Dog Greets Soldier Home from Afghanistan

For the pet lovers out there…

Poor misguided, simple minded Michael Moore

By BettyJean Kling

Does this clown actually believe half of what he writes? Landslide? Loved by millions for all what wonderful things he has done in his first year? Oh lord- what does this guy drink- snort or smoke? And does he really think Obambi listens to him? Was he at the White House dinner the other night too? And here is the best part – he is asking this empty suit with absolutely no experience at all and surrounded by Czars to ignore the Generals.

If I recall- Obama always said he would pull troops from Iran in the first year and put them in Afghanistan where he felt they should have been put in the first place and go after Obama Bin Laden. He even offered to bomb the hell out of our allies in Pakistan to get the brutes that started this war- remember that gaff that Hillary chided him for Mike? Now all of a sudden these bleeding heart jackasses are acting like he was always going to bring home every soldier from every foreign country and sit around our home bases singing Kumbya and Hail to the chief! Take a hike Mike- you are off the wall crazy as hell – there is not one shred of common sense in anything you have said or done since you became an anti-American wrapped in a flag of dishonor to our Country. Read the Constitution- neither party follows it and we sure are not going to follow your communistic – socialist concoction of a national plan for anything!

An Open Letter to President Obama from Michael Moore
Monday, November 30th, 2009

Dear President Obama,

Do you really want to be the new “war president”? If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing you could do — destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they’ve always heard is true — that all politicians are alike. I simply can’t believe you’re about to do what they say you are going to do. Please say it isn’t so.

It is not your job to do what the generals tell you to do. We are a civilian-run government. WE tell the Joint Chiefs what to do, not the other way around. That’s the way General Washington insisted it must be. That’s what President Truman told General MacArthur when MacArthur wanted to invade China. “You’re fired!,” said Truman, and that was that. And you should have fired Gen. McChrystal when he went to the press to preempt you, telling the press what YOU had to do. Let me be blunt: We love our kids in the armed services, but we f*#&in’ hate these generals, from Westmoreland in Vietnam to, yes, even Colin Powell for lying to the UN with his made-up drawings of WMD (he has since sought redemption).

So now you feel backed into a corner. 30 years ago this past Thursday (Thanksgiving) the Soviet generals had a cool idea — “Let’s invade Afghanistan!” Well, that turned out to be the final nail in the USSR coffin.

There’s a reason they don’t call Afghanistan the “Garden State” (though they probably should, seeing how the corrupt President Karzai, whom we back, has his brother in the heroin trade raising poppies). Afghanistan’s nickname is the “Graveyard of Empires.” If you don’t believe it, give the British a call. I’d have you call Genghis Khan but I lost his number. I do have Gorbachev’s number though. It’s + 41 22 789 1662. I’m sure he could give you an earful about the historic blunder you’re about to commit.

With our economic collapse still in full swing and our precious young men and women being sacrificed on the altar of arrogance and greed, the breakdown of this great civilization we call America will head, full throttle, into oblivion if you become the “war president.” Empires never think the end is near, until the end is here. Empires think that more evil will force the heathens to toe the line — and yet it never works. The heathens usually tear them to shreds.

Choose carefully, President Obama. You of all people know that it doesn’t have to be this way. You still have a few hours to listen to your heart, and your own clear thinking. You know that nothing good can come from sending more troops halfway around the world to a place neither you nor they understand, to achieve an objective that neither you nor they understand, in a country that does not want us there. You can feel it in your bones.

I know you know that there are LESS than a hundred al-Qaeda left in Afghanistan! A hundred thousand troops trying to crush a hundred guys living in caves? Are you serious? Have you drunk Bush’s Kool-Aid? I refuse to believe it.

Your potential decision to expand the war (while saying that you’re doing it so you can “end the war”) will do more to set your legacy in stone than any of the great things you’ve said and done in your first year. One more throwing a bone from you to the Republicans and the coalition of the hopeful and the hopeless may be gone — and this nation will be back in the hands of the haters quicker than you can shout “tea bag!”

