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Obama in Plunderland: Down the Corporate Rabbit Hole

Zuckerberg meets ObamaThe president’s new choices for Commerce secretary and FCC chair underscore how far down the rabbit hole his populist conceits have tumbled. Yet the Obama rhetoric about standing up for working people against “special interests” is as profuse as ever. Would you care for a spot of Kool-Aid at the Mad Hatter’s tea party?

Of course the Republican economic program is worse, and President Romney’s policies would have been even more corporate-driven. That doesn’t in the slightest make acceptable what Obama is doing. His latest high-level appointments — boosting corporate power and shafting the public — are despicable.

To nominate Penny Pritzker for secretary of Commerce is to throw in the towel for any pretense of integrity that could pass a laugh test. Pritzker is “a longtime political supporter and heavyweight fundraiser,” the Chicago Tribune reported with notable understatement last week, adding: “She is on the board of Hyatt Hotels Corp., which was founded by her family and has had rocky relations with labor unions, and she could face questions about the failure of a bank partly owned by her family.… Read the rest

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Obama: I Want To Close Guantanamo

Looks like the Guantanamo hunger strikers have caught the attention of US President Obama. From USA Today:
President Obama said Tuesday that his administration would re-engage Congress on closing the U.S. military-run detention center at Guantanamo Bay, calling the facility a "recruitment tool for extremists" and suggesting it is undermining U.S. security. "It needs to be closed," Obama said at a White House news conference marking the first 100 days of his second term. "I'm going to go back at this." Obama's comments come as military officials say that as many 100 prisoners at Guantanamo are engaged in a hunger strike. With the situation getting more difficult, the Pentagon in recent days dispatched 40 additional Navy medical personnel to Guantanamo to deal with the hunger strikers. They bolstered a staff of about 100, said Lt. Col. Samuel House, a base spokesman...
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The Growing Campaign to Revoke Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

Obama Nobel Peace Prize 2009 Harry Wad2The Nobel Peace Prize that President Obama received 40 months ago has emerged as the most appalling Orwellian award of this century. No, war is not peace.

George Carlin used to riff about oxymorons like “jumbo shrimp,” “genuine imitation,” “political science” and “military intelligence.” But humor is of the gallows sort when we consider the absurdity and tragedy of the world’s most important peace prize honoring the world’s top war maker.

This week, a challenge has begun with the launch of a petition urging the Norwegian Nobel Committee to revoke Obama’s Peace Prize. By midnight of the first day, nearly 10,000 people had signed. The online petition simply tells the Nobel committee: “I urge you to rescind the Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded to Barack Obama.”

Many signers have added their own comments. Here are some samples:

“It is with very great regret that I sign this petition, but I feel it is morally the right thing to do.

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When A President Criticizes The Press: Is Anyone Listening?

There is one subject that most politicians avoid: talking about the media. Most spend most of their time positioning themselves for media attention because most seem to need and rely on media visibility.

The media provides their political oxygen and, hence, explains why they spend so much time spinning their words with hired press secretaries, advisors and consultants.

In many ways, being on the air validates their role if not their existence. . Hence, many are always scrambling to be interviewed for TV news and on Sunday shows. Media visibility is a key tool in the permanent campaigns most pols run for their reelections and to move up the political ladder.

Much of the money they spend so much time raising goes right back into the media for commercials.

As a result, they usually don’t discuss their experiences or opinions perhaps out of fear of antagonizing media outlets by suggesting that they don’t operate responsibly.… Read the rest

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Inauguration Day: Ho Hum

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What a difference a term in office makes.

Look at the picture (at right) yesterday of the President becoming president again in an oval office ceremony surrounded only by his family swearing an oath administered by a Chief Justice he should be swearing at.

Today what fans turn up will cheer him on, but the die seems to be cast.

He is really alone, shorn of so many of the hopes and expectations his supporters invested in his candidacies.

Even his advisors are distancing themselves. So much for any sense of a grand crusade or plan for change!  He is a reactor, not an enactor, a conciliator, not a combative fighter.

We know him now, even if we wish we didn’t. Illusions keep disillusion away, but not forever.

Even his advisors are slipping away, leaving him to relay on managers and national securocrats  He may not have sold out–because he was always this way—but he surely bought in.… Read the rest

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King: I Have a Dream. Obama: I Have a Drone

Martin Luther King Jr with medallion NYWTSA simple twist of fate has set President Obama’s second Inaugural Address for January 21, the same day as the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday.

Obama made no mention of King during the Inauguration four years ago — but since then, in word and deed, the president has done much to distinguish himself from the man who said “I have a dream.”

After his speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August 1963, King went on to take great risks as a passionate advocate for peace.

After his Inaugural speech in January 2009, Obama has pursued policies that epitomize King’s grim warning in 1967: “When scientific power outruns moral power, we end up with guided missiles and misguided men.”

But Obama has not ignored King’s anti-war legacy. On the contrary, the president has gone out of his way to distort and belittle it.

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Top Five Crazy Obama Conspiracy Theories

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Following on from our earlier Top 5 Crazy Conspiracy Theories of 2012, DJ Pangburn drills down and focuses on the five nuttiest theories featuring President Obama:

1. Obama staged Newtown, Aurora and the Sikh Temple Massacres, plus ‘Fast and Furious’ to take away Americans’ guns.

2. Obama will engineer a third term.

3. Obama engineered the CIA Petraeus-Broadwell scandal to cover up Benghazi.

4. Obama cooked the Labor Statistics books (and managed to keep everyone silent!).

5. Obama triggered Hurricane Sandy to win 2012 election.

Read up on the details of what the crazies are saying to support these claims at Death & Taxes.

 

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Craziest Conspiracy Theories Of The Year

Although billed by PolicyMic as 2012′s top 5 crazy conspiracy theories, I’m not sure it was in this year that most of these “theories” started, or that we won’t be hearing about them again in 2013 (except maybe the Mayan end times meme), but for the record their list is:

  1. Obama cooked the books.
  2. Obama continued to not be born in America.
  3. The Mayan apocalypse brought us to an end.
  4. The UN disarmed America as part of a “new world order.”
  5. The U.S. government re-armed as part of a “new world order.”

Read for yourself the reasons why at PolicyMic

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