To help clear that up, let’s imagine this conversation at the library:
Clerk: “To give you a library card, we need your birth certificate.”
Obama: “Sure, just look on my website, there’s a picture.”
Clerk: “What?!? We can’t accept a picture. We need the actual paper certificate, and then we’ll need to verify it with the issuing agency. Otherwise, how do we know you didn’t modify that image?”
Obama: “But, I’m famous! I’d never do anything like that!”
Clerk: “With all due respect, you have a habit of lying and doing things the ‘Chicago Way’. The media is even worse, actively lying and covering for you. I’d like to trust you, but I can’t. We need the actual paper certificate. Personally, I don’t think you’d be so bold as to do something like that, but then again it’s not like there aren’t a lot of fake pictures on the internet. That doesn’t mean yours is a fake, but there’s always that possibility. You’re asking me to trust you, but we go on facts around here.”
Obama: “But, Hawaii issued a press release confirming my certificate!”
Clerk: “See, now you’re trying to mislead. If you go read the full text of their 10/31 statement carefully, you’ll see that they never said anything about what’s on the certificate. They only said they have a certificate on file. They didn’t say that what they have on file matches what’s on your site. They didn’t even mention your website or the picture in their statement. They only talked about what they have on file. If you disagree, quote the specific part of that statement in which they verified that your picture matches what’s on file.”
Obama: “Well, it’s here somewhere… I know it’s here… OK, well, now, OK… OK… …. …… Hmmm….. OK… er…. er… hem… er…haw… Now, look, CNN says there’s nothing to this. Isn’t that good enough?”
Clerk: “CNN???? Are you trying to make me laugh? We need the actual certificate and we’ll need to verify it.”
Obama [on phone]: “David, the library is giving me a hard time. I need you to send in reinforcements. How many sockpuppets can you send here right now?”
One of the foundations of Hitler’s and the NSDAP’s social policies was the concept of racial hygiene. It was based on the ideas of Arthur de Gobineau, eugenics, and social Darwinism. Applied to human beings, “survival of the fittest” was interpreted as requiring racial purity and killing off “life unworthy of life.” The first victims were crippled and retarded children in a program dubbed Action T4. After a public outcry, Hitler made a show of ending this program, but the killings in fact continued.
In the summer of 1939 Hitler ordered the ‘adult euthanasia’ programme and in the autumn Bradht and Bouhler tried to organize the entire procedure. This included the solving of several vital questions of the programme such as the ‘how’, the ‘who’ and the ‘where’. The ‘how’ involved finding the most efficient method of extermination, that was resolved by the Criminal Technical Institution (Burleigh & Wippermann, 1991, p.144). The ‘who’ was calculated according to a ratio that concluded that 65,000-70,000 people had to be killed. Forms were sent by the Reich Ministry of the Interior to all institutions and they had to be completed for the condition of all the patients. These were later assessed and marked with a + or a – if the patient was to be killed or to survive respectively. A fact that shows the chilling bureaucratization of this ‘programme’ is that the doctors who assessed these forms never met the patients (Burleigh & Wippermann, 1991, p.144/6). Moreover, ‘the who’ also involved finding the perpetrators, including the doctors and the nurses that would carry out the murders (Burleigh, 2000, p.385).
In October of that year, the official authorization of Hitler was issued (Burleigh & Wippermann, 1991, p.147) as shown in Exhibit 1.
The note reads, “Reichsleiter Bouhler and Dr. med. Brandt are charged with responsibility to extend the powers of specific doctors in such a way that, after the most careful assessment of their condition, those suffering from illnesses deemed to be incurable may be granted a mercy death” (Noakes & Pridham, 1988, p.1010). It was written in October 1939 but backdated to September of that year (probably symbolically to the start of war). Even though Hitler authorized this programme, it was still illegal in terms of legislation (Burleigh, 2000, p.383).
Obama press conference 7/22/09
Obama “In addition to making sure that this plan doesn’t add to the deficit in the short term, the bill I sign must also slow the growth of health care costs in the long run. Our proposals would change incentives so that doctors and nurses are free to give patients the best care, just not the most expensive care. That’s why the nation’s largest organizations representing doctors and nurses have embraced our plan.
