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Selected News For The Week Feb 19 – Feb 25

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This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, February 19th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

42 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Feb 19 – Feb 25”

  1. proreason says:

    Anne Coulter, genius, works to save the country.


    This is going to piss a lot of conservatives off, but imho, we should bow down to Ms. Coulter for an astonishing act of courage. Basically, she has put her career on the line to help conservative America understand what we must to to win the presidency in 2012.

    Her strategy is clear. She recognizes that although Sarah is almost certainly the best fit for conservatives, she is also the candidate who will most enrage the left. And since the media still has enormous power, they will certainly manage to persuade centrists that Sarah is the second coming of Satan himself. Sarah can get close but she cannot win, not in 2012.

    Almost every pundit knows that. But Anne has taken it a step further. She recognizes that the flash point for the country is not social issues, but the economy / deficit / national debt. THAT is the issue that will bring enough people who are not politically sophisticated to the Republican side of the ledger in 2012. What we need is a Ronald Reagan of fiscal responsibility. Christie fits the bill. (I’ll bet Anne would admit that there may be some sleepers like the Gov of Virginia, and now perhaps Scott Walker, who might also suffice). The key point is not so much Christie the fiscal conservative, but the fact that he is so damn awesome about making the case. So here we have Ann, who is probably the most socially conservative pundit in America LEADING us to a path to victory, and SHOWING us that victory is so paramount that even she is willing to compromise on beliefs that she probably holds more dear than any of us. This friends, is courage, and wisdom.

    Notice also, the very smart approach she has taken to Sarah. Ann declares her as being more important if she stays above the fray, like Rush, where she can inspire and influence without being the lightning rod that a candidacy would become for the leftist maniacs. It’s probably about the best thing possible to say about it. Sarah has 20 years to run. Please dear, we love you, but please, don’t run this year.

    Finally, notice the extremely clever assertions about Romney. Earlier, she declared that Romney will win the nomination if Christie does not. Now she ups the ante by saying that even Ann might support Romney if Christie can’t be drafted. Frankly, I have no idea whether she means that or not, but by saying it, she will scare the shit out of a lot of conservatives who currently won’t consider anybody but Palin. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Beyond brilliant.

    • Petronius says:

      Interesting post, pro.

      How about Christie for president and Sarah for Secretary of Energy?

      And I must agree that Anne Coulter is right about the key issues being the economic issues …. and frankly I’ll accept anybody over Romney.

      By the way, IMHO Va. Gov Bob McDonnell is overshadowed by his Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

    • tranquil.night says:

      “and frankly I’ll accept anybody over Romney.”

      Also, I’ll never be convinced that someone is our “one” based solely on fiscal leadership credentials, although it is certainly easy to understand why one would find them critical now given the circumstances, which only a fool would disagree that they are necessary for the 2012. But to me those are qualifications to bring into a VP role, where Christie would still have the sufficiently necessary national platform to inform the parasites of how the new Conservative administration intends to proceed.

      I’m tempted to go on a long multi-paragraph rant about how all we heard for months is that Sarah needs to bone up on national issues to have any chance, and now Christie is the last Skywalker solely because he talks with the grown-up voice on Youtube. Instead I’ll defer to Mark Levin, a man of vastly superior intelligence and wisdom than I:

      When will my dear friend Ann start to address the substantive problems with Christie’s actual positions or are we going to get another year of “only Christie can win” fortune cookie logic?

      Does she support his positions on: gun control, amnesty, the appointment of an Islamist to the bench, the green agenda, his campaigning for Mike Castle, his MIA on health care litigation, etc.

      I don’t run the GOP and I don’t decide who runs in primaries. I can encourage candidates to run, etc., but my powers are limited. If it were up to me, Marco Rubio would get into the presidential race.

      Whenever I raise questions about Christie I usually get a few people saying he’s too busy being governor to address all these issues. Then how can you promote him for president? Can he not walk and chew gum at the same time? That’s a minimal qualification for president. And he’s constantly doing friendly national media interviews. He’s in Washington all the time. He campaigned all over the country for RINOs. He just refuses to address these issues — that is, he refuses to address issues that expose his weaknesses to conservatives. We tried to get him on my show but he’s always “busy.” He can’t call into the program from his car? His PR is being carefully managed. When he ran for governor he asked to be on my show and scores of others.

      And Ann, I fear if you continue to cheerlead for him, Obama will be re-elected. (Not really, but that line you’re using is annoying.)


      There’s a reason the Northeastern Ruling Class Republican establishment, and a lot of disaffected former Centrist Democrat operatives, suddenly have Christie fever. It has to do with being able to preach the new tone while playing the same old political games. Whether Christie is totally complicit or pursuing this PR route by professional beltway advisers, it is not endearing or confidence inspiring whatsoever as the type of President I’d vote for.

    • artboyusa says:

      Hmmm…Sarah has the X Factor, no doubt about that, and she drives libs nuts, or nuttier, which is always fun to watch but no way she should ever be president. No way. For many reasons but for me a main reason is that we need a president for whom “What books and newspapers do you read?” doesn’t count as a trick question.

      I’ve just started reading “Race of a Lifetime” by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin this morning and I’m enjoying it a lot. Especially the part on page 6, about Hillary’s response after losing the Iowa caucuses to Obama: “Watching her bitter and befuddled reaction, her staggering lack of calm or command, one of her senior-most lieutenants thought for the first time, This woman shouldn’t be president”.

      That’s good but better even better is on page 7: “Maybe the problem wasn’t Iowa. Maybe the problem wasn’t her campaign. ‘Maybe’ she said, ‘they just don’t like me'”.

      ZANG! Hillary’s Moment of Zen! Maybe they don’t like me. No Hill, they don’t like you at all because you aren’t likeable. You don’t like anybody else and you don’t like yourself and we all know it because you never bothered even trying to hide it.

      Anyway, I don’t know who, if anybody, can beat Obama. Not Palin and not Romney (yuck) either. Maybe some great unknown will emerge from nowhere and deliver us from President Barry but if so, he or she had better start emerging soon.

    • wardmama4 says:

      As long as perfection is the requirement – the GOP will continue to put up old RINOs as their candidates – and lose.

