CamelRot

It’s not Camelot. It’s not even Camelittle. It’s full of rot… CamelRot.

We’ve called for a Special Prosecutor to investigate Barack Obama and the entanglements/potential crimes of his government funded transition team. Today, the Obama transition team’s lawyer exonerated the Obama transition team. The honesty of the Obama team can be measured by its level of transparency. Until today the team said not a word about the fact that Obama was interviewed, or was it deposed, by Patrick Fitzgerald last week. Zero transparency = zero trust.

It also appears another Special Prosecutor is needed to investigate what exactly George W. is responsible for doing and what congressional Democrats are responsible for doing. It appears that Dimocrats have some ‘splaining to do.

Our political system is in a state of severe rot. Republicans can’t be trusted. The Naderites are irresponsible and have taken over the Democratic Party. And what used to be the Democratic Party is, after primary season, more like a bad nursery rhyme :

There was a crooked man,
And he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence
Upon a crooked stile;
He bought a crooked cat,
Which* caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together
In a crooked little house.

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First up, Caroline Kennedy:

The embarrassment called Hendrik Hertzberg misses the point on Caroline Kennedy. Hertzberg dismisses the “dynasty” argument (during the primaries this was a main argument in the Hillary Haters catechism), there is contempt for the “experience” argument, there is zero curiosity about her positions – Hertzberg assumes Caroline is to the right of Uncle Teddy and to the left of Barack Obama.

Hertzberg’ and other “appoint Caroline” cadres appear to be concerned about Caroline. We’re concerned about the people of New York State. Caroline is and will be a shill for Obama. The people of New York need someone who will represent them and fight the untrustworthy Obama if need be. Has Caroline ever “fought” for anything? Has Caroline every “fought” for anyone outside of her family interests?

We do know that Caroline has raised money for her pet projects as they enter her mind. But has she ever had to butt heads with anyone to get something done? Would Caroline call out Obama or her own party if their actions would harm New Yorkers?

It’s the people of New York that matter not the fate of Caroline Kennedy.

A Kennedy. Camelot. Ah! The greatness of it all? Not.[snip]

Paterson has taken a tack much unexpected by challenging all to tighten belts, cut spending, pay more fees to the state and get rid of waste after Wall Street’s collapse and the subsequent free fall in tax collections from the financial services business.

Paterson could have a tough time. Voters don’t like losing money, they hate losing services, and all the earnest explanations about fighting the good fight together won’t put better food on the table or pay the bills.

He needs someone who can help him win, and he needs someone who can win. He and the senator he chooses will both face the voters together. With that in mind, is Caroline Kennedy the correct choice?

On the issues of the day, Kennedy has been mighty silent. Financial cretins stealing for fun, profit and because they can? Not a word.

The wars? Syllable-less. Millions of humans evaporated in Africa’s inner madness? Quiet and silent.

The auto bailout? Nada. The printing of a trillion soon-to-be inflated dollars that will further sap our savings? On such matters, Kennedy remains absolutely silent.

What about the destruction of the economy of western New York?

Does she know that there is a deeply pained world beyond the Westchester County border just a bit north of New York City that benefited little from some fairy-tale place called Camelot and less from well-orchestrated and timed public relations campaigns afforded only by the rich?

Why should Caroline Kennedy be named a U.S. senator? Is it because merit no longer matters?

Hillary Clinton campaigned for months with Chuck Schumer in upstate New York, then spent at least a year in her “listening tour” of upstate New York before asking voters for a vote. When Hillary Clinton runs for office the yells start for “disclosure”. After the data is disclosed, the Hillary Haters grimace and wait for the next opportunity to yell “disclosure”. Of course for the Dimocrats and the Republicans “disclosure” is restricted to the Clintons.

Caroline, regrets:

If she were applying to be, say, an undersecretary of education in Barack Obama’s new administration, Caroline Kennedy would have to fill out a 63-item confidential questionnaire disclosing potentially embarrassing text messages and diary entries, the immigration status of her household staff, even copies of every résumé she used in the last 10 years.

If she were running for election to the Senate, Kennedy would have to file a 10-part, publicly available report disclosing her financial assets, credit card debts, mortgages, book deals and the sources of any payments greater than $5,000 in the last three years.

But Kennedy, who has asked Governor David Paterson to appoint her to succeed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton — and who helped oversee the vetting process for Obama’s possible running mates — is declining to provide a variety of basic data, including companies she has a stake in and whether she has ever been charged with a crime.

Disclosure? Let them eat cake. Caroline Kennedy sends her regrets:

Kennedy declined on Monday to reply to those and other questions posed by The New York Times about any potential ethical, legal and financial entanglements. Through a spokesman, she said she would not disclose that kind of information unless and until she becomes a senator. [snip]

“Precisely because there is no campaign or election, she should be more willing to disclose and subject herself to a greater level of public scrutiny than is required,” said Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union, a nonpartisan watchdog group. He noted that other major contenders for the Senate seat — officeholders like the attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, and Representative Kirsten Gillibrand — have mounted runs for office and filed public disclosures before. [snip]

Kennedy also avoided disclosing any information about her finances while working as chief fund-raiser for the New York City Department of Education. She took the three-day-a-week job — director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships — in October 2002 at $1 a year, intending at the time to step up to a $90,000-a-year salary, but she later decided to forgo the salary. Taking it would have required her to file disclosures with the city’s Conflicts of Interests Board, officials said.

Since then, Kennedy has been a vice chairwoman of the Fund for Public Schools, the nonprofit arm of the strategic partnerships office. A 2006 state law required that the board members of all nonprofits “affiliated, sponsored by or created by” a city government submit detailed disclosure forms. But on Dec. 10, the city told an Assembly committee that the Fund for Public Schools would be exempt from the law, reasoning that the Department of Education is, legally speaking, a school district, not a city agency — even though the mayor has control over the schools.

The upshot: Kennedy, for now, is not subject to those disclosure rules, either.

The financial world is getting special favors from congress but Caroline Kennedy has been successful in keeping her financial transactions secret from the public she proclaims she wants to represent.

Not much is known about what she would fight for. Not much is known about what she has done.

During the two years Caroline Kennedy worked as a fundraiser and goodwill ambassador for New York City’s schools chancellor, Joel Klein, co-workers would frequently drift by her workspace for a glimpse of the department’s most famous $1-a-year employee.

As often as not, they were greeted by an empty chair. [snip]

A passionate commitment to public education is one of Kennedy’s three main selling points in her bid to win appointment to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat, along with her platinum pedigree and a reputation for above-the-fray rectitude.

Yet because she has taken so few public positions, her education record – or what passes for it – has become just about the only public policy issue on which the 51-year-old political rookie can be judged.

The problem is, she hardly left a vapor trail.

Caroline Kennedy “sat out the epic legal battle to secure billions in state funding for low-income students” and hardly left a vapor trail. How can she be expected to fight for New Yorkers? If Obama and the Dimocrats want to hurt New York with their policies the Caroline history is that she would be their shill – not a fighter for the people of New York State.

After spending a few hours a day for two years Caroline Kennedy had a book to sell so she went on a book tour.

When she left, The New York Times wrote: “For months after she started, even some high-level education officials said they were not quite sure what she did. In an interview about eight months into her tenure, she would not say how often she worked at the department headquarters or how many hours she spent on the job, saying only, ‘I put in as much time as I can.'”

Like Obama’s “community organizing”, Caroline Kennedy was given credit for the work of others.

When Klein, speaking to the Times, credited Kennedy with securing $51 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for small schools, Wayne Barrett of the Village Voice tracked down officials who claimed the grant was actually set up by Klein deputy Michele Cahill.

Tom Vander Ark, former education director for the Gates Foundation, told Barrett that Kennedy “didn’t have anything to do” with obtaining the $51 million.

If opinions differ on Kennedy’s role as an administrator, her positions on several major education issues have proven even harder to nail down.

Maybe if Caroline Kennedy voted more often she would be up to date on the issues when it mattered to the people of New York. The gaps in voting (1989, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2002, 2005) remind us of “present” Obama and his excuses and chicanery (not to mention the “mistaken” votes).

Governor David Paterson must make a serious Senate, not social calendar, appointment. There are other, actually qualified and vetted, candidates.

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What did the Dimocrats know and when did they know it? We’ve spent months berating George W. while the Dimocrats hid their own rot and complicity.

CHRIS WALLACE: Let’s drill down into some of the specific measures that you pushed — first of all, the warrantless surveillance on a massive scale, without telling the appropriate court, without seeking legislation from Congress. Why not, in the aftermath of 9/11 and the spirit of national unity, get approval, support, bring in the other branches of government?

CHENEY: Well, let me tell you a story about the terror surveillance program. We did brief the Congress. . . . We brought in the chairman and the ranking member, House and Senate, and briefed them a number of times up until — this was — be from late ’01 up until ’04 when there was additional controversy concerning the program.

At that point, we brought in what I describe as the big nine — not only the intel people but also the speaker, the majority and minority leaders of the House and Senate, and brought them into the situation room in the basement of the White House.

I presided over the meeting. We briefed them on the program, and what we’d achieved, and how it worked, and asked them, “Should we continue the program?” They were unanimous, Republican and Democrat alike. All agreed — absolutely essential to continue the program.

I then said, “Do we need to come to the Congress and get additional legislative authorization to continue what we’re doing?” They said, “Absolutely not. Don’t do it, because it will reveal to the enemy how it is we’re reading their mail.”

That happened. We did consult. We did keep them involved. We ultimately ended up having to go to the Congress after the New York Times decided they were going to make the judge to review all of — or make all of this available, obviously, when they reacted to a specific leak.

But it was a program that we briefed on repeatedly. We did these briefings in my office. I presided over them. We went to the key people in the House and Senate intel committees and ultimately the entirely leadership and sought their advice and counsel, and they agreed we should not come back to the Congress.

If Cheney is telling the truth, a big if, then the Dimocrats are complicit in the Bush rot.

Maybe that is why Obama is keeping the George W. Bush war team.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who has been named to the same Cabinet post in the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama, is asking experienced members of the Bush war team to stick around to smooth the transition in the Pentagon.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has asked most Bush administration political appointees except those targeted for dismissal to stay on in the Pentagon until replaced by the Obama administration in the coming months.

“I have received authorization from the president-elect’s transition team to extend a number of Department of Defense political appointees an invitation to voluntarily remain in their current positions until replaced,” Mr. Gates said in an Dec. 19 e-mail to political appointees.

If the George W. hold-overs are not troubling enough, the Dimocratic rot is.

The Dimocrat rot includes Nancy Pelosi, Jane Harman, Jay Rockefeller and Tom Daschle. Obama, Pelosi, Harman and Rockefeller all voted for the FISA bill Obama had promised to filibuster.

The passage of the FISA bill with its telecom immunity provision means Pelosi, Harman, and Rockefeller will not undergo investigation. We need a Special Prosecutor to get rid of the Republican and Dimocratic rot.

Special Prosecutors need to investigate the fact that there is a crooked man who is about bring his crooked friends to Washington. Chicago and Washington are about to be renamed CamelRot.

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  1. Admin> Just as you say, Patterson “needs someone who can help him win (is own election), and he needs someone who can win. He and the senator he chooses will both face the voters together. With that in mind, is Caroline Kennedy the correct choice? The answer is no. Her main proponent will be dead soon and bambi cannot afford to be seen as pulling a power play on New York. If he selects Princess Caroline he will be seen as unable to stand up for the voters of New York and no bogus poll manufactured by her public relations firm now will save him. By the time election time rolls round she will be an albatross around his neck, he will lose in the primary or the general election. If he selects a New Yorker with a proven track record he is feted/

  2. I have always been a big fan of this site but your posts lately have me totally captivated. Please keep up the good work.

  3. Merry Christmas Admin. Thank you for the wonderful work you have done to reveal the truth about Obama and expose the corruption now endemic in both political parties. This site is a beacon of truth and more people who seek the truth will come here to find it.

  4. A letter sent by Dr. Kate Long shared to Chief Justice John G. Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court, posted at Texas Darlin.

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    © 2008 DrKate

    Honorable Chief Justice John G. Roberts
    Supreme Court of the United States

    Subject: Constitutional Eligibility Requirements for President of the United States

    Dear Chief Justice Roberts:

    Respectfully, I am writing to you as one of several million concerned Americans who are now aware of the questions surrounding Barack Obama’s eligibility under Article II of the United States Constitution to serve as President of the United States (POTUS).

    I am not writing to advocate for any of the cases now or potentially before this Honorable Court. However, I am writing to respectfully ask that the Supreme Court, in its deliberations in the substantive components of any of these cases, provide clarifying language for the American public as to the meaning of the Article II ‘natural born citizen’ requirement to the selection of a President of the United States. Until this language is clarified, anyone could be President of the United States by falsely representing their eligibility. The Court’s silence on this issue, in my humble opinion, would be more damaging to Americans than making a clear statement, even if the cases are dismissed.

    My reasoning follows herein.

    Mr. Obama’s own words confuse.

    For at least two years, Barack Obama has asserted on his campaign website that he is “a ‘native born’ U.S. citizen under the 14th amendment.” It does notsay that he is a ‘natural born’ citizen as defined under Article II of the Constitution. While Mr. Obama does not explicitly say so, he is equating his citizenship under the 14th Amendment with the ‘natural born’ citizen requirement of Article II. Under this assertion, any naturalized or American citizen, or dual citizen, could become President of the United States.

    Respectfully, if Article II and the 14th Amendment convey the same entitlement to the Presidency, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a naturalized citizen born in Austria, would have been President long ago. Yet when the Governor is asked about his run for the Presidency, he always replies that it would be ‘necessary to amend the Constitution’.

    I have attached a copy of a certified document for the state of Arizona that was obtained through requests under the Public Records Act of each state. Mr. Obama was required to submit this document to place his name on the state’s Presidential ballot. As the document shows, Senator Obama swears that he is a “‘natural born citizen’ of the U.S. and meets all the Constitutional eligibility requirements under Article II of the U.S. Constitution.”

    Which is controlling for the POTUS: Article II or the 14th Amendment?

    Millions of Americans have this question

    All American Citizens are Aware of the Special
    Requirement for POTUS

    Like many American citizens, I grew up knowing about the special limitation placed on the position of the President: the ‘natural born’ requirement. As I learned, the ‘natural born’ component is not entirely about geography, it is also about citizenship at birth. At age 18, I remember my American mother breathing a sigh of relief as I swore allegiance to the United States, because I was born to her and a foreign national outside the United States. I have known all my life that I could not be the President unless the Constitution was amended. It was a result of the citizenship of my father and my birth outside of the United States.

    As much as my personal story reflects that of millions, many are similarly aware that Congress can amend the Constitution to alter these special requirements through ratification by ¾ of the states. To my knowledge, two recent attempts change the eligibility requirements of the Presidency through Amendment were introduced in Congress in 2000 and 2003 but have not moved farther than introduction and discussion. Senate Resolution 511 (April 2008) attempted to include ‘foreign born’ U.S. citizens as eligible for the Presidency.

    Americans are aware of the special limitation placed on the office of the President, and we also understand that to change that kind of limitation, in this country we use an orderly process called ‘amending the constitution’. Has the process outlined in Article V of the Constitution been replaced by ‘the popular vote’?

    Did Americans make an Informed choice?

    By assumingthat Mr. Obama had been properly vetted by the Democratic Party, federal officials, and by the Secretaries of State, did the American people make an uninformed decision about his nomination and election? When questions arose about his eligibility last June, his critics were called ‘racists’ and were accused of “questioning Mr. Obama’s patriotism.” The media paid absolutely no attention to these basic eligibility questions.

    Mr. Obama has failed to provide information for public scrutiny that every single American has to provide for a job, application to school, military service, or government employment every single day in this country. Why does this request land on this Honorable Court’s steps instead of its easy early resolution?

    If it is revealed either now or later that he is not eligible to serve as President, would not the outrage of millions of people be expected, having been defrauded of their ability to vote for an eligible candidate and nearly one billion dollars?

    The entire outcome of the election could have been different.

    Respectfully, millions of Americans and many around the world are now aware of this issue, and we are wondering if our Constitution still exists. Hence I return to the need for this Honorable Court’s language, guidance, and wisdom in whatever its decision is on the substantive issues for any of the eligibility cases.

    Chaos and Unrest Possible Without Comment

    The failure of the parties, the government, the media, and the election process to properly vet Mr. Obama currently places our country in the precarious position of not knowing who Mr. Obama really is. Is Mr. Obama a ‘native’ born citizen, a ‘natural born’ citizen, or a ‘naturalized American citizen’ or ‘dual citizen’ under the 14th Amendment?

    Does it matter to the office of the Presidency?

    Your Honor, I offer respectfully that it is my fear that any ruling without comment on the substantive issues brought before the Court will likely lead to permanent unrest, as a major Constitutional question will not have been resolved or clarified for millions of Americans who are aware of this issue.

    A lack of clarity and guidance will undermine our faith in our government, its Chief Executive, and the integrity of our electoral process. I fear we will be divided as a Nation precisely at the moment when we need to be united in the face of many obstacles and threats ahead.

    However this Honorable Court rules on any of these cases, please do not leave Americans with silence. Our Constitution seems to be hanging by a thread.

    I respectfully thank you for your time and consideration, and wish the Court strength and courage in its deliberations.

    Sincerely,

  5. Admin: regarding Camelrot this article appeared at Real Clear Politics today. Let us hope it is right.
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    Senate slipping away from Caroline
    By Nick Ragone | Related entries in News
    It’s hard to lose an election that isn’t even an election, but it sure does seem like the New York Senate seat is slipping from Caroline Kennedy’s reach.

    Her non-campaign campaign has mostly been a series of missteps, and it seems to be alienating the Democratic rank and file.

    I’m semi-shocked to see the amount of resistance Caroline’s receiving from within her own party, and even more shocked to see the mainstream media piling it on. Both The New York Times and Politico have taken her flimsy record to task, while the left wing blogosphere is crying foul over the dynastic nepotism.

    All this organized opposition to her non-candidacy is going to make it difficult for Governor Patterson to appoint her to Hillary’s seat. Keep in mind, Patterson has his own election to worry about in 2010, and the last thing he needs is a primary challenge from a disgruntled party insider looking for payback. I still think Patterson wants to pick her, but I also think his political instincts are telling him to find someone more qualified.

    Bottom line: Caroline Kennedy has dug herself into a hole that will be difficult to recover. As Democratic Congressman Gary Ackerman put it, she’s been Palin-ized by her own handlers by ducking the media and refusing to give interviews. There’s a growing groundswell against her, and it will only pick up steam with each faux pas.

    Here’s my counsel to Caroline (in case she’s a big fan of the blog): Pull out of the “Patterson sweepstakes”, and declare your candidacy for 2010. If she really wants to be in the Senate, she should earn it just like everyone else: at the ballot box. I think she’d win-over disgruntled Democrats, and earn the respect of the electorate for taking the hard road — not the easy one. But something tells me she won’t do that.

    http://www.nickragone.com

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  6. wbboei,

    In 2010, will people really remember and care who Paterson appointed two years previously? Or is it that he will need someone who in 2010 will be well liked to help him campaign, whereas CK will be a flop?

  7. Emanuel cleared by White House counsel …. so what?
    Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 08:17PM

    Incoming White House Counsel Greg Craig’s internal investigation of the contacts between President-Elect Obama’s staff and maniacally corrupt Governor Rod Blogojovich turned up no evidence of any wrong doing.

    This, according to incoming White House counsel Greg Craig. You know him … he’s the incoming guy. Who works for Obama.

    So my question for Greg Craig is this: did he speak to anyone from Blogojovich’s office? Ummm …. no. Did he speak to anyone outside of Obama’s staff. Again, no. So he’s just going on what Obama’s staff told him, essentially. That’s fine — this isn’t a criminal investigation of the White House.

    But that doesn’t answer the most important question: Was Rahm Emanuel aware that Governor Blagojovich was soliticting favors in return for the Senate appointment, and if so what did he do about it? Until those questions are resolved, Emanuel won’t be in the clear.

    This thing has a long way to go. To quote poet Dylan Thomas, Blogojovich isn’t going gentle into that good. There’s going to be all sorts of skeletons flying out of the closet before it’s all said and done.

    Nick Ragone

  8. In 2010, will people really remember and care who Paterson appointed two years previously? Or is it that he will need someone who in 2010 will be well liked to help him campaign, whereas CK will be a flop?
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    I think this paragraph from Nick’s blog answers is on point:

    “All this organized opposition to her non-candidacy is going to make it difficult for Governor Patterson to appoint her to Hillary’s seat. Keep in mind, Patterson has his own election to worry about in 2010, and the last thing he needs is a primary challenge from a disgruntled party insider looking for payback. I still think Patterson wants to pick her, but I also think his political instincts are telling him to find someone more qualified.”

  9. The Confluence (Riverdaughter): when sara told the georgetown set she was there for the american people, and was not seeking their approval they (the washington press corp) set out to murder her. The euphemism is palinize.
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    You Keep Using That Word, Palin-Ized. I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.
    Posted on December 23, 2008 by madamab

    Sarah Palin As I walked to the subway the other day, I saw a headline that made my blood boil. Good thing, because it was minus a zillion degrees.

    Some Dems question Caroline Kennedy’s experience: ‘They’ve basically Sarah Palin-ized her’

    ORLY?

    It was entirely legitimate to question GOVERNOR Sarah Palin’s government experience. It is entirely legitimate to question SOCIALITE Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg’s government experience (which, despite the embarrassing paucity of her resume, has already been greatly exaggerated).

    What is NOT legitimate is to do the following:

    Hack into her personal email;
    Advocate violence against her (advocate for an involuntary hysterectomy, hang her in effigy, create a cartoon referring to her as a “MILP – Mother I’d Like To Punch”, shoot a video where she is viciously tackled by Terry Tate);
    Spread rumors that her son, Trig, is not her own;
    Create a sex doll that looks like her;
    Create t-shirts with the words “Sarah Palin is a c***” and wear them proudly as if they prove how kewl and feminist you are;
    Claim she doesn’t know Africa is a continent, and that she answers the door in a towel like Salome doing the Dance of the Seven Veils, and create a massive fauxrage about how much the RNC spent on her wardrobe without paying the slightest attention to how much the male candidates spend on theirs; and
    Edit her interviews so that she appears to be a warmongering idiot; ask her hostile and brainless questions like “What magazines do you read?”
    Wake me when any of that happens to Princess Caroline. I have a feeling I’ll be napping for a long, long time.

    Given the torrent of deranged misogyny that Governor Palin encountered during her candidacy, Sarah certainly would have reasons to be press-shy, although I’m not convinced she really was – not as shy as “I’ve already answered eight questions, can’t I just eat my waffles” Obama, in any case. But for the life of me, I can’t understand what excuse Ms. Schlossberg has for not talking to the press, and for actually demanding they submit questions in writing. (Echoes of Bush, there.)

    So far, the media have been polite, some fawning, in fact (Ruth Marcus, I’m talking about you, sister). Could it be that La Schlossberg absolutely nothing to offer New York but money, connections and a famous name? Golly gee, say it ain’t so, Caroline!

    It was only recently that the Princess came out with a platform of sorts. Her campaign to win over the hearts and minds of New York’s movers and shakers is being managed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s team. Yes, that’s Democrat/Republican/Independent Michael Bloomberg, who gives New York Democrats a case of post-partisan depression. Is Schlossberg even a Democrat? Who knows – she has skipped many of the 39 contested elections since 1988, only voting in about half of the primaries.

    Palin-ized indeed. What Schlossberg is getting is what every politician SHOULD get: scrutiny over issues and qualifications. The last politician we elected who wouldn’t accept that scrutiny is already enraging and disappointing millions who realize he’s “not the Obama they knew.”

    I hope that New York will not fall for the same okie-doke that the Democratic Party pulled on America with their Reagan Republican DINO President-Elect. It’s not up to us plebeians; it’s up to the Governor, which could be good or bad. Mr. Paterson may find Caroline’s recent reluctance to disclose any financial information whatsoever a bit of a turnoff. (If the woman were TRULY being Palin-ized, she would be subject to reams of evidence-free speculation on how she was clearly hiding the fact that she bought all of her children and had fourteen abortions.) And from the reactions of many of our local politicians and pundits, Ms. Schlossberg is going to have a bit of a rough time making us believe that she is the change we’ve been hoping for.

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  10. Caroline Kennedy is falling further and further away from an appointment. Lots of news in this New York Times story which slaps awake those who think Caroline is “a done deal” and likely appointment to the U.S. Senate.

    In our initial assessment of the Caroline Kennedy appointment (“Caroline Goes Plouffe”, published on Sunday, December 14) we said the Caroline power grab was running out of air because of Hillary supporters and the Blagojevich mess (we’ll have more on a potential Paterson problem along these lines later on). But our key point was that “Upstate New York opposition will prevent Governor Paterson from naming her….” Add Shelly Silver as another big, big, big reason (we smell the hand of Chuck Schumer in this) and also mayoral politics (Caroline might support Bloomberg over the Democrat).

    Very interesting excerpts below:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/24/nyregion/24kennedy.html?_r=1&hp

    Resistance is emerging among Democratic officials against Caroline Kennedy as she pursues Hillary Rodham Clinton’s seat in the United States Senate, with Gov. David A. Paterson bristling over suggestions that her selection is inevitable, according to his advisers, and other leading Democrats concerned that she is too beholden to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

    The governor is frustrated and chagrined, the advisers said, because he believes that he extended Ms. Kennedy the chance to demonstrate her qualifications but that her operatives have exploited the opportunity to convey a sense that she is all but appointed already. He views this as an attempt to box him in, the advisers said.

    “You have people going around saying, ‘Oh yeah, it’s a done deal,’ ” said one of the advisers, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the selection process and did not want to anger the governor. “The quickest way to not get something you want is to step into somebody’s face.”

    The governor’s frustration follows reports last week that

    Kevin Sheekey, a top deputy to Mr. Bloomberg who has been advising Ms. Kennedy, had called a labor leader and told him that Ms. Kennedy was going to be senator, “so get on board now,” and that a member of Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s staff was helping Ms. Kennedy reach out to unions. [snip]

    But Ms. Kennedy’s ties to Mr. Bloomberg’s political team and her waffling over whether she would support a Democrat in next year’s mayoral race appear to be angering some Democrats. On Tuesday, Sheldon Silver, the Assembly speaker, became the most senior elected official in the state to say that that Mr. Paterson should not select Ms. Kennedy to the Senate seat.

    “If I were the governor, I would look and question whether this is the appointment I would want to make, whether her first obligation might be to the mayor of the City of New York rather than the governor who would be appointing her,” Mr. Silver said during an interview on WGDJ, an Albany radio station. [snip]

    But her refusal to say over the weekend whether she would back a Democratic candidate next year, when Mr. Bloomberg will seek re-election as an independent, set off intense reaction among some in the party. [snip]

    Mr. Silver also praised several other potential appointees to the Senate seat, including Andrew M. Cuomo, the attorney general. Should Mr. Paterson pick Mr. Cuomo, the Legislature would be responsible for choosing his successor, and Mr. Silver would have by far the most influence over that choice.

  11. admin Says:
    December 24th, 2008 at 2:06 am

    Caroline Kennedy is falling further and further away from an appointment. Lots of news in this New York Times story which slaps awake those who think Caroline is “a done deal” and likely appointment to the U.S. Senate.
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    Good news, indeed! Hope it sticks. 0bama is not getting his Jarret nor his Kennedy. He is running out of spies and puppets for the senate.

  12. Amazing, does this smell like hope and change to you? It sounds like the same old political polka to me. But then Os track record was fabricated, and CK is running on her relatives track record, or maybe that is their perceived track record.

    Merry Chirstmas, happy holidays, safe journey to all.

  13. Three things seem fateful in the Kennedy story from NYT posted by admin:

    1. Patterson chargrined at Kennedy attempts to box him in (infra).

    2. the naked ambition of Bloomberg–a plutocrat rather than a democrat

    3. the statements of Silver who is speaker of the Assembly, and in matters like this speaks for so many others. The opposition is well organized.

    Jan’s comment here is brilliant and on point:0bama is not getting his Jarret nor his Kennedy. He is running out of spies and puppets for the senate.

    Looks to me like a classic case of hope change and unity, but now exactly what bambi had in mind. Hope New York is not stuck with a trust fund baby. Change from fawning media coverage and the inevitability planted by his minions. Unity in oppositon to this naked power grab by her corrupt uncle which would leave New York without effective representation in a time of crisis.

    The governor is frustrated and chagrined, the advisers said, because he believes that he extended Ms. Kennedy the chance to demonstrate her qualifications but that her operatives have exploited the opportunity to convey a sense that she is all but appointed already. He views this as an attempt to box him in, the advisers said.

  14. Amazing, does this smell like hope and change to you? It sounds like the same old political polka to me. But then Os track record was fabricated, and CK is running on her relatives track record, or maybe that is their perceived track record.

