Jul 022010
 



~Wicked Wench of D.C.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is standing in the way of an intelligence authorization bill as she tries to press President Obama for greater congressional oversight of the CIA’s covert activities – a move that is angering fellow Democratic
leaders, the Hill newspaper reported Friday.

Pelosi’s intel obstruction comes one year after she accused the CIA of lying to Congress about the use of enhanced interrogation practices, including waterboarding, on terror suspects — an allegation that the CIA has strongly disputed.

Now she wants to enable Congress to use the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to probe the CIA and is demanding that the CIA and other intelligence agencies provide more information about their covert activities with the entire Senate and House intelligence committees instead of just the leaders, according to the newspaper.

Pelosi made her demands known to National Security Adviser Jim Jones in a meeting Wednesday, the newspaper said.

With the intel bill blocked, the nomination of Lt. Gen. James Clapper to replace the ousted Dennis Blair as director of national intelligence is in limbo.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif, chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, isn’t pleased with Pelosi’s maneuvering.

“It’s been five years since anyone has been able to get a bill through,” she told the newspaper. “If you want strong congressional oversight you have to begin to pass these bills.”


Pelosi blocked the bill after Feinstein and the administration lent their support to a deal that didn’t include GAO oversight but expanded congressional notification requirements.

“We’re in agreement, the two committees, we’ve taken GAO out and we’ve negotiated the notification requirements to three, which are acceptable to the administration,” Feinstein told the newspaper. “So we have a bill that can pass and be signed by the president.”


Pelosi’s feud with the CIA last year appeared to end in a stalemate. Her account of the allegations changed several times as she sought to clarify what she did or didn’t know about the interrogation methods that she was pushing to investigate.

She initially said that she was never told that the controversial interrogation methods were being used. But a national intelligence report later showed that she was briefed eight years ago on the tactics while she was on the House Intelligence Committee.

Her spokesman then said the speaker thought the techniques were legal and that waterboarding was not used.

Since then, Pelosi has largely remained silent on the matter, except to say that she has confidence in the agency to do its job.

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Jul 022010
 

~ By JohnBoehner

GOP Leader Video Released In Response To Disappointing Jobs Report Challenges President Obama to Focus On American People’s Priorities

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today released a new web video challenging President Obama to focus on the American people’s priorities after the release of yet another disappointing jobs report. The video, entitled “What About The Country, Mr. President?,” features questions posed by Boehner to President Obama regarding jobs, spending, the financial meltdown, and the Gulf oil spill:

SCRIPT: “WHAT ABOUT THE COUNTRY, MR. PRESIDENT?”

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH): “This week, President Obama traveled to Racine, Wisconsin — a city with 14 percent unemployment — and used his time there to attack me. But I’d ask the President several questions:”

President Obama: “In the Gulf, we don’t yet know what caused the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.”

Boehner: “Why aren’t you focused on stopping the oil spill in the Gulf and getting the Gulf cleaned up?”

President Obama: “The second thing we’ve got to do is make sure that we’ve got regulations in place so that people don’t get tricked into buying homes that they can’t afford again.”

Boehner: “Why aren’t you focused on reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?”

President Obama: “The debt is getting bigger, the deficit is getting bigger. How do we get government spending under control?”
Leader Boehner: “Why aren’t you focused on cutting spending now?”

President Obama: “So if I had been just thinking politics I would have sent you one big check with my picture on it.”

Leader Boehner: “Why isn’t the President focused on creating jobs that the American people are asking for?”

Leader Boehner: “Mr. President, what about the country?”


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Jul 022010
 

~In trying to find out “Who” Eddie Sessions was, I found something else instead. The article is fact. The author is not. I’m posting this to give proper accreditation

Alan Caruba author of Obama's Make-Believe Life

Snopes said it’s seemingly an honest error

Alan Caruba’s blog

Alan Caruba–Professional Writer

Article from the Wall Street Journal Forum by Alan Caruba (Was Eddie Sessions)

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Jul 022010
 

By Diane Macedo

A group of retired Marines is asking Connecticut’s attorney general to allow the “Don’t Tread on Me” Gadsden flag to fly over the state Capitol on July 4 after Capitol Police refused the request saying it doesn’t fall within the state’s flag flying parameters.

