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  • Obama hopes to reboot US image among Muslims

    12/10/2008 11:23:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies · 1,165+ views
    The Victoria Advocate ^ | December 10, 2008 | Jennifer Lovenap, White House Correspondent
    President-elect Barack Obama says he will try to "reboot America's image" among the world's Muslims and will follow tradition by using his entire name - Barack Hussein Obama - in his swearing-in ceremony. The U.S. image globally has taken a deep hit during President George W. Bush's two terms in office, primarily because of opposition to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, harsh interrogation of prisoners, the indefinite detention of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and mistreatment of inmates at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Obama promised during his campaign that one of his top priorities would be to...
  • What Didn’t He Know and When Didn’t He Know It? (O helped run Blagojevich's gubernatorial campaign!)

    12/09/2008 7:17:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 951+ views
    The Glttering Eye ^ | December 9, 2008
    I do not for a moment believe that President-Elect Barack Obama was directly involved in the corrupt behavior for which Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested this morning. I even think it’s possible that he didn’t have first-hand knowledge of Gov. Blagojevich’s corrupt behavior. I find it very difficult to believe that he hadn’t heard of it from people who had reason to know. Jake Tapper outlines a timeline of Obama support for Blagojevich (and vice versa): According to Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., Mr. Obama’s incoming White House chief of staff, Emanuel, then-state senator Obama, a third Blagojevich aide, and...
  • The Four Year Hangover: Barack Obama Is President

    12/08/2008 11:30:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies · 1,604+ views
    The Post Chronicle ^ | December 6, 2008 | Carolyn Hileman
    Ahh, but wasn't it a party? America voted in her very first black president, not because he had new ideas or because he was the most experienced but because he was black. With all of his talk of change he has pretty much resurrected the Clinton administration, plans on holding a speech within his first 100 days in an Islamic capital to make them like us again. You would have thought that his first speech would be here in the good ole' USA to the people who voted for him but nope it will be in Islamic territory, wow I...
  • Area Obama supporters take next step: Community forms to maintain momentum of campaign

    12/08/2008 1:35:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 974+ views
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | December 8, 2008 | Zack McMillin
    They are calling themselves the Mid-South Community Organizers, and if that name sounds a touch triumphant, the people formerly known as Shelby County's Obama-Biden '08 volunteers just want folks to know they are serious about this whole "change" thing. Nika Jackson, who served as the Obama camp's lone Shelby County campaign staffer for much of the general election campaign, got together with about 50 local campaign volunteers over the weekend to reflect on what was accomplished and to begin plotting a way forward. In conjunction with Obama operations in other Tennessee counties, Memphis' newest group of community activists adopted their...
  • Some are convinced the Obama administration will seek to pass antigun laws.

    12/08/2008 1:24:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 2,299+ views
    The Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune ^ | December 7, 2008 | Jon Tevlin
    The gun show at the Stillwater Armory on Thanksgiving weekend featured an unlikely salesman. A flier taped to the door featured a stern-looking picture of the president-elect, with the words: ''Barack Obama: Enemy of your gun rights." While the gun show had plenty of competition from retailers starting their Christmas sales, business was brisk as people streamed in and bought up shotguns, hunting knives and at least a few semiautomatic rifles -- the gun most gun-rights advocates think an Obama presidency might ban. "It's the Obama effect," said Joel Rosenberg, a gun law expert who teaches a gun course for...
  • Why do bloggers continue to press issue of Obama's birthplace? (Cover-up Alert)

    12/07/2008 7:08:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies · 2,017+ views
    McClatchy News ^ | December 4, 2008 | Rick Montgomery
    In the outer cosmos of the blogosphere, the presidential election isn’t over. Barack Obama, now busily forming his administration, isn’t just the wrong person to lead the nation, claim Web sites such as America Must Know and Right Side News. He is, they contend, constitutionally ineligible to be president. The argument is over his place of birth — Hawaii, if you accept statements by Hawaiian officials, his 1961 birth notice in a Honolulu newspaper and a certified document his campaign obtained 18 months ago. Still, legions of anti-Obama bloggers are so convinced he was born in Kenya that they’ve filed...
  • Economists: Green energy not a panacea

    12/05/2008 7:52:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 617+ views
    United Press International ^ | December 5, 2008
    Washington, D.C. - Funding alternative energy wouldn't provide the best bang for the buck in a U.S. economic stimulus package, some economists said. Peter Orszag, President-elect Barack Obama's chief budget adviser, wrote in January that some investments in alternative energy were "totally impractical" and others "could end up making the economic situation worse," USA Today reported Friday. Orszag wrote his comments in January while serving as head of the Congressional Budget Office, the newspaper reported. Economist Vincent Reinhart of the American Enterprise Institute has also said stimulus money would be better invested elsewhere. Funding for research adds few jobs and...
  • Do you think there is any merit to the controversy surrounding Barack Obama's citizenship? (Poll)

    12/05/2008 2:12:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies · 2,358+ views
    AOL Political Machine ^ | December 5, 2008
    Poll to FReep: Do you think there is any merit to the controversy surrounding Barack Obama's citizenship? Yes No Unsure
  • Leo Donofrio and Pastor Manning on Plains Radio tonight

    12/05/2008 12:17:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies · 2,701+ views
    Plains Internet Radio ^ | December 5, 2008 | Ed Hale
    HI folks: We have a great line up of show tonight for you. From 6:00 to 8:00 PM Central time, Plains Radio Netwok will present the Political Pastor show with your host Scott Oakland. Scott's guest tonight is none other than Pastor Manning. With Pastor Manning on a show, you know it will be interesting. So look forward to a great show with Scott tonight. Then 8:00 to 10:00 PM Central Time, listen to the Lion Den with your hostess and host Caren and Ed Hale. Caren and Ed;'s guest tonight will be none other than Leo Donofrio. Leo's case...
  • Obama: Islamic Speech in First 100 Days

    12/04/2008 4:51:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies · 1,793+ views
    Newsmax ^ | December 4, 2008 | Jim Meyers
    Barack Obama is considering making a major foreign policy speech in an Islamic capital during his first 100 days as president in an effort to mend rifts between the U.S. and the Muslim world. Helene Cooper of The New York Times spoke to several sources, including diplomats, about which Islamic capital Obama might choose, and the consensus was Cairo, Egypt. The reason: Process of elimination. A speech in Baghdad would appear to validate the Iraq war, which Obama opposed. A visit to Damascus, the Syrian capital, “would look as if he was rewarding the Syrians and it’s too soon for...
  • [War on Terror] What about the ghost prisoners? (Boo-hoo!)

    12/03/2008 8:54:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 619+ views
    The London Guardian ^ | December 4, 2008 | Clive Stafford Smith
    The men in Guantánamo represent fewer than 1% of the 27,000 prisoners being held by the US beyond the rule of law, says Clive Stafford Smith. In mid-2007 my mother sent me a George Bush Countdown Calendar. I have been tearing off the leaves, each with its quote from George W. That happy occasion, the final page, comes on January 20 2009. Happy for most in Guantánamo Bay, that is. The people remaining there find themselves in three groups - some 40 who will be taken to the US for a trial (somewhat fairer, at least, than the current military...
  • Obama is delivering diversity, but some seek more

    12/03/2008 6:59:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 728+ views
    Barack Obama, soon to be the first black U.S. president, is on the road to making good his pledge to have a Cabinet and White House staff that are among most diverse ever, although some supporters are asking him to go even further. He added to the minority representation at the top of his administration Wednesday when he named New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Hispanic, as Commerce Secretary. But some Latinos are grumbling it is not enough after all the support they gave him in the campaign, and gays and Asian-Americans are pushing for some representation in remaining Cabinet...
  • Group Puts Pressure on Obama for Gay Inclusion in Inauguration

    12/03/2008 12:34:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1,311+ views
    The Edge ^ | December 3, 2008
    A group in San Francisco has launched a website dedicated to supporting LGBT representation in President-Elect Barack Obama’s 2009 inaugural parade. The site makes it easy to contact members of the Inaugural Committee and congressional representatives via email to voice support in favor of a gay contingent marching in the 2009 inaugural parade. "President-Elect Obama’s message of hope was built on equality and unity. Real equality and unity means that the gay community is finally included at the table," said Paula Grace, co-organizer of "On January 20th 2009 our President-Elect can demonstrate his sincerity and commitment to the true...
  • [Lesbian] Union Activist Mary Beth Maxwell on List for Labor Secretary

    12/02/2008 10:52:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 1,506+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 2, 2008 | Jonathan Weisman
    For the rainbow cabinet of the nation’s first African American president, Mary Beth Maxwell is the perfect labor secretary you’ve probably never heard of: a gay woman, community organizer and labor leader with an adopted African American son. And this founding executive director of American Rights at Work is about to get the full-court press. Maxwell already had the strong backing of former Rep. David Bonior, who despite repeated attempts to get his name removed from consideration continues to be on the short list of potential labor secretaries. Bonior, 63 years old, says it is time for his generation to...
  • Michelle Malkin: Terrific: Law-breaking activist helps homeless break into foreclosed houses

    12/02/2008 9:47:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 1,278+ views
    Michelle Malkin's Website ^ | December 2, 2008 | Michelle Malkin
    When Barack Obama assumes office, this is the kind of “community activist” who will be heralded, celebrated, and subsidized. It’s easy to be so charitable with other people’s property: Max Rameau delivers his sales pitch like a pro. “All tile floor!” he says during a recent showing. “And the living room, wow! It has great blinds.” But in nearly every other respect, he is unlike any real estate agent you’ve ever met. He is unshaven, drives a beat-up car and wears grungy cut-off sweat pants. He also breaks into the homes he shows. And his clients don’t have a dime...
  • Hundreds of thousands aiming for jobs in Obama administration

    12/02/2008 7:01:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 583+ views
    The Pantagraph ^ | November 30, 2008 | David Goldstein
    Tired of your same old job? Frustrated fan of “The West Wing” and want to try your hand at the real thing? Or maybe you’ve just cracked the Plum Book, a glittering bible of soon-to-be-vacated federal jobs, and saw an opening on the International Boundary and Water Commission for a tidy $158,000 a year and thought, “Hey, I can do that.” Step right up, would-be public servant. Welcome to the great capital job fair, where every four or eight years — whenever a new president is elected — parts of the federal bureaucracy turn over and jobs become as available...
  • Three big names to choose from for NY senate seat (Andy Cuomo, RFK Jr. and Slick Willy)

    12/02/2008 6:16:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies · 677+ views
    WEGW-FM / Reuters ^ | December 2, 2008
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Gov. David Paterson has famous names to choose from in picking a replacement for Sen. Hillary Clinton, including a Kennedy, a Cuomo and even another Clinton, as in the former president of the United States. Paterson also may consider relative unknowns and give additional weight to a woman, a member of a minority group or someone not from New York City, experts say. Speculation over Bill Clinton, while intriguing, is largely dismissed as politically impractical and the consensus front-runner is Andrew Cuomo, son of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo. The younger Cuomo was...
  • I Voted For Obama, And All I Got Was A Lousy T-Shirt?

    12/02/2008 12:07:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies · 1,785+ views
    Human Events ^ | December 1, 2008 | A.W.R. Hawkins
    Why are liberals nervous about President-elect Barack Obama? If you read and listen to them (we at HUMAN EVENTS do so you don’t have to), you’d hear many an anguished whine. Obama ran on a hard-left anti-war platform. He famously spoke to Joe the Plumber about his affinity for income redistribution and he proposed about $800 billion in new government spending including the Democrat platform proposal of universal healthcare. Add to this that many in his party want major reductions in the American military regardless of the fact that we are at war, and it’s not hard to see why...
  • The question that cries out for an answer (Certifigate)

    12/01/2008 9:42:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies · 2,314+ views
    The Ellis County Press ^ | December 1st, 2008 | Duff Hale
    I’m reasonably sure most people are completely unaware of what I’m about to discuss, but that’s not unusual considering most everyone depends on the mainstream media for their news. You’ve not heard anything about this on NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNBC or CNN. It’s not surprising they’ve been completely silent. There is a question that deserves an answer, cries out for an answer even. That question? Is Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. constitutionally qualified to become the next president of the United States? The Constitution clearly states in Article II, Section 1 that "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or...
  • Gun Law Update—Early Brady Plans Revealed: Push to end all private sales tops list

    12/01/2008 6:14:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies · 3,064+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | December 1, 2008 | Alan Korwin
    Push to end all private sales tops list “Universal background checks for EVERY gun sold in this country.” [NOTE: Don't forget to recognize and celebrate Bill of Rights Day, Dec. 15; in Phoenix we will be at the Wrigley Mansion starting at 5:30 p.m., you're invited, for details or to RSVP:] Plenty of gun-ban speculation is flying. I have this quote direct from Sarah Brady in a letter addressed to me: “On Election Day, we helped deliver a strong victory for President-Elect Barack Obama and Vice-President-Elect Joe Biden. They will be two of the most powerful allies we have...
  • Andrew Sullivan: Obama’s first problem is US war crimes (Here it comes!)

    12/01/2008 1:22:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies · 2,250+ views
    The London Sunday Times ^ | November 30, 2008 | Andrew Sullivan
    A small and largely unnoticed spat among the transition planners for the president-elect, Barack Obama, broke out last week. It was the first genuinely passionate debate among the Obamaites and it centres on a terribly difficult and terribly important decision that will be among the first that Obama has to make. How does he deal with the legacy of criminal actions of his predecessor’s administration when it comes to detention, interrogation, abuse and torture of terror suspects? That has long hovered in the back of the minds of those of us who supported Obama, in large part because he alone...
  • Why electric and hybrid cars won’t save Detroit

    11/30/2008 9:19:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies · 2,017+ views
    The Buffalo News / The Washington Post ^ | November 30, 2008 | Steven Mufson
    Many members of Congress believe they know what the car company of the future should look like. “A business model based on gas — a gas-guzzling past — is unacceptable,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said recently. “We need a business model based on cars of the future, and we already know what that future is: the plug-in hybrid electric car.” But the car company Schumer and other lawmakers envision for the future could turn out to be a money-losing operation, not part of a “sustainable U. S. auto industry” that President-elect Barack Obama and most members of Congress say...
  • Mumbai Attacks - Is Manhatten (or Memphis) Next?

    11/30/2008 8:55:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies · 2,030+ views
    Townhall ^ | November 30, 2008 | John Caile
    The Mumbai, India terrorist attacks should serve as a reminder that terrorism is real, tangible, and a threat everywhere...waiting only for the right opportunity to explode. And, try as we all do to engage in denial, the reality is that it is only a matter of time before a Mumbai-style event occurs on American soil. Back in 1993, right after the first World Trade Center bombing, I was talking with a friend of mine who was raised in Israel. I opined that it would be a relatively simple matter for terrorists to stage simultaneous attacks on, say, a dozen shopping...
  • Gunning for Barack Obama: "Hate Group Map" May Explain Gun Sale Surge (We're all bigots alert)

    11/30/2008 7:22:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 182 replies · 4,755+ views
    Associated Content ^ | November 22, 2008 | Gary "The G-Man" Toms
    The New York Times, the New York Daily News, Newsday, U.S.A Today, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News and a host of other news organizations recently reported that gun sales across the country increased 10 percent after Barack Obama defeated John McCain. Many of the gun shop owners that were interviewed on camera stated they had never seen sales increase to this level in 15 to 20 years. Those purchasing guns said they were doing so because of a growing fear that the spiraling economy will force desperate people to commit criminal acts. Others bought them because they believe an...
  • Evil Party Meets Stupid Party

    11/30/2008 4:36:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 1,129+ views
    The Backwater Report ^ | November 30, 2008 | Darrell Dow
    The late Samuel T. Francis once lamented that Americans don’t have two ideologically distinct parties. Rather we have an evil party (the “liberals”) and a stupid party (the “conservatives”). Occasionally there is a synthesis of evil and stupidity. This is otherwise known as “bipartisanship”. To see the confluence of evil and stupidity at work, check out these remarks by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in an interview with the Detroit Free Press: Q: With more Democrats in the Senate and the House and a Democrat in the White House, how do you see congressional efforts playing out on such issues...
  • Publishers bet big on 'Obama as hero'

    11/30/2008 12:54:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies · 776+ views
    Yahoo! News / The Politico ^ | November 29, 2008 | David Paul Kuhn
    The publishing industry is betting on Barack Obama like no president in decades. Since Election Day alone, more than half a dozen book deals have been signed to exploit Obamania. Two dozen books in the works range from the serious to the silly. There are retrospective ticktocks on how Obama won office and prospective looks at his first year in the White House. There is a biography on Obama’s father, a compilation of essays on Obama and race, and others tilting toward the celebratory with photographic montages. There are children’s books, of course, and a style guide on Michelle Obama,...
  • Barack and Michelle: A more perfect union? First Couple-to-be could be relationship role models...

    11/29/2008 6:20:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies · 2,332+ views
    MSNBC ^ | November 29, 2008 | Vidya Rao
    It started with the fist bump seen ’round the world. Soon there were stories of rousing family Scrabble battles and date nights, in spite of election mayhem. Then President-elect Barack Obama referred to his wife Michelle as “the love of my life” during his election night victory speech, embracing her tightly and kissing her afterwards, while millions of people worldwide watched. “They took a moment to face each other, to kiss and hold one another, regardless of the magnitude and spectacle of the night,” said Camille Washington, a Bay Area blogger on, a music and culture site. “That says...
  • And When They Came For The Gun Owners…

    11/29/2008 3:45:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies · 2,286+ views
    United Liberty ^ | November 25, 2008 | Stephen Gordon
    During the 2008 Democratic primary debate in Philadelphia, April 16, 2008, here is how Barack Obama responded to a question pertaining to the right to keep and bear arms (emphasis added): Q: Is the D.C. law prohibiting ownership of handguns consistent with an individual’s right to bear arms? A: As a general principle, I believe that the Constitution confers an individual right to bear arms. But just because you have an individual right does not mean that the state or local government can’t constrain the exercise of that right, in the same way that we have a right to private...
  • [Pentagon] Reform, and that

    11/29/2008 12:31:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 464+ views
    Neptunus Lex ^ | November 29th, 2008
    It happens like clockwork every time the presidency changes hands, especially when it changes parties: Retired colonels and majors, soi-disant “defense analysts” and tenured bureaucratic insiders whose opinions have been unfashionable under the ancien regime emerge to craft a series of Bold Recommendations On Reforming Defense. The latest Group of 13 from the Center for Defense Information throws on the mantle of “non-partisanship” - CDI’s mantra includes increasing international cooperation (read: the perenially effective UN); reduced reliance on unilateral military power to resolve conflict (read: passing the Global Test); reduced reliance on nuclear weapons (read: a second chance to lose...
  • Dick Morris -- The Free Market Consensus 1989-2008: RIP

    11/29/2008 12:34:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 1,502+ views
    Dick Morris Website ^ | November 26, 2008 | Dick Morris And Eileen McGann
    The subprime mortgage crisis is only the Sarajevo which caused the financial collapse. The real reason is the massive explosion of debt at all levels and in all forms that has engulfed the world. Since 1992, the total of debt in the world has gone from a level equal to global GDP to a level that is now 3.7 times as much as global GDP. This debt explosion, explained in Charles Morris’ book (no relation) The Trillion Dollar Meltdown, consists not only of mortgages, but bonds for corporations that can’t repay them, credit cards for consumers who are neck deep...
  • It's a madhouse outside the gun shops, too (Barf Alert)

    11/28/2008 11:54:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies · 1,983+ views
    The Newport News Daily Press ^ | November 19, 2008 | Tamara Dietrich
    A black man gets elected president and half the country dives for the panic room, buying up guns and squirreling away supplies like fatalists awaiting the End of Days. That's an exaggeration, of course. Barack Obama is biracial, not black. And it's not half the country diving, but a goodly portion of us, judging by soaring gun sales post-Election Day that have even hit Hampton Roads. "Stock up on guns, ammunition, and canned goods," a reader named "Church Slave" suggests in our online Topix system. "And maybe a candy bar or two." I'm no stranger to the idea of laying...
  • Kimberley Strassel: Hillary of State -- How much will this cost the Obama administration?

    11/28/2008 11:23:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 1,149+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 28, 2008 | Kimberley A. Strassel
    One rule of employee relations? Never hire someone you can't afford to fire. Barack Obama's offer to let Hillary Clinton be secretary of state has already been marked down as a brilliant co-option of his former rival. But nothing comes for free, and the question is just how big a price Mr. Obama will pay in the end. For now, he is getting only praise for his surprise pick. The move fits neatly into the media narrative that Mr. Obama is drafting a team that will challenge his thinking. It's also being described as a gesture that could heal party...
  • Iowa cafe swamped with orders for ``Obama cookie''

    11/28/2008 9:56:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies · 1,244+ views
    The Chicago Tribune / The Associated Press ^ | November 28, 2008 | Amy Lorentzen
    DES MOINES, Iowa - Want an example of the change Barack Obama is bringing to the country? Check out cookie sales at Baby Boomers Cafe in Des Moines. Ever since word got out of the president-elect and his family's fondness for Baby Boomers' chocolate chunk cookies, the small downtown restaurant can't get them out of the oven fast enough. "Two months ago I was giving these cookies away," co-owner Rodney Maxfield said. "Now, it's like 'I need two dozen cookies. I need four-dozen cookies."' The Obamas became frequent visitors to the cafe during the summer of 2007 when the Illinois...
  • Max Cleland Being Considered For Secretary of Veterans Affairs (w/Poll to FReep)

    11/28/2008 9:30:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 738+ views
    Georgia Politics Unfiltered ^ | November 28, 2008
    Former Georgia Senator Max Cleland, who lost an arm and two legs while serving the nation in Vietnam, is being considered by President-elect Obama for the post of Secretary of Veterans Affairs according to reports from NBC News and the Associated Press [Sources:, "The Obama cabinet speculation list", November 26, 2008; Associated Press, "Obama weighs names for top posts", November 26, 2008]. In 1977, President Carter named Cleland as the head of the Veterans Administration making him the youngest person and first Vietnam vet to hold the job. After President Carter lost his re-election bid in 1980, Cleland left...
  • Katrina vanden Heuvel: Moving Obama (Barf alert & food for thought)

    11/28/2008 7:12:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 862+ views
    The Nation ^ | November 25, 2008 | Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor & Publisher
    There are some heated conversations under way in the progressive blogosphere, including some at, in which our own writers as well as people like Glenn Greenwald, Jane Hamsher, David Sirota and Digby are debating why Barack Obama has so far appointed few progressives to his cabinet. It's worth checking them out. I think that we progressives need to be as clear-eyed, tough and pragmatic about Obama as he is about us. President-elect Obama is a centrist at a time when centrism means energy independence and green jobs and universal healthcare and massive economic stimulus programs and government intervention in...
  • Firearms are tax-free today! (South Carolina)

    11/28/2008 6:39:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies · 1,104+ views
    The Beaufort Gazette ^ | November 28, 2008 | Michael Wells Shapiro
    South Carolina becomes the first state in the country to hold a sales tax holiday only for guns, starting today. And Beaufort County gun shops said they're prepared for big sales -- not only because of the holiday but due to a rising fear that a Barack Obama administration will curtail gun rights. Bob Oberst, owner of the Palmetto State Shooting Center in Okatie, said customers have made plans to come by his store today and Saturday to make tax-free purchases. "Gun sales are up substantially, and I think primarily because of the recent election," Oberst said. "People are deathly...
  • Post-election gun sales up locally (Monterey, California)

    11/28/2008 6:27:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 1,198+ views
    The Monterey Herald ^ | November 28, 2008 | John Sammon
    Local residents concerned that the election of Barack Obama and a Democratic-controlled Congress will translate into stricter gun laws are buying more guns. But sales are not as brisk as in other states, possibly because California already has some of the strictest gun laws on the books. "I'd say we're up in the sales of guns about 30 percent," said Paul Berezay, store manager of Big 5 Sporting Goods in Salinas. "People evidently think because of the election, guns are going to go away. They don't seem to know that California is already one of the strictest states when it...
  • Barack Obama Still Fighting to Keep His Blackberry

    11/27/2008 7:20:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 1,048+ views
    Technology Expert ^ | November 28, 2008
    It's become a cause for some: to let Barack Obama keep his BlackBerry when he takes office. What stands in the way? The primary concern has been the Presidential Records Act, which requires all presidential documents to be put in the official record. Now, realistically, no matter what people say, it's not so much about national security as it is as making sure that if a "Watergate" happens, We The People have plenty of evidence to back it up. Ans as that's the issue, what's the problem. We can track his cell phone calls. We can track his emails. So...
  • Rachel Marsden: Obama Appoints University of Starbucks Economics Department

    11/27/2008 7:04:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 771+ views
    Townhall ^ | November 26, 2008 | Rachel Marsden
    Ever walk into a Starbucks and see a bunch of people sitting there debating textbook theories and solving all the world’s problems over a mocha java? If so, then you’ve visited a University of Starbucks campus. These are precisely the kind of people who have gotten America into the current economic mess. That’s because when there’s a serious problem to deal with, their instinct is to theorize and philosophize. If their corduroys were on fire, they would sit there pondering the nature and deeper meaning of the flames. Now, the sophisticated intelligentsia of Team Grande Venti – which means something...
  • Pat Buchanan: Socialist Republic (Spot on!)

    11/27/2008 6:48:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies · 2,098+ views
    Human Events ^ | November 27, 2008 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Barack Obama and George W. Bush seem to have come away from their study of the Great Depression with similar conclusions: To wit: After the Crash of 1929, the Federal Reserve did not move fast enough to save the banks and inject cash into the economy. Second, the New Deal, far from being wastrel deficit spending, was not bold enough. So it was that America wallowed in depression for a decade until the unbridled spending and mammoth deficits of World War II pulled us out. Bush and Obama seem determined not to make the same mistake. We are all Keynesians...
  • Debate ignites over (President Bush's proposed) blanket pardons (for the WOT)

    11/27/2008 12:02:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 1,897+ views
    The Politico ^ | November 26, 2008 | Fred Barbash
    One of the country's best known conservative legal scholars, Steven G. Calabresi, on Wednesday suggested "blanket pardons" for "all officials involved in making decisions bearing on the war on terror." Calabresi's proposal, made in an e-mail posted on Politico's Arena forum, was roundly denounced by many other commentators in the forum, providing a small taste of the reaction should President George W. Bush actually issue such a pardon. The president's pardon powers are considered absolute. Blanket pardons — covering groups of unnamed individuals — historically have been rare but are not unprecedented. President Jimmy Carter pardoned Vietnam-era draft evaders, calling...
  • Bush's Final Hour Means Destruction of Rights and Programs (Pure BDS exemplified)

    11/26/2008 10:24:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies · 1,982+ views
    Salem News ^ | November 26, 2008 | Tim King
    You people elected this guy? I have said from the beginning that W. is probably the anti-Christ and I believe it more than ever. To think that this poor excuse of a man was able to slime his way into office at all is disturbing enough, and now we learn of his final agenda to take his final shots at women, poor and elderly people, as well as the very land that comprises our nation. I can't say it is surprising. George W. is going out with a real bang. Of course in the spirit of "Christianity", Bush has crafted...
  • Another View Of The Meaning Of Natural Born: Obama Fails The Requirement

    11/26/2008 10:08:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 1,198+ views
    Advance Indiana ^ | November 26, 2008
    P.A. Madison examines over at the Federalist Blog the question of what the phrase "natural-born citizen" means under Article 2, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, a requirement a person must satisfy in order to serve as president of the United States. His conclusion is not going to be comforting to the former University of Chicago Senior Lecturer on constitutional law. Madison concludes: Therefore, we can say with confidence that a natural-born citizen of the United States means those persons born whose father the United States already has an established jurisdiction over, i.e., born to father’s who are themselves citizens...
  • Let the Guy Smoke: Obama Is Probably Fibbing About Giving Up Cigarettes. That's Okay.

    11/26/2008 5:49:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 106 replies · 2,517+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 20, 2008 | Michael Kinsley
    It is still okay to discriminate against one group of Americans. This discrimination is not only legal, it is encouraged. You see members of this oppressed minority huddled outside in rain and snow, forbidden to seek refuge. No one feels sorry for them. And yet we may have just elected one of these pariahs as president. Smoking is a disgusting habit that can kill you and those around you. Barack Obama claims to have quit, but the evidence is ambiguous. And the media's lack of interest in this question supports the charge that Obama is enjoying a honeymoon with the...
  • [President-elect]Obama and family hand out food at a Chicago church

    11/26/2008 4:18:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 1,858+ views
    CHICAGO (AP) - Barack Obama and his wife say they wanted to show their young daughters the meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday, especially at a time when so many are struggling. They took 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha to a food bank today, where the girls joined their parents in shaking hands and giving holiday wishes to hundreds of people who'd been lined up for hours. The family handed out wrapped chickens to the people waiting in the chilly outdoor courtyard on Chicago's south side. The president-elect told, telling people to call him "Barack," said he wanted his girls to...
  • Obama: 'Change comes ... from me'

    11/26/2008 3:22:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 688+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot / The Politico ^ | November 26, 2008 | Nia-Malika Henderson
    Obama referred to his team of advisers as "fresh thinking," adding that the “vision for change comes first and foremost…from me.” President-elect Barack Obama pushed back at a press conference in Chicago today when asked how he would respond to supporters "who were looking for change," given how many of his announced and rumored appointments thus far are Clinton administration veterans. “When it comes to the people that we've pulled together -- because I know this has been sort of conventional wisdom floating around Washington -- that, well, you know, there's a recycling of people who were in the Clinton...
  • [President-elect Obama's] invites users to 'Join the Discussion'(on healthcare)

    11/26/2008 2:51:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 351+ views
    WASHINGTON (AFP) -, the website of president-elect Barack Obama's transition team, has invited visitors to submit their views on health care, drawing hundreds of comments in less than 24 hours. added the new feature called "Join the Discussion" late Tuesday, asking users for their answers to the question "What worries you most about the healthcare system in our country?" To jump-start the discussion, the site featured a video from two members of Obama's Health Policy Transition Team asking users for their opinions by email. As of mid-day (1700 GMT), more than 1,500 comments had been submitted to the...
  • This Friday and Saturday, guns in S.C. will be sold tax-free

    11/26/2008 12:30:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 2,186+ views
    The Rock Hill Herald ^ | November 26, 2008 | Jen Aronoff
    The Nichols Store can sell you a rifle, shotgun or handgun any day it's open. But this Friday and Saturday, the Rock Hill-area outdoor emporium and its fellow gun dealers across South Carolina will be selling all of those items with a twist: tax-free, under a new sales tax holiday devoted exclusively to guns. Long popular for back-to-school shopping, sales tax holidays have, in recent years, expanded to include energy-efficient appliances and hurricane preparedness supplies in selected states. But never before has a state offered a temporary tax break for firearms alone -- at least, not until June, when the...
  • Is the National News Media Setting Up Barak Obama to Be a Failure?

    11/25/2008 8:27:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1,500+ views
    Associated Content ^ | November 25, 2008 | Wayne McDonald
    Is the national news media setting up Barak Obama to be a failure? As absurd as that question may seem, there are enough reasons to suspect that such may eventually prove be the case. First of all, the media has taken the position that President-elect Obama's election victory was a "peoples' mandate for change" and second in historical importance to only Franklin Roosevelt's 1932 landslide win. While this may indeed prove to be correct it is equally likely that' in the eyes of future historians, President Obama will be remembered as having gained the presidency by defeating one of the...
  • Gun Sales Boom—Fact or Hype?

    11/25/2008 8:13:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies · 2,425+ views
    New West ^ | November 25, 2008 | Richard Martin
    Since the election of Barack Obama, and the Democratic near-sweep of Congress, two weeks ago there have beenhundreds of news stories about an up surge of gun sales across the West and across the country. Many of these have appeared in newspapers in the Rocky Mountain West: the Denver Post, Boulder’s Daily Camera, the Salt Lake Tribune, and so on. All of the officials, gun sellers and purchasers interviewed agree on the cause of this brisk market for firearms: the threat of radical new gun-control legislation issuing from the Democratic-controlled Congress and signed by the new president. “They want to...