NAACP Says Poster Depicting Obama as the Joker Hanging Outside Club Velvet Bar is Racist

The NAACP says a large poster hanging outside the Club Velvet bar in Richmond, VA, depicting President Barack Obama in makeup similar to the “Joker” from Batman movies, has gone too far and is racist. The bar’s owner, Sam Moore, said it is simply an expression of free speech and he is protesting “big government.” The NAACP is encouraging people in Richmond to boycott the bar. This is just downright ridiculous. Wasn’t President George W. Bush also portrayed as the Joker?

“It’s racist,” said King Salim Khalfani, president of the NAACP Richmond chapter in an interview with Eyewitness News 9. “The President can’t say it but we can and we’ve had enough.” Sorry, but I could think of at least 10 projects and causes the NAACP could champion instead of screaming racism over really inane things.

Columnist Charles Krauthammer Says President Obama’s "Persona is More Cool, Distant, Imperial & Charming Scoundrel Can Get Away With Deception"

Well, conservative syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer has written a scathing article questioning the truthfulness of statements made by President Barack Obama. I really expected no less from Krauthammer because of his political persuasion. This is music to the ears of President Obama’s critics. He is implying that Obama isn’t a man of his words and that he slithers like a snake in and out of his positions. I guess that speaks to some of the same traits as President Bill “Slick Willie” Clinton, but in Krauthammer’s eyes, there is a twist — Clinton possessed an irresistible charm. He states that Obama’s persona is more cool, distant, imperial. Wow, I wonder what he thought of President George W. Bush? Don’t get me wrong, Mr. Krauthammer is a brilliant man and he has made a valuable contribution to the world of political analysis, but I have to wonder why we are still talking about “you lie.”

Does He Lie?
By Charles Krauthammer
Friday, September 18, 2009

You lie? No. Barack Obama doesn’t lie. He’s too subtle for that. He . . . well, you judge. Herewith three examples within a single speech — the now-famous Obama-Wilson “you lie” address to Congress on health care — of Obama’s relationship with truth.

(1) “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits — either now or in the future,” he solemnly pledged. “I will not sign it if it adds one dime to the deficit, now or in the future. Period.”

Wonderful. The president seems serious, veto-ready, determined to hold the line. Until, notes Harvard economist Greg Mankiw, you get to Obama’s very next sentence: “And to prove that I’m serious, there will be a provision in this plan that requires us to come forward with more spending cuts if the savings we promised don’t materialize.”

This apparent strengthening of the pledge brilliantly and deceptively undermines it. What Obama suggests is that his plan will require mandatory spending cuts if the current rosy projections prove false. But there’s absolutely nothing automatic about such cuts. Every Congress is sovereign. Nothing enacted today will force a future Congress or a future president to make any cuts in any spending, mandatory or not.

Just look at the supposedly automatic Medicare cuts contained in the Sustainable Growth Rate formula enacted to constrain out-of-control Medicare spending. Every year since 2003, Congress has waived the cuts.

Mankiw puts the Obama bait-and-switch in plain language. “Translation: I promise to fix the problem. And if I do not fix the problem now, I will fix it later, or some future president will, after I am long gone. I promise he will. Absolutely, positively, I am committed to that future president fixing the problem. You can count on it. Would I lie to you?”

(2) And then there’s the famous contretemps about health insurance for illegal immigrants. Obama said they would not be insured. Well, all four committee-passed bills in Congress allow illegal immigrants to take part in the proposed Health Insurance Exchange. But more important, the problem is that laws are not self-enforcing. If they were, we’d have no illegal immigrants because, as I understand it, it’s illegal to enter the United States illegally. We have laws against burglary, too. But we also provide for cops and jails on the assumption that most burglars don’t voluntarily turn themselves in.

When Republicans proposed requiring proof of citizenship, the Democrats twice voted that down in committee. Indeed, after Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” shout-out, the Senate Finance Committee revisited the language of its bill to prevent illegal immigrants from getting any federal benefits. Why would the Finance Committee fix a nonexistent problem?

(3) Obama said he would largely solve the insoluble cost problem of Obamacare by eliminating “hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and fraud” from Medicare. That’s not a lie. That’s not even deception. That’s just an insult to our intelligence. Waste, fraud and abuse — Meg Greenfield once called this phrase “the dread big three” — as the all-purpose piggy bank for budget savings has been a joke since Jimmy Carter first used it in 1977.

