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I  heard CNN & rest of Obama media had a “100 days” orgy. Hangover time then.

So, let’s see where does this leave us on day 101?

We have a national health emergency, but no Secretary of Health, Surgeon General or staff

The White House had to issue its denials:

“I want to be very clear here: There is a team in place

This notion that somehow that if there is not currently a secretary, that there is not the function that needs to take place to prepare for either this or any other situation is just simply not the case.”

All righty then. This would make a nifty argument for dispensing with the job alltogether then.

As it is, Napolitano of DHS was handling the Secretary of health job.

That would be the same Napolitano who issues an apology to veterans for the “extremist groups” report

the secretary met personally with Rehbein and issued a mea culpa. The official said Napolitano told Rehbein that “the report was poorly written. It didn’t pass the standards of an internal review and therefore it shouldn’t have gone out the door.”

Oh, but how did it go out the door then?

When pressed about how such an oversight could have occurred, the senior DHS official said that because of the massive size of the department — more than 220,000 employees — “sometimes things slip through the cracks,” and that new internal processes have now been put in place to make sure such a mistake doesn’t happen again.

Oh, I am sure that now, that DHS is doing the job of other departments, there’ll be no more mistakes.

Surely, the economics geniuses though have things under control, right?

Well, not according to Larry Summers, director of the White House Economic Council

“I expect the economy will continue to decline,” with “sharp declines in employment for quite some time this year,” Summers said today on “Fox News Sunday.”

Well, thanks, Larry. other than that, heck of a job!

As for the torture made political football, here’s Jerry Nadler with some sobering assessments

Nadler also dismissed the notion that the Obama Administration — which at first seemed determined to move rapidly beyond alleged Bush Administration crimes — could have controlled the torture story.

“I don’t think it is controllable. I don’t think it was ever controllable. The law is what the law is,” he said. “You’ve got to follow where the facts lead. They may very well wind up with Dick Cheney. They may wind up with Rumsfeld.”

And he even raises himself above the CYA politics:

“If we do not investigate the torture that is clear that it occured, and if the evidence is there prosecute, not only are we disobeying the law, not only are we being immoral, but we are inviting torture of our people in the future,” he said. “I’ve heard all the discussion — ‘Could this hurt the administration? Could this hurt the Democrats?’ All that is secondary.”

Yeah. It’s called a principle. The administration that hasn’t identified yet something worth fighting for, should look it up.

Update

I hear, the 100 days orgy is going on, with Union Square to be bestowed with this:

reminding me of a previous entry: why so intent on the thorns?

..

My, my how the time flies…Seems like only yesterday the media was falling over themselves to pinpoint Obama’s first mistake.

And look, NY Post has compiled a list of 100, and only some of them are crazy Murdoch/GOP claims.

Take away the idea of “mistakes” as he is not in school, but supposedly in a high responsibility job, and there are many of the NY Post blunders that stand on their own:

14. Executives at AIG get $165 million in bonuses, despite receiving an $173 billion taxpayer bailout.

46. Obama asked Congress for an extra $83.4 billion to fund operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, a special funding measure of the kind he opposed while in the senate. As a candidate, Obama promised to cut the cost of military operations.

47. After trying to woo Europe as the “anti-Bush,” Obama made an impassioned plea for more troops in Afghanistan. “Europe should not simply expect the United States to shoulder that burden alone,” he said. “This is a joint problem it requires a joint effort.” Only the UK offered substantial help, most others refused.

54. After saying he wouldn’t have lobbyists in his administration, Obama made 17 exceptions in the first two weeks in office.

72. On Earth Day, Obama took two flights on Air Force One and four on Marine One to get to Iowa, burning more than 9,000 gallons of fuel.

I skipped the bow and the many appointments that misfired (Richardson, Daschle, Geithner’s taxes, 3 rejected Vatican appointments et al), the bow to King Abdulah etc. And while I was surprised about how much I could agree with from a NY Post article, the most shocking fact was that they’d get critical of Teh One at all)

Of course, many of what they see as mistakes are in line with Cheney’s views about torture and GOP’s ideas of spending.. Still, there is one on torture I agree with:

26. “Obama thanked CIA employees for their work and said they’re invaluable to national security. He explained his decision to release the memos, then told everyone not to feel bad because he was now acknowledging potential mistakes. Theirs, not his. ‘That’s how we learn,’ Obama said, as though soothing a room full of fourth-graders.” — The Oklahoman, 4/23

Things NY Post didn’t see as ‘mistakes”, but they are big in my book:

– escalating the war in Afghanistan (after declaring it a lost cause)

-prolonging the war in Iraq (from 2010 to 2011)

-putting Social Security on the chopping block

– zombie banks

– treating Wall Street in an obviously different way  than manufacturers, Unions

– making torture a political football – rather than the obvious crime it is

I am sure the comments can add more. Just as I do know, one man’s blunder is another’s Mishun Accomplished… because, let’s face it – big money has been invested in Obama doing most of what he just did

Update

Obama gets mediocre approval rates from Gallup for this milestone day (56%), but you wouldn’t know it from the coverage

here are other Presidents numbers at this moment in their presidency

Bush the dumber 62%

Clinton, 1993 55%

Bush the smarter, 1989 58
Reagan, 1981 67
Carter, 1977 63
Nixon, 1969 61

Considering the kind of coverage Clinton was getting, his being practically at the same mark is quite astounding!

Apparently, Obama is hip enough,that, like Shimmer,(as seen on SNL) can do it all:

New Shimmer is both a floor wax and a dessert topping!  Here, I’ll spray some on your mop.. [ sprays Shimmer onto mop ] ..and some on your butterscotch pudding. [ sprays Shimmer onto pudding ]

So, fret not you“more taste!” “less filling!” battling crowds, he’s got you all covered:

“Obama has this awareness that other presidents haven’t had. He’s white, and he’s black. He’s an elitist, and he’s regular folk. He’s not pinned down to a perspective.”

So waxes lyrical a 2 pages fluff piece in Politico that takes its obligatory dig to Bill Clinton too – for legitimacy sake:

Bill Clinton looked good in Ray-Bans and did a nice turn with the saxophone on “The Arsenio Hall Show,” but in his heart of hearts, Ol’ Bubba was a country boy from the Ozarks with a need-filled, wonky core — not hip.

So, not being pinned down to a perspective is da shizzle…I read this before – it was marketed as “generation Jones” by a political consultant

Generation Jones, as in the slang word ‘jonesing,’ or craving, and as in a generation that’s lost in the shuffle.

Jonesers are idealistic, Pontell says, but not ideological like boomers. “Boomers were flower children out changing the world. We Jonesers were wide-eyed, not tie-dyed.”

Yeay for the lack of ideology (or not being tied to one perspective)

It’s the kind of hipness that transforms torture from a crime to the subject of a debate

A U.S. Senate inquiry on the CIA’s treatment of terrorism suspects will probe the usefulness of intelligence gained through harsh interrogations

It accomplished the unsinkable task of giving Dick Cheney a wide – and strange – political platform

Cheney is making a lot of new allies with his call.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that forced last week’s release of some but not all of the documents, is cheering Cheney on.

And now Obama kicks the torture  political ball back by releasing new torture photos (while still “looking only forward, not backwards, obviously)

Another benefit of “not being tied down to one perspective: Obama can be hip enough to privatize Social Security

to mess around with Social Security. So you have a majority on hand to recommend some kind of funny business, presumably a commission.

Hey, but kids, going back to the hipster handbook, – would you rather think torture is bad and Social security the right of those who paid for it, or risk being “square”(sic)?  Here’s the hipster handbook again:

The implication was that if you were not on board, you were not hip — you were square. (My note: Square?I could swear, this was a word right out of 50s sitcoms – but what do I know?) And who wants to be so uncool as to be on the wrong side of the hip president, other than a few vocal anti-cools, such as radio yakker Rush Limbaugh, House Minority Leader John A. Boehner and former Vice President Dick Cheney?

Funny that he mentioned Cheney….

New Shimmer – for the greatest shine you ever tasted…..
Wife: Made from an exclusive non-yellowing formula.

Husband: I haven’t even touched my pudding and I’m ready for more!

Wife: But what about black heel marks?

Spokesman: Dirt, grime, even black heel marks, wipe clean with a damp mop.

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I guess this would be another “I told you so” edition of disparate news

Remember when Obama declared he wanted to be friends with the Taliban? It wouldn’t be easy, as the media pulled a wall of silence on that one ever since.

But now he has started a review of policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan intended to find a new strategy, and he signaled that reconciliation could emerge as an important initiative,

I am thinking the “reconciliation” part must not be doing that great as nobody remembers it. In fact they are advancing and threatening Islamabad now. Damn! if they only accepted B0’s (the 2 legged) friend request back then!

Meanwhile, turning torture into politics became the gift that keeps on giving: Now Nancy “there won’t be a Unity ticket” Pelosi is squirming trying to deny she knew of it since 2002

Nancy Pelosi denies knowing U.S. officials used waterboarding — but GOP operatives are pointing to a 2007 Washington Post story which describes an hour-long 2002 briefing in which Pelosi was told about enhanced interrogation techniques in graphic detail.

Oh, but I am sure off the table Nancy protested and raised objections at the time! Non?

For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA’s overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.

Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said.

Was Nancy one of those? No, because even this would have implied an “on the table attitude” Not only was Nancy a coward at the time, but she now raises in her defense that a protest was eventually logged by – wait for the irony – Jane Harman. How pathetic one gets when needing to CYA with the moral paragon that is Harman? This is Schadenfreude List material

And now for a Schadenfreude that is all laughs thanks to the past grilling of Tweety by John Stewart and its effects today. Keep in mind, the interview at the link took place BEFORE Tweety became campaign propagandist for Obama. Which makes the title Tweety’s book had then even funnier today than it was then

“Life’s a Campaign: What Politics Has Taught Me About Friendship, Rivalry, Reputation, and Success.

Of course Jon Stewart didn’t let this comic gold pass un-mined

Stewart immediately went on the offensive, calling its thesis a Machiavellian “recipe for sadness” and disagreeing vehemently with what the book’s title implies.

“If you treat life like a campaign … at the end of your life, do you give a concession speech?” asked Stewart. “Aren’t campaigns fundamentally contrivances?”

The delicious interview comes to mind again as Tweety had changed his paperback title, trying hard to convince everyone that this had nothing to do with Stewart:

“The Hardball Handbook: How to Win at Life.

Considering how recently Tweety withdrew from his projected Senate race in Pennsylvania, and did so out of fear of PUMA, I think he is definitely the go to guy for “winning at life”.

Funniest bit? There is a note on the cover

“previously published as ‘Life’s a Campaign.’”

Yeah, that’ll work! Kind of like John Uranus changing his name to Robert Uranus!


It’s ironic that I ask this in view of our acronym puma.gif picture by Robbedvoter , but Unity is not what I am after.

Rather common ground.(We’re at least all related to this guy)

Just, please, everyone, STOP attacking each other!

I shall make a point in keeping all my friends and side-stepping all the nasty threads.

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