Barack the miniature president.
I hope you also all ready saw Kat's "Kat's Korner: Talent breaks free, EMI suffers." That's a great review of Joss Stone's new album. I love that album, by the way. Make a point to check it out.
"Let It Bleed - The American Economy, Obama, The Debt Deal Scam, And The Panic That Never Came" (Hillary Is 44):
Today, after last week’s non-panic, the markets and the money men were expected to bail out the boob with a massive vote of confidence in the form of a stock market rally in the United States. But the money men abandoned little Barack in the same way his sperm donor father kept the stork and dumped the trash can baby:
“The blue-chip index tumbled almost 200 points from its session high this morning and is trading lower for the seventh-straight session.
The S&P 500 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq also declined. The S&P dipped below its 200-day moving average of 1284.34. The index has not closed below its 200-day moving average since September 10. The S&P is now down nearly 4.5 percent over the past 6 days. [snip]
“Unbeknownst to what many of our trusted lawmakers may like to believe, the poor readings on the economy are not exclusive to the debt drama,” Todd Schoenberger, managing director of LandColt Trading told CNBC. “If they woke up this morning thinking trading would be a cakewalk and investors would parade Congress on their shoulders as a result of this so-called deal, they are clearly mistaken.”
The dismal news follows the government’s first reading on GDP last Friday, which came in at an anemic 1.3 percent, raising fears of a double-dip ahead.
Schoenberger added that traders are preparing for a “horrendous” non-farm payroll report at the end of the week and are struggling to find hopeful signs that the economy is recovering.”
“When I say incompetent, he’s competent in getting elected and re-elected, but as far as running the country, he’s incompetent,” Trump said.”
Trump, partly echoing our assessment from years ago, is being generous. Obama is only interested in his own advancement – the country can bleed to death.
As Trump continues to state the obvious, we recall a certain Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting. At that meeting Congressman John Conyers strutted through the halls, cane in hand like a latter day Charlie Chaplin clown, and helped rob Hillary Clinton of delegates and gift Barack Obama the nomination. Now Conyers is a born again racist (by definition anyone who speaks ill of Obama is a racist).
“Everybody is criticizing Republicans, but guess what. Every Republican who is in the Congress was legitimately elected like all of us. That was a choice that voters made. Now whether they made it wisely or still stick to it remains to be seen. I say we’ve got to educate the American people at the same time we educate the President of the United States. Because, the Republicans, Speaker Boehner or Majority Leader Eric Cantor did not call for Social Security cuts in the budget deal. The President of the United States called for that.”
How did the vote go over at your work? When we heard it had passed the House and that Nancy had caved, people were enraged. (I live at C.I.'s, so I live in Nancy's district. A lot of people at work do as well.) And there was non-stop complaints about Barack.
In fact, today was probably the best day since he got elected because the bi-racial man was treated like any other politician. It can happen. He doesn't have to be praised and petted all the time.
He was treated like any other politician. White people didn't seem to have a problem but some of the Black people did. One older woman spoke really slowly at first but then gave me a wink and said, "He's a bastard. Literally. And the country will be so much better when he's out of office."
By the way, thank you for the very kind e-mails on Friday's post. And one person worried that my daughter might be embarrassed. She might be. She might not be. After I blog, she always asks, "Did you write about me?" If I say "yes," she always says, "Good." She never reads it but she does like to be written about. (Again, she's all girly-girl. I'm sorry, I don't care if it was a baseball or a basketball or, yes, a football or a soccer ball, I was not a girly-girl. All I wanted to do was play sports.)
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):
Nouri told the press he also presented a report on the status of Iraqi forces and that it was necessary for the US to remain as "trainers." While he stated that the extensions was up to Parliament, Dar Addustour is clear that Nouri stated that the US needed to remain as "trainers" with no qualifiers. Al Mada also catches this claim that the US remaining or not is up to Parliament and political blocs, on the one hand, while Nouri then states that the US military must remain in Iraq as "trainers" on the other hand. Raheem Salman and Ned Parker (Los Angeles Times) report Nouri made time today to announce that the purchase of "36 US fighter jets" was back on. This purchase would also require US troops to remain in Iraq. As with the helicopter contracts, the jet contract includes a training provision. They don't mention that part of the contract but it is in there. Dar Addustour notes he also made clear that despite his failure to win support Thursday on his plan to do away with the Electoral Commission, he plans to have his political slate (State of Law) bring it up again and he declared the Electoral Commission unconstitutional.
Parliamentary Security and Defence Commission submitted today its report on US bombardments in Babil and Misan provinces, according to field visits made by commission members.
The report proposed not allowing US forces to conduct any military without the knowledge or approval of Iraqi forces and allocating a judge with every military division.
