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Twitter Battles

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on September 24, 2011

I’ve taken a few days off from cyberspace to reflect…

They say the political battle for 2012 is going to be fought in cyberspace and twitter, we have already seen the impact of the age of information and instant communication.  We have watched the Arab Spring unfold before our very eyes starting with a vegetable vendor in Tunisia lighting himself on fire out of frustration.  The world sat transfixed for 18 days and watched the now world famous Tahrir Square Revolution, and the demise of a tyrant.  Bahrain a tiny country still struggles, they have not given up.  Libyan freedom fighters with the help of NATO are taking back their country.  In Syria, a vicious battle rages, we rely on You Tube Videos and tweets to tell the story since no journalist are allowed.  Finally we watched as the Palestinians took their hopes for dignity, freedom and justice to the UN and asked for statehood.  We also watched Pres. Obama threaten a veto, and did nothing short of wrapping himself in the Israeli flag and dance the Hora.   The US threatened countries who supported the Palestinian bid with cutting off funds, as well as the Palestinians themselves.

What happened to the Barack Obama who was in Cairo a few years ago encouraging the Arabs to embrace democracy, self determination?  He was playing to the the domestic market, he was playing to AIPAC, he was playing to the powerful Jewish lobby and the mis-information that the right has sent out – claiming that Barack Obama didn’t support Israel.  Which was far from the truth.   Winston Churchill said “A lie gets half way around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.”  We’ve seen that with the birther issue.

In the midst of the Arab Spring, the Arab Awakening and the shifting sands of diplomacy and power in the middle east, Barack Obama has chosen to be on the wrong side of history.

One of the dangers in not blindly supporting Israel is one is automatically labelled as anti – Semitic.  The truth is the narrative that most of us have heard regarding the Palestinian issue has largely been framed by the Israelis – with a background always touching the holocaust. In no way do I deny the Holocaust, we as human beings cannot forget the horrors that occurred.   We cannot remain silent when we see ethnic cleansing going on…and that includes when the victim becomes the victimizer.  The situation in the occupied Palestinian territories is at a tipping point.   Nothing short of a slow holocaust has been occurring.   It is no longer a back story in a newspaper as it was 10 years ago, the new information age has made sure we see it all.   9/11 brought the middle east to the forefront.  There is no excuse for us as Americans not to be educated on the entire issues, from the beginning, and here’s a surprise, that is before  1948.

I am absolutely disgusted with Pres. Obama on this issue, when I voted for him I was voting for a change, not the same Bush policies towards the Palestinian issue that did nothing but cause the US to lose credibility in the middle east.  We were making significant headway in restarting our relationships in the middle east until  now…we have just lose the battle at the most crucial time.

Does that mean I don’t support Pres. Obama for re-election?  No.  I support him for re-election, because the alternative is unthinkable.

When I watch a Tea Party audience cheer at an uninsured man dying, in no way can I support that type of mentality.

When I watch a Tea Party audience boo a gay soldier serving his country, and not one Presidential candidate called them on it at the time…in no way can I support that type of mentality.

When I listen to people like Michele Bachmann hype lies on cervical cancer vacines, in no way can I support that type of mentality.

The list goes on..I will support Barack Obama for re-election,  he is the lesser of two evils.  The other evil is so vile and vicious, the founding father’s must surely be turning in their graves.

But what you will hear me tweeting and blogging about more is the Palestinian issue, and it is not anti Semitic to tell the truth.  It is a long complicated history, and there is enough blood on everybody’s hands.  Nobody is innocent,   as one of my favorite people in the twitterverse @ilikewoods in  says in her bio .. I believe the truth is out there, and I am going to spread it like mustard!   That is exactly what I intend to do.  I know I am going to make some people uncomfortable, I know I am going to lose some followers, and I’m ok  with that.  If the truth makes you uncomfortable, then don’t read my blog, don’t follow me on twitter.  If you want to understand, engage in productive dialogue, challenge the  false narrative that has been pounded into you with the truth and facts, then welcome.

Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it.  ~Emily Dickinson



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How to be a President: Obama Rises to the Top While Palin Floats Like a Dead Fish

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on January 13, 2011

It made me proud last night to watch Pres. Obama at the memorial service for the victims of the Tuscon shooting.   It also made me realize why we elected him, this man has leadership qualities, he is able to rise above the vile and the rhetoric, he has substance, vision, compassion and intelligence.  He is able to put the needs of a nation ahead of ego.

