Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Apparently some guy in the neighborhood wrote Obama's "Dreams of My Father"

From the American Thinker:
Now, thanks to Jack Cashill, the literary mask has been removed. Obama is a literary pretender. Case closed. The evidence is overwhelming that Bill Ayers ghost-wrote Dreams from my Father, the book which established Obama's pose as a brilliant writer (and therefore a fine mind, in the estimation of many). The stylistic resemblance between the Dreams and Ayers' work is stunning. Now we know, thanks to Chris Andersen's new book,that Obama hit a brick wall trying to fulfill his contract to produce a book, and shipped off his notes and tapes to Ayers. That is the classic description of a ghost writer's assignment. And it completely fits the theories Cashill had inferentially reasoned from the data of his literary studies.

The revelation that Chris Andersen had two separate sources means that this fact meets the journalistic standard of reliability, provided by a respected, established bestselling author. Obama's dismissal of Ayers as "just a guy in the neighborhood" has been shown to be an outright lie.




Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Global Warming Alert!

Heh...
U.S. Northeast May Have Coldest Winter in a Decade (Update2)

By Todd Zeranski and Erik Schatzker

Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Northeast may have the coldest winter in a decade because of a weak El Nino, a warming current in the Pacific Ocean, according to Matt Rogers, a forecaster at Commodity Weather Group.

“Weak El Ninos are notorious for cold and snowy weather on the Eastern seaboard,” Rogers said in a Bloomberg Television interview from Washington. “About 70 percent to 75 percent of the time a weak El Nino will deliver the goods in terms of above-normal heating demand and cold weather. It’s pretty good odds.”

Warming in the Pacific often means fewer Atlantic hurricanes and higher temperatures in the U.S. Northeast during January, February and March, according to the National Weather Service. El Nino occurs every two to five years, on average, and lasts about 12 months, according to the service.

Hedge-fund managers and other large speculators increased their net-long positions, or bets prices will rise, in New York heating oil futures in the week ended Sep. 22, according to U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data Sept. 25.

“It could be one of the coldest winters, or the coldest, winter of the decade,” Rogers said.

U.S. inventories of distillate fuels, which include heating oil, are at their highest since January 1983, the U.S. Energy Department said Sept. 23. Stockpiles of 170.8 million barrels in the week ended Sept. 18 are 28 percent above the five-year average.

Heating oil for October delivery rose 1.38 cents, or 0.8 percent, to settle at $1.6909 a gallon on the New York Mercantile Exchange.





Whoopi Goldberg, Super Genius

Today on The View Whoopi offered up this gem on the arrest o Roman Polanski;
I know it wasnt rape-rape. It was something else but I dont believe it was rape-rape.
Just to remind people of the facts;
I met Roman Polanski in 1977, when I was 13 years old, wrote Samantha Geimer, in a 2003 editorial for the Los Angeles Times. He told my mother that he wanted to shoot pictures of me for a French magazine. Thats what he said, but instead, after shooting pictures of me at Jack Nicholsons house on Mulholland Drive, he did something quite different. He gave me champagne and a piece of a Quaalude [a hypnotic drug, also used as a sedative and a muscle relaxant]. And then he took advantage of me.

Geimer now a 45-year-old mother of three who lives in Hawaii and works as a bookkeeper wrote these words a few weeks before the 75th Annual Academy Awards, at which Polanski was nominated for an Oscar in absentia for The Pianist, about a Jewish musician living in the Warsaw ghetto of the Second World War. Much to Americas surprise, the French-born director prevailed, and the golden statue was collected on Polanskis behalf by a beaming Harrison Ford, who described the win as delicious.

But not everyone in Hollywood felt the same way especially those who had young daughters of their own at the time of Polanskis 1977 arrest. But the US-led invasion of Iraq was about to begin and Michael Moores anti-Bush speech during the Oscars ceremony dominated the headlines that night so the controversy soon disappeared. A three-decade-old sex case involving a foreign director was the last thing on the countrys mind.

