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Who keeps winning?

The story in the political junkies news over the last 36 hours is the bambozzelment of the House GOPers…..

While the media may be still screaming the echo’s of the last months GOP iron fisted demands….

The fact is…

Obama and the Senate Democrats out foxed Boehner and the House newbies…..

Quietly…

Without fan fair there have be stories coming out in the past 24 hours that the ACTUAL budget cuts for 2011 are anywhere from $17B to less than $1B….

Now I DO remember the newly elected GOP House members and their Tea Party friends demanding $100B in cuts….

That didn’t happen…

Did it?

We now see House GOP Boehner trying to put a good face on being fleeced by the Democrats who used the Senate Democrats, House Democrats and a dealing President to again sell the GOP snake oil….

As with the first budget bill fight……

Just when the GOP thought they had everybody on the ropes…..

They didn’t…..

I said this several times …

Everybody keep bitching about Obama not having any balls (I certainly have)

But again…

The guy and the Democrats get shit done….

Schumer and Reid have taken the lead from Pelosi…

And Reid the old boxer keeps giving good rounds in the Senate…..

Just like his re-election run…..

The Democrats are rolling along fine folks…

No draconian cuts…

And taxing the rich is still being pushed along with dialogue about more cuts….

And will likely do fine with the Debt Ceiling (that HAS to be raised ) fight….

That make sense


I hope the GOP Governors keep messing with everyone…

The Dem’s may lose the Senate…

But they  ARE gonna have gains in the House…

And a newly re-elected President come next November….

For sure….

From Politicaldog101

April 17, 2011 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Editorial, Government, Law, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

The Foreign Desk…4/17/11….France, Libya, Japan, Syria, Cuba…..

From the BBC…..

Italian police wait for Tunisian migrants at Ventimiglia train station, on March 31, 2011.


France stops Italy migrant trains

A row escalates as French authorities block Italian trains in an attempt to stop migrants from north Africa entering the country……

UN Libya mission is ‘difficult’

David Cameron said the UK was not occupying or invading but said these restrictions imposed by the UN made the mission in Libya more difficult.

But he stressed the restrictions were the “right” ones.

It comes amid reports of fresh fighting between pro-Gaddafi forces and rebels…..

Japan unveils nuclear crisis plan

Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) aims to reduce radiation leaks in three months and to cool the reactors within nine months.

The utility said it also plans to cover the reactor building, which was hit by a huge quake and tsunami on 11 March.

Nearly 14,000 people died and another 14,000 are still unaccounted for.

Tepco unveiled its roadmap as Hillary Clinton briefly visited Tokyo to pledge America’s “steadfast support” for Japan’s reconstruction…..

Syria state of emergency ‘to end’

The lifting of the 48-year-old emergency law has been a key demand of the protesters.

On Friday, tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied in the capital, Damascus, in one of the biggest turnouts since protests began.

While he repeated his view that his country was facing a conspiracy, Mr Assad said he did not believe the lifting of the state of emergency would destabilise Syria.

The Syrian leader told the cabinet a legal commission asked to examine the lifting of the law had come to its conclusions.

“I think the commission has finished its work, on Thursday, and the recommendations will be given to the government so that they become law immediately. I don’t know how many days it will take you and I think that the maximum deadline for the lifting of the state of emergency will be next week,” he said…..

Castro calls for Cuba term limits

President Castro was speaking at the start of the first congress of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party in 14 years.

He said the party leadership was in need of renewal and should subject itself to severe self-criticism.

The proposal is unprecedented under Cuban communism.

Mr Castro, 79, made clear the limits would apply to himself.

He took over from his brother Fidel in 2008 and between them they have ruled Cuba for 52 years.

He acknowledged that “the confidence of the majority of Cubans had been tested, with regard to the party and the revolution”……..

From Politicaldog101…..

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Al-Jazeera is suddenly in…

Washington-based Al-Jazeera anchors Ghida Fakhry (left) and Dave Marash (center) prepare for a rehearsal in 2006. | Reuters Photo

Things sometimes change 

With the political winds

Don’t they?

“They are a really important media entity, and we have a really great relationship with them,” said Dana Shell Smith, the State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for international media engagement, who speaks Arabic and has frequently appeared on the channel. “This administration has empowered those of us who actually do the communicating to be in a close relationship with Al-Jazeera. They understand that the relationship can’t consist of complaining to each other about the differences we have.”

The differences also have shrunk as the big story in the Middle East has shifted from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the democratic movements sweeping the region. In the recent uprisings, U.S. interests tended to line up with Al-Jazeera’s, and President Barack Obama alluded to both the network’s influence and its pro-democracy bent in remarks caught on an open mic during a closed-door fundraiser last week……

More….

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Another view on why the French and Brits jumped into Libya….And pulled us in too…

Ok….

I’m tired …..

But while riding around with my wife this afternoon and evening I tuned into POTUS Satellite Radio….

They were doing the replay of the morning Press Pool radio show….

Louise Schiavone was filling in for the Joe Mathieu and she had  Llewellyn King on….

She got into a discussion about Libya…

And Llewellyn went on about a another reason for the mess in and over Libya…..

King invited that while the big deal about the Libyan “Civil War”  in this country was framed in the term of media pictures of people getting hurt from Gaddafi’s troops…

The REAL reason for the French flexing and the Brits and the rest of Europe getting excited and worked up was NOT Gaddafi at all…

It was immigration and assimilation….

The two issues are very real in the European continent King advised….

For this reason…

As things have gotten bad in the Middle East and Africa from wars and disputes between religious groups of muslims….

As the shia and Sunni muslims square off….

People move….

They move to the European countries where democracy lets them live their lives as they want to…..

If they aren’t religious the still move to live their lives free of dictators….

But…..

And this is VERY IMPORTANT …..

These immigrants ….

And they are a LOT of THEM…..

Are moving into Europe and NOT assimilating…..

King points out that in Italy and France there are whole swaths of the country that have immigrants that don’t bother to learn their new countries language, customs or laws….

They set up shop in their new destinations and BRING THEIR OLD COUNTRY with them…

France is in heated battle with muslim women who wear cover-ups that make them unrecognizable to anyone….

This ia religious custom ….

But the French are highly pissed ….

To the point that they have passed a law against it….

As in this country….

Immigration is a hot subject….

So King points out…..

The French and the Italians have been watching nervously as immigrants bail out of troubled Middle Eastern and Africa countries and landing on their shores….

Gaddafi was alright in Kings estimation until people started heading for the borders….

The result of the same thing the American media was showing…..

King points out that Sarkozy must have picked up the phone and spoke to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton…..Then President Obama reminding them that French and NATO troops where operating in Afghanistan providing great political risk to the heads of state of those countries……

It was time for the US to return the favor….

And I add…

Hillary sold it to Obama….

You know I never saw this thing that way….

But I can NOW see it …..

The more you know….

The more you can see……

From Politicaldog101….

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