Jun 28, 2010 Political
Looks like Obama is not so keen on following his rules about lobbyists:
Despite the job title, McLaughlin wasn’t a registered lobbyist. Still, ethics rules created by an Obama executive order prohibit McLaughlin from “participat[ing] in any particular matter involving specific parties that is directly and substantially related to” Google. But the e-mails show McLaughlin has been involved with formulating policy that directly affects Google, regularly trading e-mails with Google’s “evangelist,” and lobbyist.
And only when I followed up with a question about the e-mails with lobbyist Davidson did Weiss admit “they did violate the President’s Ethics Pledge,” and note that McLaughlin had been reprimanded. [emphasis mine] Washington Examiner
Well so much for the no lobbyists lobbying for their special interests. How’s that transparency thing working out for ya?
Iran blinks after much bluster:
Iran will not be sending a blockade-busting ship to Gaza in defiance of Israeli warnings, an Iranian lawmaker said Saturday, citing Israeli “restrictions.” Yahoo News
Iran was going to send the blockade buster to help get “humanitarian” aid ships through. Perhaps the idea of being sunk by the Israeli Navy did not appeal to Iran. Imagine the humiliation if that happened.
Maybe the Islamic radicals don’t care who is leading our country:
As for the revolutionary Islamists–be they al-Qaida, Hamas, Hizballah, the Taliban, and the Muslim Brotherhoods–or the radical regimes–be they Iran, Syria, the de facto Islamic Republic of Gaza, or others–all the U.S. governments are definitely the same. Indeed, they make this point explicitly in their declarations and media every day.
To them, the American people are “all the same” and the American governments are “all the same.” The argument between liberals and conservatives on this point is irrelevant. They hate the United States because of its values and they also hate the United States because of its policies. Gloria Center
While liberals love to exclaim that George Bush made the world, particularly the world of Islam, hate us, the reality is they hated us long before Bush was president. They bombed the WTC the first time under Clinton, attacked the Cole and other targets under Clinton and planned 9/11 under him. They do not like us no matter who is elected to lead us and they will continue to attack us until they are defeated.
How is that citizen of the world plan working out?
Another broken Obama promise? Gitmo remains open.
Stymied by political opposition and focused on competing priorities, the Obama administration has sidelined efforts to close the Guantánamo prison, making it unlikely that President Obama will fulfill his promise to close it before his term ends in 2013.
“The president can’t just wave a magic wand to say that Gitmo will be closed,” said a senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal thinking on a sensitive issue. The New York Times
Obama can’t wave a magic wand and make things happen but he sure acted like it when, with much fanfare, he signed the Executive Order to close it within one year of him taking office. That pen was his magic wand and he waved as if his deeming it so would make it happen.
This is what you get when you put someone with no leadership experience in charge.
Joe Biden Admits they can’t recover the jobs.
Vice President Joe Biden gave a stark assessment of the economy today, telling an audience of supporters, “there’s no possibility to restore 8 million jobs lost in the Great Recession.” CBS News
Biden goes on to do what has become the main theme of this regime, blame it all on Bush. That excuse is getting old. Hey Joe, the mess belongs to you and you and Obama got it because you convinced America you could fix things.
Now you admit that you can’t.
Is ACORN running the Census?
Two Census Bureau managers from a Brooklyn field office were fired after their bosses found they faked household surveys to meet deadlines, the Daily News learned.
Instead of pounding the pavement and knocking on doors, the corner-cutting people-counters mined the phone book and Internet to make up answers to questionnaires, regional director Tony Farthing said. NY Daily News
This census has been poorly run and has cost billions more than any previous census. Perhaps that is because the Obama regime is using numbers of census employees to artificially lower the unemployment rate. These people are counted as new jobs but will be gone in a few months.
The folks who did this should be prosecuted for falsifying a government record. This is what happens when a corrupt regime runs things.
Biden calls store manager a Smart ass. Custard’s last stand:
Joe Biden, VP of the Obama regime, was out getting a frozen custard (he thought he was getting ice cream) and when he asked how much he owed the manager said not to worry about it, “It’s on us.” Then the manager told Biden to lower our taxes and we will call it even. Biden told the man to say something nice instead of being a smart ass. I thought the request for lower taxes was saying something nice.
This is the disdain the regime has for the average guy on the street. If you think you are paying too much in taxes and express that thought you are being a smart ass. This is because the regime, with people like Biden who have NO business experience, think they know better than you. Shut up you serfs and quit being smart asses. We know what is best for you.
Extending an open hand to Iran:
CIA Director Leon Panetta says Iran probably has enough low-enriched uranium for two nuclear weapons, but that it likely would take two years to build the bombs.
