thewayne: (Cyranose)
"With Congress you have to get everybody in a room. You have to get them to agree with what you want. You have to get people in, grab 'em, hug 'em, kiss 'em, and get the deal done. But it's got to be that deal that you want."
—Donald Trump

Obama was not a schmoozer, and Congress runs on getting greased. Be it money, PR, pork for their district or state, or other forms of enrichment: Congress wants greased. Obama didn't play the game the way they were used to playing it. I saw a piece written about him where an aide said that A Person wanted another photo with him, and he didn't understand why because he knew they already had a photo with him.

I think he's improved on this, but I think his not playing the game hampered a lot of legislative work being done.
thewayne: (Cyranose)
"These days, I look in the mirror and I have to admit, I'm not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be."
—Barack Obama, at the White House Correspondents Dinner

I hope Fox News and Glenn Beck burst an artery when he said this. I recorded the Correspondents Dinner on our Tivo, haven't watched it yet. I am quite looking forward to it, Obama does pretty good self-deprecating comedy.
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"He's going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the U.N., and what is going to happen when that happens? I'm thinking the worst. Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe. And we're not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations, we're talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy."
—Texas county judge Tom Head, on President Obama

He goes on to say: "OK, what do you think he is going to do when that happens? He is going to call in the U.N. troops, personnel carriers, tanks and whatever." And your evidence on this is what, exactly? Why hasn't he done this already in his term if he was going to do it? Head is the county judge in Lubbock county, which is the highest county elected official, and he's been in office since 1999. Among other things, he's in charge of sanity hearings. In a fuller version of the quote, he says that Obama will bring in U.N. troops. Most countries know how many guns are in the U.S., somehow I don't think they'd send their troops in here. Much less the fact that, contrary to how most people think, the U.N. doesn't really have a standing army.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-lubbock-judge-20120824,0,2611163,full.story

http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/23/us/texas-judge-warning/index.html
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"The real war on women has been the job losses as the result of the Obama economy."
—Mitt Romney

I read that when the economy started tanking in '08 that men lost more jobs than women. I would expect that this also represents that more men than women are employed, but I can't back that up. I read recently that employment numbers are showing that more men than women are getting the new jobs that are coming online, but I don't remember if that percentage reflects how the jobs were originally lost.
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I just can't believe people are still pursuing this. But the worst part is the paragraph talking about RNC candidates courting his support. Then again, that could be an excellent barometer: if Arpaio supports someone, good reason to vote against them.

http://news.yahoo.com/arpaio-investigates-obamas-birth-certificate-083908041.html
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"I'm not going to eat Barack Obama's dogfood."
— Mitt Romney

Umm, Mitt, you're mixing analogies. I think you're looking for the phrase "I'm not going to drink Obama's Koolade." Eating your own dog food is normally associated with software companies. Microsoft eats their own dog food: their employees use MS operating systems, office software, etc. If they didn't, they would be roundly ridiculed. Technically, as long as you're accepting money as a Congresscritter, you're eating Obama's dog food. If you stop taking your Congressional pay check and benefits and health care, pay for all of your staff yourself, pay rent for your Congressional office, then I would say you're not eating his dog food.
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Written by a psych professor who talks about Obama as a leader being unable to tell compelling stories with clear villains, among other things. He talks about essentially Obama allowing himself to be bullied by the RNC and others instead of standing up to them, and in the process, really surrendering the power of his office. I found it interesting and more than a little sad, I don't think he is what we needed, which is not to say that I think McCain/Palin was a better choice.

The prof was on Talk of the Nation a couple of days ago.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/07/opinion/sunday/what-happened-to-obamas-passion.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print
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Gee, ya think? "...54 percent of those surveyed say Bush is responsible for the "current condition" of the economy, compared to just 27 percent who blame Obama. Among self-described independent voters, a key 2012 voting bloc, the number shifts slightly: 49 percent point the finger at the former GOP president, while 24 percent blame Obama."

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/voters-blame-bush-more-obama-economy-143014602.html


Here's the stupid thing: when we had a default in the 80's due to an accounting/computer error, THE ADDITIONAL INTEREST NEVER WENT AWAY. It wasn't much, I believe the number that I heard was 0.03%, or maybe 0.3% (yes, hundredths of a percent), but it was on THE ENTIRE DEBT, not just the amount that was defaulted on. I heard a report that studied this specific time frame, and they couldn't see the higher interest rate ever going away due to the constant fluctuations of interest rates.

Congress raised the debt limit SEVEN TIMES for Bush. They'd better get off their butts and raise it for Obama, or they're REALLY going to see an economy tank! They're also going to have to cut sacred cows like defense and some entitlement programs because that's where the real money is, not this nickle and diming that they're trying to pass as substantial cuts.

