Bush Frying Pan, Meet The Obama Fire

We are such optimists. We always try see things through Pink colored glasses.

We flagrantly displayed our optimism with our assessments of Barack Obama. We knew Obama would be a disaster but such a megatonage of disaster our optimistic eyes refused to see.

No, no, no, don’t try to justify our misplaced optimism. We have been too too kind. We plead guilty. Misericordia.

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That scamp Bill Clinton was asked by ABC News to judge the first month of the new celestial age. Bill as usual was generous, or was he? We’ll discuss Bill’s generous grading, but one month into the new celestial age here is a mild assessment:

Both Democrats and Republicans have spurned Obama’s leadership. The free-for-all over the stimulus bill portrayed Congress in the worst possible light — no surprise there — and led Americans to view not only the process but the bill with utter skepticism. Delivering a 1000-page bill to our legislators just two hours before the signing deadline (and then going on a long-weekend holiday before signing it) was outrageous. The mortgage relief plan hasn’t been received much better. Most Americans (ninety two percent, by some estimates) pay their mortgages on time; they’re darned if they know why they should bail out their neighbors. [snip]

The White House scramble has led to creeping fear that we’re dealing with the Junior Varsity. I’ve even heard people pining for former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson — hard to imagine, right? (No one quite misses Bush yet; let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.) [snip]

My concern is that recent events have squelched that optimism among consumers, and that the nation’s mood is even darker than it was a few months ago. Remember how Obama derided the “politics of fear?” He’s become its greatest champion.

The Junior Varsity would do better than what is going on these days. One month into the new celestial age and the stock market is down about 10%.

One month into the new celestial age:

There are many ways to assess his first month in office. And here are some numbers – in no particular order – from the CBS News database.

Days in Office: 32

Oaths of Office Taken: 2
(One at the Inauguration, and a re-do the next day because Chief Justice Roberts misplaced the word “faithfully.”)

States Visited: 7
(Maryland, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Illinois, Colorado, Arizona)

Flights on Marine One: 16

Flights on Air Force One: 16

Bill-signing Ceremonies: 3
(Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorzation Act, or S-CHIP; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aka the stimulus bill)

Increase in the National Debt: $163-billion
(to $10.789-trillion)

Cabinet Nominees Withdrawn: 3
(Bill Richardson, Tom Daschle and Judd Gregg)

Cabinet Posts Unfilled: 2
(Commerce and HHS)

Visits to Camp David: 1

Foreign Nations Visited: 1
(Canada)

News Conferences: 2
(One primetime at the White House; one joint session yesterday with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper)

Nights Out: 7
(Including a visit to the Kennedy Center for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater)

Visits to Schools: 4
(Sidwell Friends, Bethesda, MD – which daughter Sasha attends; Capital City Public Charter School, D.C.; Concord Community H.S., Elkhart, IN.; Dobson H.S., Mesa, AZ.)

Executive Orders: 12
(The last one was yesterday, establishing White House Office of Urban Affairs)

White House Briefings by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs: 13
(Plus 8 “gaggles” on Air Force One)

Obama Visits to the White House Press Room: 1
(That we know of)

Visits to the Pentagon: 1
(Jan. 27)

Big Media CBS is being generous (Obama jumped the gun on the oath and is wasting much more money than CBS tallies).

Associated Press is closer to the facts:

Rather than the bipartisan support Obama first sought, Republicans remain in near unanimous opposition. They contend that the stimulus package is tainted by wasteful spending and that the mortgage-foreclosure plan leaves out many struggling homeowners while rewarding lenders and borrowers who made bad decisions. Some Republican governors from the South even talk of spurning the new federal money.

Even while supporting the initiatives, some Democrats suggest the efforts won’t deliver enough quick help to make a difference, despite the eye-popping price tags.

Joblessness keeps rising. Consumers and businesses are cutting back. Bank lending remains down. And auto demand keeps falling, with two Detroit automakers saying this week that they may need up to $21.6 billion more in U.S. loans beyond what they received in January.

Rutgers University political science professor Ross Baker said, “There is a degree of skepticism involved. Not surprisingly, people are wary of some very expensive proposals with no guarantee of success or even a high probability of how well they’ll work.”

Even Joe Biden doesn’t believe in the Obama turkeys. Republicans and their allies are already unified and organized.

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One month into the celestial age the race-baiting continues. Cartoonists are afraid to ply their trade. Cartoonists you see, in the new celestial age, are racists.

Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz was in front of a classroom full of black and Latino kids, drawing presidents. He sketched Bush, then Clinton. Next came his favorite, the man he voted for: Obama. “Hey, those lips are big,” Alcaraz heard a black girl say from the back of the room.

Alcaraz was disturbed. “I try to bend over backwards not to make him look like a cartoon stereotype,” and certainly not a racial stereotype, he said.

Editorial cartoonists are bending over backwards a lot these days, as they try to satirize the nation’s first black president. And when they don’t, the result is the kind of outcry that erupted this week after a New York Post cartoon featured a bloody chimpanzee—intentionally or unintentionally evoking racist images of the past.

The problem is, cartoonists make their living by making fun of people—especially presidents—and exaggerating their features and foibles.

The best political cartoons are “like an X-ray machine,” said Amelia Rauser, an art history professor at Franklin & Marshall College and author of “Caricature Unmasked,” which examines the art form’s historical role in political discourse.

You have to deform someone facially in order to make a larger point about their character,” Rauser said. “But that deformity reveals their inner truth and makes them look more like themselves.”

Cartoonists, racist by definition in the new celestial age, will soon be unemployed in this new celestial age.

Poor cartoonists! We’ve always thought there is something drag-queenish about Obama’s looks. It’s almost as if some cosmetic down-low of gray hairs on the head and cosmetic enhancement of brows and lashes – which exudes a bluish tint around the eyes. Then there are the lips (we dare not say purple-ish as in the video below) which cartoonists/racists portray at their risk:

Michael Cavna, who blogs about comics for The Washington Post, wrote that “an unnerving number of North America’s political cartoonists are bizarrely obsessed with President Obama’s lips.” He followed with a detailed analysis of several cartoons where Obama’s lips were large, some shade of blue, or both.

Mocking Obama will not be tolerated in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

“Being the typical American editorial cartoonist—doughy, white, middle-aged—I’m more than willing to accept that I don’t know what may or may not be offensive,” he said. “But editorial cartoons are supposed to be offensive, and provocative. We’re entering new waters here. What can you use or not use?” [snip]

Ted Rall, president of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists, said that Obama’s race has affected how his colleagues do their jobs: “Without a doubt, people are stepping more gingerly. People are tiptoeing their way through this.”

The cartoonists/racists also better not draw Mary Todd Michelle Obama.

Short 18 second mild spoofs of despondent elfs (such as this timid use of Eric Carmen’s All By Myself) is all that will be tolerated in the new celestial age.



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Bill Clinton drove Republicans and Big Media crazy. In his State of the Union speech in 1996 Bill Clinton not only outlined all the great news,

[The state of the Union is strong. Our economy is the healthiest it has been in three decades. We have the lowest combined rates of unemployment and inflation in 27 years. We have created nearly 8 million new jobs, over a million of them in basic industries, like construction and automobiles. America is selling more cars than Japan for the first time since the 1970s. And for three years in a row, we have had a record number of new businesses started in our country.

Our leadership in the world is also strong, bringing hope for new peace. And perhaps most important, we are gaining ground in restoring our fundamental values. The crime rate, the welfare and food stamp rolls, the poverty rate and the teen pregnancy rate are all down. And as they go down, prospects for America’s future go up. ]

but Bill Clinton also declared “The era of big government is over” even as he listed new programs after new programs that would help the American people. Bill Clinton drove Republicans and Big Media crazy with his speeches which were wildly popular with Americans. They never understood Bill Clinton’s post-modernist English speeches. Bill Clinton spoke at the same time to many audiences in one speech and did it with such skill Big Media and the Republicans never really understood what he was saying.

Now, we have the Hopium addled addicts added to the list of the confounded. The Hopium addled think Bill is saying nice things about Obama, but the critique is deadly. The grade might be “A” in order to appease the rich endowment fund parent, but teacher knows the kid is just plain dumb.

“I personally believe, based on my experience over the years with the economy, that if we moved aggressively on this home problem a year and a half ago, even a year ago, as much as 90 percent of the current crisis could have been avoided,” he said.

A year ago experience was not a treasured commodity in the Hopium dens. A year ago, a year and a half ago, Hillary was proposing solutions and Obama was still mouthing flowery words. It was last year that Bill was talking about Obama Iraq “fairy tales” and Hillary was laughing (“cackling” in Big Media/Obama-speak) at Obama cupping his radar ears to hear celestial choirs.

Bill Clinton is a scamp. He wants Obama to do what Obama is incapable of doing. Bill Clinton wants Obama “to educate the American people about the dimensions and scope of this economic crisis”. But how can Obama teach what he doesn’t know? Obama doesn’t have Hillary answering questions first for him to crib from. Obama can only do pep rallies he does not know what needs to be done so therefore he sends nervous tax cheats to speak on economic issues.

In all the Bill Clinton faint praise did he ever mention the magic word “jobs”?

“I think you will see some good economic news from the stimulus fairly soon,” Clinton said. “I think you’ll start to see people express gratitude for getting the unemployment benefits, the tax cuts and the food stamps. And you’ll see the money flowing through the economy. Then I think you’ll see every state be able to quantify how much better shape they’re in, because of the education and health money.”

Damning with faint praise, no mention of “jobs” which is supposed to be what “stimulus” is about, while touting his own brilliant economic record, is repeated by the dim witted Hopium addled as “praise“.

“I think it’s absolutely the right thing to do,” he said. “And I’m a fiscal conservative. You know, I balanced the budget. I paid $600 billion down on the debt to the American people. I don’t like deficit spending. He has no choice. The economy is contracting. He has to prop it up.”

No mention of jobs created by an alleged “stimulus” scam, and then with a smile Bill calls “their” stimulus ragged “They’ve gotten their stimulus through in record time, and I think in pretty good shape. Like I said, it may be a little ragged around the edges, but they’ll be able to continue. Teacher thinks the dumb as rocks kid with the rich parents who might give an endowment, should keep trying.

Keep trying but don’t expect much.

We’ll have to remove our Pink colored glasses soon.

America is going from the frying pan and into the fire.

Things are going from bad to worse – and it’s only been one month.

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274 thoughts on “Bush Frying Pan, Meet The Obama Fire

  1. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=agapqPsrRIEY&refer=home

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average’s drop to a six-year low presages more losses for the 30-stock gauge, according to analysts who base forecasts on price charts.

    The measure’s slump below its Nov. 20 low to the worst level since October 2002 means it will keep falling, according to a 19th-century analysis known as Dow Theory. Its adherents say that losses in the average worsen when the Dow reaches a low at the same time as the Dow Jones Transportation Average, which happened today and yesterday.

  2. “He wants Obama to do what Obama is incapable of doing. Bill Clinton wants Obama “to educate the American people about the dimensions and scope of this economic crisis”. But how can Obama teach what he doesn’t know?”

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    Exactly! So the bots got exactly what they paid for…zilch!

    And I would love to see a side by side accurate breakdown of how much Hillary has done/accomplished as SOS so far and how much obama has done/accomplished as whatever the heck he is trying to be. Oh and include hours spent doing the job.

    Is there any brave media soul out there who will tackle this for me?

  3. Your articles , unlike Obama’s presidency, get better each and every day. We all know exactly how Bill feels about the race baiter, and his faint praise is akin to when BO had to, reluctantly, reach out to Hillary to gain her “support” during the campaign.
    With all that being true, I still imagine my beloved Bill and Hillary waking up every night , in disbelief, that this “fairy tale” came true.

  4. Great article, Admin. Bill is a master with words. It is what he doesn’t say, that is the most important.

    This statement hits home: “We knew Obama would be a disaster but such a megatonage of disaster our optimistic eyes refused to see.”

    I was just discussing this yesterday, with a colleague at work. It is even worse than we imagined it would be.

  5. Thanks JbStonesFan, we have so much more material to work with these days and we are not constrained by vote considerations.

    This qualifies as more material (and Chu is supposed to be one of the better cabinet picks):

    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/02/20/1803006.aspx

    Energy Secretary Steven Chu may be a Nobel laureate Ph.D. in physics, but his first forays into energy policy suggest he’s a neophyte when it comes to the ways of Washington.

    At a forum with reporters on Thursday, the head of the department that has traditionally taken the lead on global oil-market policy, was asked what message the Obama administration had for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries at its meeting next month.

    “I’m not the administration,” the Cabinet secretary replied. “I will be speaking and learning more about this in order to figure out what the U.S. position should be and what the president’s position is.”

    Chu, who is still without a deputy, said he feels “like I’ve been dumped into the deep end of the pool” on oil policy.

    The day before, reporters asked him about OPEC output levels after a speech to a group of utility regulators. He responded that the issue was “not in my domain.”

    Later, in a conference call to reporters, he said his answer reflected “more of my naiveté than anything else.”

  6. Hillbuzz has an interesting article on Chu. He is an academic, who is most likely more comfortable and better off in the academic world, rather than in a bureaucratic mess.

  7. Thanks for the link, Admin. I was just reading some of the comments from the link and it just made me laugh. Some of the kool-aid drinkers comments are hysterical:

    “smart man. he wants to make sure his message is the same as his boss’s. i see nothing wrong with that. another person that thinks before he acts. this is a non-story.”

    “HAAA SOOO – you media folks, think that just because someone doesn’t answer your questions when you want them to – there’s a problem?”

    “I don’t mean to be so snarky, but some of this stuff really rattles my cage. This man was an excellent pick. He is just being truthful and not answering questions pulled out of the air.”

    “If he’s a neophyte in the ways of Washington, does that make him an expert on real life? And how would the media know?

    But isn’t that exactly WHY President Obama hired him? Or did you think that President Obama would (or should) just hire Nobel Laureate and then give him talking points? Because that way, what’s the point? ”

    Damn! Dems and Repugs are really the same: both will make irrational excuses for someone who really doesn’t deserve it. What does “being truthful” and “talking points” have to do with Chu’s inability to answer basic questions and ignorance of the fact that the Energy Secretary is part of the Administration?

    Knowing OPEC’s output level is “not in [his] domain?” Whose domain is it?

  8. Anybody buying stock in Kushies training pants? Adult size? With obama and his potty mouth…er…merry men we could make a killing.

  9. Clinton in Beijing ‘to seek consensus

    By Zhang Haizhou,Li Xiaokun and Cui Xiaohuo (China Daily/Agencies)

    Updated: 2009-02-21 08:01

    Hillary Clinton arrived in Beijing on Friday night for the final leg of her first overseas tour as secretary of state. She was met by Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jieyi as she exited a US Air Force Boeing 757 at Capital International Airport’s special terminal at about 7:40 pm. Dressed in a long black overcoat, the former first lady accepted bouquets from a group of children and waved to members of the media.

    Shortly before arriving in Beijing, Clinton said on Friday that the debate with China over human rights, Taiwan and Tibet cannot be allowed to interfere with attempts to reach consensus on broader issues. She said it might be better to agree to disagree on long-standing positions and focus instead on US-Chinese engagement on climate change, the global financial crisis and security threats.

    In surprisingly candid remarks, she said each side already knows the other’s long-standing divergent positions on those matters, and progress might be more achievable by concentrating on other areas where Washington and Beijing can work together.
    “Our pressing on those issues (human rights, Taiwan and Tibet) can’t interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crises. We have to have a dialogue that leads to an understanding and cooperation on each of those.”

    Chinese analysts have said economic issues amid a global slowdown will be some of the top concerns for Clinton. “Beijing will certainly tell Clinton that Washington should avoid trade protectionism,” Professor Pang Zhongying of Renmin University of China said.
    Anti-protectionism is now a “grave concern” for China amid the financial meltdown, he said.

    Clinton has also expressed hopes her trip will speed up the resumption of military exchanges between the two countries. The two militaries are scheduled to hold a dialogue next week in Beijing, months after military exchanges were suspended in October when the Bush administration announced a planned arms sale to Taiwan.

    Clinton said earlier there will be no change in Washington’s policy on arms sales to Taiwan under US President Barack Obama’s administration. Media reported the issues would also be tabled during Clinton’s meeting with Chinese leaders.

    Clinton told the Japan-based Asahi Simbun on Tuesday that the US government wants to engage China in discussions on nuclear nonproliferation and arms reduction. Pang said the current impasse in Korean Peninsula denuclearization talks will be another key concern for Clinton in her meetings with Chinese leaders.

    The secretary of state’s Asia tour comes amid rising tensions on the peninsula as the two Koreas have heightened military confrontation along their land and maritime borders. Both Beijing and Washington want to stick to multilateralism and China will express its hope to continue the Six-Party Talks over the denuclearization to Clinton, Pang said.

    On Friday, Clinton named Stephen Bosworth, an academic and former US ambassador to the ROK, to the new post of special envoy on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
    Fighting global warming will be another top issue for Clinton during her visit, analysts have said.

    Clinton is scheduled to spend an hour and a half of her 40-hour-long Beijing stopover at a clean-energy thermal plant on Saturday afternoon, where she will be accompanied by Todd Stern, special envoy on climate change.
    “Having Stern in Beijing is telling China and the world that both countries are attaching great importance to climate change,” Peking University Professor Zhang Haibin, who specializes in environmental politics, said.
    China and the US are the world’s two largest emitters of carbon dioxide, he said. “Obama’s administration is changing its predecessor’s attitude on global warming and trying to take concrete action on environmental protection,” he said.

    As well as visiting a church and meeting a women’s group, Clinton will give an exclusive interview to China Daily on Sunday. She is scheduled to meet with President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and other officials on Saturday.

    chinadaily.com.cn/china/2009-02/21/content_7498608.htm

  10. Clinton’s cat ‘Socks’ dies
    Posted: 06:11 PM ET
    Bill Clinton enjoys pet cat Socks in this 1993 file photo.
    Bill Clinton enjoys pet cat Socks in this 1993 file photo.

    WASHINGTON (CNN) – Socks, who reigned as first cat in former President Clinton’s White House, was put to sleep on Friday morning.

    After suffering from mouth cancer, Socks was euthanized at Three Notch Veterinary Clinic in Hollywood, Maryland. Betty Currie, Clinton’s former personal secretary, had been taking care of the cat since her boss left the White House.

    Socks was born in 1989 and would have turned 20 this spring.

    Currie told the Southern Maryland News that Socks hadn’t eaten for two days and that she thought his condition was deteriorating. Socks was under the care of Dr. David Langford at the clinic.

    “Socks brought much happiness to Chelsea and us over the years, and enjoyment to kids and cat lovers everywhere,” the Clintons said in a statement. “We’re grateful for those memories, and we especially want to thank our good friend, Betty Currie, for taking such loving care of Socks for so many years.”

    Socks had to share the stage as first pet in the White House after the Clintons adopted Buddy, a Labrador retriever.

    An 11-year-old Chelsea Clinton adopted Socks in 1991 after she saw the stray kitten at her piano teacher’s home in Little Rock, Arkansas. The cat moved into the governor’s mansion with the family and later to the White House.

    Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton

  11. wbboei Says:
    And what great things could have been accomplished by having round two of the Clintons in the White House…just saying.
    ———————-
    I think we will still have that. I honestly do.

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

    We would have had them this year except for the DNC. Any hope that the DNC will change their minds in 4 or 8 years?

  12. There are few similarities between the crash of 29 and the swift crushing impact that we have today.I will not detail what we are faced with now but by experience of what families faced then.
    In 29 most families rented and housed three generations of families and were quite self sufficient.Gardens were numerous lawns few.Chicken coups were back yard fixtures.Very few people had cars and walking was the best form of commuting to and from.We had very little of anything but what we had we treasured.Restaurants were few and only in hotels.No malls only 5&10s and small grocers.At least 2 or 3 newspapers
    in competition to give us news not slanting it.
    Sound austere and dull.Not by a long shot.Or Dining room was part kitchen,social center family command center and the ideal place for homework and games of checkers cards and the latest skuttlebutt about our relatives real or shirt tail.When the crash came we were ready and survived with common sense austerity and self sufficiency.It was a painful but educating experience and it has served me well
    Today it is personal disaster for everyone.Massive personal debts i.e. credit cards cars insurance luxuries that most deem as neccessary and a lifestyles that are filled wit wants not needs.Relentless advertising draining our wallets and filling them with debit receipts. Of coursi have progressed into this wonderful new world and have also enjoyed its cornicopia of goodies.We are the victims of our own system,the corrupt political hacks,the gravey train of every city county state and federal government.I know we will survive but it will be painful and costly for all no matter their status in life.I firmly believe that term limits must be in place for all elected officials in the higher echelons of the system.Another need is universal military training for both young men and women where they can learn skills and disciplines that will guide them through life as useful patriotic and homogenous citizens and respectful of each other regardless of race color or country of origin..

    By ABM90 The battle cry is now Hillary 24/7

  13. so true Admin…

    btw… don’t forget to add Killefer to that list of “problems” his czar of whatever…gone due to tax problems…

    ************************************************
    on another topic…
    speaking of ‘drag queens’ – oh, never mind!

  14. Paula / Emjay,

    Here’s the info Emjay and a few others gave me. It’s still at midstreamnews.blogspot.com . I’m moving it over to boojumpost.blogspot.com also.

    Good Foreign News Sources
    http://www.unfoundation.org/

    Scroll down to the “What’s New” column on the left sidebar.

    Sources from Emjay:

    http://www.geocities.com/~oberoi/newspapr.html — and go to CNBC or PBS or DW (German)

    http://www.journalismnet.com/papers/

    The Paperboy.com

    http://www.kidon.com/media-link/index.php

    http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/

    http://www.worldpress.org/gateway.htm (This one gives the political leanings and/or ownership of each publication.)

    These six total are the best gateways; the JournalismNet site has many more listed in its overview

    Posted by 1950 Democrat at 11:32 PM 0 comments Links to this post
    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2008
    Recommended journalists

    John Kass, Lynn Sweet, Greta van Susteren, David Brooks, Helene Cooper, Craig Crawford.

  15. Is Vicki Kennedy ready to succeed?

    By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
    Friday, February 20, 2009

    Sen. Ted Kennedy, wintering in an undisclosed location in Florida, may never return to the Senate, friends say, as his battle with brain cancer enters its final rounds. “He’s someplace sunny, near the water, where he can rest and sail,” said a pal of the senior senator. “Time is of the essence. It’s very sad.”

    Kennedy was rushed to the hospital after he collapsed during a luncheon that followed President Obama’s inauguration, and returned to vote on the stimulus bill. Although family members have said publicly that the senator is doing “good,” privately those close to Kennedy say he may only have a few months to live. “He’s very sick,” said another Kennedy associate. “He’s actually done well to get to this point.”

    Kennedy was diagnosed last May with a malignant brain tumor and his prognosis was poor. According to pals, the senator spent every day that he could last summer on the waters off Hyannisport sailing his beloved yacht, Mya . He has returned to Washington only sporadically since being diagnosed – most dramatically a month after his first seizure to cast the deciding vote on an important Medicare bill.

    Because of Kennedy’s condition, off-the-record speculation about the future of his Senate seat has been rampant this week – especially in light of a seven-part Boring Broadsheet opus that is being widely viewed as a premature obituary. And yesterday’s installment was interpreted by some close to the matter as the first step in a torch-passing to Kennedy’s wife, Vicki. “It appeared to be setting up Vicki’s senate campaign,” said one insider.

    The story described the former Victoria Reggie as “a great lawyer” with “tremendous political skills” and “great sense of humor.”
    It portrayed her family as Kennedy doppelgangers and Vicki’s father, Edmund Reggie, as one of Ted’s closest companions.
    “The Reggies and their six children had more than a little Kennedy in them,” the BB wrote. “Edmund was an unabashed liberal from the heart of Dixie . . . ‘Last one in the pool is a Republican!’ the judge was known to bellow at his kids.”

    Although Edmund Reggie is quoted often – including in an anecdote that started the series off earlier this week – no member of Ted’s family has said anything to the Globe on the record so far. Word on the Hill is that some Kennedy staffers are quite unhappy with the series, finding it far too critical of Ted. Not so when it comes to Vicki, who the BB portrayed as a politically savvy, stabilizing influence on Ted. She is credited with helping him to secure re-election in a hard-fought battle with Mitt Romney after the near-career-destroying Palm Beach rape scandal. “You wonder how much control she had over who they spoke to,” said a Kennedy source.

    Interestingly, the Globe never mentions any of the Reggie family’s legal woes in the opus. Edmund Reggie was convicted in 1992 of misapplication of funds from a savings and loan he founded in 1959 that failed in 1987. He pleaded no contest to a similar charge in 1993 and served 120 days of home detention and paid a $30,000 fine. Vicki’s brother Raymond Reggie was sentenced to a year in jail after being convicted of bank fraud in 2005.

