Dec 142016

We now have a full-fledged Constitutional crisis on our hands…

U.S. Officials: Putin Personally Involved in U.S. Election Hack

U.S. intelligence officials now believe with “a high level of confidence” that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.

Two senior officials with direct access to the information say new intelligence shows that Putin personally directed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used. The intelligence came from diplomatic sources and spies working for U.S. allies, the officials said.

Putin’s objectives were multifaceted, a high-level intelligence source told NBC News. What began as a “vendetta” against Hillary Clinton morphed into an effort to show corruption in American politics and to “split off key American allies by creating the image that [other countries] couldn’t depend on the U.S. to be a credible global leader anymore,” the official said.

Ultimately, the CIA has assessed, the Russian government wanted to elect Donald Trump. The FBI and other agencies don’t fully endorse that view, but few officials would dispute that the Russian operation was intended to harm Clinton’s candidacy by leaking embarrassing emails about Democrats.

Please welcome our new Russian overlords.

Meet and greet

 Posted by at 16:24  Democrats, Politics, Republicans
Apr 192009

There are a lot of people on the right who seem to be mightily outraged by this photograph:


Yet these photographs did not seem to bother them in the least:



Can anybody explain the difference? Why does the first photograph enrage them so and the second and third photographs elicit no response whatsoever? Do they not all show the leader of the United States of America meeting with another world leader (though it be one that does not share our values and our world view)? What is so different about these three photographs?

Have we now become so isolationist (or is the word “elitist”) that it is no longer proper for the leader of our country to even greet the leader of another country, even though that leader may disagree with us? What would the proper response have been for President Obama to make? Should he have turned his back and walked away? Or perhaps he should have removed his shoe and banged it on the table while shouting “We will bury you!” (Is anybody reading this old enough to get that last reference?)

Our conservative friends on the right are becoming more difficult to understand by the day. They really are.


Obama says reaching out to enemies strengthens US

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) – Defending his brand of world politics, President Barack Obama said Sunday that he “strengthens our hand” by reaching out to enemies of the United States and making sure that the nation is a leader, not a lecturer, of democracy.

Obama’s foreign doctrine emerged across his four-day trip to Latin America, his first extended venture to a region of the world where resentment of U.S. power still lingers. He got a smile, handshakes and even a gift from incendiary leftist leader Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, and embraced overtures of new relations from isolated Cuban President Raul Castro.

“The whole notion was that if we showed courtesy or opened up dialogue with governments that had previously been hostile to us, that that somehow would be a sign of weakness,” Obama said, recalling his race for the White House and challenging his critics today.

“The American people didn’t buy it,” Obama said. “And there’s a good reason the American people didn’t buy it – because it doesn’t make sense.”


President for life

 Posted by at 18:31  Politics
Dec 022007

With the end of his second term approaching rapidly (though not rapidly enough for many), you know George W. Bush is following this story closely…

Putin’s Party Is Winning Russia Election

MOSCOW (AP) – Vladimir Putin’s party won more than 60 percent of the vote with nearly half of precincts counted Sunday in a parliamentary election that could pave the way for him to remain the country’s leader even after he steps down as president.

The vote followed a tense Kremlin campaign that relied on a combination of persuasion and intimidation to ensure victory for Putin’s United Russia party.

With ballots from 47.1 percent of precincts counted, United Russia was leading with 63.2 percent, while the Communists – the only opposition party to win seats – trailed with 11.5 percent, the Central Election Commission said. Exit polls seemed to corroborate the early results.

The Kremlin has portrayed the election as a plebiscite on Putin’s nearly eight years as president – with the promise that a major victory would allow him somehow to remain the country’s leader after his second term ends next year.

Remember, Mr. Putin is the man into whose soul Mr. Bush gazed… and he liked what he saw.

George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin

Update: Putin’s Party Wins Russia Election.

MOSCOW (AP) – Vladimir Putin’s party won a crushing victory in parliamentary elections Sunday, paving the way for the authoritarian leader to remain in control even after he steps down as president.

The vote followed a tense Kremlin campaign that relied on a combination of persuasion and intimidation to ensure victory for the United Russia party and for Putin, who has used a flood of oil revenues to move his country onto a more assertive position on the global stage.

“The vote affirmed the main idea: that Vladimir Putin is the national leader, that the people support his course, and this course will continue,” party leader and parliament speaker Boris Gryzlov said after exit polls were announced.

Update #2: Things appear to not be going as well for Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, who just wants the same thing Mr. Putin wants…

Venezuela Referendum Too Close to Call

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Hugo Chavez sought to cement his power and end presidential term limits in a vote Sunday that the government said was too close to call.

One opposition leader likened the vote on constitutional changes to a photo finish. Another told The Associated Press that initial results showed the referendum was headed for defeat.

But caravans of Chavez’s supporters took to the streets after most polls closed honking horns and blaring celebratory music in anticipation of victory. The opposition said it was closely monitoring the returns.

“The result of the referendum is close,” Vice President Jorge Rodriguez said from Chavez’s campaign headquarters. “We will respect the result, whatever it is – even if it’s by one single vote … We call on the other side to do the same.”

Update #3: Hugo did not get what Vladimir got and George so desperately wants…

Chavez Loses Constitutional Vote

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Humbled by his first electoral defeat ever, President Hugo Chavez said Monday he may have been too ambitious in asking voters to let him stand indefinitely for re-election and endorse a huge leap to a socialist state.

“I understand and accept that the proposal I made was quite profound and intense,” he said after voters narrowly rejected the sweeping constitutional reforms by 51 percent to 49 percent.