The Prince And The Paupers

Barack Obama is luxuriating in spending while Americans are drowning in austerity. This is not news when it comes to Barack Obama. Obama luxuriated in his Rezko mansion when he knew or should have known his constituents, African-Americans, were freezing in a Chicago winter.

Once Democrats denounced lavish and wasteful spending on Inaugurals. Now our best writers make excuses for Obama. Our once great Democratic writers are living in Fantasy Island.

The same lack of judgement, the same callousness of luxury and luxury of callousness Obama exhibits today he exhibited as a state senator. Obama knew, or should have known, that

For more than five weeks during the brutal winter of 1997, tenants shivered without heat in a government-subsidized apartment building on Chicago’s South Side.”

“It was just four years after the landlords — Antoin “Tony” Rezko and his partner Daniel Mahru — had rehabbed the 31-unit building in Englewood with a loan from Chicago taxpayers.”

“Rezko and Mahru couldn’t find money to get the heat back on.”

“Rezmar kept getting city and state funding, even as earlier projects fell into disrepair and financial troubles.
But their company, Rezmar Corp., did come up with $1,000 to give to the political campaign fund of Barack Obama, the newly elected state senator whose district included the unheated building.”

The television show, Fantasy Island, was yesterday’s discussion point. Today the TV reference is the new upcoming series Kings.

Why Kings? Here is the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee David Obey complaining that the $825 Billion “stimulus” waste is “insufficient” and declaring Americans now have a crown prince:

The bill could be voted on in committee next Wednesday. That’s the day after the inauguration of President-elect Obama — or, as Obey put it, “the day after the crown prince is sworn in.”

After Florida and Michigan disenfranchisement – we’re in the disasterous age of Kings with a clown prince, following a boy king, on the throne.

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There was a time when writers who defended Democratic values had a critical eye. Now our best writers write excuses for the clown prince.

Sadly, Eric Boehlert is the latest to scribble excuses. Boehlert is angry because of complaints that Barack Obama’s “inauguration” will cost $160 million at least. In his latest column Boehlert complains that the complaints are unfair. Boehlert writes that the cost of the Obama embarrassment includes security costs whereas the cost comparison to the Bush embarrassment does not include security costs.

That is the sad state Democratic writers have fallen into – excuse outrageous conduct and luxury because “Bush did it too”. Bush?

The Bush embarrassment was the first inauguration to take place after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Security was a major concern. The Obama embarrassment takes place in a near depression atmosphere. Luxurious spending in time of austerity should be the focus for Democrats. Instead our best Democratic writers write “Bush did it too”. Boehlert has embarrassed himself. We hope Boehlert’s critical faculties return soon.

It wasn’t so long ago that Democratic writers had critical faculties with which to analyze lurid behavior by the governing. Boehlert himself, in 2005, criticized John Tierney of the New York Times for not denouncing lavish spending on inaugurals:

In Sunday’s New York Times, John Tierney examined the delicate balancing act administrations face when throwing a lavish inauguration celebration against the backdrop of unsettling world events. Tierney wrote that inaugurations “become even trickier during times of war, particularly when television images of dancers in black tie can be instantly juxtaposed with soldiers in body armor.”

Tierney must be confusing the D.C. press corps as it might be expected to function — posing uncomfortable questions to those in power — with the press corps that exists in Washington today. Because the notion that the television networks or 24-hour news channels would spend their inauguration coverage contrasting the scenes of wealthy corporate donors toasting the president while young soldiers and middle-aged Guardsmen battle in Iraq is wildly naive. During the nearly 24 months of war coverage of Iraq, many American news outlets have remained steadfastly allergic to relaying disturbing images of war, particularly anything that shows Americans being wounded or killed. So the idea that broadcast journalists would use this celebration, of all things, as a time to press President Bush on Iraq simply does not reflect the modus operandi of today’s mainstream media.

This week’s inauguration story came ready with two interesting news angles: the huge cost (in contrast with the dire situation in Iraq) and the unprecedented security. And in both cases, the political press corps, as has been its habit under the Bush administration, showed little interest in prying. In the days and weeks leading up to the event, the press has largely treated inauguration criticism as partisan and silly, making sure to give Bush backers lots of time and room to defend the unmatched pomp and circumstance. [snip]

For the media, simply reporting on the cost of the inauguration proved to be a challenge. Most major outlets stuck to the lower, albeit still unprecedented, figure of $40 million, which the Presidential Inaugural Committee said it hopes to raise from private donors. But a more accurate figure may be $50 million. That’s the amount cited by the Washington Times (which is plugged in to GOP circles). But even that number doesn’t take into account the nearly $20 million that’s being spent for security, putting the real cost at closer to $70 million, instead of the media’s preferred $40 million.

And it might have been helpful in the limited media debate that did take place about the inauguration’s costs to point out that if the $40 million to $50 million raised for the GOP’s parties had been donated to the war effort, as some have suggested, the money would have covered only about six hours of the U.S. military’s operations in Iraq. (Costs are running roughly $110,000 per minute there.) Also interesting but unnoted is that between the 2001 and 2005 inaugurations, Bush and his supporters have spent roughly $115 million total on parties and parades.

The same brand of tentative reporting occurred with regard to the massive, unprecedented and still unexplained security blanket that has turned the nation’s capital into something akin to an armed fortress, with snipers on rooftops, bombers flying overhead, Humvee-mounted anti-aircraft missiles dotting the city, and manholes cemented shut. This despite last week’s assessment compiled by the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice, which declared, “There is no credible information indicating that domestic or international terrorist groups are targeting the inauguration.”

Nonetheless, like butter on a humid summer day in Washington, reporters have simply melted away from asking pointed questions about the costly security overkill (nearly 9,000 police officers and military personnel will be deployed) — a buildup that clearly plays to Bush’s political advantage by keeping terrorist threats at the top of people’s minds. [snip]

The press’s timidity toward the White House has been on constant display since the election. In selecting Bush late last month as its Person of the Year, Time, which devoted eight stories and 17,000 words to toasting Bush in that issue, seemed in awe that a Republican wartime president, who once boasted approval ratings in the 70s, was able to defeat a liberal from Massachusetts in the election. And contrary to dispatches from the campaign trail about how Bush had repeated the same vague stump speech over and over again throughout the fall, Time insisted, “Bush ran big and bold and specific all at the same time, rivaling Reagan in breadth of vision and Clinton in tactical ingenuity” (emphasis added).

Playing catch-up, Newsweek’s Inauguration Eve cover story this week was equally fawning, insisting that contrary to what readers may have read or suspected, Bush is “hands-on, [is] detail-oriented and hates ‘yes’ men.” He’s a commander in chief who “masters details and reads avidly, who chews over his mistakes” and who “digs deep into his briefing books.” According to whom? Bush’s closest “aides” and “friends,” of course. [snip]

Meanwhile, U.S. News and World Report’s cover theme this week — again courtesy of Bush aides — is the president as a big thinker. The Los Angeles Times echoed that premise with the first sentence of a Monday news article, declaring, “As he prepares to launch his second term, President Bush is aiming for nothing less than a legacy that would rank him among America’s great presidents.”

Press coverage doesn’t get much friendlier than that. Perhaps the White House should consider it an inauguration gift.

Contrast the Boehlert of 2008 making excuses for Obama with the Boehlert of 2005 denouncing lavish inaugural spending. As our extended excerpts of the Boehlert of 2005 show, our Democratic writers are increasingly imitating the worse of the Bush fanboys of Big Media.

Boehlert was wrong in 2005 insofar as friendly press coverage. Press coverage does “get much friendlier than that.” Obama too was “Person of the Year” according to Time magazine. Time also has placed Obama on its cover more than 13 times thus far. Poor Bush, he was mistreated and abused by Big Media, when compared to the lavish worship lavished on Obama.

As for Boehlert complaining about security in post September 11 Washington, D.C. – Boehlert remains silent on the security abuses of the Obama embarrassment. It was left to Obama worshipping Time magazine to take note of the “Police State” tactics (their words) in an article titled “Inauguration Day Security: Is a Police State Necessary?” (despite the fact that federal officials say they know of no credible threats to harm Obama or disrupt the Inauguration.)

We hope Boehlert regains his critical faculties and denounces, as he did in 2005, the Obama Police State and the crown prince and the age of Kings.

It was the Daily Mail in England that covered the lavish spending which our Democratic writers wish to excuse now that it is a Democrat looting the economy.

The huge price tag of the Obama embarrassment, the Police State Security of the Obama embarrassment, the collusion with George W. Bush to declare Washington, D.C. in a Police State style “State of Emergency” is ignored by Democrats now.

Based on previous budgets for George W. Bush and Bill Clinton the District of Columbia had budgeted $15 million for the Obama embarrassment. But $15 million was not lavish enough. The George W. Bush and Barack Obama Police State Security “State of Emergency” paved the way for unlimited funding for the Obama embarrassment on Tuesday.

