Barack Obama’s Sound Economic Plan

Barack Obama has a “sound” economic plan.

Barack Obama’s economic plan is all “sound”.

Barack Obama’s economic “plan” is, to borrow from Bill Shakespeare, “a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

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Once again, today, Obama presented a “words, words, words” extravaganza which rivals the Academy Awards in hype – and the stock market dropped even further in value.

We have seen this before. When Obama or his team stink up the national discourse with their “plans” the markets plunge and the public grows distraught.

Why the markets plunge when the B.O. administration speaks is fairly easy to understand. If we employ the standard “Ship of State” analogy, the United States is a great ship with a great history in great shape. The “ship of state” however is currently in very choppy and dangerous waters with lots of wind and rain and towering high waves which threaten destruction. All the passengers on the great ship of state, whether in fabulous state rooms or in the deepest parts of the ship, are aware of the battering waves.

Passengers or crew on the great ship of state who look into the “bridge”, which commands the ship, get nausea. What we see when we peer into the “bridge” is a lot of men in lovely to look at uniforms. More disturbing, we see a captain, who was never even in charge of a row boat, strutting about, with a hat ever so jauntily perched atop his head, flapping his arms, perfecting his imitation of someone in charge, but completely lost as to what to do.

The captain of the ship of state, bedecked in gold trim and shiny objects straight from a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, enjoys his host duties at the captains table too. To the captains table many are invited. Rich dinners are served and many fancy desserts are displayed and consumed along with the best wines and liquors.

Meanwhile, in the engine room, the only fully functioning part of the great ship of state, working diligently and employing all her experience to keep the great ship from sinking, is a blond lady.

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In the next few days we will continue with our analysis of the Obama Systemic Failure and Moral Hazard along with nationalization and other such issues.

Today we witnessed the first step in Obama’s Social Security Treachery which he himself outlined long ago:



The Stock Market reacted to Obama’s Circus Big Top today:

Wall Street has turned the clock back to 1997. Investors unable to extinguish their worries about a recession that has no end in sight dumped stocks again Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 251 points to its lowest close since Oct. 28, 1997, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index logged its lowest finish since April 11, 1997.

All the major indexes slid more than 3 percent. The Dow is just over 100 points from 7,000.

“People left and right are throwing in the towel,” said Keith Springer, president of Capital Financial Advisory Services. [snip]

The biggest thing I see here is the incredible pessimism,” Springer said. “The government is doing a lousy job of alleviating fears.”

If Obama thought he would remove Hillary Clinton from politics he was wrong. Hillary is busy saving the world, Bill is busy too, shoring up allies:

Bill Clinton will host a March 11th fundraiser in Manhattan for his wife’s successor Kirsten Gillibrand — the first indication that the Clintons are explicitly supporting the rookie senator, according to an E-mail sent to Gillibrand donors.

The invite — with location TBD here

Tomorrow, Obama will bamboozle yet again. After wasting almost a trillion dollars on an uncoordinated “stimulus” scam designed more with the 2010 elections in mind that the economy, Obama says he will cut the deficit in half at some future date.

Obama will try to razzle dazzle with bread and circuses but the stink will continue to rise:

“The budget news is very bad in the short, and the long run,” said Alice Rivlin, Bill Clinton’s budget director.

Obama’s team has settled on a three-part plan to deliver the bad news to America, aides and experts say. First, they will begin the week with a “fiscal summit” Monday designed to stress that the president cares about the deficit and plans to reduce it, by raising taxes on the wealthy, drawing down in Iraq and reining in Medicare and other entitlement costs.

Second, the president will explain the widening gap in an address to Congress Tuesday in positive, hopeful terms. He’ll say a brief bulge in government spending is needed to stimulate the economy, and to reform health care, education, and energy policy – key campaign promises that he’ll flesh out as he releases his first budget outline on Thursday.

And third, the current White House will take advantage of a ripe but waning opportunity: to blame it all on President George W. Bush.

Obama will bore the nation tomorrow with more words, but the reality will come in April when we see the actual numbers.

The only sweet sounds Obama could emit that would make the markets and the world rejoice is that Hillary will continue to Save the World and Bill Clinton will run the economy and all domestic programs.

Obama could, if he so wished, continue to be the buffo captain in an operetta no one is watching except the Hopium addled, transfixed in their seats, hearing celestial choirs.

Get out of the way – that would be Barack Obama’s Soundest Economic Plan.

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  1. Barack Obama’s economic “plan” is, to borrow from Bill Shakespeare, “a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

    ADMIN…..YOU’RE ASTOUNDINGLY BRILLIANT!!

    HUGS!

  2. Well done ADMIN!

    And yet bambi is all over the place swearing that his stimulus baby isn’t wasteful.

    What a joke.

  3. Admin: that is a truthful statement of where we are today. It reminds me too much of another voyage taken in 1912 which Hollywood made a movie about a few years back. From this moment on Mr Obama needs to choose his words and his programs very carefully. When the frontline is crumbling it is madness for the general to be cracking jokes with reporters and carrying on at staff headquarters. As you say, he must learn to lead, follow or get out of the way. He can bamboozle a naiive audience and a delusional press corps but not a sophisticated one.

  4. A friend of mine plays golf with a municipal judge in a town close to mine. The judge is no great brain but he was a strong supporter of Obama and our governor who is a trecherous bot in her own right. My friend tells me the judge is no longer enamorate of Mr Obama. In only a month, the bloom is off the rose. He acknowleges that Obama is not the answer he thought he was. He refuses to discuss the subject further and he gets mad when my friend tries to bait him.

  5. The following is long but worth reading
    February 22, 2009

    “Sounding the Alarm”

    My postings go out to many people in the US, and it is to all of you in particular that I speak now.

    That Israel has friends in the US is incontrovertible. This is the case notably within right wing segments of the Jewish community, and within certain segments of the Christian community.

    But there is the sense here in Jerusalem today that as a nation we stand alone among the nations of the world as perhaps never before. (The one exception at the moment being Canada, which I note with gratitude.)

    This is how Jerusalem Post editor David Horovitz puts it:

    “Israel is the only sovereign state whose destruction international society will excuse.”

    Horovitz wrote this in the context of talking about the state of politics in Britain today, where, according to British journalist Nick Cohen, the modern Left, “succors and indulges…the clerical fascists of radical Islam”:

    “From the broadcasters, through the liberal press, the Civil Service, the Metropolitan Police, the bench of bishops and the judiciary, anti-Semitism is no longer an unthinkable mental deformation. As long as the conspiracy theorie s of the counter-enlightenment come from the ideologues with the dark rather than white skins, nominally liberal men and women will not speak out.”

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    Why do I address this to you, in America? Because Horovitz also tells us that Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor warned, during a talk at the recent Herzliya Conference, that:

    “…where Britain is today, America will be in a few years time.”

    Exaggeration? I think not. I am watching as a president with Muslim identifications and connections actively courts the Muslim world, while a good portion of the American populace still thinks he’s great and deigns not to criticize him.

    As I face this truth, an icy chill grips my heart.

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    I know that there is precious little that I can do to stop Obama, except to sound alarms such as this one via my writing, and to consistently provide pertinent information. And that is why I address each of you.

    I hope you won’t find the picture of the finger pointing, below, offensive. I most certainly don’t mean it to be: I intend it, rather, to emphasize the significance of having each of you take this message personally.

    For the unvarnished truth, the painful reality, is that the future of Western society, with the US at its core, depends on people like you. And it’s time for each of you to take this charge seriously. A simple silent agreement with what I write won’t cut it. “Tch tch” or “Oy!” is useless, even if most sincerely intended — useless, unless it is accompanied by action.

    How does that saying go? “All that is required for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing.”

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    Action:

    Work hard to convince others — relatives and friends — of the dangers the US faces. Write (brief, u nemotional, fact-filled) letters to the editor. Contact foreign desk editors, registering complaints (nicely –nasty doesn’t work) when the news reflects an anti-Israel bias.

    Of great significance, contact elected and appointed officials and register protests, clearly and frequently. The White House, the State Department, and members of both Houses of Congress must hear what you have to say. I will follow with specific names of greatest import.

    Garner groups of local activists to do all of these things with you. Get out contact information of Congresspeople (information on this follows below), and provide talking points for important issues (which I will always help with). Be a catalyst. Be brave and determined. Form a list.

    If you are a member of a major Jewish establishment organization — American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Congress, Hadassah, Emunah, ORT, B’nai B’rith, AMIT, etc. etc. raise your voice within those circles and20insist that they be involved officially in making protest. The majority of these organizations have been all too quiet, and they need to hear from their members and financial supporters on this issues.

    No more passivity. Act as if the lives of your children and grandchildren will depend on this. For they will.

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    To those on my list already doing these things — and some of you have been in contact with me — I say thank you, and please don’t stop. (Bunny S., you’re great!)

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    There will many issues to be addressed that I will raise over time. Here I want to return once again to the Durban 2 preparatory committee and the issue of US participation. This participation is the single most alarming decision Obama has made yet. It not only has serious repercussions, it points in an exceedingly dangerous direction.

    That is why the Obama administration must get the message — immediate and vociferous — that this is not acceptable. The US is headed down a very slippery slope.

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    Today I begin with the most recent column of Caroline Glick.

    In part she reviews material covered the other day by Anne Bayefsky of Eye on the UN (whom I cited last week).

    Ostensibly, the US delegation sent by Obama to participate in the preparatory committee — along with the likes of Libya, Cuba, Iran and Pakistan — is only there to try to make things better. The US says it still holds out the option of refusing to attend the actual sessions in Geneva in April if improvements aren’t made in the document that will set the agenda of the conference.

    But, says Bayefsky, this is exceedingly disingenuous for several reasons:

    — The decision to participate at all represents a major shift in US policy, as the US government, since 2001, has boycotted all Durban proceedings.

    — The stated purpose of Durban 2 is “to foster the implementation of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action. This is non-negotiable and cannot be changed by U.S. participation, period.”

    “…all U.N. states attending these preparatory sessions have already agreed to ‘reaffirm the Durban Declaration.’…joining negotiations now means agreeing to its provisions for the first time.”

    As Glick puts it, as the original Durban Declaration “include[s] the anti-Israel assertion that Israel is a racist state, it is clear that the Durban II conference is inherently, and necessarily, anti-Israel.”

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    But Glick now carries this further:

    “The second reason that both the State Department and the White House must realize that they are powerless to affect the conference’s agenda is because that agenda was already set in previous planning sessions… and that agenda includes multiple assertions of the basic illegitimacy of the=2 0Jewish people’s right to self-determination.

    “Beyond all that, assuming that the Obama administration truly wishes to change the agenda, the fact is that the US is powerless to do so. As was the case in 2001, so too, today, the Islamic bloc, supported by the Third World bloc, has an automatic voting majority.”

    Writes Glick:
    “SINCE IT came into office a month ago, every single Middle East policy the Obama administration has announced has been antithetical to Israel’s national security interests. From President Barack Obama’s intense desire to appease Iran’s mullahs in open discussions; to his stated commitment to establish a Palestinian state as quickly as possible…; to his expressed support for the so-called Saudi peace plan…; to his decision to end US sanctions against Syria and return the US ambassador to Damascus; to his plan to withdraw US forces from Iraq and so give Iran an arc of uninterrupted control extending from Iran to Lebanon, every single concrete policy Obama has enunciated harms Israel.

    “At the same time, none of the policies that Obama has adopted can be construed as directed against Israel. In and of themselves, none can be viewed as expressing specific hostility toward Israel. Rather, they are expressions of naiveté, or ignorance, or – at worst – deliberate denial of the nature of the problems of the Arab and Islamic world on the part of Obama and his advisers.

    “The same cannot be said of the administration’s decision to send its delegation to the Durban II planning session this past week in Geneva. Unlike every other Obama policy, this is a hostile act against Israel. This is true first of all because the decision was announced in the face of repeated Israeli requests that the US join Israel and Canada in boycotting the Durban II conference. (emphasis added)

    “…what lies behind Israel’s requests for a US boycott is not a partisan agenda, but a clearheaded acknowledgement that the Durban II conference is inherently devoted to the delegitimization and destruction of the Jewish state. And by joining in the planning sessions, the US has become a full participant in legitimizing and so advancing this overtly anti-Jewish agenda. (emphasis added)
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    Glick goes on to describe what happened at a committee session last Thursday, when the Palestinian delegation proposed that a paragraph be added to the conference’s agenda, which “calls for implementation of… the advisory opinion of the ICJ [International Court of Justice] on the wall, [i.e., Israel’s security fence], and the international protection of Palestinian people throughout the occupied Palestinian territory.”

    “The American delegation raised no objection to the Palestinian draft. (emphasis added)
    “Issued in 2004, the ICJ’s advisory opinion on the security fence claimed that Israel has no right to self-defense against Palestinian terrorism. At the time, both the US and Israel rejected the ICJ’s authority to issue an opinion on the subject.

    “On Thursday, by not objecting to this Palestinian draft, not only did the US effectively accept the ICJ’s authority, for practical purposes it granted the anti-Israel claim that Jews may be murdered with impunity.”
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    Glick’s conclusion: “…through its behavior at the Geneva=2 0planning sessions this week, the US has demonstrated that State Department protestations aside, the administration has no interest in changing the agenda in any serious way. The US delegation’s decision not to object to the Palestinian draft, as well its silence in the face of Iran’s rejection of a clause in the conference declaration that mentioned the Holocaust, show the US did not join the planning session to change the tenor of the conference. The US is participating in the planning sessions because it wishes to participate in the conference. (emphasis added)

    “The Durban II conference, like its predecessor, is part and parcel of a campaign to coordinate the diplomatic and legal war against the Jewish state…

    “By participating in the conference, the US today is effectively giving American support to the war against the Jewish state.

    “The open hostility toward Israel expressed by the Obama administration’s decision to participate in the Durban process should be a red flag for both the Israeli=2 0government and for Israel’s supporters in the US.

    Both Israel and its Jewish and non-Jewish supporters must openly condemn the administration’s move and demand that it reverse its decision immediately. (emphasis added)
    http://www.jpost.com /servlet/Satellite?cid=1233304831938&pagename=JPArticle%2FShowFull

  6. I had forgotten how much I disliked John Bolton and his bull-in-china-shop style.
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    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.”
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    WHAT A JERK !

  7. I don’t like bumper stickers on my car but I may make an exception…

    O B A M A

    One Big Ass Mistake America

    On the email it was in color with large Red capital letters, and the rest small. But you get the gist of it.

  8. More bad news from Melanie Phillips:
    An American addition to the Islamists’ armoury?
    Sunday, 22nd February 2009

    After I wrote the assessment below of the threat already posed by Obama’s policy towards Israel and the Islamist war against the west, news emerged of a further possible appointment to his administration which exceeds in sheer brazenness the malice even of the others. Chas W. Freeman Jr., a former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, who is tipped to become chairman of the National Intelligence Council, is a piece of work.

    In 2008, he told the Middle East Policy Council:

    Hamas’ ascendancy as an elected government in Gaza has been accompanied by new extremes in suffering for the Palestinian people… How can there be two states when one of them is limited to less than 11 percent of the original territory of the Palestine mandate? How can there be two states when one state has the sovereignty that we accord to Indian tribes, rather than the sort of sovereignty that is generally recognized internationally as pertinent to a state?

    In September 2005, he told the National Council on US-Arab Relations:

    As long as the United States continues unconditionally to provide the subsidies and political protection that make the Israeli occupation and the high-handed and self-defeating policies it engenders possible, there is little, if any, reason to hope that anything resembling the former peace process can be resurrected. Israeli occupation and settlement of Arab lands is inherently violent. …And as long as such Israeli violence against Palestinians continues, it is utterly unrealistic to expect that Palestinians will stand down from violent resistance and retaliation against Israelis…

    And that in turn paled by comparison with these remarks by Freeman in 2006, reported on the Saudi/US Relations Information Service:

    There will be no acceptance of Israel, by the Arabs or by the Muslims – including the Iranians, and the Indonesians, and others, if Israel does not find a way of coexisting peacefully with the other inhabitants of the land in which it has established itself… Demonstrably, Israel excels at war; sadly, it has shown no talent for peace… For the past half decade Israel has enjoyed carte blanche from the United States to experiment with any policy it favored to stabilize its relations with the Palestinians and its other Arab neighbors, including most recently its efforts to bomb Lebanon into peaceful coexistence with it and to smother Palestinian democracy in its cradle.

    …Tragically, despite all the advantages and opportunities Israel has had over the fifty-nine years of its existence, it has failed to achieve concord and reconciliation with anyone in its region, still less to gain their admiration or affection. Instead, with each decade, Israel’s behavior has deviated farther from the humane ideals of its founders and the high ethical standards of the religion that most of its inhabitants profess.

