Big Media Weasels Turn On Boob Obama

Americans had an opportunity this last election cycle to control the power of Big Media and the Big Media Party by rejection of Big Media tool Barack Obama. But Big Media won.

The Big Media Weasels and the Big Media Party are now turning on their tool – Barack Obama.

The Big Media broadcast networks are increasingly angry with limelight needy Obama for costing them money. The announcement that Obama would bamboozle the nation on Tuesday evening took the network anger public. “At a time when we’re struggling not only financially but to build audiences, this doesn’t help on either front,” one network executive said. “These repeated interruptions — and the rumor of even more to come — really make it difficult to build audience flow and loyalty. We will all lose one or two million dollars for this.”

A “network insider” confessed to being a star struck tween in love with Obama and his “policies” but that love ends with the loss of money: “I believe in the president and his policies, and as broadcasters we have a responsibility to provide the airtime,” said another network insider. “But these frequent primetime requests are wreaking serious havoc with our schedule and our advertisers. Ratings are down everywhere and the airtime is costing us all significant dollars when we can least afford it.”

Big Media selected then elected their tool Barack Obama and now Obama is costing them money. No sympathy from us.

We have even less sympathy for the Obama Hopium addled addicts who now complain about the power of Big Media. The Obama Hopium addled addicts empowered Big Media and rejoiced as that power was aimed against the qualified and experienced Hillary Clinton. Now the Big Media leash will be yanked against lapdog Obama.

Some extra-foolish Obama supporters based their support for Obama on the disgusting fact that Obama was a Big Media “darling”. These fools surrendered themselves, policies, politics, the primaries, the general election and the entire political system to Big Media. Now Big Media will yank the chain and on occasion, only to benefit themselves, tell the truth about Obama the clod. The Hopium addicts will now complain about Big Media as it slaps at lapdog Obama. Those that empowered Big Media have no one to blame but themselves.

We had the opportunity to to rid ourselves of the Chris Matthews’ of the political world or at least make them less significant. Now they are more powerful than ever. Obama supporters are entirely to blame for the ugly control Big Media now exerts over all our lives.

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Recently we noted that an article critical of Obama written by Howard Fineman in Newsweek was a signal to Big Media cohorts that it is now OK to show Obama and his Hopium addled fan club who is really in charge. Yesterday we posted excerpts from a Michael Wolffe article in which he laughed at Obama’s lack of communications skills. Today it is the New York Times‘ turn to turn on the always turning Obama.

In office two months, he has backpedaled on an array of issues, gingerly shifting positions as circumstances dictate while ducking for political cover to avoid undercutting his credibility and authority. That’s happened on the Iraq troop withdrawal timeline, on lobbyists in his administration and on money for lawmakers’ pet projects. [snip]

For now at least, Obama’s deviations have served only to invite occasional cries of hypocrisy from some Republicans and infrequent grumbles of disappointment from some Democrats. He has popularity on his side, and it seems people mostly are chalking up his moves to much-needed flexibility at a difficult time.

But the shifts could take a toll over time if they become a persistent pattern and the public grows weary. His overall job-performance marks could suffer and jeopardize his likely re-election campaign in 2012. People could perceive him as a say-one-thing-do-another politician and the Democratic-controlled Congress could see him as a weak chief executive.

The New York Times imitates Big Pink and tries to catalog Obama lies, though the Times can’t help but make excuses for Obama:

Obama’s moves and maneuvering for political cover run the gamut.

He spent most of the campaign promising to bring combat troops home from Iraq 16 months after taking office, though he left himself wiggle room.

After directing his commanders to map out a responsible pullout, President Obama adjusted that timeline to 19 months and said 50,000 troops, about one-third of the current force, would remain.

While campaigning, Obama frequently swiped at lobbyists, saying, ”When I am president, they won’t find a job in my White House.”

Then he took office and had to fill thousands of positions. He did allow former lobbyists to join his administration. But he imposed ethics rules barring them from dealing with matters related to their lobbying work or joining agencies that they had lobbied in the previous two years. In several cases, he has made outright exceptions.

Obama the candidate pledged to curb spending directed at lawmakers’ pet projects; they’re known in Washington as ”earmarks.” Obama the president signed an ”imperfect” $410 billion budget measure that included 8,500 earmarks.[snip]

As for politics, Obama campaigned as a new-style leader who chastised partisanship and renounced divisiveness in Washington. But as president, Obama’s White House aides wasted little time pouncing on Republicans and mocking conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh as the GOP’s leader.

On fiscal matters, Obama the candidate urged Americans to tighten their belts. Once in office and saddled with recession, though, he signed a $787 billion stimulus measure and outlined a $3.6 trillion budget plan that will plunge the nation deeper into the red. But again he paired the proposal with a new promise, to cut the deficit by more than half by the end of his first term.

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The New York Times will make excuses for Obama but Americans, especially crucial independents, are increasingly horrified by Obama and his Hopium addled Dimocrats:

In the new National Public Radio poll conducted by the Democratic polling company Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and its Republican counterpart, Public Opinion Strategies, 42 percent of the 800 likely voters surveyed March 10 to 14 said that if the next congressional election were held today they would vote for the Republican candidate; an identical percentage of respondents said they would vote for the Democratic one. For several years, Democrats held a substantial lead on this question.

Democrats still outnumbered Republicans in terms of party identification in this poll by 6 points, 45 percent to 39 percent. Democrats also favored their own party’s congressional candidates 83 percent to 7 percent. But voters who call themselves independents gave GOP candidates the edge by 14 points, 38 percent to 24 percent. And self-identified Republicans supported their own party’s candidates 85 percent to 3 percent.

Republican pollster Glen Bolger, who worked on the survey for Public Opinion Strategies, says that this is the first time since 2004 that he has seen independents favoring Republicans on the generic ballot test. Although he concedes that poll participants agreed — by margins of 6 to 11 points — with Democrats more than Republicans on each of the issues tested, he contends that the generic question’s results are “evidence that voters, particularly independents, are worried that they overcorrected in the 2006/2008 elections combined, and now have more of a liberal slant to government than they want. They want change but with checks and balances.” [snip]

If Republicans really have pulled even or slightly ahead among independent voters, that is a very ominous sign for Democrats, an indication that Obama’s talking the talk of bipartisanship isn’t sufficient and that he and the Democratic majorities on Capitol Hill have to walk the walk.

Bad news indeed as independents walk away from Obama Hopium addled Dimocrats.

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The New York Times today also published a long article about Obama’s Communication Breakdown which reads Big Pinkish:

“It’s almost like they’ve got — they’ve got a bomb strapped to them and they’ve got their hand on the trigger,” President Obama said on Thursday of the banks he’s chosen to bail out. “You don’t want them to blow up. But you’ve got to kind of talk [to] them, ease that finger off the trigger.”

It may be the world’s shortest-lived gaffe: the brief outrage it spawned was of course entirely subsumed by the uproar over his comment to Jay Leno that his attempt at bowling was “like the Special Olympics or something.”

From giving contradictory statements on the economy to making gaffes about the Special Olympics, team Obama has lost the communications magic that propelled it to the White House.

We will address the myth that Obama ran such a wonderful primary and general election campaign this week. For now, back to the Times’ catalog of Obama boobery:

Besides, minor stuff often contains hints at the larger picture. [snip] “The story of the day often catches the president flat-footed or on the defensive — and regularly undercut by fellow Democrats. To Obama’s dismay, he is learning that successful presidential communications is only in part — often a fairly small part — about personal eloquence.”

The MSM didn’t seem to make much of the Special Olympics joke — The Times’s initial online story on the “Tonight Show” appearance didn’t even mention it , nor did The Washington Post’s news article on the president’s California swing – but one Special Olympian and plenty of folks in the blogosphere took note.

“So how do you categorize Obama’s statement?” asks Patterico. “Poor judgment? Thoughtlessness? Or TELLING IT LIKE IT IS?!?! Don’t get me wrong; I wouldn’t really countenance the disabled flying into an outrage over this. But I do think — like the “putting lipstick on a pig” comment — that it shows Obama has a tin ear sometimes. And that he’s often a poor communicator, despite all we’ve heard to the contrary.”

Americans have heard Obama is a great communicator and that he ran a brilliant campaign but neither is true. Both myths were Big Media puffery.

One almost gets tired of saying it, but one must say it, still: Can you IMAGINE what the press and the Dems would do with that, had Bush said it,adds the Anchoress, with a heavy sigh. “President Bush was no cool cat, but he was a master of self-deprecating humor. I give Obama credit for trying it out…but maybe he’d better practice it more! Patterico notes that the press is playing it down. That’s not surprising. It was a failed attempt at humor, and you know what? I’d love to ignore it, I really would. And I’ll start ignoring these Obama gaffes just as soon as the press gives them the same unending coverage they gave to Bush’s. When the double-standards end.” [snip]

As for the suicide-bomber line, the Weekly Standard’s William Kristol is less alarmed by the bad taste than by what it might say about the president’s outlook on terrorists: “Is the president’s view really that the way to deal with suicide bombers is to try to “ease them off” the trigger rather than to shoot them if possible before they act?”

TOTUS (TelePrompter Of The United States):

In terms of pure miscommunication, however, no event compares to the president’s appearance with Prime Minister Brian Cowan of Ireland, during which a Teleprompter malfunction caused Cowan to repeat parts of the Obama speech and the president to thank himself for inviting everyone to the event. This brought not only the expected complaints from the right about the president being pre-scripted, but even spurred some wag to give the speechmaking device its own blog.

Insults to our good friends and ally Britain:

Still, Nile Gardiner of The Telegraph thinks that, all in all, the luck of the Irish held.

The contrast between the White House welcome this month for the Irish and British Prime Ministers could not have been greater. Brian Cowen, the Taoiseach of Ireland, is hardly a world figure, but he received the kind of red carpet treatment in Washington that would normally be reserved for royalty.

The Irish PM has no influence whatsoever over the policies of the United States. Yet he was greeted for a 40-minute meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday by not only the president but also Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and National Security Adviser Jim Jones. In addition, Obama hosted a lavish dinner party for 400 guests in Cowen’s honour to mark St. Patrick’s Day, where both the U.S. and Irish leaders spoke (teleprompter fiasco aside). At Michelle Obama’s request, the White House fountain was even turned green to mark the event.

When Gordon Brown was received at the White House at the start of March he was denied a press conference as well as an official dinner and was treated in a humiliating, demeaning fashion. Brown may well be a lame duck at home, but he is still the representative of 60 million Britons and a nation that has sacrificed blood and treasure alongside America time after time. The whole affair was hugely insulting to the British people.

For many, the ultimate symbol of the dissing of Gordon Brown involved the ritual exchange of presents: while the Browns came bearing “an ornamental pen holder made from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet” as well as books and outfits for the First Children, Sasha and Malia, the Obamas responded with a 25-disc set of classic American moves, which The Daily Mail’s Ian Drury called “as exciting as a pair of socks.”

While, again, this seems minor, insult was added to insult this week when it turned out that the regional-coding system applied to DVD’s rendered the movies unplayable at 10 Downing Street.

The Corner’s Mark Steyn doesn’t think Giftgate ends here:

I haven’t run into Gordon Brown in over a decade, but my memory of the last time I met him in a TV green room is of a glowering misanthropic type who enjoys nursing a grudge. What doesn’t go around (in the DVD player) comes around. When the president and his Teleprompter visit London for the G20 summit in a couple of weeks, it would be a tragedy were Barack Oprompta to rise for his big speech to find nothing but the words “Wrong Region” flashing on his screen (although I’m sure the Queen would be very polite and string along and make all the swells stand up and join the toast to “Ron Region”, whoever he is).

The New York Times continues to catalog Obama boobery:

Trivial stuff? Perhaps. But there are plenty of similar failures to synchronize on issues that nobody thinks are unimportant. According to VandeHei and Allen of the Politico, Lawrence Summers, the president’s chief economic adviser, “provided lifeless academic reasoning for why there was little Obama could do to prevent the payouts” to A.I.G. executives. Yet the next day, President Obama was in front of the microphones insisting that the Treasury would “pursue every single legal avenue to block these bonuses.”

Matthew Continetti of Weekly Standard gave his take on the flip-flop:

Why did Obama shift so quickly? Here are two reasons. One, the administration may finally be learning that, while it can still blame the economy on Bush (for now), it does own the bailouts. And any populist furor over the bailouts won’t just be directed backward at Bush. It will also be projected forward onto Obama and Geithner.

Second, any day now the Obama administration will reveal the details of and begin to implement their bank rescue plan. That plan requires the government to provide leverage for private financial institutions. The private institutions will put up some money, sure. But, to get them to do that, the government will have to put up A LOT of money. Another trillion, perhaps. And that means public support is absolutely necessary. Public support that may slip away if the AIG problem isn’t resolved soon.

Well, we’ll see about the rest, but he was certainly right about the trillion.

As for my assumption that nobody could find the A.I.G. situation unimportant, there were a couple of exceptions. First, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told The Times that the bonus kerfuffle “is a big distraction” in efforts to fix the economy. Then David Axelrod, the strategic genius of the Obama campaign, told the Washington Post that “People are not sitting around their kitchen tables thinking about AIG, … they are thinking about their own jobs,” which not only didn’t tie in very well with the president’s “every single legal avenue” approach but seemed oblivious to polls like this one.

This left the Plum Line’s Greg Sargent shaking his head: “Again, this just seems weird politically,” he wrote of attempts to pretend that folks aren’t outraged about the issue “at a time when Republicans are moving aggressively to paint Obama as too passive on the issue and position themselves as the outraged and heroic defenders of the taxpayers?”

“It’s not ‘weird’ — it’s panic,” responds Commentary’s Jennifer Rubin:

The entire crew is drowning in a public feeding frenzy of their own making. So they are throwing out whatever argument pops to mind. The contracts can’t be changed! Oh, we’re going to do everything we can to stop this! Oh, who cares!?

And then the president gets into the act, comparing AIG execs to suicide bombers. Is that really the right metaphor for the leader of the Free World?

You sense even their widely admired political skills are buckling under the weight of events and the scrutiny that goes with occupying the White House. It’s a good thing they don’t like big government or spending money, or we’d really have to worry about them getting in over their heads.

Not only are they “over their heads” Obama is not qualified and inexperienced and it is showing every day with every boobery:

On another front, remember when during the campaign John McCain said that “the fundamentals of our economy are sound” and Barack Obama shot back with ““Senator McCain, what economy are you talking about?” Well, what economy was Christina Romer, head of the Council of Economic Advisers, talking about on Sunday when she said that “The fundamentals are sound”? The same one as Peter Orszag was talking about a week earlier when he said that “fundamentally, the economy is weak.”

Don Surber tries to figure out what has happened since McCain’s comments last September that might have brought on Romer’s optimism:

What has changed? Is it the 3,000-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average or the full 2 points increase in the unemployment level from 6.1% in September to 8.1% in February?

All I know is President Obama has bad-mouthed the economy for 6 months, which undermines investor confidence. His willingness to spend trillions we do not have on junk we do not need is frightening the Chinese, who own much of our debt.

Instead of answers, we get partisanship.

The Obama plan seems to be do the wrong thing and then blame Republicans if it fails.

But you know something? McCain was right. The fundamentals were there in September to ride this worldwide recession out. The recovery would have begun by now, if Obama had not pushed fear and if Obama had not borrowed another trillion.

I am optimistic that the economy will rebound. Obama will take credit. But his new, expensive, socialistic programs are fundamentally unsound and we shall pay for all this in the long run.

The mixed messaging continued with the conflicting stories of Secretary Geithner and Chris Dodd, the Democrat who heads the Senate Banking Committee, over who exactly was responsible for ensuring the A.I.G. bonuses in the bailout legislation.

E.D. Kain at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen seems to think Geithner came out looking the worst.

I have to say, of all the changes the new Administration has implemented so far the Treasury is the least comforting – which is probably the absolutely worst possible thing Obama could have done at this point (within reason). Geithner is not a reassuring figure and things like this just make the whole operation look bad. I guess I have a hard time understanding why more hasn’t been done to at least keep up appearances. Half of this is illusion. The government needs to provide the illusion of confidence if they lack the real thing. This isn’t happening. People are nervous, and rightfully so.

And Michelle Malkin thinks the steamroller is still picking up speed:

Can he get anything straight? TurboTax failed him. So, apparently, did Outlook calendar.

Hapless Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner claims he didn’t find out about the AIG bonus issue until March 10. This was contradicted by AIG president Edward Liddy’s testimony before Congress earlier this week. Liddy was right. Geithner was wrong. And it’s all on videotape. DealBlog this morning referenced a House hearing on March 3 in which Geithner was directly questioned about the specific bosnues, a full week before Geithner claims he was made aware of the impending controversy. C-SPAN archives has the clip

So, in terms of job security, where does this leave the top T-Man? On Leno, Obama said that “I think Geithner is doing an outstanding job.” Andrew Sullivan says “I smell a Treasury secretary whose technical skills far surpass even minimal political sense.” But if you’re really curious, this is the place to look.

The Times laughs at Democrat on Dimocrat violence:

So, the president has at least unified his party on that point, right? Well ….. “Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) has said the gloomier CBO forecast would require “adjustments” to Obama’s budget, though he declined to specify what changes would be necessary,” reports The Washington Post. “To reduce the deficits, Democrats could dial back Obama’s spending plans or find new sources of revenue.”

Allahpundit, making common cause with, of all people, former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich, is curious about Conrad’s “adjustments”:

Adjustments in numbers or adjustments to the whole grand Great Society II scheme? Only the former, promises Obama budget guru Peter Orszag, vowing not to sacrifice The One’s health care/energy/climate change/education agenda. To which I say, we’ll see about that. Robert Reich lays it out plainly: “The Wall Street bailout is starting to look like the most expensive tax-supported fiasco in history… The president cannot afford to lose the public’s confidence that his administration is a careful steward of the public’s money. The public was willing to go along with a large stimulus package. But it won’t go along with a second stimulus, and certainly not another TARP. And until the public feels confident that its money isn’t being thrown down a rat hole, it may balk at other ambitious undertakings such as healthcare or education or the environment.” Indeed, which means all that stands between Obama and a congressional revolt is the bank-healin’ mojo of … Tim Geithner. Good luck, Barry.

Forget Barry.

It’s Americans we are worried about as the Big Media Weasels Turn On Boob Obama.

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367 thoughts on “Big Media Weasels Turn On Boob Obama

  1. where is my comment?

    I told admin (s)he didn’t miss thing and the post is brilliant!!!!!!!

    On another note, anyone else hear that BO wrote to the prez of France saying he looks forward to meeting him only he addressed it to Chirac instead of Sarcozy!!!!!!!

  2. Excellent Admin! Pure poetry!

    “Obama supporters are entirely to blame for the ugly control Big Media now exerts over all our lives.”

    I want the media, the bots, and especially obama and the dims to pay for this.

    I want the b.o. and m.o. to be banished, stripped of their powers, thrown out on their asses NOW!

  3. basil,

    I wonder if obama will take responsibility for his stupidity or just flip his you-know-what and tell the simple people to move on.

  4. You need to free up money to spend money, especially in an economic environment that is swirling down the drain. Obviously, O has no understanding of the managment of the Federal Budget.

    And by the way, why are we not looking at the Black Programs. These are the programs that are not visible in the DOD budget, where the military is writing their own checks, and getting what ever money they want. But of course we cannot scrutinize these budget as they are submitted to no one on a line by line basis. Since they are Top secret, you get only the bottom line figure which is approved totally in the blind.

  5. Just blog just keeps getting better and better! Way to go ADMIN. Wow,wow,wow.

    Yes, unfortunately for us, Bambi is a BOOB. It’s obvious he is in over his head. We knew he was not up to the task since this time last year. Oh well, don’t blame us we voted for the smart one, Hillary.

