The first two are Cedric and Wally's joint-post. Then my post from last night. Wally and Cedric blogged about the same thing I did.
No, I wasn't ripped off. Ann made a point to note I'd blogged on it first because she's sweet and always trying to be fair.
But the three of us (Cedric, Wally and I) have been riffing on Barack being a girl for about two weeks now.
But it was really sweet of Ann to link to me from her Facebook. Thank you, Ann.
What wasn't really sweet was to learn that the Congress has yet again sold Americans out. Charlie Savage (NYT) reports:
Congressional leaders on Thursday reached a deal to extend by four years several statutes that expanded the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s counterterrorism and surveillance powers after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, aides said.
Under the deal, two sections of the so-called USA Patriot Act and a third provision from a related intelligence law would be extended, without any changes, until June 1, 2015. The provisions had been set to expire later this month.
Barack wanted it. The little princess got it. This is from Time magazine, "FactCheck: Promised to repeal Patriot Act, then voted for it. (Jan 2008)." He's such a hypocrite. Such a damn liar.
This is from Ted Rall's "If Right Made Might:"
"We're a nation of laws!" Obama exclaimed. "We don't let individuals make their own decisions about how the laws operate."
He wasn't talking about himself. This was about Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of supplying the big Defense Department data dump to Wikileaks. Manning has been subjected to torture, including sleep deprivation and forced nudity--treatment ordered by Obama.
U.S. officials do whatever they feel like and then dress up their brazenly illegal acts with perverse Orwellian propaganda.
"I authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice," Obama claimed, as if blowing away an unarmed man in a foreign country was the moral equivalent of filing an extradition request with the Pakistani government and putting him on trial. Justice is a legal process, not a military assault.
What if the United States really was a nation of laws? The news might look like this:
"Bipartisan demands for Congressional investigations into the assassination of alleged terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden escalated into demands for presidential impeachment after reports that U.S. forces, operating under orders from President Obama, invaded a sovereign nation without permission to carry out what House Speaker John Boehner called 'a mob-style hit.' Standing at Boehner's side, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi decried Obama's 'cowboy antics' and said she had received numerous phone calls from the relatives of 9/11 victims furious that true justice had been denied."
We got Bush III. That's what we got stuck with. Barack's nothing but a fraud.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"