Obama Is The Third Bush Term, Part III – The Day The Planes Hit

It is well past time for real Democrats and even Hopium addled Dimocrats to oppose Barack Obama.

It is well past time for Republicans to recognize how they hurt the country when they abandoned their alleged principles with unwavering support of irresponsible, if not criminal, George W. Bush policies and begin to intelligently oppose Barack Obama.

Democrats, Dimocrats, and Republican must realize the essential facts about Obama: (1) Obama is a flim-flam man; (2) Obama is a confidence artist who only cares about his advancement; (3) Obama race-baited his way, with help from powerful Dimocrats like Dean/Brazile/Pelosi/Kennedy/Kerry to the Democratic nomination; (4) It was only disgust with George W. Bush and the massive economic crisis during the last month of the election that allowed Obama to overcome John McCain’s lead; (5) Obama employs distraction as a key weapon to forswear responsibility; (6) Obama never takes responsiblity. Further, Democrats, Dimocrats, and Republicans must realize that

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

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Barack Obama, like George W. Bush, is employing fear to ram through wasteful spending and long repressed Democratic wish-lists. Democrats who rejoice in the looting of the American economy today will in the very very near future rue their support of Obama in the same way Republicans today rue their support of George W. Bush.

On September 11, 2001 when the planes brought down the World Trade Center towers Americans united behind George W. Bush. Prominent Democrats (like Rosie O’Donnell and Barbra Streisand) and powerful Democratic elected officials joined with Republicans in calls for unity. Unity was a big mistake. What Americans needed was accountability and rational thought followed by action.

But no, the demands for “Unity” cowed Democrats and emboldened Republicans. George W. Bush used the national emergency to evade responsibility for the massive national security intelligence failure. George W. Bush also attacked the halcyon Bill Clinton presidency in order to evade his responsibility to the American people.

However, George W. Bush bore ultimate responsiblity for the massive intelligence failure which took down the massive World Trade Center towers. Bush tried to place the blame on Bill Clinton for Bush failures for years. Now Obama tries the same trick and blames George W. Bush. But the White House desk has a sign “The Buck Stops Here“.

In other words there is no passing the buck, no passing on of responsibility. The man (and it is a man) behind the desk bears the responsibility. Obama will never accept responsibility though, he never has. Ask the freezing tenants in his Chicago district.

George W. Bush used the crisis of September 11, 2001 to push through the wish lists of the neo-conservatives; now Dimocrats want to push their wish lists using the economic crisis.

Obama continues to blame George W. Bush even though the elections were held over 4 months ago. The political campaign lasted for years. Obama understood, or said he understood, the problems America faced. Obama also chest-thumped and said he too would be ready on Day 1. Obama was not ready on Day 1 nor is Obama ready today.

What Americans are witnessing is the politics of distraction and the dangers of the Obama cult of personality.

The American people desperately need an economic policy. Obama will distract and take a trip to Europe at the end of March with Mary Todd Michelle Obama.

The purpose of the Obama European Vacation is distraction. There is no economic policy nor plan for America. There is a tourist itinerary and doll houses on the White House lawn instead.

Bill Clinton “Put People First”. Cult of Personality Obama prefers to Put Obama First. Bill Clinton cared about policy and his first thoughts and appointments were directed towards appointments to policy positions. With Obama we witness continued chaos in policy and in the government departments because Cult of Personality Obama gave priority to his White House staff.

Americans need an economic plan and intelligent economic policies instead we have more “quits”. While Sanjay Gupta’s departure has little economic effect (it is interesting that Gupta quit on the day of the so-called Health Care Summit) other “quits” do matter.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s top pick to be his deputy withdrew from consideration Thursday, a setback for the agency as it confronts the worst financial crisis in decades.

Annette Nazareth, a former senior staffer and commissioner with the Securities and Exchange Commission, withdrew after several interviews and vetting of her financial history, a person familiar with Nazareth’s decision said.[snip]

Nazareth’s withdrawal from consideration comes as critics say Geithner’s lacks the senior staff he needs to make critical decisions about the financial crisis. Not one of his top 17 deputies has been named, let alone confirmed.

Without senior leadership, lower-level Treasury employees can’t make decisions or represent the government in crucial conversations with banks and others.

At a Senate hearing Thursday about failed insurance giant American International Group Inc. — which has received four separate bailouts totaling more than $170 billion — Sen. Chris Dodd said he had asked Treasury for someone to appear, but that no one was available.

Nazareth was not the only “quit” yesterday. Mr. Geithner’s pick for undersecretary for international affairs, Caroline Atkinson, has also withdrawn.

The responsiblity for the economy and fully staffing the government unfortunately belongs to Obama. Bill Clinton is not responsible for the current mess. George W. Bush is not responsible for the current mess. The mess now belongs exclusively to Barack Obama. Bill Clinton Put People First, Cult of Personality Obama Puts Obama First.

We wrote about Bill Clinton’s concern for policy and Barack Obama’s concern for himself a short time ago:

Ambinder’s protection of Obama actually highlights that Obama’s much ballyhooed “greatest transition ever” focused on the White House staff which still managed to bungle. Ambinder’s protection of Obama highlights that Bill Clinton cared and focused on POLICY. That is the difference – POLICY. Hillary Clinton cares and focuses on POLICY.

Our comments were precipitated by Marc Ambinder’s fawn over Obama which unwittingly exposed the non-entity which is Barack Obama:

Remember how bad that Clinton transition was? All the nominee juggling. The stronger-than-expected prerogatives of Congress? Early White House chaos? Communications problems? The point is: transitions are very hard. Maybe it’s not fair to compare them. Depending upon your point of view, Obama’s transition was stunningly efficient (thanks in large part to the Bush White House) or it vindicated the decisions that Clinton’s planners made. In late 1992, Clinton decided to focus on cabinet nominees and policy first, and put off the organization of the White House staff until later. Some of Obama’s policy reviews, by contrast, still haven’t been completed. The White House staff had weeks to prepare, but in retrospect, the building is like a gravity field operating on energy: everything slows down, regardless of input. Metrics don’t tells us everything either; by this point in 1993, every cabinet member sans one — the Attorney General — was confirmed.

Here we are in March still waiting for “policy reviews” and the White House staff which Obama gave priority to is a mess and the rest of the government is non-existent. The Treasury Department continues to be a one-man operation and no plan nor policy is present. Obama, as usual will take a trip. A flim-flam man is always on the run.

Obama is taking a trip. Mary Todd Michelle Obama presumably is exercising her arms and ordering new sleeveless dresses to display. The economy… well the economy has become the Obama “Did I do that? Urkel economy.

The Barack Obama/Urkel “take no responsiblity” economy. Businesses and predatory lenders who looted the economy continue to loot the economy and instead of accountability they are rewarded with taxpayer dollars. 651,000 jobs were lost in February and unemployment is the highest since 1983 at 8.1 percent. “There is no light at the end of the tunnel with these numbers,” said Nigel Gault, economist at IHS Global Insight. “Job losses were everywhere and there’s no hope for a turnaround any time soon.”

Food stamp enrollment is up to 31.8 million (up 700,000 in one month). The FDIC which insures banks, as we wrote yesterday, will soon be penniless and will borrow $500 Billion. Obama is taking a trip. Barack Obama/Urkel now has the distinction of presiding over his own bear market – The Obama Bear Market.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 20 percent since Inauguration Day, the fastest drop under a newly elected president in at least 90 years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The gauge has lost 53 percent from its October 2007 record of 14,164.53, slipping 4.1 percent to 6,594.44 yesterday.

More than $1.6 trillion has been erased from U.S. equities since Jan. 20 as mounting bank losses and rising unemployment convinced investors the recession is getting worse. The president is in danger of breaking a pattern in which the Dow rallied 9.8 percent on average in the 12 months after a Democrat captured the White House, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

“Obama should be listening to the stock market more than talking to it,” said Kenneth Fisher, the billionaire chairman of Woodside, California-based Fisher Investments Inc., which oversees $22 billion. “He hasn’t gotten out of the gate well.”

Obama is not ready. Not on Day 1, not on Day “infinity”. Obama is not ready.

Dimocrats are still making Obama excuses and attacking Pink websites for telling the truth – the Obama Budget: Sleeveless, Clueless, Truthless, Hopeless, Penniless.

Others however are beginning to echo Big Pink:

The specific problems, however, far outweigh the positives. First are the quite optimistic forecasts, despite the higher taxes and government micromanagement that will harm the economy. The budget projects a much shallower recession and stronger recovery than private forecasters or the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office are projecting. It implies a vast amount of additional spending and higher taxes, above and beyond even these record levels. For example, it calls for a down payment on universal health care, with the additional “resources” needed “TBD” (to be determined).

Obama dinner partners too are beginning, finally, to echo and repeat Big Pink:

Forget the pork. Forget the waste. Forget the 8,570 earmarks in a bill supported by a president who poses as the scourge of earmarks. Forget the “$2 trillion dollars in savings” that “we have already identified,” $1.6 trillion of which President Obama’s budget director later admits is the “savings” of not continuing the surge in Iraq until 2019 — 11 years after George Bush ended it, and eight years after even Bush would have had us out of Iraq completely.

Forget all of this. This is run-of-the-mill budget trickery. True, Obama’s tricks come festooned with strings of zeros tacked onto the end. But that’s a matter of scale, not principle.

All presidents do that. But few undertake the kind of brazen deception at the heart of Obama’s radically transformative economic plan, a rhetorical sleight of hand so smoothly offered that few noticed.

Krauthammer is echoing our catechism in his own words: Obama can’t be trusted.

The markets’ recent precipitous decline is a reaction not just to the absence of any plausible bank rescue plan, but also to the suspicion that Obama sees the continuing financial crisis as usefully creating the psychological conditions — the sense of crisis bordering on fear-itself panic — for enacting his “Big Bang” agenda to federalize and/or socialize health care, education and energy, the commanding heights of post-industrial society.

Clever politics, but intellectually dishonest to the core. Health, education and energy — worthy and weighty as they may be — are not the cause of our financial collapse. And they are not the cure. The fraudulent claim that they are both cause and cure is the rhetorical device by which an ambitious president intends to enact the most radical agenda of social transformation seen in our lifetime.

The Republicans are finally hitting their stride in opposition to Obama. We have been the very first to write about the multiplying and growing NObama coalitions. A NObama coalition had a big victory last night which makes Harry Reid look extra foolish after the many times he has said he has the votes, but it has been proven that he does not have the votes. The big victory against wasteful spending:

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had been confident Thursday evening that he had the 60 votes needed to cut off debate. But a half hour after the roll call was to begin, Reid admitted he was still one vote short, forcing a late night meeting in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office over where to go next.

The stupidity of the Senate Dimocrats is compounded by their excuses. Apparently they were too busy at an Obama publicity stunt to get real work done, Part of the confusion may be explained by the fact that so many top senators, including Reid, spent so much of Thursday at a White House summit on health care reform.

Did we mention Obama is taking a trip? Obama does not want to get the work done either so he will go off on another publicity stunt instead of getting the job done. Maybe he will take Senate Dimocrats with him on the publicity tour of Mary Todd Michelle’s missing Winter sleeves.

Republicans will appropriately be labeled “hypocrites” by Dimocrats and Democrats but they are doing the right thing for the American economy. Now Republican John Boehner is calling for a “spending freeze” instead of the wasteful 2009 spending porkfest Obama wants to sign.

Democrats and Republicans need to fight back against the Obama deceptions and gambles.

Some Democrats are beginning to remove themselves from the B.O. stink.

But among people I talk to there’s a growing sense of frustration, even panic, over Mr. Obama’s failure to match his words with deeds.

Obama is all talk, and travel, no action. We have been saying that since April 2007. Krugman exposes the fakery at the center of Obama’s “plans” for the economy – one failed plan gets gussied up and paraded as new. Moneymen however are not fooled.

Even long-time PINOs are moved to reject Obama. Stuart Taylor:

Having praised President Obama’s job performance in two recent columns, it is with regret that I now worry that he may be deepening what looks more and more like a depression and may engineer so much spending, debt, and government control of the economy as to leave most Americans permanently less prosperous and less free.

Other Obama-admiring centrists have expressed similar concerns. Like them, I would like to be proved wrong. After all, if this president fails, who will revive our economy? And when? And what kind of America will our children inherit?

The house is burning down. It’s no time to be watering the grass.

But with the nation already plunging deep into probably necessary debt to rescue the crippled financial system and stimulate the economy, Obama’s proposals for many hundreds of billions in additional spending on universal health care, universal postsecondary education, a massive overhaul of the energy economy, and other liberal programs seem grandiose and unaffordable.

With little in the way of offsetting savings likely to materialize, the Obama agenda would probably generate trillion-dollar deficits with no end in sight, or send middle-class taxes soaring to record levels, or both.

Real Democrats must stand up to the flim-flam man who gambles with the American economy with George W. Bush type panache. Some real Democrats are joining us in opposition to the flim-flam man and his flim-flam scams It is not Rush Limbaugh that threatens Obama the most. It is Democrats who threaten the flim-flam man and his flim-flam scams:

I don’t like talking politics. It is personal, but some things are a matter of public record, including my substantial six figure donations to the Democratic Party before I was no longer allowed to contribute by contractual agreement. I regard two Democratic governors as my friends, and helped back one of them in a major financial way and spoke and campaigned directly for the other.

