Friday, February 27, 2009

Disloyal Democrats Critics Obama On His Near $4 Trillion Budget

(CNN) – Mississippi Democratic Rep. Gene Taylor blasted the budget outline President Obama submitted to Capitol Hill today, saying “I don’t like it…change is not running up even bigger deficits that George Bush did.”

“That’s what George Bush did very well. Apparently that’s what President Obama is doing.”

Taylor, a conservative “blue dog” who voted against the stimulus bill, noted he was still reviewing the plan but was troubled by the additional amount of spending for many government programs on top of the recent increased funding many agencies received in the economic stimulus bill.

Watch: Conservative Dems dog Obama

As a member of the Armed Service Committee, Taylor noted the budget only gives the Defense Department a “small increase,” which he said would barely cover the cost of living adjustments for the military.

Taylor pointed to President Obama’s inaugural address that called for Americans to make sacrifices, saying “It’s certainly not reflected in his budget.”

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

White Liberal: When I Saw The Chimp I Saw Obama

Some Posters At "The Obama Forum" Seek To Have Government Censor The Internet

Is there there anyone who is surprised at this?

The Obama Forum

Racist Conservative Political Cartoons

Why did this conservative cartoonist, Glen McCoy draw all Illinois politicians coming after Blogo as having tails?

Since Illinois is a solid Blue state AND since so many Black politicians are Democrats in Illinois I make the LOGICAL LEAP that this is yet another RACIST conservative editorial cartoonist.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Obama Promises To Slash Budget Deficits

Official: Obama plans to slash deficit in half

Please remember - George Bush said that we would return to a Budget Surplus by 2011 or so.

Now President Obama is promising that the present $2 trillion budget deficit will be slashed ONLY to $1 trillion in shortfall.

Talk about both a big switch and raising the bar.

Summary - If anyone believes ANY of these presidents they deserve to receive their tax refund in the form of an IOU

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Shovel Ready Stimulus Spending

President To President - Clinton Gives Obama Some Advice

Dude - the campaign is over. Everyone who is going to believe that "Bush did it" have voted for you. Talking down the economy will soon make it "YOUR recession".

I think Obama needs a "3 am phone call" from Clinton.

Clinton to Obama: Talk optimistically on economy

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Post-Katrina New Orleans And The Stimulus Bill - Nada!

Nothing from stimulus specifically dedicated to aiding hurricane damage

Interesting that since the window of opportunity from political attack closed as Obama is now in place...the drum beat of activism about New Orleans has seemingly subsided. Maybe they don't need any stimulus?

WASHINGTON - The economic stimulus signed by President Barack Obama will spread billions of dollars across the country to spruce up aging roads and bridges. But there's not a dime specifically dedicated to fixing leftover damage from Hurricane Katrina.

And there's no outrage about it.

Democrats who routinely criticized President George W. Bush for not sending more money to the Gulf Coast appear to be giving Obama the benefit of the doubt in his first major spending initiative. Even the Gulf's fiercest advocates say they're happy with the stimulus package, and their states have enough money for now to address their needs.

"I'm not saying there won't be a need in the future, but right now the focus is not on more money, it's on using what we have," said Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who has criticized Democrats and Republicans alike over Katrina funding.

Carrying onto the next administration
It's a significant change in tone from the Bush years, when any perceived slight of Katrina victims was met with charges that the Republican president who bungled the initial response to the disaster continued to callously ignore the Gulf's needs years later.

Just last summer, Democrats accused Bush of putting Iraq before New Orleans when he sought to block Gulf Coast reconstruction money from a $162 billion war spending bill. Bush was pilloried for not mentioning the disaster in back-to-back State of the Union addresses.

Former Rep. Jim McCrery, R-La., who helped lead the fight for Gulf aid before retiring last year, said he was surprised over the lack of Katrina money in the bill, but figures lawmakers may be granting Obama leniency due to the magnitude of the country's current economic challenges.

"Any new president is going to have a little honeymoon," said McCrery, who is now a lobbyist. "I'd like to think that the tone would have been the same with any new president."

Thomas Langston, a Tulane University political scientist, said Democrats may be "playing nice" to keep in good favor. But dire needs remain, he said.

"Hopefully they've gotten some promises behind the scenes about longer-term commitments," Langston said. "Like most people down here, I would hate for anybody to get the impression that, 'We're good, thank you.'"

The federal government has devoted more than $175 billion to the region since Katrina ripped through New Orleans in 2005, and billions remain unspent. It's unclear how much more money will be needed, but nearly everyone agrees that the federal government should continue investing heavily in the region's levees and other infrastructure to prevent a repeat of Katrina's devastation.

Under the $787 billion stimulus bill, states will share more than $90 billion in infrastructure money. Gulf states such as Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama can use their funds for Katrina-related projects, but they'll get the same formula-based share that other states receive.

