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Monday, October 24, 2016

Congressman Joe Pitts Calls On Arafat, Sharon To Restart Peace Talks

Congressman Joe Pitts, the Republican representative for Pennsylvania’s 16th congressional district, has an odd plan for peace in the Middle East: he wants Yasser Arafat and Ariel Sharon “to restart a peace process.”

This is strange, considering that Arafat died in 2004 and Sharon has been in a coma since 2006. Despite having visited the Middle East in 2008, Congressman Pitts apparently hasn’t checked up on the Arab-Israeli conflict in a while.

Pitts’ baffling statement came in a letter that he wrote to a constituent who had written him in opposition to U.S. House Resolution 268, which condemned Palestinians. In Pitts’ response, dated April 20, 2012, he wrote:

With the global war against terrorism, it is now incumbent on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Yasir Arafat to clamp down on Palestinian extremists that have perpetuated violence and to restart a peace process that has collapsed.

As the constituent’s son, Ian Rhodewalt, wrote on his blog: “apparently, my congressman believes that the solution for peace in the Middle East will be reached by encouraging negotiations between a vegetable and a dead man.”

“Pitts has unwittingly provided us with a brilliant metaphor of the peace process,” he added. “It is comatose, if not dead.”

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  • Somebody PLEASE tell me idiot was only kidding. Certainly the current House of Representatives is full of dirt-bags and anti-intellectuals, but it is really possible that this Pitts gentleman can truly be that ignorant? Is it a surprise that this moron is a Republican? My eleven year old grandson knows that Arafat is dead. I hope that in November the nations awakens from this two year old nightmare and dumps all of the clowns of obstruction from the House. Then perhaps something can be done to help the country. It seems as if the insane asylum of government gets further and further removed from reality each and every day. BTW, I hope that the electorate who put this man into office are paying attention and rectify their error at the polls. If they don’t they deserve the kind of representation they receive. This is embarrassing.

  • William Deutschlander

    Lynda – In answer to your question about Joe Pitts ignorance not only is he that ignorant, he is much, much worse.
    Joe Pitts is so narrow minded, so IDEALOGUE Republican, so bigoted, so negative, so opposed to collective bargaining (negotiating) that it is impossible for him to find middle ground on any issue. In the final analysis he is anti american, anti democracy.
    Joe Pitts is the Poster Child of exactly the type of individual that should not be in the United States Congress.
    Unfortunately for America and Pennsylvania he happens to run for office in an area that is more than two registered republicans to one registered democrat, the vast majority of the Republicans are generational republicans who would vote for Putin if he was on the republican ballot!

  • chuck tillinghast tillinghast

    and this is a representative of the American people ? awh geesh ! it’s no wonder our country is in shambles , the real brain dead award goes to Congressman J. Pitts ( if in fact this story holds water)

  • 101strac

    What can be said about this? This goes beyond scary. I will write to republican representative pitt directly if I can locate the address to his asylum.

  • Nicodemus1976

    You know, this would be really funny if it weren’t so damn terrifying…

    • Pitts, Bachmann, O’Donnell, Angle, Palin – sure it’s terrifying, but it’s still funny. Why did you think the French theory is that de Tocqueville was stewed to the gills when he wrote Democracy in America?

  • michigangal12

    Someone puleeeze tell me this is a joke! Were his remarks taken “out of context” and does he have a reasonable explanation for being so damn stupid?! Or is it that he’s just another brain dead Republican?

  • ObozoMustGo

    Sounds like when Hank Johnson, D – GA, asked an Army General during a live hearing if the military putting a base on Guam would add so much weight that the island would tip over. Not giving Pitts a pass for his foolish letter, but Hank Johnson IS the height of STUPIDITY!

    Don’t believe me. Google “Hank Johnson Guam” and watch the YouTube video.

    Have a nice day!

    • 101strac

      I sure hope you’ll still be around in November, you know, after the republicans have had their collective asses handed to them. It will be interesting to see if you have learned to type again without the use of caps and exclamation points. I found it interesting that you did not respond to johninPCFL. He managed to raise some issues, make some good points, but apparently, you only wish to comment when you can rant and rave, and generally insult everyone out there, from the president on down, who is not republican. I’ve gone on long enough. November will be here before we know it, and I believe the Democrats will be singing” Happy days are here again”

      • ObozoMustGo

        keep dreaming strac. obozo’s already conceded a large part of the electorate and has swung hard left in the campaign, a tactic that will assure his doom.

        hava a nice day

        (see no caps) 😉

  • ObozoMustGo


    While Pitts gets the “Dummy of the Day” award, let us not forget what the real important issues are and not get distracted by some back-bencher congressman who aparently cant edit. Or, perhaps the printer of the mailer is the one who intentionally changed the text to make him look stupid. Whatever, it’s unimportant. What is important is the fact that Obozo is the biggest failure to Occupy the White House. (By the way, I meant to us the term “Occupy” becuase he’s no better than those bums in Zucotti Park)

    BH Obozo has had a sum total of 1 (one) success. Ordering the killing of OBL. That’s it. There is nothing else in 4 years. Nothing. And even that isnt really as big a deal for him as it is for the soldiers who actually did the mission.

