Obama Stem Cell Stimulus Lies

Today Barack Obama’s big publicity stunt distraction from the economy is stem cells.

Inexperienced and unqualified Barack Obama has no comprehensive plan to save/create a financial system for the American economy. So Obama, still lacking an absolutely essential economic plan, distracts with publicity stunts. Today it is stem cells.

An economic plan is essential. Today the New York Times notes that the Obama Chicago Circus is not ready. No surprise on this pink website. We knew Obama would not be ready on Day 1 and we know Obama will never be ready on Day Infinity. The New York Times:

Administration officials say they are postponing their plan to produce a detailed road map for overhauling the nation’s financial regulatory system by April, in time for the Group of 20 meeting in London. Though officials say they will still develop basic principles in time for the meeting, the plan will not include much detail.

Treasury officials are also still scrambling to decide details of their plan to buy up as much as $1 trillion in toxic assets from the nation’s banks, one month after being widely criticized for presenting a plan that lacked any specifics on how it would work.

Analysts say it is far too early to know if Mr. Geithner and his team will be effective. But some worry that political and financial constraints have made them reluctant to grapple with the full magnitude of the crisis.

Today Warren Buffett said the economy has fallen off a cliff. But Obama is too busy, in his “preternatural calm”, to notice.

Obama is too busy planning his European Vacation for later this month. Obama is too busy hosting lavish parties on Wednesdays at the Stork Club White House serving childish whines and $100 steaks.

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Let’s make something clear to the Hopium addled addicts: We are not making fun of the importance of stem cell research. What we are mocking is the publicity stunt “bread and circuses” approach Obama employs – and the lies. Yes, lies.

In brief, today Obama called for exploitable human props from the White House publicity department to extol the big “change”. The big “change” on stem cells would have happened even if John McCain had been elected. Today, Obama said “It is about ensuring that scientific data is never distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda – and that we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology.”

We recall some Obama distortions on stem cells. Remember when Obama lied about John McCain and stem cells?

An Obama-Biden radio ad hammers McCain for being opposed to stem cell research. Not true. Meanwhile two spots from the McCain-Palin campaign, together with the Republican National Committee, describe McCain’s support for the research; they’re largely accurate.

By saying that “John McCain has stood in the way – he’s opposed stem cell research,” the Obama ad seriously misstates the view that McCain has held on this issue since 2001, when he began backing embryonic stem cell research, a position that was out of step with that of many of his fellow Republicans.

John McCain took on his own party in support of stem cell research. McCain supported stem cell research since 2001 – but Obama lied.

FactCheck continues:

In 2004, McCain was one of 14 GOP members of Congress who signed a letter to Bush asking him to lift restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, citing its potential to lead to treatments or cures for deadly and crippling diseases and conditions. In 2006, he was one of 19 Republicans to vote for federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, a bill that Bush vetoed. The bill allowed use only of embryos that were frozen or slated for destruction anyway by fertility clinics. There was a similar vote in 2007, in which McCain voted the same way.

McCain’s response to a question about funding embryonic stem cell research at an MSNBC Republican candidate debate in 2007 was strongly supportive.

Q: Would you expand federal funding of embryonic stem cell research?

McCain (May 3, 2007): I believe that we need to fund this. This is a tough issue for those of us in the pro-life community. I would remind you that these stem cells are either going to be discarded or perpetually frozen. We need to do what we can to relieve human suffering. It’s a tough issue. I support federal funding.

Hopium addled addicts will hail their Mess-iah as the big “change” on stem cell research. But John McCain is a big “change” on stem cell research too and McCain did not distort or lie on this issue. So hold the applause and celebrate those that fought long and hard on this issue like Hillary Clinton and John McCain.

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On Thursday, Obama will divert his attention from packing for his European Vacation later this month to stage yet another publicity stunt.

The Thursday publicity stunt will be a conference on how the “stimulus” scam is implemented.

As ever, we will be helpful.

Big Pink opposed the “stimulus” scam as a waste of money right from the beginning. We will also investigate how the “stimulus” scam is implemented.

We are receiving emails from readers about what we will call “Scams Jubilee”. Many know “Cherries Jubilee” is a confection of ice cream with cherries on top (a little liqueur makes it extra yummy). “Scams Jubilee”, is scams on top of the “stimulus” scam.

We begin “Scams Jubilee” in Columbus, Ohio. Recently Obama staged a publicity stunt in Columbus. On the day it was announced the United States had lost 651,000 jobs Obama was in Columbus to announce he was saving 25 jobs. Ken Kuebler a reader of the Columbus Dispatch was not thrilled. Kuebler wrote to the Dispatch:

So President Obama will be stopping by Columbus to use 25 brave police recruits as political props for his over-the-top spending plan. By most accounts, Air Force One costs over $60,000 per hour to operate. When added to the costs of the fighter jet escorts and support aircraft carrying security equipment, vehicles, personnel and teleprompters, his visit will likely cost the American Taxpayers several hundred thousand dollars. On top of that, the City of Columbus will incur significant costs to provide advance protection, traffic control, venue rental etc. All of this to provide Mayor Coleman and President Obama the opportunity to pat each other on the back for spending other people’s money. Several hundred thousand dollars to celebrate a $1 million grant? Thanks, but we’d rather you just give us a bigger check for some more cops and sent your best wishes via video.

Peggy Wells, in her Dispatch letter wrote:

Our new president needs to start leading by example. He scolds auto industry executives and other CEOs for flying around in their jets, but then spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to fly Air Force One here so he can take credit for saving 27 jobs. He preaches that we need to think “green” and save money while he wastes thousands of gallons of jet fuel and spends money.

It’s not the president’s money that is saving the 27 jobs. It is our money, or more accurately, our children and grandchildren’s money that is saving those jobs.

But we are getting away from our central focus. Let’s get back to “Scams Jubilee“.

In a very recent list of Shovel Ready Projects deserving of “stimulus” money the Commissioners of Columbus (Franklin County) listed an $18 million Animal Shelter.

The old animal shelter is according to the proposal “out-dated and overcrowded”. The new facility is “shovel ready” because according to the proposal “The site for the new facility was purchased in August 2008 and the project is currently in the design phase”.

The very worthy and desperately needed animal shelter however is already fully funded and approved. The money for the animal shelter was approved in a bond issue. What happened to the bond issue money? Taxpaying voters of Columbus, Ohio (Franklin County) voted “YES” on a bond issue to finance the animal shelter several years ago. Where’s the money?

Now the Commissioners of Columbus, Ohio (Franklin County) are asking for the federal government to hand over “stimulus” money for a project that is already funded?

According to the WBNS 10TV on August 12, 2008 the animal shelter “to be built at the site of the old Northland Mall” was approved. In 2008.

After some disagreement on September 16, 2008 the Commissioners awarded a contract to Elford, Inc. to construct the animal shelter.

The animal shelter is a worthy and necessary project. That is why voters approved money for this worthwhile project way back in 2007. The animal shelter is already fully funded. The animal shelter is approved. The animal shelter is contracted and already has a project number (BO701, and no, the BO in this case is not B.O.).

So what is going on?

Here is a press release from Frankin County (“where goverment works”) dated July 18, 2007:

Franklin County successfully sold $126M in AAA rated bonds to finance the construction and the design and planning of a new courthouse, animal shelter, and constructing new roads and bridges with the County Engineer. The county successfully sold the bonds through the direction of JP Morgan, Senior Manager, RBC Capital Markets manager, with co- managers, Fifth Third Securities, INC., The Huntington Investment Company, and SBK-Brooks Investment Corp.

The $126M in bonds sold will allow the county to invest in key capital projects and will initiate several needed improvements to the county’s roads and highways. The sale will also help in the construction of a new sustainable courthouse, and the overcrowded and outdated Franklin County Animal Shelter will be replaced with a new facility thanks to the sale of these bonds.

Commission President Mary Jo Kilroy stated, “The successful sale of these bonds shows that our county has been fiscally responsible.” Commissioner Kilroy added, “I am anxious to start the construction of our new courthouse, animal shelter, and fixing up our roads.”

Commissioner Mary Jo Kilroy is now Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy. Maybe she will show up on Thursday and tell “nobody messes with” Joe Biden where the money is.

Why is Franklin County asking for federal money for projects which are already fully funded?

Is it a Scam Jubliee, cherries on top, scam?

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215 thoughts on “Obama Stem Cell Stimulus Lies

  1. we’re being raped over and over again with the stimulus bill and the proprosed pork bill. Let us hope that some DIMwits come to their brain and shut this shit DOWN.

    By the way, hemlines are down, cleavages are covered up and revealing is OUT. MEschelleObot didn’t get the meeeemo. Yes, I’m being petty but I just do NOT like her. She tried to be JackieOII and that didn’t go over and now I guess she wants to be known for something.

    Neil Cavuto jibbing Glen Beck. Neil needs to get a clue, he’s a rich fat cat and his bank account can’t RELATE to mine. This bullshit about true happiness being about family, friends, etc not about how much money you make. This is okay in some soap, it’s not true in REAL life.

  2. Heeee….give Obama a grade. It’s on MSNBC no less (and look at the grade that’s getting the most votes!).

    w w w.msnbc.msn.com/id/29493093/

  3. rgb44hrc Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 4:57 pm
    wbboei Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 1:46 pm
    The whole story right now can be reduced to a single phase: they like him but they do not trust him.
    &&&&&&

    And WE…do not like him, nor do we trust him.

  4. Yup, they’re luvin’ him alright (American Gal’s msnbc pol):

    He gets an A
    30%

    He gets a B
    6.7%

    He gets a C
    4.8%

    He gets a D
    11%

    He gets an F
    47%

    Geez, and that’s msnbc!!!

  5. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_hassett&sid=amhpOT5rlR1Y

    Imagine that some hypothetical enemy state spent years preparing a “Manchurian Candidate” to destroy the U.S. economy once elected. What policies might that leader pursue?

    He might discourage private capital from entering the financial sector by instructing his Treasury secretary to repeatedly promise a brilliant rescue plan, but never actually have one. [snip]

    Let’s see how Obama’s plan compares with our nightmare scenario.

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has been so slow to act that even liberal economist and commentator Paul Krugman is criticizing the administration for “dithering.” It has gotten so bad that the Intrade prediction market now has a future on whether Geithner is gone by year’s end. It currently puts the chance of that at about 20 percent.

  6. Admin:

    “Today Barack Obama’s big publicity stunt distraction from the economy is stem cells.”

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    Your first statement was exactly the thought that came to mind when I heard the announcement this morning. Additionally, Obama made a ridiculous statement referencing Stem Cells. I hope you get to hear it before it’s pulled from the air.

    He said: “Now as president, I’m not saying Stems Cells will cure everything.” blah, blah, blah… What has one got to do with the other?

    Geebus, his statement comes across like he’s addressing elementary level school children not the World!

  7. Don’t know if this has been posted:

    Obama’s Double Talk

    w w w.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/08/AR2009030801496.html?nav=hcmodule

  8. wbboei Says:
    March 9th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I tend to agree with your 15% stellar, but why did he invite Hillary, Summers, Geithner (all good experienced Clintonistas sfaik) — and such losers for so many other posts
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    Some of those you mentioned were not really his choice.

    Godsent opportunities and more rational forces in his midst account for their presence.

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

    I have suspected the Clinton Restoration were not really his choice. I’m wondering how and where the line got drawn, and if any of those who were not Clinton Restoration might also be the choice of those rational forces.

  9. From the last thread:

    wbboei Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 5:17 pm
    And WE…do not like him, nor do we trust him
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    rgb: if by WE you mean you and me then I agree. We do not like him.

    However phoney poll numbers are still telling us that over half of the public at large is still stuck in that nether world between the hopium of the campaign, and the sober reality of his governance or lack thereof.

    Thus, the county as a whole is caught between two worlds: one dead, the other powerless to be born. Dover Beach.

  10. Intrade prediction market now has a future on whether Geithner is gone by year’s end. It currently puts the chance of that at about 20 percent.
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    The estimate is too conservative. Based on what his failure to meet the burden of proof with markets, and the incoherent nature of his approach I think the risk he will be gone is 50%.

    The legal standard here is not the reasonable man standard. Rather it is the standard of a thoughtful man in a thoughtful house who does not know what he is doing and needs scapegoats. And that be our barack obama, yessir.

  11. I have suspected the Clinton Restoration were not really his choice.

    You bet your sweet bippy they werent.

    I’m wondering how and where the line got drawn.

    I have posted my thoughts on that subject already.

    If any of those who were not Clinton Restoration might also be the choice of those rational forces.

    I can think of at least one. She was invited to the internationalist conclave. And they are dead wrong about her.

    I regret characterizing them as rational forces. I should have referred to them merely as “more” rational forces.

  12. All the anti-lobbyist talk was just talk. Talk is cheap. Now Howard Dean has become, officially, what he attacked: a lobbyist.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/08/AR2009030802017_pf.html

    Speaking of doctors, former Democratic National Committee chairman and six-term Vermont governor Howard Dean is the latest star to join the government affairs practice of law and lobbying mega-firm McKenna Long & Aldridge. He’s not only a physician but also a “thought leader” on politics and policy, a man whose “network of relationships will benefit clients who are working in states and municipalities across the U.S.,” the firm announced last week. Ah, yes, we knew that 50-state strategy made sense.

    Sounds as though he’s going to be doing some lobbying and strategizing for those clients. During last year’s presidential campaign, you may recall, Dean spoke most unkindly of lobbyists.

    “John McCain — and this has been well documented — is talking all the time about being a reformer and a maverick, and in fact he has taken thousands of dollars from corporations, ridden on their corporate jets, and then turned around and tried to do favors for them and get projects approved,” Dean told the National Journal. “He has tons of lobbyists on his staff. This is a guy who is very close to the lobbyist community, a guy who has been documented again and again by taking contributions and then doing favors for it. This is not a guy who is a reformer. This is a guy who has been in Washington for 25 years and wants to give us four more years of the same, and I don’t think we need that.”

    Dean joins an impressive lobbying team, including fellow senior policy adviser and former Georgia governor Zell Miller, the Democrat who gave that stirring keynote speech condemning his party and endorsing the greatness of President George W. Bush at the 2004 GOP convention in New York. (And this was before Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent from Connecticut, made these speeches fashionable.)

  13. ‘Imagine that some hypothetical enemy state spent years preparing a “Manchurian Candidate” to destroy the U.S. economy once elected.’

    JEEEEEZZZZZZ! We’ve been talking “Manchurian Candidate for over a year and have been dismissed as conspiracy theorists.

    Now the concept’s going mainstream!

    (Like everything else at BP)

  14. I was having coffee with a friend of mine who is a great raconteer but a lousy writer, the latter by his own admission.

    His life story would be compelling at any time but now it has particular salience. It is reminicent of Steinbeck. It is the sort of thing that needs to be told again.

    The broad outline is of a young boy of an uncertain origin who is forced to leave home at the end of the Great Depression, hitchikes and eventually rides the rails and ends up in Los Angeles on the eve of world war II. He lives in a flop house and takes work where he can find it.

    Many others followed that same trek. The actor Robert Michum was one of them. It is why he called LA a town for losers. The family member for whom I was named was out there too in the early days of Hollywood, doing menial jobs in one of those dream factories, and dealing seconds in cardgames lucky he never got caught.

    My friend has a lot of stories like about this, some are funny and others have a nightmarish hue to them. The one thing they are however is credible. Credible, colorful and entertaining. But his life did not end there. Eventually, he became a prominent union leader.

    He is a strong Hillary supporter. He is deeply concerned about what Obama will do to the country and one of his nightmares from that era relate directly to that. I will not spoil it by telling now.

    He is about 80 so I need to get some of this down on paper. So I will be preoccupied on that for a few days. But I will be checking in here as well.

  15. Admin,

    Excellent! I depend on you to bring some sanity to this mirror world of obama and you never disappoint me.

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    AmericanGal Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    ……….well I went and voted…lol…I can just imagine how skewered it will become when the bots get hold of it.

  16. admin Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 6:09 pm
    Basil9, a lot of what we have written is now “mainstream”. We laughed when we read Robert Samuelson today. His article is called “Obama is a Great Pretender”.

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    “The Great Pretender.” I remember that title from one of your articles. You have always been ahead of the curve.

  17. On stem cell research,

    I LOATHE the way Bo is taking credit for it, especially as one of my brothers was instantly paralyzed two years ago while training for
    the bicycle portion of a triathalon.

    I visited him every week at the Kessler Institute and saw patients from 18 to 70, paraplegic and quadriplegics, suffering, trying to regain strength for things we take for granted like holding a cup or a spoon.

  18. just listening to some financial analysis stating the World Bank says world growth is stalling – development in other countries is coming to a halt…and articles popping up like below:

    US Downturn Dragging World into recession

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/08/AR2009030801216.html

    if O continues the way he is and the path he is on, we won’t have to worry about a global economy…everything is headed for collapse…

  19. Blagojevich fails to get prosecutor off his case

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has turned down former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s request to have U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald thrown off his corruption case.

    Blagojevich (blah-GOY’-uh-vich) made the request because he didn’t like how Fitzgerald had talked about him. But U.S. District Chief Judge James Holderman says he found no legal precedent for Blagojevich’s request.
    Blagojevich had argued for the removal because of what he called inflammatory comments made by Fitzgerald and the head of the Chicago FBI office when Blagojevich was arrested in December.

    At the time, Fitzgerald alleged that Blagojevich tried to sell President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat to the highest bidder and that his actions would make Abraham Lincoln “roll over in his grave.”

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hJaFyNramRNPmSbWVjyhjzmVlYugD96QKK6O3

  20. Senate Dems Struggle On Key Votes

    March 9, 2009

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been unable to move major bills through the Senate without granting major compromises to both parties. (AP)

    by Glenn Thrush and Manu Raju.

    Passage of the $410 billion, leftover-from-last-year omnibus spending bill was supposed to be a perfunctory, pro forma task. Instead, it’s become a congressional CT scan, diagnosing some serious maladies afflicting Senate Democrats and complicating House-Senate relations. The Senate stalled on the omnibus Thursday night when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) came up short of the 60 votes he needed to move the bill forward. That led to an “ugly” late-night, closed-door meeting between Reid, Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) – aides in the hall heard yelling and swearing – and it has fanned House Democrats’ anger over Reid’s inability to move bills without granting major concessions to marginal members of both parties. “We’re always frustrated with the Senate,” House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Friday. The rejoinder from Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), a suddenly powerful centrist who helped strip the House stimulus bill of billions: “I’ve said all along, the House needs to learn how to count the votes in the Senate.” Reid’s own vote count came up short Thursday night.

    The Nevada Democrat was forced to delay a pivotal vote on the measure after Democrats and moderate Republicans raised last-minute concerns – despite the fact that Reid previously believed he had the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture. The most stinging defection: Reid’s own senatorial campaign committee chairman, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J), who told Democratic leaders that he’d be voting “no” over his objections to the House bill’s easing of the embargo against Cuba. “Something that’s being learned here is that having 58 votes can in some ways be a little trickier going than the breakdown we had last Congress, because it makes the marginal votes so important that it empowers people,” a Senate Democratic aide remarked after the humiliation.

    Pelosi was reportedly so furious at the Senate’s slow-walk on the omnibus that she initially rejected any new changes to the bill, saying the House would substitute a stop-gap resolution stripping the omnibus of earmarks and freezing government spending at current levels until the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. In the end, Pelosi withdrew the proposal after Reid assured her Senate Democrats had enough votes to reject a series of GOP amendments Monday. If that deal holds – and it’s always possible it won’t – it would be a victory for Pelosi, who wanted the House bill approved without changes.

    For his part, Reid dismissed the idea of a rift, saying his miscalculation has less to do with his grip on Democrats than it does with the traditional role of the upper chamber. “The House, they run every two years,” Reid said during a floor speech Friday. “Their ears are in tune to the constituency like no one else. … We … are the saucer that cools the coffee. And sometimes, we cool it for a long period of time.”

    Still, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) told POLITICO he thought Reid was “beside himself” about the Thursday night debacle. Asked if he was frustrated with the Senate, Hoyer said: “The Senate is frustrated with the Senate. There is a high degree of irresponsibility being exercised over there when the responsibility is that we have to fund the government.”

    Princeton historian Julian Zelizer said these early skirmishes portend “extraordinary difficult” battles ahead. If Hill Democrats are having trouble when they’re at their zenith, basking in the reflected glory of President Barack Obama’s high approval numbers, how will they do when it comes for the president’s epochal $3.7 trillion budget, the health careoverhaul and the looming partisan showdown over the Employee Free Choice Act?
    Democrats “were really playing defense before 2008. Now they are both trying to move an agenda forward, and they’re also responsible for the failures now,” Zelizer said. Added a veteran of Clinton White House wars with the Hill: “This is going to be the biggest source of conflict. … The House [could] wake up in the morning and discover they have to defer to the Senate again.” The divisions among Democrats have helped the GOP score a series of tactical victories by turning debates on the stimulus package and the pending omnibus spending bill into fights about pork barrel projects.

    The five-day stall also allowed Republicans to keep the issue alive through the weekend – giving them a free shot at Democrats on the Sunday talk shows. Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) took it, using an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday to say that the earmarks in the omnibus are proof that Obama is breaking his campaign promises. Yet so far these small-bore wins aren’t translating to greater popularity for the GOP. A Daily Kos/Research 2000 weekly tracking poll has Americans evenly split on how congressional Democrats are doing – 46 percent have a favorable view, 45 percent have an unfavorable view. Only 17 percent had a favorable view of congressional Republicans, while 68 percent said they did not.

    Reid’s stumble on the omnibus may have had less to do with any intra-party schisms than it does with the omnibus itself, an unloved Bush-era leftover upon which Obama has expended little political capital. “Failing to pass a stimulus bill was not an option; failing to pass the omnibus is an option,” said Sarah Binder, a Brookings Institution senior fellow who studies Congress. “I think these problems are endemic in Congress – even in a period of unified party control. Party control just isn’t a magic bullet so long as Senate rules empower the minority and so long as Republicans are willing to exploit chamber rules as they seek to rebuild their brand name.”

    Several Senate Republicans have always been on board with the omnibus – a very different situation than the one presented by the stimulus, where each of the three GOP “yes” votes was a cliffhanger. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), the minority whip, cast his party’s opposition to the omnibus as an attempt to amend, rather than kill the package. “Republicans are in the minority and we don’t have a lot of power, but one thing we do have the ability to do is to ensure that our members are treated fairly,” he said last week. “When there’s a sense that we are not being treated fairly, we will unite … until we get our amendments done. That’s only fair, and our members will stick together to make sure that’s the case.”

    Reid took to the floor Thursday around 8:15 p.m., believing he had the votes, but Kyl knew that Democrats were at least one vote shy of 60. “Counting votes is always a difficult thing,” Kyl said. “I knew that they didn’t have the votes – they didn’t come to realize that till fairly close to the vote.” Reid’s big mistake, aides say, was assuming that moderate Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) would vote to end the debate – when she had already sided with the GOP leadership over the delay. Reid said later that no one lied to him – but a top Democratic Senate aide wasn’t so sure, saying that the Republicans were “trying to embarrass” Reid and the Democrats.

    cbsnews.com/stories/2009/03/09/politics/politico/main4853009.shtml

  21. I was reading Al Jazeera yesterday, and getting a little depressed at the comments section. West Bank settlements, same old same old, those kinds of comments.

    But then I saw this excerpt from the Ann Lewis mailing posted above, where Ann quotes an experienced diplomatic journalist which suggests a rationale for guarded optimism based on the genius and hard work of our girl:

    “…(Clinton) ended with such a stirring pledge to work on peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians that Arab journalists erupted in applause at the end of the news conference. I have never seen that before in seven years of covering the diplomacy beat. I checked with a State Department official who has witnessed dozens of news conferences in the Middle East over some 30 years, and he said he had never seen such a reaction before either.”
    -Glenn Kessler, Washington Post

  22. admin Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 6:27 pm
    Birdgal, our first article called “The Great Pretender” was in summer 2007.

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    I wasn’t a reader back then, but I think you have made reference to “The Great Pretender” in subsequent articles. It is rather appropriate, isn’t it? Said dryly.

  23. Now Obama and his minions are trying to frame his big pork bill as a “leftover” from the Bush administration. Yes, he is a pretender.

  24. Jack Welch makes some real sense. Obama is throwing everything out there with no real focus. He has no idea what he’s doing but no one’s allowed to actually say that because he’s “The Messiah.” We are in deep shit.

  25. freckles and wbboei,

    More on Larry Tribe:

    Always trust your instincts, even whe you don’t have a ton of background. I only have one specific.

    Magna cum laude Tribe is a confessed, big-time (not just a mistake) plagerist in his famous mid-80’s big-selling book on which a lot of his middle career was built.

  26. obama is truly trying to become the “messiah” for the 21st century. He is betting the kitchen sink that his plans will work. Unfortunately he is trying to solve every problem in the world in 40 days and 40 nights. And if he doesn’t succeed it’s no skin off his back. He can just slink away with a presidential pension while everyone else sinks in quicksand.

    The man is a maniac…totally out of control…totally in love with himself…completely oblivious to what is going on in the real world.

  27. turndownobama-com Says:
    March 9th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2009/03/08/wikipedia-scrubs-ayers-wright-obamas-page

    Somewhere I saw that info and questions re BO’s eligibility to be POTUS is also being scrubbed within minutes of it hitting Wikipedia.
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    I feel another boycott coming on. Let’s just stop clicking Wiki, tell them why we are doing it, and by all means solicit friends, co-workers, email lists and family members to do the same.

    We helped turn the newspaper of record into toast, didn’t we?

  28. This is my idea of what is going on. Its the Soros agenda, right up to the civil war in Mexico. Thats to legalize dope. The new Health care inituative. Universal Healthcare. The banks, business, and stock market falling. Thats to install the Amero instead of the dollar. Here ya go, a one world government, just what the Bilderburgs wanted!! Even George Bushes!!

  29. Big media?

    In the final analysis they are the ones who are responsible for this crisis and for the corronation of this incompetent ninny who they appointed to deal with it.

    Jack Welch?

    He was the head of GE when they bought NBS and MSNBC. And he is the one who turned that estimable network from a journalistic enterprise into a shill with assholes like Cowboy Crapus, Tingle Matthews and Olbershithead.

    This ship of fools, this cochophany of usesless bastards–nyt, ap and biggie rat, this big media.

    And Pelosi, Reid, Obama?

    Dont kid yourself. If they did not exist big media would have had to invent them.

    Where did Nancypoosiegowrong? Eezy. They should have impeached Bush. Right after they won the 2006 election. For the sake of the country.

    Yea, sure, it would have paralyzed the country. It would have sent the wrong message to our enemies. It would have been . . . . awful (responsible).

    Far wiser to trick the voters, coronate a charlatan, let him tank markets, attack legitimate democrats, bamboozle the weak of mind and negotiate with the taliban. Beheading can only be done at coffee breaks and after hours. Thats what they call negotitation progress.

    Good thinking.

    Stop the world. I want to get off.

  30. Confloyd: do you think this devolution of Mexico into a Narco State will accelerate or decelerate the movement of Soros forces toward a North American Union. More lives being lost down there to narco murders than we have lost in Iraq.

    Unity. Now theres a thought. If Obama can spare a minute of his valuable time after the Chicago Bulls go home, I wonder if he would consider going to Mexico City and reading the riot act to the cartels. He could speak from personal experience about reefer madness and the perdition to which it leads. Then he could raise their taxes.

  31. Scenes from a small town where EVERYBODY knows EVERYBODY:

    Our beloved Sheriff Mike is on his knees on the sidewalk in front of our mini version of a Target type store…he has his truck headlights trained on the spot – he has obviously called for our volunteer EMT team…they just arrived. I see all this from my bedroom window (I live on the second floor) and my phone is ringing off the hook, not out of people being nosey, but because we all know that we know who this is, and are scared for whoever it is.

    Too many milling officials to see the victim, too far away anyway with my eyesight. Now being wheeled to ambulance to be taken to our little hospital for care.

    We will all know within 2 hours who, and what. Might as well be on a huge partyline around here.

    But this is one reason I love living in a little town, this little town, my little town..

  32. So much for the sacrament of marriage.

    VOICE OVER: Do you Mr Obama take this teleprompter to be your lawfully married spouse, to love and to cherish, to have and to hold, til death do you part?????????

    MR. OBAMA: I DO!!!!! (Fortissimo)

    VOICE OVER: Do you Ms Teleprompter take Mr Obama to be your lawfully married spouse, to love and to cherish, to have and to hold, til death do you part?????

    MS. TELEPROMPTER: you’ve gotta accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, dont mess with mr in between–ooops wrong channel. I DO!!!!!

    VOICE OVER: if anyone has any objection to this marriage, let them speak now or forever hold your peace . . . Hearing no objection, I now pronounce you man and teleprompter. What Axelrod has joined together, let no man tear apart.

    MESHALL: wait, wait, wait. I object to this marriage on the grounds that it is wrongful, sinful and it is bigamous!

    VOICE OVER: you are too late. It is past the first Tuesday, of the first week in November 2008, and now we must all respect that marriage, love and cherish it, in sickness and in health, til national bankruptcy do we part.

    I now pronounce you man and telepromter/

  33. But this is one reason I love living in a little town, this little town, my little town
    —————————–
    One of many good reasons I am sure Emjay. Hope its ok.

  34. Admin

    I had a discussion with an email friend about the funding of the light rail project in Houston. It looked to me like it was part of the stimulus package. I asked it that was true. They said the the light rail was funded but in the future. The stimulus just moved it up. Sounds like another already funded program.

  35. Moon- have you seen this one? It sounds like the trip was positive. Far better than what big media would portray. They tend to focus on trivial things like whether she arrived on time for a meeting, and never wonder whether there might not be a good reason why she was detained. Somehow, subtley, truth and nuance are a feat beyond the compass of their tiny minds.
    ———————————-

    Beautiful American
    Published: 3/9/2009
    BY TAHA AKYOL
    MILLIYET- I’m sure US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton boosted the US image in Turkey. Obviously, she’s a smiling and warm person. So what about her background? After attending her meetings, Ahmet Davutoglu, a top foreign policy advisor to the prime minister, said that Clinton had first gained great political experiences as the first lady, then as senator, and finally as a presidential candidate. Davutoglu added that she had long been interested in foreign policy and that her power comes not from her name, but her background. A warm temperament and a clear mind obviously signal a better period for Turkish-US relations.

    With his belligerent and exclusionary policies, George W. Bush symbolized the ‘ugly American.’ On the other hand, Obama and Clinton reflect the picture of the ‘beautiful American’ with their peaceful policies which favor dialogue. Actually the essence and goals of American policies haven’t changed, but for example, Bush used to voice threats to make Iran give up its nuclear program, whereas Obama talks about dialogue and tries to win over forces in the region which seem to be close to Iran, including Hamas. Turkey has long approached things this way.

    According to my notes from a meeting Davutoglu and Deputy Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Unal Cevikoz held with journalists, Davutoglu said that Obama’s foreign policy needs overlap with Turkey’s potential and thus Turkish-US relations could be entering one of their best periods. In this sense, Davutoglu said that ‘more common working areas’ between Turkey and the US for the solution of Middle East issues had emerged and that relations would improve. So he said that Obama was unlikely to talk about a so-called genocide.

    At that time, it wasn’t known that Mrs. Clinton would visit Turkey and that this visit would be followed in a month by Obama. This process should continue in the way envisaged by Davutoglu. As a matter of fact, from Clinton’s speeches, the views of our countries overlap to a great extent in terms of fighting terrorism, ending the embargo on the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), energy problems, our EU membership bid, and solving the Middle East issues.

    Another very positive side of Clinton’s visit was that it ended the paranoia over ‘moderate Islam.’ The Bush administration didn’t have any policy meant to turn Turkey into a country ‘which applies shariah moderately,’ but terminology mistakes led to paranoia. It’s a good thing that Clinton ended it. She stressed such values as democracy, a secular constitution, freedom of religion, a free market economy, and a sense of responsibility, and said that the US didn’t categorize any country by its religious leanings.

    Now we can approach Turkey’s domestic sociological dynamics and Turkish-US relations free of the paranoia over moderate Islam. The first steps for peace in the Muslim Middle East will be taken by setting paranoia aside, bringing Iran to the table, directing Israel towards common sense, and getting radicals to engage in dialogue. Obviously, the common efforts of Turkey and the US will play a very important role in this process.

  36. While I completely support federally funded stem cell research. as the administrator clearly points out, this is simply a diversion from the disaster that has BO’s short, but incredibly incompetent “gig” as POTUS. With the exception of the same old right wing zealots, everyone knew that a democratic president, or as also pointed out, a moderate like John McCain, support federal funds for stem cell research. For god’s sake, even Nancy Reagan came out for it. While it was the “big story” tonight, it will quickly pass and reality of the economic disater BO is aiding and abetting will again take center stage.
    Obama , in his Marie-Antoinette moments simply told his hopiates “Let them eat cake’.

  37. The problem is no one with money wants to get on his train. That is scarey. I thought this whole thing about an Obamaderession and an Obamastockmarketcrash were Republican scare tactics.

    Now however, it begins to look more and more like prophesy. Nobody with a conscience can defend 40 million dollar bonuses to Wall Street traders, but the answer is not to create a system of perverse incentives–like he and Pelosi are doing. Moneyed interests do not want to be a part of his program.

    And nothing Geithner has said has convinced them otherwise. If anything, he and his benighted yet by all means thoughtful boss have hardened their resolve not to be a part of it.

  38. What’s with our beloved pink pages comment system? Have been told a couple of times over the weekend that I needed to log in, or, just now, again, that my comment was a duplicate when it isn’t on the page.

  39. Lets jump two chapters ahead in this little saga. Much of what our girl is accomplishing is predicated on the assumption that because Bush is gone, things will revert to some semblance of normalcy, and money will flow into the international arena like it once did.

    But if this economic crisis gets worse the game could change from one of hope to one of blame. Big media will not have a monopoly on how all this is perceived. Rather will have to compete with more reliable media sources than them elsewhere in the world.

    They say military history is written by the victors and it is probably true. The same can be said of political history as well. With Mr Obama at the helm there is apt to be alot of sound and fury signifying nothing.

    If we fail in our role as leader of the global financial world, then others will move in to fill that role–whether by choice or by necessity.

    And they will write about the cause of this crisis and the way we did or did not deal with it in ways which are hostile to our reputation and interests.

    Consequently, it would be prudent for Mr Obama to start listening to his critics and to veto legislation produced by his own party, when they do not serve the public interest or the world interest.

    Otherwise the symbol he sets for his race and for America will not be a positive one. If he is as thoughtful as Bob Herbert thinks he is then let him spend a little time being thoughtful about that.

  40. Emjay Says:
    March 9th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    freckles and wbboei,

    More on Larry Tribe:

    Always trust your instincts, even whe you don’t have a ton of background.

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

    IN that case I’ll add that I have a grudge against Tribe for something he did in the late 90s against Bill Clinton. Something about jumping in with an emotionalistic position piece that got much coverage but misrepresented major facts. Something to do with guns and/or Elian Gonzales maybe?

  41. Karma is such a beech…

    Alex Rodriguez (spelling?) gets to spend a few hours on an operating table this week, maybe even tomorrow, and won’t be standing at the plate in Yankee Stadium until sometime in May.

    Snap!

  42. Basil9, a lot of what we have written is now “mainstream”. We laughed when we read Robert Samuelson today. His article is called “Obama is a Great Pretender”.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/03/president_double_talk.html
    —————————
    Samuelson is a great mind. He is one of those people who can make the complex simple enough for someone like me to understand it–which is a pretty low threshold. Also, he has the courage to speak truth to power. I hope he is a democrat, but gonzo will probably tell me otherwise. But regardless of his political affiliation he is trustworthy in ways many others are not. And he is spot on in this article.

  43. turndownobama-com Says:
    March 9th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    “IN that case I’ll add that I have a grudge against Tribe.”

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

    I think we all do for our own reasons. Larry did a piss poor job representing Al Gore in the case of Bush v Gore. I can still hear him repeating “We all have the Right to Vote in Presidential Elections, but the Constitution doesn’t say those votes must be counted.” yetch-

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

    Emjay- Sarah Palin can see Alaska from her kitchen window but certainly not the sherrif.

  44. wbboei, First of all I think the chaos in Mexico is for getting the legalization of pot, one of the Soros ideas that the dims want. Dodd was the first during the debates to say it should be legalized. So all this mess is so people will say enough is enough and lets make it legal and put the cartels out of business. Once thats done, the north american trade will include legal drugs. Yes I do!

  45. confloyd,

    Why would those international bad guys want to legalize dope and put the drug dealers out of business?

  46. Wbboei, Just one more thought, what if?? Soros and his comrades knew they could not push Hillary around on the economy, and decided Obama would be a complacent puppet while they wrecked the federal budget so they could install a one world government and the Amero. What if they knew no one would be better than Hillary on the diplomatic front and they all decided and agreed this would be the way it was and of coarse the media was to follow along also.

  47. turndown, Chris Dodd promised it and it is one of the democrats promises. They say it is to unload a lot of prisoners out of prison.

  48. turndownobama-com Says:
    March 9th, 2009 at 10:36 pm
    ————————————
    turndown

    I remember the whole thing well…about a dozen different players with several points of view and axes to grind each.

    I don’t think anyone told the truth, including the INS, our AG, the Cuban family, the Miami cousin family, judges, Cuban govt officials who were invited to come help resolve the custody issue, Miami Cuban politicians and on and on.

    And you remeber well…Tribe did not help. No oe did, iirc.

  49. confloyd Says:
    March 10th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    turndown, Chris Dodd promised it and it is one of the democrats promises. They say it is to unload a lot of prisoners out of prison.

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

    Damn good idea.

  50. Turndown, Pot should have been legalized years ago. If you look at Soros website, he believes in legalizing all drugs, universal healthcare, four unions, North American Union, European Union, Asia Union and I don’t remember the other one, but everything Obama is doing to this point is what the Soros agenda is. He is the one that believes in the Shock Doctrine and that is what we are in right now!

  51. confloyd Says:
    March 10th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Wbboei, Just one more thought, what if?? Soros and his comrades knew they could not push Hillary around on the economy, and decided Obama would be a complacent puppet while they wrecked the federal budget so they could install a one world government and the Amero. What if they knew no one would be better than Hillary on the diplomatic front and they all decided and agreed this would be the way it was and of coarse the media was to follow along also.

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

    If they’re that smart why can’t they hire some deputies?

  52. Offer: if you will agree to criminalize Soros immediately, then I will agree to consider de-criminalizing marijuana in the fulsomeness of time.

  53. Confloyd: I agree with your theory to this extent. I do think the direction of global capitalists and investors is toward a one world government. How soon we get there and in what form is an imponderable at this point. You could certainly argue that the current economic crisis favors a shock doctrine scenario regardless of who lit the fuse initially. But you could also argue that this meltdown will awaken nativist instincts in all countries which will impede further steps toward integration in the shortterm unless they are met with force and force often begets counterforce.

    Watching the Obama Administration struggle honestly, intelligently, thougtfully, persistently, courageously, or unknowingly, stupidly, aimlessly, depending on your point of view, I am reminded of the theory of chaos. I think the Soros agenda has been presented to the wizard of ooze (O-ba-ma!!! flashing back momentarily to the campaign which Newsweek is still doing collectors edition issues on) I honestly believe there are 99 more wish losts from fiends ( I mean friends) of Obama. No wonder he has difficulty focusing on what to do next.

    My friend the writer called me tonight and pronounced that we now have an eleven year old named bambi running the country. If that was not evident before after he stumbled through the oath, the stimulus bill, the cabinet appointments, we now find he wants to meet with the Taliban if they are not too busy beheading people. But at no time was it more evident that he is a case of arrested development than when he smiled and said I have never had my own marine helicopter before.

    The next four years will be one long cocktail line. How many of us will make it to the other end. We at least have the satifaction of knowing that we resisted all the hype and kept a safe distance. Too much trench mouth going around these days.

  54. wbboei Says:
    March 10th, 2009 at 1:57 am

    Offer: if you will agree to criminalize Soros immediately, then I will agree to consider de-criminalizing marijuana in the fulsomeness of time.

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

    Shouldn’t it be the other way round, to make room for him in jail?

  55. I asked the writer for her opinion on how things are looking for Hillary right now. She said great except for one minor detail. She is working for an eleven year old now and how much of that can anyone stand. It is not easy to do what is right for the country, and the world while keeping a misguided publicity hound like Obama in check. Meanwhile Big Media is even worse.

  56. Turndown: The attrition rate in prisons is such that they could find him an empty bed.

    Under this offer, they must criminalize him now and all I have to do in return is consider legalization in the future, but at no date or time certain. Which means the 12th of Never.

  57. The people who voted for Obama are very disillusioned with him now. That is the impression I get from talking to them. If the election were done over today they think McCain would win. Not that that matters at this point.

  58. Dont judge my success by the performance of the stock market–he says.

    What he fails to realize is this:

    The baby boom generation which is the center of gravity in the electorate has their life savings and retirement tied up in the market and does not have enough working years left to earn back what they have lost.

    It therefore follows that the 50% drop since he became the likely president elect, and the 25% drop since he took office is a matter of grave concern, and political consequence. Hence, the electorate does not share his cavalier attitude on the market behavior and his proven inability to convince the investor class that his economic approach is sound and therefore worthy of their support.

  59. wbb, emjay, et al – thank you for my Tribal education.

    I no longer remember why I first liked him so I’m crossing him off my list and putting him on my s list just under Bob Bennet.

    wbb -my husband knew Mitchum quite well — very bright, and independent. I’m writing a memoir too and Not As a Stranger with Mitchum and Sinatra yielded several interesting anecdotes. Good luck with yours.

  60. Turndown: the writer has a high opinion of geithner, and says the problem he forced to defend an indefensible position, namely the policies of Pelosi, Reid and Obama which he knows in his heart will tank the economy. She thinks that is why his performance before Congress was tepid and did not inspire confidence.

  61. I was thinking the same thing today. Just another distraction from the economy. Can’t wait to read your next post (hopefully tonight)! I can’t get enough of your writing, admin!

  62. Geithner hears Dems’ economic anxieties

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner addressed House Democrats for nearly two hours Monday evening in a closed session in the Capitol.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is beseeching House Democrats to be patient with a young administration as lawmakers convey voter frustration over the grim economy.
    Geithner addressed House Democrats for nearly two hours Monday evening in a closed session in the Capitol. He sought to reassure them that President Barack Obama’s administration has acted quickly to respond to the recession and the financial crisis.

    House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer said lawmakers voiced concerns about the amount of money the government has spent and the effectiveness of the money in freeing up loans and saving jobs. Hoyer said Geithner told them Obama shared that concern but said that without the government measures the economy would be worse.

    usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-03-09-Geithner_N.htm

  63. Taliban say Obama’s call on moderates “illogical”

    Tue Mar 10, 2009 (Reuters) –

    Afghanistan’s Taliban on Tuesday turned down as illogical U.S. President Barack Obama’s bid to reach out to moderate elements of the insurgents, saying the exit of foreign troops was the only solution for ending the war.

    Obama, in an interview with the New York Times, expressed an openness to adapting tactics in Afghanistan that had been used in Iraq to reach out to moderate elements there. “This does not require any response or reaction for this is illogical,” Qari Mohammad Yousuf, a purported spokesman for the insurgent group, told Reuters when asked if its top leader Mullah Mohammad Omar would make any comment about Obama’s proposal. “The Taliban are united, have one leader, one aim, one policy…I do not know why they are talking about moderate Taliban and what it means?” “If it means those who are not fighting and are sitting in their homes, then talking to them is meaningless. This really is surprising the Taliban.”

    In Iraq, the use of Sunni Muslim community leaders to employ their people to patrol their neighbourhoods has been credited as one of the main reasons behind sharp falls in violence.

    Obama did point out that compared to Iraq, the situation was more complex in Afghanistan, where nearly 70,000 foreign troops, 38,000 of them American, are due to be joined in coming months by another 17,000 U.S. soldiers. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has been leading Afghanistan since U.S.-led troops overthrew the Taliban in an invasion in 2001, welcomed Obama’s proposal. The number of foreign troops in Afghanistan has risen steadily since Taliban’s ouster after they refused to hand over al Qaeda leaders responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. So has the level of Taliban attacks against the government and foreign forces, prompting Obama to term Afghanistan as a top foreign policy priority for his new administration.

    Some Western politicians and military officers now say the war cannot be won by military means alone and a solution will have to involve some form of reconciliation.

    Yousuf said expulsion of foreign troops was the only solution for Afghanistan’s spiraling violence. “Afghans know better how to decide about their destiny,” he replied when asked if the Taliban were willing to hold talks with Karzai’s government should and when the troops leave.

    in.reuters.com/article/southAsiaNews/idINIndia-38433020090310

  64. At Labor Gathering, Luxury, Jockeying and Applause for Secretary

    By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
    Published: March 7, 2009

    MIAMI BEACH — Union leaders cannot seem to get enough of Miami’s luxury hotels. Unemployment may be soaring and the stock market tanking, but that did not stop the A.F.L.-C.I.O.’s leaders from gathering at the Fontainebleau hotel-resort last week, where rooms often run $400 or more a night.

    Fox News ridiculed labor leaders for using members’ dues money to stay there. The hotel was a favorite of Frank Sinatra, and the opening aerial shot of the 1964 James Bond movie “Goldfinger” was filmed there. More recently, it was host to a televised Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Several union presidents, standing near the Fontainebleau’s 10 pools and 40,000-square-foot spa, mumbled that they were embarrassed to be there. They said they were kept so busy attending meetings from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. that they had no time to luxuriate poolside.

    In 1996, John J. Sweeney, then the newly elected president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., announced that the federation would halt its decades-old practice of holding winter meetings at a luxury hotel in Bal Harbour, just up the road. Mr. Sweeney saw how labor was taking a public-relations beating with all the photographs of union potentates sunning themselves by the hotel pool.

    A.F.L.-C.I.O. leaders defend the decision to meet at the Fontainebleau, saying that two years ago they promised to hold their 2009 executive council sessions at the hotel to persuade its owners to use union labor for the rest of a $1 billion renovation. That deal led to four million hours of unionized work, labor leaders say. Nonetheless, fearing embarrassment, Mr. Sweeney’s aides recently told the Fontainebleau they wanted to cancel the meeting. Florida unions quickly protested, saying the state’s embattled economy needed labor’s tourism dollars and vote of confidence. “I’ve never seen Sweeney so agonized,” one aide said.

    The A.F.L.-C.I.O. agreed to keep the event here only after the Fontainebleau cut room rates to $199 a night for the meeting. “That’s less than it would cost for a hotel room in Washington,” said Denise Mitchell, the communications director of the federation.

    Labor leaders love intrigue. So, not surprisingly, the hottest item not on the official agenda was who will succeed Mr. Sweeney. He will step down in September after serving 14 years as the nation’s top labor leader (although he originally pledged not to serve more than 10 years). His longtime secretary-treasurer, Richard Trumka, is buttonholing labor leaders to seek their backing, while telling them that he has already sewn up majority support. Mr. Trumka, the former president of the United Mine Workers, became a hero in the liberal blogosphere during the presidential campaign after he gave an impassioned speech telling white union members that it would be morally unpardonable (and colossally stupid) to vote against Barack Obama because of his race. Another candidate is Harold A. Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters. His star turn came in 2004 when he was the first union president to endorse Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, for president, and, as a result, he was at Mr. Kerry’s side through much of that campaign. Another contender is Terence O’Sullivan, president of the construction laborers’ union. Mr. O’Sullivan is a formidable speaker, but his candidacy faces a big problem. His union joined several others in quitting the A.F.L.-C.I.O. several years ago. Now he is pushing hard for labor to reunite, but many union presidents might not forgive him for seceding. Mr. Trumka is the leading contender, but he, too, faces a problem. In 1997, he asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during a federal investigation into illegal contributions to Ron Carey’s re-election campaign as the Teamsters president. Some labor leaders say that should exclude him from consideration. Mr. Trumka hopes union leaders will overlook the issue and elect him. But it is unlikely that labor’s many adversaries will overlook it if he wins.

    The most exciting event at the three-day gathering actually took place before it began. On Monday night, Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis gave her first speech since being confirmed, and she seemed a different person from the reticent one at her confirmation hearing.
    Ms. Solis was so timid at the hearing, evidently fearful of alienating Republicans, that some advocates for workers voiced concern that President Obama had picked the wrong person.
    But the Hilda Solis who appeared at a community forum at the Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church in Miami electrified the crowd of 600. Ms. Solis talked about her immigrant parents, both union members, and about her father’s solid Teamster paycheck. “It gave him the sense of security that he could push his children to do whatever they wanted in this great country of ours,” she said.
    After her speech, a dozen workers spoke about their problems — of hours cut back, of threatened foreclosures, of being punished for supporting a union. After each worker spoke, Ms. Solis offered words of empathy. The last worker complained of racial and sexual discrimination on the job, and she asked what Ms. Solis could do to help. Ms. Solis vowed far more aggressive enforcement of workplace protection laws. “You can rest assured that there is a new sheriff in town,” she said. At that, the crowd leapt to its feet and gave her a standing ovation.

    nytimes.com/2009/03/08/us/08labor.html?ref=us

  65. In less than 24 hours, msnbc’s poll went from grading Obama’s performance:

    47% an F, 30% an A

    changed to:

    60% an F, 20% an A

    Waaaah.

    &&&&&&&&&&
    If you were grading Barack Obama on his performance as president, what would he get? * 40674 responses

    He gets an A
    20%

    He gets a B
    5.2%

    He gets a C
    4.2%

    He gets a D
    10%

    He gets an F
    60%

  66. COULD BE KARMA COMING TO CLAIM CHRIS DODD NEXT 😀

    March 10, 2009

    Dodd trails Simmons

    Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd (D) looks like he’s in serious trouble for re-election if he faces former GOP congressman Rob Simmons, according to a newly-released Quinnipiac poll.

