Obama: The Anti-American President, Pt. 9—An American Tragedy

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Submitted by Marcus on Thu, 2010-11-04 12:25

So there we have it. The newly elected Senator for Kentucky, Rand Paul, said, "We've come to take our government back,” and they have.

From President Obama’s own confused mouth he got a “shellacking” at Tuesday’s mid-term election. After the drunken debauchery of Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign, full of meaningless feel-good slogans of “hope and change” and “yes we can,” US voters have finally woken up to his anti-Americanism.

Giving Obama the worst mid-term defeat in 70 years and putting the GOP back in the majority in Congress with the staunch help of constitution-loving Tea Party favourites, declaring war on the despicable health reform bill, cap-and-trade bill and the crippling deficit—US voters sobered up after the post-election hangover of 2008 and had a long hard look at themselves in the mirror. Quite rightly they didn’t like what they saw. They felt dirty after their one-night stand with the dictatorphile Obamalini and swore themselves off the heady intoxication of Big Government led by a man with all the grace of a communist bull in a capitalist China-shop.

If the grass-roots Tea Party movement GOP backlash wasn’t enough, Obama seems to be alienating even his own supporters. They’ve had to endure the surreal spectacle during the mid-term campaign of Obama turning up on Jon Stewart’s comedy show mouthing the modified message, “Yes we can, but...” with a straight face. Doesn’t the President realise that when you turn up at a comedy show in a sombre tone you end up being the butt of the joke? I think he doesn’t, but the American public now do.

Obama is in serious trouble if he wishes to get re-elected in 2012. Voters have had enough of his toxic left-wing politics of the gulag with state-enforced health-insurance schemes and spreading the poverty around whilst apologizing for his country's existence to the rest of the world. They have come to a verdict. Obama is incompetent, inexperienced and vacuous. As President he lacks the ability to resonate with the public mood. He still behaves like the campaigner of 2008 with his slogans of empty rhetoric and bristling with indignation at anyone who dares disagree with him. Even when he talks about his “shellacking” at the hands of the GOP he manages to sound bumptious.

This is the President who promised to be bi-partisan and bring the country together but has been one of the most polarising political leaders in history, not just deepening racial and political divisions but actively rubbing salt in the wounds. This is the President who promised to reduce waste, corruption and special interests in Washington only to have presided over the most corrupt and wasteful Government spending binge in history. This the President who promised “hope and change” to his voters only to leave them in despair and agony. As one of his own supporters put it, “I’m exhausted from defending you.” This is a President who promised he would defend the country by getting tough with the Taleban, but so far has boasted about his exit strategy and kowtowed to his enemies.

President Obama is a great American tragedy, soon to be consigned to the dustbin of history.

The people have spoken. "We've come to take our government back.”

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Wishful Thinking, here's hoping:

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Again at Loudon's; "Any other president in history would have been brought down and impeached for any one of these scandals:

The NSA Debacle
IRS Persecution of Conservatives and Tea Party Groups
Fast and Furious
The Silencing of Journalists and Bloggers and the Use of the Lapdog Media as a Propaganda Tool Worthy of Goebbels
Printing Money and The National Debt
Consorting with Known Terrorists and Enabling Terrorist Activities
Bringing Foreign Entities into Our Intelligence and Scientific Agencies
Union Collaboration
Enabling and Promoting Marxist/Communist Entities
Election Fraud
Inciting Racial Unrest
Presidential Excess – Vacations, Parties, etc.
Violating Every Aspect of the US Constitution
Responsibility to Protect
The Gutting and Marginalizing of Our Military
The Mistreatment of Allies, Especially Israel
The Redistribution of Wealth
The Gutting and Marginalizing of Our Intelligence Agencies
Religious Persecution of Christians
Unconstitutional Laws Against the 2nd Amendment
Unconstitutional Search and Seizures
Taxation Without Representation
Committing Unauthorized Acts of War
Manipulation of the Financial Markets

Obama Arming Syrian Terrorists

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The Post said the secret CIA policy had the support of Republican Senator Bob Corker (TN), “who has pressed the Obama administration to do more to help the rebels.” Corker is the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee and voted for a resolution authorizing war in Syria.

Mike Flynn of Breitbart mocked Corker as one of the “big thinkers” in the Republican Party, who believes “that we aren’t arming jihadis quickly enough.”

