The Watering Hole, Saturday, November 16, 2013: Taylor Swift and The Gettysburg Address

From the website “Learn the Address“:

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, documentarian Ken Burns, along with numerous partners, has launched a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech.The collection of recordings housed on this site will continue to grow as more and more people are inspired by the power of history and take the challenge to LEARN THE ADDRESS.

The site features this mashup of all five living presidents and a slew of politicians and celebrities, including Taylor Swift, who ABC considered the most important of the celebs to be featured in the video. (Each recorded his or her own.)

At the site you are invited and encouraged to share your own Gettysburg Address reading. You can upload a YouTube video of yourself, then give them a link to it. If accepted, they’ll post it at their site along with the presidents, politicians, and celebrities already featured there. Here is the complete Gettysburg Address, which takes about two minutes to read Continue reading

The Clinton Curse…

OooOoooOoo….

Mark Sanford joins other victims of ‘the Clinton curse’ like Bob Livingston, Larry Craig and Newt Gingrich.. (I can think of several more names he could have added to this list, though the show IS only half an hour long..)

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77 Days In Office – The Right Wing Claim Obama Most Damaging President

I found an op-ed at MichNews.com that was just over the top.  Lynn Stuter, a guest contributor,  it putting all the blame for everything on President Obama.  To hear her tell it, he is going to be our ruination.  Ms. Stuter just goes straight for the jugular in her opening statement about President Obama.

The United States of America lays in shambles. In 77 days since usurping the Oval Office, the Also Known As (AKA) Obama Administration has done more damage to this nation than any president before him.

First off, the definition of usurping is, to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal right.  If there was some kind of brilliantly executed coup, we would have heard about it.  However, I distinctly remember on November 4th, Obama won, fair and square, the election for President of the United States.  I don’t know where Lynn was, but she missed the party of the decade.  She further states that:

In that short time-frame, AKA …

· has signed into law legislation that will, in one year, put this nation $1.8 trillion further into the hole, bearing in mind that the total deficit spending of the Bush Administration, in eight years, was $400 billion!

Where to begin, I’ll start with Bill Clinton, who enacted a bill to cut the deficit.  That bill contributed to dramatic decline of the budget deficit in the years following its enactment–in 1998, for the first time since 1969, the nation achieved a budget surplus.

The economy continued to grow, and in February 2000 it broke the record for the longest uninterrupted economic expansion in U.S. history—lasting ten years. In the year 2000, the nation was on track to be debt free for the first time since 1835.  The surplus in fiscal year 2000 was $237 billion—the third consecutive surplus and the largest surplus ever.

George Bush was left with a deficit cutting plan that was working, instead he decided in 2001, to give a $1.35 trillion tax cut program—one of the largest tax cuts in U.S. history.  Oh No, he wasn’t going to use it to pay down the deficit, instead Bush had a town hall meeting where he announced, “the surplus is not the government’s money. The surplus is the people’s money.”  This was a mistake that cost this country dearly.

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Cafferty: Why Isn’t Bush Campaigning For McCain?

Cafferty poses the question, if Bill Clinton is campaigning for Barack Obama during this final leg to the election, why doesn’t President Bush campaign for John McCain?  The responses he reads from his blog are hysterical.  The most memorable one referred to Sarah Palin as “Anchorage Annie.”

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Who Placed the ‘Turtle on the Post’ ?

Today, Bill Clinton was campaigning for Barack Obama in Florida.  During his speech, he mentioned a “post turtle”.  Not all of us are from Arkansas and may not know what a post turtle is.  Here’s an explanation.

While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75-year old Texas rancher whose hand was caught in a gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man.

Eventually the topic got around to Sarah Palin and her bid to be a heartbeat away from being President.

The old rancher said, “Well, ya know, Palin is a post turtle.”

Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a post turtle was.

The old rancher said, “When you’re driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, it’s a post turtle.”

The old rancher saw a puzzled look on the doctor’s face, so he continued to explain.

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After Mining Deal, Financier Donated to Clinton Charity

via: CommonDreams
from The NY Times

Late on Sept. 6, 2005, a private plane carrying the Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra touched down in Almaty, a ruggedly picturesque city in southeast Kazakhstan. Several hundred miles to the west a fortune awaited: highly coveted deposits of uranium that could fuel nuclear reactors around the world. And Mr. Giustra was in hot pursuit of an exclusive deal to tap them.

Unlike more established competitors, Mr. Giustra was a newcomer to uranium mining in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic. But what his fledgling company lacked in experience, it made up for in connections. Accompanying Mr. Giustra on his luxuriously appointed MD-87 jet that day was a former president of the United States, Bill Clinton.

Upon landing on the first stop of a three-country philanthropic tour, the two men were whisked off to share a sumptuous midnight banquet with Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan A. Nazarbayev, whose 19-year stranglehold on the country has all but quashed political dissent.

Mr. Nazarbayev walked away from the table with a propaganda coup, after Mr. Clinton expressed enthusiastic support for the Kazakh leader’s bid to head an international organization that monitors elections and supports democracy. Mr. Clinton’s public declaration undercut both American foreign policy and sharp criticism of Kazakhstan’s poor human rights record by, among others, Mr. Clinton’s wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

Within two days, corporate records show that Mr. Giustra also came up a winner when his company signed preliminary agreements giving it the right to buy into three uranium projects controlled by Kazakhstan’s state-owned uranium agency, Kazatomprom.

The monster deal stunned the mining industry, turning an unknown shell company into one of the world’s largest uranium producers in a transaction ultimately worth tens of millions of dollars to Mr. Giustra, analysts said.

Just months after the Kazakh pact was finalized, Mr. Clinton’s charitable foundation received its own windfall: a $31.3 million donation from Mr. Giustra that had remained a secret until he acknowledged it last month. The gift, combined with Mr. Giustra’s more recent and public pledge to give the William J. Clinton Foundation an additional $100 million, secured Mr. Giustra a place in Mr. Clinton’s inner circle, an exclusive club of wealthy entrepreneurs in which friendship with the former president has its privileges.

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This is the kind of stuff that makes me hate and absolutely distrust politicians. They can wave around their right hand saying look at the good things I am doing!, while their left hand is behind their back or under the table doing something completely different, that totally benefits themselves personally. It is usually sleazy and out of sight. They only want you looking at their right hand.. And in their minds, they can justify it. (Hope that made sense..)

Is this just the way things work in Washington with all politicians? Somehow I don’t think so.., at least not with all of them.
Do we honestly want the Clintons back in the White House..?

Downhill ride….

The downturn in the financial markets goes on unabatedly. The Asian stock markets have lost considerably again. The Indian stock exchange decided to halt trading, after the Sensex started the day with another 9.5% dip after having lost 11% yesterday.

“The Times” calculates:

The combined losses of the London, Paris and Frankfurt markets alone amounted to more than $350 billion (£180 billion) — roughly the size of the combined economies of New Zealand, Hungary and Singapore.

And that was yesterday’s losses. In a way that puts the $ 150 Billion programme of the US government into perspective. The futures on the European markets are down again, as well as the numbers for the US major indices. For economic news, see Bloomberg.

The Democratic primary campaigning is getting more heated, with Barack Obama taking on Bill Clinton. At a televised debate in Myrtle Beach S.C. the going got rough:

The race for the Democratic nomination took an ugly turn last night when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama clashed repeatedly during a televised debate that produced the most vicious personal jibes of the campaign so far.

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The third canddate at the debate, John Edwards, was left largely as a bystander. “Are there three people in this debate, not two?” he asked.

In an ABC interview Barack Obama accused Bill Clinton of lying:

“You know the former president, who I think all of us have a lot of regard for, has taken his advocacy on behalf of his wife to a level that I think is pretty troubling,” Mr Obama said in a breakfast interview with the ABC network, saying Mr Clinton had made statements “not supported by the facts”.

NATO is discussion premptive strikes. Nuclear preemptive strikes are an indispensible part of a working NATO doctrine, a new manifesto claims:

The west must be ready to resort to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to try to halt the “imminent” spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, according to a radical manifesto for a new Nato by five of the west’s most senior military officers and strategists.

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“The risk of further [nuclear] proliferation is imminent and, with it, the danger that nuclear war fighting, albeit limited in scope, might become possible,” the authors argued in the 150-page blueprint for urgent reform of western military strategy and structures. “The first use of nuclear weapons must remain in the quiver of escalation as the ultimate instrument to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction.”

Well, those five “most senior military officers and strategist” had their “most senior moment”, methinks. On the other hand, the timing and the obvious handwriting, cause more than a little concern.

And, finally the trading has started and the stock markets opened lower in Europe today with the London FTSE 100 -3.77% , the Frankfurt DAX -4.63%, the Spanish IBEX –4.83%, the Paris CAC -2.85%.

“Europeanview” wishes you all a good start into your day and remember it’s 363 days to go until someone new will get the chance to fix this mess. Unless someone else puts impeachment back on the table, double quick!

Good Morning from Europe – Remembrance Day and 435 Days to Go

Remembrance Day

 “If any question why we died,
Tell them, because our fathers lied.”

(Rudyard Kipling)

It’s  Remembrance Day today. Time to look at how the young men and women who are fighting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and getting maimed in the process are doing. Not too good, as it turns out not quite unexpectedly. Injured soldiers’ families are accusing the British government of hiding away the unpleasant realities. The forces fighting in Afghanistan are streched to the limit.  The British troops, still serving in Iraq are feeling the lack of interest in their plight. And, maybe worst of all, the ones sending them in harms way are incompetent or uncaring.  And, while we are remembering the fallen, the next war is in the making. Continue reading

Sunday Talking Heads

ABC’s This WeekNewt Gingrich, Bill Clinton; roundtable with Torie Clark, Donna Brazile & George Will

NBC’s Meet The Press – Bill Clinton; roundtable with Dan Balz, Pat Buchanan, David Gregory & Tavis Smiley

CBS’s Face The Nation – Bill Richardson

FOX’s Fox News Sunday – Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), David Yepsen, James Pindell, roundtable with Brit Hume, Mara Liasson, Juan Williams, & Bill Kristol

CNN’s Late Edition – foreign ministers of Iraq and Sudan, Seymour Hersh

~ Egreggious