Archive for October, 2009

You Lie, Really You Lie

Barack Obama: “I only saw Rod Blagojevich one time … and that was in the stands and from a distance at a Chicago Bears Football Game.”

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Guess who’s married to Obama’s media ‘controller’

Attacking Fox News and defending President Obama is a family affair for Anita Dunn, the White House communications director who has blasted Fox as an arm of the Republican Party and talked about “controlling” the news media. She’s married to Robert Bauer, the chief of the political law group at Perkins Coie, the Seattle law firm hired by the White House to defend Obama in court cases challenging his “natural born” citizenship status in the United States and thus, his eligibility under the U.S. Constitution to be president.

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Crush Dissent, Viva Obama!

This report from shows how intolerant liberals are to anyone who refuse to drink there Kool-Aid. The Leftist Elitist believe they are more intelligent and somehow better informed then the rest of us. The other media outlets are so obsessed with promoting Obama and his agenda they have become puppets of the Obama message. Its not a shocker that most Obama supporters admire fellow leftist in Cuba and Venezuela. Those regimes also try to crush any and all dissent, the Obama crews is acting childish and proving once again there do not deserve to lead this great democracy.

White House advisers say Fox News ‘isn’t news’

White House advisers pledged yesterday to book administration officials on Fox News despite claims by the president’s inner circle that the cable network is a “GOP mouthpiece” whose programming “is geared toward making money.”
Last week, White House communications director Anita Dunn said Fox News operates “almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party.”
On Sunday, Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s chief of staff, said, “It is not a news organization so much as it has a perspective.”
In response to the criticism, Fox News executive Michael Clemente yesterday accused the White House of continuing to “declare war on a news organization” rather than focusing on issues such as jobs and health care. “The door remains open and we welcome a discussion about the facts behind the issues,” said Clemente, senior vice president of news, in a written statement.
Fox News commentators Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity have been strong Obama critics, and Bill O’Reilly has taken tough looks at the administration.
Obama avoided Fox News Sunday when he visited five Sunday morning news shows last month; three aides carried the administration’s message on Afghanistan, health care and the economy yesterday to ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC, but not Fox; and a recent White House blog post accused Beck of lying. Beck has called Obama a racist.
Karl Rove, a Fox News contributor and former White House adviser to President George W. Bush, said the Obama administration is trying to demonize Fox News for asking questions officials do not like. He compared Obama’s approach to that of President Richard Nixon, who included journalists on an “enemies list.”
“This is a White House engaging in its own version of the media enemies list,” Rove said on Fox News Sunday. “And it’s unhelpful for the country and undignified for the president of the United States to so do.”
Appearing on ABC’s This Week, senior Obama adviser David Axelrod said Fox News shouldn’t be treated as a news organization. “And the bigger thing is that other news organizations, like yours, ought not to treat them that way, and we’re not going to treat them that way,” he said. Still, Axelrod said, administration officials would appear on the channel. He shrugged off News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch’s remark to shareholders last Friday that since the White House began criticizing Fox News commentators their ratings have risen. “You know, I’m not concerned. Mr. Murdoch has a talent for making money, and I understand that their programming is geared toward making money,” Axelrod said. “The only argument Anita was making is that they’re not really a news station. It’s not just their commentators, but a lot of their news programming. It’s really not news. It’s pushing a point of view.”
Emanuel appeared on CNN’s State of the Union.

Video of the lunatic idealogy, let there own words summon the executioner.

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Do they have Souls?

U.S. troops’ funds diverted to pet projects
By Shaun Waterman, The Washington Times