A smuggler told NBC’s Engel that he had moved 300 foreign fighters from Turkey to Syria in the past four months, and many other smugglers are “doing exactly the same thing.” In al Qaeda-controlled areas of Syria, Engel reported how “Islamic justice” is meted out: public executions, and a man being whipped for marrying a woman too soon after her divorce.


Obama pushes home "castration" strategy

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Barack Obama urges US Senate to pass new Start treaty

Warhead reduction

Speaking the day after he signed into law an extension to wide-ranging tax cuts passed by his predecessor, President George W Bush, Mr Obama appealed to the Senate to put aside partisan differences and ratify the treaty.

Noting that arms control treaties with Russia had been supported by every US president from Ronald Reagan onwards, Mr Obama said the new treaty had backing from the military, from former presidents, and had been scrutinised by 18 Senate hearings over seven months.

Failing to pass the treaty would hit US credibility in the eyes of other nations, he added.

"We'll risk undermining American leadership not only on nuclear proliferation, but a host of other challenges around the world.

"Ratifying a treaty like Start isn't about winning a victory for an administration or a political party. It's about the safety and security of the United States of America."

The terms of the new treaty would restrict each nation to a maximum of 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads - a cut of about 30% from a limit set eight years ago.

The treaty would limit to 700 the number of deployed ballistic missiles or nuclear bombers.

It would also establish a new mechanism for sending inspectors to the other country's nuclear sites.

Since the previous Start treaty expired in December 2009, Russia and the US have not been able to conduct inspections of each other's nuclear stockpiles - leading to uncertainty about what the other side is doing.

"Every minute we drag our feet is a minute that we have no inspectors on the ground at those Russian nuclear sites," Mr Obama said in his address, adding: "It's time to get this done."

Republicans have raised a number of concerns, including whether the treaty would allow the modernisation of America's nuclear arsenal.

Senator Kit Bond, the most senior Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, condemned the treaty as "giving Russia essentially a vote on our missile defence decisions".

A vote is expected early next week.

Glenn Beck has lost the plot

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One small step for Obama, one giant leap for industry...

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Private rocket blasts off into space

"A rocket developed by internet entrepreneur Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies has lifted off and reached orbit.

Nasa is hoping the test flight will eventually lead to cargo runs to the International Space Station after its space shuttles are retired next year.

The Nasa-backed mission is also intended to test a new capsule system aimed at eventually delivering a crew to the ISS.

Space Exploration Technologies' Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying the company's first Dragon capsule.

Two more test flights are planned, though the company may decide to combine its remaining test flights and make a docking at the space station next summer.

The California-based firm, created by the co-founder of PayPal, is one of two companies holding a combined $3.5 billion in Nasa contracts to deliver cargo to the space station after the space shuttles are retired."

Private space capsule's maiden voyage ends with splash

"US President Barack Obama hopes the private sector can help fill the gap left by the retirement next year of the space shuttle fleet.

He envisages commercial ships ferrying supplies and astronauts to low-Earth orbit destinations like the ISS, while Nasa concentrates on developing a much more capable rocket and spaceship to venture out into the Solar System."


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The Republicans have stood firm on taxes & won, but they had no choice really. They have zero to lose playing hardball and everything to lose if they don't. Thanks Tea Party!

Obama is now in a hopeless position, completely of his own making. He faces an emboldened GOP who have to perform despite themselves. Obama will have to lift his game and ironically this could be the making of him. He has to act like a president and get with a pro-US, small gov program - even if he's not that into it. All due to the Tea Party!

He might feel like bombing North Korea right now.

Barack Obama gives way to Republicans over Bush tax cuts

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Have mercy! The exodus has begun!

Allies say president 'blackmailed' into extending tax cut for wealthier Americans which may cost $4tn in lost revenue

"Sabato said that the confrontation over taxes sets the tone for Obama's dealings with the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and an increasingly belligerent Republican leadership in the Senate next year.

"This is going to be a very inflexible Republican congress," he said.

In a statement from the White House last night, Obama sought to explain to the American people how he had come to agree to what many in his own party decried as a humiliating climbdown. He said that he had with regrets accepted compromise in order to spare millions of struggling Americans further pain in the form of rising taxes.

Obama made no attempt to disguise his contempt for the Republican position. He said he "completely disagreed" with their insistence that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest two per cent of Americans were made permanent.

"Economists from all across the political spectrum believe giving tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires does very little to grow our economy."

But he said that he felt he had no option but to swallow that element in order to loosen the Republican stranglehold which would have seen two million Americans lose their unemployment benefits by the end of this month and millions more face rising taxes.

"What is abundantly clear to everybody in this town is that the Republicans will block a permanent tax cut for the middle class unless they also get a permanent tax cut for the wealthiest Americans."

He conceded that the compromise would be unpopular equally among his supporters and opponents. But he said "I'm not willing to let working families across this country become collateral damage for political warfare here in Washington." "I think this is a symptom of the weakness that was produced November 2 which in turn was a symptom of the weakness produced by a bad economy and Obama's decisions."


Obama's annoyance at the climbdown was palpable.

Release of new Wikileaks secrets will blow Obama's image

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"With some 2.7 million communications from the US State Department about to be published online, Mr Obama is bracing himself for revelations that would not only be embarrassing but could also seriously damage his foreign policy.

Thousands of these documents are believed to be diplomatic cables from Washington to the US Embassy in London, including brutal assessments of Gordon Brown's personality and cold-eyed judgements of David Cameron's capabilities.

The ramifications for Mr Obama could be enormous. With his popularity flagging at home, one of his remaining political strengths has been his high standing abroad - assiduously cultivated in a series of speeches in which he apologised for past US actions and promised a kinder, gentler America.

Diplomatic cables are necessarily frank, a mirror image of the bland euphemisms offered up to the public after meetings between world leaders. The Obama administration has continued to play this game, uttering little of meaning to the press while swapping private barbs internally.

Mr Obama's problem over Wikileaks is that he promised to repair American relations with the world while at the same time vowing to change the rules of the game in Washington.

He was the type of American president, apparently straight from a West Wing episode, that Europeans had dreamed off.

The Wikileaks documents are likely to underline that he is still the US commander-in-chief and stands atop a system based on certain enduring American values and policies - and that he operates like most other politicians by saying one thing in public and another in private."

Will release of new Wikileaks secrets blow Obama's nice guy image?

US warns Wikileaks' Assange on possible leak

"The US has written to the founder of whistleblower site Wikileaks, Julian Assange, requesting him not to release a cache of diplomatic files.

The release of classified State Department documents is against US law and will put "countless" lives at risk, the letter warns.

Wikileaks says it is set to unveil a new set of documents, bigger than past releases on Afghanistan and Iraq.

Mr Assange has said the US authorities are afraid of being held to account.

The latest leak is expected to include documents covering US dealings and diplomats' confidential views of countries including Australia, Britain, Canada, Israel, Russia and Turkey...

The British media said its government was bracing for the release, with the Sunday Times quoting an official who warned that British citizens in Muslim countries could be targeted in a backlash against perceived "anti-Islamic" views.

The UK Ministry of Defence has urged newspaper editors to "bear in mind" the national security implications of publishing any of the files.

The US government has already briefed a number of foreign governments, including the UK, about the issue."

Barack Obama pledges to push nuclear New Start treaty

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"Barack Obama today promised to push the New Start treaty on cutting US-Russian nuclear arsenals through the lame duck session of Congress, which begins this week.

Obama, speaking to reporters after a meeting with the Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, on the sidelines of an Asian economic summit in Seoul, said: "I reiterated my commitment to get the Start treaty done during the lame duck session, and I've communicated to Congress that it is a top priority."

But it is likely to be a cliffhanger, with the fate of the treaty dependent on only a handful of Republican senators and with less than four weeks of the congressional session left.

The Democrats have 59 votes in the 100-member Senate, but need eight Republicans to secure the necessary two-thirds majority to ratify the treaty.

The critical figure in deciding whether New Start lives or dies will be Senator Jon Kyl, the Republican whip, who has threatened to block the treaty until the administration spends more on modernising the existing arsenal.

The White House is trying to buy him off, offering him $4bn (£2.4bn) more late last week on top of billions already pledged for modernisation.

But Kyl, like other Republicans, is torn between doing a deal and all-out opposition to Obama."


Mr Decider returns to haunt Mr Nuance as George W. Bush returns

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"Say what you like about former President George W. Bush, but his sense of timing is impeccable. Just after his successor Barack Obama took a self-described "shellacking" at the polls, Dubya was back, mocking the current occupant of the White House by his very presence.

For the 43rd President, the return must have been sweet.

Obama was elected in large part because he was the unBush: biracial not bluebood; silky tongue, not foot-in-mouth; reflective not impetuous; cool rather than hot.

During the 2008 election campaign, Obama slammed Bush at every turn. Since then, the 44th President has almost ceaselessly blamed his predecessor for everything, even stooping to lambast Karl Rove, Bush's long-time aide, by name during the recent mid-terms campaign.

But the anti-Bush shtick soon wore thin. Two years after Obama was anointed, the halo around his head seemed distinctly tarnished. In his post-defeat interview with 60 Minutes, Obama was at his most listless and meandering, projecting all the certainty of a Hamlet on the Potomac.

Right on cue, Bush entered, stage Right, clutching a copy of his 497-page memoir Decision Points, a tome full of breezy certainty."


Barack Obama warns North Korea it faces deeper isolation

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How exactly will giving up Nukes help their people out of poverty? Is Obama planning on pumping up the North Koreans with money he doesn't have?

"Barack Obama has urged North Korea to engage with the international community over its nuclear programme or risk making the lives of its people even harsher.

"North Korea's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons will only lead to more isolation and less security. But there is another path available to North Korea," the US president told American troops in South Korea in a veterans' day ceremony to commemorate the Korean war.

Speaking at a US base about 60 miles south of the demilitarised zone dividing North and South Korea, Obama said Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme, and the sinking of a South Korean naval, mark a "path of confrontation and provocation"...

"If they choose to fulfil their international obligations and commitments to the international community, they will have the chance to offer their people lives of growing opportunity instead of crushing poverty," Obama told a cheering crowd of 1,400 troops packed into a gymnasium."


Obama visits homeland :-)

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The US president returned to Jakarta today, where he grew up as a child.

Obama lived in Jakarta until 10, and his return has been eagerly awaited by many Indonesians. Speaking after his arrival, the president said the country had changed dramatically since he left in 1971.

At Santo Fransiskus Asisi, the Catholic school Obama attended, the children have compiled a book of letters, reflecting the pride Indonesians feel about him.

At the other school he attended, the government school on Besuki Street in Menteng, Obama's photograph hangs in every classroom and his portrait adorns the assembly area. Next to it hangs a sign that reads: "It is good to be an important person but it is more important to be a good person."

His teacher, Bapak Effendi, was surprised by her former student's success. "When Barry's old classmates told me in 2006 that he wanted to be president I didn't believe he could," Effendi said. "He wasn't too strong in the brains department."

Widyanto Hendro, who sat next to Obama at the school, said that except for his appearance, "there wasn't anything special about him". "He was more special needs," he commented.

According to Hendro, Obama wanted "to be friends with everyone".

Does Obama want to be Cameron?

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BBC News

28 July 2010

David Cameron launches Indian trade drive

David Cameron has begun a two-day visit to India with the aim of strengthening relations and creating jobs in the UK.

The prime minister is leading what Downing Street describes as the largest UK trade delegation in living memory.

Beginning his tour in Bangalore, Mr Cameron will say he wants to make the UK the "partner of choice" for India...

He has also used the visit to speak about the relationship between India and Pakistan.

He said it was "unacceptable" for Pakistan to support any organisation involved in terrorism...

BBC News

8 November 2010

US-India ties 'to define century'

Washington and Delhi's relationship will be one of the century's defining partnerships, President Barack Obama and Indian PM Manmohan Singh have said.

On a visit to Delhi, Mr Obama said India was a world power, and both countries would work together to promote stability and prosperity.

In a speech to parliament later, he said he would address Delhi's bid for a permanent UN Security Council seat.

The US president is on a 10-day Asian tour designed to boost US exports...

At the weekend, he visited the scene of the 2008 attacks in Mumbai and criticised the pace of Pakistan's fight against militants within its borders...


Can David Cameron turn America's weakness into a strength?

"Mr Cameron's talks with his French and German counterparts have been expanded into video conferences with Mr Obama, which take place on a surprisingly regular basis."


Michael Moore Makeover

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Michael Moore could get a makeover and run for office himself. He could participate in "The Biggest Loser" to dump the weight and then move right into a special edition of "Extreme Makeover" to dump the slob look. After all, he cites reasonably groomed, fit, and attractive celebrities as successful politicians. Did he learn nothing from their achievements? Public successes with a double-barreled public makeover would get him good face time with Airhead America as well.

Of course, these actions would require him to swallow any false pride he might take in his current appearances, so these events will not likely occur.


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"Filmmaker MICHAEL MOORE is urging U.S. President BARACK OBAMA to improve the image of his Democratic party by pushing "beloved" stars such as TOM HANKS and OPRAH WINFREY to run for office.

