U.S. Politics

NBC’s David Gregory Misquotes Obama, Falsely Claims President Said ‘Al Qaeda Has Been Defeated’

I simply don’t watch Meet The Press anymore since Tim Russert died.  I tried a couple of times to watch the show but David Gregory is no Tim Russert…

Think Progress

This morning on Meet The Press, David Gregory twice asserted that, in May, President Obama declared that “al Qaeda has been defeated.” Gregory used that claim to advance a theory that Obama was simply not concerned enough about al Qaeda in advance of the attack on the American embassy in Libya. Here’s the transcript:

GREGORY: The President has said as recently as May of this year that al Qaeda has not had a chance to rebuild, that al Qaeda has been defeated.  There is an election on, as we’ve been talking about, and the President’s challenger said plain and simple, the President failed to level with the American people and call this a terrorist attack, because you had to be concerned about another terrorist attack from al Qaeda in the Middle East after the President said that al Qaeda had been defeated.

Watch it:

That is not, however, what Obama said in May. Gregory was apparently referring to an address that Obama delivered from Afghanistan in May on the one year anniversary of Osama Bin Laden’s death. Here is what Obama said:

And one year ago, from a base here in Afghanistan, our troops launched the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. The goal that I set — to defeat al Qaeda and deny it a chance to rebuild — is now within our reach.

Still, there will be difficult days ahead. The enormous sacrifices of our men and women are not over.

So, the truth is that Obama did not say al Qaeda had already been defeated and specifically acknowledged that there were “difficult days” and “enormous sacrifices” yet to come.

Voter Suppression

Opelousas Massacre Occurred On This Date In 1868, Hundreds Of Blacks Slain Over Voting Rights

Opelousas Massacre

The picture on the left  is not a pretty sight.  It reminds me of what was and what still is…albeit with a more “legal” façade.  Voter suppression then and voter suppression now is unconstitutional.


The Opelousas Massacre in St. Landry Parish, La., has baffled historians over the years. From varying accounts, hundreds of Blacks were reportedly killed, because of their desire to join a local political group that included racist White Democrats. The Seymour Knights violently drove potential Black voters away from the Democratic Party, prompting White Republican reporter Emerson Bentley to write that Blacks should remain loyal to the Republican Party in local paper The Progress.

A school teacher by day, Bentley was beaten by a group of Whites as a result of his article, which some in the town saw as an affront to the powers that be. Black Republicans, looking to defend and find Bentley, gathered to confront the Knights and other Democrats with both sides armed for war.

It isn’t said who struck first, but it is known that the White Democrats had the numbers and weapons advantage. On this date in 1868, the groups squared off in town in the early morning.

As the battles raged on well in to the afternoon and evening hours, several Blacks were caught, shot, and some later executed for the uprising. The White militia forces drove the resistance in to neighboring swamps and captured or killed the opposition on sight, in most cases.

Twelve leaders of the Black Republicans who were seized were lynched the following day, which sparked a round of anti-Black violence and sentiment throughout the region. In the end, an estimated 150 to 300 Blacks were killed as a result of the race riot and an accurate number has yet to be determined even after years of research. Whites were also killed, with the numbers varying between 30 to 50 in most reports.

Although hard numbers cannot be confirmed, what is universally recognized is that Black lives were lost on that day as a result of voter and racial oppression.

As tensions rose in the South for decades after the massacre, the lack of justice and information about the standoff shows that care must be taken to preserve the African-American legacy for future generations.

Voter Suppression

Check Out Your Voter Registration Status

Once again, Mario Piperni’s website proves why it’s a must read site.

Mario Piperni

I have heard so much stuff about voter suppression and some of the difficulties being reported in regard to all the new Voter ID Laws being passed in a lot of states that I thought it might be helpful to share an article I found on the Internet about Voting Rights.

The article I found is reportedly published by The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and reportedly shows voting rights from state to state.

I tried the site out and I discovered a map where all the states are listed and I discovered that when I click on my particular state, the voter information comes up where I can read it and kind of interact with it.  I found out by clicking on the appropriate thing that my own voter registration shows as being fine and I should be good to go.

There is a note on the page that says checking registrations is important this year because there have been so many reported changes in the rules in various states.

From what I have been reading and hearing lately, I decided early on that it is probably not all that cool to just go ahead and assume that everything is alright with my personal registration because if the rules have changed, there might be something that I have to do to get current – – – so I did what I thought was the right thing to do to make sure I can vote without any hassle – – – I checked it out.

I didn’t want to encounter any unpleasant surprises when it comes time for me to cast my vote this year.

It seems, from all that I have been seeing and hearing during this election cycle, that there is a lot of concern all around the country about issues surrounding the possibilities of one kind of voter fraud or another and about the new Voted ID laws – – – it seems to have gotten pretty hot out there about voters, voting and voting rights this time around.

So, having a desire to be a good little political blogger, I thought it would be nice to share this article for anyone who might be interested. Voting rights for your specific state can be found at Let Me Vote and your voter registration status can be determined at:  Can I Vote.

U.S. Politics

Romney campaign says President Obama didn’t kill Osama bin Laden fast enough


Think Progress

Mitt Romney campaign co-chair and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu accused President Obama of waiting too long to order the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, in an interview with the New York Times that was published on Saturday.

Sununu said that Obama was “timid,” could have gone after the terrorist mastermind sooner, and attributed the successful operation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

The president is trying to take credit for following the strategy and the tactics put into place by George W. Bush. At some point the president is going to have to explain why he was timid on the first two or three opportunities that we had. Thank goodness Hillary Clinton was there was to convince him to do the right thing. […] His trying to take credit for having been decisive belies the fact that he wasn’t decisive until pressed by others.

But former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who served in both the Bush and Obama administrations, described Obama’s decision to order the raid that killed Osama bin Laden “gutsy,” saying that “people don’t realize” what a tough call it was and not everyone would have made the same call. Vice President Biden and Gates both advised Obama against taking the course he chose on the bin Laden raid, noting that “There wasn’t any direct evidence that he was there. It was all circumstantial.”

Indeed, even Romney had hinted that he would have not followed in Obama’s footsteps. In April of 2007, Romney said, “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person,” but quickly changed his mind after bin Laden was killed. “Any thinking American would have ordered exactly the same thing,” he proclaimed earlier this year.

Politico's Top Political Quotes

Politico’s: Week in one liners: Clinton, Romney, Frank

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The top quotes in politics …

“I have no earthly idea what she’ll decide to do.” — Former President Bill Clinton on whether his wife will run in 2016.

“And by good day, I mean F— Off.” — State Department spokesman Philippe Reines getting frustrated with a reporter.

“I told folks I’m just supposed to be eye candy here for you guys.” — President Barack Obamachatting with the women of “The View.”

“He’s gotten to be a better dancer.” — Ann Romney naming one way her husband has changed since high school.

“It’s a great day for America.” — White House press secretary Jay Carney noting the deal reached between the NFL and its referees union.

“She had a confidence and was much more ladylike.” — Rep. Todd Akin on what Sen. Claire McCaskill was like in 2006.

“This is somebody who kind of makes Michele Bachmann look like a hippie.” — Missouri Sen.Claire McCaskill  responding to Akin.

“I did have a brownie once. It made me sleepy.” — Rep. Barney Frank on his experience with marijuana.

West Wing Week

West Wing Week 09/28/12 or “A Common Heartbeat to Humanity”

The White House

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the First Lady spoke at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Dinner, We the People turned one-year old, and the President addressed the UN General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Saturday, September 22nd:
Monday, September 24th:
  • The President traveled to New York City and joined the First Lady for a taping of “The View.”
Tuesday, September 25th: 
Wednesday, September 26th:
  • Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes took a look back at the President’s trip to the UN for “The Rhodes Traveled.”
  • The Vice President and Dr. Biden hosted their fourth annual reception and fiesta,  in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month at the Naval Observatory.
Thursday, September 27th:
Election Fraud

*UPDATED* BREAKING: Florida GOP Election Fraud scandal spreads to ten counties

No surprise there.  The Republican party does a lot of projecting

Daily Kos

The Los Angeles Times reports that numerous fraudulent GOP voter registrations have now been discovered in ten Florida counties.

WASHINGTON — Florida elections officials said Friday that at least 10 counties have identified suspicious and possibly fraudulent voter registration forms turned in by a firm working for the Republican Party of Florida, which has filed an election fraud complaint with the state Division of Elections against its one-time consultant.

