Saturday, October 24, 2009

Obama offers millions in Muslim technology fund

Why? First its discriminatory, its giving away taxpayers money and last the middle east is awashed in oil money with this looking like a good intention bribe move.

The White House Friday highlighted a new multi-million-dollar technology fund for Muslim nations, following a pledge made by President Barack Obama in his landmark speech to the Islamic world.

The White House said the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) had issued a call for proposals for the fund, which will provide financing of between 25 and 150 million dollars for selected projects and funds.

The Global Technology and Innovation Fund will "catalyze and facilitate private sector investments" throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa, the White House said in a statement.

Eligible projects would advance economic opportunity and create jobs in areas like technology, education, telecoms, media, business services and clean technology, the White House said.

OPIC said sample projects could help foster the development of new computer technology or telecommunications businesses, or widen access to broadband Internet services.

Proposals must be submitted by the end of November, and managers of funds that make a final short list will make presentations in Washington in January.

Final selections will be announced next June.

Media Matters on the Tom Joyner Show with Roland Martin

Audio Portion.

White House says sorry to FOX News over Treasury Interview.

TPM DC for whatever reason is trying to say that the snub initially with Fox News was a miscommunication.

TPMDC dug into it, and here's what happened.

Feinberg did a pen and pad with reporters to brief them on cutting executive compensation. TV correspondents, as they do with everything, asked to get the comments on camera. Treasury officials agreed and made a list of the networks who asked (Fox was not among them).

But logistically, all of the cameras could not get set up in time or with ease for the Feinberg interview, so they opted for a round robin where the networks use one pool camera. Treasury called the White House pool crew and gave them the list of the networks who'd asked for the interview.

The network pool crew noticed Fox wasn't on the list, was told that they hadn't asked and the crew said they needed to be included. Treasury called the White House and asked top Obama adviser Anita Dunn. Dunn said yes and Fox's Major Garrett was among the correspondents to interview Feinberg last night.

Simple as that, we're told, and the networks don't want to be seen as heroes for Fox.

Problem is the video report by CBSNEWS and Chip Reid which objected to the snub.

and Now Mediaite says the White House is blaming some level Treasury employee.

Mediaite has learned more about what happened with the decision by the Treasury Department to exclude Fox News in a round-robin of pool interviews Thursday.

But more importantly – there are more details emerging about the uproar over the initial decision, causing the Treasury Department to reverse their decision.
Fox News SVP of news and editorial programming Michael Clemente tells Mediaite the plan was to replace the Fox News interview with a Bloomberg interview instead. This was verified by an executive at another network. After the D.C. bureau chiefs at ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and Fox News discussed the decision, and pushed back at the unprecedented move, the Treasury Department relented and allowed FNC in. And according to Clemente, the decision was made by someone at the center of the White House vs. FNC feud. “They picked up the phone and called Anita Dunn, and Dunn said, ‘Fine let Fox in,’” he says of the Treasury Department.

“It was a very absolutely clear attempt to leave Fox out,” says Clemente.

The White House apologized to FNC yesterday for the move. “We were subsequently told it was a mistake by a low level person at the Treasury Department,” says Clemente. “Major [Garrett] was told that by Robert Gibbs and others.”

Friday, October 23, 2009

CNN's Latino in America least successful "In America" series

Thats got to hurt.

CNN's "Latino in America" was heavily promoted, but ratings wise, the two-day debut failed to live up to the major success of the previous "In America" documentaries. The first "Black in America" won the demo both nights it premiered and drew 2.1 and 2.6 million Total Viewers.

Its sequel, "Black in America 2" drew a smaller 1.4M and 2.0M. "Latino in America," which aired at 9pmET both nights in two-hour segments, drew 1 million Total Viewers on Wednesday and 848,000 the second day. In the A25-54 demo, the program averaged 293,000 and 229,000, respectively. Here are the Scoreboards for Wednesday and Thursday.

The "official" list of Obama approved reporters and pundits.


Update: The White House has sent TVNewser the complete list of those who attended the off-the-record briefing Monday: Eugene Robinson, E.J. Dionne, Ron Brownstein, John Dickerson, Rachel Maddow, Frank Rich, Jerry Seib, Maureen Dowd, Keith Olbermann, Bob Herbert, Gloria Borger, and Gwen Ifill. Several members of the staff also attended.

US panel tells NASA skip the moon, fly elsewhere

I agree, I always thought moon landings would be more routine at this time instead of a major undertaking. Time for NASA to think bigger and push the tech/ideas to the next step of space travel. Government should also be looking at boosting private space travel.

WASHINGTON — NASA needs to make a major detour on its grand plans to return astronauts to the moon, a special independent panel told the White House Thursday.
Under current plans, NASA has picked the wrong destination with the wrong rocket, the panel's chairman said. A test-flight version of the rocket, the new Ares I, is on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral, awaiting liftoff later this month for its first experimental flight.

Instead, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration should be concentrating on bigger rockets and new places to explore, the panel members said, as they issued their final 155-page report. The committee, created by the White House in May to look at NASA's troubled exploration, shuttle and space station programs, issued a summary of their findings last month, mostly urging more spending on space.

On Thursday in a news conference, panel Chairman Norman Augustine focused on fresh destinations for NASA, saying that it makes more sense to put astronauts on a nearby asteroid or one of the moons of Mars. He said that could be done sooner than returning to the moon in 15 years as NASA has outlined.

White House tries to ban Fox News, Obama whines.

The fact they would pull a stunt like this means they have zero respect for the other news organizations who they think will fall in line with them.

Speaking privately at the White House on Monday with a group of mostly liberal columnists and commentators, including Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann of MSNBC and Maureen Dowd, Frank Rich and Bob Herbert of The New York Times, Mr. Obama himself gave vent to sentiments about the network, according to people briefed on the conversation.

Then, in an interview with NBC News on Wednesday, the president went public. “What our advisers have simply said is that we are going to take media as it comes,” he said. “And if media is operating, basically, as a talk radio format, then that’s one thing. And if it’s operating as a news outlet, then that’s another.”

In a sign of discomfort with the White House stance, Fox’s television news competitors refused to go along with a Treasury Department effort on Tuesday to exclude Fox from a round of interviews with the executive-pay czar Kenneth R. Feinberg that was to be conducted with a “pool” camera crew shared by all the networks.

That followed a pointed question at a White House briefing this week by Jake Tapper, an ABC News correspondent, about the administration’s treatment of “one of our sister organizations.”

Why is the White House mad at Fox News? Its because they follow the stories others don't and they want to keep that sort of behavior contained.

“We simply decided to stop abiding by the fiction, which is aided and abetted by the mainstream press, that Fox is a traditional news organization,” said Dan Pfeiffer, the deputy White House communications director.

Later that week, White House officials said, they noticed a column by Clark Hoyt, the public editor of The Times, in which Jill Abramson, one of the paper’s two managing editors, described her newsroom’s “insufficient tuned-in-ness to the issues that are dominating Fox News and talk radio.” The Washington Post’s executive editor, Marcus Brauchli, had already expressed similar concerns about his newsroom.

White House officials said comments like those had focused them on a need to make their case that Fox had an ideological bent undercutting its legitimacy as a news organization.

Fox News Channel certainly seems to be enjoying a row it considers ratings candy, having devoted hours of news coverage and commentary to the fight.

But White House officials said they were happy to have at least started a public debate about Fox.

“This is a discussion that probably had to be had about their approach to things,” Mr. Axelrod said. “Our concern is other media not follow their lead.”

This is something you would see from Hugo Chavez, not the President of the United States who is so thin skinned they actually think they can freeze out a major news company and the rest of the press will follow like groupies.

If this doesn't make the press look at themselves in the mirror then there is no hope for them.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cheney: Stop the 'dithering' over Troops.

Again Cheney comes out to slap around the Obama admin. But as I said couple of days ago, it is sad that Obama seems to have put more effort attacking Fox News than getting down to Afghanistan.

WASHINGTON -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday night accused the White House of dithering over the strategy for the war in Afghanistan and urged President Barack Obama to "do what it takes to win."

"Make no mistake. Signals of indecision out of Washington hurt our allies and embolden our adversaries," Cheney said while accepting an award from a conservative national security group, the Center for Security Policy.

Cheney disputed remarks by White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel that the Bush administration had been adrift concerning the war in Afghanistan and that the Obama administration had to start from the beginning to develop a strategy for the 8-year-old war.

To the contrary, Cheney said, the Bush administration undertook its own review of the war before leaving office and presented its findings to Obama's transition team.

"They asked us not to announce our findings publicly, and we agreed, giving them the benefit of our work and the benefit of the doubt," Cheney said. The strategy Obama announced in March bore a "striking resemblance" to what the Bush administration review had found, the vice president said.

Contessa Brewer can't tell between Jackson and Sharpton.

Ah the lovely Contessa Brewer who looks good on television but she is a ditz. She completely ron burgundys' herself

Brewer is looking at Jackson but still keeps reading her script, you would think before the segment started her producer is in her ear telling her what segment is next.

ESPN's Phillips gets suspended,admits to affair

Unlike Letterman, it seems Phillips picked up a crazy ass woman who wanted him for herself. NYPOST is calling her the tubby temptress.

ESPN baseball analyst Steve Phillips acknowledged having an affair with an assistant at the cable network and has taken a leave of absence during the playoffs.

Phillips said Wednesday in a statement released by ESPN that he requested the leave "to address this with my family and to avoid any unnecessary distractions through the balance of the baseball playoffs."

ESPN said it took "appropriate disciplinary action" when this happened in August, but would not comment further.

Police say 22-year-old ESPN production assistant Brooke Hundley began calling Phillips' wife, Marni, on Aug. 5 after he broke off the affair and sent her a letter graphically describing their relationship and Phillips' birthmarks. She allegedly told Phillips' wife that "we both can't have him," according to a Wilton, Conn., police report.

"I'm a real person in his life and I care deeply about his happiness," reads the letter police said is from Hundley. "I'm coming out now because I'm sick of hiding and sneaking around behind your back."

The police report was first reported Wednesday by the New York Post.

The 46-year-old Phillips is a former general manager of the New York Mets. In 1998, Phillips admitted having sex with a team employee, who sued for sexual harassment. That case was settled out of court.

Polanski May Choose to Face Charges, extradition order not sent yet.

It is setting in that Polanski is not getting out anytime soon. The interesting part is the Eric Holder's DoJ have not sent the formal extradition yet.

Roman Polanski may change his mind and return to the United States after 31 years as a fugitive to face sentencing on charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl after a Swiss court rejected his latest appeal to be released from jail, according to one of his French lawyers.

For the first time the lawyer, Georges Kiejman, suggested the idea of a possible return in interviews with European news outlets on Wednesday, during which he also said Mr. Polanski, 76, was suffering from health problems. “If this process drags on, it is not completely impossible that Roman Polanski could choose to go finally to explain himself in the United States, where arguments in his favor exist,” he said in a morning interview with the French radio station Europe 1.

Later in the day Mr. Kiejman softened his statement in a later interview with The New York Times, saying that it had been a quick, vague remark and “for the moment my client has not changed his strategy and will contest the extradition demand.”

“But all options are possible with the passage of time,” he added. “For now we can say that everything is open, that’s all.”

In an e-mail message on Wednesday Mr. Polanski’s other French lawyer, Hervé Temime, said that there would be “no change in strategy,” and that Mr. Polanski, the Oscar-winning movie director, would continue to fight extradition.

He was arrested on Sept. 26 at Zurich airport as he arrived to attend a film festival tribute to him and has been incarcerated ever since. His legal team in Switzerland and France is still awaiting the official extradition request from the United States government in connection with his having fled the country in 1978. Under an agreement with California prosecutors, Mr. Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor but avoided other charges including rape and sodomy.

The formal extradition demand does not have to be filed until late November.

America assures Poland and region we didn't sell out

At least in this event Obama realized they royally screwed up a couple of months ago.

Standing next to Poland’s prime minister, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. wanted to make sure no one missed his point.

The United States guarantees Poland’s security, he said. “This strategic assurance is absolute, absolute, Mr. Prime Minister,” Mr. Biden declared. It is “a solemn obligation,” he went on. Then he added, “Make no mistake about it: Our commitment to Poland is unwavering.” Or “inviolable” as he later put it.

The absolute, solemn, unwavering, inviolable commitment not just to Poland, but to the entire region, was the central message of the vice president’s damage-control tour of Eastern Europe that got under way on Wednesday. Sent to repair the rift in relations after President Obama canceled his predecessor’s antimissile shield in Eastern Europe, Mr. Biden spared little effort to reinforce America’s friendship with the region.

Mr. Obama insisted that his decision to jettison former President George W. Bush’s plan was driven not by Russian objections, but by updated assessments of the threat of missiles from Iran and the availability of better technology to counter it. But here in a region that has had a difficult history with Moscow, the change was seen as a betrayal of some of America’s strongest allies in Europe in the interest of Mr. Obama’s attempt to “reset” relations with Russia. Moscow feared that the Bush plan, which focused on long-range missiles, was directed at its arsenal.

The anger was exacerbated by what White House officials privately admit was a botched introduction of the new plan. Mr. Obama’s decision to shelve the Bush system was leaked, but initial news reports said little if anything about his plan for a substitute system, fueling the perception of a concession to Russia. Worse still in terms of relations with Eastern Europe, the news emerged on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland at the start of World War II.

Dems whine over non mandate English-only consumer protection

Rep sponsors an amendment so as not to burden businesses with yet another mandate proposed by the Dems.

Democrats erupted over an amendment offered by New York Republican Rep. Chris Lee Wednesday night that would bar the proposed consumer financial protection agency from mandating financial firms provide disclosures in any language other than English.

“In America we are all equal, and we should not allow ourselves to be divided by this notion that one language is better than another,” declared Rep. Al Green (D-Texas).

“This type of legislation should not be in the books, not for the United States,” said Hinojosa, who is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus leadership.

Illinois Democrat Rep. Luis Gutierrez gave a particularly passionate response, accusing Republicans of trying to drag financial reform into the immigration debate.

He mocked advocates of English-only measures, suggesting it makes Americans less sophisticated than the rest of the world.

“You know, if you go to Europe and you’re in Germany and you only speak German, you’re considered kind of not an educated person. If you go to France and only speak French – and let me tell you, the French think very highly of their French – no, you’re really not considered that educated of a person. Why is it in America that we want to pass laws where ‘We Learn English’ and we feel somehow satisfied and somehow important?” he asked.

Typical hyperbole distraction technique. The whole point of the amendment was that private businesses could choose to print whatever language they wanted too without additional expenses. Gutierrez and Hinojosa take it to the race baiting level common to Dems and manage to insult America at the same time.

Yes in America we are all equal and used to be bonded in common ways such as the act of assimilation which included English being the common language. All immigrants coming to this country or any country must learn the common language. But in Gutierrez and Hinojosa, it is insulting to even imply that English in the majority language and should be learned.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

BC: Warrants? Then no welfare but no background check.

Canadians are an odd bunch of people.

People with outstanding warrants will be denied income assistance in British Columbia as soon as next year if legislation introduced yesterday is passed into law, said Rich Coleman, Minister of Housing and Social Development.

"People who have outstanding warrants shouldn't be getting welfare until they clean up the problem," said Mr. Coleman, adding that to qualify, warrants must be for indictable offences such as murder, sexual assault and drug trafficking. But Mr. Coleman said the government will not run criminal background checks on welfare applicants to enforce the policy. Instead, it will rely on criminals to disclose their outstanding legal issues when they make an application.

Basically only the real dumb people will be denied.

Geert Wilders speaks at Temple U. Q&A cut short of course

Another example of the lack of intelligent debating skills shown by college students when they don't like the person or subject. You think Wilders is wrong, challenge him during the Q&A, not act like an ass.

Amid tight security and a large turnout of protesters, Dutch right-wing lawmaker Geert Wilders told an assembly of Temple University students that Europe and America must fight an ongoing "stealth jihad" that threatens democracy and free speech.

"Where Islam sets roots, freedom dies," Geert Wilders told the students during his 30-minute address organized by a new student group called Temple University Purpose and funded by the California-based David Horowitz Freedom Center.

His remarks were met by a mixture of applause and boos, and occasionally gasps — particularly when he stated that "our Western culture is far better than the Islamic culture and we should defend it."

He decried as a "disgrace" a resolution co-sponsored by the U.S. and Egypt, and backed by the U.N. Human Rights Council earlier this month, deploring attacks on religions while insisting that freedom of expression remains a basic right. Wilders also criticized President Barack Obama for his efforts to extend a hand to the Islamic world, saying that such appeasement marks "the beginning of the end."

If the spread of Islam continues unabated in the Western world, "you might at the end of the day lose your Constitution," he told the assembly. "Wake up, defend your freedom."

He also touched on common themes in his speeches, including calling for an end to Muslim immigration and referring to the Muslim holy book, the Quran, "an evil book" that promotes violence and intolerance.

A question-and-answer session was cut short after the tone of the event began to turn nasty, with some in the crowd of several hundred students began shouting jeers. Wilders' security detail quickly ushered him from the room.

"In order to improve our understanding of others, we need to learn," said Alvaro Watson of Purpose, the student group. "We can't fight for something if we only know one side."

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Holder's DoJ: Black people too stupid to vote without party ID.

So says Loretta King who also put a stop to the New Black Panther Case.

Voters in this small city decided overwhelmingly last year to do away with the party affiliation of candidates in local elections, but the Obama administration recently overruled the electorate and decided that equal rights for black voters cannot be achieved without the Democratic Party.

The Justice Department's ruling, which affects races for City Council and mayor, went so far as to say partisan elections are needed so that black voters can elect their "candidates of choice" - identified by the department as those who are Democrats and almost exclusively black.

The department ruled that white voters in Kinston will vote for blacks only if they are Democrats and that therefore the city cannot get rid of party affiliations for local elections because that would violate black voters' right to elect the candidates they want.

Several federal and local politicians would like the city to challenge the decision in court. They say voter apathy is the largest barrier to black voters' election of candidates they prefer and that the Justice Department has gone too far in trying to influence election results here.

Stephen LaRoque, a former Republican state lawmaker who led the drive to end partisan local elections, called the Justice Department's decision "racial as well as partisan."

"On top of that, you have an unelected bureaucrat in Washington, D.C., overturning a valid election," he said. "That is un-American."

.....In a letter dated Aug. 17, the city received the Justice Department's answer: Elections must remain partisan because the change's "effect will be strictly racial."

"Removing the partisan cue in municipal elections will, in all likelihood, eliminate the single factor that allows black candidates to be elected to office," Loretta King, who at the time was the acting head of the Justice Department's civil rights division, wrote in a letter to the city.

Ms. King wrote that voters in Kinston vote more along racial than party lines and without the potential for voting a straight Democratic ticket, "the limited remaining support from white voters for a black Democratic candidate will diminish even more."

Ms. King's letter in the Kinston case states that because of the low turnout black voters must be "viewed as a minority for analytical purposes," and that "minority turnout is relevant" to determining whether the Justice Department should be allowed a change to election protocol.

Black voters account for 9,702 of the city's 15,402 registered voters but typically don't vote at the rates whites do.

As a result of the low turnout, Ms. King wrote, "black voters have had limited success in electing candidates of choice during recent municipal elections."

"It is the partisan makeup of the general electorate that results in enough white cross-over to allow the black community to elect a candidate of choice," she wrote.

So black people in this town need special help by have party ID and because of low turnout of their own choice. How does this square with the Voting Rights Act?

Mrs. Thernstrom of the civil rights commission blasted the department's interpretation of the law.

"The Voting Rights Act is not supposed to be compensating for failure of voters to show up on Election Day," she said. "The Voting Rights Act doesn't guarantee an opportunity to elect a 'candidate of choice.' ... My 'candidate of choice' loses all the time in an election."

You can't legislate voter apathy, this is insulting to black people and the lastest case of Eric Holder's DoJ politicizing along racial lines.

Iran drops deal on uranium enrichment

Obama smart power strikes again.

The move came as Iranian officials held talks with representatives of America, France and Russia in Vienna. An earlier meeting in Geneva on Oct 1 had yielded an agreement which some saw as a possible breakthrough.

Iran has amassed at least 1.4 tons of low-enriched uranium inside its underground plant in Natanz. If this was further enriched to weapons-grade level - a lengthy process - it would be enough for one nuclear weapon.

But Iran agreed to export 75 per cent of this stockpile to Russia and then France, where it would have been converted into fuel rods for use in a civilian research reactor in Tehran. This would have been a significant step towards containing Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Before talks, however, Iranian officials signalled they would renege. "Iran wants to directly buy highly-enriched uranium without sending its own low-level uranium out of the country," reported a state television channel.

Western officials were not surprised by this development. They view Iran as a uniquely difficult negotiating partner, willing to break or rewrite any agreement.

