Fairness Doctrine Slippery Slope?

Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Barack Obama’s popularity makes him a marketer’s dream. Now, the honeymoon may be over for those trying to profit from his appeal.

White House lawyers want to control the use of the president’s image, recognizing the worldwide fascination about Obama’s election, First Amendment free-speech rights and easy access to videos and photos on the Web.

“Our lawyers are working on developing a policy that will protect the presidential image while being careful not to squelch the overwhelming enthusiasm that the public has for the president,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said

I will be honest, this article continues on to state that they do not want his image used to endorse a product. However, I do find it odd that they are not bitching about the plates, coins, hell...space ships you can buy with his face on it. (Ok got me, I made the last one up.)

The part that worries me is the quote regarding using lawyers to protect President Obama's image while not squelching the "overwhelming enthusiasm."

I am concerned that they did not say "while not squelching First Amendment rights." They want to protect the enthusiastic...what about those that wish to be critical? I am not concluding anything now, but a week in using lawyers to protect his image? MY GOD, can you imagine if President Bush had done that? The Governement would have put the effigy business under.


Another way to support the troops...

I have spent time at the BWI AMC terminal welcoming back troops, although not nearly as much as I wish. It is a wonderful way to support the military, and has a terrific side effect of being very self-fulfilling. I recommend anyone that lives near a major airport check in to programs in your area, especially if they have an AMC terminal.

(Dug up from my YouTube Archives)


GTMO, Obama, freed terrorists killing people...OH MY!

(Pay Attention 3 minutes in.)

I have MAJOR concerns over the recent decision by President Obama. The choice to close GTMO and on top to force all US Agencies to follow the Army Field manual is a massive mistake. These Enemy combatants do NOT deserve any rights under Geneva Mr. President. I will reference a reply I made on an earlier post:
Article 4

A. Prisoners of war, in the sense of the present Convention, are persons belonging to one of the following categories, who have fallen into the power of the enemy:

[NOPE]1. Members of the armed forces of a Party to the conflict as well as members of militias or volunteer corps forming part of such armed forces.

[NOPE]2. Members of other militias and members of other volunteer corps, including those of organized resistance movements, belonging to a Party to the conflict and operating in or outside their own territory, even if this territory is occupied, provided that such militias or volunteer corps, including such organized resistance movements, fulfil the following conditions:

[NOPE](a) That of being commanded by a person responsible for his subordinates;

[NOPE](b) That of having a fixed distinctive sign recognizable at a distance;

[NOPE](c) That of carrying arms openly;

[NOPE](d) That of conducting their operations in accordance with the laws and customs of war.
Now with the requirement of all agencies to follow the Army manual, interrogations are basically impossible. They have the right to remain silent. I do not want to convict these people I want to prevent attacks and death. Wait for the left to find the loophole here. I will provide it for all to see.

i. CPERS suspected of crimes against humanity and war crimes will also be segregated from other prisoners. Legal authorities and the intelligence organization are to be informed of such suspects as soon as possible. They will be taken into custody by law enforcement personnel. Intelligence exploitation should be undertaken in cooperation with the legal authorities.(FM-22-3, E-11)
LEGAL AUTHORITIES?? Here we come Clinton way of "fighting terrorism." That worked real well didn't it? 9/11 organized in those years. Since former President Bush instituted these programs how many attacks on the homeland has there been? Are the soldiers or Marines reading the detainees their Miranda Rights? If not I am waiting for them to walk in to a US Court of Law and their defense to say he was never read his rights and to free him? I would put good money on that happening.

Why is the CIA now forced to abide by Army regulations? Should our COVERT operatives around the world also start wearing a uniform? We release them from GTMO and they are back on the field fighting us!!!

Don't you think it would have been wise to figure out what you are going to do with all the ECs? Know what you were going to do with them, where they would be before you sign an EO to close the facility?

Sometimes you need a rest...


Agenda? Really?


(h/t FG) Interesting, nothing on "Terrorism," "War on Terrorism," or "Afghanistan." There is an agenda regarding Iraq...which focuses on getting out of said location. But as for the main front on the GWOT (according to President Obama in the past) Afghanistan, nothing?

Is the President only going to address places he plans to leave? Or will he be tougher like Bush and stand on principle? I hope and pray for the latter.


I pledge...

3) Never vote again to conserve electricity/paper.

2) To feed the homeless by "freeing" the local animal shelter.

1) Will cure cancer with my stunning good looks and charm.

Those are my picks...I ask you, what will YOU PLEDGE? Also what do you think was the dumbest most pointless pledge on the video?


Thank You.