Take a lesson Sarah Palin, this tragedy is not about you, it is not about your ego.  No matter how “Presidential” you try to look, you can’t pull it off.  You are not the victim Sarah, you are a source of the vitriol that contributed to this tragedy, OWN it.

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Obama and the Muslim Issue

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on August 23, 2010

Once again, CNN has demonstrated they are a more credible source in the main stream media,   and I am taking liberties by copying it here..

(Source: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/08/22/my-interview-with-obama-on-his-christianity-and-the-muslim-issue/?iref=NS1)

Long before last week’s revelation that a large and growing chunk of Americans believe that the President is Muslim – and that only about one in three Americans correctly identify him as Christian – Barack Obama was battling misperceptions about his religion.

In early 2008, right as Obama was in desperate need of a win in the South Carolina primaries – he’d beaten Hillary Clinton in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses but lost to her in subsequent contests in New Hampshire and Iowa – false rumors swirled that he was Muslim.

Obama’s father was raised in a Muslim household, though the presidential candidate had repeatedly called him an agnostic, and Obama had spent time attending an Indonesian school where most students were Muslim. An e-mail smear campaign alleged that the White House hopeful was disguising his true faith.

In South Carolina, whose primaries were Obama’s first electoral test in the Bible Belt, that was a big problem.

Less than a week before South Carolina’s primary, Obama began calling media outlets with large Christian audiences to set the record straight. His first such interview was with Beliefnet, where I was then political editor.

With Thursday’s Pew poll showing that nearly one in five Americans think Obama is Muslim, our conversation from 2008 – conducted by phone while the future president sat aboard his grounded campaign plane – has become relevant again.

Here’s what Obama told me in 2008 when I mentioned the false rumors that he was Muslim:

Let me just sort of be as clear as possible in terms of what that the background is.

You know, I was raised basically by my mother, who came from a Christian background – small- town, white, Midwesterner. But, she was not particularly religious. My father, who I did not know – I spent a month of my life in his presence, otherwise he was a stranger to me – was raised in a household where his father had converted to Islam. But my father, for all practical purposes, was agnostic.

My mother remarried an Indonesian and we moved to Indonesia. But for two years I went to a Catholic school in Indonesia, and then for two years went to a secular school in Indonesia. The majority of children there were Muslim. But it wasn’t a religious school.

So almost all the facts that have been presented in the scurrilous emails are wrong. And I’ve been a member of my church now for almost 20 years and have never been a person of the Muslim faith.

Clear enough. Obama had almost zero contact with his tacitly Muslim father and had been a committed Christian for decades.

But Obama also used our chat to make a case that his exposure to Islam, through his extended family and during his four years in Indonesia, made him unusually well suited to heal the rifts that had opened between the U.S. and the Muslim world over President George W. Bush’s war on terror:

…I absolutely believe that having lived in a country that was majority Muslim for a time and having distant relatives in Africa who are Muslim, that I’m less likely to demonize the Muslim faith and more likely to understand that they are ordinary folks who are trying to figure out how to live their lives and raise their kids and prosper just like anybody else. And I do think that that cultural understanding is something that could be extremely valuable.

He elaborated on this argument elsewhere in our conversation, in comments that would foreshadow his administration’s efforts on Muslim outreach:

I do think that for the average Arab or Indonesian or Nigerian or Asian Muslim on the street that my familiarity with their culture would have an impact. I think that they would view America differently if I were president. Now, that is not just symbolic. That is something that could be used in a constructive way to open greater dialogue between the West and the Islamic world, and that ultimately could make us more safe.

In recent days, two major themes from my conversation with Obama – misunderstandings about his faith and his vision for improving U.S.-Muslim relations – have become the stuff of national headlines.

It was just days before Thursday’s Pew poll revealed growing confusion about Obama’s faith that he’d come out strongly for the rights of Muslims to build an Islamic center and mosque near ground zero.

With the imam behind Park51 – the name of the proposed center – touring the Middle East for the State Department, Obama appears unlikely to back down from his campaign to improve relations with Muslims.

Whether he will step up messaging around his religious faith to Christians, as he did in the days before South Carolina’s caucuses, is still an open question.

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Religion and the President – Short Term Memory of Conservative America

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on August 22, 2010

An Iconic "Christian Conservative" who rarely went to church.

We’ve all heard the polls that says 18% of Americans believe Pres. Obama is a Muslim.  How? This is absolutely mind boggling, I am assuming it is this same group of people who also think he was not born in the US?

