Obama’s Iran Cowardice

(1) Why is anyone surprised at the latest Obama hypocrisy regarding Guantanamo?

(2) Why is anyone surprised at the Obama cowardice on Iran? Did everyone but Big Pink forget Barack Obama’s vote on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard? Actually that is a trick question because Obama was not present when the vote on declaring Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization was taken and Obama lied about it all.

(3) The New York Times and Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post are stating that the Iranian revolution of 2009 is over. The Mullahs have won. Throughout the fight Obama was missing in action. Coward-in-chief Obama was either a deer in the headlights or a co-conspirator with the Iranian Mullahs.

(4) Obama Hopium addled apologists cry for Neda but continue to defend Obama’s protection of the Iranian Mullahs. These Hopium addled whine about Neda but then they quote Henry Kissinger who excused the Chinese government of the slaughter at Tiananmen.

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(1) Yesterday was another Friday night, so another Friday night ugly Obama news dump. This latest “Obama Is The Third Bush Term” (as we called it on January 12, 2009) Friday horror was again about Guantanamo.

Obama administration officials, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, are crafting language for an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely, according to three senior government officials with knowledge of White House deliberations.

Such an order would embrace claims by former president George W. Bush that certain people can be detained without trial for long periods under the laws of war. Obama advisers are concerned that an order, which would bypass Congress, could place the president on weaker footing before the courts and anger key supporters, the officials said.

After months of internal debate over how to close the military facility in Cuba, White House officials are increasingly worried that reaching quick agreement with Congress on a new detention system may be impossible. Several officials said there is concern in the White House that the administration may not be able to close the prison by the president’s January deadline.

Prepare for the Hopium addled to defend Obama with foolish excuses. We are not surprised by any of this and gutted the soon to come Obama defenses before any of this officially occurred. Obama is the Third Bush Term and Obama and the Hopium eaters owe George W. Bush an apology:

Three months into the Justice Department’s reviews, several officials involved said they have found themselves agreeing with conclusions reached years earlier by the Bush administration: As many as 90 detainees cannot be charged or released.

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(2) Why is anyone surprised at Obama’s continued cowardice on Iran? History is a teacher. Remember when we discussed this:

This week Senator Obama criticized Senator Clinton’s vote to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization.

Senator Obama was silent on the measure when it was considered on the floor. Despite serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee, he wasn’t involved in Senate negotiations or discussions over the bill’s language. He didn’t speak out against it before it was voted on – he didn’t even return from the campaign trail to vote. He didn’t speak out against it at a nationally televised debate that night or defend himself from an attack during the debate on his missed vote. In fact, he waited more than nine hours after the vote was over to issue a statement about it.

If Senator Obama believed the measure was as dangerous as he says, wouldn’t he have had some obligation to stand up, speak out, and fight against it?

Obama falsely accused Hillary Clinton of helping then President George W. Bush in alleged plans to attack Iran. Even Obama enabler Illinois’ Senator Dick Durbin came to Hillary’s defense: “If I thought there was any way it could be used as a pretense to launch an invasion of Iran I would have voted no.”

In our discussions we quoted the Chicago Tribune as it noted that Obama, falling dramatically behind Hillary in the polls, decided to simply lie and lie about Hillary:

An area where Obama plans to further challenge Clinton is on a recent Senate “Sense of the Senate” vote that the United States should designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. She and Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, a close Obama ally, voted as part of a strong majority to pass the measure, while Obama skipped the vote to campaign in New Hampshire.

“This is one of the problems with running for president,” Obama said. “You can’t always anticipate which votes are which, but I put out a statement at the time stating that this was a bad idea and that I would have voted against it.”

Obama blamed scheduling for the missed vote.

“If you’re in New Hampshire, then it’s hard to get back,” he said.

Obama protected Iran’s Revolutionary Guard which is now attacking Iranians. Obama had many excuses for his protection of Iran’s terrorist Revolutionary Guard.

Hillary Clinton was right. Obama was wrong. So Obama lied about Hillary.

Now Americans see Hillary Clinton was right and Obama was wrong about Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Obama had many excuses for pretending to want to vote “no” and even more excuses for not bothering to vote at all. Joe Biden killed Obama’s excuses.

Joe Biden killed Obama’s excuses for not voting but Big Media ignored this big story. Obama protected Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and Big Media protected Obama.


Remember Obama’s Iran Lies:

Senator Biden said “I wonder why he wasn’t there to vote,” Biden said. “We all knew that this vote was coming up.” Senator Biden said that because Obama has blamed scheduling for his, once again, missed vote. Readers of Big Pink know Obama has a long dodgy history of missed votes, of being in the room but not voting, of being in the room and instead of voting “yea” or “nay” voting with a schoolchild’s “present”.

Obama has been lying. Obama has been lying continuously.




Transcript excerpt
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YELLIN: While Hillary Clinton was voicing her support for it, Senator Obama was campaigning in New Hampshire. Obama’s campaign says he didn’t get enough notice to make it back to the Senate in time, though Clinton, Biden and Dodd voted.

In fact, since returning from the August recess, Senator Obama has missed the most votes of any of the Democratic presidential candidates, nearly 80 percent since September. The others don’t have great voting records either.[snip]

And I have an important point to make about that Iran amendment, which Obama has made such as important part of his campaign. Now, again, his campaign contends that Obama did not get enough notice to return to D.C. to make that vote, but two Democratic Senate sources tells CNN that all senators were advised the night before that the vote would come up the next day, and Senator Obama should have known that vote was coming.

It was a clear cut Obama lie, but Big Media ignored this big story. CNN asked the question once with Jessical Yellin’s excellent work but then decided to protect Obama instead of pursue this story. Big Media protected Barack Obama when Barack Obama protected Iran’s terrorist Revolutionary Guard.

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(3) Why is anyone surprised about Obama’s Iran silence this year when he protected Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and smeared Hillary Clinton?

Charles Krauthammer declares the Mullahs have won because the revolutionaries don’t have a leader:

For all our sentimental belief in the ultimate triumph of those on the “right side of history,” nothing is inevitable. This second Iranian revolution is on the defensive, even in retreat. [snip]

As Mousavi hovers between Gorbachev and Yeltsin, between reformer and revolutionary, between figurehead and leader, the revolution hangs in the balance. The regime may neutralize him by arrest or even murder. It may buy him off with offers of safety and a sinecure. He may well prefer to let this cup pass from his lips.

But choose he must, and choose quickly. This is his moment and it is fading rapidly. Unless Mousavi rises to it, or another rises in his place, Iran’s democratic uprising will end not as Russia 1991, but as China 1989.

The New York Times ministers last rites to the revolution:

The direct confrontation over Iran’s presidential election was effectively silenced Friday when the main opposition leader said he would seek permits for any future protests, an influential cleric suggested that leaders of the demonstrations could be executed, and the council responsible for validating the election repeated its declaration that there were no major irregularities.

Obama protected the Mullahs. Big Media protected Obama.

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Hopium addled addicts will continue to protect Obama on everything – even his shameless behavior on Iran. Hopium addled addicts will ignore history, particularly Obama’s history of voting “present” or not voting at all.

Hopium addled addicts secured their place in the annals of hypocrisy when they quoted Henry Kissinger and his support of Obama’s weakness on Iran. The Hopium addled will distort history due to their Clinton hate agenda and forget Kissinger’s support for the murders at Tiananmen Square.

Not surprisingly, Kissinger rushed to defend the Chinese regime after the Tiananmen Square massacre. Any government, he said, would have swept away such protestors from its square. Kissinger sees eye-to-eye with the Chinese. “I have generally questioned the wisdom of seeking by explicit pressures to compel societies with vastly different backgrounds to adopt, in a matter of years and at early stages of their political evolution, the same standards and procedures it took centuries to grow in the West,” concludes Kissinger. Well, yes. But is urging the Chinese government not to imprison dissidents tantamount to asking it to turn into a democracy overnight?

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Big Media protected Barack Obama when he lied about his vote to declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. Big Media protected Obama when he protected the Mullahs in Iran.

Obama is a coward that cannot be trusted by friend nor foe. Big Media will protect Obama from that truth too.

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116 thoughts on “Obama’s Iran Cowardice

  1. Beautiful work, admin.

    I was reading yesterday’s NY Times front page about how the Iranian government has effectively “contained the situation”, making sure protestors won’t be able to effect change.

    It looked eerily similar to the muscling out methodology of the DNC to ensure their chosen candidate “won” over another candidate who was actually getting more votes.

  2. DNC / IRAN ANALOGY

    Here’s that article. See the analogies of the current Iranian leadership and the DNC last year, as they started to strangle Hillary after the first race, the Iowa fraudfest “caucus”.

    nytimes.com/2009/06/26/world/middleeast/26iran.html

    Options Shrink for Opposition as Iran Tightens Grip
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    By NAZILA FATHI and MICHAEL SLACKMAN
    Published: June 25, 2009

    TEHRAN — Step by step, Iran’s leaders are successfully pushing back threats to their authority, crushing street protests, pressing challengers to withdraw or to limit their objections to the disputed presidential election and restricting the main opposition leader’s ability to do much more than issue statements of outrage.

    Two weeks after Iran’s disputed presidential election, Mir Hussein Moussavi, the top challenger, issued an angry statement Thursday that underscored his commitment to press ahead — but also his impotence in the face of an increasingly emboldened and repressive government.

    Mr. Moussavi does not have a political organization to rally, and during the height of the unrest he attracted a large following more because of whom he opposed — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — than because of what he stood for, political analysts said.

    “I am willing to show how election criminals have stood by those behind the recent riots and shed people’s blood,” Mr. Moussavi said in a statement posted on his Web site. “I will not back down even for a second because of personal threats and interests from defending the rights of the people.”

    Perhaps the most important question now is whether the leadership can paper over the deep divisions that the election has widened within Iran’s political elite, which present the most serious threat to the system in its 30-year history.

    There were still signs of widespread public anger and resentment toward the leadership, but no organization to channel it, political analysts said.

    The hard-line leadership appears to have intimidated some opposition figures into stepping back from the defiance and confrontation that have upended Iran over the past two weeks.

    On Thursday, Mehdi Karroubi, another defeated presidential candidate, who had been more visible in recent days than Mr. Moussavi, said he did not consider Mr. Ahmadinejad’s victory legitimate, but would pursue his complaints through the legal system. On Wednesday, a third candidate, Mohsen Rezai, dropped his complaints altogether.

    But there were also signs of continued resistance. A few conservatives have expressed revulsion at the sight of unarmed protesters being beaten, even shot, by government forces. Only 105 out of the 290 members of Parliament took part in a victory celebration for Mr. Ahmadinejad on Tuesday, newspapers reported Thursday. The absence of so many lawmakers, including the speaker, Ali Larijani, a powerful conservative, was striking.

    There was still no word from a former president, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a Moussavi supporter who is considered one of the nation’s most effective political operatives and coalition builders. That held out the prospect of behind-the-scenes maneuvering that might challenge the status quo, political analysts said.

