Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Now known as "The Kiss," it marked a new era in political acting, transcending even his former bosses audacity to hold the hand of his spouse, a woman who was publicly humiliated by ex-President Clinton's continued, and persistent philandering.
The Obama's seem to be quite the opposite to the casual observer. They seem to share a common affection for each other, and a genuine shared likability factor, a quality much more uncommon than love for long married couples. There is a genuineness that exudes when seeing these two together.
In fact, the only times you can really see the measure of the man behind the scenes of our next President is when he is sitting next to his wife. In public, Obama parses his words, and each phrase is carefully measured, so much so that the Obama hesitations when speaking off the cuff, are becoming legendary to comedians everywhere. It may be the one tick impressionists can capitalize on.
But when the Obama's are together in an interview (most recently interviewed by Barbara Walters over the weekend on ABC), it is Mrs. Obama that seems overly careful about her words, and Barack seems more than willing to crack a joke, or show his real personality. Her presence seems to give him a self confidence, an ease, which may be altogether unwise for a president, but it is there.
On the fluff subject offered up by Walters concerning a dog, Barack called Walters dog (a Havanese), a "yappie" dog, and "girlie." He discussed his parental style, and claimed not to be "too soft" on his children. He smiled, he laughed, and they seemed to be very much in love without the sickeningly sweet political need to hold hands or smooch on camera. They came off as very real and very much in love with each other.
So, why should we care? Because the nation as a whole has lost its moral compass, and the last two generations have been marked with the continuing decay of the American domestic family. This down slide has manifested itself in many ways, most importantly with higher crime rates among our youth, and a ever increasingly higher rate of poverty among the one parent families. Not to mention the moral effect on discipline and family values adversely effected by a one parent household. The single parent is so preoccupied with providing for the family unit financially, it inevitably results in a lack of parental supervision, and a decreased sense of belonging to the family unit among the children.
As important as this is to the nation as a whole, these pronounced circumstances have devastated the black community. For African-Americans, the image of a powerful black couple in love is particularly meaningful. In the 2005 census, 51 percent of American women reported they were living without a spouse. Among African-Americans, this number rose to 70 percent. With such a high percentage of black people unmarried, everyone is looking for images of black love. The Obamas personify that. It makes people say, "Wow, we want to be like them."
Will the Obama family start to bring about a new wave of family values with their example of the black nuclear family? I hope so. It is a daunting task, but one that I am certain has crossed the minds of each of the Obamas. We have lost the family unit to a certain extent, and one might argue, so has the White House itself. Not since the Kennedy's have we had a President and First Lady seemingly in love with each other, and even then, their relationship was marked with the repeated grumblings of his alleged cheating.
The Obama's may signify a new appreciation for the nuclear family unit, and loving partnerships unknown to Pennsylvania Avenue in quite some time. In testimony to this, I end with a quote from Barack; certainly a risky thing to say for a Presidential candidate to be sure, but here it is...."Michelle is one of the smartest people I know. She is my chief counsel and adviser. I would never make big decisions without asking her opinion."
The Obama's; seemingly a genuine partnership based on love, and mutual religious convictions. The question is, will anybody notice, or even care?
Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Is Hillary Clinton barred by the Constitution from accepting the post of Secretary of State? Article One, Section Six of the U.S. Constitution says the following....
"No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office."
The invitation sent to American Jewish leaders on behalf of the President and First Lady, requesting "the pleasure of your company at a Hanukkah reception," bore an image of a Clydesdale horse drawn cart, carrying the White House Christmas tree, with a Christmas wreath-adorned White House in the background. The card as originally intended featured a menorah given to the White House during Harry Truman's presidency.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
J.P. Morgan Chase ($25 billion from TARP) has a 30-year, $66 million contract for the Arizona Diamondbacks to call their stadium "Chase Field." "That was an agreement that was signed 11 years ago," by a bank that was bought by Chase, said bank spokesman Tom Kelley. "Tell me what 2008 has to do with 1997? That's a contractual obligation."
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Some choices, especially Summers as possible treasury secretary, have drawn particular ire from the Democratic grass roots. But insiders say that Obama is girding for tough battles and wants heavy hitters in his administration. And aides to the president-elect say that it's nothing new: his press secretary Robert Gibbs is "no shrinking violet," and his choice of Joe Biden for VP demonstrated "a self-confidence and a willingness to tolerate internal conflict.
And here is the rub. Bill Richardsen, the current governor of New Mexico, is being penciled in to be Commerce secretary. Richardson is a former Clintonite under Clinton administration. Many would say he would be nothing without Bill Clinton's help. This did not, however, stop him from coming out and endorsing Obama, a Judas like knife in the back to the Clinton family, to be sure.
Let's throw in two wild cards.......John Kerry and John Edwards. Is there anything in the cabinet for a philandering, albeit ardent supporter of Obama during the campaign (Edwards)? Obviously, he is keeping himself way under the radar, but it would be Obama like to pardon the one time presidential hopeful, and second on the 2004 Kerry ticket. This would not be Clinton approved, to be sure. During the campaign, and especially during the debates, Obama and Edwards took turns attacking Hillary, with Edwards proclaiming himself to be a partner with Obama as the only "agents of change." Oh, but it runs deeper than this.
Which brings me to John Kerry. Here is where it gets juicy. Kerry, a contender for secretary of state before Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) became the odds-on favorite, will accept the gavel as chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week, replacing Joe Biden, who has been inexplicably been promoted to VP. Would it have been Edwards rather than Biden for that pick if Edwards could have kept his gavel inside his zipper? We will never know. But, when it comes to Obama, Edwards brought ass-kissing to an absolute art form.
But back to Kerry. What significance does Kerry taking over the committee chair for Biden have to Clinton? As chairman, Kerry would preside over nomination hearings for President-elect Barack Obama’s State Department appointees, including Clinton, if she gets the nod.
Good for Clinton? Not so fast. Clinton did not come out and endorse Kerry during his 2004 run, which was a huge slight. Kerry, of course, returned the political favor by not only coming out semi-early for Obama, but connecting him with a vast network of high financed donors, as well.
And, who to rein in these high powered, high priced, high octane egos on cabinet posts? No one short of bull dog in chief (Chief of Staff, and number one advisor to the president), Rahm Emanuel, one of the most out spoken leaders in congress (and a former Clintonite). Emanuel, a devotee of three and four letter words, not all of them prepositions, has absolutely no qualms going toe to toe with the most senior, veteran governmental leaders. One thing for sure, Emanuel will control access to Obama, and has the next President's trust and ear. They are ex-fellow Chicago politicians, and good friends (I have been waiting to hear Emanuals name come up in the rezco trial as well). Witness this Obama roast of Emanuel, and you will see the relationship as it unfolded. One thing for sure, Emanuel has the faith and admiration of the next President, now all he needs is a whip and a chair....
Friday, November 21, 2008
* The millions of dollars his foundation raised from Canadian mining tycoon Frank Giustra, whom the former president accompanied on a 2005 trip to meet with Kazakhstan's president. Within days, Giustra's company landed preliminary rights to buy into state uranium projects.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
A Calif. town which saw cars and garages vandalized
Black effigies hung from nooses in an island community in Maine.
Students chanting "assassinate Obama" on a school bus in Idaho.
Barack Obama's historic election as America's first black president has led to a surge of racist incidents across the United States, hate-crime monitoring groups and analysts say. Here are more examples of an every widening and expanding white backlash since the election of our 44th president, Barack Obama.
"Dear World,The United States of America, for over 200 years your high-quality supplier of the ideals of liberty and democracy, would like to apologize for its 2001-2008 service outage. The technical fault that led to this eight-year service interruption has been located, and the parts responsible for it were replaced Tuesday night, November 4. Early tests of the newly-installed equipment indicate that it is functioning correctly, and we expect it to be fully functional by mid-January. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the outage, and we look forward to resuming full service --- and hopefully even to improving it in years to come.Thank you for your patience and understanding.The USA"
President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden have set an ambitious agenda, and we are going to make Change.gov a source of information, as well as a place to participate in the decisions being made about your government. Since the decisions we're making affect all Americans, we're counting on citizens from every walk of life to get involved. You can help us right now by making sure your friends and neighbors know about Change.gov and give their input, too. We're continuing to develop new ways to open up the process, and we'll keep you posted along the way." Thanks, John Podesta, Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Obama intends to throw his support behind a 2002 Saudi peace initiative endorsed by the Arab League and backed by Tzipi Livni, the Israeli foreign minister and leader of the ruling Kadima party. The proposal has also been backed by Nobel peace laureate President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
On a visit to the Middle East last July, the president-elect reportedly said privately it would be “crazy” for Israel to refuse a deal that could “give them peace with the Muslim world”, according to a senior Obama adviser.
I- Full Israeli withdrawal from all the territories occupied since 1967, including the Syrian Golan Heights, to the June 4, 1967 lines as well as the remaining occupied Lebanese territories in the south of Lebanon.
II- Achievement of a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem to be agreed upon in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution 194.
III- The acceptance of the establishment of a sovereign independent Palestinian state on the Palestinian territories occupied since June 4, 1967 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
3. Consequently, the Arab countries affirm the following:
I- Consider the Arab-Israeli conflict ended, and enter into a peace agreement with Israel, and provide security for all the states of the region
II- Establish normal relations with Israel in the context of this comprehensive peace.
