Thursday, February 26, 2009

KARE 11 - The Pigeon, The Falcon and the Snowman (Updates 2.26.2009)



An interesting news item post from KARE 11 News in
MINneapolis - St (Saint) Paul MINnesota
(AKA "The TWIN Cities")

MINnesota = MN = 13 + 14 = 27



KARE 11
K=11 11

KARE = CARE (pronounced Ka - Re in the Latin)
Rosicrucian - Rose Cross - RosTau - Roman Catholic
INRI and CARE are used in formal RC communications.

Some interesting number 11 info from Didier Boyer:

11 is also what I would call, the energy of “Christ”, the “Light”. The word "LIGHT", once you translate the letters into numbers, adds up to "11 just like the name "Jesus" and funny enough the word "Healing"! How appropriate!

It is interesting to notice that in "Le Sacré - Coeur (Translate: Holy Heart) in Paris", the fabulous Church dedicated to Jesus, the name Jesus is also written on the ceiling as JESV and this also adds up to 11! (It is written as JESU in other places)

(~SE~ author's note: there is no "U" in old latin/Roman alphabet it is written instead as "V", as such are interchangeable as also for "J" and "I")

Also adding up to 11 are the words "Healing" and "Light"! The "Soul energy" of the word "Healer" (the vowels) also add up to 11! Interesting coincidences isn't it

"English" (11) spread the "light" (11)



Peregrine falcons making Minnesota comeback

SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- After 20-plus years as a St. Paul police officer, Bob Winsor has seen just about everything. But what happened at Snelling and Ashland Friday was certainly a first.

Officer Winsor blocked a couple lanes of traffic for 30 minutes to protect a bird that was feasting on a pigeon in the middle of the road. His reasoning was simple: "Anything that kills pigeons is good with me."

But Winsor soon learned he was protecting a rare peregrine falcon, which is the fastest bird in the world.

"It's a great success story," says Lori Naumann with Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources.

It's unusual to see a peregrine in the middle of a busy road, Naumann says, but they are becoming more common in the Twin Cities. And it wasn't always that way.

"In the 1950s and 60s, they were almost extinct," she says. "They were placed on the endangered species list."

Thanks to intense restoration projects that started in the 1970s and 80s, Minnesota now has more than 50 peregrine pairs, which raised 93 young last year.

"The population is doing really, really well," Naumann says.

The U.S. ban on D.D.T. was another reason for the peregrine's comeback. It was removed from the U.S. endangered species list in 1999. It remains on the state's threatened species list, but Naumann says it could be removed in the next couple years.

Because the peregrine on Snelling had a band around its leg with the code "27A," we know she was born in 2007 and is named Elspeth. She's named after the granddaughter of Bud Tordoff, the man behind Minnesota's peregrine restoration.

"Dr. Tordoff passed away last year, so it was pretty special to see that this was a bird that's still surviving," Naumann says.

Elspeth is simply a sign of his success, which is good news for peregrines, but bad news for pigeons.

By Joe Fryer, KARE 11 News


JOE FRYER, huh !?
Well then Friar Joe, that would be Joe "Freyr"


Bob WINSOR = WIN(D)SOR = WINDSOR
The Golden Wind and
the House of Windsor




Queen unveils statue of her mom at site near Buckingham Palace

2.24.2009
LONDON — The Queen unveiled a memorial to her late mother Tuesday, offering tribute to the beloved royal known for her sense of humour and her dignity during a century marked by war and social upheaval.

The immense bronze depicting the Queen Mother in the robes of the Order of the Garter was erected near an existing statue of her late husband, King George VI, close to Buckingham Palace in central London.

Two bronze friezes, depicting scenes of her life, were placed on either side.


and this one

Queen Mother memorial showcases York blackSMITH's skills


Another name of note is
Lori Naumann

Falcon = Horus
Horus (Heru / Re-Horahkty) was depicted as a falcon-headed deity in Egyptian art.




"Horus" touches down in St. Paul at the CROSS(+)roads of Snelling and ASHland snacking on a pigeon / dove / Columba.
in RAMsey, Cty. MN

Some LIGHT Humor:




Today 2.25.2009 is ASH Wednesday
In the Western Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and occurs forty-six days (forty days not counting Sundays) before Easter. It falls on a different date each year, because it is dependent on the date of Easter


with the code "27A," = two Sevens = 77
and
(A)MN = 13 + 14 = 27a

The TWIN Cities resonates PISCES - the IChThYS in Greek

The zodiac sign of Pisces is from 2/20 to 3/20 in every year.

and The TWIN Cities also resonates GEMINI / geMINi

The zodiac sign of Gemini is from 5/21 to 6/21 in every year.

Thusly, it also embodies the idea of
the Minotaur, the MIN~o~TAUR
The passing of the SUN ~O~ in Zodiac signs from TAURus to geMINi and the embodiment of the mind (HEAD) of god.
Man body with Bull head - the god head in the ancient days of "Bull Worship".



In Greek mythology, the Minotaur (Greek: Minotauros) was a creature that was part man and part bull.[1] It dwelt at the center of the Labyrinth, which was an elaborate maze-like construction[2] built for King Minos of Crete and designed by the architect Daedalus and his son Icarus who were ordered to build it to hold the Minotaur. The historical site of Knossos is usually identified as the site of the labyrinth. The Minotaur was eventually killed by Theseus.


MINnesota
MINn eS(un) ~O~ TA(ur)

And the MIN~O~TAUR dwelt within a Labyrinth, an elaborate MAZE!


The winged Solar disk ~O~ of the SUN



from behindthename.com
ELSPETH

ELIZABETH
Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Biblical

From (Elisabet), the Greek form of the Hebrew name ('Elisheva') meaning "my God is an oath" or perhaps "my God is abundance". The Hebrew form appears in the Old Testament where Elisheba is the wife of Aaron, while the Greek form appears in the New Testament where Elizabeth is the mother of John the Baptist.
Among Christians, this name was originally more common in Eastern Europe. It was borne in the 12th century by Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, a daughter of King Andrew II who became a Franciscan nun and lived in poverty. In medieval England it was occasionally used in honour of the saint, though the form Isabel (from Provençal and Spanish) was more common. It has been very popular in England since the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century. Famous modern bearers include the British queen Elizabeth II (1926-) and actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932-).


Elspeth
EL's Ptah

From (Elisabet)
EL ISSA BETH



(Side note:)
And just to synch it all in for us
the NBC (peacock) TV series LIFE
"Hit me baby" - the new epi that aired 2.25.2009:
has both TWINS and pigeons.
and Charlie Crews (CC=33)
Episode Production No. 216 = 21 + 6 = 27



The episode outro song plays
"Hit me baby one more time..."


Birds have their own language and they are often
kept in an Aviary




I apologize to the Strange Eye readers!

I'm sure most of your heads are spinning and you're asking yourself "what the hell was that all that babble about that I just read?"

The ideas in this post are not fully fleshed out and explained here and are more of a companion to another article on another site.
Rather than fill that site's comments with these concepts and ideas, I've posted them here.

This is the kind of post that to some will make immediate sense on its own and to some others won't make sense at all.

To those others - keep it bookmarked and return to it later.

For more background on the content of this post,
(in a format that's much easier to read!)
I highly recommend that you give a read to this article over at The Secret Sun:
Seen From Space: Busy Skies, Filled with Portent (MAJOR UPDATES)




Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Eyes Are Seeing Us

11/12 Parmutit, February 24
Day of counting the parts of the Eye of Heru (Horus) continues.


"As we stand at this crossroads of history, the eyes of all people in all nations are once again upon us -- watching to see what we do with this moment; waiting for us to lead."



President Obama addressed Congress Tuesday 2.24.2009 in a televised speech.
Below is the transcript of his speech.

"Madame Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, and the First Lady of the United States:

I've come here tonight not only to address the distinguished men and women in this great chamber, but to speak frankly and directly to the men and women who sent us here.

I know that for many Americans watching right now, the state of our economy is a concern that rises above all others. And rightly so. If you haven't been personally affected by this recession, you probably know someone who has -- a friend; a neighbor; a member of your family. You don't need to hear another list of statistics to know that our economy is in crisis, because you live it every day. It's the worry you wake up with and the source of sleepless nights. It's the job you thought you'd retire from but now have lost; the business you built your dreams upon that's now hanging by a thread; the college acceptance letter your child had to put back in the envelope. The impact of this recession is real, and it is everywhere.

But while our economy may be weakened and our confidence shaken; though we are living through difficult and uncertain times, tonight I want every American to know this:

We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.

The weight of this crisis will not determine the destiny of this nation. The answers to our problems don't lie beyond our reach. They exist in our laboratories and universities; in our fields and our factories; in the imaginations of our entrepreneurs and the pride of the hardest-working people on Earth. Those qualities that have made America the greatest force of progress and prosperity in human history we still possess in ample measure. What is required now is for this country to pull together, confront boldly the challenges we face, and take responsibility for our future once more.

Now, if we're honest with ourselves, we'll admit that for too long, we have not always met these responsibilities -- as a government or as a people. I say this not to lay blame or look backwards, but because it is only by understanding how we arrived at this moment that we'll be able to lift ourselves out of this predicament.

The fact is, our economy did not fall into decline overnight. Nor did all of our problems begin when the housing market collapsed or the stock market sank. We have known for decades that our survival depends on finding new sources of energy. Yet we import more oil today than ever before. The cost of health care eats up more and more of our savings each year, yet we keep delaying reform. Our children will compete for jobs in a global economy that too many of our schools do not prepare them for. And though all these challenges went unsolved, we still managed to spend more money and pile up more debt, both as individuals and through our government, than ever before.

In other words, we have lived through an era where too often, short-term gains were prized over long-term prosperity; where we failed to look beyond the next payment, the next quarter, or the next election. A surplus became an excuse to transfer wealth to the wealthy instead of an opportunity to invest in our future. Regulations were gutted for the sake of a quick profit at the expense of a healthy market. People bought homes they knew they couldn't afford from banks and lenders who pushed those bad loans anyway. And all the while, critical debates and difficult decisions were put off for some other time on some other day.

Well that day of reckoning has arrived, and the time to take charge of our future is here.

Now is the time to act boldly and wisely -- to not only revive this economy, but to build a new foundation for lasting prosperity. Now is the time to jumpstart job creation, re-start lending, and invest in areas like energy, health care, and education that will grow our economy, even as we make hard choices to bring our deficit down. That is what my economic agenda is designed to do, and that's what I'd like to talk to you about tonight.

It's an agenda that begins with jobs.

As soon as I took office, I asked this Congress to send me a recovery plan by President's Day that would put people back to work and put money in their pockets. Not because I believe in bigger government -- I don't. Not because I'm not mindful of the massive debt we've inherited -- I am. I called for action because the failure to do so would have cost more jobs and caused more hardships. In fact, a failure to act would have worsened our long-term deficit by assuring weak economic growth for years. That's why I pushed for quick action. And tonight, I am grateful that this Congress delivered, and pleased to say that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is now law.

Over the next two years, this plan will save or create 3.5 million jobs. More than 90% of these jobs will be in the private sector -- jobs rebuilding our roads and bridges; constructing wind turbines and solar panels; laying broadband and expanding mass transit.

Because of this plan, there are teachers who can now keep their jobs and educate our kids. Health care professionals can continue caring for our sick. There are 57 police officers who are still on the streets of Minneapolis tonight because this plan prevented the layoffs their department was about to make.

Because of this plan, 95% of the working households in America will receive a tax cut -- a tax cut that you will see in your paychecks beginning on April 1st.

Because of this plan, families who are struggling to pay tuition costs will receive a $2,500 tax credit for all four years of college. And Americans who have lost their jobs in this recession will be able to receive extended unemployment benefits and continued health care coverage to help them weather this storm.

I know there are some in this chamber and watching at home who are skeptical of whether this plan will work. I understand that skepticism. Here in Washington, we've all seen how quickly good intentions can turn into broken promises and wasteful spending. And with a plan of this scale comes enormous responsibility to get it right.

That is why I have asked Vice President Biden to lead a tough, unprecedented oversight effort -- because nobody messes with Joe. I have told each member of my Cabinet as well as mayors and governors across the country that they will be held accountable by me and the American people for every dollar they spend. I have appointed a proven and aggressive Inspector General to ferret out any and all cases of waste and fraud. And we have created a new website called recovery.gov so that every American can find out how and where their money is being spent.

So the recovery plan we passed is the first step in getting our economy back on track. But it is just the first step. Because even if we manage this plan flawlessly, there will be no real recovery unless we clean up the credit crisis that has severely weakened our financial system.

I want to speak plainly and candidly about this issue tonight, because every American should know that it directly affects you and your family's well-being. You should also know that the money you've deposited in banks across the country is safe; your insurance is secure; and you can rely on the continued operation of our financial system. That is not the source of concern.

The concern is that if we do not re-start lending in this country, our recovery will be choked off before it even begins.

You see, the flow of credit is the lifeblood of our economy. The ability to get a loan is how you finance the purchase of everything from a home to a car to a college education; how stores stock their shelves, farms buy equipment, and businesses make payroll.

But credit has stopped flowing the way it should. Too many bad loans from the housing crisis have made their way onto the books of too many banks. With so much debt and so little confidence, these banks are now fearful of lending out any more money to households, to businesses, or to each other. When there is no lending, families can't afford to buy homes or cars. So businesses are forced to make layoffs. Our economy suffers even more, and credit dries up even further.

That is why this administration is moving swiftly and aggressively to break this destructive cycle, restore confidence, and re-start lending.

We will do so in several ways. First, we are creating a new lending fund that represents the largest effort ever to help provide auto loans, college loans, and small business loans to the consumers and entrepreneurs who keep this economy running.

Second, we have launched a housing plan that will help responsible families facing the threat of foreclosure lower their monthly payments and re-finance their mortgages. It's a plan that won't help speculators or that neighbor down the street who bought a house he could never hope to afford, but it will help millions of Americans who are struggling with declining home values -- Americans who will now be able to take advantage of the lower interest rates that this plan has already helped bring about. In fact, the average family who re-finances today can save nearly $2000 per year on their mortgage.

Third, we will act with the full force of the federal government to ensure that the major banks that Americans depend on have enough confidence and enough money to lend even in more difficult times. And when we learn that a major bank has serious problems, we will hold accountable those responsible, force the necessary adjustments, provide the support to clean up their balance sheets, and assure the continuity of a strong, viable institution that can serve our people and our economy.

I understand that on any given day, Wall Street may be more comforted by an approach that gives banks bailouts with no strings attached, and that holds nobody accountable for their reckless decisions. But such an approach won't solve the problem. And our goal is to quicken the day when we re-start lending to the American people and American business and end this crisis once and for all.

I intend to hold these banks fully accountable for the assistance they receive, and this time, they will have to clearly demonstrate how taxpayer dollars result in more lending for the American taxpayer. This time, CEOs won't be able to use taxpayer money to pad their paychecks or buy fancy drapes or disappear on a private jet. Those days are over.

Still, this plan will require significant resources from the federal government -- and yes, probably more than we've already set aside. But while the cost of action will be great, I can assure you that the cost of inaction will be far greater, for it could result in an economy that sputters along for not months or years, but perhaps a decade. That would be worse for our deficit, worse for business, worse for you, and worse for the next generation. And I refuse to let that happen.

I understand that when the last administration asked this Congress to provide assistance for struggling banks, Democrats and Republicans alike were infuriated by the mismanagement and results that followed. So were the American taxpayers. So was I.

So I know how unpopular it is to be seen as helping banks right now, especially when everyone is suffering in part from their bad decisions. I promise you -- I get it. But I also know that in a time of crisis, we cannot afford to govern out of anger, or yield to the politics of the moment. My job -- our job -- is to solve the problem. Our job is to govern with a sense of responsibility. I will not spend a single penny for the purpose of rewarding a single Wall Street executive, but I will do whatever it takes to help the small business that can't pay its workers or the family that has saved and still can't get a mortgage.

That's what this is about. It's not about helping banks -- it's about helping people. Because when credit is available again, that young family can finally buy a new home. And then some company will hire workers to build it. And then those workers will have money to spend, and if they can get a loan too, maybe they'll finally buy that car, or open their own business. Investors will return to the market, and American families will see their retirement secured once more. Slowly, but surely, confidence will return, and our economy will recover.

So I ask this Congress to join me in doing whatever proves necessary. Because we cannot consign our nation to an open-ended recession. And to ensure that a crisis of this magnitude never happens again, I ask Congress to move quickly on legislation that will finally reform our outdated regulatory system. It is time to put in place tough, new common-sense rules of the road so that our financial market rewards drive and innovation, and punishes short-cuts and abuse.

The recovery plan and the financial stability plan are the immediate steps we're taking to revive our economy in the short-term. But the only way to fully restore America's economic strength is to make the long-term investments that will lead to new jobs, new industries, and a renewed ability to compete with the rest of the world. The only way this century will be another American century is if we confront at last the price of our dependence on oil and the high cost of health care; the schools that aren't preparing our children and the mountain of debt they stand to inherit. That is our responsibility.

In the next few days, I will submit a budget to Congress. So often, we have come to view these documents as simply numbers on a page or laundry lists of programs. I see this document differently. I see it as a vision for America -- as a blueprint for our future.

My budget does not attempt to solve every problem or address every issue. It reflects the stark reality of what we've inherited -- a trillion dollar deficit, a financial crisis, and a costly recession.

Given these realities, everyone in this chamber -- Democrats and Republicans -- will have to sacrifice some worthy priorities for which there are no dollars. And that includes me.

But that does not mean we can afford to ignore our long-term challenges. I reject the view that says our problems will simply take care of themselves; that says government has no role in laying the foundation for our common prosperity.

For history tells a different story. History reminds us that at every moment of economic upheaval and transformation, this nation has responded with bold action and big ideas. In the midst of civil war, we laid railroad tracks from one coast to another that spurred commerce and industry. From the turmoil of the Industrial Revolution came a system of public high schools that prepared our citizens for a new age. In the wake of war and depression, the GI Bill sent a generation to college and created the largest middle-class in history. And a twilight struggle for freedom led to a nation of highways, an American on the moon, and an explosion of technology that still shapes our world.

In each case, government didn't supplant private enterprise; it catalyzed private enterprise. It created the conditions for thousands of entrepreneurs and new businesses to adapt and to thrive.

We are a nation that has seen promise amid peril, and claimed opportunity from ordeal. Now we must be that nation again. That is why, even as it cuts back on the programs we don't need, the budget I submit will invest in the three areas that are absolutely critical to our economic future: energy, health care, and education. It begins with energy.

We know the country that harnesses the power of clean, renewable energy will lead the 21st century. And yet, it is China that has launched the largest effort in history to make their economy energy efficient. We invented solar technology, but we've fallen behind countries like Germany and Japan in producing it. New plug-in hybrids roll off our assembly lines, but they will run on batteries made in Korea. Well I do not accept a future where the jobs and industries of tomorrow take root beyond our borders -- and I know you don't either. It is time for America to lead again. Thanks to our recovery plan, we will double this nation's supply of renewable energy in the next three years. We have also made the largest investment in basic research funding in American history -- an investment that will spur not only new discoveries in energy, but breakthroughs in medicine, science, and technology.

We will soon lay down thousands of miles of power lines that can carry new energy to cities and towns across this country. And we will put Americans to work making our homes and buildings more efficient so that we can save billions of dollars on our energy bills.

But to truly transform our economy, protect our security, and save our planet from the ravages of climate change, we need to ultimately make clean, renewable energy the profitable kind of energy. So I ask this Congress to send me legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon pollution and drives the production of more renewable energy in America. And to support that innovation, we will invest fifteen billion dollars a year to develop technologies like wind power and solar power; advanced biofuels, clean coal, and more fuel-efficient cars and trucks built right here in America.

As for our auto industry, everyone recognizes that years of bad decision-making and a global recession have pushed our automakers to the brink. We should not, and will not, protect them from their own bad practices. But we are committed to the goal of a re-tooled, re-imagined auto industry that can compete and win. Millions of jobs depend on it. Scores of communities depend on it. And I believe the nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it.

None of this will come without cost, nor will it be easy. But this is America. We don't do what's easy. We do what is necessary to move this country forward.

For that same reason, we must also address the crushing cost of health care.

This is a cost that now causes a bankruptcy in America every thirty seconds. By the end of the year, it could cause 1.5 million Americans to lose their homes. In the last eight years, premiums have grown four times faster than wages. And in each of these years, one million more Americans have lost their health insurance. It is one of the major reasons why small businesses close their doors and corporations ship jobs overseas. And it's one of the largest and fastest-growing parts of our budget. Given these facts, we can no longer afford to put health care reform on hold.

Already, we have done more to advance the cause of health care reform in the last thirty days than we have in the last decade. When it was days old, this Congress passed a law to provide and protect health insurance for eleven million American children whose parents work full-time. Our recovery plan will invest in electronic health records and new technology that will reduce errors, bring down costs, ensure privacy, and save lives. It will launch a new effort to conquer a disease that has touched the life of nearly every American by seeking a cure for cancer in our time. And it makes the largest investment ever in preventive care, because that is one of the best ways to keep our people healthy and our costs under control.

This budget builds on these reforms. It includes an historic commitment to comprehensive health care reform -- a down-payment on the principle that we must have quality, affordable health care for every American. It's a commitment that's paid for in part by efficiencies in our system that are long overdue. And it's a step we must take if we hope to bring down our deficit in the years to come.

Now, there will be many different opinions and ideas about how to achieve reform, and that is why I'm bringing together businesses and workers, doctors and health care providers, Democrats and Republicans to begin work on this issue next week.

I suffer no illusions that this will be an easy process. It will be hard. But I also know that nearly a century after Teddy Roosevelt first called for reform, the cost of our health care has weighed down our economy and the conscience of our nation long enough. So let there be no doubt: health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year. The third challenge we must address is the urgent need to expand the promise of education in America.

In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity -- it is a pre-requisite. Right now, three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations require more than a high school diploma. And yet, just over half of our citizens have that level of education. We have one of the highest high school dropout rates of any industrialized nation. And half of the students who begin college never finish.

This is a prescription for economic decline, because we know the countries that out-teach us today will out-compete us tomorrow. That is why it will be the goal of this administration to ensure that every child has access to a complete and competitive education -- from the day they are born to the day they begin a career.

Already, we have made an historic investment in education through the economic recovery plan. We have dramatically expanded early childhood education and will continue to improve its quality, because we know that the most formative learning comes in those first years of life. We have made college affordable for nearly seven million more students. And we have provided the resources necessary to prevent painful cuts and teacher layoffs that would set back our children's progress.

But we know that our schools don't just need more resources. They need more reform. That is why this budget creates new incentives for teacher performance; pathways for advancement, and rewards for success. We'll invest in innovative programs that are already helping schools meet high standards and close achievement gaps. And we will expand our commitment to charter schools.

It is our responsibility as lawmakers and educators to make this system work. But it is the responsibility of every citizen to participate in it. And so tonight, I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training. This can be community college or a four-year school; vocational training or an apprenticeship. But whatever the training may be, every American will need to get more than a high school diploma. And dropping out of high school is no longer an option. It's not just quitting on yourself, it's quitting on your country -- and this country needs and values the talents of every American. That is why we will provide the support necessary for you to complete college and meet a new goal: by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

I know that the price of tuition is higher than ever, which is why if you are willing to volunteer in your neighborhood or give back to your community or serve your country, we will make sure that you can afford a higher education. And to encourage a renewed spirit of national service for this and future generations, I ask this Congress to send me the bipartisan legislation that bears the name of Senator Orrin Hatch as well as an American who has never stopped asking what he can do for his country -- Senator Edward Kennedy.

These education policies will open the doors of opportunity for our children. But it is up to us to ensure they walk through them. In the end, there is no program or policy that can substitute for a mother or father who will attend those parent/teacher conferences, or help with homework after dinner, or turn off the TV, put away the video games, and read to their child. I speak to you not just as a President, but as a father when I say that responsibility for our children's education must begin at home. There is, of course, another responsibility we have to our children. And that is the responsibility to ensure that we do not pass on to them a debt they cannot pay. With the deficit we inherited, the cost of the crisis we face, and the long-term challenges we must meet, it has never been more important to ensure that as our economy recovers, we do what it takes to bring this deficit down.

I'm proud that we passed the recovery plan free of earmarks, and I want to pass a budget next year that ensures that each dollar we spend reflects only our most important national priorities.

Yesterday, I held a fiscal summit where I pledged to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term in office. My administration has also begun to go line by line through the federal budget in order to eliminate wasteful and ineffective programs. As you can imagine, this is a process that will take some time. But we're starting with the biggest lines. We have already identified two trillion dollars in savings over the next decade.

In this budget, we will end education programs that don't work and end direct payments to large agribusinesses that don't need them. We'll eliminate the no-bid contracts that have wasted billions in Iraq, and reform our defense budget so that we're not paying for Cold War-era weapons systems we don't use. We will root out the waste, fraud, and abuse in our Medicare program that doesn't make our seniors any healthier, and we will restore a sense of fairness and balance to our tax code by finally ending the tax breaks for corporations that ship our jobs overseas.

In order to save our children from a future of debt, we will also end the tax breaks for the wealthiest 2% of Americans. But let me perfectly clear, because I know you'll hear the same old claims that rolling back these tax breaks means a massive tax increase on the American people: if your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: not one single dime. In fact, the recovery plan provides a tax cut -- that's right, a tax cut -- for 95% of working families. And these checks are on the way.

To preserve our long-term fiscal health, we must also address the growing costs in Medicare and Social Security. Comprehensive health care reform is the best way to strengthen Medicare for years to come. And we must also begin a conversation on how to do the same for Social Security, while creating tax-free universal savings accounts for all Americans.

Finally, because we're also suffering from a deficit of trust, I am committed to restoring a sense of honesty and accountability to our budget. That is why this budget looks ahead ten years and accounts for spending that was left out under the old rules -- and for the first time, that includes the full cost of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. For seven years, we have been a nation at war. No longer will we hide its price.

We are now carefully reviewing our policies in both wars, and I will soon announce a way forward in Iraq that leaves Iraq to its people and responsibly ends this war. And with our friends and allies, we will forge a new and comprehensive strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan to defeat al Qaeda and combat extremism. Because I will not allow terrorists to plot against the American people from safe havens half a world away.

As we meet here tonight, our men and women in uniform stand watch abroad and more are readying to deploy. To each and every one of them, and to the families who bear the quiet burden of their absence, Americans are united in sending one message: we honor your service, we are inspired by your sacrifice, and you have our unyielding support. To relieve the strain on our forces, my budget increases the number of our soldiers and Marines. And to keep our sacred trust with those who serve, we will raise their pay, and give our veterans the expanded health care and benefits that they have earned.

To overcome extremism, we must also be vigilant in upholding the values our troops defend -- because there is no force in the world more powerful than the example of America. That is why I have ordered the closing of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, and will seek swift and certain justice for captured terrorists -- because living our values doesn't make us weaker, it makes us safer and it makes us stronger. And that is why I can stand here tonight and say without exception or equivocation that the United States of America does not torture.

In words and deeds, we are showing the world that a new era of engagement has begun. For we know that America cannot meet the threats of this century alone, but the world cannot meet them without America. We cannot shun the negotiating table, nor ignore the foes or forces that could do us harm. We are instead called to move forward with the sense of confidence and candor that serious times demand.

To seek progress toward a secure and lasting peace between Israel and her neighbors, we have appointed an envoy to sustain our effort. To meet the challenges of the 21st century -- from terrorism to nuclear proliferation; from pandemic disease to cyber threats to crushing poverty -- we will strengthen old alliances, forge new ones, and use all elements of our national power.

And to respond to an economic crisis that is global in scope, we are working with the nations of the G-20 to restore confidence in our financial system, avoid the possibility of escalating protectionism, and spur demand for American goods in markets across the globe. For the world depends on us to have a strong economy, just as our economy depends on the strength of the world's.

As we stand at this crossroads of history, the eyes of all people in all nations are once again upon us -- watching to see what we do with this moment; waiting for us to lead.

Those of us gathered here tonight have been called to govern in extraordinary times. It is a tremendous burden, but also a great privilege -- one that has been entrusted to few generations of Americans. For in our hands lies the ability to shape our world for good or for ill.

I know that it is easy to lose sight of this truth -- to become cynical and doubtful; consumed with the petty and the trivial. But in my life, I have also learned that hope is found in unlikely places; that inspiration often comes not from those with the most power or celebrity, but from the dreams and aspirations of Americans who are anything but ordinary.

I think about Leonard Abess, the bank president from Miami who reportedly cashed out of his company, took a $60 million bonus, and gave it out to all 399 people who worked for him, plus another 72 who used to work for him. He didn't tell anyone, but when the local newspaper found out, he simply said, ''I knew some of these people since I was 7 years old. I didn't feel right getting the money myself."

I think about Greensburg, Kansas, a town that was completely destroyed by a tornado, but is being rebuilt by its residents as a global example of how clean energy can power an entire community -- how it can bring jobs and businesses to a place where piles of bricks and rubble once lay. "The tragedy was terrible," said one of the men who helped them rebuild. "But the folks here know that it also provided an incredible opportunity."

And I think about Ty'Sheoma Bethea, the young girl from that school I visited in Dillon, South Carolina -- a place where the ceilings leak, the paint peels off the walls, and they have to stop teaching six times a day because the train barrels by their classroom. She has been told that her school is hopeless, but the other day after class she went to the public library and typed up a letter to the people sitting in this room. She even asked her principal for the money to buy a stamp. The letter asks us for help, and says, "We are just students trying to become lawyers, doctors, congressmen like yourself and one day president, so we can make a change to not just the state of South Carolina but also the world. We are not quitters."

We are not quitters.

These words and these stories tell us something about the spirit of the people who sent us here. They tell us that even in the most trying times, amid the most difficult circumstances, there is a generosity, a resilience, a decency, and a determination that perseveres; a willingness to take responsibility for our future and for posterity. Their resolve must be our inspiration. Their concerns must be our cause. And we must show them and all our people that we are equal to the task before us.