Still, in spite of Geimers forgiveness of Polanski (in the same editorial, she wrote that she had no hard feelings towards him and that I believe Polanski and his film should be honoured according to the quality of the work), many never forgot the shocking details of the original charges against the director of Chinatown and Rosemarys Baby, which included committing a lewd act upon a person less than 14, rape of a minor, rape by use of a drug, oral copulation, and sodomy.

According to police, the alleged assault happened at the home of the actor Jack Nicholson

As Geimer herself wrote: I said no, repeatedly, but he wouldnt take no for an answer. I was alone and I didnt know what to do. It was scary and, looking back, very creepy. Nevertheless, the charges against Polanski were later reduced under a plea-bargain agreement to a mere unlawful sexual intercourse with an underage girl. But then the judge reneged on the deal and Polanski, fearing up to half a century in a California prison, fled to France. It was as much of a disaster for Polanskis victim as it was for him. Geimer says that the continuing publicity is a just another kind of rape, and that all she wants is for the saga to end.
And that's the sanitized version, click here for the excruciatingly detailed version.

So Whoopi, are you standing by your expert legal analysis that it wasn't a "rape-rape"?

Tell me Whoopi, would you feel the same if it wasn't a famous Hollywood director but instead a Catholic priest who didn't commit a "rape-rape" and fled to France for the last 30 years and then was arrested when he tried to attend a religious event?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Afghan war is so important Obama has spoken to McChrystal a total of....

ONCE!;
The military general credited for capturing Saddam Hussein and killing the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq says he has only spoken to President Obama once since taking command of Afghanistan.

Ive talked to the president, since Ive been here, once on a VTC [video teleconferece], General Stanley McChrystal told CBS reporter David Martin in a television interview that aired Sunday.

Youve talked to him once in 70 days? Mr. Martin followed up.

That is correct, the general replied.

Is anybody really that surprised? Obama has retreated on just about every campaign promise so the fact that he apparently is laying the ground work to pull back on the "war of necessity" should come as no real shock to anyone.



Sunday, September 27, 2009

Good job sport, unemployment for young adults at 52.2%

Must be time for another speech;

The dead end kids

Young, unemployed and facing tough future

Last Updated: 4:45 AM, September 27, 2009

The unemployment rate for young Americans has exploded to 52.2 percent -- a post-World War II high, according to the Labor Dept. -- meaning millions of Americans are staring at the likelihood that their lifetime earning potential will be diminished and, combined with the predicted slow economic recovery, their transition into productive members of society could be put on hold for an extended period of time.

And worse, without a clear economic recovery plan aimed at creating entry-level jobs, the odds of many of these young adults -- aged 16 to 24, excluding students -- getting a job and moving out of their parents' houses are long. Young workers have been among the hardest hit during the current recession -- in which a total of 9.5 million jobs have been lost.





Good news: Iran test-fires missles during war games exercises

Following the news that Dear Leader is uninterested in winning AP reports;
Iran said it successfully test-fired short-range missiles during military drills Sunday by the elite Revolutionary Guard, a show of force days after the U.S. warned Tehran over a newly revealed underground nuclear facility it was secretly constructing.

That sternly worded warning from our young President did wonders didn't it?

Sarkozy mocks Obama

Sarkozy said this in response to Obama's dream of a world of unicorns and candy canes;
President Obama dreams of a world without weapons ... but right in front of us two countries are doing the exact opposite. Iran since 2005 has flouted five security council resolutions. North Korea has been defying council resolutions since 1993. I support the extended hand of the Americans, but what good has proposals for dialogue brought the international community? More uranium enrichment and declarations by the leaders of Iran to wipe a UN member state off the map.

Probably prompted by this idiotic statement from Dear Leader;
"No nation can or should try to dominate another nation."

I guess its time for another strongly worded letter...

Friday, September 25, 2009

Don't want ObamaCare and don't want to pay the fee (fine) for not buying it?

You will be happy to hear that you will be relocated to a jail cell for up to one year and face another $25,000 penalty. No why wouldn't anyone want national health care?

Ensign receives handwritten confirmation

This doesn't happen often enough.

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) received a handwritten note Thursday from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staft Tom Barthold confirming the penalty for failing to pay the up to $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance.

Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty, Barthold wrote on JCT letterhead. He signed it "Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold."

The note was a follow-up to Ensign's questioning at the markup.




Oh my: Gallup 50% Approval, 42% Disapproval

Time for another speech...See it here...

Another strongly worded letter is on the way....

And of course absolutely nothing will be done by anyone...except maybe Israel;
Iran Reveals Existence of Second Uranium Enrichment Plant

By Michael D. Shear and Debbi Wilgoren
Washington Post Staff Writers

Friday, September 25, 2009 9:55 AM

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 25 -- President Obama and the leaders of France and Britain on Friday blasted Iran's construction of a previously unknown uranium enrichment facility and demanded that Tehran immediately fulfill its obligations under international law or risk the imposition of harsh new sanctions.

"Iran is breaking rules that all nations must follow," Obama said, detailing how the facility at Qom had been under construction for years without being disclosed, as required, to the International Atomic Energy Association. "International law is not an empty promise."

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown accused Iran of "serial deception" that he said "will shock and anger the whole international community, and it will harden our resolve."

"We will not let this matter rest," Brown said. " . . . Iran must abandon any military ambitions for its nuclear programs."

Iran acknowledged the existence of the facility for the first time on Monday, in a letter to the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency. The letter said "a new pilot fuel enrichment plant is under construction in the country," said Marc Vidricaire, a spokesman for the watchdog agency. "The letter stated that the enrichment level would be up to 5 percent."


Sweet!

Sacred Heart University's third annual "Trust and Satisfaction with the National News Media Survey" found that Fox News topped the list when people were asked which news source they trust the most.

Fox News had 30% of the vote, then CNN (19.5%), NBC (7.5%) and ABC (7.5%).

When asked for which organization they trusted the least, people picked Fox News again (26.2%), then NBC (9.9%), MSNBC (9.4%) and CNN (8.5%).


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ayers wrote Obama's "Dreams of my Father?"

Oh my...

There's been some theories based on comparing Bill Ayers writing style in his books and Obama's "Dreams of my Father" with some suggesting that Ayers may have ghost written the book for The One.  But now in Christopher Andersen's new book "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage" he seems to be very close to confirming that theory;
In his new book, "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage," Best-selling celebrity journalist, Christopher Andersen, has blown a huge hole in the Obama genius myth without intending to do so.

Relying on inside sources, quite possibly Michelle Obama herself, Andersen describes how Dreams came to be published -- just as I had envisioned it in my articles on the authorship of Dreams.  With the deadline pressing, Michelle recommended that Barack seek advice from "his friend and Hyde Park neighbor Bill Ayers."

To flesh out his family history, Obama had taped interviews with various family members.  Andersen writes, "These oral histories, along with a partial manuscript and a truckload of notes, were given to Ayers." Andersen quotes a Hyde Park neighbor, "Everyone knew they were friends and that they worked on various projects together.  It was no secret. Why would it be? People liked them both."

Andersen continues, "In the end, Ayers's contribution to Barack's Dreams From My Father would be significant--so much so that the book's language, oddly specific references, literary devices, and themes would bear a jarring similarity to Ayers's own writing."

Hmmm...Not bad for some guy in the neighborhood as Obama described him.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Stephen Harper of Canada on walking out of UN

This is what leadership looks like, BHO should pay attention;



We don't need to read the stinking bill!

No why on earth would you want the CBO to score the bill accurately?
Democrats Kill Amendment Requiring Bill To Be Fully Written Before a Vote

By Philip Klein on 9.23.09 @ 12:18PM

Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee killed an amendment proposed by Sen. Jim Bunning that would have required the committee to have the legislative language of its health care bill evaluated by the Congressional Budget Office before voting on it.



