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Obama Health Team Reverses Flu Advice

May 5, 2009

“Never let a good crisis go to waste” became an Obama Administration motto after it was first said by Rahm Emanuel, the White House Chief of Staff. 
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When the flu hit, everyone seemed to have embraced that philosophy in an administration hell bent on showing how much the nation needs a make-over of its health care system.  So every part of the Federal Government hyped the flu — especially Joe Biden, loyal soul and gaffe machine.

Now, for the first time, Obama health team people are saying maybe they went a little too far….

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By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer
U.S. health officials are no longer recommending that schools close if students come down with swine flu, the government said Tuesday.

Last week, schools were advised to shut down for about two weeks if there were suspected cases of swine flu. Hundreds of schools around the country have followed the government’s guidance and closed schools, giving students an unexpected vacation and leaving parents scrambling for child care.

“We no longer feel that school closure is warranted,” said Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the swine flu virus had turned out to be milder than feared and the government decided to change its advice. So far, the virus has not proved to be more infectious or deadly than the seasonal flu.

The CDC said parents should still make sure to keep sick children with flulike symptoms at home for seven days.

As the threat seemed to diminish, health officials also considered the problems the closings were creating for parents, Besser said. Officials were hearing about children getting dropped off at libraries, or parents who couldn’t take sick leave to care for their children.

“The downsides of school closure start to outweigh the benefits,” Besser said.

U.S. health officials are no longer recommending that schools close if students come down with swine flu, the government said Tuesday.

Last week, schools were advised to shut down for about two weeks if there were suspected cases of swine flu. Hundreds of schools around the country have followed the government’s guidance and closed schools, giving students an unexpected vacation and leaving parents scrambling for child care.

“We no longer feel that school closure is warranted,” said Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the swine flu virus had turned out to be milder than feared and the government decided to change its advice. So far, the virus has not proved to be more infectious or deadly than the seasonal flu.

The CDC said parents should still make sure to keep sick children with flulike symptoms at home for seven days.

As the threat seemed to diminish, health officials also considered the problems the closings were creating for parents, Besser said. Officials were hearing about children getting dropped off at libraries, or parents who couldn’t take sick leave to care for their children.

“The downsides of school closure start to outweigh the benefits,” Besser said.

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Scientists see this flu strain as relatively mild

April 30, 2009
Genetic data indicate this outbreak won’t be as deadly as that of 1918, or even the average winter.
By Karen Kaplan and Alan Zarembo
The Los Angeles Times
April 30, 2009

As the World Health Organization raised its infectious disease alert level Wednesday and health officials confirmed the first death linked to swine flu inside U.S. borders, scientists studying the virus are coming to the consensus that this hybrid strain of influenza — at least in its current form — isn’t shaping up to be as fatal as the strains that caused some previous pandemics.

In fact, the current outbreak of the H1N1 virus, which emerged in San Diego and southern Mexico late last month, may not even do as much damage as the run-of-the-mill flu outbreaks that occur each winter without much fanfare.
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“Let’s not lose track of the fact that the normal seasonal influenza is a huge public health problem that kills tens of thousands of people in the U.S. alone and hundreds of thousands around the world,” said Dr. Christopher Olsen, a molecular virologist who studies swine flu at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison.

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One Hundred Days of Obama: 100 Mistakes

April 26, 2009

1. “Obama criticized pork barrel spending in the form of ‘earmarks,’ urging changes in the way that Congress adopts the spending proposals. Then he signed a spending bill that contains nearly 9,000 of them, some that members of his own staff shoved in last year when they were still members of Congress. ‘Let there be no doubt, this piece of legislation must mark an end to the old way of doing business, and the beginning of a new era of responsibility and accountability,’ Obama said.” — McClatchy, 3/11

2. “There is no doubt that we’ve been living beyond our means and we’re going to have to make some adjustments.” — Obama during the campaign.

3. This year’s budget deficit: $1.5 trillion.

4. Asks his Cabinet to cut costs in their departments by $100 million — a whopping .0027%!

5. “The White House says the president is unaware of the tea parties.” — ABC News, 4/15

6. “Mr. Obama is an accomplished orator but is becoming known in America as the ‘teleprompt president’ over his reliance on the machine when he gives a speech.” — Sky News, 3/18

7. In early February, the 2010 census was moved out of the Department of Commerce and into the White House, politicizing how federal aid is distributed and electoral districts are drawn.

8. Obama taps Nancy Killefer for a new administration job, First Chief Performance Officer — to police government spending. But it surfaces that Killefer had performance issues of her own — a tax lien was slapped on her DC home in 2005 for failure to pay unemployment compensation tax on household help. She withdrew.

9. Turkey tried to block the appointment of Anders Fogh Rasmussen as new NATO secretary general because he didn’t properly punish the Danish cartoonist who caricatured Mohammed. France’s Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany’s Angela Merkel were outraged; Obama said he supported Turkey’s induction into the European Union.

10. . . . and he never mentioned the Armenian genocide.

11. The picture of Obama and Hugo Chavez shaking hands.

12. Hugo Chavez gave him the anti-American screed “The Open Veins of Latin America.” Obama didn’t remark upon it. At least it wasn’t DVDs.

13. Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega went on a 50-minute anti-American rant, calling Obama “president of an empire.” Obama didn’t leave the room. “I thought it was 50 minutes long. That’s what I thought,” he said.

