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President Barack Obama is  believed to be among more than 200 nominations for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

Alfred Nobel who among other things invented dynamite, created five annual prizes—chemistry, physics, literature, medicine and peace—in his will to honor, “The greatest benefit on mankind.”   Past nominees include Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Fidel Castro, just to name a few.  Al Gore constantly reminds us he won.  Kissinger’s acceptance caused uproar over the former National Security Advisor’s role in a secret war against Cambodia and the overthrow of the Chilean government.

Being nominated, obviously does not reflect on the merits of one’s accomplishments.  Obama has been President for what, all of six weeks?  How have Obama’s deeds and actions been “The greatest benefit on mankind?”

Obama’s nomination demeans the process and should he win, will be testament to the fact that he has won only because he has a black face.  Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela accomplished things worthy of recognition, not the color of their skin.  

President Obama has no chemistry, physics or medical background leaving only a prize for literature or peace to be afforded to him.  To think that Obama’s actions are on the same level as the accomplishments of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Bishop Desmond Tutu, is ludicrous.  This brings us to the category of literature to support his nomination. 

The democratic party’s rock star president wrote, “The Audacity of Hope,” and “Dreams from My Father.”  The audacity to nominate Obama for a Nobel Prize based on race is foremost disgruntling, he has done nothing so far as President, and to think that his literature supports a nomination of a Nobel Prize in any category, is pure hooey. 

President Barack Obama’s 2010 budget is the most recent thing he has authored.  On the title page above the words 2010 Budget Obama writes: “A New Era of Responsibility.” “For too long our budget has not told the whole truth about how precious tax dollars are spent,” Obama said in remarks ahead of the release of his $3.55 trillion spending blueprint, which projected a huge $1.17 trillion deficit.  “Large sums have been left off the books, including the true cost of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. And that kind of dishonest accounting is not how you run your family budgets at home. It’s not how your government should run its budgets either,” he said. {Reuters}  This sounds familiar from the campaign trail.

Tony Fratto, Bush’s former White House spokesman specializing on economic issues responded saying that “Trying to mask huge spending increases under the cloak of ‘fiscal responsibility’ is the height of audacity, our budgets were honest, open and transparent. Every dime spent was presented, debated, voted on and counted.”  Congressman Obama didn’t bother to vote too often, but as a member of Congress, he is equally responsible for our 10 Trillion dollar debt.  http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/members/o000167/votes/

I highly doubt that the budget qualifies as a piece of literature or that it supports any peace processes;  rather it is another piece of crap and certainly President Obama is not meritorious enough to receive a Nobel Peace Prize.

Updated, Friday, October 10, 2009.  President Obama has indeed won the Nobel Peace Prize, “for giving the world “hope for a better future” and striving for nuclear disarmament, in a surprise award that drew both warm praise and sharp criticism. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091009/pl_nm/us_nobel_peace_obama

 

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A nickel isn’t worth a dime today. ~ Yogi Berra

I can’t seem to fathom Washington tripping over quarters to pick up nickles that haven’t been minted yet.

It is time for a break, simmer down a bit, spend spend some of my quarters while they are still worth something and take a word press vacation.  I keep seeing Obama in my dreams and me wagging my finger at him saying shame, shame.  With all the talk of the bailout it is I who need to bail for a bit.  I need to re-group my thoughts and get a good night sleep.

In the mean time, may I recommend:

http://americanthinker.com/  or http://www.justsaynodeal.com/index2.html

A favorite, Lame Cherry sums thing up this way, ” Now you know in these shades of grey if John McCain is the normal sounding one in the room, Bill Clinton is the silent wall flower and Hillary Clinton MacBeth is deemed the solid citizen in the Obama clique, that this stage act has gone from Twilight Zone to Obama Zone in fading to black.”   http://lamecherry.blogspot.com/

Check out 50 unstimulating facts of the stimulus at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YjcyODIyZGM2MGU1ZDdkNDgxZDc3OTNjYjM4ZDY1ODI=

To keep up to date on things, select http://americansforprosperity.org/

God Bless America.

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Oh the hilarity of calling it a compromise stimulus package.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan report is about 778 pages of political wrangling and the public has only been given about 24 hours to review it before a final vote.

