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Re: The Fall of Obama
« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2010, 05:02:11 PM »
I have not been reading him!

And, yay, all free online:

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/index.html

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Re: The Fall of Obama
« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2010, 10:18:02 AM »
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,698640,00.html

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One year ago, President Barack Obama delivered a powerful address in Cairo aimed at improving America's relations with the Muslim world. Dalia Mogahed, who helped draft that speech, spoke to SPIEGEL ONLINE about its impact, Obama's waning support in the Arab world and the difference between words and action.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: It was exactly one year ago that President Obama delivered his Cairo address, in which he sought to improve the relationship between the US and the Muslim world. Has there been any measurable improvement?

Dalia Mogahed: Yes. Overall there has been an improvement in the relations between the United States and Muslim-majority societies. However, some of the goodwill that was built up by Obama's election and later by the Cairo address has been lost because of the perceived lack of follow-up on that speech.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: A lot of Arab commentators seem to agree that while Obama may have said all the right things, he hasn't delivered. Is it not more than just a perceived lack of follow-up?

Mogahed: It is not up to me to judge. Many people in the administration would make a strong case that there have been a lot of things that have happened as part of a follow-up on the Cairo address. They would point to partnerships that have been built in the field of science and technology and work that has been done on entrepreneurship, loan guarantees and partnerships to address health problems like polio. So there are definitely two sides to this issue. But what is clear is that, from the point of view of the Arab public, especially, not enough has been done.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Do you have numbers to show how relations have developed over time?

Mogahed: Yes. We did research that shows that there was a bump in Arab public opinion after the election of Obama, another rise after the Cairo speech and then earlier this year many of these numbers have come down. Not to their 2008 levels, though.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Why have the poll numbers come down again? According to a number of editorialists and pundits, the lack of progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict plays a large role.

Mogahed: That definitely plays a part. One study showed that, after the Cairo speech, the Egyptian public thought that the most important issue covered in the speech was the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The impression many Egyptians now have is that the president hasn't done enough to improve the situation.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Would a clear increase of US pressure on the Israeli government lead to a rise in approval ratings again?

Mogahed: There are several things that people have told us would improve their opinion of the US. In the Arab world, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a very important issue. But in other parts of the world it may be things like technology transfer or humanitarian aid. It depends a lot on the region. It is therefore incorrect to say that all Muslims around the world consider the conflict to be the most important issue. Interestingly, one of the most important things overall is actually pulling out of Iraq, even among Palestinians. The pullout, as it continues to happen, may alter these numbers again.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: A well-prepared speech like the Cairo address can be an effective tool of public diplomacy and improve relations. But is there a specific risk involved if results are perceived as disappointing?

Mogahed: It is difficult to speculate whether or not doing the speech without follow-up is worse than not doing it at all. I do think, though, that the Cairo address set a new tone for the dialogue between the US and Muslim societies around the world. It took some of the fuel away of the narrative of a war against Islam. It brought the discussion back to the arena of policy and politics rather than a war of religions. This is an important shift.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: How does this new tone affect efforts by terrorists to portray Obama as Bush III?

Mogahed: I think it is harder for them to incite people against the US, because we see that the approval ratings are higher today than they were under the old administration, despite the ongoing attempts to discredit President Obama. These people are on the defensive now, they actually have to make a case for all the bad things they say he is doing -- rather than these being self-evident.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Al-Qaida and their affiliates go out of their way to use America's ongoing reliance on drones in Pakistan and Afghanistan as an issue against Obama. Is this something that Muslims have strong feelings about?

Mogahed: Our research clearly shows that Muslim communities are deeply concerned with civilian deaths generally. They are among the most likely publics in the world to condemn attacks against civilians. So, yes, this would make them angry.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: How about the attitudes of Muslims inside the US? Have they changed, too?

Mogahed: The Muslim American community has very high regard for the president. The approval rating is around 85 percent, which is among the highest of any group in the US and higher than that of any other faith-based group. Is has remained stable throughout 2009.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Incidents like the recent terror plot on Times Square have made the prospect of home-grown terrorism a major issue in US public debate. Do you have any indication that Muslims in the US are radicalizing?

Mogahed: We have found that Muslim Americans are significantly less likely than the American public in general to condone terrorism and more likely to condemn civilian deaths both by militaries and non-state actors. So there is no evidence that the US Muslim community at large is building a hospitable environment for terrorists.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: You are a counsel to the White House and you helped draft the Cairo address last year. Looking back today, was it a success?

Mogahed: The Cairo address was a success because the words of a president are historical mileposts that cannot be changed. They also foreshadow political changes or shifts in approach. To say the president is all words and no action ignores the fact that his words -- because he is the president -- are action. What he said in Cairo is a very significant action, and the significance of that speech probably won't be realized for many years to come.

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Re: The Fall of Obama
« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2011, 05:43:46 PM »
Okay, so, Obama's actually George Bush, right?

I'm catching up on the Crowley firing:

http://www.bnet.com/blog/business-strategy/state-department-8217s-pjcrowley-resigns-after-speaking-out/1389

All part of the Wikileaks bullshit.