    Merry Chirstmas, happy holidays, safe journey to all
    —————————–
    Bambi–the real Bambi as opposed to the facade is more like Stalin than Jefferson. We can thank big media for the fact that few people realize this. In them, Bambi has a propaganda machine worthy of Stalin. The May Day Parade will be celebrated early this year: January 20.

  15. Merry Christmas to all my young Friends out there in my extended family on Hill 44 .May the year2009 bring all the good things back into the lives of peace loving people around the world.To you,Hillary,Bill and Chelsea,ahuge thank you for your unselfish and brave stand against those that would take our democracy and hold it hostage in their plans to change the way of life that we have enjoyed as millions of our citizens have shed blood sweat tears and given their lives to preserve it..

    By ABM90 What a wonderful World we hold in our hands.

  16. admin Says:
    December 24th, 2008 at 2:06 am

    “You have people going around saying, ‘Oh yeah, it’s a done deal,’ ” said one of the advisers, who requested anonymity.
    (snip)
    The governor’s frustration follows reports last week that Kevin Sheekey, a top deputy to Mr. Bloomberg who has been advising Ms. Kennedy, had called a labor leader and told him that Ms. Kennedy was going to be senator, “so get on board now,” and that a member of Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s staff was helping Ms. Kennedy reach out to unions. [snip]
    &&&&&&&&

    While things might not be going Caroline’s way, it is unfortunate to note that this coercive approach was what it took to help steal the nomination and hand it to Oblubber. “Get on board, or else…”.

  17. CK follows the BO “BE NOTHING, SAY NOTHING, DON’T VOTE” STRATEGY.

    From admin’s post at the top:

    “Yet because she has taken so few public positions, her education record – or what passes for it – has become just about the only public policy issue on which the 51-year-old political rookie can be judged. The problem is, she hardly left a vapor trail.”
    &&&&&&&&&

    My previous post equated CK = BO for the coercive tactics employed by TeamObama and their inside plants inside the DNC.

    This post references admin’s article at the top. CK = BO in the vapor trail history:
    * the missed votes
    * the lack of candor and transparency regarding financials, personal history, job history
    * the funny off-beat low paying job as filler to paper over a dreadfully thin resume
    a) $1/year Education fuddy-dud brown-nosing gala-attending hack,
    b) the faux benevolence of a supposed “community organizer”).

    Obama needed to settle into the Senate and actually learn how government works before he should be “elected” to lead it. Can’t blame him for wanting to skip all the hard work. The blame goes primarily to the media for not vetting him, partly to the DNC, and voters…

    Voters, you pulled the lever for this sham. You did not perform due diligence. You were either willingly misled, or deliberately blissfully ignorant. But government does reach into your lives. They assess taxes, they are responsible for making sure bridges don’t collapse, they determine when to send your kid into a battlezone, you know, stuff like that. So I won’t listen to your whining complaints when your needs are ignored or our country lead down the wrong path.

    You broke it, you bought it.

  18. From admin at the top:

    CHRIS WALLACE: Let’s drill down into some of the specific measures that you pushed — first of all, the warrantless surveillance on a massive scale, without telling the appropriate court, without seeking legislation from Congress. Why not, in the aftermath of 9/11 and the spirit of national unity, get approval, support, bring in the other branches of government?

    CHENEY: Well, let me tell you a story about the terror surveillance program.
    &&&&&&&&&

    And this guy wonders why he is saddles with a credibility problem?

    “Oooh, oooh, Uncle Dick, tell us another story about how you saved the world by suspending human rights, and using torture, and employing untold levels of secrecy, and running a shadow government”

    DC: “Well, I try to keep humble about saving the world, but if you really want to hear another story…”

  19. Admin, great article and sooo true.
    I also want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. I will be at work for the next two days, so my job has put a major dent in the Holidays for me. Sooon I hope to be able to tell them to kiss my arsh, when the bar gets going full swing.

  20. PLENTY OF GOOD PICKINGS FROM THIS POLITICO PIECE ON YAHOO

    Class, your assignment is to:

    a) identify bogus claims of deniability by the Obama people
    b) read between the lines for understanding how the Obamamites hope to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes, and how they are failing to do so.

    It must be in essay form, 40% for part a), 60% for part b).

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/16836

    Obama’s five rules of scandal response
    ——————————————–

    Tuesday’s report from the transition, detailing contacts between members of Obama’s inner circle and embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and concluding that “nothing at all inappropriate” was discussed, won’t be the final word on the subject—but it did provide some telling insight into the way the White House’s new occupant will operate.

    Here are five rules of Obama scandal-management based on his team’s handling of its first post-election crisis.

    1 – Be transparent, to an extent

    Obama’s internal review was entirely voluntary and intended to demonstrate that his team had nothing to hide, and was committed to its pledge to run “the most open and transparent transition in history.”

    But after announcing the review, his team declined to reveal who would conduct it, who would be interviewed or whether the resulting release would include any transition e-mails or records to support its conclusions.

    The review itself answered just one of those questions — we now know that White House Counsel Greg Craig led the review, which didn’t include any documentation of what materials it went over — but it raised others, among them: Why did Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett communicate with Craig through her lawyer, whom the report does not name; how many conversations did incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel have with Blagojevich; and why was Obama himself interviewed by prosecutors?

    The report says Emanuel urged Blagojevich to tap Jarrett for the Senate seat during “one or two telephone calls.” But in the next paragraph, it refers to “those early conversations with the governor,” and in a conference call unveiling the report, Craig said Emanuel “had a couple of conversations with the governor.”

    Equally unclear is what exactly was reviewed in the report that concludes that nothing inappropriate occurs, and whether there were any transition e-mails or other records covering the Senate seat selection process.

    “We asked each individual who we thought might have had some contact or some communication that would be meaningful” to reconstruct “any contacts or communications, and that would include checking cell phone records or e-mails, and we inquired about that,” Craig said. He added that “we’ve got the information that is required,” and said he didn’t know of any written communications.

    Also, the report revealed that prosecutors interviewed Obama, and did so after he had publicly declared he had been unaware of Blagojevich’s alleged plot to sell off the Senate seat Obama had vacated after winning the presidency, raising questions about why they took the unusual step of interviewing the president-elect, what they asked him and whether he was under oath.

    2 – Don’t let the news cycle dictate response

    Freed from the rapid fire back-and-forth of the campaign, Obama, a stickler for preparation, resorted to his methodical instincts in trying to create order amidst the swirling scandal.

    But in taking his time, he’s let the story linger into a third week.

    After drawing criticism for a listless initial response the day Blagojevich was arrested and accused of trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by the president-elect, Obama went a step further the next day by calling on the governor to resign. On the third day of the story, he announced the internal review. By the next week he acknowledged frustration over not being able to clear up inaccuracies about the case.

    Still, Obama resisted the temptation to spout off and stuck to the original plan: He would allow a written report to speak for him.

    When the transition released the five-page review Tuesday, the day before Christmas Eve, Obama was far removed from the action as he relaxed in Hawaii with his family. The physical distance served the same purpose as the report itself, separating Obama from the swirl of scandal

    3 – No freelancing

    The report suggested Obama wants his advisers to get his permission before even ostensibly private conservations with outsiders.

    Longtime Obama family friend Eric Whitaker seemed to follow this rule when he was approached by Blagojevich deputy Louanner Peters asking who could speak for Obama’s preferences for the Senate seat.

    “Dr. Whitaker said he would find out,” according to the report. After Whitaker was told by Obama that “no one was authorized to speak for him on the matter,” the report states Whitaker “relayed that information to Deputy Governor Peters” and “had no other contacts with anyone from the governor’s office.”

    On the other side of that ledger was Emanuel, a much newer member of Obama’s inner circle, who broke the rule by calling Blagojevich and recommending he tap Jarrett for the seat.

    “He did so before learning — in further conversations with the president-elect — that the president-elect had ruled out communicating a preference for any one candidate,” according to the report. Later, when Emanuel chatted with Blagojevich’s then-chief of staff, the report indicates it was “with the authorization of the president-elect.”

    4 – Aides take hits to protect the boss

    Twice in handling the Blagojevich scandal, top Obama lieutenants were singled out for botching the message.

    The report makes clear that Emanuel was the only person in Obama’s transition who had any contact with Blagojevich about filling the Senate seat and that his contact wasn’t authorized by Obama.

    And Obama political guru David Axelrod made a public mea culpa after his boss contradicted a statement from an interview he gave last month, before the governor’s arrest.

    In it, Axelrod unambiguously described a conversation between Obama and Blagojevich about filling the seat, saying, “I know he’s talked to the governor and there are a whole range of names, many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them.”

    But after Obama declared he hadn’t spoken to Blagojevich, Axelrod issued a statement saying, “I was mistaken when I told an interviewer last month that the president-elect has spoken directly to Governor Blagojevich about the Senate vacancy.”

    5 – Shy away from even justified fights

    It seems only logical that Obama would want a say in picking his successor in the Senate, since the next junior senator from Illinois will represent the president-elect’s home and could be an important congressional ally.

    But Obama, whose penchant for avoiding tough stands on controversial issues frustrated opponents trying to land a clear shot in the presidential race, also steered clear of the Senate-seat derby, according to the report and Craig’s teleconference.

    Craig said Obama “was not engaging on this in any personal way and had no interest in dictating the result of the selection process.”

    The report says Obama talked with his top aides about a range of prospective Senators, but never winnowed down the group, dispatching Emanuel to relay a list of acceptable candidates to Blagojevich’s office.

    And according to the report, Obama was ambivalent about the Senate aspirations of Jarrett, contradicting the widely reported claim that she was his top choice for the Senate seat. Rather, the report says, Obama’s “preference (was) that Valerie Jarrett work with him in the White House.” But it also states he made clear “he would neither stand in her way if she wanted to pursue the Senate seat nor actively seek to have her or any other particular candidate appointed to the vacancy.”

    To the extent that the report succeeds in its goal of establishing the distance between Obama and Blagojevich, it necessarily raises the question: Why was the president-elect and leader of the Democratic party playing no role in a key appointment to national office being made in his home state, and by a Democratic governor?

  21. 1 – Be transparent, to an extent

    Obama’s internal review was entirely voluntary and intended to demonstrate that his team had nothing to hide, and was committed to its pledge to run “the most open and transparent transition in history.”
    &&&&&&&

    Hmmm, entirely voluntary? They make it sound like it was from good will…

    “I voluntarily went to the bank to withdraw money so I could voluntarily spend it on things I want.”

    In Obama’s case, “We voluntarily took responsibility for trying to make ourselves look innocent”. Such dedication. Such commitment.

  22. Also, the report revealed that prosecutors interviewed Obama, and did so after he had publicly declared he had been unaware of Blagojevich’s alleged plot to sell off the Senate seat Obama had vacated after winning the presidency, raising questions about why they took the unusual step of interviewing the president-elect, what they asked him and whether he was under oath.
    &&&&&&&&&

    How many president-elects are forced to testify (or, ahem, be “interviewed”) during their transition period???

    Will Obama be the first ever to be prevented from taking office due to arrest? Was this what they meant by “history is being made”??

    Let’s put it this way…Obama hopefully will get everything he deserves. Maybe an orange jumpsuit, and he can do whatever “favors” for the occasional pack of cigarettes.

  23. 5 – Shy away from even justified fights

    It seems only logical that Obama would want a say in picking his successor in the Senate, since the next junior senator from Illinois will represent the president-elect’s home and could be an important congressional ally.

    But Obama, whose penchant for avoiding tough stands on controversial issues frustrated opponents trying to land a clear shot in the presidential race, also steered clear of the Senate-seat derby, according to the report and Craig’s teleconference.
    &&&&&&&

    This is why we believe BO will be a POS (piece of ….) POTUS: the lack of will and courage to fight for what is right and what is needed.

    And this is the same reason why CK should not become JSONY (Jr. Sen. of NY). Another chicken-shit who doesn’t want to get all sullied.

    Now Hill and Bill know politics is a full contact sport, and only recently did I learn that Hillary was partially or primarily responsible for the War Room, to prevent Bill from getting Dukakis’ed. Can someone confirm Hillary’s involvement? Thnx.

  24. Enjoy, from NQ:

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/12/24/blagojevich-ethics-barack-obamas-public-relations-problem/#more-9255

    Blagojevich & Ethics: Barack Obama’s Public Relations Problem
    ————————————————————

    Not yet inaugurated, fierce Blagojevich supporter and Daley puppet Barack Obama already has a public relations problem as a result of his staff’s questionable engagement with Governor Rod Blagojevich, the man who attempted to sell Obama’s Senate seat to the highest bidder. According to a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted on December 11-12, 2008 , the country was split over whether or not Obama or his aides were involved in the Blagojevich scandal.

    How likely is it that President-elect Obama or one of his top campaign aides was involved in the Blagojevich scandal?
    Very Likely 23%
    Somewhat Likely 22%
    Not Very Likely 35%
    Not at all Likely 11%
    Not Sure 10%

    45% thought Obama or one of his campaign aides was involved in the scandal on 11-12 DEC, while 46% did not think they were implicated. But this has changed.

    According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released today, more Americans believe Obama or one of his aides engaged in inappropriate conduct with Blagojevich than they did on 11-12 DEC 2008, a clear sign that voters are not swallowing the equivocations and prevarications of the Obama campaign hook, line and sinker.

    Obama aides did something illegal 12%
    Obama aides did not act illegally but behaved unethically 36%
    Obama aides did nothing wrong 43%

    What was a statistically even split on 11-12 DEC has now become a statistically significant consensus that Obama’s aides and, by implication, Obama did at least behave unethically when they communicated information about Barack Obama’s Senate seat to Blagojevich and Blagojevich’s aides during the month of November.

    Sources claim Rahm Emanuel’s voice was recorded 21 times during the investigation of Blagojevich’s latest “pay to play” scheme, and we also know Emanuel submitted a list of candidates Obama approved to Blagojevich’s office during the month of November.

    Obama will claim his internal review of his staff’s engagement with that of Blagojevich clears them of any wrongdoing. And Obama and his staff will make this claim the night before Christmas Eve at 4:30pm EST, when Emanuel is on his way to Africa and Obama is preparing for a memorial ceremony for his grandmother. Because neither will be available for questions, one can only surmise this is a coordinated attempt to bamboozle the American people. Americans are not so easily duped, however. Indeed, they understand that Obama investigating himself is not an actual investigation. This explains why an increasing number of Americans believe Obama and his staff behaved unethically.

    48% to 43%: those are not numbers an incoming President desires to see before he is inaugurated. Indeed, it is difficult for a politician to be effective when a plurality of Americans view him and his administration as unethical. I guess change is something in which many cannot believe, especially when that change is promised by a career politician who again and again proves he is nothing more than a machine politician complicit with all that is wrong with Washington, DC.

