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John Boehner Wigs Out and Calls Obama Lawless For Trying to Close Illegal GITMO Prison


"Obama has tried on a yearly basis to close GITMO, but he has been consistently blocked by Democrats and Republicans in Congress who refuse to provide the funding that is required in order to close the prison and move the prisoners.

Congress stepped up their efforts to keep the secret prison open by passing laws that prohibited President Obama from bringing prisoners to the United States for trial. The fact that many people don’t understand is that it is the Pentagon that makes the final decision on detainee transfer, not Obama. So far, the Pentagon has slowed walked the president’s requests for more detainee transfers.

Republicans in Congress are the main reason why GITMO has remained open. The president is squeezed by a congress that refuses to close the prison, and the Pentagon bureaucracy that is doing whatever it pleases.

Given these obstacles, it is no wonder the president is looking for ways to close GITMO on his own. Boehner’s conclusion that Obama is lawless for trying to uphold the law would be funny if it weren’t so typical of the Republican treatment of this president.


That's what putin's been claiming so of course his supporters regurgitate it.. "Leave Putin Alone"

Silly facts don't matter. Who knew DU would have such homophobic, racist dictator support?

Hunted in Russia

"Hunted in Russia explores the terror that gay people in Russia are calling the "hunting season". This shocking documentary offers unique access to vigilante groups that track down, beat up and humiliate gay men and women. It depicts a country troubled by disturbing homophobic violence and intimidation -- a country in which gay people are treated like animals and hunted for sport."

BtA http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1017&pid=219844

Putin allows racist laser show of Obama swallowing banana and imposes food sanction on the US

Russian MP's Obama with banana picture sparks racism debate

"Irina Rodnina tweeted doctored photo of US leader with fruit – in country where black athletes are taunted with them regularly

The US ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, wrote on Twitter that Rodnina was guilty of "outrageous behaviour, which only brings shame to her parliament and country". A spokesperson for the US embassy quoted Thomas Jefferson in response to the tweet: "Bigotry is the disease of ignorance."

Racism is rife in Russia, and black football players often face racial abuse involving bananas. In 2011, the Brazilian Roberto Carlos, playing for Russian team Anzhi Makhachkala, left the pitch in anger after a banana was thrown at him from the stands. In a separate incident, the club Zenit St Petersburg was fined the equivalent of about £6,300 when a fan offered Carlos a banana before a matchRacism is rife in Russia, and black football players often face racial abuse involving bananas. In 2011, the Brazilian Roberto Carlos, playing .

Rodnina, who lived in the US for many years, deleted the photograph but has not apologised and remains unfazed by accusations of racism. Instead, she suggested that the wave of criticism she prompted from liberal journalists and other Russians was a conspiracy."


Poor Idrina.. "It's a conspiracy". Stay classy racist assholes.

"She's Voting"..

But, if they don't vote then fuck 'em.. they have nothing to whine about then.. they couldn't even get their lazy ol stuck up ass to the polls.

THe Supreme Court and the Environment don't mean shit to these whiners.


I freaking Love that graphic, napkinz.. another classic from you!

I won't even go into how bad unemployment would be if mitt had somehow miraculously oozed in.

Getting Soooo Tired of the Bullshit.. getting Flung

from all directions, she!

Pissing off Republicans! @cspanwj

"The Left and Right Are Both Wrong About Obama’s Bergdahl Prison Swap"


"But the Bergdahl release has resurrected an attack from the anti-Gitmo left, the notion that, if the President can use a signing statement to justify the release of these five prisoners, then he can do so for all of the Gitmo detainees. If the President can “ignore the law” in this case, then why not do the same for the rest of the detainees? MSNBC’s Chris Hayes asked that very question, on behalf of anti-Gitmo activists, on his All In program Monday night, but the premise of that question relies on the same fundamental misunderstanding about signing statements that the right relies on. They’re both asserting that the President is using the signing statement to ignore the law. Here is what President Obama said about using signing statements in 2007, at a Montana town hall campaign event:

When Hayes played that clip last night, he cut it off when Obama said “we’re not going to use signing statements,” but the rest of that sentence is “as a way of doing an end-run around Congress.”

The President’s NDAA signing statement doesn’t do that, it seeks to preserve the will of Congress, with a very narrow, well-defined exception. The test of that exception isn’t settled by the signing statement, it is settled by the U.S. Constitution, and if it is challenged, by the Supreme Court. No one has said that the Bergdahl swap would not withstand such a challenge, but a wholesale release of Gitmo detainees likely would not.


I've been saying the same thing, MrScorpio.. it's one of those things that's claimed by the

profiteering left and repeated enough that it's established by those who don't bother to do their own research.

"Obama ordered the closure of the prison camp as one of his first acts as president, but the Congress overrode him by prohibiting the use of federal funds to transfer detainees."


Mahalo Liberal_Stalwart.. If a lie is repeated often enough they think it's true..

"It was DEREGULATION that led to many legal actions on Wall Street that were formerly illegal. Rampant speculation, overturning of Glass-Stegall, lax oversight over the banks. If there's little illegal activity, then there's nothing to throw folks in jail over."

Mahalo, EarlG.. another Vivek Hallegere Murthy/NRA graphic going around..

Hey, thanks for suppporting our President, Old and In the Way(which I'm sure you are not!)


"There's a different story on the left, where you now find a significant number of critics decrying Obama as, to quote Cornel West, someone who ''posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit.'' They're outraged that Wall Street hasn't been punished, that income inequality remains so high, that ''neoliberal'' economic policies are still in place. All of this seems to rest on the belief that if only Obama had put his eloquence behind a radical economic agenda, he could somehow have gotten that agenda past all the political barriers that have con- strained even his much more modest efforts. It's hard to take such claims seriously."

zappaman http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025644404
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