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Week of 5/1-5/7- 2009
Weekly Intelligence Report
scan the quick review
define the fundamental issues that
divide 'left' from 'right', else peace can
never be found..america needs peace
shapes SCOTUS debate
Obama's Climate Control Policies may have met delays, advances in
Obama's National Service programs strengthen Obama's base, the
ongoing struggle with the Gitmo enhanced interrrogation controversy
remains a vasciating point as Obama moves to protect his
administration from future proescutions while not appearing to
sanction torture, and finally, the upcoming Supreme Court nomination
may have an easy go in the Senate.
President Obama on latest job numbers- 5-7-9
This week is a mixed bag for Obama, with victories and setbacks,
dominated by the ever-emerging question: How much government is too
much? How much government is too little?
House Dem fires warning shot to Obama on war –
San Francisco Chronicle
"Chris Dodd Dismisses Another Budding Scandal – CTVoter2010’s blog -
Murtha's nephew received
$4 million defense no-bid congtracts
Nancy Pelosi original explanation on waterboarding
Pelosi and Murtha had very bad weeks, Chris Dodd's world continues to be
bleak, House Dems challenge Obama's War Policies.
While the Dems enjoy almost complete dominance (pending the
Coleman-Franken resuts), it seems that a schism is quietly forming
within the democratic party, largely regarding two main issues- the
rights of states and the prosecution of the war. None of these schisms
seem to be major, but should the war become a harder grind, should Obama
ask for more war dollars, more troops, the war schism will grow. As for
the states rights issues, these are largely southern dems who ran as
'moderates'. The question for them is this: what hurts more,
contradicting a popular President or alienating a key voting block, the
so-called middle (especially the South's version of the middle).
My oped in WallStreetJournal -GOP must build our party around
principles of freedom
The republican party is going through a massive upheaval, as is
obvious to any casual observer. It is trying to reconcile the need to broaden
its appeal while not alienating its core base. Arguments over a need for
leaders, a need for new ideas, a need to return to core values reveal that there
is no central power within the republican party, but rather 3 or 4 power bases,
none of which can agree to work with one another, the Mccainiacs (the so-called
moderates), the Palin Conservatives, the old GOP guard (The Romney folks), the
young representatives (led by people like Congressman Paul Ryan), and the salty
conservatives (constitution-issue people).
A charismatic leader can bring parties together, but that unity will
not transcend the leader. The republican party is a party at war with itself,
questioning its very reason for existence.
Political News Summary:
The Dems are almost as divided as the republicans, but success is a
balm over such growing gulfs. The republicans are throwing out a different 'new
idea' every week, going on 'listening tours' and repackaging Gingrich's Contract
With America. What may be happening is that BOTH parties are losing their
Remove BHO from the dems and they have Pelosi-Reid leading them. I
bet that Pelosi and Reid couldn't sell Obamacare. BHO is his own party.
BHO is the only popular political incumbent at the national scene.
In a sense, his popularity conceals the true depth of disenfranchisement across
the country, from the left AND the right, for seemingly very different reasons,
but one core similarity: a perception, real or imagined, that the people you
elected to carry out your worldview are failing to represent you.
Again, remove Obama and there is no national political leader left,
at present, who has positive approval ratings.
This has been a week of republican irrelevancy and democratic
missteps overshadowed by the continued popularity of BHO. As long as he remains
popular, the ineptness of the rest of Congress (all members collectively- and
some exclusively) won't become an impediment to BHO completing the experiment we
Did White House threaten Chrysler creditors?
Dissident Chrysler lenders step up opposition
Hedge Funds Outraged At Obama
Bullying But Also Cowering In Fear
This is something that the Obama administration must focus on, the
increasing accusations that first the Bush Admin, and then the Obama
admin continuing, illegally intimidated companies to go along with
the Federal Plan.
The settlement plan for Chrysler will also attract further scrutiny
on Obama's union connections. Coupled with the involvement of
leaders from such groups as Acorn and Americorp in divying up the
monies for Obama's national service agenda may also connect Obama,
fairly or not, with Acorn, even as it faces more charges across the
nation of vote fraud.
BHO will somehow need to separate himself from Acorn without
alienating many of his strongest supporters who also support Acorn,
Conservative exploitation of the Acorn issue is sure to continue.
