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I'm not happy with Obama's performance as President. What I want from the Republican party is to hear how things will be done if their man is in power. I know Obama's fault, I'm well aware of them. Pointing them out is restating the known. What I want is a better picture of the 'unknown' which is what will happen if Romney or Perry is President. Until then its the devil I know.

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A pharmacist who thwarted an attempted armed robbery inside a southwestern Michigan drug store where he was working by shooting his own gun is suing after being fired from his job.

Attorneys for 36-year-old Jeremy Hoven on Wednesday released surveillance footage of the robbery attempt, which happened about 4:30 a.m. May 8 at a Walgreens in Benton Harbor. He sued last month in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, claiming wrongful termination.

A copy of the footage was posted on the website of The Grand Rapids Press.

Deerfield-based drugstore chain Walgreen Co. denies many of Hoven’s claims, including his assertion that he was fired over a company “non-escalation†policy.

Hoven had permit to carry a concealed weapon but apparently didn’t notify his employer he was carrying a gun.



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Democrats Fret Aloud Over Obama’s Chances



Democrats are expressing growing alarm about President Obama’s re-election prospects and, in interviews, are openly acknowledging anxiety about the White House’s ability to strengthen the president’s standing over the next 14 months.


Elected officials and party leaders at all levels said their worries have intensified as the economy has displayed new signs of weakness. They said the likelihood of a highly competitive 2012 race is increasing as the Republican field, once dismissed by many Democrats as too inexperienced and conservative to pose a serious threat, has started narrowing to two leading candidates, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, who have executive experience and messages built around job creation.


And in a campaign cycle in which Democrats had entertained hopes of reversing losses from last year’s midterm elections, some in the party fear that Mr. Obama’s troubles could reverberate down the ballot into Congressional, state and local races.


“In my district, the enthusiasm for him has mostly evaporated,†said Representative Peter A. DeFazio, Democrat of Oregon. “There is tremendous discontent with his direction.â€


The president’s economic address last week offered a measure of solace to discouraged Democrats by employing an assertive and scrappy style that many supporters complain has been absent for the last year as he has struggled to rise above Washington gridlock. Several Democrats suggested that he watch a tape of the jobs speech over and over and use it as a guide until the election.


But a survey of two dozen Democratic officials found a palpable sense of concern that transcended a single week of ups and downs. The conversations signaled a change in mood from only a few months ago, when Democrats widely believed that Mr. Obama’s path to re-election, while challenging, was secure.


“The frustrations are real,†said Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, who was the state chairman of Mr. Obama’s campaign four years ago. “I think we know that there is a Barack Obama that’s deep in there, but he’s got to synchronize it with passion and principles.â€


There is little cause for immediate optimism, with polls showing Mr. Obama at one of the lowest points of his presidency.


His own economic advisers concede that the unemployment rate, currently 9.1 percent, is unlikely to drop substantially over the next year, creating a daunting obstacle to re-election.


Liberals have grown frustrated by some of his actions, like the decision this month to drop tougher air-quality standards.


And polling suggests that the president’s yearlong effort to reclaim the political center has so far yielded little in the way of additional support from the moderates and independents who tend to decide presidential elections.


“The alarms have already gone off in the Democratic grass roots,†said Robert Zimmerman, a member of the Democratic National Committee from New York, who hopes the president’s jobs plan can be a turning point. “If the Obama administration hasn’t heard them, they should check the wiring of their alarm system.â€


At a gathering of the Democratic National Committee in Chicago this weekend, some party leaders sounded upbeat after they toured the Obama campaign headquarters. But others expressed anxiety that Mr. Obama’s accomplishments were not being conveyed loudly enough to ordinary people, that Republican lawmakers were making it impossible for him to get more done, and that Mr. Obama’s conciliatory approach might be translating to some voters as weakness.


“Now that they’re slapping him in the side of the face, he’s coming back,†said William George, a committee member from Pennsylvania. “He needs to start stomping his foot and pounding the desk.†At the White House and at Mr. Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago, officials bristled at the critiques, which they dismissed as familiar intraparty carping and second-guessing that would give way to unity and enthusiasm once the nation is facing a clear choice between the president and the Republican nominee.


Jim Messina, the campaign manager for the president’s re-election, said the criticism was largely a “Washington conversation†that did not match up with the on-the-ground enthusiasm for Mr. Obama among his network of supporters. Yet even without a primary challenger, the campaign purposefully started its effort early to allow concerns from supporters to be aired.


To reassure nervous Democrats, the president’s campaign aides are traveling the country with PowerPoint presentations that spell out Mr. Obama’s path to re-election. Their pitch is that Mr. Obama’s appeal has grown in traditionally Republican states like Arizona, where there are fast-growing Hispanic populations, and that Republicans have alienated independent voters with “extreme†positions on popular programs like Medicare.


“We always knew 2011 was, in part, a conversation with our supporters and a time to tell the story to our base to make sure they understand what he has gotten done,†Mr. Messina said. “Our supporters are reasonable and need to be reminded about the things we’ve done.â€


He added: “No one is calling me up and yelling. They are people saying: ‘How can we get the word out? How do we better talk about it?’ â€


For Mr. Obama’s strongest supporters, his jobs speech on Thursday night to a joint session of Congress seemed to affirm their belief that after a rough patch, the White House had seized the upper hand, however temporarily, in both substantive and political terms.


After ceding much of the debate over the economy to Republicans, they said, Mr. Obama had framed next year’s election as a struggle between a president with a plan for creating jobs and reducing the deficit and a Republican Party that would rather score political points and adhere slavishly to ideological positions than address the needs of Americans.


Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, who attended the speech, described a changed president, no longer so reluctant to be outwardly aggressive. “He seemed liberated for the fight and very confident in his own skin,†Mr. O’Malley said.


But given the risk of voters’ locking in judgments that Mr. Obama’s presidency has failed to address the economy adequately or to deliver on its promise of changing Washington, many Democrats said that both the speech and Mr. Obama’s change in tone had been long overdue.


“He should have given it earlier,†said Representative John D. Dingell of Michigan.


Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio said, “He’s got to engage, make the contrast and occasionally be combative.â€


The president is already embracing the suggestion that he spend more time outside Washington, which emerged as a recurring theme in the interviews with Democrats. He promoted his economic plan in Virginia on Friday and has trips to North Carolina and Ohio on tap this week.


At the Democratic National Committee meeting in Chicago, Mannie Rodriguez, a committee member from Colorado, said Democrats needed to find a new blast of energy — something to remind them of what they felt in 2008 when Mr. Obama was elected on a slogan of hope and change.


“We need to work more on the message,†Mr. Rodriguez said, adding that much of Mr. Obama’s challenge stems from a group of Republicans who “simply say no†to all of his advances. “We have to re-energize people and get them back to the party.â€


In many parts of the country, Democrats are still reeling from the punishing defeat in the 2010 elections, which gave Republicans control of a majority of governor’s seats and legislative chambers. State Democratic leaders are criticizing the White House with candor, fretting aloud about the president’s electoral vulnerability.


“If the election were held today, it would be extremely close here in Florida,†said Jon M. Ausman, a member of the Democratic National Committee from Florida.


Problems for Mr. Obama in Florida, Mr. Ausman said, could trickle down into next year’s Senate race there, where Bill Nelson, a Democrat, faces re-election. “Too many people here have lost their jobs,†Mr. Ausman said.


For all the hand-wringing among Democrats, some party leaders say Mr. Obama has time to reverse his slipping fortunes — but not much.


“I think there’s an uneasy feeling, but it’s a little early for an ulcer to develop,†said Representative Gerald E. Connolly of Virginia. “Obviously, the dark cloud over everything is the economic performance.â€


Mr. DeFazio recalled attending a dozen or so town-hall-style meetings recently in his district, a slice of western Oregon that Mr. Obama carried in 2008 by 11 percentage points. Mr. DeFazio said party loyalists had bluntly said they were reconsidering their support.


“I have one heck of a lot of Democrats saying, ‘I voted for him before, don’t know if I can do it again,’ †he said.



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What the USA has come to be...


Ex-CIA Analyst Ray McGovern Beaten, Arrested for Silent Protest at Clinton Speech


This week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a major address calling for internet freedom around the world. As Clinton condemned the Egyptian and Iranian governments for arresting and beating protesters, former U.S. Army and CIA officer Ray McGovern was violently ejected from the audience and arrested after he stood up and turned his back in a silent protest of America’s foreign policy. Ray McGovern joins us from Washington, D.C...


Watch the video, here: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/2/18/ex_cia_analyst_ray_mcgovern_beaten

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You can just imagine all the governmental dark secrets he's been privy to over the years. I bet he and others thought they were serving their country and saw some of the bullsh*t that we were doing, in many cases purely for economic advantage, and thought 'this isn't right'.


Here's a thought. Many of us on this forum have said America has become a quasi police state and we have lost many of our freedoms. However, have we really been free? Weren't things as bad or worse decades ago? Hoover's FBI for instance. Routinely violated everyone's privacy including those in the highest echelons of government. What abut the red scares of the '30s and '50s? Oaths required of politicians against communism and alleigience to the country? Nixon's domsetic spying and misuse of the IRS to go after his enemies. CIA sanctioned assassinations of heads of state in the '70s.


Were we ever free?

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Maybe in Washington's administration, when the entire federal government would probably fit at the tables at Los Cabos. :hmmm:



p.s. What's wrong with expecting politicians to take an oath of allegiance to the country? (Disregarding the fact that they are really loyal only to their own interests...)


p.p.s. I know the FBI has a file on me. I'm almost afraid to look at it. The FBI investigated all Peace Corps applicants. They asked questions about sexual behaviour, political views and God knows what all. A former colleague who was a PC trainer told me about one group where the feds came to arrest a trainee in Thailand, spiriting him away during the night. The other trainees were all upset demanding to know why they got rid of him, but he wasn't allowed to tell them. In fact, the guy had an outstanding warrant on him for auto theft and driving the stolen vehicle across several states, which made it federal!

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Remembering September 11 ... London style.



<< A small group of Muslims staged a counter-demonstration nearby, holding up placards reading 'Muslims Against Extremism' and 'If You Want Sharia, Move To Saudi'. :up:


Abdul Sallam, 41, who was waving a sign that read 'Keep The Silence', travelled down to London from his home in Glasgow to show the strength of his feelings.


He said: 'I'm a Muslim. What they're doing is bringing shame on all Muslims.This is not part of the teachings of Islam.


'Islam is all about peace, but what they want to do is hate other people.


'Islam teaches you that when you see anything bad or evil, you should speak out against it.


'If the moderate Muslims all came out and spoke out, that would defeat them.


'I am proud to be British. I love my country. All these people are doing is breaking Britain apart.'


Earlier, a group of English Defence League protesters were ordered to move on to accommodate the anti-American demonstration.>>




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