Thursday, April 29, 2010

As Congress Debates Increased Use Of Drones By The Obama Administration - Silence Rains Down By The Usual Suspects

To drone or not? Hearing questions drone attacks' legality

Take that old says "If a tree falls in the forest but no one hears it" and apply it to yet another element of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq under the Obama Administration.

Just imagine the question of increased civilian casualties being debated in Congress just 2 years ago.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Obama Administration Official Tells "Jewish Joke" - To Jews

Washington (CNN) - National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones (Ret.) apologized Monday for a two-minute joke he told before a pro-Israel think tank last week.

"I wish that I had not made this off the cuff joke at the top of my remarks, and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it," Jones said in a statement. "It also distracted from the larger message I carried that day: that the United States commitment to Israel's security is sacrosanct."

The joke, which Jones told in front of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, involved a Taliban fighter who was lost in the desert in Afghanistan and stumbled upon a small store owned by a "Jewish merchant."

"And the Taliban warrior went up to him and said 'I need water, give me some water,'" Jones said. "And the merchant said 'I'm sorry I don't have any water, but would you like to buy a tie, we have a nice sale of ties today.'"

At this point, Jones said, the Taliban fighter launched into "a stream of language that I can't repeat about Israel, about Jewish people, about the man himself, about his family, he was just saying 'I need water, you try to sell me ties, you people don't get it.'"

"Well I'm sorry that I don't have water for you, and I forgive you for all of the insults that you've levied against me, my family, my country," Jones describe the merchant as saying. "But I will help you out. If you go over that hill and walk about two miles there's a restaurant there and they have all the water you'll need," the merchant replied.

Jones said the fighter walked away but returned an hour later and said: "Your brother tells me I need a tie to get in the restaurant."

The audience burst into laughter; some applauded.

But Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League was unimpressed.

"It's inappropriate, it's stereotypic, it engages in the worst types of stereotypes about Jews," Foxman told CNN.

"Some people shouldn't tell jokes, especially generals," he added.

Foxman said he accepts Jones' apology.

Good Job Local Police and Secret Service For Arresting This Fool

Ohio man arrested as Obama leaves NC faces hearing

This guy needs to be detained and have a very extensive background check put upon him before he ever sees the light of day again.   This has the making of a presidential assassination attempt. 

A man made up to look like a policeman is provided with unguarded access to the President.   I am glad that the authorities were watching everyone within their own ranks.

Could he have a last name that would make him any more suspect.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Obama Heckled By Gay Rights Activist

Obama clashes with gay rights hecklers in L.A.

Obama has little to worry about with those who are dumping upon him for not being more agress on gay rights.  They will be voting for him in 2012.

Compare this exchange with an Anti-War protester against Bush for example.  These were people who held the diametrically opposite view of Bush's policy and their goal was to take down his presidency.  There was no such sentiment in the crowd with Obama. Obama's natural tendency is toward the left.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Courtland Milloy - Obama Silent About The War In Urban America

In a neighborhood of despair, Obama stays silent

So President Obama made another surprise visit to a war zone -- this time to Southeast Washington for Easter services at Allen Chapel AME. But instead of addressing the battle-weary congregation, as he did with the troops in Afghanistan last month, Obama fell curiously silent.

The president neither spoke nor shook hands, didn't wave or even turn around in his pew to smile at the 700 or so churchgoers who began arriving as early as 3 a.m. to see him.

Allen Chapel is less than a 10-minute drive from one of the city's worst shootings in recent memory. Five young black men were wounded and four killed in a drive-by shooting. You would think Obama could have taken to the pulpit and shouted: Enough already!

He had made a campaign promise to revitalize urban America, and what better way to make good on his word than declaring war on Depression-era jobless rates, Jim Crow-era incarceration rates and post-Reconstruction hopelessness and despair in his own back yard?

All we got instead was grainy video of him in muted communion while a fawning congregation acted as if he were the risen Christ and not a politician who owed them a debt.

Later that night, I canvassed the neighborhoods of Southeast looking for signs of any uplift and inspiration that the presidential visit might have spawned. What I found instead was another shooting -- in the 200 block of Atlantic Street SW, just around the corner from last week's deadly drive-by attack in the 4000 block of South Capitol Street.

"Winter is over, the streets are heating up," said Stephen Barnard, a member of the D.C. Air National Guard who lives in the neighborhood.

The victim was another young black man who D.C. police said had been hit in the abdomen. After he was taken to a hospital and the crime scene tape came down, I joined several people who had gathered near the spot where he had collapsed.

"We were having a backyard barbecue," one man said, still holding a sandwich for which he no longer had an appetite. It had been a traditional family gathering on a pleasant Easter afternoon -- ruined by gunfire.

Another man circled his van that was parked near the shooting. "Just checking for bullet holes," he said, sounding relived at having found none. A stray bullet could have taken an innocent life -- or disabled his vehicle, keeping him from getting to work and possibly costing him his job.

A third man looked down at the bloody sidewalk and said: "I don't want my children to see this. Aren't they supposed to put some kind of solvent down so people don't step in it?"

Obama speaks powerfully about his fatherly concerns, but it's unlikely that he has to worry about his girls stepping in a puddle of blood outside their front door.

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