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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

THE OBAMBACY OH-BUMBLE-BEE AT 14 MONTHS



 SEPTIMUS …THE OBAMBACY..  AT ONE YEAR PLUS SEVEN MONTHS, 1/4th of his term, the hot air presidency,
OBAMA, PROMISE KEEPER
  a roundup of specifics ....
TO BE SUNG TO THE TUNE OF
“SMOOTH OPERATOR”
BRAND OBAMA
   STILL ROTS MY TEETH!

Severus ObamBus
 

At 13 of his 48 months
One fourth +  of his TERM
More Caramel, more Sugar, Sweeter smiles, Friendlier embraces Gentler noises
The same big shtick The same formula Different tactics, Same Strategy that’s what you can call the same old same old Coke
Yup, the New Coke Tastes nearly Like The Old
The Sheeples still sort of like It
they’re still drinking it up
Yes, we will be happy earning  Chinese slave laborers wages as Larry Summers nods out at the first Cabinet meeting!
Yes we can!
Fill the gas bag with hope!
One more time
While the disenchanted sheeples
Are drinking a nasty brew of tea!


OBAMBI’S FIRST FOURTEEN MONTHS
a.k.a. the Goldman-Sachs Presidency

20+ BROKEN PROMISES
5 KEPT [sort of]
FAR MORE CONTINUITY THAN CHANGE Ought the continuities be considered broken promises,too?
This just in: ctd. Bushies Military Commissions!!!
continues renditions
[with safeguards no less! wow!]
Bailed on not supporting the Marriage act, i.e I can’t live in bigamous bliss with my Goat Chiquita and Burro Durango
 Mountain tops in the Appalachians ctd. to be exploded off and ruining the stream;
continue signing statements!!!
 Opposes….


1] No change on Nafta=broken promise
2] Limit defendants rights= broken promise
3] Claims sweeping executive secrecy powers.=broken promise
4] USE OF PRIVATE CONTRACTORS or you could call it:
CONTINUITY = I.E. NO CHANGE. so the same guys that used to work for “agua negra” now XE work for DinCorps, big diff! but not for interrogations?? who needs them anyway if you’ve got the c.i.a. doing it???
5] Closes Gitmo? WELL, it’s still ¾ open but ctd.
 Bagram: no change even in hypocricy:
6] Despite Obama's Disarmament Vow, Missile Shield Continues, defense, fewer of one plane, more of another; “defense” budget increases by 70 billion; same old twice a year “supplementals”
of which I never get a one
for “EErak” and Af-Pak and Greater Waziristan!
8] Vermont Single-Payer Advocates Remind President Obama of What He Once Believed!
broken promise….

 SIXTEEN MONTHS WITHDRAWAL DEFERS TO PENTAGON OR ALL THOSE GENERAL AND ADMIRALS IN THE ADMINISTRATION DEFER TO HIM =
BUT LET’S GIVE THE GUY A BREAK:
PUT IT DOWN TO PROMISE KEPT,
sort of with 50 k troops and bases in perpetuity… after all, he expressed pleasure and surprise at the success of “the surge”… without seeming to understand the payoffs involved?? and he’s from Chicago??
All right we’ll give him a promise sort of kept the best that you’re gonna get anyhow…
8]TORTURE: PROMISE BROKEN = JUST SIGNED EXECUTIVE ORDER ALLOWING FURTHER RENDITIONS… AH AND WHAT CESAR WILL RENDER UNTO ME TO BE RENDERED IS EX-VEEP CHENEY, HOW THE FAT WILL DRIP OFF THE SPIT BEFORE I TAKE OUT HIS COLD ELECTRIC HEART!
It’s really Cheney’s Mom’s fault says Dr. Bialistock  [Dr. Bernard Bail] would say
Dick’s Mom bequeathed her evil
being to her son of a bitch…
FOREIGN POLICY = NO CHANGE [CLINTON] GENERAL CONTINUITY SO HE’LL TALK SOME MORE, BIG DEAL! General Jones! That’s a new one me!
 IRAN POLICY ONLY WORDS SO FAR…
He’s “troubled” by a meaningless election.
 PENTAGON = NO CHANGE [GATES] CONTINUITY
A'STAn NO CHANGE EXACTLY THE SAME, EVEN WORSE NOT A NEW IDEA TO BE FOUND, EXCEPT EXPANSION INTO PAKISTAN! divide and conquer the Taliban is US 19th century Indian policy on a global scale. But that was one promise
He certainly kept.
CHANGE
1] ENERGY POLICY - LOOKS LIKE CHANGE SO FAR
2] CIA = CHANGE, AT LEAST AT THE TOP, though Penetta at his confirmation hearing allowed that under certain circumstances he too might allow torture.

3] UN = CHANGE=ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE WALRUS AMOUNTS TO CHANGE THOUGH MS. RICE IS WHAT IS CALLED A HUMANITY HYENA WHO ARE FAR MORE DANGEROUS THAN THE COYOTE PACK NEAR WHERE I LIVE IN SEATTLE…But hasn’t been in the news at all “our girl at the U.N.”
But she has been very low key so far.

 NAT SEC ADVISER = CONTINUITY

ECONOMIC POLICY = ABSOLUTE AND COMPLETE CONTINUITY FOR THE MONEY ELITE, some regulation in the offing, yea, you bet, caps of half a million on earnings for those who are on the government dole!
SAME FOLKS WHO GOT U.S. INTO THE FIX WE’RE IN ARE SUPPOSED TO BAIL US OUT WILL BAIL OUT THEIR KIND AT GOLDMAN SACHS.

 LABOR = SLIGHT CHANGE, BUT DID NOT MENTION THE LAW THAT HE BACKED IN HIS CAMPAIGN TO MAKE ORGANIZING UNIONS EASIER WHEN HE MET WITH LABOR LEADERS. I.E. VERY TEPIC CHANGE AT BEST COMPARED TO WHAT LABOR MIGHT HAVE EXPECTED SINCE THE REALLY WENT TO BAT FOR THE GUY DURING THE CAMPAIGN… WHAT IF THEY HAD STAID NEUTRAL???

 DEPT OF INTERIOR = VERY MODEST CHANGE

 ENLISTING SUPPORT OF EVENGALICALS AND FAITH-BASED INITIATIVE = NO CHANGE FROM THAT KIND OF UNCONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT IN RELIGION
 FBI = NO CHANGE, SAME GUY

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY LOOKS LIKE REALLY VERY MODEST CHANGE WITH KEN SALAZAR AS HEAD OF THE DEPT OF INTERIOR, EXCEPT FOR AFOREMENTIONED MOUNTAIN TOPS WHICH KEEP BEING CHOPPED OFF DESPITE ALL THAT HOT AIR DURING THE CAMPAIGN
Change in Cuba policy made dependent on “Cuba’s release of political prisoners “[does that include u.s. hired assassins?] sweet noises at a meeting in South America…
It’s the sweet noises presidency..
 Tax cuts on those earning more than 250 K a year, promise was to revoke, let’s see if it really happens, though the budget is now premised on it.
EDUCATION? FOR THE WORSE: SEE:

Obama pledged to veto any bill rejecting the request, meaning he is beginning his presidency not by “turn [ing] the page on policies that have put the greed and irresponsibility of Wall Street before the hard work and sacrifice of folks on Main Street,” as he once pledged. Instead, he is promising a mushroom cloud unless lawmakers let taxpayer cash continue to flow to the biggest of Big Money interests
FAIR # OF SPECIFICS STILL TO COME:

ctd. belligerence toward Russia? during the campaign just like McCain. But it appears there might be real change in the offing, too early to tell whether it is merely cosmetic and for publicity’s sake…
regulate the money people, the bundlers who put him in office???? no way, Josay!

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20081205_keeping_track_of_change/

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2008/12/16-16

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2008/12/16-11

Hey, you Liberal Democrats. You may have won the election, but you're getting CREAMED in the transition.

Today, President-elect Barack Obama stuck it to you. He's chosen Arne Duncan as Secretary of Education.

Who? Duncan is most decidedly not an educator. He's a lawyer. But Duncan has this extraordinary qualification: He's Obama's pick-up basketball buddy from Hyde Park.


http://www.commondreams.org/view/2008/12/16-10

US military prepares for Obama’s expansion of Afghan war

US General David McKiernan, told journalists: "I don't like to use the term ‘surge' here, because if we put these additional forces in, it's going to be for the next few years, this three - or four-year period. It's not a temporary increase of combat strength."


http://www.wsws.org/articles/2008/dec2008/afgh-d13.shtml
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Monday, February 22, 2010

FINAL TALLY FOR MOST BORING PUNDIT JOURNALIST



 THE FINAL TABULATION AS OF SUNDAY 21, THE IDES OF FEBRUARY... 

WE HAD THE WINNER ALL ALONG, ROGER COHEN , IF THIS HAD BEEN A RACE AROUND AN OVAL 440 TRACK HE'D HAVE  TWICE LAPPED  THE PACK, OF CONNELLY, RIEF, DOUTHOUT VAN DEN HEUVEL

HE HAS WON CHRIS HEDGES' WOODWORKING SET, AND CHRIS WILL DELIVER IT PERSONALLY AT HIS OWN OLD PLACE OF WORK...

DAVID MAMET's PROMISED ....ONE GUESS * answer below  ... with some dried blood on them from Chicago,  AND SINCE IT'S A SET, CONNOLLY RIEF DOUTHOUT AND VAN DEN HEUVEL will each receive one... sorry to have to break up the set... but so it goes... everyone is a winner!

Since I have an ample suppllu of our local banana slugs the third place pack... O'Hanlon,  Ulin, and Kimball will each receive one big jar full....

final score:
OF 1667 TOTAL FIRST PLACE VOTES CAST
ROGER COHEN 533 FIRST PLACE VOTES
                         125 SECOND PLACE
                           40 THIRD PLACE VOTES
CONNOLLY       245 FIRST PLACE
                         403 SECOND PLACE
                         200 THIRD PLAC
RIEF                 230 FIRST PLACE
                         307 SECOND PLACE
                         445 THIRD PLACE
DEN HEUVEL     204 FIRST PLACE
                          507 SECOND PLACE\
                           315 THID PLACE
ROSS DOUTHOG 185 FIRST
MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY [THE FUNNEE DARK HORSE OUT OF THE NOWHERE OF THE W.S. JOURNAL]
HAS                     65 FIRST PLACE VOTES
KIMBALL              75 FIRST PLACE
                            123 SECOND PLACE
                             453 THIRD PLACE
 UHLIN [NO LEGS]49 FIRST PLACE
                              15 SECOND PLACE
                              65 THIRD PLACE
O'HANLON            53 FIRST
                              125 SECOND
                               334 THIRD
APPELBAUM            35 FIRST
                               80 SECOND
                               413 THIRD PLACE
  

THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE DEFENSE OF RIEF, NONE FOR COHEN OR CONNOLLY, SOME FOR VAN DEN HEUVEL... ANASTASIA IS THE OUT OF NOWHERE, I HADN'T EVEN PUT HER ON MY LIST, AS IS ROSS DOUTHOUT WHOM I ONLY MENTIONED IN PASSING, KIMBALL AND OHANLON ARE TOO LITTLE KNOWN IT APPEARS... ANN APPLEBAUM HAD A FEW DEFENDERS... 
THERE WAS A SPRINKLE OF OTHER NOMINEES...
AND THERE WAS THE OCCASIONAL SNIDE COMMENT THAT CHRIS AND I ARE AT LEAST AS BORING AS MY NOMINEES! WE SHALL REMEMBER ALL YOU SNIDERS!                           
Current score below: Connolly with a lot of local support has pulled ahead of Rieff for good I think, van den Heuvelcontinues to catch up to Rieff  with support from New York base! only first place votes, nip and tuck as we enter the last three day lap....ross douthout, who was mentioned as d.o.a. in my comments has proved the dark horse shooting up to # 5,
i have gotten some interesting defenses of david rieff, "no more grief for rieff until he's ripe" writes one punnster, he has the kind of following from the fairer sex of restaurant workers and airline stewardesses that makes me believe he's a tiger! all right, apologies to david, it's just that both his parents were important figures in my life. although only his mother needed considerable excusing for some of her errors... that fellow who runs the l.a. book review continues to enjoy solid but entirely regional support. o'hanlon seems to have support from d.c. and maryland and from the catholic church, as you would expect for an ex-choir-boyscout, some defenders of his evidently broookings folk, not one defender of poor roger cohen, not a one! what a fan club he has! there are sprinklings of other nominations... but i'll only mention them only in the final sending. look at how they score... first place only for now...

THE TEN MOST BORING WRITERS IN THE U.S VOTE FOR THREE being assembled...Por favor, give me further nominations, or disagreements and vote at the same time!   
Right now poor Roger Cohen is winning this Idarod handsdown!  Close behind David Rieff is Seattle's one and only Joel Connoll
y!


533

I THIINK WE HAVE A WINNER! LOOK AT HIS COLUMNS AND LOOK AT HIS CRAP ON YUGOSLAVIA!



3]David Rieff of World Affairs
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/new/blogs/rieff
What choice does the product of two superb minds have but
to find the safe haven of utter mediocrity! [Unless he writes
about his mother, then the style the mind suddenly snaps to it!] 
230

3] Joel Connelly, of the Seattle .P.I. http://www.seattlepi.com/connelly/415318_joel12.html
Proof if you needed it that a sufficiency of rain can even wash the Irish  into
one of our proverbial slugs! 
245


4] 
Katriana van den Heuvel
http://www.thenation.com/blogs/edcut/527600/welcome_to_palinland
Proof that you can be so nice that you can bore the world to tears!

204

65
49

All but each and everyone of my writer friends in L.A. suggested Ulin...

7] Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institute
http://www.brookings.edu/experts/ohanlonm.aspx

Once a month or once a week we get an update on the imperial wars, so that you really want to put your head in the sand!
And expert in boredom is my choir boy!

53

8] Ross Douthout NY Times Op Edder

185



9] Ann Applebaum 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/linkset/2005/03/24/LI2005032401432.html
Apfelbaum, Apfelmus, no Apfelsaft much less Most or Brandy...


35


 10]  Michael McDonald of The American Interest 
obscure I know, but this is the one instance in which
I am doing some deserved payback!
 http://www.the-american-interest.com/article.cfm?piece=435

15
                     
 

11]                                  
 

12]                            
 

13]                             

 TO BE PUT ON:
http://summapolitico.blogspot.com/  
AND THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE:

CHRIS HEDGES SUGGESTS "
wood working manual as a prize in the encouragement that they will take up a new hobby"
I have the idea that maybe they go pick cotton, dig potatoes... pick Tomatoes....

 
 

 I had thought of including Dennis Dutton, but that would not be entirely fair,

a quality he cannot be accused of being whelmed by, also
David Brooks

is way up on my list but it appears his insidious treacle has a real following
thus he will appear on a future list of actually truly dangerous? who else
can you say that of? David Brooks is said to be the Neo-Con that you would let
your daughter date - not on my life unless my daughter likes having very strange'
things dones to her, and not just her mind! Ross Douthout or whatever the replacement for the Kristol clown at Auntie's rag is called is so d.o.a. that he unfortunately he is beyond boring and so does not make the list! Auntie's Public Editor also comes to mind... ofcourse... from Daniel Okrent to... what's his name... Lewis Lapham's long

boring periods come to mind... but they only appear four times a year now in
Lapham's Rag...alas Michael [summa] Roloff [politico]..your
equal opportunity offender!
                 

 THE THURSDAY UPDATE, CLOSING ON SUNDAY 21 OF THE IDES OF FEBRUARY... 

WE HAVE A WINNER, ROGER COHEN IS POURING IT ON, IF THIS WERE A RACE AROUND AN OVAL TRACK HE'D HAVE  TAKEN THE LEAD AGAIN AFTER ROUNDING THE PACK, HE WILL WIN CHRIS HEDGES' WOODWORKING SET,

DAVID MAMET HAS PROMISED ....ONE GUESS * answer below  ... with some dried blood on them from Chicago, thanks David and you don't know what a lucky man you are that we didn't take you on at Urizen Books, if your agent had submitted Glengary Glenross and not American Buffalo about which I still am luke warm... I have decided to provide a  big jar full of our local banana slugs to the third place finisher





Current score below: Connolly with a lot of local support has pulled ahead of Rieff for good I think, van den Heuvelcontinues to catch up to Rieff  with support from New York base! only first place votes, nip and tuck as we enter the last three day lap....ross douthout, who was mentioned as d.o.a. in my comments has proved the dark horse shooting up to # 5,
i have gotten some interesting defenses of david rieff, "no more grief for rieff until he's ripe" writes one punnster, he has the kind of following from the fairer sex of restaurant workers and airline stewardesses that makes me believe he's a tiger! all right, apologies to david, it's just that both his parents were important figures in my life. although only his mother needed considerable excusing for some of her errors... that fellow who runs the l.a. book review continues to enjoy solid but entirely regional support. o'hanlon seems to have support from d.c. and maryland and from the catholic church, as you would expect for an ex-choir-boyscout, some defenders of his evidently broookings folk, not one defender of poor roger cohen, not a one! what a fan club he has! there are sprinklings of other nominations... but i'll only mention them only in the final sending. look at how they score... first place only for now...

THE TEN MOST BORING WRITERS IN THE U.S VOTE FOR THREE being assembled...Por favor, give me further nominations, or disagreements and vote at the same time!   
Right now poor Roger Cohen is winning this Idarod handsdown!  Close behind David Rieff is Seattle's one and only Joel Connoll
y!


497

I THIINK WE HAVE A WINNER! LOOK AT HIS COLUMNS AND LOOK AT HIS CRAP ON YUGOSLAVIA!



3]David Rieff of World Affairs
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/new/blogs/rieff
What choice does the product of two superb minds have but
to find the safe haven of utter mediocrity! [Unless he writes
about his mother, then the style the mind suddenly snaps to it!] 
125

3] Joel Connelly, of the Seattle .P.I. http://www.seattlepi.com/connelly/415318_joel12.html
Proof if you needed it that a sufficiency of rain can even wash the Irish  into
one of our proverbial slugs! 
135


4] 
Katriana van den Heuvel
http://www.thenation.com/blogs/edcut/527600/welcome_to_palinland
Proof that you can be so nice that you can bore the world to tears!

99

63
45

All but each and everyone of my writer friends in L.A. suggested Ulin...

7] Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institute
http://www.brookings.edu/experts/ohanlonm.aspx

Once a month or once a week we get an update on the imperial wars, so that you really want to put your head in the sand!
And expert in boredom is my choir boy!

40

8] Ross Douthout NY Times Op Edder

37



9] Ann Applebaum 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/linkset/2005/03/24/LI2005032401432.html
Apfelbaum, Apfelmus, no Apfelsaft much less Most or Brandy...


23


 10]  Michael McDonald of The American Interest 
obscure I know, but this is the one instance in which
I am doing some deserved payback!
 http://www.the-american-interest.com/article.cfm?piece=435

15
                     
 

11]                                  
 

12]                            
 

13]                             

 TO BE PUT ON:
http://summapolitico.blogspot.com/  
AND THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE:

CHRIS HEDGES SUGGESTS "
wood working manual as a prize in the encouragement that they will take up a new hobby"
I have the idea that maybe they go pick cotton, dig potatoes... pick Tomatoes....

 
 

 I had thought of including Dennis Dutton, but that would not be entirely fair,

a quality he cannot be accused of being whelmed by, also
David Brooks

is way up on my list but it appears his insidious treacle has a real following
thus he will appear on a future list of actually truly dangerous? who else
can you say that of? David Brooks is said to be the Neo-Con that you would let
your daughter date - not on my life unless my daughter likes having very strange'
things dones to her, and not just her mind! Ross Douthout or whatever the replacement for the Kristol clown at Auntie's rag is called is so d.o.a. that he unfortunately he is beyond boring and so does not make the list! Auntie's Public Editor also comes to mind... ofcourse... from Daniel Okrent to... what's his name... Lewis Lapham's long

boring periods come to mind... but they only appear four times a year now in
Lapham's Rag...alas Michael [summa] Roloff [politico]..your
equal opportunity offender!
                 
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