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Reposted from Jews For President Obama by Mets102

Hi there.....

Election season is kicking off and with it we are all looking at the candidates we support. In that spirit, we are starting up a group here at Daily Kos called Jews for President Obama. Here is our brief statement:

Welcome to Jews for President Obama. We believe that President Obama has been a good president and is an outstanding friend to the Jewish People and to the State of Israel. Please join us in supporting the President's re-election this year.
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Tue Aug 30, 2011 at 10:00 PM PDT

I am a 'moderate' on Obama

by fizziks

Reposted from the wonderful world of reality by Mets102

I rarely find myself as a moderate on any issue, at least in relation to the spectrum here.  But when it comes to my opinion of President Obama, I think I might just be right in the mushy center of the Obama wars!

Who's with me??  Who else feels that they are right smack in the middle of the two sides of the Daily Kos Obama wars?  Who else feels that we are watching to extremes tear each other apart while the truth does actually, for once, lie in the center.

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Thu Aug 18, 2011 at 11:08 AM PDT

So you think you're 'the base', huh?


Reposted from Live Your Life In Neon. by Mets102

I see this with disturbing frequency here on Daily Kos and elsewhere in the leftwing blogosphere: 'Obama the sell-out'. 'Obama the mediocrity'. 'Obama is in trouble with his base, meaning me'. 'Liberals are unhappy.'

To which I say, get over yourself already.

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Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 03:12 PM PDT

The Commander in Chief

by weatherdude

Reposted from El Blogo de Weatherdudeo by Mets102

I thoroughly enjoy watching keyboard warriors talk about how weak Obama is on this, and how terrible he is at that, when the biggest decision these folks have to make is "do you want fries with that?" You think you've got the resolve, you think you're a better decision-maker than he is, and you think you know so much more than he does because you read Krugman or Greenwald or that totally underrated super-hipster political website that hasn't hit the mainstream yet. Guess what? There's a reason why he's president and you're not. If you think you've got what it takes to do a better job, then run for President! I'd love to see how you do to fix the entire free world's every little problem in three years.

I think I've figured out what the anti-Obama crowd wants. You want a George Bush. Not the "Obama = Bush" bullshit, but a ruthless bloodthirsty president who will kill and character-assassinate his way to fulfill political goals. You want a liberal president who uses the same tactics to get what he wants that you complained about for eight years when the other guy did it.

You want Obama to raise taxes on the rich. You want him to focus on jobs. You want him to pass a robust stimulus plan. I would love that too. Okay, we all want it, but how does he do that in the House? He can talk a good game and say "tax increases!" three times and click his heels together, but it doesn't amount to diddlysquat unless 218 teadrones in the House of Representatives vote for it. President Obama can talk until his mouth goes dry, but it won't do a lick of difference unless you work to elect over 218 Democratic votes in the House.

If you need to hear him talk angrily to a wall, that's fine. Whatever makes you feel better. But the reality is that the Republicans in Congress want him to lose. They're not going to help him at all no matter how sternly he words a speech.

If you want to make a change, go fix the damn House. Obama can't do it all on his own (in case you've forgotten).

Oh, and by the way, Barack Obama is the Commander in Chief. Not the Capitulater/Whiner/Weakling/Caver-in-Chief. I know a lot of the never-happy-with-the-president stems from the need to hate authority or make him seem like a lesser being, but Barack Obama is the President -- regardless of what you think of his policies, afford him the respect he deserves.

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Reposted from ThisIsMyTime by Mets102

This is what the man said in March of 2011:


Remarks of President Barack Obama
Washington D.C.
March 26, 2011

Last week, when I ordered our armed forces to help protect the Libyan people from the brutality of Moammar Qaddafi, I pledged to keep the American people fully informed.  Since then, I’ve spoken about the limited scope and specific purpose of this mission. Today, I can report that thanks to our brave men and women in uniform, we’ve made important progress.

As Commander in Chief, I face no greater decision than sending our military men and women into harm’s way.  And the United States should not—and cannot—intervene every time there’s a crisis somewhere in the world.

But I firmly believe that when innocent people are being brutalized; when someone like Qaddafi threatens a bloodbath that could destabilize an entire region; and when the international community is prepared to come together to save many thousands of lives—then it’s in our national interest to act.  And it’s our responsibility.  This is one of those times.

