Limousine Liberals On Toilet Bowl Sunday – S.O.S. – Hillary Clinton – S.O.S. Hilllary Clinton – S.O.S. Hillary Clinton – S.O.S.

Help Hillary Help. You were right! Obama’s not ready on Day 1. Obama’s not ready on Day 2. He’s not ready on Day 3. Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7….

It’s already February and Obama is not ready on month 2.

Also, Obama’s Bin Lyin’, about ethics and everything else again and again. In short the B.O. administration stinks. It’s Superbowl Sunday in the county but in Washington it’s Toilet Bowl Sunday.

Save Us, Hillary. Save Us.

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We’re doing our best girlfriend. Big Pink is on the job. We’re keeping up the fight, but it’s getting scare-rey! out there. You’ve been busy getting actual work done to Save The World Hillary so maybe you haven’t seen – or averted your eyes, laughing or crying, from the boobery of the BOob. Here’s what’s been happening, here’s our latest report:

Those that backstabbed you in the primaries, those that cooperated with Ted Kennedy and Big Media to put this dupe/boob in the White House are now exposed as hypocrites. In many instances the backstabbers have lost jobs. Those that keep the jobs expose the corruption at the heart of the Chicago B.O. administration.

The latest job mess in the Toilet Bowl is major backstabber Tom Daschle. Remember when Joe Biden said payment of higher taxes is patriotic? Remember the old Republican attack line against Democrats – Limousine Liberals? With real Democrats that tag does not apply. But Tom Daschle and the Obama Dimocrats are Limousine Liberals:

President Obama’s choice for health secretary, Tom Daschle, was aware as early as last June that he might have to pay back taxes for the use of a car and driver provided by a private equity firm, but did not inform the Obama transition team until weeks after Mr. Obama named him to the health secretary’s post, senior administration officials said Saturday.

As Senate Democrats rushed to save the nomination of Mr. Daschle, their former leader, the White House spent the day trying to explain how he survived its vetting process despite his failure to pay $128,000 in taxes. [snip]

“The president believes that nobody is perfect, but that nobody is trying to hide anything,” Robert Gibbs, the president’s press secretary, said in an interview, adding, “I think Senator Daschle rightly is going to have to answer questions, but I think members will be satisfied with the answers that he gives and will understand that he’s the right man for the job.” [snip]

“It’s totally shocking,” an aide to a Democratic senator said Saturday. “Why do we have to continue to have the same story over and over again with these nominees?”

Mr. Daschle, who has paid the back taxes with interest, is the latest of Mr. Obama’s cabinet choices who have run into trouble, and the revelations about his finances — which include more than $300,000 in income from health-related companies that he might regulate as secretary — raise questions about the presidential vetting process, as well as Mr. Obama’s ability to keep his pledge to run an administration free of outside influence.

“One of the problems here is what they set up as expectations,” said Martha Joynt Kumar, an expert in presidential transitions at Towson University. “If you have talked about the importance of ethics and set up the kind of rules they did on lobbying, then I think it sets expectations that yours is going to be an administration that is not going to have problems that others might have had.” [snip]

A spokeswoman for Mr. Daschle, Jenny Backus, said Mr. Daschle became concerned last June that he might owe taxes on the car and driver, and instructed his accountant to investigate. Mr. Obama named Mr. Daschle to the health secretary’s post on Dec. 11. But it was not until late December or early January, after the accountant came back to Mr. Daschle with a report on the back taxes owed, that the former senator informed the White House transition team. Ms. Backus said Mr. Daschle did not think to mention it earlier, in part because “he thought his accountant was taking care of it,” and in part because he had no idea the amount owed would be so high.

It appears that with the Obama vetting process corruption is rewarded. The article above quoted the latest joke by Republicans – “It is easy for the other side to advocate for higher taxes because — you know what? — they don’t pay them.”

Can you imagine the scandal that would erupt if you Hillary, or Bill, were caught taking so much money from an industry you were going to regulate and then did not even pay taxes? Limousine Liberal is a label that Daschle deserves:

As a politician, Mr. Daschle often struck a populist note, but his financial disclosure report shows that in the last two years, he received $2.1 million from a law firm, Alston & Bird; $2 million in consulting fees from a private equity firm run by a major Democratic fundraiser, Leo Hindery Jr. (which provided him with the car and driver); and at least $220,000 for speeches to health care, pharmaceutical and insurance companies. He also received nearly $100,000 from health-related companies affected by federal regulation.

Limousine Liberal Tom Daschle has a lot of problems with American tax payers but apparently none with the Toilet Bowl in Washington:

Tom Daschle, tapped to be President Obama’s health czar, was paid more than $200,000 by the health-care industry in the past two years, according to documents obtained by Politico.[snip]

Daschle made nearly $5.3 million in the last two years, records released Friday show, including $220,000 he received for giving speeches, many of them to outfits that stand to gain or lose millions of dollars from the work he would do once confirmed as secretary of Health and Human Services.

For instance, the Health Industry Distributors Association plunked down $14,000 to land the former Senate Democratic leader in March 2008. The association, which represents medical products distributors, boasts on its website that Daschle met with it after he was nominated to discuss “the impact an Obama administration will have on the industry.”

This week, the group began openly lobbying him, sending him a letter urging him to rescind a rule requiring competitive bidding of Medicare contracts.

Another organization, America’s Health Insurance Plans, paid $20,000 for a Daschle speaking appearance in February 2007. It represents health insurance companies, which under Obama’s plan would be barred from denying coverage on the basis of health or age.

There was a $12,000 talk to GE Healthcare in August, a $20,000 lecture in January to Premier, Inc., a health care consulting firm, and a pair of $18,000 speeches this year to different hospital systems, among other paid appearances before health care groups.

Limousine Liberal Tom Daschle fits right in with the Obama Chicago crime lords. Limousine Liberal Tom Daschle is protected by Obama because Obama understands when Rezko type friends get you houses and money. Obama and Daschle are two peas in a pod, two pigs in a trough.

If Republicans take up the cudgel, Obama, who’s spent much of the week railing at Wall Street greed, would have to explain why he’s backing a rich political insider who didn’t pay taxes on his limousine.

Daschle’s tax troubles came to light on Friday, closely on the heels of the nomination fight over Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, who failed to pay $34,000 in taxes while working for the International Monetary Fund in the early 2000s. President Obama and Democratic leaders leaned heavily on senators to back the nomination, and he was approved by a 60-34 margin.

Other Democats have also had high profile problems of late that play into this line of attack. New York Rep. Charlie Rangel is under investigation for failing to report rental income on a villa in the Dominican Republic. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardon withdrew his bid for commerce secretary amidst a federal investigation into how political donors landed a lucrative contract.

If a Bush appointee got rich off of Wall Street in this climate, had a chauffeur from one of his fat cat cronies, had unpaid taxes that amounted to more than what most people make in a year, and then the administration tried to fix it behind closed doors. Democrats would call for his head and would demand ‘accountability,’” said a top Senate GOP aide.

It would be much worse if the problems were in any way Clinton related and hypocrite Republicans would join in. Limousine Liberal Tom Daschle is a made member of the Obama Chicago crime lords:

The ties between Obama and Daschle run deep. The former senator is not just another pol in line for an administration post.

Daschle was an early and ardent support of Obama. Daschle’s former chief of staff Pete Rouse later went to work as Obama’s chief of staff in the Senate—and now works as deputy chief of staff in the White House.

In addition, the Democratic fundraiser who provided the free car and driver to Daschle is Leo Hindery, who founded InterMedia Advisors, where he paid Daschle at a rate of $1 million a year to be an consultant. Hindery was an economic consultant to Obama during the campaign and was believed at one point to have been under consideration for the Commerce secretary post. [snip]

This source added that “It wasn’t like Daschle was taking bags of money or doing anything bad,” noting that for Daschle and his wife, Linda, a top Democratic lobbyist, “another $100,000 in taxes in not a serious problem.”

One hundred thousand dollars in taxes from hundreds of thousands of dollars income might not be a problem in the Toilet Bowl, but in real America people are hurting.

Not a Limousine Liberal Marcy Kaptur has some understanding of the problems real Americans. Americans without an Antoin “Tony” Rezko, have problems.

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Hillary, we know that your hubby, President Bill Clinton, is the only President beginning with Truman until now who left office with a higher favorability rating than when he went in.” We know It’s not where you start it’s where you wind up.

The Hopium addled addicts and Big Media (same thing) chortle at Obama’s high beginning poll numbers – just like Jimmy Carter. Remember what happened to the country and to one term Jimmy?

The Gallup Poll on Saturday released the first job-approval rating for President Obama, based on interviews during his first three full days in office: 68 percent.

Now that he’s in office, Obama’s approval ratings are starting to normalize, as partisan back-and-forth picks up. Just a week ago, Gallup found an astonishing 83 percent approval of how he has handled his transition, showing he had even won over most Republicans.

The new job-approval figure puts him at the upper end of opening poll numbers for presidents, but doesn’t set a record.

Gallup’s initial job approval ratings were President John F. Kennedy, 72 percent; Dwight Eisenhower, 68 percent; Jimmy Carter, 66 percent; Richard Nixon, 59 percent; George W. Bush, 57 percent; and Ronald Regan and George H.W. Bush, 51 percent.

Big Media will continue to prop up their tool, but reality has a way of intruding. Americans will listen to Big Media but at some point they look around and they notice the reality of their lives does not match the Big Media Obama protection racket.

Our old friend Sarah Baxter slaps the Jimmy Carter tag on BOobs Obama:

LESS than two weeks into his administration, President Barack Obama is being portrayed by opponents as a new Jimmy Carter – weak at home and naive abroad – in an attempt to dim his post-election glow and ensure that he serves only one term.