  25. Merry X-mas and happy Chanukah to all who make up this great site. It is great to be among people who actually have brains and can think for themselves. Hopefully, despite our huge disappointments this past year, Hillary and Bill will have a even greater positive impact and once again make the world a better place for it’s inhabitants.

  26. Oh. My. God. I did not know that Obama was interviewed by Fitz!!!! Boy, oh boy, if this was the Clintons, this would be front page news.

    Thank you, admin, again for your fabulous attention to detail. I hope you hang around for the next few years, because we are going to need you to get through this mess.

    Merry Christmas to all!!!!

  27. rgb44hrc Says:
    December 24th, 2008 at 12:02 pm
    Also, the report revealed that prosecutors interviewed Obama, and did so after he had publicly declared he had been unaware of Blagojevich’s alleged plot to sell off the Senate seat Obama had vacated after winning the presidency, raising questions about why they took the unusual step of interviewing the president-elect, what they asked him and whether he was under oath.
    **************
    Wow..that really ratchets up the stakes on the “O”. They don’t know what is on tape and IIRC, he doesn’t have to be under oath. Being less than truthful to questioning by the FBI or probably also a USA is in itself a felony. Wbboei would know for sure.

  28. rgb44hrc, what we took away from that Politico 5 rules of scandal response is how close that tracks to the situation during the John Edwards confession of an affair. Obama flew to Hawaii at the time which always made us wonder how much he knew and when he knew it and how much he had to do with it.

  29. Anytime Obama flies off to Hawaii, time to break out the popcorn, eh?

    With Bush, just wait for him to touch down in Crawford, TX.

  30. Happy Holidays to Admin and all others on this site.

    I do not post often, but lurks daily so I read all posts and comments.

    Just one observation to the established commenters, please do not ignore new commenters. I have noticed several new ones, including myself, who are ignored when we comment.

    As a holiday gift to us, please include us in the conversation.

    Thanks!

    Again, Happy Holidays to all.

  31. Just popping in today for a little bit to catch up
    and to wish all my dear friends

    a very politically incorrect –very “Merry Christmas”!!!!

    ADMIN…….YOU’RE BRILLIANT!! LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS AND THE LAST FEW ARTICLES VERY MUCH!!!

    Merry Christmas to you and your’s !!!

  32. welcome hillmeister!! and all the other new posters here too

    I am sorry if i have ignored you, don’t mean to do that
    i just have limited time online and spend much of it surfing for articles to bring here to share with the world *smile*

    again….welcome

  33. The Huckster ‘interviewed’ by Fitz, is this Luntz lexicon for ‘deposed’? The Huckster and his minions which include MSM have tried to whitewash any and all connections with the IL corruption combine that they all wallowed in the mud. Thank you Oprah for helping to make our country into an IL Corruption Combine!

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all here. Thanks Admin for a thought filled tenure.

  34. happy holidays to everyone here
    all of you have touched me in some way over the past year and I honestly wih all the best.

  35. Hillmeister44,

    Welcome! LOL…to be honest, even those of us who have been around for a while don’t always get a response to our posts. I look forward to reading more of yours and will try to be more dilligent in responding.

  36. Jan…..I know!! darn it!! I have been meaning to say something for awhile now…..

    you ALL need to respond to my posts more often!!

    *wink* LOL!!

  37. I don’t know about anyone else, but I am still turning over book/magazine covers with the “dope on a rope” pictures on the cover. I cannot believe the love story the media and a fair portion of the population continue to have with this teflon clown and everything and everyone attached to him. Please tell me that 2009 with be a year of eye-opening revelations that make the bots et al come to their senses! Oy Vey!

  38. djia,

    “Hugs!”

    I solemnly do swear to read every post from you in 2009 and respond with theenthusiasm and adoration you so richly deserve…lol…

  39. Jan- et all

    Check out this picture of MS FASHION QUEEN OMG!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!

    nationalenquirer . com /michelle_obama_first_boyfriend/celebrity/65931

  40. Agreed…the pundits on CNN and MSNBC have done everything possible to not only ignore this story, but some actually suggest it shows what “integrity” Bo has….totally different has Hillary or any republican been involved even tangentially.

  41. ABM90,

    Happy Holidays to you, Sir! May you be blessed with wonderful family memories throughout the season. All the best in 2009!

  42. Hillmeister44 Says:
    December 24th, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Just one observation to the established commenters, please do not ignore new commenters. I have noticed several new ones, including myself, who are ignored when we comment.
    &&&&&

    You did not specify if we should be supportive or abusive… :^)

    I don’t think there is a “club mentality” to ignore anyone in specific. It’s probably just the odds. If you put up one post, there is an X% of it being answered. More posts would increase the liklihood of getting a response to one of those posts. Also, quality matters. Hmmm, does “size” matter?

  43. Jan

    we should send that picture of the fashionista to Mr Blackwell [is he still alive?] i am sure she will get top of his worst dressed list for all time LMAO!!

  44. uh oh……. everyone!!

    UNPLUG THOSE LIGHTS!!!

    headline from drudge.

    Scientists Warn: Christmas lights harm planet…

  45. JanH Says:
    December 24th, 2008 at 1:08 pm
    Hillmeister44,

    Welcome! LOL…to be honest, even those of us who have been around for a while don’t always get a response to our posts.
    =========================

    To put it another way, Hillmeister44, this is not a primarily social blog. We’re not into a lot of ceremonies. I haen’t read up to your post yet, but most of our posts are real content and content replies to content. I’m sure soon you will hit some content that several people will want to reply to.

  46. Wishing everyone on this blog, and especially Admin., a very happy holiday season. I love all the postings.

    Thank you Admin., for your great articles.

  47. Admin: Loving all the posts, you’re dead on as usual.

    Happy Christmas to Admin and all! I’m still reading, just haven’t had much to say.

    Thanks for all the good times. 🙂

  48. Arlington National Cemetery

    Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
    Know the line has held, your job is done.
    Rest easy, sleep well.
    Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.

    To all posters who worked in the campaign and then dropped out for one reason or another. And of course to the rest of us too.

    Admin IS the line. {{{{{{ admin }}}}}

  49. Thank you JanH : It is such a pleasure and heartwarming to have so many wise and friendly new people in my life available around the clock and 7.Never a dull or lonely feeling.Happy Holidays to all.

    ABM90 With all my Hiilaryis 44 keypad pals,who needs BHO

  50. JanH Says:

    December 24th, 2008 at 1:13 pm
    I don’t know about anyone else, but I am still turning over book/magazine covers with the “dope on a rope” pictures on the cover. I cannot believe the love story the media and a fair portion of the population continue to have with this teflon clown and everything and everyone attached to him. Please tell me that 2009 with be a year of eye-opening revelations that make the bots et al come to their senses! Oy Vey!

    —————————————————————————————————————————

    Jan, I am turning over magazine covers at work. In fact, I am even turning over the big “O.”

  51. From the online December 24/08 U.S. News & World Report:

    Hillary Clinton’s Big Plans as Secretary of State

    By Kenneth T. Walsh
    Posted December 24, 2008

    Hillary Clinton doesn’t think she will ever reach the Oval Office, so she sees her upcoming tenure as secretary of state as the high point of her political career and a way to complete her legacy, friends say. “Hillary has concluded that she is not going to be president,” says a confidant who advised her husband, Bill, when he was in the White House. “She realizes that it’s time for a new generation.”

    But she is committed to becoming one of the most effective and high-profile secretaries of state in history.

    To that end, she is surrounding herself with experienced, aggressive Washington insiders such as James Steinberg, former deputy national security adviser under Bill Clinton, whom she has tapped as deputy secretary of state for policy. She is moving to expand the budget of the State Department and intends to get closely involved in global economic issues. And she wants to broaden State’s power within the new administration of Barack Obama far beyond what it was under President Bush, when the Pentagon and Vice President Dick Cheney often held sway, Democratic insiders say.

    If confirmed by the Senate as expected, Clinton will cap a national career that started with being first lady and included her years as a senator from New York and her groundbreaking but unsuccessful run for the Democratic nomination for president this year.

    “Hillary is an important symbol all over the world,” says a friend and supporter, and she will use her prestige to promote Obama’s agenda of cooperation and aggressive diplomacy.

  52. From ABC News:

    Clinton Helping Clinton Retire Debt:
    Clinton Foundation Business Helps Reduce Hillary Clinton’s Remaining Campaign Debt.

    By RICK KLEIN
    Dec. 24, 2008

    Sen. Hillary Clinton’s in-the-red campaign committee has found an innovative way to pay down a slice of its debt — and is getting help from President Clinton’s foundation, among other groups, in making it happen.

    The senator’s in-the-red campaign committee has found an innovative way to pay down a slice of its debt — selling access to its e-mail list of supporters to President Clinton’s foundation, and to other groups.

    The William J. Clinton Foundation this week became the latest outside group to buy access to the vast e-mail list compiled by the New York senator’s campaign. Political insiders believe the list is second only to President-elect Barack Obama’s in its size and efficiency in reaching potential donors.

    Clinton political aides and officials with the foundation confirm that the foundation paid the campaign committee to send a fundraising solicitation Monday. In the e-mail to HillaryClinton.com users, Chelsea Clinton asks for year-end gifts to the foundation, touting its work on HIV/AIDS.

    ClintonAides declined to specify what the foundation paid the campaign committee for the list; the figure won’t have to be reported publicly until next month. They said outside vendors were consulted to set a “fair market” price for the Clinton Foundation to rent the list, in keeping with federal law.

    Since there’s little precedent for a national political figures selling access to their lists, estimates of what such an e-mail list would cost vary wildly, and would depend in part on whether a group is trying to reach a full list or targeted segments.

    Some experts say buying access to a high-quality batch of several million addresses for a fundraising appeal would easily run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    Clinton, still owes $6.3 million to vendors after her unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. She’s already written off $13.1 million in personal loans to her campaign, so any money raised now won’t go toward paying herself back.

    And Clinton is facing a fundraising deadline: Because of federal ethics rules, she won’t be allowed to solicit campaign donations once she’s confirmed as secretary of state. A Clinton adviser said the e-mail list won’t be offered for rent after her confirmation.

  53. Muzzle off, Biden breaks his record silence

    by Politico.com

    Saturday December 20, 2008, 9:08 PM

    Barack Obama’s transition team has kept Joe Biden under wraps longer than any vice-president going back at least 20 years – longer even than Dan Quayle.

    Biden’s first interview as vice president-elect airs Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” – 47 days after the election, setting a modern record. Democratic sources say the president-elect hasn’t been trying to muzzle Biden – who drew a public rebuff from Obama at least twice in the campaign for going off-message.

    But Biden’s Sunday interview, as well as a one-on-one Monday with CNN’s Larry King, signal a new phase in the transition, one where Biden will take a more visible role, including working Capitol Hill to drum up support for an economic stimulus package before the inauguration.

    Instead, they say these interviews, including one Monday with CNN’s Larry King, are evidence of a new phase in the transition, one where Biden will take a more visible role, including working Capitol Hill to drum up support for an economic stimulus package before the inauguration.

    “You’ll be hearing a lot more from him in the days and weeks to come,” said a Democratic official involved with the transition.

    (an exerpt from the article which is very long).

  54. Moderation here I come….

    From the online December 24/08 U.S. News & World Report:
    Hillary Clinton’s Big Plans as Secretary of State
    By Kenneth T. Walsh
    Posted December 24, 2008

    The above has some basic information wrapped up in anonymous speculation about Hillary’s feelings. As though she would not be doing a good job and strengthening the State Dept UNLESS she had given up hope of being President. Doing a good job is what Hillary does regardless! (And stronger SOS of stronger State Dept will put her in a BETTER place for POTUS if there’s another shot at it.)

    Here is the same basic info — Hillary strengthening St Dept — in different publications with different slants.

    By Helen Cooper et al:
    http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1GGLS_en-USUS299US303&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=hillary+state+department+Lew+Steinberg+Helene+Cooper

    WITHOUT Helene Cooper:
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1C1GGLS_en-USUS299US303&q=hillary+state+department+Lew+Steinberg+-“Helene+Cooper”&btnG=Search

  55. Happy Holidays to all my wonderful Hillary friends.

    You have all been an important part of my life, joy, and sustenance this year. This blog has been a rare and fine gift. I know Hillary and Bill are proud of you all. We are all so lucky to have admin.

    Have a good New Year!

  56. Interesting week long wrap up of “Caroline in Wonderland”

    Kennedy’s pursuit of Senate snared in NY politics

    By MICHAEL GORMLEY, Associated Press – 8 mins ago

    ALBANY, N.Y. – Caroline Kennedy’s bid to get appointed to the Senate and extend the Camelot dynasty has run into the bare-knuckle world of New York politics, where a backlash appears to be building against her.

    Some politics-watchers have accused the 51-year-old daughter of President John F. Kennedy of a series of missteps last week doing an upstate tour, when she evaded questions and in one case was hustled away by an aide after meeting with reporters for all of 30 seconds.

    At the same time, some New York politicians, privately and publicly, have complained that Kennedy is jumping the line ahead of political figures with far more experience and that she has become the presumed front-runner by virtue of her name alone.

    As the process has dragged on, political adversaries have had all the more opportunities to undercut her candidacy through various attacks, sniping and newspaper leaks.

    On Wednesday, Gov. David Paterson said the bickering sounded “more like the prelude to a high school program than the choosing of a U.S. senator.”

    “She’s a pinata now,” said Maurice Carroll, longtime New York political reporter and now pollster for Quinnipiac University. “Until Paterson says `yes’ or `no,’ she’s going to be a pinata for everybody to take a whack at, using anonymous sources.”

    The whole process has left Kennedy damaged as she looks to replace Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and inherit the seat that her slain uncle, Robert F. Kennedy, once held.

    “I think the people who are handling Caroline Kennedy’s campaign are screwing up,” said former New York Mayor Ed Koch. “I think it’s becoming less and less certain that the governor, who I hope will appoint her, does appoint her.”

    Paterson has said he won’t appoint a new senator until Clinton is confirmed as secretary of state. He has not tipped his hand as to whom he prefers.

    In addition to being a member of the closest thing America has to a royal family, Kennedy is a Harvard- and Columbia-educated lawyer, an author and a prodigious fundraiser for the New York City public school system.

    Among those who are also said to be interested in the Senate seat are New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi of Long Island, and Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Steve Israel, Jerrold Nadler, Kirsten Gillibrand and Brian Higgins.

    Many of Kennedy’s problems began after the upstate tour last week. The tour was not announced, then was confirmed only piecemeal by her advisers.

