Sarah Palin will pry your Klondike bar from your cold dead fingers.

calendar   Tuesday - March 17, 2009


I’m curious to know if this has received much play in the states.  While it seems to stress the defense issue, I’m not too certain how this can be a good thing long term for the USA.  But then, that isn’t the concern and it doesn’t have to be the concern, of Europeans.  It’s their back yard and I can understand them being more concerned about those things that impact their lives here. Thing is, not EVERY single European and not a hell of a lot of Englishmen and women are all too crazy about their EU membership these days.  And an all powerful Brussels in a federal super state ?
Be interesting to see how that might play out.  I sure can’t see it being good for the USA, and silly as it may look to you reading this, in that kind of united superstate, as I imagine it, will there eventually be laws that a left leaning American govt. might think to follow?
I’m not claiming the sky is falling.  I’m not saying that will happen. The law thing. BUT ... seems to me it looks so much like a united world beyond the pointless UN.  Just a thought and perhaps over the top.  I just see things here and naturally project them and think if it will happen back home.

Barack Obama will back a federal Europe

America’s support for a more united Europe betrays both US and British interests, says Nile Gardiner.

By Nile Gardiner
Last Updated: 11:49AM GMT 17 Mar 2009

Barack Obama heads to Britain and Europe in two weeks’ time as the leader of the first U.S. Administration to wholeheartedly back the creation of a federal Europe. In contrast to earlier U.S. administrations, including those of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, the Obama administration is avowedly Euro-federalist in outlook, and is keen to help build a European Union defense identity as well as support the foundations of a European superstate in Brussels.

This dangerous shift in U.S. policy is a betrayal of both U.S. and British interests that will threaten the long-term future of the Anglo-American Special Relationship, weaken the NATO alliance, and undermine the defence of British sovereignty in Europe. It will also undercut opposition across the EU to the Treaty of Lisbon, including in countries such as Ireland, Poland and the Czech Republic, and may set the scene for a major confrontation between the Obama White House and a future Conservative administration in London.

Barack Obama must grow as a statesman if he is to lead the free world. A Eurosceptic Conservative government led by David Cameron, committed to halting further European integration, will find itself increasingly at odds with a left-of-centre U.S. administration that is actively working against the principle of national sovereignty in Europe. In light of this, the current enthusiasm of many British conservatives for the changing of the guard at the White House is hugely misplaced.

The Bush Administration was sharply divided over Europe, with then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice backing the European Constitution, but her pro-Brussels instincts were strongly opposed by key figures in the White House and the Pentagon. Bush himself was no supporter of a Franco-German dominated Europe, and worked hard to build up a counterweight of pro-American nations among the new EU members from eastern and central Europe.

In contrast, President Obama’s government will strongly back the European Security and Defence Policy, the Lisbon Treaty and the Common Foreign and Security Policy, and will seek to strengthen French and German leadership at the heart of a united European Union. It has appointed several prominent supporters of European federalism to key positions in the Pentagon and State Department, including the new Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Michèle Flournoy, and Philip H. Gordon, the next Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.

Flournoy, who holds one of the most powerful positions in the Pentagon, is a leading supporter of U.S. backing for an EU defence policy, and co-authored a major 2005 study strongly advocating American support for a unified European defence structure. Gordon, who will be the most senior administration official on Europe, has written that America must “support the European project”, and that “the challenge for U.S. policy is to encourage Europe to develop the cohesion and capability to become a true transatlantic partner.” He is also a prominent backer of the defeated EU Constitution, and has pushed in the past for British membership of the Euro, warning the UK that “fully in Europe, Britain has every chance to remain America’s preferred and privileged partner. Marginalized from the EU, Britain could find itself less influential in Washington as well.”

The Obama Administration has already made major concessions to Paris over President Sarkozy’s decision for France to rejoin the NATO integrated command structure. The French have been given two major positions at the helm of the Alliance, a move that will significantly enhance the drive towards a European defence component within NATO. Vice President Joe Biden has clearly indicated that the United States will support “the further strengthening of European defense” and an “increased role for the European Union in preserving peace and security.” When he travels to Europe, President Obama is expected to deliver the same message.

Significantly, while wooing both continental Europe and Russia, the new U.S. administration has been largely indifferent to the Anglo-American alliance, with an appallingly handled reception for the British Prime Minister when he visited the White House earlier this month, and the recalibration of the special relationship as a “special partnership”. Even a bust of Sir Winston Churchill has been unceremoniously thrown out of the Oval Office. A distinctly undiplomatic State Department official involved in the planning of the Obama-Brown meeting was quoted by The Sunday Telegraph as saying that “there’s nothing special about Britain. You’re just the same as the other 190 countries in the world.”

There is a chance the Obama Administration will eventually wake up to the reality that American support for a federal Europe will backfire. Such a naive approach will not result in European countries spending more on defence, or in a more effective Europe. It would also undermine Washington’s ability to mobilize international coalitions. Under a unified EU foreign policy, U.S. allies would lose the freedom to decide where and when they can fight alongside America.

As they approach the transatlantic alliance, President Obama and his aides should heed the advice of a former prime minister and great friend of the United States who fought to defend the Special Relationship and maintain British sovereignty in Europe. As Margaret Thatcher put it, “that such an unnecessary and irrational project as building a European superstate was ever embarked upon will seem in future years to be perhaps the greatest folly of the modern era.”

Nile Gardiner is the Director of the Margaret Thatcher Centre for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC.



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calendar   Thursday - March 05, 2009

Dubya vs. B.O.

Now, I’ve problems with George W. Bush, mostly in domestic spending. But I will say this: I’d have been proud to have him as my Commander-in-Chief. He did very well in that regard. Next, we turn to the current Coward-in-Chief, B. Hussein Obama, who never did ANY military service at all. I understand that the military is increasingly demanding that he prove he’s even eligible to be in being a native born citizen.

However that proves out, I spent six years on active duty defending my country against people like B.O. In my book, Obama is a domestic enemy of the Constitution.


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calendar   Tuesday - March 03, 2009

Just Like He Said He Would

“So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them.”

But do it slowly, so it hurts more, and maybe some people won’t even notice

Obama Reverses Bush Rule on Protection of Endangered Species

In a move that will subject an number of government projects to enhanced environmental and scientific scrutiny, President Obama is restoring a requirement that U.S. agencies consult with independent federal experts to determine whether their actions might harm threatened and endangered species.

The presidential memorandum issued yesterday, which marks yet another reversal of President Bush’s environmental legacy, will revive a decades-old practice under the Endangered Species Act that calls for agencies to consult with either the Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on whether their projects could affect imperiled species.

Earthjustice lawyer Jeanette Brimmer, whose law firm had challenging the Bush rule in federal district court in California, said she expected the new administration would reexamine two pending projects: a Bureau of Land Management plan for overseeing Oregon’s forests, which was finalized on Dec. 30 and could affect protected species such as the northern spotted owl; and construction of the White Pine coal-fired power plant in Nevada.

Bill Kovacs, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vice president of environment, technology and regulatory affairs, said reviving another layer of review “will result in even greater delays to projects—including stimulus-backed, job-creating projects—as agencies now grapple with the prospect of lengthy inter-agency consultations to determine, for instance, if a bridge project in Florida contributes to the melting of Arctic ice. This is such a departure from the spirit and the letter of the Endangered Species Act that we wonder if the law’s drafters would even recognize it today.”

Hey all you money grubbing, Gaia hating, capitalist earth-rapers! Here’s another paper cut for you, one of the first of thousands to come. Die slowly you pigs.


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calendar   Wednesday - February 11, 2009

The Sum Of All Fears

The new politics of “hope & change” is looking like a Hollywood remake of “Larger-than-life Dopes and Same-ole-same-ole Corruptocrats” with tax cheats flanking the new Cabinet, an Attorney General who never saw a pardon he didn’t like or a terrorist he couldn’t love, a porn-protection guru as his Deputy, and a man without an ounce of intelligence knowledge or experience now the wartime head of the CIA.  Add to this mess a Secretary of State whose husband owes far more than any other American alive to foreigners.  The new Secretary of Education was in charge of Chicago schools, where more than 500 verified acts of child battering by teachers went unpunished and teacher unions trumped student rights.  This Cabinet is shaping up to be worse than Bill Clinton’s and Jimmy Carter’s combined, while President Obama throws cocktail parties with $100/pound steak.

President Obama’s definition of bipartisanship:  “I won.”

President Obama’s definition of leadership:  “Nancy can handle the details.”

Our new President had the gall to pronounce the so-called economic stimulus bill absolutely free of “earmarks” and “make-do work,” while spinning his prosaic campaign rhetoric before an international audience in a prime-time “press conference.” This bill has close to a trillion-dollar price tag, but according to the Congressional Budget Office will do worse to our overall economy than no government action whatsoever.  So, if this bill has no pork or earmarks in it, then it is pure socialist folderol run amok before it even gets implemented - in the face of the “worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.”

The Peter Principle has reached its pinnacle in President Barack Obama.

Go read the rest. Kyle-Anne Shiver writes about the confluence of Murphy’s Law and the Peter Principle that is B Hussein Obugger. Outstanding. And she doesn’t even bother to mention the muslime angle or the Kenyan birth angle. Small taters, those. But do follow some of Ms. Shiver’s links.


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calendar   Monday - February 09, 2009

19 days into his presidency, Barack Obama is already being written off as a disappointment.

