Saturday, July 18, 2009

Black Philadelphia police sue over message board

Suing over a message board called the lawyer is likely just throwing everything on the wall to see what sticks.

An association of black police officers has sued the Philadelphia Police Department in federal court for allowing its officers to post "blatantly racist . . . and offensive" content on a popular Web site devoted to law enforcement topics.

The suit, filed Wednesday, says, which bills itself as "the voice of the good guys," was founded by a Philadelphia police sergeant who uses the screen name "McQ" and "encourages the racially offensive conduct."

The Guardian Civic League also sued McQ and the 10-year-old Web site, a forum where officers discuss crime news, police gossip, current events and other topics, often in profane and humorous rants.

Guardian Civic League attorney Brian Mildenberg said that black officers had long reviled the site and that complaints had been been lodged with current and past police administrations to no avail.

Even the word domelights, which normally refers to the police lights on top of cruisers, has taken on an "insulting connotation" among black officers, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit cites several posts, including one showing slain white officers next to black suspects and the headline "Guns Don't Kill People, Dangerous Minorities Do."

Mildenberg said white officers post and moderate the forums while on duty and on department computers, creating "a racially hostile environment."

"It's the same thing as you can't hang racist material in the workplace," he said.

If he kept it to that he may have a case against any individual he can point to as using company computers for unauthorized use. But then he steps into it with PC nonsense that unless he gets the most liberal of judges wouldn't pass the speech test.

Mildenberg said there was no First Amendment protection on an employer's computer. "The employer owns your e-mail, your computer," he said.

Police policy also should prohibit officers from posting racist material on their own time, he said. Regulations require officers "to avoid engaging in racially offensive speech or conduct in public," according to the lawsuit.

The site is open to the public, and some posters have identified themselves as black officers and weighed in on racially charged discussions.

Other comments cited by Mildenberg were more reasoned but still racially sensitive.

The class-action suit, filed on behalf of 2,300 black Philadelphia police officers, asks the court to order the Police Department to ban officers from operating Domelights or posting racially insensitive material.

You shut down the site, someone else opens up another probably overseas, how will you police who is posting what on their own time? How will you track down those who are posting on their now? If you thought the atmosphere was highly charged now, wait till you start trying to hunt down officers that posted "offensive" posts.

This is highly unreasonable and mostly likely unlawful because then you are heading into freedom of speech and expression issues that can't be curtailed due to you being offended.

Obama desperate and lying over healthcare bill.

The CBO shot multiple nukes into the any version of the healthcare bill the Dems are trying to pass to the point the Dem are willing to cook the books over it.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office dealt another blow to House Democrats on Friday night, saying their health care bill would increase the federal deficit by $239 billion over the next 10 years.

The projected shortfall means Democrats would need to find additional revenue or make deeper cuts to existing programs in order to meet their goal of paying for the $1 trillion bill.

But those projections don’t account for a $245 billion reduction in the deficit this legislation would create, if Democrats can also approve new balanced budget rules that would permanently address an annual shortfall in Medicare payments to physicians[.] Democrats may also defend the cost of their bill by pointing out that in the long run, under new accounting rules, the bill would generate a $6 billion surplus.

Obama is now pushing the date of passing Obamacare to the end of the year instead of his August deadline.

After a tough week on health care reform, President Barack Obama used a hastily convened White House appearance Friday to press Congress to step up the pace, saying once again that “now is the not the time to slow down.”
Obama also tried to quiet naysayers with a bold prediction that he would sign a bill by year’s end, despite the frequent setbacks.

“That is why those who are betting against this happening this year are badly mistaken," Obama said. "We are going to get this done. We will reform health care. It will happen this year. I’m absolutely convinced of that.”

At the same time, Obama did not reiterate his August deadline for the House and Senate to pass bills – amid growing signs in the Senate that goal is simply out of reach.

The last straw is his "promise" of not adding to the deficit.

With Congressional Democrats growing increasingly nervous about the cost of overhauling the nation’s health care system, President Obama vowed Saturday to reject any health legislation that would run up the federal deficit.

“I want to be very clear,” Mr. Obama said in his weekly address to the nation. “I will not sign on to any health plan that adds to our deficits over the next decade. And by helping improve quality and efficiency, the reforms we make will help bring our deficits under control in the long term.”

Health care legislation is Mr. Obama’s highest domestic priority, and he has said controlling costs is an essential component of his plan.

But his effort hit a big stumbling block last week when the director of the Congressional Budget Office said the bills working their way through the House of Representatives would not bring health costs down over the next decade.

That is a lie and he knows it just like he is saying the public option is competition for private companies when he knows it will actually kill it. He is doing yet another press conference to try and gin up support this Wednesday, lets see if the MSM outside of Jake Tapper asks him any hard questions because the long people see the healthcare bill the support keeps dropping.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Rafael Correa took money from FARC terrorist group.

Last year Colombia pointed out after killing a top FARC leader that documents proved Correa had terrorist support from FARC. Correa said they were false, now the AP has video of the #2 commander in FARC acknowledging the contributions.

The Associated Press has obtained a video that appears to dispel any doubts that Colombia's main rebel army gave money to the 2006 election campaign of President Rafael Correa of Ecuador.

The hour-long video was found by police who arrested an alleged FARC operative in May. In it, the No. 2 commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia reads the deathbed manifesto of founding leader Manuel Marulanda.

The manifesto clearly acknowledges FARC contributions to Correa's campaign.

The video was given to the AP on condition it not reveal the source. It adds weight to evidence from documents recovered last year at a FARC camp.

Australia calls in snipers to protect penguins

Whatever happened to the circle of life or is that thrown out depending on a cuteness scale?

Australia has posted snipers to protect endangered penguins in its biggest city, Sydney, after a spate of attacks, officials said on Tuesday.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service deployed its own marksmen as well as infrared cameras and traps after nine penguins were mauled to death by dogs or foxes in bushland to the city's north.

Parks officials have carried out autopsies on the dead penguins and are also using DNA testing to try to track their killers.

"We've been working really hard to try to protect the endangered little penguins since we've had nine killed in the last couple of weeks," a spokeswoman told AFP.

"Our focus is on protecting the penguins. We're pulling out all the stops to keep them safe. They're very endangered and very much loved by Sydneysiders."

The marksmen are patrolling Sydney's North Head national park at night while officials have also planted traps and laid bait in a bid to stop the killings.

Daily Mail with more.

Unborn babies at 30 weeks have memories.

But they are not human so this study can't be true. Right?