    Should Kennedy be unable to finish out his senate term, which ends in 2012, a special election must be held within 145 to 160 days of the seat becoming vacant. The big question is: Will Kennedy make it known that he wants his wife to succeed him – a move that would almost assuredly guarantee Vicki the seat?

    news.bostonherald.com/track/inside_track/view/2009_02_20_Is_Vicki_Kennedy_ready_to_succeed_/srvc=home&position=3

  16. imho…one major difference between Bill Clinton and Obama is that Bill Clinton is a master communicator and Obama is a talker with a teleprompter…

    for example, just this week Bill was on Larry King and in a few sentences in a casual conversation Bill explained what Obama is trying to accomplish better than O has with the use of two constant teleprompters, press conferences, town halls, and many news articles…

    Bill just ticks off the substance and viola…he makes sense…and the average person can understand…

    one of the main things I love about Bill Clinton and always admired during his admin was I always learned something listening to him…

    Bill has the ability in his methodical, yet conversational, method of communicating to list things in a #1, #2, #3 organized way and when he is done explaining something he makes common sense out of complicated issues…and he always leaves people with the feeling that he, and we, are working on solutions and hope will prevail…(with the man from hope…I couldn’t resist)

  17. Hopefully, poor Teddy’s wife will have the same “success” getting appointed to the senate as Teddy’s niece. The Kennedy legacy is slowly fading away while Hillary and Bill remain, as they should, on the front pages of the world press.

  18. JanH, it’s funny the way things turn out.

    Ted Kennedy and Tom Daschle succeeded in their plot to freeze Hillary out of the healthcare debate. Now it appears that Hillary and Bill and Chelsea, extremely limited as their roles will be (possibly just private citizens) will have more to say about healthcare than Ted or Tom.

  19. Admin,

    I wouldn’t wish Kennedy’s illness on anyone, even him and how he treated the Clintons, but as you say, there is a bit of satisfaction in what you said.

  20. Admin…karma is playing a strong hand in dealing with Obama and his plans…and faster than probably any of us would have thought…

  21. # jbstonesfan Says:
    February 20th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Hopefully, poor Teddy’s wife will have the same “success” getting appointed to the senate as Teddy’s niece. The Kennedy legacy is slowly fading away while Hillary and Bill remain, as they should, on the front pages of the world press.
    ****************
    The special election will be a dog fight…I don’t think Teddy will be able to “fix” the outcome.

  22. EMjay said:
    written by Washington Post Staff Writer Glenn Kessler.
    JUST COULDN’T HELP HIMSELF: from his article – “Remember, she’s saying, how the Bush administration went to war in Iraq virtually by itself (with Clinton’s vote of approval)? ”

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

    EMjay,

    I know a long rebuttal to that: quoting David Brooks’ NYT op-ed “No Apology Necessary”. Do you have a short reply? Would it be accurate to say “Hillary voted for guarding the UN inspectors, not for a big invasion.”

  23. I’m tired of this feeling of “entitlement” that the kennedys, the dims, etc… all seem to have in spades. A name/legacy shouldn’t determine who gets what political position. Teddy’s wife, Caroline, heck even obama and his twisted missus…enough already.

  24. btw, Socks died. here is a link to a Fox article and a very cute picture of Socks at the lectern.

    foxnews.com/politics/2009/02/20/socks-feline-face-clinton-white-house-dead/

    BALTIMORE, Md. — Socks, the White House cat during the Clinton administration who waged war on Buddy the pup, has died. He was around 18.
    Socks had lived with Bill Clinton’s secretary, Betty Currie, in Hollywood, Md., since the Clintons left the White House in early 2001.

    Currie confirmed Socks’ death Friday evening and said she was “heartbroken.” She did not give details, referring calls to the Clinton Foundation office.
    The foundation released a statement from the Clintons:

    “Socks brought much happiness to Chelsea and us over the years, and enjoyment to kids and cat lovers everywhere. We’re grateful for those memories, and we especially want to thank our good friend, Betty Currie, for taking such loving care of Socks for so many years.”

    Socks had reached his late teens — an advanced age for a cat — when reports surfaced in late 2008 that he had cancer and Currie had ruled out invasive efforts to prolong his life.

    “It’s not a happy prognosis,” presidential historian Barry Landau, a friend of Currie’s, said at the time.

    Socks was what feline-lovers call a tuxedo cat — mostly black with white down the front and belly and on his feet, suggesting a fashionable dandy in a black satin evening jacket with a snowy shirt peeping out. He had markings that looked a bit like a mustache and goatee.

    Chelsea Clinton’s pet first appeared in the news in November 1992 after then-Gov. Bill Clinton won the presidency and the family was the still in the governor’s mansion in Little Rock, Ark. Socks became an early symbol of privacy-vs.-media in the Clinton era when photographers got a little aggressive as he took a stroll outside.

    rest of story at the link

  25. Bill Clinton in his interview with Greta said, he had trouble only with one of his nominations and all were in place by inauguration. What do we have now? Many cabinet posts are in trouble and many don’t inspire confidence like this Chu. Who takes an academic and a scientist and plops him in a bureaucratic jungle? I don’t know how many of you remember Richard Feynman the physicist at congressional hearings after the Challenger disaster — he went to explain how it all happened, excited to have put it all together but not realizing the reality that many of the politicians and NASA people already knew what went wrong and were trying to cover up. I was not here then but read the account in his books. He acknowledges how he made a fool out of himself not understanding the ways of Washington.

  26. JanH, more of what S calls karma – now it’s George Soros who must be slapping himself on the forehead:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE51K0A920090221

    Renowned investor George Soros said on Friday the world financial system has effectively disintegrated, adding that there is yet no prospect of a near-term resolution to the crisis.

    Soros said the turbulence is actually more severe than during the Great Depression, comparing the current situation to the demise of the Soviet Union.

    He said the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in September marked a turning point in the functioning of the market system.

    “We witnessed the collapse of the financial system,” Soros said at a Columbia University dinner. “It was placed on life support, and it’s still on life support. There’s no sign that we are anywhere near a bottom.”

    His comments echoed those made earlier at the same conference by Paul Volcker, a former Federal Reserve chairman who is now a top adviser to President Barack Obama.

    Volcker said industrial production around the world was declining even more rapidly than in the United States, which is itself under severe strain.

    “I don’t remember any time, maybe even in the Great Depression, when things went down quite so fast, quite so uniformly around the world,” Volcker said.

  27. sigh…karma yes…but I wish it were just a select few who were suffering from this financial breakdown and not the public world over.

  28. admin Says:

    February 20th, 2009 at 11:09 pm
    JanH, more of what S calls karma – now it’s George Soros who must be slapping himself on the forehead:

    ————————————————————————————-

    Well, this doesn’t sound good, and it doesn’t bode very well for our immediate future. “There’s no sign that we are anywhere near a bottom.” Jeez…..

  29. JanH Says:

    February 20th, 2009 at 11:14 pm
    I’m sorry about Socks. Pets become such a huge part of family life.

    How sad.

    ——————————————————-

    It is sad, but Socks lived a good and long life. Sounds like he was quite ill.

  30. Pm317, there is another very important point which we made here: http://www.hillaryis44.org/2009/02/17/why-we-trust-clinton-economics-why-we-distrust-obama/

    As was noted in that article Bill Clinton, unlike Obama, focused on policy first and tried to appoint not only a full cabinet but also the undersecretarys and the entire top level staff. This made a big difference. As noted in the Chu article, he is pretty much alone right now, the assistants and the undersecretary positions are still unfilled because there are no nominations yet from Obama.

    The Senate committees are asking the Obama people to give them names, but so far no names has been sent.

    This is a key point in the dangers of messiahhood. The cult of personality led to priority for the Obama staff people so therefore the policy people are missing from the departments and agencies. Obama is to blame, not the academics and others in the Obama cabinet.

    We expect, as we have written before, that the much ballyhooed “Team of rivals” will eventually lead to big fights and a big mess. We have been proven right that the much ballyhooded greatest transition ever was in fact a mess.

    Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton know where the thin ice is on the frozen lake Obama currently skates on. Bill and Hill must sit back every night laughing as Obama plunges deep into cold water on thin patches Bill and Hill know well to avoid.

    Bill Clinton with every interview reminds Americans what a real president looks like. Bill is not doing Obama any favors with his appearances. The Hopium addicts are not bright enough to figure this out.

  31. “Hello, Sarah Palin here. Can I help you?”

    “Er, Sarah, this is Steven Chu. I’m sorry to bother you so late….”

  32. jbstonesfan Says:

    February 20th, 2009 at 9:30 pm
    Clinton’s cat ‘Socks’ dies
    &&&&

    I recall seeing back last year that Socks had some kind of cancer. As a cat lover / cat rancher and Clintonista, I have a special bond with that kitty, even though we never met.

    Last April, right outside the Philly debate, someone had on a button, “Puts Sox (sic) back in the White House”, and I thought it was the cutest button.

    A few days later, at the NE Philly diner rally, I was able to buy two buttons. Two hours later, after Hillary’s speech, Chelsea signed my t-shirt, and I gave her one of my buttons. She looked at it for a second, and you could see her face light up.

    So yeah, I love that darn cat. May he be blessed.

  33. R.I.P Socks.

    We once wrote (October 2007) “When Dogs Bark” about Socks.

    http://www.hillaryis44.org/2007/10/21/when-dogs-bark/

    If there is any doubt as to how deranged Big Media, even British Big Media, have become when it comes to the topic of Hillary Clinton, more proof sadly has arrived.

    The Atlantic Monthy, once a prestigious publication, has debased our national conversation on the 2008 presidential election with a brand sparkling new anti-Hillary Clinton article called No Girlfriend of Mine.

    We will tease you for a while by withholding from you the topic of that debased article.

    The equally debased London Times today published an article based on the debased article in the debased Atlantic Monthly.

    Here now is the key sentence from today’s London Times which describes a reason why Hillary might not become the president – you fill in the blanks with the reason provided as to why Hillary will be kept out of the White House:

    “Some believe ___ _________ ___ could now come between Hillary Clinton and her ambition to return to the White House as America’s first woman president.”

    Can you guess what the great reason is for Hillary not getting elected president?

    The answer is: “the abandoned pet”.

  34. Admin, oh, yes, agree wholeheartedly that 0bama is to blame. I think Chu is not the right man for it and it is not his fault. I also read somewhere that there are still many Bush people who could have been replaced with career professionals of those departments as acting xx for 2nd and 3rd tier positions which would have given them some experience and a nice line on their resume, but that has not happened. It is all a big mess.

  35. OK you all— Guess Who’s Coming To A Series of Dinners and Meetings—
    Pakistan and Afghanistan!!!

    Guess When?—Next Week. And the Host IS???

    Our Girl !!

    Holbrook just told Charlie Rose all that news, saying it had just been confirmed this afternoon. He also said that he and HRC have been on the phone constantly all this last week working this all out.

    The meeting are not for show and journalists–they are strategic and for the important ministers on both sides.

    That’s our girl.

  36. PS

    India and China are also attending some strategic side meetings.

    Holbrook has convinced them all that they have a common enemy: the guys who have been harassing a big $3B mine in Afghanistan, owned by the Chinese; the guys who also trained the terrorists who held Mumbai hostage two months ago; the same guys who moved into and now control the Swat Valley, a place beloved by Pakistanis.

    And they are all the same guys: the Taliban who are using the Pakistan borderland as a safe haven. Things are starting to move, folks.

  37. Emjay, now all Hillary and Holbrook have to do is keep Obama and his hare brained schemes out of the way.

    Maybe they can send Barack and Mary Todd Michelle on a shopping trip to Springfield or New York.

  38. Turndown,

    I have read every word of that floor speech and emailed hundreds of copies to liars and stupidheads who said she supported the invasion of Iraq.

    What she said at the time, from the Senate floor, was that she was “reluctantly” giving the power to make the decision to Bush, who was the president, who had put forth believable evidence, and that an affirmative vote by Congress would give him a bigger stick to hopefully keep the US from having to actually use troops.

  39. Admin

    Forgot to add that one of the most important things Hillary has to do tomorrow is reinforce all this with the President and Foreign Minister of China.

  40. Admin

    Send him to play with the Lakers out in LaLa Land, while Michelle “does” Rodeo Dr.

    (How do you do that crossing-out anyway?)

  41. Turndown

    Thank you so much! (for the newspaper contacts.)

    I have got to figure out a way to get JUST that comment into “favorites.”

    Tried it fom the Pink pages one time and overloaded my computer- Admin’s whole article ended up in one of my favorites folders.

  42. From the NYT, Feb 20, David Sanger.

    From end of article about US sending missles into Pakistan)
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    The meetings hosted by the Obama administration next week will include senior officials from both Pakistan and Afghanistan; Mrs. Clinton is to hold a rare joint meeting on Thursday with foreign ministers from the two countries. Also, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the Pakistani Army chief, will meet with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Lt. Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, the head of Pakistan’s military spy service, will accompany General Kayani.

    ———————————–
    Otherwise there is nothing else on the net that I can find about this most important, imho, meeting.

  43. Emjay Says:

    February 21st, 2009 at 3:22 am

    Turndown

    Thank you so much! (for the newspaper contacts.)

    I have got to figure out a way to get JUST that comment into “favorites.”

    Tried it fom the Pink pages one time and overloaded my computer- Admin’s whole article ended up in one of my favorites folders.

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

    Here it is all by its little self.

    h…../ no w’s
    boojumpost.blogspot.com/2009/02/news-sources-and-recommended.html

  44. Brilliant, Admin!

    ABM,

    I love your writing! Thanks for the perspective on the ’29 crash as compared to today.

    I’m doing an article about the Hudson quadracentenniel and farming in the Hudson Valley and for a city girl it is an absolutely fascinating glimpse into real self-sufficiency.

  45. Ok fancy-pants Admin!

    I looked up misericordia.

    ‘A thin-bladed dagger; so called, in the Middle Ages, because used to give the death wound or “mercy” stroke to a fallen adversary.’

    or Mercy Death.

    But I don’t get its meaning in your opening sentence.
    “No, no, no, don’t try to justify our misplaced optimism. We have been too too kind. We plead guilty. Misericordia.”
    Translation, please. 😳

  46. “Bill Clinton is a scamp.”

    I confess I don’t understand the deeper meanings of financial-speak but even I have gotten the distinct impression that BC is toying with BHO and getting a huge kick out of it.

  47. I linied that ‘if-you-spent-a-million-a-day-since-the-time-of-Jeasus-you-still-wouldn’t-reach-the 700+-billion stimulus-package” a couple of days ago.

    What a great way to put the scope of this monstrosity into perspective for the math-impaired like me.

  48. Way off topic but fascinating, nonetheless.
    Admin, maybe you can use this in some future article?
    Weather Channel Founder John Coleman and 30,000 scientists sue over the Global Warming Scam.

    He says the movement was founded in the ’70’s by one-world environmentalists and politicians and has since become an environmental religion. (like Obamathism) Sound familiar?

    He says it is nothing more than media manipulation.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfoNct-kfqw&eurl

    (found this at NQ)

  49. ACORN GETS AN “URBAN POLICY” OFFICE AT THE WHITE HOUSE

    Sec. 3. Functions. The principal functions of the Office are, to the extent permitted by law:

    (a) to provide leadership for and coordinate the development of the policy agenda for urban America across executive departments and agencies;

    (b) to coordinate all aspects of urban policy;

    (c) to work with executive departments and agencies to ensure that appropriate consideration is given by such departments and agencies to the potential impact of their actions on urban areas;

    (d) to work with executive departments and agencies, including the Office of Management and Budget, to ensure that Federal Government dollars targeted to urban areas are effectively spent on the highest-impact programs; and

    (e) to engage in outreach and work closely with State and local officials, with nonprofit organizations, and with the private sector, both in seeking input regarding the development of a comprehensive urban policy and in ensuring that the implementation of Federal programs advances the objectives of that policy.

    SO THIS IS MUCH BIGGER THAN THE 4-5BILLION THEY COULD [WILL] RECEIVE VIA THE PORKULUS BILL

  50. Emjay Says:

    February 21st, 2009 at 2:23 am

    ———————————

    So drooling morris and those other idiots can shove their “she is being minimalized” down their throats and choke on it.

    Hillary is front and center…Thank God!

  51. February 21, 2009 19:25 PM

    Chinese President Meets U.S. Secretary Of State

    BEIJING, Feb 21 (Bernama) — Chinese President Hu Jintao met with United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton here on Saturday, stressing that it is of ever great importance to further deepen and develop Sino-U.S. relations, Xinhua news agency reported.

    Hu appreciated Clinton for her inaugural visit to China and other parts of Asia since taking office, saying this reflects the importance the new U.S. administration puts on developing relations with China and other Asian countries.

    Clinton said she had “very good meetings” with Chinese officials during her visit, which she called the beginning of “a new era” of Sino-U.S. relations characterised by positive cooperation.

    She also conveyed President Obama’s personal greetings to President Hu, saying Obama enjoyed earlier conversations with Hu and looked forward to meeting with Hu at a G20 summit in London in early April.

    Clinton said the U.S. and China had agreed in principle to start a strategic and economic dialogue between the two sides. She said President Obama and President Hu are expected to formally announce the plan in London.

    Clinton arrived in Beijing Friday evening. Beijing is the last stop of the Asian tour that took her to Japan, Indonesia and the Republic of Korea.

    bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsworld.php?id=391395

    —————————

    Obama and the G20 Summit…a recipe for sure disaster!

  52. White House objects to ‘rant’ on its housing plan
    Feb 20 04:43 PM US/Eastern
    By BEN FELLER

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House on Friday dismissed a cable television reporter’s criticism of President Barack Obama’s housing bailout plan as the ranting of an individual who “doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

    In a report on CNBC on Thursday, Rick Santelli animatedly accused the Obama administration of “promoting bad behavior” with its $75 billion lifeline to millions of Americans on the brink of foreclosure.

    White House press secretary Robert Gibbs poked fun at Santelli by inviting him to come to the White House to read the details of Obama’s plan. “I’d be happy to buy him a cup of coffee,” Gibbs said. In a nod to Santelli’s caffeinated style, Gibbs then wryly added: “Decaf.”

    Santelli took the critique in stride, saying Gibbs had hardly offered tough words.

    “I think this is terrific that this has been opened up to national debate,” Santelli said in an MSNBC interview shortly after Gibbs’ daily briefing wrapped up. “I think it’s wonderful he invited to me to the White House. I’m really not big on decaf, though. I think I’d prefer tea.”

    The episode underscores how closely the Obama White House, like others before it, monitors how media coverage may be shaping public opinion. In particular, the constant chatter of cable television news shows has at times gotten under the skin of White House aides, and they have made no effort to hide their displeasure.

    breitbart.com/article.php?id=D96FI8300&show_article=1&catnum=0

  53. From the Toronto Star:

    Is Obama a closet conservative?

    Feb 21, 2009
    Thomas Walkom

    Canadians going gaga over Barack Obama need to get a grip. He is not going to change the world. He is not going to right all wrongs. Indeed, his whirlwind visit to Ottawa this week underlines the new U.S. president’s innate conservatism.

    Take the one concrete measure that came out of his Thursday meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper – a Canada-U.S. decision to look into carbon capture as a solution to global warming. This does not signify Harper’s willingness to endorse an Obama-sponsored get-tough approach to climate change. Rather, it represents the opposite – Obama’s willingness to sign on to Harper’s search (much criticized by Canadian environmentalists) for a miraculous new technology that would allow oil refineries and coal plants to keep polluting and then permanently store the resultant carbon emissions underground.

    The U.S. president, in a veiled criticism of the Kyoto Accord on climate change, also noted that no solution to global warming can be found unless China and India are drawn in. This has been Harper’s position all along. It was also that of former U.S. president George W. Bush. None of this is to say that Obama is Bush redux. He isn’t. But the differences between the two have been greatly overdrawn.

    The war on terror: Obama isn’t backing away from Bush’s decision to define terrorism as war, a crucial label that gives the president constitutional authority to operate with few Congressional constraints. The key difference is that the new president wants to shift the focus of that war to Afghanistan.
    True, he has changed its parameters by ordering the Guantanamo Bay prison closed. He’s also banned the use of torture by U.S. officials. But at the same time, his administration has quietly indicated that it plans to continue the practice of so-called extraordinary rendition: capturing suspected terrorists anywhere in the world and shipping them off to countries such as Egypt to be tortured.

    And Obama is continuing to use national security as an excuse to keep those that have been illegally incarcerated from getting redress in U.S. courts. As for Afghanistan, Obama is working on a new strategy that he’ll reveal soon. We’ll find out then what he wants Canada to do. But, like Bush, he is continuing to widen the war by bombing suspected Taliban targets in Pakistan.

    The economic crisis: Obama’s $787 billion (U.S.) stimulus package of tax cuts and government spending is almost certainly different from anything Bush might have devised. But a parallel $2 trillion (U.S.) attempt to solve the financial crisis is more Bushian. While Obama is willing to lavish unprecedented amounts of public money on the U.S. financial system, like Bush he seems congenitally unwilling to give taxpayers a role in determining how these funds are used. Instead, his various schemes – including this week’s $275 billion (U.S.) mortgage bailout plan – involve attempts to bribe private financiers, through so-called incentive payments, to act in the public interest. Obama is even planning to offer billions in subsidies to the very hedge funds that provoked the current crisis, in the hope that this time they’ll use the money well.

    Oddly enough, even Harper’s Conservative government is more willing to endorse direct state intervention in financial markets. It has given $200 billion to crown corporations such as Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation, Export Development Canada and the Business Development Bank to do just that.

    Canada-U.S. relations: The basic bargain made after 9/11 still holds – Ottawa takes account of American security concerns; in return, Washington recognizes Canada’s need for access to U.S. markets. That’s what Harper was talking about when, at a press conference Thursday, he veered into an impassioned soliloquy on Canada’s commitment to border security.

    Obama says he still wants to write labour and environmental safeguards into the main North American Free Trade Agreement. We’ll see how far he pushes that. It’s worth noting, though, that Harper has dropped the apocalyptic language he once used when this topic came up. For Harper, however, the real benefit of an Obama presidency goes beyond specifics such as trade. It is that Obama’s popularity here makes it easier for his government to align itself with the U.S. on an entire range of issues – from drug regulation to defence.

    Indeed, those who used to call the prime minister a Bush sycophant missed the point. As this week’s events demonstrate, Harper is willing to fawn over any U.S. president.
    Like his predecessors Paul Martin and Brian Mulroney, this prime minister wants Canada cemented more firmly into America’s orbit – regardless of who is in the White House – in the hope that this will produce economic rewards.

    Now, thanks to Obama’s charm, the adoration of the public and Canada’s star-struck media, that task is considerably easier.

    thestar.com/News/Insight/article/590950

  54. admin Says:
    February 21st, 2009 at 2:46 am

    Emjay, now all Hillary and Holbrook have to do is keep Obama and his hare brained schemes out of the way.
    ——————————–

    Exactly. But we are dealing with crooks and thugs and murderers when it comes to Taliban and their enablers the Pakistani Army and the ISI. Holbrooke says he convinced the Pakistanis, Indians and the Chinese that Taliban is everybody’s enemy. Of course, Indians and Chinese will agree but not the Pakistanis. Pakistan has no interest in having a govt in Afghanistan that is friendly to Iran, China, Russia, and India. They will do things behind everybody’s back to prop up Taliban because that is their weapon for getting a puppet govt in Afghanistan. Ideally what they want is what was before 9/11 in Afghanistan, Taliban in control. As one CIA guy put it, it is like asking Pakistan to have a civil war on its own soil when US asks them to fight Taliban. Why is that in Pakistan’s interest? Mumbai attacks, giving up Swat valley are all trying to see how the US reacts to it. So far the reaction has sent them only weak signals with the clown 0bama. They won’t fall in line just because 0bama is requesting them to. If we can’t make them like us, we must want them to fear us (like another journalist put it). These (Taliban and its Pakistan enablers) are ruthless guys and they have been better at the this game of hide and seek.

  55. About the meeting next week with Afghanistan and Pakistan..

    timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India-sidesteps-US-invite-for-trilateral-meet-on-Afghanistan-Pak/articleshow/4162963.cms

  56. Aide: Ted Kennedy ‘doing well’
    By Herald staff
    Saturday, February 21, 2009

    A spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy yesterday said he is “doing well” and working by telephone despite a Herald report quoting friends who say his battle with brain cancer is in its final stage. “He may not physically be in Washington but he’s burning up the phone lines on Senate business and is keeping his staff as busy as ever,” Kennedy aide Melissa Wagoner said.

    The Herald’s Inside Track column reported yesterday that sources close to the ailing senior senator say he may have only months to live and may never return to the Senate.

    “This entire story was made up out of whole cloth,” Wagoner said in a written statement. “It is absolute tabloid trash. None of these sources could possibly be close to the Senator because those who are understand that he’s doing well.” The spokeswoman would not say when Kennedy is expected to next return to his Senate office. He is currently in Florida.

    Kennedy, who marks his 77th birthday tomorrow, was diagnosed in May with a malignant brain tumor after suffering seizures. He collapsed at a luncheon after the inauguration of President Obama, but subsequently returned to Washington, D.C., to vote on an early version of the stimulus bill.

    The Inside Track also reported speculation that Kennedy’s wife, Vicki, is being mentioned as a successor to her husband in the Senate. Wagoner would not address that issue.

    news.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/2009_02_21_Aide:_Ted_Kennedy_%E2%80%98doing_well_/
    ——————–

    So I wonder where the truth lies…

  57. Read and be informed! There is no magical wand, even in Hillary’s hand, unfortunately.

    Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Taliban

    indianexpress.com/news/dead-ends-in-pakistan/426488/

  58. Thanks pm317,

    “The only strategy the United States has for the region is more troops and deeper involvement. The war against terror, and US counter-insurgency tactics, has now produced a monster of a war in return. But all the policies coming out of the Obama administration suggest this trend will continue. Now, we have to reckon with two propositions.”

