President Obama: ‘Day of reckoning has arrived’

There is an awful lot of weight on this man’s shoulders..

President Barack Obama addresses the nation tonight. It’s not really a State of the Union address because he hasn’t been in office long enough, though for all intents and purposes, it is a State of the Union speech.. He delivers a budget blueprint to Congress in two days.

From the MSNBC (AP):

President Barack Obama says the “day of reckoning has arrived” for Americans after a spree of extravagant buying, gutted regulations and little or no long-term financial planning.

In excerpts of his speech to Congress Tuesday night, the president offered a sober assessment of the last decade or so and said the time to take charge of the future is now.  More…

What do you expect to hear tonight? What do you WANT to hear tonight? We’ll be doing some live-blogging throughout tonight’s speech. Please join in, or come on by afterwards and discuss your thoughts.

Olbermann & Wolffe take down Sen Shelby (R-AL)

Maybe Senator Richard Shelby (R) of Alabama just isn’t getting enough attention?  Or maybe he thinks questioning the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s presidency will help get him re-elected in 2010.

Here’s the good Senator responding to a constituent, who asked if the rumor was true that President Obama is not a natural born citizen, during a community meeting at the All Steak Restaurant, as reported in the Cullman Times:

“Well his father was Kenyan and they said he was born in Hawaii, but I haven’t seen any birth certificate,” Shelby said. “You have to be born in America to be president.”

Hmmmmmm…has anyone seen Senator Shelby’s birth certificate?  Hell, I heard he was born in Bumfuk, Egypt.

Come to think of it, has Senator Shelby seen any other president’s birth certificate?  If so, why did he need to see those birth certificates?  If not, why did he respond the way he did about President Obama’s birth certificate?

I’ll tell you why — he’s attempting to perpetuate a right wing lie in order to plant fear and doubt in the minds of people who don’t know any better.  It’s the Republican way.  Senator Shelby should know better, but he trotted out the fact that he doesn’t for all to see.

According to Ben Smith’s Blog at Politico, Senator Shelby’s spokesmodel, Jonathan Graffeo, states that the Cullman Times distorted the Senator’s words, and saying that he hadn’t seen Obama’s birth certificate was simply a “throwaway line.”

The Cullman Times article contains an incomplete account, and therefore a distortion, of Sen. Shelby’s comments regarding President Obama’s citizenship. At the town hall meeting in Cullman, Sen. Shelby laid out the Constitutional qualifications for the Presidency and said that, while he hasn’t personally seen the President’s birth certificate, he is confident that the matter has been thoroughly examined.

But that wasn’t what the Senator said, was it?  Why bring up the fact that Obama’s father was born in Kenya, and “they said he was born in Hawaii,” if he was “confident the matter has been thoroughly examined?”  I need to put on my shades to protect my eyes from that glaring inconsistency.

Naturally, the Cullman Times is sticking to it’s story — as they should.

Cullman Times editor Derek Price emails that his reporter, Patrick McCreless, affirmed to him that “we reported Shelby’s comments on Obama’s birth certificate accurately and completely.

“We stand by our story,” Price wrote.

Is it possible that Senator Shelby hasn’t heard that even the Supreme Court wouldn’t hear the case making the ridiculous claim that Obama is not a natural born citizen?  Nahhhh, I’m thinking it’s more likely that Senator Shelby was more than willing to give up a chunk of his integrity in order to keep the debunked lie afloat, and to retain the vote of an ill-informed constituent.  Pitiful…

I hope the Alabama Democrats have a good candidate to run against Richard Shelby in 2010 — the pickings look good.

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GOP: Party first = GOOD, Country first = BAD

Raw Story:

Determined to enforce the party line, the GOP has taken new steps to punish those members who have crossed the aisle in recent weeks to vote in support of the federal stimulus package and to send the message to any party moderates – turncoats will not be tolerated.

In a Monday interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele said he was open to primary challenges to the three Republican senators who voted in favor of the federal stimulus package –Arlen Spector of Pennsylvania and the two senators from Maine, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. Spector is up for re-election in 2010.

“My retribution is the retribution of the voters in their state. They’re going to have to go through a primary in their state,” Steele said, adding that the RNC would follow the lead of the state parties in choosing which Republicans to back with campaign money. “When the state party says we’re going to endorse a candidate, the RNC is behind them. When the state party says we have a problem with them, so does the RNC.” More…

What in the world are they thinking?? This isn’t a game.  This country is in serious trouble – no thanks to the disastrous attempts at governing by the GOP. We are all Americans, and now is the time to work together for the good of this country – to try and SAVE this country. Is Michael Steele and the rest of the GOP missing this? Do they have ANY clue whatsoever how the lives of Americans (not Republicans or Democrats, but AMERICANS) are being affected by this terrible crisis RIGHT NOW? We are headed straight down, and there is no change in the direction of that line on the graph yet.

