Thursday, January 30, 2014

White House Press Briefing: Trade, Arms Control Treaties, Afghan Corruption, Sochi Olympics, Unemployment: Press Gaggle aboard Air Force One en route WI, 1/30/14

English: President Obama talks alone with Sena...
English: President Obama talks alone with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the Oval Office a few days after the inauguration. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)






From Denny:  Just so you can see how the press interacts with the White House and how the White House responds on the issues of the day - and unfiltered.  At least this level of transparency has been fulfilled by this President.  His record on the NSA?  Not so good at all. 

Another bone to pick with my fellow media:  Why isn't ALL of this news that's being discussed in these White House press briefings getting out to the public?  Morning shows spend way too much time discussing Justin Bieber's hair, clothes and antics to shed his Good Boy image rather than informing about world issues that easily affect our economy, our families' security and our ability to hold long-term and well-paying jobs.  

Some entertainment news and fluff fillers are fine but not endless hours of streaming stupidity that drowns out meaningful news stories that require an informed public so they can weigh in effectively at the voting booth.  This kind of media pablum discourages critical thinking that people need to learn in order to do well at their jobs and life in general.  Businesses are complaining quite loudly about the lack of critical thinking ability in new workers.  

To the media outlets:  Quit doing the American people a disservice by going for the easy money all the time.  This is less the fault of individual journalists and more the fault of sleazy and scummy news producers who have no integrity, reducing journalism down to the level of a loud crass circus act.


Issues and subjects discussed in the order presented to the Press Secretary:  


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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

White House Press Briefing: Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jay Carney and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Aboard AF1 en route Pittsburgh, PA

retirement
retirement (Photo credit: 401(K) 2013)


Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jay Carney and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Aboard AF1 en route Pittsburgh, PA

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
January 29, 2014

Aboard Air Force One
En Route Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
11:35 A.M. EST
MR. CARNEY:  Good morning, everyone.  Welcome aboard Air Force One as we make our way to the great city of Pittsburgh in the great state of Pennsylvania.
I'm sure you all heard the President deliver his State of the Union address last night.  This morning he had a terrific event at Costco in Lanham, Maryland, where he highlighted the need for hardworking Americans to receive a living wage, and highlighted the action he’s taking through executive order to lift the minimum wage for new contracts under federal contractors to $10.10 an hour, and calling on Congress to reward hard work and responsibility by raising the minimum wage across the country.
Now we're headed to do an event where the President will talk about his proposal for a new, simple, safe retirement account -- MyRA.  And to discuss that with you today, I have the 76th Secretary of the Treasury, Mr. Jack Lew.  Here he is...



Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Truth Journal: Jon Stewart Applauds No NSA Reforms Proposed By President Obama




Jon Stewart Obama NSA



A Truth Journal: Jon Stewart Applauds No NSA Reforms Proposed By President Obama:

2 funny videos.
From Denny:
 Were you all waiting anxiously on the edge of your seat for President Obama to announce the historical sweeping NSA reforms?  Yeah, me too.  I went to bed early because we all knew the Obama reforms were a non-starter.

Looks like even America's comics agree with me.  Gee, for all my fussing and cussing at the NSA trolls harassing me as both a journalist and an annoying NSA critic (to them) complaining of their incompetence, I noticed today they had returned to their usual WTF stalking.  Yes, DNI Clapper, your NSA gremlins did not obey you for long when you told them to lay off journalists and me in particular.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

A Truth Journal: Jon Stewart Mocks New Jersey Obvious: Gov. Chris Christie Payback Scandal


NJ - Fort Lee: George Washington Bridge at night
NJ - Fort Lee: George Washington Bridge
at night (Photo credit: 
wallyg)




A Truth Journal: Jon Stewart Mocks New Jersey Obvious: Gov. Chris Christie Payback Scandal: 

3 funny videos.
From Denny:
 Talk about the typical greedy politician.  Need a good laugh?  Wait until you hear what Jon Stewart had to say about Republican 2016 contender Rep. Paul Ryan's imagined thoughts - upon hearing of Christie's investigation misfortunes.  (Ryan was Romney's horrifically bad choice for VP in 2012.)

Comic Jon Stewart wastes no time exploiting the latest political scandal.  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was up beyond 20 points ahead of his competition in the election, winning his second term in November.  But, in September, to ensure he mocked his Democrat competition, Christie just had to grind them in the ground. He does carry the reputation of the excessive bully like a cheap suit, complete with full blown temper tantrums - which Stewart reveals on tape.

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A Truth Journal: WTF? Daily Show Rats Out Pentagon Denying PTSD Help 40 Years: Insulting Vietnam Vets


English: Cases of PTSD and Severe Depression A...
Cases of PTSD and Severe Depression Among
U.S. Veterans Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan
Between Oct 2001 and Oct 2007 (Photo credit: 
Wikipedia)





A Truth Journal: WTF? Daily Show Rats Out Pentagon Denying PTSD Help 40 Years: Insulting Vietnam Vets: From Denny:  It's gotten to the point in America that the only way military veterans can get the help they need is to take to the airwaves, especially comedy shows, to inform the public and put pressure on Pentagon officials and politicians.

These two Vietnam War era veterans are interviewed on the Daily Show, revealing how absolutely ridiculous is the "leadership" at the Pentagon.  Is it any wonder we have the pompous a$$e$ installed at the helm of the NSA and its ensuing outrageous mass global surveillance for the past two administrations?



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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Weekly Address: Taking Action to End Sexual Assault

Weekly Address: Taking Action to End Sexual Assault


In his weekly address, President Obama said that the Administration has taken another important step to protect women at college by establishing the White House Task Force on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault. An estimated 1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted at college, and the President said that we will keep taking actions like strengthening the criminal justice system, reaching out to survivors, and changing social norms so that all Americans can feel safe and protected as they pursue their own piece of the American dream...

Video plus transcript


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Executive Order: Establishment of Afghanistan and Pakistan Strategic Partnership Office, Amendment to Executive Order 12163

President Barack Obama delivers remarks presenting the outcome of the Administration's review of the NSA and U.S. signals intelligence programs


The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
January 17, 2014

Executive Order -- Establishment of Afghanistan and Pakistan Strategic Partnership Office and Amendment to Executive Order 12163

EXECUTIVE ORDER
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ESTABLISHMENT OF AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP OFFICE AND AMENDMENT TO EXECUTIVE ORDER 12163
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 202 of the Revised Statutes (22 U.S.C. 2656) and section 3161 of title 5, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1EstablishmentThere is established within the Department of State, in accordance with section 3161 of title 5, United States Code, a temporary organization to be known as the Afghanistan and Pakistan Strategic Partnership Office (APSPO).
Sec2Purpose of the Temporary OrganizationThe purposes of the APSPO shall be to perform the specific project of supporting executive departments and agencies (agencies) in facilitating a strategic partnership between the U.S. Government and the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan, promoting further security and stabilization, and transitioning to a normalized diplomatic presence in both countries.
Sec3Functions of the Temporary OrganizationIn carrying out the purposes set forth in section 2 of this order, the APSPO shall:
(a) support agencies in transitioning to a strategic partnership with the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan in the economic, diplomatic, cultural, technology, and security fields, particularly in the areas of program management, rule of law, and program oversight;
(b) coordinate the final drawdown of the Department of State's civilian field operations and staff in Afghanistan;
(c) coordinate and oversee the administration of certain State Department assistance funds; and
(d) perform such other functions related to the specific project set forth in section 2 of this order as the Secretary of State (Secretary) may assign.
Sec4Personnel and AdministrationThe APSPO shall be headed by a Director appointed by the Secretary. The APSPO shall be based in Washington, D.C., Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Sec5Termination of the Temporary OrganizationThe APSPO shall terminate at the end of the maximum period permitted by section 3161(a)(1) of title 5, United States Code, unless terminated sooner by the Secretary.
Sec6Delegation of Certain Determination FunctionsExecutive Order 12163 of September 29, 1979, as amended, is further amended, in section 1-701(c), by striking the semicolon and all subsequent text before the period.
Sec7General Provisions(a) This order shall be implemented in accordance with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to a department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
THE WHITE HOUSE,
January 17, 2014.
BARACK OBAMA
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Friday, January 17, 2014

President Obama DOJ Speech: Unprecedented Review of U.S. Intelligence Programs



President Barack Obama delivers remarks presenting the outcome of the Administration's review of the NSA and U.S. signals intelligence programs
President Barack Obama delivers remarks presenting the outcome of the Administration's review of the NSA and U.S. signals intelligence programs, at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., Jan. 17, 2014. (Official Whi te House Photo by Pete Souza)


From Denny:  Straight from the whitehouse.gov site and preserving it online long after this President leaves office.  Get it straight and unfiltered.  Of course, the political hacks have already influenced it before the news folks get it but hey! it's the closest thing to unfiltered news:


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Monday, January 6, 2014

A Truth Journal: Funny Ad: Clean Up Congress: Pee Pads For Washington Politicians


English: http://www.aoc.gov/cc/capitol/capitol...




A Truth Journal: Funny Ad: Clean Up Congress: Pee Pads For Washington Politicians: From Denny:  Want to teach your politicians how to pee properly - instead of lifting their leg on you?  Just check out these new and improved pee pads for your favorite animal left indoors while you are away at work.  It's tough to trust your pet politician when you are not there to watch over their antics.

You just never know what they will do to smell up your home if you aren't there to stop them.  You just never know when they will pee on your leg unexpectedly.  They do so love to stink up the place with last minute legislation, earmarks and no-bid contracts at midnight that no one has been allowed to read in time before a crucial vote.


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Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Truth Journal: 10 Funny New Years Posts: Trivia, Quotes, Recipes, Poetry, Animated Clip Art






A Truth Journal: 10 Funny New Years Posts: Trivia, Quotes, Recipes, Poetry, Animated Clip Art: From Denny:  Start your New Year off right with lots of laughter and some smart advice on meeting those New Year resolutions.  And, hey, thanks for visiting all these blogs this past year, much appreciated! ...


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