It is ironic to note that, as the Daily Mail phrased it A president mostly uses the power to declare a state of emergency during a crisis, such as a hurricane or other natural disaster. Well said Daily Mail.

Tuesday will not be a natural disaster, it will be a man made disaster aided and abetted by women such as Caroline Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, and Donna Brazile.

The disaster will only begin on Tuesday as more Americans are laid off work or simply jobless and the austerity will replace the audacity.

The clown prince will have a lavish party. The paupers will bask in the glow of Kings.

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119 thoughts on “The Prince And The Paupers

  1. The Hopium addicts that got Americans into this mess by believing flim-flam man Obama like this song, Lie To Me (We hear it’s very popular among the DailyKooks):

  2. The coronation of “that ONE” is really and truly an embarrassment to the United States. Watching the BBC news, they will be carrying the coronation with all the fanfare and glory of their election of a New Prime Minister. A vast Ocean between us and we’ve never gotten further than arm’s length away from the Motherland.

    The Founding Fathers would be devastated to learn what happened to the country they fought so hard to protect from outsiders. Especially, when a man about to ascend the presidency is NOT a Natural Born citizen.

    If Paterson is as big a sissy as he looks; my sympathies to New Yorkers if they are stuck with Caroline as their New Senator. Just so NY’ers know.. We Tried!

  3. I just noticed, Admin.. The Department of State has a seal similar to the Presidential Seal in the white space in the right hand column of the page. It might look just as good as the BO seal…no?

  4. wbboei, I don’t know how Patterson could say that unless, A) he has inside knowledge that she has said never again, B) knows they have something on her and are holding it over her head, C) knows Obama is going to send her packing into oblivion. The question is which is it?

  5. Mrs. Smith, you sound like you have been keeping up with LaRouche! He says the Motherland is what is our problem.

  6. Debbie, My favorite was the April Fools Day Challenge to a Bowl Off. I remember her telling him to get his campaign out of the gutter. I LMAO! His campaign and his Presidency will and has always been in the gutter!

  7. confloyd Says:

    January 17th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

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    what are you talking about?

  8. The coming coronation is only going to give us another Bush, sad to say.
    Here is the inimitable John Kass on “The more things change, the more they stay the same”:

    Name about the only thing likely to change

    John Kass
    January 17, 2009

    So we Americans mark the political liturgy in which we celebrate the exit of a president we’ve become tired of and the coronation of the cool new guy.

    Much of it is predictable and the song remains the same: the sins of President George Bush, the promise of President-elect Barack Obama and, through it all, the media high priests for the Republicans and Democrats waft their incense over the faithful.

    Republicans are worried once again about a gargantuan federal government. And Democrats, once so horrified of Republican federal excess, are themselves trembling, yearning to grab the levers and increase the size of the federal state even beyond the hopes of their GOP predecessors.

    If you ask, they’ll insist there are differences between them, and they’ll trot out a legislator or two, or political consultants, or think tankers, to sit in those tiny boxes on TV and shout each other down.

    John Kass John Kass Bio | E-mail | Recent columns

    But my late father, born in a small village in Greece, a committed anti-communist who loved this, his adopted country, would have seen through it. As a soldier who fought the Nazis and then the Stalinists, he understood the requirements of security and the cost of terror. Yet as an American entrepreneur in Chicago, he also understood the hammer of taxes and the mean-spirited, political nature of the bureaucrat.

    If he were alive, he might watch the warring tribes of Democrats and Republicans and say they are two horns on the head of the same goat.

    His son, American born, has witnessed the rise of the Republican Security State over the past eight years and sees the Democratic Nanny State about to increase itself even further.

    I wouldn’t see two horns on the head of the same goat.

    I’d see two horns on the head of the same hungry federal leviathan.

    It is possible that I could be completely wrong. I’ll grant you that. And it is likely that without drinking the Democratic narcotic hopium or its Republican equivalent, dopium, that I’m suffering from some unknown withdrawal.

    But it seems that all the party high priests and their archbishops are arguing about now is the leveraging of absolute federal power. Security State meets Nanny State. What’s the difference?

    All this as America moves further from the understanding of our founders, as the individual by definition becomes diminished, wafer-thin, as the federal state grows increasingly obese.

    Naturally, this makes many of us uncomfortable, so we find solace in our tribalism. According to a Drudge Report post last week of a Newsbusters.org story, the partisan blinders—at least in the media—remain secure.

    Four years ago, the report noted, The Associated Press ripped into the inauguration festivities for Bush’s second term as horribly excessive. The AP moaned that the $40 million blown by the Republicans for Bush should have been spent instead on Humvees for American troops in Iraq.

    Yet what Newsbusters found the other day is that the AP and other media have a new standard now, what with a liberal Democrat about to assume the White House. “For Inaugural Balls, go for glitz, forget economy,” read a recent headline on an AP story quoting an excited fashionista.

    “Just because the economy is in a downturn, it doesn’t mean that style is going to be in a downturn,” said the fashionista, from a major department store chain.

    No mention of Humvees.

    Spend, baby, spend. And dance.

    Yet is it news that reporters who cover politics in America lean to the left and guzzle hopium and expect Obama to feed the multitudes on the National Mall on Tuesday with two McFish sandwiches and five loaves of whole grain?

    No. Not anymore.

    So Republicans will seize upon this as evidence of their righteousness and yammer about media bias, arguing that without such bias, outgoing President Bush would have been the Harry Truman of our time.

    While Truman was a cold warrior, he would have blanched at the prospect of wholesale wiretapping and security cameras, every American traceable on the grid. So much for freedom.

    Now Republican elites are reaching for their stash of lotus fruit, chewing them stems and all, desperate to forget, particularly their own orgy of federal spending to purchase support for the war in Iraq, their role in the departing president’s political wretchedness secure in the history books.

    And Democrats, now on their hopium with Obama of Chicago and the reforms they think will come with the Daley machine having a pipeline to the White House, expecting more federal health care, more federal schools, more federal this, more federal that. If we run out of money, don’t worry, let’s party and print some more.

    Neither side is willing to see that they’re so very much alike. The leviathan grows, horns and all.

    And the two sides, Republican and Democrat, unleash their high priests to fight for what they’ve always fought for. Not ideas, not really, and certainly not the freedom of the individual.

    Only power.

    jskass@tribune.com

  9. admin Says:

    January 17th, 2009 at 7:22 pm
    Has the use of the word “Hopium” gone mainstream?

    We’re glad to see John Kass use it. Thanks John.

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    I also liked the addition of “dopium.” Seems appropriate for both sides.

  10. I’m finding it so hard to understand the extreme changes that have occured within the Democratic Party doctrine and media standards that were once something we could all be proud of.

    People and children are going hungry and homeless. Corruption in all aspects of life are suddenly excused by an anti-christ and his followers. Money is being spent lavishly while others are in dire straits. California cannot pay out the money its honest citizens have toiled hard for and need so desperately. And still the spin is rife with dishonesty.

    It breaks my heart that this monster is being annoited on Tuesday. It will be a black day in history…a day of infamy!

  11. ‘Has the use of the word “Hopium” gone mainstream?’

    hehehehe. I was beginning to wonder if you, admin, are John Kass or if John Kass is you?

    I hope you’ve copyrighted your material!

    This, too, has a familiar ring;

    “Through it all, the media high priests for the Republicans and Democrats waft their incense over the faithful.”
    And what about this?

    ‘But it seems that all the party high priests and their archbishops are arguing about now is the leveraging of absolute federal power.’
    Sounds like john has been reading BigPink.

  12. I just wonder had Hillary won would the media be making this such a “celebration” .. NO, they’d still be trying to find dirt on her right up to the last minute

  13. dot,

    they would be scrutinizing every penny spent on the innauguration and attacking her left and right for being so greedy.

  14. # confloyd Says:
    January 17th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Mrs. Smith, you sound like you have been keeping up with LaRouche! He says the Motherland is what is our problem.
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    confloyd:

    Ha, ha, NO…. I do my own research. LaRouche is suffering from the broken clock syndrome.

    FWIW, I am a voracious reader. I look at 100 sources before I make a statement and am very seldom found to be wrong. There is no particular person with all the facts. Motherland was on the tip of my tongue today because I read the 30 pages of the Homeland Security briefing I posted on Pink’s Fantasy thread.

    You see, Kass looking through the eyes of his father sees what many of us see…He says, “If he were alive, he might watch the warring tribes of Democrats and Republicans and say they are two horns on the head of the same goat.”.. Translated… there is only ONE Party.

    There are so few writers who are trustworthy these days pushing their pap onto the eyes and ears of the public. I agreed with wbb, Kass is a good one. He doesn’t hold back, sugar coat or distort reality. He tells it like it is.. He is a jewel.

    What I find most flummoxing, is the distraction level of people finding it difficult to commit facts to memory and start laying a foundation, building a scenario on solid ground and fleshing (and flushing) out the characters who are manipulating this country.

    That brings us back to the Motherland, does it not? Because we’ve really never been Free of the political ties and manipulation of Britannia. Gordon Brown is a proud as punch the CFR and the IMF’s agenda is advancing so smoothly.

    Big Pink is one of a scarcity of blogs that this conversation and any understanding of it can actually take place.

  15. We had dinner in Georgetown tonight, right on M street and saw a place adorned with his huge poster on the window, and inside huge posters of Gandhi, Dalai Lama, King and others on the wall. Makes me really angry that this common politician (at the most) from Chicago would use people like Gandhi — he has not earned his right to even touch his feet (read my post at NQ, Obama’s train ride a la Lincoln, it is quite a few weeks old but more relevant to what is going on now). We won’t be setting foot anywhere near DC for the next few days.

  16. January 16th, 2009
    Rice leaves Clinton welcome note, bids staff goodbye

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice bid a tearful goodbye to her staff on Friday and left behind a welcome note for Sen. Hillary Clinton, who is set to take over the top diplomatic job on Tuesday.

    Hundreds of staff turned out at the State Department’s entrance in a farewell ceremony for Rice, who was teary-eyed as she thanked employees for their service and then posed for photographs before leaving the building.

    Rice, who plans to write a book about diplomacy from her home in California as well as one about her parents, told reporters she had left a note for Clinton on her desk but declined to say what was in it.

    Earlier, senior staff presented Rice with the chair she had used in cabinet meetings during her four-year tenure as Secretary of State.

    Clinton is expected to be officially confirmed on Tuesday by the full Senate as the diplomatic chief immediately after the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Barack Obama.

    Link to follow.

  17. From a NYT hit piece on GEithner (cf their hit pieces on Hillary and Mrs. McCain):

    But as The [Wall Street] Journal reported on Wednesday, failing to pay the self-employment tax is not necessarily common among sophisticated I.M.F employees. Rather, one of the reasons such noncompliance is widespread is that it includes household embassy workers and other lower- level contractors.

    “Not necessarily common”? Before dismissing the evidence that half of all affected workers are in non-compliance, we would need to know HOW common it is among ‘sophisticated IMO employees’. If two different accountants told Geithner he didn’t owe anything, presumably they told other ‘sophisticated’ clients the same thing.

  18. Jose Serrano is the D-Rep who has introduced a bill to extend the presidential term limits. He has attempted this 6 times, and has no co-sponsors. I wonder, what is wrong with him?

    govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=hj111-5

  19. From Newsday.com

    Paterson to name Clinton successor after inauguration

    BY JAMES T. MADORE |
    January 17, 2009

    ALBANY – Gov. David A. Paterson is reconsidering who should replace Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying he’s conducting a second round of interviews with some contenders.

    He also said he won’t name Clinton’s successor until after Tuesday’s presidential inauguration to allow Clinton time to say goodbye to New Yorkers and to not disrupt Barack Obama’s historic swearing-in.

    Paterson’s comments came as one candidate, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan), stressed the importance of picking a woman to follow Clinton. And state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo again refused to express interest in the post.

    “I’m having new thinking about who I’m intending to appoint and am having a few follow-up conversations with some of those people who have put themselves forward as potential candidates,” Paterson said at a news conference in Manhattan about bank fraud.

    He is known to have interviewed about 15 potential senators, including Caroline Kennedy, Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-Hudson), Assemb. Daniel O’Donnell (D-Manhattan), and Maloney.

    Earlier yesterday, Paterson told WFAN radio in Manhattan that he would’ve named his Senate pick this weekend if not for Clinton.

    “I would probably have done it this weekend but I just kind of decided I didn’t want to trample on Senator Clinton’s ability to come back and say farewell to her constituents, nor the inauguration,” he said. “So right after the inauguration I expect to be getting to this.”

    In Albany, Maloney met with local officials to discuss high-speed rail. She claimed the trip wasn’t a campaign swing, though an aide handed out copies of a Crain’s New York editorial touting Maloney, and Marcia Pappas, president of the state chapter of the National Organization for Women, was on hand.

    Asked if she was disappointed in polls showing that voters strongly favor Cuomo and Kennedy, Maloney said, “Cuomo and Kennedy are very recognizable names from their family connections, the service of their fathers and others. Maloney is not a well-known name. My father was not a rich and famous person. I’m a hardworking woman.”

    Still, Maloney plans to support Paterson’s appointee and is “not considering a primary” in 2010.

    Cuomo faked radio static when asked on TALK 1300 AM if he was interested in the Senate job. “I’m sorry we have a bad connection,” he said.

    link to follow.

  20. By Associated Press
    WVTM-TV
    updated 2:17 p.m. MT, Sat., Jan. 17, 2009
    ATLANTA (AP) – Hillary Rodham Clinton will be honored by the King Center at the annual “Salute to Greatness” dinner in Atlanta Saturday night.

    The dinner comes just before Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday marking what would have been the slain civil right’s leader’s 80th birthday.

    Clinton, U.S. senator from New York, is President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee for secretary of state. The former first lady ran unsuccessfully against Obama for the Democratic nomination for president.

    Isaac Newton Farris Jr., president and chief executive officer of The King Center, praised Clinton for “working tirelessly throughout her career to advance racial justice, child welfare, health security for all Americans and human rights worldwide.“

    Link to follow.

  21. The Coronation Song

    This is the story of the King’s new clothes:
    Now there was once a king who was absolutely insane about new clothes and one day, two swindlers came to sell him what they said was a magic suit of clothes. Now, they held up this particular garment and they said, “Your Majesty, this is a magic suit.” Well, the truth of the matter is, there was no suit there at all. But the swindlers were very smart, and they said, “Your Majesty, to a wise man this is a beautiful raiment but to a fool it is absolutely invisible.” Naturally, the King not wanting to appear a fool, said,

    “Isn’t it grand! Isn’t it fine! Look at the cut, the style, the line!
    The suit of clothes is all together
    But all together it’s all together
    The most remarkable suit of clothes that I have ever seen.
    These eyes of mine at once determined
    The sleeves are velvet, the cape is ermine
    The hose are blue and the doublet is a lovely shade of green.
    Somebody send for the Queen.”

    Well they sent for the Queen and they quickly explained to her about the magic suit of clothes. And naturally, the Queen not wanting to appear a fool, said,

    “Well, isn’t it oh! Isn’t it rich! Look at the charm of every stitch!
    The suit of clothes is all together
    But all together it’s all together
    The most remarkable suit of clothes that I have ever seen.
    These eyes of mine at once determined
    The sleeves are velvet, the cape is ermine
    The hose are blue and the doublet is a lovely shade of green.
    Summon the court to convene.”

    Well the court convened, and you never saw in your life as many people as were at that court. All the ambassadors, the dukes, the earls, the counts, it was just black with people, and they were all told about the magic suit of clothes. And after they were told they naturally didn’t want to appear fools and they said,

    “Isn’t it ohhh! Isn’t it ahhh! Isn’t it absolutely wheee(whistle sound)!
    The suit of clothes is all together
    But all together it’s all together
    The most remarkable suit of clothes a tailor ever made.
    Now quickly, put it all together
    With gloves of leather and hat and feather
    It’s all together the thing to wear in Saturday’s parade.
    Leading the royal brigade.”

    Now Saturday came and the streets were just lined with thousands, and thousands, and thousands of people, and they all were cheering as the artillery came by, the infantry marched by, the cavalry galloped by. And everybody was cheering like mad, except one little boy. You see, he hadn’t heard about the magic suit and didn’t know what he was supposed to see. Well, as the King came by the little boy looked and, horrified, said,

    “Look at the King! Look at the the King! Look at the King, the King, the King!
    The King is in the all together
    But all together the all together
    He’s all together as naked as the day that he was born.
    The King is in the all together
    But all together the all together
    It’s all together the very least the King has ever worn.”

    All the courts positioned to call an intermission
    His majesty is wide open to ridicule and scorn

    The King is in the all together
    But all together the all together
    He’s all together as naked as the day that he was born.
    And it’s all together too chilly a morn!

  22. Turndown: my email to an LA Times writer who told me that his competitor the NYT thought Hillary took a tough tone wrt Israel:

    Michael Tomasky at The Guardian saw it the same way you and I did. In the linked video below he says that during her senate committee testimony, Hillary Clinton “hued close to conventional wisdom” on Israel.

    It therefore appears that what I previously suggested re. the New York Times is true. They decided before hand what they were going to see (see Politico), and then saw what they expected. As a long time subscriber to their newspaper– and now a former one, I cannot rely on them to provide truthful information.

    The articles they wrote on Hillary, Cindy and not G-man are indicative.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/michaeltomasky/2009/jan/13/hillary-clinton-senate-confirmation

  23. We had dinner in Georgetown tonight, right on M street and saw a place adorned with his huge poster on the window, and inside huge posters of Gandhi, Dalai Lama, King and others on the wall. Makes me really angry that this common politician (at the most) from Chicago would use people like Gandhi — he has not earned his right to even touch his feet (read my post at NQ, Obama’s train ride a la Lincoln, it is quite a few weeks old but more relevant to what is going on now). We won’t be setting foot anywhere near DC for the next few days.
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    The public mood today is like it was in the McCarthy era. Irrational. Aided then as now by a complicit press.