    SNIP:

    “These numbers have to worry Sen. Christopher Dodd. Former Congressman Simmons is not well known outside his district, yet

    politico.com/blogs/scorecard/0309/Dodd_trails_Simmons.html

  67. rgb44hrs

    Good morning all, I wonder how much longer that poll will stay up there. Surely that must be disturbing to msnbc.

  68. Obama is like the man who you hire to burn down the weeds in your back yard and he ends up burning down your house and when someone deigns to object he says think how much worse your weed problem would have been if I had not burned down your house.

    It is January, you are out in the middle of the Bering Sea pulling crab pots, there are sheets of ice on the fishing ground and you plow into one of them. Which is hardly surprising since Obama is the captain, and it just so happens the name on the stern of the boat is HMS Pinnafore from the port City of Chicago, which conspiracy nuts claim is more than a coincidence. The vessel begins taking on water and someone has the audacity to suggest to the captain that he might want to proceed aft and dog the hatch to mitigate the sudden and unanticipated incursion of seawater. The captain scoffs at the suggestion, reminds them that he is the captain and will brook no dissent. He remains in the pilot house fiddling—with the new Loran navigation system because, you see, he has never had a Loran navigation system (or a marine helicopter) to fiddle with before.

    Under such a captain it is well nigh impossible for the ship of state to maintain water tight integrity.

    Unwilling to dirty his own hands, captain Obama summons his chief engineer Peter “The Oracle” Ossag and first mate Axelrod and cabin boy “The Little Groper” to the Pilot House. While resting in his captains chair, Mr Obama tells his fearless crew that it is their job to save the ship, there is a Chicago Bulls game coming on and he intends to listen to it while they are working.

    He also tells them that he is not into this Birkenhead Drill nonsense of women and children first. Naval tradition is racist and he will not be constrained by outmoded doctrines. If the ship goes down he has every intention of saving himself, because it is imperative that he survive to command another ship whereas everyone else is expendable when and if the time comes.
    Is that all there is?
    If thats all there is.
    Then lets break out the booze
    (Sea stores in this case)
    And have a ball . . . crash, glub

  69. There is one law that for sure needed to be repeeled, and that is the one which limits Presidents to just two terms. However it needs to remain two term consectively, be able to serve two terms and then have to sit out a term or two and the run again! Welcome back Bill Clinton. After 12 to 16 years of this BS we will need Bill to fix it.

  70. What makes me so happy about the msnbc poll is that dispite of non-stop media and dim blitz about this false messiah, it is more than obvious that the koolaid is starting to fall very flat.

  71. Good morning all, I wonder how much longer that poll will stay up there. Surely that must be disturbing to msnbc
    —————————
    Truth comes into the world like a bastard bringing ill fame to him who wrought her.

    John Milton–Paradise Lost

  72. During my first couple of years teaching music in Jersey City public schools I used to put on Holiday Musicals with a hundred+ kids.

    The band teacher, who’d been in the system for a decade or more used to tell me, “Don’t do such a good job. They’ll expect it all the time.” What she didn’t say is if my programs were good hers would look bad by comparison.

    Her band students, once they got good enough, wouold balckmail her by trhreatening not to show up at the concerts if she didn’t give them a pass to get out of class for rehearsals, etc.

    Their threats were extremely effective, especially from the trumpet players who, as the loudest, could make up for the dozen or so flutes and clarinets and cover for all the kids in the band that were instructed just to pretend to play coz otherwise their wrong notes would throw the group off.

    This is a longwinded way of saying that i sometimes wonder of BHO isn’t deliberately pushing the economy to the brink just so when it recovers he’ll look even more like the messiah.

  73. basil9

    There is another saying of Be Careful What You Wish For.

    What if O arrange the collapse of the Economy, because he needed it to win, and now he has no idea of how to bring it back.

  74. Let me throw up a scarey question. If no one wants to answer it then fine, I understand.

    Is it possible that with the politicization of this White House, the irreversible corruption of big media, the takeover of the DNC and through them the state party organization, the empowerment of ACORN and the incompetence of the Republican Party that the people of the will of the American People has been effectively neutralized–and will not be a factor in future election.

    I am not saying I believe this entirely, but it is more of a concern than ever before, and there are technological means in place now which enable tyrants like Obama to do things that were not previously possible.

    You may disagree with the word tyrant. But I honestly believe it is the right word and perhaps the only word to describe what he would become with the right inducements. He claims to be a constitutional scholar, but that is a ruse. I do not think the Constitution would be a constraint to his ambitions–I honestly dont. He is an end justify the means type of guy for sure. Because my sense is if this thing gets rough you aint seen nothing yet.

  75. i sometimes wonder of BHO isn’t deliberately pushing the economy to the brink just so when it recovers he’ll look even more like the messiah.
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    Basil: I am inclined to rule that one out. First, he cannot say how far things will fall. Second, he cannot know when and to what extent they will recover. Third, if there is pain on his watch he will be blamed. And the greater the pain the greater the blame. Therefore it makes no sense for him to intentionally drive this thing into the ground. Even he would not do that. The problem is the cures he is introducing will turn out to be the cure which is worse than the disease. And if as I say things get bad, there is no question in my mind that he will prove to be a tyrant, and a far worse one than Bush ever was.

  76. Dont get me wrong he is a very very very thoughtful man. Unfortunately, he is also an incompetent one. This is not an easy situation, but he is making it worse by his lack of intelligent leadership. This is not the time to be galavanting around the country or the world speechifying. But it is the only thing he knows how to do–this man who presumes to run an economy and has never run so much as a hotdog stand ever in his life. As for Orzaag, think of Robert MacNamara.

  77. I have found as people are promoted, they redefine the job, and do what they like to do, and marginalize what they do not like to do.

  78. There is such a thing in this life as judgment. In Obama judgment is sadly lacking. There are certain things a president does not do, period. In the current context, one of them is meet personally with the Taliban. It is madness. If there is a compelling need for the United States to meet with the Taliban–why I dont know, but assume for the sake of argument there is then there is a whole line of people officials in the state department who can handle that assignment. I can think of no better way to empower that organization than for him to meet with them personally. This has adverse implications, and it is shocking to me that anyone would be that stupid.

    I spent thirty years negotiating. I never gave a damned where we met to negotiate–the turf issue that matters so much to the experts never mattered to me. I never worried about who I negotiated with as long as they had bargaining authority. But the one thing I would never do is negotiate with an illegitimate bargaining agent, who could not make a binding commitment and would use the meeting for political purposes. If that situation presented itself I would send someone in to get information, but would maintain a buffer for the reasons discussed.

    If he meets directly with the Taliban this is strong evidence that an eleven year old is running our country.

  79. If he meets directly with the Taliban this is strong evidence that an eleven year old is running our country.

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    Agreed! There is no such thing as a “moderate” terrorist. It just boggles the mind.

  80. For all us Hillary supporters new video about the supremely effective SOS. The hyperlinks did not work,so you will have to type the titles into the search box at YouTube. Enjoy:
    -THE LEGENDARY SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON – LET ME BE YOUR SOLDIER

    -SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON HEADS TO GAZA TO PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN HELP AS AMERICA SHOULD

    -SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON & HER FINAL STOP ON HER ASIAN TOUR

    -SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON PUTS HER HUMAN RIGHTS FIGHT WITH CHINA ASIDE FOR AMERICA

    -SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON S FIRST STOP ON HER ASIAN TOUR
    _____________________________________________________
    Those Virreal brothers have been effective since the beginning of the primaries.

  81. wbboei

    I am in awe of your experience. I have had little experience with negoitations, but I went one time with someone who turned out to be a basically good negotiator. What I noticed is the timing of the meeting, right before noon, seemed very important. Also the two of us met with the one person that could like you say make the decision by himself. It started out gently, but the person I was with hammered an agreement before lunch. I think he knew that hunger and isolating the person were important assets.

  82. Another effective video, by the RNC, about Tax Day Tea Party. I especially like the sign on the left that warns my former Alabama senator Richard Shelby [who has talked strong until he endorsed voting yea on the gargantuan spending bill on the table – how much money greased his palm or what was he promised?????] that said NO PORK ON CATFISH SEN. SHELBY!!!!!!
    youtube.com/watch?v=YeGQHzVcsUw&feature=sdig&et=1236669493.25

  83. Tuesday, March 10, 2009

    Accused 9/11 Suspects Declare Themselves ‘Terrorists to the Bone’ Article

    By JESS BRAVIN

    WASHINGTON — Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others accused in the Sept. 11, 2001, conspiracy called U.S. allegations “badges of honor” and declared themselves “terrorists to the bone” in a written statement slated for public release on Tuesday.

    The six-page statement, dated March 1, was filed with a military judge at Guantanamo Bay in response to nine charges filed by military prosecutors last year. Titled “The Islamic Response to the Government’s Nine Accusations,” the statement mocks American authorities for failing to foil the Sept. 11 plot and casts the U.S. as a terrorist aggressor whose own actions provoked the suicide hijackings that killed nearly 3,000 people. The statement calls the conspiracy charge “laughable.”

    “Were you expecting us to inform you about our secret attack plans?” it says. “Blame yourselves and your failed intelligence apparatus and hold them accountable, not us.”

    “Also, as the prophet has stated: ‘War is to deceive,'” it states, in one of several passages that assert religious sanction for al Qaeda attacks.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB123669703768883959.html

  84. DISTRACTION OF THE DAY:

    Last week we had the health care summit.

    Yesterday was stem cell. Let me guess. A complete 180 turnaround from Bush, except for the little details where its more of the same, or “Incrementalism you can believe in”.

    Today, I believe it is “Education”, funding blah blah blah pre-K through college graduation. Let me guess, more separation from Bush policies on the surface, to throw a frikkin’ bone to the growingly disenchanted liberals and progressives, but avoidance of confrontation to implement the really bold stuff.

    And all of it is sleight of hand, presto magic-o, “There, now they forgot about the economy for one minute”. All there for Mr. A to Z to appear competent.

    I can just hear Axlegrease discussing with Obama. “Today, we’ll go with Topic J. Tomorrow is K. When we hit Z, we go back to topic A. But we’ll skip over “E”, because the Economy is looking pretty grim, and Barack, at some point, we can’t pawn this off on Bush any longer. Who knows?”

  85. I have found as people are promoted, they redefine the job, and do what they like to do, and marginalize what they do not like to do.
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    That is the tendency. But at what point does the job as they have redefined it cease to serve the interests of the organization? And at what point do they become ineffectual in their role? If the redefinition of the job serves a legitimate strategic purpose that is one thing. But if it serves merely as a means to an end, that end being self aggrandisement then it is a formula for failure, in my opinion. And when failure comes it is not just personal-it is organizational as well.

  86. “Were you expecting us to inform you about our secret attack plans?” it says. “Blame yourselves and your failed intelligence apparatus and hold them accountable, not us.”
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    Now there is a good solid defense. Dont blame me for committing murder–Allah commanded it. Blame youself for not catching me before I did what I was sworn to do. I wonder whether Obama will reach out to these enemies with a pardon so everyone can have a fresh start. Lets hope I am kidding. Once again the issue is judgment.

  87. wbboei

    11:26 you are right. In some cases, the redefinition works, but in many cases it does not, and the person fails in the position. However, if the person who promoted him is still there, they are successful for a while. It falls to a success supervisor to rid an organziation of a person who is not doing the job for the organization. In my opinion, many times the incompetent but ambitious ones move quickly, so that they don’t get found out. Reviewing O’s history, one might find that trend. However, now he is stuck for 4 years, and close to 50% of the voters did not select him. Then their are the mushy voters who swing either way and voted for him, and they are the ones he must continue to keep hoodwinked. The Koolaid group will continue to think he is perfect forever.

  88. It started out gently, but the person I was with hammered an agreement before lunch. I think he knew that hunger and isolating the person were important assets.
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    New Mexico: your friend was a very good negotiator I would say.

  89. Hillary talks of Stephanie Tubbs Jones and Sheila Jackson Lee in the YouTube where she addressed the State of the Black Union.
    youtube.com/watch?v=MTPRu7C9gBM&NR=1

    When will there be blowback for this agenda, like say State of the White Union, or State of the Illegal Alien Union, or State of the Infants and Children Union? AL Sharpton on Hillary changing the ROOLZ!!! If it were not so serious, I would be lmao, as people like AL have more bravado than intelligence.

    youtube.com/watch?v=bIapXSKKr2U&et=1236669493.25

  90. GOP Senators Question Intelligence Pick’s Ties

    By Walter Pincus
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Tuesday, March 10, 2009

    All seven Republican members of the Senate intelligence committee yesterday joined a small chorus of voices on Capitol Hill criticizing the choice of a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia for a senior intelligence position, concerned about his views on Israel and his past relationships with Saudi and Chinese interests.

    Charles W. Freeman Jr. was picked by Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair to lead the National Intelligence Council. In that position, he will oversee production of national intelligence estimates and shorter assessments on specific issues, tapping experts from among the 16 intelligence agencies. The position does not require Senate confirmation. The outspoken Freeman was assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs from 1993 to 1994 and was U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia heading into and during the Persian Gulf War. In the 1980s, he was deputy chief of mission in Beijing and then Bangkok. Since 1997, he has presided over the Middle East Policy Council, a Washington-based nonprofit organization that is funded in part by Saudi money. In that role, Freeman has occasionally criticized the Israeli government’s positions and U.S. support for those policies. In 2007, for example, he said, “The brutal oppression of the Palestinians by the Israeli occupation shows no sign of ending,” adding, “American identification with Israel has become total.”

    Sen. Christopher S. Bond (Mo.), vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and the six other Republicans on the panel wrote Blair to raise “concerns about Mr. Freeman’s lack of experience and uncertainty about his objectivity.” His appointment, they said, would result in “even more oversight scrutiny to the activities of the NIC under his leadership.” Committee Chairman Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is aware of the letter, an aide to the senator said, but does not see a need to get involved in the matter. The White House has also been largely mum on Freeman’s appointment. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked last week about the objections, but he ducked the question.

    Opposition to Freeman’s appointment has been led by several pro-Israel groups and advocates in the United States, joined by some members of Congress. Last week, nine House Republicans, including Minority Leader John A. Boehner (Ohio), Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) and two intelligence committee members, joined Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley (Nev.) in asking DNI Inspector General Edward Maguire for a comprehensive review of Freeman’s past and current financial, commercial and contractual ties to the Saudi government. Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), a member of the House intelligence committee, wrote a similar letter to Maguire.

    Blair welcomes the review, said DNI spokeswoman Wendy Morigi. She added that the review, the normal security clearance process and Freeman’s public financial disclosure report “will put to rest any questions about Ambassador Freeman’s suitability, character and financial history.” Freeman has also been faulted for statements about the Tiananmen Square uprising in 1989. Critics have said that he faulted the Chinese for not acting earlier in putting down the demonstrations, but Freeman said the remarks were his assessment of how Chinese leaders had seen things. Opponents have also pointed to his serving four years, beginning in 2004, on the board of the China National Offshore Oil Corp.

    Morigi noted yesterday that the board met only once a year and that Freeman took no part in issues involving the company’s dealing with Iran or its unsuccessful 2005 attempt to buy the U.S. oil company Unocal. She was optimistic that Freeman would be at work by the end of the month. After that, he has 30 days to file his financial disclosure statement and work out with the DNI general counsel how to resolve any potential conflicts of interest.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/09/AR2009030902724.html

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    terrible choice!

  91. I think the Obama presidency will be marked by continuing economic decline punctuated by random acts of gross stupidity, accusation and coverup. If things get bad he will bid his supporters to rise up again like vampires from the grave and attack those who attempt to bring objective truth to the process. The portion of big media that is not bamboozled is scared out of its wits, and will avoid the truth at all cost.

  92. JanH Says:

    March 10th, 2009 at 11:44 am
    GOP Senators Question Intelligence Pick’s Ties
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    Jan- you say my posting on him yesterday. I have the same reaction you do.

  93. I did wbboei. I’m just glad that their are repubs fighting this. If the dims bulldoze this guy through it will be a travesty of justice.

  94. wbboei 11:47

    The question is what will the mushy group of voters do. I think they felt sorry for him, and gave him the benefit of the doubt. Will that continue? There is only so much fraud you can build into an election that is close.

  95. Hi, all — been awhile since I shared anything with you — been very busy, but I read all your good stuff everyday. Took time to write and send this letter which I decided to share it with you in case you might be inclined to do something similar. (got the idea from Hillbuzz)

    The British Embassy
    3100 Massachusetts Ave. NW
    Washington, D.C. 20008

    Our household deeply regrets the shameful way Prime Minister Gordon Brown was treated by our current president and his wife, who are lacking in social graces.

