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SEPTEMBER 14, 2009

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Right wing media always giddy when America loses
Glenn Beck: The body on the side of the road
The House on "C" Street
The top 20 Truths about Ronald Reagan
EFCA-Employee Free Choice Act
An Invention that Could Change the Internet for Ever
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Hutchison Claims That Only A ‘Few’ Of Obama’s So-Called ‘Czars’ Have ‘Formal Titles’


By Amanda Terkel

On July 30, the Washington Post gave House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) space to write an op-ed railing on President Obama’s “virtual army of ‘czars.’” Today, the Washington Post allowed Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to write a similar op-ed complaining that these czars set “a dangerous precedent that undermines the Constitution’s guarantee of separated powers.” Hutchison tries to make these officials seem shady and mysterious by noting that many of them don’t even have “formal titles”:

Nearly 250 years later, these critical lines of separation are being obscured by a new class of federal officials. A few of them have formal titles, but most are simply known as “czars.” They hold unknown levels of power over broad swaths of policy. Under the Obama administration, we have an unprecedented 32 czar posts (a few of which it has yet to fill), including a “car czar,” a “pay czar” and an “information czar.” There are also czars assigned to some of the broadest and most consequential topics in policy, including health care, terrorism, economics and key geographic regions.

In fact, ALL of these officials have formal titles. For example, Hutchison cites Van Jones, the “green jobs czar.” But Jones had the title of Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation at the Council on Environmental Quality. The only person Obama has referred to as a czar is “drug czar” Gil Kerlikowske, whose official title is Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. (Additionally, “drug czar” was a term that existed long before the Obama administration.)

Hutchison’s lie mirrors a claim by Fox News’ Sean Hannity, who recently said that the only reason he calls these appointees “czars” is “because the White House itself does.” Of course, it’s the media — not the White House — that is driving the term.

Hutchison does not list the 32 individuals whom she considers to be “czars.” But if she’s relying on the same list as Cantor — who also cited 32 people — then several of them are far from unaccountable; they’ve actually already been confirmed by the Senate.


"Czar" is a nick name, not a job title

With the spin by the right wing media on the use of the word "Czar", a certain demographic of our country now believes people are actually holding jobs in the White House that have the title "Czar" in their job description. The right wing talking heads play gloomy music why talking about Obama's "Czar" and equating the job to Russian, or more to today's point, communisim.

That's right Fox Noise Channel wants you to think that Obama is hiring Communists, Socialists, Stalinists and all the other "ists" to work for him.

Most of the adviser postitons were created by previous presidents, but you won't hear Fox tell you that. 

The video below from Rachel Maddow covers the A to Z's of "Czars"...


Government Conspiracy or just a Coincidence

Dow Jones Industrial Average for September 11th 2009 Closed Identical to September 11th, 2001

On *September 11, 2001 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 9605
On   September 11, 2009 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 9605
*The markets never opened that day as the attacks were before 9:30 AM

I'm kidding about the conspiracy but I thought that it was quite a coincidence...

I wonder what Glenn "The Czar's are coming, The Czar's are coming" Beck would have to say about this...I'm sure he could spin it into some commie, liberal, socialist government conspiracy...

You can look it up for yourselves here,  just type in the symbol (DJI) for The Dow Jones Industrial and the date.


Obama administration poised for talks with Iran
Posted By ProPublica
By Dafna Linzer

Iran’s five-page offer for talks with the Obama administration, first published [1] here, appears to have been [2] accepted by the White House. Shortly after the offer was presented Wednesday, a host of anonymous western diplomats were quoted as [3] dismissing the offer in its entirety because it did not address outstanding issues related to Iran’s nuclear program. In fact, some diplomats were quoted as saying that the Iranian proposal included an outright [4] refusal to discuss its ongoing nuclear efforts.

But the proposal, which was disclosed by ProPublica Thursday, contained no such claims. We have posted links to the [5] English and [6] Farsi (PDF) versions, as they were given to diplomats in Tehran. While Iran did not commit in the offer to disclosing the genesis or original intent of its nuclear program, it did not discount the possibility either: The five-page proposal was simply silent on the matter.

State Department spokesman P. J. Crowley told reporters that Iran’s lack of interest in addressing its nuclear program is not a reason to refuse to talk. “If we have talks, we will plan to bring up the nuclear issue,” he said.

According to the Iranian proposal, the Tehran government is ready for comprehensive negotiations on a broad range of issues including global nuclear disarmament, regional security, economic incentives and a number of items at the heart of Iran’s own national security interests such as drug trafficking.

