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Old 10-25-2011, 10:19 PM   #466
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Ironically, if President McCain had presided over the rise of the DOW 63% since the depths of the global financial crisis in early 2009, the killing of Osama bin Laden, removal of Qaddafi from power, exit of U.S. combat troops from Iraq, and the flourishing of people-driven democratic revolution in the Middle East, INDY would see it as a successful term despite the global situation

Ironically... I wouldn't say any of that. You're putting words in my mouth.

By any measure this recovery blows compared to the Reagan recovery. I had my pick of jobs when I graduated in 1984. That's not the case for college seniors in my major today.

And I'd say France, Russia, Cuba and countless other bloody coups d"etat were "people-driven" democratic revolutions too. What the world desperately needs are a few "liberty-driven" democratic revolutions. Let's check back on Egypt, Libya and Iraq in a few years and see if they have pro-Western, pro-human rights governments.
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Old 10-25-2011, 11:03 PM   #467
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Wall Street Lobbyist | Obama Re-Election Campaign Adviser | The Daily Caller
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Obama defies base, hires Wall Street lobbyist for re-election campaign

President Barack Obama’s new senior campaign adviser is a longtime Wall Street lobbyist, and has the potential to damage the president’s aspirations to appeal to the protesters currently “occupying” New York City’s Zuccotti Park.

Obama’s new adviser, Broderick Johnson, has an extensive history of lobbying for big banks and corporations, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2007, he lobbied for JP Morgan Chase and in 2008 Johnson lobbied for Bank of America and Fannie Mae.

Perhaps most troubling to those who normally would consider themselves Obama’s 2012 base, though, is how Johnson has lobbied on behalf of the Keystone XL pipeline. The Huffington Post previously reported that Johnson is a “former Bryan Cave LLP lobbyist registered on the Keystone XL account” and that Bryan Cave LLP earned approximately $1.08 million lobbying for TransCanada between 2009 and 2011.

The Obama re-election campaign appears to have tried to hide or downplay Johnson’s lobbying history, as the original campaign press release announcing his hire completely ignored it. Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse hasn’t returned TheDC’s request for comment on the issue, either.

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No surprise, to be honest.

I do not think any sane, slightly-informed voter thinks of him as anything but establishment this time out.
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One week the right paints him an extreme lefty socialist black liberationist, and then the next week they try and paint him an elitist wall street type. One week he's weak on terrorism, the next he's too interventionists... But somehow he always hates capitalism and christianity.
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No surprise, to be honest.

I do not think any sane, slightly-informed voter thinks of him as anything but establishment this time out.
I've made me peace with that to get rid of DADT, etc.

Yesterday was the 9th anniversary of Sen. Paul Wellstone's death. Since he or Kucinich could never be elected president, I'll take a (too) pragmatic Obama.
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One week the right paints him an extreme lefty socialist black liberationist, and then the next week they try and paint him an elitist wall street type. One week he's weak on terrorism, the next he's too interventionists... But somehow he always hates capitalism and christianity.
Normal people should get whiplash from that, but the knuckle-draggers are too busy staring at the sun with their mouths open to notice doublespeak.
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:55 PM   #472
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Sarkozy: Netanyahu's a liar. Obama: I have to deal with him every day | News

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Nicolas Sarkozy was plunged into a diplomatic storm today after describing the prime minister of Israel as a liar.

The remark about Benjamin Netanyahu was made privately to President Obama at the G20 summit but was picked up by a radio microphone. "I can't bear to see him any more, he's a liar," Mr Sarkozy said in French.

Mr Obama's reply was almost as embarrassing. "You may be sick of him, but me, I have to deal with him every day."

The exchange was accidentally overheard by journalists listening on headphones who agreed to a demand from the French president's office to keep the remarks private.

However, hints of the conversation gradually leaked out and they were finally published in full this morning in Jerusalem papers.
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yes, Netanyahu is a jack ass.
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The Israeli press had a field day with the "coincidence" that Kadima (which got the most votes in the last elections) had run with the slogan "Bibi? I don't believe him."

I lol'd; wouldn't have if either of them had intended to speak publically, and of course this'll be welcome ammo for their adversaries, but, yeah. Add this to the list of great embarrassing hot mic moments in political history.
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Politicians aren't liars? I missed that memo.
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So what's up with 15¢ tax on live Christmas trees, guys?

Merry Christmas? Agriculture Department Imposes Christmas Tree Tax | Fox News
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So what's up with 15¢ tax on live Christmas trees, guys?

Merry Christmas? Agriculture Department Imposes Christmas Tree Tax | Fox News


OMG WAR ON CHRISTMAS! WAR ON CHRISTMAS!

Obamer's a Muslin!

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Well, according to them, when you tax something you get more of it. So they must want more Christmas trees and therefore more Christians. Separation of church and state! Separation of church and state!

Seriously, this is an idiotic move. They're targeting one religion for a tax. Why not tax menorahs? Or prayer rugs?
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Seriously, this is an idiotic move. They're targeting one religion for a tax. Why not tax menorahs? Or prayer rugs?
Are you serious? If they were taxing ALL Christmas trees you would have a point. They are taxing LIVE trees. It's a sustainability issue not a religious one.
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^ I don't think it has anything to do with sustainability; from what I've read it's just to raise promotional funds for the live tree industry so that they can (so they hope) regain some of the sales lost to artificial trees. Does seem counterintuitive given that the tax, which is on sellers, will almost certainly result in increased costs to consumers, thus giving them one more reason to choose artificial trees (that said, many US agricultural products are subject to such "marketing taxes" and have been for ages). But, yeah, in no way, shape or form is this a "religion tax."
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Did you copy/paste that from the comments section? Cause that basically sums it all up.
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