[pic] Artist depicts President Obama stepping on Constitution in Controversial Painting

My question is where were all these artist when George Bush was in office? Did he not trample the Constitution and get this country in the mess it is in now?

via CBS

Provo, Utah (CBS Las Vegas) – In front of the White House a man is sitting on a park bench in the throes of depression. He is surrounded by all 44 presidents. In the forefront, purposefully ignoring the depressed man is President Obama, whose right foot is stepping on the Constitution. James Madison is next to Obama, pleading with him to stop.

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[video] Lupe Fiasco Explains Why He Calls Obama “The Biggest Terrorist”

Lupe Fiasco courts controversy again with his comments about President Obama. I can definitely understand his points, but to rest this squarely on Obama’s shoulder is short sighted because these current policies have been in action for decades upon decades, so his mantra of blame it on the black dude will come up short with alot of people. This is a corrupt system without a doubt and yes voting will not do anything to change that but how many are willing to accept that only through bloody revolt would anything change in this country.


Obama: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama restated his campaign pledge to allow homosexual men and women to serve openly in the military, but left many in his audience of gay activists wondering when he would make good on the promise.
“I will end ‘don’t ask-don’t tell,'” Obama said Saturday night to a standing ovation from the crowd of about 3,000 at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay civil rights advocacy group. He offered no timetable or specifics and he acknowledged some may be growing impatient.
“I appreciate that many of you don’t believe progress has come fast enough,” Obama said. “Do not doubt the direction we are heading and the destination we will reach.”
Obama called to layout plan to dissolve Dont Ask Dont Tell

Obama called to layout plan to dissolve Don't Ask Don't Tell

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama restated his campaign pledge to allow homosexual men and women to serve openly in the military, but left many in his audience of gay activists wondering when he would make good on the promise.

“I will end ‘don’t ask-don’t tell,'” Obama said Saturday night to a standing ovation from the crowd of about 3,000 at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay civil rights advocacy group. He offered no timetable or specifics and he acknowledged some may be growing impatient.

“I appreciate that many of you don’t believe progress has come fast enough,” Obama said. “Do not doubt the direction we are heading and the destination we will reach.”

Click here for entire article at Chicago Tribune.

What is your opinion on the Don’t Ask Don’t tell Policy?  Leave a comment.

Are the Obamas Too “Hood” for the Vineyard’s?


An excerpt of this piece has been making its way round the net and stirring controversy due to some inflammatory statements made about the First Lady and the President. Here is the piece in its entirety, written by Toure.

via NY Mag

The rumors that the Obamas will be vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard this summer have been spreading since April. Locals are famously ho-hum about these kinds of things, but even they admit that this could be an unusually crowded August on the island, with three sets of Democratic Party royalty descending at once.

The Clintons are expected to return to Edgartown, where they have often stayed at the home of Richard Friedman, a Boston real-estate developer. Caroline Kennedy will be at her mother’s former estate in Aquinnah. And while the Obamas’ plans are still unannounced, most people expect the First Family to settle on Oak Bluffs, at the northeast end of Martha’s Vineyard.

A few Vineyarders say they know whose home it’ll be. “The rumor is that it’s Wayne Budd,” says one, referring to the prominent Boston lawyer who was associate U.S. attorney general under the first President Bush. “He has a very large house with guesthouses that would be perfect for the Secret Service and his staff.” Budd has denied this, and a wealthy friend of the Obamas who claims to have been provided a photo of the chosen house says that the Oak Bluffs rumor is wrong. “The picture I received looks like it could be West Chop,” this friend says, referring to a neighborhood across the harbor. “But West Chop is totally white—so totally white that it would be a surprise.” Continue reading

[Op-Ed] Could Obama be the Peacemaker the world has been waiting for?

via HipHopDemocrat

From the first incursion into the Spanish territory of Mexico in 1806 to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, America has employed the the use of military force, hundreds of times-deposing hostile regimes, instigating coups and protecting its national interests by any means necessary.  Why has American Foreign Policy been consistently aggressive?  Will Iran be next to suffer its wrath?

Here’s a tantalizing question as the word gets into the United States of Planet Earth, could America’s 200 year run of bloody realpolitick be coming to an end?  And is Barack Obama the man who can pull off this momentous transition?  Could he become a genuine peacemaker, daring to do only what a handful of leaders have done-apologize and make amends for his country’s past transgressions?  Can you picture the montage?  Obama embracing Fidel on his Havana deathbed apologizing for the Bay of Pigs…Obama jetting off to Tehran to talk about grievances that date back to the 1953 CIA sponsored overthrow of the Mossadeq government.