    ————————–

    Scary indeed.

  59. 1. Pakistan has no interest in having a govt in Afghanistan that is friendly to Iran, China, Russia, and India.

    2. Ideally what they want is what was before 9/11 in Afghanistan, Taliban in control
    —————————
    PM: is a UN peacekeeping operation totally out of the question? I understand the make-up of that operation could be a big stumbling block but what about the idea in concept?

  60. Regarding Afganistan his Muslim roots could be an asset, but I suspect he will not use them to the proper end. Instead, my abiding fear is that on the whole question of governance in all its facets, permutations and nuances, our president is not a problemsolver and would be lost without a teleprompter.

    Furthermore, he cannot productively play the race card on the world stage, the Chicago will not work and our enemies could not give a rats ass that he was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review.

    So pray tell what is left in his repetoire to bring the nirvana he promised to the world?

    Slowly but surely he is finding out what people in the know tried to tell him when he was doing his Hamlet speeches about a new heaven and a new earth–and belieiving them: aint all beer and skittles.

    To be clear, I am not hoping for failure. I am simply acknowledging the palpable shortcomings in him which weigh heavily against the prospects for success.

    That said, if anyone on this planet has the courage, wisdom, tenacity, energy, commitment, and problemsolving genius to solve these problems, it is who it has always been: our girl Hillary.

  61. wbboei, UN peacekeeping in Afghanistan (?) — there are not enough troops to keep peace and stability there. Taliban will kill them in no time — beheadings, abductions are a daily event. At NQ Susan linked to a video of Rose — I would suggest checking it out, very informative about what is going on there. Taliban is the one entity that is the roadblock for Afghanistan right now. How do we rein them in? The solution has to come from Pakistan. But the problem here is that Pakistan does not think there is anything “wrong” with Taliban. In fact, they would like to use them as strategic assets (which they already have) to execute pin pricks on Afghanistan and India. US telling them to shape up is also not going well with Pakistan’s people. The link in my previous post has an excellent op-ed about this.

    Mohammad Ali Jinnah who wanted the creation of Pakistan and the partition with India was a modern Muslim. He thought of a separate state as a power grab and his big reason for which he could get popular support was to make it into a Muslim state by dividing the Hindus and Muslims. The irony is he himself was never a devout Muslim (like most of India is). Gandhi was very much opposed to the partition and was heartbroken. Pakistan of today is anything but modern.

  62. I am so pleased to hear and see SoS Hillary aplauded,criticized,second guessed,worshiped,idolized
    and yes even marginalized.

    Why? Because her name and her activities are the talk of the MSM and millions of people around the world.Every hour of the day 24/7.The people will judge her not the stupid pundits jealous political members of congress and of course the new kid on the block a.k.a. Obama the Snollygoster.(cannot be trusted).This should be one huge and delightful weekend with our girl in China.

    By ABM90 24/7-24/7-24/7

  63. The chicago “way” will not work. We need a problemsolver not a speechifier. Glittering generalities piped in to anxious crowds like muazak and giant pictures of him on the screen are not the answer. We need real leadership. And when it comes to that prescious commodity my strong suspicion is Mr Obama is NOT the one.

  64. The irony is he himself was never a devout Muslim (like most of India is). Gandhi was very much opposed to the partition and was heartbroken. Pakistan of today is anything but modern
    ——————————
    Well, I must confess my ignorance. I was led to believe that the purpose of partition was to divide Hindu India from Muslim Pakistann–but if I am reading your comments correctly, even after partition, India is still majority Muslim. Is that correct? If so then the practical effect of partition was to radicalize the situation. We were also led to believe that the remaining issue is Kashmir, and now we learn the conflict is much broader than that. Finally, we were led to believe that in the current context the Taliban support was confined to the ISI and if it were eliminated that support could collapse. In view of the continuing crisis and its adverse ramifications to the world, the assassination of Bhutto must be marked as one of the great tragedies of this century–although it is long forgotten by our benighted national media.

  65. Somewhere posted above is an article by the Chinese newspaper. I never thought I would live to see the day that a party organ like that would provide the world with more truth and a more informed understanding about world events than the New York Times and the Washington Post, but that is precisely where we are today. It is yet another sign of the rise of China and the decline of America that we can no longer produce honest journalism–only one big giant cover up. It is worrisome.

  66. wbboei, at this point all I am hoping for is for 0bama to not make the situation any worse than it already is.
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    That is the risk. We can rule out the notion that he will solve the problem. The real concern is that in his attempts to solve it or exert what he believes to be leadership he will inadvertently make it worse.

    He has three choices: lead, follow or get out of the way. Ideally it will be door 2 or 3. He can always show up for the signing cermony, and do all the speechifying the situation requires.

  67. wbboei, I noticed my wording after I submitted it. No, India is not majority Muslim. But it has the second largest Muslim population (next to Indonesia) in the world. It is a secular constitution and for most part, minority rights are well protected and they do do well. There are many Muslim artists, actors, entrepreneurs, journalists, … and so on. Indian Muslims are special unlike what you see elsewhere. The recent riots between Hindus and Muslims are an indication of outside interference. Wouldn’t Pakistan like to bring down India from within by inciting violence between the two groups? Hindus have got impatient too with the interference. But there is a general consensus now that it is not productive to incite communal riots in both communities. they are having 8-10 percent growth and there is a certain optimism about better days for everyone are ahead. Who wants to jeopardize that? Read Tom Friedman’s op-ed from Tuesday — I used it in my post for NQ, murderers not martyrs.

    The purpose of partition was that Jinnah wanted a Muslim state and built popular support around for it and of course, the British stoked the partition fire.

    Kashmir’s King wanted to be part of India at the time of partition and the British again played mischief and left that in limbo by saying that there should be a plebiscite. India has not agreed to that because from its point of view the Kashmir had made its decision at the time of partition. Pakistan was initially fine with that but progressively started to oppose it because of its rivalry with India. India has an obligation to the Kashmiris who wanted to be part of India. But what is going on in the region is no longer about Kashmir but about Pakistan and what it is trying to do in Afghanistan.

  68. PM: I do not pretend to understand the politics of partition in the aftermath of world war II. However, my recollection is that Churchill as opposed to the idea as he was also opposed to the breakup of the British Empire, but he was a 19th century man (like our own MacArthur) who did not want to face the costs and the political implications of trying to retain it. His counterpoint in that stuggle was Lord Mountbatten about whom I have an interesting story.

    Years ago, I met a very elderly gentleman at a small dinner party at a friends house. He was married to a woman who was a friend of my friend and twenty years his junior. He claimed to be a graduate of Sandhurst (Britains version of West Point), a military attache at 10 Downing Street during World War II and a member of M-5. He was a great raconteer, and was either telling me the truth, or was one of the most convincing liars I have met.

    Relative to Moutnbatten and India in the late 40s, he claimed that the conservatives had to keep a close eye on the situation because of a love triangle which complicated the situation. Lord Mountbatten was by all accounts a very handsome man, and the experieces of all boys schools had not been entirely lost on him. But Lord Louie’s wife was the real item. He said she was an earlier version of Jane Fonda -I did not inquire what exactly that meant. But the thing everyone was trying to keep the wraps on was the fact that she and Nehru were having an affair. I am shocked, shocked.

  69. Clinton Takes a Softer Approach to China

    By Austin Ramzy / Beijing Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009

    Ahead of her first trip abroad as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said she planned to renew U.S. focus on Asia, which she suggested the Bush administration had ignored. In China, that new attitude of engagement has been cautiously welcomed. “For many years the U.S. has been accustomed to delivering its demands to China, and this situation should change,” the popular nationalist tabloid Global Times put it on the morning of Clinton’s arrival. “The U.S. can no longer control China, moreover make more demands of us.”

    On Saturday in Beijing, Clinton obliged, and gave indications of a softer U.S approach. She spoke repeatedly of a “positive and cooperative relationship” between the two countries. “We spent a great deal of time on the array of global problems that China and the United States face together and that we can work together to solve,” she said after meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. “It’s important to the global community, which is counting on China and the United States to collaborate to security and peace and prosperity for all.” En route to Beijing she told reporters that she wouldn’t allow discussions over key issues like the global economy, security and climate change to be sidetracked by talk about China’s human rights record, a topic that has long been a source of friction between the two nations. Clinton herself gave a strident speech promoting human rights during a 1995 women’s conference in Beijing.

    Now as Secretary of State, Clinton is avoiding that sort of provocation. During her three-day visit to Beijing, she plans to visit a church Sunday morning and meet with female NGO and civil society leaders at the U.S. embassy later in the day, seemingly choosing subtle example over fiery talk. The “efforts of civil society, women’s groups, NGOs, academic institutions” are at least as important as discussions between governments in promoting human rights, Clinton said. Some human rights groups expressed disappointment at Clinton’s approach to the issue in China.

    After meeting with Yang, Clinton announced a tentative plan to hold regular high-level talks between the U.S. and China. During the Bush administration Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson led a Strategic Economic Dialogue with China, but under the new system, both Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Clinton would lead discussions divided into two tracks: economic and strategic, which includes a broad range of “political and security and global issues,” she said.

    China has already indicated that it won’t be shunted aside — or shoulder the blame — when it comes to discussions of the financial crisis. As China’s manufacturing sector reels from the global drop in demand for its wares, trade will likely dominate all near-future discussions with the U.S., China’s biggest trade partner, and could become the primary source of bilateral friction. In a January speech at Davos, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao lectured about the “inappropriate macroeconomic policies of some economies” with low rates of savings and high consumption — an “unsustainable model of development.” In other words, the U.S. When outgoing U.S. Treasury Secretary Paulson was quoted as suggesting that China’s high rate of savings helped set off the worldwide crisis by lowering interest rates and encouraging high-risk investment, the state press launched a loud and extended attack. Paulson eventually clarified that he thought the crisis had many causes, and the majority of his criticisms were meant for the U.S. When Geithner later said China has been manipulating its currency during a Senate review of his appointment, he set off a similar outburst of criticism.

    The trade deficit with China reached an all-time high of $266 billion last year, prompting U.S. complaints of unfair trade practices by Beijing. Meanwhile China has bashed what it calls efforts by the U.S. to promote protectionism. As money from China’s $586 billion stimulus program begins to flow, some economists expect that it will encourage export production faster than it stimulates domestic consumption. If that’s the case, the Sino-U.S. trade gap and the resulting economic tensions will only swell.

    Yang signaled that China was willing to work with the U.S. on trade, human rights and reducing carbon emissions. And Clinton’s emphasis on discussion and consultation has thus far resonated with China. “I think in principal China wants the Obama administration to adopt a cooperative approach to dealings, rather than a confrontational approach,” says Yan Xuetong, director of the Institute of International Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing. “They would like to begin talking about things on an equal footing.” The grave global economic picture will mean other issues in the Sino-U.S. relationship are pushed aside in the early stages of the Obama presidency. Clinton brought along Todd Stern, the State Department’s new special envoy on climate change, and will visit a high-tech, low-emissions power plant built with GE technology outside the Chinese capital to emphasize the potential for U.S.-China cooperation on greening industry. But experts don’t expect any sort of quick agreement between the world’s two largest polluters. “This is just the initial step to start talking about the issue,” says Yan. “During the Bush administration China and the U.S. cooperated with each other pretty well: they cooperated to ignore climate change. Now they are looking to cooperate to control climate change.”

    time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1881138,00.html

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    “she plans to visit a church Sunday morning and meet with female NGO and civil society leaders at the U.S. embassy later in the day, seemingly choosing subtle example over fiery talk. ”

    Exactly!!!

  70. Yep, Nehru and Mrs. Mountbatten is a known thing. I don’t know if it was a platonic love affair but there is no denial that there was something going on between the two. The liberals who came to power at the right time were the ones facilitating the independence — conservatives would have prolonged the situation. Here is a snippet of what the British did — there were many communal riots right after the aftermath especially on either side of the border in the shuffle to move all Hindus from one side and Muslims on the other. I hear that it was especially ruthless on the Pakistan’s side to throw out the Hindus (after all they wanted a Muslim state) and much bloodshed. The British could have lent their army to make it orderly but they didn’t. They just stood there as bystanders and watched 100s of thousands of people gett killed.

  71. EMjay,

    I’m not sure if these are the same meetings you’re asking about, but see two articles I just posted at PumaResponders.blogspot.com (I think I got the leads from here.)


    Times of India: India sidesteps US invite re Afganistan/Pakistan – EASY POST
    India will officially keep its position of an “interested bystander” watching the unfolding events in this theatre.
    h…….w
    timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India-sidesteps-US-invite-for-trilateral-meet-on-Afghanistan-Pak/articleshow/4162963.cms#write
    Comment box at the bottom. EASY POST, no login. Delay for moderation?

    Indian Express: Dead ends in Pakistan – EASY POST
    The US wants to enlist us in the war in Afghanistan, and side with the Pakistani state in its war against the Taliban. But [India should not] get sucked into the way Americans define this war. On Pakistan, we frankly don’t have many options but to show restraint. This is not a battle we can win militarily, although we have to be prepared for all eventualities.
    More at h…..w
    indianexpress.com/news/dead-ends-in-pakistan/426488/0
    Comment form at the bottom. EASY POST. No login. Delay for moderation?

  72. A political dilemma: What to do with tainted money

    Employees and others connected to Stanford Financial Group, the investment company whose leader has been accused of fraud by federal securities regulators, have showered a lot of money on federal candidates and political parties, according to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics.

    President Obama is the third largest recipient of the cash among individual lawmakers, the analysis released today shows. He received $31,750, including $4,600 from the firm’s chairman Allen Stanford. Bloomberg cites an unnamed Obama aide saying the money was donated to charity Wednesday.

    This week, after Securities and Exchange Commission authorities accused Stanford and three of his companies of a “massive” $8 billion international financial fraud, politicians on both sides of the aisle have scrambled to rid their campaign coffers of donations from the Texas billionaire.

    Arizona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, pledged to return or donate his Stanford contributions to charity, the Los Angeles Times has reported. The center’s analysis found that McCain received $28,150.

    Altogether, the company’s political action committee and its employees doled out $2.4 million since 2000, with 65% of the money going to Democrats, the center found. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee led the pack, taking in $965,500 in Stanford money since 2000. The full list is here. Stanford has not been charged with a crime. This afternoon, the FBI announced that it had located Stanford in Virginia and served him with court orders related to the SEC probe.

    blogs.usatoday.com/onpolitics/

  73. Stanford Employees Gave $31,750 to Obama’s Campaign

    By Jonathan D. Salant

    Feb. 19 (Bloomberg) — R. Allen Stanford and his employees contributed $31,750 to Barack Obama’s presidential run, making the new president the third-largest recipient of Stanford campaign cash, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

    An Obama aide, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the money was donated yesterday to charity.

    Stanford, a Texas-born banker and citizen of Antigua was accused earlier this week by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of running an $8 billion fraud. He was located by the FBI today in Virginia.

    Senator Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, was the top recipient of Stanford-related campaign donations to lawmakers, with $45,900 since 1999, according to the center, a Washington- based research group. Nelson said he would give back the money. Representative Pete Sessions, a Texas Republican, got $41,375. Spokeswoman Emily Davis didn’t return a phone call. She said yesterday that Sessions didn’t know Stanford personally.

    Obama’s Republican opponent in last year’s presidential campaign, Arizona Senator John McCain, who received $28,150 from Stanford employees, said he would give the money to charity. Stanford also gave $100,000 to former President George W. Bush’s 2001 inaugural committee.

    Among political party committees, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee received $965,500 from the Stanford Group and its employees, according to the center. The National Republican Congressional Committee took in $250,125. Stanford also gave to the fundraising arms of the House Democrats and Senate Republicans.
    Stanford made $50,000 in unregulated donations to an independent political committee headed by then-House Democratic Caucus Chairman Martin Frost of Texas and $40,000 to a similar committee headed by then-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, a South Dakota Democrat, between July 1, 2000, and June 30, 2001, Internal Revenue Service records show. Daschle earlier this month withdrew as Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services amid questions about his failure to fully pay his federal taxes.

    The donations made Stanford the ninth larger contributor of so-called soft money to lawmakers’ political committees during that period, according to Public Citizen, a Washington-based advocacy group that favors stricter campaign finance laws.
    Overall, Stanford spent $7.4 million on campaign donations, soft money contributions and lobbying expenses since 1999, federal filings show. The company also ferried lawmakers on corporate jets, including former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas, a Republican who received $20,100 in Stanford campaign donations, and former Representative Robert Ney of Ohio, a Republican who received $28,200.

    Ney was sentenced in January 2007 to 2 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy and making false statements and admitting he took gifts from former lobbyist Jack Abramoff in exchange for official actions.

    bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=alCwWflSbI8o&refer=home

  74. Clinton Takes a Softer Approach to China
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    A better word would be “pragmatic”. It is not a question of being hard or soft. It is a matter of effectively addressing a series of existential problems. Also, we want to move beyond the Bush construct of China as a competitor to China as a partner.

    Question: this Times on line is a spinoff of NYT is it not? If so then their poor choice of words and failure to fully grasp the full implications of the situation are simply par for the course.

  75. But [India should not] get sucked into the way Americans define this war. On Pakistan, we frankly don’t have many options but to show restraint. This is not a battle we can win militarily, although we have to be prepared for all eventualities.
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    impressive

  76. wbboei,

    Here are three appearantly legit ‘times online’ sites. However the headline ‘Clinton takes a softer approach to China’ leads to Time Magazine type sites.

    Latest Global Breaking News & Views | Times Online News
    Find the latest World and UK news, breaking current events, video and photo news. Exclusive experts analysis and opinion on top headline stories from Times …
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/global/ – Similar pages –

    Beaver County Times & Allegheny Times Online – Front
    Times photo by KEVIN LORENZI An ambulance leaves with the body of murder victim Kenzi …. Copyright © 2009 Beaver Newspapers, Inc. – http://www.timesonline.com. …
    http://www.timesonline.com/ – 90k – Cached – Similar pages –

    Times Online
    Feb 20, 2009 … Find Indiana and Illinois breaking news, sports, features, business, opinions, multimedia, jobs, real estate, cars and more in The Times.
    http://www.thetimesonline.com/ – 91k – Cached – Similar pages –

  77. wbboei,

    Google found three appearantly legit ‘times online’ sites (now in moderation). However the headline ‘Clinton takes a softer approach to China’ leads to Time Magazine type sites.

  78. pm317 Says:
    February 21st, 2009 at 12:02 pm
    The recent riots between Hindus and Muslims are an indication of outside interference.

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

    Things weren’t peaceful before the partition, were they? Isn’t that part of what the partition was supposed to solve?

  79. # wbboei Says:
    February 21st, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    But [India should not] get sucked into the way Americans define this war. On Pakistan, we frankly don’t have many options but to show restraint. This is not a battle we can win militarily, although we have to be prepared for all eventualities.
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    impressive
    ————————

    I agree.

    For others, this is from the link I posted earlier:
    indianexpress.com/news/dead-ends-in-pakistan/426488/

  80. Turndown, Hindus and Muslims were united against British and fought for independence. But once that started to become a reality, there was a power grab from the Muslim faction headed by Jinnah. They at first thought that being a minority would not help them but then went for the power grab. Jinnah’s ego was huge and he built the support he needed with Muslim League to create the need for partition.

    BTW, the op-ed in the Indianexpress has a subtle message/hint for the US as well.

  81. Just got off the phone with a friend from college with whom I have not spoken in years. he called me to urge me to write to Arlen Specter. The guy is 42 got married right out of college lives in the same starter home he bought 20 years ago and has contributed the max to 401. He is losing his mind because he had to tell his son who is graduating in may that he needs to consider cheaper colleges as he has taken such a hit with the markets. He understands that markets are cyclical but is outraged that people who cannot afford homes are getting to keep them and he has to ask his son to sacrifice when he did the right thing. have to wonder how many people are out there feeling like him

  82. Somewhere in the PBS archives is a great 2 or 3 part mostly B&W documentary about the Mountbattens, Nehru, Jinnah and Mahatma Gandhi. It was facinating then as I had lived in Australia and was very into the Jewel In the Crown and would be just as great today.

    Lady Mountbatten was gorgeous, artistic and very warm. Her husband was not warm. Many times he would also stay in India as her husband traveled in his capacity as Viceroy.

  83. henry

    I have my children through college, but I am worried about their investments also. I am afraid that they are going to lose their employment and their homes, along with the investments. I am not sure how they can save a great number of people. They have worked hard, and I don’t know how to help them.

  84. NewMeicoFan
    What I found most disturbing was that this guy and his wife played by the rules and did the right thing. When I was puking my guts out in Barcelona they were investing in their childs future and all for naught. Yes their kid will go to a state school and get a decent education, but they spent their lives wanting more for him. He wasn’t screaming about what he lost but rather about the injustice of people staying in homes after the purchase they made screwed him. He is not rich but lost almost half of his assets in the last year and with the kid going to school time is not something he has. By the way he told me he voted for Palin. I said you mean McCain he said no Palin. Odd as he was raised by two granola eating lesbians in New Hope Pa would have thought she’d have been an anathema.

  85. Hey everyone, hope you are all doing well! I’m wondering if anyone knows anything about grant writing or is good at such? Could use someone’s expertise on this, please let me know. You can email the admin and admin can touch base with me.

  86. Justme
    Took the worst course ever in my life at the New School on writing proposals when I worked in nonprofit. Utter complete waste of time and energy. Better off googling the type of grant you want and following the advice you find there. IMHO. Different grants require different tones. You can find great examples for free online.

  87. justme
    in my limited experience go dry go beyond dry go arid. Tell em what you want rephrase it and then tell em what you want again. Concise is the best advise I can offer. Nothing personal or flowery.

  88. Lady Mountbatten was gorgeous, artistic and very warm. Her husband was not warm.
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    The only thing I can say in his defense is he was German. His fathers name was Battenburg meaning mountain which became Montbatten.

  89. Henry, i understand what your friend is going thru. I have two friends, O supporters. One lost $200,000 the other lost 700,000 in the markets. They are going crazy.

  90. # wbboei Says:
    February 21st, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Lady Mountbatten was gorgeous, artistic and very warm. Her husband was not warm.
    _______________________
    The only thing I can say in his defense is he was German. His fathers name was Battenburg meaning mountain which became Montbatten.
    ——————————

    Nehru was highly intellectual and witty. He was a widower and far from being a philanderer.

  91. Since the stock market has not reacted well to Obamas stimulus, qua bank bail out, qua mortage protection for those who made bad investment decisions with the moral hazard gremlin hiding behind ever corner. . .

    it high time somebody asked the question with all this hope and change in the air and with bambi tied to the ground by all these liliputians when he would like so much to soar above it all and show us the path to heaven or something . . .

    why, why, why, doesnt he march up to wall street with msnbc so close behind him that if he stops fast they will break their noses and watchpo giving unwanted close ups of the abs, and give those greedy bankers and traders and investors a fine piece of his mind?

    For example, how difficult would it be for him to stop shooting hoops long enough to talk to them about hope and change in the context of capital markets, how debt drag is merely an illusion . . .

    Just imagine how he could give them high fives like he did to the cretans in congress at the end of the primary, he could ring the closing bell as they stocks closed lower (before the investment community yet again rings his bell), and he could give them specific answers to their questions rather than glittering generalities. . .

    As you can see the possibilites here are endless, or maybe just perilous because if he did that one of two outcomes is foreseeable. . . .

    Either the skies will open up and celestial choirs will sing, and we will all be perfect. Or the dow will drop like a headshot goose. . .

    On second thought perhaps that is not such a good idea. Let him continue running around the country . . . campaigning.

  92. Nehru was highly intellectual and witty. He was a widower and far from being a philanderer.
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    I did not know Nehru personally. So I cannot attest to his bona fides. However, there is the account given to me by the gentleman noted above. He seemed credible but he may have been lying as I said. There is also the notation by a PM that there was a personal relationship between Nehru and Mrs. M. Was it purely platonic? Again I dont know. It may be that the two of them were cold as seals in the Arctic Ocean. Or perhaps not.

  93. wbboei, Lol.. you’re probably too young to have known him. I certainly am. What I said was based on my reading.

  94. I am amused by the antics of john kerry and his puppeteer Obama.It seems like they are trying the leak of amazing world interest and admiration for SoS Hillary Clinton’s expertise and unmatched diplomatic skills as she is greeted by world leaders.
    Brings me back to the lyrics to the song “Only You”.
    When I hold (shake) your hand,I understand the magic that you do,The one and only you.Our country should be so proud of her performance and goodwill that she has generated.Few men would ever have the guts to take on this tough job.

    By ABM90..Stay out of her way Obama,you are about to be
    made insignificant.

  95. Nehru gave me the impression that he was quite reserved, and the image of him as a Don Juan seemed a bit much. So maybe it is all lies and unfounded rumor. The thing I remember best about him other than the high necked jacket which became a rage over here as well was the skillful–and frustrating way he played off the Americans and Soviets. I suspect we wanted to put missles in India as part of George Kennans theory to containment vis a vis the USSR and Nehru would not do it but Pakistan would and did. Is my recollection of that accurate?

  96. wbboei, Lol.. you’re probably too young to have known him. I certainly am. What I said was based on my reading.
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    Thank you for the compliment pm. Its been a long time since they asked for my identification in a bar.