Senators diverted $2.6 billion in funds in a defense spending bill to pet projects largely at the expense of accounts that pay for fuel, ammunition and training for U.S. troops, including those fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to an analysis.
Among the 778 such projects, known as earmarks, packed into the bill: $25 million for a new World War II museum at the University of New Orleans and $20 million to launch an educational institute named after the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat.
While earmarks are hardly new in Washington, “In 30 years on Capitol Hill, I never saw Congress mangle the defense budget as badly as this year,” said Winslow Wheeler, a former Senate staffer who worked on defense funding and oversight for both Republicans and Democrats. He is now a senior fellow at the Center for Defense Information, an independent research organization.
Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, called the transfer of funds from Pentagon operations and maintenance “a disgrace. The Senate is putting favorable headlines back home above our men and women fighting on the front lines,” he said in a statement.
Mr. Wheeler, who conducted the study, compared the Obama administration’s requests for funds with the $636 billion spending bill that the Senate passed. He discovered that senators added $2.6 billion in pet projects while spending $4 billion less than the administration requested for fiscal 2010, which began Oct. 1. Mr. Wheeler said that senators took most of the cash for the projects from the “operations and maintenance” or O&M accounts. “These are the accounts that pay for troop training, repairs, spares and supplies for vehicles, weapons, ships and planes, food and fuel,” Mr. Wheeler said. Raiding those accounts to fund big-ticket projects the military does not want, but that benefit senators’ home states or campaign contributors, amounts to “rancid gluttony,” he said.
The administration’s budget requested $156 billion for the regular O&M account and $81 billion for O&M for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill passed by the Senate cut $2.4 billion from the regular account and $655 million from the war O&M fund.
Senate appropriators insisted that the O&M accounts, despite the cuts, do not shortchange the troops. “The operation and maintenance title is fully funded,” Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii Democrat, said during the debate on the bill. “There is no shortage. The committee is deeply concerned that the critical operational needs of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are met with the finest equipment available.”
Money for the Kennedy Institute was inserted by Mr. Inouye and Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, and Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican, sought the funding for the World War II museum.
Whitney Smith, a spokesman for Mr. Kerry, said the earmark was “A worthy investment. Sen. Kennedy served on the Armed Services Committee for 27 years, where he fought to deliver top-of-the-line body armor and armored Humvees to protect our troops and save lives. Educating Americans about these battles is a core mission for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, which showcases one senator’s ability to make a difference,” Mr. Smith wrote in an e-mail. “This funding will help the Edward M. Kennedy Institute become one the nation’s pre-eminent civic educational institutions, and Sen. Kerry is proud to have worked with Chairman Inouye to make it possible.”
Mrs. Landrieu said she was “proud to fight” for money for the World War II museum, which is not just a “monument to the brave men and women who served during World War II,” but also “a constant reminder to future generations about the tremendous sacrifice of millions of Americans.” She added that the earmarked funds “will help to increase tourism to New Orleans.”
Beyond those two earmarks, the largest in the Senate bill are:
– $20 million for Humvee maintenance at an Army National Guard installation in Maine, sponsored by Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe, Maine Republicans. The senators said cuts in the maintenance program proposed by the administration would result in the “lay-off of 175 employees in a region already suffering” from the recession.”
– $20 million for the Maui Space Surveillance System in Hawaii, requested by Mr. Inouye.
– $25 million inserted by Mr. Inouye for the Hawaii Federal Health Care Network. Mr. Inouye’s Web site says the health care program “supports applied research, development and deployment of technology to improve access and the quality of care to service members, military families and impacted communities.”
Laura Peterson, of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a non-partisan spending watchdog, told The Washington Times, “Earmarks like these take money away from other defense programs that the Defense Department actually wants. While military health care is certainly a worthwhile venture, it’s hard to see how a program located in Hawaii that openly favors Hawaii-based industries guarantees [the Department of Defense] the best value for such an exorbitant price tag.”
Mr. Inouye had a total of 35 earmarks worth more than $206 million in the final bill, and the ranking Republican on the committee, Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, sponsored 48, worth $216 million. Mr. Cochran defended earmarking as part of Congress’ responsibility to direct government spending. “I am not ready to cede the power of the purse to any administration,” he told the Times in an e-mail. “It is vested by the Constitution in the Congress.” He added that appropriators had “reviewed the budget request very carefully, conducted public hearings and reported the appropriation bills that the committee thinks will serve the public interest.”
In addition to the $2.6 billion in earmarks, the bill includes $2.5 billion for 10 Boeing C-17 cargo planes that the military says it does not need, and $1.7 billion for an extra DDG-51 destroyer not requested in the Pentagon’s budget proposal.
Mr. Coburn mounted a rear-guard action on the Senate floor to try to restore some of the money to its original purpose. One proposed amendment restored $100 million to the accounts by correcting the economic projections used in the bill to estimate future costs. That passed, but other amendments to prevent the use of O&M money to fund earmarks were soundly defeated.
Mr. Wheeler said senators had raided O&M accounts to pay for narrowly targeted projects in every budget since 2002, with dire results for troops on the front lines. “Air Force and Navy combat pilots training to deploy are getting about half of the flying hours they got at the end of the Vietnam War,” he wrote in his analysis. “Army tank crews get less in tank training today than they did during the low-readiness Clinton years.” Mr. Wheeler told the Times that the figures were drawn from the Pentagon’s budget justification.
Mr. Coburn said in May that the Navy had been forced to curtail at-sea training and flying because of a shortfall in 2009 O&M funds.
The White House Office of Management and Budget has called on lawmakers to reverse the cuts. “These reductions would hurt force readiness and increase stress on military people and equipment,” the agency said.
The House approved its version of the bill in July. Ms. Peterson said that lawmakers still could restore the funding in the conference that reconciles the two versions of the bill. The conference “presents a final opportunity for Congress to take their hands out of the cookie jar and put some dough where it’s really needed – protecting our fighting men and women,” she said.