    In Syracuse, she met reporters for 30 seconds. In Buffalo she took questions for just two minutes. But she was captured on TV — in a piece of footage that has been shown over and over — dodging some basic questions from the public she hopes to serve.

    The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle called the tour a “drive-by visit.”

    Subsequent requests for her views on basic policy issues, New York and her own finances and investments resulted last weekend in an e-mail written by her spokesman, not from Kennedy herself. That further rankled some news organizations.

    This week, supporters of the other half-dozen candidates in the hunt — and some Clinton supporters still miffed at Kennedy’s early endorsement of Barack Obama for president — tossed more obstacles in her way.

    Former New York Rep. Geraldine Ferraro told “Meet the Press” that Paterson should pick someone already familiar with Congress, probably from within Congress, to hit the ground running amid national and state fiscal crises.

    The bickering intensified Tuesday after New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver suggested that Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his supporters have hijacked the process for their own political gain. Many of Kennedy’s advisers have close ties to Bloomberg.

    “If I were the governor, I would look and question whether this is the appointment I would want to make, whether her first obligation might be to the mayor of the city of New York rather than the governor,” Silver told WGDJ-AM in Albany. Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, is the most powerful legislative leader in New York.

    A Quinnipiac poll this week found New Yorkers were evenly split when asked if Kennedy was qualified for Senate. And though she had a 46 percent approval rating, 36 percent said they didn’t know enough about her to have an opinion. The poll questioned 834 registered voters Dec. 17-21 and had a margin of error of about 3 percentage points.

    Koch, a Kennedy supporter, said he is hoping the sniping reflects more on Kennedy’s political handlers than on her.

    “Even though this is not an election in the traditional sense, the public has a right to know more about their senatorial candidates than she or her handlers are letting her divulge,” Koch said. “She’s a very nice, highly intelligent person … and has the DNA that will, in my judgment, make her someone who is totally worthy of the consideration she is being given.”

  57. Emjay,

    She’s probably going to need to take a vacation soon, maybe more than one. After all, it worked for obamalite.

  58. # Emjay Says:
    December 24th, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    She looks drawn and tired already- and it’s only been a week!
    ***************
    From her history, I doubt she wanted anything to do with this circus. I think Teddy twisted her arm…..Her father..legacy..blah..blah..I suspect that she will withdraw her name.

  59. Chris Cox and by extension, George W’s son Jeb, are in BIG doo-doo: I believe Jeb can kiss any possibiity of the US presidency good-bye:

    AFP
    Wiesel Foundation loses nearly everything in Madoff scheme

    Wed Dec 24, 11:36 am ET

    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity lost more than 15 million dollars — nearly all of its assets — in the alleged fraud scheme run by Wall Street baron Bernard Madoff, the fund said Wednesday.

    “We are writing to inform you that the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity had 15.2 million dollars under management with Bernard Madoff Investment Securities,” said the foundation, which aims to combat anti-Semitism, on its website.

    “This represented substantially all of the Foundation’s assets,” it said.

    “We are deeply saddened and distressed that we, along with many others, have been the victims of what may be one of the largest investment frauds in history.”

    The statement added that the foundation “remains committed to carrying on the lifelong work of our founder, Elie Wiesel. We shall not be deterred from our mission to combat indifference, intolerance, and injustice around the world.”

    Wiesel, 80, a Nobel laureate and prolific author who survived the Holocaust, created the foundation some 20 years ago to foster international dialogue and youth programs to teach tolerance.

    He is among dozens of wealthy Jews to have lost substantial amounts of money in Madoff’s scheme.

    Prosecutors say Madoff confessed to losing upwards of 50 billion dollars over years of running a pyramid scheme, where new investors were secretly fleeced to pay returns to earlier investors.

    The 70-year-old former chairman of the Nasdaq stock market and a mainstay of the powerful American Jewish community is currently free on bail of 10 million dollars as police continue their probe.

  60. I will never understand why any intelligent financial advisor would put all his clients eggs in one basket. The foundation does excellent work but whoever handles their finances should be ashamed. This really makes no sense to me.

  61. Prosecutors say Madoff confessed to losing upwards of 50 billion dollars over years of running a pyramid scheme, where new investors were secretly fleeced to pay returns to earlier investors.

    The 70-year-old former chairman of the Nasdaq stock market and a mainstay of the powerful American Jewish community is currently free on bail of 10 million dollars as police continue their probe.
    ====================

    Free on bail? Normally the idea of bail is that someone borrows from his friends and then will show up rather than have his friends lose their money….

  62. SHV Says:
    December 24th, 2008 at 8:42 pm
    # Emjay Says:
    December 24th, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    She looks drawn and tired already- and it’s only been a week!
    ***************
    From her history, I doubt she wanted anything to do with this circus. I think Teddy twisted her arm…..Her father..legacy..blah..blah..
    =====================

    Their might be some family sentiment emotional pressure: Ted K wanting to see her in office before he dies, so they can’t wait till 2010.

    Of course she has a better chance getting appointed than if she had to run for election. So this might be her only chance to get in.

  63. I read over at Texasdarlin’s that Obama’s grannie really died Oct23rd, he waited and tried to get a sympathy vote by letting her die the day before the election.
    I had not realized that she had fallen and broken her hip. I thought she had Cancer.
    If TD can prove this what a revelation that will be for the kool-aid drinkers, such a politician that would use his own grannie’s death to get sympathy votes, I mean how low can you go?? Sure shows you how much he loved the woman that raised him!

  64. I still believe theres more to the story than what we are reading and hearing. Only the worst sociopath would utilized his grannie’s dealth like that, unless of coarse she was merely a caretaker and not really his grannie!

  65. Emjay Says:
    December 24th, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Chris Cox and by extension, George W’s son Jeb, are in BIG doo-doo:
    ———————————————
    Of course Jeb is not Georgie’s son…only a person under the influence of oysters and grog would make such a claim.

    Back to the work of an adopted Santa. On Rudolph, on Donner, hey Blitzen…get
    a move on!
    Merry Christmas all!

  66. The above has some basic information wrapped up in anonymous speculation about Hillary’s feelings. As though she would not be doing a good job and strengthening the State Dept UNLESS she had given up hope of being President. Doing a good job is what Hillary does regardless! (And stronger SOS of stronger State Dept will put her in a BETTER place for POTUS if there’s another shot at it.)

    Here is the same basic info — Hillary strengthening St Dept — in different publications with different slants.

    By Helen Cooper et al:
    http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1GGLS_en-

    —————————————–
    Turndown: excellent rebuttal. This fool Walsh has no sense of the moment and the cycles of history. He takes a snippet of information and spins a narrative around it. No critical thinking.

    Hillary on the other hand is a genius. She grasps the strategic significance of things. She knows that terrorism is on the rise, the global economic system is at risk, and if some other countries get cut we bleed along with the rest of them.

    In other words, many of our domestic problems will require leadership, and a high level of trust and cooperation among allies. Those relationships need to be rebuilt, and Hillary is the one who can do it.

    We need a wholistic approach to the problem. That is why she is seeking an expanded role for state. This will not be the old foggy bottom it has been for sixty years.

    The task Hillary will face will be similar in some respects to what George Marshall faced as secretary of state in the aftermath of world war II. Like Marshall, she will restore confidence and rebuild the international system for generations to come.

    Her path to the presidency will come through not actively seeking it, but simply doing this enormously important job which she has undertaken. She is getting the best people–her people. This is no time for Obama or anyone else to be playing politics. If she fails they fail. The reverse however is not true.

  67. Turndown: seems like you and are are the only ones on line at this hour. Happy Holiday to you and anyone else who does not have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads.

    Caroline Kennedy made another gaff today. Said she would not release her financial until after she was appointed. Jackie was a princess too. I have it on good authority that when she bought a pair of shoes she would buy the entire line so no one would get a pair of shoes like her. Then she would return them. A little tough on merchants but in her mind they were too plebian to count. I do not think she or John could stand eachother–and the equities were about equal.

  68. The other thing I did not realize is that Robert Kennedy and Ethel had ten children. I admire Robert Kennedy Junior and Kathleen Townsend. But there were others who were not of their calibre. One died of drug overdose and another married Cuomo which is the source of whatever friction is reported to exist between the two families. Caroline should not be running for a senate seat. How many lives must Teddy ruin before he goes not so gently into that good night.

  69. Turndown: do you mean Helen or Helene Cooper. The reason I ask is because I recall someone here saying she is a very credible jouranlist. Here is Helene’s biography.
    ————————————–
    Helene Cooper (born c. 1966) is a Liberian-born American journalist who has been the diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times, based in Washington, since 2006. She joined the Times in 2004 as assistant editorial page editor.

    At The Wall Street Journal, Cooper wrote about trade, politics, race and foreign policy at the Washington and Atlanta bureaus from 1992 to 1997. From 1997 to 1999, she reported on the European Monetary Union from the London bureau. From 1999 to 2002, she was a reporter focusing on international economics; then Washington bureau chief from 2002 to 2004.

    In 2008, she published a memoir entitled The House at Sugar Beach (Simon & Shuster). The memoir largely concerns the Liberian coup of 1980 and its effect on Cooper’s family, socially and politically-elite descendants of American freed slaves who colonized the country in the 19th century

  70. If I were editor of the New York Times, I might assign her to cover Hillarys work as sos. Better her than that snark Patrick Healey.

  71. wbboei

    I am still on friend, just running late.

    Santa work, ya know?

    I am the one praising, quietly, Helene Cooper. Told turndown about her. The family fled from Liberia to save her father, they landed in Jamaica for a bit…she came to the US to study, and stayed. Don’t know if her parents stayed in Jamaica, are in the US or have returned to Liberia.

    All I know is that she is a standout because of her knowledge and careful presentation on any news roundtable, and outshines everyone, even Gwen Iffil. She needs to be careful that others don’t chop her to pieces, even Gwen Iffil, if you get my meaning.

    Her writing cannot be disputed, and I have never seen anyone try.

  72. wbboei, have you heard that his grannie may have died Oct 23rd or right around there and they conceled this so he could use it in the election.
    He just now had a memorial service for her, geez, she died according to his time over a month ago. Seems kind of useless to have this service now. Maybe things are different for people who live on the islands, I don’t know, but we usually do it within 3 or 4 days.
    Lets just face it, everything about obama is strange, weird and down right scarey!

  73. wbboei,
    can you picture ck like this pic of Hillary at ground zero??
    newsmax.com/newsfront/hillary_ground_zero_ad/2007/10/05/38492.html h t t p : w w w.

  74. wbboei, talking about conspiracy theories, I never saw this article. Two things popped out at me, 1) dispatched 2) when Obama signs the UHC in Hillary will hand him the pen!
    SCRANTON, Pa.—For a while, the political rally that took place in here on Oct. 12 seemed to be happening in a parallel universe in which Hillary Clinton is running a general-election campaign.

    Scranton, of course, is Clinton Country. Older white women constituted the majority of the crowd inside the Astroturf-carpeted sports complex, and many of them wore Hillary buttons on their shirts. Several of the men wore Hillary buttons on the suspenders they used to hold up their jeans. Bill delivered an address attesting to his wife’s wonderfulness. Vice presidential candidate Joe Biden spent the first portion of his speech talking about how close he was to Clinton. Barack Obama was nowhere to be found.

    “Hillary and I are truly friends,” said Biden, wearing a dark suit, white shirt and striped blue tie. He also talked about “the thing I love about her” and “the reason I feel such a kinship to her.” He said he meant this in “earnest,” that he was “serious,” and “I mean it.”

    It was only after he felt he had firmly established his connection to Clinton and her popularity with the white working-class voters who are supposed to hold the key to delivering Pennsylvania that it became clear that he segued, rhetorically and politically, into the actual business of getting himself and Obama elected.

    With Clinton nodding and sipping water behind him in an electric blue jacket and black pants, Biden launched into his own often-thunderous stump speech. He brought up Sarah Palin’s position on global warming, that she didn’t know what caused it but just wanted to find a solution. He then asked accusingly, “How the hell, heck, are you going to change it unless you know what caused it?” The delighted crowd roared.

    He mocked Palin’s effort to mock him for having suggested that it was patriotic to pay taxes, arguing that it wasn’t patriotic to make millions and hide profits in tax shelters. Middle-class people, he said, paid their taxes. “So I don’t need a lecture on patriotism, I’ve had it up to here,” he shouted, nearly karate chopping his own neck. Again, the crowd erupted.

    He made several references to his deep Scranton roots and mocked McCain’s tardy acknowledgment of the seriousness of the financial crisis by saying, “Folks, that’s what we Catholics call an epiphany.” He cited the three general-election debates so far and joked, “If this were a five-game series, I think it would be over by now.” And to defend against the McCain character attacks against Obama that are designed to resonate with people in places like Scranton, where race-based suspicion of Obama ran high during the primary, Biden said, “These attacks don’t hurt me. They don’t hurt Barack Obama. They hurt the American people.” He added, “Beyond the attacks, what is John McCain really offering?”

    He concluded by beseeching the Americans who had fallen on tough times to “get up” with him and Obama.

    “I’m ready,” he screamed again into the microphone. “You’re ready. Barack Obama is ready! It’s our time. So get up, Pennsylvania! Get up, Scranton! Get up! Deliver this election to Barack Obama!”

    By that point, with the frenzied crowd cheering and Biden God-blessing the United States, Clinton seemed to have receded into the background as another surrogate on the stage.

    An hour earlier, though, as the event was getting under way, it was clear that she was the star attraction, as Senator Bob Casey asked the crowd to give the Clintons a hand before they even appeared onstage. When they did make it out, they appeared with the Bidens.

    Jill Biden spoke first, pointing out that she was from Pennsylvania. The audience applauded politely. She said that Joe Biden was from Scranton. They applauded more loudly. She welcomed Bill Clinton. Some people stood up and applauded. Then she introduced Hillary Clinton and the place erupted, screaming, “Hillary! Hillary!”

    Speaking next was former President Clinton, who wore a dark suit and an orange tie. He had self-consciously raised his eyebrows and chuckled when Jill Biden had said Americans “don’t remember” what it was like when there was a president who looked out for them.

    “My job is to introduce Hillary so that she can introduce Senator Biden,” Clinton said, adding that he would have to slip away early because “I have been dispatched by the Obama-Biden campaign to go to Virginia, where we are going to win.”

    He emphasized the word “dispatched” for an undetermined effect.

    He said he had thought more about the election lately because he hadn’t been thinking about politics, but about life. He talked about a christening he and Hillary had attended that day, and how “I looked at little Simon Joseph getting his head wet today,” and how that made him understand how important it was for the baby’s future that the country elect Obama and Biden to repair the economy and America’s standing in the world.

