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Thom Tillis, flailing, grabs onto Ebola and the Secret Service

Source: www.dailykos.com – Friday, October 03, 2014
Thom Tillis Here's a good sign a candidate has lost faith in his message: when he starts talking about every new headline. Witness North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis, who in recent days has tried out Ebola and the Secret Service as … attacks on Sen. Kay Hagan. In both instances, the criticism made essentially the same point: The president can't keep America safe. "How on earth can you protect the nation if you can't protect the White House?" he asked, according to an account of his speech Wednesday. That might be a compelling argument against electing the Secret Service, but the president would seem to be more sinned against than sinning in this case, and what Hagan has to do with it is a total mystery. In a statement Thursday about Ebola, he said "it makes absolutely no sense to risk more cases" by allowing travel to the West African countries. "It's time for Washington to take action to protect the American people," he asserted. Too bad he didn't just ask "How on earth can you protect the nation if you can't personally defeat a virus?" That at least would have been obviously humorous. In any case, it's not as simple as banning flights from West Africa—the Texas Ebola patient flew first from Liberia to Brussels , and then to the United States. But again, what is Hagan supposed to do about Ebola? Especially given that it's been Republicans cutting the budget at the Centers for Disease Control. What Ebola and the Secret Servi

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Chelsea Clinton Welcomes Daughter Charlotte

Source: celebritybabies.people.com – Friday, September 26, 2014
Landov Her mom might be eyeing the White House, but Chelsea Clinton ‘s world just became all about the nursery! The former First Daughter and global activist, 34, and husband Marc Mezvinsky have welcomed theri first child, a daughter, she announced via Twitter early Saturday morning. “Marc and I are full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky ,” Clinton writes. Months after announcing that she and Mezvinsky hoped to make 2014 the “ Year of the Baby ,” Chelsea, 34, confirmed in April that the couple were expecting . “I certainly feel all the better whether it’s a girl or a boy that she or he will grow up in world filled with so many strong female leaders,” she said, making the announcement at a Clinton Foundation event promoting the empowerment of girls and young women. It was the news the mom-to-be’s parents, Bill and Hillary Clinton , had long awaited and the former Secretary of State told PEOPLE in June that she was already preparing for the big arrival, stockpiling children’s books and planning to have a carseat in her own car. “I want to babysit any chance I get!” Secretary Clinton said. And she joked at at a political gathering in September, “Bill and I are on constant grandchild watch.” With her parents on standby, Chelsea, who stepped down as a special correspondent for NBC News, kept a busy pace at the Clinton Global Initiative just days before Charlotte’s arrival

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US continues airstrikes in Iraq

Source: www.aolnews.com – Sunday, August 17, 2014
US continues airstrikes in Iraq AP The White House said President Barack Obama notified Congress Sunday that the widened mission would be limited in duration and scope. Growing threat for US personnel In other news Michael Brown video condemned CNN host slams Fox News doctor

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I could climb atop quite a political soapbox right now … But I will only say this:

"Thank you, President Obama, for keeping your word the very week you were inaugurated. A close friend credits a prescription-related change you made first-thing for helping her afford to keep her seriously ill husband alive. This medical cost reduction also was instrumental in helping my friend avoid bankruptcy."

My friends were once a two-Beamer couple with a sprawling home, thanks to two great incomes. But he now needs a new heart and can no longer work; she’s been downsized from jobs more times than I can count. Since Obama took office, things have actually been a bit better for them. Mostly because she can now afford to buy his oxygen tanks plus pay rent and buy food.

We don’t hear these kinds of real-life anecdotes in the news. There must be tens of thousands of people whose lives or livelihoods already have been positively impacted by our new president. But the vocal minority drowns out these important voices.

Even the liberal news media does the Obama administration a disservice by disproportionately covering the angry town halls, fear-mongerers, and gun-toters.

Many people know the good things Mr. Obama already has done. Here’s to his courage to keep this kind of good stuff coming. This is what keeps America strong, a nationwide family where every member is able and eager to contribute and help fend off all threats.

Trying To Impeach Obama In 2013
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Unlovely Laurel, Maryland Friday October 11, 2013. Here’s some of our fellow citizens exercising their First Amendment Rights by prancing about on the Gorman Road bridge over Interstate 95. In a close up you can see that the individual on the right is covering his face with his hand. Why? A surprising number of motorists honked as they passed the banners although the evening rush hour traffic was much lighter than normal due to the ongoing partial government shutdown caused by extremist Republican gangsters in Congress.

Tea baggers, assault weapon fetishists and other far right wing crackpots brandishing signs and flags show up with some frequency at this spot. Today’s gathering here (there were similar overpass impeachment events across the USA…) was likely being staged in support of a rolling DC Beltway blockade by neo-facist militia influenced truckers and other actions by "Confederate heritage" goons, all united in advocating for the impeachment (or abdication by force…) of the "muslim president". Those events, widely promoted in disreputable corners of the internet, largely fizzled out. The trucker blockade was quickly dispersed by highway police and the ‘johhny rebs’ did little more than wave the Confederate flag in front of the White House and at the WWII Memorial on the National Mall. This time.

I empathize somewhat with the truckers. They’ve always gotten a raw deal and like most of us working folks have almost no friends in high places (certainly not our Disappointer In Chief Barack Obama and his crew…) but they’ve chosen the wrong target and the wrong solution if they want to make their lives better.

I stopped on the highway shoulder and got out of my Dodge to get the shot you see on this page; I don’t recommend that you try this. My parked car was almost hit by an Escalade roaring down the shoulder as it exited from the nearby rest stop.

Here’s How Obama Finally Plans To End The Longest War In American History

Source: www.businessinsider.com – Tuesday, May 27, 2014
President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a plan to remove all U.S. troops from Afghanistan after what has become the longest war in American history.  In a statement from the Rose Garden of the White House, Obama announced his intention to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan beyond the end of 2014, when the U.S.'s combat operations will be completed. The 9,800-troop level would mark a drawdown from the 32,000 U.S. troops currently stationed in the country. It comes as NATO is set to pull the bulk of its 70,000-plus troops from the region as well. In a conference call with reporters, senior Obama administration officials said the remaining U.S. troops in the region would have two missions: Training Afghan security forces, and conducting counterterror missions against the remnants of al Qaeda. "We will bring America's longest war to a responsible end," Obama said in a Rose Garden statement Tuesday. " The future of Afghanistan must be decided by Afghans." The plan has three drawdown phases: Current troop level: 32,000 End of 2014: 9,800 End of 2015: Roughly half that number, with troops consolidated in the capital of Kabul and Bagram air field. End of 2016: The U.S. will draw down to what administration officials described as a "normal embassy presence" in Kabul. The reduction to a "normal embassy presence" would come as Obama is set to leave office after the completion of his second term. The proposal is largely in line with what mi

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‘The election of Obama would, at a stroke, refresh our country’s spirit’
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Guardian.co.uk | The Observer

November 2, 2008

‘The election of Obama would, at a stroke, refresh our country’s spirit’
It has been an epic campaign for the American Presidency and one which has been scrutinised at close quarters by the US’s finest writers on the New Yorker magazine – the country’s leading journal of politics and culture. Here, in their leader column ahead of the election, the editors of the magazine offer a brilliant analysis of the choice facing America, deconstruct the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates and finish with a powerful endorsement of Barack Obama as the man best suited to answer the grave challenges facing the next President

Never in living memory has an election been more critical than the one fast approaching – that’s the quadrennial cliché, as expected as the balloons and the bombast. And yet when has it ever felt so urgently true? When have so many Americans had so clear a sense that a presidency has – at the levels of competence, vision and integrity – undermined the country and its ideals?

The incumbent administration has distinguished itself for the ages. The presidency of George W Bush is the worst since Reconstruction, so there is no mystery about why the Republican party – which has held dominion over the executive branch of the federal government for the past eight years and the legislative branch for most of that time – has little desire to defend its record, domestic or foreign. The only speaker at the convention in St Paul who uttered more than a sentence or two in support of the President was his wife, Laura. Meanwhile, the nominee, John McCain, played the part of a vaudeville illusionist, asking to be regarded as an apostle of change after years of embracing the essentials of the Bush agenda with ever-increasing ardour.

The Republican disaster begins at home. Even before taking into account whatever fantastically expensive plan eventually emerges to help rescue the financial system from Wall Street’s long-running pyramid schemes, the economic and fiscal picture is bleak. During the Bush administration, the national debt, now approaching trillion, has nearly doubled. Next year’s federal budget is projected to run a 0bn deficit, a precipitous fall from the 0bn surplus that was projected when Bill Clinton left office. Private-sector job creation has been a sixth of what it was under President Clinton. Five million people have fallen into poverty. The number of Americans without health insurance has grown by seven million, while average premiums have nearly doubled. Meanwhile, the principal domestic achievement of the Bush administration has been to shift the relative burden of taxation from the rich to the rest. For the top 1 per cent of us, the Bush tax cuts are worth, on average, about a thousand dollars a week; for the bottom fifth, about a dollar and a half. The unfairness will only increase if the painful, yet necessary, effort to rescue the credit markets ends up preventing the rescue of our healthcare system, our environment and our physical, educational and industrial infrastructure.

At the same time, 150,000 American troops are in Iraq and 33,000 are in Afghanistan. There is still disagreement about the wisdom of overthrowing Saddam Hussein and his horrific regime, but there is no longer the slightest doubt that the Bush administration manipulated, bullied and lied the American public into this war and then mismanaged its prosecution in nearly every aspect. The direct costs, besides an expenditure of more than 0bn, have included the loss of more than 4,000 Americans, the wounding of 30,000, the deaths of tens of thousands of Iraqis and the displacement of four and a half million men, women and children. Only now, after American forces have been fighting for a year longer than they did in the Second World War, is there a glimmer of hope that the conflict in Iraq has entered a stage of fragile stability.

The indirect costs, both of the war in particular and of the administration’s unilateralist approach to foreign policy in general, have also been immense. The torture of prisoners, authorised at the highest level, has been an ethical and a public diplomacy catastrophe. At a moment when the global environment, the global economy and global stability all demand a transition to new sources of energy, the United States has been a global retrograde, wasteful in its consumption and heedless in its policy. Strategically and morally, the Bush administration has squandered the American capacity to counter the example and the swagger of its rivals. China, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and other illiberal states have concluded, each in its own way, that democratic principles and human rights need not be components of a stable, prosperous future. At recent meetings of the United Nations, emboldened despots like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran came to town sneering at our predicament and hailing the ‘end of the American era’.

The election of 2008 is the first in more than half a century in which no incumbent President or Vice-President is on the ballot. There is, however, an incumbent party and that party has been lucky enough to find itself, apparently against the wishes of its ‘base’, with a nominee who evidently disliked George W Bush before it became fashionable to do so. In South Carolina, in 2000, Bush crushed John McCain with a sub rosa primary campaign of such viciousness that McCain lashed out memorably against Bush’s Christian Right allies. So profound was McCain’s anger that in 2004 he flirted with the possibility of joining the Democratic ticket under John Kerry. Bush, who took office as a ‘compassionate conservative’, governed immediately as a rightist ideologue. During that first term, McCain bolstered his reputation, sometimes deserved, as a ‘maverick’ willing to work with Democrats on such issues as normalising relations with Vietnam, campaign finance reform and immigration reform. He co-sponsored, with John Edwards and Edward Kennedy, a patients’ bill of rights. In 2001 and 2003 he voted against the Bush tax cuts. With John Kerry, he co-sponsored a bill raising auto fuel efficiency standards and, with Joseph Lieberman, a cap-and-trade regime on carbon emissions. He was one of a minority of Republicans opposed to unlimited drilling for oil and gas off America’s shores.

Since the 2004 election, however, McCain has moved remorselessly rightwards in his quest for the Republican nomination. He paid obeisance to Jerry Falwell and preachers of his ilk. He abandoned immigration reform, eventually coming out against his own bill. Most shockingly, McCain, who had repeatedly denounced torture under all circumstances, voted in February against a ban on the very techniques of ‘enhanced interrogation’ that he himself once endured in Vietnam – as long as the torturers were civilians employed by the CIA.

On almost every issue, McCain and the Democratic party’s nominee, Barack Obama, speak the generalised language of ‘reform’, but only Obama has provided a convincing, rational and fully developed vision. McCain has abandoned his opposition to the Bush-era tax cuts and has taken up the demagogic call – in the midst of recession and Wall Street calamity, with looming crises in social security, Medicare and Medicaid – for more tax cuts. Bush’s expire in 2011. If McCain, as he has proposed, cuts taxes for corporations and estates, the benefits once more would go disproportionately to the wealthy.

In Washington the craze for pure market triumphalism is over. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson arrived in town (via Goldman Sachs) a Republican, but it seems that he will leave a Democrat. In other words, he has come to see that the abuses that led to the current financial crisis – not least, excessive speculation on borrowed capital – can be fixed only with government regulation and oversight. McCain, who has never evinced much interest in, or knowledge of, economic questions, has had little of substance to say about the crisis. His most notable gesture of concern – a melodramatic call to suspend his campaign and postpone the first presidential debate until the government bail-out plan was ready – soon revealed itself as an empty diversionary tactic.

By contrast, Obama has made a serious study of the mechanics and the history of this economic disaster and of the possibilities of stimulating a recovery. Last March, in New York, in a speech notable for its depth, balance and foresight, he said: ‘A complete disdain for pay-as-you-go budgeting, coupled with a generally scornful attitude towards oversight and enforcement, allowed far too many to put short-term gain ahead of long-term consequences.’ Obama is committed to reforms that value not only the restoration of stability but also the protection of the vast majority of the population, which did not partake of the fruits of the binge years. He has called for greater and more programmatic regulation of the financial system; the creation of a National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank, which would help reverse the decay of our roads, bridges and mass-transit systems and create millions of jobs; and a major investment in the green-energy sector.

On energy and global warming, Obama offers a set of forceful proposals. He supports a cap-and-trade programme to reduce America’s carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 – an enormously ambitious goal, but one that many climate scientists say must be met if atmospheric carbon dioxide is to be kept below disastrous levels. Large emitters, such as utilities, would acquire carbon allowances and those which emit less carbon dioxide than their allotment could sell the resulting credits to those which emit more; over time, the available allowances would decline. Significantly, Obama wants to auction off the allowances; this would provide bn a year for developing alternative energy sources and creating job-training programmes in green technologies. He also wants to raise federal fuel-economy standards and to require that 10 per cent of America’s electricity be generated from renewable sources by 2012. Taken together, his proposals represent the most coherent and far-sighted strategy ever offered by a presidential candidate for reducing the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels.

There was once reason to hope that McCain and Obama would have a sensible debate about energy and climate policy. McCain was one of the first Republicans in the Senate to support federal limits on carbon dioxide and he has touted his own support for a less ambitious cap-and-trade programme as evidence of his independence from the White House. But, as polls showed Americans growing jittery about gasoline prices, McCain apparently found it expedient in this area, too, to shift course. He took a dubious idea – lifting the federal moratorium on offshore oil drilling – and placed it at the centre of his campaign. Opening up America’s coastal waters to drilling would have no impact on gasoline prices in the short term and, even over the long term, the effect, according to a recent analysis by the Department of Energy, would be ‘insignificant’. Such inconvenient facts, however, are waved away by a campaign that finally found its voice with the slogan ‘Drill, baby, drill!’

The contrast between the candidates is even sharper with respect to the third branch of government. A tense equipoise currently prevails among the justices of the Supreme Court, where four hardcore conservatives face off against four moderate liberals. Anthony M Kennedy is the swing vote, determining the outcome of case after case.

McCain cites Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, two reliable conservatives, as models for his own prospective appointments. If he means what he says, and if he replaces even one moderate on the current Supreme Court, then Roe v Wade will be reversed and states will again be allowed to impose absolute bans on abortion. McCain’s views have hardened on this issue. In 1999 he said he opposed overturning Roe; by 2006 he was saying that its demise ‘wouldn’t bother me any’; by 2008 he no longer supported adding rape and incest as exceptions to his party’s platform opposing abortion.

But scrapping Roe – which, after all, would leave states as free to permit abortion as to criminalise it – would be just the beginning. Given the ideological agenda that the existing conservative bloc has pursued, it’s safe to predict that affirmative action of all kinds would likely be outlawed by a McCain court. Efforts to expand executive power, which in recent years certain justices have nobly tried to resist, would be likely to increase. Barriers between church and state would fall; executions would soar; legal checks on corporate power would wither – all with just one new conservative nominee on the court. And the next President is likely to make three appointments.

Obama, who taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago, voted against confirming not only Roberts and Alito but also several unqualified lower-court nominees. As an Illinois state senator, he won the support of prosecutors and police organisations for new protections against convicting the innocent in capital cases. While McCain voted to continue to deny habeas corpus rights to detainees, perpetuating the Bush administration’s regime of state-sponsored extra-legal detention, Obama took the opposite side, pushing to restore the right of all US-held prisoners to a hearing. The judicial future would be safe in his care.

In the shorthand of political commentary, the Iraq war seems to leave McCain and Obama roughly even. Opposing it before the invasion, Obama had the prescience to warn of a costly and indefinite occupation and rising anti-American radicalism around the world; supporting it, McCain foresaw none of this. More recently, in early 2007, McCain risked his presidential prospects on the proposition that five additional combat brigades could salvage a war that by then appeared hopeless. Obama, along with most of the country, had decided that it was time to cut American losses. Neither candidate’s calculations on Iraq have been as cheaply political as McCain’s repeated assertion that Obama values his career over his country; both men based their positions, right or wrong, on judgment and principle.

President Bush’s successor will inherit two wars and the realities of limited resources, flagging popular will and the dwindling possibilities of what can be achieved by American power. McCain’s views on these subjects range from the simplistic to the unknown. In Iraq, he seeks ‘victory’ – a word that General David Petraeus refuses to use, and one that fundamentally misrepresents the messy, open-ended nature of the conflict. As for Afghanistan, on the rare occasions when McCain mentions it he implies that the surge can be transferred directly from Iraq, which suggests that his grasp of counterinsurgency is not as firm as he insisted it was during the first presidential debate. McCain always displays more faith in force than interest in its strategic consequences. Unlike Obama, McCain has no political strategy for either war, only the dubious hope that greater security will allow things to work out. Obama has long warned of deterioration along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and has a considered grasp of its vital importance. His strategy for both Afghanistan and Iraq shows an understanding of the role that internal politics, economics, corruption and regional diplomacy play in wars where there is no battlefield victory.

Unimaginably painful personal experience taught McCain that war is above all a test of honour: maintain the will to fight on, be prepared to risk everything and you will prevail. Asked during the first debate to outline ‘the lessons of Iraq’, McCain said: ‘I think the lessons of Iraq are very clear: that you cannot have a failed strategy that will then cause you to nearly lose a conflict.’ A soldier’s answer – but a statesman must have a broader view of war and peace. The years ahead will demand not only determination but also diplomacy, flexibility, patience, judiciousness and intellectual engagement. These are no more McCain’s strong suit than the current President’s. Obama, for his part, seems to know that more will be required than will power and force to extract some advantage from the wreckage of the Bush years.

Obama is also better suited for the task of renewing the bedrock foundations of American influence. An American restoration in foreign affairs will require a commitment not only to international co-operation but also to international institutions that can address global warming, the dislocations of what will likely be a deepening global economic crisis, disease epidemics, nuclear proliferation, terrorism and other, more traditional security challenges. Many of the Cold War-era vehicles for engagement and negotiation – the United Nations, the World Bank, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty regime, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation – are moribund, tattered, or outdated. Obama has the generational outlook that will be required to revive or reinvent these compacts. He would be the first postwar American President unencumbered by the legacies of either Munich or Vietnam.

The next President must also restore American moral credibility. Closing Guantánamo, banning all torture and ending the Iraq war as responsibly as possible will provide a start, but only that. The modern presidency is as much a vehicle for communication as for decision-making and the relevant audiences are global. Obama has inspired many Americans in part because he holds up a mirror to their own idealism. His election would do no less – and likely more – overseas.