Or perhaps the right-wing nut  nut jobs like Rush Limbaugh “There might be reasons why some people think” Obama is a Muslim. On his August 19 radio show, Rush Limbaugh, who lately has taken to calling Obama “Imam Obama“, said: “Has Obama ever called Muslims ‘bitter clingers’? Well, he’s called Christians ‘bitter clingers.’ He did that in San Francisco. I’m just throwing these things out here, folks, because people are questioning his Christianity. Some think he’s a Muslim. I’m just saying there might be reasons why some people think this.” Limbaugh also said during the same show, “If it was OK, and even laudatory, to call Bill Clinton America’s first black president, why can’t we call Imam Obama America’s first Muslim president?”

Or perhaps, Pamela Geller of Atlas’ Shrugs  may be playing a part.  (Keep in mind this is in fact the very individual who started the No Mosque at Ground Zero), one has to wonder what her agenda may be.  In a May 18 post, Geller wrote of Obama’s comments on the signing of the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act: “The Daniel Pearl beheading ‘captured the world’s imagination’ — spoken like an ……….antisemitic Muslim terrorist. Pearl was beheaded  because of Islamic anti-semitism and violent jihadi doctrine. Freedom of the press had nothing to do with it. And this coming from a plant who is attempting to restrict these freedoms …………..press and speech.” In fact, Obama was honoring Pearl in his comments.

Geller’s blog contains 267 posts tagged, “Muslim in the White House?” In a June 2, 2009, post, Geller called Obama “The Muslim president.” Calling it a “critical issue,” Geller wrote in January 2008 that “Obama went to a madrassa in Jakarta,” that “he practiced Islam,” and that “if Obama makes it to the big house, Israel is screwed. Finished.” On May 30, 2009, Geller wrote that with his Cairo speech, Obama “proved everything I said to be true.” In fact, CNN debunked the “madrassa” falsehood in January of 2007, and as Newsweek stated, “Barack Obama has never been Muslim and never practiced Islam.”

The of course there is Fox news and Glenn Beck – Beck on Obama: “I think he is a Christian that Christians don’t recognize.” On his August 19 radio show, Glenn Beck addressed the findings of the Time poll, saying, “Here’s the problem with this. I find that a disturbing poll because I don’t think — I think that is the easy answer for people who are like, ‘Well, it doesn’t make sense. Nothing makes sense.’ And I think the easy thing is to say, ‘I think he’s a Muslim.’ I don’t — I really don’t. I think he is a Christian that Christians don’t recognize.” Beck went on to claim that because “social justice activists” in the media have so distorted Christianity, “no one is explaining why Barack Obama doesn’t feel right.” Beck also used the fact that Obama attended Wright’s church to further confuse the issue, saying of Obama: “When he did get Jesus, he got it from Jeremiah Wright. This is liberation theology. … So the story of Jesus takes on a whole different light.”

There is a whole list of other right wing nut jobs you can read about here http://mediamatters.org/research/201008190061

If you rule out the other theories, the one that is left is race.  Like it or not, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us that is what is left.  I have to agree with the following: To understand why the myth of Obama’s Muslim identity not only persists, but grows, one must view it as commentary on his perceived “otherness.” As a black male, Obama belongs to what is arguably – from a historical perspective – the most reviled and oppressed group in our society. Moreover, he carries a foreign, even Muslim-sounding name. But explicit racism is no longer in vogue in mainstream America. These polls show that people are circumventing the taboo by using Islam as a proxy for race….

The Muslim male, as he exists in America’s collective psyche, is today’s ultimate “other,” a menacing adversary with whom we are locked in existential struggle. What could be decried as hateful if directed at other communities is common currency today for politicians and pundits commenting on Islam. Islamophobia remains socially acceptable where other forms of bigotry have been suppressed.

For those who continue to feel estranged from a President who is not white, labeling Obama as Muslim is the sole available substitute for racial epithets that are no longer tolerated. Where they appear to take issue with prayer, those polled are really fixated with pigmentation.

This was from an article written by Ramzi Kassem in the NY Daily news.  Who is Ramzi? Ramzi Kassem is Assistant Professor of Law and directs the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic. With his students, Professor Kassem has represented prisoners of various nationalities presently or formerly held at American military facilities at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, and at other detention sites worldwide.

Pres. Obama is being criticized for not attending church on a regular basis.  Yet, that iconic, beloved  Conservative Pres. Ronald Reagan RARELY attended church while in the White House, and rarely invited a chaplain in to give services.   We forget  he was a divorced and remarried man who, as governor of California, had signed into law the most liberal abortion bill in the nation, won the support of the Religious Right in 1980 and again in 1984.  President Reagan did defend religion against those who sought to purge it from public life, but he hardly wished to see Americans submit themselves to an church driven  establishment.






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Obama Accused of Being Anti Military on Memorial Day – or Another Marginal Morning with Fox News

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on May 26, 2010

I don’t mind people arguing real legitimate points, I don’t even mind not agreeing with them, I can respect a valid argument,  but when the best you can come up with from Fox & Friends hosted by Brian Kilmeade, historian (who evidently  missed a few classes in history)  and assorted others…were forced into finding what Obama did wrong today they focused on his Memorial Day plans –  Which of course were nothing short of evil, and a plot to destroy the entire American way of life by  “Trampling On Tradition” because he would not be at Arlington, VP Biden would be at Arlington.

A quick search, and I am assuming that Fox News has a research staff would have revealed that the world as we know it will not cease to exist, this “tradition” has been “broken” a few times.  In 1983 President Reagan attended a “summit meeting in Williamsburg, Va.” on Memorial Day while Deputy Secretary of Defense W. Paul Thayer laid a wreath at Arlington Cemetery. In 1992, George H.W. Bush attended a ceremony in Kennebunkport, Maine (where he also reportedly played a round of golf) while VP Dan Quayle laid the wreath at Arlington. In 2002, President George W. Bush was in  Normandy.  Going back further….the following Presidents Did NOT go to Arlington: Nixon ’69-’74, Carter ’77-’80, Reagan ’83.  As a matter of fact out of the 8 years Reagan was President, 5 of those years he did not go to Arlington…so that must surely make Reagan a communist right? Ford & Clinton went every year they were in office.

Obama will mark the day in a Memorial Day ceremony in his hometown of Chicago.  What Fox has failed to recognize is..ANYPLACE a member of the military is laid to rest is indeed sacred ground, Arlington does not have the corner on the market.

Must have been a slow news day…

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Who is Fair and Unbiased? ABC? CBS? CNN? Fox? MSNBC?

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on May 25, 2010

Here’s the fact:  Pres. Obama will send 1,200 national guard troops to patrol the Mexico border.

Here are the headlines from various news outlets, you tell me who is fair and unbiased?  What ever happened to the idea that a journalist was supposed to report the facts, just the facts, don’t give us your opinion, give the public credit for having the ability to interpret the facts.  Three guesses as to which “news” organization flunked the objectivity test

In alphabetic order:

Obama Authorizes Deployment of More National Guard Troops Along Border – ABC NEWS


Obama to Deploy National Guard to Ariz. Border -CBS NEWS


Obama to send more troops to Southwest border region – CNN News


fox news



Troops to the Mexican border: Obama to send 1,200 – MSNBC (no photo)


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Sarah Palin an Enigma or Sarah Palin an Enema or Sarah Palin the Enemy

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on April 10, 2010

I am just baffled at this woman, and I am even more baffled at the American public.   I have been gnawing on this one for awhile, particularly since she has been in the spot light “firing up the conservative base”.    And believe it or not, I actually watched the Sean Hannity “show”..and that is when it hit me, I was able to predict with uncanny accuracy exactly what she was going to say, I was having flash backs to the campaign.  There are a handful of phrases that Sarah uses, catchy little jingles like take back our country, shore up the economy, Obama care, government take over of health care, wink, smile…blah blah blah..and the crowd goes wild.  Of course I have yet to hear her say anything positive about Pres. Obama, somebody correct me if I am wrong.

The latest example is the Nuclear reduction treaty…let’s put it in perspective, even with the nuclear reduction, we, Russia, and a variety of other countries, declared or not have the ability to completely destroy every living thing on the planet several times over.  I think once is quite adequate, but then again what the hell do I know?   (Here is one of many differences between Sarah and I, I will readily admit when  I don’t know, as opposed to coming off as an expert, but then again maybe taking down a moose or two has some how prepared Sarah for nuclear arms talks?)  Please let us remember those famous interviews during the campaign, keep in mind people she had been coached ad naseum and still couldn’t pull it off.  So now she delivers those perky little speeches filled with trite sayings, the script is there, and the adoring conservative base, the Tea Party folks get all wiggly when Sarah makes those profound statements like :  take back our government.  My question is exactly what does that mean Sarah to take back the government?  Or when she offers blanket solutions to complex problems, like cut taxes and that will bring the economy back.  Which taxes Sarah shall we cut?  We all want tax cuts, we all want the economy back, but exactly which taxes and where is the supporting documentation that your tax cutting program will work?  Let me back up…what exactly is your tax cutting program?  I too would clap like a trained seal for tax cuts, but you know what that’s part of the problem.  Politicians give us nice sound bites, there is no meat in their campaigning.   There is no in depth knowledge of the issues, the problems, let alone the solutions.  I do not know who I am more disappointed in..Sarah Palin or the trained clapping seals in the audience.  It is time for all of us to grow up, and look long and hard at the issues, it is time for politicians to offer some meat in their rhetoric, it is time to stop fanning the flames, and going back to work for the people.

But I digress, back to the nuclear issue….Pres. Obama has been very kind to Sarah, he has not taken her out at the knees, and let’s be honest the woman is begging for it.  I think even he is now getting tired of Sarah..and I absolutely loved his response on an ABC interview, it shows he in fact is a leader, he is not relying on cute little winks and sayings, he conducts himself as the person who leads the free world should, this is something Sarah will never get.

In an appearance Wednesday on Fox News, Palin compared Pres. Obama to a kid in a playground who is asking for a punch in the face.

“It’s unbelievable. Unbelievable. No administration in America’s history would, I think, ever have considered such a step that we just found out President Obama is supporting today. It’s kinda like getting out there on a playground, a bunch of kids, getting ready to fight, and one of the kids saying, ‘Go ahead, punch me in the face, and I’m not going to retaliate. Go ahead and do what you want to with me.'”

Pres. Obama responded with:  “I really have no response. Because last I checked, Sarah Palin’s not much of an expert on nuclear issues.

Pressed further on Republican criticism that his strategy restricts the use of nuclear weapons too much, Obama added:

“What I would say to them is, is that if the secretary of defense and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff are comfortable with it, I’m probably going to take my advice from them and not from Sarah Palin.

See the video here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_zSBtx76B8

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Netanyahu Vs. Obama or Epiphanies on the Treadmill

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on March 27, 2010

Yesterday I followed my normal routine..which means, coffee, fed the cat, browse the headlines..and with one eye half opened I hit the treadmill for the required 40 minutes…I find this to be the best solution because generally I am half way done before I am even awake – so there I was a minute 12, mulling through my mind the latest news from Israel…(yes I do have a post on that coming, but I am still so inflamed I am having a hard time formulating something besides idiots, arrogant idiot)…but I digress…

All of a sudden it hit me!  I almost fell of the machine.

You are going to have to bear with me a moment and follow the logic, for some it may be new territory, for others you will grasp it immediately.

We all have archetypes, if I say to you that woman is a natural mother, you know exactly what I mean, you don’t need a further explanation, or that man is a prince.  Carl Jung would call it an archetype.  One archetype each and every soul on the planet has is the victim archetype.  Everybody has been a victim at one time or another – it is a universal experience, can’t escape it, sooner or later you will be a victim.  Ok, having said that individual archetypes also apply to groups.

We have two men, Netanyahu and Obama, both men have been a victim of horrific history, the holocaust and slavery.  There is no denying the experience of either, it is part of their history, just like you and I have a personal history we also have a “tribal” history.  It is part of who we are, and the holocaust and slavery, while neither man personally experienced it, it is still part of who they are.  This is not a judgment call, it is what it is.. we all have it.

What distinguishes the two is where are they in the victim experience?  I am sure that you know somebody who has been a victim of a horrific situation, for example, an abusive marriage.  They live in their victimization, perhaps they get out of the marriage, but then say things like, I will be in another relationship because I have trust issues from my previous marriage.  Maybe they even go to therapy for years on end..and yet never seem to progress.  They remain as the victim because it is comfortable for them, it actually gives them leverage, almost a currency.  These people will look for the first opportunity to tell somebody new that has entered into their lives how awful their ex was and what a terrible experience they have endured.  Ever met somebody like that?  Then there is the victim who works through their experience, the person who decides I am out of this situation, and I am moving on, while they never forget the experience, they don’t “live” in it, they come out the other side of the experience as empowered.  Maybe it takes 6 months, maybe it takes 10 years, but they come out the other side.

We have the victim Netanyahu – still using the political currency of his victimization, and we have the victim Obama – who has worked through his victimization, from slavery to literally the leader of the free world.  Their victims were talking to each other!

Just food for the mill!  Think about it..get back to me


The Political Monkey

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