    When he said, “Barack Obama could not have made a better choice” than Joe Biden as vice president, Hillary sipped water and nodded. He also said he’d “spend the rest of my natural life” showing his appreciation to the people who supported her.

    He sought, once again, to preempt criticism that she wasn’t doing enough to support Obama, despite the fact that she has, by agreement with the Obama campaign, avoided making any significant news in the course of her campaigning.

    “She has done 50 events for Senator Obama,” he said, arguing that she had done more than all the runners-up in the primary combined. “The reason that’s important is that more than three-quarters of you supported her.”

    Moments later, Hillary stepped up to the podium. “We wanted to be here together,” she said, because “we must elect Barack Obama and Joe Biden on November 4.”

    She said she had been “crisscrossing the country” to “make sure the Republicans lose the White House.”

    She had some barbs prepared for McCain.

    “To John McCain and George Bush, the middle class isn’t fundamental, it’s ornamental,” she said. She said Obama and Biden were the best choice to rescue the country’s struggling economy. She asked the crowd to remember the strength of the American economy under President Clinton, spread her arms, urged the audience to “think back” and said, “We’ve done it before and we’ll do it again. America will once again rise from the ashes of the Bushes.

    The crowd chanted, “Hillary, Hillary.”

    “Barack Obama and Joe Biden are for you and that’s why I’m for Barack Obama and Joe Biden,” she said, then added that she was “deputizing every one of you” to go out and make the case to their reluctant friends and neighbors. “Barack and Joe are not asking you to marry them. They are asking you to vote for them and vote for yourselves.”

    Clinton then gave way to Biden. He embraced her and planted a kiss on her forehead, spoke glowingly of her commitment to the underdog and said that when Obama would sign health care reform into law, Clinton would “hand him the pen.” Then he moved on.

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  75. Confloyd

    I dunno- I arranged Jim’s memorials to suit where they were being held, avoided important life ceremonials like a wedding, two graduations and two christenings already scheduled and other family celebrations like a 50th anniversary and a few birthdays and after the important medical studies were done, it was almost a month before we could have the first one, another 6 days for the second..

    Life is for the living…memorials are for the dead.

  76. emjay, I guess your right but I can remember when my MOM died, we were all devastated even though we knew it was coming. I can’t imagine waiting of coarse we are Catholic and Mom’s wishes were the most important thing. She was not cremated. She had a Christian burial. I guess all of his relatives were cremated. I guess for them it was best, all evidence is forever sealed!

  77. Confloyd

    What a brilliant description of the Scranton rally in October! Did you write that, and if so may I use it…PLEASE?

  78. “I guess all of his relatives were cremated. I guess for them it was best, all evidence is forever sealed!”

    Confloyd !!!

  79. Emjay, no I did not write it, I found it somewhere on the net. I thought there was enough evidence at the bottom that it was an article that I ran across. I wish I could write like that, then maybe I wouldn’t have to be stuck here at the hospital on CHristmas. Oh Well, my bar was busy tonight so someday I hope to say goodbye to healthcare!
    I just copied that article because of the two rather pointed points that make you go, Wow, there a conspiracy or at least some blackmail going on.

  80. Happy, Winter, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanuukkah to all 44 Warriors.
    This site has inspired me, informed me and always delighted me.
    May 2009 be the year Hillary shrugs off the media, the misogyny and the false messiah and stands strong and fearless on the world stage.

    ADMIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tina Turner says it best.
    “You’re simply the best! Better than all the rest.
    Better than anyone. Anyone I’ve ever read.” 😀

  81. Just for the sake of form and the good times, a cordial Happy Hannukkah and a Merry Christmas and a Happy Kwanzaa to all of the faithful. May we all revel in peace and prosperity in 2009 in spite of what our idiotic Democratic party has set out for us. Just stay with it and we will get through this mess. Greetings and thanks to all of you for just being who you are!!!!

  82. From the New York Times:

    Paterson Says There Is No Front-Runner for Clinton’s Senate Seat

    By MICK MEENAN

    Published: December 24, 2008

    Gov. David A. Paterson stressed on Wednesday that there was no front-runner among the contenders who want to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, and he said the intense focus on Caroline Kennedy is the result of media hype.

    The governor, during a news conference at La Guardia Airport after returning from a visit to Afghanistan and Iraq, said he was taking the appointment seriously and would not be distracted by news coverage that he likened to “a prelude to a high school prom.”

    The bid by Ms. Kennedy has drawn widespread attention, eclipsing interest in other candidates.

    Two Democratic congressmen, Steve Israel of Long Island and Anthony D. Weiner of Queens, accompanied Mr. Paterson on the trip. Mr. Israel, meeting with reporters alongside Mr. Paterson, acknowledged that he would like to be appointed to the Senate seat. But he said that he and Mr. Paterson had agreed not to talk about the vacancy during the trip.

    Their appearance came a day after the State Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, surprised many in the political world by suggesting that the governor should not appoint Ms. Kennedy because of her close ties to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

    Mr. Weiner, who plans to run for mayor next year, was asked if Ms. Kennedy made a mistake this month when she did not immediately promise to back the Democratic candidate against Mr. Bloomberg in the 2009 mayor’s race.

    Mr. Weiner deflected the question, turning to the governor and saying it would be better put to him.

    The governor jokingly dodged it, too: “This is a question for Congressman Weiner to answer. You asked him, not me.”

    Mr. Paterson reiterated that he was not rushing to make his selection, emphasizing that Mrs. Clinton would represent New York in the Senate until she is confirmed as secretary of state, which is likely to occur next month.

  83. confloyld: I do alot of joking about Joe Biden and his love affair with John Barley corn. But I am empathetic towards him in other ways. He is an old fashioned politican who probably does do good for his constituents. I do believe he is a friend of Hillarys and the fact that they sat together at the state of the union is some evidence of that given the much publicized snub by barcrack and the treason by kennedy. In sum, one must have a soft spot in your heart for Biden at some level.

    By the same token however you must have a soft spot in your brain to want him negotiating with the Peoples Republic of China.

  84. Confloyd: forgive me for my errant syntax. By you I meant ANYONE–certainly not you personally. I have a soft spot in MY brain this morning and my careless syntax reflects it. It was put there last night by Bidens friend John Barleycorn. You and I appreciate Joes strenths and going nose to nose and toes to toes with the successors to Chou en Lai is not one of them. Caveat Biden. Caveat USA if that happens.

  85. Oh Well, my bar was busy tonight so someday I hope to say goodbye to healthcare!
    ———————————
    Confloyd: sounds like you will be dancing on the tables before long. Happy New Year.

  86. blue Says:
    December 25th, 2008 at 9:56 am
    Just for the sake of form and the good times, a cordial Happy Hannukkah and a Merry Christmas and a Happy Kwanzaa to all of the faithful. May we all revel in peace and prosperity in 2009 in spite of what our idiotic Democratic party has set out for us. Just stay with it and we will get through this mess. Greetings and thanks to all of you for just being who you are!!!!
    =============

    Salut!

  87. Admin & all

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays…Thanks Admin for keeping this Blog going, I depend on you so much for the real stories and investigative research we NEVER hear or read in the MM. There was a time Blogs were looked down on, not any more. This is a Blog I know I can trust.

  88. Lest we Forget Department: Before we go all willowy in the knees for Joe Biden just because he is temporarily a friend of Hillary’s we should remember that he is renowned for being the person most responsible for the usurious rates our friendly credit card companies are now getting away with. Furthermore, his showoff treatment of Anita Hill was a low point in his feckless career. The Senate is composed of many bloviating gasbags, but Biden takes the prize. The supreme irony of this clown heading a task force to look after the well being of the middle class is just exquisite. The prospect of him negotiating with the successors of Chou En Lai is almost enough to make one move to Provence.

    Merry Christmas

  89. blue Says:
    December 25th, 2008 at 3:38 pm
    Lest we Forget Department: Before we go all willowy in the knees for Joe Biden just because he is temporarily a friend of Hillary’s we should remember that he is renowned for being the person most responsible for the usurious rates our friendly credit card companies are now getting away with. …. The supreme irony of this clown heading a task force to look after the well being of the middle class is just exquisite.
    ==============

    Fox in charge of the henhouse.

  90. blue, I guess we could say Thanks Joe. I love paying huge interest rates, it helps me out financially everytime I pay my credit card accounts.

  91. Here’s an idea to allow us all to yell a big thankyou to admin
    you decide name the charity and i for one will search high and low to send off a donation in honor of you.

  92. confloyd – You really must share your secret with us — how you can financially benefit from paying Joe Biden interest rates on your credit cards. Sounds like a recipe for true happiness.

  93. Joe’s Catholic, its a sin to make people pay that much interest on their credit cards. Its one of the 7 deadly sins. Shame on Joe! Mom always (a Catholic) said that greed was one of the devils playground. We know that to be true, look at the state of our economy. Its all coming down because of greed. ROTFLMAO!! Just joking!

  94. He always seems to be showing off, or just mouthing off, and he seems sometimes a little drunk. Maybe its just a left over from the brain anuerysm.

  95. Okay, I give up. You win. He is totally obnoxious. Our new vice president, president of the senate and special envoy to China. Good old wild joe hiccup.

  96. If Johnathan Alter happened to fall overboard on an ocean voyage across the cold Atlantic in high seas and gale for winds that would be a misfortune– of sorts.

    However, if someone were so foolish as to rescue him that would be a tragedy.

  97. wbboei Says:
    December 26th, 2008 at 4:42 am
    If Johnathan Alter happened to fall overboard on an ocean voyage across the cold Atlantic in high seas and gale for winds that would be a misfortune– of sorts.

    However, if someone were so foolish as to rescue him that would be a tragedy.
    =====================

    Alas, alas for England.

  98. Lack of donations to city, state Dems may hurt Caroline Kennedy’s bid for Senate
    BY MICHAEL SAUL

    Friday, December 26th 2008, 1:20 AM

    Caroline Kennedy’s supporters say she could raise tons of money as a senator, but when it comes to writing checks to New York Democrats, she’s been largely AWOL.

    This decade, other than a $1,000 donation to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the Camelot heiress has not financially supported any Democrat seeking city or state office in New York, records reveal.

    Some say Kennedy, who is worth at least $100 million, missed an opportunity to curry favor among Democratic pols to establish herself as a serious political player as she lobbies Gov. Paterson for Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat.

    She has already been asked to explain a spotty Election Day voting record over the past 20 years.

    “Voting is the minimum thing that you can do, and she hasn’t done that. The next thing you can do is you could donate money, and she hasn’t done that,” said Doug Muzzio, professor of public affairs at Baruch College.

    “It calls into question her commitment to politics and to government.”

    On the federal level, Kennedy doled out roughly $30,000 in the past decade, but Clinton was the only New Yorker to benefit.

    Kennedy gave to Clinton’s Senate and presidential campaigns. The former First Lady returned $2,300 of Kennedy’s cash after she endorsed Barack Obama.

    Stefan Friedman, Kennedy’s spokesman, said she is a “lifelong member of the Democratic Party” and “has always supported New York Democratic elected officials and Democrats seeking office.”

    She “has also given her time and energy to many causes that New York Democrats hold dear.”

    In 2005, Kennedy did not publicly back Mayor Bloomberg’s Democratic challenger, Fernando Ferrer. An aide contended she voted for Ferrer, though she had worked for Bloomberg.

    In 2001, she attended an event for Democratic nominee Mark Green, but she did not speak on Green’s behalf or provide financial support.

    Her husband, Ed Schlossberg, has given to a number of New Yorkers, including Green, Clinton and Sen. Chuck Schumer.

    Councilman John Liu (D-Queens), who is running for public advocate, calls Kennedy’s Democratic credentials fuzzy.

    “My comfort level with Caroline would be enhanced knowing she is truly upholding Democratic values or the values espoused in the Democratic national platform, which I’m not sure has been fully demonstrated yet,” he said.

  99. good morning all

    here is a interesting account of the FBI interviewing BHO on the Blago case:

    w w w . i h t . c o m / articles/2008/12/25/americas/26memo-396233.php?page=1

    snip
    Obama was interviewed on Dec. 18 at his Chicago transition office by two assistant U.S. attorneys and two agents from the FBI looking into alleged attempts by Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois to profit from his appointment of Obama’s successor to the Senate. Obama was accompanied by his personal lawyer, Robert Bauer, and an associate, but not by Gregory Craig, who has been designated the new White House counsel, Obama advisers said.

    The U.S. attorney in Chicago, Patrick Fitzgerald, who is leading the investigation into Blagojevich, did not attend. The two-hour interview was not recorded or conducted under oath, although one FBI agent and Bauer’s associate took copious notes, and it is a felony to lie to federal investigators even without being sworn in.

    snip

    The important thing, Kendall said, would be to give the president-elect enough time to prepare with his lawyers so his testimony is as accurate as possible.

    If a president-elect, with so many issues on his plate, made an innocent mistake of recollection in his discussion with investigators, Kendall said, it would only cause more problems.

    “This one doesn’t feel to me like one where there’s particular peril for the president-elect,” Kendall said. “But you never know. And you have to have the time to adequately prepare it.”

  100. UH OH???

    Blagojevich Lawyer Seeks to Subpoena Obama Aides

    online . wsj . com /article/SB123023389395233961.html

    CHICAGO — An attorney for Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked the Illinois House committee considering whether to impeach the governor to subpoena more than a dozen witnesses,

    including President-elect Barack Obama’s incoming chief of staff and a senior adviser.

    State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie said Thursday that the House committee received a letter from Blagojevich attorney Ed Genson asking it to subpoena Rep. Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett and more than a dozen others, including Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

    Ms. Currie, the head of the committee, said she didn’t yet know what the committee’s response to Mr. Genson’s request would be. However, she noted that the U.S. Attorney’s office has already denied the panel’s request to interview a list of people named in the criminal complaint against Mr. Blagojevich.

    There was no immediate response Thursday to calls seeking comment from Mr. Genson, the Obama transition team and Mr. Jackson.

  101. Obama is going to have to purge the entire upper level of the District of Northern Illinois USA’s office. Fitz and his staff are going to keep pulling at loose threads until they are stopped or until the entire Chicago political machine is indicted. What they are looking at now is just the “smell” of the corruption that made Obama’s political career….Low Income Housing, “Board Games” and the Illinois pension funds, etc.

  102. Here is a most interesting slant on the Precious One’s unsworn testimony for Fitzgerald:
    w w w.nytimes.com/2008/12/26/us/politics/26testify.html?th&emc=th
    This problem is just not going away and may be the source of enormous unpleasantness for the bots.
    Chicago politics may have some curative powers after all. Ha.

