CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O NOT ONLY THINKS IT'S APPROPRIATE TO MAKE JOKES ABOUT THE UNEMPLOYMENT CRISIS, HE THINKS IT'S APPROPRIATE TO LIE ABOUT IT.
LAST WEEK, IN YET ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO AVOID THE BLAME HE SHARES, HE NOT ONLY PRACTICED REVISIONARY HISTORY, HE ALSO DEMONSTRATED THAT BASIC ADDITION WAS BEYOND HIS CAPABILITIES. BARRY O INSISTED, "WE HAD LOST 4 MILLION JOBS IN THE SIX MONTHS BEFORE I WAS SWORN IN; LOST ANOTHER 4 MILLION DURING THE PERIOD PROBABLY SIX MONTHS AFTER I WAS ELECTED."
WOW. ALL BEFORE AMERICA'S PRINCESS WAS PRESIDENT.
BUT LET'S PUT REALITY INTO THE SPIN. "WE HAD LOST 4 MILLION JOBS IN THE SIX MONTHS BEFORE I WAS SWORN IN" -- BARRY O WAS SWORN IN BACK IN JANUARY 2009. THAT WOULD MEAN FROM JULY TO DECEMBER, BARRY O SAYS, AMERICA LOST 4 MILLION JOBS. "LOST ANOTHER 4 MILLION DURING THE PERIOD PROBABLY SIX MONTHS AFTER I WAS ELECTED." NOTICE HE SWITCHED FROM "SWORN IN" TO "AFTER I WAS ELECTED"? ELECTED NOVEMBER 2008. HE'S SAYING FROM NOVEMBER TO MAY ANOTHER 4 MILLION WERE LOST WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT 2 OF THOSE 6 MONTHS WERE WHEN BULLY BOY BUSH WAS IN THE WHITE HOUSE. AND 2 OF THOSE MONTHS WERE ALREADY COVERED IN HIS PREVIOUS EXAMPLE.
ALL THIS TIME LATER, ALL AMERICA'S LITTLE PRINCESS HAS TO OFFER IS A BUNCH OF TASTELESS 'JOKES' ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT AND 'LET'S BLAME BUSH.' AND HE HONESTLY THINKS HE DESERVES TO BE RE-ELECTED?
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Xiong Tong (Xinhua), citing a police source, reports 25 dead, thirty-four injured a twin car bombings went off in Diwaniyah, not far from the home of the governor of al-Qadisyah Province. Tim Craig and Aziz Alwan (Washington Post) explain, "The explosions happened at compound that includes both the governor's home and the provincial government headquarters, underscoring how even well guarded facilities in Iraq remain vulnerable to attack." Sinan Salaheddin (AP) quotes, the governor, Salim Hussein Alwan, stating, "I was in the garage preparing to leave when the attacker hit the police barrier outside and crashed with their vehicle." Alsumaria TV notes, "Defense Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Mohammad Al Askari told Alsumarianews that the bombings were triggered consecutively by suicide bombers in two car bombs. Security Forces imposed intensified security measures in the incident site, headded." Saad Fakrhildeen and Raheem Salman (Los Angeles Times) focus on placing the attack in context and they note, "The attack follows an assault last week by an insurgent group on the main local government building in the Diyala province in eastern Iraq, and a deadly assault in March on the seat of the northern Salahuddin province's governing body." They also note that the death toll has risen to 27. Laith Hammoudi (McClatchy Newspapers) observes of the locale "The explosion is the first of its kind in years in what had been a calm southern city." Hammoudi quotes a lawmaker from the region, Ahmed al-Khurdiri, stating, "It's really a very sad day for Diwaniyah." Michael S. Schmidt (New York Times) quotes police officer Hussein Mohammed Ali stating, "I was at the checkpoint this morning near the governor's home when the explosion happened. I then felt myself on the ground and blood coming down my body and it hurt very much. Moments later, I heard another blast and I lost consciousness." Aseel Kami and Suadad al-Salhy (Reuters -- link has text and video) quote Maha al-Sagban who lives in the neighborhood, "I heard a loud blast and then another one. I opened the door and I saw three guards dead on the ground." Iman Radhi (AFP) adds that the governor was the target but escaped unharmed and that the dead include police officers. Jane Arraf (Al Jazeera) observes, "This was a double suicide car bomb, obviously a very coordinated pre-planned attack. These car bombs exploded just outside the gate. Just beyond there is the governor's house and beyond that the provincial government buildings, so we can consider that this might have been an attack on the governor himself." Aswat al-Iraq notes, "Iraq's Vice-President, Tareq al-Hashimy, has called on Tuesday for the formation of special investigation committees to follow up on the security violations that took place on Tuesday, and not to ignore them, as has happened in the past, according to Hashimy's office." Al Bawaba reminds, "Tuesday's blast came a day after a string of bombings and gun attacks in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq, killing at least three people."
And other violence today? Jamal Hashim and Mu Xuequan (Xinhua) report a Garma roadside bombing left one person wounded, an al-Mussyab bombing claimed 3 lives and left seven injured, 2 Baghdad roadside bombings claimed 2 lives and left eight people injured and Baghdad mortar attacks left three people injured. Reuters adds, "A roadside bomb went off after a U.S. military convoy passed by, wounding a civilian, in Samarra".
From violence, let's move over to politics but we'll start in the US. The Never Ending Robert Gates Farewell Tour -- far less entertaining than Cher or Kiss' farewell tours -- has finally ended today as the US Senate confirmed a new Defense Secretary. Patty Murray is the Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and her office notes:
(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) voted to confirm Leon E. Panetta as the next Secretary of Defense. Panetta was confirmed by a vote of 100-0. Sen. Murray released the following statement following the vote.
"It is more important than ever that we continue to have a qualified, experienced leader at the Pentagon, and I was proud to cast my vote for Leon Panetta as the next Secretary of Defense. He has shown strong leadership during his time as Director of the CIA, and has dedicated much of his life to public service. Secretary Panetta has some big shoes to fill at the Department of Defense, and I want to thank Secretary Gates for his service and wish him well on his retirement back in my home state of Washington.
"I spoke to Leon last week, and I voiced my concerns about the unseen and too often overlooked human costs of our ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. As Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, I know that the costs don't end when our men and women leave the battlefield. And I am going to keep working with the new Secretary to make sure all of the costs of war, including the rising rate of suicide among servicemembers, the lack of access to much needed mental health care, and the impact of increased number of tours on members of the armed forces and their caregivers, are being taken seriously by the Pentagon and the Administration.
"And as he assumes his new position, I am confident that the new Secretary will keep his own experiences as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army in mind as he makes decisions that impact the brave men and women fighting for our country. I look forward to working with Secretary Panetta on these issues and many others as he works to make sure America remains safe and secure."
U.S. Senator Patty Murray
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