Panetta also says he is doubtful that recent U.N. penalties will put an end to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Yahoo News
It would seem as if the Obama doctrine of bowing to all the world leaders and extending an open hand to the bad people of the world has not paid off.
The Iranian leadership knows Obama is weak and they are pushing the limits. They have enough nuclear material for two bombs and will have those bombs in the near future (and probably sooner than the estimated two years).
How is that world experience working out for ya?
Never surrender, never submit.
Apr 15, 2010 Political
Barack Obama is in DC with the heads of other countries to discuss the need to reduce the nuclear arsenals that countries have and to make it harder for terrorist groups to obtain nuclear material. It has been reported that great progress has been made.
The progress in Iran, that is.
In what seems to be a recurring theme, Russia made an announcement that looks like it was timed to embarrass Obama. The nuclear reactor that Russia is building in Iran will be up and running by August. Not to worry though, we have been assured that the reactor is for peaceful purposes and we have no doubt that is the truth because the peaceful, sane, leader of Iran has told us so. If he were some kind of Holocaust denier who wanted Israel wiped off the map then we might have something to worry about.
Interestingly, there seems to be a great deal of concern that Iran might have other ideas on how to use the reactor and could — Wait for it–use it to produce nuclear weapons.
And to top it off, Syria has delivered long range missiles to Hezbollah. Hmm, long range missiles and nuclear material, I wonder what could happen if some nut put those two together…
Good thing the rational leader of Iran and the anti terrorist group Hezbollah are the ones in possession or things might get bad for places like Israel.
It is also fortunate that Obama had all these leaders here to tell them America would be reducing its number of nukes and got these folks to sign on that they would make it harder for terrorists to get their hands on nuclear material. Otherwise a country like Russia might build a nuclear reactor in a country that sponsors terrorism.
Thank God Obama is on the case.
Kind of makes me wonder though, why there was discussion about what Americans should expect in the event a nuke detonated here. As an aside, the 72 hours discussed here is standard for a federal response (like it was in Katrina, which was met). However, I am willing to bet (and I hope I never have to find out) that it will be much longer than 24-72 hours if a nuke detonates here.
But we have nothing to worry about. The Russians have told us that they will work hard to keep terrorists from getting nuclear material and I am sure they will get right on that right after they get paid for building terrorists a reactor to make their own nuclear material.
Looks like Israel will be making a surprise visit to Iran sometime around September.
Never surrender, never submit.
Apr 8, 2010 Political
Barack Obama said he would extend an open hand to Iranian President Ahmadinejad and would meet him without precondition. Looks like this is not working so well as Ahmadinejad slapped Obama on the wrist.
Obama is proposing eliminating our nuclear weapons and has changed our policy toward their use. Those weapons were used in anger on two occasions and they ended World War II. Since that time they have kept us safe.
Obama’s naive approach to the world has earned him little respect among those to whom he panders:
“Obama made these latest remarks because he is inexperienced and an amateur politician,” Ahmadinejad said on Iranian television. “American politicians are like cowboys. Whenever they have legal shortcomings, their hands go to their guns.” al Reuters
“Mr. Obama, you are a newcomer (to politics). Wait until your sweat dries and get some experience. Be careful not to read just any paper put in front of you or repeat any statement recommended,” Ahmadinejad said in the speech, aired live on state TV. Yahoo News
Obama is being taken to task by a tyrant who is not amenable to having an open hand extended to him. Perhaps now Obama will see the evil that Bush saw.
I doubt it.
Obama is only willing to fight for his political career and his radical agenda. The man who said if they bring a knife, we bring a gun is not willing to bring nukes if the others bring lesser weapons…
Ahmadinejad is against Obama and has insulted him.
Will the left now call him a racist? The left might have ignored Ahmadinejad’s rants against the Jews but they certainly cannot stand by and let him slap little Barry around.
Big Dog Salute to Tim aka The Godless Heathen at Brutally Honest
Never surrender, never submit.
Sep 25, 2009 Political
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has disclosed that his country has a second nuclear enrichment facility that was built underground and could be enriching Uranium by next year. This is a bombshell disclosure and was made ONLY because the secrecy of the program had been breached by Western Intelligence Agencies. Ahmadinejad found that his cover was busted so he is disclosed the information (which contradicts his country’s earlier claims that it had no undisclosed programs).
Iran revealed the existence of a covert uranium enrichment facility to the U.N. nuclear watchdog this week after it discovered the project’s secrecy had been breached by Western intelligence agencies, FOX News has learned. Fox News
Barack Obama will have a press conference today to announce this stunning information and will say that the West has been tracking it for years. This is a cover your tail event because, despite Obama’s claims, we were caught by surprise.