The charge has stung because it was made privately by Hillary Clinton supporters during a hard-fought primary campaign and plays to fears about Obama’s inexperience.

He is engaged in early trials of strength with Republicans in Washington and critics of the United States around the world – not least Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president. Obama faces battles to talk Wall Street into giving up its addiction to large bonuses and US banks to start lending again.

Barack Obama thinks he can charm his adversaries into changing their ways but his personality can’t change the dynamics,” said Tom Edmonds, a Republican consultant.

“Carter [president from 1977 to 1981] had the same belief in naive symbolism. Their styles are very different but the political similarities are there.”

The Republicans are in fighting mood after Obama failed to secure a single vote on their side for his $819 billion financial stimulus package in the House of Representatives, despite intensive wooing.

The bill came laden with spending on Democratic pet projects, including $50m for the arts and $400m for global warming research that critics said had little to do with boosting the economy. It also contains “buy American” protectionist provisions that have alarmed trading partners, including Britain. [snip]

“This is the Republicans’ way back. They have to return to their core values of cutting spending and taxes,” said Edmonds. “If the stimulus package doesn’t work, it is Obama’s failure. It’s got his name on it.”

The Sarah Baxter article also discusses the opportunity for Iranian leaders to grandstand because of Obama’s hopey-dopey. Iran President Ahmadinejad is taking the opportunity to grandstand and wants an apology from the United States. Hopefully, Jimmy Carter Barack Obama will not humiliate the United States and apologize.

Naive Obama must learn that America is hated not because of personalities but because of our national interests and beliefs. It’s why Republicans fight Democrats – issues. Issues matter.

In the very first big vote in the House of Representatives the hopey dopey Obama was ropey dopey-ed.

Recall Hillary, during the primary campaign when Barack Obama acted all superior to you because he would talk without preconditions to leaders of countries such as Iran. Obama’s hopey dopey Hopium addled addicts cheered boob Obama and booed sharp and ready on Day 1 Hillary Clinton. Obama foolishly promised that YES he would (”I would.”) meet 1) separately; 2) without precondition; 3) during the first year; 4) in Washington or anywhere else; 5) with leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea.

You Hillary, and Joe Biden thought Obama was naive. Even “Are You My Daddy?John Edwards said:

“Yes, and I think actually Senator Clinton’s right though. Before that meeting takes place, we need to do the work, the diplomacy, to make sure that that meeting’s not going to be used for propaganda purposes, will not be used to just beat down the United States of America in the world community.”

Obama foolishly insisted he was correct and laughingly stated he was smarter than all of you on foreign policy because he lived in Indonesia when he was 6 years old.

Hillary, you knew better and did not give in to the hopey dopey crowd who ignore reality and live not in reality based communities but in their own fantasy world of Hopium and “cool” posters of maximum leader.

Obama said he would talk to opposition leaders without preconditions. Republicans showed him in the House of Representatives the danger of that stupidity.

Oh, and now that she is up for re-election and afraid of Hillary supporters mobilizing against her, Claire McCaskill is pretending to care about Americans and opposing the bum Obama flim-flam “stimulus” bill and the Dimocrats in the House of Representatives. Claire McCaskill will face a tough reelection campaign and Hillary supporters will be there to make her campaign even tougher.

The celestial choirs have disappeared Hillary. They were never there.

There are no celestial choirs in a Toilet Bowl.

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148 thoughts on “Limousine Liberals On Toilet Bowl Sunday – S.O.S. – Hillary Clinton – S.O.S. Hilllary Clinton – S.O.S. Hillary Clinton – S.O.S.

  1. Re-post from last thread re:Daschle

    Greenwald has “nice thing” to say about Daschle:

    “In Washington there are whores and there are whores, and then there is Tom Daschle. Tom Daschle would suck off a corpse for a cheeseburger. True, he is probably only the second-biggest whore for the health care industry in American politics — the biggest being doctor/cat-torturer Bill Frist,”
    (snip)
    “But there’s no need to withhold judgment on Daschle himself. He embodies everything that is sleazy, sickly, and soul-less about Washington. It’s probably impossible for Obama to fill his cabinet with individuals entirely free of Beltway filth — it’s extremely rare to get anywhere near that system without being infected by it — but Daschle oozes Beltway slime from every pore.”

    http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/02/01/daschle/index.html

  2. “Krauthammer is a faulty messenger ”

    Even a broken clock tells the correct time once a day.

    I never throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    His rebuttal was pithy, full of truths and correct time lines and stiffed Bambam. I could not have asked for more

  3. “It appears that with the Obama vetting process corruption is rewarded.”

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    Exactly! Well said, Admin.

  4. Joke from a DC denizen, a big-time Independent Hill supporter and insider:

    Why aren’t very many Democrats big on tax cuts?

    Why bother? Just don’t pay when you don’t want to.

  5. David Gergen said on CNN this am that Bobo is “the most trusted person in America right now.”

    WHAT has he been smoking?

  6. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090201/pl_nm/us_usa_stimulus_senators

    The Senate’s No. 2 Republican warned on Sunday his party’s support for President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus bill was eroding and “major structural changes” were needed to win Republican support.

    “You have to start from scratch and reconstruct this,” Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona told “Fox News Sunday.”

    He said the proposed bill, with a price approaching $900 billion, “wastes a ton of money.” Kyl took issue with items in the bill, including a $500 tax rebate, the creation of dozens of new government programs and transfers of cash to states.

    “There would be major structural changes that would have to occur,” he said.

    Republicans sought not to delay the bill, but wanted “huge amendments that would redirect it” to address the housing industry collapse and provide tax relief measures, Kyl said.

  7. turndownobama-com Says:

    February 1st, 2009 at 4:30 pm
    Re Daschle, it’s not so much whether he paid tax on it as where the income came from.

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    I think both items are of concern. Taking gifts from lobbyists, or whomever, and not realizing that they should count as income, is at the least negligent. Daschle only looked into it, when he was about to be nominated for HHS Secretary. He is either naive, stupid, incompetent, arrogant, entitled, or corrupt.

    Frankly, his ties to insurance companies, pharm companies, and other health related companies should exclude him from taking this position. How can he be non-biased? He is in the pocket of the health care industry and will do their bidding. What a farce. There is absolutely no chance for UHC. It is dead.

  8. Celestial choirs are dead during the Third Bush Term:

    http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.7920ad41d201471477cc3e9c0bd967e6.21&show_article=1

    Is Obama’s post-partisan politics dead on arrival?

    In the first test of Obama’s vow to drain the bile from Washington politics and govern without the bitterness of the last two decades, the president appealed to Republicans to get behind his massive economic stimulus package.

    The Democratic president plied Republican leaders with cocktails, sent out invites to a White House Super Bowl party and even made a rare presidential foray to Congress to woo the other side.

    But when the 819-billion-dollar package came up in the House of Representatives last week, not a single Republican voted yes.

    This week, the Senate gets its chance, and undaunted, Obama is again on the hunt for Republican votes.

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    But beyond a handful of wavering senators, there now seems little hope that the Obama plan will capture the 80 or so votes in the 100-seat Senate that some supporters had once targeted.

    The president, while welcoming the House passage of the stimulus plan, said he was willing to “improve” the package — code for amendments that could draw some Republicans when the final merged bill returns to the House.

    But Smith said, Obama’s hopes for an new era of bipartisan government may be thwarted by simple political realities in Washington.

  9. Not Your Sweetie is asking some good questions about FEMA and Kentucky deaths.

    Not Ready On Day One – Kentucky

    http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2009/02/01/not-ready-on-day-one-2-kentucky/

    Very little was said and written about those left to die in Kentucky

    At least 42 people have died, including 11 in Kentucky, and conditions are worsening in many places days after an ice storm knocked out power to 1.3 million customers from the Plains to the East Coast. About a million people were still without electric Friday, and with no hope that the lights will come back on soon, small communities are frantically struggling to help their residents.

    And where’s the FEMA help?

    Local officials were growing angry with what they said was a lack of help from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    So, I suppose this is OK – because – aren’t those the people who voted for Hillary in the primaries? Can’t he pay beck?

    Yes, he can!…

  10. admin

    love the “bush third term” photos. more appropriate might be a photo-morph of BO into jimmy-single-term. he he.

  11. admin
    do you have or anyone else here have a link to the town hall meeting Clinton did this time last year. It was carried on a cable channel but I can’t remember which one?

  12. You are right, Admin. I have talked to friends in Kentucky. There is no indication that they are taking care of the sick. Why should he, when the state did not vote for him. I don’t think they will vote for him next time either.

  13. henry Says:
    anyone else here have a link to the town hall meeting Clinton did this time last year. It was carried on a cable channel but I can’t remember which one

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    Henry, what were soem topics or some key phrases?

  14. But Smith said, Obama’s hopes for an new era of bipartisan government may be thwarted by simple political realities in Washington.
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    Substitute the word “will” for the word “may” and I agree with him.

  15. Admin
    thankyou wikipedia link just says it happenned and when with one article that I could link to from slate. Read the first two paragraphs and was offended.

  16. turndownobama-com Says:

    February 1st, 2009 at 5:27 pm
    birdgirl,

    I agree, and I thought I was saying that.

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    you were. I was just adding my 2cents worth.

  17. Anyone remember when it was that Clinton first made the mortgage crisis an issue? I know it was before the Nevada caucus. And I’d love to send the info to the three people who emailed me on my birthday writing– “What do you think now Hillary is Obama’s bitch”

  18. 83% approve of the way he handled the transition because the media tells them things like it is a near flawless transition.

    But if you change the hypothetical and give them the complete facts the response might be different:

    Question: do you agree that everyone should pay their lawful taxes?

    Question: did you know that two cabinet appointees selected by Mr. Obamas vaunted transition team failed to do so.

