~Again on his Bully Pulpit! Intimidation not working. He’s like a little child threatening this & that to get his own way. He is creating chaos on every issue & with the election loss it will magnify with each thing he tries to get passed. Did you know he snuck one in? He is battering us friends & the TSA uproar worked now, didn’t it?…~JP
He Says Republicans Stalling Ratification of START Treaty Impacts National Security; McConnell Talks Taxes
~ Now he’s dishonoring Reagan…blowhard teleprompting live forever as I post this…
(AP) President Barack Obama took aim Saturday at Republican senators standing in the way of a nuclear arms reduction pact with Russia, saying they were abandoning Ronald Reagan’s lesson of nuclear diplomacy: “Trust but verify.”
Meanwhile, the Senate’s top Republican accused his Democratic counterparts of wasting Congress’ lame-duck session on issues from gays in the military to environment regulations. Sen. Mitch McConnell didn’t mention Mr. Obama’s push to ratify the new START weapons treaty with Russia, but said extending expiring Bush-era tax cuts needed to be the top priority.
President Obama, speaking from a NATO summit in Portugal, used his weekly radio and Internet address to focus on international affairs at a time of increased political gridlock at home as the GOP prepares to take control of the House in the new Congress next year.
Describing his nuclear efforts as part of a five-administration continuum, President Obama said the treaty to cut the permitted number of U.S. and Russian long-range nuclear warheads by a third was “fundamental to America’s national security.”
The president went to great length listing the prominent Republicans from previous administrations who back the deal, including former secretaries of state Colin Powell, George Shultz, Jim Baker and Henry Kissinger. He cited GOP Sen. Dick Lugar’s support, but suggested that other Republican senators were playing politics with national security.
“Some make no argument against the treaty – they just ask for more time,” President Obama said. “If the Senate doesn’t act this year – after six months, 18 hearings, and nearly a thousand questions answered – it would have to start over from scratch in January.”
And it would face tougher odds as the Democratic majority loses six seats.
Without ratification, Russia may be less cooperative in enforcing strong sanctions on Iran, securing loose nuclear material from terrorists or helping the U.S. equip troops in Afghanistan, Obama said. He said no agreement with Russia meant no U.S. inspectors watching over one of the world’s biggest nuclear arsenals.
~Good! Who the hay trusts the USSR anyway?
“Those who would block this treaty are breaking President Reagan’s rule – they want to trust, but not verify,” President Obama said.
McConnell, in the GOP radio and Internet address, focused on the stubbornly high unemployment rate and Democrats’ failure to alleviate joblessness. The Kentucky senator said Democrats had exploded the national debt with the stimulus and other spending programs, and were now asking Americans for more money. He said it was imperative that the Bush-era tax cuts that expire this year be extended.
“Americans don’t think we should be raising taxes on anybody, especially in the middle of a recession,” McConnell said. “But instead of giving Americans what they want, Democratic leaders plan to use the last few days that lawmakers expect to spend in Washington this year focusing on everything except preventing this tax hike, which will cost us even more jobs: immigration; a repeal of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell'; a reorganization of the FDA; more environmental regulations.”
President Obama appears ready to compromise with Republicans on temporarily extending the tax cuts passed under President George W. Bush, despite previous opposition to continuing them for couples making over $250,000. Republicans have sought permanent cuts for all, and McConnell said that the blame for inaction would fall on the Democrats when the hikes “hit every taxpayer and hundreds of thousands of small businesses at the stroke of midnight on December 31st.”
Still, he suggested that Republicans could compromise on the tax issue.
Outrage is growing at the intersection of ideology and incompetence that is the jury’s collapse in the trial of Ahmed Ghailani, declared acquitted in the murders of 224 innocents, including a dozen Americans.
The outrage is growing as Americans learn more and more about how utterly avoidable this outrageous miscarriage of justice was. John Podhoretz’s and Jennifer Rubin’s criticisms are among the most pointed and both employ the damning word “debacle” in the title, and Powerline’s Scott Johnson and John Hinderaker weigh in with “The Failure Option.” Eric Holder who repeatedly declared his confidence in this process should resign and the president should apologize to the nation and especially to the families of the victims whose killed now has been declared not guilty
An email from an individual very experienced in federal criminal proceedings comments:
This smells like a compromise verdict to me. On Monday you had the report that a juror asked to be excused, claiming she was the lone holdout and she feared continuing verbal assaults on her by the other jurors for refusing to agree with them.
I suspect the 11 jurors wanted to convict on all counts, and this one juror refused.
In order to reach a verdict, the 11 jurors agreed to join her in acquitting him on all counts but one, in exchange for her agreeing to convict him on the one count — which sounds the least serious based on its description in the indictment.
But, the potential sentence for that count is a minimum of 20 years and a maximum of life. Its up to the district judge to determine how much time he will give him, and the judge can consider all the evidence at trial, including the evidence on the acquitted counts.
To take those counts into consideration in determining what sentence to impose, the judge is only required to find by a preponderance of evidence that the defendant was involved in the criminal conduct for which he was acquitted. He’s not being punished for the acquitted conduct, rather, that conduct is to inform the judge about the nature of the defendant’s character.
I expect the judge will give him life when all is said and done.
President aims to get lame-duck Congress to pass legislation giving children of illegal immigrants path to citizenship by working toward a college degree or military service.
President Obama met privately in the Oval Office Tuesday with leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss immigration reform, and aides say his hope that Congress will approve the DREAM Act during the lame duck session.
The legislation would give children of illegal immigrants an opportunity to earn their citizenship by working toward a college degree or military service.
Critics say it is the first step on the path toward amnesty, although the issue does have some bipartisan support.
~Hey we took names & showed the GOP that! WHOEVER in our party that supports this bill will go down ASAP! You can bet your bippy on that! ~JP
We Forced a Delay on Amnesty Bill Until After Thanksgiving; Now Let’s Defeat It!
On Saturday, House Democratic leaders announced that they aren’t going to deal with the amnesty this week. They will be out of town for Thanksgiving the week after that. So, we are now fighting to prohibit the vote the first week of December when Congress returns.
Every day (and especially week) that we delay the vote, the less likely the amnesty will get a hearing. There are at most three weeks left in which it can be raised after Thanksgiving. It still is a real danger. But Congress also has some major business it absolutely has to handle before Christmas.
THE AMNESTY LEADERS KNOW THAT THIS LAME DUCK SESSION IS THE ONLY POSSIBLE CHANCE THEY HAVE FOR AT LEAST TWO MORE YEARS. THE AMERICAN VOTERS LAST WEEK CHOSE A NEW CONGRESS THAT IS STRONGLY ANTI-AMNESTY.
~This is one poker game you won’t see Poker Face playing at…
* by DanMcManis
IF communists have a reputation for anything, it is seriousness. (And if you have seen old photos of Karl Marx, you know that he did not smile much.) But at the Brecht Forum, a community center on West Street where revolutionaries and radicals gather daily to ponder and to pontificate, they also play. (Smiles abound.)
While Mr. Balagun waved me out the front door, I imagined Marx’s ghost floating in the hazy light of the evening, watching over the poker players. Behind his famous thicket of a beard, I could almost see a grin.
We’ve already brought you glimpses of your friendly neighborhood communists (watch them introduce themselves here). In sum, they want you know they’re just like you and I (minus the slaughter of millions, of course). Now, the New York Times is making sure you know some other things about your communist neighbors: they smile and have game night, too.
“[A]t the Brecht Forum, a community center on West Street [in New York City] where revolutionaries and radicals gather daily to ponder and to pontificate, they also play. (Smiles abound),” the Times writes in a recent piece. Amid conversations about labor theory and worker exploitation, the article says, “there is also the monthly Game Night, when regulars put down their copies of ‘Das Kapital’ [Karl Marx’s manifesto] and immerse themselves in table tennis, foosball and a complicated Marxist version of Monopoly called, appropriately, Class Struggle.”
“Class Struggle” reflects the real struggle between the classes in our society. THE OBJECT OF THE GAME IS TO WIN THE REVOLUTION . . . ULTIMATELY. Until then, classes—represented by different players—advance around the board, making and breaking alliances, and picking up strengths and weaknesses that determine the outcome of the elections and general strikes which occur along the way.
Like your other friendly neighborhood communists, Brecht Forum regulars are also pretty normal folks. They get together, talk, have speakers, and sometimes oh, you know, “conspire”:
The Brecht Forum began in 1975 as the New York Marxist School. It is named after long-time Marxist and German playwright Bertold Brecht, who once wrote “MUTTER COURAGE UND IHRE KINDER,” which one biography calls “an attempt to demonstrate that greedy small entrepreneurs make devastating wars possible.”
Its website describes the forum as “a place for people who are working for social justice, equality and a new culture that puts human needs first.”
In between rounds of “Class Struggle” the forum does find time to invite guests to speak, such as this gentleman, who likes to call Glenn Beck a “fascist whore”: