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  • Obama determined to be one of the greatest punters
  • Either that or he’s telling us “who cares about what I promised during the campaign”
    President Obama to restart Guantanamo Bay military tribunals

    President Barack Obama is to restart the Bush-era military tribunals for Guantánamo Bay detainees that he once denounced.
    On the presidential campaign trail in February 2008, Mr Obama had described the Guantánamo trials as “a flawed military commission system”.

    Obama Planning to Keep Tribunals for Detainees

    President Obama has decided to keep the military commission system that his predecessor created to try suspected terrorists but will ask Congress to expand the rights of defendants to contest the charges against them, officials briefed on the plan said Thursday.

    Inside Guantánamo Bay: Desperate prisoners ask ‘where is freedom?’

    Blogtalk: Obama and Detainee Photos

    The WSJ editorial board is gleeful. Why not?
    Democrats Discover Gitmo’s Virtues

    All Democrats in favor of standing with your president to shout out the evils of Guantanamo, shout aye! “Aye!” All Democrats in favor of doing what would be necessary to close Guantanamo, shout aye! . . . What, nobody?

    Is all this a big victory for Dick Cheney?
    David Axelrod: Dick Cheney not an influence on photos

    Asked in an interview Thursday with PBS’s Newshour whether Cheney’s comments played any role in Obama’s reversal on the photo issue, Axelrod said, “Absolutely not. Believe me, I’ve been with the president as he speaks about these issues, and he’s got one thing on his mind, which is to make the right decision for the troops, for the country, for our national security. I don’t think he’s worried about comments from the sidelines by anybody.”

  • Torturegate
  • Nancy Pelosi accuses CIA of lying about use of torture

    How Waterboarding Is Drowning Pelosi

    Chuck Krauthammer is still a bag of douche
    The Torture Debate, Continued

    CIA Denies Cheney’s Request to Release Intelligence Documents

    Castro and Cheney: ghosts of administrations past

    Dick Cheney and Fidel Castro may not have a lot in common, but they share this: too much time on their hands. Rather than gracefully exit the world stage after a long run, they have decided they are indispensable defenders of the faith — albeit different faiths, of course.

  • Outrage du jour: Obama is commencement speaker at Notre Dame
  • Activists plan Notre Dame protest

    Anti-abortion activists at the University of Notre Dame have planned a series of at least six demonstrations and other events for Sunday to protest the school’s selection of President Barack Obama to deliver the commencement address.

    The Rude Pundit goes through the archives and wonders:

    Why Is This Pro-Choice Commencement Guest Different Than the Others?
    In 1980, the commencement speaker was Carter administration Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti, a supporter of abortion rights.

    In 1987, an honorary degrees were given to the pro-choice Coretta Scott King, Alan Simpson, and Rosalyn Carter.

    In 1991, an honorary degree was given to Jane Pauley, a pro-choice supporter.

    In 1992, protesters lined up as pro-choice Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan was given the university’s Laetare Medal, “the oldest and most prestigious honor awarded an American Catholic,” according to the Washington Post. President George H.W. Bush, giving the commencement keynote, went out of his way to praise Moynihan.

    In 1993, an honorary degree was given to pro-choice judge Alan C. Page.

    In 2000, the commencement speaker was then-U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who supports all kinds of family planning programs, including those where abortion is allowed.

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  • Economists Foresee Protracted Recovery

    Eurozone economies contract 2.5%

    Chrysler Ax Falls Across U.S.

    Paul Krugman takes his shrillness to Asia and shares his observations
    Empire of Carbon

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  • Soldier Zachary Boyd caught fighting Taleban in pink underpants

    Zachary Boyd, 19, was sleeping when the ambush occurred and only had time to put on his helmet and body armour before grabbing his gun and rushing into action, leaving his “I love New York” pink boxers on full display.

  • Is Keith Olbermann’s douchiness even higher than you thought?
  • Meltdown With Keith Olbermann!

  • Stuff I hope my boss reads
  • Brain’s Problem-solving Function At Work When We Daydream (via Yves Smith)

    The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that activity in numerous brain regions increases when our minds wander. It also finds that brain areas associated with complex problem-solving – previously thought to go dormant when we daydream – are in fact highly active during these episodes.

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    1. Love the bit about Cheney “not an influence on photos” ‘so stop saying that!” Made my day! Great find!
      Also, on the upcoming Notre Dame protests, the spin is in full swing

    2. hmmmm mabey cheneys the puppet master of O-puppet or at least of of the many puppet masters pulling O-puppets strings

    3. OT – here’s another WTF moment for you – our fearless leader stated yesterday in Arizona

      we cannot sustain the level of debt we are incurring

      Duh – did he sleep through the last six months or so? Was he around? Is this a different person who just looks like O?

      • He just wants to say the right thing at least once. Then people can quote this as if it made any difference in what Obama really does.

    4. mablue, I hope you are enjoying posting, because I love reading your summaries in the morning.

    5. I know KO isn’t, shall we say, welcome round these parts (and for good reason, he’s a buffoon on a good day). However, and I say this from experience I’m sure others on here have had, losing a parent can cause particularly atypical behavior when it comes to work, relationships etc. The Cityfile link strikes me as just a smidge over the line – or am I alone in thinking that family tragedy is off limits, even to those I don’t like?

      *Sorry if this sounds petulant, I just feel strongly on leaving people alone when a close relative has died.

      • KO was a major dickhead who was pulling stunts like that one long before his mother died.

        As for the article being over the line, the part about KO’s mother was added in an update – did you expect them to depublish the article at that point?

        • On the one hand I’d have waited to publish until I knew that my sources were reliable, that said – I would hope they would retract the article.

          Yes, KO pulls crappy stunts all the time (like most people who got their start in sports journalism) – I’m not trying to argue otherwise. When I find myself agreeing with a point he makes it generally makes my stomach turn because of how he went about making the point.

