• The people practicing their religion there (who have been there for around 35 years, btw) have nothing to do with 9/11.

    Not. One. Thing.

     

  • comment on a post Time for Gibbs to fail upward over 3 years ago

    http://www.alternet.org/module/printversion/147808

     

    ACLU Report: Obama Enshrining Bush-Era Torture Policies

    For disillusioned Obama supporters, the ACLU's July report "Establishing the New Normal" is not a heartening read.

    After being voted into office on promises that included undoing abuses carried out under the Bush administration - promises to protect privacy, to end government-sanctioned torture and rendition programs and to end the use of military commissions for non-enemy combatants - President Obama's administration is proving it is far easier to toe the line than buck a trend.

    According to a report by the ACLU, the current White House has not just failed to meaningfully follow through on its promises, but has also taken abusive policies, and, as shown in the case of targeted and interminable detentions, eroded civil rights to unprecedented levels.

  • on a comment on Time for Gibbs to fail upward over 3 years ago

    I suggest we follow the money. Has Dodd received a lot of money from Wall St? Has the White House?

  • comment on a post Time for Gibbs to fail upward over 3 years ago

    Anybody have any idea why Obama has been resisting nominating Elizabeth Warren? She literally wrote the book on the stuff she would be doing, and seems extremely well-respected by just about everybody.

    The base would love it, he's be nominating somebody extremely qualified.... and the only ones that wouldn't like it is Wall Street, who Obama doesn't care about, right?

  • on a comment on Time for Gibbs to fail upward over 3 years ago

    I'm ready to refrain from voting for Democrats for the first time in my life.

  • comment on a post Time for Gibbs to fail upward over 3 years ago

    Has squandered so many opportunities.

     

    The newest one - the possible permanent advantage among the nation's fastest-growing voting bloc.

    According to Gallup, Hispanic Approval of Obama is down to 52% from a high of 82%, and is in fact down 20 point just this year.

    Deportations are way up, Congress just passed a $600 Million Border Security bill, and Spanish-language media has been crucifying Obama:

    http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2010/08/12/hispanic-voters-must-be-the-professional-left-too/

     

    With the crazy hatred from the GOP, the opportunity to cement support from Hispanics was set up perfectly, and the Democrats are screwing it up.

     

     

     

     

  • of course, if Obama does anything wrong, it's because he was listening to Bill Clinton, or it's his advisors' fault for giving him bad suggestions, etc.

    At some point, you have to blame the guy making the decisions.

  • comment on a post Gibbs doesn't get it. Bashes the "professional" left over 3 years ago

    You may think that the reason you're dissatisfied with the Obama administration is because of substantive objections to their policies:  

    that they've done so little about crisis-level unemployment, foreclosures and widespread economic misery.  Or because of the White House's apparently endless devotion to Wall Street.  Or because the President has escalated a miserable, pointless and unwinnable war that is entering its ninth year.  Or because he has claimed the power to imprison people for life with no charges and to assassinate American citizens without due process, intensified the secrecy weapons and immunity instruments abused by his predecessor, and found all new ways of denying habeas corpus.  Or because he granted full-scale legal immunity to those who committed serious crimes in the last administration.  Or because he's failed to fulfill -- or affirmatively broken -- promises ranging from transparency to gay rights.

    But Robert Gibbs -- in one of the most petulant, self-pitying outbursts seen from a top political official in recent memory, half derived from a paranoid Richard Nixon rant and the other half from a Sean Hannity/Sarah Palin caricature of The Far Left -- is here to tell you that the real reason you're dissatisfied with the President is because you're a fringe, ideological, Leftist extremist ingrate who needs drug counseling...

     

    So, to recap:  (1) The Professional Left are totally irrelevant losers who speak for absolutely nobody, and certainly nobody in Real America who matters; but (2) they're ruining everything for the White House!!! 

    And:  if you criticize the President, it's only because you're such a rabid extremist that you harbor a secret desire to eliminate the Pentagon -- that's how anti-American you are!  You're such a Far Left extremist that Dennis Kucinich isn't far enough Left for you, you subversive, drug-using hippies!  You're so far to the Left that you want to turn the U.S. into Canada

    As David Frum put it today:  "More proof of my longtime thesis, Repub pols fear the GOP base; Dem pols hate the Dem base." 