Obama crossing border into Gaza mingling with the people announcing the end of the U.S. military support for Israel until all settlements in the West Bank are dismantled.  Can you picture Obama settling into motion a process by which global nuclear disarment will be achieved?  Then rising up amid the increasingly mad scramble for whats left of the world’s natural resources and announcing that the American way of life is negotiable, and that he is ready to negotiate a fair and equitable arrangement for all? Continue reading

North Korea accuses Obama of nuclear war plot


via Breitbart

North Korea has accused US President Barack Obama of plotting a nuclear war on the communist nation by reaffirming a US assurance of security for South Korea, the North’s state media said.

In a first official response to last week’s US-South Korean summit, the state-run weekly Tongil Sinbo said in its Saturday edition Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak “are trying to ignite a nuclear war”.

“The US-touted provision of ‘extended deterrence, including a nuclear umbrella’ (for South Korea) is nothing but ‘a nuclear war plan,'” Tongil Sinbo said.

It said it wasn’t a coincidence that the United States has brought “nuclear equipment into South Korea and its surroundings and staged massive war drills every day to look for a chance to invade North Korea.”

Pyongyang has created weeks of tension by conducting a second nuclear test and test-firing missiles.

At a summit with Lee in Washington Wednesday, Obama warned that North Korea is a “grave threat” and vowed to defend South Korea.

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Barack Obama: ‘We Need Fathers To Step Up’


via Parade

As the father of two young girls who have shown such poise, humor, and patience in the unconventional life into which they have been thrust, I mark this Father’s Day—our first in the White House—with a deep sense of gratitude. One of the greatest benefits of being President is that I now live right above the office. I see my girls off to school nearly every morning and have dinner with them nearly every night. It is a welcome change after so many years out on the campaign trail and commuting between Chicago and Capitol Hill.

But I observe this Father’s Day not just as a father grateful to be present in my daughters’ lives but also as a son who grew up without a father in my own life. My father left my family when I was 2 years old, and I knew him mainly from the letters he wrote and the stories my family told. And while I was lucky to have two wonderful grandparents who poured everything they had into helping my mother raise my sister and me, I still felt the weight of his absence throughout my childhood.

As an adult, working as a community organizer and later as a legislator, I would often walk through the streets of Chicago’s South Side and see boys marked by that same absence—boys without supervision or direction or anyone to help them as they struggled to grow into men. I identified with their frustration and disengagement—with their sense of having been let down.

In many ways, I came to understand the importance of fatherhood through its absence—both in my life and in the lives of others. I came to understand that the hole a man leaves when he abandons his responsibility to his children is one that no government can fill. We can do everything possible to provide good jobs and good schools and safe streets for our kids, but it will never be enough to fully make up the difference.

That is why we need fathers to step up, to realize that their job does not end at conception; that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one.obama-family-4

As fathers, we need to be involved in our children’s lives not just when it’s convenient or easy, and not just when they’re doing well—but when it’s difficult and thankless, and they’re struggling. That is when they need us most.

And it’s not enough to just be physically present. Too often, especially during tough economic times like these, we are emotionally absent: distracted, consumed by what’s happening in our own lives, worried about keeping our jobs and paying our bills, unsure if we’ll be able to give our kids the same opportunities we had.

Our children can tell. They know when we’re not fully there. And that disengagement sends a clear message—whether we mean it or not—about where among our priorities they fall.

So we need to step out of our own heads and tune in. We need to turn off the television and start talking with our kids, and listening to them, and understanding what’s going on in their lives. Continue reading

WTF! South Carolina Politician Says Michelle Obama Is Related To Escaped Gorilla

via Thisis50

A prominent South Carolina Republican killed his Facebook page Sunday after being caught likening the First Lady to an escaped gorilla.
Commenting on a report posted to Facebook about a gorilla escape at a zoo in Columbia, S.C., Friday, longtime GOP activist Rusty DePass wrote, “I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors – probably harmless.”

Busted by South Carolina political blogger Will Folks, DePass told WIS-TV in Columbia, “I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest.”

Then he added, “The comment was hers, not mine,” claiming Michelle Obama made a recent remark about humans descending from apes. The Daily News could find no such comment.

“‘Humor’ like this is nothing new for South Carolina Republicans – even as the party claims to be focusing on ‘outreach’ efforts to minorities,” said Folks, a former gubernatorial spokesman and widely read blogger. “The fact that Palmetto [State] Republicans don’t get that this is a serious problem for them baffles us.” Continue reading

[video] Rev. Jeremiah Wright Returns with Ether-‘Them Jews Won’t Let Him (Obama) Talk To Me’

Hometeam, you got to know you have to fall back til this man is out of office until he holla’s. Sh*t not even Micheal Eric Dyson can get an invite and he ain’t did sh*t (lol). Dr. Rev, you have got to be kidding.  Rahm Emmanuel will not let you “NO” where in distance of the Big House, this you got to know maaaan! I mean, shoot him a tweet or something, like the rest of us.

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Hillary Initially Refused Secretary of State Gig

via CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) — When then-President-elect Barack Obama first asked Hillary Clinton to be his top diplomat, she turned him down and recommended others for the job, the secretary of state said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

Hillary Clinton meets with South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan on Friday to discuss North Korea.

Hillary Clinton meets with South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan on Friday to discuss North Korea.

Speaking to ABC’s “This Week,” Clinton also said the president has answered the central question she raised about him when she was his chief rival for the Democratic nomination last year.

In her famous “3 a.m.” ad, she questioned whether Obama was the right candidate to handle a middle-of-the-night international crisis.

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[video] Israelis Spit ‘Racist Hate’ at Obama for his Cairo Visit, and Support of Palestinian State

This video left me speechless, simply for the fact that according to the videographer these are not Israeli-born citizens but dual citizens from the States. They are obviously drunk but I feel they are expressing their true feelings for their Democratically elected president and those feelings are rather disturbing. Not enough is being said about the backroom wranglings that have been taking place between both of these governments, which are normally on the same page. Well, Obama heres what they think about you.

RELATED POST: Why Did HuffPost Censor the Obama Hate Speech?

Does Obama Want to Replace Your Facebook Profile with Your Social Security Card?


via AlterNet

Today U.S. President Obama announced plans for a “cyberspace strategy” that includes everything from possible offensive cyberwar strategies to education. It also contains a little-discussed “identity management” plan that makes me wonder if Facebook profiles are about to become the new Social Security cards.

The big news right now is who will be running Obama’s broad new cyberspace programs — in particular, who will manage the cybersecurity and cyberwarfare aspects. Right now, it appears that there will be a “cyberczar” (as yet unchosen) who will report to the National Security Council and National Economic Council (the latter because part of this role will involve bank security). The Pentagon may also be setting up its own cybersecurity division.

These are the immediate issues, but when I read through Obama’s Cyberspace Policy Review (released today with his announcements), I found an odd nugget of information buried at the bottom of his “near-term action plan”: Continue reading

Nader Says GM Bankruptcy is ‘Gov’t Conspiracy’


via Breitbart

WASHINGTON, June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Consumer advocate Ralph Nader today issued the following statement on GM’s bankruptcy filing:

Today’s bankruptcy declaration in federal court by General Motors is an avoidable, crude weapon of mass devastation for workers, dealers, auto suppliers, small businesses and their depleted communities. For GM’s voiceless owners — the common shareholders — it is a wipeout.

The proximate cause of the bankruptcy was supposed to be the inability of GM and the government’s auto task force to reach an accommodation with GM’s bondholders. But late last week, the bondholder problem was moving toward rapid resolution, and was clearly resolvable. Why then are GM and its multibillion government financier proceeding with bankruptcy?

The bankruptcy and the GM restructuring plan are the product of a secretive, unaccountable, Wall Street-minded government task force that assumed power because of a Congressional abdication of historic magnitude. By all rights, the restructuring plan should have been submitted to Congress for deliberative review and decision. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT FROM ‘RENEGADE’: Obama On Clinton Pick: “I’m Not Begging Her To Take This Job”

via HuffPost

In an exclusive excerpt from Newsweek Senior White House correspondent Richard Wolffe’s new book, “Renegade: The Making of a President,” Wolffe details the internal debates within the Obama camp over whether to select Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.RENEGADE-

Wolffe will discuss his new book on NBC’s“Today” show on Monday morning.

Of all his transition choices, none was easier to make, or more complex to execute, than Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Obama had long wanted his former rival on his team, no matter what his friends and aides said about her aggressive campaign… His staff opposed the idea for the most part, arguing that Clinton would never be truly loyal. But Obama was willing to leave the primaries behind, including his own strong feelings at the time. “I don’t hold grudges,” he told his aides. “I don’t worry about the past. I’m concerned about what happens now. If she can help me and Bill Clinton isn’t too much of a liability, we should seriously look at this.” …

Obama was under no illusion about the legacy of the long primary season. During one transition meeting, Obama said he wanted to offer Clinton the diplomatic job. “I’m really interested in pursuing this, but I know she has some hard feelings coming out of this campaign.” Emanuel and John Podesta, the former Clinton official who ran the transition, assured Obama that she was over those hard feelings now. Obama smiled and said, “Believe me. She’s not over it yet.”

His decision to offer her the job of secretary of state came surprisingly early. Well before the end of the primaries, when his staff and friends still felt hostile to her, Obama decided that Clinton possessed the qualities to carry his diplomacy to the rest of the world. “We actually thought during the primary, when we were pretty sure we were going to win, that she could end up being a very effective secretary of state,” he told me later. “I felt that she was disciplined, that she was precise, that she was smart as a whip, and that she would present a really strong image to the world…I had that mapped out.” Continue reading

Obama Inspires Artists to Bring the Brushes Out…Online


via NY Times

Mimi Torchia Boothby’s job as a technician puts her outside a wind tunnel every weekday at the Boeing plant south of Seattle, but in her free time two years ago she took up watercolors. Among her favorite subjects are cats, idyllic scenes of Italy — and, of course, Barack Obama, whose contemplative, sun-splashed portrait she completed a few weeks after his election as president.

She was so happy with it she started offering fine prints of it on the Web, her first proud professional act as an artist, and has since sold more than two dozen at $40 apiece. “Talk about viral,” Ms. Boothby, 57, said. “Most of the people who bought them were people I didn’t even know.”

Perhaps not since John F. Kennedy, whose dusty portraits can still be seen in kitchens and barbershops and alongside the antique beer cans at bars like Manuel’s Tavern in Atlanta, has a presidency so fanned the flames of painterly ardor among hobbyist and professional artists.

Mr. Obama’s campaign was well known for inspiring art, including Shepard Fairey’s ubiquitous “Hope” poster, a version of which is now in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. Months after the election, with the glow of the administration’s first 100 days dimming, it might have been expected that enthusiasm for Obama art would be dimming, too.

Yet the still-ample offerings of original paintings of the president and the first family on eBay and at places like the annual Affordable Art Fair in New York — along with a crop of presidential-art-obsessed Internet sites including obamaartreport.com, artofobama.com and, inevitably, badpaintingsofbarackobama.com — are indications that it might just be a growth industry.

The phenomenon has been a boon to the near-anonymous painting factories crowded together in the suburbs of Shenzhen, China, famous for cranking out copies of masterpieces, along with landscapes and semitasteful nudes. Another one, seemingly based in Germany, offers stately Obamas amid air-brushy likenesses of Tupac Shakur, Bruce Lee and Al Pacino (in his “Scarface” role), advertised as “real hand-embellished” paintings on canvas. Continue reading

Kicking & Screaming: Journo Dragged From Near AF1

Oh Lawdy, my President is BLACK chile!!

Oh Lawdy, my President is BLACK chile!!

via NBC LA

A reporter for a small newspaper was forcibly removed from a press area near Air Force One shortly before President Barack Obama arrived at Los Angeles International Airport to depart California early Thursday.

Airport security officers carried the woman away by the feet and arms as she protested her removal.

She later identified herself as Brenda Lee, a writer for the Georgia Informer in Macon and said she has White House press credentials. The newspaper’s Web site says it is a monthly publication, and a Brenda Lee column is posted on it.

Calls to the newspaper and the White House press office were not immediately returned.

Lee said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that she wanted to hand Obama a letter urging him “to take a stand for traditional marriage.”

She said she asked a Secret Service agent to give the president her letter, but he refused and referred her to a White House staffer. Lee said she refused to give the staffer the letter.

“I said, ‘I’ll take my chances if (the president) comes by here,'” said Lee, who identified herself as a Roman Catholic priestess who lives in Anaheim, Calif. “He became annoyed that I wouldn’t give him the letter.” Continue reading

Canadian TV rapped for Obama assassination joke

via Yahoo

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s public broadcaster was wrong to show a skit that joked about the possible assassination of U.S. President Barack Obama and suggested he could be a thief, an industry panel ruled on Monday.obama-speech

The New Year’s Eve “Bye Bye” comedy program — shown by the French-language Radio Canada network — generated more than 200 complaints. In one segment, two hosts discussed Obama’s election in November 2008. Obama, who took office in January, is the first black U.S. president.