Side note:

When you see the barbaric behavior of Qaddafi to killing peaceful demonstrators indiscriminately and when more than 8,000 of them dead before the UN intervention, what kind of "moral math" can justify to seat on the side line and watch genocide continue until we call it for what it is? Should we be waiting 100 days like in Rwanda or three years and 200,000 lives later like in Bosnia or may be we should just watch 100,000 or 300,000 or 500,000 or 1,000,000 die while some continue to politicize the intervention.

Our military mission in Libya is clear and focused.  Along with our allies and partners, we’re enforcing the mandate of the United Nations Security Council.  We’re protecting the Libyan people from Qaddafi’s forces.  And we’ve put in place a no fly zone and other measures to prevent further atrocities.

We’re succeeding in our mission.  We’ve taken out Libya’s air defenses.  Qaddafi’s forces are no longer advancing across Libya.  In places like Benghazi, a city of some 700,000 that Qaddafi threatened to show “no mercy,” his forces have been pushed back.  So make no mistake, because we acted quickly, a humanitarian catastrophe has been avoided and the lives of countless civilians—innocent men, women and children—have been saved.

As I pledged at the outset, the role of American forces has been limited. We are not putting any ground forces into Libya. Our military has provided unique capabilities at the beginning, but this is now a broad, international effort. Our allies and partners are enforcing the no fly zone over Libya and the arms embargo at sea.  Key Arab partners like Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have committed aircraft.  And as agreed this week, responsibility for this operation is being transferred from the United States to our NATO allies and partners.

This is how the international community should work—more nations, not just the United States, bearing the responsibility and cost of upholding peace and security.

This military effort is part of our larger strategy to support the Libyan people and hold the Qaddafi regime accountable.  Together with the international community, we’re delivering urgent humanitarian assistance.  We’re offering support to the Libyan opposition.  We’ve frozen tens of billions of dollars of Qaddafi’s assets that can help meet the needs and aspirations of the Libyan people.  And every day, the pressure on Qaddafi and his regime is increasing.    

Our message is clear and unwavering.  Qaddafi’s attacks against civilians must stop.  His forces must pull back.  Humanitarian assistance must be allowed to reach those in need.  Those responsible for violence must be held accountable.  Moammar Qaddafi has lost the confidence of his people and the legitimacy to rule, and the aspirations of the Libyan people must be realized.

In recent days, we’ve heard the voices of Libyans expressing their gratitude for this mission. “You saved our lives,” said one Libyan.  Said another, “Today, there is hope.”

Every American can be proud of the lives we’ve saved in Libya and of the service of our men and women in uniform who once again have stood up for our interests and our ideals.  And people in Libya and around the world are seeing that the United States of America stands with those who hope for a future where they can determine their own destiny.

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Reposted from Chester J Lampwick by Red Sox

This should probably be posted at DKE, but I couldn't figure out how to do that.  If a mod reads this, I'd appreciate if it could be posted there as well.  Anyways...

Illinois Democrats have released their proposed Congressional map.  Because everyone's mouth has been watering over this map...

See it for yourself.

I'll just point out a few things I found interesting:

- Giving it a quick glance without having run any numbers it looks like Dems could win 13 seats (1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10,11,12,13, and 17).

- Hultgren and Walsh have been thrown together.

- Biggert is currently in Quigley's district so she's even more likely to retire now.

- Kinzinger is going to have to move because he is in JJJ's district which is unwinnable for a Republican.

- Foster, under the new map, still lives in the 14th.  It's unlikely this district would elect a Democrat. Foster's current home in Batavia could have easily been drawn into the 11th so clearly the powers that be hoped to discourage him from running.

- Related to the above observation, Burr Ridge is in the 11th.  Burr Ridge is the home of Dan Lipinski's potential primary foe, John Atkinson.  So if Foster moves to Aurora, Naperville, etc... this could set up a Foster-Atkinson primary.

- The 17th takes in both Peoria and Rockford.

- In my opinion, this map is actually cleaner than the current Congressional map

- Shimkus will have to decide whether to run in the 13th (his home district) or 12th which I'd say are both Tossup/Lean Democrat or to run in a primary against Johnson in the 15th which is Safe Republican.

- Schock, unless their's a scandal or a Senate run, is safe for 10 years.

I'm sure there is a whole lot more I'll notice later, but that's good for now.

Reposted from ThisIsMyTime by Mets102 Editor's Note: A great diary about our president and a reminder of the outstanding job he has done since taking office. -- Mets102

Crossposted from The People's View

We Americans are very lucky people. A sane and compassionate president is in charge.
~Frank Schaeffer

An article written by Frank Schaeffer which I had bookmarked for reading from about a month ago had me thinking about how President Obama indeed had the most grueling two and half years in this suicidal political environment we live in not to mention he is one person that is never appreciated or always under appreciated for doing so many things that takes the kind of political courage no other politician is capable of.

In the article,Obama Is Now and Will Be a Great President, Schaeffer speaks of the incredible leadership qualities of our President, his effectiveness, how in the face of so much adversity from the Left and obstructionism from the Right and the Racists, how he has threaded carefully to succeed in a job that can break the soul of anyone by outsmarting his opponents including the MSM that is always interested in creating drama than reporting honest and intelligent news.

It was rather a fascinating read that pretty much sums up the last two years especially considering what this President was faced when he assumed the Presidency. Losing 700,000 jobs a month two January ago, "two wars, the worst economic crisis since the depression, America's standing in the world at the lowest point in history, a country that had been misled into accepting the use of torture of prisoners of war, a health care system in free fall, an educational system in free fall, a global environmental crisis of history-altering proportions", an auto industry in shambles, a skyrocketing debt owned by foreign Countries that can easily create a hostage situation of our constitution giving them foreign veto power over us and so many other challenges.

So many problems, so much adversity, so much impatience, so little time to fix everything to please everyone, so much criticism, but how did he do it all so far despite the fact that he had so many desperate forces both from the Right and the Left taking any potential momentum away from him?

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Thu May 19, 2011 at 01:35 PM PDT

Announcing LGBT Kos

by LGBT Kos

Reposted from LGBT Kos Community by MBNYC

We're here.

We're queer.

And we're calling on the LGBT community to rise up and be counted.

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Reposted from ravagerofworlds2 by MBNYC

I generally do not like to give much attention to the worst of the worst, but at one point, Newt Gingrich was supposed to be a policy "wonk" in the 1980s-1990s (bad policy IMO) but in his quest for the presidency/pumping the newt money machine... he's gone back to his base for inflammatory rhetoric. This week is little different, except when I read what he said, for the first time in a long while, I got angry.

Gingrich's 30-minute speech painted America as a nation poised at a crossroads, “Down one road is a European centralized bureaucratic socialist welfare system in which politicians and bureaucrats define the future," he said, "Down the other road is a proud, solid, reaffirmation of American exceptionalism.”

He went on to attempt to lay the blame for the nation's economic woes at the feet of the current administration. “President Obama is the most successful food stamp president in American history. I would like to be the most successful paycheck president in American history.”

Join me after the jump.

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Reposted from Eclectablog - eclectic blogging for a better tomorrow by MBNYC

Yesterday, by a vote of 6 to 2, the Benton Harbor City Commission and Mayor declared the appointment of Joseph Harris as the Emergency Financial Manager and his subsequent stripping of the Commission's ability to govern the City unconstitutional.

Whereas, The City of Benton Harbor declares the appointment of an Emergency Manager a violation of Article I §1, which states that all political power is inherent in the people and that government is instituted for their equal benefit, security and protection.

Whereas, The City of Benton Harbor declares the appointment of an Emergency Manager a violation of Article I §3, which allows the citizens of Benton Harbor the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.

Whereas, The City of Benton Harbor declares the appointment of an Emergency Manager a violation of Article VII §22, which affords Benton Harbor citizens the the power and authority to frame, adopt and amend its charter, and to amend an existing charter of the city or village heretofore granted or enacted by the legislature for the government of the city or village. Each such city and village shall have power to adopt resolutions and ordinances relating to its municipal concerns, property and government, subject to the constitution and law.

Whereas, The City of Benton Harbor declares the appointment of an Emergency Manager a violation of Article VII §34, which states that the provisions of this constitution and law concerning counties, townships, cities and villages shall be liberally construed in their favor.

Whereas, The City of Benton Harbor declares the appointment of an Emergency Manager a violation of Article IX §2, which provides the citizens of Benton Harbor the right of taxation with representation.

Resolved, The appointment of an Emergency Manager is in direct violation of the Michigan Constitution and therefore demands the removal of said Emergency Manager immediately.

Resolved, That the Benton Harbor City Commission is hereby directed to forward copies of this resolution to Governor Rick Snyder, State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, State Senator John Proos, and State Representative Al Pscholka.

Heartland Revolution released the following press release:


Joe Palmer
Heartland Revolution

Heartland Revolution Applauds Benton Harbor’s Declaration That Emergency Manager is Unconstitutional

Benton Harbor, Michigan- Last night in an act of patriotic defiance the Benton Harbor City Council declared the takeover of their city by an emergency manager unconstitutional. Heartland Revolution Executive Director John Waltz who stood in solidarity with the city last week had this to say.