  97. Democrats: We Should Get Obama Jobs, Not Republicans and Reporters

    February 21, 2009
    By Paul Bedard

    There’s grumbling in some wings of the Democratic Party about the Obama administration’s appointment of Republicans and reporters to key jobs. It began with Obama’s pick of GOP lawmakers as cabinet secretaries, a trend that appears to have ended with the surprise of Republican Sen. Judd Gregg’s withdrawal as nominee for commerce secretary. But now lower-level aides are voicing anger at the naming of journalists to top agency communications jobs that Democratic spokespeople thought they’d have first dibs on. “It’s strange that being a reporter or a Republican seems to be the best qualifications to get a job,” says one irked Democratic job-seeker.

    usnews.com/blogs/washington-whispers/2009/02/21/democrats-we-should-get-obama-jobs-not-republicans-and-reporters.html

  98. I am amused by the antics of john kerry and his puppeteer Obama.
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    John Kerry is a poor player who struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more.

    He belongs in old Europe his wife and him on an all expense paid vacation pontificating to anyone who will listen.

    The only thing I would ask of him is that he make no more disparaging remarks about out troops in Iraq, please John.

  99. “It’s strange that being a reporter or a Republican seems to be the best qualifications to get a job,” says one irked Democratic job-seeker.
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    Obviously, this “Democratic job seeker” does not understand the rules of the Illinois Combine. Obama does and that is what he is practicing.

  100. Bank Of America Makes $402 Million TARP Payment To US Government

    February 17, 2009

    Bank of America Corp. (BAC) on Tuesday said it made its first payment to the U.S. government due under the Troubled Asset Relief Program – totaling $402 million – in connection with the $45 billion in government investments the bank received from late 2008 through early 2009.

    “It is our intention to pay back these loans as soon as possible,” said Bank of America Chairman and Chief Executive Ken Lewis. “In the meantime, we are using these funds to support the U.S. economy by extending credit to individuals and businesses.”

    Nearly $223 million of the payment related to the government’s investment in the financial services company under the Capital Purchase Program with an additional $50 million related to the federal government’s $10 billion investment in its acquisition of Merrill Lynch & Co. The remaining $129 million was from the government’s $20 billion investment last month to help facilitate the acquisition of Merrill Lynch.

    Total cash dividend payments to the government in 2009 are expected to reach about $2.8 billion. Looking to shore up its balance sheet, Bank of America has slashed its dividend twice since October, as the deepening woes of consumers have weighed on the retail bank as it grapples with rising delinquencies in everything from mortgages to credit cards to small business loans. The latest cut last month to a nominal 1 cent a share will save the company some $6 billion a year.

    Bank of America shares closed down 12% to $4.90. In recent late trading, shares are up to $4.92.

    money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/djf500/200902171618DOWJONESDJONLINE000684_FORTUNE5.htm

  101. So if Hillary had made human rights her top priority, with the economy and climate coming in a distant 2nd and 3rd, for visiting China, what would have happened?

    She’s damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t. China holds the largest portion of U.S. debt…am I right in this?

  102. So if Hillary had made human rights her top priority, with the economy and climate coming in a distant 2nd and 3rd, for visiting China, what would have happened?

    She’s damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t. China holds the largest portion of U.S. debt…am I right in this?
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    Jan–this one does not trouble me. Those people who live in the same world as most of us understand that the agenda between the two countries is broad and plenary, and there must be priorities.

    When big issues are resolved a change often occurs it the bargaining environment where progress on other issues–vital, secondary or tertiary becomes possible. It is amazing what can happen when there is momentum and good will.

    But to front load an issue like human rights in this negotiation now of all times would produce instant impasse and the other critical issues would be left unresolved. Amnesty Intenational has no inkling of this. They are a single interest lobby.

  103. “It is our intention to pay back these loans as soon as possible,” said Bank of America Chairman and Chief Executive Ken Lewis. “In the meantime, we are using these funds to support the U.S. economy by extending credit to individuals and businesses.”
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    The first part is obligatory. The second part I hope is true. This talk of nationalization has them running a little scared I suspect.

  104. wbboei Says:

    February 21st, 2009 at 5:22 pm

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    Amnesty International and media as well are looking for anything to fuel anger at her and be able to say that with this first mission she failed.

  105. pm317 Says:
    February 21st, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    turndown, are you from Srilanka?

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

    No, but I spent some time there in 1990. I’m reading upwards on this thread, so maybe I’ll find out why you ask. /smile/

  106. S Says:

    February 20th, 2009 at 9:46 pm
    imho…one major difference between Bill Clinton and Obama is that Bill Clinton is a master communicator and Obama is a talker with a teleprompter…

    for example, just this week Bill was on Larry King and in a few sentences in a casual conversation Bill explained what Obama is trying to accomplish better than O has with the use of two constant teleprompters, press conferences, town halls, and many news articles…

    Bill just ticks off the substance and viola…he makes sense…and the average person can understand…

    one of the main things I love about Bill Clinton and always admired during his admin was I always learned something listening to him…

    Bill has the ability in his methodical, yet conversational, method of communicating to list things in a #1, #2, #3 organized way and when he is done explaining something he makes common sense out of complicated issues…and he always leaves people with the feeling that he, and we, are working on solutions and hope will prevail…(with the man from hope…I couldn’t resist)

    YES, YES YES. My distaste for Obama has made me question if Bill used similar techniques back in ’92. But you hit on the clear difference here. Bill always did and still does know what the hell he is talking about. So, obviously, does Hillary. Someone on another site put up a chart of how the stock market started to really tank when it was apparent that Obama would get (not earn) the nomination. I can’t believe he has only been in office for one month. It seems like a lot longer doesn’t it. Maybe I am just a bitter Pennsylvanian clinging to my guns and religion..and my job for now.

  107. Amnesty International and media as well are looking for anything to fuel anger at her and be able to say that with this first mission she failed.
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    Jan- that may well be true but the fact is they have been outflanked. They do NOT control the dialogue on the world stage and they know it. Everytime they print one of their hate filled diatribers the international media–a far more powerful force on the world stage is there to rebut them. And increasingly, so are the American People. Those I speak to are sick of the lies which our big media promulgates to anyone who will listen.

  108. pittsburgh kid concerning Bill vs Obama. Bill explanations are clear because his thinking is clear. Obamas explanations are muddled because his thinking is muddles. He is a campaigner and he is a schmoozer and that is about it from what I can tell. Governing is not his forte and neither is problemsolving. To repeat what I said before, when he was a practicing lawyer the book about him from other Illionis lawyers was he is great on speeches and prancing around the courtroom, but when it comes to the DETAILS of the case, like in a settlement context his eyes GLAZE OVER and it eludes him. Every courtroom lawyer sizes up the opponent and this is what they said about him. Likewise campaigning is speeches, whereas governing is about details and often that is where the devil is. One term is all he will get. But what happens to the rest of us in the meantime is what worries me.

  109. CHECK THIS NEW GOP SITE OUT!!!

    thespendocrats.com/Media.aspx

    Obama victory bash owes city $1.74 mil.
    PARTY IN THE PARK | Waiting for Dems to pay up

    February 20, 2009

    BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter/fspielman@suntimes.com

    Chicago has yet to recoup the $1.74 million cost of President Obama’s victory celebration in Grant Park — despite a burgeoning $50.5 million budget shortfall that threatens more layoffs and union concessions.

    “The Democratic National Committee has not yet paid us,” Peter Scales, a spokesman for the city’s Office of Budget and Management, said Thursday after questions from the Chicago Sun-Times. “We’re reaching out to them this week.”
    » Click to enlarge image
    The Democratic National Committee has not paid Chicago for the cost of Barack Obama’s election night rally in Grant Park.
    (John J. Kim/Sun-Times)

    THE BILLThe bill for Barack Obama’s election night rally at Grant Park
    Police $1 million
    Emergency Management and Communications Office $121,578
    Fire Department $85,965
    Streets and Sanitation $71,694
    Transportation $49,659
    Cultural Affairs $2,567
    Environment $2,309
    CTA $201,500
    Chicago Park District $202,440
    (Park District breakdown):
    Giant video boards $68,900
    Electrical $37,185
    Sound $37,500
    Stagehands $29,850
    Portable toilets $12,500
    Security $7,505
    Stage rental $6,000
    Bike racks, barricades $2,000
    Heavy equipment $1,000
    Total bill $1,737,712

    Stacie Paxton, a spokeswoman for the Obama-controlled DNC, explained the reimbursement delay by saying, “We are still looking at various costs and bills.” She would not say whether parts of the bill are disputed.

    SNIP:

    suntimes.com/news/politics/obama/1441157,CST-NWS-rally20.article

    Overall, 57% of voters say they at least somewhat approveof the President’s performance so far while 41% disapprove. This marks the President’s lowest overall rating to date

    SNIP

    Our baseline targets are established based upon separate survey interviews with a sample of adults nationwide completed during the preceding three months (a total of 45,000 interviews) and targets are updated monthly. Currently, the baseline targets for the adult population are 41.3% Democrats, 33.1% Republicans, and 25.6% unaffiliated. Likely voter samples typically show a slightly smaller advantage for the Democrats.

    rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

  110. To put a little finer point on my comments above every effective executive I have met would concede that there are some things he or she does better than others. And to be effective, they focus on the things they do well. But whether they are good in a particular area or not they are always engaged enought to understand what is occurring, and they are at the table influencing the process when important decisions are made. By contrast the ineffective exectutives I have met manage to be preoccupied or on an airplane when important matters are decided. The tip off here is the way he did not engage Reid and Pelosi to shape the stimulus package, and how ineffectual he was when the bank bailout first came to congress. He did not want to go to Washington and intervene. He wanted to campaign and campaign and campaign. The President must do more. It is an abdication of responsibility in my opinion.

  111. It’s frightening that Wall Street has reacted so negatively to Obama’s ecomomic moves. What a contrast to 1993, when Wall Street reacted positively to Bill Clinton’s deficit-reduction plan.

  112. The other thing good executives do is select the right people. A good executive would neve let a committe pick four (4) people for key positions only to find out that each one is fatally flawed in some material respect. Lest we forget, the argument he made in the debate was that he was not a chief operating officer but someone who knew how to pick good people. His record to date suggests otherwise.

  113. It’s frightening that Wall Street has reacted so negatively to Obama’s ecomomic moves. What a contrast to 1993, when Wall Street reacted positively to Bill Clinton’s deficit-reduction plan.
    ————————
    It scares me too. I hope Bill is right that it will have some beneficial effect. I was engaging in satire above. If I were him I would in fact go to wall street, and I would take Warren Buffet with me. Of course I would rap with Warren before I did that just to be sure we were on the same wave length. The only reason I suggest this is because his leadership failure in this area affects so many innocent people–who did not vote for him.

  114. And increasingly, so are the American People. Those I speak to are sick of the lies which our big media promulgates to anyone who will listen.

    ——————————

    I’m glad!

  115. February 20, 2009, 11:09 am

    Clinton’s Asia Tour: From Rock Music to the Rocky Economy

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been soaking up public affection on her swing through Asian capitals.

    Associated Press

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks with Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jieyi after arriving in Beijing on Friday for a three-day visit. She’s been greeted by adoring crowds and effusive newspaper columns praising her talk of engagement and international dialogue in the wake of the Bush administration’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    In Indonesia, the former first lady discussed rock music on a popular talk show. “If you want to see democracy and Islam and modernity and women’s rights all coexisting in one place in the world, come to Indonesia,” she said, describing the country where President Barack Obama spent part of his childhood as “more about the future than many places right now in the world.”

    In Japan, she offered career advice to students. In Seoul on Friday, she mused with a South Korean women’s college about the complexities of love, noting: “If you can describe it, you might not be experiencing it.” And at another point, she said, “Wow, I feel more like an advice columnist than a secretary of state today.”

    On Saturday, she is expected to discuss the economic crisis, climate change and a number of security issues in meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premiere Wen Jiabao. “We have to continue to press [China]. But our pressing on those issues can’t interfere with the global economic crisis,” Clinton said today in a meeting with reporters traveling with her on the Asia tour. “We have to have a dialogue that leads to an understanding and cooperation.”

    blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2009/02/20/clintons-asia-tour-from-rock-music-to-the-rocky-economy/

  116. Campaign Pledges Collide With New Fiscal
    By JONATHAN WEISMAN

    As President Barack Obama finalizes his long-range budget road map for release next week, he is finding it increasingly difficult to translate some campaign promises into policy in the face of a complex economic crisis.

    Mr. Obama spent Thursday reassuring Canadians that his campaign talk of reopening the North American Free Trade Agreement would not actually impede free trade. His budget writers are struggling to square promises of rolling back George W. Bush’s tax cuts with combating the recession. One campaign applause line — about ending tax quirks that he said encourage U.S. corporations to move jobs overseas — is facing a wall of opposition from companies pleading for relief in a global downturn.

    Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One returning from Canada, said that “little issues” have fallen by the wayside as the economy rises in importance. NAFTA didn’t even come up in the talks he saw in Ottawa.
    “There was not a kind of narrow focus on little issues,” Mr. Steinberg said. “It was a very strategic discussion…heavily focused on the economy.”

    The economy has become the prism through which almost all policies are now being viewed. When the president asked Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper where his focus was, “he said it’s the economy, the economy, the economy,” Mr. Steinberg recalled.

    In Mr. Obama’s budget blueprint, set for release Thursday, he is almost certain to wait until 2011 to allow tax rates to go up on families earning at least $250,000, according to congressional aides and lobbyists discussing budget matters with the administration. That decision would come despite the urgings of prominent allies, such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), who say an immediate rollback of some Bush tax cuts would show resolve on a deficit heading toward $2 trillion.

    In his speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, Mr. Obama will stress the decisions that must be made “collectively to get ourselves back on a path toward some sustainable fiscal track,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Friday. But some tax proposals from the campaign, such as immediately taxing the overseas earnings of U.S. companies, are drawing resistance from business. The offshore tax proposal alone could raise about $50 billion over 10 years. Mr. Obama took an uncompromising stand on such issues during the campaign, appealing to angry voters with his pledges to repeal tax breaks that he said rewarded corporations that retain earnings overseas.

    Other proposals are more likely to make their way into Mr. Obama’s fiscal plan, according to congressional and business sources, though they could still face big fights on Capitol Hill. The upcoming budget is likely to call for the elimination of subsidies to private managed-care companies offering Medicare plans, a savings of as much as $7 billion a year. He is also expected to make good on a promise to propose allowing the federal government to negotiate for lower drug prices for Medicare.

    The president will likely embrace candidate Obama’s pledge to force hedge-fund and private-equity managers to pay income-tax rates on the slice they take of their clients’ investment earnings. Those earnings are now taxed as capital gains, at 15%, rather than at the 35% top income-tax bracket most would otherwise pay. The nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation estimated in 2007 that such a change would net the government $25.6 billion over 10 years, although the collapse of Wall Street since then is likely to greatly diminish the government’s take.

    A tax on Superfund polluters could also be revived, according to a half-dozen lobbyists, congressional aides and tax experts familiar with the White House’s thinking.
    “Ultimately, it’s not going to be enough, but it’s a start” toward reducing the deficit, said Steve Wamhoff, legislative director of Citizens for Tax Justice, a liberal advocacy group.

    Advocates, such as Sen. Byron Dorgan (D., N.D.), are still pushing Mr. Obama to make good on his tax promises. But with the economy reeling, businesses are bracing for a fight. Mr. Kies said most of the recent significant tax increases came during recessions. The front line of the battle may be with the high-technology industry, which largely backed Mr. Obama’s economic-stimulus plan, and which has parked billions of dollars in profits in low-tax countries where much of their growth and manufacturing take place.

    “While Europe and Asia are lowering rates to attract investment, we should not be making it harder for our companies to compete globally,” said Ralph Hellman, a senior lobbyist for the Information Technology Industry Council.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB123517391596337153.html

  117. OMG, this is the BEST place to keep abreast of happenings and for dialogue. Another splendid article and so apropo, Admin.
    I wonder aloud with Chelsea majoring in Health Care, what are her intentions for the future?
    Bill is magnificent as a communicator, and the bots do not even understand the logic behind him. Giving an endorsement as he is required to do now is not the same as endorsing. How many of us have told someone they are ‘pretty’ without meaning it? Same thing as someone said earlier – it is all about what he leaves out.
    I am so proud of our girl, Hillary. And it is okay that human rights have been relegated to another time. I have confidence that SHE who should be president will work it in at every opportunity as she did with the hosts on the show ‘AWESOME!’
    Thank you everyone for such insightful comments.

  118. BTW, I received a glimpse of what the housing thing that the Huckster invented will be like for REALTORS and how it will affect homeowners/buyers.
    The tax credit is for first time home buyers only [$8,000] – not much help I would say. And I ask the question are there any first time home buyers? I have not met any in a long long time.
    My line of thought is that there are new ways for Fannie and Freddie [and FHA] to make more profit because their stuff has been restructured in this bill of goods.

  119. Obama is suffers from ‘Abibliophobia”( THe fear of running out of reading material ).Does he have backup telepromters?Maybe that explains why he looks like a deer in the headlights when the prompter malfunctions.Watching his head movements is like watching a clock pendulum.They both induce yawning and eyelid drooping.He needs to stop look and listen to his SoS and realize that he is a “pettifogger” (A person who befuddles others with his speeches).

    By ABM90 Just havivg a ball with alist of odd words I found in
    a news rag.

  120. admin..lol..The cartoonists/racists also better not draw Mary Todd Michelle Obama.
    I wont listen to that speech either on tues its lies …he has been on tv every time ya turn around im constantly changing the channell..
    everytime i see him.. i think of hillarys saying.. the sky will fall.the lights will come down,choirs will be singing..lmao

    The real Politician to believe..admin i found these i didnt ever see her young and being republican..lol..i dont know if you can embed them or not but i found them here towards the bottom of page..

    http://www.hillaryclintonforum.net/discussion/showthread.php?t=54&page=2

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/bagelbite90/Politics/HillaryIntern.jpg

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/bagelbite90/Politics/HillaryIntern2.jpg

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/bagelbite90/Politics/HillaryYB.jpg

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/bagelbite90/Politics/HillarySkiing.jpg

  121. wbboei Says:
    The other thing good executives do is select the right people. A good executive would neve let a committe pick four (4) people for key positions only to find out that each one is fatally flawed in some material respect. Lest we forget, the argument he made in the debate was that he was not a chief operating officer but someone who knew how to pick good people. His record to date suggests otherwise.

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

    Right, and what’s worse is that they haven’t even proposed any nominees to work under Chu in energy. Now when did that famous transition team start? Before August, was it?

  122. Paula Says:

    February 21st, 2009 at 9:09 pm
    And now Obama says he wants to cut the deficit in half. He’ll be lucky if it doesn’t double in four years.

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    Some people think that he will get some of it, from the SS fund.

  123. pittsburg kid said: Someone on another site put up a chart of how the stock market started to really tank when it was apparent that Obama would get (not earn) the nomination.

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

    That sounds really useful. Do you have a url or some key words or the name of the site??

  124. turndown, nothing major. You had mentioned SriLanka in a comment before and I was just wondering about it with all the bad stuff happening there now. I have no sympathy whatsoever for LTTE, they should be completely banished.

  125. admin..lol..The cartoonists/racists also better not draw Mary Todd Michelle Obama.
    I wont listen to that speech on tues its lies …he has been on tv every time ya turn around im constantly changing the channell..
    everytime i see him.. i think of hillarys saying.. the sky will fall.the lights will come down,choirs will be singing..lmao
    And now Obama says he wants to cut the deficit in half…shoot yeah he will uhh uhggs..huh..never he will triple it…in one year ..he dont even know what he is doing he does not know how to govern or think….he is out on campaigning still..he hasnt even been in that oval office This President is LAZY LAZY LIES…

  126. Big Media is so astute. Human rights should be part of our negotiation with China. Lets how well that would work. Assume that Clinton hater Steve Capus followed so many of his media colleagues into this administration and was given the responsibilty for some of the ignorant things he espouses as a member of big media. Mr. Liu is his fictional counterpart from PLC and is also a general in their army.

    US Negotiator Steve Capus: I had a lousy night last night. Too much alcohol (belch). You arent trying to get me drunk so I do something stupid are you?

    Mr. Lui: Of course not. You are perfectly capable of making an ass of yourself without the benefit of alcohol.

    Mr. Capus: I am glad to hear that because we have a serious subject to discuss–human rights. It is part of the UN Charter and I feel very strongly about that too as a private matter.

    Mr. Lui: I will have to take your word for that sir. It is not evident in your approach to journalism.

    Mr. Capus: I am a reasonable man. If I were not I would tell you that I will not negotiate over any issue until we reach an agreement on human rights. Instead, I am willing to negotiate over other issues like the world economic crisis, trade and commerce, military operations in the South China Sea, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, etc provided it is clearly understood that I will not leave the bargaining table without an agreement of human rights as well.

    Mr. Lieu: I am aware of your position on the issue and it differs completely from ours. You cite the UN Charter but it is not self enforcing. Are you prepared to violate our territorial sovereignty to enforce it. If so are you fully prepared for the consequences.

    Mr. Capus: Well . . . naturally I assumed you would be . . reasonable.

    Mr. Lieu: Oh but we are reasonable. In fact we are so reasonable that we will wait 30 days before we stop buying your T-bills. This should give you more than enough time to arrange an alternative buyer. And it will give us an opportunity to receive a better return on our money.

    Mr. Capus: well. . . I . . . uhhhh

    Mr. Lieu: Your move Mr. Capus.

  127. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One returning from Canada, said that “little issues” have fallen by the wayside as the economy rises in importance. NAFTA didn’t even come up in the talks he saw in Ottawa.

    “There was not a kind of narrow focus on little issues,” Mr. Steinberg said. “It was a very strategic discussion…heavily focused on the economy
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    I think Steinberg is a good public official. Hillary selected him herself as I recall.

  128. Hillary Clinton is the best leader of our time. On that matter the world is in two parts. Here is more evidence–progress with Indonesia, Japan and above all China right when we need it. No similar progress however by Mr Obama with Wall Street. That is the problem, and he cannot delegate it or run away from it. He needs to confront the lion in its den with someone they respect like Buffett right there at his side. Unfortunately, I doubt it will happen.
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    US, China Focus On Economy, Climate Change
    Clinton Meeting With Chinese Officials

    POSTED: Saturday, February 21, 2009
    UPDATED: 5:34 pm EST February 21, 2009

    STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images
    BEIJING — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chinese officials are announcing plans to expand regular talks on economic issues to include security matters as well.

    She’s been holding a series of meetings with China’s president, foreign minister and other officials.

    Among other things, Clinton has been encouraging Beijing’s continued investment in U.S. government securities. She’s also been working to reassure Beijing that its massive holdings of Treasury notes and other U.S. government debt would remain a solid investment despite the U.S. economic downturn.

    Ahead of the talks, Clinton had said she’d be keeping China’s human rights record largely off the table. The admission has startled rights human rights groups.

    Beijing is the last stop on Clinton’s weeklong Asia tour. She’ll wrap up her stay after meeting with a women’s group and attending Sunday church services.

  129. My humble apologies for posting anything from this useless rag NYT newspaper but the article is relevant:
    -Clinton Reshapes Diplomacy by Tossing the Script
    MARK LANDLER
    Published: February 20, 2009

    BEIJING — On Friday morning, Hillary Rodham Clinton was the picture of a stern superpower diplomat, warning North Korea not to test a long-range ballistic missile. A few hours later, she was asked by a giggly Korean student how she knew she had fallen in love with her husband.

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    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at a women’s university in South Korea on Friday.

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    Join the Discussion »“I feel more like an advice columnist than a secretary of state,” Mrs. Clinton said with a smile.

    Henry Kissinger, this isn’t.

    On each stop of her Asian tour, Mrs. Clinton is redefining the job of secretary of state, fusing the weighty themes of regional security and nuclear proliferation with lighter encounters in which Mrs. Clinton is quizzed about her musical tastes or asked what it was like to raise her daughter.

    She is also redefining herself to some extent. After going to Beijing in 1995 as first lady to deliver an impassioned speech on women’s rights, Mrs. Clinton has sidelined human rights on this trip, saying she does not want the topic to interfere with central issues like climate change or the economic crisis.

    In Indonesia on Thursday, Mrs. Clinton appeared on a popular variety show, “Awesome,” on which she told the young host, somewhat sheepishly, that her favorite musicians were the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. She politely declined to sing, saying it would empty the room.

    None of this is especially new to Americans. But it is novel to people outside the United States, who expect foreign ministers to stick to a diplomatic script.

    As she neared the end of her maiden voyage as secretary of state with a two-day visit to Beijing, Mrs. Clinton said she was determined to make a connection to people “in a way that is not traditional, not confined by the ministerial greeting and the staged handshake photo.”

    “I see our job right now, given where we are in the world and what we’ve inherited, as repairing relations, not only with governments but with people,” she said to reporters on Friday.

    To do that, Mrs. Clinton is exploiting both her megawatt celebrity and her training during the presidential campaign. On Friday, nearly 3,000 female students packed an auditorium at Ewha Womans University in Seoul to hear Mrs. Clinton deliver a speech that ranged from North Korea’s nuclear threat to the challenge women face in balancing work and family.

