Sunday, January 27, 2008

One more State of the Union rant from Bush, next one will be from Obama if there's elections, they are fair, and he is not assassinated!

First I want to say I am sick of the so called MSM experts saying how surprised they were as to the election turn out. There is no surprise here only a myriad of potential pitfalls and road blocks. Obama is the man! I would prefer Edwards in front but the people want Obama and he is not a blip. he is our next President unless any one of a myriad of nightmare scenarios crop up to keep the chief slime ball at the helm.

I am really pleased that we hopefully have only one more childish tantrum from Bushie to listen to. President Bush gets what may be his final chance to steer the public debate Monday night in his last State of the Union address. With his aides privately acknowledging the moments Bush can be relevant are dwindling, the president is expected to press for a shortened list of proposals. With his legacy in mind, he'll urge Congress to extend some key initiatives of his tenure: tax cuts, the No Child Left Behind law, the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq.
Bush will be speaking under circumstances different from before, however, with economic fears roiling the country and the war in Iraq and terrorism concerns in the background, at least temporarily. The president is expected to urge swift passage of a $150 billion economic-stimulus package of tax rebates and other measures, which House leaders and the White House — but not the Senate — have agreed to, according to White House officials and others. He'll also press for the extension of a law that allows expanded electronic eavesdropping, including on communications that transit U.S. territory. The law is scheduled to expire Friday. On foreign policy, the president is expected to argue that the buildup of nearly 30,000 additional U.S. troops in Iraq improved that country's security. He'll tout his administration's commitment to Israeli-Palestinian peace and its efforts against AIDS and hunger in the developing world, particularly in Africa. Bush's proposed last tantrum

Before I get on to Obama yesterday we discussed what appears to be an obvious comm. pack on his back and a camouflaged ear piece in his ear and the fact that someone was caught whispering answers to Romney during his debate. We can not have another president that is controlled by others. That said, all the ignorance Bush is going to rant in his UnPresidential address tomorrow should be once again ignored for our benefit with the exception of that tax rebate for Businesses as he will falsely use that against us saying we are hurting the poor and the working class who get no benefit out of it anyway as you and I know!

Now once again voter fraud accusations rear their head in relation to the electronic voting machines. That never ends and never will as long as those underhanded machines are used. Speaking of them I do not recall hearing anything about the New Hampshire recount. Plus I understand Florida who relies on those machines exclusively is very concerned and nervous if there is another close election. That is not the big issue to me. That is only one of the numerous tools available today to underhandedly control the outcome of an election as you all know.

* My big concern is what is incorrectly being called a non issue, Race, during the presidential race it will be an issue! it speaks well for us as Democrats but we are not the entire electorate. It speaks as to the worthlessness of the so called experts in the MSM who were once again wrong and say Obama's landslide victory redefines the race. Not for me, nothing has change. Obama is still a given!

This great news to me but brings with it memories and concern! Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is expecting Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy to endorse Barack Obama for president. A Clinton campaign source tells CNN's Suzanne Malveaux the campaign was told "that Ted Kennedy is endorsing Obama and expecting it." Kennedy's niece, Caroline Kennedy, endorsed Obama today in a New York Times op-ed entitled, "A President Like My Father." political ticker

** Now my very real, Deep concern: the MSM says Race is not a concern here and they are dead wrong. It is not a concern of mine or many others in the Democratic party but remember this is only the Primary. I absolutely 100% expect Obama to be our nominee and will be our next President. However Caroline's endorsement of Obama saying he is most like her Father eliciting the support of the masses makes me remember one of my many concerns for these elections. As her Father was assassinated I fully believe that is a very real concern when it comes to running for the Presidency. There are many as you know, in the Republican party who will never accept it.

** I absolutely expect an attempt on his life if it looks like he will be elected. That would be just one of the excuses that may be caused by Bush's interests but it would give Bush his chance to curtail elections due to great revolt by the masses and declare martial law keeping him at the helm of his new (dis)order Forever wars!

