The officials said that no decision has been reached on whether to add the alleged operative to the administration’s so-called kill list, a step that would require Justice Department approval under new counterterrorism guidelines adopted by President Obama last year.
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I think Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign was the biggest scam ever. Put another way, I was an idiot to vote for the guy.
This would be Obama in 2007:
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This would be Obama today:
Apparently net neutrality is officially dead. The Wall Street Journal reports today that the FCC has given up on finding a legal avenue to enforce equal access and will instead propose rules that explicitly allow broadband suppliers to favor companies that pay them for faster pipes.
Shorter: If you have a website, the more money you pay t0, say, Comcast, the higher your visibility.
Guess who wins. Again?
The people who have $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
You and me and our little blogs? Bye bye.
Maybe the GOP yelling about Obama being a secret Muslim is meant as a distraction for the Islamic-like values they’re pushing:
Geezus Obama, you’re a huge disappointment:
Nine days after announcing new regulations designed to improve oil-by-rail safety, the Department of Transportation quietly weakened the rules for testing rail cars and exempted shippers of bitumen from having to meet the new regulations.
In a Feb. 25 press release, Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said all of the right things:
“Today we are raising the bar for shipping crude oil on behalf of the families and communities along rail lines nationwide —if you intend to move crude oil by rail, then you must test and classify the material appropriately.”
The industry quickly responded with a letter to Foxx letting him know that keeping families and communities safe might require them to shut down oil-by-rail shipping, which would “have an immediate and significant negative economic impact on the nation”.
Apparently this got Foxx’s attention. And the Department of Transportation did the industry’s bidding and relaxed the regulations. This time there was no press release or PR blitz touting the change.
I think this would commonly be known as blackmail.
Like I said, corporations are the government now.
I expected more of you Mr. Prez. I expected you to stand up to these tyrants who think only in terms of profits at any cost, including the lives of We the People.
Oh, and in looking for a photo to add to this post, I came across these inconvenient facts:
January 25, 2014: Accidents Surge as Oil Industry Takes the Train
But, according to the Obama administration: Oh well!
This would be the totally classless Donald Rumsfeld on Fox last night:
“Take for example that we have status of forces agreements probably with 100, 125 countries in the world,” the former secretary of defense ranted angrily. “This administration, the White House and the State Department, have failed to get a status of forces agreement [with Hamid Karzai]“
“A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement,” he added. “It does not take a genius.”
Are there any Republicans left who won’t stoop this low?
From Seattle’s King5.com:
The state of Washington is preparing to take the most aggressive action in four years against the U.S. Department of Energy for the federal government’s failure to adhere to waste laws and legally binding cleanup schedules at the Hanford ["nuclear reservation"] Site – a sign of state officials’ growing frustration with lack of progress in the decades-long nuclear waste cleanup.
On Friday, the state Department of Ecology ordered a new, faster timetable for pumping out a massive double-shell waste tank — designated AY-102 — that is slowly leaking highly radioactive waste. Next week, the state will communicate to the Department of Energy and the Department of Justice that the government is in violation of the 2010 consent decree governing the Hanford cleanup…
The order issued Friday deals specifically with AY-102, a massive waste tank that has been at the center of a year-long KING 5 investigation, Hanford’s Dirty Secrets. KING 5 exposed the government’s contractor in charge of the tanks, Washington River Protection Solutions, ignored scientific evidence for nearly a year that the tank was leaking.
The thing I find the most outrageous:
According to a plan released on March 7, the federal government said it would not begin pumping the leaking double-shell tank until 2016 at the earliest. State and federal waste laws require leaking tanks to be emptied within 24 hours or whatever is practical.
I guess we’re supposed to believe that, after ten or so years of this Hanford disaster going nowhere, 2016 is as fast as is “practical” to pump out that leaking tank.
Wow, Brad Wieners, the Executive Editor of Bloomberg / BusinessWeek is out with an editorial urging President Obama not to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
The first two paragraphs cut to the quick (though I could do without the part about Justin Beiber):
Give Me One Good Reason Obama Should Approve Keystone XL
Really, there could be two:
1. President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and economic growth-focused Washington want China as America’s new BFF and plan to let Beijing know by offering up an energy supply from our friends to the North.
2. Obama, Kerry, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper have worked out a quid pro quo. The Yanks will accept a pipe carrying toxic sludge through America’s bread basket so long as Canada takes over counterterrorism in Afghanistan, sends peacekeepers to Ukraine, and Harper himself places Justin Bieber under house arrest so he can’t tour in the lower 48.