Choose carefully, Mr. President. Your corporate backers are going to abandon you as soon as it is clear you are a one-term president and that the nation will be safely back in the hands of the usual idiots who do their bidding. That could be Wednesday morning.

We the people still love you. We the people still have a sliver of hope. But we the people can’t take it anymore. We can’t take your caving in, over and over, when we elected you by a big, wide margin of millions to get in there and get the job done. What part of “landslide victory” don’t you understand?

Don’t be deceived into thinking that sending a few more troops into Afghanistan will make a difference, or earn you the respect of the haters. They will not stop until this country is torn asunder and every last dollar is extracted from the poor and soon-to-be poor. You could send a million troops over there and the crazy Right still wouldn’t be happy. You would still be the victim of their incessant venom on hate radio and television because no matter what you do, you can’t change the one thing about yourself that sends them over the edge.

The haters were not the ones who elected you, and they can’t be won over by abandoning the rest of us.

President Obama, it’s time to come home. Ask your neighbors in Chicago and the parents of the young men and women doing the fighting and dying if they want more billions and more troops sent to Afghanistan. Do you think they will say, “No, we don’t need health care, we don’t need jobs, we don’t need homes. You go on ahead, Mr. President, and send our wealth and our sons and daughters overseas, ’cause we don’t need them, either.”

What would Martin Luther King, Jr. do? What would your grandmother do? Not send more poor people to kill other poor people who pose no threat to them, that’s what they’d do. Not spend billions and trillions to wage war while American children are sleeping on the streets and standing in bread lines.

All of us that voted and prayed for you and cried the night of your victory have endured an Orwellian hell of eight years of crimes committed in our name: torture, rendition, suspension of the bill of rights, invading nations who had not attacked us, blowing up neighborhoods that Saddam “might” be in (but never was), slaughtering wedding parties in Afghanistan. We watched as hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians were slaughtered and tens of thousands of our brave young men and women were killed, maimed, or endured mental anguish — the full terror of which we scarcely know.

When we elected you we didn’t expect miracles. We didn’t even expect much change. But we expected some. We thought you would stop the madness. Stop the killing. Stop the insane idea that men with guns can reorganize a nation that doesn’t even function as a nation and never, ever has.

Stop, stop, stop! For the sake of the lives of young Americans and Afghan civilians, stop. For the sake of your presidency, hope, and the future of our nation, stop. For God’s sake, stop.

Tonight we still have hope.

Tomorrow, we shall see. The ball is in your court. You DON’T have to do this. You can be a profile in courage. You can be your mother’s son.

We’re counting on you.

Yours,
Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
MichaelMoore.com

P.S. There’s still time to have your voice heard. Call the White House at 202-456-1111 or email the President.

Let’s Play a New Version of Where’s Waldo a/k/a/ Obama

Since the President has been unable to make a decision with regard to Afghanistan, I decided to find out what he has been doing since General McChrystal provided his report on Sunday, August 30, 2009.  Here’s a handy, dandy chart I constructed and will try to update for you. 

How many of these events can you name?

