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Chicago Booted From Olympic Running

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 3rd, 2009 4:44 am by HL

Chicago Booted From Olympic Running
The 2016 Summer Olympics will not find their home in the Windy City: Chicago was eliminated Friday in the competition to host the Games and the honor was given to Rio de Janeiro, marking the first time the Olympics will take place in South America. Reuters: COPENHAGEN, Oct 2 – Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympics after winning a landslide victory over Madrid in the final round of voting among International Olympic Committee members on Friday. … In the final round of voting, Rio polled 66 votes to 32 for Madrid. … In an astonishing start to the voting, Chicago, the odds-on favourite, went out in the first round, despite receiving unprecedented support from United States President Barack Obama and the first lady. Obama had become the first sitting U.S. president to address an IOC session. Read more READ THE WHOLE ITEM

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The 2016 Summer Olympics will not find their home in the Windy City: Chicago was eliminated Friday in the competition to host the Games and the honor was given to Rio de Janeiro, marking the first time the Olympics will take place in South America.

Reuters:

COPENHAGEN, Oct 2 – Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympics after winning a landslide victory over Madrid in the final round of voting among International Olympic Committee members on Friday.

… In the final round of voting, Rio polled 66 votes to 32 for Madrid.

… In an astonishing start to the voting, Chicago, the odds-on favourite, went out in the first round, despite receiving unprecedented support from United States President Barack Obama and the first lady.

Obama had become the first sitting U.S. president to address an IOC session.

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Guy T. Saperstein: Obama Blows the Olympics

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 3rd, 2009 4:43 am by HL

Guy T. Saperstein: Obama Blows the Olympics
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Fox News attack machine smears Chicago as a violent city unsuitable for Olympics

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 3rd, 2009 4:42 am by HL

Fox News attack machine smears Chicago as a violent city unsuitable for Olympics

Led by Fox News, the conservative media have opened a new front from which to attack President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama’s support of Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics: smearing the city as unfit to host the Olympic Games, often by citing individual instances of violence. For example, Sean Hannity, after citing a recent murder and an assault, asked whether Chicago is “a city where we want the Olympics,” and Glenn Beck said, “Chicago is good at … organized Mafi — oops, did I say that out loud?”

Conservatives attack Chicago as unworthy of Olympic bid

Beck: “Chicago is good at … organized Mafi — oops, did I say that out loud?” On his October 1 show, Beck listed a number of ways in which, he claimed, “corrupt politicians” have “humiliated” Chicagoans, and suggested that residents are against the Olympic bid. Beck then said: “It’s a tough choice, what should we do? What should we do? Well, in the America that I grew up in, we would use logic. The way the IOC normally does it is to select the city which presents the superior plan. OK, that makes sense. All right, does the best job in organizing. Oh, Chicago is good at community organizing, and organized labor, and organized Mafi– oops. Did I say that out loud?” [Glenn Beck, 10/1/09]

Hannity: “Is this a city where we want the Olympics taking place?” On his October 1 Fox News show, Hannity said, “[E]arly this morning a 14-year-old boy was chased down a Chicago street and beaten with a pipe. … This event occurs on the heels of the murder of Derrion Albert, the 16-year-old honor student who was beaten to death in a gang fight, and at the same time the president is lobbying to bring the Olympics to Chicago, which begs the question: Is this a city where we want the Olympics taking place?”

S.E. Cupp: “If I’m Rio, I’m not really worried.” Also discussing the potential of Chicago hosting the Olympic games, Fox News contributor S.E. Cupp said on Hannity, “Have you have you been to Rio? I have. It’s awesome. If I’m Rio, I’m not really worried.” Later, in response to Fox News contributor Kimberly Guilfoyle’s assertion that Chicago has “pressing problems” such as “lawlessness, violence on the street, innocent bystanders being killed, children beaten and unable to go to schools,” Cupp said, “Yes, yes. I mean, who wants the Olympics in their backyard? Really, nobody. It’s a circus.”

Drudge headline: “OLYMPIC SPIRIT: VIDEO SHOWS BRUTAL GANG MURDER IN CHICAGO.” On September 29, the Drudge Report linked to an article about the teenager who was beaten and murdered in Chicago under the following headline:

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Malkin on teen murder in Chicago: “Flying to Copenhagen isn’t helping.” On September 28, blogger Michelle Malkin posted video of the teenager being beaten to death and wrote: “Community organizing has not stopped Chicago’s teen violence epidemic. The Olympics will not solve this long-festering problem, either.” Malkin also wrote, regarding the “out-of-control violence” in Chicago: “Flying to Copenhagen isn’t helping.”

Fox News attacks Obama’s efforts to promote U.S. Olympic bid

Fox News criticizes Obama’s purported misplaced “priorities,” spotlight-seeking, as well as carbon footprint of trip. In recent days, Fox News hosts, contributors, and guests have used Obama’s promotion of the Olympics bid as an excuse to attack him, while Malkin has devoted several posts on her website to an “Olympics Crony Watch” or “the Obamas’ Chicago Crony Olympics bid.” Attacks on Obama’s efforts include Hannity saying that “it sounds” like Obama “is more concerned about bringing the Olympics to Chicago than winning the war in Afghanistan,” Brent Bozell claiming Obama’s trip to Copenhagen to promote the Chicago bid “is evidence that this man just cannot stay away from the klieg lights,” and Bret Baier invoking the “carbon footprint” of Obama’s trip to Copenhagen to smear the president.

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From the October 1 edition of Fox News’ Hannity:

HANNITY: Now, early this morning a 14-year-old boy was chased down a Chicago street and beaten with a pipe. Now, his injuries sent him to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition. Now, this event occurs on the heels of the murder of Derrion Albert, the 16-year-old honor student who was beaten to death in a gang fight, and at the same time the president is lobbying to bring the Olympics to Chicago, which begs the question: Is this a city where we want the Olympics taking place?

[…]

CUPP: There’s something going on here. I don’t know if there was an arrangement made with the IOC, I don’t know. Michelle Malkin’s piece was very illuminating, I thought. But on the other hand? Have you have you been to Rio? I have. It’s awesome. If I’m Rio, I’m not really worried. I mean, I don’t know — there’s conflicting stuff going on here. I’ll be surprised.

HANNITY: They have a national holiday on the day of the announcement. So they’re fighting back.

CUPP: Well, Rio’s awesome. No offense to Chicago. I love a good Cubs game.

GUILFOYLE: Everybody loves Rio.

CUPP: But Rio is awesome.

GUILFOYLE: That’s what the White House is going to say, blame it on Rio, are you shocked? You know?

[crosstalk]

HANNITY: Half of Chicago doesn’t want it — 47-45 — Chicago does not want this. They don’t.

CUPP: That’s right.

GUILFOYLE: Well, they have a lot of other, more pressing problems that they need to deal with right now like the story you just discussed. They have lawlessness, violence on the street, innocent bystanders being killed, children beaten and unable to go to schools. You know, that’s where President Obama came from, but right now he’s president of the United States, not mayor of Chicago. Focus.

CUPP: Yes, yes. I mean, who wants the Olympics in their backyard? Really, nobody. It’s a circus.


Flouting Lobbying Ban, Ensign Helped Hampton Clients: Report

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 3rd, 2009 4:41 am by HL

Flouting Lobbying Ban, Ensign Helped Hampton Clients: Report
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Wall Street’s next scam

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 3rd, 2009 4:38 am by HL

Wall Street’s next scam
Photo by Vincente   Excerpt: As the debris from the explosion of the sub prime mortgage bubble is still settling, the same Wall Street wizards that brought us that disaster are concocting a new exotic financial scheme to recoup their losses. This one involves life insurance policies and now the bailed-out banks are using American’s tax dollars to […]


What’s Really Behind Conservative Pundit George Will’s Call for Total Withdrawal From Afghanistan?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 3rd, 2009 4:37 am by HL

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 3rd, 2009 4:36 am by HL

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DeMint Defiantly Leads GOP Delegation To Meet With Illegitimate Honduran Post-Coup Government

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 3rd, 2009 4:35 am by HL

DeMint Defiantly Leads GOP Delegation To Meet With Illegitimate Honduran Post-Coup Government
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) has announced that he will be visiting Honduras today to meet with the de facto regime of acting Honduran President Roberto Micheletti in sheer defiance of the position taken by the US government and international community. Not a single nation has recognized Micheletti’s government, but Washington Note’s Steve Clemons explains […]

demint-confused-723-full-cropped-proto-custom_2Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) has announced that he will be visiting Honduras today to meet with the de facto regime of acting Honduran President Roberto Micheletti in sheer defiance of the position taken by the US government and international community. Not a single nation has recognized Micheletti’s government, but Washington Note’s Steve Clemons explains that DeMint is intent on taking Honduran matters into his own hands:

Jim DeMint is acting on behalf of, in cahoots with, and against the foreign policy of the United States of America in encouraging post-coup Honduran government officials defy the United States. He is encouraging a political leadership which has no legitimacy and which not recognized by other democracies in the region — while the ousted President makes cell phone UN General Assembly statements from a couch-bed in the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa.

The Logan Act forbids “unauthorized citizens” from negotiating with foreign governments. In a 1936 Supreme Court ruling, Justice Sutherland wrote that “the President alone has the power” and “the Senate cannot intrude, and Congress itself is powerless to invade it.”

Since former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was seized by the military at gunpoint and exiled in his pajamas back in June, the Obama administration — together with the United Nations, European Nations, and the Organization of American States — has collectively addressed the delicate political situation in Honduras by putting pressure on Micheletti’s government to reach a peaceful and democratic solution. So far, the US has cut all non-humanitarian aid to the de facto government and revoked the visas of all civilian and military officials who backed the June 28 coup. The Obama administration is also making a deliberate effort to repair critical relations with Latin America by reversing Washington’s “historic tendency” of welcoming and backing coups waged against democratically-elected leaders, such as Zelaya, who are critical of the U.S.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) attempted to block approval of DeMint’s self-described “fact-finding trip,” citing the defiant role DeMint has taken in attempting to alter US policy on Honduras by brazenly blocking the confirmations of Arturo Valenzuela, Obama’s nominee to be assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, and Thomas A. Shannon Jr., the nominee to be ambassador to Brazil. However, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) interfered and appealed to the Defense Department to provide an airplane for DeMint and his delegation, which the Pentagon allowed. DeMint will be joined by US Reps. Aaron Schock (R-IL), Peter Roskam (R-IL), and Doug Lamborn (R-CO). Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) will be visiting Honduras on Monday. Ros-Lehtinen and the congressmen plan on meeting with Micheletti, members of the Honduran Supreme Court, election officials, and Honduran business and civic leaders. However, they are snubbing Zelaya who recently returned to Honduras and took refuge in the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa.

Perhaps the public relations firm Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates — which Micheletti’s regime hired to “bolster its image in Washington” — helped convince DeMint to overlook the fact that Micheletti has suspended constitutional guarantees to civil liberties, including freedom of assembly and freedom of the press. Meanwhile, the U.N. Human Rights Council has unanimously called for an immediate end to all human rights violations in Honduras on behalf of the de facto government.


For Obama, No Payoff From Gamble of a Personal Pitch

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 3rd, 2009 4:33 am by HL

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Why Isn’t Obama More Decisive, Forceful?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 3rd, 2009 4:30 am by HL

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