EH? Iran breaks deals and has been show zero reasons to follow the demands of Western Countries because they know the West especially with Obama at the helm is weak. They don't care as all of this is just stalling tactics till the nuke program is 100%

Monday, October 19, 2009

African-Americans vs Africans in the Bronx.

Same old story, cultural and social differences with a tired cry of they taking over our place.

The owner of Café de C.E.D.E.A.O., named for the coalition of West African nations, envisioned it as a community hub in the Bronx neighborhood of Claremont, where Americans would try his wife’s cassava soup and realize it’s not so foreign after all. But a year in, the owner, Mohammed M. Barrie, said he could count the number of American patrons on one hand.

Meanwhile, he and his customers have been taunted, he said, and his restaurant’s window urinated on. Someone tried to break into a diner’s car. Then there is the bullet hole in the front window, a mark from a gunshot through the window late one night last summer.

“Those people, they don’t respect African people,” said Mr. Barrie, a Sierra Leone native who settled in the United States in 1998. “I pay my bills, I pay my taxes, they still ...” He trailed off.

Down the block, Muhammed Sillah sat in a folding chair in front of the tiny Al Tawba mosque, eyeing the jungle gym across the street and remembering when he used to let his children play outside.

“Spanish kids, American kids — but no African kids,” said Mr. Sillah, a Gambian mechanic raising five children in Claremont. “We’re scared.”

....But the West Africans say the attacks on them are calculated. “It’s prejudice,” said Dembo Fofana, who said a beating in June by a group of 10 to 15 men left him with broken ribs and internal bleeding. “It’s because we’re African, and we’re Muslim.”

Mr. Fofana, who came to this country 21 years ago, has not returned to his job at a bakery since the assault. He stays home, recovering, receiving disability checks and caring for his five children.

“There’s a lot of tension,” he said. “Just yesterday, someone said, ‘What would you think if I came to Africa and tried to take your property?’ I told him, ‘Brother, I’m not taking anything from you. I’m just trying to live my life.’ ”

.....Zain Abdullah, an assistant professor of religion, race and ethnicity at Temple University in Philadelphia, says it is common for African immigrants to suffer harassment when they settle in traditionally black neighborhoods in big cities, like Detroit, New York and Philadelphia.

“Many African-Americans feel that the influx of Africans coming in represents a kind of invasion,” he said. “Culturally, African-Americans have always imagined themselves as Africans, or at least of African descent, but they might have never encountered Africans from the continent. The actual encounter is shocking.”

Sunday, October 18, 2009

White House: Public option preferred but not required.

This is what they are saying in public, in private they are raising all sorts of hell about it.

BBC: 'Ethical' stem cell crop boosted

Make it happen faster.

US researchers have found a way to dramatically increase the harvest of stem cells from adult tissue.

It is a practical step forward in techniques to produce large numbers of stem cells without using embryos.

Using three drug-like chemicals, the team made the procedure 200 times more efficient and twice as fast, the Nature Methods journal reported.

It is hoped stem cells could one day be widely used to repair damaged tissue in diseases and after injuries.

Obama too busy for Berlin Wall Anniversary

Heaven forbid the President of the United States go and celebrate the 20th anniversary of when the Berlin Wall finally fell, one of the most historic events of the 20th century. The cynic in me thinks because Reagan is associated with the fight against communism, Obama and his people decided to say to hell with it.

US President Barack Obama has shelved his plans to attend festivities marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will reportedly take his place at the Nov. 9 celebrations.

Germany is going to have to wait longer than expected for US President Barack Obama's first official visit. Citing government sources in Berlin, Reuters reported on Friday that Obama will not attend the anniversary festivities marking two decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The event will take place on Nov. 9 -- just two days before Obama embarks on a long-planned trip to Asia on Nov. 11.

According to the German television channel n-tv, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will stand in for the president. It is considered unlikely that her husband, the former President Bill Clinton, will accompany her.

Berlin is going all out for the anniversary, with such luminaries as Kofi Annan, Mikhail Gorbachev and Lech Walesa expected to be in attendance. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pushing hard to complete ongoing coalition negotiations soon so that her government is fully formed in time for the festivities.

Mother of Tyren "God is Love" Scott calls in to Tom Joyner.

and explains why the nine year old asked Obama why people hate him.