Moreover, if half a trillion is waiting to be squeezed painlessly out of Medicare, why wait for health-care reform? If, as Obama repeatedly insists, Medicare overspending is breaking the budget, why hasn’t he gotten started on the painless billions in “waste and fraud” savings?

Obama doesn’t lie. He merely elides, gliding from one dubious assertion to another. This has been the story throughout his whole health-care crusade. Its original premise was that our current financial crisis was rooted in neglect of three things — energy, education and health care. That transparent attempt to exploit Emanuel’s Law — a crisis is a terrible thing to waste — failed for health care because no one is stupid enough to believe that the 2008 financial collapse was caused by a lack of universal health care.

So on to the next gambit: selling health-care reform as a cure for the deficit. When that was exploded by the Congressional Budget Office’s demonstration of staggering Obamacare deficits, Obama tried a new tack: selling his plan as revenue-neutral insurance reform — until the revenue neutrality is exposed as phony future cuts and chimerical waste and fraud. Obama doesn’t lie. He implies, he misdirects, he misleads — so fluidly and incessantly that he risks transmuting eloquence into mere slickness.

Slickness wasn’t fatal to “Slick Willie” Clinton because he possessed a winning, nearly irresistible charm. Obama’s persona is more cool, distant, imperial. The charming scoundrel can get away with endless deception; the righteous redeemer cannot. Source: Washington Post

Wow, doesn’t this person sound a lot like George W. Bush and the eight years of waste and fraud we endured? Now the President is being called a “scoundrel.” Wow. This is amazing.

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) Yells Out "You Lie" When President Obama Says His Health Care Bill Won’t Mandate Coverage for Illegal Immigrants

Once again, the Republican Party shows that it has no class. During President Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress tonight regarding health care reform, Republican Congressman Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) yelled out “lie” when the President said his health care bill would not mandate coverage for illegal immigrants. I can’t recall hearing any member of Congress interrupt President George W. Bush or President Bill Clinton during their address to Congress. Why should President Obama be continually subjected to such crass behavior at the hands of his opponents? We have lost all sense of decorum in this country. This is a travesty and this congressman is a disgrace.

I can’t recall hearing Rep. Wilson calling Governor Sanford a liar and a cheat when he left his office to go for a booty call in South America. Sen. John McCain, during an appearance on CNN after the president’s speech, said Wilson’s outburst was “totally disrespectful — [there’s] no place for it in that setting or any other and he should apologize immediately.” Now, that’s the John McCain I liked before the presidential campaign. First Lady Michelle Obama, overhead in the visitors’ gallery, shook her head from side to side. described the claims made by Rep. Joe Wilson as “false” and noted that one version of the legislation already includes an explicit bar on federal funding for illegal immigrants’ health care. There is an going viral, asking @CongJoeWilson to apologize for yelling “YOU LIE” in President Obama’s speech.

If you’d like to sign,please click here. 

UPDATE #1: Joe Wilson is being challenged by Rob Miller for SC-02. You can donate to Miller’s ActBlue page here.

UPDATE #2: In less than two hours, challenger Rob Miller has raised over $11K. Joe Wilson is shaking like a leaf at the outrage being leveled at him and the prospect that this outburst could, and should, cost him reelection. He has issued the following apology:

“This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the President’s remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill. While I disagree with the President’s statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the President for this lack of civility.”

UPDATE #3: True to form, Fox News stepped up to the plate and showed just have right wing they are. On Fox Business News, Karl Rove and host Neil Cavuto thought Wilson shouting at the President was hilarious. “Joe Wilson, good guy,” said Rove. “Lovely,” agreed Cavuto.

Sorry, but if he wasn’t called out on his despicable behavior, he would not have apologized. These are the bottom feeders who are making decisions for Americans. Time for this moron to go back to South Carolina!

UPDATE #4: It turns out that Joe Wilson was once a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans. According to Crooks and Liars, this is an organization that, as the SPLC has detailed assiduously, has been taken over in the past decade by radical neo-Confederates who favor secession and defend slavery as a benign institution. Leading the takeover is a radical racist named Kirk Lyons, who’s been an important legal figure on the far right for some years.