What most distinguishes the candidates, however, is character – and here, contrary to conventional wisdom, Obama is clearly the stronger of the two. Not long ago, Rick Davis, McCain’s campaign manager, said: ‘This election is not about issues. This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates.’ The view that this election is about personalities leaves out policy, complexity and accountability. Even so, there’s some truth in what Davis said – but it hardly points to the conclusion that he intended.

Echoing Obama, McCain has made ‘change’ one of his campaign mantras. But the change he has provided has been in himself and it is not just a matter of altering his positions. A willingness to pander and even lie has come to define his presidential campaign and its televised advertisements. A contemptuous duplicity, a meanness, has entered his talk on the stump – so much so that it seems obvious that, in the drive for victory, he is willing to replicate some of the same underhanded methods that defeated him eight years ago in South Carolina.

Perhaps nothing revealed McCain’s cynicism more than his choice of Sarah Palin, the former mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, who had been governor of that state for 21 months, as the Republican nominee for Vice-President. In the interviews she has given since her nomination, she has had difficulty uttering coherent unscripted responses about the most basic issues of the day. We are watching a candidate for Vice-President cram for her ongoing exam in elementary domestic and foreign policy. This is funny as a Tina Fey routine on Saturday Night Live, but as a vision of the political future it’s deeply unsettling. Palin has no business being the back-up to a President of any age, much less to one who is 72 and in imperfect health. In choosing her, McCain committed an act of breathtaking heedlessness and irresponsibility. Obama’s choice, Joe Biden, is not without imperfections. His tongue sometimes runs in advance of his mind, providing his own fodder for late-night comedians, but there is no comparison with Palin. His deep experience in foreign affairs, the judiciary and social policy makes him an assuring and complementary partner for Obama.

The longer the campaign goes on, the more the issues of personality and character have reflected badly on McCain. Unless appearances are very deceptive, he is impulsive, impatient, self-dramatising, erratic and a compulsive risk-taker. These qualities may have contributed to his usefulness as a ‘maverick’ senator. But in a President they would be a menace.

By contrast, Obama’s transformative message is accompanied by a sense of pragmatic calm. A tropism for unity is an essential part of his character and of his campaign. It is part of what allowed him to overcome a Democratic opponent who entered the race with tremendous advantages. It is what helped him forge a political career relying both on the liberals of Hyde Park and on the political regulars of downtown Chicago. His policy preferences are distinctly liberal, but he is determined to speak to a broad range of Americans who do not necessarily share his every value or opinion. For some who oppose him, his equanimity even under the ugliest attack seems like hauteur; for some who support him, his reluctance to counterattack in the same vein seems like self-defeating detachment.

Yet it is Obama’s temperament – and not McCain’s – that seems appropriate for the office both men seek and for the volatile and dangerous era in which we live. Those who dismiss his centredness as self-centredness or his composure as indifference are as wrong as those who mistook Eisenhower’s stolidity for denseness or Lincoln’s humour for lack of seriousness.

Nowadays almost every politician who thinks about running for President arranges to become an author. Obama’s books are different: he wrote them. The Audacity of Hope (2006) is a set of policy disquisitions loosely structured around an account of his freshman year in the United States Senate.

Though a campaign manifesto of sorts, it is superior to that genre’s usual blowsy pastiche of ghostwritten speeches. But it is Obama’s first book, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995), that offers an unprecedented glimpse into the mind and heart of a potential President. Obama began writing it in his early thirties, before he was a candidate for anything. Not since Theodore Roosevelt has an American politician this close to the pinnacle of power produced such a sustained, highly personal work of literary merit before being definitively swept up by the tides of political ambition.

A presidential election is not the awarding of a Pulitzer prize: we elect a politician and, we hope, a statesman, not an author. But Obama’s first book is valuable in the way that it reveals his fundamental attitudes of mind and spirit. Dreams from My Father is an illuminating memoir not only in the substance of Obama’s own peculiarly American story but also in the qualities he brings to the telling: a formidable intelligence, emotional empathy, self-reflection, balance and a remarkable ability to see life and the world through the eyes of people very different from himself. In common with nearly all other senators and governors of his generation, Obama does not count military service as part of his biography. But his life has been full of tests – personal, spiritual, racial, political – that bear on his preparation for great responsibility.

It is perfectly legitimate to call attention, as McCain has done, to Obama’s lack of conventional national and international policy-making experience. We, too, wish he had more of it. But office-holding is not the only kind of experience relevant to the task of leading a wildly variegated nation. Obama’s immersion in diverse human environments (Hawaii’s racial rainbow, Chicago’s racial cauldron, countercultural New York, middle-class Kansas, predominantly Muslim Indonesia), his years of organising among the poor, his taste of corporate law and his grounding in public-interest and constitutional law – these, too, are experiences. And his books show that he has wrung from them every drop of insight and breadth of perspective they contained.

The exhaustingly, sometimes infuriatingly, long campaign of 2008 (and 2007) has had at least one virtue: it has demonstrated that Obama’s intelligence and steady temperament are not just figments of the writer’s craft. He has made mistakes, to be sure. (His failure to accept McCain’s imaginative proposal for a series of unmediated joint appearances was among them.) But, on the whole, his campaign has been marked by patience, planning, discipline, organisation, technological proficiency and strategic astuteness. Obama has often looked two or three moves ahead, relatively impervious to the permanent hysteria of the hourly news cycle and the cable news shouters. And when crisis has struck, as it did when the divisive antics of his ex-pastor threatened to bring down his campaign, he has proved equal to the moment, rescuing himself with a speech that not only drew the poison but also demonstrated a profound respect for the electorate.

Although his opponents have tried to attack him as a man of ‘mere’ words, Obama has returned eloquence to its essential place in American politics. The choice between experience and eloquence is a false one – something that Lincoln, out of office after a single term in Congress, proved in his own campaign of political and national renewal. Obama’s ‘mere’ speeches on everything from the economy and foreign affairs to race have been at the centre of his campaign and its success; if he wins, his eloquence will be central to his ability to govern.

We cannot expect one man to heal every wound, to solve every major crisis of policy. So much of the presidency, as they say, is a matter of waking up in the morning and trying to drink from a fire hydrant. In the quiet of the Oval Office, the noise of immediate demands can be deafening. And yet Obama has precisely the temperament to shut out the noise when necessary and concentrate on the essential.

The election of Obama – a man of mixed ethnicity, at once comfortable in the world and utterly representative of 21st-century America – would, at a stroke, reverse our country’s image abroad and refresh its spirit at home. His ascendance to the presidency would be a symbolic culmination of the civil- and voting – rights acts of the 1960s and the century-long struggles for equality that preceded them. It could not help but say something encouraging, even exhilarating, about the country, about its dedication to tolerance and inclusiveness, about its fidelity, after all, to the values it proclaims in its textbooks. At a moment of economic calamity, international perplexity, political failure and battered morale, America needs both uplift and realism, both change and steadiness. It needs a leader temperamentally, intellectually and emotionally attuned to the complexities of our troubled globe. That leader’s name is Barack Obama.

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Really?… White House Photo of the Day: Obama Slides Butt Down Lunch Counter

Source: www.thegatewaypundit.com – Friday, May 16, 2014
The White House photo of the day today shows Barack Obama sliding down the lunch counter on his butt. And, his minions applaud. President Barack Obama slides across a counter to pose for photos with staff following lunch at the Dupont Circle Shake Shack in Washington, D.C., May 16, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Hat Tip Kristinn Taylor

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Suspicious Car Led to White House Lockdown

Source: abcnews.go.com – Tuesday, May 06, 2014
(Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) The White House went on lockdown this afternoon around 4:40 p.m. after a car somehow made it past the barricades on Pennsylvania Avenue, authorities said. Security officials closed the gates, cleared the North Lawn, and asked occupants to stay inside the building after a blue Honda Civic crossed a checkpoint and parked near the White House’s front entrance. The driver of the car was a “Treasury Department pass holder” who was not authorized to cross the secure perimeter, secret service said. The driver, who appeared to be trailing a motorcade transporting the first daughters, was immediately stopped by Uniformed Division officers and is now in custody. As Secret Service ushered pedestrians off the sidewalks and cordoned off nearby Lafayette Square, ambulances and fire trucks arrived on the scene. MPD also conducted a sweep of the vehicle. Secret Service agents mill about a car that drove up to the White House pic.twitter.com/dl5Qk1YCew — Chris Good (@c_good) May 6, 2014 The Secret Service re-opened the North Lawn and the northwest gate at about 5:40 p.m., though parts of Pennsylvania Avenue remained closed. ABC News’ Ann Compton, Mary Bruce, Chris Good, Jack Cloherty, and George David Sanchez contributed to this report.

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Obamacare facts anyone?

Question by Mandy: Obamacare facts anyone?
I need someone to explain Obamacare to me WITHOUT TAKING SIDES! everywhere I read its either for it or against it and its irritating. I just wanna kno the facts. and when it starts. 🙂

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Answer by Scott
it starts January 1st 2014(fact) the Republicans are trying to defund it (fact) if you do not have health care you will be fined (fact) AND last but not least it is a document passed into Law that was over 2 THOUSND 500 pages long, and Nancy Plosi used a fear tactic to get it passed by saying in order to know what was in it it HAD to be passed so it passed without any one knowing what was in it (fact) one other fact , it was written by a person sequestered in the White house right now and he said it would be “free” but now says its “affordable” (fact) and another “fact it is NOT affordable , so in essence it is extortion of this nation that no one knows whats in those 2 THOUSAND 500 pages of a law that was passed on a threat (opinion)

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Occupy Bohemian Grove: State of the Counterculture Union Address 2012 by Dr. Ryan Bartek
obamacare problem
Image by watchingfrogsboil
Follow the Occupy Bohemian Grove PDX Committee and Bohemian Grove Action
Network this July to Monte Rio California and tell the global elite their
party’s over.

