintended consequences?

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The Breakout Star Of #Empire Was In #TheMightyDucks

Quack, quack, quack, Jamal.

1. Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon on Empire, is the breakout star of the hit Fox series.

Chuck Hodes / Fox

Even though we all know Taraji P. Henson, who plays Cookie Lyon, is the star.

2. But what many might not know about the newly beloved actor is that he starred in The Mighty Ducks in 1992.

Walt Disney Pictures.

He played Terry Hall, younger brother of the more outspoken Jesse Hall (played by Brandon Quintin Adams), for the Ducks (formerly known as District 5).

3. In the movie, he was facepalming before it was a thing and making the best “duh” face of all time.

Walt Disney Pictures

Walt Disney Pictures


4. But Terry shared a lot with Jamal…

5. Like standing up to authority, i.e. here’s Terry giving his coach, Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez), some serious and warranted attitude, much like Jamal did with his father Lucious (Terrence Howard).

Walt Disney Pictures

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6. And Terry stuck with his brother Jesse the same way Jamal does with Hakeem (Bryshere Gray).

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7. And that signature smile proves nothing’s changed in 23 years.

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8. Also, both Terry and Jamal dealt with ignorance. For the former it was race-based…

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Walt Disney Pictures


9. And for the latter it was because of his sexuality.


10. Terry and Jamal were both in awe of their heroes…

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11. They both gave excellent game face…

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12. And they both served up some A+ shit-talking.

Walt Disney Pictures

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13. Watch Jussie Smollett on Empire, which airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.

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You Need To Follow The TSA Instagram Right Now

Where else are you gonna find a bag of eels, really?

1. Sometimes people do the darndest things. Like, say, try to smuggle 92 pounds of marijuana through the airport security line.

2. Thankfully, the TSA has an informative/hilarious Instagram page that captures some of the best things recovered in security searches.

Like this medieval ball and chain.

3. Their Insta chronicles typical confiscated items, like handguns.

This one was loaded.

4. To the truly bizarre.

Fun fact: Anything that resembles a hand grenade is gonna get confiscated.

5. Oh sure, take your bag of eels across state lines.

According to the TSA, “the passenger was attempting to transport 163 marine tropical fish and 22 invertebrates” into Venezuela.

6. Or your pantyhose filled with tiny snakes.

Yes, that’s an actual thing someone tried to smuggle through a security checkpoint.

7. There are tons of weapons confiscated, like this smoke grenade.


9. A gaggle of knives.

10. And tactical axes.

11. People are always trying to smuggle hand grenades through, for some reason.

12. Another hand grenade.

13. So many hand grenades.

14. Some people use ~creative~ means of trying to smuggle weapons through — like stuffed animals.

15. This knife was found stuffed into the sole of a shoe.

16. This inert grenade was stuffed inside a stuffed animal penguin.

17. And these knife blades were found taped into a Scooby Doo greeting card.


18. Important rule: You may check your sword in your luggage but you can’t put it in your carry-on.

19. The account also features the cute doggies of the TSA K9 unit. THIS IS ROKO.

20. And here is Hilbert. HILBERT!

21. So remember: Have a great trip and leave your C4 explosive at home.

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