  24. JanH Says:

    January 17th, 2009 at 9:18 pm
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    Gee, I thought Hillary was Racist?

  25. Because we have been discussing TV shows of late in our Obama articles we thought this might tickle pink those of you who are “Project Runway” fans.

    Chris March a semifinalist of season 4 “Project Runway” was asked, along with other “Project Runway” contestants, to design a dress for Michelle Obama for this Tuesday.

    A drawing of Chris March’s idea can be seen here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2008-11-06/the-ball-gown-challenge/#gallery=53;page=6

    This is what Chris March’s design was:

    “Having dressed drag queens and costumed Cirque du Soleil, outfitting the first lady on a dime came easily to March. Remembered for his radical use of yak hair on the Runway, March opted for a less hirsute but equally radical material here: “The first lady will have to resort to wearing a barrel. Of course, hers will be glamorous,” with sparkles from the Bush dress, potato sack trim, and the old Stars and Stripes.

    Simon says: “Now we’re talking! It’s flattering! It’s fun! It’s totally fat-positive!”

  26. AP was one Big Media outlet that slammed the Bush inauguration but has been giddy about the Obama embarrassment. AP has felt the pressure. Here is a brand new story out tonight:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090117/ap_on_go_pr_wh/inauguration_spending

    Here’s the story:

    Unemployment is up. The stock market is down. Let’s party.

    The price tag for President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration gala is expected to break records, with some estimates reaching as high as $150 million. Despite the bleak economy, however, Democrats who called on President George W. Bush to be frugal four years ago are issuing no such demands now that an inaugural weekend of rock concerts and star-studded parties has begun.

    Obama’s inaugural committee has raised more than $41 million to cover events ranging from a Philadelphia-to-Washington train ride to a megastar concert with Beyonce, U2 and Bruce Springsteen to 10 official inaugural balls. Add to that the massive costs of security and transportation — costs absorbed by U.S. taxpayers — and the historic inauguration will produce an equally historic bill.

    In 2005, Reps. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., and Jim McDermott, D-Wash., asked Bush to show a little less pomp and be a little more circumspect at his party.

    “President Roosevelt held his 1945 inaugural at the White House, making a short speech and serving guests cold chicken salad and plain pound cake,” the two lawmakers wrote in a letter. “During World War I, President Wilson did not have any parties at his 1917 inaugural, saying that such festivities would be undignified.”

    The thinking was that, with the nation at war, excessive celebration was inappropriate. Four years later, the nation is still at war. Unemployment has risen sharply. And Obama pressed Congress to release the second half of a $700 billion bailout package in hopes of rescuing a faltering banking industry.

    Obama’s inauguration committee says it is mindful of the times and is not worried people will see the four days of festivities as excessive. [snip]

    It is also hiring garbage and recycling services and renting thousands of portable toilets for what one supplier called “the largest temporary restroom event in the history of the United States.”

  27. The bots think the costs are not excessive, and just r/t the high cost of security. Frankly, I would like my tax dollars spent more prudently.

  28. confloyd, Hillary herself said her fundraiser Thursday was her last political event, so Paterson’s statement that Hillary would be on hand welcoming the first female prez doesn’t strike me as anything odd.

  29. the largest temporary restroom event in the history of the United States.”
    ————————————————————————————-

    That is the truest statement, I have heard yet. Luckily, I’ll be at work, and will be able to avoid the debacle.

  30. JanH Says:
    January 17th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    By Associated Press
    WVTM-TV
    updated 2:17 p.m. MT, Sat., Jan. 17, 2009
    ATLANTA (AP) – Hillary Rodham Clinton will be honored by the King Center at the annual “Salute to Greatness” dinner in Atlanta Saturday night.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Good on Hillary! She’s earned every bit of praise for her hard work all her life.. and Bill too!

  31. I read where Hillary’s expansion of SOS Powers will imbue her with a firm handle on her office. If that is the case, she is still of a mind to be thinking and helping us get through this most perilous time.
    ———————————–
    That is correct Mrs. Smith

  32. admin Says:
    January 17th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    AP was one Big Media outlet that slammed the Bush inauguration but has been giddy about the Obama embarrassment. AP has felt the pressure. Here is a brand new story out tonight:
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “During World War I, President Wilson did not have any parties at his 1917 inaugural, saying that such festivities <would be undignified.”

    Undignified… heh! Pass the bong sweetie!

  33. Hannity is back alone without Colmes and proving that FOX is truly an unfair and unbalanced purveyor of anti Hillary false and vicious statements about her conflict of interest becaus of Bill’s GFI charity activitiesThe Ham injected her name and a warning about her SoS position at least three separate times this evening.All Hannity bashing Hillary at every oppertunity.Let us p
    ut him on the deranged and jealous list for a big boycott.

    By ABM90 Sick and tired of male political animals.

  34. # wbboei Says:
    January 17th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    I read where Hillary’s expansion of SOS Powers will imbue her with a firm handle on her office. If that is the case, she is still of a mind to be thinking and helping us get through this most perilous time.
    ———————————–
    That is correct Mrs. Smith
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Thanks, wbb… I didn’t want to make too much of it when she said it, in case prying eyes were looking here. IIRC, should include finances.

  35. confloyd, Hillary herself said her fundraiser Thursday was her last political event, so Paterson’s statement that Hillary would be on hand welcoming the first female prez doesn’t strike me as anything odd.
    ———————————-
    I think we may be taking some of this out of context. First, what Hillary means is her last political event before she becomes secretary of state. Second, she has too much on her plate now to be worried about 2012. Third, nothing here is certain and if the world economy contracts the euphoria we see today will be seen as madness two years hence. Fourth, there is no other female politician of any standing to be president. Fifth, Patterson is trying to be enigmatic and we should place no faith in what he says. Sixth, remember this is only the beginning of Act II. Does anyone believe he will be sailing high like this six to nine months from now. If so think again.

  36. # ABM90 Says:
    January 17th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Hannity is back alone without Colmes and proving that FOX is truly an unfair and unbalanced purveyor of anti Hillary false and vicious statements about her conflict of interest becaus of Bill’s GFI charity activities.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Like the guy says, “They’ve got nothin” They’re beating a dead horse. And that works out fine for Hillary. She’s laughing all the way to the SOS’s office!

    We have no worries until she takes office and see what position Kerry and his ruthless gangbangers take once Hillary makes a move.

    It’s all good ABM90… enjoy it while it lasts.. With Hillary we wallow in the sunshine and Party like it’s 1999… because we know the storm clouds are forming and it’s back to work once again to defend……

  37. wbboei, I want there to be successes, for the people in our country. There are millions of people that really need some improvement in their lives. Economically, things have to improve. We need some industries, so that jobs will be created. We need this for our survial. Social Security and Medicare are on the chopping block, which scares me, because those programs are a lifeline for millions of elderly and disabled people. Privatizing is on the table. Looking at those programs as entitlements is distorted. We all pay into those programs during our working lives. We should be able to get something back. Wall Street is waiting with baited breath for more money to flow into the market, should SS be privatized.

  38. wbboei Says:
    January 17th, 2009 at 9:39 pm
    Turndown: my email to an LA Times writer who told me that his competitor the NYT thought Hillary took a tough tone wrt Israel:

    Michael Tomasky at The Guardian saw it the same way you and I did.
    ==================

    I’m a little confused because I haven’t said anything about Israel.

    Hope you’re home and well and dry. Take care.

  39. Birdgal: that is why I backed Hillary. But I doubt Obama thinks the way you and I do. It is pretty obvious based on the totality of facts that he represents wealthy interests.

    New York City had a flamboynat and corrupt mayor named Jimmy Walker in the 1920’s but when everything collapsed they got an old shoe named Fioella La Guardia. Obama is more like Walker. When and if bad times hit he is a fish out of water.

    I agree with gonzo texas. Why give Hillary this honor now when they stood silent before when race baiters were calling her a racist. This award has purpose except perhaps to assuage their guilt.The delusional people who believe she and bill are racists will not be mollified, and those who are not delusional do not need it to know she and bill are two of the best friends aas had. For this award to come from them now seems racist at least to me.

  40. I’m a little confused because I haven’t said anything about Israel.

    Hope you’re home and well and dry. Take care
    —————————–
    turndown: sorry if I was not clear. It was nyt who claimed she took a harsh stance against Israel when in fact she had not. The day before the hearing nyt and others predicted she would and even though she did not take the stand they expected they still reported what they believed she would say and disregarded what she actually said. That was the point I was making to the reporter. It is just like they way they report on Hillary. They impute motives which are not there-often through unidentified sources and then in the words of Captain Nemo they see land where there is no land due to their preexisting bias.