    To avoid violent suppression of street protests, people are turning to other ways of expressing dissent. Echoing a symbol of defiance to the shah, the ritual of 10 p.m. rooftop shouts of “God is great” and new chants of “Death to the dictator” has been growing stronger by the day.

    Some people have begun to identify and embarrass plainclothes agents by circulating photographs of those who infiltrated protests and beat demonstrators. And protesters have pledged to release thousands of green and black balloons on Friday in memory of those killed in the clashes.

    An expatriate Iranian political analyst, who asked not to be identified because he often visited Iran and feared retribution, said Mr. Moussavi’s “only option will be to court behind the scenes and try to muster support in powerful circles, and use them as his proxies to fight for him, and of course they will fight, but not for Moussavi, but because of their disagreement or because they despise Ahmadinejad” and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader.

    Another analyst, also speaking on the condition of anonymity, said it was still possible for the fractious elite to try to unite to avoid being pushed out of power altogether.

    In another indication of the depth of divisions that remain, a senior cleric, Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem-Shirazi, called for “national conciliation.”

    “Definitively, something must be done to ensure that there are no embers burning under the ashes, and that hostilities, antagonism and rivalries are transformed into amity and cooperation among all parties,” he said in comments posted on the state-run Press TV Web site.

    The government appeared to fall back on a familiar playbook: trying to rouse Iranians through populist appeals against outside interference and dark accusations of foreign conspiracy. Mr. Rezai’s aides said the authorities did not even bother to conduct the limited recount they had agreed to. Mr. Ahmadinejad stepped out of the shadows to lash out at President Obama, who said Tuesday that he was “appalled and outraged” by the crackdown on protesters.

    On Thursday, Mr. Ahmadinejad said: “We expected the British and European countries to make those kinds of comments. But we were not expecting Mr. Obama, who has talked about change, to fall in the same trap and follow the same path that Bush did.”

    He did not stop there. “I hope you avoid interfering in Iran’s affairs and express your regret in a way that the Iranian people find out about it,” he said.

    The newspaper Javan and the Web site Raja, both close to Mr. Ahmadinejad, claimed that the BBC correspondent Jon Leyne, who was expelled from Iran last week, had commissioned “hooligans” to kill Neda Agha-Soltan, who became a symbol of martyrdom after a video of her death on a Tehran street circulated in Iran and around the world.

    In Tehran, the streets remained quiet. Many businesses and shops stayed shut as life appeared frozen in the grip of wait and see. Mr. Moussavi, who has not been seen since Thursday of last week, insisted on his Web site, Kalemeh, that a “big fraud” had taken place in the election and that the government had “attacked protesters inhumanely, killed, injured or arrested them.”

    The government continued arresting Mr. Moussavi’s supporters. His Web site reported that 70 university professors were detained Wednesday night after they met with him, although the semiofficial Fars news agency denied that. On his Web site, Mr. Moussavi complained of increasing pressure to accept the results of the election, limited communication with his supporters and attempts to block his Web site.

    The authorities have not arrested him, but the state media have started portraying him as the man behind the unrest.

  3. (1) Why is anyone surprised at the latest Obama hypocrisy regarding Guantanamo?
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    I am not. Obama is Bush III and the American People are getting exactly what they want. The people who wrote the US Constitution had fought a eight year long war; the outcome for them was life as a free American or death as a traitor. Even with that experience, they

    knew that the biggest threat to free Americans was not a foreign enemy but their own government. The design of the government with separate branches and balance of powers was intended to protect us from the likes of Bush/Cheney and now Obama. When Bush said that

    the first priority of the President was to protect the American people, he had violated his oath of office. The American people were happy to hear that and cheered as they were stripped of their Constitutional and legal protections. In addition, the constant barrage of “be

    afraid” was/is a great distraction to cover for the looting of our economy. The looters of our economy and their lap-dog politicians are happy to not let a crisis go by without further restricting our rights. Unless and until the American people decide that our government is

    our biggest threat and not some piss-ant Islamic terrorists, then we are screwed. At some point, the Constitution will have become so damaged that there will be no turning back.

  4. Well, no Sh*t:

    “There has now emerged a very clear — and very disturbing — pattern whereby Obama is willing to use legal mechanisms and recognize the authority of other branches only if he’s assured that he’ll get the outcome he wants. If he can’t get what he wants from those

    processes, he’ll just assert Bush-like unilateral powers to bypass those processes and do what he wants anyway. In other words, what distinguishes Obama from the first-term Bush is that Obama is willing to indulge the charade that Congress, the courts and the rule of law

    have some role to play in political outcomes as long as they give him the power he wants. But where those processes impede Obama’s will, he’ll just bypass them and assert the unilateral power to do what he wants anyway (by contrast, the first-term Bush was unwilling to go

    to Congress to get expanded powers even where Congress was eager to give them to him; the second-term Bush, like Obama, was willing to allow Congress to endorse his radical proposals: hence, the Military Commissions Act, the Protect America Act, the FISA Amendments

    Act, etc.).

    ww.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/06/27/preventive_detention/index.html

  5. The Iranian matter puts the lie to Mr Obama. He has promoted himself as the aspotle of change. His response to this incident serves as notice to the world that he is the retrograde agent of the brutal anti democratic status quo, and his corporate backers.

    Consider the evidence: last year Iran had more oil revenue than at any time in history. Yet the country is nearly broke and there is massive unnemployment. Where did the money go? It was stolen by the Supreme Leader and his cronies. And it ended up in bank accounts throughout the world. Those in Britain have been frozen.

    General Electric is a worldwide corporation run by Immelt. Immelt has promoted Obama candidacy through his media affiliates. Immelt serves as one of his 8 economic advisors. Immelt is doing business in Iran with the brutal repressive administration. Immelt wants to build nuclear power plants. Iran has threatened to destroy Israel yet Obama says it is fine for them to continue to develop nuclear power.

    Throughout the curren ordeal Mr Obama was the dog that did not bark. And now that the revolution appears to be petering out, the protestors are being rounded up and executed, Mr. Obamas ideologues try to tell you that he had no good options, and handled the matter in a responsible, intelligent and nuanced way. In fact, Mr. Obamas approach was a disaster for the following reasons:

    1. first, if you believe in democracy, there was a moral imperative to speak out against the rigged election. This he failed to do.

    2. second, if you believe in democracy, there was a moral imperative to make some showing of support for the young people who were leading this revolution in the street. This too he failed to do.

    3. third, if you believe in civiliation, you do not sit silent while thugs bash the heads of people engaged in preaceful protest. This was a Bull Conor moment. Here again he failed to do what was required.

    4. fourth, if you understand history, then you know that both sides were not equal, and the opposition candidate was the best hope for change. Yet he drew another false equivalency and missed the point which undercut the reform forces and benefitted the status quo.

    5. fifth, if you undertand foreign relations, then you know that the contention of Obama ideologues that the only choices for Obama were to invade or to monitor. There were many options, including going to the United Nations. He was unwilling to do that. Another option was to have helped orchestrate a strike by oil workers which would have brought down the government.

    6. sixth, if you understand stategic interests, then you realize that the overthrow of the corrupt Iranian regime is essential to the protection of Israel, the curtailment of terrorism, the non proliferation of nuclear weapons, the debasement of the dollar, etc. He failed to protect those American interests.

    7. seventh, if you study the biography of Mr Obama you find consistent patten of behavior which reflect three themes: i) hatred of America (Wright), ii) megalomaniacal quest for power (King Obama), and iii) service of corporate patrons at the expense of his constituente (from Rezko to GE). This tragic outcome benefitte GE, damaged America and raised Obamas status Americas enemies.

    Frankly, I have come to the reluctant conclusion that the man is worse than a politican I disagree with. Traitor is the word that comes to mind.

    Revolutions are dynamic, fluid. It is true that two months ago there was little difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi. But that day is long gone. Revolutions outrun their origins. And they transform their leaders.

  6. Again and again he does too little too late. He is a coward. He is afraid of his own shadow. But most of all, he is afraid of hurting his new best friends aka terror network in any way, shape, or form.

    He is not busy or more capable than Bill Clinton was. He is certainly not more ready to lead. His reading his homework the night before and coming prepared with questions? What a bloody joke. He’s much to busy havinga luau on White House property, letting b-rated celebrities rollerskate or whatever down what used to be hallowed halls, and doing weekly must-not see t.v.

    Let’s just debate world crises to death until it’s too late and thousands die in the process. Let’s just plant arugula and have the media declare your wife is a fashion plate when all along she is nothing but a conniving witch with self-serving agendas out the wazoo.

    They are an embarassment. They have taken an honorable institution and turned it into a cheap garbage dump.

  7. We love fighters. We don’t believe in whining. When you get hit, hit back hard without stopping to explain and without apology. It’s a lesson some in the Hillary campaign never understood.

    Palin has learned.

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view.bg?articleid=1181509

    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin didn’t wait long to jab back at U.S. Sen. John Kerry for his wisecrack this week that it was too bad she hadn’t gone missing instead of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.

    Former GOP vice-presidential candidate Palin, in Kosovo visiting troops, said yesterday she wanted to reach out to the Bay State Democratic senator.

    “He looked quite frustrated and he looked so sad,” she told the troops in comments later posted on YouTube. “I just wanted to reach out to the TV and say: ‘John Kerry, why the long face?’ ”

    The soldiers broke out in laughter at Palin poking fun at Kerry’s renowned lantern jaw.

    On Tuesday, Kerry, regaling a crowd in the Capitol, had mused of the then-missing Sanford: “Too bad if a governor had to go missing it couldn’t have been the governor of Alaska.”



  8. He purposely did not vote to make the irg and terrorist organization because he did not want to piss off his supply of money from the muslim countries. We all know that where he got most of his money!

  9. admin Says:

    June 27th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks for embedding it. I really love her spirit. I will work and support her financial. I didn’t think I could again after Hillary, but I believe in Sarah’s inner strength. Hillary had the unfortunate roll of the dice to pave the way. It always amazes me how Clinton couldn’t even say he inhaled and now, coke problem, no problem.Sarah will ALWAY have Hillary and like to thank for paving the way for her success.

    I gave an impromptu lecture to my daughters college D1 basketball team on this very subject, to honor the woman who came before them, and to be ever vigilant of their rights. I know most of the girls think that the privilege has always been there, but we of pre title 9 know better, the valiant fights and sacrifices the women who came before us. So here is to Hillary and to Sarah if the torch is to be passed…(still holding out for Hillary by the way).

    Sarah still needs to get more sophisticate when they (media) bait her, she needs real help there. If she can master that, she will make a lot more people comfortable with her. She has to know how to fight besides head on.

  10. From BP
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    thank goodness that John Kerry’s spokesman was able to clarify what John meant when he told the joke about Gov. Palin

    Senator John Kerry has thrown the joke he told Tuesday about Governor Sarah Palin under the bus. Or in Kerryspeak, he obviously voted for the joke before he voted against it.

    Just one day after Gov. Palin stood up to the liberal Senator and returned fire, he has apparently calculated that his joke went too far, not to mention that he has lousy timing.

    For the rest of the article and cartoon see link

    redstate.com/josh_painter/2009/06/27/spokesperson-kerry-didnt-mean-what-he-said

  11. link @ BP
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    reporting from outer space – reading this interview with Karl Rove, agreeing with many of his comments. Need to start drinking earlier in the day – please pass the Amaretto.

    .foxnews.com/story/0,2933,529061,00.html

    ROVE: I think his handling has been very poor. Look, early on he was saying things like we don’t want to meddle, it’s their business. He sent out his press spokesman to basically poo-poo any response by America.

    It’s not up to us. It’s up to them. It’s their business. We can deal with whoever wins whether it’s Ahmadinejad or the opposition, it doesn’t matter to us.

    This was all taken by the rulers in Iran for what it was, which was a statement by the president of the United States that it didn’t matter what they did, didn’t matter how they conducted their election, that the president of the United States was foregoing the moral authority of the United States and simply saying it’s up to you to do whatever you want.

    And I — I’m not going to suggest — I’m not going to claim that the actions of killing the young woman that we saw so horrifically displayed on television, or that if these reports are true that it’s the Obama administration’s fault, but he did give the Iranian regime a sense that the United States didn’t care.

    I mean, look, when France, when the leader of France steps up very early on, and sets a moral tone saying that democracy depends upon the right of the voters to be respected and that this election was a sham — when the language of the leader of France is stronger than the language of the leader of the United States of America, the leading democracy in the world, that something is fundamentally wrong.

    more @ link

  12. confloyd said:
    Prices are about what you said anywhere from 1500. to 3500. Of coarse the radiologist tacks on more charges for the reading. Usually about 3-500 depending on what it is he/she is reading

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    You’ve got the first-hand knowledge. But I’m not sure why it costs so much to use the equipment that is already sitting there running.

    You spoke of being very busy running tests. Maybe the ER doctor was talking about late hours. Aside from ER, I’ve never heard of any regular patients being scheduled at like 3.00 am.

  13. ‘We love fighters. We don’t believe in whining. When you get hit, hit back hard without stopping to explain and without apology.’

    I’d like to second that!

    I saw the clip earlier and I love SP’s spirit.

  14. But I’m not sure why it costs so much to use the equipment that is already sitting there running
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    I am sure there is a nice profit for the Hospital for “scans” but the cost of the latest generation machines is in the range of $1.5-2.0 million plus the cost of service contracts. And hospitals are in the “we have the latest XYZ scanner”. These machines are rarely idle and are greatly over used. The only way that the “scan mania” and a lot of that is defensive medicine, is going to be brought under control is by evaluating “outcomes” and not paying for scans that don’t improve patient care.

  15. SHV, the problem isn’t only that unnecessary scans get paid for. Part of the problem is also that docs order them when they KNOW that there is only a .00000001% chance that anything is wrong, but if they miss that .0000001% diagnosis, they are getting their pants sued off.

  16. youtube.com/watch?v=cR6ItJmnkCA

    gonzotx // June 27, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    The Way We Get By” Trailer
    —Slublog

    Ace already graciously posted a link to the website for this movie, but I wanted to give a personal perspective from someone who lives in the area and has seen just how amazing these troop greeters are, and how much their volunteer service means to those who put their lives on the line for our country.

    Since the first Gulf War in 1991, a group of veterans and townspeople from the area have greeted every troop flight that arrives or departs from Bangor International Airport. They’re so loyal to their mission that the airport set aside a permanent room for them.

    I’ve been at the airport a couple of times when troop flights have arrived, and it’s a moving experience. Soldiers file in and the minute they enter the terminal, the troop greeters start applauding, shaking hands and hugging the troops. In the troop greeter room, soldiers are given access to snacks and free cell phones they can use to call loved ones. Although I’ve never been a formal part of the troop greeting, when I’m at the airport and soldiers are there, I have taken the opportunity to shake a hand or clap for those who serve our country.

    “The Way We Get By” follows the lives of three troop greeters. It’s in limited release now, but at the movie website you can request a screening of the film in your area. The reviews, both from professional reviewers and those I know who have seen the movie, are extremely positive. If you can’t get to a screening, the movie will be shown on Veteran’s Day on public broadcasting.

    Plug for the troop greeters: If you’d like to donate to their cause, here’s the link. Your donations pay for the snacks and amenities given to the soldiers. All of the greeters are volunteers.
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    Obtained from Ace of Spades

  17. Maybe I am silly but we have a few days before the senate votes on cap and trade– I say any one with access to a digital recorder go to their senators regional office and ask one question— Has the Senetor read the bill or does the elected person plan on reading it before casting a vote.

    Seems like a simple way to hold idiots accountable and would require far less effort than a tea party, but so far I have zero support

  18. TUrndown, the 3 am cat scans aren’t scheduled, those are the ones that come thru the er, for headaches, stomach virus, chest pain and trauma. Most of the ones ordered are for cya, not because the patient actually needs one. Yes the machines are very expensive, so are the maintenence agreements. Of coarse the ones ordered at night are so many times not paid for because the folks don’t have insurance thats why they go to the er. I imagine some of the cost of cat scans is to cover those that aren’t ever paid for. THe lastest thing the uninsured are doing is going to their doctor and paying for a visit, but find out they need a scan, they don’t have insurance, so they come to the er and tell the er doc that they are scheduled in the morning for a ct and that their symtoms are worse, so they get it done without paying. I see that all the time. I have worked nights for the 10 years.

  19. Has the Senetor read the bill or does the elected person plan on reading it before casting a vote.

    get used to it I am going to post this everywher

  20. confloyd Says:
    June 27th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    TUrndown, the 3 am cat scans aren’t scheduled, those are the ones that come thru the er, for headaches, stomach virus, chest pain and trauma.
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    So at 3 am, what would the machine and the tech otherwise be doing? Why should it cost just to run the machine and have someone read the result, who is there on salary anyway?

    It’s not like it uses toner or something.

  21. This obscene practice is a direct blow to the spirit of the constitution and the notion of representative government. The oath of office those eight republicans took requires them to support the constitution, yet here again they failed to do it. This is the third time this has happened on major legislation. My concerns go not only to the derrogation of duty by those eight but no less to the abuse of the legislative process itself. Shortly, they will hear about it. The following logic is irrefutable:
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    June 5, 2009
    Congress, read it before voting
    by Stuart M. Butler, Ph.D.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Congress actually knew what it was doing? Never mind what your politics are, there is something very wrong with a democracy in which lawmakers routinely vote on huge bills they have not even read. In fact, congressional bills have become so large and complex — and the time between lawmakers receiving copies and voting on bills often so short — that it is literally impossible for them to read much of the legislation than affects our daily lives.

    The economic stimulus bill passed earlier this year, for instance, was more than 1,000 pages, and members were given just a few hours to read it. None did.

    And you would have had to be a speed reader and an expert in obscure legalese to get through the complex 960-page Waxman-Markey “cap and trade” energy bill as it whisked through a key committee recently in the fast lane.

    Unfortunately, this is nothing new. For years, the leadership of both parties has rammed through enormous bills without giving members time to figure out what’s in them. In 1988, for instance, Congress presented President Reagan with a 3,296-page budget bill and accompanying details that weighed 43 pounds. It passed after just six hours of consideration.

    Congressional leaders do not impose impossible timetables to break efficiency records. Rather, the aim is to avoid letting members, or the public, learn too much about key provisions before votes are cast … in case they get cold feet.

    When Republican congressional leaders pushed through the 2003 Medicare drug legislation, for instance, many GOP rank-and-filers had little real understanding that it would add trillions to the long-term deficit. Some who had not studied its provisions even thought it would somehow reduce health spending, and leaders were happy to let them believe it.

    High-speed action on mammoth bills also allows members to bury special-interest or controversial provisions within the blizzard of fast-moving paper. For instance, Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat, inserted language into the stimulus bill, at the urging of the White House, to protect executive bonuses at bailed-out American International Group Inc.

    Sometimes this breakneck pace leads to embarrassment as well as bad policy. The 1981 tax bill was so hastily produced that it incorporated margin notes with the phone number of a clerk’s girlfriend. And in 1988, a bill omitted important spending numbers that had not yet been provided to Congress and the reminder “call Rita for these numbers.” That note, along with Rita’s phone number, was enacted with the bill and became the law of the land.

    Periodically, this flying-blind legislative process generates criticism, and congressional leaders duly promise to allow sufficient time for lawmakers to read and understand bills. That promise rarely lasts long.

    But in California, a citizens’ organization called Honor in Office has put together a state ballot initiative that just might help end drive-by legislating. Its key provision would require state lawmakers, before voting on any bill, to sign an affidavit stating, “I hereby certify under penalty of perjury that I have read [bill number and title] in its entirety and understand its contents.”

    No sworn affidavit? The lawmaker’s vote is not recorded.

    Imagine a law requiring that of members of Congress. The bill would run less than a page long – short enough that lawmakers really could read and vote intelligently on in a few minutes. And it would be hard for President Obama to find a reason not to sign a bill requiring members of Congress to actually read legislation they send him.

    It’s a blunt instrument, to be sure. But a blunt instrument is needed to end this embarrassing and damaging flaw in our legislative process.

    Such a provision would have important and beneficial effects.

    For one thing, all members would have the incentive and the opportunity to look for special-interest giveaways or provisions that might be unworkable or harmful. They could no longer plead ignorance if such items got through.

    But even more importantly, it would significantly increase the period between unveiling a bill and voting on it. That would improve the quality of legislation passed by Congress.

    Today, the House or Senate can mull over an issue for months, only to see a handful of members cobble together brand new legislation and rush it through passage in a few days. A “must-have-read” requirement would correct that imbalance and lead to a more sensible allocation of legislative time. And if lawmakers had to carefully examine the nature and workability of legislation before they enacted it, Americans might have a bit more confidence in the Congress.

    Stuart Butler is vice president for domestic policy issues for the Heritage Foundation.

  22. Henry:I too was there but it was in the mid thirties and Adolph was sending out his community organizers a la Chicago style.I stood on Arlington ave in Mt.Oliver and watched Fritz Kuhn the brown belt leader parading with his stupid cult members,carrying Old Glory,right arms held high in salute to their leader and chanting “Sieg Heil” “Sieg Heil”.I was young(20) but I knew it was wrong.Too bad that 73 years later our young people are not listening or caring and MJ,Hip Hop and Telebama are their idols and their country is being raped and destroyed by an even greater threat.Barack Hussein Obama.

    By ABM90 History does repeat itself.
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    ABM: what a prophetic statement my friend. I get to my email through the msnbc web page and not a day goes by that those propagandists do not have a picture of his ugly puss on the page in a carefully selectd air brushed image so reminiscent of what Lenni Riefenstahl did for the boheminian corporal in the time period you make reference to. Then there are one, two or three complimentary headlines. I think what they are trying to do with gullible people is to subsitute love for this phony celebrity for love of country itself–as part of their grand scheme to remove the concept of sovereignty which stands in the way of global domination, again reminiscent of the bohemian corporal. That is when their entire production crosses the line from mere partisan politics into sickness and dimentia which cannot end well. It never does.

