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Sarah Palin Police Report: "I Owe America a Global Apology" I Should Never Have Been Exposed To The World

In 'I Owe America a Global Apology", Barack Obama, Palin Brawl Police Report, Palin/Hannity, Sarah Palin Police Report on October 9, 2014 at 7:42 PM

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How often do you run across Sean Hannity sitting on camera with Sarah Palin laying layer after layer of anti-Obama derangement? Derangement with an underlying theme: Barack Obama not able to serve as the 44th President of the United States of America. 

Palin and Hannity are masters at casting aspersions and groundless calumniation at President Obama while conveniently ignoring all that comprises shadows in their respective closets. While the Fox News viewers soak-up Palin/Hannity like an over-heated sponge, their rhetoric should come under serious questioning when we think back to the prospect of McCain/Palin in the White House. 
If we reflect as such, it doesn’t take much imagination when Palin within days of a drunken brawl, appeared on Hannity’s show and performed as follows.

Palin: ‘I Owe America a Global Apology … John McCain Should Be the President’

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Can you imagine a White House and Naval Observatory full of Palins?

Talking Points Memo recently published a descriptive piece of “Palin’s Night at the Fights.” It is a read for the ages and a reminder of how close we came to (elected) wilderness “Wild Wild West” antics unbecoming any member of government.

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Palin Clan Brawl: Seven Amazing Moments Revealed By The Police ReportF4fuohfhctpssawa9dmd

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1. The Palins Tried To Start Another Altercation After Cops Arrived

Witnesses previously said the Palin family got in their stretch Hummer limousine and left the house party before the police arrived. But the report released on Thursday made it clear the family was still at the scene and were even interviewed by Anchorage cops outside the house. 

In one of the most striking parts of the report, officers described a moment where Todd Palin and his daughter Willow apparently got involved in yet another altercation with the owner of the house, Korey Klingenmeyer, while police were watching. 

“Todd Palin came walking back to the driveway confronting Corey (sic) asking him if he called his daughter a ‘bitch,'” one officer wrote in the report. “Willow Palin walked up and also got involved flipping Corey off and getting loud. We eventually separated everyone and the Palin family ended up leaving.”

2. Officers Thought The Palins Tried To Hide Track From Them

One officer wrote that when he arrived, he saw a white limousine parked at an intersection near the party. Several people were walking with a bloodied man toward the limo and, according to the officer, “pushing him in as I approached, appearing intent on keeping him away from me.” 

The bloodied man turned out to be Track Palin, according to the report.

“He appeared heavily intoxicated and he acted belligerent at first but I was able to get him to step out of the car and a female who turned out to be his mother, told him to talk to me,” an officer wrote. “He came out of the car to talk and was in the presence of his father, Todd Palin, mother, Sarah Palin, and he identified himself as Track Palin.”

3. ‘Heavily Intoxicated’ Bristol Described Being Dragged By Her Legs

Bristol Palin, the family’s eldest daughter, was seen by witnesses punching the owner of the house, Korey Klingenmeyer, multiple times before the family was told to leave the party.
When police spoke to her at the scene, one officer wrote, she appeared to be “heavily intoxicated and upset.” She described the situation in a far different way than others had. 

Here’s how one of the officers summarized her statement:

She stated she didn’t know who Corey (sic) was and then said that Korey had drug her across the lawn by her legs and was calling her a cunt and a slut. She said the guy with the red shirt was dragging her., When asked how it started, she said that her little sister told her that a girl had hit her so she walked up and asked what 40 year old was pushing her sister and that’s when some guy walked up and pushes her on the ground. And starts dragging her on the lawn and calling her names. She says that she walks out into the cul dr sac (sic) and they took her sandals and sunglasses. She says she then saw Track getting attacked so she tried to help him out. She said she didn’t know what else happened and didn’t have a clue whether she hit him or not.

Read more at TPM LIVE

We also excerpt a SCRIBD copy of the actual police report.

There is something seriously wrong with conservative politics, its candidates for office, its media propagandist and its speaker bureau celebrities. As I keyboarded the last sentence something reminded me of the underlying problem with the list conservative wrongs: They are indicators of the state of American conservatism et al.

"Hating ON" All Things Obama

In Barack Obama, The Deficit on March 25, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Re-posted from a Facbook Progressive activist and very well done!

“Hating ON” All Things Obama

March 24, 2014 at 4:48pm

The Election season has begun!  It is time to dispell a numebr of Right-wing “playbook” talking points, mantra and general conservative B/S. 

1) Obama takes too many vacations

FACT: As of August 16th of 2013, Obama had taken 92 days of vacation vs 367 for George W. Bush.

2) Obama has divided the nation

FACT: Obama has done more to unite this nation than any president since Lincoln. But he’s up against a phalanx of 21st Century separatists, racists and neo-fascists, some of whom have openly proposed seceding. Here… let me hold that door for you. Besides; who’s dividing the Republican party into right wing and ultra-far right wings? Is Obama doing that too? Nope. 

3) Obama’s policies are bankrupting America

FACT: Reagan added $1.9 trillion to the debt. Bush Sr. added an additional $1.5. Clinton added $1.4. Dubbya added $6.1. Obama has added less than $3.0, the bulk of which was to offset the effects of the Bush recession. Who holds that debt? China; $1.2 trillion. Japan; $900 billion. The Fed; $1.6 trillion. The public; $3.6 trillion. Government trusts; $1.9 trillion. Social Security; $2.7 trillion. So nice try, but no Kewpie doll for you.

4) Obama’s a socialist

FACT: Hardly. Obama’s economic and social policies are to the right of Kennedy’s, Eisenhower’s, Nixon’s, and even some of Reagan’s. If Obama’s a socialist, then Eisenhower, who had a 91% top tax rate, was a Republican Marxist.

5) Obama lied about keeping your present healthcare insurance

FACT: Lying and being wrong are two different things. Obama turned out to be wrong, but he didn’t lie. He appeared before the cameras 28 times, repeating the exact same words — “If you like your present policy, you can keep it,” knowing full well he was being recorded each time. If you believe any president would deliberately set himself up like that, then Fox News is indeed the place for you.

6) Obama’s weak on foreign policy

FACT: Osama bin Laden, the man who murdered 3,000+ Americans on 9/11 is dead. Muammar Khaddafi, the man who blew 300+ Americans out of the sky is dead. More al Qaeda terrorists were taken out under just Obama’s first three years than during the entire 8 years of Bush’s “War on Terrorism,” where we somehow managed to wind up in Iraq; a country that offered asylum to zero terrorists. ‘Nuff said.

7) Obama has taken sides with the Arabs against Israel

FACT: “I think that from my point of view as defense minister they (American/Israeli relations) are extremely good, extremely deep and profound. I can see long years, um, administrations of both sides of political aisle deeply supporting the state of Israel and I believe that reflects a profound feeling among the American people. But I should tell you honestly that this administration under President Obama is doing in regard to our security more than anything that I can remember in the past. In terms of the support for our security, the cooperation of our intelligence, the sharing of sorts in a very open way even when there are differences which are not simple sometimes, I’ve found their support for our defense very stable.” ~ Ehud Barak, former Prime Minister of Israel

But what would he know?