  41. wbboei: Isn’t the award from the King family? I thought, some their members supported Senator Clinton. Isn’t it amazing that such a hated and divisive person as Senator Clinton, is beloved by so many people. She is on the list of most admired woman, one of the most powerful people in the world, New Yorker of the Year, and now this award. Quite a feat, for someone who is supposedly so divisive. And SOS. Quite a few achievements for her. I really don’t understand the hatred. She is not perfect, and has made some mistakes, but the vitrolic hatred is way, way out of proportion.

  42. Watching the “news” is akin to driving your car and rubber necking the scene of an accident-you know you shouldn’t stop and look but you can’t avoid it. The coronation is near , and the excitement and unmitigated bias of the MSM and so-called “journalist’s (and I use that term loosely) has reached a zenith that I could not even have imagined even after what we saw during the primaries/general election. The master manipulator , enabled and emboldened by the MSM, will soon wear his crown. Sadly, we, like that famous tale, are the only one’s who are willing to tell the emperor “he has no clothes”. The emperor cuts and pastes the words and ideas of those far greater than he (i.e. Hillary and Bill), yet, the media exhalts him, while never missing an opportunity to spew their venom at Hillary or former President Clinton.
    We all know that had Hillary won, the excitement and hiistorical process of electing the first female President would never garner the “fairy tale” we see before our very eyes. In the end, aour society was willing to sell their souls, and purge their guilt, but electing an unqualified candidate, rather than a woman. It is sexism as weat it’s worst. Our country is still not ready to let a strong, qualified, and true champion of the people lead simply becuse Hillary is a woman.
    I am ashamed to be a male , and even more ashamed that so many of my fellow citizens went for a symbol of false hope rather than a twoman who already has changed for the better the lives of millions across the world.

  43. # birdgal Says:
    January 17th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    “I really don’t understand the hatred. She is not perfect, and has made some mistakes, but the vitrolic hatred is way, way out of proportion.”

    Jealously can sometimes be taken for Hatred. They just don’t understand why her tenacity is never ending. In short, Hillary is their worst nightmare and she refuses to be shouted down by ignorant, jealous, mean spirited, people because she knows she’s right… and they’re wrong.
    Kudos to the Lady with a thick skin!

  44. For your late night entertainment, from a friend of mine who got it from a friend of his:
    ——————————————————–

    What happens when a fly falls into a coffee cup?

    The Italian – throws the cup and walks away in a fit of rage.

    The Frenchman – takes out the fly, and drinks the coffee.

    The Chinese – eats the fly and throws away the coffee.

    The Russian – drinks the coffee with the fly, since it was extra with no charge.

    The Israeli – sells the coffee to the Frenchman, the fly to the Chinese, buys himself a new cup of coffee and uses the extra
    money to invent a device that prevents flies from falling into coffee.

    The Palestinian – blames the Israeli for the fly falling in his coffee, protests the act of fly aggression to the UN, takes a loan from the
    European Union to buy a new cup of coffee, uses the money to purchase explosives, then blows up the coffee house where the Italian, the Frenchman, the Chinese, and the Russian are all trying to explain to the Israeli that he should give his cup of coffee to the Palestinian for free.

  45. Hannity’s entire career at Fox began by his obsession with the Lewinsky matter. No one here could possibly be fooled by his somewhat muted criticism of Hillary during the primaries, as inevitably,”a tiger can’t change his stripes”….Colmes was a weak and ineffective counter opinion, whom was no longer needed once the “libs” got back into power. With Obama being the “teflon” President, rest assured, anything and anything that goes wrong, will be attributed to Hillary and or Bill. Drudge already has a story on how the Afghan prime minister was insulted by Hillary calling Afghanistan a “narco-state”. This was my main fear of Hillary accepting SOS….sadly, she was caught between a rock and a hard place. As for Bill’s foundation, the fact it saves millions of lives, many in Africa, is overlooked as that is too convenient for the MSM to cover. rather, by false innuendo, they try and disparage the foundation with made up conflicts of interest…

  46. I have become morose at the general state of ethics in the U.S.

    Nixon’s crimes were a jolt but the country revolted.
    Bush’s selection as Prez was personally shocking and demoralizing and many people agreed even if nothing was done.

    On the business front, we have accepted an Internet in which 95% of ads are fraudulent. When did the word “free” mean ‘right after you pay’? When did the phrase “congratulations! you won” mean ‘you may or may not get something right after you pay’?

    Charles Keating went to jail in 1990 for defrauding investors at his Lincoln Savings & Loan. Today we are in a recession caused in large part by fraudulent and rapacious lenders. Congress has given our money to AIG for their weekend parties, to banks for their executive bonuses, and to auto companies for their executive jets.

    Dick Cheney has shoveled billions to his old company, Halliburton, while hundreds of soldiers were killed for lack of proper armored vehicles. The amount of fraud, theft, and looting in Congress, the stock market and business is staggering.

    And now we are going to celebrate ‘change’ as brought to us by a man who showered millions on his friend who couldn’t find money to turn on his tenants’ heat but could find $1000 for a campaign contribution which Obama accepted.

    I see AAs proud and stunned to see one of their own as president and I am also delighted at that. But did BO win in spite of his color or because of it? The latter doesn’t further us much. But far more important than skin color, as MLK taught us, is the content of one’s character.

    I saw Obamacrats abandoning the constitution and all Democratic principles when they re-arranged votes already cast and awarded them on no known basis. That was MY vote they stole and I feel no better about it than I would from a tinhorn dictator of a third world country.

    I will root for the new Administration to do well because so many people will be badly hurt if not. I have no respect for the new chef exec and he will have to earn that.

    I have been scammed, defrauded, stolen from, and damaged by people too numerous to list, esp. after my husband died. And now I have been defrauded by my party. Whatever bailouts or peace treaties or tax cuts come down the pike, they will do little until we all believe that a handshake is a promise and we keep our promises. We must stop admiring the ‘success stories’ of people who are ruthless or greedy or defraud their way to the top.

    I don’t want to hear another word about BO’s ‘flawless campaign’. I don’t want prosecutors to hide exculpatory evidence or suborn perjury. I don’t want anyone to condone torture in my name. Let this administration elevate honesty as a premium asset and treat us as they wish to be treated.

    So much for my sermon on the mount — sorry about that. Wake me when the inauguration is over – I intend to sleep right after Tiger Woods speaks at the Lincoln Memorial tomorrow morning until the last ball is over.

  47. Newsday: Paterson to name Clinton successor after inauguration – now EASY POST

    He is known to have interviewed about 15 potential senators, including Caroline Kennedy, Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-Hudson), Assemb. Daniel O’Donnell (D-Manhattan), and Maloney.

    …. Crain’s New Yorkeditorial touting Maloney, and Marcia Pappas, president of the state chapter of the National Organization for Women, was on hand.
    Asked if she was disappointed in polls showing that voters strongly favor Cuomo and Kennedy, Maloney said, “Cuomo and Kennedy are very recognizable names from their family connections, the service of their fathers and others. Maloney is not a well-known name. My father was not a rich and famous person. I’m a hardworking woman.”

    …. Cuomo faked radio static when asked on TALK 1300 AM if he was interested in the Senate job. “I’m sorry we have a bad connection,” he said.

    h……w
    newsday.com/services/newspaper/printedition/saturday/news/ny-stsena176001852jan17,0,4279201.story
    Box at the bottom. No login.
    Now comments are going up instantly and showing up at
    h…..w
    topix.net/forum/source/newsday/TC1R0BDBGR775HQJA#lastPost
    (linked from the bottom of the article). So now it is EASY POST.

  48. Emjay, Kool Beans.. Admin, just imagine the next draft with stumbling bumbling complaining (students) recruits!

    This little chuckle came in my email yesterday:

    A man is in bed with his wife when there is a rat-a-tat-tat on the door.

    He rolls over and looks at his clock, and it’s half past three in the
    morning. “I’m not getting out of bed at this time,” he thinks, and rolls
    over. Then, a louder knock follows.

    “Aren’t you going to answer that?” says his wife.

    So he drags himself out of bed and goes downstairs. He opens the door and
    there is man standing at the door. It didn’t take the homeowner long to
    realize the man was drunk.

    “Hi there,” slurs the stranger. “Can you give me a push??”

    “No, get lost. It’s half past three. I was in bed,” says the man and slams
    the door.

    He goes back up to bed and tells his wife what happened and she says,
    “Dave, that wasn’t very nice of you. Remember that night we broke down in
    the pouring rain on the way to pick the kids up from the baby sitter and
    you had to knock on that man’s house to get us started again? What would
    have happened if he’d told us to get lost??”

    “But the guy was drunk,” says the husband.

    “It doesn’t matter,” says the wife. “He needs our help and it would be the
    right thing to help him.” So the husband gets out of bed again, gets
    dressed and goes downstairs.

    He opens the door, and not being able to see the stranger anywhere he
    shouts, “Hey, do you still want a push??”

    And he hears a voice cry out, “Yeah, please.”

    So, still being unable to see the stranger he shouts, “Where are you?”

    And the stranger replies, “I’m over here, on your swing.”