      Palin has much to offer if everyone would stop dwelling on one or two mis-steps – Obama and his 57 states didn’t make half the rise as Sarah struggling not to smack the face of lil’ Miss Perky Katie – over a fluff question. Who the heck cares what a Gov with 5 children one a weeks old baby virtually snatched out of her home and job and thrust upon the National stage – READS????[ And did Ms Perky ask The Big O the same question?] Probably even seeing a morning newspaper was a stretch for her at that exact moment in time. And then to be whisked off into the whirlwind of such a public annihilation – that she reacted as she did – with grace, calm and a you ‘betcha smile – won her for me.

      Because I’m sick and tired of everyone screaming experience – while electing the most in-experienced person in the history of America politics. Of screaming her inability to answer a stupid ‘fluff’ question – from a stupid ‘news’ commentator who hated her guts – as if that matters at all in the scope of her political career. Try listening to Obama answer a number of very important questions – any day of the week – he hems, haws, uhs and skirts around the real issue – with meaningless drivel on a regular basis – he should have kept the guy who wrote his 2004 DNC speech – because now he isn’t sounding as intelligent.

      Romney, Huckabee, McCain et al – cave(d) to Dems when it became poltically expedient. Sarah Palin took on her own Party and won.

      Paul uses tricks and half-truths to be on the ‘right’ side of issues – I just don’t trust him. Sarah has stayed the course, no matter what has been slung at her since she started in Wasilla city politics.

      Everyone has their weakness and failures – that is indeed true. It is just since Ronald Reagan – I have not heard a Republican state my beliefs, my ideals and my goals for America any clearer than Sarah Palin.

      And right now – America needs a straight talking person to lead her out of this mess that the duplicitous lying crapweasels in DC and their propaganda machine – the msm – have created.

      Palin/Coulter – imagine the liberal heads exploding makes that idea worth it to me.

      What is sad is that you believe no one except those same old same old RINOs are capable of winning in America.

      I fear for America if lying cheats are all that can be seen as winners in our political system.

    • proreason says:

      “What is sad is that you believe no one except those same old same old RINOs are capable of winning in America.”

      If you’re talking to me, I’ve said that I’d support Charles Manson, if it looks like he can win.

      I’m a long ways away from making up my mind. And Sarah is in the game from my perspective, as is Christie…and Mitch Daniels, and Romney, and everybody else. (At this point, I like Rubio the best, but he is the longest of the long shots because of his age and experience). I want to see how they do in the next year.

      But I’m alert to the fact that the people who control the media empires that 70-80% of the country watch hate Sarah with a passion unmatched in American history. That’s part of Ann Coulter’s point; but smart as she is, the landscape might look a lot different in twelve months.

      There’s no honor in defeat. I’ll be supporting the person with the best chance to beat the most dangerous man on the planet.

      ps: Ann is also correct that our candidate better be a good talker. The Moron proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that glib and glitz trumps qualifications by about a gazillion to 1. If AlToad and TraitorKerry weren’t such over-the-top pompous asses they both would have beaten tongue-tied dubya by 10 points each.

    • TerryAnne says:

      Seconding wardmama here!!! Very well said.

      Right now I’d like to see Palin become GOP Chairman. I think that’s the perfect position for her for right now.

    • mr_bill says:

      Wardmama, I agree. I haven’t heard too many Republicans since Reagan that I felt were all that atriculate about their conservative ideas. That said, I don’t think Palin can win for the reasons everybody here has listed. It would be outstanding to watch liberals melt-down over a ticket like that and I would vote for them, but the independents cannot be convinced. The media has seen to that. Palin is doing well where she is.

      The Juan McCains, Mitt Romneys and the rest of the sell-outs ought to stay away from the primaries. All that post-2008 talk about the Republican party “coming to the center” is hogwash. You can’t get more wishy-washy than Juan McCain. He is a pro-amnesty, pro-globull warming, RINO and he lost to a committed marxist who can’t prove he was born here and pals around with Calypso Louis, Bill Ayers, and Rev. Wrong. RINOs can’t win against nerobama.

      We need somebody that talks the talk and walks the walk. I would love to know why Allen West isn’t getting the attention he deserves. Everytime I see him speak, he reminds me of Reagan. He is very, very well versed in history (American and World), he expresses conservative ideas effortlessly, and he could make mincemeat of nerobama in a debate (I’m sure we’ve all seen what he did to that CAIR tool last week). He is the strong leader conservative Republicans need in order to win the next two elections. He is a man who can be taken at his word. As long as he doesn’t choose Bozo the Clown for a running mate, he should be a shoe-in, yet nobody is talking about him. Is it because he fired a gun while interrogating a taliban fighter? Heck that’s a positive credential in my opinion, and it should be to anybody else who considers islamo-fascists to be the enemy.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “…but the independents cannot be convinced.”

      Independents are another form of liberal. They want to be impressed, they need to be “wow’ed” by someone so dynamic and articulate that they are really for the candidate. The obvious fallacy being that they want someone they can follow. That throws the whole notion of “independency” out the window. Their view is often even more monumentally skewed than a liberal. A liberal sees a flawed candidate but their flaws match, so it’s ok. An “independent” sees the flawed candidate and cannot stomach them for their flaws, even though they, themselves are flawed, but differently.

      I cannot handle independents. I work with one. He is up in arms that healthcare is under attack because “How will I be able to afford putting my (of age) child on my healthcare plan?!”

      Sadly, independents are a necessary element to the political mix but they are less reliable voters and will vote for a socialist because of a nice crease in their pants. I believe it’s independents that make advertising such a lucrative endeavor.

    • tranquil.night says:

      In my experience, you can boil it down to no less than 4 kinds of “independents,” and this is why I think there’s hope for a True Conservative. The political class tries to make this group into the all-important center of the country that wins elections, when the actual political reality of this demographic, IMHO, is much different. And I think this deception, like any other with the Ruling Class, is on purpose to support the conventional wisdom that America is evenly split between wanting more or less big government.

      – Conservative independents who left the Republicans in 2006.
      – Independents who are mainly Conservative in their personal lives but whom are largely non politically ideological in most normal circumstances.
      – Peasant Class social Liberals/Libertarians whose vote will sway to whoever’s coolest, should they vote at all.
      – Genuine political ‘moderates’ and centrists of the variety of McLame or Lieberman (not radical Ron Paulites, they’re their own class).

      The first two groups FAR, FAR outnumber the second pair, especially now with Liberalism on full display and full attack against this country. All the polls show the Independents have flown the Democrats. The election is proof positive. This was not insignificant, the Ascendancy is real.