8) America is less safe under Obama than ever before

FACT: 3,000 Americans killed by al Qaeda on 9/11. Zero successful al Qaeda attacks on America under Obama. Do the math.

9) Benghazi is Obama’s 9/11

FACT: There were 13 attacks on American embassies during the Bush years, resulting in some 100 deaths. But Fox News and their reich-wing cohorts has never mentioned them. Benghazi is something that happened to us, not something the administration did. I’m sorry you haven’t gotten the memo, but Benghazi is just another Fox non-story. Same with the IRS “scandal.”

10) ObamaCare is Obama’s 9/11

See #9.

11) Sandy Hook was Obama’s 9/11

See a shrink.

12) Solyndra!

FACT: Solyndra was a $500 million loan that didn’t pay off. How much is $500 million? That’s how much the Bush administration spent every 18 hours on the Iraq War for five years — an expense no Republican ever complains about. And what was our reward? 4,500 Americans killed, at least 100,000 Iraqis killed, another 2 million Iraqis driven from their homes, the emergence of the Shia awakening, and our reputation in a shambles. Thanks Republicans. And you’re upset about half a billion spent on Solyndra.

13) Iraq is falling to al Qaeda due to Obama’s policies

FACT: Had we not invaded Iraq in the first place, a war Obama opposed 12 years ago, we wouldn’t be seeing Falluja falling to al Qaeda. And who was it that wrote the timetable for our Iraq exit two years ago? Oh, yeah; the Bush administration. You might just as well blame Obama for Bush’s recession. Oh, wait — you do that too!

14) Obama’s policies are anti-business

FACT: The Dow Jones when Clinton entered office in January 1993 was at 3,300. When he left office in January 2001: 10,662. Dow Jones when Bush left office in January 2009: 9,034. Dow Jones today: 16,437. The Dow has more than doubled in just the first five years of the Obama administration. Yes…. Businessmen just hate that.

15) Obama’s policies have resulted in massive unemployment

FACT: When George W. Bush stumbled into office in January 2001, he inherited a 4.3% unemployment rate from Bill Clinton. When he left office 8 years later, the unemployment rate was 9.7% and rising fast. As of today, that number is 6.7%, no thanks to the Republicans in Congress who’ve done everything within their power to sabotage the recovery.

During the eight years under George W. Bush, his policies created just 1 million jobs (with another 2 million in the military). Since Barack Obama was sworn in five years ago, 7.6 million jobs have been created, and there are still three years left in his term. So, nice try.

16) Fast & Furious

FACT: Another poorly conceived program left over from the Bush administration that the GOP is trying to pin on Obama. Move along.

17) Liberals always try to deflect from Obama’s record by bringing up Bush

FACT: Wrong-o, Bozo. We just like to rub your noses in your hypocrisy. By intentionally ignoring, or even lying about Bush’s record and focusing instead on the above Fox News lies, you’ve liberated yourselves once again from those pesky facts. So it’s become incumbent upon us to set the record straight. To the contrary, conservatives are always trying to deflect from the failures of the Bush years by telling the aforementioned lies.

18) The deficit has skyrocketed under Obama

FACT: The budget was balanced when Clinton left office in 2001 (in fact, he left Dubbya with a $300,000,000,000 surplus). 

Eight years later, Bush left Obama with a $1,413,000,000,000 deficit and a 9.8% deficit/GDP ratio. Most of which was due to Bush’s deficit-spending on the Iraq War, Medicare Part D and the two tax cuts that largely went to the wealthy. 

“Remember what Reagan taught us. Deficits don’t matter.” ~ Dick Cheney 

Since Obama’s election:
2010 — $1,294,000,000,000 8.7% deficit/GDP
2011 — $1,300,000,000,000 8.4% deficit/GDP
2012 — $1,087,000,000,000 6.8% deficit/GDP
2013 — $680,000,000,000 4.1% deficit/GDP
2014 — $560,000,000,000 3.3% deficit/GDP 

See a pattern developing? Furthermore, the United States is now producing more oil than we import. Our overall trade deficit is at a four year low, as imported oil continues to decline. GM, Ford and Chrysler are all chugging along nicely, no thanks to a unified Republican/Teabigot party, who were eager to sacrifice 2 million American jobs on their altar of Obama Derangement Syndrome. 

The trade gap has fallen 12.9% to $34.3 billion as Obama’s policies have made American products and services more available abroad, while Americans are increasingly buying more domestic products. The trade imbalance is now lower than at any time since the beginning of the recession, and the offshoring of American jobs has (finally) slowed to a trickle. 

Our trade gap with China is down 6.7% (largely based on their taste for American cars — see above), our trade gap with Japan is down 8.4% and our trade gap with the European Union has dropped a whopping 29.4%.

Are things perfect? No. There’s still much to be done. But the rumors of Barack Obama’s “failures” have been greatly exaggerated, and it’s time to call these talking points what they are… lies. This president will go down in history as a man who achieved some amazing accomplishments, especially considering the unified opposition he’s had to endure since Day One.
So there you have it Fox News “patriots,” all your talking points shot to hell in one FACT-based document.

Rand Paul Should Avoid Use Of Race In His Speeches; Liberals Should Give Him "NO Quarter."

In Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, NSA, President Obama, Rand Paul on March 24, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Be aware of the Chameleon. You know Rand Paul!
Do not allow false messages to tip your
psyche into allowing him in the Gate.”

Rand Paul continues to traipse around the country campaigning for the 2016 GOP nomination for president. Paul is a seriously misguided man, despite comment from certain pundits on the right that his message “reverberates,” (Michael Steele, former RNC Chair).  

His message may “reverberate” among fringe liberals who may very well subscribe to libertarian ideology. He may also attract attention among liberals who abhor NSA meta-data gathering. The quirky Senator from Kentucky may be the current front-runner for the GOP nomination in 2016, but he fails to seep into the psyche of people who know Paul for what he is. He is an angle player who has spoken publicly as against Civil Rights legislation, against freedom of access for some Americans based on property rights), and he has visual history that informed liberals will not forget.
Jack Hunter, a former staffer for Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) who was outed as conservative mascot “The Southern Avenger” ….

Back to Paul for a moment. Since Paul is opposed to the government legislating on who business owners rights to deny service.  Am I to believe that Paul was in favor of the Arizona “deny LGBT service” vetoed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer? How about by implication Paul’s tacit approval of reinstating rights of companies to develop and maintain “Men Only” health club? How about moving back to the Masters denying Tiger Woods the right to tee-off?

Thus, Paul would have a lesser problem with what you are about to see and hear than many in the nation.

My point in the previous comments relate to Paul’s gall and temerity, as he rolls-out criticism of President Obama as a tool for his political ambitions. Even more Gaulish, are those who know Paul’s history, and still will join him in applause as he goes about his phony political appearances.  Paul should restrict issues related to race to his well documented past. He should do so while recognizing he may fool some fringe progressives and fringe conservatives, but he lives on a small island of Paleozoic Era bigotry.

The Daily Kos published a piece that address the Paul visit to Berkeley and his comments about the nations 44th President far better than can I.  I will admit one point.