    Question: do you believe that politicans should accept kickbacks?

    Question: did you know that one cabinet appointee selected by Mr Obamas vaunted transition team did so.

    Question: do you believe that it is wise to select cabinet secretaries who have lined their pockets with gratuities from the industries they would regulate?

    Question: do you think Caroline Kennedy who was a member of the transition team should refuse to play by the same rules disclosure rules as she imposed on everyone else.

    Question: do you believe that Mr Obamas vaunted transition team bothered to ask them those questions? If so do you thinkg they lied?

    Question: now tell me again do you really believe this was a flawless transition?

    Question: do you think David Gergen is anything more than a shameless, sleezy, self promoting media whore when he says Mr. Obama is the most trusted man in America because of the smooth way he handled the transition?

  19. we need to fight to be sure that our congressmen and senators dont get the raise until the economy gets better

  20. wbboei
    I would love to know why the producers of American President decided to drop the program? It was along the lines of American Idol but after getting a ton of buzz before the primaries it disappeared. If you do a search for the show you get several million results all relating to tv coverage of bambi? Why did it go away?

  21. Anyone remember when it was that Clinton first made the mortgage crisis an issue? I know it was before the Nevada caucus. And I’d love to send the info to the three people who emailed me on my birthday writing– “What do you think now Hillary is Obama’s bitch”
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    Hi Henry: my advice would be totell them it is really the other way around for two reasons:

    First, it is like the old banking adage, i.e. when a bank lends you $10 it is your creditor but when it lends you a millon it is no longer your creditor but your partner.

    Second, she is a pragmatic problem solver and as such the only defense he has to the emerging charge that he is Carteresque–naive on foreign policy.

    If that doesnt work take a chapter out of Robin Williams playbook and tell them to fuck off. Sometimes that is the only way to get through to a bot.

  22. justme
    maybe all of our representitives should divest completely before taking office and be forbidden to earn other monies. I am convinced there are many diligent intelligent souls out there who are not carrying the heft of disruptive interests. If your goal is to become filthy rich why should you be representing the masses. Do it in the private sector.

  23. wbboei
    I would love to know why the producers of American President decided to drop the program? It was along the lines of American Idol but after getting a ton of buzz before the primaries it disappeared. If you do a search for the show you get several million results all relating to tv coverage of bambi? Why did it go away?
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    Ernest and Julio Gallo said it best: we will make no wine until its time.

  24. wbboei
    thankyou
    but what i really want is an early quote from the then Senator Clinton about the mortgage crisis. Had America listenned then– which to my recollection was more than a year ago, would a lot of the bailouts and stimulas package been unneeded?

  25. henry Says:
    what i really want is an early quote from the then Senator Clinton about the mortgage crisis. Had America listenned then– which to my recollection was more than a year ago, would a lot of the bailouts and stimulas package been unneeded?

    ====================

    I”m sure she said it many times, but the time I remember was perhaps in Nov 2007, when she talked about a foreclosure moriatorium or freeze so that people would not be thrown out in the holiday season or in the then-current freezing weather.

    “90-day moriatorium”, “90-day freeze” might be good search terms.

  26. “90-day moriatorium”, “90-day freeze” might be good search terms.

    …. and even better if they were spelled right.

  27. Henry, we googled “Hillary mortgage crisis” and here are some results:

    http://www.google.com/search?q=Hillary+mortgage+crisis&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7&rlz=1I7SUNA

    August 8, 2007:
    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/08/08/democrats_offer_fixes_to_foreclosure_crisis/
    As the mortgage crisis deepens, causing stock market jitters and forcing middle class families out of their homes, the Democratic presidential contenders are seizing on the issue, a tailor-made opportunity for them to accuse Republicans of letting rapacious, unregulated companies victimize hardworking families.

    Yesterday in New Hampshire, Senator Hillary Clinton of New York said she would ban fees that penalize early repayments and create a $1 billion fund to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure.

    http://74.125.47.132/search?q=cache:jG3imlpqdSYJ:www.senate.gov/~clinton/issues/housing/subprime/index.cfm+Hillary+mortgage+crisis&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=us

    The escalating housing crisis is devastating communities, shaking our economy, and putting the financial security of millions of families at risk. Newly released data shows that 1.3 million households received foreclosure notices last year. Mounting foreclosures are contributing to the weakness in house prices, and therefore even families who are not at risk of losing their homes are affected. The decline in home prices has already cost families an estimated $1.6 trillion.

    In response to this crisis, I recently introduced the Mortgage Refinancing Initiative of 2008, which will provide an opportunity for at-risk households to refinance unworkable mortgages. Since the crisis began last year, I have urged regulators and the mortgage industry to take the necessary steps to end the foreclosure crisis and ensure that it never recurs. Last year I reintroduced the 21st Century Housing Act, which strengthens the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), makes FHA loans available to more Americans, and expands access to a responsible and stable alternative to the subprime market. I has also introduced the Home Ownership Preservation Act which eliminates abusive lending practices, cracks down on unscrupulous brokers, expands the foreclosure prevention initiatives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and provides financial assistance to states to expand their foreclosure prevention programs. I called on the mortgage industry and Wall Street to observe a 90-day moratorium on subprime foreclosures, a 5-year freeze in rates on subprime adjustable rate mortgages, and proposed $30 billion in assistance to states and communities to fight foreclosures and offset the costs associated with mounting vacancies.

    Listed below are some of my statements on this issue.

    ——————

  28. ADMIN
    Again thankyou thankyou thankyou
    watching the superbowl now and as I was raised in the Burgh i am a little preoccupied.
    Don’t know if ya caught it before but got the kids book about Clinton and I could not imagine a better Valantine’s day gift for a young girl. So one more time THANKYOU.

  29. Henry, more with lots of links:

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/675731/senator_clintons_mortgage_relief_plan.html?cat=9

    Excerpt:

    New York Senator Hillary Clinton unveiled her Mortgage ReliefSenator Clinton’s Mortgage Relief Plan
    Date: March 24, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    United States of AmericaPlan Monday, March 24, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Clinton has been calling on president Bush to enact various curtailing measures since last year to help the flailing housing industry and head off housing foreclosures that threaten to take down the American economy as their numbers rise.

    Clinton’s plan would enable millions of people in jeopardy of losing their homes to foreclosure to restructure their existing mortgages to take advantage of the lower interest rates. The plan also would set up a commission to study the best options to deal with the mortgage crisis. Since many lenders are in fear of legal liability, the Clinton plan provides for protection for good faith lenders in order to unfreeze the static mortgage market.

    Clinton also wants to initiate a $30 billion new housing stimulus package to work within existing channels to help offset property depreciation, help relieve homeowners who are close to foreclosure stay solvent in order to restructure their existing loans, and enables local governments to purchase and/or restore and protect houses that have already been foreclosed upon to keep property values from falling.

    This plan builds on previous proposals Senator Clinton has suggested. She has proposed there be a 90-day moratorium placed on the subprime loans, giving homeowners the chance to head off foreclosure while the government institutes a mortgage rate freeze. Clinton has also proposed a freeze on adjustable rate mortgages for five years, giving homeowners the chance to switch to a fixed interest rate loan.

    This plan might just have the desired effect needed to to end the mortgage crisis or at least slow the downward spiral of housing foreclosures in the United States. Surely, the least the government could do is implement the stimulus package. The economic base of the nation, the average homeowner, is just as worthy of a bail-out as a failing financial institution like Bear Stearns, are they not? Don’t the American people deserve the same consideration as a corporate entity? Senator Clinton thinks so.

  30. yes, super tuesday seems lika a lifetime ago. I didn’t dare think of anyone but Hillary guiding us. I still can’t dare to think about it.
    __________________
    Last night, I said to my friend, “I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.”
    She got up, unplugged the Computer, and threw out my wine.

  31. ADMIN
    recently been told that it was Hillary who first advocated for the sharing of health info without an opt out clause. Is that true? That disturbs me. I had open heart a long time ago(1970) but i see no reason to have that information available to anyone. And my own misgivings aside why would anyone who thought they may have been exposed to something like hep c ever seek treatment if it will follow them forever? And how the hell is this issue have anything to do with stimulating the economy?

  32. I realize that I may be alone in this feeling, but I have a huge bone to pick with obama.

    He is talking about troops coming home this year. I’m thrilled that this is a possiblity.

    What I am not thrilled with is his “wish” that NATO and Canada send in more troops to Afghanistan, especially after all our casualties.

    I thank God that Harper is determined to withdraw all of our troups by 2011 (and by the way, obama: he is not our president as you said during the campaign. He is our prime minister). But mr. obama: please don’t be so eager to shed the blood of another nation’s men and women.

    Sorry. Just had to get that off my chest.

  33. Henry, our rule of thumb for Hillary rumors are if they are foolish they are not true, if they are true there is usually a good explanation.

    Try this link for tons of information on Hillary, Health care and privacy of records:

    http://www.pogowasright.org/blogs/dissent/?p=875
    The following information is presented chronologically.

    In May 2004, Clinton introduced the Safeguarding Americans From Exporting Identification Data Act (SAFE-ID Act), S. 2471.

    In September 2004, she introduced the Patients’ Privacy Protection Act of 2004, S. 2827, saying, in part:

    “Mr. President, today, I rise to introduce the Patients’ Privacy Protection Act, legislation that will close a loophole in the Federal Rules of Evidence and ensure that every American’s medical records remain confidential.

    […]

    I began exploring this issue when I learned that Attorney General John Ashcroft had subpoenaed the confidential medical records from thousands of women around the country to defend the first-ever Federal abortion ban in Federal court. The fact that the women in question were not a party to the lawsuits did not deter him.

