President Obama To Seek Syria Vote in Congress

In a speech to America earlier today, President Obama announced that he will seek a vote in Congress on striking Syria, effecting shutting down the speculation that he would order a strike without Congressional approval. Obama said in his Rose Garden speech, delivered with Vice President Biden at his side, that he had “decided that the United States should use force but would wait for a vote from lawmakers, who are not due to return to town until Sept. 9.” Mr. Obama said he believed he had the authority to act on his own, but he did not say whether he would if Congress rejects his plan. “I’m prepared to give that order,” Mr. Obama said. “But having made my … Continue reading

Kerry Lays Out Reasons to Strike in Syria

We’re in full court press on Syria now. The drums are beating. The debate is ongoing and looking more and more as though action in Syria is on the way. In a speech today on Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry “laid out the case like the prosecutor he once was, making a closing argument to a skeptical jury.” Again and again, some 24 times in all, he used the phrase “we know” to describe the intelligence that Syria’s government massacred more than 1,400 people with chemical weapons. And then, while saying no decision had been made, he left no doubt that the United States would respond with military power. Anyone who thinks this issue isn’t weighing hard on Kerry … Continue reading

Hurricane Katrina: It’s Obama’s Fault, by George

By Rosemary and Walter Brasch Almost one-third of Louisiana Republicans blame President Obama for the slow and largely ineffective response to Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Gulf Coast, Aug. 31, 2005. More than 1,800 were killed in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana; estimates of property damage exceeded $100 billion. Public Policy Polling reveals that 29 percent of the state’s Republicans blame Obama. Only 28 percent blame George W. Bush. The rest, according to the poll, don’t know who to blame. The disaster occurred in the first year of George W. Bush’s second term. Barack Obama did not become president until more than three years later While the Bush–Cheney administration was embroiled in Iraq and developing all kinds of plans to deal … Continue reading

Justice Department Eases Rules on Weed Enforcement

The times they are a changing… Today the federal government “released new guidelines for federal prosecution of marijuana violations that mark a retreat from the aggressive guidelines of the past.” Instead of targeting individual recreational users, federal prosecutors are being told to prioritize goals like keeping marijuana from being sold to minors and preventing marijuana sales from funding criminal operations. We’re starting to see a sea change on marijuana laws… Executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, Aaron Smith, said “his group was “encouraged” by the administration’s decision.” “At the heart of the guidance is a willingness to respect the voters who have decided a regulated marijuana market is preferable to a criminal market in their states,” Smith said … Continue reading

Sabattus Man Spews Racist Rant Against Obama on Facebook and Defends Foul Actions and Words

Secret Service visited candidate for selectman, David Marsters, Tuesday after he post a message on Facebook “referring to President Barack Obama with a racial slur and calling for him to be shot, the Portland Press Herald reported.” Marsters is a “retired Massachusetts police officer and a candidate for selectman in Sabattus, Maine, posted a photo of Obama along with a link to a story about a Republican push to impeach the president at 8:17 p.m. Friday, writing “Shoot the Nigger” above it, according to the newspaper.” There are no words for this racist spew… David Marsters said Tuesday night that the wording of his Facebook post was a mistake, but he defended it, anyway. “(The Secret Service) didn’t see no pictures … Continue reading

White House Announces Two New Executive Actions on Guns

With gun control legislation going no where in Congress, President Obama took action today with two executive actions aimed towards gun control. The two actions came “along with the morning swearing-in of Todd Jones, the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,” and they “mark a fresh move to spotlight presidential efforts to fight gun violence in the face of congressional inaction.” The ATF, will now require background checks for all guns that would be registered to a corporation or a trust, the White House said. One Obama order, the White House said, will close a loophole that allowed felons and other people prohibited by federal law from purchasing a gun by registering it to a corporation or … Continue reading

About Those Climate Change Deniers


With a massive wild fire blazing in Yosemite right now, and tropical storm season heading our way, it’s time to have the Climate Change conversation yet again. It seems simple to those of us who get it, but to the deniers, Climate Change doesn’t seem to exist, despite raging wild fires, tornandos and hurricanes that reach super storm proportions. The Rim Fire, which has devoured more than 149,000 acres, has scorched an area about the size of the city of Chicago while more than 3,600 firefighters try to rein it in. Maybe one way to get some action on Climate Change could be to name extreme storms after policy makers who deny Climate Change… Think about it… (h/t to my sister … Continue reading

Kerry: Obama Wants ‘Accountability’ for Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

All eyes have been on Syria recently with the “that President Bashar al-Assad’s military forces had used chemical weapons against civilians last week.” Over the weekend President Obama met with his national security team at the White House and “advisers discussed options for military action.” In a statement earlier today to reporters on the issue of chemical weapons use in Syria, Secretary Of State John Kerry said, “… make no mistake: President Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people. Nothing today is more serious, and nothing is receiving more serious scrutiny.” Kerry’s fiery statement came just a few hours after a U.N. team investigating the claims … Continue reading