Those are such short-term, short-sighted reasons to approve the pipeline. Just sad.
Poor George. I think this is how he’ll be remembered…forever:
If Republicans ever – ever — bring up the supposed scandal that was Benghazi again, I hope every single Democratic politician and journalists everywhere will wave this in their face:
GOP Report Acknowledges That The U.S. Military Couldn’t Have Changed Benghazi Outcome
In a new report released on Tuesday, the House Armed Services Committee concludes that there was no way for the U.S. military to have responded in time to the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya to save the four Americans killed that night. In doing so, the report debunks entirely a right-wing myth that says the White House ordered the military not to intervene.
The Democrats on the panel asked their Republican colleagues if they could finally move on from Bengahzi. “This report, produced by House Armed Services Committee Republicans, should finally bring an end to the politicization of the heinous attacks on brave Americans in Benghazi,” HASC Ranking Member Rep. Adam Smith (D-CA) and Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA), the HASC Oversight and Investigations subcommittee’s ranking member, said in a statement. “It is time to move forward, take the real conclusions we have arrived at and establish how to best protect our citizens around the globe. It is our hope that today’s report, which was authored by Republicans, finally brings this attempt to manufactured scandal to an end.”
This is what the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution says:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
It doesn’t distinguish between someone who’s charged with J-walking or someone who’s accused of being part of al-Qaeda. Everyone is supposedly guaranteed the right to be informed of the exact nature of the charges against them, to face their accuser, hear the evidence against them, and to present evidence in their defense (if they wish). At least, that’s how we’ve operated for the last 230 years until constitutional lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama’s administration admitted last May to killing four Americans in Yemen.
All that said, Obama’s thinking about being the judge, jury and executioner when it comes to another American:
U.S. Weighs Lethal Strike Against American Citizen
The Obama administration is weighing whether to approve a lethal strike against a U.S. citizen who is accused of being part of the al-Qaeda terrorist network overseas and involved in ongoing plotting against American targets, U.S. officials said.
U.S. officials have not revealed the identify of the alleged operative, or the country where he is believed to be located, citing concern that disclosing those details would send him deeper into hiding and prevent a possible drone strike.
Got that? The administration is accusing this person of being part of an al-Qaeda network but again, he has a right, under our laws, to defend himself in court. That Obama is the first president (that we know of) to murder U.S. citizens, ignoring their rights, is shocking and appalling given, again, his supposed expertise in constitutional law.
Are we really such terrified little people we’re going to flush the Constitution down?
The guy has gone insane in that regard and imho, instead of looking strong, he looks weak and afraid.
Funny how Faux News, Rush Limbaugh and screamers in the Republican party paint Barack Obama as some sort of extreme commie liberal. The reality, unfortunately for some of us who voted for him, is the opposite: Barack Obama’s Conservative Utopia in 7 Charts — While politicians on the far right scream socialism, President Obama has quietly created a conservative America. And the statistics prove it.
The article goes on to document how and why Obama’s out Republicaning Republicans:
If You Like the Rich, You Should Like Obama
If You Like Corporations You Should Like Obama
If You Like Killing the Environment You Should Like Obama
If You Hate Deficits You Should Like Obama
If You Hate Illegal Immigrants You Should Like Obama
If You Like the Pentagon You Should Like Obama
Obama is the figurehead for those of us who say, “I didn’t leave the Democratic party, the Democratic party left me.”
Check out the article (link above). All you have to do is look at the charts to get the picture (and sick to your stomach).
You might remember back in January when President Obama’s nominee to be ambassador to Norway, George Tsunis, embarrassed himself and, in my opinion, all of us, during his confirmation hearing when it became obvious he didn’t know much at all about that country.
Well, Obama’s done it again, i.e., he’s nominated a rich campaign contributor to be ambassador to Argentina and the guy hasn’t even been there.
During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing for political consultant Noah Mamet, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) asked “Mr. Mamet, have you been to Argentina?”
“Senator, I haven’t had the opportunity yet to be there,” Mamet replied. “I’ve traveled pretty extensively around the world, but I haven’t yet had a chance.”
Rubio said he thought Mamet’s resume was “impressive” but cautioned that the ambassadorship in Argentina was a “very significant post,” and it is perhaps more so now that the country’s currency has plunged.
As Slate’s Dave Weigel pointed out, Mamet bundled at least $500,000 for Obama’s campaign, according to the Center for Public Integrity’s figures.
