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Title: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 02:47:34 pm
The Obama Timeline: Part II

Part II of The Obama Timeline begins with his 101st day in office, April 30, 2009. Every attempt has been made to present accurate information, names, and dates. If errors or significant omissions are noted, please free to contact the author at Although the timeline’s content will frequently change as events occur, the author will gladly send you a .pdf version if you would find that useful.


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Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 02:48:35 pm
The Obama Timeline – Part II


The Doomed Presidency


Day 101


Obama’s first one hundred days in office end with massive amounts of federal deficit spending and unprecedented interference in the American economy, including $787 billion “stimulus” legislation (that will do little to stimulate the economy but restores most of the welfare waste that took decades to eliminate); a $410 spending bill loaded with 8,000 wasteful earmarks; a $3.6 trillion budget (close to one-half of which is deficit spending); the creation of a Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Research that will decide for all Americans whether the medical care prescribed by their doctors is cost justified; a $650 billion cap-and-trade global warming tax that will raise utility and energy costs for everyone; the illegal takeover of General Motors and Chrysler; and the illegal takeover of Citigroup by converting its preferred shares to common stock (making the United States government its biggest shareholder). Obama’s foray into foreign policy resulted in an “apology tour” where he stated that America “has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive toward Europe;” naively pledged to create a “world without nuclear weapons;” gave a European commission the power to regulate American financial businesses; said the United States was not a Christian nation; eagerly and warmly greeted Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez; had not a word of outrage after a 50-minutes of anti-American propaganda by Daniel Ortega; blamed the United States for the Mexican border violence; and—wanting to placate Iran—asked a federal judge to throw out a $6.6 billion class action lawsuit filed by 52 Americans held hostage during the final embarrassing days of the Carter administration.


ABC’s Charles Gibson says, “One hundred days in office; 1,362 days remaining in his first term.” Clearly, Gibson assumes a second term for Obama—and will no doubt do his best to help him achieve it with continuing softball coverage. [2795]


A Rasmussen poll shows Obama’s Presidential Approval Index at +2 on April 30, 2009, his 101st day in office. The figure represents the percentage of people polled who “strongly approve” of his performance (34 per cent) minus the percentage who strongly disapprove (32 per cent). [2693]


According to the Media Research Center, the media bent over backwards to be generous in its treatment of Obama during his first 100 days in office. It analyzed 982 NBC, CBS, and ABC evening news stories from January 20 through April 29. None of the networks aired any stories discussing whether Obama was leading the United States to a European-style socialism. The term “socialist” was never used in describing Obama’s actions to move the nation from a free market to massive federal intervention in the economy. NBC and CBS never even used the word “liberal” in describing Obama’s agenda. In covering Obama’s bank bailouts, the auto industry takeover, and national health care proposals, none of the three networks played even one sound bite from a conservative or free market expert or think tank.


On April 30, Chrysler LLC announces it will file for chapter 11 bankruptcy and (forced to do so by the Obama administration) merge with Italian automaker Fiat. Obama remarks, “Today after consulting with my auto task force, I can report that the necessary steps have been taken to give one of America’s most storied automakers a new lease on life.” The “lease on life” will likely be brief, as Fiat is not in the best of shape financially either. Obama criticizes the Chrysler bondholders who “…decided to hold out for the prospect of an unjustified, taxpayer-funded bailouts. They were hoping everybody else would have to make sacrifices and they would have to make none. I do not stand with that.” (Obama is lying; the bondholders did not expect to make no sacrifice, they merely expected to be treated no worse than under a normal bankruptcy proceeding without Obama’s interference.) Legally, the bondholders Obama criticizes have a right to priority treatment under a bankruptcy, compared to others. The holders of the bonds (retirement funds, IRA accounts, etc.) held over $7 billion in secured loans; Obama offered them about $2 billion. Obama faults them for “being greedy” when it was the lending of their money that kept Chrysler afloat for years. Obama expects the secured creditors to accept almost nothing in exchange for their investments, while essentially giving the assets they paid for to the United Auto Workers Union (unsecured creditors) and the United States government. (When a business files for bankruptcy, secured creditors are paid first—before any unsecured creditors receive anything; that is why they are called secured creditors.) Obama’s actions are clearly illegal in that they abrogate legal contracts. Further, nothing in the U.S. Constitution gives Obama the power to take the actions he took against the automakers, nor did Congress pass any legislation that changed any related laws or regulations. [2692]


Obama’s actions with regard to General Motors and Chrysler will work to discourage investment in businesses. Investors watching the automaker fiascoes may wonder, “If Obama can confiscate the wealth of GM and Chrysler bondholders and stockholders, will he do it again with the companies in which I hold bonds or own stock?” At a time when American industry needs more investors, Obama is scaring them away. Few will consider buying corporate bonds if Obama can arbitrarily act against them, saying, “Uh, we’re going to take your investment, devalue it by 90 per cent, and give everything that’s left to the union that helped destroy the company and caused it to have to borrow money from you. Sorry, chump.”


Dan Kennedy of the Business and Media Institute points out that the net worth of General Motors is approximately negative $90 billion; that is, its debts are greater than its assets by that much. The Bush and Obama administrations have given $60 billion to GM, and the federal government owns 60 per cent of the company. In other words, the government has spent $60 billion in taxpayer funds for a negative $54 billion in “assets.” Even grade schoolers should calculate that as a loss of $114 billion. Kennedy comments, “The little gas lawn mower sitting in your garage that might bring $25 at a garage sale is worth $114,000,000,025 more than (the taxpayers’) stake in GM. You should incorporate it as Brokedown Lawn Mowers Inc., call up Obama, and sell him half of it for about $180-billion.” GM is likely to sell only half the number of vehicles required just to break even. Obama states that GM will be out of bankruptcy within two or three months. But although GM may be out of bankruptcy court, it will—much like Amtrak—remain bankrupt and on the federal dole forever. [3203]



Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 02:49:19 pm
Christina Romer, Obama’s chairperson of the Council of Economic Advisors, testifies before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress; she says the second quarter of 2009 will continue to be bad for and unemployment will increase. [2694]


Taxpayer-funded National Public Radio announces that, effective May 1, all religious programming will be eliminated from NPR schedules. [2695]


Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) warns that Obama’s health care plans will destroy private health insurance and lead to rationing. Coburn states that Obama’s plan will “…create a government-run health insurance program to allow people to buy it when they can’t buy it in the market. Think about that for a minute—if you can buy something from the government cheaper than you can from the private market, the private market will cease to exist. And so people who have good programs today will end up having a program run by government bureaucrats from Washington rather than one that emphasizes their choice and their personal selection and their healthcare.” Obama argues that his plan will offer government health insurance only as an alternative to existing private policies. But if a federal plan is subsidized with tax dollars (as it no doubt will be), it will be cheaper than private insurance and therefore force private companies out of business; if the federal plan is not subsidized with tax dollars, it will not be cheaper than private policies and therefore serves no purpose. Obama’s goal is to force private insurers out of business by using tax dollars to allow lower prices (at least in the beginning phase of his scheme). As time passes, the federal government will not be able to afford to continue subsidizing the federal plan and will have to raise taxes or ration health care to make up the difference. Obama’s new Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Research will have the responsibility of determining how to cut costs; that will include rationing of care, especially for the elderly. Coburn warns “…the ultimate result of every government-run healthcare plan around the world is rationing. Where does [sic] most of the expenses come from? From our senior citizens. Where will we make most of the cuts? Most of the cuts will come from our payments for those senior citizens. So you ultimately will end up with a form of rationing that will have a tremendous impact on care.” [2696]


An indication that health care rationing may be in the works comes from a January article in the medical journal The Lancet, written by Obama health advisor Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel—brother of chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. Dr. Emanuel writes, “Unlike allocation (of healthcare) by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination. Every person lives through different life stages rather than being a single age. Even if 25-year-olds receive priority over 65-year-olds, everyone who is 65 years now was previously 25 years. Treating 65-year-olds differently because of stereotypes or falsehoods would be ageist; treating them differently because they have already had more life-years is not.” Emanuel is stating he believes it is not discriminatory to deny healthy care to the elderly. Emanuel has written that “individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens” should not necessarily be guaranteed health services. Elderly persons suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s may be among those who Emanuel (and Obama) might deny treatment. [3736]


Congressmen John Boehner (R-OH) and Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) release a video warning that Obama’s lack of a strategy to fight terrorism places the nation at risk. Boehner and Hoekstra state, “Over the last one hundred days, it has become clear that the administration has no comprehensive plan to confront the threat from radical jihadists. From the decision to close a terrorist detention camp with no plan for what to do with the terrorists housed there to the decision to selectively release information about interrogation programs, the administration’s policies have been driven by politics, not by an overarching strategy to protect our nation. On day 101 of this administration, the American people are beginning to ask some serious questions about what Democrats in Washington are doing to keep America safe. Republicans want to work with the White House and Democrats in Congress to protect our nation, but the administration first must make a commitment to a comprehensive plan to fight the terrorist threat. So far, we haven’t seen that.” (Although he continues to be critical of the interrogation methods used by the Bush administration after the September 11 terrorist attacks, Obama retained for his own administration the right to follow those same methods.) [2697, 2863, 2865]


The U.S. Senate rejects an amendment by Dick Durbin (D-IL) to grant bankruptcy judges the power to lower homeowners’ monthly payments. Those in favor of the amendment (including members of the Obama administration) believe it would help keep more people in their homes. Those opposed to the amendment understand that granting such power to judges would discourage people from investing in the mortgage market. Investors would be afraid of making an investment in mortgage securities if they believed judges could arbitrarily disregard contracts and simply pull the rug out from under them; that would ultimately make it more difficult for all borrowers—including those who are responsible—to obtain mortgages. [2698]


Many of Arlen Specter’s campaign donors begin to ask for refunds of their contributions after he switched to the Democrat Party. Specter is not legally required to return any donations, but he has pledged to do so. [2699]

The White House warns those who accompanied Obama on his recent trip to Mexico to be watchful of symptoms of swine flu. Meanwhile, Border Patrol agents at the U.S.-Mexico border are ordered by the Department of Homeland Security not to wear “N-95” facemasks to protect them from swine flu, ostensibly to avoid offending Mexicans crossing the border into the United States. [2700, 2701]


Justice David Souter announces plans to retire, giving Obama his first opportunity to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Souter, age 69, has a liberal voting record and Obama will replace him with another liberal. Possible candidates are Elena Kagan (Obama’s current solicitor general), Sonia Sotomayor (a judge in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals), and Diane Wood (a federal judge in Chicago). Obama is likely to name a woman or other “minority member” in order to make it more difficult for Republicans to oppose a “politically correct” candidate. [2702]


The federal government discontinues the use of the term “swine flu” and will instead refer to it as the “H1N1 virus.” [2703]


Billionaire Sam Zell says, “I’m happy to buy a hotel if I think that the President is going to stop pissing on conventions.” (Zell’s remark is prompted by Obama’s criticism of businesses for holding conventions in Las Vegas, which resulted in the cancellation of a substantial number of corporate activities.) [2704]


Signaling that the Obama administration is prepared to accept a nuclear-armed Iran, Defense Secretary Robert Gates remarks that taking out its nuclear facilities would not work and calls for more sanctions instead. Gates argues that if Iran’s facilities were attacked, it would simply continue its nuclear program in secret. (Gates and Obama apparently do not have the imagination to consider that Iran would also continue its program in secret if faced with trade sanctions.) [2706]


It is reported that a “biosurveillance” firm, Veratect Corporation, warned about a possible swine flu outbreak at least two weeks before the World Health Organization alerted the public. Veratect notified the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, but little was apparently done until the first cases were reported in Mexico. [2707]


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) releases the list of 31 members of a new “advisory” committee that will rule on “diversity” in communications. The new committee will be the method by which Obama and his fellow Democrats get conservative talk shows off the radio, by forcing “diversity ownership.” Rather than implement a controversial “fairness doctrine,” the government will instead argue that there are not enough minority owners of radio stations. Broadcast licenses will be taken away from some businesses and given to members of minorities—who will then change their program schedules to remove those talk show hosts who are critical of Obama and his leftist agenda. The list of 31 advisory committee members has no conservatives, but includes Raul Alarcon (Spanish Broadcasting System), Maria E. Brennan (American Women in Radio and Television), David Honig (Minority Media and Telecommunications Council), Debra Lee (BET Holdings, Inc.), Marc H. Morial (National Urban League), Karen K. Narasaki (Asian American Justice Center), Jake Oliver (Afro-American Newspapers), Charles Warfield (Inner City Broadcasting), and James Winston (National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters). The deck is stacked fully in favor of leftists obtaining radio broadcast licenses at the expense of conservative station owners. [2708]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 02:50:24 pm

The Obama administration considers reviving the military commissions for prosecuting terrorist detainees at Guantanamo. Although Obama criticized former President Bush for the practice, he is learning that things are not always as simple as they seem. Off the record, one official remarks, “The more they look at it, the more commissions don’t look as bad as they did on January 20 (inauguration day).” [2710]


Obama tells the New York Times “The chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care bill out here. (For them) I think that there is going to have to be a conversation that is guided by doctors, scientists, ethicists. And then there is going to have to be a very difficult democratic conversation that takes place. It is very difficult to imagine the country making those decisions just through the normal political channels.” Obama is here discussing rationing of health care, specifically for the elderly. His inclusion of ethicists means that decisions will have to be made with regard to “pulling the plug” on the gravely ill, in order to save the expense of caring for them to make more money available for his national health care plan. Congressman Tom Shadegg (R-AZ) says, “It certainly raises the specter of people being given up on.” Obama’s Health Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research would “.…determine those items, procedures and interventions that are found to be less effective, and in some cases more expensive, (and they) will no longer be prescribed.” Shadegg adds, “In the context of the stimulus bill and health care reform… this kind of cost-effectiveness research would be used to have the government say what drugs can and cannot be used and what procedures can or cannot be used.” [2709]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 02:51:02 pm
May 2009


On May 1, Obama discusses his criteria for a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter. He says, “I will seek someone who understands that justice isn’t about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a casebook; it is also about how our laws affect the daily realities of people’s lives, whether they can make a living and care for their families, whether they feel safe in their homes and welcome in their own nation, I view quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with people’s hopes and struggles, as an essential ingredient for arriving at just decisions and outcomes.” Obama is completely wrong; a judge should look at justice as abstract legal theory (that is, the language of the U.S. Constitution), and empathy should have no place in his decision—justice should be blind. (As a former teacher of Constitutional law, Obama should know better.) Wendy Long, legal counsel to the Judicial Confirmation Network, remarks that Obama “…thinks judges should have empathy for certain litigants who come before them. Of course, if you have empathy for everybody who comes before you, there are two sides to every case. If you have empathy for both sides then that’s the same as having no empathy at all. So what he means is he wants empathy for one side, and what’s wrong with that is it is being partial instead of being impartial. A judge is supposed to have empathy for no one but simply to follow the law.” Obama wants a Supreme Court Justice who will rule in favor of someone simply because that person is a female, black, Hispanic, poor, old, fat, on welfare, or a drug addict—rather than according to the law. But applying empathy rather than the law renders the law meaningless. Following Obama’s logic, the nation could do away with all laws and simply have “empathic arbitrators” chosen by him settling all disputes and ruling according to how they “feel” about the litigants. [2711]


On May 1, Obama unexpectedly attends a press briefing by his press secretary, Robert Gibbs, to discuss the retirement of Justice David Souter. After Obama leaves the room, MSNBC reporter Savannah Guthrie gives anchor Norah McDonnell her reaction after “being in the same room” with Obama. “Shocked is more like it, Norah. I felt a little bit like I was having a dream sequence minus the pink unicorn. I have to say, we attend those briefings (with Gibbs) every day; they are rarely so exciting.” (Despite gushing remarks like Guthrie’s, the media continues to say its coverage is “objective.”) Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, discussing Obama’s April 30 press conference, tells Fox News’ Greta Van Susteran that the media has “…taken such a pathetic dive with this President that they ought to be part of his PR firm. I mean it's embarrassing to watch.” Gingrich notes that no reporters asked Obama any questions of merit, like “So why are you releasing these terrorists in the United States?” and “Doesn’t it worry you to have $9 trillion in debt being projected under your administration?” [2717]


Obama’s Presidential Approval Index drops to +1 on May 2, 2009. The figure represents the percentage of people polled who “strongly approve” of his performance (33 per cent) minus the percentage who strongly disapprove (32 per cent). [2693]


Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) states, “I believe that this year, we can pass comprehensive, strong, fair immigration reform.” Many would argue that there is no need for new legislation, just enforcement of existing legislation and the hiring of additional border guards. The use of the word “comprehensive” is code language for making it easier for illegals to become citizens, giving them a “pathway to citizenship” as a reward for having entered the nation illegally. [2712]


In what may end up as a confrontation with Obama and his anti-gun attorney general, Eric Holder, Montana passes a Firearms Freedom Act. The legislation states that guns manufactured, sold, and kept within the state are not subject to federal regulation because they are not involved in interstate transport—the government’s usual excuse for interfering with state’s rights. “The Interstate Commerce Clause has grown and grown until the government asserts authority over everything under the sun,” says Gary Marbut, president of the Montana Sport Shooting Association. “How much water you have in your toilet; almost all environmental laws; maybe one-third of all federal regulations are asserted under the Commerce Clause.” The legislation is only partly about guns. “Guns are the object, but states’ rights are the subject.” Five states have introduced their own versions of the law, and others are likely to follow suit. It is almost a certainty that the Obama Justice Department will move quickly to sic the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco on the first gun shop to sell “made in Montana” weapons. Supporters of the legislation will then file lawsuits against the federal government, claiming infringement of Second Amendment and Tenth Amendment rights and other violations of the U.S. Constitution. [3304]


Obama’s deputy press secretary Bill Burton denies that Obama’s “car czar” Steven Rattner (head of the auto industry task force) threatened Chrysler investors if they refused to settle for pennies on the dollar for the billions they had invested in the company. “The charge is completely untrue,” said Burton, “and there’s obviously no evidence to suggest that this happened in any way.” According to bankruptcy attorney Thomas Lauria, Perella Weinberg Partners had been told by Rattner to accept the pathetically low administration offer or “…the full force of the White House press corps would destroy its reputation if it continued to fight.” The firm later denied Lauria’s version. Obama had publicly criticized the firms that had invested in Chrysler, saying, “I don’t stand with them. I stand with Chrysler’s employees and their families and communities. I stand with Chrysler’s management, its dealers, and its suppliers. I stand with the millions of Americans who own and want to buy Chrysler cars. I don’t stand with those who held out when everybody else is making sacrifices.” Obama shamelessly expects the pension funds, retirement funds, 401(k) holders, and investors who had given Chrysler billions to survive to accept next to nothing for their investments, while he turns the company over to the federal government and the United Auto Workers union. (With regard to Lauria’s allegations of Rattner threatening investors and the subsequent White House denial, it should be noted that Lauria has no motive for lying, but Obama and Rattner do.) [2713]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 02:51:40 pm

Obama signs yet another “ethics waiver” to get around his own lobbyist rules. A special waiver is granted to allow Valerie Jarrett to help bring the 2016 Olympics to Chicago. Jarrett had served as vice-chair on a “Chicago 2016” committee. [2714]


It is reported on May 3 that many of the retirees who receive a special $250 “economic recovery” check will have to return the money if they have been employed and also received the $400 “Making Work Pay” tax credit. Those Social Security recipients who are also working are not allowed to keep both the $250 and the $400, and will have to return the $250 when they file their 1040 tax returns in 2010. Few retirees would not be aware of the restriction (unless they read the 600-page stimulus legislation). [2715]


In a May 3 television appearance, Iranian Army General Commander Ataollah Salehi states, “The truth is that Israel does not have the courage to attack us. If we are subjected to any attack by Israel, I do not think we will need more than 11 days to wipe Israel out of existence.” [2730]


Obama’s step-grandmother, Sarah Obama, plans a trip to Mecca, a pilgrimage performed by Muslims. (Islam requires that all able-bodied Muslims travel to Mecca at least once in their lifetime.) Sarah Obama has stated in the past that she was present at the birth of her grandson in Kenya (not Hawaii). During Obama’s campaign, Sarah Obama briefly claimed to be a Christian, in order to protect the candidate from “Obama is a Muslim” charges. [2716, 2987]


A May 4 Gallup poll shows that the Standard of Living Index for black Americans jumped from -1 before the election to +62 at the end of April 2009. The poll does not reflect an actual standard of living change, but merely a perception of status as self-reported. During the campaign, Obama and the media did their best to make people feel bad about their circumstances, but after the election the media portrayal changed abruptly, with glowing reports of how Obama would save the world from everything from economic recessions to (allegedly) rising sea levels. Since the inauguration of Obama, the Standard of Living Index for whites rose more slowly, and was +50 at the end of April. White Americans are apparently less optimistic about Obama being the solution to all their problems. [2718]


Obama and the Democrats make it clear that if Republicans in the House and the Senate do not roll over and agree to their national/socialized health care plan, the Senate will change the rules and pass a bill via the budget reconciliation process in order to avoid a filibuster. [2719]


James Bullard, president of the St. Louis Federal Reserve, warns that unemployment will top 9 per cent before it heads back down. He tells reporters he is “…hopeful that we will stay under the peak hit in 1982, 10.8 percent.” Bullard also warns that inflation may appear after the economy picks up again. [2720]


Congressman Mark Kirk (R-IL) warns that China is troubled by the U.S. economy and is starting to reduce its purchases of debt. China holds an estimated $800 billion in U.S. Treasury bonds. As China and other nations cut back on the purchase of U.S. debt, the Federal Reserve will have to buy that debt—but it does so essentially by printing money, which causes inflation. The Obama administration’s decision to inflate the economy out of the recession may encourage China to push for an alternative to the dollar for its international needs; that will cause the dollar to collapse even further. [2721]


Newt Gingrich charges that the Obama administration is being reckless with its Middle East policies. “There’s almost an eagerness to take on the Israeli government to make a point with the Arab world,” Gingrich told the Jerusalem Post. “They are systematically setting up the most decisive (Israeli-Palestinian) confrontation that we’ve ever seen.” He added that Obama’s foreign policy approach is “the clearest adoption of weakness since Jimmy Carter.” Israel has been calling up the reservists in its armed forces, in preparation for a possible conflict with Iran. [2722, 2723]


Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA), fresh from his switch to the Democrat Party, makes the ludicrous claim that former Congressman Jack Kemp’s death from cancer (on May 2) was the result of Republicans fighting national health care plans. (Specter himself has been battling cancer.) [2724]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 02:52:33 pm

The president of the Zionist Organization of America, Morton Klein, expresses concerns about Obama’s treatment of Israel. “This could turn out to be the most hostile administration to Israel we have ever seen,” states Klein. “Remember, this isn’t good for America. A weak Israel is not able fight Islamic terrorism as a strong Israel can—and Israel is America’s only reliable ally in the Middle East.” Klein adds that Obama “…said we should not use the word ‘terrorist’ anymore—we should use the word ‘man-caused disaster.’ And we shouldn’t use the term ‘war on terrorism’ anymore—we should use the term ‘overseas contingency operations.’ So he’s trying to whitewash the reality and the fact that we are in the midst in a war against Islamist terrorism.” [2725]


Curt Levey, executive director of the Committee for Justice, warns that Obama’s pick to replace the retiring Justice David Souter will likely be even more activist and liberal. “(Obama) has said that he’s looking for a judicial activist. He didn’t use that actual word. He said he’s looking for a judge who shows empathy by favoring certain groups—pregnant women, minorities, so on, and so forth. That is the definition of judicial activism—outcome-oriented judging.” Levey predicts, “It may certainly be Elena Kagan or Sonia Sotomayor (Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals), since he probably wants to appoint the first Hispanic justice. It could be Kathleen Sullivan, law professor and former dean at Stanford. It could be Diane Wood on the Seventh Circuit. I do think it will be a woman.” [2726]


In Nevada, charges are filed against ACORN after evidence is gathered showing that the organization illegally paid employees based on how many new voters they could register. A total of 39 charges are filed. ACORN argues that “rogue employees” were responsible for the errors, but the organization’s own employee handbook and written policies confirm the illegal policies. Nevada’s Secretary of State (a Democrat), Ross Miller, believes he has a strong case against ACORN, which Obama has actively supported. Miller states that approximately half of the 90,000 ACORN voter registrations for Clark County (which includes Las Vegas) appear to be fraudulent; for non-ACORN registrations, the fraud is typically two per cent. [2727, 2921]


New York Times columnist Jodi Kantor makes the ludicrous statement that Obama will not appoint a liberal to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court; she says he will nominate a “pragmatist”—just like himself. He will choose “…not a larger-than-life liberal to counter the conservative pyrotechnics of Justice Antonin Scalia, but a careful pragmatist with a limited view of the role of courts.” [2728]


Billionaire investor Warren Buffet and sometime Obama supporter admits that inflation is on the way. “A country that continuously expands its debt as a percentage of GDP and raises much of the money abroad to finance that, at some point, it’s going to inflate its way out of the burden of that debt,” states Buffet. “Every country that has denominated its debt in its own currency and has found itself with uncomfortable amounts of debt relative to the rest of the world, in the end they inflate. That becomes a tax on everybody that has fixed dollar investments.” [2729]


Democrats push to approve “Hate Crimes” legislation (Senate Bill 909; House Bill 1913) that, according to one supporter, would protect “all 547 forms of sexual deviancy or ‘paraphilias’ listed by the American Psychiatric Association.” The law is meant to protect homosexuals and individuals with “alternative sexual lifestyles.” Congressman Steve King (R-IA) introduces an amendment reading, “The term sexual orientation as used in this act or any amendments to this act does not include pedophilia.” The Democrats block the amendment, thus offering legal protection to adults who advocate sex with children. Congressman Louis Gohmert (R-TX) warns of the consequences of the legislation: “If a mother hears that (her) child has been raped and she slaps the assailant with her purse, she is now gone after as a hate criminal because this is a protected class. There are other protected classes in here. I mean simple exhibitionism. I have female friends who have told me over the years that some guy flashed them, and their immediate reaction was to hit them with their purse. Well now, he’s committed a misdemeanor, (but) she has committed a federal hate crime because (his) exhibitionism is protected under sexual orientation… You see someone spying on you changing clothes and you hit them, they’ve committed a misdemeanor, (but) you’ve committed a federal felony under this bill. It is so wrong.” [2731]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 02:53:16 pm

Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL) remarks in support of the legislation, “This bill addresses our resolve to end violence based on prejudice and to guarantee that all Americans regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability or all of these ‘philias’ and fetishes and ‘isms’ that were put forward need not live in fear because of who they are. I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this rule.” Obama supports the legislation—even though it may result in ministers who preach against homosexuality being charged with committing a federal hate crime. Apparently, Hastings, Obama, and many of their fellow Democrats believe that child molesters should not have to “live in fear because of who they are.” (Among the 547 types of sexually deviant behaviors whose practitioners would be protected from criticism if the bill passes are: incest (sex with one’s own child); necrophilia (sex with a corpse); pedophilia (sex with a minor); zoophilia (sex with animals); voyeurism (spying on people engaged in intimate behavior); fronteurism (a man rubbing against the buttocks of a stranger); coprophilia (sexual arousal from feces); urophilia (sexual arousal from urine). For some unknown reason, Obama and many of his fellow Democrats feel obligated to protect people who engage in those practices from punishment or criticism. Apparently, the owner of a funeral home cannot fire an employee who has sex with a dead body because that would be “discrimination” and a “hate crime.”) House Republicans who attempted to add language to the bill stating, “pedophilia is not protected as a sexual orientation” were outvoted by Democrats, led by lesbian Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). [2731, 3421, 3422]


It is reported that the Obama administration is still considering releasing 17 Chinese Muslim terrorists (”Uighurs”) from the detention center at Guantanamo into the United States; they would not be moved to American prisons—they would be released into society. Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) asks for additional information about administration plans but the Department of Justice is under orders not to discuss the issue. Attorney General Eric Holder has not responded to two letters from Wolf. [2732]


Business leaders strongly criticize Obama’s plan to increase taxes on American companies that operate overseas, saying it will cost jobs in all locations. The U.S. corporate income tax rate is the second highest in the world (35 per cent), but the tax code allows American companies to operate in other countries, where they pay local taxes and defer U.S. taxes until the profits are returned to the United States. Obama wants to do away with those tax deferrals to increase tax revenues from those businesses—forcing double-taxation (from two countries). Such a change would make it more difficult for American companies to compete with foreign competitors, causing the loss of jobs in the United States as well as overseas. If American companies are forced to pay higher taxes on overseas operations, they will generally not bring those jobs to the United States; they will simply close the plants and lose sales in those other countries. They cannot afford to compete with foreign manufacturers if they have to pay higher American wages, plus the 35 per cent U.S. corporate tax rate, plus the cost of shipping the products overseas—where no one will buy them because of their higher prices. In the meantime, lower corporate taxes in other nations (like Ireland) will encourage other manufacturers to take the place of shuttered American-owned factories. A better policy would be for Obama to push for a lowering of the U.S. corporate tax rate to encourage companies from other countries to build factories in the United States. That would ultimately increase tax revenue while providing jobs for Americans. John Castellani, president of the Business Roundtable, calls the Obama business tax increase “the wrong proposal at the wrong time for the wrong reason,” and will make American businesses “…less competitive in the international marketplace where, by last count, 95 per cent of the world lives.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says he “…cannot endorse a plan that gives preferential treatment to foreign companies at the expense of U.S. companies.” [2733, 2734, 2740, 2797]


Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN), commenting on Obama’s “cap-and-trade” energy tax proposal to “stop global warming,” says that “Indiana would be one of the states hardest hit by the Democrats’ so-called cap-and-trade legislation, focusing as it does on coal-burning power plants that predominate across the Midwest. Not only will the cap and trade bill result in higher utility rates for all Americans, but that burden will fall most harshly on states across the Midwest like Indiana.” Based on the amount of tax revenue Obama expects to receive from the legislation, the average American family would see an estimated $3,000 per year increase in energy costs. (During the campaign, Obama said, “Under my plan of cap and trade, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” [2735]


Obama appoints Dalia Mogahed to his Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Mogahed, a hajib-wearing Egyptian-American Muslim, is senior executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. [2736]


Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) has 124 co-sponsors for his proposed legislation that would require an audit of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors and Federal Reserve Banks (H.R. 1207, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009). Paul has been a harsh critic of the Federal Reserve (which is not federal and does not actually maintain a reserve), arguing that the U.S. Constitution grants the authority to coin money and regulate the value of the currency only to Congress. The Federal Reserve’s continued printing of money causes inflation, a hidden tax that hurts all Americans, but which harms the poor most disproportionately. Paul states, “Throughout its nearly 100-year history, the Federal Reserve has presided over the near-complete destruction of the United States dollar. Since 1913, the dollar has lost over 95 percent of its purchasing power, aided and abetted by the Federal Reserve's loose monetary policy. How long will we as a Congress stand idly by while hard-working Americans see their savings eaten away by inflation? Only big-spending politicians and politically favored bankers benefit from inflation.” Paul further argues that every problem in the economy “…from the Great Depression, to the stagflation of the ‘70s, to the current economic crisis caused by the housing bubble,” can be traced to actions taken by the Federal Reserve. [2737]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 02:53:57 pm

On May 4, Colin Powell criticizes conservative talk show commentator Rush Limbaugh. “I think what Rush does as an entertainer diminishes the party and intrudes or inserts into our public life a kind of nastiness that we would be better to do without.” Powell, angered by Limbaugh’s charge that he is not a conservative and endorsed Obama solely because of race, states, “The Republican Party is in deep trouble. The party must realize that the country has changed. Americans do want to pay taxes for services.” Clearly demonstrating that he does not in fact have conservative principles and does deserve Limbaugh’s criticism, Powell adds, “Americans are looking for more government in their life, not less.” [2738]


The Obama administration denies reports that as many as 147 civilians died on May 4 during fighting between U.S. forces and the Taliban in Afghanistan. Regardless of the exact number of civilian casualties, criticism of Obama over the incident is almost non-existent, compared with attacks on former President Bush when those incidents occurred. [2763]


Still more leftist journalists jump the media ship to take positions in the Obama administration. CNN’s Sasha Johnson will become press secretary at the Department of Transportation. Former Chicago Tribune correspondent Jill Zuckman is already there, as Director of Public Affairs. CNN’s Aneesh Raman and Kate Albright-Hanna left their positions to join the Obama campaign in 2008. Beverly Lumpkin now works for the Justice Department, which she previously covered as a reporter for ABC. Rick Weiss, formerly with the Washington Post, is now with the White House Office of Science and Technology. Former Los Angeles Times reporter Peter Gosselin is now a speechwriter for Secretary Treasurer Geithner. Former Washington Post deputy editor Warren Bass is now an advisor to U.N. ambassador Susan Rice. Time magazine’s Jay Carney is now Joe Biden’s chief of staff. (Carney is married to ABC correspondent Claire Shipman.) Linda Douglass, formerly with CBS and ABC, is now handling public relations for the Department of Health and Human Services. [2739, 3494, 3545]


On May 5, his new Democrat comrades strip Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) of seniority. The move takes away much of Specter’s clout, and makes it more difficult for him to campaign on the basis of being able to “deliver the goods” to the voters of Pennsylvania. Specter had been promised by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that he would retain his seniority after switching parties, but Specter apparently learned little about how Democrats operate in his five terms in the Senate. Specter changed to the Democrat Party after realizing he was likely to lose the 2010 Republican primary; the odds are that he will be challenged in the Democrat primary and may lose his Senate seat anyway—along with any integrity he may still have. [2741]


In a May 5 editorial in the Washington Post, Glenn Kessler and Michael D. Shear write, “The Obama administration has backed away from overt expressions of support for human rights and democracy in favor of a more subtle approach, worrying advocates who say that the issues are being given short shrift as President Obama seeks to rebuild relations with allies and reach out to adversaries.”  They confirm that “Many human rights activists have been shocked at the administration’s apparent willingness to consider easing sanctions on Burma and Sudan. The Obama presidential campaign was scornful of Bush’s handling of the killings in Sudan’s Darfur region, which Bush labeled as genocide, but since taking office, the (Obama) administration has been caught flat-footed by Sudan’s recent ousting of international humanitarian organizations.” [3528]


The White House releases a seven-page memorandum, “Internal Review Concerning April 27, 2009 Air Force One Flight.” The document is meant to “explain” the publicity photo fiasco that had New Yorkers running for cover after a low-level flight of Manhattan by a backup Air Force One and two fighter jets. The memorandum explains little, but allows Obama to throw White House Military Officer Louis Caldera under the bus. [2764]


Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke says on May 5 that the economy appeared to be stabilizing and there would likely be a recovery in 2009. “We expect that the recovery will only gradually gain momentum,” states Bernanke, “and that the economic slack will diminish slowly.” It is unlikely, however, that housing prices will return to their record highs for many years to come, and American consumers are almost as unlikely to go on the same kind of spending binge they have been on for the last decade. Bernanke’s optimism does not take into account the effect of inflation, which will eventually appear because of the money the federal government is printing and throwing into the economy in the hopes that it will spark a recovery. (From 1900 to 2000, home prices in the United States increased, on average, by about 3.4 per cent per year. Between 1950 and 2000, home prices increased an average of 4.4 per cent per year, just barely beating the inflation rate. From 1997 to 2006, however, prices in 10 of the largest U.S. cities rose, on average, an astounding 19.4 per cent per year. That housing “bubble” was unprecedented, and was clearly caused by government manipulation of interest rates. The bubble was created by the government, which kept interest rates artificially low; there is no reason for prices to go back up to those levels under natural circumstances. In fact, further price declines are likely if average home prices are to “get back to normal” and match the 1990–2000 trend.) [2759, 2856]


Former Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) complains that Obama is not doing enough to secure the nation’s border with Mexico, especially with the threat of a swine flu epidemic. The Obama administration argues that it is not worth the effort, because several Americans have already contracted the flu; tightening border security would be “closing the barn door after the horses are out.” (Some have illogically likened it to shutting a window after several bees have entered the house; but it is not clear why they would want to leave the window open for even more bees to enter.) Tancredo argues, “The problem is you cannot necessarily contain it, but what you’re trying to do is minimize the impact, of course, and reduce the number of people coming into the country with it.” Tancredo is a strong advocate for tougher border security and enforcement of immigration laws. He warns that Obama’s plans for immigration “reform” will mean amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants already in the United States. He also knows that Obama is difficult to oppose because of his loyal following. “You have to admit, he is a cult leader and the cult will go with him anywhere he wants to go. You just don’t know about the size of the cult, how big it is, if it’s shrinking or growing, but he is a cult leader and you have to realize that he’s not just a political figure, he is truly a cult leader.” [2742]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 02:54:32 pm

The Hawaiian state legislature issues a resolution proclaiming September 24 “Islam Day.” The resolution passes 22–3. The state’s two lone Republican legislators argue that no religion should be singled out, and that September 11, 2001 should be remembered instead. Republican state senator Fred Hemmings states, “I recall radical Islamists around the world cheering the horrors of 9/11. That is the day all civilized people of all religions should remember.” Democrat legislators in Obama’s (alleged) home state argue that “the rich religious, scientific, cultural and artistic contributions” of Islam should be honored. (No resolution is passed to honor Christians, Jews, Mormons, Hindus, Buddhists, Scientologists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, or atheists.) [2743, 2744]


Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, warns an audience of Jewish AIPAC donors that any Obama administration efforts to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons hinges on Israel giving concessions to Palestinians. An administration source states, “The order is first a Palestinian state and then Iran.” Obama will press Israel to pull all Israeli citizens out of the West Bank to allow a Palestinian state in its place. The result would be Hamas rockets even closer to Tel Aviv and Israel’s international airport. The Obama-Emanuel “choice” for Israel is therefore to either allow itself to be destroyed quickly by a nuclear attack from Iran, or accept slow destruction from incessant terrorist attacks from Hamas. In reality, Obama will likely take little action against Iran, and allow it to continue its nuclear program. [2745, 2746]


On May 6, Obama states, “We began by passing a Recovery Act that has already saved or created over 150,000 jobs…” Obama’s statement is a lie. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that 1.3 million jobs were lost in February and March, with April and May figures also expected to be dismal. A White House official later tells ABC’s Jake Tapper that Obama’s figure of 150,000 was based on an estimate from the Council of Economic Advisors; it was not based on any evidence. Vice-President Biden also later claims, “In the first 77 days of the two-year Recovery Act program, 150,000 jobs have been created or saved” and released a report allegedly confirming the number, but the report offered no such proof. Biden also stated, “We are starting to implement an unprecedented level of transparency. I am pleased that already—so shortly after enactment—visitors to can easily access extensive information about their tax dollars at work.” In fact, provides no information on the number of jobs “created or saved.” Obama and Biden are simply making up numbers, assuming the media will report them without question and the public will accept them. (If Obama’s 150,000 count were correct the cost of those jobs—based on the $787 billion price tag of the “stimulus bill”—was more than $5 million each.) [2749, 2851]


Obama chooses not to hold a public ceremony for the National Day of Prayer on May 7. [2747]


Rush Limbaugh says on his radio talk show, “What Colin Powell needs to do is close the loop and become a Democrat, instead of claiming to be a Republican interested in reforming the Republican Party. He’s not. He’s a full-fledged Democrat.” Limbaugh was one of only a few public personalities to charge that Powell endorsed Obama because of race. “He’s out there saying I am killing the Republican Party while he endorsed and voted for Obama,” said Limbaugh. “The Republican Party nominated the exact kind of candidate Colin Powell thinks the Republican Party should have and he still endorsed Obama.” [2748]


Violence escalates in Iraq in 2009, as al-Qaeda increases suicide bombings and attacks. According to Major General Atta Qassim, the resurgence of al-Qaeda is the result of the release of 4,000 insurgents by the United States. (It is unclear why they were released or why the Obama administration believed they would not return to violence.) [2750]


On May 7, the House Appropriations Committee passes Obama’s “Supplemental Appropriations for Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Pandemic Flu.” The proposed spending includes $3.6 billion for Afghan security forces, $665 million for the aid to the West Bank and Gaza, $250 million for Jordan, $360 million for Egypt, $1.9 billion for Pakistan, $968 million for Iraq, $555 million for Israel (Obama had requested zero for Israel), $74 million for Lebanon, $343 million for refugee assistance, $200 million for disaster assistance, $837 million for United nations peacekeeping, $100 million for HIV/AIDS, $151 million for Africa, $470 million for Mexico, $242 million for (the former Soviet) Georgia, $300 million for the global financial crisis, $55 million for nuclear non-proliferation, and $17 million for the Iraqi criminal justice system. The United States taxpayers are paying billions of dollars are paying billions of dollars in aid to nations that hate Americans. The only nation in the region that is a friend of the United States, Israel, almost had its aid eliminated—but the Appropriations Committee insisted on giving it assistance against Obama’s wishes. [2824, 2825]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 02:55:25 pm

Homosexuals, upset that Obama did not name any openly gay individual to his cabinet, press for him to name a gay to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter. On Obama’s “short list” of possible nominees is Sonia Sotomayor, a judge in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, who some believe is a “closet” homosexual. (She is divorced and very vague about the circumstances of that marriage, has no children, and had a “temporary” fiancÚ while under consideration for her Second Circuit seat. Once confirmed, her fiancÚ disappeared.) [2751, 2752, 3003]


The Director of National Intelligence and the CIA release 10 pages of intelligence documents that confirm House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefed in September 2002 on the interrogation techniques used against terrorist detainees. The documents contradict Pelosi’s public statements that she was not aware of the processes. [2756]


The Obama administration announces it will rescind a requirement that unions file annual financial disclosure statements. The law requires the filings, but Obama has decided to allow the unions to ignore the regulations. The change allows unions to misspend union dues without consequences. The rules were put into place by the Bush administration because of widespread abuse by the unions. Former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao states, “We saw submissions submitted by hand and written in chicken scratch—things like $3.9 million in ‘sundry expenses’—no further substantiation, no vouchers submitted at all. There were other submissions that said $62 million in loans and grants to affiliated organizations—(with) no explanations provided. Chao also charged that although Democrats in Congress wanted to give the Labor Department $956 million it had not asked for, it tried to slash the budget of the Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS)—which monitors unions. Obama apparently believes it is acceptable to return to the days of union abuses. During the eight years of the Bush administration, OLMS was involved in more than 900 criminal convictions of union officials; although Obama is spending like a drunken sailor in almost every other area of government, he is slashing the OLMS budget—no doubt as a payback to unions that contributed heavily to his campaign. The OLMS is the only function of the Department of Labor that is being hit with a budget cut. (Many Republican union members complain that their dues are used to donate to Democrat candidates.) [2753, 2782]


Louis Caldera, director of the White House Military Office, resigns on May 8. Caldera was allegedly involved in the planning of low altitude flights of a backup Air Force One and fighter jets over New York City for “publicity photos.” The ill-conceived photo shoot frightened thousands of workers, who fled from their Manhattan office buildings believing another terrorist attack was in progress. Caldera became the designated “fall guy” for the fiasco. [2754]


The federal government concludes its “stress testing” of 19 large banks and announces that only one, GMAC (the nartion’s largest auto-financing company), may need additional taxpayer bailout funds. There are strings attached to the decision, however, with the Treasury Department threatening to take over some of the banks if they do not sell enough common stock to new investors over the next six months. Critics argue that the stress tests are meaningless, because they assume an unemployment rate of only 8.8 per cent housing prices falling only 14 per cent in 2009—and both are figures that will be surpassed. The tests are essentially public relations gimmicks to convince the public that their savings are safe, but the government’s demand that the banks raise $100 billion in new capital in just six months contradicts that assurance. [2755, 2758]


On May 8, the White House announces that Obama will give a speech on relations with the “Muslim world” in Egypt on June 4. Obama will also stop in France on June 6, the anniversary of the World War II D-Day invasion. Obama’s wife will not accompany him to Egypt, but will join him in Normandy. The scheduling is likely to avoid having Michelle Obama photographed with her head covered, although First Lady Laura Bush accompanied former President George W. Bush on a Middle East trip. [2756, 3040]


Twenty-two demonstrators are arrested at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, after refusing to leave campus property while demonstrating against the upcoming (May 17) commencement address of Obama, who supports abortion. Among those arrested is Alan Keyes, former United Nations ambassador and Obama’s Republican opponent in the 2004 Illinois Senate race. [2757]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 02:56:37 pm

The reported number of job losses for April 2009 is 539,000. The unemployment rate stands at 8.9 per cent, an increase from 8.5 per cent. The White House tries to point out the “silver lining” in the figures, implying they could have been worse. Brendan Buck, with the Republican Study Committee, remarks, “By any standard, 540,000 more Americans out of work in one month is no reason to celebrate. If the White House is judging the success of their economic plan on whether job losses are better than the all time high, then we are in for a long recovery.” Congressman John Boehner (R-OH) issues the statement, “About two and a half million jobs have been lost since the beginning of the year, yet some here in Washington continue to believe that we can borrow and spend our way back to prosperity. Rather than working across the aisle on plans to create more jobs, rebuild Americans’ savings, and reinvigorate the housing market, the spending, taxing, and borrowing binge that the Administration and Congress have set out on in the first four months of this year isn’t helping our economy. Washington’s arrogance must be replaced by a new spirit of bipartisan cooperation to improve job prospects for millions of Americans.  Republicans have taken every opportunity to reach out to the President and find areas of agreement. We offered a stimulus bill that created twice the jobs at half the price as the Democrats’ bill. Our budget alternative curbed spending, created jobs by cutting taxes, and controlled the debt. And we’ve proposed legislation to help Americans’ rebuild their nest eggs and college savings for their children. Unfortunately, the Democrats in control of Congress have chosen a go-it-alone approach. It’s time for the President and the Democratic leadership in Congress to reverse course and embrace this opportunity for real bipartisan action to help put more Americans back to work.” [2760, 2761]


The New York Times interviews Hamas leader Khaled Meshal in Damascus, Syria, and then makes the amazing statement, “Apart from the time restriction (a truce that lapses after 10 years) and the refusal to accept Israel’s existence, Mr. Meshal’s terms approximate the Arab League peace plan…” The Times is suggesting that Hamas’ refusal to accept the very existence of Israel is “no big deal.” The Times (and the Obama administration) expect Israel to turn over additional land to the Palestinians in exchange for “peace,” yet peace is impossible if the Palestinians continue to refuse to accept the Jewish state. Any additional land given to the Palestinians would be used to launch more rocket attacks on Israel, as happened when Gaza was given to them—also in exchange for “peace.” [2762]


Between May 4 and May 10, Obama sends a letter to Iran’s “Supreme Leader,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in which he asks for an improvement in relations between Iran and the United States. The letter seeks “cooperation in regional and bilateral relations.” [3547]


The Obama administration steps up the pressure on Israel, with National Security Advisor James Jones telling a European foreign minister that the United States is building a coalition with Arab nations and Europe to force Israel to give up Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem to the Palestinians. Jones apparently said, “The new administration will convince Israel to compromise on the Palestinian question. We will not push Israel under the wheels of a bus, but we will be more forceful toward Israel than we have been under Bush.” In fact, Obama would be destroying Israel if it were able to force such concessions. He is clearly working deals behind the scenes, with Israel completely left out of the discussions that will determine its future and security. Jones states on May 10, “We understand Israel’s preoccupation with Iran as an existential threat. We agree with that… By the same token, there are a lot of things that you can do to diminish that existential threat by working hard towards achieving a two-state solution.” Jones and Obama feel that Israel is “preoccupied” with Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons, but Iran (with the help of its terrorist support groups Hamas and Hizbullah) has publicly stated “Israel must be wiped off the map.” Fighting against the destruction of one’s nation is not preoccupation—it is national self-defense. Jones and Obama also foolishly believe that if Israel gives up territory to the Palestinians Iran will give up its nuclear ambition. The Obama administration will likely do nothing to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, and the more time Obama allows for “negotiations” with Iran, the closer that nation will get to producing them. [2765, 2787, 2835]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 02:57:13 pm

Former governor of Vermont and chair of the Democrat National Committee Howard Dean appears on CNBC and says, “I think we’ve had quite enough capitalism in the last eight years and I think we need some regulation now.” Dean fails to understand that the problems of the economy were caused by government, not capitalism. [2766]


Reports surface of an April meeting of the Albermarle (North Carolina) County Service Authority at which chairman Don Wagner discussed federal “stimulus” funds and said, “It’s Obama money… Obama white money.” His colleagues laughed at the remark (“white money”), which is a redneck slur for tax money. Wagner later tried to cover for himself, stating, “I said ‘It’s Obama-like’ money.” [2767]


Fox News reports that the U.S. government is spending $400,000 to cruise bars in Buenos Aires, Argentina to learn why drunken gay men engage in risky behavior. A grant from the National institute ion Alcohol Abuse is funding the study—with American tax dollars of course. There is no word on how the project will stimulate the U.S. economy. [2768]


Obama threatens to take back $7 billion in stimulus money for California unless the state restores budget cuts that affect members of the Service Employees International Union. State legislators approved budget cuts in February to help reduce California’s record $42 budget deficit. Members of the SEIU complained to the White House, and Obama responded by blackmailing the state. (The SEIU gave Obama massive campaign support in the 2008 election. The union’s contributions totaled $18,818,358.97 as of December 2008.) The SEIU is closely aligned with ACORN (Obama’s favorite illegal voter registration group); Wade Rathke, who founded ACORN, is the chief organizer for SEIU local 100. Obama’s website states, “SEIU’s members are temperamentally suited to Obama; he is a longtime friend of Chicago’s SEIU Local 880 and worked closely with the union as an organizer and later as a state legislator.” [2769, 2770, 2771, 2774]


Investigator and author Andy Martin arrives in Honolulu on May 10 to begin work on a movie, Obama: The Hawaii Years. Martin states, “Our goals are always the same. Find the facts. Tell the truth. Let people make up their own minds about Barack Obama.” [2772]


California attorney Dr. Orly Taitz continues her battle to expose Obama as ineligible to serve as president because he is not a natural born citizen. She plans to continue filings with the U.S. Supreme Court until they review Obama’s status, and says, “Bottom line, I will be filing until I get an answer.” Taitz has cited Quo Warranto (“by what authority”) to demand documentation proving (or disproving) Obama’s eligibility to serve. Clearly, Obama has reasons to hide documentation from his past, because he is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees to keep them private. Most significantly, Obama refuses to release a copy of his long form birth certificate. In late 2008, Obama lawyers told one court that “…particularly serious embarrassment will result from turning over the requested documentation.” [2773, 3426]


Word starts to spread about federal legislation (HR 645) introduced in January that calls for “…the Secretary of Homeland Security” to “establish not fewer than six national emergency centers on military installations.” The centers would be used “…to provide temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster,” as well as “…to meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security.” Legislators state the bill is only to provide a place to relocate people in the event of an emergency like hurricane Katrina, but others worry that conservatives could be rounded up and locked away to keep them from thwarting Obama’s plans to turn the United States into a socialist state. The bill was sponsored by Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL). (Hastings is a disgraced former judge who was impeached while serving on a Florida court, for accepting a $150,000 bribe. At one point House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wanted Hastings to be chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, but even her fellow Democrats knew enough to resist that move.) Political strategist Mike Baker asks, “Why aren’t the news media covering this (detention center) story?” and charges, “While Obama and his team are making it sound as if they will use the military in a non-combative roll, part of the training being conducted is in urban warfare. Obama appears oblivious to Posse Comitatus and to the U.S. Constitution when it comes to using the military against civilians within U.S. borders. And where do you think they’ll keep these American prisoners of war? In comes impeached and corrupt Congressman Hastings with a solution.” [2775]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 02:57:48 pm

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) tells members of Obama’s “diversity” committee to seek “aggressive” solutions to problems they see in broadcasting. The committee is supposed to insure “diversity” in broadcasting—even though the committee itself bears no resemblance to diversity. (It consists of 31 left-leaning appointees.) The committee is told, “Be bold. Take these issues and run with them. This is not a ceremonial appointment. This is your chance to make a real and lasting difference. I hope that you will set an aggressive agenda for yourselves and that you will not hesitate to propose aggressive solutions.” The group is expected to do its best to remove conservative talk shows from the radio, by taking broadcast licenses away from current owners and giving them to minority (that is, liberal) owners. [2776]


When Tom Scheft, one of television talk-show host David Letterman’s writers, is asked why comedy shows don’t write jokes about Obama, he responds, “It’s not because he’s black and it’s not because we’re afraid. It’s just that he’s, just so far, just a little too damn competent and we ain’t used to that.” (It does not occur to Scheft that the reason has to do with media bias toward collectivism.) [2777]


Congress considers the “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009.” As is the case with much legislation coming out of Washington, the title is a disguise. Although few Americans would want “firearms and explosives” sold to terrorists, the law allows the Attorney General to deny guns to any “known or suspected dangerous terrorist” and requires only that the individual is “appropriately suspected” of preparing for a terrorist act or the Attorney General “has a reasonable belief” that the gun may be improperly used. If the law passes, the government would be able to prohibit the sale of guns to individuals who are opposed to abortion simply because Attorney General Eric Holder “suspects” they may want to shoot someone who performs abortions. (The Department of Homeland Security has already identified as potential terrorists individuals who are against abortion, RFID chips, illegal immigration, the United Nations, a “New World Order,” income taxes, a universal service program, gun control, the Federal Reserve Board, or a new Constitutional Convention. [1830, 1884, 2643, 2778]


At the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, Obama tells the crowd of media guests, “I am Barack Obama. Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me.” Also appearing at the dinner is comedian Wanda Sykes, who remarks, “Rush Limbaugh… I hope his kidneys fail, how about that? He needs a good waterboarding, that’s what he needs.” Obama enjoyed the “joke.” [2779, 2794]


General Motors reports that it lost $6 billion in the first quarter of 2009, spending $10.2 billion more than it took in. The Obama administration has given GM until June 1 to negotiate with its creditors or file for bankruptcy. The Obama administration also announces that the $7 billion or more in taxpayer funds given to Chrysler is money down the drain and will not be repaid. The Heritage Foundation’s James Gattuso says, “The administration is trying to win points with the public, I think, by looking like they’re taking a firm hand by negotiating hard, by forcing conditions on the firms, which they have to some extent. But it’s all been fueled by mammoth taxpayer infusions of cash. It’s the elephant in the bankruptcy court. So it’s time that the taxpayers stood up and said, ‘Well, what about our interests?’” [2780]


Obama’s budget recommends eliminating all federal funds for abstinence education programs, replacing them instead with $100 million for contraceptive-based sex education programs. Obama prefers handing out condoms and paying for abortions than suggesting to 14 year olds that they not engage in sex. [2781, 2791]


The American Family Association announces that it is sponsoring Independence Day “tea party” tax protests in 640 cities in all 50 states. (Close to one million demonstrators participated in protests on April 15.) [2783]


On May 11, Obama meets with leaders of hospitals, drug companies, and health insurers at the White House, where they pledged to work together to keep health care costs from escalating. Obama later says the group agreed to cut projected costs by 1.5 per cent per year for the next 10 years; in fact, they agreed to no such thing, and said they would attempt to reduce costs by 1.5 per cent for the entire 10-year period. A health care policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, Greg D’Angelo, later says Obama’s 1.5 per cent per year pledge is “…a lofty promise with little substance. In reality, it was just a photo-op for the administration. In fact, many of these proposals were put forth in the Obama health plan during the campaign—and the independent Lewin group found that in fact, only 12 percent of American families would achieve savings of that level, and they were disproportionately wealthy.” [2784, 2801, 2850]


Obama and his supporters continue to give out inaccurate information about health care in an effort to promote his national socialized medicine plan. The media assist by accepting the numbers at face value. Obama and his Secretary of Health and Human Services often state that there are 46 or 47 million uninsured Americans. That number, however, includes between 10 and 20 million illegal immigrants, as well as several million Americans who earn more than $75,000 per year and choose not to buy health insurance. The uninsured count given by the Obama administration also includes people who are in between jobs. Those who had health insurance from their previous employer have the right (under COBRA legislation) to continue their employer coverage even though they are no longer working there by self-paying a reduced premium amount. (And they will likely have coverage again when they obtain new employment.) Further, many millions of uninsured Americans are young people who simply choose not to purchase health insurance because they believe themselves to be “invincible” and don’t want to spend money on premiums. [2801]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 02:58:21 pm

Obama’s proposed national health plan would create a federal health insurance policy as an “option” to private individual and public policies. This is Obama’s way of “guaranteeing an option” and allows him to say he is doing nothing to harm existing insurers. He is lying; his intention is to eliminate private insurers and make the government the sole provider of health coverage. If Obama’s “federal policy” costs more than private policies, there is of course no need to have it in the first place. No one, for example, would pay the government $600 per month for coverage that they could get from an existing private insurer for $550. Similarly, there is no point in having a “public option” if the price is equal to private policies. Obama will therefore price the public policies lower than the private policies. The only way he can do that is to subsidize the cost of the federal policy with taxes. That will force private health insurers out of business, as consumers will naturally cancel their private health policies and buy “Obamacare” if it saves them money. Eventually, all 300 million Americans (plus millions of illegal immigrants) will be covered by the federal health plan. The problem will then be that tax revenue and insurance premiums will be nowhere near enough to pay for the care of everyone. Obama will be forced to raise taxes to make up the difference, or engage in more deficit spending (resulting in inflation as more money is printed), or cut services (rationing). Obama’s health care scheme follows the usual approach followed by government as described by author and former Libertarian Party presidential candidate (1996 and 2000) Harry Browne: “The government is great at breaking your leg, handing you a crutch, and saying ‘You see, without me you couldn’t walk.’”


Democrats hold hearings to discus how to “help” Americans prepare for retirement, and consider eliminating tax breaks for 401(k) accounts and IRAs. The assets in those accounts would be confiscated by the government and then converted to universal “Guaranteed Retirement Accounts” (GRA) managed by the Social Security Administration. The plan has the support of Ross Eisenbrey, vice president of the Service Employees International Union. There is currently no bill in Congress to establish GRAs, but Democrats are considering the proposal as a way of generating additional tax revenue and making Americans more dependent on the federal government. [2785]


The Obama administration proposes raising the estate (death) tax to generate as much as $60 billion to help pay for a national socialized health care system. Obama and his fellow Democrats fail to understand that raising taxes on estates causes unemployment, as the heirs who inherit family farms or family businesses upon the death of the owner often have to liquidate the business to come up with the cash for the federal tax. [2786]


Secretary of Defense Robert Gates asks the top general in Afghanistan, David McKiernan, to resign; McKiernan will be replaced by Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal. [2788, 2792]


After the fuss about the backup Air Force One publicity photos—that had New Yorkers scrambling for cover when they thought they were again being attacked by terrorists—the White Houser released one photograph. Not very impressive, the photograph allegedly cost the taxpayers $328,835. Photoshop users around the country quickly produced similar pictures of the plane flying past the Statue of Liberty, which were just as impressive—and cost nothing. [2789]


At a Washington hearing, Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) asks Elizabeth Coleman, inspector general of the Federal Reserve, a string of questions she is unable to answer. Coleman states that the Fed had decided to let Lehman Brothers fail without having done any research into the effect of the decision, even though it chose to bail out other financial firms. Grayson asks if anyone was keeping track of the trillions of dollars the Fed was injecting into the money supply; Coleman’s evasive responses clearly indicates that no one is doing so. “I am shocked to find out that nobody at the Federal Reserve is keeping track of anything,” states Grayson. Coleman responds to questions in typical federal doublespeak, “We have not looked at this specific area at the particular point on that specific review.” [2790, 2796]


The Heritage Foundation estimates that Obama’s plan to raise capital gains and dividends taxes will cause the value of stocks to fall by approximately $93 billion. Those harmed most by the tax changes will be senior citizens, who depend on dividends and the sale of stocks to finance their retirements; retired couples in their 70s or 80s cannot wait 20 years for the stock market to recover from Obama’s tax penalties. [2793]


The official White House website removes references to Obama’s pre-election commitment to reverse the Defense of Marriage Act (which was signed by Clinton in 1996 and approved overwhelmingly by both the House and the Senate). The website had stated, “Obama also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act…” It now states that Obama “…supports full civil unions and federal rights for LGBT couples and opposes a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage…” A pledge to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gays in the military has been changed to say that Obama “supports changing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and our national security.” [2795]


Investor and former hedge fund manager Andy Kessler warns that the recent upswing in the stock market is a sucker’s rally and not the start of a bull market, because there is no sustainable, fundamental reason for the rise to continue, considering sub-par earnings, a declining dollar, and close to $2 trillion in budget deficits. [2798]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 02:59:01 pm

Prominent business leaders across the nation line up to fight Obama’s proposed increase on corporate taxes, most particularly his plan to eliminate the deferral on U.S. taxes of profits made by American companies operating overseas. Obama has the advantage in the fight, because it is far easier for him to talk about “closing loopholes” than for corporate heads to explain why that will destroy jobs. Bruce Josten, of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, explains that Obama “…doesn’t have to explain anything; we have to explain.” If Obama eliminates the tax deferrals, some American businesses will simply relocate overseas completely. Under current rules, an American business operating a manufacturing plant in Ireland, for example, pays the corporate taxes imposed by the Irish government but defers U.S. corporate taxes until the profits are returned to the United States. By eliminating the deferral, Obama will force such a business to immediately pay both the Irish corporate tax and the U.S. corporate tax. That essentially puts the operation out of business, because it cannot compete with an Irish company that is not double-taxed. If the company relocates the plant in the United States, it cannot make a profit selling its American-made product in Europe because the U.S. corporate tax is substantially higher than the tax in all other European nations. (Only Japan has a higher corporate tax rate than the United States.) Obama expects to collect higher taxes when the company relocates in the United States; he will end up receiving less in tax revenues, as the companies simply relocate their entire operations overseas. [2799]


Experts warn that Europe may soon follow the lead of the United States and start printing more money (Euros) to cover its massive debts and to deflate the currency to make exports more attractive. The cost of such a move will be inflation in Europe, which is also what Americans will soon see. [2800]


The White House estimates that the deficit for the federal budget will be more than $1.8 trillion; the government must borrow at least 46 cents for every dollar it spends. (The numbers will likely worsen, as more people lose their jobs and tax revenues decline.) The Bush administration needed seven years to rack up that much debt; Obama has done it in less than four months. For this year alone, the national debt will rise by an average of $16,000 for every household in the United States. [2802]


Obama’s pick for the Census Director is University of Michigan professor Robert Groves. Groves was once the Census Bureau’s associate director. He believes in “statistical sampling,” which means “estimating” counts of Americans if the government doesn’t believe it “found” everyone during the actual enumeration. The U.S. Constitution requires an actual counting of the population every 10 years, not estimates, but the Obama administration hopes to make “statistical adjustments” for possible undercounting. Those estimates will likely be used to inflate populations in certain areas of the country in order to redraw legislative borders for the benefit of Democrats. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) labels the selection of Groves “incredibly troubling” because it “contradicts the administration’s assurances that the census process would not be used to advance an ulterior political agenda.” [2821, 3428]


Making matters worse is the decision of the Obama administration to have members of ACORN help perform the census count. ACORN is infamous for fraudulent voter registrations to help elect Democrats. Anita Moncrief, a former ACORN worker who “blew the whistle” on its illegal an unethical practices, states that ACORN “…has always been a Democrat operation. They’ve never made any secrets about their support their political action committees are usually set up to support these Democratic candidates.” Moncrief charges that while ACORN was running voter registration drives, it was also distributing propaganda urging people not to vote for Republicans. ACORN’s tax-exempt status (under IRS section 501(c)(3)) requires that it remain non-partisan. “They are registering you to vote and then telling you who to vote for and then they pick you up and take you to the polls to do it,” says Moncrief, who also states that ACORN “…did a lot of stuff with cash operations in order to keep things from showing up on records.” [2821, 3428, 3658]


On May 13, H.R. 1388 is passed by Congress. The legislation provides for $20.3 million to relocate refugees from Gaza to the United States; tax dollars will thus be spent to bring into the country people who hate America and Americans. [2803]


Lisa Jackson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), admits “…there are costs to the economy of addressing global warming,” by regulating carbon dioxide emissions, but nevertheless insists that the Obama administration believes “…the best way to address that is through a gradual move to a market-based program such as a cap-and-trade program.” In other words, Obama and Jackson realize that taxing carbon dioxide emissions will place an incredible burden on the economy, but they are going to do it anyway. The administration had been put on the defensive and was forced to respond to a warning by the Office of Management and Budget that stated, “Making the decision to regulate CO2 under the (Clean Air Act) for the first time is likely to have serious economic consequences for regulated entities throughout the U.S. economy, including small businesses and small communities.” [2804]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 02:59:38 pm

The General Motors tentative restructuring deal would give the GM pension fund 39 per cent of the company, in exchange for the $20 billion GM owes the retiree fund. Those secured creditors who hold $27 billion in GM Bonds (mutual funds, 401(k) accounts, insurance companies) will get 10 per cent of the company. Obama is thus giving a greater stake in the company to those who are owed less, as a political payoff to the United Auto Workers Union. Investors who bought GM bonds are being treated the worst by Obama—but they didn’t contribute to his campaign coffers as did the UAW did. Some of the organizations forced to accept the raw end of the deal include Fidelity Management and Research, Franklin Advisers Inc., and Pacific Investment Management Co. (which collectively manage the retirement savings of millions of Americans). The federal government and the UAW—the union, not the workers—will end up owning almost 90 per cent of GM; those bondholders who put up the money that has kept GM In business for the least decade will get only 10 per cent. (Retirees who depend on the interest from their GM bonds have Obama to thank for taking that income away from them.) The Treasury Department told GM its bondholders could not receive more than 10 per cent of the company’s equity, even though they are secured creditors whose investments are protected by contracts. There is no legal basis for the government’s actions. (The government refused to allow GM to work out a deal that would have kept it in business without a government stake in its operations.) Bonds are loans to GM; they are not stock certificates. Americans may now consider thinking twice before buying bonds from U.S. companies if they cannot be certain that Obama will force them to take a 90 per cent hit on their investment. Precisely at the time when the economy is struggling, Obama is giving investors reasons not to invest in American companies. [2805, 3023]


It is reported that Obama’s auto industry car czar, Steven Rattner, plans to save Citibank and JP Morgan Chase from losing $6 billion on General Motors loans—while everyone else in the GM deal is losing their shirts. Rattner’s plan is to stiff enough people in the GM deal so that the two banks can get their $6 billion in loans repaid in full. By replacing cash GM owes to the UAW union pension fund with GM stock, he can divert the money to the banks. Of course, the stock is essentially worthless. The Obama-Rattner move is illegal under the Employee Retirement Incomes Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), which prohibits the misuse and abuse of pension fund assets. It is illegal for any American company to take cash out of its pension fund to pay for any other expenses—but Obama and Rattner are poised to do it to keep Citibank and JP Morgan Chase from losing money on their GM loans. If the UAW pension fund runs out of money, General Motors retirees will then lose their benefits. Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, says this will be the bank’s “finest year ever.”  (Rattner is no stranger to wheeling and dealing. He is worth roughly one-half billion dollars, partly from running the Quadrangle Hedge Fund. He also invested in Cerberus Capital, which got paid billions by Daimler Corporation to take Chrysler off its hands and then dumped it on the taxpayers.) [3180]


Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) signs onto Congressman Bill Posey’s (R-FL) proposed amendment to the Federal Election Campaign Act. The amendment (H.R. 1503) would “…require the principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of president to include with the committee’s statement of organization a copy of the candidate's birth certificate, together with such other documentation as may be necessary to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under the Constitution.” The amendment will go nowhere in a Democrat-controlled Congress, but it indicates that at least two Congressman take seriously the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that the president must provide proof that he is a natural born citizen. Posey spokesman George Cecala states, “When 7-year-olds play soccer in Brevard County, to be in Little League they have to prove their residency. To be president there are three requirements: one is citizenship, two is the age of 35, and three, you have to have been a resident for 14 years. We’re simply saying when you file your statement of candidacy with the FEC, you should also file documentation that you fulfill the three requirements to be president.” The Certification of Live Birth that Obama’s campaign posted on the Internet would not be accepted as proof of birth for many Hawaiian legal processes, which require a certified copy of the standard long form birth Certificate of Live Birth—not the short form. [2806, 3137, 3402, 3426]


Remarks made in 2004 by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) are emphasized to remind the public that Democrats were not always opposed to harsh terrorist interrogation techniques. Schumer had told the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 8, 2004, “And I’d like to interject a note of balance here. There are times when we all get in high dudgeon. We ought to be reasonable about this. I think there are probably very few people in this room or in America who would say that torture should never, ever be used, particularly if thousands of lives are at stake. Take the hypothetical: If we knew that there was a nuclear bomb hidden in an American city and we believed that some kind of torture, fairly severe maybe, would give us a chance of finding that bomb before it went off, my guess is most Americans and most senators, maybe all, would say, ‘Do what you have to do.’ So it’s easy to sit back in the armchair and say that torture can never be used. But when you're in the foxhole, it's a very different deal.” [2807]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:14:10 pm

State sovereignty resolutions have been acted on or are being considered by 36 of the 50 states. They point out the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” The Tenth Amendment’s purpose is to affirm that the United States is simply a collection of separate, sovereign states, and that power rests in the states, not the federal government. Constitutional abuse by the federal government has been so great over the last 150 years that few Americans, as well as legislators, pay much attention to the requirement. A case can be made that hundreds, if not thousands, of laws and regulations passed by Congress are in violation of the Tenth Amendment. At some point, the abuses will force states to start ignoring laws passed by Congress. [2808]


Successful investor Jim Rogers tells Bloomberg, “…we’re going to have a currency crisis probably this fall or the fall of 2010. It’s been building up for a long time. We’ve had a huge rally in the dollar, an artificial rally… The U.S. dollar is a very flawed currency.” Rogers warns, “We’re going to have serious food shortages… Prices are going to go through the roof.” As for investing, Rogers recommends commodities. “Commodities are still the best place to be because supply is declining, and governments are printing huge amounts of money.” Gold and copper may be good investments, with governments around the world printing money hand over fist. [2809]


Investor, commentator, and columnist Lawrence Kudlow warns that Obama’s health care scheme will bankrupt the nation. “Does anybody really believe that adding 50 million people to the public health-care rolls will not cost the government more money? About $1.5 trillion to $2 trillion more? At least.” [2810]


A Rasmussen poll shows that an astoundingly high 38 per cent of Americans believe Obama is hurting national security and making the nation less safe. Fifty-eight per cent agree that releasing classified memoranda about terrorist interrogations endangers national security. [2811]


Documents are released that confirm that former Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson and Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke illegally forced nine major banks to give partial ownership to the federal government. Notes from a meeting list one of Paulson’s arguments to the bankers as “We don’t believe it is tenable to opt out because doing so would leave you vulnerable and exposed. If a capital infusion is not appealing, you should be aware your regulator will require it in any circumstance.” In other words, the banks must take the federal cash (TARP money) and give control to the government, or the government will take control anyway. At the October 2008 meeting, in addition to Paulson and Bernanke, were Vikram Pandit of Citigroup, Dimon of JP Morgan, Richard Kovacevich of Wells Fargo, John Thain of Merrill Lynch, John Mack of Morgan Stanley, Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, Robert Kelly of Bank of New York Mellon Corp, and Ronald Logue of State Street Bank. [2812]


Economist Allan Meltzer warns about coming inflation because of the massive deficit-spending of the Obama administration. “I’m not worried about inflation tomorrow, I’m worried about inflation two years from now, and the way to prevent it two years from now is to start doing something now. Mortgage rates are starting to move up, bond rates are starting to move up. People are nervous. The dollar is declining. The money growth rate is too high. It takes a couple of years to slow it down.” Billionaire investor Warren Buffet also warns of coming inflation, telling CNBC, “A country that continuously expands its debt… and raises much of the money abroad to finance that, at some point, it’s going to inflate its way out of the burden.” [2813]


A senior administration official (probably CIA director Leon Panetta) relays a message from Obama to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warning Israel not to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities without informing the United States. Iran purportedly has nuclear facilities in or near the cities of Arak (where a nuclear reactor is being built), Khondab (the location of a “heavy water” production plant), Bsuhehr (where a nuclear reactor may be operational in mid-2009), Natanz (research and development for uranium enrichment), Esfahan (nuclear fuel cycle processes and uranium conversion), Parchin (explosives research for nuclear devices), and Darkhovin (where a $1.2 billion nuclear plant is under construction). Obama likely wants advance warning not to give Israel military assistance, but to leak word of the attack and prevent it from taking place. Obama’s warning, therefore, works to insure that any attack by Israel will not include advance notice to the White House. What Obama would do to “punish” Israel for such a move is unknown. Israel may prefer to accept whatever the United States may dish out rather than risk a nuclear attack by Iran. Once Iran obtains nuclear weapons, it can be expected to blackmail Arab states (Egypt, Jordan) into abrogating its peace treaties with Israel and supporting a war, a war started by Iran-sponsored Hamas and Hizbullah terrorists. Should the United States then take sides with the Arabs—certainly not an impossibility for the Obama regime)—Israel would be going it alone. The “easier way out” (not that it would be easy) may be for Israel to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities before it has the bomb. Israel would certainly be universally condemned—but it would still exist. Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with Obama at the White House on May 18. [2814, 2816, 2862, 3333]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:16:03 pm

Israel is also cautioned to be ready to accept a nuclear-armed Iran—suggesting Obama will not be able to stop Iran. The Obama administration apparently expects Israel to be able to live with the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. It also seems not to understand that Iran (which, along with Syria, funds and arms the terrorist groups Hamas and Hizbullah) would be a serious threat to nations other than Israel if it makes nuclear weapons available to terrorists. Iran, a Shiite fundamentalist theocracy, may seek a major confrontation to prompt the return of its “Islamic Messiah.” Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a November 2006 speech that his mission is to “…pave the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi; may Allah hasten his reappearance.” Obama may believe he can reason with Ahmadinejad; if he is wrong, his mistake could cost the lives of hundreds of thousands—if not millions. [2862]


On May 14, the CIA denies a request from former Vice-President Dick Cheney to release memos showing that terrorist interrogations provided useful information that prevented additional attacks. The CIA stated it could not release the documents only because they pertained to pending litigation. [2815]


On May 14, Obama visits Rio Rancho, New Mexico for a town hall meeting to talk about credit card reform. He is greeted by demonstrators along the motorcade carrying signs protesting his policies. Some of the signs include, “Democrats and Republicans Against Socialism” and “Go trash your father’s crappy country. Don’t trash my father’s Great Country,” “God Bless Americas! Damn Obama!” [2817]


At the town hall meeting in New Mexico, Obama calls current deficit spending “unsustainable”—despite the fact that it is his administration and political party that is doing the spending. “We can’t keep on just borrowing from China,” states Obama, as though he just figured out that spending money he doesn’t have is a ad idea. “We have to pay interest on that debt, and that means we are mortgaging our children’s future with more and more debt.” He continues, “Most of what is driving us into debt is health care, so we have to drive down costs.” (To “drive down that debt” he is proposing a national health care system that will cost between one and two trillion dollars over the next 10 years.) [2818]


It is reported that Obama’s “stimulus checks” meant for retirees went to dead people. The Social Security Administration issued 52 million payments, and admits that between 8,000 and 10,000 were issued to dead people. It is unclear how the government managed to send a check to Romolo Romonini, who died in Italy 34 years ago and had never been a recipient of Social Security benefits. [2819]


At a “Changing Media in Washington, D.C.” summit held on May 14, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) acting chairman Michael Copps says, “What about the core values of localism, diversity and competition that Free Press fights so valiantly for?” Copps complains about “two decades of mindless deregulation,” the Internet, and bloggers. Although Copps says, “The Fairness Doctrine is long gone and it's not coming back—as much as some conspiracy theorists see it lurking behind every corner,” he also remarks, “we finally got the FCC back on track to do something about the shameful state of minority and female ownership of media properties.” Clearly, Obama will have the FCC playing hardball with radio stations that give less air time to “local issue” and more air time to conservative talk shows hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin. Copps warns, “…we still need to get serious about defining broadcasters’ public interest obligations and reinvigorating our license renewal process… It is time to say ‘Good-bye’ to post card renewal every eight years and ‘Hello’ to license renewals every three years with some public interest teeth.” By “public interest teeth” Copps means telling broadcasters to “cut down on conservative talk show programs or we’ll take away your license and give it to a minority owner”—who will no doubt be eager to cancel conservative programming. The American Spectator points out that in February, Copps said, “If markets cannot produce what society really cares about, like a media that reflects the true diversity and spirit of our country, then government has a legitimate role to play.” That can only mean, “Support the Obama agenda, or else.” The Obama administration has its game plan: Keep repeating that there will be no renewal of any “Fairness Doctrine,” but make sure we get the same results while calling it something else.”  [3486]



Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:16:45 pm

The Washington Times prints a list of “Obama’s eight bogus budget arguments” as compiled by the Heritage Foundation’s Brian Riedl:


Assertion 1

Obama pledges to “cut the budget deficit in half by 2013,” but to neglects to mention that he will first quadruple it. Even if he fulfills his promise, he will still leave a budget deficit greater than the final deficit of George W. Bush.


Assertion 2

Obama states he has “already identified $2 trillion in savings over the next decade.” Obama’s “savings” include assuming that the Iraq surge will continue forever, and $1.5 trillion is then “saved” by not continuing it forever. Obama also counts $1 trillion in planned tax increases as “savings.”


Assertion 3

No taxes will be raised on families that earn “less than $250,000 per year.” Obama already raised cigarette taxes by 61 cents per pack. His estimated $646 billion cap-and-trade global warming tax on businesses will add $600 to $2,000 per household in higher energy costs and other costs. (Most analysts also say that Obama’s $646 billion estimate is understated by about 50 per cent.) A possible tax on employer-provided group health insurance would also break Obama’s promise.


Assertion 4

New spending is only “temporary,” to fight the recession. To believe that, one must  believe that Congress will later roll back its recent increases in food stamps, education grants, and other programs. That will not happen with Obama in the White House and Democrats controlling Congress.


Assertion 5

The economic crisis was caused by a lack of a national health care plan, failure to create “green” jobs, and lack of education spending. That is a patent lie. The crisis was caused by the federal government, which encouraged speculation on home buying by keeping interest rates artificially low. Having spent more on education, health care, and global warming “cures” would have done nothing to prevent the economic crisis. Obama places the blame on those three areas only because he now wants to spend money in those three areas.


Assertion 6

Obama pledges a return to “honest budgeting.” Nonsense. Obama’s budget is full of accounting gimmicks, as were the last 50 years of budgets that preceded his.


Assertion 7

Obama plans a change from the “deep fiscal irresponsibility” of the Bush administration. Obama is spending several times what Bush spent, and is racking up federal deficits faster than any president in history.


Assertion 8

Obama’s agenda reflects “hard choices.” Obama’s budget calls for virtually no “hard choices.” It says “no” to almost no program, and calls for a whopping $3.55 trillion in spending—46 per cent of which will come from federal borrowing. Obama is spending almost twice what the government receives in taxes. [2820]


CIA Director Leon Panetta states in a message to agency employees, “Let me be clear: It is not our policy or practice to mislead Congress. That is against our laws and our values. As the Agency indicated previously in response to Congressional inquiries, our contemporaneous records from September 2002 indicate that CIA officers briefed truthfully on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, describing ‘the enhanced techniques that had been employed.’ Ultimately, it is up to Congress to evaluate all the evidence and reach its own conclusions about what happened.” The comment is meant as a rebuttal to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who charges that she was never told about the “enhanced interrogation techniques” of terrorist detainees. [2822]


Obama selects Utah Governor Jon M. Hunstman, Jr. to be his ambassador to China. Huntsman is a Republican.


The Bilderberg Group meets between May 15 and 17, in Vouliagmeni, Greece. The annual event is attended by influential politicians, government officials, and prominent business leaders from around the world who believe in “globalism” and a “new world order.” (Obama and Hillary Clinton attended the June 2008 meeting in secret.) Reportedly on the 2009 agenda is a discussion of converting the World health Organization into a world “department of health,” and turning the International Monetary Fund into a world “Department of the Treasury.” The United Nations would control both organizations, and the United States would subservient to their decisions. The world economic crisis and the swine flu outbreak would be used as an excuse for the dramatic power takeover. Critics believe the Bilderberg Group members use their power to manipulate world events to force their version of a “new world order”—and to make billions of dollars in the process. The group allegedly is pursuing a global carbon/energy tax, to be paid to the United Nations. High on the 2009 agenda will also be an effort to get the United States to agree to the International Criminal Court treaty and a global gun-control treaty. [2823]

Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:17:24 pm
Vice-President Joe Biden, attending the annual Gridiron Club dinner, tells attendees about the existence of a secret bunker under the vice president’s home (the former U.S. naval Observatory). According to Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift, Biden said “…a young naval officer giving him a tour of the residence showed him the hideaway, which is behind a massive steel door secured by an elaborate lock with a narrow connecting hallway lined with shelves filled with communications equipment.” The location is no longer secret. [2826]


On May 17, Obama receives an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame at South Bend, Indiana, and delivers the commencement address. Outside, demonstrators protest the attendance of the pro-abortion Obama at the Catholic university. At least 27 protestors are arrested for trespassing. Placards held by demonstrators read, “Shame on Notre Dame” and “Stop Abortion Now.” As Obama began to speak to the crowd of 12,000, some protestors shouted, “Stop killing our children.” The graduates responded by chanting, “Yes we can.” In his speech, Obama states that on the subject of abortion “…it is a heart-wrenching decision for any woman to make, with both moral and spiritual dimensions.” (It is unclear why Obama believes abortion should be a “heart-wrenching decision” if there is nothing morally wrong with performing an abortion. And if he believes it is morally wrong, it is unclear why he has voted against all legislation meant to place limits on the practice.) Obama also states he favors “a sensible conscience clause” to allow health care providers who oppose abortion to opt out of performing the procedure—although shortly after becoming president Obama rescinded a Bush administration rule protecting doctors and nurses how, on moral grounds, refuse to participate in abortions. Obama continues to repeat the nonsensical and contradictory argument that abortions should be “safe, legal and rare.” There is no need for the practice to be rare if there is nothing objectionable about it; but if there is a morally objectionable aspect to it, there should be no objection to limiting the procedure. A Gallup poll shows that 51 per cent of Americans are “pro-life” (anti-abortion), while 42 per cent consider themselves “pro choice” (pro-abortion). [2827, 2870]


In his Notre Dame speech, Obama says each side on the abortion argument can “make its case to the public with passion and conviction … without reducing those with differing views to caricature.” Yet he himself has characterized opponents of abortion as “right-wing ideologues who want to take away a woman’s right to choose.” While he makes speeches that sound open-minded, saying he wants to “honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion,” Obama has consistently blocked any limitations on abortions while working to make it easier to obtain them with taxpayer funding. (Obama signed en executive order restoring federal funding for overseas abortionists.) If the fetus is not a human being but simply “tissue,” then why is the decision to have an abortion a “heart-wrenching decision?” and why should Obama talk condescendingly about the moral and spiritual dimensions of the procedure? If the fetus is in fact a human being, then Obama should not be working to make it easier to have them performed. Obama says in his speech, “Let us work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions,” yet encourages them by saying he will sign legislation outlawing all state restrictions on abortion. (It is unclear how the number of abortions can be reduced with Obama seeking to eliminate parental notification laws and other state laws restricting abortions.) [2831, 2832]


Prominent investor Marc Faber says that because the Federal Reserve continues to print money at unprecedented levels, “The U.S. government for sure will go bust. That, I guarantee you. Not tomorrow, but it will go bust.” [2828]


The New York Times finally admits that it killed an October story that confirmed Obama has close ties with ACORN and his campaign illegally gave lists of campaign donors to the voter registration group. Times reporter Stephanie Strom spent months on the story, but the final charges were not printed because it was close to the election and it might have been “a game-changer” in the election. The Times intentionally withheld the story because it feared it might hurt Obama’s chances of winning. [2829]


Obama refuses to meet with Governor Jim Gibbons and business leaders from Nevada. Gibbons requested a meeting after Obama dealt a severe blow to the state when he said in Elkhart, Indiana, “You can’t get corporate jets. You can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer’s dime.” Fearful of criticism—or worse—from Obama, businesses across the country have canceled over 400 Las Vegas conventions and gatherings, resulting in a loss of as many as 250,000 nights of bookings at hotels and over $100 million is lost income (not counting gambling revenue). Gibbons remarks, “I am disappointed at the hypocrisy shown by this Administration. President Obama is coming to Las Vegas later this month for a political fundraiser, but he will not help the struggling families in Las Vegas and Nevada who are out of work because of his reckless comments. President Obama is coming to Las Vegas to raise campaign cash for Senator Harry Reid. Apparently, our money is good enough for the President, but our tourism, jobs, and economic future are not. This is politics, pure and simple, President Obama stood for change, but all he has done is brought negative economic change to Nevada.” [2830]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:18:09 pm

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that unemployment in states won by Obama average 20 per cent higher unemployment than in the states won by John McCain. The states won by Obama tend to have Democrat Governors, state legislators, and mayors of large cities. The national unemployment rate increased from 8.5 per cent in March to 8.9 per cent in April. [2833, 2890]


Obama’s shift to improving relations with Pakistan and China causes a deterioration of the U.S.-India relationship. Former U.S. ambassador to India Robert Blackwell states there is a “steady decline in our bilateral ties.” [2834]


Although some argue that the recession is bottoming out because housing sales are involving, many of the home sales are a result of buyers taking advantage of drastically reduced prices by distressed homeowners. Mortgage delinquency rates rose significantly in California in March, suggesting that many foreclosures are still to come. The housing sector of the economy will take another five years to recover, suggests Harvard economist Ken Rogoff. Right now, the worst-case scenario has been taken off the table,” Rogoff told CNBC. “The broader risks from the downturn are to the dollar and interest rates, and to the U.S. government itself because it’s taken a lot of debt on to its books,” said Rogoff. There’s more and more debt and if interest rates go up, we’re going to feel it. It’s hard to see how we’ll have booming growth for the next five years.” [2836, 2837]


Obama asks Congress to permit financial aid to the Palestinians even if Hamas participates in a new government. Current law forbids U.S. aid from going to any officially designated terrorist organization, such as Hamas. If Obama gets his way, American taxpayer swill more easily work there way to Hamas, which will then use it to purchase weapons to use against Israel. [2838, 2839]


Obama and Congress work to pass legislation limiting the penalties credit card companies can impose on riskier borrowers. To compensate for that lost revenue the companies will come up with ways of making more money off other customers, through the renewal of annual fees, ending cash-back and rewards programs, and even charging interest from the point of purchase rather than after 30 days. Thus, good customers will have to pay more so that bad customers are not “punished.” [2840, 2841, 2853]


Joseph Farah, CEO of World Net Daily, begins a campaign to erect billboards that read, “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” in order to bring attention to Obama’s failure to prove he is a natural born citizen eligible to serve as president. Farah quickly raised $10,000. Farah states, “As Obama transforms this country from self-governing constitutional republic to one governed by a central ruling elite, the simple fact remains that no controlling legal authority has established that he is indeed a ‘natural born citizen’ as the Constitution requires. Obama’s promises of transparency have become a bad joke as he continues to hide simple, innocuous documents like his birth certificate and his student records.” [2842]


Obama’s attorneys demand additional time to respond to lawsuits questioning hi status as a natural born citizen eligible to serve as president. In response attorney Mario Apuzzo, who represents plaintiffs in one of the lawsuits, urges the court to deny the request. Wrote Apuzzo, “Whether or not the president of the United States is eligible for the office he currently occupies is of utmost national important. Every passing day Mr. Obama takes executive action, that significantly impacts on the lives of Americans… Every executive action that Mr. Obama takes impacts not only the plaintiffs but also every other American.” It is unclear why Obama’s attorneys need more time when all they need to do is present the court with his original long form birth certificate.” Plaintiffs in various lawsuits have charged that Obama is not a natural born citizen for a variety of reason, among them: he was not born of two American citizen parents; he was born in Kenya; his mother was too young to legally impart American citizenship to him and his birth citizenship was therefore required to be based on his father’s country; or he became a citizen of Indonesia upon adoption by his step-father, Lolo Soetoro. [2843, 3426]


Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu meets with Obama at the White House on May 19. There is no obvious public disagreement to give the media a serious conflict to report, as both sides needed positive spins for political purposes, but behind the scenes the two are not in compete agreement on  the issues. Netanyahu can accept a Palestinian state, but wants assurance that it will recognize Israel’s sovereignty and not use it as a base for more rocket attacks. Netanyahu is not wiling to accept tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees into Israel, who would eventually become a majority and cause the eventual destruction of Israel. Most importantly, Netanyahu considers it critical that Iran not obtain nuclear weapons. Obama naively believes that if Israel will accept a Palestinian state, Iran will then readily agree to give up its nuclear ambitions. Obama also wants Israel to accept Palestinian refugees, give up even more territory that would make its border less defensible, and allow Jerusalem to be divided. After their meeting, Obama tells reports he reassured Netanyahu that although the United States is pursuing talks with Iran, it is “…not foreclosing a range of steps, including much stronger international sanctions,” but it is unclear how Obama can get Russia to agree to significant sanctions against Iran—and he most certainly will not be able to stop Iran’s nuclear and missile deals with North Korea, its support of the terrorist groups Hamas and Hizbullah, or its cooperation with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. [2844, 2854, 2896]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:19:18 pm

On May 19, California voters reject five out of six budget referenda and tax increases designed to help the state out of its $21.3 billion budget deficit disaster. Most voters saw the propositions as gimmicks, and in turning  them down send a signal to the governor and state legislature to reduce spending instead. Those states which are continuing to spend beyond their means and expect tax hikes to solve their problems are shooting themselves in the foot. Rather than pay additional taxes, productive citizens are simply “voting with their feet” and leaving. Economists Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore note in a study called “Rich States, Poor States” that “The tax differential between low-tax and high-tax states is widening, meaning that a relocation from high-tax California or Ohio, to no-income tax Texas or Tennessee, is all the more financially profitable both in terms of lower tax bills and more job opportunities.” During the 1998 to 2007 period, more than 1,100 people per day moved from high-tax states to low-tax states. Laffer and Stephens note that “…over these same years the no-income tax states created 89 percent more jobs and had 32 percent faster personal income growth than their high-tax counterparts” and “Dozens of academic studies—old and new—have found clear and irrefutable statistical evidence that high state and local taxes repel jobs and businesses.” Obama’s plans for increased taxes on corporations and high-income producers will those business and individuals even more reasons to relocate. The result may be a downward spiral for states that see the taxpayers leaving by the thousands, while those left behind clamor for more benefits. The voters actions force pay cuts for the governor, legislators, and other state office holders. At least 5,000 of the state’s 235,000 workers may be fired, and as many as 19,000 illegal aliens in California prisons may end up being deported in order to save the expense of incarcerating them. (It is not clear why those 19,000 were not deported as soon as they were convicted of a crime.) [2845, 2846, 2847, 2867, 2868, 2895]


Obama announces an astonishing 30 per cent increase in the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard. Automobiles will have to average 39 miles per gallon (up from the current standard of 27.5), while light trucks will need to get 30 miles per gallon (up from 24). The new standards have to be met by 2016. The automakers will have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars coming up with ways to satisfy the new requirements—at a time when they are bleeding cash and filing for bankruptcy. If the automakers cannot sufficiently improve gas mileage, they will have to discontinue the larger, safer vehicles (which consumers want) and sell more of the smaller, less safe automobiles (which consumers do not want). At the least, the cost of new vehicles will rise dramatically; at the worst, auto sales will plummet because of higher prices and unappealing vehicles. (Used car dealers may demand premium prices for older, but larger and safe cars that consumers prefer to new econoboxes.) Obama states, “We have set in motion a national policy aimed at both increasing gas mileage and decreasing greenhouse gas pollution for new trucks and cars sold in the United States of America.” He may actually have set in motion the loss of tens of thousands of American jobs. Fox News host Glenn Beck comments, “The auto industry is in full-fledged collapse, and what does Washington decide to do? We’re going to put in some new CAFE standards on it—to fight global warming or whatever they’re calling it these days. The government isn’t content with just firing car company’s CEOs and then slashing advertising budgets. It’s now telling the American people that they need to spend between $1,300 and $7,000 extra to drive a car that is likely to be crappy and be a lot lighter, and therefore, less safe.” Beck questions the “global warming” premise behind making the standard tougher. “Let me ask you a simple question—does common sense tell you that you are more likely to die in a car crash or… in a… flood from global warming? Yes. I thought so. What should our priorities be here?” A Wall Street Journal editorial comments, “We wish these folks luck ‘working together’ with the Obama auto-design team. One thing seems certain by 2016: Taxpayers will be paying Detroit to make the cars Americans don’t want, and then they will pay again either through (trust us) a gas tax or with a purchase subsidy. Even the French must think we’re nuts.” Steve Milloy (author of Green Hell: How Environmentalists Plan to Ruin Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop Them) states that by forcing people into smaller cars, Obama’s new mileage standards “may kill more Americans at a faster rate than the Iraq War—(Obama’s) signature issue in the 2008 presidential campaign.” According to the National Highway Safety Administration, every 100-pound reduction in a car’s weight increases annual traffic deaths by approximately 715. [2848, 2874]


A May 12–19 poll of 2,600 readers of ranked Obama’s political philosophy as follows:


Socialist –  46% (842)

Marxist –  24% (437)

Communist –  11% (200)

Fascist –  10% (193)

Liberal –  5% (87)

Progressive –  2% (41)

Moderate –  1% (24)

Other –  0% (9)

Populist –  0% (8)

Conservative –  0% (7)

Libertarian –  0% (0) [2849]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:19:50 pm

Obama’s point man in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), may be facing an uphill reelection battle in November 2010. Polls show that only 35 per cent of the voters support his reelection, and 45 per cent say they want him replaced. [2852]


The price of a barrel of oil climbed to $60.48 on May 19, its highest point in six months. [2855]


Four Black Muslims are arrested in New York and charged with planning a bomb attack on two Bronx synagogues and using Stinger missiles to shoot down military jets from the Stewart Air National Guard base. Three of the four suspects are American citizens; one is from Haiti. All four have prison records, and converted to Islam while in jail; America’s prisons are breeding grounds for Islamic terrorists. (A fair number of newspapers went to great “politically correct” lengths to avid mentioning that the four were Muslims engaged in jihad.) [2857, 2879, 2881, 2883, 2888]


Its government-run media claims that Iran successfully test launched a mid-range surface-to-air missile that can reach Israel, southeastern Europe, and U.S. bases in the Middle East. The two-stage Sejil-2 missile has a range of 2,000 kilometers. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has threatened in the past to wipe Israel “off the map.” Iran is trying to develop a missile with a range of 10,000 kilometers capable of reaching the United States; it is likely receiving technical assistance from North Korea, which is desperate for cash Iran is wiling to pay. [2858]


Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh predicts that Obama will use federal tax dollars to bail out the California state government, which is facing record deficits. “What Obama will do is simply bail out California and all of the debt and all of the overspending, all of the problems will be absorbed by all of us in the other 49 states,” Limbaugh said on his May 20 program. “I have no doubt that this is what’s going to happen with Obama reaching out from Washington with his tentacles to be as involved in every facet of American life as he can be, and with nobody to stop him and with California populated with majority Obama voters.” [2859]


The first “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” billboard is up and running. The electronic display is on Highway 154 in Ball, Louisiana. Others are planned for Los Angeles and Pennsylvania. [2860]


Across the nation, hundreds of “citizen grand juries” are accusing Obama of being ineligible to serve as president, charging that he is not a natural born citizen. The documents are scheduled to be given to courts, sheriffs, prosecutors, judges, and legislators by July 4. (The website explains the legality behind citizen grand juries and procedures to be followed to file claims against Obama.) The site’s editor, Bob Campbell, states, “Sooner or later some court or many courts will formally indict Obama from our presentments or (a) complaint. Our goal is to convene and conclude 12 to 13 grand juries before July 4 rolls around and to serve our presentments as many as 200 times with courts, sheriffs, prosecutors, judges or legislators across the land. The pressure is mounting and someday justice will be served or the country will probably explode from loss of faith in our Constitution.” [2861]


Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens warns that oil prices will be heading back up. Pickens tells Fox News “You’re going to be back to $75 oil by the end of the year—and $200 per barrel within five years.” [2864]


On May 20, the Senate votes 90–6 to deny Obama the funds to close the terrorist detain facility at Guantanamo. [2871]


In a May 20 op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal, former United Nations ambassador John Bolton warns that North Korea is poised to test a nuclear bomb, even though the Obama administration seems “relatively relaxed” and “there is not a sense of crisis.” Kim Jong-Il feels he can conduct a test without consequences, because the United States is “committed to dialogue” and Obama’s recent “apology tours” suggest there will be little or no response to a North Korean nuclear test. In an article titled “John Bolton Still Crazy,” the leftist media responds by ridiculing Bolton. “Today, Bolton chose to growl at the old, but reliable, enemy of North Korea…  Bolton’s stance is pretty brave because his frenzied ideology flies in the face of scholarly counsel.” [2910, 2911, 2940]


On May 21, former Vice-President Dick Cheney gives a speech on national security to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) that defends the Bush administration’s actions to prevent additional terrorist attacks after 9/11 and strongly criticizes Obama for his na´ve defense and foreign policies and decision to release classified information about terrorist interrogations. Cheney remarks, “The (Obama) administration seems to pride itself on searching for some kind of middle ground in policies addressing terrorism. They may take comfort in hearing disagreement from opposite ends of the spectrum. If liberals are unhappy about some decisions, and conservatives are unhappy about other decisions, then it may seem to them that the President is on the path of sensible compromise. But in the fight against terrorism, there is no middle ground, and half-measures keep you half exposed. You cannot keep just some nuclear-armed terrorists out of the United States, you must keep every nuclear-armed terrorist out of the United States. Triangulation is a political strategy, not a national security strategy. When just a single clue that goes unlearned … one lead that goes unpursued… can bring on catastrophe—it’s no time for splitting differences. There is never a good time to compromise when the lives and safety of the American people are in the balance.” Cheney points out that the first attack on the World Trade Centers (in 1993) was treated as a criminal act rather than as an act of war; the Bush administration considered terrorism war; and the Obama administration seems to be returning to the criminal mode. Cheney calls the decision to close the detainee facility at Guantanamo a mistake, commenting, “The administration has found that it’s easy to receive applause in Europe for closing Guantanamo, but it’s tricky to come up with an alternative that will serve the interest of justice and America’s national security.” The former Vice-President also ridiculed Obama with the remark, “If fine speechmaking, appeals to reason, or pleas for compassion had the power to move them, the terrorists would long ago have abandoned the field.” [2865, 2871, 2899]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:20:35 pm

While Cheney appears at the AEI, Obama gives a national security speech at the National Archives, where he says that closing the terrorist detainee camp at Guantanamo would “enlist our values” and make America safer. Obama does not mention the recent arrest of four Muslims jihadists arrested in New York who were planning the bombing of two Bronx synagogues and using Stinger missiles to shoot down planes at a National Guard air base. The New York Times criticizes Cheney because he “in effect argued that absolutism in the defense of liberty was no vice,” while praising Obama for his “nuanced” principles. (A poll of Americans might show that they prefer absolutism to nuance when it comes to keeping terrorists from attacking their homeland.) [2871, 2872, 2882]


Graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland are ordered not to carry the traditional “ceremonial swords” for their May 29 commencement ceremony. Umbrellas are also prohibited, along with anything “…that might be considered a weapon or a threat to screeners.” Obama is delivering an address at the graduation. Many presidents have given commencement addresses at military graduations and have not been afraid of the swords—or umbrellas. (There is no word on whether Obama will order combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to relinquish their rifles.) [3208]


A report surfaces that the federal government has been keeping supplies of as many as 500,000 “coffin-liners” at several locations across the United States. One stockpile is near Madison, Georgia. [2866]


Polls show the popularity of former President Bush and Vice-President Cheney improving, with Cheney’s “favorable” rating improving from 33 per cent (in January) to 41 per cent. It is likely that the improvement is a result of Americans believing that Bush and Cheney prevented additional terrorist attacks after September 11, 2001, while they disagree with Obama’s decision to close the detainee facility at Guantanamo and release classified terrorist interrogation memos. [2869]


Defense Secretary Robert Gates calls the prison at Guantanamo, Cuba “probably one of the finest prisons in the world today”—but says it must be closed because it has become a “taint” on the reputation of the United States. Gates admits, “the question is, where do you put them (the terrorist detainees)?” Gates does not mention that it is the Obama, his fellow Democrats, and the media that is largely responsible for keeping up the criticism of Camp Gitmo and thus creating the “taint” on the nation’s reputation. [2873]


To insure “good press coverage,” the White House starts producing more of its own Obama stories rather than allow media reporters and cameramen to follow him. As an example, the winners of the NCAA women’s basketball championship meet Obama at the White House but the press corps was not allowed to attend the event. The administration prepares its own “news footage” with interviews of the athletes and shots of Obama shooting baskets. Members of the media complain. [2875]


By a vote of 33–25, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approves Obama’s “global warming” cap-and-trade legislation, called the “American Clean Energy and Security Act.” The bill still has to pass the full House and the Senate—where it will face tough opposition from Senators who fear (rightly so) that the legislation will impose extraordinary and unnecessary costs on businesses at a time when jobs need to be created, not destroyed. Co-sponsor of the bill Henry Waxman (D-CA) calls it “decisive and historic,” and says, “When this bill is enacted, we’ll break our dependence on foreign oil, make our nation a leader in clean-energy jobs and technology and cut global warming pollution.” Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI) labeled the bill “…the biggest energy tax in the history of the United States.” According to the New York Times, the 930-page bill “…establishes a cap-and-trade program to control climate-altering emissions; dictates an increase in the use of renewable energy sources; and sets new efficiency standards for buildings, lighting and industrial facilities. It calls for a 17 percent reduction in emissions of heat-trapping gases from 2005 levels by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050.” Many argue that the legislation will be a burdensome tax on business that drives companies and jobs overseas, while doing little or nothing to influence the earth’s climate. [2876]


Marc Morano, former communications director for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, remarks on the passage of the Waxman-Markey bill, “This is one of those times where you’ve just got to scratch your head and marvel at the raw arm-twisting and bribery that took place. This was a bill that was literally not about anything other than saving face because Nancy Pelosi had said she was going to do it and she did it. But it was just amazing to watch the raw power and basically the sleaze in which they did it.” [3700]


Financial experts predict that the value of the dollar will decline even more against other world currencies, as the U.S. government continues its rampant deficit spending and payment of the debt by printing money. Thomas Hart, foreign exchange strategist with Standard Chartered Bank, says “We think it’s clearly the beginning of a downward trend for the dollar.” A declining dollar means that prices on imported goods will rise for American consumers, and their dollar will not go as far on trips abroad. The situation is not likely to improve, because the United States faces massive budget deficits of at least 10 per cent of gross domestic product for years to come. Billionaire Warren Buffet has warned, “A country that continuously expands its debt as a percentage of GDP, it’s going to inflate its way out of that debt.” At some point Americans will face massive inflation as a result of the debt Obama is now piling up. [2877]


Despite Obama’s continued popularity with the public, a Washington Times poll shows that Americans who consider themselves “conservative” (40 per cent) outnumber those who call themselves “liberal” (21 per cent) by almost a two to one margin. Another 35 per cent call themselves “moderate.” One reason for the poll’s results is that many liberals are reluctant to call themselves liberal, while conservatives are not embarrassed by their label. The results also show that the election victory by Obama was not indicative of any strong shift in American ideologies (the 40 per cent percentage of conservatives is the highest it has been in 40 years of polling), it simply reflected a weak opponent (McCain) and Obama’s ability to sell himself as something he is not. [2878]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:21:28 pm

During April, 44 states reported job losses. California was the biggest job-destroyer, losing 63,700 jobs. States showing job gains included Arkansas (1,500 jobs created), Montana (1,500 jobs created), and Florida (1,300 jobs created). The states with the lowest unemployment rates were North Dakota (4 per cent), Nebraska (4.4 per cent), Wyoming (4.5 per cent), and South Dakota (4.8 per cent). Not surprisingly, the states with the highest unemployment are those with high taxes and anti-business environments. [2880]


In his never-ending quest for more revenue for the federal government, Obama proposes $58 billion in new taxes on securities brokers, life insurance, and estate taxes. [2884]

The White House says the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gays in the military is still under review. Obama had promised during the campaign to end the policy, but he has met opposition. Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell stated that the military had no plans to end the policy, but after a “talking to” by someone in the administration said, “President Obama has been clear in his direction to Secretary (Robert) Gates and (Joint Chiefs) Chairman (Mike) Mullen that he is committed to repeal the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy. He has also been clear that he is committed to do it in a way that is least disruptive to our troops, especially given that they have been simultaneously waging two wars for six years now. Although this will require changes to the law, the secretary and chairman are working to address the challenges associated with implementation of the president's commitment.” [2885]


A group of kindergarten children from Stafford County, Virginia were locked out of the White House on May 21. Their field trip’s bus arrived late for a scheduled tour, and they were denied entry because staff was already getting prepared for Obama’s meeting with the Super Bowl winner, the Pittsburgh Steelers. One parent said, “I was angry because they were disappointed.” Some of the football players were disappointed as well. They had expected a simple “meet and greet” with Obama but were also recruited to assemble 3,000 care packages for U.S. troops. [2886]


At a May 21 appearance Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu states, “The flag that flies over the Kotel (the Western Wall in Jerusalem) is the Israeli flag… our holy places, the Temple Mount—will remain under Israeli sovereignty forever.” The statement will no doubt raise the ire of Obama, who is pushing not only to force Israel to give more land to the Palestinians but to give up part of Jerusalem for the capital of a new Palestinian state. Hatem Abdel Khader, the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) minister for Jerusalem affairs, states that the Obama administration “…has made clear that Jerusalem must be accessible to everyone—but not united under Israel’s rule,” and claims that the United States is now cooperating with the PA to “thwart Israel’s plans in Jerusalem.” [2892, 2894]


MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow excoriates Obama for his “prolonged detention” policy for detaining captured terrorists. In his speech at the National Archives , Obama had said, “There may be a number of people who cannot be prosecuted for past crimes, in some cases because evidence may be tainted, but who nonetheless pose a threat to the security of the United States.” Maddow quotes the New York Times, which had written “We’ve known this (was) on the horizon for many years, but we were able to hold it off with George Bush. The idea that we might find ourselves fighting with the Obama administration over these powers is really stunning.” While former President Bush attempted to try the captured terrorists in military tribunals, Obama appears willing to dispense with the trials and hold the detainees indefinitely. Obama criticized Bush, saying “Our government was defending positions that undermine the rule of law,” yet Obama’s “prolonged detention” policy has no basis in law. [2887]


In only four days, $40,000 is raised through donations to fund “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” billboards to highlight the issue of challenges to Obama’s eligibility to serve as president because he may not be a natural born citizen. [2889]



In a May 23 interview with C-SPAN, Obama is asked, “You know the numbers, $1.7 trillion debt, a national deficit of $11 trillion. At what point do we run out of money?” He responds, “Well, we are out of money now.” Despite the fact that Obama has added to the national debt with a $787 billion stimulus bill, a $410 billion spending bill, and a budget that has at least $1.8 billion in deficits, Obama continues to blame the Bush administration. “We are operating in deep deficits, not caused by any decisions we’ve made on health care so far. This is a consequence of the crisis that we’ve seen and in fact our failure to make some good decisions on health care over the last several decades.” Obama is incorrect. Federal budget deficits are not a result of a “a failure to make good decisions on health care,” they are a failure of Congress to stop spending money it doesn’t have. Obama adds, “So we’ve got a short-term problem, which is we had to spend a lot of money to salvage our financial system, we had to deal with the auto companies, a huge recession which drains tax revenue at the same time it’s putting more pressure on governments to provide unemployment insurance or make sure that food stamps are available for people who have been laid off.” Obama is again incorrect. The federal government did not have to bail out Wall Street firms or give billions to the automakers; they could have been left to sink or swim on their own—and the taxpayers would have saved more than one trillion dollars. [2891]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:22:15 pm

Sam Webb, the leader of the Communist Party USA, addresses a crowd of supporters at a New York banquet. His speech, titled, “The impossible becomes the possible,” gives a laundry list of communist goals and says that with Obama in the White House, “All these—and many other things—are within our reach now!” [2893]


On Memorial Day (May 25), North Korea carries out an underground nuclear test. It measured 4.5 on the Richter scale used for earthquakes, and may have been an explosion of up to 20 kilotons—approximately equivalent of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II. (The communist nation’s last nuclear test was in 2006.) North Korea gave the United States less than an hour’s notice of the test. Obama states that the United States would work with its allies to “stand up to” North Korea, but mentioned no specific actions that might be taken. “North Korea has previously committed to abandoning its nuclear program,” said Obama. “Instead of following through on that commitment, it has chosen to ignore that commitment. Its actions have also flown in the face of United Nations resolutions. As a result North Korea is not only deepening its own isolation it’s also inviting stronger international pressure.” Obama also states the obvious, “North Korea’s behavior increases tensions and undermines stability in Northeast Asia,” and warns that Kim Jung-Il’s actions are “a matter of grave concern” and will prevent him from receiving “international acceptance.” (Obama’s foreign policy experts apparently neglected to tell him that North Korea does not care about instability in Northeast Asia or international acceptance.) There is very little the United States or other nations can do if China continues to trade with North Korea and provide it with food and energy. (China does not want a worsening of conditions in North Korea because that would result in a flood of hungry immigrants crossing the border into its territories.) North Korea also receives much needed cash from Iran in exchange for weapons technology, and Obama will be unlikely to persuade China or Iran to tamp down on Kim Jong-Il. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon says he is “deeply disturbed” by the nuclear test., while Great Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown says the test will “undermine prospects for peace on the Korean peninsula.” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi states, “If today’s announcement is true, these tests would be a clear violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718, which requires that North Korea not conduct any further nuclear tests. Such action by North Korea is unacceptable and cause for great alarm.” North Korea’s actions (which are likely being at least partially financed by Iran) may be “unacceptable,” but they have essentially already been accepted. The response from the west will likely be nothing more than another U.N. resolution Kim Jong-Il will ignore. [2897, 2898, 2905, 2940, 2985]


The same day North Korea tests a nuclear bomb, Iran launches warships in the Gulf of Aden. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad states, “Iran’s nuclear issue is over.” With his comment, Ahmadinejad likely means at least two things: Iran’s eventual nuclear bombs will work because North Korea’s bomb worked (the two nations are cooperating), and Obama will do nothing to stop Iran because he did nothing to stop Kim Jong-Il. [2940]


On May 26, the day after the nuclear test, North Korea test-launches another missile and accuses the United States of hostility. [2922, 2923]


Also on May 26, Obama nominates New York federal appellate judge Sonia Sotomayor to fill the Supreme Court vacancy of retiring Justice David Souter. Sotomayor is Hispanic, thus making it difficult for Republicans to oppose the left-leaning and activist judge without being accused of racism or sexism—which is likely one reason Obama chose her. (Obama’s move may also help Democrats gain Hispanic votes in 2010 and 2012.) In a 2001 speech, Sotomayor said, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” In 2005 she stated that a “court of appeals is where policy is made”—and then quickly “corrected” herself  “And I know—I know this is on tape, and I should never say that because we don’t make law. I know. Okay. I know. I’m not promoting it. I’m not advocating it. I’m—you know.” Sotomayor has been a member of “La Raza” (“the race”), a Hispanic group that supports, drivers licenses for illegal immigrants, easing of immigration laws, and giving illegal immigrants an easier “pathway to citizenship.” In 2002, Sotomayor told the New York Times that the courts are the “last refuge for the oppressed,” suggesting she would rule in favor of minorities even if the law is not in their favor. Her most controversial ruling involved a group of New Haven, Connecticut firefighters (Ricci v. Destefano) who were refused promotions because no blacks had scored high enough on the same test to be promoted. Sotomayor ruled against the firefighters. The case will go to the Supreme Court. (An amazingly high 60 per cent of Sotomayor’s decisions have been reversed by higher courts.) Sotomayor has no children and was once briefly married. She had a “temporary” fiancÚ during her appellate court confirmation hearings, after which he dropped out of sight, prompting speculation that she is gay. [2900, 2901, 2902, 2916, 2924]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:23:05 pm

Former law clerks and Sotomayor co-workers aren’t all in agreement that she is an excellent judge. The New Republic reports, “They expressed questions about her temperament, her judicial craftsmanship, and most of all, her ability to provide an intellectual counterweight to the conservative justices, as well as a clear liberal alternative.” One Second Circuit clerk remarked that Sotomayor is “…not that smart and kind of a bully on the bench. She has an inflated opinion of herself, and is domineering during oral arguments, but her questions aren’t penetrating and don’t get to the heart of the issue.” One clerk stated that Sotomayor is “…a fine Second Circuit judge—maybe not the smartest ever, but how often are Supreme Court nominees the smartest ever?” [2906, 2907]


Sotomayor, like Michelle Robinson Obama, attended Princeton. Michelle Robinson’s thesis was on race relations. In the paper’s introduction she wrote, “My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my ‘blackness’ than ever before. I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don’t belong.” Sotomayor’s thesis was on the Puerto Rican struggle for self-determination. Sotomayor joined the campus group Accion Puertorriqueno, and the led the efforts to file a 1974 complaint with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The complaint alleged that there was a “lack of commitment” to minority recruitment goals. Ironically, Sotomayor herself was accepted into Princeton as part of a minority recruitment drive. She got into Princeton because she was Puerto Rican, and then had the audacity to file a legal complaint charging that not enough was being done to recruit minorities. Like Michelle Robinson Obama later, the Princeton Sotomayor was clearly “into” “identity politics.” And like Obama, Sotomayor probably still is. A supporter of racial quotas, Sotomayor complained in a 2001 speech at the University of California at Berkeley that there were not enough Hispanic judges, saying “…we have only 10 out of 147 active Circuit Court judges and 30 out of 587 active district court judges. Those numbers are grossly below our proportion of the population.” (Sotomayor apparently believes that if 15 per cent of the American population is of Hispanic ancestry, a corresponding 15 per cent of all judges must be Hispanic as well. Sotomayor has not commented on how many Eskimo judges the Supreme Court should be required to maintain.) [2964, 3710]


In a manipulative attempt to paint Sotomayor as “moderate,” the CBS Evening News’ Katie Couric says, “Pundits usually label judges as either liberal or conservative, but that won’t be easy with Judge Sotomayor.” Correspondent Wyatt Andrews then states, “President Obama, then, has found a judge with 17 years experience but no clear ideology on discrimination, gay rights, or abortion and who can’t be easily defined by political labels.” Sotomayor has referred to herself as a liberal, even if the media is afraid to use the word. The media states that Sotomayor’s views on abortion are not known, in order to imply that she may not be as liberal as some have suggested. However, Sotomayor has been an active board member of a group called “Childbirth Connection,” that advocates “reproductive rights for women”—which is code for abortion on demand. As a judge, Sotomayor has ruled that a Muslim serving time in prison has a right to “Eid ul Fitr,” a Muslim holiday meal, yet otherwise follows a strict church-state separation. The National Organization for Women (NOW) quickly endorsed Sotomayor—something it would never consider if she were not pro-abortion or pro-lesbian. Sotomayor is an advocate of citing international law for U.S. rulings, and wrote an introduction for a book that promotes “…developing an international rule of law and institution-building” and praises those “…who work tirelessly to bring these institutions from their incipience to their maturity.” CBS and the other networks are lying when they use the moderate label; Sotomayor is a card-carrying liberal and judicial activist who will interpret the U.S. Constitution as she and Obama prefer, not as the Founding Fathers intended. [2928]


It has been alleged that Sotomayor and her ex-husband never lived together; they lived in different cities while they pursued separate careers. Her ex-husband is a Chicago attorney, Kevin E. Noonan. Noonan has been publicly silent about Sotomayor’s nomination and his relationship with her, and the media seems less than eager to seek him out for what might be pertinent stories about her past and how her experiences might influence her role as a Supreme Court Justice. (The media was eager to investigate the titles of movies that Reagan nominee Robert Bork rented at the local video store; in the case of Sotomayor, it is willing to accept her personal story as presented by Obama.) When Sotomayor was under consideration for her current position on the U.S. Court of Appeals, it was reported that she had a fiancÚ, Peter White. After Sotomayor’s confirmation, White disappeared from view. The Washington Post states that Sotomayor sometimes “does date.” Sotomayor is a member of “Belizean Grove,” an all-woman club that calls itself a “constellation of influential women.” (Readers can imagine the flak a Republican president would get it he nominate to the Supreme Court a male judge who belonged to a club that excluded women.) [2953, 3418]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:23:37 pm

The New York Times criticizes Obama for some “position changes” in an article called, “Nuance is Fine Until It’s a Flip-Flop.” The article points out that Obama had fought former President Bush on military commissions for terrorist detainees, but is now embracing them—but Obama argues, “my administration is bringing our commissions in line with the rule of law.” The Times states that Obama “…told Planned Parenthood that his first act as president would be to sign an abortion rights bill into law; now he says it is ‘not my highest legislative priority.’ He promised gay rights advocates that he would work for the repeal of the military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy, but he has pushed action into the future. …he released previously classified memos describing the C.I.A.’s harsh interrogation techniques. But then he moved to block the release of photos showing abuse of detainees—a 180-degree turn from his administration’s previous position.” [2903]


Kirk Loppold, retired former commander of the USS Cole and senior military fellow at Military Families United, says that Obama’s continual blaming of the Bush administration shows poor leadership. “The president—despite everything he said very eloquently—did not lay out any procedures for how he intended to close Guantanamo Bay on his one-year timeline,” and “If he didn’t want to deal with the legacy that he had been left with, if he didn’t want to fix the mess that he claims he was left with, then he needed to have seriously considered whether or not to assume the responsibility that he has today. Leaders don’t blame; they lead.” [2904]


A review of a list of Chrysler dealers that have been ordered closed reveals that the vast majority of them are owned by Republican campaign donors (or contributors to Obama’s primary opponents). The list contains 789 dealers, and 90 per cent of their owners gave donations to Republican candidates; less than 10 per cent were contributors to Democrat campaigns. Republican candidates allegedly received at least $450,000 in donations. Lesser amounts were given to Hilary Clinton and John Edwards; Obama received only $450 in donations, from owners of two of the 789 closing dealers. Chrysler states that the criteria for closing dealers included sales volume, customer service scores, local market share, and average household income in the area. Among the Chrysler dealers not being closed are those operated by the RLJ-McLarty-Landers Automotive Partnership, which is owned by Thomas “Mack” McLarty (former chief of staff for Bill Clinton), Robert Johnson (founder of Black Entertainment Television), and Steve Landers (4th generation car dealer); the threesome should see an increase in business, as all their nearby competitors have been ordered closed down. Obama remarks, “The necessary steps have been taken to give one of America’s most storied automakers, Chrysler, a new lease on life.” [2908, 2909, 2925, 2926,3109]


Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh comments on Obama’s selection of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. “So here you have a racist,” states Limbaugh. “You might want to soften that and you might want to say a reverse racist. And the libs of course say that minorities cannot be racists because they don’t have the power to implement their racism. Well, those days are gone because reverse racists certainly do have the power to implement their power. Obama is the greatest living example of a reverse racist, and now he’s appointed one.” An overwhelming number of Americans believe that judges should make decisions based on the law and the U.S. Constitution, and that judges should not make policy—as Obama and Sotomayor prefer. [2912]


More than one-half million letters are sent to Senators in protest of the “Hate Crimes” legislation that some argue is a disguised “**** Protection Act.” Congressman Louis Gohmert (R-TX) says that citizen action is the only way to stop the bill. “If you guys (on talk radio) don’t raise enough stink there’s no chance of stopping it,” said Gohmert. “It’s entirely in the hands of your listeners and people across the country. If you guys put up a strong enough fight, that will give backbone enough to the 41 or 42 in the Senate to say we don’t want to have our names on that.” [2913]


Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) says on May 26 that Republicans will not be an easy “rubber stamp” of Obama’s appointment of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. “I can tell you that we Republicans have met, as Democrats are meeting now, to formulate strategies because the last 25 years of confirmation of judges and justices have been a lot different than the first 200 years. There’s more of an in-depth view of people looking beyond just their qualifications of whether they should be on the bench,” which is partly a result “of Judge Bork being Borked in the U.S. Senate.” Grassley, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, states, “The committee has to take time to make sure the nominee will be true to the Constitution and apply the law rather than personal politics, feelings or preferences. It’s our job to ask very thorough questions. The Senate, obviously, can’t be a rubber stamp—in the last 20 years on Supreme Court nominees (it) has not been a rubber stamp.” [2914]


Steve Shirk, a participant in the “tea party” protests states he was visited by members of the Joint terrorism Task Force of the FBI, apparently because Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) believed some letters the citizen had written warranted an investigation. Shirk states, “Since when did expressing a political opinion, or disagreeing with the passage of Socialist bills in the legislature become terrorist in nature? I have specifically objected vehemently to the TARP, TALC, Economic Recovery Act, Omnibus Spending Bill, President Obama's 3.6 trillion dollar budget, cap and trade, and every other anti-capitalist bill put forth in the 111th Congress.” Shirk notes that the “…FBI  agent was very polite and respectful. He explained why I had been targeted and by whom, Senator Whitehouse, and assured me that this would be the end of it. I explained to him in answer to his questions what and why I had written. He agreed that I have the constitutional right to express my dissatisfaction with government policy. The last thing he said to me was to advise that I keep expressing my opinions.” Shirk posted his story on the Internet after deciding that others should be warned that simply having an opinion and criticizing the Obama administration could result in a similar “visit.” A spokesman for Senator Whitehouse stated “We have no idea where that (allegation) came from.” [2915, 2947]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:24:27 pm

South Korea and other nations assemble ships in the waters off North Korea, in a planned international program to intercept ships suspected of carrying weapons or nuclear weapons materials and supplies. North Korea calls the move tantamount to a declaration of war, and states “They should bear in mind that the (North) has tremendous military muscle and its own method of strike able to conquer any targets in its vicinity at one stroke or hit the U.S. on the raw, if necessary.” Kim Jong-Il’s regime promises “unimaginable and merciless punishment” to any nation that challenges its ships. The West considers additional sanctions against North Korea, but Pyongyang’s Minju Joson newspaper responds by stating, “It is a laughable delusion for the United States to think that it can get us to kneel with sanctions. We’ve been living under U.S. sanctions for decades, but have firmly safeguarded our ideology and system while moving our achievements forward. The U.S. sanctions policy toward North Korea is like striking a rock with a rotten egg.” [2917]


North Korea threatens to attack South Korea after it joins the initiative to inspect ships. A spokesman for Kim Jong-Il states that North Korea is no longer bound by the 1953 armistice because the U.S. government had allowed South Korea to intervene. “Any hostile act against our peaceful vessels including search and seizure will be considered an unpardonable infringement on our sovereignty and we will immediately respond with a powerful military strike,” said the spokesman. Obama states, “North Korea’s attempts to develop nuclear weapons, as well as its ballistic missile program, constitute a threat to international peace and security.” [2922, 2923]


The city of Columbus, Ohio, warns that its budget deficit may mean the loss of 324 police officer (15 per cent of its force). Obama had visited Columbus on March 6 to shake the hands of 25 police recruits who had just graduated, and bragged how his stimulus bill had provided them with jobs. He stated at the ceremony, I look into their (the police graduates’) eyes and I see their badges today, and I know that we did the right thing. These jobs and the jobs of so many other police officers and teachers and firefighters all across Ohio will now be saved because of this recovery plan.” [2918]


Obama visits Nevada’s Nellis Air Force Base and states the country is “already seeing results” from his stimulus legislation, and argues that he has saved or created roughly 150,000 jobs. Obama’s number is bogus; there are no hard figures to back it up. [2919]


It is reported that in January, Judge Sonia Sotomayor argued in the case Maloney v. Cuomo that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution only applies to federal restrictions against the right to bear arms, and that state and local laws can restrict that right. “It is settled law,” wrote Sotomayor, “that the Second Amendment applies only to limitations the federal government seeks to impose on this right,” and “The Second Amendment applies only to limitations the federal government seeks to impose on this right… not upon that of the state.” Sotomayor’s opinion is therefore that a city or state can pass a complete ban on weapons because it would not be a federal restriction. She believes that the Second Amendment refers only to military organizations and not individuals, and that individual American citizens have never had the right to bear arms. [2920]


Press secretary Robert Gibbs laughs off the first public White House press corps question about Obama’s birth certificate. World Net Daily correspondent Les Kinsolving asks Gibbs how Obama could pledge transparency in his administration yet not release his long form birth certificate to prove he is eligible to serve as president. Gibbs responds, “Are you looking for the president’s birth certificate? Lester, this question in many ways continues to astound me. The state of Hawaii provided a copy with the seal of the president’s birth. I know there are apparently at least 400,000 people (laughter) that continue to doubt the existence of and the certification by the state of Hawaii of the president’s birth there, but it’s on the Internet because we put it on the Internet for each of those 400,000 to download. I certainly hope by the fourth year of our administration that we’ll have dealt with this burgeoning birth controversy.” The document referred to by Gibbs is a short form “certification of live birth,” not the long form birth certificate which includes the name of the hospital, height and weight, physician’s signature, etc. (A short form document is not considered legal proof of birth for most processes in Hawaii, and the Obama document on the Internet is alleged to be a fraudulent computer-generated image). Refer to part I of The Obama Timeline for information about Obama’s birth certificate. [2927, 3426]


Israeli Defense Forces conduct border drills, while chief military officer Gabi Ashkenazi warns the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) that the Iranian-supported terrorist group Hizbullah “…has more rockets and long-range ammunition than it did before the Second Lebanon War (in 2006).” [2929]

Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:25:12 pm
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) visits China and discusses the need for action to prevent “global warming.” “We have so much room for improvement,” said Pelosi. “Every aspect of our lives must be subjected to an inventory… of how we are taking responsibility.” (It is assumed that Pelosi and her fellow politicians will grant themselves an exclusion from that “inventory.”) [2930]


Obama’s Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, addresses the St. James Palace Nobel Laureate Symposium in London and suggests that roofs be painted white to reflect sunlight and reduce global warming. Chu claims, “That would be the equivalent as if you took off all the automobiles of the world for eleven years.” (Columnist Rich Galen points out that because trees are green they could perhaps also be painted white, and inasmuch as Obama now runs General Motors and Chrysler he could order all their new cars to be white.) [2931, 2950, 2969, 3035]


Obama’s spending plans include $150 billion to create “green jobs,” and has referenced Spain as an example of success in that area. Researchers at King Juan Carlos University found, however, that for every “green” job created, 2.2 jobs were lost—and the environmental jobs were rarely permanent positions. The study states that the “green jobs policies” are “terribly economically counterproductive,” and “…the Spanish/EU-style ‘green jobs’ agenda now being promoted in the U.S. in fact destroys jobs.” The study also found that each job received between upwards of $750,000 in subsidies. (When asked about the Spanish study, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said he had not read it, but thinks it is wrong.) Obama neglects to consider the success of France, which relies on nuclear plants for almost 80 per cent of its electricity and recycles nuclear waste. Obama almost never mentions nuclear power, and is working to prevent the construction of Nevada’s Yucca Mountain repository for the storing of spent nuclear fuel. [2932, 3565, 3566, 3567]


Federal tax revenues are down 34 per cent in April 2009 compared with April 2008. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated a budget deficit of $1.7 trillion for the fiscal year ending September 30. (The federal budget’s fiscal year runs from October through September.) While Obama looks for more ways to spend money, the amount of tax revenue being collected by the government is falling because of lost jobs, business closures, and deferred or cancelled investments in the economy. [2933]


Senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s James Gattuso argues that Obama’s moves to takeover General Motors are illegal. Gattuso is alarmed by Obama’s demand for a 70 per cent stake in GM, “…which is a staggering share, especially when you consider that the company is being acquired without any vote of Congress, any legislation—just simply on the White House’s own initiative.” Further, if Obama’s plan is to “…take the money out of TARP and give it to General Motors, it certainly is illegal.” [2934]


Media observers suggest that some of the press fawning over Obama is in fear of retaliation from his administration. The Hollywood Reporter comments that although the networks are annoyed by the prime-time Obama press conferences that cost them millions in lost advertising revenue, people are keeping quiet, “fearing repercussions from the administration.” Executives reportedly stated, “If the president wants to make it tough for your network, he can,” and “Nobody wants to take on the White House, so we’ll have to tiptoe through this.” Of course, most media members also agree with Obama’s leftist policies, making them reluctant to criticize his actions—even when they are anti-American or illegal. Douglas MacKinnon, author and former White House and Pentagon official, states, “Big media has announced its love and fear of this ‘activist’ president. Maybe it’s time for the rest of us to pay much more attention to what’s going on in this White House.” [2935]


Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) and his Democrat cohorts on the House Energy and Commerce Committee sneak in an additional 284 pages to their “stop global warming, cap-and-trade” legislation. The bill includes a National Energy Tax that requires reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (such as the carbon dioxide routinely exhaled by animals and human beings). Studies estimate that the legislation will ultimately raise gasoline prices 74 per cent higher and electricity rates 90 per cent higher than they would rise without the new law. Supporters if the bill state that it will result in an 83 per cent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050–enough to cause a minuscule drop of 0.9 degrees in average global temperatures. Even James Hansen, one of the leading global warning alarmists, acknowledges that the “cap-and-trade” bill will have almost no impact on the earth’s climate. [2936]


Although the economy remains in a recession and Obama’s stimulus legislation appears to have stimulated very little but the size of the federal deficit, one business reports strong growth. Guns and ammunition are flying off store shelves, and manufacturers are having trouble keeping up with the demand. Bitterroot Valley Ammunition produces 300,000 rounds per day—about 100,000 less than it can sell. The company’s Darren Newsom says, “We probably have about six months of back orders right now.” Newsom has been in the business 20 years, and adds, “I went through the Clinton years and there was a bit of a scare then. This is like the Clinton years on steroids. On the day of the (Obama) election, our phones started going nuts. It hasn’t stopped since. It’s just unreal. Somewhere in lots of basements around the country, there are millions of rounds of ammunition being stored.” [2937, 2951]


Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Court of Michigan denies a motion by the federal government to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former combat Marine Kevin Murray. Murray argues that AIG offers insurance and mortgage services that are compliant with Muslim Shari’ah law, any funding of AIG by the federal government violates the establishment clause of the Constitution’s First Amendment because the government is prohibited from establishing or supporting any religion. AIG received billions of taxpayer dollars in bailout funds. The court states, in part, “In this case, the United States government has a majority interest in AIG. AIG utilizes consolidated financing whereby all funds flow through a single port to support all of its activities, including Sharia-compliant financing. Pursuant to the EESA, the government has injected AIG with tens of billions of dollars, without restricting or tracking how this considerable sum of money is spent. At least two of AIG’s subsidiary companies practice Sharia-compliant financing, one of which was unveiled after the influx of government cash. After using the $40 billion from the government to pay down the $85 billion credit facility, the credit facility retained $60 billion in available credit, suggesting that AIG did not use all $40 billion consistent with its press release. Finally, after the government acquired a majority interest in AIG and contributed substantial funds to AIG for operational purposes, the government co-sponsored a forum entitled ‘Islamic Finance 101.’ These facts, taken together, raise a question of whether the government’s involvement with AIG has created the effect of promoting religion and sufficiently raise Plaintiff’s claim beyond the speculative level, warranting dismissal inappropriate at this stage in the proceedings.” The Obama administration wants the lawsuit dismissed, allowing AIG to continue to sell Shari’ah financing products to Muslim customers while the company is being supported by federal tax dollars. [2938, 2949]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:25:49 pm

It is reported that Obama’s “car czar,” Steven Rattner, is married to Maureen White. White is the former national finance chairman of the Democrat National Committee. Rattner was a New York Times reporter prior to moving to a Wall Street position. While the Obama administration is ostracizing Wall Street executives for their lavish lifestyles, Rattner is building a $15 million summer home in Lambert’s Cover, a posh area near Martha’s Vineyard. The home will have 15,500 square feet. It has been reported that Rattner is “uncomfortably close to a criminal investigation into the New York state pension fund.” [2939, 2991, 2992]


Although the federal government will be using members of the voter-registration group ACORN to conduct the 2010 census, it is reported that “law enforcement” and “anti-immigrant” groups will not be allowed to participate in the census activities. The Census Bureau states that it wants assistance from various “national organizations” (like ACORN) and other groups to serve the “hard to count” clusters, identifying those “clusters” as “the economically disadvantaged,” “the unattached mobile singles” and “high density areas with ethnic enclaves.” The Obama administration is willing to allow census counters to be hired from ACORN—which has felony changes pending against it in several states for fraudulent voter-registration activities—but does not trust people  in “law enforcement” to go door-to-door to count Americans. ACORN members will likely intentionally inflate the counts of illegal immigrants and any others living in Democrat Congressional districts. [2941]


Judy Shepard visits the White House to lobby Obama to press for passage of the pending “hate crimes” legislation. Shepard’s son, Matthew, was a homosexual who was murdered. In response to the visit, the White House states, “The President thanked Ms. Shepard for her work on the hate crimes bill and reiterated his commitment to ensuring that the Senate finalize the bill and act swiftly.” Murder is of course already illegal, and someone who is given a life sentence—or a death sentence—for murder likely does not care if he is also charged with a hate crime. Many Americans oppose the hate crimes legislation before Congress because it may work to protect pedophiles. The law, divisively referred to as the “**** Protection Act,” would create new federal penalties if it is believed that a victim was chosen based on an “actual or perceived… sexual orientation, gender identity.” Thus, if someone exposes himself to a woman and she hits him with her purse, he may have committed a misdemeanor (“flashing” in public), but she can be accused of committing a federal “hate crime” because his perversion is protected by law. The law could be used to make it illegal for ministers, priests, and rabbis to preach against homosexuality, and criticizing a child molester would be a federal crime. [2942]


Chicago activist and investigative journalist Andy Martin continues to fight the State of Hawaii for the release of Obama’s original long form birth certificate, with appeals of his October 17, 2008 lawsuit. Hawaii’s Health Director, Chiyome Fukino, previously issued the statement, “I, and Dr. Alvin Onaka, have personally seen and verified that the Hawaii State Department of Health has Senator Obama’s original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures.” Martin argues that statement is intentionally vague, and is demanding that the document be made public so that everyone can see the information it contains. In a related issue, skeptical consumers can now buy toilet paper printed with an image of the allegedly fraudulent Obama birth certificate that his campaign posted on the Internet. [2943, 2944, 2945, 2946, 3426]


The Obama administration drops charges against three militant members of the New Black Panthers (Malik Shabazz, Samir Shabazz, and Jerry Jackson) who were accused of threatening voters at a Philadelphia polling place on election day. “Minister King Samir Shabazz” held a nightstick or Billy club that he pointed at and menacingly tapped as people arrived to vote. Prosecutors charged that Shabazz “supports racially motivated violence against non-blacks and Jews.” The federal government won the case against the three in April, but the administration chose to drop the charges. Poll watcher Bartle Bull, a former civil rights lawyer and campaign manager for Robert F. Kennedy, said in his affidavit, “I watched the two uniformed men confront voters and attempt to intimidate voters. They were positioned in a location that forced every voter to pass in close proximity to them. The weapon was openly displayed and brandished in plain sight of voters.” The three men interfered with poll observers, and said to one white worker, “You are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker.” At least one of the three thugs (Jerry Jackson, who, unlike his two friends, apparently has not yet chosen a new Muslim name) was issued an official poll “Watcher’s Certificate” by the county; the document states that Jackson was given credentials by the Democrat Party. A spokesman for Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice said, “The Justice Department was successful in obtaining an injunction that prohibits the defendant who brandished a weapon outside a Philadelphia polling place from doing so again. Claims were dismissed against the other defendants based on a careful assessment of the facts and the law. The department is committed to the vigorous prosecution of those who intimidate, threaten or coerce anyone exercising his or her sacred right to vote.” The Obama administration’s “vigorous prosecution” meant dropping the charges. Hans Van Spakovsky, former Justice Department official and voting rights scholar, states, “I have never heard of the Department dismissing a case it has already won by default. They have… sent the message that hurling racial epithets and slurs at voters and intimidating and threatening voters at the polls is fine with the Holder Justice Department—at least if you are African-American. I seriously doubt that would have happened if the races had been reversed in this case.” [2948, 2961, 2962, 2983, 3076, 3110]

Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:26:25 pm
While Obama’s Justice Department drops charges against three thugs who intimidated voters on election day, it is working to prevent the state of Georgia from imposing a rule that voters must provide proof of citizenship—even though two federal courts approved the rules. Georgia’s Secretary of State, Karen Handel, charges that the Department of Justice “…has thrown open the door for activist organizations such as ACORN to register non-citizens to vote in Georgia’s elections, and the state has no ability to verify an applicant’s citizenship status or whether the individual even exists.” Obama and Holder apparently believe it is acceptable for blacks to intimidate white voters, and for illegal immigrants to vote without proof of citizenship. [3076]


Interest on 10-year Treasury Notes rise to 3.75 per cent on May 27, the result of the massive debt the federal government needs to finance. “The Treasury is issuing a lot of money,” states bond fund manager Bill Gross. “The market is beginning to wonder who is going to be buying these bonds.” Interest rates have to be raised in order to attract buyers (whether individuals or nations) for U.S. debt. That, in turn, cause interest rates everywhere to increase, as those who need to borrow money have to compete with the U.S. government for buyers. No one would buy a corporate bond that pays 2 per cent if a government bond pays 3.75 per cent. Thus, if a corporation needs to sell binds, it must pay more than 3.75 per cent interest to attract buyers. That, in turn, lead the government to increase the rate it is willing to pay, because it also needs the cash. (When no buyers are found, the government simply “buys the bonds itself”—by printing money. That is inflation, which causes general price increases nationwide.) Obama needs close to $2 trillion to finance the current year federal deficit; that is $2 trillion not available to businesses and consumers. The money that businesses want to borrow to expand operations and create jobs, or that consumers want to borrow to buy houses, cars, or appliances, will instead be used to buy federal bonds—to finance Obama’s debt. Simply as a matter of supply and demand, the reduction in cash available for loans to businesses and consumers will result in higher interest rates. [2952]


Asked about Obama’s upcoming trip to the site of the Buchenwald, his great uncle Charles Payne remarks, “This is a trip he chose, not because of me I’m sure, but for political reasons. Perhaps his visit also has something to do with improving his standing with (German Chancellor) Angela Merkel. Merkel gave him a hard time during his campaign and also afterwards.” Payne, the brother of Obama’s maternal grandmother Madelyn Payne, served in World War II and was a member of the force that liberated Ohrdof, a sub-camp of the Buchenwald complex. During the campaign, Obama erred in saying that his great uncle helped liberate Auschwitz, rather than Ohrdof or Buchenwald. Payne tells the German magazine Spiegel that he was shocked to see his war experience mentioned in Obama campaign commercials. He relates that he had never spoken to Obama about his war experiences, nor had he ever showed any interest. “I was quite surprised when the whole thing came up and Barack talked about my war experiences in Nazi Germany. We had never talked about that before.” Payne, a lifelong Democrat, is nevertheless not close to Obama. Pressed for details of his memories of the concentration camp, Payne states that he prefers not to think about it, but he was “…horrified by the lengths to which men will go to mistreat other men,” and adds, “I am puzzled by intelligent people who stand by and allow their country to be taken over and run by extreme radical types,” Payne said. “I’m still somewhat puzzled by that. And I am fully aware that it could happen and has almost happened in this country. You know, I lived through the McCarthy era in the 1950s, when it was getting dangerously close to that sort of thing.” Payne also remarks that Obama, his late sister’s grandson, “…had the good luck, if you will, of the financial crisis that got him elected, but now he also has to deal with it.” [2954, 2965]


According to the Almanac of the Federal Judiciary, several attorneys who have argued cases before Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, state she is “nasty,” “angry,” and a “terror on the bench.” One lawyer states “She really lacks judicial temperament. She behaves in an out-of-control manner. She makes inappropriate outbursts.” Another claims she “abuses lawyers.” One well-publicized criticism calls Sotomayor an intellectual lightweight and “kind of a bully on the bench.” Others simply state that Sotomayor”…does not suffer fools gladly.” [2955]


Former Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) calls the La Raza (“the race”) organization “a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses.” Sonia Sotomayor has been a supporter of La Raza, which advocates less restrictive immigration policies, drivers licenses for illegal immigrants, and other benefits for illegals. Sotomayor, who is of Puerto Rican ancestry, represented the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund during the 1980s, for a case that argued New York City’s police exams discriminated against blacks and Latinos. The lawsuit was an attempt to “level the playing field” because whites scored better on the exams; the lawsuit resulted in quotas. The organization is now called LatinoJustice PRLDEF. The White House and the media are eager to emphasize Sotomayor’s “compelling personal story” and make sure everyone knows she learned she had diabetes at age 8, lost her father at age 9, and grew up in Bronx housing projects—but they generally neglect to mention that Sotomayor was a board member of LatinoJustice PRLDEF for 12 years, where she worked to establish preferential treatment for minorities at the expense of whites who outperformed them on tests. [2957, 2959, 2960, 2973]


Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) says that the market should have determined the fate of General Motors and that the government takeover of the company puts America on “the road to socialism.” The government has already loaned General Motors $19.4 billion and is ready to give it $30 billion more to keep it operating under bankruptcy protection. The government will own as much as 72.5 per cent of the restructured company’ stock under the plan currently being considered. Shelby tells CBS’ The Early Show, “We should have let the market forces work it out. That’s the way we’ve always done it… What we’ve done… it’s the road toward socialism, government intervention in the market in a big way. What’s the end game here and can the American people afford it? I think the answer is obviously not.” [2956]


In his book, Grand Illusion, the Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny, author Theresa Amato charges that then Democrat National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe tried to pay off presidential candidate Ralph Nader to withdraw from the race in 2004. McAuliffe is now running for governor of Virginia in the state’s Democrat primary. “When you get a call like that, first of all it’s inappropriate,” states Nader. “The other thing is if you don’t immediately say no, it’s like taffy, you get stuck with it.” McAuliffe does not deny the charge; a spokeswoman tells the Washington Post that he “was concerned that Ralph Nader would cost John Kerry the election as he did Al Gore in 2000 and give us another four years of George W. Bush.” [2958]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:26:59 pm

On May 27, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells reporters that the Obama administration “wants to see a stop to (Israeli) settlements—not some settlements, not outposts, not natural growth exceptions.” Obama is therefore demanding that the citizens of another sovereign nation cannot even build room additions in the suburbs of Jerusalem when a family has a new baby, they cannot build a new house on land they own, and cannot expand their businesses—because Obama eventually wants to turn over all their land to Palestinians. Columnist Charles Krauthammer points out, “It’s farcical to suggest that the peace process is moribund because a teacher in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem is making an addition to her house to accommodate new grandchildren—when Gaza is run by Hamas terrorists dedicated to permanent war with Israel and when Mahmoud Abbas, having turned down every one of Ehud Olmert’s peace offers, brazenly declares that he is in a waiting mode—waiting for Hamas to become moderate and for Israel to cave—before he’ll do anything to advance peace.” Israel’s Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, later complains to an aide, “What the Hell do they (Obama and Clinton) want from me?” Netanyahu is learning that Obama will not budge; he has taken an anti-Israeli stance, and Netanyahu will either have to deal with it—or risk the consequences of losing U.S. financial and military support. Some argue that if Netanyahu does accede to Obama’s “peace plans,” Israel will actually be worse off—losing its sovereignty entirely if Hamas and Hizbullah gain footholds in new territories, and if enough Palestinians relocate in Israel to win a majority of the votes in future elections. Obama has basically told Israel “It’s my way or the highway”—but his way may mean an end to Israel. [2963, 3075]


Obama meets with Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas on May 28. Abbas likely got what he came for: a hard-line stance on Israel. Obama will likely keep pressing Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu until he caves in… or his government falls and Israel replaces Netanyahu with someone less devoted to saving the Jewish State from destruction. Obama seems not to be prepared for a third circumstance—Netanyahu and Israel recognizing that going it alone without U.S. support may be preferable to giving in to Obama and losing their nation to Palestinian terrorists. Obama na´vely believes that if only Israel would give more land to the Palestinians, their terrorist attacks against Israel will stop. He is wrong. Israel’s enemies do not want some of its land for Palestinians, they want all of Israel, Jerusalem as their undivided capital, and the complete elimination of the Jewish nation. Nimer Hamad, senior political advisor for Mahmoud Abbas, states that Abbas “…heard from Obama and his administration in a very categorical way that a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital is in the American national and security interest.” Another PA official states that Obama told Abbas he would not let Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “get in the way” the administration’s leaning toward the Muslim world. “We were told from this new administration they will not allow a Netanyahu government to hurt their efforts of rehabilitating U.S. relations with the Arab and Islamic world, which is a high priority of Obama.” Although Netanyahu recently stated “Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. Jerusalem was always ours and will always be ours. It will never again be partitioned and divided,” Obama does not see it that way and, according to PA minister for Jerusalem affairs Hatem Abdel Khader, “made it clear that Jerusalem must be accessible to everyone—but not united under Israel’s rule.” Khader claims the Obama administration is helping the PA “thwart Israel’s plans in Jerusalem.”

[2963, 2979]


Concerned taxpayers note that Obama’s “stimulus” legislation allowed $109.5 million for the New York State Veterans’ Home at St. Alban’s in Jamaica, New York in order to “…install more efficient motors, variable speed drive units, lighting, ballasts, lighting sensors, daylight sensors and to replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. All of these improve the energy efficiency of the facility, lower costs, and lessen its impact on the environment.” The $109.5 million expenditure represents $438,000 per patient at the 250-bed facility—which apparently has an extraordinary number of light bulbs that need replacing. Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY) later says the number represents all New York veterans’ facilities, and the St. Albans facility received only $3 million—or “only” $12,000 per patient to change light bulbs. [3305, 3306, 3307, 3308, 3309]


Obama supporter and economist Paul Krugman writes in the New York Times that America should not be worried about inflation, despite the massive amount of debt the administration is accumulating and paying for by printing money. Krugman laughingly claims that “modern examples” of inflation “are lacking,” and states “…the United States itself emerged from World War II with debt exceeding 120 percent of G.D.P. In none of these cases did governments resort to inflation to resolve their problems.” Krugman may not have noticed that houses, cars, groceries, and consumer products all cost considerably more than they did at the end of World War II. (In 1945, the average cost of a new house was $4,600; the average income was $2,400; a gallon of gas was 15 cents; the cost of renting a home was $60 per month; a new car averaged $1,020; and a man’s shirt cost $2.50.) Krugman apparently also slept through the four years of the Jimmy Carter presidency. [2998, 2999]


Mark Levin, author of Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, says on his radio talk show on May 28 that the United States is now “as close to a dictatorship as this country has ever seen.” [3111]


Obama names Louis B. Susman the U.S. Ambassador to England. Susman, a former vice-chairman of Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking, collected substantial donations for the Obama campaign. Susman has collected so much for Democrat campaigns that he is called “the vacuum cleaner.” Susman raised more than $250,000 for the Obama campaign and $300,000 for the inauguration. Charles H. Rivkin will be the ambassador to France. (Rivkin is a Hollywood mogul who raised more than $500,000 for the Obama campaign, and $300,000 for inauguration festivities.) Attorney John V. Roos will be ambassador to Japan; he raised more than $500,000. Laurie S. Fulton, who managed to gather more than $100,000, heads to Denmark. Of 18 ambassadors named by Obama so far, only five are career diplomats. Howard Gutman, a Washington lawyer who raised more than $500,000 for Obama, will be U.S. envoy to Belgium. Virginia Lieutenant Governor Donald Beyer will be ambassador to Switzerland and Luxembourg; Beyer also raised more than $500,000. Vinai Thummalapally, a Colorado businessman and former roommate from Obama’s Occidental College drug days, collected over $100,000 and will become Ambassador to Belize. Mark Gitenstein (a Washington lawyer who apparently did not raise enough for a more plum assignment) gets Romania. The process of “paying off” campaign donors with “plumb posts” is not new, but Obama has promised “reform” and “transparency” so often that the appointments may raise some eyebrows. [2966, 3270]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:27:41 pm

On May 29, Obama heads to a hamburger restaurant with NBC’s Brian Williams. Also at the restaurant is an employee of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) named Walter. Walter tells Obama where he works, and Obama asks, “So explain to me exactly what this National Geospatial… uh…” and the employee explains, “Uh, we work with, uh, satellite imagery.” The NGA (formerly known as the National Imagery and Mapping Agency) collects, analyzes, and distributes geospatial intelligence. (One might assume it is currently assume the NGA is involved in examining satellite images of nuclear installations in North Korea and Iran.) [2967, 2968]


The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq holds a “Gay Pride Theme Party” on Friday night, May 29. The e-mailed invitation dated May 10 states, “Come celebrate the start of Summer with color… and in costume! Dress in drag or as a gay icon. All are welcome. Prizes will be awarded for two contests: Best Dressed Gay Icon and Best Lip Synch Performance.” The invitation reminded readers to “order costume supplies now in time for May 29th. For more info and costume ideas, check out the next edition of The Tigris Times.” A spokesman for the embassy states, “This is an event organized and sponsored by a group of employees. Given the lack of places to meet in Baghdad, the embassy allows groups to use its social facilities for events on a first-come, first-served basis.” Apparently little or no thought was given to whether a “gay pride theme party” might offend the Muslim population of Baghdad, yet to avoid insulting Islam the Army has taken Bibles from U.S. soldiers and destroyed them because they were distributing them to Iraqis. (In next door Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad states there are no homosexuals, and has stated, “We do not have this phenomenon”—likely because being “outed” means being hanged in public.) [2988, 2989]


It is reported that the Obama administration is working with the United Nations on a “global warming” treaty that would force on the United States tougher carbon emissions standards than most other countries, and call for U.S. taxpayers to help developing nations control their emissions. The treaty is being prepared by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). The treaty is expected to be finalized in December 2009. The United States will face tougher requirements than “developing countries” like China and Saudi Arabia. Text in the current version of the treaty’s introduction states, “The United States is committed to reaching a strong international agreement in Copenhagen based on both the robust targets and ambitious actions that will be embodied in U.S. domestic law and on the premise that the agreement will reflect the important national actions of all countries with significant emissions profiles to contain their respective emissions.” That is, the treaty assumes the Obama administration will get global warming taxes passed in the United States. American businesses will be the main targets, based on the statement that “The private sector is expected to be a much larger source of funding than the public sector, making it critical that policies in both developed and developing countries promote the flow of such funding”—meaning that governments will impose “global warming taxes” on businesses to pay for the carbon dioxide emission reduction programs. Any taxes imposed on American businesses will necessarily be passed on to American consumers. The treaty also emphasizes that the “…alleviation of poverty is an essential factor in addressing the impacts of climate change.” That statement is code for “American taxpayers will be sending even more of their tax dollars overseas.” [2984]


An editorial by Ted Rall, a columnist with the Universal Press Syndicate (and president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists), calls for Obama to resign. Rall (who is not a conservative and who also criticizes Republicans in the editorial) writes, “We expected broken promises. But the gap between the soaring expectations that accompanied Barack Obama’s inauguration and his wretched performance is the broadest such chasm in recent historical memory. This guy makes Bill Clinton look like a paragon of integrity and follow-through.” Obama’s call for “preventive detentions” angers Rall the most. “Preventive detention is the classic defining characteristic of a military dictatorship,” writes Rall. “That anyone has ever been subjected to ‘preventive detention’ is an outrage. That the president of the United States, a man who won an election because he promised to elevate our moral and political discourse, would even entertain such a revolting idea offends the idea of civilization itself.… Obama has revealed himself. He is a monster, and he should remove himself from power.” [2980, 3080]


Obama’s Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, names Kevin Jennings to be Assistant Deputy Secretary in the Office of Safe Schools. Jennings will be responsible for overseeing safety in America’s public schools. Jennings is also the founder of a homosexual activist group called the GLSEN (gay, lesbian, straight education network). GLSEN promotes homosexual clubs in high schools, middle schools, and even grade schools, and promoted the national “Day of Silence” in schools to celebrate homosexuality. Jennings’ own website says he “has spent the last 12 years building GLSEN into a national organization at the forefront of a bold movement that now works with over 3,000 Gay-Straight Alliances.” Linda Harvey, of the group Mission America, calls the Jennings appointment a “tragedy” and says, “It is unconscionable. This is educational malpractice and child corruption.” Harvey cites an Iowa example of what Jennings may push for on a nationwide basis. In Council Bluffs, Iowa, teachers attend a two-day training course called “How to Make My Classroom Safe for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual) Students.” The seminar includes videos “…from Anderson Cooper 360, ‘Will and Grace,’ and several popular film segments like ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and ‘Latter Days.’” Duncan’s statement appointing Jennings stated that GLSEN “…works to make schools safe for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.” [2970]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:28:14 pm

Jennings, who once said “**** ‘em” to the “religious right,” considers the promotion of homosexuality and gender confusion “normal,” even for young students. At a GLSEN “TeachOut” conference for students and public school teachers that was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Education, children as young as age 12 were taught how to engage in homosexual acts. At the March 25, 2000 “workshop,” one adult tells a group of high school students, “Fisting (forcing one’s entire hand into another person’s rectum or ****) often gets a bad rap… (It’s) an experience of letting somebody into your body that you want to be that close and intimate with… (and is meant) to put you into an exploratory mode.” Teachers who attended the “conference” received “professional development credits” from the state. Obama wants Kevin Jennings—the founder of the organization that promotes these activities—to be Assistant Deputy Secretary in the Office of Safe Schools. [3129, 3130]


On May 30, Defense Secretary Robert Gates warns North Korea that the United States would not accept it as a nuclear weapons state—although it arguably already has by doing nothing in response to its recent test of a nuclear bomb. “We will not stand idly by as North Korea builds the capability to wreak destruction on any target in the region—or on us,” Gates tells a major security conference in Singapore. North Korea can “…continue as a destitute, international pariah, or chart a new course. President Obama has offered an open hand to tyrannies that unclench their fists. He is hopeful, but he is not na´ve. Likewise, the United States and our allies are open to dialogue, but we will not bend to pressure or provocation.” In truth, the Obama administration can do little to punish North Korea, as it has been under sanctions since 1953. As long as it can get cash from Iran and other nations in exchange for nuclear and missile technology, and food and energy from China, the communist regime can likely resist other international pressures. Kim Jong-Il assumes there will be no attack against his country, and he understands that China would rather help him that have to absorb millions of North Korean refugees crossing the border. [2971]


Raila Odinga, Obama’s cousin and the corrupt Prime Minister of Kenya, travels to Iran. (When Odinga ran for president of Kenya, his supporters engaged in **** and murder. He was made Prime Minister in exchange for a cessation of the violence.) Odinga is likely in Iran to gain international support in advance of another run for the Kenyan presidency. [2993]


Arguing for a quick approval of his Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, Obama states that he hopes “…we can avoid the political posturing and ideological brinksmanship that has bogged down this (Supreme Court nomination) process, and Congress, in the past.” Obama, who is trying to avoid a filibuster over Sotomayor, himself voted to filibuster the nomination of Bush-nominee Samuel Alito. Obama said on January 29, 2006 that he would “…be supporting the filibuster because I think Judge Alito, in fact, is somebody who is contrary to core American values, not just liberal values, you know. When you look at his decisions in particular during times of war, we need a court that is independent and is going to provide some check on the executive branch, and he has not shown himself willing to do that repeatedly.” With the shoe on the other foot, Obama now opposes filibusters. [2990]


A Pentagon official states that U.S. ground-based interceptor rockets could “likely” bring down a long-range missile fired from North Korea. The “star wars” system, which has reportedly had eight successful interceptions in 13 attempts, has been ridiculed by Obama as “ineffective” and has resisted funding for the program. Most Americans, however, might prefer an 8 out of 13 chance to defeat intercept an incoming nuclear warhead to not having the system at all. [2972]


Obama’s hidden birth certificate is the number one discussion topic at the Fox News Channel’s website. The discussion heading is “Should Obama release his birth certificate?” No major media outlet, including Fox News, has done any meaningful reporting on the issue of Obama’s eligibility to serve as president, his hidden birth certificate, or his refusal to release school records and medical records—despite more than 400,000 names on an electronic petition demanding information. [2974]

A federal appeals court stalls oral arguments in the case Berg v. Obama (No. 088-4340). The case, filed by attorney Philip J. Berg, questions Obama’s eligibility to serve as president without his first proving he is a natural born citizen, as required by the U.S. Constitution. The hearing was originally scheduled for late May or early June; it has now been put off until September or October. Berg states, “I am totally disappointed that there has been this delay. I am determined to keep fighting lawfully through our court system; I believe there is a judge or justices that will grant us discovery as it is essential… that the truth be told.” (The status of Berg’s various lawsuits can be monitored at the website.) Berg contends that “When people are made aware of the Obama hoax, that Obama has not proven he is constitutionally qualified/eligible to be president; that Obama has not produced his original (vault version) birth certificate; that Obama has not produced legal documents to show he legally changed his name from his adopted name of Barry Soetoro from Indonesia; they will demand Obama be removed from his office of president of the United States.” [2975]

Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:28:51 pm
In Cairo, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas tells reporters that Obama promised Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarek he is committed to stopping Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria. Previous agreements between the United States and Israel recognized expansion of those settlements as a result of natural growth (such as enlarging a home when additional children are born), but Obama is ignoring those agreements in order to appease the Palestinians. (At the G-20 summit in April, Obama said nations should “forge partnerships as opposed to simply dictating solutions.”) “When the American administration talks about Israel’s duty to stop the settlements—including natural growth—it is a very important step,” states Abbas. [2986, 3075]

Obama takes his wife to New York City for dinner and a play the evening of May 30. He releases the statement, “I am taking my wife to New York City because I promised her during the campaign that I would take her to a Broadway show after it was all finished.” Deputy press secretary John Earnest tells reporters that he does not anticipate “being able to provide a cost estimate tonight.” (One newspaper article states the cost of the trip was $24,000—but that is clearly ridiculously low. The cost of the trip includes more than just the fuel and pilots of a Gulfstream jet for the Obamas. An advance team is sent to New York several days before the trip, including Marines and helicopter maintenance equipment on a C-17 military transport. Hotel rooms and meals must be provided for crews and Secret Service agents. The total cost to the taxpayers likely exceeded $250,000.) [2976, 3748]

On May 31, Politico reports that CNN’s prime-time ratings have dropped sharply since Obama took office, laughingly calling the network’s strategy “middle of the road.” Anderson Cooper averaged only 1.06 million viewers in April, and has had fewer than one million in May. In the 1990s, CNN was often ridiculed as the “Clinton News Network” for its positive spin on the antics of Bill Clinton. Now, many Americans call it the “Communist News Network” because of its decidedly pro-Obama and pro-socialist slant. [2977]


The White House announces that Obama will travel to Egypt and speak at the University of Cairo on June 4. Press secretary Robert Gibbs says “The speech will outline his personal commitment to engagement, based upon mutual interests and mutual respect. He will discuss how the United States and Muslim communities around the world can bridge some of the differences that have divided them.” Obama will also visit Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on June 3, and follow his stop in Egypt with visits to Germany and France. [2978]


Infamous Kansas late-term abortionist George Tiller is shot and killed as he entered church on Sunday, May 31. Tiller was recently acquitted of 19 counts of illegally aborting viable babies in violation of a state law requiring the opinion of a second physician, but still faced potential disciplinary measures and further indictments. The killing is likely a setback for foes of abortion as well as Second Amendment advocates, because Obama will use the shooting to push for more restrictions on guns and fewer restrictions on abortions. [2982]


The White House administers an “open government dialogue” website which solicits from the public topics it believes warrant discussion. The topic “Should Obama release his birth certificate?” quickly garnered more than one thousand comments and “votes.” The comments were added after press secretary Robert Gibbs dodged a question about the release of Obama’s long form birth certificate. [2994, 2995, 3006, 3426]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:29:21 pm

June 2009


On June 1, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner arrives in Beijing to reassure the Chinese that the American debt they are holding is a “safe investment.” En route, Geithner told reporters “No one is going to be more concerned about future deficits than we are.” China holds an estimated $768 billion in U.S. government debt, and is understandably concerned that the Obama administration’s record-setting deficits will prompt it to print money, weaken the value of the dollar, and cause China to lose a fortune. Geithner states, “I will, of course, make it clear that we are committed to a strong dollar, that we are committed to bringing our fiscal deficits down over the medium term to a sustainable place, to a sustainable level.” Geithner and Obama are making a less than admirable start; former President Bush’s final deficit was $455 billion; Obama’s first will be at least $1.75 trillion—almost four times as much. Yu Yongding, former advisor to the central bank of China, states, “It would be helpful if Mr. Geithner can show us some arithmetic,” and “I wish to tell the U.S. government: ‘Don’t be complacent and think there isn’t any alternative for China to buy your bills and bonds… The Euro is an alternative. And there are lots of raw materials we can still buy,’” and “You should not try to inflate away your debt burden.” [2981, 3125]


Israel schedules an unprecedented, nationwide civil defense drill in which all Israeli citizens are supposed to seek shelter from a simulated attack from Iran. [3055]


The Washington Post states, “Economists forecast that employers will have shed another 530,000 jobs and that the jobless rate will rise to 9.2 percent (in May), from 8.9 percent (in April). Although those numbers are steep, they would provide ammunition for the glimmers-of-hope crowd.” A loss of more than a half million jobs is converted to good news by a pro-Obama newspaper; no such “silver linings” were ever sought for former President Bush. (In January, Obama had said that if his stimulus bill were approved the unemployment rate would not rise above 8 per cent.) [3034]


Former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore, announces he will run for Governor. His likely opponent in 2010 will be Artur Davis, a Harvard Law School pal of Obama. Davis supports Obama’s policies. Moore is famous for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the state courthouse, in defiance of an order from a federal judge. Moore lost the Republican primary for governor in 2006, to incumbent Bob Riley. [2996, 2997]


It is reported that investigative journalist Bob Woodward (of Woodward and Bernstein Watergate fame) is working on a book about Obama. Woodward’s reputation is likely making the Obama administration nervous. “Every White House is war of Woodward,” says New York Times correspondent Peter Baker, who had worked with Woodward at the Washington Post. [3000]


Attorney General Eric Holder orders increased security for abortion doctors and facilities after the murder of late-term abortionist George Tiller. The last murder of an abortionist occurred in 1998. (During the Clinton administration, Tiller received 30 months of protection from U.S. marshalls, at taxpayer expense.) [3001, 3038]


After Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) states that Obama should be careful when visiting Harlem, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg states, “I have a lot of respect for Charlie Rangel, but in this case, he's just plain wrong.” Rangel’s remark was in response to a tragic accidental killing of a black police officer by a white officer. The victim was not in uniform and, with his gun drawn, was chasing a man. Other plainclothes officers yelled for both of the men to stop and then opened fire, killing the officer. Rangel told a reporter that Obama should “make certain he doesn’t run around in East Harlem without identification,” and suggested that a black officer is more likely to get shot than a white officer. Bloomberg responds, “This was a tragedy. Our police department is diverse, and they train; sometimes things happen and they’re inexplicable. There’s no reason to suspect this had any racial overtones.” [3002]


On June 1, Obama issues a proclamation naming June 2009 “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.” It reads, in part, “LGBT Americans have made, and continue to make, great and lasting contributions that continue to strengthen the fabric of American society.” Obama states, “I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration.” [3004, 3051]


Outside an Armed Forces recruitment center in Little Rock, Arkansas on the morning of June 1, U.S. Army private William Long is killed and another, Quinton I. Ezeagwula, is wounded when a man fires at them from a pick-up truck and flees the scene. The suspect, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, is quickly captured. Muhammad, a 23-year-old black man who changed his name from Carlos Leon Bledsoe, tells police he shot Long “for the sake of Allah” and because he was angry at the U.S. Army for attacks against Muslims in the Middle East. The killer allegedly has traveled to Yemen, where he was arrested for carrying a fake passport from Somalia. The media is quick to label Muhammad as a “lone gunman,” even though they eagerly attempted to tie the killer of abortionist George Tiller with every conservative organization and talk show in the United States. (Tiller’s alleged murdered, Scot Roeder, is a white Christian who is opposed to abortion and overblown government; Muhammad is a Black Muslim who is anti-military and anti-American.) Although Obama almost immediately issued a statement condemning the killing of Tiller, he is silent about the killing of the uniformed American soldier in Arkansas. Some media reports fail to report that Muhammad is a Muslim, while few neglect to try to connect Roeder with “rightwing extremism.” (The New York Times refers to the killer as “Mr. Muhammad.” NBC’s Ann Curry merely states that Muhammad was “upset with the military,” and does not mention his conversion to Islam or his arrest in Yemen.) Muhammad states, “I do feel I’m not guilty. I don’t think it was murder, because murder is when a person kills another person without justified reason.” [3021, 3026, 3030, 3031, 3089, 3211, 3212]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:29:59 pm

Obama asks the U.S. Supreme Court to shield four Saudi Arabian princes from being held accountable for their role in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Solicitor General Elena Kagan, acting on Obama’s behalf, asked for their immunity under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), which is often used to protect embassy officials from parking and speeding tickets during their visits to the United Nations in New York City. Some family members of the 9/11 victims have attempted to sue Saudi Arabia and its princes for their donations to phony charities that were used to fund Al-Qaeda and other terrorist activities. Peter Leitner, an attorney for some of the 9/11 victims’ families, states, “In effect, the U.S. Government announced its opposition to allowing 9/11 victims and their families full access to the U.S. legal system in (the government’s) effort to protect Saudi Arabia and its princes from being held accountable for their role in the attack on the United States… I find it disgusting that the Obama administration has spat in the faces of these victims just as (Obama) prepares to leave for Egypt and Saudi Arabia while advocating for the closing of (the U.S. Guantanamo prison in Cuba) and giving full access to the U.S. court system to the terrorists currently imprisoned there.” [3005]


It is reported that the Obama administration asked U.S. embassies around the world to invite Iranian officials to their Fourth of July celebrations. (It is not clear whether Obama believes the gesture will prompt Iran to terminate its nuclear weapons program or change its mind about wanting to wipe Israel ff the face of the map.)  [3007]


General Motors (GM) files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on June 1. It is the fourth-largest bankruptcy in U.S. history (behind Lehman Brothers Holdings, Washington Mutual, and Worldcom; Enron is number five). GM has $82.29 billion in assets and $172.81 billion in debt. The U.S. government will take a 60 per cent stake in GM; the Canadian government will take 12.5 per cent; the United Auto Workers union will get 17.5 per cent; and the biggest losers—“secured” bondholders—will get 10 per cent. Owners of GM stock virtually lose everything they invested over the years. (GM stock was worth $0.27 per share the morning of the bankruptcy announcement.) U.S. taxpayers have already given GM $20 billion; another $30 billion will also be provided. The Canadian government gave GM $9.5 billion. Obama states that the actions are part of a “…viable, achievable plan that will give this iconic company a chance to rise again.” GM will continue the Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC brands. Pontiac will be eliminated, and Hummer and Saturn will be sold. The government acted illegally in giving billions of dollars to GM; it used cash from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), which was intended for the bail out of financial institutions. Because GM and Chrysler are not financial institutions, it was illegal to give taxpayer dollars to the automakers. Further, Obama had no legal authority to fire GM’s CEO, Rick Wagoner, and no legislation has been passed authorizing Obama’s pledge to honor GM and Chrysler warranties. The majority of Americans are opposed to the bail out of GM and Chrysler; had they been allowed to file bankruptcy months ago, the taxpayers would have saved tens of billions of dollars they did not want to spend in the first place. [3008, 3009]


Treasury Secretary Geithner addresses an audience at China’ Peking University, where he reassures the Chinese that their holdings of American debt are safe. Geithner’s statement that “Chinese assets are very safe” and that the United States will reduce its deficit from 12 per cent of GDP to 3 per cent draws enormous laughter from the audience. The real purpose of Geithner’s trip is unclear, as he cannot tell the Chinese anything they don’t already know: the United States wants China to keep buying its debt; the Chinese are worried that coming U.S. inflation will lower the real value of the debt they hold; China likely wants a safer investment, but knows that if it starts selling off Treasury bonds the value of its still unsold bonds will plummet; and Geithner is in no position to tell China that the United States is doing anything to get its “financial house in order.” [3010, 3012, 3125]


Renowned investor Marc Rich tells Bloomberg News “I am 100 per cent sure that the U.S. will go into hyperinflation. The problem with government debt growing so much is that when the time will come and the Fed should increase interest rates, they will be very reluctant to do so and so inflation will start to accelerate.” High inflation may take a while to surface, however, as taxpayers pay down debt and restrain spending, while banks hold cash and refrain from lending it. Eventually, however, the massive amounts of being money printed by the federal government to finance its debt will be released into the economy; when that happens, prices will skyrocket. [3010]


On June 2, GM announces it will sell its Hummer brand, but does not reveal the name of the buyer. (It is later announced that the buyer is a Chinese company, Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery, for cash, and probably for less than $500 million. The White House states the sale is “…good news for the 3,000 Americans who will be able to keep their jobs, the two American plants that will remain open and the more than 100 Hummer dealers that should be able to stay in business all around the country.” It is bad news for GM shareholders, because the company was making profits on Hummers while it lost money of econocars. The Obama administration wants the automaker to discontinue its gas-guzzling profit-makers like trucks and SUVs, but is encouraging the continuation of profit-losing small cars. (Some might argue that focusing on products that lose money is not a good business strategy.) [3011, 3039]


On CBS’s Early Show, hosts gush over Obama’s weekend New York date with his wife. Co-host Maggie Rodriguez says, “…this is something that he (Obama) promised her, apparently, when he was on the campaign, ‘I'm going to take you out on a date night in New York City.’”  Co-host Amanda Holden remarks, “Oh, that’s so sweet.” Rodriguez chimes in, “I know, it is sweet.” Holden swoons, “They’re such a good looking couple, aren’t they? Fantastic.” Rodriguez quickly agrees, “They’re beautiful” They briefly discuss the cost of the trip to the taxpayers, but decide the Obamas deserve it—saying it helped “some business for the local economy.” [3029]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:30:29 pm

Obama’s pick to coordinate the dismantling and reorganization of General Motors is 31-year-old Brian Deese, who looks like a high school student and is still working on his law degree from Yale. The new post will be Deese’e first “real” job; he will be special assistant to the president for economic policy. He has no economic expertise or automobile industry experience. In fact, he has little experience at all—but is expected to insure that the taxpayers’ $50 billion GM investment is protected. [3013, 3189]


The “most transparent administration in history” removes from its Open Government Dialogue website topics and comments relating to Obama’s birth certificate and his eligibility to serve as president. As quickly as the posts are removed, Americans repost them under similarly-named topics. One user wrote, “I posted a comment about the lack of transparency in President Obama's administration and history, and down it came in minutes. So much for a open dialogue or, for that matter, freedom of speech.” The website is hosted by the National Academy of Public Administration, which moderates comments “to ensure that your comments are appropriate and not harmful to others.” The website states, “…while we invite open participation and diverse viewpoints to be shared, the main goal of this dialogue is to answer the overarching question: How can we strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness by making government more transparent, participatory, and collaborative? Moderators therefore reserve the right to remove posts which are not ‘on topic’ or do not address some aspect of that question. Our desire is to remove as few posts as possible while ensuring that a focused, constructive discussion takes place.” [3014, 3053]


Figures are released showing that the economy shrank by 5.7 per cent during the first quarter of 2009. The unemployment rate climbed to 8.9 per cent in April, the highest in 25 years. Consumer spending was down 0.1 per cent, as Americans chose to save and pay down debt rather than shop. [3015]


Congressman Steve King (R-IA) calls for FBI and congressional investigations into the operations of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the leftist group that has been charged with fraudulent  voter registrations and which Obama has worked with and  supported for decades. ACORN has more than 270 affiliated offices and “shadow” organizations, which some say it uses to cover the tracks of its questionable activities. King charges that ACORN is “…an organization that erodes the integrity of the election process. I believe it has completely the face of a criminal enterprise, and it should be thoroughly investigated by Congress and the Department of Justice. And it should happen simultaneously.” Joseph Farah, founder, editor, and CEO of WND, points out one of ACORN’s strategies for making vote fraud easier to commit: “The idea behind ACORN’s voter registration campaign, which continues to this day, even benefiting now from direct federal taxpayer support, was to register as many Democratic voters as possible, legal or not, and assist them in voting—the more times the merrier. The system had to be overwhelmed with registrations, multiple entries, dead voters, random names, contrived names. When it all became impossible to police, the lobbying for minimal identification standards for voters would begin.” (ACORN—and Obama—are opposed to photo I.D. requirements for voting.) [3016, 3698]


A group of individuals protesting proposed “hate crimes” legislation (Senate bill 909) are refused entry at both the U.S. Senate and the Supreme Court because of the T-shirts they are wearing. The back of the shirts reads, “Truth is hate to those who hate truth,” and the front has the words “Jesus is the standard.” Police told the group that they would have to turn their shirts inside out just to use the restrooms. The administration apparently believes it is acceptable to wear Che Guevara T-shirts—which idolize a communist murderer—but the name Jesus is forbidden. The “hate crimes” bill gives federal protection to those who are ridiculed or criticized for being pedophiles, but Christians are not permitted to protest the legislation. So far, no Senator of either political party has come out publicly against the bill, likely out of fear of  being called “homophobes”—offending people who oppose the bill is more politically correct. [3017]


Military officials warn Congress that the U.S. missile defense system may be vulnerable to a “salvo” attack of missiles from Iran or North Korea, in which many missiles are launched simultaneously. Such attacks are less likely with rockets powered with liquid propellants because of the inherent time constraints of fueling. Evidence shows that Iran and North Korea are improving their capabilities of using solid fuel rockets, which makes it easier to fire many rockets simultaneously and with less preparation—making it more difficult for their enemies to predict, and prepare for, an attack. [3018]


In a June 2 interview with the BBC, Obama says he will use diplomacy to persuade Iran not to build nuclear weapons, but would not prevent them from relying on nuclear power for generating electricity. (Many Americans wish Obama would also allow the United States to build a few more nuclear power plants to reduce dependence on foreign energy sources.) “What I do believe is that Iran has legitimate energy concerns, legitimate aspirations,” says Obama. Obama had previously told Israeli’s Prime Minister Netanyahu he would give Iran about six months to come to the table and prove it was serious about negotiating. He tells the BBC, “Although I don’t want to put artificial timetables on that process, we do want to make sure that, by the end of this year, we’ve actually seen a serious process move forward. And I think that we can measure whether or not the Iranians are serious.” The six month “pass” given to Iran by Obama likely does not play well in Israel; six months may be all Iran needs to obtain its first nuclear bomb. The administration is also considering ways to “punish” Israel if it does not stop expanding settlements in the West Bank. Aaron Klein, author of The Late Great State of Israel comments that “Obama seems to believe Jews living in the West Bank are the main impediments to peace. This is a major distortion of the facts. It’s the Palestinian and greater Arab rejection of Israel’s existence that is the core of the issue. The Arabs attacked Israel intent on destroying the country long before the Jewish state retained the strategic West Bank. By putting the onus on Israel, Obama is traveling down a dangerous path.” (Columnist Burt Prelutsky remarks, “…I sincerely hope that when the president goes in for his annual check-up, the doctors at Bethesda will do a brain scan. Surely something must be terribly wrong with a man who seems to be far more concerned with a Jew building a house in Israel than with Muslims building a nuclear bomb in Iran.”) [3019, 3020, 3062, 3740]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:31:19 pm

It is reported that the Chinese government is increasing its purchases of gold. It likely expects the value of U.S. Treasury bonds to decline as the Obama administration finances its massive debt by printing more money and devaluing the dollar, and seeks refuge in gold instead. Securities analyst Xiao Zheng tells The China Daily “The declining value of the dollar along with the worsening economic outlook is forcing investors to seek other anti-inflationary investment tools, like gold.” [3022]


Obama introduces his nominee for Secretary of the Army, Congressman John McHugh (R-NY). The situation gives him an appropriate opportunity to condemn the gunning down of Army Private William Long and offer condolences to his family. Obama chooses not to do so. (Obama’s choice of McHugh is a well-planned Rahm Emanuel maneuver to try to elect a Democrat to McHugh’s vacated New York Congressional seat in a special election.) [3032, 3078, 3079, 3120]


Economist and former director of the Congressional Budget Office Douglas J. Holz-Eakin calls Obama’s budget “very scary.” He tells Barron’s that “The Obama administration is being disingenuous when it says the U.S. has to make big investments in green energy and healthcare in order to achieve sustained economic growth. These programs are not about economic growth, but simply about energy and healthcare policy changes, and should be argued on their own merits as such, not as agents of job growth.” Mike Markowski, founder of Bear Market Navigator, writes “In my view, we are in the early stages of a secular bear market that began in 2007. By that, I mean that it will take between eight and 20 years before the major market indices including the Dow Industrials and the S&P 500 will get back to their all-time 2007 highs.” [3023]


In an interview with French television network Canal Plus released on the evening of June 2, Obama claims that American Muslims would make the United States “…one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.” The point of Obama’s comment (other than to pander to Muslims) is not clear; if you count Jews in America, they would make up the largest Jewish country in the world other than Israel—but that doesn’t mean anything either. (Depending on the source, the number of Muslims in the United States is estimated to be between 1.8 and eight million people, and 1.8—from the Pew Research Center—is likely closer to the truth than eight, and would make American Muslims the 48th largest Muslim nation. It is worth noting that a substantial number of American Muslims are blacks who converted to Islam and pledged jihad while in prison.) Obama’s “largest Muslim countries” remark is like a white person trying to “talk ghetto,” and is reminiscent of those who say, “I’m not racist, I have black friends too!” or “I have some native American blood in me;” his comment will do nothing to appease radical Islamists—whose goal is to have all Americans follow Islam. Obama states that Americans “…have to educate ourselves more effectively on Islam” and “…there’s got to be a better dialogue and a better understanding between the two peoples.” (Americans do not have to educate themselves on Islam any more than Hinduism or Buddhism; their religion is their own business, not Obama’s. Further, the Muslim world does not care what Americans think; they just expect all of them to turn to Islam.) [3024, 3049, 3105]


During the campaign, Obama, his handlers, and the media went out of their way to distance him from anything Muslim. They desperately avoided the use of his middle name and criticized Republicans who dared utter “Hussein.” Yet in his French television interview Obama eagerly toadies up to the world’s Muslims and brags about his experiences with Islam on three continents. In a marginal reference to freedom and democracy, Obama mentions the need for the education of women in the Muslim world. Recognizing (but not daring to say) that women are the victims of widespread persecution by Muslim men, Obama states, “How to reconcile this (the need for education) with some of the traditional values and norms of Islam (the abuse of women), that’s not for me to dictate, but certainly I think it’s something that can be accomplished, and I want to encourage that.” Although Obama does not want to dictate better treatment of women in the Muslim world (and is even afraid to define it in simple terms), as Pamela Geller (of points out, “he thinks he can dictate the expulsion of Jews from the Jewish homeland.” Obama believes “…there’s a real struggle between those who believe that Islam is irreconcilable to modern life and those who believe that actually Islam has always been able to move side by side with progress.” He fails to give any examples to support his claim—likely because there are almost none. [3024, 3049, 3106]


Thirteen American cities report April unemployment rates greater than 15 per cent. Nine of the 13 are in California. Nationwide, 93 cities report figures greater than 10 per cent. Iowa City, Iowa, reported only 3.2 per cent unemployment. [3025]


While Congress considers “cap-and-trade” legislation, it is reported that the world’s most prominent “global warming” fear monger, Al Gore, will make a fortune if the legislation passes. Gore has investments in many companies that make money off global warming scares, including a software company that is developing programs to handle the accounting for the “cap-and-trade” process. The company’s CEO says the market will expand from $25 million to more than $2.5 billion. Various businesses stand to make billions from the legislation. Those who run those businesses don’t necessarily believe in Gore’s global warming theories, but they have no problem making fortunes off other people’s fears. General Electric will make money selling windmills and turbines; Goldman Sachs will make money brokering carbon credits; and various companies will make money from tax credits simply because they happen not to be big emitters of carbon dioxide. Gore has already made a fortune with speaking engagements, for which he is paid as much as $175,000 to tell people the world is ending. [3027]

Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:31:57 pm
With California’s budget crisis making it appear as though Obama may bail out that state for its fiscal irresponsibility, ABC’s Laura Marquez asks “Could there be relief in the form of a federal bailout?” and complains “…it’s a lot easier to make cuts than it is to raise taxes.” Marquez has the situation backward, of course; if she were correct, neither California nor the federal government would be swimming in red ink. Columnist George Will has pointed out “If, since 1990, state spending increases had been held to the inflation rate plus population growth, the state would have a $15 billion surplus instead of a $42 billion budget deficit.” [3028]


In a June 3 appearance to the House Budget Committee, Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke warns “Unless we demonstrate a strong commitment to fiscal sustainability in the longer term, we will have neither financial stability nor healthy economic growth.” (Bernanke has been recklessly expanding the nation’s money supply, printing money as quickly as he can to finance Obama’s massive deficits.) “Even as we take steps to address the recession and threats to financial stability,” says Bernanke, “maintaining the confidence of the financial markets requires that we, as a nation, begin planning now for the restoration of fiscal balance.” (Some might argue that the planning should have begun decades ago.) [3033]


On June 3, the Guardian reports that a 266-page document showing the maps of nuclear sites and locations of highly enriched weapons grade uranium was inadvertently posted on the web site of the Government Printing Office—where it could be seen by anyone. The Obama administration states that the breach did not jeopardize national security—even though most pages were marked “highly confidential safeguards sensitive.” The Senate Intelligence Committee’s Kit Bond (R-MO) tells reporters the information is “a virtual treasure map for terrorists.” [3588, 3589]


Attorney General Holder reverses an order by the Bush administration that said illegal immigrants facing deportation do not have an automatic right to the best lawyer the taxpayers can find. Holder’s move will make it easier for illegals who lose a deportation battle to complain that they had an ineffective lawyer and want a new one—also paid for by the taxpayers. [3036]


An April-May poll of Arabs indicates that while they may like Obama, they still hate the United States. Although 44 per cent have a favorable view of Obama, 77 per cent say the United States is the world’s greatest threat after Israel. [3037]


At the end of a Brian Williams interview with Obama recorded in the White House, the NBC anchor bends his head in a “bow-like” gesture as they shake hands at the end of the discussion. During the interview, Obama shamelessly plugs NBC’s “Tonight Show,” saying “I think that (new host) Conan will do an outstanding job,” and that he almost canceled his trip to Egypt “to stay and watch.” Amazingly, Obama also remarks, “This is something we discussed several times in the Oval Office, how to manage this transition between Leno and Conan. And I think he's up to the task. But I just want him to know that there is not going to any bailout coming out from Washington if he screws it up.” Obama’s action in shilling for NBC is unprecedented and undignified for a sitting president—but he likely believes it will extend his media honeymoon and keep criticism of his administration to a minimum. [3043, 3044, 3054]


In response to all the media angst over the murder of abortionist George Tiller, columnist and author Ann Coulter points out that in the 36 years since the Roe v. Wade abortion ruling by the Supreme Court, five abortionists have been killed, while 49 million babies have been aborted and more than 3,000 Americans have been killed by Muslims. “So in a country that is more than 50 percent pro-life—and 80 percent opposed to the late-term abortions of the sort performed by Tiller—only five abortionists have been killed. And in a country that is less than 0.5 percent Muslim, several dozen Muslims have killed thousands of Americans,” writes Coulter in “But the killing of about one abortionist per decade leads liberals to condemn the entire pro-life movement as ‘domestic terrorists. At least liberals have finally found some terrorists they’d like to send to Guantanamo.” [3038]


The Obama administration reportedly is insisting that at least 10 members of the Muslim Brotherhood be present for his speech in Cairo. The Muslim Brotherhood (MB), Egypt’s chief opposition party, has direct links to Sunni Muslims in Saudi Arabia and the Hamas terrorist group. The MB has promoted violence against Israel, and is opposed to expanding rights for women. Obama’s guests will include Mohammed Saad el-Katatni, the head of the MB’s parliamentary bloc in the Egyptian parliament. Invitations were purportedly sent to MB members “at the request of U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Margaret Scobey,” but the administration will only confirm “…invitations have gone out to the full range of actors in Egyptian political society,” according to Denis McDonough, Deputy National Security Advisor. A Muslim Brotherhood memorandum to organizers in the United States said that MB members “must understand their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within, and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” Obama felt it necessary to invite MB members to attend his address; the issue is virtually ignored by the media. Scott Wheeler of the National Republican Trust states, “The American people did not vote for President Barack Hussein Obama to make peace with Muslim terrorists.”

[3041, 3376]

Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:32:38 pm
Obama arrives in Saudi Arabia as he heads to Egypt for his speech to Muslims. In receiving a medal from Saudi King Abdullah, Obama has to bow to have it placed around his neck—but the action is unavoidable due to their differences in height. (The medal awarded to Obama is the King Abdul Aziz Order of Merit, Saudi Arabia’s highest honor. It is not clear what the Saudi king expects from Obama in exchange for the medal—which some would say resembles a rap star’s “dookie chain.”) Obama’s stop in Saudi Arabia en route to Cairo is to discuss U.S. relations with the “Muslim world,” consider how Obama and the Middle East players can get Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu to cave in to their demands (King Abdullah allegedly tells Obama “We want from you a serious participation to solve the Palestinian issue and impose the solution if necessary”), and to reassure the Saudis that they need not fear an Iranian nuclear program. (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Kuwait, Jordan and perhaps several other Arab states are as fearful of a nuclear-armed Iran as is Israel.) “I thought it was very important to come to the place where Islam began and to seek his majesty’s counsel,” states Obama. [3042, 3056, 3078, 3081, 3114, 3123, 3141]


Counterterrorism officials obtain and authenticate a recruitment video from Al-Qaeda that discusses smuggling a biological weapon into the United States through tunnels at the Mexican border. “Four pounds of anthrax—in a suitcase this big—carried by a fighter through tunnels from Mexico into the U.S. are guaranteed to kill 330,000 Americans within a single hour if it is properly spread in population centers there,” says the recruiter. “…9/11 will be small change by comparison. Am I right? There is no need for airplanes, conspiracies, timings and so on. One person, with the courage to carry four pounds of anthrax, will go to the White House lawn, and will spread this ‘confetti’ all over them, and then we’ll do these cries of joy. It will turn into a real celebration.” [3047]


An audio message is released by Osama bin-Laden and is aired on Al-Jazeera television on June 3. Bin-Laden says, “Obama and his administration have sown new seeds that will increase hatred and vengeance towards America. These seeds as are many as the number of refugees from Swat Valley and the tribal areas in north and south Waziristan, as well as the number of their sympathizers. By this, Obama is following in the footsteps of his predecessor, increasing the enmity of the Muslims, as well as the number of fighting enemies, and initiating prolonged wars. The American people should prepare to continue to reap what the leaders of the White House are sowing, in the years and decades to come.” Bin-Laden’s deputy al-Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, calls Obama a “global criminal” and “the chief of the oppressors.” Although Obama’s tough stance against Israel would be expected to soften criticism from the Arab world, al-Qaeda is not willing to settle for anything less than 100 per cent agreement from the new administration. Al-Qaeda was angered by Obama’s previous visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem (where he placed a written prayer); his pledge that Jerusalem would remain Israel’s capital; his failure to criticize Israel for responding to rocket attacks from Gaza; his decision to send troops t Afghanistan; his bombing of Pakistan using unmanned drones; and not sending a U.S. representative to the United Nations’ “Durban II” anti-racism conference. [3048, 3071]


Fox News’ Brett Baier addresses the issue of inconsistent reporting of abortionist George Tiller’s killing and the murder of a soldier in Arkansas. “In the media, Tiller was a top story for almost three days. Several liberal analysts blamed pro-life groups for inciting the murder. In contrast, there has been relatively little coverage about the killing of Army Private William Long and the wounding of Private Quinton Ezeagwula outside the recruiting center in Little Rock, despite the fact that the alleged shooter was a convert to Islam who police say probably had political and religious motives for the attack.” Obama condemned the killing of Tiller, but ignored the murder of Long. “Politics dictated that they be outspoken on the murder of Doctor Tiller, but be silent when American servicemen are gunned down,” said Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center. Arguably, the media may have though the Arkansas shooting warranted more attention inasmuch as the accused killer’s computer had maps to Jewish organizations, a Baptist church, a childcare center, a post office, and military recruitment centers in several states. The alleged 23-year-old killer of Long, Abdulhakim Muhammad, had spent time in Yemen but likely was converted to Islam and recruited for jihad while in prison. The Associated Press (AP), doing its best not to offend any Muslims, refers to Muhammad as “an impressionable youth driven to public service in an impoverished Middle Eastern country.” Muhammad (known as Carlos Bledsoe before he chose to convert to Islam and “go jihad”) had an arrest record for weapons possessions and gunrunning, but the judge dismissed the charges—Bledsoe was caught by police with an SKS rifle in his car, five rounds of ammunition in a clip and one in the chamber, a sawed-off shotgun, shotgun shells, marijuana, and a switchblade knife—and cleansed his criminal record. Bledsoe was arrested in Yemen for using a fraudulent Somali passport. He spent four months in jail before Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) intervened to get him released. Muhammad had reportedly been under FBI surveillance. It is believed by some, however, that the FBI and other law enforcement agencies were told to “back off” on investigations of Black Muslim converts. It is unclear whether that policy came from Obama or Holder, or was promulgated by the agencies themselves. It is possible that the surveillance of Muhammad was reduced for the sake of “political correctness,” with FBI agents reluctant to “go after” Black Muslims after learning that the Justice Department had dropped charges against three of them for intimidating Philadelphia voters on election day. National Public Radio, doing its best to offer excuses for Muhammad, states, “…if this thing (becoming a radical jihadist) can happen to this young man, it can happen to anyone.” (Perhaps NPR should suggest investigating and closing down the mosque that recruited him.) [3030, 3031, 3032, 3045, 3090, 3091, 3094, 3211]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:36:48 pm

Forced into it by many complaints that Obama had said nothing about the Little Rock shooting of William Long, the White House finally issues a statement late on June 3. The best he can do is state, “I am deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence.” [3079]


Continuing what columnist Mona Charen calls his “diplomacy of wishful thinking,” Obama arrives in Cairo on June 4 to deliver a speech encouraging a “new beginning between the United States and Muslims.” Obama delivers his speech to a joint session of Al-Azhar University and Cairo University. (Coincidentally or not, Al-Azhar is the premier center of Shari’ah studies, where Jihadi tenets and the Islamic political ideology of supremacy over non-Muslims are taught.) He greets the assembled guests with the phrase, “Assalaamu alaykim,” which is used only among Muslims—it is never used by non-Muslims. (Obama thus either commits a faux pas of great magnitude because of a mistaken recommendation by someone on his staff or, having studied the Quran and Islam while growing up in Jakarta, he knew what he was saying would ingratiate him with the Muslims watching his speech.) Obama cautions “Palestinians must abandon violence,” few believe they will follow his advice—when Hamas calls for not just the end of settlements but the destruction of Israel. Obama’s remarks break no new ground and announce no new initiatives or policy changes, and are meant simply to appease followers of Islam. Obama states, “…I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.” (As an alleged former law professor, Obama should be aware that no such responsibility appears in the U.S. Constitution.) Apparently unable to give a speech in a foreign land without criticizing the United States, Obama lectures “Given our interdependence, any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail. So whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners of it.” Obama is here telling Americans “Don’t be so cocky, we’re not that great.” Although Obama’s anti-American and anti-Israel speech was greeted with praise from the obsequious media, it likely left many listeners and viewers unsatisfied. Many Muslims are disappointed that Obama did not apologize for American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan or denounce Israel’s three-week attack on Hamas earlier in the year; most Jews are likely angered by Obama’s call for the end of settlements in the West Bank and the praise he heaped on the Muslims who have been lobbing rockets their way for years; and millions of Americans are (or should be) enraged that Obama is once again apologizing for their nation to a foreign audience. In trying to please everyone, Obama likely ended up pleasing no one—except leftists in the media. [3050, 3062, 3063, 3077, 3105, 3146, 3264]


In his Cairo speech, Obama quotes the Quran, saying, “Be conscious of God and speak always the truth.” (Obama refers to the Quran as “holy” four times in his speech. The Holy Bible gets one mention, and the Talmud one.) With no historical facts to back him up, Obama remarks, “And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality,” and “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.” His statement that the United States “…does not recognize the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements” in the West Bank no doubt pleased Arabs but angered Israelis, who rightfully believe Obama has no business telling them where they can and cannot build their homes and businesses within their own nation. Obama says virtually nothing in his speech about human rights abuses in the Middle East, particularly regarding women. Eagar to again criticize the West and the United States, Obama says, “I reject the view of some in the West that a woman who chooses to cover her hair is somehow less equal.” The “bad guys” who mistreat women are in the West, says Obama. But, as columnist Ann Coulter points out, “In Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan and other Muslim countries, women ‘choose’ to cover their heads on pain of losing them.” Obama says, “That is why the U.S. government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab…”—but ignores the fact that in many areas of the Middle East women are forced to cover themselves from head to toe. Ironically, while Obama is treating the Middle East’s leaders with kid gloves and not daring to criticize them for persecuting women and gays, frequent media target Dick Cheney is emphasizing that “freedom means freedom” for everyone, including gay marriages. [3050, 3062, 3063, 3138, 3147, 3169, 3201, 3206]


Although Obama talks about human rights in his speech, before his visit to Cairo his administration had moved to help Egypt’s repressive regime further control its dissident groups. According to the New York Times, “The White House has accommodated President Mubarak by eliminating American funding for civil society organizations that the (Egyptian) state refuses to recognize, and by stating publicly that neither military nor civilian funding will be conditioned on reform. This has provoked alarm from liberals, from scholarly experts and from activists in the region.” One popular Egyptian blogger writes, “Let’s face it, (Obama) ain’t going to push on human rights and democracy. That era is gone. We are all about diplomacy and friendship now, and that’s what the American people want, even if the price is that the democracy activists in Egypt get ****.” When Obama talks in his speech of a belief that governments should “reflect the will of the people,” he conditions that by adding, “Each nation gives life to this principle in its own way, grounded in the traditions of its own people. America does not presume to know what is best for everyone.” In other words, Obama is not about to promote democratic elections in countries where there is a “tradition” of not allowing them. [3529]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:37:25 pm

The New York Post notes that in “buttering up” Muslims in Cairo, Obama “…thanked them for everything from algebra to the pen, though he curiously failed to mention that they often throw people in prison for using it.” In his 55-minute address, Obama “…talked and talked and talked and talked. And then kept talking. Vacillating between a lecture-some professor and a talk show therapist, Obama started out numbering the grave and important issues he wanted to discuss. After a half-dozen, he junked the whole numbering system. Or, lost count. The problem with talking so much is that you eventually just start babbling and saying a bunch of stuff that makes no sense.” [3072]


Most media commentators gush over Obama’s “we’re not so bad, so please don’t kill Americans” speech in Cairo. ABC, CBS, and NBC all praised Obama for (improperly, if he is not a Muslim) using the Arabic phrase “Assalaamu alaykim” (which, loosely translated, means “peace be with you”) as though that alone would turn America-haters into America-lovers. The speech was barely over when immediately posted, “The 55-minute speech was remarkable and historic not so much for the delivery or even the words, but for the context, the orator, the moment,” suggesting that the spin by author Mike Allen was going to be positive regardless of what Obama said. CBS’ Katie Couric states, “Who could have imagined this in the days and months after 9/11? An American President named Barack Hussein Obama, son of a Muslim, standing at the center of the Islamic world, quoting from the Koran, and extending a hand of friendship. In an extraordinary address in Cairo today, President Obama called for a new beginning in U.S. relations with Muslims, defended the war in Afghanistan—but not in Iraq—and said the attacks of 9/11 had led America, in some cases, to act contrary to our ideals.” The CBS Early Show’s Harry Smith swooned over Obama’s speech, saying, “Powerful, far-ranging speech this morning… he was not only presidential, he was also professorial. He was very much a teacher this morning. He was giving Americans and Muslims a history lesson.” Bob Schieffer chimes in with, “This was a remarkable speech… The most remarkable thing to me was just simply that he made it... That he would go to Cairo and that he would speak with the candor he did... the fact that he was there, that Muslims got a chance to see him, to hear him, as he said, you know, he looks like them. This will have a great impact.” The New York Times, eager to declare Obama’s speech a success, uses the phrase, “After mending fences with the Muslim world in Cairo…” but later changes its online story to read “…after he sought to mend fences.” (The Times must have realized that Iran would not give up its nuclear weapons program simply because of Obama’s speech.) Not everyone in the media was as easily awed. Arnaud De Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large, writes, “After all was said and done, more was said than done.” [3085, 3086, 3088, 3106, 3148]


The Asia Times writes that Obama’s speech was a mistake. “Why should the president of the United States address the ‘Muslim world’? What would happen if the leader of a big country addressed the ‘Christian world?’ Half the world would giggle and the other half would sulk. To speak to the ‘Muslim world’ is to speak not to a fact, but rather to an aspiration, and that is the aspiration that Islam shall be a global state religion as its founders intended. To address this aspiration is to breathe life into it. For an American president to validate such an aspiration is madness.” [3095]


Professor Aryeh Eldad, M.D., member of Israel’s Knesset, comments, “Obama makes a shocking parallel between the destruction of European Jewry and the suffering that the Arabs of Israel brought upon themselves when they declared war on Israel. If Obama does not understand the difference between them, perhaps he will understand it better when he visits the concentration camp in the comings days. And if he doesn’t understand it even there, then Islam will once again teach it to him, just as it taught his predecessor on 9/11.” Obama attempts to revise history by implying that Israel exists only because of the Holocaust and European guilt. He is incorrect; Jews have inhabited the area for 3,500 years. And while Obama goes to great lengths to mention the plight of homeless Palestinians, he seems oblivious to the fact that no Arab nation welcomes them or does much for them but use them as pawns against Israel. He also seems not to know that over 800,000 Jews have fled or been expelled from Egypt and other Middle East nations simply for being Jews, while Israel is the home to Arabs who enjoy more freedom and prosperity there than they would in their native countries. (More than one million Palestinians live in Israel, where they have civil and voting rights and representatives in the Knesset. Muslims freely worship at mosques in Israel, while Saudi Arabia allows no Christian churches or Jewish synagogues.) [3095, 3174, 3229, 3244]

Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:38:11 pm
Obama’s Cairo speech—full of nonsense, half-truths, exaggerations, and outright lies—is examined in detail by Pamela Geller at His most outrageous statement is likely: “Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism—it is an important part of promoting peace.” The breathtaking naivetÚ of the temporary occupant of the Oval Office is revealed by this statement: “I understand those who protest that some countries have weapons that others do not. No single nation should pick and choose which nations hold nuclear weapons. That is why I strongly reaffirmed America’s commitment to seek a world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons. And any nation—including Iran—should have the right to access peaceful nuclear power if it complies with its responsibilities under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. That commitment is at the core of the Treaty, and it must be kept for all who fully abide by it. And I am hopeful that all countries in the region can share in this goal.” Geller responds, “Such stupidity is breathtaking. At least I hope that he is stupid and not evil. Nuclear weapons in the hands of democratic, righteous nations have kept evil in check over the past 50 years. Does Hussein (Obama) believe that evil will give up its weapons of mass destruction? They say he is not a stupid man. So what is he?” (3095, 3244)


Obama takes advantage of America’s ignorance of Islam when he states, “The Holy Quran teaches that whoever kills an innocent is as—it is as if he has killed all mankind.”  Unstated by Obama is the fact that Muslims do not consider non-Muslims to be “innocent.” The actual Quran passage is: “To murder a single human being is as evil as to murder all mankind, unless he be causing trouble (mischief) in the land”—where “causing trouble in the land” means not living according to Islam. In other words, to a radical, decapitating a Christian or Jew is acceptable because they are not followers of Islam. Obama is certainly aware of that Muslim logic—but also knows that most Americans are not. Obama’s reference to the Quran as “holy” (four times in his speech) is beyond diplomacy, it is gratuitous and pandering; it would have been sufficient to call it the Quran. [3148, 3195]


CBS Outdoor, purportedly the world’s largest billboard company, refuses to sell ad space to the “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” campaign. The billboards are the idea of Joseph Farah, editor and CEO of World Net Daily, who comments, “CBS is a company that is not squeamish about feeding America’s children a steady diet of offensive movies, obscene rap music and even TV commercials that push the cultural and moral envelope, but CBS is afraid to put up a sign containing four innocent words of constitutionally protected, non-inflammatory speech. You explain that to me. This is a giant media conglomerate unworthy of operating under the protection of the First Amendment.” The local account executive at CBS Outdoor was apparently ready to sell the billboard space, but told Farah “We just received an e-mail from CBS Corporate. They are aware of this campaign and we are not allowed to install it. This came straight from corporate. Sorry!” The campaign has raised more than $60,000 so far and will have no trouble finding billboards from companies other than CBS.  [3052]


Obama and Congressional Democrats attempt to ram through approval of a $100 billion payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by attaching it to a war supplemental funding bill. Using that technique, if Republicans oppose the measure they can be accused of “not supporting the troop”—even though the IMF cash has nothing to do with U.S. Armed Forces. The IMF would distribute the $100 billion to other nations harmed by the global financial crisis. [3057]


In response to criticism that the Obama stimulus legislation isn’t doing much to improve the economy, Vice-President Joe Biden recognizes “There’s been some criticism that we’ve not gotten enough money out so far,” but said spending would soon speed up for infrastructure projects. Most of the “stimulus” funds spent so far have not been for construction, but for increasing welfare and food stamp payments, education programs, and unemployment compensation. There were not as many “shovel ready” projects as Obama and Biden implied. Two-thirds of the stimulus money going to the states will be for health care; only 15 per cent will be for transportation projects. Two-thirds of the stimulus money will go to tax cuts, assistance for state budgets, and direct payments to the unemployed. California State Senator George Runner argues that “Too many of the dollars are social service dollars. The most compassionate thing we can do is to get the economy going and get jobs created.” [3058, 3087]


While much of the economy is losing ground, Wal-Mart plans to open about 150 new stores or expand existing stores in 2009, creating about 22,000 new jobs for sales clerks, cashiers, stock clerks, managers, and pharmacists. Although Wal-Mart receives considerable criticism from unions, those 22,000 Americans will no doubt be happy to have the jobs. [3059]


German Chancellor Angela Merkel, often a thorn in Obama’s side, warns that governments should not be so quick to print money to give their economies a temporary boost. “I view with great skepticism the powers of the Fed, for example, and also how, within Europe, the Bank of England has carved out its own small line,” says Merkel in a speech reported by the Wall Street Journal. Merkel no doubt recognizes that the unjustifiable deficit spending and monetary policies to cover that debt can lead massive inflation. [3060, 3074]


Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer warns that the software giant will likely move many jobs overseas if Obama is able to win approval for his plan to raise taxes on companies with operations outside the United States. Obama’s plan would make “…U.S. jobs more expensive,” says Ballmer. “We’re better off taking lots of people and moving them out of the U.S. as opposed to keeping them inside the U.S.” Microsoft’s effective corporate tax rate for 2008 was 26 per cent because of IRS rules that allow deferral of some taxes on foreign profits. Obama plans to eliminate those tax breaks for all companies, which would raise Microsoft’s corporate tax rate to the standard 35 per cent for all U.S. corporations—the highest corporate tax rate in the world. Although Obama believes the change will encourage U.S. corporations to move jobs back home, it will likely have the opposite effect. Obama says he simply wants to “close a loophole,” but raising corporate taxes by 9 per cent will reduce profits, cause stock market prices to fall, and cause the loss of sales (and jobs) as businesses raise prices on products and services to pay for the higher taxes. Microsoft employees about 95,000 people worldwide; about 56,000 are in the United States. [3061]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:38:53 pm

The Department of Justice files a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court stating that the 17 “Uigher” terrorists held at Guantanamo should not, after all, be released into the United States. (In other words, Obama finally came around to the Bush administration’s line of thinking.) Attorney General Eric Holder had previously said “the possibility exists” that some of the 17 would be released onto the streets of America. [3064]


In a move to make employment with the federal government more appealing, Congress considers approving four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. The cost would be at least $1 billion per year. (It is unclear why the government has to “sweeten the pot” inasmuch as federal employees already receive, on average, higher wages and benefits than similarly skilled workers in the private sector.) [3065]


A Gallup poll reports that 65 per cent of Americans oppose Obama’s plan to close the terrorist detainee center at Guantanamo; 32 per cent favor closing the facility. Americans do not believe Obama’s claim that the facility has weakened national security. (It is not clear why Obama believes the location prisoners are held makes much difference to the nation’s enemies.) Most Americans also take a “not in my backyard” stance on relocating the prisoners, with 74 per cent saying they would not want the terrorist moved to U.S. prisons. [3066]


On June 4, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh explains to Sean Hannity of Fox News why he has said that he wants Obama to fail. “If you want the president, Barack Obama, to succeed, then you want the government taking over more and more of the average daily life of the American people. I don’t want that. I define America succeeding by virtue of Obama failing. I love America. I want everybody to succeed. He’s making it harder for that to happen, particularly the middle class.” Limbaugh, clearly not afraid to pull any punches, states, “Socialism is the Obama vision for America, and fascism—we must not be afraid to use that word—it’s a combination of the two,” and “If al-Qaeda wants to demolish the America we know and love, they’d better hurry because Obama is beating them to it. He wants to impose his values on America.” The conservative talk radio giant says Obama was taught “that there is something inherently immoral and unjust about America. Now that he leads it, he thinks it’s great. Finally America is moral. Finally America is just. And it’s his duty to apologize because he thinks everybody around the world hates us and doesn’t like us.” With regard to America’s energy needs, Limbaugh states that while Obama is willing to let Iran and North Korea obtain nuclear power, “…what are we doing? We’re building windmills. We’re going solar power. We’re going to build little lawn mowers with two seats on them nobody wants to drive. At (Obama’s) direction, we are letting the rest of the world go nuclear and we can’t because of a single movie ‘The China Syndrome.’” [3067]


House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) criticizes Obama’s Cairo speech, saying “he seemed to place equal blame on the Israelis and the Palestinians.” Obama mentioned the atrocity of the Holocaust in which Hitler murdered 6 million Jews, and then equated that with the treatment of Palestinians by Israel. “How he can allow, put in the same sentence, put them in the same box, I have concerns about that because Hamas is a terrorist organization that has been funded by the Syrians and the Iranians,” said Boehner. (The media typically neglect to mention that it was the Arab nations, not Israel, that opposed a separate sovereign state for the Palestinians in 1948.) Danielle Pletka, with the American Enterprise Institute, calls Obama’s speech a “capitulation” to repressive Arab regimes, and blasted his use of “the moral equivalency” argument “that denies right and wrong.”  Obama even receives criticism from his fellow Democrats. Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) states, “I think the president went beyond where I think it was appropriate for us to go in dealing with another democracy. Any conversations about settlements, which are perfectly reasonable, have to be coupled with a sincere effort on the part of the Palestinians… We have to be careful not to cross the line where it sounds like we are exerting the overwhelming pressure that we have at our disposal on our rather isolated ally ... The concern that we have is that that line has been approached by President Obama.” Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV) comments, “We are very, very concerned that the statements were made so publicly to such a close and strong ally as the state of Israel.” [3068, 3069]

Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:41:14 pm
Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) comments on Obama’s Cairo address: “I think first and foremost the people of the United States stand with Israel. I think we support a Middle East peace process so long as we begin to see Palestinians follow that historic road map, disarm terrorists within their midst, and those are things we haven't seen yet. So moral equivalency between those two causes from the President of the United States of America I thought was disappointing and was a disservice to our ally Israel. It seems to me we ought to be asking not our cherished ally Israel to make yet another concession, another step. Remember, they pulled out of Gaza and then Hamas has taken all of that over completely, necessitating military action a number of months ago. We need, and I think, the President of the United States of America standing strongly with our ally Israel would have done well to at least in the first instance call on the Palestinians and their supporters across the Arab world to begin to see real concessions within the Palestinian movement, a real effort to defang Hamas, to disarm terrorists.” [3093]


Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is not as impressed with Obama’s speech as is the American media, and says that “beautiful” speeches alone will not improve U.S.-Muslim relations. Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei states that mere “slogans” from Obama are not enough to reduce the hatred felt toward the United States. “The nations of this part of the world… deeply hate America because during many years they have seen violence, military interference, rights violations, discrimination…from America. Even if they give sweet and beautiful talks to the Muslim nation ... that will not create a change. Nothing will change with speeches and slogans.” Khamenei adds, in his televised speech to Iranian citizens, that Israel remains “a cancerous tumor in the heart” of the Muslim world. [3070]


James Kirchick of The New Republic writes that Obama “…exhibited the amazing spectacle of an American president taking an equidistant position between the country he leads and its detractors and enemies. It is as if he saw himself as a judge in some legal dispute, People of the Islamic World v. United States. But the job to which he was elected was not that of impartial judge, but that of leader and champion of the American nation.” Kirchick remarks that although Obama says he does not want to “impose” American values on the rest of the world, the least he could do is show some enthusiasm and passion for democracy and human rights and against terrorism. Obama states that “Threatening Israel with destruction—or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews—is deeply wrong, and only serves to evoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve.” Yet he does not have the courage to point out who is making the threats of doing the repeating. The evidence is in, but Obama cannot bring himself to tell Iran to stop funding the terrorist activities of Hamas and Hizbullah. Obama lectures that “No single nation should pick and choose which nations hold nuclear weapons.” Kirchick points out that the comment is meaningless in a world that already has nuclear powers, and if South Korea had nuclear weapons the threat of North Korea lobbing theirs southward might be significantly reduced. [3134]


Obama chose to deliver his speech in Egypt because it is “the heart of the Arab world.” Just weeks before his speech, the nation’s Administrative Court ruled that Egyptian citizenship would be taken away from any Egyptian who marries an Israeli. Egypt is a restrictive society where women are treated as third-class citizens and more than 40 per cent of the population lives beneath the poverty line. (The line itself is incredibly low by U.S. standards.) Despite the hatred felt by Arabs toward Jews, it may not be surprising that Arab women would marry Israeli men; their lives in Israel are exponentially better than most wives of Middle Eastern men. [3116]


Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) starts a petition drive to get signatures from Americans who demand that ACORN not be funded with tax dollars. Bachmann had inserted language in a mortgage reform bill for that purpose, but Hose Democrats removed that wording to protect ACORN’s cash stream. [3072]


Because Obama finds it increasingly difficult to believe he can force a “two-state solution” between Israel and Palestine with the tough negotiating stances of Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, some suggest that the administration will work behind the scenes to assist his opposition, the Kadima Party. (Obama had hoped that Kadima leader Tzipi Livni would become Israel’s Prime Minister, because of her weaker positions and willingness to negotiate away prime Israeli real estate.) Former State Department official Aaron Miller says “It may be that the Obama administration has concluded that they cannot achieve the two-state solution with the Netanyahu government and perhaps want another Israeli prime minister.” Obama’s tactic will therefore likely be to paint Netanyahu as the person blocking peace, in an effort to turn Israeli voters against him. (Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or members of her staff remain in contact with Livni, who failed to form a coalition majority in Israel’s 2009 elections.) To further pressure the Prime Minister, Obama is reducing U.S. financial and military aid to Israel, hoping the Israelis will blame Netanyahu and not him. “We have made this very clear that our intention is to bring about an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement regardless of the leadership in Israel,” states an Obama administration official. Netanyahu wants assurances of peace and a cessation of rocket attacks from Hamas and Hizbullah terrorists before giving up territory to the Palestinians; Obama wants the concession first, and is willing to trust the Palestinians to keep their end of the bargain. Netanyahu knows better but Livni does not; Obama therefore prefers working with Livni. [3128]


Obama arrives in Dresden, Germany the evening of June 4, for a later visit to the site of the former Buchenwald concentration camp, and the American military hospital in Landstuhl. Obama is not visiting Berlin, which the German media interprets as a snub at Chancellor Merkel, who angered him by refusing to accept prisoners he wanted to unload from Guantanamo, offering virtually no military assistance for the escalation of his war in Afghanistan, and refusing to go on an Obama-like deficit spending spree to “stimulate” the European economy. [3074]


Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) states he will fight the “hate crimes” legislation and launch a filibuster if necessary. Critics have called the bill the “**** Protection Act” because it will be make it a federal crime to condemn anyone with an “alternative” lifestyle. DeMint is the first Senator to openly oppose the legislation. Obama will sign the bill if it passes, despite the fact that it will give protection to a wide range of morally objectionable and even disgusting perversions. In the meantime, the 9th Circuit Court has ruled in support of a San Francisco Board of Supervisors resolution that condemned the Vatican for opposing adoption by gay couples and told the Catholic archdiocese to “defy all discriminatory directives.” A government entity is therefore allowed to be critical of the church, saying it is “hateful and discriminatory,” “insulting and callous,” and “shows a level of insensitivity and ignorance which has seldom been encountered by this board…”—but if a clergyman condemns cross-dressing, homosexuality, and pedophilia or refuses to conduct a gay wedding he can be charged with a hate crime. (Activists in Massachusetts are attempting to add transgenders to that state’s list of “oppressed people” who need protection under hate crime laws. A proposed “bathroom bill” would allow a man who believes he is or who pretends to be a woman to use a public women’s restroom, shower, locker room, or fitness facility—and it would be a “hate crime” to prevent him from entering.) [3082, 3083, 3310]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:41:49 pm

Critics of Obama begin to keep track of the “misery index” to chart the rise of unemployment and inflation. The misery index, which reached its peak under the administration of Jimmy Carter, is the unemployment rate added to the inflation rate. The index averaged 16.26 under Carter, and was at 19.72 when he left office. Despite an 8.9 per cent unemployment rate, Obama is avoiding a double-digit misery index because inflation is currently low. That is likely to change once all the money being printed to finance his deficits enters the economy. The misery index dropped the most under Presidents Truman, Reagan, and Ford; it increased the most under Presidents Nixon and Carter. [3084]


Attorney General issues a statement as a follow-up to Obama’s Cairo speech: “The President’s pledge for a new beginning between the United States and the Muslim community takes root here in the Justice Department where we are committed to using criminal and civil rights laws to protect Muslim Americans. A top priority of this Justice Department is a return to robust civil rights enforcement and outreach in defending religious freedoms and other fundamental rights of all of our fellow citizens in the workplace, in the housing market, in our schools and in the voting booth. There are those who will continue to want to divide by fear—to pit our national security against our civil liberties—but that is a false choice. We have a solemn responsibility to protect our people while we also protect our principles.” The statement is a clear message that Obama and Holder believe any American worried about further Islamic jihad against the United States “wants to divide by fear.” [3092]


While many Americans are concerned about illegal immigrants crossing into the United States from Mexico, few are likely aware of the Obama administration’s easing of restrictions for immigrants coming from other countries. Obama has removed almost all requirements for those entering the United States on “religious visas” for “missionaries”—which can include Muslim imams. The United States also has “diversity visas” for countries with low immigration rates. The eligibility requirements are minimal. For June 2009, the number of immigrants allowed by the Obama administration are Africa (39,600), Egypt/Palestinians (20,650), Nigeria (12,750), Asia (30,350), Europe (28,500 – which includes many Muslims in Europe), North America, such as the Bahamas (15), Oceania/Pacific Islands (930), South America (1,100). [3096]


Although most American Jews may not yet have figured out that Obama does not have Israel’s best interests at heart, Jews in Israel are upset by his actions and his Cairo speech. The National Jewish Front organizes protest demonstrations throughout Israel, and issues the statement “We decided to launch a campaign against the president of the United States and to say that Barack Hussein Obama is bad for the Jews. From the moment that he entered the White House, we have been feeling anti-Semitism and hatred toward Israel. We have a number of plans, among which are demonstrations in the U.S. and protests in front of the consulate and homes of the ambassadors.” In protests outside the U.S. Consulate in Tel Aviv, demonstrators chanted, “No, you can’t!” and carried placards critical of Obama. [3097]


In a speech in Anchorage to introduce Michael Reagan, Alaska Governor Sarah Plain accuses Obama of “planning to bail out debt ridden states” so the federal government can “get in there and control the people.” She asks, “Since when can you get out of huge national debt by creating trillions of dollars of new debt? It all really is so backwards and skewed as to sound like absolute nonsense when some of this economic policy is explained.” She adds, “Some in Washington would approach our economic woes in ways that absolutely defy Economics 101, and they fly in the face of principles, providing opportunity for industrious Americans to succeed or to fail on their own accord. Those principles it makes you wonder what the heck some in Washington are trying to accomplish here.” [3098]


Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee argue that “enhanced interrogation techniques” such as “waterboarding” resulted in the gathering of information that prevented terrorist attacks. House Democrats blast the Republicans for giving out information that was gained “behind locked doors.” Democrats want to be able to freely criticize Republicans for interrogation methods, but do not want the public to understand that the methods themselves saved lives. [3099]


In an interview prior to his visit to the site of the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald, NBC’s Tom Brokaw asks Obama know: “What can the Israelis learn from your visit to Buchenwald? And what should they be thinking about their treatment of Palestinians?” The question is incredibly insensitive to Jews because it equates their treatment with the horrors of Hitler, who murdered six millions Jews. When Israeli responds to Hamas rocket attacks it is not persecuting Palestinians; it is simply defending itself from terrorists. Obama, to his credit, does not accept the premise of Brokaw’s questions and says, “Look, there’s no equivalency here”—although in his Cairo speech he engaged in just that sort of moral equivalency. [3100]


The nation’s unemployment rate climbed to 9.4 per cent in May, according to the Labor Department. The economy lost 345,000 jobs during the month. Millions who have not lost their jobs are working fewer hours and therefore earning less. Some argue that although the unemployment rate is at the highest point in 25 years, it is an encouraging sign that the number of jobs being lost each month is going down. White House economic advisor Christina Romer says “Today is a sign we are making progress.” Others believe the economy is merely “in the eye of the storm.” Economist Ian Shepherdson of High Frequency Economics states These are still terrible numbers. We’re a million miles away from a recovery.” As more foreclosed homes are offered for sale, housing prices continue to fall. Americans are saving and paying down debt, rather than purchasing big-ticket items—and consumer spending makes up 70 per cent of economic activity. Few people are taking out home equity loans to buy new cars and plasma televisions. Unemployment figures can also be misleading, as the government tracks the number of people filing for unemployment benefits but has no idea how many people exhausted benefits and simply gave up looking for work; the percentage of Americans who are unemployed is therefore always higher than the official numbers. Perhaps not surprisingly, the New York Times reports the loss of 345,000 jobs and a whopping 9.4 per cent unemployment rate under Obama with the cheerful headline, “Hints of Hope in Jobless Data Even as Rate Jumps to 9.4%.” When the unemployment rate was 4.6 per cent in October of 2006 and 51,000 jobs were added to the economy under George W. Bush, the headline was, “Job Growth Was Slack Last Month.” (For the Times, the glass is apparently always half-full with a socialist in the White House.) [3101, 3107, 3154]


Based on April numbers, the Obama “stimulus” bill has done nothing to improve the economy. Virtually all of the additional income generated by Obama’s minimal tax cuts was either saved or used to pay down debt. It was not used on consumer purchases; personal consumption dropped 0.1 per cent in April. At the same time, the federal deficit quadrupled from Bush’s final $455 billion amount to Obama’s $1.75 trillion. That deficit is raising interest rates higher, which further discourages spending. As the government borrows more money to finance its debt, less is available for consumer and business loans. In the end, the increase in the personal savings rate will lead to additional cash available for those loans—but that would have happened even without Obama’s stimulus bill. The recession would eventually end on its own, but in his impatience to end it quickly Obama has instead extended it—by spending trillions he doesn’t have and putting Americans in debt for generations to come. [3104]


Forecaster Gerald Celente, president of Trends Research Institute, predicts that the future appears bleak. (Celente’s popular Trend Report has been predicting major future trends for 30 years.) In an interview with Human Events, Celente says “We’re sounding the alarm about the ongoing downward economic cycle.” Celente blames the federal government and Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke. “They’re the same people who didn’t see it coming—are now telling us the worst is over, that ‘green shoots are spouting upwards.’ But they were wrong before. They’re wrong on this too. When you pump out tons of money manure into this system based on nothing—printing press paper, it’s like giving a patient with a chronic disease a pain killer—it won’t cure the patient.” Outside government, warns Celente, “Morality is missing from our American public consciousness. Start with Wall Street. It’s run by a criminal gang. The only question is ‘how much can you make, how much can you steal?’ At the bottom, the welfare recipient says ‘how much can I take?’ And the government is in on the take.” Celente predicts “continuing deflation of real estate, followed by extreme currency inflation— ultimately becoming worthless. This is why gold is the only honest money—the government can’t counterfeit it. Look for it to top at least $2000 an ounce… The only way we can ever recover is to return to individual community, personal responsibility, local government.  Next, average will disappear, quality will return. Look at GM. Junk cars financed by junk bonds. Now owned by a junk government. As a consumer, don’t consume quantity— consume quality.” [3102, 3103]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:42:31 pm

On June 5, Obama visits the site of the Buchenwald concentration camp, where 56,000 innocent civilians—mostly Jews—were murdered by Hitler’s Nazis. Accompanying him are German Chancellor Merkel and Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel. [3115]


A Rasmussen poll shows Obama’s Presidential Approval Index at zero on June 5, his lowest rating to date. The figure represents the percentage of people polled who “strongly approve” of his performance (34 per cent) minus the percentage who strongly disapprove (also 34 per cent). [2693]


After leaving Buchenwald, Obama travels to Paris, where he is joined by his wife. Obama, who the voters believed was going to “restore relations” between the United States and the rest of the world, declines a dinner information from the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy. (Some might argue that Obama’s wife called the shots on that decision because she dislikes being upstaged by Sarkozy’s elegant and beautiful wife, Carla Bruni.) Obama will be criticized for the snub, but Sarkozy himself has been pummeled in the press for his failure to invite England’s Queen Elizabeth (who wore a uniform and served in World War II) to the June 6 ceremony on the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion at Normandy. Obama reportedly refused to meet privately with Sarkozy while in France, and has repeatedly nixed the idea of an official Sarkozy visit to Washington, D.C. [3108, 3159]


The administration’s move to keep Michelle Obama out of Egypt costs taxpayers a fortune, because it involves a Boeing 757 (C-32), additional security, and armored cars—separate from Air Force One. (In February, Obama said, “You can’t get corporate jets, you can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers dime.”) Mrs. Obama, who brings her two daughters to Paris and London for sightseeing and shopping, manages to give the London press a chance to criticize her strange apparel with “…three-dimensional flowers” and a “strange orange snake working its way around her middle.” [2756, 3040, 3160, 3202]


Showing that not all members of the media are consistent Obama sycophants, Bill Moyers is critical of a recent two-hour NBC Obama-admiration report hosted by Brian Williams. On the June 5 broadcast of Bill Moyers Journal, the host says that Williams had “delivered a Candygram” to Obama. Williams notes that “People react strongly to this President. We’ve seen people moved to tears after just the briefest encounter with him,” and talks at length about the bowls of apples and M&M candies throughout the White House. Moyers remarks, “Now, I’ve been there, done that… I can tell you this is the kind of Valentine every White House press secretary yearns to hand the boss. And it’s not all that hard to achieve, because many of our watchdogs are as housebroken as Bo the White House puppy.” The leftist Moyers himself has been known to toss his share of softball questions during his interviews; his criticism of Williams is therefore a clear indication that the media’s Obama-worship has gone beyond simple outrageousness. [3165]


While in Strasbourg, France, Obama is asked by Ed Luce of the Financial Times if, like his predecessors, Obama believed in American exceptionalism.  Obama responds, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism”—in other words, Obama does not believe America is exceptional, it is just one nation among many and isn’t all that special. Obama’s comment and his apologies for the United States are what prompt people to say, “He sounds like a European.” During the 1988 campaign, George H.W. Bush said of Democrat candidate Michael Dukakis, “He sees America as another pleasant country on the U.N. roll call, somewhere between Albania and Zimbabwe. I see America as the leader—a unique nation with a special role in the world.” The remark applies to Obama more than it did Dukakis. [3279, 3280]


On June 6, Obama visits Normandy, France, where thousands of American and British forces landed after crossing the English Channel to take on Hitler’s forces and liberate Europe. Present for the ceremony were Obama and his wife, French President Sarkozy, Britain’s Prince Charles and Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and Canada’s Prime Minster, Stephen Harper. Assembled before them were some of the survivors of the invasion. Brown inadvertently refers to Omaha Beach as “Obama Beach.” Obama states, “At an hour of maximum danger, amid the bleakest of circumstances, men who thought themselves ordinary found it within themselves to do the extraordinary. They fought for their moms and sweethearts back home, for the fellow warriors they came to know as brothers. And they fought out of a simple sense of duty—a duty sustained by the same ideals for which their countrymen had fought and bled for over two centuries.” Obama’s grandmother’s brother, Charles Payne, attends the ceremony. Although Payne was not part of the D-Day invasion, he was among the troops that liberate one of the camps in the Buchenwald complex. [3112]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:43:03 pm

Russia’s President Dmitri Medvedev says the dollar is no longer a desirable currency for central bank reserves because of irresponsible American economic policies. [3260]


Dickinson, North Dakota reports several inches of snow on June 6, the first time in 60 years it has fallen in that city after May. In Green Bay, Wisconsin the high temperature is only 52 degrees, breaking the record of 53 degrees set in 1943.  Obama still believes in man-caused global warming and wants a cap-and-trade tax to raise energy costs for all Americans [3131, 3144, 3145]


It is reported that the late mother of David Axelrod, Obama’s chief political strategist, was a writer for PM, a leftist newspaper published between 1940 and 1948. The paper’s staff consisted of liberals and communists. PM received funding from Marshall Field III, a leftist millionaire. Field also funded the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), a radical organization founded by Marxist agitator Saul Alinsky. (Obama worked as a community organizer and activist for the IAF, and attended an eight-day IAF workshop while on a break from Harvard Law School.) Axelrod’s parents separated when he was 8 years old; his father was a psychologist who committed suicide. Axelrod helped to elect Deval Patrick Governor of Massachusetts, largely by selling personality rather than policy. (Most observers consider Patrick a failure as governor.) Axelrod followed the same “personality over policy” process to get Obama elected, making sure that the voters only heard “hope and change” and were never exposed to many of the details of what Obama had in store for them. [3113, 3121]


Newsweek editor Evan Thomas appears on Inside Washington and tones down his “Obama is… he’s sort of God” praise, saying merely that Obama “…stands above everybody.” (Criticism of his “Obama-is-God” comment led Thomas to move Obama to a lower position in between God and humanity. Obama’s response to the announcement of the demotion was not discussed by White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.) Thomas calls Obama’s Middle East peace plan a “…pretty brave role, in many ways.” Columnist Charles Krauthammer throws water on that evaluation, stating “What (Obama) said about Iran, it was the weakest statement on Iran’s nuclear program ever given by a president, weaker than anything heard in the last seven or eight years.” Obama “…did more in three minutes to delegitimize the existence of Israel than any president in American history,” added Krauthammer. [3136]

A remembrance ceremony is held in Arkansas in honor of Private William Long, the U.S. Army soldier murdered by Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad. A Muslim woman wearing a burqa crashes the event, holding a homemade sign and yelling anti-American and anti-Semitic remarks. [3118]


In another example of “media objectivity,” Newsweek editor Evan Thomas appears on MSNBC and comments on Obama’s Cairo speech, “I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above… above the world, he's sort of God.” [3117]


Joe Mwangi Symmon, a 59-year-old from Rancho Cucamonga, California announces he will enter the Democrat primary for governor. He will face former governor Jerry Brown, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Symmon, who was born in Murang’a, Kenya, hopes his Kenyan background may help his candidacy as it helped Obama. Displaying a quick grasp of Obama campaign techniques, Symmon says he supports a “giving back plan”—that will be revealed during his first 100 days in office. [3119]


A “Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat” report from the National Air and Space Intelligence Center states that the odds of a missile attack against the United States are growing. The Obama administration is reducing spending on missile defense systems by at least $1.5 billion. Since 2006, North Korea has deployed nearly 50 new missiles. Its latest, the Taeposong-2, has a range of 3,400 miles, and could be sold to other nations in exchange for cash that is desperately needed by the Communist regime. The report says that China has “the most active and diverse ballistic missile development program in the world.” Russia has hundreds of SS-18 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), and is working on technology to defeat U.S. missile defense systems.  [3120]


In response to North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests, Obama states on June 6, “We are going to take a very hard look at how we move forward on these issues, and I don’t think that there should be an assumption that we will simply continue down a path in which North Korea is constantly destabilizing the region and we just react in the same ways by, after they've done these things for a while, then we reward them… North Korea’s actions over the last several months have been extraordinarily provocative and they have made no bones about the fact that they are testing nuclear weapons, testing missiles that potentially would have intercontinental capacity.” The Bush administration was excoriated by the left for being too tough on North Korea and calling it part of an “axis of evil” (along with Iraq and Iran), and Bush was encouraged to negotiate. Those negotiations led, not surprisingly, to North Korea’s breaking it promises and failing to dismantle its nuclear facilities. Obama is perhaps now learning that Kim Jong-Il is not to be trusted, and that George W. Bush’s initial evaluation of North Korea was the correct one. Kim Jong-Il will not respond to Obama’s alleged charm and syrupy speeches as did 52.8 per cent of the voters. Even if Obama agrees with Jimmy Carter that America should “get over” its “inordinate fear of communism” and is personally willing to live with it, for the sake of those Americans  who are less na´ve he should at least be wary of nuclear missiles in the hands of lunatics. (North Korea has nuclear capabilities because Bill Clinton inked a deal in 1994 that gave them 500,000 tons of fuel oil and $4 billion to build nuclear power plants on the condition that it not build nuclear weapons. North Korea cheated on Bill Clinton as eagerly as he had cheated on Hillary Rodham.) [3122]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:44:49 pm

The Justice Department announces that it is looking for “all actors” in the slaying of abortionist George Tiller. It issues the statement, “The Department of Justice will work tirelessly to determine the full involvement of any and all actors in this horrible crime, and to ensure that anyone who played a role in the offense is prosecuted to the full extent of federal law.” There is no indication that the Justice Department will also “work tirelessly” and look for “all actors” in the murder of Army Private William Long. Because Long’s murderer had been trained for jihad while in Yemen, one might suspect that there are more “actors” involved in Long’s murder than in Tiller’s. [3124]


North Korea sentences Laura Ling and Euna Lee, American television journalists with San Francisco’s Current TV, to 12 years in labor prison for a “grave crime” against the communist state. They were tried by the highest court in North Korea and cannot appeal. A State Department spokesman says, “We are deeply concerned by the reported sentencing of the two American citizen journalists by North Korean authorities, and we are engaged through all possible channels to secure their release.” Before the verdict, former Vice-President Al Gore, the founder of Current TV, was reportedly considering traveling to Pyongyang to attempt to get the two women released. Laura Ling is the sister of CNN’s Lisa Ling. The trial and verdict is another in a series of provocations from the regime of Kim Jong-Il, who is likely pushing Obama as hard as he can just to see how much—or how little—he will do in response. North Korea wants something for the release of the two journalists, but it is not clear what that may be. (As time passes and it is clear that Al Gore intends not to get involved, the media stops mentioning his affiliation with the two jailed journalists. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Jimmy Carter also fail to come forward to negotiate the release of the women.) [3126, 3140, 3371]


Obama appoints Arif Alikhan to the position of assistant secretary for the Office of Policy Development at the Department of Homeland Security. Alikhan, a devout Sunni Muslim and the son of Pakistani immigrants, is the deputy mayor of Los Angeles. Alikhan is associated with the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). MPAC has chapters in California, Texas, Kansas, Nevada, and Iowa. Its senior advisor, Maher Hathout, has close ties to the radical Muslim Brotherhood. According to Pamela Geller’s, Alikhan was recently a guest speaker at a fundraiser for the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California. Another speaker called for an end to the Justice Department’s “infiltration by spies of mosques” and a “…cessation of attempts to undermine Muslim groups such as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).” Alikhan has no counterterrorism experience, and attended a fundraiser at which a fellow speaker demanded that the federal government end some of its counterterrorism tactics. In 2007, “Alikhan was instrumental in removing the Muslim terror tracking plan in L.A.” With the appointment of Alikhan, Obama has placed in the Department of Homeland Security someone who has worked against counterterrorism efforts. [3127]


Suggesting that liberals tend to listen only to other liberals, Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift, surprised by criticism of Obama’s Cairo speech by guests on the McLaughlin Group program of June 7, says, “Until I came on this set, I heard nothing but rave reviews for this speech. I feel like I’m in a total parallel reality.” Responding to a question from host John McLaughlin about Obama’s incessant anti-American criticism and apologies, New York Daily News publisher Mort Zuckerman states “You’re darn right” Obama is bad-mouthing the United States, yet “…we saved the… Iranian regime, after World War II, from Soviet domination. The United States was the only country in the world that stood up to Soviet attempts to dominate Europe. I mean, we have done an extraordinary job. No other country in history, I think, has expended as much treasure and blood to try and preserve democracy and freedom in the world.” Monica Crowley adds, “It is not an appropriate exercise of American presidential leadership. I am sick and tired of this man running down his country when he’s on foreign soil. You hire a President to represent the United States of America. I guess he fancies himself the President of the world.” Pat Buchanan chimes in with, “Everywhere he has gone, he has acted like—I mean, he’s a good speaker, but he has acted like a guilt-besotted liberal. He goes to Latin America, apologizing to these guys… He sat there and took abuse for 45 minutes from Danny Ortega....” An exasperated Clift responds that Obama is simply “saying things that the rest of the world says about us all the time… You cannot talk about the smote (sic)… or whatever it is… in the other person’s eye until you recognize what’s in your own, and he is acknowledging where America has gone awry, and he is re-setting a relationship with the rest of the world....” [3135]


Lebanon holds national elections on June 7 and the pro-Western coalition declares victory over candidates from the terrorist group Hizbullah. Some in the American media attempt to give credit for the victory to Obama because he called for “hope and change,” but New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is told by some voters, “Without George Bush standing up to the Syrians in 2005… this free election would not have happened.” [3560, 3561]


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) schedules a “Tier 1 National Level Exercise,” called a “National Level Exercise 2009” (NLE 09) for July 27–31. FEMA describes the event as “…the first major exercise conducted by the United States government that will focus exclusively on terrorism prevention and protection, as opposed to incident response and recovery.” NLE 09 will “…focus on intelligence and information sharing among intelligence and law enforcement communities, and between international, federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private sector participants,” and “This year the United States welcomes the participation of Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom in NLE 09.” The FEMA announcement states, “The full-scale exercise offers agencies and jurisdictions a way to test their plans and skills in a real-time, realistic environment and to gain the in-depth knowledge that only experience can provide. Participants will exercise prevention and information sharing functions that are critical to preventing terrorist attacks. Lessons learned from the exercise will provide valuable insights to guide future planning for securing the nation against terrorist attacks, disasters, and other emergencies.” [3132, 3133]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:45:23 pm

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, names Syrian-born Kareem Shora to her advisory council. Shora is the head of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination League (ADC), which has close ties to Obama’s anti-Israel friend and PLO-apologist Rashid Khalidi. The anti-Semitic ADC has consistently fought against domestic anti-terrorism measures taken after the September attacks, opposing watch lists, background check delays for travel visas, and improved screening of visitors from the Middle East. Former ADC president Hamzi Moghrabi has said he would nit call Hamas a terrorist organization, and stated “I don’t believe Hamas, as an organization, is a violent organization.” Moghrabi’s successor, Imad Hamad, said he found it “shocking” that anyone would call Hizbullah a terrorist group. Few in the mainstream media bother to ask why someone who opposes anti-terrorism measures should be an advisor to the Department of Homeland Security. [3139]


June 7 elections throughout much of Europe are good news for many conservative candidates, as voters punished left-leaning political parties in France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Great Britain, and Spain. Some say the results show that voters believe their governments are engaged in too much deficit spending for “stimulus” purposes. In France in particular, the voters were likely showing their dissatisfaction with overindulged labor unions, high taxes, bloated bureaucracies, and too-generous welfare benefits. “Tonight is a very difficult evening for Socialists in many nations in Europe,” says Martin Schulz, leader of the Socialists in the European Parliament, and Graham Watson, leader of the European Union’s center-right Liberal Democrat group states “People don’t want a return to socialism and that's why the majority here will be a center-right majority.” Geert Wilders’ party succeeds in taking 4 of 25 seats in the Netherlands, in a victory for  supporters who believe that too many Muslims have moved to Europe, have refused to assimilate into the culture, and engaged in violence. Wilders has been on a passionate mission to preserve his country’s—and Europe’s—culture, despite being ostracized by the “politically correct” crowd that would rather sacrifice a continent than dare be critical of violent thugs. (Wilders has been banned from entering Great Britain because it is afraid of upsetting England’s large Muslim population. provides readers with the most comprehensive coverage of what Wilders has been up against, and why it is important for him to succeed.) The results of the European elections are bad news for Obama, who will now face even stiffer resistance to requests for stimulus spending or safe havens for terrorists he releases from the detainee camp at Guantanamo. Dr. Nile Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation, comments, “Across Europe there is a broader rejection of the notion that the government should be spending more money, that there should be more bailouts. And these results show that European voters are rejecting Obama-style economic stimulus spending packages of which voters see as wasteful and too expensive.” [3142, 3172, 3177]


June 7 elections in Lebanon give pro-Western candidates decisive victories (68 seats) over the Iranian-backed Shi’ite Hizbullah and its allies (57 seats) and independents (3 seats). The pro-Western candidates are mostly Sunni Muslims, Christians, and Druze. The results show that the public has tired of the continuing violence prompted by Hizbullah, which the opposition party pledged to disarm. Disarming Hizbullah will be next to impossible; some suggest assimilating their fighters into the Lebanese army. [3187]


Yields on 10-year Treasury notes reach as high as 3.7 per cent, up from 2.5 per cent in March. Rates on 30-year mortgages jump more than a quarter point, to 5.29 per cent—the highest rate since December 2008. As the federal government borrows more money to finance its massive deficits, less is available for private lending. That pushes up interest rates, as businesses, consumers, and the federal government all try to borrow from a limited supply of cash. Rising mortgage rates will slow down the housing market even more, which will prolong the recession. Simply printing more money will not help because it leads to inflation—which is essentially a hidden tax on everyone. (The devaluation of the dollar also makes foreign products more expensive.) Obama and the Democrat Congress have created a situation from which they cannot escape. The  remedy, which they will not apply, is to stop stimulus spending, cancel spending that is not already in the pipeline, and slash the federal budget to a level where federal borrowing is significantly reduced and the possibility of a balanced budget appears in the distant future—rather than nowhere in sight. The bond market is essentially calling Obama’s bluff, refusing to believe that he can work miracles and print money without prompting hyperinflation. Purchasers of bonds therefore demand higher rates of interest, knowing that the value of their investment will drop along with the value of an inflation-ravaged dollar. (Those who expect 4 per cent annual inflation, for example, demand more than 4 per cent interest for the bonds they purchase. Those who expect 10 per cent inflation buy gold or other commodities they believe will outperform bonds.) Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke tells the House Budget Committee, “Even as we take steps to address the recession and threats to financial stability, maintaining the confidence of the financial markets requires that we, as a nation, begin planning now for the restoration of fiscal balance.” In other words, Obama and Congress should stop spending money they do not have; Bernanke’s warning is six months too late. [3143]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:45:59 pm

Richard Ebeling, senior fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research, states that much of the federal “stimulus money” will not stimulate jobs but will go “down a rat hole of special-interest politics.” Ebeling says “All this money—almost a trillion dollars—is spread over many departments, bureaus, and agencies of the federal government, each of them obviously evaluating supposedly the ‘shovel-ready’ and other related government to-be-funded programs. And at the end of the day, a lot of the money is going to serve special-interest groups, constituencies that particular congressmen or senators are concerned with satisfying—because every politician is always running for the next election already.” [3149]


By early June, the count of “czars” appointed by Obama is over 30. They include:


Pay Czar: Kenneth Feinberg, who will decide which Americans are paid too much,

Health Czar: Nancy-Ann DeParle, who will decide whether it is worth extending the life of the elderly,

Car Czar: Steve Rattner, who will force General Motors to build cars no one wants,

Great Lakes Cleanup Czar: Cameron Davis,

Cybersecurity Czar: Melissa Hathaway,

Bank Bailout Czar: Herb Ellison,

Economic Czars: Lawrence Summers, Paul Volcker,

Energy Czar: Carol Browner,

Drug Czar: Gil Kerlikowske,

Border Czar: Alan Bersin,

Urban Czar: Adolfo Carrion,

Regulatory Czar: Cass Sunstein (Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs),

Stimulus Accountability Czar: Joe Biden,

Stimulus Oversight Czar: Earl Devaney,

Iran Czar: Dennis Ross,

Middle East Czar: George Mitchell,

Afghanistan-Pakistan Czar: Richard Holbrooke,

AIDS Czar: Jeffrey Crowley,

Counterterrorism Czar: John Brennan,

Green Jobs Czar: Van Jones,

Guantanamo Closure Czar: Daniel Fried,

Info-Tech Czar: Vivek Kundra,

Intelligence Czar: Dennis Blair,

Religion/Faith-Based Czar: Joshua DuBois,

Science Czar: John Holdren,

Trade Czar: Ron Kirk,

Weapons of Mass destruction Czar: Gary Samore,

TARP Czar: Elizabeth Warren,

Climate Czar: Todd Stern,

Copyright Czar: to be named,

Government Performance czar: to be named, and

Domestic Violence Czar: to be named


Senator John McCain (R-AZ) claims that Obama has “more czars than the Romanovs.” (The Romanovs were the royal family that ruled Russia for centuries). These Soviet-like czars (whose official titles do not actually use the word “czar”) report directly to Obama and are accountable only to him; they are unelected and unaccountable to the voters. Should Obama wish to stage a coup, completely take over the government and cancel future elections, it appears he already has his accomplices in place. (Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) later delivers a scathing attack of Obama’s appointment of power-abusing czar.) Obama is apparently the “czar czar,” but he may want to keep in mind that the first Russian czar was known as “Ivan the Terrible.” (Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein might be considered “Cass the Crazy” by some. In a 2007 speech Sunstein supported “eliminating current practices such as… meat eating. …We ought to ban hunting, I suggest, if there isn’t a purpose other than sport and fun. That should be against the law. It’s time now.” In his book Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions, Sunstein wrote, “animals should be permitted to bring suit, with human beings as their representatives. Any animals that are entitled to bring suit would be represented by (human) counsel, who would owe guardian-like obligations and make decisions, subject to those obligations, on their clients’ behalf.” [3150, 3179, 3180, 3182, 3200, 3564, 3738]


On June 8, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin comments on the state of the economy, telling Fox News’ Sean Hannity, “Well, when you consider that the federal government is about eleven trillion dollars in debt, and we’re borrowing more to spend more… it defies any sensible economic policy that any of us ever learned through college. It defies economy practices and principles that tell you ‘you gotta quit digging that hole when you are in that financial hole.’” Palin warns about coming socialism, saying “…that is where we are headed. That is where we have to be blunt enough and candid enough and honest enough with Americans to let them know that if we keep going down these roads… nationalizing many of our services, our projects, our businesses, yes that is where we would head. And that is why Americans have to be paying attention. And we have to have our voices heard. And ultimately it need to be our will, the American people’s will imposed on Washington, instead of the other way around.” [3151]


On or about June 8, the Obama administration releases terrorist Laith Qazali in a deal with the Asaib al-Haq (“the league of the righteous”) organization. According to General David Petraeus, Qazali was a “key member” of a network of “extremist secret cells” that trains in and is financed by Iran to attack Americans in Iraq. Qazali was involved in the abduction and murder of four American soldiers in January 2007. The Bush administration had refused to release Qazali—holding to the longstanding U.S. policy against trading prisoners for hostages—but Obama agreed to the release in exchange for five British civilians who were being held hostage by the terrorists. After Qazali was released the terrorists turned over not five living Brits, but two corpses; they had apparently been dead for weeks. (In describing the events, contributing editor Andrew McCarthy writes in “Back in May 2008, in a speech before the Israeli Knesset, President Bush derided ‘foolish delusion’ of unidentified, na´ve politicians who ‘seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along.’ Exhibiting a thin-skinned consciousness of guilt, Sen. Barack Obama assumed Bush had been referring to him, and lashed out: ‘George Bush knows that I have never supported engagement with terrorists.’” Obama has proven that President Bush was correct.) Obama is also considering releasing Qazali’s brother, Qais Qazali. [3571]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:46:31 pm

Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) tells labor union activists they be “satisfied” with his vote on the Employee Free Choice Act (the “card check” bill). His strange statement is, “I believe that you’ll be satisfied with my vote on this issue. And if you’re not, I recognize your right, in a free society, to cast your vote as you choose. But I think you will be satisfied with my vote on this issue.” It is unclear whether Specter will vote for the legislation, which will give labor unions unprecedented power by allowing them to organize workers without the need for secret ballots that usually provide protection against excessive intimidation. Specter will have a difficult time winning the 2010 primary election if he votes against the EFCA, but if he votes for the legislation, he will cause job losses that may cost him a victory in November. [3301]


Even the presidential-pandering MSNBC starts to mock Obama’s consistent use of teleprompters, suggesting he needs it to avoid his stuttering, stammering and constant use of “uh” when he is without the crutch. Watching Obama speak is “like watching a tennis match” as his head goes left and right to read the text from the two screens. [3152]


Columnist Greg Mankiw points out that Obama’s desire for a “public option” to compete with private health insurers is merely a sneaky way to force a single-payer national system. If any public plan were subsidized with taxpayer dollars, “…then the public plan would not offer honest competition to private plans. The taxpayer subsidies would tilt the playing field in favor of the public plan. In this case, the whole idea of a public option seems to be a disingenuous route toward a single-payer system, which many on the left favor but recognize is a political nonstarter.” If the “public option” does not use federal tax dollars, “…then the public plan would need to stand on its own financially and, in essence, would be a private nonprofit plan. But then what’s the point? If advocates of a public plan want to start a nonprofit company offering health insurance on better terms than existing insurance companies, nothing is stopping them from doing so right now. There is free entry into the market for health insurance. If a public plan without taxpayer support would succeed, so would a nonprofit insurance company.” [3153]


An editorial in the Wall Street Journal charges that the media has fallen for Obama’s “phony jobs claims.” Obama has argued that his stimulus legislation has already “saved or created” more than 150,000 jobs—even though unemployment continues to rise and is at 9.4 per cent. While drumming up support for the $787 billion spending bill, Obama had said the plan would “…save or create three to four million jobs over the next two years.” Tony Fratto, former senior member of the Bush administration’s White House communications staff, says, “We would never have used a formula like ‘save or create.’ To begin with, the number is pure fiction—the administration has no way to measure how many jobs are actually being ‘saved.’ And if we (the Bush administration) had tried to use something this flimsy, the press would never have let us get away with it.” The New York Times, reluctant to call Obama a liar, states that his claim is “based on macroeconomic estimates, not an actual counting of jobs.” Even the Democrats know Obama is “cooking the books.” Senator Max Baucus (D-MN) criticized Secretary Treasurer Geithner’s “saved or created” claim, saying “You created a situation where you cannot be wrong. If the economy loses two million jobs over the next few years, you can say yes, but it would’ve lost 5.5 million jobs. If we create a million jobs, you can say, well, it would have lost 2.5 million jobs. You've given yourself complete leverage where you cannot be wrong, because you can take any scenario and make yourself look correct.” The Journal emphasizes that “…something’s wrong when the president invokes a formula that makes it impossible for him to be wrong and it goes largely unchallenged. It’s true that almost any government spending will create some jobs and save others. But as (economist and Nobel Prize winner) Milton Friedman once pointed out, that doesn’t tell you much: The government, after all, can create jobs by hiring people to dig holes and fill them in.” Some say Obama’s “saved or created” deception is brilliant—but without the media’s willingness to go along with the deception, it is ludicrous. [3156]


On the June 7 broadcast of CBS’ Sunday Morning, White House correspondent Chip Reid gives glowing praise to Obama’s recent trip, saying “A trip laden with symbolism and elegant words, asking the world to look beyond old hatreds and wounds. In doing so, he hopes to create a world where there never has to be another D-Day.” [3164]


MSNBC commentators go berserk over Rush Limbaugh’s remark, “If al-Qaeda wants to demolish the America we know and love, they better hurry, because Obama is beating them to it.” Anchor Tamron Hall asks, “You tell me now if it is right… is it right to compare the President of the United States to al-Qaeda?” As later pointed out by columnist Lorie Byrd, Hall and comrades David Shuster and Bill Press forgot that MSNBC’s own Keith Olbermann has compared former President George W. Bush to Adolph Hitler and charged, Mr. Bush, you are accomplishing in part what Osama Bin Laden and others seek—a fearful American populace, easily manipulated, and willing to throw away any measure of restraint, any loyalty to our own ideals and freedoms, for the comforting illusion of safety.” According to MSNBC, Bush can be criticized but Obama cannot. [3067, 3157]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:50:35 pm

Many columnists point out that Obama lied when he stated that health care costs are “causing a bankruptcy every 30 seconds.” Obama’s number equates to 1,051,200 bankruptcies per year because of illness, or virtually all of 2008’s 1.1 million bankruptcies—clearly an impossibility. [3158]


Lamar Outdoor, a billboard advertising company, joins CBS Outdoor in refusing to rent billboards for the “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” campaign. Lamar spokesman Hal Kilshaw states, “We’re just not going to accept that copy. We think it’s a settled matter. We think it’s misleading to indicate there’s any question about the president’s birth certificate. We looked at it and we made the call.” [3161]


On his June 8 radio broadcast, Rush Limbaugh says, “Ladies and gentlemen, there can be no other way to say this now. The gloves have to come off. It’s time for people to sober up. The president of the United States, Barack Obama, is destroying the United States economy. There is no other way to describe this, systematically destroying it.” [3162]


A recent poll shows that only 29 per cent of Iranians have a favorable view of the United States, down from 34 per cent in February of 2008 one year ago. (“Hope and change” may not translate well into Persian/Farsi or Kurdish.) [3272]


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg issues a temporary stay on the sale of Chrysler’s assets to Italian automaker Fiat. Fiat Group SpA has the option of walking away from the deal if it is not finalized by June 15. A group of Indiana state pension and construction funds are fighting the Obama-imposed deal, arguing that it illegally favors unsecured stakeholder, placing them ahead of secured bondholders. The funds also argue that the deal is illegal because billions of dollars in TARP money has been given to Chrysler, even though those funds were only authorized for banks and other financial institutions. (The media, annoyed that anyone would dare challenge Obama—especially a liberal on the Supreme Court—quickly goes into emergency mode with stories of how important it is to save Chrysler from bankruptcy.) [3155, 3173, 3198]


In a more acceptable response to a disgusting Playboy article listing 10 conservative women its author would like to ****, presents a list of “The 15 Hottest Conservative Women in The New Media.” (Entertainer Julia Gorin jokingly wonders why she wasn’t included in the Playboy list, writing “Nothing says too fat and not famous enough like being excluded from the angry-sex fantasies of a liberal who despises conservative women. I mean, I’m the most famous conservative female comedian in the country, by virtue of being the only conservative female comedian in the country.”) [3163, 3443]


On his June 8 television program, David Letterman says that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has the style of a “slutty flight attendant.” He also “jokes” about “One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game… During the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.” (Palin had taken her 14-year-old daughter to the baseball game.) Conservatives are immediately outraged, while most liberals seem not to understand why the “joke” is offensive. Palin later accuses Letterman of making “sexually perverted” and “inappropriate” comments she doubted he would “ever dare make” about anyone else’s daughter. Todd Palin states, “Any ‘jokes’ about raping my 14-year-old are despicable. Alaskans know it, and I believe the rest of the world knows it, too.” (One might also expect Palin and the nation’s flight attendants to be less than amused by Letterman’s “slutty” remark.) It does not take long for a “fire David Letterman” campaign to start, and some companies (including the Embassy Suites hotel chain) quickly pull their advertising from his Late Show. (Neither Gloria Steinem nor the National Organization for Women come to Palin’s defense or criticized Letterman for his anti-woman remark.) The media, full of hatred for Palin and her conservatism, struggle to find a way to criticize her for the vulgar Letterman remark. [3222, 3233]


On NBC’s Today show on June 9, one commentator attempts to defend Obama’s “I’m sorry for the evil Americans have caused” Cairo speech, saying, “On the one hand he was kind of, I mean not necessarily apologizing for American policy, but certainly explaining American policy… So it was very much, you know, in keeping with this whole idea of resetting America’s image abroad, so you saw him in that speech quote from the Bible. He quoted from the Talmud; he quoted from the Koran. So it was a very different tone.” Another remarks, “…the thing that struck me about (Obama’s) speech was there seemed to be a respect for the audience, and a respect for that part of the world, as opposed to sort of a wagging the finger at that part of the world.” Showing no audience respect and his own “different tone,” a guest says of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin that “…she is very much like herpes, she’s not going away.” [3166]


The New York Times refuses to print an open letter to Obama by Lou Pritchett, retired former vice-president of Procter & **** and author of Stop Paddling and Start Rocking the Boat. Pritchett’s “You scare me” letter nevertheless receives widespread attention via the Internet. [3167]


On June 9, the Supreme Court vacates the temporary stay ordered by Justice Ginsberg and allows the Chrysler sale to Fiat to go through. The court’s two-page order states that the plaintiffs had not met their burden f showing that a delay was justified. The White House states, “We are delighted that the Chrysler-Fiat alliance can now go forward, allowing Chrysler to reemerge as a competitive and viable automaker.” The court’s decision does not validate the Obama administration’s actions, which some call illegal; it merely states that the challengers did not bring enough legal ammunition. [3199]


The court grants Obama and his co-defendants a second extension (to June 29) to respond to the charges in Kerchner, et al v. Barack Hussein Obama II, et al. U.S. Magistrate Joel Schneider writes, “In their complaint Plaintiffs assert violations of their constitutional rights alleging that Defendants have failed to conclusively prove that President Obama is a natural born citizen and therefore may not be eligible to serve as President of the United States,” and “Plaintiffs’ Complaint raises significant issues necessitating that the named Defendants engage competent counsel to represent their interests. Given the high ranking positions of the defendants, the decision as to who will represent them in this case is not simple and straightforward.” The lawsuit quotes the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that “…Congress must fully qualify the candidate ‘elected’ by the Electoral College Electors,” and charges that “There existed significant public doubt and grievances from plaintiffs and other concerned Americans regarding Obama’s eligibility to be president and defendants had the sworn duty to protect and preserve the Constitution and specifically under the 20th Amendment, Section 3, a Constitutional obligation to confirm whether Obama, once the electors elected him, was qualified.” The defendants therefore violated the 20th Amendment by not ensuring that Obama satisfied the eligibility requirements. Judge Schneider appears to be taking the case seriously, and has permitted public comments on the case to be placed on Public Access to Court Electronic records (PACER). [3479, 3480, 3481, 3482, 3585, 3602, 3607]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:51:13 pm

Construction companies across the nation complain that stimulus funds are being given to large multinational corporations rather than to local firms. An example is Montana’s Swank Enterprises, which has built federal U.S.-Canada border stations in the past and expected to get additional business because of its experience and expertise. Instead, a California company—that has been criticized for its waste and abuse in projects in Iraq—is getting the business. Dewey Swank says, “It’s a farce. It stinks of politics and big special interests,” and charges that the California firm, Parson’s Corporation, got the business because “someone’s palm is getting greased.” [3168]


Phil Bronstein writes in the San Francisco Chronicle, “Obama and the fawning press need to get a room.” [3169]


Word spreads that Congress is considering a value-added tax (VAT) to increase revenue to help offset Obama’s massive deficits. A VAT is essentially a sales tax—collected at each stage of the production process—and is common in European nations. Some Republicans and conservatives have suggested a VAT instead of the federal income tax; Democrats are suggesting it in addition to the income tax. The Obama administration also wants new limits to itemized deductions as a way to collect even more tax revenue. The Tax Policy Center’s Roberton Williams says, “The bottom line is that the income tax cannot support the level of spending that’s projected.” The government either has to raise taxes or cut spending. [3170]


The New York Times makes the ludicrous statement that Obama’s Cairo speech “was the most important strategic step we’ve taken in this war,” and “That’s why al-Qaeda is on the run.” While Obama “was polished and poised” and “his speech broadcast from the elegant surroundings of an ancient Arab university,” says the Times, Osama bin-Laden’s recent threat was “on an audiotape, crackling and hard to hear, broadcast on Al Jazeera.” The newspaper argues that “The (terrorist) message no longer resonates with Muslims the way it did in the late 90s and after 2001.” (The Times may not have noticed that radical Islamists are still waging war around the world.) [3171]


In a June 9 election upset, State Senator Creigh Deeds wins the Virginia Democrat gubernatorial primary, beating former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe (who had been endorsed by Bill Clinton) and David Moran. The moderate Deeds had not been expected to win, and his campaign spent the least money of the three candidates.


Deeds’ Republican opponent will be the state’s former attorney general, Bob McDonnell. [3175]


Prime Minister Netanyahu tells Obama’s Middle East envoy George Mitchell that Israel will not agree to halt settlement expansion. Afterward, Netanyahu states “Israel is working to promote peace and security with our Palestinian neighbors and the wider Arab world,” and Mitchell emphasizes “clearly and emphatically, beyond any doubt, that the United States’ commitment to the security of Israel remains unshakable.” Public statements aside, the Obama administration is clearly pressuring Israel to give concessions to the Palestinians, expecting it to believe that it will then no longer be subjected to rocket attacks from Hamas terrorists. [3176, 3186]


Obama’s economic advisor, Austan Goolsbee, appears on Fox News Sunday on June 7 and says “It’s going to take more than a few months to turn (the economy) around.” (In January, another Obama economic advisor, Lawrence Summers, said the economy would start improving “within weeks” if the $787 billion stimulus bill were passed.) Goolsbee claims that “Obama is cutting the deficit more than $2 trillion over the (next) 10 years compared with what he was inheriting,” but the Congressional Budget Office estimates that Obama will add $9.3 trillion to the deficit over 10 years. They can’t both be correct. [3178]


During the month of May there were a reported 464,983 foreclosures out of 3.2 million subprime and Alt-A mortgages. Fewer than 20,000 were modified under Obama’s mortgage relief plan to help 5 million homeowners, proving it a colossal failure. The situation is unlikely to improve inasmuch as interest rates are now rising. [3181]


On the floor of the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Michele Bachman (R-MN) charges the administration with abuse of power for allowing Democrat Senators and Congressman Barney Frank to get some Chrysler dealers that are scheduled to be closed removed from the “hit list.” Bachmann decries Obama’s “gangster government” and use of power-abusing “czars” to get around the law and the will of Congress. Even Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), certainly no opponent of large, abusive government, is critical of the czar appointments. In March, Byrd criticized the czars, who rarely testify before Congress and “often shield” information about their activities. “The rapid and easy accumulation of power by White House staff can threaten the constitutional system of checks and balances.” [3182, 3200]


As the public loses patience with Obama’s ineffective stimulus plans, the White House says it will speed up the stimulus expenditures and would “save or create” 600,000 jobs in the next 100 days. (Advisor Jared Bernstein later clarifies the pledge, telling CNBC “The 600,000 jobs are full-time equivalence, meaning that if there are two part-time jobs, they count as one full-time job.” The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics is asked if Obama’s previous claim of having “saved or created” 150,000 new jobs can be validated. Commissioner Keith Hall states, “No. That would be a very difficult thing for anybody to substantiate.” Even if the 150,000 and 600,000 figures were correct, the stimulus legislation cost the taxpayers $787 billion—or about $1,049,333 for each job Obama claims he “saved or created.” [3183]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:52:01 pm

A proposal from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency could lead to the outlawing of 80 per cent of all pocketknives in the nation. The proposal affects all knives that contain springs or other devices to make it easier to open the blade. [3184]


The Washington Blade, a homosexual publication, indicates that with increasing Senate opposition to the so-called “hate crimes” legislation, it may be attached to another bill as an amendment in order to get it passed without providing opponents a chance for a hearing on its merits. The Human Rights Campaign’s Trevor Thomas states, “We understand that Senate leadership does not believe a hearing or mark up on the bill is necessary and plans to bring it directly to the floor as an amendment to another moving vehicle.” Obama supports the legislation, which critics have called the “**** protection Act.” [3185]


According to a Rasmussen poll, 41 per cent of Americans expect the quality of vehicles produced by General Motors to decline with the federal government and UAW union as the new owners of the company. Improvement in quality is expected by 19 per cent, 16 per cent expect little change, and 24 per cent are unsure. Sixty-nine per cent of those polled do not believe Obama when says he and the government won’t be involved in making decisions at GM. [3188]


As of late May, only $36 billion of the $787 billion in stimulus funds had been spent. According to a Rasmussen poll, 45 per cent of Americans believe the rest of the program should be canceled. Not surprisingly, most government workers believe speeding up stimulus spending would be good for the economy, while those employed in the private sector disagree. [3188, 3191]


Democrats push in the House and the Senate to speed up Obama’s national health care legislation. Budget Director Peter Orszag, telling perhaps one of the biggest lies of the year, says, “We are going to be deficit-neutral—even—over five or 10 years.” Obama’s plan will cost over $1 trillion over 10 years and can be “deficit-neutral” only if he raises taxes by $1 trillion—and if his plan doesn’t end up costing more than is currently projected. The administration hopes to pick up at $300–$600 billion in savings from Medicare and Medicaid—but that means cutting benefits or reducing fees to hospitals and physicians. The health legislation would force individuals to buy insurance if they can afford it, and calls for penalties—so far unspecified—for those who refuse to comply. Obama and his fellow Democrats plan to pass the legislation by early August, regardless of whether they have the money to pay for it. Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) states “This is the year to do it,” meaning the Democrats want to pass it while Obama’s approval ratings are still high and before the American people find out what is in the bill. [3190]


Israelis are angered by a photograph of Obama with his feet up on his desk while talking to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu; showing someone the sole of your shoes is considered an insult in the Middle East. Abu Ahmed, a Hamas military leader in Gaza, comments, “Just as a journalist humiliated (President) Bush with (throwing) his shoes, this is how Obama is humiliating the Israeli government.” Adding insult to insult, an Obama administration official in Jerusalem tells Netanyahu, “We are going to change the world. Please don’t interfere.” Netanyahu’s aides interpret the statement as a threat. [3192, 3218]


Actor Jon Voight tells the Washington Times, “Democracy is an extraordinary adventure. It’s difficult, full of daring and risk and danger. But it’s the greatest gift we have. The people who voted for President Obama are just beginning to wake up to exactly what they brought in. The ‘change’ they envisioned is not the ‘change’ they have gotten.” Academy Award winner Voight says “Obama is a very good actor. He knows how to play it. And he is very adept at creating this ‘Obama’—this character who is there whenever the world needs something.” [3194]


It is reported that the federal government lost $5.25 billion in the first quarter of 2009 on securities it acquired to bail out Bear Stearns and AIG. Counting late 2008, the loss to the taxpayers on those holdings is $16.46 billion. [3194]


Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the fiery, anti-Semitic, anti-white, and anti-American pastor, says he has not spoken with Obama since early 2008. “Them Jews (in the Obama administration) aren’t going to let him talk to me,” claims Wright. (The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Obama had a secret meeting with Wright near the end of the primaries. Obama persuaded Wright to limit his public appearances because they were hurting his presidential campaign. Obama was only partially successful in keeping Wright out of the spotlight, winning North Carolina despite Wright and losing Indiana, possibly because of Wright.) Obama refuses to condemn Wright; Obama attended the racist pastor’s Chicago church for 20 years. [3196, 3232, 3311]


The May deficit for the federal government was $189.65 billion, bringing the deficit total since the fiscal year began in October to $991.95 billion—the largest deficit in the history of the world.… and still growing. Because of income tax receipts after April 15, the April deficit was $20.91 billion—the first April deficit in 26 years. On June 9, Obama urges Congress to adopt a “pay as you go” policy, fully paying for new programs with budget cuts elsewhere or tax increases. (Most would say that advice is at least $991.95 billion too late.) Obama—who relentlessly pushed for a $787 billion stimulus bill and $410 billion appropriations bill—has the audacity to remark, “Paying for what you spend is basic common sense. Perhaps that’s why, here in Washington, it has been so elusive.” (Obama quickly breaks his own rules, stating that his national health care plan should be exempted from the “pay as you go” policy because he says it will “pay for itself” in the long run, so America shouldn’t worry about short-term deficits it causes. Obama expects the taxpayers to believe that his enormous health scheme will be the first major federal program in history to cost less than initial government estimates.) The CATO Institute’s Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies, says that Obama and the Democrats “have no way to do it. All the aura they have about health care (paying for itself) is just a complete fašade.” Veronique DeRugy of the Mercatus Institute is less charitable when she says, “Obama stands in front of the TV and he lies. He does not talk about taxes. He talks about spending money.” [3197, 3297]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:52:39 pm

The Weekly Standard reports that “the Obama Justice Department has quietly ordered FBI agents to read Miranda rights to high value detainees captured and held at U.S. detention facilities in Afghanistan.” Knowing it would likely be less than pleased by the decision, Obama chose not to brief Congress on the new policy. Prisoners on the field of battle will now therefore be told, “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney, and to have an attorney present during any questioning. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided for you at government expense.” Stunningly, Obama is reducing fighting a war to an episode of a television cop show. Congressman Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, comments, “When they ‘mirandize’ a suspect, the first thing they do is warn them that they have the ‘right to remain silent.’ It would seem the last thing we want is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed or any other al-Qaeda terrorist to remain silent. Our focus should be on preventing the next attack, not giving radical jihadists a new tactic to resist interrogation—lawyering up.” There is no legal basis for Obama’s order. Captured terrorists are prisoners of war—they are not American citizens entitled to the protection of the U.S. Constitution. In fact, even for Americans there is no specific constitutional requirement that the police “read people their rights.” Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI), who recently returned from Afghanistan, warns, “The problem is you take that guy at three in the morning off of a compound right outside of Kabul where he’s building bomb materials to kill U.S. soldiers, and read him his rights by four, and the Red Cross is saying take the lawyer—you have now created quite a confusion amongst the FBI, the CIA and the United States military. And confusion is the last thing you want in a combat zone.” During his campaign against Senator John McCain, Obama said “Of course” captured terrorists  would not be given  Miranda warnings; that pledge lasted less than four months. [3204, 3205, 3219, 3225, 3235, 3322, 3381, 3420, 3446]


The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that no person “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.” Although all Americans therefore have the “right to remain silent,” there is no constitutional requirement that police officers remind people of that right. (Some people who confess to crimes are set free because they are able to argue successfully that they were not “read their rights.”) The police officer who states, “You have the right to remain silent…” does so only because of the 5–4 Supreme Court decision in the case Miranda v. Arizona. In March 1963, Ernesto Arturo Miranda had confessed to raping an 18-year-old woman and was tried, convicted, and sentenced. In 1966 the Supreme Court overturned the conviction, and declared “The person in custody must, prior to interrogation, be clearly informed that he has the right to remain silent, and that anything he says will be used against him in the court of law; he must be clearly informed that he has the right to consult with a lawyer and to have the lawyer with him during interrogation, and that, if he is indigent, a lawyer will be appointed to represent him.” The Supreme Court certainly did not intend that its decision be applied to enemy combatants during war. Obama’s ridiculous order will no doubt give terrorists yet another reason to laugh at the United States. Worse, it may limit the amount of information U.S. soldiers can obtain from captured terrorists, putting the lives of Americans in danger—but Obama cares more about his image in the “Muslim world” than protecting Americans. (Luckily for citizens of the United States the 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, was captured and interrogated before Obama was elected.) [3204, 3205, 3219, 3225, 3235, 3381, 3420, 3446]


On June 10, 88-year-old James Von Brunn opens fire in a crowd of visitors at Washington, D.C.’s Holocaust Museum. He wounds one person and kills security guard Stephen Tyrone Jones; two other guards then wound Von Brunn, who is taken to a hospital. Von Brunn is immediately branded a “right-wing extremist” by the media, but his on-line writings show that he is very much an “equal opportunity” hater who despises conservatives, whites, the Bible, Christians, Jews, big corporations, big government, “neo-con,” and both Bush presidents. Von Brunn’s web site claims that “socialism is the future of the world.” The media is no doubt relieved that the Holocaust Museum killer is not a Muslim. While the media does its best to charge that conservative radio talk shows incite killers like Von Brunn to violence, they ignore the fact that Obama is inciting hatred against Jews, by ludicrously and hatefully suggesting in his Cairo speech that the treatment of Palestinians by Israel is tantamount to Hitler’s mass murder of six million Jews during World War II. [3207, 3213, 3244, 3247]


It is reported that two passengers on Air France flight 447, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean en route to Paris from Rio de Janeiro, allegedly had names linked to terrorism. The names appear on classified documents with lists of radical Muslims the French government considers a threat. (The Iranian-backed, Lebanese terrorist group Hizbullah has a strong presence in South America. The tri-border or triple frontier where Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil meet is poorly patrolled, and corrupt border guards make infiltration easy.) [3209, 3221, 3276, 3277, 3401]


North Korea states it would consider a U.S. pledge to protect South Korea and Japan from military attacks from Pyongyang a declaration of war. Russia reports that North Korea is poised to test launch another ballistic missile. “Information is coming to us that there are signs of preparations for the launch of missiles,” states an unnamed Russian source. After demands from the political left, former President George W. Bush removed North Korea from the list of terrorist states; Republican Senators are now demanding it be placed back on the list. The missile launches likely serve two purposes: test their accuracy and range for their own purposes, and display them for any nations willing to buy them from Kim Jong-Il, including Iran and Venezuela. [3210]


More than $75,000 has been raised for “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” billboards to maintain public awareness of doubts about Obama’s eligibility to serve as president. The latest billboard was placed on the Santa Ana Freeway, outside Los Angeles. Bumper stickers and yard signs have also been made available. A billboard has been put up in Buena Park, California (Interstate 5), a location passed by tens of thousands of commuters every day. Lamar Outdoor, a billboard company that has refused to display the birth certificate message, starts losing business from other customers who are angered by its censorship. [3214, 3216]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:53:17 pm

On his June 10 radio program, Rush Limbaugh asks what God has in common with Obama: “Neither has a birth certificate.” Limbaugh then answers the question, “How do they differ?” with “God does not think he’s Obama,” “Liberals love Obama,” “God asks for only 10 per cent of your money,” “God gives you freedom to live your life as you choose,” and “God’s plan to save you is actually written down for you to read.” [3215]


Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) has 213 co-sponsors for his bill (H.R. 1207, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009), which calls for an audit of the Federal Reserve Board. A similar bill, S. 604, has been introduced in the Senate by Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Paul has long argued that there is no authority for the Federal Reserve to interfere with the economy and influence the money supply, because the U.S. Constitution gives only Congress “the authority to coin money and regulate the value of money.” Paul states, “Throughout its nearly 100-year history, the Federal Reserve has presided over the near-complete destruction of the United States dollar. Since 1913 the dollar has lost over 95 percent of its purchasing power, aided and abetted by the Federal Reserve’s loose monetary policy. How long will we as a Congress stand idly by while hard-working Americans see their savings eaten away by inflation? Only big-spending politicians and politically favored bankers benefit from inflation.” Paul’s last point is why most Democrats will fight against the passage of his bill; without the ability to cover deficit spending by inflating the money supply, they cannot pass expensive bills to buy votes. [3217]


Obama economic advisor says a quick, strong recovery from the recession is unlikely. “A long slog, with continuing high levels of unemployment, seems to be in store.” [3220]

Obama travels to Green Bay, Wisconsin to drum up support for his national health care plan. Along the motorcade are several hundred protestors with signs reading “No Health care,” “No socialism,” and “Taxed Enough Yet?” At the town-hall style meeting, Obama argues that his plan must be enacted in order to cut health care costs. (His plan will cost at least $1.2 trillion over 10 years.) [3223]


Senator James DeMint (R-SC) meets with Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Although he says they “had a good meeting,” he relates that he is disturbed that “…she was unwilling to say the Second Amendment protects a fundamental right that applies to all Americans, which raises serious questions about her view of the Bill of Rights.” On the subject of abortion, DeMint notes that Sotomayor “…said she had never thought about it.” [3224]


Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) says he will delay a vote on the “card check” bill until Al Franken is sworn in as Senator from Minnesota. (Franken has not yet been seated because of lawsuits over the close vote count in the election.) The legislation will make it possible fro unions to organize without secret ballots, allowing them to pressure workers to join the union—even against their will. Obama has promised he will sign the bill, which will cause prices to rise nationwide as suddenly unionized pass on the costs of increased labor to their customers. Many companies will go out of business if they cannot pass n the added costs or compete effectively with their competitors. [3226]


Former president Jimmy Carter says there can be no Middle East peace unless the terrorist group Hamas is involved in the negotiations. “I don’t believe there is a possibility to have any peace between the Palestinians and Israel unless Hamas is involved directly in harmony with Fatah,” states Carter. He then meets with Hamas’ Syrian leader, Khaled Mashaal. (The Bush administration complained when Carter met previously with Mashaal, arguing that he was legitimizing the terrorists; Obama has no such qualms.) Carter claims he is in Syria as a private citizen, and not acting on behalf of the U.S. government. In that case, carter’s actions may be in violation of the Logan Act, which prohibits unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. Carter cannot legally “make deals” with Syria, but Obama no doubt sanctions Carter’s interference with genocidal terrorists. In fact, Obama gave Carter a message to deliver to Hamas. The terrorist group’s political advisor, Ahmed Yousef, states, “"If we have anything to communicate, Carter will be the right person to convey messages from the movement (Hamas) to this (Obama) administration or from the administration to the movement.” [3227, 3228, 3273, 3360]


It is barely reported (only by, not by the mainstream media) that Jimmy Carter also met in Beirut, Lebanon with Sheik Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, the spiritual leader of Hizbullah. It was Fadlallah who personally ordered the October 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks that killed 241 servicemen and U.S. officials while they slept. For Carter to meet with Fadlallah and shake his hand is unconscionable, anti-American, and anti-Semitic. As Debbie Schlussel points out, not only is Hizbullah a “designated terrorist group,” Fadlallah himself has received the label “Specially Designated Global terrorist” by the U.S. government. (Fadlallah also heads the Al-Mabarrat Charitable Association, a phony charity that raises funds for Hizbullah martyrs.) There is no question that Obama was aware of Carter’s meeting with Fadlallah. Both Carter and Obama are apparently willing to meet with anyone without regard to how offensive it may be to Americans. (Of course, they know the media will likely not report their most offensive activities.) [3274, 3275, 3278]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:53:44 pm

Obama is unsuccessful at efforts to persuade the nation of Kyrgystan to allow the United States to keep its air base in Manas. The base is critical as a staging area for the war in Afghanistan. Shortly after Obama was sworn in, Russia moved quickly to flex its muscles by pledging $2 billion in loans to Kyrgystan in exchange for closing the American base. Obama had sent a letter to Foreign Minister Kadyrbek Sarbayev, but the answer he received was a firm no. Obama’s letter is no match for Russian pressure and money, and his charm works better with American voters than experienced Russian strategists—who realize that closing the base at Manas will hinder NATO as well as U.S. operations in Afghanistan. The New York Times, which normally puts a positive spin on anything Obama does or says, writes that Obama’s charms “seem to be lost on the world’s harder cases”—like Kyrgystan and Russia. (Perhaps if Hillary Clinton had not mislabeled the “reset” button she gave to foreign minister Sergei Lavrov back in March Obama might have had a bit more wiggle room. Then again, Putin and Medvedev may simply be tough negotiators who don’t feel the same Chris Matthews thrill up their leg when Obama speaks; the language of a con-man does not translate well. Obama’s ability to shoot three-pointers in basketball may have gotten him some American votes, but Russia, Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela only know how to play hardball.) [1577, 3230, 3271]


Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton send a letter to House and Senate leaders requesting additional cash for the International Monetary Fund, arguing that “Financial hardships and poverty breed desperation, which helps terrorist networks to attract new recruits with messages of hate, violence and intolerance. IMF financing reduces this threat by reducing economic instability in vulnerable states.” In other words, Gates and Clinton believe that paying off other countries with American tax dollars will make the terrorists hate us less and they will then leave us alone. Although the letter is addressed to leaders of both parties, it is clearly meant as a threat to Republicans because the Democrats have no problem giving American cash to other nations. Many Republicans oppose giving more money to the IMF, believing that much of the cash ends up in the hands of state sponsors of terrorism. [3231]


Global investor Jim Rogers tells the Economic Times he expects stocks to hit record levels—but they will be in worthless currencies. He expects inflation to be a significant problem, along with rising interest rates. Rogers suggests investing in commodities and agriculture because people will always need to eat, and manufacturing will continue to need copper and other ores. [3234]


Great Britain’s Labour Minister urges the Red Cross organization to change its name and logo because the cross “insults Islam” because it signifies the Crusades. (The Red Cross symbol, which dates back to 1863. It has nothing to do with the Crusades; it is a symbol of help and aid.) One Tory Member of Parliament remarks, “At face value to the layman it seems at best a solution looking for a problem and at worst another example of extreme political correctness.” [3236, 3237]


Italian authorities seize a whopping $134 billion in U.S. Treasury bonds from two allegedly Japanese citizens, apprehended at the border town of Chiasso. The likelihood is that the bonds are counterfeit, probably produced in North Korea (or in Japan, for North Korea). Counterfeiting is one of the major methods by which Kim Jong-Il’s regime survives. The U.S. media barely reports the story, despite the astronomical amount involved and the fact that it would be the largest financial smuggling or counterfeiting operation in history. [3238, 3239, 3240]


The city of Opa-Locka, Florida names a street after Obama. Signs for “Barack Obama Boulevard” will be installed sometime in July, replacing the old name, “Southwest 40th Avenue.” City commissioner Tommy Dorsett states the city is honoring Obama because he brings people together, and “it’s what I hope for West Park. That we work together to get things done.” (Dorsett did not state whether Opa-Locka would now run up massive deficits in honor of the current temporary occupant of the Oval Office.) [3241]


Although Obama has at least temporarily decided not to release photographs of prisoner abuse by U.S. soldiers, he refuses to assign them an official classification to keep them private. Senator John McCain issues the statement, “Releasing the photos would not supply new information about the issue of detainee abuse, but rather expose graphic evidence of past wrongdoing and put our fighting men and women in greater danger,” and called on Congress and Obama to “put the lives of our troops ahead of left-wing, special-interest politics.” If Obama releases the photographs, he runs the risk of endangering American troops. McCain charges that a release would pose “…a clear and grave risk of inciting violence and riots against American and coalition forces, as well as civilian personnel, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.” If Obama classifies the photographs to keep them private, he angers the far left wing of the Democrat Party. (Not that the far left has anywhere else to go; they know it and Obama knows it.) House Democrats are working to prevent Republicans from adding language prohibiting the release of the photographs to pending legislation. Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CN) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) threaten a filibuster over the issue if the House will not agree to the Senate language. [3242, 3243]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:54:32 pm

The Justice Department has released four of the 17 Uigher terrorist detainees held at Guantanamo to the island paradise of Bermuda. (They are not greeted by 72 virgins, but aside from that the deal they received would seem good to most observers. They arrive in style by private jet, like celebrities, accompanied by White House counsel Gregory Craig.) The Obama administration states that the four terrorists (Abdul Nasser, Huzaifa Parhat, Abdul Semet, and Jalal Jalaladin) “…will not be able to travel to the United States unless the U.S. government consents in advance.” Attorney General Holder releases the statement, “by helping accomplish the President’s objective of closing Guantanamo, the transfer of these detainees will make America safer. We are extremely grateful to the government of Bermuda for its assistance in the successful resettlement of these four detainees, and we commend the leadership they have demonstrated on this important issue.” Bermuda’s premier, Ewart Brown, states that the four terrorists would be “provided with the opportunity to become naturalized citizens and thereafter afforded the right to travel and leave Bermuda, potentially settling elsewhere.” [3245, 3332, 3415, 3416]


 Residents of Bermuda are outraged, angry at both the Obama administration for making the deal and with the United Kingdom for not preventing it. Great Britain is responsible for Bermuda’s foreign policy, security, and defense, but Obama kept it in the dark—likely because he knew it would object. An angry Member of Parliament Mike Gapes comments, “The U.S. is clearly determined to act in what it perceives as its own national interest even riding roughshod over what it should have done, which is (to have) spoken to the British Government. The proper authority here is the British Government and the U.S. should have consulted with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before they did anything of this kind. I wonder what promises have been given to the Bermudians, potentially about going a bit soft on the tax haven status or something else as a quid pro quo.” (Some quickly joke that Bermuda’s “Feel the love” tourism slogan has been changed to “It don’t GITMO better than this.”) Obama is also dealing with the Pacific island nation of Palau to take the remaining 13 Uigher terrorists off his hands. Details are being worked out, including the amount of money the U.S. government will pay Palau. An increase in foreign aid from $157 million to $200 million has been rumored. (It is unclear why American taxpayers have to give any money to the 21,000 residents of Palau, which is located near the Philippines.) [3245, 3332, 3415, 3416]


Clear Channel Outdoor becomes the third major billboard to refuse to accept “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” ad placements. The refusal will not prevent the banners from being placed, as there are thousands of available sites. The campaign is limited only by the amount of money it can collect; $75,000 as been raised to date. [3248]


As of June 11, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) has 221 co-sponsors for his “audit the Federal reserve” legislation. Paul needed 218 to collect a majority of the 435 Members of Congress. Paul writes in Straight Talk, “To understand how unwise it is to have the Federal Reserve, one must first understand the magnitude of the privileges they have. They have been given the power to create money, by the trillions, and to give it to their friends, under any terms they wish, with little or no meaningful oversight or accountability.” [3249]


In what may be an unsuccessful effort to prevent the House of Representatives from passing Obama’s “cap-and-trade” energy tax legislation, Congressman Paul argues that Congress should at least consider the opinions of scientists who agree that human beings are not causing “global warming.” Paul states, “Before voting on the ‘cap-and-trade’ legislation, my colleagues should consider the views expressed in the following petition that has been signed by 31,478 American scientists,” and “Our energy policies must be based upon scientific truth—not fictional movies or self-interested international agendas. They should be based upon the accomplishments of technological free enterprise that have provided our modern civilization, including our energy industries. That free enterprise must not be hindered by bogus claims about imaginary disasters.”  The petition referred to by Paul states, “There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.” Clearly, when 31,478 scientists (more than 9,000 of whom have Ph.D.s) label the man-caused global warming theory nonsense, Obama and Al Gore are lying when they continue to say there is a “consensus” among scientists that man’s activities are causing the earth’s temperature to rise. Paul warns his fellow Congressmen, “At a time when our nation is faced with a severe shortage of domestically produced energy and a serious economic contraction; we should be reducing the taxation and regulation that plagues our energy-producing industries. Yet, we will soon be considering so-called ‘cap and trade’ legislation that would increase the taxation and regulation of our energy industries.” While Obama’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu argues that everyone should paint their roofs white to reflect sunlight and cool the atmosphere, Professor Frederick Seitz, the past president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and winner of the National Medal of Science, wrote that the “Kyoto treaty” supported by Obama, Gore, and others is “…based upon flawed ideas. Research data on climate change do not show that human use of hydrocarbons is harmful. To the contrary, there is good evidence that increased atmospheric carbon dioxide is environmentally helpful.” Evidence notwithstanding, the Democrats (and likely a few Republicans) are poised to pass legislation that will cause energy costs for all Americans to skyrocket in order to try to cool the globe by a fraction of a degree. [3250]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:55:01 pm

On the June 12 Today show, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin calls on talk show host David Letterman to apologize to all American women. Palin states, “I would like to see him apologize to young women across the country for contributing to kind of that thread that is throughout our culture that makes it sound like it is okay to talk about young girls in that way, where it’s kind of okay, accepted and funny to talk about statutory ****. It’s not cool. It’s not funny.” After his vulgar “joke,” Letterman apologized, but only by saying he was talking about Palin’s 18-year-old daughter, not her 14-year-old—although it was the younger daughter to Palin took to a Yankees baseball game. Letterman said on his June 10 show he would “never, ever make jokes about raping or having sex of any description with a 14-year-old girl.” His “apology” suggests Letterman believes it is acceptable to joke about **** as long as the victim is at least 18 years old; many media commentators accepted the apology at face value, suggesting they also have no problem with the **** of 18-year-olds. [3251]


Data released by the government shows that during the first three months of 2009 Americans lost $1.3 trillion in wealth as the recession reduced home values and stock prices. Family net worth was at an all-time high of $64.4 trillion in mid-2007; it is now at $50.4 trillion. Much of the $64.4 trillion was from the “housing bubble,” during which the value of homes to jump much higher than has been the historical norm. The primary cause of the unjustified increases was unwise practices by the Federal Reserve. As prices return to more normal levels, consumers who relied on home equity that was only temporary now feel the pinch and have to cut back on spending. “Household de-leveraging has to happen even though it’s painful,” says Amir Sufi, finance professor at the University of Chicago. [3252, 3259]


Federal reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke tells Congress the government is running up such massive deficits that some spending programs may have to be cut back, and “Tax rates must ultimately be set at a level sufficient to achieve an appropriate balance of spending and revenues in the long run.” [3253]


Obama fires the inspector general of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Gerald Walpin. A week earlier, Walpin questioned the Teaching Fellow Program of the AmeriCorps program and contested a settlement made with Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson for misuse of Americorps funds used by the Hood Corps, an inner city project. (Johnson, a former NBA player with the Phoenix Suns, major campaign supporter, and Obama pal, agreed to pay back $423,000 in misused grant money received from AmeriCorps, but was generously given 10 years to return the money and was not indicted, convicted, or jailed.) Walpin says he acted “with the highest integrity” in investigating AmeriCorps, and reported evidence and conclusions “in an honest and full way.” In a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice-President Joe Biden, Obama states, “It is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general. That is no longer the case with regard to this inspector general.” Unknown sources say Michelle Obama has been making some decisions about CNCS; it was recently announced that her chief of staff, Jackie Norris, would become a senior advisor at CNCS. [3254, 3261, 3262, 3268, 3269, 3293, 3326, 3350, 3351, 3356, 3578]


Obama had asked for Walpin’s resignation. (White House counsel Norman L. Eisen called Walpin on his cell phone and gave him an hour to resign or be fired.) When Walpin refused, Obama fired him. Unfortunately for Obama, that forces him to comply with a law requiring that the president give Congress 30 days notice before firing an inspector general. (Ironically, Obama was a co-sponsor of that legislation when he was a Senator.) Obama is also required to describe the reasons for the termination—he cannot simply say, “It was time for a change” or “I no longer have the fullest confidence in him.” According to The Washington Examiner, one unnamed source says, “Bottom line, getting rid of a tough, Republican-appointed IG who has been aggressively going after waste and fraud gives Obama a chance to replace that IG with a more compliant team player.” The media was immediately and continuously critical when Bush attorney general Alberto Gonzalez fired several U.S. attorneys. Inspector Generals are arguably more sacrosanct, but little media fuss is made about Obama’s firing of Walpin. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) writes Obama, saying, “We cannot afford to have inspector general independence threatened. In light of the massive increases in federal spending of late, it is more critical than ever that we have an inspector general community that is vigorous, independent and active in rooting out waste, fraud and abuse. I urge you to review the Inspector General Reform Act you co-sponsored and to follow the letter of the law should you have cause to remove any inspector general.” The administration admits that the firing of Walpin is related to the investigation of Kevin Johnson, but refuses to back down from its position—probably because Obama knows the media will give him a pass on the issue. [3254, 3261, 3262, 3268, 3269, 3293, 3326, 3350, 3351, 3356, 3578]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:56:13 pm

On June 12, national elections are held in Iran. Current Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is challenged by former prime minister (1981–1989) Mir Hossein Mousavi Khameneh. Both claim they will be victors in the race, but Mousavi expresses concerns about vote fraud. Many in the United States have been misled into believing that Mousavi is a “moderate.” Mousavi is no moderate; he was a founder of the terrorist organization Hizbullah and, according to Newsmax, the “main architect of the Islamic Republic’s dreaded intelligence service,” MOIS. Mousavi received help from Soviet advisors in developing MOIS, which was modeled after the KGB. Mousavi is alleged to be a half-brother of Iran’s “Supreme Leader” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (Mousavi’s wife, Zahra Rahnavard, wears an Islamic veil when campaigning with him and some in the west call her the “Michelle Obama of Iran,” despite (some might say because of) photographs of her stomping on an American flag.) Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton points out that for all practical purposes there is not much difference between an extremist like “Ahmadinejad, who tells people that he is proceeding with the nuclear program and plans to wipe Israel off the map” or an alleged “moderate (Mousavi) who proceeds with the nuclear program but is smart enough to keep his mouth shut.” Obama likely prefers a Mousavi victory, believing that if enough people believe he is in fact a moderate it will be more difficult for Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu to argue that his nation is being threatened by Iran’s nuclear program. Israel may, in fact, almost prefer an Ahmadinejad win because the Iranian President’s public statements make it clear to the world that he would have no qualms about dropping a nuclear bomb on Tel Aviv. If Israel feels it necessary to attack Iran’s nuclear installations, it may have more support if Ahmadinejad and not Mousavi is public face of its enemy.’s Pamela Geller writes, “I’d almost prefer Ahmadinejad. At least he is honest. Either way, Obama is going to bow to these annihilationists.” [3255, 3265, 3266, 3267]


Arguably, Iran’s protests are a result of the free elections held in neighboring Iraq. Iranians no doubt see reports of Iraqis proudly holding up their ink-stained fingers to prove they have voted, and want the same freedom for themselves. Iranians are also aware that in the Iraqi elections, Islamist and religious parties did not fare well; Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s party gained, suggesting a continuing movement to a stable, representative democracy. The fact that the American “troop surge” in Iraq helped that nation move closer to that stable democracy was likely not lost on the better informed Iranians, who may be aware that Obama opposed that military strategy, and are more than likely aware that Obama is doing nothing to help them gain the democratic foothold enjoyed by their Iraqi neighbors. [1059, 1145]


Vice-President Biden and other Obama administration officials decide not to attend the United States Conference of Mayors rather than upset union leaders who have members picketing the Providence, Rhode Island event. The dispute is over a firefighters contract. Tom Cochran, executive director of the conference, says “We’re just absolutely frustrated that the White House has decided at the request of a union to boycott our meeting. This is the worst economic crisis we’ve had since the 1930s, and this will be first time ever when there’s not one representative of the federal government here with us.” The boycott by Biden is a signal that Obama would rather accede to the wishes of “big labor” than work with mayors to improve the economy. Others not attending the conference at Obama’s orders are White House advisor Valerie Jarrett, EPA head Lisa Jackson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, and Attorney General Eric Holder. More than 180 mayors from across the country—who apparently have more backbone than Obama— are attending the conference. (As a U.S. Senator, Obama cosponsored the “Police and Fire Monopoly Bargaining Bill,” which would override state laws and result in union membership for most, if not all, police officers and firefighters. That, in turn, would prompt higher wages and benefits, higher local taxes, and city governments in bankruptcy.) [3363]


Yet another Obama appointee withdraws from consideration for a top post in the administration. Donald M. Remy, Obama’s choice for legal counsel of the Army, writes a letter stating, “I am honored by your confidence in my ability to deal with the critical issues that face our soldiers and their families and I was looking forward to serving in this time of great national crisis. Regretfully, I have decided to remove my name from consideration for this position.” Remy was secretive about his prior employment with Fannie Mae, which he listed only as a “major U.S. company” on documents submitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Remy had told the committee, “I have many different versions of my biography. The version that apparently made it to this committee did not include Fannie Mae as my employer... That was a mistake; I take responsibility for that bio coming to the committee.” [3296]


“Global warming” notwithstanding, the weather bring record cold temperatures to the Chicago area in June. The average June temperature for 2009 is only 59.5 degrees—7 degrees below normal and the coldest in 50 years. [3302]


Obama proposes a 25 per cent cut in research and development for electric power generated by waves and tides, from $40 million to $30 million, while requesting increases for spending on solar, wind, and geothermal power. A disappointed Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) claims that “Wave and tidal power holds great promise in helping to meet America’s long-term energy needs. It’s time for the Department of Energy to focus on this potential. But playing budget games won't get the work done.” [3256]


The administration decides to keep secret the locations of dozens of coal ash storage sites that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified as potential hazards. Failure of the containment (from a flood, structural failure, or act of terrorism) would cause significant property damage and deaths if the coal ash spills into nearby communities. The Army Corps of Engineers prefers the location of the sites be kept secret for national security purposes, but Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) states, “If these sites are so hazardous, and neighborhoods nearby could be harmed irreparably, I think it is essential to let people know.” Because of the failure of a dam, a spill near Kingston, Tennessee on December 22, 2008 dumped more than five million cubic yards of coal ash and sludge over 300 acres, and ruined 40 homes. [3257]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:56:39 pm

A list of economists opposed to Obama’s economic and tax plans grows to 535. The list includes Nobel Prize recipients Gary Becker, James Buchanan, Robert Mundell, Edward Prescott, and Vernon Smith. [3258]


Gay rights activists are angered by Obama’s inaction regarding the Defense of Marriage Act, which he pledged to overturn while a candidate. On June 11, the Obama Justice Department files a motion to dismiss a court case brought by two men challenging the 1996 law. Jennifer Pizer, with Lambda Legal, states “The president made very explicit and emphatic campaign promises that he opposes DOMA and would provide leadership calling on Congress to repeal it. This brief is not consistent with that promise.” The Justice Department blames Congress, saying that until it “…passes legislation repealing the law, the administration will continue to defend the statute when it is challenged in the justice system.” [3290, 3432]


Entire neighborhoods in Flint, Michigan, one f the poorest American cities, are being bulldozed and “returned to nature.” As a result, the city may shrink by as much as 40 per cent. Dan Kildee, treasurer of Genesee County and the man behind the idea, descried his plan to Obama during the campaign, and the administration is now considering expanding the plan to as many as 50 cities nationwide, including Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Memphis, and Baltimore. Kildee argues, “The real question is not whether these cities shrink—we’re all shrinking—but whether we let it happen in a destructive or sustainable way. Decline is a fact of life in Flint. Resisting it is like resisting gravity.” Flint’s population has declined by almost 50 per cent, to 100,000, and the unemployment rate is near 20 per cent. Flint, the original home of General Motors, has been in decline since the early 1970s. [3263, 3406]


Attorney Philip Berg announces that he will appeal a court’s ruling to dismiss his lawsuit which accuses Obama of defrauding the U.S. Treasury by violating the False Claims Act and “…by illegally being a U.S. senator from Illinois as Obama is an Illegal Alien, not a U.S. Citizen.” The False Claims Act makes it illegal to obtain money from the U.S. government based on a false claim; collecting a federal paycheck for serving as a senator (or president) when one is not legally eligible to serve would therefore be a violation of the law.  Berg states he provided “overwhelming evidence” that Obama was ineligible to serve as senator, “and therefore, Obama fraudulently received a salary and benefits of nearly $1 million dollars.” Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, refused to pursue an investigation of the crime alleged by Berg. Berg has two pending cases in the appeals court, Berg v. Obama and Hollister v. Soetoro aka Obama. [3281, 3737]


Israel foreign minister Danny Ayalon states that the reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran signals that the “Iranian threat” has grown. The Iran president, whose regime has been developing nuclear weapons, has said he wants to “wipe Israel off the map.” Former president Jimmy Carter, meeting with Palestinians in Ramallah on behalf of Obama, na´vely remarks that he hopes that Ahmadinejad will “listen to those opinions” of his opposition and “modify” his positions. [3286]


According to Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), the proposed national health care legislation will require at least $600 billion in tax increases and $400 billion in Medicare and Medicaid cuts over 10 years. Obama has grossly underestimated the cost of the program at $634 billion in his proposed budget. Critics say the cost will be at least $1.5 trillion. The legislation will likely require everyone to have health insurance, forcing self-employed and young Americans to purchase it regardless of whether they feel they need coverage, and forcing all employers to provide coverage or pay a fine that would be applied to federal coverage. To raise tax revenue, Congress is considering treating employer-paid health insurance as taxable income. Democrats plan to provide details of the benefits of their proposals first, hiding the tax increases and benefit cuts as long as possible. Rangel states, “We have a problem in not wanting to attract enough negative attention to the bill in terms of the pay-fors. Let them get a good feel for the coverage.” [3287]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 03:57:24 pm

Ahmadinejad’s victory in Iran’s June 12 election prompts thousands of demonstrators to protest on the streets of Tehran on June 13. The “official” count shows Ahmadinejad with 62.6 per cent of the vote and Mir Hossein Mousavi with 33.7 per cent. Challenger Mousavi, who charges fraud and vote rigging, states “I’m warning I will not surrender to this dangerous charade. The result of such performance by some officials will jeopardize the pillars of the Islamic Republic and will establish tyranny.” Some find it difficult to believe that Mousavi did not even carry how hometown, and that the third candidate garnered less than one per cent of the vote. There likely was a fair amount of fraud, but Ahmadinejad would likely have won the majority of the votes even without it. Among other things, Ahmadinejad distributed 400,000 tons of free potatoes to the poorest Iranians in order to win their support—which some might classify as fraud, and which others might refer to as politicians being politicians. Mousavi’s followers also tend to be the better educated urbanites and professionals. Their circle of friends consists of others who voted for Mousavi, and they therefore suspect widespread fraud. But among the poor and the rural Iranians, Ahmadinejad is extremely popular. Police take a hard line on the demonstrators, beating them with clubs. Ayatollah Khamenei warns against “provocative behavior,” and says, “The chosen and respected president is the president of all the Iranian nation and everyone, including yesterday’s competitors, must unanimously support and help him.” One American analyst states, “I don’t think anyone anticipated this level of fraudulence. This was a selection, not an election. At least authoritarian regimes like Syria and Egypt have no democratic pretences. In retrospect it appears this entire campaign was a show: Ayatollah Khamenei wasn’t ever going to let Ahmadinejad lose.” The Iranian government worked quickly to clamp down on efforts to contest the election results. Its “Ministry of Telecommunications” blocked text messaging from cell phones during the election, preventing Mousavi supporters from even reporting discrepancies. Iranian officials also evicted campaign strategists from Mousavi’s headquarters. [3288, 3292, 3312, 3345]


A stunning 38 per cent of American voters believe that the nation is less safe because of national security changes made by Obama. A majority, 58 per cent, believe that official memoranda about terrorist interrogations should not be made public. [3289]


The Chicago Tribune’s John Kass notes that late-night comedians continue to shy away from Obama jokes, although they ridiculed George W. Bush non-stop. “One theory about why the TV comedians lay off this White House,” says Kass, “is that we’re still in the presidential honeymoon phase, which should last about seven more years.” [3291]


On June 14, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivers a dramatic and passionate speech in Tel Aviv in which he essentially calls Obama’s bluff, stating that Israel will never give up Jerusalem as its capital and that settlement expansion would continue in the nation’s West Bank. Netanyahu states that Israel is willing to accept a Palestinian state, but “The key condition is that the Palestinians recognize in a clear and public manner that Israel is the state of the Jewish people. If we have the guarantees on demilitarization, and if the Palestinians recognize Israel as a state of the Jewish people, then we arrive at a solution based on a demilitarized Palestinian state alongside Israel.” Obama wants Israel to give up land to the Palestinians and trust them to end its rocket attacks on Israeli civilians. “Many a worthy person has told us that withdrawal is the key to peace between us and the Palestinians,” says Netanyahu. “But the fact is that every withdrawal has been accompanied by rockets and suicide attacks.” [3294, 3295, 3410]


Not willing to trust the Palestinians, Hamas, Hizbullah—or Obama—Netanyahu declares that any Palestinian state must be weaponless, saying “In any peace agreement, the territory under Palestinian control must be disarmed, with solid security guarantees for Israel. If we get this guarantee for demilitarization and necessary security arrangements for Israel, and if the Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people, we will be willing in a real peace agreement to reach a solution of a demilitarized Palestinian state alongside the Jewish state.” Pamela Geller writes in, “The idea of a disarmed ‘Palestinian state.’ Yeah, I can see the jihad going for that. They live to kill. A jihadi without a gun is like a Jew without a song.” With regard to Palestinian refugees, Netanyahu made it clear that Israel would not accept them, and the solution to that problem lies “outside Israel.” Obama wants Israel to accept hundreds of thousands of Palestinians within its border. That, of course, would lead to the end of Israel, because the Arabs would, based on their explosive birth rates, eventually become a majority and win all the elections. Although many observers have believed that Obama has been pressuring Netanyahu and has had the upper hand, Netanyahu’s speech now places the ball in Obama’s court by calling his bluff. By accepting the creation of a Palestinian state (but on terms he knows Hamas, Fatah, and the Palestinian Authority will not accept), Netanyahu is no longer standing in the way of peace talks. However, by demanding that any Palestinian state must not be armed to the hilt (certainly a reasonable demand), Obama cannot readily and publicly argue otherwise. Obama cannot engineer a peace where he demands a Hamas armed with rockets aimed at Tel Aviv. Once again, Obama is learning that his charm works only on 52.8 per cent of the American voters; it does not work on experienced and wise leaders of other nations. [3294, 3295, 3410]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:17:59 pm

The Treasury Department discloses on June 15 that foreign purchases of U.S. stocks, notes, and bonds fell to $11.2 billion in April, down from $55.4 billion in March. Both China and Japan are buying less U.S. debt. The Obama administration claims that recent interest rate increases were a sign that the economy is improving, rather than admit that investors are demanding higher interest to hold U.S debt because they expect inflation to arrive and lower the value of the bonds. [3303]


The media in general and the New York Times in particular go out of their way to disparage Republicans in the United States by referring to Iran’s theocratic leaders and president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as a “conservative.” The practice is a blatant attempt to associate American conservatives with the cruel policies of Iran’s ayatollahs and president. As an example, a June 15 story in the Times calls Ahmadinejad “a conservative who had become a polarizing figure at home and abroad.” [3313]


Iran’s president challenges Obama to a debate. “Negotiations on the nuclear issue are history,” says Ahmadinejad. “As I said last month, I am ready to have a debate with the American president.” As is evidenced by the statement, Ahmadinejad considers Iran’s nuclear program a done deal. Before his reelection victory, he said “I want constructive interaction on justice and respect and if I remain in the post, I will invite President Obama to a debate in the venue of the United Nations General Assembly. Our proposal is to sit at the U.N. and debate about the origin of the global problems and (allow) each side put forward its solutions.” [3314]


In mid-June, stories surface about a connection Obama had with a Hawaiian church that he had kept secret during the campaign. While growing up in Hawaii, after returning from Indonesia, he attended the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu. The church was infamous for sheltering U.S. armed forces deserters and AWOLs “recruited by ‘flirty fishing’ coeds from a Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) group known as ‘The Resistance,’” states the American Thinker. One deserter, Seaman Arthur Parker, sought refuge at the church but eventually turned himself in to authorities at Pearl Harbor. Said Parker at the time, “It isn’t a sanctuary anymore. It’s become a movement to overthrow the government and I don’t stand for that; neither do a lot of the others… Even though I don’t like the military, I would rather be part of them than what’s down at the church. They scare me now.” Obama’s connection with the church was not revealed until after the election, and even then it was kept as quiet as possible. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin wrote on December 24, “(Reverend Mike) Young, pastor of the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, could only tell his wife and a handful of church administrators that a small, private service was planned for Madelyn Payne Dunham on Dec. 23.  It was very hard to keep this secret. ...” Although Obama attended the First Unitarian Church as a youth and he was certainly not responsible for its actions in persuading soldiers and seamen to desert and hiding them from the Military Police, his campaign made a concerted effort to hide his affiliation with the church. The intention was to keep secret from the voters the background of his mother and grandparents so they would not be aware that he was a “red diaper” baby. [3315, 3427]


Behind the scenes, the Obama administration tells the Palestinian Authority (PA) to ignore what Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said in his June 14 speech. Nimer Hamad, advisor to PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, states, “No matter what is the position of the Israeli government and no matter what are the statements of Netanyahu, what counts is what was promised to us by Obama, which is totally the opposite. We received encouraging signs from the Americans that we should not take seriously into consideration Netanyahu’s speech. The U.S. is committed to the evacuation of settlements (in the West Bank). We know from what we understand that also Jerusalem will be determined in the final negotiations that will take place on the basis of an international community that doesn’t recognize eastern Jerusalem as part of the state of Israel.” In the Oval Office, Obama tells Netanyahu one thing, but behind his back he pledges to the Palestinians that he will let them walk all over Israel in peace negotiations. Netanyahu said in his Sunday address, “The closer we get to an agreement with the Palestinians, the further it is rejected. We tried a withdrawal with an agreement, without one, a partial withdraw and we offered a near complete withdraw. We uprooted Jewish settlers from their homes, and received a barrage of missiles in return.” Obama sides with those who are lobbing the missiles and rockets into Israel’s civilian neighborhoods. [3316]


On June 15, Obama flies to Chicago to give a speech to the American Medical Association (AMA) advocating his national health care plan. The cost of the round-trip flight on Air Force One is estimated to be $236,000—not counting Secret Service protection, motorcades, and helicopters flights to and from the airport. [3317]


AMA physicians listen to Obama’s pitch for his national health plan, but most are less than enthusiastic. The organization previously issued a statement that read in part, “The AMA strongly opposes… a public health insurance plan operated by the federal government with a payment schedule that is set in statute and is based on Medicare.” The AMA, which has 250,000 physician members, opposes a plan run by the government, knowing it will lead to doctor shortages, bankrupt hospitals, and rationed care. Randel Jackson, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vice-president if labor, immigrant and employee benefits, states that Obama’s plan is not reform. “It would make the system even worse for employers and those who value free-market competition.” The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says the health plan under consideration in Congress would cost at least $1 trillion over 10 years and still leave more than 30 million Americans uninsured. Obama argues that he can cut total health care costs while insuring almost 50 million more Americans and illegal immigrants—although he never mentions that illegal immigrants are covered in his proposal. [3330, 3331, 3352]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:18:49 pm

Obama tells AMA members that too many physicians order unnecessary tests, yet he points out that they would not be seeing tort reform as part of his plan. Obama wants doctors to stop practicing “defensive medicine,” but will do nothing to control the expensive and often frivolous lawsuits that force those defensive practices. Some doctors in the audience boo when Obama states that he is against limiting malpractice awards. They applaud when he says they should be healers rather than “bean counters”—which ABC’s Timothy Johnson refers to as “a very tender moment.” Obama also claims that too many doctors prescribe “…treatments that, in some cases, can actually do people harm by raising the risk of infection or medical error.” Dr. John Goodman states that Obama and the Democrats are “…talking about a system parallel to the employer-based health insurance system. So if you don’t get insurance from an employer, you go into this artificial market that would be regulated and controlled by the government. You would have choices in this market, and the left-wing of the Democratic Party wants one of the choices to be a government-run health insurance plan—by which they generally mean Medicare for young people.” If Obama’s scheme generously subsidizes a federal insurance plan, Goodman claims that as many as 120 million Americans would simply drop their private coverage and opt for the cheaper government plan—effectively creating the single-payer system Obama has wanted since pushing for it while serving in the Illinois State Senate. Obama states, “…let me also address an illegitimate concern that’s being put forward by those who are claiming a public option is somehow a Trojan horse for a single-payer system. I’ll be honest, there are countries where a single-payer system works pretty well.” (Obama declines to mention the identities of those countries, and the media is unlikely to be able to find them for him. In fact, as columnist Terry Jeffrey points out, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post all printed that part of Obama’s address only after removing his reference to single-payer systems working pretty well.) “But I believe—and I’ve taken some flak from members of my own party for this belief—that it’s important for our efforts to build on our traditions here in the United States. So when you hear the naysayers claim that I’m trying to bring about government-run health care, know this: They're not telling the truth.” Obama is, of course, lying. His goal is a single-payer national health insurance plan.

[3343, 3352, 3370]


Successful investor Jim Rogers tells the Economic Times of India “…the S&P 500 could triple from here if they print enough money and the value of U.S. dollar collapses. Then the S&P could go to 50,000 (and the) Dow Jones can go to 1 million.” Rogers’ point is that the amount of money being printed by the government to finance its massive debt may cause the stock market to go up dramatically, giving the illusion that the economy is better—but that will not actually be the case. Having one’s income double, for example, from $50,000 to $100,000 does not make that person twice as well off if at the same time inflation is causing prices to triple. [3318]


It is announced that ABC will give Obama free time on the evening of June 24 to push his health care legislation. Prior to the “infomercial,” news anchor Charles Gibson will host ABC’s World News from the Blue Room of the White House. The Obama “show,” called “Prescription for America,” will not allow opposing viewpoints from critics of the plan to nationalize health care. Leading up to the program will be nine days of free promotional advertising from ABC for Obama’s scheme. Republican National Committee chief of staff Ken McKay complains to ABC, “In the absence of opposition, I am concerned this event will become a glorified infomercial to promote the Democrat agenda. If that is the case, this primetime infomercial should be paid for out of the DNC coffers. President Obama does not hold a monopoly on health care reform ideas or on free airtime. The President has stated time and time again that he wants a bipartisan debate. Therefore, the Republican Party should be included in this primetime event, or the DNC should pay for your airtime.” ABC argues that its coverage will be fair because its news division “…will select those who will be in the audience asking questions of the president.” Participating in the program will be ABC’s medical editor, Dr. Timothy Johnson. Johnson, a fan of nationalized health care, will certainly not be emphasizing the downside of Obama’s proposal. (When Johnson covered the Clinton health care plan in 1994, he told Hillary Clinton, “So at least from the physicians represented here, you get a 100 percent vote, including mine, for universal coverage.”) Critics charge t hat “the media and the government have become one,” and that ABC is “…virtually turning over news programming to the Obama government” for “a glorified infomercial to promote the Democrat agenda.” (The new director of communications at the White House Office of Health Reform is Linda Douglass—a former ABC News correspondent. One might assume that Douglas was involved in cooking up the deal and greasing the skids for it at the network.) [3319, 3328, 3362, 3370, 3464, 3494, 3545]


Marc Faber, publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, tells Bloomberg Television he is “100 percent sure that the U.S. will go into hyperinflation. The problem with government debt growing so much is that when the time will come and the Fed should increase interest rates, they will be very reluctant to do so and so inflation will start to accelerate.” Author and economist Peter Schiff, in his book Crash Proof, notes that governments like inflation for several reasons: “Inflation makes the national debt more manageable because it can be repaid with cheaper dollars;” when there are a lot of voters who are in debt, “the government will pursue monetary policies hospitable to debtors;” “Inflation finances social programs that voters demand while allowing politicians to avoid the politically unpopular alternative of higher taxes, enabling Uncle Sam to play Santa Claus;” “Inflationary spending is confused with economic growth,” so people believe things are getting better when they are not; “Inflation causes nominal asset prices to rise, such as those of stocks and real estate, instilling in the minds of voters the illusion of wealth creation even as the real purchasing power of their assets falls.” Most respectable economists understand that inflation is a hidden tax o the citizens. The government prints money to bamboozle them into believing their lives have improved—hoping their rising salaries will make them more tolerant or even oblivious to the prices that are rising even faster. [3323]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:19:26 pm

A nationwide poll conducted by Wenzel Strategies discloses that almost half of all adults believe there has been a decrease in the amount of their personal freedom since Obama became president. Nearly one-quarter feel they cannot openly speak their mind without fear of punishment or penalty. [3324]


The organization Tea Party Patriots predicts more anti-tax and anti-spending rallies on July 4 than were held on April 15. “Tea parties” planned by the group will emphasize “fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free market” principles. The group is also generating opposition to Obama’s federal health plan. “The administration is ratcheting up its rhetoric on pushing through its ‘health care reform,’” says national organizer Amy Kremer. “We can have tea parties until the end of time, but we need to be effective. We’re using our tea parties as a platform and an opportunity to educate people about what is going on with this and why we are opposed to government-run health care. If the government gets involved and imposes any kind of governmental health care, it is intrusive into our lives, and it will absolutely affect the free market.” [3325]


Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) demands an investigation into Obama’s firing of Gerald Walpin, the Inspector General who identified corruption in the AmeriCorps program and went after Kevin Johnson—a friend of Obama who misused more than $800,000 in federal funds. Walpin says “I was fired for doing my job.” Grassley demands the release of “any and all records, e-mail, memoranda, documents, communications or other information, whether in draft or final form,” related to Walpin, contacts with the president, and “contacts with officials in the Office of the First Lady.” Even Obama staunch supporter Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) states that sufficient justification for the firing was not provided. [3326, 3407, 3578]


A 20-foot tall, 12-ton bust of Obama is shipped to South Dakota for display near the famed Mount Rushmore monument. The bust, which has already been shown in St. Louis and Chicago, will be placed at President’s Park in Lead, South Dakota, which displays giant busts of all presidents. [3327]


On June 15, talk show host David Letterman apologizes to Sarah Palin and her daughters for his **** “joke.” On CNN’s The Big Question on June 12, three of the four guests on the panel discussing the topic actually defended Letterman. (Counting the show’s host, Campbell Brown, it is four out of five.) Jeffrey Toobin said “I think a joke about Bristol Palin is actually fair game.” Janell Snowden remarks, “Frankly, I don’t even think that… that joke was sexist…” (CNN does not understand why it is losing viewers.) Palin accepts the apology “on behalf of all young women, like my daughters, who hope men who ‘joke’ about public displays of sexual exploitation of girls will soon evolve.” [3329, 3342]


Obama states on June 15 that he is “deeply troubled” by the violence against demonstrators in Iran. [3414]


The Washington Post reports that on June 15 that “The administration has remained as quiet as possible during the Iranian election season and in the days of street protests since Friday's vote.” Vice-president Biden states, “We're going to withhold comment… I mean we’re just waiting to see.” Secretary of State Clinton says, “We are monitoring the situation as it unfolds in Iran but we, like the rest of the world, are waiting and watching to see what the Iranian people decide.” (One assumes these statements did little to encourage Iranian protesters that they would be getting any moral support from the U.S. government.) Great Britain’s Foreign Secretary, David Milliband, states that his government had “followed carefully, and admired, the passion and debate during the Iranian election campaign. We have also heard the concerns about the counting of ballots expressed by two of the candidates. This is a matter for the Iranian authorities to address. We will continue to follow developments. This is a matter for the Iranian authorities to address.” (Iranian demonstrators who may have hoped for a Churchillian expression of support are no doubt disappointed.) Former President Jimmy Carter surprises none of his critics when he delivers the ludicrous line, “I think this election has brought out a lot of opposition to (Ahmadinejad’s} policies in Iran, and I’m sure he’ll listen to those opinions and hopefully moderate his position.” [3353]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:20:32 pm

In the New York State Senate, tensions rise as two dissident Democrats decided to caucus with Republicans. The move, which when finalized would give Republicans control of the body, set off an angry protest that included members of Obama’s favorite community activist and vote-fraud group, ACORN. State Senator James Alesi was accosted by a crowd of at least 150 people, who nearly knocked him to the floor and spat in the face of his chief of staff. (ACORN members are not strangers to aggressive and violent tactics.) [3334]


Obama removes Dennis Ross as his special envoy to Iran. One rumor suggests that Obama is moving Ross to a position in the White House because Iran refuses to accept him as a U.S. emissary. Ross has a Jewish background. (Obama keeps trying to force pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican against its wishes, but he caves in to Iran when they refuse to accept Ross.) [3335, 3404]


Financial analyst Robert Prechter predicts that the United States will lose its triple-A credit rating as the government continues its unprecedented and unjustifiable massive deficit spending. Despite the stock market’s rebound from 12-year lows set in March, Prechter—executive officer at Elliott Wave International—forecasts a steep decline for stocks in the second half of 2009. “There will be a leg down in stock prices, and it will affect all other areas,” says Prechter. He believes the economy “is obviously heading toward a depression.” In contrast, Laszlo Birinyi, CEO of Birinyi Associates, expects the market to climb for the next few years. “Anxiety is in the part of the people who have missed the rally. And they’re trying to talk the market down so that they can get back in. The market can adjust and adapt,” says Birinyi. “This time it’s taken a little bit longer.” Gamco Investors’ Mario Gabelli states, “Business is getting better, coming back to some normalcy,” and “…the economy… is going to pick up slowly but surely. And 2010 and 2011 will be pretty good.” [3336, 3337, 3338]


Obama’s CIA Director, Leon Panetta, says in The New Yorker magazine that he thinks former Vice-President Dick Cheney “…smells some blood in the water on the national security issue. It’s almost, a little bit, gallows politics. When you read behind it, it’s almost as if he’s wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point. I think that’s dangerous politics.” Cheney states on June 15, “I hope my old friend Leon was misquoted. The important thing is whether or not the Obama administration will continue the policies that have kept us safe for the last eight years.” The CIA quickly states that Panetta “does not believe the former vice president wants an attack. He did not say that. He was simply expressing his profound disagreement with the assertion that President Obama’s security policies have made our country less safe. Nor did he question anyone’s motives.” [3340, 3374]


Jimmy Carter, while on a tour of the Gaza Strip, says on June 16, “Tragically, the international community too often ignores the cries for help and the citizens of Palestine are treated more like animals than like human beings.” Israel and Egypt allow essential humanitarian supplies into the area, but have otherwise imposed a blockade to prevent rockets and other weapons from entering. Critics, like Carter, blame Israel for the situation, but every time Israel eases restrictions or gives up more land to Palestinians, they respond by using the area to launch rocket attacks against Israeli civilians. [3339]


Carter is allegedly the target of a roadside bomb plot during his visit to the Gaza Strip. Palestinian “sources” claimed that al-Qaeda hid bombs along the route of Carter’s convoy. Uniformed Hamas reportedly then found the devices, removed them, and destroyed them without injury to anyone. Some claim the “bombs” were planted by Hamas, which then conveniently found and disarmed them in order to court favor with Carter. (They need not have bothered, as Carter routinely sides with Hamas terrorists over Israel.) [3349, 3355]


The Heritage Foundation reviews the economic impact of the cap-and-trade global warming bill sponsored by Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA). By the year 2035, the bill will lower the nation’s “gross domestic product (GDP) by $9.4 trillion,” “destroy 1,145,000 jobs on average” per year, “raise electricity rates 90 per cent,” raise “gasoline prices by 58 per cent,” raise “natural gas prices by 55 per cent,” “raise an average family’s energy bill by $1,241,” and “result in an increase of $28,728 in additional federal debt per person.” It will also “have little impact” on global temperatures. [3562]


Obama bests Brad Pitt in a poll selecting the world’s most stylish man. [3341]


David Williams, of Deloitte Financial Services Advisory, estimates that there may be as much as $50 billion in fraud from the $787 billion stimulus program by the time all the funds have been distributed. FBI Director Robert Mueller has stated, “These funds are inherently vulnerable to bribery, fraud, conflicts of interest, and collusion.” [3344]


Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, states that insurance companies will not be able to block a national health plan because Americans want the competition of a federal plan. Sebelius ignores the fact that federal coverage would not be “competition,” it would be “unfair competition” because it will use tax dollars to subsidize lower-than-cost premium prices. It is not a “level playing field” when insurance companies need to make a profit to stay in business, while the government can cover losses with tax dollars. Sebelius tells the Associated Press, “I think there is a lot of understanding that the private market has really failed to provide affordable coverage to Americans,” but “hasn’t served Americans very well.” She says it is inaccurate to warn that a federal insurance policy “is really the stalking horse” for a single-payer system—but it should be obvious that if the government can use tax dollars to undercut insurance premiums it will eventually entice all Americans into the public option. [3347]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:21:09 pm

On June 16, Obama states he has “deep concerns” about the legitimacy of the June 12 elections in Iran, but stops shorting of claiming fraud. Many people have been expecting Obama to express outrage, but he has refused to engage in any strong criticism of Ahmadinejad, the Ayatollahs who control Iran, or the brutal treatment of protestors in Tehran. Obama tells reporters, “It’s not productive, given the history of U.S.-Iranian relations, to be seen as meddling.” Press secretary Robert Gibbs says, “This is a debate inside of Iran for Iranians,” and “Our interests haven’t changed regardless of ultimately who the Iranians pick.” John McCain says that Obama “…should speak out that this is a corrupt, flawed sham of an election and that the Iranian people have been deprived of their rights.” Obama tells CNBC “It’s important to understand that although there is amazing ferment taking place in Iran, the difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi, in terms of their actual policies, may not be as great as has been advertised. Either way we were going to be dealing with an Iranian regime that has historically been hostile to the United States, that has caused problems in the neighborhood and is pursuing nuclear weapons.” (In other words, the United States isn’t going to do anything.) Obama cannot even bring himself to directly tell Ahmadinejad to stop killing protestors, he can only say “I do believe that something has happened in Iran. There is a questioning of the kinds of antagonistic postures towards the international community that have taken place in the past and that there are people who want to see greater openness and greater debate and want to see greater democracy.” [3348, 3414]


Obama likely does not cause Ahmadinejad to tremble in fear when he mildly notes that his regime’s actions are “…not how governments should interact with their people”—which falls a bit short of, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall!” Obama remarks, “…I think that the world has deep concerns about the election. You’ve seen in Iran some initial reaction from the Supreme Leader that indicates he understands the Iranian people have deep concerns about the election.” (Obama chooses to legitimize and honor Ayatollah Ali Khamenei by referring to him as the “Supreme Leader.” If Obama is na´ve enough to believe the “Supreme Leader” cares that the Iranian people have concerns about the election, he may also believe he can persuade Ahmadinejad to start liking Jews and Israel. Author and columnist Ann Coulter asks, “Did FDR give speeches referring to Adolf Hitler as ‘Herr Fuhrer’? What’s with Obama?”) [3348, 3414, 3419, 3560]


Obama’s dilemma is made clear by a Washington Post headline: “U.S. Struggling for Right Response to Iran,” sub headed “Obama Seeks Way to Acknowledge Protesters Without Alienating Ayatollah.” Obama states, “I do believe that something has happened in Iran where there is a questioning of the kinds of antagonistic postures towards the international community that have taken place in the past, and that there are people who want to see greater openness and greater debate and want to see greater democracy. How that plays out over the next several days and several weeks is something ultimately for the Iranian people to decide. But I stand strongly with the universal principle that people’s voices should be heard and not suppressed.” (Obama will watch things “play out.” Iranians who long for freedom are on their own, and the United States will neither interfere nor express more than mild support.) As columnist Charles Krauthammer emphasizes, “…this incipient revolution is no longer about the election. Obama totally misses the point. The election allowed the political space and provided the spark for the eruption of anti-regime fervor that has been simmering for years and awaiting its moment. But people aren’t dying in the street because they want a recount of hanging chads in suburban Isfahan. They want to bring down the tyrannical, misogynist, corrupt theocracy that has imposed itself with the very baton-wielding goons that today attack the demonstrators.” (In addition to referring to the Ayatollah as the “Supreme Leader,” Obama also instructed U.S. embassies to invite Iranian diplomats to their Fourth of July celebrations, thus further legitimizing the mullahs. The people of Iran have more than one reason to believe that Obama is on the side of their oppressors.) [3348, 3414, 3419, 3560]


In a letter to the House Financial Services Committee, Goldman Sachs’ chief executive officer, Lloyd C. Blankfein, says, “While we regret that we participated in the market euphoria and failed to raise a responsible voice, we are proud of the way our firm managed the risk it assumed on behalf of our client before and during the financial crisis.” (Some might argue that Goldman Sachs was one of several financial firms that caused the market euphoria, and did not simply participate in it. In 2006 the company had $76.5 billion in mortgage securities, more than three-quarters of which was “subprime” or “Alt-A” or “Ninja” (the borrower has “no income, no job, no assets”). It is unclear why Blankfein should be “proud of the way” Goldman Sachs managed the risk of its clients—many of whom lost fortunes when the housing bubble collapsed. [3412, 3413]


Obama asks for legislation giving broad new powers to the Federal Reserve Board and the Treasury Department to regulate the financial industry. If passed, the legislation would authorize the creation of “regulatory councils” to oversee the financial services industry—and give the government more power to take over companies. ABC’s John Stossel correctly argues that no one is “capable of overseeing something as complex as the financial system,” and “it is ominous that a bright guy like Obama doesn’t know this. He thinks he must regulate the system because it is so complicated and important. In fact, those are the reasons why he cannot regulate it, and should not try.”  Yet Obama says that he “will ...coordinate and share information, to identify gaps in regulation, ...solve problems in oversight before they can become crises ...that will allow us to protect the economy.” (Some might argue that America should wait and see how well Obama and his underlings run General Motors, Chrysler, and the banks before it turns over the rest of the economy to them. For someone who has never run a business in his life—successful or unsuccessful—Obama has an abundance of confidence in his managerial and entrepreneurial abilities.) [3423, 3534]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:21:47 pm

The Obama administration fights requests for lists of visitors to the White House, despite two court rulings saying the records are public. Obama, who argued during the campaign that his would be the most transparent administration in history, does not want American citizens to know who is visiting the White House and influencing his decisions. Anna L. Weismann, attorney for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, says “We are deeply disappointed that the Obama administration is following the same anti-transparency policy as the Bush administration when it comes to White House visitor records. Refusing to let the public know who visits the White House is not the action of a pro-transparency, pro-accountability administration.” Because the visitor logs are updated and maintained by the Secret Service, they are subject to public scrutiny under the Freedom of Information Act regulations. Obama argues that the logs are presidential records. The court ruled against former President Bush when he made the same argument. MSNBC has also requested, and been denied, access to the records. [3354, 3373]


CNBC’s John Harwood asks Obama about the perception that he’s had a free ride with the press. The thin-skinned Obama responds, “I’ve got one television station that is entirely devoted to attacking my administration… That’s a pretty big megaphone. You’d be hard pressed if you watched the entire day to find a positive story about me on that front.” Harwood asks Obama to name the “station,” but Obama declines—as though there is anyone in the nation who does not know he is whining about Fox News for daring not to fall on its knees before him. Fox’s Neil Cavuto challenges Obama, “If you dismiss us, why do you keep talking about us? If you’re so powerful, why do you sound so petty? And if you remind folks that you are president of all the people, which you are, why ignore those who challenge you, which you do?” Gretchen Carlson, of the Fox and Friends morning show, says “We have an open seat for him”—but few believe Obama has the courage to respond to an interview on Fox without pre-conditions. [3441, 3442]


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce tells legislators in Washington, D.C. it will oppose national health care legislation, stating, “In the bill’s current configuration, the Chamber will oppose the ‘Affordable Health Choices Act’ unless several key provisions are significantly changed.” One major criticism is over the provision forcing employers to either provide health insurance for their employees or pay a penalty to the government to give them federal coverage. Such a requirement would impose enormous costs on businesses that cannot currently afford to provide insurance, forcing them to drastically raise prices—or go out of business. Obama’s desire to have a federal insurance policy is also a show-stopper for the Chamber of Commerce, which states, “Creating a new government-run insurance plan, whether based on Medicare, run by an appointed panel, backed by entitlement funding, or created in some other way, would lead to serious adverse consequences for employer-sponsored health insurance, and must not be included in legislation.” [3357]


CBS News runs a “reality check” segment doubting Obama’s claim that his national health care plan will be “revenue neutral.” Anchor Jeff Glor says “…there are growing concerns that President Obama lacks a realistic plan to pay for this sweeping reform.” Reporter Wyatt Andrews states that the nation received a “wake-up call” when the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated the cost of the proposed Kennedy legislation would cost at least $1 trillion over 10 years—and would still leave 36 million Americans uninsured. Andrews says that although Obama “claims he can achieve reform without raising the deficit… the fact is, this means raising taxes.” [3385]


Although the mainstream media essentially ignores the growing controversy over the question of Obama’s citizenship and eligibility to legally serve as president, a survey shows that 51.3 per cent of Americans are aware of the issue. Just over 41 per cent believe that Obama should produce his birth certificate and school records. Pollster Fritze Wenzel notes “There’s not much variance across demographic groups on the question, with the exception of race, where whites were far more likely than blacks to be troubled by Obama’s refusal to produce the original birth certificate.” [3358]


Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL) has four cosponsors to H.R. 1503: Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), John R. Carter (R-TX), John Culberson (R-TX), and Randy Neugebauer (R-TX). The proposed legislation would “…require the principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of president to include with the committee's statement of organization a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate, together with such other documentation as may be necessary to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under the Constitution.” Posey states that his intention is only to clarify the rules for the future. “The last election is over. I don’t think that outcome is going to change. Personally, I think it’s futile to go there, but looking toward the future I think it would be reckless if we do not do everything we could to eliminate problems like that in the future. And that’s why I filed the bill.” [3359, 3402]


MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann has called Posey “the worst person in the world.” Posey has decline invitations to appear on Rachel Maddow’s program. “You know, I won’t do it ‘cause she’s got a lousy, low rated show, and I don’t want to give her the ratings, quite frankly. But you know what’s so ironic? Is with all this stuff that’s been written calling me an idiot and a tin hat, they all seem to have forgotten that the Washington Post and the New York Times called for this exact legislation less than 36 months ago when they thought it would render McCain ineligible because McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone.… Barack Obama himself, then a U.S. senator, thought it was important enough to co-sponsor the resolution declaring McCain eligible… It’s kind of an ironic circle, isn’t it?” Posey says he is not out to get Obama, but “The only people that I know who are afraid to take drug tests are the people who use drugs.” Reporters have accused Posey of filing “racist” legislation. He responds, “I’m trying to see that the Constitution is heretofore followed, end of subject, period. Nothing more, nothing less. But that reality, angry people just don’t want to accept it. I don’t apologize for trying to do the right thing. I’m not happy with the way the Constitution’s been trampled. I’m not happy that we have Government Motors now offering interest free loans competing against Ford who has to charge market rates to make ends meet. I’m not happy about so many of the things that are going on in this country right now, that are obviously beyond my control to do anything about them as this is right now. But my Constitutional duty, the oath I took to protect and defend the United States against all enemies domestic and foreign, requires that I take this action that I'm doing, in whatever large part or small part it may play.” [3359, 3402]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:22:31 pm

At a Senate hearing on June 16, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is upset that Brigadier General Michael Walsh refers to her as “ma’am.” Boxer admonishes Walsh, saying, “Could you say ‘senator’ instead of ‘ma’am’? It’s just a thing. I worked so hard to get that title. I’d appreciate it.” (Some might argue that it is not hard work but pandering to special interest that gets many politicians elected to the U.S. Senate.) Members of the military are of course used to—and trained to—refer to people as “Sir” and “Ma’am;” there is nothing disrespectful in the General’s response to Boxer. (Reporters routinely refer to male congressmen and senators and the president as “Sir,” and no one is upset.) Columnist Dennis Prager writes, “To object to being called sir or ma’am by anyone, especially a member of the military and especially a high ranking member of the military is to betray an ignorance of the military and a tone deafness to civility that is appalling in anyone, especially a member of the United States Senate.” (During the presidential campaign, Obama rarely demonstrated any respect for President Bush, routinely referring to him as “George Bush” rather than “The President “ or “President Bush.”) [3432, 3433, 3514, 3536]


A federal prosecutor in Nevada attempts to obtain the identities of individuals who posted comments on the web site of the Las Vegas Review-Journal in response to an article about a man who paid employees with gold coins that were worth much more than their indicated denominations, but paid employer taxes based on their face value. Internet comments such as “Too bad he didn’t buy a gun and some ammo with his gold to defend his life, liberty, and property,” and “The time will come for WAR against this criminal US Government. They have changed the laws for their own good. I call out to all our Military branches to take over our government now!” prompted the prosecutor demand the identities of the posters because they suggested acts of violence. The newspaper is resisting the demands, and the ACLU states, “In the ACLU of Nevada’s view, the subpoena violates the important First Amendment rights of anonymous commenters. We at the ACLU of Nevada have always fought for the fundamental right to engage in anonymous political speech and we want to protect the rights of anonymous commenters.” [3361, 3380]


Paul Volcker, chairman of Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, says the federal government should limit bailouts. “One unfortunate consequence of the massive public assistance provided both banks and non-banks in dealing with the present crisis is that moral hazard may, I am afraid, become more deeply embedded.” (In other words, when individuals and businesses expect bailouts if they make mistakes, they are more prone to engage in risky ventures that cause failures.) It apparently does not occur to Volcker (a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board) or Obama that the federal government should not be bailing out any businesses, leaving free enterprise to function normally and properly–with rewards for success and penalties for failures. [3364]


The cost estimate for “Obamacare” jumps to $1 trillion over 10 years, up from his $634 billion figure. Most critics believe the $1 trillion amount is a serious underestimate as well. The Kennedy/Dodd bill in the Senate would not only cost at least $1 trillion, it would still leave an estimated 37 million people uninsured after 10 years. An estimated 47 million Americans have no health insurance. Spending $10 trillion over 10 years so that 10 million people can be insured is equivalent to giving each of them $10,000 per year. (It would be far cheaper and simpler to give all Americans a tax credit to buy their own health insurance, and eliminate the inefficient and wasteful federal intermediary.) Senator John McCain, knowing that the federal government doesn’t have an extra $1 trillion lying around, asks “How can we possibly, reasonably address this bill… without accounting how to pay for it?” and says it is “…a joke if we run through this stack of papers.” (The estimate of 47 million uninsured Americans includes millions who are eligible for help under SCHIP, Medicaid, or other programs but who fail to bother applying. Millions more are illegal immigrants. Millions are young, healthy individuals who can afford health insurance but prefer spending their money on cell phones or other “necessities” of modern life. A few million Americans in between jobs have no health insurance—but would have it if they choose to extend their former employer’s group insurance under COBRA legislation. [3365, 3372, 3377]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:24:17 pm

Likely wanting to avoid as many federal hassles as possible, JP Morgan Chase and other large banks repay all the TARP funds they received from the late 2008 bailout legislation. JP Morgan Chase returns $25 billion (plus interest). The other institutions that repay the borrowed funds are Morgan Stanley ($10 billion), Goldman Sachs ($10 billion), American Express ($3.30 billion), Bank of Nee York Mellon ($3 billion), Capital One Financial ($3.57 billion), State Street ($2 billion), Northern Trust ($1.58 billion), BB&T ($3.1 billion), and U.S. Bancorp ($6.6 billion). ) JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon (who did not want to accept the federal funds in the first place), issues a statement to company employees, “We accepted TARP funding because we believed it was in the best interests of our financial system and our country, even though our company did not need the capital. But now as markets have begun to stabilize, we believe that it is best for strong and well-capitalized institutions like ours to pay back these funds early to the hard-working American taxpayers whose money was used for TARP.” [3366]


Economist Arthur Laffer warns in the Wall Street Journal that the massive deficit being created by the government all but guarantees higher interest rates, massive tax increases, and partial default on government promises.” [3367]


Obama announces plans to give health care and other benefits to the partners of gay federal employees. The executive order will be signed during a special ceremony in the Oval Office. Gay rights activists immediately complain that Obama is not doing enough because homosexuals would still not be entitled to receive monthly survivor benefits as “spouses” of federal retirees upon their deaths. Gays also want Obama to live up to his promise to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) signed by Clinton in 1996. Obama’s popularity with the public may be high, but not substantial enough to withstand the anger if many Americans if he is successful in getting DOMA repealed. After the signing of the order, CBS’s Harry Smith says, “…Obama gets some pressure from an unlikely source, the far left… On Wednesday, he signed an extension of health benefits for same sex couples who are federal employees, but that may not be enough for this increasingly frustrated community.” (The mainstream media rarely uses the term “far left,” mostly because it applies to Obama. It is willing to use it only when someone even further left emerges to complain about Obama or other leftist Democrats.) [3368, 3408, 3470]


On June 17, Obama proposes an expansion of powers for the already powerful—and largely unregulated and un-audited—Federal Reserve, a new agency to all banking operations, and the ability of the Treasury Department to take over and restructure any American company. (Based on this move, critics who have called Obama a socialist may want to consider the term fascist.) [3369]


White House Press secretary Robert Gibbs is asked to name a country where a single-payer health care system works well. Gibbs answers, “I don’t know exactly the countries. I think you can if you talk to people in the countries that have those systems, they’d think their health care is pretty good. I don’t know the exact countries. But I don’t think the President is going way out on a limb to say that people in other countries have health care system that they like, just as Americans like the health care system that they have.” (If “Americans like the health care system that they have,” Obama should not be pushing Congress to destroy it.) [3515, 3516]


ACORN holds a 39th anniversary celebration. Among those honored at the gathering are Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Randi Weingarten (president of the American Federation of Teachers union), Henry Cisneros (former Mayor of San Antonio and Clinton’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development), Eric Eve (Citibank vice-president of Global Community Relations), Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and former Maryland Lieutenant Governor), John Podesta (CEO of the Center for American Progress and Bill Clinton’s chief of staff), and Andy Stern (president of the Service Employees International Union). All are prominent Democrats, further suggesting the closeness of ACORN with Democrat politics. The event is held at the National Education Association—another organization with leftist politics. ACORN is legally required to be non-partisan to retain its tax-exempt status. [3445]


Senator John Ensign (R-NV) discloses that he had an affair with a member of his staff, whose husband attempted to extort money from Ensign in exchange for keeping the relationship secret. During the affair, Ensign was separated from his wife; they have since reconciled. Ensign is a member of Promise Keepers, an evangelical organization that promotes marital fidelity, which will undoubtedly lead to jokes on late-night talk shows and media reports emphasizing that he is a Republican. (The media environment is different for Democrats. On June 19, CBS correspondent Nancy Cordes discusses a possible political comeback for John Edwards. Despite his having cheated on his wife while she was battling cancer, Cordes states, “Lots of politicians, after all, have had affairs and gone on to successful careers. Crisis management experts say Edwards may be testing the waters and could still have a political future.”) Despite his marital infidelity, Ensign’s approval rating (39 per cent) is higher than that of the other Senator from his state—Harry Reid (D-NV), whose approval rating is only 34 per cent. [3375, 3471, 3483]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:25:19 pm

In an interview with CBS’ Harry Smith, Obama defends his weak stance with regard to the demonstrations in Iran. He states, “The last thing that I want to do is to have the United States be a foil for those forces inside Iran who would love nothing better than to make this an argument about the United States. We shouldn’t be playing into that.” In other words, Obama won’t do anything to support those Iranians who have a desire for liberty because he doesn’t want to upset the Ayatollahs who refuse to allow them to have it. Further, Iran will blame the United States regardless of whether it gives any support—moral or otherwise—to the demonstrators; what Obama says or does will not influence the Ayatollahs one way or the other. (Iran’s Keyhan daily newspaper has run a front page story charging that the United States was spending $400 million to support the demonstrations.) Obama’s problem is that he put most of his foreign policy eggs into one basket: use the threat of reduced U.S. military and financial aid and a nuclear-armed Iran to get Israel to accept a Palestinian state… on his conditions. Obama counts on being able to sweet talk Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad into giving up its nuclear program in exchange for Israel agreeing to a Palestinian state. Obama errs in believing that Ahmadinejad is amenable to such overtures (he likely isn’t) and in believing that Iran will stop hating Israel and the Jews if Palestinians are given a permanent home (it certainly won’t). Obama loses a key bargaining chip if the citizens of Iran manage to pull off the impossible and overthrow the regime of Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollahs. Israel would be less threatened by Iran—especially if the terrorist groups Hamas and Hizbullah lose funding from Iran—and therefore less susceptible to pressure from Obama. Obama surveyed the foreign playing field before he took office, and made the grave mistake of assuming it would not change. He planned his strategy and expected everything to fall into place and everyone to fall into line. But his plans were thwarted by Binyamin Netanyahu becoming the Prime Minister of Israel (rather than the compliant Tzipi Livnia), and by the Iranian demonstrators (who demonstrated to the world that the leaders of Iran are thugs who need to be ousted, rather than reasonable leaders with whom Obama could negotiate in good faith). Unfortunately for Obama, Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals did not include a chapter called “What to Do When People refuse to Follow Your Agenda.” [3519, 3537, 3539]


Author and columnist Mark Steyn notes that “One of the great innovations in the Obama administration’s approach to Iran… was supposed to be its deliberate embrace of the Tehran rulers’ legitimacy. In his opening diplomatic gambit, his statement to Iran on the Persian new year in March, Obama went out of his way to speak directly to Iran’s rulers, a notable departure from George W. Bush’s habit of speaking to the Iranian people over their leaders’ heads. As former Clinton official Martin Indyk put it at the time, the wording was carefully designed ‘to demonstrate acceptance of the government of Iran.’” Obama’s belief was that he could deal directly with Iran’s leaders and persuade them to give up their nuclear ambitions. In stating those intentions, he gave legitimacy to the Ayatollahs and to Ahmadinejad. Iranian demonstrators who now protest the apparently fraudulent June 12 elections had believed they had a friend in the United States government; that may have been true prior to January 20, 2009, but it is not true now. Obama painted himself into a corner by pledging from day one that he would meet with any leader any time with no preconditions. Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollahs have now called his bluff. If Obama works with Iran’s leaders, he will have turned his back on people seeking democracy. If he gives support to the protestors, he believes he will destroy his chances of making a deal that gets him a Nobel Peace Prize. He is unable to comprehend that Iran will never relinquish its nuclear plans. If it negotiates a deal, it will simply continue its nuclear program in secret. [3378]


Palestinian members of Hamas are reported to be assisting the Iranian police in fighting protestors in Tehran and other cities. [3379]


Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) compiles a list of 100 wasteful projects in the $787 billion “stimulus” bill. As an example, one-half million dollars in taxpayer money is being spent in Ypsilanti, Michigan to renovate an old freight house into a space for yoga classes. Says Coburn, “This is not exactly what most taxpayers had in mind when they were sold the stimulus.” The infamous Alaskan “bridge to nowhere” has been replaced by plans for a $128 million Indian Street Bridge to connect Stuart and Palm City, Florida—even though residents call it unnecessary and a waste of money. A Nevada non-profit called the Community Service Agency is getting $2 million for weatherization projects—even though the firm has had previous contracts terminated for failing to do proper work. [3383, 3384]


CBS, ABC, and NBC all report that Nevada Senator John Ensign admitted to having an extramarital affair—and enjoy emphasizing that he is a “conservative Republican.” The reporting continues the media tradition of ensuring that the Republican or conservative label is always mentioned, while the Democrat or liberal label is avoided at all costs when transgressor is on the left of the political spectrum. News anchors rarely used the label “Democrat” when New York’s then-Governor Eliot Spitzer was revealed to have been paying prostitutes for sex. In October 2008 stories surfaced of an alleged 2004 affair between Obama and a campaign finance staffer, Vera Baker. Some evidence suggests that the Obama-Baker tryst was factual, but the mainstream media essentially ignored the story. The media did, however, report on rumors of an affair between Obama’s opponent, John McCain, and a woman named Vicki Iseman. The McCain-Iseman rumor was proven to be untrue; the Obama-Baker affair has been denied, but not disproved. (The Baker story has her having an affair with Obama during his campaign for the U.S. Senate. A limousine driver reported dropping off Baker and Obama at the Hotel George in Washington, D.C. on May 18, 2004. Michelle Obama apparently got wind of the meeting, blew her stack, and managed to get Baker fired and shipped off to the island of Martinique with an unnamed individual paying her off. Baker commented, “I switched careers. That’s it. I’m a Democrat and I support Senator Obama… I don’t have anything to say.” The best CBS’s Katie Couric could do was to ask Obama, “Why do you think so many prominent political figure risk so much by being unfaithful to their spouse?” without bringing up Baker’s name or suggesting he was one of those being unfaithful. Rumors can be found on the Internet suggesting that Baker, who lived near Washington, D.C. in Silver Springs, Maryland before relocating to the Caribbean, bore a child by Obama. The infant, with the last name Obama, was born in late October of 2004 and died less than two months later. The child’s Social Security number was issued in Maryland.) [3386, 3387, 3388, 3389, 3390, 3391, 3392, 3393, 3394, 3395, 3396]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:25:58 pm

The media, in its ceaseless search to suck up to Obama, reports his fly-swatting skills. During an interview with CNBC, Obama swats a fly that ands on his leg. ABC, CBS, and NBC all report the “news” of the event. David Gregory of NBC states, “You just have to appreciate the, the concentration and the precision! Just a few things going on in the world but it’s as if everything was stopped and at a standstill for the President to lower the boom.” CBS’s Chris Wagge remarks, “We’ve also just confirmed the President is a Ninja.” ABC’s Chris Cuomo reviews the presidential kill in play-by-play slow-motion, saying “You see? He stares at the fly. How many times have each of us tried to do this? Look at the hand coming up. The poise. The cupping. And the quick slap...Just knocked it away, very rare.” NBC’s Meredith Viera comments, “But I thought (Obama) was the kind of guy who would never hurt a fly.” Gregory responds that Obama “…wanted to shore up his, his credentials of being a tight guy there.” (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong-Il, and Hugo Chavez are no doubt shaking in their boots and re-thinking their world domination tactics.) [3397, 3448]


It is reported that a Department of Defense training document labels protestors “low-level terrorists.” The “Annual Level 1 Antiterrorism Awareness Training for 2009” asks the multiple choice question, “Which of the following is an example of low-level terrorism activity?” and gives as possible answers, “Attacking the Pentagon,” “IEDs,” Hate Crimes against racial groups,” and “Protests.” The “correct answer,” according to the government, is “Protests.” The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reacts by correctly pointing out that “Peaceful protest is not terrorist activity, it is protected by the First Amendment and is one of the cornerstones of our democratic society. The fact that the views espoused may be unpopular or may be critical of the government is hardly a reason to treat engaging in dissent as a suspect activity.” [3398]


The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is reported to be reviewing the circumstances of Obama’s firing of Gerald Walpin, an Inspector General (IG) who blew the whistle on federal fund abuse in the AmeriCorps program by Obama pal, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. Of particular interest to the FBI is the intentional destruction of e-mails relating to Johnson’s activities. Obama has accused Walpin of being “unduly disruptive.” In firing Walpin, Obama violated the Inspector General Reform Act of 2009; the statute requires that the president give Congress 30 days notice of any IG dismissal. [3399, 3417, 3578]


Muslim Obama supporter, Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), refuses to answer questions about his 2008 pilgrimage to Mecca, which was allegedly paid for by the Muslim American Society (MAS) of Minnesota—an organization with ties to Islamic extremists. It is illegal for a Congressman to accept gifts in excess of $50. An Ellison spokesman told the Minnesota Star Tribune that the Congressman paid for his own trip, but an annual congressional disclosure form filed by his office shows that his November 29–December 14 trip was paid for by MAS-Minnesota. Ellison’s office defends the MAS, even though its official publication, The American Muslim,” has defended Palestinian “martyrdom operations” (suicide attacks against Jews and other non-Muslims). [665, 721, 1362, 3400]


Treasury Secretary Geithner asks Congress for fast approval of Obama’s proposals for regulatory reform, which would give him unprecedented powers to regulate and control the financial industry. Geithner tells the Senate Banking Committee that “…now is the time to pursue the essential reforms, those that address the core causes of the current crisis; and that will help to prevent or contain future crises.” Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) grills Geithner with tough questions and tells him he has a “grossly inflated view” of the Federal Reserve Board’s skills. Even Democrat Senator Christopher Dodd is skeptical, arguing that the “track record” of the Fed has been less than spectacular. Geithner—not considering free enterprise worthy of consideration—argues that Obama’s plan is the best option. [3403]


Obama fires Amtrak’s Inspector General (IG), veteran Fred Weiderhold—as continuing reports surface of irregularities in the nationalized rail service. Amtrak’s vice president and general counsel is Eleanor Acheson; her office has been accused of interfering with IG operations. Acheson is a friend of Hilary Clinton and Joe Biden. Biden’s son Hunter is on the Amtrak board of directors. Weiderhold’s replacement will be Lorraine Green, a Democrat donor who has no IG experience. The situation prompts columnist Michelle Malkin to comment, “Can someone open a window? The fetid odor of Hope and Change is really starting to stink up the joint.” [3665]


A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll shows 56 per cent of Americans opposed to Obama’s takeover of General Motors, and 69 per cent concerned “a great deal” about it. Fifty-two per cent oppose Obama’s plan to close the terrorist detainee facility at Guantanamo. Obama’s job approval rating has fallen five points since April, from 61 per cent to 56 per cent. [3405]


The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) backs down on its decision to end all religious programming. PBS will allow existing programs to remain on the air, but will allow new programs only if they do not place “one religion above all others.” New programs are therefore essentially prohibited, because a program could not offer a Christian or Jewish prayer without also accommodating Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and all the other religions. [3409, 3532]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:34:01 pm

Obama, advisor Valerie Jarrett, and chief of staff Rahm Emanuel meet with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to discuss the possibility of her running for his former Senate seat. A spokesman for Madigan says that she “is still considering all of her options. She is trying to figure out how she can best serve the public, and talking to the president is an important part of that process.” Some believe that Obama will run for governor, but with Illinois’ significant budget problems she may feel that is a financial mess she does not want to inherit. The meeting suggests that whichever Democrat runs for the Senate seat, it will be someone with the blessings of “higher ups”—not necessarily the choice of the voters of Illinois. [3411]


On June 19, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei states that the Iranian election was not rigged, called Ahmadinejad’s win a “definitive victory,” and warned that demonstrators must stop protesting in the streets. “If the difference (in votes) was 100,000 or 200,000 or one million, one may say fraud could happen. But how can one rig 11 million votes?” said Khamenei. He warns the protestors, “It must be determined at the ballot box what the people want and what they don't want, not in the streets. I call on all to put an end to this method… If they don’t, they will be held responsible for the chaos and the consequences.” Although Obama has tried to “avoid meddling” in the Iranian situation, Khamenei says, “The American president was quoted as saying that he expected the people of Iran to take to the streets.” (Obama did not in fact say that.) “On the one hand, they (the Obama administration) write a letter to us to express their respect for the Islamic Republic and for re-establishment of ties, and on the other hand they make these remarks. Which one of these remarks are we supposed to believe? Inside the country, their agents were activated. Vandalism started. Sabotaging and setting fires on the streets started. Some shops were looted. They wanted to create chaos. Public security was violated. The violators are not the public or the supporters of the candidates. They are the ill-wishers, mercenaries and agents of the Western intelligence services and the Zionists.” Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, says “any talk of engagement” with Iran should be avoided by the Obama administration until the political unrest in Tehran subsides. “The fact is,” says Haass, “we will by necessity engage, but not at the moment. I don’t think we want to suggest it will be business as usual, regardless of the outcome.” [3424, 3547]


Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) states that he supports legislation requiring a formal procedure for establishing that future presidential candidates are in fact qualified to serve if elected. Coburn would support a Senate bill similar to the one proposed in the House buy Congressman Posey. In Coburn’s home state of Oklahoma, a bill has been proposed that requires “any candidate filing with the Oklahoma State Election Board to provide proof of citizenship by providing a state government-issued birth certificate with a raised seal.’” [3425]


A June 19 ABC promotional ad for its Obama health care infomercial states, “What’s more important than having good health care when you need it? Nothing. That’s why Wednesday at 10 on ABC Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer take you inside his house: the White House, for a television event as President Obama answers all of your tough questions about your health care.” ABC’s questions are unlikely to be tough, and the network also refuses to give or sell broadcast time to opponents who wish to challenge Obama’s scheme to take over the nation’s health care system. points out that “Rick Scott, chairman of Conservatives for Patients Rights, submitted an ad to ABC that offers a free-market alternative to President Obama’s $1 trillion plus health care reform plan, but the ad was rejected. A spokesperson for ABC said the ad was rejected because the network does not accept ‘advocacy advertising.’ This is absurd, as ABC is itself advocating state-run health care.” [3472, 3494]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:35:05 pm

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) chairperson Sheila Bair tells Forbes magazine there will be “many more bank failures… I think there are still some challenges, I think we need to be realistic. There are still some troubled assets on the books, and we still have an economy that's under significant stress” and “we still don’t know how deep the recession is going to be.” Although Obama and Secretary Treasurer want more power for the Federal Reserve, Bair is skeptical of their plan and says, “No other developed country gives their central bank the kind of power we give our central bank.” [3429]


Thomas Hoenig, president of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, tells CNBC that inflation may be a problem in the future. “We have put an enormous amount of liquidity into the system,” says Hoenig. “If it is allowed to remain indefinitely, and we keep a very low (interest) rate for an extended period of time, then we do risk an inflationary outbreak.” The Obama administration and the Federal Reserve Board are engaged in those policies: printing money and keeping interest rate artificially low. [3430]


Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN) warns that the “public option” in Obama’s proposed health care plan will lead to businesses dropping their insurance coverage and dumping employees into the federal plan. “What I’m afraid and fearful will happen,” says Roe, “is that more and more businesses, as private health insurance becomes more unaffordable, (will) drop it—and we’ll end up with a single-payer system such as England or Canada has now. Now these (proposed Democrat) plans have been scored as inexpensively as a trillion dollars to $1.5 trillion—and I’ll guarantee you that's not all the costs yet. This is on top of a budget that’s already $1.8 trillion out of balance. And I don’t know where the money is coming from—I mean, we look at it and I have no earthly idea where we’re going to find the money.” (Obama says his plan will save the taxpayers money.) [3431]


Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CN), who has served in the Senate long enough to know how things work, is upset that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the Kennedy-Dodd health care legislation would cost upwards of $1 trillion and still leave 36 million people uninsured. “I have great respect for the Congressional Budget Office. But this is not Mount Olympus,” he said. “Their numbers are helpful, but I'm not going to write a bill only because it has to pass some unnamed people down at CBO.” Dodd cannot ignore CBO numbers because of Obama’s demand that the bill be “revenue neutral.” (It will of course be no such thing, unless one believes that a massive federal program can cost less than originally estimated.) Dodd, acting chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, is attempting to ram the health care bill through as quickly as possible, with as little input from Republicans as possible. Accusing the Republicans of delaying the process, Dodd states, “Certainly, stalling it is not helping it at this point. My job is to be fair and to keep the process moving forward. I’d love to have bipartisan support on the committee… but my goal here is to write a good bill.” (By bipartisan, Dodd means Republicans should give unquestioned support to everything the Democrats demand in the legislation.) [3434]


In a June 19 editorial on immigration, the New York Times writes, “The American people have been far out front of the politicians on this issue, overwhelmingly supporting comprehensive reform. Washington can still catch up. There’s still time. And the country is waiting.” It is unclear where the Times gets the idea that Americans “overwhelmingly” support immigration reform. Americans want stronger border enforcement and oppose easing restrictions on illegal immigrants, and certainly do not favor easing citizenship requirements. An April 2009 ABC News/Washington Post Poll reports that 74 per cent of Americans believe the U.S. government is not doing enough to stop illegals from crossing the border. (The result was 67 per cent in a 2007 poll.) A late 2007 Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll reported that 60 per cent of Americans allow citizenship for illegals, provided they “have been living and working in the United States for a number of years… do not have a criminal record,” and “…start on a path to citizenship by registering that they are in the country, paying a fine, getting fingerprinted, and learning English, among other requirements.” [3435, 3436]


On June 19, Obama attends the 65th Annual Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner. With jokes that are more truthful than humorous, Obama tells the black-tie audience, “Why bother hanging out with celebrities when I can spend time with the people who made me one? I know where my bread is buttered.” He comments, “I have to admit though, it wasn’t easy coming up with fresh material for this dinner. A few nights ago, I was up tossing and turning trying to figure out exactly what to say. Finally, when I couldn’t get back to sleep, I rolled over and asked Brian Williams what he thought.” (The joke is a reference to the recent NBC “suck-up” special with Brian Williams interviewing Obama at the White House. At the conclusion of the report, Williams bows slightly as he says goodnight to Obama.) Remarks Noel Sheppard, associate editor of NewsBusters, “Although this is a funny joke, it’s actually sad because the joke’s really on us, for the underlying truth is that Williams and NBC are indeed in bed with the new administration, and everybody present including the guest speaker knows it… Not only does Obama clearly understand who got him elected with their disgraceful abdication of journalistic integrity, but they also know it, and rather than be embarrassed by it, they’re proud of it.” [3478]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:36:16 pm

It is reported that Obama has fired another Inspector General (IG). Judith Gwynn, IG for the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), was told her contract would not be renewed. In an April 2009 report to Congress, Gwynn complained that USITC audit files had been taken from the IG office by an employee of the trade commission. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) attempts to uncover more information about the incident, as well as learn why the IG had been given a six-month employment contract. Grassley notes, “I am unaware of any other agency Inspector General that serves under such a constraint and am curious to learn what statutory authority gives the USITC the ability to make a limited term appointment.” [3437]


The Obama administration orders the Census Bureau to change its forms and computer software for the 2010 census to allow four counting of same-sex marriage couples and gay partnerships. [3438]


The Washington Times reports on June 19 that employees of ABC gave the Obama campaign 80 times as much in donations as they gave to the McCain campaign. The disclosure adds to the controversy over ABC’s decision to give Obama one hour of free network time on June 24 to push his health care agenda. ABC is refusing to give (or even sell) opponents of Obama’s plans any time to present their arguments. The Business & Media Institute’s Dan Gainor charges “ABC is in bed with their source, so to speak. ABC is supposed to be a news organization, not a producer of infomercials for national health care. And I wonder what they would have done if the Bush administration had asked for positive programming to support the war on terror or Social Security initiatives.” [3439, 3440]


NPR’s Juan Williams states on Fox News, “We are going towards a weekend of high tide for kowtowing to the Obama administration. He’s all over CBS this weekend and then he's going to be all over ABC. I don’t know what's going on with big media in this country.” [3473]


David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun writes that it is “time for TV press to quit being used by Obama.” Zurawik states that the Obama administration”…is better at manipulating the medium of TV than any White House since that of John Kennedy, and that was a media universe so different in the early 1960s as to make comparisons almost meaningless.” Zurawik charges that NBC’s Brian Williams interview with Obama “…really did look and feel like a campaign commercial for Obama, especially when he took Williams out for mid-day hamburgers, but any embarrassment the network felt was probably forgotten once the ratings came in showing that more than 9 million people watched each of the two nights.” He warns that “ABC will be using its White House exclusivity next Wednesday to try and boost all its broadcasts—from Good Morning America to Nightline. From the network's point of view, why not? NBC News cashed in, why not ABC?” [3441]


Democrats, desperate for a way to pay for Obama’s health care plan, consider new ways to collect an additional $1 trillion in revenue. Under consideration are a tax on soft drinks (10 cents per can); increased taxes on alcohol; an increase the payroll deduction for Medicare; a value-added-tax (a national sales tax) of 1.5 per cent or more; a two per cent surcharge on single taxpayers earning more than $200,000 and couples earning ore than $250,000; and a tax on employer-provided health insurance. [3444]


Impeached former judge and now Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL) introduces an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Bill. Hastings’ amendment prohibits “A person associated or affiliated with a group associated with hate-related violence against groups or person of the United States Government” from serving in the Armed Forces. The bill includes as hate groups “Other groups or organizations that are determined by the Attorney General to be of a violent, extremist nature,” and cites as “evidence” of membership “possessing tattoos” and having “attended meetings, rallies, conferences, or other activities sponsored by a hate group.” Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) comments, “While the amendment seeks to keep gang members and members of violent groups out of the military, the amendment by its language is much more broad. Specifically, it confers upon the Attorney General the ability to categorize groups as hate groups, and this sounds an alarm for many of us because of the recent shocking and offensive report released by the Department of Homeland Security which labeled, arguably, a majority of Americans as ‘extremists.’” [3743, 3744]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:36:57 pm

North Korea’s government controlled media charge that Obama and South Korea “are trying to ignite a nuclear war. The US-touted provision of ‘extended deterrence, including a nuclear umbrella’ (for South Korea) is nothing but ‘a nuclear war plan.’” [3476]

To bolster support for its “cap-and-trade” energy tax, Democrats reference a “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States” report called by Obama’s science advisor John Holdren the “most up-to-date, authoritative, comprehensive” analysis ever conducted on man-caused global warming. The report is more nonsense than science, blaming humans for natural forces that have been present for eons. Joseph D’Aleo, former chairman of the American Meteorology Society’s Weather Analysis and Forecasting Committee, says the report is “wrong on many of its claims,” is “an embarrassing episode for the authors and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration),” and ignores information present in earlier drafts that conflicted with the outcome the government desired. [3447]


On June 21, after more than a week of criticism, Obama toughens his rhetoric against Iran. He calls on “the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.” His words are likely too little and too late to give much support to the Iranian protestors, and certainly insufficient to encourage Iran to cancel its nuclear plans. [3488]


A Rasmussen poll shows Obama’s Presidential Approval Index at -2 on June 21, 2009, his lowest rating so far. The figure represents the percentage of people polled who “strongly approve” of his performance (32 per cent) minus the percentage who strongly disapprove (34 per cent). [3449, 3469]


Congressman Steve King (R-IA) introduces an introduces an amendment to stop the Census Bureau from using ACORN members or employees in the 2010 census operation. King states, “It is time for every member of this Congress to go on record in support of or opposition to ACORN. ACORN and its estimated 270 corporate affiliates comprise a complex organizational and financial spider web with all the appearance of a criminal enterprise. ACORN is facing charges of voter fraud and tax violations, yet it has received over $53 million in taxpayer funds. Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank and his liberal friends have opened the taxpayers’ wallet to as much as an additional $8.5 billion that could be accessed by ACORN. ACORN could soon be running the 2010 census if President Obama, a former ACORN employee, follows through on plans to have ACORN ‘partner’ with the Census Bureau. It is time to cut off ACORN’s access to taxpayer dollars and put an end to ACORN’s involvement in the 2010 census.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats pass a “gag rule” to block King’s amendment and prevent discussion of his measure. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) states she and her family will not fill out the census forms in full. “I know for my family the only question we will be answering is how many people are in our home,” says Bachmann. “We won’t be answering any information beyond that

because the Constitution doesn’t require any information beyond that.” [3450]


Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) says Obama is a “cream puff” with regard to foreign policy. “Already the North Koreans have challenged him and realized that he’s a cream puff, if that’s what indeed he’s going to be as a president.” With regard to Iran, the Congressman charges, “The strongest thing the president was able to say was the world is watching. Well, what the heck does that mean? That we’re going to watch and do nothing.” [3450]


The New York Times reports on the continuing demonstrations in Iran, stating out that it is women who seem to be the main drivers of the protests. Roger Cohen writes, “I also know that Iran’s women stand in the vanguard. For days now, I’ve seen them urging less courageous men on. I’ve seen them get beaten and return to the fray. ‘Why are you sitting there?’ one shouted at a couple of men perched on the sidewalk on Saturday. ‘Get up! Get up!’” Blogger Pamela Geller states at points out, “I do not believe that people are dying in the streets for this Islamist Mousavi. He sounds like Ahmadinejad. It’s like switching your panties that say ‘Monday’ for the ones that say ‘Tuesday.’ Why bother?” and “The election was the catalyst, but it has become much bigger than Mousavi. I do not believe Iranians are taking bullets for more of the same. Women have been on the forefront of this revolution, they are not fighting for the misogyny of Islam.” The protestors are opposed to both Ahmadinejad and Mousavi—but primarily they are opposed to the mullahs who run the nation with an iron fist, depriving women of their rights. Obama is fearful of upsetting whoever was elected president or the ayatollahs running the show; he is not lifting a finger or giving one word of encouragement to the protestors—who are courageous enough to shout “Death to the dictator!” and “We want liberty!” Obama is standing against liberty in their fight, naively believing that deferentially referring to the Ayatollah as Iran’s “Supreme Leader” will cause him to order a stop to the arrest of journalists and the killing and wounding of unarmed demonstrators. [3451, 3452, 3489]

Neda Agha Soltan (or Soltani), a 26-year-old woman walking with her music teacher in a crowd of protestors in Iran, is shot in the heart by Basij militiamen. (The Basij are plainclothes militia under the control of the Iran’s brutal Revolutionary Guard. A sniper on a rooftop may have done the shooting, and at least nine other protestors are killed the same day. Many Basij are Lebanese and Palestinian “hired guns” who were brought in by the thousands to attack and terrorize the demonstrators—who realize they are outsiders because they speak Arabic, rather than Persian.) The name Neda means “the calling” or “the voice,” and within hours the young philosophy student becomes the face of the revolution. She is nicknamed the “Angel of Freedom,” and the blood-filled photographs of Soltan’s death in the streets of Tehran are seen worldwide. (The Iranian government orders the family not to hold any memorial services for the young woman, threatening them with severe penalties if they gather to mourn. They are also evicted from their home.) Demonstrators chant, “Death to Khamenei” and “Down with Khamenei.” Columnist Kathleen parker writes, “Symbolically, Neda’s death isn’t about voting irregularities, but about the clash between superstitions that justify men’s dominion over women and the universal yearning for freedom.” (In his June 23 news conference, Obama refers to Neda Soltan’s death as “a problem.” Neither Obama nor the media report that Soltan was a Christian, not a Muslim. A widely-circulated photograph of the woman has the image of her cross necklace removed.) [3490, 3491, 3492, 3511, 3533, 3537, 3755]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:37:30 pm

Columnist Charles Krauthammer writes, “Millions of Iranians take to the streets to defy a theocratic dictatorship that, among its other finer qualities, is a self-declared enemy of America and the tolerance and liberties it represents. The demonstrators are fighting on their own, but they await just a word that America is on their side. And what do they hear from the president of the United States? Silence. Then, worse. Three days in, the president makes clear his policy: continued ‘dialogue’ with their clerical masters.” The regime is “…breaking heads, shooting demonstrators, expelling journalists, arresting activists” and Obama speaks of “some initial reaction from the Supreme Leader that indicates he understands the Iranian people have deep concerns about the election.” Krauthammer properly points out that “Obama totally misses the point. The election allowed the political space and provided the spark for the eruption of anti-regime fervor that has been simmering for years and awaiting its moment. But people aren’t dying in the street because they want a recount of hanging chads in suburban Isfahan.” They are dying for liberty—and Obama is afraid to take the side of the oppressed. As of January 20, estimates of demonstrators killed by Iranian security forces are as high as 150. Foreign reporters have been banned from reporting the events. Without journalists to report on activities, Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollahs can increases the level of their brutality. Jean-Francois Julliard, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders, warns, “If… no journalists are able to testify on what is happening in Iran, it will pave the way for all sorts of abuses.” The Iranian government has intermittently shut down cell phone service, text messaging, and many web sites to prevent eyewitnesses from letting the rest of the world what is happening. Obama tells CBS “If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion”—as if his words would mean anything to Ahmadinejad or the Ayatollahs. (Iran’s leaders have not cared about the “respect of the international community” during the last 30 years, and Obama’s presence on the world stage is unlikely to change that attitude.) Some protestors in Tehran have carried signs written in English pleading for the United States to support them by increasing sanctions on the regime. [3453, 3456, 3459, 3537]


Yet another Obama pick for a top spot in the administration has tax problems. Capricia Penavic, nominated by Obama to be the State Department’s chief of protocol, filed to file tax returns for 2005 and 2006. Penavic blames the U.S. Postal Service, her husband, and her accountant. [3454]


Obama’s pledge of “transparency” in his administration shows no sign of being honored, as Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff points out in a column called “Obama Closes Door on Openness.” Attorney and Freedom of Information Act expert David Sobel says that “nothing has changed,” and “For a president who said he was going to bring unprecedented transparency to government, you would certainly expect more than the recycling of old Bush secrecy policies.” According to Isikoff, Obama’s lawyers intentionally included “loopholes” in Obama’s January 21 Executive Order 13489. Obama’s order revoked a prior order relating to the privacy of presidential records. The new order describes rules defining executive privilege, control of records in the National Archives, and the release of records under the Freedom of Information Act. The changes will make it more difficult to obtain access to records of the self-described “most transparent administration in history.” (As an example, Obama refused to release White House visitor logs. In his view, the American public is not entitled to know who meets with him in the Oval Office.) [2641, 3455]


Obama works to “open dialogue” with Hamas by sending the terrorist group a message via former president Jimmy Carter. In the past, Hamas has first been expected to renounce violence and recognize Israel as a legitimate state. Hamas spokesman and parliament member Mushir al-Masri states, “In any response to Carter we will reject the (past) conditions of the (Mideast) Quartet (the United States, the United Nations, Russia, and the European Union), specifically the recognition of Israel.” Carter is considered by Hamas and the Palestinians an acceptable negotiator for the United States because he sides with them and against Israel. Hamas political advisor Ahmed Yousef confirms, “If we have anything to communicate, Carter will be the right person to convey messages from the movement (Hamas) to this (Obama) administration or from the administration to the movement.” [3457]


U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmonds bans members of the Arabic Christian Perspective, an organization of Christians that ministers to Muslims, from passing out Christian literature on public sidewalks near the Arab International Festival in Dearborn, Michigan. (Approximately 30 per cent of Dearborn’s 100,000 residents are Muslim.) The group has handed out the literature without incident for the five prior years the event has been held. (One might assume that the Muslim event organizers feel emboldened with Obama in the White House, and pressured the city to prevent the Christians from assembling.) Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas More law Center, comments, “It’s ironic that while Americans are applauding the free speech exercised by hundreds of thousands of Muslims on the streets of Iran, the city of Dearborn is restricting free speech rights Christians are attempting to exercise on the city’s public sidewalks.” [3458, 3463]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:38:15 pm

The office of Mir Hussein Mousavi, who was defeated (either legitimately or by fraud) by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the Iranian presidential elections, allegedly sends a letter to Obama criticizing him for referring to him and Ahmadinejad as “two of a kind.” The letter calls Obama’s remark “…a grave and deep insult, not just to Mr. Mousavi but especially against the judgment of the Iranian people, against our moral conviction and intelligence, especially those of the young generation that comprises a population of 31 million. It is a specially grave insult for those who are now fighting for democracy and freedom, and an unwarranted gift and even praise for (Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali) Khamenei, whose security forces are now killing peaceful Iranians in the streets of every major city in the country. Your statement misled the people of the world.” Obama also takes heat within the United States for his lack of support for the Iranian protestors. On the June 21 broadcast of ABC’s This Week, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says, “The president of the United States is supposed to lead the free world, not follow it. He’s been timid and passive, more than I would like.” On the same program, Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CN) covers for Obama, saying, “He’s got a very delicate path to walk here. You don’t want to take ownership of this. The worst thing we could do at this moment for these reformers, these protesters, these courageous people in Tehran, is allow the government there to claim that this is a U.S.-led opposition, a U.S.-led demonstration.” (Dodd does not realize that the Iranian leaders will blame the United States regardless of whether it gives moral—or any other—support to the demonstrators.) On CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) states, “If America stands for democracy and all of these demonstrations are going on… obviously they (the Iranian demonstrators) are going to ask, do we really care about our principles?” Also on CNN, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) argues, “We should not politicize this issue here in the United States. The biggest threat down the road… is Iran’s nuclear program.” (Casey apparently does not realize that Obama has essentially already given Iran a green light to continue its nuclear program.) [3460, 3461]


With Obama merely saying he was “deeply troubled” by the situation in Iran and press secretary Robert Gibbs announcing, “This is a debate inside Iran for Iranians,” the leadership vacuum is filled by Great Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Unlike Obama, Brown is not afraid to “meddle,” and states, “We are with others, including the whole of the European Union unanimously today, in condemning the use of violence, in condemning media suppression. It is for Iran now to show the world that the elections have been fair… that the repression and the brutality that we have seen in these last few days is not something that is going to be repeated. We want Iran to be part of the international community and not to be isolated. But it is for Iran to prove… that they can respect these basic rights.” Senator John McCain (R-AZ) says of Obama’s tepid response to the unfolding events in Iran, “He should speak out that this is a corrupt, flawed sham of an election and that the Iranian people have been deprived of their rights.” Political commentators Dick Morris and Eileen McGann write, “The transparent appeasement of Iran’s government—and its obvious lack of reciprocation—make Obama look ridiculous. Long after the mullahs have suppressed what limited democracy they once allowed, Obama’s image problems will persist.” [3462, 3535]


Sherman Frederick, publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, announces that he is switching from the Democrat Party to the Republican Party. In a June 21 editorial, Frederick writes, “Republicans offer our only hope in slowing the Obama ‘change’ juggernaut before the America of unbridled optimism and opportunity goes the way of the buffalo. I don't want my great-grandchildren growing up in cradle-to-grave government care, where only the privileged few may afford a car, or own a home, or get non-rationed health care.” He adds, “A fiscal conservative such as myself is treated by Obamaniacs like a ringing cell phone in church. ‘Shhhh!’ they say. The only debate among Democrats is how fast and how deeply to run up the national debt. Any Democrat who questions deficit spending or a limit to federal power is simply not invited to the party.” [3465]


According to Steen Advertising, Nancy Fletcher, CEO of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America, purportedly has been telling billboard companies (like Steen) not to accept the “Where’s the Birth certificate?” ads. The organization’s web site includes a statement from Fletcher, which reads in part, “For more than two centuries, the American republic has drawn strength from its Bill of Rights and the Constitution. The Founding Fathers put a premium on freedom as they wrote clear safeguards against an overbearing government. In particular, the First Amendment protects free speech and the Fifth Amendment protects property rights. Debate is honored and encouraged in a free society. Indeed, people have debated outdoor advertising regulation since the first postings, and debate will continue. As the world changes around us—in ways we perhaps cannot contemplate—we know Americans share deep respect for free expression and for private property.” (Apparently Fletcher’s words do not apply to anyone who dares to be critical of Obama.) Steen Advertising’s Candice Berju states, “We are not going through with the deal (to post a “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” billboard)… The OAAA has advised companies not to run this campaign.” When later questioned about Steen’s decision, Berju responded, “I’ve no comment on this. Sorry, I’m not answering anything.” After being asked to speak with her superior, she answered, “No, I can’t help you with that. I’m not commenting on anything. Have a good day.” The OAAA has almost one thousand member advertising companies, and has had no problems with “Yes, we can” billboards. [3466, 3467]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:39:03 pm

Not surprisingly—despite Obama’s efforts to avoid the issue of the Iranian protests and his stated intentions not to interfere—Iran’s leaders blame the United States anyway. Sayyid Mojtaba al-Hosseini, Ayatollah Khamenei’s representative to Syria, states, “The countries that have opposed Iran, whether openly or not, like the Western countries, led by the U.S., are the ones who are now inciting and talking about the Iranian elections.” [3468] becomes the source for up to date reports of the activities in Iran. Pamela Geller’s site consistently reports the stories and the details the mainstream media neglects (or refuses) to broadcast.


On the June 21 edition of ABC’s This Week, host George Stephanopolous comments, “I’ve always been struck by how—and it’s not too strong a word, how obsessed the president and White House are, with Fox News.” Columnist George Will responds, “Well, it’s the discordant note in an otherwise harmonious chorus, that’s why. Look, three love affairs in history, are Abelard and Eloise, Romeo and Juliet and the American media and this President at the moment. But this doesn’t matter over time. Reality will impinge. If his programs work, he’s fine. If it doesn’t work, all of the adulation of journalists in the world won’t matter.” [3474]


On CBS’s June 21 Sunday Morning program, Harry Smith conducts an incredibly smarmy interview of Obama and asks, “In this fatherless world, where did you learn to love?” [3551]


Obama writes a column, “We Need Fathers to Step Up,” for a Father’s Day article on Parade magazine’s web site. He states, “That is why we need fathers to step up, to realize that their job does not end at conception; that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one.” The statement is valid but at odds with Obama’s lifelong pro-abortion stance, which argues that human life does not begin until birth. Fox News’ Glenn Beck asks, “Hmmm. Mr. President, if the baby is not a baby at conception, how can a father be a father at conception? It’s a brainteaser, I know. I know, oh, I know. It’s probably a little above your pay grade but let me know if you get a raise and can figure that one out.” [3517, 3518]


Billionaire investor and early Obama supporter George Soros says, “Decidedly the worst (of the financial crisis) is already behind us. This is not like previous crises but marks the end of an era. The system to date had been based on the false assumption that markets can independently regain their equilibrium and that the system is self-correcting.” (Soros—and Obama—clearly do not understand that the system (free enterprise capitalism) is in fact “self-correcting” when business “cycles” are experienced. The cycles themselves are usually caused by government interference in the economy. The markets function despite, not because of, the government.) Soros, a supporter of global socialism, predictably asks for more government involvement in the world’s economies. “We need international regulations to retain international markets. This won’t be easy… If we won’t be able to do this… than globalization, as we now know it, will fall apart. The state must step in, give guarantees to financial institutions and increase government spending.” (By manipulating interest rates and inflating the money supply, government caused the housing bubble that eventually had to burst. Soros and Obama now want an even larger government role in the economy.) [3475]


With the British media increasingly becoming the source of objective reporting and opinion with regard to the actions of Obama administration, the Telegraph writes, “Ten days on from the fraudulent Iranian election, President Obama still looks like a deer in the headlights without a coherent strategy. His response has been weak-kneed and utterly lacking in conviction. When faced with his first real test as a world leader Barack Obama decided to press the snooze button rather than take decisive action.” The op-ed continues, “It is hard to imagine Ronald Reagan sitting on the fence while a revolution took place before the eyes of the world against one of the most oppressive regimes on the planet,” but “As far as the Obama team is concerned, the demonstrations are an annoying inconvenience getting in the way of the new policy of ‘engagement’ with rogue regimes, also known more commonly as ‘appeasement.’ Every impression is given that the Obama White House is largely indifferent to the plight of the Iranian people and their suffering.” The Telegraph then makes the statement the American media is afraid to acknowledge: “As a world leader Obama is already looking like the Jimmy Carter of the 21st Century, passive in the face of an array of adversaries, and actively weakening America’s defences by cutting defence spending while adopting an apologetic tone for his country’s past. In his first six months President Obama cannot point to a single foreign policy success. He should though acknowledge that the Obama doctrine of reaching out to America’s enemies, including Iran and North Korea, has been a spectacular failure.” (Obama’s ability to vote “present” in the Illinois state legislature clearly left him ill prepared for the White House, where one is expected to make difficult decisions.) [3477]


Al-Qaeda states it would use nuclear weapons it might capture in Pakistan against the United States. Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, al-Qaeda’s leader in Afghanistan, states in an Al Jazeera television interview, “God willing, the nuclear weapons will not fall into the hands of the Americans and the mujahadeen would take them and use them against the Americans,” and “The strategy of the (al-Qaeda ) organization in the coming period is the same as in the previous period: to hit the head of the snake, the head of tyranny: the United States.” [3484]


Senator John Thune (R-SD) proposes an “exit strategy” for the federal government’s ownership of private enterprises (such as General Motors and various financial institutions). Thune’s Government Ownership Exit Plan calls for a July 2010 deadline for ending public ownership of private businesses. Thune believes that the Obama administration views the ownership as “…being a long-term endeavor,” and states, “You substitute political judgment, political decision making for what should be good business decisions. You’re going to have every politician saying, ‘Don’t close the plant in my district, or don’t close this dealership or that dealership.’” Most Democrats are unwilling to support Thune’s legislation. [3485]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:40:56 pm

The U.S. Navy follows a North Korean ship as it heads toward Burma. The ship, which may be carrying weapons in defiance of U.N. sanctions, can legally be boarded by U.S. Navy personnel. North Korea states that it will consider a forced inspection an act of war. It remains to be seen whether the Obama administration will act—or choose to do nothing. Acting in defense of U.N. sanctions and resolutions against Iraq led to U.S. forces invading the nation, eliminating Saddam Hussein, and establishing a democracy. Doing nothing in Southeast Asia may prompt North Korea to become even more aggressive, at least as far as selling weapons systems to nations that are less than friendly to the United States. [3488]


When the parents of Kavah Alipour, a 19-year-old who was killed by Iranian security forces during the demonstrations, arrive to pick up their son’s body, they are told they will first have to pay a $3,000 “bullet fee”—a fee for the bullets used to kill him. Meanwhile, Obama plays golf with Joe Biden at the Fort Belvoir Golf Club, reluctant to comment on the protests out of fear of upsetting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the mullahs who control him. Obama’s initial failure to comment on the situation and then issue only weak statements, followed by his willingness to appease the Iranian leaders who have authorized the killing of unarmed protestors, angers the Iranian demonstrators. There are reports of as many as 5,000 Hamas and Hizbullah members helping the Iranian authorities terrorize the Iranian protestors—at the same time Obama has Jimmy Carter negotiating with the two terrorist groups against Israel. An Iranian source says the government will come down hard if the protests continue. “The Islamist regime cannot afford for the protests to be successful. They know the world is watching, but they are still preparing for a bloodbath of proportions that we have yet to witness if it comes to that.” [3503, 3505, 3506, 3507, 3510, 3511]


On June 21, reports that “ObamaCare specifically exempts members of Congress along with federal employees; the exemptions are in section 3116.” The site’s Pamela Geller writes, “If Obama and his goons are going to destroy the best healthcare system in the world, they should be first on line for dirty scalpels and euthanasia. Or perhaps the left wing mainstream media should be first, as they are an embarrassing shill for dear leader.” An amendment to the bill proposed by Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) would exempt union members from taxes on employer-provided health insurance; employees who are not union members would be taxed for their insurance benefits. (Clearly, the unions expected a generous payback from the Obama administration for the tens of millions they spent helping to elect him.) [3493, 3494, 3495, 3496]


French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in a June 22 speech, criticizes the head-to-toe covering of Muslim women. “In our country, we cannot accept that women be prisoners behind a screen, cut off from all social life, deprived of all identity. The burqa is not a religious sign, it's a sign of subservience, a sign of debasement—I want to say it solemnly, it will not be welcome on the territory of the French Republic.” In his Cairo speech, Obama ludicrously “bragged” that “…the U.S. government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab, and to punish those who would deny it. I know there is debate about this issue. I reject the view of some in the West that a woman who chooses to cover her hair is somehow less equal.” He added, “It is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit—for instance, by dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear.” Obama is inordinately uninformed if he does not realize that millions of Muslim women are not clamoring for the “right” to wear the hijab—they are forced to wear it by their husbands and they would likely suffer beatings if they chose not to wear it. A women’s rights group in France, “Ni Putes Ni Soumises” (“Neither whores nor submissives”) criticized Obama’s remarks, stating, “Reducing the dialogue between civilizations to a dialogue between religions is once again to instrumentalize women. By attacking secularism and defending the veil, the President of the United States… has hurt the struggle of millions of women, some of whom pay with their lives every day to escape fundamentalist violence.” The president of the International Women’s Rights League, Anne Saugier, charged that Obama was seeking to improve U.S. relations with the Muslim world “on the backs of women.” Saugier stated, “What a slap in the face for those women in Algeria, Iran and Afghanistan who died in atrocious conditions for having refused to wear what they consider the most radical sign of their oppression and segregation.” [3497, 3498, 3499, 3500, 3529, 3530]


While Obama is eager to mention a woman’s “right to wear the hijab,” he does not consider important to recognize a woman’s right not to wear the headgear and not be treated as subservient to her husband. In Saudi Arabia, for example, women are not allowed to work, attend school, or travel without written permission from a male guardian (father, brother, uncle, son). Many girls are forced to endure genital mutilation, and as early as age nine may be coerced into marriage with a stranger. One might assume that more than a few American women would not welcome the idea of requiring their husband’s (or even their son’s) permission to go to school, travel, or get a job—but Obama thinks they should be impressed by his distress over a woman’s “right” to wear a head-to-toe black garment in a 120-degree desert environment, while their husbands wear heat-reflecting white. (The “burqa” or “burqua” covers the entire body, with only a mesh screen covering the eyes; a “niqab” is similar, with slits for the eyes; the “hajib” is the head covering. Obama’s Justice Department has sued Essex County, New Jersey for terminating a corrections officer for her refusal to remove a Muslim headscarf while on duty; off duty she is free to dress as she chooses.) [3497, 3498, 3499, 3500, 3429, 3530]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:41:54 pm

Obama signs into law legislation giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) additional authority to regulate cigarette and tobacco manufacturing and marketing. [3524]

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) says in a June 22 radio address, “An economic collapse seems to be the goal of Congress and this administration. Washington spends with impunity, domestically bailing and nationalizing basically everything they can get their hands on.” At a time when the United States government cannot pay its own bill, Paul is angered that the Obama administration is giving $108 billion to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) so that other nations can pay theirs. “These new loan guarantees will allow that destructive organization to continue spending taxpayer money to prop up corrupt leaders and promote harmful economic policies overseas,” says Paul. “Not only does sending American taxpayer money to the IMF hurt citizens here, evidence shows that it even hurts those it pretends to help… We are buying nothing but evil and global oppression by sending (our) taxpayer dollars to the IMF—not to mention there is no constitutional authority to do so.” [3558]


The Obama administration sends out hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of e-mails seeking volunteers for its United We Serve program. The “invitation” from Obama reads, “Last week, I announced United We Serve—a nationwide call to service challenging you and all Americans to volunteer this summer and be part of building a new foundation for America. And when I say ‘all,’ I mean everyone—young and old, from every background, all across the country. We need individuals, community organizations, corporations, foundations, and our government to be part of this effort.” The provided Internet links take the reader to web sites that list “openings.” Many of the “positions” appear to be jobs without pay that involve leftist propagandizing. (Americans who sincerely wish to perform volunteer work certainly do not need an Obama web site to find churches, synagogues, hospitals, and charity organizations that need help.) [3501, 3502]


Jennifer Rubin reports on about a Justice Department email sent to employees asking for volunteers for an information booth at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention over the Fourth of July weekend. According to the email, “The ISNA convention expects 35,000 to 40,000 visitors and is a huge annual cultural event in the muslim community.” The ISNA was formed in 1981 by members of the radical Muslim Brotherhood jihad movement, and (along with the Council on Islamic-American Relations) was an unindicted co-conspirator of the case against the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) for directing charitable donations to the terrorist group Hamas. (Five HLF officials were indicted on 108 counts.) Republicans in the Senate have attempted to stop the Justice Department from dealing with the ISNA. A 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document called the “General Strategic Goal for the Group In North America” calls for “a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” Among those affiliated with the ISNA or the Muslim Brotherhood are Mahdi Bray and Esam S. Omeish. (Bray organized a 2000 rally outside the White House at which the crowd chanted in Arabic, “"Khaybar, Khaybar oh Jews, the Army of Muhammad is coming for you!” and carried “Death to Israel” placards. According to’s Pamela Geller, Omeish “…is an Islamist tied to an al-Qaeda fund raiser and the spiritual adviser to the 9/11 hijackers.” It is unclear why Obama’s Justice Department feels obligated to engage in an “outreach” program for the ISNA. [3683, 3684]


Congressmen Barney Frank (D-MA) and Anthony Weiner (D-NY) ask Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to “make appropriate adjustments” to their condominium underwriting practices. In other words, the two Democrats want to loosen requirements—despite the taxpayers having already paid billions to bail out the two mortgage guarantors for the trouble they got into with previous loose standards. [3555, 3587]


U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter selects July 13 for a hearing in a lawsuit challenging Obama’s eligibility to serve as president. The case was filed on behalf of former presidential candidate Alan Keyes and several other plaintiffs by attorney Dr. Orly Taitz. Taitz served notice to Obama while he was still a private citizen, before he was sworn in as president, thus making him ineligible to use federal funds for his defense; he has to pay his attorneys out of his own pocket. By refusing the original filing from the process server Obama defaulted, thus allowing Taitz to demand documents to show eligibility to serve as president. [3504, 3652]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:44:21 pm

Joseph Farah, editor and CEO of WorldNetDaily, offers a $10,000 reward to anyone who can prove he or she was present at Obama’s birth. Farah asks for donations to increase the reward to make it impossible to turn down. [3508]


Former Inspector General Gerald Walpin asks for a Congressional hearing to investigate his unjustifiable firing by Obama. Walpin, who is one of three inspector generals fired by Obama, states “I certainly don’t know the facts about any of the other IGs, but I don’t think you can find in the history of IGs such an administration attack on and terminating of IGs (as was done in) the last few weeks.” [3509, 3578]


Members of the U.S. Senate are bombarded with more than 700,000 letters demanding that they vote against the so-called “hate crimes” legislation (S. 909). [3512]


White House press secretary Robert Gibbs tells reporters “I think the president has said this, and I would certainly say this, I think you’re likely to see unemployment at 10 percent within the next couple of months.” (In January, Obama stated that if his stimulus package were passed, the unemployment rate might reach 8 per cent and then start moving downward.) [3034, 3513]


On CBS’ Early Show on June 23, host Harry Smith continues his ingratiating interview with Obama, lobbing softball questions at him to allow him to comment about his golf game and his new dog. Smith says, “When you’re President of the United States, you must be prepared for any question. People in the mainstream media have been accused of being afraid to speak truth to power and I’ve got… I’ve got some truth to power for you right now.” Obama tells Smith to go ahead with his question, which turns out to be nothing more than the comment, “I’ve been observing, your dog looks like he’s out of control.” On his program the day before, Smith gushed, “In the White House now, you can just feel the drama of every single second.” Co-host Lara Spencer added, “I can’t imagine the pressure,” and Smith responded, “And his focus—his focus is just phenomenal.” (The media continues to argue that its reporting is objective.) [3552]


Also on June 23, ABC serves up two toadying interviews with Michelle Obama, complimenting her on her physique and healthy diet, and how she works in the White House vegetable garden. (Viewers learn that Obama’s daughter “Sasha likes peas” and “Malia’s a pretty big broccoli fan.”) [3553]


Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, head of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), visits the White House on June 23, after which Obama decides it is necessary to create “a new office that is responsible for outreach with Muslims around the world. The new position, a “special representative to Muslim communities,” is filled by Farah Pandith; there is no public announcement. (The OIC is an organization of 57 predominately Muslim nations, which some say was on Obama’s mind when he remarked that he had campaigned in “57 states.”) [842, p. 263; 855, 2665, 3625, 3626]


The CBS Evening News introduces a note of objectivity in its Obama reporting when anchor Katie Couric reports that “…72 percent of Americans say they favor a government plan that would compete with private insurers,” while “at the same time, nearly two-thirds (63 per cent) are concerned that would reduce the quality of their own health care. And some experts believe they’re right to be worried.” Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, states in the segment, “Employer premiums will go up and employers might respond by dropping coverage entirely. So if you’re one of those unfortunate workers, then it will be a government policy that ousted you from your health plan.” Reporter Sharyl Attkisson notes, “…if you do choose a public plan, you may want to keep your favorite doctors, but they may not want to keep you. Under government health care, they could be paid 20 to 30 percent less. Today Mr. Obama also scoffed at claims that a public plan would put private insurers out of business… The answer, say critics, is that the government has many tools to get an unfair advantage and undercut private companies.” Cannon points out that “The government can subsidize its plan with tax revenue from other taxpayers. The government can enact regulations that favor its plan over other private insurers.” [3554]


Obama holds a press conference on June 23 and states, “I’ve made it clear that the United States respects the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and is not interfering with Iran’s affairs.” Obama calls on’s Nico Pitney. Obama says, “Nico, I know you and all across the Internet, we’ve been seeing a lot of reports coming out of Iran. I know there may actually be questions from people in Iran who are communicating through the Internet. Do you have a question?”  Pitney responds, “Yes, I did, but I wanted to use this opportunity to ask you a question directly from an Iranian. We solicited questions on [sic] tonight from people who are still courageous enough to be communicating online. And one of them wanted to ask you this: ‘Under which conditions would you accept the election of Ahmadinejad? And if you do accept it without any significant changes in the conditions there, isn’t that a betrayal of—of what the demonstrators there are working to achieve?’” It is obvious to everyone present that a “deal” was arranged beforehand; Obama would call on Pitney, knowing what he was going to be asked. Immediately before the start of the press conference, White House deputy press secretary John Earnest intentionally moved Pitney close to the front of the group of reporters. [3520, 3523, 3526, 3580, 3647]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:48:52 pm

Reporters are incensed at Obama’s move. Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank later notes that “Reporters looked at one another in amazement at the stagecraft they were witnessing. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel grinned at the surprised TV correspondents in the first row. The use of planted questioners is a no-no at presidential news conferences, because it sends a message to the world—Iran included—that the American press isn’t as free as advertised.” Another staged question allegedly came when Obama called on Macarena Vidal of the Spanish-language news network, EFE. The next day, veteran WND reporter Les Kinsolving asks press secretary Robert Gibbs, “I’ve got a procedural question about yesterday’s news conference. What led to your decision to plant a designated hitter right here to ask the president a question? And what kind of a message do you think that sends to the American people and to the world about the kind of free-flow and pure questioning that's been expected at presidential news conferences?” and “Aren’t you—you and the president aware that this cast suspicion that all of such questions may be presidentially planted?” Another reporter asks, “Is this going to become a regular feature of President Obama’s news conference, that you all are going to bring people in here that you select to ask questions?” Gibbs responds, “I don’t have any… I won’t make any apologies for that.” [3520, 3523, 3526, 3580, 3629]


Obama’s response to Pitney’s question is, “Well, look, we didn’t have international observers on the ground. We can’t say definitively what exactly happened at polling places throughout the country. What we know is that a sizable percentage of the Iranian people themselves, spanning Iranian society, consider this election illegitimate. It’s not an isolated instance, a little grumbling here or there. There is [sic] significant questions about the legitimacy of the election. And so ultimately, the most important thing for the Iranian government to consider is legitimacy in the eyes of its own people, not in the eyes of the United States. And that’s why I’ve been very clear… ultimately, this is up to the Iranian people to decide who their leadership is going to be and the structure of their government. What we can do is to say, unequivocally, that there are sets of international norms and principles about violence, about dealing with the peaceful dissent, that… that spans cultures, spans borders. And what we’ve been seeing over the Internet and what we’ve been seeing in news reports violates those norms and violates those principles. I think it is not too late for the Iranian government to recognize that… that there is a peaceful path that will lead to stability and legitimacy and prosperity for the Iranian people. We hope they take it.” (Obama’s press conference was announced only the day before, probably in an effort to control the Iran story.) [3520, 3523, 3526]


During the press conference, Obama promotes his health care program and the “public plan” option for providing insurance. He states, “Now the public plan, I think, is an important tool to discipline insurance companies.” (Obama’s use of the word “discipline” clearly illustrates his socialist upbringing and disdain for the capitalist system that made America the most prosperous nation in history.) “What we’ve said is, under our proposal, let's have a system, the same way that federal employees do, same way that members of Congress do, where we call it an exchange, but you can call it a marketplace, where, essentially, you've got a whole bunch of different plans… As one of those options, for us to be able to say, here’s a public option that’s not profit-driven, that can keep down administrative costs, and that provides you good, quality care for a reasonable price as one of the options for you to choose, I think that makes sense.” A reporter asks Obama, “Wouldn’t that (public option) drive private insurance out of business?” He responds, “Why would it drive private insurance out of business? If… if private… if private insurers say that the marketplace provides the best quality health care, if they tell us that they’re offering a good deal, then why is it that the government, which they say can’t run anything, suddenly is going to drive them out of business? That’s not logical… But just conceptually, the notion that all these insurance companies who say they’re giving consumers the best possible deal, if they can’t compete against a public plan as one option, with consumers making the decision what’s the best deal, that defies logic, which is why I think you’ve seen in the polling data overwhelming support for a public plan.” Unless he is a total idiot, Obama certainly knows his “public plan” option will drive private insurers out of business, because they must earn a profit or go bankrupt. Obama’s public plan will be subsidized with tax dollars—hence his use of the phrase “that’s not profit-driven”—and will thus be able to remain “in business” even if it loses money (which it undoubtedly will). There are perhaps 1,600 health insurers operating in the United States. For Obama to argue that adding carrier number 1,601 will somehow “improve competition” is ludicrous—there is already competition. But Obama will price the “public option” lower than the premiums of the other 1,600 plans, thus encouraging everyone to switch to “Obamacare.” (There is obviously no point in pricing the government plan higher than the private plans, because it would then serve no purpose.) [3523, 3538]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:49:29 pm

It is reported that the CBS Evening News set an all-time low for ratings, with an average of only 4.89 million viewers for the five days of June 15–19. ABC’s World News averaged 6.42 million viewers per broadcast. Some of the drop is likely the result of more Americans getting their news from the Internet, while other viewers have switched to Fox News to avoid the consistently sycophantic Obama coverage on the three major networks. [3521, 3522]


Political leaders from Puerto Rico head to Washington, D.C. on June 24 to push for approval of the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009. The legislation calls for a referendum on the island to determine whether its residents want Puerto Rico to have full independence, independence with a “special association with the United States,” or become the 51st state. Opponents say the bill is stacked in favor of making Puerto Rico a state. If that happens quickly enough, there may be hundreds of thousands of new Democrats voting in the 2012 election, and the state would be sending one new Congressman and two new Senators to Washington—who would most certainly be Democrats supporting Obama’s socialist agenda. [3525]


Organizers of a July 4 tea party tax and spending protest in Atlanta have to cancel the event after a last minute refusal by the property owner to allow the gathering. In March, event organizers had secured an agreement to use a large parking lot at the former Macy’s building at Gwinnett Place Mall. With less than two weeks to the event, the property owner, Simon Property, cancels the agreement. (The owners of Simon Properties, Melvin and Bren Simon, are liberal Democrats who contributed heavily to Obama’s inaugural committee.) The original agreement was made prior to the successful April 15 tea party that drew an estimated crowd of 20,000. The last minute termination of the July 4 agreement may have been intentional, to prevent organizers from having enough time to arrange a new location. The termination also meant no fireworks for the residents of the Gwinnett area on Independence Day; a display had been planned immediately after the tea party event. (Disappointed tea party organizers urge supporters to boycott Simon properties.) [3527, 3549, 3556, 3603, 3608]


Iranian opposition activist Mohsen Sazegara, who fled the country after being jailed, tells Newsmax, “I was hoping President Obama would lead the world and start a boycott of Iranian oil. This is the best way to save the lives of the Iranian people.” Sazegara was disappointed by Obama’s weak words and lack of support for the protestors when he said in his June 23 news conference that it is “not too late for the Iranian government to see there is a peaceful path that leads to legitimacy in the eyes of the Iranian people.” Sazegara states, “I never expected President Obama to say something like that. I had been expecting Obama to say we promise the people of Iran we won’t deal or negotiate with any government that does not represent the majority of the people in Iran. I had expected him to be very clear.” Sazegara, who has a weekly program on the Persian Service of Voice of America (VOA), has been receiving more than one thousand e-mails from within Iran every day. He states, “Obama claims to be like President Lincoln. Then he should uphold the principles of Lincoln.” (It is worth noting that words can make a difference. In 1983, leftists and appeasers roundly criticized President Ronald Reagan for calling the Soviet Union an “evil empire.” But Lech Walesa, leader of Poland’s Solidarity movement and the nation’s president (1990–1995), has stated that Reagan “…could not have helped us better. I don’t think any missiles or any army could have been more effective.” Reagan uttered two words that helped bring down an evil communist regime, but Obama does not want to “meddle” in the affairs of Iran—the world’s primary sponsor of terrorism. (Obama is, however, more than willing to “meddle” in Israel’s affairs, telling it where it can and cannot build homes and businesses.) [3537]


In a discussion of Obama’s proposed health care plan, CNN’s Campbell Brown says, “I mean, it’s clear the current system isn’t working, so why not be open to trying this (“Obamacare”)?” For the vast majority of Americans, of course the current system is working. Brown’s question is akin to “Why not try socialism?” [3550]


To help boost his chances of getting his national health care plan approved by Congress, Obama solicits “scare stories” to make Americans believe their health care system is atrocious and in need of his cure. A web page on asks people to “share your story” to “put a face on the health care crisis.” The web page also requests donations to help in the lobbying efforts. [3540, 3541]


Anita Moncrief, a former ACORN employee who “blew the whistle” on the organization by reporting its fraudulent practices, is being sued by Project Vote (an ACORN affiliate). The lawsuit seeks $5 million in damages for “trademark infringement” and dilution, conspiracy, theft of trade secrets, and fraud. Clearly, ACORN and Project Vote are playing hardball to discourage anyone else from exposing their corrupt activities. Columnist Michelle Malkin writes, “You don’t have to be a lawyer to see that this is a blatant act of retaliation… The real reason they are going after her is because she poses a fundamental threat to ACORN’s criminal racket.” The mainstream media has generally not reported Moncrief’s story because it discredits ACORN and Project Vote, both of which have had long associations with Obama. (Obama was named the Illinois head of Project Vote in 1991, and worked with and for ACORN on numerous occasions over the years.) [45, 55, 227, 240, 283, 322, 324, 3542, 3543]


A group of 40 Congressmen send a letter of protest to ABC for the its planned coverage to push Obama’s national health care plan. The letter states, “The decision by ABC News officials to devote an entire day, June 24, to the “President’s health care agenda” culminating with a primetime healthcare “town hall” gives the American people a slanted view of an important subject.” Because Obama will be allowed a chance to advocate his plan without opposition, the Congressmen charge, “It’s as if ABC News is providing in-kind free advertising for President Obama,” and “It all gives the appearance of a state-run television network.” [3544, 3544]


Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) introduces a bill that would “…prohibit the use of stimulus funds for signage indicating that a project is being carried out using those funds.” The administration is planning on installing a sign at the site of each “stimulus project” to remind Americans that the “Project (is) Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.” The cost of the signs is estimated to be at least $6 million. States Gregg, “To spend taxpayer dollars on signs touting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act at each and every project does nothing for households who are struggling to get by or for those who’ve lost their jobs during the economic downturn. These signs are simply for political self-interest, and it’s about time they stop so that stimulus dollars can be put to better use.” [3546]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:50:17 pm

Although Obama may have promised 95 per cent of all Americans that only the other 5 per cent would see tax increases if he became president, a Rasmussen poll shows that 39 per cent of likely voters expect their taxes to go up. The same percentage believes that Obama’s policies are hurting, not helping, the economy. [3548]


Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) suggests using postal workers to go door-to-door to conduct the census in 2010—rather than wasting taxpayer dollars to hire 750,000 people to count Americans. Chaffetz tells Fox News’ Glenn Beck that there are already “760,000 postal employees who are already charged with going to every home in America. So why would we be going out and getting, engaging ourselves with the likes of ACORN when we already have federal workers who already go to all these homes?” Chaffetz’s idea is so logical that it will get nowhere in Congress—because the postal workers will not inflate the numbers for Obama as will ACORN workers hired by the census. [3557]

Stephen Moore, author and member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, states that much of what the Obama administration is doing will make the economy worse. “All of the policies we’ve put in place since the housing bubble burst and the stock market crashed, I really believe everything we’ve done in Washington has made the crisis worse,” Moore told ““Every policy they’ve (Bush and Obama) put in place has made things worse. That includes the bailout packages for the banks, for auto companies and insurance companies.” Moore warns, “Now there’s a lot of talk about raising those tax rates back up… When you’re looking at a situation right now where you have declining asset values and a falling stock market, the idea of raising taxes on stock ownership is very dangerous. We should be cutting tax rates on investments and savings and small business creation, not raising them. I think these are very misguided ideas. If you look around the rest of the world, you see a lot of countries talking about cutting their tax rates, not raising them. It’s very difficult for American industry to compete… when we’re imposing higher tax rates (35 per cent) on our firms than the Europeans and Japanese and Chinese are.” Moore cautions, “I’m really worried that the economy will improve in the summer and fall but will crash again, very much like shoving sugar down the throat of a five-year-old. These policies are very detrimental to the long-term economic health of the country, even though they may provide a short-term stimulus to growth.” [3559]


The Obama administration works to throw out a lawsuit filed by 7,600 relatives of people killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Debra Burlingame, co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America, states, “Physically, President Obama has done what previous presidents have done for a long time, which is bow down (to Saudi leaders).” The lawsuit involves allegations of financial support from Saudi princes or Saudi charities to the terrorists. The families claim they have thousands of pages of documents linking Saudi money with al-Qaeda and the Taliban; attorneys for the Saudis deny any connections. The U.S. Supreme Court will rule on whether the lawsuit can proceed. (Lower courts have ruled that the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act of 1976 prevents U.S. citizens from suing other nations. Obama’s Justice Department is siding with the Saudis.) [3563, 3584]


On June 24, North Korea’s Central News Agency warns, “If the U.S. imperialists start another war, the army and people of Korea will… wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all.” North Korea is clearly incapable of doing so, but has the capacity to lob missiles at South Korea and Japan. The statement is likely prompted by a U.S. Navy destroyer shadowing a North Korean ship suspected of transporting weapons in violations of United Nations sanctions. [3568]


George Mitchell, Obama’s envoy to the Middle East, again expresses opposition to Israeli settlement expansion in Judea and Samaria, even if it is limited to “natural growth.” Mitchell states that “the number of Jewish births” is the issue. (Obama has the audacity to tell Israel its citizens are having “too many children,” while being afraid to talk tough to Iran while its militia is, according to one witness, “chopping people like meat” and the interrogation of arrested demonstrators is headed by Saaed Mortazavi—known throughout Iran as “the butcher of the press.”) [3569, 3570]


Andrew C. McCarthy writes in, “Why won’t (Obama) condemn the mullahs? Is he daft enough to believe he can charm the regime into abandoning its nuclear ambitions? Does the self-described realist so prize stability that he thinks it’s worth abandoning the cause of freedom—and the best chance in 30 years of dislodging an implacable American enemy?” [3571]


After substantial criticism for having invited them in the first place, the White House rescinds its invitations to Iran diplomats from American Embassy July 4 celebrations. Press secretary Robert Gibbs tells reporters, “those invitations will no longer be extended.” [3572, 3594]


The Obama administration resumes diplomatic ties with Syria, even though it is on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism. (Syria has not had a U.S. ambassador since 2005, when it was blamed for the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Along with Iran, Syria funds the terrorist organizations Hamas and Hizbullah.) States Obama, “It’s in our interests to have an ambassador in Syria. We’ve been having more and more discussions, and we need to have someone there to engage.” Sensing Obama’s weakness and naivetÚ, Syrian leaders can now be expected to take a hard line on dissidents, knowing that the Obama administration will barely criticize their actions—if at all. The same is true in other Middle East countries.’s Pamela Geller reports an Egyptian source as saying, “Any kind of democratic reform in the country (Egypt) for the past 3 years has been rolled back specifically because there is no more pressure coming from Washington anymore,” and “You know what happened to the pressure in Washington. The Democrats won the Congress. There is no more pressure coming from Bush…  So suddenly the Egyptian government is not afraid of the American pressure. They are doing whatever they want to do. They are beating up demonstrators, they are cracking down on activists, they are changing the constitution, and eroding civil liberties once and for all and they are using proxies to take down bloggers.” The source notes that after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Syria in April (which the U.S. State Department advised against) “there were immediate arrests of Syrian activists. That was the fruit she yielded. Oh, the Americans (Obama’s people) came over and they said they have a different foreign policy and they’re more interested in placating (Syrian president) Bashar’s (Bashar al-Assad) ego. And he went out and got (arrested) everyone he wanted because he knew he had an ally in Washington that wouldn’t pressure him as much.” [1232, 3573, 3598, 3599, 3600]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:51:02 pm continues to be one of the few sources for current information on terrorism and plots against the United States and Israel, and the Iranian government’s continuing attacks on demonstrators in Tehran. Reports one of blogger Pamela Geller’s sources, “A gruesome observation: The sniper victims are being shot in the high upper torso just below the neck so as to increase visible blood flow. The trachea and esophagus are smashed, the vein and artery burst causing maximal blood flow from the nose and mouth. Death is not immediate and is more akin to drowning as blood is inhaled into the lungs. These sniper shots are meant to be as gruesome, frightening, and graphic as possible; it is intimidation and emotional torture, as well as cold blooded murder.” Geller also reports that “At last count, (Hassan) Abbasi’s group had signed up ’40,000’ Iranians to wage final jihad against America.” (Abbasi is an “Iranian political analyst” who has said, “Our youths who are ready for self-sacrifice will be more effective in striking an enemy than any missiles system,” and America means enemy, and enemy means Satan.”) An officer in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard warns, “There are 29 sensitive sites in the U.S. and in the West. We have already spied on these sites and we know how we are going to attack them. Iran’s missiles are now ready to strike at Western targets, and as soon as the instructions arrive from Ali Khamenei, we will launch our missiles at their cities and installations.” Iran is busy smuggling Hizbullah terrorists into the United States via the Mexican border, Iranians are mapping 29 American targets—and Obama is afraid to upset the Ayatollah and Ahmadinejad with harsh words. [3574, 3575, 3576]


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) bars a research study by a senior operations research analyst, Alan Carlin, because he dared to criticize the EPA’s plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. Carlin’s study was not allowed to be circulated within the EPA or disclosed to the public. An EPA official states that Carlin’s study would have “a very negative impact on our office.” An e-mail to Carlin from his superiors ordered him not to have “any direct communication with anyone outside NCEE (National Center for Environmental Economics) on endangerment… There should be no meetings, e-mails, written statements, phone calls, etc.” Prior to being confirmed for her position Obama’s EPA chief, Lisa Jackson, stated, “As Administrator, I will ensure EPA’s efforts to address the environmental crises of today are rooted in three fundamental values: science-based policies and programs, adherence to the rule of law, and overwhelming transparency.” Obama had said on April 27, “Under my administration, the days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over.” It appears that both Jackson and Obama were lying; Carlin’s study was not distributed for review or comment, it was simply banned—likely because the administration wanted nothing to interfere with its plan to impose a massive cap-and-trade global warming tax. The EPA now argues that Carlin’s study cannot be taken seriously because he “is an individual who is not a scientist.” As columnist Michelle Malkin points out, “Neither is Al Gore. Nor is energy czar Carol Browner. Nor is cap-and-trade shepherd Nancy Pelosi.” (Carlin’s degree is in physics, and he has worked for the agency for 35 years.) [3577, 3591]


On June 24, Mark Sanford, Governor of South Carolina, admits to an extra-marital affair with a woman in Argentina. Sanford resigns as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, but apparently will not resign from his position as governor. The incident removes Sanford from consideration as a possible opponent against Obama in 2012. Political analyst Bill Sammon remarks, “Somewhere right now Mitt Romney is smiling,” Sanford “has damaged himself now. I’d be surprised to see him come back from this.” (The media is also smiling, as it has another chance to be critical of a Republican leader. The Obama administration is smiling because it knows the media will spend an inordinate amount of time covering the Sanford story… and every minute spent in Sanford is a minute the public’s attention is diverted form the passage of cap-and-trade legislation—the largest tax increases in American history.) [3579]


MarketWatch reports a rumor that “Some U.S. embassies worldwide are being advised to purchase massive amounts of local currencies; enough to last them a year. Some embassies are being sent enormous amounts of U.S. cash to purchase currencies from those governments, quietly. But not (British) pound sterling. Inside the State Department, there is a sense of sadness and foreboding that ‘something’ is about to happen… within 180 days, but could be 120-150 days.” [3597]


Leading up to the evening “town hall meeting” on health care of June 24, Obama is interviewed by ABC’s Diane Sawyer. Sawyer poses several moderately tough questions, but allows Obama’s responses to go unchallenged. Sawyer states, “People have been hearing you say these words about, if you like your doctor, you’ll keep your doctor, period. If you like your health plan, you’ll keep your health plan, period. Yet, I thought today in the press conference, I heard you amend it to say, if your employer decides to change it, we don’t have control over that.” Obama responds, “Well, but, of course, that’s the case whether we pass health care (legislation) or not. I can’t pass a law that says, ‘I’m sorry, employers, you can never make changes to the health care plans you provide your employees.’ What I can say is, that the government is not going to force you to… your employer or you to join a government plan, for example, if you’re happy with it and your employer’s happy with it. Keep it. If your employer is not providing you the health care that you need, then we’re going to give you a set of options to make sure that you continue to have health care.” Obama avoids the issue; the point is not that private carriers will change their plan, the point is that Obama’s federal plan will undercut their prices with unfair tax subsidies and put them out of business. Sawyer in effect allows Obama to answer a different question, by phrasing her question improperly in the first place. Sawyer also wastes time asking Obama several questions about his difficulty stopping smoking. [3581]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:51:36 pm

Although ABC pledged that its “Prescription for America” special would be objective, the audience consisted only of people who dislike the current health care system and want change. All 164 hand-picked guests said they felt the system needed to be changed. Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett tells the audience, "I want to emphasize that the president has not seen the questions ahead of time"—which prompted laughter. Columnist Michelle Malkin points out that Obama’s audience was “filled with backroom players and a supporting cast of socialized medicine activists and ideologues.” Questions came from people like Jason Rosenbaum (a Washington lobbyist for national health care), a member of the Service Employees International Union (which contributed heavily to Obama’s campaign), and Debby Smith (a cancer patient who volunteers for Obama’s Organizing for America group and has worked on various Obama projects). The “town hall meeting” was anything but, stacked as it was with promoters of Obama and national health care. [3707]


The Business and Media Institute examined the ABC specials and reported afterward that very little time was allotted for audience questions, with Obama giving inordinately lengthy and broad answers that often failed to answer the questions with any specificity. Overall, the programming was as predicted: one long infomercial for Obama’s national health plan, with ABC doing its best to prevent opposing viewpoints. [3613, 3707]


Few Americans watched the ABC specials promoting Obama’s health care agenda. Even ABC itself, which was accused of giving Obama free time for an “infomercial,” had criticisms. ABC’s Jake Tapper and Karen Travers comment, “President Obama struggled to explain today whether his health care reform proposals would force normal Americans to make sacrifices that wealthier, more powerful people—like the president himself—wouldn’t face.” Obama refused to promise that he would not try to get that special care for his own family members, saying if “it’s my family member, if it’s my wife, if it’s my children, if it’s my grandmother, I always want them to get the very best care.” ABC’s Charles Gibson asks Obama why people should support a program without knowing the details or what limitations will be placed on their care. Obama responds by saying that Americans “know they’re living with the devil, but the devil they know instead of the devil they don’t.” (In other words, Americans will have to trust his judgment.) Obama did his best to avoid direct answers to many questions. When a woman talked about the difficulty her 100-year-old mother had getting a heart pacemaker, Obama replied, “We’re not going to solve every single one of these very difficult decisions at end of life. Ultimately that’s going to be between physicians and patients.” (Obama’s answer still left viewers wondering whether his plan would ration care to the elderly.) Ultimately, Obama provided few details or reassurances—just more sales pitch: “We have to have the courage and the willingness to cooperate and compromise in order to make this happen. And if we do, it’s not going to be a completely smooth ride, there’s going to be times over the next several months where we think health care is dead, it’s not going to happen but if we keep our eye on the prize… then I’m absolutely convinced that we can get it done this time.” [3606]


An Iranian blogger describes the massacre of demonstrators in Tehran’s Baharestan Square (which is fast becoming Iran’s “Tiananmen Square”). More than 10,000 Basij militia members (many hired from outside Iran) take position in the square; army helicopters fly overhead; the streets swarm with military forces, plainclothes police, and other security forces; “the shooting has started;” “A girl is shot and the police is not allowing to let them help;” “In Baharestan we saw militia with axe choping people like meat—blood everywhere—like butcher.” Innocent people are bludgeoned and axed to death. Women are specific targets, sometimes thrown to their deaths from pedestrian bridges to the pavement below. Obama’s response is to “see how the situation plays out,” as he makes frivolous public statements like, “…there are sets of international norms and principles about violence,” “the international community is watching,” and “…there is a peaceful path that will lead to stability and legitimacy (of the Iranian regime) and prosperity for the Iranian people. We hope they take it.” The more Obama makes inane statements while doing nothing, the more the Iran leaders believe they can get away with anything. (They certainly do not fear a “strongly worded letter of condemnation” from the United Nations” or a scolding from Obama made through Jimmy Carter.) [3605]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:52:16 pm

In an interview with the Washington Times, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is bluntly critical of the Obama administration, discusses the future of the Republican Party, and suggests ways to turn the nation around from the “fantasy wing of the American left.” Gingrich states, “You need to have a national movement that focuses not on the presidency. It focuses on 513,000 elected offices, because this is a very densely, freely elected society, and you can’t get the changes just from the top.” A “tri-partisan” coalition of conservatives, independents and moderate liberals can then build “a red, white and blue majority.” Gingrich predicts that “Barring some extraordinary change in the economy” Republicans are “going to have a relatively good election in 2010 because high taxes, big government (and) politically corrupt systems don’t lead to economic growth.” He charges, “The biggest characteristic of the left-wing machine… is that they’re doing so many destructive things in parallel simultaneously that it disperses the opposition. Their goal, almost like Lyndon Johnson in ‘65, is to try to ram through as much bad stuff as they can as fast as they can before the natural conservatism of the country rebounds and rights the system.” (Democrat strategist James Carville, despite having written a book titled 40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation, warns fellow Democrats that Republicans could take back the Senate in 2010. “Republicans are hoping 2010 is the new 1994,” says Carville in a fundraising e-mail to Democrats, “But heck, they don’t need eight new senators. If they gain just one or two, it’s going to be that much easier for them to scuttle vital legislation.”) [3583, 3586]


On June 25, an organization called Health Care for America Now (HCAN) marches on the Capitol to demand “universal health care.” As columnist Michelle Malkin points out, HCAN is no “grassroots” organization. “The ground troops won't have to march very far,” writes Malkin. “HCAN, you see, is no heartland network. It is headquartered at 1825 K Street in Washington, D.C.—smack dab in the middle of Beltway lobby land.” HCAN, which has a $40 million budget, is funded by powerful unions and wealthy leftists like George Soros. HCAN is aligned with ACORN (Obama’s favorite leftist voter registration fraud group). The HCAN/ACORN goal is not so much a national health care system, it is frightening voters into demanding it as a way of getting additional socialist politicians elected. The strategy follows that promoted by Saul Alinsky in his book Rules for Radicals; convince gullible Americans that there is a disaster (a “health care crisis”) and use that deceit to persuade them to vote for someone for whom they would not ordinarily vote (Democrat Socialists). Thousands of union members join in the rally, no doubt pleased that Obama is considering exempting them from taxes on employer-provided health insurance—while taxing non-union workers. [3531, 3592, 3593]


Investor James Rogers, expecting the value of the U.S. dollar to decline, says that the Canadian dollar is one of the strongest currencies. “I’ve got out of my pounds. I will be getting out of my (U.S.) dollars soon,” states Rogers, who also suggests investing in commodities. “I’d rather be a farmer than a stockbroker for the next couple of years. No one you went to school with became a farmer… so we have a shortage of farmers.” [3590]


The death of entertainer Michael Jackson on June 25 gives the media ample reason to fill air time, allowing stories about the Iranian demonstrations, cap-and-trade legislation, and rising unemployment to be barely reported. [3595, 3634]


Kelly Greenwell, a city council member in Hawaii, asks Obama to consider sending terrorists from Guantanamo to the Aloha state—not to be imprisoned ion the island, but to have full freedom. “We have forgiven the people who bombed Pearl Harbor,” says Greenwell. “I think if we want to be known as a place of love and aloha, this is a place to express it.” He adds, “We can’t continue to live in a culture of fear that has been perpetuated because of political reasons.” (Although many might consider Greenwell’s proposal ludicrous, Obama has already released four former Guantanamo terrorist detainees on the island of Bermuda.) [3596]


Harold Koh is confirmed by the Senate (62–35) as State Department Legal Advisor. Koh is a “transnationalist,” who advocates international law superseding U.S. laws. (As an example, if the United Nations supports same sex marriages and opposes the death penalty, Koh argues that the United States should do so as well.) Koh also believes that Islamic Shari’ah law should be allowed into U.S. courts, and believes the war on terror is “obsessive.”  Five Senate Republicans (Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Richard Lugar, Mel Martinez, and George Voinovich) are unable to muster up the courage to vote against Koh, despite the fact that most Americans would oppose his nomination if they knew of his legal philosophies. [3618, 3619, 3620]


By June 25 at least 450 demonstrators have been arrested in Iran; some sources say the count is in the thousands. The outside world will never know of all the crimes committed by the Iranian government. The United Nations—which would likely not hesitate 30 minutes to condemn Israel for actions it might take to defend itself from terrorists—does nothing in response to the abuse of protestors in Tehran by Iranian hired thugs. [3614]


The June 25 online edition of Germany’s Der Spiegel states, “…Obama wants to stimulate the economy but instead he accelerates America’s decline. The needed billions are not being borrowed, but printed.” Obama follows economic advisor Lawrence Summers “like a dog,” it continues, and “Summers uses the money-printing-machine as a weapon. …Eventually, America, the world power, must pay the price for that, and in consequence America might loose her grip on the world. …The world’s confidence in America has terribly suffered therefore fewer foreigners buy America’s new government bonds. Hence, the Federal Reserve Bank prints money in order to buy them itself.” “The American Dollar lost about 40 percent against the Euro since 2000. The greenback will drop further and even lose its prestige. In view of this financial blast wave the anchor currency of the world could be torn off the world’s financial grounds. If this happens the world will dance on the waves. In retrospect people will probably say: America fought the financial crises by preparing a currency crisis.” [3667]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:52:59 pm

Obama’s pick to head the federal Communications Commission (FCC), Julius Genachowski, is confirmed by the Senate. Although Genachowski told Senators he does not support a reinstatement of the “Fairness Doctrine,” he is likely to do his best to “rein in” conservative talk radio hosts by applying the “local rule” more strictly than did his predecessors. [3628]’s Pamela Geller reports that a caller to Mark Levin’s July 25 radio show tells of attending a health care forum sponsored by the pro-Latino lobbying organization La Raza (“the race”). One speaker at the conference purportedly stated, America does not need health care reform, but Latino immigrants need health care reform.” The caller relates that someone from the office Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) pledged that “the useless barriers of citizenship would not be in this bill.” Other statements at the conference included, “Latino children need health care more than whites,” “We want to make sure we take care of barriers like verification, but we can streamline programs to the more affluent,” “Useless treatments for the elderly can be gone because we don’t need to spend money for people who are going to die anyway,” and “you must go into your communities, use words like ‘streamline,’ use phrases like ‘all workers’ and ‘all families” because “if the American people find out that this bill is about giving health care to non-citizens, they will rise up against it.” (Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Sotomayor is a member of La Raza.) [3633]


It is reported that China is paying $16 per barrel to Iraq for 550 million barrels of oil. In mid-2008, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) led a group of Democrats who pressured the Bush administration to cancel oil contracts that had previously been awarded to Exxon, Chevron, Shell, BP, and others. (Apparently the Democrats did not like the idea of “blood for oil”—so the Chinese ended up getting it instead of Americans.) [3616, 3617]


It is reported that the Obama administration is working to establish communications with Hizbullah—the terrorist group responsible for the attack on the U.S. Marine barracks in 1981 that killed several hundred American Marines. [3621]


On June 26 the Wall Street Journal notes that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is determined to win approval of the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade global warming tax bill (the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009), regardless of the negative effect the legislation will have in American businesses and families. Playing games with Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimates, Pelosi and her fellow Democrats stress emphasize only the direct first year tax costs of the legislation, deceitfully ignoring that the taxes and fees are raised from year to year, and their impact on prices. Even the CBO’s figures include the caveat, “The resource cost does not indicate the potential decrease in gross domestic product (GDP) that could result from the cap.” In other words, only the cost of the initial taxes are factored into the CBO estimates—they do not include the monumental damage that cap-and-trade will do to the economy as a whole. The Journal points out that “The hit to GDP is the real threat in this bill. The whole point of cap and trade is to hike the price of electricity and gas so that Americans will use less. These higher prices will show up not just in electricity bills or at the gas station but in every manufactured good, from food to cars. Consumers will cut back on spending, which in turn will cut back on production, which results in fewer jobs created or higher unemployment. Some companies will instead move their operations overseas, with the same result.” A Heritage Foundation study estimates that the cost of the legislation will average $1,870 for a family of four, rising to $6,800 by the year 2035. Republicans were defeated y Democrats in their attempts to suspend the new taxes if gas reaches $5 per gallon, electricity rates increase 10 per cent or more, or the unemployment rate reaches 15 per cent. Regardless of how much the global warming tax hurts Americans, therefore, Democrats insist on retaining it. (Al Gore, who has millions of dollars invested in businesses related to “global warming,” will make billions because of the passage of the Waxman-Markey legislation.) [3582, 3622]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:53:39 pm

Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, meets with Obama at the White House. At a joint news conference Obama comments, “I would suggest that (Iran’s President) Mr. Ahmadinejad think carefully about the obligations he owes to his own people. And he might want to consider looking at the families of those who’ve been beaten or shot or detained.” (Obama seems unable to comprehend that if Ahmadinejad cares so little about the citizens of his own country that he orders them shot and axed in the streets of Tehran he certainly cares less about surviving family members—or the opinion of an American president.) Merkel states, “Iran cannot count on the world turning a blind eye”—when it has so far done just that. Obama states the obvious, “There is no doubt that any direct dialogue or diplomacy with Iran is going to be affected by the events of the last several weeks. We don’t yet know how any potential dialogue will have been affected until we see what has happened inside of Iran.” (What has happened inside Iran is the brutal killings of perhaps hundreds of Iranian citizens who want freedom and democracy.) “The clock is ticking,” adds Obama, “at a fairly rapid clip.” (That is precisely what Ahmadinejad is counting on everyone watching the clock while he continues his nuclear program unabated.) [3716]


With Ahmadinejad’s plan to obtain nuclear weapons regardless of what the rest of the world thinks, his use of paid foreign terrorists to kill his own citizens as they demonstrate, and his clear disinterest in negotiating with the determined-to-negotiate-at-all-costs Obama, former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton writes in a Wall Street Journal editorial that it may be time for Israel to strike Iran and take out its nuclear facilities. Bolton notes that “Tehran isn’t going to negotiate in good faith” anyway. He points out that “Unfortunately, the Obama administration has a ‘Plan B,’ which would allow Iran to have a ‘peaceful’ civil nuclear power program while publicly ‘renouncing’ the objective of nuclear weapons. Obama would define such an outcome as ‘success,’ even though in reality it would hardly be different from what Iran is doing and saying now.” That leaves “Those who oppose Iran acquiring nuclear weapons… with only the option of targeted military force against its weapons facilities.” Bolton concludes, “Otherwise, be prepared for an Iran with nuclear weapons, which some, including Obama advisers, believe could be contained and deterred. That is not a hypothesis we should seek to test in the real world. The cost of error could be fatal.” Obama seems willing to take the risk. [3717]


Successful investor Marc Faber warns that massive inflation is on the way. The Federal Reserve Board, which causes inflation by increasing the nation’s money supply, has been in existence since 1913. Since then, the U.S. dollar has lost 95 per cent of its buying power. “It took 100 years to lose 95 per cent (but) I think the next 94 per cent loss in purchasing power will happen very quickly,” says Faber. Many disagree with Faber and others who warn of inflation, and do not see it as a threat. That, however, may simply indicate that its eventual arrival may be sudden and drastic; the government cannot continue to print money without causing inflation—it is not a matter of if, but when. [3604]


On June 26, North Korea states that it “will never give up its nuclear deterrent… and will further strengthen it” if the United States remains hostile. In response to a U.S. pledge to defend South Korea, state-run newspapers in Pyongyang warn that is “asking for the calamitous situation of having a fire shower of nuclear retaliation all over South Korea.” [3601]


An environmental study that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suppressed because it conflicted with the Obama administration’s “global warming” energy tax plans is made public. The study argues that the EPA is incorrectly relying on outdated information and is ignoring new data related to the continuing decline in global temperatures, the impact of ocean cycles and solar cycles, and satellite information. Sam Kazman, chief counsel for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, states, “While we hoped that EPA would release the final report, we’re tired of waiting for this agency to become transparent, even though its Administrator has been talking transparency since she took office. So we are releasing a draft version of the report ourselves, today.” [3677, 3678]


It is reported that Michelle Obama wants a “bigger role” in supporting her husband’s political agenda. Communications chief Camille Johnston tells the Washington Post, “Her desire is to step out more and have deliverables. It’s about things that are coming up that we want to be a part of: child nutrition reauthorization act, prevention and wellness for healthcare reform.” Obama attends Rahm Emanuel’s daily staff meetings, and her press secretary is with Robert Gibbs at his daily press briefings. (Some argue that Michelle Obama is gearing up for her own political career, as did Hillary Clinton—but one assumes that no one would dare make that point in front of Obama.) [3609]


After South Carolina Governor Sanford “disappeared” for a few days (it was later learned he had flown off to meet with a woman in Argentina) Senator John Kerry (D-MA) stated on June 24, “Too bad if a governor had to go missing it couldn’t have been the governor of Alaska. You know, Sarah Palin.” The juvenile remark prompts Palin—Obama’s possible opponent in 2012—to respond on June 26. “Then Senator John Kerry… makes this joke saying, ‘Aw shoot, of all the governors in the nation who disappeared, too bad it couldn’t have been that governor from Alaska… But the way he said it, he looked quite frustrated and he looked so sad. I just wanted to reach out to the TV and say, ‘John Kerry, why the long face?’” [3610]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:54:53 pm

Although Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) had previously stated that the House Judiciary Committee, which he chairs, would consider investigating the activist group ACORN, he is pressured not to proceed. Conyers tells the Washington Times, “The powers that be decided against it,” but refuses to name names. Attorney Heather Heidelbaugh, who has been documenting ACORN’s fraudulent and illegal activities, asks, “If the chair of the Judiciary Committee cannot hold a hearing if he wants to, (then) who are the powers that he is beholden to? Is it the (House) leadership, is it the White House, is it contributors? Who is ‘the power’?” (Testimony by Heidelbaugh at a March 19 hearing had prompted Conyers to consider holding ACORN hearings. The pressure to cancel an ACORN investigation is certainly related to Obama’s decades-long association with the leftist organization. When ACORN was investigated by Congress in 1996–1997, substantial irregularities and abuses were uncovered. (Conyers’ wife Monica, a member of the Detroit City Council, pleads guilty to felony bribery charges on June 26. Conyers states he did not know his wife was accepting bribes. A substantial number of news stories about the events neglect to mention the party affiliation of the Conyers.) [3611, 3657, 3726]


Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA), who thought he could boost his chances of reelection in 2010 by leaving the Republican Party and following the Obama/Democrat parade, finds his popularity plummeting. A Franklin & Marshall College poll released on June 25 shows Specter’s good/excellent approval rating dropping from 52 per cent (in March) to 34 per cent (in June). Only 40 per cent of Pennsylvanians say he deserves reelection, down from 28 per cent. [3680]


Obama states, “We don’t yet know how any potential dialogue will have been affected until we see what has happened inside of Iran.” [3640]


During the evening of June 26 the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (the Waxman-Markey bill), which will impose burdensome cap-and-trade regulations and fees on the economy in the interest of “preventing global warming,” passes in the House of Representatives by a vote of 219–212. The enormous bill—essentially a national energy tax—is rushed through in time for legislators to go on their July 4th vacations. (It is unlikely that any legislator read the bill, which contains more than 1,200 pages.) Eight Republicans vote for the bill and 44 Democrats vote against it. (The eight Republicans are Mary Bono Mack, Mike Castle, Mark Kirk, Leonard Lance, Frank LoBiondo, John McHugh, Dave Reichert, and Chris Smith.) Considerable pressure is needed from Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to get it passed. Pelosi states, “We passed transformational legislation which takes us into the future.” Sponsor Edward Markey (D-MA) says, “It has been an incredible six months, to go from a point where no one believed we could pass this legislation to a point now where we can begin to say that we are going to send President Obama to Copenhagen (to attend a global warming conference) in December as the leader of the of the world on climate change.” Republicans are quick to criticize the bill, emphasizing that it will destroy jobs, raise prices, and do nothing to affect the climate. Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA) says sarcastically, “I look forward to spending the next 100 years trying to fix this legislation.” House minority leader John Boehner (R-OH) states, “This is the biggest job killing bill that’s ever been on the floor of the House of Representatives. Right here, this bill. And I don’t think that’s what the American people want.” Boehner stalled passage of the bill for hours by reading 300 pages of amendments—that few Congressmen had read and even fewer likely understood. Obama praised his fellow Democrats for taking a “bold and necessary step.” The legislation is likely to have a more difficult time in the Senate, even though the Democrats have 60 votes and can prevent a filibuster. The legislation will destroy jobs—although no one can be certain how many or how soon—and more than a few Senators will think twice before risking their careers simply because Al Gore believes in man-caused global warming. The more economic damage the legislation causes, the more Democrats will lose their bids for reelection. [3612, 3615, 3631, 3758]


An evaluation of the Waxman-Markey bill by Americans for Tax Reform estimates that the legislation will dramatically increase the national debt, with the average American family’s share exceeding $116,000 by the year 2035. And according to the latest global satellite data, the earth’s average temperature has dropped .74 degrees Fahrenheit since Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth, was released, and Americans need not look far to find areas that have had record cold temperatures in the summer of 2009. [3643, 3763]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:57:37 pm

A person claiming to have a certified copy of Obama’s original Kenyan birth certificate places it for sale on the Internet site eBay, as item number 160344928067. The eBay site then repeatedly removes the listing as the seller (colmado_naranja) adds it back. (The founder of eBay, billionaire Pierre Omidyar, is an Obama supporter and member of the “President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.” Omidyar was also a student at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii, which Obama attended.) The seller states that he (or she) traveled to Mombasa, Kenya to obtain the certified copy, and remarks, “Kenyans were amused at how gullible Americans could be when it came to obvious things like the fact that Kenyans overtly admit to Barack Jr.’s Kenyan birth, yet the Americans continue to believe that they know better.” Most people are skeptical of the claim that the seller has a certified copy of a Kenyan birth certificate for Obama, either because they do not believe he was born in Kenya or because they do not believe the Kenyan hospital or the Kenyan government would allow the release of the document. Investigators have traveled to Kenya to obtain the birth certificate but encountered resistance from authorities. [3623, 3624, 3651, 3659, 3686, 3687, 3688, 3723, 3724]


“Inspired” by Obama’s speech in Cairo, Egypt the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) launches a “Share the Quran” campaign to distribute copies of the Quran to 100,000 local, state, and national leaders, as well as members of the media and individuals “…who shape public opinion or determine policy.” (Obama used the phrase “holy Quran” four times in his June 4 address, including the statement, “As the Holy Quran tells us, ‘Be conscious of God and speak always the truth.’ That is what I will try to do—to speak the truth as best I can, humbled by the task before us, and firm in my belief that the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive us apart.”) [3627]


Former Federal Reserve Board governor Frederic Mishkin states, “We’re really worried about a fiscal train wreck, and we know that if fiscal policy becomes unsustainable, no central bank in the world can keep inflation under control… But unless we see the federal government get serious, Congress and the Obama administration, thinking about long-run fiscal sustainability, that creates a real problem for the Fed.” [3632]


In a Wall Street Journal editorial, former prime minister of Spain (1996–2004) JosÚ Maria Aznar writes of the protests in Iran, “This is no time for hesitation on the part of the West. If, as part of an attempt to reach an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, the leaders of democratic nations turn their backs on the dissidents they will be making a terrible mistake. President Obama has said he refuses to ‘meddle’ in Iran’s internal affairs, but this is a poor excuse for passivity. If the international community is not able to stop, or at least set limits on, the repressive violence of the Islamic regime, the protesters will end up as so many have in the past—in exile, in prison, or in the cemetery. And with them, all hope for change will be gone. To be clear: Nobody in the circles of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei or Ahmadinejad is going to reward us for silence or inaction. On the contrary, failing to support the regime’s critics will leave us with an emboldened Ahmadinejad, an atomic Iran, and dissidents that are disenchanted and critical of us. We cannot talk about freedom and democracy if we abandon our own principles… Delayed public displays of indignation may be good for internal political consumption. But the consequences of Western inaction have already materialized. Watching videos of innocent Iranians being brutalized, it’s hard to defend silence.” [3635]


The Honolulu Star-Bulletin refuses a full-page ad (and the $7,168.0 fee) soliciting assistance in gathering evidence to prove whether Obama was born in Hawaii. The classified advertising manager, Cyd Kamakea, states, “I spoke to my publisher and unfortunately we cannot accept the ad because it is political.” (Newspapers routinely accept political advertising.) [3636]


The Obama administration purportedly tells the Palestinian Authority (PA) it will put an end to all Israeli construction in the West Bank. An unnamed PA source states, “The U.S. assured us that for the first time since 1967, we are going into a period where there will not be allowed a single construction effort on the part of the Israelis in the settlements, including in Gush Etzion, Maale Adumum and eastern Jerusalem. The U.S. used to differentiate between natural grown and adding new communities. Not anymore. No construction will be allowed, not even natural growth.” (Obama has no legal basis for telling Israel it cannot expand in the West Bank any more than the Israeli government can tell Americans where they can and cannot build homes.) A group called the Syrian Committee for the Liberation of the Golan states it may attack Israel and capture the Golan because Israel has refused to turn over the land; Israel has assembled tanks at the Syrian border to defend against an attack. [3637, 3638, 3663]


Obama aide David Axelrod says on NBC’s June 28 Meet the Press broadcast that a second “stimulus bill” is not out of the question. “Let’s see in the fall where we are, but right now we believe what we have done is adequate to the task. If more is needed, we’ll have that discussion.” Axelrod tells ABC News’ George Stephanopolous “We are also mindful of the fact that the nuclear weapons in Iran and the nuclearization of that whole region is a threat to that country, all countries in the region, and the world. And we have to address that. We can’t let that lie.” To many, Axelrod’s statement is the first admission by the Obama administration that Iran already has nuclear weapons and is not simply working on developing them. [3639, 3653]


Obama’s United Nations ambassador, Susan Rice, appears on CBS’ Face the Nation and states, “Legitimacy obviously is in the eyes of the people. And obviously the government’s legitimacy has been called into question by the protests in the streets. But that’s not the critical issue in terms of our dealings with Iran.” In other words, Obama doesn’t care if the Iranian government is legitimate or if the Iranian people are ruled by thugs who order them butchered in the streets—as long as he can work a deal with the mullahs on nuclear weapons and get a Nobel Peace Prize. Iranian President Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are likely amused by Obama’s inaction. He could be working with other nations to freeze their billions of dollars in assets to put pressure on them, and instead does nothing but beg for a “dialogue.” Rice also comments that Iran must decide whether to end its nuclear program or “face increased isolation and pressure,” yet the Obama administration is doing nothing to contribute to isolation or pressure. [3649, 3650, 3653]


Although he roundly criticized opponent John McCain during the campaign for suggesting employer-provided health insurance might need to be taxed as part of any health care reform, Obama has left the option open for his national health care plan. Aide David Axelrod states on June 28, “There are a number of formulations and we’ll wait and see. The important thing at this point is to keep the process moving, to keep people at the table, to the keep the discussions going. We’ve gotten a long way down the road and we want to finish that journey.” Taxing health insurance would break Obama’s campaign promise, “I pledge that under my plan, no one making less than $250,000 a year will see any type of tax increase. Not income tax, not capital gains taxes, not any kind of tax.” Obama ran several campaign ads criticizing McCain’s plan. One stated, “…taxing health benefits for the first time ever… taxing health care instead of fixing it. We can’t afford John McCain.” (McCain’s plan was to tax employer-paid health insurance while also providing a tax credit.) Obama advisors Peter Orszag and Jason Furman both support such a tax. [3642]


The president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, coordinates an illegal referendum to scrap the nation’s constitution and make it possible for him to remain president for life. After the Honduran Supreme Court rules against Zelaya, he leads a mob to the military installation where the ballots (printed for Zelaya in Venezuela by Hugo Chavez) were stored. Zelaya is arrested and exiled to Costa Rica on June 28. Zelaya’s actions were in direct violation of the Honduran constitution and he was warned by his Supreme Court and attorney general not to proceed. Strangely, the Obama administration sides with Zelaya—and against the citizens of Honduras and democracy—saying it will not recognize any other leader. Obama states he is “deeply concerned by reports coming out of Honduras regarding the detention and expulsion of president Mel Zelaya” and asks Hondurans to “respect democratic norms”—yet it is Zelaya who violated his constitution. (Meanwhile, Hugo Chavez places the Venezuelan armed forces on alert.) In the Middle East, Obama sides with Iran’s corrupt leaders by doing nothing to support the citizens who seek liberty; in Central America, Obama acts against the citizens of Honduras by siding with a leader who is attempting to thwart the constitution. The media refers to the Honduran event as a coup (coup d’etat), which is a sudden (and often violent) unconstitutional deposition of a legitimate government. The action in Honduras was not a coup; it was a legal removal of a president who acted in defiance of the nation’s constitution. (Arguably, Zelaya was attempting a coup by acting in defiance of his nation’s constitution.) Honduran citizens congregate by the thousands to celebrate the arrest of Zelaya, happy to have rid themselves of a Chavez-style thug. (Although Obama took what seemed like an eternity to utter any string words of condemnation against the brutal treatment of demonstrators in Iran, he stated his support for Zelaya within hours of his arrest and deportation.) [3644, 3645, 3650, 3655, 3666, 3709, 3714, 3735, 3768]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:58:36 pm

Honduran citizens are outraged over Obama’s support of Zelaya, who they consider a puppet of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. Accuracy in Media’s Cliff Kincaid quotes one Honduran, who wrote, “It’s not a new fact to the international media what are Chavez intentions over Central and South America. And we in Honduras don’t want that. We don’t want to go back to socialism or communism. We still believe very strongly in our democracy and very strongly in our freedom… We should be an example to Central American countries as well as South American countries who have not yet been influenced by Chavez,” and “I’d also like to say that I am shocked by Mr. Obama’s comments. Doesn’t he know Mr. Zelaya is allied with Chavez? Doesn’t he know that Mr. Zelaya wants to do in Honduras what Chavez did in Venezuela, Morales has done in Bolivia, Correa has done in Ecuador, Ortega in Nicaragua, as well as what Castro has dine in Cuba?” (Obama likely does know, and supports Zelaya anyway.) Another Honduran wrote, “How is it possible that other governments support a liar, a corrupt man, a ‘Chavez wannabe,’ as he is called in some articles, who also has strong links to the drug dealing business? It’s amazing. They have made him a martyr. We keep writing and writing and thankfully some people have responded. We now see articles in the Washington Post, Miami Herald, New York Post, Wall Street Journal to name a few, in favor or our actions and understanding it wasn’t a coup. And to tell you the truth, they should have done this before! He was out of control. I’m asking you, what more can we do? How can we get more people to believe that what we did was the right thing? Have you seen his speeches? Do you notice how incoherent he is? Do you see how he lies? For us it is so obvious, and that is what I wonder… how is it possible that people so well-prepared, so educated like the people in the U.N. and the U.S. government believe him? How come they are now on the same side of Hugo Chavez? Hugo Chavez talking about democracy? It’s unbelievable. And it hurts.” [3769]


Michael Ledeen, Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and author of The Iranian Time Bomb and The War Against the Terror Masters, states it is futile for Obama to attempt to deal with the Iranians, saying “We’re never going to get a deal with Iran. Every president from Jimmy Carter through George W. Bush and now to Obama has tried to strike some kind of bargain with Iran, and they’ve all failed. So I don’t see why anybody would imagine that they could succeed now… Iran’s been at war with the United States for 30 years, and Iranians have been killing Americans all over the world all that time. They are killing Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere as we speak.” As for Obama, Ledeen states, “He hasn’t done anything to help the Iranian people. He’s been dragged kicking and screaming to the point where he’s finally condemned the repression, but that’s it.” Ledeen also warns that Israel may strike Iran if the United States does nothing to stop its nuclear ambitions. “They’ve said as soon as they get a nuclear weapon, they’re going to test it on Israel, so that’s a pretty big threat. I expect the Israelis to eventually attack the Iranian nuclear facilities if the rest of the world doesn’t find some other way to do it.” [3646]


On June 29, the Supreme Court rules (5–4) in favor of firefighters in New Haven, Connecticut who were denied promotions only because they were white. The city of New Haven had denied them promotions because they scored highest on examinations but no blacks did well enough to earn the promotions. Justice Anthony Kennedy states, “Fear of litigation alone cannot justify an employer’s reliance on race to the detriment of individuals who passed the examinations and qualified for promotions.” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, in dissent, states that the white firefighters “understandably attract this court’s sympathy. But they had no vested right to promotion. Nor have other persons received promotions in preference to them.” (Although no one has a “right to a promotion,” employees certainly have a right to expect that the results of exams for which they studied will not be ignored solely because of race. Columnist Charles Krauthammer points out that Ginsberg’s dissent “…in effect, grants a vested right to promotion—to African-Americans, simply because of their race—and makes the frustration of that specious right the basis for denying promotion to white (and Hispanic) firefighters who had objectively qualified for promotion.) Ginsburg expresses concern over “the starkly disparate results” of the tests, in which 17 of 41 whites and 2 of 18 Hispanics scored high enough for promotions, but none of the 22 blacks did. It is not the fault of the firefighters who scored well that others did not. Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor was a member of the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that ruled against the white firefighters. Sotomayor has been strongly criticized for her decision in the case. Sotomayor has been reversed in four of her six decisions that were appealed to the Supreme Court. Author Thomas Sowell points out that “Judge Sotomayor has certainly been on the federal bench long enough (to serve on the Supreme Court), but is being reversed four out of six times a sign of a job well done? Would longevity be equated with qualifications anywhere else? Some sergeants have been in the army longer than some generals but nobody thinks that is a reason to make those sergeants generals. Performance matters. And Judge Sotomayor’s performance provides no reason for putting her on the Supreme Court.” [3641, 3644, 3708]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 05:59:20 pm

Obama hosts a “gay pride” celebration at the White House and tells lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) supporters he “will continue to be a champion” for their agenda, will work to repeal the “Defense of Marriage Act,” and eliminate the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gays in the U.S. armed forces. Obama’s statement quickly prompts criticism from many, including Pastor Ken Hutcherson of Washington’s Antioch Bible Church. Hutcherson comments, “There's absolutely no truth in anything he said, from beginning to the end,” and “I think this president has a disdain for anyone who disagrees with anything about him—don’t just limit it to Christians and conservatives. Brother, this man doesn’t like anyone who doesn’t think he’s the smartest man in the world.” [3676]


On June 29—in time for Independence Day—documents gathered by “citizen grand juries” are delivered to the White House, FBI, various members of Congress, and the Supreme Court. The citizen grand jury indictments claim that Obama is ineligible to serve as president. The documents, called “presentments,” also accuse Obama of fraud and treason. (It is believed that Part I of The Obama Timeline was included in the presentments.) The Secret Service, after three hours of discussions with members of the American Grand Jury who delivered the documents in person, reluctantly accepted them. (The Justice Department refused to be served with its documents.) [3689, 3690, 3701]


It is reported that six supporters of Iran presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi were hanged by Iranian authorities on June 29. One protestor states, “The regime wants the world to think they have won. Don’t believe it. Even if this regime is about to collapse, they would not let anybody know until their final hour.” (The day before, Obama stated, “I’ve made it clear that the United States respects the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran and is not interfering with Iran’s affairs.”) [3685]


Reporters pounce on press secretary Robert Gibbs as it becomes clear that Obama’s national health care plan may involve taxes on those who earn less than $250,000 per year. Gibbs is asked on June 29, “(Obama) said, I am not going to raise taxes on anyone making under $250,000. Is that pledge still active?” Gibbs responds, “We are going to let the process work its way through. We’re going to let the process work its way through. All right?” Gibbs is prodded several times, but avoids any direct admission that Obama is breaking his pledge. Reporters accuse the administration of a “bait and switch” tactic; Gibbs deflects the accusations. [3661]


Commenting on the agreement to remove all U.S. combat troops from Iraq’s urban centers on June 30, former Vice-President Dick Cheney states, “I hope the Iraqis can deal with it. At some point, they have to stand on their own, but I would not want to see the U.S. waste all the tremendous sacrifice that has gotten us to this point.” Cheney warns, “…there is still a continuing problem. One might speculate that insurgents are waiting as soon as they get an opportunity to launch more attacks.” [3654]


On June 30, the Minnesota Supreme Court rules in favor of former Saturday Night Live comedian Al Franken, making him the state’s junior Senator And giving Democrats 60 votes in the Senate (counting Independent Joe Lieberman and Socialist Bernie Sanders). Although 60 votes would allow Democrats to stop any Republican filibuster, with Senators Kennedy and Byrd are elderly and in ill health, the likelihood of having all 60 Democrats present for a vote is minimal. On election night, Franken trailed incumbent Norm Coleman by 725 votes. Throughout the recount, lawyers for the Democrats managed to force the counting of additional votes for Franken, while challenging votes fro Coleman. With 1,350 absentee ballots ‘found” in heavily-Democrat counties, Franken took the lead. Franken was aided by having the Secretary of State in his corner—which was the result of several years of work by the party to get those election-controlling positions filled by Democrats—and the knowledge that few judges are willing to rule in favor of tossing out ballots, regardless of how tainted they might be. (ACORN and were among the organizations that supported the “Secretary of State Project,” a leftist political plan to elect as many Democrats to Secretary of State positions as possible—knowing that those individuals control the election process in each state. Minnesota’s Secretary of State, Norm Ritchie, publicly credited the organization with helping him win his election in 2006, with the statement, “I want to thank the Secretary of State Project and its thousands of grass-roots donors for helping to push my campaign over the top.” Ritchie’s State Canvassing Board then helped Franken win by ruling against Coleman in dispute after dispute.) [3656, 3682, 3705]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 06:00:52 pm

A “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” billboard ad is placed on I-35 in Waco, Texas. [3660]

Reports surface of a man wrongly sent to prison who had to spend an additional six years behind bars because Judge Sonia Sotomayor his appeal based on a technicality. Jeff Deskovic’s attorney had been told by a court clerk that his appeal had to be mailed by a certain date. It turned out that the appeal had to be received by the court by that date. Judge Sotomayor—nominated by Obama for the Supreme Court because of her empathy—showed none in denying Deskovic’s appeal. The dismissal stated that the mailing mishap did not “rise to the level of an extraordinary circumstance.” Because of the clerk’s misinformation and the court’s dismissal of the appeal, Deskovic languished in jail for six more years, until DNA testing proved his innocence and set him free. Deskovic states that “…a high-minded moral standard is what we, as a society, should expect and seek from all our judges, especially a Supreme Court justice. But considering that we are talking about a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court, we should see if, in practice, her rulings reflect that. A review of her record in my case shows that Sotomayor’s practice does not live up to her promise. All seven of my appeals were turned down. Two stops along the way were in Sotomayor's courtroom.” [3662]


The North Korean ship being tailed by U.S. Navy vessels turns around and heads back to the communist nation. The ship was suspected of transporting weapons or missile parts, in violation of United Nations resolutions. [3699]


Judge Richard H. Zoller, overseeing a case involving an ACORN worker accused of violating election laws, tells prosecutors to after ACORN as well. The worker, trying to meet the quota for voter registrations required by ACORN, even registered himself three times. It is illegal to pay workers based on how many voter registrations they can collect. The employee’s attorney states, “ACORN should be charged, not my client.” [3681]


Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, a daily jogger, tells Runner’s World magazine she would beat Obama in a race. “I betcha I’d have more endurance. My one claim to fame in my own little internal running circle is a sub-four marathon. What I lacked in physical strength or skill, I made up for in determination and endurance.” (Palin’s comment prompts many to wonder if she could best Obama politically in November 2012.) [3671]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 06:01:22 pm

July 2009


On July 1, the first copies of Larry Sinclair’s book Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair, ****, Sex, Lies & Murder? are shipped. Sinclair alleges that he and Obama shared crack **** and homosexual activities in the back of a limousine on November 6, 1999. The activities continued the next day at a Comfort Suites motel in Gurnee, Illinois. Sinclair states he discussed those events with Donald Young, a gay choir director of Obama’s church. Young was murdered on December 23, 2007. [1242, 3668, 3669]


It is reported that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was surprised when Obama started talking tougher about Iran. Clinton had been urging Obama to toughen his stance, but apparently did not expect him to follow his advice. One source states, “It was a happy surprise. It was echoing the line the secretary had been pushing for a couple of days.”

[3670, 3672]


A group of scientists sends an open letter to Congress arguing that “the sky is not falling” and alarmism about global warming is just that—alarmism. The letter states, “The sky is not falling; the Earth has been cooling for ten years, without help. The present cooling was NOT predicted by the alarmists’ computer models, and has come as an embarrassment to them. The finest meteorologists in the world cannot predict the weather two weeks in advance, let alone the climate for the rest of the century. Can Al Gore? Can John Holdren? We are flooded with claims that the evidence is clear, that the debate is closed, that we must act immediately, etc, but in fact THERE IS NO SUCH EVIDENCE; IT DOESN'T EXIST. The proposed (cap-and-trade energy tax) legislation would cripple the US economy, putting us at a disadvantage compared to our competitors. For such drastic action, it is only prudent to demand genuine proof that it is needed, not just computer projections, and not false claims about the state of the science.” [3691, 3692, 3693]


Vice  President Joe Biden visits Wattsburg, Pennsylvania’s Seneca High School to talk about the stimulus legislation and draws a crowd of only about 100 people. [3679]


Luckily for Obama, a report on health care by John Stossel is pulled from ABC programming to make room for more coverage of the death of entertainer Michael Jackson. Stossel, a reporter who is known for his common-sense explanations of issues and showcasing of the advantages of liberty and capitalism over collectivism, had prepared a special called “Canadian Health Care: The End of Innovation?” In the unseen program (which may eventually be aired at a future date), Stossel focuses on the unintended consequences of a national health care system. He states, “When the government takes over, many critics say that you may not get the care and breakthroughs you need to save your life.” Canadian-born Sally Pipes, of the Pacific research Institute, warns, “The only way (the Obama administration) can get costs down under a government-run system is to control the amount of money that is spent on healthcare.” American citizens “…are going to have denied care, lack of access to the latest technology, and long waiting lists, just like people do in Canada and Great Britain.” [3673]


Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh warns that Obama would not be averse to changing the U.S. Constitution to allow him to serve more than two terms. “I wouldn’t be at all surprised if in the next number of years there is a move on the 22nd Amendment,” says Limbaugh. “I wouldn't put it past Obama to be plotting right now how to serve beyond 2016, and I think (that’s the reason for the) way he’s reacting to what's happening in Honduras. They’ve got a constitution. They’re a democratically elected set of officials down there, and you had a guy running the country, Mel Zelaya, who was just going to basically rip that country’s democracy to shreds and the country moved in to stop him from doing it. And Obama sides with the guy who wanted to rip up the constitution.” [3674]


On July 1, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is made uncomfortable by correspondents Chip Reid and Helen Thomas, who question him about pre-selected questions for Obama’s town hall meeting on health care. Thomas tells Gibbs, “We have never had that in the White House. I’m amazed that you people… call for openness and transparency.” Thomas later tells CNS News, “"Nixon didn’t try to do that. They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try that. What the Hell do they think we are, puppets? They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them. I’m not saying there has never been managed news before, but this is carried to fare-thee-well - for the town halls, for the press conferences. It’s blatant. They don’t give a damn if you know it or not. They ought to be hanging their heads in shame.” [3694, 3695]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 06:03:47 pm

The network Obama loves to hate, Fox News Channel, broadcasts all 10 of the top-rated cable news shows in the second quarter of 2009. Obama may be driving viewers to Fox, because of the obsequious coverage he gets on the other networks. [3675]


It is reported that Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, was actively involved with the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund in campaigning against President’s Supreme Court nominee, Robert Bork. [3697]


On the evening of July 1, several hundred demonstrators gather outside the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem to protest Obama’s continuing efforts to tell Israelis where they can and cannot build new homes. Sponsoring the protest is the Jewish National Front, which releases the statement, “We decided to launch a campaign against the president of the United States and to say that Barack Hussein Obama is bad for the Jews. From the moment that he entered the White House, we have been feeling anti-Semitism and hatred toward Israel. We have a number of plans, among which are demonstrations in the U.S. and protests in front of the consulate and homes of the ambassadors.” [3729]


Based on documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), it is learned that Saddam Hussein told the FBI after his capture that he misled the world into believing he had weapons of mass destruction to keep Iran at bay. Hussein considered Iran a bigger threat to his regime in Iraq than the United States, and did not expect that President Bush would commit to more than a limited attack. [3696]


A Rasmussen poll shows Obama’s Presidential Approval Index at –2 on July 2. The figure represents the percentage of people polled who “strongly approve” of his performance (33 per cent) minus the percentage who strongly disapprove (35 per cent).



It is announced that Bill Clinton will hold a fundraiser for Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, in her bid to defeat Senator Kristen Gillibrand in the 2010 New York primary. Gillibrand is endorsed by Obama. (Gillibrand was selected by Governor David Paterson to fill the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton when she became Secretary of State.) [3706]


On July 2 the stock market plunges on news that 467,000 jobs were lost in June, raising the nation’s unemployment rate to a 26-year high of 9.5 per cent. In some states, the rate exceeds 10 per cent. (The “underemployment rate,” which tracks the unemployed and those working part-time because they cannot find full-time employment reaches 16.5 per cent.) Obama unconvincingly calls the 467,000 jobs lost in June a “sign of recovery” because more than that were lost in May. Stuart G. Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services, states, “The numbers are indicative of a continued, very severe recession. There’s nothing in here to show that the economy and the market are pulling out of the grip of recession.” Since Obama was sworn in, more than 2.7 million jobs have been lost—despite the $787 billion “stimulus package,” which Obama argued would keep unemployment from rising more than 8 per cent. (The average number of hours worked per week also declined, as employers require less employee overtime.) The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is shrinking, partly because the stimulus bill contained very little stimulus, but mostly because business is afraid to expand or hire. Obama is repeating the mistakes made by Franklin D. Roosevelt during the depression of the 1930s—raising taxes, spending money the government doesn’t have, and interfering so much with private industry that business owners are afraid of what the federal government will do next. That insecurity prompts inactivity. Capitalists, fearful that Obama is bent on destroying capitalism, are not about to spend money when they are not sure what the next new tax or regulation might be. Contributing to the fear are the massive federal deficit spending and the expectation that Obama’s cap-and-trade global warming taxes and regulations—and health care reform—will add tremendous costs to their operations. Investor’s Business Daily states, “America needs jobs, but its businesses can’t create them as long as they remain under the thumb of a high-taxing, runaway-spending, overregulating, entrepreneur-smothering Big Government.” Some might argue that Obama is reaping what he sowed—after repeatedly telling Americans how terrible things were, they can hardly be faulted for believing him and saving and reducing their debt rather than spending.  [3704, 3711, 3713, 3721]


The Washington Examiner reports that the Washington Post developed and promoted a “Washington Post Salon” program selling access to “Obama administration officials, Congress members… and other select minds.” The meetings would be held at the home of Washington Post CEO Katherine Weymouth, and would allow guests to “Interact with key Obama administration and Congressional leaders…” The cost of being a “guest” is $25,000. White House officials deny involvement. The Washington Post later states that its flyer announcing the first event on July 21 (“Health-Care reform: Better or Worse for Americans?”) was merely a “draft” that was inadvertently released. The program is cancelled after word of it spread on the Internet. [3718, 3719, 3720]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 06:04:49 pm

North Korea test fires four short-range missiles. The missiles have a range of less than 62 miles; incapable of reaching Japan, they are nevertheless capable of striking U.S. Navy vessels in the area. [3715]


It is disclosed that the Democrats’ cap-and-trade global warming bill passed by the House (and awaiting action by the Senate) includes a provision for cash assistance in the form of “energy stamps” for low-income Americans to help them cope with rising energy prices. Inasmuch as the Democrats state that their legislation will cost an average family only $175 per year in higher energy costs, it would be unnecessary to provide a complicated and expensive new bureaucracy to provide an estimated 65 million people with “energy stamps.” (The “energy stamp” program would be larger than food stamps or Medicaid in terms of the number of people “served.”) Clearly, the Democrats know that Obama’s energy plan will not be creating millions of “high-paying green jobs”—or they would not have to worry about 65 million Americans having trouble paying their heating and electricity bills. [3712, 3713]


In a July 2 interview Obama says he is “deeply concerned” about continuing unemployment and is focusing on both short-term and long-term solutions to the nation’s economic problems. (Many Americans were led to believe the stimulus bill was supposed to be the solution.) [3725]


Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) becomes the sixth co-sponsor of Congressman Bill Posey’s (R-FL) bill (H.R. 1503) requiring that presidential candidates provide documentation proving they meet the eligibility requirements. [3722]


On July 3 Sarah Palin announces she will resign as governor of Alaska on July 25. Palin quotes General Douglas MacArthur, saying “We are not retreating; we are advancing in another direction.” By resigning, Palin can devote time to a national campaign—if that is her plan—and can put an end to nuisance lawsuits Democrats have been filing in an effort to harass and bankrupt her. (The frivolous lawsuits and ethics complaints have also cost Alaskan taxpayers millions of dollars in legal expenses.) Palin says, “Political operatives descended on Alaska last August, digging for dirt. The ethics law I championed became their weapon of choice. Over the past nine months I’ve been accused of all sorts of frivolous ethics violations—such as holding a fish in a photograph, wearing a jacket with a logo on it, and answering reporters’ questions.  Every one—all 15 of the ethics complaints have been dismissed. We’ve won! But it hasn’t been cheap—the State has wasted thousands of hours of your time and shelled out some two million of your dollars to respond to “opposition research”—that’s money not going to fund teachers or troopers—or safer roads. And this political absurdity, the “politics of personal destruction” …Todd and I are looking at more than half a million dollars in legal bills in order to set the record straight. And what about the people who offer up these silly accusations? It doesn’t cost them a dime so they’re not going to stop draining public resources—spending other peoples’ money in their game.” [3727, 3728, 3731, 3747]


An FBI spokesman confirms that there is no truth to rumors that Sarah Palin is a target of a corruption investigation. Special Agent Eric Gonzalez states, “There is absolutely no truth to those rumors that we’re investigating her or getting ready to indict her. It’s just not true.” Palin issues a statement, “How sad that Washington and the media will never understand; it’s about country. And though it’s honorable for countless others to leave their positions for a higher calling and without finishing a term, of course we know by now, for some reason a different standard applies for the decisions I make.” Some of the unfounded rumors can be traced to a leftist Alaskan blogger, whose libelous and fabricated stories were repeated by the Huffington Post, MSNBC, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. [3750, 3751]


Yukiya Amano, the incoming head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), states that he does not “see any evidence in IAEA documents” that Iran is working on nuclear weapons. [3745]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 06:05:21 pm

On July 3, North Korea test fires two additional missiles. [3730]


Bashar al-Assad, president of Syria, invites Obama to Damascus. Al-Assad states, “We would like to welcome him in Syria, definitely. I am very clear about this.” Since 1979, Syria has been classified by the United States a state sponsor of terrorism; considering Obama’s eagerness to meet with any leader without pre-conditions, financing terrorist activities will likely not prevent him from meeting with Al-Assad. (The headquarters of Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad are in Damascus. Weapons from Iran pass through Syria on their way to Hizbullah terrorists. Some speculate that Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction were shipped to Syria as the U.S. Armed Forces assembled for the 2003 invasion.) [3733, 3734]


As many as 2,000 TEA (Taxed Enough Already?) party tax protests are held on July 4 in over 1,200 cities across America. Organizers are also planning a National Taxpayer Protest for September 1- through 12; thousands are expected to attend in the nation’s capital. [3702, 3703, 3759, 3760]


As Americans celebrate their Independence Day and Obama heads to Russia, Iran hangs 20 people “convicted of drug trafficking.” Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, with the Iranian Human Rights organization, states, “34 people have been executed in Iran in the past four days, and 26 of the executions have taken place in Tehran. There is no doubt that these executions are meant to spread fear among the people and suppress further the pro-democracy movement in Iran. Several thousand people have been arrested following the last three week’s demonstrations in Iran. Many of them are in danger of torture, forced confession and execution. The world community, UN, EU and all countries with diplomatic ties with Iran must do whatever they can in order to stop the bloodshed started by the Iranian regime. The world must act now, before it is too late. We also ask the world community to support the legitimate demands of the Iranian people and not to recognize results of the recent Iranian election.” [3746] files a story about the tea party protests, going out of its way to give the story an anti-Republican slant. The article emphasizes, “While many of the signs at the protests blame President Barack Obama for government overspending, the people CBS News talked to were just as upset with Republicans.” The article eagerly states that conservative Republicans “desperately need” a “united front,” and quotes Politico’s Andy Barr: “You talk to a number of Republican strategists in Washington and they are all looking for ways to kind of grab that energy and put it into campaigns. So far they haven't done it.” A story allegedly about thousands of Americans protesting high taxes, massive deficit spending, and trillions added to the national debt is transformed by CBS into a criticism of conservative Republicans. In general, mainstream media coverage of the tax protests was minimal. (At the same time, ratings for CBS, NBC, and ABC have been less than stellar, and the networks find themselves having to fight harder for advertising revenue.) [3739, 3764]


It is reported that the Obama administration is opposed to financial sanctions to be discussed at the upcoming G8 summit, which other nations are supporting in response to the Iranian government’s brutal treatment of demonstrators. (Obama would apparently rather do nothing in response to the killing of protestors than risk upsetting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the ayatollahs.) [3732]


By July 5, the clip of White House correspondents Chip Reid and Helen Thomas attacking press secretary Robert Gibbs on the issue of Obama being fed pre-selected questions at his “town hall meeting” on health care is missing from the press briefing play list on The index includes June 26 and July 2 but omits the embarrassing July 1 exchange (which the “most transparent administration” apparently believes no Americans need to view). [3694, 3695, 3752, 3753]


On July 5, a White House official says the Obama administration might implement a new U.S.-Russian nuclear arms treaty without Senate approval—even though Senate ratification of all treaties is required by the U.S. Constitution. The existing Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) expires December 5. One issue of concern to Russia is the planned U.S. missile defense system installation for Poland and the Czech Republic. As columnist Caroline Glick points out, “…while in Moscow Obama plans to abandon U.S. allies Ukraine and Georgia and agree to deep cuts in U.S. missile defense programs. In exchange, Moscow is expected to consider joining Washington in cutting back on its nuclear arsenal just as the likes of Iran and North Korea build up theirs. Of course, even if Russia doesn't agree to scale back its nuclear arsenal, Obama has already ensured that the US will slash the size of its own by refusing to fund its modernization. Of course, even if Russia doesn’t agree to scale back its nuclear arsenal, Obama has already ensured that the U.S. will slash the size of its own by refusing to fund its modernization.” [3754, 3770]


Title: Re: The Obama Timeline: Part II
Post by: Harconen on July 31, 2009, 06:06:01 pm

It is reported that the Obama administration has pressured Israel Aerospace Industries to withdraw from a partnership with a Swedish company to sell fighter jets to the Indian Air Force. [3756, 3770]


Vice-President Joe Biden implied on the July 5 broadcast of ABC’s This Week that the Obama administration might not stand in the way of an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Biden states, “Israel can determine for itself—it’s a sovereign nation—what’s in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else. Whether we agree or not. They’re entitled to do that. Any sovereign nation is entitled to do that. But there is no pressure from any nation that’s going to alter our behavior as to how to proceed.” Israel does not, however, have the in-flight refueling capabilities of the U.S. military; if it sends bombers to Iran they would have to cross Iraqi air space. Although Obama cannot prevent Israel from attacking Iran, he can prevent it from violating Iraqi air space. Any attack on Iran would therefore be a suicide mission for Israeli pilots who would not have the fuel to return home if were forced to fly around Iraq. To the issue of possibly standing in the way of a military strike, Biden responds to George Stephanopolous, “I’m not going to speculate, George, on those issues, other than to say Israel has a right to determine what’s in its interests, and we have a right and we will determine what's in our interests.” [1684, 3757, 3761]


In a statement that is certain to give few Americans comfort in the economic abilities of the new administration, Biden also says on This Week. “The truth is, we and everybody else misread the economy… we misread just how bad the economy was. So the second question becomes, did the economic package we put in place, including the Recovery Act, is it the right package given the circumstances we’re in? And we believe it is the right package.” Biden would not rule out a second stimulus bill, saying, “I think it’s premature to make a judgment.” (Some of the federal funds from the $787 billion stimulus bill are being spent on operating summer school sessions—clearly not a way to create new jobs for unemployed Americans, but a way to reward teachers unions for supporting Obama.) [3762, 3765]


The day after Biden’s appearance on This Week, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly states, “I certainly would not want to give a green light to any kind of military action (by Israel against Iran).” [3767]


Attorney Mario Apuzzo paces a full-page ad in the Washington Times on July 6, with the headline “Obama is NOT an Article II Natural Born Citizen and therefore is Not Eligible to be President.” Apuzzo references Article II of the U.S Constitution (“No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption if this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President”) and The Law of Nations, Vattel, 1758, Chapter 19, Section 212 (“natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens”). The ad is paid for by Charles F. Kerchner, lead plaintiff in Kerchner et al vs. Obama & Congress et al. [3741, 3742, 3749]


Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA) states it may be time for another stimulus bill—but one based on tax cuts rather than federal spending. “I don’t think there’s any question that our priority over the next month should be this economy,” Cantor tells reporters. “We stand ready and willing to stand with the president and produce a bill that will generate results.” In response to Biden’s comment that the administration “misread the economy,” Cantor says “They didn’t misread the economy. …What they did is miswrote the stimulus bill and got the prescription wrong. …The first attempt at a stimulus bill did not stimulate the economy.” [3766]


A Rasmussen poll shows Obama’s Presidential Approval Index at –3 on July 7. The figure represents the percentage of people polled who “strongly approve” of his performance (33 per cent) minus the percentage who strongly disapprove (36 per cent). [2693]


A Rasmussen poll shows Obama’s Presidential Approval Index at –5 on July 8. The figure represents the percentage of people polled who “strongly approve” of his performance (32 per cent) minus the percentage who strongly disapprove (37 per cent). [2693]


A Rasmussen poll shows Obama’s Presidential Approval Index at –8 on July 9. The figure represents the percentage of people polled who “strongly approve” of his performance (30 per cent) minus the percentage who strongly disapprove (38 per cent). [2693]