I know that we haven't agreed on every issue thus far, and there are surely times in the future when we will part ways. But I also know that every American who is sitting here tonight loves this country and wants it to succeed. That must be the starting point for every debate we have in the coming months, and where we return after those debates are done. That is the foundation on which the American people expect us to build common ground.

And if we do -- if we come together and lift this nation from the depths of this crisis; if we put our people back to work and restart the engine of our prosperity; if we confront without fear the challenges of our time and summon that enduring spirit of an America that does not quit, then someday years from now our children can tell their children that this was the time when we performed, in the words that are carved into this very chamber, "something worthy to be remembered." Thank you, God Bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America."

Washington Times





Updates will still continue to 9 x 9 - It's Oscar Time

Friday, February 20, 2009

9 x 9 - It's OSCAR Time! (Updates 2.24)

(* update 2.24.2009 jump link)

8/9 Parmutit, February 21/22
Day of counting the parts of the Eye of Heru (Horus)
(I'm partial to 2/22 for obvious reasons!)



Celebrating the Eye of Heru

Both the modern Pharaoh, President Barack Obama, and Hollywood (Holy Wood, Holy Rood) are keeping true to the Egyptian festival calendar once again this year.

February 22, 2009 is 8/9 Parmutit and the Day of counting the parts of the Eye of Heru.

What we should take notice of is that 2/22 is a day for "Eyes" and "assembling the eye(s)".

An enormous number of "eyes" will be "assembled" and watching the Oscars.
Oscar, with a silent 'C', or sounding the "SUH" sound, is Osar / Ausar / Wasir / Wsr, the ancient Egyptian name for the god OSIRIS !



The 81st Academy Awards (A.'.A.'.) on 2/22/2009 starting at 5pm (17:00 hours/Horus!)
in Los Angeles (los Angels - Angels - the WATCHERS and messengers of GOD!)

A.'.A.'. = Atlantean Adept and Astrum Argentum




Youtube: 81st Academy Awards promo

"We live in AMAZING times (author's note: "We certainly do!!"),
When ANYTHING is possible,
With all the world watching from country to country,
coast to coast,
in an event so big you can even see it from SPACE!"

The 81st Academy Awards will be hosted by the Australian/OZ, Star Gater, Time Traveller, Hugh MICHAEL JACKMAN

Hugh (Hu) Michael Jackman also played another time travelling spaceman in the movie The Fountain
Which also had the TREE (see below link) and Spanish "Columbian" scenes and theme of New World/Land Discovery!

From touregypt:
With each breath Hu expelled, creation took place. The first breath created the Soul of Osiris. His last creation was the Sun. So it is said that Hu is the Word of God, the first and the last breaths, Hu Hu.


Hu provided the soul to, and breathed life into, OSIRIS
just as
Hugh will provide the soul to, and breathe life into, the 81st OSCARS in his role as host and Master of Ceremonies!

In that role, HUgh will both OPEN the OSCARS (be first) and CLOSE the OSCARS (be last)

We can thank Mr. Laurence Mark, with his more than impressive resume, for choosing Hugh!



Happy (Hapy) Feet was released on November 17, 2006


'Happy Feet': After a failed singing lesson, Memphis (voiced by Hugh Jackman) pressures young Mumble (voiced by E.G. Daily to try harder, while Norma Jean (voiced by Nicole Kidman) watches with concern.
(Warner Bros.)

Our Oscar MASTER of Ceremonies, Mr. Hugh Michael Jackman, also appeared in another Egyptian linked role,
as the voice of the Penguin MEMPHIS in Happy Feet!

Penguin Suits is a slang for TUXEDOs, and as such, Freemasons are sometimes referred to as "Penguins".

Memphis is a city in Egypt.

And then we have the movie itself!

Happy Feet - how appropriate that the name of an Egyptian deity HAPY should appear beside the word FEET.
According to Wikipedia Hapy's name means "Running one" !
and One of course RUNS on their FEET!

Wikipedia also tells us:
Happy Feet is an Australian-produced 2006 computer-animated comedy-drama musical film, directed and co-written by George Miller. It was produced at Sydney-based visual effects and animation studio Animal Logic for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures and was released in North America on November 17, 2006.


Mr. George Miller made fellow OZzie Mel Gibson famous in the post-apocalyptic movie MAD MAX!

Happy Feet @ imdb





The Freemasons have an appendant body known as Rite of Memphis-Mizraim


See Michelle Obama Celebrates the Festival of Min (Updates)
for more on Jackman/Jackson and Australia...



Song to HU, spiritual excercise

Hugh Michael Jackman also resonates the first
Grand Master of the Knights Templar,
Hugues de Payens.
and the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar
Jacques de Molay
(Jacobus Burgundus Molensis)

HUGH JACK Man
Hugues Jacques Man !


You should also note that the first Knights Templar Grand Master shares the sound of his name with the first god that breathed life into Osiris!




We are going to further explore the Knights Templar connection more later in this article!




And now we turn our eyes on that ABC Promo Spot Video embedded above!




Empire State Bldg

The First scene opens with shot on the the Empire State Building
The Empire State Building, after 9/11 became the tallest building in the New York city skyline.
Building and towers have become the modern day equivalent of the ancient OBELISKs




Next the East Asian / East Indian man exits the Yellow cab and shields his "eyes" in a salute
to the Oscar shadow cast down from some yet unseen object in the sky.



Paris France - Philip IV (cup goes to LIPs!)


Paris France Eiffel

Then we have the PhiLIP coffee/cap drinker in Paris with the distinctive "eyes" looking up
(Listen closely for the BELL at 0:07.)
Philip IV was "Philip the Fair" (man is dressed in light (fair) colored jacket)
Philip IV was also known as "Philippe le BEL" in France.

And then a long shot to the Eiffel Tower.
Note the Pyramid umbrella over his head!
The Eiffel Tower has been covered extensively in the work by Goro Adachi at both supertorchritual.com and Etemenanki

It can, like the Empire State Building be thought of as the modern equivalent of the Egyptian Obelisk - as a phallic symbol.


ROBSART, Saskatchewan, Canada

And now the ODD scene in the bunch...

The Grain elevator (and SILOs! also resonating "missile silos", The Shuttle Launch pad, and Obelisks!) in the semi-ghost town / hamlet of Robsart, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Robsart is a hamlet in Reno Rural Municipality No. 51, Saskatchewan, Canada.

NOTE: Hamlet is a Shakespearean play, the works of the same are said to actually be by Sir Francis Bacon - who is also the author of "The New Atlantis".

Reno Municipality #51! linked to the mysterious Area 51 in Groom Dry Lake, Nevada - the capital of the state of Nevada is the city of RENO!!

Area 51 has been accused of being a secret U.S. base for "UFO" testing and alien contact.

Robsart, Saskatchewan, Canada is at the Junction of SK Highway #13 & #18 South of the Trans-Canada Highway (CDN Highway #1) via SK Highway #21

Keep the Saskatchewan Wheat POOL Elevator logo in mind!
It is the word POOL appearing in the hexagon.
If we take hexagon to be a ring of sorts with a POOL of water...
We will understand more as we read further.

SK WHEAT POOL...
Wheat grows in fields.
Cape Canaveral, NASA's primary launch facility for the Space Shuttle, means "Field of REEDs"

Cape Canaveral - Field of Reeds

There is a connection between Cape Canaveral and Egypt that goes beyond Cape Canaveral's translated "Spanish" name, which means "cape of reeds",
corresponding, perhaps, to the Egyptian "field of reeds" or the afterlife).

The Constellation of ORION is thought to represent OSIRIS in Egyptian astrotheology / astronomy.
When Mintaka is 33 degrees below the horizon at Cape Canaveral, Sirius is 33 degrees above the horizon in Giza, Egypt.

Wikipedia gives us an interesting fact:
Robsart is known for a UFO sighting about 25 km from Robsart in 1929. The sighting was described as a huge ball of light that gave off fiery colors, and then landing lighting the countryside for about 30 minutes and then slowly disappearing into the night air.

A UFO sighting!

and 80 years ago too!


"One man has delivered magical moments
for over 80 years, it's OSCAR!"



See my article Canada Releases UFO Files - Obama Visits Canada




West Coast - Pacific Coast HWY #1

Next we see a Coastal scene which just may be the Pacific coast highway, Highway #1, in California.

Note the "Countryside" lit up in golden light as OSCAR flies overhead. (see Robsart UFO info above)

And his golden shadow is also lighting the water.



Atlantis Space Shuttle Space


Then comes a Light flash (explosion) and zoom in to Earth from Space!

NOTE the Tail of the Space shuttle, hinting Space Shuttle Atlantis

the .. TALE OF ATLANTIS !

Atlantis is currently, as in right bloody now, in its Orbiter Processing Facility being prepared for launch on STS-125, the final shuttle mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope as early as May 12, 2009.

Space Shuttle Atlantis is almost ready to launch on a mission to repair the Hubble Telescope!!

(see both my articles - Heaven's Junk is Falling (#1) (#2) for more on the Hubble Telescope)


And the light flash is not Los Angeles!

Note the West Cost of AFRICA to the right of the flash!

The flash they zoom in on is in the Atlantic Ocean!

Somwhere off the Coast of Africa (between Sierra Leone / Cote de Ivoire) and Brazil in South America!
Note that Chris at Secret Sun pointed out CARNIVAL in Brazil
The Flash and Zoom also sych to the STARGATE and Quantum Travel theme.

WONDER What that could be!?

The New York Times tells us
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/20/fabled-city-of-atlantis-spotted-on-google-earth/
it might just be the fabled LOST City of Atlantis
possibly discovered using Google EARTH!

Atlantis was fabled to be the First ( #1 ) technologically advanced civilization on Earth.

Some of Atlantis' advanced craft technology was believed to be depicted on the plaque at Abydos
The Temple and City of Osiris!




The discovery was made at about 620 miles off the West Coast of Africa, north of the Azores and west of Canary Islands
Sky News Report on Atlantis Discovery



Adam & Eve (evening gown/evening wear!)

Some more Flashes and a vortex-like spin around Adam & Eve.
Adam & Eve comes from their dress - they are both in evening wear.
An Evening Gown & Tuxedo!


And we're at the OSCARS!