    By the Way, Hillary’s Foreign Policy blog could use some hits…

    http: / / hillary.foreignpolicy .com /

  6. MARCH 21, 2009 Clinton Pursues Broad Agenda With Some Key Posts Unfilled

    By LOUISE RADNOFSKY and JAY SOLOMON

    Hillary Clinton faces several more months without a full roster of staff as the State Department pushes ahead with an ambitious overhaul of U.S. foreign policy, including stepping up engagement with longtime adversaries such as Iran, Syria and Russia.

    For the moment, Secretary of State Clinton is relying on special advisers, as well as lower-ranking career officials who don’t require Senate confirmation.

    There is no indication that her department has been slower than past administrations in filling its senior posts. But President Barack Obama faces two wars and desires a significant shift in U.S. foreign policy. Analysts and lawmakers have expressed concerns that the department needs more high-ranking political staff to carry out its agenda. The holes lie in the ranks of undersecretaries and ambassadors who must be confirmed. Mrs. Clinton still lacks undersecretaries for arms control, economics, public diplomacy and global affairs, as well as a director of U.S. foreign assistance and several assistant secretaries. She does have in place a deputy secretary, Jim Steinberg.

    The shortage of confirmed nominees has prompted some of the same concerns as those surrounding Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who has undertaken major housing, banking, insurance and auto-industry programs in recent weeks with a skeleton crew in place. Gordon Duguid, acting deputy spokesman for the State Department, said progress in filling its roster is “completely normal,” and existing staff are holding down the fort. “Any responsibility that needs to be assumed has been assumed by career foreign- and civil-service officers who are very much at the highest levels of the department,” he said. “It’s not like there’s nobody doing anything.”

    Some candidates for top posts have been nominated but face a prolonged confirmation process in Congress, which has a tightly packed calendar ahead of its April recess. The administration’s pick for ambassador to Iraq, Christopher Hill, is next up with a hearing scheduled for Wednesday. Some Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have charged Mr. Hill with being soft on North Korea’s human-rights record.

    The only other two scheduled hearings are for Karl Eikenberry, nominated as ambassador to Afghanistan, and the administration’s choice for assistant secretary for European affairs, Phil Gordon. Hearings aren’t scheduled yet for at least three other assistant secretary nominees — Esther Brimmer, Richard Verma and Rose Gottemoeller — a spokeswoman for the foreign-relations panel said.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB123759919602901601.html

  7. Rep. Berkley’s Letter To Clinton

    Thursday, March 19, 2009 –

    U.S. congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-Nev), a member of the Middle East Subcommittee of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Clinton in which she demands that the American government condition $900 million in Gaza aid for Palestinians on ending Gazan rocket fire on Israel and release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged that $900 million during a conference in Egypt last week, which sought to raise money for rebuilding Gaza after Israel’s three-week incursion into Gaza, which was aimed at halting Gaza rocket fire on southern communities. Shalit has been held as a hostage by the Gaza regime since a cross-border raid in June 2006.

    Rep. Berkley’s letter followed a meeting on Capitol Hill with the Sderot Media Center, http://www.SderotMedia.com, who briefed Congress about what life is like in rocket-battered Sderot The Sderot Media Center brought Congress a series of first-hand audiovisual reports of the 120 rocket attacks that have been launched from Gaza since Israel ceased its military incursion into Gaza on January 18, two days before President Obama was inaugurated.

    Representative Berkley writes:

    Dear Madam Secretary:

    I write to you today regarding the situation in the Middle East. In the wake of Hamas’s attacks on Israel, and Israel’s defensive operations, I understand the U.S. government has pledged to grant $900 million for the rebuilding of Gaza and for assisting the Palestinian Authority. I am concerned that this money will end up helping Hamas and hurting the very Palestin­ian people we intend to help. For years, the U.S. has infused money into the Palestinian Authority (PA), with very little to show for it. Their leaders are no more ready to govern today than they were before we began our funding. After years of mismanagement, their basic institutions are in shambles and they have shown very little ability to govern in the West Bank without the presence of the Israeli Defense Forces. Instead of helping average Palestin­ians, our money has lined the pockets of the Arafats and other corrupt Palestinian leaders.

    I also understand our funding will not be conditioned on any reciprocal actions by Hamas or the PA. Despite Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, Hamas still refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, has not stopped raining rockets on Israeli territory and still holds captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. It is essential that we condition our funding on Hamas’s reciprocating with these basic demands. Without such links, Palestinians will see the U.S. as providing aid while Hamas continues to terrorize the Israeli people, with no consequences from the U.S. government. I am also concerned that much of the funding will be directed through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Unfortunately, UNRWA has proven itself to be a biased agency, with very little oversight. During the most recent violence in Gaza, UNRWA issued numerous statements attacking Israel for their self-defense actions, while failing to criticize Hamas for launching missiles at innocent Israeli citizens. Much of UNWRA’s money and services end up in the hands of people who are wealthy enough not to need the assistance, or worse, with members of terrorist organizations. UNRWA officials have even admitted that they cannot guarantee their money does not go to Hamas. I believe helping UNRWA does not further the cause of peace.

    5tjt.com/news/read.asp?Id=4030

  8. admin – bravo! brava! bravi!…whichever one applies 😉

    also, just when i thought you couldn’t possibly top yourself, we now have TOTUS (TelePrompter Of The United States) too damn funny.

  9. I was thinking the other day that the AIG/Bank/Financial System Bailouts reminds me of the MWD
    hysteria during the Iraq War.

    Today I saw this at another blog.

    ‘The Bush/Obama bailouts require serious investigation. Were these bailouts necessary, or were they a scam, like “weapons of mass destruction,” used to advance a private agenda behind a wall of fear?’

    What do you think?

  10. Over half of the original 8 nominees for Dem candidate have been thrown under the bus;

    Dodd, Richardson, Edwards, Biden.

    Kucinich and Vilsak stayed under the radar.

    weird.

  11. Michigan to Investigate ACORN

    Conyers troubled by ACORN allegations, calls for probe

    posted at 5:13 pm on March 20, 2009 by Allahpundit

    Mr. Conyers, Michigan Democrat and fierce partisan, suggested a congressional probe after scathing testimony about the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) during a hearing on various voting issues related to the 2008 presidential election.

    Mr. Conyers called the accusations “a pretty serious matter.”

    “I think that it would be something that would be worth our time,” he said during Thursday’s hearing. “We’ve never had one person representing ACORN before the committee. … I think in all fairness we ought to really examine it.”

    Th\e testimony by Pittsburgh lawyer Heather Heidelbaugh accused the nonprofit group of violating tax, campaign-finance and other laws by, among other things, sharing with the Barack Obama campaign a list of the Democrat’s maxed-out campaign donors so ACORN could use it to solicit them for a get-out-the-vote drive.

    defendourfreedoms.us/

  12. “Michelle and TOTUS in AIRY-FAIRYLAND” ……the fables (lies and more lies) continue!!!!!!

    The Tinman makes empty noise (Biden)
    The lion/lioness has stopped roaring (Bill/Hillary)
    The forest is growing bigger and bigger!!!!!

    WAKE ME UP when they are gone…somebody!!!!!! Please let it be soon!!!!!!

    ————–

  13. I need every citizen and every law enforcement officer taking part in this criminal investigation

    ***This is much to long for me to post here, but in brief Orly has written to a police dept in texas requesting/demanding that they investigate barack obama and his supporters in the state of texas for fraud and a huge laundry list of other charges too.

    the Police officer in Beaumont Texas Mr Ronald Dischler has responded and is on board!!!!

    This Orly Taitz is one smart cookie!! AMAZING !!!

    please go read her site…..and help her out with her requests!!

    WE NEED TO MAKE SURE SHE SUCCEEDS ON BEHALF OF THIS ENTIRE COUNTRY!!

    SHE MAY BE OUR ONLY HOPE!!!

    defendourfreedoms.us/

  14. Thanks for the great reporting djia. Things just aren’t going very smoothly for the wannabe god.

    How sad…NOT!

  15. Jan… 😉

    I say we add to his bad 60 days in office LMAO!! and start a “IMPEACH OBAMA NOW” petition!!!

  16. Admin: I hope the honest people in the media are reading your articles. Your assessment of current events and projection of future ones has been sound and unfailing. You offer the objective reader something which he or she will not find elsewhere: a combination of investigative journalism, shrewd political assessment, fierce honesty, literay style, fine research, and first class forecasting. No one who values the truth and wants to understand what is happening to our country, our future and our lives can afford to ignore what you are saying. You are a paradigmatic example of the best traditions of American Journalism, when truth held sway and before it was swallowed up by the big business behometh, and turned into a propanda mill.

  17. I say we add to his bad 60 days in office LMAO!! and start a “IMPEACH OBAMA NOW” petition!!!
    ————————
    Unfortunately ginness book incompetence and fiddling while Rome burns are not legal grounds for impeachment. We had better get that birth certificate case heard. We cannot wait three years and ten months. We will be in davy jones’ locker by then at the rate Bambi is going.

  18. I went to a townhall meeting today, given by my congressman. It was only about an hour, so it was a brief and superficial overview of what is going on. I was struck by how much the congressman is infatuated by BO. It made me feel sick inside, because of what we commoners see from the outside. The entire system is swirling down the drain, and no one knows what they are doing. The congressman was overly optimistic, IMHO. His high regard for BO seemed unwarranted, based upon present behavior.

    There is a depressing and scary post up at The Confluence, written by their resident economist, Dakinikat. Apparently, Geithner’s plan has been “leaked” and supposedly props up the zombie banks (Japan anyone?) and makes the taxpayers on the hook for the bailout. Dak said this is the worst case scenario that various economists have been discussing. BO is moving the wealth from the taxpayers to Wall Street. see the article for more details

    riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2009/03/21/zombie-banks-must-die/#comment-322856

  19. well i am off to the fireman’s dance in town……have a good night !!
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    Good night Dija. I have no doubt you are a better dancer than Obama. He is not that good to begin with but when big media fires a few harmless shots at his feet he teeters on the brink of collapse. Two months down, DOW down, unemployment up, deficits up, gdp down–and all is well. Three long years and ten long months to go if he serves out his term. Let us pray.

  20. birdgal

    Of course he would behave like that. When you have over ruled your voters, and made the selection with no regard to the vote of the people, you better think you were right, and gush. Otherwise, they would start recall actions. I think under his breath he is hoping this will not happen.

    When are the voters going to say, hay SUPERDUDS, what and the Hexx did you select, over the direction of the Voters, and guess what, you need to start looking for a job. You are finished.

  21. There is a depressing and scary post up at The Confluence, written by their resident economist, Dakinikat. Apparently, Geithner’s plan has been “leaked” and supposedly props up the zombie banks (Japan anyone?) and makes the taxpayers on the hook for the bailout. Dak said this is the worst case scenario that various economists have been discussing. BO is moving the wealth from the taxpayers to Wall Street. see the article for more details
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    This has been my operating assumption. It was reinforced by what I saw when I read about the mountain of bad paper which exceeds world gdp, and the relative achor position which the US occupies in the world economy. That is why I asked the question early on what incentive does that give taxpayers to pay taxes if that is the endgame? That is
    not a political question. It is a behavioral one. The faulty assumption is that taxpayers will not revolt in masse and refuse to pay. The regulators would be impotent if everyone refused.

  22. NMF, unfortunately I live in a very BO friendly area, so he isn’t going to be recalled any time soon. He has been a representative from this area for over 20 years, and is a lieutenant of Pelosi. He co-authored the Ledbetter legislation in the House.

  23. I am dead serious about that risk. You see it in a courtroom where the authority is present before them and yet the jurors engage in something called juror nullification, whereby they repudiate their oath and lawful duty and deliver a verdict which shows their contempt for the system. Fundamentally, they do not want to be used, and do not want to be part of the process.

  24. NMF, unfortunately I live in a very BO friendly area, so he isn’t going to be recalled any time soon. He has been a representative from this area for over 20 years, and is a lieutenant of Pelosi. He co-authored the Ledbetter legislation in the House.
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    Hi Birdgal: If it is George you are talking about, he is in lala land. He will be one of the last to smell the smoke when Rome is burning. And when he does, he will attribute it to partisan causes, like the Republican shredder went bust.

  25. U.S. congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-Nev), a member of the Middle East Subcommittee of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Clinton in which she demands that the American government condition $900 million in Gaza aid for Palestinians on ending Gazan rocket fire on Israel and release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit
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    Are the people who need that aid in a position to prevent this shelling and to force the release of the hostage? If so then this makes sense. If not, then the practical effect will be to prevent that aid from reaching the people who need it, thereby strenthening the hand of our adversary.

    I am in favor of attaching conditions but they only work if they are directed at the party who controls or can control the rocket attack. In this case the evil party would be delighted to prevent that aid from reaching the people who need it so he can convert those people to his cause rather than letting them drift in our direction as a result of humanitarian aid.

  26. wbboei Says:

    March 21st, 2009 at 8:50 pm
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    Yeah, George is definitely in lala land, as well as most of CA. I don’t get it. I just don’t understand the attraction to BO, especially with his recent gaffes and narcissism showing more with each passing day.

    Rome is burning, and POTUS/TOTUS is yucking it up on late night TV, dissing the mentally challenged, spending the weekend at Camp David, appearing on 60 Minutes this Sunday, and yet another TV appearance on Tues. p.m. When does he actually work???

  27. I have this dreadful feeling that now that obama has given his smarmy apologies for his “special olympics” diss, that he and his handlers will trot out some special needs people as specimens.

    Has Leno apologized yet?

  28. I agree with what wbboei says at 9:24. The conditions Berkley wants to set on the $900 million grant make sense in theory. But the money is not meant for Hamas. And it is Hamas and groups affiliated with them that are firing rockets into Israel and kidnapped Shalit. One only hopes that the US government has placed some sort of safety devices into the grant to make sure it is used appropriately and not a cent of it ends up in the hands of Hamas and their supporters. But the people one assumes the US will be giving this money to do not have any control over Hamas. I understand Berkley’s intentions, but I think she’s barking at the wrong tree.

    Also, do we know for sure if this story of Obama writing a letter to Chirac is true? I don’t speak French, so I can’t verify if Le Figaro wrote about it. I want to be certain that it’s true before I start talking about it with my Oborg friends.

  29. No comments for 2 hours? Must be another glitch in the system.

    Great job on this post, admin. If it weren’t for the American people suffering, I’d be gloating at the little pissant hopium addicts who are getting a taste of the reality we TOLD them was coming if they ignored common sense and put this boob in office.

  30. birdgal: to left wing he is a trophy. A vindication of their ideology and values system. Thus, he is someone they are compelled to support and defend blindly and persistently against reality and contrary evidence. If they have moments of weakness, they remind themselves that if they say anything untoward about him they are at risk of being labelled what they have accused others of being namely a racist. It is part and parcel of the vision of the annointed. It is the palace and the prison in which they lead their pampered lives. In the state of nature these are the animals who first get eaten because they are ignorant as swans.

  31. wbboei,

    Re CNN, I meant in 2000 during Gore’s campaign Turner sold out to some people who iirc treated Gore badly; my inpression was that they were enemies of the Clnton/Gore administration/faction etc thus wanted Bush Jr instead of Gore, who could have been Bill’ls third term. Rightwingers I seem to remember, cf Fox types? — but I never got as far into the details as you have. I’ll defer to your memory. Anyway I was thinking of them opposing Hillary just as part of that tradition, not so much personally.

  32. The weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal is a treasure trove of information. Since I do not subscribe to it on line, I had to buy it. Its up to $2. I am going to try to transcribe a couple of articles for you, and see how far I get.

  33. this may tie in with your warnings that the AIG execs are a distraction flame that Obama is fanning, so the sheeple don’t notice what the other hand is doing with the REST of our money. From a comment on The Confluence:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/03/what_obama_hath_wrought.html

    “What Obama Hath Wrought (Updated: ACORN connection)
    Rick Moran

    Populist rage fueled by the President himself has now entered an area not seen in American politics for generations:
    The Connecticut Working Families Party this weekend has organized a bus store that will make stops at Wilton, Connecticut, AIG office as well as the security-patrolled homes of AIG execs who are fearing for their lives.“We’re going to be peaceful and lawful in everything we do,” said Jon Green, the director of Connecticut Working Families. “I know there’s a lot of anger and a lot of rage about what’s happened. We’re not looking to foment that unnecessarily, but what we want to do is give folks in Bridgeport and Hartford and other parts of Connecticut who are struggling and losing their homes and their jobs and their health insurance an opportunity to see what kinds of lifestyle billions of dollars in credit-default swaps can buy.””

    …. ACORN is a co-founder of the Connecticut Working Families Party.”

    If Acorn is involved, you can bet yer sweet patootie this confirms what we’ve suspected: Obama is deliberately trying to focus anger on AIG employees to distract from himself, and how he is robbing us blind. And he is using his favorite thug agitators, ACORN, to do it.

  34. Here is the first WSJ article. It illustrates both the problem and the sheer incompetence of Obamas White House Budget Director who projects a modest contraction of GDP this year and a robust recovery next year. Loon.

    Yesterday, I posted an article by Taipan which asked why with markets experiencing a mild recovery did the Fed pump an additional trillion into the economy, which will be very inflationary and destabilizing to markets. I believe the answer to that question lies, at least in part, right here. Finally, I nominate Lou Dobbs to be the one to lead the angry mob. Bambi? Never!
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    RESCUING THE ECONOMY JUST GOT HARDER

    By David Wessel

    Rescuing the economy from the worst financial crisis in 75 years just got harder. Thank those bonuses at the American International Group.

    The uproar over six and seven figure payouts by a company propped up with 173 billion of government cash complicates Obama’s already formidable task: to bolster the political courage of voter fearing lawmakers to spend UNFATHOMABLE sums of taxpayer money in order to avoid a decade of stagnation or a repeat of the Great Depression.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, the nations most prominent student of the Depression, was asked: What keeps you up at night? The biggest risk is that we don’t have the political will. That we don’t have the commitment to solve this problem, and that we just let it continue. In which case we cannot count on a recovery.”

    His point, though he cannot put it so bluntly, is that its going to take hundreds of billions more to to rebuild the foundation of the banking system and restart the economy. Its going to mean letting some people profit from buying smelly mortgages on the cheap and paying oters far more than the average office worker to manage huge portfolios thatt fall into government hands. And to make the system safer its going to require changes to regulation of finance that powerful interests will resist.

    Yet the public mood toward spending more taxpayer money and toward bankers and their government overseerers is even more hostile than it was last fall when the House of Representatives initially rejected the Bush Administration’s 700 billion dollar bailout plea. Back then voters did not know what the plan was. Today they do–or think they do and they do not like it. . . A CBS poll found that 53% of the public disapproved of providing money to banks and other financial institutions to try to help fix the economy, and only 37% approved.

    Meanwhile, the Treasury has spent about 300 billion of the 700 billion in the Troubled Asset Relief Fundand allocated much of the rest. The deteriorating economy and declining home prices are widening bank losses, eroding what capital they have left. That discourages or prevents them from lending aggressively. Unless private investors suddenly find banks an attractive bet, the Treasury’s plans to replenish the capital over the next six months and to form joint ventures with private investors to buy toxic loans and securities (mortgage derivatives).

    But that probably will require more money. The placeholder in the Administration budget is the 750 billion, two thirds of which the White House “expects” to get back. The chances of Congress approving that soon are next to NIL.

    So the Administration is looking at ways to salve the financial system’s wounds, including relying on the Fed which doesnt need anyones approval to print money. The risk is that all those second best alternatives will not suffice and the crippled financial system will drag down the economy.

    “The relevant lesson from Japan: if you dont clean up the financial system you can stay in a recession for 15 years. Housing prices went down for 17 years said Kenneth Rogoff, a Harvard economist and critic of both the Bush and the Obama responses.