We also want to create an independent group of doctors and medical experts who are empowered to eliminate waste and inefficiency in Medicare on an annual basis, a proposal that could save even more money and ensure long-term financial health for Medicare.”
“Well, over the last week, working with not only health care experts, but also members of Congress who are concerned about this, we actually have now gotten a commitment to incorporate an idea that has a panel of doctors and health care experts advising on how we can get a better value for our money in Medicare. And every expert out there says this can be a valuable tool to start reducing inflation over the long term”
So — so that’s the idea. Now, to get to your — your original question, can I guarantee that there are going to be no changes in the health care delivery system? No. The whole point of this is to try to encourage changes that work for the American people and make them healthier.
The government already is making some of these decisions. More importantly, insurance companies right now are making those decisions. And part of what we want to do is to make sure that those decisions are being made by doctors and medical experts based on evidence, based on what works, because that’s not how it’s working right now. That’s not — that’s not how it’s working right now.
Right now, doctors a lot of times are forced to make decisions based on the fee payment schedule that’s out there. So if they’re looking and you come in and you’ve got a bad sore throat or your child has a bad sore throat or has repeated sore throats, the doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, “You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid’s tonsils out.”
Now, that may be the right thing to do, but I’d rather have that doctor making those decisions just based on whether you really need your kid’s tonsils out or whether it might make more sense just to change — maybe they have allergies. Maybe they have something else that would make a difference.
So — so part of what we want do is to free doctors, patients, hospitals to make decisions based on what’s best for patient care. And that’s the whole idea behind Mayo. That’s the whole idea behind the Cleveland Clinic.”
I could NOT stomach that PC and turned my telly to the weather channel while I watched The Closer and what not. Anyhoo, I can see (and heard) that I missed a whole lotta nuttin’. I am SO encouraged by the total MELTDOWN Barry seems to be having. I mean, that is NOT good for our Country but neither is he……..Universal Nightmare needs to be STOPPED!
A couple days ago, I started noticing little offhand comments in the media about Obama’s mental state. Then yesterday, O’Reilly, Hannity, and Mark Levin all made more blatant references to “coming unhinged”, or “schizophrenic”, and we also know Krauthammer has been saying similar things.
The subtle innuendos are getting ratcheted up…anyone else noticing this?
Did any of you see Glenn Beck yesterday??? He said he was handed a House of Reps report on ACORN right before he came on the air. In the report it talked about criminal activity including racketeering. He’s going to cover this report on his show today so if you can, be sure to tune in. Also did you watch Hannity last night and the patient dumping scheme at MO’s hospital and how she was directly involved. Now if they could also find out exactly what caused her to voluntarily (under the disciplinary review board procedures in Illinois) give up her prestigious license to practice law after only having it for a couple of years I would be thrilled to expose her. I remember in January, Linda Starr from Berg’s site claimed she knew why Michelle was court-ordered permanently disbarred — but she never shared the info on the blog. 😦
Katie: And they made fun of Sarah Palin saying she could see Russia from Alaska which you can in certain places I’m told. Maybe this time the late night nitwits and SNL will call him out on a blatant lie. I doubt it though. Too funny that he’s allowed these little “fairy tales” and no one let’s him have it in the msm.
Habitual liars can never keep track of all their lies.
Back in 1969, Obama was being a good little Muslim kid in Indonesia AKA Hawaii
By Chelsea Schilling
On this week’s 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, President Obama praised the pioneering American astronauts and recalled his own childhood memories in Hawaii of NASA capsules splashing down in the Pacific.
But Houston, we have a problem. The president actually lived in Indonesia in 1969.
Obama met with Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin in the Oval Office July 20 to commemorate the historic landing.
He praised the men for their “heroism, calm under pressure” and “grace.”
“I think that all of us recall the moment in which mankind finally was untethered from this planet and was able to explore the stars; the moment in which we had one of our own step on the moon and leave that imprint that is there to this day,” the president said.