    A standing-room-only crowd at the University of Tokyo listened to Mrs. Clinton discuss how the United States should rebuild its ties to the Muslim world. Toward the end, a nervous young woman, who said she played on a baseball team, asked Mrs. Clinton how to become as strong as she was.

    “Well, I played a lot of baseball, and I played with a lot of boys,” she replied, to peals of laughter.

    Mrs. Clinton said she was skeptical that these appearances alone would lead to changes in the policies of foreign governments. But by connecting with people on a personal level, she said, she believes she can help mold public opinion, which, in turn, can influence governments.

    “President Obama has an extraordinary capacity to do that because of the really positive feelings that he personally engenders,” she said. “To a lesser degree, I have some of the same capacity.”

    In a working-class area of Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, a small crowd trailed Mrs. Clinton as she toured health and water-treatment projects financed by the United States Agency for International Development.

    “People are very excited to see Hillary Clinton,” said Daniel Sitorus, 24, a lawyer in the neighborhood. “It doesn’t matter that she isn’t Barack Obama; she is one of the most famous women in the world.”

    She is not just beguiling audiences. During her visit to Seoul, Mrs. Clinton raised eyebrows among journalists and analysts with a frank assessment of how a succession struggle in North Korea could undermine talks over its nuclear program. She said she was baffled by the reaction.

    “I don’t think that it’s a forbidden subject to talk about succession in the hermit kingdom,” she said.

    “Maybe this is unusual because you are supposed to be so careful that we spend hours avoiding stating the obvious,” Mrs. Clinton continued. “I think it’s worth, perhaps, being more straightforward, trying to engage other countries on the basis of the reality that exists.”

    That said, Mrs. Clinton did reaffirm Friday that the United States would conduct negotiations with the government of Kim Jong-il “now, and for as long as he is the man calling the shots.”

    And in a news conference with South Korea’s foreign minister, Yu Myung-hwan, she used time-tested diplomatic language in warning North Korea to stop its belligerence toward South Korea. “North Korea,” she said, “is not going to get a different relationship with the United States while insulting and refusing dialogue with the Republic of Korea.”

    Mrs. Clinton, however, evinces little patience for running through talking points. In Beijing, for example, she said she would raise familiar issues with Chinese officials like human rights in Tibet, while she expected them to complain about American arms sales to Taiwan.

    “We know what they’re going to say, because I’ve had those conversations for more than a decade with Chinese leaders,” said Mrs. Clinton, who first visited Beijing in 1995 for her speech on women’s rights and has written about how she made her Chinese hosts uncomfortable.

    This time, however, she said human rights concerns should not derail discussions on big issues like the global economic crisis, climate change and North Korea. That has earned her sharp criticism from Amnesty International, which said Friday that it was “shocked and extremely disappointed” that human rights were not made more of a priority.

    For all of her innovations, Mrs. Clinton’s schedule in Beijing on Saturday looks like that of any other secretary of state: meetings with President Hu Jintao, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and other senior officials.

    On Sunday, before she flies home, she plans to attend church services, a small gesture to religious freedom in a Communist society. But she said she did not want to make a big deal of it. “I’m going to be there on Sunday morning, and I thought I would go to church,” she said.

  130. Pelosi’s Prodigious Pig
    Andrew Thomas
    American Thinker 2/6/09

    “You know you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.” – Barack Obama.

    One of Obama’s favorite words is “irreversible”. He used it yesterday to describe the dire economic catastrophe that will surely result if we don’t pass the Democrats’ $900 billion Porky bill. Amazingly, he used the same “irreversible” label when describing the consequences of global warming. This is a very effective scare tactic, as long as you don’t overdo it. If the situation is as dire as the President says, then why is there so little stimulus in the Stimulus package?

    In a fire and brimstone speech on the economy last night, he sought to further spread panic and fear among the masses and recalcitrant members of the Senate. He said he “values healthy debate” from Republicans, as long as they don’t “come to the table with the same tired arguments and worn ideas.” That means “Shut up, I won.” He insinuated that the bill will also address the “critical challenges of our addiction to foreign oil, soaring costs of healthcare, our failing schools, and crumbling bridges and roads and levies.” That means “Pork is good for you.”

    The truth is that this was never intended to be a stimulus. This humongous pot-bellied pig was bred by Nancy Pelosi and her staff as the answer to her dream of funding every liberal cause that has been denied over the past thirty-six years. The liberal pork is so thick and greasy it will give the nation “irreversible” arterial sclerosis. It is quite simply the most enormous and staggeringly irresponsible transfer of wealth from private citizens to central government in the history of mankind. As Bart Simpson would say, it’s “Craptacular”. Obama is busy adding the lipstick, but it’s Pelosi’s Pig.

    Andrew Thomas blogs at Darkangelpolitics.blogspot.com.

  131. Morning all:wbboe, Your comments are always positive and motivating to keep us involved and informed.Gonzo journalist and talk show talking heads are a blight we must ignore and their wounded egos will do them in.You are so right about the power hand that Hillary holds.All Aces and the other card players are the leaders and citizens of the countries that she visits with her grasp of present day diplomatic conditions and the remedies that she so eloquently puts forth.This past week,the world has seen and enjoyed the emergence of the super star woman performer in modern but perilous times.
    When will americans wake up and realize that they have enshrined a dangerous virus into the oval office.He is a Smellfungus (perpetual pessimist) and driving this country into a state panic and hopelessness.Bill and Hillary understand and
    we should pay attention.
    In one week we have seen the transformation of the State Dept. into a shining and trustworthy institution for the world to once again trust as a source of rational and honest dialogue in solving the many problems we face.

    By ABM90. Obama,The more you beat your gums the behinder
    you get.

  132. Want a booster shot to further your Hillary fix?

    Go to: thedigitalmedialab@gmail.com.

    It fuels the fires of our need for truth and honest governing and Hillary is in charge.It is a wonderful addition and co-partner to Big Pink.

    By ABM90 Try it ! You will like it.

  133. “In a fire and brimstone speech on the economy last night, he sought to further spread panic and fear among the masses and recalcitrant members of the Senate.”

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    Another form of mind manipulation by an expert confidence man.

  134. “Among other things, Clinton has been encouraging Beijing’s continued investment in U.S. government securities.”

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    While obama and others just have to open their mouths for Wall Street to tumble, Hillary is and always will be a master problem-solver.

  135. A glance at features of Hillary Clinton’s Asian tour

    http://www.chinaview.cn 2009-02-22
    by Xinhua writer Zhao Yi

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday concluded her weeklong visit to Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and China, described by the No.1 U.S. diplomat as a “listening tour” and “one intended to really find a path forward.” While Clinton was sparing no efforts to highlight the importance of her first diplomatic trip since taking office, the mass media and observers have also been following the visits closely, believing that they would send important signals about new U.S. President Barack Obama and his administration’s diplomatic policies in the region.

    NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR SINO-U.S. RELATIONS

    As early as last year, when she was still a presidential candidate, Clinton pointed out that “our relationship with China will be the most important bilateral relationship in the world this century.” Up to her latest visit to Beijing, she reiterated the U.S. promise made in the Sino-U.S. Joint Communique of Aug. 17, 1982, under which the United States recognized the Chinese government as the sole legal government of China, and acknowledged the Chinese position that there is but one China, and Taiwan is part of China.

    Such a positive posture has apparently laid an important foundation for the further development of Beijing-Washington ties.
    Clinton did not avoid mentioning contradictions and differences between China and the United States. However, she stressed that divarication cannot block the possibility of significant cooperation between Washington and Beijing on such issues as the global economic crisis, climate change and security threats such as the nuclear issue of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

    “Our pressing on human rights issues can’t interfere” with dialogue on other crucial topics, Clinton said in Beijing on Friday. It was noticed that prior to her trip to China, Clinton cited an ancient Chinese story of warring feudal states “crossing the river in a common boat,” pointing out that, “when you are in a common boat, you need to cross the river peacefully together.”

    During his meeting with Clinton, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao responded positively to Clinton’s metaphor about U.S.-China relations. In the face of the complicated and ever-shifting international political and economic situation, China and the United States should not only “cross the river in a common boat,” but also “progress together hand in hand,” Wen said.

    Meanwhile, Clinton predicted that the exchange of mutual concerns over bilateral and world issues would open a new era for comprehensive dialogue and cooperation between the United States and China.

    Regarding bilateral military cooperation, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman announced a day after Clinton’s departure for Asia that, “On Feb. 27-28, 2009, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense David Sedney will hold annual Defense Policy Coordination Talks with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in Beijing.” The scheduled talks will focus on military-to-military relationship between the two countries, regional and global security issues, as well as on means to expand cooperation between the two militaries, according to the spokesman.

    Sino-U.S. military exchanges have been suspended since last October, when the Bush administration notified Congress of its plan to sell arms worth about 6.5 billion U.S. dollars to Taiwan, including a Patriot III anti-missile system and an E-2T airborne early warning aircraft upgrade system. In the “Aug. 17 Communique” in 1982 between China and the United States, the U.S. side is committed to reducing its arms sales to Taiwan in both qualitative and quantitative terms, leading to a final resolution.

    REAFFIRMING TIES WITH ASIAN ALLIES

    Of the four nations that Clinton visited, Japan and South Korea are major U.S. allies in Asia. In addition to their very close relations with the United States in the fields of politics, diplomacy, economy and finance, both host U.S. military bases regarded as the most important in the Pacific region. It is generally believed that amid the scenario of another deadlock looming over the more than five-year-old effort to settle the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, and with the sharp worsening of ties between the DPRK and South Korea, Washington is determined to beef up its traditional ties with Tokyo and Seoul in a bid not only to alleviate itself from terrible financial crisis, but to put more pressure on Pyongyang as well.

    Some analysts said Clinton’s promises to the leaders of Japan and South Korea to maintain allied relations are not only a kind of comfort and assurance, but also of importance to maintain longstanding U.S. political influences and military presence in East Asia.

    POSITIVE SIGNAL TO MUSLIM WORLD

    Clinton’s 24-hour visit to Indonesia, the most populous Muslim country in the world, was widely seen as a remarkable signal from the White House to the Muslim community, angered by former U.S. president George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq without credible reason. A moderate Muslim country, Indonesia is also home to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) headquarters, and a regional power with the biggest economy in Southeast Asia. All these characteristics are consistent with Clinton’s goal of using “smart power” to form comprehensive partnerships, analysts said. Indonesia can play a leading role in bridging the West and Muslim world, because it is the third largest democracy in the world that has clearly demonstrated that Islam, democracy and modernity can not only co-exist but are also tied together, Clinton told a joint press conference after meeting with Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Hassan Wirayuda. Apart from its role of a bridge between the United States and the Muslim world, Indonesia was also praised by Clinton for hosting the Bali climate conference and for its help in setting the framework for jointly preventing deforestation.

    news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-02/22/content_10868987.htm

  136. ABM 90: it is so easy to be positive about Hillary because she is a once in a generation world leader. By the same token it is impossible for me to be anything but negative about big media. The weight of the evidence suggests that they have been bought off in a number of ways, and the unprecedented hiring of so many of their people by this administration one more manifestation. In its heyday, the Mafia was equally adept at buying off public officials.

    And just to show you that the old days die hard, last week two judges pleaded guilty to accepting bribes to refer juvenile offenders to a prison run by a private contractor. They colluded with the head of the Buffalino Family which was a small but active mafia group in northeast Pennsylvania. I remember them because they were active in the Teamsters Union at one point in time.

    Years ago I ran across a great quotation by Jake Erlich who was a famous San Francisco lawyer during the 1940s and 50s. They did a television series on him called Sam Benedict and starring Edmund O’Brien not that it much matters now.

    What Erlich said which is quite true is that you can bribe one man in a hundred with gold, and the other ninety nine with fame, approbation and the like.

    Professor Kathleen Kelly Reardon at University of Southern California is a strong Hillary supporter, and has written a book called The Secret Handshake which is a self help book on organizational politics. Quoting Roy Romer former chair of the DNC: “you cannot allow people to influence you to do what you shouldnt. You should take their phone calls though. I tell people when I cant help and why. I do not lead them along. Constantly recognize the evils in letting things go too far.

  137. I’m not sure anything terrifies me as much as the pledge to reduce the deficit by half in 4 years.

    The places where there is any money to get at are taxes and the entitlements and defense.

    Also, a blind pledge like that is rather mindless. If the economy is still in the dumps, or if we’re in a war or two, does the pledge still hold? Yikes.

  138. POLICE STATE, USA
    National Guard scraps plans to invade rural town
    ‘This operation could be pretty intrusive to the people’

    Posted: February 20, 2009
    4:24 pm Eastern

    By Drew Zahn
    © 2009 WorldNetDaily

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Following publicized reports that the Army National Guard was planning a military training exercise on the streets of a rural Iowa town, the commanding officers have called off the mock “invasion.”

    The Guard had planned a four-day urban military operation in tiny Arcadia, Iowa, population 443, sending troops to take over the town and search door-to-door for a suspected weapons dealer.

    The exercise was designed as a mock scenario to give soldiers the skills needed for deployment in an urban environment, and military officials stressed that only households
    that consented to be part of the drill would be searched.

    “It will be important for us to gain the trust and confidence of the residents of Arcadia,” Sgt. Mike Kots, readiness NCO for Alpha Company, told Carroll’s Daily Times Herald. “We will need to identify individuals that are willing to assist us in training by allowing us to search their homes and vehicles and to participate in role-playing.

    “We really want to get as much information out there as possible,” Kots continued, “because this operation could be pretty intrusive to the people of Arcadia.”

    SNIP

    And while Hapgood confirmed the Guard had been inundated with objections from citizens concerned about soldiers patrolling the streets of an American town, he said most came from people out of state and unfamiliar with the operation. Iowans, he explained, typically cooperate with the Guard. The change in plans was based on troop evaluation, he said, not public outcry.

    “Higher headquarters leadership,” Hapgood told WND, “given the unit’s status of training proficiency, made a decision to scale back the exercise.”

    SNIP

    “Once credible intelligence has been gathered,” said Kots, “portions of the town will be road-blocked and more in-depth searches of homes and vehicles will be conducted in accordance with the residents’ wishes.

    “One of the techniques we use in today’s political environment is cordon and knock,” Kots explained. “We ask for the head of the household, get permission to search, then have them open doors and cupboards. The homeowner maintains control. We peer over their shoulder, and the soldier uses the homeowner’s body language and position to protect him.”

    SNIP

    “This exercise will improve the real-life operational skills of the unit,” said Kots. “And it will hopefully improve the public’s understanding of military operations.” “There are no active duty bases in Iowa

    worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=89527

  139. See the movie Born Yesterday with Judy Holiday, or The Godfather, part anything, or a documentary about the Traficante mob family…..etc.

    A theme runs through them all. Judges and politicians can be — and are– bought. Has anyone ever complained that they couldn’t find a pol who would accept a bribe? Does anyone believe we are more ethical now than we were? Sadly, Obama might be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to buying the Presidency. Who’s next?

    On another front, can we still have the death penalty when we make so many mistakes and when we have corrupt judges and prosecutors? The justice dept. should have clean hands before we give them life or death options.

  140. Mr Obama loves the word “irreversible”.

    He uses it to frighten little children and those with the minds of little childen who believe he actually understands what he is reading.

    It used to be there were two things which were irreversible: death and taxes. Under this non stimulus stimulus, the latter is no longer an issue.

    But there is an alternative reversible now which has risen up to take the place of taxes.

    It is the inevitable decline in the credibility of Big Media. No ex post mea culpas can ever erase the lies and distortions they perpertrated on the American People during this past election. Nothing.

    Anyone who believes them and takes their opinions serioiusly now should have their head examined. Their next great Patriotic War will probably be to help Obama talk us into a depression.

    There have always been biased journalists, but until now there has never been two major networks who are completely devoted to covering up the serious character and leadership flaws of
    Mr Obama. I am referring of course to MSNBC and CNN.

    In my opinion, these two networks are fundamentally corrupt. They have
    violated the prescription described above by Rhomer. My reaction to them is go pedal your lies to someone else.

  141. I forgot the tie in theme: the reputation of cnn and msnbc for blatant bias and prevarication is the new “irreversible”.

  142. I wonder if they teach obama one new “catch” word each week. How sad that each of these “irreversible” catch words are going to eventually choke him.

  143. This proposal to cut the deficit in half is a sham.

    1. what is the baseline? Is it to be measured before or after this massive expenditure of 550 billion for the bank bailout, 1.2 bllion for the non-stimulus stimulus (inclusive of interest), the 250 billion for mortage bailout.

    2. does he intend to get there by doubling the money supply? If so, he may do it on paper but the purchasing power of the dollar will be cut in half. A massive transfer of wealth from private citizens to the central government and to the special interests of Poopsie.

    3. Can Hillary negotiate some spreading of the cost to our allies with respect to these peacekeeping operations. At this point, countries like Japan for example are free riders. Germany could play a larger role. So could China and Russia, depending on the specific issue.

    4. Does he intend to gut social security, terminate IRAs in favor of a government pool, or otherwise undermine the vested benefits and deferred compensation of working Americans now or in the future?

    5. Is the primary motivation for this political and opposed to economic? Surely he knows that the misguided balilout and stimulus programs will exascerbate the deficit, and choke out private investment, and increase interest payment to the point that they could drag down the entire economy. Thus he wants to go through the motions of trying to reduce the deficit to take the issue away from the Republicans in 2010.

  144. Always on the mark wwboei:
    I just opened an e-mail from the state dept and It truly is a state of the art example of diplomatic expertise at its bests and by I believe by the one person on this planet that we can be proud of,protect,defend and thank God she made the decision to be SOS and free herself from the den of iniquity called the.
    “US Senate”. This great article is a summary and questions of her victorious debut in China with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.
    Hillary: We can all sleep better and have confidence again with the State Dept. in your gentle but firm hands.
    Having sid that,How can we rid ourselves of the nightmare that the DNC so treacherously scraped up and deposited in the Whitehouse as the second coming of Katrina and has aided and abetted the financial and physical destruction of this great democracy.I think Obama is looking forward beyond this term and his eye is on the prize of being the world wide leader of its black population and the vast continent of Africa.Farrakahn is of no consequence now and global power is the prize in the eyes of Obama. Keep in mind,just days ago,he made the most outrageus statement “If I fail,don’t give me a second term” and this statement wih less than a month in office.I truly hope I am wrong on this call but all,but my gut tells me to think of an old roman quote “Beware The Ides of March”.It is almost here NOW.

    By ABM90 How about some comments and perhaps more insight and even prove me wrong.I don’t have time to waste on worries unless true

  145. wbboei,

    “the President’s budget for FY 2010 puts us on the path to cut the deficit he inherited on January 20, 2009 in half by the end of his first term.”

    h…./ no w’s
    blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/02/presidents-goal.html?cid=149253545#comment-149253545

  146. Now that I know the what he means by putting us on the path to cut the deficit in half by 2012, I know the statement has no meaning.

    Putting us on the path? Is that a promise that we will get there or merely an invitation to fudge figures and invent excuses when the deficit balloons which is what will most likely occur?

    In the early 1970s we had a gold rush in Alaska. The commodity was king crab not gold. You could be a novice with no skills and walk aboard a highliner with nothing but a pair of hip boots, work as an unskilled deckhand and come away with 40-50,000 dollars three months later. That was alot of money then.

    The signs of prosperity were all around.
    If you went to a place like Dutch Harbor in those days, you would see seiko watches with green dials festooned with gold nuggets and $100 tips at the local bar were common. It was a long cocktail line that would never end.

    (Note: coincidentally, Hillary was up there at a salmon cannery one summer a few years earlier.)

    The older fisherman took all this in stride and did not let it go to their heads. But
    the younger ones–the noveau rich bought themselves new crab boats. MARCO vessels 108 feet in length specially designed to handle sixty and sometimes 80 foot waves. These vessel had the best equipment, fishing gear and personal comforts money could buy.

    These vessels ran well over a million dollars, which was again alot of money in those days. But the banks were perfectly willing to finance these ventures at that time. They looked at what those vessels were earning at that time, based on such variables as the length of the season, the lack of closures, the availablility of product, market price, fuel cost and all the other vararibles, made an inflation adjustment and did 20 year cashflow models.

    In essence, they put the fisherman on “a path”to repayment of a very large debt. A few years later, the crab disappeared and the marine biologists were never able to say why. The harvest was smaller, the season was shorter, and many of the vessels which were bought at a time of prosperity faced forclosure. The gold nugget watches ended up in pawn shops in Ancorage and Kodiak.

    I think of that example when Obama talks about putting us on the path to cut the deficit in half in four years.

  147. Clinton and Geithner to co-lead talks

    By Mark Landler Published: February 22, 2009

    BEIJING: Speculation about who would control China policy has crackled in diplomatic circles since it became clear that Hillary Rodham Clinton was not ready to cede the Middle Kingdom to the Treasury, as happened during the Bush administration.

    Clinton, the secretary of state, said she and the Treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, would be co-chairmen of a high-level consultation between China and the United States that would be balanced between strategic issues like North Korea and economic concerns.

    Before leaving Beijing, Clinton met with prominent female Chinese lawyers, doctors and academics. It is the kind of encounter she has thrived on since she was first lady. She has been a heroine in this circle since her famous speech about women’s rights in Beijing in 1995. One woman spoke of posing with a wax figure of Clinton on a trip to the United States. Several had met her before, and they could not resist commiserating with her about the election.

    Xie Lihua, founder of a group that advocates for rural women, recalled how she memorized the words “I hope you win” for a meeting with Clinton during the Democratic primary. When she shook her hand, Xie said, she had been so nervous that she blanked on the words. “If I had said it, you probably would have won,” she said, with an apologetic laugh. There was little chance of Clinton forgetting the election when she landed in Jakarta. Waiting for her on the tarmac was a group of children from the school President Barack Obama attended when he lived in Indonesia as a boy. They serenaded her sweetly under a darkening tropical sky.

    Later, after a meeting with Indonesia’s foreign minister, Hassan Wirajuda, the subject of when Obama might visit came up. “We share the joy of this historic election,” Wirajuda said. “We cannot wait too long, and I wish Hillary Clinton would convey this to President Obama.”

    At dinner on Wednesday night, Clinton joked about how many people had asked her when the president was coming. The next morning, she said she had spoken to Obama by phone and had passed along all the requests. The word is Obama might make it to Indonesia in the fall.

    Tea with the empress

    After 16 years on the world stage, there is little in the way of pomp and ceremony that can dazzle Clinton. In Tokyo, she was invited to a formal tea with Empress Michiko, who accorded her the very rare honor of emerging from the cloistered imperial residence to greet her. As she clasped Clinton’s left arm and drew her close, Empress Michiko’s eyes sparkled as she spoke in English to her guest. As they went inside, photographers were ordered to stop clicking – one of many rules that keep Japanese imperial family at a strict remove from ordinary society.

    Yet hours later, at a town-hall meeting at Tokyo University, Clinton talked about the visit as though it had been just a couple of old pals catching up. Noting she had first met Michiko 15 years ago, Clinton said, “We were both saying we had gotten older.” This, she said, led to a discussion of how caretaking for the elderly could become a growth industry in Japan.

    A hint of campaign trail

    There were times when the secretary’s plane felt more like a campaign charter, hopping between a state fair in Jakarta and a stump speech in Seoul. Clinton brought along a coterie of aides from her campaign and the White House, and they gave the diplomatic mission a distinctly political flavor. Lissa Muscatine, a longtime aide, was busy writing speeches in the forward cabin. Kiki McLean, a veteran Democratic Party strategist who is helping Clinton on a transitional basis, trooped back to the press section to chat with reporters and dole out good-natured spin. And Huma Abedin, Clinton’s aide-de-camp and ubiquitous seatmate during the campaign, was never more than a few steps away from her boss. Abedin even accompanied Clinton to her tea with Empress Michiko, though she was guided to an antechamber to wait.

    Even the itinerary had the flavor of a campaign. On the way home to Washington, Clinton’s plane landed at Yokota Air Base in Japan to refuel, and she squeezed in a pep talk to about 350 marines and airmen. Speaking in a hangar under a giant American flag, flanked by two helicopters, Clinton reported on her trip and praised the troops for being “on the front lines of defense.” Then she worked the crowd.

    iht.com/articles/2009/02/22/asia/notebook.1-434974.php

  148. Clinton seen as example for women

    By Lin Shujuan (China Daily)
    2009-02-21 08:01

    For most Chinese women, visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton needs no further introduction. In their eyes, the 61-year-old former US first lady, who made a serious bid to become America’s first female president last year, has created an image of strength, tenacity, power and wisdom for the women of the world.

    “She has made a good example that women have the right and the power to make a difference and change the world,” said Hong Huang – daughter of late Chairman Mao’s English teacher Zhang Hanzhi – who is now one of the most influential entrepreneurs in Chinese print media and a celebrity blogger. “I think she is fantastic even though I haven’t got around to reading her autobiography,” said Hong, referring to 2003’s “Living History”, which has become a major bestseller in China.

    Clinton started to attract attention from the Chinese media in 1995, when she directed the US delegation at the UN Women’s Conference in Beijing. Xie Lihua, a former journalist and now a prominent women’s advocate, was present. That was Xie’s first encounter with Clinton. In the following years she had the opportunity to meet Clinton three times in person.