  23. Admin says:

    “(2) Why is anyone surprised at the Obama cowardice on Iran? Did everyone but Big Pink forget Barack Obama’s vote on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard? Actually that is a trick question because Obama was not present when the vote on declaring Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization was taken and Obama lied about it all.

    (3) The New York Times and Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post are stating that the Iranian revolution of 2009 is over. The Mullahs have won. Throughout the fight Obama was missing in action. Coward-in-chief Obama was either a deer in the headlights or a co-conspirator with the Iranian Mullahs.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Exactly so, Admin. I vote co-conspirator with the Mullahs. (strike 2)

    Bowing to the Saudi King (strike 1)

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Obama falsely accused Hillary Clinton of helping then President George W. Bush in alleged plans to attack Iran. Even Obama enabler Illinois’ Senator Dick Durbin came to Hillary’s defense: “If I thought there was any way it could be used as a pretense to launch an invasion of Iran I would have voted no.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Yes, because Obama’s plans are Triangulation² or as some might think, Triangulation in the abstract.

  24. Good Morning All

    Henry, they don’t and will not read the bills, because they Do not think they work for us. I told someone here in the Democratic Party that I felt they worked for us, and they looked at me like I was a fool. The people elected to office, the Super Duds, work for everyone but the people. They only tolerate us, and spend their time making sure they fool us enough to get elected or re-elected. When we lost that respect and accountablilty, we lost our Democracy.

  25. gonzo,

    Thank you so much for that clip!

    —————

    Henry,

    This is a new world…bambi’s world. Unless you’re Hillary, you don’t have to read anything. You just have to smile for the cameras, spend money that isn’t yours to spend, and hand out autographs to the groupies.

  26. UK fury as staff arrested in Iran

    The UK has demanded the immediate release of Iranian staff at its Tehran embassy who were arrested on Saturday.

    Iranian media earlier reported that eight local staff at the mission had been detained for their “considerable role” in post-election riots.

    UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband called the arrests “harassment” and dismissed the allegations as baseless.

    Relations between the countries are strained after Tehran accused the UK of stoking unrest, which London denies.
    Iran has repeatedly accused foreign powers – especially Britain and the US – of stoking the unrest that swept the country after the 12 June election, which handed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a decisive victory.

    In the fallout of the crisis, Tehran expelled two British diplomats in the past week, and the UK has responded with a similar measure.

    Strained relations

    Mr Miliband said about nine employees had been detained in total, but some had been released. “We are still concerned about a number of them who to our knowledge have not been released… The numbers are changing hour by hour,” he said on the sidelines of a European security meeting on the Greek island of Corfu.

    “The idea that the British Embassy is somehow behind the demonstrations and protests that have been taking place in Tehran in recent weeks is wholly without foundation,” he added.

    A strong protest had been made directly to the Iranian authorities, but there had been no response. Mr Miliband said he would discuss the arrests with his European Union colleagues. “All European countries have made clear that they want to stand together in standing up for the diplomatic principles that are important for our diplomatic activity all over the world,” he said.

    The arrests were first reported by Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency. “Eight local employees at the British embassy who had a considerable role in recent unrest were taken into custody,” Fars said, without giving a source.

    Some 17 people are thought to have died in street protests after the disputed presidential poll, which the opposition complains was rigged.

    Poll verdict

    Meanwhile, Iran’s powerful Guardian Council was due to give its verdict on the result of the disputed presidential election.

    Jeremy Bowen BBC News, Tehran

    Iran’s response to criticism from abroad of the violent response to the demonstrations has been to blame foreign powers for inciting and orchestrating violence. Britain has been singled out as the country most responsible for what has happened, aided by the BBC.

    On Saturday President Ahmadinejad made a strong speech about what Iran claims has been foreign interference in the election. He said that his new government would have a more decisive and powerful approach towards the west.

    The arrests fit into a pattern of deteriorating relations between Britain and Iran. Two British diplomats were expelled last week, and the British retaliated by expelling two Iranians from their embassy in London. It was never certain that would be the end of the matter.

    But the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen in Tehran says there is much politicking taking place behind the scenes, and that the five-day deadline for the Guardian Council to return its verdict may be extended.

    Our correspondent says there is an attempt to form a committee – including the disappointed presidential candidates – to oversee the recount of 10% of the votes, a move which they are resisting.

    Another parliamentary committee is holding discussions with the grand ayatollahs in an attempt from pro-Ahmadinejad forces to put on a show of unity, he adds. But opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi has not backed away from his claim that the election result was fraudulent, and has refused to support the Guardian Council’s plan for a partial recount. Mr Mousavi has been calling for a full re-run of the vote, but said on Saturday that he would accept a review by an independent body.

    However the Guardian Council has already defended President Ahmadinejad’s re-election, saying on Friday that the presidential poll was the “healthiest” since the Iranian revolution in 1979.

    news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8122871.stm

  27. Obama’s courtiers a royal pain for NAACP
    Willie Brown

    Sunday, June 28, 2009

    Barack Obama’s staffers are getting a little too imperial for their boss’ good.

    A year ago, when Obama was running for president, he appeared before the national convention of the NAACP and was a great hit. His biggest crowd-pleasing line was how much he was looking forward to coming back in a year as the first African American president. It got him a five-minute standing ovation and millions of votes.

    Fast forward to this year. The NAACP invites the president to speak to the group July 16, the last day of its six-day convention at the Hilton in New York.

    The White House’s response: Absolutely, he’s coming.

    Then the Secret Service comes and says, “No,” the Hilton is not suitable.

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg says, “Why don’t I give you Yankee Stadium?” It would be the president’s biggest event since his inauguration.

    A couple of days later comes the answer from someone in Obama’s operation: We don’t want to project that kind of image. We want something bigger than the Hilton, but not as big as Yankee Stadium.

    The NAACP people have to bust their ass to come up with another place – and they do, finally, finding an armory in Harlem. There’s no air conditioning, however, and we are talking New York in July here. The governor steps in and says he’ll provide temporary air conditioning.

    The White House then says, “OK, but we want to change the time – 2 p.m. for the president’s speech is not acceptable anymore. We want 5 o’clock.”

    The NAACP says, wait a minute – this speech is supposed to take place on the biggest day of the convention, the day we hold the awards banquet. If Obama goes on at 5 p.m., we’ll have to bus hundreds of people from the downtown Hilton all the way up to Harlem, two or three hours before the president arrives. Then we’ll have to bus everyone back and get everyone into their black ties for the awards dinner.

    We can’t do that.

    So those little bitty people in the NAACP send back the message: Advise him that it’s 2 o’clock and we hope he shows.

    sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/06/27/BA4E18EETO.DTL

  28. JanH, Bambi’s inept response to the Iranian protestors has now turned into an international problem because the Iranian’s have now arrested some of the people who work at the British Embassy. Had he got off his ass and got the UN involved like on day two of the revolution, this might not of happened. I guess now, he will have to apologize and bow to Ahmendinajad.
    Hillary was down with her elbow so he had to oversee the Iranian situation with Jarrett and Power, Gee, they really did a good job. Now we have hostages again!

  29. I agree, confloyd. And now we know that when Hillary is even slightly off her game, bambi can’t handle the pressure. Instead he has made her job that much harder to return to where Iranian diplomacy is concerned.

  30. turndown, as per your last comment. I don’t know why they charge so much other than they can get it.
    WHen I first started doing CT in 1990, they weren’t quiet so expensive, now they are outrageous. If you think CT is expensive, get someone to tell you how much nuclear medicine studies cost. Its a terrible cost. I don’t know why either. I don’t think the equipment is as expensive as CT and MRI. Its maybe the injection of radionucleid that is costly not sure, but its very high.

  31. The Sunday shows are all talking about the Cap and Trade, which they should, but this new Iranian situation is bad.

  32. so he had to oversee the Iranian situation with Jarrett and Power,…….
    ************
    Susan Rice, another incompetent advisor, is on Face the Nation talking about Iran.

  33. Updated: New York, Jun 28 11:11London, Jun 28 16:11Tokyo, Jun 29 00:11

    Dollar Falls Most in Month as China Urges New Reserve Currency

    By Oliver Biggadike and Ye Xie

    June 27 (Bloomberg) — The dollar declined the most against the euro in a month and dropped versus the yen after China repeated its call for a new global currency.

    The Swiss franc declined against the euro and dollar this week as foreign-exchange analysts said the central bank sold its currency three times to support the economy. The greenback fell against most of its major counterparts after the People’s Bank of China said yesterday the International Monetary Fund should manage more of members’ foreign-exchange reserves.

    “The dollar’s status as a reserve currency is being questioned,” said Benedikt Germanier, a foreign-exchange strategist in Stamford, Connecticut at UBS AG, the second- largest currency trader. “There are reasons to sell the dollar.”

    The U.S. currency fell 0.9 percent to $1.4056 per euro this week from $1.3937 on June 19, the swiftest depreciation since the five days ended May 29. The dollar fell 1.1 percent to 95.18 yen from 96.27, its third consecutive weekly drop. The euro decreased 0.3 percent to 133.85 yen from 134.18.

    Federal Reserve policy makers said on June 24 inflation “will remain subdued for some time” and that the economy warrants an “extended period” of low rates.

    The 10-year Treasury yield fell the most since March as investors bet the Fed will keep interest rates close to zero for the rest of the year. The difference in yield, or spread, between 2- and 10-year yields decreased this week to 2.43 percentage points, near the narrowest level since May 20.

    Stronger Real

    Brazil’s real gained 2 percent to 1.9363 versus the greenback, its biggest weekly increase in June, as the sale of shares in Visa Inc.’s local credit-card processing affiliate attracted foreign investors to the world’s biggest initial public offering in more than a year.

    The dollar depreciated 2.6 percent to 7.8926 South African rand and 1.4 percent to 7.8002 Swedish krona as the People’s Bank of China said in its 2008 review there’s a need for a global reserve currency “delinked from sovereign nations.”

    The Swiss franc declined against the euro and dollar as strategists said the Swiss National Bank sold its currency twice on June 24 and once more a day later to support the economy. Nicolas Haymoz, an SNB spokesman, declined to comment on June 25 on whether the bank acted in foreign-exchange markets.

    ‘Unwelcome’ Strength

    “The SNB has to convince markets that it considers a strong franc as unwelcome,” Unicredit SpA analysts Armin Mekelburg in Munich and Roberto Mialich in Milan wrote in a report yesterday. “We fear that franc bulls will start further attempts to wipe out the line in the sand of 1.50.”

    The franc fell 1 percent to 1.5230 against the euro and 0.2 percent to 1.0834 compared with the dollar this week. The Swiss currency declined on June 24 to 1.5380 versus the euro, the weakest level since the mid-March period when the SNB said it intervened to weaken the franc.

    The ICE’s Dollar Index fell below 80 on the call from China for an alternative to the dollar as the world’s main reserve currency. The gauge tracking the greenback versus the currencies of six leading trading partners decreased 0.5 percent to 79.90.

    “To prevent the deficiencies in the main reserve currency, there’s a need to create a new currency that’s delinked from the economies of the issuers,” the People’s Bank of China, or PBOC, said. China is the biggest foreign holder of U.S. Treasuries, with $763.5 billion in April.

    Russia’s Stance

    Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said on June 13 after the Group of Eight meeting in Italy that his country had full confidence in the dollar and that it’s “too early” to speak of alternative reserve currencies. Japan has “unshakable” trust in the strong-dollar policy of the U.S., Finance Minister Kaoru Yosano said in Tokyo yesterday.

    China called on the U.S. to guarantee the safety of its assets in March, when Premier Wen Jiabao said the nation was “worried” about its holdings of Treasuries.

    People’s Bank Governor Zhou Xiaochuan urged the IMF that month to expand the functions of its unit of account and move toward a “super-sovereign reserve currency.” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed on June 5 that nations use a mix of regional reserve currencies to reduce reliance on the dollar.

    “There may be signs here of tensions mounting between the PBOC’s economic concerns over China’s holdings of dollars and the Chinese government’s diplomatic reasons for doing so,” Stephen Gallo, head of market analysis at Schneider Foreign Exchange in London, wrote in an e-mail.

    Venezuela’s bolivar plunged yesterday to a seven-week low in unregulated trading after the government said investors won’t be able to use a new $3 billion corporate bond offering to obtain dollars until 2011.

    The bolivar fell 4.1 percent to 6.90 bolivars per dollar in the parallel market, traders said. The currency tumbled 20 percent this year in the unregulated market as the government pared dollar sales at the official exchange rate of 2.15 after oil, which accounts for 93 percent of the country’s exports, plunged from last year’s record high.

    To contact the reporters on this story: Oliver Biggadike in New York at obiggadike@bloomberg.net; Ye Xie in New York at yxie6@bloomberg.net

    Last Updated: June 27, 2009 08:00 EDT

  34. So the people at th British EMbassy they have arrested are Iranians that work at the embassy. Oh for sure Obama will let those folks swing. Apparently these aren’t british citizens.

  35. # JanH Says:
    June 28th, 2009 at 10:47 am

    I agree, confloyd. And now we know that when Hillary is even slightly off her game, bambi can’t handle the pressure. Instead he has made her job that much harder to return to where Iranian diplomacy is concerned.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    What this incident shows is Obama is lost without Hillary’s input and ideas of how to reconcile a problem. Ay-yup, St. Elbow is on the job! hee! Good for Hillary!

  36. OMG- The news just announced Billie Mays has died!

    You know the one with the power cleaners, Oxy-Clean!

  37. Susan Rice, another incompetent advisor, is on Face the Nation talking about Iran.
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    I find this significant. Putting aside the fact that this person has a big ego, a warped philosopy and no real world experience, it is significant that she, not Hillary, is speaking for the Administration on this no win for Bambi situation. The escalation of this conflict opens the door for second guessing–events, violence and the death of a dream equates to another Tiannamen Square. I would bet you my life Hillary wanted to go to the United Nations with this and this ninny and Powers whose anti Isaeli bias and smell of the lamp advice plus the business interests of General Electric prevailed over common sense and national interest. Meanwhile, Hillary is smart enough to not attempt to defend an indefensible positon. This is how any bully behave–and yes my dearest sweetest most loveable barack obama–I hate to be the one to tell you this but there are not tooth faires but there are bullies in the world. Will big media continue to feed us this oh he is a thoughtful man in a thoughtful house who had no good options so he elected to do what a thoughtful man would do in this reprise of Crystal Night. He is not Carter–he is Neville Chamberlain the greatest coward of the last century. As you can see I am working on his sentence.

  38. OT, but I keep seeing all the hand-wringing in Washington over UHC, and had this to say on another blog:

    I think that all the congresspersons, and all the govt employees who are so opposed to national health insurance should put their money where their mouth is. Why are they not burning their govt insurance cards on the steps of the Capitol, and DEMANDING that they all be allowed to buy a nifty market-based plan like everyone else? They should be allowed the freedoms that the rest of us enjoy, the poor oppressed souls.

    Those poor, poor congresspersons. Being forced to accept an inefficient, bureaucratic health coverage that “gets between them and their doctor”! It’s horrible! It’s unjust!

    Let’s start a petition to free these poor elected officials from the “evils of socialized medicine” that they are being forced to endure, by getting rid of the govt insurance they suffer under.

  39. If Dennis Ross moves to the White House, he will not last. The cronies surrounding Bambi will pick his brain and twist his advice to help Bambi and Immelt, at the expense of this country. If you think I am making this up about Immelt, you are wrong.

  40. Let Rice and the other misfits go on these poor excuses for news shows.

    Hillary’s hands are clean in this mess and all the others that obama keeps stepping into.

    That’s all that matters.

  41. On Saturday President Ahmadinejad made a strong speech about what Iran claims has been foreign interference in the election. He said that his new government would have a more decisive and powerful approach towards the west.

    The arrests fit into a pattern of deteriorating relations between Britain and Iran. Two British diplomats were expelled last week, and the British retaliated by expelling two Iranians from their embassy in London. It was never certain that would be the end of the matter
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    Two insights from the Iranian doctor:

    1. first, whether you like Ahmadinejad, whether you think he is cute, the voice of a new Arab enlightement. or the friend of dogs, cats and little children, one thing is patently clear: the man is an idiot.

    2. second, case in point: when he ran for reelection, he chose the head of state security as his campaign manager. Thus, it is hardly surprising that when he went on television to debate Moussavi, he threw out every piece of intelligence fact, rumor and supposition he could at the other side.

    3. third, according to my friend Moussavi did not like the Supreme Leader to begin with based on their differences at the time of the Iranian Revolution. But this act of character assassination is what drove him over the edge.

    4. fourth, what drove the Supreme Leader over the edge with Britain was not only their public condemnation of him, but just as much the freezing of the fortune which he and his son purloined from the coffers of the people of Iran, which is why after the banner year in oil profits the country remains broke. Question: Is this really the will of Allah?

    5. fifth, comes now my speculation. I believe that Britain was willing to put the petal to the metal in supporting this rebellion and toppling this regime in precisely the manner I mentioned the other day–the oil workers strike plus going to the United Nations. I further believe that Bambi refused to go along with it because he is a coward, he is sympathetic to these radicals and he is in bed with General Electric. who would love to get its British competitors expelled from that country. GE is operating there in violation of UN ban, but of course that makes no difference to Bambi.

    (Note: the sentence I have been searching for with respect to Bambi is starting to take shape in my head: Barack Hussein Obama is a liar, a coward and a traitor who hates America (Wright), seeks absolute power (King Obama) and betrays his constituents to benefit his patrons (from Rezko to Immelt, an unbroken pattern). The rest is just bread and circuses for the unenlightened and soon to be dispossed masses who never saw it coming.

  42. GE is operating there in violation of UN ban,
    **********
    Obama/GE are just taking over from Cheney/Halliburton. Halliburton was/is drilling and producing Iranian oil and has/is selling nuclear power/weapons tech to Iran. Business is business.

  43. HillaryforTexas Says:
    June 28th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    OT, but I keep seeing all the hand-wringing in Washington over UHC, and had this to say on another blog:

    I think that all the congresspersons, and all the govt employees who are so opposed to national health insurance should put their money where their mouth is. Why are they not burning their govt insurance cards on the steps of the Capitol, and DEMANDING that they all be allowed to buy a nifty market-based plan like everyone else?

    ===========

    Oh, good point!!!!

  44. They way I understand it Iranian protesters are at it again today! I hope the British have more guts than Bambi. Everyday that these protests go by unanswered without any firm help from Obama, people in this country are going to start realizing Bambi is for the Muslim regimes to stay in power and assert their cruelty upon their women!!

  45. Obama/GE are just taking over from Cheney/Halliburton. Halliburton was/is drilling and producing Iranian oil and has/is selling nuclear power/weapons tech to Iran. Business is business
    ————————————————
    Whatever Haliburton did to corrupt the political process for private gain is as nothing compared to what General Electric is doing in all aspects of the political process. General Electric wants global control as opposed to regional dominance. General Electric seeks to corrupt the public mind, and the electoral process to favor Bambi, and they do this through their three wholly owned media subsidiaries. Those are salient differences, and whenever we look backwards at what Bush did I think we lose sight of the larger point. I have this argument with a friend of mine whenever we talk. I say look at what Bambi is doing. He says that is similar to what Bush did. I say Bush is no longer president, he can no longer harm us, whereas this traitor most certainly can.

  46. Oh I think Britain will upstage bambi over and over again. They have been one step ahead of this bozo since the mess in Iran started and it looks like they are not listening to the false messiah on other stuff either…

    Britain to continue poppy eradication in Afghanistan despite US reversal
    Britain will continue to fund the destruction of opium fields in Afghanistan despite the United States condemning poppy eradication as a waste of money.

    By Ben Farmer in Kabul
    Published: 28 Jun 2009

    Despite a change in the US policy toward poppy eradication, Britain looks set to keep the same policy Photo: AP
    The British Government said destroying poppy fields remained a key deterrent to growers and one of the “seven pillars” of its anti-opium strategy in Helmand province, just a day after Richard Holbrooke, the US envoy to Afghanistan, said that destroying the crop only drove poor farmers to join the insurgency.

    In a reversal of policy, he said the United States would stop funding poppy eradication and instead concentrate on encouraging farmers to grow alternative crops.

    The Afghan government backed Britain’s stance and defended its previous efforts, which relied heavily on ripping up or flattening poppy plants, as “perfect”. General Khodaidad, Afghan minister for counter narcotics, said his strategy had been “the right path”. “We are happy with our strategy and we are working according to our strategy. I don’t see any deficiencies in our strategy, our strategy is perfect, our strategy is good.”

    Mr Holbrooke’s reversal is the latest change in policy as the US struggles to stem a growing Taliban-led insurgency.
    Ten thousand US troops have arrived in Helmand this month with commanders admitting overstretched British troops are at a “stalemate”.

    International governments have repeatedly disagreed on how to tackle Afghanistan’s rampant opium business which supplies more than 90 per cent of the world’s heroin and feeds hundreds of millions of dollars to insurgent fighters.

    Britain and other Nato allies strongly opposed former US plans to destroy poppies with crop-spraying planes saying it would only strengthen the increasing insurgency.

    Mr Holbrooke, speaking at a Group of Eight summit dedicated to Afghanistan, said he now felt eradication was “a waste of money”. He said it “might destroy some acreage, but it didn’t reduce the amount of money the Taliban got by one dollar”. He added: “The farmers are not our enemy, they’re just growing a crop to make a living. It’s the drug system. So the US policy was driving people into the hands of the Taliban.”

    Britain leads international reconstruction efforts in Helmand province, where 60 per cent of the Afghan opium crop is produced. The British government is spending more than £290 million on a three-year-programme of eradication, support for farmers and pursuit of drug barons and traffickers.

    British officials denied there was tension with the US over the policy change and said the detail had not been decided.

