All You Need Is L-U-V

To understand the basic dishonesty of Barack Obama’s “budget overview” all you need is L-U-V.

There was agony in the incense fogged Hopium dens when we published Obama Budget: Sleeveless, Clueless, Truthless, Hopeless, Penniless. There was even more agony when once again we tutored Liberals about the dishonesty of Barack Obama’s “budget overview”.

There is general agony in Hopium dens because we analyze the dishonesty in the Obama “budget overview” from the viewpoint of real Democrats – not Republicans, not Big Media, not PINO Big Blogs.

We are not the only real Democrats who are taking a sledgehammer to Barack Obama’s dishonest “budget overview”. Yesterday the New York Times asked 11 knowledgeable, or at least prominent, “experts” to answer the questions So when, exactly, will the misery end? When can we expect to see the economy turn around? As we noted, even Frank Rich is getting antsy about Obama’s “budget overview”.

Yesterday we quoted “Oracle of Omaha”, Warren Buffett’s dire predictions “the nation’s economy will be in shambles throughout 2009″ and probably “well beyond.”

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What’s L-U-V got to do with it?

Obama in his “budget overview” bamboozles Americans by saying the recession will be over by the middle of the year, the recovery will have begun. This clearly bogus assumption is meant to deceive Americans into accepting a budget that spends a great deal of money.

The simple way of understanding the Obama deception is L-U-V. Obama says the American economy is a “V”, most economists say the economy is a “U”. The fear is that Obama’s wasteful spending as exemplified in the “stimulus” scam with turn the economy into an “L”. We’ll let Nouriel Roubini explain the “L”, “U”, “V”, lines on the economic graph:

LAST year, the debate over how long the recession will last was between those in the consensus who argued that it would be V-shaped — only about eight months long like those in 1990 to 1991 and in 2001 — and those like me who argued that it would last at least three times as long, 24 months, and be more than three times as deep as the previous two.

Today, as we enter the 15th month, it’s obvious that we are already in a painful U-shaped recession that has become global and will last at least until the end of the year — 24 months, the longest since the Great Depression. Even if the gross domestic product grows in 2010, it is likely to be no higher than 1 percent. And at that rate, with the unemployment rate rising toward 10 percent, we will still be substantially in a recession.

Roubini clobbers the Obama “V” and makes clear we are in a “U” – if not worse:

Even if appropriate aggressive policy actions were undertaken — monetary and fiscal stimulus, bank clean-up and credit restoration, mortgage debt reduction for insolvent households — the growth rate would not rise closer to 2 percent until 2011. So this recession may last 36 months.

And things could get worse. We now face a 1 in 3 chance that, if appropriate policies are not put in place, this ugly U-shaped recession may turn into a more virulent L-shaped near-depression or stag-deflation (a deadly combination of economic stagnation and price deflation) like the one Japan experienced in the 1990s after its real estate and equity bubbles burst.

Nouriel Roubini is a professor of economics at the New York University Stern School of Business, and the chairman of an economic consulting firm so the Hopium addled addicts think he is no match for the inexperienced and unqualified Barack Obama in matters economic.

James Grant (editor of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer; author, “Mr. Market Miscalculates.”) mocks HOPE:

“WHEN you stop asking,” was the exasperated reply of the broker to the pestering client who asked the same question over and over during the 1974 stock-market crash: When will it end?

Nobody knew, or could know. [snip] Instead, he blurted the truth that bear markets end when investors give up hope.

Hope sustains life, but misplaced hope prolongs recessions. At the root of this paradox is the notion that booms don’t just precede booms, they cause them. Modern-day booms are the products of low interest rates and easy credit. People overborrow, overpay and overindulge. They love the things that borrowed money buys, but the debts become insupportable. Then the assets, or some of them, must go. A little selling — of houses, cars, companies, stocks — becomes a lot, and the next thing you know we’re talking about nationalizing Citigroup.

Wishing that this weren’t happening to them, hopeful business people and homeowners resist making necessary adjustments. [snip]

Today’s low prices, painful though they may be, are the market’s own shovel-ready stimulus. Before you know it, the stock market, and the residential real-estate market, too, will be on their way back up again — just don’t ask when.

Abandon all hope, ye who enter Obamaville.

Steven S. Roach, Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia:

IT would be premature to declare an end to America’s recession at the first sign of a resumption of growth. After the unusually steep declines in the economy late last year and early this year, a statistical rebound in the second half of 2009 would hardly be shocking. It could be driven by the gyrations of the inventory cycle. Or it might reflect the first digs of the stimulus package’s “shovel-ready” projects.

But any such whiffs of growth are likely to herald a false dawn, because the consumer remains in terrible shape. American families have lived beyond their means for more than a decade by borrowing against their over-valued homes. With both the housing and the credit bubbles having burst, their stock portfolios down and their jobs threatened, consumers have been shocked into a new frugality. They are likely to be restrained for years to come. The consumption share of gross domestic product is still 71 percent — down from a peak of 72 percent but well above the 67 percent that prevailed from 1975 to 2000.

This points to an unusually anemic upturn, at best — not strong enough to keep the unemployment rate from rising to near 10 percent over the next year and a half. Since it’s hard to call that a recovery, it looks to me as if this recession won’t end until late 2010 or early 2011.

“False dawn”? That’s another way of saying “false hopes”. Don’t believe the hopey-dopey. Obama is like a lightbulb whose wires are no longer connected – you can screw the bulb into a socket – but it will not give light. False hope, like a busted lightbulb will not light the way.

A. Michael Spence is an emeritus professor of management at Stanford who won the Nobel prize in economics in 2001:

THE short answer is not soon. [snip]

This interacting spiral is what makes this recession exceptional.[snip]

If governments are quick and clear in their intentions and intervene in a coordinated way in both the real economy and the financial sector, we will probably have an unusually long and deep global recession through 2010. If they don’t, it is likely to be worse than that.

Even New York Times columnist and High Church of Obama Archbishoprick Frank Rich admits that Obama is “fuzzy”.

William Poole, senior fellow Cato Institute, president and chief executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis from 1998 to 2008:

The self-correcting nature of markets will ultimately prevail. We should not underestimate the power of monetary policy; with the sharp increase in the nation’s money stock starting in September, monetary policy is now extraordinarily expansionary. I believe, though without great confidence, that the recession will end in the second half of this year.

Federal policy is damaging the economy’s prospects. [snip] But government spending can’t lead the way to sustained recovery, because its stimulating effect will be offset by anticipated higher taxes and the need to finance the deficit.

Heavy-handed federal intervention into the management of companies from banks to auto makers will also delay recovery.

Obama gets a weak bit of agreement from a conservative that the economy will begin to recover this year. But as to the economic recovery the conservative does not give Obama any credit for the unlikely recovery.

Obama loving Google chairman, Eric Schmidt:

The result, I hope, will be that by the late summer our economy will start to show signs of life, with a slowing rate of economic contraction and small but noticeable upticks in areas like auto sales and real estate. By the end of the year, we may see some growth, with gains in employment to follow a few months later. In early to mid-2010, as banks recover and begin to lend, we should see further progress with consumers taking advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime economic opportunities emerging from this historic collapse.

The Obama lovin’ Google chairman trys to agree with Obama, but fails.

George Cooper is the author of “The Origin of Financial Crises: Central Banks, Credit Bubbles and the Efficient Market Fallacy.”:

TODAY’S financial crisis is the biggest in recent history, when measured by its speed, the scale of its capital losses or its global reach. Yet viewed from another perspective the crisis is surprisingly ordinary, following the same path as dozens of previous bubbles. [snip]

If we go by the first measure we may see two or more decades of readjustment. If we go by the second, we are still probably in the early stages of the credit correction, meaning that while the technical recession could be over by the end of the year, the broader credit cycle will likely remain a significant drag on economic activity well into the next decade. Either way, we have a long way to go.

George Cooper will soon be force-fed Hopium.

Niall Ferguson is a professor at Harvard and the author of “The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World.”:

THIS recession, which began in December 2007, has already lasted longer than the average postwar recession. If it turns out to be as bad as the most protracted of the postwar downturns, we will touch bottom next month.

But my strong suspicion is that we are now in something more like a Great Recession. It won’t produce as steep a fall in American output as the Depression did, but it may prove to be as prolonged. [snip]

This is a crisis of excessive debt, the end of the Age of Leverage. It will take longer than a few more months to resolve bank and household insolvency, especially with asset prices continuing to fall so rapidly. Even with zero interest rates and huge deficits, Japan suffered a “lost decade” in the 1990s — and that was when the rest of the world was doing well. This recession is taking place as the rest of the world is doing even worse than the United States. The collapse of trade as measured by East Asian export data is petrifying.

So far in this recession, remember, we have had only two consecutive quarters of declining gross domestic product. At the moment, I find it quite easy to imagine two consecutive years of contraction. And I don’t rule out two more lean years after that.

Quick get the Hopium needles ready – Niall is not being hopey-dopey. Niall says “L”.

Alan S. Blinder is a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton and a former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve:

HERE’S the hard truth: Nobody knows when this recession will end. Economic forecasting is a dark art, and predicting when recessions begin and end is its weakest link. That said, my best guess is that growth will return in the fourth quarter of this year. [snip]

If the economy continues to slide through the third quarter, as I anticipate it will, this will be the longest American recession since World War II. [snip]

But here’s the rub. My forecast assumes that no other (big) shoes will drop. Sad to say, shoes have been dropping like rain.

Obama, like George W. Bush, might have some shoe problems.

MARCELLE CHAUVET, an associate professor of economics at the University of California at Riverside, and KEVIN A. HASSETT, the director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute:

We are without question in a deep recession. According to a model developed by one of us that draws on past recession experience and has proved quite useful, the chance that we will be in recession in March is 92 percent, in April 85 percent, and so on. [snip]

The good news is that the odds of this recession lasting into the fourth quarter of 2009 are below 50 percent. But the dice will be thrown each month, and we could get lucky and be out earlier — or unlucky and be stuck in the doldrums.

Carmen M. Reinhart is a professor of economics at the University of Maryland:

WHEN our economic woes began, analysts took some solace that the longest American recession since World War II lasted 16 months, and that on average our recessions lasted less than a year. But as this contraction continues into its 15th month, we have been forced to look to more severe precedents.

Counting the months of decline, however, is a narrow gauge of distress. A better metric is the length of time it takes the economy to recover to the level of per capita income at its prior peak.

After the most severe banking crises around the world in the postwar period, the economy has taken an average of four years to return to its previous peak in personal income. After the Depression, it took the United States 10 years.

For those without L-U-V who need empirical evidence of how bad things are, today the stock market is sinking so deep (below 7000 on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, lost 300 today) not even our Pink dolphins can detect the depths to which Obama is taking us. And, it’s getting worse. The economy is getting worse.

As bad as things are, they can still get worse, and get a lot worse,” said Bill Strazzullo, chief market strategist for Bell Curve Trading. Strazzullo said he believes there’s a significant chance the S&P 500 and the Dow will fall back to their 1995 levels of 500 and 5,000, respectively.

Obama bamboozles us with a “V”. We are already in a “U”. If we listen to the inexperienced, unqualified, bamboozling Obama – we will go low into an “L”.

Americans need to get away from the strutting buffo operetta captain of this sinking L-U-V boat.

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99 thoughts on “All You Need Is L-U-V

  1. The solution to this economic mess will be found in the work Hillary is doing. Let us make sure that when she succeeds she gets full credit for her success. I am becoming more optimistic about it even as the skies turn greyer and Obama shoots hoops.

  2. Thus, we are proud to see her shine as SOS, but now full well, all credit will go to BO, and all failures attributed to her or Bill.
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    If it is any reassurance I dont think it is quite that cut and dried.

    Hillary is everywhere to be seen and there is not way Obama and his media supporters can hide that fact. Nor can they censor the enthusiam of foreign leaders for what she is doing.

    As she travels she forges new alliances and trust in herself and the United States. It is like the fable of the horses of the Agean stable but if Hercules could do it then Hillary certainly can.

    Yes SHE can.

  3. If Hawk were here he could correct my rusty spanish but if memory serves it goes something like this:

    Senor Obama el no se puede– sin nuestra chica Hillary.

    Al otro lado, Hillary se puede y por eso nosotros y todo el mudo sera mucho mejor hoy y en futuro.

    Obama cannot do it without Hillary. On the other hand Hillary can do it and we and the world are better off for it.

  4. Admin,

    Another fantastic analysis.

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    wbboei Says:

    March 2nd, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    “Obama cannot do it without Hillary.”
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    No he can’t. And he couldn’t have done it if Bill Clinton hadn’t paved the way and given him the opportunity to steal so many ideas as well as cabinet people from him.

  5. News Analysis: Clinton takes on tough Mideast peace process

    2009-03-03 by David Harris

    JERUSALEM, March 2 (Xinhua) — As U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton kicked off on Monday evening a 36-hour trip in Israel and the Palestinian territories, she would feel the full weight of a seemingly-intractable, 60-year conflict resting on her shoulders.

    For decades, American diplomats have taken the lead in trying to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — a task neither have been relinquished nor have completed. “Time is of the essence,” Clinton said on the eve of her arrival in Israel. “We cannot afford more setbacks and delays, or regrets about what might have been had different decisions been made. And now is not the time for recriminations. It is time to look ahead.”
    She made the comments on Monday in the Egyptian resort town Sharm el-Sheikh, where she was the star attraction at a meeting of some 70 donor nations that together pledged in excess of 4.4 billion U.S. dollars to help reconstruct the war-battered Gaza Strip.

    With January’s fighting in Gaza in mind, Clinton starts to pickup the pieces of the so-called Middle East peace process. Even before the fighting erupted, Israeli-Palestinian negotiations were faltering.
    The Palestinian National Authority (PNA), which the international community recognizes as the official Palestinian government, all but broke off talks with Israel, saying the Jewish state was not serious about peace.
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the generosity of the donors, but stressed talking with the Israelis in order to achieve a final settlement is the goal.

    Clinton has to deal with two major issues at the beginning. First is the matter of the establishment of a new Israeli government that wants to adopt the Annapolis formula, which is the current basis for the peace process. In February’s general election in Israel, the hawkish Likud leader, former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is only the second-largest party in the Knesset (parliament). Israeli President Shimon Peres has charged Netanyahu with forming the next government. Kadima, the largest party led by Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, is so far refusing to join a Likud-led coalition, and that is forcing Netanyahu towards the creation of a narrow right-wing government. Kadima maintains that a Netanyahu-led government will shun the peace process and reject the progress made since the Annapolis peace conference, which was held in the U.S. in late 2007. Netanyahu reportedly offered Kadima parity in the cabinet and in forming the policies of the new government, but senior Kadima politician Haim Ramon told Israel’s Army Radio that there was one thing Netanyahu would not agree to: “two states for two peoples.”

    Indeed, the manifestoes of several Netanyahu’s natural partners in government utterly rejected the idea of territorial compromise — something that is a basic principle of the Annapolis conference. Even if Netanyahu creates a government that manages to overcome this hurdle and adopts a pro-negotiation stance, Clinton will still have to deal with the political crisis on the Palestinian side.

    For Clinton, the second major issue to be dealt with is the rebuilding of trust between Israel and the Palestinians, something that was shattered with the 22-day-old Israeli Cast Lead Operation in Gaza. Israel must show “the Palestinians that there are benefits to negotiate if their goal is to control their own destiny and live in peace and dignity in an economically viable state,” Clinton said in Sharm el-Sheikh on Monday. “For the Palestinians, it means that it is time to break the cycle of rejection and resistance, to cut the strings pulled by those who exploit the suffering of innocent people, and show the world what the talent and skills of an exceptional people can build and create,” said the U.S. top diplomat. Clinton, whose first visit to the region in her new job, will be largely a listening exercise, knows that it is highly unlikely the U.S. alone will manage to broker a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

    Indeed, many regional analysts remain skeptical that the International Quartet, which comprises the United States, Russia, the United Nations and European Union, is capable of persuading Israelis and Palestinians to put aside old hatreds and forge a new path. However, taking in what both Palestinians and Israelis have to say, the former first lady will let Israel and the PNA know that she is someone to be reckoned with and will stamp her own style on the peace process.

    news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-03/03/content_10931011.htm

  6. March 2, 2009

    Clinton: U.S. Is ‘Doubtful’ Iran Would Agree to Talks on Its Nuke Program

    Jay Solomon reports from the Middle East on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s trip.

    Even as the Obama administration pledges to engage Iran over its nuclear program, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is telling key Arab leaders that she’s “doubtful” Tehran will actually respond. Clinton met Monday with her counterpart from the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on the sidelines of an international aid conference for the Palestinian territories. According to a senior U.S. official, Sheikh Abdullah raised his concerns with Clinton that the U.S. could reach some agreement with Iran on key strategic issues without Washington consulting its Arab allies.

    Clinton, however, assured the Emirati royal that this wouldn’t be the case.
    “Our eyes are wide open” when it comes to Iran, Clinton told Sheikh Abdullah, the U.S. official said. She added that the U.S. “was doubtful Iran would respond” to calls for an international dialogue, despite repeated overtures from President Barack Obama and other senior U.S. officials. Clinton told Sheikh Abdullah that Washington’s willingness to engage Iran seemed to be unnerving Tehran’s leadership. The U.S. official quoted Clinton as saying: “The worst nightmare for Iran is for the international community to be unified and the U.S. willing to engage.”

    blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2009/03/02/clinton-us-is-doubtful-iran-would-agree-to-talks-on-its-nuke-program/

  7. I heard that the US is planning on giving the Palestinians 900 million as to show we are not playing favorites.Now where are we going to get 9oo million?

  8. Obama beats early retreat on promise to fight pork

    By ANDREW TAYLOR

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite campaign promises to take a machete to lawmakers’ pet projects, President Barack Obama is quietly caving to funding nearly 8,000 of them this year, drawing a stern rebuke Monday from his Republican challenger in last fall’s election. Arizona Sen. John McCain said it is “insulting to the American people” for Obama’s budget director to indicate over the weekend that the president will sign a $410 billion spending bill with what Republicans critics say is nearly $5.5 billion in so-called “earmark” projects. “So much for the promise of change,” McCain said in this year’s version of what has become his annual tirade against pork-barrel spending.

    Democrats contend that earmarked pet projects total only $3.8 billion, less the 1 percent of the amount Congress is approving to finance government programs through September — compared with the 1.3 percent that Republicans call pork spending. White House Budget Director Peter Orsazg said Sunday that the new administration wants to “move on … get this bill done, get it into law and move forward.” Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, called the bill and its 8 percent spending increase over 2008 “last year’s business.”

    Obama is hardly the first president to promise to make Congress change its pork-barreling ways, and he certainly won’t be the last. But he is the first to retreat so quickly, after only six weeks in the White House. Only a week ago, Obama was pressing Democratic leaders in Congress to pare back the earmarks.
    The president, however, hit a brick wall with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and other Democrats who treasure their right to send taxpayer money to their states and districts for park improvements, university research grants, equipment for police departments and redevelopment projects. “I’m here to tell everyone that we have an obligation as members of Congress to help direct spending to our states,” Reid told reporters last week.

    That’s the kind of treatment President George W. Bush got from his allies in Congress after he took office eight years ago. Like Obama, he wanted to curb lawmakers’ appetite for pet projects, but he also was firmly rebuffed. In Bush’s case, it was top GOP leaders — House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois and House Majority Whip Tom DeLay of Texas — who defended earmarks and made the White House back off. They saw them as helping endangered Republicans keep their seats and a way to reward rank-and-file lawmakers willing to toe the leadership’s line.