I also made it clear in a New York magazine article that I favored Obama over McCain because I thought Obama to be a middle-of-the-road Democrat, exactly the kind I have supported all my adult life, although I will admit to being far more left-wing during my teenage years and early 20s.

To be totally out of the closet, I actually embrace every part of Obama’s agenda, right down to the increase on personal taxes and the mortgage deduction. I am a fierce environmentalist who has donated multiple acres to the state of New Jersey to keep forever wild. I believe in cap and trade. I favor playing hardball with drug companies that hold up the U.S. government with me-too products.

But these are issues that we have no time for now, on the verge of a second Great Depression. This is an agenda that must be held back for better times. It is an agenda that at this moment is radical vs. what is called for. I am proud to have voted for the Obama who I thought understood the need to get us on the right path, and create jobs and wealth before taxing it and making moves that hurt job creation — certainly ones that will outweigh the meager number of jobs he’s creating.

Most important, I believe his agenda is crushing nest eggs around the nation in loud ways, like the decline in the averages, and in soft but dangerous ways, like in the annuities that can’t be paid and the insurance benefits that will be challenging to deliver on.

So I will fight the fight against that agenda. I will stand up for what I believe and for what I have always believed: Every person has a right to be rich in this country and I want to help them get there. And when they get there, if times are good, we can have them give back or pay higher taxes. Until they get there, I don’t want them shackled or scared or paralyzed. That’s what I see now.

If that makes me an enemy of the White House, then call me a general of an army that Obama may not even know exists — tens of millions of people who live in fear of having no money saved when they need it and who get poorer by the day.

Now is not the time for “unity” nor silence. Now is the time for full throated opposition. Obama is gambling with the American economy and with America itself.

When the first two planes hit, America became tranquilized with the narcotic of silence in the name of patriotism.

The economic planes are hitting now.

Now is not the time for Hopium induced slumber.

Now is the time to strike against the fear mongers and for our future.


131 thoughts on “Obama Is The Third Bush Term, Part III – The Day The Planes Hit

  1. Yes, Admin, as we all knew, he is Bush III, at a time when we really cannot have another. Presidents can run good, and bad. however, right now, we desperately needed not only a good one, but an exceptional one.

  2. I just saw an appropriate quote. “Barack Obama and Congress should wear uniforms like NASCAR drivers so we could see who their corporate sponsors are..”

  3. “However, George W. Bush bore ultimate responsiblity for the massive intelligence failure which took down the massive World Trade Center towers. Bush tried to place the blame on Bill Clinton for Bush failures for years. Now Obama tries the same trick and blames George W. Bush. But the White House desk has a sign “The Buck Stops Here“.”


    Admin you rock!!!

    What upsets me as well is all the dems/dims who have disgraced themselves, at least in my eyes, by supporting this idiot no matter what. Why can’t at least one of them stand up and say this is just wrong. It doesn’t matter if they are all Democrats, he is just screwing this up.

  4. Southern Born, that comment is perfect for a toon — Pat Racimora at NQ does these fabulous toons and I will forward your comment to her. Is there a link/info to where you saw the quote?

  5. admin: Great article! I past a little grocery store on my way home from work today and there was a huge banner in front of the parking lot that said, ” HUGE GOVERNMENT TAX INCREASES BY APRIL 1ST, STOCK UP NOW!” I knew then for sure that we are in deep dodo. The folks up there in Washington better get off the butts and get us out of this mess or we will all need to learn to speak Chinese and learn how to count Amero’s instead of dollars!
    I came into work day before yesteday and a huge Obama supporter asked me was I ready for Socialism, I laughed, your the one that voted him in are you ready? He had nothing to say. The new is definitely wearing off.

  6. Admin, If I remember right, Krauthhammer was not all that fair to Hillary during the primary — he seemed to have always minimized 0bama’s follies and only came around to give his lukewarm support/endorsement to McCain in the end. All these people now want to talk.

  7. Pm317, even Brooks who loves Obama wrote today (even though Brooks is not exactly a reliable source):

    On Tuesday, I wrote that the Obama budget is a liberal, big government document that should make moderates nervous. The column generated a large positive response from moderate Obama supporters who are anxious about where the administration is headed.

  8. Please enlighten me because I am still very puzzled why people who withdraw from Obama’s cabinet appointsments are given high praise (rightfully so), but Hillary is given a pass for accepting Obama’s cabinet positon. I think that she should have done like the others and withdrew from consideration. I would have had a lot of respect for her if she had done so and not want to be part of the fraud’s cabine. She is just a mouthpiece for Obama like Condi Rice was for Bush.

    Besides, I always thought that Obama appointed her for the SOS position just to keep her out of his hair and so that she won’t have any influence in the senate. Also Bill can’t write his book about what went on in the election because he can’t be negative about Obama.

    I truly wished that she had stayed in the senate. When Obama is criticized, you are criticizing Hillary’s boss, a man she chose to work for!

  9. Confloyd, we are receiving a lot of emails and anecdotal evidence that the bad news is sobering up those on Hopium.

    We had one very interesting note from a Latina woman who said that her last visit to a clinic to get test results from her doctor (African-American with predominantly African-American patients) was a lot of fun. She enjoyed hearing the conversations in the waiting room of the angry former Obama supporters who think Obama is looking like a fool.

    Quite a few were very worried about losing jobs. Three of the patients got into a conversation saying they should have voted for Hillary. Our emailer said she thought of us immediately.

  10. Is Bo trying to destroy the economy even further than it was before? Most of the actions of the administration and Congress have me befuddled. Their actions seem so counterintuitive to what is truly needed and required. It seems like, no one know what they are doing.

  11. “She is just a mouthpiece for Obama like Condi Rice was for Bush.”


    I disagree. My understanding is that she sat down and laid her cards on the table regarding her ideas, her intentions, getting many more powers for her position at the state department than was originally intended. I doubt very much if she is just a mouthpiece.

  12. Hillary made a decision to sacrifice herself for the greater good of the country. Moreover, knowing BO would be extremely busy fucking up the economy, she knew she would have a lot of autonomy in her job as SOS. So far, she is about the only thing that has gone right for him, even with the misleading headers you see on MSM/CNNMSNBC/FOX/ and the rest of their ilk.

  13. pm317,

    My cousin forwarded the message to me via email early this morning and I quoted it from memory. Obviously, I didn’t get the exact quote. The actual quote she sent was, “Members of Congress should be compelled to wear uniforms like NASCAR drivers, so we could identify their corporate sponsors.”

    I’ve send her an email requesting her source and will let you know when I hear from her.

  14. Nancy is upset her weekend is ruined:


    Senate Democrats had abruptly pulled back Thursday night after finding themselves one vote short of the 60 needed to cut off debate. The action had so infuriated Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the California Democrat wanted to abandon the $409.6 billion measure and instead push through a stripped-down continuing resolution to keep the government operating through Sept. 30.

    The speaker’s anger was directed primarily at Senate Republicans, who withheld their support even when they had substantial interests in the measure. There is growing concern among Democrats that the debate is being dragged out as part of a concerted campaign to pummel Obama even as the young president tries to keep the nation focused on his economic agenda and budget going forward.

    Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) and his deputy, Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D.-Ill.) were called to Pelosi’s office late Thursday night and ultimately prevailed in their arguments that Democrats should try to salvage the bill, which includes critical spending increases for vital agencies.

    With funding running out Friday, Pelosi had to call her members back to Washington to pass the five day extension on a 328-58 vote. Ironically enough, this came after a 218-160 vote in which Democrats killed a Republican alternative closer to the stripped down alternative the speaker herself had been threatening.

  15. There are some new pics of Hillary is Russia, she looks like she is making a hit over there. She brought them a box with a reset button on it and it went over well. Beautiful pics of her laughing along with her Russian counterpart.
    I have seen Hillary in person and close up, but I always wonder how the stooges on TV can make her look groteque at times. I think they doctor the pics.
    She is a very beautiful woman with eyes that light up like beacons.

  16. “one vote short”

    hmmm…they’ve been in this situation a few times already. Didn’t they drag Kennedy from his sick bed the last time this happened?

  17. The explanations still don’t explain to me why others who withdraw from cabinet positions are applauded for not working in the frauds’s administration. Maybe they could have done some “good” like Hillary has. Wouldn’t you have frowned upon them for NOT taking a cabinet position in the Obama Administration if it was for the good of the country?

    I say that these people could use their talents elsewhere.

  18. independent2008:You need more than enlightenment,you are badly in need of some political realities and strategies that are necessary for anyone involved in trying to save and protect our democracy as Hillary has so tirelessly demonstrated.No one with integraty can survive that septic tank of humans on the take.This country,including the MSM,turned their back to her and she has emerged as the one person that global leaders want to represent the US.I dread thinking about a C.Rice and Obama combo trying to solve any forein policy problems.
    It makes by blood boil to read a statement like yours aimed at the hardest working person in the Obama cabinet.

    BY ABM90

  19. JanH, there have been several times already when Reid has said he had the votes but in truth he did not. The “stimulus” vote was when he made the biggest fool of himself by saying he had the votes but it turned out he did not.

  20. independent,

    Hillary was offered the second most powerful position, ‘reporting’ direct to Obama, in complete charge of the State Dept, hiring and firing, increasing its power — before she even accepted the nomination.

    The deputy level people and perhaps even some Cabinet people aren’t being offered that much independence — and don’t have her personal power and influence in the world to back her up. They couldn’t do as much good for the world, and they have their own futures to think of; the Clintons can scarcely be hurt.

    We’re applauding the lower people’s good judgement in staying out of an administration they could get tied to and certainly get mistreated while trying to work under Obama.

  21. “I truly wished that she had stayed in the senate.”


    why? and get caught up in the filth they’re passing as legislation? And as helpless as an island in changing their minds. Congress runs by consensus of a majority not by the wishes of one vote.

    In case you haven’t noticed, Hillary is creating the only positive action in Obama’s Administration to date. If it wasn’t for her, Obama would be a 100% total failure in all aspects of government.

  22. Obama going to Camp David again this weekend. The 8000 earmarks in the 2009 bill is still in limbo. Senate and House are funding the government at current levels until Wednesday. Republicans will rightly have fun beating up on Dims and B.O. until the Wednesday vote at least.

    Obama will also waste our time with a “stimulus” “plan” “conference” next Thursday regarding the implementation of the “stimulus plan”. Expect nothing to happen other than more time and money wasted and another sleeveless dress on Mary Todd.

    Meanwhile Hillary is still trying to save the world with her great laugh:

  23. turndown:

    “We’re applauding the lower people’s good judgement in staying out of an administration they could get tied to and certainly get mistreated while trying to work under Obama.”


    Indy2008 was never a Hillary supporter in the first place. The cries of righteousness are vacant cries of an Obama supporter searching for a wedge issue.

  24. Thank you so much, Admin! Hillary looks wonderful. This tireless lady continues to amaze me with her graciousness and genius.

  25. For those who think the Obama budget when it comes out in April or the recent “budget overview” is “honest” and anything but a nightmare:


    The acceleration has convinced some economists that, far from an ordinary downturn after which jobs will return, the contraction under way reflects a fundamental restructuring of the American economy. In crucial industries — particularly manufacturing, financial services and retail — many companies have opted to abandon whole areas of business.

    These jobs aren’t coming back,” said John E. Silvia, chief economist at Wachovia in Charlotte. “A lot of production either isn’t going to happen at all, or it’s going to happen somewhere other than the United States. There are going to be fewer stores, fewer factories, fewer financial services operations. Firms are making strategic decisions that they don’t want to be in their businesses.”

  26. Yes, Admin, the BHO-orchestrated ‘economic ‘crisis’ is the equivalent of Bush’s WTC disaster.

    We know (or, in my case – KNEW -) that the WMD argument was a hoax, a way to convince Americans the Iraq war was necessary.

    BHO is using the same fear-mongering tactics with the economy. Just as I never believed Bush, i don’t believe BHO.

    But his agenda, IMHO, is even more dangerous than Bush’s. He’ s attacking us on our shores instead of out-sourcing the manufactured crisis to another country.

    I am very concerned about my finances and now I wonder if the FDIC really can fail and whether I should take my money out of the bank.

  27. And what does obama plan to do with the military who come back from Iraq? What will unemployment be like then?

  28. admin Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    That sounds like a nightmare.

  29. Jan,

    I just did an article on a local soldier who was wounded during his 3rd tour of duty in Iraq. He’s only 26 and he’ll be using a colostomy bag for the rest of his life.

    He was hit by RPG fire last March and spent two months in ICU at Walter Reed.

    He told me his fellow soldiers have no respect for BHO and he’s bitter about the demoralization among the troops.

  30. ROTF!!!!!

    I think I may have found a solution to where to stash my cash.

    ‘New ‘safe’ bed allows savers to safely store their cash under the mattress
    Bed manufacturer Feather & Black is offering savers who have lost faith in the banks somewhere to keep their money safely – under the mattress in a concealed safe.’

