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(Fox News)   The Obama administration has run out of countries to use for Ambassadorship Prizes to give its highest donors, so it's having the State Department create a new "Arctic Ambassador" post   (foxnews.com) divider line 32
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2014-02-14 05:23:11 PM  
Well you dont wanna snub donors that want an ambassadorship, otherwise you'll end up like Garfield.
 
2014-02-14 05:27:53 PM  
He needs to do this. For some reason, he is still campaigning. I get an email from him or his crew begging for  money every week.
 
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2014-02-14 05:29:18 PM  
Man, I would have spent 200k on Obama's campaign if I could get an ambassadorship out of it. But I guess you have to also be connected to the local or state party.
 
2014-02-14 05:34:26 PM  
I guess he could appoint a bundler to Attorney General of New Jersey.
That worked out well last time.
 
2014-02-14 05:39:01 PM  
We also need a Moon Ambassador.

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2014-02-14 05:43:43 PM  
I'd imagine it'd be an "Ambassador-at-Large" position, which isn't anything new. Here's some interesting, non-nation specific posts of former US ambassadors:

-Suzan Johnson Cook, United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom
-Eric Goosby, United States Global AIDS Coordinator
-Philip Jessup, United States Ambassador-at-large (to get around a Senate denial of his position to the UN)
 
2014-02-14 05:57:50 PM  
Where will they build the embassy igloo?
 
2014-02-14 06:00:50 PM  
Given the jostling for influence and territory in the region among Russia, Canada, and others, I highly doubt this will be a plumb position and one not given to a career diplomat.
 
2014-02-14 06:22:08 PM  
Which polar bear will the ambassador present his credentials and will he bring with him a case of Coca Cola for the rest of the bears.
 
2014-02-14 06:30:36 PM  
I'm not sure this is an honor. It sounds an awful lot like getting put on a train to Siberia.
 
2014-02-14 06:31:15 PM  
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Antarctica demands it's own ambassador.
 
2014-02-14 06:32:53 PM  

Prey4reign: Which polar bear will the ambassador present his credentials and will he bring with him a case of Coca Cola for the rest of the bears.


Is that before or after the polar bears eat him?

/ fun fact: polar bears are the only type of bear that actively hunts humans
 
2014-02-14 06:49:02 PM  
Alaska's U.S. senators - Begich, and Lisa Murkowski - have been pressing for an ambassador or envoy to the Arctic.

DAMMIT OBAMA!
 
2014-02-14 07:06:15 PM  

cybrgeezer: Where will they build the embassy igloo?


and will they call it the Snow Den?
 
2014-02-14 07:56:22 PM  
Actually this is. right now, a REALLY good idea. Over the next 30 years there will be huge pressure and tension over the arctic region and its resources from primarily Russia, Canada and the USA. Everyone is putting down all kinds of markers and you do NOT want to miss a trick on it.
 
2014-02-14 08:53:10 PM  

BumpInTheNight: cybrgeezer: Where will they build the embassy igloo?

and will they call it the Snow Den?


That's cool.
 
2014-02-14 09:14:52 PM  

gaspode: Actually this is. right now, a REALLY good idea. Over the next 30 years there will be huge pressure and tension over the arctic region and its resources from primarily Russia, Canada and the USA. Everyone is putting down all kinds of markers and you do NOT want to miss a trick on it.


Also huge pressure and tension over the arctic region and its resources from ice.
 
2014-02-14 09:19:15 PM  
very good.

however, less ice is one of the reasons for resources becoming more easily discovered/accessed ;)
 
2014-02-14 09:35:06 PM  
/ fun fact: polar bears are the only type of bear that actively hunts humans

To be fair, we *are* tasty...
 
2014-02-14 10:00:46 PM  
John Stewart's bit on this was pretty funny on this and the big donors got paid back by  being appointed Ambassadors and none of which had been to the country that they are going to or have any real knowledge on them.
 
2014-02-14 10:56:00 PM  

mark12A: / fun fact: polar bears are the only type of bear that actively hunts humans

To be fair, we *are* tasty...


I thought polar bears only ate lots of blubber.


....oh.
 
2014-02-15 12:06:59 AM  
We need a septic ambassador because right now it's about the closest thing to hell that we will have.
 
2014-02-15 12:40:35 AM  

iheartscotch: I'm not sure this is an honor. It sounds an awful lot like getting put on a train to Siberia.


Could be worse... could be assigned to Libya.
 
2014-02-15 03:12:27 AM  

WelldeadLink: Also huge pressure and tension over the arctic region and its resources from ice.


If we don't act now to secure our nation's ice interests, future generations might have to drink their cokes tepid like they're farking French. And I don't think anyone wants to see that happen.
 
2014-02-15 04:47:51 AM  

WelldeadLink: gaspode: Actually this is. right now, a REALLY good idea. Over the next 30 years there will be huge pressure and tension over the arctic region and its resources from primarily Russia, Canada and the USA. Everyone is putting down all kinds of markers and you do NOT want to miss a trick on it.

Also huge pressure and tension over the arctic region and its resources from ice.


Not in 30 years. It's going to be a big swimming hole.
 
2014-02-15 04:59:49 AM  

Krieghund: WelldeadLink: gaspode: Actually this is. right now, a REALLY good idea. Over the next 30 years there will be huge pressure and tension over the arctic region and its resources from primarily Russia, Canada and the USA. Everyone is putting down all kinds of markers and you do NOT want to miss a trick on it.

Also huge pressure and tension over the arctic region and its resources from ice.

Not in 30 years. It's going to be a big swimming hole.


just wondering... Do you warmers ever check the current state of the science? the scary rate of warming has slowed to a crawl.
 
2014-02-15 05:04:34 AM  

stirfrybry: Krieghund: WelldeadLink: gaspode: Actually this is. right now, a REALLY good idea. Over the next 30 years there will be huge pressure and tension over the arctic region and its resources from primarily Russia, Canada and the USA. Everyone is putting down all kinds of markers and you do NOT want to miss a trick on it.

Also huge pressure and tension over the arctic region and its resources from ice.

Not in 30 years. It's going to be a big swimming hole.

just wondering... Do you warmers ever check the current state of the science? the scary rate of warming has slowed to a crawl.


Thats very nice dear. If we give you a gold star or a cookie will you go away?
 
2014-02-15 08:37:59 AM  
• until obama, no campaign donors were ever rewarded with ambassadorships.
• until obama, presidents never issued executive orders
• until obama, there were no presidential "czars"
• until obama, the first lady never wore gowns
• until obama, the president never went without a jacket and tie
• until obama, the debt ceiling was never raised
• until obama, there were no attacks on US diplomatic facilities

what else am i missing?
 
2014-02-15 12:13:08 PM  
FlashHarry: 

what else am i missing?


You forgot this.
img.fark.net
 
2014-02-15 03:52:56 PM  
Bush's patronage appointments to ambassador exceed father's, Clinton's


http://scholarsandrogues.com/2007/06/25/bushs-patronage-appointments -t o-ambassador-exceed-fathers-clintons/

Consider the U.S. ambassador to Canada, David H. Wilkins. (No relation to me.) President Bush nominated him in 2005. He's been a South Carolina state legislator. He's a friend of President George H.W. Bush and raised more than $200,000 for President George W. Bush in the 2004 election. Ambassador Wilkins and his immediate family contributed $33,050 to Republicans over the course of the 2000, 2002 and 2004 election cycles, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Apparently, he'd only been to Canada once - 30 years before his appointment - as part of military service.

President Bush nominated Michael M. Wood as ambassador to Sweden in 2006. He knew President Bush, too. He used to ride mountain bikes with the president and attended Yale with him. He was a fraternity brother of the president. Ambassador Wood made his money by founding Hanley Wood, a company that produces magazines for the construction industry. Ambassador Wood's predecessor, former Texas state Senator Teel Bivins, ambassador from 2004 to 2006, was a Bush Pioneer in 2000 and 2004. (Pioneers raised at least $100,000 for President Bush in the 2000 and 2004 campaigns. In 2004, Rangers and SuperRangers raised at least $200,000 or $300,000 respectively. This system was designed by Karl Rove, President Bush's senior political adviser.) Many other appointees nominated by President Bush followed this pattern of financial or political familiarity.

• Roland Edmond Arnall, nominated as ambassador to Netherlands in 2005. He and his wife, Dawn, gave $5 million to the Progress for America Voter Fund (which had to cough up $750,000 in a settlement with the Federal Elections Commission) in 2004 and were also $200,000 Ranger fundraisers for President Bush. Ambassador Arnall and his wife are co-chairs of Ameriquest Capital Corp., which gave $250,000 to President Bush's inaugural. Barbara Sobel, the wife of Ambassador Arnall's predecessor, Clifford Sobel, is president of the Sobel Family Foundation and was a Bush 2000 Pioneer and a 2004 Ranger. The foundation gave $81,000 to GOP federal candidates and parties in the 2004 elections.)

• Roy Leslie Austin, nominated as ambassador to Trinidad & Tobago in 2001. He is one of 10 presidential appointments who were fellow members of Skull & Bones at Yale with President Bush. (So was George Herbert Walker III, ambassador to Hungary from 2003-2006. See more S&B membership.)

et cetera
 
2014-02-15 04:42:13 PM  

dbrunker: FlashHarry: 

what else am i missing?


You forgot this.
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wait - i thought that's what this thread was about.

what i really forgot was:

• until obama, no president was black.
 
2014-02-15 05:40:43 PM  

cleek: Bush's patronage appointments to ambassador exceed father's, Clinton's



I've frequently heard this argument made and on the surface it seems fair, but what are we really saying?  What is the logic behind the argument?  If someone did something that was illegal or immoral then nobody who does the same thing, should be held accountable.  For example... uh... I dunno... someone... in my city beat up two gay guys just because they were holding hands so I can go beat up a gay couple too.  See?  That's not right and at some point we have to say, "No, this is wrong and it's got to stop."  Ask yourself, "Do I really want Barak Obama to be yet-another-George-Bush?  Is this why I voted for him?"
 
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