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Obamas Rules of Engagement

The Obamas administration’s new rules of engagement are proving deadly for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Just like past (D) Presidents in time of war Obama has to “man up” and decide which is more important, U.S. soldiers or the EU and the Noble Peace Committee. Lyndon Johnson’s ROE led to hundreds of USAF & USN pilots be shot down during the Vietnam war. Now Obama is doing the same thing with over reaching attempts to cut civilian losses. During any counter-insurgency civilian casualties are a major part of the “hearts and minds” ops but troop moral is more important to waging long term operations. The troops must believe that someones “got there back”, the stress of battle is tough enough to endure but troops our feeling like the Obama administration is more concerned with world opinion then there health and welfare.

Fallen Marine’s father wants change in Afghanistan

John Bernard

It was the last way John Bernard would have wanted his voice to gain prominence in the national debate over the war in Afghanistan.
The retired Marine had been writing to lawmakers for weeks complaining of the new rules of engagement he believed put U.S. troops at unacceptable risk in the insurgency-wracked country. He got little response.
Then Bernard’s only son, 21-year-old Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard – a Marine like his dad – was killed in an insurgent ambush in Afghanistan’s volatile Helmand Province, the latest victim of a surge in U.S. combat deaths.
Three weeks later, Joshua became the face of that toll when the Associated Press published photos of the dying Marine against his father’s wishes and John Bernard was thrust into a national debate about the role of the press in wartime.
Suddenly, for all the worst reasons, John Bernard’s voice was being heard. The loss of his son and the furor over the photo have given new resonance to his view that changes must be made in how the war is fought before President Obama sends any more troops to battle the Taliban and al-Qaida.
“For better or for worse, I may be the face of this. That’s fine,” said Bernard, sitting on his porch as he drank coffee from a Marine Corps mug. “As soon as someone bigger can run with it, they can have the whole thing.”
Bernard’s criticism is aimed at new rules of engagement imposed by U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the senior American commander in Afghanistan, five weeks before Joshua Bernard was killed. They limit the use of air strikes and require troops to break off combat when civilians are present, even if it means letting the enemy escape. They also call for greater cooperation with the Afghan National Army.
Under those rules, John Bernard said, Marines and soldiers are being denied artillery and air support for fear of killing civilians, and the Taliban is using that to its tactical advantage.
In a letter to his congressman and Maine’s U.S. senators, Bernard condemned “the insanity of the current situation and the suicidal position this administration has placed these warriors in.”
“We’ve abandoned them in this Catch-22 where we’re supposed to defend the population, but we can’t defend them because we can’t engage the enemy that is supposed to be the problem,” he said in an interview with the AP.
The military says the new rules, while riskier in the short run, will ultimately mean fewer casualties.
Before Joshua died, his father lived quietly in Maine as a professional carpenter and church volunteer. That changed on Aug. 14, when Joshua was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade while acting as point man for his squad in the town of Dahaneh. He died that night on the operating table.
On Sept. 4, the AP distributed a photo of the mortally wounded Marine being tended to by comrades. Many newspapers opted against using the photo, and the distribution launched a fierce public debate, especially after Defense Secretary Robert Gates publicly criticized the AP.
John Bernard still believes the AP’s decision to release the photo – to show the horror of war and the sacrifice of those fighting it – was inexcusable, but he says the bigger issue is how the war is being conducted.
As he sees it, the U.S. was right to go to war in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but eight years later the focus has shifted to counter-insurgency instead of hunting down the enemy. Marines are trained to “kill people and break things,” not to be police officers and nation-builders, he says.
The Taliban “are tenacious and you have to fight them with the same level of tenacity,” Bernard said. “If you’re going to try to go over there as a peacekeeper, you’re going to get your butt handed to you, and that’s what’s going on right now.”
Bernard also disagrees with U.S. troops working side by side with Afghan soldiers and police. The mission on which his son was killed was compromised by someone who tipped off the Taliban, he says, citing gunfire from all directions that targeted the Marines’ helicopter when it landed. Bernard believes the Marines were led into a trap.
Bernard writes a blog sharing his views with others.
“I don’t think John changed because his son died,” his pastor, the Rev. Valmore Vigue, said. “He was committed to this cause because he believed it was right, and that’s why he’s doing it.”
It’s been a little more than a month since Joshua was buried in a small cemetery about five miles from their 1865 farmhouse in the rolling hills of western Maine, where the leaves of maples, oak, birch and poplars are turning fiery red, orange and yellow. Bernard has accepted the loss, but his grief is obvious. He pauses from time to time to take deep breaths as he speaks of his son. Several times, he closes his eyes, as if remembering.
Bernard, 55, joined the Marines in 1972 and served 26 years on active and reserve duty, leading a platoon as a scout sniper in the first Gulf War in 1991. Physically fit, with closely cropped hair and a Marine Corps tattoo on his arm, the retired first sergeant remains a competitive shooter.
He and his wife, Sharon, raised Joshua and their daughter, Katie, 25, in New Portland, population 800. The family attended the Crossroads Bible Church in nearby Madison. Father and son shared the same philosophy: service to God, family, country and Marines – in that order, Bernard said.
Joshua was quiet, polite and determined. He led a Bible study in Afghanistan and earned the call sign “Holy Man.” He also was a crack shot – the best in his company, his father said.
Bernard says the battle that claimed Joshua’s life was just one example of all that’s wrong in Afghanistan.
When four Marines were killed in another ambush, near the Pakistan border, a McClatchy Newspapers reporter embedded with the unit wrote that its request for artillery fire support was declined because of the rules of engagement. The reporter quoted Marines as saying women and children were replenishing the insurgents’ ammunition.
In another recent incident, an Afghan police officer on patrol with U.S. soldiers opened fire on the Americans, killing two of them. The assailant managed to escape.
The solution isn’t that complicated, Bernard said. He wants the U.S. military to return to its original mission of chasing and killing the Taliban and al-Qaida. Otherwise, he said, bring the troops home.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, raised Bernard’s concerns to Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during an Armed Services Committee meeting last month.
“Getting this right in the long run will actually result in fewer casualties,” Mullen said, according to a transcript of the hearing. “That doesn’t mean risk isn’t up higher now, given the challenges we have and the direction that McChrystal has laid out.”
Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, also raised Bernard’s concerns in a letter to Gates, requesting that someone from the Pentagon chief’s office formally contact Bernard. So far, no one has.
As a retired Marine, Bernard said he’s obligated to speak up. His son is now gone, but he said others are still at risk. “We’ve got guys in harm’s way getting shot at and getting killed,” he said. “To me, it’s immoral that anybody in this country wouldn’t have that first and last on their minds.”
On the Net: John Bernard’s blog: .

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Chavez loving Marxist in Obamas circle

Obamas buddies love Chavez

Here’s a great segment on Beck today about yet another group a self proclaimed Marxist who have strong ties in the Obama administration. The “Free Press” is one of the tired old groups like ACORN that have more in common with Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. Was’nt Marxism proven to be completely corrupt and pathetic after the fall of the Soviet Union. Yet Obama and his supporters and advisors still cling to this bankrupt and failed idealogy.

(excerpt from the Interview Glenn did with Seton Motley)
MOTLEY: Af the FCC views the media marketplace, meaning he doesn’t like any private ownership of media. His quote with regard to the First Amendment is a little disturbing. To the extent commercial activities are given First Amendment protection, it makes the rule of capital increasingly off in the political debate and government regulation. In my view progressives need to stake out a Democratic remember how Lloyd used Democratic to describe Chavez’s revolution interpretation of the First Amendment and do direct battle with the Orwellian implications of the ACLU’s commercialized First Amendment. So when you are to the left of the ACLU, how far from the path have you strayed?

Both Obamas FCC and FTC appointments are self avowed Chavez lovers along with Obamas “Diversity Czar”. These idiots want to use there positions to promote the Chavez revolution and bring this garbage to our country. The scary part of all this is Obamas administration is littered with these nuts.

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Democrats and more pandering to labor unions

The Obama administration along with house Democrats have wasted billions of tax payer dollars pandering to the labor unions while penalizing the very businesses that create the jobs. But it does not end there, House (D) are also shaping spending bills that will blow our deficit even higher. The Marines are planning to move 8000 thousand Marines and 9000 thousand family members from Okinawa, Japan to Guam. This move will be costly at around $15 billion dollars. Apparently though house (D) Neil Abercrombie who is planning a run for Gov of Hawaii will stop at nothing to garner big labor suppot.

Abercrombie has proposed an amendment to the House version of the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act that requires that 70 percent of jobs for the Guam buildup go to Americans and that wages be set at levels for similar projects in Hawai’i. A Congressional Budget Office report estimated the measure would add an extra $10 billion dollars in construction cost for the move by 8,000 Marines and 9,000 family members from Okinawa to Guam, where labor costs are much lower than in Hawaii. The spending by the (D) is completely out of control, at this rate the dollars will be worth little as our countries debt spirals into levels that could be catastrophic to our way of life.

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