    The Democrats have been concerned about a lack of enthusiasm on the part of their base headed into the midterm elections.  These sorts of rabid, caricatured, Fox-News-copying attacks on the Left will undoubtedly help generate more enthusiasm -- more loud clapping -- for the Democrats.  

    I know I'm eager to go canvass and clap for Democrats after reading Gibbs' noble, inspiring vision.  If it were Gibbs' goal to be as petulant and self-pitying as possible, what could he have done differently?

    Perhaps one day the White House can work itself up to express this sort of sputtering rage against the Right, or the Wall Street thieves who destroyed the American economy, or the permanent factions that control Washington.  Until then, we'll have to satisfy ourselves with White House explanations that the Real Culprits are not (of course) them, but the Professional Left, that is simultaneously totally irrelevant and ruining everything.  I'll give credit to Gibbs for putting his name on this outburst:  these are usually the things they say anonymously and then deny afterward on the record that it's what they think.

     

    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/08/10/gibbs/index.html

  • If Obama's "agents" are doing things that Obama doesn't want and that don't serve Obama or the Country, then they should be fired.They have not been (unless Brietbart wants them fired)

    Yes, we can and should blame Obama for what his agents do and say.

     

    How fast do you think Gibbs would have been fired if his comments were insults to "White Conservatives" instead of lefties?

     

  • comment on a post The President Disappoints Again over 3 years ago

    kick us all in the nuts and tell us to like it, again.

  • on a comment on The President Disappoints Again over 3 years ago

    he doesn't just settle for half a loaf. He often starts at half a loaf and then negotiates from there, giving more of the loaf away.

     

  • comment on a post Gibbs doesn't get it. Bashes the "professional" left over 3 years ago

    I'm not necessarily a "moderate" democrat like you. I'm more of a die-hard who sepnt a bunch of time living in a hotel room in the fall of 2008 to help with the Obama Campaign.

    I'm sick of this BS from the White House.

     

    It's not our fault that Obama has decided to be just as bad or even worse than Bush on presidential powers, the war on terror, and some civil rights issues.

    It's not our fault that Obama cuts deals with companies that have systematically abused us, to the extend of even forcing us to be their customers.

    It's not our fault the White House continually pokes Labor in the eyes and has illogical and self-conflicting stances on gay rights.

    It's not our fault that Obama stacked his administration with Goldman Sachs flackies. It's not our fault Summers never gave to Obama Romer's suggestion that the Stimulus needed to be a lot bigger.

    It's not our fault that Obama steals and legitimizes a bunch of right-wing talking points.

    It's not our fault that Obama and the Democrats don't use all available procedural moves to get stuff done (reconciliation, anyone?)

    It's not our fault that Rahm emanual runs to Lieberman to tell him he can have all his demands within an hour of those demands, but twists Progressive arms.

    It's not our fault that we are now wowed by Obama signing a HCR bill into law that basically ripped off a 90's Bob Dole and Herritage Foundation compromise.

    It's not our fault that Obama lies to us about Afganistan and sends our children off to die for nothing.

    It's not our fault that Obama won't use recess appointments when he needs to.

    It's not our fault that Obama won't fully try to spotlight the GOP fillibusters of his appointments, or have a major showdown over help for the unemployed.

    I'm just sick of this, and I went from putting in a lot of hours campaigning for the guy and being part of Obama's Voter Protection Program to probably not even voting for him next time around, and no amount of the Administration calling me names is going to help that.

     

  • comment on a post Obama To Politick over 3 years ago

    Their strategy of kicking progressives in the teeth, telling them to go F-themselves, and saying they are on drugs.

    That's apparently how you get us to go fight for you.

  • this is bad - very bad.

    but don't worry, the Administration is full of happy-talk:

    Welcome to the Recovery By TIMOTHY F. GEITHNER Published: August 2, 2010

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/03/opinion/03geithner.html?_r=2&hp

    can they really think that this "who are you going to believe, me or your own lying eyes?" strategy is going to work?

    he might as well have said "the fundamentals of the economy are good"

     

     

  • on a comment on Misplaced Priorities over 4 years ago

    I just want him to try. If he really tries to change the debate, but it doesn't work, then so be it. But try. Don't steal Boehner's talking points and give them the support of the president.

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