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THIS PISSES ME OFF!!!, all he does is TALK TALK TALK, and no action! Yes,  he has given people that work for the fed extra benefits, but guess what Obama, not many of us work for the fed!

And to all those people that say “He’ll get around to gay rights once the economy and health care reform is fixed”, here’s a news flash!!!  Gay rights will always be at the bottom of Obama’s “things to do” list because the only time he cares about us is when he wants something FROM US, like your hard earned MONEY.

President Barack Obama will focus “at the right time” on how to overturn the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on gays serving openly in the military, his national security adviser said Sunday.

“I don’t think it’s going to be — it’s not years, but I think it will be teed up appropriately,” James Jones said.

The Democratic-led Congress is considering repealing the 1993 law. Action isn’t expected on the issue until early next year.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., recently wrote Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked to share their views and recommendations on the contentious policy. In Sept. 24 letters, Reid also asked for a review of the cases of two U.S. officers who were discharged from the military because of their sexuality.

“At a time when we are fighting two wars, I do not believe we can afford to discharge any qualified individual who is willing to serve our country,” Reid wrote.

Jones said Obama “has an awful lot on his desk. I know this is an issue that he intends to take on at the appropriate time. And he has already signaled that to the Defense Department. The Defense Department is doing the things it has to do to prepare, but at the right time, I’m sure the president will take it on.”

As a candidate, Obama signaled support for repealing the law. To the disappointment of gay-rights supporters, he has yet to made a move since taking office in January. The White House has said it will not stop the military from dismissing gays and lesbians who acknowledge their sexuality.

Last year, 634 members of the military were discharged for being gay, or .045 percent of the active-duty U.S. force, according to an Aug. 14 congressional report.

The largest number of gays who were ousted under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy came in 2001, when 1,227 were discharged, or .089 of the force.

The House is considering legislation to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” and allow people who have been discharged under the policy to rejoin the military.

Jones appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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We all know that Bush cannot count any higher than five, so Cheney and Rumsfeld did all the dirty work for him.  I will tell you what we should have done to avoid having any embarrassing detainee shit leaked out into the media.  The day after 9-11, we should have carpet bombed the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan into rubble.  Fuck the rag heads if they don’t like it!  We put up with way too much shit from these Arab assholes who think we are too harsh, and meanwhile they are chopping off people’s hands for stealing food, because they are fucking hungry!  Jackasses!

Yoo: Bush okayed torture to outwit defense lawyers

Stephen C. Webster – rawstory.com
Published: Thursday January 29, 2009

It comes as no surprise that the Bush administration had little love for lawyers. Long before the “Attorneygate” scandal developed around the firing of nine US Attorneys in his second term, former President George W. Bush spent a good amount of the time bashing trial lawyers whenever he had the opportunity.

And it was just recently revealed that Bush appointee Bradley Schlozman, who supervised civil rights and voting rights lawyers from 2003 to 2006, thought his charges were little more than a bunch of “mold spores,” “commies” and “crazy libs.”

But now, in a Thursday editorial published by the Wall Street Journal, John Yoo, the former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, explained that the Bush administration’s torture programs, for which he co-authored the legal justifications, were initially designed to outwit crafty defense attorneys.

“The first thing any lawyer will do is tell his clients to shut up,” writes Yoo. “The [Khalid Sheikh Mohammeds] or Abu Zubaydahs of the future will respond to no verbal questioning or trickery — which is precisely why the Bush administration felt compelled to use more coercive measures in the first place.”

Yoo neglects to mention, however, that before the Supreme Court stepped in, terror defendants were using military lawyers. Nor does he mention that that judge advocate generals (JAGs) for the Army, Air Force and Marines later “said they expressed their concerns as the policy was being hashed out at the Pentagon in March and April 2003.”

“Though their letters to the Defense Department’s general counsel are classified, sources familiar with them said the lawyers worried that broadly defined, tough interrogation tactics would not only contravene long-standing military doctrine — leaving too much room for interpretation by interrogators — but also would cause public outrage if the tactics became known,” Josh White wrote for The Washington Post in 2005.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who chaired the 2005 Armed Services subcommittee hearing, told the top military lawyers then, “If they had listened to you from the outset, we wouldn’t have a lot of the problems we’ve dealt with.”

Evidently, the Bush administration did not listen to them.