    A spokeswoman at the Department for International Development said: “Eradication is a key part because of the deterrent effect, not because we are going to destroy the whole crop.” She said eradication targeted big growers rather than poverty-stricken small farmers.

    telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/5674309/Britain-to-continue-poppy-eradication-in-Afghanistan-despite-US-reversal.html

  47. Intelligence Failures And The White House Reaction To The Elections In Iran

    by Pejman Yousefzadeh

    We learn from Newsweek that part of the reason why the White House was so cautious in its comments in the aftermath of the electoral theft that went on in Iran was that the CIA believed that Ahmadinejad “solidly” won re-election, and that if there was any fraud, it would not have been enough to affect the outcome. The intelligence agencies were apparently taken by surprise by the regime’s clumsy effort to pass off the electoral results as legitimate. The White House reaction, therefore, was behind the developing events on the ground in Iran; thus the disconnect between the President’s pronouncements and popular opinion concerning the validity of the Iranian election results.

    This is an interesting story, and I don’t doubt that there remain plenty of problems with our ability to collect and analyze intelligence, but I don’t buy this story as the explanation for the Obama Administration’s cautious response. The Administration could have easily updated its reply just by taking a look at the news, and seeing all of the reports that pointed out how the electoral results must have been fraudulent. It didn’t need the CIA to point out that for the regime’s count to have been legitimate, 40 million or so votes had to have been counted awfully fast. It didn’t need the CIA to note that the results were declared with two days left in the challenge period and that no challenges were allowed within that period. It didn’t need the CIA to point out all of the irregularities that occurred in the course of voting. The President and all of his advisers could have gotten this information from just about any news source out there.

    If anyone wants to claim that our intelligence services need some serious reform, they will have in me an agreeable listener. If anyone wants to claim that poor intelligence gathering and analysis can potentially lead American administrations astray, I will buy that claim.

    But don’t tell me that an American administration can’t watch the news and calibrate its response to international events accordingly. Some claims go too far.

    newledger.com/2009/06/intelligence-failures-and-the-white-house-reaction-to-the-elections-in-iran/

  48. June 27, 2009

    Our timid President

    by Jack Kelly

    IT ISN’T exactly like dancing on Neda’s grave, but it’s close enough to make decent people uncomfortable.

    Neda is – or rather was – Neda Agha Soltan, 26, the beautiful young student whose apparently random murder on the streets of Tehran by a regime thug was captured on video and transmitted around the world. Neda’s become as much the symbol of the resistance in Iran as the young man who stood in front of the tank in Tiananmen Square in 1989 was of the democracy movement in China.

    At a news conference Tuesday, President Barack Obama condemned the “threats, beatings and imprisonments of the last few days,” but stopped short of criticizing the stolen election that sent more than a million protesters into the streets or expressing support for the demonstrators.

    The president’s limited criticism of the Iranian regime took place a week after the leaders of Canada, France and Germany issued stronger ones. Andrew Malcolm of the Los Angeles Times was not the only commentator who thought it was prompted by Sen. John McCain’s “angry Senate Neda speech Monday” which made it politically difficult for Mr. Obama to continue to sit on the fence.

    But in the question session which followed his prepared remarks, the president indicated there is no amount of blood the regime can shed that will dissuade him from negotiating with it.

    This reached macabre proportions when Mr. Obama indicated his invitation to Iranian diplomats to attend Fourth of July parties was still open. There are arguments for negotiating with brutal regimes. But to socialize with the butchers while they are killing their own people is obscene. (After a day of criticism, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday, “Those invitations no longer will be extended.”)

    At least some protesters in Iran think Mr. Obama’s equivocation is a tacit endorsement of the regime. “The people of Iran will not forgive Barack Obama for siding with the evil regime,” Kianoosh Sanjari, an exiled student protest leader, said in an interview last week.

    So White House aides compounded the obscenity when they told the Washington Post the protesters were inspired by the president’s speech to Muslims from Cairo June 4.

    “This is very obviously an attempt at damage control,” said Web logger Ed Morrissey at HotAir.com. “Obama has gotten hammered for staying behind the curve of Western leaders in the defense of liberty, freedom and human rights. … Now, suddenly, he wants to claim credit for getting there first with his Cairo speech – which had nothing to do with overthrowing mullahs, and in fact had only a passing mention of democracy as an official U.S. policy in the Middle East.”

    The president knows he’s been a day late and a dollar short since the Iranian crisis began and is defensive about it. He grew testy when Major Garrett of Fox News asked him what took him so long to condemn the regime’s violence against protesters. Mr. Obama said his remarks have been consistent.

    “Even the most egregious toady in the White House press corps knew that wasn’t true,” said Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard.

    For President Obama to be following events rather than leading them is part of a pattern, said columnist Michael Barone, who recalled Mr. Obama was “flummoxed” last year by the Russian invasion of Georgia. It took candidate Obama three days to issue a statement criticizing the Russians.

    “Obama likes to execute long-range strategies but suffers from cognitive dissonance when new facts render them inappropriate,” Mr. Barone said.

    Another clue to the president’s timid and tepid response to the turmoil in Iran is the number 129. That’s the number of times Mr. Obama voted “present” in the Illinois Senate. This is not a guy who is comfortable taking clear positions on controversial issues.

    Another clue is in the structure of a typical Obama speech. In his speech in Philadelphia last year on race relations, in his speech at Notre Dame in May on abortion and in his speech in Cairo to Muslims in early June, Mr. Obama described clashing points of view and set himself up as a referee between them. This is a guy who sees himself more as the analyst in the booth than as the man in the arena.

    Comedian Greg Gutfield described Mr. Obama as “the bystander-in-chief.” That may be his inclination, but it is hard to vote “present” in the Oval Office.

    toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090627/COLUMNIST14/906270355/-1/SRMAIN

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    “the president indicated there is no amount of blood the regime can shed that will dissuade him from negotiating with it.”

    This is intolerable! This man has no conscience and no moral code.

  49. Bambi is doing. He says that is similar to what Bush did. I say Bush is no longer president,
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    Or perhaps a longer term analysis will reveal that the puppet in the Oval Office is irrelevant. Bush/Cheney’s removal of sanctions against India was for the benefit of GE, WH and other US companies.

    “NEW DELHI – After a bruising fight in India’s Parliament, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has finally pushed through a deal with the U.S. that would open the country to American nuclear suppliers. U.S. companies such as GE Energy (GE), WM Mining, and Westinghouse Electric (WEC) have long hoped to win a substantial chunk of the billions of dollars in contracts that the pact might unlock”

    ww.businessweek.com/magazine/content/08_31/b4094032642597.htm?chan=magazine+channel_news

    US corporations are more than willing to sell out US economic and strategic interests for a few extra buck profit. Until and unless the corporate “masters” of the politicians are held accountable then the American people will be screwed not matter which Party/Parties run the government.

  50. US corporations are more than willing to sell out US economic and strategic interests for a few extra buck profit. Until and unless the corporate “masters” of the politicians are held accountable then the American people will be screwed not matter which Party/Parties run the government.
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    Our ally on that front is the hard left. People like Chis Hedges. We have been in contact with him.

  51. wbboei:
    June 28th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

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    Ahmadinejad and Obama are mirrored twins of each other. Both take their marching orders from a Theocracy.

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    Jan-

    ““the president indicated there is no amount of blood the regime can shed that will dissuade him from negotiating with it.”

    Well, yeah! Obama and Ahmadnejad had their Corporate deals worked out long before the election. The election was no more than a formaility in Iran’s Democratic sideshow for claiming legitamacy in the name of democracy. A few hanfulls of dead protestors cannot deter Bambi from consumating scheduled GE contracts with Iran.

  52. Mrs. Smith,

    This heartless attitude of his where human life means nothing to him just makes me sick to my stomach.

  53. But don’t tell me that an American administration can’t watch the news and calibrate its response to international events accordingly. Some claims go too far.

    newledger.com/2009/06/intelligence-failures-and-the-white-house-reaction-to-the-elections-in-iran/

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    Excelent piece! But what does he think the Obama administration was doing, then?

  54. JanH Says:

    June 28th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    What an excellent article you posted by Jack Kelly on Obama–bystander in chief. No one who lives in the same world as most of us and is conversant with the facts will dispute that verdict. The more interesting question is why he fails to act, when action is clearly required. The important question for any would be leader is how you handle surprise and uncertainty.

    If you are a world class golf professional you know there is only so much you can predict. You study the golf course, identify the hazards, target points, the yardages, the shape of the greens, the grain of the grass, you can play practice rounds and sharpen your golf swing on the range. But you know from experience during the course of 36 holes, something will go wrong, something unanticipated will occur, and it may involve you, your caddy, your opponent or the course itself. You cannot prepare for it, it just happens, and when it does happen you have got to know how to recover. If you stay locked in indecision, as Bambi does, or walk off the golf course as Bobby Jones did at the 1928 British Open, no good can come of it. The champions are the bold risk takers, and there are no blueprints you can follow in golf or governance.

  55. Ahmadinejad and Obama are mirrored twins of each other. Both take their marching orders from a Theocracy.
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    Each is the evil twin of the other.

  56. # JanH Says:
    June 28th, 2009 at 3:06 pmMrs. Smith,
    This heartless attitude of his where human life means nothing to him just makes me sick to my stomach.
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    I know, I feel the same way about him. My heart and mind are stone cold towards Obama and our Congressional leaders.

    I wouldn’t have a problem with a military take-over of our government taking these ruthless grifters by the scruff of their necks and throw them down the Congressional front steps rolling them into the DC gutter… where they belong.

  57. The violence continues in Iran.

    Note the demonstrators clashing with a heavy police presence toward the end of the clip, from today.

    www dot youtube dot com/watch?v=RVF-E3aBXPA&eurl

  58. According to the washington times, Tom Brokaw had already been offered an appointment by the Obama administration BEFORE he did his Jan 5th interview, and did not disclose it.

    Can you say conflict of interest? He’s going to interview his potential boss, and not disclose that?

    washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/28/media-pussy-cats/

  59. You can be sure Brokaw hates to have this come out. It finishes him off as a credible journalist. This revealation exposes him to the world for the gutless, self serving, truth evading administration promoting shill he is today. Scourge of the greatest generation he wrote about, hoping all the while that their courage would be imputed to him. Tom, forgettaboutit. Your little charade is . . how shall I put it . . . over.

  60. What has happened to these people?
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    Jan–it is the game that ruins nations. It is what happens when influential people get invested in a lie. So much so that when they begin to receive feedback from reality which belies their faith and their original assumptions instead of adjusting, instead of remembering that money is a cheap price to pay for the corruption of your principles, and instead of thinking about the country they supposed serve in one way or another, they hide the truth and betray everything that matters. So many now have succumbed to that avarice and become part of the enemy within. This is not a plea for the backlash which is certain to follow in the wake of this betrayal. On the countary, it is a prayer that the people with principles display the courage needed at a time like this when our very future hangs in the balance.

  61. wwoebi,

    I know. It’s just disheartening to find out that people you once admired have feet of clay.