      But it’s not won for us yet. I agree with you all that nothing less than a powerfully charismatic leader who can both speak and act on the Truth with absolute clarity will suffice, and will win in 2012.

    • mr_bill says:

      Rusty, I should have put “independents” in quotation marks or called them “unaffiliated.” The ~60% of voters that do not self-identify to conservative/liberal/Republican/Democrat are, unfortunately, the deciding vote on national politics because of their numbers. I like to categorize them as “moderates” who have no idea what they stand for (they remind me of the French, in that they will surrender rather than stand up for something), “independents” which I think tranquil.night summarized quite nicely, “moderate democrats” which, like unicorns, don’t exist in reality, and “fiscal-conservatives” which is meaningless (at some point fiscal conservative-ness gets pummeled by the need to plunder the population’s wallets to support all those big-government, socially liberal policies).

      Still, this sector of the electorate have been bombarded with the constant stream of “Palin is satan” for the last 2 years. Not having the will or capacity to form their own thoughts, far too many have capitulated to the MSM line about her. I like her as an activist, provocateur, fundraiser, speaker, writer, liberal-annoyer, etc., but I don’t think she can pick up enough votes from the middle portions of the political continuum to win a the Presidency. She must know this.

  2. Petronius says:


    In U.S. Gulf, clean-up firms busy with “idle iron”

    By Krishna Das, 14 Feb 2011

    After the spill, the clean-up — of “idle iron”, the hundreds of old, disused wells, pipelines and drilling platforms scattered across the Gulf of Mexico.

    In the wake of last April’s Macondo oil spill, the U.S. government has ordered some 3,500 non-producing wells in the area to be plugged for good and 650 production platforms dismantled — a potential windfall for oilfield services firms.

    Firms specialising in plug-and-abandon (P&A) … are seeing an incremental revenue stream from tougher U.S. regulations on offshore drilling.

    * * *

    Oil and gas firms have generally been reluctant to plug idled wells and remove infrastructure, hoping they might one day be used to support other active wells nearby.

    * * *

    Once dismantled, old platforms can provide good artificial reefs, helping protect the marine ecosystem.


    Just in case anybody ever gets any funny ideas about trying to reopen deepwater drilling in the Gulf … the regime is going to make it a little more difficult. By plugging oil wells and dismantling platforms and pipelines, the regime makes sure they will have to start from scratch.

    Turning valuable oil infrastructure into artificial reefs must be a Liberal’s idea of a perfect twofer.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      So here you have a viable going concern shut down by diktat.

      It was found to be an illegal act by a federal judge (or was it two federal judges) and it lost on appeal.

      So now there is the inactivity of the oil industry, once a thriving fixture of Gulf states, providing much needed energy and jobs to the rest of the nation. But a spiteful little shit of a president wanted to have a little fit and a well explosion gave him the justification he needed, in his own mind.

      But what he’s done is wrong and he needs to be told he’s wrong and he needs to be punished for it. We are now in an era that goes beyond the wiretapping malfeasance of Nixon…and way beyond some spoiled smart-ass frat boy getting hummer’s while in the oval office. This guy, this petulant man-child is going beyond the beyonds and it seems he’s unstoppable. When will it reach critical mass? For me, it was a long time ago. But as I said in another post, the tide of public opinion rises slowly. I just wish it would rise a little faster. I think this year will see a lot more tea-party protests and probably in much greater numbers than last year.

  3. Ms_NoNo says:

    The Blaze: U.S. Gov‘t Software Creates ’Fake People’ to Spread Message via Social Networking

    Whenever I shop on the internet, I skip right over the positive reviews of products and go straight for the bad ones, figuring the company probably paid some hack to sit and create fictional names and post fake glowing five-star reviews for their products to dupe unsuspecting customers. But what if the federal government could operate this way?

    What if the government had the ability to pass its own information through false mediums to unsuspecting citizens?

    The U.S. government recently offered private intelligence companies contracts to create special software to it help manage a number of “fake” profiles on social media websites.

    The contract opportunity (PDF) — posted last summer at FedBizOpps.gov — actually calls for the development of an “Online Persona Management Service” for the U.S. Air Force, a software that would help a single user manage a variety of distinct fake profiles online. According to the contract proposal, the software could be deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, but there is no guarantee it would not be used domestically as well.

    Why is this only now coming to light?

    Recently leaked** email files from the private security firm HBGary reveal internal discussions of how one person could use the software to create an army of fake profiles. In essence, it allows a small group of people to appear to be many.

    According to the contract, the software would enable the government to shield its fake identity by employing a number of false signals to make it appear that the profile belongs to a real person. Additionally, software technicians could manipulate unique IP addresses to make it look like the profile originated from anywhere around the globe…..

    Continue reading: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/u-s-govt-software-creates-fake-people-to-spread-message-via-social-networking/

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “In essence, it allows a small group of people to appear to be many.”

      It’s already been done in small scale. People become aware very quickly when they read identical posts in various blogs, supposedly by different people. My guess is that when the obamunist does this, it will fail. Quickly and loudly.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Reminds me of the Ellie Light affair in the era before Journolist when we were just starting to refer to them as the State-controlled media, whose single letter to the editor showed up in 40 different national newspapers.

      Either way, this must mean that a lot of working folks are gonna be out of a job at media matters and moveon.org. Outsourced to technology. Where’s the compassion for the little guy from that fatcat Soros?

  4. canary says:

    Tea Party Descends on Wisconsin Protests

    KBOI News/Radio 670 Tea Party Descends on Wisconsin Protests

    Feb 19 2011 (MADISON, Wisc.) — Wisconsin Tea Party activists are weighing in on the ongoing state worker protests, bussing[sic] in picketers to counter protest and exploring measures to recall the Democratic senators that have fled to boycott the vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill.

    Madison police expected approximately 100,000 people to fill the square outside the capitol building Saturday as Tea Party members’ voices were added to the chorus of dissent…

    Tea Party members are forming two exploratory committees to recall two of the Wisconsin Democrats that fled…



    DNC Caught Organizing Wisconsin Protests
    Fire it up

    Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/wisconsin-protests/2011/02/17/dnc-caught-organizing-wisconsin-protests#ixzz1ERMALbq2

  5. Ms_NoNo says:

    The Blaze: Mich. Union Hiring Homeless People to Picket

    “Astroturfing: An artificially-manufactured political movement designed to give the appearance of grass roots activism.”