14. Executives at AIG get $165 million in bonuses, despite receiving an $173 billion taxpayer bailout.

15. “For months, the Obama administration and members of Congress have known that insurance giant AIG was getting ready to pay huge bonuses while living off government bailouts. It wasn’t until the money was flowing and news was trickling out to the public that official Washington rose up in anger and vowed to yank the money back.” — Associated Press, 3/18

16. “After pushing Congress for weeks to hurry up and pass the massive $787 billion stimulus bill, President Obama promptly took off for a three-day holiday getaway.” — New York Post, 2/15

17. SARAH PALIN ON: “I WON” AND THE DEATH OF BIPARTISANSHIP

“Obama soared to victory on the hopeful promise of a new era of bipartisanship. During his inaugural address he even promised an ‘end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.’

“Too bad it took all of three days for the promise to ring hollow.

“Start with Obama’s big meeting with top congressional leaders on his signature legislation — the stimulus — on the Friday after his inauguration. Listening to Republican concerns about overspending was a nice gesture — until he shut down any hopes of real dialogue by crassly telling Republican leaders: ‘I won.’ Even the White House’s leaking of the comment was a slap at the Republican leadership, who’d expected Obama to adhere to the custom of keeping private meetings with congressional leadership, well, private.

“It’s only gone downhill from there. The stimulus included zero Republican recommendations, and failed to get a single House Republican vote.

“It’s not just the tactic of using Republicans for bipartisan photo-ops, and then cutting them loose before partisan decisions, that irks Obama’s opponents. The new president wasted no time rushing forward with policies and legislation guaranteed to drive Republicans nuts. The first bill he signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — a partisan hot-button that drew all of eight Republican supporters in the entire Congress. Then there was the swift reversal of Bush policies on abortion and embryonic-stem-cell research — issues dear to the Republican base.

“And when Obama and the Democrats in Congress took up SCHIP — the children’s health-insurance bill that Republicans say vastly expands government’s role in health care — they had an easy chance for real bipartisanship. After all, the bill had been hashed out in the previous Congress, and a bipartisan accord was reached before President Bush responded with a veto. Did the Obama team push for the compromise version in the 111th Congress? Nope. They went back to the drawing board, ramming through the Democrats’ dream version.

“Of course, the lack of bipartisanship isn’t limited to Capitol Hill. Obama has taken gratuitous swipes at the Republicans who recently decamped Washington, blaming President Bush for everything from the economy and the war to the lack of sufficient puppies and rainbows. And who could forget the Rush Limbaugh flap — in which Obama’s top advisers, including chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, orchestrated a public relations campaign meant to undermine the Republican National Committee chairman, Michael Steele, by framing talk-radio personality Limbaugh as the real head of the Republican Party.

“For now, Obama’s back-pedal on the bipartisanship promise just makes him look insincere. But the real consequences of the mistake will be felt soon enough. As Presidents Bush and Clinton could tell him, congressional majorities do change — and at some point, Obama will need Republicans on his side. He’d be smart to spend his second 100 days making up for the serious snubs of his first.”

— Sarah Palin is the governor of Alaska

18. “The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today.” — Department of Homeland Security intelligence report

19. Nixes a “buy American” provision in the stimulus bill.

20. “Yes, Canada is not Mexico, it doesn’t have a drug war going on. Nonetheless, to the extent that terrorists have come into our country or suspected or known terrorists have entered our country across a border, it’s been across the Canadian border. There are real issues there.” — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The 9/11 hijackers did not come across the Canada border

21. “The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits, as several influential lawmakers and many economists favor, to help pay for overhauling the health care system. The proposal is politically problematic for President Obama, however, since it is similar to one he denounced in the presidential campaign as ‘the largest middle-class tax increase in history.’ ” — New York Times, 3/14

22. JOE SCARBOROUGH ON: PROMOTING FEAR

“During his historic inaugural speech, Barack Obama promised to usher in a transformational age where hope would replace fear, unity would overtake partisanship, and change would sweep aside the status quo. But early in President Obama’s first 100 days it is obvious that the only thing that is changing is the Candidate of Change, himself.

“The same politician who proclaimed during his inauguration that ‘on this day we have chosen hope over fear’ soon warned Americans that the US economy would be forever destroyed if the stimulus bill was voted down.

“Why was it that same man who promised to put Americans’ interests ahead of his own political ambitions chose instead to use the suffering of citizens to advance his agenda?

“Maybe he was following the guidance of Rahm Emanuel, who famously said, ‘You never want to waste a good crisis.’

“They didn’t.

“The White House’s warnings were so over-the-top that Bill Clinton felt compelled to warn the new president against making such grim pronouncements. Americans would quickly warn that the White House would not channel FDR’s eternal optimism but rather embrace the gloomy worldview of Edgar Allen Poe.

“The Candidate of Hope also quickly adopted the Nixonian worldview that Americans voted their fears rather than their hopes. Over Mr. Obama’s first 100 days, that cynical calculation paid off politically for a White House that seemed most interested in appeasing the most liberal members of his Democratic Party.

“I expected more from Barack Obama. For the sake of my country, I hope I get it from the new president over the next 100 days.”

— Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and author of “The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America’s Promise” (Crown Forum), due out June 9.

23. Sanjay Gupta was in discussions to become Surgeon General, but the TV personality withdrew after he was criticized for his flimsy political record.

24. Rasmussen finds 58% of Americans believe the Obama administration’s release of CIA memos endangers the national security of the United States.

25. Only 28% think the Obama administration should do any further investigating of how the Bush administration treated terrorism suspects.

