THE ESSENCE OF OBAMA

9/29/13

Most presidents, its possible to put together a sentence or two that plausibly describes their view of the world and where they sought to take the country!
They openly advertised who they were, and you had the sense that there wasn’t much swimming in the depths that would come as a huge surprise to those looking at the surface.
“Who is he,”—though of course it offered no guide to his principles or plans, he was also iconic. He presented himself as a figure transcending partisan politics. Allowing people to see in him what they wanted to see.
Missing from the Obama persona of 2008, then was a credo: a concise summary of his beliefs and intentions. Nor did he move to fill that gap in office—or during his reelection campaign speeches, yet none fundamentally illuminating in this way. Its substance was a vague progressivism couched in terms of self-evident commonsense. “WE” this was clearly Bush’s own credo, clearly on display in a way that Obama never is.
He chooses not to voice the convictions he has. The suit isn’t empty, there’s a man inside it. Obama wears his presidency. His reticence about what he believes suggests a measure of distance between Obama the president and Obama as observer of his presidency. He tells us only what he thinks we need to know. And obama the observer keeps his view to himself. “President Obama is a role that Obama knows he is playing. Perhaps the single most revealing statement of Obama’s presidency is his repeated call (most Prominently in a speech announcing the withdrawal of troops from AFG) for nation-building here a home. He believes the country has a ways to go fulfill its founding promises (the theme of his second Inaugural)
In the long run, as he evidently sees it, having his name permanently attached to the program that finally begins to make good on universal health care is worthy tribute. Obama point was that someone who runs a small business is not an autonomous entity whose fate lies solely in his own hands.
“You didn’t build that” applies equally well to his won success. “I have a gift”, he once said of his oratorical skills and thought your could construe such a statement as a boast. Obama’s view is about 180 degrees from that of Herbert Hoover who attributed the progress of society to outstanding individuals and their ability to achieve. The world is something one simply must as president deal with. It’s demands come first. The US has no remaining military presence in Iraq. Supposedly the reason is that we were unable to conclude a status of forces agreement with the Iraqi government. And in Syria Obama might find himself leading the nation into a war that Obama the observer personally opposed. He had again determined that he did not need congressional authorization to use military force to punish the Assad regime. Any president or world leader should take a country to war on his won say-so. Syria’s use of chemical weapons would cross a red line and “change my calculus”, then favoring nonintervention. “I didn’t set a red line, the world set a red line”. Again critics spluttered about his denial of the obvious but Obama may well have been sincere.
An American president in the view of the incumbent, should act as non-unilaterally as possible.

Sources—weekly standard, tod lindberg

LET’S TALK ABOUT ISRAEL

9/29/13
Israel in the eye of a hurricane. Egypt is an unruly military dictatorship, Syria is at war and the government may fall in Tunisia, Libya has no real government, Lebanon is now seeing growing Sunni-Shia strife, Jordan has half-million Syrian refugees and the flow continues. There are those of course who think the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains the key, central, main, critical issue in the entire region. Kerry said of the chemical weapons use by Syria “nothing today is more serious and nothing is receiving more serious scrutiny”. And al long as Iran is seen as a threat by the Sunni world, Israel’s relations with those states will not collapse. But what worries Israel’s most of all is not Iran; that’s second. First comes us, the US. We are not only seen to be losing influence in the regions but to be doing it willfully, purposefully. For Israelis, tied so closely to the US and dependent on us in many ways, our budget squeeze they appreciate that Iraq and AFG left America tired of wars, do not fully appreciate how much events in Libya, Egypt, Syria and elsewhere leave Americans thinking the Middle East is hopeless. It seems that a consensus is growing that an Iranian bomb is truly unacceptable, and that as a last resort Israel must act to prevent it. “ Last resort means they still wish the Americans with our vastly greater firepower would do it, but one meets few Israelis who believe that will happen.
It is especially worrying to them that American prestige and clout in the region are at a historic low!