    The common thread for Obama and Bush is that the strongest defenders of earmarks also were or are their top allies in Congress — the very people a president needs to advance the rest of his agenda. Obama administration officials making the rounds on the Sunday news shows promised reductions in the next round of spending bills — and said it was simply time to move on from last year’s business. “We’re going to have to make some other changes, going forward, to … reduce the ultimate number,” Emanuel said on CBS’ “Face The Nation” on Sunday.

    Obama, who swore off his own earmarks during last year’s campaign after seeking them earlier in his Senate career, promised last year to force earmarks down to 1994 levels — when Democrats were ousted from their longtime congressional majorities.
    Instead, according to an analysis by the GOP staff of the House Appropriations Committee, Obama is poised to sign a measure containing 7,991 earmarks totaling $5.5 billion. That’s on top of $6.2 billion worth of pet projects passed last year when Congress adopted a bill bundling together the budgets for the Defense, Homeland Security and Veteran Affairs departments. Because of rules imposed by Republicans in the waning days of GOP control of Congress and strengthened by Democrats two years ago, the earmark process is far more transparent than it was before. The cost and purpose of each earmark, along with its sponsor or sponsors, is identified in documents accompanying the legislation and on the Internet.
    With the new transparency, it’s far easier for voters and anti-pork groups such as Taxpayers for Common Sense, a Washington-based watchdog group, to scrutinize legislation. Among its many earmarks, the pending bill contains grants for social services agencies to help seniors and at-risk youth, money for police department to purchase dashboard cameras, agricultural research such as $1.7 million for honey bee research in Texas, road projects and help for transit agencies.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iIg34ct-JZVW_v1Nx7Yg9GhIScqwD96M65LG0

  9. So I heard that obama delayed the start of the NBA game he attended.

    How very “king” like of him.

  10. I was upset today when HIllary announced that we are giving $900 million to Gaza to rebuild. First of all we are doing that with borrowed money!!! Second, when Israel withdrew from Gaza, they left modern farms, greenhouses and newly build housing communities. The Gazans destroyed these rather than continue the productive uses they were built for. Why rebuild a country for people who are so destructive???

  11. Hey, Admin!

    I LIKE opera and operetta! The thought of BHO prancing about on stage lip-synching Gilbert and SUllivan makes me wanna gag!

    On another note, how DO you keep up with all the political, economic and national news and still find time to write about it?

    You must be up 24/7 poring over the plethora of information!

    You are truly amazing.t

  12. gonzotx

    Don’t ask me. I was very disappointed that she did not fight thru to the convention. Real democrats needed representation and to be heard .
    Look where we are now.

  13. freckles Says:
    March 2nd, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I’m with JanH. Rush is a nasty piece of work. Many of his listeners are hateful trogodytes. By accusing Obama of ending America’s capitalism and freedom, he is rousing these ignoramuses to drastic remedies — and he knows it!

    In that one phrase, he is accusing O of being a Communist (there goes capitalism) and of being a fascist (there goes liberty). What’s an All-American skin-head to do? If Rush believed half of this nonsense, he would tell them what to do.
    &&&&

    If Obama advocates socialist policies bordering on communism, I know it’s a stretch, but we should allow room for people’s takes on political discourse. Think of his ties to radicals: ACORN, Ayers, Wright.

    And if Obama uses totalitarian tactics (do you think we’d have a hard time coming up with that list???), who’s to say that shouldn’t be considered fascist? He’s willing to use ACORN to build an infrastructure to try to ensure his re-election, his picture is everywhere, and his cronies are trying to undo the amendment limiting presidencies to two terms. Presidente for Life? Get what I’m saying?

    So Rush’s assessment is not so bizarre or outrageous.

  14. Admin

    I don’t how you set it up, but everytime I refresh or come to the comments part, the Hillary video immediately starts playing. I am not sure you wanted it that way.

  15. I sit here, I read, and as everyone knows there are a multitude of suggestions on what is happening here. I am fearful, but I am not hopeful. I just don’t know what the the right prediction is, but I feel like there are enough of them from leading economists that someone has to be right. What I can tell you is, we have just purchased a new car. I started out my negotations stating they at least had to match 5.1% which I had gotten after a credit check through my credit union. At first they said they did not think they could get any better. While sitting in front of the credit person, he did some keystrokes on the computer, and all of a sudden (I guess after checking our credit) we got 4.75%. When I was back at the dealership getting the windows tinted, I saw the credit man, and ask him where we stood. He said no problem, we have 4.75%. Today there was a message on our phone to come back and sign new papers as a credit union here had come back with 3.99%. Sure sounds like they are getting desperate. Good for us, but not sure what that means for anyone else.

    In addition, our daughters house, which has been on the market for a while fell out of the multi listing (we are in the middle of relisting it). I have had at least 6 calls today from agent pleading with me to list with them. What does that mean? Do they expect something All I can tell you is I wish they had worked as hard selling her house, as they are at getting us to list with them. Things are crazy.

  16. No one, including the experts, have a clue as we have never been in this position before. Krugman was initially negative but has now given his blessing to the proposed budget….Krugman felt even more money should have been put in the stimulus. Others take a contrarian view and think the higher taxes on the wealthy and small businesses will cause less spending and small businesses more hesitant to hire more people as they will keep production / inventory lower b/c of higher taxes…these folks follow the old Regan ‘trickle down” effect on economics.
    Personally, I have until now, always voted against my economic interests, but I am already paying top income tax rates, and have lost almost 1/2 of my financial portfolio. I am one that believes in enjoying life and spending on things you like, but I am so nervous about where we are, that I have put off buying new cars, a new house, etc.
    I have three (3) kids in private school which cost over 60k, and my wife works full time raising the children ranging in ages of 3, 12, and 15.
    I know many haare in very poor economic shape, and I try to help where I can, but it is very hard to priorize when so many folks are hurting.

  17. Hi everyone,

    I was in WalMart, the Globe has on the cover O, and Michelle. It is talking about O being Gay and how he warned M about the book coming out with Larry Sinclair and the murders

    I put all the Globe magzines in front of all the other magazines.

  18. jbstonesfan

    That is what bothers me. We have never been here before, and I have lost confidence in the experts. We only purchased the car to reduce gas consumption (I expect gas prices to rise here shortly), and because we started having car trouble. We should be Ok, as kids are grown. However, I am not about to go out and do anything else, except refinance the house when they reach a level that would be better for us.

  19. neetabug Says:

    March 2nd, 2009 at 9:07 pm

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    LOL…well done!

  20. gonzotx Says:
    March 2nd, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    I heard that the US is planning on giving the Palestinians 900 million as to show we are not playing favorites.Now where are we going to get 9oo million?

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    Borrowing from China to give Gaza.

  21. Well I heard the Palestinians were asking the U.S. for a few billion so I guess this is the lesser of the two evils.

    God willing it doesn’t get funnelled out to Hamas. Then it just becomes blood money…

  22. The news coverage of SOS Hillary clinton is pathetic.MSM are having buyers remorse as they have to continue to embrace BHO while holding their noses.Hillary is now the on the world stage and she is welcomed everywhere she travels.These countries know that only she has any credibility in uniting them and promoting peace and stability that amongst them.She has a very difficult job ahead,undoing the damage done by W and Congoleeza Rice and their diplomatic failures.
    We should all be grateful that she is no longer in the senate and marginalized by her own corrupt gravey trainers that worship BO as he leads our country over the cliff as he waves the race card and the stars and stripes.His legacy of restitution and retribution has paralyzed and impoverished our nation.

    By ABM90 Time to clean house in Foggybottom.

  23. I was in WalMart, the Globe has on the cover O, and Michelle. It is talking about O being Gay and how he warned M about the book coming out with Larry Sinclair and the murders

    I put all the Globe magzines in front of all the other magazines
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    Neetabug when I become president I will offer you director of fbi or cia–whichever one you want. In the meantime keep up the good work. If we could teach thousands of people to do what you did we could outcensor the New York Times.

  24. turndownobama-com Says:
    March 2nd, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    gonzotx Says:
    March 2nd, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    I heard that the US is planning on giving the Palestinians 900 million as to show we are not playing favorites.Now where are we going to get 9oo million?

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

    Out of the $800B that BO set aside for Africa Aid?

  25. wbboei,

    I guess you’ve seen this? Apparently last updated Nov, it’s graphs showing the Dow following Obama and McCain polls.

  26. JanH Says:
    March 2nd, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Well I heard the Palestinians were asking the U.S. for a few billion so I guess this is the lesser of the two evils.
    =========================
    I think the few billion was to be the total from the donor nations combined, so the $4.8 was a surprise to all, except the guy adding up the total as donor nations announced their contributions and limiting statements.

  27. Blagojevich lands six-figure book deal

    March 2, 2009
    BY CHRIS FUSCO

    Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is vowing to expose “the dark side of politics that he witnessed in both the state and national level” in a book due out in October, his publicist announced today.

    The publicist, Glenn Selig, said Blagojevich signed the “six-figure book deal” with Phoenix Books, “run by maverick publisher Michael Viner.” The working title is The Governor.

    Hours before the formal announcement of Blagojevich’s book deal, one of his chief legislative critics announced a move to bar him from cashing in on the deal if the impeached ex-governor winds up being convicted of federal charges.
    “Corrupt Illinois politicians, for example Rod Blagojevich, are looking to cash in by telling their stories after the fact,” Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock) said. “They should not be allowed to benefit from their actions in any way, most of all financially.” Franks’ bill would cover any book or movie deals that detail a crime for which the elected official was convicted, and any profits derived from the deal would have to be turned over to the state of Illinois.

    Selig described the planned book as a tell-all. The governor, according to a news release, will write about the discussions, the considerations and the factors involved in picking President Obama’ s successor to the U.S. Senate.
    “The governor chose to go with a large independent company because he wanted to tell his story without any restrictions over content that might’ve come with a major publishing house,” Selig said in the release. “He simply did not want to accept constraints or conditions on what he could say in this book.” Selig said Blagojevich won’t “pull any punches” and plans to “reveal information and provide insights that will at times be embarrassing to himself as well as to others.” “There were some people in high places who didn’t want the governor to write this book and worked to try to squash a book deal,” Selig said.

    Specific terms of the book deal were not disclosed.

    suntimes.com/news/metro/blagojevich/1456545,blagojevich-lands-book-deal-030209.article

  28. Former presidential candidate Edwards to speak at Brown

    By Cynthia Needham

    For months he’s flown under the radar.
    Now John Edwards, the former United States senator and 2004 vice presidential candidate, is coming to Brown University next month.

    It appears the speaking engagement is one of only a handful Edwards has made since admitting last year that he had an affair with an employee on his 2008 presidential campaign. His speech will be entitled “Beautiful America,” though no further details about the talk are available.

    The lecture, sponsored by the Brown University Lecture Board, a student-run organization, will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in the DeCiccio Auditorium at the Salomon Center for Teaching. Tickets will be open to students, faculty and staff on a first-come, first-serve basis. Space permitting, the event will also open to the public that night. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

    politicsblog.projo.com/2009/02/former-presiden-1.html

  29. Emjay Says:

    March 2nd, 2009 at 10:18 pm

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    My mistake. Either way, I think Hamas will hijack what they can.

  30. ABM: Hillary is the Belle of Ball on the world stage. She is having the time of her life meeting world officials, solving problems and being a world leader.

    Obama is the Great Pretender. He is having the time of his life as well caving in to Pelosi, bamboozling our clueless media, terrifying financial markers and impersonating a world leader.

    No es oro todo lo que reluce.

  31. I cannot believe John Edwards is showing his face in public.

    I hope hundreds of pinkers are out there to greet him in full Hillary gear.

  32. Admin:

    “James Grant (editor of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer; author, “Mr. Market Miscalculates.”) mocks HOPE:“WHEN you stop asking,” was the exasperated reply of the broker to the pestering client who asked the same question over and over during the 1974 stock-market crash: When will it end?

    Nobody knew, or could know. [snip] Instead, he blurted the truth that bear markets end when investors give up hope.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Admin: Thank you for an excellent analytical summary laid bare of the prospects for the financial recovery..

    Capitulation = Optimism

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

    JanH Says:
    March 2nd, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    News Analysis: Clinton takes on tough Mideast peace process

    2009-03-03 by David Harris

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

    Hillary did a great job in essentially her first crack at laying down the ground rules setting the foundation for a fruitful understanding of how a possible resolution to the tumult between Palestine and Israel will come about.

    She isn’t going to settle for anything less than the best offerings and efforts from both sides advancing the Peace process. The simplicity of her expectation is what struck me as a brilliant, non-threatening, stumbling block strategy for both sides.

  33. Mrs. Smith,

    What I am loving about Hillary Clinton is how she is cutting through all the red tape and just saying it how it really is. Instead of all the pandering that goes on, she is results-oriented to the max!

  34. I agree, JanH. Hillary has always been like that. And it’s one of the reasons I’ve long supported her.

  35. Basil: if he wants to prance around the stage playing Gilbert and Sullivan why object? Its perfect. He is right out of HMS Pinnafore. Watch:

    SONG — OBAMA

    I am the monarch of the sea,
    The ruler of the Queen’s Navee,
    Whose praise big media loudly chants.

    MO, RICE, JARRETT, POWERS. And we are his sisters, and his cousins and his aunts!

    OBAMA. When at anchor here I ride,
    My bosom swells with pride,
    And I snap my fingers at a foeman’s taunts;

    MO, RICE, JARRETT, POWERS. And so do his sisters, and his cousins, and his aunts!

    ALL. And so do his sisters, and his cousins, and his aunts!

    OBAMA. But when the breezes blow,
    I generally go below,
    And seek the seclusion that a cabin grants;

    MO, RICE, JARRETT, POWERS. And so do his sisters, and his cousins, and his aunts!

    SONG — OBAMA

    When I was a lad I served a term
    As office boy to an Rezkos firm.
    I cleaned the windows and I swept the floor,
    And I polished up the handle of the big front door.
    I polished up that handle so carefullee
    That now I am the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee!

    BIG MEDIA CHORUS. — He polished up that handle so carefullee
    That now he is the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee!

    OBAMA. As office boy (sorry JT) I made such a mark
    That they gave me the post of a junior clark.
    I served the writs of eviction with a smile so bland,
    And I forged my birth certificate in a big round hand —
    I forged it all in a hand so free,
    That now I am the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee!

    MEDIA CHORUS. — He forged his bc in a hand so free,
    That now he is the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee!

    OBAMA. In evicting tenants I made such a name
    That an articled clerk I soon became;
    I wore clean collars and a brand-new suit
    For the bar examination at the Institute,
    And that bar examination did so well for me,
    That now I am the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee!

    BIG MEDIA CHORUS. — And that bar examination did so well for he,
    That now he is the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee!

    OBAMA. Of legal knowledge I acquired such a grip
    That they took me into the conlaw professorship.
    And that conlaw professorship, I ween,
    Was the only ship that I ever had seen.
    But that KIND of ship so suited me,
    That now I am the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee!

    BIG MEDIA CHORUS. — But that kind of ship so suited he,
    That now he is the Ruler of the Queen’s Navee!

    OBAMA. I grew so rich that I was sent
    By Reverend Wright into Parliament.
    I always voted at my party’s call–or pass
    And I never thought of thinking for myself at all.
    I thought so LITTLE, they rewarded me
    By making me the Ruler of the DNC!

    BIG MEDIA CHORUS. — He thought so little, they rewarded he
    By making him the Ruler of the DNC!

    OBAMA. Now landsmen all, whoever you may be,
    If you want to rise to the top of the tree,
    If your soul isn’t fettered to an office stool,
    Be careful to be guided by this golden rule —
    Stick close to your desks and NEVER GO TO SEA,
    And you ALL may be rulers of the Queen’s Navee!

    BIG MEDIA CHORUS. — Stick close close to your desks and never go to sea,
    And you all may be rulers of the Queen’s Navee!

  36. JanH:

    “Hillary (she) is results-oriented to the max!”

    ~~~~~~

    … just one of the reasons why we love her so much and are so willing to defend her from the gnashing of teeth, jealous sycophants lurking in the shadows… like, John “clean coal” Kerry.

  37. What I am loving about Hillary Clinton is how she is cutting through all the red tape and just saying it how it really is. Instead of all the pandering that goes on, she is results-oriented to the max!
    ————————————————-
    And she has been doing this sort of thing ever since she brokered a settlement between student radicals and the Yale Administration in her first year of law school.

  38. Good work, wbboei, brilliantly pointed!

    Heres one:

    “I have been one acquainted with the night”

    I have been one acquainted with the night.
    I have walked out in rain – and back in rain.
    I have outwalked the furthest city light.
    I have looked down the saddest city lane.
    I have passed by the watchman on his beat
    And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.
    I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet

    When far away an interrupted cry
    Came over houses from another street,
    But not to call me back or say good-bye;
    And further still at an unearthly height,
    One luminary clock against the sky
    Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
    I have been one acquainted with the night.

    by Robert Frost

  39. wbboei

    Yes, she has been doing this since Law school. Experience that they negated, ignored, minimalized. O worked as a neighborhood organizer. My democracy has failed me.

  40. Mrs. Smith: thank you for reciting that poem. I was not aware of it. Frost was a wonderful poet. He understood the importance of nature and the value of silence in all its forms.

    The woods are lovely
    Dark and deep
    But I have promises to keep
    And miles to go before I sleep
    Miles to go before I sleep

    Good night Mrs. Smith

  41. Here are examples from the sublime to the ridiculous.

    A stunning analysis of Frost’s poem:

    http //www dot helium.com/items/159240-poetry-analysis-acquainted-with-the-night-by-robert-frost

    And a link to a new game board for sale, designed and created by Gov Sebelius’ son:

    http //www dot cjonline.com/stories/012608/bus_240507951.shtml

    http //gilliusinc.com/dropsoap.html

  42. Barack Hussein Obama gets no respect from financial markets. They care little for telepromptered speeches and the race card which are of course his stock and trade. In fact, markets tumble at the mere sight of him. You might say Mr. Obama is the Rodney Dangerfield of financial markets, since he gets no respect from them.

  43. WASHINGTON (AFP) — Barack Obama offered in a secret letter to Dmitry Medvedev to halt deploying a US missile defense system in Europe in exchange for Moscow’s help stopping Iran from developing ballistic missiles, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

    —————————————————————————————————

    BHO is a naive fool.

  44. Clinton: US supports two-state solution in Mideast

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the U.S. will “vigorously” pursue the creation of a Palestinian state. Clinton is making her first visit to the region as the top U.S. diplomat. She spoke Tuesday alongside Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni ahead of a meeting later in the day with Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Netanyahu’s criticism in the past of peace talks with the Palestinians and the possibility of Palestinian independence has raised concerns that his new government could clash with the U.S.

    Clinton said earlier in the day that the U.S. would work with any Israeli government. But she says the U.S. “will be vigorously engaged in the pursuit of a two-state solution every step of the way.”

    JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton promised Tuesday to work with the incoming Israeli government, but delivered a clear message that Washington is committed to the establishment of a Palestinian state. That could put her at odds with the Israel’s next leader, Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu, who opposes full Palestinian independence. Clinton and Netanyahu were to meet later Tuesday.

    Clinton, on her first visit to the region as the top U.S. diplomat, comes during a transition period in Israel. Netanyahu is putting together a new coalition government and is expected to be sworn in as prime minister within weeks. His criticism of U.S.-led Mideast peace talks before Israel’s recent election has raised fears that his government could clash with the Obama administration.

    Clinton sought to play down such concerns, saying the U.S. is ready to work with any Israeli government. “We will work with the government of Israel that represents the democratic will of the people of Israel,” Clinton said after meeting Israel’s ceremonial president, Shimon Peres. Clinton stressed the U.S.’s “unrelenting” commitment to Israel’s security and said rocket fire at Israel from militants in Gaza must stop.
    “There is no doubt that any nation, including Israel, cannot stand idly by while its territory and people are subjected to rocket attacks,” she said, criticizing the rocket fire as “cynical.”
    But she also noted her declaration at a high-profile conference in Egypt on Monday that the U.S. supports the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel. “During the conference, I emphasized President Obama’s and my commitment to working to achieve a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians and our support for the Palestinian Authority,” she said.

    Ahead their meeting, Netanyahu showed signs of backing off his previous pledges to abandon the current round of peace talks with the Palestinians, launched in November 2007 at a U.S.-hosted summit.
    Netanyahu planned to tell Clinton that his government will continue talks, a lawmaker from Netanyahu’s Likud Party said. “I think that Hillary Clinton, when she comes today, will find Benjamin Netanyahu prepared to continue to hold negotiations, not only on economic projects but also political negotiations, a political process,” said Likud lawmaker Silvan Shalom, a former foreign minister.

    That message would mark a change in the hard-line Likud leader’s long-stated position that peace talks are a waste of time because of the weakness of the Palestinian leadership. He has suggested in the past he would instead invest in the Palestinian economy while continuing Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank indefinitely. Netanyahu appears to have altered his stance since Israel’s national election last month, after which he was chosen to form a coalition and lead the country’s next government. Freezing peace talks would set Israel up for a clash with the international community and the U.S., its most important ally. But Shalom, who spoke to Army Radio, would not say that Netanyahu supports the creation of a Palestinian state in what is now Israeli-controlled territory, the key goal of U.S.-backed peace negotiations. Netanyahu also openly opposes any division of the holy city of Jerusalem, a central Palestinian demand.

    Clinton arrived in Jerusalem Monday evening from the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik, where she pledged $900 million in U.S. aid at the international donors conference for rebuilding the Gaza Strip after Israel’s recent offensive against its Hamas rulers. After meeting with Peres, she visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. Writing in the guest book, Clinton described the memorial as a testament to “the triumph of the Jewish people over murder and destruction and a reminder to all people that the lessons of the Holocaust must never be forgotten. God bless Israel and its future.”

    A packed schedule of meetings with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem included talks with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. On Wednesday, she is to call on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank. Speaking at the Sharm el-Sheikh conference, Clinton said the Obama administration was committed to pushing intensively to find a way for Israelis and Palestinians to exist peacefully in separate states, and called for urgent action to forge a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace.

    Netanyahu has several weeks to form a coalition. His attempts to bring Livni, his centrist rival, into a broad coalition government have failed so far, largely because of Netanyahu’s refusal to embrace Livni’s call for the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
    For now, it appears his most likely government is a narrow alliance of hard-line and Orthodox parties opposed to significant concessions for peace.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hW6JdPfwFmswF_ZwzGXunbDS1DUwD96MHR0G0

  45. Alcina,

    I went looking for confirmation of what you posted and found the following from the Seattle Times:

    Obama Hints Missile Shield fFexibility to Moscow

    President Barack Obama has written to his Russian counterpart suggesting U.S. plans for a missile defense system in Eastern Europe might be unnecessary if Moscow helped in blocking Iran’s progress toward building long-range missiles, senior administration officials said on Tuesday.

    By STEVEN R. HURST
    Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON —
    President Barack Obama has written to his Russian counterpart suggesting U.S. plans for a missile defense system in Eastern Europe might be unnecessary if Moscow helped in blocking Iran’s progress toward building long-range missiles, senior administration officials said on Tuesday.

    Plans for deploying U.S. missile defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic, ostensibly to guard against Iranian attacks on U.S. allies in Europe, are among a host of issues that soured U.S.-Russia relations during the former Bush administration. There have been indications Obama, who has vowed to shake up American foreign policy, might be willing to set aside the missile defense system.

    “President Obama sent a letter to Medvedev that covered a broad range of issues, including missile defense and how it relates to the Iranian threat,” one senior administration official said on condition of anonymity to discuss private communications of the president.
    “The suggestion is that need for missile defense deployment could become unnecessary if, working together with Russia, the Iran missile threat is addressed,” the official told The Associated Press. Obama and Medvedev were expected to meet at the G-20 economic summit of advanced and developing nations in London next month, according to the officials.

    They also emphasized that “we will continue to consult with the Czechs and Poles as we move forward with decisions on missile defense.” That message was an obvious attempt to ease fears among those two U.S. allies – former Soviet satellite states – who are deeply invested in the missile defense system as an assurance of American backing against a resurgent Russia.
    The administration has previously hinted that the policy on the missile defense shield that former President George B. Bush fiercely advocated was open to reassessment.

    The Obama letter was first reported in Tuesday’s editions of The New York Times. In Moscow, Medvedev spokeswoman Nataliya Timakova said that Obama’s letter contained various proposals and assessments, but offered no quid pro quo. “Obama’s letter contained various proposals and assessments of the current situation,” she said . “But the message did not contain any specific proposals or mutually binding initiatives.” She further disclosed that Obama’s letter was in response to one from Medvedev and that the Kremlin appreciated the “positive” spirit of Obama’s message.

    On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov urged the United States to restore diplomatic relations with Iran, Russian news agencies reported. “This would be an important element in stabilizing the situation in the region,” he said. Lavrov is scheduled to hold talks with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Geneva on Friday in the highest-level meeting between the two nations since Obama took office.

    At a February gathering of NATO defense chiefs in Krakow, Poland, Gates said that Washington would review the missile plan “in the context of our relationship with both Poland and the Czech Republic” as well as with NATO and Russia. The language marked a departure from the tone of the Bush administration, which enthusiastically promoted the plan and signed deals last year with Warsaw and Prague. Gates said that if Moscow really wants to stop the missile shield, it should help eliminate the threat of a missile attack from Iran.

    The Obama administration has been vocal about its desire to repair rifts between the U.S. and Russia. In Munich last month, Vice President Joe Biden told a gathering of world leaders, “It’s time to press the reset button and to revisit the many areas where we can and should be working together with Russia.”

    seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2008805022_apusrussia.html

  46. The Obama Economy
    As the Dow keeps dropping, the President is running out of people to blame.

    As 2009 opened, three weeks before Barack Obama took office, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 9034 on January 2, its highest level since the autumn panic. Yesterday the Dow fell another 4.24% to 6763, for an overall decline of 25% in two months and to its lowest level since 1997. The dismaying message here is that President Obama’s policies have become part of the economy’s problem.

    Americans have welcomed the Obama era in the same spirit of hope the President campaigned on. But after five weeks in office, it’s become clear that Mr. Obama’s policies are slowing, if not stopping, what would otherwise be the normal process of economic recovery. From punishing business to squandering scarce national public resources, Team Obama is creating more uncertainty and less confidence — and thus a longer period of recession or subpar growth.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB123604419092515347.html

  47. hillarygirl

    Well goes to show you, you can write a magnificant resume, but it is your performance that counts. Of course, when he runs for re-election, the resume will color this not his fault, or will turn a true failure into a false success.

  48. “As the Dow keeps dropping, the President is running out of people to blame.”

    ———————————————-

    LOL…I love that comment!

  49. LOL…hillarygirl,

    I’m waiting for him to start blaming Queen Elizabeth and then if we are lucky enough he will start blaming m.o., pelosi, etc…

  50. OH HOW THE KOOL AID IS BEGINNING TO WEAR OFF……MAN…WHAT A HANG OVER!!

    A Moderate Manifesto
    By DAVID BROOKS
    Published: March 2, 2009

    SNIP:

    But the Obama budget is more than just the sum of its parts. There is, entailed in it, a promiscuous unwillingness to set priorities and accept trade-offs. There is evidence of a party swept up in its own revolutionary fervor — caught up in the self-flattering belief that history has called upon it to solve all problems at once.

    SNIP

    The U.S. has never been a society riven by class resentment. Yet the Obama budget is predicated on a class divide. The president issued a read-my-lips pledge that no new burdens will fall on 95 percent of the American people. All the costs will be borne by the rich and all benefits redistributed downward.

    SNIP

    Those of us who consider ourselves moderates — moderate-conservative, in my case — are forced to confront the reality that Barack Obama is not who we thought he was. His words are responsible; his character is inspiring. But his actions betray a transformational liberalism that should put every centrist on notice.

    nytimes.com/2009/03/03/opinion/03brooks.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

  51. News Analysis: Clinton to hold off peace talks pressure on Israel

    2009-03-03 22:22:00
    by Zhang Yanyang

    JERUSALEM, March 3 (Xinhua) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton started a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories on Tuesday to familiarize herself with the guidelines of Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu’s future government. She is expected to hold off peace talks pressure on the Jewish state while hawkish Netanyahu is cobbling together a coalition and is expected to be sworn in as prime minister within weeks.

    Clinton arrived in Israel Monday evening as part of her first official visit to the Middle East that started in Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh, where she attended an international donors’ conference that raised nearly 4.5 billion U.S. dollars in support to aid the Palestinian economy and rebuild the Gaza Strip. Clinton pledged more than 900 million dollars in funding for the Palestinians, of which two-thirds is meant to help shore up the Western-backed government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, while the rest is destined for humanitarian aid for Gaza following Israel’s 22-day offensive against Hamas in December and January. Aside from Netanyahu, the right-wing Likud party chairman, Clinton is also scheduled to meet outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak on the Israeli side, and with Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on the Palestinian side.

    Netanyahu, who served as Israel’s 9th prime minister from June 1996 to July 1999, has expressed his willingness to push the peace talks with the moderate Palestinian side headed by Abbas, but has made it a point to steer clear of a two-state solution.
    Netanyahu hopes to boost the Palestinian economy as part of his plan to use “financial peace” as a catalyst to “diplomatic peace.” His reluctance to endorse the outgoing centrist Kadima party-led cabinet’s commitment to the 15-month-old, U.S.-sponsored Annapolis peace process could cause some friction with the Obama administration down the line, local analysts said. Israeli officials have said Washington was expected to apply some pressure on the future Israeli government to adhere to the guidelines set by the Annapolis peace conference in November 2007.

    Hillary Clinton has manifested her intention to follow her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s efforts to try to clinch a deal between the Israelis and Palestinians. After talks with Israeli President Shimon Peres on Tuesday morning, Clinton said the U.S. administration will stand by any Israeli government that comes out of the ongoing cabinet-making process, a message seemingly to play down such concerns. She, however, stressed that the U.S. government is determined to push forward the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and realize a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict.

    Netanyahu has made it clear that his future government, whether broad-based or right leaning, would honor past international agreements. But the Israeli government would not be coerced into accepting a Palestinian state at a time when many Israelis fear that a unilateral withdrawal from the Fatah-controlled West Bank would lead to Hamas taking over there as it did in Gaza in June 2007, he said.

    Professor Gerald Steinberg, Political Studies Department Chair at Bar Ilan University, told Xinhua it was unclear whether the Obama administration really believes that a steady and stable peace process is realistic or it is simply providing the illusion of being involved in order to avoid creating a vacuum and to keep the moderate Arab leaders and the Europeans happy. “If they really believe that there is going to be a peace process there will be a lot of pressure on Israel and it is likely to end up the same way that Oslo and every other attempt at negotiations ended up,” Steinberg said. “It is hard to see how a Palestinian National Authority that is incredibly weak can reverse the course and retake power from Hamas and at the same time make the necessary compromises that no Palestinian leader has been able to do for years,” he added. Steinberg noted that Clinton was probably well aware of the fact that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would take generations to resolve. “She is probably just going through the motions and is more hard-headed about expectations and prospects,” he said.

    news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-03/03/content_10937620.htm

  52. “She is probably just going through the motions and is more hard-headed about expectations and prospects,” he said.

    ————————————

    Excuse my language…but…this is a bunch of BULL! The only one going through the motions for anything is obama and the media and wannabe stars like this twit.

  53. Clinton: US supports two-state solution in Mideast
    ———————–
    Jan- a pretty good summary of where we are. Here is how I see it. I am not Jewish, but I have many friends who are, and part of what I am about to say reflects the discussions I have had with some of them.

    1. The major issues appear to be the following: i) the bombing of Israel by Hamas, ii) whether to negotiate, iii) the recognition of Israel, iv) the creation of a Palestinian State, iv) the division of the Holy City of Jerusalem, v) the extension of economic aid by the quartet (US, Arab League, Russia, European Community) to rebuild the Gaza which was decimated by the war with Hamas last year, vi) the removal of the nuclear threat from Iran.

    2. Benjamin Netanyahu will be appointed to head by President Peres to head the coalition government. He has been Prime Minister before and head of the conservative Likud Party.

    3. Historically, Netanyahu has opposed negotiation with Palestinians, clashed bitterly with Bill Clinton when he was attempting to broker a peace agreement with the then prime minister, opposes the creation of a Palestinian state, and the division of Jerusalem. He is very strong on security, and is someone I have admired in the past. I think he is a strong ally of the United States, but a hard one to deal with in this critical area.

    5. During the election he opposed the US led solution. Now we are told he has modified his position and is willing to talk because freezing peace talks would set Israel up for a clash with the international community and the U.S. But his spokesman will not say he is open to a two state solution.

    6. Viewed in this light, the ham handed attack on Hillary by Mortimer Zuckerman on New York television last week appears to have been an attempt to weaken her influence on the eve of these negotiations. That would be consistent with the stated position of Likud prior to the election which opposed the US led talks.

    7. By the same token, this may well be the reason why Zuckermans newspaper sought to end her candidacy during the primary–the fear that she would impose a two state solution as Bill attempted to do during his tenure. It also explains why people like Johanthan Alter at Newsweek was furious that Hillary became secretary of state.

    8. There is of course a big hole in this theory. Why would conservative interests who opposed a two state solution, etc. prefer someone like Obama, who has strong ties to Palestinians and the Muslim cause? There are a number of answers but part of it goes back to Bronfman who built bridges to Obamaland.

    9. One thing about Obama. You can meet with him, explain your problem and he will agree to help you. And that agreement is good until someone else makes him a better offer. I think Bronfman misread him. I am not suggesting that everyone thinks Bronfman is the delpic oracle.

    10. If the end result of this process is a lasting agreement in the middle east which protects our ally Israel and allows all parties to live in peace that is what counts. I have been interested in this issue since I was in the military in the late 60s and was accused by my professor of being too pro Israeli. Its not that so much as the fact that we have been at this now for forty years and the solution always seems elusive.

    12. There are three hard cold truths here as I see it. First, Arabs must stop killing Israelis or there will be no peace. Second, Israel has the absolute right to defend itself from violent attacks and no one can take that right away from them. Third, allies will extend or withdraw support based on how responsive both parties are to a constructive solution to this vexing problem. There are ways to get there if the parties are willing.

    If anyone here has a different view on this matter I would like to hear it.

  54. Obama on Iraq Timetable: There’s Always a Plan B

    Last week, before delivering his address on Iraq at Camp Lejeune, President Obama met with members of the House and Senate leadership, Vice President Biden, Secretary Gates, and Admiral Mullen to discuss his plan for withdrawal. Following the meeting, Congressman John McHugh (R-NY), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, was encouraged by the president’s pledge to revisit his plan if the situation in Iraq changes. “I told him this [plan] is something we should all pray for and work toward,” McHugh recounted during an interview with TWS this afternoon. “I cited some data with respect to intelligence and some of the remaining problems and asked what his position was with respect to revisiting his accelerated timetable should violence erupt again and should things begin to erode.” “We need to ensure that we don’t lose the hard fought battles now going on the last six years,” McHugh recalled telling Obama. “The president noted that as commander in chief he took those hard fought gains very seriously and he’d do everything he needed to do to maintain them and that he indeed would revisit his plan should circumstances change.”

    Obama told McHugh: “There’s always a ‘plan b.'”

    McHugh cautioned that the president did not specify exactly what he would do if the situation deteriorates. “He did not get into details. … He said he would reevaluate that timetable. He didn’t promise he’d change it.”

    weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/03/obama_on_iraq_timetable_theres.asp

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    um…”There is always a plan B”…that’s what scares me most.

  55. wbboei Says:

    March 3rd, 2009 at 12:37 pm
    Clinton: US supports two-state solution in Mideast
    $$$$$$$$$

    Yes, Florida and Michigan.

  56. wbboei,

    For me the most heartbreaking and important issue is: iv) the division of the Holy City of Jerusalem.

    As far as Netanyahu goes, he has many followers who are simply tired of have to fight for so long for what they feel belongs to them, both historically and through the U.N. vote so many years ago. This is a very emotional issue.

  57. A two (2) state solution is fine as long as: 1) Israel’s right to exist is recognized by all parties 2) The Palestinian Authority has a government that can and will prevent groups like Hamas from launching terror rockets at Israel 3) Syria likewise disarms Hezbollah, 3) Iran ceases it’s nuclear ambitions . With these conditions, Israel can move forward with the plan President Clinton and Ehud Barak reached near the end of his administration, but was rejected by Arafat.
    By the way, I don’t know how to post it, but there is a beautiful picture of Hillary and Shimon Peres in Jerusalem.

    picture of Hillary and Shimon Peres in Jerusalem……he is kissing her on the cheek, and she is holding a bouquet of frsh flowers.

  58. JB,

    and the way I see it, is that the Palestinian government is so weakened at this point that your #2 condition seems impossible to me without drastic measures being taken. With world media and many countries so anti-Israel and the moment, I can’t see that happening.

  59. Oh dear,,,,,the billionaire is LAYING OFF PEOPLE!!!!

    oh yes!!! Obama kiss asser, Buffet is LAYING OFF PEOPLE!!!!!

  60. Truthfully, Hillary is the only thing our country has going for it(and Bill). When you see how differently she is being received on the world stage, compared to Dr. Rice, and the instant recognition, respect and comfort world leaders express to her, I understand why she had to accept SOS. BO, off course, will ultimately have to quench his ego, and that of his very hateful wife, and will travel abroad as he did during the campaign to huge crowds…but when it comes to making real decisions, in some cases that could effect the entire world, Hillary will be a guiding voice.
    Hopefully, Hillary, with cover from Bill, can lead us in a direction towards peace and properity once again as we saw from 92-2000, despite BO’s scary redistribution of wealth and naivete.

  61. More military officers demand eligibility proof
    Plaintiff: ‘In the worst case … it’s going to be revolution in the streets’
    Posted: March 02, 2009
    8:18 pm Eastern

    By Bob Unruh
    © 2009 WorldNetDaily

    Military officers from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are working with California attorney Orly Taitz and her Defend Our Freedoms Foundation,citing a legal right established in British common law nearly 800 years ago and recognized by the U.S. Founding Fathers to demand documentation that may prove – or disprove – Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president.

    Taitz told WND today she has mailed to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder a request that he “relate Quo Warranto on Barack Hussein Obama II to test his title to president before the Supreme Court.”

    The lengthy legal phrase essentially means an explanation is being demanded for what authority Obama is using to act as president. An online constitutional resource says Quo Warranto “affords the only judicial remedy for violations of the Constitution by public officials and agents.”

    Requesting the action are Maj. Gen. Carroll Childers; Lt. Col. Dr. David Earl-Graef; police officer Clinton Grimes, formerly of the U.S. Navy; Lt. Scott Easterling, now serving on active duty in Iraq; New Hampshire state Rep. Timothy Comerford; Tennessee state Rep. Frank Nicely and others.

    “As president-elect, Respondent Obama failed to submit prima facie evidence of his qualifications before January 20, 2009. Election officers failed to challenge, validate or evaluate his qualifications. Relators submit that as president elect, Respondent Obama failed [tO] qualify per U.S. CONST. Amend. XX [paragraph] 3,” the document said.

    John Eidsmoe, an expert on the U.S. Constitution now working with the Foundation on Moral Law, an organization founded by former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore after he was removed from office for formally recognizing the Ten Commandments’ influence in the U.S., said the demand is a legitimate course of action.

    “She basically is asking, ‘By what authority’ is Obama president,” he told WND. “In other words, ‘I want you to tell me by what authority. I don’t really think you should hold the office.’

    “She probably has some very good arguments to make,” Eidsmoe said.

    The letter, dispatched to Holder today, is the latest development in the quest
    by a multitude of lawyers and plaintiffs nationwide for documentation that Obama qualifies to be president under the requirements of the U.S. Constitution.

    SNIP

    Taitz’ plaintiffs, some of whom potentially face life-or-death situations in defense of the U.S. Constitution on a daily basis, note that information on Quo Warranto against a federal officer normally is related to the attorney general. But since Holder is an Obama friend and appointee, they are asking for the appointment of a special prosecutor to help in presenting documentation to the Supreme Court.

    “This information on Quo Warranto includes action between the United States ex rel. and the State of Hawaii over original birth records of Barack H. Obama II being withheld per Hawaii’s privacy laws. Hawaii’s action obstructs the constitutional duties of election officers to validate or evaluate President Elect Obama qualifications to become President under U.S. CONST. art. II § 1, and amend. XX § 3,” the document said.

    Eidsmoe said it’s clear that Obama has something in the documentation of his history, including his birth certificate, college records and other documents, “he does not want the public to know.”

    What else could be the reason for his hiring law firms across the nation to fight any request for information as basic as his Occidental College records from the early 1980s, he asked. A separate lawsuit has sought the documents to find out whether they indicate Obama, possibly under the name Barry Soetero, attended the college on aid for foreign students.

    Obama’s critics warn of the impending constitutional crisis should it be discovered Obama is ineligible and the resulting chaos of trying to figure out what, if any, of his executive branch orders, should be valid.

    According to the online Constitution.org resource: “The common law writ of quo warranto has been suppressed at the federal level in the United States, and deprecated at the state level, but remains a right under the Ninth Amendment which was understood and presumed by the Founders, and which affords the only judicial remedy for violations of the Constitution by public officials and agents.”

    Taitz told WND the “relators” include members of the Army, Air Force, Marines and Army and feature recipients of some of the highest honors the nation awards, including the Purple Heart.

    One is Harry Riley, a veteran military officer who spent part of his career in the Pentagon. Riley said the issue is basically over whether Americans will allow “the trashing” of their Constitution.

    “Myself, along with hundreds of thousands of other warriors, have fought for the U.S. Constitution. The whole issue is one of constitutional crisis, in my judgment. How can an individual become the commander-in-chief, or the president of the U.S., with questions regarding his constitutional qualifications?” he asked.

    “The whole idea is that America cannot allow an individual to serve as president who isn’t qualified. It destroys our Constitution. It’s the bedrock of our nation,” he said.

    “In the worst case, in the long run, if he continues [to fight revealing his documentation,] it’s going to be revolution in the streets,” he warned.

    “It’s simply a matter of producing a $12 birth certificate,” Riley said.

    “It’s just mindboggling to think an individual who’s been sworn in as the president of the United States would be so small and be such a hypocrite who would be unwilling to simply show a birth certificate,” Riley said.

    Taitz told WND she has assembled a list of about 100 names of people – so far – who are willing to be plaintiffs in such a demand.

    Taitz told WND she’s asking for the appointment of a special prosecutor, such as the role Archibald Cox played in investigating Watergate.

    According to author Chester Antieau in his “The Practice of Extraordinary Remedies,” Quo Warranto is one of the oldest rights in common law

    “The earliest case on record appears in the 9th year of Richard I, 1198,” he wrote. “The statute of 9 Anne c. 20 in 1710 authorized a proper officer of a court, with leave of the court, to exhibit an information in the nature of quo warranto, at the ‘relation’ of any person desiring to prosecute the same – to be called the relator. Early American statutes were modeled after the Statute of Anne and, indeed, the statute has often been ruled to be part of the common law we inherited from England.”

    Antieau noted the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled, “Quo warranto is addressed to preventing a continued exercise of authority unlawfully asserted, rather than to correct what has already been done. …”

    Its first recognize purpose, he said, is “to determine the title of persons claiming possession of public offices and to oust them if they are found to be usurpers.”

    Among those who are subject to its demands, under court precedent, are chief executives in other U.S. governmental positions, including governors and sheriffs.

    worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=90574

  62. Nobody can tell me that the dims do not know the whole truth about his questionable birth certificate/history.

  63. Hello friends! Hubby and I have both been sick and I haven’t been online much over the last few weeks. This flu bug bites hard.

    Good to see Hill’s name all over the place, she is doing a great job. Can’t say the same for asshole Bambi and the sleeveless one. Oh well, don’t blame me I voted for Hillary. Love telling people that now that they are starting to bitch and moan LOL

    Anyways, say upthread where someone put all the gossip mags in front.

    It never fails at my local Walmart the main aisle has the big posters and it always have AssHole in Chief on display .. I go by it and SLAM it back so that the last poster comes to the front. That is my personal satisfaction for that day. I friggin hate Walmart anyways.

  64. Jan …..I agree

    Dot48

    I too put other movies in front of all the dvd’s of “that one” same with magazines etc at walmarts, Barnes and Noble ….

    I have also for about 2 years now been weaning myself off of walmart as my main shopping source.
    I’d rather pay a bit more else where than continue to support walmarts china made products and support of “that one”

  65. Good news, thanks, DJIA. Two states – Florida and Michigan, very funnnnnny indeed! And the photo of HIllary with flowers and thent he one where is is laying a wreath of flowers at the unknown gravesite are both absolutely stunning. It is soooo good to see her look soooo happy. It makes me smile every time.
    But, the site where I located the photos did not have a flattering headline to the article. The headline reads:
    Hillary Clinton puts America on collision course with Israel as she pledges to press for Palestinian state

    The article was at this edress with h and ws:
    dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1158870/Hillary-Clinton-puts-America-collision-course-Israel-pledges-press-Palestinian-state.html

  66. We need to support those filing the suit in regards to the Huckster’s birth certificate. Brave soldiers they are, every one of them.
    I rearrange the books with his and the sleeveless one as well.

  67. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1158643/Fashion-pack-blast-Michelle-Obama-right-bare-arms-official-photo.html

    The same news source had an article about the Sleeveless one:
    Up in arms:

    Fashion pack blast Michelle Obama over her right to bare arms in official photo
    By David Gardner
    Last updated at 1:23 PM on 03rd March 2009
    Comments (128) Add to My Stories

    After getting up at 5.30am every day for a gym workout, she has the right to bare arms.

    But Michelle Obama has upset fashion critics by wearing a sleeveless dress in her first official White House photograph.

    With Washington shivering in a snowstorm yesterday, the bare-armed look was criticised as out of season and too informal.
    The claws have come out for Michelle Obama who went sleeveless in her official First Lady portrait taken in the Blue Room of the White House
    Mrs Obama, 45, has hardly put a fashion foot wrong on her way to the White House. Her brand of simple elegance has already drawn comparisons to Jackie Kennedy.

    More…Clash of the First Ladies: Who will triumph in the style stakes when Sarah Brown meets Michelle Obama?
    Sarah Brown and Michelle Obama to hold First Wives’ Summit
    ‘Quit work to help your husband’, says a controversial new book that has infuriated feminists
    Obama’s doing things my way on economic crisis, boasts Brown as he flies to Washington

    Green with envy: Mrs Obama, seen here hosting a White House reception last week to celebrate Stevie Wonder, works out daily to keep her body toned
    And she was feted as the First Lady of Fashion when she appeared on the cover of the American edition of Vogue this month. The grumbles began after Mrs Obama wore a purple sleeveless dress in freezing weather for the President’s first congressional speech a week ago.

    They heightened with the release of the White House portrait over the weekend.

    The Chicago Tribune newspaper in Mrs Obama’s hometown has been deluged with complaints.

    ‘One reader summed it up better than most of them. She talked about how the season is winter, the occasion was business and a sleeveless dress was the wrong style at the wrong time,’ said Chicago Tribune fashion reporter Wendy Donahue.
    ‘Most of the complaints centred on the dress conveying a sense of informality on a serious occasion,’ she added.
    ‘She’s kind of faced some criticism for that in the past where people have said maybe her clothing is distracting from the central point, from what is going on.’
    Washington insiders were also surprised by the First Lady’s determination to show off her muscles.
    ‘Nobody is sleeveless here and it’s the winter,’ said one congressional aide. “They must really be ramping up the heat in the White House.’

    White House reporter Malika Henderson said there is one thing the fashionistas do agree on – that Mrs Obama’s clothing choices are a reflection of herself.
    ‘Her kind of philosophy of fashion is that women should wear what they are comfortable in,’ she said.

    And Ms Donahue said she was obviously making bare arms her ‘signature statement’.

    ‘And in many ways they’re the perfect accessory for the times,’ she added.

    ‘They cost nothing except maybe a gym membership.’
    * Wednesday is open day at the White House as the Obamas follow through with their campaign pledge to open up 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to the public.
    Rock concerts, school trips, cocktail parties and award ceremonies have all been held during the past few Wednesdays in the stately East Room.

    At last week’s White House dinner for state governors, President Obama said he wants to remind everybody that it is ‘the people’s house’.

    He added: ‘We are just temporary occupants. This is a place that belongs to the American people and we want to make sure that everybody understands it’s open.’

  68. Add h and Ws: dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1158643/Fashion-pack-blast-Michelle-Obama-right-bare-arms-official-photo.html

    The same news source had an article about the Sleeveless one:
    Up in arms:

    Fashion pack blast Michelle Obama over her right to bare arms in official photo
    By David Gardner
    Last updated at 1:23 PM on 03rd March 2009
    Comments (128) Add to My Stories

    After getting up at 5.30am every day for a gym workout, she has the right to bare arms.

    But Michelle Obama has upset fashion critics by wearing a sleeveless dress in her first official White House photograph.

    With Washington shivering in a snowstorm yesterday, the bare-armed look was criticised as out of season and too informal.
    The claws have come out for Michelle Obama who went sleeveless in her official First Lady portrait taken in the Blue Room of the White House
    Mrs Obama, 45, has hardly put a fashion foot wrong on her way to the White House. Her brand of simple elegance has already drawn comparisons to Jackie Kennedy.

    More…Clash of the First Ladies: Who will triumph in the style stakes when Sarah Brown meets Michelle Obama?
    Sarah Brown and Michelle Obama to hold First Wives’ Summit
    ‘Quit work to help your husband’, says a controversial new book that has infuriated feminists
    Obama’s doing things my way on economic crisis, boasts Brown as he flies to Washington

    Green with envy: Mrs Obama, seen here hosting a White House reception last week to celebrate Stevie Wonder, works out daily to keep her body toned
    And she was feted as the First Lady of Fashion when she appeared on the cover of the American edition of Vogue this month. The grumbles began after Mrs Obama wore a purple sleeveless dress in freezing weather for the President’s first congressional speech a week ago.

    They heightened with the release of the White House portrait over the weekend.

    The Chicago Tribune newspaper in Mrs Obama’s hometown has been deluged with complaints.

    ‘One reader summed it up better than most of them. She talked about how the season is winter, the occasion was business and a sleeveless dress was the wrong style at the wrong time,’ said Chicago Tribune fashion reporter Wendy Donahue.
    ‘Most of the complaints centred on the dress conveying a sense of informality on a serious occasion,’ she added.
    ‘She’s kind of faced some criticism for that in the past where people have said maybe her clothing is distracting from the central point, from what is going on.’
    Washington insiders were also surprised by the First Lady’s determination to show off her muscles.
    ‘Nobody is sleeveless here and it’s the winter,’ said one congressional aide. “They must really be ramping up the heat in the White House.’

    White House reporter Malika Henderson said there is one thing the fashionistas do agree on – that Mrs Obama’s clothing choices are a reflection of herself.
    ‘Her kind of philosophy of fashion is that women should wear what they are comfortable in,’ she said.

    And Ms Donahue said she was obviously making bare arms her ‘signature statement’.

    ‘And in many ways they’re the perfect accessory for the times,’ she added.

    ‘They cost nothing except maybe a gym membership.’
    * Wednesday is open day at the White House as the Obamas follow through with their campaign pledge to open up 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to the public.
    Rock concerts, school trips, cocktail parties and award ceremonies have all been held during the past few Wednesdays in the stately East Room.

    At last week’s White House dinner for state governors, President Obama said he wants to remind everybody that it is ‘the people’s house’.

    He added: ‘We are just temporary occupants. This is a place that belongs to the American people and we want to make sure that everybody understands it’s open.’

  69. On the question of wither goeth the peace process, I was thinking back to the 1967 War where Israel scored decisive military victories over Egypt in six short days in response to aggession vs the protracted ground incursion in response to the murderous actions by Hamas.

    The 1967 war was a conventional one like World War II was for the United States. The action against Hamas had the feeling of Viet Nam to it. The salient difference was that we were fighting a non conventional war with conventional weapons and achieving at best a stalemate.

    It is clear that the Bush Administration in its Hobbsian War against terror encouraged Israel to fight the war in that manner. Neocons saw it as a logical extension of the worldwide war on terrorism. And, the hardliners in Israel who were accustomed to being restrained by their US ally saw this in a positive light. But was it?

    The reality was Hamas agents were killing innocent Israeli citizens and were using innocent Palestinians as human shields. Yet CNN and others ignored the death and destruction inflicted on Israel and focused on the destruction of Arab neighborhoods where the terrorists were hiding. It was made to appear that Israel was the aggressor when in fact the opposite was true. The public relations war was lost.

    Furhermore from the Arab perspective Hamas was seen as defending Arab neighborhoods against an Israeli invasion, and rebuilding them afterwards. And the worst of it was the vaunted Israeli army was unable to wipe out Hamas militarily, and the unintended consequence was to enable a terrorist organization to win an election. Strategically, the whole damned thing was a failure from our (United States and Israel perspective).

    The alternative strategy is to offer the Palestinian people a better alternative than Hamas. It lies with the smart power doctrine that Hillary has laid out as her overall approach to statescraft. To me it has echoes of Metternic, Bismark and Kissinger to it. It is the path to peace as opposed to continuing war and that is its potential virtue.

    I think Israels best bet for a stable future rests not with holding disputed territory at the point of a gun, but with participating in the creation of a nation state with laws against violence which is committed to peace and to the recognition of Israel. A state from which trade and commerce could flow. Of course the devil is in the detail.

    I do not think Hamas should be included in that process unless it is prepared to accept the tenets of the peace process. Since that is unlikely, the approach toward them should be one of marginalization, and offering a better alternative. I think Egypt is once again a key partner in the peace process. They are the an ancient civilization, a repository of high culture and it is in their interest to help bring peace to that part of the world.

    The scale of violence has been reduced from standing armies, to non state agents. Territory is still imporant but more important is the battle for the hearts and minds of the critical mass of each population. Smart power is the answer. I hope we can get there.

  70. Monday, March 02, 2009
    Obama Welcomes His Militant Muslim Brother Abongo to White House

    Barak Obama’s older brother Abongo “Roy” Obama is a Luo activist and a militant Muslim who argues that the black man must “liberate himself from the poisoning influences of European culture.”

    Recently, Barack Obama welcomed his militant Muslim brother Roy Obama to the White House.

    gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2009/03/obama-welcomes-militant-muslim-brother.html

  71. wbboei Says:

    March 3rd, 2009 at 3:59 pm

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    You are my hero! You have laid the case out honestly and very thoroughly.

  72. As far as m.o. goes and her fashion atrocities, she’ll probably flip them the finger. She’s learned from the best.

  73. jan

    personally……i think she [the sleeveless wonder] is the teacher not the student

    and i am certain that most if not all of her photo’s have been majorly photoshopped to make her appear thinner, more toned and muscular

    OBSERVE THE POWER OF PHOTO SHOP:

    youtube.com/watch?v=AFwFOH6h4lo

  74. LOOKS LIKE A NEW BIG “O” LOGO TO ME………WHAT DO YOU THINK?

    Emblems to Stamp Projects Funded by the Stimulus Package

    March 03, 2009 2:09 PM

    ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports:

    Put a stamp on it — that’s what the White House says.

    President Obama announced today that his administration will begin stamping an emblem on projects funded by the economic stimulus package so that people can easily recognize the effects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    All projects will be stamped with the ARRA logo (short for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) and lists the recovery.gov website on the emblem.

    blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/03/emblems-to-stam.html

  75. Omni-pork lives! Senate protects $7.7 billion worth of earmarks
    By Michelle Malkin • March 3, 2009 03:55 PM

    President Obama can breathe a sigh of relief. The Senate just voted to keep all those earmarks that don’t exist in the $410 billion spending bill.

    GOP Sen. John McCain’s amendment stripping the omni-pork package of an estimated 8,500 pet projects worth roughly $8 billion was defeated this afternoon. You can find a database of all those teeny, tiny pork projects here.

    Here’s the roll call vote:

    michellemalkin.com/2009/03/03/omni-pork-lives-senate-protects-77-billion-worth-of-earmarks/

  76. Holding Democrats accountable

    Having helped put Obama in the White House, a new coalition of progressive bloggers is now gunning for Democrats

    Rush, Sean and the rest of wingnuts may still have a virtual 24/7 lock on the public airwaves, but it seems the non-rightwingers – notably, the new American progressives – continue to make substantial headway in wielding influence on both public debate, as well as within the White House and Congress.

    The progressive blogosphere which grew first out of response to the 90s corporate media-powered congressional assault on Bill Clinton, and then in response to the psycho-“realities” of the Bush regime of the 2000s, is stepping it up a notch, as the New York Times noted last week, with their own Political Action Committee, Accountability Now.

    Where the rightwingers had attempted to marginalise the online power and influence of the blogosphere over the last decade or so, as with so much else, they’ve utterly failed. And there’s little reason to believe the newly united coalition of bloggers, MoveOn.org and the SEIU, mean anything but damned serious business.

    The new PAC is less likely to take on the Republican party directly, at least for the moment. For now, they’re gunning for Democrats: the Blue Dogs in Congress, so-called moderates who most of the PAC’s founders might otherwise describe as Democrats in name only. They want them out of the House and Senate. As many of the same bloggers went after Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman’s seat in 2006, by supporting Democratic challenger Ned Lamont in the primary (they were successful in defeating Lieberman in the primary, even though Lieberman subsequently went on to win in the general election), the new group portends many more such internecine party battles as 2010 nears.

    continue reading:
    guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2009/mar/02/accountability-now-bloggers-democrats-obam

  77. “HILLARY” our little PINK DOLPHIN is making headlines

    here is a much better picture of her [she’s just too cute!] in all her PINK GLORY!

    guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/mar/03/pink-albino-dolphin-louisiana

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