"It really doesn't matter how President Obama divides the Afghan baby, how he splits the difference between McChrystal and Biden. Because the war has been lost," Thompson said on his radio show today. "I say this because of one sad and simple fact. The president does not have the will and determination to do what's necessary to win it. His heart's not in it, and never has been. The Taliban knows it. Al Qaeda knows it. Our allies know it. And the American people know it.
"Our enemies are now emboldened and our friends are discouraged. We cannot prevail if the American people are not willing to make the sacrifices necessary for an extended effort. The case has not been made to them to justify this effort. The case can only be made by the president. This president is unable or unwilling to make that case," Thompson said.
The FTC is now going after credit reporting companies like freecreditreport.com and starting a campaign to inform people that the only authorized source under federal law to get a free credit report is annualcreditreport.com. Also they are wanting to gather any spam you may receive offering free credit reports:
The FTC also wants you to forward us any unsolicited emails you've received offering you a free credit report. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is an interesting new twist by the Obama administration to protect consumers, something we didn’t see under Bush. The FTC is also releasing a couple of promos that are very similar to those of freecreditreport.com.
I believe this news is a perfect example of my “sliding scale” of political parties I discussed in my previous post. A lot will try and claim that Scozzafava made this decision out of malice against people like Palin, but I believe it isn’t that simple.
Scozzafava was more to the right on fiscal issues, while being more to the left on social issues. For example, Scozzafava supported the Bush tax cuts, yet supported gay marriage and reproductive rights. By having two other candidates from opposite sides of the political spectrum, she was able to chose which candidate best represented her views. In this case that pushed her to the left with Bill Owens.
Now this doesn’t make the race a certainty for Owens – its still anyone's game. What it does do is give him a little boost, but this close to Election Day makes it really hard to capitalize off of it.
And even if you don’t agree with my political theory here, one thing is for certain – this is like cocaine to political junkies. We generally don’t see this kind of action in normal elections, but these special elections always open us up to bigger side shows.
The right is up in arms (no pun intended) over President Obama’s plan to scrap the Bush missile defense system. He hasn’t totally given up on it, instead working towards making a more mobile and cost effective system. The right just doesn’t like that.
The main idea of this missile defense system has been for protection of Europe from Iranian missiles, with a little added protection for the U.S. maybe.
So why is it the right is all for spending billions to defend Europe, yet they don’t want to spend a dime to defend U.S. citizens from a much more threatening killer – disease and illness? When you think about it along these terms, you quickly realize seriously misplaced priorities of the right.
“This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the President’s remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill. While I disagree with the President’s statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the President for this lack of civility.”
“Let my emotions get the best of me”? Well golly gee I seem to remember people succumbing to the same emotions during Bush’s tenure and they were met with a fierce response, which is commonly called “Dixie Chicked” now.
I’m sorry but Obama’s address to school children next week is nothing out of the ordinary. Some are trying to dismiss their concerns as “he might be too political”. Perhaps these people should have focused on their own education and a little bit of history in our nation:
On November 14, 1988, Reagan addressed and took questions from students from four area middle schools in the Old Executive Office Building. According to press secretary Marvin Fitzwater, the speech was broadcast live and rebroadcast by C-Span, and Instructional Television Network fed the program “t o schools nationwide on three different days.” Much of Reagan’s speech that day covered the American “vision of self-government” and the need “to keep faith with the unfinished vision of the greatness and wonder of America” but in the middle of the speech, the president went off on a tangent about the importance of low taxes:
Yes the very white Ronald Reagan was allowed to preach tax cuts to our children and not one of these idiots complained. And he wasn’t the only one. Bush 41 also had an address to the students. Yes there is a double standard. Now why is that? Either its because of the President’s party affiliation or his skin color. Why don’t you explain to your children why.
Yesterday there was a pro-secession rally in Texas, or as I like to call it “the Rick Perry fan club”. One of the chants they were yelling - “we hate the United States”. Could you imagine that being yelled by people on the left during the Bush years? Welcome to the no-fly list, being intercepted by NSA and followed by the Pentagon.
But this doesn’t seem to be a problem confined to Texas. At the tea rallies and townhalls the right exhibiting more and more hatred to our nation. When we have people proudly declare they are “right wing terrorists” and Republican congressmen offering them support, then the problem becomes symbolic with the Republican Party.
It’s amazing that the party of Lincoln is so damn set on tearing this nation apart. Could you imagine if he was alive today to see this? Hell – could you imagine if Reagan was alive today to see this? The Republican Party has become a party of whackos and until it finds true leadership the membership will continue to deteriorate.
I had noticed that Rasmussen seemed to change their way they track presidential approvals once Obama took office.
Rasmussen had always had a variable approval rating system. They ask if you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove or strongly disapprove of the President’s performance. On the surface that doesn’t seem to bad, but during Bush’s term they always combined both approval numbers and disapproval numbers and used that. I remember during Katrina people making a deal over Bush having a 46% approval from Rasmussen, but a vast majority of that number came from the “somewhat approve” category – something people trend more to state.
Now during Obama’s presidency they have changed it. Instead they take the different between strongly approve and strongly disapprove and that is their new “presidential index”. Let’s take today’s numbers:
Obama is given a –12 approval index. That sounds really bad, but if this was done under Bush’s term then Rasmussen would be saying Bush has a 48% approval rating. The later sounds much better.
Sure Obama’s numbers are in trouble right now, but that’s to be expected. People seem out to compare this to the same point in Bush’s presidency. Well at this point in Bush’s first term he was on vacation, something he did quiet a bit. It’s much safer for a President to not do anything, than one being active and trying to fix all the problems he was left with.
Here we go with more of the dumbasses on the right and their constant search for a new outrage. This week it appears to be the fact that Obama played golf this weekend, and it’s his 10th round in as many weeks. Here’s Gateway Pundit:
It's the worst recession since the Great Depression.
Dear Leader was able to squeeze in another game of golf this weekend.
The Hill reported:
I wonder if Obama ignored any presidential daily briefings say “Bin Laden determined to attack” while golfing? What American cities did we lose to natural disasters while Obama enjoyed a little off time?
And the craziness doesn’t stop there:
Thankfully, his last name is not 'Bush,' or the state-run media would be merciless.
That link Gateway Dumbass posts goes to a Michael Moore video. Now Michael Moore is “state-run media”?
True Gateway takes his breaks rather often also. Here he is enjoying a beer between blog posts:
This whole birther movement is just plain craziness. I equate them with the “truthers” who constantly try to say 9/11 was some big Dr. Evil style plot put together by Bush and Co. There is one big difference though. The truthers never received the support of big names in either political party. The birthers seems to have more and more Republicans signing on, and now that includes the former vice-President’s daughter.
Today’s contestant is Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama. On Fox News this morning, Shelby reaffirmed his belief that Obama was taking us “down the road of socialism”. The big thing he blamed?
WALLACE: Sen. Shelby, you say that the Obama administration is taking us down the road to socialism. Explain.
SHELBY: Well, obviously. So, they intervene last fall in the bank crisis. No one has ever done it on that scale before. Now the automobile crisis.
And because seeing is believing:
So now the whole TARP was the work of Obama? I almost forgot that it was Obama who took the unprecedented action of suspending a presidential campaign to work on this issue. Oh wait – that was John McCain. It was also Bush’s TARP program. With lying morons like Shelby out there making the case one can only assume the Republicans really love being in the minority.
Conservatives are out with their talking points on Sonia Sotomayor and they are priceless. I guess they couldn’t find anything to go after her on, so they decided they would question her intellect.
So they want to compare Sotomayor to Harriet Miers. How many courts did Miers serve on when Bush nominated her? Oh yeah – none. Sotomayor has been serving for years, was nominated by Clinton and papa Bush and been confirmed by the Senate twice.
This is like comparing a doctor to a first aid person. Or how about comparing the fry cook at McDonalds to Emerald Lagossi? That is how ridiculous this neo-con attack it.
While the media and right try to pin everything involving torture on Nancy Pelosi, today it’s time to go back to the real criminals involved – the previous administration. At a time when the American press abandoned their core principals and became nothing more than an echo chamber for the Bush White House, Cheney was working to generate even more reasons to invade Iraq, particularly a link between Saddam and 9/11.
In a video obtained by Al Jazeera and broadcast Monday, Lieutenant-Colonel Gary Hensley, the chief of the US military chaplains in Afghanistan, is seen telling soldiers that as followers of Jesus Christ, they all have a responsibility "to be witnesses for him."
"The special forces guys - they hunt men basically. We do the same things as Christians, we hunt people for Jesus. We do, we hunt them down," he says.
"Get the hound of heaven after them, so we get them into the kingdom. That's what we do, that's our business."
Here’s the video of this idiot saying idiotic things in a dangerous place during a dangerous war:
Remember the thing when Bush said “we are going to conduct a crusade”? Most people brushed it off as some silly bushism. Well guess what? It wasn’t…