They should change their name. Really. The PFS Party. (Pretty F***ing Stupid), or PDS (Pretty Damned Shameful). Or, how about this: OTWO… (On Their Way Out).

This is petty politics at its absolute worst..

I would like to take a second and acknowledge the courageous actions of the three Republican Senators in voting for the Stimulus Bill. Thank you Senators Spector, Snowe and Collins. It took a real courage of your convictions to go against the ‘party line’ and instead vote for what was needed no desperately now – what was best for all Americans and the good of the country.  Thank you.
Oh, and by the way, I am going to put in another plug for an EXCELLENT book by Thom Hartmann called “Screwed – The Undeclared War on the Middle Class“. It is a MUST READ! I can’t believe how much I am learning, and how much it is putting things in perspective for me. Thank you Thom Hartmann.

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Skull & Bones.. The skull?

Raw Story:

CNN’s Debra Feyerick reported that the relatives of the late Apache warrior Geronimo are suing Yale and the secret Skull and Bones society for the return of Geronimo’s remains.

An 1818 letter from a bonesman, discovered two years ago, seems to indicate that Geronimo’s skull is stored within “the tomb” where members hold meetings on Yale’s campus.

Prescott Bush, father of George H.W. Bush and grandfather of George W. Bush, is thought to have participated in robbing the grave of Geronimo. All three men are thought to have been members of the secret society. “When you desecrated a grave of this nature, you upset the spirits and sooner or later, the spirits will come after you,” said Harlan Geronimo who great grandson to the Apache warrior.

Harlan Geronimo has offered to take a DNA test to prove the remains belong to his grandfather.

This is a fascinating news report by CNN. Geronimo’s descendants are also suing President Obama and Secretary Gates for the return of Geronimo’s remains that are still buried at Ft. Sill so that they can give him a proper burial that he never had. The very secret society of Skull & Bones has a long list of high powered and influential names attributed to it. They are notorious for their secrecy. It should be very interesting to see if there is finally to be a crack in the door of all that secrecy, and a ray of light shown in after all these years…

As Alexandra Robbins ( author of “Secrets of the Tomb“) says in this interview, “If it is found that Geronimo’s skull is really in there, uh, that’s a crime”.

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Rupert Murdoch Apologizes for Offensive Cartoon

His apology coincides with critics calling for the Federal Communications Commission to cancel a waiver allowing Murdoch’s News Corp. to run two newspapers and two television stations in New York City. At the same time the NAACP is calling for the editor of the New York Post and the cartoonist to be terminated. Still, it’s an apology that reads, “We didn’t do it and we’ll never do it again.”

This “STATEMENT FROM RUPERT MURDOCH” appears in today’s edition of the New York Post.

As the Chairman of the New York Post, I am ultimately responsible for what is printed in its pages. The buck stops with me.

Last week, we made a mistake. We ran a cartoon that offended many people. Today I want to personally apologize to any reader who felt offended, and even insulted.

Over the past couple of days, I have spoken to a number of people and I now better understand the hurt this cartoon has caused. At the same time, I have had conversations with Post editors about the situation and I can assure you – without a doubt – that the only intent of that cartoon was to mock a badly written piece of legislation. It was not meant to be racist, but unfortunately, it was interpreted by many as such.

We all hold the readers of the New York Post in high regard and I promise you that we will seek to be more attuned to the sensitivities of our community.

More on the call for FCC action at the NY Daily News.

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Ooops. Open Thread

Latest NASA project ends up in the ocean.

Nasa’s first dedicated mission to measure carbon dioxide from space has failed following a rocket malfunction.

Officials said the fairing – the part of the rocket which covers the satellite on top of the launcher – had not separated properly.

Officials said the spacecraft crashed into the ocean near Antarctica.

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) was intended to help pinpoint the key locations on our planet’s surface where CO2 is being emitted and absorbed.

Nasa officials confirmed the loss of the satellite at a press conference held at 1300 GMT.

John Brunschwyler, from Orbital Sciences Corporation, the rocket’s manufacturer, told journalists: “Our whole team, at a very personal level, is very disappointed in the events of this morning.”

Scientists had hoped OCO would improve models of the Earth’s climate and help researchers determine where the greenhouse gas is coming from and how much is being absorbed by forests and oceans.

This would have helped scientists make more accurate predictions of future climate change.

Rebuild question

Only about 50% of carbon emitted into the atmosphere, for example from fossil fuel combustion and land use, stays there. Most of the remainder is mopped up by the forests and oceans, which act as “sinks”.

However, there appears to be a large carbon sink missing.

“All eyes are now on the Japanese Gosat instrument to search for the missing carbon sink,” said Dr Palmer.

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