Saturday, January 31, 2009

Obama Rebuffed by Iran - Told You So

Obama said during the presidential campaign he would negotiate with Iran with preconditions. He was told that would only reinforce Tehran's belief that America is weak. Shortly after being sworn in as President of the United States, Obama said he was willing to extent a diplomatic hand if Iran "unclinched its fist". He was told again that would only inflame Iran's anti-American passions with the fall of American power within sight.

Iran has responded to Pres. Obama, the Messiah, the One, by saying American "... ideology has become passive, that capitalist thought and the system of domination have failed."

US President Barack Obama's offer to talk to Iran shows that America's policy of "domination" has failed, the government spokesman said on Saturday.

"This request means Western ideology has become passive, that capitalist thought and the system of domination have failed," Gholam Hossein Elham was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency.

"Negotiation is secondary, the main issue is that there is no way but for (the United States) to change," he added.

After nearly three decades of severed ties, Obama said shortly after taking office this month that he is willing to extend a diplomatic hand to Tehran if the Islamic republic is ready to "unclench its fist".

In response, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched a fresh tirade against the United States, demanding an apology for its "crimes" against Iran and saying he expected "deep and fundamental" change from Obama.
We told you so. Fool.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Lynyrd Skynyrd's Billy Powell Dead at 59

The death of Billy Powell this week was another in the sad history of one of Rock n Rolls most accomplished and influential bands. Lynyrd Skynyrd was a critically acclaimed Southern Rock group of the 1970s that rose to great popularity and commercial success. Most Rock groups were only four or five members, but the original Skynyrd had ten members. Their distinctive sound revolved around the three lead guitars. That changed when Powell joined the group.

In 1972 Skynyrd was hired to play the Bolles School prom and while they were setting up, Billy noticed a piano off in the corner. "All of a sudden I sat down and played them my own version of 'Freebird', Billy remembered. "Ronnie VanZant came up to me and said, 'You mean to tell me, you've been playing the piano like that and you've been workin' for us for a year....' And I said, 'Well, you know, I've been classically trained most of my life.' So, right then and there, he said, 'We need a keyboard player.'"
Street Survivors, Skynyrd's 1977 album, showed band members on the cover engulfed in flames. Three days following release of the album, the plane the band had chartered crashed in Mississippi. Lead singer/songwriter Ronnie VanZant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and vocalist Cassie Gaines were killed as were the road manager, pilot and co-pilot. Every surviving member had serious injuries. Billy Powell's nose was nearly ripped from his face and he suffered many other injuries.

Billy Powell was a music major in college and played classical music. His solid roots in music completed the triple up-front guitar attack with his full piano and keyboard sound.

“Freebird” was Billy Powell’s song. He didn’t write it -- Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins did -- but his piano arrangement completely gave that song its identity and its lasting appeal.
The video is from the July 4, 1977 concert in Oakland, California. Three months later their plane would crash on October 20th into a Mississippi swamp. Billy Powell is featured at the beginning and is introduced by VanZant about 3 minutes into Freebird, a rock anthem.

Billy Powell was 59 years old with a history of heart trouble. He died while phoning for help and was found dead in his home with the phone nearby.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Illinois Intimidated by US Congress to Convict Blago

Illinois Gov. Blagojevich was thrown out of office today and barred from ever again holding public office in the state. The State legislators voted 59-0 to oust Blago on corruption charges stemming from a Federal investigation involving alleged attempts to sell President Obama's former Senate seat. The State charges involved influence peddling and abuse of power rather than the seat sale attempt.

Possibly no one but Blagojevich believes he is innocent of all charges. I wonder, however, how much the Illinois legislators were influenced by the $850 billion Economic Stimulus Package making its way through the US Congress and the threats written into the bill.

During the current economic crisis, every state is hurting for money. Illinois expected to get some $50 billion from the Feds. But, only if they removed Blagojevich from the governor's office. No conviction, no money.

The U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee voted on Wednesday to bar Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, charged in a corruption scandal, from touching any money the state would receive from an economic stimulus package.

The panel approved by voice vote an amendment to the spending portion of the stimulus legislation to put the Illinois legislature in charge of the money unless Blagojevich has been removed from office.

"It strips him of any authority to allocate federal stimulus funds," [Rep. Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican] told Reuters. "I've already talked to the state legislative leaders. ... They're ready for this."
The provision potentially amounts to a bill of attainder. Bills of attainder are prohibited under the US Constitution. Such bills are legislative acts pronouncing a person guilty of a crime without trial and subjecting that person to capital punishment, loss of property, and civil rights.

When the Appropriations Committee passed the language, Blago had yet to be impeached and removed. He was under indictment from the Federal Prosecutor, but that case is far from trial phase. Under US jurisprudence, Blagojevich is innocent until proven guilty. He has yet to be tried in a court of law and the US Congress has, in effect, already convicted and sentenced him.

The people of Illinois were threatened by Congress with loss of stimulus package funds until and unless their governor was found guilty at the impeachment trial and removed from office. The action by the Democrat Congress amounts to group punishment before the fact and intimidation, both prohibited by the Constitution and by statute.

Gird your loins, folks. The Democrats are just warming up. Threats, intimidation, illegal laws, and questionable acts are what we can expect from the Chicago machine presidential usurper and the criminal Democrat Congress. And no free press as the watchdog.

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Obama Turns up Heat -- DC is too Cold

It's not ice cold here in Tustin, far from it, but it's certainly not 72F or above. Because of that, I'm wearing a sweatshirt inside my home tonight. It's just a one-bedroom apartment, but heating any space costs and it's cheaper to wear winter type clothes than to heat areas I'm not using.

Yesterday, Obama chided Washington, D.C. residents for being snow wimps.

"My children's school was canceled today. Because of, what? Some ice?" said President Obama. "As my children pointed out, in Chicago, school is never canceled. In fact, my 7-year-old pointed out, you'd go outside for recess in weather like this. You wouldn't even stay indoors. We're going to have to apply some flinty Chicago toughness to this town."
The Anchoress reminds that Obama spoke these words last May during the primary campaign:

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK.”
Cut to the White House Oval office, a room that has traditionally been business dress has been turned to business casual because Obama, after all the above, keeps the thermostat cranked up. His flinty Chicago toughness shrinks from the wintry chill.

WASHINGTON — The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”
So where is the press denouncing the glaring hypocrisy? They are slobbering on themselves and each other over how much the new President is changing the White House culture with his laid back style. In a few short months it will be summer and Washington will be unbearably hot. No doubt Obama will be wandering the White House in his Hanes briefs. What a guy.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Obama Foreign Policy in 2 Mins 16 Secs

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called dozens of world leaders in her first five days on the job. Afterward she said,
"There's a great exhalation of breath going on around the world as people express their appreciation for the new direction that's being set, and the team that's put together by the president to carry out our foreign policy goals. We have a lot of damage to repair."
Since Barrack Obama was elected President Nov 4, State Dept officials working with Obama have been busy writing drafts of a letter to Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It is intended to open face-to-face negotiations between the two nations. Diplomats have said the letter is a symbolic gesture making a break with the "hostile" tone set by the Bush administration which named Iran as part of the "axis of evil."

In his first TV interview with Al-Arabiya, Obama said,
"My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy," he said. "We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect. But if you look at the track record, as you say, America was not born as a colonial power, and that the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there's no reason why we can't restore that. And that I think is going to be an important task."
It's fairly apparent what the Obama administration's foreign policy is. It's simple. It's clear. It's the real thing.

The New Seekers

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Obama: I have lived in Muslim countries

B. Hussein Obama gave his first television interview to al-Arabiya news network. I've no problem with that especially since the alternative would be an interview with an American network. Watching another love-struck and drooling American reporter extolling the Messianic nature of Obama is a stomach turning thought.

Al-Arabiya did manage to elicit new comments and information from the Presidential usurper. During the conversational style interview, Obama let out this unknown:

I have Muslim members of my family. I have lived in Muslim countries.
Countries? We were all aware of Indonesia, the worlds largest Muslim country, but it is only one county. What other Muslim countries has Obama lived in that he has not told us about. Or, was he lying to the Arab press to score points, or was it taqqiya?

Inquiring minds want to know.

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Ahmadinejad is a Jew

...not that there's anything wrong with that.

After railing against the Zionist Entity and threatening to wipe Israel from the map, however, it's more than a little disconcerting to find out the head pistachio is himself of Jewish heritage.

From Radio Free Europe -

Mehdi Khazali, the son of the conservative Ayatollah Khazali, has written on his personal website that he recently learned that President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has Jewish roots.

Khazali notes that Ahmadinejad changed his family name from Saburjian, and says that the origins of the Saburjian family in the town of Aradan should be investigated.