They’re two of a kind - Barack and ‘my friend Tony’

Peter McKay
Daily Mail

A mere 19 days into his presidency, Barack Obama is already being written off as a disappointment.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair met President Obama in Washington last week

As he flies off around America today to win public support for his $800 billion banks rescue plan, the chairman of the rival Republican National Committee — Michael Steele, who also happens to be black — says of Obama and his crew: ‘You have to wonder if all that power has gone to their heads.’ Meaning Obama’s head. They say all political life ends in failure. But not this soon, surely.

James Delingpole’s book, Obamaland, suggesting the new President is another Tony Blair, became a reality when Barack greeted ‘my friend Tony’ in Washington last week.

Both are masters of mesmerising, political language, skilled at feeding people’s dreams.

Yes, Obama is closing the Guantanamo Bay torture camp, but he’ll continue with the CIA’s ‘rendition’ flights. Meaning the U.S. will outsource its torture to countries even less scrupulous.

He will remove U.S. troops from Iraq, but put more of them into Afghanistan. He’ll push the ‘reset’ button on relations with Russia. How long before he reaches for the ‘default’ button, returning America to a full-on Cold War setting?


Wish these guys would knock off the torture camp thing.  It always makes me wish something bad would happen to someone close to them thru terror and info urgently needed to save them, see where they come down on the issue of torture then. 

Needless rant I guess, but I did find the blurb interesting anyway.


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calendar   Thursday - February 05, 2009

The 2 Week President

Obama Meltdown already?

Two weeks of hopey changeyness and it looks like Osockmonkey could be on the ropes already. Heck, last week even ABC news was asking if the honeymoon was over. Every network news is picking apart this solid pork “stimulus plan” and finding artery clogging levels of fat everywhere. And now the Republicans are actually starting to act like Republicans. Meanwhile, Obother trashed the USA during his first television interview, which was given to al-jihad TV. And the stock market continues to plummet, while Mr. “a new era of honesty, transparency, and efficiency in government” keeps right on nominating crooks and lobbyists to run the cabinet and all the top branches of government.

Victor David Hansen has the wrap up. And the let’s-try-and-make-lemonade solution: let Hillary run the show. Huh, and the left thought KKKarl Rove was a manipulative genius. Compared to her, he’s a noob.

At home, Obama is becoming laughable and laying the groundwork for the greatest conservative populist reaction since the Reagan Revolution.

Abroad, some really creepy people are lining up to test Obama’s world view of “Bush did it/but I am the world”: The North Koreans are readying their missiles; the Iranians are calling us passive, bragging on nukes and satellites; Russia is declaring missile defense is over and the Euros in real need of iffy Russian gas; Pakistanis say no more drone attacks (and then our friends the Indians say “shut up” about Kashmir and the Euros order no more “buy American").

Noted psychic and futurist Joe Biden (VP-idiot) predicted an international test of the new president within 6 months. Looks like he was off by a factor of 30. Try 6 days Joe. Maybe less. It’s really starting to look like all the “day one” and “3 am” campaign stuff was just ... empty rhetoric? Noooo, it couldn’t be!!


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calendar   Sunday - February 01, 2009

Bush was a reckless near-dictator; his successor is returning power to the people.

Right ... he was also Hitler and Stalin and Mao.  Anything else?

Never ends does it?

I thought you should see the left leaning Times of London and their take.  Clearly they’re in love.  What gets me though is why they think it’s any of their business to begin with. Or maybe it is.  ??

Now you wanna talk about restrictions and democracy etc. mr editor, you need to look closer to home.  You might wanna start with your own back yard.

Even conservatives (USA) have lots of serious issues with Bush. 

“Bush the dauphin lived and breathed a monarchical sense of the office” The what?  Dauphin?
Hmmm.  Clever use of words but come on.  I really doubt Bush thought in those terms whatever else he may have been guilty of.

I sure didn’t feel any less a free citizen when I left the USA (which I miss more then you folks can ever imagine)!
So then, President Bush must have become a dictator AFTER I left the country.  Is that correct? 

Please comment and tell me about the oppression I luckily escaped from.



Ah, you can’t be more wrong if you tried. The real BO is the tyrant. Watch, and be very very afraid.
BO wants what he wants. Wait until he is denied. Then it will get interesting.
PS-why don’t you guys clean your own stall and we will do the same?