US President Barack Obama got a blunt question from an unexpected quarter Thursday -- a daring nine-year-old boy who asked "why do people hate you?"
Obama, caught up in a divisive political row over his plans for health care reform, called on the boy, Tyren Scott, in a public meeting during his first visit to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans as president.

"I have to say, why do people hate you? They supposed to love you. God is love," Tyren, from Paulina, Louisiana asked.

Obama, appeared tickled by the question, saying "hey, that's what I'm talking about," adding "I did get elected president, so not everybody hates me now... I got a whole lot of votes."

"If you were watching TV lately, it seems like everybody's just getting mad all the time. And you know, I think that you've got to take it with a grain of salt. Some of it is just what's called politics."

Mother of Tyren Scott calls into to explain why Tyren Scott asked Obama on Thursday October 15th,2009 at around 7:40 am

"I have to say, why do people hate you? They supposed to love you. God is love,"

The basic reason is the mom is a huge obama supporter who has been complaining about those who don't care for him, the nine year old picks it up and asks the question because he doesn't understand why other people don't like him as much as his mother. Perfectly understandable.

But the mother points out at school that Tyren hears that Obama kills babies and raises taxes. Well he is going the second one directly and the first one by supporting abortion. Harsh but true.

The false Labor Union vs White House politico piece.

Pfft, this is all kabuki theater for the masses.

The president of one of America’s largest labor unions, Gerry McEntee, has emerged as a major obstacle to the White House’s efforts to maintain a unified front in the health care debate.

The veteran president of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has crossed lines that few labor leaders – even those who quietly agree with him – would go near.

McEntee led workers in chanting a barnyard epithet to describe Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus’s health care bill, which would levy a new tax on expensive health care plans. He published an op-ed in U.S.A. Today warning, in terms that could be used against Democrats in the midterms, that the plan could tax the middle class and cost workers their health care.

And he blew off a plea from White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and published an open letter promising to “oppose” legislation that contained the tax – published over the objections, several labor officials said, of other union presidents whose names appeared on the letter.

"We have had just about enough of his gratuitous slaps,” said a senior White House official Friday, calling the politically charged language “outrageous and unacceptable” from an ally — even from one that had, the official noted, devoted substantial resources to health care efforts.

At some point in negotiations, very quietly, someone will slip in an amendment or whatever to exempt union workers which will shut up this guy and every other union that is whining about it.

Obama attacks insurers "deceptive and dishonest"

Its must be like looking in a mirror, but going after the antitrust exemption smacks of big government retaliation.

U.S. President Barack Obama lashed out on Saturday against the "deceptive and dishonest" efforts of health insurance companies, who he said are trying to kill healthcare reform, no matter the cost to the country.

Sharpening his attack on insurers, Obama also signaled support for a congressional review of the insurance industry's long-standing exemption from federal anti-trust laws. Some Democrats want the privilege repealed.

Defending insurers' position, AHIP spokesman Robert Zirkelbach said, "We are not trying to stop reform as some have suggested. We want reform that will work and can be sustained, and we are offering solutions to address the concerns."

He said threats to repeal the industry's anti-trust exemption -- the McCarran-Ferguson Act, which kept regulation in the states' hands -- was "retaliation for us speaking out."

Obama maintained, however, that the insurance industry "is rolling out the big guns and breaking open their massive war chest -- to marshal their forces for one last fight to save the status quo."

"They're filling the airwaves with deceptive and dishonest ads. They're flooding Capitol Hill with lobbyists and campaign contributions. And they're funding studies designed to mislead the American people," he said.

Immigrant activists decry 'Illegal Alien' Halloween costumes

Thus making sure what would be a minor meh becomes an internet driven best seller. Sometimes you got to know which battles to fight.

Immigrant rights activists are calling on U.S. retailers to stop selling two controversial "Illegal Alien" costumes that have surfaced for Halloween, saying the outfits are a broadside attack on illegal immigrants.

The "Illegal Alien Adult Costume," manufactured by Forum novelties, includes an orange jumpsuit, similar to prison garb, with "Illegal Alien" stamped in black across the chest; a space alien mask; and a fake Green Card. The "Illegal Alien Mask with Hat" also includes a space alien mask, this time with a dark handlebar mustache and a baseball cap.

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles said it began receiving e-mails from concerned legal immigrants on Friday. In response, CHIRLA wrote a letter asking several retailers, including Target, Walgreens, and, to stop offering the costume.

Despite the controversy, some stores say the costumes have been a hit.

"It's a very well-recommended costume," said an employee at Ricky's, a costume store in New York City. The store has sold seven costumes for $39.99 apiece and is set to receive another shipment.

William Gheen, the president of Americans for Legal Immigration, said he intends to buy the costume, and calls the reaction unfounded.

"The only people getting upset are the hyper-sensitive, over-politically correct, pro-amnesty, illegal alien-supporting nuts," said Gheen. "You can't attack people's freedom in this country."

Brazil pledges Olympic security after Rio violence

And we are off and running!

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Brazilian officials are insisting security won't be a problem for the 2016 Olympics, despite drug-gang violence that plunged Rio de Janeiro into a day of bloody chaos just two weeks after it was picked to host the games.

An hourslong firefight between rival gangs in one of the city's slums killed a dozen people, injured six and saw a police helicopter shot down and eight buses set on fire Saturday.

Two officers died and four were injured when bullets from the gang battle ripped into their helicopter hovering overhead, forcing it into a fiery crash landing on a soccer field. Gunfire on the ground killed 10 suspected gunmen and wounded two bystanders.

Authorities said the mayhem would only toughen their resolve to improve security ahead of the Olympics and before 2014, when Brazil will host the World Cup soccer tournament with key games in Rio, the country's second-biggest city.

Obama now playing nice with Sudan despite genocide.

As Obama's track record of sucking up to repressive regimes and human rights violators keeps his batting average perfect.

After lengthy debate, the Obama administration has settled on a policy toward Sudan that offers a dramatically softer approach than the president had advocated on the campaign trail -- but steers clear of the conciliatory tone advocated by his special envoy to the country.

The new U.S. policy, which will be formally unveiled Monday, calls for a campaign of "pressure and incentives" to cajole the government in Khartoum into pursuing peace in the troubled Darfur region, settling disputes with the autonomous government in southern Sudan and providing the United States greater cooperation in stemming international terrorism, according to administration officials briefed on the plan. It also provides Khartoum with a path to improved relations with the United States if it begins to address long-standing U.S. concerns.

The public rollout of the policy brings an end to months of contentious internal debate on how to confront a government headed by an indicted war crimes suspect, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, and blamed in the deaths of more than 300,000 people in Darfur, according to U.N. estimates.

In what is intended as a show of unity for the new policy, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will announce it at the State Department with President Obama's special envoy to Sudan, retired Air Force Maj. Gen. J. Scott Gration. Rice and Gration had battled fiercely over the direction of the new policy, with Rice pressing for a tougher line and Gration calling for easing U.S. sanctions.

....But the administration's policy also marks a significant evolution for the president and close aides such as Rice. During last year's campaign, Obama and his top advisers had advocated a more confrontational approach to Sudan -- including tougher sanctions and the establishment of a no-fly zone that would prevent Sudanese fighter jets from bombing Darfurian villages. "There must be real pressure placed on the Sudanese government," Obama said last year. "We know from past experience that it will take a great deal to get them to do the right thing."

The lesson here is just do bad evil deeds to your people in a big way and eventually Obama will come along to suck up. Unless you are a Honduras type situation then he will slam you for being undemocratic.

Stating the broken record but playing nice with countries like these never gets results other than the view from them that you are weak. Omar al-Bashir of Sudan will just keep doing what he is doing because Obama won't do anything to worry him.

Eric Holder's DOJ denies Georgia right to check voters.

We wouldn't want to have to make sure only citizens are voting.

The U.S. Department of Justice has for the second time rejected Georgia's system of using Social Security numbers and driver's license data to check whether prospective voters are citizens. The Justice Department first rejected Georgia's request for preclearance for the checks in May. The state asked the department in August to reconsider that rejection.

In a letter sent to Georgia Deputy Attorney General Dennis Dunn on Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez said the state's August request contains so many changes to the original voter registration verification process that it constitutes "a new change affecting voting that the state desires to implement."

"I remain unable to conclude that the State of Georgia has carried its burden of showing that the original voter registration verification program has neither a discriminatory purpose nor a discriminatory effect," Perez wrote. He also provided a list of additional information Georgia would need to provide for the Justice Department to consider the state's changes to the system. Under the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, Georgia and other states with a history of discriminatory voting practices must preclear any changes to election rules with the Justice Department.