Obama’s payback to Rep. James Clyburn after Rep. Clyburn threw his superdelegate vote to Obama is a nomination as Member of the Federal Communications Commission. Time to start digging into Clyburn’s position on the Fairness Doctrine.
Archive for June, 2009
Wow, it sure didn’t take long for Obama’s administration to find their voice of outrage over the constitutional arrest of Honduran President Zelaya!
Read Fausta’s amazing round-up of what happened here. In a nutshell, Zelaya wanted another term as president so he decided to hold a popular referendum on whether he should be eligible. Minor problem: The Honduran constitution can’t be amended by popular referendum so the country’s supreme court ordered the vote canceled. Zelaya tried to go ahead with it anyway. Literally every other arm of the Honduran government — judiciary, legislature, military — was against him, to the point where the troops who arrested him this morning were evidently acting on a court order.
This after such a tepid response to peaceful demonstrators being shot by the Iranian government.
Dora the Explorer, for sure!
Massive government spending with no accountability is a pattern of the Obama administration. TARP funding to AIG, which in turn goes to Europe, GM bailout money which in turn goes to Brazil, and now Americorps money being monitored leads to the removal of an Inspector General:
President Obama is hoping you won’t notice his abrupt change of inspectors general over at Americorps, the government-run, taxpayer-subsidized “community service” boondoggle (which Republicans helped expand as part of the $6 billion GIVE/SERVE Act in March despite its wasteful track record. Thanks, Republicans).
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I highly recommend that you head over to the Americorps’ inspector general’s report site here. You can find the entire CUNY report here. Let me repeat what the IG found: Waste, duplication, ineffective spending, criminal background check lapses, and repeated violations of the grant rules. And they’re not doing anything about it.
Follow her links for a lot more information.
UPDATE: Byron York at the Washington Examiner posts an interview with Gerald Walpin, the Inspector General targeted by the Obama administration.
The method of Walpin’s firing could be a violation of the 2008 Inspectors General Reform Act, which requires the president to give Congress 30 days’ notice, plus an explanation of cause, before firing an inspector general. Then-Sen. Barack Obama was a co-sponsor of that legislation. In the case of Walpin, Eisen’s efforts to force Walpin to resign could be seen as an effort to push Walpin out of his job so that the White House would not have to go through the 30-day process or give a reason for its action. When Walpin refused to quit, the White House informed Congress and began the 30-day countdown.
Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley is investigating.
Somalis in Minnesota wanting to cooperate with the FBI stand warned by CAIR to stop cooperating:
At a protest outside the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, Abdirizak Bihi, the uncle of Burhan Hassan, who relatives say was killed last week in Mogadishu by a terrorist group, accused the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Minnesota chapter of discouraging local Somalis from cooperating with the FBI.
“We don’t want anyone to come into our community and tell us to shut up,” Bihi said. “Law enforcement will not be able to do anything without information from the community.”
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Jama Dhagad, a distant relative of Hassan, was among the protesters. “These people in the building, they’re not representing the Somali community in a good way,” he said.
TOTUS must have gone on the fritz. We’ll be reading about the treason charges later. . .
“Paying for what you spend is basic common sense,” Obama said. “Perhaps that’s why, here in Washington, it’s been so elusive.”
Did Obama really just say that? Mr. $800B just said that? Video to follow . . .