The group says the yellow banner, which sports a coiled rattlesnake and its trademark motto, is the original flag of the U.S. Marine Corps and clearly fits into the section of the policy which states that the Connecticut State Capitol can fly “flags of recognized military organizations of the U.S.A.”

But Capitol Police have denied several requests to fly the flag — which has become a favorite nationwide among the Tea Party movement and a popular alternative to the stars and stripes – saying it is not the official Marines flag.

“The Gadsden flag was a personal standard used by one admiral during the Revolutionary War,” Capitol Chief of Police Walter Lee told FoxNews.com. “The Marine Corps never claimed that to be one of its organizational flags.”

Retired Marine Patrick Rubino says the Marines see it very differently.

“I’d learned about in the Marine Corps. It’s one of the first, if not the first Marine Corps flag,” Rubino told FoxNews.com. “They even flew it over our bases in Afghanistan and Iraq while I was there.”

Having heard that the police had denied a previous request to have the flag displayed at the Capitol, Rubino wrote a letter to lawmakers to find out why.

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Jul 022010
 

~Courtesy of FSM

Dwight D. Eisenhower 1890- 1969

“Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels – men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”

34th President of the United States, 1953-1961 in a speech at Columbia University, 1954.

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Jul 022010
 

~DHS



For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

Washington—Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today launched the first phase of DHS’ nationwide “See Something, Say Something” campaign and announced a new national information-sharing partnership with Amtrak as part of the Department’s nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) initiative during a whistlestop train tour—highlighting the public’s role in keeping our country safe and the Obama administration’s commitment to bolstering surface transportation security.

“Implementing a national suspicious activity reporting partnership with Amtrak and expanding the ‘See Something, Say Something’ campaign strengthens our ability to guard against terrorism and crime,” said Secretary Napolitano. “These initiatives enable us to provide frontline security personnel with the latest information and intelligence to recognize behaviors and indicators associated with new and evolving threats.”

Today’s announcements came during a multi-stop train tour through New York City, Newark, N.J., Philadelphia and Washington. Secretary Napolitano was joined by Amtrak Police Chief John O’Connor as well as law enforcement leaders and elected officials. Secretary Napolitano also swore in John Pistole, former Deputy Director of the FBI, as TSA Administrator in a ceremony at New York City’s Penn Station. He then joined for the remainder of the tour.

The “See Something, Say Something” campaign—originally implemented by New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority and funded, in part, by $13 million from DHS’ Transit Security Grant Program—is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats and emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities.


In the coming months, DHS will expand the “See Something, Say Something” campaign nationally with public education materials, advertisements and other outreach tools to continue engaging travelers, businesses, community organizations, and public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping our country safe.

The “See Something, Say Something” campaign complements the national SAR initiative—a partnership among federal, state, and local law enforcement to establish a standard process for law enforcement to identify and report suspicious incidents or activity and share that information nationally so it can be analyzed to identify broader trends.

The SAR initiative announced today is a new national information-sharing partnership with Amtrak in which DHS and the Department of Justice (DOJ) work with Amtrak to utilize the latest intelligence in law enforcement trainings on how to identify suspicious behaviors associated with new and evolving threats. Amtrak officers will also utilize an upgraded reporting system—made available by the Transportation Security Administration—to refer suspicious activity reports to DHS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for analysis and follow-up.

“The Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative establishes a unified approach at all levels of government to gather, document, process, analyze, and most importantly share information about terrorism-related suspicious activities,” said Amtrak Police Chief John O’Connor. “The Amtrak Police Department is pleased to become a part of this network of law enforcement agencies and we look forward to working closely with federal, state and local authorities.”

DHS will continue to work with Amtrak and DOJ to expand the Amtrak SAR effort to regional railways, freight rail carriers and other mass transit agencies.


The SAR initiative and “See Something, Say Something” campaign are designed to generate thorough and responsible reports of suspicious activities and behaviors. The reporting system does not and will not focus on the gender or ethnicity of individuals. The law enforcement personnel who receive and respond to these reports under the DOJ National SAR Initiative (NSI) are trained officers and analysts. The NSI program has rigorous privacy and civil liberties safeguards, including a requirement that privacy protections are met before access to information is granted, as well as multiple levels of independent review. Training for Amtrak personnel on how to report suspicious activity is consistent with NSI guidelines.

For more information, visit www.tsa.gov or www.dhs.gov.

~image by sara1970


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Jul 022010
 

President Obama on controlling the debt: “Somehow people say, why are you doing that, I’m not sure that’s good politics. I’m doing it because I said I was going to do it and I think it’s the right thing to do. People should learn that lesson about me because next year when I start presenting some very difficult choices to the country, I hope some of these folks who are hollering about deficits and debt step-up because I’m calling their bluff. We’ll see how much of that, how much of the political arguments that they’re making right now are real and how much of it was just politics.”

~Diddling with our structure & economy image -- from Blackie SM

See Videos –RealClearPolitics – Video – Obama Calling “Bluff” Of Those Complaining About “Deficits And Debt”.

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Jul 022010
 

~By Cliff Kincaid

As Hollywood director Oliver Stone releases his pro-Hugo Chavez film, “South of the Border,” the Socialist International (SI) reports that the oil-rich Venezuelan ruler is suppressing dissent, interfering with freedom of the press, mismanaging the economy, and threatening peace in the region.

The SI report includes a description of the Chavez regime as a “democradura”—a democratic dictatorship.

The SI is an international alliance of 170 left-of-center political parties and organizations that might be expected to defend the Chavez regime. But its report (PDF) confirms all of the charges that critics have been making about the would-be dictator. What’s more, it says that Chavez’s policies are hurting the very people he claims to represent—the poor—through schemes that are undermining economic growth and costing jobs.

In other words, Chavez is demonstrating, once again, that socialism doesn’t work.

Following the release of the report, the Socialist International Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean issued a statement expressing “concern with regard to the respect for human rights and democratic freedoms” in Venezuela and calling for the release of political prisoners there.

Chavez is a hero of “progressives” who support Obama and staff his administration. For example, Mark Lloyd, the Associate General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has publicly praised Hugo Chavez and the Marxist revolution in Venezuela.

Other supporters of the regime include Mark Weisbrot of the George Soros-supported Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C., and Tariq Ali, a British Pakistani associated with the Institute for Policy Studies, also based in Washington, D.C.

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G-Whiz! Socialists Rebuff Obama by Rush Limbaugh

BEGIN TRANSCRIPT

CALLER: Yes, I just wanted to comment that when we look at the fact that four votes were against the Constitution, against the Second Amendment, this clearly shows why it’s so important that politically we’ve gotta stop President Barack Obama, because the fact that he and anyone that he would appoint for any future Supreme Court justices would not support the Constitution just shows you how dangerous he can be.

RUSH: Well, no question about that, and also if you go look at some of the things that he said this weekend during the G-Whiz convention, first they had the G8, and then they did the G20, and as far as Obama’s concerned it was the G-Whiz, what happened here? They all rebuked me. So the world’s smartest leader, Obama, the most persuasive orator, Obama, the most clean and articulate guy to come along in a long time, Obama, the man we’ve all been waiting for, Obama, and he faced a G-Whiz weekend. On Saturday it was the G8 and they said Nobama. I mean it was papered over, they didn’t say, no, but they didn’t say yes to more printing of money and more deficit spending. The following day the G20 said Nobama. I wonder if the G8 guys are mad they’re not part of the G20? That might have been part of the problem anyway.

Obama wanted the world to keep spending, to keep scaring their populations. “If you slow down printing money, the world will end,” he said. But the group of eight and then the group of 20 said nyet, nein, non, Nobama. They want to focus on, or they say they’re focusing on debt reduction. See, they’ve got a 40- or 50-year head start of us. We’re headed where they’re headed. It doesn’t work. That’s why the left is miserable everywhere. None of their sacred ideas work, and it’s right in front of their eyes. This stimulus was supposed to create all these jobs, subprime mortgages, happily keeping everybody in a house. They probably spent more time working on a statement than the policies themselves. And Obama said something else interesting at the G8 or the G20. He said, ladies and gentlemen, that no nation should have an advantage over another. Do you know what that means?

–END TRANSCRIPT

TORONTO — President Obama warned Sunday that the world economic recovery remains “fragile” and urged continued spending to support growth, an expansionist call at the end of a summit marked by an agreement among developed nations to halve their annual deficits within three years.

It’s the WP…full story…

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