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Sunday Late Night: What’s Happening?

We’ve had a couple of really serious discussions today. How about looking at the lighter side of politics for a bit? If you’d like to imbibe some liquid or chemical refreshment, please feel free. I had to quit all that stuff more than a quarter of a century ago myself. Now I’m just high on life! Actually, I’m a complete political junkie and internet addict, in case you hadn’t noticed.

So anyway, our Dear Leader is on another one of his trips, this time to Latin America for the “Summit of the Americas.” The Castro brothers are warming up to Mr. Obama, and Hugo Chavez seems to like him a lot too. Chavez gave Obama a book called Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent, by Eduardo Galliano. The book quickly rocketed to second place on Amazon’s bestseller list and is now sold out. According to the BBC:

President Obama looked surprised when Mr Chavez got up from his seat, handed him the book and then shook his hand.

It was a Spanish-language paperback copy inscribed with the message: “For Obama, with affection”.

A little later, Mr Obama had this reaction: “Well I think it was a nice gesture to give me a book. I’m a reader.”

Fox News, in their usual unbiased “we report, you decide” manner, offers an entertaining story from the summit with the headline “Obama Endures Ortega Diatribe.” (H/T, Jangles)

President Obama endured a 50-minute diatribe from socialist Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega that lashed out at a century of what he called terroristic U.S. aggression in Central America and included a rambling denunciation of the U.S.-imposed isolation of Cuba’s Communist government.

Obama sat mostly unmoved during the speech but at times jotted notes. The speech was part of the opening ceremonies at the fifth Summit of the Americas here.

Actually, the U.S. has subjected Latin America to more than a century of nighmarish aggression, exploitation, and interference with sovereign governments, but I digress. Back to the Fox story:

Ortega denounced the U.S.-backed attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro’s new Communist government in Cuba in 1961, a history of US racism and what he called suffocating U.S. economic policies in the region.

In his 17-minute address to the summit, Obama departed from his prepared remarks to mildly rebuke Ortega.

“To move forward, we cannot let ourselves be prisoners of past disagreements. I’m grateful that President Ortega did not blame me for things that happened when I was three months old. Too often, an opportunity to build a fresh partnership of the Americas has been undermined by stale debates. We’ve all heard these arguments before.”

Actually, the president misspoke on the sequence of events in Cuba. The invasion of CIA-trained rebels at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba occurred in April 1961. Obama was born August 4, 1961.

As Jangles pointed out in a comment on the previous thread, once again Dear Leader is confused about the timing of public events in relation to his birth. Perhaps if he didn’t have to reflexively make everything about himself, he wouldn’t repeatedly make these kinds of mistakes.

While I was perusing the Fox News website, I came across this hilarious story about Vice President Joe Biden: “Rove Calls Biden ‘Liar’ After VP Boasts of Scolding Bush.” Apparently the gaffe-tastic Mr. Biden told this story on CNN recently.

“I remember President Bush saying to me one time in the Oval Office,” Biden began, “‘Well, Joe,’ he said, ‘I’m a leader.’ And I said: ‘Mr. President, turn and around look behind you. No one is following.'”

Karl Rove is having none of it.

The exchange is purely “fictional,” said Rove, who was Bush’s top political adviser in the White House.

“It didn’t happen,” Rove, a FOX News contributor and former Bush adviser, told Megyn Kelly in an interview taped for “On The Record.” “It’s his imagination; it’s a made-up, fictional world.

“He ought to get out of it and get back to reality,” Rove added. “He’s making this up out of whole cloth.”

Rove also said few presidents would spend a long time with anybody in the Oval Office, particularly “with all due respect, a blowhard like Joe Biden.”

OK, I can’t stand Karl Rove, but that’s funny. In 2004, Biden told a similar story on Bill Maher’s show.

“When I speak to the president – and I have had plenty of opportunity to be with the president, at least prior to the last election, a lot of hours alone with him. I mean, meaning me and his staff,” Biden said on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” in April 2006. “And the president will say things to me, and I’ll literally turn to the president, say: ‘Mr. President, how can you say that, knowing you don’t know the facts?’ And he’ll look at me and he’ll say – my word – he’ll look at me and he’ll say: ‘My instincts.’ He said: ‘I have good instincts.’ I said: ‘Mr. President, your instincts aren’t good enough.'”

Hmmm…I wonder if Biden would have the guts to talk to Dear Leader like that?

So what are you reading/watching/hearing tonight? If anyone is still around, that is.

I keep forgetting that only in Massachusetts is tomorrow a legal holiday. Patriot’s Day. It’s the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord–the beginning of the American Revolution. Nowadays we just have a marathon and an early baseball game.