LESSONS FOR JERUSALEM: What are the lesson they must learn?
Russia remains important players in the region after all, not just by selling arms to Syria but at the UN as well. Being able to communicate directly with Putin and foreign minister Sergey Lavroy in a relationship separate and independent form that the US helps protect Israel’s interest.
Iran, no one in Israel has the slightest faith that Obama means to bomb the Iranian nuclear sites. The handling of Syria shows his aversion to using force and potentially involving the US in another Middle East war. The Dems are no longer offering such assurances on what Obama will do. Israelis concerned now about a Russian-led diplomatic offensive, makes an Israeli strike nearly impossible. The lessons here are to work hard to toughen the American position in negotiations with Iran and keep honing their own strike plans.
USA: the unreliability of their own chief ally and closet friend have watched Obama reversals that lead him to talk of strikes at Syria then demand a congressional vote, then postpone. Saw Putin maneuver around these changes. What to do then, first keep humoring the Obama adm. verbally supporting Obama on Syria. Pursue your own relationships with Russia, Europe and the Arab states. Israel and France can toughen the Western negotiation position on Iran or Israel and Egypt can work together to weaken Hamas in Gaza or Israel and the Gulf Arab states can talk together about how to handle conflicts with Iran.
WHAT DOES ISRAEL DO: The Arab League has 22 members states, the Islamic Conference has 57, and there are in the world perhaps two billion Muslims. Christians communities have for years been threatened and attacked in Iraq, Lebanon and most recently Syria and Egypt with little reactions form the world’s town billion Christians. Who would protect the Jews should they ever be in a similar situation. Israelis don’t believe they survive because they are a democracy or a “startup nation” but because they are strong and willing to use their strength. Israel must in the end be able and willing to defend itself by itself.

Sources—weekly standard, elliot Abrams,

BY THE BOOK

REGULATIONS AND MORE REGULATIONS 9/29/13

Common sense dictates that the more complex a policy challenge, the simpler the rules and regulations should be. But Obama doesn’t see it this way. At every turn it has expanded and empowered the regulatory state. It has created a bloated bureaucracy that isn’t getting the job done. Dodd-Frank, ACA. The 2319 page Dodd-Frank Act calls for more than 400 new rules across 20 different agencies, creating duplication, contradiction and confusion. It was intended to end “too big to fail” is too complex to implement. The goal: eliminating all risk from the financial system. Three years after passage, amid missed deadlines and only 40% of the rules completed, the president convened regulations and urged them to speed things up. The 2400 page HC law created 159 new agencies, panels, commission’s regulatory bodies and mandates. The law has proven to be largely unworkable and an adm. Nightmare. But the answer is not to eliminate risk; it’s to manage it with clear sensible regulations. The US chamber release it Fix Add Replace (FAR) agenda to achieve those goals. We need to control heath care costs. But the way to do t is through market-based solutions that are driven by the private sector—without government overreach.

THEN WE HAVE DO IT FOR THE PRESIDENCY:
On 2007 campaign Obama regularly blasted Bush over its supposed “imperial presidency” pretensions and argued that a “president does not have power under the constitution to unilaterally authorize A MILITARY ATTACK IN A SITUATION THAT DOES NOT INVOLVE STOPPING AN ACTUAL OR IMMINENT THREAT TO THE NATION”. But his won record shows a president ignoring laws when he finds them inconvenient; using adm. Procedures to bypass congress to create expansive new statutory regimes and flouting the constitution regarding recess appointments. Obama turned the language of the War Powers Act on its head during the 2011 Libyan intervention by arguing that the 6 months of aerial and cruise missile strikes did not constitute actual “hostilities” and hence did not require any action by congress. His decision to go to congress as a cynical ploy, reluctant to take any action at all, is hoping an even more reluctant congress will actually vote against a resolution to use force. A failure to win congressional authorization when combined with existing scandals, the mess of Obamacare, and the country’s general economic malaise—is likely to cement even further his lame duck status and leave the US with a president whose credibility with allies and enemies alike is at rock bottom. National security, the draft resolution was a mishmash of tactics and strategy and needed improving. Congress must insist that any military campaign not be feckless, and that it be property funded so as not to further hollow out an already sequestered to death military.
None of this requires boots on the ground, the feasibility of an effective Syrian campaign reflects not an actual lack of American capacity but rather self-inflicted doubts form pulling the plug on our efforts in Iraq and AFG prematurely.