Ahmadinejad's relatives had told Britain's
"The Guardian" following his election that the family had changed its name for "a mixture of religious and economic reasons."

"The name change provides an insight into the devoutly Islamic working-class roots of Mr. Ahmadinejad's brand of populist politics," journalist Robert Tait wrote in "The Guardian." "The name Saborjhian derives from thread painter -- sabor in Farsi -- a once common and humble occupation in the carpet industry in Semnan Province, where Aradan is situated. Ahmad, by contrast, is a name also used for the Prophet Muhammad and means virtuous; nejad means race in Farsi, so Ahmadinejad can mean Muhammad's race or virtuous race.”

Ahmadinejad, of course, is known for his frequent slurs and threats against the Jewish state of Israel. The claim about his background should be seen in the context of a growing rift among the president's political allies, the so-called principalists, in the run-up to the June presidential election.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari
Maybe Ahmadinejad will wipe himself from the map, using his left hand, of course.

via Gateway Pundit

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Supreme Court Rules Normal Behavior Suspicious

The US Supreme Court ruled today that police can frisk passengers in a vehicle stopped for traffic violations even though there is no indication the passenger has done anything illegal.

Washington (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police officers have leeway to frisk a passenger in a car stopped for a traffic violation even if nothing indicates the passenger has committed a crime or is about to do so.

The court on Monday unanimously overruled an Arizona appeals court that threw out evidence found during such an encounter.

The case involved a 2002 pat-down search of an Eloy, Ariz., man by an Oro Valley police officer, who found a gun and marijuana.

The justices accepted Arizona's argument that traffic stops are inherently dangerous for police and that pat-downs are permissible when an officer has a reasonable suspicion that the passenger may be armed and dangerous.

The pat-down is allowed if the police "harbor reasonable suspicion that a person subjected to the frisk is armed, and therefore dangerous to the safety of the police and public," Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said.
Immediately, the decision is reasonable. However, because the police are in contact with criminals and criminal behavior everyday, everyone outside of their immediate family are suspect. Reasonable suspicion ceases to be relative to normal behavior as normal behavior, by definition, becomes suspicious, therefore, criminal behavior.

Is frisking for jaywalking next. Or, is that a strip search offense? Good work, SCOTUS.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Obama Approval Plummets

A short 100 hours ago, President Obama could boast of a record breaking 83% approval according to the Gallop pollsters as I reported a week ago here. That was before he had done anything, literally. Saturday Obama received his first real performance grade and it's not good - a 15% drop in approval to 68%.

A week ago, the new President polled at 83 percent for the way he handled the transition. The new job approval rating, after 3 days in office, polled at 68 percent with 1,591 polled, with a margin of error plus or minus three percentage point.
For being The One we have been waiting for, Obama's numbers aren't any better than other President's initial job approval ratings, according to Gallup.

President John F. Kennedy, 72 percent; Dwight Eisenhower, 68 percent; Jimmy Carter, 66 percent; Richard Nixon, 59 percent; Bill Clinton, 58 percent; George W. Bush, 57 percent; and Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, 51 percent.
Right Pundits' Maggie Thorton entitles her piece, Gallup: Obama Approval Rating Normalizing. A 15% drop is not "normalizing". It's more like realization. Realization by many Obots and Obamatons that Barry is not the Messiah, that the Presidency does not change significantly after a new President has read the Big Book of Secrets. This seems to have disappointed and annoyed the disciples.

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Bush to Obama: Beware Carter

Former President George W. Bush advised then President-elect Barrack Obama to watch out for trouble from the "meddlesome" fella "James Earl Carter"..."a real pain in the neck."

Outgoing President George W. Bush had a warning for President-elect Barack Obama when they gathered with three former presidents at the White House — be wary of “meddlesome” Jimmy Carter.

Bush, Obama, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Carter met for a photo op and lunch on Jan. 7, and W. told Obama the guy he has to watch out for is “James Earl Carter,” a source disclosed to Newsmax.

According to a source close to the Bush White House, Bush called Carter “extremely meddlesome” and “a real pain in the neck.” Interestingly, Bush also told Obama that Bill Clinton had been helpful and supportive dealing with foreign leaders.

Carter has irked Bush with his globe-trotting efforts over the years.

* In April 2008, Carter reportedly met in Syria with a leader of Hamas, which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization, and laid a wreath at the grave of Yasser Arafat.