In his time with the Department of Justice, John Yoo co-authored the Patriot Act and helped craft legal justifications for the Bush administration’s torture programs and the NSA’s full-spectrum spying apparatus.

“Relying on the civilian justice system not only robs us of the most effective intelligence tool to avert future attacks, it provides an opportunity for our enemies to obtain intelligence on us,” continued Yoo. “If terrorists are now to be treated as ordinary criminals, their defense lawyers will insist that the government produce in open court all U.S. intelligence on their client along with the methods used by the CIA and NSA to get it. A defendant’s constitutional right to demand the government’s files often forces prosecutors to offer plea bargains to spies rather than risk disclosure of intelligence secrets.”

In the piece, titled Obama Made a Rash Decision on Gitmo, Yoo also directly states that President Bush ordered waterboarding “three times” after 9/11.

“Mr. Obama is returning America to the failed law enforcement approach to fighting terrorism that prevailed before Sept. 11, 2001,” he opined.

Yoo argues Obama’s order banning torture “amounts to requiring — on penalty of prosecution — that CIA interrogators be polite,” and even parrots a Rove talking point: the claim that Obama’s ban of torture somehow “prohibits” good-cop, bad-cop interrogation routines with prisoners.

“The Army Field Manual, for example, prohibits you from using good cop-bad cop in interrogating,” Rove said on Fox News’ Hannity on Monday.

“The CIA must now conduct interrogations according to the rules of the Army Field Manual, which prohibits coercive techniques, threats and promises, and the good-cop bad-cop routines used in police stations throughout America,” writes Yoo Thursday.

Of course, it doesn’t.

“In fact, the Army Field Manual explicitly permits good cop-bad cop interrogations under the name of ‘Mutt and Jeff’ interrogations, which involve two interrogators ‘display[ing] opposing personalities and attitudes toward the source,'” reported Media Matters, on the instance of Rove introducing the manufactured “fact.” “The Field Manual says the ‘goal of this technique is to make the source identify with one of the interrogators and thereby establish[ing] rapport and cooperation.'”

After stating unequivocally that the new interrogation rules will completely cut off any further intelligence from captured al-Qaeda members, he goes so far as to imply that President Obama is “naïve.”

“It is naïve to say, as Mr. Obama did in his inaugural speech, that we can ‘reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals,'” opines Yoo. “That high-flying rhetoric means that we must give al-Qaeda — a hardened enemy committed to our destruction — the same rights as garden-variety criminals at the cost of losing critical intelligence about real, future threats.”

His opinion seems to be that suspected terrorists should be given no rights, and the government should not be burdened with needing to provide legitimate evidence against the accused.

“Zacarias Moussaoui, the only member of the 9/11 cell arrested before the attack, turned his trial into a circus by making such demands,” his screed against the American justice system concludes. “He was convicted after four years of pretrial wrangling only because he chose to plead guilty. Expect more of this, but with far more valuable intelligence at stake.”

This, coming from the man who once refused to say whether, under his definition of executive power, the president could order a man buried alive.

Speaking with a reporter, Yoo also agreed with an analysis of executive power which posited the hypothetical situation in which Bush might order a boy’s testicles “crushed” in order to affect a response from his parents.

On the legality of such an order, Yoo said, “I think it depends on why the president thinks he needs to do that.”

“The real reason John Yoo wrote this foolish, inaccurate piece is in the hopes of gathering around him some support for his illegal actions,” writes RAW STORY investigative news editor Larisa Alexandrovna on her blog, at-Largely.

“You may wish to read his latest epic verbiage festival, but I would urge you not to waste your time,” she writes. “The man is a liar, a coward, and now defends his illegal actions by using lies and discredited propaganda to justify the unjustifiable.”

Ron Brynaert contributed to this report.

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WTF! And I Thought a B was a bad grade! After reading this you will understand why President Obama is emphasizing America’s infrastructure so much. It seems like an awful lot of jobs could be created with all of the repair and upgrades that we so desperately need!

Society of Civil Engineers gives America’s infrastructure a “D”

By Cynthia Sewell – cmsewell@idahostatesman.com

Edition Date: 01/28/09

Decades of underfunding and inattention have left the nation with an infrastructure that is poorly maintained, unable to meet current and future demands and in need of $2.2 trillion in repairs.