In a study of 100 of pregnant women in the Netherlands, researchers say they found evidence that fetuses have short-term memory of sounds by the 30th week of pregnancy, and develop a long-term memory of sound after that.

The researchers documented the memory by watching fetal movements with ultrasound while they played "vibroacoustic" sound to the growing baby. Five of the fetuses in the study did not move in reaction to the sound and were eliminated from the study.

But among the fetuses who did move, researchers repeated the sound until the fetus "habituated" to it and no longer reacted. Doctors let some time pass and then tested the memory of the fetus by playing the sound in intervals to see if the fetus "remembered" or recognized the sound and did not react.

The study found that by 30 weeks of age, a fetus could "remember" a sound for 10 minutes. By the 34th week a fetus may be able to "remember" the sound for four weeks.

House bill allows DC abortion funding and closing voucher program

So taxpayers are going to fund killing unborn babies and killing the born kids from getting a good education to escape the hellhole that is Washington DC public educational system. Good twofer.

The measure passed by a narrow 219-208 margin, with many anti-abortion Democrats voting against it because of the move by Democratic leaders to permit the D.C. government to use locally raised tax revenues to provide abortions—reversing a long-standing ban imposed by Congress.

The bill also paves the way for the D.C. government to legalize medical marijuana, establish a needle exchange program for intravenous drug users to prevent the spread of HIV, and begins to phase out a school voucher program for D.C. students that's popular with Republicans. Republicans were blocked from being able to vote on reversing the Democratic moves.

The measure provides $768 million in federal money for the D.C. government. During GOP control of Congress, Republicans routinely used Congress' authority over the District to impose conservative social policies on the overwhelmingly Democratic city.

House Votes to stop closing of auto dealers with taxpayer's money.

I know most of these dealers were getting hosed but considering both GM and Chrysler are now much smaller companies with small production capabilities, why are you keeping open the excess car dealers? Why is the American taxpayer funding yet another bailout.

The House approved a spending bill on Thursday that would impede efforts by General Motors and Chrysler to close thousands of their dealerships.

The appropriations bill, which will finance the Treasury Department and other parts of the government, passed 219 to 208. It includes a provision that would force Chrysler and G.M., both of which are partly owned by the government, to restore franchise agreements for dealers facing closure.

The dealers have enjoyed broad bipartisan support in the House for weeks, with leaders from both parties, including the majority leader, Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, standing behind them.

On Thursday, John A. Boehner of Ohio, the House minority leader, said at a news conference that he “never understood how cutting car dealerships reduces costs for the auto companies.”

“These people paid serious money for these dealerships,” he added. “They’ve got a big investment there in real estate, and all of a sudden they’re out of business.”

In the end, however, Mr. Boehner did not vote for the spending bill, which would also allow local tax revenue to finance abortions for the poor in Washington.

The White House released a statement on Wednesday that endorsed the spending bill as a whole, but opposed the provision protecting car dealers, saying “it would set a dangerous precedent.”

The administration said that the companies’ decision to trim their dealer networks “was a critical part of their overall restructuring” and that the “overwhelming majority of G.M. and Chrysler dealers will continue operating with the new companies.”

And the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, said this week that helping dealers was not at “the top of the agenda in the Senate at this time.”

Democrats Drop Card Check from Union Bill.

They dropped card check but still have in place other provisions that would a boon to unions and don't think card check won't be attached to a later bill when they hope no one is looking hard.

A half-dozen senators friendly to labor have decided to drop a central provision of a bill that would have made it easier to organize workers.

The so-called card-check provision — which senators decided to scrap to help secure a filibuster-proof 60 votes — would have required employers to recognize a union as soon as a majority of workers signed cards saying they wanted a union. Currently, employers can insist on a secret-ballot election, a higher hurdle for unions.

The abandonment of card check was another example of the power of moderate Democrats to constrain their party’s more liberal legislative efforts. Though the Democrats have a 60-40 vote advantage in the Senate, and President Obama supports the measure, several moderate Democrats opposed the card-check provision as undemocratic.

In its place, several Senate and labor officials said, the revised bill would require shorter unionization campaigns and faster elections.

While disappointed with the failure of card check, union leaders argued this would still be an important victory because it would give companies less time to press workers to vote against unionizing.

Some business leaders hailed the dropping of card check, while others called the move a partial triumph because the bill still contained provisions they oppose.

The card-check provision was so central to the legislation that it was known as “the card-check bill.” Labor had called the bill its No. 1 objective, and both labor and business deployed their largest, most expensive lobbying campaigns ever in the battle over it.

“This is a very emotional issue,” said Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the Republican turned Democrat who had been lobbied heavily by both sides. “I cannot remember an issue this emotional in all my years in the Senate.”

Several moderate Democrats, including Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, have voiced opposition to card check, convinced that elections were a fairer way for workers to unionize. They were swayed partly by business’s vigorous campaign, arguing that card check would remove confidentiality from unionization drives and enable union organizers to bully workers into signing union cards.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

CBO chief says Obamacare bills would raise costs

Nothing surprising unless you haven't been listening and lack common sense.

Congress's chief budget analyst delivered a devastating assessment yesterday of the health-care proposals drafted by congressional Democrats, fueling an insurrection among fiscal conservatives in the House and pushing negotiators in the Senate to redouble efforts to draw up a new plan that more effectively restrains federal spending.

Under questioning by members of the Senate Budget Committee, Douglas Elmendorf, director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, said bills crafted by House leaders and the Senate health committee do not propose "the sort of fundamental changes" necessary to rein in the skyrocketing cost of government health programs, particularly Medicare. On the contrary, Elmendorf said, the measures would pile on an expensive new program to cover the uninsured.

Though President Obama and Democratic leaders have repeatedly pledged to alter the soaring trajectory -- or cost curve -- of federal health spending, the proposals so far would not meet that goal, Elmendorf said, noting, "The curve is being raised." His remarks suggested that rather than averting a looming fiscal crisis, the measures could make the nation's bleak budget outlook even worse.

Boxer accused of being racial at Climate Hearing.

I will state I don't think that Barbara Boxer is a racist, she is just the typical white liberal who think black people should all have the same ideas and opinions as Democrats. ...Okay she is racist.

The holding up of the NAACP resolution who are at this point just another Dem interest group ticked off Harry Alford, because he recognized as do other black people who don't toe the liberal line as a message of get back to your rightful place.

Obama : Stimulus bill actually a 'Stabilization' bill.

Poll numbers down on the bill, jobs not being created/saved at the pace Obama claimed, unemployment rate going higher and higher. So lets change the terminology and hope our media friends run with our new explanation.