James Joiner
Gardner Ma


TomCat said...

AAP, I'm not sure I'll even watch Bush's lie fest. I wouldn't be too sure Obama will get the nomination. Although he leads Clinton and Edwards in pledged delegates so far 63-48-26, Clinton leads him and Edwards in the total delegate count 230-152-61. 20% of the delegates at the convention will super delegates, party insiders with no obligation to follow the will of the voters

an average patriot said...

you know I am peeved at our election proccess. It is so set up to ignore we the people. i believe if nothing underhanded occurs he will be the nominee then as you read it really gets tenuous!
I have to laugh! I have a hard time even looking at Bush's face then he has to worsen it by opening his damn mouth. I couldn't watch his spew but I force myself to watch the highlights so I can disseminate it!

Todd Dugdale said...

I think Hillary's peak is over, and the superdelegates will largely see that by the time the Covention comes around. Also, her underhanded tactics in Michigan and Florida will disenchant the Party faithful, which superdelegates certainly are.

She signed a pledge not to campaign or participate in Michigan or Florida after the Party placed sanctions on those states. Now she is trying to claim that putting your name on the ballot is not "participating". This sounds more like something I would expect from semantically-driven Republicans. At any rate, thumbing your nose at the Party's decrees is not a good way to win support of the Party faithful.

Aside from that, I strongly feel that her nomination would greatly increase the Republican turnout whereas otherwise they would tend to sit the election out. She is so strongly hated that many Republicans would vote for the Devil Himself in order to see her lose. We really don't need that, especially if McCain is the opponent. This would also turn many more Republicans out in close Senate races, since they would already be there in the booth voting for President. We really, really don't need that!

The Republicans are divided, dispirited, and disillusioned. The only thing that could motivate and unify them now is their hatred of Hillary, which is why they've been salivating at her "inevitability".

Run a young, charismatic, and optimistic candidate against an old, bitter man who promises more wars and who backs Bush. Republicans will stay home cursing and grumbling, because they hate a loser and they sure don't want to vote for one.

an average patriot said...

That's funny, I was just on your site thinking I haven't heard from you in a while. I do not like Hillary. Maybe she is fighting too hard to get out from under the Woman Moniker.
Her and Bill combined are too much and screwed her over. As you point out, she is very underhanded and has learned the lessons well fom the chief underhander and I believe it will backfire on her.
There is no one that can beat the forcefulness and demeaner of Obama as long as this is kept on the up and up and I really don't expect it!

Larry said...

What does this tell you Jim:

Leadership by manufactured EMERGENCY is fraudulent leadership

Carolyn Bennett

Nothing strikes more to the heart of fraudulent leadership than leadership by emergency. And nothing illustrates the point with greater poignancy than this week’s pinnacled humanitarian crisis in the Occupied Territories of Palestine (not to mention Afghanistan and Iraq’s continuing humanitarian crises) and the Bush-Pelosi-Reid emergency stimulus package— like emergency war funding for endless war—to stem a recession crisis they created. Leadership by manufactured emergency— no matter who commits it— is fraudulent leadership.

Israeli extremists or Zionists’ taking of Palestinian land and livelihood has been backed by British and U.S. power for more than 60 years, extending to post-World War One. The occupiers and their supporters, rolling over attempts at defense and liberation, have walled in more than a million people cutting off their access to food, medicine, fuel, the basics of life; hounding and murdering them by lethal weaponry, checkpoints and aerial surveillance. This week the wall came down between Gaza and Egypt and the people crossed in search of basics most people take for granted, bread and fuel. By the weekend Egyptian authorities were forcing Palestinians back behind the walls. Protesters in the U.S. and around the world are conducting emergency protests this weekend, demanding that world governments call Israel cease the siege on Gaza.

As screams echo in the desert the government in Washington floods news pages with a $150 billion emergency response to another emergency it created. This manufactured, compounding emergency of falling world stock markets and crashing corporate capitalists caused by the world’s biggest consumer hatches yet another cure in reckless emergency. Don’t save, spend.