    If ever you wanted to see a great example of “astroturfing,” then the video below might become a part of your permanent library. The Mackinac Center, a public policy think tank in Michigan, has uncovered an interesting little detail in the local carpenters union’s fight against a non-union developer: the union is hiring down-and-outs to do its picketing (Video): http://www.theblaze.com/stories/mich-union-hiring-homeless-people-to-picket/

    Fox News: Michigan Union Hiring Homeless People to Picket

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Michigan broke the story: http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/pubs/mcc/

  6. Illusions says:

    Obama administration To HUD; Sign agreement, stay quiet!

    Obama administration officials told a group of housing proponents this month that they must sign a confidentiality agreement to continue participating in talks — a highly unusual request that has drawn criticism from a top Republican lawmaker who is investigating the matter.

    The agreement, obtained by POLITICO, bars participants from disclosing details discussed at meetings of a rental policy working group, but it has angered some lobbyists and drawn congressional scrutiny.


  7. canary says:

    Arizona explains in spite of law since 1940 that all foreigners are to have identification, Obama is the 1st President in U.S. history to sue the U.S. for a foreign country. Sheriff Joe has been told by the DEA, ATF, and Border Control that he is a marked man for death. 1/3 of prisoners in AZ are illegal criminal Mexicans.


    Obama’s will meet Ted Kennedy’s life long goal to make immigrating Mexicans illegals legal, no matter the cost of American lives.

  8. canary says:

    BBC: China police break up ‘protests’ after online appeal

    – 20 Feb 2011
    Police in China showed up in force in several major cities after an online call for a “jasmine revolution”.

    The message was first posted on a US-based Chinese-language website.

    Several rights activists were detained beforehand and three people were arrested in Shanghai, but the call for mass protests was not well answered.

    China’s authorities blocked searches for the word jasmine on the internet.

    Protesters in Tunisia who overthrew President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in January called their movement the Jasmine Revolution.


    Will Obama check on his half-brother who chose to live in China?

  9. canary says:

    BBC: British gay Muslims seek Islamic weddings

    By Adrian Goldberg – 20 Feb 2011

    “We met about three years ago, at an iftar – a breaking of fast during Ramadan.

    “After the first date, which was about an hour, Sarah casually asked me to marry her.”

    “That may sound strange being lesbians, but it felt like we should do it the most honourable way we could.”
    The Muslim way

    “A few friends said you don’t really have to have an official Imam, but you need someone who is knowledgeable enough about the Qur’an to do it. Fortunately, one of our friends was, and she offered to do it. She’s a lesbian herself,…

    “I wanted to wear leather, but Asra wouldn’t let me,” she sighs.

    However, Sarah’s relationship with her family is quite different.

    “Because I wasn’t born a Muslim – I converted five years ago – I think my family is quite accepting of my sexuality. But sometimes it seems like they are waiting for me to grow out of being a Muslim.”

    “There was an occasion at gay pride once where one of the marchers turned around and quite crudely said ‘we didn’t know pride was allowing suicide bombers on the march’ – it was really shocking to hear it from a fellow gay marcher.”

    much more on the story

    “I wanted to wear leather, but Asra wouldn’t let me,” she sighs.

    Converted modern Sara better not be lewd or look at another woman. Asra might stone her.

  10. Rusty Shackleford says:

    The AP tells us “this is how democracy works”


    Libyan forces fire on mourners at funeral again

    Published February 20, 2011

    | Associated Press

    CAIRO – Libyan forces fired machine-guns at thousands of mourners marching in a funeral for anti-government protesters in the eastern city of Benghazi Sunday, a day after commandos and foreign mercenaries loyal to longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi attacked demonstrators with assault rifles and other heavy weapons.

    A doctor at one Benghazi hospital where many of the casualties are being taken said 20 people were killed Sunday. U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said 173 people died — mostly in Benghazi — in three days of unrest from Thursday through Saturday. A Switzerland-based Libyan activist said 11 people were killed in the city of Beyida on Wednesday. The latest numbers brought the toll to at least 204 since Wednesday, although a precise count has been difficult because of Libya’s tight restrictions on reporting.

    The crackdown in oil-rich Libya is shaping up to be the most brutal repression of anti-government protests that began with uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. The protests spread quickly around the region to Bahrain in the Gulf, impoverished Yemen in the Arabian Peninsula, the North African neighbors of Tunisia — Libya, Algeria, Morocco — and outside the Middle East to places including the East African nation of Djibouti and even China.

    And then the AP says this about Gawd-awfully:

    Gadhafi has been trying to bring his country out of isolation, announcing in 2003 that he was abandoning his program for weapons of mass destruction, renouncing terrorism and compensating victims of the 1986 La Belle disco bombing in Berlin and the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland.

    Yes, he is such the bastion of “give peace a chance.” This paragraph is destroyed by the first two, where the representatives of Libya’s government (Gadhafi) guns down unarmed mourners in a funeral procession. Sorry, I can’t have any sympathy for this guy in his “efforts to bring ‘his’ country our of isolation. Especially since it was he and he alone that placed it in isolation to begin with. Additionally, his “change of heart” came right on the heals of Russia further shutting him out on financial help and sale of weapons.


    Britain has called reports of the use of snipers and heavy weapons against demonstrators in Libya “clearly unacceptable and horrifying,” and criticized restrictions on media access.

    Yes, snipers and heavy weapons to silence a crowd. “This is how democracy works”, eh, barry? Oh that’s right, you have nothing to say about this because it is very likely you side with Gadhafi, just as you side with Achhh, what-a-whack-job.


    Libya’s rebellion by those frustrated with Gadhafi’s more than 40 years of authoritarian rule has spread to more than a half-dozen cities. Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city with some 1 million people, has been at the center of unrest

    And yet, once again the deafening sound of silence from the white house. Gee, I wonder why.

    Rhetorical question, to be sure. But one has to be able to draw logical conclusions about this type of uprising and why it is happening. Why there and why now? Again, it is my hope that Gadhafi is ousted and banished from Earth forever. His day of reckoning appears to be on the fast track now and hopefully, there are many Libyans who actually know what freedom is. But also, I again fear that some muslim ooze will work its way into the mix and ruin it all. It’s not as much of a crap-shoot as one would think. It’s actually highly likely.

    But also…where are all the newsies who should, by now, be absolutely certain that Libya’s uprisings are the result of that strong desire for democracy? Again, crickets. Hm.