  49. Fantastic catch, Admin! What caught my eye. The plane is perfectly level and hits the water like a speed boat going 50 mph. When he hit the water, he had to use superhuman strength to keep that plane as level as humanly possible. Just imagine a plane without power has to be a million times harder to maneuver than a car without power steering when it loses power. Miraculous combination of expertise, courage and strength and very little wind to pull that off.

    A surreal picture of passengers standing calmly on the wing of the plane…Also amazing, is the speed of the river moving the plane (I think someone said at that time, the river’s current was at 3 kn)

    Many Thanks for posting the video.

  50. Fighter Pilot, Handglider and Crop dusting experience, not all pilots have. Thank God he was assigned that flight that day. I guess for some jobs experience does count.

    I watch the Andrew Jackson Bio last night on the History Channel, and also was amazed that things he studied or experience that he had at a younger age were brought into play as he got older. He was not someone from the wealthy class, and he was a fighter all the way. Not everything he did was honorable, but as they said when he died, when asked if he went to heaven someone said, Jackson would insist on it, and as hard as he fought, who would deny him.

    During our history, especially at the beginning, we seemed to have had some amazing leaders. As I said before, George Washington could have been King, but his greatest gift was turning over the Power of the Presidency to someone else.

  51. birdgal Says:

    January 17th, 2009 at 11:19 pm
    wbboei: Isn’t the award from the King family? I thought, some their members supported Senator Clinton.
    —————————-

    That was what I had thought when I first posted the news. And for that reason, I’m glad that they went against those who name-called.

    As far as I’m concerned, its a prestigious honor for her.

  52. JANUARY 17, 2009, 7:50 P.M.

    Richardson Administration Hit by Another Allegation Article

    By STEPHANIE SIMON

    New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration was hit with a second pay-to-play allegation on Wednesday, as a former state investment officer accused gubernatorial appointees of steering $90 million in investments to a financial firm in exchange for subsequent donations to Mr. Richardson’s presidential campaign.

    Mr. Richardson’s spokesman denied wrongdoing and called the accuser, Frank Foy, the former chief investment officer of a state pension board, a “disgruntled former employee.”

    In a lawsuit he filed last July, and unsealed by the court this week, Mr. Foy accused the administration of putting political pressure on the pension board to buy losing investments peddled by investment concern Vanderbilt Capital Advisors LLC and related firms. The firm’s executives and employees later donated to Mr. Richardson. Mr. Foy said he did not believe the governor directly pressured the board to invest with Vanderbilt.

    Mr. Foy acknowledged in an interview that he faced a sexual harassment charge and was forced out of his job, but said his frustration with those events had no bearing on his decision to file the lawsuit.

    Mr. Foy went public with his accusations at a time when Mr. Richardson faces an unrelated federal investigation into how a major political donor, CDR Financial Products, won a lucrative state contract advising on bond transactions. Mr. Richardson has said he did nothing wrong but cited the distraction of the federal probe when he withdrew his nomination to serve as Commerce Secretary in president-elect Barack Obama’s administration.

    Defendants in Mr. Foy’s lawsuit, including gubernatorial appointees and Vanderbilt Financial, could not be reached for comment late Wednesday.

  53. OMG!!!!!

    Bradzilla said for the first time an AFRICAN will be in charge of the most powerful country in the world!

    Bradzilla just concurred with Peggy Joseph and actually SAID it doesn’t matter what he says, all that matters is for people around the world to see his picture.

    His picture is ALL that’s needed! He doesn’t have to say anything!

    This is creeping me out as the comparisons between BO and the FUHRER become more clear.

    And having 11% of the population controlling the other 90% is scaring the cr@p outta me!

  54. wbboei Says:

    January 17th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    “The public mood today is like it was in the McCarthy era. Irrational. Aided then as now by a complicit press.”

    ——————————————-

    Is anyone at all worried that this glue-sniffing mood that hoards of crowds will be experiencing in Washington on Tuesday could quickly change to anger, shoving, rioting, et al…psychological trauma when they realize that their happiness has no substance whatsoever?

    Or will the unwise one be throwing dollar bills at everyone and saying “let them eat cake!”

  55. basil,

    Not questioning you, just shocked at the audacity of the words that come out of that woman’s mouth.

    I guess the pundits have already decided that his becoming puppet king is achievement enough. Now he can sit back and do absolutely nothing and will still be lauded for his brilliance.

  56. # basil9 Says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Before anyone questions me, she did NOT say African American.

    She said an AFRICAN!.
    ————————————-

    With questions lingering about his BC, the ultimate thumbing their nose at the white people, especially the people who wrote the constitution? Who is racist, now? MO with her Princeton thesis and the general anathema she has exhibited toward this country, it is a match made in heaven, him and her.

  57. Jan,

    I wasn’t referring to you. Bradzilla’s comment is so outrageous it’s hard to believe she said it! I will look for a video later today and try to post. She was speaking on George Stephanopolis.

    I am totally stunned by what’s going on. The brazenness of it! She’s so comfortable saying BO’s an AFRICAN and that’s why the world will respect us . . . she didn’t even bother to use the word AMERICAN! Maybe she’s seen his BC.

  58. Good Morning all,
    It’s been a long week away!! I am so sick and tired of winter driving here… my son put my truck in the ditch this past week and cost me $170 just to pull it out! only took 30 minutes…….boy i wish i could make that kind of money for doing practically nothing more than hooking something on someones bumper and pressing a button LOL!

    reminds me of PEBO do nothing- take all the credit and pass along all the blame

    I miss warm weather and good roads!! & I have missed you all so much, just finished reading all the new articles (impressive Admin!!) not even going to try to read all the comments on them LOL!! but i think i am fairly caught up none the less.

    I did get to watch a bit of our girl at her conf. hearing, she was fantastic! and I am so proud of her!!! CONGRATULATIONS HILLARY!! I am so thankful that hillary will be watching our backs, makes me feel so much safer knowing she will be the one
    answering that 3am phone call even if PEBO takes all the credit in public.

  59. Here is an article that will have all of us having heart palpitations by the end of the day!

    h ans 2 backslashes only:

    pumasunleashed.wordpress.com/2009/01/18/obama-wants-to-be-president-indefinately-wake-up-people/

  60. JanH

    That story broke last week. This week, they are busy on the local channel (KRQE channel 13) trying to discredit Mr. Foy. They have a video tape of him making the recommendation to go with this mortgage company. However, if you are being pressured, and you bow to it, there are going to be tapes of you saying that. So I am not sure if that means anything. The sexual harrassment charges are interesting. Others that the Dims wanted in the party to get rid of have been accused of this also. That does not mean they are not guilty; however, the after hours activities of the accusers need to be examine also.

    What a mess we have here, and the People of this country let Judas lead the way. How much smoke can you have before you find the fire. However, the same can be said for O. It is like we put a smoke screen from the fire so we do not see them or they are softened. However, one day the smoke will clear.

  61. NewMexicoFan Says:

    January 18th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    ——————————————–

    I so hope that New Mexico runs that charleton out of office sooner rather than later. I know I’ve said it before, but you really deserve better.

  62. JanH,

    Yes, and we have a great Lt Gov ready to take over who was a staunch HRC supporter. However, the Os are busy in this state trying to beat her down. If Richardson is through out of office, then she would have encumbant experience, which is hard to beat.

    Mrs. Smith

    As long as we are going to amend the constitution for that we might as well take out the natural born citizen stuff, and do it in one action.

    If he has not BC, they will argue that the American people’s vote will supersede the Constitution, so maybe that one does not need a change, as it was already changed unknowingly with the American vote.

  63. I know how he’s going to do it.. All the colors match on the Rubric Cube now.

    New Mex…did you say you were a journalist or writer.. this is all I can post for now… the rest is too upsetting. If you have an email address… I will send you the rest.. JMJ… he’s really gonna pull this off!

    1.) When we give up our sovereignty at the IMF Meeting held in London in April. Obama will sign the agreement with the European Union and that will be that as far as being the once United States of America. This will be step #1

    2.) This Bill, when the news of it hits mainstream, will be fraught with controversy, naturally. And most likely will be turned down by Congress. BUT by that time, we won’t be a sovereign Nation anymore. We will be part of the Global Union and under the Jurisdiction of the New World Order. Our US Constitution will be irrelevant by that time because it won’t apply, we will no longer be known as the United States of America. step #2

  64. Those of us who choose to watch this coronation spectacle must differentiate between leadership on the one hand and positonal authority on the other.

    Leadership is about character and results. Positional authority is about job title. Leadership inspires. Authority evokes compliance. The garlands they place on his head confer title. The rest must be earned.

    Bear in mind, as we go though this corrnation, and as blacks and youth feel their hour of redemption is at hand, this is only a snapshot, and the burden placed on Obamas callow shoulders by the corrupt media, the Chicago gang, our intractible problems bequeathed by Bush, and the inchoate rights of posterity is enormous– especially for someone who has never run so much as a hotdog stand is enormous.

    Alls well that ends well. His true believers need to understand that this is not the end, not the beginning of the end, not the end of the beginning but only the beginning of the beginning and in the words of the slave on the emperors chariot all glory is fleeting. In reality this is a cold winter.

