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  • Obama: No more 'finger-pointing' (LOL)

    01/05/2010 12:03:41 PM PST · by markomalley · 27 replies · 1,132+ views
    Politico ^ | 1/5/2010 | JOSH GERSTEIN & CAROL E. LEE
    President Obama will deliver a stern warning to his appointees at a meeting Tuesday afternoon that he won’t tolerate efforts by the CIA, the State Department and others to shift blame for the recent intelligence foul-up to other parts of the government, said spokesman Robert Gibbs. “We are going to move beyond agency finger-pointing,” Gibbs told reporters. “The president will not find acceptable a response where everybody gets in a circle and points at someone else. The American people won’t accept that.”
  • Capitalism Fingered as Fiend of the Past Decade [Jonah Goldberg]

    01/01/2010 3:11:31 AM PST · by The Raven · 70 replies · 1,744+ views
    National Review ^ | Jan 1 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    On the last day of 2009, that awful year, I was listening to a report on National Public Radio (yes, I’m a listener). Reporter Tamara Keith presented a by-now-familiar recap of the worst financial and corporate scandals of the decade, from Enron and Martha Stewart to Tyco and Bernie Madoff. It was a depressing slog of greed, venality, and theft. When the report was over, Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep summarized the report with a tart: “The decade in capitalism.” I don’t want to single out Inskeep, since he was doing what pretty much the entire media establishment has done,...
  • Dems blame Bush Admin for Terror Attempt (barf until you are dead alert)

    12/31/2009 5:08:09 AM PST · by pabianice · 26 replies · 1,049+ views
    National Journal ^ | 12/31/09 | Wilson
    As GOPers begin increasingly using the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner to score political points, 2 Dems are blaming the Bush admin for events that led directly to the failed attack. While many Dems stay silent and let the WH lead the way, DCCC chair Chris Van Hollen and Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) say the previous admin let down their guard. "In general, we are facing the consequences of the Bush administration's failures to deal with al Qaeda," Van Hollen told Hotline OnCall. "The Republicans have no business in pointing fingers at the Obama administration on terrorism and national...
  • Secret Service chief takes responsibility for state dinner security breach

    12/03/2009 4:01:29 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 28 replies · 1,472+ views
    miamiherald ^ | 12.03.09 | WILLIAM DOUGLAS
    The head of the Secret Service accepted full responsibility Thursday for last week's security breach at President Barack Obama's first state dinner, but he said that the president and Vice President Joe Biden were never in danger from a party-crashing couple who shook hands and posed for pictures with them. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan told the House Homeland Security Committee that his agents were at fault for allowing uninvited Washington socialites Tareq and Michaele Salahi into a lavish state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Sullivan told the committee that three uniformed agents had been put on administrative...
  • Chicago Mayor Blames Fort Hood Masacre On Guns

    11/10/2009 7:01:37 PM PST · by Biggirl · 62 replies · 1,789+ views ^ | November 10, 2009 | Jim Vicevich
    The Mayor of Chicago, whose our city is dealing day in and day out with violent crime, and not long ago lost the 2016 summer olympics bid, says that the recent Fort Hood masacre is to be blamed on guns. Does the Mayor honestly believe that a civilian ban on guns would have stopped this crazy Jihadist. Does the Mayor honestly think that a ban on possession would stop AQ from instructing and recruiting extremists to their cause in this country? It hasn’t stopped the drug lords from tearing up his city. Before you watch the video, read this from...
  • Zeroing in on the dollar's decline

    10/21/2009 6:12:46 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies · 1,017+ views
    Politico ^ | 10/21/2009 | EAMON JAVERS
    On Tuesday, Matt Drudge ran a headline about the weakening U.S. dollar on his website, In and of itself, that would be unremarkable, except that it was the 18th time Drudge had posted a link to a story about the weak dollar this month. And October was only 20 days old. Clearly, Matt Drudge has developed a fascination with the declining U.S. dollar. “He’s fixated on it,” said Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. “There’s no question that Drudge can alter what people are paying attention to.” Market watchers say it’s unlikely...
  • After Chicago’s Loss, Critics Assail the U.S.O.C. (blame game ... yawn)

    10/03/2009 1:30:11 PM PDT · by xtinct · 38 replies · 1,685+ views
    NYT ^ | 10/3/09 | Katie Thomas
    For weeks, the United States Olympic Committee and the national sports governing bodies it oversees had settled into an uncomfortable truce. Despite a year of upheaval and conflict, the parties had agreed to set aside their differences in solidarity for Chicago’s bid to win the 2016 Summer Games. The truce ended as quickly as Chicago was dispatched from the race won by Rio de Janeiro. In surprisingly frank terms, a number of influential people in American Olympic sports questioned the performance of the U.S.O.C.’s new management team and said its two top executives were ill-equipped to navigate the insular world...
  • Powerful Lawmakers Press Desire for Gen. McChrystal to Testify on Afghan Strategy...(here we go)

    09/23/2009 5:32:04 AM PDT · by Doogle · 20 replies · 594+ views
    WSJ via Fox ^ | 09/23/09 | WSJ
    An array of powerful legislators from both parties want Gen. Stanley McChrystal to testify about the challenges confronting the U.S. and its allies in Afghanistan and his plan for beating back the resurgent Taliban -- as the Pentagon pushes back.

    08/19/2009 3:06:27 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 803+ views
    NY Post ^ | August 19, 2009 | Jonah Goldberg
    TO listen to the White House and its supporters in and out of the media, you'd think that opposition to "ObamaCare" is the hobgoblin of a few small minds on the right. Racists, fascists, Neanderthals, the whole "Star Wars" cantina of bogeymen and cranks stand opposed to much-needed reform. Left out of this fairly naked effort to demonize many with the actions of a few is the simple fact that ObamaCare -- however defined -- has been tanking in the polls for weeks. President Obama's handling of health care is unpopular with a majority of Americans and a majority of...
  • OBAMA: I ACCEPT THE RESPONSIBILITY ((for the economy), and then blames Bush)

    07/14/2009 5:21:04 PM PDT · by libh8er · 51 replies · 3,085+ views
    MSNBC ^ | July 14th 2009 | Athena Jones
    ...“It’s a job I gladly accept,” he said to applause. “I love these folks who helped get us in this mess. And then suddenly say, ‘Oh, this is Obama’s economy.’ That’s fine. Give it to me. My job is to solve problems -- not to stand on the sidelines and carp and gripe. So I welcome the job. I want the responsibility.”....
  • Sarah Palin trashed by members of John McCain's campaign team in Vanity Fair [not again]

    06/29/2009 10:43:54 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 165 replies · 4,892+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | 2009-06-29 | Michael Saul
    Alaska's lipstick-wearing pit-bull is a "Little Shop of Horrors." That's how one longtime friend and campaign trail companion of John McCain, the vanquished 2008 GOP presidential nominee, described veep nominee Sarah Palin. In an expansive story in the August edition of Vanity Fair, a slew of senior members of McCain's campaign team told reporter Todd S. Purdum that they suffer a kind of survivor's guilt following the 2008 presidential election.
  • Administration blames Bush for GM crisis

    06/07/2009 8:31:32 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 108 replies · 4,129+ views
    Administration blames Bush for GM crisis By Mike Soraghan Posted: 06/07/09 11:24 AM [ET] The Obama administration has a familiar response to criticism of the General Motors bailout – they inherited this mess from George W. Bush. Austan Goolsbee, a senior economic adviser to President Obama, said the administration's options were sharply limited by President Bush's handling of the auto industry, and accused the prior administration of running out the clock. "They shook up the can. They opened the can and handed [it] to us in our laps," Goolsbee said on Fox News Sunday. "When George Bush put money into...
  • GQ report blames Rumsfeld for military delay after Katrina (Hit piece on Rummy)

    05/20/2009 1:59:15 PM PDT · by balch3 · 67 replies · 1,503+ views ^ | May 18, 2009 | Times-Picayune
    A report on the GQ magazine Web site is quoting unnamed former Bush administration official as blaming former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for many failures, including a delay in military assistance in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The report says "in speaking with the former Bush officials, it becomes evident that Rumsfeld impaired administration performance on a host of matters extending well beyond Iraq to impact America's relations with other nations, the safety of our troops, and the response to Hurricane Katrina. The Washington Monthly highlights more of Robert Draper's article in GQ: "[T]hree years later, when I asked a...
  • Der Spiegel - other nations helped Germany in Holocaust

    05/20/2009 1:55:14 PM PDT · by lizol · 159 replies · 3,746+ views
    Der Spiegel - other nations helped Germany in Holocaust 20th May 2009 Poland, among other countries helped Hitler mastermind the mass murders, the German weekly says The Der Spiegel weekly claims that Germany would not have been able to prosecute its WWII mass-murder campaign against the Jews on its own and the country required the cooperation of other nations, including Poland. The magazine's front-page story, entitled "Partners. European associates in murdering Jews," cites the case of John Demjaniuk, a former Ukrainian SS-officer, who is currently awaiting trial in Munich, in its bid to prove that without the support of citizens...
  • Specter's Blame Game

    04/28/2009 2:48:46 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 65 replies · 1,780+ views
    National Review ^ | April 28, 2009 | David Freddoso
    The departure of Arlen Specter looks very bad for the GOP. You never want to lose anyone. But could Senate Republicans have stopped it? No, not once it became clear that he was going to be trounced in his primary. Specter's problem is not the party in the sense of its leadership or direction, but rather with the Republican voters in Pennsylvania. Arlen Specter switched from Democrat to Republican in 1965 so that he could win an election. He is now doing the reverse for precisely the same reason. If we take Arlen Specter's word for why he is leaving,...
  • Let's Learn What Caused This Crisis [McCain-Dorgan]

    03/09/2009 10:22:59 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies · 1,110+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2009-03-08 | U.S. Sens. Byron Dorgan & John McCain
    More than $9 trillion -- in taxpayer dollars -- has been pledged, committed, lent or spent by the federal government in response to the economic crisis. Some say that if the economy continues to deteriorate, trillions more might be necessary to prevent another Great Depression. Yet no one has investigated how this crisis happened. That is irresponsible. A comprehensive investigation is essential to prevent this from happening again.
  • Bush's executive tyranny

    03/04/2009 9:27:02 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 27 replies · 1,458+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 03/04/09 | Tim Rutten
    Just how close to the brink of executive tyranny did the United States come in the panic that swept George W. Bush's administration after 9/11? The answer, it now seems clear, is that we came far closer than even staunch critics of the White House believed. On Monday, the Obama administration released nine legal opinions produced for the Bush White House by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel shortly after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. That heretofore obscure office essentially serves as the president's arbiter of what's legal and what isn't. Among other things,...
  • Center? What Center?

    11/13/2008 1:58:58 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 11 replies · 467+ views
    National Review ^ | November 13, 2008 | James G. Gimpel
    In the battle to shape the future of the Republican party, many have suggested a move to the center. In a recent interview, for example, John McCain’s campaign manager, Steve Schmidt, said, “The Republican party wants to, needs to, be able to represent . . . not only conservatives, but centrists as well. And the party that controls the center is the party that controls the American electorate.” Also, David Frum wrote that the GOP must move away from its traditional positions on issues such as abortion and the environment, and adopt a style and tone that is “less overtly...
  • W's Postscript: How Will History Regard Bush?

    11/06/2008 12:50:28 PM PST · by meandog · 77 replies · 2,683+ views
    Nashville Scene ^ | Nov. 6, 2008 | Brantly Hartgrove
    It's tempting right now to say President Bush will go down as one of the worst presidents ever to dis-grace the White House. But is that fair, or even accurate? Historian renderings of a legacy are often at odds with fluctuating public opinion polls that gauge the heat of the moment. Take Truman. The man had a 22 percent approval rating toward the end of his presidency--due in large part to a highly unpopular Korean War--yet he's among the most popular presidents in history. I'm going to play the devil's advocate and argue that it is at least in the...
  • Senator DeMint on the Bailout

    10/02/2008 7:03:28 AM PDT · by Cboldt · 39 replies · 968+ views
    Congressional Record ^ | October 1, 2008 | Senator Demint
    Mr. DeMINT. Mr. President, I have friends and colleagues whom I respect deeply who are on all sides of this bailout issue. One of them just spoke. We all to want do what is right for America, and I believe those who have crafted this plan had pure and noble motives. They want this country to succeed. They want prosperity. I just do not believe that this bill gets the job done. In fact, in the long term, I am convinced it will do more harm than good. We are the Nation that has been called the bastion of freedom,...