    • canary says:

      Rusty, ya think AP is confused because Obama became the first president to form a friendship & shake Gadhafi’s hand.

      note how Obama awaits and extends his hand to Gadhafi; Obama then cups his hands over Gadhafi, and I’d say about 24 shakes. I still think Obama has a thing for vbbf thing for muslims. The bowing is habit from his Obama’s service to the tyrants. Obama is the submissive one in these relationships. He opens and closes his mouth at their will.


      Gadhafi: “Now, ruling America is a black man from our continent, an African from Arab descent, from Muslim descent, and this is something we never imagined – that from Reagan we would get to Barakeh Obama.”

      “He is someone I consider a friend. He knows he is a son of Africa. Regardless of his African belonging, he is of Arab Sudanese descent, or of Muslim descent. He is a man whose policy should be supported, and he should be assisted in implementing it in any way possible, since he is now leaning towards peace.”

  11. proreason says:

    And now the real revolution in Egypt has begun.


    Before reading this brief article, guess what it might be.

    The White House must be thrilled beyond comparison.

  12. canary says:

    AP does appear to be rooting for Gadjafi.

    02/21/2011 CAIRO — After anti-government unrest spread to the Libyan capital and protesters seized military bases and weapons, Moammar Gadhafi’s son went on state television overnight Sunday to proclaim that his father remained in charge with the army’s backing and would
    “fight until the last man, the last woman, the last bullet.”

    Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, in the regime’s first comments on the six days of demonstrations, warned the protesters that they risked igniting a civil war in which Libya’s oil wealth “will be burned.”

    We will fight until the last man, the last woman, the last bullet,” he said in a rambling and sometimes confused speech of nearly 40 minutes.

    Although the elder Gadhafi did not appear, his son has often been put forward as the regime’s face of reform.

    … British Foreign Secretary William Hague said he spoke to Seif al-Islam by phone and told him that the country must embark on “dialogue and implement reforms,” the Foreign Office said.

    … Seif al-Islam wagged his finger frequently as he delivered his warnings.


    Why do the Brits want dialogue when we can hear clearly Gadhafi’s warning. Obama isn’t going to object to the “civil war” lingo.

  13. canary says:

    DailyMail.co.uk : Extremist cleric to lead White House protest calling for Muslims to ‘rise up and establish Islamic state in America’

    By Daily Mail Reporter 20 Feb 2011

    British extremist Anjem Choudary – who once said ‘the flag of Islam will fly over the White House’ – has announced he will lead a demonstration calling on Muslims to establish the Sharia law across America.

    The rally, planned for March 3, is to take place just weeks after his on-screen row with Fox News presenter Sean Hannity.

    The former leader of outlawed group Islam4UK told the Daily Star ‘we expect thousands to come out and support us.’

    Mr Choudary said the March rally was organised by the Islamic Thinkers society, an extremist group based in New York.

    British extremists: Sayful Islam, left, and Abu Izzadeen, right, have also been invited to speak at the White House rally, which will call for Sharia law in the U.S.

    ‘It is only right the call is made in the heart of Western ­civilisation[sic] in front of the biggest pharaoh that ­exists today, which is Barack Obama.’


    ……By the way, calling Obama the biggest pharaoh that exists today’ is a compliment of great honor. The story of the pharoah in the Koran tells that he became a muslim and was saved by allah.

    ‘It is only right the call is made in the heart of Western ­civilisation[sic] in front of the biggest pharaoh that ­exists today, which is Barack Obama.’

    Uh…. Oh….Maybe Obama’s visit last week to Facebook, Google, Twitter, owners etc. in California was to tell them to follow the growing protest pattern of shutting the internet down.

    Uh…Oh…Let us hope the muslim protesters at the WH won’t be patted down; as that would be against their religion, and they might retaliate and commit jihad.
    Hope it doesn’t hurt tourism.

  14. heykev says:

    From National Review Online:

    America Quiet on the Execution of Afghan Christian Said Musa
    “A terrible drama is unfolding in Afghanistan: There are reports that Said Musa, will soon be executed for the ‘crime’ of choosing to become a Christian.

    Musa was one of about 25 Christians arrested on May 31, 2010, after a May 27 Noorin TV program showed video of a worship service held by indigenous Afghan Christians; he was arrested as he attempted to seek asylum at the German embassy. He converted to Christianity eight years ago…He has been beaten, mocked, and subjected to sleep deprivation and sexual abuse while in prison. No Afghan lawyer will defend him and authorities denied him access to a foreign lawyer.

    If the actions of a Florida pastor who threatened to destroy a book holy to Muslims deserved public and presidential attention, then the actions of the Afghan government, ostensibly a ‘democratic’ ally, to destroy something holy to Christians, a human being made in the image of God, also deserve public and presidential attention.”

    Why isn’t BHO standing up for his fellow believer and decrying this is the strongest terms possible?

  15. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Indy pulls a “Wisconsin”

    From Politico: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49974.html

    Wisconsin style: Indiana Dems go AWOL

    By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 2/22/11 12:49 PM EST Updated: 2/22/11 1:09 PM EST

    In a move straight out of the Wisconsin playbook, Indiana Democratic lawmakers fled the state today in a bid to kill a proposed right-to-work bill ahead of a vote.

    Citing a source, the Indianapolis Star reported that Democrats “are headed to Illinois, though it was possible some also might go to Kentucky.” Wisconsin’s Democratic senators have been in Illinois for days, depriving Republicans the quorum needed to vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s legislation to roll back collectively bargaining rights for state workers.

    It’s a major escalation in a brewing labor battle with Mitch Daniels, the governor who’s considering a presidential run.

    As the newspaper noted, Indiana’s Democrats will want to head to a state with a Democratic governor “to avoid being taken into police custody and returned to Indiana.”

    Labor unions watched and cheered on the stoppage from the gallery, the newspaper reported, as the Republicans’ push for the bill, which would curtail collective bargaining by making non-union members pay buy-in fees for representation, was stymied.

    The Democrats have “taken a page out of the Wisconsin Senate playbook apparently,” said Republican state House Speaker Brian Bosma. “They are shirking the job that they were hired to do.”

    Just two of the 40 Democrats showed up — the number needed to be present just to make sure that Republicans aren’t moving ahead without a quorum present.

    Bosma, who the Indianapolis Star quoted as declaring himself “flummoxed,” adjourned the session for a few hours as he tried to figure out the next path.
    More POLITICO 2012 LIVE

    • proreason says:

      This is becoming too perfect. They draw to an inside straight while we have a full house.

      Indiana is conservative, and has turned virulenly anti-Obama. Daniels is a fiscal conservative with Presidential aspirations. Bayh jumped the Senate because he knows the Indiana has turned against the socialists.

      It’s too perfect.

      Who saw it coming, by the way. There was some talk about public sector unions for the last year or so, but nobody predicted it would come to a head so quickly, with the Republicans in an unassailable position.

      I’m getting a bit paranoid.

      “proreason wild-assed theory of the day”

      – the public unions are a sacrificial lamb
      – the statists knew government unions were going down anyway (because the states have no options)
      – so they gen up a little crisis so that Republicans statists can claim a big-ass victory
      – by making it seem bigger and more controversial than it really is, they satisfy the hunger of Tea Partiers
      – everybody relaxes because of the victory, and the federal executive order march to marxism continues
      – maybe even Obamy “bows to the will” of the people and slashes federal benefits by .00001%
      – next month, Gramnesty re-introduces an Illegal Aliens Rights bill that passes in a watered down, camel’s nose version
      – Mitch Daniels wins the Republican statist nomination and fights to a heroic 6% loss to Obamy. Mitch explains to the country there is nothing to worry about with Obama in the White House, since he has a good heart

    • proreason says:

      “Ruling Class Follies” – the prequel

      ring ring riiing

      Bam here.

      Barry, hey Barry, Karl calling, how’s it hangin, man.

      Karl, baby, hey man, haven’t heard from you in a couple days, good buddy.

      Yeh yeh, I know, it’s a pain in the ass having these phones incinerated every time we talk, so I’ve been relaxing a bit boss. I’ll do better in the future, for sure.

      That’s ok man, whassup?

      Well boss, Palin is coming on strong ain’t she? Is that worrying you at all?

      Maybe a little bit. Now she has that Bachman bitch as her wing man and Fat Boy taking the heat on her left. Yeh, we’re watching that pretty close.

      Well boss, you ain’t half as worried as we are. If that gal pulls a Reagan, my buds are gonna be bunkerized for a generation. We’re worried sick. Actually, that’s why I’m calling boss. Got a proposal for ya.

      Hit me pal, i’m in the wide stance and can handle just about anything right now.

      Daniels, boss, how’d you like to run for president against Mitch Daniels?

      What? Not much, that little brother can bite like a pit bull.

      Yeh, we think so too. We think he could win, but you know, even if you beat him, we’re better off then if the Wasilla Witch somehow slips in. We’re looking at the odds here boss, and we’re thinking you and Mitch give us all the best chance to stay in the saddle. Give it a think; we’ve come up with a brainstorm that will solve a lot of problems for you and keep us all in the game.

      ok, brother, give me the pitch.

      Well, you know and we know the SEIU is going down in the next couple of years, one way or another. The states don’t have the Obamy printing press, and the budgets are just people costs after all. No way the fickle public will accept any more taxes for a few more years, so the purple guys are going down. It’s only a matter of when. Here’s our idea, let’s let Mitch shoot em with a pea shooter. We concoct some kind of budget flap, and Mitch climbs all over it on Fox, talk radio has an orgasm, and suddenly, bang, he’s da man. Christie forgets about it. Sarah doesn’t have a state to grab by the throat and the wee governor of a poweless midwestern state that you were going to lose anyway suddenly becomes da RINO du juour. Of course, we’re gonna compete against ya heads up boss. Heads we win, Tails we win. Mitch or Bam, what’s the difference between friends, heh boss?

      Rove, man you are one Machiavellian mofo bro. I gotta say, that’s not a bad idea, not a bad idea at all. But man, I dunno, it’s just so obvious man. Rush would see through that in a split second. If only we could hide the decline somehow bro, we gots to hide da decline.

      Boss, you DO have a brilliant strategic mind, for foreigner….but we’re a step ahead of you for once on this one. Are you aware that Wisconsin is the home of the Progressive movement……….

    • tranquil.night says:

      On 10/26/10: “I think after the election the grassroots needs to remain vigilant and even consider trying to expand the protests to target the institutions supporting the cabal. The media, the unions, everyone playing an active role in promoting the big lie. We’ve had solid success against the mainstream media and organizations like NPR, the VFW, and NAACP who’ve all severely endangered themselves by unmasking their obvious leftism. Their credibility can’t be allowed to rebound.

      In short I don’t think we can wait for Congress to work miracles anymore. We have to take the fight to the doorstep of every one of their cussed strongholds and flood these rats out of their holes once and for all.”

      I never expected that battle to happen because of our newly empowered state legislatures, but like you seeing Walker take the lead on this and the ensuing reaction has been a source of both hope and fear.

      “the public unions are a sacrificial lamb”

      I don’t think that theory is wild at all. The rabid Communist mob obviously isn’t blaming the Moron for their pending demise.

      On 2/13/10: “I’m slowly getting a grip on the liberal ideological alliance: union thug communists, green police pagan-fundamentalists, a visibly hedged ‘humanitarian’ elite of big business/big media/big academia/big hollywood/GovCo socialist-statists, and a shadow elite of purely profiteering global financialists.

      However in the end, they – via Obama – will hang the unions, the ideologues, even their own old conventional media and who knows what other element of their faux-culture out to dry. Since they’ve lost Healthcare, they’ve lost Cap and Trade, they’ve basically lost the American Statist Coup of 2008/09, the objective here is to worm their way out of the hotseat for the last meltdown and set themselves up for the next one, wiping their rear-ends with easy cash along the way.”

      It’s a risky political move because this might legitimately break a good chunk of his realiable voting bloc. He hasn’t stolen reelection yet.

      But I don’t think they have any political moves left. We’re out in front of them and maintain the shield of the broader public’s support and involvment.

      “The wounded animal is the most dangerous.”

  16. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Meanwhile, back in Arizona—

    A disapproving AP uses “uncivil language” in its headline:

    Arizona Senate Panel Passes Sweeping Bills Targeting Illegals, Birthright Citizenship


    PHOENIX — An Arizona Senate committee late Tuesday narrowly approved a sweeping bill that would target illegal immigrants in public housing, public benefits and the workplace.

    The committee earlier Tuesday also approved a bill that would deny automatic citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants in a measure designed to set up a possible U.S. Supreme Court case on the issue.

    Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce, who authored Arizona’s controversial illegal immigration law last year that touched off a nationwide debate on whether states can enforce federal immigration laws, sponsored Tuesday’s more sweeping measure.

    “If you’re in the country illegally, you don’t have a right to public benefits, period,” he said.

    Ouch, that’s gonna leave a mark.

    The bill toughens requirements that employers check work eligibility of new hires, allowing for their business licenses to be suspended if they don’t use the federal E-Verify system. Workers caught using a false identity to get a job would face mandatory six-month jail sentences.

    It also requires schools to collect information on the legal status of students and report them to law enforcement if their parents don’t provide the necessary documents or the documents appear false.

    The bill also makes it illegal for an illegal immigrant to drive in the state, providing for a 30-day minimum jail sentence and the seizure of their vehicles if they are convicted.

    Just a guess, but watch the DUI numbers drop.

    In housing, it requires public agencies to verify the immigration status of renters and to evict everyone living in a unit if one was found to be an illegal immigrant. For health care, the bill changes some of the document requirements for the state’s Medicaid program.

    The bill turns public officials into immigration officers and “launches an unprecedented attack on minorities and people of color,” said Jaime Farrant of the Border Action Network, an advocacy group.

    How? By making them able to do their jobs?

    Passing the bill would place a “dark cloud over Arizona that will make SB1070 tame in comparison,” Farrant said, referring to last year’s controversial law.

    Controversial, how? It upheld federal law and resulted in the president suing the state for something it had no business meddling in?

    But the Appropriations Committee’s chairman, Republican Sen. Andy Biggs, said the bill was a response “to economic and social costs that we face with the onslaught of illegal aliens in our state.”

    “We need to have the moral courage to deal with this issue when there is a vacuum at the federal,” he said.

    You said it. Right on, right on, right on!

  17. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Democrats ready to “throw down” (or is it, “leave”?)

    From FOX:http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/02/23/dems-dare-gop-federal-shutdown/

    Dems Dare GOP on Federal Shutdown

    Dems Ratchet Up Government Shutdown Rhetoric as GOPers Ready Response

    “[House Speaker John Boehner is] being misled and pushed around by his conservative freshmen who don’t remember what happened in 1995, and not only don’t fear a government shutdown, but they actually say they welcome one. Sarah Palin, leader of this right-wing group, said on Thursday, last Thursday, on Long Island that she wanted a government shutdown.”

    — Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on a conference call with reporters

    Democrats are daring Republicans to continue to press for deep cuts in federal spending with a potential government shutdown now just nine days away.

    Agencies in the Obama administration are making ready for a government shutdown and congressional Democrats have responded to Republican calls for deep spending cuts with a proposal for no reductions and accusations that House Speaker John Boehner is a pawn of Sarah Palin.

    It’s getting ugly.

    Boy, I’ll say. If the government stays home, Americans might be able to enjoy, oh…I don’t know….more freedom, maybe?

    Before anyone can get to the question of how to fund the government through the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30, Congress will first discuss a short-term spending plan to keep the lights on after March 4 when a stopgap spending plan from the previous Democratic congress runs out.

  18. heykev says:

    From Fox News:

    Obama’s Mystery Links to Qaddafi Uncovered
    “By Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – As pressure mounts on the White House to intervene to stop Moammar Gadhafi’s bloody crackdown in Libya, many commentators have been wondering why Barack Obama has been cautious in his criticism of the dictator after the U.S. president so fervently supported the removal from office of U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak of Egypt.
    But Gadhafi has been tied to Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s spiritual adviser for more than 23 years.
    The Libyan dictator also has financed and strongly supported the Nation of Islam and its leader, Louis Farrakhan. Obama has ties to Farrakhan and his controversial group…Jeremiah Wright, former pastor of Obama’s longtime Chicago church, went with Farrakhan to visit Gadhafi in 1984.”


    I’m allergic to conspiracy theories, liberalism and tinfoilhatism, but I do think that Obama is a combination of conman, anti-colonialist, Marxist, functional Manchurian Candidate and Islam acculturated stalking horse. Like all great conmen he simply enables you to believe what you want to believe

  19. TerryAnne says:

    Obama rejects Defense of Marriage Act
    In victory for gay-rights advocates, US won’t defend law in court

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration delivered an unexpected victory to gay-rights activists yesterday, declaring that a law prohibiting federal recognition of same-sex marriages is unconstitutional and discriminatory and that Department of Justice lawyers will no longer defend it in court.

    The administration will still enforce the law, which prohibits the federal government from granting benefits to same-sex couples, such as breaks for estate taxes and Social Security payments to spouses. But Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said it will stop opposing legal challenges, increasing the odds that court decisions striking down the law — including one in Massachusetts — will stand.

    Obama’s decision represents a reversal for a president who, for the last two years, tried to walk a fine political line by defending the law in court while saying that he opposed it and wanted it repealed. Approved in 1996, the law, called the Defense of Marriage Act, defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

    Yesterday’s victory for gay-rights advocates follows the congressional repeal in December of the ban on gays serving openly in the military. But the president is stopping short of personally endorsing gay marriage. The White House press secretary, Jay Carney, said Obama is still “grappling’’ with his feelings on the issue.

    The responsibility for defending the marriage act now falls to Congress, which has the authority to appoint a special counsel to pursue the issue. Republicans, including Senator Scott Brown, while critical of the president’s decision, did not say yesterday whether they would take such a step.

    “We can’t have presidents deciding what laws are constitutional and what laws are not,’’ Brown said in a statement. “That is a function of the judicial branch, not the executive.’’

    But Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank, who is gay, hailed the decision as a “major breakthrough’’ that reflects society’s greater acceptance of gays and lesbians

    “This is both a sign of and a result of the fact that gay prejudice is being defeated by gay reality,’’ he said.

    The president’s decision immediately bolsters cases brought by supporters of same-sex marriage across the country, including one filed by Attorney General Martha Coakley that led Joseph L. Tauro, a federal judge in Boston, to declare last July that the law was unconstitutional.

    The administration will drop an appeal of that ruling, Coakley said. She said that if Congress decides not to defend the law, Tauro’s decision against the Defense of Marriage Act “would be the final decision.’’

    “As a practical matter, that would be the end of it here in Massachusetts,’’ Coakley said. “That would be the precedent and the law of the land, that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.’’