President Obama will call attention to the existence of the underground facility in an early-morning statement to reporters here before the opening of the G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh, and will say that Western intelligence agencies have been tracking the facility for years. WaPo
I don’t think it is correct to say Obama will call attention to it. Ahmadinejad already did that. Obama is going to speak so it looks like this was no surprise. He can’t let it look like he is in over his head.
The left has been enabling Iran for years with regard to its nuclear program. As George Bush was making his case a now discredited report was released that stated Iran had no nuclear program and had abandoned its ambitions. The left went nuts and drank that up like it was fresh Obama Kool Aid. They believed that it showed Bush was itching for a reason to attack Iran and that he was trumping up reasons like he did (in their minds) to invade Iraq.
On the campaign trail, then candidate Obama, said that Iran was a small country and not of real concern. He did not perceive them as much of a threat and dismissed their impact on the world. He back peddled on that statement when his rivals pointed out his naivete.
So which is it Mr. Obama? Are they not a threat with no nuclear program of which to speak (as the report claimed) or have we been tracking them for years? If we have been tracking them for years how could a report come out claiming they had abandoned their program? Both cannot be true.
Iran is a dangerous country because it is headed by a fanatical psychopath who is hell bent on wiping Israel off the map and ushering in the appearance of the twelfth Imam.
It is dangerous because the Democratically controlled Congress has dismissed warnings for several years and it is more dangerous because while Obama was out apologizing for America and working on one world governance the leaders of that country kept working in secret to build its nuclear program.
The fact that Obama keeps opposing Israel, a nation that has no problem taking out its enemies, is another impediment to stopping Iran and does nothing more than enable Ahmadinejad and his henchmen.
How is that Hope and Change working out for you?
Sep 12, 2009 Political
The North Koreans play the Democrats like a cheap fiddle. First Bill Clinton negotiated with Lil Kim and ended up giving him all the things he needed to make nukes. With a wink and a nod Clinton gave Kim all the stuff he needed on a promise from Kim that he would not use them to make nuclear weapons. The ink was not dry on the paper when Kim began developing a nuke. The left likes to blame the nuclear weapon development on Bush because it was tested when Bush was in office but it began when Clinton was there and the NorKs used the tools that Clinton let them have.
There have been talks with North Korea for a number of years now. These six party talks are on again and off again depending upon what mood Kim is in and which of the voices in his schizophrenic head is doing the talking. We have tried these six party talks and we have tried sanctions when Kim detonates a nuke but nothing seems to work because it is difficult to get international support. The Chinese have a great deal of influence but they seem uninterested in intervening.
George Bush did not help things when he decided we could remove North Korea from the state sponsor of terrorism list. North Korea is dangerous and poor. That country will do anything for money and that includes selling nuclear components to terrorists. The idea that sitting down with them and discussing the issue will help is ridiculous because each time we engage in diplomacy it is after we have done something to appease them and it gives them more time to work on their weapons. We always end up in a stalemate with North Korea because once it gets what it wants it goes back to developing nuclear weapons.
The Obama administration has done an about face and said that it will now engage directly with North Korea.
The US shifted its policy today, saying it is now willing to meet one on one with North Korea if that is helpful to bring Pyongyang back to the nuclear negotiations. ABC News
Evidently, the six party nations have given the go ahead because they are not doing well in their attempts to negotiate. If these six nations cannot effectively negotiate with Kim what makes anyone believe the US can do any better?
Obama said he was willing to meet our enemies face to face and without preconditions. His lack of experience in foreign affairs was evident when he made that statement on the campaign trail but it made no difference. So now the US will meet with North Korea in order to get it to stop making nuclear weapons.
Good luck with that. North Korea will demand something and the US will give it and then the negotiations will fall off, or stall, or be dragged on to provide time while the NorKs refine their weapons.
I would hope that we could negotiate with North Korea but the leader has demonstrated that he is mentally unstable and that he is not interested in capitulating to the demands of others.
How will it look if we give them more of what they want and they still test a nuke or send one in the direction of Japan?
Will the left discuss the failed polices of Obama like it did Bush? We will have to wait until the next nuclear detonation (and there will be one) but I doubt it will be viewed through the same lens that was used when liberals watched George Bush.
Time will tell but I think the US already appears weak. We blinked and gave in and now Kim has the upper hand. I know Obama is Mr. Charm and all that but he is being played like a fool.
This might come back to bite him in his tail and that is just fine.
The problem is, it might bite the rest of us as well.
I would like to see successful negotiations and if it works out then good for Obama and his team. I think history has shown us that this will not have a good outcome and we will regret the decision.
Of course, Clinton was there not too long ago. He might have greased a few skids (no, skids are not North Korean women) so that the path for Obama would be easier. Maybe Kim already got his payoff and will make Obama look good.
Until he makes him look bad…