Turns out the $787 billion "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" (AARA) was not designed for full economic recovery, but rather to "stabilize" the downturn. That's the word from White House officials today, who held off-camera briefings with reporters on how the AARA is working so far.

"This legislation was designed to cushion the downturn," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. "That's why we have always talked about this as one function of economic recovery."

When pressed about the change in terminology, Gibbs said he was not trying to temper expectations after the fact. "I can probably find 15 or 20 occasions when I said this in the lead up," Gibbs said, explaining that he had always defined the AARA as part of a "multi-legged stool."

Couple of ways too look at this new angle by the White House. Obama realizes he is screwed from his lofty promises goes into revisionist mode to fit the reality of the situation. This helps him by next year if something does happen, he claims credit just in time for the mid term election.

This new term for the stimulus bill will differentiate it from the second stimulus bill coming down the pike that the some Dems are demanding now.

Interesting to see how many people buy this nonsense and how fast the MSM will begin to push for Obama his new reality.

French auto workers threaten to blow up factory

In a society where people think they are entitled to a job and a paycheck, this sort of reaction doesn't seem out of place no matter how stupid.

Laid-off auto-parts workers huddled Thursday around gas canisters tied to an electrical cable, threatening to blow up a factory in the latest example of extreme French resistance to cost-cutting in the economic downturn.

Other French workers have kidnapped their bosses, blocked ports and barricaded factories to try to save jobs in France's worst recession since the 1940s.

Some 200 workers at the New Fabris factory outside the southwest city of Chatellerault, are each demanding 30,000 euros ($42,267) from Renault and PSA Peugeot-Citroen, accusing the carmakers of killing their livelihoods.

Michigan deserves its 15.2% unemployment rate

Via theblogprof.

Michigan’s unemployment rate spiked higher in June, hitting 15.2%, the highest rate since mid-1983.

That jump marked an increase of 1.1 percentage points over the May rate of 14.1%. The June rate was more than 7 percentage points higher than the 8.1% rate of June 2008.

“Several key industry sectors in Michigan showed weakness in June, led by a large drop in manufacturing jobs as restructuring in the auto industry continued,” said Rick Waclawek, director of the state’s Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. “In addition to the auto impact, the jobless rate increase also reflected large numbers of job seekers pursuing seasonal jobs in June.”

Michigan has suffered the nation’s highest unemployment rate for much of the past few years.

You keep favoring the unions, Dem politicians and corrupt idiots in Detroit while having one of the worst business climates in the nation. Expect it to go even higher. You deserve what you elected and that 15.2% is reflective in part because of those decisions.

Obama thugs out on Arizona for being questioned over stimulus.

Someone has been watching the Godfather too much because this type of behavior is unacceptable on every level. If this was a GOP admin pulling a stunt like this all hell would break loose.

Obama bringing out the south side Chicago thug behavior because someone dared questions his policies.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

House lays groundwork for CIA probe,

Operation make Pelosi credible somehow continues as the Dems go after the CIA. This also helps lay the groundwork for Eric Holder's big announcement of criminal probes into Bush officials. Its a twofer for the Dems

Orlando 3rd 'meanest' city for homeless, study finds

Can Fort Lauderdale try to make it to the this top 10 list? Downtown has become a collection of drug-addled crackheads and homeless making it unsafe to go down there without being harassed which you hope is the only thing that happens to you. Miami is even worse.

Hamas: Israel attacking with aphrodisiac gum

Ladies and Gentlemen, your partners in Mid-East Peace!

Hamas suspects that Israeli intelligence services are supplying its Gaza Strip stronghold with chewing gum that boosts the sex drive in order to "corrupt the young," an official said on Tuesday.

"We have discovered two types of stimulants that were introduced into the Gaza Strip from Israeli border crossings," Hamas police spokesman Islam Shahwan told AFP.

"The first type is presented in the form of chewing gum and the second in the form of drops," he said.

The Islamist movement that has run the densely populated and impoverished Palestinian territory for the past two years said it has detained members of a gang that helped to bring in the products.

"They admitted during the investigation they were linked to the Zionist intelligence services," he said.

Dems roll out health plan that makes it a right.

and every business and living being in America is going to pay for government run health care. Don't like it? Too damn bad.

House Democrats on Tuesday rolled out a far-reaching $1.5 trillion plan that for the first time would make health care a right and a responsibility for all Americans, with medical providers, employers and the wealthiest picking up most of the tab.

The federal government would be responsible for ensuring that every person, regardless of income or the state of their health, has access to an affordable insurance plan. Individuals and employers would have new obligations to get coverage, or face hefty penalties.

...The House legislation unveiled by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats would slow the growth of Medicare and Medicaid payments to medical providers. From big hospitals to solo physician practices, providers also would be held to account for quality care, not just ordering up tests and procedures. Insurance companies would be prohibited from denying coverage to the sick. The industry also would face stiff competition from a new government plan designed along the lines of Medicare.

The liberal-leaning plan lacked figures on total costs, but a House Democratic aide said the total bill would add up to about $1.5 trillion over 10 years. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private calculations. Most of the bill's costs come in the last five years after the 2012 presidential election.

The legislation calls for a 5.4 percent tax increase on individuals making more than $1 million a year, with a gradual tax beginning at $280,000 for individuals. Employers who don't provide coverage would be hit with a penalty equal to 8 percent of workers' wages with an exemption for small businesses. Individuals who decline an offer of affordable coverage would pay 2.5 percent of their incomes as a penalty, up to the average cost of a health insurance plan.


Under the House measure, employers with payrolls exceeding $400,000 a year would have to provide health insurance or pay the 8% penalty. Employers with payrolls between $250,000 and $400,000 a year would pay a smaller penalty, and those less than $250,000 would be exempt. Certain small firms would get tax credits to help buy coverage.

The relatively low thresholds for penalties triggered the sharpest criticism yet from employer groups, who said the burden on small business is too high and doesn't do enough to help them expand insurance coverage.

"This bill costs too much, it covers too few and it has way too much government involvement," said Michelle Dimarob, a lobbyist with the National Federation of Independent Business, the main trade group for small firms. "Small business doesn't want any of those things."

People need to realize that to Obama and the Dems businesses are the whores to make money for them to spend on their liberal lifestyle goals

Zelaya demands an "Insurrection" to return him to power.

Obama shows his great judgement backing this douchebag.

Deposed Honduran leader Manuel Zelaya called for a popular insurrection in his country so he can be returned to power after soldiers removed him at gunpoint in June.