Or just about on the SET of the OSCARS!
(SET pun intended)

Set was a son of Adam & Eve in the Bible

and the Egyptians had a deity named SET !




Oscar Stargate


Note the position of the word "THE" in the "O" of OSCARS - resonating the Stargate Chapa'ai / "EYE" theme again.
The Azores = the Ausars = the Oscars, home of Osiris!





(Image Edit: Templar Cross overlaid on the statue for emphasis)


(Image Edit: Cross of Lorraine (used by Scottish Rite Freemasonry, overlaid on the statue for emphasis)






Then the ABC logo drives it all home with the Water Stargate Logo image
a la the Movie Stargate and TV Series STARGATE SG-1 & Stargate ATLANTIS!



See Stygian Port for some more Stargate background.





UPDATE:

You can also take a look at the LIVE blog along with The Oscars notes at
The Solar Satellite
Play your TiVoed Oscars and read along with the blog!


Well The 81st Academy Awards - The OSCARS have come and gone.


Let's take an in-depth look at the the show itself. Shall we.
Let's grab hold with both hands and rip back the veil for just a moment to take peek at that man behind that curtain, as it were.

Keep in mind that what we are looking at are SYMBOLS.
That means that a single image can convey several meanings at the same time.

I'll cover what I can for you but there will still be more to it.

If you notice more, or have a different viewpoint,
leave a comment!
There is no right and wrong answer when it comes to SYMBOL!
"A picture IS worth a thousand words", as they say.
But even words themselves can be Symbols.

The 81st Oscars opened on a HAPY note,
with Mr. Happy Feet, HUgh JACKman giving us his very own song and dance about the Oscars.

Watch the opening act video!
The content is important to my commentary!






Interesting stage design and set design for this years Oscars.
We'll cover more of that later but for now just note the
round 3-step raised platform.

Hugh points out:
(0:45)
Kate Winslet -
nominated as "Hanna Schmitz" in the movie The READer

Drawing attention to the German origins of the Britsh Royal family.
German-English... the House of WINdsor.

Her character name is special in several ways as well.
HANNAH SCHMITZ

From Hannah on behindthename.com:
From the Hebrew name (Channah) which meant "favour" or "grace". Hannah was the mother of the prophet Samuel in the Old Testament. As an English name, Hannah was not regularly used until after the Protestant Reformation. The Greek and Latin version Anna is used in the New Testament and was traditionally more widely used as a Christian name.


and Schmitz as SMITH, which is another slang name used for the Masons, the builders, the artificers.

And from the Channah, Canna, Cana,
we can also interpret the english equivalent, branch/reed, Cain!
Cain was the first SMITH !

Hannah Schmitz (of the READer) has both the favour and good graces of the Builders to tell us her character's story!

AND
(1:00)
Robert Downey Jr. -
nominated as "Kirk Lazarus" in the movie Tropic Thunder

Kirk Lazarus / "Sgt. Lincoln Osiris"
!
Circe L AZAR US!
Circe EL AZAR US!

The "Church of Osiris" / Religion of Osiris!
Recall that it is all of this is on "The day of counting the parts of the eye of Heru! (Horus)"

from the Greek Kirke and even the Old English circe we get "church".

"The American, playing an Australian, Playing an African American"
His character played the Character of "Sgt. Lincoln Osiris"
Sgt Osiris on Youtube

"I'm the dude playing the dude disguised as another dude."

A Trinity of dudes!

The Live Osiris in GREEN (his camo uniform!)
and Osiris the god of fertility.

The Dead Osiris the BLACK, his pigmentation surgery and unwrapping of the bandages UN-mummification,
and Osiris the god of the underworld/afterlife

and the RiSEN Osiris as Lazarus!
and Osiris the resurected god

all-in-one!

His character is a Master Of Disguise, as it were,
and resonating
the new American Pharaoh, President Barack Obama
With his Lincoln-Osiris character.

(Side note:)
The NSA / NRO have an "Area 51-like" JDSRF base at Pine Gap, Australia

Back to it.
HUgh also makes it crystal clear to us that he's an Aussie.
He "was an Australian, playing an Australian in a movie called Australia."


HUgh's an Ozy Man-Host on a raised platform in a hall

He's an Ozy Man-god on a dais

Wikipedia tells us this about DAIS:


Dais (pronunciation) is any raised platform located either within or without a room or enclosure, often for dignified occupancy, as at the front of a lecture hall or sanctuary.

Historically, the dais was a part of the floor at the end of a medieval hall, raised a step above the rest of the room. On this the lord of the manor dined with his friends at the high table, apart from the retainers and servants. In medieval halls there was generally a deep recessed bay window at one or at each end of the dais, supposed to be for retirement or greater privacy than the open hall could afford.


(NOTE: try a google search for "Lord of Hosts" to get some more background)

He's an Ozy Man-god on a dais - He's Ozymandias

He's our man-god host of the night, our temporary Pharaoh:

RAMesses II (also known as Ramesses The Great and alternatively transcribed as Ramses and Rameses; also known as Ozymandias in the Greek sources, from a transliteration into Greek of a part of Ramesses' throne name, User-maat-re Setep-en-re)

RAM-eses, RAM-EES-Ses as the Egyptians would pronounce,
Our RAM-ISIS

Our dual-principled man-god.
He's also resonating the tri-partate OSIRIS (Man-Actor-Host)
He drives this home with the last line, "I'm the Slumdog-the wrestler-I'm Wolverine")

He represents the man beamed full of light, with the spirit, the Christening,
The Shekhinah
the IS IS
Balanced in the Tree of Life (remember his movie "The Fountain" with the tree of life.)
in Tiphareth between the two pillars (Oscar statues)

The Master of the Lodging of his Soul in a Tuxedo.
Standing in the Point within the Circle (which we saw at 0:03)
and the interconnected "Flower of Life", depicted on the Osireion in Egypt.
(2:00)
(2 be 1 ask 1)

He is the crowned Pharaoh, Man-King, the MLK (M(i)LK) with the Kundalini serpent.
The One with the "3rd Eye" open.
The little Pineal gland located between the twin halves of the brain!

Something tells me that HE did not stay up all night in his garage to put that number together!

As OZYMANDIAS he's the symbollic Wizard himself, "the Man behind the Curtain" in the Wizard of OZ!

MUCH more analysis coming...



(and there's STILL more to come!)

Earth, Wind and Fire (singers of Boogie WONDERland used in HAPPY Feet (HAPY Feet!) with HUGH Jackman as Memphis) play for the Obamas at the White House on 2.22.2009.

& Stevie WONDER (blind keyboard maestro = EYEs that do not see) wins a Gershwin - Obamas to present on 2.25.2009.

The Knights Templar & the OSCAR Statue.

MUCH More on The Oscars of 2.22.2009 itself




Feels like there's some BIG "Revelation" is just waiting to happen...


in the meantime...
visit Chris at The Secret Sun and search for Oscar!
for some of his previous insights.

And some of his newer ones at The Solar Satellite

And Future Fossil's excellent CANIS MAJOR - OSCAR Poster Overlay image





Thursday, February 19, 2009

Michelle Obama Celebrates the Festival of MIN (Updates)



While President (Pharaoh) Barack Obama had gone forth on his foreign visit to improve the prosperity (fertility) of the nation in a meeting in Canada, the First Lady (the obvious object of his affections and desires) Michelle Obama paid a visit to the Department of Agriculture.

MIN is an Egyptian god of Agriculture, fertility and sexuality.
His festival is February 19/20.

Min is also the "Lord of the Foreign Lands".
The trip to the Foreign Land of Canada was the President's first foreign trip of his administration.
There is also a composite deity called "Mut-Isis-Nekhbet, the Great Mother and Lady"

Michelle Obama 2/19/09 transcript from Dept. of Agriculture:
(from www.usda.gov)

Remarks by the First Lady Michelle Obama at the U.S. Department Of Agriculture

MRS. OBAMA: Thank you so much. Thank you. You all take a load off your feet.

(Laughter.)

First of all, I want to thank Secretary Vilsack for that very moving introduction for me. It is an honor for me to serve in this capacity, and coming to these departments, like I've been doing, is probably one of the -- next to hanging out with Malia and Sasha --

(laughter)

-- is probably one of the most valuable things that I think that I can do.

We're so lucky to have Secretary Vilsack. I got to know him on the campaign trail;
spent a lot of time in Iowa. He brings to this job a lifetime of public service in
one of the greatest states in this country, which has become one of my favorite
states, Iowa.

(Laughter.)

You get to know Iowa. When you're running for President,
you spend a lot of time in Iowa. And it is a good place with decent, hardworking
people with some strong values.

And getting to know the state, as I've done, and getting to know Secretary Vilsack, as I have, over the past several years, I know that we are lucky and you all are blessed to have someone who is so committed and knows so much about so many things regarding agriculture. Working with family farms and rural communities, he's going to bring all of that experience to his work here at the Department of Agriculture. And we are grateful to have him onboard. So let's give him a round of applause.

(Applause.)

I was also particularly pleased to hear that he's working on creating these wonderful gardens here at the USDA. Did you know that?

AUDIENCE: Yes.

MRS. OBAMA: That's a very good thing --

(laughter)

-- and kicking off this effort to build these gardens all over the world in all of the facilities of the USDA, because I'm a big believer in community gardens, both because of their beauty and for their access to providing fresh fruits and vegetables to so many communities across this nation and the world.

So to help kick this effort off, I brought a little gift to get this garden going.
It's right here in this pot.

(Laughter.)

It is a seedling. It will be beautiful one day.

(Laughter.)

But right now it's a seedling. And it's a special seedling because it comes from the Jackson magnolia tree. And the Jackson magnolia tree sits on the South Portico of the White House. And it's a special tree because it was planted by President Jackson in honor of his wife, Rachel, who passed right before they moved into the White House. So I hope that this seedling brings years of joy and beauty to the garden that will be planted here, in the same way it has brought beauty to the White House for 180 years. So please accept this gift from the White House.

(Applause.)

So as you probably heard, I've been running around the District visiting departments.

And as I've said, it's been one of the most fun things that I've done. My purpose is simple: It's to say thank you. You know, that's something that Barack and I talked about; talked about all the folks who have dedicated their lives, as the people on this stage have done for -- did I hear the youngest worker on here has worked for 38 years? See, I have staff on the back who gulp every time they hear that --

(laughter)

-- because they're like 20.

(Laughter.)

So they can't imagine doing anything for longer than four years.

(Laughter.)

But what is true and what America needs to remember is that this nation is built on the backs of you, workers who have dedicated their lifetimes to working on behalf of the issues that are so important to this nation. And before we do anything here in this town, in this country, we thought it is important to say thank you for the work that you've done, thank you for the work that you're going to do, because we're going to need you working so very hard over the next several years. So thank you.

It's important for people to know what happens here at the Department of Agriculture.

As you begin moving the policies and programs of this administration forward, I wanted to come by and just remind people of the work that you do.

From supporting the farmers that produce the food that we eat, to managing the school meal programs that give students the energy and the nutrition they need to get through the day, to providing greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables, to
giving struggling families the assistance they need to put food on their table, and to protecting our food supply, the work of this department touches the lives of all Americans on a daily basis in ways that sometimes we can't even imagine. And like many parts of this country, rural America is hurting economically. The President is taking steps to turn our economy around and help struggling families. And the expansion of the Children's Health Insurance Program will insure more children, including those in rural communities, so that they get the health care that they need.

The new investments that will double the nation's renewable energy capacity is going to bring new jobs and economic opportunity to rural communities who will play a central role in creating America's clean energy future. And the President's plan to address the home mortgage crisis is going to help rural families refinance their mortgages, modify loans and secure loans with more affordable monthly payments. And this effort is not going to just help keep families in their homes, it's going to help strengthen rural neighborhoods and communities across this country.

So there's a lot of work to do. And we have great leaders in Secretary Vilsack and President Obama that we can count on through the next several years. But it's, again, important to remember that these great leaders are only as great as the people who hold them up. And, again, that's where you all come in. They can only do the work that they do because there are thousands and thousands of dedicated federal workers like you who are willing to make the sacrifices in their own lives, with their own families, to devote the time and energy that is so needed to get the work done.

So, again, we are going to need you in the months and years to come. The challenges that we face are serious and real. And it's going to take quite a long time to get this country back on track. So your contributions are more important now than they have ever been.

So, again, on behalf of my husband, on behalf of the administration and the Obama family, I want to thank you for your energy, for your passion, and for your commitment.

And let's get this thing planted.

(Laughter.)

Thank you.

(Applause.)


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The Andrew Jackson Magnolia:



The Andrew Jackson Magnolia @ Wikipedia

The Andrew Jackson Magnolia @ Historic Trees


In other news:
Michael Jackson's Neverland gadgets are up for sale
Michael Jackson's Neverland (MJN / MIN)
(J and I are interchangeable letters)

And in synch with the day,
is the movie MAGNOLIA.
In which, like in the Plagues on Egypt, frogs rain from the sky.



UPDATE:
James Ratte pointed out that a Ranch (as in Neverland Ranch) is used for growing crops and Edward Scissor Hands (first on the MJN auction list) trimmed hedges.
And the movie MAGNOLIA had a 17 year old boy, Sydney Barringer, (Sydney is a city in Australia / OZ, claimed by the British in 1770 (England's Child)) attempting suicide but is instead killed accidently by his mother.
His mother is played by the British actress Miriam Margolyes, OBE - an officer in the Order of the British Empire.



UPDATE:
The Andrew Jackson MAGNOLIA was a gift from President Jackson to his wife
RACHEL - whose name means 'ewe' or SHEEP !
The Great Lady gave a magnolia to her flock, to her sheep (sheeple!)!
"Sheep are for shearing", a good man once told me!

A FERTILE day of Egyptian synchs & mysticism here!

Canada Releases UFO Files - Obama Visits Canada (Updates)

Canada opens UFO X-Files to the World

Dr. Michael Salla through The Honolulu chapter of the Examiner tells us that Canada has opened its UFO files to the public.

Honolulu, Hawaii, childhood home of President Barack Obama no less!

On January 29, 2009 the Canadian government quietly opened its UFO files to the Public. A search for 'Canada releases UFO Files' will show you just how quietly that happened! There has been almost no media coverage.

The Canadian Government has authorized open public access to thousands of federal government documents concerning UFOs. A total of 9500 digitized documents spanning the years 1947 to the early 1980s have been made available through the Library and Archives Canada website. Titled “Canada's UFOs: The Search for the Unknown” the files include correspondence, reports, memos and procedures, some of which specifically deal with UFOs. The files come from Canada’s National Defense Department, the Department of Transport, the National Research Council, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.


If you're a UFO buff I would suggest that you check out Canada's Department of Transportation records for your smoking gun evidence. There are some truly fascinating records and memos to be discovered.




February 19, 2009 - President Obama is gone on his first official foreign trip to Canada !


Ottawa is abuzz with excitement ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit Thursday, his first foreign trip since taking power last month.

Obama's plane will touch down at Ottawa International Airport's Hangar 11 at about 10:30 a.m.

He will be greeted by Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean and the pair will hold a short, private meeting.

After that, Obama's motorcade will travel to Parliament Hill where thousands of well-wishers have already started to gather, hoping to get a glimpse of the new president.

Inside, Obama will have a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper followed by a "restricted" meeting with senior staff and then a working lunch with officials -- featuring a main course of applewood smoked Plains Bison.

Obama and Harper are expected to discuss trade issues and start the framework for negotiations for a North American environmental and energy accord.



Obama arrives in Canada



Canadian UFO Landing - Guardian

The Robert "Bob" A. Exler from JPL/NASA, mentioned in the video above appears to be the same Robert Exler of the Mariner 10 Spacecraft Flight Operations and Mission Control team.



Transcript: Obama-Harper press conference


English-language transcript of a news conference held Thursday, Feb. 19 by U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, as released by the White House press secretary's office.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, good afternoon.

PRIME MINISTER HARPER: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.

(In French.)

(In English.) Once again, it is a great pleasure to welcome President Obama to Canada. We are deeply honored that he has chosen Canada for his first foreign visit since taking office. His election to the presidency launches a new chapter in the rich history of Canada-U.S. relations. It is a relationship between allies, partners, neighbors, and the closest of friends; a relationship built on our shared values -- freedom, democracy, and equality of opportunity epitomized by the President himself.

Our discussions today focused on three main priorities. First, President Obama and I agree that Canada and the United States must work closely to counter the global economic recession by implementing mutually beneficial stimulus measures, and by supporting efforts to strengthen the international financial system.

We concur on the need for immediate, concerted action to restore economic growth and to protect workers and families hit hardest by the recession through lowering taxes, ensuring access to credit, and unleashing spending that sustains and stimulates economic activity.

Second, President Obama and I agreed to a new initiative that will further cross-border cooperation on environmental protection and energy security. We are establishing a U.S.-Canada clean energy dialogue which commits senior officials from both countries to collaborate on the development of clean energy science and technologies that will reduce greenhouse gases and combat climate change.

Third, the President and I had a productive discussion about our shared priorities for international peace and security -- in particular, our commitment to stability and progress in Afghanistan.

This has been a very constructive visit, revealing to both of us a strong consensus on important bilateral and international issues. President Obama, I look forward to working with you in the months ahead to make progress on these issues and build on the long and deep friendship between our two countries and our two peoples.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. Well, it is a great pleasure to be here in Ottawa. And Prime Minister Harper and I just completed a productive and wide-ranging discussion on the many issues of common concern to the people of the United States and Canada.

I came to Canada on my first trip as President to underscore the closeness and importance of the relationship between our two nations, and to reaffirm the commitment of the United States to work with friends and partners to meet the common challenges of our time. As neighbors, we are so closely linked that sometimes we may have a tendency to take our relationship for granted, but the very success of our friendship throughout history demands that we renew and deepen our cooperation here in the 21st century.

We're joined together by the world's largest trading relationship and countless daily interactions that keep our borders open and secure. We share core democratic values and a commitment to work on behalf of peace, prosperity, and human rights around the world. But we also know that our economy and our security are being tested in new ways. And the Prime Minister and I focused on several of those challenges today.

As he already mentioned, first we shared a commitment to economic recovery. The people of North America are hurting, and that is why our governments are acting. This week I signed the most sweeping economic recovery plan in our nation's history. Today the Prime Minister and I discussed our respective plans to create jobs and lay a foundation for growth. The work that's being done by this government to stimulate the economy on this side of the border is welcomed, and we expect that we can take actions in concert to strengthen the auto industry, as well.

We know that the financial crisis is global, and so our response must be global. The United States and Canada are working closely on a bilateral basis and within the G8 and G20 to restore confidence in our financial markets. I discussed this with Prime Minister Harper, and we look forward to carrying that collaboration to London this spring.

Second, we are launching, as was mentioned, a new initiative to make progress on one of the most pressing challenges of our time: the development and use of clean energy. How we produce and use energy is fundamental to our economic recovery, but also our security and our planet. And we know that we can't afford to tackle these issues in isolation. And that's why we're updating our collaboration on energy to meet the needs of the 21st century.

The clean energy dialogue that we've established today will strengthen our joint research and development. It will advance carbon reduction technologies and it will support the development of an electric grid that can help deliver the clean and renewable energy of the future to homes and businesses, both in Canada and the United States. And through this example, and through continued international negotiations, the United States and Canada are committed to confronting the threat posed by climate change.

In addition to climate change, Prime Minister Harper and I discussed the need for strong bilateral cooperation on a range of global challenges -- one of the most pressing being Afghanistan. The people of Canada have an enormous burden there that they have borne. As I mentioned in an interview prior to this visit, those of us in the United States are extraordinarily grateful for the sacrifices of the families here in Canada of troops that have been deployed and have carried on their missions with extraordinary valor. You've put at risk your most precious resource: your brave men and women in uniform. And so we are very grateful for that.

There is an enduring military mission against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and along the border regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, but we also have to enhance our diplomacy and our development efforts. And we discussed this in our private meetings. My administration is undertaking a review of our policy so that we forge a comprehensive strategy in pursuit of clear and achievable goals. And as we move forward, we intend to consult very closely with the government here in Canada to make certain that all our partners are working in the same direction.

In April, we'll have a broader dialogue with our NATO allies on how to strengthen the alliance to meet the evolving security challenges around the world.

And finally, we look forward to the Summit of the Americas. My administration is fully committed to active and sustained engagement to advance the common security and prosperity of our hemisphere. We will work closely with Canada in advancing these goals and look forward to a meaningful dialogue in Trinidad.

As I've said, the United States is once again ready to lead. But strong leadership depends on strong alliances, and strong alliances depend on constant renewal. Even the closest of neighbors need to make that effort to listen to one another, to keep open the lines of communication, and to structure our cooperation at home and around the world.

That's the work that we've begun here today. I'm extraordinarily grateful to Prime Minister Harper for his hospitality, his graciousness, and his leadership. And I'm looking forward to this being the start of a continued extraordinary relationship between our two countries.

Q Thank you, Mr. President, Mr. Prime Minister. I have Afghanistan questions for you both. Mr. President, General McKiernan requested 30,000 extra troops; your new order calls for 17,000. How likely is it that you will make up that difference after the review you've mentioned? And more importantly, how long can we expect all U.S. combat troops to be in Afghanistan?

And, Mr. Prime Minister, based on your discussions today, are you reconsidering the 2011 deadline for troop withdrawal, and are you also thinking about increasing economic aid to Afghanistan?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, David, the precise reason that we're doing a review is because I think that over the last several years we took our eye off the ball, and there is a consensus of a deteriorating -- that there is a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan. I don't want to prejudge that review. I ordered the additional troops because I felt it was necessary to stabilize the situation there in advance of the elections that are coming up. But we have 60 days of work to do. They -- that review, which will be wide-ranging, will then result in a report that's presented to me. And from -- at that point, we will be able to, I think, provide you with some clearer direction in terms of how we -- how we intend to approach Afghanistan.

In terms of length, how long we might be there, obviously that's going to be contingent on the strategy we develop out of this review. And I'm not prejudging that, as well.

I should mention, just to preempt, or to anticipate Prime Minister Harper's -- the question directed at him, that I certainly did not press the Prime Minister on any additional commitments beyond the ones that have already been made. All I did was to compliment Canada on not only the troops that are there, the 108 that have fallen as a consequence of engagement in Afghanistan, but also the fact that Canada's largest foreign aid recipient is Afghanistan. There has been extraordinary effort there, and we just wanted to make sure that we were saying thank you.

PRIME MINISTER HARPER: Just very quickly, as you probably know, it was just last year that we were able to get through Parliament a bipartisan resolution extending our military engagement in Afghanistan for an additional close to four years at that point. As we move forward, we anticipate an even greater engagement on economic development. That was part of the strategy that we adopted.

I would just say this -- you know, obviously we're operating within a parliamentary resolution -- I would just say this in terms of the United States looking at its own future engagement. We are highly appreciative of the fact the United States is going to be a partner with us on the ground in Kandahar. The goal of our military engagement, its principal goal right now, beyond day-to-day security, is the training of the Afghan army so the Afghans themselves can become responsible for their day-to-day security in that country.

I'm strongly of the view, having led -- you know, as a government leader, having been responsible now for a military mission in Kandahar province, that we are not, in the long term through our own efforts, going to establish peace and security in Afghanistan; that that job ultimately can be done only by the Afghans themselves. So I would hope that all strategies that come forward have the idea of an end date, of a transition to Afghan responsibility for security, and to greater Western partnership for economic development.

Q (As translated.) Good day. In French for you, Mr. Harper. With regard to the environment, going beyond green technology, how far are your two countries prepared to harmonize your strategy to reduce greenhouse gases? And how will you reconcile your approaches? They seem different when it comes to the tar sands, for instance.

For you, Mr. President, I can repeat in English. On the part of the -- of the environment, beyond research, technology and science, how far are your two countries willing to go to harmonize your strategies in terms of greenhouse gas reductions? And how can you reconcile your two approaches when they seem so different, especially considering the fact that Canada refuses to have hard caps, in part because of the oil sands?

PRIME MINISTER HARPER: (In French.)

(In English.) Briefly, first of all, really premature to talk about anything like that, anything like harmonization with the United States. The United States has not had a national dialogue and debate on its own detailed approach. Obviously that's something the President's administration will be doing.

What we have agreed to today is a dialogue on clean energy, and particularly on the development of clean energy technology. Both of our governments are making large investments in things such as carbon capture and storage and other new technologies designed to fight climate change. We share our -- our document on this clean energy dialogue talks about things we can do together to improve the electricity grid in North America. There are all kinds of things we can do together, independent of any American regulatory approach, on climate change.

We will be watching what the United States does very -- with a lot of -- with a lot of interest for the obvious reasons that, as we all know, Canada has had great difficulty developing an effective regulatory regime alone in the context of a integrated continental economy. It's very hard to have a tough regulatory system here when we are competed with -- competing with an unregulated economy south of the border.

So we'll be watching what the United States does. We'll be looking ourselves, for our own sake, at opportunities for harmonization to make our policies as effective as they can. And I don't think the differences are near as stark as you would suggest. When I look at the President's platform, the kind of targets that his administration has laid out for the reduction of greenhouse gases are very similar to ours. You say we have intensity, they have absolute -- but the truth is these are just two different ways of measuring the same thing. You can convert one to the other, if that's what you want to do.

So I'm -- I'm quite optimistic. I'll be watching -- I'll be watching what's done in the United States with great interest. But I'm quite optimistic that we now have a partner on the North American continent that -- that will provide leadership to the world on the climate change issue, and I think that's an important development.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, this is not just a U.S. or a Canadian issue; this is a worldwide issue that we're going to have to confront. There are good, sound economic reasons for us to address this issue. You know, to the extent that, on both sides of the border, we can make our economies more energy efficient, that saves consumers money; that saves businesses money; it has the added advantage of enhancing our energy security. And we are very grateful for the relationship that we have with Canada, Canada being one of -- being our largest energy supplier.

But I think increasingly we have to take into account that the issue of climate change and greenhouse gases is something that's going to have an impact on all of us. And as two relatively wealthy countries, it's important for us to show leadership in this area. I think the clean energy dialogue is an extraordinary beginning because right now there are no silver bullets to solve all of our energy problems. We're going to have to try a whole range of things, and that's why sharing technology, sharing ideas, sharing research and development is so important.

Here in Canada you have the issue of the oil sands. In -- in the United States, we have issues around coal, for example, which is extraordinarily plentiful and runs a lot of our power plants. And if we can figure out how to capture the carbon, that would make an enormous difference in how we operate. Right now the technologies are at least not cost-effective.

So my expectation is, is that this clean energy dialogue will move us in the right direction. We're not going to solve these problems overnight, as Prime Minister Harper indicated. We have to complete our domestic debate and discussion around these issues. My hope is, is that we can show leadership so that by the time the international conference takes place in Copenhagen that the United States has shown itself committed and ready to do its part.

I think the more that we can coordinate in -- with Canada, as well as Mexico, a country that has already shown interest in leadership on this issue -- and when I spoke to President Calderón, he indicated this is an area of interest to him -- the more that, within this hemisphere, we can show leadership, I think the more likely it is that we can draw in countries like China and India, whose participation is absolutely critical for us to be able to solve this problem over the long term.

And, as Prime Minister Harper suggested, there are going to be a number of different ways to go after this problem. You know, we've suggested a cap and trade system. There are other countries who've discussed the possibilities of a carbon tax. I think there's no country on Earth that is not concerned about balancing dealing with this issue on the environmental side and making sure that, in the midst of a severe recession, that it's not having too much of an adverse impact on economic growth and employment.

So we think that we can benefit by listening and sharing ideas, and my hope is, is that we emerge from this process firmly committed to dealing with an issue that, ultimately, the Prime Minister's children and my children are going to have to live with for many years.

Q Thank you, to both of you. I've got a question for both of you. Mr. President, on Tuesday you said that now is not the time to reopen NAFTA. But your aides said that you would be trying to convince our friends in Canada and in Mexico of the rightness of your position. So, first, did you convince our friends in Canada? And when is the right time to incorporate labor and environmental standards into the main body of NAFTA?

Second, for Prime Minister Harper. Mr. Prime Minister, is there a way for a "Buy American" provision to be compliant with the U.S. obligations under the World Trade Organization?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, first of all, Jonathan, I'm not sure that was my exact quote. I always get a little nervous about responding to quotes without me actually seeing it. I think what I said was, is that now is a time where we've got to be very careful about any signals of protectionism, because, as the economy of the world contracts, I think there's going to be a strong impulse on the part of constituencies in all countries to see if we -- they can engage in "beggar thy neighbor" policies. And as obviously one of the largest economies in the world, it's important for us to make sure that we are showing leadership in the belief that trade ultimately is beneficial to all countries.

Having said that, what I also indicated was that with a NAFTA agreement that has labor provisions and environmental provisions as side agreements, it strikes me if those side agreements mean anything then they might as well be incorporated into the main body of the agreement so that they can be effectively enforced. And I think it is important, whether we're talking about our relationships with Canada or our relationships with Mexico, that all countries concerned are thinking about how workers are being treated and all countries concerned are thinking about environmental issues of the sort that Emmanuelle just raised earlier.

So, you know, I raised this issue with Prime Minister Harper. My hope is, is that as our advisors and staffs and economic teams work this through, that there's a way of doing this that is not disruptive to the extraordinarily important trade relationships that exist between the United States and Canada.

Now you didn't ask me about the "Buy American" provisions, but since it relates to our recovery package, let me just reiterate -- and I said this very clearly before the bill was passed and before I signed it -- that I think it was very important to make sure that any provisions that were there were consonant with our obligations under WTO and NAFTA.

And I think that is what we achieved. I recognize the concerns of Canada, given how significant trade with the United States is to the Canadian economy. I provided Prime Minister Harper an assurance that I want to grow trade and not contract it. And I don't think that there was anything in the recovery package that is adverse to that goal.

PRIME MINISTER HARPER: I'll answer both questions, as well. First of all, I just think it's important to reiterate that since NAFTA came into force, and more importantly since Canada signed its free trade agreement with the United States in 1988, trade agreements between our two countries have been nothing but beneficial for these two countries. There has been a massive explosion of trade. It was already the biggest trading relationship in the world; it's so much bigger now. And that trade supports, you know, countless millions of jobs.

And I don't think we should also forget the leadership that was established in that. You know, this was about the end of the Cold War, and Canada and the U.S. signed the first modern generation trade agreement that really started -- started the proliferation of these types of agreements, which really gave us the growth of the global economy.

Now, you know, I know some aspects of trade invariably cause political concerns, but nobody should think for a minute that trade between Canada and the United States is anything but a benefit between the two of us. And quite frankly, the trade challenges we face are common trade challenges. The trade challenges we face in North America are common trade challenges; they're not problems between our countries.

So I just think it's always important to keep this in mind. The President and I did have a good discussion of his concerns. You know, our position is that we're -- we're perfectly willing to look at ways we can -- we can address some of these concerns, which I understand, without, you know, opening the whole NAFTA and unraveling what is a very complex agreement. But we had a good discussion on that and I think -- I'm hopeful we'll be able to make some progress.

On -- on the "Buy American" provisions -- and let's also be very clear, as well, that in both WTO and NAFTA, there are -- there are industries and there are ways in which and there are levels of government at which one can have domestic preferences and purchasing policies. These things are allowed, in some cases, but they are certainly not allowed without limit. We expect the United States to adhere to its -- to its international obligations. I have every expectation, based on what the President has told me and what he's said publicly many times in the past, that the United States will do just that.

But I can't emphasize how important it is that we do that. We have agreed in Canada and, you know, all the major countries of the world through the G20, we agreed to pursue economic stimulus measures -- not just to stimulate our own economies, but to recognize that we have a synchronized global recession that requires policies that will not just benefit ourselves but benefit our trading partners at the same time. If we pursue stimulus packages, the goal of which is only to benefit ourselves or to benefit ourselves, worse, at the expense of others, we will deepen the world recession, not solve it.

So I think it's critical that the United States has been a leader for a long time in the goals of an open global economy. I think it's critical that that -- that that leadership continue. And I'm -- I'm quite confident that the United States will respect those obligations and continue to be a leader on the need for globalized trade.

If I could just comment on our stimulus package, one of the things we did in our stimulus package was actually remove duties on some imported goods. Part of the reason we did that, it's in our own economic interest, but also, as well, it will help stimulate continental and global trade. And this is important for our recovery. We know as a small economy we can't recover without recovery in the United States and recovery around the world. But that's true for all of us these days.

Q I have a question for both of you. Mr. President, during your meetings today, did you discuss the possibility of Canada stepping up its stimulus plans? And secondly, for both of you, what do you think the Canada-U.S. relationship will look like in four years? What will the auto sector look like? Will the border be thicker or thinner? And will you have a carbon market?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: You stuffed about six questions in there. (Laughter.) Were you talking to Jonathan? Is that -- (laughter.)

Q I have more.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Yes, I'll bet. Well, first of all, I'll answer your last question first. I expect that, four years from now, the U.S.-Canadian relationship will be even stronger than it is today. I expect that you will see increased trade. I think we will see continued integration of efforts on -- on energy in various industries, and I think that's to be welcomed.

I'm a little biased here because I've got a brother-in-law who's Canadian and I have two of my key staff people who hail from Canada. And I love this country and think that we could not have a better friend and ally. And so I'm going to do everything that I can to make sure that our relationship is strengthened.

You mentioned a couple of specific issues -- the idea of thickening of borders. One of the things that I would like to see is -- and we -- Prime Minister Harper and I discussed this -- how we can use some of our stimulus and infrastructure spending that is already being planned around potentially easing some of these bottlenecks in our border. Now, we've got very real security concerns, as does Canada. But I think that it is possible for us to balance our security concerns with an open border that continues to encourage this extraordinary trade relationship in which we have $1.5 billion worth of trade going back and forth every single day.

With respect to the auto industry, obviously we are concerned -- we're deeply concerned about the current state of the North American auto industry. It is an integrated industry. When we provided our initial federal help to the auto industry, Prime Minister Harper stepped up and provided assistance that was commensurate with the -- the stake that Canada has in the auto industry.

We have just received the report back from GM and Chrysler in terms of how they intend to move forward. My economic team is in the process of evaluating it. One thing we know for certain is that there's going to have to be a significant restructuring of that industry. And as that restructuring takes place, one in which all parties involved -- shareholders, creditors, workers, management, suppliers, dealers -- as all of those parties come together to figure out what is a sustainable and vibrant auto -- North American auto industry, it's going to be very important for our government to coordinate closely with the Canadian government in whatever approach that we decide to take. And we are committed to doing that.

And finally, with respect to stimulus, I think that, as Prime Minister Harper mentioned, Canada has put in place its own stimulus package. We obviously are very proud of the recovery act that I recently signed, not only because it provides a short-term boost to the economy and provides relief to families that really need help, but I think it also will lay the groundwork for long-term growth and prosperity.

We were talking earlier about the issue of the electric grid. The potential that exists for creating ways of delivering energy from wind and solar across vast plains to get to urban areas and populated areas is enormously promising. That's why we are investing billions of dollars to help jumpstart that process.

And so we think we've taken the right approach to not only get the economy moving again and to fill domestic demand as well as global demand, but also I think Prime Minister Harper is taking the same approach. And to the extent that as we go to the G20 summit, that we are saying -- the most significant economies in the world all taking these steps in concert, then more -- the more likely we are that we're going to be able to slow the recessionary trends, reverse them, and start growing the economy again, which ultimately is the bottom line for both the Prime Minister and myself -- making sure that Americans, Canadians have good jobs that pay good wages, allow them to support a family and send their kids to college, and let their children aspire to new heights.

So I think we're going to continue to coordinate as closely as possible to make sure that we are helping families on both sides of the border.

PRIME MINISTER HARPER: You did ask several questions. I'll try and touch on a few of them. On stimulus, first of all, it's important to understand that Canada's economic stimulus package is very large. It's certainly larger than the kind of numbers the IMF was talking about in the fall with the provincial action that we will bring in to our stimulus spending -- will be close to 2 percent of GDP for this year, a percent and a half for next year. This is not as large as the stimulus package in the United States. But the issues in the United States are different, and in fairness, they are bigger than in Canada.

Let me just give you a concrete example of the difference -- I could talk about housing, or the banking sector. But the American stimulus package contains a significant money -- a significant pot of money being transferred to lower levels of government to deal with health care. Well, in Canada, as you know, we already have permanent health care transfer arrangements with our provinces before this economic crisis. So not all of these things are directly transferable to the Canadian experience. But by any measure, ours is a very large stimulus program.

As the President mentioned, we talked about today how we can use our investments in infrastructure to focus specifically on border infrastructure that we share. We know well at Detroit/Windsor and elsewhere in Canada that the growth of our trade is straining our border infrastructure that's independent even of security demands. So there may be things we can do there jointly in the name of economic stimulus that are beneficial for the long term.

The statement lays out today a whole bunch of initiatives we're undertaking, and I think President Obama mentioned them. Beyond border infrastructure, we have joint action going on on the auto sector. We were working closely with the outcoming administration. We will be continuing to work with President Obama's administration on what is an integrated industry needs an integrated solution.

We are engaged in Afghanistan. We talked about that at length. We are launching a clean energy dialogue on one of the most important challenges of the next decade, and that is climate change. So, you know, I see a range of initiatives that will carry us forward for many years.

I do want to address two specific things, though, you raised -- one is border thickening, and one is kind of four years from now. On -- on the thickening of the border, I just want to make this clear -- and I want to make this clear to our American friends -- not only have we since 9/11 made significant investments in security and security along our border, the view of this government is unequivocal: threats to the United States are threats to Canada.

There is no such thing as a threat to the national security of the United States which does not represent a direct threat to this country. We as Canadians have every incentive to be as cooperative and alarmed about the threats that exist to the North American continent in the modern age as do the governant people of the United States. That's the -- that's the approach with which we treat the border. Obviously we've been concerned about the thickening of the border.

You know, in our judgment -- and we'll have some time to talk about this as -- as we move along in our respective governments -- we're looking at -- the key is to look at how we can deal with security in a way that does not inhibit commerce and social interaction. That is the real challenge. But let there be no -- and that's where thickening of the border concerns us -- but let there be no illusion about the fact that we take these security concerns as seriously as our American friends.

In terms of big picture, you know, I think this would be the safest prediction in the world, that today Canada and the United States are closer economically, socially, culturally, in terms of our international partnerships than any two nations on the face of the Earth -- closer friends than any two nations on the face of the Earth. And I think we can safely predict that in four years' time we will be in exactly the same spot.

What we can do with that in the meantime -- and what I'm sure President Obama will want to do with that -- is to take that close relationship that is so deeply integrated when it comes to things like trade and military -- military and defense considerations, things where we have not only established a close friendship, but where we have established models that others who want to pursue close friendships have used around the world -- that we can take those things and we can continue to lead in the future. We can continue to show how two countries can work together in ways that pursue global cooperation and integration to mutual benefit.

And as we all know, one of President Obama's big missions is to continue world leadership by the United States of America, but in a way that is more collaborative. And I'm convinced that by working with our country, he will have no greater opportunity than to demonstrate exactly how that model can operate over the next four years.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: And let me just say that, to echo what the Prime Minister said, we have no doubt about Canada's commitment to security in the United States as well as Canada. Obviously we've got long-lasting relationships around NORAD, for example, and the same is true with respect to border security; there's been extraordinary cooperation and we expect that that will continue.

And Prime Minister Harper is right. It's a safe bet that the United States and Canada will continue to enjoy an extraordinary friendship, and together I think we've got an opportunity to show the world that the values that we care about -- of democracy, of human rights, of economic growth and prosperity -- that these are values that the world can embrace, and that we can show leadership. And I'm very much looking forward to working with -- with this government and -- and all Canadians in order to promote these -- these values.

I want to also, by the way, thank some of the Canadians who came over the border to campaign for me during the -- during the election. (Laughter.) It was much appreciated. And I'm looking forward to coming back to Canada as soon as it warms up. (Laughter.)

PRIME MINISTER HARPER: This brings an end to the press conference. Thank you very much, everybody.

END 3:31 P.M. (Local/EST)

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