    If the political system is paralyzed, history suggests what may happen: inflation. In this scenario, the Fed continues to flood the economy with credit until eventually prices go up. It lightens the burden of debts. It raises government revenues. It is the time honored way of solving these problems. (snip)

    Members of Congress are wary that constituents will punish them for for supporting more bailout money. But the flipside of what people say now doesnt matter much. WHAT SHOULD MATTER TO LAWMAKERS IS THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY IN 2010.

    Perhaps. But Ray Tuxeira, a sociologist who studies working class attitudes, sees the AIG eruption as a manifestation of an anger that the public feels toward those who have been at the commanding heights of the economy for the last twenty years. (snip)

    No one with the charisima of William Jennings Bryant or Ross Perot has emerged to lead the angry mob–yet. (snip).

  35. The charisma of Ross Perot.

    Joe the Plumber?

    What we need is the financial savvy of Sarah Palin.

  36. Here is the second WSJ article by Peggy Noonan. When you read her opening paragraph you can see her wishing her old boss Reagan was back. She was his speechwriter, and has caused alot of problems since then. On the subject of national security against terrorism, notice how big media did not touch the issue, ergo it took the German press to raise it for us. Our press corps is too corrupt to protect the nation.
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    NEITHER A HEDGEHOG NOR A FOX

    Peggy Noonan

    He is willowy when people yearn for solid, reed like when they hope for substantial, a bright older brother when they want a father, cool where they prefer warmth. (snip)

    Such expressions–coolness, slightness, only if they capture some larger or more meaningful truth. At the moment they connect for me to something insubstantial and weightless in the Administration’s economic pronouncements and policies. The President seems everywhere and nowhere, not fully focused on matters at hand. He is trying to keep up with the news cycle with less and less to say. . . The President has an economic program. But there is, so far, no clear statement of the thinking behind it.

    This is why the teleprompter trope is taking off. Mr, Obama uses it more than prior presidents. No one would care about this or notice it as long as he showed COMPETENCE. (snip)

    The fact is Mr. Obama has ONLY TWO JOBS, but they are huge.

    Mr. Obama’s FIRST JOB IS THE ECONOMY, to pull us out of this economic death spiral-to save the banks, get them lending, fix the mortgage mess, address unemployment, forstall inflation, TARP & TALP, financial oversight and regulation of Wall Street–all of this is enormously COMPLEX involving questions of scale, emphasis and direction.

    So one wonders WHY the President does not step in and insist on staffing the top level of the Treasury Department where beseiged Secretary Geithner struggles without deputies through his 15 hour days. Might AIG and the bonus scandal been stopped or discovered sooner if Treasury had someone to answer the phones. LEADERSHIP is needed here. Not talkership, leadership.

    Mr. Obamas SECOND JOB IS AMERICAS SAFETY at home and throughout the world. (snip)

    We live in the age of weapons of mass destruction and each day more people come close to getting and deploying them. What can be used will be used. We are a target. Something bad is going to happen–dont we all know this? Are we having another failure of imagination?

    A month ago, FBI Director Robert Mueller warned of a Mumbai-type terrorist attack, saying a similar attack could happen in a US city. He spoke of a threat of homegrown terrorists who are radicalized, indoctrinated and recruited for jihad. Mumbai should reinvigorate US intelligence efforts. The threat is not only from al Qaeda but from less well known groups. This has the hard sound of truth.

    Contrast that with the new secretary of homeland security Janed Nepolitano who in her first speech and testimony to Congress did not mention world terrorism once. This week she was pressed: does islamist terrorism suddenly no longer pose a threat to your country? Her reply: “I presume there is always a threat from terrorism”. (snip)

    Our enemies are criminals and criminals calculate. It is possible they are calculating thusly: America is in a deep economic crisis and has an untested president. Why not move now?

    Mr. Obama likes to say presidents can do more than one thing at a time, but in fact modern presidents are lucky to do one thing at a time, never mind two. Great forces are arrayed against them.

    These are the TWO GREAT ISSUES- THE ECONOMIC CRISIS and OUR SAFETY. In the face of them, what strikes one is THE WEIGHTLESSNESS OF THE OBAMA, THE JUMPING FROM ISSUE TO ISSUE AND VENUE TO VENUE DAY TO DAY. (snip)

  37. The charisma of Ross Perot.
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    The man had charisma coming out of his ears. And he was just the guy to lift up the hood on the economy, turn the crankshaft with his bare hands until it snapped and throw quart bottles of castor oil all over the $2000 suits and allegator shoes of those danged lobbyists cuz he luuuved the American People. Then one day he disappeared like it had never happened and told the world that Bush Sr. put out a contract on his daughter the lost Russian princess Anastasia who escaped the CHEKA but not the predations of Poppy, aka Bush the Elder. Can there be any doubt he is charismatic. Just dont get around him when he is tuning up his hot rod.

  38. wbb — If you give the ‘Palestinians’ huge amounts of money for rocketing Israel, it will be seen as a win for Hamas’ aggression. The Palestinians voted for these people, they are the government, and very few of those dollars will reach the street.

    There has been a great deal of putting their children in the front lines — the intifada — and then decrying Israel for hurting their children.

    Bottom line: without conditions, do you think Hamas will become less aggressive? I think there must be some consequence to the ‘Palestinians’ thinking that Israel can be vanquished and that they should go with the most radical leader they can find. How will this ‘triumph of Hamas’ strengthen the moderates? I bet that half the money goes to rockets.

  39. “The President seems everywhere and nowhere, not fully focused on matters at hand. He is trying to keep up with the news cycle with less and less to say.”

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    And honestly, what did we expect? Those of us who didn’t drink the koolaid knew his shelf date was over before it even started. I am not surprised at all that he has screwed up everything in such a short time. The media, if they weren’t so awestruck, should have known it as well.

  40. “Our enemies are criminals and criminals calculate. It is possible they are calculating thusly: America is in a deep economic crisis and has an untested president. Why not move now?”

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    Noonan hits it right again. The image of obama as president is as tarnished as can be and in such a very short time period. His “not ready for primetime” actions continue to threatens Americans everywhere. Does he really propose to negotiate with terrorists? What the heck are “moderate terrorists” anyway? They sort of kill the innocent but don’t really??? Does he really think that they will not take advantage of his stupidity?

    Thank god for Hillary. I pray she doesn’t get caught in the crossfire because of this twit.

  41. “If Acorn is involved, you can bet yer sweet patootie this confirms what we’ve suspected: Obama is deliberately trying to focus anger on AIG employees to distract from himself, and how he is robbing us blind. And he is using his favorite thug agitators, ACORN, to do it.”

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    Exactly!

  42. Peggy Noonan drank the kool-aid also during the election. Her warnings and predictions are, as with so many others, too late.

    The whole ACORN thing should be interesting. Now even Conyers (D-Mich) has said ACORN should be investigated by Congress. Let’s see how far that goes.

  43. One of the biggest Obama shills, Frank Rich, is worried and now in full pretend that he was ever anything but a dishonest shill for Obama. This is really quite shocking, even if Rich is still an Obama shill it is clear the rats are preparing their escapes from the Titanic:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/22/opinion/22rich.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

    A CHARMING visit with Jay Leno won’t fix it. A 90 percent tax on bankers’ bonuses won’t fix it. Firing Timothy Geithner won’t fix it. Unless and until Barack Obama addresses the full depth of Americans’ anger with his full arsenal of policy smarts and political gifts, his presidency and, worse, our economy will be paralyzed. It would be foolish to dismiss as hyperbole the stark warning delivered by Paulette Altmaier of Cupertino, Calif., in a letter to the editor published by The Times last week: “President Obama may not realize it yet, but his Katrina moment has arrived.”

  44. Wonderful article, Admin.

    Whether it was intentional, an innate subconscious thought, however you arrived at the correct visuals of Boomers in the midst of what “Hope and Change” looks like from a generation who believed there IS a better way and that all people/citizens are created equal. It was the Boomers who created the Middle Class and it is the elites who are using Obama to destroy as much of it as he can with the politics of his presidency.

    The Dylan video captures the essence of the generational divide between the current crop of starry eyed, “hope and change” college students and the Boomers that created a life changing movement.

    Boomers lived through the hardship of “Hope and Change” willing to do whatever it took to persevere against the establishment with THEIR version of “Hope and Change” which basically was against discrimination.

    Against Racial-discrimination, working class discrimination, gender discrimination…any and all discriminations.At the time as it existed, Boomers thought of nothing more important than extracting themselves from the Republican values identified with the ‘Leave it to Beaver’ model…

    The Leave it to Beaver model was a precursor, a lighter version, a more subtle delineation of the “Have and the Have Nots” which is what is happening right now with the (It’s Not my Fault) ‘Obama destruction’ of the ‘Middle Class’.

    Rothschild said: “whoever controls the money controls the World.” And that is exactly, the plan. The Banks will be our Masters and whoever is in power controling them.

  45. Hillary Clinton grassroots campaign launched to support Secretary of State
    March 21, 8:08 AM · Add a Comment
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    While President Obama’s supporters in the DNC have launched the Organizing for America grassroots movement to support the Obama economics program, a small group has emerged supporting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Hillary Clinton Grassroots Campaign, run by an unidentified Texas blogger, features news and updates for the person who just can’t get enough Hillary.

    Recent posts include a brief story on Clinton’s difficult task of overhauling U.S. foreign policy without a full staff, Ben Affleck’s recent praise for Clinton and a poll released recently showing Mrs. Clinton as the “most important first lady” by a wide margin. The group’s website promises to be a one-stop shop for Hillary Clinton fans.

    hillaryclintonnews.blogspot.com/

    examiner.com/x-5697-Grassroots-Politics-Examiner~y2009m3d21-Hillary-Clinton-grassroots-campaign-launched-to-support-Secretary-of-State

  46. Hillary Clinton ‘inspired’ by fabulous’ Derry students

    20 March 2009

    The US Secretary of State has been ‘inspired’ by the commitment of 44 students from the city, who have taken the states by storm. The City of Hope group, comprising 44 students from twelve local schools and Northern Ireland’s two universities, met Hilary Clinton after performing for a number of dignitaries at a brunch at the US State Department.

    She told the group she was by their continuing efforts at peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. The students then presented her with a DVD and a note from Nobel Laureate, John Hume, who was instrumental in organising the group’s visit to the U.S.

    St. Cecelia’s College Principal, Kathleen Gormley, who is with the group on their tour of the state of Maryland and Washington DC., told the ‘Journal’:

    “We are absolutely ecstatic by the warm reception the group has received. They are over here doing a fabulous job of selling Derry and I am sure numerous influential people will be visiting Derry as a result.” The prinicipal also revealed that the group has been invited to the Northern Ireland Assembly to speak about their experiences in the near future.

    derryjournal.com/journal/Hillary-Clinton-39inspired39-by-fabulous39.5093699.jp

  47. Dodd is in trouble in Connecticut. Hartford Courant:

    http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hc-dodd-ubinas-0322mar22,0,3619593.column

    Even as Sen. Christopher Dodd tried to explain his involvement in the pesky loophole that led to $218 million in bonuses for a company bailed out by taxpayers, he insisted it was all just a misunderstanding.

    There was no flip-flop, he repeatedly told reporters during a conference call Thursday. In fact, there was no distinction between any of his comments, really.

    With that, you could almost hear one reporter’s head explode.

    The people of Connecticut see a distinction, the reporter snapped. “They think you’re talking out of both sides of your mouth.”

    There was a short, but notable pause. And for a minute there, I thought Dodd might actually get that reporters weren’t piling on because it was a slow news day, but because he messed up — big-time.

    But no matter how many times reporters tried to broach the subject of Dodd’s credibility, there was just more ducking and weaving.

    He’d explain it again, he said, with practiced career-pol disdain.

    He misunderstood the reporter’s question.

    Bull. I watched the tape. Seemed pretty clear to me.

    The Treasury Department probably should have stepped up sooner.

    Double bull — you should have.

    He never would have agreed to the changes had he known that the amendment would affect AIG specifically.

    Really, Senator? So, how many other amendments have you agreed to without reading them first?

    Here’s the thing: What people are looking for, what they’re always looking for, is the simple, unspun, unvarnished truth. Why is that so difficult for politicians to get?

    Instead, Dodd’s acting just like he did when the Countrywide scandal broke: How dare anyone suggest I got preferential treatment on my mortgages? Details to follow.

    The irony in the AIG fiasco is that Dodd really had been trying to go hard on bonuses when the administration pushed the loophole idea. The chairman of the banking committee could simply have come out at the beginning and said you know what, I was going for the whole pie, but only got half.

    Instead, he went into spin mode.

    And here’s a news flash for you, Senator — in the court of real life, a half-truth is still a lie.

    And that’s why you’re in trouble.

    It’s not just that Dodd’s credibility is shot. It’s that his attitude betrays an arrogance that bristles at the thought that we — the little people — don’t quite understand the complicated business of politics and now he’s having to waste his time by having to explain it all.

    “I regret deeply that this matter has become confused,” Dodd said.

    Sorry, Senator, it’s not the matter that’s become confused.

    It’s you.

  48. My post at 10:03 was written as the Dylan video was playing representing the visuals I was referring to in that post.

    We made a better life for our children and in the process we forgot something… we protected them too well from the ever lurking forces of malevolent evil by not imprinting their brains with these historical memories.

  49. U.S.-Mexico relationship hits some bumps

    A trucking dispute and the drug war stir up hidden tensions just as Clinton prepares for her first visit south as secretary of State.

    By Ken Ellingwood and Paul Richter
    March 22, 2009

    Reporting from Washington and Mexico City — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ventures south of the border this week at a moment when the tricky dynamics of the U.S.-Mexico relationship are on full display. It’s too soon to call it a rough patch, but a flap over cross-border trucking and unwelcome words about the drug war have led Mexico to push back against its powerful neighbor recently.

    The trade dispute got tetchy last week when Mexico raised tariffs on scores of U.S. imports — retaliation for Washington’s decision to stop funding a program that allowed some Mexican trucks on U.S. highways under a free-trade agreement. Days earlier, Mexican President Felipe Calderon and other top officials, annoyed by remarks suggesting that their government is losing turf to drug traffickers, let fly unusually sharp remarks about drug consumption and possible official corruption north of the border.

    The developments hardly add up to a diplomatic row, and most analysts describe bilateral ties as fundamentally sound. But as Clinton makes her first visit to Latin America as secretary, the recent frictions highlight sensitivities that are always hovering around the relationship. “Mexico is so entwined with us,” said Peter Hakim, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, a think tank in Washington. “On almost any issue you’ll find conflict and cooperation.”

    The visit by Clinton and one by President Obama next month will help set the tone for future dealings between Calderon and the new administration in Washington. Calderon and former President George W. Bush, both pro-business conservatives, were generally in sync.

    Mexico’s drug war and border security are taking on growing prominence in Washington because of violence that has killed more than 7,000 people in the last 15 months. U.S. lawmakers and security officials are increasingly concerned that the violence, which has included decapitations and bodies tossed into barrels of acid, could spill over the border.

    Clinton’s trip will take up the U.S.-Mexican efforts to fight the drug violence, but also will focus on the global economic crisis, trade and other issues. She wants to show American support for Calderon’s 2-year-old offensive against drug traffickers and, more broadly, to signal that the Obama administration intends to step up the U.S. anti-drug effort on its side of the border.

    Obama has acknowledged U.S. responsibility as the primary supplier of money and firearms that sustain drug cartels in their fights against Mexican forces and one another. “It’s really a two-way situation there,” Obama told reporters this month, promising a comprehensive border-security policy in coming months. “The drugs are coming north; we’re sending funds and guns south.”

    Some analysts say the recent tough talk on the Mexican side may be aimed mainly at a domestic audience a few months before midterm congressional elections. Mexico’s love-hate relationship with the United States means it can be politically profitable to keep the neighbor at arm’s length. Raul Benitez, an expert on U.S.-Mexico relations at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, said then-Mexican President Vicente Fox broke ranks with the United States by opposing the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the last midterm election year. “This is exactly the same,” Benitez said.

    continued at…

    latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-us-mexico22-2009mar22,0,1696031.story

  50. “A CHARMING visit with Jay Leno won’t fix it.”

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    And the fact that obama seems to think all it takes is a smile from him as he greets the “little people” is just plain disgusting! Is he on drugs or something???

  51. From The Sunday TimesMarch 22, 2009

    Democrat anger at Obama overkill
    Concern is mounting at the president’s tactics. The AIG saga has prompted some senior Democrats to distance themselves from Obama

    Tony Allen-Mills

    WHEN the White House announced last week that President Barack Obama will be returning to the nation’s television screens on Tuesday for a prime-time press conference that will postpone the latest episode of American Idol – the talent show watched by 25m viewers – fans of the programme were quick to respond.

    “Stop, please stop, Mr O, we can’t take much more,” one angry viewer wrote on an Idol-related website. “Not again!” complained another. “It’s the same speech he’s been giving for the past year.” There were dark mutterings that by commandeering evening programming only a few days after he appeared on Jay Leno’s popular late-night chat show, Obama was “just like Fidel Castro [of Cuba] and Hugo Chavez [of Venezuela] – always on camera, always giving speeches and lecturing”.

    The barbed response to the prospect of yet another mass-media dose of Obama’s economic prescriptions underlined the dangers the president is facing as he struggles to sell his recovery efforts to a country seething with anger and anxiety over the costs, effectiveness and potential abuse of the government’s trillion-dollar bailout programme.

    White House aides remain outwardly confident that Obama’s telegenic appeal will reassure Americans who were appalled by last week’s Wall Street bonus fiasco and who are becoming increasingly sceptical about the president’s so-called “Big Bang” approach to reviving a shattered economy.

    Sceptics were scarcely encouraged on Friday when the main US budgetary watchdog reported that Obama’s proposals would generate far greater budget deficits than the administration had predicted. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) prompted consternation with an estimate that deficits over the next decade would total $9.3 trillion (£6.4 trillion). The deficit revelations followed the administration’s much-criticised handling of multi-million-dollar bonuses handed out to employees of the crippled American International Group (AIG) – the insurance behemoth laid low by reckless investments and propped up by taxpayers. The growing fiscal and political doubts about Obama’s stimulus programme have exposed alarming cracks in Democratic ranks only two months after he took office.

    It was not just that the White House misread popular outrage at the Wall Street hot-shots rewarded for running their company into the ground; there were rumblings of discontent from a wide range of disillusioned Obama supporters complaining about everything from his lack of support for gays to his plans for a new military “surge” in Afghanistan. Among the prominent Democrats who took issue with the White House over its failure to head off the bonus crisis was Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, who tried several weeks ago to block bonus payments by firms receiving bailout funds, but failed to persuade administration officials to take the potential problem seriously.

    Despite strong words about bonuses from Obama himself, the president seemed to undermine their impact when he coughed during a White House event and joked that he was “choked up with anger”. Rahm Emanuel, his chief of staff, was quoted as saying the president regarded the AIG scandal as merely “a big distraction”.

    The suggestion that the White House never took seriously an issue that infuriated millions of Americans was supported by Senator Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat who claimed that several weeks earlier he warned Timothy Geithner, the Treasury secretary, that AIG was planning to use taxpayer funds to pay out $165m in bonuses. Geithner’s failure to block the payments has sparked speculation that Obama will have to replace him, despite the president’s insistence to Leno that he is doing “an outstanding job”. James Carville, the Democratic strategist, suggested Obama needed to “give a sense that there’s much more accountability coming than we see”.
    Obama said he would not accept Geithner’s resignation if it was offered. In a CBS television interview to be broadcast today the president says he would tell him: “Sorry buddy – you’ve still got the job.”

