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Mike Bloomberg for ….President???

Yea …I can scratch my head on this one….

But Leonard Levitt, the guy that rides the NYPD hard, has this analysis,  that may no be far off the mark when you step back and look at it……..


The Times Square bomb scare has revealed a new Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

He’s now a terrorism shtarker. That’s Yiddish for tough guy.

In the days following the botched plot, the new Mayor Mike has:

Publicly criticized Immigration and Customs Enforcement for not immediately flagging bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad when he boarded a United Emirates plane after paying for his ticket in cash.

Called on Congress to ban the sale of explosives and firearms to people on the Terrorist Watch List.

Rescinded the planned cuts of 900 police officer jobs.

Presided with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly over a Memorial Day ceremony honoring 12 fallen officers, 11 of whom died of illnesses they developed at Ground Zero following the September 11, 2001 attacks. In the past, Bloomberg was criticized for his lack of support for Det. James Zadroga, the first NYPD officer to die of respiratory disease attributed to his work in the rubble.

So why is Bloomberg — who in his two terms as mayor ceded virtually all law enforcement authority to Kelly — now becoming a Terrorism Tough Guy?

Even to a political amateur like Your Humble Servant, the answer seems obvious. He wants to be President.

Talking Tough on Terror is good politics for a presidential candidate.

Talking Tough on Terror also allows Bloomberg to carve out positions that separate him from President Obama and the Washington establishment.

That, too, is important for Bloomberg’s presidential plan.

Although his chances may seem ridiculously slim to those of us lacking the illusions that billions of dollars can buy, Bloomberg may be imagining a repeat of his somewhat quixotic mayoral run in 2001.

Virtually unknown, he won a Republican primary against a longtime city politician, Herman Badillo, then defeated the favored, but flawed, Democratic candidate, Mark Greene, in the general election.

For lightning to strike twice……

More……..

This the same guy who spend $130 million to just bearly win his third term as NYC Mayor…..

He’ll never make it to the white House …even if he spends a BILLION dollars!

May 10, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | , | 5 Comments

The President will resort to ‘Executive Power’ to move ahead on certain issues and policies…..

President Obama like all of his preecessors in the office, has run against the first year brick wall….All President do……It’s one thing to have all those people working the White House somewhat follow your orders…It is another to have all the  700 or memebers of Congress do the same…….

And so all president’s resort to other powers given and evoved into their office as the nation\’s chief Executive….these are called  ‘ Excecutive Powers’……These powers to get certain things done….. do not need the legislative branch to be executed…..sercveral do require the leegislative branchs final approval, though……

Here’s the beginniing of a piece in the New York Times….

With much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress,President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities.

Mr. Obama has not given up hope of progress on Capitol Hill, aides said, and has scheduled a session with Republican leaders on health care later this month. But in the aftermath of a special election in Massachusetts that cost Democrats unilateral control of the Senate, the White House is getting ready to act on its own in the face of partisan gridlock heading into the midterm campaign.

“We are reviewing a list of presidential executive orders and directives to get the job done across a front of issues,” saidRahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff.

Any president has vast authority to influence policy even without legislation, through executive orders, agency rule-making and administrative fiat. And Mr. Obama’s success this week in pressuring the Senate to confirm 27 nominations by threatening to use his recess appointment power demonstrated that executive authority can also be leveraged to force action by Congress.

Mr. Obama has already decided to create a bipartisan budget commission under his own authority after Congress refused to do so. His administration has signaled that it plans to use its discretion to soften enforcement of the ban on openly gay men and lesbians serving in the military, even as Congress considers repealing the law. And the Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with possible regulations on heat-trapping gases blamed for climate change, while a bill to cap such emissions languishes in the Senate.

In an effort to demonstrate forward momentum, the White House is also drawing more attention to the sorts of actions taken regularly by cabinet departments without much fanfare. The White House heavily promoted an export initiative announced by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke last week and nearly $1 billion in health care technology grants announced on Friday by Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, and Hilda L. Solis, the labor secretary.

White House officials said the increased focus on executive authority reflected a natural evolution from the first year to the second year of any presidency.

“The challenges we had to address in 2009 ensured that the center of action would be in Congress,” said Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director. “In 2010, executive actions will also play a key role in advancing the agenda.”

The use of executive authority during times of legislative inertia is hardly new; former PresidentsBill Clinton and George W. Bush turned to such powers at various moments in their presidencies, and Mr. Emanuel was in the thick of carrying out the strategy during his days as a top official in the Clinton White House.

More……..

Note:…..All candidates running for the Office of the Presidency routinely criticize the use of Presidential Executive power in their campaigns only to resort to that power after getting in office and realizing how difficuit it is to affect changes in the nation’s policies…..

February 13, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

The President will resort to 'Executive Power' to move ahead on certain issues and policies…..

President Obama like all of his preecessors in the office, has run against the first year brick wall….All President do……It’s one thing to have all those people working the White House somewhat follow your orders…It is another to have all the  700 or memebers of Congress do the same…….

And so all president’s resort to other powers given and evoved into their office as the nation\’s chief Executive….these are called  ‘ Excecutive Powers’……These powers to get certain things done….. do not need the legislative branch to be executed…..sercveral do require the leegislative branchs final approval, though……

Here’s the beginniing of a piece in the New York Times….

With much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress,President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities.

Mr. Obama has not given up hope of progress on Capitol Hill, aides said, and has scheduled a session with Republican leaders on health care later this month. But in the aftermath of a special election in Massachusetts that cost Democrats unilateral control of the Senate, the White House is getting ready to act on its own in the face of partisan gridlock heading into the midterm campaign.

“We are reviewing a list of presidential executive orders and directives to get the job done across a front of issues,” saidRahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff.

Any president has vast authority to influence policy even without legislation, through executive orders, agency rule-making and administrative fiat. And Mr. Obama’s success this week in pressuring the Senate to confirm 27 nominations by threatening to use his recess appointment power demonstrated that executive authority can also be leveraged to force action by Congress.

Mr. Obama has already decided to create a bipartisan budget commission under his own authority after Congress refused to do so. His administration has signaled that it plans to use its discretion to soften enforcement of the ban on openly gay men and lesbians serving in the military, even as Congress considers repealing the law. And the Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with possible regulations on heat-trapping gases blamed for climate change, while a bill to cap such emissions languishes in the Senate.

In an effort to demonstrate forward momentum, the White House is also drawing more attention to the sorts of actions taken regularly by cabinet departments without much fanfare. The White House heavily promoted an export initiative announced by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke last week and nearly $1 billion in health care technology grants announced on Friday by Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, and Hilda L. Solis, the labor secretary.

White House officials said the increased focus on executive authority reflected a natural evolution from the first year to the second year of any presidency.

“The challenges we had to address in 2009 ensured that the center of action would be in Congress,” said Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director. “In 2010, executive actions will also play a key role in advancing the agenda.”

The use of executive authority during times of legislative inertia is hardly new; former PresidentsBill Clinton and George W. Bush turned to such powers at various moments in their presidencies, and Mr. Emanuel was in the thick of carrying out the strategy during his days as a top official in the Clinton White House.

More……..

Note:…..All candidates running for the Office of the Presidency routinely criticize the use of Presidential Executive power in their campaigns only to resort to that power after getting in office and realizing how difficuit it is to affect changes in the nation’s policies…..

February 13, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

SE posts on Martial Law….. the President of the United States….and His powers….

Se…our buddy from down South, just did a post about a piece mentioned in Alex Jones’ infowars.com……in SE’s piece and the infowars.com piece it is mentioned the President Obama has set up a Council of Governors……here’s SE’s piece……

Now SE has mentioned that the establishment of the Council ‘could change my life’…….I don’t think so.

Here’s SE’s finish…..

This is by far the scariest story I’ve ever seen and as I stated above, I’ve seen coming for a year. Many people have and still do dismiss me as crazy, but I now firmly believe that Obama will declare Martial Law, abolish elections, and arrest people in the name of national security, saving the economy, etc. However, I don’t think he will go the way of Hitler or Stalin, though. The people are what keep the Government alive, so don’t expect Obama to go the way of the names above

Ok…lets take  a look at the subject….First ..Of all President’s set up Council’s of Governor’s all the time……..Here’s one…Council of Great Lakes Governors and here’s another…Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence or how about this one?……Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports…..

Ok…next…..the Council of Governor’s is just that…..The president is setting up a group of governors to….

Functions.

The Council shall meet at the call of the Secretary of Defense or the Co-Chairs of the Council to exchange views, information, or advice with the Secretary of Defense; the Secretary of Homeland Security; the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; the Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement; the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs; the Commander, United States Northern Command; the Chief, National Guard Bureau; the Commandant of the Coast Guard; and other appropriate officials of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, and appropriate officials of other executive departments or agencies as may be designated by the Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of Homeland Security. Such views, information, or advice shall concern:
(a) matters involving the National Guard of the various States;
(b) homeland defense;
(c) civil support;
(d) synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States; and
(e) other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities.

Now SE and a batch of people out there are really bent out of shape about this…..

But the group is set up to do exactly what it says…..meet to….exchange views, information, or advice……

That’s all….

While SE and everyone else worries about the Council of Governors…they ought to read up on the……

National Emergency Powers Act……

Now that’s what I’m talking about……


Under the Act……

Federal law provides a variety of powers for the President to use in response to

crisis, exigency, or emergency circumstances threatening the nation. Moreover, they

are not limited to military or war situations. Some of these authorities, deriving from

the Constitution or statutory law, are continuously available to the President with little

or no qualification. Others—statutory delegations from Congress—exist on a standby

basis and remain dormant until the President formally declares a national

emergency. These delegations or grants of power authorize the President to meet the

problems of governing effectively in times of crisis. Under the powers delegated by

such statutes, the President may seize property, organize and control the means of

production, seize commodities, assign military forces abroad, institute martial law,

seize and control all transportation and communication, regulate the operation of

private enterprise, restrict travel, and, in a variety of ways, control the lives of United

States citizens. Furthermore, Congress may modify, rescind, or render dormant such

delegated emergency authority.

Until the crisis of World War I, Presidents utilized emergency powers at their

own discretion. Proclamations announced the exercise of exigency authority.

However, during World War I and thereafter, Chief Executives had available to them

a growing body of standby emergency authority which became operative upon the

issuance of a proclamation declaring a condition of national emergency. Sometimes

such proclamations confined the matter of crisis to a specific policy sphere, and

sometimes they placed no limitation whatsoever on the pronouncement. These

activations of stand-by emergency authority remained acceptable practice until the era

of the Vietnam war. In 1976, Congress curtailed this practice with the passage of the

National Emergencies Act.

The Act…linked above provides a frame work for President to evoke their powers…..in reading the link one finds that in most instances Presidents publicly

document the issuance of directives based on the act……

In the case of recent National Security Directives …those documentations have been done in secret……On would believe that those directives have been presented to both houses of Congress through their National Security Oversight committee’s…..

There has been  a bit of a snit that occurred when a member of Congress wanted to publicly find out about the countries plans for governance in the event of a terrorist situation…..

In July 2007, ( under the Bush Administration ) Congressman Peter DeFazio (D – OR) was asked by his constituents to see what was contained within the classified portion of the White House’s plan for operating the government after a terrorist attack.

Since DeFazio also sits on the Homeland Security Committee and has clearance to view classified material, the request would have appeared to be routine, but the Congressman was unceremoniously denied all access to view the documents, and the White House wouldn’t even give an excuse as to why he was barred.

“I just can’t believe they’re going to deny a member of Congress the right of reviewing how they plan to conduct the government of the United States after a significant terrorist attack,” DeFazio told the Oregonian.

“We’re talking about the continuity of the government of the United States of America,” DeFazio says. “I would think that would be relevant to any member of Congress, let alone a member of the Homeland Security Committee.”

Under the Obama administration that policy has continued…but one notices an uproar in Congress…..Why?

Because the heads of those committee’s …..The ones on the notification line know what’s in the directives….

The fact of the matter is the executive branch is the working arm of this country…..they respond to crisis, incidents and emergencies…not Congress…

A prime example is the Haitian situation…..in order to do their jobs…the country must trust them and their leader….The Conmmander-in -Chief……it can be no other way…..

The fact remains in the end that Presidents have always had the ability to do just what ever they need to do in emergencies…as matter of fact they now actually are supposed to tell the Congress when they do it…..

So when we vote for our Presidents we should always remember that….. With that vote….. We give that person the reigns to go and do a lot of things for 4 years…..

And we hope that they do ‘the right thing’….bBecausesome of them don’t…….

But we’re in for a ride with them come hell…or high water…….

January 18, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Updates | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Memo to the President:…Being the President of the United States doesn't mean other countries are going follow the White House script….

Over the last 300 days or so I have watched President Obama try his Chicago style community organizing routine on the world stage…..And right now, with him coming out of China, it seems to me that things are not working out too good…..

The new foreign policy under this president has been to try to find an opening (by even apologizing)…then work top find a ‘consenus’ on small issues and use that to find a ‘comfort factor’ to move to larger issues….

But as with his trip to China, his fruitless attempts to get a deal with Iran on nukes, to stop settlement building by the Israeli’s and broker a agreement with Honduras, his pull back of a missle shield for the Russian’s…things are a not so easy…Americans in particular, don’t grasp the concept that there are other sovereign nations out there that act in their own interests…they act for their own self preservation, and political needs……and then there is the recent economic problems…..the Chinese, who feel like they should always be looking down on the West…have found it hard to listen seriously a young black American President that just got his country saved by their infusion of money….they have repeatedly smiled, and gone their own way, with Obama, who is looked at increasingly as ‘out of their league’ by a lot of leaders….I’m afraid that most of these leaders are reacting to something Obama is trying very hard not to do…use the’ iron fist.’…

While George Bush was a pain to most people’s of each one of these countries..their leaders respected the fact Bush, and Cheney would never hesitate to use the full force of ALL of their cards to get what they wanted…..Obama does not seem ready for this…..

And so why we watch him go from summit to summit and watch him agonize over troop movement decisions……I may be beginning to see an american president that is marginalizing his ability to project american political power outside this country….

You can be the good guy as an American President, and be liked….but no one likes to get rolled …and President Obama is starting to look like one who is indeed getting ‘rolled’……

You’re not in Illinois Mr. President…wake up…and get tough…..

November 17, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics, Travel | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Memo to the President:…Being the President of the United States doesn’t mean other countries are going follow the White House script….

Over the last 300 days or so I have watched President Obama try his Chicago style community organizing routine on the world stage…..And right now, with him coming out of China, it seems to me that things are not working out too good…..

The new foreign policy under this president has been to try to find an opening (by even apologizing)…then work top find a ‘consenus’ on small issues and use that to find a ‘comfort factor’ to move to larger issues….

But as with his trip to China, his fruitless attempts to get a deal with Iran on nukes, to stop settlement building by the Israeli’s and broker a agreement with Honduras, his pull back of a missle shield for the Russian’s…things are a not so easy…Americans in particular, don’t grasp the concept that there are other sovereign nations out there that act in their own interests…they act for their own self preservation, and political needs……and then there is the recent economic problems…..the Chinese, who feel like they should always be looking down on the West…have found it hard to listen seriously a young black American President that just got his country saved by their infusion of money….they have repeatedly smiled, and gone their own way, with Obama, who is looked at increasingly as ‘out of their league’ by a lot of leaders….I’m afraid that most of these leaders are reacting to something Obama is trying very hard not to do…use the’ iron fist.’…

While George Bush was a pain to most people’s of each one of these countries..their leaders respected the fact Bush, and Cheney would never hesitate to use the full force of ALL of their cards to get what they wanted…..Obama does not seem ready for this…..

And so why we watch him go from summit to summit and watch him agonize over troop movement decisions……I may be beginning to see an american president that is marginalizing his ability to project american political power outside this country….

You can be the good guy as an American President, and be liked….but no one likes to get rolled …and President Obama is starting to look like one who is indeed getting ‘rolled’……

You’re not in Illinois Mr. President…wake up…and get tough…..

November 17, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics, Travel | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Did the Israeli Prime Minister get the green light?…..

I wonder if Isreali Prime Miisnter, Bibi Netanyahu, got the ‘GO‘ to deal with Iran on his short visit to Washington D.C. this week?

November 10, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Military, Politics, Travel | , , , | 2 Comments

Obama family portrait….from Annie Leibovitz………

Pretty good looking family, egh?………and yea, it’s the same leibovitz with the money trouble…but she’s still gotta hustle……

PS….the girls look like their mother……

October 23, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media, Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

The new HBO Documentary Film…..'By The People: The Election of Barack Obama"……

Here’s a video teaser on the election of the nation’s 44th President…….The HBO documnetary premires on Tuesday,  Novemebr 3th……

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media, Politics | , , , , | 9 Comments

The new HBO Documentary Film…..’By The People: The Election of Barack Obama”……

Here’s a video teaser on the election of the nation’s 44th President…….The HBO documnetary premires on Tuesday,  Novemebr 3th……

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media, Politics | , , , , | 9 Comments