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North Korea space launch 'fails'
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Fifth Column
US President Barack Obama is outlining his vision of a world free of nuclear weapons
Posted by: 3dc || 04/05/2009 05:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  His visions might be of interest to his psychoanalyst, but why share such embarrassing fantasies with the general public?
Posted by: Cynicism Inc || 04/05/2009 7:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Ah, Cynicism.....his base just eats that crap up. They can sit around, singing "Kumbaya", and make world peace happen by visualizing it. It takes them to the happy place where unicorns frolic in the rainbows. And best of all...they don't have to work for it, it just "happens", because, you know, effort is like, difficult. finally the world will recognize the wisdom of their reasoned, intelligent point of view.
Posted by: Cornsilk Blondie || 04/05/2009 8:10 Comments || Top||

#3  His peacenik nuclear platitudes sort of ring hollow on the back of the NKOR launch. We disarm while they do exactly the opposite? He certainly must enjoy appearing nieve and stupid.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/05/2009 8:18 Comments || Top||

#4  The BBC isn't impressed
Posted by: john frum || 04/05/2009 8:57 Comments || Top||

#5  If the Beeb wont buy it, who will? Sounds like it's just happy talk for the loons.
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 04/05/2009 9:23 Comments || Top||

#6  Obama = all sizzle, no steak.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/05/2009 10:05 Comments || Top||

#7  "I want a world free of nuclear weapons., and I want to eat candy and poop emeralds. And I am pleased to announce that we are already 1/3rd of the way to meeting these goals, as demonstrated by these dental records."
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/05/2009 11:57 Comments || Top||

#8  "Obama = all sizzle, no steak."

And the sizzle's fading fast, Alan.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 04/05/2009 12:37 Comments || Top||

#9  Obama = all fo' shizzle
Posted by: Frank G || 04/05/2009 12:44 Comments || Top||

#10  "Wer Visionen hat, sollte lieber gleich zum Arzt gehen!"

"Who has visions should see a doctor right now"

Former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt (who proved that a Social Democrat could be a sane person)
Posted by: European Conservative || 04/05/2009 13:07 Comments || Top||

#11  Did not appear to be much mindless slobbering at Baden Baden. Hat tip to Angele EC, for essentially telling him to bugger off.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/05/2009 13:13 Comments || Top||

#12  On a more serious note this just proves how little Obama understands about defense and foreign policy.

A world without nuclear weapons would be a chaotic nightmare.

South Korea would be overrun by NK, Taiwan would have been invaded by China, Russia would be tempted to take back former Soviet states by force, wars between India and Pakistan would have cost millions of lives already, the Arabs would have ganged up against Israel etc etc.

Do not wish for a world without nukes. Especially not ours.
Posted by: European Conservative || 04/05/2009 13:20 Comments || Top||

#13  E.C.

To Obama and the rest of his Socialists / (and yes I'll say it!) Fascists all that is a feature - not a bug.

Remember - never let a crisis go to waste.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/05/2009 14:05 Comments || Top||

#14  CF you have hit on one of the tragedies of education. Corporatism was Mussolini's answer to socialism. He didn't want state ownership, just state control. THAT is fascism. THAT is the Obamanation way.

Sic Semper Tyrranis.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/05/2009 14:31 Comments || Top||

#15  ...This isn't new. Don't forget Jimmah Cartuh wanted to cut the ICBM force to 100 missiles (from roughly 1600) and wipe out the bomber force to replace them with about a dozen 747s fitted to launch ALCMs. And only the professional hari-kiri of MGen John Singlaub (a nutcase, as it turned out, but a loyal one) prevented Jimmah from pulling all US ground forces out of the ROK.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 04/05/2009 14:45 Comments || Top||

#16  Reagan had the vision too. But when he talked about it you knew he wouldn't risk the country to achieve it, he'd achieve it to reduce the country's risk.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 04/05/2009 16:12 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Protests Forces Michelle to Miss Photo Op
Well, really tho, she and Carla had to cancel an appearance at a cancer center.
Thousands of Molotov cocktail-wielding, anti-war protesters clashed with police and set fires along the Franco-German border yesterday, as President Obama gathered with European leaders to celebrate NATO's 60th anniversary.

The wild protests -- in which black-masked anarchists set fire to a hotel in Strasbourg, France, and a border post along a bridge connecting the two countries -- forced First Lady Michelle Obama to cancel a visit to a cancer center.

The strife came as NATO leaders pledged at the alliance's anniversary summit to send a measly 5,000 soldiers to Afghanistan stopping well-short of the 21,000 extra troops the United States is planning to send to the war-torn nation. Protesters battled police on the French side of a bridge linking the two countries just hours after Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a symbolic gathering at the middle of another bridge nearby.

"NATO doesn't stand for peace. NATO stands for war like in Afghanistan, where they're regularly killing civilians," Tobias Pflieger, a European Parliament member from Germany's Left Party, yelled to a crowd of protesters.

"No to NATO! No to war!" the protesters chanted.

No injuries were reported.

Thousands more protesters staged anti-US and anti-NATO rallies in Turkey, where Obama was scheduled to arrive this evening in his first visit to a Muslim country as president.

"Obama, don't come! We don't want you!" protesters shouted in the capital of Ankara.
Posted by: Sherry || 04/05/2009 14:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  But...but...I thought the rest of the world was gonna love us now...oh, dear.
Posted by: Cornsilk Blondie || 04/05/2009 14:19 Comments || Top||

#2  "Obama, don't come! We don't want you!" protesters shouted in the capital of Ankara.

Gee, who knew we have so much in common with the Turks?
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 04/05/2009 17:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Silly Turks, Bambi had already given them what they wanted.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/05/2009 17:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Well, at least we weren't exposed to more of her bare armed wardrobe. I'm sure the Moslems are offended by her lack of coverings.
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 04/05/2009 19:15 Comments || Top||

#5  I know I am.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/05/2009 21:30 Comments || Top||

#6  I'm only offended by the coverage of her "magnificent guns". Confirms that if certain media were to lose their job tomorrow, the valuable info loss would be nil, and the DNC might have to actually pay for their propaganda
Posted by: Frank G || 04/05/2009 21:36 Comments || Top||

#7  Could she get some clothes that fit her?
Posted by: whatadeal || 04/05/2009 22:27 Comments || Top||

The Democrats' Fuzzy Math
Is this where the rubber meets the road in terms of responsibility and good governance? When all else fails, get out the xerox machine.
This is too funny: the Democrats tried to use the Obama campaign's email list to drum up support for the administration's budget. They sent emails asking Obama supporters to pledge their support for the budget proposal and encourage their neighbors to do the same. The result of the campaign was disappointing, though, as the Democrats reported they got a total of 642,000 signatures:

People were asked to sign one-page pledges saying "I support President Obama's bold approach for renewing America's economy" and "I will ask friends, family and neighbors to pledge their support for this plan."

The organizers collected about 642,000 signatures, and 200 people showed up Wednesday morning at Democratic National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill to distribute them to members of Congress.

Only it turns out that the 642,000 number was a complete fiction:

The president's e-mail list of 13-million resulted in just 114,000 individual pledges -- a response rate of less than 1 percent. Party workers secured another 100,000 signatures by hitting the streets. The DNC arrived at its 642,000 figure by making three photocopies of each petition so that every signer's senators and representative could get one.

DNC spokesperson Natalie Wyeth responded: "This effort was designed to give our supporters the tools to influence their elected officials. Of course we delivered a pledge to each of their members of Congress -- 642,000 pledges. That's what we said we were delivering and that's what we did."

When asked about the impression in the DNC press release that there were 642,000 unique pledges, she offered no response.

This method of counting opens up a whole world of possibilities. A 5-4 defeat in the Supreme Court could become a 8-5 victory by making a copy of the dissenting opinion. Or--we can always hope--maybe Obama's $3.6 trillion budget is really only $1.2 trillion, photocopied twice.
This is in fact what they are doing to the currency in order to hold interest rates down. Nothing good comes of this.
Posted by: Omoter Speaking for Boskone7794 || 04/05/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's not too funny. Pelosi is trying for 'reconciliation', allowing this bill to pass with a simple majority, bypassing any minority input. On the otherhand, they are desperate. I got a letter asking for support from my influential jackass and I'm a trunk.
Posted by: Danielle || 04/05/2009 12:32 Comments || Top||

#2  But they raised $200 million online?
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 04/05/2009 12:56 Comments || Top||

#3  That's not a budget.
That's a bailout for the banknote printing industry.
Posted by: European Conservative || 04/05/2009 13:03 Comments || Top||

#4  So does this mean I can pay my tax bill by photocopying a $100 bill a few times and sending them in?

Thought not.....
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/05/2009 14:02 Comments || Top||

#5  But they raised $200 million online?

Yep. Wonder how many of those card-holders had a valid address.

Wonder why they didn't use that list.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/05/2009 16:08 Comments || Top||

#6  "Fuzzy Math"? I'm surprised they have any math at all, considering that they clearly have no logic. This is not fuzzy math -- this is just another pack of lies.
Posted by: Darrell || 04/05/2009 17:51 Comments || Top||

#7  "Math is hard!"

/Democrat Barbie
Posted by: Frank G || 04/05/2009 17:53 Comments || Top||

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  North Korea space launch 'fails'
Sat 2009-04-04
  Six dead in Islamabad Pakaboom
Fri 2009-04-03
  Air strike kills 20 Talibs in Helmand
Thu 2009-04-02
  Ax-wielding Paleo kills 13-year-old Israeli boy
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