Funding may not be necessary
There was hardly a complaint as Obama and other Democratic leaders pieced together the package. Members of the all-Democratic Congressional Black Caucus, who have called Bush's Katrina funding a moral failure, said they were thrilled with the stimulus. Landrieu won several provisions that do not allocate new money but are aimed at cutting through red tape to free up existing funds.

"I think people looked at how generous Congress has been in the past," said Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee. "(The states) have to demonstrate that they can be good custodians of the money."

Thompson and others say new funding wasn't necessary in the stimulus largely because billions of federal dollars remain bogged down in bureaucracy or tied up in planning. As a result, they said, Katrina funding doesn't fit with the quick-spending purpose of the stimulus bill, which is aimed at kick-starting the economy.

Racism Chasers Come To Life In Chimpanzee Editorial Cartoon

This post is a message for WHITE FOLKS.

What you are seeing in this uproar over the editorial cartoon is called a "brush back".  

You see the operatives who fein "offense" are making an early and preemptive strike against you.   Where as on most EVERY OTHER CASE the editorial cartoon creator would be allowed creative license to cobble together key issues in the news into one cartoon edition - the Racism Chasers are sending out a message about what is off limits.

As a Black man the cartoon is NOT racist.  It is clear that the cartoonist is critical of the recent Stimulus Package.  It goes without saying that everyone is talking about the "Killer Chimpanzee" as well.   With all of the discombobulated spending within the Stimulus Bill it goes without saying that someone saying "A monkey could have written this" is in line with tradition.


Let's take a look at the people who are feining outrage.
They are 

  • Black
  • Democrat biased
  • Progressives
  • favor the Stimulus Package
In their brush back they are able to achieve a measure of suppression of criticism of this bill by INJECTING RACE into the dialogue.

YES I say that THEY injected race into the issue.  There is NOTHING about this cartoon that purports to call Barack Obama a monkey.  I am 100% sure that Roland Martin and Al Sharpton know this.  They are simply seeking to be preemtive.

Please note that they never said anything about the "Bush Or Chimp" web site.

At the end of the day, against as a Black man, for a Black person to have a stimulus/response where when someone talks about monkies that Black person feels offended is a problem within THEMSELVES.  You should only react to what you feel is true.

Simply amazing folks - From Roland Martin:

If you haven't seen the editorial in question, it shouldn't take you long to figure out that the subtle message was clear: comparing President Obama to a chimpanzee.

Delonas, the cartoonist, said to CNN, "It's absolutely friggin ridiculous. Do you really think I'm saying Obama should be shot? I didn't see that in the cartoon. The chimpanzee was a major story in the Post. Every paper in New York, except The New York Times, covered the chimpanzee story. It's just ridiculous. It's about the economic stimulus bill. If you're going to make that about anybody, it would be [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi, which it's not." Watch Roland Martin, other CNN panelists debate cartoon »

To the editors who approved the cartoon, as well as the cartoonist, the piece was clearly all fun and laughs. But anyone with half a brain, especially someone knowing the history of African-Americans being called monkeys and gorillas, would have said, "We need to rethink this."

First, mixing the two stories is ridiculous. Yes, the chimpanzee incident and the passage of the stimulus bill have a lot of folks talking, but to put them in the same element just doesn't make sense.

Second, the cartoonist didn't hang a sign around the neck of the chimp, so he left it up to the reader to determine exactly who the cops were referring to.

We all know that the stimulus bill was the first priority of the new president, so when reading the caption, it was easy to infer that the cartoonist was implying the president of the United States.

You know, the black guy.

And that's where the problem comes in.

What could be seen as silly humor if President George W. Bush were in the White House has to be seen through the lens of America's racist past, as noted by the leaders of the New York Association of Black Journalists, who also are demanding an apology from the Post.

"How do you think the Jewish community would feel about the use of rats in any depiction of them? How do you think the Italian community would feel about being generalized with mobsters?" the organization said in a statement.

"Monkey slurs against Africans and African-Americans go back to the days of early colonialism, when Anglo Saxon, Spanish and Portuguese conquerors used these types of drawings and descriptions to dehumanize black people so that their mistreatment and enslavement would not be viewed as wrong or sinful. The practice also took on more sinister roles later in history including during the slave trade here in the U.S. and in Hitler's Nazi Germany."

Ignorant leaders of the New York Post and others may think everything is fair game, and certainly criticizing the president of the United States is just fine. Yet while everyone seems to be caught up in the delusion of a post-racial America, we cannot forget the reality of the racial America, where African-Americans were treated and portrayed as inferior and less than others.

And just as some members of the media brotherhood were taken to task for their obvious sexism during the Democratic primaries because of comments about then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, we had to be sensitive to the historical treatment of women.

Oh yes, the Post will have its defenders, accusing African-Americans and others of being hypersensitive. The Post has already shown its hand by trying to make this all about Sharpton, since they know he's the black bogeyman to white America. But they should understand that my e-mail box and Facebook page are filled with comments from folks of different backgrounds stunned by the callousness of the Post.

I guess it's fitting the cartoon ran today, because the best statement to sum up the issue can be taken from a black history month speech given today by our first black attorney general, Eric Holder.

"Even as we fight a war against terrorism, deal with the reality of electing an African-American as our president for the first time and deal with the other significant issues of the day, the need to confront our racial past -- and our racial present, and to understand the history of African people in this country -- endures," he said.

"One cannot truly understand America without understanding the historical experience of black people in this nation. Simply put, to get to the heart of this country, one must examine its racial soul."

White Folks - Translation of the last paragraph:
BLACK PEOPLE get to decide the sensibilities of our own history. And you can rest assure that our state of OFFENSE is going to be dangled around in reaction to obtaining the maximum opportunity out of the situation.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Obama Following In Bush's Footsteps In Some Key Areas - Suffers No Protests From The Left Who As He Is Their "Hope"

Obama OKs about 17,000 more troops for Afghanistan

Despite Obama pledge, Justice defends Bush secrets

WASHINGTON — Despite President Obama's promise of more open government, the Justice Department is resisting pressure to release documents the Bush administration kept secret about domestic wiretapping, data collection on travelers and U.S. citizens, and interrogation of suspected terrorists.

In half a dozen lawsuits, Justice lawyers are defending Bush administration decisions to withhold records from the public. They have opposed formal motions or spurned out-of-court offers to merely delay these cases until the new administration rewrites Freedom of Information Act guidelines and decides whether the new rules might allow the public to see more.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Senator Kent Conrad - Where Are You Now Man On Fiscal Responsibility?

Senator Conrad - I had been listening to you. During the years when the Republicans controlled the Congress and the White House you were the guy making the warnings about the excess spending and how the budgets that were being passed didn't add up.

Though there are specific Democrats that I don't like (and I have no problem articulating why) I thought that you were a needed voice of reason, showing how the Republican Party was a thin wall when they got pushed when it came to fiscal responsibility. You played the part of the stereotypical Republican better than they did when they were in control of the "Keys To The Kingdom".

Now, Senator Conrad - your party is in control of all of the purse strings. More than ever we need you to remain consistent. The federal deficit will be $2,000 billion for 2009. If you were sounding the alarm at the $400 billion deficit, surely a $2,000 billion deficit should be having you doing backflips.

Statement from Senator Kent Conrad on Passage of the Economic Recovery Act

Press Release From Kent Conrad
February 10, 2009

Washington – By a vote of 61 - 37 the U.S. Senate today approved the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Senator Kent Conrad released the following statement after voting in favor of the bill.

“The reality is that we are facing an economic crisis, the likes of which we have not seen since the Great Depression. Economists of every stripe agree that the best way to kick start our economy is through a combination of spending programs and tax cuts that are targeted, timely and temporary. While this bill is far from perfect, it does take many of the steps necessary to stimulate the economy.

“As Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, I have worked with my colleagues — Republicans and Democrats — to cut wasteful spending in this bill and to focus taxpayer dollars where they will do the most good. It is my hope that the final version of the bill will be even better. I don’t want to see one penny wasted as we work to revive our economy.

“As I have said repeatedly, North Dakotans had little to do with getting our nation into this fiscal mess, but now we must all do our part to help lift the economy out of the doldrums. Doing nothing is not an option. We need to act, and we need to act quickly and responsibly. A failure to give a significant boost to this economy will only deepen the crisis, sending millions more Americans to the unemployment lines.”

The Senate and the House of Representatives will now convene a conference committee to resolve the differences in their versions of the legislation.

Conrad Urges Action on Tackling Long-Term Fiscal Challenges

Senator Joins with Former U.S. Comptroller General in Calling for Bipartisan Effort

Washington– Senator Kent Conrad today urged Congress and the Obama Administration to take action to address the nation's growing long-term fiscal challenges. At a press conference in Washington, he joined former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker in calling for the creation of a bipartisan process to confront the looming budget crisis.

“While the immediate focus of Congress’s efforts is on jump starting the economy and putting people back to work, we must be ready to pivot to address the tremendous long term fiscal imbalance confronting our nation,” said Senator Conrad. “The bottom line is that no matter how successful we are in pulling out of the current economic downturn, our long term economic security will remain in jeopardy until we address this problem.”

Senator Conrad commended President Obama for announcing his intention to hold a Fiscal Responsibility Summit later this month to begin addressing the projected explosion in federal debt.

And he expressed hope that the summit would lead to the adoption of a bipartisan process, such as the Bipartisan Fiscal Task Force he has proposed with Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), that would produce legislation to confront the issue.

“President Obama understands the need to act,” said Conrad. “I look forward to participating in his summit in a few weeks and working with him, and with my congressional colleagues, in addressing this critical problem.”

At the press conference, Walker, who is now the President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, unveiled a new Peterson Foundation $1 million-plus advertising campaign to raise public awareness of the nation’s deteriorating long-term fiscal condition. Senator Conrad and Walker were joined at the press conference by Senator George Voinovich (R-OH), Representative Jim Cooper (D-TN), and Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA).

This Time US To Help Plan The UN Conference On Racism That Bush Walked Out On

US to help plan UN racism conference

I can understand if Obama is hoping to put a face of "respect" for the left wing radical forces who will no doubt attack Israel and the United States in this conference by not walking out this time. It is when they start making actual demands and he is forced to tell them "Yes or NO" that I will be focusing upon.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said late Saturday it would participate in planning for a U.N. conference on racism despite concerns the meeting will be used by Arab nations and others to criticize Israel.

The U.S. will decide later whether to participate in the conference.

The State Department said it would send diplomats next week to participate in preparatory meetings for the World Conference Against Racism, which is set to be held in Geneva, Switzerland in April and which some countries including Israel have already decided to boycott.

During the Bush administration the United States and Israel walked out the first U.N. conference on racism in Durban, South Africa in 2001 over efforts to pass a resolution comparing Zionism — the movement to establish and maintain a Jewish state — to racism.

Those efforts failed but there are signs the resolution may be reintroduced at the so-called "Durban 2" meeting in Geneva and Israel has been actively lobbying the United States and European countries to stay away from this year's meeting.

In a statement released late Saturday, the State Department said the U.S. delegation to the planning discussions would review "current direction of conference preparations and whether U.S. participation in the conference itself is warranted."

"This will be the first opportunity the (Obama) administration has had to engage in the negotiations for the Durban Review, and — in line with our commitment to diplomacy — the U.S. has decided to send a delegation to engage in the negotiations on the text of the conference document," the department said.

"The intent of our participation is to work to try to change the direction in which the review conference is heading," it said. "We hope to work with other countries that want the Conference to responsibly and productively address racism around the world."

The statement stressed that U.S. attendance at the planning meetings "does not indicate — and should not be misconstrued to indicate — that the United States will participate in April in the World Conference Against Racism itself."

"Nor does it indicate that we will necessarily participate in future preparations for the conference," it said. "These decisions will be taken at a later date, depending on the results that we see from the negotiating process."

Israel, which announced in November that it would boycott the conference, has been pressing the new Obama foreign policy team to stay away from the meeting, according to U.S. officials.

The Bush administration had left a decision on whether to attend to the next administration, but voted in the U.N. General Assembly last year to protest the conference.

Canada has already said it will not participate, maintaining the meeting will promote racism and not combat it.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Magical Gravitational Pull Of Obama On Young Black Men

Young black urban men are finding hope in Barack Obama

Sadly, instead of promoting the fact that these young Black men had EVERYTHING they needed to succeed on November 3, 2008 as they do today those who are so inclined seek to reference the "magical gravitational pull" of Barack Obama.

I'll take a comprehensive LOGISTICAL PLAN that promotes ORGANIC INITIATIVES over GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS any day over this force of gravitational pull.

Associated Press Sues Over Trademark Image Of Obama

For some of you - the picture that is no doubt the centerpiece of your "Obama worship pagoda (which has a plate, a coin, a bar of soap and "Obama water") contains a picture that is a copyright violation.

Women Dreaming Of "Sexing The President"

Some women give rise to the thought that "suffrage" was not such a good idea.

I understand that some people VOTE to "get something. In the case of an increasing amount of women they clearly voted to "GET SOME"!!!

From the New York Times - Not Fox News

Sometimes a President Is Just a President

The other night I dreamt of Barack Obama. He was taking a shower right when I needed to get into the bathroom to shave my legs, and then he was being yelled at by my husband, Max, for smoking in the house. It was not clear whether Max was feeling protective of the president’s health or jealous because of the cigarette.

The other day a friend of mine confided that in the weeks leading up to the election, the Obamas’ apparent joy as a couple had made her just miserable. Their marriage looked so much happier than hers. Their life seemed so perfect. “I was at a place where I was tempted daily to throttle my husband,” she said. “This coincided with Michelle saying the most beautiful things about Barack. Each time I heard her speak about him I got tears in my eyes — because I felt so far away from that kind of bliss in my own life and perhaps even more, because I was so moved by her expressions of devotion to him. And unlike previous presidential couples, they are our age, have children the same age and (just imagine the stress of daily life on the campaign) by all accounts should have been fighting even more than we were.”

As we all know, in journalism, two anecdotes are just one short of a national trend. I figured that my friend and I couldn’t possibly be the only ones dreaming, brooding or otherwise obsessing about the Obamas. Were other people, I wondered, being possessed by our new first family?

I launched an e-mail inquiry. And learned that they were. Often, in strikingly similar ways.

Many women — not too surprisingly — were dreaming about sex with the president. In these dreams, the women replaced Michelle with greater or lesser guilt or, in the case of a 62-year-old woman in North Florida, whose dream was reported to me by her daughter, found a fully above-board solution: “Michelle had divorced Barack because he had become ‘too much of a star.’ He then married my mother, who was oh so proud to be the first lady,” the daughter wrote me.

There was some daydreaming too, much of it a collective fantasy about the still-hot Obama marriage. “Barack and Michelle Obama look like they have sex. They look like they like having sex,” a Los Angeles woman wrote to me, summing up the comments of many. “Often. With each other. These days when the sexless marriage is such a big celebrity in America (and when first couples are icons of rigid propriety), that’s one interesting mental drama.”

Most dreams, however, were, like mine, more prosaic.

There was a dream, sent from Minneapolis, about buying Barack the perfect sandwich, and a dream from Westport, Conn., about inviting Michelle and the girls over for lunch and a play date: “I told her I’d make tuna fish sandwiches and cupcakes, and told her that she didn’t need to worry about the kids, no need to hire a sitter or extra secret service, that I had a nice basement/playroom for them. I explained how hard it was to move to a new home, and to take her time if she needed to unpack or run to Costco or something. She asked me about other supermarkets, and I told her that Stop & Shop had a sale on tuna fish and paper towels.” And one woman in Wisconsin had frequent daydreams about having the Obamas over for a glass of wine.

One woman wrote that when she couldn’t get to sleep at night, she “lay in bed and thought about the Obama girls in their rooms at the White House. I thought about Marian Robinson up on the third floor. And about Barack and Michelle, a couple who clearly have a ‘thing’ for each other, spooning together in bed. It helped me relax.”

I understood perfectly where these cozy dreams of easy familiarity came from. It was that sense so many people share of having a very immediate connection to Barack Obama, whether they’re black or biracial, or children of single parents or self-made strivers; or they’re lawyers or community organizers or Ivy League graduates or smokers or basketball players or Blackberry users or parents or married or Democrats. A lot of people share the fantasy that having the Obamas over for “dinner and a game of Scrabble,” as one daydreamer put it to me, is something that really could just about happen.

“This is the first president I’ve known who looks, talks and acts like a peer,” is how one Washington man explained it to me. “Notwithstanding his somewhat exotic life story, I feel like I understand what he’s like and where he’s coming from. And despite his incredible achievements, he still seems like a lot of people I know. If you stopped the clock in 2004, in fact, or maybe a couple of years earlier, he’d feel roughly like a peer in terms of accomplishments, too. Of course I know nobody with his political gifts, speaking skills and confidence, and he’s also a gifted writer and thinker. But I feel like one or two different turns for Obama or me and he could have been someone my friends and I wouldn’t think it extraordinary to have in our circle.”

Sometimes this sense of close identification turns a bit dark. There’s a subcategory of people who feel that they really should have true intimacy with the Obamas. Because they went to school with them. Because they used to dream like them. Because, with one or two “different turns,” they maybe could have been them.

These are not the people made most happy by thinking about the Obamas.

“They do seem to have it all together — a great marriage, beautiful children, a modern day Norman Rockwell family,” said a divorced Harvard grad with children in a top D.C. private school. “Why them, not me?”

These are people for whom the Obamas are not just a beacon of hope, inspiration and “demigodlikeness,” as a New York lawyer put it, but also a kind of mirror. And the refracted image of self they see is not one they much admire.

“I keep thinking about how I squandered my education and youth,” the New York lawyer wrote to me. “I went off to college from high school being completely community-minded, doing a lot of volunteer work for the homeless and for hunger and tutoring poor kids. Then I got to college and forgot my ideals. Barack was my year at Columbia. Why wasn’t I hanging out with him and being serious and following my ideals instead of hanging out in clubs? Same with law school. I partied my way through instead of taking advantage of all that I could have. Both Obamas were there when I was. I feel like if I’d been a better person I would have gotten to know them.”

A Washington lawyer expressed similar sentiments: “I feel like I know Barack, that I have worked grassroots and have created change in the way that he has. I [also] have feelings of a mom who had possibility but ended up running school auctions and mediating family business matters rather than having the opportunity to be out there on a national level creating change. So when I watch Barack I feel like: I can do that … and what am I doing with my life? Even though he is way smarter and more articulate than me.”

Another Washington woman, a global health care consultant, expressed her sense of Obama-inadequacy in a dream: “I dreamed I was an Obama girl. I had a chance to be in the same room with him for the first time. There were dark velvet chairs and he was standing there with all this dark and mist around him. His lips so purple and sensuous as if to be otherworldly,” she wrote to me. “I moved gently toward him and then I said the wrong thing. Obama tamped it down like some vapor that didn’t register. He wasn’t even flattered.”

(“Like a lot of folks, I have anxiety about being outside of the Obama administration universe right now,” she then explained to me. “Even though I was at the ‘it’ ball of inauguration balls, I still felt like other balls were greener, or more purple, or with credentials completely out of my control — more young. I really feel like I’m scrambling internally … to deserve Obama cred and all I’ve got is this over-my-head wonder for the man that amounts to being an Obama girl.”)

For some, not knowing the Obamas has almost turned into a feeling of being snubbed or excluded. Like in middle school. It’s funny. Almost.

“Why won’t my kids be sleeping over at the White House? And as my daughter noted, why couldn’t she get to sit front and center and see the Jonas Brothers and Miley perform at the kids’ inaugural concert? If she went to Sidwell, then she might have these chances, she said …” wrote a mother whose kids are not at Sidwell Friends school with Sasha and Malia.

“Will Michelle stay down to earth? She could prove it by joining our book club,” wrote a Sidwell mom.

This is, perhaps, the price of faux-familiarity. If I were Barack Obama (or Michelle, for that matter), I’d be a little scared. After all, when people are wearing their egos on their sleeves, it’s so easy to bruise their feelings. What will happen if fantasy turns to contempt?

(Now) Senator Burris, Seat In Hand, Admits To Being Solicited By Blagojevich

Senator reverses his story on Blagojevich

Springfield, Ill. —- Sen. Roland Burris admitted in a document released Saturday that former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s brother asked him for campaign fund-raising help before the governor appointed Burris to the Senate.

The disclosure is at odds with Burris’ testimony in January, when an Illinois House impeachment committee specifically asked whether he had ever spoken to Robert Blagojevich or other aides to the now-deposed governor about the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama.

State Rep. Jim Durkin, the impeachment committee’s ranking Republican, said he and House Republican Leader Tom Cross will ask today for an outside investigation into whether Burris perjured himself.

Burris issued a statement Saturday saying he voluntarily gave the committee a Feb. 4 affidavit disclosing the contact with Robert Blagojevich because “there were several facts that I was not given the opportunity to make during my testimony to the impeachment committee.”

The affidavit, released Saturday by Burris’ office, said Robert Blagojevich called him three times —- once in October and twice after the November election —- to seek his fund-raising assistance.

Robert Blagojevich’s attorney said his client believes the FBI recorded one of the conversations.

Burris, a Democrat like the former governor, said he told Robert Blagojevich he would not raise money because it would look like he was trying to win favor from the governor for his appointment. But he said he did ask the governor’s brother “what was going on with the selection of a successor” to Obama in the Senate and “he said he had heard my name mentioned in the discussions.”

It’s the second time Burris has changed his story. In an unsolicited affidavit to the impeachment committee Jan. 6, Burris said he had only one limited conversation with the governor before accepting the Senate appointment.

Then, appearing before the committee Jan. 8, he said he told former Blagojevich aide-turned-lobbyist Lon Monk last summer that he was interested in the post.

The governor appointed Burris, a former state attorney general, to the Senate seat Dec. 30, three weeks after federal agents arrested Blagojevich on a complaint alleging he had tried to trade the appointment for campaign cash or a high-paying job. The state House impeached Blagojevich, and the state Senate removed him from office Jan. 29.

Senate Democrats in Washington initially said they would not seat anyone appointed by Blagojevich but eventually relented. One condition was Burris’ impeachment committee testimony under oath that there were no “pay to play” promises exchanged.

The affidavit discloses for the first time that Burris believes he likely told former Blagojevich advisers Doug Scofield and John Wyma of his interest in the post in June and later asked about it when he spoke to Blagojevich chief of staff John Harris.

Once again - I hope that Burris loses in 2010 - regardless of if it is a Democrat or Republican. He shows that he has little integrity when there is something to gain from it.

Deficits Under Obama

Obama To Focus On The Budget Deficit........(Now that it is approaching $2 trillion)

With a $787 billion stimulus package in hand, President Barack Obama will pivot quickly to address a budget deficit that could now approach $2 trillion this year.

He has scheduled a "fiscal-responsibility summit" on Feb. 23 and will unveil a budget blueprint three days later, crafted to put pressure on politicians to address the country's surging long-term debt crisis.

Speaking Friday to business leaders at the White House, the president defended the surge of spending in the stimulus plan, but he made sure to add: "It's important for us to think in the midterm and long term. And over that midterm and long term, we're going to have to have fiscal discipline. We are not going to be able to perpetually finance the levels of debt that the federal government is currently carrying."

Along those lines, White House budget director Peter R. Orszag has committed to instituting tougher budget-discipline rules -- once the economy turns around. Those include a mandate that any "nonemergency" spending increases be offset by equal spending cuts or tax increases.