OCCUPY BOHEMIAN GROVE: STATE OF THE COUNTERCULTURE UNION ADDRESS 2012 BY DR.
RYAN BARTEK
(Edited by VVV PR for format but not verified as to content.)

It was barely a year after the fall of Wall Street, in February 2010, when I
penned the first SOTCU ADDRESS. I was literally stranded on the Treasure
Island of Pyrate Lore, licking my wounds in Florida, hopelessly treading
water amidst the utter decimation of the American economy.

My secret tropical island paradise had frozen to record low temps – black
ice slicked the pavement, palm trees were brown. I was working 15 hours a
week at minimum wage for one of the most evil corporations in America, only
because there was no other way out. Even hustling like a Crackhead Spainjer
was ironically useless, because here I was in one of the biggest tourist
traps of The South and it was an absolute ghost town. This venerated rich
kid Spring Break Hallelujah Town was Arctic as the ICE PLANET HOTH. Even
the homeless bums migrated like sparrows.

OBAMA had still yet to completely turn heel and was still struggling to pass
"ObamaCare." There was still a thread of hope attached to this man, even if
saturated by mainstream DNC influence. After all, he wasn’t Skull and Bones
or a Freemason; he wasn’t quite tied to old money or The Hidden Hand.
Surely he had a corporate stooge streak (he was a Capitalist President,
after all) – but he wasn’t one of "them." OBAMA seemed to know that by
proxy he was setting an example as a historical figure and tried to live up
to that pressure as humanistic as possible. When I met the man, long before
he was president, I did not get the vibe of pure evil. To be honest, he had
an aura like a powerhouse. I knew he was going to significant.

But then he pushed through the health care plan, and for the GOP it was like
smashing a hornets nest with a baseball bat. He crossed the line and the
propaganda flood was totalitarian in its vengeance. Exactly as I’d said –
the second OBAMA gets in, the avalanche of doom the Neo-Cons manifested
would plow him right under.

And then poking around online, in the dead of frozen night, I found a video
with Obama and John Walsh (of "America’s Most Wanted" fame). Obama
explained how he was trying to put through legislation that would require
every cop to take DNA Samples from anyone they pulled over in traffic
without requiring a warrant or just cause. That this DNA would be logged in
an international database in which all branches of the FBI/CIA/Interpol/ISI
would have unquestioned legal access.

That’s when my extremely cautious and shaky honeymoon with Barack Obama
ended. Soon after that I arrived in Portland, Oregon, the day of the BP Oil
Catastrophe. That’s about the time Obama went gray, when he started looking
as haunted as Mussolini in 1945. Most assumed The Illuminati just flipped
the remote control of a Manchurian Candidate-like microchip in the back of
his head and rendered him a human robot. Or perhaps the Aliens came down
and replaced him with a genetic CloneSlave. Surely that would make more
sense then the incoherent enigma that is his presidency.

Nothing he does adds up, and with the severity that the Lusitania or Gulf of
Tonkin doesn’t add up. Which is to say it isn’t supposed to "add up," but
rather only to contribute to that old world scheme residing behind that all
too familiar curtain of Oz. He’s just another stooge, as they all are.
This is why the Federal Reserve has gone on without penalty or oversight.
This is why the Patriot Act was passed once again without dissent. This is
why he’s aggressively furthered pointless wars which like all American wars
are never meant to be won, only sustained to line the pockets of Dow Jones
profiteers.

As is why he’s filled his cabinet with the same wrecking ball economists
that are behind the switchboards of this blatantly phony "recession" just as
they were during "the great depression" or any other similar pyramid scheme
of "economical calamity." How are we in a great depression when every
Fortune 500 company is making record profits? When we are besieged with a
period of historical, staggering abundance?

We’ve reached a point where their hands are so far into the cookie jar they
don’t even feel the need to mask it anymore. They went whole-hog for the
grand burglary and no one said a god damned word. The people just took it,
buying the careful matrix of propaganda built from the leverage and
participation of the reigning media tycoons. It really isn’t much more
difficult than that. They sunk the Lusitania, they forced the Japanese to
attack us, they fabricated the Gulf of Tonkin, they framed the Bay of Pigs,
they killed 1500+ people at The World Trade Center. The clear evidence does
not support any other view and I cannot even communicate with anyone who
doesn’t see through this.

And people wonder why we are so angry. Why we’re marching in the streets.
Why even after they beat, torture, paralyze and terrorize us we refuse to
give up or go home. Somehow we’ve reached a point where even the most
fever-pitch kook calling in to the Alex Jones show is probably right about
everything.

Most still have no idea about COREXIT 9500, even in the Age of Occupy. In
April 2010, to combat the BILLION GALLONS OF CRUDE OIL that shot from the
Earth’s Crust, Obama allowed BP to dump 50 MILLION GALLONS of Corexit 9500
into The Gulf, which is a chemical 4 times more toxic then the crude oil
itself. Corexit’s function is to literally eat the oil, instantly
obliterating it into minuscule particles. In theory, these particles are
biodegradable and mix into the ocean currents like loose grains of sand. In
reality, Corexit had never actually been used on anything larger then 1000
barrels of oil – which is why all of these globules have accumulated into a
massive jelly blob which is crawling along The Gulf floor.

Furthermore, the chemical immediately releases the most deadly, latent
properties of crude, causing the surrounding water to soak up 3,500% more of
the toxic properties then it would in its natural state. This aquatic
Corexit landmass – this oxygen-deprived, toxic vacuum – has already killed
millions of fish, altering the eco-system and supposedly mutating the
genetics of all ensnared life forms. As this Blob lingers off the coast of
Florida for the next few hundred years, smaller chunks continue to wash
ashore in Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, etc. At a microscopic
level, it’s been continually ingested through skin contact of any and all
swimming those same beaches. Having never been tested at length on human
subjects – and quickly banned in the UK – a 2011 investigation determined
that Corexit is a confirmed carcinogen in all probability worse then Agent
Orange itself. It literally makes red blood cells hemorrhage when ingested.
When the EPA refused to test the seafood for months, Walmart threatened to
pull out of selling any seafood from The Gulf. Then the EPA panicked and
said 300 PPM of COREXIT 9500 on food was fine – and ever since then people
have been devouring this neurotoxic poison en masse. Furthermore, this mix
of Corexit, crude oil and methane gas has for some time been evaporating
and, in turn, raining down upon the region – supposedly all the way into
Canada. This precipitation was (and still is) affecting plant life like an
acidic pesticide. One search on YouTube will bring forth hundreds of
amateur videos of these events throughout 2010, as well as testimonials from
people dizzy/vomiting after heavy rains, sick for days – their homes covered
in oily residue and streets slicked with that distinctive "rainbow film."

I wrote about this crisis extensively and worked closely with journalists
who traveled to New Orleans/Florida to cover this when OBAMA signed an
executive order stating that any journalist or new agency caught filming the
"clean up effort" (i.e. criminal cover up) would be sentenced to 15 years in
prison with a federal felony and charged a ,000 fine. If you don’t
believe me, they shut down Anderson Cooper live on CNN. And then the story
went away. Read my report here:

www.scribd.com/doc/39720625/ACROPOLIS-NOW-The-Great-Ameri…
-by-Ryan-Bartek

Obama has knowingly murdered tens of thousands from chemical poisoning and
given millions more crippling defects which will not be apparent for many
years.

Which brings us to the next point – FUKUSHIMA. When that 9.2 earthquake
rocked Japan on March 11th, it crippled three nuclear power plants in one
blow (the entire Fukushima Diachi complex). All three plants experienced
total nuclear meltdown and have since released staggering amounts of
radiation that are so unfathomably high the highest-tech equipment mankind
possesses cannot gauge it…

These aren’t nuclear meltdowns – they are melt-throughs. Something, you
must understand, which has never happened in all of history. The
radioactive ooze inside the broken reactors is so uncontrollably hot that
it’s burned through the containment units. Just imagine the blood splatter
from James Cameron’s Aliens and insert Mother Earth into the equation. If
these volatile streams of toxic ooze burn their way to underlying volcanic
activity, then the chain reaction could make the entire complex explode –
thus sending a portion of the world into a sort of nuclear winter, rendering
significant parts of Japan/Indo-China uninhabitable…

As the guts of Fukushima hollow their path through Terra Firma, all
groundwater and soil it connects with will be coated with lethal radiation
and genetic mutagens that will last for 12 billion years. In response to
this problem, Tepco (the Corporation which owns these reactors) has admitted
that they cannot in anyway coat these plants with concrete and forge a
makeshift band-aid of lead and cement like the Russians did at Chernobyl.

You may have heard the plant workers were dumping seawater inside the
reactors with fire hoses to keep them from exploding, and this part is true.
What they haven’t explained is that every time they stop, 50 years of spent
uranium catches on fire and releases about 1000 times the amount of
radiation the Hiroshima bomb let off.