    In 1998 when Clinton joined her husband’s first official presidential visit to China, Xie, along with a few others, was invited for a face-to-face discussion on China’s progress in promoting women’s rights. “I sat next to her and made a 15-minute speech,” recalled Xie. “She listened earnestly, and smilingly told me that my work was very important and significant. When she shook my hands to say goodbye, her eyes brimmed with force and wisdom.”

    In 1999, when Xie visited the US at the invitation of the US government, Clinton received Xie at the White House. By 2007, when Clinton presented the 2007 Annual Leadership Award of Vital Voices to Xie, she was the first female senator from New York.

    For many Chinese women, the image of Hillary Clinton is caught up with the Monica Lewinsky scandal that led to the impeachment of her husband in 1998.
    “What she had been through struck a chord with Chinese women who would cite the old saying – ‘It is hard to be a human being, but harder to be a woman,'” said Vien Chang, a New York-based Chinese student. “I had enormous respect for her in that she had handled it with great dignity. ”

    However, Chang admits, at times she feels that Clinton is “too smart, too capable and too ambitious to be human.” In Hong’s words, “only a woman committed to a set of ideas and principles can make it to the finishing line.”

    chinadaily.com.cn/china/2009-02/21/content_7499868.htm

  149. US Treasury ordered to surrender bailout records

    By NEDRA PICKLER

    WASHINGTON – A federal judge has ordered the Treasury Department to give the Fox Business Network records about how the agency spent billions of dollars in bailout money.

    The network filed requests under the federal Freedom of Information Act for records related to the money spent on American International Group, the Bank of New York Mellon and Citigroup. The network specifically asked the department to identify the troubled assets bought, any collateral extended and any restrictions placed on the financial institutions for their participation in the program.

    U.S. District Judge Richard Holwell ruled Friday that the Treasury must comply with the request by March 23.

    Kevin Magee, Fox News executive vice president, responded in a statement that the network “believes it’s important to hold the government accountable, especially for use of the bailout funds during this time of steep economic crisis.” Fox filed the requests more than three months ago and specified that the processing should be expedited. It filed suit on Dec. 18, saying that the department had not responded other than to confirm that it received the requests.

    Treasury spokesman Andrew Williams said the department has posted all financial stability contracts on the Internet so taxpayers can see how the money is being spent. He said the department already has given Fox more than 1,200 pages of requested documents and “will continue to do so on a rolling basis.”

    msnbc.msn.com/id/29307711/

  150. Clinton, the secretary of state, said she and the Treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, would be co-chairmen of a high-level consultation between China and the United States that would be balanced between strategic issues like North Korea and economic concerns.
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    This is what I thought would happen. She relied on him when she was in the senate. They have a good working relationship. It is why I supported his appointment at treasury on this blog despite the other misgivings about him we all have. This co-equal sharing of the stage on the economic facet of the relationship is very promising. The bot advisors like Powers, Rice and Jarrett have been further marginalized by this move. Brilliant.

  151. “The bot advisors like Powers, Rice and Jarrett have been further marginalized by this move. Brilliant.”

    Thank God!

    It only makes sense, given both of their mandates and the issues involved, that Hillary and Geithner co-share responsibilities here.

  152. chinadaily.com.cn/china/2009-02/21/content_7499868.htm
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    Jan-they are a far better newspaper than the New York Times. They understand what Hillarys leadership means far better than the clueless writers and talking heads on this side of the pond who are invested in lies, deception and the same patriarchy that gave us Bush and now Mr Obama. I never ever thought I would see the day when Chinese journalism has more depth and integrity that ours but that rainy day is here.

  153. His stimulus pkg is just another scam to buy more unfettered
    POWER.
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    If it was a legitimate stimulus plan I would be all in favor of. What I am not in favor of, however, looting the public treasury and/or expanding the debt to achieve party building objectives in the form of pork.

    I went over to Huffshit to see what they are saying about politics in that snakepit. It is haven and home for the extreme left wing fringe element.

    Case in point: an idiot huffshiter named Matthew Lee with the headline that Hillary says human rights are not worth discussing. Did she ever say that? Of course not.

    He is a living example of what is wrong with the media. He makes it up as he goes. Is he too thick between the ears to realize that Hillary is proceeding with the blessing of his hero bambi.

    People like him disgust me because they advocate a positon, and then lack the courage to pursue it to its root cause. When it is something they do not like they blame Hillary and when it is something they approve of the give credit to bambi, and each time they lie.

    If he feels that the global economic crisis, terrorism, trade, war, global warming should be subordinated to the minuet we have been playing with them for years on human rights, then he is assuming the risk that the whole global discussion will collapse or skew in the wrong direction. It is a fools errand.

  154. Clinton cuts a new style in U.S. diplomacy

    By TIM JOHNSON

    She’s talked about love. She’s recycled advice. She’s ripped into conservatives on the Supreme Court. And she’s held chatty town hall sessions. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is bringing a new style to the post of America’s chief diplomat. In her first overseas trip, a weeklong tour through Asia, Clinton rewrote the rulebook, employing gravitas with foreign leaders but leading a free-wheeling, campaign-like effort to mend what she says is a tattered U.S. image, prod people into saving energy and serve as empowerment coach for women around the globe.

    Clinton wandered into crowds in a lower-middle-class neighborhood in Indonesia’s capital, gave numerous interviews each day, visited a women’s college in South Korea and invited women’s rights activists for a session in China. On Sunday, the last day of her four-nation trip, Clinton patiently responded to a question during a live webcast interview about what she and husband Bill do to save energy. “We use compact fluorescent bulbs,” she began, explaining their power-saving qualities. “We also recycle so that we are trying not to add to landfill waste more than absolutely necessary. … We’re constantly asking ourselves what more can we do.”

    Earlier in the day, Clinton attended a church service, then hosted two dozen women lawyers, domestic abuse experts, entrepreneurs and activists, many of whom she had met on previous trips to China.
    “I have such vivid memories of our times together in the past,” Clinton enthused, before launching into questions about the status of women’s rights issues in the country. The meeting was held at the U.S. Embassy to avoid sensitivities of the Chinese government. “In no society, certainly including my own, are women treated equally yet,” she added.

    As one of the most widely known politicians in the United States, Clinton brings star power to her post. Her run for the Democratic presidential nomination last year served as a familiar touchstone during her interactions with the public. In the Sunday morning meeting, a rural women’s rights activist, whom the embassy asked not to be named for her protection, recalled she’d met Clinton in the United States in 2007 as she was mounting her campaign.
    “I was trying to memorize, ‘I hope you win,’ the phrase that my daughter taught me,” the activist said in Mandarin as Clinton listened to a translation through headphones. “And on March 4, when we actually met, I couldn’t say it. I couldn’t get it out! And I felt so regretful.
    “If I had said it, you probably would have won,” she said to laughter.

    So far, Clinton has hewed closely to the policies laid out by President Obama, offering no hint of the ill will that sometimes surfaced during their rivalry for the 2008 campaign for the Democratic nomination. “I’m very proud that President Obama has made a total u-turn away from the policies of the past eight years,” Clinton said last week during a town hall meeting in Seoul’s Ewha University, an all-women’s institution founded by U.S. Methodists in the 19th century. Clinton made clear then that advancing women’s rights would be a hallmark of her job. “I view this not only as a moral issue, but as a security issue,” she said.

    Pacing the stage before some 2,000 women students, Clinton seemed to thrive on simple questions about her family life, tossing out advice about appreciating loved ones. “I feel more like an advice columnist than secretary of state today,” she said.
    She recalled how an ill scientist acquaintance had summed up her own life.
    “I’ve loved and been loved. And all the rest is background music,” Clinton quoted the woman as saying. After many questions, Clinton enthused: “Well, we could be here for hours.”

    The Clinton style is in marked contrast to her predecessor under President George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice, a lifelong Russian scholar who maintained a lower profile, partly due to a more reserved temperament. Before Rice, Colin Powell, a retired Army general, brought military precision to the State position. Clinton’s weeklong trip underscored that her political fame would add clout to the position.

    In Japan, the first stop on her trip, Clinton had tea with an old acquaintance, Empress Michiko, who almost never meets diplomats.
    Clinton also demonstrated a populist touch, appearing at ease and eagerly shaking hands at the end of each appearance, much like on the campaign trail. Clinton has gotten in a few digs at those she sees as stymieing her vision of a gender-equal society, making particular note on Sunday of a recent Supreme Court decision she said did not uphold equal pay for equal work. “Our Supreme Court right now is, you know, dominated by justices appointed by more conservative presidents,” she said, in explaining a ruling she said held “such an illogical argument.”

    An entrepreneur present at the session, Hong Huang, who is chief executive of China Interactive Media Group, said Clinton moved her. “I think she’s fantastic,” Hong said. “It’s good to know she’s got women’s interests at heart.”

    kansascity.com/440/story/1047759.html

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    I know certain soundbites of this article are repetitive of others I have posted here recently, however the article as a whole is very interesting in itself.

    Hillary is, without a doubt, the United States of America’s greatest asset!

  155. Clinton calls Rudd during Asia trip

    February 22, 2009 – 5:49PM

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken time out during her trip to Asia to ring Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

    Ms Clinton is on her way home after making her maiden visit as America’s top diplomat.
    She travelled to Japan, South Korea, China and Indonesia, from where she called Mr Rudd on Thursday.

    “They spoke about the terrible devastation of the bushfires in Victoria,” a spokesman for Mr Rudd’s office said. The pair spoke about the global financial crisis and the role of the G20, which next meets in London in April, in developing a response to the economic turmoil.

    “The prime minister and the secretary of state committed Australia and the United States to ongoing close cooperation in tackling the regional and global challenges we face,” the spokesman said.

    news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/clinton-calls-rudd-during-asia-trip-20090222-8eln.html

  156. G20, which next meets in London in April, in developing a response to the economic turmoil.
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    It sounds like Hillary and Rudd had a productive discussion. We are pretty much on the same wavelength.

    I think there is also an understanding that she would not stop there because Australia and the United States are on the same wavelength already, whereas others may not be/

    The heavy lifting that needed to be done was in China and in Japan. Indonesia was easier because they thing they got their man in as POUSA.

    In any case wherever Hillary went she performed brilliantly. She makes the difficult look easy and the impossible … well that takes a little while.

    The quotation in the Chinese paper sums it up nicely:However, Chang admits, at times she feels that Clinton is “too smart, too capable and too ambitious to be human.” In Hong’s words, “only a woman committed to a set of ideas and principles can make it to the finishing line.”

    Make that superhuman.

  157. Florida Governor Crist (R-Fl) who supported Mr Obama today on MTP because of all that free money to Florida and his lack of core principles is a not the brightest bulb in the world. According to Wikkopedia, he managed to fail the Florida bar exam twice (as in two times), before passing it finally on the third attempt.

  158. MUST SEE!

    ADMIN, Can you embed?

    Alan Keyes tells it like it is.

    BHO must be stopped or the US may cease to exist.

    youtube.com/watch?v=lqkMfToY9Pk&eurl

  159. I agree, Paula. She is a wonderful good-will ambassador. Her work capacity is amazing, as is her understanding of what is most important and what just chaff.

  160. Analysis: Star power fuels Clinton trip to Asia

    By MATTHEW LEE – 1 hour ago

    BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton charged through Asia determined to remake America’s image abroad, raising eyebrows and a few hackles with charm and candor as she spread the Obama administration’s message that change has come to Washington.

    In Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and China, the former first lady used her superstar status to press points on North Korea’s nuclear program, reassure jittery allies and neglected friends of U.S. support, and push cooperation on climate change and the global financial crisis. She returned to Washington Sunday night. On her first overseas trip as President Barack Obama’s chief envoy, Clinton also hit a few bumps as she championed the administration’s idea of “smart power,” which combines traditional diplomatic contact with elites and hands-on encounters with the masses.

    She infuriated many supporters by toning down the traditional U.S. emphasis on China’s human rights record. She alarmed State Department purists with a candid, on-the-record assessment of a previously taboo topic, a possible change in leadership in secretive North Korea. In unusual public comments, she likened much of diplomacy to a high-stakes stare-down and dropped in a healthy dose of criticism for President George W. Bush and his foreign policy team. She accused them of needlessly alienating much of the world with arrogance and ignorance.

    Clinton, who split time in Asia between official meetings and informal group gatherings with students, civic leaders and journalists, was unrepentant. And, she unabashedly said she would use her and Obama’s personal popularity to make their nation’s case. “A lot of international diplomacy is a head game,” she told reporters in Seoul, South Korea, bluntly describing the administration’s outreach to governments in North Korea and Iran and explaining her willingness to dive into crowds to make personal connections with foreigners.

    “This is a work in progress but I think it is more effective approach than adopting this kind of hands-off, name-calling, under-no-circumstances attitude,” Clinton said, referring to the Bush era. Her comments, midway through the frenetically paced trip, came after she had enthralled young audiences in Tokyo, Seoul and Jakarta, Indonesia, with anecdotes about her childhood, her husband and her daughter, and charmed leaders in each capital with her ebullience. “It’s glorious to meet you,” a Tokyo University student told Clinton at her first town hall meeting. It turned out to be a preview of the joyous receptions she would get in both public and private settings.

    In Indonesia and South Korea, crowds seemed enraptured by her presence. Audiences asked questions well outside the realm of foreign policy — about motherhood, romance, career choices, beauty tips and her musical tastes. “Such a great honor for me to be here,” one Indonesian journalist gushed. “My question is you are probably the most popular U.S. secretary of state here in Indonesia. How do you deal with this and how do you think this would affect Indonesia-U.S. bilateral relationship?”

    One of several female South Korean journalists asked how Clinton managed to look “very young and energetic” given her grueling schedule. “I look very young? Oh my goodness, I hope somebody is recording this!” the 61-year-old Clinton said. Clinton clearly was pleased with such one-on-one contact, saying later: “Having the ability to kind of get down into the population in a way that creates a receptivity toward American policy is a significant advantage.”

    At her last stop in Beijing, where she was seeking Chinese help in stabilizing the global financial crisis and combatting climate change, powerful State Councilor Dai Binggou nearly swooned. “You look younger and more beautiful than you look on TV,” he said. Clinton appeared to blush, then composed herself and replied: “Well, we will get along very well.”

    Such interaction — a blend of flirtation and steely resolve — appears to be just what she has in mind to make the new administration’s case. “I see our job right now, given where we are in the world and what we’ve inherited, as repairing relations, not only with governments but with people,” Clinton said. “I think President Obama has an extraordinary capacity to (engage) because of the really positive feelings that he personally engenders,” she said, attempting a bit of deferential modesty to her former campaign rival and new boss. “To a lesser degree I have some of the same capacity.”

    Clinton was unapologetic for ruffling the feathers of cautious career diplomats back in Washington when she broke years of silence and an unwritten ban on speculation about North Korea’s reclusive leadership by suggesting there may a succession crisis to replace Kim Jong Il.
    “I think that to worry about something which is so self-evident is an impediment to clear thinking,” she said, dismissing concerns that her comments might antagonize the North, inflame tensions and damage prospects for resuming stalled nuclear disarmament talks.

    “I don’t think it should be viewed as particularly extraordinary that someone in my position would say what’s obvious,” Clinton said. “Maybe this is unusual because you’re supposed to be so careful that you spend hours avoiding stating the obvious.” “But you know, that’s just not productive, in my view,” she added.

    Clinton brushed aside harsh criticism from human rights advocates who were bitterly disappointed when she said concerns about China’s checkered record in the area would have to take a back seat to broader economic, climate and security issues. She ignored an appeal to make a public statement declaring that human rights would be central to the administration’s China policy. Instead, she said the matter was just one part of a comprehensive approach to Beijing.

    That approach, which she said would be pursued with other nations as well, will be a hallmark of the administration’s personality-driven foreign policy that will see her travel widely in the coming months, officials say. “There’s a real hunger for the United States to be present again,” Clinton said. “Showing up is not all of life, but it counts for a lot and especially when you are the most powerful country in the world, if you’re not paying attention, people are going to feel like somehow they’re not important to you.”

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gnVsJ6JUEQhrs_or4CjXy5YE-NZwD96GUDI00

  161. Official: Investigator to lead stimulus oversight

    By PHILIP ELLIOTT – 2 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to announce Monday a former Secret Service agent who helped expose lobbyists’ corruption at the Interior Department as his pick to oversee the $787 billion economic stimulus plan.

    Obama is set to name Earl Devaney as chairman of the new Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board, an administration official said Sunday. Vice President Joe Biden also will be given a role coordinating oversight of stimulus spending. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the White House had not made public the announcement.

    Devaney, the inspector general of the Interior Department, helped turn up disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s dealings at the department. The department’s No. 2 official, Steven Griles, pleaded guilty to charges he lied during congressional testimony based in part on Devaney’s investigation. Italia Federici, co-founder of the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy, and former Interior Department official Roger Stillwell also pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the Interior investigation.

    Obama has pledged the Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board to be an at-large body to oversee how the government spends billions allocated to help the flailing U.S. economy. But with dozens of agencies and departments involved, Obama wanted a central group to independently monitor where those funds are going. Obama also planned to tap Biden to meet regularly with Cabinet members, governors and mayors to make sure their efforts were quick and effective. His reports to Obama are expected to be posted at the administration Web site devoted to the bill, Recovery.gov.

    Obama was set to announce Devaney during a Monday meeting with governors, who have largely supported the economic stimulus package because it will direct billions to their states for schools, roads and technology. In addition to the Abramoff investigation, Devaney led a separate investigation into workers at the Minerals Management Service, part of the Interior Department. His review found a “culture of substance abuse and promiscuity” at the Denver and Washington offices of the service. He has served as the inspector general — or in-house auditor — of the Interior Department since 1999. Devaney worked as a senior official with the Secret Service, retiring in 1991. He then worked as head of criminal enforcement at the Environmental Protection Agency.

    A native of Massachusetts, Devaney earned a degree from Franklin and Marshall College.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gn00EBqUp2e9z3cWXUq2FpohkPNAD96GU4VG0

  162. That AP analysis about Hillary’s trip is pretty good. Glad to hear she’s going to be traveling a lot in the coming months.

  163. That AP analysis about Hillary’s trip is pretty good. Glad to hear she’s going to be traveling a lot in the coming months
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    Paula: did you notice the author of that more even handed article for AP is the same one who was dissing her over at Huffpo today with the headline clinton says human rights not worth discussing. If you ask me the guy is maybe just a little skitzo.

  164. When I looked at the photos of Hillary as she travelled from Indonesia to Japan to China, it appeared to me that she did something very smart and in each case adopted a look that was part and parcel of that culture. In Indonesia she had brown hair and the makeup she wore deemphasize the angular aspect of her face. In Japan the makeup she wore was the that pale white you see in their cultures with the geisha tradition. In China she did up her hair more like an empress with the tinges of grey in the temples.

    Big media journalists are the clueless in these matters just as they were when she went to South Carolina and she called up the southern accent she had when she was First Lady of Arkansas. Cultural sensitivity is important and part of selling your program to the rest of the world. It shows respect for who they are. It is the art is the art which conceals the art.

  165. wbboei

    Thank you for bringing that up about Matthew Lee. If one reads his work regularly, one finds him making digs at the most inappropriate times about the Clintons. He is not to be trusted.

  166. When Kerry travels to Syria to meet Suleman the Magnificent ten centuries late I wonder what he will wear. My guess is a kilt and bagpipes. Hes Irish but he could easily pass for a scotsman. And of course, he will never run out of mouth and gutwind. Maybe he can suggest to Suleman some books on the Crusades. Then he could wonder over to Iraq and give another inspirational speech to our troops.

  167. It’s been a day:

    ZBig unravels, Soros lambasted, Obama nationalizing Citi Bank.

    http //pumasunleashed.wordpress.com/

  168. wbboei

    Thank you for bringing that up about Matthew Lee. If one reads his work regularly, one finds him making digs at the most inappropriate times about the Clintons. He is not to be trusted
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    Thanks Emjay. Then it is not just a cooincidence here. I wonder what his mental problem is. I need to google his bio and see if I can figure out what makes him tick. I was thinking with that last name he might be Chinese, remember Tinamen Square and be more invested in the human rights issue than the rest of us. But is there is a pattern there must be something else going on.

  169. Making Sense: Where the money isn’t

    By Michael Reagan
    Examiner Columnist | 2/20/09 9:50 AM

    Willie Sutton is wrongly believed to have said he robbed banks because “that’s where the money is.” He never said that, and anybody who says it now would also be wrong.

    A bank’s principal function is twofold: to be a depository for their customers’ money and to make profits by lending money and charging interest on the loans.

    Thanks to a process known as fractional banking, some of the money they lend is the money their customers deposit with them plus a multiple provided by the Federal Reserve. Simply put, the Fed allows banks to lend more money than they have on deposit.

    This is inflationary in that it adds to the amount of money in circulation by creating money out of thin air. The more money in circulation, the less each dollar is worth.

    With the federal government now squandering trillions of dollars it does not have – and must borrow – in an alleged attempt to stimulate our economy, the money must come from somewhere.

    We either sell bonds to other nations, or allow the Fed to create more dollars out of thin air, thus slashing the worth of the dollars in our pockets. Needless to say, this federal Ponzi scheme has utterly distorted the normal process and opened the door to rampant inflation of the currency.

    That distortion has created an Alice-in-Wonderland scenario where white becomes black, and black becomes white.

    Uncle Sam meddling with this delicate and intricate banking system is the equivalent of a poorly trained, unskilled mechanic tinkering with the high-performance engine of a racing car.

    Let me illustrate the effect of all of this with a personal anecdote. I have a mortgage with an interest rate above 6 percent; the bank considered me qualified for a loan carrying that interest rate.

    Yet when I sought to refinance my mortgage and obtain a home loan below 5 percent, I was told I do not qualify for that lower rate mortgage.

    Huh? I am seen as capable of handling a 6 percent mortgage with its higher monthly payments, but am unqualified for a mortgage with much lower monthly payments.

    It seems the more I earn, the less qualified I am.

    That’s what has turned the banking system on its ear. And we can blame the federal government, which doesn’t have the vaguest idea of what they are doing with all their bloated programs and regulations meant to stabilize the economy and revitalize the banking system.

    America is in the mess in which we find ourselves thanks to the federal government, which forced banks to lend vast amounts of money to people who could not hope to repay the loans or even make the required monthly payments.

    This same government is now in the process of once again telling banks what they must do with their money, and the results will be identical to what they were in its last attempt to force banks to do its will.

    The American economy depends on the ability of buyers to obtain credit to finance their purchases. Like it or not, without a source to provide credit, the economy sinks out of sight. It’s simple: no auto loans, no new car purchases.

    And where do we go to get credit? To the banks, because that’s where the money is. Only thanks to government meddling with the economy, we can’t get our hands on the money. The banks are afraid to lend it.

    Now President Obama has announced his $75 billion mortgage bailout program and he is repeating the previous error – this time forcing banks to lend money to people who have no equity in their homes, which are now worth less than the money they owe.

    According to Moody’s Economy.com, about 13.8 million mortgagees – nearly 27 percent of all homeowners – owe more on their mortgage than their house is now worth.

    “All of us are paying a price for this home mortgage crisis,” Obama said.
    He failed to mention that the crisis is the result of federal government meddling with the banking system, and now he’s promising more of the same.

    And they are going to put Ponzi-scheme crook Bernard Madoff in jail for doing essentially the same thing.

    Michael Reagan, the elder son of the late President Ronald Reagan, is heard on radio stations nationally as part of American Family Radio (www.afr.net).

  170. I think with Matthew Lee it is the “half-glass empty” philosophy combined with the “I want everybody to like me” whine and cheese plate that goes with it.

  171. wbboei Says:
    Florida Governor Crist (R-Fl) who supported Mr Obama today on MTP because of all that free money to Florida and his lack of core principles is a not the brightest bulb in the world.

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

    I’m usually not much on vast conspiracy theories, but here’s one of a believable scale. It was the GOP Florida legislature and Crist that set up the Florida Democrats for trouble with the DNC. Opportunity, means — and here’s motive.

    Iirc it’s some little feminist paper in SF, Rosemary someone, who thinks Brazile and Rove conspired about this.

  172. “Needless to say, this federal Ponzi scheme has utterly distorted the normal process and opened the door to rampant inflation of the currency.”

    —————————-

    Yep! And I too wonder where the U.S. can go to get money. Maybe obama’s “questionable” friends can float him a loan.

  173. Michael Reagan:
    I have a mortgage with an interest rate above 6 percent; the bank considered me qualified for a loan carrying that interest rate.

    Yet when I sought to refinance my mortgage and obtain a home loan below 5 percent, I was told I do not qualify for that lower rate mortgage.

    Huh? I am seen as capable of handling a 6 percent mortgage with its higher monthly payments, but am unqualified for a mortgage with much lower monthly payments.

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

    Huh? It’s a matter of risk. The more risky the loan, the higher interest the lender has to charge, because a greater number of such loans will default.

    Who does he think he’s fooling?

  174. wbboei siad:
    I was thinking with that last name he might be Chinese, remember Tinamen Square and be more invested in the human rights issue than the rest of us.

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

    You might see if this Lee is any relation to the Chinese scientist at Alamagordo? who really was treated very badly under the Clinton admin. Wen Ho Lee? He got in trouble for working on classified data on his home computer, was investigated as a spy. The FBI told him he had failed a lie detector test when he in fact had passed.