During his speech with the Apollo 11 crew, Obama told the astronauts:
The country continues to draw inspiration from what you’ve done. I should note, just personally, I grew up in Hawaii, as many of you know, and I still recall sitting on my grandfather’s shoulders when those capsules would land in the middle of the Pacific and they’d get brought back and we’d go out and we’d pretend like they could see us as we were waving at folks coming home. And I remember waving American flags and my grandfather telling me that the Apollo mission was an example of how Americans can do anything they put their minds to.
The following is a White House video of his speech:
However, Obama lived in Indonesia as a child, from 1967 to 1971, with his mother and stepfather – and not with his grandfather and grandmother, Stanley and Madelyn Dunham, in Hawaii.
Despite several statements made by the president about his childhood years in Jakarta, Obama’s own White House biography begins with his alleged birth in Hawaii Aug. 4, 1961, and makes no mention of Indonesia.
It was not until Obama turned 10 that he moved to Honolulu to live with his grandparents.
The White House declined to respond to WND’s request for clarification concerning Obama’s account of being in Hawaii during the event.
The Apollo 11 splashdown took place 1,440 nautical miles east of Wake Island and 210 nautical miles south of Johnston Atoll on July 24, 1969 – just before Obama’s eighth birthday. :confused:
The point is that all three GOP senators I spoke with yesterday –Senator James Inhofe and Senator Jim DeMint in addition to Senator Kyl– believe that Obamacare can be stopped, but not without a huge pushback from the grassroots.
No matter how much the president spins however, facts are stubborn things:
A government option/public plan will act as a magnet for employers who want to offload health insurance burdens on to the government.
Millions of average Americans who hear the president time and again assure them that they can keep their insurance if they like it will be stunned to learn that in fact their insurance coverage will change after this bill passes.
MSM is blocking for the president’s deception on this crucial issue, and it is the most shameful aspect of the cravenness of much of the MSM in these early months of the Obama presidency.
The love affair with the president among the Beltway media was to be expected, and the deep bias against the center-right on other issues is hardly surprising at all, but MSM has always told itself and the public that it is on the side of the average Joe citizen.
That’s a joke, and never has it been so obvious as with the MSM’s refusal to call the president on his biggest head-fake in this debate, and the one with the greatest consequence for middle class Americans.
(For an essay on the president’s willingness to spin, see Scott Johnson’s post at Powerline.)
Rose: Northeast is great except for the sucky weather. You fry and we’re cool and wet. Guess that global warming thingy is all mixed up. Not a very nice summer here weather wise at my house. However, I am enjoying Obama’s not so excellent adventures. Wonder how he will transition into the Congressional break. Will he have his final meltdown or will he find another fraudulent solution that will save his butt for awhile. Seems it’s getting harder and harder to fool the American public anymore. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy and his creepy friends. How about that new czar guy and his belief that you can abort a child up to the age of TWO because technically they can’t make decisions and take care of themselves? Thinks animals should be able to sue you also. Nice. Where do these bugs crawl out from and why are they anywhere near our government? Again, I think I’ve left Earth and ended up in another dimension. Was The Twilight Zone a reality show or something? Just askin.
U.S. NEWS JULY 23, 2009, 11:43 A.M. ET Dozens Arrested in New Jersey Corruption Probe Article Comments (29) more in US »Email Printer
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By SUZANNE SATALINE
Federal agents swept into New Jersey towns across several counties Thursday morning, arresting about 30 people including mayors and religious leaders, in a federal investigation into alleged public corruption and a high-volume, international money-laundering conspiracy.
The probe also involves the trafficking of body parts, according to a person familiar with the matter. One of the individuals who was arrested Thursday morning is an alleged organ dealer, this person said.
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Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano (left) and Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell (right) are left into FBI headquarters in Newark, N.J., on Thursday morning.
Video: FBI Arrests New Jersey Mayors, Rabbis Looking Back
Journal articles on organized crime in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Mafia Chiefs Continue to Elude Prosecution, Feign Respectability (Feb. 20, 1969)Once a Corrupt Haven, State Is Shaken Up by Federal Prosecutors (June 30, 1972)According to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Newark, the arrests related to the public-corruption probe included Peter Cammarano III, the newly elected Democratic mayor of Hoboken; Dennis Elwell, mayor of Secaucus, also a Democrat; state Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt, a Republican; and Democrat Leona Beldini, the deputy mayor of Jersey City.