I think if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling they're pretty much going to guarantee a (D) win in next year's elections and could well totally turn the country against them.
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"Our current president came out of nowhere. Came out of nowhere. In fact, I'll go a step further. The people that went to school with him, they never saw him; they don't know who he is. It's crazy."
— Donald Trump

"Look, I didn't say that...If he was three years old or two years old or one year old and people remember him, that's irrelevant."
— Donald Trump, after CNN played him documentary clips of Hawaiians reminiscing about the schoolchild Obama

ROFLMAO! He really needs to give up this line. And will politicians, in general, ever learn that if they knowingly lie or speak falsely that it can be discovered almost instantly and rebroadcast all over the blogsphere for which we shall ridicule them?
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"Maybe it says he's a Muslim. I don't know."
— Donald Trump, on Obama's birth certificate

"Personally, I think it is brilliant."
— Trump advisor Roger Stone, on raising the birth certificate issue

It would appear that Trump's adviser's memory doesn't extend past 2008 or so. If this is indicative of the quality of his advisers, he stands even less of a chance than I originally thought. A birth certificate may show the religion(s) of the parents, but that's hardly a label that applies to a person later in life if they choose to follow some other faith.

Here's a couple of Snopes cites for The Edification of The Donald and The Roger:
Obama's Hawaiian birth certificate is valid: http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthcertificate.asp
Obama's Kenyan birth certificate is a forgery: http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthers/kenyacert.asp

And better yet: The Donald produced his own birth certificate, but it wasn't an official birth certificate: http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0311/Trump_fails_to_produce_birth_certificate.html. So maybe Trump was born in Kenya and he had the document altered to make it look like Obama was born there! Well played, Mister Trump, well played.
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"I'm just asking President Obama to show the public his birth certificate. Why's he making an issue out of this?"
— Donald Trump

I guess he's had his head in the sand for the last 3 or so years? It's nice to see that the Birthers have a new rallying point.

For The Donald's edification (would that be his Secret Service code name if he were elected?), here's a Snopes link for him to peruse.

The last paragraph of one such link had some very interesting content:

"In August 2008, Philadelphia attorney Philip Berg filed suit in U.S. District Court challenging Barack Obama's eligibility for the presidency on the grounds that Obama was actually born in Kenya (not Hawaii) and/or subsequently gave up his U.S. citizenship and thus does not qualify as a native-born citizen of the U.S. Lawsuits over candidates' eligibility are not uncommon: similar lawsuits (none of them successful), for example, have been filed challenging the citizenship status of John McCain (who was born in the Panama Canal Zone), challenging the Wyoming residency status of Dick Cheney (who was born in Wyoming but moved to Texas), and challenging the citizenship status of 1964 Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater (who was born in Arizona before that territory was admitted as a state)."
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"What's most telling about these encounters is the absence of fear on the part of the citizens challenging Obama...Citizens feel free to criticize Obama with impunity."
-- WSJ's James Taranto on Obama backyard chats

I would have no problem telling off Obama, I would gladly have told off Bush 2. I got to tell off a US Representative to his face when he voted against health care reform. Anyone is fair game for criticism if they're not doing the job right or standing up to their promises and beliefs.
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"This is a president that you know less about than any other president in history."
-- Mississippi governor Haley Barbour on Obama

I guess they don't get the internet and Wikipedia down in Mississippi? And books and libraries? Or is it just willful ignorance and pandering to "conservative" media?
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"America was built by people who reject everything Imam Obama stands for, reject everything Imam Obama is doing...Obama's propaganda is the propaganda of failed, dead regimes: the old Soviet Union, Cuba. Obama's railing against capitalism. He's railing against private property...Barack Obama is the antithesis of the founding of this country...Had Obama been around at the founding of this country and had he been known, he would be a joke in American history books today."
-- Rush Limbaugh

Let's see.

1. Obama is not a Muslim, he's a Christian. With the rhetoric being thrown around, some days it's hard to tell the difference.
2. Obama is not an Imam, which is a prayer leader or a mosque leader. I think it's in Shi'ah an Imam is perfect, cannot sin, and must be followed.
3. Railing against capitalism, when unregulated capitalism and greed is one of the major causes of the current recession, doesn't sound like a bad thing to me. Perhaps a little less greed would be good for the country.
4. Railing against private property? He wants to let Bush's tax cuts for the richest of the rich expire to help the rest of the country and these tax cuts are a significant amount of money. That's a bad thing?
5. Using Rush's definition, Rush is the antithesis of reason.
6. And had Rush been around at the founding of this country, Burr or one of the other founders would have probably shot him.
thewayne: (Default)
"He personally told Muslims he is a Muslim. Read his lips."
-- RNC committeewoman Kim Lehman tweeting about Obama