    Such a deliberate intrusion into people’s medical privacy record is deeply disturbing. Americans deserve full confidence that the government is not looking into their medical records. Without such an assurance, how will Americans trust their doctors? What procedures, discussions, and diagnoses will they avoid for fear that these records could shame them or adversely impact their future if unearthed?

    At issue in this bill is what a reasonable person should expect when they walk into a doctor’s office. That person expects that what they say to her doctor stays with her doctor. Only because of that confidence are people able to be honest. And only through that honesty are people able to obtain the healthcare they need.

    The right to private medical records is an issue that, in rhetoric at least, has broad support on both sides of the partisan divide. In fact, it was President Bush himself who, as recently as 2001 during a statement on the Medical Privacy Rule said, “I believe that we must protect both vital health care services and the right of every American to have confidence that his or her personal medical records will remain private.”

    Even Attorney General Ashcroft has made strong statements in support of the privacy of medical records. Back in 1998, in a press release put out by his Senate office in which he is referred to as a “consistent champion of privacy rights,” then-Senator Ashcroft says “We should guarantee that the federal government does not undermine an individual’s fundamental right to privacy ….. Without privacy protections in place, people may be discouraged from seeking help or taking advantage of the access to health care.”

    I agree. But unlike Attorney General Ashcroft, I believe preserving patient privacy entails more than issuing a press release. Patient privacy doesn’t end when it conflicts with a political agenda, no matter how deeply felt that conviction.

    […]

    The Patient Privacy Protection Act of 2004 is very simple. It states that a patient’s medical records and any communication about their medical history are confidential unless a judge determines that the public interest in those records being made public significantly outweighs the patient’s privilege. In the cases where a judge orders the records to be disclosed, the court shall, to the extent practicable, eliminate any and all personally identifiably information.

    ———————————–
    In February 2005, Clinton supported the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2005, S. 306. She said, in part:

    Each vaunted scientific breakthrough brings with it new challenges to our health system and this legislation will help maximize advancing technology’s benefits while protecting Americans from the use of genetic information as a tool for discrimination. With this bill, we can help patients access the latest advances in science without sacrificing their personal privacy.

    ————————-
    In April 2005, Clinton re- introduced the Safeguarding Americans from Exporting Identification Data (SAFE ID) Act, S. 810. From a press release:

    Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Representative Edward J. Markey announced that they would introduce the Safeguarding Americans from Exporting Identification Data (SAFE ID) Act in the United States Senate and House today, legislation that would protect the privacy of consumers’ most sensitive personal information. This legislation would close gaps in U.S. privacy laws that leave consumers vulnerable when American businesses and healthcare organizations send accounting and medical information overseas for processing, often without consumers’ knowledge. As Americans prepare to file their taxes, Senator Clinton and Representative Markey underscored the urgent need to make sure that personal information is safeguarded.

    The growing trend of processing sensitive personal information like medical tests and tax returns overseas makes it even harder for consumers to protect themselves against misuse of their personal information.

    ———————————-
    Clinton’s best-known statement on privacy was her speech on privacy at the American Constitution Society on July 16, 2006. A transcript of the entire speech is available on her web site. The following is the section of her talk that specifically addressed medical privacy:

    We also face a critical balancing act in the area of health privacy. Patients’ lives may depend on sharing their most intimate information. Our ability to control costs and improve the quality of healthcare certainly depends on moving away from paper-based medicine to information superhighway medicine.

    I’ve worked with Newt Gingrich on this, and when Newt and I agree, you know something unusual is happening.

    Newt likes to say, when it comes to medicine, “paper kills,” and he’s absolutely right. But if we can’t assure Americans that their information is safe, we won’t be able to move forward on health information technology that I believe will save lives, improve care, and reduce error rates.

    We had no federal protections for health information at all, until the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act – also known as HIPAA, a different kind of acronym – was enacted under the Clinton Administration. HIPAA provided important protections of patients’ often most private information – their medical information. HIPAA provides a baseline, but the business of healthcare is changing fast, and information technology is changing even faster. Consumers are getting care and risking their information in ways nobody could have foreseen years ago; and frankly, this administration’s indifference towards HIPAA and enforcement has made even the protections we have utterly inadequate.

    Now, HIPAA is not without practical challenges – there is still confusion about the rules for releasing information to relatives for example. We are still trying to strike the right balance between promoting research into diseases and protecting an individual’s information. We need to build on the base HIPAA provides by improving enforcement and making sure we have one set of high standards for everyone who deals with health information.

  34. Emjay Says:
    February 1st, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    David Gergen said on CNN this am that Bobo is “the most trusted person in America right now.”
    &&&&

    a. Gergen is a well-known suckup
    b. Everyone in the media wants to say positive things about Mr. Hopey…how daring is this statement, Mr. Gergen??
    c. Fucking idiot
    d. What is the criterion for this title, “Most Trusted Person”? I mean, it’s pretty fuzzy to me. How about John Madden? What about Springsteen?? In other words, this is a fuzzy statement intended bring vague support to a vague figure called “Obama”.

    Really fucking excellent journalismr, Mr. Gergen. Or shall we call you Mr. Gerkin? More useless “reporting” from this toe-sucker, who likes to think of himself as “in the know” and “an insider”. Go eat at a fucking expensive restaurant and submit the bill to your employer. But puhlease, don’t ask us to believe in your street cred.

  35. admin, really excellent work.

    When I read in the NYTimes about Daschle, I knew the hypocrisy would stand out. If work didn’t take up so much of my time…

  36. Paula, he probably won’t be thrown under the bus, but he should be. He has no business being Secretary of HHS. He is in the pocket of the people who want to prevent UHC. I don’t think he is a friend of the common person. What a farce.

  37. I know there are Jane Austen fans on Big Pink-

    This is for you if you are sick of reruns and football. Sense and Sensibility on now on PBS.

    (Thereis a god!)

  38. Really fucking excellent journalismr, Mr. Gergen. Or shall we call you Mr. Gerkin? More useless “reporting” from this toe-sucker, who likes to think of himself as “in the know” and “an insider”. Go eat at a fucking expensive restaurant and submit the bill to your employer. But puhlease, don’t ask us to believe in your street cred
    ———————————
    RGB very well put. I think he real name may be Mr Gecko. Changes shades to match his environment so he can be sure to be invited to the right cocktail parties. A terminal case of Potomic Fever. Life for a gecko is a snorin sportin spree trying not to get eaten and get sugar pellets from the dispensary. The worst case of course is Oberstrumfuerher. The Gecko could try that gig for awhile. All ya gotta do is stare intently into the camera, scream bloody murder at some imaginary target, eject bile and spittle in all directions and when it is all over toss your notes into the camera. For that an idiot like Steve Capus will pay you 7 million sugar pellets a year which is 2 million more than tweetiepie.

  39. Years ago, I admired Mr. Gergen. But like so many others in his field and in the field of entertainment as well, I have lost so much respect for those I once held in high esteem.

    It’s as if they’ve all had brain transplants or something.

  40. JanH

    Just read your comment aboot Canadians in Afghanistan – I agree with you.

    Further, I do not believe that NATO is going to help that much in Afghanistan. As a group, they do not wish to do so… and will not be bullied into so doing.

    And for folks with a calculator, there will be 68,000 US troops there by next October.

    Mark my words – Afghanistan will be to Obama what VietNam was to LBJ.

  41. Interesting, though, the info comes out that Daschle didn’t tell the Obama people about his tax issues right away. Who else but the Obama administration would be leaking that? Sounds like they’re pretty pissed at Daschle.

  42. Interesting, though, the info comes out that Daschle didn’t tell the Obama people about his tax issues right away. Who else but the Obama administration would be leaking that? Sounds like they’re pretty pissed at Daschle.
    ————————-
    What praytell is a “transition team”.

    A potted plant which asks no questions but merely scribbles down whatever the prosepective apointee says and declares gosh that was rough but he has been vetted? Arent we just flawless.

    Or–

    A deliberative body which asks searching questions of a prospective candidate for the purpose of eliciting relevant information about his or her fitness to serve including but not limited to issues of character, competency in the subject matter, compliance with law, potential conflicts of interest and the like.

    If you subscribe to the latter definition then you must assume that the committee will ask questions to elicit that information if the prospective applicant does not voluteer it of his or her own accord. This process is called due diligence.

    Yet it would appear that for all its grandeur and for all its hyped flawlessness, the Obama transition team did a lousey job of vetting while they were busy being flawless in the eyes of big media.

  43. Mark my words – Afghanistan will be to Obama what VietNam was to LBJ.
    ————————
    Emjay: there are plenty of former Soviet officers, men and their widows and orphans who would agree with you.

  44. pittsburgh won superbowl– owner of team says something inappopriate about obama praising him– Steelers play in heinz field which is named after the take advantage of everyone catsup magnate Johm Heinz coincidence?

  45. Obama’s handlers are just protecting the teflon on their master. By leaking the information about Daschle as well as Richardson, guess who ends up looking squeaky clean?

  46. pittsburgh won superbowl– owner of team says something inappopriate about obama praising him–
    —————————-
    Lincoln told the story of the king who summoned his wise men to come up with one universal truth which will endure thoughout the ages, and in due course they came back with the following: this too shall pass. I despise the Steelers. They cheat and the refs dont call them.

  47. Obama’s handlers are just protecting the teflon on their master. By leaking the information about Daschle as well as Richardson, guess who ends up looking squeaky clean?
    ————————-
    Jan–it makes him look inept. Just remember what he told us in the primaries–that he is not a hands on manager but someone who selects great people, delegates problems to them and engages in mystical long term thinking. Well . . . .