  175. Regarding Matthew Lee, he was an independent blogger and would be slewth whose passion in life was to expose corruption at the UN. Between then and now Biggie Rat at AP must have picked him up. Gadfly is a good word. He is not Chinese. He looks more Pennsylvania Dutch/
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    As Blogs Proliferate, a Gadfly With Accreditation at the U.N.
    Published: April 30, 2007

    UNITED NATIONS — The daily press briefing was routine. Marie Okabe, a spokeswoman for the secretary general, read a five-minute update on Somalia, Darfur and the Security Council’s actions, and about 30 journalists quietly listened.

    Shiho Fukada for The New York Times
    Matthew Lee runs the blog innercitypress.com. A United Nations official says rules for accrediting bloggers are a work in progress.
    In the third row, Matthew Lee tapped away at his laptop and scribbled on two notepads with the intensity of a graduate student at thesis time. When Ms. Okabe asked for questions, Mr. Lee, the resident blogger of the United Nations press corps, pounced, asking almost as many questions in 20 minutes as the other correspondents combined.

    Mr. Lee, a well-known gadfly who often presses banks to revise their policies on mortgage loans to the poor, is the only blogger at the United Nations with media credentials, entitling him to free office space and access to briefings and press conferences

    Flotsam, Jettsome and Lee.

  176. Unless HuffPo posted an article of his and they added their own inflammatory headline (they’re done that a zillion times).

  177. Mr. Lee, a well-known gadfly who often presses banks to revise their policies on mortgage loans to the poor, is the only blogger at the United Nations with media credentials, entitling him to free office space and access to briefings and press conferences
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    I wonder if Mr Lee feels any responsibility for the mortgage crisis.

  178. Here is more information on this Matthew Lee character, and yes I am pretty sure it is the same guy. He is a left wing idelogue.

    What Mr. Lee lacks in common sense, he more than makes up for in his ability to piss people off.

    It is fitting and proper that AP chief biggie rat would pluck this loser from the far shores of oblivion and send him on a world with the secretary of state.
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    -HE’S BAAAAAAAACK! AP REPORTER WITH MONTHLY WHINE ABOUT IRAQ REFUGEES Posted by acorcoran on October 2, 2008

    We wondered where AP reporter Matthew Lee, the pet of the International Rescue Committee and Refugees International, had gotten to. I hadn’t seen his monthly sob story for awhile about how we weren’t bringing enough Iraqi refugees to the US. Here he says the Bush Administration actually surpassed its goal for FY 2008, but Bush continues his stinginess for only increasing the goal for upcoming FY09 by only 5000 to a total of 17,000.

    “Now that systems are finally in place to process greater numbers of vulnerable Iraqi civilians, an increase of only 5,000 next year seems particularly meager,” the International Rescue Committee said in a statement late Tuesday.

    His buddies in the refugee industry want the US to resettle 100,000 Iraqis HERE!

    This particular link to Lee’s AP story comes to us from a Charleston, WV newspaper, which I thought was kind of amusing because I bet most West Virginians have never even seen a refugee. West Virginia is one of a handful of states that takes only a tiny number of refugees—in fact WV took NONE in FY 2006 and 2007! And from 1983-2005 the state took 404, yes 404, when we brought millions to the US in that time frame. (Numbers available here) Could senior DEMOCRATIC Senator Bobby KKK Byrd have some say in this?

    It’s kind of like Senator Joe Biden who sponsored the original Refugee Resettlement Act of 1980 with Senator Ted Kennedy. Biden is also advocating for bringing more Iraqis to the US, but NOT to Delaware! Delaware ranks in the bottom three states for number of refugees resettled.

    If you would like to see our archive of Matthew Lee’s indepth (NOT) reporting on refugees go here.

    P.S. None of these refugee advocacy groups pushing more Iraqi refugees, or Lee, ever mention the truly vulnerable Christian Iraqis. I wonder why that is? Not politically correct to point out that Muslims are persecuting Christians?
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    10 Responses to “He’s baaaack! AP reporter with monthly whine about Iraqi refugees”

    jim said
    October 2, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO HAVE A SEPARATE SECTION DEVOTED TO THE BACKGROUNDS OF THESE BIASED REPORTERS. FOR INSTANCE WHERE DO THEY COME FROM? WHAT RADICAL GROUPS ARE THEY ASSOCIATED WITH? WHAT IS THEIR POLITICAL AFFILLIATION? (emphasis added).

  179. What a snake pit this foreign correspondent pool is accompanying our girl around the world and giving us their biased interpretation of events. Idiots like Andrea Mitchell, and now Matthew Lee. When you cannot trust their facts or their opinions what else is there? When I said it was fitting and proper that they would send Lee with Hillary I was being facetious. It is a travesty.

  180. wbboei,

    Imo Obama’s ‘halve the deficit’ is nonsense, smoke and mirrors, for headlines. He qualifies it as ‘the deficit inherited from Bush’ but the newspapers on the stands leave that out. In a few years people may have forgotten that as soon as Obama got in he passed the ‘Stimulus’ and blame that on Bush too.

    So later Obama can juggle some figures and re-name some things and pretend he did halve ‘The’ deficit (“which I inherited from Bush, remember”).

  181. Santelli and Kudlow sound off about BHO’s attack on Freedom of the Press, WH bullying and lack of respect. Kudlow compares the WH treatment of the press to Nixon.

    priceless.

    Oh, and Santelli rips up the mortgage restructuring portion of the stimulus bill.

    *** youtube.com/watch?v=LQ7_ZzW1jJ4&eurl ***

  182. Clinton’s frankness on Asia trip raises questions

    By GLENN KESSLER
    WASHINGTON POST

    Feb. 22, 2009 BEIJING — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s blunt and unadorned style of diplomacy has been evident throughout her maiden voyage the past week in Asia. She questioned the efficacy of sanctions against the repressive junta in Burma, spoke openly about a possible succession crisis in North Korea and admitted that she expected to make little progress on human rights in China.

    To a certain extent, these comments crossed taboo lines in international diplomacy. U.S. officials generally do not say their sanctions have failed, or speculate about the future government of another country, or suggest that a carefully watched human rights dialogue is largely a farce. Clinton’s willingness to speak frankly — combined with an extensive effort to get beyond ministerial meetings in order to hold town hall meetings and conduct local TV interviews in the countries she visits — suggests she will put a distinctive personal stamp on the Obama administration’s foreign policy. What is emerging is something less rigid, less cautious and more open.

    Before her meetings in Beijing, for instance, Clinton said she would raise human rights issues with Chinese officials. “But we pretty much know what they’re going to say,” she said. Clinton’s comments have stirred outrage in the human rights community, where she was once viewed as a hero for having confronted the Chinese government, in 1995, over its record. Activists say that without public, sustained international pressure on human rights issues, nothing will change in China.

    Clinton says she does not understand the fuss. In her view, speaking clearly — and not obfuscating through diplomatic artifice — helps enhance the policy, rather than undermine it. “I think that to worry about something which is so self-evident is an impediment to clear thinking,” Clinton told reporters traveling with her. “And I don’t think it should be viewed as particularly extraordinary that someone in my position would say what’s obvious.”

    Before leaving China on Sunday, Clinton wrapped up her week-long trip by visiting a state-sanctioned church and then meeting 23 women involved in legal, poverty and health-care organizations aimed at helping women and promoting gender equality.
    Many of the women had previously met Clinton when she was first lady and a senator. The one-hour session underscored Clinton’s contention that working with such nongovernmental civic organizations can do as much to promote women’s rights and human rights as does jawboning the Chinese government.

    Gao Yaojie, an 82-year-old AIDS activist, told Clinton of being monitored and hassled by government agencies, declaring, “I am not afraid.” But several others told the secretary of state that grass-roots organizations have grown fast and have had an increasing impact on Chinese society since they first met with her more than a decade ago.

    Within foreign policy circles, Clinton’s remarks on human rights have stirred consternation that she is giving up possible leverage with China before any dialogue has begun. Others say that she is inviting criticism from Capitol Hill and human rights groups that undermine her ability as a diplomat.

    But some experts have defended her, saying she should be commended for speaking frankly. The Bush administration was frequently criticized for having a hypocritical approach to human rights, claiming to promote freedom but treating differently friends and foes with similarly poor human-rights records. “I think she clearly feels it’s necessary to induce realism and perspective to expectations and performance, and to tell the Chinese that (President) Obama knows that we all need to work together, so she is determined not to let less centrally vital issues handicap that,” said Chris Nelson, who writes an influential newsletter on Asian policy.

    “I’ve always felt that the question with respect to human rights and China is not whether or not one presses the issue, but how one does it,” said David Shambaugh, director of Asian policy studies at George Washington University. “Foreigners generally get much further when they do it in quiet rather than in public, when it is framed in a non-confrontational way, and explained in terms of being in China’s best interests.” He added: “Honesty is as good in diplomacy as in life — it’s just a question of when and how one frames their candor.”

    Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, who was known for his bluntness, said he thinks “our diplomacy should be more candid, with less doublespeak, so if she really meant to say what she said, I don’t mind at all. When the Democrats endorse candor in diplomacy, I’ll be a happy man.”
    But he added, “the issue with whatever she says, candid or not, is whether it has an objective in mind, or whether she is just running at the mouth. This is the difference between an executive-branch official and a senator, academic, think-tanker, reporter, whatever. Executive branch officials, by definition, are not just bloviating, but executing policies.”

    Others believe Clinton is making needless trouble for herself. “She is correct in the sense that no U.S. president since Nixon has let human rights stop necessary cooperation with China on critical strategic issues. On the other hand, the Obama administration’s China policy is going to run into a buzz saw on Capitol Hill if people think that human rights are now being de-emphasized,” said Michael Green, formerly the top White House adviser on Asia under President George W. Bush. “The administration has to clarify quickly that it intends to build a cooperative relationship with China and continue pressing hard for improvements in human rights and on issues like Tibet.”

    James Mann, a Johns Hopkins scholar who wrote a history of U.S.-China relations, viewed Clinton’s remarks as part of a further downgrading of the importance of human rights in American policy toward China over the past two decades. “I agree that, to some extent, she’s being honest, in the sense that merely including something in the talking points for diplomacy doesn’t necessary lead to change and is sometimes designed more to mislead the public back home than to influence the interlocutors,” Mann said. But he wondered if this honesty was now a general principle in the administration’s approach to the world. He asked: “Is Hillary Clinton going to not mention women’s rights to the Saudis because they already know what we think?” Mann, in particular, was struck by the contrast with Clinton’s husband, who a decade ago gave strong speeches on behalf of political freedom in China. “Bill Clinton told the leader of China he was on ‘the wrong side of history,’” Mann noted. “Now, Hillary seems to be giving them the reverse message: that China is on the right side of history.”

    chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/world/6275982.html

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    “Foreigners generally get much further when they do it in quiet rather than in public, when it is framed in a non-confrontational way, and explained in terms of being in China’s best interests.”

    Exactly! Couple that with the fact that China owns the majority of U.S. debt and this makes every bit of sense.

  183. From The TimesFebruary 23, 2009
    Jane Macartney in Beijing

    Compliments, not controversy, mark Hillary Clinton’s Beijing visit: Hillary Clinton arrives in Beijing where human rights issues took a back seat…

    She came, she wowed, she conquered. Hillary Clinton, on her first visit to China as the US Secretary of State, could not have made it clearer that America’s relationship with Beijing was crucial to Barack Obama’s goal of tackling the global economic crisis and reining in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. China, in return, demonstrated that America was vital to its interests, and did its best to charm. Both swept their thorniest issues under the carpet.

    Speaking on the popular Chinese television talk show One to One, Mrs Clinton said: “I don’t think it’s realistic to expect that we will see a global recovery without Chinese and American co-operation and leadership.”
    She made sure that her visit to Beijing – during which she met Hu Jintao, the President and head of the Communist Party, Wen Jiabao, the Prime Minister, and Yang Jiechi, the Foreign Minister – focused on issues of mutual concern such as climate change and the global financial crisis, with human rights taking a back seat.

    The visit was in stark contrast to a trip she made to Beijing 15 years ago as First Lady, when she gave a speech so critical of China’s human rights record that the authorities cut off its broadcast midway through. Speaking to reporters this time, she said bluntly that pressing China on issues such as Tibet and Taiwan “can’t interfere with the global economic crisis”. Diplomats described her grasp of the issues as impressive and her facility to engage with her Chinese hosts as unprecedented.

    She appeared to have set the stage for a relationship in which all doors have been left open for discussion – even of such sensitive issues as rights for dissidents and unrest in Tibet. To the surprise of those around her, Mrs Clinton was even able to tackle such relatively minor issues as the planned sale of property to the British Embassy. It needs to expand its offices and the former US Embassy buildings around the corner are the most convenient. The deal, effectively agreed between the British and Americans, is awaiting a go-ahead from the Chinese themselves. In talks with Chinese officials, Mrs Clinton quoted prices for the properties from memory. However, it was not clear whether her grasp of the details would enable the deal to proceed.

    On her final day in Beijing yesterday, Mrs Clinton went to a state approved church and held a meeting with women’s rights activists. She praised them, including Gao Yaojie, an 82-year-old doctor who exposed official faults in the spread of Aids in central China in unsanitary, often state-run, clinics. “Every society has challenges and problems and issues and obstacles and it’s important that people like all of you continue to raise those and speak out,” she said. “Change really does come from individual decisions, many millions of individual decisions, where someone stands up like Dr Gao and says, ‘No, I am not going to be quiet’. That’s what we have to encourage.” She kept the more controversial comments for the last moments of her brief visit to China, that began late on Friday.

    Her official meetings appeared to go off with much warmth, not least when she met China’s foreign policy tsar, State Councillor Dai Bingguo, who gushed: “You look younger and more beautiful than you look on TV.” The new Secretary of State appeared to blush, put her hand to her shoulder in acknowledgement of the compliment, and said: “Well, we will get along very well.” Getting down to business with a blend of flirtatiousness and resolve, she said: “I see our job right now, given where we are in the world and what we’ve inherited, as repairing relations, not only with governments but with people.”

    She told her hosts that she felt their decision to continue to buy US Treasury bonds was a smart one: “It’s a safe investment. The United States has a well-deserved financial reputation.” She said that each side needed the other to ensure the well-being of its economy: “We are truly going to rise or fall together. We are in the same boat and, thankfully, we are rowing in the same direction.”

    Some dissidents were less impressed. Yu Jie, a prominent member of an unofficial house church, said he had been confined to his home for the duration of her visit. Another said that police who had tailed him for a week disappeared when Mrs Clinton left.

    timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article5786644.ece

  184. Alan Keyes is absolutely correct and should be heeded.Alice palmer was another good example of what this power crazy threat to or democracy is in the process of doing to rally his cult.Remember his eye is on the prize that lies beyond the Oval Office.World domination.

    By ABM90 Our country is SLIPPING AWAY as we speak.

  185. It is a great pleasure to support Hillary unrelentlessly 24/7.We must continue to analyze and expose the the Obama agenda that is unadulterated fraud and a fearsome power seizure.
    In contrast,look at her devotion to us and the skills with which she tackles world problems.After an overwhelming week
    of hard work and discussions with Asian leaders and the glorious love and respect shown by millions of their citizens,she is back at work this morning and meeting with The First Minister of Scotland. That my friends is 24/7 devotion to her new job as SOS as no other has ever shown before her.

    By ABM90 She is truly our NATIONAL TREASURE.

    By ABM90

  186. Chinese delighted after Hillary Clinton avoids human rights criticism
    China has reacted with delight to Hillary Clinton’s decision on her first visit as US secretary of state that she would put economic relations before human rights.

    By Richard Spencer in Beijing
    23 Feb 2009

    Mrs Clinton not only made little public mention of the issue, but also showed no sign of having pressed China over another major bone of contention with America – claims that Beijing manipulates its currency to give itself an unfair trade advantage. Praise for the change of tack in state newspapers after she returned home on Sunday was enthusiastic. “Clinton’s visit delivered what is needed desperately – a sense of certainty in the diplomatic vacuum between two presidencies,” said China Daily, the official English-language voice of the Communist Party.

    It referred to the improved relationship in the later years of the administration of President George W Bush. Many in China feared that relationship would change with President Barack Obama, who was critical of Chinese trade policies during his election campaign, and with Mrs Clinton, who has previously criticised Beijing strongly over human rights. Mrs Clinton, who also visited Japan, Indonesia and South Korea on her tour of the Far East, said that she would continue to raise human rights issues but that they would not be allowed to interfere with discussions on economics, climate change and security.

    On Sunday she met women’s rights activists at the American embassy in Beijing, including some who had come into conflict with the regime. One was Gao Yaojie, an 82-year-old doctor who was repeatedly harassed and put under house arrest after revealing the extent of Hiv-Aids infection in central China. But a sufficient number of the “activists” were from government-backed organisations for the meeting to receive a favourable write up in state media.

    Even Global Times, an offshoot of People’s Daily notable for its anti-Americanism, was approving of Mrs Clinton. “In the future, the United States will sooner or later raise the issue of human rights in China, but it might not be too extreme,” it said, quoting a government academic. “This type of realistic attitude could be followed by other Western leaders.”

    telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/4787144/Chinese-delighted-after-Hillary-Clinton-avoids-human-rights-criticism.html

  187. Basil, the problem here is typified by the remarks of Charlie Crist, the supposed Republican Governor of Florida. When he projects manlove toward Obama in typical Tweetie fashion he thinks with his glands. When he says we are in dire straits, and embraces Mr Obama for that reason he stifles honest dissent. And when he supports a program which is too little stimulus and too much pork without objection he cedes the playing field to his opponent, unless his long term plan is to switch parties which is not unlikely.

    Obama is like any other power grabber. If there is no credible opposition he will grab everything until there is nothing left to grab. Right now, the opposing party is no more effective than they were in the campaign. Crist is not a moderate Republican. He is a Quisling, a Marshall Petan, an enemy within.

    To be clear, this is not an endorsement of the Republican Party and its principles. Rather, it is a plea for a return to honest government, and divided governement which is our best protection against tyranny. Simply put, I believe in a system which pits ambitious people against ambitioius people, as opposed to one where they all join together for the sake of unity as the do in the Illionis Combine and prey on the public.

    That is what this struggle is about. And by the way, do notice that Mr Obama did not appoint a special prosecutor to investigate how the banks are using the bailout monies until AFTER the judge rule in favor of the Freedom of Information Request by FOX News. Until then, he was perfectly content to let his cronies and contributors loot.

    If the bots had to face the truth about this guy and how badly they were taken in I suspect they would be doing a reinactment of Jamestown.

  188. JanH, as Richard Spencer says “This type of realistic attitude could be followed by other Western leaders.”

    HRC is a leader, and WE KNEW IT.

  189. To sum it up, Hillary diamond is shining brighter than ever upon her triumphant return from the world stage, and BO is slowly, but surely, losing his Mess-iah like status even among his most loyal sycophants.

  190. A jackass like Matt Lee would never understand but when you are trying to work with someone on existential matters it is generally best not to put a sharp stick in their eye during negotiations.

    How would this jackass react if the Chinese said before we discuss anything we need you to apologize for your treatment of the American Indian and do more to redress your sins and the world community will decide whether you have done enough.

    Left wing idealogues like Lee have a political variant of the psycological condition called OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) when it comes to their pet causes. They love to engage in moral preening. They fail to understand that there are no immaculate conception solutions to problems–only tradeoffs. And often, the cure is worse than the disease.

  191. jbstonesfan

    Even though the media is trying their darndest to portray her in a bad light, her light is shinning through. Why? Because she is the real thing. What I have always liked about HRC is you get what you get. She does not say what is expected, but what must be said in that situation. I love those nerdy photos of her when she was in college. She was there to gain as much knowledge as she could, and not project some sort of hollywood image.

    Fakes, usually fade. It kind of reminds me of people who spend hours with makeup and wardrobe (I think last night we of course went through that), and when they are accidently caught without it all, it is kind of Oh they have the same wrinkles and scars that I do, but they pretend that they don’t.

    Eventually the fakeness is stripped away, and you see the real person. I hope you like the real person, oh you could get stuck with something you don’t like.

  192. To sum it up, Hillary diamond is shining brighter than ever upon her triumphant return from the world stage, and BO is slowly, but surely, losing his Mess-iah like status even among his most loyal sycophants
    ————————-
    I find your statement clear, cogent and convincing.

  193. Absolutely correct….but I had to laugh becuase after my last post I went to the MSNBC website and saw a article header “Clinton’s candor draws mixed reviews”. Predictable, but nevertheless infuriating.

  194. djia Says:

    February 22nd, 2009 at 11:00 am
    POLICE STATE, USA
    National Guard scraps plans to invade rural town
    ‘This operation could be pretty intrusive to the people’
    &&&&&&

    Aren’t there army bases with fake little towns that can be used for such training exercises??

    I live near Ft. Dix, and there are all sorts of training setups.

    Now, let’s play our favorite game, called “If it was Hillary….”

    If it was Hillary as POTUS, and this lack of military intelliegence was unearthed, the buck wouldn’t stop until it reached her desk at the Oval Office. The AP, MSM would lay this on her doorstep:

    “Clinton Administration can’t even reign in National Guard”.
    “How Could this Happen: White House Reels from Lack of Direcftion”
    “Ineptitude. Corruption. Is Hillary the Third Bush Term?”

  195. Give us this Day, Our Bi-weekly Krugman, (but forgive him not, for supporting Obama, as we won’t forgive, others who stomped all over us).

    nytimes.com/2009/02/23/opinion/23krugman.html?_r=1

    Banking on the Brink
    —————————

    By PAUL KRUGMAN
    Published: February 22, 2009

    Comrade Greenspan wants us to seize the economy’s commanding heights.

    O.K., not exactly. What Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chairman — and a staunch defender of free markets — actually said was, “It may be necessary to temporarily nationalize some banks in order to facilitate a swift and orderly restructuring.” I agree.

    The case for nationalization rests on three observations.

    First, some major banks are dangerously close to the edge — in fact, they would have failed already if investors didn’t expect the government to rescue them if necessary.

    Second, banks must be rescued. The collapse of Lehman Brothers almost destroyed the world financial system, and we can’t risk letting much bigger institutions like Citigroup or Bank of America implode.

    Third, while banks must be rescued, the U.S. government can’t afford, fiscally or politically, to bestow huge gifts on bank shareholders.

    Let’s be concrete here. There’s a reasonable chance — not a certainty — that Citi and BofA, together, will lose hundreds of billions over the next few years. And their capital, the excess of their assets over their liabilities, isn’t remotely large enough to cover those potential losses.

    Arguably, the only reason they haven’t already failed is that the government is acting as a backstop, implicitly guaranteeing their obligations. But they’re zombie banks, unable to supply the credit the economy needs.

    To end their zombiehood the banks need more capital. But they can’t raise more capital from private investors. So the government has to supply the necessary funds.

    But here’s the thing: the funds needed to bring these banks fully back to life would greatly exceed what they’re currently worth. Citi and BofA have a combined market value of less than $30 billion, and even that value is mainly if not entirely based on the hope that stockholders will get a piece of a government handout. And if it’s basically putting up all the money, the government should get ownership in return.

    Still, isn’t nationalization un-American? No, it’s as American as apple pie.

    Lately the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has been seizing banks it deems insolvent at the rate of about two a week. When the F.D.I.C. seizes a bank, it takes over the bank’s bad assets, pays off some of its debt, and resells the cleaned-up institution to private investors. And that’s exactly what advocates of temporary nationalization want to see happen, not just to the small banks the F.D.I.C. has been seizing, but to major banks that are similarly insolvent.

    The real question is why the Obama administration keeps coming up with proposals that sound like possible alternatives to nationalization, but turn out to involve huge handouts to bank stockholders.

    For example, the administration initially floated the idea of offering banks guarantees against losses on troubled assets. This would have been a great deal for bank stockholders, not so much for the rest of us: heads they win, tails taxpayers lose.

    Now the administration is talking about a “public-private partnership” to buy troubled assets from the banks, with the government lending money to private investors for that purpose. This would offer investors a one-way bet: if the assets rise in price, investors win; if they fall substantially, investors walk away and leave the government holding the bag. Again, heads they win, tails we lose.

    Why not just go ahead and nationalize? Remember, the longer we live with zombie banks, the harder it will be to end the economic crisis.

    How would nationalization take place? All the administration has to do is take its own planned “stress test” for major banks seriously, and not hide the results when a bank fails the test, making a takeover necessary. Yes, the whole thing would have a Claude Rains feel to it, as a government that has been propping up banks for months declares itself shocked, shocked at the miserable state of their balance sheets. But that’s O.K.

    And once again, long-term government ownership isn’t the goal: like the small banks seized by the F.D.I.C. every week, major banks would be returned to private control as soon as possible. The finance blog Calculated Risk suggests that instead of calling the process nationalization, we should call it “preprivatization.”

    The Obama administration, says Robert Gibbs, the White House spokesman, believes “that a privately held banking system is the correct way to go.” So do we all. But what we have now isn’t private enterprise, it’s lemon socialism: banks get the upside but taxpayers bear the risks. And it’s perpetuating zombie banks, blocking economic recovery.

    What we want is a system in which banks own the downs as well as the ups. And the road to that system runs through nationalization.

  196. wbboei,

    You are absolutely right! Neither the U.S.A. nor Canada would appreciate comments regarding their own human rights violations from other countries. I am sure that Hillary has not forgotten and will approach these issues when the time is right and with the right mechanisms in place to achieve some success.