    He even blamed Israel for 9/11 and the Islamist war upon the west:

    We have paid heavily and often in treasure in the past for our unflinching support and unstinting subsidies of Israel’s approach to managing its relations with the Arabs. Five years ago we began to pay with the blood of our citizens here at home. We are now paying with the lives of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines on battlefields in several regions of the realm of Islam, with more said by our government’s neoconservative mentors to be in prospect.

    So close is Freeman to Saudi Arabia that Ed Lasky previously remarked he should more properly be described as Saudi’s ambassador to America:

    As head of the Middle East Policy Council, he has promoted the interest of Saudi Arabia. He shares Board membership with executives from major multinationals with major markets in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world, Frank Carlucci-head of the Carlyle Group, George McGovern, and…a representative of the giant Saudi Binladin Group.

    If he is appointed to this new intelligence role, Freeman will shape the intelligence assessments that will tell America, among other things, what threats are posed to America and the free world by the Iranian regime. We already saw, with the misleading and manipulatively spun NIE two years ago which facilitated the demonstrably false conclusion that Iran had stopped working on the bomb – a conclusion almost immediately disproved by further intelligence but which was used to head off action against Iran – how such politicised intel can be used to thwart attempts to stop the Iranian bomb.

    With such viciously prejudiced views and such an intimate association with the principal force behind the Sunni division of the Islamic jihad, can anyone apart from the west’s gloating Jew-haters doubt that the appointment by America’s 44th President of Chas W Freeman as chairman of the NIC would be a stunning coup as a weapon in the armoury of the enemies of the Jewish people and the free world?

  9. I have very little sympathy for the Judge, just as I did for the Bush supporters, especially the second term ones.

    There was and is plenty of evidence of who this Person (& Bush) was, if you at least looked for it. What I fear though, with the 8 years of Bush, and whatever we get of O, is can we possible come back from it.

    In the end, this country will have to take responsibility for how they voted, (Or that they allowed their primary vote to be ignored). Those who voted against these people just might not want to stay here to financially dig out of this SHXT

  10. I am having a walter mitty moment and wondering what I would say to the premier of china if I were a senior chinese official and he asked me to give him a briefing on what to expect from the United States under the new administration. I might say something like this . . .

    Your excellency, China is awakening from its long sleep and is taking its place among the leading nations of the world. If we continue to work hard, play it smart and fortune smiles on us then we will be the leading global power by 2050. The United States is slipping and is overexended militarily, economically and in all other ways that count. Our star is rising. Let us not waste it on some foolish confrontation.

    The prior American president was an embarrassment to his country and has polarized the world. He gave us the opportunity with WTO and we took it. We played our hand nicely. We became the main supplier of goods to their consumer driven economy but now it is in danger of flaming out. We laughed at the prior American President when he could never find his way to the mens room and ended up in the broom closet. But now he is gone and we must adjust our policy to the new one.

    At this time our dossier on him is rather complete. We know who he is, where he was born, why there is no academic record, whose interests he served in Chicago, that European banking interests played a key role in his selection, that he has no experience in government, that he cannot manage an organization, but when it comes to teleprometered speeches, the man could suck the chrome off a hubcap–if you will forgive the expression.

    That makes him something of an easy mark. In fact, our military sees him as weak and has encouraged us to push partisan advantage to its bitter extreme. They are building more aircraft carriers and their 10 year goal is to competitive with the United States Navy in the Pacific. Japan will yield to us if that is the case.

    Our economic advisors have an entirely different view as you would expect. They point to the need to build our economy, to seek more partnerships with the United States, and to support the dollar. We have close relationships with American companies like Microsoft. Our economy is so leveraged to theirs now that if they go down then so will we. The current projections show a gnp growth of 9 percent but that could easily change. If our economy sinks it will be politically destabilizing.

    The American Secretary of State is a brilliant woman, a tough negotiator and a pragmatist. We can work with her and she can work with us to secure mutual advantage. The world is fortunate to have her in that role.

    Mr. Obama seems more like Bush in many respects, but as long as he supports his secretary of state I believe we can deal with him. But we must also be wary. He is fond of speeches about hope and change without understanding the full implications. The concern is that he may trigger another Tianamen Square incident by accident if he is allowed to run around like a free range chicken. We must hold him at arms length.

    We have many urgent matters to discuss with the Americans. We should be grateful that they are not pre conditioning negotiations on human rights because that would force us to talk about arms sales to Taiwan and thus empower our own hardliners. We would get nowhere.

    I honestly believe it is in everyones interest to work with secretary clinton. She is the best hope we all have to get through this mess.

  11. Thanks Admin for pointing out the counterproductive actions taken by BO to our economy and well being. While Obama’s press releases mouth lofy goals of reducing the defict in half in 4 yrs. It seems they don’t fear us hitting a fatal iceberg but are steering the ship in line directly to it.

    Today BO announced creating a task force for looking at Social Security. An announcement threatening to change Social Security in an way strikes terror in the minds of recipients and undermines the public’s confidence in the administration’s determination to stabilize the economy.

    We are receiving contradictory messages from the Obama WH. What does it mean when someone is able to hold 2 contradictory thoughts at the same time and promoting both of them as the next best thing?

  12. Is There anything more disgusting than to watch Barack Hussein Obama strut into the meeting of senate leaders like a cock of the walk and an Alfred grin from ear to ear? He joked they laughed and a merry time was had by all.I note that he welcomed their comments but not their questions.Softball was the agenda and so were the comments.The Don meeting with his mafia and they smiled as he dumped all the resonsibilities of his shameful actions on them.This was nothing more than a power play by the Wizzard of Bro’s. They make merry while the country burns.

    Stay close Hillary.You are our beacon of hope and in these troubled times.Done in by the DNC,the RNC and that ever waving Racecard shark with a dangerous power hunger.

    By ABM90

  13. Admin…you have done it again…captured the insanity…the charade…

    every time I see O hosting one of his events I cannot believe all that has been entrusted to this man…no experience…just winging it…it is as if we expect people to wake up and realize this isn’t a dress rehearsal…these are serious times and we have an imposter at the helm…are we freaking kidding?

    …no wonder 3 out of 4 americans are scared…

  14. “Israel is the only sovereign state whose destruction international society will excuse.”

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    Those words alone brought tears to my eyes. It reminded me of the hopelessness so many Jewish people felt during the holocaust. I don’t understand this kind of hatred. I really don’t.

    I am glad that Hillary is in Israel’s corner. I would like to think that Obama is as well but I just don’t know and that is what scares me the most.

  15. wbboe:you continue to amaze me with your vast knowledge of politics and world conditions and also the use of simplicity for some like me to digest.The race card and the fear factor are the only tools this greenhorn has in his bag solutions.There are so many others on this great site that I can also praise.I am glad to be on board with Hillary leading the voyage to save our ship of state.

    BY ABM90

  16. In the end, this country will have to take responsibility for how they voted, (Or that they allowed their primary vote to be ignored). Those who voted against these people just might not want to stay here to financially dig out of this SHXT
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    I have no sympathy for him either. He is supposed to be judicious and here he was not. Shame on him.

    My point is a different one. This antecdote shows that some of Bambis supporters are beginning to see the light. It is the erosion in public support that I am primarily interested in .

  17. wbboei

    I understand that, but to me it is too late, and every time I hear that they are no longer enthused anymore, I plan on reminding them that you are as equally as responsible as O, and therefore, you can get us out of this mess. I am tired of trying to help you.

    It reminds me of teenagers that you tell and tell, and they make the mistake anyway. If the consequence is they go to jail, that is exactly what should happen. Instead the voters of this country think, Oh well it does not matter, I will just admit I am wrong, and all of us will have to correct the mistake. I say we send the O people to jail. Let them pay for the stimulus package. And while we are at it, maybe we should look up everyone that voted, and donated to him, and send them a prorated bill for his actions. You bought him, and you can pay for him.

    I guess tonight I am just unsympathetic, and mad.

  18. dija im around lol…..and jan ..you got thoughts like i do..Obama is as well but I just don’t know and that is what scares me the most.your thoughts are what mine are..because this man Obama was never VETTED>>>..he scares people….he is taking all this stuff what OUR past presidents have done..and making a mess out of things..he is the BIG LIar AND fRAUD./.What a shame to America.

    ai agree NMF..yep whoever voted for him ..makin .have to pay for his mistakes..and pay the stimulus back….whoever donated to this fraud and voted for this LIAR..i hope your waking up..with a bad taste of koolaid….

  19. cj,

    Thanks. Israel has so many enemies, gets so much skewered/biased press. I sometimes think it is only the support of the U.S.A. and Canadian government that keep its enemies at bay.

  20. your welcome jan..they get skewered alott..this crap O talks its double talk get your ass to work and i think he ought to have a camaera ,,mic 24 /7 in the oval office and people watch him on what work he is doing for us….have camera mic on all those law makers 24/7 so they dont get lazy while there working for us…and make sure they arent doing crooked things ..lol that will solve it right there..

  21. Thank you Carol for those very scary articles regarding Obama’s intent to abandon Israel. As I have stated many times here, I am ashamed, as a Jewish American, of the overwhelming support and money the Jewish community gave Obama this election cycle. In the primaries, the Jewish vote , particularly here(Fl) and NY was very pro Hillary, and to a lesser extent in California, but he received almost 78% in the general election.
    At a time when Israel faces an enemy in Iran who will have the ability to do in six (6) minutes what Hitler did to six (6) million Jews in a little over 6 yrs, it is beyond my wildest dreams that we Jews , once again, laid down and put a man in power who we all know is willing to sacrifice Israel to appease the world.
    With Anti-Semitsm at an all time high, similar to the mid to late 1930’s in Germany, we have all but abandoned Israel at her most precarious time since 1948.
    Muslim extremism has blanketed Europe, and political correctness has alloewed such a permeation of traditional European society so as to be non recognizable.
    BiMy only hope is the love and support Hillary and Bill have in their hearts for the Jewish state and the Jewish people. I remember very well attendeding a fund raise here in Boca for Hillary at a private home, and when we had a chance to ask Bill about Obam’s position on Isrel, he staed that if he was Jewish, he certainly would be concerned at Obama’ becomming President. Sadly, we as Jews not only supported him, but enabled him from the very beginning.
    I am so disappointed in my fellow Jews that I can no longer even go to synagogue without feeling a sense of rage at many of my fellow worshippers for their naivete.

  22. rgb44hrc Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 4:24 pm
    Ayers to Alan Colmes: Obama Making ‘Colossal Mistake’ sending additional troops to Afghanistan
    Mon Feb 23 2009 14:00:00 ET
    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 don’t regret anything I did it to oppose the [Vietnam] 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…

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

    SHEUUPPPMPH, Snap!

  23. U.S. secretary of state to meet Afghan, Pakistani FMs this week

    2009-02-24

    Special Report: Pakistani Situation

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will have talks this week with her counterparts of Pakistan and Afghanistan over the seven-year-old war in Afghanistan, the State Department announced on Monday.

    Clinton is due to meet with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday and Afghan Foreign Minister Rangeen Dadfar Spanta on Thursday. “I believe there is a trilateral meeting that is supposed to take place on Thursday,” State Department spokesman Robert Wood said. “We obviously want to hear from a wide variety of voices about the situation … with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    “And the secretary looks forward to meeting with both ministers, hearing their views, and of course sharing our views on what we believe is going on, on the ground. And as I said, that will all feed into our overall review,” the spokesman said. The scheduled meeting follows U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision last week to send an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan to battle Taliban insurgents, bringing U.S. forces there to 55,000 by this summer.

    The United States has long been worried about Taliban and al-Qaeda militants’ use of Pakistan’s lawless tribal regions near the Afghan border as bases to plan attacks on American forces in Afghanistan.

    news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-02/24/content_10882948.htm

  24. Maybe Baird (the creep) should consider the level of destruction Israel’s enemies have perpetrated on its homeland since it’s inception? Palestinian and Arab terrorists have done their share of willfully destroying, holocaust denying, and death threatening forever and a day.

    Hamas and others have the lovely (sarcasm here) habit of hiding their ammo and terrorist population among innocent civilians.

    Baird can go to………..and stay there!

    willfully destroyed

  25. ‘Hamas letter’ still in Jerusalem: Gibbs

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — A letter to President Barack Obama, reportedly from a top member of Hamas, is yet to be brought to the United States and is in the hands of US diplomats in Jerusalem, the White House said Monday. The letter was passed to Democratic Senator John Kerry by a United Nations official in Gaza who did not tell him it was from Hamas, the veteran lawmaker’s office said last week.

    Kerry in turn, passed the letter, which the New York Times reported was from Hamas deputy foreign minister Ahmed Yousef, to the US consulate in Jerusalem, where it remains. “As I understand it, some letter was passed — conflicting reports from whom — to Senator Kerry, and that letter is with the consulate in Jerusalem,” said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.
    “That’s the only update I have on that,” Gibbs said, declining to say whether Obama, who regards Hamas as a terrorist group, would read such a letter if it reached his desk.

    The State Department said on Friday that US officials were weighing how the letter should be treated. Washington has said it cannot negotiate with Hamas until it recognizes Israel, renounces violence and agrees to abide by peace deals between the Jewish state and the Palestinians.

    Kerry received the letter, addressed to the president of the United States, from the head of UNRWA, the agency for Palestinian refugees, at the end of a meeting in Gaza, but the UN official did not tell him who it was from, which the senator only learned from news reports, his office said.

    Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since ousting forces loyal to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in June 2007, has flatly denied giving Kerry a letter. “However, we are willing to forge ties with anyone who is ready to back the rights of the Palestinian people,” spokesman Fawzi Barhum told AFP in the Gaza Strip. But a spokesman for UNRWA, Christopher Gunness, said the letter had been “left at the gate of our offices in Gaza” and was “believed to be from Hamas.”

    Asked about the contents of the letter, Gunness said: “We are very polite at UNRWA, we don’t open other people’s mail.” He said the letter was given to Kerry, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, when he met relief officials at the UN compound during his tour of the devastated enclave, which no US official had visited in years.

    Kerry did not meet any Hamas representative during his Gaza visit and stressed that his presence in the coastal strip did not indicate a shift of US policy towards the Islamist group.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jnkY-qDsZXArNq6qE4LrX_1MJyhw

  26. Is There anything more disgusting than to watch Barack Hussein Obama strut into the meeting of senate leaders like a cock of the walk and an Alfred grin from ear to ear? He joked they laughed and a merry time was had by all.I note that he welcomed their comments but not their questions.Softball was the agenda and so were the comments.The Don meeting with his mafia and they smiled as he dumped all the resonsibilities of his shameful actions on them.This was nothing more than a power play by the Wizzard of Bro’s. They make merry while the country burns.
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    ABM: my compliments on the picture yo paint here. I believe it is an accurate one–and more is the pity for that. It is a portrait of a leadership team who are out of touch with reality. The stock market response to his leadership is a clarion call but somehow they dont see it.

    As we speak his little horney groping 27 year old speechwriter is composing the deathless prose we will hear from him in less than twenty four hours, those of us who have the stomach to listen to it.

    And it will be everything Admin and Bill Shakespeare say–a tale told by an idiot signifying nothing and all the wild media appaluse will be drowned out by the closing bell on Wall Street.

    But there they stand in the Senate, backslapping and high fiving eachother while Rome burns.

    As any Marine will tell you first rule of survival is be aware of your surroundings. This group is clueless.

  27. I have a Buddahist friend who is always trying to convince me there is such a thing as reincarnation.

    It wasnt until I saw Gibbs stumble through a press conference and then reflected on GW Bush’s infamous elocutions that I finally realized that there may be something to it after all.

  28. Barack Obama’s decision last week to send an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan to battle Taliban insurgents, bringing U.S. forces there to 55,000 by this summer.
    ———————–
    This from the man who promised to bring the troops home. Perhaps now the pimply faced move-on.org children can look themselves in the mirror and say he bamboozled me/

  29. “The biggest thing I see here is the incredible pessimism,” Springer said. “The government is doing a lousy job of alleviating fears.”
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    The stock market decline begain when it became apparent that Mr Obama would be given the presidency. It has continued ever since. The government is in fact doing a lousy job of alleviating fears. And the responsibility for that failure rests squarely on the shoulders of Mr Obama. That is why he needs to go to Wall Street with Buffet.

    If he thinks taking that case to the American People rather than Wall Street is the answer then he is crazy as a loon. It shows among other things that he is not worried about the economy at all but rather the 2010 election.

  30. wbboei

    Too bad the Super/Stupid delegates to the Dem convention did not ask Wall Street who they had confidence in. I guess pay to play does not work with the investors.

