Thursday Night Humor: Alvin Greene declines to challenge Obama for the presidency

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Because laughter is good medicine for the soul, I bring you this from the Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas:

President Obama, you can now rest.

Alvin Greene says he’s decided against challenging you for president.

“I’m not running for president,” the 2010 Democratic Party nominee for the U.S. Senate from South Carolina said in an interview on WBT radio in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday.

Greene — who garnered national media attention in 2010 for miraculously winning the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate despite doing no campaigning — had reportedly made phone calls asking how much it would cost to run for president shortly after losing the general election to Republican Sen. Jim DeMint in 2010.

Greene told the radio interviewer, Keith Larson, on Thursday that he’s now focused on getting “myself together” in “the private sector first.”

Asked if that means he’s done with politics, Greene responded: “You never know. You never know. I think I’ll just leave that open and we just have to just wait and see.”

Larson also asked Greene whether he’s been invited to partake in the Democratic National Convention this summer, and the former candidate said he hadn’t.

He hasn’t been invited yet to DNC 2012 (yet)? Those raaaaacists! ;-)

Breaking Point: Even the mainstream media are getting sick of Barack Obama

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Sure, like the rest of Obama’s loyal fan base, they’ll fall in line in time to try to push him over the finish line first in November, but for right now, some journalists in the mainstream media are making it clear he’s annoying even them at this point:

Prior to President Barack Obama’s marathon 54 minute speech in Ohio today, the Obama campaign sent our several statements promising the speech would be a major address framing the campaign going forward. Despite the hype, the speech was mainly a rehash of themes and ideas from the president’s recent stump speeches and his remarks were widely panned as overly long by the political press corps.

In the speech, President Obama outlined his view that this election is a choice between “two fundamentally different views of which  direction America should take.” He characterized Mitt Romney’s vision as being the same as the “policies of the last decade,” specifically deregulation and tax cuts for the wealthy while he described his own “vision for America” as boiling down to five things: “Education.  Energy.  Innovation.  Infrastructure.  And a tax code focused on American job creation and balanced deficit reduction.” President Obama also stressed that the economic crisis began during the Bush administration and that is “started growing again” after he took office and has since “continued to grow.”

All of these points have already been featured in the president’s other recent speeches. Between the pre-speech hype from the campaign, the lack of new material and the overall length of the speech reporters were clearly dissatisfied with end result. Read on for a sampling of Tweets from the political press slamming the president’s speech.

Before the speech was over, Politico’s Mike O’Brien begged the president to stop.

And he’s not the only one. Click here to see Tweets from several eye-rolling journalists who watched today’s so-called “major economic speech” that wasn’t so “major.”

For the record, here are President Obama’s prepared remarks from his speech earlier today.  I can’t even bear to read what he has to say, let alone watch it in its entirety anymore – which is one good reason why I’ll probably never be a “real journalist” …

In other Obama news, Mr. “I have presidential responsibilities” will be in attendance tonight (if he’s not come and gone already) at a swanky $40,000 per person fundraiser in NYC hosted by (and in the home of) SATC actress Sarah Jessica Parker, her husband actor Matthew Broderick, and Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour.   For anyone deluded enough to think the amount of time Obama spends fundraising is just “standard operating procedure” for a President at this stage of a re-election campaign, think again:

President Obama today will continue his record-smashing fundraising schedule with six events in two states, tying the number for most fundraisers attended in a single day of his re-election campaign. Obama will raise north of $3.6 million for the Obama Victory Fund in Baltimore and Philadelphia, according to figures provided by the campaign.

The latest round of money events – with several more scheduled for New York City on Thursday, including a star-studded reception at actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s home – underscores the unprecedented amount of time the president is spending on the money trail.

In the first 12 days of June, Obama has attended 21 fundraising events.  All told, he has now attended 163 re-election fundraisers for his campaign and the Democratic Party – almost double the number George W. Bush attended in his entire first term (86) and more than any other president in history.

“Responsibilities” indeed. 8-|

BTW, Sarah Jessica Parker really IS a great actress – in this video clip promoting Obama and announcing the dinner party, she actually LOOKS like she knows what she’s talking about. She doesn’t of course that but that’s the secret to being a good actress, you see. ;)

Coup in Egypt? Court dissolves parliament, military takes control

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**Posted by Phineas

From Barry Rubin at PJM:

The Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court has just invalidated the parliamentary election there. The parliament, 75 percent of whose members were Islamists, is being dissolved. The military junta has taken over total authority. The presidential election is still scheduled for a few dozen hours from now.

In short, everything is confused and everything is a mess. All calculations are thrown to the wind. What this appears to be is a new military coup.

Yes, it is under legal cover but nobody is going to see it as a group of judges-appointed by former President Husni Mubarak, remember–looking deep into the law books and coming up with a carefully reasoned decision based on precedent. No. This will be seen by every Islamist–whether Salafi or Muslim Brotherhood–and by most of the liberals, who feel closer to the Islamists than to the government, as if the 2011 revolution has just been reversed.

Prediction: massive violence.

This is not good, and, were I an American in Egypt, I’d get the heck out, now.

Rubin’s first thought was of Algeria, which fought a years-long bloody, brutal war against Islamists that killed thousands. Egypt is far more populous; the potential for mayhem and chaos is enormous. And not just from the violence of civil conflict: Egypt imports over half its caloric needs and its cash reserves are dwindling fast. What little revenue (other than foreign aid) it brings in comes mostly from tourism, which has already suffered during the “Arab Spring.” If, as it looks, tourism collapses thanks to civil disorder, the potential for famine and even state collapse is very real.

Rubin, again:

This event poses a huge problem for the Obama Administration and I’ll bet one that has caught it by surprise. Does the U.S. government condemn the military and put sanctions on it, demanding that the Muslim Brotherhood be put into power? There is no easy solution. But we are likely to have the strange situation of an American president fighting to put into power an anti-American, anti-Christian, antisemitic political force that is opposed to all U.S. interests because–after all–they did win the election.

Dear President Obama: It’s 3AM and the phone is ringing. You’re on.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Secrets? We don’t need no steeenking secrets!

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**Posted by Phineas

Oh, what the heck? Why not tell al-Qaeda just what we’re doing in North Africa, where we’re doing it from, and what kinds of planes we’re flying?

And while we’re at it, let’s give them the nuclear launch codes, too:

U.S. expands secret intelligence operations in Africa

Note that word “secret” Shh! You don’t know anything about this… Don’t tell! 

The U.S. military is expanding its secret intelligence operations across Africa, establishing a network of small air bases to spy on terrorist hideouts from the fringes of the Sahara to jungle terrain along the equator, according to documents and people involved in the project.

At the heart of the surveillance operations are small, unarmed turboprop aircraft disguised as private planes. Equipped with hidden sensors that can record full-motion video, track infrared heat patterns, and vacuum up radio and cellphone signals, the planes refuel on isolated airstrips favored by African bush pilots, extending their effective flight range by thousands of miles.

About a dozen air bases have been established in Africa since 2007, according to a former senior U.S. commander involved in setting up the network. Most are small operations run out of secluded hangars at African military bases or civilian airports.

The article insists that much of this report (and, again, it’s fascinating reading) comes from public sources… but much of it doesn’t, also. And while it’s one thing to say the US is ramping up special forces operations in Africa with the cooperation of friendly local governments, it’s a whole other ball of “WTF??” to publicize details of bases, cities, and just which governments are helping us. Just the kind of things Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQAM, the local AQ affiliate) or the Nigerian Boko Haram would love to know so they can have an easier time striking back against our… “secret” operations.

I had to love this little gem from late in the article:

In an interview with The Post, Djibril Bassole, the foreign minister of Burkina Faso, praised security relations between his country and the United States, saying they were crucial to containing al-Qaeda forces in the region.

“We need to fight and protect our borders,” he said. “Once they infiltrate your country, it’s very, very difficult to get them out.”

Bassole declined, however, to answer questions about the activities of U.S. Special Operations forces in his country.

“I cannot provide details, but it has been very, very helpful,” he said. “This cooperation should be very, very discreet. We should not show to al-Qaeda that we are now working with the Americans.”

Umm…. too late?  Hate to break it to you, Djibril, but al-Qaeda has people who can use computers and probably saw the same article I did. Agreeing to drinks with the Post reporter was not the best idea, capiche?

This may be another in the series of leaks designed to make Obama look tough on national security, or it may just be a case of too many people being too willing to talk to the reporter from the big newspaper and wanting to look important. Regardless, I wish to God more people would remember that we are at war and that, sometimes, silence really is a virtue.

As the great Strother Martin once said, “Morons. I’ve got morons on my team.”

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)