“We are seeking a meeting now based on the Iranian paper to see what Iran is prepared to do,” Crowley said. “If Iran responds to our interest in a meeting, we’ll see when that can occur. We hope that will occur as soon as possible.

Any meeting would likely include representatives from Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany has been coordinating efforts with Washington to coax Iran to the negotiating table. If successful, this would be the first formal, substantive talks between the United States and Iran in 30 years. The two countries worked closely in 2002 to help form a new government in Afghanistan and have traded some intelligence and information on Al-Qaeda. But those talks centered on very specific issues and were not held in the context of repairing relations damaged by the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the ensuing hostage crisis inside the U.S. embassy in Tehran then.

Iran’s nuclear program began in secret two decades ago with illicit help from Pakistan. It was exposed in 2002 and quickly became the focus of United Nations nuclear inspectors. Iran maintains that the program is designed to provide the oil-rich country with nuclear energy and has refused to address evidence that suggests it was originally designed to produce fuel for nuclear weapons. The lack of cooperation, coupled with Iran’s continued progress on its nuclear program, has led to three rounds of international sanctions.


Tantrum Politics
By Madeleine Begun Kane

If reform can’t be fought using facts,
Simply give civil discourse the ax.
Block discussion with mobs
Packed with morons like Dobbs.
That’s the path of Republican hacks.


Extravagant Dubai island project sinks under weight of the credit crunch

By James Mclean and Brian McDonald

The Galwayman who bought Ireland is dead, England is deserted, while Australia and New Zealand have merged.

They were designed to make Dubai the envy of the world: a series of paradise islands inhabited by celebrities and the super-rich reclaimed from the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf and shaped like a map of the Earth. It was called The World.

As millions of tonnes of rock were dumped into the sea for the foundations, timely leaks suggested that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were to buy Ethiopia, Richard Branson was tipped to occupy England, while Rod Stewart would border him in Scotland.


Instead it has become the world's most expensive shipping hazard, guarded by private security in fast boats and ringed by warning buoys to keep the curious away.

A development that was meant to send Dubai's star into the firmament of First World cities has been left to the mercy of the waves and the baking winds.

Mile after mile of breakwater built from boulders brought hundreds of miles by ship has been laid, but inside its man-made lagoon, work has completely stopped.

The expected map of the world of 300 islands is instead a disjointed and desolate collection of sandy blots -- a monumental folly just out of sight of Dubai's shore.

Those who bought into what was the world's most ambitious building project were not celebrities.

Many were more ordinary investors who put down 70pc deposits, some of them Anglo-Indians.

Galway auctioneer turned developer, John O'Dolan (51) fronted a consortium under his O'Dolan International banner and bought Ireland for e28m in 2007 and last year snapped up England from under the noses of several UK interests for e23.5m.

But the property crash brought tragedy in its wake as the Galwayman committed suicide in February of this year.

As well as his foreign investments, the popular family man had extensive business interests in Ireland. He owned a bar and a hostel in Galway as well as other properties in Dublin and Limerick.

A couple of weeks before his tragic death, a receiver was appointed to his Galway hostel and a property company. His body was discovered in a shed on his Barna Road property.

His fellow investors in the Dubai development now have little prospect of seeing a return. The World has stopped, but they can't get off.

"The World has been cancelled. It doesn't even look like the world. Basically there is one island that is maintained that is said to be owned by the Sheikh [Dubai's ruler] and the rest looks like a pile of muck," said one local property agent.

It is the starkest example of a financing crunch that faces the emirate but many other projects are also in jeopardy.

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), of which Dubai is a part, about $300bn (e205bn) of building is on hold after prices began tumbling.

Abu Dhabi, Dubai's oil-rich neighbour, is helping to support it through the crisis, so far to the tune of about $10bn. Another $10bn is likely to follow soon, and more may follow.

Property is not the only dark spot in the UAE. In the nearby emirate of Sharjah the credit crunch caused massive power outages, leaving businesses and houses without electricity


This week, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai's ruler and the UAE's Prime Minister, vowed to steer the emirate through its troubles and pledged to further rein in extravagant developments.

Officially, however, not a single project has been cancelled -- just delayed.

"I don't blame anybody. Some papers try to write this but they are forgetting their problems [in their own countries] ... But people only throw stones when a tree has fruit," he said.

- James Mclean and Brian McDonald


By John Byrne

The man who helped oversee President George W. Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program now has a new job: a membership on the Public Interest Declassification Board.

Former Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, who led the National Security Agency under President Bush from 1999 to 2005 and the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 until President Barack Obama’s inauguration, was appointed during the Labor Day recess by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

The news was announced in the Congressional Record Sept. 8 and discovered yesterday by Secrecy News.

Hayden’s appointment may come as a surprise to critics of Bush-era secrecy. The onetime general isn’t known as an advocate of transparency — in fact, Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program was one of the administration’s most guarded secrets. Moreover, he’s been a critic of President Obama’s decision to release CIA and Justice Department memos, particularly those that detailed the agency’s policies on torture.

“If one were searching for an individual to represent the public interest in promoting declassification of government records, the first name that came to mind would probably not be Michael V. Hayden, the former director of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency,” Secrecy News’ Stephen Aftergood wrote Thursday.

“When the late Senator Daniel P. Moynihan conceived of a Public Interest Declassification Board a decade ago, he would not have imagined that the national security classification system might be employed by a present-day U.S. Administration to help circumvent laws against warrantless surveillance or torture,” Aftergood continued. “And yet here we are.”

McConnell, in an email to the Washington Post, said “The country is fortunate that Gen. Michael Hayden has agreed to serve as a member” and that “his long history of service as an intelligence professional makes him ideally suited for balancing the interests of secrecy and disclosure in protecting our national security.”

Hayden wasn’t simply the administrator of Bush’s wiretapping program: he was a self-proclaimed “leading architect.”

During his confirmation hearing in 2006, Hayden said he was a leading architect of the NSA program monitoring Americans’ phone calls and emails without obtaining court approval, and defended the agency’s collection of communications records on tens of millions of Americans.

The Classification Board, while having no direct jurisdiction, is developing new classification guidelines for the executive branch. Obama National Security Adviser James Jones plans a substantial revision of classification directives, which saw significant dilution under President Bush.

Declassification proponent? Not so much, says the ACLU.

“To this day, the NSA continues to conceal virtually all information about the warrantless wiretapping program,” Jameel Jaffer, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project, has said. “As CIA director, General Hayden claimed that destruction of waterboarding tapes was ‘in line with the law.’ “

*This really sucks...

Tea-Bagging in DC

Tea Party protest: 'Bury ObamaCare with Kennedy'
Chanting "You lie! You lie!" -- in solidarity with US House Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst Wednesday -- and carrying signs such as "When his lips move, [President Obama] is lying" and "The long-legged mack daddy," some 60,000 to 70,000 Tea Party protesters descended on Washington, DC, Saturday to demonstrate against what they say is excessive government spending and taxation.

One sign that ruffled more than a few feathers read "Bury ObamaCare with Kennedy," in reference to the recently deceased Sen. Edward Kennedy, who had championed health care reform for much of his career as a US senator. According to Ben Smith of Politico, that sign was spotted at 13th St. NW and Pennsylvania Ave.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), a supporter of the tea party protests, said that “it’s not about President Obama. It’s not about the Democrats,” according to ThinkProgress.

The protest "clogged several blocks near the Capitol," the Associated Press reported, but it wasn't nearly as large as organizers had billed it. As Josh Marshall reported at Talking Points Memo, House Republicans had suggested the protest would draw as many as two million protesters; but the local fire department estimated the crowd at 60,000 to 70,000.

On his blog, Matthew Yglesias notes that the protest had a distinctively libertarian feel to it, with some signs quoting Benjamin Franklin's famous line, "He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither."

    These kind of sentiments would be a lot easier to take seriously if not for the fact that we didn’t see these people marching out in the streets when George W. Bush used the threat of terrorism to justify secret, illegal warrantless surveillance, detention without trial, torture, etc.

    Indeed, the very same people who spend Monday, Wednesday, and Friday complaining that Barack Obama’s 'czars' are a threat to liberty not only weren’t worried about czars in the Bush years, they spend Tuesday and Thursday worrying that Obama’s not doing enough to ensure that intelligence operatives can break the law with impunity.

-- Daniel Tencer

The Leadership of the GOP
Page boy aficionado Mark Foley

Move over, Rush: Ex-US Rep. Foley has radio show

There's a surprising new voice in the world of political talk radio as former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley returns to the spotlight three years after a lurid scandal ruined his congressional career.

Foley taped his first stint behind the mic for "Inside the Mind of Mark Foley" on Tuesday. It will air Sept. 22 on WSVU out of North Palm Beach, Fla. On it, he tackles topics such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and its role in the Bernie Madoff scandal.

There's even hope for eventual syndication of the show, which will explore Washington politics.

"I don't see anything stopping it," said Joe Raineri, the show's producer. "I can tell you, he's very good."

Foley, who represented parts of Palm Beach County in Florida, resigned in 2006 after sending salacious Internet messages to male teens who had worked on Capitol Hill as congressional pages. Criminal investigations ended without charges.