DATE

EVENT

08/31/2009 Golf at the Army-Navy Country Club
09/01 Ramadan dinner celebration
09/02 Obama departs for Camp David
09/03 Day-off; Nothing on schedule?
09/04 Day-off; Nothing on schedule?
09/05 Day-off; Nothing on schedule?
09/06 Day-off; Nothing on schedule?
09/07 Obama travels to Cincinnati, OH; Addresses AFL-CIO Labor Day Picnic
09/08 Obama attends meetings at WH; speaks with 9th graders with Sec. of Education Arne Duncan; delivers back-to-school speech; attends Sotomayor’s investiture ceremony; Obama and Biden meet with Reid and Pelosi; Obama and Biden meet with PGA Champions of America
09/09 Obama appears on “Good Morning America”; speaks at Walter Cronkite’s  memorial; addresses joint session of Congress
09/10 Obama delivers remarks on health insurance reform; meets with Cabinet; has lunch with Biden; meets with Congressional Black Caucus; meets with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, meets with Sec. of State Clinton; Sec of Treasury Geithner; meets with Senate centrists; welcomes Pittsburgh Penguins to WH
09/11 Obama observes moment of silence; delivers remarks & participates in a wreath laying ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial; attends meetings at WH
09/12 Obama gives speech in Minnesota; holds rally on health insurance reform
09/13 Obama appears on “60 Minutes”; Day-off; Nothing on schedule?
09/14 Obama travels to NYC, NY to deliver speech on the financial crisis
09/15 Obama travels to Youngstown, OH to visit GM plant; attends fundraiser in Philadelphia, PA for Arlen Specter
09/16 Obama attends meetings at WH; meets with Canadian PM Stephen Harper; hosts event on Olympics, Paralympics and Youth Sport; meets with Gen. Colin Powell; meets with Sec. of Defense Robert Gates; delivers remarks at Congressional Hispanics Caucus Institute’s 32nd Annual Awards Gala
09/17 Obama attends meetings at WH; holds rally on health insurance reform; awards Medal of Honor to Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti; hosts viewing of “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”
09/18 Obama attends meetings at WH; meets with recipients of Sec. of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award
09/19 Day-off; Nothing on schedule?
09/20 Obama appears on 5 Sunday news shows – Day-off; Nothing on schedule?
09/21 Obama travels to Albany, NY and NYC, NY; tapes interview with David Letterman
09/22 Obama delivers remarks at UN Sec. Gen. Ban Kimoon’s Climate Change Summit; bilateral meeting with Israeli PM Netanyahu; bilateral meeting with Palestinian Authority Pres. Abbas; trilateral meeting with Netanyahu and Abbas; attends lunch with Sub-Saharan African Heads of State; bilateral meeting with Chinese Pres. Hu; delivers remarks at Clinton Global Initiative; attends UN Sec. Gen. Ban’s Climate Change Summit Dinner
09/23 Obama holds bilateral meeting Japanese PM Hatoyama; addresses UN General Assembly
09/24 Obama welcomes leaders to Pittsburgh, PA for G-20 meeting and dinner
09/25 Obama holds news conference; attends G-20 leaders lunch and plenary session; meets with British PM Gordon Brown; holds news conference
09/26 Day-off; Nothing on schedule?
09/27 Day-off; Nothing on schedule?
09/28 Obama attends meetings at WH
09/29 Obama attends meetings at WH; meets with NATO Sec. Gen. Anders Fogh Rasmussen; meets with Sec. of Defense Robert Gates
09/30 Obama attends meetings at WH; tours NIH laboratory in Bethesda, MD; signs Arnold Palmer Gold Medal Act; meets with national security team on Afghanistan
10/01 Obama attends meetings at WH; Obama leaves D.C. for Copenhagen for Chicago Olympics pitch
10/02 Obama in Copenhagen to make pitch for Chicago to IOC for 2016 Olympics bid
10/03 Day-off; Nothing on schedule?
10/04 Day-off; Nothing on schedule?
10/05 Obama attends meetings at WH; delivers remarks with SEIU members and doctors; meets with Sec. of Def. Robert Gates
10/06 Obama goes to National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) in Washington; meets with Republican and Democratic House and Senate members to discuss Afghanistan
10/07 Obama attends meetings at WH; Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; Pelosi and Reid; Biden and national security team; hosts event for local middle school students to star gaze
10/08 Obama attends meetings at WH
10/09 Obama attends meetings at WH, including one with his national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan.
10/10 Day-off; Nothing on schedule?
10/11 Day-off; Nothing on schedule?
10/12 Day-off; Nothing on schedule?
10/13 Obama attends meetings at  WH; Obama hosts “In Performance at the WH: Fiesta Latina”
10/14 Obama at WH; Obama delivers remarks at Ritz-Carlton celebrating Edward M. Kennedy Institute for United States Senate
10/15 Obama in New Orleans for a stop and town hall meeting; Obama in San Francisco for DNC fundraiser
10/16 Obama goes to College Station, TX for forum on community service with  Pres. George H.W. Bush
10/17 Day-off; Nothing on schedule?
10/18 Day-off; Nothing on schedule?
10/19 Obama attends meetings at  WH; meets with National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge winners & Sen. Ken Conrad
10/20 Obama travels to NYC for DNC fundraiser
10/21 Obama attends meetings at  WH to meet with Kerry; goes to Newark to campaign for Corzine
10/22  Obama attends meetings at WH; video conference with Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry , U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan; has lunch with Pelosi; meets with Sec. of Treasury Geithner; meets with Sec. of State Clinton
10/23  Obama travels to Boston, tours a research laboratory; delivers remarks on clean energy at MIT; delivers remarks at a fundraising reception for MA Gov. Deval Patrick;  arrives in NYC; tours small business in Stamford, CT. with Sen. Dodd; delivers remarks at fundraising dinner for Sen. Dodd; returns to WH
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Let’s see just how long this list gets.  Any guesses or bets as to when a “decision” on McCrystal’s request for additional troops will be made? 

Our military forces deserve better!

McCain Addresses Iran and Afghanistan

Marital rape is “abhorrent” says Obama

Submitted by Louise Downing

Abhorrent– is that all President Obama has to say about this- that it is abhorrent?
Afghan women attacked for protesting marriage law

By HEIDI VOGT – 9 hours ago

KABUL (AP) — Dozens of young women braved crowds of bearded men screaming “dogs!” on Wednesday to protest an Afghan law that lets husbands demand sex from their wives. Some of the men picked up small stones and pelted the women. “Slaves of the Christians!” chanted the 800 or so counter-demonstrators, a mix of men and women. A line of female police officers locked hands to keep the groups apart.

The warring protests highlight the explosive nature of the women’s rights debate in Afghanistan. Both sides are girding for battle over the legislation, which has sparked an international uproar since being quietly signed into law last month.

The law says a husband can demand sex with his wife every four days, unless she is ill or would be harmed by intercourse. It also regulates when and for what reasons a wife may leave her home without a male escort.

Though the law would apply only to the country’s Shiites, who make up less than 20 percent of Afghanistan’s 30 million people, many fear its passage marks a return to Taliban-style oppression of women. The Taliban, who ruled Afghanistan from 1996-2001, required women to wear all-covering burqas and banned them from leaving home unless accompanied by a male relative.

Governments and rights groups around the world have condemned the legislation, and President Barack Obama has labeled it “abhorrent.” Afghan President Hamid Karzai has remanded the law to the Justice Department for review and put enforcement on hold.

A host of Afghan intellectuals, politicians and even a number of Cabinet ministers have come out against the law. But those who decry the legislation face quick criticism from conservative Muslim clerics and their followers, as Wednesday’s protests showed.

“You are a dog! You are not a Shiite woman!” one man shouted to a young woman in a head scarf.

The woman, who held a banner reading “We don’t want Taliban law,” replied quietly: “This is my land and my people.”

The demonstrators chose a risky spot to hold their protest — in front of the mosque of the legislation’s main backer — and were easily outnumbered by supporters of the law. They said many women had been stopped on their way to the protest.

In the end, more women demonstrated in favor of the law than against it: A few hundred Shiite women marched with banners to join the angry men. They blamed foreigners for inciting the protests.

“We don’t want foreigners interfering in our lives. They are the enemy of Afghanistan,” said 24-year-old Mariam Sajadi.

Sajadi is engaged to be married, and said she plans to ask her husband’s permission to leave the house as put forth in the law. She said other articles — such as the one allowing husbands to demand sex — have been misinterpreted by Westerners prejudiced against Islam. She did not elaborate.

On the other side of the shouting, Mehri Rezai, 32, urged her countrymen to reject the law.

“This law treats women as if we were sheep,” she said.

Both sides say they’re defending their constitutional rights — but Afghanistan’s constitution is unclear. It defers to Islamic law as the highest authority, but also guarantees equal rights for women.

Abbas Noyan, a Shiite lawmaker who opposes the law, said he is hopeful it will be changed. But others are less sure, and even the country’s minister of women’s affairs, who is female, has declined to comment on the law.

New York-based Human Rights Watch maintains that the judicial review ordered by Karzai is unlikely to be truly independent because those leading the process come from a conservative Shiite background.