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Re: The Fall of Obama
« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2011, 01:04:24 PM »
The latest from our Republican plant of a president:

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The White House today proposed sweeping revisions to U.S. copyright law, including making "illegal streaming" of audio or
video a federal felony and allowing FBI agents to wiretap suspected infringers.

In a 20-page white paper (PDF), the Obama administration called on the U.S. Congress to fix "deficiencies that could hinder enforcement" of intellectual property laws.

The report was prepared by Victoria Espinel, the first Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator who received Senate confirmation in December 2009, and represents a broad tightening of many forms of intellectual property law including ones that deal with counterfeit pharmaceuticals and overseas royalties for copyright holders. (See CNET's report last month previewing today's white paper.)

Some of the highlights:

The White House is concerned that "illegal streaming of content" may not be covered by criminal law, saying "questions have arisen about whether streaming constitutes the distribution of copyrighted works." To resolve that ambiguity, it wants a new law to "clarify that infringement by streaming, or by means of other similar new technology, is a felony in appropriate circumstances."

Under federal law, wiretaps may only be conducted in investigations of serious crimes, a list that was expanded by the 2001 Patriot Act to include offenses such as material support of terrorism and use of weapons of mass destruction. The administration is proposing to add copyright and trademark infringement, arguing that move "would assist U.S. law enforcement agencies to effectively investigate those offenses."

Under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, it's generally illegal to distribute hardware or software--such as the DVD-decoding software Handbrake available from a server in France--that can "circumvent" copy protection technology. The administration is proposing that if Homeland Security seizes circumvention devices, it be permitted to "inform rightholders," "provide samples of such devices," and assist "them in bringing civil actions."

The term "fair use" does not appear anywhere in the report. But it does mention Web sites like The Pirate Bay, which is hosted in Sweden, when warning that "foreign-based and foreign-controlled Web sites and Web services raise particular concerns for U.S. enforcement efforts." (See previous coverage of a congressional hearing on overseas sites.)

The usual copyright hawks, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, applauded the paper, which grew out of a so-called joint strategic plan that Vice President Biden and Espinel announced in June 2010.

Rob Calia, a senior director at the Chamber's Global Intellectual Property Center, said we "strongly support the white paper's call for Congress to clarify that criminal copyright infringement through unauthorized streaming, is a felony. We know both the House and Senate are looking at this issue and encourage them to work closely with the administration and other stakeholders to combat this growing threat."

In October 2008, President Bush signed into law the so-called Pro IP ACT, which created Espinel's position and increased penalties for infringement, after expressing its opposition to an earlier version.

Unless legislative proposals--like one nearly a decade ago implanting strict copy controls in digital devices--go too far, digital copyright tends not to be a particularly partisan topic. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, near-universally disliked by programmers and engineers for its anti-circumvention section, was approved unanimously in the U.S. Senate.

At the same time, Democratic politicians tend to be a bit more enthusiastic about the topic. Biden was a close Senate ally of copyright holders, and President Obama picked top copyright industry lawyers for Justice Department posts. Last year, Biden warned that "piracy is theft."

No less than 78 percent of political contributions from Hollywood went to Democrats in 2008, which is broadly consistent with the trend for the last two decades, according to OpenSecrets.org.

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Re: The Fall of Obama
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2011, 01:09:30 PM »
Remember all those Hollywood moguls who helped fund Obama's election?

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Re: The Fall of Obama
« Reply #20 on: May 01, 2011, 11:07:41 PM »
So everyone today is gushing over the 2011 Washington Correspondent's Dinner speech where Obama pulled a full-on Jon Stewart, but I was sort of mesmerized by Michelle.  Holy Balls, she might be in my spank bank now. 

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Re: The Fall of Obama
« Reply #21 on: May 01, 2011, 11:18:40 PM »
She looks like a trannie James Brown.
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Re: The Fall of Obama
« Reply #22 on: May 01, 2011, 11:21:06 PM »
we're talking about the president's wife, not your mother Michelle O'Bauma.  
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Re: The Fall of Obama
« Reply #23 on: May 02, 2011, 07:24:48 AM »
Michelle's always been in my spank bank.

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Re: The Fall of Obama
« Reply #24 on: May 02, 2011, 07:46:46 AM »
So I find it weirdly awkward:


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Re: The Fall of Obama
« Reply #25 on: May 02, 2011, 08:21:43 AM »
we're talking about the president's wife[....]

Of that I was fully cognizant; in this photo she looks like a transvestite James Brown:




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Re: The Fall of Obama
« Reply #26 on: May 02, 2011, 09:52:44 AM »
that looks like Madam Tossaud's! version of James Brown.
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Re: The Fall of Obama
« Reply #27 on: May 02, 2011, 11:03:28 AM »
that looks like Madam Tossaud's! version of James Brown.

Or is it their version of Michelle Obama?
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Re: The Fall of Obama
« Reply #28 on: May 02, 2011, 03:32:13 PM »
I've always found her really attractive.

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Re: The Fall of Obama
« Reply #29 on: May 02, 2011, 11:19:13 PM »

Of that I was fully cognizant; in this photo she looks like a transvestite James Brown:

Tee hee! I have to agree. But wax James Brown is hot too!