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viernes, agosto 29, 2014

Obama, Cuba y la Cumbre de las Américas 2015

Debemos anticiparnos a los temas y problemas que serán de actualidad en los próximos tiempos. En este caso, a finales de abril del 2015.
La Cumbre de las Américas es una reunión de jefes de Estado del continente americano que se celebra cada tres o cuatro años, donde participan Estados Unidos, Canadá, y los países de América Latina y el Caribe. La séptima cumbre está pautada para Ciudad de Panamá en abril de 2015.
La primera se celebró en Miami, 1994; la segunda en Santiago, Chile, 1998; la tercera en Quebec, Canadá, 2001; la cuarta en Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2005; la quinta en Puerto España, Trinidad y Tobago, 2009; y la sexta en Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, 2012. Hubo además dos cumbres extraordinarias: una sobre desarrollo sostenible, en Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, 1996, y otra en 2004 en Monterrey, México.
La de Panamá podría ser, sin dudas, la Cumbre de la Discordia. Desde la primera Cumbre de Miami en 1994 quedó definido que participaban en ese evento los países miembros de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA). Posteriormente, tras la aprobación de la Carta Democrática de esa organización, adoptada en Lima, Perú, en 2001, los miembros de la organización se comprometieron a respetar esa Carta y cumplir sus postulados.
No siempre han cumplido, aunque el secretario general de la OEA parece no enterarse. El depuesto presidente Mel Zelaya, de Honduras, la violó reiteradamente pretendiendo establecer el “socialismo del siglo 21” en su empobrecido país; Hugo Chávez la violaba continuamente, y Nicolás Maduro no se queda atrás. Para Evo Morales y Daniel Ortega la carta es paisaje que adorna una pared, nada más. Rafael Correa, más culto que todos los violadores anteriormente mencionados, también la viola, pero de manera más elegante y sofisticada: más que violación parece estupro. Lula da Silva, Dilma Rouseff y Cristina Fernández de Kirchner continuamente bailan samba y tango en los bordes de la Carta Democrática. Los socialistas más respetuosos del estado de Derecho en sus países han sido, hasta ahora, José Mujica, Michelle Bachelet y Mauricio Funes, de Uruguay, Chile y El Salvador respectivamente.
En ninguna de las cumbres celebradas ha participado el gobierno cubano. Cuba no es miembro de la OEA, y mucho menos firmante de una Carta Democrática alérgica para el régimen de los hermanos Castro. Aunque a veces, cínicamente, la dictadura ha firmado declaraciones finales de cumbres iberoamericanas que llaman al multipartidismo y elecciones libres, como hizo Fidel Castro en su momento, o Pactos de la ONU que después no ratifica, como hace Raúl Castro, parece difícil que el régimen se arriesgue a firmar, aunque no la cumpla, una Carta Democrática cuyos principios fundacionales son absolutamente contrarios a la razón de ser de la dictadura cubana.
Sin embargo, nuestros dizque hermanos que gobiernan en América Latina y el Caribe, insisten en invitar a la dictadura cubana a la próxima cumbre. Más preocupados por ser “antiimperialistas” que demócratas, no desean perder tiempo en superficialidades sobre el carácter democrático o dictatorial del gobierno cubano, al que todos admiran, aunque sea en secreto, porque “se enfrenta a los yanquis”. Además, no resulta muy elegante recibir decenas, centenares o miles de médicos cubanos en sus países para ofrecer servicios de salud pública que esos mismos mandatarios son incapaces de garantizar a sus ciudadanos, y después tener la “descortesía” de criticar al régimen de La Habana por violar derechos humanos o no respetar normas democráticas.
Así que el presidente Obama tendrá que tomar una decisión muy clara. Acepta la participación de Raúl Castro en la Cumbre de Panamá o declara sin ambigüedades que Estados Unidos no participaría si invitan a Cuba.
Antecedentes existen. Cuando Ronald Reagan era presidente de Estados Unidos, se planificaba una Cumbre Norte-Sur de jefes de Estado en Cancún, México, para el 22 y 23 de octubre de 1981, a la que el gobierno mexicano quería invitar a Fidel Castro. Reagan fue muy claro, agudo y preciso: si Castro participa, Estados Unidos no asistirá. Punto.
Firmeza. Dureza. Prepotencia imperial. Soberbia. Guapería. Lo que quieran ladrar los sicarios verbales del régimen. Pero Fidel Castro no participó, porque México y Naciones Unidas sabían perfectamente que aquel cónclave, sin Estados Unidos, sería una reunión social para platicar un rato, tomar tequila, y nada más. El entonces presidente de México, José López Portillo, invitó a Fidel Castro a Cozumel, a donde fue en “su” yate “Pájaro Azul”, y tras once horas de conversaciones y “acordar lo que a nuestra amistad corresponde”, como dijo el mandatario mexicano, Castro regresó a La Habana desbarrando de Reagan, del imperio y de todo lo que quiso, tuvo que ver la reunión por televisión y saber de lo que se habló por las agencias de prensa o sus servicios de inteligencia.
Barack Obama tendrá que tomar su decisión: esto no es lo mismo que darle la mano a Raúl Castro en Sudáfrica cuando se cruzó con él en el funeral de Mandela. Esta vez tendría que decir, simplemente, que si se invita a Cuba a la Cumbre de las Américas Estados Unidos no participaría, con lo que tal reunión se degradaría a algo así como un foro más de CELAC. O soportar la humillación para Estados Unidos de sentarse en un cónclave definido para países democráticos en el que estaría participando en la misma mesa nada menos que Raúl Castro.
En manos de Obama está. Veremos si la historia puede absolver al presidente de EEUU en este tema.

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viernes, agosto 08, 2014

Obamas Go on 12-Day Martha's Vineyard Vacation Amid Global Crises

Amid an international ebola health emergency, U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, and the illegal immigration crisis surging on the southern border, President Barack Obama leaves on Saturday for a lavish Martha's Vineyard twelve day vacation at the 8,100-square foot mansion of Democratic Party donor Joanne Hubschman.

The timing of Obama's swank vacation has even the president's supporters worried.
"Even some of Obama's most ardent supporters are questioning the wisdom of this summer's sojourn as war roils Gaza and a wave of families and children are crossing the southwestern US border illegally," reports the Boston Globe.
The White House announced Thursday that Obama will briefly interrupt his vacation by returning to Washington on Sunday, August 17, for a few meetings and then jetting back to the Massachusetts island retreat on August 19 to continue his vacation until August 24th.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said there is no need to worry that Obama is disengaged from the duties of his office because he travels with "an array of communications equipment" that enable him to carry out his presidential duties..
"He travels with an array of communications equipment and national security advisers that will allow him to perform all of the functions that are required of America's commander in chief," said Earnest."
Obama has vacationed at the wealthy Martha's Vineyard retreat every year of his presidency save 2012 when he was busy campaigning for re-election.
The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds Obama hitting a new all-time low approval rating of just 40%.

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The USA stands down in the face of hostile action

but White House: No Change in Obama Vacation or Fundraising Plans


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miércoles, agosto 06, 2014

America's Weakness, Part 2


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Obama's Immigration Executive Actions

By the end of the summer, President Barack Obama will make what some activists and legal experts say could be the "boldest move" of his presidency as he prepares to move without Congress on immigration reform
The coming executive actions to change immigration policy could become the defining moment in a second term marred by congressional gridlock. Amid fierce debate over the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border they also could set up a potential political firestorm just weeks before the crucial midterm elections. Perhaps most importantly, Obama's coming executive actions could also test the limits of presidential power. 
"Depending on how far they go, yes," David Martin, a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law who specializes in immigration law, told Business Insider. "It could be a significant challenge to the scope of presidential power."
The White House has provided few hints on what Obama will do on immigration as a review by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security on his options is still ongoing. The Washington Post has reported, based on readouts of meetings among White House officials, congressional Democrats, and activist groups, that Obama could effectively expand the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA, as it is known, has shielded hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation
According to the Washington Post report, the Obama administration is considering providing "temporary relief for law-abiding undocumented immigrants who are closely related to U.S. citizens or those who have lived in the country a certain number of years." The number of people who could fit under those descriptions might be as high as five million.
"We're asking the president to really go as broad as he can go," Cristina Jimenez, the cofounder and managing director of the group United We Dream, told Business Insider, adding: "He has a chance to make one of the boldest moves he possibly could. It depends on how he wants to be remembered."
United We Dream was one of a few groups that gave up rather early on the idea Congress would pass any sort of legislative reform to the nation's immigration policy. The group stopped lobbying Congress on the issue long before House Speaker John Boehner informed Obama in late June that the House would not take up any immigration-related legislation this year.
Jimenez said United We Dream then made Obama its "primary target," because he has the authority to enforce the law. As most proponents of immigration reform see it, Obama's options for executive actions fit into two categories, as laid out earlier this year by the left-leaning Center for American Progress:
  • "Enforcement reforms" — in which, for example, the administration would choose to place a lower priority on undocumented immigrants who do not have a criminal history or who have extensive community ties.
  • "Affirmative relief" — involves identifying the low-priority individuals and creating a program for them to earn relief from deportation, such as in the case of the DACA program.
During a news conference last week, Obama painted a sharp contrast between himself and congressional Republicans who voted to effectively end the DACA program the same day, saying he would have to "act alone" to solve the border crisis.
"The broader point is that if, in fact, House Republicans are concerned about me acting independently of Congress — despite the fact that I’ve taken fewer executive actions than my Republican predecessor or my Democratic predecessor before that, or the Republican predecessor before that — then the easiest way to solve it is passing legislation. Get things done," Obama said.
Some legal experts, as well as supporters of any potential executive action, think the administration is on solid legal ground to take the steps described in reports — despite the White House's repeated claims earlier this year that its hands were tied. 
Others, like Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the conservative-leaning Center for Immigration Studies, disagree. Krikorian argued that though much smaller versions of the DACA program have been pursued by presidents in the past, they were usually in emergency situations in which the president did not have time to wait for Congress. 
Krikorian said an expansion of the DACA program to as many as five million people could constitute a fundamental change in executive power — from a constitutional system with checks and balances to one that could run on "decree."
"He doesn't give a rat's ass about the Constitution," Krikorian said of Obama.
Krikorian said Obama's executive actions could be a slippery slope for future presidents. One example he gave: A Republican President Chris Christie, for instance, could want to reform the corporate tax code. Facing opposition from Congress, he would decide that his administration would simply not prosecute corporations that don't pay more than 25% in taxes.
However, Ben Winograd, an attorney at the Immigrant and Refugee Appellate Center, rejected Krikorian's analogy. Winograd told Business Insider the federal government always has the discretion to enforce the law as it wishes or sees capable — and does so already, to an extent, in deciding which types of violators of tax laws it wants to go after.
"If the complaint is that, 'Well, so and so isn't following the law as we'd like him to,' then the only remedy for that is political," Winograd said. "You can vote them out at the ballot box, or you can try to bring articles of impeachment. But to say you are violating the law by not enforcing the law to an extent we'd like — I mean, it's a non sequitur. It doesn't make sense."
The key element the administration must follow is adhering to the resources allocated by Congress. The Impoundment Control Act requires the executive branch to spend the money appropriated by Congress toward the purpose designated by Congress.
Congress has appropriated enough funds to deport about 400,000 people a year. The administration deported nearly 370,000 undocumented immigrants last year, according to statistics released by the Department of Homeland Security.
Martin, the Virginia law professor, told Business Insider the administration could theoretically adhere to those guidelines for at least a few years while expanding deferred action. But absent legislative action from Congress, it might be hard to continue on a long-term basis.
"The situation requires faithful execution of appropriation laws," Martin said. "If they drop far below that, then there'd be real legal issues."

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martes, agosto 05, 2014

America’s weakness


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domingo, agosto 03, 2014

Choom Gang Reunites on Golf Course for Obama's Birthday Weekend

Choom Gang

In the 1970s, Barry Obama would shout "Interception!" to them as he took a hit off a joint out of turn. This weekend, he shouts "fore!" with the reunited members of the Choom Gang.