"It amounts to a mandate from the government for Americans to go out and spend, spend, spend," an Al Jazeera reporter noted last week.

People who are not CEOs, homeowners or heads of boards can drink the runoff. It sounds a lot like sewage running off Israeli settlements into Palestinian camps.

During the meeting of the well-off at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week a Nobel laureate in economics, Joseph Stiglitz, commented to the Guardian and the Independent on Washington’s leadership by emergency. His view of the falling markets, recessions, and one hundred and fifty billion-dollar borrowed stimulus was worst than voodoo economics. A people are in terrible straits when they cannot trust their institutions, including the institutions of the Presidency and Congress.

"[Tracing] the current crisis back to the White House’s tax cuts of 2001, with the predictable problem of Americans being asked to take out mortgages they could not afford being compounded by the Iraq war, soaring oil prices and over-consumption to the extent that the U.S. savings rate fell to zero for the first time since the Great Depression, Mr. Stiglitz said ‘the American economy was sustained on borrowed money and borrowed time,’ and called for a program of Federal spending to reduce the risk of a slump." His conclusion was that "‘What we have now are the foreseeable consequences of bad economic management....

"The Fed is trying to solve a crisis of its own making."

"The Fed under Ben Bernanke was as guilty as his predecessor Alan Greenspan in seeking to prop up financial markets and create a ‘moral hazard’," the Guardian quoted Morgan Stanley economist Stephen Roach. It’s a "‘dangerous, reckless and irresponsible way to run the world’s largest economy.’"

The emergency cure of the emergency government created may or may not be propping up the rich. But it clearly is not and will not prop up the far-from-rich. If a Philadelphia story in Reuters this week is any indication, the far-from-rich will remain farther from rich.

According to the article, "Many of the poorest people in the United States are still struggling to recover from the effects of a recession that ended six years ago, making them very vulnerable as the country stands on the brink of a new downturn." Again that emergency-making tax ploy. The article went on to say that groups concerned with poverty have noted "that two rounds of tax cuts by Congress during the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush have failed to trickle down to the nation’s poor."

Which recalls government intent raised in last week’s article in this space. Quoted in Anup Shah’s Global Issues files, that 1940s and 50s U.S. State Department official, unconcerned with twenty-first century "political correctness," minced no words:

"Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity.…To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives.…We should cease to talk about vague and… unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better."

Together with colossal economic disasters and Middle East crises, count the emergencies (leadership by emergency) perpetrated in recent memory by Washington.

Ignoring intelligence before and pertaining to the events of September 11, 2001.

Attacking, torturing and murdering defenseless people, assassinating their leaders and heads of state, and destabilizing an entire region.

Supporting nuclear armed Israel, Pakistan, India, and threatening other countries amidst decades-old vestiges of colonialism, conflict, humanitarian crises, living disparities, and human rights abuses.

Failing to use properly the power of government to promote the general domestic welfare by regulating capitalists, state and commercial enterprises, including banking, trade and media, on behalf of the people.

Handing out a few hundred temporary dollars while promoting the outsourcing labor and foreclosing opportunities for being hired and earning living wages.

Suspending rules and standards— failing to account for globalization and its impact—concerned with protecting the environment and food, water, prescription drugs and a variety of institutions, consumer goods and services from airlines to zoos, quality education to bridges and roads, human rights and international law, to community, caring and common decency.

Al Jazeera and other news sources bring home the domestic and international human costs of failing to care. A compelling example relates to food and motor fuel. Hummers, SUVs and even small cars running on biofuels or a combination of biofuels and gasoline cause carbon dioxide pollution and starvation.

Indonesia in Southeast Asia is struggling with a potential food crisis because of rapidly increasing prices in basic food stuffs. Soya bean prices have doubled on the world market in recent months. Why? Because of shifting U.S. production affecting local farmers and local affordability. "A U.S. energy bill signed into law last September encouraged a massive increase in the production of biofuels like ethanol. [And] Soya bean and corn, once used mostly for food, are now being converted into fuel. That means soaring prices for Indonesia’s ‘food of the poor.’"