  62. wbboei,

    I agree, and for those that do finally display courage, they will be true heroes. I hope one will be Edolphus Towns, who I was just watching and admiring during the Merrill Lynch Bof A hearings. Of course, I no longer get excited at glimpses of truth and independent questioning, as it is too easy to have hopes dashed. We shall see.

  63. Seems irrelevant compared to Obamas failure to take appropriate action with respect to Iran. To me it is in the who cares category. But I am glad she said it, and if she were running the show in the Middle East, we would be behaving in a similar matter. My point is what is happening in Iran now is the center of gravity of our foreign policy and we are failing miserably. What happens in Honduras, which has been an ally of the United States and a bulwark against Chavez, Castro and Ortega is small potatoes, imo.
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    Clinton urges condemnation of Honduran action
    June 28, 2009
    Email| Print| Yahoo! Buzz| ShareThisText size – + WASHINGTON—Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the action taken against Honduras’ president should be condemned by everyone.

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    She says Honduras must embrace the principles of democracy and respect constitutional order.

    The president, Manuel Zelaya, was flown to Costa Rica after being taken into military custody at his house outside the Honduran capital.

    He was detained shortly before voting was to begin on a constitutional referendum the president had insisted on holding. The Supreme Court had ruled it illegal and everyone from the military to Congress and members of his own party opposed it.

  64. To put a finer point on it, we care about democracy in Honduras where GE has no business interests, but we do not care about it in Iran which is the lynchpin to the Middle East. Our foreign policy is a non-sequitir, unless you look at it through the prism of the business interests of General Electric who runs this president. Then it makes perfect sense.

  65. If the Iranian Revolution succeeds at some future time, it is highly likely that Bambis de facto support for the mullahs will render the successor government hostile to the United States. That is the legacy of his cowardice and betrayal of American interests for the sake of GE. And if it remains a repressive theocracy, then the blood of this rebellion will be on his hands, since by his own admission his Cairo Speech caused this rebellion and when they turned to him for nominal support he withered on the vine. Barack Insane Obama: the dog that didnt bark.

  66. He was detained shortly before voting was to begin on a constitutional referendum the president had insisted on holding. The Supreme Court had ruled it illegal and everyone from the military to Congress and members of his own party opposed it.
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    I sounds like the Military did the right thing. The Honduran constitution limits the President to one term. The current President didn’t want to be term limited and wanted to hold a referendum to allow an unconstitutional second term. The Supreme court ruled that a referendum was unconstitutional and was supported by the legislature and the military.

  67. HillaryforTexas Says:

    June 28th, 2009 at 4:08 pm
    According to the washington times, Tom Brokaw had already been offered an appointment by the Obama administration BEFORE he did his Jan 5th interview, and did not disclose it.

    Can you say conflict of interest? He’s going to interview his potential boss, and not disclose that?

    washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/28/media-pussy-cats/
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    No one gives a shit anymore. Everything does actually have it’s price after all….

  68. But in the question session which followed his prepared remarks, the president indicated there is no amount of blood the regime can shed that will dissuade him from negotiating with it.

    This reached macabre proportions when Mr. Obama indicated his invitation to Iranian diplomats to attend Fourth of July parties was still open.
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    They will be barbecuing the Bill of Rights

  69. Comedian Greg Gutfield described Mr. Obama as “the bystander-in-chief.” That may be his inclination, but it is hard to vote “present” in the Oval Office.

    LOVE IT. BY-STANDER-IN-CHIEF

  70. “Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the action taken against Honduras’ president should be condemned by everyone.”

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    She’s on the job 24/7. Let me guess…he’s on the golf course?

  71. Obama readys agreement for UN “Solidarity Levies” a new Global IRS Tax.

    Obama volunteers Americans to pay global taxes…

    story at :

    h… pumasunleashed.wordpress.com

  72. Admin:

    Please embed. Michael Jackson sings to Pres and Hillary Clinton at his Inauguration Gala. A phropetic song appropriate for the day-

    youtube.com/watch?v=pMZFRW_le94&feature=player_embedded

  73. She’s on the job 24/7. Let me guess…he’s on the golf course?
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    Even when she is sick or injured.

    If bambi has so much as a hangnail everything stops and people like Brokaw get a broken nose.

  74. The former Prime Minister of Spain weighs in on Obama’s Iran Cowardice:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124605649582063489.html

    If there hadn’t been dissidents in the Soviet Union, the Communist regime never would have crumbled. And if the West hadn’t been concerned about their fate, Soviet leaders would have ruthlessly done away with them. They didn’t because the Kremlin feared the response of the Free World.

    Just like the Soviet dissidents who resisted communism, those who dare to march through the streets of Tehran and stand up against the Islamic regime founded by the Ayatollah Khomeini 30 years ago represent the greatest hope for change in a country built on the repression of its people. At stake is nothing less than the legitimacy of a system incompatible with respect for individual rights. Also at stake is the survival of a theocratic regime that seeks to be the dominant power in the region, the indisputable spiritual leader of the Muslim world, and the enemy of the West.

    The Islamic Republic that the ayatollahs have created is not just any power. To defend a strict interpretation of the Quran, Khomeini created the Pasdaran, the Revolutionary Guard, which today is a true army. To expand its ideology and influence Iran has not hesitated to create, sustain and use proxy terrorist groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza. And to impose its fundamentalist vision beyond its borders, Iran is working frantically to obtain nuclear weapons.

    [snip]

    This is no time for hesitation on the part of the West. If, as part of an attempt to reach an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, the leaders of democratic nations turn their backs on the dissidents they will be making a terrible mistake.

    President Obama has said he refuses to “meddle” in Iran’s internal affairs, but this is a poor excuse for passivity. [snip]

    Delayed public displays of indignation may be good for internal political consumption. But the consequences of Western inaction have already materialized. Watching videos of innocent Iranians being brutalized, it’s hard to defend silence.

  75. Good Morning everyone! Just watched that video of Michael singing to Bill and Hillary. It reminded me of a time that was much better than to today! Certainly not scary like today is.

  76. Good Morning All

    I also just watched the video, and felt it was probably the best performance of Michael’s I have ever seen.

  77. I have decided to take my grandchildren to see the William J. Clinton Presidential Library next month. If any of you have been there, do you have any suggestions?? I have never been to Little Rock. Wonder what else there is to do there?

  78. Honduran coup rocks Americas

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    Top story: Leaders from Latin America and around the world are debating how to respond after Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was ousted in a coup ahead of a controversial referendum on Sunday. A non-binding vote was to have taken place yesterday over whether to ammend the constitution to allow the leftist president to run for a third term, a move opposed by the opposition, military, and even some of his own party.

    Zelaya was taken from his home by the military in a predawn raid and put on a plane to Costa Rica. Congressional Leader Roberto Micheletti was sworn in as president and the secretary of congress read out a resignation letter allegedly written by Zelaya, which the former president says is false. “I am the president of Honduras,” Zelaya said angrily during a press conference in Costa Rica.

    Latin American leaders widely condemned the coup, with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez — a close ally of Zelaya — not surprisingly taking center stage, condemning “oligarchies” for breaking the rules of democracy, placing his country’s military on high alert, and accusing the U.S. of helping to orchestrate the coup.

    Despite Chavez’s accusations, the Obama administration has publicly sided with Zelaya, contacting the former president and calling for him to be returned to power

  79. Didn’t the Hondurans do what we had hoped the Iranians would have done? I am a bit perplexed by our position on this.

  80. Confloyd

    Just looked on line, and Little Rock seems to be all about the Clinton’s. However, there appears to be a River Market, a hands on children’s museum (If you have not been to one), and the Zoo which has a great Ape display. Not sure of the ages of the children, but they do have some nice museums on the struggle of race that has taken place there.

    If they are little they can only take so much of the Capital, museums, so you might want to mix it up.

  81. • confloyd Says:
    June 29th, 2009 at 9:38 am
    I have decided to take my grandchildren to see the William J. Clinton Presidential Library next month. If any of you have been there, do you have any suggestions?? I have never been to Little Rock. Wonder what else there is to do there?
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    Have you tried this?
    http://www.clintonlibrary.gov
    http://www.littlerock.com

  82. It is a great place to visit as it the gift shop down the block..I would stay at Peabody hotel. You can arrange tour through concierge or just show up and pay admission fee (it’s free if you are a member of the foundation).

  83. news.aol.com/article/iran-protests/545115

    h stuff, no ws

    They are recounting some of the votes in Iran?

  84. Court Fails to Decide on Anti-Hillary Clinton Movie

    By JESSE J. HOLLAND
    The Associated Press
    Monday, June 29, 2009

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has failed to decide on whether a scathing documentary about Hillary Rodham Clinton that was shown during the presidential race should be regulated as if it were a campaign ad.

    The court said Monday it will hear arguments in the case again in a special session on Sept. 9. The justices said they want lawyers to address whether the court should overturn its earlier rulings on limiting corporate and union contributions in federal elections.

    Citizens United, a conservative not-for-profit group, wanted to air ads for the movie in Democratic primary states and also make the film available to cable subscribers on demand without complying with federal campaign finance law.

    But lower courts have said the movie looked and sounded like a long campaign ad, and therefore should be regulated like one.

    At the time of “Hillary: The Movie,” the New York senator was competing with Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination. She is now secretary of state in the Obama administration.

    The court’s composition will be different by the time it rehears the case. Justice David Souter plans to retire this month, and Obama has nominated Sonia Sotomayor, a judge from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, to replace him. Obama and Democrats hope the Senate confirms Sotomayor before the high court session in September.

    The movie is unquestionably anti-Clinton, featuring commentary from conservative pundits, some of whom specifically say she was not fit to be commander in chief. One scene, which was used in an ad, shows Dick Morris describing the senator as “the closest thing we have in America to a European socialist.” Morris, who once served as an adviser to former President Bill Clinton, is now one of the Clintons’ harshest critics.

    Citizens United wanted to pay for its documentary to be shown on home video-on-demand, and for ads promoting the movie to be shown in competitive Democratic primary states.

    Federal judges, however, said the movie should be regulated by the McCain-Feingold law, the popular name for 2002 revisions to the nation’s campaign finance law. Judges called “Hillary: The Movie” a 90-minute attack ad, rulings that would require Citizens United to identify the financial backers for the ads if they were to appear on television. The court also said that if the group showed the movie on cable television, financial backers would have to be named and the group would have to pay the cost of airing the movie.

    The movie was advertised on the Internet, sold on DVD and shown in a few theaters. Campaign regulations do not apply to DVDs, theaters or the Internet.

    The case is Citizens United v. FEC, 08-205.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/29/AR2009062901773.html?hpid=topnews

  85. You can be sure that the former Spanish minister is speaking for more than himself when he dumps a bucket of cold piss on bambis precious head, but is merely stating what the acting heads of Europe are thinking as they confront the reality of terrorism and muslim extremism on their doorstep and ponder the flacid non-response of the messiah.

    It is highly unlikely that they are sitting around like ignorant bots chanting the big media mantra that he had no options, therefore he adopted a nuanced approach to the whole affair which showed the world that we respect the sovereigty of other nations.