Here are the final screen captures I took from the White House Site this evening. Thank you for your service Mr President and Vice-President. It has been a pleasure to serve you.



President George W. Bush's Farewell
Address to the Nation

East Room, The White House
Washington, DC
January 15, 2009

8:01 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Fellow citizens: For eight years, it has been my honor to serve as your President. The first decade of this new century has been a period of consequence -- a time set apart. Tonight, with a thankful heart, I have asked for a final opportunity to share some thoughts on the journey that we have traveled together, and the future of our nation.

Five days from now, the world will witness the vitality of American democracy. In a tradition dating back to our founding, the presidency will pass to a successor chosen by you, the American people. Standing on the steps of the Capitol will be a man whose history reflects the enduring promise of our land. This is a moment of hope and pride for our whole nation. And I join all Americans in offering best wishes to President-Elect Obama, his wife Michelle, and their two beautiful girls.

Tonight I am filled with gratitude -- to Vice President Cheney and members of my administration; to Laura, who brought joy to this house and love to my life; to our wonderful daughters, Barbara and Jenna; to my parents, whose examples have provided strength for a lifetime. And above all, I thank the American people for the trust you have given me. I thank you for the prayers that have lifted my spirits. And I thank you for the countless acts of courage, generosity, and grace that I have witnessed these past eight years.

This evening, my thoughts return to the first night I addressed you from this house -- September the 11th, 2001. That morning, terrorists took nearly 3,000 lives in the worst attack on America since Pearl Harbor. I remember standing in the rubble of the World Trade Center three days later, surrounded by rescuers who had been working around the clock. I remember talking to brave souls who charged through smoke-filled corridors at the Pentagon, and to husbands and wives whose loved ones became heroes aboard Flight 93. I remember Arlene Howard, who gave me her fallen son’s police shield as a reminder of all that was lost. And I still carry his badge.

As the years passed, most Americans were able to return to life much as it had been before 9/11. But I never did. Every morning, I received a briefing on the threats to our nation. I vowed to do everything in my power to keep us safe.

Over the past seven years, a new Department of Homeland Security has been created. The military, the intelligence community, and the FBI have been transformed. Our nation is equipped with new tools to monitor the terrorists’ movements, freeze their finances, and break up their plots. And with strong allies at our side, we have taken the fight to the terrorists and those who support them. Afghanistan has gone from a nation where the Taliban harbored al Qaeda and stoned women in the streets to a young democracy that is fighting terror and encouraging girls to go to school. Iraq has gone from a brutal dictatorship and a sworn enemy of America to an Arab democracy at the heart of the Middle East and a friend of the United States.

There is legitimate debate about many of these decisions. But there can be little debate about the results. America has gone more than seven years without another terrorist attack on our soil. This is a tribute to those who toil night and day to keep us safe -- law enforcement officers, intelligence analysts, homeland security and diplomatic personnel, and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.

Our nation is blessed to have citizens who volunteer to defend us in this time of danger. I have cherished meeting these selfless patriots and their families. And America owes you a debt of gratitude. And to all our men and women in uniform listening tonight: There has been no higher honor than serving as your Commander-in-Chief.

The battles waged by our troops are part of a broader struggle between two dramatically different systems. Under one, a small band of fanatics demands total obedience to an oppressive ideology, condemns women to subservience, and marks unbelievers for murder. The other system is based on the conviction that freedom is the universal gift of Almighty God, and that liberty and justice light the path to peace.

This is the belief that gave birth to our nation. And in the long run, advancing this belief is the only practical way to protect our citizens. When people live in freedom, they do not willingly choose leaders who pursue campaigns of terror. When people have hope in the future, they will not cede their lives to violence and extremism. So around the world, America is promoting human liberty, human rights, and human dignity. We’re standing with dissidents and young democracies, providing AIDS medicine to dying patients –- to bring dying patients back to life, and sparing mothers and babies from malaria. And this great republic born alone in liberty is leading the world toward a new age when freedom belongs to all nations.

For eight years, we‘ve also strived to expand opportunity and hope here at home. Across our country, students are rising to meet higher standards in public schools. A new Medicare prescription drug benefit is bringing peace of mind to seniors and the disabled. Every taxpayer pays lower income taxes. The addicted and suffering are finding new hope through faith-based programs. Vulnerable human life is better protected. Funding for our veterans has nearly doubled. America’s air and water and lands are measurably cleaner. And the federal bench includes wise new members like Justice Sam Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts.

When challenges to our prosperity emerged, we rose to meet them. Facing the prospect of a financial collapse, we took decisive measures to safeguard our economy. These are very tough times for hardworking families, but the toll would be far worse if we had not acted. All Americans are in this together. And together, with determination and hard work, we will restore our economy to the path of growth. We will show the world once again the resilience of America’s free enterprise system.

