Job Opening: President; Experience Required

The United States needs a president. Experience is absolutely required. Experience of the right kind is absolutely required.

What is not needed is the experience of another buffoon and more crony capitalism. Eight years of an economy looted by Republican Bush cronies followed by an economy looted by Dimocratic Obama cronies is not what is needed. The United States needs a president.

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The Wall Street Journal pines for Hillary – a Hillary administration. The editorial page says “No, No” but the news pages say “Yes, Yes”:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, en route to Japan, said she will seek to develop a strong coordinated response to the global financial crisis between the U.S. and Asia’s economic powers during her four-nation regional tour.

Mrs. Clinton cited, in particular, China’s “robust stimulus plan” as the type of action the Obama administration is hoping to see from Asian nations in an effort to reenergize the global financial system.

“I will be discussing with [Asian countries] the approaches that they’ll be taking” to stimulate their economies “and seeking greater cooperation,” Mrs. Clinton told reporters aboard en route to Alaska from Washington. “The Chinese have a very robust stimulus plan…They are taking internal steps.”

Mrs. Clinton arrived in Tokyo Monday evening and will then travel to Indonesia, South Korea and China.

Mrs. Clinton is using her first overseas trip as secretary of state to press her administration’s message of cooperation and engagement as the necessary tools to tackle mounting international challenges like climate change and nuclear proliferation.

The former first lady held out the hope of closer U.S. interaction with Russia and North Korea after years of sometimes open tension. Mrs. Clinton said Washington stands ready to normalize relations with Pyongyang if its leadership makes good on its pledge to verifiably dismantle North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

It’s not “her” administration, but we understand the goo-goo eyes and wishful “what might have been” from the Journal after the first few whiffs of the B.O. administration.

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On this President’s Day we find Obama at the scene of the crime. Obama is vacationing in the house that Rezko enabled.

On this President’s Day we find even more Big Media “stars” that “reported” on the election campaigns – joining the B.O. stink. Today the revolving door revolves around Jill Zuckman:

Jill Zuckman, a Chicago Tribune Washington correspondent and frequent guest on political talk shows such as MSNBC’s “Hardball” and Fox Broadcasting’s “Fox News Sunday,” is leaving to join President Barack Obama’s administration in the Department of Transportation.

On this President’s Day we find those that turned over, willingly, our national elections to Big Media, the “vote for Obama because Big Media likes him” shills, still worming for Obama.

These Obama dead enders dare compare Obama to a great president like Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

The Obama dead enders get their shill points for Big Media tool Barack Obama directly from Big Media today. E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post ignores Obama’s history and how Obama’s inexperience has played out these past few weeks. E.J. Dionne does not recognize that in this moment the United States is in need of a real president.

Barack Obama senses that he’s in the middle of a hurricane whose gale-force winds could blow history his way.

He doesn’t mind acknowledging that he is learning as he goes, and he is not bitter about how little help he is getting from Republicans. But he will never again let bipartisanship become the defining test of his success.

And, yes, he is aware that the passage of his stimulus package, though a big deal three weeks into a presidency, is only a prelude to the “really tough” part. The next step, “getting credit flowing again” and averting “potential catastrophe in the banking system,” may make the stimulus fight look like a friendly warm-up game.

Obama Big Media shills and Big Blog enablers still try to sell Obama as FDR. But Obama is the anti-FDR. Obama specifically rejected the FDR coalition during the election campaign. Now Obama wants to soil the crown jewel of the FDR New Deal.

And where might Republicans fit into all this? Obama still thinks he’ll win their support someday on some issues. Because the stimulus envisioned a large government role in rescuing the economy, he said, it may have “exaggerated” the partisan divide because it played on “the core differences between Democrats and Republicans.”

Obama sucked up to Republicans on the flim-flam “stimulus” scam in order to get their votes on Obama’s plan to loot Social Security. Destruction of Social Security is the issue on which Obama wants Republican votes.

Dionne and the Obama enablers are deluded and don’t understand the “me, me, me” at the center of Obama’s entire history. Dionne writes:

Maybe that mysterious calm people talk about reflects the temperament of a man who can live with his mistakes as long as he doesn’t repeat them.

We know that calm is really “I got mine, and my friends got theirs, screw you.”

Kathleen Parker, also of the Washington Post was much closer to the Obama reality. The United States needs a president, experience required:

The first however-many days of Barack Obama’s presidency have been a study in amateurism.

Many suspected that Obama wasn’t quite ready, but kept their fingers crossed. Optimistic disappointment is the new holding pattern.

What’s missing from Obama’s performance isn’t the intelligence that voters acknowledged in electing him. It’s the experience they tried to pretend didn’t really matter. Experienced politicians, after all, got us into this mess.

Absent is maturity — that grown-up quality of leadership that is palpable when the real deal enters a room. There’s a reason why elders are respected. They have something the rest of us don’t have — yet — because we haven’t lived long enough. We haven’t made the really tough decisions, the ones that are often unpopular.

This week Obama will continue to vacation and bamboozle and go to fancy restaurants. Hillary Clinton will continue to try to Save The World.

The United States needs a president. The United States needs a full-time, experienced president who puts the interests and needs of the entire nation before the interests of career and friends.

After eight years of an exercise junkie, vacation happy, spend happy, crony assisting, stumbling, bumbling, crumbling boob, – the United States needs a president.

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127 thoughts on “Job Opening: President; Experience Required

  1. Glad to see Bill move up six places, to 15th, in the presidential rankings. I knew George W. Bush’s administration would make him look even better in retrospect.

    Videos of Bill talking about HRC. He’s done a couple of interviews today and is on Larry King tomorrow.

    allthingshillaryclinton.blogspot.com/

  2. Rev. Manning is certainly subtle in his feelings, but he is right as rain. Barky’s performance so is a long stream of strutting and jiving, havin’ fun doin’ stuff and his appointments (with one sparkling exception) have been feckless and stupid. Not one of them has yet delivered on promises made or implied. Most are limping away already.
    It is clear that he believes that he can Mau Mau everybody – and force his views on us. He stole the election and showed that he is not an honorable man – so he tries to steal Lincoln’s reputation to patch himself up.
    What a smarmy person he really is. It can’t be long before ordinary obamabot folks get the idea that their god has feet of clay. They’ve been had by the three card monte man and they have no one to blame but themselves.
    Let’s just hope that it is not too messy for the country when he hits the wall.

  3. Admin:

    “On this President’s Day we find Obama at the scene of the crime. Obama is vacationing in the house that Rezko enabled.”

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    Spot On!

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    Http //pumasunleashed.wordpress.com has 2 stunning videos of BC telling it the way it is.

    Of course, being the consummate professional, he’s graceful in redirecting Obama’s obvious “inexperience” (out of the conversation) experience that will never materialize in our lifetime, if we have dreams of waiting for Obama to come about and actually do something productive.

    He simply can’t. He lacks the proper training, something he should have paid attention to years ago, US political history. Obama was too busy proof reading Laurence Tribe’s brief, minimally striving for recognition as a footnote in Tribe’s paper.

    You can find Obama’s name listed as Harvard’s “Underachiever of the Year” next to Michelle’s thesis, “This is the First time I’ve been Proud to be an American” because I’m a ‘white racist’ paper full of typos and misspellings.

  4. spectator.org/archives/2009/02/16/in-all-fairness

    A teleprompter is not enough for their autocue expert (aka teleprompter king). They are now thinking about installing a computer screen on the podium, hidden from view that will pass him (real time) hints, messages, stats and such during press conferences!!! This is outrageous. The guy is lauded as an expert orator, and such but can’t speak without cues from his teleprompter. He can’t speak, he is not experienced, he does not have the knowledge but he gets off with a pass with the corrupt media, thus hoodwinking everyone else.

  5. Thank you Admin.As always you are a great source of reality and well thought out information for us to enlighten our realization that we need Hillary now more than ever.Freddy the freeloader is headed for a sharp and painful fall on his journey of hope and change.
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    He has a beautiful white mansion in DC with the best of every thing to make life easy.
    He has a weekend vacation home at Camp David,best of every thing.
    He has a mansion in Chicago he bought on the cheap.
    He is tired and worn out after less than a month in office.
    Why do taxpayers have to foot the bill for a long weekend in Chicago?
    Why not fly Rezko to see him?

    Can anyone come up with the figures for the use of Airforce One and the personnel involved including SS for this R and R jaunt?

    wbboei:Perhaps you could enlighten us poor peons on the low end of stick.

    By ABM90 I call it “milking the system”

  6. Greetings, Admin. Great article as always. I’ve been away – thanks for keeping the homefires burning.

  7. Shorttimer

    65 Historians ranked the Presidents. Lincoln ranked
    number one….guess they are the ones re-writing the school and college history textbooks [Annenburg Challenge?] and are not remembering the REAL history of Lincoln who is reported to have been mentally ill with depression
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    Who wouldn’t be reported to have mental illness with all the stress he had, the South seceding, incompetent Generals, horrific #’s of deaths, it is a wonder he didn’t commit suicide. He was a Hero…

  8. Thanks to Admin for another completely appropriate article on President’s Day, pointing up the “novice in the ovvice,” while Hillary wows them in Asia, becoming the “killa in Manila.” Our Madame SOS (Prez) has more in common with the Great Muhammad Ali than The One. Manchurian candidate of extraordinary proportions leaving us shell-shocked day after day after day with his hapless hopeless missteps.

    Pastor Manning not only “gets it” he runs with it…..Thank the Lord (literally) that this man of God has not “sold out” and continues to be a voice of reason for us all, and especially within the African-American community. Shout it from the rooftops Pastor – they DO hear you…they just can’t acknowledge YET out of intimidation and fear of reprisal. They continue to work their way through every known flavor of koolaid, trying to recapture the promise (buzz) of the primaries, rather than have his uncomfortable lies, lies, and more lies (DT’s) pointed out by astute professional journalists, a few even from the periphery of Obamaland.

    Maybe Daschle is lobbying back home for the stone to be chiseled out next to the real deal Lincoln. Honest Abe vs. Snidely Whiplash.

    Sir…(junior), you are NO Abraham Lincoln.

  9. We Love to Talk,’ Declares Biden . . .
    . . . as he misrepresents the Bush administration’s policies.

    By Mona Charen

    Vice President Joseph Biden delivered the Obama administration’s first major foreign-policy address last week at the Munich Security Conference. It was just the sort of thing Europeans tend to like. Biden offered bouquets to diplomacy, to multinational institutions, and to respecting other cultures. “It was not an accident,” he told his continental audience, “that [Obama] gave his very first interview as president to al-Arabiya.” The new administration is entitled to pursue whatever foreign policy they think best in the next four years (God help us). But their attempts to falsify the history of the Bush years should not go unremarked.

    Just as during the campaign, when he declared that we had “kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon,” among other whoppers, Biden is (presumably with the full support and encouragement of President Obama) inventing history to suit his political purposes. “Our administration is reviewing policy toward Iran,” Biden declared, “but this much I can say: We are willing to talk.”

    Unlike whom? Obama’s predecessor? The Bush administration held at least 28 separate meetings between Americans of ambassadorial rank and Iranian officials. According to the Middle East Forum, more than 16 meetings were held in Geneva and Paris from November 2001 through December 2002 between Ryan Crocker, then the deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, and senior Iranian foreign-ministry officials. A number of high-level direct negotiations were conducted in 2003, and a number of indirect contacts were maintained through the Europeans between 2003 and 2007. In March 2007, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, held a meeting with an Iranian team at a conference of Iraq’s neighbors in Baghdad. Khalilzad’s successor, Crocker, also met with the Iranian ambassador. Thus the U.S. gave full backing to a (fruitless) European Union initiative to negotiate with Iran about its nuclear program.

    Biden announced last week, as if there were something new under the sun, “We are willing to talk to Iran, and to offer a very clear choice: continue down your current course and there will be pressure and isolation; abandon your illicit nuclear program and support for terrorism and there will be meaningful incentives.” Ah, “meaningful incentives.” Why didn’t someone think of that before? Let’s see, here’s a CNN clip from May 8, 2008: “The United States has signed off on a European plan that would offer increased incentives for Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment program, senior State Department officials said Thursday. . . . The United States, along with the other nations, has been following a ‘dual track strategy’ with Iran, which includes tightening sanctions on the regime while offering incentives if Iran suspends its enrichment activities.” Page back through the past eight years and you can find the identical story over and over again. The U.S. and the Europeans have been perpetual Charlie Browns running to kick the football to the Iranian Lucy.

    So now the Obama Administration proposes to do exactly, exactly the same thing. But they do so loudly proclaiming how different they are. And the clock ticks, and Ahmadinejad—who affirmatively desires global chaos because he believes it portends the arrival of the twelfth imam—gets ever closer to a nuclear weapon. “We . . . do not believe in a clash of civilizations,” said Biden. Another straw man. The Bush administration never framed the War on Terror as a clash of civilizations and in fact made every effort to remind the world that we respected Islam. We heard that Islam was a “religion of peace” more from Bush and Co. than we ever heard it from leading Muslims. One of President Bush’s first stops in the days after 9/11 was the Islamic Center in Washington, D.C. And it was Bush who began to observe Ramadan at the White House.

    The new administration betrays a touching faith in diplomacy. Democrats always do. What they have never seemed to appreciate is that diplomacy without the threat of force is as effective as a watchdog with a muzzle. Perhaps Obama might consider a muzzle the next time Biden goes for an outing.

    article.nationalreview.com/?q=OTA2ZTg1MjgxYTQ4MzJhNTlkYTdhYzc1ZjYwNDM5YmE=

  10. The aging process has aready started to transform Self annointed young Abe into an old Abe.Better commission an artist to do a portrait before he grows a beard.After all three weeks of exhausting plane trips leaves one weak and insignificant and also away from pesky media.Amazing how the MSM is fighting over viewing time for Hillary OUR Golden Girl.

    By ABM90..This journey to Asia is one that we can all be proud of as she emerges as our real President,representing all the people of this great but embattled country.

  11. gonzotx, I do not consider Lincoln a hero. The Huckster has this much right in alignment with Lincoln meaning ‘by any means necessary.’
    The history of Lincoln and so much more has completely been rewritten to be something contrary to what it actually was. And, I personally do NOT want our nation to be governed either by another Lincoln, Nixon, Carter or Bush. There were 3 parts to Lincoln’s mandate with Emancipation Proclamation only being the first step. I can not believe that any AA would like Lincoln knowing about the last two steps in the process. He was assassinated before he could implement the other two.
    The same is true with the history of women, they have essentially been written out of history. The history taught for generations has been constantly revised and the Annenburg Challenge [remember the Huckster’s association with Bill Ayers and the Annenburg Challenge?] is mostly responsible for the last what 20 years of rewriting the textbooks to radicalize the youth and to change our country.

  12. you can email our SoS directly during her trip overseas. in addition, some of the comments at dipnote are quite interesting. (my apologies if this has already been posted)

    blogs.state.gov/index.php/entries/pacific_partnerships/

  13. Just received an e-mail. The empirical heads of many countries are enjoying Hillary’s World tour with excitement and fascination. They are having google translate the ‘Hillary Unleashed’ site into their various languages.

    The memories of the good-will imparted by President Clinton is still very strong.

  14. From Times Online
    February 17, 2009

    Hillary Clinton has a chance to make up for US neglect

    By: Bronwen Maddox

    Hillary Clinton has had a better start to her spell as Secretary of State than Barack Obama has had in the White House. Her choice of Asia for her first trip was right (as was the step that made it possible, shoving the Middle East, for the time being, on to half a dozen envoys). Solutions to the worst problems that the US faces – the economy, Afghanistan, the Middle East and climate change – lie partly in the countries Clinton is visiting: Japan, South Korea, China and Indonesia. Growth, savings, a willingness to help to solve distant problems; the countries each contribute a bit. Despite the drama of any official US trip to China, her most important stop may be Indonesia. Its value to regional stability and to US aims, as a Muslim democracy of increasing self-confidence, is hard to overstate, although the US has often overlooked it.

    In Japan yesterday, Clinton delivered necessary reassurance that the US still valued its friendship, not to mention help with Pakistan (she will send an envoy to the donors’ conference that Japan is hosting). But although there are lots of areas where Japanese help is useful – climate change, the economy, North Korea’s nuclear weapons – there are few where it is decisive.

    Much the same goes for South Korea. Clinton will express the US’s appreciation of its economic growth, and its help on North Korea. But that is inevitably a warm-up for China and Indonesia.

    It is hard outside the US to appreciate the obsessive attention that the relationship with China commands in public comment: a constant, fretful attempt to capture the nuances of relative power. Hillary’s husband used the closing spell of his presidency to fly into China and pour on the charm “like a chocolate milkshake”, said one observer of his performance at Beijing University in June 1998. No doubt Hillary will deliver something crisper, given her earlier comments on human rights. All the same, the US has clearly decided that the approach should be friendly, although the background wailing of Congress about the trade deficit always encourages the opposite.

    The US has already welcomed China’s economic stimulus plan. Yesterday Chinese state media reported that military dialogue would resume after Clinton’s visit. On other fronts China, even if acting out of self-interest, is helping US aims. It is investing in Pakistan’s power stations, and in Africa, on a scale that the World Bank is pressed to match. But even though each side is feeling its way towards talking about climate change, previously taboo, the relationship will be dominated by economic revival, or lack of it.

    In Indonesia, Clinton has a chance to make up for US neglect that stretches back to her husband’s presidency. The Government has confronted terrorism, and is the image of a Muslim democracy of which the Bush neoconservatives dreamt. Clinton has been hard to define as a politician because she weaves idealistic language with the utterly pragmatic. The interest of her visit is how much she invokes the old ideals of promoting democracy, and how practical a role she creates for Indonesia as an ally.

    timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/bronwen_maddox/article5749458.ece

  15. As Hillary and Biden stated, much to the chagrin of the MSM during the primaries, we could not afford a candidate to get on the job training . We now see they were correct and any reasonable person can tel that BO’s first few weeks have been an abject failure. Off course, the press, particular the far left, will tell you, like they did in the campaign, how incredible BO is…..as long as they keep getting their front row press conference seats and invitation for cocktails on Friday nights..(along with almost a trillion dollars to make people even more dependent on Government than ever in our nations history).

  16. bstonesfan Says:
    February 16th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    As Hillary and Biden stated, much to the chagrin of the MSM during the primaries, we could not afford a candidate to get on the job training . We now see they were correct and any reasonable person can tel that BO’s first few weeks have been an abject failure.
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    Yes, and yet if Hillary had been president, the msm would have savaged her daily making her life a living Hell. As painful as it is not having the Clintons in power for the good of the country, this is our destiny. We are forced to play the cards we’ve been dealt. The fifth card is a Joker, as expected. Not a problem, when you’re the one holding 4 Aces ignored by the players raising the stakes because they all think they have the winning hand, especially, full of himself, Obama.

  17. # pm317 Says:
    February 16th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    spectator.org/archives/2009/02/16/in-all-fairness

    A teleprompter is not enough for their autocue expert (aka teleprompter king). They are now thinking about installing a computer screen on the podium, hidden from view that will pass him (real time) hints, messages, stats and such during press conferences!!! This is outrageous. The guy is lauded as an expert orator, and such but can’t speak without cues from his teleprompter. He can’t speak, he is not experienced, he does not have the knowledge but he gets off with a pass with the corrupt media, thus hoodwinking everyone else.

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    High Tech 21st century “CRIB NOTES”!!……America’s 1st AFFIRMATIVE ACTION BLACK PRESIDENT NEEDS CRIB NOTES…OUTRAGEOUS!!!

    Admin…..you’re so spot on “America needs a REAL president” not some Hollywood [Chicago] bit part Actor wanna be.

  18. I posted an article a couple days ago about the advisability of nationalizing the major banking institutions. It was by the editor of Taipan. If it were up to me I would do it now for those that were looking to taxpayers for major transfusions.

    You cannot have an economy without banks but it is madness to force taxpayers to continue subsidizing incompetence. The current management of those troubled banks should be replaced.

    It appears that the 550 billion we are giving the banks without strings is just the beginning, that it is double their combined cap (that floored me more than anything), and the most likely cure for the problem is an orderly liquidation of those bad debts which they are not willing to do because they inflate their balance sheets.

    Obama opposes this idea because it is un-American—as in where were you born? He is in the hip pocket of those institutions so it is hardly surprising that he opposes nationalization.

    Evidently, I am not the only one entertaining such thoughts. Riverdaughter reports Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is talking about the possible nationalization of banks too. Here is that article.
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    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says the idea of a government takeover of private banks — once considered a radical proposal — might be the best solution for the financial industry’s problems.

    Graham, a South Carolina Republican, made the comments Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” program.

    “I would not take off the idea of nationalizing the banks,” Graham, who sits on the Senate Budget Committee, told George Stephanopoulos on Sunday’s program.

    “This idea of nationalizing banks is not comfortable, but I think we have gotten so many toxic assets spread throughout the banking and financial community throughout the world, that we’re going to have to do something that no one ever envisioned a year ago — something no one likes,” Graham said.

    Roubini understands the reactions of many politicians to the notion of nationalization:

    “Many US banks are insolvent, even the major ones,” argues Roubini, professor of economics and international business at NYU Stern, New York University’s business school, without naming names. “Call it nationalisation, or if you don’t like the dirty N-word, use ‘receivership’ or whatever is palatable.”

    Call it what you want, says Roubini, but without nationalisation of some of the major banks in both the US and the UK, the banking crisis will get worse and the current recession deepen.

    “If the problem of banks is one of liquidity, you can do anything you like, which seems to me what the US Treasury wants to do,” he says, with reference to US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s slightly-fumbled banking bail-out plan launched last week to much disregard from Wall Street.

    “But if the banks are insolvent, none of these will work,” says Roubini of Geithner’s three-part plan which includes stress-testing major banks to see if they need more public capital.

    “To see which banks are insolvent, a stress test is a step to making these tough decisions,” he says, tough decisions which are so politically charged that they need to be “done right” due to the number of stakeholders involved who face being wiped out if nationalisation were to occur.

    “Triage the banks that are solvent but illiquid, and those that are beyond redemption need to be nationalised. But it’s urgent to do it sooner rather than later. Let’s not wait another 12 months.”
    Get off your duff, Obama. If Lindsey Graham of all people can see what’s happening, you need to wake up and smell the coffee too. Get your sorry a$$ back to Washington and light a fire under “Tiny Tim” Geithner. We don’t have any more time to waste!

  19. Get off your duff, Obama. If Lindsey Graham of all people can see what’s happening, you need to wake up and smell the coffee too. Get your sorry a$$ back to Washington and light a fire under “Tiny Tim” Geithner. We don’t have any more time to waste!
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    I love the way Riverdaughter talks to Obama–like he is a shiftless no account. She gives him all the respect he deserves.

  20. I spoke to a friend in Indiana today about the stimulus bill. She is very excited about what it will do for the local economy.

    Two years ago, the city fathers in their infinite wisdom built a three lane highway from the center of town where our campaign office was located all the way out into the cornfields–another bridge to nowhere Kokomo style.

    The project took tow years and the traffic congestion it precipitated cause 11 businesses to go out of business.

    Comes now the stimulus package. The mayor intends to take the 6 million in bailout money and make it a four lane highway to nowhere. The project will cost 8 million, and he is applying for a state fund for the balance.

    The resulting benefit to the local economy will be elusive however because the construction crew will come not from the local community and Fort Wayne. And more businesses will go kaput.

    This proves the only thing better than a three lane highway to nowhere is a four lane highway into the cornfields courtesy of Poopie.

    Apparently congress did designate how the funds would be used so they are using road moneys to build roads–whether or not they need them.

  21. The guy screws up the oath of office and his minions blame the Chief Justice who he interrupted, then four of his cabinet employees get bounced, then he lets himself get bullied by Poosie into a stimulus bill which negates his campaign message of change, then he takes two mini vacations, and now they are using technogy so they can just feed him the words and he can be someones charlie mccarthy. How many more days are there until january 20, 2013? Can the country survive that long? Echo answereth not.

  22. This is what Merrill Lynch is telling its clients right now:

    RECESSION: How Deep Will It Be And How Long Will It Last?

    We should expect the economy to get worse before it gets better. That is not to say markets will get worse, but its important to differentiate between the markets and the economy. In 2008 despite the rececession, we had a 1.2 per cent growth in gross domestic product. Our models are showing a GDP for 2009 of -2.8 per cent.

    The National Bureau of Economic Research says the recession started in December 2007, but we know the housing recession strarted at least a year before that.

    Housing morphed into a credit recession and that became a capital spending recession at the beginning of 2008.

    Now we are going through the intense consumer leg of this recession.

    But this downturn began with real estate which is a 23 trillion dollar asset class.

    And the next sustainable economic expansion is not going to happen absent a recovery in residential real estate prices, and the reality is we do not have the pent up demand for housing.

    Home prices probably have another 10-15% to fall.

    So the economy may not bottom out until the end of this year or early 2010.

  23. I think the Merrill Lynch forecasting model is optimistic. It assumes, among other things, a functional banking system. See discussion above re. nationalization of troubled banks.

    That said here are the potential political ramifications that I deduce from it.

    First, Obama will make good on his promise of change in the first year of his historic presidency. The economy will experience a major contraction–from 1.2% to -2.8%. A staggering 4 point drop–change we can believe in.

    Second, there will be unemployment. It may approach 10% by yearend. More change we can believe in.

    Third, the economy will not reach bottom until early 2010. The year of the mid term election.

    Fourth, there will be a flat period after it hits bottom because real estate is the driver and there is no pent up demand.

    Fifth, the recovery will look like an elongated “u” rather than a “v” for that reason.

    Sixth, the stimulus bill which is intended to address the capital recession and consumer leg will get alot of hype but will have little positive impact. It will cause inflation and increase the national debt by 300 billion.

    Seventh, the economy will be in bad shape for the 2010 and will still be languishing in 2012. Too late in the game to be blaming Bush. The wide gap between rhetoric and performance will be painful and impossible to ignore.

  24. I am in Hillary heaven.The worst of the worst media paid losers are scrambling to be first in line to cover her amazing rise to become the world star on the world stage.Justice can come slowly and erraticaly but it is now here.I am working on a list of post-it notes to keep track of all coverage for our girl.My sleep schudule is slowly diminishing and meals are just a short time out at my info center.No spills yet but I have to control my emotional outbursts of joy,tears and laughter.Love every minute of it and I wish there existed a second time around for this old admirer of our real president.

    By ABM90 Thanks emjay and wbboei.Your posts are my fix.

  25. wbb:

    Merrill Lynch = Bank of America, if I’m not mistaken and I’m not liking BOA very much lately.

    Ultimately it is in the interests of the International Monetary Fund to control the Banks. When the US participates at the next G-Summit meeting in London in April it will be required to give up it’s ‘sovereignty’ joining with the European Union (most likely as the North American Union) in the creation of the New World Order.

    Brown has for sometime been licking his lips at the thought of a Global Union. By Nationalizing US Banks, Americans will be ruled by a World Wide Banking System. The old adage, he who holds the purse strings is in the driver’s seat.

    The idea of shifting toxic loans to a ‘Bad Bank’ is a good one. imo- Where toxic assets and securities can be documented, examined for value and dispersed in an orderly manner to private investors at a fair market price.

    The effect of cleansing bank balance sheets would give these banks a second chance at a fresh start and eliminate the need for further cash infusions by the Tax Payer. The banks with high percentages of insolvency should be shut down as any business would be in similar circumstances and sold off for a further debt reduction

    I’ve never seen or heard of a Republican doing anything for the good of the People. Lindsey Graham is a NeoCon and anything he says or does is for the furtherance and ultimate completion as a loyal proponent of the PNAC Agreement.

    I could be wrong, but I believe I heard in the end, Riverdaughter voted for Obama.

  26. Clinton Hails Alliance With Japan

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at a joint press conference with Japan’s foreign minister, Hirofumi Nakasone, on Tuesday.

    By MARK LANDLER and MARTIN FACKLER
    Published: February 17, 2009

    TOKYO — In words and gestures, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton offered reassurance to Japan on Tuesday, calling its alliance with the United States a “cornerstone” of American foreign policy and meeting with families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea.

    Mrs. Clinton also warned North Korea not to undertake a test of a ballistic missile, as it has threatened in recent days. “The possible missile launch that North Korea is talking about would be very unhelpful in moving our relationship forward,” she said after a meeting with the Japanese foreign minister, Hirofumi Nakasone.

    Mrs. Clinton brought an invitation from President Obama to Prime Minister Taro Aso to meet him in Washington next Tuesday. He will be the first foreign leader received at the White House. In the secretary’s first bit of diplomatic business, the United States and Japan signed an agreement to begin shifting thousands of Marines from Okinawa to Guam, part of a realignment of troops in the Pacific.

    North Korea’s saber-rattling has cast a shadow over Mrs. Clinton’s first trip as secretary of state, forcing her to confront an issue that evokes a complex range of feelings among Pyongyang’s neighbors. In Japan, where animosity toward North Korea runs deep because of the plight of the abductees, Mrs. Clinton said she met with families “to express my personal sympathy and our concern for what happened.”

    During the meeting, several family members said, Mrs. Clinton pledged her support for resolving questions about abductees — the fate of many of whom remains unknown even after three decades. But she stopped short of promising concrete steps to press Pyongyang on the issue.

    The relatives said that Mrs. Clinton spent most the 30-minute meeting listening to their accounts. Sakie Yokota, whose daughter, Megumi, was kidnapped from Japan in 1977 at age 13, said she gave Mrs. Clinton a copy of her book about her daughter and an extra copy as a present for President Obama. “She is also a mother, and she said that any mother would fight to the end if such a thing happened to her,” Mrs. Yokota said.

    But when she asked Mrs. Clinton to punish North Korea by restoring it to Washington’s list of state sponsors of terrorism — it was removed by the Bush administration last year — Mrs. Clinton only said she “would think about it,” according to Mrs. Yokota. The relatives said it was noteworthy that Mrs. Clinton had met them, saying it sent a signal to North Korea not to ignore the issue. But they also showed disappointment in Mrs. Clinton’s offer to normalize relations with North Korea if it abandoned its nuclear program. Shigeo Izuka, whose sister was kidnapped in 1978, said he implored Mrs. Clinton “not to become friendly with North Korea because of a nuclear agreement.” He said she listened to him “with intense concern in her eyes, but I felt in my heart that this issue will be all too easily forgotten.”

    North Korea has admitted to abducting Mrs. Yokota’s daughter and Mr. Izuka’s sister and claim both later died in North Korea. The families reject the North’s account, saying they want a full investigation.

    Mrs. Clinton said Washington would not relent in its pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program — in a way that is verifiable. “We are watching very closely” she said. But she repeated President Obama’s pledge to “reach out a hand to those with which we have differences, so long as they unclench their fists.” And she committed to continuing the multiparty talks with the North Korean regime that include China, Japan, and South Korea.

    Mr. Nakasone said he was not concerned that “the U.S. policy toward North Korea is going to change in any significant way.” Mrs. Clinton’s meeting with Mr. Nakasone began a busy day that included afternoon tea with Empress Michiko at the imperial residence and a town hall meeting at Tokyo University. Fielding a question from a student about American economic sanctions against Myanmar, Mrs. Clinton acknowledged the policy had not succeeded in breaking the hold of the military junta there. She said the Obama administration was reviewing its options, although she did not give details. “We’re looking at what steps could influence the current Burmese government, and we’re looking at ways we could help the Burmese people,” Mrs. Clinton said.

    On Tuesday evening, Mrs. Clinton had dinner with Prime Minister Aso, followed by a meeting with his political nemesis, Ichiro Ozawa, the leader of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan.
    In doing so, Mrs. Clinton reached out to a politician whom polls show could become Japan’s leader after elections later this year but who had frosty relations with the Bush administration, opposing Japan’s naval refueling mission to support the war in Afghanistan.

    nytimes.com/2009/02/18/world/asia/18diplo.html?ref=world

  27. Awwwwwww ABM!

    You are a doll for keeping track of HRC’s wonderful accomplishments for media-phobes like me.

    😀

  28. Hillary Clinton’s visit brings new level of co-op with Indonesia

    2009-02-17

    JAKARTA, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) — The first visit of the newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rhodam Clinton to Indonesia is a “harbinger for closer and higher levels of engagement and cooperation between Indonesia and the U.S.”, an Indonesian expert on international relations said Tuesday.

    Jusuf Wanandi, senior fellow of the Indonesia’s Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), wrote an article in Tuesday’s Jakarta Post to welcome Mrs. Clinton’s week-long four-nation visit. He said Indonesia is “a decent democracy”, with stabilized economy and a military that “has been placed back in the barracks”.

    “Having the largest Muslim community in the world, … Indonesia will be an important model for Muslims in the world, if they are able to show that in practice Islam can be reconciled with modernity, democracy and economic development, coupled with equality,” he claimed. By establishing strategic relations with Indonesia, he said, the U.S. can strengthen regional security in the East Asian region, promote a peaceful maritime environment, structure a stable balance of power in the region, regain credibility in the Muslim world, and develop a stronger framework to counter terrorism and extremism.

    He highlighted the U.S. presence in the region, which is “critical for peace and stability and in providing strategic choices for the countries of East Asia, especially Indonesia”. The U.S. is also the “centerpiece of economic recovery for the world”, which needs support and cooperation from the region and Indonesia, he said. Therefore, the two countries “need regular exchanges and dialogues,” he said.

    Secretary Clinton’s visit will open a new era in the two countries’ relations, he concluded. And a possible visit by President Obama to Indonesia in November could be seen as an opportunity to “strengthen this new level of cooperation”, he said. 

    news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-02/17/content_10834878.htm

  29. U.S. Secretary of State to visit ASEAN

    2009-02-16 19:53:08

    JAKARTA, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit the headquarters of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Wednesday. This is the first visit by a U.S. Secretary of State to the ASEAN Secretariat, a press release issued here on Monday by ASEAN Secretariat said.

