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I was surprised the other day to actually see a tabloid cover that gave her a fair shake

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But then came David Letterman and his “slutty flight attendant” remarks topped by attacks of Palin’s 14 years old daughter. The kid – ha-ha-ha- get this – is knocked up by A-Rod!

And NY Times which published a transcript, left out the joke about the kid, because only the jokes about the mother were “fit to print”

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In other “screw our rights” news, good ol’ buddy Lieberman and his pal Lindsay Graham threatened to hold their breath until they got purple if they don’t get their way covering for Obama’s withholding of the torture photos

“We’re not going to do any more business in the Senate,” Graham said. “Nothing’s going forward until we get this right.”

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They would actually vote against the bill if not to their liking, which would make for a most surprising ally to the toothless anti-war legislators. Those would be the ones Graham

accused House Democratic leaders of being beholden to “a fringe element in American politics” because he said they appear to be taking the side of the American Civil Liberties Union, which has sued the government under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the other photos. Noting that President Barack Obama supports the provision along with a large majority in the Senate, Graham said, “The only body that is off-script in my mind is the House. … Is the ACLU now in charge of the House of Representatives?”

It’s actually a pretty good observation from Graham. As he establishment rallied behind the Bush Cheney torture cover up policies, the opposition is now…”off script”. They didn’t get the “unitary executive” memo.

New York Times did and they lament the fact that

Mr. Obama cannot control the courts, and lawsuits are turning out to be the force driving disclosures about brutal interrogations.

Oh, the humanity! (how long until he will?)

No matter what happens to this bill, these words need to be remembered, especially Obama’s support wich is bound to be thrown down memory hole along with his unwillingness to close Guantanamo and Gitmo.

Associated Press is giving us the spin as fed by the White House – the bright side of Obama’s “Mini Me” tribunals. Amongst the more preposterous arguments, this has to take the cake:

only 20 of the 241 detainees at Guantanamo will be tried under military commissions.

First of all, one would be enough to violate the Constitution, international Law the democratic principles and Obama’s campaign promises.

But as American Prospect observes

The number is not a significant departure from those tried under Bush. “Only around 12, were ever even presented with charges before a commission, only 3 were ever convicted,” says the ACLU’s Jonathan Hafetz. “Even during the Bush administration there was a recognition that only a relatively small percentage were going to be tried by military commission.”

It seems to me that not only isn’t the number a  departure from Bush at all, it is in fact an escalation of Bush’s numbers. In other words, even the ACLU critics are using language meant to disguise the fact that the Mini Me is actually already way ahead of its original.

So, for all the sarcasm of a headline such as

Obama’s kinder, gentler military commissions

the reality is, the real title  should be one froma South Park movie

Bigger, Larger and Uncut

In a related issue, the hiding of the torture photos, progressive.org is more candid about the significance of the events

Barack Obama is fast becoming an accessory after the fact to the war crimes that the Bush Administration has committed.

By not prosecuting the torturers and those who ordered the torture, and now by not even going public with the photo tortures he’d already agreed to release, Obama is doing Dick Cheney’s business for him.

Which brings to mind that priceless headline I saw recently

David Axelrod: Dick Cheney not an influence on photos

(all that’s missing for the perfect Bob Boudelag foil is “so stop saying that”)

Some of the photos Bush  has been blocking  in the ACLU lawsuit have made their way on the internet since 2006. It is unknown if Obama was holding on to the same photos as W – or this is about other photos. It’s also irrelevant. What matters is that both Jr and Jr jr have been trying to cover for torturers by hiding the evidence.

One ending note on pelosi who seems to have grabbed all headlines on the matter.

While I agree that there was some hypocrisy in denouncing torture now as opposed to 2002, 2003 – whenever she knew, the fact remains that she is advocating for a Truth Comission – unlike Obama and the GOP who want it all swept under the rug. This is the reason she is meant to appear as she devised and applied torture herself.

Just as last year, the fact that Hillary had a clear plan to leave Iraq within a year was part of the reason she was painted – by left and right – as the one who started th war.

Another woman thrown to the wolves to cover for the guilty men.

Although, considering Pelosi’s role in the vilification of Hillary, it’s a bit of karma too.

So does – shockingly conclude Washington Post in an article about the blogosphere reaction to Obama’s latest Jr.jr moment: the reversal on torture photos:

To be clear: it’s not immediately clear that liberals are abandoning the president in droves. Rather, as happens with almost every president, elements of the base are coming to grips with the idea that Obama may not be the liberal hero that people thought he was when he was first elected.

So, it’s a double qualified statement: “To be clear- it’s not immediately clear” (such writing!) and “might not” – and that’s as far as they got before getting to political strategists’ praise of Obama’s actions and dismissal of the whole thing (happens all the time).

After raising expectations with a title such a

The Left Rises Up Against Obama

and giving as proof a few quotes from some blogs.

Why would be the photos the last straw?

I remember the photos. W was reported to have has a look at them and then immediately came out and told the world he thought Rummy did a fabulous job!

And torture is a good issue to get righteous about. But why now? I mean, torture has been in the news for months now – the lack of prosecution of those responsible, the military tribunals, the maintaining of Guantanamo, the escalation of the wars…There is a whole tag in this blog “jr.jr” filled with items that should have made “the left” raise. The Widdershiners also compiled a pretty good list But like the dog in the illustration they keep expecting to be allowed to eat the whole duck. Mostly, because, they don’t want to have to face the fact they’ve been used all along. I predict that the outrage over the photos won’t last too long.

After all, there’s Fox to be hunted!

Today, the RW are in a snit over Obama’s have it both ways “Prayer Day”

Moonie Times declares

Obama to be prayer day no-show

Good for him, I thought – until reading the first sentence of the article:

President to sign proclamation, observe privately

Wait a minute! This idiotic “proclamation” was introduced by W in his efforts to court the Christian right. Why must this be continued?

Then I remembered that we now have Jr.jr who also courts Christian right. Who says freedom of choice is a moral issue and women need to decide “prayerfully”. Who promised them money. So, if you are going to give the church power over women’s bodies and tax payers money, why not go with the circus all the way?.

Why not pretend to pray in public – like W did?

It’s like the old joke:

“I will buy tickets to the circus, but I won’t go in. That’ll show them”

In an effort to defend Obama from the RW, Americans United for Separation of Church and state declares

Congress never should have passed a National Day of Prayer law in the first place, and presidents should not take it upon themselves to serve as national pastors and proclaim such religious observances.

I couldn’t agree more! That in itself should have been enough reason to simply ignore the stupid Bush declaration. Instead, when asked – Gibbs replied

“Prayer is something the president does every day,” said Gibbs. “We’re doing a proclamation, which I know that many administrations in the past have done.”

And then, the rest of the “defense” has to do with quotes from the bible about prayer being private.

I don’t care what belief Obama has – or if he has none. He is being Jr.jr on the matter by using religion as a weapon against women and funneling public funds to the Christian Right. Signing a prayer Day proclamation

is just another nod to the wrecking ball aimed at the separation of church and state.

And while choice over their own bodies is such a moral and ethical issue, torture doesn’t seem to be.

It seems that the good Christian men who devised the plans won’t even get in trouble with the bar

It appears John Yoo cannot be disciplined or disbarred for writing those memos, even if the Office of Professional Responsibility says it has evidence he should be.

That’s because OPR’s five-year investigation—carefully timed for release only as Bush was leaving the White House and Obama was coming in—dragged on too long. As a result of that timing, OPR blew the deadline for referring possible misconduct allegations against Yoo.

All righty then. As long as women exercise the right to chose prayerfully….

CNN piles on to help Obama with a poll saying Americans don’t want torture investigations

Fifty-seven percent of those questioned don’t want Congress to investigate Bush officials who authorized those harsh interrogation procedures, with 42 percent calling for action by lawmakers. Fifty-five percent also don’t want a similar investigation by an independent panel.

Alll righty then. Moral issue solved by polling.

And just in case you doubt the reasons CNN came up with such a preposterous poll

“The Obama administration’s recent decisions not to launch an investigation into these matters may sit well with the public overall, but not with members of Obama’s own party,” Holland says. “Most independents and Republicans don’t think it’s a good idea to investigate Bush officials involved in these decisions. But about two-thirds of Democrats support such investigations.”

Silly Democrats! It seems the moribond GOP somehow still determins the media polls…especially in the post-partisan era.

Anyway, the photo that goes with this article is remarkable enough to post.

It could be titled: From the Castle of priviledge”

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?

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