Paul is definitively interjecting race into his politicking. His choices are clear and do not surprise as he and his father have deep and documented roots in issues of race. As Paul interjects race, he should keep-in-mind J. Edgar Hoover even spied on Richard Nixon and just about anyone from the Oval Office to any 1960s activist. Yet, he chooses to wave the race flag as a tool against President Obama. The criticism you are about to read and digest could have been accomplished well shy of foraying into issue of race. An issue he of all politicians should avoid.

Paul’s remarks as he tested the waters of pointing a finger at Obama and lacing the finger-pointing with racial messages. “The nation’s First African-American President should be conscious….”  

Does Paul not realize his words clearly denote exercise of “white privilege?” Did his supposedly highly educated audience, not recognize the use of “privilege” when it need not have been exercised?

Huffington Post March 19th, 2014

During an interview with The New York Times, Paul brought up the government’s response to dissent in the 1960s, when leading civil rights advocates, including Martin Luther King Jr. 
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“The first African-American president ought to be a little more conscious of the fact of what has happened with the abuses of domestic spying,” Paul told Times reporter Jeremy Peters. “Martin Luther King was spied upon, civil rights leaders were spied upon, Muhammad Ali was spied upon, antiwar protesters were spied upon.” 

“The possibility for abuse in this is incredible,” the senator added. “So I don’t care if there’s never been any evidence of abuse with the NSA. They should not be collecting the data.”

Read more after the break below

Since the little Libertarian bigot went there and received no major backlash, he took his criticism a bit farther. I am only slightly reticent about use of the word racist today. I do firmly believe Paul is a racist and fine cut from an apple that fell directly below the Ron Paul tree. 

Last weeks visit to the highly liberal campus of UC- Berkeley.

 “I find it ironic that the first African-American president has without compunction allowed this vast exercise of raw power by the N.S.A. … Certainly J. Edgar Hoover’s illegal spying on Martin Luther King and others in the civil rights movement should give us all pause.”

The Daily Kos (Re-blog via Cretive Commons Licensure)  SUN MAR 23, 2014 AT 08:00 AM PDT

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Rand Paul, expert on being black.
Yep, you read that right. Rand Paul went there. Here’s how he did it: “I find it ironic that the first African-American president has without compunction allowed this vast exercise of raw power by the N.S.A. … Certainly J. Edgar Hoover’s illegal spying on Martin Luther King and others in the civil rights movement should give us all pause.” In an interview prior to giving this speech on privacy, Sen. Paul was even more direct in telling the president what he, as a black man, ought to be doing:
“The first African-American president ought to be a little more conscious of the fact of what has happened with the abuses of domestic spying…Martin Luther King was spied upon, civil rights leaders were spied upon, Muhammad Ali was spied upon.”
Overall, Paul’s remarks at Berkeley represented a strong and thoughtful criticism of the NSA’s domestic surveillance operations, which are unquestionably out of control. Furthermore, the Obama administration specifically deserves to be not only criticized but held accountable for what has gone on under its watch. I have no problem with Sen. Paul or anyone else doing so. Having said that, Rand Paul crossed a line.
Look at what Paul did here. Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, and other civil rights leaders were real black men. They fought the system, ’cause that’s what real black men do. They weredangerous, dangerous enough that The Man himself—in the form of J. Edgar Hoover—had to break the law to spy on them (imagine the theme from Shaft playing as you read this). Clearly, Paul is saying that Hoover’s spying was wrong, he’s identifying with King and Ali, not Hoover. But what Paul’s also saying is that President Barack Obama, well, he’s Hoover. He’s certainly more Hoover than he is King or Ali. A real black man—Paul clearly says even if he didn’t use those exact words—should have known better, or, in the words Paul did use, a real black man should have been “a little more conscious.” Because Rand Paul knows what it means to be a real, “conscious” black man.
Almost as soon as he emerged on the national stage in 2004 with his message of cross-racial American unity, some have questioned whether Barack Obama is actually “black enough.” Most of the time, the people asking that question have been black. But Rand Paul fancies himself a truth-teller, someone who can talk about race and talk to black people in a way that less brave white politicians aren’t willing to do. He’s scoring points with the media (the headline of a news article—not an opinion piece—about the NSA speech characterized Paul as a “rising star”) as someone who will go before audiences most conservatives avoid, and will say things others won’t say. In reality, however, he’s just another whitesplainer.
Please follow me beyond the fold for more.
Whitesplaining” is a term of relatively recent origin. It can too easily be overused, employed by some to discourage white people from talking about certain topics rather than actually engaging with the content of what they are saying. No one, simply by dint of their race, should feel that they have nothing of value to say on a topic of such importance as racism in America. However, whitesplaining is supposed to be used to call out a white person for telling black people how they should feel or act, or how they should see a certain situation (i.e., “is it racist or not”), or condescendingly lecturing black people about black life in America. Rand Paul has here engaged in a textbook definition of whitesplaining. And it’s not even the first time, as the students at Howard University (and anyone who heard his remarks there) can attest.
Now, Barack Obama has spoken on countless occasions about the special responsibility he feels as a black president to address issues that disproportionately affect African-Americans. He’s also repeatedly said that he is the president of all Americans, and he takes his positions based on what he believes is best for the country as a whole. On the matter of the NSA, I’m not convinced that the black community today (as opposed to, say, during the years of Martin Luther King or the Black Panthers) is affected more by dangerously excessive domestic surveillance than any other community, but Rand Paul isn’t seriously making that argument. He’s just using Obama’s blackness for his own political gain.
Let’s turn Paul’s thinking around on him. Born in Pennsylvania, Rand moved to Texas at age five and stayed there through college (at Baylor), and since then has continued to live exclusively in the South (North Carolina for medical school and residency at Duke, and Kentucky for his medical practice). If Barack Obama—due his being of the same race as those black people persecuted for centuries—should feel a special responsibility, then I would suggest that Rand Paul, as a Southern white male who shares the racial and regional background of the worst of those doing the persecution, should also feel some special responsibilities to protect the civil rights of the persecuted.
Yet, Rand Paul has a long history of criticizing and even opposing major elements of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Now, to Paul’s credit, he has also done some very good things more recently, like join the push to allow ex-felons to regain the right to vote. Rand Paul is not Rush Limbaugh, to be sure. But, to use one of my favorite phrases, that’s an awfully low bar to clear.
If Rand Paul wants to criticize President Obama on the NSA and domestic surveillance, he should have at it. There’s plenty to criticize, and Paul isn’t alone. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. Martin Luther King, Barack Obama and Muhammad Ali are all black men who fought and struggled to make this country a better place. Do any of you think that Rand Paul, were he an adult in 1964, would have been standing with Martin Luther King instead of with Barry Goldwater, who ran for president in that year on a platform that opposed the Civil Rights Act? Rand Paul’s contemporary arguments against that law parrot those of Goldwater, so we know exactly where and with whom Paul would have stood.
Barack Obama has a lot to answer for when it comes to the NSA. However, the president certainly does not have to answer to Rand Paul when it comes to whether he is black enough.


"Power Of The Pen" In The Hands Of A Leader

In Barack Obama, Clinton, George w. Bush, GOP, GOP Obstruction, Rand Paul, Reagan on January 31, 2014 at 12:39 PM

If the signatures are hard to discern and you find it hard to follow which president was in office when, the following graphic from TPM visualizes current GOP “Derangement Syndrome” As phony as a three dollar bill.

New playbook talking point: “Obama as Dictator?”

executive orders

A president works for the good of the nation and obstructionist ideologues work against him.  

 ” I will go it alone.” The 34:45 minute – 34:55 minute mark and reoccurring throughout the speech.

Since the GOP seems to throw Rand Paul at every Obama public appearance, we thought we would focus on his response to the SOTU. Chris Matthews, Joy Ann Reid and former RNC Chair Michael Steele discuss GOP responses to the SOTU. Paul’s response is of particular interest because he is visible with each and every opportunity to respond to the president.  You would think the GOP would offer up a far more intellectually gifted  and credible “rebuttal” spokesperson. 

The need to “go it alone,” thus leaving an obstructing party holding a dangling rope. 

Let’s take a look at close and specific look at how Reagan, Clinton and Bush W. dealt with “constitutional authority” as spoken by Steele.  

Administration of Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)

Disposition of Executive orders signed by President Ronald Reagan:

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  • 1981 – E.O. 12287 – E.O. 12336 (50 Executive orders signed)
  • 1982 – E.O. 12337 – E.O. 12399 (63 Executive orders signed)
  • 1983 – E.O. 12400 – E.O. 12456 (57 Executive orders signed)
  • 1984 – E.O. 12457 – E.O. 12497 (41 Executive orders signed)
  • 1985 – E.O. 12498 – E.O. 12542 (45 Executive orders signed)
  • 1986 – E.O. 12543 – E.O. 12579 (37 Executive orders signed)
  • 1987 – E.O. 12580 – E.O. 12622 (43 Executive orders signed)
  • 1988 – E.O. 12623 – E.O. 12662 (40 Executive orders signed)
  • 1989 – E.O. 12663 – E.O. 12667 (5 Executive orders signed)

381 Total Executive Orders Issued
NOTE: The total number of Executive orders issued for each administration includes number-and-letter designated orders, such as 9577-A, 9616-A, etc.

Administration of William J. Clinton (1993-2001)

Disposition of Executive orders signed by President William J. Clinton:
  • Subject Index
  • 2001 – E.O. 13186 – E.O. 13197 (12 Executive orders issued)
  • 2000 – E.O. 13145 – E.O. 13185 (41 Executive orders issued)
  • 1999 – E.O. 13110 – E.O. 13144 (35 Executive orders issued)
  • 1998 – E.O. 13072 – E.O. 13109 (38 Executive orders issued)
  • 1997 – E.O. 13034 – E.O. 13071 (38 Executive orders issued)
  • 1996 – E.O. 12985 – E.O. 13033 (49 Executive orders issued)
  • 1995 – E.O. 12945 – E.O. 12984 (40 Executive orders issued)
  • 1994 – E.O. 12891 – E.O. 12944 (54 Executive orders issued)
  • 1993 – E.O. 12834 – E.O. 12890 (57 Executive orders issued)

364 Total Executive Orders Issued
NOTE: The total number of Executive orders issued for each administration includes number-and-letter designated orders, such as 9577-A, 9616-A, etc.

Administration of George W. Bush (2001-2009)

Disposition of Executive orders signed by President George W. Bush:
  • Subject Index
  • 2009 – E.O. 13484 – E.O. 13488 (5 Executive orders issued)
  • 2008 – E.O. 13454 – E.O. 13483 (30 Executive orders issued)
  • 2007 – E.O. 13422 – E.O. 13453 (32 Executive orders issued)
  • 2006 – E.O. 13395 – E.O. 13421 (27 Executive orders issued)
  • 2005 – E.O. 13369 – E.O. 13394 (26 Executive orders issued)
  • 2004 – E.O. 13324 – E.O. 13368 (45 Executive orders issued)
  • 2003 – E.O. 13283 – E.O. 13323 (41 Executive orders issued)
  • 2002 – E.O. 13252 – E.O. 13282 (31 Executive orders issued)
  • 2001 – E.O. 13198 – E.O. 13251 (54 Executive orders issued)

291 Total Executive orders Issued
NOTE: The total number of Executive orders issued for each administration includes number-and-letter designated orders, such as 9577-A, 9616-A, etc.

Administration of Barack Obama (2009-Present)

Disposition of Executive orders signed by President Barack Obama:
  • Subject Index
  • 2009 – E.O. 13489 – E.O. 13527 (39 Executive orders issued)
  • 2010 – E.O. 13528 – E.O. 13562 (35 Executive orders issued)
  • 2011 – E.O. 13563 – E.O. 13596 (34 Executive orders issued)
  • 2012 – E.O. 13597 – E.O. 13635 (39 Executive orders issued)
  • 2013 – E.O. 13636 – E.O. 13655 (20 Executive orders issued)

167 Total Executive orders Issued
NOTE: The total number of Executive orders issued for each administration includes number-and-letter designated orders, such as 9577-A, 9616-A, etc.

If you have a few more minutes, take a look at President Obama’s EOs during 2013. Linked title below.

In 2013, Barack Obama published 21 executive orders, from EO 13635 through EO 13655.
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Source document: Forward Progressives 

The Truth About Executive Orders Republicans Won’t Like Seeing

Obamacare: Moving Away From The October Rollout

In Barack Obama on January 3, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Within the week, I experienced what seems a common occurrence. While interacting with an auto mechanic (close friend), the topic moved to his foreign born wife and child, and issues regarding healthcare.  
My knowledge of my friend has always included awareness of his political leanings as he often has a radio playing in his garage. The radio after the election of Barack Obama to the presidency, moved from various music genres to talk radio. If you are a high information person (a “HIPPER” Vs a LIV Low Information Voter) you know that means. His listening preference had moved to the Dana Loesch Show and deep ebbs of flows to anti-Democrat, anti-progressive and anti-Obama rhetoric on a daily basis. 
The conversation led to a comment about how healthcare reform had been “botched.” While, I agreed with the inept and discombobulated roll-out,  I was not accepting of additional indictments of the ACA. My impatience was fueled to strike like a rattlesnake within close proximity striking distance, buoyed by effective improvements of the ACA website.
After another inane and non-supportive common, the epiphany hit. After his comment about how the Democrats “shut-out” the Republicans in developing the law, and receiving a quick lesson in GOP obstruction, the conversation led to a telling revelation. While delivering a quick run-through on various benefits of the ACA, I noticed he was unaware of a key component of the law.  He did not seem to be well schooled on the horrors of reaching the common insurance industry $1,000,000 life-time maximum. Of course, ACA benefits would escape the friend as the media he assimilates over an eight-hour period each workday is Right-wing radio.
The quick quasi-political conservation ended with a quick agreement that the US Congress is lost and ineffective as governing body. We managed to avoid direct conversation about the president. Heck, I need my beloved mechanic and close friend.
As we move away from the troubled ACA website through over 1,000,000 enrollments since the end of November, we thought it would be good to embed an MSNBC ACA update.
Regardless of problems with an internet roll-out, anyone who attempts to argue the ACA is not good of the United States has an agenda paradigm to hate “all things Obama”, a person who cares nothing about people who do not have some form of medical coverage, or the person benefits from staunch opposition to the ACA. In either case, the person is uncharacteristically inhumane and probably has voted GOP most of their adult life.

Mario Piperni Answers Email (The TPI Agrees and Posits )

In Barack Obama, Democrats, Mario Piperni Dot Com, Milt Shook, The PCTC BLOG on January 3, 2014 at 3:33 PM

And a political year starts!

Our first 2014 re-blog from Mario Piperni Dot Com.  Thank you Mario for the partnership……And we at teh TPI wholeheartedly agrees with every word keyboarded by Mario. 

If I may posit just a bit before the Pipneri piece.
We grew so very weary of Bush/Cheney, we looked back a Reagan, we see the vile nature of the GOP and we wanted change. We wanted it quickly and completely. Candidate Obama promised “Change” and in may ways got just that, but in many other ways we sit and watch as concerted strategy from the GOP to stifled all things progressive have for the most part worked. Not only has pure obstruction worked, it has soiled the minds of progressives.

Our bureaucratic government and dangerous times have not helped with what some would call perception to the archetypal Democrat. 

Imagine going through the post election White House briefings and finding-out that Bush/Cheney had perpetrated wars via hidden budgets that contributed greatly to our deficits. Imagine learning the extent of the threats from enemies of the state who had waged war on the nation, and finding-out the inner workings of the ever-present danger. Imagine taking over a White House with a Congress laden with just enough Blue Dog democrats to even think of pushing a real Democratic agenda. For that matter, imagine taking office with an economic abyss called a 2nd Great Depression leering around very corner the White House.

Think of looking back at the early days of the first term and realizing the , High-road, turn-the-other check, staff you sworn into office would fail you. They failed not due to incompetence, they literally underestimated (as have we all) the extent of hatred and political malfeasance to come from the GOP. I personally recall sharing a email communication about Sarah Plain and comments she made regarding Obama winning the nomination to Obama’s team. I received a communication back from David Axelrod that Barack Obama, he and others would be taking the high-road and focusing on the business of governance in an inclusive manner. Well, it took less than two years for the “White House staff to specifically ask people to share email and Facebook claims about the  Administration.   

They found-out just how vile the Right would carry themselves. There are no more ‘high-road notes from the White House back to the public. We also notice most of those early advisers left before the Administration end of the first term. 
Of equal or possibly more importance, and despite protestation to the contrary, imagine being the first African-American President of the United States. Imagine the reality when it hits… you cannot lead as has others. You cannot work with specific constituency for fear of riling the Right as was the case with the improper arrest of Louis Gates and subsequent “Beer-gate.” (what a farce when Obama was absolutely correct.)  Of particular note the president bothered to speak out about the Trayvon Martin murder. We continue to hear flak from the Right about the president’s heartfelt and very apropos message tot eh nation. We carefully worded the previous sentences based on clear evidence, significant number of Americans hold Obama to a standard (a false standard based on an infestation social malignancy by millions) than his predecessors. After, knowing it would be a tough road to navigate and accepting the challenge, imagine the level of blindside when reality hits. Yes, we often hear, “Oh do not hit me with the racial poppy-cock, we elected him!” Yes, and many voted for Obama based on the woefully sad candidates nominated or the other side.  He may have been the lesser of two evils for many and we suspect so as so  many quickly turned (coat) and signed-on as members of the Fox News battalions. I often think of life in the US under McCain/Palin or Romney/Ryan Administrations. A dire thought to put it mildly!
Finally, imagine the prospect of the public disdain or the IRS “alleged” scandal and the coverage from the media. The core reality of the issue was, the fulfillment of investigating the proliferation of tax-exempt “cover groups” was not as portrayed and was carried out more evenly than initially reported. Two additional factors: the Rights tendency to adopt pseudo-patriotic organization names (to facilitate contributions) backfired and slowed the approval process. Also, not one organization was denied tax exempt status. The president takes a hit for that as the buck stops at the top.
We know that Drone warfare has riled the Left to a level of unfathomable as it appears to stand against all things progressive. We will not commit on the drone warfare, basically because we do not see viable options to fight an enemy that literally immerse in urban environments to level what we once called guerrilla tactics. 
Lest we forget the business of the Affordable Care Act and its roll-out. Yes, We liberals wanted universal single payer bill; it was not going to happen and it did not happen. The roll out? Yes, terribly mismanaged and questions remains about the appointment of Sibelius to the HHS leadership position. But, that is behind us and we must work to get young people enrolled in that only health care reform we have.   
Of course, there are many reason some on the Left have grown to find Obama and the Democratic Party somewhat contemptible. We have addressed only a couple issues that we consistently hear regarding the Administration. Those same naysayers avoid even the slightest consideration of the 225 Accomplishments documented and cited by Milt Shook, The PCTC Blog, and other archivists. While it is not the most solid of positions, those naysayers also fail to realize the extent to which the nation has prospered via the non-election of GOP presidential candidates over the past five years.  

We truly hope our friend Mario Piperni doesn’t mind our joining in introduction of his first piece of 2014.  It is a serious matter and the American tendency to think short-term and very much at the surface level is failing us in far more ways than we currently know.  It is also a tendency that is fed by right-wing media and we will very successfully.