    Lets take a look at some of Obozo’s other “successes”…….

    1) Obozo comes into office $9T in debt. 3.5 years later, $16T in debt
    2) 2 years complete control of the government. NO budget as required by the Constitution. Still has no budget. The one budget he presented that was actually voted on by the Senate wend down to defeat by a vote of 97 to 0. Nice work Mr. President!!! THAT IS an accomplishment!
    3) A new bankrupting entitlement program called Obozocare jammed through congress against the vast majority of Americans who were against it (and still are) and with the blessings of the idiot Nancy Piglosi who said “we have to pass the bill before we know what is in it”. And after all that, the crowing achievement of this president will be struck down like a rabid dog by the SCOTUS. Nice work, Mr. President!
    4) Persistent unemployment that has been the worst since the Great Depression, especially among blacks and young people. His administration keeps claiming unemployment is going down, but in reality, they manipulate the formula by reducing the # of jobs available. And then they claim that over 8% unemployment is good! Quite an accomplishment in propaganda, but not economics, Mr. President.
    5) Promises to close Gitmo…. instead, he spends $750K on a soccer field for terrorists. Dont get me wrong, Gitmo should stay open. This is an example of how stupid and naive Obozo really is. Nice accomplishment, Mr. President!
    6) Gas prices are up 100%++ across the nation. And Obozo is so dumb he actually believes that increasing supply has no effect on prices… what an idiot! Blocking EVERY permit that has come before his administration and blocking pipelines that increase supplies does HAVE consequences, Mr. President. Gas prices are through the roof! Nice going Mr. President!
    7) Real inflation rates are close to 8% or higher. Who measures inflation without food and fuel??????? Obozo does! Another strong achievement in propaganda, Mr. President!
    8) SOLYNDRA!!!!!!!! need I say more?
    9) OK, I will. SOLAR TRUST… another BILLION DOLLAR boondoggle in your attempt to play venture capitalist with taxpayer money that actually goes to your FAT CAT financier friends who are big donors. Nice money laundering accomplishment, Mr. President! Should I say more? OK.. I will…
    10) ECOTALITY – Another “green” Obozo investment disaster. Obozo gave them $115 MILLION. The SEC investigates fraud at the company. While that’s going on, Obozo gives them another $26 MILLION…. What an idiot! Nice accomplishment Mr. President!
    11) Fast and Furious!!!!! If this was a Republican Admin, all of you nutjobs that write on this web site would be going justifiably ballistic!! It would be the lead story on ABC, CBS, NBC, MSLSD, CNN, etc. etc.
    12) Same with the crook Jon Corzine. He steals $2B in client money, much of it farmers money, to cover his own bad bets. Then he gets to continue on raising money for Obozo like nothing ever happened. Where is Eric The Incompetent Holder? ……… crickets………. crickets……….. crickets………. Thought so!

    I’ll continue to refocus the discussion on what is important and not these foolish smokescreens the left throws up to obfuscate Obozo’s true failure as a socialist in the White House.

    Have a nice day!

    • johninPCFL

      Nice list Bozo. Good to know you’re for releasing the gitmo prisoners (you know, since Congress wouldn’t allow prisoner transfers). Good to know you’re for poisoning the Nebraska aquifer (since the pipeline goes across the Ogalala aquifer and the impacts of leaks weren’t studied). Good to know you’re for making Canadian oil cheaper for the Chinese (since that’s what the Keystone pipeline was for). Good to know you didn’t know what the vote about the president’s budget was for (not to consider another budget proposal since three were in play already). Good to know you can’t find the Treasury site for the debt (which lists the debt at $5.8T on 10/1/2001 (GWB’s first budget taks effect) and $12.8T on 10/1/2009 when Obama’s first budget goes into effect).

      I’m beginning to believe that Bozo is your given name.

    • Hi BOZO. A question for you. Has a single day gone by when you HAVEN’T posted this long diatribe of yours. I’ll admit (sheepishly) that I’ve never exactly read it all. But I’m sure it never changes. Time for a new line of BS, don’t you think?

      • ObozoMustGo

        Actually Bigblunder, it does change somewhat as I edit and add things. I also have a few different versions but this has been the one I use recently. It’s a good reminder and the truth does not change. The fact is that The Memo is absolutely 100% in the tank for, and working directly with, the Obozo reelection campaign. It’s definitely part of the state-run media and propaganda machine. If you think otherwise, you are a fool.