It occurs to me that Americans’ cult of individualism or self reliance buttered with "personal charity" is just plain selfishness compounded by greed and a misplaced sense of entitlement. The government in Washington is the embodiment of this rit large. We don’t live in the woods; we live in a world made of rich varieties of people and histories and conditions and we need to care genuinely for them (equaled not as charity but humanity) as we care for ourselves. What we have holding the reins of power in Washington is dishonesty, corruption at its core. Leadership as cycles of manufactured emergencies is no leadership. If leadership at all, it is fraudulent leadership.

Brother Tim said...

Whoooooie, Jim. I don't know what to say, but your fears are well grounded.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

Just Like Her Daddy and Worse

The Princess Royal of the Kennedy clan, who has herself accomplished nothing in life except being born to wealth and privilege, has draped her father's moth-eaten cloak on Barack Obama, who, in her father's White House, would have been a footman or cook. Say what you will about Obama, he got there himself without the benefit of a rich daddy or corrupt political machine. He may be more unprepared to be president and more disastrous for this country than was JFK, but we hope, at least, that he will be impervious to "love notes" from middle-aged political camp followers who are still trying to be influential without ever being relevant.

Tomorrow the black sheep of the family, Sen. Ted Kennedy, will follow in his niece Caroline's footsteps and endorse Obama at American University. It is still possible that some Kennedy cousin might endorse Hillary; perhaps the other murderer or the rapist.

an average patriot said...

This article ells me I or we have ben 100% dead spot on about absolutely everything but it is worth nothing unless as I keep saying, we caan get someone of consewuence to realize it and pick up the flag.
Leadership by manufactured EMERGENCY is fraudulent leadership
Carolyn Bennett
I am sickened that it is obvious to a blind man what has been going on and I am afraid it has been allowed to go too long. It is now beyond control, again as I have said numerous times primarily because 1. Bush has been allowed to go too far in his plan and 2. because other countries around the world have now been activated thanks to Bush and they will not be controlled.
Thus you have leadership by emergencies that will never end. That means getting back to numerous discussions of ours, that Bush will be ensured the excuse to stay at the helm and prosecute his Forever wars.

an average patriot said...

Who said it is unimportant but yesterday someone asked me if I ever went through my archives and noticed that my predictions have been eerily dead on. I don't but In response to what may happen today I will pull up articles I wrote years ago because they are spot on and apply to today!
I am afraid you can bank on the fact that the end scenario is dead on and it will allow many things Anon, Larry, and myself have discussed often. Larry sent an article in this section that proves we have been dead on beginning to end.
As I continuously tell him, by the time a so called expert wakes up and writes about a problem it is already to far along to stop. Somebody has to wake up quick and pay attentoin to us in the trenches, with sense and brains and run with it!

an average patriot said...

Before Obama announced his intention I discussed him reunning on Kos, Then I thought he was a good man for the job but needed more training.
However, today knowing he is not stupid I know he will listen to all the good advice around him not before he ignores it as bush the decider does, but knowing a good Commender is only as good as the leaders he surrounds himself with, he will listen.
As you read though it is a monstrous concern of mine that there are interests on the right that will not allow a Black in office and thus the excuse will be provided for Bush to declare martial Law and stay at the helm of his created new (dis)order Forever Wars.

TomCat said...

AAP, just in case you watch it tonight, long experience has taught me that barf bags alone are not up to the task. Last year I filled two hefty bags, assorted kitchen bowls, my neighbor's pockets, and my shoe.

an average patriot said...

you're funny! the more I hear about what he is going to say and what he wants to get done before he leaves the more pissed I am getting. Barf Bags wouldn't work for me I need someone close enough to vent on verbally or physically. I just finished putting my story together for today. I now absolutely expect at least an assassination attempt on Barrak if he gets the nomination.