  48. wobbei, I too was questioning what the transition team was doing in the vetting process in reference to Geittner/Daschle/el al; seems to me they only ‘vet’ people with the initials HRC and WJC. Or did they even check Daschle’s ansewrs on the criterion checklist invented by CK [who refused to disclose info on her own vetting checklist]?
    Birds of a feather nest together, you know.
    It is a five prong composition for concern:
    -his working for those that he will govern
    -failing to pay taxes
    -failing to be forthright – or do we believe that is was he that failed to be forthright or was it the Huckster and his team
    -his tax problem being of little or no concern to the administration though if it were a wwwwoooommmmaannnn we all know she would
    have and have been taken out of consideration
    -there is now an established and clear pattern of bad behavior in appointees – what four now?

    I must remind myself that what goes up must come down.

  49. Democrats Indicate Areas of Compromise on Stimulus

    By SHARON OTTERMAN

    Published: February 1, 2009

    The broad outlines of how the Obama administration’s near-trillion dollar stimulus package may change in the Senate began to become visible on Sunday, with Democratic senators indicating that they would be open to considering Republican amendments to the bill, particularly in the areas of housing and infrastructure spending.

    Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, said that Senate Democrats were interested in considering Republican proposals to do more to help the sputtering housing market, including instituting a $15,000 tax credit for all home buyers.

    “One of the Republican proposals is to raise the $7,500 tax credit we give to new home buyers, raise it to up $15,000 and do it for all home buyers,” Senator Schumer said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “That’s something that we look favorably upon.”

    Mr. Schumer, who is a member of the Finance Committee, also said he was also interested in passing legislation aimed at getting mortgage rates down to 4.5 percent, although he said he thought that might go in the next part of the bailout measure approved by Congress last year, not the stimulus package.

    remainder of article can be read at:

    nytimes.com/2009/02/02/us/politics/02web-talkshows.html?_r=1&hp

  50. This discussion of Afghanistan becoming the new Vietnam, is very, very disturbing and heartbreaking. Please, say it isn’t so.

    Emjay, Thanks for the heads up. I checked my local listings, and it will be on at 9p.m.

    wbboei, I guess the Steelers and Bo have something in common.

  51. My heart goes out to all the American men and women over there
    —————————
    Yes Jan, yes. And this is the yoeman class in the context of ancient rome. The Jacksonians who fight the wars for the pointy headed beltway elites. When and if he breaks faith with them and they become disillusioned its apres Afganistan le deluge. At that point bread and circuses will not save him.

    Another point–emjays really when the geko knowingly misquotes Mr Obamas appoval rating and claims he is the most trusted man in America we must not forget that many people stayed home and only 35% of the total electorate actually voted for him. One in three people–thats it–at the height of his popularity and before he had to confront the problem of governing. Its called flying on fumes.

  52. ShortTermer Says:

    February 1st, 2009 at 10:54 pm
    —————————–
    I agree with everything you said.

  53. Wbboie
    theresa heinz, dan rooney love for waffles does strike me as supect
    but what drives me absolutly mad is that a city unable to ptovide publis transpotation for the people who will need it will spend a billion dollars on a tunnel which will only be used to transfer people who have already spent thousands of dollars on a ticket for one game. Service Cutbacks having like youi would not believefor the low low end worker snd a billion dollar tunnel built?????

  54. wbboei, I guess the Steelers and Bo have something in common.
    ———————–
    Birdgal: you are very perceptive. That is exactly what I was implying.

  55. Gotta love the fact the the heinz family and the Rooneys supported bambi but the people in my hood loved HRC and they voted as such.

  56. Wbboie
    theresa heinz, dan rooney love for waffles does strike me as supect
    but what drives me absolutly mad is that a city unable to ptovide publis transpotation for the people who will need it will spend a billion dollars on a tunnel which will only be used to transfer people who have already spent thousands of dollars on a ticket for one game. Service Cutbacks having like youi would not believefor the low low end worker snd a billion dollar tunnel built?????
    —————————–
    Henry- the elites in this country are addicted to power. They want to be able to tell people they know the president. In addition, they are pigeons when it comes to being charmed. They fail to understand what is critical here and that is we must never confuse style with substance. In his case it is all style. A problem solver he is not. Hillary has great style to be sure but she is also a high test problemsolver–which is the essence of all EFFECTIVE leadership.

  57. hmmm
    to late to explore all the issues but looks like the rooney family had some very highend gambling investments and that a relative or two is working for waffles???????

  58. WHY WHY WHY
    Did the owner of an NFl team owner evoke the name of the media selected president?
    ——————–
    Because he wants an invitation to the White House. Remember too during the Pennsylvania primary Mr Obama recruited Steelers to endorse him–surely you remember that. I was back there and I remember it well. We still beat them by 10 points in the primary despite all that.

  59. Depressing evening…Steelers win and their owner was a huge Obama supporter and then Springsteen at 1/2 time show, another Obama supporter who made a deal with Walmart he now conceded was a mistake. At least my band, the Stones, celebrated Bill’s 60th birthday at the Beacon theater a couple of yrs ago and Mick said we also have the next President here as well (Hillary). By the way, Hillary’s Mom, loves Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts. If you rent “Shine A Light”, besides the great music, early on a few moments of the Clintons and Stones….I mentioned that to Bill at a fundraiser and he smiled and laughed “great time”.

  60. Bill and Hillary will never allow Israel to destroyed ……Hilary will be tough, but she understands, unlike BO, Israel is morally justified in protecting it’s citizens despite the so called disproportionate response…How would any of you act if your neighbor was lobbying rockets by your window everyday for eight yrs, and by luck, never hit you..Would you wait until your family was wiped out, or act , no matter what the cost, to protect your family. I am sick of the libs in our party who hate Israel,,,,,Hillary will not sacrifice Israel to make the bots and the rest of the world happy. Again, as a Jew, I apologize for my fellow Jews who voted overwhelmingly for a man who is writing love letters to a guy in Iran whose sole intent is to first nuke Israel, and then us…..

  61. jbstonesfan Says:

    February 1st, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    ———————————

    As a fellow Jew, thank you for saying what has been in my heart for a long time.

  62. A verse from the song “Make Believe” from the stage play “Show Boat”– which is well adopted to NYT:

    And if the things we write about
    Dont happen to be so
    Thats just an unimportant technicality

  63. Israel is morally justified in protecting it’s citizens despite the so called disproportionate response…
    ————————–
    According to the political philosopher Thomas Hobbes the first duty of government is to protect its citizens from the risk of violent death. In practice it works the same way.

  64. Interesting how the international media ignored 7 months of bomb attacks on Israel, but now that Israel is defending itself…well…

  65. admn
    dealing with a pro about chimarism and transgender people. dead end maybe but I wouldn’t have gone here without you. so email me if ya think its something worth looking into????

  66. Emjay Says:
    I do not believe that NATO is going to help that much in Afghanistan. As a group, they do not wish to do so… and will not be bullied into so doing.

    ===================

    Follow the oil.

  67. A Pathetic Message
    —————————-
    In his interview with a Saudi-owned TV channel on Tuesday, President Barack Obama referred to “an illusionary past” in the Muslim world that was in fact plagued by turmoil, a leading Middle Eastern expert declared.

    Amir Taheri, in a New York Post column headlined “Pathetic Message,” said Obama “looked to the past rather than the future” when he told an Al-Arabiya interviewer he wanted a return to “the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago.”

    But 30 years ago, Taheri noted, American diplomats were being held hostage in Iran, Soviet troops were seeking to annex Afghanistan, Saddam Hussein was preparing to invade Iran, Saudi Arabia was under siege by Muslim militants, and Syrian troops were preparing to invade Lebanon.

    Iranian-born Taheri, whose books include “Holy Terror: Inside the World of Islamic Terrorism,” wrote in the Post that “other features of this ‘golden age’” were “the seizure of power by mullahs in Tehran, the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, the coming to power of communists in the Horn of Africa, the military coup in Turkey, the first Islamist terror attacks in Algeria, unprecedented waves of repression in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and the imposition of military rule in Pakistan.”

    Twenty years ago saw the U.S. arming the mujahedin in Afghanistan, Iraq gassing thousands of Kurds and preparing to invade Kuwait, Iranian mullahs arming Hezbollah units in Lebanon, Turkey launching all-out attacks on Kurdish secessionists, and the Libyan terror network killing American soldiers in Europe and blowing up U.S. jets.

    Meanwhile Obama offered only “trite” remarks regarding the Israeli-Palestinian issue, and did not offer any support “to democratic forces facing crucial elections in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, the Palestinian territories, Egypt and Algeria,” observed Taheri, who has written for more than two dozen publications around the world.

    “Nor was there any nod toward reformers in Saudi Arabia and Egypt.”

    Obama sought to portray himself as a “bridge” between the U.S. and the Muslim world, according to Taheri, who added:

    “Casting himself in the role of a ‘bridge’ and dreaming of a return to an illusionary past, Obama appeared unsure of his own identity and confused about the role that America should play in global politics.”

  68. JanH

    and anyone else of course.

    This is a Frontline program on Afghanestan and will have a big impact, I swear. I tried to get folks to watch it last fall…

    pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/warbriefing/view/

  69. turndown

    Afghanestan doesn’t have oil –just poppies… and a woman named Sarah Chayes, a former NPR reporter who stayed on in Southern Afgahnestan to build and run a co-op that makes rare rose soaps and essential oils. She gets home every two years and was last on Bill Moyers a few weeks ago.

  70. wbboei,

    Great article on Obama’s “Pathetic Message”. Here’s the link to comment on it.

    h…..w
    nypost.com/seven/01292009/postopinion/opedcolumnists/pathetic_message_152501.htm?page=0#commentsiframe

  71. Confloyd: are you still up and around? If I were gonna guess who pulls his strings I bet the Saudis have a hand in it. Note the fact that they helped him get in Harvard and that was the first place he went as president to apologize to the Arab world for our bad behavior. You will be happy to know he promised them a return to the golden age and they arent happy about it. Its a long way from Hawaii, theres lots of sand but very little what one might call ocean. Well, its another theory anyway.