  103. Caroline Kennedy’s supporters say she could raise tons of money as a senator, but when it comes to writing checks to New York Democrats, she’s been largely AWOL.
    —————————————-
    If she had a track record of contributions that would be one thing. But the lack of contributions from an heiress is stunning. Many on this site have made contributions and we have neither her fortune nor her family connections to the party. If she promises vast contributions now doesn’t that smell to you like a bribe? If not then it is at least a case of buying public office which in my book is just as bad.

  104. My instincts tell me Jarrett is the key to this thing. What do you think? I think she is the conduit. A good investigative reporter should do an expose on her. I am sure she would be glad to give an interview with all this going on. Or perhaps not. These things take time but time will tell.

  105. Can you believe this? Polls say O is the most admired man in America and Bush is second. Who are these people?
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    I am shocked to see Bush is not first given that audience. Name recognition is all their tiny minds can they fathom.

  106. The Georgetown social set who presume to establish the agenda this nation are a dull, repetitive, mind numbing sychophantic lot who have not progressed beyond high school. The idea that they would have any say over the fate of this country is terrifying to anyone who pauses to think about it. Useless mfs they are. They are not worth listening to.

  107. If they would listen more talk less test their opionions against reality and recognize the distinct possibility that they could be wrong, they would be light years ahead of where they are now. One stupid click on WashPo this morning sent me into this state of high dugeon. These georgetwoners are pure geeks. Not the kind of people you would want to know, invite to dinner, name your children after or even acknowedge. But even worse than their ego and sychophancies and lies it the fact that they are so damned BORING.

  108. neetabug Says:

    December 26th, 2008 at 12:00 pm
    Can you believe this? Polls say O is the most admired man in America and Bush is second. Who are these people?

    I hate to say it but there all around us. In 2004 I could’nt belive they voted in Bush again and in 2008 they voted in Obama and in 2012 all I can hope is people get it and vote Obama out.

    I don’t plan to hold my breath, I’d almost bet the family farm he’s a shoe in.

  109. I don’t plan to hold my breath, I’d almost bet the family farm he’s a shoe in.
    ————————————–
    If I knew how much the family farm was worth I just might take that bet.

  110. Can you believe this? Polls say O is the most admired man in America and Bush is second. Who are these people?
    ———————————
    It is so damn Pavlovian. Ring the bell and watch them salivate. Big Media media is the purveyor of propaganda and propaganda is the enemy of truth. If we believe the truth will set us free, then propagnda which is the antithesis of truth can only produce the opposite result. The heard is regaining its ancient and evil primacy–Learned Hand.

  111. I am about to jump into deep water here–not being a pychiatrist but only an observer of human nature same as most of you. But isnt it obvious what is motivating Caroline Kennedy here. The tragic loss of the father she never knew has put a void in her life and her bloated rum sodden uncle has filled that void. At the age of 50 she still calls the old reparbate uncle ted. So be it. But uncle ted feels guilt over his own malfeasaces and misfesenaces and is looking to repair the damage he has done to the family name. So he is taking advantage of his niece, pushing her into public life which she has made a point to avoid until now–not even voting or contributiong and he is exploiting her to salve his own conscience. And she is venturing forward and telling herself if ignorance is bliss tis folly to be wise. If we were sitting around in Stratford on Avon four hundred fifty years ago, and one of us was named Shakespeare I fancy we could put together a play on this and file it under tragedy–not history or comedy. Maybe I am missing something here–but I doubt it. If there is a better explanation I would love to hear it.

  112. I know the Hillarys decision to accept SOS is not universally accepted on this blog, and I have a respect those whose views on the subject differ from mine. But on the assumption that she is ratified, I think she will become the greatest Secretary of State since George Marshall. The foreign press will make that connection at some point, and it will elude big media forever because they are invested in the Big Lie. Emjay and I have been discussing this subject off line and she is of a similar view. The following is what I edited out of a document she and I have been collaborating on. See what you think.
    ——————————————–
    Secretary of State is an executive position with real leverage. The power Hillary will exert in that role will prove outcome determinative to our nation and the world. For we find ourselves now at a watershed moment in history. In some respects it is similar to what George Marshall faced when he became Secretary of State in the aftermath of World War II. At that time, the challenge was to rebuild Europe, to dismantle colonial empires and to confront a soon to be nuclear power that preached world revolution. Today, the challenge is to rebuild the global financial system, to mediate the clash of civilizations, and to prevent war with bellicose nations or a terrorist attack on our soil. In matters of this nature there is no margin of error.

    Under Hillary’s leadership we will “rediscover the value of statesmanship”. Her prior experience as First Lady and Senator will be of great value in that role. Marshall brought significant experience to the job as well. He was the architect of victory in World War II, and a five star general. Like our Hilllary, he was an innovative problem solver and a firm believer in “the value of statesmanship”. Marshall had the president’s ear–and the president’s backing on an expanded role, an ambitious agenda and hiring the best people. He succeeded as Secretary of State. His success helped to prevent World War III and restore global economic stability. Hillary will too.

  113. KRUGMAN EXCERPT:

    Here’s the whole op-ed piece:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/26/opinion/26krugman.html?ref=opinion

    Barack Be Good
    By PAUL KRUGMAN
    Published: December 25, 2008

    …and this is an excerpt from toward the end:

    So what are the lessons for the Obama team?

    First, the administration of the economic recovery plan has to be squeaky clean. Purely economic considerations might suggest cutting a few corners in the interest of getting stimulus moving quickly, but the politics of the situation dictates great care in how money is spent. And enforcement is crucial: inspectors general have to be strong and independent, and whistle-blowers have to be rewarded, not punished as they were in the Bush years.

    Second, the plan has to be really, truly pork-free. Vice President-elect Joseph Biden recently promised that the plan “will not become a Christmas tree”; the new administration needs to deliver on that promise.

    Finally, the Obama administration and Democrats in general need to do everything they can to build an F.D.R.-like bond with the public. Never mind Mr. Obama’s current high standing in the polls based on public hopes that he’ll succeed. He needs a solid base of support that will remain even when things aren’t going well.

    And I have to say that Democrats are off to a bad start on that front. The attempted coronation of Caroline Kennedy as senator plays right into 40 years of conservative propaganda denouncing “liberal elites.” And surely I wasn’t the only person who winced at reports about the luxurious beach house the Obamas have rented, not because there’s anything wrong with the first family-elect having a nice vacation, but because symbolism matters, and these weren’t the images we should be seeing when millions of Americans are terrified about their finances.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Hmmm, anyone have any info on the “luxurious beach house” they rented?

    If my friend Mr. Krugman had any hopes that Obama knew the slighest thing about humility, he wouldn’t be holding his breath. Given that the Krugster is a smart dude, I suspect he isn’t holding his breath, he’s just asking the question rhetorically.

    Maybe PK is establishing the plan of attack to holding the O-dministration’s feet to the fire, and building toward the expose that will be needed by the few remaining journalists who want to retain their credibility. The expose regarding fraud will become a wide-spread full-time job over the next four years, for any of the journalists who want to do more than simply lavish praise ’round the clock on this “historic president”. Just like it was there for the entire 8 years of the W-dministration, but the media gave them a free pass for the full first four years.

  114. wbboei Says:
    December 26th, 2008 at 2:00 pm
    ==================

    Makes sense, though it could be put less negatively. Ted’s terminal illness can’t wait till 2010. Last request of a dying relative, even if you know it’s not realistic considering the nature of his illness, which has probably already affected his mind.

    Epic dynasty soap opera.

    RFK and others might think it won’t hurt to humor TK, and if by chance P appoints her, no great harm done. Family experience and rolodex could probably bring common sense to any decisions she actually has to make in the next 2 years.

    I’m furious at the past and future of this: knocked out Hillary in the primaires, and perhaps being lined up as first woman pres herself. Dunno how important it is that she would be knocking out the more qualififed candidate for 2 years.

  115. OBAMA’S LOW KEY VACATION: STAYING IN A (POTENTIALLY ILLEGALLY RENTED???) “LITTLE HUT” BY THE SHORE:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/21/obama-in-hawaii-rents-bea_n_152680.html

    Obama In Hawaii, Rents Beach Home In Low-Key Town
    ————————————————

    AP – AUDREY McAVOY
    December 21, 2008 12:41 PM

    KAILUA, Hawaii — While on vacation in Hawaii, the Obama family is staying in a $9 million single-story oceanfront home in a laid-back neighborhood over the mountain from downtown Honolulu where the president-elect grew up.

    The five-bedroom wood frame house sits on almost an acre of land fronting Kailua Beach, a favorite spot for windsurfers, kayakers and dogwalkers.

    The white sand in front of the house is public land, just like all beaches under state law. The Obamas may see neighbors out for a walk or jog.

    ABC has video of the home, and of Obama golfing:

    Martha Burke, who has lived several houses down from the property since 1972, said she is thrilled and honored to have Barack Obama nearby.

    “I’m sure he wants a lot of privacy, so I hope we can restrain ourselves from waving at him. But I doubt it,” Burke said, laughing.

    Don Dymond, owner of Kalapawai Cafe and Kalapawai Market, said it is particularly thrilling because Obama “knows enough about the state and the island that he would know if there’s a better spot.”

    He added, “The community is lucky that he picked here. And hopefully over the next eight years, he’ll pick here some more.”

    Obama’s vacation home sits on a dead-end road with few other homes. The street is wider than most of the narrow lanes leading to Kailua Beach, so the Secret Service has plenty of room to drive and park its SUVs. Upon the Obamas’ arrival Saturday, agents set up a security checkpoint blocking off public access to a stretch of the road.

    The home was originally built in 1934 for Harold K.L. Castle, the landowner who developed much of Kailua after World War II. It was renovated in 2005.

    Photographs from a 2007 real estate listing show a stone-encircled swimming pool and an open-air sitting room with views of a grassy lawn and the ocean. City tax records show a Houston man bought the property in January for $9 million.

    The home is listed on a vacation rental directory, http://www.hawaiisbestrentals.com

    City spokesman Bill Brennan says the house has not been cited for any violations of Honolulu’s strict prohibitions against renting homes on a short-term basis without a permit. Until a recent crackdown, illegal vacation rentals proliferated in Kailua, angering some residents who complain it is disruptive when tourists stay in residential areas.

    The home is among the most expensive on a block where shoreline lots go for a minimum of $3 million and nonbeachfront properties easily top $1 million.

    The figures outstrip the median single-family home price on Oahu, which stood at $594,500 in November.

    Despite the pricey real estate, Kailua is a quiet, laid-back, and sociable place. Residents frequently stop and talk to each another while walking their dogs. They pass sugar over the fence so a friend next door won’t have to run to the store for a forgotten ingredient.

    It’s also politically friendly territory for the president-elect: 62.4 percent _ or 716 of the 1,145 voters _ in the Kainalu Elementary School precinct encompassing the home went for Obama last month. That’s less than the statewide average of 72 percent but more than the 52 percent national vote.

    The home is less than a mile from another beach house where the Obama family stayed during their weeklong vacation in August.

    Kailua is about a 30-minute drive through the Koolau mountains from Honolulu, where Obama was born and spent 14 of the first 18 years of his life. He briefly mentions Kailua in his memoir, “Dreams From My Father,” saying he went spearfishing there as a child with his grandfather and one of his grandfather’s friends.

    Mary Carter, manager of Island Treasures Art Gallery, said Kailua has more of a hometown atmosphere than Waikiki, which is dominated by high-rise hotels and apartment buildings.

    She predicted Kailua residents would “for sure” give the Obamas space to try to enjoy their vacation as a normal family. “They’re here to relax,” Carter said.

  116. wbboei Says:
    December 26th, 2008 at 2:23 pm
    Secretary of State is an executive position with real leverage.
    =================

    Agree all, cut for length.

    Yep. A realistic snarker might say, once she got her nose in the tent in November, the future of the world was safe.

  117. PAPARAZZI OUTPERFORM MSM “JOURNALISTS”

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1208/16850.html

    Celebrity press first with Obama photos
    ———————————————–

    HONOLULU — For the second time in the first four days of Barack Obama’s vacation, paparazzi have come away with more intimate pictures of the future president than the photographers who follow him day in and day out.

    The photos, posted at the website of Just Jared Inc., capture Obama in a private moment on Tuesday as he scattered his grandmother’s ashes off the coast of the Pacific.

    The photographer captured 10 photographs — nine of the president-elect and his family at the site where he scattered the remains of his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, and one outside the church where the family held a private memorial service.

    In one, Obama is standing barefoot at Lanai Lookout, wearing kahaki pants with the cuffs rolled up and a blue button-down shirt, tossing flower petals into the ocean. In another, he and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, are shown scattering their grandmother’s ashes together.

    At the time, the pool photographers were sitting in a bus out of sight to give the president-elect and his family some privacy.

    Michelle Obama is also pictured, and the photographer identified a family friend, Bobby Titcomb.

    On Sunday, a paparazzo snapped photographs of the Obamas outside their beachfront vacation home in Kailua, including a shirtless president-elect and Michelle Obama with their 7-year-old daughter, Sasha.

    An Obama transition spokesperson did not respond to a request seeking comment on the more recent photos.

  118. MOST-ADMIRED? HEY, WHAT ABOUT, LIKE, THE WOMEN??

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/anneschroeder/

    December 26, 2008
    Categories: Antics

    Obama and Clinton ‘Most Admired’

    This morning, the pollsters at Gallup released their annual Most Admired list. And guess who tops #1 in the man category? Yep, you guessed it. Mr. Time Magazine’s Person of the Year himself, President-elect Barack Obama.

    Interestingly enough, President George W. Bush was voted the second most admired.

    Hillary Clinton tops the Most Admired Woman’s list for the seventh (yes seventh!) straight year, followed by Sarah Palin, who made a strong second place showing.

  119. I’m not surprised that polls show Obama to be the most admired man in America–he all marketing. People don’t have a realistic view of him at all and most I meet still don’t even know much about the man himself or his history. We will all see how those numbers change once he is in office.

    Recently at my high school I overheard a couple students talking about Obama and how they can’t wait for him to be president and for Bush to be gone. I know these kids and they don’t have a clue about politics or current events. They just hate Bush (probably because their parents do) and think that an Obama presidency is going to be a renaissance of some kind. I really would like to ask them what they think is going to happen that’s going to be so extraordinary. It sure sounded like they believe all the ills of this world and of our country will magically vanish. I know idealism is common in youth, but I can’t help think what a let down they will face when the realities of governing (and Obama the man) clash with their high expectations.