That’s the conclusion of American Society of Civil Engineer’s 2009 report card for America’s infrastructure, which assigns an overall grade of D to the nation.

Grades ranged from a high of C+ for solid waste to a low of D- for drinking water, inland waterways, levees, roads and wastewater.

Since ASCE’s last report card in 2005 there has been little change in the condition of the nation’s roads, bridges, drinking water systems and other public works, and the cost of improvement has increased by more than half a trillion dollars.

While there has been some improvement in energy since 2005, overall conditions have worsened in aviation, roads and transit.

A panel of 28 civil engineers evaluated each of the 15 categories on the basis of capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety and resilience.

A detailed report, which accompanies the grades released Wednesday, will be released on March 25.

2009 report card for nation’s infrastructure:

Aviation: D

Bridges: C

Dams: D

Drinking water: D-

Energy: D+

Hazardous waste: D

Inland waterways: D-

Levees: D-

Public parks and recreation: C-

Rail: C-

Roads: D-

School: D

Solid waste: C+

Transit: D

Wastewater: D-

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I went to my first rally last night. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were in Kissimmee, Florida and luckily they held the rally at 11pm or I wouldn’t have been able to go.

35,000 strong is how many people the Orlando Sentinel reports were there.

They came out like old pals. They laughed at each other’s jokes and whispered to each other like new lovers. I heard Obama’s speech was going to be the same – parts of it were, of course, but the rest really wasn’t.

We all remember how great and prosperous our country was under Bill Clinton – what a guy, what a President! It just so happens he needed his dick sucked a little too badly. Unfortunately, he gave the Republicans ammunition against him. He lied under oath.

As a side note, a funny comparison…have you noticed that Bush won’t speak under oath? He lies so much that the Republicans would fall over themselves having to try and defend him from impeachment – that’s why the fucker’s still in office.

We all know how great Clinton was for our economy with each family earning $7,000 more than they were before him. He had some great lines and he’s definitely a looker so that helps. But it was the relationships that struck me. Sure, I loved when Barack said, “Bush has dug us a hole and now he just wants to hand the shovel to McCain” because it’s a great visual and oh, so true, but it was nothing to the looks Barack and Billy gave each other.

I know, I know, Republicans hate Bill Clinton. But no one can deny that our country prospered under his executive leadership. He made this country a glowing example to the rest of the world and he was an economic genius – exactly the type of guy I want to see Barack palling around with, especially at a time like this. It was a gorgeous site:

The man is everywhere – as someone once said, he really is like Visa, everywhere you want to be. Last night, I count 3 places: 1) his infomercial

Doesn’t it look like he was already sitting in the oval office? There should be no question now about what this man would do as President.

2) the rally

(“Who makes less than $250,000 per year? We do!”)

3) the Daily Show with Jon Stewart

A man who surrounds himself with people like Bill Clinton, Warren Buffett and the always great Joe Biden is a man who wants to do great things and wants to get the right answers before jumping into something like the economic crisis head-first.

A man who surrounds himself with someone who called us a nation of whiners and said that we are in a mental recession is not the type of person I want working on our economy.

Bring us back to the days of prosperity and leadership in the world. It is time to heal and put someone in office who has the judgment to lead.

I may still be a little pumped from the rally so for the first and only time I will ever say it outright on here – OBAMA ’08!

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Who loves a liar? Television viewers, that’s who! Why should we want the truth when we can hear what we want to hear? McCain’s numbers were up when he was lying to us. Now that the lies have been debunked, his numbers are down. Maybe it’s because we’re mad at him for lying or maybe it’s because he wasn’t good enough at the game to make us believe the lies were the truth – after all, they are much more entertaining, aren’t they?

I’ve been appalled by Fox News in the past, but now it’s really getting ridiculous. I am amazed at how some people believe the blatant lies Fox News allows on air. A split decision in Pennsylvania? Ok, maybe Fox doesn’t lie…maybe they just see invisible leprechauns raising their hands. Who knows.

Gotta love the old lady in the background who ripped her husband’s hand down after the first question.

Unfortunately, visuals like this chart have ceased to surprise me.

As Scott McClellan has claimed, the Bush Administration has been feeding Fox its talking points. Considering Bush’s self-increase in executive power and his love of trying to control everything from habeus corpus (or lack thereof) to the 3-page bailout proposal vote, I’d tend to believe Mr. McClellan. Thankfully, people stop listening to the lunatic as his time in office winds down.