    Massachusetts recognized gay marriage in 2004, making it the first state in the nation to do so. Governor Deval Patrick applauded the president’s shift.

    “In Massachusetts, we believe that every person ought to be able to marry whomever they love, and we believe the rest of the country is moving forward in that direction, too,’’ he said in a statement.

    Gay marriage is now legal in five states and the District of Columbia. Even in those jurisdictions, however, the Defense of Marriage Act prevents gay couples from filing joint federal tax returns or receiving survivor compensation from Social Security.

    In addition to the Massachusetts litigation, the decision affects two newer court cases — one in Connecticut and another in New York — that would have required that the administration take a fresh stand in the next few weeks.

    The Connecticut case was filed by Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, or GLAD, and includes plaintiffs in Vermont and New Hampshire.

    “It is extremely significant that the Department of Justice recognizes what we’ve been saying for years in our litigation,’’ said Mary Bonauto, civil rights project director for GLAD. “Laws that distinguish between people based on sexual orientation are suspicious and likely to reflect prejudice against gay people rather than good public policy.’’

    Under federal law, the attorney general has discretion to refrain from “defending or asserting, in any judicial, administrative, or other proceeding, the constitutionality of any provision of any Federal statute,’’ provided the attorney general has determined it is unconstitutional. The law then requires the attorney general to notify Congress, which Holder said yesterday that he had done.

    Opponents of same-sex marriage blasted the president and urged House Speaker John Boehner to mount a defense of the law.

    “We’re shocked that the president and Attorney General Holder are refusing to carry out their constitutional duties to defend the laws established by Congress,’’ said Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute. “They are trying to strike down’’ the marriage act “in its totality.’’

    Boehner’s office yesterday did not say if Republicans plan to defend the law. But his spokesman, Michael Steel, accused Obama of poor timing.

    “While Americans want Washington to focus on creating jobs and cutting spending, the president will have to explain why he thinks now is the appropriate time to stir up a controversial issue that sharply divides the nation,’’ Steel said.

    But the nature of Obama’s move places the burden on opponents of same-sex marriage in Congress to take action if they want to keep fighting in courts. And that could be a risky distraction for the GOP which has pledged deficit-fighting and budget issues as its top priorities.

    “For the Republican leadership, that is the last thing they want to deal with right now,’’ said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. “I think a lot of Republicans feel that President Obama is quite vulnerable, and they see a real opportunity to do well in 2012, so the last thing you want is to inject an issue that creates dissention and creates divisions. They want to be focused on the deficit, a lot of Republicans — not on this.’’

    For Obama, political analysts said, the nod to his liberal base is important, because he has been moving toward the political center following the Republicans’ winning control of the House last November.

    “It’s almost, he takes a step to the center,’’ said Jennifer Duffy, senior analyst at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, “then he yells over his shoulder, ‘I’m still here; we’re going to move when we have to move but on issues you care about I’ll make a difference when I can.’ ’’


    Easily one of the screwiest articles I’ve ever read. Zero comes out against DOMA, but doesn’t really know where he stands. Holder parrots Zero but is said to have been the one who brought this up, even though the article starts with Zero bringing it up. Then it hints towards this being a partisan move (of course), but is followed up with his minions stating that he’s moving center. When you can’t even keep your own story straight, maybe it’s time to get the programming updated.

  20. mr_bill says:

    Obama administration won’t defend DOMA in the courts
    February 24, 2011
    The American Thinker – Peter Wilson

    Senator Scott Brown stated the obvious reaction to Obama’s announcement that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional: “We can’t have presidents deciding what laws are constitutional and what laws are not. That is a function of the judicial branch, not the executive.”

    …The parallels with another Congressional Act are striking: a federal judge has also declared Obamacare unconstitutional, and the Obama Administration has not bothered to appeal the ruling. The expected outcomes in the two situations however are opposite. In the case of Obamacare, the Administration pretends that by doing nothing, Obamacare will stand as law of the land. In the case of DOMA, it believes that doing nothing will overturn an existing law. It must be nice to make up your own rules as you go along.

    So now nerobama is the Supreme Court and he decides what laws are and are not Constitutional. Perhaps Chuck Schumer was just summarizing the nerobama regime when he enumerated our branches of government as being “a House, a Senate, and the President.” nerobama is not making any friends with the Supreme Court, but apparently that doesn’t matter when you are the king.


  21. Rusty Shackleford says:

    From the WSJ:

    Obama Sitting Out State Fights With Unions


    President Barack Obama, after initially lending his support to organized labor, has stepped back from the fights spreading in state capitals from Wisconsin to Tennessee, leaving union officials divided about his tactics.

    Democratic officials said that with Obama heading into battles over the federal budget, a plunge into the fray over public-sector collective bargaining could weaken his position as a deal-maker in Washington.

    Perhaps one of his fellow “constitutional scholars” informed him that to meddle in state affairs is blatantly illegal. But, then, why would that stop him? There must be another reason. “Weaken his position as a deal-maker”? You have got to be kidding me. I would’ve expected better from the WSJ.

    Obama is eager to occupy the political center, Democratic officials said, to help him forge a bipartisan deal on the nation’s long-term finances that could strengthen his position heading into the 2012 election. Obama has already tacked to the center on taxes, on trade and by working to forge stronger ties with business leaders.

    Does this guy actually write for the WSJ? I mean, really?

    “I don’t think the president’s involvement in making this a Republican and Democrat issue would be particularly helpful at this point,” said Andy Stern, a former president of the Service Employees International Union.

    Careful, Andy, that’s not what Trumka says. You’d better step back into line.

    And the money shot:

    But others say Obama, as the leader of the Democratic Party, should do more to help the labor movement, which provides money and grassroots organizing muscle for Democratic candidates and whose power is now threatened by Republican efforts to curtail collective bargaining rights.

    “Everybody is looking to the president on this one,” said Amy Dean, a labor activist and former AFL-CIO official in California. “The grassroots infrastructure of the Democratic Party is organized labor.”

    And you heard it here first on Roller Derby. When passionate….the socialists end up telling the truth.

  22. JohnMG says:

    Organized labor IS Obama. And vice-versa. From cabinet members all the way down to voter registration drives, the two are indistinguishable, thus unseparable.

    For someone who was going to eschew lobbyists and their influence over elected officials, Obama makes one very transparent liar. And he’s proud of it!

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