  31. It has been pointed out that the Anglo Saxon mind has two predominant characteristics in its relations to others. First, it needs to exclude in order to include. Second, the borderline between included and excluded is not stable. It waxes and wanes like the moon without the moons regularity.

    The 1964 Civil Rights Act posited racial neutrality and a spirit of universalism and a rejection of quotas. The 1972 Amendments rejected neutrality and sanctioned a form of non quota quotas called affirmantive action. This was a step back from universalism.

    I understand the legal arguments which were advanced to support this change and the sociological ones as well. But the real catalyst was megapolitics which is a nice word for the logic of violence.

    Between 1964 and 1972 we had riots in most major cities and policymakers felt compelled to remediate. Therefore, our society retreated from the concept of universalism and moved in the direction of racial differentiation. Ultimately, that led in turn to diversity, multiculturalism and other tribal sentiments.

    In After The Empire author Emanuel Todd a French Jew who loves America expresses similar views. On a trip to Disneyland he had a serious conversation with his uncle an Austrian Jew who grew up in what was once called Red Vienna. “He told me of his nagging anxiety–the racial passion in American society reminded him unpleasantly of the Vienna of his youth.”

    A friend of mine is a best selling writer who has chronicled the institutionalized discrimination against the American Indian in general and her father in particular. He was taken out of his home as a child and raised in a special school which was specifically intended to eradicate all traces of the Indian culture. She is a tribal elder and a stong supporter of Hillary.

    The head of her church brought her a short story written by one of his paritioners. It was billed as an effort to unite that predominantly white commuity. But when she read it she realized it was filled with offensive characterizations toward minority groups. She pointed this out to the minister and he was mad at her for doing so. She was told by some people that with Obama in the White House the whites are down and the blacks are up.

    Coincidentally, I have heard the same nonsense from blacks. I say it is nonsense but it does coincide with the exclusionary model discussed above.

    This is the kind of fire Mr Obama is playing with when he deals the race card from the bottom of the deck–as he did in South Carolina, and in the primary. Many people assumed that he was a proponent of universalism, but what we have seen from him so far suggests otherwise. It may also explain some of the anxiety we are feeling now.

  32. A letter from Ann Lewis, in case you have not seen it.
    ———————–

    Dear

    I am so excited to be sending you our first NoLimits.org newsletter! We have a lot to talk about: new features for our website, our first health care report (you’ve told us it’s your #1 issue); upcoming meetings and a message from our new Secretary of State, as she traveled to Japan, Indonesia, South Korea, and China…

    New on NoLimits.org. We’ve got new posts every day, and we are ready for your comments. Last week, we’ve posted an inspiring appreciation of Sojourner Truth, who is an abolitionist and women’s rights leader, and American hero we should all know more about. Today, we have an incredibly moving post from Erika Alexander, actress and NoLimits.org Board Member.

    We’re ready to hear from you: Log in–and speak out. Add your comments about a post you’ve read. And we are looking for content — if you are interested in contributing something, please let us know!

    You can also subscribe to our new RSS feed so that you can see our posts as soon as they go up. And make sure to find us on Facebook where you can also join the discussion or post on our wall!

    Health Care Report

    You don’t need to be told what’s wrong with our present health care system, or how badly we need national health care reform. As I write, we’re waiting for the nomination of a new Secretary of Health and Human Services– but it’s worth noting that action has begun.

    Last month, we welcomed the passage of S-CHIP, extending health care coverage to millions more children in working families; and lifting the “global gag rule”, supporting women’s health around the world. The economic stimulus bill includes more funding for medical research, help for states to pay for Medicaid, and these important provisions which we should all know about:
    Extending coverage for the unemployed: The bill includes funding to help unemployed workers continue their health insurance coverage, subsidizing up to 65 % of the cost for 9 months;
    Effectiveness Research: That’s increased funding for Comparative Effectiveness Research – research by doctors and scientists to compare drugs, devices, surgery and other ways of treating specific medical conditions, to determine which treatments are most effective. This section has been attacked by Rush Limbaugh and some of his friends, who complain that it will mean “government control”. No, it will mean better information about what works – which, as the Washington Post says, “nearly all experts agree is a necessary first step to reforming a broken health-care system.”
    Health Information Technology: The bill includes grants and loans to encourage doctors, hospitals and health care providers to modernize and automate medical record keeping, and sets national standards for security and access — another necessary step toward national health care reform. Congratulations to Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) author of the provision including doctors and hospitals.
    We have a long way to go to achieve the universal health care we need, but I’m ready to cheer that at last, we’re going in the right direction!

    NoLimits.org Meetings: Our friends in the DC area are planning meetings to talk about NoLimits.org, in Montgomery County, Maryland on March 15, and in Washington DC at the end of March. If you’re interested in hosting a NoLimits.org meeting to talk about our plans and ideas, please let us know.

    Hillary’s Smart Power: I hope you’re following the news about Hillary’s trip to Asia, her first abroad as Secretary of State. “…Clinton clearly has a new approach to diplomacy.” said Martha Raddatz of ABC. “The combination of her diplomatic charm offensive, her notorious toughness and blunt talk may give ‘smart power’ new meaning.” Click here for coverage of her trip to Indonesia or watch her on a popular Indonesian teen variety show here:

    Watch the video.

    Before she left, Hillary talked to The Asia Society about what’s at stake, in Asia and around the world. Watch the whole speech:

    Watch the video.

    Hillary speaks about what’s at stake: (full text)

    “When we consider the gravest global threats confronting us — financial instability and economic dislocation, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, food security and health emergencies, climate change and energy vulnerability, stateless criminal cartels and human exploitation — it is clear that these threats do not stop at borders or oceans. Pandemics threaten school children in Jakarta and Jacksonville. Global financial crises shrink bank accounts in Sapporo and San Francisco. The dangers posed by nuclear proliferation create worries in Guangzhou as well as Washington. And climate change affects the livelihoods of farmers in China’s Hunan province and in America’s Midwest. These dangers affect us all, and therefore we all must play a role in addressing them…

    “And we are ready to listen. Actively listening to our partners isn’t just a way of demonstrating respect. It can also be a source of ideas to fuel our common efforts.. Too often in the recent past, our government has acted reflexively before considering available facts and evidence, or hearing the perspectives of others…..

    “As part of our dialogues, we will hold ourselves and others accountable as we work to expand human rights and create a world that respects those rights, one where Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi can live freely in her own country, where the people of North Korea can freely choose their own leaders, and where Tibetans and all Chinese people can enjoy religious freedom without fear of prosecution.”

    Sincerely,

    Ann Lewis

  33. Once again your sense of humor has me laughing out loud. I really want to see Obama in his spiffy little Captain’s suit and his jaunty little hat. This guy is a moron. You have him pegged so right.

  34. I am curious as to whether I have just missed it, or whether we as a group have missed the news about Senator Bunning’s ill-timed, ill-conceived and just plain stupid musing at the KY Lincoln dinner this past weekend. Let me go get it in full, so I don’t screw it up:

    This was from Sunday’s paper –
    Bunning: Justice Ginsburg likely will be dead in 9 months. By Joseph Gerth • courier-journal.com/article/20090222/NEWS01/902230303

    And this out this afternoon:

    TMCnet – 4 hours ago
    Bunning apologizes for Ginsburg cancer remark FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) _ Republican US Sen. Jim Bunning apologized Monday to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader … (the apology was worthless and could only have come out of the mouth of a stupid, unthinking, millionaire jerk who has no sense of self, others, or propriety.)

    The comments after the KY paper’s story Sunday could start a fire – they are calling for his head, Rs and Ds alike.

  35. This was from Sunday’s paper –
    Bunning: Justice Ginsburg likely will be dead in 9 months.
    ************
    The medical opinion of a former baseball player and one of the most reactionary member of the Senate….enough said.

  36. Re Bunning’s remark about Ginsberg’s life expectancy….

    How many people have said similar things about Ted Kennedy’s life expectancy?

  37. Has anyone been of TexasDarlin’s blog. Folks over there are talking sucession from the union and militia’s. I hope nothing like that happens, but I do think there could be a depression like we have never seen before which could cause a civil war!

  38. Obama in a captains hat bears a striking resemblance to:

    a. Captain Ahab in Moby Dick

    b. Captain Nemo in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Dow

    c. Captain Queeg in The Caine Mutiny

    d. Death Larson in Seawolf

    e. Thurston Howell III in Gilligans Island

    f. The Ruler of the Queens Navee in HMS Pinnafore

    e. Hortatio Hornblower

    f. All of the above

    f. Shirley Temple in the Good Ship Lolly pop

    g.

  39. …was flipping thru the channels looking for oscar recaps and came across Hardball…whoa! Matthews, Jim Cramer and Professor Peter Miorci (sp) were brutal on Obama…then came Fineman and Eugene Robinson and they did not have good things to say about O either…essentially that O and Geithner are not instilling any confidence and they have not convinced people they know what they are doing, instead of just ‘feeling’ their way forward…Robinson chimed in ‘they are feeling their way forward’

    Cramer and Miorci had definitive comments and suggestions for what O SHOULD have done with the stimulus bill, which they both conclude will not produce jobs and is filled with pork…also strong ideas on the housing situation

    Admin, that show or transcript might be worth looking into just to hear Cramer and Mioric’s comments…

  40. # turndownobama-com Says:
    February 24th, 2009 at 1:55 am

    Re Bunning’s remark about Ginsberg’s life expectancy….

    How many people have said similar things about Ted Kennedy’s life expectancy?
    ———————————————-
    perfect prod to our collective consciousness.

  41. admin Says:

    February 24th, 2009 at 3:05 am
    Wbboei, how about this (the “he is an Englishman” section), appropriately named “fooled again”?

    http://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi231079961/
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    Admin> very good. I wonder whether the policeman in the final scene who arrests the Englishman after the ship has struck the rock is named Fizgerald. If so it would be a fitting end his reign. I believe that reign is the noun for the verb rule which according to coward Dean is what Obama and his Chicago crime lords have been doing since January 20. Ohers would be inclined to use a different verb–looting. I take no positon on the matter myself since I prefer to remain in a state of semi divine remove while Rome is burning. I am too thrilled that we have our first black president and msm is running the country–and about as well as they are running their own business to pay attention to these details.

  42. Robinson is perhaps coming to the realization of what some of us have said all along which is that if now is the time to have our first black president let us least be sure he is the right one because his ultimate success or failure will determine how black leaders will be viewed by the rest of society from this day forward. As NNF said to me in the context of the judge who happens to be white Irish Catholic applied equally to them and it is doubly applicable to Robinson–that ginning hyena. The race card, which he was perfectly willing to use as a weapon against Hillary is manifestly a double edged sword. Right now the tip of that sword is pointed at people like him–because he was someone who lied cheated and stole to get Mr Obama in, and dismissed the insights he is gaining now about the one as veiled racism.

  43. Partial transcript from the Hardball clip.
    (can’t remember where I got this)
    Meltdown on MSNBC: The Leg Tingle Is Gone?

    I can hardly believe what I’m watching on MSNBC right now. Chris Matthews is almost critical — no, not even almost, he’s flat-out critical of President Obama on the economic front. He mentions an earlier conversation with CNBC’s manic stock analyst Jim Cramer and a University of Maryland professor (Peter Morici?) knocking Obama for several economic decisions — that the stimulus bill needed more real infrastructure and less pork, that the housing bill isn’t inspiring confidence and doesn’t look like it will work, and that no one has faith in Tim Geithner’s solution for the banks.

    Howard Fineman of Newsweek says Obama has been “grim and a little distant at the same time . . . Tim Geithner hasn’t inspired any confidence anywhere, as far as I can tell.”

    Matthews: “He seems like Barney Fife to me.”

    Eugene Robinson: “I actually referred to him as Doogie Howser, Treasury Secretary, and I think it’s a little unfair.” Much laughter ensues.

    More Fineman: “Despite his high approval rating and obvious intellect and goodwill, he hasn’t quite yet seemed to convey the sense that he knows the way forward and that he can get us there . . . I thought the first fifteen minutes of this show were devastating. Not that Jim Cramer is the only person they have to convince, but they have to convince people that they know what they’re doing, that they’re not just feeling their way forward.” Robinson points out that they are feeling their way forward.

    Matthews: “I thought 8,000 was the floor, and it looks like 6,000 is the floor. People are angry, I’m getting angry.”

    02/23 05:54 PM

  44. Editorial

    Clinton’s winning road trip
    Her visit to Asia successfully presented a nonconfrontational foreign policy. It was no time for lectures on human rights or economic concerns.

    February 24, 2009

    In her first official trip overseas, Hillary Rodham Clinton showed herself to be a different kind of secretary of State for a different time. She broke with almost half a century of tradition in choosing Asia rather than Europe or the Middle East for her initial voyage, going to countries not only where American prestige is largely intact but whose help with the global economic crisis is, as she put it, “indispensable.” Throughout her tour of Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and China, it might be said that Clinton aggressively projected a nonconfrontational foreign policy — and rightly so.

    Human rights activists were understandably worried when Clinton decided to soft-pedal concerns with the government of China over Tibet, the jailing of dissidents and other violations of civil liberties. She went too far in saying that human rights “can’t interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crisis.” There is real cause for concern about China’s human rights record, and who will press the Asian giant if not the United States? Unfortunately, the decision reflects political and economic realities of the moment. It is difficult for the United States to deliver lectures on human rights in the wake of waterboarding. What was Clinton to say: Release your prisoners next year, just as soon as we close Guantanamo and figure out what to do with ours?

    Furthermore, the United States isn’t in a position right now to extol the virtues of American capitalism. Clinton could hardly urge less state intervention in the economy and currency exchange liberalization when the U.S. financial system has seized upand the government is practically nationalizing banks. And especially not when asking China to keep buying U.S. debt on top of the more than $600 billion it already owns.

    So what did she do? Clinton used President Obama’s popularity and the force of her personality to try to restore America’s standing abroad. She opted for direct talk over the usual diplomatic caution in highlighting international concern about leadership changes in North Korea. She spoke with women in Japan about balancing career and family, and working with men. She honored a democratic transfer of power in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country.

    Rather than lecturing China about greenhouse gas emissions, Clinton urged the government not to make the mistakes the United States and Europe had made, effectively taking partial responsibility for the problem. She said that lecturing China has never been productive and that it was time to give the country some of the respect due the world’s third-largest economy. It was a successful first foray by the secretary of State. She’ll have other opportunities to use the moral and political force of a superpower — once this country has regained its standing — to address human rights abuses in China.

    latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-ed-china24-2009feb24,0,6284676.story

  45. The race card is a problem the world over. I spoke to a wine merchant yesterday who just returned from a trip to Italy. He told me that there is a terrible problem of racism between northern and southern Italians. He said the northern Italians are blonde and germanic whereas the southern Italians are dark skinned. The northerners it seems have the money and they look down on the people in the south. He said it relates back to the Moorish invasion, and they see the issue in much the same terms as the anti bellum south. You can call it every bad name in the book and you would be right but the point is its there and it is real and no amount of preaching from the Church or elsewhere has caused it to dissipate or go away. There is one thing that has happened however which has seemed to mitigate it. It used to be the case that the wines produced in the south were sold to the north and used to make Chianti which was sold all over the world at a handsome profit. More recently, a southern Italian named Taurino said to himself we can do that and keep the money here. So he produced a red wine (Rosso) which is marketed in this country under his name. It is a decent table wine and it has a premium label which he said is very complex and indeed his favorite.

  46. A warning for Obama on deficits
    Summit today will consider call for action

    By Michael Kranish
    February 23, 2009

    Just one week after President Obama signed a stimulus package designed to give a short-term boost to the economy, some of the nation’s top budget analysts plan to deliver a stark warning today at a White House summit that an even more foreboding long-term crisis will unfold unless Obama quickly fixes Social Security, healthcare, the tax code, and more.

    While the $787 billion stimulus plan relies on tax cuts and increased spending, the list of problems to be addressed at the “Fiscal Responsibility Summit” could result in a series of painful political decisions that might eventually include tax increases and cuts in government benefits.
    And although the stimulus package was passed almost entirely by Democrats, any significant changes on taxes and entitlements are considered unlikely without bipartisan support.

    The measures to control the federal deficit are considered so controversial that some members of Congress are urging that Obama create a powerful commission, composed of leaders of both parties, to reach a “grand bargain” that would be subject to an up-or-down vote in Congress, possibly with no amendments allowed.
    “The stimulus was political nirvana: cut taxes and raise spending,” said Robert Bixby, executive director of the fiscal watchdog group Concord Coalition, who is among those invited to the summit. “This is the opposite; it is the political agenda from hell.”

    But the agenda must be addressed, analysts said. In a recent memo to Obama, 12 top budget specialists including Bixby warned that “although we are rightly absorbed by our short-term problems, the long-term budget situation ultimately poses graver challenges to the success of your presidency.” The White House has invited a number of those who signed the memo, as well as members of Congress and representatives of business and labor, to join the summit. The 130 guests will meet with Obama and administration officials to discuss “how we can bring down the deficit and put our economy on sound financial footing,” the White House said.
    Obama will then outline the problem tomorrow night, in his first address to a joint session of Congress, and provide more detail when he presents his first budget Thursday.

    Obama faces a record $1.2 trillion deficit in the current fiscal year, which has exploded partly because of the fall in tax revenues during the 14-month-old recession – and that does not include the cost of the stimulus package. Obama is hoping that the stimulus, along with banking and housing rescue plans, will revive the economy and eventually increase revenues to the Treasury.

    Over the weekend, administration officials said that Obama’s budget outline aims to cut the annual deficit by at least half by the end of his term, mainly through Iraq troop reductions and higher taxes on the wealthy. Budget analysts are worried that a continuing economic crisis will make it impossible to raise sufficient funds from foreign markets to finance the nation’s debt. In the last four years, about three-quarters of US debt was purchased by foreign interests, most prominently by China. If other nations lose confidence that the United States will pay its debts, however, some economists fear an international financial crisis could escalate and turn into a worldwide depression. In any case, it is widely expected that debt purchasers will soon demand higher interest rates, which would translate into higher costs for US taxpayers.

    Obama is being urged by some analysts to start moving toward a balanced budget as soon as possible to send a signal to the world that deficit spending will abate. Yet some analysts are offering Obama conflicting advice, warning him not to repeat what they regard as the mistake of President Franklin Roosevelt, who launched the New Deal but eventually heeded calls to curtail deficit spending, only to see a new recession batter his presidency. A key player in the summit will be Senator Judd Gregg, the New Hampshire Republican who backed out of his commitment to be Obama’s commerce secretary and then voted against the stimulus bill.

    Despite the embarrassment caused by Gregg’s about-face, the White House believes that he could be one of its most important allies in the overhaul of Social Security, Medicare, and tax policy. That is because Gregg is the co-sponsor of the measure that would create a bipartisan commission to put together far-reaching recommendations for an up-or-down vote by Congress. In an interview, Gregg said that under such a procedure, the measures could be passed within a year, as long as most of the benefit cuts and tax increases were not slated to take effect until well after the recession is over. “We need an up-or-down vote on a package that will be unquestionably bipartisan and fair,” Gregg said, a reference to criticism that Obama’s stimulus bill was too partisan. Asked about his hopes for the summit, he said, “It can either be very nice public relations or move the ball down the road on what is an impending fiscal tsunami.”

    Some budget specialists are skeptical. Robert Reischauer, former head of the Congressional Budget Office, said Obama should have seized the opportunity to pair the stimulus bill with the overhaul of Social Security, Medicare, and the tax code.
    “When you are shoveling out the goodies, you have a greater probability of getting people to sign on to some fiscal diet,” said Reischauer, who has been invited to the summit. He said he is worried that nothing will happen on the most difficult issues until political leaders “have a gun at our heads. The system tends to respond only in the face of unavoidable crisis.”

    Analysts across the political spectrum agree that the current path is unsustainable. Unless there is a major budgetary change, federal spending will go from being about 20 percent of the nation’s economy to 42 percent in 2050, according to the Concord Coalition. The major reason is that entitlement programs for older Americans are running short of funds. Social Security is slated to pay out more money than it receives by 2017. Obama suggested during his campaign that he might support changing the level of income at which Social Security taxes are calculated. Another frequently mentioned option is raising the retirement age. But any measure will be even more controversial than usual because so many Americans have seen their private retirement plans pummeled by the stock market collapse.

    Medicare, the government-run healthcare program for older Americans, is already running a deficit, which is expected to increase quickly as baby boomers retire. That is why many analysts are urging Obama to link changes in Medicare with an overhaul of the health system.
    At the same time, an estimated 47 million Americans have no health insurance, according to the Census Bureau.

    Obama must also consider the election calendar. He may want to deal with some of the most difficult decisions before the 2010 midterm elections. While economists have been warning about the long-term problems for years – with little effect – the current crisis has made matters far worse. Reischauer told a congressional committee last month that paying for the stimulus and bailouts has cost the equivalent of doing nothing about the long-term problems for another five to 10 years.

    The president has acknowledged the costly trade-off he has been forced to make. Signing the stimulus bill last week, Obama said, “We will need to do everything in the short term to get our economy moving again, while at the same time recognizing that we have inherited a trillion-dollar deficit, and we need to begin restoring fiscal discipline and taming our exploding deficits over the long term.”

    boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2009/02/23/a_warning_for_obama_on_deficits/

  47. Matthew, Feinman and Robinson–you can search the world over and you will never find three more dispicable Obamashills together in the same room. Concerning the DOW: at 7000 people will worry, at 6000 they will panic, at 5000 they will be calling for Getners head (and he will gladly give it to them), at 4000 they will be calling for Mr Obamas head, and what they will do after that is anyones guess. But regardless of what happens to the rest of us you can be sure of one thing: Mr Obama will still be grinning from ear to ear and shooting hoops.

    I have no idea where the bottom is, but I do know that Obama is not a leader. As for Fineman and Robinson mawkish people like them turn my stomach. Matthew is what he is–someone Dr Kervorkian should have tended to before he decided to retire.

  48. Every day is a day of “Keep them bored and and they will lose interest”. He is surely a study in incompetence and dangerous leadership while his speech writer a Kinsey study example of
    bumps and grinds nut job spoon feeds the Messiah.

    Everyday is Howdy Doody Day again.

    By ABM90

  49. If I am reading the above article, then the Cocorde coalition which has been pushing for debt reduction for two decades is describing the Pelosi-Reid-Obama stimulus plan as “ the political agenda from hell.” (Note: I wish the syntax was clearer). Warren Rudman and Peter were active in that organization at one point.

    If that is to be the centerpiece of Mr Obamas message tonight then it is not the positive theme many of us had hoped for to mitigate this recession and the downward spiral of our economy. I understand the desire to exploit this crisis but this is not the time. To hell with Emanuels prescription to never let a crisis go to waste. If he makes that pitch at this point it is madness.

    If he tries that my advice to the Republicans would be to refuse to participate in any bi partisan commission to slash benefits and raise taxes to the moon. Let Obama, Pelosi and Reid do that one on their own too–they have the votes. Just like their non stimulus stimulus. Then we can all take the bullet train from Disney World to Las Vegas and never get off–like that old Kingston Trio song about the MTA.

  50. Obama’s presidency reminds me of Steven Vincent Benet’s, ‘The Devil and Daniel Webster’. We seem to be faced with a similar gang of criminals masquerading as Congressional and Cabinet members sitting in the Jury box. Mr Scratch’s personality has an uncanny resemblance to Obama’s doublespeak highlighting the ever growing chasm of his campaign promises of Hope and Change, never translating into the reality of the presidency he swore to deliver .

    Webster’s opening statement also brings another stirring fact to mind. Webster argues the jurisdiction of the devil over the body and soul of an American Citizen. Noting the devil, Mr Scratch, is an alien, holding an unenforcible contract over a sovereign American. Whereby, the contract is invalid because the devil cannot prove he has standing to enforce compliance of the contract because he is not an American citizen. (Not a bad idea going back to the axioms of Common Law)

    Ah, the similarities are remarkable.

  51. Jan
    I am glad that Hillary is in Israel’s corner. I would like to think that Obama is as well but I just don’t know and that is what scares me the most.
    I don’t know why you would think O is in Israel’s corner. Throughtout his campaign he surrounded himself with many anti Israel people.

    JBSTONESFANAs I have stated many times here, I am ashamed, as a Jewish American, of the overwhelming support and money the Jewish community gave Obama this election cycle.

    I couldn’t agree more. There were actually enough Jewish votes to swing the election. I fear for this country and for Israel.

  52. Carol,

    I honestly don’t think he is in anybody’s corner but his own. I also think that he is so out of his depth that his mouth is his worst enemy. I worry about his doubletalk and his connections to so many anti-Israeli people as well.

    I too am upset with some of my Jewish friends who bought into his rhetoric and drank the Koolaid. It doesn’t even make me feel any better that they are now starting to see the error of their ways and feel very badly about what their votes perpetrated.

  53. “Obama promises bipartisan action on deficits”

    3w’s dot ft.com/cms/s/0/7b52319c-0205-11de-8199-000077b07658.html

    Summarized in the next two paragraphs:

    “Although Lawrence Summers, head of the National Economic Council, fell asleep on the podium, most attendees, including Republicans, appear to have appreciated the exercise. There was even some light-heartedness.”

    “John McCain, the former presidential candidate, recommended Mr Obama get rid of his planned new presidential helicopter, the cost of which now equals that of Air Force One. Mr Obama said the existing chopper was adequate, but added that he had no experience of personal helicopters. “

  54. Emjay Says:

    February 23rd, 2009 at 7:14 pm
    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.*
    &&&&&&&&&&

    Mr. Walrus Mustache was only a UN ambassador, not the prestigious Sec. of State. Put that in your pie hole, Walrus.

    And if he thought his “style” of negotiating was effective, there’s a vastly different opinion among Americans and people around the globe.

    He confuses “blunt” with “rude”, “arrogant”, and “ignorant”.

    Shave off that soup strainer, it might take some pressure off the back of your neck, and permit normal blood flow.

  55. As I said before, Chris Matthews, and the people who voted and donated to O, you bought him, you pay for him.

  56. NewMexicoFan Says:

    February 24th, 2009 at 10:09 am
    They put O’s face on the Illinois license plate. Amazing.

    —————————————————————————————————-

    I’m glad I don’t live in IL. It would be very irritating to see his face on every license plate. The Obama stickers are bad enough.

  57. NEW YORK TIMES, “STATE MOUTHPIECE”.

    Chairman …I mean, Pres. Obama, continues to receive adulation from the rag that is proving to be nothing more than a mouthpiece for the current regime. You know, just like in all those backward countries where the elections are rigged and the leaders are installed to do favors for the string-pullers who got them their cushy jobs.

    This is completely nauseating. It’s front page, and I suppose this is considered “news”.

    My retorts denoted by $$$’s.

    nytimes.com/2009/02/24/us/politics/24poll.html

    Survey Reveals Broad Support for President
    ———————————————————-

    By JEFF ZELENY and MEGAN THEE-BRENAN
    Published: February 23, 2009

    President Obama is benefiting from remarkably high levels of optimism and confidence among Americans about his leadership, providing him with substantial political clout as he confronts the nation’s economic challenges and opposition from nearly all Republicans in Congress, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

    $$$ Hmmm, these “unbiased pollsters”, these look like the organizations that shilled for Obama day in and day out, and “moderated” debates that undercut Hillary and McCain. But I guess we should believe that they are unbiased “news sources”.

    A majority of people surveyed in both parties said Mr. Obama was striving to work in a bipartisan way, but most faulted Republicans for their response to the president, saying the party had objected to the $787 billion economic stimulus plan for political reasons. Most said Mr. Obama should pursue the priorities he campaigned on, the poll found, rather than seek middle ground with Republicans.

    &&& Was this “a majority of people in both parties, in New York City”???

    Mr. Obama will deliver his first address to Congress on Tuesday evening against a backdrop of deep economic anxiety among the public, with worries spanning party, class and regional divides. A majority of Americans, 55 percent, say they are just making ends meet, with more than 6 in 10 concerned that someone in their household might lose his job in the next year.

    Americans are under no illusions that the country’s problems will be resolved quickly, but the poll suggested that they will be patient when it comes to the economy, with most saying it would be years before significant improvement.

    A month into Mr. Obama’s term, with his first big accomplishments, setbacks and political battles behind him, more than three-quarters of the people polled said they were optimistic about the next four years with him as president. Similar percentages said that they thought he was bringing real change to the way things were done in Washington and that they had confidence in his ability to make the right decisions about the economy.

    $$$ Just who in the hell, after precisely four weeks, is a) optimistic b) feeling that he is carrying out “real change”??? The grousing from the left is palpable, on one issue after another. The right wing is livid. The center is unimpressed with Mr. Vague.

    The aura of good will surrounding Mr. Obama at this stage of his presidency is similar to the one that benefited Ronald Reagan as he led the nation out of economic gloom.

    $$$ Gag me with a spoon. Another Reagan reference. Quick, now make a Lincoln reference, then Churchill, then Jesus.

    With a job approval rating of 63 percent, Mr. Obama is in a strong position to sell his economic policies. Yet the poll also captured skepticism about how effective his plans will prove to be in addressing the deep recession, as well as a strain of populism that could test his ability to retain public support for efforts to prop up key sectors of the economy.

    $$$ Hmm, if his approval ratings are so good, why is he only going for half measures. Hey New York Times, did you ever hear of this guy Paul Krugman? Maybe you should read him sometime. Mondays and Fridays in your own paper.

    At a moment when some economists are talking openly about the possibility of nationalizing banks, a majority of poll respondents said that so far, the administration’s bailout plans for financial institutions would benefit bankers, not all Americans. An even wider majority said the struggling automotive companies, which are seeking billions of dollars in additional loans from the government and which are shedding tens of thousands of workers, should not receive any more taxpayer money to help them survive. And while there is a strong belief that government should help homeowners avoid foreclosure, people are evenly divided over whether the plan announced last week is fair.

    $$$ So for the same bunch that are “optimistic” nearing 80%, “a majority” don’t like Obama’s Help-A-Wealthy-Banker program, and even more don’t like his “Make Detroit CEOs Richer” plan? Now THAT is a funny group of respondents….their answers don’t add up. It’s almost like they were asked leading questions.

    “The government doesn’t step up and help other industries, so why should they help the banks and the auto companies?” Margie Rowe, 62, a Democrat from Ahoskie, N.C., said in an interview after participating in the poll. “It’s not fair. Our taxpayer money is going to bail out all these corrupt people who are making millions.”

    The national telephone poll was conducted Wednesday through Sunday with 1,112 adults, and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

    The poll suggests that for now, Mr. Obama has been successful in explaining to Americans that the country is in for a long road to economic recovery. Over all, 53 percent of the public expect that the economic stimulus plan he signed into law last week will improve things, but half of those surveyed say it is not likely to shorten the recession and just over two-thirds expect that more money will be needed to right the economy.

    $$$ A real poll would have identified that Mr. Obama cannot explain anything. A real paper leaves the “uhs” and “ums” in the quotes, like ya did for Bush.

    Nearly all Americans are concerned that the cost of the economic programs will have significant long-term effects on future generations, with 65 percent saying they are very concerned about increasing the national debt and 26 percent suggesting they are somewhat concerned. Yet about three-quarters say they are more concerned about the current economic crisis.

    “The one-time help was O.K., but I think the amount they are asking for is unreasonable,” Priscilla Felknor, 67, a Republican from Dandridge, Tenn., said in an interview after participating in the poll.

    Most Americans said the president was trying to make good on his promise to bridge the partisan divide. About three-quarters, including 6 in 10 Republicans, said Mr. Obama had been trying to work with Republicans. But only 3 in 10 Americans said Republicans were doing the same.

    $$$ Many are also openly wondering why he’s wasting time being bi-partisan if he has the votes to ram good bills through, that he’s a terrible negotiator, and hands off, not involved in the process and not knowledgeable of the process. Like a complete newbie.

    On the economic stimulus plan, 63 percent of poll respondents said Republicans opposed the legislation for political reasons, not policy ones. Seventy-nine percent said Republicans should now be working in a bipartisan manner rather than holding fast with their policies.

    $$$ Duh. Repubs are an ornery bunch. POTUS Hillary would have seen THAT one coming a long way off.

    But 56 percent of those surveyed said Mr. Obama’s priority should be following the policies he proposed during the campaign last year, rather than working with Republicans.

    $$$ Too bad they voted this guy in.

    Rosemary Wedel, a 65-year-old Republican from Richmond, Tex., who participated in the poll, said in a follow-up interview that she had not voted for Mr. Obama last fall, but that she approved of how he had performed in his first month in office.

    “I think it’s going to cost us more,” Mrs. Wedel said, “but I trust his political savvy.”

    $$$ Ooops, mini vomit.

    The poll found that the public’s widespread concern about the economy remained high, though now it is focused considerably more on jobs than on other dimensions of the economy, like the home mortgage crisis. Forty percent of those polled cited jobs and unemployment as the most important economic problem facing the country, up substantially from 11 percent last March, when fuel costs were the greatest concern.

    Mr. Obama’s approval rating is about 10 percentage points higher than either George W. Bush or Bill Clinton were at this early stage of their presidencies. His job approval rating of 63 percent includes 88 percent of Democrats and 44 percent of Republicans.

    $$$ Repubs probably like that he is not aggressive in implementing things they are against.

