Friday, January 30, 2009
by R.J. Thomas
So it turns out that HR1, Obama’s giant stimulus bill that’s going to save the world, one contraceptive, lawn care company, STD prevention program at a time has a little coin for all us starving artists. Well, probably not all us starving artists. Probably only the ones who are government and NEA approved. You know, all those right-wing expressionist types. However, if you think the currently allocated $50 million just isn’t enough (the cost of camel hair brushes being what they are these days) there’s a handy petition you can click over to (conveniently listed at the bottom of this post, so as not to divert your attention from this scintillating prose) where a group of artist is requesting a meager 1% (that’s $8.19 billion of the current $819 billion dollar behemoth) stimulus bill while simultaneously asking that President Obama appoint a Secretary of the Arts.
Hey, I’m all for it. I mean, there are at least a dozen black-box theaters in the Valley that could use a coat of paint. And it’s imperative that at this time of world-wide crises, where the country is engaged in two wars, we take the time to really bear down and work on a getting top flight Secretary of the Arts. It’s just what we need because… uh… of…uh… you know. I mean, come on people!
And as filmmakers I feel we should get a crack at the cash (though I regret not being able to apply for it in person as my Gulfstream is in the shop). “Our generation deserves no less.”
I mean if you think about it, a film really fits well into the whole stimulus plan. It’s an expensive, short-term project that pays a select group of people a relatively high wage and if we start working on one right now, we probably won’t get it off the ground for at least a year, maybe two if we really drag out development. Perfect! Who’s in with me? I have a million ideas. In fact, I think this is the perfect opportunity to do that great Horatio Alger adaptation I’ve been dreaming about.
There was no indictment.
There was no trial.
There was no evidence presented.
There was no defense.
There was no verdict.
Yet, he was found 'guilty' and impeached!
What has Blago really done?
Blago has been charged by Fitzgerald "with a count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and a count of solicitation of bribery"
WILL THIS GO TO TRIAL??? GEE, I HOPE SO!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said on Wednesday it would welcome President Barack Obama's offer of a change in U.S. policy provided it involved a withdrawal of U.S. troops from abroad and an apology for past "crimes" against Tehran.
There you go Mr. President! NOW WHAT?
Oh, and by the way, don't forget that Iran is expected to have an A-Bomb by 2010. NEXT YEAR!
UPDATE: It was reported that the Obama administration has been working on a letter that will be sent to Pres. Ahmadinnerjacket. This letter is designed to ease tensions between Iran and the US, and pave the way for open face-to-face dialogue.
The documents obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press show that $4.6 million of the former president's reported $5.7 million in 2008 honoraria came from foreign sources, including Kuwait's national bank, other firms and groups in Canada, Germany, India, Malaysia, Mexico and Portugal and a Hong Kong-based company that spent $100,000 on federal lobbying last year.
Executives at many of the firms that paid honoraria to Bill Clinton have also donated large amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation, according to documents it released last year as part of an agreement with Congress on Hillary Clinton's nomination as secretary of state. That agreement was aimed at preventing the appearance of any conflict of interest between the ex-president's charitable organization and his wife's new job as the United States' top diplomat.
I know that it's moot, but with all this 'baggage' is Hillary the best qualified for Secretary of State?? Before this week, has Hillary ever set foot at the State Department??
Does anybody give a shit anymore?
Thursday, January 22, 2009
As a candidate, President Obama promised to continue to track down, capture, or kill terrorists around the world. Unless he plans to kill all of them, this will necessarily entail holding additional detainees that will never be near GITMO. The real questions the Obama administration must answer are:
When the U.S. captures a high value terrorist, where will he/she be detained?
Under what legal framework will he/she be detained?
How will all this work given the shifting legal landscape since 9/11?
The emergence of a former Guantánamo Bay detainee as the deputy leader of Al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch has underscored the potential complications in carrying out the executive order President Obama signed Thursday that the detention center be shut down within a year.