Arrests that are part of the money-laundering portion of the investigation include several rabbis in New York and New Jersey, the statement said.
Those arrested were expected to be arraigned in court Thursday afternoon. A news conference is scheduled for noon at the U.S. attorney’s office in Newark.
Mr. Van Pelt, the former mayor of Waretown, a small town along the New Jersey shore, is accused of taking a $10,000 bribe from a cooperating witness who posed as a developer, the Asbury Park Press reported on its Web site Thursday morning. The money was for Mr. Van Pelt’s “assistance” in getting a proposed multi-unit, multi-use development approved in Waretown, the newspaper reported, citing the FBI complaint filed in U.S. District Court.
The subjects of the arrests also include religious leaders from the Syrian Jewish enclaves in Brooklyn, N.Y., and in Deal and Elberon, in New Jersey’s Monmouth County, the Asbury Park Press reported.
New Jersey has been rife with political corruption for decades. Chris Christie, a Republican and former federal prosecutor, is campaigning for governor citing his long track record of winning convictions of public officials.
Who’s Who in the Probe
Here’s a closer look at the public officials arrested Thursday as part of a major corruption and international money-laundering conspiracy probe:
Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano III, 32: Lawyer and former Hoboken City Councilman since 2005, he was elected mayor of Hoboken in June.
Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell, 64: Served more than two decades as mayor and a member of the town council and is a former Secaucus Board of Education member. A Vietnam combat veteran, he is also the president of a family-owned trucking company.
Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini: One of three deputy mayors for New Jersey’s second-largest city.
State Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt, 44: Elected to the Legislature in 2008, the Republican from Monmouth County is also the mayor of Ocean Township, a post he has held since 1998, and is the Lumberton Township administrator.
ryansgrammy Says: I picked this up on a fox news affiliate — its off topic and really weird!
I’m not sure much is off topic grammy. There is much strange goings on – the evil that could put this regime in the white house runs wide. There may be a few degrees of separation – but the signs seem to pop up everywhere.
LC is trying to put some focus on the Reggie Love affair…..
“”If Reggie Love was Regina Love in a woman, hired as a cheerleader from Duke with no job description and told to just go out and handle things………and the person hiring her was a white Republican, everyone would know this was about sex.””
Jon Kyl, Jonathan Alter, Andrew Lubin With Hugh Hewitt
Hugh talks health care with Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, then with Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter. Later in the hour, Hugh speaks with Iraq and Afghanistan embed journalist Andrew Lubin about the new phase against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
HH: Now last hour, I was able to tape a conversation with your colleague James Inhofe of Oklahoma, which I’ll play in the next hour, and
Senator Inhofe was adamant that reconciliation will not be used to jam down health care.
Do you share that opinion with him, Senator Kyl?
JK: Well, it’s impossible to know right now. Even the Democrats who might use it, I’m sure, don’t have a sure idea right now. For your listeners, it kind of goes like this.
There is a shortcut procedure by which they could try to ram this through. But it’s never been used for a major piece of substantive legislation before.
And so there’s a risk to it as well.
The advantage is it only takes 51 votes. Otherwise, they’d have to have 60.
The disadvantage is that under the rule, you can only do it to raise revenue or save spending.
And that means that all of the parts of it that don’t have to do with raising revenue or saving money could not be considered under reconciliation.
That takes out about 80% of the legislation. So they really couldn’t do the kind of bill that they want to in reconciliation.
Now there are some other things they could do.
They could pass the revenue piece of it in reconciliation, and then pass, or try to pass with 60 votes, the remainder of it outside reconciliation.
They may try to do that.
But there’s a lot of procedure between now and when that would ever be done.
There’s going to be a massive amount of to-ing and fro-ing in committees, perhaps on the Senate floor, debate in the living rooms and coffee shops around America as this thing is considered by the American people.