Zelaya urged his supporters in Honduras to strike, march, and carry out takeovers and acts of civil disobedience because that is necessary "when the democratic order of a country is disrupted."

"The Honduran people have the right to insurrection," said Zelaya, speaking in the neighboring Central American country of Guatemala.

Zelaya said that insurrection was a legitimate democratic right "when faced with a usurping government and a coup-supporting military.

"I want to tell you to not leave the streets, that is the only space that they have not taken from us," he said in comments aimed at supporters in Honduras.

Newsweek: Recession is over.

Here comes the recession is over pieces as fall is around the corner, even though many economists and the CBO predicted that as well earlier this year(without the stimulus). I can't wait to see how Obama takes credit for making the recession over.

Macroeconomic Advisers, the St. Louis-based consulting firm that compiles a monthly GDP index, reported to its clients Monday that while second-quarter GDP was tracking at negative 0.1 percent (recession), the third quarter was tracking at 2.4 percent growth.

The folks at the Economic Cycles Research Institute agree enthusiastically. It's not because they've detected green pea shoots in Central Park. Rather, it's because we've seen the three P's, says Lakshman Achuthan, managing director at ECRI, which has been studying business cycles for decades and was one of the few outfits to call the last two recessions with any degree of accuracy.

....All three are now flashing green. According to Achuthan, the long-leading index growth rate has been recovering since November 2008, the weekly leading index has been recovering since last December, and the short-leading index growth rate bottomed in February 2009. In sequence, each turned up, "and by April the three Ps had all been satisfied." Sure, corporate profits continue to disappoint, and the unemployment rate is climbing. But for ECRI, which navigates by relying exclusively on its instruments, that's only a part of their picture.

They're the Spocks of the economic forecasting crowd—unemotional, uninvested in anything but the logic of what history and their dashboard tell them. "From our vantage point, every week and every month our call is getting stronger, not weaker, including over the last few weeks," says Achuthan. "The recession is ending somewhere this summer." In fact, it may already be over.

The glory taking is already starting with Geithner.

As he did in London, Geithner said the global economy faced severe challenges but sounded a reassuring note about future prospects if "steady, forceful and sustained" support continues until private investment and spending lead a recovery.

"The force of the global recession is receding," Geithner said. "For the first time in several quarters, the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and a range of private analysts are starting to revise up their forecasts for growth in the second half of this year and next."

He said it was vital to stabilize and repair a damaged U.S. financial system and outlined efforts to do so. "No recovery is possible without repairing the institutions and markets that are critical to the supply of credit," Geithner said.

He said a $787 billion U.S. economic stimulus program, designed to boost demand over a two-year period, will have its largest impact on the spending side over the next six months.

Obama mulls delinquent homeowners renting their homes

Obama lost his mind even considering this nonsense and anyone else in his admin who thinks this is a swell idea.

U.S. government officials are weighing a plan that would let borrowers who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments avoid eviction by renting their homes instead, sources familiar with the administration's thinking said on Tuesday.

Under one idea being discussed, delinquent homeowners would surrender ownership of their homes but would continue to live in the property for several years, the sources told Reuters.

Officials are also considering whether the government should make mortgage payments on behalf of borrowers who cannot keep up with their home loans, tapping an unused portion of a $50 billion housing aid kitty.

As part of this plan, jobless borrowers might receive a housing stipend along with regular unemployment benefits, the sources said.

The other ideas are just as bad.

President Barack Obama is mulling new ways to delay foreclosure for jobless homeowners who are unable to keep up with monthly payments, an administration official said on Monday.

The official told Reuters it was reasonable for policymakers to consider options for loan forbearance -- allowing borrowers to delay, defer or skip payments -- that are more effective than those currently available in the private sector.

These ideas would cripple the housing market, allowing bad homeowners to sit on their house while responsible taxpayers pick up their mess with their money. How would homeowners who are doing the responsible right thing in paying for their mortgages feel? What about renters who are dipping into the market because housing prices have gone down? It has gotten way too easy for Obama Admin to think let the taxpayers pay for everyone else's mess in the spread the wealth mentality.

What happens if the rental idea passes and local/state property taxes come around on people who are "renting" their houses? Who pays for those taxes? Everyone else?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Obama wants Senate health bill now!

Yeah, more people actually hear and see the details the less they like it. Move it thru before it gets killed in Committee.

Moving forcefully on his top domestic priority, President Barack Obama told a powerful Senate chairman on Monday he wants health care legislation ready in the Finance Committee by week's end, according to numerous Democratic officials. .

These officials said Obama made his wishes known directly to Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., at a White House meeting attended by administration officials and senior Democratic lawmakers.

It was not immediately clear whether Obama expressed a preference for a bipartisan measure—which Baucus has been laboring over for months—or a bill tailored more to Democratic specifications.

Still, the virtual deadline underscored Obama's determination to push initial legislation through both houses of Congress before lawmakers leave the Capitol in August for a vacation.

"Don't bet against us. We are going to make this thing happen," the president told reporters earlier in the day, fresh from an overseas trip that coincided with slippage in momentum for his top domestic priority.

The officials who described the private meeting did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss private meetings.

Scott Mulhauser, a spokesman for Baucus, said the senior Democrat "has stressed the Finance Committee will be ready when it has a mark (proposal) that can ensure quality, affordable care for every American, lower costs—and pass the Senate."

John Holdren wants uranium enrichment under international control

Somehow I doubt that Russia, China or India to name a few would go for such a hairbrain scheme.but yet another example of the internationalists he picks to surround him.

All enrichment of uranium for nuclear power would be carried out by an international body to guard against nuclear proliferation, under a proposal to be considered by President Obama.

Professor John Holdren, the White House’s chief science adviser, said yesterday that placing uranium enrichment under international control could eliminate one of the main avenues by which rogue states and terrorists could obtain material for making atomic bombs.

While the plan is not White House policy, Professor Holdren said it was likely to be considered. “At the moment the Administration has not developed a policy on it,” he said. “But I think much of the world is now ready for this and I think it will be considered as a possible approach.”

Americans want health care bill, but not the cost

There are days I would like to party like a rock star and hammer like a porn star but that doesn't mean I wouldn't be thinking about the cost along with that wish. it sounds great as long as you don't worry about consequences.

The same goes for Americans who want free health care! but don't like the cost. Nothing in life is free and in this case for Obamacare, you are not going to like the choices.

By 56%-33%, those surveyed endorse the idea of enacting major health care changes this year. Just one in four say it's not important to them.