The militant, Said Ali al-Shihri, is suspected of involvement in a deadly bombing of the United States Embassy in Yemen’s capital, Sana, in September. He was released to Saudi Arabia in 2007 and passed through a Saudi rehabilitation program (Yeah, right!) for former jihadists before resurfacing with Al Qaeda in Yemen.
His status was announced in an Internet statement by the militant group and was confirmed by an American counterterrorism official.
“They’re one and the same guy,” said the official, who insisted on anonymity because he was discussing an intelligence analysis. “He returned to Saudi Arabia in 2007, but his movements to Yemen remain unclear.” (I'm shocked!!!)
Almost half the camp’s remaining detainees are Yemenis, and efforts to repatriate them depend in part on the creation of a Yemeni rehabilitation program — partly financed by the United States — similar to the Saudi one. Saudi Arabia has claimed that no graduate of its program has returned to terrorism.
“The lesson here is, whoever receives former Guantánamo detainees needs to keep a close eye on them,” the American official said.
No, the lessons will be learned when one of these guys kills a bunch of Americans......AGAIN!
Andrew Cuomo put a call into the Gov. that went like this:
AC - Hi Gov! Listen, I’ve been doing some thinking. If Caroline gets the Senate seat, I'm going after your governor seat big time in the next election. Now you know that Caroline isn’t a threat to you, but I am. Hey Gov. I don't want to go Khartoum on ya.
If you appoint me, I’m doing the DC boogie and I’m outta here. Watta ya say?
Gov. - Let me get this right. I don’t have to see your sorry ass again if I send you to DC?
AC - You got it Gov.
Gov. - Eh Mary, get Caroline on the phone for me.
Mary - Gov. I have Caroline on Line 1
Gov. - Caroline, how are you? Listen, I'm callin to let you know that I'm not picking you for the Senate seat. Now don't get all teary, and don't start with the Kennedy stuff. Look, let's make this easy on all of us. Just let it leak that for personal reasons you're bowing out and that will be the end of that cause you're not getting the seat. GOT IT!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
An hour after the inauguration of America's first black president, the Senate's only former Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) collapses.
Coincidence? I think not!
Sen Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), according to CNN, was also taken to the hospital and is "responding well" to treatment.
Which consisted of a double scotch and a lap dance.
Monday, January 19, 2009
While everyone is busy sipping Obama Kool-Aid, 2009 is going to be quite critical for Iraq.
This year, Iraqis will hold as many as 10 elections. Elections will be held on topics as simple as provincial elections to complicated ones like the security agreement with the US, and referendums on Kirkut and Basrah autonomy.
Aside from the drawing-down of forces, what have we heard from the Obama team?
Will Bidden still push for a breakup of Iraqi regions like he did in the Senate?
What will the Obama Administration do in the event sectarian violence erupts on the eve of elections?
How committed is Obam to Iraqi democracy? Is he committed at all??
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Elena Kagan, dean of the Harvard Law School, HAS NEVER ARGUED A CASE IN FRONT OF THE SUPREME COURT OR ANY APPELLATE COURT!
NO EXPERIENCE! NO PROBLEM!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
According to Sun-Times, Carol Marin, journalists at Obama news conferences have come to realize that he has selected journalists whom he will only allow to ask questions and many of them now "don't even bother raising" their hands to be called upon.
LAPDOGS OR JOURNALISTS???
I'm going with lapdogs. Now roll-over and play nice.
Consider how the media have focused on Obama's family background. There has been great emphasis on his mother and his father, but almost nothing on his grandparents--until when Obama compared his 'typically white' grandmother with the toxic Jeremiah Wright. Obama also made a big thing about his white grandmother in ads run in southern States to convince white voters that he was raised white.
But, on the national scale, the focus has been on Obama's mother and father. Obama wrote a book about his father, and Newsweek ran a photo of Obama's mother holding baby Obama--channeling Madonna and Child image for secularists looking for a new religion.
