Busted! Dirty Euro Politicians Checking Out Their Next Meal

Ahhh, the genius of the still photo for capturing a “moment”.

Obama’s off the hook here, in a picture that has captured a couple of Eurotrash Heads of State eyeing up a female staffer like a couple of stalking lions.

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“Mad as Hell” update: Teabagger Hate Signs

A short montage below showing some of the signs at the 9/12ers gathering last weekend. What interests me here, as with the earlier post on this subject, is that the protestors can’t seem to make up their minds as to whether Obama is a fascist, a communist, or a socialist. Honestly, they can’t have it all ways — it doesn’t make any logical sense.

I can understand why charges of communism and socialism are being bandied around as political “insults”, but fascism? So here’s three reasons why I think that fascism is now being used regularly by conservatives as a critique of Obama:

(1) as payback for the way in which the left continually equated Bush with Hitler (This earlier comparison did have some legitimacy given the Bush administration’s attempt to consolidate power in the executive branch, their subsequent abuses of power and their various subversions of the law and the Constitution);

(2) because increasingly communism appears  to have lost its threatening edge in the post-Cold War world, whereas fascism/Nazism is still clearly equated with evil; and,

(3) because of historical ignorance. The teabaggers show little awareness that fascism has traditionally been seen as a right-wing ideology and thus it would be closer to their own politics than Obama’s (This historical ignorance demonstrated by a number of  conservatives is more obvious in the earlier clip posted by Dr Throttling, here).

Barack Obama Surfing a Giant Transatlantic Wave of Popularity

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Check out these opinion poll numbers from the WSJ. The survey, published today, was taken in the European Union, the US and Turkey:

A record 77% of Europeans approve of Mr. Obama’s handling of international affairs, compared with 19% support for former President George W. Bush a year ago. In Germany, Europe’s biggest country, the jump was 80 percentage points, the biggest increase in any category in the seven-year history of the survey.

Ronald Asmus, executive director of the Fund’s Trans-Atlantic Center in Brussels analysed these extraordinary numbers: “Beyond the hype about ‘Obamamania,’ this is a tsunami, a once-in-a-generation bounce in popularity.”

I would just add to this by saying that if you ever wanted to get a huge bounce in popularity, it always helps to get elected  immediately after a global cock-smack like Bush.

When Democracies Torture

Take a look at the following list. Check off how many of the these you have heard from the U.S. Government in the last eight years in response to accusations of torture: Continue reading

Boozing with Obama

Beer on the White House Lawn Yawn

Now that Gatesgate has been finally put to bed with the lovely little snuggle-in over beer on the White House lawn, this bartender would like to offer his opinion of this politically clumsy attempt to engage in some open folksy camaraderie:

It was lame!

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Barack Obama versus the ‘Stupid’ Pigs

Something like this was always going to happen; at some point during the Obama administration, there was going to be a race-based incident that would gain widespread publicity and that would demand the attention of the President.

That time has arrived.

In response to the arrest by the Cambridge Police Department on Thursday, July 16th of noted black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at his own home for ‘disorderly conduct’, President Obama weighed into the affair, describing the actions on the police as ‘stupid’. Continue reading