    On the contrary, understand the nature of the threat we are facing and that turning the other cheek to a bully never works. They know that adherence to democratic principles is important. They deplore the cowardice, and corruption by business interests that define his foreign policy. And they know that when it comes to a crisis, and the opporunity vs risk calculus it holds time and tide wait for no man.

    Under the circumstances the back channel with our allies must be whether the United States is capable of world leadership any more. The back channel with our adversaries must be we like what we are seeing– we like to see America grovel or hide.

    Bambi sees no problem with this because as people who know him will be first to affirm, Obama hates American (Wright), seeks absolute power (King Obama), and betrays his constituents to serve his patrons (Rezko, Immelt, etc.). And this, they cover up, by making a celebrity of him and that is the big media game–since they are owned by GE. What you have here is a closed loop.

  86. June 28, 2009

    All Obama, all the time: The president is getting overexposed

    By JOEL CONNELLY

    If President Obama’s job approval ratings begin to dip, the cause isn’t likely to be disapproval of policies so much as the public getting exhausted at an overexposed presidency.

    Obama speaks two or three times a day, invites news networks (ABC and NBC of late) to take up residence at the White House, appears with foreign leaders and even makes fun of his relentless presence on camera. “‘Inside the Obama White House’ is my favorite new show: There’s just something compelling about the main character,” our 44th president told the radio and TV correspondents dinner. “It’s wonderful narrative. In fact, the show has been such a hit that all of you guys now want to come and tape in my house.”

    Laughter came from all corners of the room, a bit less from the Fox News table.

    Talking to a couple of D.C. “media type” friends, however, I’ve heard second thoughts and concern with presidential hubris.

    Barack Obama is a deliverer of speeches that can be stirring (race relations, Philadelphia), daring (U.S. and Islam, Cairo) and challenging (inaugural address). He is, at times, very funny. It’s entertaining to read sour assessments by right-wing pundit Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post (and Fairview Fannie). Krauthammer started out in politics writing speeches for Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale, two of the more banal figures in American public life.

    But Obama really should regulate, and reduce, the flood of words out of the White House. The effort by presidential image-masters to control the 24/7 news cycle has tipped to excess. On Thursday, for instance, Obama joined an ABC News town hall on health care. He spoke to the cameras after meeting members of Congress on immigration. The president and first lady made remarks as a “United We Serve” service event. On the eve of a key House vote, Obama boosted the clean energy bill and debunked its critics.

    Whew! Does this guy get time to think?

    As this is written, we’re up to three Friday events, notably a joint press appearance with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel. He’s sure to say something when the energy bill passes, and the White House will forward an advance text of the president’s weekly radio address.

    The White House press corps can’t get fed enough. Consternation broke out in the briefing room on Friday when press secretary Robert Gibbs said there would be no written statement on the death of Michael Jackson.

    A president needs to speak at times. Obama was wise to nationalize debate over curbing greenhouse gases at a time when congressmen were toying with voting to appease special interests when major national interest was on the table.
    Similarly, he was right to heap scorn on the demand for an apology from Iran’s murderous mullahs, for the U.S. daring to speak out against their beatings, gassings, arrests and killings of Iranian citizens.

    Still, we need to break out of the control-the-news-cycle mold.

    Whenever a 2012 Republican presidential hopeful gets caught with his pants down, whining right wing e-mails rain down on seattlepi.com, pointing to past misdeeds by Democrats. The message is one oft heard on the grade school playground: THEY started it. I expect to hear about Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lucy Mercer Rutherford, or maybe Grover Cleveland’s out-of-wedlock child, at the next GOP scandal.

    But the daily news cycle war started with an image master on the Republican side, President Reagan’s deputy chief-of-staff Michael Deaver.

    It was Deaver who combed German concentration camp sites for the best camera angle, and organized such intimacies as a Parade feature that pictured the Gipper pumping iron. He set the stage for a daily dose of president.

    FDR offers a contrast that Obama might study. “Roosevelt understood the limitations of his gift,” Jonathan Alter wrote in his recent book “The Defining Moment” on Roosevelt’s first 100 days fighting the Great Depression. The president’s masterful Fireside Chats on the radio helped push through the New Deal. But FDR delivered only four chats in 1933, and just 27 during his 12 years in office. “The public psychology and, for that matter, individual psychology cannot, because of human weakness, be attuned for long periods of time to a constant repetition of the highest note in the scales,” Roosevelt wrote to a friend.

    The Obama administration is mounting a full-court press to get its agenda by autumn. Relentless Joe Biden fundraising appeals arrive by e-mail. Health care events seek to mobilize the vast Obama mailing lists. Still, a president should take time out of the public eye, and not tire out the country. With the Ensign and Sanford scandals — and Obama’s appointment of Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman as ambassador to China — the front row of Republican hopefuls for 2012 has gone down 30 percent in the past month.

    Obama should heed his own words to reporters at last week’s press conference: “I know everybody here is on a 24-hour news cycle. I’m not.”

    seattlepi.com/connelly/407643_joel29.html

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    It’s more than extreme overexposure that is wearing the public down, it is bullet-ridden policies that will bankrupt that average Joe. As far as being “funny?” He is the worst political comedian of all time.

    The author here seems to be heavy into the apologist theory. What a shame.

  87. wbboei

    O is trying to decide who will come out the winner in Iran, so he can apologize for American’s past and future actions.

  88. Confloyd: if you stay at the Peabody, beware of the ducks. They come down the elevator at the appointed time each day from the rookery on the roof and swim around the reflection pool in the lobby with fury, then return to the elevator and back to the rookery they go. You will also learn what is perhaps the most important piece of information since Edison invented the light bulb, which is that Cybil Shepard had her highschool prom there. This was before she and Bogdonocvich were an item. You see how easy it is to follow the lead of big media and focus on the trivial to hide that their corporate masters are doing to wreck our collective future. Like Frank Capra said its a great life (if you dont weaken).

  89. which is that Cybil Shepard had her highschool prom there.
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    That would be the Memphis TN Peabody. :>)

  90. O is trying to decide who will come out the winner in Iran, so he can apologize for American’s past and future actions.
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    God I hope I am wrong NMF but I think Bambi made his bet long ago. I take quite seriously what he said in the debate–meeting with our worst enemies in the first year, that is the political plumb he is after, and this democracy movement was not in the blueprint that was given to him, and frankly it got in his way. It stole his thunder. And it most definitely “flummoxed” him, as Michael Barone who has not forgotten what it means to be a journalist wisely observed. Now, when the smoke clears and he follows through on his mission, the political adversary he will be meeting with will have the blood of his own people on his hands, and the symbolism will be negative not positive.

    This is why he no longer wants to talk about it and his big media cronies have tried to change the subject. Five days of non stop Michael Jackson to the exclusion of all else is symptomatic of the problem regardless of what you might think of his music or lifestyle. But this is why big media seeks to turn Bambi into a celebrity as well. Not a leader, not a problemsolver, not a man of courage, just a corporate shill who will bamboozle the dumbed down masses. Bread and circuses writ large–with clinically confirmed idiots like Halperin in tow.

  91. I know nothing about the game of bridge. Nothing. But before I knew nothing, I asked someone if someone I knew was a good bridge player. I was told that he was a pattern player, which was a term of art unfamiliar to me. However, if we take that term by its plain meaning, then it clearly applies to Bambi. Who else do you know that is joined at the hip to his teleprompter and reads speeches he never wrote to people he never knew, and when he encounters a bump in the road, he either stumbles or clams up. A pattern player has a hard time dealing with they unexpected and comes across as an incompetent fool, or a reluctant coward when he is forced to deal with it. In war, he is the kind of general who is too brittle to react and his troops get slaughtered.

  92. That would be the Memphis TN Peabody. :>)
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    Yes sir. And they damned near threw me out when I tried to feel bacon to the ducks. The bell captain not the ducks.

  93. They have one in Memphis and Ark….memphis one is beautiful. Ark is more sterile, but nicest one around imo…..

  94. Israel attempts to stop S-300 air defense supplies to Iran

    RIA Novosti Ivan Rudnev

    Iran says S-300 missile deal with Russia on track
    Kazakhstan to get S-300 air defense systems from Russia soon
    Russia denies supplying S-300 missile systems to Iran
    Russia starts S-300 missile supplies to Iran – Iranian MP

    29/06/2009
    MOSCOW, June 29 (RIA Novosti) – Israel has intensified its efforts to prevent deliveries of Russian S-300 air defense systems to Iran under a 2007 contract, an Israeli newspaper said on Monday. According to the Haaretz daily, “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and asked him to prevent the arms deal from going through.”

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met a week ago at the Paris Airshow with Gen. Nikolai Makarov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, and reportedly “asked that he also intervene to prevent the arms sale.”

    Israel and the U.S. insist that the delivery of advanced air defense systems to Iran would undermine the military balance in the region, and Russia has until recently delayed the implementation of the deal.

    Although Russian sources said in March that Iran had not yet received any S-300 air defense systems and the deal relied on the leadership in Moscow, Russia had reiterated its commitment to fulfill the contract, which is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Haaretz said that during the visit of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to Moscow several weeks ago, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told the Israeli official that some payments under the contract had already been made.

    Arms deliveries to Iran are also important to Russia because Moscow is quickly losing its positions on key Asian arms markets in China and India.

    In light of the recent developments and ahead of a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama with his Russian counterpart next week, Israel has launched “intensive diplomatic efforts…in order to restore the earlier Russian commitment not to complete the deal,” the newspaper said.

    The latest version of the S-300 family is the S-300PMU2 Favorit, which has a range of up to 195 kilometers (about 120 miles) and can intercept aircraft and ballistic missiles at altitudes from 10 meters to 27 kilometers. It is considered one of the world’s most effective all-altitude regional air defense systems, comparable in performance to the U.S. MIM-104 Patriot system.

    en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20090629/155382108.html

  95. Will make bombing much more difficult but you can always count on Russia undercutting Israeli/US efforts on Iran ….Israel , it they are going to, must hit before these anti-defense systems are up and running. Time is short and Bibi must act like the great Menachem Begin who said the hell with Reagan.

  96. I just heard the supreme court decision on th eCT white forefighters case….I beleive they made the right decision………

  97. ….I beleive they made the right decision……
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    I also think that is the right decision. Trying to “rig” the tests in order to have a specific sociological outcome is just stupid. I think the city panicked with the test results and didn’t want to be called racist and face law suits. The logical thing to have done, if they want more “minority” upper level firefighters, was to offer courses and individual help for people desiring to take the exam with preference given to those who didn’t pass the previous exam, irrespective of race.

  98. SHV

    I throughly agree. We need to stop the quotas and start making these people qualified. Anyone who needs extra help can get it. The selection for colleges, promotions should be made from people who qualify at a certain level. Bending the standards just does not cut it.

  99. Too bad the SC does not have time to make sure the person running for President is qualified. After all John McCain proved he was. The SC has lost it repect from me with the 2000 election and the birth certificate issue.

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