  31. admin Says:
    March 6th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    For those who think the Obama budget when it comes out in April or the recent “budget overview” is “honest” and anything but a nightmare:


    Right about the time Mr & Mrs BO will be touring Europe. March 31st to April 5, I believe.

  32. There are going to be fewer stores, fewer factories, fewer financial services operations. Firms are making strategic decisions that they don’t want to be in their businesses.”

    Well, I wouldn’t mind fewer financial services operations. Within the last decade or so, it felt as though they were sprouting up everywhere. They are as much to blame as the reckless homeowners who took on a burden they knew they couldn’t bear.

  33. basil9 Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 3:47 pm


    It breaks my heart to hear about the wounded both physically and mentally and their futures. I don’t know how America and their allies are going to cope with so many of them.

  34. JanH Says:
    March 6th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    And what does obama plan to do with the military who come back from Iraq? What will unemployment be like then?


    They’re not coming back. He’s moving them to “the right battlefields, in Pakistan and Afganistan.” At least that’s what he said in a carefully written position paper in summer 2007.

  35. basil said:
    I am very concerned about my finances and now I wonder if the FDIC really can fail and whether I should take my money out of the bank.


    Might be a good idea to put it into the kind of assets that can survive bankruptcy; it’s called ‘bankruptcy planning.’

  36. What a difference a year makes…

    A year ago, we were all still engrossed in the election. The economy was on the radar, but not to this extent. It’s so bleak. The news is so depressing. The bear is mauling the bull, unemployment numbers at new highs and people are offing themselves over financial ruin.

    I am young enough to not have remembered any major economic crisis or recession of the early ’90s. This is all very scary.

    If I knew things would get this bad, I wouldn’t have spent so much on traveling expenses.

    At this point, I just hope the Obama team can pull a Bill Clinton and get us out of this mess.

  37. I really liked that Mike and Morning Joe were asked if the Dems were going to ostracize Olbermann. I relished even more that they wanted to dodge and did not have an appropriate answer.
    Way to GO!

  38. fiberst: BHO isn’t 1/10 of the man or president that Bill was. Hell, he isn’t 1/10 the president that Carter was.

    Short Termer: I also loved the Morning Joe clip. Limbaugh and Olbermann are 2 sides of the same coin. I used to like KO when he was critizing the war. Then, when he was equally as outraged by the littlest things that Hillary or McCain did, I was done with him.

    It was a nice move by Ari F. though…

  39. I used to watch Olbermann religiously. Why he turned against Hillary is something I will never understand. I remember watching interviews he conducted with both Bill and Hill in early 2007 and I could have sworn he was a Clinton worshipper. His respect and admiration for both was so apparent. Then as his rating soared and the koolaid got stronger, he did become the liberal version of Limbaugh.

    I haven’t watched his show in a year. Don’t know what he’s like now. I do, though, love Rachel. She’s the only person worth watching on MSNBC.

  40. Rachel Mad[Cow]dow?????? How much more of a Hillary hater do you want??????? But, as you stated, she may be the best on MessiahNBC, but that is not saying much.

  41. lol. Bankruptcy planning is much like Madoff Planning, Stanford Planning, etc. to cya in case things don’t work out.

  42. Is Olbermann still on? 🙂

    In the “wish we had the video” section for this Friday evening:


    After an angry, swearing late night meeting among top Democrats, Congress voted Friday to give itself another five days to try to complete a long-overdue omnibus spending bill that had become a growing embarrassment for party leaders and President Barack Obama.

  43. basil9, I was just kidding, that was my wry sense of humor, that is inept, at work.
    Admin, please embed Ari’s visit on Morning Joe, it is priceless….it may be elsewhere as well, but I found it here:

  44. Methinks that Nancy Peloooopsi has wet herself by now over the lack of votes for the OmnificentBus budget.

  45. Methinks that Nancy Peloooopsi has wet herself by now over the lack of votes for the OmnificentBus budget. I ‘smell’ the need for another earmark to be placed in the budget….Pee Odor Research. Oink. Oink. Oink.

  46. I hate that weasel Fleishcher. He just has that face you want to smack. It’s smug. Never mind that he leaked Valerie Plame’s identity. I don’t care what he has to say…

    Geez… I’m in a political no man’s land. I can’t stand the GOP and I can’t stand the leader of my own party or the great majority of the BO-supporter Dem politicians or supporters. Needless to say, I’m not very much fun to talk to. Where do I belong?

  47. Filbertsf, you missed that Fleischer was on MSNBC. 🙂

    Stay right were you are re: the GOP and the Dims. Many more are joining you there every day. Political no-mans land is the new place to be.

  48. Sanjuay Gupta:

    “Sources said in January that Gupta had met then-President-elect Obama in Chicago, Illinois, in November to discuss the post. At the time, Gupta declined to comment.

    The transition team was impressed with the combination of Gupta’s government experience, as a White House fellow in 1997 and a special adviser to then-first lady Hillary Clinton, along with his medical career as a neurosurgeon and his communication skills, the transition sources said.”””

    Sanjay Gupta was an adviser to Hillary in 1997!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Way to go…Sanjay!!!!!!

  49. Upbeat Clinton predicts US-Russia arms treaty

    By ROBERT BURNS – 1 hour ago

    GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, declaring a fresh start for relations with Russia, predicted Friday that the two nations would complete a new arms reduction treaty by year-end and find common ground on other major issues as well. Upbeat and often smiling, both Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after two hours of talks that they had reached no new formal agreements. But they also said both sides would develop a working plan to forge an agreement to reduce the two nations’ formidable nuclear arsenals. The aim is to have plans for proceeding on arms talks ready by the time President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev meet at an economic summit in England in early April, according to State Department officials, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because the arrangements were still being worked out.

    Whatever the logistics, both Clinton and Lavrov expressed confidence in the result. “We intend to have an agreement by the end of the year,” Clinton told a news conference after talks and a working dinner with her Russian counterpart.

    Asked by reporters during a joint news conference if it was realistic to expect a new pact in time to replace the START I treaty by the time it expires in December, Clinton was emphatic. “This is of the highest priority,” she said.

    Said Lavrov: “I am certain that it is fully within our powers to reach a common denominator and maybe even come out with a plus for our strategic relations on the issues of both START and missile defense.”

    Missile defense has been a major irritant for the two nations, and Russia underscored that issue on Friday. In remarks broadcast before the Clinton-Lavrov talks ended, a spokesman for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said a U.S. missile shield plan for Eastern Europe would have to be either scrapped or reworked. Still, Russian officials in Moscow hailed “very positive signals” from the new U.S. administration.

    Clinton and Lavrov acknowledged difficult sticking points remained on other issues, from disagreements over U.S. involvement in Kosovo and the Russian invasion of Georgia, to differing stances over how to pressure Iran on its drive for nuclear weapons. Clinton noted “frank exchanges in areas where we disagree.” And Lavrov said “it would be an exaggeration to say that we agreed on everything.” But the Russian added that “we agreed that on all questions, including those on which we have differences, we will work in the spirit of partnership, honestly and openly.”

    Both diplomats echoed U.S. officials’ talk of “resetting” the U.S.-Russian relationship. Clinton presented Lavrov with a gift “reset” button and Lavrov responded that “together with Hillary, we did manage to press that red button.”
    Clinton described the talks with Lavrov as a “fresh start” in resetting relations between the former Cold War foes. The relationship had become increasingly strained by the end of the Bush administration. She said the discussions touched on the two nations’ mutual interest in advancing nuclear disarmament and on growing concerns about Iranian nuclear development and instability in Afghanistan.

    On Afghanistan, Lavrov concurred, saying: “We consider it our common goal to stabilize the situation in Afghanistan.” In its former Soviet incarnation, Russia occupied Afghanistan in the mid-1980s, but retreated as continuing battles took a harsh toll on its army. Clinton also expressed gratitude for Russian willingness to allow U.S. non-lethal supply shipments to cross its borders to Afghanistan. Lavrov said that he and Clinton found common ground in confronting the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea, even if the U.S. and Russia are pursuing different and sometimes-conflicting strategies. “We looked at the situation with nuclear weapons nonproliferation, including as it applies to Iran and to the issue of the Korean peninsula,” Lavrov said. “I am certain that in the near future we will try to come to some kind of agreements, some results, that would enable us to bring a political-diplomatic resolution of these issues closer.”

    Lavrov conceded the two sides were at odds over Russian’s sales of missiles to Iran, some of which have reportedly ended up in the arsenals of Hamas and Hezbollah and then been fired at Israel. But he insisted there was even maneuvering room to work out that issue. “We supply our partners non-destabilizing defensive types of weapons,” Lavrov said. “We want our partners to behave with equal restraint in their supplies to other countries.”

    As for U.S. and Russian arms, Obama has said he is willing to engage Moscow in talks on reducing the number of strategic nuclear weapons below the 1,700-to-2,200 limit that was set in a deal signed in 2002 by President George W. Bush and Putin.


  50. FOX just can’t let up on the knitpicking of Hillary and her speeches.Brian Baier keeps mentioning tiny little glitches such as name pronouncing twice,the red button error ect ect.what she and the foreign laugh about,the creeper and the creep keep up the negative onslaught against her.BO andMO must be insanely jealous of her popularity with the people of every country she visits.She presents an awesome figure to the world of what could have been but they relish her presence in these world wide meetings and conferences to restabilize and
    normalize world relationships that have been neglected by Bush and now under financial chaos by Obama the under grad.

    By ABM90. Hillary “You are Too Good to Be True We can’t get Enough of Out of You”.A song that is so fitting.

  51. US Secretary of State Clinton to Visit Turkey Saturday

    By Dorian Jones
    06 March 2009

    U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton visits Turkey Saturday, the final stop on a trip that has included stops in the Middle East and Europe. Secretary of State Clinton’s efforts to bring peace to the Middle East is expected to be at the top of her agenda in Ankara.

    Analysts note Turkey’s ties with Hamas and with countries in the Arab world make the country an important asset, and Ankara is also reported to be mending fences with Israel after a war of words between the two counties over the recent Israeli military operation into Gaza.

    Another difficult issue expected to come up during the Clinton visit will be Afghanistan, and the Secretary of State is expected to press Turkey to increase its military forces there. Turkish forces are currently engaged in peacekeeping in and around the Afghan capital Kabul, but the United States is hoping other countries contributing troops to Afghanistan will put additional efforts in the south, where the Taleban insurgency has shown growing strength.

    International relations expert Soli Ozel of Bilgi University says that will be hard sell to Turkey’s armed forces chiefs. “Look if you do indeed have in Kabul have a situation where other country’s soldiers are wearing Turkish soldiers uniforms because it is a lot safer in the streets that tells you something about the kind of the prestige that the turks enjoy in Kabul, would you really want to ruin this by sending fighting troops to the south,” Ozel said.

    But analysts say there is not only military opposition to such a move. The country’s Islamic rooted government also has ideological concerns over the Turkish army being engaged in the war against the Taleban according to Ozel.
    “There is this issue Turkish troops fighting Muslims they don’t want to give this impression, how are going to explain the body bags that are inevitably going to be coming. It is the same kind of concerns that the Germans and others express with the added dimension of Islamic orientated government being in power the country being overwhelmingly Muslim and not seeing the operations in Afghanistan necessarily as legitimate as other NATO members do,” said Ozel.

    Another hot button topic expected to be discussed during the Clinton visit is Iran’s nuclear program, which the United States suspects is being used as part of a program to develop a nuclear weapons program, a charge Tehran denies. Gokhan Cetinsaya is an adviser to the Turkish foreign ministry on Iran he says Ankara is well placed to help defuse tensions. “There are good relations with Iran, there are good relations with the United states . I think Turkey is in that sense, Turkey is in a very unique position. Probably this is an unofficial role and in that case probably you can facilitate their communication their understanding and you can inform them about intentions and discourse of the other side,” he said.

    Another focus of Clinton’s talks Saturday will likely be Iraq, where the United States is planning to draw down its forces. The Turkish foreign minister this month indicated that United States would be allowed to use Turkish territory for the withdrawal. But that cooperative spirit could be compromised by the ongoing effort in the U.S. Congress to push through a motion to recognize the mass killings of Turkish Armenians in 1915 by then Ottoman forces as genocide – a charge Ankara strongly denies.

    During his election campaign, then presidential candidate Barack Obama said he supports such efforts. But Turkish government minister Ergemen Bagis while predicting Mr. Obama will not honor such a commitment warns of far reaching consequences if he does.
    “That would be seen as an insult to our efforts to make peace. There would be important implications. Turkey today provides 70% of all the logistical goods to all the US troops in Iraq. Turkey is an important player in NATO, we have the second largest military in NATO in the United States. We are together in most of the peacekeeping operations. But we have saying the head that wears the crown is wiser. Once the US president sits in their office and understand turkey’s role in the security in this very difficult part of the world, they try not to interfere the local domestic issues,” said Bagis.

    During her meetings, analysts say Clinton will likely hear that Turkey is working hard to improve relations with Armenia including resolving historical disputes. She is also expected to again be made aware that anti-U.S. sentiment in Turkey is amongst the highest in the world. But analysts say with Mr. Obama’s election is being overwhelmingly welcomed both in the country and in government, Clinton’s visit comes at an opportune time.


  52. “BO andMO must be insanely jealous of her popularity with the people of every country she visits.She presents an awesome figure to the world of what could have been…”


    Yep ABM90, that’s why they are going on their so-called European tour of nothing.

  53. Wounded British press complain of Obama ‘rudeness,’ cheap gifts

    Araminta Wordsworth
    March 06, 2009

    The Anglo-U.S. special relationship — already shaky as Fleet Street spent weeks imagining “snubs” — appears on the rocks after the visit of Gordon Brown, the British PM, to Washington this week.

    British media took time off from their usual sport of bashing the Labour party leader — whose poll ratings are in the doldrums — to carp at what they saw as the Obama administration’s shabby treatment of the PM. The first European leader to be received in the White House was not deemed worthy of a state dinner, or even a casserole, and received only cheesy gifts.

    The Prime Minister’s first official meeting with the new President fell short of the lavish welcomes laid on in recent years, Benedict Brogan reported in the Daily Mail. “After intense negotiations with the new administration, Mr Brown got some warm words on the historic links between the U.S. and U.K. But there was no family get-together, nor did the President offer Mr. Brown and his wife Sarah a star-studded White House dinner.” A White House spokesman even downgraded the relationship to a “partnership”, rather than the “Special Relationship” Britain likes to boast of.
    Iain Martin, a Daily Telegraph reporter, had harsher words. Barack Obama has been rudeness personified towards Britain this week,” he wrote in his blog. “First Brown wasn’t granted a press conference with flags, then one was hastily arranged in the Oval Office after the Brits had to beg. Obama looked like he would rather have been anywhere else than welcoming the British leader to his office and topped it all with his choice of present for the PM. A box of 25 DVDS including ET, the Wizard of Oz and Star Wars.”

    Fox News contrasted this blah offering with the “uniquely historical gifts” selected by Mr. Brown, which included a pen holder fashioned from the oak timber of HMS Gannet, a Navy vessel that served on anti-slavery missions off Africa. British commentators suggest Mr. Obama’s Kenyan and Irish heritage may be helping reshape the supposed special relationship.

    There is also what conservative commentator Greg Garrison called the “Lady Macbeth” factor. Appearing on The Garrison Show, a radio program, Mr. Martin’s colleague James Delingpole was asked about Michelle Obama’s influence in the matter. “At the moment in Britain, we’re still in the ‘Doesn’t she look fabulous in a designer frock’ stage of understanding of Michelle Obama,” he replied. “Gradually, though, we’ll begin to realize that she is every bit the terrifying executive’s wife that Hillary Clinton was. Or, shudder, Cherie Blair.
    “[Ms. Obama’s] broad-brush view of history associates Brits with the wicked white global hegemony responsible for the slave trade. Never mind that a white, Tory Englishman — William Wilberforce — brought the slave trade to an end. Judging by her record, Michelle does not make room for such subtle nuance.”

    But Mr. Obama’s attitude appears to have undergone a sea-change after Mr. Brown’s speech to both houses of Congress was a smashing success, with the British leader being accorded 19 standing ovations — as many as his predecessor Tony Blair in a similar oration. The U.S. President called Mr. Brown as his plane was sitting on the tarmac about to leave to thank him.
    The White House later issued a press briefing to put on record how much Mr. Obama appreciated the gifts.

    The cynical British press is not impressed by this volte-face. They point out Mr. Brown holds the key to something Mr. Obama would like on his visit to Britain next month: a meeting with the Queen. “Something, suddenly, seems to have made the Obama White House perk up and start to take an interest in the Brits,” Mr. Martin writes.
    “The Queen has invited the President to tea when he’s here for the G20 in April. And he’s in through the front door of Buckingham Palace faster than a Harley Davidson roaring along Route 66.
    “Note how the coolness of Team Obama disappears when a bit of regal glamour is introduced into the equation. He might not like the Brits, but he can recognize a global superstar when he encounters one. He wants to be associated with her. He’s shameless.”


  54. Tim Geithner’s Bad Week

    March 06, 2009

    Tim Geithner is having a tough week. Wall Street obviously isn’t confident in Washington’s nebulous plan to fix the banking sector, and the pundits are losing patience with both the Treasury Secretary and the Obama Administration. Consensus is building that Geithner still hasn’t owned up to the severity and even the true nature of the problems facing the economy.

    Paul Krugman (The Big Dither) says Geithner sees value where there is none in all those bad assets: In a recent interview Tim Geithner, the Treasury secretary, tried to make a distinction between the “basic inherent economic value” of troubled assets and the “artificially depressed value” that those assets command right now. In recent transactions, even AAA-rated mortgage-backed securities have sold for less than 40 cents on the dollar, but Mr. Geithner seems to think they’re worth much, much more.

    Henry Blodget simply says its time for him to go (Time To Fire Tim Geithner). He flogs Treasury’s tin-eared communication style (multiple versions of plans, vague explanations, defensiveness in testimony), and says Geithner’s most important flaw is that he: Refused to revisit or defend his almost certainly inaccurate view that this crisis is merely a temporary price decline caused by a lack of liquidity, rather than a collapse of a debt-driven economy. You can’t cure the patient if you’re treating the wrong problem.

    Plus, the Treasury Department continues to suffer through staffing problems.
    Treasury undoubtedly has a communication problem right now, and that’s being charitable. So, as the financial crisis continues, is Geithner getting anything right? If not, who’s qualified to step up and take over?


  55. March 6, 2009 11:18 AM

    Labor Secretary Addresses Grim Jobs News

    Secretary Of Labor Hilda Solis has put out a statement on today’s grim news that employers cut 651,000 jobs in February, helping push the U.S. unemployment rate to 8.1 percent.
    In it, she announces that the Labor Department is making more than 3.5 billion dollars available to states for services related to education, training and reemployment. As she points out, the economic stimulus package passed last month provides funding to increase unemployment insurance benefits and extend the duration of unemployment insurance.

    “4.4 million Americans have now lost their jobs since this recession began last year, and there are now nearly 3 million Americans who have been unemployed for six months or more,” she notes in the statement. “This data does not just represent abstract statistics,” Solis said. “Rather it illustrates the struggles of millions of Americans who do not know how they will raise their families, or pay their bills and mortgages. They are the central focus of this Administration’s economic policies, and why we are moving swiftly and aggressively to jumpstart job creation and grow our economy.”

    “We will continue to do whatever is necessary to break the destructive cycle of job loss in this country and put Americans back to work,” Solis continued, noting plans to encourage lending, help struggling homeowners, and address health care costs, U.S. dependence on oil, and education. “From the day this Administration began, we knew that solving the economic crisis we were presented with would not be easy and would not happen overnight,” she concludes. “But the President and I believe that this nation has both the resources and the will to meet this challenge and emerge stronger and more prosperous than before.”

    In an interview to be broadcast this afternoon on BSNews.com’s “Washington Unplugged,” Christina Romer, the head of President Obama’s economic council, said the president has been honest with the American people about the economic situation. Today’s news, she said, was “basically what we were expecting.”
    “We have a plan in place and we fully expect to turn this economy around,” she said. Still, she acknowledged, “Unfortunately, we are seeing it getting worse.”

    From: CBS News

  56. Kennedy should not be honoured
    Senator Edward Kennedy is one chum of Brown’s who should certainly not be given an honorary knighthood, says Andrew Pierce.

    By Andrew Pierce

    complete article can be found at:


  57. Some of us older survivors of catastrophes or children of disaster survivors have gone through the Great Depression or WWII. My in-laws even went through the S.F. earthquake! My parents escaped from Poland after the Germans attacked in 1939 – (their money was completely worthless as soon as they crossed the border) My father-in-law lost his fortune in the Depression. I was born in London during the Blitz (we were bombed out 11 times – talk about a housing crisis!)

    Gee! Now that I list all this, I’m beginning to think I have slightly unlucky genes.

    Anyway, Filbert, the thing to do is to plan for everything. There is no way to predict what happens next so work out something for every eventuality.
    For economics, if it gets to Depression levels, cash will be king. Redo your budget. Take advantage of sales, discounts, coupons, rebates, etc. Make do.

    Then figure out how to take advantage of a recession or whatever we’re going to have. Fill a need. A.P. Gianini followed the SF earthquake where he lost everything by opening a sidewalk pushcart bank – which became the Bank of America. My father-in-law got a second fortune in real estate.

    Remember, in Chinese, crisis is the same as opportunity. The O admin cannot be wrong every time – not even Bush could do it but they get points for trying. It’s seniors who don’t have the energy or the time to recoup. Don’t let the O admin mess with SS or a lot of grey heads will fall.

    That concludes my pep talk.

  58. There are going to be fewer stores, fewer factories, fewer financial services operations. Firms are making strategic decisions that they don’t want to be in their businesses.”


    Depending on what size of ‘firms’ are doing this, it might leave room for some small businesses.

  59. Since it is my birthday tomorrow, I have declared a national day of freedom from worry. Celebrate without spending money. Let us know what you came up with.

  60. Hmmmmmmm……..UN-FREAKIN-BELIEVABLE!!!

    Is Bill Ayers Going To Be Living With Your Child?

    March 3, 2009 |

    If your kid attends the University of Illinois, Urbana, and is a resident in Allen Hall, then they are going to have the once in a lifetime opportunity to shack up with unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayres.

    The program, which was started at the university’s Allen Hall during the 1974-75 school year, features visiting guests from a variety of backgrounds and professions. The guests live in the dorm during their week at the school and speak each night of their visit. [LINK]

    This is not the first time Bill, or his wife, have participated in this little slumber party.

    Here is how the university describes former terrorist, Bill Ayers:

    March 8, 2009 – March 12, 2009
    Bill Ayers is a school reform activist and Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is founder of the Center for Youth and Society and founder and co-director of the Small Schools Workshop. He has written extensively about social justice, democracy, and education. His interests focus on the political and cultural contexts of schooling as well as the meaning and ethical purposes of teachers, students, and families. Ayers’ book Fugitive Days recounts his experiences in the Weathermen and the Weather Underground.

    Ooops. Did we forget to mention that he’s an proud “retired” terrorist.

    Here is his full schedule:

    School reform activist and education scholar Bill Ayers will be a Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence 3/9-3/12. He will be speaking each night of his residency. All events are open to the public and take place in the Main Lounge of Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory, Urbana.

    Bill Ayers is a school reform activist and Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is founder of the Center for Youth and Society and founder and co-director of the Small Schools Workshop. He has written extensively about social justice, democracy, and education. His interests focus on the political and cultural contexts of schooling as well as the meaning and ethical purposes of teachers, students, and families. Ayers’ book Fugitive Days recounts his experiences in the Weathermen and the Weather Underground.

    Sunday, March 8
    7pm –The Weather Underground – Screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary about Bill Ayers and the rise and fall of this radical movement.
    (*please note that Bill Ayers will not be present for this screening.)

    Monday, March 9
    7pm – Opening Program – Yes We Can: Reflections on Campaign 2008

    Tuesday, March 10
    7pm – Fugitive Days

    Wednesday, March 11
    7pm – Education for Democracy

    Thursday, March 12
    7pm – The New Activism

    If there are any students in Urbana with their heads screwed on straight, please record every second of this encounter with domestic terror, and upload it to the internet as fast as possible. Also, feel free to send links to the footage and/or audio to Founding Bloggers 😉


  61. admin Says:
    March 6th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Filbertsf, you missed that Fleischer was on MSNBC.

    Stay right were you are re: the GOP and the Dims. Many more are joining you there every day. Political no-mans land is the new place to be.


    Party. Unity. My. Ass.

  62. ADMIN: they are waking up!! too bad it’s a little too late

    Whoopi went on a little rant today on “The View”, complaining:
    “I don’t wanna get it comin’ and going’…BACK OFF ME!

    (fast-forward to 3:30):


  63. basil,

    I was hasty, sorry. I just meant that the same set of assets that can survive bankruptcy, are also very safe places to keep ones money. Land you live on, home improvement, tools, reference books, computers and software, health of course….

    ‘Bankruptcy planning’ is kind of like ‘estate planning’.

  64. I want to thank JanH, turndownobama, jbstones, ABM90, and Mrs Smith for their well spoken assessment of Hillary as SOS. She is the one bright spot of American leadership.

    I think O has given it all over to Hillary because he knows she can do it, and O can’t find his axx with both hands.

  65. Had a talk with a neighbor by phone, who is a Dem. We had not talked politics since way before the election. He asked me what I thought, and I told him exactly what I thought. He said he felt just the Opposite. I did not ask him where his head was, and where he was getting his information, as I knew he would not take it well. However, I continued with that the least the man could do was produce a legal BC, with all the valid signatures. If I were running for President, I would be proud to wear mine around my neck, and that I simple could not understand why he has spent $500,000 in lawyers fees fighting the issue.

    He did not have any reply to that, and really terminated our conversation at that point.

  66. Having praised President Obama’s job performance in two recent columns, it is with regret that I now worry that he may be deepening what looks more and more like a depression and may engineer so much spending, debt, and government control of the economy as to leave most Americans permanently less prosperous and less free.

    The last line is the one that hits the hardest and truest.

    Before we get to giddy over the thought that the Repubs have found their balls, 40% of the earmarks in the budget are Republican made…

  67. NewMexicoFan Says:
    March 6th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Had a talk with a neighbor by phone, who is a Dem. We had not talked politics since way before the election. He asked me what I thought, and I told him exactly what I thought. He said he felt just the Opposite.

    Oy vey. So he thinks Obama is doing just great? That all these problems were laid at his feet by Bush? And that none of Obama’s actions have had negative repercussions?


    I like how mute he became after you raised a completely valid point. You can’t even work at Kwikee-Mart without a driver’s license, and ever snce 9/11, all states need a real stamped official birth certificate.

    So that shut him up, eh? Good.

    Call him back in two months to see how much he’s soured on the Anointed One.

  68. Government Surveillance Now Deemed Necessary – Under Obama

    March 6, 2009 – 19:56 ET


    MADDOW: Do we know that this is something that foreign governments, foreign intelligence agencies, do? That they troll the Internet looking for computers that might have peer-to-peer sharing software on them and therefore might offer access to the files on their hard drives?

    EARLE: You know, that’s a very good question and that’s one we asked general, retired general Wesley Clark. He’s also a board member on this, with this company Tiversa and he says, yeah, that’s what they do. He says they’re out there, perusing these file-sharing programs, looking for sensitive documents such as this, about Marine One. You can find a host of other things out there as well. I mean, we’re talking everything from tax returns to any confidential information that you may have on your computer. If you have one of these file-sharing programs on there, it opens everything up on your hard drive to the World Wide Web and people have access to that. So anything can be compromised.



    Rev. Wright Cautions: Obama ‘Ain’t Jesus’


    Speaking in a brief interview with The Associated Press before giving a speech at a civil rights landmark, Wright smiled at the mention of the name of the nation’s first black president.

    “He’s like any other president,” Wright said. “He’s a politician and he’s got to do what politicians do.”
    On Thursday, Wright was addressing more than 700 people at a mass meeting that kicked off the 44th anniversary celebration of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march.

    The event was held at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, site of the first mass meeting that led to the watershed voting rights movement in Selma.

    During his address, Wright cautioned against putting too much faith in Obama.

    “Barack’s name ain’t Jesus. Barack ain’t gonna improve your child’s reading score. There are things we’ve got to do on our own,” he said.


  70. FBI Watching Somali Muslims In Minneapolis
    CBS Evening News: 20 From Same Mosque Have Repatriated, One Became A Suicide Bomber; Mosque Officials Deny Radical Agenda

    Comments Comments 14

    MINNEAPOLIS, March 3, 2009 | by Dean Reynolds

    (CBS) On election night last November, the outcome was wildly celebrated by Somalis living in Minneapolis, 70,000-strong, mostly refugees from their war-torn country. It is the largest Somali community in the United States, reports CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds.

    But the evening was noteworthy for something else, too. That night, the latest in a line of young Somalis who grew up here, departed unannounced for Somalia itself, joining a civil war in a country few had ever seen and causing concern in the United States.


    Some 20 vanished last year – all American citizens – an exodus the FBI has noticed for a troubling reason.

    “A man from Minneapolis became what we believe to be the first U.S. citizen to carry out a terrorist suicide bombing,” said agency director Robert Mueller.

    The October attack by 27-year-old Shirwa Ahmed killed 30 near Mogadishu, and there is alarm that the skills acquired abroad could be brought back to America.

    “He could have done it here,” says Omar Jamal, a Somali advocate in Minnesota. “We don’t see anything that would have prevented him from doing this right here in the heart of Minneapolis.”

    This much seems clear:

    “It appears that this individual was radicalized in his hometown in Minnesota,” Mueller said.

    The missing men all came from one local mosque, according to the FBI. But officials at the mosque deny that they play any role in turning young people into radicals, Reynolds reports.

    This week they held an open house to answer critics and confront recent harassment.

    “We absolutely deny that such things happen in this mosque,” says Omar Hurre, executive director at the Abubakar Islamic Center.

    But Somalis here are deeply troubled. Who is behind this exodus? Who is paying for it? And who may be the next to go?


  71. freckles Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 8:35 pm


    I hope you have a wonderful birthday tomorrow! 🙂

  72. oklahomahills Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 9:07

    Hillary is my hero. Her actions, beliefs, and humanitarianism make it very easy to defend her. 🙂

  73. Thank you oklahomahills. It is because of this site, that I am able to have a glimmer of hope after literally going through almost 6 months of depression once BO cheated Hillary out of the nomination. Knowing there are others like you, that are as passionate as I am , if not more so, in their love and admiration for both Hillary and Bill is my only solace(sans my wife and children) in the nightmare of having BO and MO in the White House.
    Seeing Hillary command the world stage with her presence, , and doing more in one month, than Obama and his followers will do in their entire life, further alleviates and consoles the daily pain of her not being POTUS

  74. Joy on the View is so ridiculous. The fraud NEVER voted against the War, he wasn’t EVEN in the Senate. How stupid is this woman that she refuses to comprehend this fact YET!

  75. “If you recall, before Kenya became Kenya (1963) it was a British colony known as British East Africa. Between 1952 and 1960, there was this little “difference of opinion” between the UK and the natives of British East Africa—primarily from the Kikuyu tribe. That conflict is known as the Mau Mau Uprising. There were tens of thousands of African civilians killed and, according to Wiki, seven to ten thousand Africans interned by the British colonial masters. In Dreams from My Father, President Obama says that his grandfather was tortured by the British during the conflict, though he was not a Kikuyu but a Luo. Guess which prime minister ordered the Mau Mau insurgency to be put down.

    Mystery solved. It seems that the president is seeking to humiliate the progeny of those who humiliated his ancestors. Revenge isn’t that complicated a motive.

    However, a question remains. Is this any way for a President of the United States to behave?”

    I found the above on NQ. Apparently the Fraud had an axe to grind. This guy is scary, as is his wife.

  76. birdgal Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 11:41 pm
    Apparently Howard Dean is being considered for SG.

    Maybe he can give himself a lobotomy

  77. Happy Birthday Freckles…I will toast a Margherita to you…

    Admin…besides being so insightful, you are really funny…

    …and right on with Bill Clinton Put People First and O is all about putting O first…

    Why is this man leaving the country when the country is falling apart and we are in the grips of a major financial crisis and he only has one unimpressive guy at TREASURY?

    a guy, I might add, that is adding to the lack of confidence in O’s economic ‘plans’

    …O has an attention deficit disfunction disorder…he cannot focus on one thing…events are going to catch up with big time…I can just feel it…

    Bill and Hill would be working nonstop around the clock – minus press conference fanfare photo ops – to get their TREASURY staffed and functioning at optimal level…that’s the difference between experience and leadership and POSING…

    …don’t forget to pack the teleprompter so he can remember how to say ‘hello’ to the queen…

  78. rbg said: Call him back in two months to see how much he’s soured on the Anointed One.


    That’s the Appointed One.

  79. ABM 90: It is good to hear that FOX is at least giving air time to Hillarys work. I gather from your early blog that the other networks are ignoring it, for all intents and purposes. They have an easy time attacking the messiah on the domestic policy end. Foreign policy is a more elusive target for them, especially with the world loudly applauding her leadership. Prior to W the Republican Party had alot of people convinced that they were the pros on foreign policy, Hillary is proving them wrong, so they focus on the nitpicking you describe, which is like gnats on a beautiful summer evening.

  80. Apparently Howard Dean is being considered for SG.
    SG? Is that Stalig 13?

  81. Henry Blodget simply says its time for him to go (Time To Fire Tim Geithner). He flogs Treasury’s tin-eared communication style (multiple versions of plans, vague explanations, defensiveness in testimony), and says Geithner’s most important flaw is that he: Refused to revisit or defend his almost certainly inaccurate view that this crisis is merely a temporary price decline caused by a lack of liquidity, rather than a collapse of a debt-driven economy. You can’t cure the patient if you’re treating the wrong problem.
    Okay, so we fire him. What then Henry Blodget? You have got all the answers. Just light us the path out of the valley of death. Give us the short term painless cure for the collapse of a debt driven economy? Tell us how to do it. We are all ears–just like Mr Obama.

  82. I think O has given it all over to Hillary because he knows she can do it, and O can’t find his axx with both hands.
    Another reason he has given it to her is because it involves hard work, and when you are lazy as he is hard work is the bette noire.

  83. ‘Bankruptcy planning’ is kind of like ‘estate planning’
    Carried to an extreme both can become morbid preoccupations.

  84. why? and get caught up in the filth they’re passing as legislation? And as helpless as an island in changing their minds. Congress runs by consensus of a majority not by the wishes of one vote.
    Correct Mr Smith. The senate is deadmans alley. She had to get out one way or another. This is a great opportunity and he has strong incentives to support her. Is she were in the senate right now two things are certain: first, she would be opposing these earmarks and arguing in favor of a different kind of bill; second, msnbc and cnn would be accusing her of trying to sabotage the career of our first black president rather than honestly examining the merits of her argument. Not much is life is predictable, but that much is.

  85. Wonder if Dean will go down on tax evasion charges too?….To think such a big deal was made of the Clinton Foundation only to have cabinet nominee after cabinet nominee go down in controversy. I suppose Dean will be joining there ranks soon.

  86. wbboei said:

    Okay, so we fire [Geithner]. What then Henry Blodget?


    Then instead of a one-man Treasury with no deputies, we have no deputies and no Treasurer. G. had trouble getting confirmed. With the new vetting, how soon could a new Treasurer be confirmed (if anyone would take the job).

  87. Admin wrote above: (2) Obama is a confidence artist who only cares about his advancement

    This statement fits into a train of thought that has struck me recently. The train began when I read an offhand reference to rumors of the White House becoming party central or some such. The rumor and the truth of the rumor is not really relevant except that it got me to ask the question “Where does he go from here?” There really is nowhere else to advance.

    It really looks like he’s selected a group of people to do his homework while he plays the role of star quarterback. Whatever his reasons for choosing Hillary as SoS, that’s looking to be the only competent decision to come out of the Office of the President. So far she’s the only one able to deliver grade A work for him.

    During the campaign the lack of a clear agenda suggested that there was a hidden agenda to be feared, but what if his agenda was simply to advance as far as he could with as little effort as he could? It may be in this regard that he is most like Baby Bush.

    Anyone who says that 30 days isn’t enough time to see what the man can do need only look at what Hillary has been able to accomplish in those same 30 days. When you know enough about a subject you are able to assemble the right people to help you achieve your vision. The POTUS has the resources to do that very quickly…but what happens if the POTUS doesn’t really have a vision or know enough about what needs to get done to even put the right people in the right jobs? I think the answer looks alot like what we’re seeing coming out of Washington of late.

    You know, I’ve always believed in and supported Hillary even when I didn’t agree with some of the choices she made (the AUMF was one, the easy concession of the primaries was another, even accepting SoS, I thought, might be walking into a trap). Only time and history will tell, but one thing I do not doubt is that she made decisions that she thought were best to make the world a better place. The perversion of the AUMF could not have been anticipated by people who were in the position of actually voting on it and having to live with the consequences of their vote. The rot of within the DNC was too entrenched for her to have done anything different in June aught eight. And now, it looks like the fate of the world is resting on her ability to meet face to face with World Leaders (My goodness, has she really managed to get Iran to the table to work with the rest of the world on Afghanistan?)

    Given the way things are starting to settle, I’m envisioning a new best case scenerio. Now that his ambitions have been fed, and given the fact that there has emerged no clear agenda that he seems passionate in pursuing, maybe the current POTUS will choose not to run for reelection so that he can hit the road and begin turning his speeches into cash. Hopefully, by then Hillary will have laid the necessary groundwork to settle the ocean so that as the next POTUS she’ll be able to right the domestic ship (provided it isn’t sunk altogether in the next three years).

  88. I have always been told by many wise and rational thinkers since my youth that there are some arguments in life that we may never win and could limit the circles of friends and relatives.To me they are Religion,Politics and Infatuations.I had always been indifferent about them until Hillary entered the senate and then the presidential race.Most of my generation have long ago passed on so reading the obituaries is a waste of time,ink and trees.Converting lame brains is less successful than treating the common cold and it is a waste of time.Let sleeping dogs lie is still a good solution and if disturbed they rise up and go to work as MSM attack dogs.
    As for the airborne fly by night and day potus,Let him go,let him go,let him go.Keep him in the air and keep him flying with his large crew,reading equipment,tons and tons of fuel to spread his “legacy of restitution and retribution”.No questions asked and nothing acomplished is much better for our country than these flights of of the ‘Reading Eagle”
    On the bright side,Hillary on the “Brain PLane”,continues to illustrate to the world that she and her hand picked staff are the real patriots for all people everywhere and the darkness of world politics will give way to the guiding light of peace and justice that she carries to every nation she visits.She is respected by leaders of all nations but the most important of all are the young people that adore and applaud her at every stop on her mission of world unification.

    By ABM90 With our great Admin.The State Dept. dipnotes and all you great bloggers that I have come to know and respect,we don’t need the MSM.They are like the chosen one and his cult,”They Don’t Know S–t from Shinola”.

  89. Friday, March 6, 2009

    Is Obama Hurting The Stock Market?

    A series of negative economic reports and a sharp sell-off on Wall Street dominated news coverage from national outlets last night and this morning, with some blaming the White House for the steep stocks decline. ABC World News’ Charlie Gibson said, “No matter what the Administration seems to be doing with the economy, the market does not seem to like it.” ABC’s Betsey Stark added, “No, Wall Street, as one analyst I spoke to put it today, is underwhelmed by what’s going on in Washington.” The AP reports, “The war between Republicans and Democrats to frame the blame for the economy erupted in earnest this week.” Republicans “pushed back against…Obama’s claim — echoed relentlessly by his Cabinet members and Democrats in Congress — that he didn’t cause the mess and shouldn’t be judged yet on obligating taxpayers for a trillion dollars trying to fix it.” Economic stories led all three network broadcasts, with ABC World News and NBC Nightly News focusing on the dire news about GM and the CBS Evening News noting “the Dow fell 281 points or four percent. That brings the loss for the year to nearly 25 percent.”

    On its front page, the New York Times reports, “After months of breathtaking declines, this is what Wall Street has come to: Blue-chip companies, once considered safe investments and cornerstones of the economy, are akin to penny stocks.” On its front page, the Washington Post reports President Obama “cautioned against paying too much attention to markets and even said ‘buying stocks is a potentially good deal,'” but “investor confidence has been sapped by signs that the US economy remains exceptionally weak 15 months after the start of the recession.”

    The Wall Street Journal’s opinion page usually critical of Obama’s policies this morning links the President’s actions with the Dow’s decline. The Wall Street Journal editorializes, “Recessions don’t last forever, but bad policies can prolong the pain.” Gerald F. Seib, also in the Wall Street Journal, says, “Any president, particularly the current one, has a lot of things to worry about. Should the level of the Dow Jones Industrial Average be one of them? In a word: yes.” Under the headline “Obama’s Radicalism Is Killing The Dow,” Michael J. Boskin, a professor of economics at Stanford University who “chaired the Council of Economic Advisers under President George H.W. Bush,” writes in the Wall Street Journal writes that “the illusion that…Obama will lead from the economic center has quickly come to an end. Instead of combining the best policies of past Democratic presidents — John Kennedy on taxes, Bill Clinton on welfare reform and a balanced budget, for instance,” Obama “is returning to Jimmy Carter’s higher taxes and Mr. Clinton’s draconian defense drawdown.” Also in the Wall Street Journal, Steve Forbes criticizes the Obama Administration for “its continuation of the most destructive policies of the Bush administration.” If President Obama “really takes” Franklin Roosevelt’s “legacy seriously, he should suspend mark-to-market accounting rules, restore the uptick rule, and enforce the prohibition against naked short selling.”


  90. NYCmax, hey welcome back! You said it right. I too have thought about what you said in that last para.

  91. Pelosi’s List: Who’s On Her Bad Side?
    House Speaker Keeps Politics Personal By Keeping Mental “Disfavor File”

    March 2, 2009
    by Glenn Thrush.

    Nancy Pelosi likes to keep lists. As a young political protégé of her father, Baltimore Mayor Tommy D’Alesandro, the preteen speaker-to-be would spend hours leafing through the list of voters her father had helped in some way – fixing a pothole, finding them a job, even getting them a hot meal. It was known as the “favor file.” Those around Pelosi say she has always kept her own favor file. But, like her father, she has also maintained a “disfavor file” in her head – a roster of those whom she believes have screwed up, betrayed her, challenged her or merely annoyed her.

    In some cases, Pelosi has mended fences with people on the list, most notably House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), a former party rival who has become an indispensable lieutenant. But she has also moved to strip power from longtime adversaries – and she has a propensity for remembering slights and grievances for years. Hawkish Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), who clashed with Pelosi on Iraq and intelligence policy, assumed she was in line to become chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee when the Democrats seized control of the House in 2006. But Pelosi refused to appoint Harman to even a seat on the committee, and she handed the chairmanship to Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas). As speaker, she did nothing to stop her ally Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) from ousting Rep. John Dingell as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee after clashing with the octogenarian Michigan Democrat on energy policy and global warming.

    The list, Pelosi allies say, is real – even as they warn that overstating her vindictiveness feeds into the right-wing caricatures of Pelosi and perpetuates ethnic and gender stereotypes. Moreover, they argue that portraying her as payback-obsessed misses a fundamental political point: Despite her commanding majority, Pelosi is painfully aware that powerful speakers, including Republican Joe Cannon, have been toppled for using their power heavy-handedly. “She’s not a vengeful person, per se, and she thinks that people who do bad things eventually get their due without her intervention,” a longtime associate said on condition of anonymity. “But that doesn’t mean she forgets.”

    So who’s on Pelosi’s list now?

    1. Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.). No Democrat has done quite so much in so short a time to arouse Pelosi’s disdain as the failed-Redskins-quarterback-turned-ambitious-North-Carolina-congressman. The conservative, anti-abortion Shuler would have made the list for voting against both bank bailout bills and the stimulus package, but the way he went about it didn’t help; Shuler told an audience back home that “House leadership and Senate leadership have really failed” on the $787 billion package. The thing that riles Pelosi most, according to several House aides, is that she believes Shuler’s motives are as much political as they are ideological – and that he’s picking a fight with her to position himself for a run against Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) next year. Unless Shuler is planning a long House career, picking a fight with Pelosi may indeed have its advantages: His 2006 opponent, incumbent GOP Rep. Charles Taylor, scored points by portraying Shuler as a Pelosi acolyte.
    “I don’t know if Shuler is talking without thinking or if he’s just making the calculation that distancing himself from Pelosi is never a bad thing to do,” said a senior House leadership aide.

    2. Rush Limbaugh. He’s Pelosi’s sworn enemy – and she views him as beneath contempt and unworthy of her comment.
    Asked about the right-wing talk-radio king the other day, Pelosi said: “I don’t speak to that. I’m the speaker of the House. I don’t get into the popular culture.”

    3. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski (D-Pa.. Pelosi and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee made an all-out effort to help the veteran Scranton congressman win a tight race against longtime nemesis Lou Barletta last fall.
    So aides say the speaker was taken aback when the western Pennsylvania representative bucked leadership by voting “no” on the original version of the stimulus bill. He voted for the conference report later, but hard feelings persist.

    4. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.). It’s no surprise that Pelosi isn’t crazy about the young, aggressive minority whip, who has marshaled an anti-Pelosi GOP insurgency in the House. Pelosi has good personal relationship with House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). But members of her leadership cadre are starting to really dislike Cantor, despite their public pose of studied indifference. Part of the reason: Cantor is employing many of the same techniques Pelosi used so successfully to torture former House Speaker Dennis Hastert when she was the Democratic whip in 2002 and 2003. It remains to be seen if Cantor’s power-of-“no” philosophy will work – congressional approval ratings have actually spiked on the stimulus – but he’s gotten traction by nitpicking Pelosi’s proposals and magnifying the majority’s blunders.

    5. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.). The fiscally conservative gadfly would have topped the list had he not reversed his first stimulus “no” by voting in favor of the final package. Even so, the most outspoken of the Blue Dog Democrats is still on thin ice with leadership, thanks to his comment that he “actually got some quiet encouragement from the Obama folks” for initially bucking Pelosi on the stimulus. That required a hasty Obama-Pelosi cleanup effort that resulted in a Cooper clarification – although he continues to express dissatisfaction with what he sees as Pelosi’s top-down leadership style.
    Counterintuitively, Cooper enjoys a good relationship with many in Pelosi’s inner circle, including Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Waxman – with whom Cooper shared a long lunch at the Democrats’ recent retreat in Williamsburg, Va.

    6. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.). The squeakiest liberal wheel in the House has always been more than willing to articulate his differences with leadership. But his role as the lone Democrat to switch from “yes” on the original stimulus bill to a “no” on the House-Senate compromise was viewed as grandstanding in the speaker’s suite.
    DeFazio, who chairs a subcommittee on highways and transit, makes a compelling counterargument, saying he was betrayed by Pelosi’s acceptance of lower-than-promised allocations for infrastructure representing 8 percent of the total package.

    7. The House Appropriations Committee staff. Pelosi’s relationship with Appropriations Chairman Dave Obey (D-Wis.) remains strong. But she was reportedly infuriated that Obey’s staff failed to scrub the first draft of the stimulus bill of politically damaging proposals such as billions for resodding the National Mall, funding anti-STD programs and providing free contraceptives.

    8. CIA Director Leon Panetta. Pelosi supported Panetta’s appointment at the CIA and has said nary a negative public word about her fellow Californian and former colleague. Nonetheless, people with ties to both say the speaker was more than a little annoyed that Panetta backed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to create an independent panel to redraw the state’s legislative districts, a proposal that might have endangered Pelosi’s Democratic allies in the state Legislature. “If you asked her, she’d say she loves Leon, but there is a strain” in their relationship, said a person with knowledge of the situation.

    Dishonorable mentions: Pelosi allies Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) and John P. Murtha (D-a.) aren’t in the speaker’s doghouse, but many people around her think they should be. Murtha, whom Pelosi disastrously backed over Hoyer in the 2006 majority leader’s contest, is embroiled in a billowing scandal involving the lobbying firm PMA. And Rangel, the powerful House Ways & Means chairman, has been bogged down for months in an ethics investigation.
    “Nancy is standing by them, to her detriment,” said a senior Democratic aide in the House.


  92. MSM RNC DNC: These losers are so afraid of Hillary and the wealth of Global admiration and the huge following she has with young people in every country.She and Bill and Chelsea will never rid themselves of the political blight that has pursued them in their political careers and their sacrifices for the good of all people in every walk of life.Hillary remains strong and resolute in her goal for world peace and equal justice for all.We must all accept these facts as long as her detractors of jealous,greedy and clueless critics have the funds and the control of the information pipeline.But wait,we the people have the internet and our voices are being heard loud and clear by millions around the world.Obama is a fast fading stranger with a dangerous need for power and there is not a thing that he can do to silence and marginalize her.One day soon she will be the First Woman President,so please don’t let up on our efforts to restore our great country as aworld leader with a world leader at its helm.

    By ABM90 Hillary thrives on ‘Hot Kitchens”

  93. I’ve been thinking about obama’s European trip. Wonder if he/m.o. is going to undermine all of Hillary’s work.

    Also thinking that the comparisons should be interesting. Hillary’s amazing understanding of political diplomacy and obama’s lack of experience on anything.

    I certainly hope they receive the same snubbed treatment they gave the British prime minister and his family.

    Is he taking his pet with him? Felix the Telepromter?

  94. Admin:

    I have to ask you; what uploader are you using for posting the great HD Videos lately?


    # wbboei Says:
    March 7th, 2009 at 2:36 am

    why? and get caught up in the filth they’re passing as legislation? And as helpless as an island in changing their minds. Congress runs by consensus of a majority not by the wishes of one vote.
    Correct Mr Smith. The senate is deadmans alley. She had to get out one way or another. This is a great opportunity and he has strong incentives to support her. Is she were in the senate right now two things are certain: first, she would be opposing these earmarks and arguing in favor of a different kind of bill; second, msnbc and cnn would be accusing her of trying to sabotage the career of our first black president rather than honestly examining the merits of her argument. Not much is life is predictable, but that much is.

    True, wbboei. Hillary’s popularity is creating an extraordinary dynamic on the Obama presidency. By contrast, her popularity can’t help but highlight the underachiever’s weaknessess, having a devastating effect on BO’s credibility for the presidency. When between the Mr and Mrs, they grapple and fail with simple tasks choosing appropriate gifts for PM Brown and his family.
    wobbei, I’ve been Mrs Smith for a few years now and have absolutely no connection to the Pitt-Jolie household,

  95. Is he taking his pet with him? Felix the Telepromter?

    Jan, yes, he sleeps with him, otherwise he would not know what to say when he wakes up.

  96. One thing has become crystal clear about HRC. She has proven she was ready to LEAD FROM DAY ONE, to include a last minute job change. Her staff not only got in place quickly, she has gone on a torrid pace of visiting the international community, getting HISTORICALLY reluctant players to the table. Her performance looks flawless. The only thing they can pick on is a few words thy don’t like in a speech here and there.

    I watched a utube from the view. Three of the four are on a rampage to defend O. the fourth just sits there almost quiet and smiles. So that is one of the few shows that really is seeing the cracks. You don’t have to defend how HRC is doing the job. You only have to defend people who are not doing the job. Their cries of it has only been 30 days was met with applause from the audience, but in the back of their minds they all hear him say HE WAS READLY TO LEAD ON DAY ONE. I guess he meant on day XX (when we figure that day out we can put a number in there).

  97. Judge James Robertson should be removed from the bench

    Please read some background on the judge that decided Hollister v Soetoro. This judge should be removed from the bench. Additionally you will be able to understand why I am skeptical of our judiciary and why I believe, that it ultimately will be up to our military to arrest and prosecute the Usurper in Chief for massive fraud of American citizens and treason.

    Here is a little background info on Judge Robertson. It clearly shows he was biased from the beginning and had a definate conflict of interest and should have recused himself..

    Aappointed by Clinton.

    From 1965 to 1969, he was in private practice with the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. From 1969 to 1972, Judge Robertson served with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, as chief counsel of the Committee’s litigation offices in Jackson, Mississippi, and as director in Washington, D.C. Judge Robertson then returned to private practice with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where he practiced until his appointment to the federal bench. While in private practice, he served as president of the District of Columbia Bar, co-chair of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and president of Southern Africa Legal Services and Legal Education Project, Inc. Now Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering is also known as WilmerHale LLP. ( the 23rd largest law firm in the world ) They donated $119,245 to the Obama campaign.

    Obama served on the board of the Chicago branch of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

    Below is a link that explains the : Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. If you look at the questionnaire part 1, you will see where Obama lists that he was a member of this committee. The judge was the co-chair of the committee. This link also explains about what this committee did.


    Here is an excerpt from an article on what the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law does :

    Uses the courts to bypass the electorate and its officials in order to gain what it perceives as desirable and “just” outcomes

    Today LCCR uses the courts to mandate race-based affirmative action preferences in business and academia. Its “major objective” is “to use the skills and resources of the bar to obtain equal opportunity for minorities by addressing factors that contribute to racial justice and economic opportunity.” “Given our nation’s history of racial discrimination, de jure segregation, and the de facto inequities that persist,” LCCR elaborates, “the Lawyers’ Committee’s primary focus is to represent the interest of African Americans in particular, other racial and ethnic minorities, and other victims of discrimination, where doing so can help to secure justice for all racial and ethnic minorities.” …

    An article about this judge: Article

    From the last paragraph:

    Of course, the media neglect to mention that Judge Robertson was responsible for dropping two charges against Clintonista and Friend of Hillary, Web Hubbell. “Don’t be surprised if Democrats win the White House one of their nominations to the Supreme Court is Judge James Robertson. Don’t be surprised, ” said Sid Francis


    Here is the link to the judges opiniion. It looks like something written by a 10 year old.

    Now a couple of quotes from his opinion:

    …..because it has not been proven — to the colonel’s satisfaction — that Mr. Obama is a native-born American citizen,….

    This shows that this idiot judge didn’t even read the stuff presented to him or doesn’t under stand the difference between native-born and natural-born.

    ….The issue of the President’s citizenship was raised,vetted, blogged, texted, twittered, and otherwise massaged by America’s vigilant citizenry during Mr. Obama’s two-year-campaign for the presidency, but this plaintiff wants it resolved by a court…..

    This judge is actually ridiculing a plaintiff for wanting to have a legal issue decided by a court ? In the judges opinion, blogs and public vote decide a Constitutional issue and it is a nuisance to the court to even have to consider it ?

    …That case was the subject of a scholarly opinion by a judge who took Mr. Berg’s claims seriously –- and dismissed them….

    The merits of the case were never heard by Surrick . It was dismissed on lack of standing

    And finally …

    ….Mr. Berg and Lawrence J. Joyce, an attorney who lives in Tucson, Arizona, signed the complaint in this case. (They have been filing electronically although they have not been admitted pro hac vice, see [#10].) They are agents provocateurs

    An agent provocateur is a person employed by the police or other entity to act undercover to entice or provoke another person to commit an illegal act. He is suggesting that Hollister is committing an illegal act by filing this suit and that Berg encouraged him to do so. Plus the other disparaging remarks he made about Hollister not being the real plaintiff, that it was really Berg. Those are outrageous ( and if not done in a court opinion – libelous ) allegations for a public official, let alone a judge- to make about a party in a lawsuit.This judge should be removed from the bench for such biasness. In the least, if any other cases come up before him on this issue, he should be immediately challanged to be removed from the case.

    Posted by Dr. Orly Taitz at 3/7/2009 12:59 AM | Add Comment


  98. Yes, Happy Birthday Freckles, and many happy returns!

    please embed Admn:

    http //i31.photobucket.com/albums/c374/bambi_nonymous/HappyBirthdayCake.jpg


    In case you have not noticed, big media has an infantile obsession, fixation, and highschool crush–call it what you will, on Bambi. And by all appearance it will not go gently into that good night.

    First it was the abs, and now it is this invented tale of two little grey hairs.
    Yes two little grey hairs above two flying saucer ears mounted on the fair head of this young president who loves this country, and worries for us day and night. Big Media wants us to know that.

    Until we heard that malarky, the rational segment of the public was under the mistaken impression that Obama was a little bit–perhaps even alot on the lazy side. They assumed that when they saw him taking all those vacations, holding superbowl parties, spending wild and wolly afternoons with the Chicago Bulls, while Rome burned that his attention span was short and his passions lay elsewhere.

    Forgive us lord but we made the same assumption–that he was congenitally lazy when we saw him reach time and again for that gold plated teleprompter to deliver lines someone else wrote rather than writing and delivering them like Bill Clinton did.

    And we were not alone. Obamas own
    staff has experienced certain moments of weakness on the subject, after two months of snort’n sport’n change. I have heard they are not happy about having to haul that teleprompter around for him everywhere he goes. In fact, they refer to it alternatively as his masters voice or the penis pump, I will say no more about that.

    The point is at a time of massive layoffs, dwindling saving, and a highly uncertain future, Big Media wants you to know that the man who promised change is thinking about us, caring about us and by god worrying about us
    during all those vacations, parties and Bull sessions.

    Just as he was thinking about, caring about and worrying about his consituents in Chicago that cold winter, and those in Illinois who did not like radioactive waste in their drinking water. But in each case the piper called the tune. And as always he
    managed to trip the light fantastic.

    But big media wants us to forget these inconvenient facts and concentrate instead on one little thing. After only two months in office their hero has two grey hairs–which proves beyond cavil that he worries. QED.

    But timing is the problem. If you want to be scientific about it, and make empirical observations, rather than impressionistic, whimsical and erroneous
    statements which confuse correlation with causation as big media does, then you must confront the inconvenient truth which is that the first grey hair showed up right after the superbowl game and the second appeared during the bulls conclave when he was told that his free throw percentage would probably decline when he reached 50.


  100. Clinton in Turkey to boost bilateral relations


    ANKARA, March 7 (Xinhua) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Ankara early on Saturday on a one-day working visit aimed at boosting bilateral ties. Clinton met with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ali Babacan early Saturday morning and bilateral relations between the two NATO allies, Middle East peacekeeping as well as the fight against terrorism were high on agenda of the meetings, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

    According to the report, Clinton’s visit was aiming to try to build a better image for the Obama administration in order to remove a wave of anti-Americanism that rose after the U.S.-led invasion in Iraq in 2003. Turkish prime minister’s press office said in a statement posted on its website on Saturday that Erdogan’s closed-door meeting with Clinton focused on regional and global developments including the issues of Palestinians, Iraq and Afghanistan. Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan was also present at the meeting in which relations between Turkey and the United States as two friendly and allied countries were assessed, said the statement.

    Clinton is scheduled to meet with President Abdullah Gul later in the day. She will also hold a joint press conference with Babacan after the meetings. Meanwhile, to reach out to the Turkish people, Clinton is supposed to appear on a popular talk show named ” Haydi Gel Bizimle Ol” (Come and Join Us), which is to be broadcast on the private NTV news channel.

    Clinton is also expected to discuss with Turkish leaders the withdrawal of U.S. troops from neighboring Iraq, Anatolia’s report said, adding she is supposed to bring up the matter that U.S. army uses Turkish ports or bases when withdrawing from Iraq. Earlier this week, Erdogan and Babacan said Turkey would look positively to a U.S. military pullout from Iraq. In March 2003, Turkey’s parliament rejected a decree to allow U.S. troops to launch their invasion of Iraq from Turkish territory.

    Clinton visited Turkey as the first lady in 1999 with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.



    Hillary’s 2nd diplomatic foray is almost at an end.

    And while the American media did their outmost to tarnish Hillary’s reputation on this second of two very important diplomatic trips, they have failed miserably to do so. Their pettiness
    at highlighting the slimmest of false steps by this amazing woman has simply resulted in a revisitation by most of us to discuss their unprofessionalism and unethical behavior.

    Hillary surpassed even my expectations this time around.

    Bravo to her and how very lucky Americans are to have her in their corner. It’s a shame that instead of feeling blessed, so many feel ugly jealousy instead.

  101. The effort by big media to tarnish Hillary at this point borders on unpatriotic. The reason I say that is because they are not some isolated voice in the wilderness but a force of nature which can move markets in the wrong direction and adversely affect opportunities to resolve this economic problem before it goes into a depression. Last night I criticized Blodget for offering the right diagonisis with no course of treatment other that to fire geithner, and my question was and is what next. Krugman is now all over the board, so someone needs to give us a path. But this much seems obvious to me just at the level of common sense. The United States was the engine which drove the world economy not as the worlds largest producer but as the worlds largest consumer, predicated on debt and an endless ponzi scheme. We were in that sense what the Amazon is to the world environmental system, and if it collapses a disaster by degree is imminent. But the good news for me is with the former we are dealing with a human system which is fixable, whereas with the latter system it is a natural balance created by eons of archerological history and therefore harder to fix. The point is it is now essential for big media to give Hillary the respect she deserves because the game she is engaged in today is the one that counts. We must rebuild the global financial system based on value not hot air, oversight and a revised role for the United States, the precise contours of which must be worked out. Big medias through the looking glass darkly portrayal of her must yield to the practical realization that if she fails we fail, and by we I mean not just the United States but the world.

  102. Translation: they dont have to like her but they had damned well better start rooting for her, and if they do that the clouds may be lifted from their eyes, although at this point that concern is of secondary importance. Just dont undermine what she is trying to do.

  103. One more thought. During a crisis like this it is imperative to keep the pschological forces somewhat in check. The genius competence and hard work displayed by our girl is reassuring and should be broadcast widely by big media and get off this what if barack fails subconscious fear they seem to harbor. The irreversible consequences one week and go by stock mantra the next we have seen from Mr Obama is the sure sign of a wobbly leader. First, do no harm please Barack.

  104. JanH Says:
    March 7th, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Pelosi’s List: Who’s On Her Bad Side?
    House Speaker Keeps Politics Personal By Keeping Mental “Disfavor File”

    The NY Times had an article last year during the primaries that while Hillary was able to move on past issues, Bill has “an encyclopedic” recollection of snubs, slights and traitorous acts. I guess the point is that they were trying to get people scared of the Big Bad Horndog who would secretly be pulling Hillary’s strings if she became president.

  105. Bob Herbert alternates between calling Obama on his lack of leadership (recently, about the prolonging of the Iraq intervention) and then being his excuse-making mouthpiece, like today.


    The gist is that Obama is being unfairly hammered “from all sides”. (Hmmm, Bob, that includes lefties and progressives, doesn’t it?) And that all we need to do is step back, be patient, and let it all play out.

    The thing is, if Obama is not criticized, how will he know that he is on the wrong track, about issue A, B or C?

    $$$ indicate my retorts.

    Miracles Take Time (Obama is taking hits from all sides)

    March 6, 2009
    Bob Herbert

    Barack Obama has only been president for six weeks, but there is a surprising amount of ire, anger, even outrage that he hasn’t yet solved the problems of the U.S. economy, that he hasn’t saved us from the increasingly tragic devastation wrought by the clownish ideas of right-wing conservatives and the many long years of radical Republican misrule.

    $$$ Of course, some of the anger is coming from Repubs. But almost as much is coming from Dems and Progs.
    This intense, impatient, often self-righteous, frequently wrongheaded and at times willfully destructive criticism has come in waves, and not just from the right. Mr. Obama is as legitimate a target for criticism as any president. But there is a weird hysterical quality to some of the recent attacks that suggests an underlying fear or barely suppressed rage. It’s a quality that seems not just unhelpful but unhealthy.

    $$$ so any criticism of Obama is due to people being self-righteous? And we’ll decide what is “unhelpful” and “unhealthy”, you can have your own opinion.

    Mr. Obama is being hammered — depending on the point of view of the critics — for the continuing collapse of the stock market, for not moving fast enough to revive the suicidal financial industry, for trying to stem the flood tide of home foreclosures, for trying to bring health insurance coverage to some of the millions of Americans who don’t have any, for running up huge budget deficits as he tries to fend off the worst economic emergency since World War II and for not taking time out from all of the above to deal with — get this — earmarks.


    $$$ Well, his Amazing Transition has turned out to be a real dud, vastly undermanned across the board. Gee, for all Bill Clinton’s supposed disfunctionality, by this same time, his administration was already in full gear. And we have Geithner and Mr. Teleprompter himself scaring the markets, and the populace. And the lack of understanding of economics and world politics is not creating a feeling of competency.

    $$$ And yeah, earmarks. It would probably not be such a big deal if Obama himself had not PLEDGED, during the campaign and the transition, that earmarks were done with, that there’ going to be transparency, that the “old way of doing business in Washington is over”. In fact, they were denying that earmarks were even in the stimulus bill as it was being voted on. Even MoDo was laughing at that one, mocking the administration for parsing words like some other president did about the what the meaning of the word “is” is.

    More than 4.4 million jobs have been lost since this monster recession officially got under way in December 2007, and we’ve got people wigging out over earmarks. Folks, get a grip. Some earmarks are good, some are not, but collectively they account for a tiny, tiny portion of the national budget — less than 1 percent.

    $$$ Not the point. Obama promised no earmarks, that a new sheriff was in town and he was going to clean things up. But we see that nothing, I mean nothing, has changed.

    Freaking out over earmarks is like watching a neighborhood that is being consumed by flames and complaining that there is crabgrass on some of the lawns.

    In the midst of the craziness, conservatives are busy trying to blame this epic economic catastrophe — a conflagration of their own making — on the new president. Forget Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush and George Herbert Hoover Bush and the Heritage Foundation and the Club for Growth and Phil Gramm and Newt Gingrich and all the rest. The right-wingers would have you believe this is Obama’s downturn.

    $$$ If it’s not all his fault, neither is none of it his fault. You can’t say that this is all on W’s dime.

    The bear market would no doubt have magically turned around by now, and those failing geniuses at the helm of our flat-lined megacorporations would no doubt be busy manufacturing new profits and putting people back to work — if only Mr. Obama had solved the banking crisis, had lowered taxes on the rich, had refused to consider running up those giant deficits (a difficult thing to do at the same time that you are saving banks and lowering taxes), and had abandoned any inclination that he might have had to reform health care and make it a little easier for ordinary American kids to get a better education.

    $$$ Obama is about images and half-measures and non-confrontation. This is what you call leadership???

    As the columnist Charles Krauthammer was kind enough to inform us: “The markets’ recent precipitous decline is a reaction not just to the absence of any plausible bank rescue plan, but also to the suspicion that Obama sees the continuing financial crisis as usefully creating the psychological conditions — the sense of crisis bordering on fear-itself panic — for enacting his ‘big-bang’ agenda to federalize and/or socialize health care, education and energy, the commanding heights of post-industrial society.”

    $$$ Precisely. The markets were poised to rebound, but as the empty words and unspecified aspects of the bank bailouts were pouring out of Geithner’s mouth, the market saw weakness, and didn’t like what they saw. Oh, and Obama made Timmy use a teleprompter.

    That’s a more genteel version of the sentiment expressed a couple of weeks ago by the perpetually hysterical Alan Keyes, a Republican who was beaten by Mr. Obama in the Illinois Senate race in 2004. “Obama is a radical communist,” said Mr. Keyes, “and I think it is becoming clear. That is what I told people in Illinois, and now everybody realizes it’s true.”

    I don’t know whether President Obama’s ultimate rescue plan for the financial industry will work. He is a thoughtful man running a thoughtful administration and the plan, a staggeringly complex and difficult work in progress, hasn’t been revealed yet.

    $$$ Bob’s working hard today for his money. “Thoughtful man”. Hey, the complex plan hasn’t been revealed yet???? Isn’t that one of the main reasons that the market has steadily marched downward under Oclowna’s watch??

    What I know is that the renegade clowns who ruined this economy, the Republican right in alliance with big business and a fair number of feckless Democrats — all working in opposition to the interests of working families — have no credible basis for waging war against serious efforts to get us out of their mess.

    $$$ Herbert admits Dems are getting antsy too. Hey, isn’t Obama’s popularity at 92% or something?

    Maybe the markets are down because demand has dried up, because many of the nation’s biggest firms have imploded and because Americans are losing their jobs and their homes by the millions. Maybe a dose of reality is in order, as opposed to the childish desire for yet another stock market bubble.

    $$$ No one is asking for a new bubble. We need competency at the top to make the hard choices for the short term and the long run. What Obama has been showing is not what the US needs.

    Maybe the nuns in grammar school were right when they counseled that patience is a virtue. The man has been president for six weeks.

    $$$ Six, dreadful, weeks. These six weeks could have been filled with purpose, a tough Democrat in the WhiteHouse and Dem majorities in both houses, and a president skilled at working with Congress. Those six weeks under a Hillary Rodham Clinton administration would have been vastly different. Instead, she can only excel in the area she has control over. Bob, why don’t you write a nice column about how effective Hillary has been?

  106. Thank you all for your birthday wishes.

    I meant it when I said I want you all to have a good day. The margarita idea is a great start.

    Let’s concentrate for today on the fabulous job Hillary is doing. Next week we can make a list of the several dozen Congresspeople who are doing their jobs and make efforts to get rid of the rest.

    But for today, Happy Frecklesday to you all!

  107. I don’t know whether President Obama’s ultimate rescue plan for the financial industry will work. He is a thoughtful man running a thoughtful administration and the plan, a staggeringly complex and difficult work in progress, hasn’t been revealed yet.
    A thoughtful man?

    A thoughtful administration?

    A complex work in progress?

    Or, more likely, a charlatan who does not know what he is doing, who has yet to complete his flawless transition Herbert and others once spoke of because the people he chose were flawed or if they were not flawed themselves correctly surmised that he was. It did not take long for markets to figure it our however.

    A thoughtful man. Show me the proof. No teleprompters allowed.

  108. I think Oklahomahills accidentally missed mentioning one of the staunchest Hillary supporters on the Planet… and that is wbboei. Who can and does defend Hillary to the naysayers with the highest and best use of words as both shield and sword depending on the depth and gravity of the insult flung at Hillary. (h/t to wbboei)

    Here is an article from RBO everyone may enjoy reading where “that one” is brought to heel by Krauthammer and Tapscott.

    http //therealbarackobama.wordpress.com/2009/03/07/tapscott-obama-is-in-trouble/#comment-8214

  109. We need fewer troubadores like Herbert in big media who are content to warble love songs and manlove toward obama while ignoring objective reality.

    We need analysts who are able to separate the man they may or may not like, from the policy failures and mistakes which are happening before their eyes. They must move beyond the morality plays of partisan politics into the vital realm of problemsolving.

    As rbg says, they could distinguish themselves and benefit the country if they would do a realistic article on the statesmanship of Hillary Rodham Clinton which is doing far more to address our future than this minuet they are tying to play with him while continuing to bas her as Jan notes.

    Will they come to reason on this. Only when Birham Wood to High Dusansanane Hill shall come against them, and maybe not even then.

  110. Thanks Mrs Smith, but in your case and others on this blog, and our beloved Admin of course, I yield to a higher power.

  111. Big media is like any other institution. If you can figure out specifically what their internal incentives and constraints are then you can predict and influence their future behavior.

  112. There might be some excuse for some of Obama’s ineffetiveness. But Chu and Geithner not only don’t have deputies or other staff — Obama hasn’t even sent any names to the Senate! The Senate is asking for them.

    And this is after announcing a ‘Transition Team’ back before November — or before August?

  113. wbboei Says:
    March 7th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Big media is like any other institution. If you can figure out specifically what their internal incentives and constraints are then you can predict and influence their future behavior.


    So is there any hope for us influlencing Big Media?

    All I can see is to keep carting their readership into our blogs, one grain of salt at a time, by publishing stories they’re ignoring.

  114. Take a brain break everybody.

    New Stock Market Terms:

    CEO –Chief Embezzlement Officer.

    CFO– Corporate Fraud Officer.

    BULL MARKET — A random market movement causing an investment banker to mistake himself for a financial genius.

    BEAR MARKET — A 6 to 18 month period for Wall Streeters when the kids get no allowance, the wife gets no jewelry.

    VALUE INVESTING — The art of buying low and selling lower.

    P/E RATIO — The percentage of investors wetting their pants as the market keeps crashing.

    BROKER — What my broker has made me.

    STANDARD & POOR — Your life in a nutshell.

    STOCK ANALYST — Idiot who just downgraded your stock..

    STOCK SPLIT — When your ex-wife and her lawyer split your assets equally between themselves.

    FINANCIAL PLANNER — A guy whose phone has been disconnected.

    MARKET CORRECTION — The day after you buy stocks.

    CASH FLOW– The movement your money makes as it disappears down the toilet.

    YAHOO — What you yell after selling it to some poor sucker for $240 per share.

    WINDOWS — What you jump out of when you’re the sucker who bought Yahoo @ $240 per share.

    INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR — Past year investor who should now be locked up in a nuthouse.

    PROFIT — An archaic word no longer in use.

  115. Moon,

    If you are out there, I would love to hear your take on Miss Hillary’s visit to Turkey. 🙂

  116. Now I’ve heard everything! Cry me a river, anyone???


    Barack Obama ‘too tired’ to give proper welcome to Gordon Brown
    Barack Obama’s offhand approach to Gordon Brown’s Washington visit last week came about because the president was facing exhaustion over America’s economic crisis and is unable to focus on foreign affairs, the Sunday Telegraph has been told.

    By Tim Shipman in Washington
    07 Mar 2009

    Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been “overwhelmed” by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest. British officials, meanwhile, admit that the White House and US State Department staff were utterly bemused by complaints that the Prime Minister should have been granted full-blown press conference and a formal dinner, as has been customary. They concede that Obama aides seemed unfamiliar with the expectations that surround a major visit by a British prime minister.
    But Washington figures with access to Mr Obama’s inner circle explained the slight by saying that those high up in the administration have had little time to deal with international matters, let alone the diplomatic niceties of the special relationship.

    Allies of Mr Obama say his weary appearance in the Oval Office with Mr Brown illustrates the strain he is now under, and the president’s surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk. A well-connected Washington figure, who is close to members of Mr Obama’s inner circle, expressed concern that Mr Obama had failed so far to “even fake an interest in foreign policy”.

    A British official conceded that the furore surrounding the apparent snub to Mr Brown had come as a shock to the White House. “I think it’s right to say that their focus is elsewhere, on domestic affairs. A number of our US interlocutors said they couldn’t quite understand the British concerns and didn’t get what that was all about.”
    The American source said: “Obama is overwhelmed. There is a zero sum tension between his ability to attend to the economic issues and his ability to be a proactive sculptor of the national security agenda. “That was the gamble these guys made at the front end of this presidency and I think they’re finding it a hard thing to do everything.”

    British diplomats insist the visit was a success, with officials getting the chance to develop closer links with Mr Obama’s aides. They point out that the president has agreed to meet the prime minister for further one-to-one talks in London later this month, ahead of the G20 summit on April 2. But they concede that the mood music of the event was at times strained. Mr Brown handed over carefully selected gifts, including a pen holder made from the wood of a warship that helped stamp out the slave trade – a sister ship of the vessel from which timbers were taken to build Mr Obama’s Oval Office desk. Mr Obama’s gift in return, a collection of Hollywood film DVDs that could have been bought from any high street store, looked like the kind of thing the White House might hand out to the visiting head of a minor African state. Mr Obama rang Mr Brown as he flew home, in what many suspected was an attempt to make amends.

    The real views of many in Obama administration were laid bare by a State Department official involved in planning the Brown visit, who reacted with fury when questioned by The Sunday Telegraph about why the event was so low-key. The official dismissed any notion of the special relationship, saying: “There’s nothing special about Britain. You’re just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn’t expect special treatment.” The apparent lack of attention to detail by the Obama administration is indicative of what many believe to be Mr Obama’s determination to do too much too quickly.

    In addition to passing the largest stimulus package and the largest budget in US history, Mr Obama is battling a plummeting stock market, the possible bankruptcy of General Motors, and rising unemployment. He has also begun historic efforts to achieve universal healthcare, overhaul education and begin a green energy revolution all in his first 50 days in office.

    The Sunday Telegraph understands that one of Mr Obama’s most prominent African American backers, whose endorsement he spent two years cultivating, has told friends that he detects a weakness in Mr Obama’s character. “The one real serious flaw I see in Barack Obama is that he thinks he can manage all this,” the well-known figure told a Washington official, who spoke to this newspaper. “He’s underestimating the flood of things that will hit his desk.” A Democratic strategist, who is friends with several senior White House aides, revealed that the president has regularly appeared worn out and drawn during evening work sessions with senior staff in the West Wing and has been forced to make decisions more quickly than he is comfortable. He said that on several occasions the president has had to hurry back from eating dinner with his family in the residence and then tucking his daughters in to bed, to conduct urgent government business. Matters are not helped by the pledge to give up smoking.
    “People say he looks tired more often than they’re used to,” the strategist said. “He’s still calm, but there have been flashes of irritation when he thinks he’s being pushed to make a decision sooner than he wants to make it. He looks like he needs a cigarette.” Mr Obama was teased by the New York Times on Thursday in a front page story which claimed to have detected a greater prevalence of grey hairs since he entered the White House.

    The Democratic strategist stressed that Mr Obama’s plight was nothing new. “He knew it was going to be tough; he said as much throughout the campaign. But there’s a difference between knowing it is going to be tough and facing the sheer relentless pressure of it all.”


  117. JanH, in the New York Times interview scheduled to be published tomorrow Obama says he is getting plenty of sleep.

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