Officials say the budget blueprint to be released this month will also attempt to make public the full extent of the dire fiscal situation, by not repeating some of the accounting used in crafting President George W. Bush's budgets.

Recent budget blueprints excluded from deficit projections the long-term costs of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those budgets also didn't include the cost of preventing the alternative minimum tax -- instituted in 1969 to ensure the rich didn't escape taxation -- from hitting the middle class.

Joe The Plumber vs Henrietta Hughes - Could Not Be More Different

Some people are attempting to make Henrietta Hughes - "Obama's Joe The Plumber". The comparison falls flat on its face. While both are "Societies Victims".....the sources of their pain could not be more different.

Joe The Plumber blamed the overly regulatory and confiscatory GOVERNMENT for not allowing him to be able to purchase a small plumbing company.

Henrietta Hughes demanded that the GOVERNMENT redistribute some aid her way to help her acquire a house.

If anything these two demonstrate the differences between the two parties. One sees prosperity through business. The other sees prosperity via direct government intervention into our personal affairs when we need help.

Joe the Plumber is a moniker applied to Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher during the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Wurzelbacher is a celebrity, author[1] and former plumber. He was videotaped questioning Democratic candidate Barack Obama about his small business tax policy during a campaign stop in Ohio. Republican candidate John McCain then called him "Joe the Plumber" during the third presidential debate on October 15, 2008. The McCain-Palin campaign and the media later applied "Joe the Plumber" as a metaphor for middle class Americans.

Henrietta Hughes appeared on CNN's American Morning Thursday with Chene Thompson, the woman who gave her a house to live in after Hughes told President Obama she was homeless at a Florida town hall Tuesday. Watch the video where Hughes gets emotional and Thompson explains what motivated her to lend a stranger her house.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Gas Prices Going Back Up To $2 Despite New President And Hope

Is $2-a-gallon gas on the way?

Again - this blog is "NOT ABOUT BARACK OBAMA", instead it is about YOU!!!

Back in September I received an email from a coworker which had two pictures - gas prices under Clinton and gas prices under evil Bush. For him this as proof of good governance versus bad.

I only want the Progressive-Fundamentalist to be consistent with their arguments.

The Obama Believers - Watch Your Wallets Folks

A person who has blind faith in a president but no regard for certain parameters (Private Property, Limits On Government Power, etc) is going to look more at what the government will DO FOR HIM rather than how he needs to leave his McDonald's gig.

Banks - Don't Take The Money!!! You Won't Have To Give Up Your First Born

Congress trumps Obama, cuffs CEO bonuses

Where as this issue is clearly a ranting that the left has been making for years, ultimately the banks which allowed themselves to get ensnared into the lair of the Democrats set themselves up for such a fall.

Why is it any surprise that the party of "Prosperity Through The Minimum Wage" would not logically also support a Maximum Wage? This is the ironic part about it - for the last several years people had been joking about a "Maximum Wage" and now we see how it is all transpiring.

Lesson to all capitalists - stay the HELL AWAY from the government and its money. The confiscatory left is going to surely TAKE your money and use it for their ends. When you as a business TAKE the government money - the terms for you are going to be very unfavorable.

Friday, February 13, 2009

The "Dog Ate My Homework" Party Delays The Transition To Digital Television

Obama signs bill delaying digital TV switch

In my personal video documentary as I walked through various stores it was clear to me that the problem with certain people not being prepared for the switch to Digital Transmissions on February 19th was not that there was a shortage of converter boxes in the market. Everyone place from Wal-Mart to Best Buy to even Rite Aid Drugs have converter boxes for sale. It is not a shortage of boxes that is the problem.

For a Party and a President who claims that the United States is behind in regards to broadband (which is a lie) it is telling that they support a delay in freeing up the 700Mhz radio spectrum which will be used for the next generation of wireless communications technology BECAUSE they are hung up on the fact that a small percentage of Americans failed to get the memo.

This is an ideological thing. Progressives seek to look out for the minority even if it means placing sanctions on the majority. More conservative people seek to maintain the prevailing standards of the majority with the consequences at times of rolling over the minority.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

McDonald's Worker Down With Obama

I predict this Obama supporter will be working at McDonalds 5 years from now still

Monday, February 9, 2009

US Cole Mother Regrets Her Vote For Obama

All of the payoffs for his leftwing base has consequences upon people.

The Obama Administration dropped the charges against a terror suspect involved in the US Cole bombing. Woman who's son died in the US Cole bombing refused to accept the invitation from President Obama.

(Note: I am not gloating in this news. For me - it is simply evidence that when you actually are in the SEAT OF POWER - you have to make decisions. There is no way that everyone is going to like you after 4 years of decision making.

It is just so ironic where as the Bush Administration erred on the side of saying "F the terror suspects" and thus imprisoned more people than it should have and they were duly attacked by the media - the Obama Administration is treating this like a domestic criminal proceeding and he is functionally saying "F the families of the USS Cole victims". Given the choice I would look out for the families and say 'F the Left wing news media")

I assure you that this Black woman will not be seen on the Keith Olbermann Show on MSNBC.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Editorial Cartoonists - After Obama

SOME Editorial Cartoonists Are Having A Hard Time Hitting Directly At Obama

My, my, my - what do we have here?

Since this blog is NOT about Obama but about YOU ALL - let's analyse this issue.

Obama is president of the United States just like the 43 men who preceeded him.  What about Obama or the people who pick up the pen to draw him makes him such a difficult subject to caracature?

Certainly it is not his physical features - they admit in the article that his big ears lend themselves to exageration.

There are 2 key points in my view:

  1. The ideological bias of the artists in question.  What value do they have in firing vollies at "Their Guy"?   There is none.  Rush Limbaugh was correct that now that the left wing attack machine which calls for "accountability" has a favorable president in office they are going to turn their attacks upon the "Right Wing Media" instead.  In watching Mike Lukovich - he indeed functionally works on behalf of the Democrats as he has turned his ink pen upon the congressional Republicans.  I guess he forgot who is in POWER now
  2. Obama being the first Black president is like "Martin Luther King Jr" with official powers as an elected official.   Mathmatically this simply cannot stand for 4 years.  The ELECTION can be seen as a historic event.  The treatment and expection from A SITTING PRESIDENT cannot be cast in such a way. Simply put they are going to do more to clear the way for Obama than these operatives will do to insure that he actually DELIVERS UPON that which they have demanded.   
Sadly if after 4 years the key attainments that progressives seek is not delivered by President Obama they will blame "Republican obstructionism" rather than failed execution.   

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Thermostat Setting In The Oval Office - After Obama

Obama Getting Heat for Turning Up the Oval Office Thermostat

Now fear not, my Progressive-Fundamentalist friends. I scanned the article from Fox News for more direct sources to cooberate this story and there were no direct references to them. This would be, for example, a memo to the White House maintenance staff to keep the thermostat stet to 72 degrees.

I thought that it was important to at least document this story so that we can keep an eye on our President. It will be interesting to see if he morphs into Jimmy Carter as some expect.

President Obama lectured voters during the campaign about the need to make sacrifices for the environment. But now it's warm and toasty in the White House -- so much so that aides have likened it to a tropical hot house -- and Obama is under fire for turning up the heat.

Obama made climate change a staple of his stump speech last year, calling on Americans to lower their energy use and set a model for the rest of the world in combating climate change.

During a campaign event in Oregon in May, Obama said we have to "lead by example." "We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times," he said.

"That's not leadership. That's not going to happen."

But for the first few weeks of his presidency, that's precisely what has happened in the White House.

On the first day of his presidency, Obama allowed staffers to venture into the Oval Office without wearing coat and tie, which had been obligatory under President Bush. Fashion observers called it a new age of business casual at the White House.

Obama's aides had a simpler explanation. Though he's spent more than 20 years in Chicago, the president was born in Hawaii. And so he "likes it warm" in the Oval Office, said Chief of Staff David Axelrod. "You could grow orchids in there," he told the New York Times.

But while it's perpetual summer in the Oval Office, the rest of the country has been trudging through a tough winter. Ice storms have cut power to millions in the Midwest and South.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Obama's brother on drugs charge in Kenya

Obama's brother on drugs charge

Unlike some others - I will post this for informational purposes rather than attempting to make the case that there is a family pattern involved with this drug issue.

Tomorrow morning, President Barack Obama will sit down in the White House to receive his daily intelligence briefing from security officials. Thousands of miles away in Kenya, his half-brother will be facing a rather different audience in a Nairobi courtroom.

George Obama, 26, was arrested yesterday for possession of marijuana, after allegedly being caught with a single joint of "bhang" near his home in a Nairobi slum. There was no suggestion that Obama was trying to deal in the drug but, according to Joshua Omokulongolo, the area police chief, rules are rules. "He is not a drug peddler," said Omokulongolo, "But it's illegal, it's a banned substance."

According to CNN, George Obama disputed the charge. "They [the police] took me from my home," he said. "I don't know why they are charging me."

The episode is the latest sad chapter in the life of George Obama, who has largely lived in poverty while his increasingly famous half-brother made his way from Harvard to the Senate and then the White House. While he shares the same father as the US president, he barely knows him and did not attend the inauguration with other Kenyan relatives in Washington last month.

The last of Barack Obama Sr's eight children, George Obama was born less than a year before his father died in a car accident. Four of his half-siblings were born to a Kenyan wife, Kezia, and three - including Barack - to two American women. George's mother Jael is also Kenyan, but he missed out on the opportunities afforded to his half-brothers and sister, most of whom have studied and lived overseas.