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Old 05-31-2009, 06:24 AM   #511
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may have been well intentioned, but it was seriously plain dumb and insulting.
that sentence reads a bit like "George W. Bush - The Eulogy"
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In Turnaround, Cuba Agrees to Talks With U.S.

By Mary Beth Sheridan
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Sunday, May 31, 2009; 12:44 PM

Cuba has agreed to open talks with the United States on issues ranging from immigration to anti-narcotics cooperation and direct mail service , a senior State Department official said today, in a sign that the island's communist government is warming to President Obama's call for a new relationship after decades of tension.

The breakthrough came shortly before Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton left on a trip to Latin America, where she is expected to face pressure to make further gestures to Cuba, including allowing it into the Organization of American States.

A senior State Department official, briefing reporters on the condition of anonymity, called the Cuban moves "a very positive development" and added: "It's our hope this will be understood in the region in a positive way."

In an initial bid to launch a new relationship with Cuba, President Obama last month scrapped restrictions on Cuban Americans traveling to the island and sending money there. But he has said the United States will not lift its economic embargo until the government of Raul Castro improves its human-rights record and makes democratic reforms.
This is good.
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Mitt Romney raps Barack Obama’s speechmaking style overseas
By Associated Press | Wednesday, June 3, 2009

WASHINGTON — Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday accused President Barack Obama of failing to sufficiently highlight America’s strengths in his travels and speeches around the world.

In an interview as Obama was flying to Saudi Arabia at the start of a Mideast trip, Romney said there’s nothing wrong with "showing our respect for the people in the world of Islam." But he also said he believes Obama was too apologetic about this country’s mistakes during a speech in France earlier this year.

Interviewed from Boston on NBC’s "Today" show as Obama set out on a tour that will include a speech in Egypt on U.S. relations with the Islamic world, Romney said that "of course, America makes mistakes." But he also said considers it inappropriate to "go around the world apologizing."

Romney, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican presidential nomination last year, said Obama should talk more about the sacrifices the United States has made on other nations’ behalf, such as during World War II, "what we have done in blood and sacrifice."

"I think it’s appropriate for him to describe the greatness of America," Romney said of Obama.

On another matter, he said moving General Motors Corp. into a bankruptcy and restructuring was "the right course," but said it should have been done sooner.

He called the federal investment in GM "really money down the drain. .... The government should get out right now."

"Look, I don’t want the Sierra Club telling General Motors what kind of cars they should build," Romney said.

Asked if he was already, in effect, running for the GOP presidential nod in 2012, Romney replied, "No, I’m looking right now at trying to get some Republicans getting elected in 2009 and 2010."

"And what happens later, ... that’s a very distant horizon."
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So which one is it, Republicans, is Obama too arrogant or too humble, make up your minds...
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Uhoh..I can imagine the Fox (and friends) freakouts over this

KING ABDULLAH: (As translated.) I thank you, Mr. President, for the kind words and the kind sentiments expressed within them. I am not surprised, given the historic and strategic ties between our two countries, I believe that go back to the time of the meeting between the late Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the late King Abdul-Aziz.

I also want to express my best wishes to the friendly American people who are represented by a distinguished man who deserves to be in this position.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Shukran.

Update: 10:17 a.m. ET: "Shukran" means "thank you" in Arabic, Mont Mensoor, a teacher of the language at Washington, D.C.'s Berlitz Center, tells the Oval. The late King Abdul-Aziz was King Abdullah's father and the founder of Saudi Arabia.
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I also want to express my best wishes to the friendly American people who are represented by a distinguished man who deserves to be in this position.

"a distinguished man who deserves to be in this position."


as opposed to who? or whom? that did not deserve to be in that position?
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The one that came in second.
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"We are 94 million miles from the sun, and are in-between the sun and moon,
and the eagle that flies between them and it's a giant step for mankind. ...
I have traveled thousands of miles to be here and know things that are going to happen. ...
the banking system will fail and people will die. ... there will be chaos in the world,"
"We are on a mission to kill the president of the United States,"
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the guy had sufficient financing,
weapons, understanding of astrophysics, international financing, and a partial recall of Stephen Stills lyrics - a little scary

Christ, I thought Joe Biden was the best insurance policy Obama could have.
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Charging documents say Murray, originally from Rexford, N.Y., is the registered owner of eight guns.

He was described by his father and former neighbors in Rexford as troubled but not dangerous, known for strolling down a street wearing a cape while talking to himself.

"He's sick. He's been sick for about 10 years," Michael Murray, his father, told the Times Union of Albany, N.Y
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If anyone's interested Life Magazine has a beautiful special issue out about Michelle Obama. It's $12.00 but worth it-pictures I've never seen before and some good background info too. I love her. The photo on the front cover is the official portrait in the black Michael Kors dress.
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has anyone mentioned the fact that Netanyahu has called for a 2 state solution?

because that's fairly huge, and a massive Obama victory.
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two state solution

if the Palestinians put those same conditions on Israel,
Netty would start killing women and children again
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two state solution

if the Palestinians put those same conditions on Israel,
Netty would start killing women and children again


for a conservative PM like BiBi to call for such a thing,

is progress indeed.
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