    We want to help affirm that most Americans value our friendship with the United Kingdom.

    Please keep in mind that the popular vote for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president was won by Hillary Rodham Clinton – exceptionally competent, brilliant, and graceful on the world stage. That choice speaks well for the American people, but the party forced the nomination of the far less competent Obama by negating the people’s choice. Please stand by us through this hard time and know that we the people remain appreciative of our friends the Brits regardless of the crudeness of the occupants of the White House.

    Respectfully,

  96. TODAY’S DISTRACTION: EDUMACATION.

    Hey, ever notice that when he wants to sound tough (to try to pull off a “Sistah Souljah Clinton” routine), he reaches into the George W. Bush bag of tricks?

    $$$ are my comments interspersed.

    yahoo.com/s/politico/20090310/pl_politico/19824

    Obama takes on teachers’ unions
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    Jonathan Martin Jonathan Martin – Tue Mar 10, 6:59 am ET

    After weeks of pleasing Democrats by overturning policies set by the previous administration, President Barack Obama Tuesday will for the first time confront a powerful constituency in his own party: teachers’ unions.

    $$$ Hmmm, sounds like Bush…

    Obama will propose spending additional money to reward effective teachers in up to 150 additional school districts, fulfilling a campaign promise that once earned him boos from members of the National Education Association.

    $$$ smells like Bush…

    Obama’s plan to embrace merit pay will come in a speech before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington, say administration officials who briefed reporters. Teachers’ unions say merit pay causes teachers to compete against each other, rather than collaborate, and is unfair to those who work in disadvantaged areas where it can be harder to boost student performance.

    $$$ tastes like Bush…

    But polls show the policy is overwhelmingly supported by the public, and it offers Obama a chance both to burnish his reformer credentials and point to a split from party orthodoxy.

    In addition to rewarding good teachers, Obama also will seek to push out those who aren’t getting results.

    $$$ Let me guess…”testing”?… hmmm, walks like a Bush….

    “He supports improved professional development and mentoring for new and less effective teachers, and will insist on shaping new processes to remove ineffective teachers,” said a background statement issued by the White House.

    $$$…quacks like a Bush…

    The Obama officials didn’t elaborate on how much he would spend on a merit pay program, or how he would propose to weed out bad teachers, but there is money included in the stimulus package for improved tools to track teacher performance.

    $$$ Ah, the old lack of specificity, you know the devil is in the details. How much will this cost? What exactly will be implementing… “We’ll fill in the blanks later, I’ll make sure there a highly qualified people to make those kind of decisions, because I certainly am not qualified to decide”. Yes…feels like Bush….

    Notably, the administration officials also avoided discussing No Child Left Behind – the federal education standards set by President George W. Bush – and made clear that Obama won’t be addressing the law in his speech.

    $$$ “Hey, he completely ducked the 900 gorilla in the room. Hey, is this just a photo op????”… Umm, lies to the public like a Bush…

    “The president is not calling tomorrow for specific amendments to No Child Left Behind,” said a senior administration official.

    $$$ Why would he? That would be unBushian….

    The law is deeply unpopular with teachers’ unions, and Obama railed against it during the campaign, where it was listed as the very first issue on his website’s education page.

    Obama will use his address to challenge states to implement “world-class standards,” a senior official said, but he won’t propose specific benchmarks they must meet.

    $$$ Wow, he’s like those motivational posters…that do nothing….

    In a move that may make the merit pay proposal more palatable for teachers’ unions, Obama will speak out against the current standardized tests so loathed by educators in favor of upgraded assessments and better data systems for tracking student progress.

    Obama also plans to:

    • Tout grants in his budget that would bolster data collection among early education programs.

    • Address the drop-out rate as “a new national priority,” with a specific eye on the 2,000 American high schools that produce more than half of the country’s dropouts.

    • Link the growth in Pell Grants to the rate of inflation to ensure regular increases as part of a goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

    $$$ All wonderful sounding, all things he can back out of when he’s says, “We’re broke”.

  97. From NQ

    noquarterusa.net/blog/2009/03/10/bob-menendez-holds-his-ground-harry-reid-is-one-vote-short/#more-16882

    Bob Menendez Holds His Ground. Harry Reid Is One Vote Short.
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    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid needs 60 votes to close the debate on the $410 billion dollar omnibus spending bill and bring it to a Senate vote. As of this morning, he is one vote short. A few moderate Republicans that Reid was counting on have yet to climb on board. The GOP has some amendments of their own they would like to add to this bill and are trying to leverage their votes to push their proposals through.

    Reid may just have to give in to some Republican demands, thanks to a dissenting vote from his own caucus. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, a member of the Democratic leadership is voting no and is downright pissed off.

    His anger has nothing to do with the massive spending by a government already in unfathomable debt or even the 9,000 plus earmarks attached to this drunken Capitol Hill spending spree.

    What infuriates Menendez is that when his legislative aides read through the legislation online, they discovered language that eases restrictions on travel to Cuba and importing Cuban goods. Menendez would be the first to admit that he holds a minority view when it comes to dealing with the Castro government. As the son of Cuban immigrants, he has always taken a hard line on Cuban policy. He undoubtedly knew that with the Obama administration in charge, a change in policy was coming, but the way this was handled really has him steamed.

    Shailagh Murphy reports in the Washington Post that Menendez even held off support on some administration appointees in protest.

    &&&& Wash Post quote start &&&&
    “The process by which these changes have been forced upon this body is so deeply offensive to me, and so deeply undemocratic, that it puts the omnibus appropriations package in jeopardy, in spite of all the other tremendously important funding that this bill would provide,” the enraged son of Cuban immigrants said last week on the Senate floor. Menendez even slapped a hold on a pair of Obama nominees to draw attention to the issue.

    Treasury officials, working with Reid’s office, continued yesterday to search for an administrative resolution with Menendez that would ensure a narrow interpretation of the legislative language in order to prevent gaping loopholes from developing. Menendez has pointed out that, had the bill sought significant changes in U.S. policy toward Iran or Venezuela, lawmakers would revolt. “What’s the difference with Cuba?” said Menendez spokesman Afshin Mohamadi.
    &&&& Wash Post quote end &&&&

    No doubt, that Reid at some point will wrangle that last vote and everyone on the hill will have their pork and eat it too. He will even find a way to pacify Menendez. Yet, this little incident is just another reminder of why our government is broken to begin with. The Cuban issue is important enough to deserve its own debate on the floor. In typical congressional fashion, it was tacked on to a bill that had nothing to do with the issue. Whoever, added it to the omnibus spending bill was probably figuring that Menendez and his staff would not actually read the whole thing until it was too late.

    It’s amazing what happens when your legislators have time (or at least their staffs have time) to read what they are voting on. The Menendez staff probably was going through this bill because lawmakers are starting to feel the heat after the e-mails and phone calls from angry constituents following the stimulus vote. They never expected Cuban policy to be part of the legislation they were reviewing.

    Whether or not, the Cuban policy needs change is not the issue. The issue is that it shouldn’t have been in this bill in the first place. So good for Bob Menendez. Make Harry go find his vote somewhere else. It will certainly cost him.

  98. rgb44hrc Says:

    March 10th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

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    I totally agree with your comments!

  99. The question is what will the mushy group of voters do. I think they felt sorry for him, and gave him the benefit of the doubt. Will that continue? There is only so much fraud you can build into an election that is close.
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    An excellent question. Will they step off a sinking vessel or go down with the ship because they fear he will play the race card. The answer which should be obvious is not obvious to me, given their lack of knowledge and their proven susceptibility to bamboozling. What gives me some encouragement is the old Checkers speech of Nixon: after four years he wont have W to kick around any more.

  100. Imo the important thing is not that Obama is addressing different issues (stem cells etc) — but whether he is really making some changes from Bush or just pretending to.

    Some of these things should be pretty simple. For example, Bush changed some enviromental rules very late, so it should be relatively simple to order “Just reset it to the way it was before Bush changed it.” Imo such reversals should be ordered right now, to prevent further damage.

    Milking those things for publicity to distract from the economy, is another thing.

  101. Jonathan Martin
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    This man is a perfect example of what is wrong with big media. No courage to criticize anything Obama says. Just a shill for the administation. A sad sack.

  102. And stirring up a whole new, divisive issue (ie going after the teachers’ pay) — does seem idiotic or distraction or both!

  103. lil ole grape Says:

    March 10th, 2009 at 11:55 am
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    An excellent letter, which may help assuage the double insult which Mr Obama levelled not only against the Browns, but against the British people. Letters like yours are important are necessary if we are to prevent him from burning down the house.

  104. wbb – That wasn’t the Checkers speech – “Won’t have me to kick around” was to the press after his CA gov loss.

    The checkers speech was his first defense of “I am not a crook” – a recurring theme of Nixon’s. That was about how he hadn’t profited illegally – “Pat has a good Republican cloth coat.”

    I wish I didn’t remember so much bilge.

  105. “mushy people.”

    I would call them something else. There is no room in this political and economical climate for “mush” decisions and excuses. Again, it boggles the mind…what is left of it that is…lol…

  106. Freckles: thanks for the correction. Duly noted.

    Heres the latest on the health of print media.

    (N.B. The source is Time Magazine, so it may not be entirely accurate. Not that they have a motive to distort the truth in this instance, but once you get in the habit of doing that on other subjects, as they clearly have, it has a tendency to spill over into all areas. The only consolation is its not Newsweek since it that case you would know it was false.
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    1. The Philadelphia Daily News, the smaller of the two papers owned by The Philadelphia Newspapers LLC, which recently filed for bankruptcy. The tabloid with 100,000 circulation will probably become part of Philly.com, the web operation for both of the city dailies.

    2. The Minneapolis Star Tribune, which also has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. If its revenues continue to drop, Time reports, it could shut down completely or become an all-digital property.

    3. The Miami Herald, which has a daily circulation that has plunged dramatically to about 220,000. It has been for sale since December, but no serious bidders have emerged. It is likely that the Herald will go online-only with two editions, one for English-speaking readers and one for Spanish, according to Time.

    4. The Detroit News, one of two daily papers left in a city that has been devastated by the decline of the automobile industry. “With the fortunes of Detroit getting worse each day, cutting back the number of days that the paper is delivered will not save enough money to keep the paper open,” Time reports.

    5. The Boston Globe is losing an estimated $1 million a week, according to several reports. Owned by The New York Times, its large losses may be unsustainable for much longer, especially considering the parent paper’s plight in New York City. What’s left of the paper’s staff will probably become part of Boston.com, the online site that includes the digital aspects of the Globe.

    6. The San Francisco Chronicle. As described above, its owner Hearst has already set a deadline for shutting the paper if it cannot make tremendous cost cuts. Time says it could be online only by mid-2009.

    7. The Chicago Sun Times. Despite the plight of the much-larger Chicago Tribune, the stock of the Sun Times parent company now trades for $.03 a share. Enough said.

    8. The NY Daily News is one of several large papers struggling in New York City. “Based on figures from other big dailies it could easily lose $60 million or $70 million and has no chance of recovering from that level,” Time reports.

    9. The Fort Worth Star Telegram competes with the much larger, financially strapped Dallas Morning News in areas. Merging the two papers together would create a larger circulation daily that would save tens of millions of dollars a year.

    10. The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Like the Detroit News, it is a once-proud watchdog of a city now in serious decline. Part of the Newhouse family empire, which publishes magazines like The New Yorker in its Conde Nast group, the Plain Dealer “will be shut or go digital by the end of next year.”

  107. NMF,

    I wasn’t venting at you…lol…I just have little patience for these idiots who are willing to give him a pass on everything.

  108. It is unfortunate in a sense that the print media is fading. I say that more from a sense of what might have been than what is. If the mandate of big media is to simply repeat what Axelrod says-and that has certainly been the case, then we should shut down the entire apparatus as duplicative–starting with msnbc and then cnn. With the theft of the census function and the voter lists compiled by the dims they have sufficient market penetration to go it alone and let the broadcast media go down as well. Truth to tell they no longer have any redeeming social value.

  109. wbb, thanks for the Samuelson tip. For those too tired to click on the link…it’s a good one.

    Obama is a Great Pretender
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    By Robert Samuelson
    March 09, 2009

    WASHINGTON — To those who believe that Barack Obama is a different kind of politician — more honest, more courageous — please don’t examine his administration’s budget. If you do, you may sadly conclude that he resembles presidents stretching back to John Kennedy in one crucial respect. He won’t tax voters for all the government services they want. That’s the main reason we’ve run budget deficits in 43 of the past 48 years.

    Obama is a great pretender. He repeatedly says he’s doing things that he isn’t, trusting his powerful rhetoric to obscure the difference. He has made “responsibility” a personal theme; the budget’s cover line is “A New Era of Responsibility.” He says the budget begins “making the tough choices necessary to restore fiscal discipline.” It doesn’t.

    With today’s depressed economy, big deficits are unavoidable for some years. But let’s assume that Obama wins re-election. By his last year, 2016, the economy presumably will have long recovered. What does his final budget look like? Well, it runs a $637 billion deficit, equal to 3.2 percent of the economy (gross domestic product), projects Obama’s Office of Management and Budget. That would match Ronald Reagan’s last deficit, 3.1 percent of GDP in 1988, so fiercely criticized by Democrats.

    As a society, we should pay in taxes what it costs government to provide desired services. If benefits don’t seem equal to burdens, then the spending isn’t worth having (exceptions: deficits in wartime and economic slumps).

    If Obama were “responsible,” he would conduct a candid conversation about the role of government. Who deserves support and why? How big can government grow before higher taxes and deficits harm economic growth? Although Obama claims to be doing this, he hasn’t confronted entitlement psychology — the belief that government benefits once conferred should never be revoked.

    Is it in the public interest for the well-off elderly (say, a couple with $125,000 of income) to be subsidized, through Social Security and Medicare, by poorer young and middle-aged workers? Are any farm subsidies justified when they aren’t essential for food production? We wouldn’t starve without them.

    Given an aging America, government faces huge conflicts between spending on the elderly and spending on everything else. But even before most of baby boomers retire (in 2016, only a quarter will have reached 65), Obama’s government would have grown. In 2016, federal spending is projected to be 22.4 percent of GDP, up from 21 percent in 2008; federal taxes, 19.2 percent of GDP, up from 17.7 percent.

    It would also be “responsible” for Obama to acknowledge the big gamble in his budget. National security has long been government’s first job. In his budget, defense spending drops from 20 percent of the total in 2008 to 14 percent in 2016, the smallest share since the 1930s. The decline presumes a much safer world. If the world doesn’t cooperate, deficits would grow.

    The gap between Obama rhetoric and Obama reality transcends the budget, as do the consequences. In 2009, the stock market has declined 23.78 percent (through March 5), says Wilshire Associates. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page blames Obama’s policies for all the fall. That’s unfair; the economy’s deterioration was a big cause. Still, Obama isn’t blameless.

    Confidence (too little) and uncertainty (too much) define this crisis. Obama’s double talk reduces the first and raises the second. He says he’s focused on reviving the economy, but he’s also using the crisis to advance an ambitious long-term agenda. The two sometimes collide. The $787 billion “stimulus” is weaker than necessary, because almost $200 billion for extended projects (high-speed rail, computerized medical records) take effect after 2010. When Congress debates Obama’s sweeping health care and energy proposals, industries, regions and governmental philosophies will clash. Will this improve confidence? Reduce uncertainty?

    A prudent president would have made a “tough choice” — concentrated on the economy; deferred his more contentious agenda. Similarly, Obama claims to seek bipartisanship but, in reality, doesn’t. His bipartisanship consists of including a few Republicans in his Cabinet and inviting some Republican congressmen to the White House for the Super Bowl. It does not consist of fashioning proposals that would attract bipartisan support on their merits. Instead, he clings to dubious, partisan policies (mortgage cramdown, union check-off) that arouse fierce opposition.

    Obama thinks he can ignore these blatant inconsistencies. Like many smart people, he believes he can talk his way around problems. Maybe. He’s helped by much of the media, who seem so enthralled with him that they don’t see glaring contradictions. During the campaign, Obama said he would change Washington’s petty partisanship; he also advocated a highly partisan agenda. Both claims could not be true. The media barely noticed; the same obliviousness persists. But Obama still runs a risk: that his overworked rhetoric loses its power and boomerangs on him.

  110. wbboei,

    If print media goes down and the uninformed masses have to be unimformed by web, at least we have an easier time replying to the uninformation.

  111. OBAMA’S RECESSION NOW LACKING CHEERS:

    Boston’s real-life ‘Cheers’ bartender is laid off
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    BOSTON – Eddie Doyle was the guy who really did know everybody’s name.

    But after tending bar for 35 years at the Boston tavern that inspired the television show “Cheers,” Doyle has been laid off.

    The bar’s owner says the economy is to blame.

