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Sorry, Only Real Journalists Allowed

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The Faux News Channel decided not to broadcast President Obama’s press conference yesterday.  Even though they would interrupt whatever was on to broadcast every unintelligible and inane comment that the former president made.  It appears as though someone noticed.

Fox Not Granted a Question at Obama’s Press Conference

In tonight’s press conference, Obama spent nearly a full hour answering questions from reporters, who represented media organizations such as the Detroit News, the Associated Press, BET, and all three cable networks — ABC, NBC, and CBS. One outlet that didn’t get a question? Fox News, whose affiliate was the only network station that decided not to air the prime-time news conference. Obama called on Fox News White House Correspondent Major Garrett in his previous two press conferences.

Now they know how Helen Thomas felt as she was blackballed from asking questions for most of the Bush White House press conferences.  The main difference being that she is more of a journalist than all of the Fox hacks put together.  I am sure Bill O’Liely will have a nice rant about the liberal agenda and the evils of socialism after this. 

Fuck It!  We’ll Do It Live!!!

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100 Days

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Change.  We wanted it.  We’re getting it.  It seems that the one hundred day mark is an arbitrary and fairly meaningless metric but it is the benchmark latched onto by all modern presidencies.  We just passed it with the Obama administration and so far things are looking pretty good.  There are some disappointments but so far the upside of this presidency outweighs the downside. 

Yesterday Congress passed Obama’s budget plan adding another feather in his cap and an accomplishment fit into that 100 day parameter.  It also is a step towards health care reform.

Congress Adopts Budget Plan Endorsing Obama Goals

Democrats in Congress capped President Barack Obama’s 100th day in office by advancing a $3.4 trillion federal budget for next year — a third of it borrowed — that prevents Republicans from blocking his proposed trillion-dollar expansion of government-provided health care over the next decade.

Kudos to him and Congress for passing this.  Of course, Obama is, in my opinion, failing in areas such as Afghanistan and Iraq and in regard investigating and prosecuting former Bush administration officials, but I have tempered my disappointment with patience.  I feel escalating militarily in Afghanistan is a waste of time, money and lives and falls into the trap that is the Afghanistan paradigm and  is his Kobayashi Maru.  Maybe he too can game the system and make a silk purse of that sow’s ear.

Instead of a litany of his accomplisments I guess we can measure his success by the over the top reaction by the opposition.  They are tongue tied and twisted, mad as hell and slipping into complete irrelevancy.  Their tantrums and wildy delusional responses to this administration show a party in disintegration mode.  Obama wa s a socialist, now he is a fascist.  He wants to take your guns and have a moment of silence to contemplate abortions is school.  OK, I made that last bit up but only because the Repuglicans have not thought of it yet.  The GOP mobilized the Tea Baggers, middle class whites who are mostly all getting a tax break under this administration, to protest paying too much tax and cry about Obama being the antichrist.   Here are some interesting “patriotic” Republican signs at those Tea Bag Tissys:

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Yeah, Sodomy and Socialism.   And the problem with that is?  The Republicans have gone so far right that even their Senators are abandoning ship and joining the Democrats now.  Meanwhile, as the GOP asserts itself as the Party of No, President Obama gets stronger and the people are staying with him. 

Polls show that voters who identify themselves as Republicans are at an all time low.  The right track to wrong track poll shows a huge swing in opinion by the people towards us being on the right track.  President Obama’s personal ratings are in the stratosphere.  The global reaction to his election has been overwhelmingly positive.  His mere election has erased much ill will that GW Bush engendered.  And, Obama is putting professionals and not party hacks into top positions in our federal agencies.  I don’t think we will suffer a “You’re doing a heck of a job, Brownie” moment with this administration.

There are many challenges ahead but so far I am impressed with the competency and the composure of this new president.  Many were asking if he is taking on too much so soon  but they have just suffered through eight years of a presidency where the country’s CEO could not handle even one thing at a time well.  GW Bush is not the standard by which to judge a president’s efficiency and capacity.  I believe this new president will  set those standards and it looks like they will be high ones indeed. 

Lets see what the next thousand plus days look like.  So far I like what I see.

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Combat Arms Fatigue

April 29, 2009 2 comments

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So….my son got me started playing Combat Arms online with him.  It has completely ruined my biorhythms.   I was up late last night with him and my daughter in wide open kill or be killed mode.  I still feel drained from it.  I am suffering from an injury so have not been training in the morning so I decided to stay up late and play this highly addictive game with my kids instead.  As a result  I did not get up and post anything this morning. 

If you want to waste an incredible amount of time and do absolutely nothing productive, I highly recommend you download the free Internet game Combat Arms.  Sadly I was just fodder for teenage would be commandos as they totally owned me for the time I played.  Fortunately my kids avenged me and my honor. 

Note to self…Play on the weekends.  Sleep.  It is not overrated as I have been told.

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Don’t Let Him See The Frozen Meat!

Too Late….

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Don’t Forget Poland

Yes, as GW reminded us, don’t forget about Poland.

Der Speigel online reports:

New Evidence of Torture Prison in Poland

The current debate in the US on the “special interrogation methods” sanctioned by the Bush administration could soon reach Europe. It has long been clear that the CIA used the Szymany military airbase in Poland for extraordinary renditions. Now there is evidence of a secret prison nearby.

Only a smattering of clouds dotted the sky over Szymany on March 7, 2003, and visibility was good. A light breeze blew from the southeast as a plane approached the small military airfield in northeastern Poland, and the temperature outside was 2 degrees Celsius (36 degrees Fahrenheit). At around 4:00 p.m., the Gulfstream N379P — known among investigators as the “torture taxi” — touched down on the landing strip

The Torture Taxi Driver starring Robert DiNiro…No, wait.  That was not it.  No, this is just another secret prison where we brought prisoners to be tortured away from the watchful eye of the laws of the United States.

What the CIA did back then to prisoners in the Polish military airbase of Stare Kiejkuty, north of Szymany, had been authorized by the president. According to witnesses, Stare Kiejkuty housed a secret CIA prison for “high value detainees” — for the most prominent prisoners of the war on terror.

There is now no doubt that the Gulfstream N379P landed at least five times at Szymany between February and July, 2003. Flight routes were manipulated and falsified for this purpose and, with the knowledge of the Polish government, the European aviation safety agency Eurocontrol was deliberately deceived.

If it was all legal, why the deception?  I think GW and his henchmen staff would prefer it if we did just forget Poland right about now.

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Dear Jesus

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Please either kill my enemies or make their lives miserable.  Amen.

Right Wing Watch points out this example of Christian love.  This former US Navy chaplain, Gordon Klingenshcmitt has an interesting sense of Christ’s love:

Klingencshmitt Prays in Jesus Name for God to Curse His Enemies

Last week, we mentioned a few times that Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation had called upon the United States Chief of Naval Operations to investigate the fact that Gordon Klingenschmitt has been “attempting to create the false impression that he is still an active-duty member of the U.S. armed forces.”

Klingenschmit quickly added a disclaimer to his website, explaining that his views “do not represent the views of the U.S. Navy” and that the picture of Klingenschmitt in uniform “is a picture of his former self, taken while he was serving on active duty, therefore he was not impersonating an officer,” but was none-too-pleased with AU and MRFF, saying that both “Barry Lynn and Mikey Weinstein are bone-heads.”

But apparently insulting them was not enough for Klingenschmitt, because AU reportsthat he is now calling on his supporters to launch “imprecatory” prayers against both men:

“Almighty God, today we pray imprecatory prayers from Psalm 109 against the enemies of religious liberty, including Barry Lynn and Mikey Weinstein, who recently issued a press release attacking me personally,” prays Klingenschmitt on his Web site. “God, do not remain silent, for wicked men surround me and tell lies about me. We bless them, but they curse us. Therefore, find them guilty, not me. Let their days be few, and replace them with godly people. Plunder their fields and seize their assets. Cut off their descendants. And remember their sins. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Yes, give me that old time religion.  Let their days be few.  Doesn’t that mean kill them?  Replace them with “godly” people?  Like him that want their invisible friend to smite their enemies.  Plunder their fields?  What if they don’t have fields and, say, work in an office?  Mess with their copy machines perhaps?  And seize their assets?  Would that be through wire transfer or a Star Trek-like beaming it up to the mother ship?  Cut off their decedents?  Penises?  And remember their sins of having ever dared cross your humble servant.  In Jesus name, of course. 

I suppose his worst crime is that he is tarnishing the name Gordon.  I like that name.  Gor-Don.  It has sort of a biblical ring  to it in an Old Testament sort of way….

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Wingnuts and Guns

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They are starting to add up to dead cops. 

Joshua Cartwright: Another Deadly Gunmen “Severely Disturbed'” Over Obama’s Election

Elizabeth Cartwright woke up at 9:30 in the morning on Saturday when her husband couldn’t find the Clearasil.

Her husband Joshua “started an argument because he insisted that it was in her purse,” according to the police report. She “told him that it was in the bathroom but her husband became increasingly upset.”

The couple started brawling in their Florida apartment. Elizabeth managed to escape and get herself to a hospital and call the police, but Joshua didn’t stop raging until after he had killed two sheriff’s deputies at a gun range, and police officers shot him dead.

According to the police report, Elizabeth Cartwright said her husband “believed that the US Government was conspiring against him. She said he had been severely disturbed that Barack Obama had been elected President.”

It isn’t the first shooting incident in recent weeks after which a crazed gunman’s political ravings have made headlines. On April 4, after Richard Poplawski killed three police officers, several of Poplawski’s friends told the Associated Pressthat Poplawski “feared the Obama administration was poised to ban guns.”

Ah…I see that the seeds that Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh ad nauseum have been planting  are starting to yield the fruit they want.  Chaos.  Outrage.  Violence.  Intolerance.  Madness.

Inspiring fear, paranoia and unreasoned anger in their audiences they are playing with fire.  Strange that the response to frustration with Obama leads to killing police officers.  The thing about playing with fire is that sometimes it gets out of control.  It appears, sadly, that this is a case where it did. 

The only upside is Florida has lost one more Republican voter.

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