The American leader and his political party suffered a series of humiliating results at the recent mid-term elections, and Sicko filmmaker Moore is convinced adding celebrity candidates to the Democrats' roster will boost their popularity at the polls.

He tells MSNBC, "(The Republican party) have actually run movie stars and won. They ran Ronald Reagan. Fred Thompson was a senator. Gopher from The Love Boat. Sonny Bono... When they run Hollywood, they win. When are the Democrats going to run Hollywood?"


In Obama's press conference...

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...I noticed he said something about talking to Pelosi about their agenda during the lame-duck season.

Does this mean Obama seriously wants to push last-minute legislation through the house before the Republicans get control?

Bi-partisan my ass!

Barack Obama is doomed – enter Mrs Clinton

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"To the rest of the world, it might have seemed that President Obama’s press conference after the defeat was an admission of personal failure. But it wasn’t: what went wrong was the economy’s fault, he argued – and, by extension, it was the fault of the electorate for not seeing that. Despite the best efforts of the Leftist-dominated media here to support St Barack, the people are having none of it. The result is that his failure to go down on his knees and repent of his big-state, high-spending, pro-bureaucracy, unemployment-boosting policies has left the punters even more choleric than they were already. If he really does want to be a one-term president, he’s going exactly the right way about it.

The anger was further stoked by the President’s decision to leave yesterday on a long trip to India and the Far East. Although it is being sold here as some sort of trade mission – though he is likely to find that whatever America might want to sell in that region, the locals can make it just as well and at a small fraction of the cost – his departure is viewed as an escape from the line of fire.

He is also being heavily criticised for going to a country with a recent history of terrorist outrages, necessitating a security operation that is adding a further large chunk to his country’s national debt. As well as his taking 500 staff, 13 aircraft and four helicopters have already flown in a fleet of cars and communications equipment, and no fewer than 34 US warships are said to be hovering off the coast. Some of his critics here were already drawing comparisons with the court of Louis XVI just before the French Revolution, and this hasn’t helped...

I have talked in New York this week to prominent supporters of Hillary Clinton, and their view is clear: St Barack cannot win in 2012, unless the Republicans (and this cannot be ruled out) put up a divisive candidate against him. They want Mrs Clinton to resign as Secretary of State and announce that she will seek the nomination. This would not be unprecedented: Jimmy Carter, with whom Mr Obama is increasingly compared, was challenged by Ted Kennedy in 1980, despite being the incumbent president. Mr Kennedy lost – but so too, subsequently, did Mr Carter. It is a precedent influential Democrats want Mrs Clinton to follow."


And, Scott, I really hate.....

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...being right about Scott Brown. He won election to the Senate as a Republican in Massachusetts and he had that great line about "it's the people's seat."

But great lines coupled with weakness and flummery only make you....well, another Reagan.

But you know, Scott, when you mention pigs, it does bring to mind that last scen in Animal Farm. I have to think: a human mind conceived that image and wrote that scene. We are yet capable of survival, of thriving, of greatness.

I have no political optimism, but cultural? Yes.


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I think you're right, Craig.

The trough is filled with such sweet treats that even the most virtuous pig is tempted.

It will take people of exceptional character to turn it around, and it remains to be seen whether any of these are those sorts of people.

Point is well taken re: Scott Brown.

Potential Tea Party Mascot - "a symbol of value"

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The moral defence of one’s freedom is fierce, unrelenting and does not involve compromise at any level!

This little guy would be a worthy mascot of Tea Party's and indeed he would be most worthy of the name "Reepicheep"

Reepicheep is a large mouse from Narnia who can talk. He carries a rapier and wears a red plume tucked in his golden circlet. Reepicheep is an experienced warrior, utterly fearless, and faultlessly courteous, particularly to noble ladies. He is also pugnacious and quick to defend any affront to his honor.

"the end of the beginning"

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You really think so, Scott? I don't expect much from them, because I expect most of them to become co-opted by the rest of the party, and in pretty short order. Scott Brown has shown himself to be pretty much a disappointment in the Senate, for example.

I really think the election results this week represent, at best, the Churchill quote above: it's not the beginning of the end, but, we hope, the end of the beginning. It will take a long time to convince something-for-nothing American voters to give up Social Security and Medicare, and the Tea Party politicians basically aren't talking about anything close to that. And yet, that's not some hoped-for ideal to be accomplished after Objectivism has become the dominant cultural force in America -- it is crucial, because these entitlements are choking this country to death. "Reforming" Social Security amounts to kicking the can down the street and letting some future someone else worry about the problem, and yet that's the most we hear.

You're right, power corrupts. And I'm afraid that we shall see, in sadly short order, just why that quote has endured.

Hard core Tea Partiers

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They are our hope, not GOP Johnny-come-lately types.

Power corrupts. We shall test the character of the new representatives by seeing whether they stay true to their pre-election promises...

Early Christmas presents?

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"Olbermann is the most detestable creature on television."

Not anymore!


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Olbermann is the most detestable creature on television. He reeks of evil. He gives me shudders of revulsion. Good riddance to the low-life.

I'm guessing ...

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... MSNBC suspended him because his Democratic contributions were so paltry.

More cheerful news...

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"The US broadcasting network MSNBC has suspended prime-time host Keith Olbermann for making political contributions.

The Politico news website said he had contributed to the campaigns of three Democratic candidates.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin said Olbermann had been suspended without pay.

During coverage of the US mid-term elections, Olbermann was one of the network's key presenters.

"Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay," Mr Griffin said, according to a statement quoted by the Huffington Post."


Great piece Marcus!

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Packed with punch! I'm delighted to see our predicted outcome for a republican congress coming to fruition. I'm pessimistic about the prospect of Obama loosing his next term but hopeful.

Thank you for the memories...

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I'm with Marcus. Any

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I'm with Marcus. Any momentum he had is gone. He got in on an anti-Bush sentiment, and mistook it as being love for him. (He was more a relief valve.) He then set priorities at odds with the actual realities in the nation and carelessly & arrogantly pushed them through. Key people of his original administration have now bailed on him. With the Fed now printing money the economy ain't going to get any better any time soon, and probably will get alot worse. His only chance for getting momentum back is to shift blame to the GOP somehow, and that's going to be the tactic. It won't work.

He will only get back in if the GOP blows it.

Obama fleeing to India?

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Along with Michelle, National Security Adviser James Jones, US Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner and Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Rajiv Shah.

I suspect that there will be investigations into his administration of mammoth proportions and wonder if there are trails that need to be dusted over?

Maybe I am overly optimistic...

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...some people think Obama will now have a new lease of life because his defeat will lower expectations and Obama will become the bi-partisan deficit cutter ala' Clinton.

However, the big difference was that Clinton wasn't in the middle of a recession and the "yes we can" rhetoric will continue to haunt him.

I always hear from the left-wing press how great Obama is at bi-partisan politics. I have not seen any indication of that.

He has just announced cross-party talks out one side of his mouth and out the other he says Obama-care will only be affected if a Republican is in the Whitehouse.

He says they can reach consensus on energy policy and the Bush tax-cuts.

Bizarrely enough in Obama's head this means bringing in a watered down cap-and-trade bill and removing the Bush tax cuts in exchange for promising not to raise other taxes.

He's seems to be tempting fate.

Amazingly Obama is the first US President who is unable to score any points on foreign policy. Even if he manages to pull something off overseas in the next two years it's not going to matter much to voters back home with rising unemployment and a flagging economy.

I think Obama is heading for two more years of fumble and bluster.

... would be rejected by the

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... would be rejected by the voters as "extreme"

That's a sign of how much the philosophical goal posts have been shifted I'm afraid.

I spend (too much) time posting on Kim Jong Hickey's site, and the NBR, and inevitably when I say I stand for laissez faire capitalism as the only economic system that supports freedom, I get classed as extreme.

And one of the numbnuts calling me extreme is constantly pushing the new socialist/state tyranny line of sustainability, and that in his mind a great example of how humanity could live sustainably are the Amish Smiling

Me extreme: yeah right.

(Good piece Marcus).

Stirring, Marcus ...

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... but I have a sickening feeling in my gut that it's too optimistic. Let's say it's down to Tea Party America vs. Airhead America. The former are essentially the good guys, the latter the bad. But even the good guys are seriously corrupted by welfarism, as demonstrated by their attacking Obamacare on the grounds that it compromises Medicare. Sacrificialism is rife among the good guys and the bad guys, its origin being mysticism in the former case and socialism in the latter.

Moreover, in these epistemologically bankrupt times, I fear that a Rand Paul running for president in 2012 would be rejected by the voters as "extreme" even if that meant returning Obamugabe (who isn't "extreme"?!!) in all his arrogant evil to the White House.

Truly, these are times to test men's souls, as someone said. Eye

I've a hyper-busy week or so ahead. When the dust has settled I'll do a Part 10.

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