At this point, in June, Japan has been coated by an estimated fallout that
is equivalent to 20,000 atomic bombs and that the rain coming down on the
Japanese people clocks in the same as a highly targeted dose of aggressive
chemotherapy. The sewers of Japan are now clogged with raw sewage on par
with near-identical levels. You ask: "Where does radioactive sewage come
from?" Well, from people shitting pure radiation…

What you also don’t know is that the Japanese government – at the behest of
the Obama administration – has dumped this radioactive seawater (which
registers at 7.5 million times the legal limit) directly into the ocean.
This factoid comes from the Chinese government’s official website, who
recently posted this as a warning to their citizens. Their discovery is
that a 250,000 kilometer slick of radiation is now floating in The Pacific
(aka 100,000 square miles). And this lethal, eternal sludge is on a time
frame to coat the beaches of Hawaii and the entire West Coast of the United
States by 2013…

One speck of these radioactive properties (like plutonium or cesium) will
absolutely kill you and could easily be ingested in a piece of fish, seaweed
or rainwater. Once you have one of these particles in your system, this
mutates you a cancer-radiating death totem for all those surrounding you.
When you die the particle lives on, buried with you forever; eventually
flushed out through decomposition into the soil/water supply that in turn
finds its way back into the population…

Researchers are pulling car filters out of vehicles in Seattle and said
filters are setting off Geiger Counters – the data shows everyone in the
Northwest has been inhaling 5 hot particles of radiation a day; the Japanese
30. The data also indicates that the evacuation levels of Chernobyl are now
permanent life in the soil and water supply of Tokyo – in some cases
registering 30 times higher then the Russian calculations…

The US government’s answer has been to stop testing the rain and raise the
"safe levels" of radiation intake by 300% (the Japanese raised it 2000%).
In reality, the rain in San Francisco recently tested at 18,000 times the
normal level, and particles of Plutonium have been discovered in milk as far
East as Vermont. It’s being found in the tap water of virtually every major
USA city and where it’s been strongest the death rate of newborns and
infants (including miscarriages) has shot through the roof…

Amidst this murderous, negligent rampage we view the true face of Barack
Obama – withered and gray, unhinged and desperate, simmering with destitute
hypocrisy. No other character in literature comes so close to representing
his abhorrent duality than Harvey Dent. For the man who once promised the
most transparent administration in history has now sustained and illegally
launched more wars and draconian police state laws then any other President
in USA history. BUSH II was so horrible that he made Ronald Reagan look
good by comparison – but OBAMA somehow making BUSH II seem tame by
comparison? OBAMA beefed up the NDAA, thus making the military and the
police one in the same, rendering the USA a legal battlefield in which
anyone can be assassinated, black-bagged, tortured, erased without a warrant
or even just cause. He extended "Homeland Security" to over million
employees, manned the FEMA camps with armed MP’s, launched the ICE centers,
sold himself wholesale to the Bilderberg mob. He shredded the constitution,
eliminated Habeas Corpus, filled his administration with the same criminal
political mafia that has haunted our country forever. And when the Occupy
Protests started, the Federal Government (under executive directives)
launched a Cointelpro operation where they were coordinating raids against
dozens of our camps throughout the nation and sending Homeland Security en
masse to stalk us, arrest us, beat us, wipe us out. From BUSH nothing
changed – it only got worse.

The recently passed dictatorial order "National Defense Resources
Preparedness Executive Order" does to the country as a whole what the NDAA
did to the Constitution – completely evaporates any form of due process or
judicial oversight for any action taken by the Government in the interest of
"national security." This new Executive Order gives supreme power to the
president and his cabinet. The Secretary of Defense has power over all
water resources; The Secretary of Commerce has power over all material
services and facilities, including construction materials; The Secretary of
Transportation has power over all forms of civilian transportation; The
Secretary of Agriculture has power over food resources and facilities,
livestock plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm
equipment; The Secretary of Health and Human Services has power over all
health resources; The Secretary of Energy has power over all forms of
energy. Don’t believe? Read here:

www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/16/executive-…
al-defense-resources-preparedness

What is the alternative? No challenge from the left, and the Republican
role call of candidates is symbolically as disgusting as the reality at
hand. Romney (the Bilderberg stooge), GinGrinch (the Bohemian Grove
puppet), Bachmann (the Tea Party ignoramus), Cain (the Federal Reserve
implant) and Santorum (the anti-gay nut-job literally named after sloppy
queer buck-shot ass-froth).

You know you are absolutely f**ked when Ron Paul is the last true beacon of
hope and rational sanity. But when a situation this critical arises, you
better pray to whatever deity you subscribe that the crazy guy from Texas
whose spent 50+ years ranting about the Orwellian Conspiracy makes it into
office. In terms of Paul, he has as many goofy views as he does legitimate
ones – and as a third party can fairly much give the Tea Party AND Occupy
essentially what they want, or launch us in the direction of clarity. All
Ron Paul really needs is 24 hours in office and he’ll wave his crazy old man
magic wand and undo everything the Bilderberg/Grove mob put into play
through one savage pen stroke.

But reality is reality, and Ron Paul is not going to win. Even if he won
the popular vote (as he actually might in Texas and California – something
no one in the establishment media wants to ponder) they wouldn’t let him
take office. And Romney is not going to win either – there’s no way. A
Mormon will not be allowed in the White House. So get used to it – it’s
going to be 4 more years of Barack Obama and his raised-chin, resurrected
Egyptian Pharaoh bullshit.

And I still haven’t even gotten to my main point – BOHEMIAN GROVE. An old
CIA guy once told a friend of mine: "Believe nothing you read and only half
of what you see." Damn skippy.

When the OCCUPY Protests began – when legitimate dissent was under constant
threat from gangs of riot cops in storm trooper gear – I kept telling people
that we would eventually reach this point. When the charge was led against
the obvious, fathomable targets (banks, corporations, corrupt politicians)
it would eventually lead down the path I was assured it would. Chiefly,
that long, winding road of inescapable conspiracy involving all those scary
esoteric fraternities and royal bloodlines. I knew Occupy would soon find
itself mired in OCCUPY BILDERBERG, OCCUPY FREEMASONRY, OCCUPY AGENDA 21,
OCCUPY GOLDEN DAWN, OCCUPY THULE SOCIETY, OCCUPY SKULL and BONES, OCCUPY
FEDERAL RESERVE – all the way down the line, to OCCUPY HOLLOW EARTH. Which
is why I’ve gone whole-hog to try and maneuver the Occupy zeitgeist at one
target in particular – OCCUPY BOHEMIAN GROVE.

Never heard of this? It’s because you aren’t supposed to know. They’ve
flexed all their muscle to bury this from the public for 123 years, but you
can’t stop a revelation thats time has come. So imagine if once a year the
grand puppetmasters of the 1% all gather together for their own clandestine
Burning Man gathering deep in the redwoods of Northern California.

Bohemian Grove is a super-exclusive encampment/party for the most corrupt of
"The 1%" whose attendees have included every Republican President since 1888
as well as Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch, Warren Buffet, Colin Powell, Donald
Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Henry Kissinger, Alan Greenspan, Karl Rove, Norman
Schwarzkopf and the Rockefeller Family. Other names include high-ranking
members of ALEC, NATO, NAFTA, Stratfor, Haliburton, The United Nations,
Bilderberg Group, CIA, FBI, Federal Reserve and the 9/11 Commission report
committee. The list continues to spiral with a laundry list of major
players in world politics, big business,the banking industry and the
military industrial complex.

Those involved are either guests or members of "The Bohemian Club." Formed
in the 1870’s as something resembling an artists’ retreat, this 2700 acre
campground (dubbed "Bohemian Grove") exists 75 miles north of San Francisco.
This camp was slowly bought out and became an annual, clandestine party.

Every year from mid-July to the beginning of August, these men hold
secretive "Lakeside Talks." This is the cause of concern – secret seminars
involving unbelievable concentrations of wealth and power. One can ask "if
it’s secret, how do you know about this?" Because while the contents of
these talks remain a mystery, we know for a fact they take place. Also,
program guides which have been leaked contain dubious speeches involving
everything from reshaping the Middle East through NATO involvement, nuclear
energy, prison systems, war strategy, banking cartels, etc.

But here’s where it gets weird – it’s not just a normal camp. You have
entire sectors of industry and government camping together by occupation –
118 of these different camps. A major sector of the worldwide banking
structure have been secretively, annually and historically camping together
as "The Lost Angels." It’s like a virtual world in itself that’s a cross
between an Ewok Village of Endor and a pseudo-mystical, closet queer
"Illuminati bathhouse." They even have "camp valets" which are male
prostitutes who accompany guests for both weeks.

Does that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside? Or that the campground is
lit by torches, has a mock pagan altar surrounded by a giant pentagram and
an "eternal flame" genie lamp in the middle that’s been lit since the
1930’s?Or that there’s even a 30 foot high Buddha shrine thrown in for good
measure?

That’s just the tip of the iceburg. The reason The Grove has been so
infamous is because the "Cremation of Care" ceremony. You might have heard
something in passing – some weird shit about an owl statue, some occult talk
before shrugging it off. Well, this centerpiece has been infiltrated and
filmed by Alex Jones of Infowars and twice by the BBC:

www.youtube.com/watch?andv=CTVTk3_lttw

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHeP4OGZO0g

While many conspiracy types have bought this claim as if this is some
literal black magic rite, the more plausible answer is the one given to us
by the Bohemian Club itself. Once they couldn’t hide it anymore, they
released a statement following the BBC infiltration. Basically, this weird
ritual I will describe was part of a larger play that went on in the late
1800’s. The ritual was eventually separated from the larger play and used
as a party-initiating spectacle on the big first night.

So while these people look terrifying in their robes, this is more a "Fred
Flintstone in the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes" sort of thing. At least
theoretically, until you see some of the more disturbing photographs. In
fact, even in a cartoon vaudeville context, it’s extremely creepy.

To kick-start the two-week party, our leaders gather around a man made lake
in the middle of The Grove. At the shoreline of this lake is a 40 foot
stone owl, which is the mascot of Bohemian Club. Dubbed "Moloch" by
conspiracy types (but actually called "The Owl of Bohemia" by club members)
this owl statue is terrifying looking – ominous, huge and half covered in
moss like some pagan black magic god. While the rest of the clubwatches
from wooden bleachers, about two dozen Grovers march out in druid-like
outfits holding lit torches.

They are cloaked in red KKK-like outfits and are carrying a funeral coffin
that is dubbed "care." Inside this coffin is the dummy of a human that
represents the Club’s pent up "cares." It is placed under this monstrous
and gigantic owl statue. The show then begins. The owl speaks from
recording equipment rigged inside the hollow statue andrecites a creepy
sermon, laughing a mad laugh. Those in the druid hoods then set this coffin
on fire with their torches in what appears to be a mock human sacrifice.
Pyrotechnics then explode everywhere.

Now, perhaps it really is a "Water Buffaloes" thing, but that’s not really
important. They can start wars, destroy the economy, crush our civil
liberties and the general populous expects it. But this thing? If we
convince even a small portion of the Right Wing, God-Fearing, Tea Partyin’
Christian masses that this is real, we have a wildfire on our hands. As
always, they’ll see only what they want to see – namely, Satan incarnate, or
what have you.