Sources: weekly standard, tom Donohue chamber of commerce, gary schmitt

FROM DICK MORRIS #2

9/26/13
The Republican Party has it exactly backwards:
• Don’t threaten to close the government down over ObamaCare;
• But do threaten not to raise the debt limit unless welfare entitlements are ratcheted back. The debt limit fight is the right place to make a stand. The public does not like debt or borrowing and realizes that excessive debt is at the core of our financial problems. Once we all see our premiums increase and the young see that they cannot afford the premiums or the fines they will face and the elderly start facing a denial of care, it will change. But all of America understands that our spending on welfare has skyrocketed and that we can’t afford it. Nobody wants to borrow to pay welfare. Who can but applaud a decision to stop borrowing until we stop spending? The time is mid-October when the debt limit is up and the place is over welfare entitlements.
Congressional Democrats have defected from President Obama on three key issues in recent weeks. First, 111 House Democrats refused to fund the National Security Agency surveillance program despite heavy pressure from the administration and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Approaching lame-duck status only nine months into his second term. And on three key issues — surveillance, war and crony capitalism — Obama has become suspect in Democrats’ eyes. The revelations of NSA spying, initially brought into public view by Edward Snowden. When Obama was shown up by Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and his speech fell flat, it was so evident that he couldn’t deliver Democrats that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) quietly shelved the resolution to await a U.N. vote. Under former President Clinton, 45 percent of all new personal income went to the top 1 percent. Under former President George W. Bush, it was 65 percent. So far under Obama, 95 percent of the income has gone to the richest 1 percent.
When Clinton allowed the repeal of Glass-Steagall, largely on Summers’s advice, the gambling ratcheted up. Now banks could use federally guaranteed depositor money to bet on iffy investments. With the Fed shipping $85 billion each month to Wall Street, brokerage executives and bank officials can earn vast sums by gambling on derivatives.
Yellen, the Fed heir apparent, is no better than Summers. Her tenure as vice chairwoman of the Fed under Bernanke is enough to signal her support of crony capitalist gambling. She is likely to hold interest rates down, nominally to encourage job creation but in reality to provide free money to Wall Street’s government-guaranteed derivatives gambling casino.
The government now pays 3/4 of the health care premiums for members of Congress and the staff. But ObamaCare bars subsidies for anyone making more than $94,000 a year. Obama,Boehner, Pelosi, McCain, Cantor, Graham, Corker,
Might appear to have nothing in common. But they do: They are the insiders who represent the military industrial complex on Capitol Hill. Their support of war and crony capitalist economic policy is anchored by the dependence on the goodwill and generosity of the K street lobbyists who feed the complex with daily massive helpings of public funding.
But it may not come to a vote. Putin has pulled Obama’s chestnuts out of the fire.
Putin’s proposal to place Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons under United Nations supervision must have been vetted by Damascus. Assad wins every way. He gets a pass on his past use of chemical weapons he can’t use them anymore anyway; He doesn’t get bombed.

Sources-dick morris, the hill, tea party move.on,

A BLACK REPORTER SUMMARIZES OBAMA

9/26/13
BEST SUMMATION OF BARACK AND MICHELLE EVER!
Mychal Massie is a respected writer and talk show host in Los Angeles. A person asked me why I didn’t like the Obama’s? Because they are committed to the fundamental change of my/our country into what can only be regarded as a Communist state.

Michelle Obama’s raw contempt for white America is transpicuous. I don’t like them because they comport themselves as emperor and empress. The Reagan’s made Americans feel good about themselves and about what we could accomplish. Obama’s arrogance by appointing 32 leftist czars and constantly bypassing congress is impeachable. Eric Holder is probably the MOST incompetent and arrogant DOJ head to ever hold the job. Presidents are politicians and all politicians are known and pretty much expected to manipulate the truth, if not outright lie, but even using that low standard, the Obama’s have taken lies, dishonesty, deceit, mendacity, subterfuge and obfuscation to new depths. They are verbally abusive to the citizenry, and they display an animus for civility.
I do not like them, because they both display bigotry overtly, as in the case of Harvard Professor Louis Gates, when he accused the Cambridge Police of acting stupidly, and her code speak pursuant to not being able to be proud of America. I view that statement and that mindset as an insult to those who died to provide a country where a Kenyan, his illegal alien relatives, and his alleged progeny, could come and not only live freely, but rise to the highest, most powerful, position in the world.
Michelle Obama is free to hate and disparage whites because Americans of every description paid with their blood to ensure her right to do same.
.” No president in history has spent millions of dollars to keep his records and his past sealed.
And what the two of them have shared has been proved to be lies. He lied about when and how they met, he lied about his mother’s death and problems with insurance, Michelle lied to a crowd pursuant to nearly $500,000 bank stocks they inherited from his family. He has lied about his father’s military service, about the civil rights movement, ad nausea. He lied to the world about the Supreme Court in a State of the Union address. He berated and publicly insulted a sitting Congressman. He has surrounded himself with the most rabidly, radical, socialist academicians today.
He opposed rulings that protected women and children that even Planned Parenthood did not seek to support. He is openly hostile to business and aggressively hostile to Israel. His wife treats being the First Lady as her personal American Express Black Card (arguably the most prestigious credit card in the world). I condemn them because, as people are suffering, losing their homes, their jobs, their retirements, he and his family are arrogantly showing off their life of entitlement – as he goes about creating and fomenting class warfare.
I neither apologize nor retreat from my public condemnation of them and of his policies. We should condemn them for the disrespect they show our people, for his willful and unconstitutional actions pursuant to obeying the Constitutional parameters he is bound by, and his willful disregard for Congressional authority.
And I have open scorn for their constantly playing the race card.
I condemn in the strongest possible terms the media for refusing to investigate them, as they did President Bush and President Clinton, and for refusing to label them for what they truly are. There is no scenario known to man, whereby a white president and his wife could ignore laws, flaunt their position, and lord over the people, as these two are permitted out of fear for their color.
“Never in my life, inside or outside of politics, have I witnessed such dishonesty in a political leader. He is the most mendacious political figure I have ever witnessed. Even by the low standards of his presidential predecessors, his narcissistic, contumacious arrogance is unequalled.
They have been witness to a congenital liar, a woman who has been ashamed of America her entire life, failed policies, intimidation, and a commonality hitherto not witnessed in political leaders. He and his wife view their life at our expense as an entitlement – while America’s people go homeless, hungry and unemployed.”