    We are all just observers in the passing parade and much of our anxt comes from thinking we can do much to really save our country from whatever fate brings. It is hard for me to believe a high wire act like this one can go on indefinitely with all the forces in play. This is not some rock video it is reality. The song gets tedious.

    The question then becomes this: if it does not go well, then how will his supporters react? Will they do as governor Wilder and Jessee Jackson 3 suggested, riot and burn our cities. Normally, I would say no but with the public in the state of mind it is in, if hard times come, that is not beyond the realm of possibility.

    I am reminded of the improvident remarks imputed to Michelle, about taking the crime to white neighboods. If in fact she made those comments and conveys that attitude then it is hard to see how it will end well.

    The gap between perception and reality here is enoromous. At some point it could be destabilizing depending on how bad things get. In sum, there is much to worry about here. Even as they stand in long lines in cold temperatures to buy brickabat heirlooms with Baracks mug on the front and made in china inscribed on the back.

    I believe we are still a strong country and we will survive all this. The thing I worry about is big media. They have called a succession of things completely wrong–bush, iraq, bush, clinton hate and now this. If anything destroys our nation it will be them. That is why I pray for their demise.

  65. All I can say is this… Bill and Hillary need to know about this. I have no idea how to get something to them personally. This info has to be handed to one of them to make sure they know the plan and have a chance to plan accordingly. Otherwise, they will be blind sided once again.

  66. Mrs. Smith

    I wish I were a writer or a journalists. If I were I would be speaking a much different truth than those out there. However, I am a HRC worker and supporter.

    If I were part of the network to get to Hillary, perhaps I could help. Instead, I hope that Admin can get stuff to Hillary. In fact, I would link the information you have to the site, so that Admin can see it.

    In addition, I am hoping there is someone in the Clinton offices that monitors this site.

  67. Most welcome, Bird. Following is LIVE coverage of a forum on “Women and the 2008 Election” at the Washington Hilton, hosted by Emily’s List. That’s rich!

  68. O came through our city on a train. What is he trying to prove. I can’t wait until all the blitz over him is over.

  69. It is bad enough contemplating the lavish coronation of Precious while so many are unemployed and under employed. It is indeed fearful to wonder what will happen now that such a rookie has his hand on the tiller. What’s worse is the realization that he is just an employee of those shadowy figures like Soros, Buffett, and the oil/corporate barons who have really been responsible for foisting this madness on us. The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are their playground and they have no obligation to respect any national sovereignty or human ideals that conflict with the aggregation of profit.

    It is important for us to realize that we can gnash our teeth all we want about the Beloved Leader but the real evil that compels all of this is composed of the big money that always seems so shy of the press. The Business Roundtable and the TriLateral Commission are clubs of the elites of corporations and governments whose devotion to money transcends any allegiance to country or ideals. Honestly, I am not a kook or a conspiracy theorist, but I have enough sense to suspect that there are forces behind the scuzzy politicians and broadcasters whom we despise. The way we can be most effective is to focus on the elusive source of so much of the world’s misery – the almost stupefying wealth that enables the corrupt political figures and the swinish press who amuse themselves with our discontent.

    The real question is how to get to them. That difficulty is a large part of the reason for their success. Maybe the first order of business for us is going to be drawing a lot of attention to who is paying for this distortion of our political system — and who benefits most. “Follow the Money” is usually a good technique in matters like this.

    Mrs. Smith seems to be sniffing around about this same issue and that is a comfort.
    Maybe we can start something here.

  70. Ellen Malcolm on C-SPAN now referencing “resting on our laurels” instead should be talking about “regrouping and reconsidering our mission.” They failed to help elect the first female CIC. It’s very frustrating to hear her speak – she just introduced Pooplosie.

  71. Illinois Underground Says:

    January 18th, 2009 at 12:25 pm
    Most welcome, Bird. Following is LIVE coverage of a forum on “Women and the 2008 Election” at the Washington Hilton, hosted by Emily’s List. That’s rich!

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    I have to turn it off. Calling Pelosi smart, funny, competent, etc., is a bit too much. Change, Change, barf.

  72. Only pro-choice women are mentioned. What a travesty. I am switching the station. I cannot stand women giving such adoration to BO.

  73. Bird,
    It is so frustrating to watch Ellen Malcolm or Nancy Pelosi. The women’s movement (or what’s left of it) has failed because we allowing the powers-that-be to divide us – primarily on choice. We allow half (or more than half) of American women to demonize a good, smart competent leader like Hillary or Sarah Palin; when the truth is that our interests coincide 90% of the time – on family issues, health care, education, equality in the workplace and so much more.

    One day, our so-called political leaders who claim to be committed to the full representation of women in our democracy will recognize that we’ve been on the receiving end of the oldest political tactic in the book, “divide and conquer.” At that time, we’ll refuse to be divided and begin a real discussion about misogyny and the ways to make it completely unacceptable in our society.

  74. Illinois, I have thought about the statement many times: Divide and conquer. It is so true. If women would support each other, the power of women would be so much greater. We have more in common, than not.

  75. I will not be able to watch this criminal inauguration on Tuesday or anything attached from it. It is going to be a day of going to work, coming home, and reading a good book for me and not even touching the dial (television or radio) or newspaper.

  76. Mrs. Smith and all:
    If history is any guide, then BHO is not at all interested in actually serving as President. He is, as we speak, looking for his next office. Since he’s now officially run out of higher offices to run for in the US, perhaps he is plotting the way to become “President of the World.” Selling out US sovereignty would be step one of that process.

  77. and if someone ever does an honest documentary of the state of American democracy, I hope they show the flags flying at half mast to honor those like Hillary and her supporters who fought the good fight to save free will but lost out to a group of savages led by an amoral fraud.

  78. JanH Says:

    January 18th, 2009 at 1:08 pm
    I will not be able to watch this criminal inauguration on Tuesday or anything attached from it. It is going to be a day of going to work, coming home, and reading a good book for me and not even touching the dial (television or radio) or newspaper.

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    Jan i am with you on this. I am not turning my tv on for a week. Maybe two until this show is over with.

  79. Emily’s list and others are groups of women who think that getting ahead requires in the end bowing to the men in charge. HRC did not bow to the men in charge until the very end, and then she determined that if she was to stay a Dim, she need to go for the best visible position she could to help women in this administration.

    HRC is the only women to get a piviotal position, and I know she did this by a back room deal. She must have something on them to make them knuckle under.

    Emily’s list and others felt if they gave in and supported O that this party, who they thought was their party, would take care of them. Not unlike batter women who will not press charges because they believe the man’s 15 thousand pleads for forgivens, even though it has not worked before, and they feel that they have no other choice.

    HRCs choice would not be my choice, but I am not in that position. I can step away from the Dims, and every time they call or write me tell them exactly what I think. They are not my social group (for many they are), they are not my only choice.

    For those on big Pink they are not the only choice.

    Women need to form a group of women that does not affiliate with either party until they have something in writing about how they will be supported, and then go after them if they do not. First and formost, though, should be their support of women in word and deed of women, within the country, and internationally.

    Women must learn we belong only to the group that supports us, and if not we will rally our vote and find someone that does.

    The Women’s Groups stuck their noses up you know what, and they have very little to show for it.

  80. New Mexico:
    As John Kass’ dad opined, the Dims and the Repubs are two horns of the same goat. Here in Illinois they actually recognize it as the “Combine.” Perhaps my naive view is that it is only here in Illinois and that one objective was to elevate the Illinois Combine to a national level – it probably was already in place all along.

    Both parties play the game to divide and patronize, divide and insult, and/or divide and ignore women.

    Many months ago I had put out the suggestion of revive the National Woman’s Party, begun so long ago in Seneca Falls. We’ve heard of discussion about efforts by Lynn Forrester and other high-level notables to create “The New Agenda.” I don’t know how we would get it started at the grassroota; but it could be well worth the effort if it is inclusive and disciplined.

  81. The history channel is great friend for these media toxic times.

    Take a look at Heidi Li’s 51 % website. She is dedicated to women and eliminating misogyny.

  82. Illinois Underground and birdgal

    I keep waiting for something at the national level to get started. But I don’t see anything. Grassroots has to have a leader, someone of national importants that will be visible.

  83. Illinois Underground Says:
    We’ve heard of discussion about efforts by Lynn Forrester and other high-level notables to create “The New Agenda.” I don’t know how we would get it started at the grassroot
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    h…./ no w’s

    thenewagenda.net

    Amy Siskind, Violet Socks, several other recognizeable names are doing this and getting interviewd on CNN etc. Pretty good blog too, focused.

    Lynn had a website, but the comments are full of spam.

    h…..w’s
    together4us.com/comments.php?page=11

  84. # NewMexicoFan Says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Mrs. Smith

    I wish I were a writer or a journalists. If I were I would be speaking a much different truth than those out there. However, I am a HRC worker and supporter.