Shouldn’t having been to a country be kind of like, oh, I don’t know, the minimum requirement for being appointed ambassador to that country?
I had a mammogram on December 21. Today I got the “Explanation of Benefits” from my insurance company. It categorized the procedure as “preventive care.”
Preventive care? What a concept.
Billed Charges: $380.00
Less Discount Disallowed: $239.40
Insurance Paid Provider: $140.60
Patient Liability: 00
This is the first time in my life (that I remember) I haven’t had to pay a cent for a mammogram.
A mammogram should be seen as “preventive care” and it should be fully covered. Why wouldn’t an insurance company want to catch something early? It could save itself hundreds of thousands of dollars.
But no. It took what was practically an act of god to instil that thought into the American psyche and yet Republicans have voted 46 times to repeal it.
I’m a Medicare-for-all gal but I’m so thankful for this change (and for an end to nixing people with a pre-existing condition too — what a relief).
Budweiser Pulls Out of Olympics Due to Terror Concerns
Budweiser has pulled out of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, citting terrorism concerns.
The beer company apparently hosts a traditional huge beer bash at the Olympics.
But this year, TMZ reports, the company got cold feet because of the ever-increasing terror warnings about Sochi.
As we’d reportedly earlier, the warnings about Sochi have off the charts, with reports that one or more suicide bombers may already have gotten past Olympic security.
It’s also entirely possibly that Budweiser, while not an official Olympic sponsor, simply no longer wanted its brand associated with an Olympics that’s increasingly being tied to Russia’s oppressive crackdown on human rights.
Coca-Cola, an official Olympic sponsor, has been facing blistering criticism for Olympic security forces, emblazoned with Coke’s logo, detaining a gay dissident for waving a rainbow flag, then turning the gay human rights activist over to the Russian police for further questioning at headquarters.
I’m cynical enough to through this out: What if these terror warnings have been pulled out of thin air by U.S. government officials to wreck the Olympics and to get back at, and embarrass, Putin?
This is a post for everyone out there who is outraged, outraged!, that President Obama would suggest issuing Executive Orders to get done some of the things he thinks should get done.
You should know that your so-called leaders, like Rand Paul, John Boehner, Michele Bachmann and Ted Cruz, are playing you for absolute idiots when they scream about Obama being a “traitor,” of “acting unilaterally” or of working outside the “legislative process.“
First of all, Obama has issued fewer Executive Orders (EO) than any modern president, something the screamers on your side don’t mention. They figure you have no idea how many EOs presidents usually issue so you’ll go along with their ranting and raving: Obama’s going roguer than rogue! Put more simply, they think you’re stupid and uninformed and they know you won’t take time to look up the facts about EOs on your own.
Secondly, go to the White House website here and scroll down, through page after page of EOs issued by the most recent Republican president, George W. Bush. It’ll take a while because there are a whole lot of them there. Again, the folks you’re listening to on Fox and talk radio are taking you for idiots and fools on this issue.
Prove them wrong.
What would we do without The Donald pointing out, and commenting on, the important issues of our time?
Reality TV star Donald Trump on Monday lashed out at President Barack Obama as “sloppy” and “not appropriate” because he had chosen to not wear a tie in a Super Bowl pre-game interview.
While speaking to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly in an interview which aired during the Super Bowl XLVIII pregame show, the president opted for dress casual, wearing a jacket and a white dress shirt without a tie, just as he had in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
“I definitely think he should have worn a tie,” Trump complained to the hosts of Fox & Friends on Monday. “You know, he’s the president of the United States, let him put on a tie. Bill was wearing a tie, not that he has to follow Bill. But Bill was wearing a tie. He’s the president. It’s a formal position, I think he should wear a tie.”
“It’s sloppy, it’s not appropriate, it’s not presidential,” Trump opined. “He’s the president of the United States, let him put on a tie.”
‘Which Side Are You On?’ is a song written by Florence Reece in 1931. Reece was the wife of Sam Reece, a union organizer for the United Mine Workers in Harlan County, Kentucky. In 1931, the miners of that region were locked in a bitter and violent struggle with the mine owners. In an attempt to intimidate the Reece family, Sheriff J. H. Blair and his men (hired by the mining company) illegally entered their family home in search of Sam Reece. Sam had been warned in advance and escaped, but Florence and their children were terrorized in his place. That night, after the men had gone, Florence wrote the lyrics to ‘Which Side Are You On?’ on a calendar that hung in the kitchen of her home. She took the melody from a traditional Baptist hymn, ‘Lay the Lily Low’, or the traditional ballad ‘Jack Munro’.