Mario Pipeni Dot Com

Finding Me on Bartcop or Obama is a Fraud

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After a 2 week hiatus, it’s time to ease back into regular posting and I thought I’d start with publishing an interesting email I received yesterday. A gentleman named Neil, wrote me to both praise my work (thank you, Neil) and to express his complete disappointment in President Obama and the Democratic Party.
In a letter titled I Found you on Bartcop, Neil wrote:
I find your work brilliant, the best slamming of the Rethugs on the Internet.Unfortunately you, like Bartcop, believe that the Dems are the solution, and not, truthfully, part of the problem.
I voted for Obama once, but now I consider him a war criminal, and a fraud. I live in Mass, so I can vote for one of the few Dems with integrity, Elizabeth Warren, but I would have preferred that she had run as an Independent (like Bernie Sanders, Angus King) so that she doesn’t end up corrupted like most of the rest of the Dems.
Bartcop is the most partisan of Dems, even as every other paragraph of a posting is usually expressing frustration about the Dems.
Anyway, as I said, love your work. If you ever take a critical look at the Dems also, I’d contribute. But personally I have written the Dems off. I’m on SS and some of them, like Obama, are trying to do the “grand bargain” and cut what little I have and deserve for a life time of hard work. He’s a fraud. good luck, nice kids, work for their future.
I hear you, Neil, and I’m sure you’re not alone among liberals and progressives in feeling disappointment and a sense of betrayal by some of the actions of the President and Dems in Congress. In a more perfect world, I suppose, there would be no American troops in either Iraq or Afghanistan, Guantanamo would be closed, tax rates for the top 2 percent would be higher, implementation of a true universal health care system with a single payer system would be in place, comprehensive immigration reform legislation would be enacted, marriage equality in all 50 states would be a reality, the country’s infrastructure woes would be addressed as would the undeniable dangers imposed by climate change. These and every other item on progressive’s wish list would either have been dealt with in the last five years or be in the process of being dealt with, except that…
we don’t live in a perfect world, and…
democracy tends to get a little messy most of the time and…
getting everything you want is not a realistic goal even when you’ve won the White House and half of Congress in consecutive national elections, and…
Democrats are dealing with the most reckless, hostile opposition in the history of the United States.
That’s the reality, Neil. While criticism and frustration has been expressed by liberals and progressives toward some of President Obama’s policies, there’s not a hell of a lot of room to criticize a man who is trying to govern in what has to be described as the most obstructionist environment a president has ever found himself in. When forced to deal with an opposition who has made ‘compromise’ a 4-letter word and Republican policy is being dictated by a couple of billionaire brothers, Fox News, conservative hate radio and a small group of crazy, delusional baggers operating in an 18th century mindset, what did you expect?
Here’s the question I ask: If not the Democratic Party, then who? Imagine what the last five years would have been like if John McCain had won back in 2008. Troops would still be firmly entrenched in Iraq and Afghanistan and Americans would most likely be fighting a war in Iran. Or imagine a country with a President Mitt Romney and the type of “compassion”  and “understanding” he’s shown for the poor and middle class. Imagine that, Neil, and tell me who you’d rather have in the White House.
I love Bernie Sanders and most of the principles he stands for and American politics needs all the Bernie Sanders they can get…but, here’s the thing; Bernie Sanders will never be president of the United States. Never, and that’s because as much as you believe in the thoughts and principles that guide your thinking, at least one half of the country disagrees with you and Bernie Sanders. And while that same half would possibly be willing to cast a vote for a more moderate liberal, they would never vote for someone as far to the left of the political spectrum as Bernie Sanders.
That said, I’m not suggesting that you and other progressives don’t hold Dems feet to the fire and demand that they do the best they can in pushing for a liberal agenda – after all, that’s what elections are for. But let’s not forget what’s happening out there. For every good intention that Barack Obama might have, he can’t do it alone. He needs the support of Congress to get things done and sometimes, reality dictates that you take what you can and live to fight another day.
Finally, Neil, what you interpret as fraudulent behavior on the part of President Obama is, I believe, pragmatism coming from a president who is forced to operate in a world of complexity and nuance we can only begin to imagine.
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ACA Enrollment Pace Is Up! (UPDATE 12.25 – 12/31 Enrollments)

In Barack Obama, Obamacare on December 28, 2013 at 11:10 PM

GOP members of Congress, surrogates and pundits are conspicuously silent about the ACA. Of course, we continue to hear dire predictions about “ObamaCare” from Right-wing Media (Fox News et al) and on occasion for the more zany in the party (Palin, etc), yet the party has moved on to other issues. Paul Ryan intimated a few weeks back the GOP would wreck the US economy over issues related to the debt ceiling.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will one day settle into US History with full accolades to President Obama and the Democratic Party. The ACA website, after weeks of emergency development, is reported to have reached full functionality. The White House is expressing confidence about site utility and performance; we remain cautious as any website is susceptible to malfunction and, frankly, susceptible to Right-wing terrorist attacks against health care reform. 

Malfunctions or website terrorist attacks aside, enrollment has spiked during the month of December. ACA website rework was accomplished around November 30th. Increased opportunity for enrollment via the website has led to ACA watchers suggesting the December deadline for January 1, coverage and anticipated interest from the under insured or non-insured are contributing to the enrollment spike. We would be serious remiss if we did not acknowledge another indicator of increased enrollment numbers.

Let’s that a look at ACA enrollment data from a person who uses the pseudonym of Brainwrap. We will admit the developers brain has to be wrapped around an affinity for data and charts; his work is without equal. Even the very “chart-geek” Ezra Klein has linked to Brainwrap’s spreadsheet and charts.

(NOTE: We realize the following require a bit of concentration and a willingness grasp a non media view of the ACA experience. You can watch CNN and Fox with their daily “disappointment” updates, or you can help spread the word for the good of the national. In order to spread the word, we have to invest a bit of time and effort as high information people.)

ACA Pivate Enrollments Pass 228,000; over 950,000 with Medicaid/SCHIP

by  on NOVEMBER 26, 2013 in OBAMACARE
(Brainwrap’s spreadsheet linked)

Since the day that the ACA (aka Obamacare) health insurance exchanges launched on October 1st, I’ve been tracking the number of applications, enrollments and Medicaid/SCHIP expansion signups at Obviously the first few weeks were, shall we say, rocky. In addition to the now infamous website problems, reporting on the numbers was all over the map as well, with many “serious” journalists confusing “accounts created” with “applications started”, “applications completed”, “plans selected” and so on. 

In addition, many sources confused private exchange enrollments with Medicaid/SCHIP expansion enrollments. Both numbers are important, of course, because each represents people who either didn’t have any healthcare coverage before at all or had crappy coverage (in a few cases, such as myself, they have a decent plan but one which needs a few tweaks to be compliant with the law). 

In any event, just as the Healthcare.Gov website has been majorly modified and improved, so too has (aka, if you’d prefer). All numbers since the first official HHS report was released (which gave the true numbers through 11/2/13) are fully sourced are now separated out by actual private exchange enrollments and Medicaid/SCHIP enrollments for the individual states. 

In addition, I’ve added graphical charts showing both the ACA Private Exchange enrollments as well as a comparison against the Massachusetts enrollment pattern of 2007.
..…….here’s the latest figures as of Monday, Nov. 25:
Total Exchange ENROLLMENTS: 228,578
Total Medicaid/SCHIP Expansion: 728,210
Total Combined: 956,788

Obamacare Friday Update: 430K 

Private Enrollments; 1.6 Million 


A couple of weeks ago I posted a detailed analysis of how Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) enrollments are going so far. Starting today, every Friday I’ll be posting updated numbers here at Eclectablog. Full details can be viewed daily at

Roughly 27,000 Americans signed up for insurance on the federal exchange on Tuesday, according to internal figures, bringing the site’s three-day enrollment total to 56,000. That figure is more than double the number who enrolled online in the entire month of October, which was almost 27,000.

Needless to say, I’ve been scrambling to bring the spreadsheet up to speed this morning:

Read more via title above 

Obamacare Friday Update: 680K Private, 2.5M Total & Rising FAST

A couple of weeks ago I posted a detailed analysis of how Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) enrollments are going so far. Starting today, every Friday I’ll be posting updated numbers here at Eclectablog. Full details can be viewed daily at
In a comment from a Mother Jones article about Obamacare enrollments, I received the highest praise I could ever hope for:

“During the ’12 election, I compulsively consulted…Now I compulsively consult”

I’m honored beyond words.
I’m also extremely happy to report that thanks to California finally updating their official numbers (partly spoiled by yesterday’s November HHS Report), the official tally has shattered through the 600K mark, and now stands at:
Private Plan Enrollments: 679,743

Medicaid/SCHIP Expansion: 1,829,180

Total: 2,508,923 
Meanwhile, check out the trend/projection line, which has jumped from around 3.7 million up to around 4.2 million by 3/31/14.

 This is both bad and good. The bad news is that the CBO projection for the end of the enrollment period–which was never declared a “requirement for success” by the HHS Dept. but which has, nonetheless, become etched in stone to the media and public at large as being a “must achieve” figure–is 7 million private plan enrollments, leaving the ACA exchanges 2.8 million short at this point.

Read more via title above 

ACA Enrollments through 12/10/13

Obamacare Signups Friday: 970K (or 1.3M) private enrollments; 3.3M Total

Every Friday I posting the latest enrollment figures for the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) here at Eclectablog. Full details can be viewed daily at 
This has been the craziest week yet for, and the past day or so, things went into overdrive. 
If November had an Obamacare surge, consider this the December deluge. California averaged 15,000 daily enrollments early last week, about double the sign-ups the state had in early December. New York is now seeing about 4,500 residents choosing plans each day and, in Connecticut, the number is hovering around 1,400.
Read more via title above 

December 26, 2013……(Spreadsheet)
Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) Signups/Applications (w/Medicaid Expansion)
by Brainwrap   •   If you’re having trouble viewing, try this link instead
IMPORTANT: Data prior to the 11/13/13 HHS Dept. report includes Applications; data after that only includes actual enrollments.

We anticipate official enrollment number from the White House in early January. Most writers and reporters indicated the pace of enrollment, if not stepped-up, will fall shy of the artificially set Seven million enrolled by March 31, 2014. 
The Congressional Budget Office prediction of seven million enrollees by march 31, is important, and may be elusive. Health and Human Services have moved attention to the demographic mix of enrollees vs. ‘raw numbers’ of enrollees.

CBS News

In mid-December, a Health and Human Services Official insisted the agency is “on track” to meet its 7 million enrollment goal and expects most people to sign up at the end of the open enrollment period. At the same time, the administration has shifted the focus from the raw enrollment figures to the demographic makeup of the marketplace. 

“What we need is the right mix of individuals in these individual exchanges,” White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters in mid-December. “My point is, you can’t evaluate the success or failure of the Affordable Care Act based solely on the number of people who sign up all across the country. What you should do to evaluate the success of the program is to consider the mix of people who have signed up in each of the individual marketplaces.” 

So far, the administration hasn’t released any demographic information about Obamacare enrollees. 

The correct “mix” includes a sufficient portion of younger, healthier people — a portion equal to their representation in the overall pool of potential individual market enrollees. That would mean about 40 percent of the market should be younger, healthier enrollees; in a market of 7 million, that’s 2.8 million. 

The concern has been that if only older, sicker people join Obamacare, the costs of covering that market would leader to higher premiums. That would, in turn, prompt even more healthy people to leave the market, leading to the dreaded “death spiral.” The death spiral is unlikely to happen in large part because of mechanisms built into the Affordable Care Act to prevent that. In fact, even if far fewer young, healthy people sign up than expected, the impact on the Obamacare markets would be relatively minimal, some argue.

All said, we are certain the Administration will be nothing shy of ecstatic if enrollments continue any where near the December pace.

Over the next few weeks, we will be watching Brainwrap’s developer as surely as night turns to day.


UPDATE: 12/25/2013 – 12/31/2013 Partial Data

Obama’s Lincoln Letter

In Barack Obama, Lincoln, The Daily GOP Ignominious on November 20, 2013 at 11:41 AM

A few minutes ago, I posted The Daily GOP Ignominious. The piece is about Right-wing demagoguery based in manipulation and ignorance (probably a good degree of both).

As part of the 150th Commemoration of the Gettysburg Address President Obama joined past presidents in reading versions of the most famous speech in US History. Obama was given the John Nicolay version, which excludes the words “Under God.” Well, if you know right-wing media, you know the rest of the story.

The Daily GOP Ignominious linked, here.>

It really should surprise no one President Obama takes seriously matters of historical significance. As the first President outside the “commonly accepted norm” (regarding race) anyone who underestimates his attention to his ethnicity and role as President, is driven by motive or is simply ignorant. Actually both mental processes are at play when haters think and speak about the president.  He has flaws as do we all, but he truly understands and respects the significance of his role as the nation’s Chief Executive.

While President Obama will never admit race as an undercurrent factor in his time in the Oval Office, we will not underestimate race/ethnicity as a major factor in the level, scope and extent of hatred focused o the 44th President of the United States of America.

Race, however, has never seemed to be a guiding consideration in his day-to-day accomplishment of his duties. We think the following think the following shows a focus on “the prize” as much as any public actions we can attribute to Barack Obama.


Obama’s letter is 272 words long — the same length as the Gettysburg Address.

View a transcript and photo of the letter below: 

In the evening, when Michelle and the girls have gone to bed, I sometimes walk down the hall to a room Abraham Lincoln used as his office. It contains an original copy of the Gettysburg Address, written in Lincoln’s own hand. 

I linger on these few words that have helped define our American experiment: “a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”   

Through the lines of weariness etched in his face, we know Lincoln grasped, perhaps more than anyone, the burdens required to give these words meaning. He knew that even a self evident truth was not self executing; that blood drawn by the lash was an affront to our ideals; that blood drawn by the sword was in painful service to those same ideals. 

He understood as well that our humble efforts, our individual ambitions, are ultimately not what matter; rather, it is through the accumulated toil and sacrifice of ordinary men and women — those like the soldiers who consecrated that battlefield — that this country is built, and freedom preserved. This quintessentially self made man, fierce in his belief in honest work and the striving spirit at the heart of America, believed that it falls to each generation, collectively, to share in that toil and sacrifice. 

Through cold war and world war, through industrial revolutions and technological transformations, through movements for civil rights and women’s rights and workers rights and gay rights, we have. At times, social and economic change have strained our union. But Lincoln’s words give us confidence that whatever trials avail us, this nation and the freedom we cherish can, and shall, prevail.


The letter sheds light on a president that is sincere, a deep thinker, and one who considers his role significant and in some ways more potentially dangerous that Lincoln’s time in the White House.

Obama’s Lincoln Letter (as we call it) will become part of US history, as will the overwhelming hatred focused on a president that most assuredly has roots in race.

Both are testimonials to American Exceptionalism!

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Palin Part II via Martin Bashir

In Barack Obama, Martin Bashir, The Daily GOP Ignominious, TPI, US debt, US slavery on November 15, 2013 at 6:07 PM


Martin Bashir “clears the air.” 

Earlier in the week we published about Sarah Palin’s excursions (for money) into using slavery as a metaphor in reference to the US Debt. We feel she should avoid references to US slavery (and slavery in general). As we developed the earlier piece we added a passage about slavery as an affinity endemic in conservative America. An affinity that coincided with the election of Barack Obama as 44th President of the United States of America.  We will leave past TPI screeds (on the topic) and nuances of GOP use of slavery as a metaphor to your thought processes.  Yet, we will challenge you to find examples of slavery as conservative ‘code.’ prior to Obama’s election. 

The metaphor as reality is particularly disgusting when it emanates from a veritable walking clodpoll. Any use of slavery to make a political point is, in my mind, comparable to mounting a white horse and leading a Confederate Army rebel yell charge against a Union Army cannon platoon. There is no good outcome beyond temporarily exciting those who blindly follow into the canon fire and exploding cannon balls. Once outside the scope of the metaphor’s impact on the frothing audience, the analogy stands for more intellectual scrutiny.

There are few who can intellectually destroy Palin’s ‘red meat” than MSNBC Martin Bashir.

As Bashir said, he could go one with one overseers book for a long time. The two examples Bashir broadcast indicate physical abuse associated with human bondage in Jamaica. I would imagine the institution of slavery has far more horrific stories. And, one should never underestimate the significance of slavery on the family of slaves and the long-term impact on a people in and out of slavery.

The topic is without doubt far more than comprehensible for a ‘gold-bricking” GOP idiot like Sarah Palin. I have visions of Palin falling out of a boat and being unable to hit the water in a lake. 

Her comments about slavery did not end her attack on human decency. She also attacked the Pope as she sat for CNN interview. Her comments were in response to a question about Pope Francis. 

It should be noted Palin has apologized for comments made in reference to Pope Francis.  Even, if you, as a reader are atheist or agnostic you have to find her comments completely off base, unnecessary, crass and gold-bricking. 

We feel that Sarah Palin is beyond any semblance of decency. Your support for Palin contributes to her crass actions and makes you an enabler. If gold-bricks like Palin have smaller or no audience, they are forced to find other means of extracting income from people. 

Richard Cohen: Bigot, Racist Or Poor Writer? [We can assume he is not a poor writer!]

In Barack Obama, General Mills, Kevin Phillips, Lee Atwater, Richard Cohen, Ronald Reagan, Ryan Grim, Sarah Palin, Trayvon Martin on November 13, 2013 at 8:46 PM

I have read images such as those posted below are offensive to one nationally know writer. 

  Michael Murray and Alyson West with their daughter, Alexandra. The Atlanta couple has created the popular Tumblr, in response to the hate stemming from a recent Cheerios ad. Jenn and Meadow of New York City.Gabriel, Dana and Beth of Atlanta. Richard, Kieran and Kamakshi of Rockville, Md.

The original Cheerios commercial that sparked a string of racist backlash for featuring an interracial couple with a biracial child.
Seriously, did you see anything about the images and video above that would make you “gag?”  

Allow a bit of sarcastic reality. 

The developers of the Cheerios commercial should be commended, the General Mills Vice President who refused to take-down the commercial once it hit media markets and took flak, should receive accolades.  You should know the innocent and carefully crafted 30 spot was developed to avoid any just about all opportunity to come across as offensive even to the nation’s bigots and racist.  

Of specific note, the black male is comfortable in another room well away from his white wife. There is no bedroom scene, no shred partial nudity, no touching (even innocent touching), certainly no kissing or even an embrace! Ah, the creativity from the highly compensated ad agency. Yes, we are aware the commercial was developed to depict family life, so some of my points above were actually flip (but relevant overall). Cheerios did not evade the ultimate American taboo for some Americans by avoiding the interracial family with white/black parents. A couple of well known companies (one surface coating products and one insurance company) developed interracial couples with the black female/Asian male coupling. Those commercials received no noticeable angst among the nations racists. Cheerios (General Mills) caught hell from a moderate number of racist because they took their coupling to the more common (generally accepted) coupling of white/black interracial couples. 
For some, race in America is more an issue than national security. 

Apparently, one well published writer for the Washington Post finds the following image repulsive (my word). He even went beyond race in his fiery screed;  he attacked the newly elected New York mayor’s wife!

We realize there are millions in the United States who would not hesitate to join Richard Cohen in his state of “gagging repulsion,” but we wonder about his brash openness. Most racist (or the more intelligent racist) continue to mask their deprived social and psychological state. The majority of racists no longer use the Ante-Bellum/Jim Crow garb more commonly associated with overt racist. They lurk on the internet or they attend events generally reserved for conservatives or republicans. It is rarity to find a nationally known writer for a national publication come out of his closet, and he is doing it more frequently. 


Cohen’s remarks published in the Washington Post. Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan. 

Mr. Cohen’s column today centers on the prospects that various Republican contenders for the 2016 presidential nomination may have in the Iowa caucus. Iowa, Cohen notes, is a conservative state, which may pose a challenge for Republicans perceived as moderate.
Then, out of nowhere, comes this paragraph, which we have bolded for ease of reading:
Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled — about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all.
I… I… think, perhaps, that even in the most generous of interpretations, that could have been… more clearly stated?
Cohen has verged on revealing a deep hatred of African-Americans in the past and very much equally public. The following is an excerpt from a Cohen article related to the murder of Trayvon Martin. Another shameful example of his twisted mind and keyboarding skills follows via Gawker:

Not every columnist would look at the death of an unarmed 17-year-old black kid, shot after he was racially profiled, as an occasion to write a column about how all black teenagers deserve to be racially profiled. But the Washington Post‘s Richard Cohen is a very special columnist. The killing of Trayvon Martin, Cohen writes, is
a quintessentially American tragedy — the death of a young man understandably suspected because he was black and tragically dead for the same reason.

I noticed while researching this piece, some writers refuse to label Cohen’s acts as they are: unadulterated racism without questions. Let’s define “racism” against the more commonly used (and softer) word: bigot.



 noun \ˈbi-gət\
: a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person; especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group)


 noun \ˈrā-ˌsi-zəm also –ˌshi-\

: poor treatment of or violence against people because 
of their race
: the belief that some races of people are better than 
Full Definition of RACISM

:  a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
:  racial prejudice or discrimination

Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim and Katherine Fung published a piece earlier today reporting Cohen’s aversion to being called a racist. The piece reads like a Cohen crafted satire. (Of course, Cohen does not write satire). He indicates he was speaking from a perspective of the Tea Party. Cohen made the assertion (or claim) and immediately indicated all Tea Partiers are not racist as some are black. Surely, Cohen has writing skills commensurate with use of writing constructs that could have avoided what he claims as some sort of metaphorical writing.

We have posted a short deck from the HuffPo piece. The full article almost reads like a Sarah Palin interview: convoluted, irrational and strikingly weak deflection. The authors of the piece performed admirably in reporting the utterances of a writer who I feel got caught hanging his robe and hood in the closet.

Huff Po

Richard Cohen says that his latest piece was not intended to be and shouldn’t be read as racist. 
“The word racist is truly hurtful,” he told The Huffington Post on Tuesday. “It’s not who I am. It’s not who I ever was. It’s just not fair. It’s just not right.” 
The Washington Post columnist came under fire on Tuesday for writing that “people with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children.” He insisted that he was expressing the views of some people within the Tea Party and not his own. 
“I didn’t write one line, I wrote a column,” Cohen said. “The column is about Tea Party extremism and I was not expressing my views, I was expressing the views of what I think some people in the Tea Party held.”

Well, Cohen speaks! As I read the excerpt I could think of nothing beyond the posted words related the killing of Trayvon Martin. After thinking even more about his comments related to Martins killing, I do not wish to read his article. The Daily Beast published about Cohen’s deflection, here.

While I remain committed to my belief that the nation’s “It is OK to be a bigot” emanates from Kevin Phillips, Lee Atwater and Ronald Reagan, it is amazing the manifestation of overt racism since Barack Obama assumed the presidency.  I make no pretense to know Cohens ethni/relgious background, nor do I have insight into his DNA.  However, I have a suspicions. Of all writers he should be cognizant of the horrors of racism. He writes about the hurt in being called a racist. Well, I find Mr. Cohen is not very self-observant or personally reflective.  
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