Concord Minuteman Memorial

Concord Minuteman Memorial

Ralph Waldo Emerson:

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.

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  1. AP-Boston
    April 20, 1775

    Scores Killed, Hundreds Injured as Para-Military Extremists Riot in Boston Area

    National guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed on April 19th by elements of a paramilitary extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.

    Speaking after the clash Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group’s organizers as “criminals,” issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government’s efforts to secure law and order.

    The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed widespread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons. Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting early this month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms. One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out “none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily.”

    Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government’s plans. During a tense standoff in Lexington ’s town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists.

    Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange. Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units. Colonel Smith, finding his forces overmatched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.

    Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor has also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops. Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as “ringleaders” of the extremist faction, remain at large.

  2. Suddenly I’m feeling all patriotic, reading that poem and seeing the statue that stands in front of the Old North Bridge. Those farmers were really courageous, taking on the British army with a bunch of old muskets.

    • Thaks for the poem, BB. And think about it, “embattled FARMERS”. these folks were not into torture and imperialism. They were the grandchildren of those who had left Britain under religious persecution. When you think what our country was made of, it is pretty sickening what is going on these days.

  3. Those farmers were fantastic. With a little help from France, they literally changed the world. God bless them one and all.

  4. We have all kinds of reenactments. They reenact the battle, and Paul revere, the whole 9.

    Biden and obama are both self aggrandizing asses. ‘we’ve heard these arguments before,’ really?

    • Come on, Seriously. We have to look forward, not backward. So what if we waterboarded Kalid Sheik Mohammed 183 times? So what if we tortured children with insects? So what if we assassinated the President of Chile and supported death squads in Nicaragua? We can’t look back and assess blame. That would be wrong and not in the spirit of hope and change.

      • Yes, thank goodness he came to stop us from behaving as ill-
        mannered insensitve jackasses before the world

        Plus, Ortega, well, you know as the Obots so often have said, those Latinos just don’t like black people, they’re all racists

      • Not to mention kidnapping Noriega,.

      • I’ve been noticing Obama’s use of “forward.” I’ve found “step forward” “go forward” “move forward”

        Then there are his “helpers” The Way Forward and the PBS series “Planet Forward” (Obama supporting journalist Frank Sesno is the host and managing editor). In the intro to Planet Forward Sesno says, “Launching during the first 100 days of the Obama presidency, Planet Forward is looking for the most informative, persuasive and creative online submissions: videos, animations, op/ed pieces, photo essays, podcasts, songs, poems and more. ”

        Having PUMA Forward http://dakiniland.wordpress.com/ may throw a wrench in the in the lockstep of the Obamacoup. 😉

    • I used to live on Paul Revere Road in Arlington. On Patriot’s day “Paul Revere” galloped by our house along with two companions on horseback.

  5. I’ve always loved that poem, BostonBoomer! Thanks for sharing it.

    Also, I happened to see Rove make those comments about Biden (or repeat them in another interview) and it was very funny to hear it.

    • Hi Katiebird! Rove was obviously pretty upset. It’s hard for me to imagine how anyone could feel such love and loyalty for George W. Bush, but some Rove clearly does.

      • I don’t blame him for being irritated. Biden is such a liar and a legend in his own mind. Remember when he told what, the new yorker? that story about the “toothless” waitress telling him kerry was so weak and he was so strong? Yes, I’m so sure gaffe machine hung was welcomed to the white house endlessly, effortlessly eviserating bush with perfectly timed quips. Or maybe that was neil kinnock.

  6. My take on Biden’s remarks is that even he doesn’t always say what’s on his mind. Usually he blurts out what he’s thinking and we get some good information with his gaffes. On these occasions it appears that Biden didn’t say what he was thinking until much later. Or as happens with me, didn’t think of a good comeback until later.

    Rove’s nastiness still catches me off guard.

  7. mabey berry is trying 2 out do bush ion spending the most corrupted prezz in history government overarching .. trampling the Constitution… i mean berry & his o-thugs cant be out done by bush it just would,nt be right in there minds & if he hasn’t out done bush yet he weel on his way..

  8. Those farmers would be called terrorists today.

    What was the point of Obama’s “I’m a reader” comment? To remind us that he’s literate, unlike Dubya? I dunno. It was stupid.

    Still, I’m very happy to see him treating Chavez and the other Latin American leaders with respect, rather than throwing a hissy fit over them like our dear unlamented Mr. Bush. (Although I will miss Hugo saying he could “smell the sulphur” whenever Dubya spoke, LOL.)

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