    If I were part of the network to get to Hillary, perhaps I could help. Instead, I hope that Admin can get stuff to Hillary. In fact, I would link the information you have to the site, so that Admin can see it.

    In addition, I am hoping there is someone in the Clinton offices that monitors this site.

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    If Admin would respond here if there is any way to get to her or Bill personally. I would have faith in Admin’s help.
    Is there an e-mail address for Admin?

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    blue Says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    The real question is how to get to them. That difficulty is a large part of the reason for their success. Maybe the first order of business for us is going to be drawing a lot of attention to who is paying for this distortion of our political system — and who benefits most. “Follow the Money” is usually a good technique in matters like this.

    Mrs. Smith seems to be sniffing around about this same issue and that is a comfort.
    Maybe we can start something here.

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    By all means, blue… For now, my interest is getting this info to the Clintons personally, preferably to Bill. You have to imagine the odds of us doing anything to stop the inevitable is 5 million to one! The pervasiveness of the corruption is complete. We are really outsiders spitting in the wind. My highest and best expectations is for Bill and Hillary NOT to be blindsided again like they were in the Primary.

    This time could be devastating to them. If they can do something to throw a wrench in the works, fine. I’m not banking on it though. They have tried so hard for us in the past, and even now, I know Hillary is making plans to help us… They have to know what they are up against to be ahead of the curve.

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    # Illinois Underground Says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Mrs. Smith and all:

    If history is any guide, then BHO is not at all interested in actually serving as President. He is, as we speak, looking for his next office. Since he’s now officially run out of higher offices to run for in the US, perhaps he is plotting the way to become “President of the World.” Selling out US sovereignty would be step one of that process.

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    There you go…BINGO! It makes perfect sense the IMF, the CFR, The Tri-Lateral-Commission, the UK and Soros want their own man running the show.

    Can it be any clearer why they fought Hillary with everything they had… short of terminating her permanently. The Termination warnings came with Tubbs-Jones and Gwatny just before the Convention. At this point, no one is immune when they are soooo close to success..

  85. Admin, I’m a regular visitor since January 2008 and I think you are one of the most phenomenal writers on the web with the capacity of remembering every political detail of the last decade to call out the hypocrisy of Big Media and the Dinocratic Party.

    I realize that for many valid reasons, you do not want your identity to be known. I am only guessing that you are a political operative in some way shape or form in Washington. I’ve always giggled at the thought that one of the writers behind Hillary is 44 is Chelsea 😀

    Regardless, I think you have the intelligence and the connections to make a difference. I only wish more people like you had helped run the Clinton campaign and I hope that you decide to if Clinton ever chooses to run again. I hope that besides running this blog, you are also trying to change the culture of corruption in the DC media and politics. We need people like yourself publishing articles in mainstream publications and helping real Democrats succeed in Washington. I don’t know if you have access to my email through the system but please feel free to email me at any time if you can do so while still keeping your identity a secret.

    Thank you for continuing this website.

  86. This is kind of off subject, but do any of you remember that D.C. madame? SHe was the one that hung herself in the barn while her 76 y.o. mom was at the house?? Has anyone heard anything about the investigation?

  87. neetabug Says:

    January 18th, 2009 at 12:32 pm
    O came through our city on a train. What is he trying to prove
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    Well…I’m sure he’s hoping for a few hosannas along the way, massive genuflecting and “Hail Caesars,” the three wise men to pop by with gifts for the newborn king…lol…you know the rest!

    Obviously he is out there for as many media moments as he can get. This is much more important than the nation’s woes, the collapsing economy, etc…etc…

    Geez Neetabug! Get with the program!!!

  88. Anyone else notice how he puts his fingers (thumb and fore finger) when he is trying to make a point. To me it is a put down, like he is shoving you with his point of view.

    Just wondering if anyone noticed it.

  89. Wow, I went over to TM for the first time in months and the people over there are beyond giddy. I know it natural that there is a sense of optimism and a celebration when a new president comes into power, but sheesh, if I were Obama I would worry about the huge expectations people have of him. It’s unreal..I really think some people believe that he is the new Lincoln already…

    Yes, it is historic that an African-American has finally reached the presidency–and all of us genuinely celebrate that fact as patriotic Americans. It’s way overdue and I know it’s an expecially profound moment for all the African-American students I teach. And Obama does give an inspiring formal speech at times. But beyond that, why does the man merit such intense adoration?

    I have tried to see what Obama believers see in him, but I cannot get why people have this utter worship of the man or why they are convinced, absolutely convinced, that he will be legendary as president. Am I just clueless? My friends have described me as usually an astute person in judging people. Perhaps I’ve lost that at my advanced age..

    As a Democrat I am glad my party is back in power. I hope for the best with the new adminstration. No one wants our country to do poorly. I hope Obama makes good decisions or at least delegates decision making to the more experienced staff around him who might be able to lead us out of our current tough times. But until he actually does something, I just can’t buy into the hero worship. Not until we can see if he really does have the “right stuff” to be another Lincoln.

    Just some thoughts for a Sunday afternoon…

  90. It’s my belief that the mania about BHO will be short lived. I say give him the day in the sun (?) because this is the lull before a very big storm. IMO most of the manics are Bush haters, and when they finally wake up they will see they have a fast talker that can’t keep any promises. it’s gonna be a one of the biggest let downs they’ve ever had.

    I won’t be watching any inauguration, I’ve decided to paint my enclosed patio. Great weather 80 degrees in SoCal

  91. Mrs. Smith, you are rightly concerned about doing all we can to help Hill and Bill avoid being blind-sided. Bill has been a board member of the TriLateral Commission and has spoken often at the annual Davos conclaves of the rich and famous, so surely he knows exactly what he is up against. I think it doesn’t do the Clintons a lot of good to merely know what they confront. They are not in a position to whip up public support for this rather arcane issue.
    Maybe I am naive, but I believe that ultimately the struggle depends on the ability to inform a great many ordinary people just what is at stake. If folks can see a clear picture of the role that these fabulous tycoons play in profiting from the misery of others, we will have the beginning of a strategy to stop them from using puppets like Precious to intimidate any opposition.

  92. Debbie, I agree about Bush haters. The Obama people I know have a viceral, vitriolic hatred of all things George Bush. He is the antichrist to them. I think it will be something to see when they have that let down you describe.

    A co-worker of mine (who is an avid hunter) was obsessed with Obama until the summer when he realized some of his more controversal plans included several gun control measures. Since then he has finally read up on Obama and has become completely disenchanted. In fact, he now talks positively about Hillary (and he was a Hillary hater early in the campaign!).

  93. AmericanGal Says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Debbie, I agree about Bush haters. The Obama people I know have a viceral, vitriolic hatred of all things George Bush. He is the antichrist to them.
    ************
    But..but..Obama thinks Bush is a great guy!!! I think it must be a solidarity of sociopaths. Bush is a pathetic little man who also happens to be an un-indicted war criminal..just like Obama’s other new BFF, Colin Powell.

  94. # blue Says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Mrs. Smith, you are rightly concerned about doing all we can to help Hill and Bill avoid being blind-sided. Bill has been a board member of the TriLateral Commission and has spoken often at the annual Davos conclaves of the rich and famous, so surely he knows exactly what he is up against. I think it doesn’t do the Clintons a lot of good to merely know what they confront. They are not in a position to whip up public support for this rather arcane issue.
    Maybe I am naive, but I believe that ultimately the struggle depends on the ability to inform a great many ordinary people just what is at stake. If folks can see a clear picture of the role that these fabulous tycoons play in profiting from the misery of others, we will have the beginning of a strategy to stop them from using puppets like Precious to intimidate any opposition.

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    “so surely he knows exactly what he is up against.”

    No, I don’t believe he does. Bill has been a member of the TLC but hasn’t been an active member for some years. Jimmy Carter and Z-Big are directing the whole show now. So, I’d bet the Bank, he doesn’t know what lays in the cards for Hillary.

    And I doubt there is anything we can do to change what “IS” either. Their plans are too far gone to change them any time soon.

    Reorganization will come when it is obvious to everyone what should and needs to be done. We will no longer be Americans. We will be part of a greater international group of people displaced by a democratic government gone rouge. People who have had their inaliable rights and their Constitution subverted in the name of political GREED.

  95. AmericanGal, I have a feeling Taylor Marsh is not enjoying the party. She’s been living a lie since last August to try and salvage her career and fit in with the blogger boyz. Unlike TM, I don’t rely on an blogging to pay my bills so I choose not to put on a fake smile just to fool the Obots that I’m over the corruption in the Democratic Party. TM, when she was real with her readers, always shunned the glitz and glamor of the Obama campaign for substance and experience which was why she originally supported Hillary.

    I don’t go to TM anymore but it gives me comfort that she’s living in misery, trying to act like she’s having fun in the party while taking 5 minute breaks to barf in the bathroom. No one can live a lie forever. There are a few journalists shedding the fake smile to ask tough questions and hold Obama to task for his promises, but the vast majority continue to live a lie for a profit (Ms. magazine).

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