Perhaps if Obama could make the awarding of monies to nonprofit
groups transparently nonpartisan then the Acorn issue will have no
As the weeks unfold, progressives will undoubtedly search for
examples of conservatives in power giving away political booty (such
as conservatives accuse Obama of doing through his "social
innovation fund"), so conservatives should check their history
before they rush to the martyr's square.
What we have to ask ourselves is this- do we believe this is a
natural consequence of winning elections or do we not want our
government using tax dollars to reward the people who brought you to
This is not as simple a question as it appears on its face.
Elections do have consequences, and no matter how hard we try just
the natual tendency to associate with like-minded people will create
a de facto preference system that rewards your politicos.
Voters will have to decide where the line exists between the natural
selection process of like-minded people and payoffs for future
From Rachel Maddow- don't ask, don't tell challenged- start at 1:30
PA-Sen: Specter Crushes Toomey as Democrat, but Ridge is Close:
Specter against key part of health care reform plan:
Specter cancer research site is
a campaign fundraising tool.
Arlen Specter says he wants GOPer
Norm Coleman to win his Senate seat back.
How to file an FEC complaint against
"Specter for the Cure:"
Arlen Specter's switch to dem was one of the main streams of the
week. An emerging scandal involving his nonprofit "Specter for the
Cure" has flown largely under the radar, but no doubt the dems are
aware of this, and how it weakens Specter (which is why they felt
they could knock down his seniority and give him a meaningless chair
Tom Ridge bowing out of the PA Race before he ever got in creates an
interesting problem for the dems. If they go after Specter in the
primary, and lose, they lose for sure against Toomey. If they
support Specter from the start, they might very well win, but
they'll be stuck with Specter (the man without an animal- no decent
donkey or elephant would be seen with him). If they go after
Specter in the primaries, even if they win, their candidate will be
damaged. Specter fights hard and rough, and the dems know this very
Russian warship escorts first
commercial convoy off Somali coast:
Chambliss: No Money For Terrorist Relocation:
Ahmadinejad in new tirade against Israel…
Troops, militants locked in intense
Obama's Pakistan Nightmare
The Conflict in Sri Lanka:
A Cornered Tiger Is Still Deadly
What you need to know is that Pakistan is losing ground to the Taliban,
North Korea is becoming more bellicose, Russia is moving ships into the
Mideast region, poor nations are becoming poorer…in short…the trend
towards decentralization continues, even as world leaders are trying to
move towards greater centralization.
igeldard U.S. federal aid is
top revenue for states
Hate Crime Protection for Pedophiles
but No Protection for Military: Hate crime
Can the Re-launched
ACORN eligible for $8 Billion more in funding
The oddest tweet for me was the one about the states seeing their
greatest revenue come from the Federal government. This issue,
state's rights, is becoming increasingly the rising issue on both
sides of the political spectrum. It might very well be the
emergence of one of the fundamental contrasts that the competing
factions have, the power of states versus the power of the fed.
A last thought:
Controversy abounds about AG Eric Holder's idea of letting some
Gitmo detainees loose in America, maybe even give them aid. From
what we can gather, and we would want greater clarification, the
people in question, the Chinese wygers, are not terrorists in even
the remotest sense of the word. Sure, I don't want suspected
terrorists loose in our country, but I don't want to ostracize
people JUST for being 'picked up'.
This is an extremely dangerous precedent to accept. In truth, if,
after getting access to the hard core 'facts', this really is what
is appears, hapless, desperate men who were used by the taliban,
then THE right thing to do is to take these people in to America,
give them an opportunity to earn their citizenship (the way all
immigrants do..however that is), and…YES…..fund them to help get
If these men are who they seem, they have done nothing wrong but
want to live and to be free. We can do that for them, can't we?
We can't save the world, but circumstances brought these men to us.
We are responsible, not legally, but morally, to help lift these men
up…THAT is why America is so strong today.
We've made this our tweet of the week because we believe the Acorn
issue is one of the few vulnerabilities BHO has left. His
loyalty to others, such as handing the keys to Pelosi out of a sense
of loyalty, may be his one scotoma. If we were advising BHO,
we would tell him to get in front of this story before it slowly
crawls into the American conscience.
Pat Cadell on the first 100 days of BHO
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