Where is the damned Generational Theft Act that the Congressional Budget Office has referred to as, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan?  I’d like to read every last page.  It sure as hell is not on the White House web pages, as it states, “The President remains committed to bringing more transparency to government, and in this spirit the White House will continue to publish legislation expected to come to his desk on line for public comment as it moves through Congress.”    http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing_room/OfficialStatements/  

President Obama resolutely promised change and transparency indicating that,  “Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.  Key word here- NON EMERGENCY.  http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog_post/update_on_sunlight_before_signing/ This is an emergency if ever there was one. One trillion tomorrow, two trillion the next day, defines emergency in my dictionary.

 The White House blog itself was just updated after three three days of inactivity. http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog_post/first_flights/  features his first trip on Air Force One and highlights his Democratic Caucus trip saying, “We have to accommodate the interests of a range of people.  And the House is going to have to work with the Senate.  But let’s think big right now.  Let’s not think small.”  What I am thinking is big government sucks.

Published on line by the Library of Congress, parts of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan are available at Open Congress http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h1/show .  Have fun reading through all the 481 amendments proposed. 

Relying on Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) at his  site  http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=RightNow.Home&ContentRecord_id=3db704c6-802a-23ad-406c-a424db591389  you’ll find a fistful of wasteful and Non-Stimulus Spending Provisions.

I’d rather stand in the unemployment line for five more days than have this rushed through legislation and not put it out there for us little people- the tax payer to look at.  I want to know who exactly proposed spending $75 million for “smoking cessation activities,  $75 million for salaries of employees at the FBI and the $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction just to name a few.  C’mon, who?  What gall. 

There are a whole host of concerns that we all have but now is not the time to worry about stop smoking and drinking. 

Show me the money honey and while I’m thinking about it, why in the sam hell does  The President have time to write an Op-Ed piece for Wa-Po?  Is there nothing else he could be doing than taking the time for this?  Like giving orders to post the damned “plans” on the website before he signs them? 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/04/AR2009020403174.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

That’s the way to create consumer confidence, write about how “this recession might linger for years.”  We are indeed a desperate nation when we allocate millions for pork barrel projects and earmarks that do nothing.  Obama is doing something alright, he will be addressing the nation on prime time TV tonight. https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2009/02/08/obama-prime-time-vision/

In the meantime so as not to confuse billions and trillions of of dollars between two pieces of legislation, “With the administration making a full court press to get the economic stimulus package through Congress, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is delaying his plans to spell out details of the upcoming bank rescue plan, now dubbed the Financial Stability and Recovery Plan.” http://www.thedeal.com/dealscape/2009/02/geithner_puts_banking_rescue_p.php

Geithner’s new plan appears designed to stem the government’s up-front costs to the federal budget but could nevertheless expose taxpayers to as much as $2 trillion more in potential obligations to the financial industry. 

I’d like to read the Financial Stability and Recovery Plan before it goes into law too, but even Open Congress doesn’t provide this.

Might as well turn in my conservative blogger badge now and say hello to government controlled capitalism as we allocate nearly three trillion dollars in three days. 

Lol, ain’t nothing funny about it.  

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The stimulus bailout money does not immediately stimulate anything except my blood pressure. 

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) introduced an amendment to prohibit any funds in the economic stimulus bill from going to museums, theaters, or arts centers among other things.  http://www.ruthulrich.com/?p=274 has the whole rundown on what should be off limits for a stimulus and most of it makes sense.

The language of the amendment against what Coburn calls the Generational Theft Act , (Amendment No. 175, as filed) is in part that, “None of the amounts appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, arts center, or highway beautification project, including renovation, remodeling, construction, salaries, furniture, zero-gravity chairs, big screen televisions, beautification, rotating pastel lights, and dry heat saunas.” 

People just don’t seem to get it as “What bothers me is that museums, arts centers, and theaters are lumped in with casinos, swimming pools, rotating pastel lights, and zero-gravity chairs.  What in the holy living hell is the relation between the arts and a highway beautification project?” asks  http://klacknermusic.wordpress.com/   The relationship is simple, it does not stimulate the economy immediately and having a job, food and a place to live usurps everything else.  

Who can support this spending of invisible money that will come from our children’s children to benefit a politician sitting in a brand new cushy chair?  Apparently Nancy Pelosi.  People are standing in food lines for heaven’s sake.   Welcome to the American dream in high reverse- Lehigh Acres Florida and hundreds of other cities where no one gives a rats ass about a new community park, museum, theater, arts center, right now.  Highlighted in http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/08/us/08lehigh.html?_r=1&em&exprod=myyahoo  People need private sector jobs and it is the private sector that needs the loans to stimulate the economy.

