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Guest opinion: Advance notice of Barack Obama

Original post made on Nov 11, 2008

Early in this decade, I attended a political function at the home of Rep. Anna Eshoo where the guest of honor was Sen. Barbara Boxer. Toward the end of the event, Sen. Boxer told the gathering that there was a young man on the horizon whose star would be rising. She spoke enthusiastically about him, and what she foresaw. She said he had an unusual name: Barack Obama.

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Posted by Get what we asked for
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Nov 11, 2008 at 4:02 pm

There may not be shock and awe in an Iraqi battlefield anymore, we'll get it on our own soil instead, not only from emboldened Muslim extremists, but from the flood of excutive orders flowing in after inauguration. We're doomed to be a socialist, Godless, immoral society, who cares about nothing but being politically correct and ensuring that our "entitlements" are coming our way. We're gonna get what we asked for.


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Posted by Esperanza Cambio
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 12, 2008 at 12:28 pm

I look forward to your apologetic postings once you are proven wrong. Don't drink Koolaid from the McCain campaign's fear-mongering wellspring of lies.


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Posted by Obama Koolaid
a resident of another community
on Nov 12, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Tell me Esperanza, haven't you drank up the Obama Koolaid?

Tell us the wonderful things that he is going to do for us...he already has a list of executive orders including one on fetal stem-cell (Godless and immoral). He already supported the bailout of Freddie and Fannie (socialist). Its only going to get worse from here.

Just wait until the borders are opened allowing anyone and everyone over unchecked at which point it'll only be a matter of time before your favorite cafe is suicide bombed.

Si Se Puede.


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Posted by Fiona di Rosa
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Nov 12, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Remember, children, there's nothing to fear but fear itself. Now wipe the milk and cookie crumbs off your face and take your nap.


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Posted by happening.
a resident of another community
on Nov 12, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Fiona, Ill give you the point on the suicide bombings. Fine. We'll see...but the socialism and excecutive orders into immorality are done or currently in the works. so you go eat your cookies and have your abortions, and ill gotten stem cells, and have a nice day. I hope your $500 government check is worth it.


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Posted by Fiona di Rosa
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Nov 12, 2008 at 4:28 pm

Happening, I wish you or someone else who's been parroting the "socialist" silliness would explain to us why it is that Obama is being singled out as a "socialist" for supporting policies that many Republicans -- including McCain, including the current White House gang -- support. Such as the $700 billion bailout of the greedy worms who got us into this economic morass. (The bailout wasn't Obama's idea, remember; the people who came up with the plan are Republicans.) Please explain your definition of the word "socialist" and spell out why it is being so selectively applied.

And please explain why Obama's review of executive orders is any worse than Dick Cheney's when Clinton was leaving office.

And one other thing: It's about this "immorality" silliness. After nearly eight years of a culture of crime and sin that resulted in horrific war carnage, the still-countless dead of New Orleans, environmental devastation, the greed-driven plundering of the economy that has led to the highest unemployment rate in 14 years (and still climbing) and the loss of billions of the people's (as in WE THE PEOPLE) savings and pensions, you're going to accuse Obama of immorality -- before he's even taken office? Twisted, man, twisted.


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Posted by twisted
a resident of another community
on Nov 12, 2008 at 5:31 pm

McCain's economic policy wasn't and isn't any better. Don't worry, I didn't support that guy either.

New Orleans did themselves in. Look how well that welfare state did, dependant on their Government like a bunch of suckers. Additionally you can blame "Sugar" Ray Nagin for that much more than the Feds.

Environmental devastation? Are you out of your mind? China is a toxic wasteland because of their communist human right squashing government. That's the republican's fault? Bush even signed to keep drilling minimized in the US. One of his evil executive orders.

Bush/Cheney may have used the executive order but not to further abortion, fetal stem cell research, or the like.

The war in Iraq was totally justified. History will tell if it was a good decision or not, but we had every right do deal with that situation, and the UN even approved of it with resolution 1441.

As for gitmo..those criminals are not US citizens so tough beans. They get 3 hots and a cot, and a Koran. Which is far more than they deserve.

If people lost their savings then they invested poorly because they were greedy as individuals. The stock market is a gamble. It is not the Government and the responsible people's job to bail them out. Once again McCain is as guilty as the rest. The point is really, cut out the "Change" crap. Obama is the status quo with a good tan and unfortunately poor morals that will degrade the country from the top down.


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Posted by Obama Mama
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Nov 12, 2008 at 5:37 pm

Remember Oklahoma City? Closing the borders wouldn't have stopped that senseless carnage.


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Posted by twisted
a resident of another community
on Nov 12, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Obama Mama, I totally agree with you, and so did the Federal Government, Timothy McVeigh was put to death.

I would like to minimize these events. Part of that effort is to secure the borders and make sure any immigrants enter through a specified port and are checked. I don't want to live in an environment like Israel. I don't want to be bombed by some lunatic while Im eating a slice at round table.

You may note that there have been no attacks on US soil subsequent to 9/11.


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Posted by Big Daddy
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Nov 12, 2008 at 7:37 pm

"You may note that there have been no attacks on US soil subsequent to 9/11." What? No attacks -- with the borders not secure? How can that be?

So much spew, so little logic. I think I smell a troll. And that smells like ... menDAcity.


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Posted by twisted
a resident of another community
on Nov 12, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Big Daddy, first off I don't understand half of what you said. but,

You're right, no attacks since 9/11, and the borders aren't secure. Go visit southern California or Arizona or Texas and see the people coming and going. The point is that if we are going to let up in our "unjust" war we had better be prepared at home. If they aren't busy fighting on their homeland, how long before they bring it to us?


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Posted by Obama Mama
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Nov 13, 2008 at 10:16 am

That's your solution to terrorism? Keep Islamic countries in a state of war so the people will be too busy to come here?

Twisted, you sure are living up to your moniker!


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Posted by Twisted
a resident of another community
on Nov 13, 2008 at 10:28 am

I think we should finish what we start. Not bail out early leaving the country in total disarray. That surely WOULD foster terrorism.


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Posted by Obama Mama
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Nov 13, 2008 at 6:14 pm

I agree with you on that -- in theory.

The occupation of Iraq has been so seriously bungled that it's turned the country into a magnet for terrorist and insurgent groups. Aid, without occupation, is the way to help Iraq help itself.


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Posted by Not my president
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 14, 2008 at 12:19 pm

So will law professors stick to their principles? Will the law professors who want to boycott the San Diego Hyatt also boycott Obama's inauguration, rather than celebrate the election of a President who supports the traditional definition of marriage? Will the law professors party alongside members of the black community who overwhelmingly and decisively voted against gay marriage? Or will the law professors recognize that in a free society people are permitted to differ, and that the proper reaction to speech that offends you is more -- not less -- speech?


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Posted by Questions, questions
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Nov 17, 2008 at 12:00 pm

I'm curious, "Not my president." Do you mean that Bush is not your president? Or that Obama won't be your president come January 20? Or...? Just what does your moniker mean, pray tell?


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Posted by Not my president
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 18, 2008 at 8:04 pm

We didn't nominate Hillary for a reason. Who needed all the stink of the Clinton years scandals, Travelgate, Rental of the Lincoln Bedroom, Stealing furniture from the White House, Perjury, Impeachment.

Now it seems we elected Obama or Clinton-Lite. Who is up for Attorney General, none other than Eric Holder (who would have been Hillary's pick). The lawyer right in the middle of the corrupt Marc Rich amnesty case. Add him to Hillary as Sec State, Emmanuel and Podesta, and Jesus Christ! This qualifies as Clinton-redux, with all the sleeze and moral corruption that implies.

Eric Holder played a leading role in one of the most infamous events of a presidency filled with infamy: the pardon of billionaire fugitive Marc Rich. Morris dubbed candidate Obama's decision to select Holder as one of three people charged with vice-presidential vetting his "first clear, serious mistake."

Rich, of course, was the commodities trader who fled the country in 1983 to escape prosecution for tax evasion, racketeering, and trading with the enemy. Rich's attorneys circumvented normal procedures, took the pardon to the White House attorneys, and gained pardon for their client, whose wife just happened to be a friend and major donor to the Clinton library, the Democratic Party, and Clinton's legal defense fund. A firestorm ensued as did congressional investigations in which Democrats as well as Republicans excoriated the Clintons' conduct.

Most see this as a source of bipartisan outrage. Republicans and Democrats alike were dumbstruck by the Rich pardon. The federal prosecutors who indicted Rich are especially livid, particularly because, by definition, Rich appears to be ineligible for a pardon: He never took responsibility for his actions or served any sentence. The congressional panels were called to investigate the path to Rich's pardon — which, as various documents seem to indicate, did not follow usual channels. In testimony Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. pardon attorney Roger Adams says when the White House sent over Rich's name for pardon consideration — only a few hours before the president was due to leave office — there was never any mention of Rich being a fugitive.

Rep. Henry Waxman declared that it was a "bad precedent, an end run around the judicial process, and appeared to set a double standard for the wealthy and powerful" and that had a Republican president "presided over a pardon process that resembled the chaotic mess that seemingly characterized the final days of the Clinton administration, I would be outraged and would criticize it."

In a Senate hearing Senator Herb Kohl asked Adams how he viewed the affair:

KOHL: And in this case, do you feel good about that pardon?

ADAMS: All I can tell you, Senator, is that this case was clearly not — this was a very unusual situation. The Rich and [Rich partner Pincus] Green case were not handled anything approaching the normal way. I guess I have a parochial interest in seeing that they — I would prefer that things be handled the normal way. But when a president, for whatever reason, decides not to handle things in an orderly — in a way in conformity with the regulations, there's very little that I can do about it.

No less than Maureen Dowd remarked that on this one the Clintons

perverted the legal system and may have traded a constitutional power for personal benefit. … The Clintons ran a cash-and-carry White House. They were either hawking stuff or carting it off.

Holder's role is not in dispute. Without him this travesty would likely not have occurred, as described here:

Mr. Holder, the [Congressional] report says, played a major role, steering Mr. Rich's lawyers toward Jack Quinn, a former White House counsel. Mr. Rich hired Mr. Quinn, whose Washington contacts and ability to lobby the president made the difference, according to the report. It says that Mr. Holder's support for the pardon and his failure to alert prosecutors of a pending pardon were just as crucial. …

The panel criticized Mr. Holder's conduct as unconscionable and cited several problems. It cited his admission last year that he had hoped Mr. Quinn would support his becoming attorney general in a Gore administration.

So to be clear, Holder helped steer the attorney for Rich, a fugitive whose pardon request would likely have been rejected through normal channels due to his status as a fugitive, to the man Holder wanted assistance with in getting his next job. Now there's a man who knows something about conflicts of interest.


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Posted by Rosie
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Nov 20, 2008 at 12:06 pm

I never thought I'd feel nostalgic for the "scandals" of the Clinton years, but your list sure seems like peanuts compared with the crimes, scandals and jaw-dropping incompetence of the Bush years.

If we can survive 8 years of Not My President Dubya, I'm sure you can suck it up and survive President Obama's time in office.


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