UPDATED: Talking Change or Making Change

THE LACK OF REACTION....SILENCE IS GOLDEN.

One year in, and what have we seen. Not much really. The President has sat back, watched Congress take control of his agenda and well, with no real change. Boy he can deliver a speech, but that is it. Can you get angry for once? Can you show some emotion about anything Congress is debating?

We passed a stimulus bill, but no real change. It just saved us from disaster and that is debatable.

Health Care sucked all of the oxygen out of the room and even now, looks like it is dead, no real change.

So what is the difference between talking change or making change?

It is taking a stand, it is taking charge, and it is stop talking and lead your party! President Obama has not done this. MAKE CHANGE MR. PRESIDENT.

Can anyone else actually document any fundamental real change that he has done? Let me know really....

Finally the perfect storm is coming Ladies and Gentleman...mark my words. Here is just a hint of the arrogance coming from the White House.

The retiring Rep.Marion Berry, D-AR, who doesn't say when the remarks were made, now scoffs at Obama's 50-or-below approval rating:

Writes ADG reporter Jane Fullerton:

Berry recounted meetings with White House officials, reminiscent of some during the Clinton days, where he and others urged them not to force Blue Dogs “off into that swamp” of supporting bills that would be unpopular with voters back home.

“I’ve been doing that with this White House, and they just don’t seem to give it any credibility at all,” Berry said. “They just kept telling us how good it was going to be. The president himself, when that was brought up in one group, said, ‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’ We’re going to see how much difference that makes now.” [snip]

"You've got me" says the President of the United States...

Let me end with this video which speaks the truth and what could have been:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07u6uffKvpA 

 

The Hillary Post-Mortem Diaries Need To Stop

A quick review of the diaries I posted throughout the 2008 primary campaign would show that I was an unabashed Hillary Clinton supporter.

After the primaries ended, I was upset that my candidate lost.  I thought Hillary would have made a great president, and a certain part of me still believes that.

However, it is past time for folks to move on.

These post-mortem diaries about how Obama is failing and how Hillary would be doing a better job is serving no one.

Let's put a stop to it and stay focused on the current, pressing issues of the day.

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The Hillary Post-Mortem Diaries Need To Stop

A quick review of the diaries I posted throughout the 2008 primary campaign would show that I was an unabashed Hillary Clinton supporter.

After the primaries ended, I was upset that my candidate lost.  I thought Hillary would have made a great president, and a certain part of me still believes that.

However, it is past time for folks to move on.

These post-mortem diaries about how Obama is failing and how Hillary would be doing a better job is serving no one.

Let's put a stop to it and stay focused on the current, pressing issues of the day.

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The Mulch: Peaceful Protests Turn Violent in Copenhagen

By Alison Hamm, Media Consortium Blogger

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (Cop15) turned ugly today when police officers beat back hundreds of demonstrators, including a group of 50 to 100 delegates that were trying to meet with the protesters.

More than 250 people were arrested, including spokespeople for Climate Justice Action (CJA), a global network of NGOs that organized a walkout at the Bella Center today. CJA's spokesperson Dan Glall told Mantoe Phakathi at Inter Press Service that "as a condition for going back to the negotiations, we demand industrialized nations uphold the Kyoto Protocol, commit adequate funds to adaptation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly."

OneClimate has video (below) of today's walkout.

"More than 1,000 people have been arrested, detained and released over the course of the past week,"Jennifer Prediger writes for Grist. "Some were made to sit on freezing sidewalks for six hours in a nasty version of time out. The people who threw rocks and set cars on fire were rightfully detained.  But the droves who were dragged in last night for dancing awkwardly in Christiana?  Seems like overkill to me."

The chaos outside reflects the increasing pressure inside the Bella Center, as delegates turn to the United States and China for leadership in the final days of the summit. Together these countries account for 42 percent of the world's carbon emissions.

In order to finalize a global climate agreement in Copenhagen, both countries need to take a big step forward, as David Doniger and Barbara Finamore report for Grist. For the U.S., this means aid for the world's poorest and most vulnerable people; for China, this means making steady progress to meet the country's carbon reduction goals.

The U.S. has already committed to pay its share of a $30 billion fund to last through 2012. "But to lead in Copenhagen, the U.S. needs to back even larger investments to meet these core needs for the longer-term--2015 or 2020," Doniger and Finamore write. "China has the opportunity to enhance its standing as a responsible world leader by building global confidence in the implementation of its carbon reduction goals."

But as David Corn reports for Mother Jones, China and the U.S. are apparently "stuck in a standoff." An Obama administration official insisted that it's not about the money: "'We have to get the developing nations into an international agreement,' the official said... Yet China has forcefully resisted the idea of incorporating their self-professed emissions goals (essentially, slowing the growth rate of emissions) into a binding agreement. China has also repeatedly said that it will not submit its performance to official outside vetting."

Corn writes, "But with 115 heads of states beginning to arrive, the Copenhagen talks have left some fundamental gaps for the last minute. Even if those gaps are bridged, the resulting agreement could fall far short of what experts say is necessary to redress the dire consequences of rising global temperatures. Just ask the scientists roaming the halls."

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Copenhagen today in a last minute appearance. Clinton has booked a full day of meetings on Thursday and will join President Barack Obama in negotiations when he arrives Friday. Like Obama's schedule switch at the conference (he originally planned to be there last week and instead will arrive Friday), Clinton's arrival could indicate the U.S.'s intention to seal a deal by the end of the week.

For live updates of the negotiations and protests, check out The Uptake's live video stream from the Bella Center.

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Hillary & Barack: 'War on Terror' back on!

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It's clear that Obama will soon escalate the Afghanistan war for a second time (our 'antiwar' movement is all over it; first ever national demo against Obamascalation scheduled for March, 2010!), and last night on Charlie Rose Hillary Clinton helpfully explained Obama's imperial policy and the role 'we the people' play in it. Our duty, in this democracy, is to believe in whatever they tell us this time is the mission, and all of us in this democracy must support the troops no matter what they're doing to the restless natives. Though Hillary and Barack are more polished and big 'D' Democratic than Cheney and Bush, otherwise their approach differs how from Bush era martial philosophy?

Hillary also offered a preview of Obama's next big speech, his re-rationale for the occupation and assorted war criminality we're doing to Afghanistan. Yeah, so get with it already party loyalists, looks like the War on Terrah phrase is again safe for Democrats; Hillary and Barack have to revive it when the nation-building pretense is now so publicly and obviously a joke/tragedy. Also, note that the 'War on Terror' is not just good for killing al Qaeda but can be applied with lethal effect to all groups or nations we say are inspired by their extremism. Yes, that'll make war anywhere/anytime easy, we now distinguish ally from enemy by saying 'enemy' is extremist (so be careful never to apply that term to ally Saudi Arabia). Emphasis added.

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