The popular politician was seeking his seventh term in his South Florida district, where he kept busy attending lavish parties and fundraisers in glitzy Palm Beach.

His sexual orientation was a poorly kept secret, but he cloaked himself in a false public persona and kept his personal life hush. Upon resigning, Foley announced to the world he was gay.

He has since been working in real estate investment and has shied from the spotlight - until now.

Raineri said Foley approached the station a few months ago with the idea for a show. Station honchos then huddled to discuss the pros and cons - the main con being whether listeners would be turned off by Foley's past.

"We weighed the informative aspect of it against everything else and determined that what he has to say is much more important," Raineri said.

And it won't cost them a dime. Foley is working for free, and has said he'd bring his own advertisers.

Raineri described it as a "conversational 'Meet the Press' type of show."

The first hour-long episode will be an interview with Foley by the station manager. As he gets comfortable, Raineri said, the show will go live, take calls, and have guests.

Foley did not respond to telephone messages from The Associated Press.

"So do you want to know what's inside the mind of Mark Foley?" an announcer says in the show's promo.

Foley then expounds on Bernie Madoff, the SEC, and life as a politician.

Asked why the SEC didn't catch Madoff's multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme sooner, Foley said SEC members have more on their minds.

"Members who work for the SEC, and not all of them are bad, but all of them are hoping to parlay their government service into a big paying, New York, Wall Street job," Foley says.

"A real insider's view into the inner workings of Washington, D.C.," the announcer continues.


Rob Miller raises over $1 million dollars

By: David Phillips

Las Vegas Democrat Examiner

Rob Miller (D-SC) has raised over $1 million dollars thanks to Rep. Joe Wilson's (R-SC) child like outburst during President Obama's health care reform speech last Wednesday night to the nation where Wilson shouted out "you lie" to the President.

Miller who is currently seen as the democratic primary front runner and the likely opponent against Wilson in next years mid-term election posted a blog on the Daily Kos website to thank everyone fro the contributions.

This is from Miller’s thank you: “When I first ran against Joe Wilson in 2008, I did it knowing that, like a lot of Americans, I would be fighting an uphill battle. Wilson—as his childish display the other night made clear—does not represent the people of my district, but the insurance industry that fattens his campaign wallet.”

The website Politico is reporting that an un-named source close to the Wilson campaign has said that Wilson has raised over $1 million dollars. At the moment it is not possible for me to verify if this is true, Wilson’s website has been down for a few day’s due to his outburst and people wanting to learn more about him.

If it’s true that Wilson has raised over $1 million dollars, (and I have no reason to believe that an un-named republican source would lie, right!) it is obvious that there are many who support his childish antics and disrespect he shows for the office of the President of the United States.

Still, the mid-term election is fourteen months away so it might as well be fourteen years when it comes to politics and how opinion can change on a dime.

You can read Millers complete thank you note as well as another blog posting by Miller at the Daily Kos website linked above.

The Crystal Ball's House 2010 Ratings
Isaac T. Wood
House Race Editor, Sabato's Crystal Ball




The Main stream Media has to stop calling Torture, enhanced Interrogations...It's Torture, just because Dick Cheney, Fox News and the rest of the right wing spin machine call Torture, enhanced Interrogation does not mean that you are suppose to follow their misleading LIES!!!

Grow a pair and stop trying to be "Infotainment" like Fox and go back to being the News. Things are screwed up enough with your duplicity ...

Yoda's World



Translating Sarah
By Madeleine Begun Kane

The media’s mean, so I quit:
(That’s the message that Palin has writ.)
And you don’t need a title
To do something vital.
I’m betting she runs against Mitt.



"Barack Obama, of course, is not the first president to have 'you lie' yelled at him. Bill Clinton got that all the time, but only from Hillary. And that was only after he came home and told her he lost his pants in a tornado." –Craig Ferguson

"Back when George Bush was president, Democrats in Congress, to be fair, would occasionally go 'Boooo!' But President Bush never took it personally, he just thought Congress was haunted." --Craig Ferguson

"After Joe Wilson's outburst, everyone was shocked. Because usually when a politician shoots off his mouth and makes a fool of himself, his name is Joe Biden. But even Vice President Biden said he was embarrassed by Wilson's behavior. This is Joe Biden we're talking about. Joe Biden saying it's embarrassing is like an Australian bartender saying you've had too much to drink." --Craig Ferguson

"When Wilson yelled 'you lie' at the president, I don't think he handled it very well. The president should go out and hone his material in some comedy clubs and deal with hecklers. Obama should have said, 'Hey buddy, do I come to your state and knock the wiener out of your governor's mistress?'" --Craig Ferguson