Why do they love me, let me count the ways...

And the apology tour rides again at the UN;

The UN loves Barack Obama because he is weak

It is not hard to see why a standing ovation awaits Barack Obama when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly today, writes Nile Gardiner.
 
By Nile Gardiner
Published: 8:34AM BST 23 Sep 2009

Barack Obamas Gallup approval rating of 52 percent may well be lower at this stage of his presidency than any US leader in recent times with the exception of Bill Clinton. But he is still worshipped with messiah-like adoration at the United Nations, and is considerably more popular with many of the 192 members of the UN than he is with the American people.

The latest Pew Global Attitudes Survey of international confidence in Obamas leadership on foreign affairs shows strikingly high approval levels for the president in many parts of the world  94 percent in Kenya, 93 percent in Germany, 88 percent in Canada and Nigeria, 77 percent in India, 76 percent in Brazil, 71 percent in Indonesia, and 62 percent in China for example. The Pew survey of 21 countries reveals an average level of 71 percent support for President Obama, compared to just 17 percent for George W. Bush in 2008.

As the figures indicate, Barack Obama is highly likely to receive a warm reception when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly today, whereas his predecessor in the White House was greeted with undisguised contempt and stony silence.

It is not hard to see why a standing ovation awaits the president at Turtle Bay. Obamas popularity at the UN boils down essentially to his willingness to downplay American global power. He is the first American president who has made an art form out of apologizing for the United States, which he has done on numerous occasions on foreign soil, from Strasbourg to Cairo. The Obama mantra appears to be  ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do to atone for your country. This is a message that goes down very well in a world that is still seething with anti-Americanism.



Tuesday, September 22, 2009

CBO Elmendorf: You know how Barry keeps saying he won't cut Medicare? Not really...

But wait, Obama lied?
Budget chief contradicts Obama on Medicare costs

WASHINGTON — Congress' chief budget officer is contradicting President Barack Obama's oft-stated claim that seniors wouldn't see their Medicare benefits cut under a health care overhaul.

The head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Elmendorf, told senators Tuesday that seniors in Medicare's managed care plans would see reduced benefits under a bill in the Finance Committee.

The bill would cut payments to the Medicare Advantage plans by more than $100 billion over 10 years.

Elmendorf said the changes would reduce the extra benefits that would be made available to beneficiaries.

Critics say the plans are overpaid, while supporters say they work well.

Obama says cuts to Medicare providers won't reduce seniors' benefits.




Obama: "irreversible catastrophe" that reversed itself 10 years ago...

Someone needs to tell Captain Awesome that even the UN's own lead author on the IPCC has reversed himself on global warming or climate change or whatever the hell its being called now...
Latif is one of the leading climate modellers in the world. He is the recipient of several international climate-study prizes and a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has contributed significantly to the IPCC's last two five-year reports that have stated unequivocally that man-made greenhouse emissions are causing the planet to warm dangerously.

Yet last week in Geneva, at the UN's World Climate Conference--an annual gathering of the so-called "scientific consensus" on man-made climate change --Latif conceded the Earth has not warmed for nearly a decade and that we are likely entering "one or even two decades during which temperatures cool."

What? The earth has been cooling for the last 10 years and we may even be entering a one or two decade period of cooling? I haven't heard this. So I guess the "irreversible catastrophe" has been in fact reversed and is no longer a pending catastrophe! Thank goodness!

McChrystal to Obama: Man up or I'm out!

From Wizbang,  Bill  Roggio reports that General McChrystal is prepared to resign if he does not get what he needs to win in Afghanistan;
According to McClatchy, military officers close to General McChrystal said he is prepared to resign if he isn't given sufficient resources (read "troops") to implement a change of direction in Afghanistan.


Monday, September 21, 2009

Gird you loins: “If they take them back, this the end of the road for what Barack and I are trying to do,”

Biden speaks, Obama cringes;
ABC News’ Karen Travers reports:

Vice President Joe Biden said today that if Democrats were to lose 35 House seats they currently hold in traditionally Republican districts, it would mean doomsday for President Obama’s agenda.

Biden said Republicans are pinning their political strategy on flipping these seats.

“If they take them back, this the end of the road for what Barack and I are trying to do,” the vice president said at a fundraiser for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) today in Greenville, Delaware.

Republicans need to pick up 40 seats next November to take back control of the House.






Sunday, September 20, 2009

Still a bunch of cry babies....

Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday said this week that the Obama White House is the biggest bunch of cry babies he has ever covered in his 30 years in Washington. 



And of course they confirm it with this from ABC News;

As President Barack Obama goes on an unprecedented presidential blitz of media appearances, the White House is in a war of words with the network that did not get an interview: Fox.

"We figured Fox would rather show 'So You Think You Can Dance' than broadcast an honest discussion about health insurance reform," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told ABC News.


Giles and O'Keefe not turned away, not even once...

Doug Giles, Hannah Giles father, pens a piece for Townhall blog and says that her daughter and her partner James O'Keefe were not turned away from any ACORN offices that they visited. And her father should know;
2. Giles’ and O’Keefe’s mission failed in many locations. Bertha and her buddies say with vigor and Reverend Wright unction that Giles and O’Keefe tried this trick in hundreds of locations without success. Marc Lamont Hill was on O’Reilly’s show this past week parroting the same smack. I heard one lunatic say they visited thousands of centers nationwide (there are under 200. Oops). Hey, guys: Why stop at hundreds and thousands? Why not say gazillions or quadrillions of ACORN centers?! Go Dr. Evil with the numbers. The truth of the matter happens to be that Hannah and James visited just a few locations—I won’t say how many—and struck gold, or sewage, everywhere they went.


I think its extremely important that I blame the Obama loving media for the Obama hate that's been coming my way...

Because you see its not his policies or his lies or the fact that he breaks campaign promises nearly everyday....

"I think it's important for the media, you know - not to do any media-bashing here - to recognize that right now, in this 24-hour news cycle, the easiest way to get on CNN is or Fox or any of the other stations, MSNBC is to say something rude and outrageous," Obama said on CNN's Sept. 20 "State of the Union." "If you're civil and polite and you're sensible and you don't exaggerate the-bad things about your opponent and you know, you might get on one of the Sunday shows. But you're not going to be on the loop. And, you know, part of what I'd like to see is all of us reward decency and civility in our political discourse."




You stupid racist, its not a tax its a individual mandate

The guy is reduced to arguing that what is clearly a tax is anything else but a tax;

Obama: Mandate is Not a Tax

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Prepared to be amazed...

Steven A. Smith of ESPN makes more sense in 10 minutes with Mark Levin than any Republican has since Obama was elected. We need more people like this who are able to articulate their position as simply and succinctly as Steven A Smith does here...



Media Matters smears Glenn Beck by chopping to bits what he really said....

Of course they leave out the exact thing they are all hyped up about him not saying, because he did say it.  It's so easy check its laughable...See Hot Air and Wizbang for complete reports but here are the two videos in question.

First Media Matters lying video and then the actual video of what Beck actually said;



And now the truth...



Like I said its so easy to check out you've gotta think that Media Matters is just a bunch of incompetent fools or they think their audience are a bunch of incompetent fools who don't know how to do a simple Google or YouTube search...

Police in Wellford SC banned from basically do their job by the mayor...

How stupendously stupid;
Chris Cato
Published: September 18, 2009

Updated September 18, 2009

(Wellford, SC)—The Mayor of Wellford is defending her policy which bans police officers in that city from chasing suspects. Sallie Peake says the policy also includes vehicle chases along with pursuits on foot.