Like all who have held this office before me, I have experienced setbacks. There are things I would do differently if given the chance. Yet I’ve always acted with the best interests of our country in mind. I have followed my conscience and done what I thought was right. You may not agree with some of the tough decisions I have made. But I hope you can agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions.

The decades ahead will bring more hard choices for our country, and there are some guiding principles that should shape our course.

While our nation is safer than it was seven years ago, the gravest threat to our people remains another terrorist attack. Our enemies are patient, and determined to strike again. America did nothing to seek or deserve this conflict. But we have been given solemn responsibilities, and we must meet them. We must resist complacency. We must keep our resolve. And we must never let down our guard.

At the same time, we must continue to engage the world with confidence and clear purpose. In the face of threats from abroad, it can be tempting to seek comfort by turning inward. But we must reject isolationism and its companion, protectionism. Retreating behind our borders would only invite danger. In the 21st century, security and prosperity at home depend on the expansion of liberty abroad. If America does not lead the cause of freedom, that cause will not be led.

As we address these challenges -- and others we cannot foresee tonight -- America must maintain our moral clarity. I’ve often spoken to you about good and evil, and this has made some uncomfortable. But good and evil are present in this world, and between the two of them there can be no compromise. Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhere. Freeing people from oppression and despair is eternally right. This nation must continue to speak out for justice and truth. We must always be willing to act in their defense -- and to advance the cause of peace.

President Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” As I leave the house he occupied two centuries ago, I share that optimism. America is a young country, full of vitality, constantly growing and renewing itself. And even in the toughest times, we lift our eyes to the broad horizon ahead.

I have confidence in the promise of America because I know the character of our people. This is a nation that inspires immigrants to risk everything for the dream of freedom. This is a nation where citizens show calm in times of danger, and compassion in the face of suffering. We see examples of America’s character all around us. And Laura and I have invited some of them to join us in the White House this evening.

We see America’s character in Dr. Tony Recasner, a principal who opened a new charter school from the ruins of Hurricane Katrina. We see it in Julio Medina, a former inmate who leads a faith-based program to help prisoners returning to society. We’ve seen it in Staff Sergeant Aubrey McDade, who charged into an ambush in Iraq and rescued three of his fellow Marines.

We see America’s character in Bill Krissoff -- a surgeon from California. His son, Nathan -- a Marine -- gave his life in Iraq. When I met Dr. Krissoff and his family, he delivered some surprising news: He told me he wanted to join the Navy Medical Corps in honor of his son. This good man was 60 years old -- 18 years above the age limit. But his petition for a waiver was granted, and for the past year he has trained in battlefield medicine. Lieutenant Commander Krissoff could not be here tonight, because he will soon deploy to Iraq, where he will help save America’s wounded warriors -- and uphold the legacy of his fallen son.

In citizens like these, we see the best of our country – resilient and hopeful, caring and strong. These virtues give me an unshakable faith in America. We have faced danger and trial, and there’s more ahead. But with the courage of our people and confidence in our ideals, this great nation will never tire, never falter, and never fail.

It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as your President. There have been good days and tough days. But every day I have been inspired by the greatness of our country, and uplifted by the goodness of our people. I have been blessed to represent this nation we love. And I will always be honored to carry a title that means more to me than any other – citizen of the United States of America.

And so, my fellow Americans, for the final time: Good night. May God bless this house and our next President. And may God bless you and our wonderful country. Thank you. (Applause.)

END 8:14 P.M. EST

Tomorrow will usher in a new day and change of leadership. May God Bless You and your families. As President Obama takes leadership of the country God Bless, have a safe and memorable day!


Did I miss the Inauguration?

Ok, last week the USAF flew P-E Obama in to Andrews AFB aboard a C-32 or C-40, not sure wasn't there. Which is fine, as President Bush will be flown on one of the two VC-25's down to Texas. That part (Obama being flown in) did not bother me. When Obama got off the plane the USAF service members saluted. Why? Protocol? I am just curious, I am unaware of any protocol that requires the military to salute a civilian. He was no longer a Senator, he has yet to be sworn in. He is a civilian with high level clearence. At that point in time he held NO JOB WITHIN THE US or ANY GOVERNMENT.

Obama lays wreath at Tomb of Unknowns
16 minutes ago

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President-elect Barack Obama has laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery after a short ride from Blair House.

Obama, holding his hand over his heart, was joined at the tomb by Vice President-elect Joe Biden and Gen. Richard Rowe, commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington.

Visitors to the hallowed burial grounds cheered Obama's limousine as it passed by under cloudy skies Sunday morning.

On Saturday Obama has the mid-Atlantic railways come to a halt, and the entire airspace turned in to a no-fly zone. From Philly down to DC, was a no-fly zone. If he wants to do all this after Tuesday, who am I to argue? As of now, he is a citizen and I hope his campaign is paying back my state of Maryland for having to secure an entire segment of the state at DEFCON-1 levels.

Now he is laying wreaths? And for GOD'S SAKE. If you support him, do me a favor. Do not cheer for him when you are in a cemetery! That is sick. And if Bush supporters ever did, shame on you. Waving in a somber manner is one thing. Cheering??? Could you try to be any more tacky?


Do words really have meaning?

I don’t know about you, but I personally LOVE to read old emails. You really get to find out how good someone’s word (Thanks to Merriam-Webster) is. Whether they are a hypocrite, it is so very fun. Does a person stand on principle or simply live life off the primeval desire for simple self-preservation?


Defined: 1 a: tending toward or exhibiting aggression <aggressive behavior> b: marked by combative readiness aggressive fighter> 2 a: marked by obtrusive energy b: marked by driving forceful energy or initiative : enterprising aggressive salesman> 3: strong or emphatic in effect or intent <aggressive colors> <aggressive flavors> 4: growing, developing, or spreading rapidly <aggressive bone tumors> 5: more severe, intensive, or comprehensive than usual especially in dosage or extent

So to sum up, it would be a word to describe a very strong or assertive manner of doing something.



Defined: 1: one that pleads the cause of another ; specifically : one that pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court 2: one that defends or maintains a cause or proposal 3: one that supports or promotes the interests of another

So to sum up, it would be a word only used by a person that was willing to stand by someone…much as a lawyer would stand by his/her client in order to support them.


One can only imagine how forceful it is when you “aggressively advocate” for someone. To do so must resemble a vocal fight to the death.


1 a (1): having the property of transmitting light without appreciable scattering so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly : pellucid (2): allowing the passage of a specified form of radiation (as X-rays or ultraviolet light) b: fine or sheer enough to be seen through : diaphanous 2 a: free from pretense or deceit : frank b: easily detected or seen through : obvious c: readily understood d: characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices

So to sum up, it would be a word used to insinuate that one would know the cause and process behind an action, NOT left to wonder what has transpired and why.




Obama, GTMO, ughhhhh.


Obama preparing order to close Gitmo

By Lara Jakes - The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Jan 13, 2009 11:27:11 EST

WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama is preparing to issue an executive order his first week in office — and perhaps his first day — to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, according to two presidential transition team advisers.

It’s unlikely the detention facility at the Navy base in Cuba will be closed anytime soon. In an interview last weekend, Obama said it would be “a challenge” to close it even within the first 100 days of his administration.

But the order, which one adviser said could be issued as early as Jan. 20, would start the process of deciding what to do with the estimated 250 al-Qaida and Taliban suspects and potential witnesses who are being held there. Most have not been charged with a crime. (Cont...)





To: President-elect Barack Obama

Keep Gitmo Open !

We believe it will be a horrendous error to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.

It is an affront to American troops to close the prison and leave the impression that our military men and women have done something wrong. United States troops working at the prison have been wrongly slandered for their work keeping the most dangerous terrorists away from the American people.

Move America Forward recently visited the prisons and observed the professionalism of our troops. They bent over backwards to ensure that the radical Muslim prisoners were treated with kid gloves. They are given regular movie nights in overstuffed couches, top-notch healthcare, air-conditioned accommodations, choices of six meal plans, regular exercise, art and English classes and every religious consideration.

Before American women can visit the prisons, they must cover their arms and legs to ensure that they don’t offend the terrorists. Yet misinformed people demand that the prison close because, they claim, prisoners live in inhumane conditions, which is totally false.

We are outraged at the horrible lies told about our troops who work with these terrorists and the gullible politicians and others who have fallen for the lies. We are especially sickened at American politicians who believe the best abort the terrorists and the worse about our troops.

We oppose your plan to close the prison and bring these murderous terrorists to American civilian and military prisons such as Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Allowing the trials to be conducted in the United States will give the ACLU attorneys and other leftist anti-military extremists the ability to treat the criminal proceedings as “show trials” to embarrass the United States and our heroic troops.

We oppose the plan to ask other countries to house these horrendous murderers as there will be a greater risk of escape or release back into the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, where they can kill American troops and innocent civilians.

Visit the troops at Guantanamo Bay and see for yourself that the right answer is to KEEP GITMO OPEN!