“We’re not racists. It will be good to have a Negro in the White House. It will be practical. Black on white, it will be easier to shoot him,” one of the show’s hosts remarked. Continue reading

Obama Graces Cover of Newsweek, Debuting May 25


via HipHopPopCrunch

In an interview with the May 25 issue of Newsweek Magazine, President Barack Obama opened up about how his family is dealing with life in The White House — and how that might change once his tween daughters become teenagers.

“You know, the nice thing is that, partly because of temperament, partly because of Michelle’s unbelievable parenting skills, I’ve just got some happy, normal kids,” the Commander-In-Chief says of daughters Sasha, 10, and Malia, 7. “And all that stuff that’s going on around them, they just kind of miss. We have not seen any effects, any fishbowl effects, yet on them.”

“Now, I worry about them when they’re teenagers where, you know, you’re already embarrassed about your parents and even more embarrassed on TV all the time,” he explains. “And dating I think will be an issue because I have men with guns surrounding them at all times [laughter], which I’m perfectly happy with, but they may feel differently about it.”

HBCU’s Set to Lose Substantial Funding Under New Obama Administration Plan

damn, last month the Obama boys designated several HBCU’s as hotbeds for terrorist recruitment and now this. Lets see what excuse the loyalists come up for this. hbcu_graduation

via LiveSteez

Historically black college leaders are ready to fight the Obama administration’s decision to cut what school officials call a “financial lifeline,” at time of economic difficulties for the universities and their students.

In 2007, the student loan laws were reformed and black institutions were extended an extra $85 million in federal funds. The two-year old program was only meant to be temporary and provided monies directly to federally recognized HBCU’s. However, when the Obama administration revealed its new education budget last week, the $85 million was not included.

Education Department officials stressed the notion that other parts of the budget will counteract the cuts, specifically the proposed increase in the maximum Pell Grant for low-income students by $200 to $5,550, reports the Associated Press. Continue reading

‘Babyface’ look can help Black CEOs, study says

via AP

Black Fortune 500 CEOs with a “babyface” appearance are more likely to lead companies with higher revenues and prestige than Black CEOs who look more mature, an upcoming study says.

BABYFACE BENEFITS — American Express CEO Ken Chenault is seen the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 2007. Chenault is among four Black CEOs that run Fortune 500 companies. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, file)

In contrast with research showing that white executives are hindered by babyface characteristics, a disarming appearance can help Black CEOs by counteracting the stigma that Black men are threatening, according to the study from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

The study is scheduled to be published in the journal Psychological Science in September.

A babyface is characterized by combinations of attributes, including a round face, full cheeks, larger forehead, small nose, large ears and full lips, the study says.

Decades of research has shown that people believe babyfaced adults to be more trustworthy, and respond to them with greater patience, sensitivity and compassion, according to Robert Livingston, co-author of the study and an assistant professor of organizations and management at Kellogg.
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Drug Dealers Mocking President Obama

via KRGV

A police chase in Peñitas ends in a load of drugs, but what police say they’ve never seen is what the smugglers wrote on the bundles of marijuana.

Peñitas Police Chief Oscar Ontiveros says written on top of some of the packages were the words “Obama-USA” and “Obama-USA, Calderon-Mexico.”

Investigators say the message may have something to do with President Obama’s recent trip to Mexico.odd

Ontiveros says, “I think they’re trying to mock the president’s efforts to fight drugs.”

The drugs will be turned over to state or federal agents for further investigation.

Obama revelling in U.S. power unseen in decades

via Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Barack Obama is revelling in presidential power and influence unseen in Washington for decades.obama-speech

Barely 100 days in office, the U.S. president and his Democratic Party have firm control over the White House and Congress and the ability to push through ambitious plans.

Now, with the coming retirement of a Supreme Court justice clearing the way for him to appoint a successor, Obama already is assured a legacy at the top of all three branches of government — executive, legislative and judicial.

On the corporate front, the federal government’s pumping of billions of dollars in bailout money into banks and auto companies has given Obama the power to force an overhaul in those industries, a remarkable intervention in capitalist industries by the state. Continue reading

[pics] Obama’s First 100 Day Flickr Photostream Pt.1

These are never before seen photos of Obama conducting his presidency over his first 100 days in office. All photos were taken by Pete Souza, Obama’s in-house photog and made available via Flickr. Enjoy Part 1.

President Barack Obama is briefed about the H1N1 flu in the Situation Room 4/24/09

President Barack Obama is briefed about the H1N1 flu in the Situation Room 4/24/09

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden practice their putting on the White House putting green April 24, 2009

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden practice their putting on the White House putting green April 24, 2009