Coburn says “The fundamental problem with this bill is that it fails to address the root problem, which continues to be toxic assets in the mortgage market. The bill also includes a reckless bailout to states that would effectively nationalize state governments….“The bill also contains numerous provisions that are about stimulating long-frustrated ideological agendas rather than the economy….the American people will be nauseated by the numerous and shameless.

In a WSJ article, Coburn wrote, “What is not in the bill is as troubling as what is. The package does nothing to clear the toxic assets and bad mortgages that helped trigger the credit crisis. It also contains very little meaningful tax relief to make small businesses and American companies more competitive. Instead, the tax provisions of the stimulus are essentially a modest cash handout that repeats the failed policy of George W. Bush’s rebate-check stimulus.”  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123371083449746103.html?mod=rss_opinion_main

I want Ross Perot to come out of the woodwork and help fix Pelosi’s posturing around like a chicken who just laid the golden egg.  Perot tried to gave heads up years ago- warning of the sucking sound of jobs from NAFTA among other things. No wonder he buried his head back in the private sector so as not to have to breath the same stale hot air that has been expelled in the beltway for years.

Government controlled capitalism is spelled socialism and at the very least Coburn appears to be try to rein in the wild spending spree. Visit his  site  http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=RightNow.Home&ContentRecord_id=3db704c6-802a-23ad-406c-a424db591389  where you’ll find more wasteful and Non-Stimulus Spending Provisions like-

• $2 billion earmark to re-start FutureGen, a near-zero emissions coal power plant in Illinois that the Dept. of Energy defended last year because the project was inefficient
• A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film
• $650 million for the digital television (DTV) converter box coupon program
• $88 million for the Coast Guard to design a new polar icebreaker (arctic ship)
• $448 million for constructing the Dept. of Homeland Security headquarters
• $248 million for furniture at the new Dept. of Homeland Security headquarters
• $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees
• $400 million for the CDC to screen and prevent STD’s
• $1.4 billion for a rural waste disposal programs
• $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities
• $1 billion for the 2010 Census, which has a projected cost overrun of $3 billion
• $75 million for “smoking cessation activities”
• $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges
• $75 million for salaries of employees at the FBI
• $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction
• $10 million to inspect canals in urban areas
• $6 billion to turn federal buildings into “green” buildings
• $500 million for state and local fire stations
• $650 million for wildland fire management on Forest Service lands
• $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities
• $1.2 billion for “youth activities,” including youth summer job programs

• $88 million for renovating the headquarters of the Public Health Service
• $412 million for CDC buildings and property
• $500 million for building and repairing NIH facilities in Bethesda, MD
• $160 million for “paid volunteers” at the Corporation for National and Community Service
• $5.5 million for “energy efficiency initiatives” at the VA “National Cemetery Administration”
• $850 million for Amtrak
• $100 million for reducing the hazard of lead-based paint
• $75M to construct a new “security training” facility for State Dept Security officers when they can be trained at existing facilities of other agencies.
• $110 million to the Farm Service Agency to upgrade computer systems
• $200 million in funding for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations.
• State Medicaid Bailout: $87.7 billion Through 3 different mechanisms, the bill would provide additional federal funds to state Medicaid programs over the next 3 years. This is nearly $70 billion more than the governors asked President Obama for in December, and should be a loan to be repaid by the states.

Who knew democratic socialism was going to be so damned expensive?

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As part of the transparency in government, Obama is demanding free prime time TV space.  Monday he’s holding a press conference that is expected to last an hour and then the following Monday, a stimulus push right down our throats.  Last but not least, the State of the Union Address is on Tuesday, February 24.

Having spent the better part of the week watching the Senate battle for my stimulus dollars on Fox, CNN and C-SPAN, I am hardly excited at the prospects of looking forward to seeing President Obama the next 3 three weeks in a row during prime time TV. The news cycle is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Prime time is America’s time to be entertained, to watch House, American Idol, or some other mindless show to not have to think about the economy or news.   To sit on the couch with the family, crack a smile, veg, and relax after dinner. 

The networks must be pissed at the amount of advertising revenue that will be lost.  Can’t anyone just say no to O?  I imagine the wrath of deciding not to air Obamavision might include an avoidance of reporters questions.  ABC is probably on the shit list anyways based on the bantering over a tough question recently with Robert Gibbs, the White House communications director.  ABC was also apparently thrown for a loop at the request for free TV time, and still can’t decide what shows to put on after, saying “to be announced.” http://www.tvguide.com/Listings/Default.aspx .

What could Obama tell me that I don’t already know?  This isn’t the campaign trail, and the trail of the House and Senate Stimulus Bills stinks to hell.  The last time Obama was on TV this for this long, he actually paid for the TV time  in a half-hour commercial and sort of mini-documentary. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtREqAmLsoA 

Imagine that stimulus to the economy- paying for the TV Time; not demanding it and costing the networks millions.  The McCain campaign response from spokesman Tucker Bounds: “As anyone who has bought anything from an infomercial knows, the sales-job is always better than the product. Buyer beware.”

Is he going to remind me that money was removed that was earmarked for the water parks?  Is he going to tell me why a ruling dismissing without prejudice all charges against Saudi national Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri was issued, potentially freeing the U.S.S. Cole mastermind bomber from Guantanamo?  What, so we can find him and try him again later?  What could President Obama possibly tell me that demands Prime Time TV? 

Obama is not The Great Communicator.   All physical differences aside, Reagan, even when delivering bad news found the words to sooth and projected light at the end of the tunnel.  Obama on the other hand, seems to like hearing himself talk and can’t seem to do that well unless the TelePrompter is rolling.  Reagan said, “Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation.  You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.”  

Just weeks into his Presidency, Obama most memorable statement, “I screwed up.”  In the coming weeks of prime time TV, I hope he has something better to say.

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As I’ve posted before, have we totally lost our minds regarding bailouts, stimulus packages and the conversion of the dollar to the Amero or something else?  https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2008/10/02/bailout-in-usd-or-amero/#comments

Almost ONE TRILLION DOLLARS for a stimulus?  How much wood can a wood chuck chuck to turn it in to paper money?

There is no money shortage, we just print more.  Kind of like the Blondie who didn’t notice the gas cost increase.  She just kept adding $10 every time the tank was on empty.  Seeing as our Treasury has lost around $73 billion and the Senate is about to authorizing spending $800 billion,  before all hell breaks loose we better wakie uppie to the chance that the US dollar just like capitalism, might be a thing of the past.   

For an interesting peek at currency check out http://www.wisebread.com/local-currencies

There is lots of gossip about the new North-American currency “Amero” which would, as people say, come to replace Canadian and American dollars together with Mexican peso and would become one and only currency in North America. Some photos of actual Amero bills and coins appeared on different near world-conspiracy blogs and you tube channels like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H65f3q_Lm9U&eurl which features Lou Dobbs. 

Don’ t kid yourself in to believing that there is no partnership already underway between Mexico, the U.S. and Canada.  As much as I love a conspiracy theory, the The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) exists and you can see it here  www.spp.gov . President Bush, Prime Minister Harper and President Fox got together to enhance security and prosperity for all!  Hurray for all for one and one for all.  The SPP is a trilateral partnership provides the framework to ensure that North America is the safest and best place to live and do business! 

Translation- Obama’s “buy American” bailout provision could not be included in the stimulus if the Amero or any other dollarization was to have any chance of working.  You know – keep the borders closed to terrorism yet open to trade, money, immigrants, drugs, oil, etc.

Well, in Russia they stepped bit further and think that the currency would be called not Amero but Lunaro, or Lunar if to be exact, and probably it would replace not only Northern American currencies but all currencies on Earth and even, probably, on Moon. That’s what they call the real New World Order.   For more versions of the lunar currency check out –  http://englishrussia.com/?p=2210

For another alternative; The Liberty Dollar is private, inflation proof currency that is devoid of debt. It’s a currency of the people, for the people, and by the people.  http://www.libertydollar.org/

And for all the Obamabot supporters, check here for a not yet released Obama $100 bill.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/dimples2/3005160116/  Maybe rather than call the Amero, it will be called the Omero since the faith of the electorate is what got Obama elected. 

http://www.wisebread.com/local-currencies has some more listings of currency and barter.  And Ted has an overview of dollarization, all be it almost 10 years old but it remains poignant still.  http://www.american.edu/TED/dollar.htm

The pattern is clear: governments that respond to a crisis created by free-market ideology with an acceleration of that same discredited agenda will not survive to tell the tale says Naomi Klein at http://www.alternet.org/workplace/125566/naomi_klein%3A_public_revolt_builds_against_rip-off_rescue_plans_for_the_economy/?page=entire

Let’s hope the dollar and the economy survives.  While we wait to see what’s ahead, Ahrcanum spends and earns U.S. Treasury backed dollars. 