When it comes to financing the costs, six of 10 favor the idea of requiring employers to provide health insurance for their workers or pay a fee instead. Increasing income taxes on upper-income Americans, an approach backed by House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., is endorsed by 58%. Just over half support taxing sugary soft drinks.

By 53%-43%, though, those surveyed oppose taxing health care benefits above a certain level — Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., had floated that idea — and even more are against cutting Medicare costs, a provision of House and Senate plans.

"The dilemma is that Congress is trying to solve two problems simultaneously: save money and insure more people," says Robert Blendon, a professor of health policy at Harvard. Those focused on costs are likely to have little tolerance for paying higher taxes to cover the uninsured, he says.

In the poll, 52% choose controlling costs as more important; 42% cite expanding coverage.

Obama facing problems in shutting down Guantánamo

He wouldn't be facing problems if he and the rest of the dunce pack surrounding him on this issue thought about it in advance.

With six months left before a White House deadline, the Obama administration is struggling with legal, political and logistical problems that are casting a cloud over President Obama’s pledge to close the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, by January.

As of this week, lawyers reviewing each detainee’s case have completed the initial sorting process for only about half the total Guantánamo population of 229 men, though officials said that by October they expected to complete the initial evaluations, determining who could be transferred to other countries, prosecuted or detained without charges.

At the same, prosecutors are trying to decide who among the detainees, to be sent to detention centers in the United States for prosecution, would face charges in federal criminal courts and who would be tried by military commissions, though the evidentiary and procedural rules for those tribunals have not yet been completed.

In addition, the administration has not yet decided on the federal prisons, military brigs and local jails where the detainees would be incarcerated after being sent to the United States. Some security officials said that the decisions were being made, but that they remained concerned that they were running short of time needed to designate prisons, prepare the detention units within them and assign required personnel.

The proposal to relocate detainees in the United States has already provoked a bipartisan Congressional protest. After lawmakers expressed alarm that detainees, deemed not to be security threats, might be resettled in the United States, the House and Senate voted in May to bar the resettlement of detainees in this country and stripped $50 million from an emergency war spending bill for closing the Guantánamo prison until after the administration submitted a detailed plan.

Over all, the accumulation of problems and the pace of the effort have led to a growing worry within the Obama administration that the president will not make his January 2010 deadline for closing Guantánamo, although senior officials said that they remained determined and that they were on track to close the prison that has symbolized what some see as the excesses of the Bush administration’s counterterrorism policies.

I will call it now. He will make his deadline come hell or high water he has too for his own credibility on Gitmo. That will lead to more problems as plans are rushed in place that will fall apart. Its like the stimulus bill but with terrorists.

Somali men indicted in terror plot

Hopefully this will be the beginning to understand how about 20 young Somali men were told to go fight in Somalia.

The first indictments in a major counterterrorism investigation became public Monday when a Twin Cities Somali man appeared in federal court on charges of providing support to terrorists and conspiracy to "kill, kidnap, maim or injure" people in foreign countries.

A federal grand jury had indicted Salah Osman Ahmed, 26, of Brooklyn Park, and Abdifatah Yusuf Isse, of Seattle, in February, but the indictments were kept sealed until Ahmed appeared Monday afternoon before Magistrate Judge Susan Richard Nelson.

Special agent E.K. Wilson confirmed Monday that the indictments of Isse and Ahmed are connected to a massive federal investigation into the disappearance of up to 20 local men of Somali descent. It is believed that the Minnesota men may have been recruited by terrorists to return to their families' homeland to fight in the continuing civil war there. Since October, at least four have died there.

"It is related to the ongoing investigation," Wilson said of the charges unsealed Monday.

Bing Delivers Credibility to Microsoft

I will say that Bing's video search is the best I have seen for the obvious carnal reasons, so good job to Microsoft on that part of the search engine.

To that crowd, Microsoft’s efforts to take on Google and Yahoo in the search business had become something of a laughingstock, and for good reason. Microsoft’s repeated efforts to build a credible search engine had fallen flat, and the company’s market share was near its low.

Six weeks later, Bing has earned Microsoft something the company’s search efforts have lacked: respect.

As a result, analysts say, the once-dubious prospect that Microsoft could shake up the dynamics of the search business, which is worth $12 billion in the United States alone, has become just a bit more likely.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Democrats gunning for CIA over secret Al Qaeda killing plan.

The Dems are happy because they believe this gives them cover to go after the CIA and Bush administration as Pelosi is all to willing to give the green light.

After Pelosi first made the allegation that she had regularly been misled by the CIA, she and Democrats were dogged by charges of making their own questionable claims, which were levied relentlessly by Republicans who demanded that Pelosi either prove her claims or apologize for them.

Democrats now believe further revelations about the degree to which the Bush administration misled Congress are giving them political cover.

“I think it puts the focus back on the Bush administration,” a Democratic aide said. “The Republicans attempted to use this as an issue, but with more and more evidence coming out about the Bush-Cheney administration circumventing Congress completely, it shows it’s a real red herring.”

NYTIMES and Wash Post follow up on Wall Street Journal revealing the plan to kill AL Qaeda leaders never got off the ground.

Wash Post:

The CIA ran a secret program for nearly eight years that aspired to kill top al-Qaeda leaders with specially trained assassins, but the agency declined to tell Congress because the initiative never came close to bringing Osama bin Laden and his deputies into U.S. cross hairs, U.S. intelligence and congressional officials said yesterday.

The plan to deploy teams of assassins to kill senior terrorists was legally authorized by the administration of George W. Bush, but it never became fully operational, according to sources briefed on the matter. The sources confirmed that then-Vice President Richard B. Cheney had urged the CIA to delay notifying Congress about the diplomatically sensitive plan -- a bid for secrecy that congressional Democrats now say thwarted proper oversight.

The program, which was terminated last month, touched off a political firestorm last week when several Democrats said the CIA had misled Congress by not disclosing its existence. CIA Director Leon E. Panetta gave lawmakers their first overview on June 24, within hours of learning about it, the officials said.

Some officials familiar with the program said certain elements of it were operational and should have been disclosed because they involved "significant resources and high risk," as one intelligence official described it. But others said the initiative never advanced beyond concepts and feasibility studies.

Intelligence officials also offered conflicting views of Cheney's alleged role. One official recalled that the vice president ordered only a temporary delay in notifying Congress, until the planning for an al-Qaeda hit crossed certain thresholds -- for example, a planned movement of operatives across international boundaries. "What is being labeled now as covert action never reached that point," said the official, who is familiar with intelligence committee briefings on the matter.