Joe Wilson, as a state legislator, was one of only seven Republicans to go against their own party and vote to keep the Dixie Rebel flag flying over the South Carolina capitol:

The flag came down that year after Republicans in both houses went for a compromise that would put it on Statehouse grounds at the Confederate Soldier’s monument. The “Magnificent Seven” of Senators who voted to keep the flag up included current Congressman Joe Wilson (who I served with in the 218th Infantry Brigade of the National Guard.) Source: Crooks and Liars

Joe Wilson’s contact information:

Joe Wilson
South Carolina-2nd, Republican
212 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515-4002
Phone: (202) 225-2452

Wilson Joe Congressman
1700 Sunset Blvd
West Columbia, SC 29169 Map
(803) 939-0041

And email him at

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President Obama Accused, in Study Endorsed by Economist James Buchanan, of Making ‘Great Depression’ Errors, Says US Faces ‘Argentina-Style’ Fall

Is history repeating itself this quickly in President Barack Obama’s first in the White House? He has been accused by some economists of making the same mistakes policymakers in the US made in the Great Depression, which followed the stock market crash of 1929. Sadly, many of these economists have said that his policies even have the potential to consign the United States to a similar fate as Argentina, which suffered a shocking slide from first to Third World status last century. I won’t dance around the issues confronting this country today, though I voted for Barack Obama in the presidential election, I must agree that there are some troubling similarities between POTUS and those in the 1930s that sent the US and the world into a downward spiral into the worst economic collapse in history. But it isn’t all his fault. He hasn’t been in office long enough, but what he does now will have a lasting effect for generations to come. His predecessor George W. Bush set the wheels in motion that have come off the bus on Obama’s watch.

A new pamphlet published by the Institute of Economic Affairs are very critical of President Obama and his plans for the economy.

In particular, the authors, economists Charles Rowley of George Mason University and Nathanael Smith of the Locke Institute, claim that the White House’s plans to pour hundreds of billions of dollars of cash into the economy will undermine it in the long run. They say that by employing deficit spending and increased state intervention President Obama will ultimately hamper the long-term growth potential of the US economy and may risk delaying full economic recovery by several years.

The study represents a challenge to the widely held view that Keynesian fiscal policies helped the US recover from the Depression which started in the early 1930s. The authors say: “[Franklin D Roosevelt’s] interventionist policies and draconian tax increases delayed full economic recovery by several years by exacerbating a climate of pessimistic expectations that drove down private capital formation and household consumption to unprecedented lows.”

Although the authors support the Federal Reserve’s moves to slash interest rates to just above zero and embark on quantitative easing, pumping cash directly into the system, they warn that greater intervention could set the US back further. Rowley says: “It is also not impossible that the US will experience the kind of economic collapse from first to Third World status experienced by Argentina under the national-socialist governance of Juan Peron.”

The paper, which recommends that the US return to a more laissez-faire economic system rather than intervening further in activity, has been endorsed by Nobel laureate James Buchanan, who said: “We have learned some things from comparable experiences of the 1930s’ Great Depression, perhaps enough to reduce the severity of the current contraction. But we have made no progress toward putting limits on political leaders, who act out their natural proclivities without any basic understanding of what makes capitalism work.” Source: UK Telegraph

It will be rather interesting to see how this will play out. As far as the right wing is concerned, no matter what the president does will be good enough for them, though they did nothing when President George W. Bush started the process of sending this country on a downward spiral with an unpopular and unprovoked Iraqi war. They gave him two terms to send this country on a dangerous course. What is troubling with the new president is that he is continuing some of the very same policies of his predecessor and he is being pigeon-holed for no other reason than the color of his skin. I am not into making predictions, but if the Democrats in Congress don’t get their act together and the president continues to be spineless, then this historic presidency will be a one term phenomenon. An experiment of sorts, if you will.

Photo credit: Wall Street collapse in 1929, BBC

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson and His BOND Action Group Come Out in Support of Fox News’ Glenn Beck and his Incendiary Comments About President Obama

BOND Action Inc., an African American cultural action organization, has come out in favor of Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck, who has been under attack for calling President Barack Obama a racist. You will recall that ColorofChange mounted an attack on Beck for his comments and many companies, including Ally Bank, Geico, Sargento Cheese, have stopped advertising on his show. BOND Action, Inc.’s founder and president Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, said it will be working to expose the source behind the boycott and counter it. Wow, why am I not surprised by Rev. Peterson’s actions. This is the same man who would have no qualms about throwing President Obama under a bus on Fox News. Much of Glenn Beck’s ire in this boycott is directed at Van Jones, a co-founder of ColorofChange and the White House environmental advisor.

“Glenn Beck is right, Obama is a racist!” added Rev. Peterson. “Where were the boycotts and outraged activists when President George W. Bush was being falsely maligned as a ‘racist’? This is a blatant double standard. This boycott is an attempt to silence Beck from continuing his expose’ of Barack Obama’s socialist agenda and his radical ‘green jobs czar’ Van Jones.”

Rev. Peterson said, “ claims that it exists to ‘strengthen Black America’s political voice’–but it’s clear that they are a left-wing, racist political group that deal in lies. This attempt to silence Beck is an attack on free speech and must be countered.”Source: Christian News Wire

In the spirit of fairness, I must note that’s claims some 33 advertisers have pulled their ads off The Glenn Beck Show, is reportedly exaggerated. The group has had its own issues. It reportedly endorsed ridiculous and inflammatory statements by rapper Kanye West that former President Bush gave troops permission to go to New Orleans and shoot black people during Hurricane Katrina. That was unfounded and just a dirty lie. The chances that Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson and his group will blunt the effects of ColorofChange’s campaign is virtually nil. So, Rev., do us a favor, find another cause to fight for instead of being Fox News Channel’s Uncle Tom. I could find a few choice words to describe the so-called reverend, but I’ll leave that to your imagination.

President Barack Obama Seen Biking on Lobsterville Beach in Aquinnah Without a Helmet

Here we go again. The Obamas are under the microscope. President Barack Obama was spotted biking on Lobsterville Beach in Aquinnah and he was the only one without a helmet. Also riding with the Obamas were Konrad Ng, the president’s brother-in-law, his daughter Suhaila, family friend Eric Whitaker, and a few other unidentified children.

Would you like the president to wear a helmet? Personally, I don’t think this is a big deal, but since President George W. Bush was held to such high standards and was a paragon of virtue, then I guess we should expect no less from President Obama. Of course, I am being sarcastic.

Anti-War Protester Cindy Sheehan Sets Sights on President Barack Obama, Stages Protest at Media Center on Martha’s Vineyard

She’s baaaaacck! Cindy Sheehan, that is. You will recall that she spent weeks dogging George W. Bush’s presidential vacations, now the anti-war protester is now trying to make life uncomfortable for President Barack Obama on his Martha’s Vineyard vacation. Sheehan pitched a peace camp near Bush’s Crawford, Texas, ranch and she became a symbol of the anti-war movement after her son Casey died in action in Iraq. I found her to be annoying, but she had a point and I give her some credit for popping up again on the other side of the aisle.

Sheehan and a band of anti-war protesters turned up Thursday outside the media center used by journalists covering Obama’s vacation on the well-heeled east coast resort island of Martha’s Vineyard. “The reason I am here is because … even though the facade has changed in Washington D.C., the policies are still the same,” Sheehan told a handful of journalists, against a backdrop of her “Camp Casey” banner.

She also told peace activists to wake up and protest Obama’s escalation of the war in Afghanistan and complained that despite the president’s anti-war stance, US troops remained in Iraq. Gee, I didn’t think he could just snap a finger and bring the troops home. Any withdrawal from this ill-advised and unfounded war will take months. I will give her credit for recognizing that though then-candidate Barack Obama said he would bring the troops home, now as President, his hands are tied and it is clear that there is still no exit strategy to end this war.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says Veterans Affairs Manual, "Death Book" is Encouraging Veterans to Commit Suicide

RNC chairman Michael Steele is at it again. This time he jumped on the-government-will-kill-you bandwagon saying that a Veterans Affairs manual is “encouraging them [veterans] to commit suicide.” “I mean, this is crazy coming from the government, and this is exactly what concerns people and puts them in fear of what the government control of health care will look like,” Steele said. Wow, Michael Steele, you thought of that all by yourself? This ridiculous drivel about a so-called “death book,” stems from a VA pamphlet on setting up advance directives such as living wills. It started with an op-ed last Tuesday written by George W. Bush’s “faith czar,” Jim Towey, conservative media has been swarming over claims that the pamphlet encourages disabled veterans to evaluate whether they’re a “burden” to their families, in effect telling them to commit suicide. Of course, the pamphlet does nothing of the sort and it’s just typical right wing smear tactics.