But people listen to Fox News. Who, after Scott’s claim, published an article stating the White House considered McClellan a disgruntled former employee. Wow! What a great way to prove that you are not in the pocket of George W. Spread the failed deflection to the drones who continue to believe the lies.

Then, of course, there is the debate ass-covering. Just in case Palin screws the pooch tonight, the excuse is ready to go! Gwen Ifill wrote a book called “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama”. Fox News has latched onto this in the past 48 hours as though this were new information.

Greta Van Sustern said this:
“I confirmed for us here on GretaWire: the McCain campaign did NOT know about Gwen Ifill’s book (I think I told them when I made my efforts — emails about midnight — to find out!) I am stunned … the campaign (actually both) should have been told before the campaign agreed to have her moderate. It simply is not fair — in law, this would create a mistrial [emphasis in original].”

What’s interesting is that The Associated Press reported the book as early as July 21st. This was before both campaigns agreed on August 21st that Ifill would be the VP debate moderator. Even The Washington Post also reported on the book on September 4th.

It’s interesting that I, as a lay person with a small amount of resources can find this information, but Ms. Sustern and the McCain campaign (whose resources outnumber even Ms. Ifill’s, I’m sure) did not even google Ifill’s name before midnight yesterday to do their own research or confirm the accuracy of their verbal diarrhea. Stunning.

Good ol’ Fox News. We can always count on them to shield us from unnecessary truths.

We all remember this gem:

And the tendency for Fox to latch onto rumors instead of researching facts for themselves leans toward the edge of ridiculousness

Then our good friend Bill O’Reilly, who enjoys the sound of his own voice more than anyone I’ve seen, has his own host of lying videos online. Here’s the shortest one I could find:

Even a 6 year old can imitate such a moron

Thankfully, not all Republicans are sheep or drinking the money kool-aid that the Bush administration has been virtually bribing them with over the past 8 years. These angry people (mostly Ron Paul supporters – gotta love them!) tell Sean Hannity exactly what they think:

It’s too bad Rupert Murdoch takes the easy way out. After all, it’s much less work to just make shit up or read off talking points from statements given to you by the one man you’ve promised to blow as long as he promotes you and keeps your rich ass on top. It’s really nothing more than the National Inquirer for television. And they might even be better. At least the Inquirer doesn’t pretend they aren’t full of shit. Fair and Balanced my ass.

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Who’s bailing out? Well, conservative columnist Kathleen Parker thinks Sarah Palin should. And just in case she’s not entirely clear about her thoughts on Sarah, she wrote “If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself”. Either way, Palin will be ok. The rich will be just fine…they can bail themselves out!

But where’s my bailout? Seriously! AIG gets $85 billion, the rest of the market gets $700 billion and I have to pay for it? Fuck that! I didn’t vote to give Bush more executive power, nor did I tell him it was ok to suspend habeus corpus. I didn’t ask for a check from China or to start a war that costs over $500 billion.

If you’re using my tax dollars for this shit, I should get to vote on it before your stupid ass decides I should pay for your mistakes.

This week we heard that everything should be put on hold in order to take care of the crisis in Washington. It’s like when you’re a little kid and an important decision has to be made, your parents go into a room and close the door so you don’t know what they’re saying. Only after they’ve decided who you’re going to live with until you’re 18, do they tell you they’re getting a divorce. It affects your life more than it does theirs, but you have no say. None. No matter how fucked up the decision they have made will make your future.

I want to hear debates. Open that goddamned door and let us eavesdrop on what you’re going to do with OUR lives. And now, we have heard the debates…

According to this website.

Wait, what? Haven’t we seen something like this before?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke of McCain’s time in Washington working on the bailout this way: “All he has done is stand in front of the cameras, we still don’t know where he stands on the issue.” Wow, sounds like a guy who’s too busy to debate to me!

You have to proclaim victory anywhere you can when your poll numbers are on a constant downslide, right? Especially when the reason you “suspend” your campaign and your participation in the debate in the first place is to be in a place where you apparently “just stand there”.

But now, we know that McCain is going to go ahead with tonight’s debate. We have yet to hear whether he’s unsuspending the suspension of Palin’s participation in the VP debates, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon. I don’t understand how he can go to the debates since he promised not to leave Washington until a decision was reached about the economy. There’s no decision, but he’s still leaving. Whatever happened to sticking to your guns, John??? But I’m willing to overlook that to hear some answers, some ideas, and to have someone involve me on decisions that affect MY life.

