POLITICAL: Obama signs huge spending bill and uses “signing statements” too


Obama backs pet projects and signs spending bill
By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer Philip Elliott, Associated Press Writer – Thu Mar 12, 1:41 am ET

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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama, sounding weary of criticism over federal earmarks, defended Congress’ pet projects Wednesday as he signed an “imperfect” $410 billion measure with thousands of examples. But he said the spending does need tighter restraint and listed guidelines to do it. Obama, accused of hypocrisy by Republicans for embracing billions of dollars of earmarks in the legislation, said they can be useful and noted that he has promised to curb, not eliminate them.

On another potentially controversial matter, the president also issued a “signing statement” with the bill, saying several of its provisions raised constitutional concerns and would be taken merely as suggestions. He has criticized President George W. Bush for often using such statements to claim the right to ignore portions of new laws, and on Monday he said his administration wouldn’t follow those issued by Bush unless authorized by the new attorney general.

White House officials have accused Bush of using the statements to get around Congress in pursuing anti-terror tactics.

Obama signed the bill in private, unlike a number of recent signings that took place with fanfare, but he raised the issue of earmarks in public remarks playing down their scope and possible harm in the measure.

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So let me see, all those campaign promises were just hot air.

And, we hide away from the cameras to sign it.

And, you sheeple think things were going to “CHANGE”? All you can do is “HOPE” it gets better.

He’s a Chicago hack that said anything to get elected. He’s 100% Socialist.

We can only hope that the American Electorate wakes up in the mid-term election and returns us to gridlock.


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TECHNOLOGY: Free utility turns windoze display 90 like kindle

Note the free downloadable utility that would allow the “pink elephant” to imitate a Kindle reader for books.

March 4, 2009 2:00 PM PST

Kindle, schmindle…I’ve got your $350 e-book reader right here


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JOBFINDING: Sergeant Schultz SF Bay CA knowledge of social networks

In the spirit of Sergeant Schultz as played by John Banner “I hear nothing, I see nothing, I know nothing!” “I know nothing, nothing! Nuthing at all.” I really have nothing to add!

All, I have a cool new opportunity for someone who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area (CA). If you or anyone else you know fits this description along with having good knowledge of social networks like Facebook and Twitter, please let me know.

Dan Schawbel

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TECHNOLOGY: Tried to put Google Voice on to my the free, and unequaled, wordpressdotcom blog — NG!

Tried to put the new Google Voice on my blog

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MEDIABIAS: A new Taliban operations officer



March 11, 2009
Look who showed up as Taliban Operations Officer
Rick Moran

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An old friend of America’s has surfaced as Taliban operations officer, charged with coming up with ways to kill our soldiers.

We know him because he had a nice long stay at Guantanamo:

“The Taliban’s new top operations officer in southern Afghanistan had been a prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, the latest example of a freed detainee who took a militant leadership role and a potential complication for the Obama administration’s efforts to close the prison. U.S. authorities handed over the detainee to the Afghan government, which in turn released him, according to Pentagon and CIA officials.”

“Abdullah Ghulam Rasoul, formerly Guantanamo prisoner No. 008, was among 13 Afghan prisoners released to the Afghan government in December 2007. Rasoul is now known as Mullah Abdullah Zakir, a nom de guerre that Pentagon and intelligence officials say is used by a Taliban leader who is in charge of operations against U.S. and Afghan forces in southern Afghanistan.”

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Now I’m a little L libertarian and wouldn’t be in Afghanistan or Iraq.

BUT, (there is always a big butt), that having been said, I’m not a pacifist. If these folks were taken for good reason, then this isn’t “catch and release”.

In the West, they have the expression “SSS”.

“Shot, shovel, and shut up!”

Varmints — two or four legged — same to me!

Add politicians and bureaucrats to that same list!

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