Bottom line is it’s freakish and damaging beyond all belief. And once this
thing gets entrenched in the national dialogue in a serious way, the
GinGrinch’s of the world simply cannot talk their way out of it. No way –
it’s the ultimate skeleton in their closet and we’ve built an international
coalition to relentlessly expose this.

Everything Bohemian Grove represents is in one microcosm all that is
inherently wrong about these individuals we’ve collectively deemed "The 1%"
and this is clear evidence of clandestine monopoly through 1% brotherhood.
Until these people are removed from power – until we finally cast off the
ancient, lingering chains of the HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE, the World Bank and the
NWO in the broadest sense possible – we will never know peace. Your
children will never have a future. Natural time will never be restored. The
wars will not cease, because they are only meant to be sustained and never
won. They are not for the issues of terrorism or national security, but
rather highly crafted products of an international criminal cartel. OBAMA
and ROMNEY are the same person and to vote for them is to vote for the
Rothschilds, the Rockefellers, the Bushes.

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Follow the Occupy Bohemian Grove PDX Committee and Bohemian Grove Action
Network this July to Monte Rio California and tell the global elite their
party’s over.

OCCUPY BOHEMIAN GROVE: STATE OF THE COUNTERCULTURE UNION ADDRESS 2012 BY DR.
RYAN BARTEK
(Edited by VVV PR for format but not verified as to content.)

It was barely a year after the fall of Wall Street, in February 2010, when I
penned the first SOTCU ADDRESS. I was literally stranded on the Treasure
Island of Pyrate Lore, licking my wounds in Florida, hopelessly treading
water amidst the utter decimation of the American economy.

My secret tropical island paradise had frozen to record low temps – black
ice slicked the pavement, palm trees were brown. I was working 15 hours a
week at minimum wage for one of the most evil corporations in America, only
because there was no other way out. Even hustling like a Crackhead Spainjer
was ironically useless, because here I was in one of the biggest tourist
traps of The South and it was an absolute ghost town. This venerated rich
kid Spring Break Hallelujah Town was Arctic as the ICE PLANET HOTH. Even
the homeless bums migrated like sparrows.

OBAMA had still yet to completely turn heel and was still struggling to pass
"ObamaCare." There was still a thread of hope attached to this man, even if
saturated by mainstream DNC influence. After all, he wasn’t Skull and Bones
or a Freemason; he wasn’t quite tied to old money or The Hidden Hand.
Surely he had a corporate stooge streak (he was a Capitalist President,
after all) – but he wasn’t one of "them." OBAMA seemed to know that by
proxy he was setting an example as a historical figure and tried to live up
to that pressure as humanistic as possible. When I met the man, long before
he was president, I did not get the vibe of pure evil. To be honest, he had
an aura like a powerhouse. I knew he was going to significant.

But then he pushed through the health care plan, and for the GOP it was like
smashing a hornets nest with a baseball bat. He crossed the line and the
propaganda flood was totalitarian in its vengeance. Exactly as I’d said –
the second OBAMA gets in, the avalanche of doom the Neo-Cons manifested
would plow him right under.

And then poking around online, in the dead of frozen night, I found a video
with Obama and John Walsh (of "America’s Most Wanted" fame). Obama
explained how he was trying to put through legislation that would require
every cop to take DNA Samples from anyone they pulled over in traffic
without requiring a warrant or just cause. That this DNA would be logged in
an international database in which all branches of the FBI/CIA/Interpol/ISI
would have unquestioned legal access.

That’s when my extremely cautious and shaky honeymoon with Barack Obama
ended. Soon after that I arrived in Portland, Oregon, the day of the BP Oil
Catastrophe. That’s about the time Obama went gray, when he started looking
as haunted as Mussolini in 1945. Most assumed The Illuminati just flipped
the remote control of a Manchurian Candidate-like microchip in the back of
his head and rendered him a human robot. Or perhaps the Aliens came down
and replaced him with a genetic CloneSlave. Surely that would make more
sense then the incoherent enigma that is his presidency.

Nothing he does adds up, and with the severity that the Lusitania or Gulf of
Tonkin doesn’t add up. Which is to say it isn’t supposed to "add up," but
rather only to contribute to that old world scheme residing behind that all
too familiar curtain of Oz. He’s just another stooge, as they all are.
This is why the Federal Reserve has gone on without penalty or oversight.
This is why the Patriot Act was passed once again without dissent. This is
why he’s aggressively furthered pointless wars which like all American wars
are never meant to be won, only sustained to line the pockets of Dow Jones
profiteers.

As is why he’s filled his cabinet with the same wrecking ball economists
that are behind the switchboards of this blatantly phony "recession" just as
they were during "the great depression" or any other similar pyramid scheme
of "economical calamity." How are we in a great depression when every
Fortune 500 company is making record profits? When we are besieged with a
period of historical, staggering abundance?

We’ve reached a point where their hands are so far into the cookie jar they
don’t even feel the need to mask it anymore. They went whole-hog for the
grand burglary and no one said a god damned word. The people just took it,
buying the careful matrix of propaganda built from the leverage and
participation of the reigning media tycoons. It really isn’t much more
difficult than that. They sunk the Lusitania, they forced the Japanese to
attack us, they fabricated the Gulf of Tonkin, they framed the Bay of Pigs,
they killed 1500+ people at The World Trade Center. The clear evidence does
not support any other view and I cannot even communicate with anyone who
doesn’t see through this.

And people wonder why we are so angry. Why we’re marching in the streets.
Why even after they beat, torture, paralyze and terrorize us we refuse to
give up or go home. Somehow we’ve reached a point where even the most
fever-pitch kook calling in to the Alex Jones show is probably right about
everything.

Most still have no idea about COREXIT 9500, even in the Age of Occupy. In
April 2010, to combat the BILLION GALLONS OF CRUDE OIL that shot from the
Earth’s Crust, Obama allowed BP to dump 50 MILLION GALLONS of Corexit 9500
into The Gulf, which is a chemical 4 times more toxic then the crude oil
itself. Corexit’s function is to literally eat the oil, instantly
obliterating it into minuscule particles. In theory, these particles are
biodegradable and mix into the ocean currents like loose grains of sand. In
reality, Corexit had never actually been used on anything larger then 1000
barrels of oil – which is why all of these globules have accumulated into a
massive jelly blob which is crawling along The Gulf floor.

Furthermore, the chemical immediately releases the most deadly, latent
properties of crude, causing the surrounding water to soak up 3,500% more of
the toxic properties then it would in its natural state. This aquatic
Corexit landmass – this oxygen-deprived, toxic vacuum – has already killed
millions of fish, altering the eco-system and supposedly mutating the
genetics of all ensnared life forms. As this Blob lingers off the coast of
Florida for the next few hundred years, smaller chunks continue to wash
ashore in Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, etc. At a microscopic
level, it’s been continually ingested through skin contact of any and all
swimming those same beaches. Having never been tested at length on human
subjects – and quickly banned in the UK – a 2011 investigation determined
that Corexit is a confirmed carcinogen in all probability worse then Agent
Orange itself. It literally makes red blood cells hemorrhage when ingested.
When the EPA refused to test the seafood for months, Walmart threatened to
pull out of selling any seafood from The Gulf. Then the EPA panicked and
said 300 PPM of COREXIT 9500 on food was fine – and ever since then people
have been devouring this neurotoxic poison en masse. Furthermore, this mix
of Corexit, crude oil and methane gas has for some time been evaporating
and, in turn, raining down upon the region – supposedly all the way into
Canada. This precipitation was (and still is) affecting plant life like an
acidic pesticide. One search on YouTube will bring forth hundreds of
amateur videos of these events throughout 2010, as well as testimonials from
people dizzy/vomiting after heavy rains, sick for days – their homes covered
in oily residue and streets slicked with that distinctive "rainbow film."

I wrote about this crisis extensively and worked closely with journalists
who traveled to New Orleans/Florida to cover this when OBAMA signed an
executive order stating that any journalist or new agency caught filming the
"clean up effort" (i.e. criminal cover up) would be sentenced to 15 years in
prison with a federal felony and charged a ,000 fine. If you don’t
believe me, they shut down Anderson Cooper live on CNN. And then the story
went away. Read my report here:

www.scribd.com/doc/39720625/ACROPOLIS-NOW-The-Great-Ameri…
-by-Ryan-Bartek

Obama has knowingly murdered tens of thousands from chemical poisoning and
given millions more crippling defects which will not be apparent for many
years.

Which brings us to the next point – FUKUSHIMA. When that 9.2 earthquake
rocked Japan on March 11th, it crippled three nuclear power plants in one
blow (the entire Fukushima Diachi complex). All three plants experienced
total nuclear meltdown and have since released staggering amounts of
radiation that are so unfathomably high the highest-tech equipment mankind
possesses cannot gauge it…

These aren’t nuclear meltdowns – they are melt-throughs. Something, you
must understand, which has never happened in all of history. The
radioactive ooze inside the broken reactors is so uncontrollably hot that
it’s burned through the containment units. Just imagine the blood splatter
from James Cameron’s Aliens and insert Mother Earth into the equation. If
these volatile streams of toxic ooze burn their way to underlying volcanic
activity, then the chain reaction could make the entire complex explode –
thus sending a portion of the world into a sort of nuclear winter, rendering
significant parts of Japan/Indo-China uninhabitable…

As the guts of Fukushima hollow their path through Terra Firma, all
groundwater and soil it connects with will be coated with lethal radiation
and genetic mutagens that will last for 12 billion years. In response to
this problem, Tepco (the Corporation which owns these reactors) has admitted
that they cannot in anyway coat these plants with concrete and forge a
makeshift band-aid of lead and cement like the Russians did at Chernobyl.

You may have heard the plant workers were dumping seawater inside the
reactors with fire hoses to keep them from exploding, and this part is true.
What they haven’t explained is that every time they stop, 50 years of spent
uranium catches on fire and releases about 1000 times the amount of
radiation the Hiroshima bomb let off.

