Recent Blogposts from ArleneArmy…
Michael Steele: “”The real question Americans are asking is, ‘What has President Obama actually accomplished?’ It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights. One thing is certain – President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action.”
From SamHenry, Editor
Sundays on CNN that perennial pair of political bookends, Mary Matalin and husband, James Caraville join in the chatter at CNN. They both have been, among other things, strategists for the Republican and Democratic Parties respectively. Matalin’s well-known nickname for Caraville has been “Snake Head.” But for my money, she might wish it gone from the airways and the internet since the old boy is more and more a caricature of his snake-like self with every move of his mouth.
He’s not strong and truthful, he’s snide and cutting. But on more than one occasion he has been downright nasty. Just after the 9/12 Tea Party March on Washington, he sat on a CNN panel waving a poster similar to one carried by a few marchers that suggested that the President should have been buried with the Kennedys. He had no proof of or idea what person or organization made it available. But he went on to query his colleagues, “Did ya see some of those people? Did ya see some of them”? Of course no one would ever pass James Caraville without thinking that he seemed a bit of an odd duck.
This past Sunday, he continued the White House line (he always tows it) of taking out after Glenn Beck. I have said in a previous post that with the White House website giving so much space and time to Beck, they have afforded him star power beyond anything otherwise imaginable. Because Carville is just so ridiculous these days for him to toss Beck under the bus with his distasteful comments was just an exercise in futility if not embarrassment to Ms. Matalin.
“I think he’s nuts, OK?,” the outspoken Democrat said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,”
“Just out-and-out nuts. And I also think that he’s a blatant hypocrite,” Carville said. “Here’s somebody that sits on his show … weeping about how much he loves America and … and then he’s absolutely giddy when his country doesn’t get the Olympics. And this is — I’ll tell you another thing about Glenn Beck. He wouldn’t know the difference between a football, a bat and a hockey court. This guy is not — he’s just all — he’s just all weeping.”
Carville was reacting to earlier comments Sunday on Fox News, where Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina made it clear that he was not a fan of Beck. [CNN.com – political ticker-Beck is ‘out and out nuts,’ Carville says]
Oh, and that bit about Beck being among those who were absolutely “giddy” when the US lost the Olympics? It clearly puts Carville among the White House hirelings who all have mouthed the very same words and on the very same network, CNN. [see VotingFemale Friends Speak! – Presidential Loss Of Olympic Proportion and of Rowan Martin – Moses, Take a Memo.]
Actually, to hear these same key words repeated by two different talking heads on the same network makes me queasy. It also makes me pause to think – is this how low we have gone in this country? We’re so dumb out here in TV land that we have to have things drummed into us? Worse, there is no acceptable way of saying the unacceptable anymore? You just blurt out the unacceptable and laugh about it with your fellows and that makes it OK. But media protocol is a whole other essay or tome!
Snake Head, why wouldn’t Glenn Beck cry? You and your bosses are making him and whole communities across America cry. People voted for an administration and got a wrecking crew. The election is over. You can stop campaigning any day now. You remind me of someone stopping to beat roadkill – pointless. Even were you a snake, you’re not a big beautiful boa or diamondback; you’re a slithering little sidewinder. You’re not cute anymore – except to Mary and the girls – and that’s how it should be.
From SamHenry, Editor
In these United States when we think of vulnerability on the national level, we immediately think of the inadequately monitored borders at Mexico and Canada.
But what about that endless border in Cyberspace? How many guards do we have there? Government oversight of the internet is so convoluted and spread out that it is hard to tell how many cyber cops the nation has.
With offensive measures and immediate responses to attack critical, it is unsettling that, although new departments, divisions and agencies have been created to streamline our defense against cyber crime/terrorism, many feel these initiatives have only added to rather than reduced the bureaucratic layers involved in the process. Obama’s own initiatives in this regard already point to reorganization and continued confusion.
One thing is certain, it is the Executive Branch of the federal government that has the most oversight of the internet throughout several departments — Justice, Homeland Security and the Office of the President – an office that seeks further extend the President’s control over the internet during times of national emergency [he already has authority in this area].
Obama wants a cyber security czar but is dragging his feet in appointing one. Many think the post should be filled as soon as possible. He may wait for the passage of his two “stealth” bills in Congress -Senate bills 773 and 778 or the Cyber Security Act 2009. Will these fly through or will citizens awaken to this and hamper progress?
Pre-2009 Government Cyber Security Initiatives:
President Obama’s White House Initiatives:
Clearly, the Obama Administration has been looking closely at the internet and internet issues since day one. Earlier this year, China moved to require installation of a type of filtering software on all PCs that would let them censor sites on the internet. They backed away from implementation of it beyond schools. The fact that this kind of capability exists has been eye-opening.
It is a well-documented fact that China and Russia spend more money and have more men and materiel devoted to cyberspace. Many of the breaches of our national systems have originated in China. The problem with a democracy with a penchant for bureaucracy is that it is difficult to tell who is responsible – even with initiatives in place to clarify initiatives.
The President perhaps should not be as eager to confirm or enhance his emergency powers over the internet. He should keep his head down. He may just find all of the calls regarding all things internet coming to his office. Who knows, he may have to call India to find out who in his government he can contact for help.