Source—billy thomas

A BLACK REPORTER SUMMARIZES OBAMA

9/26/13
BEST SUMMATION OF BARACK AND MICHELLE EVER!
Mychal Massie is a respected writer and talk show host in Los Angeles. A person asked me why I didn’t like the Obama’s? Because they are committed to the fundamental change of my/our country into what can only be regarded as a Communist state.

Michelle Obama’s raw contempt for white America is transpicuous. I don’t like them because they comport themselves as emperor and empress. The Reagan’s made Americans feel good about themselves and about what we could accomplish. Obama’s arrogance by appointing 32 leftist czars and constantly bypassing congress is impeachable. Eric Holder is probably the MOST incompetent and arrogant DOJ head to ever hold the job. Presidents are politicians and all politicians are known and pretty much expected to manipulate the truth, if not outright lie, but even using that low standard, the Obama’s have taken lies, dishonesty, deceit, mendacity, subterfuge and obfuscation to new depths. They are verbally abusive to the citizenry, and they display an animus for civility.
I do not like them, because they both display bigotry overtly, as in the case of Harvard Professor Louis Gates, when he accused the Cambridge Police of acting stupidly, and her code speak pursuant to not being able to be proud of America. I view that statement and that mindset as an insult to those who died to provide a country where a Kenyan, his illegal alien relatives, and his alleged progeny, could come and not only live freely, but rise to the highest, most powerful, position in the world.
Michelle Obama is free to hate and disparage whites because Americans of every description paid with their blood to ensure her right to do same.
.” No president in history has spent millions of dollars to keep his records and his past sealed.
And what the two of them have shared has been proved to be lies. He lied about when and how they met, he lied about his mother’s death and problems with insurance, Michelle lied to a crowd pursuant to nearly $500,000 bank stocks they inherited from his family. He has lied about his father’s military service, about the civil rights movement, ad nausea. He lied to the world about the Supreme Court in a State of the Union address. He berated and publicly insulted a sitting Congressman. He has surrounded himself with the most rabidly, radical, socialist academicians today.
He opposed rulings that protected women and children that even Planned Parenthood did not seek to support. He is openly hostile to business and aggressively hostile to Israel. His wife treats being the First Lady as her personal American Express Black Card (arguably the most prestigious credit card in the world). I condemn them because, as people are suffering, losing their homes, their jobs, their retirements, he and his family are arrogantly showing off their life of entitlement – as he goes about creating and fomenting class warfare.
I neither apologize nor retreat from my public condemnation of them and of his policies. We should condemn them for the disrespect they show our people, for his willful and unconstitutional actions pursuant to obeying the Constitutional parameters he is bound by, and his willful disregard for Congressional authority.
And I have open scorn for their constantly playing the race card.
I condemn in the strongest possible terms the media for refusing to investigate them, as they did President Bush and President Clinton, and for refusing to label them for what they truly are. There is no scenario known to man, whereby a white president and his wife could ignore laws, flaunt their position, and lord over the people, as these two are permitted out of fear for their color.
“Never in my life, inside or outside of politics, have I witnessed such dishonesty in a political leader. He is the most mendacious political figure I have ever witnessed. Even by the low standards of his presidential predecessors, his narcissistic, contumacious arrogance is unequalled.
They have been witness to a congenital liar, a woman who has been ashamed of America her entire life, failed policies, intimidation, and a commonality hitherto not witnessed in political leaders. He and his wife view their life at our expense as an entitlement – while America’s people go homeless, hungry and unemployed.”