The president spends his birthday weekend like so many other weekends of his presidency: playing golf. Mike Ramos, Bobby Titcomb, and Greg Orme--friends from Obama's high school daze in Hawaii--joined the president for a round on the links at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Saturday morning. The foursome, according to the Associated Press, teed off with another eight players.
The president turns 53 on Monday.
As Israel exchanges fire with Hamas, a crisis continues to envelope the southern border, and the House of Representatives votes to sue the president for overreach, golf outings increasingly wear thin on the public even if they reinvigorate the president. A website dedicated to documenting presidential rounds of golf marks Obama's count as approaching 200. But Obama hardly stands alone among the other leaders to occupy the White House in finding a respite from the demands of office on the fairways.
Far more unique is the president's high school associations, brought together so much by marijuana that they named their group the "Choom Gang" in honor of the intoxicating plant. Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, and Bill Clinton shared a love of golfing. Who among the previous 42 men to hold the office came together with boyhood chums over a shared interest in burning dried hemp plants?
"As a member of the Choom Gang," David Maraniss explains in his presidential biography, "Barry Obama was known for starting a few pot-smoking trends." These included "roof hits," rolling the windows up and inhaling the last trails of smoke remaining in the Volkswagen van, and "total absorption," or "TA" for short. "TA was the opposite of Bill Clinton's claim that as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford he smoked dope but never inhaled," Maraniss tells. In their pot circle, smokers exhaling too soon "were assessed a penalty and your turn was skipped the next time the joint came around." Obama, a critic of football as president, imitated the elements of the game while pursuing his marijuana pastimes with his Punahou School friends. "When a joint was making the rounds," Maraniss explains, "he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted 'Intercepted!,' and took an extra hit."
More than three decades later, a grayer, paunchier Choom Gang reunites to play a sport instead of spark up a joint. And to listen to one Choom Gang gang-banger tell it, the group always centered more around athletics than herb. Mike Ramos maintained in a conversation with the New York Times earlier this year that "we played a lot more basketball than we smoked pot."
And Bill Clinton never inhaled.

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miércoles, julio 30, 2014

The threats to America grow


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sábado, julio 19, 2014

Amid Multiple Crises, Obama to Spend Weekend at Camp David

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Obama will be spending this week on vacation at Camp David – this photo is from a previous Camp David vacation, where he is seen engaging in a water gun ...

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is foregoing his usual round of weekend golf at a Washington suburban military base. Instead, he and his family are choosing what is for them a rare woodland getaway: a weekend at the presidential mountaintop retreat of Camp David.

The family was leaving Friday for the isolated and heavily guarded hideaway in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains. The White House said the family weekend had already been planned and that he would return to the White House on Sunday.
The escape from the White House caps a fierce week of foreign policy eruptions, highlighted by a downed commercial jet liner over Ukraine and Israel's ground offensive into Gaza, as well as maneuvers over how to address a surge of Central American migrants at the U.S. border.
Camp David is an unusual destination for Obama. His last visit was Aug. 3-4 of 2013, almost a year ago, when he celebrated his 52nd birthday.
The trip will be his 33rd visit to Camp David, according to CBS News White House reporter Mark Knoller, the unofficial but meticulous chronicler of presidential outings. Obama went to Camp David only three times in 2013.
About 1,800 feet above sea level and about 70 miles from the White House, the camp occupies at least 125 acres, is protected by Marines and, though nestled in the Catoctin Mountains, it is part of the Navy's budget. A short drive from the town of Thurmont in northern Maryland, the compound is not marked by road signs and is ringed by imposing security fences.
On the grounds, presidents and their guests can enjoy an abbreviated game of golf, play tennis, bowl, swim in the heated pool, even shoot skeet.
Obama hosted the leaders of the Group of Eight industrial nations at Camp David in 2012. It was the largest gathering of foreign leaders ever to assemble there.
Camp David has been a weekend presidential refuge since 1942, when Franklin D. Roosevelt decided he wanted to flee Washington's muggy summers and still stay close to the capital during wartime. Roosevelt named it "Shangri-la," the fictional valley in James Hilton's 1933 novel "Lost Horizon."
President Dwight D. Eisenhower renamed the retreat after his grandson David. It also retains its official pedestrian name: Naval Support Facility Thurmont.

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martes, julio 15, 2014

A border war in the media


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Eric Holder Gets Serious About Limiting Speech

Mary Greeley

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sábado, julio 12, 2014

With Immigration, Obama Lets a Crisis Go to Waste

Whatever happened to the Obama administration’s guiding principle never to let a serious crisis go to waste?

Ex-White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel pronounced this shockingly brazen political principle before a group of Wall Street executives in November 2008.
He said this even before President Obama took office. It was after that historic election, a time when the president was riding high on a wave of good will and political euphoria that few American politicians have ever enjoyed. It was also a time when the president’s party controlled both chambers of Congress and could have approved just about any agenda the White House could dream up.
Mr. Emanuel was, at the time, speaking about the financial crisis that was savaging the stock market, straining unemployment rolls and simultaneously spiking both foreclosed homes and homelessness across the country.
“Things that we had postponed for too long, that were long-term, are now immediate and must be dealt with,” Mr. Emanuel elaborated. “This crisis provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not do before.”
Machiavellian? Sure. But, boy, did that crew talk a big game back then. It really sounded like they knew what they were talking about.
And he struck a bipartisan chord back then that sounds laughable today, knowing now how utterly hollow those words would turn out to be.
“The good news, I suppose, if you want to see a silver lining, is that the problems are big enough that they lend themselves to ideas from both parties for the solution,” Mr. Emanuel cooed.
You mean like, say, Obamacare? The single biggest, most strictly partisan government program ever created? These people have taken partisanship to its nastiest level in more than 80 years. Heck, Mr. Obama has turned partisanship against even his own party. When he doesn’t get his way, he goes around even fellow Democrats in Congress with his unconstitutional gambits.
So what did Mr. Emanuel’s “serious crisis” unwasted get us?
National debt exploded 70 percent to a staggering $17 trillion. Unemployment went from 6.8 percent up to 10 percent where it hovered for about a year and a half and is finally back down now to 6.1 percent. Today, a record 92 million Americans are no longer in the workforce, a rate of hopeless indolence not seen in the USA since Jimmy Carter was president.
Maybe America would have been better off if they had just decided to waste that serious crisis.
Now Mr. Obama faces another “serious crisis.” This one almost entirely of his own making.
Tens of thousands of children wandering the desert alone or shepherded by the modern equivalent of slave traders across the U.S.-Mexico border. Untold numbers have died, been raped and murdered.
All because Mr. Obama has promised to make them free Americans if they just touch our blessed borders — or at least that is the message the president conveys to these children and their families.
One little boy told a reporter through an interpreter: “He’s helping us. He signed papers and said all Guatemalans who come to the United States can stay. He’s helping us.”
Just look at the facts. Enforcement of immigration laws is a joke in the United States and everybody in South and Central America knows it. Then, Mr. Obama himself unilaterally granted amnesty to children in the U.S. illegally.
How does he now claim to be surprised by the humanitarian crisis of children flooding the border? What did he think would happen?
If ever there were a serious crisis not to let “go to waste,” it is this one now.
The president could finally get serious about enforcing immigration laws on businesses that hire illegals. He could begin real deportations. And he could send the starkest message yet by returning the children streaming across the border to their families back home.
Instead, the president keeps harping about “comprehensive immigration reform,” which is politicalese for refusing to enforce border laws until a widespread amnesty process is approved for all illegals. Of course, this is precisely why we have the humanitarian crisis on the border in the first place.
Mr. Obama plans to travel to Texas this week to attend political fundraisers. Astonishingly, the White House says that while is he collecting political campaign cash, he has no plans to visit the border.
Indeed, a serious crisis wasted by a president who apparently does not care.

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jueves, julio 10, 2014

Rick Perry on his meeting with President Obama


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The president stays north of the border


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miércoles, julio 02, 2014

Chief White House Calligrapher Paid $97,692 Salary

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U.S. taxpayers paid $37.8 million in salaries for President Obama's 456 White House employees, according to a newly released administration report.

With a median individual salary of $70,700 per year, White House workers make well above the median household income of just $51,017.
Salaries ranged from $172,200 to $42,000. President Obama's 22 senior administration officials, such as Valerie Jarrett and John Podesta, all bagged the top end of the salary scale. Others, like Chief Calligrapher Patricia A. Blair, cost taxpayers $97,692. Calligrapher Debra S. Brown receives a $86,812 salary.
Obama, who was not included in the list, earns $400,000. a year. 
The White House said it was releasing how much money U.S. taxpayers pay for Obama's staff in order to remain "consistent with President Obama's commitment to transparency."

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President Obama and illegal immigration


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jueves, junio 26, 2014

O'Reilly: Subverting American democracy


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Supreme Court limits president's recess appointment power

The Supreme Court delivered a blow Thursday to President Obama, ruling that he went too far in making recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. 
In a unanimous decision, the high court sided with Senate Republicans and limited the president's power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments. It was the first-ever Supreme Court test involving the long-standing practice of presidents naming appointees when the Senate is on break. 
In this case, Obama had argued that the Senate was on an extended holiday break when he filled slots at the NLRB in 2012. He argued the brief sessions it held every three days were a sham that was intended to prevent him from filling the seats. 
The justices rejected that argument, though, declaring the Senate was not actually in a formal recess when Obama acted during that three-day window. 
Justice Stephen Breyer said in his majority opinion that a congressional break has to last at least 10 days to be considered a recess under the Constitution. 
"Three days is too short a time to bring a recess within the scope of the Clause. Thus we conclude that the President lacked the power to make the recess appointments here at issue," Breyer wrote. 
At the same time, the court upheld the general authority of the president to make recess appointments. 
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, among those who criticized the president for unilaterally filling the NLRB slots, applauded the high court decision on Thursday. 
"The president made an unprecedented power grab by placing political allies at a powerful federal agency while the Senate was meeting regularly and without even bothering to wait for its advice and consent," he said in a statement. "A unanimous Supreme Court has rejected this brazen power-grab." 
On a separate track, House Speaker John Boehner said a day earlier he plans to proceed with a lawsuit against the president over his alleged abuse of executive power. 
Reacting to the Supreme Court decision on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the administration is "deeply disappointed" in the ruling. He said that while the administration disagrees with the decision, it will honor it. 
The issue of recess appointments receded in importance after the Senate's Democratic majority changed the rules to make it harder for Republicans to block confirmation of most Obama appointees. 
But the ruling's impact may be keenly felt by the White House next year if Republicans capture control of the Senate in the November election. The potential importance of the ruling lies in the Senate's ability to block the confirmation of judges and the leaders of independent agencies like the NLRB. A federal law gives the president the power to appoint acting heads of Cabinet-level departments to keep the government running. 
Still, the outcome could have been worse for the administration. The justices, by a 5-4 vote, rejected a sweeping lower court ruling against the administration that would have made it virtually impossible for any future president to make recess appointments. 
The lower court held that the only recess recognized by the Constitution is the once-a-year break between sessions of Congress. It also said that only vacancies that arise in that recess could be filled. So the high court has left open the possibility that a president, with a compliant Congress, could make recess appointments in the future.  
The case decided Thursday arose out of a dispute between the NLRB and a Pepsi-Cola distributor, Noel Canning. The NLRB had ruled against him in a labor dispute, but Canning argued that three of the five board members were improperly appointed. 
A recess appointment can last no more than two years. Recess appointees who subsequently won Senate confirmation include Chief Justice Earl Warren and Justice William Brennan, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, two current NLRB members and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray. Former UN Ambassador John Bolton is among recess appointees who left office because they could not win a Senate vote. 
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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miércoles, junio 25, 2014

Boehner Confirms Lawsuit Against Obama for Executive Actions

House Speaker John Boehner will file a lawsuit against the Obama administration for its use of executive actions to change laws, he formally announced Wednesday.
"I believe the President is not faithfully executing the laws of our country, and on behalf of the institution and our constitution standing up and fighting for this is in the best long term interest of the Congress," he said.

Boehner would not say which executive action the lawsuit would target specifically.
The specifics and mechanics of the suit have yet to be worked out, but Boehner could enlist an organization called the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) to carry it out.
Because that body is controlled by the Speaker, the Majority Leader, the Majority Whip, the Minority Leader and the Minority Whip, Republicans could order the lawsuit to go ahead even if Democrats objected.
The speaker insisted Wednesday that the lawsuit does not amount to an effort to impeach the president.
"This is not about impeachment, this is about his faithfully executing the laws of our country," Boehner said.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Wednesday said he is confident the president has operated well within the confines of the law and that Republicans have brought the suit simply because they disagree with Obama's policies.
"This lawsuit is not going to consume the attention of the White House," Earnest said.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Wednesday called the lawsuit "subterfuge."
"They're doing nothing here and so they have to give some aura of activity," she said.

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martes, junio 24, 2014

Barack Obama mistaken for England footballer on mug

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"Hablame"

"EN TIEMPOS DIFÍCILES" - Heberto Padilla

A aquel hombre le pidieron su tiempo

para que lo juntara al tiempo de la Historia.