Bravo, bravo, bravo to this (pdf):
James Clapper is a national disgrace. He went before congress and lied his ass off last year.
I find it appauling that President Obama would nominate someone who knows absolutely nothing about a country, in this case Norway, to be my/our representative to that country.
From Norway’s News in English:
Future US Envoy Displays Total Ignorance of Norway
The US’s next ambassador to Norway has committed a jaw-dropping diplomatic blunder before he even begins, describing politicians from the Progress Party, which has seven ministers, as “fringe elements” that “spew their hatred” in a US Senate hearing.Asked by Senator John McCain what he thought it was about the “anti-immigration” Progress Party that appealed to Norwegian voters, Greek American businessman George Tsunis seemed unaware of the party’s role in the ruling coalition.“You get some fringe elements that have a microphone and spew their hatred,” he said in the pre-appointment hearing. “And I will tell you Norway has been very quick to denounce them.”McCain interrupted him, pointing out that as part of the coalition, the party was hardly being denounced.“I stand corrected,” Tsunis said after a pause. “I would like to leave my answer at… it’s a very,very open society and the overwhelming amount of Norwegians and the overwhelming amount of people in parliament don’t feel the same way.”The blunder came after a faltering, incoherent performance from Tsunis, in which he made a reference to Norway’s “president”, apparently under the impression that the country is a republic rather than a constitutional monarchy.
[Tsunis] donated $267,244to the Democratic party in the 2012 election cycle, and $278,531 in 2010, making him one of the party’s top individual donors.
Sec. 3. Closure of Detention Facilities at Guantánamo. The detention facilities at Guantánamo for individuals covered by this order shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than 1 year from the date of this order. If any individuals covered by this order remain in detention at Guantánamo at the time of closure of those detention facilities.More… (pdf)
Maybe it’s just me, but have you noticed how the cable “news” networks cycle through so-called news stories roughly every eight, ten, 15 minutes and repeat themselves ad nauseam all day (unless there’s “breaking news” of course, like a high-speed police chase or an apartment fire)?
And maybe its just me but have you noticed how the right constantly screams about how liberal the U.S. media is?
Imagine how this country would change if the media really was liberal and they repeated this kind of thing every day, all day:
– Giving Employees Paid Sick Leave is Good for Business: A large majority of employers in Connecticut — where paid sick leave has been mandatory since January, 2012 — “reported that the law did not affect business operations and that they had no or only small increases in costs.”
– The NSA’s Sweeping Surveillance Programs Don’t Stop Terrorism: On June 5, 2013, the Guardian broke the first story in what would become a flood of revelations regarding the extent and nature of the NSA’s surveillance programs. Facing an uproar over the threat such programs posed to privacy, the Obama administration scrambled to defend them as legal and essential to U.S. national security and counterterrorism. Two weeks after the first leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden were published, President Obama defended the NSA surveillance programs during a visit to Berlin, saying: “We know of at least 50 threats that have been averted because of this information not just in the United States, but, in some cases, threats here in Germany. So lives have been saved.”
However, our review of the government’s claims about the role that NSA “bulk” surveillance of phone and email communications records has had in keeping the United States safe from terrorism shows that these claims are overblown and even misleading. An in-depth analysis of 225 individuals recruited by al-Qaeda or a like-minded group or inspired by al-Qaeda’s ideology, and charged in the United States with an act of terrorism since 9/11, demonstrates that traditional investigative methods, such as the use of informants, tips from local communities, and targeted intelligence operations, provided the initial impetus for investigations in the majority of cases, while the contribution of NSA’s bulk surveillance programs to these cases was minimal.
Climate change will complicate the Philippines’ efforts to become self-sufficient in rice, the country’s economic planning secretary said Monday.
Arsenio Balisacan said preliminary data showed that 74% of the estimated damage from natural disasters in the country last year came in the farm sector, primarily affecting rice. The natural disasters include extreme weather caused by global warming, he said.
“We expect these extreme events and unpredictable phenomena to become the new normal,” Mr. Balisican told a workshop on efforts to address the impact of climate change in agriculture.
No government regulation! Woo hoo. A Libertarian paradise (unless you need to take a shower, drink water, wash your clothes, make dinner or wash your face).
On January 10, 2010, President Obama said,
“I have no intention of sending U.S. boots on the ground in these regions,” Obama told People magazine, referring to Yemen and Somalia.
Yesterday we learned that:
The U.S. military secretly sent a small team of advisors to Somalia last month to assist with operations against militants, the first time U.S. troops have been stationed there since two helicopters were shot down and 18 American soldiers were killed in 1993.
The Americans also are helping Somalia’s fledgling security forces, which have struggled to assert control beyond Mogadishu and have often been the target of fierce attacks from the Shabab, an Islamic militant group with ties to Al Qaeda that ruled large parts of southern Somalia before being driven from power by the African force.
Though the initial advisor presence is small, a senior Defense Department official said the U.S. was hoping to expand it in the coming year, signaling the possible return of a permanent U.S. presence in Somalia two decades after the battle recounted in the movie “Black Hawk Down” drove the U.S. military out.
Ah yes. A “small team of advisors.” Those four words should send a chill down our collective spine. That’s how the U.S. involvement in Vietnam started too:
The U.S. military advisory effort in Vietnam had a modest beginning in September 1950, when the United States Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG), Vietnam, was established in Saigon. Its mission was to supervise the issuance and employment of $10 million of military equipment to support French legionnaires in their effort to combat Viet Minh forces. By 1953 the amount of U.S. military aid had jumped to over $350 million and was used to replace the badly worn World War II vintage equipment that France, still suffering economically from the devastation of that war, was still using.
My Tweet of the Day
Here’s the article linked to in the tweet: Fox’s Benghazi Expert Endorsed Assassinating Obama Last Week.
I remember seeing Michael Scheuer interviewed over the years. Lately, he really seems to have gone off his rocker. But hey, if he thinks it’d be cool to assassinate the president, Fox is bound to love him.
Regular readers of this site know I have serious disagreements with President Obama but this is ridiculous. Here’s an article from the Washington Post (it’s on today’s front page) about Sasha and Malia Obama growing up, as young human beings tend to do, and it’s titled: Growing Proof of the Limits of Presidential Power:
I mean, it’s astonishing how the ahem — “liberal media” — twists into knots to find ways to make Obama look impotent.
If you think NAFTA was a bad idea and that it has had a disastrous effect on We the People in the United States (and the world), you’ll hate the TPP, the so-called “Trans-Pacific Partnership.“
Obama and his corporate buddies are negotiating a deal (the TPP) behind closed doors and in virtual secrecy that will benefit corporations and screw We the People (of every country). Over and above that, Obama wants congress to grant him “fast track” so he can sign whatever comes of the talks without any input from our representatives, the very people who are responsible for drafting and signing trade agreements.
The TPP is essentially a corporate takeover of the planet.
This is a very big deal. It will pop up early next year and again, We the People must fight back against this global takeover (more on that later); we must make the people in congress who supposedly represent us say no.
The fear is they’ll go along with Obama because they too are owned by the corporatocracy.
When is enough, enough?
What the hell:
Civil Rights Leaders to Hit Obama on Judges
President Barack Obama has upset Rep. John Lewis and other civil rights leaders by ignoring their input in picking four nominees to fill vacancies on the federal bench in Georgia.
On Monday, Lewis and fellow presidential medal of freedom winners Joseph Lowery and C.T. Vivian are expected to ask Obama to withdraw his nominees — a demand that is unlikely to be met — amid concerns that about the judges’ records and convictions on matters of importance to African Americans, as well as Obama’s process for selecting them.
The White House cleared three of the judges — Mark Cohen, Eleanor Ross, and Michael Boggs — with GOP Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss as part of a deal to fill two seats on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, according to reports in a legal journal called the Daily Report and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The NSA spied on — get this — UNICEF.
Back in the 60s, on Halloween, I trick or treated for UNICEF. A penny here, a dime there and once in a while a quarter or wow, a dollar. I was helping to end the suffering of kids on the other side of the world.
H/t to my parents for getting me involved in that.
Now I’ve come to learn that the NSA sees UNICEF as a threat. Really? According to the NSA, everything and everyone’s a freakin’ threat.
What happened to the once-confident, proud United States of America? Now we’re a paranoid bunch of law-breaking scardey cats:
British and American intelligence agencies had a comprehensive list of surveillance targets that included the EU’s competition commissioner, German government buildings in Berlin and overseas, and the heads of institutions that provide humanitarian and financial help to Africa, top-secret documents reveal.
The papers show GCHQ, in collaboration with America’s National Security Agency (NSA), was targeting organisations such as the United Nations development programme, the UN’s children’s charity Unicef.
What’s up is down: What good is it having a “Constitutional lawyer” as President when he has this kind of reputation?