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Nine years ago today: Never Forget — May 1, 2003
Worst president ever.
On this date in 2003, Bush declared “mission accomplished.” (via)

On May 1, 2003, Bush became the first sitting President to make an arrested landing in a fixed-wing aircraft on an aircraft carrier[2][3] when he arrived at the USS Abraham Lincoln in a Lockheed S-3 Viking, dubbed Navy One, as the carrier returned from combat operations in the Persian Gulf. He posed for photographs with pilots and members of the ship’s crew while wearing a flight suit. A few hours later, he gave a speech announcing the end of major combat operations in the Iraq War. Far above him was the warship’s banner stating “Mission Accomplished.”
Bush was criticized for the historic jet landing on the carrier as an overly theatrical and expensive stunt. For instance, they pointed to the fact that the carrier was well within range of Bush’s helicopter, and that a jet landing was not needed.[4] Originally the White House had stated that the carrier was too far off the California coast for a helicopter landing and a jet would be needed to reach it. On the day of the speech, the Lincoln was only 30 miles (48 km) from shore but the administration still decided to go ahead with the jet landing. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer admitted that Bush “could have helicoptered, but the plan was already in place. Plus, he wanted to see a landing the way aviators see a landing.”[5] The Lincoln made a scheduled stop in Pearl Harbor shortly before the speech, docked in San Diego after the speech, and returned to her home port in Everett, Washington on May 6, 2003.
Continue: 2003 Mission Accomplished speech – Wikipedia
And the Republicans want President Obama to quit talking about giving the order to take out Osama bin Laden on his watch? Speaks for itself.

    Nine years ago today: Never Forget — May 1, 2003

    Worst president ever.

    On this date in 2003, Bush declared “mission accomplished.” (via)

    File:Bush mission accomplished.jpg

    On May 1, 2003, Bush became the first sitting President to make an arrested landing in a fixed-wing aircraft on an aircraft carrier[2][3] when he arrived at the USS Abraham Lincoln in a Lockheed S-3 Viking, dubbed Navy One, as the carrier returned from combat operations in the Persian Gulf. He posed for photographs with pilots and members of the ship’s crew while wearing a flight suit. A few hours later, he gave a speech announcing the end of major combat operations in the Iraq War. Far above him was the warship’s banner stating “Mission Accomplished.”

    Bush was criticized for the historic jet landing on the carrier as an overly theatrical and expensive stunt. For instance, they pointed to the fact that the carrier was well within range of Bush’s helicopter, and that a jet landing was not needed.[4] Originally the White House had stated that the carrier was too far off the California coast for a helicopter landing and a jet would be needed to reach it. On the day of the speech, the Lincoln was only 30 miles (48 km) from shore but the administration still decided to go ahead with the jet landing. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer admitted that Bush “could have helicoptered, but the plan was already in place. Plus, he wanted to see a landing the way aviators see a landing.”[5] The Lincoln made a scheduled stop in Pearl Harbor shortly before the speech, docked in San Diego after the speech, and returned to her home port in Everett, Washington on May 6, 2003.

    Continue: 2003 Mission Accomplished speech – Wikipedia

    And the Republicans want President Obama to quit talking about giving the order to take out Osama bin Laden on his watch? Speaks for itself.

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #military  #never forget  #news  #politics  #5.1.2003  #anniversary of mission accomplished speech  #George W Bush  #GOP  #history  #Iraq  #may 1 2003  #Mission Accomplished  #Republicans  #worst president ever 
    image: from Think Progress: 17 Years After Oklahoma City Bombing, Right-Wing Extremism Is Significant Domestic Terror Threat
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Political correctness is deadly: right-wing extremism is our biggest domestic terror threat
As long as the media and average people pretend  that ‘both sides do it’ and decide that it’s okay for self-described ‘patriots’ to rabidly hate President Obama, Democrats, and the federal government — and as long as everyone continues to look the other way when right-wing attitudes manifest themselves publicly, in the form of open racism and / or violent rhetoric, we’ll be under threat as a society and a functioning country.
Ask yourself if the fictional right-wing, Fox “News” created, tea party celebrated ‘creeping Sharia law’ is more of a threat to our country than the very real and ongoing use of the Republican Party’s Southern Strategy. Recall Sarah Palin’s creative ‘sniper rifle symbols’ on Democratic U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the aftermath. Think of Breitbart-protégé James O’Keefe and his ‘pimp costume’ and ACORN and the fictional Democratic voter fraud issue (as we’ve learned, Mitt Romney, the presumed GOP presidential candidate, actually committed voter fraud).
Or look at the most recent example of our politically correct, both sides do it, national discourse:

The ‘outrage’ for the right was something said by a CNN commentator about a candidate’s wife and was, in fact, entirely true. The ‘outrage’ for the left, which should be an outrage for the entire country, was a thinly-veiled threat against the life of our sitting president, for purposes of demonstrating the speaker’s Southern Strategy bona fides in front of an NRA crowd. With our history of political assassinations and attempted assassinations, should we ever take such rhetoric lightly?
While you think about which outrage received the most national attention and why, you might also ask yourself how your silence on such matters not only contributes to the escalation of ignorance in our national discourse, but encourages some Beck- or Palin-inspired Manchurian candidate to prove his ‘Super Patriotism’ in the form of action. Sort of like this guy, who has been happily expressing his right-wing ideals in court all last week:

[Anders Behring Breivik] identified as his enemy the “cultural Marxists” who he said had destroyed Norway by using it as “a dumping ground for the surplus births of the third world”. Claiming Norwegians would be a minority in their own capital “within five years”, he blamed liberal politicians for bringing about Norway’s demise with “feminism, quotas … transforming the church, schools”.
The 69 people, many of them teenagers, who died on the island of Utøya when he opened fire on the youth camp of the ruling Labour party were “not innocent”, he claimed.
“They were not innocent, non-political children; these were young people who worked to actively uphold multicultural values. Many people had leading positions in the leading Labour party youth wing,” he said, going on to compare the Labour party’s youth wing (AUF) with the Hitler Youth.

    image: from Think Progress: 17 Years After Oklahoma City Bombing, Right-Wing Extremism Is Significant Domestic Terror Threat

    Political correctness is deadly: right-wing extremism is our biggest domestic terror threat

    As long as the media and average people pretend  that ‘both sides do it’ and decide that it’s okay for self-described ‘patriots’ to rabidly hate President Obama, Democrats, and the federal government — and as long as everyone continues to look the other way when right-wing attitudes manifest themselves publicly, in the form of open racism and / or violent rhetoric, we’ll be under threat as a society and a functioning country.

    Ask yourself if the fictional right-wing, Fox “News” created, tea party celebrated ‘creeping Sharia law’ is more of a threat to our country than the very real and ongoing use of the Republican Party’s Southern Strategy. Recall Sarah Palin’s creative ‘sniper rifle symbols’ on Democratic U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the aftermath. Think of Breitbart-protégé James O’Keefe and his ‘pimp costume’ and ACORN and the fictional Democratic voter fraud issue (as we’ve learned, Mitt Romney, the presumed GOP presidential candidate, actually committed voter fraud).

    Or look at the most recent example of our politically correct, both sides do it, national discourse:

    The ‘outrage’ for the right was something said by a CNN commentator about a candidate’s wife and was, in fact, entirely true. The ‘outrage’ for the left, which should be an outrage for the entire country, was a thinly-veiled threat against the life of our sitting president, for purposes of demonstrating the speaker’s Southern Strategy bona fides in front of an NRA crowd. With our history of political assassinations and attempted assassinations, should we ever take such rhetoric lightly?

