wacky Wednesday &some News


President Obama starts Middle East peace talks in the other Washington today and later today he will be traveling to Milwaukee with labor secretary Solis.

As some parts of the US moves into Autumn weather other parts are suffering awful hurricanes and or heavy rains creating flooding. I am hoping those who usually say they will stay put opt in to being evacuated.  There are reports that mandatory evacuations have been ordered in N.C.

Last night the President announced the combat in Iraq has ended and though some are still there he was able to get this thing ended a little early.  It was a moment to give facts numbers and tie in to something that helped hurt our current economy and he did. The idea that libs are not happy with this President is getting on my nerves. They cannot be satisfied with the fact that the combat was ended so please stop beating him down for not wanting to bring the last guy or administration up on charges …it ain’t going to happen. If we could just thank all our troops who served, make sure they all have medical and are among those who are able to take advantage of HR1586 and move on to solve our economic problems. It just annoys me to hear libs burn the President with all the negative rhetoric because they need in my opinion to focus on what is News to the Americans instead of what they did not get out of voting for this President. I believe a lot has been achieved but libs are again participating in that circular squad -it is reckless and will hurt our cause. Come on -give him credit for getting things despite Republicans despite the daily name calling and labeling we should not expect this President to come out and battle with each and every negative thing said about him.  There are reports that folks representing big corporations are now switching sides because our President supported the need for financial reform.  Those who tell us raising taxes would be a job killer are in control of Banks that should loan to neighborhood lenders by don’t and can only be translated into a clear threat.  Those of us regular folks who supported and voted for Obama need to stand up to the BS being shoved onto us by both the libs and the folks on the right. I am a democrat who believes it will take years to get the US economy back on track because the votes of No screwed us from getting it done sooner and has now slowed down the effort to next to zero .

The continued slow down of our economy is because of the Political Party of NO -do not be fooled …we needed large sums of money thrown at a big problem but when Bills got to Senate Republicans they were able to stall them, block them or scale them down to something that seems like a band aid now. It is apparent that the projection of 8% unemployment was given with the info they had at the time.   It did not include Banks withholding funds from small business, Wall Street being unwilling to cooperate and Republicans doing everything to ruin this President including throwing their own constituents under the bus …

Other News …

The first face-to-face talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders since 2008 will begin today, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with President Obama in the White House. Expectations are low, but U.S. officials are hopeful they can at least get the two sides to agree to a second round of talks next month.

Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan Gen. David Petraeus said yesterday that the Taliban is expanding its presence across the country even as U.S. and coalition forces close in on insurgent strongholds. “Levels of attacks have gone up and that’s a manifestation of us increasing our resources substantially and taking away safe havens,” he said, “And when the enemy’s safe havens are threatened they fight back.”

And finally: Former GOP House Speaker and current FreedomWorks chief Dick Armey told the Texas Tribune that he’s not interested in being the leader of the Tea Party movement because he’s too busy caring for his goats. When asked if he would step up to lead the movement, Armey replied, “Oh, no, no, no, no. I’ve got 34 goats that depend on me daily. I couldn’t be away that long.”

The first face-to-face talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders since 2008 will begin today, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with President Obama in the White House. Expectations are low, but U.S. officials are hopeful they can at least get the two sides to agree to a second round of talks next month.


Presidential Address On U.S. Combat Troop Withdrawal From Iraq Presidential Address On U.S. Combat Troop Withdrawal From Iraq

Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen (Ret.) Briefing on Gulf Oil Spill Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen (Ret.) Briefing on Gulf Oil Spil

Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l 2010 Air Safety Forum Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l 2010 Air Safety Forum

92nd Annual American Legion National Convention 92nd Annual American Legion National Convention

GreenPeace September newsletter


Greenpeace
monthly newsletter, September

Action needed to help save sea lions!

You can help protect the world’s largest sea lion, the Steller sea lion of the North Pacific, by telling the National Marine Fisheries Service to adopt the protective measures they have identified as needed for the species to survive. After years of delays and undue industry influence, NMFS released a Draft Biological Opinion (BiOP) on Steller sea lions on August 2nd.

This new BiOp finds that commercial fishing is the most likely cause of sea lion declines in the western Aleutian Islands and their failure to recover in other areas. Fishing fleets are catching too much of the fish Steller sea lions need to eat for their survival. Take action and let the agency know you support their own conclusions and urge them to move forward and give Steller sea lions the protection they need.


Be the Change!

GOTThe Greenpeace Organizing Term is our semester-long program for students between the ages of 18-24. Through our exciting combination of classroom workshops, group work, one-on-one feedback from staff, and campaign-related travel, students are prepared to make an impact. We want smart, visionary, passionate, and community-minded students who are ready to be change-makers on their campuses.

For more information, to share this with your favorite students, or to apply TODAY for our Spring 2011 semester in San Francisco, check out the application page or email us at: got@wdc.greenpeace.org. The Spring 2011 deadline is October 15th, so apply or forward this to a student you know today!

10.10.10

Greenpeace is teaming up with 350.org, 10:10, and a global coalition of folks doing something about climate change to create a global day of action: the 10/10/10 Work Party. Help us make October 10th the biggest single day of action against global warming that the world has ever seen by signing up today!

Over 1,000 Work Parties are already planned. Find one in your area and RSVP today or add an event of your own. Don’t wait.


Ship Expedition

Arctic Sunrise

We’re nearly a month into our Gulf Oil Spill Impacts Expedition. See where we’ve been and follow along as we continue to support independent research into the effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.

A Milestone On The Road Out of Iraq


Yesterday evening, speaking to the nation from the Oval Office, President Obama “declared an end to the seven-year American combat mission in Iraq,” saying that “the United States has met its responsibility to that country and that it is now time to turn to pressing problems at home.” While around 50,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq, and will still engage in combat while carrying out what is now primarily a training and advising mission, yesterday’s announcement by the President represents the fulfillment of a promise he made in February 2009, to have the majority of U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of August 2010. The President noted that, over the last decade in Afghanistan and Iraq, “we have spent over a trillion dollars at war, often financed by borrowing from overseas,” and that “as we wind down the war in Iraq, we must tackle those challenges at home with as much energy and grit and sense of common purpose as our men and women in uniform who have served abroad.” Describing the new Iraq mission,  Vice President Biden said, “We have a written agreement with the Iraqi government, signed by George W. Bush, binding President Barack Obama to withdraw all troops by the end of next year. … But we have faith that the Iraqi troops who our sacrifices have allowed to be trained are in fact ready and will be increasingly able to supply total security to this country by the end of next year.” Biden adviser Tony Blinken told reporters, “We’re not disengaging from Iraq, and even as we draw down our troops, we are ramping up our engagement across the board.”

DEFINING THE WAR’S LEGACY: President Bush’s decision to invade and occupy Iraq remains controversial, though it’s now obvious that the main justifications for the war — Iraq’s possession of weapons of mass destruction and a substantive relationship between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda — were false. Several key decisions the Bush administration made, such as disbanding the Iraq army and the de-Baathification of Iraq’s bureaucracy, fed a growing insurgency that was gathering steam even as President Bush prematurely declared in May 2003 that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended.” The ensuing insurgency led to years of sectarian strife and the near-collapse of the Iraqi state. With the U.S.’s attention and resources focused on dealing with the Iraq insurgency, Iran was able to extend its influence both with Shia parties in Iraq and throughout the region, the Taliban was able to retrench in Afghanistan, and anti-American extremists throughout the Middle East drew strength from the constant images of death and destruction beamed out of Iraq via satellite. Many of these radicals gained expertise from tactics honed against American forces in Iraq.

COUNTING THE COST: While the ultimate legacy of the U.S. intervention in Iraq is still to be determined, it is possible — and necessary, given the implications for future interventions —  to attempt to tally the war’s costs and benefits to the national security of the United States. In May 2010, Center for American Progress analysts Matt Duss, Brian Katulis, and Peter Juul quantified the costs in their report, The Iraq War Ledger. While recognizing that the end of Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime represents a considerable global good, the authors note that most of the war’s other benefits very much remain in the realm of conjecture. A nascent democratic Iraqi republic allied with the United States could potentially yield benefits in the future, but the war’s costs are very real in the here and now, with the current cost of Operation Iraqi Freedom hovering around $748.2 billion, and the projected total cost of veterans’ health care and disability at $422 billion to $717 billion. As of yesterday, 4,416 American troops had lost their lives in Iraq, with more than 30,000 wounded and more than 39,000 diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Low-end estimates of Iraqi civilian deaths are around 100,000, with many more wounded, and over 4 million displaced both within and outside Iraq.

THE IMPORTANCE OF TIMETABLES: While the U.S. was bound by the terms of the withdrawal agreement signed by the Bush administration and Iraq, setting August 31, 2010 as an official date for the change in mission was President Obama’s decision, and one with important implications for Afghanistan. It sends the signal that the U.S.’s deployments will not be determined by events outside of U.S. control, and that the U.S. will make the decision when it leaves. CAP’s Larry Korb and Brian Katulis observed that, while the conventional wisdom holds that Bush’s open-ended commitment of troops to Iraq created conditions for the U.S. withdrawal, “a closer examination of the facts demonstrates that the opposite is true — in Iraq, violence declined because more Iraqis perceived that U.S. troops were leaving and took appropriate action.” Sticking to a timetable for Afghanistan, Korb and Katulis write, “offers the best hope for us and the Afghan people because it will motivate them to take control of their own affairs and increase their own security forces.”