Three former intelligence officials who were close to the program said it operated within legal guidelines.

"Everything we did fell under the [authorizations] of both administrations, Democratic and Republican," said one former counterterrorism official with detailed knowledge of the program. "We would have been professionally negligent if we had not taken the actions we did. There was zero legal risk in my mind."

Panetta's revelation that he had terminated the program drew fresh criticism from Republican lawmakers yesterday.

"Why would you cancel it?" asked Sen. Christopher S. Bond (Mo.), the ranking Republican on the Senate intelligence committee. "If the CIA weren't trying to do something like this, we'd be asking 'Why not?' "

Since 2001, the Central Intelligence Agency has developed plans to dispatch small teams overseas to kill senior Qaeda terrorists, according to current and former government officials.

The plans remained vague and were never carried out, the officials said, and Leon E. Panetta, the C.I.A. director, canceled the program last month.

Officials at the spy agency over the years ran into myriad logistical, legal and diplomatic obstacles. How could the role of the United States be masked? Should allies be informed and might they block the access of the C.I.A. teams to their targets? What if American officers or their foreign surrogates were caught in the midst of an operation? Would such activities violate international law or American restrictions on assassinations overseas?

Yet year after year, according to officials briefed on the program, the plans were never completely shelved because the Bush administration sought an alternative to killing terror suspects with missiles fired from drone aircraft or seizing them overseas and imprisoning them in secret C.I.A. jails.

Mr. Panetta scuttled the program, which would have relied on paramilitary teams, shortly after the C.I.A.’s counterterrorism center recently informed him of its existence. The next day, June 24, he told the two Congressional Intelligence Committees that the plan had been hidden from lawmakers, initially at the instruction of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The program was designed in the frantic weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks when President George W. Bush signed a secret order authorizing the C.I.A. to capture or kill operatives of Al Qaeda around the world. To be able to kill Osama bin Laden or his top deputies wherever they might be — even in cities or countries far from a war zone — struck top agency officials as an urgent goal, according to people involved in the discussions.

But in practice, creating and training the teams proved difficult.

“It sounds great in the movies, but when you try to do it, it’s not that easy,” a former intelligence official said. “Where do you base them? What do they look like? Are they going to be sitting around at headquarters on 24-hour alert waiting to be called?”

VIA CNN: Various officials say Cheney is getting the bum rap. I say he was right to keep it secret until it became operational because Congress critters can't keep a secret.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is getting a "bum rap" over reports that he ordered the CIA to withhold information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress, two former U.S. intelligence officials told CNN Monday

According to both officials, any intelligence program of "great sensitivity" is first approved by the White House after a series of meetings. In any such situation, once the administration decides to pursue a covert program, there is discussion on whether Congress needs to be briefed, the officials said.

All accounts say it never got beyond planning stages as this Dem "outrage" is another attempt to smear the CIA and Bush officials which they hope keeps the heat off Pelosi. Senator Bond actually brings up a damn good question, why should it be cancelled and not kept on the backburner as a future operational plan?

Most attempts to kill al-Qaida's leaders, believed to be hiding in Pakistan's troubled western border region, use armed drone aircraft because it is difficult terrain controlled by sometimes hostile tribes. But those strikes have sometimes killed and injured innocent civilians and caused outrage in Pakistan.

The government official said the CIA effort was meant to avoid such collateral damage.

Keith Hennessey rips apart Obama's Washington Post op-ed.

This fisking is the written equivalent of Dan Henderson's KO of Michael Bisping at UFC 100.

UK police told to take it easy on Muslim Extremists.

An insane yet the type of policy you are not surprised originated in the UK

POLICE will be ordered not to charge Muslim extremists in many hate crime cases – to stop them becoming more militant.

Guidelines will tell forces to press for conviction only in cases of clear-cut criminal acts.

Officers will be advised not to proceed when evidence of lawbreaking is “borderline”.

Examples of crimes to which a blind eye may be turned include incitement to religious hatred or viewing extremist material on the internet.

Last night critics warned that the move could mean Islamic radicals being give the freedom to encourage violence.

Some saw the move as a politically correct attempt to appease extremists who hate Britain.

It could even mean officers tolerating many activities of Muslim preachers of hate like the hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza.

Tory MP David Davies said: “This sounds like abject surrender. Everyone should be equal in the eyes of the law.

“It doesn’t matter whether someone is suspected of incitement to hatred or shoplifting – they should all face the same risk of prosecution.

“There should be no special favours or treatment for any section of the community.”

Officials insist there is no suggestion that people who have clearly committed offences will avoid prosecution.

Instead, they want to avoid alienating Muslims on the fringes of extremism by dragging them to court over petty allegations unlikely to result in conviction.

One fear is that some young Muslims are falling under the influence of extremist preachers while serving prison sentences or on remand awaiting trial.

WSJ: CIA Had Secret Plan to kill Al Qaeda leaders.

SO Leon Panetta stopped a program that was basically a concept not operational about killing AL Qaeda leaders. I can see why the Dems are upset.

WASHINGTON -- A secret Central Intelligence Agency initiative terminated by Director Leon Panetta was an attempt to carry out a 2001 presidential authorization to capture or kill al Qaeda operatives, according to former intelligence officials familiar with the matter.

The precise nature of the highly classified effort isn't clear, and the CIA won't comment on its substance.

According to current and former government officials, the agency spent money on planning and possibly some training. It was acting on a 2001 presidential legal pronouncement, known as a finding, which authorized the CIA to pursue such efforts. The initiative hadn't become fully operational at the time Mr. Panetta ended it.

In 2001, the CIA also examined the subject of targeted assassinations of al Qaeda leaders, according to three former intelligence officials. It appears that those discussions tapered off within six months. It isn't clear whether they were an early part of the CIA initiative that Mr. Panetta stopped.

The revelations about the CIA and its post-9/11 activities have emerged amid a renewed fight between the agency and congressional Democrats. Last week, seven Democratic lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee released a letter that talked about the CIA effort, which they said Mr. Panetta acknowledged hadn't been properly vetted with Congress. CIA officials had brought the matter to Mr. Panetta's attention and had recommended he inform Congress.

Neither Mr. Panetta nor the lawmakers provided details. Mr. Panetta quashed the CIA effort after learning about it June 23.

Dems are making something out of nothing in order to create a big bad boogeyman CIA and protect Pelosi from her own stupidity.

One former senior intelligence official said the program was an attempt "to achieve a capacity to carry out something that was directed in the finding," meaning it was looking for ways to capture or kill al Qaeda chieftains.

The official noted that Congress had long been briefed on the finding, and that the CIA effort wasn't so much a program as "many ideas suggested over the course of years." It hadn't come close to fruition, he added.

Michigan Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said little had been spent on the efforts -- closer to $1 million than $50 million. "The idea for this kind of program was tossed around in fits and starts," he said.

Senior CIA leaders were briefed two or three times on the most recent iteration of the initiative, the last time in the spring of 2008. At that time, CIA brass said that the effort should be narrowed and that Congress should be briefed if the preparations reached a critical stage, a former senior intelligence official said.

Corzine signs bill requiring 'Made in the U.S.A.' flags only

There is always some sort of election year type legislation that is passed on every political level. But Corzine takes the grand prize so far this month.

Any United States and New Jersey flags purchased with state funds must now be "Made in the USA."

Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed the legislation today during an event in Willingboro.

"It is only appropriate that this most-revered emblem of our nation, that represents the courage and sacrifice of our fellow-citizens, be produced by American businesses," Corzine said

The downside is the flags are being used in New Jersey. But good to see Corzine going after the hard issues like not sucking up to the public sector workers and raising taxes.

Somali Islamists behead seven people

Via AP.

Somali Islamist fighters on Friday beheaded seven prisoners accused of abandoning the Muslim faith and spying for the government in the largest mass execution since the Islamists were pushed from power two and a half years ago.

The public killings in the southwestern town of Baidoa followed weeks of fierce fighting as the Islamists try to seize Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, amid mounting concerns about the influx of hundreds of foreign fighters to the failed state.

The beheadings may be linked to the Islamists' failure to take Mogadishu after a 2-month-old offensive, said a senior analyst at global intelligence company Stratfor.

"Al-Shabab is reacting to a setback," said Mark Schroeder.

The U.S. considers al-Shabab a terrorist group with links to al-Qaida, which al-Shabab denies. The group controls much of Somalia and its fighters operate openly in the capital.

Another Somali teen from America is dead in Somalia.

There has to be a group of people who are getting these young men to head off to Somalia to fight for the Islamists and you figure that within the Somali community, some know who are the people doing the persuading.

The mother of a 20-year-old Somali man missing from Minneapolis says her son has been killed in Somalia.

Abayte Ahmed (ah-BYE'-tee ah-med) said Sunday through an interpreter that she and her husband identified their son, Jamal Bana (BAH'-nuh), in a photo showing a dead body in Somalia. Bana's father saw the photo Saturday while viewing online news.

Somali activists believe more than a dozen young men have gone missing from the Minneapolis area during the last couple years - recruited, they say, by radical elements in Somalia.

Bana disappeared in November. Ahmed says after seeing the photo, she and her husband spoke by phone to someone in Somalia and have no doubts their son was killed. She wouldn't say with whom they spoke.

MTV with teen version of HBO's Hung.

As they continue their downward spiral and dumbing down Gen Y'ers along the way.

MTV has fallen on "Hard Times" and will air the new coming-of-age comedy series.

The teen series, whose plot is drawing comparisons to HBO's older-skewing new comedy "Hung," chronicles the hellish life of RJ Berger, a desperately unpopular 15-year-old.

When RJ's anatomical gift is dramatically revealed in front of the whole school, he goes from anonymous to famous and finds his first sliver of confidence. But he also has to deal with a best friend trying to capitalize on his newfound fame, a student body with no shortage of cruel jokes and an insane home life.

FBI asked to investigate attack on white family in akron

Also Rev Al Sharpton made his feelings known which means the chances of this becoming a media circus just went thru the roof.

The FBI has been asked to join Akron police in investigating the attack on a white family by a group of black teens near Firestone Park.

In a letter to the FBI dated today, Mayor Don Plusquellic asks the federal agency's local office to help determine whether any civil-rights violations or hate crimes occurred during the attack last month on Marty Marshall and his family.

The investigation is being supported by civil-rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton.

''Accounts from the victim have indicated his assailants prefaced the attack with statements that could indicate a racial motivation to the crime,'' Plusquellic wrote in his letter.

''Our priority is the same as it is with every crime: to find justice for the victims. But, it is also important that we carefully examine the motivation behind this attack and address that if necessary.''

Marshall, 39, spent five days in Akron General Medical Center after a group of black teens attacked him, his wife, two children and two adult male friends.

Akron police have confirmed from witnesses that the attack by 30 to 50 teens was unprovoked and that no words were exchanged before the attack.

The victims say the group shouted, ''This is our world,'' during the assault. Marshall says he also heard chants of, ''This is a black world.''

The assault, in which Marshall suffered extensive head injuries from repeated kicks and punches to his skull, has not yet been ruled a hate crime by Akron police.

John Holdren: Obama's eugenic Science Czar?

Via Zombietime this report brings up why would Obama bring someone like this to his cabinet unless he has some agreement with these views which are stunningly horrendous.

Forced abortions. Mass sterilization. A "Planetary Regime" with the power of life and death over American citizens.

The tyrannical fantasies of a madman? Or merely the opinions of the person now in control of science policy in the United States? Or both?

These ideas (among many other equally horrifying recommendations) were put forth by John Holdren, whom Barack Obama has recently appointed Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology -- informally known as the United States' Science Czar. In a book Holdren co-authored in 1977, the man now firmly in control of science policy in this country wrote that:

• Women could be forced to abort their pregnancies, whether they wanted to or not;
• The population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation's drinking water or in food;
• Single mothers and teen mothers should have their babies seized from them against their will and given away to other couples to raise;
• People who "contribute to social deterioration" (i.e. undesirables) "can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility" -- in other words, be compelled to have abortions or be sterilized.
• A transnational "Planetary Regime" should assume control of the global economy and also dictate the most intimate details of Americans' lives -- using an armed international police force.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

McDonald's wins with global palates amid global recession.

Nice writeup on how Mcdonalds caters to local tastes.

Farm bill packed with earmarks passed

Your congress depressingly at work yet again.

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a $123.8 billion farm spending bill that's loaded with congressional earmarks, including some in Florida.

Brushing off conservative criticism, lawmakers are steering funds toward California pest detection, wine grape research and ''asparagus production technologies,'' among other targeted projects. More broadly, the funding bill largely retains the farm policy status quo some hoped to change.

''This is being viewed as a critical component of the continuing success of California agriculture,'' said Barry Bedwell, president of the Fresno-based California Grape and Tree Fruit League. ``This is truly about investing in agriculture.''

