Archive for August 22nd, 2011

22
Aug
11

a word from tally: dearest PL/EmoProgs everywhere

Dearest PL/EmoProgs everywhere…..

President Obama is just like the GOP??
uhm yeah… because…. Republicans are all for:

 – Lifting the ban on stem cell research

– Ending DADT

– the ACA (which will lead to the end of for-profit health care and usher in Single Payer when the Non-Profits come online in 2014 IF WE DON’T FUCK IT UP AND ALLOW MORE GOP INTO OFFICE.)

– START Treaty

– NOT Privatizing Social Security, Medicare, & Medicade

– Ending the Bush tax cuts

– Creating infrastructure jobs – IN AMERICA

– Cutting defense spending with the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act

– Trying to close GITMO (even though only 6 dems voted to close it)

– Credit Card Bill of Rights

– $4.6 Billion to the VA

– More funding for Violence Against Women Act

– Beginning the lift on the Cuba embargo

– Getting banks out of the college loan business

– 10% more funding for National Parks (til the GOP killed it and insisted on Program [aka JOB] cuts)

– Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act

– Creating the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer

– Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

– Financial Reform Law

– Closing the Medicare D gap

– More funding for Individuals With Disabilities Education Act

– Extending Benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees

– Appointing more openly gay officials than any POTUS

– American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (which we now need on steroids)

– Creating more private sector jobs in 2010 (IN THE USA) than during entire Bush years

– First Latina on the SCOTUS

– Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FDA regulation of Tobacco – you mean it wasn’t before??? WTF???)

– Increasing average fuel economy standards

– Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

– Getting families to DOVER

recovery.gov

– Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act

– Killed Bin Laden (instead of making deals with him)

– Taking down Gaddafi (instead of making deals with him)

There’s more, but there are only so many hours in a day, and I’ve got other things to DO.

And all in the face of RECORD OBSTRUCTION & FILIBUSTERING because ****WE FAILED**** TO SEND A PROGRESSIVE ARMY to DC to STAND BY THE POTUS, and HAVE HIS BACK.

Of course, everything above AND MORE will be overturned the second that President Perry or Bachmann gets into office, INCLUDING AT LEAST THREE MORE SCOTUS APPOINTMENTS – but by all means, stay home and whine 24/7 about how Obama isn’t President Superfly, because GETTING MAD worked for GHANDI, MLK, and NELSON MANDELA. NONE of whom were President of the United States, weren’t faced with a dishonest media, a certifiably insane opposition who complain when their children are taught science instead of creationism, and e-voting fraud on an epic scale.

Now if we could only be like Canada and outlaw newscasters lying.

22
Aug
11

pigs just flew …. gopolitico praised the president

Ben Smith (GOPolitico): The fall of Tripoli is a foreign policy triumph for which President Barack Obama won’t hold a ticker-tape parade: no flight suit, no chest-thumping, no “Mission Accomplished” banner.

But the low-profile, inexpensive ouster of Col. Muammar Qadhafi marks an important milestone for the administration, foreign policy analysts say – perhaps the most concrete evidence that the more modest American foreign policy approach that has become Obama’s hallmark and perhaps his biggest area of contrast with his more interventionist predecessor might actually work.

….. the scenes of celebration in Tripoli make it difficult to argue with Obama’s methods. And at a moment of fiscal obsession, Qadhafi was deposed on the cheap … the equivalent of a few days of involvement in Afghanistan…

… it is vindication for an important set of ideas that Obama espoused as a candidate: that the United States can still lead while talking and walking more softly and letting allies, particularly the Europeans, take the starring role.

“We need to give the Obama administration credit for finding a way, taking the long view, resisting the pressure to do too much to soon, resisting the old approaches which would have had the U.S. far more involved than it could have or should have been and really blazing a trail for the future of U.S. foreign policy,” said David Rothkopf, a former Clinton administration national security official.

… The White House was loath to claim victory however – both because the rolling Arab Spring has repeatedly demonstrated that a revolution is only the beginning and because the nature of Obama’s strategy is to avoid American claims of credit.

…. “I don’t think this is the time to say to the president, ‘You’re a genius,’ but it is a time for those Obama haters to admit the guy made the right call under a tough set of circumstances,” said Aaron David Miller, a former State Department official…

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But it’s still a right-wing rag 😉

22
Aug
11

labor day

Freep.com: President Barack Obama will join thousands of union members at Labor Day festivities in Detroit.

Obama will deliver remarks at a Labor Day event sponsored by the Metro Detroit Central Labor Council, the White House announced today.

Metro Detroit AFL-CIO President Saundra Williams said Obama’s visit will likely mean there could be more than 100,000 people participating in the Labor Day parade and its associated activities. The typical crowd each year is 50,000 to 60,000, she said.

“We’re always ready for the president to join us, and we’re very pleased that he’s coming this year,” Williams said.

Williams said the event’s organizers do not expect Obama to walk in the parade itself; however, he will give a speech afterward at a location yet to be announced. The parade begins at about 9:30 a.m. on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit.

“We’d love it if he would march with us, right there in the leadership line, but I can understand how that could be complicated,” Williams said. “I’m sure the Secret Service wouldn’t like that very much.”