At this point, in June, Japan has been coated by an estimated fallout that
is equivalent to 20,000 atomic bombs and that the rain coming down on the
Japanese people clocks in the same as a highly targeted dose of aggressive
chemotherapy. The sewers of Japan are now clogged with raw sewage on par
with near-identical levels. You ask: "Where does radioactive sewage come
from?" Well, from people shitting pure radiation…

What you also don’t know is that the Japanese government – at the behest of
the Obama administration – has dumped this radioactive seawater (which
registers at 7.5 million times the legal limit) directly into the ocean.
This factoid comes from the Chinese government’s official website, who
recently posted this as a warning to their citizens. Their discovery is
that a 250,000 kilometer slick of radiation is now floating in The Pacific
(aka 100,000 square miles). And this lethal, eternal sludge is on a time
frame to coat the beaches of Hawaii and the entire West Coast of the United
States by 2013…

One speck of these radioactive properties (like plutonium or cesium) will
absolutely kill you and could easily be ingested in a piece of fish, seaweed
or rainwater. Once you have one of these particles in your system, this
mutates you a cancer-radiating death totem for all those surrounding you.
When you die the particle lives on, buried with you forever; eventually
flushed out through decomposition into the soil/water supply that in turn
finds its way back into the population…

Researchers are pulling car filters out of vehicles in Seattle and said
filters are setting off Geiger Counters – the data shows everyone in the
Northwest has been inhaling 5 hot particles of radiation a day; the Japanese
30. The data also indicates that the evacuation levels of Chernobyl are now
permanent life in the soil and water supply of Tokyo – in some cases
registering 30 times higher then the Russian calculations…

The US government’s answer has been to stop testing the rain and raise the
"safe levels" of radiation intake by 300% (the Japanese raised it 2000%).
In reality, the rain in San Francisco recently tested at 18,000 times the
normal level, and particles of Plutonium have been discovered in milk as far
East as Vermont. It’s being found in the tap water of virtually every major
USA city and where it’s been strongest the death rate of newborns and
infants (including miscarriages) has shot through the roof…

Amidst this murderous, negligent rampage we view the true face of Barack
Obama – withered and gray, unhinged and desperate, simmering with destitute
hypocrisy. No other character in literature comes so close to representing
his abhorrent duality than Harvey Dent. For the man who once promised the
most transparent administration in history has now sustained and illegally
launched more wars and draconian police state laws then any other President
in USA history. BUSH II was so horrible that he made Ronald Reagan look
good by comparison – but OBAMA somehow making BUSH II seem tame by
comparison? OBAMA beefed up the NDAA, thus making the military and the
police one in the same, rendering the USA a legal battlefield in which
anyone can be assassinated, black-bagged, tortured, erased without a warrant
or even just cause. He extended "Homeland Security" to over million
employees, manned the FEMA camps with armed MP’s, launched the ICE centers,
sold himself wholesale to the Bilderberg mob. He shredded the constitution,
eliminated Habeas Corpus, filled his administration with the same criminal
political mafia that has haunted our country forever. And when the Occupy
Protests started, the Federal Government (under executive directives)
launched a Cointelpro operation where they were coordinating raids against
dozens of our camps throughout the nation and sending Homeland Security en
masse to stalk us, arrest us, beat us, wipe us out. From BUSH nothing
changed – it only got worse.

The recently passed dictatorial order "National Defense Resources
Preparedness Executive Order" does to the country as a whole what the NDAA
did to the Constitution – completely evaporates any form of due process or
judicial oversight for any action taken by the Government in the interest of
"national security." This new Executive Order gives supreme power to the
president and his cabinet. The Secretary of Defense has power over all
water resources; The Secretary of Commerce has power over all material
services and facilities, including construction materials; The Secretary of
Transportation has power over all forms of civilian transportation; The
Secretary of Agriculture has power over food resources and facilities,
livestock plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm
equipment; The Secretary of Health and Human Services has power over all
health resources; The Secretary of Energy has power over all forms of
energy. Don’t believe? Read here:

www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/16/executive-…
al-defense-resources-preparedness

What is the alternative? No challenge from the left, and the Republican
role call of candidates is symbolically as disgusting as the reality at
hand. Romney (the Bilderberg stooge), GinGrinch (the Bohemian Grove
puppet), Bachmann (the Tea Party ignoramus), Cain (the Federal Reserve
implant) and Santorum (the anti-gay nut-job literally named after sloppy
queer buck-shot ass-froth).

You know you are absolutely f**ked when Ron Paul is the last true beacon of
hope and rational sanity. But when a situation this critical arises, you
better pray to whatever deity you subscribe that the crazy guy from Texas
whose spent 50+ years ranting about the Orwellian Conspiracy makes it into
office. In terms of Paul, he has as many goofy views as he does legitimate
ones – and as a third party can fairly much give the Tea Party AND Occupy
essentially what they want, or launch us in the direction of clarity. All
Ron Paul really needs is 24 hours in office and he’ll wave his crazy old man
magic wand and undo everything the Bilderberg/Grove mob put into play
through one savage pen stroke.

But reality is reality, and Ron Paul is not going to win. Even if he won
the popular vote (as he actually might in Texas and California – something
no one in the establishment media wants to ponder) they wouldn’t let him
take office. And Romney is not going to win either – there’s no way. A
Mormon will not be allowed in the White House. So get used to it – it’s
going to be 4 more years of Barack Obama and his raised-chin, resurrected
Egyptian Pharaoh bullshit.

And I still haven’t even gotten to my main point – BOHEMIAN GROVE. An old
CIA guy once told a friend of mine: "Believe nothing you read and only half
of what you see." Damn skippy.

When the OCCUPY Protests began – when legitimate dissent was under constant
threat from gangs of riot cops in storm trooper gear – I kept telling people
that we would eventually reach this point. When the charge was led against
the obvious, fathomable targets (banks, corporations, corrupt politicians)
it would eventually lead down the path I was assured it would. Chiefly,
that long, winding road of inescapable conspiracy involving all those scary
esoteric fraternities and royal bloodlines. I knew Occupy would soon find
itself mired in OCCUPY BILDERBERG, OCCUPY FREEMASONRY, OCCUPY AGENDA 21,
OCCUPY GOLDEN DAWN, OCCUPY THULE SOCIETY, OCCUPY SKULL and BONES, OCCUPY
FEDERAL RESERVE – all the way down the line, to OCCUPY HOLLOW EARTH. Which
is why I’ve gone whole-hog to try and maneuver the Occupy zeitgeist at one
target in particular – OCCUPY BOHEMIAN GROVE.

Never heard of this? It’s because you aren’t supposed to know. They’ve
flexed all their muscle to bury this from the public for 123 years, but you
can’t stop a revelation thats time has come. So imagine if once a year the
grand puppetmasters of the 1% all gather together for their own clandestine
Burning Man gathering deep in the redwoods of Northern California.

Bohemian Grove is a super-exclusive encampment/party for the most corrupt of
"The 1%" whose attendees have included every Republican President since 1888
as well as Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch, Warren Buffet, Colin Powell, Donald
Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Henry Kissinger, Alan Greenspan, Karl Rove, Norman
Schwarzkopf and the Rockefeller Family. Other names include high-ranking
members of ALEC, NATO, NAFTA, Stratfor, Haliburton, The United Nations,
Bilderberg Group, CIA, FBI, Federal Reserve and the 9/11 Commission report
committee. The list continues to spiral with a laundry list of major
players in world politics, big business,the banking industry and the
military industrial complex.

Those involved are either guests or members of "The Bohemian Club." Formed
in the 1870’s as something resembling an artists’ retreat, this 2700 acre
campground (dubbed "Bohemian Grove") exists 75 miles north of San Francisco.
This camp was slowly bought out and became an annual, clandestine party.

Every year from mid-July to the beginning of August, these men hold
secretive "Lakeside Talks." This is the cause of concern – secret seminars
involving unbelievable concentrations of wealth and power. One can ask "if
it’s secret, how do you know about this?" Because while the contents of
these talks remain a mystery, we know for a fact they take place. Also,
program guides which have been leaked contain dubious speeches involving
everything from reshaping the Middle East through NATO involvement, nuclear
energy, prison systems, war strategy, banking cartels, etc.

But here’s where it gets weird – it’s not just a normal camp. You have
entire sectors of industry and government camping together by occupation –
118 of these different camps. A major sector of the worldwide banking
structure have been secretively, annually and historically camping together
as "The Lost Angels." It’s like a virtual world in itself that’s a cross
between an Ewok Village of Endor and a pseudo-mystical, closet queer
"Illuminati bathhouse." They even have "camp valets" which are male
prostitutes who accompany guests for both weeks.

Does that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside? Or that the campground is
lit by torches, has a mock pagan altar surrounded by a giant pentagram and
an "eternal flame" genie lamp in the middle that’s been lit since the
1930’s?Or that there’s even a 30 foot high Buddha shrine thrown in for good
measure?

That’s just the tip of the iceburg. The reason The Grove has been so
infamous is because the "Cremation of Care" ceremony. You might have heard
something in passing – some weird shit about an owl statue, some occult talk
before shrugging it off. Well, this centerpiece has been infiltrated and
filmed by Alex Jones of Infowars and twice by the BBC:

www.youtube.com/watch?andv=CTVTk3_lttw

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHeP4OGZO0g

While many conspiracy types have bought this claim as if this is some
literal black magic rite, the more plausible answer is the one given to us
by the Bohemian Club itself. Once they couldn’t hide it anymore, they
released a statement following the BBC infiltration. Basically, this weird
ritual I will describe was part of a larger play that went on in the late
1800’s. The ritual was eventually separated from the larger play and used
as a party-initiating spectacle on the big first night.

So while these people look terrifying in their robes, this is more a "Fred
Flintstone in the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes" sort of thing. At least
theoretically, until you see some of the more disturbing photographs. In
fact, even in a cartoon vaudeville context, it’s extremely creepy.

To kick-start the two-week party, our leaders gather around a man made lake
in the middle of The Grove. At the shoreline of this lake is a 40 foot
stone owl, which is the mascot of Bohemian Club. Dubbed "Moloch" by
conspiracy types (but actually called "The Owl of Bohemia" by club members)
this owl statue is terrifying looking – ominous, huge and half covered in
moss like some pagan black magic god. While the rest of the clubwatches
from wooden bleachers, about two dozen Grovers march out in druid-like
outfits holding lit torches.