It added that it is permissible for the US forces to conduct a military operation only in case of self-defence, as stipulated by the security agreement, in coordination with Iraqi forces and knowledge of local government.
As fighting intensifies between a Kurdish militia and the Iranian military along the Iraq-Iranian border, questions are being raised over whether the violence could affect Iran's imports into Kurdistan.
Iraq and the Kurdistan region remain heavily dependent on imports such as food and construction materials. Iran is second only to Turkey in exporting goods to Iraqi Kurdistan.
The Iranian-Kurdistan trade relationship is so crucial that even at the height of the recent border shelling, an Iranian trade delegation was meeting with members of Kurdistan's Import and Export Union in Sulaimani to discuss boosting trade deals.
Yet concerns are growing that skirmishes between the Kurdish rebel group Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) and the Iranian military could hurt business and economic interests in Iraqi Kurdistan.
On that conflict, the Tehran Times notes, "According to Iraqi newspaper Al-Sabah, in the last session of the Iraqi parliament, the security and defense committee compiled a report on the military operations carried out by the Islamic Revolution Guards corps against PJAK and reacted against Iran's operations, the Fars news agency reported on Sunday. The committee advised Iran to settle the conflict through diplomacy and respect the territorial integrity of Iraq."
The Free Union of Women (Christian) of Bethnahrain (Mesopotamia) in Kirkuk, northern Iraq, today held a conference focusing on "violence against women" in the great hall of the Chaldean cathedral. The event was attended by more than 100 Christian and Muslim women, along with personalities from the government and civil society. Ahead of the event, the Union carried out a survey on a thousand women in the city of Kirkuk to understand the incidence of phenomena of violence suffered in the past. The vast majority of respondents (88% of the total) said they had suffered some form - more or less serious - of violence and the tendency of continuous growth clearly emerged.
In alarming news, Walter Pincus (Washington Post) reports on another development, the US military is contracting/outsourcing with a private company (undetermined at presented) to train Nouri and his thugs in electronic eavesdropping: "The proposed system would allow Iraqi officials to monitor and store voice calls, data transmissions and text messages and would be installed with the acquiescence of the three current cellular communications providers in Iraq, according to documents accompanying the solicitation." Is this really technology to give a man who, when his political slate came in 2nd in the March 7th elections, refused to step down and demanded a recount and then accusses others of voter fraud. This is who is being given the ability to listen in on private conversations.
The big meet-up over the weekend wasn't. It has been repeatedly postponed but was supposed to be back on according to Dar Addustour which reports that the political blocs were supposed to meet today. Maybe they can discuss Iraq's territorial integrity? Iran continues shelling and possibly crossing into Iraq. Aswat al-Iraq reports that Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi (the Sunni vice president) has called out Iran's actions:
Hashimy said that Iraq's foreign policy "does not allow using Iraqi territories to undermine the security and stability of neighboring states, being a constant position by Iraq, but it won't allow neighboring states to do the same thing."
The Iraqi Vice-President, meanwhile, "has called on Iran to allow the Wand River and other rivers, stemming from Iran, to flow into Iraq," calling for the signing of a joint agreement to share the border rivers waters, in order to satisfy a suitable share for Iraq.
The Palestinian ambassador in Iraq, Daleel Al Qassous, stated that the situation of the Palestinian refugees in Iraq is the worst compared to any other place on earth, adding that the number of Palestinians in Iraq dropped from 35.000 before the US-led war to 22.000, and continued to decline to 7.000.
Al Qassous stated that the refugees in Iraq are being attacked for being Sunni Muslims, and for allegedly supporting the former Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein. He said that Iraqi leaders from different sects have being trying to ease the suffering of the refugees, and that he personally met with Sunni and Shiite leaders in the country in an attempt to find a solution to the crisis, and the ongoing assaults against Palestinian refugees in Iraq
Al Qassous also met with Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, spiritual reference and grand mufti for Shia Muslims all over the world.
"There are only 7.000 refugees in Iraq now, they are living in At-Tweija, Al Za'faraniyya, Al Doura and the city of Al Hurriyya", the ambassador stated, "They are living in extreme poverty due to high living costs and the lack of work, the UN provides some services to them but their situation is very miserable".
Dozens of attacks were carried out against the Palestinian refugees since the war on Iraq in 2003 leading to the death, injury and abduction of hundreds of refugees.
Turning to England, Saturday, Simon Walters (Daily Mail) broke the news that the upcoming report from the Iraq Inquiry is said to be damning for War Hawk Tony Blair:
The Mail on Sunday has been told that the former Prime Minister will be held to account on four main failings:
* Bogus claims that were made about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.
* Not telling the British public about his secret pledge with George Bush to go to war.
* Keeping the Cabinet in the dark by his 'sofa government' style.
*Failing to plan to avoid the post-war chaos in Iraq.
the washington post
the los angeles times
the daily mail