Incidentally, the Senate does not  appear to know if it signed a$780 billion or $826 billion stimulus package.   http://jerseynut.blogspot.com/2009/02/so-exactly-how-big-is-stimulus-bill.html  OMG and WTF? Another $40 billion or so that just seems to vanish into thin air.

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President Obama was in Williamsburg, Va., addressing  the House Democrats saying the stimulus bill could end the “tyranny of oil, “and blames the entire economic meltdown of the GOP and GWB. 

“Bolivian president Jorge Quiroga recently remarked that two key commodities, oil and cocaine, enter the United States duty free while the U.S. Congress debates duty-free entry of legal products from the United States…” http://www.latinbusinesschronicle.com/app/article.aspx?id=3129 

Congress is debating a lot of things, but it would seem that this stimulus bill isn’t going to stimulate anything but more angst for everyone. Why would Obama allow House Democrats to draft his stimulus legislation in the first place? What could he have been been thinking.  http://www.forbes.com/2009/02/05/obama-stimulus-republicans-opinions-columnists_0206_peter_robinson.html?partner=popstories

Apparently, it all comes back to the black gold and blame for Mr. O, failing to realize that there have been plenty of bipartisan issues that created this fiasco.  Yes, three–quarters of oil is owned and controlled by the world’s governments.  Chevron, Exxon Mobil, BP , Shell, Valero, Conoco-Phillips and Marathon are part of the world’s largest and most powerful financial empires in and of themselves, recently announcing record profits.  Problematic, is the restrictions from drilling and exploration on U.S. Soil and Territories while Obama wants to go green.  Sarah Palin governs a treasure trove of oil and reserves that could certainly help our economy. 

Green is already breaking the state of California with businesses moving out of state and taking jobs with it before they have to pay cap and trade carbon penalties.   http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123336500319935517.html?mod=googlenews_wsj  “Green policies have a tendency to push states into the red.”  Green is not going to push up any daisies for America in the short term, either.

Antonia Juhasz, in her book, “The tyranny of oil- The world’s most powerful industry and what we must do to stop it,” http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95465269 says the business and politics of oil’s production pose such grave implications on so many fronts — the environment, human rights, the economy, worker safety, public health — that the current state of petroleum-industry affairs is fundamentally antithetical to democracy.  Antithetical to democracy?  Tell that to the Iraq’s who recently voted in a democratic election. 

Juhasz is also analyst with Oil Change International, a watchdog group, and is the author of “The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time.”  Want to bet she voted for Obama?   Obama is not blameless in taking in Oil Industry campaign donations, granted not as much as the Republicans. 

General James Jones, US National Security Adviser was nominated to the board of directors for Chevron.  http://www.scandoil.com/moxie-bm2/news/gen-james-l-jones-nominated-to-chevron-board-of-di.shtml  Jones said, “Americans are right to demand swift and sensible action to produce more energy right here at home…”   http://www.energyxxi.org/articles/Statement_from_General_James_L_Jones_USMC_Ret_on_expanding_US_oil_and_gas_access.aspx  Maybe there is hope yet.

In the first round of billions spent, a report due on Friday calculates Treasury put about $254 billion into financial institutions in 2008, but got only $176 billion in value.  “That’s a shortfall of about $78 billion,”  adding that Mr. Paulson “was not entirely candid” in his description of TARP’s bank capital injection program. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/06/business/economy/06tarp.html?em   Pauslon bought preferred stock in companies like General Motors and Citigroup.  I’ve heard of “Buy American”, but holy shit, Paulson wasn’t supposed to take it literally.

What the frig is O doing in Williamsburg anyways- the campaign is over.  We know, you won.  Sad thing is, we’ve already lost $78 billion.  A stimulus is supposed to be immediate short-term spending in an economic downturn, not a forever solution to every problem.  It is still winter on the calendar and just a few weeks into the Obama administration and capi­talism and globalization are freezing in the US. 

Someone get Obama a blanket cause the heat is on Mr. President.

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