    It’s not as if her predecessors have won any accolades by charging in like bulls in china shops. Pulling U.S. diplomatic strong-arming back to a reasonable level is the only way to go now.

  197. There is one other point worth mentioning on the subject of human rights. That world is in three parts.

    There are those like Lee who adopt it as a pet cause and grandstand on the issue, there are those who have institutional motives to demand its primacy on the agenda like Amnesty International and finally, there are those
    who are solidly committed to the issue and work quietly and effectively to achieve tangible results. You never hear much about them but they are out there believe me. I know this because I did a little work in this area years ago.

    To them people like Lee are a nuisance. They know the head on approach to the issue in a case like China evokes a loss of face response. They believe implicitly in what Liddell Hart called the indirect aproach. In matters of military, diplomacy and even romance it does little good to run over your opponent. It is far better to engage them in other matters and find a non threatening way around their defenses.

  198. Obama Says He’s Appointed Biden to Oversee Implementation of Stimulus Plan

    Breaking News

    hahahahahahahahahahaha

    Thats like appointing a whore to organize entertainment at a strip joint.
    He’ll syphon off so much to his buddies by stuffing it in his knickers.

    Somehow I wonder how we get through the day.

  199. Biden is dumb, really dumb because this is Obama handing the economic plans off and when it fails when it does, who gets the blame?

    Seriously wtf does Obama actually want to take control bcause as far as I see, he aint doing jack shit byt talk in front of a camera 24/7.

  200. Lawmakers tiptoe bailout conflict-of-interest

    Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio.,voted for the $700 billion financial bailout, but against releasing the second half of the funds. Her husband works at Smith Barney, whose parent company, Citigroup, received $50 billion from the package.

    By Matt Kelley, USA TODAY

    WASHINGTON — As Congress began considering a financial industry rescue plan last fall, Rep. Jean Schmidt called the House ethics committee staff with a question: Did she have to sit out any votes on the package because her husband is a Smith Barney financial adviser? The answer was no, said Schmidt spokesman Bruce Pfaff. “They advised her that because the legislation didn’t address a particular business, that decisions were left up to the Treasury secretary, it would be permissible to vote on that bill,” he said. Citigroup, Smith Barney’s parent company, eventually received $50 billion from the package that Schmidt, R-Ohio, voted to approve. Schmidt voted in January to oppose release of the program’s second $350 billion. “At no point was there ever a discussion of, ‘How does that benefit us?’ ” between Schmidt and her husband, Pfaff said.

    Schmidt is one of two dozen members of Congress with substantial financial ties to the banks and other companies getting a piece of the $700 billion financial rescue package, according to a USA TODAY analysis of disclosure reports covering 2007, the most recent available. Schmidt and three other House members have spouses who work for recipients of the money, and seven senators and 13 representatives had investments worth more than $100,000 in at least one of thecompanies that received funds, their reports show. Those members voted two-to-one in favor of creating the program, with 16 supporting it and eight opposing. That’s a slightly higher rate than Congress as a whole: 337 members voted for it and 196 against.

    House and Senate ethics rules say lawmakers should abstain from voting only on legislation that specifically affects their personal financial interests. Both houses have ruled that owning stock in a publicly traded corporation does not disqualify a lawmaker from voting on bills affecting that company. It is not known how many members held investments at the time of October’s vote. Because lawmakers only report their financial holdings once a year in May, voters don’t have up-to-date information about potential conflicts of interest, said Ryan Alexander, president of the non-partisan watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense.

    “This is something people ought to know at the time of the vote,” said Alexander, whose group has criticized the rescue program.

    Freshman Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., said he sought to avoid any potential conflicts shortly after joining Congress. A former investment banker at rescue recipient Goldman Sachs, Himes said he began selling his investments in financial firms after learning in January that he would be a member of the House Financial Services Committee. His disclosure for 2007 showed between $410,000 and $950,000 in Goldman Sachs stock options, partnerships and employee benefit funds. “To my way of thinking, I shouldn’t have a private stake in those companies,” said Himes. “The public deserves to have confidence that the people who are making these decisions don’t have conflicts of interest.”

    Other lawmakers with financial ties to rescue fund recipients, according to their disclosures:

    • Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, co-founded Central Pacific Financial Corp., which received $135 million, and he owned up to $500,000 in the bank’s stock in 2007. “To suggest that my support of this legislation was in any way related to Central Pacific is simply untrue,” Inouye said in an e-mailed statement.

    • Democratic Rep. John Dingell’s wife is an executive with rescue recipient General Motors, and the couple reported owning up to $1.4 million in GM stock during 2007. Dingell spokesman Adam Benson said in an e-mail that the Michigan congressman did not know money from the program would go to GM when he voted for it. Dingell, however, sent a letter three weeks later to the Treasury Department urging it to use rescue money to help automakers to “protect this critical sector of the economy.”

    • Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., like Schmidt, is married to a Citigroup executive. Her 2007 financial report says her husband, Charles, owned between $1 million and $5 million and she owned between $100,000 and $250,000 worth of Citigroup stock. Capito voted against the rescue package and to block release of its second half.

    Capito said she has “listened as much as a wife is going to listen to her husband” during their discussions about the financial crisis. “Policy-wise, the buck stops with me,” Capito said.

    usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-02-22-bailout_N.htm

  201. Well I’ve tried twice to post an article from USA Today about conflicts of interest regarding voting for the stimulus plan.

    LOL…if anyone is interested in reading it:

    usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-02-22-bailout_N.htm

  202. and as is the norm these days, Obama speaks and appoints Biden to the stimulus oversight and the DOW plummets like a brick in the sea.

  203. turndownobama-com Says:

    February 22nd, 2009 at 11:01 pm
    wbboei Says:
    Florida Governor Crist (R-Fl) who supported Mr Obama today on MTP because of all that free money to Florida and his lack of core principles is a not the brightest bulb in the world.

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

    I’m usually not much on vast conspiracy theories, but here’s one of a believable scale. It was the GOP Florida legislature and Crist that set up the Florida Democrats for trouble with the DNC. Opportunity, means — and here’s motive.
    Iirc it’s some little feminist paper in SF, Rosemary someone, who thinks Brazile and Rove conspired about this.
    &&&&&

    You know how late night comedians do segments, “If they mated…”, showing what a child of say Keith Richards and Oprah, might look like…

    Imagine for a second, and I really mean, only one second, a love child of Donna Brazile and Karl Rove??

    Oooph.

    Sorry about that.

  204. One final point on Matt Lee–I am sorry I cant help myself.

    What does he want? What is he really after? Fame, recognition and the respect of his peers. Yes, to a point, but he reserves the right to diss them at the appropriate time because they are not as ideologically pure as he is.

    Before I give you the scenario, here is what Nietsche had to say about people like Matt: “in every party there is one member who by his all too devout pronouncement of principles, provokes others to apostacy.”

    Now the scenario.

    One day scrubby Matt Lee goes to the mailbox and discovers an RSVP invitation from Sally Quinn wife of Ben Bradley and widely acknowledged priestess with the leastest invititing him–yes little old him to be an honored guest at a dinner party they will be throwing next month at their Georgetown estate.

    He considers the implications–what this would mean to him, his career and his voice in the liberal community in viva voche. Scruffy little Matt. Should I go or should I profess my moral superiority and decline. If I go I cannot wear my blue jeans, I will have to rent a tuxedo and that alone would involve some compromise of my principles.

    If they think they can bribe me with fame, fortune and wine–theyre right.

    When that belle di finally arrives so does Matt in a black Amish horse and buggy at the palatial estate of Mr and Mrs Ben Bradley. The tux is a little tight his mephisto shoes are a little scruffy, and he had the courage to draw the line somewhere and did not shave.

    He is greeted at the butler who tells him the workmans entrance is in the rear. He pulls out the invitation and shows it to the butler. The butler demands to see proof of identification. Matt produces a drivers license and gets a little hot under the collar.

    The butler lets him in. He wanders in and a servant walks up to him and offers him a glass of champaign. He takes it because it is free. He asks if they have any Tijauana gold, and they think he is asking them about tequilla.

    As he mills around at the end of the receiving line waiting for his chance to press the flesh of Ben and his wife Sally-yikes, he notices the room is abuzz and people are whispering and looking at him. He pretends not to notice but trains his ear on what they are saying.

    They are saying . . . pssst . . . do you know who that is . . . that is Matt Lee . . . he is the conscience of OUR community, a rising star, and just two years ago he had is own blog. Oh my . . please tell me more. Well he was hired by Biggie Rat at AP, and now he preens his moral conscience before the world. In fact, he has singlehanddly engineered a sea change of US policy toward Luxenborg. They have apologized for their human rights abuses.

    At that moment, Matt knows for sure that his moment in the sun has arrived. It is only a matter of time before he has his own palatial estate, with stables for the horses. Life is good.

  205. Whoooaaa, Admin are you now writing for the Yahoo news buzz log? This excerpt sounds like you/us does it not?
    “Obama deficit disorder?
    After a trillion here, a trillion there for the bank bailout, stimulus, and other expenditures borne of the nation’s ever-worsening financial crisis, who’d have thought there’d be anything left in the national piggy bank to tackle the deficit? Well, Barack Obama does, apparently. One of Sunday’s most popular Buzz topics was the president’s plan to halve the federal deficit to $533 billion by the end of his first term. Short of reselling Manhattan at a huge profit, how can he do that? By slashing Iraq war outlays, letting the Bush-era tax breaks expire for those earning more than $250,000, and streamlining government, says the administration. We shall see… ”

    buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/92294/the-buzz-weekend-recap?fp=1

  206. Congressman’s aide sneaks secret terrorist rendezvous
    Undercover meeting with Hamas called illegal by State Department

    worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=89684

  207. rgb44hrc Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 10:54 am

    djia Says:

    *********************

    RGB and all…

    my thoughts on that post about the reserves needing to “train” on a real town in iowa or anywhere for that matter is not good

    I think this is a very scary and telling sign as to where they are expecting to head in the future to feel they NEED TO GET A PLAN IN PLACE NOW and perhaps they feel they NEED TO CONDITION THE PUBLIC OPINION about seeing military in our towns on our streets and at our front doors entering our homes etc.

    small town iowa i believe is only a testing ground for more such “training exercises” across our country to come.

  208. Seriously wtf does Obama actually want to take control bcause as far as I see, he aint doing jack shit byt talk in front of a camera 24/7.
    —————————
    Obamas entire life has been about big speeches, smoozing and avoiding responsibility.

    But when you are president, whether you like it or not the buck stops here.

    As they say in the Navy–you can delegate authority but not responsibility.

  209. Jan…. I agree

    SO MUCH FOR HOPEY DOPEY CHANGE AND THE NEW ERA OF ” TRANSPARENCY!

    no one has been more secretive and constitutional stomping than OBAMA

  210. double standards

    Imagine the outrage if the headline was changed from Obama and Biden to

    Bush Says He’s Appointed Cheney to Oversee Implementation of Stimulus Plan.

    The media would have shit themselves.

  211. Jan

    yes, i do too as well

    it would be hard for me (i am sure everyone here would be too) to list all the things with our government that i find offensive

  212. JanH Says:
    He goes to the gym, he talks, he signs what is put in front of him, he goes home for supper.

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

    He’s the third one that I know of: Reagan, Bush II, now Obama.

    At least Reagan was a professional actor who knew what his job was and didn’t go Stanislavski.

  213. HMMMM…… I might move to montana one day soon

    Montana loading another shot for states’ rights
    Associated Press, by Staff

    Original Article

    Posted By:jhp, 2/23/2009 12:13:32 PM

    HELENA – Montana lawmakers are betting the words ‘Made in Montana’ might be able to trigger a court showdown with the federal government, while also freeing some gun owners and dealers from background check and licensing requirements. Under a proposed law before the Legislature, firearms, weapons components and ammunition made in Montana and kept in Montana would be exempt from federal regulation, potentially releasing some Montanans from national gun registration and licensing laws.

  214. “BULL SHIT” HARRY REID IS AT IT AGAIN.

    Harry Reid: Economy
    starting to turn around

    The Hill, by Bob Cusack

    Original Article

    Posted By:FLgator, 2/23/2009 12:11:27 PM

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on Monday that the banking industry is “very close” to being stabilized and the nation’s economy is starting to rebound. “We tend to talk about the negative. … Things are beginning to turn and I think the American people are going to feel that very soon,” Reid said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show.

  215. Paula Says:

    February 22nd, 2009 at 11:36 pm
    wbboei, Excellent point about Hillary’s different hairdos, makeup. I agree they weren’t an accident.
    &&&&&

    She’s like a spy, learning to blend in.

    Hey, Hillary, “Burn Notice” called, they said “Michael” wants you on his team.

  216. Clinton Elevates Asia Among Foreign Policy Priorities
    Her recent trip signals that the new administration sees the world differently than its predecessors

    By Thomas Omestad
    Posted February 23, 2009

    Her predecessors generally took their maiden voyages eastward to the usual diplomatic touchstones, the capitals of Europe and the Middle East. By flying instead to Asia last week on her inaugural overseas trip as the top U.S. diplomat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent a signal that the Obama administration views relationships across the Pacific as “indispensable to addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities of the 21st century.”

    This message was reinforced at her first stop, Tokyo, where she invited Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso to be the first foreign leader hosted by President Obama at the White House, a meeting planned for this Tuesday. Clinton’s early Asia focus set the Obama foreign policy apart from that of his predecessor. George Bush assigned pre-eminence to the Iraq struggle and the war on terrorism. And Asia, despite its vast scale, economic clout, and role in key security issues, held a secondary position in the Bush administration’s foreign policy pecking order. Asia Society President Vishakha Desai sees Clinton’s trip as signaling “a major shift in strategy.”

    Clinton looked comfortable in her various roles, which included meeting with senior officials, having tea with Japan’s empress, and chatting with children from the Indonesian school that a young Barack Obama had attended. She repeatedly touched on themes of consultation, mutual respect, and developing relationships, an approach that tends to produce few immediate results but builds goodwill with Asian officials. She also used the trip to highlight Obama’s interest in the development of modern energy technologies and measures to slow global climate change.

    Four countries were on her itinerary. The Japan stop aimed at strengthening ties to a long-standing ally and key economic partner, and it provided a chance to discuss steps to revive flagging North Korean denuclearization talks. She met with family members of Japanese abducted in the 1970s and 1980s by North Korean agents, a highly emotional issue in Japan. Next was Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country. Obama has said he wants to improve relations between the U.S. government and Muslim publics worldwide. Her third destination, South Korea, is another U.S. military ally and major trading partner. The agenda for the Seoul talks was topped again by North Korea. Clinton said that the Obama administration is willing to normalize relations with the North, negotiate a peace treaty to replace the truce, and contribute to meeting the North’s energy needs if Pyongyang is “genuinely prepared to completely and verifiably eliminate” its nuclear weapons program.

    In some ways, she left the most important, at least in strategic terms, for last: Beijing. Shortly before leaving for Asia, she portrayed China’s rise as potentially beneficial to the United States and urged broadening the U.S.-Chinese agenda, including increased cooperation on climate change issues. But the state of the global economy is the most pressing concern of the moment, with Washington counting on Beijing to stimulate its economic activity to help counter the global slump.

    usnews.com/articles/news/world/2009/02/23/clinton-elevates-asia-among-foreign-policy-priorities.html

  217. # JanH Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    LOL…Reid is following Bill Clinton’s advice and doesn’t have a clue how to do it right.
    *****************************************************************

    yes BUT! we’ve been hearing “JUST WORDS” for so long now

    Did BC intentionally try to sabotoge BHO credibility by esentially telling america (the world) that
    bho should be using more positive rhetoric to keep people from panicking???

    how many will actually believe even “hopeful” rhetoric from BHO now??
    especially since hearing BC say that Obama should be telling people that things are more “hopeful”

    I think after it all , people will be way more skeptical from now on and tend not to believe any of the rhetoric
    good or bad.

    I know that is how i am today

    so, how believable will obamas WORDS be with other world leaders?? with our enemies??

  218. here’s something you won’t see any “journalist” [if you can call any of them that these days] talk about, print, or report

    Pay your own damn bills first, Mr. President
    By Michelle Malkin • February 23, 2009 01:47 PM

    President Obama just finished up his opening remarks at a “fiscal responsibility” summit to address skyrocketing budget deficits.

    How about paying your own damn bills first, Mr. President?

    There’s yet another new report of Obama campaign/DNC unpaid bills — this one from Springfield, Illinois. Obama owes the city at least $65,000 for overtime and other costs.

    That’s in addition to the nearly $2 million Obama still owes the city of Chicago.

    And the $24,000 Obama owes the city of Philadelphia.

    Deadbeatonomics for He, but not for thee.

  219. This forum has yet to talk about the “tea party protests” beginning to happen all over

    I think it’s worthy of passing on the info to anyone who reads/posts here as to be informed.

    so here is a place to start. [some great pics included of past protests]

    michellemalkin.com/2009/02/23/tea-party-usa-watch-taxpayers-coming-together/

  220. Moononpluto: Thats like appointing a whore to organize entertainment at a strip joint.
    He’ll syphon off so much to his buddies by stuffing it in his knickers.

    —————————–
    you have a way with words!

  221. main site to join a “tea party protest” or even to start one of your own

    pjtv.com/?cmd=page&page-id=78

    from that site:

    America is on the brink of another revolution. In a new American Tea Party, citizens across the USA are beginning to protest giant government programs that reach deep into their pockets. These programs create huge economic burdens on American families and threaten their livelihood now and into the future.

    The Pajamas TV team including Michelle Malkin, Glenn Reynolds, and Joe Wurzelbacher (aka Joe the Plumber) – are mobilized to help cover this new and evolving revolution.

    Organzing your own Tea Party Protest ?

    PJTV would like to help publicize it before, during and after the event. If you are organizing such a protest in your community, email us at atp@pjtv.com

    Please indicate:
    – Date, Start Time and End Time, Location
    – Purpose
    – Who is sponsoring this event
    – Photo is optional (198 x 126 pixels are ideal)

    Although American Tea Party and PJTV will list some of the planned events and protests, we cannot vouch for their legitimacy.

    For information on How to Organize you own “Tea Party” Protest (The Conservative Revolution) – click here

    You will need to determine from local authorities if a permit is needed for your particular event.

    Join The American Tea Party Facebook group

  222. from Drudge:

    Ayers to Alan Colmes: Obama Making ‘Colossal Mistake’ sending additional troops to Afghanistan
    Mon Feb 23 2009 14:00:00 ET

    In an exclusive interview airing tonight on Hannity at 9:00pm ET on FOX News Channel, Bill Ayers spoke with Alan Colmes on a wide range of issues including his past with the Weather Underground and President Obama.Ê

    Ayers on President Obama sending 17,000 additional troops to Afghanistan:

    “It’s a mistake. It’s a colossal mistake. And, you know, we’ve seen this happen before, Alan. We’ve seen a hopeful presidency, Lyndon Johnson’s presidency, burn up in the furnace of war.”

    “I fear that this brilliant young man, this hopeful new administration, could easily burn their prospect of a great presidency in the war in Afghanistan or elsewhere.”

    On setting bombs as part of the Weather Underground:

    “I don’t regret anything I did it to oppose the war. It was — I did it to oppose the war. I don’t regret it.”

    “I don’t look back on those things and regret them, but I’m willing to rethink them. And there are many things which I’m going to rethink.”

    Developing…

  223. djia Says:

    February 23rd, 2009 at 4:04 pm
    from Drudge:

    Ayers to Alan Colmes: Obama Making ‘Colossal Mistake’ sending additional troops to Afghanistan
    Mon Feb 23 2009 14:00:00 ET

    In an exclusive interview airing tonight on Hannity at 9:00pm ET on FOX News Channel, Bill Ayers spoke with Alan Colmes on a wide range of issues including his past with the Weather Underground and President Obama.Ê

    Ayers on President Obama sending 17,000 additional troops to Afghanistan:

    “It’s a mistake. It’s a colossal mistake. And, you know, we’ve seen this happen before, Alan. We’ve seen a hopeful presidency, Lyndon Johnson’s presidency, burn up in the furnace of war.”

    “I fear that this brilliant young man, this hopeful new administration, could easily burn their prospect of a great presidency in the war in Afghanistan or elsewhere.”

    On setting bombs as part of the Weather Underground:

    “I don’t regret anything I did it to oppose the war. It was — I did it to oppose the war. I don’t regret it.”
    &&&&&&&&&

    Hmmm, is Billy thinking about “protesting” again, as he once did? I mean, if he feels strongly about it…

  224. The fiscal responsibility summit at the WH cracks me up.
    🙄
    It reminds me of the long-winded, meaningless, bloviating teacher training days I had to suffer through several times a year, filled with irrelevant and pointless committees, work-groups and brainstorming sessions.

    Teachers considered it a day off as absolutely nothing got done. Of course it was annoying having to listen to blustering clueless wannabees climbing up the educational ladder as they poked and prodded and cajoled the rest of us into coming up with at least one page of written suggestions to justify the 2-3 hour huddle session where we used to goof off, gossip or catch-up with lesson plans and grades.

    This is so friggin amateurish and, well, STUPID!!!!!!!!!

  225. Oh JEEEEZZZZZ!!!!!!!

    Writing about my teaching days dredged up some awful memories which remind me of the BHO administration.

    What it really reminds me of is those horrible holiday music programs I had to put on with dozens of kids, most of them talentless, and having to give some of them solo parts and having to squirm as they butchered their solos, forgot the words, sang out of key, froze before the microphone (BHO doesn’t have that problem) and then pretend it was so wonderful and applaud loudly along with the kids parents and the rest of the school audience and everyone knew everyone else was pretending it was good.

    But fer jack’s sake, those were kids!

    BHO, an alleged adult, is demanding and receiving the same treatment.

  226. LMAO!!!!!!!!!! OBAMA GOT PUNKED!! GO MC CAIN GO!!

    At Fiscal Responsibility Summit, McCain Suggests Cost-Saving: Cancel the President’s New Chopper

    February 23, 2009 4:45 PM

    “I’m going to start with John McCain, because,…you know, he and I had some good debates about these issues,” President Obama said in the final session of the Fiscal Responsibility Summit. “But — and I mean what I say here — I think John has also been extraordinarily consistent and sincere about these issues. And I want to see if you’ve — John, you’ve got some thoughts about where we need to go and some priority areas. I know you were in procurement, for example, which is an area I know we would like to work on together with you.”

    Said the president’s former Republican rival, “Well, thank you, Mr. President. And thank you for doing this…Just one area that I wanted to mention that I think consumed a lot of our conversation on procurement, it was the issue of cost overruns in the Defense Department. We all know how large the defense budget is.”

    And, McCain noted, “your helicopter is now going to cost as much as Air Force One. I don’t think that there’s any more graphic demonstration of how good ideas have — have cost taxpayers an enormous amount of money.”

    Said Obama, “I’ve already talked to (Defense Secretary Robert) Gates about a thorough review of the helicopter situation.”

    Added the president, to laughter, “the helicopter I have now seems perfectly adequate to me. Of course, I’ve never had a helicopter before. So, you know, maybe — maybe I’ve been deprived and I didn’t know it.But I think it is a — it is an — an example of the procurement process gone amuck, and — and we’re going to have to fix it.”

    – jpt
    blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/02/at-fiscal-respo.html

  227. has anyone else noticed how some in the media are not “fixing” obama’s quotes before they go to print? I have noticed many more often now that they are leaving in all the eh er um um’s in tact.

    LMAO

  228. basil

    Agreed! I too wish he had hit obama with a political nuke during the GE

    but i love what he did today none the less. and I like how tapper didn’t “fix” what obama said to make him “seem” eloquent.

  229. wbboei

    let me try that again …

    Just in case you haven’t anywhere to go on the 27th….

    Seattle is on for a Tea Party! It will be Friday around noon time, downtown. We are trying to get Westlake Park again. I will post with more details soon. Bring it!!!

  230. Bobo did it again!

    Answering the first question at the presser,

    he said referred to himself, again, as an economist by saying “no no, other economists”
    (feel, think, say…whatever the verb was) “the same thing.”

    I was under the impression he got a law degree, not a degree in economics. Snark snark

  231. Ejay- I stole it from Irving Berlin:

    An ambassador has just reached the shore
    He’s a man of many loves
    An important gent from the Orient
    To be handled with kid gloves
    He can come and let his hair down, ooh!
    Have the best time of his life
    Even bring his new affair down
    Introduce her as his wife
    But she mustn’t leave her panties in the hall
    Of the priestess with the leastest
    Nor the hostess with the mostest
    With the mostest on the ball

  232. CJ

    are you still around??

    interested in putting together a sioux falls or even sioux city tea party??

    anyone else near me interested??

  233. I had forgotten how much I disliked John Bolton and his bull-in-china-shop style.
    ——————————–
    Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, who was known for his bluntness, said he thinks “our diplomacy should be more candid, with less doublespeak, so if she really meant to say what she said, I don’t mind at all. When the Democrats endorse candor in diplomacy, I’ll be a happy man.”

    But he added, “the issue with whatever she (Hillary) says, candid or not, is whether it has an objective in mind,

    *or whether she is just running at the mouth.*

    This is the difference between an executive-branch official and a senator, academic, think-tanker, reporter, whatever. Executive branch officials, by definition, are not just bloviating, but executing policies.”
    ———————————————-
    WHAT A JERK !

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