Hindsight’s Always 20/20

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You can always spot things after the fact that should have given the whole thing away.

But so many, eight years after 9/11?

Even if you’re inclined to blame Bush, the election was over a year ago and Obama has been in office for almost a year.

Yeah, I know about the economy, the bailouts and unemployment. But all administrations have to be able to walk and chew gum. In fact, that was one of the selling points with Obama.

That’s the reason you have Cabinet Members and Under-secretaries, to insure that the bureaucrat drones are doing what they’re supposed to be doing. Wasn’t that the whole point of the DHS and the National Director of Intelligence? Or was that just a butt-covering excuse to hire more bureaucratic drones to beef up the Public Employees Unions>

Geez Obama, it is part of your job to pick subordinates that insure follow through on your policies. Another part, which you obviously knew during the campaign, was to appear to be paying attention and assuring the public. That was a lesson that GWB and his staff never got. Reagan and Clinton did. They both knew when to bite a lip, shed a tear or stand up and ask for one for the Gipper.

Shit like this is gonna happen. What you gotta do is make sure that the failures are few and not the result of poor priorities.

Right now it’s 9/11 all over again. Same old failures, same old excuses and same old answers.

Just wait, there’s going to be another commission, another investigation and it will be discovered that there needs to be more bureaucracy, more lines, more restrictions on the public, but no matter what, no “profiling”.

It’s deja vue all over again.

Bill Clinton’s Still Full Of It.

Paul Helmke: Bill Clinton On Pragmatism (And Guns) In The Obama Era

Nobody wants to repeal the Second Amendment, and nobody wants to keep you out of the deer woods, but wouldn’t it be nice if your children didn’t have to worry about being mowed down by an assault weapon when they turn the corner?

When was the last time anyone was “mowed down by an assault weapon” Bill?

How about almost never. Assault weapons are not even a blip as far a shootings go.

and then there’s this gem:

It’s not a leftward movement. It’s a forward, communitarian movement. Shared opportunities. Shared responsibilities. Shared values, including the most important of all: “Our differences are really interesting, and they make life in America much more interesting, but our common humanity matters more.”

Shared? How about sharing all those millions of dollars you have been scarfing up from your foreign buddies, Bill? You know, if you’re serious about that whole “income inequality” thing you can start by redistributing your wealth.

Yeah, I know. Not f**king likely.

The Epic Poetry Of Hawk of Iowa.

The Idiossey

Now behold him, brave Obamacles,
Who strides triumphant down Pennsylvania Avenue,
With Victimia at his side in a gown of golden brocade,
Hewn from the finest hotel draperies.
Behold his ascent to the marble dais to swear his oath,
Which Justice Roberts flubs; so dazzled is he
by our hero’s pure magnificence.

And behold the crowd whose number has grown to a million,
Mocking limping Chimpos as he flees to Brazos exile,
Tossing their sandals at his edifice, only to stop to hail the conquering hero.

“All hail Obamacles!” they cry, “Master of Bullshit,
Vicelord of the Chicagomon, Slayer of Hildusa,
Vanquisher of Palina. You are our new and shiny hope,
a true god amongst mortals.”

George W Bush Still Classier Than The Clintons

Bush Family to Leave Many Treasured Items Inside White House

Unlike Bill and Hillary Clinton, George and Laura Bush will take few treasured mementos with them from their years at the White House.

When the Clintons left the White House in January 2001, the former first couple took with them more than 50 gifts — including a chandelier, flatware, and paintings — valued at nearly $200,000.

Truth Is No Defense Against The New York Times.

“All the news that’s fit to print.’ I guess mottoes hang on long after the truth of them has faded into distant memory.

You don’t expect the NYT to do any favors for people that embarrassed them. But you would think they would either stick to the truth or at least not revisit the embarrassment

But they choose to revisit the Plame/Wilson affair in a movie review. But they had to genuflect at one of the stations of the Liberal canon.

Film – ‘Nothing but the Truth’ – Fictional Reporter in Real-Life Mess – NYTimes.com

ROD LURIE knew from the start that his new film, about a newspaper reporter who goes to jail to protect a source, might be a tough sell in an age in which the press is held in widespread and casual disdain. But it took a throttling from a fellow director, Oliver Stone, to really drive the point home.

Mr. Stone was working with Josh Brolin on a California soundstage this spring, testing the makeup Mr. Brolin would use to portray President Bush in “W.” Mr. Lurie was nearby, reshooting a scene in “Nothing but the Truth,” which stars Kate Beckinsale and will remind some viewers of the real-life travails of Judith Miller, the former reporter for The New York Times who spent 85 days in jail in 2005.

Mr. Stone spotted Mr. Lurie and stormed over. “He puts his beefy fingers around my neck,” Mr. Lurie recalled, “and said, ‘Don’t turn Judy Miller into a hero.’ ”

It was at that moment, Mr. Lurie said, that he realized just how tough it would be to separate his film from its real-life roots.
[…]
Hostility among media critics toward Ms. Miller’s Iraq reporting spilled over into skepticism about her motives in another matter, her protection of the source who told her that Valerie Wilson (often referred to by her maiden name, Valerie Plame) was an undercover operative for the Central Intelligence Agency. It surfaced yet again when the source, I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, told her she was free to talk, effectively freeing her from the jail where she had spent almost three months after a federal judge held her in contempt of court.

Actually the person that ‘outed’ le femme Valerie was Richard Armitage, one of Colin Powell’s assistants at State.

But there was an independent counsel, and by golly, if there’s a counsel, there had better be a prosecution.

Scooter Libby was never convicted of leaking her name, he was never charged with leaking her name. Libby ran into that prosecutor’s trick of charging someone for perjury when their memory of events differs from other witnesses.

As for Plame’s status as an “undercover” operative, she wasn’t working as an undercover agent, hadn’t worked as an undercover agent in quite a while and was not considered someone who would be sent to work undercover in the future.

When the question of the “sixteen words” in President Bush’s State of the Union address came up, she did suggest her husband for the job. Somehow that phrase “The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa” morphed into Saddam Hussein has recently received yellowcake uranium from Niger. Someone is going to have to walking me through the transition of that phrase someday.

When her husband returned he submitted a verbal report saying that he found that the story was most likely true.

Wilson’s report bolstered suspicions that Iraq was indeed seeking uranium in Africa. The Senate report cited an intelligence officer who reviewed Wilson’s report upon his return from Niger:

Committee Report: He (the intelligence officer) said he judged that the most important fact in the report was that the Nigerian officials admitted that the Iraqi delegation had traveled there in 1999, and that the Nigerian Prime Minister believed the Iraqis were interested in purchasing uranium, because this provided some confirmation of foreign government service reporting.

I don’t doubt for a minute that Libby and probably others in the Bush administration did leak the fact that Wilson’s husband worked at the CIA. Politics ain’t beanball. Ask anyone who got sideways with the Clinton administration during the 1990s.

Liberals can’t stand to look the fool. So they will go to any lengths to destroy anyone who allows people to see they are. Even years later and even if they have to ignore facts.

Who Do We Find At The Center Of Another Bank Failure?

Another Clinton/Obama insider. Our old friend Robert Rubin, Clinton Treasury Secretary and Obama financial adviser. You may remember him from 2001 when he called Treasury to plead the case for easing off the investigation into his good friends at Enron.

The Reckoning – Citigroup Saw No Red Flags Even as It Made Bolder Bets – Series – NYTimes.com

The bank’s downfall was years in the making and involved many in its hierarchy, particularly Mr. Prince and Robert E. Rubin, an influential director and senior adviser.Citigroup insiders and analysts say that Mr. Prince and Mr. Rubin played pivotal roles in the bank’s current woes, by drafting and blessing a strategy that involved taking greater trading risks to expand its business and reap higher profits. Mr. Prince and Mr. Rubin both declined to comment for this article.

When he was Treasury secretary during the Clinton administration, Mr. Rubin helped loosen Depression-era banking regulations that made the creation of Citigroup possible by allowing banks to expand far beyond their traditional role as lenders and permitting them to profit from a variety of financial activities. During the same period he helped beat back tighter oversight of exotic financial products, a development he had previously said he was helpless to prevent.

Not only that, but Mr. Rubin seems to have been involved in loosening regulations on banks.

Something that we’ve been assured was the fault of the Bush administration.

There seems to be a lot of Clinton/Obama insiders present at every level of the financial crisis. Several at Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and now Citigroup.

Is it Rubin’s turn to go under the Obama bus?

Commenters

On the KGW Channel 8 in Portland’s website there is a comment who recently started showing up in the comments section to various news stories. He is very good.

He writes in the style of the extreme left commenter but if you read his comments closely they resemble Frank J’s “In My World” series which is one of the great satirical series of the Internet.

For example, here is the comment he left on a story regarding the protests againsst Prop 8 in Portland.

Once again this site is overloaded with the Reich-Wing hate from the Judaic/Christian playbook sponsored by the RepubliKKKan monsters who were thankfully cashiered by the enlightened electorate on November 4th.

But then the joyous celebration stopped.

With the exception of Massachusetts and Connecticut, the rest of the country continues to elect the right people, but then does a 180 degree turn and rolls back the clock to the dark days of Jim Crow, Poll taxes, separate toilets and water fountains, and jingoistic patriotic Irving Berlin songs.

What will it take for these homophobic parasites to realize that marriage, as well as morality, is an individual choice fully recognized in our once beloved Constitution?

Only when we can stand proudly before the bar of United Nations approval,and realize that the institution of marriage,like every other racist and deluded idea held so highly by the Neo-Cons who regulate Christianity,is meant to be defined and shared among any person or group that wishes to partake,

If a transgendered person wants to marry him/herself- then who are these brutal Bush/Reagan plutocrats who dare attempt to force their bestial pious will on such a lovely person?

If three, four or eleven people regardless of sexual orientation, want to collectively marry each other, then the Newt Gingrich/Sean Hannity warped view of monogamy must stand aside and make room for the peaceful and beautiful future designed to be shared under the large and colorful rainbow tent of tolerance and diversity.

As I previously stated in other similar posts on this subject, the Courts of California once addressed this travesty by invalidating the RepubliKKKan forced ballot of 2000 where these myopic, merciless and bigoted citizens shamelessly voted 3-1 to cruelly define marriage as between one man and one woman.

I personally would think that such archaic and totalitarian ideas would have disappeared from our culture at the same time that JFK freed the slaves.

Now, covering itself again with disgrace, California, like their progressive brothers and sisters in Florida, pulled the lever once again to ban gay marriage and totally overturn what the Courts had once deemed unconstitutional.

Are we somehow to think that because the majority of voters choose something as immoral as banning gay marriage,that our courts are now rendered prostate and impotent?

It is the duty of the courts to legislate from the bench when the majority has clearly taken a pigheaded path that the members of the minority community don’t agree.

I can only continue to offer my daily chants to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his retreat in far away Dharamsala, that he will provide the wisdom to President Obama to issue an Executive Order on January 20, 2009 which immediately terminates these notorious and discriminatory ballot measure such as we saw with California’s Measure 8.

What is really hilarious is how many other commenters take him at face value. It’s hard to satirze a bunch of nuts.

Here’s a link to his comments. I think Frank J ought to get him to write a column.

The Answer To Higher Taxes; Cattle Futures!

If Obama keeps his promise to only raise income taxes on those making more than $250K a year, a benchmark that is already being lowered by his minions, I have the perfect answer.

How did Hillary manage to make a whole pile of money without it being ‘income?’ You all know the answer;

Cattlefutures!!

He is not talking of raising or lowering capital gains taxes, and I think futures profits are considered capital gains.

There aren’t that many people making more than $250K in reportable income. Most of them have accountants that can structure their income for the lowest tax burden. How about making a deal to take part of your salary in Cattlefutures. At the end of the year they can be discovered to have made just the right move at the right time to maximize their value.

It worked for Hillary. Now it can work for you.