We’re just a long way from that decision at this point.
HH: And let me ask you one more tall grass question.
*** If reconciliation was resorted to by the Democrats, could they jam the government option/public plan into that? ***
Or does that have to go 60 votes or no go?
JK: *** The question would be whether or not it would be, by the parliamentarian, considered to be a revenue or saving measure. ***
*** And I think it would be very difficult because of all the complex features of it to shoehorn it into that category, so I don’t think that they could. ***
(So the question is, if the parliamentarian in the Senate is confronted with this decision, when will that happen? And should one unelected official yield such power on such a momentous occasion?)
In addition, many of the broader initiatives, such as insurance market reforms, would most likely not go on reconciliation.
Paone, who spent three decades on the Hill and is now a lobbyist at Timmons and Co., said many of the health care reform proposals can’t be scored by the CBO and would not be able to go on reconciliation, unless there was a 60-vote majority willing to waive the Budget Act.
“A lot of people don’t understand how difficult it is to meet all the Byrd rule exclusions,” he said, adding that Democrats looked at the idea back in 1994 during health care negotiations.
*** Dove said the only person who knows what could, and could not, be included under reconciliation is Alan Frumin, the current Parliamentarian. ***
“There are a lot of gray areas, and he will make those decisions,” Dove said. “He will keep his powder dry until the last possible moment.”
If health care reform gets lumped into reconciliation, Dove said the process will not be pretty.
“It involves weeks, sometimes months, of people coming in and going through in detail what it is they’re arguing for or against, and then the Parliamentarian weighs the back and forth,” Dove said. “It’s not fun.”
He added, “It’s not a process that lends itself to health care reform, and that’s the very reason it was not used in 1994.”
“Barack Obama. The President who appealed for “Change”. So now, in retrospect, has he become the big reformer that America and even the World had sought?
But all that is apparant now that his “First 100 Days” are over is that he has done nothing for the American People.
It looks like he has created a sea of American National Debt that on the surface was to forestall a great depression, this was to be only a bailout for Wall Street and no bailout at all for the American People.
This is the fellow who during the campaign took massive sums from Wall Street, and has only gone on to throw around the American People’s tax monies, a man with nothing more than a promise on his lips (kuchi saki otoko).
And THAT is the real Barack Obama.
*** Not only that, there are now doubts swirling over the fact of whether he was even born in Hawaii or not, which would affect his eligibility to be President of the United States. ***
His big plan for a “Green New Deal” is just a big trap, he is also trying to cook the books to prop up the US dollar…”) (it goes on and on).
Try finding any writings from Obama during his college days. They’ve all disappeared. Along with records on who paid the bills.
Here are just some of Hopey Changes’ REAL missing records:
*Occidental College Records
*Columbia College Records
*Columbia Thesis paper
*Harvard College Records
*Selective Service Registration
*Illinois State Senate schedule
*Medical Records (Bush and McCain gave hundreds of pages of medical records)
*Law Practice client list
*Harvard Law Review Articles (he was the prez, shouldn’t there be at least one?)
*University Of Chicago scholarly articles
*His Illinois State Senate records
*Dates of church attendance prior to “disowning” Dr. Jeremiah Wright
We conservatives have got to be careful about over pursuing the birth certificate issue.
Of course, Obama may have given up his citizenship to travel to Indonesia at a time when American Citizens were not allowed to do so, but with this Congress and Media, we will never know, and therefore we are wasting time.
Let us focus on Obama’s war against the United States, and his efforts to destroy the Private Sector and end Capitalism.
These crimes against America are far more hideous than the 50-50 shot he was born in Kenya.
(Why do these people keep telling us to shut up about this?! Not on your life!)
This matter will not go away and it should not go away. This is the most important constitutional question to ever face America.
Can an illegitimate person steal the presidency of the United States of America? Yes he Can! When Obama’s birth certificate comes to light (and it will) you will know just how far America has fallen. That is why Obama’s birth certificate matters.