    The White House is reviewing many practices of the Bush administration, including the barring of photographs of the coffins carrying soldiers killed in Iraq. Mr. Obama has yet to offer an opinion on the matter, but the poll found that 69 percent of Americans would like to see the policy reversed.

    $$$ Another no-brainer layup that clangs off the rim. He should have played ball in college for a few years rather than be a high school phenom who turns pro too early, only to wind up pumping gas and having regrets.

  58. rgb: the nyt article is not credible. This is not the sense I get talking to people across the country. It is very much the opposite. The people I talk to are scared about the economy and disillusioned with him. One month into his presidency they are seeing he is not what they thought he was, and half their savings are gone. That is not a formula for patient. Nor are his supporters patient. The word to describe them is too ideologically entrenched to see the handwriting on the wall. This NT article is an unrealistic assessment.

  59. I have been thinking about Bill Clinton’s advice to speak more positively about the state of the economy. I would bet that obama is fairly upset at having the rug pulled out so skillfully from under him.

    He is like a little child when it comes to needing approval from the masses. His plotting to pull the nation down to the depths of despair and then ride in on his white horse to save the day is fairly obvious here.

  60. FM spokesman: Clinton’s visit aids healthy growth of Sino-U.S. ties

    2009-02-24

    BEIJING, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s China tour was conducive to the healthy and stable development of Sino-U.S. ties, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said Tuesday.

    Ma made the remarks in response to comments on Clinton’s visit from Feb. 20 to 22.

    “During Clinton’s visit, both China and the United States expressed great concern over bilateral relations and sincere aspirations to develop ties,” Ma told a regular press conference.

    Both sides agreed to maintain close communication and strengthen coordination and cooperation in all fields, he said.

    “Through Clinton’s visit, China and the United States deepened mutual understanding and expanded their consensus, which is conducive to pushing ties along the track of healthy and stable development,” said Ma.

    During her visit, Clinton met with President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, and State Councilor Dai Bingguo, and held talks with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. They exchanged views on bilateral relations and other issues of common concern.

    news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-02/24/content_10887169.htm

  61. Clinton picks Ross as envoy to southwest Asia, Gulf
    10 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has named Dennis Ross to the post of special advisor to the Gulf and southwest Asia, effectively making him Washington’s pointman on Iran. Clinton “is pleased to announce the appointment” of Ross, spokesman Robert Wood said in a statement quietly released late Monday.

    Although the announcement did not mention Iran, the appointment, which was expected for several weeks, is set to impact the United States’ efforts to contain Tehran’s influence. “This is a region in which America is fighting two wars and facing challenges of ongoing conflict, terror, proliferation, access to energy, economic development and strengthening democracy and the rule of law,” said Wood.
    “In this area, we must strive to build support for US goals and policies,” he added.
    “To be successful, we will need to be able to integrate our policy development and implementation across a broad range of offices and senior officials in the State Department, and, in his role as Special Advisor to the Secretary, Ambassador Ross will be asked to play that role,” he said.

    A Middle East negotiator for former president Bill Clinton, Ross had been working as an expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The nomination of Clinton’s Gulf envoy has been a subject of intense speculation in recent weeks, with experts seeing the assignment of the post as a way for new President Barack Obama to reassure Israel of its commitment of support even as Washington announces its intention to open a dialogue with Tehran. Ross was the head of policy planning at the State Department during the presidency of George H. W. Bush, and the long-time diplomat also served as a senior-level Obama advisor during the latter’s successful bid for the presidency last year.

    Before the November 4 elections, Ross told Israel’s Haaretz newspaper that Obama viewed Iran and its nuclear ambitions as “an urgent priority, because (George W.) Bush administration’s approach to Iran has failed.” He stressed that “preventing Iran from going nuclear is a very high priority” for Obama, but stressed that engagement with Tehran was “crucial.” “There’s no guarantee that if you talk you’ll succeed, but if you don’t talk you will fail,” Ross told the daily.

    Washington has not had diplomatic ties with Tehran since just after the Iranian revolution 30 years ago.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j-k17HzOAV8ErcSwuew_WrHsa_2A

  62. I just dont think there are alot of white horses on the path he is taking the country on. I dont. As he admitted in a rare moment of candor his legacy will be judged by what happens to the economy and that is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. Hot air can keep a balloon afloat only so long. That NYT article is a transparent attempt to deny the truth and it wont sell. He can buy only so much time with the argument give him a chance. Based on the false path he has put the country on there will come a point where the country is able to say: we have (given you a chance and we are worse off than when we strarted). One measurement will be the DOW which he has driven to lower and lower levels with his irresponsible rhetroic.

  63. WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has named Dennis Ross to the post of special advisor to the Gulf and southwest Asia, effectively making him Washington’s pointman on Iran. Clinton “is pleased to announce the appointment” of Ross, spokesman Robert Wood said in a statement quietly released late Monday.
    ——————————–
    Ross is the best pointman we can have in any area. He has consistently impressed me. He is very sharp on assessing the other side and its motives. He finds points of commonality. He is the best we have. A wonderful appointment by Hillary.

  64. I think he is finding out that Dean, Polosei, and Reid are politicians, and not people to count. HRC is shoreing up SOS and if Bill shores up the economy, I wonder how the American public will view that. HRC and BJC will look good.

  65. birdgal Says:

    February 24th, 2009 at 10:12 am
    NewMexicoFan Says:

    February 24th, 2009 at 10:09 am
    They put O’s face on the Illinois license plate. Amazing.
    —————————————————————————————————-
    I’m glad I don’t live in IL. It would be very irritating to see his face on every license plate. The Obama stickers are bad enough.
    * * * * * * * * * * *
    You said it, Birdgal! Hi, Friends! Just dropped in to say “hello” to you all – work has been hectic. Can’t be unemployed in this O’Busha, er, Bushama, I mean Bush-Obama economy.

    Well, since I’m here: thank you Admin! Great articles over the last couple of weeks.

    And, I’m getting so sick (as are all of you, I know) of hearing BHO’s so-called “presidential addresses.” They are indistinguishable from his campaign speeches– they do not offer solutions – only endless restatements of the problems, accompanied by his endless lecturing. A weak school marm. No wonder Wall Street hates him. When will the MSM hold him accountable?

    An ai

  66. From the top, admin wrote:

    Obama could, if he so wished, continue to be the buffo captain in an operetta no one is watching except the Hopium addled, transfixed in their seats, hearing celestial choirs.
    &&&&&

    Nice imagery.

    BTW, when is the “Obama Channel” going to go on air. “All Obama, All the Time”.

    Then people could throw their History Making Presidential china at the tv set.

  67. JanH Says:

    February 24th, 2009 at 10:57 am
    I have been thinking about Bill Clinton’s advice to speak more positively about the state of the economy.
    &&&&&&&

    Tough job, even for Bill. What can he say?

    “Our economy doesn’t suck as badly as everyone is saying”.

    “The fundamentals of our economy are shaky at best, and the state of the union is…str…str…strange”.

  68. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s China tour was conducive to the healthy and stable development of Sino-U.S. ties, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said Tuesday. . .

    “Through Clinton’s visit, China and the United States deepened mutual understanding and expanded their consensus, which is conducive to pushing ties along the track of healthy and stable development,” said Ma.
    ——————————–
    This is an opinion that matters. It is backed by guns and a growing GDP.

    The MSNBC opinion that Clinton’s candor draws mixed reviews is irrelevant nonsense.

    The country must take its assessment of Hillarys stature and progress as sos not from clueless big media shills but from foreign leaders and newspapers who reflect the truth of the matter.

  69. It is hard for ordinary people to get the truth because big media is complicit in the big lie. The foreign press has always been an antecdote to their provincialism. But now it is a bit more than that. It is complicity in a big lie which makes them not credible. Fortunately, we have alternatives.

  70. rbg44hrc

    I tell you what he can say. We have put forward a stimulus package that will result in X jobs in these area. We will watch those areas closely to make sure that happens. We are also looking for specific areas to add new jobs in for X amount of dollars. We can no longer affod to throw money away to satisfy Political interests. It is our country we are talking about, and so any inability to keep your promise to create these jobs having been given the money will be view as unpatriotic. Areas that are successful will be rewarded with more stimulus. We will also work with Wall Street to seek their advise (he needs to be having some direct meetings with them, and implement some of their ideas), and then look for specific ways to reduce the risk an get this economy moving again.

    This is my number one priority, and I know you and I can do this. I am cancelling all further political trips, and vacations until I see this improve. I am also asking all American organization to cancel all frills, and spend that money on job creation. I will also look at the executive branch spending to keep people employed, but make sure we are spending in the right areas.

    Together WE can do this, and I am in this all the way with you.

  71. NewMexicoFan Says:

    February 24th, 2009 at 11:23 am
    I think he is finding out that Dean, Polosei, and Reid are politicians, and not people to count.

    ——————————

    Sooooooooo lonely at the top when you have to view your immediate political family with suspicion and second-guess their every move.

  72. I think the American media, with their nitpicking all over the place harm obama more than anything, while lavishly praising his every step and trashing Hillary at the same time, they don’t help the nation’s reputation abroad at all.jmo

  73. JanH

    Running for office and being in office are two entirely different things. Dean felt he could cheat, hoodwink, ignore the primary vote, and ignore the Clintons, as experience did not count. After all he was so succesful at runing a primary himself, and they rewarded him by giving him the party.

    However, those who have been to IRAQ on the front line, know much more than those who have never been. The What house is the same. They gave too little credit to a person who lived in the WH for 8 years, and was there 24/7.

    This man is not a 24/7 person. He is counting the day toward his next vacation.

  74. “This man is not a 24/7 person. He is counting the day toward his next vacation.”

    —————————–

    Truer words were never spoken.

  75. Turndown: it might be productive if someone who had the research skills presented a side by side comparison of news coverage provided by NYT vs. the foreign press on Hillarys trip to China.

    What I would envision is a summary of the major points proferred by each, including relevant citations. I suspect what it would show is the blantant cynicsm, pettiness and censorship of the NYT in stark undeniable terms.

    If the proofs lined up the way I think they will then it would be grist for someone like Professor Jameison at the Annenberg School of Journalism and possibly the conservative news sources.

    The catchline would be NYT: Why Do You Lie? What Are You Hiding?

  76. The verdict of Wall Street vs Big Media pollsters could be portrayed in a graph with approval level portrayed on the y axis and weeks since he was elected in November portrayed on the X axis. The stock market approval rating would be converted to a percentage with 100% being what the dow was at the day he was elected. This would show how off the mark the pollsters are. Of course someone could argue that the public loves Mr Obama despite the fact that he is sending them to the poor house. Let them make that argument and see if it sticks or backfires on them.

  77. It would show that the emperor has not clothes.
    ———————–
    Which is the whole point of the exercise. Once we have established that they NYT failed to tell the truth, and substituted biased openion for facts, the question would become why would anyone with common sense rely on the the word of a proven liar? And are they too lazy to turn to credible sources for the information they rely on?

  78. They might not stop reading the NYT but they would take anything negative NYT said about Hillary as untrustworthy information to be discarded or verified through independent sources.

  79. It will be interesting to see what if any research is done in years to come on the media viewer him/herself. A breakdown of economic/religious/racial effects of the media’s torrid slant of political happenings. An explanation for why ordinarily very intelligent people bought into the koolaid.

    Almost repetitive of the Germans who were mesmerized by Hitler’s promises. In the end the common answer was: “we didn’t know…how could we know…”

  80. Emjay Says:
    # turndownobama-com Says:
    Re Bunning’s remark about Ginsberg’s life expectancy….

    How many people have said similar things about Ted Kennedy’s life expectancy?
    ———————————————-
    perfect prod to our collective consciousness.

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

    Just to argue the other side, iirc TK’s conditon is known and admitted terminal. If Ginsberg’s sort of cancer is not always so serious, then in theory, unduly pessimistic statements might unnecessarily demoralize her or her family. However in fact, she’s a public figure and probably no one takes politicians’ remarks seriously anyway.

  81. NewMexicoFan Says:
    Too bad the Super/Stupid delegates to the Dem convention did not ask Wall Street who they had confidence in. I guess pay to play does not work with the investors.

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

    At some level, “Wall Street” was the biggest source of Obama’s donations (not counting Sinbad the Sailor Man).

  82. basil9 Says:

    February 24th, 2009 at 8:05 am
    Partial transcript from the Hardball clip.
    (can’t remember where I got this)
    Meltdown on MSNBC: The Leg Tingle Is Gone?

    I can hardly believe what I’m watching on MSNBC right now. Chris Matthews is almost critical — no, not even almost, he’s flat-out critical of President Obama on the economic front. He mentions an earlier conversation with CNBC’s manic stock analyst Jim Cramer and a University of Maryland professor (Peter Morici?) knocking Obama for several economic decisions — that the stimulus bill needed more real infrastructure and less pork, that the housing bill isn’t inspiring confidence and doesn’t look like it will work, and that no one has faith in Tim Geithner’s solution for the banks.

    Howard Fineman of Newsweek says Obama has been “grim and a little distant at the same time . . . Tim Geithner hasn’t inspired any confidence anywhere, as far as I can tell.”

    Matthews: “He seems like Barney Fife to me.”

    Eugene Robinson: “I actually referred to him as Doogie Howser, Treasury Secretary, and I think it’s a little unfair.” Much laughter ensues.

    More Fineman: “Despite his high approval rating and obvious intellect and goodwill, he hasn’t quite yet seemed to convey the sense that he knows the way forward and that he can get us there . . . I thought the first fifteen minutes of this show were devastating. Not that Jim Cramer is the only person they have to convince, but they have to convince people that they know what they’re doing, that they’re not just feeling their way forward.” Robinson points out that they are feeling their way forward.

    Matthews: “I thought 8,000 was the floor, and it looks like 6,000 is the floor. People are angry, I’m getting angry.”
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&

    It’s nice to see that Chris Matthews’ Restlessly Tingling Leg Syndrome is clearing up. I guess we’ll never know why it cropped up in the first place, but all you can do is pray for the health of the animal.

    Coupla questions:

    1) Where were these idiots when the country needed them to be a) impartial b) do their jobs and vet candidates equally to the same standard?

    2) It’s only 28 days into this Disaster Movie, “The Obama Poseidon Inferno” (or “Obama and Joe’s Not-so-Excellent Adventure”), and they are already ripping into him. Shouldn’t your die-hard, in-the-bank predictions last at least the first 100 days???!!!

    3) What was in it for them? I mean, the constant Obama hyping, the constant undermining of Hillary and then John. At least some reporters got jobs in the Obama Titanic Administration.

  83. tundownobama-com

    Which is even more interesting. If they thought they wanted O, then their behavior is showing total buyers regret. It might be interesting to know why.

  84. The president talks too much

    By Examiner Columnist
    $thisBycredit | 2/24/09 6:52 AM
    A week ago today, Barack Obama signed the largest spending bill in U.S. history. Yesterday he hosted a “fiscal responsibility” summit at the White House (a guilty conscience, perhaps?). Tonight, President Obama will deliver his first State of the Union address and issue a new round of lavish demands on the public purse.
    In recent weeks, the president has been anywhere and everywhere, with a campaign-style blitz of media appearances and town hall meetings. But, hard as it is to imagine in this era of the omnipresent president, there was a time when presidents weren’t seen much and were heard even less. There might be a lesson there for Obama.
    Our founding fathers didn’t want a president who’d perpetually pound the bully pulpit. They viewed presidential speechifying as a sign of demagoguery, and thought Congress should take the lead on most matters of national policy. They expected the nation’s chief executive to pipe down, mind his constitutional business, and keep his hands to himself.
    The “permanent campaign” that dominates modern presidential politics would have appalled our forefathers. Accepting the 1844 Democratic nomination, James K. Polk described the custom of the time: “the office of president of the United States should neither be sought nor declined.”
    When 19th-century candidates spoke publicly, they sometimes felt compelled to apologize, as 1872 Democratic contender Horace Greeley did, for breaking “the unwritten law of our country that a candidate for President may not make speeches.”
    From Washington to Jackson, presidents gave about three speeches a year on average. In his first year in office, President Clinton gave over 600. Things have changed, but it’s not clear they’ve changed for the better.
    Obama’s address tonight isn’t technically a State of the Union (SOTU) address, purists insist, since he’s only been in office a month. But with members of both Houses and the Supreme Court in attendance – standing to clap for every outsized promise – it will look and quack like one.
    In early SOTUs, presidents rarely went on at Castro-like length. George Washington’s first SOTU was a humble affair, just over 1000 words, devoid of imperious demands for congressional action.
    That wasn’t humble enough for President Thoma Jefferson, however, who disapproved of his two predecessors giving the SOTU in person before Congress assembled. Jefferson saw that practice as “an English habit, tending to familiarize the public with monarchical ideas,” much like the British king’s “speech from the throne.”
    So our third president wrote out his SOTU speeches and had them hand-delivered to Congress. The Jeffersonian custom held for over 100 years, until the power-hungry Woodrow Wilson overthrew it. Of 219 SOTUs, only 71 have been delivered in person.
    It’s hard to imagine the camera-and-mike-hungry Barack Obama simply “mailing it in.” But maybe he ought to think about making himself a little scarcer and pounding the pulpit less. If the president became less frantically visible, that might benefit the country and the president himself.
    Today’s president is a constitutional monstrosity: a national talk-show host with nuclear weapons. When the president dominates the airwaves, promising to cure all manner of economic and social ills, that leads the public to expect a presidential rescue plan for anything that ails the body politic.
    The predictable result is an executive branch that rides roughshod over congressional prerogatives. The mortgage bailout Obama announced last week is a case in point, since the bulk of the plan, which has enormous repercussions for the U.S. economy, is being enacted without any action by Congress. A less vocal, less omnipresent president might help us right the constitutional balance of powers.
    Moreover, it’s not clear that all this speechifying is doing the president himself much good. After Obama announced his housing plan, one headline writer put it this way: “Obama Speaks, Market Listens, Sells Off.”
    When there’s no escape from our national talk-show host-when he appears constantly above every gym treadmill-is it any wonder that we typically want his show cancelled just a few seasons in? Is it any wonder we get sick of him?
    There was wisdom in the old ways. A president who talks less might be able to make his words matter more. And a president who promises less might be able to deliver more of what he promises.
    Examiner columnist Gene Healy is a vice president at the Cato Institute and the author of “The Cult of the Presidency.”

    dcexaminer.com/opinion/columns/GeneHealy/The-president-talks-too-much-40212032.html

  85. Obama and the Dow:

    O: Welcome, I’d like to say a few words regarding the stimulus bill and the economy.
    Dow: 7,314

    O: Um, well, you know…
    Dow: 7,307

    O: as someone who knows diddly-shit about economics..
    Dow: 7,295

    O: and promised to bring “change” to Washington, I thought I’d clarify what I really meant.
    Dow: 7,256

    O: Change is unavoidable. Change can mean different things to different people
    Dow: 7,213

    O: Since I don’t trust those in my campaign with important stuff, I brought in a bunch of Washington insiders. The way to supervise banks and Wall St. is to let the foxes guard the henhouse. They know which are the tastiest chickens.
    Dow: 7,159

    Reporter: Sir?
    O: Yes, you.

    Reporter: Can you stop talking? Immediately?
    Dow: 7,159

  86. Re Geithner, iirc in fall 2008 when he was first announced as being invited to the new Treasury in some capacity, the stock market jumped up. This indicates that his record must be pretty good in the past (at least for the Wall Street people who advise investors, and/or manipulate the market).

    I don’t recall if Summers was also announced at the same time.

  87. Oh so this is what Obama means by giving Biden the oversight of the economic stimulus. Wanna bet where this leads back too.

    Rogue Financier Stanford Linked to Fund Run by Bidens

    A fund of hedge funds run by two members of Vice President Joe Biden’s family was marketed exclusively by companies controlled by Texas financier R. Allen Stanford, who is facing Securities and Exchange Commission accusations of engaging in an $8 billion fraud.

    The $50 million fund was jointly branded between the Bidens’ Paradigm Global Advisors LLC and a Stanford Financial Group entity and was known as the Paradigm Stanford Capital Management Core Alternative Fund. Stanford-related companies marketed the fund to investors and also invested about $2.7 million of their own money in the fund, according to a lawyer for Paradigm. Paradigm Global Advisors is owned through a holding company by the vice president’s son, Hunter, and Joe Biden’s brother, James.

    The fund has offered to turn over the $2.7 million investment it received from Mr. Stanford’s firm in 2007 to a court-appointed receiver in the SEC’s civil fraud case involving Mr. Stanford, according to Paradigm’s attorney, Marc X. LoPresti. The fund terminated its relationship with Mr. Stanford’s companies after the SEC filed civil charges against them last week, Mr. LoPresti said.

    Mr. LoPresti, who represents Hunter Biden and James Biden, as well as Paradigm, said he didn’t know which Stanford entity invested the roughly $2.7 million. He said the Bidens never met or communicated with Mr. Stanford.

    “There is no connection between the Bidens and Allen Stanford or Stanford period, full stop,” the attorney said. “There never was any meeting between any member of the Biden family, no phone calls, zero correspondence.”

    The vice president’s office had no comment. A spokesman for Mr. Stanford referred calls to the SEC. A spokesman for the agency declined to comment.

    The SEC accused Mr. Stanford of an $8 billion fraud centered on certificates of deposit sold by his Antigua-based Stanford International Bank. Mr. Stanford made large donations to an array of elected officials in recent years and provided some with trips to the Caribbean.

  88. turndownobama-com Says:

    February 24th, 2009 at 1:25 pm
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    And after his no plan speech, the market took a dive. He seems to be protecting the banks.

  89. Apparently, someone (at HuffPost) fully believes the NY Times poll about Obama’s superlative positive polling numbers. I consider this comedic relief. Thank you, Jacob Heilbrunn, for your comedic stylings.

    huffingtonpost.com/jacob-heilbrunn/obamas-state-of-the-union_b_169325.html

    Not since Ronald Reagan has an American president in his early months enjoyed as high approval ratings as does Barack Obama. A new New York Times/CBS News poll indicates that three-quarters of Americans back President Obama. It’s further confirmation not only of Obama’s extraordinary political skills, but also the precipice that the GOP hasn’t approached but actively leaped over. When Obama delivers the State of the Union address Tuesday, he will wield the one of the most powerful hands history has ever bestowed upon an American president.

    $$$ “extraordinary political skills”? And he is using these said skills to what end? To lead the country? To push forward a real agenda? So far, he’s Mr. Small Ball. A bunt. A pop fly. A strike out. Wow.

    $$$ and just how has he played this most powerful of hands? Like a dupe who’s getting taken by the house, because he can’t keep track of the cards.

    Obama will undoubtedly seize the opportunity to sketch out his program for American renewal, both in domestic and foreign policy. His speech, I predict, will not only be seen as a pivotal moment in restoring American democracy, but also an epitaph for the conservative movement that has finally run American into the ground.

    $$$ Dude, he’s reinvigorating the Repubs, and making the Dems despondent.

    By 2010, the GOP’s refusal to vote for the stimulus bill will been seen a as decisive event in the party’s fortunes–for the worse. Had the party cooperated with the president, it might have been able to resuscitate itself. The Times/CBS poll indicates that Americans are displaying great patience and don’t expect the economy to turn around any time soon. But they have seen through the GOP’s charade of purporting to stand for fiscal discipline–after plunging the country into $1 trillion of debt over the past eight years.

    $$$ Dude, same people in those polls did not like the plans for bank bailouts and car manufacturers bailouts. They thought it was schtinky.

    The conservative movement is now officially dead. All that remains is for the pallbearers to carry the casket to its burial site. Obama’s speech Tuesday will provide the funeral oration.

    $$$ Get this guy to Hopium Rehab. Stat.
    &&&&&

    See, like i sed. Funny.

  90. JanH Says:
    February 24th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    NewMexicoFan Says:

    February 24th, 2009 at 11:23 am
    I think he is finding out that Dean, Polosei, and Reid are politicians, and not people to count.

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    Sooooooooo lonely at the top when you have to view your immediate political family with suspicion and second-guess their every move.

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

    Wouldn’t Obama be used to that from Chicago? Alice Palmer should have viewed Obama with suspicion.

  91. from one of the blogs…a chicago bank, check out the last line

    Bailout Bank Blows Millions Partying in L.A.
    Posted Feb 24th 2009

    A bank that received $1.6 billion in bailout money just spent a fortune last week in L.A. hosting a series of lavish parties and concerts with famous singers . and TMZ cameras caught it all.

    Northern Trust, a Chicago-based bank, sponsored the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club in L.A. We’re told Northern Trust paid millions to sponsor the PGA event which ended Sunday, but what happened off the golf course is even more shocking.

    Northern Trust flew hundreds of clients and employees to L.A. and put many of them up at some of the fanciest and priciest hotels in the city. We’re told more than a hundred people were put up at the Beverly Wilshire in Bev Hills, and another hundred stayed at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Still more stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey and others at Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica.

    Here are the highlights:

    – Wednesday, Northern Trust hosted a fancy dinner at the Ritz followed by a performance by the group Chicago.

    – Thursday, Northern Trust rented a private hangar at the Santa Monica Airport for dinner, followed by a performance by Earth, Wind & Fire.

    – Saturday, Northern Trust had the entire House of Blues in West Hollywood shut down for its private party. We got the menu – guests dined on seared salmon and petite Angus filet. Dinner was followed by a performance by none other than Sheryl Crow.

    There was also a fabulous cocktail party at the Loews. And how’s this for a nice touch – female guests at the Chicago concert all got trinkets from..TIFFANY AND CO.

    As for what all that costs, well the company isn’t talking. We spoke with a rep from the band Chicago who said Northern Trust paid them around $100,000. A House of Blues source told us it cost more than $50,000 to close the joint down last Saturday night. As for Sheryl Crow’s fee, her rep didn’t get back to us. Earth, Wind & Fire acknowledges payment but won’t say how much.

    As for the golf tournament, a rep from the PGA told us Northern Trust wrote one big fat check in order to sponsor the event. That check covers part of the $6.3 million purse, the advertising costs for the spots on CBS (which broadcast the final two rounds of the tournament) and operating costs. The rep says the fee was negotiated and is confidential.

    Lots of people from Northern Trust went to the golf tourney . in special Mercedes that shuttled them to and from the hotels. But for those who weren’t into golfing, they could spend a few hours at the Northern Trust seminar on the credit crunch.

    Now how’s this for outrage? Northern Trust laid off 450 workers in December, 4% of its workforce.

    Here’s what’s absolutely amazing – the United States Government flat out gave Northern Trust the $1.6 billion in bailout money, and the bank didn’t even request it! .

    In truth this is fairly weak beer after the billions that we are watching being squandered.

    But still, it reveals a certain mindset that has taken hold in some quarters.

    And what a shock to hear that luminaries like Sheryl Crow were accepting this filthy lucre.

    By the way, Northern Trust is the bank that holds the mortgage on the Obamas’ Chicago manse.

  92. wbboei Says:
    February 24th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Turndown: it might be productive if someone who had the research skills presented a side by side comparison of news coverage provided by NYT vs. the foreign press on Hillarys trip to China.

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

    If anyone hears of anything like that happening, I’ll happily publicize it at boojumpost.blogspot.com and elsewhere … for whatever that’s worth.

    Occasionally some people did soemthing like this on US tv coverage, especially in 2000; dunno if they have the foreign data though or want to step that far out.

  93. Last night I posted a short vignette about a conversation I had with a wine vendor whose knowledge of that subject was to say the least impressive.

    In the course of discussing that subject, he spoke about the history of Italy, and a discrimination by northern Italians against southern Italians based on Moorish blood. I found the comment relevant to the politics de jour in this country. I posted here for that reason for possible comment.

    I received a call from one of our best friends on this blog who set me straight on the matter–a good lesson on why it is never a good thing to repeat hearsay. Unlike me, our friend speaks from direct first hand knowlege. Here is what he says, and knowing him as I do, I will be the first to vouch for it.

    Northern Italy was once a part of France. It is a great center of leaning and culture, and was the spark that fueled the Renaissance.

    Far from being the masters of the south as it was presented to me and I presented to you, the north was conquered by the south, and thus became subject to its control–not at all the reverse.

    Our friend was not sure When exactly that occurred, but stated that it may have happened in the 19th century when Garabaldi unified Italy.

    Furthermore, I am informed that racial discrimination is not the problem in Italy that it has been in this country both sides of the Mason Dixon line.

    Part of the reason why Italy has not succumbed to this disease is because there has been so many groups of people who have lived there from time as a result of commerce, conquest and migration. Part of the reason we have and on both sides of the color line is because of the Anglo American mindset mentioned above.

    That conflicts with what the wine merchant told me, but he was not Italian, and his intimate knowlege of Italy was a 10 day business trip. I do not doubt that someone he respected told him that but I now know it is not true either.

    All I can say to my friend and to you is mea culpa for this misreading of history. Now if we could just get Big Media to deliver a similar apology for presenting what is not true, perhaps we could have once again a functional democracy.

  94. wbboei said:
    the mark the pollsters are. Of course someone could argue that the public loves Mr Obama despite the fact that he is sending them to the poor house.

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

    Or someone (like me) could argue that the poll calls everyone with a phone, not just those who have both a phone and money to invest in stocks.

    At least phone bills are getting cheaper.

  95. wbboei said:
    Once we have established that they NYT failed to tell the truth, and substituted biased openion for facts, the question would become why would anyone with common sense rely on the the word of a proven liar?

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

    But who is going to inform the public about the study?
    Competitors of NYT maybe? Somehow I doubt it, as they would be next in line to be studied.

  96. For popular consumption, an expose of Big Media might start with their treatment of the Edwards scandal. The fact of Edwards’ affair is simple and admitted. If we have simple or admitted evidence that Big Media covered it up for months, that would be useful.

  97. djia Says:

    February 24th, 2009 at 1:17 pm
    The president talks too much
    &&&

    Bill Clinton could talk and talk too, but he had lots to say. He is extremely well-informed, and always had some positive agenda.

    Obama is clueless, rudderless, and directionless.

    “From now on, your Delta Tau Chi name is…Flounder”

    (interesting trivia:
    The full name of the Delta House changes during the movie. When the movers are taking out the contents of the frat house the name is Delta Tau Chi. Earlier in the movie it is Delta Chi Tau.)

  98. Here’s what’s absolutely amazing – the United States Government flat out gave Northern Trust the $1.6 billion in bailout money, and the bank didn’t even request it.

    In truth this is fairly weak beer after the billions that we are watching being squandered.

    But still, it reveals a certain mindset that has taken hold in some quarters.

    And what a shock to hear that luminaries like Sheryl Crow were accepting this filthy lucre.

    By the way, Northern Trust is the bank that holds the mortgage on the Obamas’ Chicago manse.

    _____________________________________________________

    I’M SHOCKED , I’M SHOCKED I TELL YOU……………….NOT!!

    BUT……..WOULD THIS NOT BE CONSIDERED A POSSIBLE PAY TO PLAY SCHEME?

  99. Turndown: two responses:

    Re. the polls. Most everyone is tied into the stock market directly or indirectly. Are you thinking the poll is valid?

    Re. outing NYT: I think FOX would do it. If not there are other sources who might. Newsmax would. But if no one is willing to do it, then you understand what that means. It means we live in a media controlled totalitarian state and our vote is reduced to nothing more than a Pavlovian response. I do not believe that myself.

  100. RGB

    one other thing to note about bill clinton and his speeches

    America LOVED to listen to him and what he had to say and WE STILL DO!!!!

  101. Mr Obamas motive in appointing the prosecutor to investigate the squandering of taxpayer bailout monies by the banks who supported him now becomes readily apparent. I honestly believe that Mr Obama is seeking to cover up what his friends and supporters have done to loot the country, to determine who knows what about it and to make sure they are silenced by whatever means necessary.

  102. BTW, that HuffPo Bot is wrong. Three-quarters don’t back Obama; his approval rating is 63 percent, not 75 percent.

    That’s still quite good, of course, but what matters is where it is 3 1/2 years from now, when he’s seeking reelection. If the economy and stock market don’t rebound, he’s completely screwed. His ratings are high right now because people are so invested in seeing him succeed, and the fawning press he receives makes a big difference. Have you guys ever seen a new president be on so many magazine covers and be hailed as the second coming?

    He’ll ultimately be judged on the results he achieves (or doesn’t). It’s that simple. BTW, JanH, he’s apparently going to adopt a more optimistic tone tonight, as Bill encouraged.

  103. It speaks volumes about the current state of banks that they would squander public monies this way. At one time they prided themselves on being conservative fiscally responsible institutions. That was then and this is now. If we had honest people running this Administration I would favor nationalization. But the Obama administration inspires no such confidence on my part.

  104. turndown,

    John Edwards’ wife has a book coming out this spring in which she discusses his “affair” among other important matters.

  105. Am I wrong or was Northern Trust the same institution that Bill The Bombers bald as a billliard ball daddy worked for whilst the future mentor of Mr Obama was celebrating the Fourth of July with nail bombs a few months early?