  120. HUFF-POSTER CESSCA NOT ON-BOARD W/ FAUX “AGREE TO DISAGREE” DODGE:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-cesca/fighting-back-in-the-age_b_153376.html

    excerpts follow:

    I’ve spent the last week or so debating with my friend and fellow Huffington Post contributor Lee Stranahan the significance of Rick Warren’s syllabus of ridiculous statements and how it’s an awful idea to be rewarding such remarks with a speaking part on the inaugural dais. Despite Lee’s better efforts to convince me otherwise and regardless of my support for the Obama campaign and transition, I simply can’t go along with the president-elect on this one.

    I can absolutely tolerate the tradition of inviting a pastor to deliver an invocation at the inauguration (despite the establishment clause), but this particular pastor has a closet full of Santorum-ish pederasty remarks and Buchanan-ish alcoholism metaphors that ought to fully disqualify him from speaking at this otherwise historic occasion. And I still can’t quite grasp the political upside for the president-elect, especially given the very un-Obama distraction and drama that’s accompanying it.

    But this isn’t necessarily another angry take on Rick Warren.

    This is about fighting back in the age of Obama.

    The maxim that’s been most often tossed around this week to explain the Warren invitation has been: “We can disagree without being disagreeable.” Some supporters of the president-elect’s choice of invocation speaker have grappled onto this idea in the spirit of the Obama change message and used it as a blanket explanation for why we should embrace Rick Warren — even though his more controversial remarks, by the way, are nothing if not “disagreeable.”

    It’s important to underscore that this maxim, while repeated in the spirit of unity, also contains the word “disagree.”

    And it goes without saying that many of us vigorously disagree with Rick Warren’s comments on same-sex marriage and abortion, not to mention his vocal condemnation to hell anyone who doesn’t abandon their Judaism. But for whatever reason, we’re expected to go along with this one as if Warren were just another random pastor. We’re expected to just suck it up and take it even though some of Warren’s public statements have denigrated millions of Americans. We’re told by very serious people to grow up. You know, in the spirit of not being “disagreeable.”
    (snip)

    That’s precisely why this could be President-elect Obama’s first post-election political blunder.

    Rather than asking us to accept a less offensive character from the right, the president-elect has asked us to embrace someone whose more obnoxious assertions rival the most extreme views of the opposition — on the most extreme and divergent issues. So we’re being told that vocal opposition to even the most terrible proclamations of the far-right is simply unacceptable in Obama’s America. Affording him the benefit of the doubt, however, I don’t think this is the president-elect’s intention, but that’s exactly how it comes off. In other words, if there are more Warren debacles on the way, the president-elect could end up permanently and irreversibly alienating his left flank while castrating his most loyal supporters, thus laying out a nice smooth track for the on-coming Republican crazy train.

  121. AH, NOW WE SEE MSM’S ANGLE…
    PREZ VACATIONS TO BE MORE TROPICAL THAN W’s, BUT JUST AS FREQUENT AND JUST AS LONG AS

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/25/AR2008122501171_pf.html

    (excerpt):

    For the White House press corps, covering Obama’s 13-day Hawaiian sojourn is a departure from past holidays hunkered down near President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Tex. They’ve upgraded their offices from highway hotels in Waco to the Westin Moana Surfrider Resort on Waikiki Beach. They’ve traded a backdrop of rusted farm equipment and bales of hay for sailboats, longboards and crashing waves.

    And they’ve hung up their winter coats.

    “What a difference a year makes,” exults NBC White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie, leaning back in a padded armchair on a veranda overlooking the Pacific.
    &&&&&&&&&&

    13 day vacation? How many vacations can one family tolerate? Do their kids even know what premises is called “home”?

  122. Not a comment site but worth reading!

    BBC: Iranians join Bush shoe protest
    Iranians join Bush shoe protest
    By Martin Vennard
    BBC News

    [….] Dozens of Iranians in the country’s capital Tehran have held their own shoe-throwing rally in protest at US President George W Bush.
    [….] The protesters waved their shoes in the air before throwing them at posters featuring caricatures of Mr Bush.
    [….] A similar demonstration took place at a university in Iran’s Isfahan province on Thursday and there have been other such protests across the region.
    [….] Iraqis have called for the release of the journalist.
    [….] Since then a Turkish firm, which claims it made the shoes, says it has had to take on 100 extra staff to cope with the surge in orders.

    More at h*t t p : / / news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7800453.stm
    Links to related stories at the BBC site.

  123. from NQ:

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/12/26/hey-did-you-get-invited-how-come-i-missed-this/

    is this comment….

    Comment by rolling_thunder | 2008-12-26 13:43:42

    YEP, First thing I thought of when I woke was who is paying for ButtheadObama’s Hawaii vacation and low and behold Andy Martin was thinking the same thing..here’s what Andy says:

    ANDY MARTIN DEMANDS THAT BARACK OBAMA DISCLOSE WHO IS PAYING FOR HIS LAVISH AND EXTRAVAGANT LIFESTYLE IN HAWAI’I

    MARTIN SAYS OBAMA MAY ELEVATE ARROGANCE, CORRUPTION AND RIPPING OFF AMERICAN TAXPAYERS TO NEW HEIGHTS WITH HIS INSATIABLE APPETITE FOR HIGH LIVING AT PUBLIC EXPENSE
    (SAN FRANCISCO)(December 26, 2008) Internet powerhouse Andy Martin will hold a San Francisco news conference today, Friday, December 26th to demand that Barack Obama disclose who is paying for his lavish and extravagant “vacation” in Hawai’i. Martin brings his “National Conversation” on Obama to the West Coast with stops in San Francisco and San Diego through December 31st.

    “There are four possible sources of payment for Obama’s expensive lifestyle in Hawai’i: (1) Obama’s own money; (2) money from private donors; (3) Obama’s campaign cash; (4) “Transition” money from U. S. taxpayers. Who is footing the bill for airliners, and $9 million home rentals?

    “Americans are losing their jobs. Auto workers are being asked to return to pre-war wages. People are reducing spending, corporations are cutting back. And America’s ‘Marie Antoinette Obama’ is spending money like there’s no tomorrow.

    “Obama is not a wealthy person, certainly not wealthy enough to personally foot the bill for airliners and the rental of $9 million residences. So who’s paying?
    “If Obama is misappropriating Transition funds paid for by taxpayers to subsidize his vacation that amounts to stealing from the federal government and every American.
    “If Obama is using campaign cash to support his lavish lifestyle that also appears to be illegal; at a minimum Obama owes taxes on funds he is converting to personal use.
    “If someone is paying Obama’s bills, who is that person or persons? We have a right to know who is buying influence and access with Obama.

    “During a campaign for office, contributors legitimately support the candidate’s activity and of necessity pay for everything associated with moving around and campaigning, including transportation, hotels, food, etc. No one questions campaign spending. But the campaign is over. So where is Obama’s Hawai’i cash coming from? Obama is spending a fortune on a ‘vacation’ that is costing someone a bundle. If Obama is stealing his vacation money from taxpayers, that is an outrage and reflects contempt for the hard times Americans are experiencing.
    “What’s wrong with flying commercial, instead of using chartered airliners? Staying in hotels instead of $9 million homes? If Obama thinks he can satisfy the brainwashed voters who voted for him by running around half-naked showing his MAN BOOBS at the beach he is in for a real shock on January 20th.
    “The president of the United States should set an example of austerity and restraint during this period of economic challenge. But Obama is going in the opposite direction, trying to revive the ‘imperial presidency’ with the vengeance of a master rip-off artist. Super-fly Obama seems to think the American people owe him and Michelle a lavish and extravagant lifestyle. What a disgrace. In making fools of us Obama is making a laughingstock of the presidency.
    “And what a disgrace no one in the mainstream media has started acting the unpleasant questions about where Obama is getting his money to pay the expenses of his vacation in Hawai’i,” Martin will state.

    SATURDAY: Martin probes further into Barack Obama’s arrogance and corruption
    Internet warrior Andy Martin demands that Obama immediately disclose who is footing the bill for Obama’s substantial expenses to and from and in Hawai’i.

  124. journalists who want to do more than simply lavish praise ’round the clock on this “historic president”. Just like it was there for the entire 8 years of the W-dministration, but the media gave them a free pass for the full first four years.
    ————————————–
    The public will sicken of this gruel long before that. High school thing described above is the wisdom of the day for people who do not think but feel. Everything will be grand when we get Bush out and the Messiah in. Lots of misguided programs and economic snake oil but it will not matter a fathing. When the public turns on this joker it will not be pretty. And please spare us the ridiculous sight of this coronation where they fiddle while rome burns.

  125. Camelrot: I know I will have to work twice as hard because my name is Kennedy.

    Say what? Harder than what? Harder than you worked on the beaches of Cannes building sand castles and sipping mint juleps?

    Wow! I am impressed.

  126. If Obama thinks he can satisfy the brainwashed voters who voted for him by running around half-naked showing his MAN BOOBS at the beach he is in for a real shock on January 20th.
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    Now that is humor. The standard comics like Lettermundo, Leonardo and Obrinenefsy are dull as paint in comparison. PC humor does not work. Mahr however is the guiness book dullard.

  127. [….] Dozens of Iranians in the country’s capital Tehran have held their own shoe-throwing rally in protest at US President George W Bush.
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    When Bambi takes assumes the helm this will be elevated to an Olympic event. At that point I will need to lose weight and get into training.

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    New York governor says he is in no rush to name his pick to replace Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton if she is confirmed as secretary of state.

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    Friday, December 26, 2008

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    powered by BaynoteNEW YORK – Gov. David Paterson says people should refrain from gossiping about who he will appoint to represent New York in the U.S. Senate.

    Anticipation has swirled around the selection ever since Caroline Kennedy decided to seek appointment to the seat once held by her slain uncle.

    But speaking in Harlem on Thursday, Patterson said he was in no rush to name his pick to replace Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton if she is confirmed as secretary of state.

    He says, “I feel less anxiety over the choice because in two years the public will, in a special election, determine who is the senator.”

    Under the state constitution, the appointee must stand in the next general election, which is in 2010.

    Among those who are also said to be interested in Clinton’s Senate seat are New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi of Long Island, and Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Steve Israel, Jerrold Nadler, Kirsten Gillibrand and Brian Higgins.

    Paterson has not tipped his hand as to whom he prefers.

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    The hell he hasn’t. I read this to say he is leaning toward appointing Kennedy now and letting the voters take in off the hook in 2010. In that case the voters will do a two-fer. Down goes Princess Caroline and down goes the idiot Governor. I thought he was smarter tnan that.

    If you read those comments differently let me know.

  129. Obama faces tough choices so goes the latest msm narrative?

    Messiahs–even those with manboobs do not tarry long over tough choices.

    After they are corronated they bring forth miracles, not tough choices.

    All I am doing is taking him at his word. Hope, change, the one we have been waiting for.

    As Thatcher said to Reagan we could well say to manboobs: don’t go wobbly on me now.

  130. Special Prosecutors need to investigate the fact that there is a crooked man who is about bring his crooked friends to Washington. Chicago and Washington are about to be renamed CamelRot
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    That is the chilling truth.

  131. wbboei siad: Paterson has not tipped his hand as to whom he prefers.

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    The hell he hasn’t. I read this to say he is leaning toward appointing Kennedy now and letting the voters take in off the hook in 2010. In that case the voters will do a two-fer. Down goes Princess Caroline and down goes the idiot Governor. I thought he was smarter tnan that.

    If you read those comments differently let me know.
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    If he wanted CK why be coy? Maybe he’s waiting for the backlash agaisnt her, then will appoint whoever he likes at the last minute as a fait accompli with no time for another backlash of people asking him to reconsider.

  132. If he wanted CK why be coy? Maybe he’s waiting for the backlash agaisnt her, then will appoint whoever he likes at the last minute as a fait accompli with no time for another backlash of people asking him to reconsider.
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    turndown: you are smarter than I am. I just hope you are also right. Between Bambi in Oahu and the Princess in Cannes, our sychopantic press corp will have to worry about too much exposure to uv rays. Unfortunately, they have no similar aversion to bullshit. Rather they revel in it.

  133. wbboei, I’m not sure how to interpret Paterson’s comments, although I agree turndownobama makes an excellent point. FWIW, Paterson does seem to be pushing back against the inevitability meme put forward by her PR hacks and supporters.

    BTW, here’s the story on the interview CK gave today.

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081226/ap_on_re_us/caroline_kennedy

  134. CK will have a ton of $ to run in 2010. Bobby Jr already said ALL the Kennedy’s will swarm the state in her run. She will have the seat and name recognition, not to even talk about the $. She would be hard to beat. Look @ the selling of the Fraud.

    I would have been fine with RFK Jr. Love him, but Cuomo and others have worked for it.

  135. gonzotx Says:

    December 26th, 2008 at 8:11 pm
    CK will have a ton of $ to run in 2010. Bobby Jr already said ALL the Kennedy’s will swarm the state in her run. She will have the seat and name recognition, not to even talk about the $. She would be hard to beat. Look @ the selling of the Fraud.

    I would have been fine with RFK Jr. Love him, but Cuomo and others have worked for it.

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    Sounds like a steamroller.

  136. wbboei Says:
    December 26th, 2008 at 7:35 pm
    If he wanted CK why be coy? Maybe he’s waiting for the backlash agaisnt her, then will appoint whoever he likes at the last minute as a fait accompli with no time for another backlash of people asking him to reconsider.
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    turndown: you are smarter than I am. I just hope you are also right.
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    I think I just argued against myself. The last minute fait accompli might apply to everyone including CK mightn’t it?

  137. gonzotx Says:

    December 26th, 2008 at 8:11 pm
    CK will have a ton of $ to run in 2010. Bobby Jr already said ALL the Kennedy’s will swarm the state in her run. She will have the seat and name recognition, not to even talk about the $. She would be hard to beat. Look @ the selling of the Fraud.
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    Kennedy clan didn’t do very well in the primaries for BO in CA or MA.

  138. CK will have a ton of $ to run in 2010. Bobby Jr already said ALL the Kennedy’s will swarm the state in her run. She will have the seat and name recognition, not to even talk about the $. She would be hard to beat. Look @ the selling of the Fraud.
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    Bravado–not bravo. The kennedys will be biting off more than they can chew. They will be taking on the power stucture of New York. Money does not guarantee a win. Bambi outspent Hillary 4 to 1 and she won the popular vote. The only way he could win was to steal it. How will they steal the election from the voters of New York. This looks like a white flag or a signal to Patterson that they will be back. Maybe they will and maybe they wont. But if he defies the power structure of New York their money wont save him.

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