* Carter met with Hamas leadership again last December.

* The former president has created controversy by equating Israel’s policies in the Palestinian territories with apartheid.

* In May 2002, Carter visited Cuba and met with Fidel Castro. He has called for an end to the U.S. economic embargo of the island nation.

* Carter criticized the Iraq war as “unnecessary.”

* In June 2005, Carter urged the Bush administration to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

* In 1994, Carter had traveled to North Korea and brokered an agreement on that nation’s nuclear program. But the agreement collapsed in 2002 after Bush included North Korea in the “axis of evil.”
Except for "release your birth certificate", be wary of Carter is probably the best advice Obama will receive from anyone.

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Big Brother Has Googly Eyes and Big Ears

Google finally comes clean with their dirty ties to Obama. Throughout the presidential campaign, Google has made life very difficult for many anti-Obama bloggers. Blogs were interrupted for days, placed under review as hate sites, harassed for republishing news articles, and some were shut down.

The blogoshere knew Google was in Obama's pocket and now Google is in Washington ready to collect. The LA Times has the story -

Google ready to pursue its agenda in Washington

Its employees supported Obama, and four Googlers served on his transition team. Now the Internet giant hopes to win support for network neutrality and expanding high-speed Internet access.

By Jim Puzzanghera and Jessica Guynn
January 24, 2009

Reporting from Washington -- Another inauguration took place in Washington this week -- Google Inc. officially became a political power player.

In October, Google was only hours from being sued by the Justice Department as a Web-search monopolist. Today, less than three years after it made its first Washington hire, the Internet giant is poised to capitalize on its backing of President Obama and pursue its agenda in the nation's capital.

Google's executives and employees overwhelmingly supported Obama's candidacy, contributing more money than all but three companies or universities. And only DreamWorks employees gave more toward inauguration festivities.

Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt campaigned for Obama and was one of four Googlers on his transition team. He is now as likely as any corporate chieftain to get his calls to the White House returned.

At the top of the company's policy priorities are two that consumer advocates largely champion. First, it wants to expand high-speed Internet access so people can use its Web services more often. It also is pushing for so-called network neutrality: prohibitions on telecommunications companies charging websites for faster delivery of their content.

"Google is not just a benign corporate entity. It has a variety of special interests," said Jeff Chester, the executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, who has sparred with Google over data-privacy issues. "They're in a great position to push their agenda through with the support of the president and the Democrats in Congress."

But Google's newfound political ties heighten concerns about its grip on the online advertising market. The company could play better defense against strong competitors trying to curb its influence.

Last fall, Justice Department lawyers, who had been lobbied heavily by Microsoft Corp. and large telecommunications companies, were about to sue Google on antitrust grounds. They wanted to block its controversial search-advertising partnership with Yahoo Inc., but Google abandoned the deal rather than fight in court.

Competitors worry about Google's close relationship with the Obama administration, said Bill Whalen, a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

"The question going forward is: Will Google turn into just another business entity looking for favors in Washington, or will it manage to keep the 767 flying at 30,000 feet above the political din?" he said, a reference to the Google founders' private plane.

White House officials did not respond to requests for comment. Obama vowed generally this week that his administration would not be beholden to anyone.

Google says the main reason it has improved its standing in Washington is that Obama's tech priorities mirror its own. He has endorsed network neutrality. His technology agenda also calls for expanding broadband Internet access to rural areas and appointing the first government-wide chief technology officer (Schmidt has been mentioned for the position but reiterated this week that he was not interested).

"This administration is more focused on science and technology," Schmidt said in an interview. "That's positive for all of technology, and particularly Google."
And the Liberals thought George Bush's surveillance was outrageous, just think what Google can do with the Obama government backing them.

Other companies also supported Obama with big time contributions, according to LA Times reporters.

Companies for Obama
Which firms' employees gave the most to the presidential campaign?
January 24, 2009

Donations to Obama

Companies or organizations whose employees gave the most to the Obama presidential campaign.

University of California $1.12 million

Goldman Sachs $955,223

Microsoft Corp. $791,342

Google Inc. $782,964

Harvard University $779,460

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. $642,958

Citigroup Inc. $633,418

Sidley Austin LLP $565,788

Stanford University $558,184

Time Warner Inc. $542,651

Source: The Center for Responsive Politics
Odd that some of these companies no longer exist.

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