"During President Obama's speech, a congressman heckled him. This guy from South Carolina begins to heckle the guy, and I thought, OK, so now Gov. Mark Sanford is the second most embarrassing politician from South Carolina" --David Letterman

"John McCain, here's a guy who's seen it all, he was shocked. He said he hasn't seen anything like this since Aaron Burr heckled Alexander Hamilton." --David Letterman

"Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, also shocked. At least that's what she said. You can't tell because her face doesn't move." --David Letterman

"Sarah Palin had a big op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, and she said she’s against death panels. And I thought, ‘Really? She’s the one who pulled the plug on the McCain campaign.'" --David Letterman

"President Obama made his big healthcare address to a joint session of Congress last night. It went pretty well, except for one weird part in the middle of it, when a congressman from South Carolina suddenly yelled out, 'You lie!' It's amazing this guy was able to sit through seven years of President Bush telling him everything in Iraq is fine without a peep, but last night, he yells out, 'You lie!'" --Jimmy Kimmel

"Even his fellow Republicans were horrified. He apologized immediately after the speech. He said he was watching 'Gossip Girl' on his iPod, and that Blair such a bitch he just couldn't hold it in." --Jimmy Kimmel

"Republican Congressman Joe Wilson apologized for calling President Obama a liar during his speech on health care. Obama accepted Wilson's apology, and then invited him to appear before a death panel." –Conan O'Brien

"During last night's health care speech, President Obama's told Republicans that the time for games has passed. Obama had to say that because most Republicans were on their BlackBerrys playing Brick Breaker." –Conan O'Brien

"Earlier today, he's still going, President Obama gave another speech about health care. This one to a roomful of nurses. Yeah. Still no word on what Bill Clinton was doing there." --Conan O'Brien

"Yesterday, Florida Senator Mel Martinez, the only Hispanic Republican in the Senate, officially stepped down. Yeah. The Republican senator who replaced Martinez thanked him, and then had him deported." --Conan O'Brien

"Everybody is talking about the big health speech last night. In his speech, President Obama said that he will not sign a health-care plan that adds one dime to the Federal deficit. And then he interrupted himself and said, 'You lie!'" --Jimmy Fallon


This Week in God!!!


Santorum Admits to Pondering Run for Republican Presidential Nomination - Asks for Prayers
By John-Henry Westen

ORLANDO, FL, September 12, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Speaking to a room full of prominent US Catholic leaders Friday night, Senator Rick Santorum was challenged to run for the Republican Presidential nominaion.  Responding to a room already thick with applause, Santorum revealed that he was indeed "thinking about it" but asked for prayers and detailed his thinking on the matter.

His remarks came after his address to the closing dinner of the 12th annual Catholic Leadership Conference - an invite-only gathering of Catholic leaders from academia, law, media, medicine, and politics, as well as leaders of movements within the Church such as pro-life, pro-family and evangelization.  Posing the challenge was long-time legal, political, and media activist Keith Fournier.

Santorum is not only a Catholic in name but a faithful one who is noted for his strong pro-life activism and work to bring decency back to America.  He revealed that he has seven children, with one in college.  The reason why the sixth is not college-bound is the fact that his 16-month-old 'Bella' was born with Trisomy 18, a genetic disorder which is fatal before birth in 90 per cent of cases.

Santorum referred to Bella as "our angel" marveling at how she changed his life, and that of his family for the better. Speaking of children like Bella, he said, "They teach you things you can't even imagine."

Here Santorum turned to abortion describing his reason for fighting against it politically saying, "I think of we treat these people in society and how we destroy them.  86% of Down syndrome children are aborted - killed.  And Down syndrome is 5 times better than what Bella has."

Considering how his children may themselves be the targets of nasty politics, as has happened in the recent past, gives Santorum pause.  "That weighs on me," he said. "When you stand up for the things I do and say the things I say, they brutalize you and they won't stop at you."

Those are the things, he explained that "as a father I've got to think about."

"On the other side," he added, "as a father, I've got to think about whether they are going to have a country to live in … Are they going to be able to practice their faith in a way that's consistent with what the Church teaches."

The last consideration in favor of his run was on the practical level.  He said: "Six months ago I would not have spent ten seconds on your question, but it's not six months ago. I see that, I hate to be calculating, but I see that 2012 is not just throwing somebody out to be eaten, but it's a real opportunity for success."

In closing he said that while he was "thinking about it", it is the first time his ambition which is, as he said, "in his DNA" was checked by a resistance saying, "no, I'm not sure."

Ending the session, Catholic political powerhouse Deal Hudson (President George W. Bush's Catholic advisor for a period of time) cited Plato's famous saying that the best governors are those who do not wish to govern.



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