  106. That bank story is either an amazing example of unethical greed and thoroughly disgusting human behavior, or I don’t know what.

  107. JanH Says:

    February 24th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

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    It is both.

  108. In haste….

    wbboei Says:
    Re. the polls. Most everyone is tied into the stock market directly or indirectly. Are you thinking the poll is valid?

    tdo replies:
    Dunno, haven’t studied it. I’m just saying that if it was conducted in the usual way (calling random numbers) then it might well not match the stock market graph.
    We may all be affected by what the stock market does, but we don’t all affect it directly as the investors do.

    wbboei said: Re. outing NYT: I think FOX would do it. If not there are other sources who might. Newsmax would.

    tdo replies: Newsmax has very low credibility with many Big Media readers, and Fox not too much better. I’m not talking about totalitorian control, just about difficulty in getting the outing circulated and believed by the people who need it most, ie the NYT/Big Media readers.

    People have been doing this kind of study and expose for years, at least since 2000, on tv coverage — and who pays attention to them?

  109. Hillary Clinton ends the charade over human rights in China

    By: Alex Spillius
    Feb 24, 2009

    HATS off to Hillary. On the last day of her maiden trip in Asia, she was frank about the how hard she would push the Chinese on human rights. “Our pressing on those issues can’t interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crisis,” she said, adding that Washington “knew what the Chinese were going to say” on the issue.

    She went on to emphasise the economic partnership between the US and China, who “are truly going to rise or fall together” and urged the Chinese to continue buying US treasury bonds.
    “Our economies are so intertwined. The Chinese know that in order to start exporting again to its biggest market .the United States has to take some drastic measures with the stimulus package. We have to incur more debt. The Chinese are recognizing our interconnection.”

    Naturally, human rights organisations weren’t pleased. Amnesty International USA said it was “shocked and extrememly disappointed” by the secretary of state’s remarks. The New-York based New Students for a Free Tibet said: “The US government cannot afford to let Beijing set the agenda.”

    I found her honesty refreshing. For 20 years Western, particularly British and American, leaders have assured their publics that they would pressurise Beijing on Tibet, political dissidents and freedom of religion. The rhetoric was empty.
    Perhaps the apogee of this cravenness was Jiang Zemin’s London visit during the Blair era, when protestors were kept from his view by police vans, while the Foreign Office insisted that human rights was heavily on the agenda.

    Now Mrs Clinton has admitted that other things matter much, much more to Washington, namely economic survival. She has exposed the myth that we can’t afford to be unpleasant to the Chinese.
    It will be to her shame if she drops human rights from all her discussions with the Chinese over the next four years. They remain guilty of abuses which should make all of us very uncomfortable dealing with Beijing. She says that won’t be the case. Human rights groups, rightly, will be holding her to account.

    blogs.telegraph.co.uk/alex_spillius/blog/2009/02/24/hillary_clinton_ends_the_charade_over_human_rights_in_china

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    Hillary Clinton will never abandon her human rights agenda. The man who stole her presidency? Now that is another kettle of fish entirely.

  110. rgb44hrc Says:

    February 24th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

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

    And Cramer announced this morning, he is dead set against Nationalizing the Banks. He understands the ramifications if this ‘rule breaking’ administration is allowed to put a foot in the door; he understands for sure, Obama is handing the public a knife with which to slit it’s own throat.

  111. Another article I have tried to post and isn’t coming through is titled: Hillary Clinton Ends the Charade Over Human Rights in China

    blogs.telegraph.co.uk/alex_spillius/blog/2009/02/24/hillary_clinton_ends_the_charade_over_human_rights_in_china

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    I will just comment that Hillary Clinton will NEVER abandon her human rights agenda. Unlike the child who stole the presidency from her. Now that is another kettle of fish entirely.

  112. Paula Says:
    February 24th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    FYI, the Gallup tracking poll has him under 60 percent for the first time.

    h….w
    gallup.com/poll/116077/Obama-Job-Approval-Dips-Below-First-Time.aspx

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

    I only skimmed the NYT puff piece but didnt’ see any mention of the trend, which is very important. Or maybe NYT was reporting on different questions than job approval. Anywya it seemed unfairly selective and puffy. Thanks for this Gallup info.

  113. “Obama is handing the public a knife with which to slit it’s own throat.”

    —————————

    but as the song lyric goes (with apologies to the Beatles for changing “she” to “he”)

    “He’s got a ticket to ride, but he don’t care”

  114. wbboei Says:

    February 24th, 2009 at 2:46 pm
    Am I wrong or was Northern Trust the same institution that Bill The Bombers bald as a billliard ball daddy worked for whilst the future mentor of Mr Obama was celebrating the Fourth of July with nail bombs a few months early?

    *****************************************

    wbboei…I thought this might be the bank where there is a long O trail…I may be wrong, but isn’t this the bank that Bmerry, hillbuzz and I think, perhaps, Admin have discussed???

    Admin…please clarify…for some reason I am getting all kind of Chicago ‘fundraiser’ and ‘conflict of issues’ trail vibes

  115. Well, here is some grandiose biovating:

    “President Obama has accomplished more in 30 days than any president in modern history,” a senior White House official said today in a background briefing.

    Besides the economic spending, the senior official pointed to the passage of children’s health insurance, and requirements in the stimulus bill that made major changes in energy, education and tax policies, the official said, describing the bill as a “major paydown” on what candidate Obama ran on. The provisions in the bill promoting energy independence, the official said, constitute “the largest energy independence investment policy ever in the U.S.,” and maybe even in the world.

    abcnews.go.com/Politics/Business/story?id=6945577&page=1

  116. It has been assumed that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) had no prior relationship with Northern Trust until it became his mortgage banker for the June 2005 purchase of his Hyde Park townhouse.

    It has been suggested that it was convicted political fixer Antoin “Tony” Rezko, Obama’s political patron and personal real estate fairy, who led him to Northern Trust.

    Recently, it was pointed out that one of his early political backers, Lester Crown (photo), a board member at Northern Trust, may have been involved in Obama getting his $1.32 million loan.

    However, in another revelation by pseudononymous writer Richard Henry Lee, posted July 7, 2008, at American Thinker, we learn that it may have been through Obama’s relationship with domestic terrorist and long-term Obama acquaintance, Weather Underground leader William Ayers that Obama first made the connection:

    Barack Obama served on the board of directors of Woods Fund of Chicago from 1993 to 2001. During that time, the tax exempt foundation made some interesting grants, including one to Obama’s church, Trinity United Church of Christ, headed by Rev. Jeremiah Wright at the time. Grants were also made to ACORN, a left wing voter registration group and to a partnership for constructing low income housing. The fund also used Northern Trust for financial services, which is the same company that provided Obama his 2005 mortgage.

    In 2001 the board of directors included Obama, William Ayers (photo), the former Weather Underground radical terrorist, and serving as chairman was Howard J. Stanback who headed New Kenwood LLC, a limited liability company founded by now-convicted felon Tony Rezko and Allison Davis, Obama’s former boss at the law firm of Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland.

    Coincidentally, Woods Fund had started using Northern Trust investment services a couple of years earlier. The 2005 Woods Fund 990-PF tax filing shows that the fund paid $105,583 in fees and also participated in a Northern Trust private equity fund. Ayers and Stanback were still on the board of directors at that time so it is possible that one of them was somehow involved in helping Obama choose Northern Trust.

    The Obama-Ayers connection has been presumed to be only that between Obama and William Ayers. However, there is a direct Obama-Ayers connection between Obama and Thomas G. Ayers (photo), father of William Ayers and the retired president and CEO of Commonwealth Edison, that predates the 2005 mortgage with Northern Trust.

    According to the 2001 annual report of the Chicago Public Education Fund, Thomas Ayers and Barack Obama both served as members of the Fund’s Leadership Council.

    Here it should be mentioned that until May 1994, when he had passed the Company’s mandatory retirement age of 75, and was therefore no longer up for re-election, Thomas G. Ayers served on the Finance Committee of the General Dynamics Corp. board of directors with Lester Crown, the largest share holder. It just so happens that Northern Trust was the trustee of the corporation’s Salaried Savings Plan and the Hourly Savings Plan overseen by the Committee.

    Without question, both Tom Ayers and Lester Crown had long-standing relationships with Northern Trust and both of them had established relationships with Barack Obama that predated the 2005 loan from Northern Trust. Through William Ayers, Barack Obama had familiarity with Northern Trust dating from his time with the Woods Fund.

    Which of these connections—or perhaps all of them combined—gave Sen. Obama the edge to acquire a $1.32 million mortgage when his financial history did not support it is unknown. At the very least, we do now know that Tony Rezko was not his only pathway to the world of high finance.

    Update: It really is all in the Ayers family: “In addition to serving as the Annenberg Challenge’s first chairman, Obama served on the ‘Leadership Council’ of the Chicago Public Schools Education Fund, the Challenge’s successor organization. Obama served on this council alongside Ayers’s father, Thomas, and his brother, John, in 2001 and 2002, according to the Fund’s annual reports. Obama and John Ayers also served on the council in 2003 and 2004, according to the Fund’s annual reports. (Thomas Ayers, who died in 2007, had been CEO of Commonwealth Edison.)”

    ——————————————————————————–

    More on the Ayers-Obama relationship is available in this April 22, 2008, article by Dr. Stephen Diamond, a law professor and a political scientist on the faculty of Santa Clara University School of Law in Santa Clara, California, who has written extensively on the subject at his Global Labor and the Global Economy blog.

  117. Just went over Hillary’s schedule for today and it is awesomeSo much energy and so much devotion to her new role as SoS and the real leader of and for the people.
    It will be a real treat tonight to see her at another Obama reading session.That smile and those eyes along with her unmatched success during last weeks trip to Asia are going to be the focus of the buyers remorse that has set in and the need to clean up our political system.There will be a brighter star in the room tonight,Mr.Obama and she just might dim the lights on your teleprompter.

    ByABM90 A good fight for a just cause is invigorating.

  118. Birdgal: that abc blog is just propaganda and not worth listening to. There was alot of pent up demand after bush stonewalled. That is what is unprecedented. The important thing is Obama has done nothing to move the needle forward in terms of the economy. The stock market has collapsed, the debt is rising astronomically, he has been shivied into a bill that will not create jobs while the economy is dumping more of them every day, the purchasing value of the dollar is falling, banks are spending our money for their own agrandisement and yet this ship of fools takes heart in the great things he has done since taking office? That is not even hopium. It is a bald faced lie.

  119. wbboei Says:

    February 24th, 2009 at 3:40 pm
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    ITA, but that is the sort of drivel that is out there. People are so starved for something, they will believe anything. It is a total lie. If anything, it is the reverse. 3 cabinet positions go unfilled, as well as undersecretary positions.

  120. Yes Birdgal. I was simply reacting to the article. The lies they promulgate grow tedious. The big picture they ignore is what is important. And time–time wounds all heels.

    If you were running a company and your people kept sugar coating everything they told you it would not take me long to can their candyasses, and I am not even tough.

    Coincidentally, they are now looking at former Washington Governor Gary Locke to fill the commerce job which Gregg withdrew from. Locke was a Hillary supporter but jumped ship at the first sign of trouble. He never seemed like a very effective governor to me, but he is better than the one they have now whose bona fides and efficacy are suspect.

  121. And Cramer announced this morning, he is dead set against Nationalizing the Banks. He understands the ramifications if this ‘rule breaking’ administration is allowed to put a foot in the door; he understands for sure, Obama is handing the public a knife with which to slit it’s own throat.
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    You win Mrs Smith.

  122. An important David Sanger article about Barky’s forthcoming oration this evening. Seems like the skepticism is starting to run amuck – and at least a few in the journalistic cognoscenti are getting it at last. A Fraud is in charge.

    Obama Selling a New Deal, but Promising It Will Be Brief
    By DAVID E. SANGER

    It was only 13 years ago that Bill Clinton declared before a joint session of Congress that “the era of big government is over.” President Obama’s challenge on Tuesday night is to declare that, out of ugly necessity, big government is back — and then to make a persuasive case, with a specificity he has avoided until now, that if done right, this era will not last for long.

    His aides say this is no moment for the lofty idealism of the inaugural address, 35 long days and roughly a thousand Dow Jones points ago. His task is to be at once reassuring and realistic, or, as one of Mr. Obama’s economic advisers said over the weekend, “to convince the country we’ve finally pulled the ripcord on the parachute, even if we can’t tell you how long we fall or where we land.”

    The hardest part will be convincing his countrymen that they cannot save themselves without first saving the banks that let greed blot out prudence, the carmakers who ignored competitive reality for a quarter-century, and the homeowners who somehow persuaded themselves that housing prices only move up.

    Yet here is the paradox the president faces: The same New York Times/CBS News poll that found that Mr. Obama instills a remarkable sense of confidence — 76 percent of Americans say they think he will make the right economic decisions — also found that Americans dislike many of the choices he has made thus far.

    Fifty-nine percent said that the bank bailout would help bankers far more than it would help the country. More than two-thirds had no stomach for bailing out G.M. and Chrysler, even if the alternative is liquidating the companies.

    So here is a guide to what to look for in the speech to Congress, as the new president tries to emit the reassuring warble of an F.D.R. New Dealer while convincing the country he will soon fly like a deficit hawk.

    The Banks: It Just Looks Like Nationalization

    By the time Mr. Obama speaks, taxpayers may already own 40 percent of Citigroup. As Senator Charles Grassley, Republican of Iowa, asked yesterday in a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, wouldn’t that “give the government effective control of the bank, and therefore, be a de facto nationalization of the bank?”

    Yes, of course it would. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the insurer AIG all report to the Treasury these days. The “stress test” on major banks starts on Wednesday, and some of them could be wheeled into the operating room, where their shares will be diluted by new government holdings in common stock, as the Treasury all but said on Monday.

    So in Mr. Obama’s speech, look for the code words that open the way to brief nationalization — he’ll steer clear of that term — on the way to cleaning up balance sheets and putting the banks back in private hands. Also look for any signs that Mr. Obama might decide to wipe out the current shareholders’ stakes — not that those holdings are worth very much anymore — and dump current bank managements.

    His argument will probably come down to this: We’re not bailing out a bunch of clueless bankers, we’re making sure that the world’s biggest economy has a viable banking system.

    A Detour to Detroit

    The banks are positively popular compared with General Motors and Chrysler (which is mostly owned by a private-equity firm that says it cannot put any more of its own equity into the company). Perhaps that is because few Americans seem to believe that the companies have now seen the light, after ignoring decades of market signals.

    On this subject, listen for the national security argument: That Americans cannot live without a vibrant industrial base that makes the country’s own wheels, in America. Mr. Obama’s case will be that the network of suppliers surrounding America’s auto makers cannot be destroyed. Don’t expect to hear much about the “transplants,” the subsidiaries of Japanese, German, Korean and other companies that, until the bottom fell out of the new-car market, were actually building new auto plants in the United States while the Big Three were closing old ones. Those carmakers think of themselves as American. Congress doesn’t.

    The Bailout Next Door

    It was a little mystifying why the White House chose, late last week, to get into a direct shouting match with Rick Santelli, a CNBC reporter and former derivatives trader whose on-air tirade against Mr. Obama’s plan to stop foreclosures went viral on the Web. “The government is promoting bad behavior,” Mr. Santelli said. The White House press secretary shot back that “Mr. Santelli doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

    Maybe he does, and maybe he doesn’t, but he tapped into genuine anger. Mr. Obama is likely to nod to the fact that many people who pay their mortgages are rightly upset that the government is rewarding some of those who overextended themselves. But he’ll argue that until the foreclosures stop, the downward cycle — ever more houses on the market, ever lower market values — cannot be stopped. On this point, the White House knows he has to sound more convincing than he did last week.

    About Our Good Friends, the Chinese

    Mr. Obama’s audience isn’t just domestic. His words will be translated into many languages, none more important than Mandarin.

    As China’s leaders made clear to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Beijing over the weekend, the Chinese leadership needs to be persuaded that America remains a safe and liquid investment. She assured him that it was, of course, but what else could she say? The White House is acutely aware that its entire plan hinges on the willingness of other nations to keep lending to the United States, and that means he must make a convincing case that he’s seen the path out of deficits.

    Americans and foreigners alike have heard that before; George W. Bush spent eight years churning out projections of how he would move the United States back toward balanced budgets. The financial responsibility summit on Monday at the White House — if you can call a four-hour meeting a “summit” — was supposed to signal that Mr. Obama has a plan of his own. But he has been a little vague about how he would square the goal with everything in the offing — or how he would address the toughest long-term problem, fixing Social Security and Medicare.

    Look for any sign that he is now willing to kick those cans down the road, maybe by creating a commission to study the problem. (There have already been several, and on Monday the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Representative David Obey, Democrat of Wisconsin, declared that a commission would “thrill policy wonks and not get a damned thing accomplished.”)

    But mostly, look for whether Mr. Obama puts together that elusive combination of inspiration and specificity that creates confidence. That’s what’s been lacking in the markets, and in the country. And until it is restored — until Americans have as much faith in the message as in the messenger — it’s going to be hard to break the cycle.

  123. US Offers $900 Million for Gaza, Hamas Aims for Unity with Fatah

    by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

    (IsraelNN.com) The United States will offer more than $900 million in aid for Gaza while promising that the money will be funneled through the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority without reaching Hamas’s pockets. However, both factions are to begin unity talks on Thursday that could pave the way for sharing aid.

    Previous aid to Fatah usually has found its way to Hamas, either directly or through indirect channels.

    Simultaneously, Hamas’s senior leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar announced Tuesday that the terrorist organization reserves the right to bring arms and money to Gaza.

    The announcement of the amount of aid was unofficial and was attributed to a senior aide who insisted on anonymity because the final amount has not been approved. The leak may have been purposely timed to promote Secretary Clinton’s scheduled appearance at a donors conference in Cairo next Monday, followed by her first visit to Israel and the Middle East since taking office.

    The Bush administration’s policy was to shun Hamas, but questions have been raised if President Barack Obama will soften the boycott. U.S. Senator John Kerry this week became the first ranking American official to visit Gaza since the Hamas takover two years ago but said he did not meet with Hamas officials although he was unknowingly given an envelope from the party for President Obama.

    After the revelation of the source of the letter, which had been placed in the offices of the United Nations, officials said Sen. Kerry left it behind at the United States consulate in Jerusalem.

    By next week, Hamas and Fatah hope to have begun talks towards a unity government, which was in place until Hamas wrested total control from the rival faction.

    One of the negotiators for unity is Al-Zahar, the official who maintained the right of arms.

  124. Shocking
    Obama Decrees: Massive Immigration of Hamas Refugees from Gaza
    by Lou Dobbs
    Obama has signed a presidential determination allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to resettle in the United States . Sure, what can go wrong when we allow hundreds of thousands of people who have been, as Mark Steyn memorably described, “marinated” in a “sick death cult,” who voted for Hamas, and 55% of whom support suicide bombings, to live here and at the American taxpayers’ expense?

    By executive order, on January 27, (Federal Register on February 4) Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in urgent migration assistance to the Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in Gaza to resettle in the United States.

    Few on Capitol Hill took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006 at US taxpayers expense.
    Let’s review some of Obama’s most recent actions since he was inaugurated a little more than two weeks ago:

    • His first call to any head of state as president was to Mahmoud Abbas, leader of Fatah party in the Palestinian territory.

    • His first one on one interview with any news organization was with Al Arabia television.

    • He ordered Guantanamo Bay closed and all military trials of detainees halted.

    • He ordered all overseas CIA interrogation centers closed.

    • He withdrew all charges against the masterminds behind the USS Cole and 9/11.

    • Today we learn that he=2 0is allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refuges to move to and live in the US at American taxpayer expense.
    So: We can’t pay our own bills. Our economy is dying, hundreds of thousands of people are losing their jobs, and now we will pay to move terrorists and their supporters to live free in our country? What about the thousands of our brave soldiers who gave their lives to fight these terrorists?

    Obama insulted the Medal of Honor Award winners at the Inauguration Ball they hosted in his honor by being the first President in over 40 years to not show up at their ball — and now, he is inviting their very enemies to come live in our country at our expense?

    Why not just send all of our weapons over there and allow them to kill us now? It will be less painful!

    Now you see why the founding fathers wanted to protect us from a President with divided loyalties! Now you see why Congress and the Supreme Court should have insisted Obama show proof of natural born citizenship.
    http://loudobbsradio.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=406&PN=2

  125. Where does one go to access where the ‘Tea’ parties are being scheduled?
    On the Huckster, here is what I see:
    -he is not stupid, but he is not as smart as Mary Todd has convinced him that he is or his minions have propped him up to be
    -he does not care about regular everyday John Q Public or Jane Public
    -he has set up a strategy to first be a totalitarian in America – just look at the steps that have been taken in just 30 something days – and to redistribute wealth which he accomplishes by making all but a handful as poor as the rest; then he plans to go onto the world stage
    -he is grooming Mary Todd to succeed his three eight-year terms IF he is not successful in doing away with any semblance of fair elections
    -the hopium addled resemble those in Hitler’s time; they refuse to see the truth;the youth loved and revered Hitler; the unknowing were willing to be led by the uncaring

    I like the idea that those who propped him up and voted for him now OWN HIM and they must PAY for him. Also, the last female journalist who went onto his big expensive plane came out Hopium adled to the hilt -what goes on in the air above – strongarming or buyouts?

    God bless John McCain for so politely pointing out to the Huckster about his boy toy BIG helicopter. And Godspeed Madame Secretary of State. God save our nation!

  126. Blue, the articles you post are uniformly excellent and this one is no exception.

    The reactions of the foreign lenders and the American public toward this administration are interesting and somewhat anomolous.

    The foreign reaction is that he must cut deficits. They look to us to consume the goods they produce but they also expect us to keep our house in order. I was not aware of the pushback Hillary got from the Chinese on that point. Either I missed it or big media censored it to protect Mr Obama as always.

    But if lending nations want us to manage our deficit, then his pork laden stimulus bill was a major mistake. It is symptomantic of his weakness as a leader that he did not see this and get his own party under control in congress.

    Also, he must satisfy a much tougher and more astute audience that big media that the deficit program is realistic and he has the political will to act upon it notwithstanding the political consequences. Given his checkered track record they will be inclined to be sceptical. More likey they will temporize and look for fall back options as Samuelson stated a few months ago.

    If the audience is the American people then he is a looking backwards to the innaguation high when he conjures up 76%. Today Mr Obamas approval rating has fallen below 60%.

    As for the wide disparity between public approval for him and approval for his policies that gap is unsustainable. If he cannot produce policies that solve our problems his personal popularity will collapse.

  127. As much of a political junkie I am, who’d watch every State of the Onion, I really don’t know if I could stand to watch and hear this idiot tonight.

    With W., I’d watch them, just to mock him out and see what outrageous lies he’d make.

    You know, I might be a better person for it if I just watch Sports Center, or better yet, Seinfeld reruns. Otherwise, watching Barky would be yadda yadda yadda.

  128. As much of a political junkie I am, who’d watch every State of the Onion, I really don’t know if I could stand to watch and hear this idiot tonight.
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    I know what you mean. I will not watch him either. Reason: first, I cannot believe anything he says is true. Second, I am reasonable certain that he is the enemy of the middle class.

  129. wbboei Says:

    February 24th, 2009 at 4:06 pm
    US Offers $900 Million for Gaza, Hamas Aims for Unity with Fatah

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    I will never trust Hamas. They need to be rounded up and charged with war crimes to the extreme. And as much as I am against torture, for them I would make an exception.

  130. Under fire, Burris refuses to resign

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Roland Burris is refusing to resign despite a suggestion from fellow Illinois senator Dick Durbin to do so. Burris also is refusing to say whether he’ll run for the seat in 2010.
    Burris was appointed by disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached and driven from office after he was accused of trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

    Burris repeatedly changed his story about how he was appointed. He is facing calls for his resignation after he admitted trying to raise money for Blagojevich. Burris has said he did nothing improper. He refused to comment after his meeting with Durbin.

    usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-02-24-burris_N.htm

  131. Spending bill includes $3.8B in projects

    By Matt Kelley, USA TODAY

    WASHINGTON — A $410 billion spending bill unveiled in Congress on Monday includes at least $3.8 billion worth of funding for the kinds of lawmakers’ pet projects that President Obama has pledged to trim from future budgets.
    The bill is meant to end a budget impasse left over from last year, after President Bush threatened to veto the Democratic-controlled Congress’ plan because of its cost. It would fund most federal agencies through the end of the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Those agencies are operating under a congressional extension of last year’s budgets that expires next week. Congress approved full-year budgets last fall for only three departments: Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs.

    The bill introduced Monday includes 806 pages listing specific projects added to the spending bill by members of Congress. The $3.8 billion in the bill for legislative projects known as “earmarks” is down about 5% from the $4 billion in fiscal 2008, House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Kirstin Brost said. The House plans to vote on the bill this week.

    Steve Ellis of non-partisan Taxpayers for Common Sense said the latest bill — combined with $6.6 billion in earmarks already approved for Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs — would bring the total cost of legislative projects to more than $10 billion for fiscal year 2009. Ellis said his group has yet to analyze the new bill, so he could not say exactly how much is for earmarks.
    Obama and other critics say earmarks are often wasteful, and Obama has pledged to reduce the number and amount spent. On the White House website, Obama promises to “slash earmarks to no greater than 1994 levels” — a campaign promise that he has said would cap earmarks at $7.8 billion.

    White House spokesman Robert Gibbs sidestepped a question about earmarks Monday, saying he hadn’t discussed the bill with Obama. Gibbs suggested that Obama wants Congress to show restraint, saying that “everybody has to be involved in the sharing of pain” in the budget process.

    Among them: $142,500 for a museum honoring the late House speaker Sam Rayburn, requested by Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas; $300,000 for a science camp curriculum in West Virginia requested by Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va.; and $150,000 for renovations to the Westwood Theater in Rexburg, Idaho, requested by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho.

    usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-02-24-earmarks_N.htm

  132. I will never trust Hamas. They need to be rounded up and charged with war crimes to the extreme. And as much as I am against torture, for them I would make an exception.
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    Nor would I. I am worried that some of our money will fall into their hands and they will use it to cultivate good will for themselves in the community and build more support for their terroristic activities.

  133. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs sidestepped a question about earmarks Monday, saying he hadn’t discussed the bill with Obama. Gibbs suggested that Obama wants Congress to show restraint, saying that “everybody has to be involved in the sharing of pain” in the budget process.
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    To say this only after the horse has left the barn is pure hypocracy.

  134. lol. Marine One – object of a great number of search engine searches.
    28 of them, bots say were ordered by Dubya in comments, but he HAS NOT CANCELLED THEM if that is true. 28 of the, with state of the art everything and he throws in the kitchen sink [replete with kitchen].

    buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/92303?fp=1

  135. A little preview of tonights speech:

    Obama to say US will rebuild and emerge stronger

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Addressing a nation on an economic precipice, President Barack Obama asked worried Americans to pull together Tuesday night and declared reassuringly that the U.S. “will emerge stronger than before.” Obama aimed to balance candor with can-do in his first address to a joint session of Congress.

    “The weight of this crisis will not determine the destiny of this nation,” Obama said. “Tonight I want every American to know this: We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.”

    The comments were included in excerpts from the speech that were released early by the White House.

    Set to address an ebullient Democratic congressional majority and an embattled but reinvigorated GOP minority as well as millions of anxious viewers at home, Obama was arguing that his still-unfolding economic revival plan has room for – even demands – a broader agenda including dramatic increases in health care coverage and wiser, “greener” fuel use.

    “The answers to our problems don’t lie beyond our reach. They exist in our laboratories and universities, in our fields and our factories, in the imaginations of our entrepreneurs and the pride of the hardest-working people on Earth,” he said. “What is required now is for this country to pull together, confront boldly the challenges we face and take responsibility for our future once more.”

    Just five weeks after his inauguration, Obama wasn’t charged with producing a formal State of the Union status report. But for all intents and purposes, that’s what it was: a night for the president to sketch out his priorities in a setting unmatched the rest of the year.

    The gallery was to include a special section hosted by first lady Michelle Obama in which guests were selected to serve as living symbols of the president’s goals. Cramming the floor were to be the leaders of the federal government: Supreme Court justices, all but one Cabinet member – held away in case disaster strikes – and nearly every member of Congress.

    Pre-speech, Wall Street was in a better mood than it had been in for days: Stocks were up after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the recession might end this year.

    Comments on Obama’s address came in early from Republicans, hours before he had uttered a word.

    Louisiana’s young, charismatic governor, Bobby Jindal, who was delivering the televised GOP response to the Democratic president, exhorted fellow Republicans to be Obama’s “strongest partners” when they agree with him. But he signaled that won’t happen much, calling Democrats in Congress “irresponsible” for passing the $787 billion stimulus package that Republicans have criticized as excessive and wasteful.

    “The way to lead is not to raise taxes and put more money and power in hands of Washington politicians,” Jindal said, according to excerpts of his remarks released by the Republican Party. “Who among us would ask our children for a loan, so we could spend money we do not have, on things we do not need?”

    Jindal is considered a likely presidential contender in 2012.

    In contrast to many State of the Union addresses by George W. Bush, Obama was not expected to emphasize foreign policy.

    He planned to touch on his intention to chart new strategies in Iraq and Afghanistan and to forge a new image for the U.S. around the world even as he keeps up the fight against terrorism.

    But with the economy in a recession that already has lasted longer than any other in a quarter-century, that was the dominant topic.

    The president aimed to drive home several points:

    – He inherited the mess, and a quick turnaround is unlikely. Not only did the recession emerge on Bush’s watch, the Bush approach wasn’t the right one.

    – He’s tackling the situation on multiple fronts. Already done: the massive stimulus plan, an overhaul of the separate $700 billion bailout for the financial sector, and a $275 billion rescue for struggling homeowners. On the way: decisions about limping U.S. automakers, a move to broadly rewrite financial industry regulations and perhaps more money aimed at propping up banks.

    – Thinking short-term won’t do the trick. Focusing even amid the crisis on longer-term goals such as helping the millions without health insurance and switching the U.S. to greater dependence on alternative energy sources is crucial to the nation’s economic well-being.

    Also crucial is bringing down the estimated $1.3 trillion budget deficit that is ballooning as Washington pours money into the economic recovery. Obama was to declare that the budget request he sends to Congress on Thursday will slash the deficit by at least half by the end of his term in 2013, in large part by ending U.S. combat in Iraq and eliminating some of Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy.

    He was also expected to talk of a continuing need to reach across ideological boundaries, and for him to connect with the everyday Americans dealing with hard times. Obama hoped to hit just the right note with this address: grim enough to be honest but optimistic enough to be inspiring.

    “Those qualities that have made America the greatest force of progress and prosperity in human history we still possess in ample measure,” Obama said.

    New polls showed how the political climate can be as precarious as the economic one.

    While a new Washington Post-ABC News survey found 68 percent of the public approves of Obama’s job performance, a Gallup poll also out Tuesday showed his approval rating falling to 59 percent.

    apnews.myway.com/article/20090224/D96I7GTG0.html

  136. AmericanGal Says:

    February 24th, 2009 at 6:43 pm
    A little preview of tonights speech:

    Obama to say US will rebuild and emerge stronger

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    LOL…what else is he going to say??? Was he wearing his superman costume complete with tights when he spoke? Did he end with “may the force be with you” as well?

  137. Someone should put Obama’s speech side by side with one by Jimmy Carter–he most likely said the same things during the recession of the 1970’s.

  138. If we had him on a lie detector tonight it might prove interesting.

    He can say anything he wants. He can say the moon is made of green cheese.

    Okay you have said it. Now, prove it.

  139. “Pre speech” Wall Street was in a better mood than it had been in for days: Stocks were up after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the recession might end this year.

    If it does not go up 500 points tomorrow then he has failed to make his case. Just remember it has gone down 1000 in the past few days. It was up 250 today so it is in a position to go up dramatically tomorrow IF they believe him or are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. The longer term assessment is what counts.

    Also the I inherited this problem is not an affirmative defense for two reasons. First, it is a bi partian problem. Second, the bubble exploded at or near the time it became obvious he would be given the presidency. Thus, he cannot draw a clear line of demarcation and blame it all on the other party or its erstwhile president.

  140. I never thought I would say this, but I’m skipping his yawner of a speech and am going to listen to the Repubs response.

  141. How do you get one poll giving him 68% approval rating and another giving him 59%?
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    Through sound acurarial analysis:

    1. take the real figure (59%)

    2. subtract half the mou (59-1=58)

    3. then a 10% bm bias facor (58+10=68)

    As you can see it is all very scientific.

  142. and we all know how overcooked those washintonpost/abc polls were in the election.

    Stuff that Jackie collins would be worthy of fictionwise.

  143. pm317,

    I’m sure he has at least a dozen for back up. I mean we would hate to see a grown man cry and have a temper tantrum otherwise…lol…

  144. JanH Says:
    February 24th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    pm317,

    I’m sure he has at least a dozen for back up. I mean we would hate to see a grown man cry and have a temper tantrum otherwise…lol…

    ===========

    Naw, he’d just say it was a racist teleprompter, and he could understand that….

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