Monday, March 29, 2010

Fidel Castro Is Pleased With ObamaCare

Cuban leader applauds US health-care reform bill


HAVANA (AP) -- It perhaps was not the endorsement President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress were looking for.

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Thursday declared passage of American health care reform "a miracle" and a major victory for Obama's presidency, but couldn't help chide the United States for taking so long to enact what communist Cuba achieved decades ago.

"We consider health reform to have been an important battle and a success of his (Obama's) government," Castro wrote in an essay published in state media, adding that it would strengthen the president's hand against lobbyists and "mercenaries."

But the Cuban leader also used the lengthy piece to criticize the American president for his lack of leadership on climate change and immigration reform, and for his decision to send more troops to Afghanistan, among many other things.

And he said it was remarkable that the most powerful country on earth took more than two centuries from its founding to approve something as basic as health benefits for all.

"It is really incredible that 234 years after the Declaration of Independence ... the government of that country has approved medical attention for the majority of its citizens, something that Cuba was able to do half a century ago," Castro wrote.

The longtime Cuban leader -- who ceded power to his brother Raul in 2008 -- has continued to pronounce his thoughts on world issues though frequent essays, titled "Reflections," which are published in state newspapers.

Cuba provides free health care and education to all its citizens, and heavily subsidizes food, housing, utilities and transportation, policies that have earned it global praise. The government has warned that some of those benefits are no longer sustainable given Cuba's ever-struggling economy, though it has so far not made major changes.

In recent speeches, Raul Castro has singled out medicine as an area where the government needs to be spending less, but he has not elaborated.

While Fidel Castro was initially positive about Obama, his essays have become increasingly hostile in recent months as relations between Cuba and the United States have soured. Washington has been increasingly alarmed by Cuba's treatment of political dissidents -- one of whom died in February after a long hunger strike.

Cuba was irate over the island's inclusion earlier this year on a list of countries Washington considers to be state sponsors of terrorism. Tensions have also risen following the arrest in December of a U.S. government contractor that Havana accuses of spying.

In Thursday's essay, Castro called Obama a "fanatic believer in capitalist imperialism" but also praised him as "unquestionably intelligent."

"I hope that the stupid things he sometimes says about Cuba don't cloud over that intelligence," he said.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Its A Good Thing That Michael Moore Is Not Pestering This President About Finding Bin Laden In Pakistan



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Think about the relief it must be for the new President to operate with respect to Afghanistan and Al Queda without being verbally bashed and second guessed by the Anti-War Left.

Despite the very same outcomes (and in some cases more drone strikes) they have been relatively silent against Obama.

After all - having worked so hard to get him into office they hardly have the intention of damaging him.

Eric Holder does not even have to fear being brought up on terrorist charges for threatening the murder of Osama Bin Laden.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Perfect Word For The "Age Of Obama" - Phantasmagoria

Phantasmagoria - A shifting series or succession of things seen or imagined, as in a dream

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Billboards On Obama

Atlanta Georgia.
Outside of the Georgia Dome during the "HIMSS" - Health Care IT conference:


 
 

Friday, March 5, 2010

Black Activists Now See That "Obama Being Elected" In And Of Itself Was Not "The Promised Land"

Black Activists Visit The White House - Don't Throw Rocks As They Did 5 Years Ago


But not this time. As much as Barack Obama's presidency has stirred anger on the right, it has brought a new patience to activists on the left. Black leaders still want the nation's first black president to pay attention to black issues, but they don't want to be perceived as getting in his way.

Few outside of black-oriented media noted the three black men who trudged into the White House through blizzardlike wind and snow to meet with President Obama in mid-February. Sharpton, Marc Morial, president the National Urban League, and Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP, met with Obama for an about hour to talk about black unemployment throughout the country.

“We're not looking for race-based programs,” Sharpton said afterward. “But, like the president, we want to make sure that everyone is included.”

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Kellog Brown & Root New Contracts No Longer Trigger Protests

US Army awards faulty KBR $2.8 bln contract

Hat tip to Rachel Maddow (I knew that me recording your show every day would be worth something one day)

It appears that with former VP Dick Cheney no longer in office the left has chosen to attack him directly rather than going after Haliburton.

Defense giant KBR Inc. has been awarded a massive contract for support work in Iraq, even as it remains under a cloud of suspicion for its faulty record in Iraq.

Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) is to handle logistics support, transportation mission and postal operations in Iraq, Army Spokesman Dan Carlson said.

The optional one-year deal is potentially worth $2.8 billion.

The Houston-based group was notified of the award on Friday, a day after the company announced it lost about $25 million in award fees because of flawed electrical work in Iraq.

In 2008 the company was thrown into a crisis after 24-year-old Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth was electrocuted while showering in barracks maintained by KBR.

Maseth's death triggered a review into 17 other similar deaths in Iraq and thorough inspections and repairs of electrical work in the occupied country, much of it performed by KBR.

The defense contractor has however denied any wrongdoing and was later cleared of all charges.

Last year KBR was once again put in the spotlight for allegations that it overcharged the military by $100 million.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

When Blacks Sought To Make Bush A One Term President Louis Farrahkan Was Not Bothered As He Is Now

Farrakhan predicts 'white right' trouble for Obama


CHICAGO — Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, boasting his divine stature, on Sunday predicted trouble ahead for President Barack Obama and urged him to do more to improve the lives of blacks and the downtrodden.
The 76-year-old leader said the "white right" was conspiring to make Obama a one-term president, and pointed to his stalled efforts to introduce health care legislation as proof. He said those opponents and lobbyists were trapping him into a future war with Iran that could lead to mass destruction.
"The word 'prophet' is too cheap a word. I am a light in the midst of darkness," Farrakhan said at the annual convention of the movement that embraces black nationalism. "It ain't ego, it's my love for you."
An estimated 20,000 people attended the heavily guarded Saviours' Day event at the United Center in Chicago. Followers — men dressed in navy uniforms and women in white skirt suits with matching hijabs — cheered on Farrakhan with shouts of "Allahu Akbar," Arabic for "God is great."
Farrakhan spent most of the fiery nearly four-hour speech recounting a 1985 vision he had in Mexico. Farrakhan has often described how he believes he was invited aboard an unidentified flying object he calls "the wheel" where he said he heard the late Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad speak to him.
He said that experience led him to inklings about future events, including the United States' 1986 bombing of Libya.
Farrakhan recounted how his divine knowledge has allowed him to recognize countless warning signs over the decades — such as natural disasters such as the earthquake in Chile — and said they indicate impending trouble, including for Obama.
Dressed in ornate creme robes, he addressed the president directly:
"Your people are suffering. You can't ease their plight, but you can use your bully pulpit. Speak for the poor. Speak for the weak."
He said helping the Nation of Islam, which has worked to reform black inmates for decades, would also be an answer.
"Put some money on back of us," he said. "We can reform our people."
Farrakhan has vigorously supported Obama for years and used his presidency as a call to action for blacks. That was even as Obama distanced himself from the group for Farrakhan's past comments that many considered anti-Semitic.
Supporters say Farrakhan's words are often taken out of context.
Farrakhan continued his praise of Obama Sunday, and said the nation's first black president was manipulated into disavowing Farrakhan.
He would not say if he and Obama had ever met on the issue.
"They all want to know did I ever meet with him and what did I say or what he say," Farrakhan said in the speech. "I ain't going there."