Everyone judges the decision that McCain made in suspending his campaign. Mike Huckabee said McCain made a huge mistake. “You can’t just say, ‘World stop for a moment. I’m going to cancel everything,” Huckabee told the Associated Press.

But this is just him being a MAVERICK! It’s what we all want – BUCK THE SYSTEM!

And as long as no one blinks, we’re ok. The one thing you CAN NOT do is blink!

That’s RIGHT!

Unfortunately, Republican consultant Craig Shirley, believes “(McCain) will been seen as blinking first, since it was he who said he wasn’t going until the crisis is averted. Hobson’s choice, painted in a corner, bollixed — pick your poison, or pick your cliche.”

I happen to think we already picked our poison. He was elected 8 years ago and he’s been destroying our country ever since.

The question is, can anyone fix what has been fucked up so badly? Well, not if you just stand around waiting for cameras to film you and certainly not if you blink.

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Right now, we’re all looking for solutions. I, personally, would like to see a being in a red cape fly in, calm all of our fears and fix all of our problems. He, of course, would have bulging pectorals, a square, masculine jawline, a deeply soothing voice, and the tightest ass you’ve ever seen. Instead, we’re looking at not-so-super-heroes. Hell, we’ve got a guy who sucks at bowling and a guy who sucks at telling the truth. So, they’re not perfect…I guess we’ll deal.

Sarah Palin had a fantastic idea (seriously). She made Alaska’s checkbook transparent so residents of the state could see where their money was going. She said she would do the same thing in Washington.

Except…it was passed and implemented about two years ago…by Barack Obama. Sometimes, I wonder if the McCain campaign is working for the Obama campaign. They just make it too easy! In McCain’s speech this morning, he scoffed at Nancy Pelosi saying “people don’t know what to do” about the economic status of this country. Well, Mr. McCain may know what to do for himself because his 8 houses aren’t in danger, but Nancy was right about me and the other “little people” around me. What are we supposed to do? We have no idea! Not something I’d expect anyone to scoff at…unless they had tons of money and married a beer heiress or something….oh, oops!

McCain becomes a hero to us for pointing out that Obama profited from Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac’s abuse and scandal. He received the second greatest amount from them of anyone in Congress, right?

Well, not entirely. Employees of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac contributed $126,349 to his campaign.
Obama’s Contributors:

That is .0324% of what his entire campaign has raised. John McCain received $169,000 from directors, lobbyist, and other top echelon executives for the companies to Obama’s $16,000 from these same people.
McCain’s Contributors:

Wait, wait, wait? Is this a repeat of the Exxon claim? Where McCain’s contributors were Exxon executives and Obama’s were the employees?

Crap, I thought I’d actually found a guy telling me the truth…again, I’ve been dooped.

Then, of course, we all heard that McCain invented the blackberry.
You’d think that if he invented it, he’d at least be able to answer it. Just one of those things you forget when you pass a certain age, I suppose. Like what “straight talk” actually means.

And some more magic – McCain would fire the SEC chairman, Christopher Cox, if he became President.

Besides the fact that the President cannot simply fire him, Mr. Cox has already said he plans to step down when the Bush administration leaves office. Someone should buy Johnny a newspaper. Am I the only one who notices that positions that aren’t stolen from the Obama camp (change or “reform”, Iraq and Afghanistan, even the logo) seem to be those that McCain wouldn’t actually have to follow through on if we were stupid enough to elect him in November? You can promise to fire someone and, Lucky You! They’ve already decided that they were going to quit before you even said that.

And then, of course, there are those who just won’t answer a yes or no question with a “yes” or “no”, no matter how many times they’re pushed. We still don’t have a specific answer of why Sarah Palin is qualified in the foreign policy area. This nice lady gave her the opportunity to give specifics and explain away the critics:

Huh…maybe a simpler question is better. Let’s go to a McCain surrogate, Eric Cantor, in a non-related question of whether he and his party still support President Bush. Simple yes or no, right?

Apparently, not.

So, we’ve got no economy, no answers, no dignity, no expectation of intelligence in the American people, no houses…and it seems, no flying cape.

Man, we’re screwed.

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