    “We are honored and thank her for taking the time off from her very busy schedule to include a visit to the headquarters of ASEAN in her first overseas trip as Secretary of State. It is a gesture that will be well noticed by this region,” Secretary-General of ASEAN Dr. Surin Pitsuwan was quoted as saying.

    According to Surin, The U.S. was the first ASEAN dialogue partner to appoint an ambassador to ASEAN. “I look forward to discussing with Secretary Clinton the developments in ASEAN, including the entry into force of the ASEAN Charter and ASEAN’s community building efforts,” he said.

    news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-02/16/content_10829371.htm

  30. ABM90 Says:
    February 17th, 2009 at 8:02 am

    I am in Hillary heaven.The worst of the worst media paid losers are scrambling to be first in line to cover her amazing rise to become the world star on the world stage.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Did you see the Andrea Mitchell interview aired this am on the Today Show? Mrs Greenspan never gives up. After a few innocuous back and forths when interviewing our Hillary, she asked her about N Korea. What she (Hillary) planned to do if NK persisted and launched a nuclear test weapon?

    I was thrilled Hillary sidestepped the “trap” question and set Andrea on her way with a positive response to the NK question stating it’s to their benefit to reap the rewards of partnership

  31. NYT is hawking a new book about the rise of Obama to yhe presidency.The sequel ,The fall of Obama is now being readied.
    The title of this propaganda rag is “Obama THe Historic Journey”
    This death rattle of the NYT trying to stave off bankruptcy should be retitled “Obama-The Historic Road to th Poorhouse”.Stay tuned for their chapter 7.

    By ABM90 Fired up and ready to roll.

  32. JanH Says:
    February 17th, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Clinton Hails Alliance With Japan
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    Thanks JanH for posting all the great press articles about Hillary. It’s about time she is treated with the respect she has long deserved. I’ve been defending her back for so long, it’s a breath of fresh air seeing positive words flowing around her in print. The press must have figured out, you criticize Hillary, you’re criticizing Obama handling of the presidency. The message the msm guard dogs have sworn to protect.

  33. ABM,

    This is for you. (in case you didn’t see it).

    F0x just had a clip about HRC in Japan and showed the Empress of Japan coming out of the palace to personally greet her.

    Apparently, this is VERY rare but because the two are such ‘old’ friends, the empress paid her this enormous honor.
    On another note, did you know the 8oo billion ‘Global Poverty’ bill initiated by BO in the senate (translation – Africa aid bill) is on the verge of approval?

    And, in addition to the 1 trillion stimulus bill, the US will also have to borrow another trillion but Japan, the usual lender, is (according to Stu Barney) in a depression!

  34. So I was just in Phoenix. I hear that is where O is going today. While on my brief visit it was brought up that they could not wait to get rid of their Govenor, which O kindly did for them. I thought we were the only ones wanted to get rid of our Gov.

    Not sure how the economy is doing there but my friend neighbor (huge home just built) could not sell their old home, their renters were real estate people and they could not pay the rent, and they had just lost there very well paying job. These people are in their mid to late 40s with children at home. Who knows what will happen next, and I double a lot of people can hold until 2010 and beyond. They don’t have enough in their saving to do that.

  35. nmf,
    Since I’ve recovered from my illness i can now look back on the past and realize, in retrospect, how lucky i was in selling my house when i did.
    It’s now worth 40% less than it was 2 years ago.

    While I feel slightly guilty about the buyer (although he’s not hurting financially) I would have lost everything if i hadn’t sold then and the modest profit from the house bankrolled my ‘recovery.’.

    You might be interested in this clip, from RBO, about million+ home in CA now going for half that.
    therealbarackobama.wordpress.com/2009/02/17/batchelor-chula-vista/

  36. basil9.Thank you.I surely did see that historic welcome that Hillary received from the Empress.That scene was worth all the tea in Tokyo.I must now learn to split my time channel surfing and big pink roaming.Not enough hours in the day now.I cansee with spring coming,I am going to have the tallest grass in the area.Let it grow let it grow let it grow.

    By ABM90. Now is time for for Sos Hillary to start humming that old Ted Lewis classic “Me and My Shadow” as Obama is left in a trail of her dust.

  37. basil9

    I have a friend that lives there also, north of Downtown. They said that a real estate agent says their neighborhood is OK. A relative of theirs is looking at forcosure in the same area. They have been without a job for around 2 years now. I am not sure why one area would retain its area, when others around them have gone belly up. But then there are some specifica areas of the country that do have enclaves of OK and even growing on their house values. It certainly for now have been a horrible gamble for many. I wonder how people will emotionally recover from this, as for many their homes have been their one investment they could count on.

  38. I could be wrong, but I believe I heard in the end, Riverdaughter voted for Obama.
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    Mrs Smith: I find that hard to believe–dont you? She kicks Bambis ass day in and day out up to and including now, and then she turns around and votes for him? That seems counterintuitive. The only one who would know that for a fact is Riverdaughter herself. Can you show me where where she said that she voted for Mr Obama? I would be interested to see it in writing.

  39. Riverdaughter did NOT vote for BO. In fact, she mentioned this in a posting, during the past few days.

    MP: The stock market is crashing. What a roller coaster tide. Things are bad.

  40. Mrs. Smith Says:

    February 17th, 2009 at 8:56 am
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    You are very welcome. I figure I should fight fire with fire and prove to the u.s. media idiots that there are many who know this wonderful lady’s true value!

  41. Mrs. Smith, I am well aware of the connection between Merril and BOA. And independent of that Merrill has had alot of problems. I was merely reflecting what they are telling their clients, and offering my interpretation of what it might mean politically–which you are free to dispute if you see it differently. That is why I post things–to get other people views pro or con.

    I am no fan of Lindsey Graham save the fact that he is one of Hillarys closest friends in the senate. I have been very disappointed in his reaction to a number of issues. However, finding a solution to this deteriorating crisis evokes bi partisan instincts in many people who might be adversaries on other issues. Reid or Pelosi are of course exceptions.

    I am not sure that the suggestion that we should nationalize troubled banks who are sucking billions out of taxpayers pockets and misusing those monies is wrong. According to the Taipan article they are bankrupt at the present time. If this were a bankruptcy proceeding a trustee in bankruptcy would be appointed by the court.

    Whether that would be used as a means to the end you suggest, or would facilitate it I cannot say. I do believe Bambi was chosen by global interests initially and supported by them along the way. But their goal would be to subordinate government to their interests and not the reverse. Nationalization would subordinate banks to govenment and it is not clear to me that they would favor that.

  42. Monday, February 16, 2009

    Al Franken acting senatorial

    Former comedian Al Franken, who holds a 225-vote lead over Republican Norm Coleman in the long-running Minnesota Senate race, isn’t waiting for the legal battles to end to start acting like a senator. In a Monday news release, Franken’s staff announced that the Democrat — identified as “Sen.-elect Franken” — would hold roundtable discussions this week with mayors in three Minnesota cities “to listen and learn about the economic challenges” they face. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports on the first roundtable in St. Paul and offers an update on the legal wrangling here.

    Luke Friedrich, Coleman’s press secretary, called the listening tour “Al Franken’s ‘senator for a day’ public relations stunt.” “We have all seen that Al Franken has no regard for the Minnesota election process, but pretending to be a senator before we know who really won is just another sign of desperation from a candidate who’s worried about what will happen if all the votes are counted,” Friedrich said in an email to USA TODAY.

    For the record, Franken press aide Jess McIntosh tells USA TODAY that the former Saturday Night Live star has used the senator-elect title since Jan. 5, when the state’s canvassing board certified Franken as the winner. Legal challenges have ensued over the ballot counting. As Politico reported over the weekend, the national Republican Party is doing all it can to aid Coleman and avoid strengthening the Democratic caucus in the Senate, which approved President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus plan Friday night with just three GOP votes. The National Republican Senatorial Committee recently hosted a Washington fundraiser for Coleman. Tickets started at $500-per-person, according to Politico’s Manu Raju.

    The Associated Press says lawyers for Franken and Coleman met for 20 minutes on Monday to discuss “how to move forward after a major ruling by the judges last Friday night narrowed how many rejected absentee ballots might still be counted.”
    AP says that Coleman’s lawyers put the number at 3,500 ballots, while Franken’s lawyers say they expect many of those ballots “won’t meet the standard set by judges as legal votes.”

    blogs.usatoday.com/onpolitics/

  43. I apologize for the length of this article, but I think it is an important issue to many.

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    Healthcare winners and losers: In the race to pass the economic stimulus bill, lawmakers made changes that left out millions of middle-class Americans who have lost their jobs and are struggling to pay for health insurance.

    By Noam N. Levey

    February 17, 2009

    Reporting from Washington — John Peeler, an unemployed computer technician in South Carolina, may soon get health insurance for his wife and three children. Four months after being laid off, he is one of the lucky jobless Americans who could receive thousands of dollars in government subsidies from the new stimulus plan.

    Susan McKowen, a 62-year-old breast cancer survivor from Illinois, is not so fortunate. Though she too lost her job in the current economic crisis, she won’t be getting help with health insurance under the new law.

    When President Obama and his allies pulled together the $787-billion bill that he is to sign today, they talked about helping workers like Peeler, McKowen and others rapidly swelling the ranks of America’s more than 46 million uninsured. But in the scramble to pass a bill, lawmakers made changes that left out millions of middle-class Americans who have lost their jobs and are struggling to fill a prescription or pay for a visit to the doctor. That reflected a frenzied process in which sometimes arbitrary decisions were made to speed agreements and satisfy a dizzying array of political interest groups working to influence the massive bill. During last-minute negotiating, provisions were cut that would have opened the government-run Medicaid insurance program to the unemployed, a move opposed by more conservative lawmakers.

    Another provision to allow older jobless workers like McKowen to keep their employer-based coverage until they qualified for Medicare was eliminated amid opposition from business groups. Even the rules governing which workers were eligible for aid were picked on the fly, officials acknowledged. Sensitive to businesses’ concerns, senior Democrats decided to give health insurance subsidies only to workers who lost their jobs after September, even though the recession began nearly a year earlier.

    That means Peeler, who was laid off in November, is eligible for assistance; McKowen, laid off 13 months ago when the recession was starting, is not. “It’s just a matter of trying to balance interests and hold the line on spending,” said Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, a centrist Democrat who helped negotiate the compromise that narrowly cleared the Senate.

    Despite the cuts, the aid package represents one of the largest federal investments in healthcare in history, totaling more than $147 billion, or nearly a fifth of the bill.
    It includes $87 billion to help states shore up their Medicaid programs, which cover more than 55 million poor children, families and disabled people. States reeling from the economic downturn have been cutting services for months. The legislation also commits $19 billion to increase the use of information technology in healthcare, a long-delayed objective that policymakers think is crucial to lowering costs and improving quality.