        Thanks for the tips, Bigblunder! You should try reading through it.

        Have a great weekend, my lefty friend!

        • BOZO — I think you were born into the wrong era. You are definitely a Eugene McCarthy type guy. I’m kind of surprised that you don’t parrot your bosom buddy Allen West (R- Fla) who, as you know, has declared that almost every democratic member of congress is a card carrying communist.

          • ObozoMustGo

            Once again, you are being disingenuous and you know it! Get it right, Bigblunder… Alan West did not say that EVERY democRAT member of Congress, he said that 76 (actual words were 78 – 81) members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus were likely to be Marxists or card carrying members of the Communist Party. And it is a FACT that the CPUSA has publicly identified the Congressional Progressive Caucus as their “allies” in the cause. And, every member of that caucus is dead set against capitalism and individual economic freedom. Whatever label you want to call them, starting with Marxist or socialist or communist is an accurate statement.

            Too bad your deliberate mischaracterization will not be allowed to stand, Bigblunder. 🙂

            Have a nice weekend!

    • jnap

      The boor is back. Still telling lies that maybe one out of a thousand believes but if you are nothing, you are persistent. It is said that if you tell a lie enough times it becomes the truth but in your case only one in a million believes your lies and they don’t vote. Sorry, but you are very tiring.

  • Joe Pitts don’t need no stinking facts!

  • howa4x

    He was probably swept up in the Tea party vacum cleaner with all the other debris. He is no worse than Michelle bachmann saying that the revolutionary war was fought to free the slaves, or Christine O’donnell running for senate proclaiming she is not a witch, or of course saving the best for last, Sara Palin visiting the house of Paul Revere stated: He rode to warn the British not to take our guns away. Facts are not what you look for with this group. They make it up as they go along.
    This is why the country is where it is now. How do you reason with people who don’t even understand their own history let alone world history, and are proud of it.

    • djras1

      This reply was clearly sent 9 years ago (predating the request)… Cutbacks at the USPS are to blame.

  • What has happened to my country? I am at a total loss of understanding what has happened to inflict this dumbing down of Congress, and even worse, the American electorate who puts them in office. Does anyone even consider the issues any more? Is the voting majority so brain damaged by all the drugs being pumped into them by Big Pharma that they can’t mentally grasp that there is a significant difference between a movie star and a politician? I believe the election of the current moron occupying the White House says it all. It no longer makes any difference what you know, but it’s all about how you look on camera while you deliver your lines written by someone monumentally smarter than you are; except in Pitts case whose speech writer is obviously a certified idiot. (or worse if he wrote it himself) At my advancing age and health issues, I don’t worry about myself anymore, but I fear for our children who are going to live in a country run by a handful of people who were not elected. The most terrifying thing is that the majority of American citizens don’t know, or even care, that these people exist.

  • joyscarbo

    Wow…Considering how republicans have treated Obama on each and every issues, I’d say that Sharon and Arafat have a better chance of brokering peace in the middle east!

  • What’s the one thing that’s dumber than a hedgehog? A house republican. But of course you knew that all along.

  • Melvin Chatman

    Smarter than a 5th Grader?
    First Grade “Government” for $1.00!!

    • Melvin – you stole my thought. Would love to have Pitt and his partners in crime on that show. I watch it and those kids would eat those guys alive. The show should have about a 55 draw that night:)

  • And this is one of this country’s up and comers? Congressman Pitts was also a Pennsylvania High School Teacher ……………. maybe for the sake of those students being able to learn “correct” facts in Math and Science it was a good thing he decided to run for Congress. Mr. Pitts is also a decorated US Air Force Officer who flew 116 missions in 3 wars – I do hope he studied sortie maps better before being launched on combat missions then he seems to read newspapers and other publications to keep up with current news in the world and help him to make quality and correct statements today. Pennsylvania – are you certain this is the gent you want serving you in Congress?

  • Why should he be any different than the rest of the Republicans.But it would sure be nice if he could get his plan together and get a peace plan.Good luck.

  • The obvious message here – and it applies to both Republican and Democratic senators and representatives – is that their staff have canned letters they send out to recipients bearing the congresperson’s signature. Pitts probably knows that neither Arafat nor Sharon are part of the political picture. It’s just that his form letters haven’t been updated.

  • This just in: Generalissimo Francisco Franco, still dead at 119.

    Who knew Chevy Chase was a prophet?

  • Peace talks? Dont u meen between Irac the dead man (war) and Afganistan, (the war in a coma) patient? When we finally pull out of these damn places only then will Obama be able to say “misson accomplished”

  • DurdyDawg

    Congressman Joe Pitts.. Toss this comatose windbag a bone wrapped in a pink slip. How old is this geezer? How long has he been sucking off g’mental welfare? WE NEED YOUNGER BLOOD!!