A memo issued on September 2nd from Peake to all Wellford officers reads:

“As of this date, there are to be no more foot chases when a suspect runs. I do not want anyone chasing after any suspects whatsoever.“

WSPA first reported the mandate on Wednesday after an anonymous citizen faxed a copy of the memo to our newsroom. Peake was out of town and unavailable for comment. On Friday, reporter Chris Cato caught up with her in her office and questioned her about the origin of the policy. Peake says she issued the mandate because several officers have been injured during chases, driving up insurance costs for the town.

“The officers are costing us more money on insurance than most citizens here in the city of Wellford are even earning,“ says Peake.

She says the city is paying out $20,000 annually in workers’ compensation claims, much of it due to the police force. In July, two officers wrecked their cruisers while chasing suspects and had to go to the hospital for minor treatment. The police chief says three officers have been injured during foot chases in the last two years.




Friday, September 18, 2009

Obame to Joe Wilson: I didn't lie cause I wanna give all illegals amnesty!

Even though I do not believe we can extend coverage to those who are here illegally, I also dont simply believe we can simply ignore the fact that our immigration system is broken, Mr. Obama said Wednesday evening in a speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Thats why I strongly support making sure folks who are here legally have access to affordable, quality health insurance under this plan, just like everybody else.

Mr. Obama added, If anything, this debate underscores the necessity of passing comprehensive immigration reform and resolving the issue of 12 million undocumented people living and working in this country once and for all.



Thursday, September 17, 2009

"You lie!"

From the WSJ another lie in Dear Leader's speech from last Wednesday.  Who should the House rebuke for this?
President Barack Obama, seeking to make a case for health-insurance regulation, told a poignant story to a joint session of Congress last week. An Illinois man getting chemotherapy was dropped from his insurance plan when his insurer discovered an unreported gallstone the patient hadn't known about.

"They delayed his treatment, and he died because of it," the president said in the nationally televised address.

In fact, the man, Otto S. Raddatz, didn't die because the insurance company rescinded his coverage once he became ill, an act known as recission. The efforts of his sister and the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan got Mr. Raddatz's policy reinstated within three weeks of his April 2005 rescission and secured a life-extending stem-cell transplant for him. Mr. Raddatz died this year, nearly four years after the insurance showdown.

Obama aides say the president got the essence of the story correct.

The essence of the story is correct? Mr. Raddatz did not die because of the insurance company. He received his treatment on schedule and the insurance company eventually paid for it on appeal.  After the first transplant had enable him to live another 3 1/2 years, he was scheduled for a second transplant when his donor suddenly died.

So the president was entirely wrong about the essence of the story.

The "I don't know" defense used again...

Nancy Pelosi is unaware of ACORN being defunded by the Senate...how long will the media allow the "I'm a stupid idiot" defense to be used;
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday she is clueless about an amendment to prohibit government funds for embattled ACORN, although it overwhelmingly passed the Senate Monday and the White House is calling for the group to be held accountable.

"I don't even know what they passed," Pelosi told The Post yesterday. "What did they do? They defunded it?"

The amendment to suspend housing grants was a stunning blow to the community-activist group -- and came as some Democrats and the White House have been backing away from the group.

The vote was preceded by the release of videos by conservative activists posing as a pimp and prostitute soliciting -- and receiving -- tips from ACORN employees about how to shield income, avoid taxes and set up a brothel.

The issue now goes to a House-Senate conference committee for a spending bill. Its fate is up to Democratic leaders, particularly Pelosi, since the House passed no such provision.

Some fellow lawmakers were surprised that Pelosi wasn't following the issue.

"I think that she's not focused on the issue of corruption," said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who has been hammering ACORN.



Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Awesome: John Stewart on the ACORN story

I am not a huge fan of John Stewart mainly because he's not really that funny, but he has his moments;

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
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45% of doctors would quit if ObamaCare passes...

Pretty eye-opening number.  Certainly doesn't help Dear Leader in his quest for complete control;
Two of every three practicing physicians oppose the medical overhaul plan under consideration in Washington, and hundreds of thousands would think about shutting down their practices or retiring early if it were adopted, a new IBD/TIPP Poll has found.

The poll contradicts the claims of not only the White House, but also doctors own lobby  the powerful American Medical Association  both of which suggest the medical profession is behind the proposed overhaul.

It also calls into question whether an overhaul is even doable; 72% of the doctors polled disagree with the administrations claim that the government can cover 47 million more people with better-quality care at lower cost.



Good News: WH keeping list what people say about them...

The most transparent administration in history just gets better and better;
EXCLUSIVE: W.H. collects Web users' data without notice

By Audrey Hudson (Contact)

EXCLUSIVE:

The White House is collecting and storing comments and videos placed on its social-networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube without notifying or asking the consent of the site users, a failure that appears to run counter to President Obama's promise of a transparent government and his pledge to protect privacy on the Internet.

Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said the White House signaled that it would insist on open dealings with Internet users and, in fact, should feel obliged to disclose that it is collecting such information.

"The White House has not been adequately transparent, particularly on how it makes use of new social media techniques, such as this example," he said.

Defenders of the White House actions said the Presidential Records Act requires that the administration gather the information and that it was justified in taking the additional step of asking a private contractor to "crawl and archive" all such material. Nicholas Shapiro, a White House spokesman, declined to say when the practice began or how much the new contract would cost.



Good News: Tresa Kaelke didn't kill any of her husbands that we know of...

But Ron Kaelke has a restraining order against Tresa Kaelke. Not sure if that helps ACORN at all...I'm guessing the fact that they hire nut jobs like this doesn't make their case stronger.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Oops!

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said he is confident Congress will pass "a good health care bill," as months of rancor over reforming the nation's health care system seemed to be easing Sunday, with the White House playing down an immediate role for a government insurance option.

At the same time, Obama was critical of Republican opponents who he said were trying to block an overhaul of the nation's heath care system for political gain.

"I believe that we will have enough votes to pass not just any health care bill, but a good health care bill that helps the American people, reduces costs, actually over the long-term controls our deficit. I'm confident that we've got that," Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes. "There are those in the Republican party who think the best thing to do is just to kill reform. That that will be good politics."





Sunday, September 13, 2009

Moore film overlooked, but some "youths" gave it some award or something...

Two prominent American pictures were shut out of the festival's official jury awards -- Michael Moore's attack on corporate greed, Capitalism: A Love Story, and The Weinstein Company's The Road, which John Hillcoat adapted from Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel. This will no doubt affect Harvey Weinstein' release plans for it. Moore's pic did receive the Leoncino d'oro Award from 26 local youths selected by the festival, but nothing from the official jury -- even though he personally came to Venice to premiere his documentary (see trailer here). So did Oliver Stone, whose South Of The Border debuted out of competition. The screening of this indictment of U.S. media's villification of Huge Chavez (trailer here) prompted the Venezuelan president to walk the red carpet alongside Stone.



Friday, September 11, 2009

The media finally starts digging into the background....

...of Joe Wilson;
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), who shouted "you lie!" at President Obama during his Wednesday night address to Congress, admitted to regularly consuming caffeine pills in 2007.

It is unclear if Wilson still takes NoDoz, a brand of pill that contains 200 milligrams of caffeine a pop. By comparison, a seven ounce cup of drip coffee contains 115 to 175 milligrams of caffeine.

Holy crap! He admitted to regularly consuming caffiene pills in 2007! That's it I am officially calling for his resignation from the House.

Oh good, another speech...

Just what we need, another speech...

WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will give a speech about the financial crisis on Monday, marking the anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the White House said.

"He will discuss the aggressive steps the Administration has taken to bring the economy back from the brink (and) the commitment to winding down the government's role in the financial sector," the White House said in a statement.