Le pidieron las manos,

porque para una época difícil

nada hay mejor que un par de buenas manos.

Le pidieron los ojos

que alguna vez tuvieron lágrimas

para que contemplara el lado claro

(especialmente el lado claro de la vida)

porque para el horror basta un ojo de asombro.

Le pidieron sus labios

resecos y cuarteados para afirmar,

para erigir, con cada afirmación, un sueño

(el-alto-sueño);

le pidieron las piernas

duras y nudosas

(sus viejas piernas andariegas),

porque en tiempos difíciles

¿algo hay mejor que un par de piernas

para la construcción o la trinchera?

Le pidieron el bosque que lo nutrió de niño,

con su árbol obediente.

Le pidieron el pecho, el corazón, los hombros.

Le dijeron

que eso era estrictamente necesario.

Le explicaron después

que toda esta donación resultaria inútil.

sin entregar la lengua,

porque en tiempos difíciles

nada es tan útil para atajar el odio o la mentira.

Y finalmente le rogaron

que, por favor, echase a andar,

porque en tiempos difíciles

esta es, sin duda, la prueba decisiva.

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Carta desde la carcel de Fidel Castro Ruz

“…después de todo, para mí la cárcel es un buen descanso, que sólo tiene de malo el que es obligatorio. Leo mucho y estudio mucho. Parece increíble, las horas pasan como si fuesen minutos y yo, que soy de temperamento intranquilo, me paso el día leyendo, apenas sin moverme para nada. La correspondencia llega normalmente…”

“…Como soy cocinero, de vez en cuando me entretengo preparando algún pisto. Hace poco me mandó mi hermana desde Oriente un pequeño jamón y preparé un bisté con jalea de guayaba. También preparo spaghettis de vez en cuando, de distintas formas, inventadas todas por mí; o bien tortilla de queso. ¡Ah! ¡Qué bien me quedan! por supuesto, que el repertorio no se queda ahí. Cuelo también café que me queda muy sabroso”.
“…En cuanto a fumar, en estos días pasados he estado rico: una caja de tabacos H. Upman del doctor Miró Cardona, dos cajas muy buenas de mi hermano Ramón….”.
“Me voy a cenar: spaghettis con calamares, bombones italianos de postre, café acabadito de colar y después un H. Upman #4. ¿No me envidias?”.
“…Me cuidan, me cuidan un poquito entre todos. No le hacen caso a uno, siempre estoy peleando para que no me manden nada. Cuando cojo el sol por la mañana en shorts y siento el aire de mar, me parece que estoy en una playa… ¡Me van a hacer creer que estoy de vacaciones! ¿Qué diría Carlos Marx de semejantes revolucionarios?”.
¨La patria es dicha de todos, y dolor de todos, y cielo para todos, y no feudo ni capellaní­a de nadie¨ - Marti

"No temas ni a la prision, ni a la pobreza, ni a la muerte. Teme al miedo"
-
Giacomo Leopardi

¨Por eso es muy importante, Vicky, hijo mío, que recuerdes siempre para qué sirve la cabeza: para atravesar paredes¨Halvar de Flake [El vikingo]

"Como no me he preocupado de nacer, no me preocupo de morir" - Lorca

"Al final, no os preguntarán qué habéis sabido, sino qué habéis hecho" - Jean de Gerson

"Si queremos que todo siga como está, es necesario que todo cambie" - Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

"Todo hombre paga su grandeza con muchas pequeñeces, su victoria con muchas derrotas, su riqueza con múltiples quiebras" - Giovanni Papini


"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans" - John Lennon

"Habla bajo, lleva siempre un gran palo y llegarás lejos" - Proverbio Africano

"No hay medicina para el miedo" - Proverbio escoces

"El supremo arte de la guerra es doblegar al enemigo sin luchar"
- Sun Tzu

"You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother" - Albert Einstein

"It is inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office" - H. L. Menken

"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented" - Elie Wiesel

"Stay hungry, stay foolish" -
Steve Jobs

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert , in five years ther'ed be a shortage of sand" - Milton Friedman

"The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less" - Vaclav Havel

"No se puede controlar el resultado, pero si lo que uno haga para alcanzarlo" -
Vitor Belfort [MMA Fighter]

Liborio

Liborio
A la puerta de la gloria está San Pedro sentado y ve llegar a su lado a un hombre de cierta historia. No consigue hacer memoria y le pregunta con celo: ¿Quién eras allá en el suelo? Era Liborio mi nombre. Has sufrido mucho, hombre, entra, te has ganado el cielo.

Para Raul Castro

Cuba ocupa el penultimo lugar en el mundo en libertad economica solo superada por Corea del Norte.

Cuba ocupa el lugar 147 entre 153 paises evaluados en "Democracia, Mercado y Transparencia 2007"

Cuando vinieron

Cuando vinieron a buscar a los comunistas, Callé: yo no soy comunista.
Cuando vinieron a buscar a los sindicalistas, Callé: yo no soy sindicalista.
Cuando vinieron a buscar a los judíos, Callé: yo no soy judío. Cuando vinieron a buscar a los católicos, Callé: yo no soy “tan católico”.
Cuando vinieron a buscarme a mí, Callé: no había quien me escuchara.

Reverendo Martin Niemöller

Martha Colmenares

Martha Colmenares
Un sitio donde los hechos y sus huellas nos conmueven o cautivan

CUBA LLORA Y EL MUNDO Y NOSOTROS NO ESCUCHAMOS

Donde esta el Mundo, donde los Democratas, donde los Liberales? El pueblo de Cuba llora y nadie escucha.
Donde estan los Green, los Socialdemocratas, los Ricos y los Pobres, los Con Voz y Sin Voz? Cuba llora y nadie escucha.
Donde estan el Jet Set, los Reyes y Principes, Patricios y Plebeyos? Cuba desesperada clama por solidaridad.
Donde Bob Dylan, donde Martin Luther King, donde Hollywood y sus estrellas? Donde la Middle Class democrata y conservadora, o acaso tambien liberal a ratos? Y Gandhi? Y el Dios de Todos?
Donde los Santos y Virgenes; los Dioses de Cristianos, Protestantes, Musulmanes, Budistas, Testigos de Jehova y Adventistas del Septimo Dia. Donde estan Ochun y todas las deidades del Panteon Yoruba que no acuden a nuestro llanto? Donde Juan Pablo II que no exige mas que Cuba se abra al Mundo y que el Mundo se abra a Cuba?
Que hacen ahora mismo Alberto de Monaco y el Principe Felipe que no los escuchamos? Donde Madonna, donde Angelina Jolie y sus adoptados around de world; o nos hara falta un Brando erguido en un Oscar por Cuba? Donde Sean Penn?
Donde esta la Aristocracia Obrera y los Obreros menos Aristocraticos, donde los Working Class que no estan junto a un pueblo que lanquidece, sufre y llora por la ignominia?
Que hacen ahora mismo Zapatero y Rajoy que no los escuchamos, y Harper y Dion, e Hillary y Obama; donde McCain que no los escuchamos? Y los muertos? Y los que estan muriendo? Y los que van a morir? Y los que se lanzan desesperados al mar?
Donde estan el minero cantabrico o el pescador de percebes gijonese? Los Canarios donde estan? A los africanos no los oimos, y a los australianos con su acento de hombres duros tampoco. Y aquellos chinos milenarios de Canton que fundaron raices eternas en la Isla? Y que de la Queen Elizabeth y los Lords y Gentlemen? Que hace ahora mismo el combativo Principe Harry que no lo escuchamos?
Donde los Rockefellers? Donde los Duponts? Donde Kate Moss? Donde el Presidente de la ONU? Y Solana donde esta? Y los Generales y Doctores? Y los Lam y los Fabelo, y los Sivio y los Fito Paez?
Y que de Canseco y Miñoso? Y de los veteranos de Bahia de Cochinos y de los balseros y de los recien llegados? Y Carlos Otero y Susana Perez? Y el Bola, y Pancho Cespedes? Y YO y TU?
Y todos nosotros que estamos aqui y alla rumiando frustaciones y resquemores, envidias y sinsabores; autoelogios y nostalgias, en tanto Louis Michel comulga con Perez Roque mientras Biscet y una NACION lanquidecen?
Donde Maceo, donde Marti; donde aquel Villena con su carga para matar bribones?
Cuba llora y clama y el Mundo NO ESCUCHA!!!

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