More here

Thanks Meta

22
Aug
11

‘bobblehead brown’

More at the Reid Report

Thank you Ladyhawke

22
Aug
11

‘gaddafi’s rule is over’

President Obama arrives to speak about Libya, Aug. 22, in Chilmark, Mass.

Text of remarks here

22
Aug
11

‘if i could vote for him 1,000 times, i would’

Boston Globe:  ….. Earlier, Morgan Freeman played a round at Vineyard Golf Club, and spoke briefly with President Obama.

“What I wanted to tell him is to get pissed off, get fighting mad,” the actor said. “But I know he won’t because he doesn’t think it’s politically smart.”

Asked about Obama’s prospects for a second term, Freeman paused. “If I could vote for him 1,000 times, I would,” he said. “I think he’s been horribly sandbagged, and it makes me so angry.”

22
Aug
11

‘fantastic 4’

ThinkProgress: At the main square in Benghazi, people have been gathering to celebrate the end of the rule of Muammar Qaddafi. As euphoric Libyan rebels advanced into Tripoli on Sunday, there were scenes of jubilation in the rebels’ de facto capital, Benghazi, where thousands celebrated in the streets.

One large sign in the middle of the square in Benghazi features a picture of the “Fantastic 4” (from right to left): Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and U.S. Ambassador the U.N. Susan Rice. The text on the sign reads: “God Bless You All. Thanks For All.”

Thanks Tulips

Men take part in Friday prayers behind a banner honoring U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, British Prime Minister David Cameron, France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy and U.S. President Barack Obama, at the main square of the rebel-held town of Benghazi, Libya, Friday, Aug. 12

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Lexington (The Economist): I am on holiday for three weeks in a faraway corner of Cornwall, but the momentous news from Libya has reached even here. Barack Obama received a lot of stick for his cautious approach to the uprising in Libya. Liberals traumatised by Iraq could not believe he had started another war. Republicans mocked him for “leading from behind”. But with the collapse of Muammar Qaddafi’s regime now in prospect, his critics ought to eat at least some of their words.

Like many others, I had strong misgivings, but the president remained supremely calm throughout and the speech he made in March looks pretty good in light of what has now happened. The intervention could not have taken place without America’s technological help; it was conducted mainly by allies; it had the blessing of the UN Security Council and the Arab League; and for those reasons it has generated almost no blowback from the Arab world. In short, a job well done – though I don’t expect his Republican critics to be willing to admit this.

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22
Aug
11

“an interesting man”

From April 2011 – See the original video at Business Insider

Steve Benen: Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham issued a joint statement last night on the developments in Libya … Remember hearing about the “blame America first” crowd? Well, say hello to the “thank America last” crowd.

McCain and Graham “commend” everyone except the United States military, and then, even while applauding the developments, take yet another shot at the Obama administration. These two just can’t bring themselves put aside petty partisan sniping, even when they’re thrilled by the fall of a dictator.

….. When the fear of Obama getting some credit for success is stronger than the satisfaction that comes with a tyrant’s fall, there’s a problem.

…. the fact of the matter is, the efforts of U.S. forces in are being cited as “a major factor in helping to tilt the balance after months of steady erosion of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s military.”

…. if McCain and Graham really want to complain about why “this success was so long in coming,” maybe they can talk more about their trip to Tripoli two years ago, when both cozied up to Gaddafi, even visiting with him at the dictator’s home, discussing delivery of American military equipment to the Libyan regime. Both senators shook Gaddafi’s hand; McCain even bowed a little.

I’m curious if McCain and Graham have simply forgotten about this, or if they’re just hoping everyone else has.

Full post here

Politics Daily (August 2009): Sen. John McCain, visiting Libya this past week, praised Muammar Gaddafi for his peacemaking efforts in Africa. In addition, McCain called for the U.S. Congress to expand ties with Gaddafi’s government, according to Libya’s state news agency. McCain had a face-to-face meeting with Gaddafi, which he detailed on his Twitter page with the following message:

“Late evening with Col. Qadhafi at his “ranch” in Libya – interesting meeting with an interesting man.”

Earlier post on McCain and Gaddafi here

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Wow, the President’s opponents have such fine judgment, eh?

22
Aug
11

twitter links

Hi everyone, I’ve set up a new Twitter links section in the sidebar on the right – if you’d like your Twitter account listed just let me know in the comments. If the list gets too long I’ll set up a new page containing all the links.

Thanks everyone 😉

PS I’ve also added links to YouTube channels on the sidebar – all part of the springcleaning!

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Okay, that list is getting very long – thank you everyone for passing on your usernames! I think what I’ll do later is make a page for the Twitter links and put your TOD names in brackets after your usernames so you can all find each other in Twitterland (I’ll put them in alphabetical order too – they’re all over the place at the moment). Thanks again everyone, keep adding those names 😉

22
Aug
11

w.e.e. see you…

Does anyone know what’s happened W.E.E. See You? This is the message you get when you click on the site.

Please let it be a temporary glitch…..

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This sounds more encouraging, hopefully the site will be fixed soon:




@POTUS

@BarackObama

@WhiteHouse

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@MichelleObama

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