26. “Obama thanked CIA employees for their work and said they’re invaluable to national security. He explained his decision to release the memos, then told everyone not to feel bad because he was now acknowledging potential mistakes. Theirs, not his. ‘That’s how we learn,’ Obama said, as though soothing a room full of fourth-graders.” — The Oklahoman, 4/23

27. By releasing the torture memos, Obama opened American citizens up to international tribunals. A UN lawyer said the US is obliged to prosecute lawyers who drafted the memos or else violate the Geneva Conventions.

28. In their first meeting, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown gave Obama a carved ornamental penholder from the timbers of the anti-slavery ship HMS Gannet. Obama gave him 25 DVDs that don’t work in Europe.

29. TIM CARNEY ON: PICKING BILL RICHARDSON AS SECRETARY OF COMMERCE

“Richardson’s value in Obama’s Cabinet had everything to do with appearances. First, he was the Hispanic pick. Second, because Richardson had run against Obama for President, tapping him for the Cabinet helped the media write the Obama-Lincoln comparisons by burnishing the ‘Team of Rivals’ image.

“But Richardson withdrew before Obama was even inaugurated when news came out about a criminal investigation involving David Rubin, president of a firm named Chambers, Dunhill, Rubin & Co. (although there was no Chambers or Dunhill), who had donated at least $110,000 to Richardson’s campaign committees and had also profited from $1.5 million in contracts from the state government.

“This was an early warning sign about Obama’s vetting process (various tax problems and the Daschle problem would reveal this as a theme), but picking Richardson to run Commerce also highlighted that Obama and Richardson’s promise of ‘public-private partnerships’ — such as Detroit bailouts, Wall Street bailouts, and green energy–was an open door for corruption and was at odds with Obama’s promise to diminish the influence of lobbyists.

“The Richardson mistake was one of Obama’s first, and it was emblematic. Richardson embodied Obama’s attention to self-image and the problems inherent in his vision of an intimate business-government connection.”

— Tim Carney is a Washington Examiner columnist

30. Timothy Geithner nomination as Secretary of Treasury was almost torpedoed when it was discovered he had failed to pay $34,000 in Social Security and Medicare taxes. He also employed an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper. He was confirmed anyway.

31. . . . Not so lucky, Annette Nazareth, who was nominated for Deputy Treasury Secretary. She withdrew her name for undisclosed “personal reasons” after a monthlong probe into her taxes . . .

32. . . . or Caroline Atkinson, who withdrew as nominee for Undersecretary of International Affairs in Treasury Department, with a source blaming the long vetting process. Geithner still has a skeleton crew at Treasury, with no one qualified — or willing — to take jobs there.

33. “Barack Obama has been embroiled in a cronyism row after reports that he intends to make Louis Susman, one of his biggest fundraisers, the new US ambassador in London. The selection of Mr. Susman, a lawyer and banker from the president’s hometown of Chicago, rather than an experienced diplomat, raises new questions about Mr Obama’s commitment to the special relationship with Britain.” — Telegraph, 2/22

34. Obama’s doom-and-gloom comments and budget bill push the Dow below 7,000, from which it’s only recently recovered.

35. “You’re sitting here. And you’re — you are laughing. You are laughing about some of these problems. Are people going to look at this and say, ‘I mean, he’s sitting there just making jokes about money–‘ How do you deal with — I mean: Explain. Are you punch-drunk?” — Steve Kroft, “60 Minutes,” 3/22

Read the entire article from the New York Post:
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Obama Administration Filled With Far-Left Extremists…. and a Lot Of Amateurs or Inexperienced People Like Obama Himself

April 25, 2009

Longtime conservative leader Morton Blackwell, a Reagan administration alumni and once the youngest Goldwater delegate at the GOP convention, is perhaps best know as the originator of the phrase “Personnel is policy.”

Blackwell’s observation speaks a great truth about American government.  Since no one man or woman can do it all, alone, we have followed the French in the development of bureaucratic systems that allow for power and authority to be delegated to subordinates who are responsible, on a daily basis, for the administration of public policy.  It is these people, even more than the president, who directly impact the way policies are developed and carried out.

Almost everywhere you look in the Obama administration you can find appointees whose beliefs are clearly outside the mainstream.

The people chosen to fill positions within an administration, no matter how minor those positions might be, matter; they matter because they are being handed the tools with which to make real decisions that have an effect on the American people, the American economy, our legal system, our national defense and just about any other issue you can name on a day-to-day basis.

By Peter Roff
For Fx

Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama presented himself to the American people as a change-oriented centrist, slightly to the left of the middle of the road.  The way he has governed over his first 100 days, however, shows him to be anything but the image he projected, particularly where many of his appointments are concerned.  And it is these appointments that will determine the direction of policy in his administration over the next four years.

Some of the names and some of the circumstances are already familiar.  Obama may have a Cabinet that, to borrow a phrase from Bill Clinton, “looks like America.”  But they certainly don’t pay taxes like the rest of us.  Several of his most high level appointees, chief among them Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, have been exposed as having failed to pay the taxes they owed at the time these should have paid them.

Then there is Attorney General Eric Holder, who prior to his appointment may have been best known for helping fugitive financier Marc Rich obtain a pardon in the waning days of the Clinton administration.  Since coming into office, however, he shocked the nation when, during a presentation to mark Black History month, he called America a “nation of cowards” on the issue of race.  Writer Joe Klein, who is generally sympathetic to the liberal point of view, denounced Holder for his remarks, saying they provided “absolutely no acknowledgement of the incredible progress that has been made over the last 40 or 50 years.”

