To understand what happened yesterday is to ask where it happened. Unlike the exotic locale of the first Obama treachery speech yesterday’s treacheries happened at the State Department. Why the State Department? One aim was to attempt to squash any rebellion within the State Department and send the message to Israel and Arab/Muslim states that Obama is directing the State Department and that there will be no “good cop” Hillary that will be able to come to the rescue. Obama knows and fears Hillary will defend Israel and Obama does not want anyone to attempt to get Hillary on board a sub rosa “help Israel” campaign.
The New York Times reports today that before the speech Prime Minister Netanyahu called Hillary Clinton before the speech and he was “furious”:
“As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel heads to the White House on Friday for the seventh meeting since President Obama took office, the two men are facing a turning point in a relationship that has never been warm.
By all accounts, they do not trust each other. President Obama has told aides and allies that he does not believe that Mr. Netanyahu will ever be willing to make the kind of big concessions that will lead to a peace deal.
For his part, Mr. Netanyahu has complained that Mr. Obama has pushed Israel too far — a point driven home during a furious phone call with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday morning, just hours before Mr. Obama’s speech, during which the prime minister reacted angrily to the president’s plan to endorse Israel’s pre-1967 borders for a future Palestinian state.”
The news account relates that Barack Obama intends to stab Israel in the back this September by not helping to get European allies to reject a United Nations resolution unilaterally establishing a Palestinian state. The Times notes that Obama “the son of a Muslim man from Kenya whose introduction to the Arab-Israeli conflict was initially framed by discussions with pro-Palestinian academics.”
Time for Friday movie.
I've got a hole in my heart and it goes all the way to China and you better believe me it's a long way down . . .
That's a song on the soundtrack of tonight's movie. Who sings it?
She is one of my favorites. And, growing up, two of my favorite movies to watch over and over -- after I got done with cartoon films -- were "Goonies" and "Vibes." The song is from "Vibes" but Cyndi also had two songs in "Goonies" -- "Good Enough" and I forget the other one. She didn't act in "Goonies" but she did in "Vibes."
I had an uncle who used to watch it with me sometimes. He would always put it down and tell me Madonna was better and Madonna had a duet with Prince and Madonna blah, blah, blah. He'd try to get me to watch Madonna's films like "Who's The Girl" where it looks like she glued two hairy caterpillars over her eyes. Madonna couldn't act then and still can't today.
But Cyndi Lauper could and can.
And in "Vibes" she plays Sylvia. When Sylvia was 12, she went into a coma. When she came out of it, Louise was with her. Louise is Sylvia's spiritual guide.
Louise can tell her which horse is going to win and other things. Jeff Goldblum co-stars in the film as Nick. When he touches an object, his psychic powers allow him to know the entire history of what happened to it.
And Peter Falk plays Harry. Harry gets Louise and Sylvia to help him find his son. Only Harry's a con artist.
So it's an action adventure and it's a comedy and it's a really good movie.
There are a lot of movies I loved as a kid that I watch now and I'm like,"Was I stoned when I was little?" But "Vibes" is one that holds up.
I got a ticket no turning back my destination . . .
All together. When I was little, I used to get up at the end of the movie when the credits would scroll and I'd be dancing around in front of the TV to "Hole In My Heart" (Cyndi's song at the end). It's a fast song.
Hole in my heart that goes all the way to China
You've got to fill it up with love before I fall inside of
This empty hole in my heart that goes all the way to China
And though you can't see the bottom, believe me it's a long way down
If you've never seen "Vibes," I'll note you can currently stream it at Hulu.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"