Source—billy thomas

SOROS IS FUNDING THE NEX GENERATION OF LIBERAL JOURNALISM

9/26/13
Columbia University helps define the news business. Its School of Journalism is perhaps the foremost institution of its kind in the United States, and its alumni fill the ranks of news organizations. Unfortunately, Columbia’s journalism program is not committed to honest journalism. Instead it delivers a one-sided education that celebrates left-wing policies and is overwhelmingly run by liberal journalists, most of whom work for liberal news outlets in addition to their jobs at the school. Sixty-eight percent of the full-time faculty. They write for explicitly left-wing news outlets. Many of the adjunct faculty and guest lecturers also work for these operations.
Columbia’s Journalism School professors have written for left-wing blogs calling Occupy Wall Street “sweet-tempered,” while bashing the Tea Party as “radicals.” They’ve also authored articles and books attacking Israel for “terrorizing” Gaza, ranted about how the fossil fuel industry’s “extraordinary corporate culture of discipline and secrecy” is destroying the environment, accused Republicans of using racist “code language,” and promoted liberal causes from socialized medicine to gun control to abortion. Columbia University President Lee Bollinger has repeatedly argued for massive government funding of journalism.
Columbia has received $9.7 million from left-wing billionaire George Soros, more support than he has given to all but three other schools. Soros is also connected to the newly appointed dean of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Steve Coll, is currently the head of the New America Foundation, a progressive public policy organization that has received $4.2 million from Soros since 2000.
The influence of Columbia University School of Journalism is substantial. Alumni have gotten jobs at such prominent media outlets as The New York Times, Bloomberg, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and USA Today. Alumni have also worked at a number of left-wing outlets including Mother Jones, The Huffington Post, NPR and The Nation – the same operations their former professors staff.
The Media Research Center’s Business and Media Institute has extensively researched Columbia University School of Journalism. BMI found that there was a significant left-wing bias prevalent at the school – a bias that then migrates with its graduates to permeate the daily operations of news organizations across the United States. These results include the following:
68 Percent of the Professors Work for Liberal Outlets– Of the 40 full-time members of the faculty, 27 work at left-wing news outlets and organizations, The Huffington Post, Slate, Mother Jones, Salon, The Nation and Greenpeace. Adjunct faculty work at Al Jazeera, Alternet, The Daily Beast, Salon and The Nation. These professors are also cited as experts by major news outlets, such as The New York Times, ABC, CBS, The Washington Post and USA Today,
· More than $9.7 Million in Soros Funding– That makes it the third-most Soros-funded school in the world, and the second-most in the U.S. The school also received an additional $1.63 million from the liberal Tides Foundation, which Soros also supports.
Soros-funded Liberal Leadership– Dean Steve Coll journalism in July 2013 is currently the president of the New America Foundation, a left-leaning public policy organization which has received more than $4.2 million in Soros funding since 2001.

· Ties to Terror-Friendly Al Jazeera– Al Jazeera English was awarded more than just the Columbia Award, the highest honor that Columbia could give. Al Jazeera employees work as adjunct faculty and guest lecturers, and the journalism school also listed Al Jazeera English and Current TV. This is the same “news” organization that, in 2008, threw a birthday party for a Lebanese terrorist who had previously killed a police officer, a civilian and a 4-year-old girl.
The Business and Media Institute has the following recommendations for journalists writing about Columbia School of Journalism.
Extreme Bias Damages Credibility: The Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics states that journalists should “remain free of associations or activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility.”
Do Some Genuine Journalism and Investigate Major Donors– Since 2000, Soros has given more than $500 million to liberal organizations in the U.S., underwriting almost every major liberal initiative.
The Business and Media Institute has the following recommendations for how Columbia can repair its reputation as a premier journalism school.
Hire Conservative Professors: The SPJ Code of Ethics states that journalists should “Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and shun secondary employment, political involvement, public office and service in community organizations if they compromise journalistic integrity.”
· Refuse to Give a Platform to Those who Support Terrorists: Columbia needs to stop catering to the blatantly pro-terror news network, Al Jazeera. Columbia University not only entertains but promotes a blatantly anti-American and pro-terrorist news network, it undermines the nature of journalism.
Sources-mike ciandella