From January 4, 2009, that's "Debutante Barack."
Even from the start, Barack chose not to show restraint (or taste). Although we on the left had slammed Bush for his big White House bash in January 2005, noting there was a war, that didn't stop Barack either. Or whores like Amy Goodman who even auctioned off ball tickets to raise money for her CIA-friendly show.
Barack was the gift that kept giving. Those who stood with him were whores and government assests.
With the political campaign about to heat up in July (if not June), I probably need to figure out how I'm going to draw Romney. I haven't even thought about it or followed him. I'll have to get a sense of him before I can put him in a comic.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
A group participated in decion making yesterday in Sulaymaniyah Province (KRG). Al Rafidayn reports that KRG President Massoud Barzani met with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Speaker of Iraq's Parliament Osama al-Nujaifi, Moqtada al-Sadr, Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq (who represents the National Dialogue which is a part of the Iraqiya political slate), Iraqiya head Ayad Allawi and others and it was decided that a no-confidence vote would be taken on Nouri if 164 MPs would sign on. Kitabat notes Moqtada is stating he can get the signatures. Middle East Online quotes him stating online, "I promised my partners that if they got 124 votes, I will complete the 164 votes."
Deeply alarmed is Ammar al-Hakim who insists to Alsumaria that he was not part of the meet-up.
Dar Addustour reports that al-Nujaifi is said to be ready to call an emergency session of Parliament to vote on the issue of Nouri. They also note US Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffries continues to try to shore up support for Nouri among the National Alliance and that he met with Ibrahim al-Jaafari. Karim Abdzaair (Al-Monitor) notes, "The National Iraqi Alliance responded to anti-Maliki political activities by sending their president, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, to meet with US ambassador in Iraq James Jeffrey to discuss the political crisis in Iraq. Khadr Khuzai, a member of the National Iraqi Alliance's presidential council and another pole within the Alliance, met with UN representative in Iraq Martin Cooper to discuss the crisis. These were the first two meetings that the Iraqi National Alliance held with US and UN representatives after the Alliance explicitly rejected internationalizing the crisis, one which it considers to be purely internal."
As Al Sabaah notes, Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi's trial is supposed to start today. Alsumaria reports the judges has refused the defense's request for testimony from President Jalal Talabani. AFP explains:
While Nouri flounders, Alsumaria reports the Russian government has extended an invitation to KRG President Massoud Barzani to visit Moscow so that Russia and the KRG can strengthen their ties with one another. In other bad news for Nouri, he's signed a multi-million dollar contract -- valued at a quarter of a million dollars. Al Rafidayn reports that this is to build 100,000 housing units. The bad news? While Iraq suffers record unemployment, Nouri's farming this job out to South Korea.