The bill funds the Agriculture Department and related agencies for fiscal 2010. It closely resembles past appropriations bills, passed under both Democratic and Republican controlled Congresses.

NHS says students have 'right' to a good sex life

UK: Your UK health care at work.

The NHS is telling school pupils they have a 'right' to an enjoyable sex life and that it is good for their health.

A Health Service leaflet says experts concentrate too much on the need for safe sex and loving relationships, and not enough on the pleasure it can bring.

But family campaigners last night condemned the guidance, saying it encouraged underage sex and could increase rates of sexually-transmitted diseases.

Under the heading 'an orgasm a day keeps the doctor away', the leaflet says: 'Health promotion experts advocate five portions of fruit and veg a day and 30 minutes physical activity three times a week. What about sex or masturbation twice a week?'

The advice, which also claims regular sex is good for cardiovascular health, has been circulated to parents, teachers and youth workers.

It came to light just a week after it emerged that teenagers who took part in a £6million Government initiative to reduce teenage pregnancies were more than twice as likely to fall pregnant as other girls.
The scheme tried to persuade girls not to get pregnant by handing out condoms and teaching them about sex.

Eric Holder and Obama's amateurish plan to get his torture probe

Newsweek being Obama's unofficial mouthpiece went ahead of themselves to set the narrative about Holder having a hard time over deciding to investigate "Bush Crimes." This is also a good way to try and steer attention away from the economic malaise Obama's economic policies are doing to the country. In their minds its a win win.

Alone among cabinet officers, attorneys general are partisan appointees expected to rise above partisanship. All struggle to find a happy medium between loyalty and independence. Few succeed. At one extreme looms Alberto Gonzales, who allowed the Justice Department to be run like Tammany Hall. At the other is Janet Reno, whose righteousness and folksy eccentricities marginalized her within the Clinton administration. Lean too far one way and you corrupt the office, too far the other way and you render yourself impotent. Mindful of history, Holder is trying to get the balance right. "You have the responsibility of enforcing the nation's laws, and you have to be seen as neutral, detached, and nonpartisan in that effort," Holder says. "But the reality of being A.G. is that I'm also part of the president's team. I want the president to succeed; I campaigned for him. I share his world view and values."

These are not just the philosophical musings of a new attorney general. Holder, 58, may be on the verge of asserting his independence in a profound way. Four knowledgeable sources tell NEWSWEEK that he is now leaning toward appointing a prosecutor to investigate the Bush administration's brutal interrogation practices, something the president has been reluctant to do. While no final decision has been made, an announcement could come in a matter of weeks, say these sources, who decline to be identified discussing a sensitive law-enforcement matter. Such a decision would roil the country, would likely plunge Washington into a new round of partisan warfare, and could even imperil Obama's domestic priorities, including health care and energy reform. Holder knows all this, and he has been wrestling with the question for months. "I hope that whatever decision I make would not have a negative impact on the president's agenda," he says. "But that can't be a part of my decision."

Holder thought he would get the go ahead a couple of months ago but that ended in disaster.

For weeks Holder had participated in a contentious internal debate over whether the Obama administration should release the Bush-era legal opinions that had authorized waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods. He had argued to administration officials that "if you don't release the memos, you'll own the policy." CIA Director Leon Panetta, a shrewd political operator, countered that full disclosure would damage the government's ability to recruit spies and harm national security; he pushed to release only heavily redacted versions.

Holder and his aides thought they'd been losing the internal battle. What they didn't know was that, at that very moment, Obama was staging a mock debate in Emanuel's office in order to come to a final decision. In his address to the cadets, Holder cited George Washington's admonition at the Battle of Trenton, Christmas 1776, that "captive British soldiers were to be treated with humanity, regardless of how Colonial soldiers captured in battle might be treated." As Holder flew back to Washington on the FBI's Cessna Citation, Obama reached his decision. The memos would be released in full.

Holder and his team celebrated quietly, and waited for national outrage to build. But they'd miscalculated. The memos had already received such public notoriety that the new details in them did not shock many people. (Even the revelation, a few days later, that 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and another detainee had been waterboarded hundreds of times did not drastically alter the contours of the story.) And the White House certainly did its part to head off further controversy. On the Sunday after the memos were revealed, Emanuel appeared on This Week With George Stephanopoulos and declared that there would be no prosecutions of CIA operatives who had acted in good faith with the guidance they were given. In his statement announcing the release of the memos, Obama said, "This is a time for reflection, not retribution." (Throughout, however, he has been careful to say that the final decision is the attorney general's to make.)

Emanuel and other administration officials could see that the politics of national security was turning against them. When I interviewed a senior White House official in early April, he remarked that Republicans had figured out that they could attack Obama on these issues essentially free of cost. "The genius of the Obama presidency so far has been an ability to keep social issues off the docket," he said. "But now the Republicans have found their dream…issue and they have nothing to lose."

Holder has already made his decision and you see the building up with the Dems going after the CIA over secret programs. The next step is to push this story about Holder being the independent AG who will do justice in America's name while Obama points out he has nothing to do with the decision. Then Holder announces probe which gets the liberals off Obama's back.

It is pathetic to see how easy the press is going to fall in line with this storyline so they try again to go after Bush and everyone. But its astonishing what an amateurish plan they are trying to play out to get their probe.

Update: Here is the sister pub to Newsweek pushing the reluctant narrative.

After trying for months to shake off the legacy of their predecessors and focus on their own priorities, Obama administration officials have begun to concede that they cannot leave the fight against terrorism unexhumed and are reluctantly moving to examine some of the most controversial and clandestine episodes.

The acknowledgment came amid fresh disclosures about CIA activity that had been hidden from Congress for seven years, the secrecy surrounding a little-understood electronic surveillance program that operated without court approval, and word that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. favors naming a criminal prosecutor to examine whether U.S. interrogators tortured terrorism suspects.

The way ahead for an administration grappling with severe economic trouble and health-care reform is all but certain to prove controversial, and perhaps difficult to control, for leaders who have foundered in their approach to national security policy.

Fears expressed by President Obama and his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, that looking back at the Bush administration would force the country into divisive arguments won new footing yesterday as conservative lawmakers challenged even small steps that Obama and his attorney general appear on the verge of taking.

A few months ago they were racing to do these same things until the poll numbers and the public forced them to do a u-turn. This is just the second try and I guarantee if you did a push you would see after they failed the first time, they regrouped to figure out this plan to push for more probes. Now with his policies tanking this is something they hope to distract the public.