On closer observation, this is all very strange. If anything, Obama should have written a book called 'The Dreams of My Grandparents'. Without his grandparents--their time, devotion, money, effort, support, etc--, Obama would not be where he is today. His mother was a selfish woman who hooked up with some African lover boy who turned out to have another wife. Both Obama's mother and father were extremely self-centered people.
Like the Charlotte Rampling character in "Georgy Girl", Obama's mother dumped her kid and ran off with another man half way around the world. Obama's father refused to have anything to do with Obama, his own child. This was also true with other kids he had with other woman in Kenya and who knows whereever else. Both father and mother lied to one another, lived for their own pleasure, and abandoned the child they had together. If Obama's white grandparents hadn't stepped in, Obama would mostly likely have ended up as dead, criminal, confused, or at best, a humdrum individual.
Lucky for Obama, an old white couple provided a classic and traditional nuclear home for him. His grandparents were his defacto father and mother. They fed him, clothed him, educated him, took care of him when he was sick, supported and encouraged him.
Yet, Obama has been mostly silent about the very people who did most to help him succeed. Instead, he has shown embarassment about them. Why? Obama's personality is much like his father and mother's. Selfish and self-centered. Ever since he was a young boy, he thought of himself as a cool, badass, and out-of-sight dude. Yet, his defacto parents were lame old folks. Worse, they were lame old WHITE folks. He felt like Siegfried raised by Nibelungen. His grandparents were nice to him alright, but he felt superior to them. Just like Muhammad Ali distanced himself from Jews and whites who built him up and established his blackness and find black spiritual guides, Obama wanted to cast off the soft shackles that chained him to his white grandparents. His grandparents were nice to him, but it was very niceness that most upset him. He felt obligated to be 'white-like' or 'white-friendly' since whites were nice to him, but his real wish was to a great, badass, tough, cool, and hip black dude. Obama's problem was never a sense of black inferiority; rather, he always felt superior to whites. He felt like a swan being raised by ducks. But, unlike the ugly duckling story where the nastiness of ducks gave impetus to the 'ugly duckling' to find his true greatness as a swan, the niceness of the white ducks dragged on Obama who wanted to get away and find his greatness as a black swan.
And, he felt this even more so when he met Franklin Marshall and other leftist and black radicals. At any rate, if his white grandfather knew Marshall, even Obama's radicalism may have partly come from his white grandfather. How many stuffy old middle class white folks have black communist friends?
Anyway, though Obama owed everything to his white grandparents, he wanted to get away from them as far as possible. He sought what he considered to be his TRUE father figures. He went to Africa to meet his real father. Obama wanted a narrative where his black father hadn't abandoned him but had been forced to give him up due to trying circumstances. But, the fact is his communist Kenyan father was just a lowlife rat and skunk. Obama called him a 'goat-herder' but that's like designating Himmler mainly as a chicken farmer. Obama's father was a hateful communist radical, and had his side taken over Kenya, it would have been another Ethiopia-under-Mengistu.
It's not that so much that Obama hated his white grandparents. Rather, he resented their presence in his psycho-biography. He wanted to see himself as a black revolutionary, a radical prince, a badass mofo dude, a great leader much like Che Guevara, and etc. Yet, his biographical resume said, 'raised by two old white folks from Iowa on the beatific island of Hawaii'. It's as if James Brown had to admit that he'd been raised by a white family that sang polka every weekend.
So, Obama sought out Jeremiah Wright. Here was a fire-breathing black preacher. He was angry, he was mean, he was nasty. He sho was black. Wright became his spiritual father. And, Obama mythologized his real loser-father as a tragic figure when he had been just as an alcoholic womanizer and clod. Obama reshaped his narrative so that his real father represented the tragic black hero defeated by the (white ruled)world and his pastor 'father' represented the anger of the black man crying out for vengeance and justice. Had there been absolutely no chance of Obama becoming president, Obama would have edged even closer to black politics. After all, he married a very hateful and resentful bitch and hung around arch radicals like Wright, Ayers, and worse. Obama felt comfortable in that world. But, when the presidency became a possibility, he had to make things look more balanced.
