Daily Archives: September 10, 2010

Joke of the Day: John Bolton Considering a Presidential Run

This gave me a snicker this afternoon…
clipped from news.yahoo.com
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton says he’s considering a White House run.
President George W. Bush‘s top arms control official and later the nation’s top diplomat at the U.N., Bolton told Fox Business Network on Thursday that he is weighing a White House bid against President Barack Obama in 2012 because he feels national security has faded from the public debate.
“I am thinking about it because I think legitimate issues of national security should be more at the center of the national debate than they have been for the last two years,” said Bolton, who also worked for the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.
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Did you see this piece on Elizabeth Warren in The Hill?

If Obama names Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic base erupts like a volcano and votes…

By Brent Budowsky – 09/09/10 03:06 PM ET

Within hours and possibly minutes I expect the president will name Elizabeth Warren to lead the new consumer protection agency, and if he does, the Democratic base will erupt and turn out to vote in far greater numbers than any current poll suggests.

I could be wrong; Obama might give up at the last minute, which would be the last betrayal of the Democratic base and very possibly the death knell of the Democratic House of Representatives. But if he names Warren, the pundits be will amazed, astonished and flabbergasted by the lift this would give to the Democratic base and by the voter turnout that would follow.

If Obama names Warren, consumers would have the strongest possible friend fighting for them all day, every day, at a time of major consumer rip-offs and disastrous consumer confidence that would be lifted with the Warren selection.

If Obama names Warren, veterans and military families who have endured rip-offs and abuses would have the strongest possible friend with Elizabeth Warren.

If Obama names Warren, small business would have the strongest possible ally as she champions fair treatment by small business that has been a piñata being abused by large financial institutions.

If Obama names Warren, the momentum in the campaign would shift powerfully and immediately, with a rejuvenated Democratic base excited and fighting trim, ready to roll, ready to fight, ready to erupt with support that the selection of Warren would inspire.

Warren should be nominated through a recess appointment, not a nomination that would bring a unified Republican filibuster in the tired Kabuki dance that the American people, and the progressive base, have suffered from for far too long.

Read the rest of it HERE

Over at Mellow Moods setting up for broadcast…

…well, actually, John is setting up for broadcast… he knows how this all goes together, I don’t.

Phil is running around his little coffee shop like crazy setting up for his morning business…none of his employees are here yet. He’s putting out the coffee containers where we squirt our own fresh brew into his cups. Fresh coffee is the morning delight over here.

Customers are starting to come into the Mood and John has to run back to the station to get a multi-plug jack for the headsets. I guess I’ll be broadcasting while he tests the feed over there.

OK…show’s on…more later.

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Unconstitutional

…says Federal Judge in Riverside California.
Now maybe Obama will really get rid of it.
clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com
A federal judge on Thursday declared the U.S. military‘s ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional and said she will issue an order to stop the government from enforcing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy nationwide.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips said the ban violates the First and Fifth Amendment rights of gays and lesbians. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” prohibits the military from asking about the sexual orientation of service members but requires discharge of those who acknowledge being gay or are discovered engaging in homosexual activity, even in the privacy of their own homes off base.

In her ruling, Phillips said the policy doesn’t help military readiness and instead has a “direct and deleterious effect” on the armed services.
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