    The National Institutes of Health will get nearly $10 billion for research into cancer, heart disease and other illnesses. And lawmakers directed more than $1 billion to boost government efforts to study the comparative effectiveness of medical procedures, pharmaceuticals and devices, another step deemed crucial to long-term health reform. But the cuts in aid highlight one of the most vexing healthcare issues confronting Washington — the growing number of middle-class workers who are losing health coverage as companies cut their payrolls. An estimated 3.6 million jobs have been eliminated since the recession began at the end of 2007, the Department of Labor said. Unlike the very poor who rely on Medicaid, most of these people had not looked to the government for healthcare, instead securing insurance through their employers or buying it themselves. Now without incomes, some are faced with paying more than $1,000 a month to buy a new insurance policy or to keep the coverage they had at work under the federal COBRA law, which requires workers to pay the full cost of their premiums, picking up what their employers once paid.

    Peeler, 39, looked at getting COBRA coverage when he was laid off in November from an apartment management firm. But he quickly calculated he couldn’t afford the premium — more than $1,300 a month. He said his unemployment check of $326 a week barely covered the mortgage and the groceries. And his wife, who had been looking for a job since the beginning of last year, couldn’t find full-time work. Nor could Peeler find private insurance. Every insurer he consulted refused to cover treatment for his daughter’s mild psoriasis and his son’s asthma, both classified as preexisting conditions. “Private insurance is a joke,” said Peeler, who had never before sought public assistance.

    The stimulus package may ease the burden for as many as 7 million people like Peeler who lose their jobs between September and the end of this year. Under the bill, the federal government will pick up 65% of COBRA premiums for nine months. But the aid won’t help McKowen. She lost her job outside Chicago in January 2008 when the greeting card company she had worked for since the late 1970s was restructured by new owners. McKowen signed up for COBRA coverage, which was vital because getting a new policy would have been difficult with her history of cancer. Now, she is nearing the end of the 18-month limit on COBRA with few options. Her husband, an accountant, is self-employed. And switching to a plan offered by the state of Illinois would cost her nearly $900 a month, compared with the $507 a month she pays now.
    “I just don’t know where to turn,” McKowen said. “I don’t like pity parties. I know there are a lot of people who are far, far worse than me . . . but I need my health insurance. It’s like my lifeline.”

    Adam Ross, a 40-year-old San Francisco lawyer who lost his job in July, has another problem. He and his husband, who also was laid off last year, are paying $820 a month under COBRA for insurance that Ross gets through his former employer, a San Diego software firm. The two are subletting a room in a friend’s house, using Ross’ severance and their savings to pay for food, rent and Ross’ loans from law school. They won’t get federal aid because Ross lost his job in July, two months too early to qualify. “It’s kind of getting down to the wire,” Ross said last week. “I think we have a couple more months. . . . We try not to think about what happens after that.”

    Some lawmakers wanted to make the COBRA subsidies available to people who lost their jobs before September. But such a move would have faced resistance from employers who have long been wary of the administrative burdens of keeping former employees on their health plans. Some companies already encourage employees and their families not to use the health plans they offer. Business groups successfully beat back a proposal by House Democrats to allow unemployed workers over 55 to pay to keep their employer-based health insurance for up to 10 years until they qualify for Medicare. “COBRA should not be regarded as a source of long-term coverage,” Helen Darling, president of the National Business Group on Health, wrote lawmakers last month, warning it would push up healthcare costs for existing employees.

    Republicans, meanwhile, rebelled at a proposal by House Democrats to open up Medicaid to those who have lost their jobs, a move conservatives worried would only further burden a government program already driving away many doctors because of the government’s relatively low reimbursement rates. Senate Democrats, who needed Republican votes to pass the stimulus legislation, did not include the Medicaid expansion in their version of the bill. It was dropped in the final compromise, leaving an estimated 1.2 million people without assistance.

    latimes.com/news/nationworld/washingtondc/la-na-healthcare17-2009feb17,0,7819558.story?page=2

  44. US policy on arms sales unchanged, Clinton says

    STATUS QUO: The US secretary of state said she was pleased to see reduced tension between Taipei and Beijing, but reaffirmed support for Taiwan’s defense

    Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009

    “Under the Taiwan Relations Act, there is a clear provision that the United States will provide support for Taiwan’s defense. And that is why there have been, over the many years, the sale of defensive materials to Taiwan.” — Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton affirmed on Monday that there would be no change in Washington’s policy on arms sales to Taiwan under the administration of US President Barack Obama. Clinton, who departed on Sunday for a four-nation Asia visit — her first overseas trip since assuming office — made the remarks in an interview during her flight to Japan, her first stop. Clinton said US policy with respect to Taiwan “remains as it has been” because it is based on Washington’s long-standing “one China” policy, the three communiques with China and the Taiwan Relations Act. “And under the Taiwan Relations Act, there is a clear provision that the United States will provide support for Taiwan’s defense. And that is why there have been, over the many years, the sale of defensive materials to Taiwan,” she said.
    Clinton said she was pleased with the decreased tensions and increasing cooperation between Taiwan and China over the past months, which she said is a direction that the US wants to support and promote.

    The US has long been Taiwan’s most important weapons supplier, despite this being an irritant in US-China relations. In the latest arms deal between the two sides, the administration of former US president George W. Bush late last year approved the sale of a package of weapons to Taiwan including 30 Apache attack helicopters, 330 advanced capability Patriot (PAC-3) missiles, 32 Harpoon sub-launched missiles, 182 Javelin guided missiles and four E-2T system upgrades. The move drew strong protest from China, which reacted by suspending military-to-military exchanges and nonproliferation talks with the US.

    The contacts are expected to resume sometime next week, media reports said.
    China will be the final leg of Clinton’s Asia trip, which will also take her to Indonesia and South Korea. In response to the news, Ministry of National Defense Spokeswoman Major-General Lisa Chi (池玉蘭) said yesterday that the military welcomed the US administration’s decision to maintain its arms sales policy on Taiwan.
    A stable peace in the Taiwan Strait would be in the interest of Taiwan, the US and all countries in the region, Chi said. Continuing to offer Taiwan defensive weapons would help maintain a stable peace in the Taiwan Strait, she added.

    taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2009/02/18/2003436390

  45. ABM90

    I hope you were referring to the (year old, but still charming) Hillary Valentine video I emailed to you.

    It also showed her practical-joking side. I have a friend who says she can be so much fun to be around, but still manages to keep herself pretty much to herself.

    To receive a phone call from her…how much fun THAT would be !

  46. The following data from Merrill provides further proof the problem we are facing compared to other countries. The projected growth or decline of GDP>

    2008
    China: 9.1%
    India: 7.9%
    Russia: 5.8%
    Brazil: 5.3%
    South Africa: 3.2%
    Australia: 2.1%
    USA: 1.2%********
    UK: 0.7%
    Japan: (0.4%)

    2009
    China: 8.0%
    India: 5.8%
    Russia: 3.7%
    Brazil: 2.2%
    South Africa: 1.7%
    Australia: 0.2%
    Japan: (1.2%)
    UK: (1.6%)
    USA: (2.8%)********

    2010
    China: 8.3%
    India: 7.5%
    Brazil: 3.8
    Russia: 3.7%
    South Africa: 3.7%
    Japan: 3.4%
    Australia: 3.2%
    UK: 1.5%
    USA: 0.5% ********

  47. Notice how MSM is trying to blame, in part, Bill for the current mess as many of us predicted. Off course he is going to go on to defend himself as his presidency left us with millions of new jobs, prosperity, and a deficit surplus. The Clinton haters will never stop, and thus, we must be equally diligent in their defense.

  48. On Times 25 people to blame for the economic crisis there are names missing, like Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and others. I would have included the msm. But they included Bill Clinton on that list. If you do not think Clinton should score a really bad score for ‘starting’ the nation’s downfall, go there and vote. Right now is has scored an average 8, the same as Bush iirc. The votes go from 1=innocent to 10=guilty. It is unbelievable to me that some of them, if not most, did not score a 150.

  49. The answer to the msm screeds is Bill Clinton delivered a huge economic surplus to the country and we avoided protracted involvement in unwinnable wars. Anything else they say is bullshit. The truth is they have the engine con now and instead of charting a coherent direction forward they invent fictional accounts of the past to justify the failure of their mascot to deliver solutions and their naive confidence in him. Running the country trying to hold his flock together is not the answer. He needs to be in the center of things solving problems like he wasnt on the stimulus bill.

  50. The answer to their attacks on Bill Clinton is to demonize big media and take them apart like a cheap watch.

    My effort the other day to show they knew about the meltdown, and failed to inform the country was intended to do just that. Then as now, they protect only themselves–not us.

  51. I was watching video of Hillary in Japan and thought

    there she goes!! the queen of “sisterhood of the traveling pansuit”

  52. wbboei Says:

    February 17th, 2009 at 11:37 am
    Mrs. Smith: do you know why Hillary would give an interiew to Mitchell?

    ____

    My first thought..keep your friends close but your enemies closer

  53. wbboei

    Hillary, in my estimations, shows that she is a great leader by that behavior. A leader must deal with his worst enemy. O ignores his enemies, and bullies people into doing things. Not a sign of a great leader.

  54. Another Huge Fraud to the tune of 8 Billion, these bastards need a slap.

    Stopping what it called a “massive ongoing fraud,” the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday accused Robert Allen Stanford, the chief of the Stanford Financial Group, of fraud in the sale of about $8 billion of high-yielding certificates of deposit held in the firm’s bank in Antigua. Also named in the suit were two other executives and some affiliates of the financial group.

    Litigation Release from the S.E.C.

    In the complaint, filed in Federal District Court in Dallas, the S.E.C. accused Mr. Stanford and two associates — James M. Davis, a director and chief financial officer of Stanford Group and the Antigua-based bank affiliate, and Laura Pendergest-Holt, the chief investment officer of both organizations — with misrepresenting the safety and liquidity of the uninsured CDs.

    The CDs were sold by Stanford International Bank through the firm’s registered broker-dealer and investment adviser, which are in Houston. Both the bank, which claims $8.5 billion in assets and 30,000 clients in 131 countries, and the brokerage unit, which operates about 30 offices in the United States, were named in the S.E.C. suit. Stanford Financial asserts that it advises about $50 billion in assets.

    In its complaint, the S.E.C. said it could not account for the $8 billion in assets that were housed in the Antigua bank after issuing subpoenas for bank records and to various witnesses. Most witnesses, including Mr. Stanford, Mr. Davis, and the Antigua-based bank’s president, failed to appear to testify nor did they produce documents shedding light on the assets.

  55. My first thought..keep your friends close but your enemies closer
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    good point debbie. Perhaps it is better to go to the liar and confront them with the truth instead of letting them run around behind your back spreading lies. Mitchell to me is the protyptical example of the malicious gossiping high school girl who spreads vicious rumors about top girl. I do not think there is a lower form of life and it is a greater tragedy that she has been given a microphone.

    I wonder if her handsome debonaire hubby made it on the whos responsible for the economic collapse list. He should be the lead song in the Lucky Strike Hit Parade.

  56. Stanford Financial Group,
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    This one is interesting.

    Smith Barney used the actor John Houseman to say: “they make money the old fashioned way–the EARN it.

    These people had an even more impressive msm type bi line. A basso profundo voice, images of huge projects, and if I had been their script writer I might have wrote:

    Stanford makes money the modern way–we STEAL it.

  57. NewMexicoFan Says:

    February 17th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

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    Actually, I think Obama is terrified of his enemies. I think there is so much smoke and mirrors about the guy that he is terrified someone will find out that he is an empty suit.

  58. obama is coming to my country, Canada, on Thursday. Oh how I wish it was Hillary instead. The whole visit is scripted right down to his not addressing parliament (no teleprompter probably), small media moment, not staying overnight.

  59. Hillary working hard overseas in Japan 24/7 to spread peace.

    Obama is on the getaway trail up in the wide blue yonder spreading $787 trillion dollars of borrowed money to create a larger and deeper debt.Welfare is now the hope and change his slobbering supporters are lining up for.

    Maddoff you are small peanuts compared to this con man.

    By ABM90. The MSM are bursting at the seams to cover Hillary.

    They resemble a bale of hay with the middle hoop busted(oldie)

  60. Actually if I was really evil, I’d like to see Bambi stopped at the Canadian immigration, ask him for a valid passport, say, there was something wrong with it and then deport him back to Kenya.

  61. wbboei, Debbie

    I think it is probably all of that and then some. You must face your enemies, and bullies square on. Letting them know that you will call their bluff. You must also in many instances (such as with senators and reps) work with them to get things done.

    I think Hillary has the abilities to do this.

    JanH I think you are right also. I think he is terrified of working with people who do not say Yes, Master.

  62. Repubs and the vile media have tried to do their damage on the Clintons but some of us won’t forget she was the first lady, a much respected position worldwide (if not here), before she became SoS.
    ——————
    “Empress Michiko of Japan greeted visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo with a hug and a peck on each cheek, an unusually warm welcome in Japanese culture. Clinton started her first foreign tour as U.S. Secretary in Japan, but her warm reception was due to her past role as First Lady.”

    gpdhome.typepad.com/royalblognl_news_summary/2009/02/empress-michiko-gives-hillary-warm-welcome.html

  63. pm317,

    I believe the Empress also came out to greet Hillary, something she rearely does but they are old friends.

    Networks like that never die. A Hillary Clinton presidency would have been amazing!

  64. Jan, about half of America has established itself as backward culturally and the faction that is going to regret it the most is the young women (and men) who went after 0bama. I can forgive those who voted for him in the GE after having supported her in the primary but not those who screwed her in the primary.

  65. The politics of the next four years will be built around the economic realities we face.

    MSM is reading the same projections we are for this year and they know it will be bad. They know a 2.8% contraction is bad for the incumbent.

    Therefore, you will see more attempts by them to blame others for this problem. They are looking for scapegoats for him and themselves.

    Then they will start comparing him to Roosevelt hoping the public will buy that stupid crap. I hope they are smarter than that.

    The thing about projections is the further out you go the less reliable they become. A 0.5 increase in GNP after a 2.8% drop seems overly optimistic.

  66. Especially, if you accept the fact that the driver of the economy is real estate and there is no pent up demand. I doubt it will be much different a year from now. Remember the assessment was a 10-15% drop in the real estate market this year. That creates pretty barish conditions for this alleged 2010 turnaround, in my opinion.

  67. On the other hand, if you look at that unbalanced equation above, favoring continued growth in China and India vs economic decline and probable stagnation in the US it has three obvious implications: first, increasing liquidity in Chinese investors, second bargain basement prices in the United States in real estate etc, and third a possible driver for the economy–provided you are kopesteic with massive foreign investment in this country. The last time we saw this was in the late 80s when Japan Inc went wild. That was a blip compared to what we are talking about here.

  68. President Barack Hussein Obama:

    President Barack Hussein Obama:

    I am old and and I am more than troubled about leaving this earth with so many unanswered questions about what is going to happen to this great country and was my four years of service in the military a waste of time?I have been cold ,hungry,scared and at times disappointed but never ashamed until you took office on jan 20th and I have no idea who you are.So I ask.

    1 – Where were you born?
    2 – Who is Barry Soetero?
    3 – Where is your valid birth certificate?
    4 – You say you had a white mother and white grandparents that
    raised and educated you and your black father abandoned
    you.So when did you choose to be black?
    5 – In Chicago,you became the protege of mr.Rezko and rev.J.
    Wright both mentors and advisers that led you through the
    thorny political system there and into the state legislative
    body.Where are your records and paper trail?
    6 – You eventualy were led into the US Senate and and still no
    record of any accomplishments of important issues.How did
    you expect to be ready to lead this great country?
    7 – Why did you introduce the race card in your campaign when
    racial matters were not involved?.I call it the Eze-Pass to the
    whitehouse.Run and swipe method to save time and effort.

    You see mr president why I am troubled.I have over a 90 year
    paper trail,a little time worn perhaps but intact and complete.
    A valid birth certificate,a valid WWII Army dishchage with honor,A Bronze Star with four battle stars and most of all a beautiful family.And by the way sir I have made my way through
    good and lean times without asking for an unearned penny.
    I think it is time for you to come forward with some answers

    ByABM90 You can reach me here on hillaryis44

    8 –

  69. wbb — Mitchell is the reporter assigned to Hillary’s trip. I think there may be a couple of others but AM is the one the MSM is parroting so Hillary needed to speak to her.

    I read your economic outlook and it was comprehensive and in line with most economists. I heard a couple of them even more pessimistic than yours — into catastrophia.

    I, on the other hand, think there is a good chance that the economy will revive more easily and quickly.
    Don’t anyone plan anything on my ‘feeling’ because the smart move is to plan for a hurricane, not a spring shower, but if the ‘stimulus’ bill doesn’t drag us down, we might rebound.

    Remember, the economy usually surprises — and this time the surprise would be an updraft.

  70. There is a further side to this as well. A year ago I met with a member of the Federal Reserve, and we had a conversation not unlike the discussion above. One of the things he was concerned about was that hedge fund people like Soros would exploit this imbalance and ordinary people would get hurt. That is why what happened in Russia is relevant. Hillary you may recall favored regulating the influx of foreign money to mitigate this risk, whereas Mr Obama opposed such regulation for reasons which are rather obvious now. He who pays the piper calls the tune.

  71. On ‘Today’: Rove Takes Obama to Task On Mortgage Mess

    By Geoffrey Dickens
    February 17, 2009

    Karl Rove was invited on Tuesday’s “Today” show to discuss Obama’s stimulus plan and NBC’s Matt Lauer pressed the former Bush senior adviser about the one-sidedness of the vote on the bill by the GOP as he pressed Rove: “219, if you add up the House and the Senate we have what, 219 Republicans. All but three of them voted against this plan…do those 216 Republicans run the risk of being on the outside looking in, if this starts to work?” Lauer also went on to cite Obama’s senior adviser David Axelrod ridiculing any member of Bush administration for offering economic advice as Lauer doubted: “Do you have credibility on this subject… would you say that the eight years of the Bush administration were lax on regulation?”

    However this prompted Rove to hit back, in the following exchange,

    SNIP

    MATT LAUER: You’ve come out and talked about it in your, written about it in your op-ed, you’ve spoken about this statement which prompted a comment from David Axelrod, the current senior adviser to the President. And I’m paraphrasing here Karl but he basically said, “Why do we need advice from any one attached to the Bush administration over the last eight years? Look at the economy as a result of that administration.” How do you respond to that? Do you have credibility on this subject?

    KARL ROVE: Well, first of all, look I’m not giving them advice. I’m commenting on what they’re doing. I’m sure even this White House would say that people have a right to offer an opinion. Frankly, I thought it was interesting. The biggest accelerant in this economic difficulty was the failure of the government to rein in Fannie and Freddie. It was the Bush administration trying to rein in Fannie and Freddie. A new senator came to the United States Senate in January 2005 and refused to join the reform efforts, in fact, joined a filibuster effort to, to on the, on the bill that the administration offered up to rein it in. That senator was-

    LAUER: That senator was?

    ROVE: -Barack Obama of Illinois. He could have come and said, “You know what, I agree with the administration, we ought to rein in these imprudent lending practices that are getting us into difficulty.” Do you know that, that it took 30 years for Fannie and Freddie to buy $2 trillion worth of mortgages? It took them five years to buy another trillion dollars worth of mortgages. After we tried to regulate them in 2005 it took them two-and-a-half years to get another trillion-two, mostly imprudent loans that they bought up.

    LAUER: But, but you bring up this as an example but overall would you say that the eight years of the Bush administration were lax on regulation?

    ROVE: No, no! Look, we, we, we were the administration that said this needs to be regulated. This is too big, too dangerous. A Clinton era regulator, Armando Falcon came in, in 2001. He had a term, so he was in office while Bush was in office and briefed the White House on this. And we agreed and began to move to regulate Fannie and Freddie. And it was, again I repeat, Democrats led by Chris Dodd and helped by the new senator from Illinois who blocked it in 2005.

    newsbusters.org/blogs/geoffrey-dickens/2009/02/17/today-rove-takes-obama-task-mortgage-mess

    SO…… as i parused the comment section i came across a post that had a link to back up roves claim that bush and co. wanted to regulate fannie and freddie

    query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E06E3D6123BF932A2575AC0A9659C8B63

    as well as a link to the video of Democrats in their own words Covering up the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Scam that caused our Economic Crisis

    youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_cSi7Rs&feature=related

    also here is the entire transcript of that Rove interview by matt laurer today.

    MATT LAUER: Alright, Savannah, thanks very much. Savannah Guthrie at the White House this morning. Karl Rove was the senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush. He is now a contributor to Fox News. Hey, Karl, good morning, good to have you here.

    [On screen headline: “Rove On Stimulus, Is GOP Gambling On Obama Failing?”]

    KARL ROVE: Good morning to you.

    LAUER: About $800 billion, that’s what this package is all about. It’s gonna get signed today. This is the kind of legislation that normally in Washington takes months and months to pass. They got this in one month. Does part of you admire that and does part of you worry about that?

    ROVE: Well, it’s, it’s a great accomplishment. 667 hours and 10 minutes, that’s how long the President has been President, and they got this bill done in less than that time. On the other hand it was rushed at the end, and as a result, people’s confidence in this bill is necessaribly, necessarily shaken.

    LAUER: But rushed? When you started to hear the jobless numbers, when you started to hear Admiral Dennis Blair, the chief of national intelligence, saying the economy right now in its current condition is the biggest threat we face, more so than al-Qaeda, doesn’t it seem that quick and bold action was necessary?

    ROVE: Well, quick and bold was necessary, but let’s step back a minute. December 18th was when Barack Obama’s advisers went to Capitol Hill and said to the, to the members of Congress, “We would like to have a package of roughly $850 billion. We’re not gonna give you a detailed plan. We’re gonna describe 200, less than $200 billion of that. You go write the rest.” And they said, “We would like it to be temporary, timely, and targeted.” And we got, we got it timely, that is to say a big bill done quickly, but there is a real question as to how targeted and how stimulative this bill really is gonna be.

    LAUER: 219, if you add up the House and the Senate we have what, 219 Republicans. All but three of them voted against-

    ROVE: Right.

    LAUER: -this plan.

    ROVE: Well, I’d like to look at it a different way. Twice as many Democrats voted against the President’s plan as Republicans voted for it.

    LAUER: Oh but let’s, let me look at it my way for a second okay? 216 Republicans seem to have placed a bet on failure. Isn’t that safe to say?

    ROVE: No, no. What they bet on was this was not the right way to stimulate the economy. The one, the interesting thing was, in both the House and Senate, the Republicans went out of their way to offer alternatives and to discuss items with the White House and with their Democrat colleagues when they were allowed to. In the House they weren’t allowed to talk at all.

    LAUER: But even, but in the, in the op-ed you wrote in the Wall Street Journal, you said this will have some impact on, on the economy. And part of it will happen by its own due course anyway.

    ROVE: Right.

    LAUER: But do those 216 Republicans run the risk of being on the outside looking in, if this starts to work?

    ROVE: It, it depends, it depends. If they go out and adopt the rhetoric that this is a, that the, that the economy is gonna go to Hell in a hand basket, then they’re gonna have a problem. But if on the other hand, they say, “You know what, there are better ways to do this and we didn’t need all this pork, we didn’t need all this special interest spending, we wanted a bill that worked right now.” There’s gonna be more money spent under this bill between 2011 and 2019 that will be spent this year. That’s, that’s pretty remarkable for a bill that’s supposed to stimulate the economy today.

    LAUER: You, you, you’ve been, you’ve come out and talked about it in your, written about it in your op-ed, you’ve spoken about this statement which prompted a comment from David Axelrod, the current senior adviser to the President. And I’m paraphrasing here Karl but he basically said, “Why do we need advice from any one attached to the Bush administration over the last eight years? Look at the economy as a result of that administration.” How do you respond to that? Do you have credibility on this subject?

    ROVE: Well, first of all, look I’m not giving them advice. I’m commenting on what they’re doing. I’m sure even this White House would say that people have a right to offer an opinion. Frankly, I thought it was interesting. The biggest accelerant in this economic difficulty was the failure of the government to rein in Fannie and Freddie. It was the Bush administration trying to rein in Fannie and Freddie. A new senator came to the United States Senate in January 2005 and refused to join the reform efforts, in fact, joined a filibuster effort to, to on the, on the bill that the administration offered up to rein it in. That senator was-

    LAUER: That senator was?

    ROVE: -Barack Obama of Illinois. He could have come and said, “You know what, I agree with the administration, we ought to rein in these imprudent lending practices that are getting us into difficulty.” Do you know that, that it took 30 years for Fannie and Freddie to buy $2 trillion worth of mortgages? It took them five years to buy another trillion dollars worth of mortgages. After we tried to regulate them in 2005 it took them two-and-a-half years to get another trillion-two, mostly imprudent loans that they bought up.

    LAUER: But, but you bring up this as an example but overall would you say that the eight years of the Bush administration were lax on regulation?

    ROVE: No, no! Look, we, we, we were the administration that said this needs to be regulated. This is too big, too dangerous. A Clinton era regulator, Armando Falcon came in, in 2001. He had a term, so he was in office while Bush was in office and briefed the White House on this. And we agreed and began to move to regulate Fannie and Freddie. And it was, again I repeat, Democrats led by Chris Dodd and helped by the new senator from Illinois who blocked it in 2005.

    LAUER: Let me end on a completely different subject. There is a report in the New York Daily News this morning that former Vice President Dick Cheney is furious at former President Bush for not pardoning Scooter Libby, that he went back and back in person and on the phone trying to get that pardon for his. his former aide, Scooter Libby, and it didn’t happen and he’s furious. What do you know about this?

    ROVE: Well I know that he felt strongly about this, but I think the tabloids tend to get these things overblown. These are two very close men who have, who had, who have a long and enduring relationship that’ good and positive.

    LAUER: Hasn’t been soured because of the lack of a pardon?

    ROVE: Look, look, no. I don’t, I don’t detect that at all. It’s obviously something Dick Cheney feels strongly about, but the President laid out in his commutation of Scooter Libby the grounds on which he was making his decision.

    LAUER: Karl Rove. Karl thanks for coming in.

    ROVE: Thanks for having me.

    LAUER: Good to have you here. Appreciate it.

  72. Freckles lets hope you are right for everyones sake.

    The other night I had a college bull session with a couple of young people who are blue collar supporters of Hillary and very politically attuned.

    I mentioned the fact that Soros cannot get Obamas attention and is pissed off about it inasmuch as Soros played a major role in getting him elected.

    They looked at eachother and then at me with one of those how dumb can you get. So I had to ask.

    They told me Soros is the bette noir of the right and Rush talks about him incessantly. Well, I do not listen to talk radio so this came as a mild surprise.

    I figured they would not like him but I never realized Soros was one of their cause celebres.

    I told them that where Rush is concerned he is like a broken clock–right twice a day–which is two more times than Reid and Pelosi.

  73. Wbboei,

    It all comes back to what Hillary would have done as opposed to what obama is doing. It isn’t much comfort at the moment, but I really hope that at the end of his one misbegotten term, the voters who wanted a rock star instead of a true stateswoman remember how it could have been.

  74. # JanH Says:
    February 17th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    ABM90,

    Well said!
    *************

    DITTO!!……….. [giving you a standing ovation ABM90!]

  75. ABM90,

    A personal question for you…if you don’t mind. Where were you stationed at the very end of World War II? Were you discharged right away or did you help with prisoner releases and dislocated people?

    I’m very interested in this part of history so that is why I am asking. Feel free to tell me it’s none of my business…lol…

  76. jan……that is a understatement LOL

    FYI: i never did like Couric or Lauer from the get go…not sure why exactly, just didn’t

  77. wbb — Mitchell is the reporter assigned to Hillary’s trip. I think there may be a couple of others but AM is the one the MSM is parroting so Hillary needed to speak to her.
    ——————————
    Freckles> Thank you. Then they must take trips together over the Pacific Ocean at 40,000 feet. I have forgotten my physics but as I recall a falling object accelerates at the rate of 9.8 meters per second per second. If I were aboard that flight I would be inclined to test Issaac Newton on that fine point with Mitchell, and then with Modo. They could make a contribution to science and the world would be a better place.

  78. Clinton’s bypass is no snub

    February 18, 2009
    The Australian

    SECRETARY of State Hillary Clinton is making Asia her first destination as America’s top diplomat. That she is skipping Canberra on a trip that includes stops in Tokyo, Jakarta, Seoul and Beijing is not a slight. But it should provoke some strategic thinking in Australia and the US about the future of a long and unique relationship.
    First, it is important to understand that Clinton’s trip is more about diplomatic turf in Washington than it is about new diplomatic initiatives.

    Canberra need not worry about being left out of a tour that is meant to define a portfolio for the new secretary, who must compete against a bevy of other foreign policy luminaries in the Obama administration. An unspoken reason for the trip is one of Washington’s endless bureaucratic struggles, in this case recovering the China account for the State Department, which had been forced to cede it to the Treasury in the previous administration. The need for this arose as other top-billed diplomatic missions in the Obama administration were assigned to high-profile special envoys. Clinton also must compete for turf against Vice-President Joe Biden, who previously chaired the Senate’s foreign policy committee, and a White House national security adviser and UN ambassador who have plenty of their own ideas on foreign policy.

    During the long run, Clinton’s emerging interest in Asia may spell opportunity for those in Australia and the US who believe our relationship should play a larger role in shaping world events. For starters, Clinton may be a better strategic judge than her predecessor, Condoleezza Rice, who throughout her career devised diplomatic theories that sounded smart in the salons of academe but did not work in the real world. These included believing Beijing would pressure its North Korean ally to disarm, believing Russia would act responsibly if consoled and offered proper deference, and believing a lame-duck administration could resolve the Israel-Palestine issue in its final year, to name just a few. Clinton’s experience on the US Senate Armed Services Committee suggests she is less enthralled with academic constructs and in some instances may be more hard-nosed than her Republican predecessor. Time will tell. A key test will be whether she chooses to be more of a realist on China and places a premium on actions over words. This would be a departure from recent US administrations, which often took at face value Beijing’s word that it was helping on matters such as counter-proliferation and North Korea, despite all evidence to the contrary.

    The Rudd Government and its loyal Opposition can play a role in shaping this. Australia has been the US’s most reliable English-speaking ally on matters of hard power and soft power during the past decade. The interests of both countries would be served were this to be developed further. This could include deeper co-operation to undermine Islamist activity – the antecedent to open jihadism – throughout Southeast Asia and even globally. Such activity may be necessary to prevent the Middle East from figuratively drawing up to Australia’s northern periphery and isolating it from Asia with a belt of radical enclaves. Co-operation between two governments with similar views on climate change could help prevent the Europeans from doing anything really crazy in this area when our economies can least afford it. Partnering more makes sense, as Australians and Americans understand how quickly the world’s problems can travel great distances to involve us, whether we like it or not.

    However, a proactive strategy for Canberra is needed. Diplomats in the US and elsewhere have an unfortunate tendency to take allies for granted and look more for headline-grabbing breakthroughs with adversaries than modest enhancements to existing alliances. Added to this is an error of judgment among many foreign policy analysts in Washington and Asia who overstate the importance of China’s economy and understate the military threat posed by Beijing. Throughout the decade, this has meant not enough attention paid to traditional Pacific allies and those who share our values, and too much hand-wringing over a Chinese economy that, in fact, is still smaller than Japan’s and will continue to trade with Australia and the US regardless of our diplomats’ charm or lack thereof. By reminding Washington of the similar way we both view the world’s threats and opportunities, taking account of the new secretary of state’s interest in Asia, and continuing to be a cool-headed ally, Canberra can advance the interests of both Australia and the US. An alliance born in the darkest days of World War II and that persisted and thrived in the years since ought to be at the forefront of shaping the world today.

    Christian Whiton was deputy special envoy for North Korean human rights issues during the administration of George W. Bush. He is a senior adviser at DC Asia Advisory in Washington.

    theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25070072-5014047,00.html

  79. U.S secretary of state calls on Japan to play bigger role in UN peacekeeping operations

    2009-02-17

    TOKYO, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) — Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Japan Tuesday to play a greater role in United Nations-sponsored peacekeeping operations, Kyodo News reported, citing defense ministry officials. During talks with Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada, Clinton said she wanted to “encourage” deeper engagement by Japan in such operations, said the report.

    She also voiced her hope that Japan could protect foreign ships in emergencies after dispatching destroyers on anti-piracy mission off Somalia in early March.

    Earlier Tuesday Clinton and Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone held talks and agreed to cement bilateral alliance to tackle various global issues, and signed a new pact on the relocation of U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam.

    The U.S. secretary of state arrived here Monday for a three-day visit on her inaugural overseas trip. She is scheduled to conclude her first leg of the four-nation Asian tour on Wednesday before traveling to Indonesia, South Korea and China.

    news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-02/17/content_10836415.htm

  80. It was a poor decision by nbc to assign Mitchell to cover Hillarys trip to the far east. To my knowledge, Mitichell has little or no background in that subject matter. She is a Washinton press corps fixture with little to offer on this important subject. Another bad decision by nbc. Another sign of the disrespect it has for its audience.

  81. Yes, wobbei, Alan Greenspan is one of the 25 to blame for our downfall as a nation in the Times list.

    The person who started VoteBoth just sent out a email that states he is now running for House of Delegates and asked for support stating that he knew he was running in Virginia, but that we knew that we knew we were all one nation —–

    Adam Parkhomenko
    Candidate, Virginia House of Delegates
    47th District
    Arlington, Virginia

  82. maybe this is nbc’s way of trying to undermine Hillary. Not going to work.
    —————————-
    Yes that is their motive. No doubt about it. Mitchell is blinded by hate. Hillary just needs to give her enough rope and Mitchell will put the rope around her own neck and jump off the chair.

  83. Should we collectively be trying to force them into a different reporter by emailing, faxing, and boycotting NBC ? I am already boycotting them. Maybe if we all raised a lot of he!!, she would be replaced.