Janet Napolitano, who leads the Department of Homeland Security, similarly came under fire after her department released a report on so-called rise of right-wing extremism in America that lumped returning veterans and anti-abortion activists into the same group as white power organizations and Timothy McVeigh, who helped mastermind the 1995 bombing of the Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City.  Embarrassed, she met with veterans groups in Washington on Friday and gave what an American Legion representative characterized as a “heartfelt” apology.

But it’s not just the apples at the top of the barrel that are reason to be suspicious that a leftward drift is underway.  There are plenty of secondary appointments, not all of which are subject to the Senate’s advice and consent, which make up the new administration’s gallery of liberal rogues.

White House Science Advisor Dr. John P. Holdren is a noted alarmist where the idea of global catastrophes is concerned.  In 1971, he predicted that “some form of eco-catastrophe, if not thermonuclear war, seems almost certain to overtake us before the end of the century.” That same year Holdren also claimed that “population control, the redirection of technology, the transition from open to closed resource cycles, the equitable distribution of opportunity, and the ingredients of prosperity must all be accomplished if there is to be a future worth living.”

More recently, in 2006, Holdren suggested that global sea levels could ….

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John McCain was too much the gentleman to suggest that one’s associates sometimes tell us who that person really is….

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Containment of The Bird Flue In Mexico “Beyond Containment, May Be Pandemic”
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Mexico is now certain it has a widespread outbreak of a swine flu that is deadly to humans unless treated rapidly and correctly.  Several cases are already reported in the United States.

We at Peace and Freedom have some experience in widespread diseases going back to the SARS outbreak that started in China and spread rapidly to Canada, Vietnam, Singapore and other nations in 2002.

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was first diagnosed in 2002 in Guangdong Province, China. Guangdong is the province surrounding Hong Kong. It is the most densely packed province in China and people there tend to live right on top of their farm animals.

In Hong Kong, for example, when you go to buy a chicken, a duck, or a pig for the family dinner, you get a live animal and it comes from a cage filled with 20 or 30 other animals. You can imagine the sanitation in this situation leaves a lot to be desired.

Some doctors are now thinking the first signs of SARS developed in the farm animals and then spread to the people.

Before “containment” could be put into use in 2002, the disease had widely spread and had even crossed international borders.

This is likely what has happened in today’s swine flu that apparently started in Mexico.  International airline flights probably already carried people with the disease to far corners of the globe and the border — if it can be called that — between the U.S. and Mexico is so wide open to drugs, guns, people and cash that it also seems likely that the disease crossed into the United States well before the Mexican government knew it had a problem….

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By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press Writer

But experts at the WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the nature of this outbreak may make containment impossible. Already, more than 1,000 people have been infected in as many as 14 of Mexico‘s 32 states, according to daily newspaper El Universal. Tests show 20 people have died of the swine flu, and 48 other deaths were probably due to the same strain.

The CDC and Canadian health officials were studying samples sent from Mexico, and airports around the world were screening passengers from Mexico for symptoms of the new flu strain, saying they may quarantine passengers.

But CDC officials dismissed the idea of trying that in the United States, and some expert said it’s too late to try to contain spread of the virus.

They noted there had been no direct contact between the cases in the San Diego and San Antonio areas, suggesting the virus had already spread from one geographic area through other undiagnosed people.

“Anything that would be about containing it right now would purely be a political move,” said Michael Osterholm, a University of Minnesota pandemic expert.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon said his government only discovered the nature of the virus late Thursday, with the help of international laboratories. “We are doing everything necessary,” he said in a brief statement.

But the government had said for days that its growing flu caseload was nothing unusual, so the sudden turnaround angered many who wonder if Mexico missed an opportunity to contain the outbreak.

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Ten Of The Biggest Amateur Mistakes By the Obama Administration So Far

From Right Wing News
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During the 2008 presidential campaign, people speculated whether someone like Barack Obama, who has never really run anything or had any major achievements other than winning political office, could handle a three AM crisis call. Well, as it turns out, Obama has been such a bumbling incompetent that he probably couldn’t handle a trip through a Wendy’s drive-in window without a teleprompter telling him what to order and whether he wants a Coke or a Mountain Dew. Even though Obama has been in office less than two months, he has already made more boneheaded errors than most Presidents do in an entire term.

10) After doing the “We’ve got to have this stimulus package passed right this second or the economy is going to explode” routine so convincingly that not one single soul in Congress actually had time to read the entire bill before it was signed, Barack Obama then promptly went on a three day vacation to celebrate before he signed it. If the bill was so important that no one could even have time to read it before it was passed, then why wasn’t it important enough for Obama to skip dinner at Table Fifty-Two in Chicago to immediately make it a law?

9) In a juvenile stunt, reminiscent of something a third grader might come up with, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handed Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov a button that was supposed to say “reset.” However, incredibly, the word on the button translated to “overcharge,” not “reset.” Apparently, despite the enormous deficit the government is going to run up this year, Team Obama forget to budget enough money to hire someone who speaks Russian for the State Department. If only America could just press a button and reset the entire Obama presidency so far and start over.

8) When Barack Obama was trying to sell America his stimulus bill that will put the country more than a trillion dollars in debt, he alerted America that, “Caterpillar’s chief executive…told him the company will rehire some laid-off workers if the stimulus bill passes.” But, when he was asked about Obama’s statement, Caterpillar CEO Jim Owens said, “I think realistically no. The truth is we’re going to have more layoffs before we start hiring again.”

7) A large part of Barack Obama’s appeal was the idea of racial reconciliation. The implicit deal was that by putting our first black President in office, America would prove once and for all that it wasn’t racist, and we could put all this silly squabbling about race in the rear view mirror once and for all. However, not only has it failed to work out that way, Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder issued an an insulting challenge on the topic to the American people,

 

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.”

 

Maybe someone should ask the poor guy who did an innocent cartoon for the New York Post that made fun of the stimulus bill and the rampaging monkey that was in the news why people might be afraid to get dragged into a debate about race.

6) Typically, Presidents don’t pick fights with pundits and talk radio hosts for obvious reasons. It draws more attention to their criticisms, elevates their status, and comes across as thin skinned and a little creepy, much like Richard Nixon’s “Enemies list.”

But, the Obama Administration hasn’t figured this out — yet. They’ve launched attacks at Rick Santelli, Jim Cramer, and most prominently, Rush Limbaugh. Ratcheting up the creepiness factor a couple of notches in Limbaugh’s case, the President of the United States, members of the mainstream media, and liberal interest groups are all coordinating an attack on a private individual for daring to criticize Barack Obama. That sounds more like something that would happen in the old Soviet Union than in the United States.

But happily, if you look at the results of the White House campaign, it has backfired in every instance. Rush Limbaugh is on pace to make more revenue by the end of March than he made all last year, there are Santelli inspired “Tea Parties” popping up all across the country, and every criticism of Obama that Jim Cramer utters is now linked by the Drudge Report.

5) The first task a new President engages in is bringing a staff on board. After choosing Joe Biden, who has behaved like he was kicked in the head by a horse as a child, things have really gone down hill from there. Bill Richardson quit as Commerce Secretary after coming under investigation. Republican Senator Judd Gregg accepted, then declined Obama’s offer to be his Commerce Secretary over irreconcilable differences. Tom Daschle quit after having tax problems. So, did Nancy Killefer. Ron Kirk also has tax problems, but he’s trying to hang in there like Hilda Solis and another cabinet member who gets his own special entry — and keep in mind, Obama has a considerable number of positions left to fill. Hey Barry, the word of the day is “vetting.” You should look into it.

4) George Bush spent a lot of time strengthening our ties to Eastern European nations like Poland and the Czech Republic during his two terms in the White House. Yet, it took Barack Obama less than two months to undo much of Bush’s good work with those nations.

Obama wrote a “secret” letter to Dmitri Medvedev offering to leave Poland and the Czech Republic twisting in the wind on missile defense in return for Russia’s help in stopping Iran from getting nukes. The problem was that the letter went public even as Russia turned down the deal. So, in other words, our friends in Eastern Europe were publicly alerted that we were willing to sell them down the river to the Russians, who they were already afraid of, and yet we got nothing out of the deal. That’s a real “welcome to the Big Leagues” maneuver from the Russians for our naive, rookie President.

Read the rest:
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Obama’s First 100 Days

April 19, 2009

Obama, nearing 100 days as president, sees the economic crisis as reason to reshape government, business and even everyday life.

On the last Friday in March, President Obama summoned leaders of the banking industry to the White House, where they gathered around a mahogany table in the State Dining Room, site of many a feast. On this day there was not a piece of fruit nor can of soda in sight. At each place was a glass of water. No ice. No refills.

The president’s message was hard and crusty as a slab of day-old bread.

By Faye Fiore and Mark Z. Barabak
The Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2009
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He urged the bankers to view corporate excess through the eyes of Americans who are belt-tightening their way through the recession. Obama mentioned the carpet stains in the Oval Office, to make a frugal comparison with $1-million suites decorated with $8,000 trash cans.

The corporate chieftains protested, citing the specialization of their field and the need to pay handsomely to avoid a brain drain. Obama cut them off: “Be careful how you make those statements, gentlemen. The public isn’t buying that. My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.”

Direct, assertive and utterly self-assured, Obama has used his broad popularity, a driving ambition and a sweeping agenda to move America in a wholly new direction.

Read the rest:
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworl
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Related:
Obama: What’s Been Lost and What’s Been Gained?

Who are dangerous ‘extremists’?

April 19, 2009

According to the U.S. government, I am an extremist. I am a Christian – and meet regularly with other Christians to study God’s word. My faith convinces me the prophesies in the Holy Bible are true.

I believe in the sanctity of human life, oppose abortion and want to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman. I am a veteran with skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat.

By Oliver North

I own several firearms, frequently shoot them, buy ammunition and consider efforts to infringe on my Second Amendment rights to be wrong and unconstitutional.

I fervently support the sovereignty of the United States, and I am deeply concerned about our economy, increasingly higher taxes, illegal immigration, soaring unemployment and actions by our government that will bury my children beneath a mountain of debt.

Apparently, all this makes me a “rightwing extremist.” At least that’s what it says in the April 7 “Assessment” issued by the Office of Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security. The nine-page report, titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” is full of warnings about American citizens who share any of my background or subscribe to the beliefs above. It is one of the most alarming documents produced by our government that I have ever read.

Evidently, you and I were never supposed to read this assessment. At the bottom of the cover page is a warning that it is “not to be released to the public, the media, or other personnel who do not have a valid need-to-know.”

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/
2009/apr/19/who-are-dangerous-extremists/

http://nukegingrich.com/2009/04
/19/words-have-meaning-more-o
n-the-dhs-report/

Related:
America Divided: Tea Party Bill Payers Doubt Mainstream Media, Intellectuals, Academia, Most Politicians

Obama First 100 Days: What’s Been Lost and What’s Been Gained?

April 19, 2009

We are almost at the end of the first three months of the Obama Administration and it is getting time to ask what may have been gained and lost thus far.

As Mr. Obama is particularly active in his agenda, and he enjoys great popularity and a Democrat controlled congress, he may have more dramatic changes at this early stage in his presidency than in that of say Millard Fillmore.

From the L.A. Times:
Obama’s First 100 Days

Much of what has been gained and lost was on display this last week.

It seems that trust from a segment of the voting population was lost, as exhibited both by protesters in the streets at Tea Parties and the release of the Administration’s memo condemning them as right wing extremists.

Mr. Obama is a polarizing president — perhaps the most polarizing ever.

It seems to us that Pakistan may have been lost or is on a slippery slope and Isreal is not yet lost but certainly is showing signs of concern.

Many years of negotiating with North Korea has been lost….

But just think of all the new allies gained: Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, the Taliban, Iran’s Ahmadinejad (maybe) and perhaps others.

Obama, Chavez 
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President Obama talks with Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez at the Summit of the Americas in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Photo: Alfonso Ocando / EPA

Mexico has been lost along with gun control….

But Latinos have been gained…..

We’d have to guess that Mr. Obama has lost at least some trust among his intelligence and military professionals…..

Bush was lost (but often mentioned) and Rush was gained….

Rush Limbaugh: Whether or not you agree with him he's something to hear.

Anti-abortion folks have lost trust entirely if they ever had any but pro abortion and stem cell research advocates are delighted with the new president.

The religious right has lost interest but they don’t matter much anymore anyway….

Catholics seem happy with President Obama as he has already spoken at one great Catholic College, Georgetown, that was even kind enough to remove symbols of Jesus Christ from the president’s speech venue….

Notre Dame is next but some of the Catholic heirarchy have already said they’ll boycott Obama events ….but who cares….

The University of Notre Dame says its invitation doesn't mean the university agrees with all of Obama's positions.

The University of Notre Dame says its invitation doesn’t mean the university agrees with all of Obama’s positions.

People interested in the national debt and how their children will possibly pay it off are lost but the message to all interested in children and grandchildren is clear anyway: get an abortion and chip in for the cure to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s….

We suffered an economic meltdown but thaks to Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank; evil like this will never happen again….

Local governments are happy and growing and thriving thanks to the stimulus.

Which reminds me: in California last year only two segments of the economy “grew”: government and health care.
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Obama has been short on symbolism with unneeded allies like Britain but long on bowing to others…..

The President of the United States Barack Obama greets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

The President of the United States Barack Obama greets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.Photo: Getty Images

We have a new corps of young Obamaites: Americorps….so that’s a gain….

“Lawmakers” are gained and gaining as government is sure to grow.  In Congress people are delighted by the fact that they don’t have to read those long spending bills before they vote on them any more….

Obama has just about guaranteed this as a national trend….

Education will grow but not necessarily get better as Mr. Obama is killing vouchers and there is no data to show that more education spending leads to more academic achievement, according to Ben Stein and others…..

Environmentalists are gaining big time but in Spain, for every climate change technology job gained two other jobs in the economy were lost….

Immigrants of all kinds are overjoyed that Nancy Pelosi called border agents and others enforcing immigration law “un-American,” except maybe my wife from Vietnam.  She’s legal and it took her 12 years to become a citizen.  She thinks Pelosi and Obama are the un-American ones….but who cares….

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures during a news ...

The media is overjoyed at all this.  I mean, you can’t make this stuff up.  But there seems a lot of Obama fawning and unnecessary ugly attacks upon “the other side”….or just snide remarks and sexual inuendo…..

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With a few reserences….

We are almost at the end of the first three months of the Obama Administration and it is getting time to ask what may have been gained and lost thus far.

As Mr. Obama is particularly active in his agenda, and he enjoys great popularity and a Democrat controlled congress, he may have more dramatic changes at this early stage in his presidency than in that of say Millard Fillmore.

Much of what has been gained and lost was on display this last week.

It seems that trust from a segment of the voting population was lost, as exhibited both by protesters in the streets at Tea Parties and the release of the Administration’s memo condemning them as right wing extremists.
Napolitano, Homeland Security Join Parts of the American Government That Can’t Be Trusted
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DHS Calls Veterans, Tea Party Members “Dangerous,” But Others Aren’t So Sure: Maybe They’re Patriots

Mr. Obama is a polarizing president — perhaps the most polarizing ever.
Obama polarizes most in history, 43% disapproval rating; media whitewashes

It seems to us that Pakistan may have been lost or is on a slippery slope and Isreal is not yet lost but certainly is showing signs of concern.
Israel Worries Obama “Cannot be Relied Upon”
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 Pakistan on course to become Islamist state, U.S. experts say

Many years of negotiating with North Korea have been lost….
 North Korea Again Talks of War, Resists Pressure, Talks

But just think of all the new allies gained: Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, the Taliban, Iran’s Ahmadinejad (maybe) and perhaps others.
 Obama Loses Photo Op War To Chavez (and the Saudi King, and….): Call Oprah!

China and Russia are rearming…or resetting…The U.S. is cutting the defense budget…..
China: Military Modernization Continues
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Russia Rearms


Above: Russia’s Medvedev

The rest button was Biden’s major contribution so far…..
 Biden’s Best Political Blunders (So Far)
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a red button marked "reset" in English and "overload" in Russian.
Coffrini/GettyMexico has been lost along with gun control….
Obama in Mexico, Trinidad to Achieve What? Nothing, Next To Nothing and Status Quo

But Latinos have been gained…..right across the border….And perhaps a new language as well: Spanish.  Some of our federal education money may go to teaching Spanish to teachers as the Spanish speaking immigrants don’t snuggle up to the English language as quickly as some others…..
Obama, Pelosi, Democrats Woo Spanish Speaking Voters

We’d have to guess that Mr. Obama has lost at least some trust among his intelligence and military professionals…..
 Sharing Intelligence Relies Upon Trust: Obama Has Given That Away, Called an End To Terror War

Anti-abortion folks have lost trust entirely if they ever had any but pro abortion and stem cell research advocates are delighted with the new president.
Discussion of Abortion Heats Up
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Obama Causing Huge Boost for Anti-Abortion Groups

The religious right has lost interest but they don’t matter much anymore anyway….
In Obama We Trust: God Has Left The Building (and the Nation)

Catholics seem happy with President Obama as he has already spoken at one great Catholic College, Georgetown, that was even kind enough to remove symbols of Jesus Christ from the president’s speech venue….
 Georgetown Honors Obama, Not Jesus (There Can Only Be One Messiah….)

Notre Dame is next but some of the Catholic heirarchy have already said they’ll boycott Obama events ….but who cares….
American Social Discourse and Political Correctness: It’s O.K. To Insult the Gracious and Polite, Just Leave the Vocal Alone

People interested in the national debt and how their children will possibly pay it off are lost but the message to all interested in children and grandchildren is clear anyway: get an abortion and chip in for the cure to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s….
Brit View: Obama Still Expects To Borrow $2.562 Trillion Before October 1st; $6 to $10 Billion per Day

Obama’s Nightmare: Economic Signs Chilling; World’s 8th Largest Economy Tops 11% Unemployed: California

 Obama’s Suicide Machine: Economy, Spending, Debt (Education, Climate, Health Care)

We suffered an economic meltdown but thaks to Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank; evil like this will never happen again….
Pelosi Got It Dead Wrong: Congress Ignored Regulators’ Repeated Warnings on Fannie, Freddie

Local governments are happy and growing and thriving thanks to the stimulus.
 Hopeful cities, towns find limits on stimulus cash
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Stumulus: Obama and Congress Sold Us A Lot Of Useless Swampland; Ready To Buy More?

Which reminds me: in California last year only two segments of the economy “grew”: government and health care.

Obama has been short on symbolism with unneeded allies like Britain but long on bowing to others…..
Obama First President Ever To Shoot Three Juveniles in Head During “Negotiation”

We have a new corps of young Obamaites: Americorps….so that’s a gain….
Forget ACORN, Obama’s Americorps Has “strong odor of creepy authoritarianism”
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Obama’s Americorps: Hitler Youth Or Putin’s Nashi

“Lawmakers” are gained and gaining as government is sure to grow.  In Congress people are delighted by the fact that they don’t have to read those long spending bills before they vote on them any more….

Obama has just about guaranteed this as a national trend….
The Great Give Away of Taxpayer Money By Bigger and Bigger Government

Education will grow but not necessarily get better as Mr. Obama is killing vouchers and there is no data to show that more education spending leads to more academic achievement, according to Ben Stein and others…..
 Better Education? Obama Kills Nation’s “Best” Voucher Program

Teaching the leftist agenda in school

Environmentalists are gaining big time but in Spain, for every climate change technology job gained two other jobs in the economy were lost….

Immigrants of all kinds are overjoyed that Nancy Pelosi called border agents and others enforcing immigration law “un-American,” except maybe my wife from Vietnam.  She’s a real rarity: a legal immigrant.  It took her 12 years to become a citizen.  She thinks Pelosi and Obama are the un-American ones….but who cares….
I Wonder What Illegal Immigrants Cost?

Vice President Joe Biden reacts to the audience after making ...

The New York Times probably won’t see all this the way we do here….

 Why is Obama’s Left so Angry? Attacking Moderate Journalists….

Tea Parties Must Be Important: NYT Continues Snide Comments On Saturday

Obama Supporters, Left Using Intimidation to Silence “The Other Side”

 Obama Already Running for Next Term As “Better Than Bush”
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Obama The All Knowing, All Present is All Over The Media
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 Independent Media Would Disappear Under Obama Appointee Plan

Obama Is President Disorder, Irony and Non Sequitur

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Legion to DHS: Standing against “un-American, a menace to our liberties, and destructive to our fundamental law”

April 14, 2009

American Legion National Commander David K. Rehbein sent Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano a letter of protest concerning a recent report by the Department of Homeland Security which suggested veterans were more likely to commit terrorist acts than nonveterans. The letter is below.

Secretary Janet Napolitano
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528

April 13, 2009
Dear Secretary Napolitano,

On behalf of the 2.6 million-member American Legion, I am stating my concern about your April 7 report, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence and Recruitment.”

First, I want to assure you that The American Legion has long shared your concern about white supremacist and anti-government groups. In 1923, when the Ku Klux Klan still yielded unspeakable influence in this country, The American Legion passed Resolution 407. It resolved, in part, “…we consider any individual, group of individuals or organizations, which creates, or fosters racial, religious or class strife among our people, or which takes into their own hands the enforcement of law, determination of guilt, or infliction of punishment, to be un-American, a menace to our liberties, and destructive to our fundamental law…”

The best that I can say about your recent report is that it is incomplete. The report states, without any statistical evidence, “The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.”

The American Legion is well aware and horrified at the pain inflicted during the Oklahoma City bombing, but Timothy McVeigh was only one of more than 42 million veterans who have worn this nation’s uniform during wartime. To continue to use McVeigh as an example of the stereotypical “disgruntled military veteran” is as unfair as using Osama bin Laden as the sole example of Islam.
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Your report states that “Rightwing extremists were concerned during the 1990s with the perception that illegal immigrants were taking away American jobs through their willingness to work at significantly lower wages.” Secretary Napolitano, this is more than a perception to those who have lost their job. Would you categorize union members as “Right Wing extremists”?

In spite of this incomplete, and, I fear, politically-biased report, The American Legion and the Department of Homeland Security share many common and crucial interests, such as the Citizen Corps and disaster preparedness. Since you are a graduate of New Mexico Girls State, I trust that you are very familiar with The American Legion. I would be happy to meet with you at a time of mutual convenience to discuss issues such as border security and the war on terrorism. I think it is important for all of us to remember that Americans are not the enemy. The terrorists are.

Sincerely,

David K. Rehbein
National Commander
The American Legion

Related:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
4/14/american-legion-responds-to-dhs/

U.S. President Barack Obama hugs a service member as he visits ... 
U.S. President Barack Obama hugs a service member as he visits Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory, Iraq April 7. REUTERS/Lee Craker/Multi-National Corps Iraq Public Affairs/Handout

Pentagon War Gamers Wonder If China Will Dump The Dollar

April 14, 2009

For the first time ever, the Pentagon is playing a war game that is focused on *economic* warfare, instead of a war fought with missiles and possible nukes.

One of their key findings involved China selling off American dollars and debt. Apparently the war gamers found a way for China to hit us where it hurts. Yale Professor Paul Bracken, one of the participants, joined me today in The Diamond District.

http://diamond.blogs.foxbusiness.com/2009/
04/13/pentagon-war-gamers-wonder-if-chin
a-will-dump-the-dollar/

While We Watched Somalia, North Korea and Iran Moved Further Away From Nuclear Talks

April 14, 2009

Lets not be politicically correct: on Easter Sunday the President of the United States executed three men while he was “negotiating” with them.

We applaud the freedom of Captain Phillips but don’t want to overlook a few facts: the Somali pirates have rarely hurt anyone and have never to our knowledge killed one person.

They want money and when the heat of warships arrives on the scene they have always removed themselves to other areas of the Somalie Coast, Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.

The Somali pirates are lawless thugs: but they are also under age by U.S. legal standards; if that matters to anyone.  The pirate now in U.S. custody is believed to be between the ages of 14 and 16.

So we won’t hire a band to celebrate the Easter killing of three pirates mid-negotiation; even though we agree the freedom of Captain Philillips is a terrific thing….

So while much of the world was focued upon the Somali Shoot Down; what else was going on?

North Korea said it was pulling out of nuclear talks and the U.S. apparently agreed to allow Iran to keep its nuclear program going….
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North Korea says it will quit talks aimed at disarming the country of nuclear weapons.

This comes as no surprise as North Korea has for years delayed, slowed and blocked the international efforts to stop its nuclear program.

Last week North Korea tested a long range ballistic missile.  The United Nations responded with a diplomatic rebuke that North Korea has now shrugged off.

North Korea carried out an underground nuclear test in 2006.

CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiap
cf/04/14/nkorea.talks/index.html

Associated Press:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090414/ap
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E0L2FzX25rb3JlYV9taXNzaWxlBGNwb3M
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b3J5BHNsawNua29yZWFzYXlzd2k

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North Korea ignoring the United Nations demonstrates that the communiststate may be on a similar path as Irar.  Iran has a long range, decades old missile program and has discussed its nuclear ambitions often.  Western intelligence sources have confirmed a long scientific and technical relationship between North Korea and Iran.

With the Western world focused on Somali pirates and the U.S. negotiation with those pirates breaking down into sniper killings, it is no wonder that North Korea is moving away from the negotiation table….

The New York Times reported on April 13 that European allies have persuaded to U.S. to back away from demands that Iran shut down and open up its nuclear program.

By dropping a longstanding American insistence that Tehran rapidly shut down nuclear facilities during the early phases of negotiations over its atomic program, the allies hope a renewed negotiation can begin with Iran….


North Korea’s Kim Jong-il is ill and may have suffered a stroke but he is still apparently in charge in North Korea

Related:
https://johnltdo5455.wordpress.com/2009/04/13/oba
ma-first-president-ever-to-shoot-three-in-hea
d-during-%e2%80%9cnegotiation%e2%80%9d/

New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/1
4/world/middleeast/14diplo.html?_r=1

Related:
Obama First President Ever To Shoot Three Juveniles in Head During “Negotiation”

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The Washington Times Reported on the DHS Document this way:

The Department of Homeland Security is warning law enforcement officials about a rise in “rightwing extremist activity,” saying the economic recession, the election of America’s first black president and the return of a few disgruntled war veterans could swell the ranks of white-power militias.

A footnote attached to the report by the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis defines “rightwing extremism in the United States” as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.

“It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,” the warning says.

The White House has distanced itself from the analysis. When asked for comment on its contents, White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said, “The President is focused not on politics but rather taking the steps necessary to protect all Americans from the threat of violence and terrorism regardless of its origins. He also believes those who serve represent the best of this country, and he will continue to ensure that our veterans receive the respect and benefits they have earned.”

The nine-page document was sent to police and ….

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/new
s/2009/apr/14/federal-agency-warn
s-of-radicals-on-right/

Hot Air:
http://hotair.com/archives/200
9/04/14/kim-throws-a-tantrum/