The White House has released a fact sheet says it was pulled for revision in 2007, when a panel found it “to be too negative in tone and not sufficiently sensitive to the perspectives of veterans with pro-life perspectives and veterans living with life-long disabling conditions.”

Sorry, but if Michael Steele is the best African American the Republican National Committee could find to be a trailblazer and a voice for the party, then they have made the mother of all blunders. The guy has no substance and when he tries to criticize President Obama, he comes off looking like a complete moron. He has insulted millions of veterans in this country by claiming that they are being driven to commit suicide by reading a pamphlet.

Attorney General Eric Holder to Appoint Prosecutor to Investigate CIA Terror Interrogations

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. has decided to appoint a prosecutor to examine nearly a dozen cases in which CIA interrogators and contractors may have violated anti-torture laws and other statutes when they allegedly threatened suspected terrorists, according the The Washington Post. This is move is contrary to President Barack Obama’s position, but shows that Holder and his office operates independently of the president, quite unlike former President George W. Bush and his lackey AG Alberto Reynaldo Gonzales.

Holder is poised to name John Durham, a career Justice Department prosecutor from Connecticut, to lead the inquiry, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the process is not complete.

Durham’s mandate, the sources added, will be relatively narrow: to look at whether there is enough evidence to launch a full-scale criminal investigation of current and former CIA personnel who may have broken the law in their dealings with detainees. Many of the harshest CIA interrogation techniques have not been employed against terrorism suspects for four years or more.

The attorney general selected Durham in part because the longtime prosecutor is familiar with the CIA and its past interrogation regime. For nearly two years, Durham has been probing whether laws against obstruction or false statements were violated in connection with the 2005 destruction of CIA videotapes. The tapes allegedly depicted brutal scenes including waterboarding of some of the agency’s high value detainees. That inquiry is proceeding before a grand jury in Alexandria, although lawyers following the investigation have cast doubt on whether it will result in any criminal charges. Source: Washington Post

Ironically, this latest move comes on the same day as that the Obama administration will issue a 2004 report by the former CIA-Inspector General in which the effectiveness of harsh interrogation tactics were criticized. Let’s see how vocal former VP Dick Cheney will be with this latest move, since he claimed the tactics used were correct.

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Egyptian Fruit Sellers Name Their Best Dates After President Barack Obama for Ramadan

Obama dates in Egypt for Ramadan (Yahoo News)

For the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Egyptian fruit sellers have named their best dates of the year after President Barack Obama, in a tribute to the president for his outreach to the Muslim world. Dates are the traditional food for Ramadan, which commenced on Saturday in most of the Islamic world. Shops in Egypt have created a new tradition of naming their best and worst dates in a move to let others know the political mood of the country.

Obama’s honor is the result of the landmark address he gave in Cairo in June, in which he said that he wants to improve American ties with Muslims around the world. Those ties were deeply strained under his predecessor, George W. Bush, who was widely resented in the Arab world and whose name was given to the worst quality dates in Egypt in past Ramadans.

Huge barrels in one fruit seller’s shop were piled with “Obama” dates, selling for just under $2.50 a pound ($5 a kilogram). For an additional dollar, there is an even better date, labeled on a sign as “Super Obama.”

One fruit seller named his poorer dates after Israeli Foreign Minister Avidgor Lieberman, who is considered a hard-liner who is particularly disliked in Egypt for once saying its president, Hosni Mubarak, can “go to hell.”

Other low-quality dates were named after Lieberman’s predecessor, Tzipi Livni, and after Bush. They all go for about 17 cents a pound (36 cents a kilogram). Source: Yahoo News

During the lunar month of Ramadan, observant Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from sunrise to sunset. The observers believe that God began revealing the Quran to Muhammad during Ramadan, and the faithful are supposed to spend the month in religious reflection, prayer and remembrance of the poor.