They are cloaked in red KKK-like outfits and are carrying a funeral coffin
that is dubbed "care." Inside this coffin is the dummy of a human that
represents the Club’s pent up "cares." It is placed under this monstrous
and gigantic owl statue. The show then begins. The owl speaks from
recording equipment rigged inside the hollow statue andrecites a creepy
sermon, laughing a mad laugh. Those in the druid hoods then set this coffin
on fire with their torches in what appears to be a mock human sacrifice.
Pyrotechnics then explode everywhere.

Now, perhaps it really is a "Water Buffaloes" thing, but that’s not really
important. They can start wars, destroy the economy, crush our civil
liberties and the general populous expects it. But this thing? If we
convince even a small portion of the Right Wing, God-Fearing, Tea Partyin’
Christian masses that this is real, we have a wildfire on our hands. As
always, they’ll see only what they want to see – namely, Satan incarnate, or
what have you.

Bottom line is it’s freakish and damaging beyond all belief. And once this
thing gets entrenched in the national dialogue in a serious way, the
GinGrinch’s of the world simply cannot talk their way out of it. No way –
it’s the ultimate skeleton in their closet and we’ve built an international
coalition to relentlessly expose this.

Everything Bohemian Grove represents is in one microcosm all that is
inherently wrong about these individuals we’ve collectively deemed "The 1%"
and this is clear evidence of clandestine monopoly through 1% brotherhood.
Until these people are removed from power – until we finally cast off the
ancient, lingering chains of the HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE, the World Bank and the
NWO in the broadest sense possible – we will never know peace. Your
children will never have a future. Natural time will never be restored. The
wars will not cease, because they are only meant to be sustained and never
won. They are not for the issues of terrorism or national security, but
rather highly crafted products of an international criminal cartel. OBAMA
and ROMNEY are the same person and to vote for them is to vote for the
Rothschilds, the Rockefellers, the Bushes.

Please join us this July:

OCCUPY BOHEMIAN GROVE: July 2012 // Monte RIO, CA // FAQ
c/o The Occupy Bohemian Grove PDX Committee ( @occupybhgrove )
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ENEMY OF THE ECONOMY
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The Obama Watch
Chamber Music in the Key of Big G
By Ross Kaminsky on 2.8.11 @ 6:08AM

President Barack Obama’s speech to the Chamber of Commerce (video & transcript) on Monday morning offered the latest example of a man who wants to appear to be moderating while remaining "same guy" he’s been for two years (or for his whole adult life), to support business while refusing to back away from Obamacare, the most job killing legislation in generations, and to want to cut government spending while offering reductions in discretionary spending that over the course of a decade save barely a quarter of this year’s federal budget deficit.

It was a speech full of the internal contradictions necessary from a man whose mindset has always been anti-capitalist and anti-compromise, and who is trying to reconcile those traits with the "shellacking" his party took in November.

The president began by acknowledging his tense relationship with the Chamber: "Maybe we would have gotten off on a better foot if I had brought over a fruitcake when we first moved in." Polite but unimpressed laughter ensued, as if the attendees knew what was coming next.

After two years of leaving business out in the cold during every major policy discussion costing a few hundred billion dollars or more, Obama claimed to have "exchanged ideas" and "sought advice from many" of the Chamber’s members. He claimed to have found "common cause" with the Chamber on the "Recovery Act" aka the "Stimulus" aka "Porkulous," but couldn’t name any other legislation passed under his Administration that the nation’s leading business organization supported, noting that "on other issues, we’ve had some pretty strong disagreements." You don’t say.

Obama lapsed into a brief history of economic competition and globalization, noting that "these forces are as unstoppable as they are powerful" before injecting the first evidence that he was telling the truth to Bill O’Reilly when he said "I haven’t" when asked whether he’s "moving to the center": "[Americans] see a widening chasm of wealth and opportunity in this country, and they wonder if the American Dream is slipping away." While recent polls emphasize huge declines in public satisfaction with both government and major corporations, there is no evidence of the sort of class warfare jealousy regarding a "chasm of wealth" that Barack Obama himself has currently accepted (as demonstrated by his words to Joe the Plumber and a later statement that "at a certain point you’ve made enough money").

Obama’s anti-capitalist view informs every policy preference and tinges even his most blatant attempt at economic "moderation" on his part.

It’s also worth noting that the decline in satisfaction with government is down more than satisfaction with corporations, and that much of the current fad of bashing companies comes from the anti-business cheerleaders at the White House and within the Democratic caucus in Congress.

The president then lapsed into the primary theme of the speech: a bland rehashing of the State of the Union address with another call to "out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build our competitors" in order to "win the future" — a phrase which Charles Krauthammer suggests will be Obama’s 2012 campaign bookend to "Yes, we can!" and the acronym for which, WTF, Sarah Palin cleverly appropriated.

And here is where the real Obama comes through.

He claims that "winning the future" is "a job for all of us," completely missing the point that what most businesses really want is for government to get out of the way, not "help" as it did with, for example, the residential real estate market or with Obamacare’s massive cost and impending regulatory burdens, or with his EPA’s desire to control most of the economy through regulating carbon dioxide, a non-toxic substance almost entirely naturally occurring, the primary use of which is as plant food.

Strangely, for a man who just a few minutes earlier had said that "businesses can now open up shop, employ workers and produce their goods wherever there is Internet connection," Obama then proposed "connecting 80 percent of the country to high-speed rail," a boondoggle so large that it could dwarf even the massive money pit that is "green energy." He also wants to "make it possible for companies to put high-speed Internet coverage in reach of virtually all Americans." Perhaps he doesn’t realize that that possibility already exists — and that government had almost nothing to do with it (except for our undying gratitude to Algore for inventing the Internet). As always with Obama, the answer is government.

But the worst part of Barack Obama’s speech was his attempt to channel President John F. Kennedy — the man who gave America its single largest federal income tax cut as a percentage of GDP (1.9%) and as a percentage of the federal budget (8.8%).

Warning businesses that they "also have a responsibility to America," Obama patronized: "But ultimately, winning the future is not just about what the government can do to help you succeed. It’s about what you can do to help America succeed."

It’s a telling statement, so desperately wrong in its underlying premises that the assembled CEOs must have wondered whether an American president could actually be so clueless. Well, they might have wondered had they not lived through the past two years.

First, future success should be as little about government as possible; Obama’s phrasing makes it clear that he believes government is at least as important as business in national economic success. Second — and I know our liberal friends and even some conservatives won’t like to hear this — businesses have a responsibility to their shareholders and employees. They don’t have a duty to the nation other than to abide by its laws. Instead, the actions of government should be such that they engender rational economic loyalty to the nation, much as Hong Kong and Singapore have among businesses domiciled there.

Obama spent minutes lecturing the CEOs that they should start spending the cash they’ve been hoarding due to regulatory and economic uncertainty that Obama has made much worse, not better. He jawboned them to hire more workers, implying that his efforts to rationalize America’s self-destructive corporate tax code would be conditioned on business acquiescence. After all, Obama knows that if the unemployment rate is 8% or higher in November 2012, our next president is very likely to be a Republican.

In speaking about lowering the corporate income tax rate, Obama specified that it would be in a deficit neutral way, meaning that many current loopholes would be closed. Eliminating the crony capitalism embedded in our tax code is a worthy goal. The problem is that the static modeling used by the CBO and all Democrats when discussing taxes means that they’ll ignore the economic growth — and thus the additional tax revenue — caused by lower corporate tax rates and thus not cut the rate as much as it should be cut. Given the power of each industry group’s lobby and the different treatment of each industry in our tax code, it will take a heroic effort to accomplish serious reform of the corporate tax system. It is, however, one of the few areas in which we should wish Obama success.

The president also spent time talking about "remov[ing] outdated and unnecessary regulations," continuing his sad-if-it-weren’t-so-damaging missing the point that nobody has contributed more damaging regulation in such a short period of time as he has (not that George W. Bush has anything to be proud of in this area).

But continuing to prove that he is indeed "the same guy," after giving a few examples of potential streamlining of regulation, Obama touted the virtue of regulation, from air and water rules to financial markets to "buying groceries" and essentially demonizing anyone who opposes regulation as ignorant child abusers. In other words, regulations should be simpler, but not that many fewer, and claimed good intentions trump all else.

A point that supporters of capitalism must keep in mind is that big business is not always, and perhaps not even most often, a champion of free markets. Unlike small businesses, which survive based on delivering a superior product or service for a given price — in other words, by competing — big businesses work hand in glove with government to crush competition (e.g. Net Neutrality) or funnel taxpayer money to themselves (e.g. the government’s ban on incandescent light bulbs, so that Obama’s friend Jeff Immelt of General Electric can sell us more overpriced, underperforming, toxic-if-they-break compact fluorescent bulbs). In short, do not assume that Chamber of Commerce or a major corporation’s approval of a government policy makes it a good idea — although it’s likely to be a better idea with their approval than without it if it originated in the Obama Administration.

Finally, as if to prove not only that he is economically clueless but that he idolizes such ignorance, the president closed his speech by lauding President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s "new partnership with business." Roosevelt is the second-most anti-capitalist president in our nation’s history (second only to our current president). His willingness to experiment (an approach he took explicitly) with the nation’s economy is, according to many who study economic history, what made the Great Depression so "great." Had Roosevelt not attacked corporations at every turn, the U.S. would likely have come out of the Depression much faster — as most of Europe did.

If Barack Obama’s economic role model is FDR, then we really are lost — for two more years. Given that Obama has said explicitly that he is not moving to the center, that he is "the same guy" he’s been all along, betting odds are strong that if the Administration does anything right in economic policy it will be despite, and over the objections of, the developed world’s most economically illiterate chief executive.

While Barack Obama probably intended his speech "to be seen over there [as] moderating," instead he simply proved to everyone that his rhetoric is mostly insincere and completely uninformed by history or economic common sense

MEANWHILE THE UNITED STATES DEBT CLOCK KEEPS RUNNING
www.usdebtclock.org/

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