4. Assures the rejection of all forms of Palestinian repatriation which conflict with the special circumstances of the Arab host countries
5. Calls upon the government of Israel and all Israelis to accept this initiative in order to safeguard the prospects for peace and stop the further shedding of blood, enabling the Arab countries and Israel to live in peace and good neighborliness and provide future generations with security, stability and prosperity
6. Invites the international community and all countries and organisations to support this initiative.
7. Requests the chairman of the summit to form a special committee composed of some of its concerned member states and the secretary general of the League of Arab States to pursue the necessary contacts to gain support for this initiative at all levels, particularly from the United Nations, the Security Council, the United States of America, the Russian Federation, the Muslim states and the European Union.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The disorder that panics Americans now is not cultural but economic. If liberalism collapsed in the 1960s because its bid for cultural freedom became associated with cultural disorder, conservatism has collapsed today because its bid for economic freedom has become associated with economic disorder. When Reagan took power in 1981, he vowed to restore the economic liberty that a half-century of F.D.R.-style government intrusion had stifled. American capitalism had become so thoroughly domesticated, he argued, that it lost its capacity for dynamic growth. For a time, a majority of Americans agreed. Taxes and regulations were cut and cut again, and for the most part, the economic pie grew. In the 1980s and '90s, the garden of American capitalism became a pretty energetic place. But it became a scarier place too. In the newly deregulated American economy, fewer people had job security or fixed-benefit pensions or reliable health care. Some got rich, but a lot went bankrupt, mostly because of health-care costs. As Yale University political scientist Jacob Hacker has noted, Americans today experience far-more-violent swings in household income than did their parents a generation ago......"
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I honestly did not know the consequences involved with my not being able to find my polling place. as you will see from the video, I owe a huge apology to you, my reader, my country, and the world. Kimba
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
But how on earth does anyone connect the dots and come up with the inane comparison between Obama and Marx, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, and Castro (the poster above was found in a McCain campaign office in Florida according to reports)? By appealing to the youth vote to become engaged in the process? For calling for "change? (and at a time when the current administrations favorables were hovering just above 28).
Sunday, November 9, 2008
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Saturday, November 8, 2008
And so, we ask the question, does this mean, inexperienced and vapid Alaskan governor have a future on the national stage, or has she received her undeserved fifteen minutes of fame, and must, for the good of the party go gently into the night?
I for one, cannot believe she could be considered for dog catcher, let alone deserve national prominence. Despite making several gaffes on the campaign circuit, she continues to this day, to point the blame elsewhere. Of the press, she has been quoted as saying, “The majority of the press have been fair, but there have been some stinkers, though, who have kind of made the whole basket full of apples, once in a while, smell kind of bad.”
The McCain campaigns efforts to paint her as a hard nosed budget "bull dog" certainly back fired as the press reported on her $150,000.00 wardrobe expenditure, not to mention her love of all things pork barrel earmarked for her state. Even her boasts of selling the executive plane on E-Bay turned out to be a lie, as it was unloaded for a loss in auction.
Worst of all for the Palin reputation were the constant and persistent reports of her rogue-like behavior, described as "diva like" by campaign staffers, causing an enormous rift between her and Senator McCain through the final month of the campaign.
Did she cost McCain a considerable number of votes as speculated? I say yes, although with her or without her, McCain would have lost the election. The final analysis will show the ultimate causes of the McCain near landslide defeat to Obama was an economic downturn, the George Bush record / administration, the Barack Obama change message, Sarah Palin and McCain himself, in that order.
There are, of course, desenting views of Ms. Palin's future. Katherine Berry, in the right wing blog, Pajamas Media writes...."the continued inability of McCain’s staff to recognize that Sarah Palin could — indeed, should — have been the GOP’s Obama. Her folksy, “hockey Mom” persona was the perfect foil to Obama’s claim that he was a relative Washington outsider, just as her from-the-hip speaking style was the mirror image of Obama’s soaring, lofty rhetoric. Where Obama sought to break the racial barrier as a harbinger of change and reform, Palin as the vice president would have broken the gender barrier, accomplishing the same goal. Yet despite the huge surge in the GOP’s favor after naming Palin to the ticket, the McCain campaign squandered away her appeal. Some wonder now, in hindsight, whether this waste was intentional."
As to Palin's future, she, as always, has the last word....“I don’t have any idea of what the next chapter of life is going to open up into, and I look forward to just the surprises that life offers.” Pithy, as always Governor. Your fifteen minutes of fame are up, and you have been relegated to a very small asterisk in history. Go live your Alaskan life Grandma, and leave us alone.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
The National Republican Trust PAC also ran a campaign against Obama over drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants, with a blast email entitled "Obama’s Plan: Mohamed Atta Gets His Driver’s License." FactCheck.org said that the Atta ad "mixes a pile of false claims and the image of 9/11 mastermind Mohammed Atta to create one of the sleaziest false TV ads of the campaign." They indicate that the NRT PAC is run by a former writer for the Moonie Insight magazine: