Tag: Obama Administration

Contemptible Congress

Filed in National by on June 20, 2012 1 Comment

When I was a wee lad, I had the utmost respect for Congress. I was in awe of my then Congressman, Byron Rodgers (D-Denver) who was the essence of a public servant. I was good friends with Congresswoman Pat Schroeder and Congressman & Senator Tim Wirth (who was a neighbor). That all changed after I moved to DC and began working for the government. I discovered that many of the 539 Members of Congress (including the delegates from DC, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands) didn’t really give a damn about their constituents. It was all about getting face time on TV to make it seem as though they were doing something.

This afternoon, Rep. Darrell Issa, chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, pushed through a resolution holding Attorney General Eric Holder in “Contempt of Congress.” Better add my name to that resolution, Issa, because I hold you and the Teabag 112th Congress in the utmost contempt. Obstruction is the motto of this Congress.

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Libya Is Not Iraq

Filed in International by on March 21, 2011 67 Comments

Marc Ambinder explains how the military intervention in Libya lays out a new standard for international interventions.

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Pick The Hill To Die On

Filed in National by on December 2, 2010 33 Comments

First, let’s talk about reality. The US Senate is the most ridiculous legislative body on earth. It has a lot of rules and runs by unanimous consent. It is a major cause of the government disfunction right now. Also, Republicans control the media. They have their own 24/7 media outlet and it is treated by […]

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The Next Two Years For The Obama Presidency

Filed in National by on November 29, 2010 17 Comments

Eugene Robinson and John Podesta lay out what the next two years of the Obama presidency should look like.

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DADT Repeal

Filed in National by on February 1, 2010 13 Comments

The New York Times covers the discussions about the DADT repeal in the Obama administration: But it was in Oval Office strategy sessions to review court cases challenging the ban — ones that could reach the Supreme Court — that Mr. Obama faced the fact that if he did not change the policy, his administration […]

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The White House Smacks Dick Around

Filed in National by on December 31, 2009 27 Comments
The White House Smacks Dick Around

After Dick Cheney emerged from Potterville to chime in about the attempted terrorist attack on Flight 253, the White House responded on its blog. To put it simply: this President is not interested in bellicose rhetoric, he is focused on action. Seven years of bellicose rhetoric failed to reduce the threat from al Qaeda and […]

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30K New Troops to Afghanistan

Filed in International, National by on December 1, 2009 37 Comments

The Presidant gave a speech this evening to West Point cadets. The strategy is the surge part deux.  30,000 new troops to Afghanistan to stabilize the situation and support the shitty government there.  Then start pulling the troops out in 18 months.  Many soldiers will miss only a single Christmas. As much as I have […]

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Afghanistan: No Good Options

Filed in International by on November 12, 2009 14 Comments

The Obama administration is weighing the options for Afghanistan. General McChrystal has recommended 40,000 new troops and the neocons, including Dick Cheney have been trying to pressure Obama to follow this recommendation. However recommendations for troop increases is not unanimous: In an unexpected dissent at a critical moment, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan has warned […]

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Breaking from AP: Obama Administration Will Not Prosecute For Medical Marijuana

Filed in National by on October 19, 2009 14 Comments
Breaking from AP: Obama Administration Will Not Prosecute For Medical Marijuana

I’ll smoke a raise a toast to this one: The Justice Department has reportedly told prosecutors that, as long as users are in conformity with state laws, prosecution basically is a waste of time.

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Breaking: AG to Appoint Special Prosecutor to Investigate Torture

Filed in National by on August 24, 2009 42 Comments

About bleeping time!  From the Washington Post: Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has decided to appoint a prosecutor to examine nearly a dozen cases in which CIA interrogators and contractors may have violated anti-torture laws and other statutes when they allegedly threatened terrorism suspects, according to two sources familiar with the move. Holder is poised to […]

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Chaos Theory?

Filed in National by on July 8, 2009 13 Comments

There’s a certain deliberate chaos to the Obama Administration.  Whether we’re discussing the stimulus, health care or cap and trade, there’s a method – and the method appears to be create diversions while quietly staying on track behind the scenes.  Now, I’m not claiming this will work, but I also don’t think that statements like […]

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Obama Announces New Regulatory Plan

Filed in National by on June 18, 2009 16 Comments

Yesterday the Obama administration released its plan for new regulations of the banking and finance industry. The President’s plan will: Require that all financial firms that pose a significant risk to the financial system at large are subjected to strong consolidated supervision and regulation Increase market discipline and transparency to make our markets strong enough […]

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Funds For Abstinence “Education” Gone

Filed in National by on May 8, 2009 15 Comments
Funds For Abstinence “Education” Gone

Despite what anyone says “No” is not an education program.  That said… Elections matter. Via Think Progress:

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Did Obama Administration Screw Up on AIG?

Filed in National by on March 17, 2009 22 Comments

8-ball sez, “Signs Point to Yes.” In a NYTimes article(read the whole thing, it’s excellent), it appears that lots of people were aware that a significant round of bonuses were due to be paid out on March 15, but those people did not include Timothy Geithner: Mr. (Representative Elijah) Cummings said he had been communicating […]

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Citigroup Gets a Well Deserved Spanking

Filed in National by on January 27, 2009 35 Comments

After taking 45 billion in tax payer money Citigroup unveiled their plans to purchase a 50 million dollar luxury jet that seats twelve.  Fortunately the Obama Administration stepped in – and what do you know? – bye, bye jet.   ABC News has learned that on Monday officials of the Obama administration called Citigroupabout the company’s […]

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