    Doyle was a fixture at the pub known as the Bull & Finch long before his TV counterpart, Sam Malone, entered the mainstream.

    After the NBC show hit the airwaves in 1982, he started serving 5,000 people a day.

    Doyle used the bar’s fame to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity.

    Friend Tommy Leonard tells the Boston Herald Doyle is “the most giving person” he’s met.

    The 66-year-old Doyle tells The Boston Globe he’s not bitter and may write a book about his experiences.

  112. Hillary and Bill are well loved here and her trip here has been positive but no one gives a stuff in Obama comes really.

    Whats he gonna do, this place is wall to wall mosque, not good for his image.

  113. Thinking back on the various ways in which the obama machine has tried to silence us, when they are not attacking websites, sending us false emails with viruses, making threatening phone calls, those are merely tactics. The theme they have promoted is that we are bitter. Bitter. Is that really so bad to be bitter when you realize the game is rigged to silence the voice of the people, and to give us a leader who is likely to tank the country. If so, then the question is which is worse: to be bitter or to be bamboozled. I will take bitter every time. It goes reasonably well with slow gin.

  114. moon,

    he’s playing both sides of the coin and it’s going to slap him in the face. He’ll make nice with the terrorists and then switch directions. He hasn’t a clue and it’s going to end up a huge mess for Hillary to clean up.

  115. Hope he has good security, theres a lot of people here in Turkey think Obama is an apostate for “changing” religion.

  116. JanH Says:

    March 10th, 2009 at 1:45 pm
    moon,

    he’s playing both sides of the coin and it’s going to slap him in the face. He’ll make nice with the terrorists
    &&&&&&&&&&

    They’re not terrorists…They are “moderate Taliban”.

    They shout slogans:
    “May Americans all get head colds”.
    “The Yankees stink”
    “May your children get C- ‘s ”
    “We will attack NYC with food trucks selling underpriced felafels”.

  117. “We will attack NYC with food trucks selling underpriced felafels”.

    ——————————

    LMAO!

  118. If print media goes down and the uninformed masses have to be unimformed by web, at least we have an easier time replying to the uninformation
    ———————–
    Yes but the real devil is broadcast media because it is so irredeambily biased and because it floods the airways with soundbites and images which are calculated to dumb down the public and to undermine rational decisionmaking through crude appeals to emotion and blatant censorship.

  119. I see from the headline of the msnbc article which I neglected to read for reasons which require no elaboration, that bambi is telling us we have let our grades slip. Of course that begs the question of who he means by we. If it is his own grades, well . . ah . . . er nobody can seem to find them. If it is my grades, the issue is irrelevant. If it is the grades of children in the inner city then perhaps he should go visit them, see what their lives are like, and leave the teleprompter behind. And dont make it a media gala event, do it quietly, unobtrusively and sincerely–for once in your life. I know, I am asking the impossible.

  120. wbboei Says:

    Yes but the real devil is broadcast media

    ==========

    You’re right. So can we wean them away from the tv and onto the web?

  121. wbboei,

    Bitter is eye-opening. Still there’s looking out for the new main chance. Hillary is up there, has some allies in Treasury and elsewhere (Geithner, Summers).

    If you told me how they and other good Clintonistas got appointed, I missed it or have forgotten it.

    tdo@turndownobama.com

  122. time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1883785,00.html

    Add h stuff and ws.

    This is a list of the major newspapers that are on the edge. These are in major city areas.

    JanH. I did not take is as criticisms. I find it hard to understand this group of people who continue to swing back and forth at the slightest information or news story. I feel like their whims govern our country.

  123. I feel like their whims govern our country.

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    my thoughts exactly!

  124. NMF siad:
    I find it hard to understand this group of people who continue to swing back and forth at the slightest information or news story. I feel like their whims govern our country.

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

    They get to vote basically every two or 4 years, right? Wonder how many do vote?

    Between times, they’re useful smoke. Ask a lot of questions, then publicize the one question that supports your side.

    Like, a poll which really said iirc a solid majority thinks the housing bill will stabilize house prices and will help the economic situation and they favor it — gets reported from one question “Is it fair?” or “Is it fair to homeowners who didn’t fall in this trap?” (Okay, different phrasing.)

  125. A little o.t. but this is making me see red.

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    March 5, 2009

    SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER: SWEDEN’S COWARDICE AND HUBRIS THREATENS MORE THAN ISRAEL’S TENNIS RANKINGS

    “An anti-Semitic double standard and political hubris, not ‘security, are the main reasons why Swedish authorities caved to mob rule and have forced the Swedish-Israel Davis Cup to be played in an empty stadium.”
    Rabbi Cooper, Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean

    Claiming ‘security’ concerns, Sweden has decided to ban fans from the Israel-Sweden Davis Cup match to be held at Baltic Hall Stadium in the city of Malmo. “An anti-Semitic double standard and political hubris, not security, are the main reasons why authorities caved to mob rule and forced the Swedish-Israel Davis Cup to be played in an empty stadium,” charged Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. “It also accounts for why an Israeli Taendowko team was recently barred from competing in the Scandinavian nation.”

    “The core sports value of having a level playing field for all has been destroyed. Since the Gaza incursion, The Jewish state is constantly signaled out and demonized for the sin of seeking to protect her civilians from thousands of rocket attacks. Ingalill Bjarten, vice chair for the Social Democratic women’s organization repeats the big-lie that ‘Israel is an apartheid state,’” continued Rabbi Cooper. “She and other anti-Israel activists also compare Israelis to Nazis: ‘I think Gaza is comparable to the Warsaw Ghetto,’ she told the Sydsvenskan newspaper. “I’m surprised that Israel – where large numbers of the populations who suffered under the Nazis can do the exact same things the Nazis did.’” Meanwhile, the Left Party’s Hans Linde has called for a boycott of Israel: “I don’t think Israel is a democracy worthy of the name. It’s a racist apartheid state,” he said. And Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, after visiting Gaza declared Israeli policies as “neither morally nor politically defensible.”

  126. Madoff Will Plead Guilty to Charges Carrying Life Sentence
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    The Justice Department should reject this plea and urge the judge to do likewise. The public interest demands that a trial be held, that witnesses whose fortunes were stolen and lives ruined should have an opportuity to appear as witnesses and confront him, and he should be made to listen. And so should other similarly situated white collar criminals who destroy peoples lives. The fundamental objectives of the criminal law namely deterrence and retribution are ill served by the acceptance of this plea. Again, the plea should be rejected and the trial must go forward. When the Judge asks the prosecutor why the plea should not be accepted the proper answer is your honor given the grave harm perpertated against thousands of innocent people by the conscious and deliberative acts of this white collar criminal it would not serve the interests of justice to accept this plea. Justice requires that the voices of the victims be heard and that others who might contemplate the commisssion of similar offenses live experience vicariously through a public trial the consequences of these illegal acts so they do not proceed down a similar path. In the name of the people who were defrauded in this instance and those who will be defrauded by similarly situated defendants, I respectfully request that this trial go forward.

    And the respose: request denied. Next case.

  127. Ingalill Bjarten, vice chair for the Social Democratic women’s organization repeats the big-lie that ‘Israel is an apartheid state,’”
    ————————-
    Its like the facetious definition of a liberal–someone who has never been mugged. In this case someone who has never been the victim of rocket attacks and seen innocent people killed before their eyes as they attempt to go about their business. This is the Susan Sarandon Jane Fonda view of the world. A world they have never experienced personally, but talk about as if they had.

  128. “The public interest demands that a trial be held, that witnesses whose fortunes were stolen and lives ruined should have an opportuity to appear as witnesses and confront him, and he should be made to listen.”

    ———————————————–

    In one ear and out the other. I doubt he has the moral compass to even care.

  129. Clinton stresses on the need to prevent Mumbai type attack

    Lalit K Jha
    Washington, March 10, 2009 (PTI) Meeting for the first time, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon were agreed on the need to take all necessary steps to make sure that there is no repeat of a Mumbai-type attack.

    During the meeting on Monday at the State Department’s Foggy Bottom headquarters, the first high-level contact for India with the Obama Administration, Clinton also said the two countries needed to ramp up their cooperation in bilateral and global issues including climate change and counter-terrorism.

    The State Department Acting Spokesman Robert Wood during his daily press briefing told reporters today that the Mumbai terror attack figured during the bilateral meeting. Six American nationals were among the 183 persons killed in the attack last November.

    Shortly before the meeting, the US pressed Pakistan to do more to bring to “justice” the people responsible for the carnage.

    “Well, I think overall our assessment has been that Pakistan has been providing some helpful information, but clearly, you know, more can be done,” Wood said.

    “What’s critical here is that we do everything in our power to try to bring the folks who were responsible for those attacks to justice,” he added.

    Referring to the discussion that figured up at Clinton-Menon meeting on Mumbai, Wood said: “I think the way they discussed the issue was the fact that we’ve got to do what we can to try to prevent these types of attacks from happening again.”

    ptinews.com/pti%5Cptisite.nsf/0/C64548B9D7CE69D76525757500608E4D?OpenDocument

  130. Obama will sign $410-billion spending bill

    Some lawmakers have questioned the bill, which includes $7.7 billion in earmarks. The White House says it sees the bill as old business that should have been resolved before Obama took office.

    By Michael Muskal
    1:42 PM PDT, March 10, 2009

    President Obama will sign a $410-billion omnibus spending bill that is expected to pass the Senate today, despite questions about whether it contains political pork.
    At his daily briefing, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the president will sign the bill, needed to fund 12 Cabinet departments and other agencies for 2009, because the administration considers it old business that should have been resolved before Obama took over the Oval Office.

    Republicans and some Democrats have questioned the bill, which includes an estimated $7.7 billion in earmarks — funding sought by legislators for favored projects. Some call such funding political pork, while other lawmakers have defended the special spending because it goes to pay for needed local projects.

    During the presidential campaign, Obama and GOP nominee John McCain both said they opposed earmarks. McCain, a Republican senator from Arizona, has attacked the spending bill. The Obama administration has said it will recommend changes for future spending and appropriations measures, but that the president viewed this bill as essential. He has “no second thoughts” about signing it, Gibbs said. “I bet many presidents have signed bills that may not meet 100% of their desires,” Gibbs told reporters in the televised briefing. “This stuff should have been done before Sen. Barack Obama became President-elect Barack Obama and certainly before he became President Barack Obama.” Gibbs said the bill was not perfect, but that the president was committed to changing the process. “There’ll be some new rules of the road,” Gibbs said.

    Senators were debating the bill, with a vote expected later today. Democrats were trying to prevent Republicans from attaching a measure that would prevent automatic pay increases for lawmakers. Democrats want to bring up the proposal as a separate bill.

    latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-spending11-2009mar11,0,6166198.story

  131. Woo hoo!

    Market up almost 6% in Dow. over .5% more in S&P and 7% in the Nasdaq.

    In last five minutes of trading, 150 million shares traded.. 7 to 15 times as much as any other 5 minute period all day. Short covering. How sweet it is to watch the shorts panic.

  132. Emjay Says:

    March 10th, 2009 at 5:39 pm
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    The rally before the big drop????

  133. Chaz Freeman Has withdrawn his agreement to join Nat’l Intelligence.

    Seven of the committee who would need to send his nomination to the Senate said they would not support him.

    Another shoe drops.

  134. Market up almost 6% in Dow. over .5% more in S&P and 7% in the Nasdaq.
    —————————-
    Emjay: bambi is estopped from claiming credit for this interim rally, because he has admonished us to not judge him by stock market performance.

    We have been doing some research on a mining town in Montana at the time of the Great Depression. There were several bank runs and by 1932, 10,000 banks had failed.

    The railroads were in trouble as well. In fact, fully loaded freight trains sat in railroad yards at demurrage with nowhere go because no one was buying.

    Despite its sparce population Montana was the second most subsidized state under the New Deal. They had to save the Railroads. Also the hydroelectric dam.

  135. About Chaz, and another picture of how clueless the WH is….

    White House Responds To Chaz Freeman Controversy: “Huh”?
    March, 4, 2009 — from nicedeb

    Is it too much to ask that the White House properly vet the person they choose to chair the National Intelligence Council? I may be just a stay at home mom in flyover country, but even I was able to discover that Freeman is a pro-Saudi, anti-Israel extremist who thinks that the Tiananmen Square massacre was justified.

    Jake Tapper reported yesterday, that the White House pleaded ignorance, when asked about some of the controversies swirling around its new chair of the National Intelligence Council:

    Asked today by ABC News if the Obama White House was aware of all the concerns about Freeman, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said, “I’ve not read those. I think anybody can look at what the president has said and what the president’s views are, enumerating from the very beginning of this administration the desire to be engaged actively in the Middle East region to ensure a durable and lasting peace. It is something that he’s said he would work on each and every day.”

    Actually, with all due respect to Robert Gibbs, I think when it comes to Obama, given his past history, it’s always best to look at his actions, rather than what “he has said”.

    UPDATE:

    Amazing.

    It appears that Chas was appointed to this key position without being properly vetted, just as I feared. Commentary reports today, that:

    Chas Freeman is indeed to be investigated by the Inspector General. At issue are his ties the to China National Offshore Oil Corp, in which the Chinese government has a majority stake, and his role as president of the Middle East Policy Council (MEPC), which is in part Saudi-funded. And not surprisingly, the backpedaling has already begun:

    Mr. Freeman has not submitted the financial disclosure forms required of all candidates for senior public positions, according to the general counsel’s office of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

    Nor did Mr. Blair seek the White House’s approval before he announced the appointment of Mr. Freeman, said Mr. Blair’s spokeswoman, Wendy Morigi.

    “The director did not seek the White House’s approval,” Ms. Morigi said. “In addition to his formal background security investigation, we expect that the White House will undertake the typical vetting associated with senior administration assignments.”

  136. This is a rally off the lows. Although this opens up the possibility of testing the 7500 or 8000 barrier before hitting heavy resistance at which point a strong downturn is predicted. It will be interesting to see how the market fares tomorrow. If this run does not encourage buyers to the market( a market with room to run to 7500 or 8000 before meeting resistance), then we might see downward pressure retesting the market support at 6000.

  137. Chaz Freeman Has withdrawn his agreement to join Nat’l Intelligence.
    —————————-
    What was bambi thinking when he proposed this guy? I withdraw the question. Assumes facts not in evidence. This is a victory for Isarelis and a setback for the Saudis. Have you ever seen any administration get off to a rockier start than this one?

  138. Rickya

    I agree. Citi doth not a DOW or S&P make. Still it is fun to watch the shorts pee in their shorts.

    Also the market at 6500 has enough copper pipe, and office furniture, and private planes to support it at that level. He he

  139. In one ear and out the other. I doubt he has the moral compass to even care.
    _____________________________
    Jan-I know a guy in Texas who did the exact same thing. He did not care when he was doing it, and he does not care today after seven years in jail–he got 96 months by a similar plea agreement. But there was an eloqution at the sentencing and he found that to be very difficult to handle. One of my friends who was an oil rig worker and very tough told the judge that he and his mother had lost their entire life savings as a result of this guy, but in the best traditions of the Christian church he would be willing to forgive his enemies if the judge was willing to give him five minutes in the cell with him.

  140. “What was bambi thinking when he proposed this guy?”

    ——————————-

    LOL…wbboei. I’m glad you retracted that question.

  141. wbboei, I loved your little story at 9:39am. That was cute. Thank you for giving me a much needed laugh.

    Things are so depressing these days and will only get worse, I fear.

  142. You all know I have to post the latest ratings…Nancy Grace is KICKING Olgermans ASS and MESSIAH News is going down the tubes

    Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow:

    194 278 187

    Prime:
    VMitchell: Grace: Dobbs:
    203 377 212

  143. JanH Says:

    March 10th, 2009 at 4:12 pm
    ********************************

    Isn’t Sweden and many of the other Nordic countries rapidly becoming Islamic? They have let in HUGE populations of Muslims. I really do think it was a call to dominate the World thru immigration and re-population. They have NUMEROUS children. It is very scary indeed!

  144. Is it in the public interest for the well-off elderly (say, a couple with $125,000 of income) to be subsidized, through Social Security and Medicare, by poorer young and middle-aged workers? Are any farm subsidies justified when they aren’t essential for food production? We wouldn’t starve without them.
    *****************************

    To Robert Samuelson I say bullshit. I have paid into SS for 40 years! It is not an entitlement! I am so sick of this mantra!

  145. Thank you Jan for that article…truly sickening. Also, why Obama thought he could nominate a guy as controversial as Chaz again shows a lack of any real thought going into the process.
    What I am truly amazed about is that Obama had the brains to select Hillary as his SOS despite his contempt for her and MO outright hate, yet since that sagacious decision, he has shown utter incompetence.

  146. gonzo said:
    To Robert Samuelson I say bullshit. I have paid into SS for 40 years! It is not an entitlement! I am so sick of this mantra!

    ===========

    I agree the people who have paid in deserve their benefits now. That IS what ‘entitlement’ means. We ARE entitled to it.
    Obama etc are trying to change the meaning of the word – to make ‘entitlement’ mean ‘something you’re not really entitled to’.

  147. gonzo, numerous wives and numerous children. In India being a democracy, they can’t enforce family planning or like China enforce a one child policy — very difficult to rein in population growth. I wrote a story about Mumbai slums for NQ in the context of that movie Slumdog. The poorer and illiterate they are, more children they will have and with Muslims, religion forbades them from adopting any family planning measures. It is very frustrating.

  148. jbstonesfan Says:
    What I am truly amazed about is that Obama had the brains to select Hillary as his SOS despite his contempt for her and MO outright hate, yet since that sagacious decision, he has shown utter incompetence.

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

    That puzzles me too. Like Hillary or someone had enough power to get some good Clointon Restoration appointments made, but then no more. I’d like to think the Clintons (or whoever has been the brains behind this) is deliberately letting Obama sink or swim and look like an idiot. But they’re too nice….

  149. Or maybe it’s about confirmation and vetting. The GOP knew we needed HIllary and the smart Treasury guys, so they confirmed them. Now maybe they smell blood and are going after the less important nominees to harass Obama.

  150. You have a point…I imagine Bill is playing a huge behind the scenes role helping Hillary and keeping in touch via Emanuel as to what BO’s next move is…I think Bill will do everything within his power to help Hillary but will let BO “handle” the economic mess as this has brought to light just how NOT READY BO was/is for this job. The insults that team Obama threw at Bill during the primary, from race baiting in SC to complimenting Reagan, and disrespecting Bill’s incredible tenure as president as “too partisan” will never be forgiven. I still am sickened at what they did to this great man and Hillary. I truly gag when I see pelosi and her “houseboy” Clyburn at the podium at every friggin press conference. Did anyone notice how Clyburn escorted the President at that failed speech BO made at the joint session of Congress? It was truly embarrassing imo.

  151. did you all hear that MO is going to the State dept this week, might be tomorrow, not sure…to give accolades to ‘Women’…she has to go horn in on Hill’s territory…

    what happened to being ‘just a Mom’…do us a favor and stay home at ‘your new home’ our White House…

    also anyone catch paglia and fineman’s articles on O – paglia was on the right tract, but still making excuses for O – blaming his ‘horrendous’ seven weeks on ‘his’ people…sure, everybody but him…somehow she misses that he is just a ‘stand in’ for a Prez and ‘reading’ his way thru his days with his favorite advisor, his teleprompter…

    fineman basically says that O is lucky the people are still with him, because all the insiders are beginning to wonder if he is up to the job…

  152. Fineman and Alter, both of Newsweek were against Hillary from day one…they were/are favorites of MSNBC as they were available every step along the way to help the Mess-iah get elected. Now, and only now, when the public seems to be slowly, but surely catching on to what a incompetent buffoon BO is, their (MSM) have their claws out.
    Most, like Dowd, will write a somewhat negative article but quickly follow it up with an “excuse” maker. More likely though is the blaming of others like Bush, Bill and Hillary…these red herrings are even getting old.
    When/if I see Huff-N-Puff /Daily Kos go after him I’ll know he has “jumped the shark” as thy say………..We all predicted this, and ain’t it fun to say “I told you so”.!!!

  153. Pelosi Made Repeated Requests for Military Aircraft, Documents Show
    Representatives for Judicial Watch, which obtained e-mails and other documents showing the requests, say House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has treated the Air Force as her “personal airline.”

    Tuesday, March 10, 2009

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly requested military aircraft to shuttle her and her colleagues and family around the country, according to a new report from a conservative watchdog group.

    Representatives for Judicial Watch, which obtained e-mails and other documents from a Freedom of Information request, said the correspondence shows Pelosi has abused the system in place to accommodate congressional leaders and treated the Air Force as her “personal airline.”

    Pelosi’s office disputed the claim, pointing to White House policy enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks allowing for the House speaker to travel to his or her congressional district via military aircraft whenever possible for security reasons. Her office said she typically uses the same kind of aircraft used by her predecessor, Dennis Hastert.

    But Judicial Watch said that Pelosi was notorious for making special demands for high-end aircraft, lodging last-minute cancellations and racking up additional expenses for the military. The e-mails showed repeated attempts by Pelosi aides to request aircraft, sometimes aggressively, and by Department of Defense officials to accommodate them.
    “I think that’s above and beyond what other members of Congress are doing and what is expected of our elected officials,” said Jenny Small, a researcher with the group.

    In one e-mail, aide Kay King complained to the military that they had not made available any aircraft the House speaker wanted for Memorial Day recess. “It is my understanding there are NO G5s available for the House during the Memorial Day recess. This is totally unacceptable … The Speaker will want to know where the planes are,” King wrote. In another, when told a certain type of aircraft would not be available, King wrote: “This is not good news, and we will have some very disappointed folks, as well as a very upset Speaker.”

    Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said the report seemed to be based on only “a few e-mails,” and defended the requests for military aircraft for her colleagues as a “function of the speaker’s office.” Elshami said at least one of the requests in the above e-mails referenced requests made for other members. Pelosi’s office noted that the Department of Defense ultimately makes all decisions on use of military aircraft for travel, and that Pelosi is “extraordinarily appreciative” of the department’s effort to accommodate Congress.

    foxnews.com/politics/2009/03/10/study-pelosi-repeated-requests-military-aircraft/

  154. US State Department Rejects ‘Unfair’ Criticism of Clinton

    By David Gollust
    Washington
    10 March 2009

    The U.S. State Department has rejected as unfair and inaccurate newspaper editorial criticism that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton downplayed human rights issues on her first two trips abroad. Clinton is to meet Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Wednesday for talks likely to include the issue of Tibet.

    The State Department is rejecting, in unusually blunt terms, editorial criticism that Secretary Clinton has soft-pedaled human rights issues in her initial trips abroad in her new post.

    In an editorial on Tuesday, The Washington Post newspaper accused Clinton of undermining and devaluing the U.S. diplomatic tradition of human rights advocacy by seeming to minimize concerns about the issue on recent visits to China, Egypt and Turkey – countries that have come under regular criticism in annual State Department human rights reports. The Washington Post commentary took the Secretary to task for saying on her first trip abroad, to Asia in February, that concern for human rights “cannot interfere” with the U.S. dialogue with China on economic, security and environmental issues. It said Clinton undercut the State Department’s own efforts in Egypt and Turkey last week by downplaying rights abuses by the government of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and media curbs by the Ankara government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    In an informal talk with reporters, State Department Acting Spokesman Robert Wood said the notion that Clinton has not been “firm and strong” on the issue of human rights is unfair and inaccurate.
    He said Clinton, a former U.S. senator and first lady, has sought to advance human rights throughout her career, and that she was very explicit on the issue during her visit to Beijing, where, among other things, he said she invited news media coverage of a meeting with Chinese women activists. Wood said Clinton is “very frustrated” that there has not been enough progress on human rights in places like Tibet and Belarus.
    He said she believes that merely stating U.S. concerns about human rights cases in meetings with foreign counterparts does not necessarily produce gains, and that she is looking for “new and creative ways” to influence rights conditions in China and elsewhere. “We’re going to continue to push on human rights. But what we want to do, is we want to be more effective than previous administrations have been,” said Wood. “And sometimes yelling loud doesn’t necessarily help you reach that objective. You’ve got to try to come up with ways that you can use – the media or other elements of society – to influence in a positive direction the human rights situation. And I have heard the Secretary talk about these issues and she feels very passionately about them.”

    Wood said earlier at a news briefing that he expects the issue of Tibet to come up in the Secretary’s meeting on Wednesday with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, which comes a day after the 50th anniversary of the failed uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet that caused Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, to flee his homeland. The spokesman said the United States wants to see a substantive dialogue between the Chinese government and representatives of the Dalai Lama, which he said is the best way to address long-standing problem issues over Tibet. He said he also expects the meeting to cover Sunday’s maritime incident in which the U.S. Navy says one of its surveillance ships was harassed by Chinese vessels in the international waters of the South China Sea. The discussion, a continuation of talks Clinton had with her Chinese counterpart last month in Beijing, is also likely to deal with North Korea and the international economic crisis. Yang will also meet on Wednesday with U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and with White House National Security Council officials before returning home on Thursday.

    voanews.com/english/2009-03-10-voa60.cfm

  155. Pelosi is a hypocrite par none…..her family is extraordinarily wealthy, and why she had to bother the military with this nonsense is quite appalling. Off course as SOTH, she has a right to military transportation as she is (frighteningly) third in line for POTUS. But to abuse this privilege and act as the Prima Donna when our brae men and woman are dying overseas , is about the most outrageous thing I have read in a long time. This from a person who claims to want to help the working class of America. As they say, “with friends like that, who needs enemies”.

  156. LOL-the Washington Post criticizing Hillary….I am shocked!!!
    When I read Eugene Robinson’s negative Hillary/pro Obama articles during the primaries. and watch his appearances, seemingly every other night on MSNBC, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure why such a “editorial” would appear . I wonder why the Post was not equally outraged that Hillary is carying out “the one’s” orders. I am sure if Mr. Obama has requested that Hillary make a point of “human rights” it would have been carried out. Obviously, with the economy about to hit rock bottom, even BO realized this was not the time for token symbolism, but rather, a time to seek assistance from China whom we need to get out of this mess.

  157. The reason the public hasn’t yet turned on Obama is because to believe he isn’t up to the job is just too frightening to contemplate. So they’ll grasp at excuses as long as they can.

  158. jbstonesfan, what you say about fineman and alter is so very true…the whole newsweek, nyt, washington post, msnbc obama cheerleading crew…and as you say, now that his incompetence is becoming so apparent, the cracks are showing…

    in addition, you are so right…the MSM still tries to distract by attacking Hill and Bill…but it is so old now…i saw a clip of Jay Leno, i guess it was from last night, where he is still doing bill clinton and the girls kind of jokes…first, very bad taste and so old, not funny…Joy Behar is still always trying to do Bill/sex jokes…not funny, passe…that was two admins ago…not relevant to anything…

    BUT the real reason is they are scared to death to do any jokes about BO or MO…like SNL, they are creeping towards him by attacking his admin, Tim G, etc…but they are all afraid to do anything direct at BO or MO

  159. jbstonesfan Says:

    March 10th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

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    They have so little they can criticize Hillary for that they have to pick at straws. She is by far the hardest working person in obama’s cabinet, and definitely harder working than the idiot himself.

  160. Because dissent is racism in this twisted world Obamania………the fact that like 95% of AA’s voted for him, and turned their backs on the Clintons’ was pride. Yet, Bill simply stating the truth, that Lyndon Johnson enacted the Civil Rights Act, and that Jesse “Hymietown” Jackson also won SC, was racist!! More incredible, was the fact that BO and the real “playa hater” MO, sat in a church that not only condoned but promoted many anti-white/anti -Jewish and quite frankly anti-American themes was given the greatest “pass” the annals of modern day campaigns. Bill was 100% correct , but “Uncle Teddy” got a thorn up his ass and with the help of others, the smear Bill/Hillary civil rights record campaing began it’s offensive. Like Bill, I still cannot believe what a fairy tale this is-and how it has turned into our national nightmare.

  161. you got it, Jbstonesfan…that’s it…so manipulative and cynical…

    and on top of that, O and his posse try to silence anyone that criticizes him, as if it is not allowed in a democracy…total one party domination with Mr Stand-In Prez in charge…pretending

    fortunately, some of the zombies are starting to wake up and say “wait a minute”

  162. It is understandable that WashPo would attack Hillary on the human rights issue. During the campaign, they endorsed Obama over Hillary. Whereas now, Obama is failing and Hillary is succeeding. This contrast shows their judgment was fatally flawed. But if they can misrepresent her position on human rights and attack on that basis then they can undermine her successes and distract people from Obamas failures. In that case she ceases to be the viable alternative. Let us hope they fail in this endeavor. If the country tanks and the public realizes that Big Media forced the wrong leader down its throat, then the best they can hope for is the guillotine.

  163. I see another porkulus bill has passed. What are those people thinking mortgaging future generations just to help out buds that got them in?
    I haven’t heard anything in the last couple of days about healthcare with the exception it would be named after Uncle Teddy.

  164. Emjay: very appropriate. He’s got our wallet, is giving some of our money back to us and is spreading the rest of our wealth to those who never earned it.

  165. This is great!

    I finally learned something from Timothy Geithner.

    hxxp ://3 w’s
    .charlierose.com/guest/view/6583

  166. We are to continue our boycotts, right? Boycotts of: MSNBC, CNN, NYT, NBC, GE, etc. O’Reilly spoke tonight of how all of these [he did not mention CNN tonight but has previously said their ratings are low] are tanking and will likely be gone by the end of the year.
    We made a HUGE difference, actually we were the difference.

  167. I would like the names of all those who voted for the Porkulus Bill. I will remember come election time.

  168. Grouped by Home State Alabama: Sessions (R-AL), Nay Shelby (R-AL), Yea
    Alaska: Begich (D-AK), Yea Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
    Arizona: Kyl (R-AZ), Nay McCain (R-AZ), Nay
    Arkansas: Lincoln (D-AR), Yea Pryor (D-AR), Yea
    California: Boxer (D-CA), Yea Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
    Colorado: Bennet (D-CO), Yea Udall (D-CO), Yea
    Connecticut: Dodd (D-CT), Yea Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea
    Delaware: Carper (D-DE), Yea Kaufman (D-DE), Yea
    Florida: Martinez (R-FL), Nay Nelson (D-FL), Yea
    Georgia: Chambliss (R-GA), Nay Isakson (R-GA), Nay
    Hawaii: Akaka (D-HI), Yea Inouye (D-HI), Yea
    Idaho: Crapo (R-ID), Nay Risch (R-ID), Nay
    Illinois: Burris (D-IL), Yea Durbin (D-IL), Yea
    Indiana: Bayh (D-IN), Nay Lugar (R-IN), Nay
    Iowa: Grassley (R-IA), Nay Harkin (D-IA), Yea
    Kansas: Brownback (R-KS), Nay Roberts (R-KS), Nay
    Kentucky: Bunning (R-KY), Nay McConnell (R-KY), Nay
    Louisiana: Landrieu (D-LA), Yea Vitter (R-LA), Nay
    Maine: Collins (R-ME), Nay Snowe (R-ME), Yea
    Maryland: Cardin (D-MD), Yea Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
    Massachusetts: Kennedy (D-MA), Not Voting Kerry (D-MA), Yea
    Michigan: Levin (D-MI), Yea Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
    Minnesota: Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
    Mississippi: Cochran (R-MS), Yea Wicker (R-MS), Yea
    Missouri: Bond (R-MO), Yea McCaskill (D-MO), Nay
    Montana: Baucus (D-MT), Yea Tester (D-MT), Yea
    Nebraska: Johanns (R-NE), Not Voting Nelson (D-NE), Yea
    Nevada: Ensign (R-NV), Nay Reid (D-NV), Yea
    New Hampshire: Gregg (R-NH), Nay Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
    New Jersey: Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
    New Mexico: Bingaman (D-NM), Yea Udall (D-NM), Yea
    New York: Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea Schumer (D-NY), Yea
    North Carolina: Burr (R-NC), Nay Hagan (D-NC), Yea
    North Dakota: Conrad (D-ND), Yea Dorgan (D-ND), Yea
    Ohio: Brown (D-OH), Yea Voinovich (R-OH), Nay
    Oklahoma: Coburn (R-OK), Nay Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
    Oregon: Merkley (D-OR), Yea Wyden (D-OR), Yea
    Pennsylvania: Casey (D-PA), Yea Specter (R-PA), Yea
    Rhode Island: Reed (D-RI), Yea Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
    South Carolina: DeMint (R-SC), Nay Graham (R-SC), Nay
    South Dakota: Johnson (D-SD), Yea Thune (R-SD), Nay
    Tennessee: Alexander (R-TN), Yea Corker (R-TN), Nay
    Texas: Cornyn (R-TX), Nay Hutchison (R-TX), Nay
    Utah: Bennett (R-UT), Nay Hatch (R-UT), Nay
    Vermont: Leahy (D-VT), Yea Sanders (I-VT), Yea
    Virginia: Warner (D-VA), Yea Webb (D-VA), Yea
    Washington: Cantwell (D-WA), Yea Murray (D-WA), Yea
    West Virginia: Byrd (D-WV), Yea Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
    Wisconsin: Feingold (D-WI), Nay Kohl (D-WI), Yea
    Wyoming: Barrasso (R-WY), Nay Enzi (R-WY), Nay

  169. Emjay Says:
    I finally learned something from Timothy Geithner.
    hxxp ://3 w’s
    .charlierose.com/guest/view/6583

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

    If they publish a transcript, pls let me know.
    tdo@turndownobama.com

  170. Emjay Says:
    I think it may be that the Senate panels are the force that makes him (Geithner) look wimpy.

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

    Plus the Obama camp now trying to make him a scapegoat, a bad guy, as I cited from NYT. Also as you or someone said, he’s trying to sell something that hasn’t actually been put together; Obama holding back, and Treasury not even being staffed yet. And Geithner probably not AGREEING with whatever Obama is trying to do.

    Where’s Summers, to whip Obama into either doing his prep or letting the grownups do something? Caught, like Hillary, by the noblesse oblige, I betcha.

  171. McCaskill comes from Missouri, a state that doesn’t look kindly on profligate spending. She says she doesn’t earmark and thinks this bill is far too full of pork. Maybe she actually believed Obama when he said he would stop wholesale earmarking.

  172. Plus the Obama camp now trying to make him a scapegoat, a bad guy, as I cited from NYT. Also as you or someone said, he’s trying to sell something that hasn’t actually been put together; Obama holding back, and Treasury not even being staffed yet. And Geithner probably not AGREEING with whatever Obama is trying to do.

    Where’s Summers, to whip Obama into either doing his prep or letting the grownups do something? Caught, like Hillary, by the noblesse oblige, I betcha.
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    Turndown. I agree with your first paragraph in its entirety.

    I was unimpressed with his appearance before Congress. He was an evasive witness. He did not impress markets. And he lacks moral authority to lecture tax cheats as Admin points out.

    That said, as you have correctly observed, his position is fundamentally an untenable one.

    It is reminiscent of that scene in the movie On Golden Pond where Dabney Coleman has one foot on the rowboat and one foot on the dock in a splits stance and the rowboat is drifting away from the dock. In a word it is untenable.

    I think we can safely assume the following:

    First, he is not a devotee of the White House Budget Director, who as WashPo has unctuously observed is young, bright and has a family. Tripe.

    Second, since he is a Wall Street man he does not believe in the tooth fairy or in the rosy GDP projections used to justify a prolifigate ill targeted budget.

    Third, since he is a Wall Street man he probably sees the folly in the Pelosi Recovery Act (PRA–as opposed to NRA) and the net harm it will do.

    Fourth, since he is a Wall Street man it is doubtful that he sees raising taxes as a panacea, but rather the catalyst for a deeper economic downturn.

    Fifth, he realizes that he is the logical scapegoat for the economic failure Obamaeconomics will precipitate. No illusions about that, surely.

    Sixth, Bambi– the law professor, economist, gaffmaster, profit of doom and all around Messiah has not got his economic act together. Amazing.

    Seventh, it is hard to defend an indefensible position when it is not your position and no one is quite sure what it is or and you have reason to believe it will widen and deepen the problem.

    As to your second paragraph, I have a different take on the position Hillary is in.

    I think her position is potentially problematic for this reason. Mr Obama will not listen to common sense.

    When someone in her position cautions him against doing something which is unwise and potentially disasterous, his unfailing response will be this:

    I can make them believe anything I want them to believe. That is precisely what he will say. And then he will do it, and Katie bar the doors.

    This will happen. Count on it. It will occur when he goes foraging on the international scene against the best judgment of others. He will step into a trap, and we will be in trouble.

    I dont know what she does then. I dont. What would you do? If I was not convinced before that the country is being run by an eleven year old who has never had a marine helicopter-

    Then surely his lets have tea and crumpets with the Taliban and bring CNN with us is uncontrovertible evidence that he spells trouble.

  173. A friend of mine has been studying economic depressions–1929, 1907, 1870, etc. In each case these were preceded by a period of vigorous economic activity, and a corresponding bubble. She asked me what the mantra was that preceded those downturns. Apparently, it was hope–and change. Let us hope this is the exception. But with Bambi at the helm, and an iceberg ahead, it looks to me like a case of steady bearing, decreasing range–which is the nautical definition of a collision course.

  174. I forgot to pointout the anomaly of Missouri. The Republican (Bond) voted yes and the Dem (McCaskill)voted no.

  175. I forgot to pointout the anomaly of Missouri. The Republican (Bond) voted yes and the Dem (McCaskill)voted no.
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    Freckles: do you suppose both of them pushed the wrong button?

  176. The other ones that surprised me:

    1) Feingold: no (I admire him)

    2) Murkowski: yes (see below)

    3) Collins: no (after caving before)

    I hope Palin runs against Murkowski and wins. Murkowski is tainted. Like her father before her she is tied to the corruption which has been endemic in Alaska politics. I have some confidence that Palin would clean it up.

  177. An arbitrator I used to know and liked told me one time that he was a liberal, which was true enough, but he told me that his conservative friends seemed to have more consistency and honor than too many of his liberal colleagues.

    Well, he never met Russ Feingold. In may opinion, he was a principled liberal. And so for that matter was Wellstone.

  178. My syntax above was wrong I see. Feingold was–and still is– a principled liberal. A man of honor–unlike so many others.

  179. Menendez folded after all the bluster…it just amazes me…time for another email, retracting my Kudos to him…no backbone!

  180. A Canadian point of view…

    White House muddling message
    Obama take on financial crisis remains unclear

    Steve Holland, Reuters
    Published: Wednesday, March 11, 2009

    Some pundits, including financier Warren Buffett, say Barack Obama is trying to do too much and being unclear about how he will fix the economy. When Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor, says Barack Obama’s economic message is muddled and undermining public confidence, it’s worth listening.

    Halfway through his first 100 days in office as U. S. President, the ace communicator has struggled to find the right tone in talking about the economy, mixing bleak warnings with optimism about the future. On the campaign trail, Mr. Obama said a president must be able to do more than one thing at a time, and his White House has been doing that. He and his aides have inter-spliced comments about the economy while launching theme-of-the-day initiatives on health care, stem-cell research and, yesterday, education. Last week, the White House spent some time accusing Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio talk-show host, of being leader of the Republican Party. But Mr. Obama, together with Timothy Geithner, the Treasury Secretary, Lawrence Summers, the White House’s economic guru, and others have so far failed to explain how they plan to rescue U. S. banks, some of which are close to collapsing.

    There is talk of “stress tests” for troubled banks, or nationalizing them or letting some fail–but no clear plan. Mr. Buffett, an informal Obama advisor considered a financial seer on Wall Street, told CNBC on Monday the message has to be “very, very clear as to what government will be doing.” “And I think we’ve had, and it’s the nature of the political process somewhat, but we’ve had muddled messages and the American public does not know. They feel they don’t know what’s going on, and their reaction then is to absolutely pull back,” he said.

    At the White House, spokesman Robert Gibbs reacted defensively, saying Mr. Obama has only been in office seven weeks and it should be no surprise “all of the problems that took many years to take hold haven’t necessarily been solved.” At yesterday’s education event, Mr. Obama rejected criticism that he is trying to do too many things at once, citing three predecessors who managed to juggle challenges on many fronts –Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy. “President Kennedy didn’t have the luxury of choosing between civil rights and sending us to the Moon. And we don’t have the luxury of choosing between getting our economy moving now and rebuilding it over the long term,” he said.

    Mr. Obama is benefiting from high popular support. Polls give him a 60% approval rating and experts say voters seem willing to give him time to get his sea legs.
    “You’ve got a public that is going to cut the President some slack and understands this is a deep-seated problem,” said Norman Ornstein, a political analyst at the American Enterprise Institute. “But if there’s no sign of progress of any sort, no sign that the policies he implemented beginning in January and February are doing anything by June, July or August, then he’s going to have a bigger political problem.” Mr. Ornstein said. Larry Sabato , a political scientist at the University of Virginia, said the administration has left the public confused about what will happen to the banks and may be inadvertently sending a message “the problem may be too big for government to solve.” “I can’t figure out what they’re talking about on the banks,” he added. Tony Fratto, a former Treasury and White House spokesman for George W. Bush, said a muddled message was not the only problem. “It’s not just a message problem,” he said. “It’s partially a fact problem, and that is the market is not getting clear information on what Treasury’s intentions are for the rest of this program.”

    nationalpost.com/news/world/story.html?id=1375556

  181. The concern I have here is that this economic recovery plan may turn out to be what is irreversible.

    What I am worried about, frankly, is that it will not solve the economic problem because it is ill targeted. It will lead to serious inflation because they are doubling the money supply with no corresponding growth in productivity.

    If we have 10% unemployment a year from now and it cost twice as much as it does today for a loaf of bread, you will know why and who is to blame.

    And when big media tells you think of how much worse it would have been if we had not done this you know what to say . . .

    That is purely hypothetical. You dont know and neither do I. But what we do know for sure is it costs us twice as much for a loaf of bread and unemployment is worse. And we can safely assume this misguided and prolifigate economic plan was either the cause in fact, or a major contributing factor.

    So if you want to get hypothetical think how much better things would be now if the Administration and Congressional leadership had protected the American People rather than their own special interests.

  182. When Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor, says Barack Obama’s economic message is muddled and undermining public confidence, it’s worth listening.
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    Really. Not if you bought an A share of his at 150 and it is now worth 75. Another god that failed–some people.

  183. A Play-With-Pay Scheme

    Sen. David Vitter sought unsuccessfully to sink the Senate’s $410 billion spending bill.

    By Dana Milbank
    Wednesday, March 11, 2009; Page A03

    Sen. David Vitter (R-Gomorrah) has more moves than a Bourbon Street professional.
    The Louisiana senator’s reelection has been in doubt ever since he confessed to a “serious sin” when his phone number was found in the records of the late D.C. Madam. Everybody from porn star Stormy Daniels to Christian conservative leader Tony Perkins has talked about challenging him next year for his seat. But Vitter wasn’t about to be forced into submission by a prostitution scandal. In the 20 months since his disgrace, he has doubled his efforts to tie down the Democratic-led Senate, most recently with yesterday’s attempt to force his colleagues to vote to give themselves a pay raise. It was a clever maneuver. In a time of want, Vitter put his colleagues in the unenviable position of voting to keep the 20-year tradition of automatic cost-of-living increases. “The autopilot pay raise really is offensive to the American people!” he proclaimed with populist indignation.

    It was so clever, in fact, that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), desperate to spare his colleagues the excruciating vote, offered his own plan to abolish the automatic pay raises by unanimous consent, without a vote. “Objection,” replied Vitter — thus guaranteeing the defeat of his own proposal. As Stormy Daniels says, “Politics can’t be any dirtier of a job than the one I am already in.”

    Why was Vitter for a pay freeze before he was against it? The answer has less to do with congressional salaries than with the $410 billion spending bill the Senate passed yesterday. Leaders of the House, which had passed the measure, said they wouldn’t take it up again — which meant that any change to the legislation would essentially kill the whole thing. That left an opening for Vitter, who opposed the spending bill. He tried to amend the measure with a proposal that few lawmakers would dare to oppose in a recession: canceling the automatic increases in lawmaker salaries, now at $174,000. Using a parliamentary tactic, Vitter forced Reid to schedule a vote on his amendment for a vote. “People see their 401(k)s cut in half, people see their life savings dwindling every day,” Vitter proclaimed on the Senate floor on Monday. “And yet up here in Congress, a majority in Congress rolls along with policy they view as enormously irresponsible and, in some cases, downright offensive.”

    Echoed Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.): “At a time when people are taking pay cuts just to keep their job, Senator Vitter’s idea to be more transparent in what we do here in Washington makes a lot of sense.” “In fact,” concurred Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), “I can’t think of a better time to send that message to a public that is becoming increasingly cynical about the actions of the Congress.” But the cynicism was just beginning. To spare Democrats the spectacle of voting to defend their raises, Reid drafted legislation that would abolish the automatic raises but wouldn’t sink the big spending bill because it was a separate measure. Vitter was furious.
    “Pure partisanship for partisanship sake and political games and a cynical approach,” he railed yesterday morning on the Senate floor. “Maneuvering and cynical political games,” he repeated, looking into the C-SPAN camera in the gallery. “It’s a cynical maneuver. . . . What’s swirling around my amendment is a cynical political game.”

    Of course, a powerful case could be made that Vitter was playing a game of his own last night when Reid took the floor to propose just the sort of ban on automatic pay raises that Vitter sought. “I agree with Senator Vitter that the cost-of-living adjustments for members of Congress should not be automatic,” he said. “By passing this legislation as stand-alone, it can become law without threatening completion of this appropriations bill.” “I would object,” Vitter replied. “I think the stand-alone bill is nothing more than cover, nothing more than something to point to when it will not be taken up on the floor of the House.” “It’s as clear as the daylight hour that my friend from Louisiana doesn’t want the underlying bill to pass,” Reid countered. “I’m sorry that the senator from Louisiana obviously is not serious about passing this legislation.”

    Vitter asked whether “the speaker of the House would offer a public comment to give Senator Reid’s bill a vote on the House floor in the near future.” “I can’t represent what the speaker is going to do,” Reid answered. “Don’t be fooled,” Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said of Vitter. “This is a cheap shot.” But a good one. The objection from the Louisianan killed Reid’s proposal, and minutes later, the Senate voted 52 to 47 to kill Vitter’s amendment. It was a win-win-win situation. Democrats got their spending bill. Lawmakers got to keep their automatic pay increases. And Vitter got something other than prostitutes to discuss with the voters back home.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/10/AR2009031003583.html

  184. Mr. Obama is benefiting from high popular support. Polls give him a 60% approval rating and experts say voters seem willing to give him time to get his sea legs.
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    Except for the fact that this is typical not extraordinary in the aftermath of an election, and it lingers until such time as reality sets it. It is what is sometimes referred to as the honeymoon period. Why doesnt somebody point that out. It is true after all. A material ommission by Big Media. Gee thats novel.

  185. wbboei,

    Courtesy of the dimwitted dims and the equally corrupt media, his honeymoon period started the day he entered politics. And if they get their way, it will continue. The save grace will be when his zombies rise up in protest once the fog clears their brains.

  186. if there’s no sign of progress of any sort, no sign that the policies he implemented beginning in January and February are doing anything by June, July or August, then he’s going to have a bigger political problem.
    —————————
    I would have thought longer but on reflection I think Ornstein is right. The honeymoon willl end either in late summer or early fall. Later this year, the next hiccup will most likely take place, in October. And his ratings will go into free fall. I hope I am wrong about the hiccup at least for the countrys sake. The country deserves to succeed, whereas he doesnt.

  187. The problem the media has in continuing to prop this joker up is there are scoreboards. If they could keep the discussion in the world of essays it would be one thing. But there are indicia of economic performance that can be quantified and compared over the course of time. You can argue about causes, but if there is pain and he is the messiah, they will sound too much like excuses and fall on deaf ears.

    Turndown was talking about something yesterday. The hoped for demise of broadcast media which is the source of much of the problem. Turndown mentioned the possibility that the dicusssion would move to the internet, where these left wing ideologues could not maintain their monopolony.

    There is alot of truth to this. Most people today have access to a computer and are computer literate. And websites like this one have certain strategic advantages over bid media if the can reach a wide enough audience. First, they are interactive with their audience whereas big media is not. In other words, they allow audience feedback and let us see what others are thinking. Big Media on the other hand does not–other than sending letters of protest that nobody reads. Second, they do not need to rely on sponsors and audience ratings which would make them captive to business interests which corrupt their viewpoint. Taylor Marsh is a counter example.

  188. I know Cowboy Capus is trying to think of new ways to improve the financial performance of his beleaguered enterprise msnbc.

    Here then are a couple of ideas that might raise ratings, stock prices and quarterly bonuses in these economic times. Tough times require stern measures.

    1. Chris Matthews: when he goes over the top on somebody, let them grab him by the collar and punch him in the nose. There would be thousands of witnesses to the provocation which preceeded it. So there would be no point pressing charges. Let tweedie take one in the smacker for capus. If he screams give him another million and he will take a dive. Hes done it before.

    2. Keith Olberman: bring on Jerry Springer for the ostensible purpose of contributing to the Dolberman rant. Then surprise him with the harem of women who have set up a website to protest his performance failure of a different kind.

    And why not. The man has no scruples, or decency. Furthermore, he has proven by his own words and deeds that he cannot be embarrassed. And if he has any values at all, then they are–how shall I put it–negotiable.

    The opening bid is 7 million dollars–his annual salary. For that he will do things that would make Howard Stern blush.

    How about those ideas Cowboy Capus? Can you work with them? Or do you need more?

  189. wbboei,

    It’s not a very big hope, but it’s the only hope I see, Obi Wan, and the only one where people like me can DO something, right now. Namely blog something somewhere, whether political or not. Every minute some televiewer spends reading about recipies or uploading pictures of dogs or whatever … is one LESS minute watching tv.

    SEriously — sites like Livejournal have been very successful and take ENORMOUS amounts of time and attention away from big media.

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