Friday, October 21, 2011

Foreign Policy Victories!

Within the last few months, President Obama, his security team, and US armed forces have secured several huge victories. It began on May 1, 2011 when the most-wanted terrorist in the world -- Osama Bin Laden -- who George Bush and Dick Cheney failed to capture for 8 years, was captured and killed.

On September 30, 2011,President Barack Obama publicly and proudly confirmed the death in Yemen Friday of one of the most prominent leaders of Al Qaeda, American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.
“The death of al-Awlaki is a major blow to Al Qaeda’s most active operational affiliate,” Obama said at a military ceremony Friday morning in Arlington, Va. “The death of Awlaki marks another significant milestone in the broader effort to defeat Al Qaeda and its affiliates.”

On October 20, 2011, after running Libya for 42 years as a ruthless dictator, Moammar Khadaffy was captured and killed by rebel forces in that country, thanks to the aid of President Obama and NATO forces.

Now, on October 21, 2011, President Obama sent this message:

Good evening,

I'm writing to tell you that all US troops will return home from Iraq by the end of December. After nearly nine years, the American war in Iraq will end. Our servicemen and women will be with their families for the holidays.

The war in Iraq came with tremendous cost. More than a million Americans served in Iraq, and nearly 4,500 gave their lives in service to the rest of us. Today, as always, we honor these patriots.

When I came into office, I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end. As Commander in Chief, I ended our combat mission last year and pledged to keep our commitment to remove all our troops by the end of 2011. To date, we’ve removed more than 100,000 troops from Iraq.

This is a significant moment in our history. For more information, including video, please visit

The end of the war in Iraq reflects a larger trend. The wars of the past decade are drawing to a close.

As we have removed troops from Iraq, we have refocused our fight against al Qaeda and secured major victories in taking out its leadership–including Osama bin Laden. And we’ve begun a transition in Afghanistan.

On the first day of my Administration, roughly 180,000 troops were deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. By the end of this year that number will be cut in half, and we’ll continue to draw it down.

As we welcome home our newest veterans, we’ll enlist their talents in meeting our greatest challenges as a nation—restoring our economic strength at home. Because after a decade of war, the nation that we need to build is our own.

Today the United States moves forward, from a position of strength. 

Thank you,
President Barack Obama

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ridiculous Regressive Republican Priorities

Below is a recent poll showing what Americans think is the most important issue. Ignoring the priorities of the American public, the Regressive Republicans still have not come up with a jobs bill and have refused to pass President Obama's American Jobs Act which would put millions of Americans to work, and which would be fully paid for. Instead, tomorrow the Regressives in Congress will be working on yet another anti-abortion bill -- an issue that isn't even in the top 10 in the minds of Americans. REMEMBER THIS next year at election time. And send this blog to all your Republican friends.

CBS News Poll. Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2011. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.
"What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?" Open-ended
Economy and jobs
Budget deficit/National debt
Partisan politics
Health care
Religious values
Moral values/Family values

Republicans Vote Against Middle Class Jobs Bill

Last night, even though a majority of the Senate voted in favor of President Obama's jobs bill, it failed because it did not receive a 60 vote filibuster-proof majority.

The bill would have provided for
  • a large cut in payroll taxes for the middle class, leaving more take-home pay of spendable income
  • extending unemployment benefits
  • funding for job training
  • $35 billion for states to rehire laid-off teachers, police and firefighters.
And it would have been completely paid for by a 5.6% surtax only on incomes over $1 million dollars. So if you made a million dollars next year, your taxes wouldn't increase by even one cent. If you made over a million, say $1,100,000, then you would have to pay an additional 5.6% only on that additional $100,000 above and beyond the first million. So if you made $1,100,000, you'd pay an additional $5,600. That's it. That's what all the fuss is about.

This would affect only one tenth of one percent (0.1%) of Americans.  But the Regressive republicans don't care about the US economy, the middle class, jobs, or small businesses. They have proven, once again, that they only care about the very richest one tenth of one percent of the population.  Every Republican voted against this economy-saving, completely paid for jobs bill. Remember this next year at election time. And send this blog to all your Regressive republican friends.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Half of the GOP Doesn't Know What GOP Stands For

Hard to believe.

As seen on Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Current TV, a recent poll taken by 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair asked Republicans what the term "GOP" stands for. Amazingly, only 51% knew it meant "Grand Old Party." More than a third thought it stood for "Government of the People" and 5% actually thought it meant "Grumpy Old People."
Now that I'm thinking about it, I think those 5% are right.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy World Vegetarian Day!

Take a look at 33 celebrities who are either vegetarian or vegan. Click here.

Those "Promiscuous" Republicans

Watch Bill Maher's video, chronicling their recent, fleeting love affairs, with Donald Trump, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain and now Chris Christie.