The firm of course is none other than Strategic Allied, which is basically a regurgitation of Nathan Sproul’s infamous firm which destroyed Democratic registration forms in swing states during the 2004 election.

The controversy in Florida — which began with possibly fraudulent forms that first cropped up in Palm Beach County —  has engulfed the Republican National Committee, which admitted Thursday that it urged state parties in seven swing states to hire the firm, Strategic Allied Consulting.  The RNC paid the company at least $3.1 million — routed through the state parties of Florida, Nevada, Colorado, North Carolina and Virginia — to register voters and run get-out-the-vote operations. Wisconsin and Ohio had not yet paid the firm for get-out-the-vote operations it was contracted to do.

This is sort of like our ACORN story – except that ACORN actually reported fraudulent or suspicious registrations whereas Strategic Allied Consulting has been systematically trying to engage in voter registration fraud in order to add fictitious and/or redundant GOP voters to the rolls.  Disgusting.

*As someone pointed out downthread, they may be engaging in this activity so as to register Democratic voters with wrong information so that when they show up to vote, they can’t, because their information is inaccurate.  Also, I would bet that Sproul is still engaging in the destruction of Democratic voter registrations.

I sincerely hope that the media picks up on this story and runs with it.  The Republicans got into bed with this firm because of its checkered past not in spite of it!  The Republican Party has become synonymous with corruption.

Here is a link to the article:  http://www.latimes.com/…

UPDATE:  Someone downthread posted part of an article originiating from Pensacola.  Here is a link to that whole article, which points out that over 100 suspicious registration forms were found in Santa Rosa County as well:  http://www.pnj.com/…

U.S. Politics

Obama’s ‘Let Mitt beat Mitt’ strategy


Daily Kos

The Obama campaign responds to Mitt Romney whining about “inaccurate portrayals of my positions” with a video of Mitt Romney setting the record straight, in his own words.

Mitt Romney claims that he’ll use next Wednesday’s debate to challenge the credibility of attacks against his candidacy, but as this video shows, he is going to have trouble making that case. I guess Romney could complain that instead of regurgitating his campaign’s current talking points, the video includes clips from some guy accusing Mitt Romney of taking deeply unpopular positions. The problem is that the guy going after Mitt Romney … is Mitt Romney.

If Romney wants to whine about it during the debate, all President Obama has to do is tell people to go on YouTube and make up their own minds about who is telling the truth: Mitt Romney … or Mitt Romney. It’s the let “Let Mitt beat Mitt” strategy.

U.S. Politics

Court declares 92 Occupy Chicago arrests unconstitutional

Two New York City police officers arrest a man during the “Occupy Wall Street” protests. Photo: Flickr user anjanjanj.

Just ninety-two?  Well, it’s a start and that’s just one county in Illinois.  The Judge makes some really good points in his opinion.

The Raw Story

A judge in Cook County, Illinois on Thursday dismissed over 90 cases against Occupy Chicago activists on the grounds that they violated the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Judge Thomas Donnelly declared that the city’s park curfew law that was used to arrest activists in Grant Park last October was “unconstitutional both on its face and as applied and all complaints in this case are dismissed with prejudice,” according to the Chicago chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG).

“The Occupy Chicago demonstrators were subject to constantly changing rules and regulations that ended in a directive that they had to be constantly moving in order to protest,” the judge explained in his 37-page opinion (PDF). “Viewed in isolation the rules and regulations appear reasonable, but viewed in the larger context of the Occupy movement’s presence in Chicago, they give rise to the inference that the City was attempting to discourage this particular protest.”

“The police would promulgate a rule; when the protesters would comply, the police would change the rule,” he added. “These facts, together with the clear pattern of selective enforcement of the Curfew, support a finding that the cityintended to discriminate against the Defendants based on their views.”

NLG attorney Sarah Gelsomino, who represented the activists, said that Donnelly “made the right decision by declaring the city’s ordinance unconstitutional and by dismissing the remaining cases brought by the city against activists legitimately engaged in free speech.”

Chicago Law Department spokesperson Roderick Drew told the Chicago Tribune that the city would appeal the ruling.