  72. Thanks turndown. It appears that not everyone appreciates Mr Obama and his beau gest excesses and multiple mea culpas nearly as much we do. I wonder what the Arab word is for pathetic.

  73. No president should voice his or her support for a super bowl team.Only governers reserve that right as the leader of their state.This event is a national event and it is by and for all people of all the states and all the world.The people built Heinz Field for the pickle family,the rooneys with taxpayer money.Obama dealt the race card with his brown-nosing affection for their support or else their political benefits would be diminished.I am not certain but I have yet hear of any player that has publicly stated support for the messiah.THey are far more honest and intelligent than he who calls himself the man of all people that he can coerce.

    By ABM90. A great steeler fan.It was a performance of great
    teamwork by two great teams.Not a political rally.

  74. Emjay Says:

    February 2nd, 2009 at 2:04 am
    ——————–

    Thanks Emjay. I just saw this and am going to check it out when I get home from work today.

  75. “But 30 years ago, Taheri noted, American diplomats were being held hostage in Iran, Soviet troops were seeking to annex Afghanistan, Saddam Hussein was preparing to invade Iran, Saudi Arabia was under siege by Muslim militants, and Syrian troops were preparing to invade Lebanon.”

    —————————

    And again I say: Thank God Hillary is SOS. obama doesn’t have a clue and she is going to have to clean up after the idiot constantly.

    Unless…his agenda is even more sinister than even I believed.

  76. Blagojevich to appear on David Letterman

    Associated Press
    7:41 PM CST, February 1, 2009

    CHICAGO – Five days after he was ousted from the Illinois governor’s office, Rod Blagojevich will appear on the “Late Show with David Letterman” on Tuesday.

    CBS said Sunday that Blagojevich would appear on the New York-based late night talk show on Tuesday evening. It will be the former governor’s first late-night interview since he was removed from office by a 59-0 vote of the Illinois Senate on Thursday.

    Blagojevich faces federal corruption charges that include trying to auction off Barack Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat. Federal prosecutors are expected to indict him by April.

    A call Sunday to Blagojevich’s publicist seeking comment was not immediately returned.

    chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-il-blagojevich-david,0,6631986.story

  77. Great line! ROTF!

    ‘There are no celestial choirs in a Toilet Bowl.’

    BTW, I was browsing through some other sites yesterday and found this gem about the Russians and BO’s foreign affairs IQ.

    “The Russians are getting rady to attack Georgia. Hopefully, they’ll stop at Atlanta.”

    👿 . it would be even

  78. uh oh. Oprah Foundation giving lots of money to institutions in the city of Newark NJ. Could it possibly have anything to do with Corey Booker, current young, attractive AA mayor and purchase, er, enhancement of yet another AA political career? NJ governor, perhaps?

  79. The most valuable franchise in the worla and Dan’s four brothers want out.They have interests in gambling casinos and old dan is in the early stages of ?.Obama rumors aroun pgh are that an ambassadorship to Ireland is being bandied about.These great players did not need this stupid controversy bandied about at the Cup presentation.THeir old father Dan Sr.bought the team from a losing gambler for I believe $1500 and it is now worth billions.The chosen one taints all that he touches.Just look at where this country is headed.With an unlimited supply of race cards and dealers he has cast cloud of doom and gloom over this country.

    By ABM90 THank God for Hillary,our real president.

  80. wbboei,

    I can’t find a Big Media story which iirc you posted or commented on recently. It was about Obama blocking investigation of how the Bailout money is being used, on some excuse about paperwork which you said could be waivered.
    tdo@turndownobama.com

  81. Now that you all have read the commentators, watched the prez in action and on tape, and his inaction on promises, this is the $64 question (that was the old old rate – you can add a million or billion)

    Barack Obama is MOST like:

    a. Richard Nixon b. Jimmy Carter
    c. George Bush d. Abraham Lincoln

    Vote and explain your answer.

  82. I can’t find a Big Media story which iirc you posted or commented on recently. It was about Obama blocking investigation of how the Bailout money is being used, on some excuse about paperwork which you said could be waivered.
    tdo@turndownobama.com
    ———————————-
    JanH Says:

    January 31st, 2009 at 4:37 pm
    TARP probe delayed over paperwork rule
    An investigation into how banks and other firms are using their bailout funds must wait while the Obama administration determines whether it conflicts with federal paperwork statutes.

    By Ralph Vartabedian
    January 31, 2009

    The Obama administration has told special investigators in the Treasury Department to delay a comprehensive examination of how banks and other corporations are using $350 billion in federal bailout money because of possible conflicts with federal paperwork statutes.

    The delay sparked an angry response from the senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, who called the action “very disturbing” and said the administration had “sent a terrible signal by creating all sorts of red tape.”

    Chrysler Financial gets $1.5-billion…Bank of America gets $20 billion more from U.S.
    Neil M. Barofsky, special inspector general for the Trouble Asset Relief Program, or TARP, was set this week to begin asking every bank that received money from the bailout to document its use of the money and plans for complying with the program’s restrictions on executive pay.

    Amid growing criticism of the Treasury Department’s handling of the bailout, the probe is the most expansive effort to determine whether banks are fulfilling the bailout’s mission of unfreezing credit and expanding lending to help lead an economic recovery.

    But before Barofsky could send out the letters, the Office of Management and Budget, the White House’s agent for managing the executive branch, told Barofsky that his plan could run into trouble with the Paperwork Reduction Act.

    The 1980 law is enforced by the OMB and was intended to reduce the paperwork managed by the federal government and reduce the burden on the private sector to generate paperwork for the government. The OMB could have issued a rare emergency waiver of the law.

    On Friday evening, an OMB official said the agency was conducting an “expedited review.” He said he knew of no fundamental disagreement about the investigation, but rather that the delay involved making sure proper procedures were being followed.

    The dispute was disclosed Friday by Grassley, who cosponsored the legislation to create the special inspector general. Among many others, Grassley has been critical of the lack of transparency in the TARP program.

    The OMB had told Barofsky, a former federal prosecutor, that he would have to issue a notice of proposed inquiry to the banks, give them 15 days to wait for comment and then justify to the OMB that he had taken into account the banks’ concerns, Grassley said.

    Barofsky “should not have to jump through bureaucratic hoops in order to gather basic information that the government could have and should have required as a condition of the receipt of TARP funds in the first place,” Grassley told OMB director Peter Orszag in a letter. Grassley also disputed whether the paperwork law applied to the investigation.

    latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-tarp31-2009jan31,0,679610.story

  83. Hello all…. this will make you all LOL!

    D.C. Station Dumps Its Failing Liberal ‘Obama 1260’ Talk Format
    By Tim Graham | February 2, 2009 – 07:58

    Liberals may want to insist on the “Fairness Doctrine” as a business strategy, since liberal talk is barely moving the ratings needle. The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz reported Monday that “President Obama may be riding high in Washington, but OBAMA 1260 is not. The area’s only progressive talk station is changing formats, dropping such syndicated liberal hosts as Ed Schultz, Stephanie Miller and Bill Press in favor of financial news, starting next week.”

    Technically, Kurtz is wrong, excluding NPR affiliate WAMU (which airs a number of liberal talk shows and zero conservative ones) and radical Pacifica station WPFW. It would have been more accurate to say the area’s only commercial “progressive” talk station, the only one that doesn’t take our tax dollars. Kurtz continued:

    Program Director Greg Tantum says he thought the station could work because of enthusiasm over Obama, but that ratings collapsed to a level that could not be measured after the election. But ratings nearly doubled, he says, at…conservative station, WTNT, which features Laura Ingraham and Bill Bennett. Tantum said he will move Schultz to WTNT to give him another shot.

    newsbusters.org/
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    It will be great when Schultz also is the only one with “too low to measure” ratings on the conservative radio station
    *BIG GRIN*

  84. John Rich [ Big N Rich] has a new song out, he was just talking to Glenn Beck and they played his new song

    here is a you tube of it

    youtube.com/watch?v=GoIXxFSq7og

    John Rich
    Shuttin’ Detroit Down
    Written By: John Rich

    My daddy taught me that in this country everyone’s the same
    You work hard for your dollar and you never pass the blame
    When it don’t go your way
    Now I see all these big shots whinin’ on my evening news
    About how they’re losin’ billions and how it’s up to me and you
    To come running to the rescue
    Well pardon me if I don’t shed a tear ‘cause they’re selling make believe
    And we don’t buy that here

    Cause in the real world there shutting Detroit down
    While the boss man takes his bonus pay and jets out of town/
    And DC’s bailing out the bankers as the farmers auction ground,
    Yeah while they’re living it up on Wall Street in that New York City town,
    Here in the real world there shuttin’ Detroit down.
    They’re shuttin’ Detroit down.”

    Well that old man’s been workin’ in that plant most all of his life
    Now his pension plan’s been cut in half and he can’t afford to die
    And it’s a crying shame, ‘cause he ain’t the one to blame
    When I look down and see his caloused hands,
    Let me tell you friend it gets me fightin’ mad

    Cause in the real world there shutting Detroit down
    While the boss man takes his bonus pay and jets out of town/
    And DC’s bailing out the bankers as the farmers auction ground,
    Yeah while they’re living it up on Wall Street in that New York City town,
    Here in the real world there shuttin’ Detroit down.
    They’re shuttin’ Detroit down.”

    Instrumental solo

    Yeah while there’ living it up on Wall Street in that New York City town
    Here in the real world there shuttin’ Detroit down
    Here in the real world there shuttin’ Detroit down

    In the real world they’re shuttin Detroit down, they’re shuttin’ Detroit down

  85. There is always one in a crowd who isnt a geko but says what they think. When they do Mr Obama gets skewered. This concerns his debut on Saudi television that was lauded to hell and back by a giddy Big Media. They cant get enough of the guy. It is posted at Hillarys Village.

    I don’t have a problem extending welcomes to Muslims who want to assimulate into the American way of life, but for those who come here and teach hatred should have their citizenship revoked and sent back to their homelands. It is sickening to watch the extreme radical Islam believers, protesting in our cities, using our right to free speach, to call for the murders of Americans, Jews and Israelis. Threatening to install Sharia laws, a way of life that is a slap in the face to our women and an insult to American rights. I do not want laws that treat women like livestock, children are molested and gays are killed. That is not what America is about. NYC has a parade every year that allows Muslims a voice, and the radicals use it to make horrible statements and act disrespectful of our country. This is an embarressment when you think about how this is happening in the city that went through 9/11!

    This goes for any nationality, not just Muslims. When I see any group talking crap about the land they are currently living in, than they need to be rounded up and sent home. Our laws should not protect their unpatriotic actions. We have come too far to go so far back. We are not even at a place in society that is idea yet, and there are those who want us to live like barbarians. No thanks!

    Listen O! You don’t speak for me. I will not extend my hand to those who have always hated us and always will! Stop acting like a fool, fool!!

  86. February 02, 2009
    Categories: Bill Richardson

    Richardson investigation expands

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that federal investigators have asked the Democratic Governors Association, which Bill Richardson headed, for documents in their expanding pay-to-play investigation.

  87. Hillarygirl,

    I’m not positive, but I think I read somewhere that they want to know who Richardson’s funders are.

  88. ABM90
    Glad to see I wasn’t the only only one appalled by rooney’s statement. And if I remember correctly Hillary defeated Obama in Allegheney county. Even with the over the top backing of bambi by the Steelers owner. I will never forget last St Patrick’s Day when Clinton, Rendall and the kid mayor marched in the parade. Biggest crowd ever by hundreds of thousands. Pittsburgh post gazette one small story in the local section. Waffles spoke at CMU front page.

  89. Monday: Feminism’s Lack of Leadership
    Posted on February 2, 2009 by riverdaughter
    Alegre gives us a heads up this morning about the Fem2.0 conference going on in Washington DC this week. Feminism’s lack of leadership is on her mind this year:

    We met for coffee this morning and spent 3 hours talking about the lack of leadership from the folks in the women’s rights movement. The fact that none of them have taken the White House to task for that stunt of theirs last week regarding the Medicaid funded reproductive health services… Silence is one thing, but when a group ignores this sell-out by entirely re-writing the story of what went down it’s quite another.

    Kim Gandy from NOW will be there. Ooohh, to be a fly on that wall. Go get’em, Alegre! Someone needs to ask these women what they got for their endorsement of Obama when a woman was running who would have met all of their needs. And if the answer was they were afraid she couldn’t win, then they need to have their feminism credentials stripped.

    Lest we need more proof that Obama has no intention of listening to women, a new “special interest group” that comprises 51% of the population, check out this little bit from Jodi Jacobsen of RH Reality Check (H/T Lambert):

    Apparently, bi-partisanship and the new politics means never having to have your own House Majority Leader’s back and that the White House spends more time making “common ground” with Republicans than figuring out what they stand for with their own party.

    The White House signals they are ready to take the contraceptive piece out. Because it is all about bipartisanship, right? This will get them the votes to do “more important things,” right?

    Phone calls placed to the White House Press Office Monday night are not returned.

    OK, to recap: Barack Obama is not a liberal or a Democrat. Barack Obama is a political opportunist. His principles operate on a sliding scale and he signaled *during the primaries* that everything was on the table with his post-partisan shtick. His campaign made a big deal about abortion rights but the people actually running the party, ie Obama’s people, made sure that most downticket Democratic candidates scrubbed any mention of reproductive rights and abortion from their web sites. And if you weren’t on his Blackberry contact list before the election, there is absolutely no reason to expect him to want to hear from you now.

    This should have been pretty clear to the feminist leaders out there. There was no excuse for everyone caving to Obama without extracting one concession- publicly and loudly so that the whole country could hear it. Without that, you got nuthin’.

    As far as I’m concerned, feminists HAVE no leaders. We have a few promising ones emerging, like Amy Siskind of The New Agenda and Heidi Li Feldman of 51%. And we have some very talented writers like our own madamab, Reclusive Leftist’s Violet Socks** and action powerhouse Darragh Murphy of PUMAPac. We’re out here and we are keeping things together. Had I known about this conference, I might have gone down there myself to give the a leaders piece of my mind and a dope slap or two. Leaders LEAD. They don’t ask for someone to pass the Kool-ade.

    Snap out of it, women. Four years is a long time.

  90. OBAMA WATCH CENTRAL
    Congress sued to remove prez from White House
    ‘Defendants had to ensure the Constitution is upheld’

    By Bob Unruh
    © 2009 WorldNetDaily

    A new lawsuit is challenging Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president, and this one targets Congress as a defendant for its “failure” to uphold the constitutional demand to make sure Obama qualified before approving the Electoral College vote that actually designated him as the occupant of the Oval Office.

    The new case raises many of the same arguments as dozens of other cases that have flooded into courtrooms around the nation since the November election.

    It is being brought by attorney Mario Apuzzo of New Jersey on behalf of Charles F. Kerchner Jr., Lowell T. Patterson, Darrell James Lenormand and Donald H. Nelson Jr. and names as defendants Barack Hussein Obama II, the U.S., Congress, the Senate, House of Representatives and former Vice President Dick Cheney along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=87622

  91. Nominee for Deputy Dogged

    Former Raytheon lobbyist William J. Lynn, nominated to be deputy secretary of defense in an exception to Obama’s blanket rule against hiring Washington lobbyists, is shoveling hard to get out of a public relations hole. But so far he seems to have dug himself a bit deeper.

    Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the senior Republican on the Armed Services Committee, asked Lynn on Monday to describe in advance the policy matters on which he will be recused, since Raytheon’s Pentagon business interests are so extensive. Lynn replied Wednesday, saying he will become involved in matters that affect Raytheon only if the Pentagon’s general counsel approves.

    “It is not possible to catalogue the specific matters” on which he will be recused, Lynn wrote, according to a copy of the letter obtained by our colleague R. Jeffrey Smith.
    McCain called that response vague and disappointing and demanded in a new letter yesterday that he try again. “Your letter refers to a screening process run by lawyers,” McCain wrote, saying he wants to see a list of the issues on which Lynn lobbied the Pentagon for Raytheon “that would raise concern with the American public if you took action on them.” He said he could not support the nomination without knowing the answer.

    Another Republican senator, Charles E. Grassley (Iowa), chimed in, denouncing the ethics exemption as a bad signal to others and demanding in a letter to new Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag to know exactly what criteria the administration used to decide the nomination was “in the public interest.”
    In a separate letter to Lynn, Grassley also accused him of presiding over two disastrous financial policy decisions while serving as the Pentagon’s comptroller in the Clinton administration: He said one known as “Pay and Chase” involved writing checks to pay the Pentagon’s bills without seeking receipts until later; the other, known as “Straight Pay,” allowed bills up to half a million dollars to be paid without checking documentation.

    “Your policy left the barn door wide open to fraud and mismanagement,” Grassley wrote, citing the case of an Air Force sergeant who stole a million dollars to give to his mother and girlfriend.

    Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said in response that he “will not revisit” Lynn’s career but that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates “still strongly supports Bill Lynn’s nomination and looks forward to” his approval by the committee. He noted that Lynn is divesting all his defense holdings, and that the review process envisioned has been used with others, including former Northrop Grumman executive Donald C. Winter, who is now the secretary of the Navy. It “works and is fair,” Morrell said.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/29/AR2009012904071.html

  92. I ran into an interesting quote and it reminded my of our dear friend Poopsie: after all the facelifts she had as much expression as one of Madam Tassads manequins.

  93. Redecorating Time in Foggy Bottom

    During the Bush era, Bush-centric photographs lined the hall leading to the State Department cafeteria. The new management has other plans.

    By Al Kamen
    Friday, January 30, 2009

    It was, of course, sadly inevitable. The smell of fresh paint wafting last week through the hall heading to the State Department cafeteria signaled the demise of the Bush Diplomatic Hall of Glory — that series of lovely photographs that touted the 43rd president’s world leadership and diplomatic victories.

    Loop Fans will recall that the exhibit of about 20 large color photos caused a bit of a stir back in 2003 when it replaced the long-standing array of black-and-white shots of historic moments. That included an original political cartoon from the Jefferson era and Woodrow Wilson at Versailles and Roosevelt and Churchill signing the Atlantic Charter and so forth.

    The George W. Bush exhibit, the old-timers complained, was hardly more than a family travel album, showing him and Laura Bush traveling about the world, hanging out with foreigners, not exactly making history. There were also a few pics of the secretary of state, first Colin L. Powell and then Condoleezza Rice, usually with the president in the picture.

    Well, the photos were pretty, at least, and they came from the White House in an effort, we were told at the time, to “spruce up the building” and “liven up the halls.”

    The question now being asked, of course, is: What’s going to replace them? Photos of the new first couple, Barack and Michelle Obama? Or photos of Bill and Hillary Clinton? Perhaps there could be a photo array of all the special envoys? (Most all envoys are, by definition, “special” — otherwise they wouldn’t be envoys.) Or maybe they’ll bring back the old exhibit.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/29/AR2009012904071.html

  94. Monday, February 2, 2009

    House Democrats launch radio ads against Republicans who opposed stimulus, health bills

    As they say, that didn’t take long. Five days to be exact.

    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this morning says it’s going to run radio ads and a grassroots campaign in 28 House districts against Republicans who opposed the stimulus package passed Wednesday.

    The ads start tomorrow and will be up for a week.

    The DCCC says its “Putting Families First” campaign focuses on the Republicans’ “out of step priorities by putting bank bail outs and building schools in Iraq before the needs of the Americans in the struggling economy.”

    New GOP chairman Michael Steele told us yesterday that House Republicans had good reasons to vote against the stimulus. Read our interview with him here.

    The DCCC ads on economic recovery focus on jobs, schools and the Wall Street bailout. One example: “Did you know (targeted lawmaker) voted to bail out big banks, but opposed tax breaks for 95 percent of American workers? Times are tough, tell (lawmaker) to put families first.”

    The other ads say various members “opposed over $526 million to modernize crumbling Michigan schools, but supported building new schools in Iraq” or “voted against economic recovery to immediately create and save” jobs in the state.

    There’s also an ad about three members’ votes against expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP). Details on that below, along with full list of targeted districts.

    blogs.usatoday.com/onpolitics/

  95. I have always liked Michael Steele. Whenever I have seen him being interviewed, he always invokes the play fair rule. Always willing to call out either party when necessary.

  96. wbboei, read Melanie Phillips’s blog hosted at the Spectator and you will see what is happening in UK. They are going to the Dogs because they don’t know how to handle these Muslim radicals among them. BBC does not use the word Islamic terrorists anymore or even the t word anymore. 75% of their terror related investigations lead to Pakistan (I wrote a post about this for NQ) and yet they kowtow to Pakistan. Actually I heard Canada too has its own problems because of too liberal press/media. It is a wake up call to America. When I look at all this, it makes me proud to see how India with all its deprivations, manages its myriad ethnic groups and diversity, including Hindu, Muslim (there are communal flare ups now and then and even the overt Hindu centered political tone has receded in the last few years because of the technology boom and they realize their strength is in the secular and can’t have manufactured political discord). It has a first class press/media.

    But what 0bama said was outrageous and a slap in the face to majority Americans. They are letting it go?!

  97. pm317,

    it’s not just the Canadian media with this problem. Major universities, especially in Eastern Canada are expelling Jewish professors because of Muslim protests.

    Canadian Police hate crime and gang units have never been so busy. While many Muslim families settle here and are wonderful people, we also have the opposite.

  98. GOP Governor Bucks Party to Back Obama’s Stimulus:

    Senate Debate on Stimulus Begins Today Amid Efforts to Win Republican Support

    By JAKE TAPPER
    Feb. 2, 2009

    President Obama welcomed the rare Republican supporter of his economic stimulus bill today when Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas arrived in the capital to lobby GOP senators to vote for it.

    The Senate Republicans are prepared to fight the current package.Douglas, who is vice chairman of the National Governors Association, is bucking his party over Obama’s massive economic bailout plan.

    In a brief photo op with Douglas, Obama said, “What we can’t do is let very modest differences get in the way of the overall package moving forward quickly.”

    Douglas sat next to Obama in the Oval Office and said, “If I were writing it, it might look at little different. But the essence of a recovery package is essential to get the nation’s economy moving.”

    Debate on the Senate version of the bill, which could total $900 billion, is scheduled to begin this evening, and Obama said he believes that with changes, the bill will receive significant Republican support.

    To sweeten the deal, Obama said that he would set up a board to keep track of how the stimulus money is spent.

    “One of the things we’re going to do is put together an independent board on the recovery package that actually looks at these programs and the money before it goes out the door,” the president told NBC News Sunday during a sitdown before the Super Bowl. His remarks were released today.

    Obama wouldn’t comment on reports that his administration is considering creating a bank to buy up the toxic debts that are weighing down banks’ balance sheets.

    “The basic principle that we’re going to have to see some of this debt written down; that the government is going to have to support some banks; that others that are not viable, that essentially we’re going to have do something with those assets,” he said.

    abcnews.go.com/Politics/Business/story?id=6784861&page=1

  99. The question now being asked, of course, is: What’s going to replace them? Photos of the new first couple, Barack and Michelle Obama? Or photos of Bill and Hillary?
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    Kamen is yet another washpo idiot. Did pictures of George– and Laura Bush hang in the State Department. What in the world does Mrs Obama have to do with the State Department to have her picture there? By Kamens twisted logic Obamas dog should have its portrait there too.

  100. If they do hang pictures up of MEchelle I hope she it is a most wanted picture.
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    in which case the US Post Office–not the State Department– would be the appropriate venue

    On a different note, does anyone see a fundamental disconnect between cautioning the country of Friday that we are facing a dire economic situation and inviting a cecil b de mille cast of thousands to the White House for a lavish Super Bowl party at taxpayers expense. Maybe it is wrong to say Barack Hussein Obama–especially when he wont let the Chief Justice say it that way. Maybe it should be Barack Nero Obama. Lets hope he sees the folly of his ways and starts behaving responsibly.

  101. “The basic principle that we’re going to have to see some of this debt written down; that the government is going to have to support some banks; that others that are not viable, that essentially we’re going to have do something with those assets,” he said.

    Question: how much does this going to reduce the purchasing power of the dollar, what is the oversight mechanism and what guarantee can you give us that the strategy you propose will work. It is beyond the pale of a bootlicker like Tapper to ask him these questions–might not get invited to a Super Bowl Party, but someone needs to, and see what the answers are.

  102. DSCC just called me…….barf, puke. She was going through her script when I rudely interrupted her as she was saying, ‘…As Democrats, we need to [support?] Barack Obama.” I interrupted her after she as Democrats…..and said I am NOT a Dimocrat!!! Then I said, I interrupted you, what was that you said about Barack Obama? It rattled her. She would not repeat it and then asked if I was a Dimocrat. I retorted, “H#ll no! I have not been a Dimocrat since they gangf’d Hillary. She hung up before I could tell her to take my name, number and info off all their lists. And, shoot I am usually so polite and ladylike.

  103. “some” of this debt written down???

    government will support “some” banks ???

    we will dispose of “those” assets???

    The lack of specifics here is . . . pathetic.

    Will this lead to a looting of the economy and rewarding of his friends–like Rezko and the financial interests who supported him? Will there be transparency?

    Again, dont look to Tapper to raise these questions.

  104. wbboei,

    I heard talk today on the bus, by two elderly people, discussing whether there would be a run on banks, i.e. people rushing to close personal accounts in mass numbers.

    People are very scared about what is going on and the banks are not stepping up to the plate to make them feel any better.

  105. If they do hang pictures up of MEchelle I hope she it is a most wanted picture.

    ………………………….

    I was thinking more appropriately in the State dept washrooms above the Toilets. So anybody can drop their trousers and moon her.

  106. short
    got a call from them last week as well as a letter
    guess they thought we’d come “home” fat chance

  107. I have decided I want them to call. I love telling them what I think. I guess I don’t want them to think we folded in. I releases a lot of frustration to let them know we are still here.

  108. I heard talk today on the bus, by two elderly people, discussing whether there would be a run on banks, i.e. people rushing to close personal accounts in mass numbers.

    People are very scared about what is going on and the banks are not stepping up to the plate to make them feel any better.
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    Some banks have misappropriated the money for other purposes and are worried about the consequences.

    As for the elderly couple you spoke of I rather suspect there were people like them who put their faith in Mr Obama when he was an Illionis State Senator and lived to regret it when he abandoned them after Rezko got his money from the state and failed to deliver. Those who forget the lessons of the past are doomed to repeat them.

  109. wbboei Says:

    February 2nd, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    On a different note, does anyone see a fundamental disconnect between cautioning the country of Friday that we are facing a dire economic situation and inviting a cecil b de mille cast of thousands to the White House for a lavish Super Bowl party at taxpayers expense. Maybe it is wrong to say Barack Hussein Obama–especially when he wont let the Chief Justice say it that way. Maybe it should be Barack Nero Obama. Lets hope he sees the folly of his ways and starts behaving responsibly.
    ***********************************************

    yes, wbboei

    …as in “do as I say, not as I do” and ‘let them eat cake’

  110. It’s very scary and that is why we needed a serious minded leader like Hillary to get us out of this mess. I have been practicing law for over 22 yrs, and do well, but when you see your personal wealth reduced by 2/3rds in less than a yr, it makes you realize just how deep these economic issues go. I will concede that Obama makes most people (current company excluded) feel good and optimistic, but the proof will be in the pudding. If things don’t improve sooner than later, the love affair will end….

  111. Hillary Dives into Diplomacy:

    Posted: Monday, February 02, 2009 12:49 PM by Mark Murray
    Filed Under: Security, State Dept.

    From NBC’s Libby Leist

    Secretary of State Clinton will dive into diplomacy for the first time tomorrow as British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and German Foreign Minister Steinmeier come to town for meetings.

    Miliband is first on her schedule in the morning (at 10:30 a.m. ET) and then she will have lunch with Steinmeier (at 12:30 p.m. ET).

    State Department officials expect Iran to be a heavy focus of the discussions. Clinton’s meetings with Miliband and Steinmeier come the day before representatives of the so-called “P5 plus one” (U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Russia and China) meet in Berlin on Wednesday. The U.S. will be represented there by William Burns, the third-ranking official at State.

    The group is meeting for the first time since Obama was elected to discuss how to move forward in their efforts to stop Iran’s nuclear enrichment. Until now, the carrots-and-sticks approach of economic and political incentives — combined with UN sanctions — has not worked.

    Also on the agenda with Miliband and Steinmeier: Afghanistan. A day after Obama told NBC that there will be no “Jeffersonian democracy” there, Clinton will discuss how the U.S. and Europe can work together to stabilize the country.

    firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/02/02/1777429.aspx

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