“This is the first step in many to restore democracy in Benton Harbor and I am proud of the action their elected officials took last night. Our nation’s Declaration of Independence clearly states our government is instituted by the people and clearly this right has been violated. Thus it is the duty of the citizens to bring an end to the unconstitutional takeover of Benton Harbor.”

For more information, contact: Joe Palmer


Heartland Revolution | PO Box 930 Union, KY 40191

Given that Joe Harris has stripped the Benton Harbor City Commissioners of all power except to call meetings, approve minutes, and adjourn meetings, it will be interesting to see where this goes and how much impact it will have. Stay tuned.


UPDATED: As was entirely predictable, Joe Harris doesn't give a damn about their resolution. He's going to rescind it.

Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joseph Harris tells [WSJM] that he plans to issue an order rescinding this week's city commission vote on a resolution to declare Michigan's emergency manager law unconstitutional. Harris says that the vote has no legal validity, and notes that it was in violation of his directive to the commission that it may not vote on anything, other than to open and close meetings, and approve minutes. He tells us that he has not decided to go as far as lock the commissioners out of city hall, but he will send them a cease and desist order regarding further votes on such resolutions.

See that? He's being magnanimous. He's not going to lock them out for being bad boys and girls and he probably won't even have them arrested for breaking his rules.

But he is, however, going to tear up the paper they wrote their silly little resolution on and shower it over their heads like confetti. Maybe next time they'll know their place.

On a related note, Commissioner Dennis Knowles said that they were able to send their resolution out on City stationary but had to buy their own stamps to mail them "because they are no longer able to order supplies."

“This is the government working beyond the dictatorship,” he said. “That is what we are doing.”

“This is about democracy … it is about human rights. It is a litmus test to see if the Constitution even still exists.”

By the way, if you're looking for some good background on the City of Benton Harbor and how it got to where it is today, I can highly recommend Ryan Harvey's article at It's a very well-written and well-researched piece and is essential reading for anyone trying to understand how this city, located on one of the most beautiful parts of the State of Michigan, could end up with nearly half its population under the poverty line and facing annihilation of their government. Thank you to the several folks who brought the article to my attention.


This Saturday is the Blossomtime Grand Floral parade that goes from St. Joseph to (and through) Benton Harbor. I have details and parade route maps at Eclectablog.

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Reposted from ThisIsMyTime by Mets102

Thank you Mr. President for your leadership and congratulations to you and your team of warriors to finally bring closure to many families.

As anti-death penalty advocate, I am not celebrating the death of Osama Bin Laden. I really don't care whether he is killed or captured during the Special Forces attack on his compound. May be if he was captured alive, it would have made it easy to celebrate at ease without thinking we are celebrating death. However, today I am celebrating closure.

I believe there are a lot of us who think in the same ideals who are happy for the families to finally have vindication and closure, so yes, we are not cheering death. We are cheering closure.


The President addressing the nation regarding the death of Osama Bin Laden during an operation carried by American forces on 05/01/11.

Full Transcript Link:

...let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores.

And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11.  I know that it has, at times, frayed.  Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.

The cause of securing our country is not complete.  But tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to.  That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place.

Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are:  one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Thank you.  May God bless you.  And may God bless the United States of America."

Notable Statements:

Former President Bush:

I congratulated him[the President] and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.
What did you say sir?

Former President Clinton:

I congratulate the President, the National Security team and the members of our armed forces on bringing Osama bin Laden to justice after more than a decade of murderous al-Qaida attacks.
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Sun May 01, 2011 at 09:14 AM PDT

Nate Silver: Obama is no Republican

by Cedwyn

Reposted from Cedwyn by Mets102

In his column Friday, Silver analyzed the claim put forth by Ezra Klein that Obama is a moderate republican of the early 1990s.

I’m a big fan of Mr. Klein’s work, but I don’t find his thesis persuasive in this case. Instead, I’d suggest that the evidence points toward a considerably less exciting conclusion. Rather than being an early 1990s moderate Republican, Mr. Obama is a prototypical, early 2010s Democrat. And although a 2010s Democrat shares more in common with a 1990s Republican than with the Republicans of today, they are still far from alike.

Oh yes they are.  But we already knew that, just as we're all pretty familiar with the critiques of Klein's thesis, like the legislative examples he chose as comparisons:

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