          Nevertheless I’m not backing down on my belief that when someone dies, at the very least, they get a day or two of being left alone. Maybe KO wouldn’t give me the same courtesy if I was on his bad side (may I never be well know enough to be on the radar of cable news). I just know that if something like this happened to me I’d have tracked down Citylife and started an unpleasant brawl.

      • Was that really the reason?

        KO is know to be very petulant. I think he is one of the guys in the media staffers DON”T like to work with.

        If I find that story again I’ll link to it. He’s known among EP to be a major douche.

        • I honestly can’t say that I, or any of us, can ever know 100% for sure if KO’s family tragedy was the reason for this or not. I just feel strongly that if there’s a get-out-of-jail free card in the world it’s when a close family member dies.

          • I agree with you on that.

            But if that was the reason Olbermann took time off two weeks later, we can’t imagine why Olbermann wouldn’t have simply said as much. Furthermore, we find it hard to believe one of his colleagues at MSNBC—a respected journalist, no less—would have attributed his absence to the “flu/allergy season” if Olbermann had made the perfectly understandable decision take a few days to mourn his mother’s passing.

    6. How Waterboarding Is Drowning Pelosi
      By Jay Newton-Small / Washington Thursday, May. 14, 2009
      Not many people get away with calling the Central Intelligence Agency a bald-faced liar, at least not when they’re speaking to a room packed with dozens of national media outlets. And yet that is exactly what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did on Thursday. “Madam Speaker, just to be clear,” stuttered a reporter at a Capitol Hill press conference, “you’re accusing the CIA of lying to you in September of 2002?” “Yes,” Pelosi declared definitively, “misleading the Congress of the United States. I am.” http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1898706,00.html?xid=rss-topstories

      Yup she is on a roll, to bad she didn’t stand up and demand a ROLL CALL VOTE for Hillary…then she was silent, because she wanted BO… Any sign of BO to the rescue of Dear Ole Pelosi?

      • Like Bush, if you need help, Barry will not answer your phone calls. People are to do from Mr. Barry….he doesn’t do for them .

    7. Frank Sinatra – Theme from New York, New York

      Zachary Boyd, 19, was sleeping when the ambush occurred and only had time to put on his helmet and body armour before grabbing his gun and rushing into action, leaving his “I love New York” pink boxers on full display.


      I am dedicating this song to ya. You keep loving your country and New York and keep you head low, and your spirits high. You are an ALL AMERICAN Guy! Go Zachary GO!

    8. I’ll have to read this later (just running out the door), but LOVE that pic. A tea cozy … that takes me back. (And maybe it was even knitted by one of those infamous bitter knitters???)

    9. mablue2,

      According to a source inside MSNBC, it was a bizarre temper tantrum on Olbermann’s part that led him to storm off the set in protest.http://cityfile.com/dailyfile/5807

      Thank you, thank you, for letting us know that someone out there is reporting that Keith Olbermann doesn’t have both ores in the water. Hopefully people finally notice that he throws tantrums while sitting in his chair and while doing the show. Those veins are a sign…. 😯

    10. That picture of Zachary Boyd brings tears to my eyes. I hope to God that he comes home healthy and in one piece. We owe these kids such a debt of gratitude.

    11. I can tell you that the level of disgust and disillusionment among (thinking) Obotians is at an all-time high on the blogs I’m reading. Yes, I know we all arrived there much earlier and are wondering what took these slowpokes so long, but there’s no going back from what I’m hearing…These people are done. Glenn Greenwald can barely contain his fury, not only at Obama but at those who continue to make excuses for him. Same with BTD. Even the diehards at DU, Digby and the like (I’ll work up the stomach to visit Giant Cheeto today) are done–totally done.

      Think about it, their disappointment and anger has got to be a thousand times worse than ours. After all, they truly did believe they were getting real change — we never did. They had a lot longer way to fall…in fact, I was hoping I was wrong, and many of us feel that way…that he would, in fact, turn out to surprise us by doing a great job. Nope. Didn’t happen. I’m predicting one term for Obie.

      • Where are you reading all this “outrage” at Obama? The current poll numbers (of course taking into account the methodology of most post polls are suspect…) run opposite to your point..

        Here is a snippet of the Christian Science Monitor from the 11th

        Key to this new context is last fall’s election, which put Obama in office with a majority of the popular vote – an advantage President Clinton didn’t have – and boosted the Democrats’ majorities in both houses of Congress. Obama’s popularity remains above 60 percent, giving him the political capital to make a major push.

        In addition, the process started earlier under Obama than under Mr. Clinton. In 1993, Clinton did not give a speech on health reform until September and did not issue a proposal until November.

        It seems that the outrage that you speak of has not reached the tempest stage yet…

        I am predicting two terms for Obie Won

        • “… the process started earlier under Obama than under Mr. Clinton…” But had it not been a Clinton issue I rather think Obama would have ignored it. He was forced into thinking about it in the priimary by his opponents, and the proof isn’t on when you you start, but how you finish. What he is offering will not do the job that is needed.

    12. Well, I am talking about that small sub-select of rabid Obama supporters who post on blogs. As we all know that is a far cry from what’s out in the general public.

      Sorry, I should have clarified.

      • never a need to apologize….

        do you think that the outrage of the “other” blogs will mobilize to
        A) Negotiation on critical issues with other blogs that they normally disagreed with B) defiant ignorance, some minor outrage or C) FIll in the blank.

    13. Re: Nancy Pelosi.

      Well, it isn’t exactly some inconceivable, lunatic, out-of-left-field kookiness to say the CIA lied to a congressman. Whether Nancy is lying about this is another story.

    14. she knew,thats why she did.t go after Bush,,

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