"[In his Cairo speech] it didn't appear to me he said Christianity was part of his religion."
-- Lehman, explaining her tweet

"I'm a Christian."
-- Obama, in the speech she refers to

I recently received an email from my dad that Michelle couldn't travel with Barack in to Islamic countries because he's a secret Muslim. On the trip in question, the only Muslim country he went to was Turkey, which is about as secular as they come. Here's the specific Snopes debunking that particular one: http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/sharia.asp
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"Glenn's like the high school government teacher so many wish they'd had."
-- Sarah Palin

"Please, America, take this man for what he says....Read Mein Kampf."
--Glenn Beck on Obama

"Is this where we're headed?"
-- Beck, showing photos of Hitler, Stalin and Lenin

You know, I've had a couple of morons over the years. I had an electronics teacher who, in 1978, thought transistors and vacuum tubes were a swell idea and integrated circuits were a passing fad. I had a computer teacher in college who thought Cobol wasn't used much any more (it's STILL the largest installed base of code in the world and now supports an object model including inheritance and polymorphism, along with database functionality). But if I had a teacher like Beck, I'd change schools to get as far away from him as possible.

Speaking of Beck, well, speaking of Birthers, Hawaii passed a law that the department of vital records can ignore repeat requests for Obama's birth certificate if they receive more than one from the same person in one year.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/14/us/politics/14hawaii.html
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1989057,00.html
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I got another such POS from my dad today and wrote the following reply:

(the email said that he attended an LA college under his father's name and got the Fulbright scholarship as an Indonisian student. It also said that the Supreme Court was about to hear the birth certificate lawsuit.)

HOAX. He attended the LA college under his own name and was called Barry Obama by other students. Leo Donofrio's lawsuit was denied by the Federal Court in NJ and never taken up by the Supreme Court. The Fullbright program does not fund students from Indonesia, another blatant falsehood. And though it's been clipped from this forwarding, the original story circulated with an alleged date from the Associated Press of April 1, 2010. Hmmm, what else is April 1?

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthers/occidental.asp

(It then went on to say that he traveled to Pakistan on a non-American passport.)

This forwarded message is actually two hoaxes. The Pakistan travel hoax is false because Pakistan was not on the no-travel list at that time. There were extended travel advisories at that time, which are basically warnings that there are dangerous areas and events going on. But there was no restriction on travel, so he would have had no problem going there on an American passport.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/passport.asp

(I came across this while researching the previous and liked it.)

This is an interesting piece on people in the military who refuse to travel because they doubt Obama's citizenship and have sued to prevent deployment. Obama's birth certificate has been shown on national television by the Hawaii Secretary of State as authentic. In fact, all of these suits have been dismissed and a judge has fined a lawyer for filing these suits because the lawyer abused their privilege to make the suit a personal political agenda.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthers/carter.asp


HE WAS BORN IN HAWAII, GET OVER IT!


He was elected. He inherited a crappy economy. Who was in office for the previous eight years? Was the budget deficit growing or shrinking when they went in to office? What was the deficit doing when they left?

If you don't like Obama, vote him out in the next election. I don't like some of the things he has done (and hasn't done) on many issues, but he's still the President. In fact, overall, I can't say that I really like him. But I like him a lot more than the previous President. The simple fact is that I think it's going to be impossible for one president to do everything you want done. I don't have the same agenda that you have, so how can one man represent both of us? HE CAN'T. COMPROMISE ON ISSUES IS ESSENTIAL.


Also, I LOVE SNOPES.
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"It's very interesting to be with him. The most important thing that distinguishes him from many other people -- I won't name anyone by name -- he's a thinker. He thinks when he speaks."
-- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, on Obama

No comment, but a sincere ROFLMAO!
thewayne: (Default)
Somehow, I'm not surprised.

"Agencies under the Obama administration cite security provisions to withhold information more often than they did under the Bush administration. For example, the 'deliberative process' exemption of the Freedom of Information Act was used 70,779 times in 2009, up from the 47,395 of 2008. Amusingly, the Associated Press has been waiting three months for the government to deliver records on its own Open Government Directive."

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9EFRPJG0&show_article=1

http://politics.slashdot.org/story/10/03/18/1851243/Obama-Administration-Withholds-FoIA-Requests-More-Often-Than-Bushs?art_pos=26
thewayne: (Default)
"They let a cowboy president try to act in an extra-constitutional way to violate a fundamental principle in the Constitution, all without having done their homework in advance."
-- Karl Rove, on how the Obama administration handled the coup in Honduras

Mr. Pot, meet Mr. Kettle.

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