Obama refusal to show proof will have grave consequences for our military as well as for our political standing in the world. (it already has soldiers are questioning Obama’s authority to send them to Afghanistan)
If Obama cared for this country he would put the questions to rest and show that he is a natural born citizen of the United States of America as the constitution requires.
If he doesn’t care about America, only his power he will let the question blister and fester like a nasty puss filled boil on the face of America, only to bust at the most inconvenient time.
Michael Medved, a leading far-right voice, recently referred to the Birthers as “the worst enemy of the conservative movement.” He added, “It makes us look weird. It makes us look crazy. It makes us look demented. It makes us look sick, troubled, and not suitable for civilized company.”
We conservatives have got to be careful about over pursuing the birth certificate issue.
Of course, Obama may have given up his citizenship to travel to Indonesia at a time when American Citizens were not allowed to do so, but with this Congress and Media, we will never know, and therefore we are wasting time…….
Uhhhhhhh, Okaaaaaaaaaaaay, but how does one get UNadopted? One does not . Even if one thinks he Is The One. Nope. Can’t happen. There is irrefutable PROOF (in the dee-vorce papers) that Barry Soetoro WAS adopted by his stepfather-hence the name change. I mean there are SO MANY levels to The Fraud, it is , as we all know, mind numbing.
… about 6 percent, according to the Tax Foundation, to theoretically raise the same amount of dough as also having surtaxes on those making over $350,000.
Now this assumes wealthy Americans wouldn’t scramble to reduce their tax liabilities via all manner of tax-sheltering strategies.
Of course, such behavior isn’t economically efficient as Obama himself knows:
The high marginal tax rates that existed when Reagan took office may not have curbed incentives to work or invest, but they did distort investment decisions — and did lead to the wasteful industry of setting up tax shelters.
That is so very disturbing. I am trying to decide if I should waste my time sending that to Bill O’Riley who said on his program, two weeks ago, “Iran is over”. In other words not newsworthy.
Welll, it’s definitely “over” for those poor guys.
His prime time press conference was worse than a waste of time. …
The president — who seemed tired and distracted and clearly in need of a vacation (dealing with health care will do to you) — pretty much just stood there for an hour, filibustering his way through non-answers and recycling old patches of rhetoric.
It was like the old Muhammad Ali “rope-a-dope” — except that this bout didn’t end with the champ springing to life and knocking out his arm-weary foe.
This time, the champ just left the ring. …
Does all this mean that health-care reform is dead or near death?
No … [but] if the president wants real system-wide reform … last night he wasn’t any closer to his goal.
• The Self-Care Rule:
• Help people do as much for themselves as they possibly can. With the right tools we have become our own travel agents, bankers and investment counselors. We create our own Websites and edit our own movies. Rule #1 would bring that same innovation to health care.
• The Guidelines Rule:
• Help people ask for the care they need. Too often in health care there is a gap between what we know works and what we do. On average, people with chronic disease get only about half of the care they should. Conversely, we are often suggested expensive and invasive treatments when simpler treatments do just as well or even better. By giving patients easy-to-read versions of the same medical guidelines their doctors use, they can ask for and get the care they need.
• The Patient Choice Rule:
• Help people say “no” to recommended care that is not likely to improve their lives. With the benefit of good information people should be able to decline duplicative or overly expensive testing, unnecessary drugs or surgeries not likely to make a positive difference in their lives—particularly in the last years of life.
All three rules can be implemented quickly and effectively by implementing patient facing “meaningful use” requirements for electronic medical records and by expanding MyMedicare.gov into a virtual health home.
Motivating the Smiths to become more engaged in their own healthcare by offering economic and structural incentives to them and to those who serve them.
• Reduce co-pays for services that prevent complications.
• Reduce co-pays or premiums for people who use patient decision aids.
On the public option, Roll Call adds: “the bipartisan negotiators on Finance have indicated they’re going to bridge the partisan divide on this issue by going with Conrad’s proposal for a nonprofit medical cooperative.
But Hatch said key Democrats on Finance, particularly Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.), would never allow it…
(Schumer is being obstructionist, but will point his bony little finger at the evil GOPers.)