Don’t let Texas oil companies rewrite environmental laws


Send Valero a message: Hands off our nation’s best climate change law.

Send a message to Valero’s CEO
Boycott Valero Gas!
Your message to Valero CEO Bill Klesse:

I will be boycotting all Valero Energy owned and supplied gas stations until you drop your funding of the ballot initiative that will destroy California’s landmark clean energy and air pollution law, AB 32.

Take action now!


With the Senate’s failure to pass an anti global-warming bill, legislation on the state level is currently our most direct answer to saving the planet.

California already passed one of the toughest anti-global warming laws in the world (AB32) back in 2006 — and its regulations will start being phased in next year. But not if a bunch of oil companies in Texas have their way. Texas oil companies Valero and Tesoro have spent $3.5 million to fund Prop 23 in California; a deceptive initiative that, if approved by voters this November, will effectively reverse AB32.

If these Texas Oil Companies succeed in rewriting California’s global warming laws, it won’t just hurt California’s effort to curb harmful carbon emissions — it will be a giant step back for nationwide efforts to fight global warming. So we need to tell Valero that their continued support of this proposition is going to cost them, too.

Send a message to Valero C.E.O Bill Klesse that you will boycott Valero gas until his company stops funding Prop 23. Your message will be immediately delivered to him.

We started this campaign in California in April with our friends at The Courage Campaign, but since then, Valero has upped the ante. With only two months until the election, they just gave another $3 million to fund the attack on AB32. There’s no telling how many more millions Valero will dump into this effort before November — but if we create a groundswell of national pressure, we can force them to reconsider their support. So we’re taking this boycott national.

The Senate climate fight made clear that dirty energy companies have far too much power in Washington. And now that the Citizens United case has opened the door for more corporate money in our elections, the best way to stop dirty energy from having an even bigger impact on ballots nationwide is with direct, public pressure that will be noticed by corporate executives and shareholders alike.

This type of pressure just made a big difference after Target donated $150,000 to a group backing anti-gay candidates. With Valero leading an attack on the strongest climate pollution reduction act in the country, we need to show them that their support isn’t just bad for the environment — it’s also bad for business.

Send your message to Valero CEO Bill Klesse telling him you’ll be boycotting Valero gas and spreading the word to your friends.

Then, don’t buy gas at Valero. Valero and Tesoro operate gas stations under the following brands. Boycott all of these locations:

  • Valero
  • Beacon
  • Diamond Shamrock
  • Shamrock
  • Corner Store
  • Ultramar
  • Tesoro
  • Mirastar
  • USA Petroleum

Pledge to boycott all of these stations and send a message to Bill Klesse and Valero Energy.

Valero’s CEO needs to hear the message loud and clear. Sign the pledge and join the boycott of Valero. Your pressure works.

Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

Iraq …a message from President Obama


RE-Post …

Tonight marks the end of the American combat mission in Iraq.

As a candidate for this office, I pledged to end this war responsibly. And, as President, that is what I am doing.

Since I became Commander-in-Chief, we’ve brought home nearly 100,000 U.S. troops. We’ve closed or turned over to Iraq hundreds of our bases.

As Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, our commitment to a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq continues. Under Operation New Dawn, a transitional force of U.S. troops will remain to advise and assist Iraqi forces, protect our civilians on the ground, and pursue targeted counterterrorism efforts.

By the end of next year, consistent with our agreement with the Iraqi government, these men and women, too, will come home.

Ending this war is not only in Iraq’s interest — it is in our own. Our nation has paid a huge price to put Iraq’s future in the hands of its people. We have sent our men and women in uniform to make enormous sacrifices. We have spent vast resources abroad in the face of several years of recession at home.

We have met our responsibility through the courage and resolve of our women and men in uniform.

In seven years, they confronted a mission as challenging and as complex as any our military has ever been asked to face.

Nearly 1.5 million Americans put their lives on the line. Many returned for multiple tours of duty, far from their loved ones who bore a heroic burden of their own. And most painfully, more than 4,400 Americans have given their lives, fighting for people they never knew, for values that have defined our people for more than two centuries.

What their country asked of them was not small. And what they sacrificed was not easy.

For that, each and every American owes them our heartfelt thanks.

Our promise to them — to each woman or man who has donned our colors — is that our country will serve them as faithfully as they have served us. We have already made the largest increase in funding for veterans in decades. So long as I am President, I will do whatever it takes to fulfill that sacred trust.

Tonight, we mark a milestone in our nation’s history. Even at a time of great uncertainty for so many Americans, this day and our brave troops remind us that our future is in our own hands and that our best days lie ahead.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama