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  • Helen Thomas: "Obama Is No FDR - Republican Mission Is To See Obama Fail [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    12/25/2009 1:01:29 AM PST · by seanmerc · 58 replies · 3,369+ views ^ | 24 Dec 09 | Helen "The Grinch" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- The spirit of Christmas seems to have escaped Congress, maybe even the country. Have you ever encountered such mean spiritedness and political conniving as are now on display on Capitol Hill? In the past, we have had great philosophical divisions in the struggle for civil rights, especially when southern legislators ran the show. In praise of democracy, fortunately they lost. And of course there also was the "red scare" fomented by Sen. Joe McCarthy, R-Wis., in the 1950s when he led the commie-hunting movement that ended up victimizing government officials, academia and Hollywood. We recovered from that, too....
  • Helen Thomas: "Who Is President Obama? The Time Has Come For Obama To Get Tough" [GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    12/17/2009 12:08:51 PM PST · by seanmerc · 65 replies · 2,714+ views ^ | 16 Dec 09 | The only reporter who has interviewed all 44 US Presidents, the inimitable HELEN THOMAS!!!
    WASHINGTON -- After nearly a year in office, the defining political image of President Barack Obama has yet to emerge. Is he a hawk or dove, a liberal or a moderate? His Nobel Peace prize speech exposed his ambivalence. He harkened back to the Roman Catholic theologians to defend his "just war" in Afghanistan -- but he also expressed his ideals for a better world. Measuring Obama’s performance is truly in the eyes of the beholder. To those who were enthralled with Obama’s eloquence in the presidential campaign, reality is setting in. News flash: He doesn’t walk on water. But...
  • Helen Thomas: "Obama Is Now Called A 'War President'"-Escalates War in Afghanistan [GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    12/10/2009 7:16:07 AM PST · by seanmerc · 45 replies · 2,195+ views ^ | 9 Dec 09 | Helen "Quagmire" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama had a golden opportunity to become a peacemaker compared to his hawkish predecessor. But he has let that opening evaporate by escalating the war in Afghanistan. Now he is called a "war president" -- a dubious title that former President George W. Bush personally embraced after starting two devastating wars, one in Afghanistan, the other in Iraq. In both cases, the U.S. is touting its exit plans. In Iraq, Obama has declared a victory and plans to pull out many troops next year, though leaving thousands behind to secure the Baghdad government. In Afghanistan, Obama...
  • Helen Thomas: "Afghanistan Looks More And More Like Vietnam" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    12/02/2009 4:47:16 PM PST · by seanmerc · 47 replies · 3,599+ views ^ | 2 Dec 09 | Helen "Surrender Monkey" Thomas
    President Obama May Not Remember Vietnam Turmoil WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama insists that his decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan by sending in 30,000 more troops is not Vietnam all over again. Well, it sure reminds me of the perils and the price of that unwinnable war in Southeast Asia and the political chaos it wreaked at home. In Afghanistan, the designated enemies are remnants of the weakened al-Qaida network and the native Taliban, which has been growing in strength despite the eight-year war started by President George W. Bush in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 catastrophe....
  • McCain: Obama Administration Giving 9/11 Mastermind ‘His Wish’ by Giving Him Civilian Trial in NY

    11/26/2009 12:49:31 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies · 727+ views
    CNS News ^ | 2009-11-25
    ( – Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told that President Barack Obama was giving 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed “his wish” by giving him a trial in federal civilian court instead of trying him before a military tribunal. McCain was asked on Nov. 19 whether the administration might have to produce Mohammed’s CIA interrogators if the terrorist’s defense lawyers call them as witnesses. McCain said the answer was not clear because Obama had opened the civilian justice system to enemy combatants, a move that raised myriad problems and gave Khalid Sheik Mohammed, or KSM, what he wanted.
  • Helen Thomas: "Declare Victory, Leave Afghanistan--Obama's Decision..." [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    11/19/2009 1:24:09 PM PST · by seanmerc · 27 replies · 2,114+ views ^ | 18 Nov 09 | Helen "Cut and Run" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- The Nobel Peace crown lies uneasy on President Barack Obama’s head as he ponders the next U.S. move in Afghanistan, with hints and leaks showering down to tell us that he will eventually send thousands more troops there. His decision -- which could be announced soon -- was triggered by the request from Gen. Stanley McChrystal for 40,000 more troops to secure the cities and protect the citizens of Afghanistan, in addition to the 68,000 U.S. troops there now. Obama has been reviewing the U.S. role in Afghanistan for months, a time-consuming study that has led to accusations...
  • Crist: I’d have voted for Porkulus

    11/17/2009 12:56:46 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 859+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 2009-11-17 | Ed Morrissey
    (snip) Dickinson posted the transcript of that question and answer yesterday at Rolling Stone: Rolling Stone: Just a final question: Had you been in the Senate, would you have voted with the other Republicans for the stimulus package? Crist: Absolutely. (snip)
  • Obama’s Pet-Goat Moment

    11/05/2009 3:39:43 PM PST · by Roscoe Karns · 77 replies · 3,779+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | November 5, 2009 | Linda Chavez
    We still don’t know what was behind the killings at Ft. Hood this afternoon, in which 11 soldiers and the killer died, but President Obama’s rushed press conference was surprising in its flippancy nonetheless. Before he got to the issue on everyone’s mind — namely the deaths of Americans in uniform — the president gave a “shout-out” to government bureaucrats gathered for a previously scheduled conference at the Interior Department, complete with appreciative chuckles. He treated the event like a pep rally rather than a tragic occasion with a wider audience than those gathered in the room. I wonder how...
  • Helen Thomas: "It’s The Same Old Mideast Policy-Obama Administration Follows Bush Path"

    11/05/2009 11:36:34 AM PST · by seanmerc · 34 replies · 1,551+ views ^ | 4 Nov 09 | Helen "Hezbollah point of view" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- The Palestinians had hoped they would see a new day coming after the Bush administration’s eight-year capitulation to all that Israel wanted. But they were wrong. The Obama administration is moving down the same Bush road -- perhaps a little slower -- but nonetheless still enabling the Israelis to continue to violate international law and the U.N. Charter by annexing occupied Arab land. First, the new administration made it clear that U.S. policy opposed new Jewish settlements on the West Bank. This declaration was met with a thumping rejection from the Israeli government led by Benjamin Netanyahu. Then,...
  • Rush Limbaugh: "The Return of John "Swifty" Kerry"

    10/28/2009 2:07:05 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 11 replies · 1,503+ views ^ | 27 Oct 09 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: It is apparent, ladies and gentlemen, that General John "Swifty" Kerry has taken over Obama foreign policy. You people who thought you were voting for Obama to change foreign policy were wrong. You know, I still can't get over that last sound bite. President Obama, there aren't Bush troops, and there aren't Obama troops. Those are American soldiers, and you've abandoned them, while claiming to these naval people in Jacksonville yesterday you never -- he's embarrassing. Worse than that, it's dangerous. We got John "Swifty" Kerry, who served in Vietnam, by the way, yesterday afternoon at the Council on...
  • Helen Thomas: "The Buck Stops In The Oval Office" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    10/23/2009 5:00:46 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 40 replies · 2,178+ views ^ | 22 Oct 09 | Helen "Afghanistan=Vietnam" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama’s leadership is being tested on two historic fronts: health care reform and U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. By the time he has made decisions on these two titanic issues, we will know whether he has the courage to make tough calls and we will know more about his bottom-line principles. On health care, Obama thought he had learned lessons from 1993 when Hillary Clinton, then the first lady, was put in charge of developing a universal health plan when her husband was president. She flunked partly because she did not touch base with Congress. She didn’t...
  • The President's Frank Capra Moment

    10/18/2009 7:50:30 AM PDT · by skimbell · 11 replies · 990+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette@RCP ^ | October 18, | David Shribman
    WASHINGTON -- Maybe it happened on an afternoon when no one was looking. Maybe it occurred when everyone was focused on something else, or preoccupied with other matters. Maybe it happened one night. But this is no romantic comedy, and there is no Clark Gable or Claudette Colbert involved. Yet it definitely happened. The Iraq war, once owned by George W. Bush, suddenly became Barack Obama's. So, too, the war in Afghanistan. And the economy. Don't forget the threat from Iran. They're all Obama's now. I'm calling it President Obama's Frank Capra moment, and it's playing on a video screen...
  • Offshore Drilling Could Add, Subtract Support for Senate Climate Bill [Grahamnesty alert]

    10/09/2009 3:41:20 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 800+ views
    Climate Wire / The New York Times ^ | 2009-10-09 | Ben Geman
    Can Congress drill its way to legislation to cut greenhouse gas emissions? Perhaps, says Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who believes there is public support for both reducing reliance on energy imports and curbing carbon dioxide emissions. "If you married these two ideas up, I think you could get 60 votes, but that means give and take," Graham said yesterday."My hope is that if you marry these two ideas up you would get the votes for a reasonable climate change proposal, that's blocked now, and you would be able to become energy independent, that's blocked now," Graham added. "Both ideas run...
  • Helen Thomas: "Only The Beginning In Afghanistan" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    10/08/2009 1:12:15 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 32 replies · 4,526+ views ^ | 8 Oct 09 | Helen "Cut and Run" Thomas
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has no plans to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. After eight years of war there, withdrawal is not among the options the administration is considering as it designs a new strategy. Also not being considered is any exploration of possible peace talks with the Taliban, the indigenous Islamic group that once controlled large swaths of Afghanistan. When asked whether the U.S. could withdraw from Afghanistan -- a country known as the "graveyard of empires" -- White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said: "That’s not something that has ever been entertained." "I don’t think we have...
  • Rush Limbaugh: "Gen. McChrystal vs. Gen. Biden"

    10/05/2009 2:27:19 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 25 replies · 1,820+ views ^ | 5 Oct 09 | Rush Limbaugh
    Obama's liberal buddies are blocking a surge. This is from the blog at, the Briefing Room. "Nearly two dozen House liberals have signed onto a bill introduced this past week that would prohibit an increase of troops in Afghanistan. A bill introduced by Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) Thursday would bar funding to increase troop level in Afghanistan beyond its current level. Lee and 21 lawmakers, largely from the liberal Congressional Progressive Caucus..." Do they really need a separate liberal caucus in the House? Aren't they all liberal socialist jerks? They need their own separate caucus? They introduced the bill,...
  • Chuck Grassley and the RINO wing [of the GOP]

    10/04/2009 9:34:52 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 1,038+ views
    Renew America ^ | 2009-10-05 | Nathan Tabor
    There hasn't been a more controversial piece of Congressional and Senate legislation than the proposed health care program in my memory. In spite of polls revealing a majority of Americans oppose the current health care proposals, the Democrats are pushing hard to pass their legislation as quickly as possible. The American people are seeking to have their voices heard through their elected officials including conservatives, but the US Senate appears to be oblivious to that fact — including Republican senators such as Iowa's Chuck Grassley. Rather than fighting this attempt at an oppressive government takeover of the private sector, Senator...
  • Helen Thomas Hounds Gibbs on "Public Option"; Says "I want your conscience to bother you" - Video

    10/02/2009 5:47:58 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 26 replies · 2,557+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | October 2, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Helen Thomas pressing White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs yesterday over whether President Obama still supports a "Public Option" for Health Care, and whether he will "fight for it." Gibbs customarily dodged the question, and Thomas called him on it, saying she continues to ask about it because "I want your conscience to bother you." . . . (VIDEO)
  • Helen Thomas: "Speaking For The President" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    10/01/2009 1:02:14 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 84 replies · 2,687+ views ^ | 1 Oct 09 | The only reporter to have interviewed all 44 US Presidents, HELEN THOMAS!!!
    WASHINGTON -- It isn't easy to put words in the mouth of the president of the United States, but the White House stable of speechwriters does that almost every day. The frustrations of such a prestigious post are painfully recalled by Matt Latimer, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, in his new book "Speech-Less." The subtitle of the book by the conservative speechwriter is "Tales of a White House Survivor." Latimer's book divulges rich insights into the Bush White House. The rivalries, the egos, the fears and the trepidations of having written a prime time speech only to...
  • [Tenn.] GOP Congressman: Afghanistan is a 'medieval' country [nation-building could take "decades"]

    09/29/2009 4:56:44 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 870+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-09-29 | Jordan Fabian
    Nation-building in Afghanistan is a tough proposition for the United States since it is a "medieval" country, Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) told a local editorial board on Monday afternoon. The freshman lawmaker said that the a rebuilding project similar to what the U.S. undertook in Iraq would unlikely to achieve success in Afghanistan because the latter is "medieval" and the former is a "20th century country." Roe added that winning "the war" there would take "decades." He emphasized that the government needs to re-evaluate the mission there and define victory in the conflict against Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgents. "I believe...
  • Rush Limbaugh: "The French (The French!) Think Obama is Weak"

    09/29/2009 2:31:42 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 25 replies · 2,401+ views ^ | 29 Sep 09 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Yesterday at about this same time in this program we shared with you the details of a story in the National Post in Canada (the only place I have found such details) about how irritated with Obama the French president, Sarkozy, was in the way he's dealing with the Iranian situation and their nuclear ramp-up. And it was clear that -- we read the quotes from Sarkozy and things that he had said (that, again, were not reported here in the State-Controlled Media in the United States) he clear thinks Obama is an idiot. He thinks he's naive and...