Even so, what most of us know revolves around Obama's feelings and thoughts about his mother and father, both of whom had little to do with his life. His defacto parents were his white grandparents.
Now, why did the media support's Obama's mytho-narrative? It's because the media are mostly liberal to leftist. Their dominant ideology is feminism and anti-family-ism. To say that Obama's success owes to an elderly white couple who provided for him a traditional nuclear family of middle class values undermines the whole conceptual ideology of the Left. The media want us to believe that Obama's success owes to race mixing, single motherhood, African nationalism, spiritual fathers like Alinsky and others. But, take out the role his grandparents played, and Obama wouldn't have been anything. Before one learns about the world, one must be taken care of--fed, clothed, walked to school, read bedtime stories, treated when sick, etc. Who does all this for kids? Parents. So, where were Obama's radical leftist parents during his youth? His mother was in another country with yet another man--whom she divorced eventually as well. His father was in Kenya boozing and banging more chicks and begatting more kids--like the George the hut-dweller. His defacto parents were his grandparents. But, even though Obama's white grandparents and the nuclear family environment did the MOST GOOD for Obama, they've been given the least amount of credit. Indeed, we've heard NOTHING about his white grandfather. Well, I guess he's a white male, and of course, we can't say much good about no white male.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Obama czar has socialist ties.Until last week, Carol M. Browner, President-elect Barack Obama's pick as global warming czar, was listed as one of 14 leaders of a socialist group's Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which calls for "global governance" and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change.
By Thursday, Mrs. Browner's name and biography had been removed from Socialist International's Web page, though a photo of her speaking June 30 to the group's congress in Greece was still available.
Socialist International, an umbrella group for many of the world's social democratic political parties such as Britain's Labor Party, says it supports socialism and is harshly critical of U.S. policies.
The group's Commission for a Sustainable World Society, the organization's action arm on climate change, says the developed world must reduce consumption and commit to binding and punitive limits on greenhouse gas emissions.
Mr. Obama, who has said action on climate change would be a priority in his administration, tapped Mrs. Browner last month to fill a new position as White House coordinator of climate and energy policies. The appointment does not need Senate confirmation.
Did you get that? NO SENATE CONFIRMATION!!!!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
"He obviously is a very engaging, extremely nice man. He presents himself well,"
Joe Bidden commenting on Barrack Obama:
"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man."
Good looking, clean, and they present themselves well. OKAAAAAAAY
Close your eyes and imagine for one minute those words being spoken by Mitch McConnell or another Republican.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Leon 'Morocco Mole" Panetta to head the CIA?
Is today April Fools Day?
WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Democratic officials say President-elect Barack Obama has chosen former Clinton White House chief of staff Leon Panetta to run the CIA. Panetta was a surprise pick for the post, with no experience in the intelligence world.
Panetta was director of the Office of Management and Budget and a longtime congressman from California.
He served on the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan panel that released a report at the end of 2006 with dozens of recommendations for the reversing course in the Iraq war.
Panetta currently directs with his wife Sylvia the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, based at California State University, Monterey Bay a university he helped establish on the site of the former U.S. Army base, Fort Ord.
CAN YOU SAY, HARRIET MYERS?
Update: My apologies to Harriet Myers. At least she was somewhat qualified for the job.
HEY BARRACK, CAN I GIVE YOU A NEWSFLASH?
THE CAMPAIGN IS OVER. YOU WON!
Every time I listen to this guy, I'm reminded of the saying "if you don't know what you're talking about, BAFFLE EM WITH BULLSHIT"
I hope I'm 100% wrong, but I'm getting the feeling this guy is going to be in 100% campaign mode 24-7 for 4 years.
The Obama camp is now leaking that Richardson 'kept' information from them. Richardson is denying it.
I don't expect the name Richardson to ever be mentioned again. This guy is off to a New Mexico Gulag. You don't dis God-Obama and get away with it.