Richard, Carlsbad, USA

you make Bush out as an oppresser of constitutional rights. Three of what are considered our best or better presidents were far worse, Lincoln suspended the rights of habeus corpus, W. Wilson suspended free speach, FDR placed US citizens of Japanese, and some German, heritage in internment camps

thomas peters, danbury, usa

(Brits did the same re. Italians and mostly Germans. Even those who were not Nazis)


From The Sunday Times
February 1, 2009
Obama calmly buries the legacy of Mr Toad
Bush was a reckless near-dictator; his successor is returning power to the people

Andrew Sullivan

Because we live in a practical world where nothing is ever totally new, it is possible to see there is as much continuity between the administrations of George W Bush and Barack Obama as discontinuity. The massive stimulus package being prepped for presidential signature follows a similar, if more modest, effort by Bush. More than 140,000 troops are still in Iraq and it will not be easy to withdraw them. The war in Afghanistan grinds on. The fantastic debt of the past eight years will soon increase by an even more fantastic amount. The prisoners at Guantanamo Bay cannot simply be let go, however haphazard and clumsy their detention.

And yet there is something unmistakably different about Washington. Obama clearly sees the presidency as a different institution from his immediate predecessor. The constitution itself has been quietly but swiftly rebalanced by the manner and tone and executive orders of Obama.

This is a good thing. Bush the dauphin lived and breathed a monarchical sense of the office from his father and his political godfather (Dick Cheney). The monarch decided. If you were lucky you’d get an explanation later, usually dolled up in abstract pronouncements about freedom advancing or work being hard. The president, in his own mind, had only one “accountability moment”: the election of 2004. The rest of the time he saw the presidency as a form of power to be used with total boldness and declarative clarity. It didn’t matter that in 2000 he won fewer votes than his opponent. He acted as if he had won a landslide. As Garrett Epps recently put it, Bush “treated the White House much as Kenneth Grahame’s Mr Toad treated a new automobile - a shiny toy to be wrecked by racing the motor, spinning smoke from the tyres, and smashing through farmyards until the wheels come off”.

At times, Bush’s indifference to the system around him bordered on a kind of political autism. One of the oddest aspects of his presidency was his tendency to declare things as if merely saying them as president could make them so. This was dramatically intensified by wartime: the president pronounced; Congress anaemically responded; the base rallied. At the start, it felt like magic, but as reality slipped through the fast-eroding firewall of reckless spending and military misadventure, Bush’s authority disappeared all the more quickly - because his so-certain predictions were so obviously wrong.

The Decider, we eventually discovered, had no response to this. He just had to keep deciding and asserting, to less and less effect, that he was right all along. Hence the excruciating final months. Within a democratic system, Americans had replicated all the comedy and tragedy of cocooned authoritarianism.

Buried within this was something more sinister. The events of 9/11 undoubtedly required energetic executive action, as the founding father Alexander Hamilton once described the virtue of the president. In an emergency, the genius of the American executive is its ability to act more swiftly than a parliament or Congress. But over time, we realised the following. Bush did not see his immense war powers as temporary. Because the war had no end, his extra-constitutional war powers also were now permanent. The war, moreover, was not just abroad. It also included the homeland and anyone in it. So an American citizen, Jose Padilla, was picked up at O’Hare airport, locked in a cell, tortured until he was a mental case and finally charged with much lesser offences than the government had first warned of, and he is still languishing in jail.

President Bush declared that he was the sole arbiter of the law, broke it repeatedly in wire-tapping, torturing, extraordinary rendition and detention, and dared Congress and the Supreme Court to stop him. In the end, the court did begin to hedge him back in. Congress? Not so much.

The executive claim, however, was larger than ever previously made. The battleground was potentially anywhere: your bedroom, your telephone, the security queue at the airport. The Decider was answerable only - and only retroactively - to the people, whose will legitimised him.

Now look at Obama. He has just won an election victory more profound than any Bush did, and by a much larger margin. And yet what one senses is restraint. This president, one recalls, is a constitutional lawyer and a deliberative fellow. He began life as a community organiser, a role that seeks to facilitate rather than to dictate, to provoke others to take responsibility rather than seizing it always oneself.

And what the critics misread in his sober inaugural speech was its classical structure and its awareness of what the oath of office had just done to him. He was not running any more. He was presiding.

His job was not to rally vast crowds, but to set the scene for the broader constitutional tableau to come to life. Yes, Obama set some clear directional goals, but the key difference is what came next: a window not for presidential action but for constitutional invitation. The invitation is to the other coequal branches of government to play their part; and for the citizenry to play its. This is an understanding of the president as one node in a constitutional order - not a near-dictator outside and superior to other branches of government. It is a return to traditional constitutional order.

You saw this in the flurry of modest but piercing executive orders quietly gutting the near-dictatorial powers seized by Cheney on behalf of the dauphin. You see it in the patient understanding that Guantanamo cannot be closed overnight, although the world-view that gave us Guantanamo has already been abolished. You saw it also last week as the Democratic president spent two long hours with House Republicans seeking consensus - which he did not require to pass the law - on the stimulus package. The Republicans never had that kind of respect from Bush. And they rewarded Obama with unanimous opposition in the vote on the package. But the symbolism was telling.

From the Decider we now have the Presider. If Bush was about the presidency as power, Obama is about the presidency as authority. And this is not a Democratic or Republican issue, or even a liberal or conservative issue. It is one form of conservatism – authoritarian, bellicose and protective - being replaced by another: consensual, traditional, cautious. It is the conservatism of law replacing the conservatism of action.

It’s fascinating to watch this deep difference in understanding slowly but unmistakably realise itself in public actions. The system - as the founders once hoped - is correcting itself after one of the most unbalanced periods in American history. It took the self-restraint of one man to do it.


* Have your say


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calendar   Saturday - January 31, 2009


Pledge of Allegiance Becomes Pledge to Obama


A parent in the Clark County School District of Las Vegas, Henderson area reported January 27th that his son, who is in 1st grade, came home yesterday saying that he didn’t want to go back to school anymore.

When asked why, the boy said that during the Pledge of Allegiance the teacher put up a large image of Obama next to the flag.

Thinking that the boy might be exaggerating, the man asked his son if he was sure, and suggested that by “large” he might mean an 8x10 photo of the president. The boy apparently said “No, it is a large picture of Obama and when we are done, the teacher turns off the image.”

The same thing was not done for President Bush last year.

After investigating this morning, the other parent reported that what the boy said was true.

At least three of the five classrooms have an overhead projector and as the children stand to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, the teacher turns on the classroom overhead and a full body image of Obama, with six U.S. flags behind him, comes up about 4 feet away from the flag that hangs on the wall. The screen is apparently around five feet by six feet.

In the image, President Obama appears to be staring straight out with no facial expression, just a serious look. All of the kids in each class faced the President, instead of the flag that hangs in the corner.

Local parents are up in arms over this situation. Teachers clearly do not realize the gravity of what they are doing.

Certain people have said this is a hoax because the paper did not mention the school or the teacher by name. The paper refutes this charge.


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calendar   Wednesday - January 28, 2009

A Cat Can Look At A King

But A Fireman Can’t Look At Obama

bat Ohio Firefighter Suspended from Drum Band for Nodding at Obama During Parade bat

An Ohio firefighter has been given a six-month suspension from his role in a pipe and drum band because he nodded to President Barack Obama during last week’s inaugural parade in Washington. Video shows Drum Major John Coleman giving the nod along with a fleeting wave as the Cleveland Firefighter’s Memorial Pipes & Drums marched past the president.

The band leader, Pipe Major Mike Engle, said the firefighter from the Cleveland suburb of Cleveland Heights violated the proper decorum required in a military parade.

Coleman says Obama smiled and waved, and that he was just acknowledging the president.

I had to watch the video about 4 times before I realized that the drum major is the guy carrying the stick, not the drum. And it seems to me he gives a salute to the President, not a wave, all while keeping proper time. Another Zero Tolerance asinine over reaction. These guys aren’t in the military. And it’s not like he lifted his kilt or anything. Or even wet himself, or was “taken up”, or fainted, or any of those other common reactions to being in the presence of Teh One. I think we’re just seeing some latent racism at work here.


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Privacy? You Doan Nee No Steenkin Privacy

Part 1, sort of

Obama is Watching

And think of that as the good news. The bad? So is everyone else. Follow Mr. Christian on Twitter. Tune in to Wi-Fi anywhere. Broadcast yourself. Make intimate connections with total strangers! And the whole world, thugs included, will know who you are, where you live. what you look like, and whether you’ve got any nice stuff ... and they’ll also know when you’re out of town. Oh, you have privacy concerns? Not to worry. Just lie. Create a false you. Photograph someone else’s attack dog, someone else’s apartment. But don’t not be part of the total social net. That would be, like, like being a free thinker who doesn’t fit in. No. Go along, get along, sign up, tune in, fit in.

Resistance is futile. Take the pledge; remember: ”Together we can. Together we ARE. And together we will be the Change that we seek.Fucking zombies. Get wired. Like a puppet on a string. Then dance for your new master, whom you have just pledged to serve. It’s cool to be a slave.

UPDATE: Folks, watch the video at the above zombies link please.

Part 2, kinda

Welcome to the future. And it sucks. No thanks.

Mathew Honan explores the perks and the perils of being part of the open source generation.

The location-aware future—good, bad, and sleazy—is here. Thanks to the iPhone 3G and, to a lesser extent, Google’s Android phone, millions of people are now walking around with a gizmo in their pocket that not only knows where they are but also plugs into the Internet to share that info, merge it with online databases, and find out what—and who—is in the immediate vicinity. That old saw about how someday you’ll walk past a Starbucks and your phone will receive a digital coupon for half off on a Frappuccino? Yeah, that can happen now.

Simply put, location changes everything. This one input—our coordinates—has the potential to change all the outputs. Where we shop, who we talk to, what we read, what we search for, where we go—they all change once we merge location and the Web.

I wanted to know more about this new frontier, so I became a geo-guinea pig. My plan: Load every cool and interesting location-aware program I could find onto my iPhone and use them as often as possible. For a few weeks, whenever I arrived at a new place, I would announce it through multiple social geoapps. When going for a run, bike ride, or drive, I would record my trajectory and publish it online. I would let digital applications help me decide where to work, play, and eat. And I would seek out new people based on nothing but their proximity to me at any given moment. I would be totally open, exposing my location to the world just to see where it took me. I even added an Eye-Fi Wi-Fi card to my PowerShot digital camera so that all my photos could be geotagged and uploaded to the Web. I would become the most location-aware person on the Internets!

To test whether I was being paranoid, I ran a little experiment. On a sunny Saturday, I spotted a woman in Golden Gate Park taking a photo with a 3G iPhone. Because iPhones embed geodata into photos that users upload to Flickr or Picasa, iPhone shots can be automatically placed on a map. At home I searched the Flickr map, and score—a shot from today. I clicked through to the user’s photostream and determined it was the woman I had seen earlier. After adjusting the settings so that only her shots appeared on the map, I saw a cluster of images in one location. Clicking on them revealed photos of an apartment interior—a bedroom, a kitchen, a filthy living room. Now I know where she lives.

A couple years ago this was scary. Now it’s so far beyond being old hat that few people even realize it’s wrong. It’s a convenience feature, dammit, and they demand this level of connection and service!! (Ok, this doesn’t actually exist yet. But it’s nothing compared to the technological power shown above. All it would take is a flip of a switch, one that already exists, to make public that information that you can only pray is still “private”. And Bush was Hitler because of the wiretap thing. Riiiight.)


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calendar   Tuesday - January 27, 2009

Off to a great start

Oh, Bama

Obama to Islamic World: “We are not your enemy!”

Islamic World to Themselves: “But we are his. What a dope!”

President Obama told Arab television viewers that “Americans are not your enemy” in an interview aimed at repairing relations with the Muslim world that were damaged under the Bush administration.

Obama’s choice to give his first formal sit-down television interview as president to Al-Arabiya signaled a new American approach in the region. In the interview, broadcast Tuesday, Obama said the U.S. had made mistakes in the past but “that the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there’s no reason why we can’t restore that.”

The new president also condemned Iran’s threats against Israel, pursuit of nuclear weapons and support of terrorist organizations, but said “it is important for us to be willing to talk to Iran, to express very clearly where our differences are, but where there are potential avenues for progress.”

Oh brother. But threatening Israel, going for nukes in Tehran, and supporting terrorists is what they’re all about. That’s what they do. So what’s the point of offering the hand of friendship if at the same time you castigate their behavior? That sends a mixed message, from which only two conclusions emerge: this guy is weak, and this guy is a fool. Way to go O.

And this was his FIRST interview. He didn’t do a sit down with our good neighbors to the north in Canada, or meet with the folks down in Mexico, or sit down with our allies in the UK, Israel, or anywhere else. No, he went on A Rab TV. First. Because he wants to “repair the damage” Bush did by telling our enemies that they are our enemies. Even though Bush was ultra specific in telling our enemies that they were only our enemies when they bought into the jihadi crap.

You noticed, right, during his inauguration speech, that he said that America was made up of Christians and Muslims, Jews, and Hindus. In that order, even though the 1st and 3rd groups mentioned outnumber the 2nd and 4th groups by at least 100 to 1. And we went through the whole campaign season with the “Obama is not a muslim, don’t you dare even think that!” meme, and now suddenly he’s playing up his muslim roots. What, to sing out to these people that he’s an apostate, the son of an apostate? Smart move, Mr. Whizbang, when apostasy carries a death sentence in their minds. Real smart.

Obama’s predecessor, former President Bush, launched wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that prompted a massive backlash against the United States in the Muslim world. During his eight years in office, relations between the U.S. and Iran also grew increasingly tense — with the Bush administration often singling out Iran as the most dangerous in the region.

Yes, except that those wars were a reaction to the “massive backlash” that began in Munich in 1972 and continued unabated until September 11, 2001. And relations with Iran? Maybe if they weren’t such aggressive bastards, supporting all kinds of terrorism, lying through their broken teeth, and working as fast as they could to build nuke-u-lur weapons to execute their openly announced plan of wiping Israel off the map, then maybe Bush wouldn’t have to point out the obvious truth that they’re a bunch of dangerous rat bastards. And Obrotha wants to repair that error? What error?
The muzzies are still pissed off about the Crusades, m’kay? From 800 years ago. And they want revenge. How is it that the US is supposed to forget the 444 Days, not even 30 years ago? Surely we owe them a few nukes? That’s only fair, right?

Holy shiite. We are effin doomed. 


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/27/2009 at 03:20 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - January 22, 2009

Let’s get the Oball Rolling!

Obama To Halt Offshore Oil Drilling

Because reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil wouldn’t be good for the GLOBAL economy?

White House may put hold on offshore drilling plan
U.S. President Barack Obama may order a hold on a proposal issued in the final days of the Bush administration to expand offshore drilling in previously banned areas, an Interior Department official told Reuters on Wednesday.

Shortly after being sworn in on Tuesday, Obama ordered all federal agencies and departments to halt pending regulations until they can be reviewed by incoming staff.

An Interior official said the department is waiting for clarification from the White House on whether a proposed draft of a five-year plan to lease areas in the Atlantic and Pacific waters for oil and natural gas drilling can go forward.

The preliminary plan would authorize 31 energy exploration lease sales between 2010 and 2015 for tracts along the east coast and off the coasts of Alaska and California.

Both presidential and congressional bans on drilling in most U.S. waters ended last year.

Separately, the Interior official said the department’s plan to develop oil shale fields in the western United States may also be stopped by Obama’s order.

Meanwhile, U.S. CRUDE FUTURES SETTLE AT $43.67/BBL, UP 12 CENTS That’s quite a jump since $33/bbl on Monday, seeing as it’s only Thursday.

Well, at least we won’t NOT HAVE ANY oil. Looks like we’re friggin swimming in it right now.

* U.S. crude inventories jumped 6.1 million barrels last week to 332.7 million barrels, while domestic gasoline stocks leaped 6.5 million barrels to 220.0 million barrels, far above
analysts’ forecasts in a Reuters poll, government data showed [EIA/S].

* Stocks in the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub for NYMEX-traded crude rose 200,000 barrels to 33.2 million barrels, extending record storage at the site.

* U.S. distillate stocks rose 800,000 barrels to 145 million barrels, against the forecast for small decline.

so of course, the farmers are growing corn as fast as they can, for all the ethanol to add to the gasoline we aren’t using.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/22/2009 at 03:49 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - January 21, 2009

President for life, Sheik Barak Hussein Obama calls stop to military trials at Gitmo.

Radio news early today reports President (For Life ) Barak Obama has signed his first order as president in the order to stop military tribunals at Guantanamo.

A Bush spokesman interviewed said that when the decision to use Guantanamo was made, nobody at the time thought it would raise the ire or concern of people half way round the world or at home.  It was seen at the time as a solution, and as a situation where we were at war and these folks did not come under civil jurisdiction.  It has become he went on, an albatross around America’s neck and has given the USA an international black eye.” He also said that finding a place for the prisoners was easier said then done and he predicts a political battle over them.  Where he asks, are you going to try them and house them.  There will be people who will say, “Not in our back yard.” And so the battle will start.

Then there is another unexpected issue.  The human rights issue raised by the left so often.
The countries these folks come from are “not known for having very good reputations where civil rights are concerned.” So will the new govt. (USA) deport any to those countries?  And what about countries that will refuse to take those who might be freed?

This is gonna get a mite sticky. 

Meanwhile, the coverage and opinions on the new president, peace be upon him, continues unabated.  (peiper one sarcastic right wing sob today. just like yesterday and the day before)

Barack Obama inauguration: Bloggers and analysts divided over speech
Some praised it as inspirational, brilliant and poetic. Others found it unremarkable, workmanlike, even condescending.

By Catherine Elsworth in Los Angeles
Last Updated: 8:21AM GMT 21 Jan 2009

While none questioned the historical significance of Tuesday’s inauguration - most described the occasion as both momentous and moving - political commentators were sharply divided on President Barack Obama’s hugely anticipated inaugural address.

“A disappointing hodgepodge,” was the view of New Republic writer John B. Judis. He deemed Barack Obama’s speech “unusually abstract” and occupying a “netherworld between inspiring oratory and political argument.

“It was well-delivered, but it consisted of a hodgepodge of themes, injunctions, and applause lines that did not speak directly to the crisis that the country faces.”

Writing for the same publication, however, Walter Shapiro, political columnist and former White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, was moved to proclaim Mr Obama the “poet-in-chief” for the speech’s “striking phrases and sudden bursts of imagery”.

“President Obama reminded the nation that here was a man who wrote himself into his job,” Mr Shapiro declared, although he added “my guess is that Obama’s address was a little too cerebral, a little too reflective of recent White House history to reach the standard of greatness.”

In an 18-minute address delivered before a shivering, expectant crowd of over a million, Mr Obama pledged to rally his nation to “a new era of responsibility” and show the world the US is “ready to lead once more”.

America’s 44th - and first black - president, known for his rhetorical skill and powerful speeches, outlined the grave challenges facing the country. But he stressed they could be met, declaring that “starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin the work of remaking America”.

Debate about where the speech would rank alongside history’s most memorable inaugural addresses began immediately: Did it lack the kind of lofty rhetoric necessary to guarantee immortality? Had the enormous expectations surrounding the address simply proved too great?

John Dickerson, writing on, declared it “a good speech but not a soaring one” that lacked “the kind of personal speechmaking Obama was so good at during the campaign.”

CNN analysts Jeffrey Toobin was also underwhelmed.

“I thought that this was a speech with a lot of ideas but no theme and most importantly, this was a speech without a single memorable phrase,” said Toobin.

“We remember inaugural addresses by ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself’ (Franklin D Roosevelt); ‘Ask not what your country can do for you’ (John F Kennedy). Where is anything comparable in this speech? I’m afraid this is likely to join the vast majority of inaugural addresses which are quickly forgotten.”

Arianna Huffington, writing in the Huffington Post, said the new president delivered a “solemn reality check” in which he effectively told America it was “time to grow up”.

Calling it “Obama’s sober sermon on the steps”, she said the speech was “a warning bell” but “ultimately optimistic”.

“There was something very powerful about watching this relatively young man, one of the youngest to ever hold the highest office in the land, telling the people of America to grow up.”

This part of the speech riled some, however.

“We…need no condescension from the President of the United States telling us that we ought to act our age, not our shoe size,” wrote Pejman Yousefzadeh, a conservative blogger, on

“This inaugural address had a whole host of faults. It fell well below expectations for its inability to connect with the issues of the day, its apparent characteristic of having been written by committee, its vagueness and generalities, and the fact that it puzzled more than it enlightened.”

Historian Michael S Roth, however, could not have disagreed more, declaring the speech “brilliant, deeply felt” and containing “echoes of the great speeches of the past”.

“It was a dignified, thoughtful speech - worthy of the great orator who delivered it and appropriate to our perilous times,” he wrote on

Michael Gerson, in the Washington Post, meanwhile found many of Mr Obama’s words to be platitudes but the speech’s content more compelling.

He said many had “expected the speech to be rhetorically masterful but perhaps ideologically shallow. Instead, we heard a speech that was rhetorically flat and substantively interesting. On his first day in office, President Obama has managed to surprise.”

The New York Times assembled a panel of former speech writers to presidents Carter, Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W Bush. They judged the address everything from mixed to marvellous.

But in an editorial the paper declared that Mr Obama’s speech, though lacking the “soaring language” of Presidents Franklin D Roosevelt or John F Kennedy, gave the crowd “the clarity and the respect for which all Americans have hungered.”


I’m still left asking the very same question without any answer. 
Why the hell does the world care one little bit about OUR internal security matters as regards Guantanamo?  Why is it any of their damn business?
And why should any American give a flip about world opinion as regards Gitmo?
Or any other personal home issue.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/21/2009 at 05:00 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - January 20, 2009

Scuse me Mr. President but a point of order.

“We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers.”

Right sir. And at the rate muzzies breed, kind of like flies you know, how long before some future president takes that oath on the koran?

“To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. “

Well now there you go again.  Mutual what?  Their interest with respect sir is our death.  You might wanna keep that in mind.

“And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect.”

What?  What indifference?  The American taxpayer has been giving away dollars for as long as I can remember to every country in the world. And especially your spiritual homeland. You know, the dark planet.  Billions of dollars have gone into that sinkhole and nothing whatever has ever come of it . OK, pirates in Somalia and Nigerian con games. But those aside. .....

We consume the world’s resources? Ah, pardon me but do we pay for it all, or are we on some sort of welfare unknown to us?  You make it sound as though Americans are taking it all away from someone else.  And do we not also produce things that use resources?  Maybe you have us confused with India and especially China.


“At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:  “Let it be told to the future world...that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive...that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].”

Yes sir he did say that.  I think he also mentioned something in passing about “foreign entanglements” as well.  Something we seem to have conveniently ignored.

“To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds.”

Ah huh. And sir if ya don’t mind tellin’ us, just how much extra is that going to cost?  Work alongside?  What’s that? A euphemism for give em more cash?
Feed hungry minds?  If it’s the ppl I think you have in mind, fergit it!  First off we don’t need them learnin’ how to read and write.  Soon as they do that, they cause all sorts of grief and get up to all sorts of trouble and cause all manners of problems. It only adds to the white mans burden.  Trust me sir. I’ve been seeing that for a lifetime. There really are people who are a lost cause. You’re about to flog a dead horse sir. With respect.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/20/2009 at 02:28 PM   
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