Hatch said he doubts the bipartisan Finance negotiators will reach a deal in time to begin and complete a bill markup before the August recess, which begins Aug. 7.
Baucus said he doesn’t view Hatch’s departure from the talks as significant, arguing he was always a ‘tentative’ member of the group and not as committed as [Mike] Enzi, [Charles] Grassley and [Olympia] Snowe…
Hatch, who is the No. 2 Republican on Finance and is set to become ranking member next year, said he ‘suspects’ the final deal reached by the gang of six will be broadly rejected by the Republican Conference on policy grounds” (Drucker, 7/23).
July 23, 2009 at 6:42 pm It just pisses me off that these talking heads keep telling me what I should be paying attention to. I’m a big girl and can make my own decisions, thank you very much!
Me too. I detest anyone assuming that they know what is ‘good’ for me.
* High U.S. casualties could continue through 2010
* Fleet of U.S. drones to be expanded
The U.S. military in Afghanistan is more closely integrating intelligence-gathering operations as part of its new drive against Taliban insurgents, a senior defense official said on Thursday.
Assistant Defense Secretary Michael Vickers told reporters data from unmanned drones and other aircraft, intercepted messages, ground troops and other sources were being consolidated into a unified effort for the first time.
Security forces have also been carrying out strikes ahead of a promised new offensive in nearby South Waziristan, part of Pakistan’s lawless tribal belt along the Afghan border. The military says that operation is aimed at eliminating Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, who heads a loose alliance of militant groups based in the tribal areas.
Mehsud has been blamed for orchestrating scores of suicide attacks across the country, and Islamabad considers him Pakistan’s greatest internal threat.
Holbrooke said the U.S. has been slow in recognizing the importance of Mehsud, but stressed Thursday that eliminating him was “without a doubt” of strategic importance to the United States.
“I think Baitullah Mehsud is one of the most dangerous and odious people in the entire region and the United States paid insufficient attention to him until very recently,” Holbrooke said.
Had too much going on lately, so trying to catch up here. Then tell you some interesting stuff I heard. I can’t tell you all how much I appreciate Rosetta’s Gang – sanctuary in a crazy world!
Rose – So sorry about your bro-in-law. My prayers are with your sister and family.
Kate – So sorry about your dad. My prayers are with you and your family.
It’s funny that you were talking about McCain recently, as I wanted to share something I’ve heard from a couple different sources involved in local Republican politics. If true – barf alert for some of you 🙂 – then McCain is an even bigger hero than I ever thought. (FWIW, neither of these two people like McCain, but they know that I do).
Apparently, it was made clear to McCain that even if he won the election, the Republican “base” swore they would not support him and would make his presidency hell. When he picked Sarah for VP, they were shocked not only by his choice, but by how the public embraced her, and it scared the bejeebers out of them. So the moles within McCain’s campaign began the leaks and in-fighting to discredit Sarah (as well as McCain). At some point, McCain realized that under the circumstances, he could never accomplish as much as Sarah, and decided to “distance” himself from Sarah, in order that she would not be tainted any more than necessary by their association. If so, McCain walked his talk and put country first.
One of them also said that the Republican PTB do not like Sarah, and are behind much of the mudslinging (I’ve heard this before other places), and this will get worse after she’s out of office. They consider Sarah a Libertarian at heart, not a “true” conservative, and know that she will go after the riff raff in both parties. Consequently, they are walking a fine line; they don’t want to alienate the masses who love Sarah, but they don’t want her to get a position of power that will threaten them either. They are also furious that Sarah is making her own rules; i.e., playing to the people, not to the PTB.
This guy also said the feuding between the Libertarian-Republicans and the Conservative-Republicans is about to explode (he might have just meant locally. I didn’t ask and he didn’t say). The Libertarian-Republicans are furious that the Conservative-Republicans allowed Obama to get into office by attacking McCain so viciously during the election, thinking it was better to let Obama win and then they could take it back in 2012 with Romney, and that’s why they haven’t touched the eligibility issue (well, until now!)
I can vouch for these guys to the extent that I’m sure they believe this, but I obviously can’t swear it’s true. I do know that things are not all they seem in the Republican party.