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Archive for February 21st, 2009

Porkulus: Spending $1 MILLION a day since the birth of Jesus is less.

Posted by iusbvision on February 21, 2009

Perspective.

More prespective. The interest on the debt is now more than we spent on the war in Iraq:

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Democrat Mort Kondracke: Rush Limbaugh was Right About Stimulus

Posted by iusbvision on February 21, 2009

Kondracke is also the editor of Roll Call Magazine.

Kondracke:

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but Rush Limbaugh actually has (or had) a good idea on the stimulus. Or, at least the germ of one.

On his radio show Jan. 26 and in the Wall Street Journal Jan. 29, America’s arch-polarizer — amazingly enough — proposed the outlines of a reasonable bipartisan stimulus package of both spending and tax cuts.

The proposal was couched, of course, in Limbaugh’s customary disdain for government spending (“porkulus”) and disparagement of Democratic Party motives, but it contained a genuinely bipartisan idea.

Which was: President Barack Obama won 53 percent of the two-party vote last year and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won 46 percent, so Obama would dictate the contents of 53 percent of the stimulus and Republicans — Limbaugh said, “me” — would dictate 46 percent.

Well, it was never going to happen exactly that way, since the election handed control of both political branches of government to the Democrats.

But, if Obama truly wanted to establish a post-partisan atmosphere in Washington, he would have not only met and had cocktails with Republicans, but would have given them a real say in drafting the stimulus.

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More stunning reversals from Obama Administration

Posted by iusbvision on February 21, 2009

Ok stunning for the left, totally predicted by us and some others who understand the Saul Alinsky campaign playbook.

Since the primary we have seen reversals on:

Iraq pullout, support for higher gas prices, faith based initiatives, gun control, drivers licenses for illegals, renegotiating NAFTA, terror surveillance program, welfare reform,public funds for campaign financing, clean coal, off shore drilling, the surge, taking money from Wall Street, and while he says we should be our brother’s keeper Obama’s brother George earns $12.00 a year and lives in a shack (a conservative American Christian group is working to send him money to let him go to school).

Since the inauguration we have seen complete reversals on transparency (1, 2, 3, 4, 5,) welfare reform (some of the hugely successful welfare reform signed by Clinton was reversed with the Porkulus Bill), ethics reform, the lobbyists pledge (1, 2).

We will see if he keeps his promise to cut wasteful programs.

In the last few days a new list of reversals have taken place:

Executive priviledge (he made speeches against using it all the time), rendition, enhanced interrogation techniques, and now the Obama Administration is arguing that GITMO detainees have no constitutional rights. Granted Obama went from being wrong on these issues in the campaign to correct about them now, but he sure did fool the DailyKOS kids didn’t he?

Oh and the lastest edict. Human rights will have no role in trade negotiations with China.

CBS News (gotta love it when you parse words and be on both sides of an issue):

White House Not Challenging Rove’s Privilege

The Obama White House is not challenging whether a valid claim of “executive privilege” can keep former presidential advisor Karl Rove from testifying in the matter of the U.S. Attorney firings during the Bush Administration.

In a statement provided to CBS News, White House Counsel Gregory Craig says Pres. Obama is “very sympathetic to those who want to find out what happened.”

But at the same time, Craig makes it clear that Mr. Obama is not disputing the claim of privilege.

“He is also mindful as president of the United States not to do anything that would undermine or weaken the institution of the presidency,” Craig says in the statement.

A White House spokesman says the Counsel’s Office is still studying the question of executive privilege.

Rove is under subpoena to testify to the House Judiciary Committee on February 23 about political motivations in the firings of U.S. Attorneys.

 

New York Times:

Obama’s War on Terror May Resemble Bush’s in Some Areas
By CHARLIE SAVAGE

WASHINGTON – Even as it pulls back from harsh interrogations and other sharply debated aspects of George W. Bush’s “war on terrorism,” the Obama administration is quietly signaling continued support for other major elements of its predecessor’s approach to fighting Al Qaeda.

In little-noticed confirmation testimony recently, Obama nominees endorsed continuing the C.I.A.’s program of transferring prisoners to other countries without legal rights, and indefinitely detaining terrorism suspects without trials even if they were arrested far from a war zone.

The administration has also embraced the Bush legal team’s arguments that a lawsuit by former C.I.A. detainees should be shut down based on the “state secrets” doctrine. It has also left the door open to resuming military commission trials.

And earlier this month, after a British court cited pressure by the United States in declining to release information about the alleged torture of a detainee in American custody, the Obama administration issued a statement thanking the British government “for its continued commitment to protect sensitive national security information.”

These and other signs suggest that the administration’s changes may turn out to be less sweeping than many had hoped or feared – prompting growing worry among civil liberties groups and a sense of vindication among supporters of Bush-era policies.

It gets better:

Moreover, the nominee for C.I.A. director, Leon E. Panetta, opened a loophole in Mr. Obama’s interrogation restrictions. At his hearing, Mr. Panetta said that if the approved techniques were “not sufficient” to get a detainee to divulge details he was suspected of knowing about an imminent attack, he would ask for “additional authority.”

To be sure, Mr. Panetta emphasized that the president could not bypass antitorture statutes, as Bush lawyers claimed. And he said that waterboarding – a technique that induces the sensation of drowning, and that the Bush administration said was lawful – is torture.

But Mr. Panetta also said the C.I.A. might continue its “extraordinary rendition” program, under which agents seize terrorism suspects and take them to other countries without extradition proceedings, in a more sweeping form than anticipated.

 

CBS News:

Obama Backs Bush Policy On Detainee Rights

Administration Shocks Human Rights Groups, Saying Prisoners At Bagram Air Force Base Cannot Challenge Their Detention

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2009

(AP) President Barack Obama’s Justice Department sided with the former Bush administration on Friday, saying detainees in Afghanistan have no constitutional rights.

In a two-sentence court filing, department lawyers said the Obama administration agreed that detainees at Bagram Air Base cannot use U.S. courts to challenge their detention. The filing shocked human rights attorneys.

 

AFP News:

Activists ‘shocked’ at Clinton stance on China rights

Fri Feb 20

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Amnesty International and a pro-Tibet group voiced shock Friday after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed not to let human rights concerns hinder cooperation with China.

Paying her first visit to Asia as the top US diplomat, Clinton said the United States would continue to press China on long-standing US concerns over human rights such as its rule over Tibet.

“But our pressing on those issues can’t interfere on the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crisis,” Clinton told reporters in Seoul just before leaving for Beijing.

T. Kumar of Amnesty International USA said the global rights lobby was “shocked and extremely disappointed” by Clinton’s remarks.

“The United States is one of the only countries that can meaningfully stand up to China on human rights issues,” he said.

“But by commenting that human rights will not interfere with other priorities, Secretary Clinton damages future US initiatives to protect those rights in China,” he said.

We never said that we wouldn’t say “we told ya so”, but hey, we told ya so. I love how all this news gets on the wires but isn’t being blared at us on the network news and above the fold.

Ed Morrissey at Hotair.com comments on some of these reversals HERE and HERE.

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AWESOME: Dwight Schultz ‘Touched by an Angel’ music video.

Posted by iusbvision on February 21, 2009

Dwight Schultz has always been one of my favorite actor/entertainers (warning have tissue ready).

Embedding is disabled so to watch you will have to click HERE.

The caption with the video reads:

This video is is based around one of the story-lines from the episode ‘A Joyful Noise’, from the series ‘Touched by an Angel’, where Dwight’s character portrays a man who is unable to cope with the death of his daughter. Grief stricken, he decides to take his own life, until an angel intervenes.

Dwight is also one of the very brightest thinkers in Hollywood (a town that desperately needs more good thinkers). Today Dwight signed on as a columnist with Big Hollywood where Dwight gives us a valuable yet almost forgotten history lesson:

Ike’s Not So Famous Second Warning

by Dwight Schultz

On Saturday January 17, 2009, during the Fox 4 0′clock news hour, Shepard Smith recalled the anniversary of President Eisenhower’s famous 1961 farewell address to the nation, but he only mentioned one of  Ike’s threat warnings, the one that reminded us to beware of the “Military Industrial Complex.” This warning came from a military man, so it’s been a turn of phrase that slobbers off the lips of suspicious lefty infants shortly after they’re forced to abandon the nipple and accept Marx.

So I shouted at Shepard, “What’s wrong with threat number two, you big beautiful blue eyed capitalist! What’s wrong with Fox News and your staff? There are only two warnings in that speech for God’s sake, if you’re going to honor a historical document maybe somebody could at least read it, and maybe for once in almost fifty years remind us of Ike’s second warning: “…that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.” Does anything come immediately to mind when you read that?  Ike goes on, “…Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity.” And, “The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present – and is gravely to be regarded.”

Do you think Ike was warning us that politicians like Al Gore and Barack Obama could cuddle with the scientific technological elite alike and, oh, I don’t know, maybe get behind Obama’s plan to tax your breath?  Do you think that perhaps some time in the near future you might not be considered a person but a carbon footprint … does something like that sound  ridiculous?

Have you seen how fast Obama has placed environmental academic hysterics and socialists in positions of real power? Steven Chu, John Holdren, Carol Browner and others are there to see to it that every exhaust in your life is a financial event favorable to the government.  So how is it that one of Ike’s warnings became famous and the other a historical ghost note?

Be sure to read the rest of Dwight’s column by following the link above. The scientific and social elite are not nearly as smart as they think they are and if we don’t do something they are going to spend until they run out of other people’s money and damage a whole lot of lives in the process.

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