    While you think about which outrage received the most national attention and why, you might also ask yourself how your silence on such matters not only contributes to the escalation of ignorance in our national discourse, but encourages some Beck- or Palin-inspired Manchurian candidate to prove his ‘Super Patriotism’ in the form of action. Sort of like this guy, who has been happily expressing his right-wing ideals in court all last week:

    [Anders Behring Breivik] identified as his enemy the “cultural Marxists” who he said had destroyed Norway by using it as “a dumping ground for the surplus births of the third world”. Claiming Norwegians would be a minority in their own capital “within five years”, he blamed liberal politicians for bringing about Norway’s demise with “feminism, quotas … transforming the church, schools”.

    The 69 people, many of them teenagers, who died on the island of Utøya when he opened fire on the youth camp of the ruling Labour party were “not innocent”, he claimed.

    “They were not innocent, non-political children; these were young people who worked to actively uphold multicultural values. Many people had leading positions in the leading Labour party youth wing,” he said, going on to compare the Labour party’s youth wing (AUF) with the Hitler Youth.

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #death  #religion  #journalism  #never forget  #politics  #media  #wingnuts  #news  #America  #Anders Behring Breivik  #domestic terrorism  #Gabrielle Giffords  #glenn beck  #GOP  #ideologically motivated attacks  #islamic extremists  #lone wolves  #manchurian candidate  #norway  #oklahoma city bombing  #on the rise  #oslo  #President Obama  #Racism  #Republicans  #right wing extremism  #right wing extremists  #right-wing extremist  #safety of american citizens  #sarah palin 
    Comparing Rush Limbaugh to Bill Maher is either remarkably dishonest or really stupid

    For one thing, Bill Maher is a COMEDIAN! Yep, Maher has said mean things about Palin and sometimes he goes too far — but most of the time it’s funny — because that’s what he does for a living. By now, everyone who is not in a coma should understand that Maher’s a politically-based comedian who does a show on HBO (pay channel!) and stand-up comedy.

    On the other hand, Rush Limbaugh is broadcast on public airwaves for three hours a day, five days a week — including taxpayer-funded Armed Forces radio (AFN) —and has been allowed to set the tone and conversation on issues affecting everyone with the GOP establishment, while he sits atop the Republican Kingdom on his Big (huge!) Royal Throne of Grandiosity. There’s absolutely no comparison. Look at the influence that the GOP has given Limbaugh:

    Limbaugh and George HW Bush: 

    Early in the summer of 1992, Roger Ailes, who was working for President Bush, made the connection. The president invited Limbaugh to accompany him to the Kennedy Center and spend a night at the White House. Bush personally carried Limbaugh’s bag from the elevator of the White House residence to his room, a gesture Rush never forgot. That night he called his mother and brother from the Lincoln bedroom. “Guess where I’m sleeping tonight,” he said. Bush might not be Reagan, but he was the president of the United States. [page 81]

    Limbaugh and Ronald Reagan: 

    Limbaugh proudly read the letter to his audience on the December 21, 1992, edition of his television show [via Nexis]

    LIMBAUGH: “Ronald Reagan, December 11th, 1992. Dear Rush, thanks for all you’re doing to promote Republican and conservative principles. Now that I’ve re” — and lis –and listen to this, folks. Listen to this. “Now that I’ve retired from active politics, I don’t mind that you’ve become the number one voice for conservatism in our country.”

    I — I mean — you know, that’s — that’s — that’s not just a, “Hey, Rush, nice to know you. Hope you enjoyed my letter,” kind of sentence. There’s a — there’s something very serious in that, and I was – I — I was so proud.

    It goes on, “I know the liberals call you the most dangerous man in America, but don’t worry about it. They used to say the same thing about me. Keep up the good work. America needs to hear the way things ought to be. Sincerely, Ron.”

    Limbaugh and George W Bush — RECENT history: 

    August 1, 2008: During his 20th anniversary show on August 1, 2008, Limbaugh received a surprise phone call from President Bush, Jeb Bush, and George H.W. Bush — “people who consider you friends and really appreciate the contribution you’ve made,” as the president put it. George H.W. Bush told Rush he was “proud of you, always,” and asked how “our man” Roger Ailes was doing. Jeb Bush told Limbaugh: “One of the great things about your show is it’s broadcast in the Sunshine State, for which a whole lot of Floridians are very grateful, including me.”

    November 9, 2010: Bush’s most recent appearance (to date) was on November 9, 2010, as he was promoting his recently released memoir,Decision Points.

    In the final days of the Bush presidency, Limbaugh traveled to Washington for what one of his guest hosts called a “secret meeting.” Limbaugh later revealed that the “meeting” was a private “farewell luncheon” at the White House with President Bush. As Limbaughdescribed it, the lunch was actually a surprise birthday party for Limbaugh, complete with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” sung by Bush and his aides, and “a little chocolate microphone.”

    And the apologies, the tears, and the kissing of the ring!

    • Michael Steele
    • Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA)
    • Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS)
    • Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)

    There’s MUCH more…

    So if someone tries to say that Limbaugh’s an “entertainer” or “comedian” like Maher, it won’t work. He may be absurd and ridiculous to most of us, but he’s been taken very seriously by the Republican Party for two decades.

    And that rather embarrassing fact is on them.

    (Source: underthemountainbunker.com)

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #never forget  #news  #politics  #wingnuts  #AFN  #apologies  #armed forces radio  #Bill Maher  #comedian  #Darrell Issa  #dittoheads  #george hw bush  #George W Bush  #GOP  #HBO  #influence  #jeb bush  #Michael Steele  #no comparison  #phil gingrey  #public airwaves  #Republicans  #Ronald Reagan  #Rush Limbaugh  #stand up comedy  #talent on loan from god  #talk radio  #taxpayer-funded  #Teaparty  #todd tiahrt 
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Because conservatives seem to always need remedial education on the First Amendment…
Deserving of its own post, directly from Oliver Willis (emphasis below, mine):

Remedial First Amendment For Conservatives (And Bill Maher)
Here, in full, is the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Our constitution explicitly says that you can say whatever you want to say without government interference. What it does not guarantee is any sort of platform to make that speech. The first amendment does not guarantee a right to a radio show, a tv show, a newspaper column, a website, or a stage show. It says that you can say things and the government has no right to squelch that speech.
[…] if people object to his speech and communicate those sentiments to his advertisers and they in turn choose to disassociate themselves from him — nobody’s rights are being infringed.
The market that conservatives claim to love so much, is in fact working.
Continue…

    Because conservatives seem to always need remedial education on the First Amendment…

    Deserving of its own post, directly from Oliver Willis (emphasis below, mine):

    Remedial First Amendment For Conservatives (And Bill Maher)

    Here, in full, is the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Our constitution explicitly says that you can say whatever you want to say without government interference. What it does not guarantee is any sort of platform to make that speech. The first amendment does not guarantee a right to a radio show, a tv show, a newspaper column, a website, or a stage show. It says that you can say things and the government has no right to squelch that speech.

    […] if people object to his speech and communicate those sentiments to his advertisers and they in turn choose to disassociate themselves from him — nobody’s rights are being infringed.

    The market that conservatives claim to love so much, is in fact working.

    Continue…

    — 2 years ago with 3 notes
    #never forget  #politics  #advertisers  #boycotts  #First Amendment  #freedom of speech  #no guarantee of a PLATFORM for speech  #oliver willis  #Rush Limbaugh  #sandra fluke  #us constitution  #teaparty  #gop  #republicans  #rightwing 
    If you can’t handle watching Mad Men, you definitely couldn’t handle a President Rick Santorum →

    I completely agree with Stephanie Coontz below. It’s important for women to fully understand HOW THINGS USED TO BE before we can fully understand how things are now— and why we still, unfortunately, have to fight for things like contraception, choice, equal pay and opportunity, education, etc. I mean, just look at Liz Trotta’s opinions for this week’sunfortunate example of why we still need to fight (there’s a GOP / Fox “News” woman for you!).

    GOP presidential candidates like Rick Santorum, who want to impose their religious / social views on the lives of others, are a threat to society and to progress generally, and to women in particular. You don’t have to label yourself a ‘feminist’ to realize we’ve got it better today than they had it in the ’60s and other than white males, seriously, who would want to go back to all that?

    Why ‘Mad Men’ is TV’s most feminist show | Stephanie Coontz

    “Mad Men’s” authentic portrait of women’s lives in the early 1960s makes it hard for some women to watch. Over the course of its first three seasons, I interviewed almost 200 women from the same era for a new book on the Greatest Generation’s wives and daughters. Many had suffered from the same numbness that plagued Betty Draper in the first season. They had seen psychiatrists who were as unhelpful and patronizing as the one Don Draper hired for his wife, or they had been married to men who displayed a sense of male entitlement similar to Don’s. Those who had worked, whether before or after marriage, had experienced the same discrimination and sexual harassment as the female employees at the show’s ad agency.

    Yet to my surprise, most of these women refused to watch “Mad Men.” Not because they found its portrayal of male-female relations unrealistic — in fact, many recounted treatment in real life that was even more dramatic and horrifying than that on the show. It was precisely because “Mad Men” portrayed the sexism of that era so unflinchingly, they told me, that they could not bear to watch.

    The rest of us, however, should tune in for a much-needed lesson on the devastating costs of a way of life that still evokes misplaced nostalgia. We should be glad that the writers are resisting the temptation to transform their female characters into contemporary heroines. They’re not, and they cannot be. That is the brilliance of the show’s script.

    “Mad Men’s” writers are not sexist. The time period was.

    Read more…

    Note: Okay, except for the dresses. I do love the women’s clothes on this show. We could go back to the styles. Nothing else.

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #never forget  #politics  #religion  #vote  #1960s  #choice  #contraception  #education  #everybody drink!  #feminism  #jobs  #Mad Men  #opportunity  #pay  #president of our bedrooms  #racist times  #rick santorum  #sexist times  #women  #women's rights 

    Video: 100 years in 10 minutes

    Very moving… here’s hoping the human race can do better in the future — or that it can even survive itself.

    (Source: youtube.com)

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #news  #politics  #1911 - 2011  #100 years  #history  #death  #environment  #horror  #journalism  #life  #military  #never forget  #survival 
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NY Times: One 9/11 Tally: $3.3 Trillion
Al Qaeda spent roughly half a million dollars to destroy the World  Trade Center and cripple the Pentagon. What has been the cost to the  United States? In a survey of estimates by The New York Times, the  answer is $3.3 trillion, or about $7 million for every dollar Al Qaeda spent planning and executing the attacks. While not all of the costs have been borne by the government — and some  are still to come — this total equals one-fifth of the current national  debt. All figures are shown in today’s dollars.
Click graphic for details / sources (one cube equals $1 billion)
He Told Us to Go Shopping

To understand this link between today’s  financial crisis and Bush’s wider national security decisions, we need  to go back to 9/11 itself. From the very outset, the president  described the “war on terror” as a vast undertaking of paramount  importance. But he simultaneously urged Americans to carry on as if  there were no war. “Get down to Disney World in Florida,” he  urged just over two weeks after 9/11. “Take your families and enjoy  life, the way we want it to be enjoyed.” Bush certainly wanted citizens  to support his war — he just wasn’t going to require them actually to do  anything. The support he sought was not active but passive. It  entailed not popular engagement but popular deference. Bush simply  wanted citizens (and Congress) to go along without asking too many  questions.
So his administration’s policies reflected  an oddly business-as-usual approach. Senior officials routinely  described the war as global in scope and likely to last decades, but the  administration made no effort to expand the armed forces. It  sought no additional revenue to cover the costs of waging a protracted  conflict. It left the nation’s economic priorities unchanged. Instead of  sacrifices, it offered tax cuts. So as the American soldier fought, the  American consumer binged, encouraged by American banks offering easy  credit.
From September 2001 until September 2008, this approach allowed Bush to enjoy nearly unfettered freedom of action…

    NY Times: One 9/11 Tally: $3.3 Trillion

    Al Qaeda spent roughly half a million dollars to destroy the World Trade Center and cripple the Pentagon. What has been the cost to the United States? In a survey of estimates by The New York Times, the answer is $3.3 trillion, or about $7 million for every dollar Al Qaeda spent planning and executing the attacks. While not all of the costs have been borne by the government — and some are still to come — this total equals one-fifth of the current national debt. All figures are shown in today’s dollars.

    Click graphic for details / sources (one cube equals $1 billion)

    He Told Us to Go Shopping

    To understand this link between today’s financial crisis and Bush’s wider national security decisions, we need to go back to 9/11 itself. From the very outset, the president described the “war on terror” as a vast undertaking of paramount importance. But he simultaneously urged Americans to carry on as if there were no war. “Get down to Disney World in Florida,” he urged just over two weeks after 9/11. “Take your families and enjoy life, the way we want it to be enjoyed.” Bush certainly wanted citizens to support his war — he just wasn’t going to require them actually to do anything. The support he sought was not active but passive. It entailed not popular engagement but popular deference. Bush simply wanted citizens (and Congress) to go along without asking too many questions.

    So his administration’s policies reflected an oddly business-as-usual approach. Senior officials routinely described the war as global in scope and likely to last decades, but the administration made no effort to expand the armed forces. It sought no additional revenue to cover the costs of waging a protracted conflict. It left the nation’s economic priorities unchanged. Instead of sacrifices, it offered tax cuts. So as the American soldier fought, the American consumer binged, encouraged by American banks offering easy credit.

    From September 2001 until September 2008, this approach allowed Bush to enjoy nearly unfettered freedom of action…

    — 2 years ago with 5 notes
    #$3.3 trillion  #10th anniversary  #9-11  #al Qaeda  #cost to america  #DHS  #George W Bush  #go shopping  #tally  #wars  #never forget 
    image: ihatepeacocks
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10th anniversary: In Remembrance
New York to Commemorate 9/11:  New York City will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11,  2001, terrorist attacks with a ceremony at the World Trade Center site  on Sunday, when the nation pauses to grieve for the dead and reflect on  the decade since terrorists toppled the Twin Towers, damaged the  Pentagon and crashed a jetliner in rural Pennsylvania.
Flight 93 National Memorial service set for today: SHANKSVILLE – Thousands are expected to descend upon the Flight 93  National Memorial today, the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks  that rocked the nation.
President Obama to Attend All Three 9/11 Memorials Sunday‎: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend  memorials Sunday at all three sites of the September 11, 2001 attacks.  The Obamas will travel to New York Sunday to attend the 10th anniversary  ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial, located at the World  Trade Center site. The Obamas will then head to Shanksville,  Pennsylvania for an anniversary observance of the crash of Flight 93  during the attacks 10 years ago. Later, the president and first lady  will travel to the Pentagon for a wreath-laying ceremony honoring the  victims of the attack on the massive Defense Department building.
 AP PHOTO 1 DAY AGO | President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle  Obama visit Arlington National Cemetery, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in  Arlington, Va.
 AP PHOTO 1 DAY AGO | First Lady Michelle Obama hugs a unidentified  visitor graveside in Arlington National Cemetery as President Barack  Obama shakes hands in the background during a visit to the national  cemetery Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Arlington, Va. Sunday will mark  the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Tribute in Light: Following the attacks of September  11th, the skyline of New York has been lit up on every anniversary  since with 88 searchlights to mark where the Twin Towers used to stand.
To[night], on the 10th anniversary, the lights will be turned on for the last time. (via)
Click for Live Coverage – America Remembers – September 11th  – ABC News Radio

    image: ihatepeacocks

    10th anniversary: In Remembrance

    New York to Commemorate 9/11: New York City will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a ceremony at the World Trade Center site on Sunday, when the nation pauses to grieve for the dead and reflect on the decade since terrorists toppled the Twin Towers, damaged the Pentagon and crashed a jetliner in rural Pennsylvania.

    Flight 93 National Memorial service set for today: SHANKSVILLE – Thousands are expected to descend upon the Flight 93 National Memorial today, the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that rocked the nation.

    President Obama to Attend All Three 9/11 Memorials Sunday‎: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend memorials Sunday at all three sites of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Obamas will travel to New York Sunday to attend the 10th anniversary ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial, located at the World Trade Center site. The Obamas will then head to Shanksville, Pennsylvania for an anniversary observance of the crash of Flight 93 during the attacks 10 years ago. Later, the president and first lady will travel to the Pentagon for a wreath-laying ceremony honoring the victims of the attack on the massive Defense Department building.

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visit Arlington National Cemetery, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Arlington, Va.
    AP PHOTO 1 DAY AGO | President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visit Arlington National Cemetery, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Arlington, Va.

    First Lady Michelle Obama hugs a unidentified visitor graveside in Arlington National Cemetery as President Barack Obama shakes hands in the background during a visit to the national cemetery Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Arlington, Va. Sunday will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
    AP PHOTO 1 DAY AGO | First Lady Michelle Obama hugs a unidentified visitor graveside in Arlington National Cemetery as President Barack Obama shakes hands in the background during a visit to the national cemetery Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Arlington, Va. Sunday will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Tribute in Light: Following the attacks of September 11th, the skyline of New York has been lit up on every anniversary since with 88 searchlights to mark where the Twin Towers used to stand. Tomorrow, on the 10th anniversary, the lights will be turned on for the last time.

    Tribute in Light: Following the attacks of September 11th, the skyline of New York has been lit up on every anniversary since with 88 searchlights to mark where the Twin Towers used to stand.

    To[night], on the 10th anniversary, the lights will be turned on for the last time. (via)

    Click for Live Coverage – America Remembers – September 11th  – ABC News Radio

    — 2 years ago with 10 notes
    #10th anniversary  #9-11  #flight 93  #last time  #memorials  #NYC  #Pentagon  #President Obama  #rememberance  #tribute in light  #twin towers  #never forget 
    A 9/11 tribute poster encouraging people to look back and reflect after 10 years by Extra Credit Projects.
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9-11: Reflect

    A 9/11 tribute poster encouraging people to look back and reflect after 10 years by Extra Credit Projects.

    Ads of the World | Via

    9-11: Reflect

    — 2 years ago with 8 notes
    #9-11  #9/11/24/7  #poster  #reflect  #never forget  #10th anniversary 
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Clinton to Obama on raising the debt ceiling by August 2: “Don’t blink.”
Make the Republicans raise it like they did SEVEN TIMES during King George’s Administration:

Aspen, Colorado (CNN): […] Regardless of the Republican field, however, Clinton believes  Obama will be re-elected in 2012. Under Obama’s leadership, Wall Street  has been salvaged, and the automotive industry has been saved, Clinton  said. Also, manufacturing jobs have increased with the United States now  building 20% of the solar batteries globally — up from 2%. That could  go up as high as 40% by 2014, the former president added.
Obama has also delivered on national  security with the killing of Osama bin Laden and increased drone  activity in terrorist countries, Clinton said. Domestically, he has  offered laudable education and health care reforms, as well as student  loan reforms that allow borrowers longer time to pay back their debts,  Clinton said.
Clinton also said Obama has been very good  on gay rights — a serious sticking point for the Clinton presidency,  which created the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
And, at a time when European  multiculturalism is apparently failing, Obama’s been able to speak to  the diverse sectors of the U.S. population, Clinton said.

From CrooksandLiars: 10 Inconvenient Truths About the Debt Ceiling:
1. Republican Leaders Agree U.S. Default Would Be a “Financial Disaster”2. Ronald Reagan Tripled the National Debt3. George W. Bush Doubled the National Debt4. Republicans Voted Seven Times to Raise Debt Ceiling for President Bush5. Federal Taxes Are Now at a 60 Year Low6. Bush Tax Cuts Didn’t Pay for Themselves or Spur “Job Creators”7. Ryan Budget Delivers Another Tax Cut Windfall for Wealthy8. Ryan Budget Will Require Raising Debt Ceiling – Repeatedly9. Tax Cuts Drive the Next Decade of Debt10. $3 Trillion Tab for Unfunded Wars Remains Unpaid
Also? Let tax cuts for the rich expire. Our nation could really use the revenue (and a sense of fairness).

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    Clinton to Obama on raising the debt ceiling by August 2: “Don’t blink.”

    Make the Republicans raise it like they did SEVEN TIMES during King George’s Administration:

    Aspen, Colorado (CNN): […] Regardless of the Republican field, however, Clinton believes Obama will be re-elected in 2012. Under Obama’s leadership, Wall Street has been salvaged, and the automotive industry has been saved, Clinton said. Also, manufacturing jobs have increased with the United States now building 20% of the solar batteries globally — up from 2%. That could go up as high as 40% by 2014, the former president added.

    Obama has also delivered on national security with the killing of Osama bin Laden and increased drone activity in terrorist countries, Clinton said. Domestically, he has offered laudable education and health care reforms, as well as student loan reforms that allow borrowers longer time to pay back their debts, Clinton said.

    Clinton also said Obama has been very good on gay rights — a serious sticking point for the Clinton presidency, which created the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

    And, at a time when European multiculturalism is apparently failing, Obama’s been able to speak to the diverse sectors of the U.S. population, Clinton said.

    From CrooksandLiars: 10 Inconvenient Truths About the Debt Ceiling:

    1. Republican Leaders Agree U.S. Default Would Be a “Financial Disaster”
    2. Ronald Reagan Tripled the National Debt
    3. George W. Bush Doubled the National Debt
    4. Republicans Voted Seven Times to Raise Debt Ceiling for President Bush
    5. Federal Taxes Are Now at a 60 Year Low
    6. Bush Tax Cuts Didn’t Pay for Themselves or Spur “Job Creators”
    7. Ryan Budget Delivers Another Tax Cut Windfall for Wealthy
    8. Ryan Budget Will Require Raising Debt Ceiling – Repeatedly
    9. Tax Cuts Drive the Next Decade of Debt
    10. $3 Trillion Tab for Unfunded Wars Remains Unpaid

    Also? Let tax cuts for the rich expire. Our nation could really use the revenue (and a sense of fairness).

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    The Osama Bin Laden Operation: Credit Where Credit’s Due →

    The Bin Laden operation in Abbottabad has been in planning since 2010: the compound caught the attention of intelligence because it had no internet or cell phone signal, which would be unusual for the size and wealth of the place.

    In September 2010, the CIA presented Obama with a set of assessments that indicated bin Laden could be hiding in a compound in northwest Pakistan. Starting in mid-March, the president convened at least nine National Security Council meetings to discuss the intelligence suggesting that bin Laden was possibly hiding out virtually in plain sight.

    You might find it interesting, because I do, that Osama has probably been in this location in Pakistan since 2005, when the compound was built. So last Friday, Obama gave the order to pursue Bin Laden. In the early hours of Sunday morning, the strike began.

    Now take a look at George W. Bush’s pursuit of Bin Laden. From the article “Obama Succeeded Where Bush Failed: Osama Bin Laden Rhetoric And Reality” by Dan Froomkin:

    • BUSH RANCH (AUGUST/2001): The unsuccessful attempts to engage Bush culminated in a briefing he got while vacationing on his Texas ranch. As investigative reporter Ron Suskind reported in his book, “The One Percent Doctrine,” an unnamed CIA operative flew to Crawford to call the president’s attention personally to the now-famous Aug. 6, 2001, memo titled Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S. “All right,” Suskind reported Bush saying after hearing out the operative. “You’ve covered your ass, now.”
    • TORA BORA (DEC/2001): After the invasion of Afghanistan, the Taliban government quickly fell and al Qaeda retreated into the hills. But in December 2001, when bin Laden was unquestionably within reach of U.S. troops in the mountains of Tora Bora, Bush didn’t pull the trigger.

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