  84. Should we collectively be trying to force them into a different reporter by emailing, faxing, and boycotting NBC ? I am already boycotting them. Maybe if we all raised a lot of he!!, she would be replaced.
    ________________________
    Shorttermer: This is a Steve Capus decision and we know from experience that he does not listen to his readers. Thousands of letters were written to him about the sexism of his network and it just continued. Mitchell needs to be publicly humiliated. If we can think of a way to do that it would be much more effective.

  85. Early this morning (4:30) Hillary and her time in Japan was ABC’s top story, and that coverage included a report by Martha Radditz. Assume she is also along, but am not certain. They advertised that Hillary would be featured on GMA. Did not watch, so cannot comment further.

  86. Is Bill going to be on Larry King tonight?

    Greta had Sarah and Bristol the other night. We really need to support Greta on her blog; she has been fair to the women. The bots, last time I checked, were torturing her on her blog and there was a posting that she might shut it down.

  87. A smile creeps upon my face when I read this:
    JanH Says: She is getting good press all over the place. I bet m.o. hates her guts!

  88. Years ago there was a notorious pundit of the right wing persuasion who reminds me of Mitchell and Modo in many respects.

    He viciously attacked a public figure named Quentin Reynolds the same way Modo does. This was years before New York Times vs Sullivan which effectively insulates the media against libel suits (hard cases make bad law).

    Louie Nizer a great New York trial lawyer of mid century represented Reynolds and won the case. Today the law has changed and that would not happen.

    One of Pegalars long remembered quips was portentous when he said some fine southern gentleman will spill his spoonful of brains before the snow flies–about someone else.

  89. Must Look!

    Pics of HRC in Japan from Hillbuzz.

    She is stunning and happy.

    hillbuzz.wordpress.com/2009/02/17/whats-hillary-clinton-doing-today-6/

  90. Humiliate Steve Capus and Andrea Mitchell and her Husband who helped cause this meltdown.
    ———————–
    Yup. In pari delecto. All are guilty.

  91. This is why Republicans, in general, do not like Mrs. Greenspan, much less trust her.
    ————————————–
    McCain protests NBC coverage
    By MIKE ALLEN | 8/17/08 11:32 PM EDT

    Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) campaign manager Rick Davis asked Sunday for a meeting with Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, to protest what the campaign called signs that the network is “abandoning non-partisan coverage of the presidential race.”

    Davis made the request Sunday in a letter that is part of an aggressive effort by McCain to counter news coverage he considers critical.

    In this case, the campaign is objecting to a statement by NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on “Meet the Press” questioning whether McCain might have gotten a heads-up on some of the questions that were asked of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), who was the first candidate to be interviewed Saturday night by Pastor Rick Warren at a presidential forum on faith.

    Warren told the audience that McCain was being held in “a cone of silence” so he wouldn’t hear the questions, which were similar for both candidates.

    Warren referred again to “the cone of silence” when McCain came onstage, and the senator joked: “I was trying to hear through the wall.”

    Mitchell reported that some “Obama people” were suggesting “that McCain may not have been in the cone of silence and may have had some ability to overhear what the questions were to Obama. He seemed so well prepared.”

    A McCain aide said that is not the case: “Senator McCain was in a motorcade led by the United States Secret Service and held in a green room with no broadcast feed.”

    Mitchell made the comment in the context of saying McCain did better, and that the Obama camp was defensive. In response to the campaign’s letter, she pointed out that journalists get criticism from both sides.

    “I wasn’t expressing an opinion,” Mitchell said. “I was reporting what they were saying.”

    Here is the text of the letter:

    August 17, 2008
    Mr. Steve Capus
    President, NBC News
    30 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, NY 10112

    Steve:

    We are extremely disappointed to see that the level of objectivity at NBC News has fallen so low that reporters are now giving voice to unsubstantiated, partisan claims in order to undercut John McCain.

    See also
    Obama likely to announce VP this week
    Dear 44: Climate change
    Debate prelude: 6 moments that mattered
    Nowhere was this more evident than with NBC chief correspondent Andrea Mitchell’s comments on “Meet the Press” this morning. In analyzing last night’s presidential forum at Saddleback Church, Mitchell expressed the Obama campaign spin that John McCain could only have done so well last night because he “may not have been in the cone of silence and may have had some ability to overhear what the questions were to Obama.” Here are Andrea Mitchell’s comments in full:

    Mitchell: “The Obama people must feel that he didn’t do quite as well as they might have wanted to in that context, because what they are putting out privately is that McCain may not have been in the cone of silence and may have had some ability to overhear what the questions were to Obama. He seemed so well-prepared.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 8/17/08)

    Make no mistake: This is a serious charge. Andrea Mitchell is repeating, uncritically, a completely unsubstantiated Obama campaign claim that John McCain somehow cheated in last night’s forum at Saddleback Church. Instead of trying to substantiate this blatant falsehood in any way, Andrea Mitchell felt that she needed to repeat it on air to millions of “Meet the Press” viewers with no indication that 1.) There’s not one shred of evidence that it’s true; 2.) In his official correspondence to both campaigns, Pastor Rick Warren provided both candidates with information regarding the topic areas to be covered, which Barack Obama acknowledged during the forum when asked about Pastor Warren’s idea of an emergency plan for orphans and Obama said, “I cheated a little bit. I actually looked at this idea ahead of time, and I think it is a great idea;” 3.) John McCain actually requested that he and Barack Obama do the forum together on stage at the same time, making these kinds of after-the-fact complaints moot.

    Indeed, instead of taking a critical journalistic approach to this spin, Andrea Mitchell did what has become a pattern for her of simply repeating Obama campaign talking points.

    This is irresponsible journalism and sadly, indicative of the level of objectivity we have witnessed at NBC News this election cycle. Instead of examining the Obama campaign’s spin for truth before reporting it to more than 3 million NBC News viewers, Andrea Mitchell simply passed along Obama campaign conspiracy theories. The fact is that during Senator Obama’s segment at Saddleback last night, Senator McCain was in a motorcade to the event and then held in a green room with no broadcast feed. In the forum, John McCain clearly demonstrated to the American people that he is prepared to be our next President…..

    We are concerned that your News Division is following MSNBC’s lead in abandoning non-partisan coverage of the Presidential race. We would like to request a meeting with you as soon as possible to discuss our deep concerns about the news standards and level of objectivity at NBC.

    Sincerely,

    Rick Davis
    Campaign Manager
    John McCain 2008
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    And believe it or not, this is her title at the network, at least as of June 2008:

    NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent

  92. JanH: Drafted before Pearl and discharged Oct 45.Did spend time releasing polit.prisoners in several conc. camps east the city of
    Magdeburg on the Elbe river 50 miles from Berlin.A points system was used to determine the order of going home based onnumber of battle stars earned.VE day arrived and I was in the first small group to be assembled>that was a sort of quick solution for the priorities system.As I once looked back it seemed unfair but I was lucky.I had a young bride waiting for almost year and a half for some word of my whereabouts,Europe or Pacific theater.Censorship was brutally hard on the families back home.Modern times we enjoy now have changed all that and cell phones are the link that have made a large emotional difference.Feel free to ask my friend.

  93. MSNBC CHIEF FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT(perfume on the pig)
    title is a real stretch. She has a very short memory problem and cannot remember that BHO lost all of his debates to Hillary and McCain still proved that his age and wisdom served him well.

    By ABM90. Journalisim at its worst is all she has to offer.

  94. ABM90 Says:

    February 17th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

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    What a fascinating life you have led, my brave friend.

    Thank you for sharing a little of it with me.

  95. “signs that the network is “abandoning non-partisan coverage of the presidential race.””

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    Not signs…it’s a bloody epidemic that started when what’s his name became their love guru!

  96. NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent
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    For years Mitchell was NBC White House correspondent. They moved her to foreign corresponent. It appears it happened before Hillary became sos and before they knew she would be sos. This negates my strong suspicion that this was purposeful on their part. consistent with their overall pattern.

    The important thing here is that the truth about the Asia trip get out through legitimate sources like the Asian Press and ABC. That appears to be happening. There will come a point where Mitchell will go over the edge as she did with McCain. When that happens people need to pounce on her.

  97. BTW –

    Happy Birthday to HillBuzz… one year today.

    Congratulations to all of you, and for always having our girl’s back, even in the worst of times… I should say, always in the worst of times, cause you gave us another place to go where Hillary was being very well, and smartly, defended.

  98. # wbboei Says:
    February 17th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    I could be wrong, but I believe I heard in the end, Riverdaughter voted for Obama.
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    Mrs Smith: I find that hard to believe–dont you? She kicks Bambis ass day in and day out up to and including now, and then she turns around and votes for him? That seems counterintuitive. The only one who would know that for a fact is Riverdaughter herself. Can you show me where where she said that she voted for Mr Obama? I would be interested to see it in writing.

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    # birdgal Says:
    February 17th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Riverdaughter did NOT vote for BO. In fact, she mentioned this in a posting, during the past few days.

    MP: The stock market is crashing. What a roller coaster tide. Things are bad.

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    wbboei and birdgal, sorry for the delay in responding. I didn’t expect to be called away for the day and when I pose a question I’m usually around to respond back and forth. Humblest apologies, please accept.

    I don’t known them over at the Confluence. I did read there for a spell last November at election time. When the blogs were torn between voting for the McCain/Palin ticket as a protest againt Obama. And read the fallout a few days afterwards and why I posed the question in the first place.

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    # JanH Says:
    February 17th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Mrs. Smith Says:

    February 17th, 2009 at 8:56 am
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    You are very welcome. I figure I should fight fire with fire and prove to the u.s. media idiots that there are many who know this wonderful lady’s true value!

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    Absolutely! We need to reprint all the articles we can find showing Hillary working hard bringing nations together at this disasterous time.
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    wbboei Says:
    February 17th, 2009 at 10:56 am

    “Mrs. Smith, I am well aware of the connection between Merril and BOA. And independent of that Merrill has had alot of problems. I was merely reflecting what they are telling their clients, and offering my interpretation of what it might mean politically–which you are free to dispute if you see it differently. That is why I post things–to get other people views pro or con
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    Yes, wbboei- I disagree with the concept of Nationalizing Banks when there are other alternatives that don’t necessarily offer solutions that have their hands in the Tax Payers pockets. And why I stated so.

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    “I am not sure that the suggestion that we should nationalize troubled banks who are sucking billions out of taxpayers pockets and misusing those monies is wrong. According to the Taipan article they are bankrupt at the present time. If this were a bankruptcy proceeding a trustee in bankruptcy would be appointed by the court.”

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    Appointing a Trustee to oversee a ‘Bad Bank’ designated for holding ALL the toxic assets from troubled banks, imo-is a workable solution and is the opinion of many people working for solutions to cleanse bank balance sheets of toxic esoteric instruments. Restructuring banks in this way takes the Tax Payer OUT of the equation and allows the ‘Bad Bank’ the time to deal with all the accrued debt holdings from toxic banks and managing a controled selloff of securities to private investors.

    We are treading on dangerous ground if we hand the Banks over to the government. As I mentioned earlier, Obama is going to try pulling a fast one and sign over our the “soverignty” of our country to the Global Union as the UK did last July with the Lisbon Treaty.

    If that scenario should play itself out, we will be at the mercy of Banks running our lives entrenching the Haves and the Have Nots in perpetuity.
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    Ack! watching Frontline now!

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