    Stung by popular anger over the AIG saga, several other Democratic senators have been quietly distancing themselves from the Obama team, suggesting it may have bitten off more than it can chew. Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, chairman of the appropriations committee, said: “To maintain a schedule like the one we’ve got at this moment, throughout the year, I don’t know if it will be healthy.” Even Peter Orszag, Obama’s budget director, was obliged to concede that the CBO-projected deficits, if accurate, were “ultimately not sustainable”.

    Obama insisted yesterday that he would stick to the big-ticket items in his budget proposals, but analysts speculated that he would have little choice but to slash his spending plans and is likely to arrive close to empty-handed at the G20 economic summit in London next month, where Gordon Brown is hoping for coordinated action to stimulate economic growth. While Obama is still greeted everywhere he goes by raucous crowds thrilled by his historic election, his poll numbers have begun to slide. A survey from the key battlefield state of Ohio last week showed his approval rating had slipped to 57%, down 10 points from February.

    “Here we are six months after the Wall Street bailout began and it’s still the case that almost no loans are being made to [ordinary people on] main street,” said Robert Reich, a prominent liberal academic and former labour secretary under President Bill Clinton.
    “The Wall Street bailout is beginning to look like the most expensive tax-supported fiasco in history,” Reich added. “The president cannot afford to lose the public’s confidence that his administration is a careful steward of the public’s money.”

    For Howard Zinn, a popular historian, anti-war activist and early Obama supporter, an equal concern is the president’s failure to reverse George W Bush’s military policies. Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States, said: “We should be informing Obama that we expect more from him than he has done so far. He shows no sign of departing from the traditional militarism of the Democratic and Republican parties. The idea of sending more troops to Afghanistan is disastrous, really absurd.” Many of Obama’s critics recognise that the president has his hands full with an economic crisis that was not of his making and that some of his campaign promises – notably on healthcare and schools – may be receding dreams.

    Yet the White House appears to be banking on Obama’s still-potent aura of promise and integrity to overcome doubts that he can pull off an economic miracle. “There are those who say these plans are too ambitious,” Obama said of his sweeping budget proposals during a visit to California last week. “They say, ‘Obama’s trying to do too much’, well, I say our challenges are too large to ignore.” The dangers of his reliance on populist appeal were laid bare during his Leno appearance, where the easy questions lobbed up by his comedian host yielded few clues to future policy but caused a rare Obama stumble.
    Deprived of the teleprompter that has become his regular travelling companion, Obama answered a question about his ten-pin bowling prowess by saying “it was like the Special Olympics” for disabled athletes. He apologised even before the recorded programme was broadcast and much of the cheerful benefit of his relaxed appearance was overshadowed by the ensuing fuss over his lapse into political incorrectness.

    This week Obama takes another risk by monopolising TV screens in place of American Idol. The same programme was bumped by his State of the Union address last month and it was not only Republicans who complained they were seeing too much of their president. “In the sucky economic climate we’re in now, I like having TV to cheer me up,” said Rose Tyler, a disappointed Idol fan. “He has not made the transition from campaigning to being the actual president,” complained another viewer.

    “Good time to clean out the sock drawer,” said a third.

    timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article5950373.ece

  52. Okay, this ies REALLY distrubing. From a commenter at The Confluence:

    SharonMI, on March 22nd, 2009 at 6:48 am Said:

    I’m trying to move my 401k (from a job I quit years ago) into an IRA at my credit union. The holder of the IRA tells me money invested in their companies real-estate whatever is frozen til they decide to let it out, possibly in little chunks over time (months or “maybe even years”). When I asked the guy when was this done and why wasn’t I informed, he said Sept and it was on their website news (or something) and “sorry ’bout that.” I can’t have a trickle-it-in traditional IRA except for a one-year certificate (least interest of course).

    Can anyone tell me if this was legal? Who should I talk to about getting MY money out of there. The guy was happy enough to offer me an IRA through THEM – as if. Anyone have any suggestions. Sounds smarmy and bogus but not surprising to me. The credit union lady said she’d never heard the like (maybe cuz they have standards?)

  53. admin Says:
    March 22nd, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Dodd is in trouble in Connecticut. Hartford Courant:

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

    Dodd gives the Irish a Bad Name… Just a note, Admin- Please don’t let Obama slide and further without mention, the fact that he signed the Bill without reading it FIRST!

  54. foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/03/21/obama-geithners-job-safe/

    SNIP

    The interview, which is scheduled to air Sunday evening, also focused on the economic crisis and Timothy Geithner, Obama’s embattled treasury secretary.

    Geithner is staying, Obama said, joking that if Geithner tried to resign, he would say, “Sorry buddy, you’ve still got the job.”

    Geithner has been criticized over his handling of AIG after news broke this month that bailed-out company had doled out millions of dollars in bonuses. That controversy and criticism of Geithner’s efforts to revive the economy have prompted some Republicans to call for his resignation.

    Geithner is expected to unveil, as early as Monday, the administration’s plan to relieve banks of the toxic loans that helped fuel the recession.

    In the CBS interview, the president also says corporate executives need to better understand the public’s outrage over bonuses. He says executives should get out of New York and spend time in Iowa or Arkansas where people are thrilled to be making $75,000 a year with no bonuses.

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

    Oh….The Audacity!

  55. Geithner is expected to unveil, as early as Monday, the administration’s plan to relieve banks of the toxic loans that helped fuel the recession.

    dijia, those plans have already been leaked, and they SUCK. They amount to an Enron scam on a grand scale, with the taxpayers playing the role of shareholder patsies.

  56. Admin, the problem is who replaces Geithner. People are turning his jobs down, and the Economy job looks like impossible to solve. Who would want to take that job, without a bonus.

  57. # admin Says:
    March 22nd, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Mrs. Smith, we almost selected Dylan’s “Idiot Wind”.

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

    The angels are with us…then.

    Dylan is almost prophetic with “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”!

  58. No NewMexicoFan, the problem is Obama. 🙂

    As to a Geithner replacement, do you really think it matters much? Obama is the one setting policy and he does not know what he is doing. No matter who becomes Treasury Secretary the problem remains – and the problem is Obama. Unless the American people make their displeasure with Obama known Obama will continue to perform his circus act. Even if Americans revolt, would Obama listen? We doubt it.

    The solution is for the emerging NObama coalition to fully form itself and deprive Obama of decision making power. Only then can foolish policies be reversed and only then will a Treasury Secretary matter. Only then can confidence be established. Only then will a comprehensive economic plan be developed and explained.

    If this seems too wild to accept, recall that the Commerce Secretary was supposed to be Gregg. Once he dropped out Gregg has become one of the harshest Obama economic policy critics. How can it be that Gregg could have been in charge of Commerce when he so clearly disagrees with Obama on just about everything? The answer is that Gregg was just a place holder in the same way that Geithner is a placeholder, an agent of Obama foolishness.

    A different or same Treasury secretary is just moving chairs on the Titanic.

    Abandon ship! The captain is a boob.

  59. I agree.

    One of my older relatives said that they thought it would staighten out in a few months. I don’t know what they base this on, as all the experts are hidding their heads in the sand now. The only real solution is replacement of O. However, Geithner will be blamed and thrown under the bus. I guess Gregg was just to smart to go there. I really think most of those who take these impossible jobs do so out of ego, and the idea that they can at least write a book and get rich.

  60. Abandon ship! The captain is a boob.

    LMAO! I am hoping that Evan Bayh’s new group will wrest some control of the agenda from this boob.

  61. By the way. Admin, we here on the blog all await your book hopefully entitled Admin of Big Pink or Hillary is 44 or something appropriate. I know those of us on the blog would like to have signed copies, even if you do not use your name. I personnelly will pay double for it, so pay back in some small way your efforts and the cost of this blog. I cannot get through the day without it.

  62. “In the CBS interview, the president also says corporate executives need to better understand the public’s outrage over bonuses. He says executives should get out of New York and spend time in Iowa or Arkansas where people are thrilled to be making $75,000 a year with no bonuses.”

    Oh. My. God. I almost fell out of my chair. $75,000? Does our Beloved Leader have any idea how much people are earning? I live in NYC and make a decent salary. Or I suppose it’s what counts for decent these days. But I’m far far short of $75,000. And in Arkansas $75,000 goes a lot further than in NYC. So someone please tell me: is $75,000 really the average salary in Arkansas? Because if it is – I’m clearly living in the wrong state! Happy to be making $75,000 with no bonuses? Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!

  63. “Unless the American people make their displeasure with Obama known Obama will continue to perform his circus act. Even if Americans revolt, would Obama listen? We doubt it.”

    ———————————–

    His narcissistic ego will refuse to believe that anyone could possibly not love him no matter what. Until his dying breath he will think that he was America’s savior.

  64. “His narcissistic ego will refuse to believe that anyone could possibly not love him no matter what.”

    Obama is a hired hand. The minute he has pangs of conscience (ha) or decides on his own to change political course, his handlers will pull the rug out from under him in the blink of an eye.

    The real reason why the SCOTUS never took the “citizenship” case to trial and proprietary reason they never asked him to show proof of his citizenship.

    It has been and always will be their TRUMP card held over Bambi’s head!

  65. So someone please tell me: is $75,000 really the average salary in Arkansas?
    *********
    In 2001 the average per-capita income was ~22k in AR ..Rank 50th….median 2 member family income ~$43K..rank 47 followed by WV and MS. Obama in an ijit.

  66. As they always say……..Good comedy ALWAYS REQUIRES A BIT OF TRUTH to it.

    VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN KILLS AT GRIDIRON: “Axelrod really wanted me to do this on teleprompter — but I told him I’m much better when I wing it. … I know these evenings run long, so I’m going to be brief. Talk about the audacity of hope. … President Obama does send his greetings, though. He can’t be here tonight — because he’s busy getting ready for Easter. (Whisper) He thinks it’s about him. …

    “I know that no president has missed his first Gridiron since Grover Cleveland. Of course, President Cleveland really did have better things to do on a Saturday night. When he was in the White House — he was married to a 21 year old woman. … I understand these are dark days for the newspaper business, but I hate it when people say that newspapers are obsolete. That’s totally untrue. I know from firsthand experience. I recently got a puppy, and you can’t housebreak a puppy on the Internet.

    “Now let’s see: we have a Republican speaker who was born in Austria, and tonight’s Democratic speaker was born in Canada. Folks, this is Lou Dobbs’ worst nightmare. … We are now two months into the Obama-Biden administration and the President and I have become extremely close. To give you an idea of how close we are, he told me that next year — maybe, just maybe — he’s going to give me his blackberry email address. … But the Obama Administration really is a good team. I am the experienced veteran. Rahm can be an enforcer. And Tim Geithner is always there when you need to borrow money. And no questions asked.

    “You know, I never realized just how much power Dick Cheney had until my first day on the job. I walked into my office, and you know how the outgoing president always leaves the incoming president a note in his desk? I opened my drawer and Dick Cheney had left me Barack Obama’s birth certificate. … I now realize that we have to be extra careful when we annunciate new policy ideas to make sure they don’t look like they’re personally motivated. For example, the other day there were a whole bunch of stories about the President’s hair going gray; the next day there’s a story about a Vice President who’s trying to grow new hair, and then the day after that, the two of us come out in favor of stem cell research. That looked bad.

    “I’d like to address some of the things I said: Like when I said that ‘JOBS’ is a three-letter word. I did say that. But I didn’t mean it literally. It’s like how, right now, most people think AIG is a four-letter word. … Or when I announced our stimulus package website, I was asked how you get to it: All I said was I didn’t know the website number. What I really meant to say was, ‘Ted Stevens didn’t tell me what tube the website is in.’”

  67. NMF, HRC might not know it exactly right off the top of her head, but she’d make DAMN SURE she checked that out and got it right before she opened her mouth and mentioned it.

  68. We can all be certain of one thing: the average salary in Arkansas is nowhere near $75,000. In fact, without doing any research I’m going to go on the limb and say that not a single state in the Union has an average that high. You can live very very comfortably on $75,000 in any state.

  69. I think the issue here is Obama’s perception of what people make. He said $75,000 because he was clearly comfortable with that number. He’s confident that’s what people make. This is what he actually thinks! He has no idea of the reality out there. He has no idea what’s happening out in the real world. It is pure, sheer, ignorance.

  70. Just because he says it, doesn’t make it so…doesn’t make it the new gospel according the obama the antichrist.

  71. This is a moment a lot of you have been waiting for: the Hopium is finally wearing off and the denizens of the darkest Hopium dens are now saying what we have been saying, and attacked for saying it, for years. This is an “I told you so” moment to the dolts at OpenLeft (which we mocked months ago as “NothingLeft”). Try not to laugh, especially if you venture to read the comments from the Obama enablers:

    http://www.openleft.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=12386

    Now, here we go again. And the common denominator in all three of these cases is that Barack Obama doesn’t seem the least bit amenable to reason. Oh, he has his very pleasant, very “reasonable” demeanor, fully intact. Any lingering doubts about why he admires Ronald Reagan should be long, long gone by now. But when it comes to actual reasons, as opposed to the appearance of being reasonable, there is, quite simply, no one home.

    Put simply, Obama defends his friends. Ideas are utterly beside the point. If his friends have ideas that are abhorrent, or deeply injurious to his political supporters, or the American people at large, then tough toenails for his supporters and for the American people. [snip]

    And somehow, the fact that we’re no longer suffering under the worst President ever has drastically lowered our standards, so that we’re willing to accept the leadership of a man who is genuinely inspiring, but who seems to have very low regard for whether policies actually work or make sense, and much more regard for whether everyone he wants to get along actually does get along. It’s not that I expect his views to coincide with mine. I never expected that. But I did expect significantly better reasons from him when it came to explaining why he sees things as he does.

    But, frankly, I see very little sign that he cares even a little bit about that. He cares about sticking with those he’s chosen. Which, when you get down to it, sounds far too similar to GW Bush for my personal comfort.

    [The comments are even funnier and even more pathetic and disgusting:]

    comment:

    You put into words what millions of Obama supporters have been thinking but were not going to say for fear of undermining the “hope” for “change”.

    Simply stated, it looks like old-time Chicago politics to me. I actually know a lot about that kind of politics. I live in Louisiana.

    comment:

    Obama = Hoover?

    I guess his lack of experience is a problem after all.

    comment:

    You’re not alone in your misgivings

    There’s a passage in one of his books — I don’t remember which one, or the exact quote — but it concerned his discovery in the course of his rise that the movers and shakers were people just like him, and that he felt comfortable among them.

    comment:

    It’s As If
    he touts himself as coming from being a progressive, yet he comes off as abysmally ignorant of some of the most facts of life.
    How’d that happen? Did he not read anything? Of course not! He read plenty. But it’s as if the things he read often just didn’t penetrate, and what stuck with him were the the bullshit sessions. In fact, I’d say it seems like his entire perception of the left is based on thinking there’s nothing deeper there than what you’d get out of a sophomore year bullshit session.

    comment:

    Millions suffered just so Bush
    could work through his daddy issues and try to prove he could do a better job in Iraq than Pappy Bush.
    How many billions will have to suffer just so Obama can learn some tough life lessons?

    We just love this comment which makes us suspect we have a reader at that Hopium den:

    great, so all we’ve got to look forward to now
    is an alternating sequence of Tiberiuses and Caligulas, until what remains of the American Empire dissolves into warring states?

    There is much more hillarity at that “creative class” dunce club for those who wish to venture there.

  72. As more and more of the population becomes computer saavy, big medias pathetic attempts at censorship will fail. If we can get campaign finance reform to starve them for money then their power and influence will be gutted, and this media controlled totalitarian state of affairs will end and more people will think for themselves
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  73. webmail.aol.com/41921/aol/en-us/suite.aspx h stuff but no ws

    Rasmassen Report just in.

    The Political area has a totally different view of Gs performance as Treasurer vs the Public (Our superduds of course). In addition, O is down to +4 35% vs 31%.

  74. TOTUS Obama is a clueless bore who absolutely is a bigger gaffe machine than Biden… didn’t think that was even possible LMAO

    so let’s see…… The world according to GarpTOTUS

    happy with little pay and no bonuses

    we’re just typical white people

    We cling to guns and religion

    We have antipathy towards those who are not like us [we’re bigots]

    what else?

  75. Admin….. that would be hillarious if it wasn’t so sad that these bots couldn’t wake up before they propped up the “one term teleprompter wonder”

    but it sure feels good to say WE TOLD YOU SO!!!

  76. “In the CBS interview, the president also says corporate executives need to better understand the public’s outrage over bonuses. He says executives should get out of New York and spend time in Iowa or Arkansas where people are thrilled to be making $75,000 a year with no bonuses.”
    ——————————
    He is getting his facts confused. What he meant to say was by the end of his term of office, i.e. it will take $75,000 to match the buying power of the $43,000 they are making today, minus the tax increases he will impose on the wealthy, which will fall on anyone making more than $20,000 on a joint return, base on the economic modeling criteria of Bangledesh whom he has promised $870 billion to despite the Economist headling that Africa does not need more foreign aid. Since he is big on breaking campaign promises that is one to consider. The Economist goes on to call his tax plan flawed because it calls for an activist government as opposed to a limited one, and the American People may want that in principle until they see the price tag. Their speculation is ithat tax increases on the 2% of the population making more than $250 which is where I believe the figure is currently set is laughable and it will go deep into the middle class before its through, yet he does not own up to it. In my view the middle class which was the group traditional politicans sought to help was abandoned by Bush only to be destroyed by this sociopath. As an early supreme court opinion rightly observed the power to tax is the power to destroy. I am not against taxes as long as they fill a public need. I am against them if all they do is protect the dims in 2010, which is all Pelosi thinks about. Marie Antioinette move over.

  77. We just love this comment which makes us suspect we have a reader at that Hopium den:

    great, so all we’ve got to look forward to now
    is an alternating sequence of Tiberiuses and Caligulas, until what remains of the American Empire dissolves into warring states?
    —————————————————–
    Either that or we have got alot of dope smoking Roman scholars running around drawing accurate historical comparisons between then and now.

    The beauty of this comparison is it allows them to channel their disdain for Bush toward this guy, and could produce in time a sunumai.

    In that case part of his flock will see him as a trophy and part will see him as the great pretender.

    Nice work admin.

  78. hillbuzz.wordpress.com/2009/03/22/whatever-happened-to-that-new-kind-of-politics-stuff/

    hillbuzz has a discussion about how around chicago there are articles and questions popping up about O not being presidential, etc:

    …Obama has a real storm brewing that the White House is wholly unaware of. Shockingly, people in Chicago, including our local media here, are picking up on ths: he is not behaving presidential, and people are responding to that.

    The appearances on Jay Leno, as if he was promoting a new movie that he’s in. Gracing the cover of magazines like Men’s Health, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, and others with little to do with government or politics: just like a pop star. Setting up, and relishing, petty feuds far beneathe the office of the President, just like the sort of thing Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and other starlets do.

    …it goes on…

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

    sooner or later, the obvious becomes obvious…so many koolaid drinkers now beginning to worry “Is this guy really an imposter? – What have we done?”

    …frankly he looks more suited for a job at ESPN…

  79. RUMINATIONS OF THE REFORMED BOT

    Look into the pewter pot–or whatever makes you spacey
    And see Barack as Barack is not–when he first bamboozled you
    For faith tis pleasant til tis past–when you finally got wise
    The mischief is that will not last– like cold turkey to a heroin addict

    But then I say the morning sky–chicago politics not utopia
    Hi-ho the tale as all a lie–Obama is Hoover not Lincoln
    The world it was the old world yet–we told you so

  80. “Is this guy really an imposter? – What have we done?”
    ————————————————-
    You have elected a sociopath who works for corporate america. You were taken in by appearaces and by a corporate marketing scheme. How does it feel to be the white rat in this experiment. And you thought you were running the show. How does it feel to be a sucker. Is it better to get out or continue this delusion hoping no one will notice.

  81. Obama is the one setting policy and he does not know what he is doing. No matter who becomes Treasury Secretary the problem remains – and the problem is Obama
    ———————————–
    Very true. He is the problem. And the longer this continues the worse it gets for the country.

    Dont ever believe the JUDGMENT of the elites is sound. It is first, last and always selfish. And look at where it has led our country.

    First the financial collapse. Now this buffoon who fiddles while Rome burns.

    A corporate sociopath gekko.

  82. You have elected a sociopath who works for corporate america.
    ***********
    Having Larry Summers as White House Economic Council chairman, is enough evidence of who is pulling Obama’s strings. As Treasure Sec., Larry backed “The Commodity Futures Modernization Act”; nothing more needs to be said about the “economic team”.

  83. communitycounts.com/forum/?id=obama

    Ask the president
    Presented by: The Nation and The Washington Times
    What questions do you think President Obama should be asked at his next press conference?
    We are calling on Obama to start a new tradition to open up the White House: invite new and independent voices into the East Room by pledging to take a citizen-generated question at presidential press conferences.
    To put this idea into action—and give the busy White House something tangible to work with— a broad coalition of new and traditional media are teaming up, including The Nation, The Washington Times and the Personal Democracy Forum, to begin gathering questions from you, the public. Then we are appealing to the President to call on a journalist to ask one of the most popular citizen questions at future press conferences, as explained in this magazine article, The People’s Press Conference.
    You can submit your questions, in text or video; view other people’s questions; and vote for the ones you think are most important.

    click on top rated

    or add ur own question

  84. “great, so all we’ve got to look forward to now
    is an alternating sequence of Tiberiuses and Caligulas, until what remains of the American Empire dissolves into warring states? ”

    Admin, I am LMAO!

    But it’s clear this poster doesn’t have your way with words.

    :WINK:

  85. Does Obama have another pastor problem?

    telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/5028975/Barack-Obama-facing-criticism-for-his-dial-a-pastor-advice-line.html

    Barack Obama is under fire after replacing his estranged pastor Jeremiah Wright with a new circle of religious confidantes whose views are dramatically at odds with some of his political goals.

    SNIP-

    The most controversial figure the president has been telephoning is Bishop T. D. Jakes, head of the 30,000 strong Potter’s House parish in Dallas, who refers to homosexuality as “brokenness” and recently claimed that he wouldn’t hire a sexually active gay person.
    When Rev Jakes’ son Jermaine was arrested last month for soliciting gay sex in a Dallas park after exposing himself to two undercover male vice squad detectives, the bishop said he revealed he had issued “correction” to his son.
    Bishop Jakes has also been criticised for his advocacy of “prosperity theology”, which teaches that God rewards the faithful with material gifts. In one sermon, “Provision for the Vision,” he bragged about his own stable of luxury cars.
    Similar claims are levelled at Kirbyjon Caldwell, who runs the world’s largest United Methodist congregation at Windsor Village Church in Houston, who has been criticised for going “too far in linking spiritual wholeness to financial wholeness”.
    His church prohibits ordination for practicing homosexuals, same-sex unions and a woman on staff at Rev Caldwell’s church runs a group called Metanoia, a gay conversion programme which claims to use Christian teaching to “cure” those “seeking freedom from homosexuality, lesbianism, prostitution, sex addiction and other habitual sins”.
    That has enraged Obama supporter Wayne Besen, founder of Truth Wins Out, a New York organisation which campaigns against the “ex-gay” movement in the church, which insists that homosexuality is nothing more than a sinful lifestyle choice.
    He told The Sunday Telegraph: “I think Obama’s got another pastor problem. There’s a tendency to surround himself with these anti-gay preachers which is very offensive. These are people who believe that we are sinful and sick and that you can pray away the gay.
    “The notion that Obama can’t find a pastor in America who doesn’t have these outrageous extreme beliefs is baffling to many of us.”
    Campaigners say that by talking to those with the views of Bishop Jakes, the president sends the wrong message to his gay supporters who had hoped for a new tone from the White House after eight years in which George W. Bush used wedge issues like opposition to gay marriage to drum up conservative votes.

  86. Sunday, March 22, 2009
    Blistering Frank Rich column about AIG, the administration and more

    Posted by John Aravosis (DC)
    It’s very harsh, and it’s a must-read. Rich details why people are so angry, and offers details as to why you should be even angrier. He offers a warning to President Obama that he needs to act now, and decisively.
    Inquiring Americans have the right to know why it took six months for us to learn (some of) what A.I.G. did with our money. We need to understand why some of that money was used to bail out foreign banks. And why Goldman, which declared that its potential losses with A.I.G. were “immaterial,” nonetheless got the largest-known A.I.G. handout of taxpayers’ cash ($12.9 billion) while also receiving a TARP bailout. We need to be told why retention bonuses went to some 50 bankers who not only were in the toxic A.I.G. unit but who left despite the “retention” jackpots. We must be told why taxpayers have so little control of the bailed-out financial institutions that we now own some or most of. And where are the M.R.I.’s from those “stress tests” the Treasury Department is giving those banks?

    That’s just a short list. In general, it’s hard to imagine taxpayers shelling out billions for a second bank bailout unless there’s a full accounting of every dime of the first, and true transparency for the new plan whose rollout is becoming the most attenuated striptease since the heyday of Gypsy Rose Lee.

    Another compelling question connects all of the above: why has there been so little transparency and so much evasiveness so far? The answer, I fear, is that too many of the administration’s officials are too marinated in the insiders’ culture to police it, reform it or own up to their own past complicity with it.
    Bush got us into this mess, and Rich readily acknowledges that. But his concern is that if Obama doesn’t quickly get a hold of the situation, this is going to damage future recovery efforts, his presidency, and Democratic chances of staying in office in two and four years. Read the entire thing, it’s worth it.

    americablog.com/2009/03/blistering-frank-rich-column-about-aig.html

  87. ADMIN,

    Is there anyway you can post this image of Barack Revue??

    It’s from RBO and it is falling-on-the-floor-funny.

    It’s the third image in the article.

    therealbarackobama.wordpress.com

  88. canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/9454
    This is a MUST READ especially for people like me who never took Economics 101!

    The Financial Crisis: A look behind the wizard’s curtain
    By Bruce Wiseman Thursday, March 19, 2009
    I’m tired of hearing about subprime mortgages.

    It’s as if these things were living entities that had spawned an epidemic of economic pornography.
    Subprime mortgages are as much a cause of the current financial chaos as bullets were for the death of JFK.

    Someone planned the assassination and someone pulled the trigger.

    The media, J. Edgar Hoover and the Warren Commission tried to push Lee Harvey Oswald off on the American public. They didn’t buy it.

    They shouldn’t buy subprime mortgages either.

    Someone planned the assassination and someone pulled the trigger.

    Only this time the target is the international financial structure and the bullets are still being fired.

    Oh yes, people took out adjustable-rate mortgages they could ill afford, that were then sold to Wall Street bankers. The bankers bundled them up like gift wrappers at Nordstrom’s during the Holidays and sold them to other banks after raking off billions in fees. The fees? They were for…well…they were for wrapping the mortgages in the haute couture of Wall Street.

    But it didn’t start there. No, no, not by a long shot.

    And as the late, great Paul Harvey would say, “And now you’re going to hear the Rest of the Story.”

    Are subprime mortgages part of some larger agenda?

    And if so, what is it?

    Stay with me here, because Alice is about to slide down the rabbit hole into the looking-glass world of international finance.

  89. I remember when you took your mortgage out locally, and it stayed local. You also were known by your personal banker, and you knew the people at the bank by name as you grew up with them.

    A relative of mine was turned down for a bridge loan in 2004. They had more money in an IRA at the bank than they were asking for in the loan, and no debt. They had money in that bank for years. The Loan department in the state capital of this state, which is where the HQ for this bank was, turned down the loan. The personel banker interfered and go the bridge loan which was promptly repaid. That did it for this person with that bank though, they took all of their money out of their IRA and went to a credit union (thank god who knows now if they could get their money out).

    Yes, yet this same group would issue credit cards to college students with no job or credit to speak of.

    SOMETHING WENT REALLY WRONG WITH THE BANKING INDUSTRY.

  90. nmf,

    Here’s more of the CFP article!

    A year ago, I saw an article in which the president of the New York Federal Reserve bank was calling for a “Global Monetary Authority” or GMA to deal with the world’s financial crisis. While I have been following international banking institutions for some time, this was the clue that they were making their move. I wrote an article on it at the time.

    By the way, as some may recall, the president of the New York Fed last year was a man named Timothy Geithner. Geithner was very involved in structuring the booby-trapped TARP bailout with Paulson and Bernanke.

    Of course, now, he is the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States.

    Change we can believe in.

    Once Geithner started to push a global financial authority as the solution to the world’s financial troubles, other world leaders and opinion-leading voices in international finance began to forward this message. It has been a PR campaign of growing intensity. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the international bankers are keeping their hands on the throat of the credit markets choking off lending while the planet’s financial markets asphyxiate and become more and more desperate for a solution.

  91. wbboei, I’m all ears.
    ————————-
    Oklahoma: me too, once. It was a late summer romance, but it didn’t last.

  92. 😳

    Here’s the rest. What do you think?

    And so you see, this was a drill. This was a strategy: bring in Easy Money Alan to loosen the credit screws; open the floodgates to mortgage loans to the seriously unqualified with the CRA, bundle these as securities, repeal Glass-Steagall and waive capital requirements for investment banks so the mortgage-backed securities could be sold far and wide, wait until the loans matured a bit and some became delinquent and ensure the media spread this news as if Heidi Fleiss had had a sex-change operation, then slam in an international accounting rule that was guaranteed to choke off all credit and crash the leading economies of the world.

    Ensure the right people were in the key places at the right time—Greenspan, Paulson, Geithner and Caruana.

    When the economic pain was bad enough, promote the theory that the existing financial structures did not work and that a Global Monetary Authority—a Bretton Woods for the 21st century—was needed to solve the crisis and ensure this does not happen again.

    Which is exactly where we are right now.

  93. FURTHER RUMINATIONS

    Oh threats of hell
    And hopes of paradise
    One thing at least is certain
    Barack Obama lies

    One thing is certain
    And all the rest is lies
    If Barack Obama succeeds
    The middle class dies

    (Apologies to The Rubiat, by Omar Kayam)

  94. Our admin here at Big Pink has been FIRST on all of the shit that is hitting the fan now. Big Pink Admin educated the bloggers here at Big Pink a long, long time ago and it seems big media is just now waking up from the perfume known at the ObamaStink. More American’s are waking up too but the shitheads in Washington who slid this “surprise bonus” shit in are the same deadheads who postured, preened and STOLE the primary for him. I may starve to death but I hope the almight in Washington have to eat dirt.

    Fcuk you Bambi and the whole shitturds in tow up there. I love Hillary but I wish now she’d never got involved in this administration. She can’t save them though.

    I see karma is about to bite ole Dodd’s ass too. The hits keep coming. People should be starting to get afraid, everyone who stabbed Hillary sooner or later gets it. Look out you dirty superdelegates.. it’s on its way.

  95. basil9 Says:March 22nd, 2009 at 1:37

    pmcanadafreepress.com/index.php/article/9454

    Stay with me here, because Alice is about to slide down the rabbit hole into the looking-glass world of international finance.

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

    No matter how many time it’s said, people are just too busy listening to the song playing in their heads. The majority just doesn’t get it! Obama is a put up job, PUT THERE by the International Bankers… No-one in his administration IS pulling the strings. Their strings are being pulled by those in power whose mission, and only mission IS, destroying the MIDDLE CLASS… permanently.

    This is chaper 1 of many more chapters to come before nearing THE END.

    When the middle class, as the sleeping giant, finally wakes-up and decides to fight back. By then it will be too late.

    Our last chance is the G-20 Summit. We must not turn over the sovereignty of the United States to the Global Union.

  96. I have a weird mortgage story, too.

    I bought my NJ house in 1994 and refinanced about 3 times until I sold in 2007.

    Closing was a day away when I was notified that there were unpaid liens against the house.

    Evidently, one of the mortgage companies had never recorded the satisfaction of loan and since none of those companies owned the mortgage anymore, and no one could find out who or where the bank that had left an unsatisfied lien against the house was, I nearly lost the sale.

    I made the attorney’s life miserable until he unraveled the mystery and corrected the problem.

    Point is, from the original 3 banks I’d financed with the list had grown to dozens from 1994 to 2007.

    I can remember at one point getting change-of-lender notices a half dozen times per year as the mortgage was sold, resold, bundled, rebundled.

  97. A year ago, I saw an article in which the president of the New York Federal Reserve bank was calling for a “Global Monetary Authority” or GMA to deal with the world’s financial crisis
    —————————————-
    Confloyd: I hope you see this one.

    A global solution for a global problem.

    Too big for any single nation to handle.

    Put it under the World Bank.

    It could regulate and allocate.

    And we wouldn t need soverieignty.

    One planet, one people, one financial system.

    A monster.

    A temporary accomodation I am sure.

    But how do you sunset something like this?

    And how ya gonna keep em down on the farm…

    After they’ve seen Paree?–the globalists I mean.

  98. Oh, basil9… I failed to mention, I agree 100% with the article you posted. Sorry, I get fixated sometimes on trying to fit my entire post in this little box without having to post it first on note pad and go thru cut and paste..

  99. Mrs. Smith,

    The Free Canada Press articlel is the first one that explained what happened in a way I could understand.

    I mean, all along I’ve had a gut feeling something’s not right. It’s the same pit-of-the-stomach sensation I had when GWB invaded Iraq.

  100. :LOL:

    I do the same thing!

    ‘I get fixated sometimes on trying to fit my entire post in this little box without having to post it first on note pad and go thru cut and paste.’.

  101. Can anyone explain the Federal Reserve Bank?

    I mean, it’s not a government organization, right, so how does it have so much power and why is it always referred to as the final arbitor?

  102. DERAVITIVES = HEDGE FUNDS

    = JOHN (I’m not the Daddy) EDWARDS… (the millions made by Edwards)

    Don’t think for a moment Edwards is without political sin as well as the father of the child with infant features mirroring his maker. Remember how Edwards ran interference for Obama throughout the campaign…how he assailed Hillary in Obama’s stead…

    They kept Obama as clean as a whistle until he had to soil his hands and personally attack Hillary at the very end…

    When Hillary vanquished Obama in good form maintaining her dignity; they resorted to stealing away her votes giving them to Obama. Obama never won this on his own…

    as past history is the greatest eyeopener to the fact when they are connected to tell the whole story.

  103. OK. I’m googling.

    Now WTF does THIS mean? “It’s an independent entity within the government????
    Translation!!!!!

    The Federal Reserve System is not “owned” by anyone and is not a private, profit-making institution. Instead, it is an independent entity within the government, having both public purposes and private aspects.

    As the nation’s central bank, the Federal Reserve derives its authority from the U.S. Congress. It is considered an independent central bank because its decisions do not have to be ratified by the President or anyone else in the executive or legislative branch of government, it does not receive funding appropriated by Congress, and the terms of the members of the Board of Governors span multiple presidential and congressional terms. However, the Federal Reserve is subject to oversight by Congress, which periodically reviews its activities and can alter its responsibilities by statute. Also, the Federal Reserve must work within the framework of the overall objectives of economic and financial policy established by the government. Therefore, the Federal Reserve can be more accurately described as “independent within the government.”

  104. Of the 8 dem candidates for the nomination 4 have been thrown under the bus;

    Edwards, Dodd, Richardson and Biden.

    Only Kucinich and Valsik(sp?) escaped. (so far)

  105. Admin,

    Those comments coming out at last are a joke. Who the hell did they think they were voting for? Every word out of his mouth was either a slam at Hillary or word for word verbatim of her policies. His continuous plagiarism, then and now, is shameful. His lack of leadership skills, brain cells, and common sense is boggling.

    And now they want to complain? Now they want to throw him back?

  106. No matter how many time it’s said, people are just too busy listening to the song playing in their heads. The majority just doesn’t get it! Obama is a put up job, PUT THERE by the International Bankers… No-one in his administration IS pulling the strings. Their strings are being pulled by those in power whose mission, and only mission IS, destroying the MIDDLE CLASS… permanently.
    ————————–
    I believe they will change their minds when:

    1. things deteriorate further (home sales, unemployment, stock)

    2. his incompetence, sociopathology and gaffs sink in

    3. a credible alterative emerges (a leader + a coherent plan)

    Nobody can maintain a high wire act under those conditions. Nobody. Not even a card carrying Messiah. For even his supporters its hard to feel good about him when everthing else is going to hell. He is after all the President. It cant all be everyone elses fault.

  107. Mrs. Smith Says:

    March 22nd, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    —————————-

    Edwards, Kennedy, Judas, et al… mobsters of the worst kind. How they sleep at night with a clear conscience I’ll never know.

  108. Good morning.

    I should have thought of this before. If the Obama’s Witnesses knock, we should have some fllyers to give THEM.

  109. basil9:

    http…//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Reserve

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

    About your story of the house sale… There is a woman out there who received a Foreclosure Notice and she has demanded to see the original note she signed at the Bank. I haven’t caught up with the latest news on her progress, but, by law, they have to produce the note she signed agreeing to the contractual terms of the mortgage because they are claiming she is in default and thusly they (according to the terms she agreed to upon signing) are foreclosing.

  110. Basil: you must mean Mike Gravel. He was ran over by a bus on the ALCAN highway in the late 70s. According to reliable witnesses he was the one driving the bus. What you saw at the debates was roadkill.

  111. When Hillary vanquished Obama in good form maintaining her dignity; they resorted to stealing away her votes giving them to Obama. Obama never won this on his own…
    ———————–
    Absoutely right Mrs Smith.

  112. The whole Frank Rich piece, for your convenience:

    Has a ‘Katrina Moment’ Arrived?
    ——————————–

    A CHARMING visit with Jay Leno won’t fix it. A 90 percent tax on bankers’ bonuses won’t fix it. Firing Timothy Geithner won’t fix it. Unless and until Barack Obama addresses the full depth of Americans’ anger with his full arsenal of policy smarts and political gifts, his presidency and, worse, our economy will be paralyzed. It would be foolish to dismiss as hyperbole the stark warning delivered by Paulette Altmaier of Cupertino, Calif., in a letter to the editor published by The Times last week: “President Obama may not realize it yet, but his Katrina moment has arrived.”

    Six weeks ago I wrote in this space that the country’s surge of populist rage could devour the president’s best-laid plans, including the essential Act II of the bank rescue, if he didn’t get in front of it. The occasion then was the Tom Daschle firestorm. The White House seemed utterly blindsided by the public’s revulsion at the moneyed insiders’ culture illuminated by Daschle’s post-Senate career. Yet last week’s events suggest that the administration learned nothing from that brush with disaster.

    Otherwise it never would have used Lawrence Summers, the chief economic adviser, as a messenger just as the A.I.G. rage was reaching a full boil last weekend. Summers is so tone-deaf that he makes Geithner seem like Bobby Kennedy.

    Bob Schieffer of CBS asked Summers the simple question that has haunted the American public since the bailouts began last fall: “Do you know, Dr. Summers, what the banks have done with all of this money that has been funneled to them through these bailouts?” What followed was a monologue of evasion that, translated into English, amounted to: Not really, but you little folk needn’t worry about it.

    Yet even as Summers spoke, A.I.G. was belatedly confirming what he would not. It has, in essence, been laundering its $170 billion in taxpayers’ money by paying off its reckless partners in gambling and greed, from Goldman Sachs and Citigroup on Wall Street to Société Générale and Deutsche Bank abroad.

    Summers was even more highhanded in addressing the “retention bonuses” handed to the very employees who brokered all those bad bets. After reciting the requisite outrage talking point, he delivered a patronizing lecture to viewers of ABC’s “This Week” on how our “tradition of upholding law” made it impossible to abrogate the bonus agreements. It never occurred to Summers that Americans might know that contracts are renegotiated all the time — most conspicuously of late by the United Automobile Workers, which consented to givebacks as its contribution to the Detroit bailout plan. Nor did he note, for all his supposed reverence for the law, that the A.I.G. unit being rewarded with these bonuses is now under legal investigation by British and American authorities.

    Within 24 hours, Summers’s stand was discarded by Obama, who tardily (and impotently) vowed to “pursue every single legal avenue” to block the bonuses. The question is not just why the White House was the last to learn about bonuses that Democratic congressmen had sought hearings about back in December, but why it was so slow to realize that the public’s anger couldn’t be sated by Summers’s legalese or by constant reiteration of the word outrage. By the time Obama acted, even the G.O.P. leader Mitch McConnell was ahead of him in full (if hypocritical) fulmination.

    David Axelrod tried to rationalize the lagging response when he told The Washington Post last week that “people are not sitting around their kitchen tables thinking about A.I.G.,” but are instead “thinking about their own jobs.” While that’s technically true, it misses the point. Of course most Americans don’t know how A.I.G. brought the world’s financial system to near-ruin or what credit-default swaps are. They may not even know what A.I.G. stands for. But Americans do make the connection between their fears about their own jobs and their broad understanding of the A.I.G. debacle.

    They know that the corporate bosses who may yet lay them off have sometimes been as obscenely overcompensated for failure as Wall Street’s bonus babies. As The Wall Street Journal reported last week, chief executives at businesses as diverse as Texas Instruments and the home builder Hovnanian Enterprises have received millions in bonuses even as their companies’ shares have lost more than half their value.

    Since Americans get the big picture of this inequitable system, that grotesque reality dwarfs any fine print. That’s why it doesn’t matter that the disputed bonuses at A.I.G. amount to less than one-tenth of one percent of its bailout. Or that CNBC — with 300,000 viewers on a typical day by Nielsen’s measure — is a relatively minor player in the crash. Or that Edward Liddy had nothing to do with A.I.G.’s collapse, or that John Thain, of the celebrated trash can, arrived after, not before, others wrecked Merrill Lynch.

    These prominent players are just the handiest camera-ready triggers for the larger rage. Passions are now so hot that even Bernie Madoff’s crimes began to pale as we turned our attention to A.I.G.’s misdeeds, just as A.I.G. will fade when the next malefactor surfaces.

    What made Jon Stewart’s takedown of Jim Cramer resonate was less his specific brief against CNBC’s cheerleading for bad stocks than his larger indictment of the gaping economic inequality that defined the bubble. As Stewart said, there were “two markets” — the long-term market that Americans earnestly thought would sustain their 401(k)’s, and the fast-moving, short-term “real market” in the back room where high-rolling insiders wagered “giant piles of money” and brought down everyone with them.

    No one is more commanding on this subject than our president. In his town-hall meeting in Costa Mesa, Calif., on Wednesday, he described the A.I.G. bonuses as merely a symptom of “a culture where people made enormous sums of money taking irresponsible risks that have now put the entire economy at risk.” But rhetoric won’t tamp down the anger out there, and neither will calculated displays of presidential “outrage.” We must have governance to match the message.

    To get ahead of the anger, Obama must do what he has repeatedly promised but not always done: make everything about his economic policies transparent and hold every player accountable. His administration must start actually answering the questions that officials like Geithner and Summers routinely duck.

    Inquiring Americans have the right to know why it took six months for us to learn (some of) what A.I.G. did with our money. We need to understand why some of that money was used to bail out foreign banks. And why Goldman, which declared that its potential losses with A.I.G. were “immaterial,” nonetheless got the largest-known A.I.G. handout of taxpayers’ cash ($12.9 billion) while also receiving a TARP bailout. We need to be told why retention bonuses went to some 50 bankers who not only were in the toxic A.I.G. unit but who left despite the “retention” jackpots. We must be told why taxpayers have so little control of the bailed-out financial institutions that we now own some or most of. And where are the M.R.I.’s from those “stress tests” the Treasury Department is giving those banks?

    That’s just a short list. In general, it’s hard to imagine taxpayers shelling out billions for a second bank bailout unless there’s a full accounting of every dime of the first, and true transparency for the new plan whose rollout is becoming the most attenuated striptease since the heyday of Gypsy Rose Lee.

    Another compelling question connects all of the above: why has there been so little transparency and so much evasiveness so far? The answer, I fear, is that too many of the administration’s officials are too marinated in the insiders’ culture to police it, reform it or own up to their own past complicity with it.

    The “dirty little secret,” Obama told Leno on Thursday, is that “most of the stuff that got us into trouble was perfectly legal.” An even dirtier secret is that a prime mover in keeping that stuff legal was Summers, who helped torpedo the regulation of derivatives while in the Clinton administration. His mentor Robert Rubin, no less, wrote in his 2003 memoir that Summers underestimated how the risk of derivatives might multiply “under extraordinary circumstances.”

    Given that Summers worked for a secretive hedge fund, D. E. Shaw, after he was pushed out of Harvard’s presidency at the bubble’s height, you have to wonder how he can now sell the administration’s plan for buying up toxic assets with the help of hedge funds. It will look like another giveaway to his own insiders’ club. As for Geithner, people might take him more seriously if he gave a credible account of why, while at the New York Fed, he and the Goldman alumnus Hank Paulson let Lehman Brothers fail but saved the Goldman-trading ally A.I.G.

    As the nation’s anger rose last week, the president took responsibility for what’s happening on his watch — more than he needed to, given the disaster he inherited. But in the credit mess, action must match words. To fall short would be to deliver us into the catastrophic hands of a Republican opposition whose only known economic program is to reject job-creating stimulus spending and root for Obama and, by extension, the country to fail. With all due deference to Ponzi schemers from Madoff to A.I.G., this would be the biggest outrage of them all.

  113. wbboei Says:
    March 22nd, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    “Nobody can maintain a high wire act under those conditions. Nobody. Not even a card carrying Messiah. For even his supporters its hard to feel good about him when everthing else is going to hell. He is after all the President. It cant all be everyone elses fault.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    wbboei, your mentioning the card carrying Messiah triggered the inspiration for a thought that passed quickly through my mind reading those words up thread or in Admin’s post.

    Imagine this if you will. Obama as the antithisis of JC… as JC entered the Temple in the Money Changers parable:

    Instead of overturning their tables and throwing them out of the Temple. JC sits down and said, “I can play here. This is a great idea. We can be rich. We can enslave the population and never have to pay them for an honest day’s work. They will never own anything again or qualify for a job if their credit rating isn’t good. In order for their Credit Rating to be good enough to own anything, they have to do as they are told by us…. otherwise, we don’t need any dissent from people who will not conform to our standards. Great idea. Count me in fellas..”

  114. MS,
    That ‘glitch’ almost caused me to lose everything. And no one gave a rat’s a$$ except me. If it hadn’t been straightened out the buyer’s loan was expiring and the sub-prime debacle was just beginning so he would not have been able to renew the loan under terms he could qualify for.

    I could not believe what was happening. Once again the little people (moi) are forced to play everything by the book or be disqualified from the game while the big leaguers get away with armed robbery. Luckily for me I still had the energy to harass the attorney handling the closing and insist he track down the info or get a waiver in light of the fact the other 2 refinancings had been paid off. It was a friggin’ nightmare and it all happened over the Memorial Day Weekend! I hope this woman in foreclosure can prover her case.

  115. rgb44hrc Says:
    March 22nd, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    The whole Frank Rich piece, for your convenience:

    Has a ‘Katrina Moment’ Arrived?

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

    Remind Rich that someone (Frank?) tried to start an investigation about where the money was going but OBAMA blocked the investigation citing the “Paperwork Act”!

  116. wbboei,

    LOL. Poor Mike.

    RGB,
    That’s a good article.

    Mrs. Smith,
    That reminds me of the patroonships in NYS I’ve been reading about. The tenants were forbidden from owning property so Rennselear, Stuyesant, Livingston and others from that class owned all the land on either side of the Hudson. It took a tenant revolt in the mid-1700’s for the laws to change. I’ve read in places that some hisotorians think the tenant uprisings in NYS helped set-off the Revolution.

  117. Mar 22, 2009

    State Department: ‘Durban II’ text changes not enough

    By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER, JPOST CORRESPONDENT IN WASHINGTON

    The changes made to the “Durban II” anti-racism document have so far been insufficient to induce America to return to the preparatory meetings for the UN-sponsored conference where it will be released, a senior US State Department official told The Jerusalem Post Friday.

    The United States, Canada, Israel, and Italy had all planned to boycott the World Conference Against Racism to be held in Geneva next month because the document contained language singling out Israel and perceived as anti-Semitic.

    The US was also concerned about language prohibiting the defamation of religion, which it believed violates free speech rights. With the EU also threatening to skip the event, which follows up on the anti-racism conference held in Durban, South Africa in 2001, the drafters released a revised version last week that toned down and removed much of the Israel-specific language.

    Still, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs James Warlick said that even with the changes, “There’s certainly been no decision for us to rejoin the negotiating process on the basis of this document.”
    While he noted that State Department lawyers are continuing to review the document, he also said, “It remains clear that we will come back only when we are confident that Durban is going to address real issues of racism.”

    Israeli officials have labeled the revisions “totally unacceptable,” pointing out that the document begins by affirming the 2001 Durban document, which links the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with racism. In a move that worried some members of the pro-Israel community, America dispatched two diplomats to spend a week participating in preparatory meetings earlier in the month.

    Israel was concerned the diplomats would be seen as condoning a process demonizing the Jewish state, but was relieved to see the US abandon the draft discussions when improvements weren’t forthcoming. “We knew it wasn’t going to change overnight, but we wanted to see if there was the political will there to really work with us to prevent this conference from being hijacked,” said Warlick, noting that US officials had pressed the issue with 30 different countries’ UN delegations in Geneva and also raised the subjects “at a very senior level” in capitals around the world. “Our conclusion was that there was just not the political will to work with us. Rather than give legitimacy to a conference that has another agenda – not racism – but another agenda, we decided that we would step back.” At the same time, Warlick did not express concern that American participation would legitimize another UN structure Israel has felt demonized by, the Human Rights Council.

    Perennially singled out for condemnation while dictatorships in North Korea, Cuba and China go without censure, Israel has long supported shunning the HRC.
    But the Obama administration recently announced it would play an observer role in the council, and there is a possibility it will run for a seat on the council this spring. “We’re sitting behind our nameplate. We’re fully participating in discussions. We’re co-sponsoring resolutions,” Warlick said of the new US role. He agreed that the focus on Israel needed to change and defended the US presence as the best way to achieve that goal. “We need to speak out,” he argued. “We have spoken up to defend some countries. We have spoken up to criticize. “So in terms of legitimacy, we don’t want to see the Human Rights Council legitimizing unfair criticism. That’s where our voice counts. That’s why we will speak up and have our voice heard.”

    jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1237461637978&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

  118. A couple of Frank Rich quotes from above, and my $$$ comments:

    No one is more commanding on this subject than our president. In his town-hall meeting in Costa Mesa, Calif., on Wednesday, he described the A.I.G. bonuses as merely a symptom of “a culture where people made enormous sums of money taking irresponsible risks that have now put the entire economy at risk.” But rhetoric won’t tamp down the anger out there, and neither will calculated displays of presidential “outrage.” We must have governance to match the message.

    $$$ “more commanding on this subject”?? And now he finally notices that Obama’s blah-blah blah doesn’t match his actions (or more specifically, his inactions)

    why has there been so little transparency and so much evasiveness so far? The answer, I fear, is that too many of the administration’s officials are too marinated in the insiders’ culture to police it, reform it or own up to their own past complicity with it.

    $$$ Frankie, baby. You told us to ignore Hillary’s warnings about Oshady. You promised that he’d bring real change to Washington. It’s only two months into the Ofraud Administration, and you’re already admitting that you were completely wrong? Thanks. Too bad the timing is useless, were stuck with this fraud for 4 years.

    As the nation’s anger rose last week, the president took responsibility for what’s happening on his watch — more than he needed to, given the disaster he inherited. But in the credit mess, action must match words.

    $$$ Took responsibility?? If you mean he mouthed words to that effect, sure. But even Leno skewered him for saying “Geithner is on the hot seat” by replying, “You make it sound like HIS problem”. Waiting for words to match actions, Frank? Get a pillow, it’s going to be a looooong wait.

  119. # basil9 Says:
    March 22nd, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    MS,

    That ‘glitch’ almost caused me to lose everything.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Exactly! It’s a double edged sword. In your case, you had plans that included the proceeds of the sale of your house. If you failed in getting the “glitch” straightened out things may not have been for you as you had planned.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    “I hope this woman in foreclosure can prover her case.”

    This woman has turned the tables on the Bank and is telling them they must prove their case that she signed an agreement agreeing to the foreclosure if she is ever in default… The Bank may NEVER fnd the original paperwork and may find it easier to let her stay on with as little publicity as possible. I’m sure the Banks fear the word getting out.. but the word is getting out through Underground Blogs who are helping people by making them aware of this “glitch” that works in the homeowners favor…at least until the Banks are deluged with this problem forcing them into a court remedy. I doubt the courts can side with the Banks… not fora while anyway… but as much as she is able to remain in her house…she is stuck there…she is unable to sell the property… This comp may be all she ever wanted in the first place and will work for her indefinately. My Best Wishes to her…hoping her winning continues for as long as she desires.

  120. Mrs. Smith Says:
    March 22nd, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    basil9:

    http…//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Reserve

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

    About your story of the house sale… There is a woman out there who received a Foreclosure Notice and she has demanded to see the original note she signed at the Bank.

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

    We talked about this a while back. Some midwest Congresswoman has a project for “Foreclosure Squatters” with the slogan “Produce the Note.” Apparently this works, because the ‘money’ has been split up so much that the new fat cat owners can’t find the original paper or never had it.

  121. Instead of overturning their tables and throwing them out of the Temple. JC sits down and said, “I can play here. This is a great idea. We can be rich. We can enslave the population and never have to pay them for an honest day’s work. They will never own anything again or qualify for a job if their credit rating isn’t good. In order for their Credit Rating to be good enough to own anything, they have to do as they are told by us…. otherwise, we don’t need any dissent from people who will not conform to our standards. Great idea. Count me in fellas..”
    ———————————————————-
    Very good Mrs. Smith–

    1. The name of the game is Screw ‘Em (the middle class)

    2. Jokers are wild (Jesse Jackson III, Cly-burn, et. al.)

    3. Jack-asses or better to open (kennedy, dodd, judas, edwards)

    4. Who’s in? (Barack: I am the one you have been waiting for)

  122. Mrs. Smith,

    That reminds me of the patroonships in NYS I’ve been reading about. The tenants were forbidden from owning property so Rennselear, Stuyesant, Livingston and others from that class owned all the land on either side of the Hudson. It took a tenant revolt in the mid-1700’s for the laws to change. I’ve read in places that some historians think the tenant uprisings in NYS helped set-off the Revolution.

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

    Perfect analogy…History repeating itself…only with a difference this time. “They” (the power behind the throne) are fully prepared for an uprising from the dissidents.

    The threat of Martial Law looms large over our heads..and why the Constitution as tattered as it may be, is still our most important document declaring who we are and what are our inalienable rights… and NO ONE, NOT Obama, World Banks, Bush, Republicans, Neo-Cons, Global Unions..blah, blah, blah. NO ONE has permission to take that away from us.

  123. When the economic pain was bad enough, promote the theory that the existing financial structures did not work and that a Global Monetary Authority—a Bretton Woods for the 21st century—was needed to solve the crisis and ensure this does not happen again.

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

    Names and scale aside, didn’t something like this happen after 1929?

  124. JanH Says:
    March 22nd, 2009 at 10:23 am

    WHEN the White House announced last week that President Barack Obama will be returning to the nation’s television screens on Tuesday for a prime-time press conference that will postpone the latest episode of American Idol – the talent show watched by 25m viewers – fans of the programme were quick to respond.

    “Stop, please stop, Mr O, we can’t take much more,” one angry viewer wrote on an Idol-related website. “Not again!” complained another. “It’s the same speech he’s been giving for the past year.” There were dark mutterings that by commandeering evening programming only a few days after he appeared on Jay Leno’s popular late-night chat show, Obama was “just like Fidel Castro [of Cuba] and Hugo Chavez [of Venezuela] – always on camera, always giving speeches and lecturing”.
    &&&&&&

    Just curious, of these “young people” (i’m guessing that most of those viewers of AI (American Idol, not AIG) maniacally texting in their VOTES for this singer or that are under 30), how many of them even bothered to VOTE for something as important as the election?

    And for those who did VOTE, how many voted for OBAMA because of his POPULARITY? THAT OBAMA WAS THE “AMERICAN IDOL” CANDIDATE?

    YOU BARACK IT, YOU BOUGHT IT.

  125. wbboei:

    4. Who’s in? (Barack: I am the one you have been waiting for)

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Yes, and echoed by Oprah as if we have the responsibility to soothe her inability to get over the past like the Irish did and any other ethnicity that wasn’t of the WASP culture. Transending the past into the future and flourish just because we can. When with limitless determination you can fight hard and long enough, you can MOVE ON… make it happen and produce a DULY elected IRISH president…

    (I Love that part…”duly elected”… last one, as a matter of fact!)

  126. This is the way Rich works. He tries to put Obama at the head of the train on the populist revolt, when by all available evidence he belongs on the tack.

    Lest we forge: Obama is the one who screwed his constituents for Rezko money. Screwed his constituents for Excellon money. Let Pelosi draft the faux stimulus bill rather than address the economy. Failed to do due diligence on the bank bailout. Let the bonuses go through until the whole matter became like some romances too darn hot not to cool down, whereupon barack the abettor becomes barack the reformer and Frank the hopium fiend says:

    No one is more commanding on this subject than our president. In his town-hall meeting in Costa Mesa, Calif., on Wednesday, he described the A.I.G. bonuses as merely a symptom of “a culture where people made enormous sums of money taking irresponsible risks that have now put the entire economy at risk.”

    Look homeward angel dust.

  127. As more and more of the population becomes computer saavy, big medias pathetic attempts at censorship will fail. If we can get campaign finance reform to starve them for money then their power and influence will be gutted, and this media controlled totalitarian state of affairs will end and more people will think for themselves

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

    I certainly hope so! But among the people who are already computer savvy, and have been for some years now, we’re not doing so well either. The Freeper types got organized on computers and forums and supported the Impeachment in 1998. Moveon was formed to defend Clinton and the moderates — but the Kos types took it over and used it against Hiallary.

    I wonder if Moderates just don’t go for organizing vast conspiracies, so they get backstabbed from both sides.

    Yay for Machi and his DailyPuma.com “for the Radical Middle.”

    Overall, the internet gives us a little crack whicih we can now widen, but we better get going with it….

  128. admin Says:
    As to a Geithner replacement, do you really think it matters much?
    [….]
    Geithner is a placeholder, an agent of Obama foolishness.
    A different or same Treasury secretary is just moving chairs on the Titanic.

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

    Right. Geithner is being set up BY OBAMA as a scapegoat. Is any replacement likely to do a better job?

    At this point, any replacment smart enough to do a better job, would be too smart to TAKE the job.

    GEithner at least has some relevant expierence and is an ally of Hillary.

  129. I expect more running around the country and blah-blahing on talk shows by Obama, trying to recapture his podium magic. He cannot stand to be without adulation for long.

    Obama is starting to remind me of the mop in those Swiffer commercials – hanging out on our doorsteps singing “Baby come back..”

  130. can’t resist posting this comment from http://comments.realclearpolitics.com/read/1/321234.html

    How to remove an Obama/Biden bumper sticker
    ———————————————————————
    Pull up one end of sticker and peel back slowly.
    Soapy water may help with the removal process.
    Sticky residue can be removed using WD/40.
    Re-wax painted surfaces.

    Your neighbors will remember your stupidity but your community need not know. …

  131. Right. Geithner is being set up BY OBAMA as a scapegoat. Is any replacement likely to do a better job?
    ***********
    Geithner is just Larry Summers’ sock puppet.

  132. NewMexicoFan Says:
    March 22nd, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Admin, the problem is who replaces Geithner. People are turning his jobs down, and the Economy job looks like impossible to solve. Who would want to take that job, without a bonus.

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

    Yes, think of being a consultant in the real world made an offer. With a company, or an administration, in such a mess, what intelligent consultant WOULD take a job without payment in advance? Especially knowing he would be next in line as the next scapegoat?

    The only replacement Obama could get now as Treasury SEc is either some bot who is willing to go with a charade (having no real qualifications to get an honest job elsewhere) — or someone so dedicated to trying to really help people that he is willing to take the heat and the likely future scapegoating (Hillary’s situation, and imo possibly Summers’).

  133. YOU’RE BARACK!!!!

    At words poetic, I’m so pathetic
    That I always have found it best,
    Instead of getting ’em off my chest,
    To let ’em rest unexpressed,
    I hate parading my serenading
    As I’ll probably miss a bar,
    But if this ditty is not so pretty
    At least it’ll tell you
    How great you are.

    You’re Barack!
    You’re the Coliseum.
    You’re the top!
    You’re the Louver Museum.
    You’re a melody from a symphony by Strauss
    You’re a Bendel bonnet,
    A Shakespeare’s sonnet,
    You’re MICKEY MOUSE.
    You’re the Nile,
    You’re the Tower of Pisa,
    You’re the smile on the Mona Lisa
    Your’re a worthless check, a total wreck, a flop,
    But if, baby, we–the middle class
    Are the bottom you’re the top!

    Your words poetic are not pathetic.
    On the other hand, babe, you shine,
    And I can feel after every line
    A thrill divine
    Down my spine.
    Now normal humans with the right info
    Would see how bad you are,
    But I got a notion
    That big media mogels
    Will hide it from their eyes;

    You’re the Barack!
    You’re Mahatma Gandhi.
    You’re Abe Lincoln!
    You’re Napoleon Brandy.
    You’re the purple light
    Of a summer night in Spain,
    You’re the National Gallery
    You’re Garbo’s salary,
    You’re cellophane.
    You’re sublime,
    You’re TURKEY dinner,
    You’re the time, the time of a Derby winner
    I’m a toy balloon that’s fated soon to pop
    But if, baby, we’re the bottom,
    You’re the top!

    You’re the Barack!
    You’re an arrow collar
    You’re the top!
    You’re an AMERO dollar,
    You’re the nimble tread
    Of the feet of Fred Astaire,
    You’re an O’Neill drama,

    You’re Whistler’s mama!

    You’re BILDERBERGER.

    You’re a rose,
    You’re Inferno’s Dante,

    You’re the HOSE
    On the great Durante.
    I’m just in a way,
    As the French would say, “de trop”.
    But if, baby, we’re the bottom,
    You’re the top!

    You’re Barack!
    You’re a dance in Bali.
    You’re the top!
    You’re a hot tamale.
    You’re an angel, you,
    Simply too, too, too diveen,
    You’re a Boticcelli,
    You’re Keats,
    You’re Shelly!

    You’re Ovaltine!
    You’re a BOOB,
    You’re the dam at Boulder,
    You’re the moon,
    Over Mae West’s shoulder,
    I’m the nominee of the D.N.C.

    And Kennedy, Wall Street and GE!

    But if, baby, I’m the bottom,
    You’re the top!

    You’re the Barack!
    You’re a Waldorf salad.
    You’re the top!
    You’re a Berlin ballad.
    You’re the boats that glide
    On the sleepy Zuider Zee,
    You’re Soros’ bastard,

    You’re Lady Astor,
    You’re Matthews manlove,
    You’re romance,
    You’re a war with Russia,
    You’re the pants, on a Roxy usher,
    I’m a broken doll, a fol-de-rol, a blop,

    But if, baby, we’re the bottom,
    You’re ARE the top!

    (Note: apologies to Cole Porter–he has warned me before about this. This time his estate may take legal action. The song is You’re The Top. The singer was originally Ethel Merman (hollwood shoots too many movies and not enough blondes), and more recently Patty Lupone.)

  134. Mrs. Smith Says:
    Please don’t let Obama slide and further without mention, the fact that he signed the Bill without reading it FIRST!

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

    THAT is the simple bloody point.

    Now, is this the same bill that sat on his desk all weekend while he was going to Denver to sign it?

    What became of his pledge to put all bills on the internet for public comment first?

  135. Opinion: Pelosi wrong on newspaper mergers, but what else is new?

    By Sandy Sand.
    Published Mar 18, 2009

    Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is frequently wrong, and she’s done it again by asking the Department of Justice to review antitrust concerns over newspaper mergers. According to three-liner by the Associated Press, Pelosi is asking the Justice Department to broaden its view of media competition when considering merger proposals to help struggling newspapers, including her hometown paper, the San Francisco Chronicle, which is threatening to shut down if it can’t reduce expenses or find someone to buy it…and soon. Could this ill-spawned brainchild of Pelosi’s have sprung from the imminent closure of the Chronicle?

    First, since when did anyone in the government give a rat’s petute about antitrust laws. Collectively, every government legislative body and agency has closed its eyes to mergers of all types. Antitrust laws haven’t been enforced for years, making a lot of us wonder why.

    Corruption? Influence peddling? Money? The wrong-headed influence of right wing radio. Power lobbying by one group over another?

    Baseball was the only entity that was exempt from antitrust laws, but it’s probably time for that to change, too.

    At one time a media mogul, who operated a newspaper in one market couldn’t own more than one radio or TV station in that same market. That went out the window years ago, and they’ve been allowed to own as many and as much as they want, anywhere they want. If Pelosi stopped and thought for one second, perhaps it’s all the mergers that have helped drive newspapers and small radio stations out of business.
    Eating up papers, chewing them up and spitting them out in the own image, as Rupert Murdock does, may be what is driving people away from newspapers and to the Net, where there is a huge variety of stories and opinion.

    Speaking of the Aussie smut-peddler and owner of Fox News and an obscene portion of American media, Murdock, must have done some really fancy footwork to get the rules of foreign ownership of media in the United States changed. That one action by those with ulterior motives boomeranged on the American people and American-owned media, slowly and surely forcing them into bankruptcy because of that bankrupt change of policy.

    The dearth of news and investigative reporting all stems from the same place: Too few owners of the media who steer the news in the same direction.
    It’s pathetic to think that according to a Pew poll released on Aug. 18, 2007, because of the way the collective media reports stories, more people recognize the names of the likes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan or Anna Nichole Smith than Hillary Clinton or even the ever scurrilous Dick Cheney.

    It isn’t just newspapers that are and were affected by anti- antitrust. For years — for what seemed like centuries — liberal or progressive radio disappeared, but with the election of Barack Obama and total disgust with the bloviating right-wing-nuts by the listening public, conservative radio is on the wane. And its about time. To be informed, we need a diversity of opinion to draw from, so we fled the papers in favor of the Internet, and that had the domino effect of taking mega advertising bucks with it.

    Afterthoughts

    With the loss of ad revenue, because subscriptions alone don’t come close to covering the costs of publishing a newspaper, the plummet downward began. A lot of us are going to miss the tactile aura of handling a real newspaper, circling stories or ads and cutting coupons, but with an entire new generation of young people and those who follow, maybe they won’t be missed, because they never had them.

    But without newspapers, what are they going to do for packing shipping boxes, wrapping up the garbage, training puppies and catching paint drips. I’d be lost without my daily paper to use for all those built- extras. Besides, I don’t want to waste expensive printer ink downloading (if that’s the correct term) the New York Times crossword, because there’s nothing like a pencil with an eraser to solve the oftimes obtuse clues. I’ve tried. Filling those boxes with elusive letters on a computer just doesn’t cut it.

    digitaljournal.com/article/269407

  136. Seen in comments on an economic blog, but I like it:

    Why does Obama want to become Hoover? Admitedly, being FDR takes more fortitude.

  137. SHV Says:
    March 22nd, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Right. Geithner is being set up BY OBAMA as a scapegoat. Is any replacement likely to do a better job?
    ***********
    Geithner is just Larry Summers’ sock puppet.

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

    Hope so, as Summers has got some brains and was a Clinton Tras Sec in the 90s. However even a sock puppet at that level needs some experience and familiarity with the territory so Summers doesn’t get overworked with detials that the sockpuppet should be handling.

    Also Geithner is more likely to have some loyalty to Hillary then the next sock puppet.

  138. Expect Pelooopsi to enact bailouts with taxpayer money to ‘save’ the newspapers and media outlets like: NYT, MSNBC, CNN, SF Chronicel, etc. If you don’t think it is coming, just take a deep breath!

  139. Overall, I think Obama wants confusion and trouble long enough for his fat cat donors to run off with some bonuses etc, and to get some of his own agenda snuck thourohg, and for his other people (Acorn etc) to get some more power while everyone is distracted. But at some point he will want the economy to straighten out in time for re-election.

    He’s also doing some stuff (or pretending to) to mkae his cheetos happy, knowing they don’t care about the econmy anywya.

  140. Hope so, as Summers has got some brains and was a Clinton Tras Sec in the 90s
    ************
    Larry Summers short term as Treasury Secretary probable did more to light the fuse for the current world wide meltdown than any other single person. Here is a nice summary of Larry and the AIG mess.

    “AIG Larry Summers and the Politics of Deflection”
    ww.financialsense.com/editorials/engdahl/2009/0318.html

  141. Let’s have a constitutional showdown

    By Henry Lamb Sunday, March 22, 2009

    Every Congressman swears an oath to “…preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” To a casual observer, these words could be interpreted to mean that laws enacted by Congress should be consistent with the requirements of the Constitution. To the majority of Congress, these words mean something else, or have no meaning at all, because much of the legislation produced in Washington has no relationship at all with the Constitution.

    If we are a nation founded upon the U.S. Constitution, then our laws should be constrained by the Constitution. If we no longer wish to be constrained by our Constitution, we should abandon it, and fly by the seat of our congressional pants.

    Let’s have a constitutional showdown.

    Arizona Representative John Shadegg has introduced the “Enumerated Powers Act” (HR450) which requires that:

    “Each Act of Congress shall contain a concise and definite statement of the constitutional authority relied upon for the enactment of each portion of that Act.”

    What a great idea! Every congressman who has sworn to “…preserve, protect and defend the Constitution,” should eagerly endorse this concept – or be exposed as a blatant hypocrite.
    The bill was introduced on January 9; it has 18 co-sponsors. This means that 417 representatives are not co-sponsoring the bill – yet. This number could, and should, change. It will not change, however, unless voters force their individual representative to co-sponsor the bill, or publicly explain why he will not.

    This is how to have a constitutional showdown. Every person should call his or her representative and ask directly if the representative will co-sponsor and vote for HR450, the Enumerated Powers Act, or to explain why not – in writing.

    Keep a diary. The staff person who takes your call (get their name) will tell you that someone will get back to you. When you haven’t heard from the staffer in two days, call again. And again. And again, if necessary. If you haven’t gotten a reply in two weeks, after four or more calls, write a letter to every newspaper in your district explaining your request, and the response from your representative.

    If you get a positive response, and a promise to co-sponsor the bill, check with the Library of Congress to make sure he has actually signed the bill. When he does, write a letter to every newspaper in the district thanking the representative for living up to his oath.

    Every representative should be hounded by many callers until each representative either co-sponsors the bill or declares why not. But this may not be enough.

    The bill was referred to the Rules Committee, and to the Judiciary Committee. Even if the bill had 435 co-sponsors, the chairman of either committee could simply refuse to move the bill from the committee to the floor for a vote.

    Sadly, this is what has happened to similar bills in the past. They simply die in committee and the public never even knows such a bill was proposed.
    Not this time.

    HR450 should become the theme song of all the “Tea Parties” that are taking place around the country. Glenn Beck’s “We surround them” movement should surround Congress with HR450 and the request to sign it, or explain why not. Freedom21 organizations, and Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty should join the campaign to force a constitutional showdown. Callers to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity should urge their listeners to focus on HR450, and soon, congressmen will have to sign the bill, or explain why they won’t.

    Representative Louise Slaughter chairs the House Rules Committee, and Representative John Conyers chairs the House Judiciary Committee. Both of these committee chairs should be bombarded with phone calls and emails asking that HR450 be brought to the House floor for a recorded vote. Every constituent and every reporter who has an opportunity to ask a representative a question in public should ask whether he supports the Enumerated Powers Act, and if not, why not.

    Nothing short of massive public pressure will force congressmen to take a position on this important bill. Nothing short of a return to the Constitution can save this great nation.
    This is an easy assignment. Simply enter your zip code in the appropriate box on this web site. Contact information for all your elected officials will be immediately available. It wouldn’t hurt to print this information and keep it handy. You may discover that you like taking an active part in influencing your government. Be polite when you call, or write, but be firm, determined, persistent, and loud. Make sure that your neighbors know what your representative has to say.
    Forcing Congress to return to the U.S. Constitution may be the most important service we can perform for our country.

    canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/9525

  142. Thanks for all the quotes from TalkLeft, admin. One of my favorites is this one:


    he really is a perfect thing, isn’t he? (4.00 / 7)
    by that I mean, in every aspect he plays to perfection the role that the system has assigned to him.
    There are no gaps as there were with Bill Clinton. No unseemly outbursts of temper, no obstinate attempts (however minor) to chart his own course independent of the establishment. He speaks the language of the system fluently, naturally, and with authority.

    Unlike Bush he’s far more intelligent and better spoken. While Bush had some unappealing character traits, cruelty and belligerence, that turned people off, Obama radiates sincerity and good will. There is not a particle of malice in him.

    Had the people who run this country genetically engineered someone in a laboratory to serve their purposes, they still would not have come close to the phenomenon that is Obama.

    It’s something truly, truly remarkable. Too bad we can’t just sit back and enjoy the spectacle, but have to, you know, starve as the system comes crashing down.

    What this poster does not do is take the step of realizing that that is EXACTLY what happened (other than the genetic engineering part.) Obama was hand-picked early on and groomed his entire short political life to be EXACTLY what he is – a conduit (knowing or unknowing) for what is happening now. The perfect Trojan Horse. I have a lot of friends who are hard-core idealists who were taken in by the Obama Phenomenon. And in the midst of my anger, I still have a lot of sympathy for them, because they really do want this country to get better. I know that about them. They are good people. I am so sorry they they wouldn’t listen when I was screaming my head off that they were being had. For many of them, their shock and disappointment now is very genuine.

  143. March 18, 2009

    Guilty as Hell, Free as a Bird (for now)

    By James Simpson

    Bill Ayers’ famous quip may come back to haunt him. There is no statute of limitations on murder charges. On February 16, 1970, someone planted a bomb at San Francisco’s Park Police Station. It was placed in a window of the business office and timed to explode at shift change, when the maximum number of officers would be there, either finishing up or starting their work. It was a powerful blast, throwing one officer in the station parking lot completely over his patrol car and sending shrapnel for over two city blocks. The bomb fortunately detonated a few minutes early so the destruction was less than it might have been. Still, nine were wounded, one — Officer Robert Fogarty — badly enough that he retired from the force on disability, and one, Sergeant Brian McDonnell, 45 year old married father of two, was killed.

    On Thursday, March 12, 2009, Cliff Kincaid of America’s Survival Inc. held a press conference at the National Press Club, launching the Campaign for Justice for Victims of Weather Underground Terrorism, to focus public attention on evidence that may finally bring the alleged perpetrators to justice: Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.

    He has a lot of support. In a letter to Mr. Kincaid’s group, the San Francisco’s Police Officer’s Association writes:
    There are irrefutable and compelling reasons to believe that Bill Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn, members of the terrorist group ‘Weather Underground’, are largely responsible for the bombing of Park Police Station and other police stations throughout the United States during their ‘tour of terror’ in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

    This case has been reopened and evidence is being gathered. Meetings have been held among local and state authorities, including current and former law enforcement officials, to obtain justice. That is why the “Campaign for Justice for Victims of Terrorism” held this press conference. They want to bring pressure on Obama’s Justice Department, now headed by former Clinton Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder, to release all of the evidence in their possession. It’s true that some evidence in the past that could have been used against the Weather Underground was ruled inadmissible — because of the way it was collected, not because of its veracity. But there is much more that can and should be used. The belief is that it lies in the Justice Department or the FBI.

    This is where a problem emerges. In addition to the outrageous pardons of fugitive criminal Marc Rich and 16 FALN terrorists, Holder provided key assistance to two Weather Underground members implicated in the Brinks Robbery murders, pardoning them quietly along with Rich — who of course got all the headlines. Given the Attorney General’s apparent sympathy for terrorists, and Bill Ayers’ perceived status as President Obama’s friend and mentor, the Justice Department may be reluctant to provide all of the evidence in the Park Station bombing case unless they are forced to do so.

    Under the Bush Administration, such a press conference would not have been necessary. After all, the federal authorities under Bush provided evidence and assistance that resulted in the 2007 arrests and indictments of members of the Black Liberation Army for the murder of another San Francisco policeman, John Young, in 1971. That case is now underway.

    A process of evidence-gathering has been underway in the McDonnell case as well. But now that Obama and Holder are in power, that process could come to a screeching halt. That was the reason for the March 12 America’s Survival, Inc. news conference — to make sure that federal assistance doesn’t stop and that it accelerates. One hope is that FBI Director Robert Mueller, who is technically independent of Obama and Holder since his contract runs through 2011, can act on his own to obtain and make available all the evidence that is needed in this case.

    article continues at:

    americanthinker.com/2009/03/guilty_as_hell_free_as_a_bird_1.html

  144. Overall, I think Obama wants confusion and trouble long enough for his fat cat donors to run off with some bonuses etc, and to get some of his own agenda snuck thourohg, and for his other people (Acorn etc) to get some more power while everyone is distracted. But at some point he will want the economy to straighten out in time for re-election.
    —————————–
    This is what a friend of mine has said from the beginning. She maintained he would be a political corpse inside two years, but from that point on he will begin looting the country on behalf of the den of thieves he represents. Her nick name for him is Lute–as in loot til hell wont have it anymore.

  145. MARCH 21, 2009

    Vindicating McCain

    The worst-kept secret on Capitol Hill is that Democrats have always planned to tax health benefits to pay for their “universal” health-care plans. Now White House aides are whispering that they’re also open to the idea. Maybe they will all now apologize to John McCain for trashing his proposal to do the same thing in the Presidential campaign.

    Democrats are desperately searching for the $1.2 trillion and more they’ll need to subsidize middle-class health coverage. With deficits already at epic levels, more spending is politically a harder sell. So they’re now circling the tax deduction that employers receive to offer insurance to their workers for the same reason that Willie Sutton robbed banks, because that’s where the money is. Most likely, Democrats will cap the exclusion by income or cost of the health plan, so that those with the most gold-plated benefits pay more for the privilege. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a ceiling at the 75th percentile of current levels would generate $452 billion over 10 years.

    But hold on. John McCain also wanted to reform this tax break, which goes only to business. Individuals don’t get the same tax break if they buy insurance themselves. Mr. McCain proposed to gradually replace the workplace deduction with a refundable tax credit available to all Americans, regardless of where they acquired their coverage. Mr. Obama attacked him ruthlessly for it.
    “And this is your plan, John,” he said at one debate. “For the first time in history, you will be taxing people’s health-care benefits.” Mr. Obama added that the McCain proposal was “radical,” “the biggest middle-class tax increase in history,” “out of line with our basic values” and that “the choice you’ll have is having your employer no longer provide you health care.” Combined with heavy advertising and Mr. McCain’s inability to defend his own ideas, these distortions were highly effective.

    In a deeply cynical turnabout, the White House now says a tax on employer benefits is acceptable as long as someone else proposes it. We suppose anyone would be embarrassed to endorse a fundamental insight that he once claimed was vile and destructive.
    The reality is that the employer-based tax deduction is the original sin of our health-care system. Particularly indefensible is the coverage gap it creates between those who receive it from their employers and those who pay (or can’t afford to pay) for their own policies with after-tax dollars. A universal deduction or credit would restore tax parity — and gradually stimulate the demand for new, less expensive insurance where consumers, not their bosses, are in charge. This relic of the World War II era has also left us with a health-care financing “system” that only a central planner could love, with neither a functional price mechanism nor the capacity to recognize value. The employer-exclusive deduction has created what is essentially a giant money laundering operation, an endless cycle of third parties lacking any direct stake in controlling costs elsewhere — when they’re not profiting from the waste.

    Capping the open-ended tax exclusion is a perfectly sensible idea, which would discipline the excess health insurance that contributes to rising health spending. The problem is that reducing the exclusion means withdrawing a benefit, which is easy to demagogue, as Mr. Obama showed in 2008. It is also unpopular among unions, which have often secured Cadillac health plans in labor contracts. But we suspect the unions will come around if they get the taxpayers to pay for health care instead.
    The deeper problem is that Democrats don’t want to create a new private market for individual health insurance. Their goal in reducing the employer tax deduction is to apply the revenue to finance a new “public option,” a subsidized program modeled after Medicare and open to the middle class that would crowd out private insurers. Another idea is to provide the tax subsidy only to businesses that comply with a new federally mandated benefits package.

    The almost certain long-run outcome of these efforts is the total nationalization of health care. Anyone who believed Mr. Obama when he said that under his plan “you can keep your health insurance, keep your choice of doctor, keep your plan” should think twice. Everything else he said during his campaign is obviously subject to change, as John McCain can attest.

    wsj.com/article/SB123759906029901559.html

  146. We will know the hopium drug is wearing off when we see fewer and fewer Obama bumper stickers on vehicles.

    There will come a tipping point where an Obama sticker will be seen as a de facto admission that the driver of the vehicle lacks mental acuity to operate a dangerous vehicle.

  147. wbboei – tried (earlier) to post this comment from comments.realclearpolitics.com/read/1/321234.html

    How to remove an Obama/Biden bumper sticker
    ———————————————————————
    Pull up one end of sticker and peel back slowly.
    Soapy water may help with the removal process.
    Sticky residue can be removed using WD/40.
    Re-wax painted surfaces.

    Your neighbors will remember your stupidity but your community need not know. …

  148. What I don’t understand is why it has taken so long. His song and dance has not changed much, and his experience was never there. Any average person should have seen this.

  149. SHV Says:

    /Name/ probable did more to light the fuse for the current world wide meltdown than any other single person.

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

    Similar statements have been made by rightwing commentators about almost every Clintonista, including Bill Clinton.

  150. alcina Says:
    March 22nd, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    wbboei – tried (earlier) to post this comment from comments.realclearpolitics.com/read/1/321234.html

    How to remove an Obama/Biden bumper sticker
    ———————————————————————
    Pull up one end of sticker and peel back slowly.
    Soapy water may help with the removal process.
    Sticky residue can be removed using WD/40.
    Re-wax painted surfaces.

    Your neighbors will remember your stupidity but your community need not know. …

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

    Hm, wonder what prices we could get for Hillary 2008 stickers to replace them.

  151. wbboei – tried (earlier) to post this comment from comments.realclearpolitics.com/read/1/321234.html

    How to remove an Obama/Biden bumper sticker
    ———————————————————————
    Pull up one end of sticker and peel back slowly.
    Soapy water may help with the removal process.
    Sticky residue can be removed using WD/40.
    Re-wax painted surfaces.

    Your neighbors will remember your stupidity but your community need not know. …
    ———————–
    If that does not work then the fall back strategy of an entrenerial bot would be to double the insuring limits of the car, spill some gasoline on it next time he fills it up, and accidentally drop his cigarette on the spilled gasoline. Accidents do happen and two results occur: First, no more bumper sticker to worry about. Second, the bot gets money and becomes a card carrying republican.

  152. alcinda: I will encourage them to try your way of removing the Obama bumper sticker first. It is less invasive. But I cannot promise you they will listen to reason and common sense.

  153. NewMexicoFan Says:

    March 22nd, 2009 at 6:46 pm
    What I don’t understand is why it has taken so long.

    —————————-

    I think many romanticized having obama in office, some thought he was the underdog, most afraid that by not voting for him they would be seen as racist/prejudiced, many cared less about his qualifications and more about his youthful looks and zealousness, and even more thought they had found their savior.

    Again, this has happened throughout history with horrific results. Hitler comes to mind once more.

  154. Wow Stunning, Obama gets nailed on 60 minutes

    Kroft to Obama: Are you punch-drunk?

    President Barack Obama said he believes the global financial system remains at risk of implosion with the failure of Citigroup or AIG, touching off “an even more destructive recession and potentially depression.”

    His remarks came in a “60 Minutes” interview in which he was pressed by an incredulous Steve Kroft for laughing and chuckling several times while discussing the perilous state of the world’s economy.

    “You’re sitting here. And you’re— you are laughing. You are laughing about some of these problems. Are people going to look at this and say, “I mean, he’s sitting there just making jokes about money—” How do you deal with— I mean: explain. . .” Kroft asks at one point.

    “Are you punch drunk?” Kroft says.

    “No, no. There’s gotta be a little gallows humor to get you through the day,” Obama says, with a laugh.

    (where were the msm’s balls last year)

    its on politico

  155. “No, no. There’s gotta be a little gallows humor to get you through the day,” Obama says, with a laugh.”

    —————————-

    Is he serious? Did he really have the audacity to say that?

    How many gaffes does that make now? Maybe he should just go home to his arugula.

  156. seriously Jan its on politico, Kroft nailed his ass to the wall.

    The guy basically called Obama out live in interview and knuckledusted him.

  157. Similar statements have been made by rightwing commentators about almost every Clintonista, including Bill Clinton.
    ********
    Repeal of “Glass Steagall” and the “Commodity Futures Modernization Act” were the two major initiatives of Sec Treasury Larry Summers…both have had very bad effects on our financial system. Both of these pieces of legislation were near and dear to Republican economic “free booters”. I think Larry got caught up in “economic theory” rather than what would work…otherwise I have no idea why a Democrat in the Clinton Admin. would push so hard for these “disasters”. Ever Robert Rubin thought Summers had gone over the edge by deregulating derivatives.

  158. moon,

    I bet he is busy revising his umpteenth primetime speech as we speak. One more apology to be added for shooting off his mouth so stupidly one more time.

  159. I’m actually insulted at the way he’s shooting his mouth off, laughing at the economic mess, laughing at special disabled kids, laughing and shrugging, the man is a first class bastard who does not know the first thing of what he’s doing and we are all screwed.

  160. moononpluto Says:

    March 22nd, 2009 at 8:00 pm
    Wow Stunning, Obama gets nailed on 60 minutes

    ———————————————————————————————–

  161. I bet he is busy revising his umpteenth primetime speech as we speak.
    **********
    I bet he isn’t…After the gaff with the Irish Pres., I wonder If Obama reads his speeches befor they show up on TOTUS. I think he input on his speeches if to stop by Favreau’s office, give a few high fives and move on. Same behavior as Editor of the law review.

  162. moononpluto Says:

    March 22nd, 2009 at 8:13 pm
    I’m actually insulted at the way he’s shooting his mouth off, laughing at the economic mess, laughing at special disabled kids, laughing and shrugging, the man is a first class bastard who does not know the first thing of what he’s doing and we are all screwed.

    ———————————————————————————————

    The guy is a SOCIOPATH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We have been saying this all along. Only a sociopath could laugh at the peril that our economy is in, and the destruction of the middle class.

  163. I suspect Obama is doing nothing all day, as he said campaigning he has other people do stuff for him, he is de facto lazy and doesnt give a shit.

    Lets face it, the whole country got bamboozled and frankly every one of them that put him up there needs a good old southern kick in the ass.

  164. The guy is a SOCIOPATH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    *******
    NO SH***********************************T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  165. excellent another Bambi international triumph.. and i thought he was his friend….so fucking funny. hahahaha, they are all laughing at you.

    Venezuela’s Chavez calls Obama “ignoramus”

    CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama was at best an “ignoramus” for saying the socialist leader exported terrorism and obstructed progress in Latin America.

    “He goes and accuses me of exporting terrorism: the least I can say is that he’s a poor ignoramus; he should read and study a little to understand reality,” said Chavez, who heads a group of left-wing Latin American leaders opposed to the U.S. influence in the region.

  166. SHV

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

    Similar statements have been made by rightwing commentators about almost every Clintonista, including Bill Clinton.

    I stand by that statement. There are so many contributing causes to this complicated situation, that anyone who wants to bash Bill or Summers or anyone else in the Clinton 90s can just search for something they did and then claim it was a major cause.

    The clear facts are that the Clinton 90s took the biggest deficit and turned it into the biggest surplus, and everyone prospered, and Summers (and Geithner iirc?) were part of that team for all 8 years. That team did what was right for that time. Bush and others later pushed things too far in the ‘de-regulation’ direction; if Bill and Summers had still been in charge, they would have kept things within reason, or changed course back to ‘more regularion’ sooner. It’s the rightwingers who can blame the Clinton people for what Bush did later; we ought to refrain, imo.

  167. moon,

    we all agree that Chavez is psycho himself.

    That being said, obama’s idea of new diplomacy is quite a joke. He doesn’t seem to be able to keep his stupid and dangerous thoughts from spilling out of his crooked mouth.

    As well, I wonder how the markets are going to react to his interview on 60 Minutes.

  168. I’m thinking badly, f the markets and bankers think that he thinks they are one big jok, it going to be hell.

  169. Politico echoes us:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/20325.html

    The leading liberal voices of the New York Times editorial pages all criticized—and, in some cases, clobbered—President Obama on Sunday for his handling of the economy and national security.

    It’s not unusual for Barack Obama to take a little friendly fire from the Times. But it’s perhaps unprecedented for him to get hit on the same day by columnists Frank Rich, Thomas Friedman and Maureen Dowd—and in the paper’s lead editorial. Their critique punctuated a weekend that started with a widely circulated blog post by Paul Krugman that said the president’s yet to be announced bank rescue plan would almost certainly fail.

    The sentiment, coming just two months after the president was sworn in, reflects elite opinion in the Washington-New York corridor that Obama is increasingly overwhelmed, and not fully appreciative of the building tsunami of populist outrage. [snip]

    “Some of what the public has heard from the Obama administration on issues like state secrets and detainees sounds a bit too close for comfort to the Bush team’s benighted ideas,” penned the Times editorialists, carping about Guantanamo specifically, detainee policy more broadly and Obama’s reluctance to investigate Bush-era actions on “terrorism, state secrets, wiretapping, detention and interrogation.”

  170. Kroft to Obama: Are you punch-drunk?
    By CRAIG GORDON | 3/22/09 7:40 PM EDT

    President Barack Obama said he believes the global financial system remains at risk of implosion with the failure of Citigroup or AIG, touching off “an even more destructive recession and potentially depression.”

    His remarks came in a “60 Minutes” interview in which he was pressed by an incredulous Steve Kroft for laughing and chuckling several times while discussing the perilous state of the world’s economy.

    “You’re sitting here. And you’re— you are laughing. You are laughing about some of these problems. Are people going to look at this and say, ‘I mean, he’s sitting there just making jokes about money—’ How do you deal with— I mean: explain. . .” Kroft asks at one point.

    “Are you punch-drunk?” Kroft says.

    “No, no. There’s gotta be a little gallows humor to get you through the day,” Obama says, with a laugh.

    The interview is Obama’s most detailed explanation yet of his view of the world economic crisis, and he makes clear that he’s afraid the nation hasn’t seen the worst of it – even invoking the possibility of a “depression” if a series of financial institutions collapse all at once.

    He is quick to add that he’s “optimistic about that not happening. Because I think we did learn lessons from the Great Depression.”

    But Obama also makes clear in the interview that he believes Wall Street’s high-risk, high-reward culture was a main cause of the economic meltdown. He takes aim at traders and executives in extremely personal terms – calling them ironically at one point “the best and the brightest” – and says that even today, those same executives don’t get just how much their recklessness contributed to a recession that he says deteriorated more quickly than he expected.

    “I mean there were a whole bunch of folks who, on paper, if you looked at quarterly reports, were wildly successful, selling derivatives that turned out to be. . .completely worthless,” Obama says, with a chuckle.

    “Gosh, I don’t think it’s me being anti-Wall Street just to point out that the best and the brightest— didn’t do too well on that front, and that— you know, maybe the incentive structures that have been set up— have not produced the kinds of long term growth that— that I think everybody’s looking for.”

    He also said he doesn’t think Wall Street has gotten his message yet, and that he must do a better job conveying it to them:

    “One of the things that I have to do is to communicate to Wall Street that, given the current crisis that we’re in, they can’t expect help from taxpayers but they enjoy all the benefits that they enjoyed before the crisis happened,” Obama said. “You get a sense that, in some institutions that has not sunk in. That you can’t go back to the old way of doing business, certainly not on the taxpayers’ dime.”

    Yet he stops short of endorsing legislation moving through Congress to tax nearly all the bonuses of executives at AIG — and clearly signaled his desire for changes in the legislation.

    He says it’s important not to “govern out of anger.” And asked if the measure was constitutional, the former law professor said: “Well, I think that— as a general proposition, you don’t want to be passing laws that are just targeting a handful of individuals…And as a general proposition, I think you certainly don’t want to use the tax code—is to punish people.”

    continue to page 2:

    politico.com/news/stories/0309/20339.html

  171. LOL….. sorry for the duplicate posting, i should have refreshed before i posted, as then i would have seen others have already posted on the Kroft Interview article….

    IT’S LIKE A GREAT BIG PINK FIST BUMP…ISN’T IT!! LMAO!!

  172. SHV Says:

    March 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm
    The guy is a SOCIOPATH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    *******
    NO SH***********************************T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I agree…. the dumbass…calling special kids names calling everybody names lauging at the American people the BIgest Liar of OUR TIME
    Mr TelepromterObambi NEEDS IMPEACHED NOW…

    OH admi nice article

  173. I got to wondering about this mess to I think there full of crap…there looting the money and scaring people..dont listen to the media …or the administration there full of it i think that to bush and obama need investaigating and axelrod and geitner Congress ..anyone who had anything to do with the bailouts where is the money show the American people where all that money is …and where it is going and what it was for..
    we need a complete list…every American should demand it NOW.

  174. I’m just catching up on the last two days’ worth of posts. A few things:

    1) That movie “Special Relationship” with Julianne Moore as Hillary will be about Bill’s close relationship to Tony Blair; the Monica thing comes into play because of how it affects the partnership between Bill and Tony, but it’s not the focus of the film.

    2) Obama never should’ve gone on Leno in the first place. There’s a reason sitting presidents never do it.

  175. # HillaryforTexas Says:
    March 22nd, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    mononpluto, its even worse. The Emperor is naked and has a tiny peepee.
    *******************************************************

    HEY! THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT LARRY SINCLAIR HAS SAID ! 😉

  176. CJ,

    Someone tried to start an investiation of hwere the monoeoy was going, Frank maybe? Obama BLOCKED it citing the “Paperwork Act”!!

  177. Paula, thanks.

    I figured that if the movie is the third in a series about Brit politics by a reputable Brit director, it couldn’t be just aimed at Hillary.

  178. “Are you punch-drunk?” Kroft says.

    “No, no. There’s gotta be a little gallows humor to get you through the day,” Obama says, with a laugh.
    ————————–
    Easy for him to say. He is not the one who just lost his job, just lost his medical insurance, just lost his house, just lost his life savings.

    People dont realize this but Abe Lincoln was a big cut up too. And like Barack, the head of Tamaney Hall once said :”I seen me opportunities, an’ I took’em. Ho ho ho!”

  179. Wbboei, I just read on Yahoo about an anti-Hillary movie being released. WTF, is that about?? Has Obama released some BS or what??

  180. wbboei, I seriously really wonder if Obama is capable of real empathy. He doesn’t connect with people that way at all.

  181. “I seriously really wonder if Obama is capable of real empathy. He doesn’t connect with people that way at all.”=SOCIOPATH

  182. confloyd, Are you talking about “Special Relationship”? See my post above. It’s not anti-HRC. However, if you mean “Hillary: The Movie,” that’s a piece of right-wing garbage posing as a documentary. It was released a while ago but was banned from being advertised on TV and the case is now before the Supreme Court.

  183. Paula Says:

    March 22nd, 2009 at 10:34 pm
    wbboei, I seriously really wonder if Obama is capable of real empathy. He doesn’t connect with people that way at all.

    ——————————————————————————————-

    Paula, he fits the classic definition of a Narcissistic Personality Disorder. People with this disorder are not able to feel empathy for others. He does seem to care about his kids, but the common person? I don’t think so. He also fits some of the definition for sociopathic disorder.

  184. “Easy for him to say. He is not the one who just lost his job, just lost his medical insurance, just lost his house, just lost his life savings.”

    ————————

    Amen! Does he really think life and death situations are funny? I honestly cannot believe the juvenile garbage that comes out of this moron’s mouth. And those of you bots and media who still think this prick walks on water…you deserve what you get!

  185. You have got to hand it to those left wing media elites. They have really hitched their wagon to star this time.

    I am now convinced he is a sociopath and therefore I have taken to comparing his behavior de jour to the checklist posted yesterday, entitled Profile of A Sociopath.

    The interview with Kroft where he laughed at the economic plight facing millions of people, like the putdown to disabled people by the special olympics comment, all just cowboy fun lit up the Profile of A Sociopath board at number:

    6. Shallow Emotions
    When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

    And–

    12. Irresponsibility/Unreliability
    Not concerned about wrecking others’ lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed

    Also, he is adoit at throwing colleagues under the bus when it suits his purposes. Earlier in the week he left Dodd with the turd in his pocket. Before that Poospie complained that after he ran over her, he backed up and did it again. Some of us believe he is the one who outed Edwards to bring in Holder. And who can forget the way he betrayed Judas. Those behaviors correllate to other facets of the Sociopath profile:

    5. Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
    A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

    And has there ever been a promise, one promise, a single bloody commitment he has not made and subsequently broken–from campaign finance, to Iraq, to FISA, to three people SOS, two people AG, and lord knows how man SCOTUS. And that little matter of the phony birth certificate posted on his website, etc. They are all part and parcel of the Profile of A Sociopath:

    4. Pathological Lying
    Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

    As I say, the east coast elites have really done it this time. Perhaps they are starting to worry that the country will hold them responsible for their errant judgment and when the time comes he will throw all of them under the bus as well. They had better start thinking about that.

  186. mononpluto, its even worse. The Emperor is naked and has a tiny peepee.
    ———————————
    I was under the impression he was a prick with ears. But I must admit I am pursuaded by the logic of your argument.

  187. He has never been seriously into this job. He wants the privileges of the job, the book rights, but he does not have a clue as to what he is doing. The American voters think this will all work out, as the party will take care of it.

  188. Wbboei, I just read on Yahoo about an anti-Hillary movie being released. WTF, is that about?? Has Obama released some BS or what??
    ————————–
    Confloyd: see the posting upthread. I think we are okay. Sounds like the focus is on Blair not Bill and the ML thing is periperal. The director is a Brit. Can we hope to expect a favorable portrayal. Cannot recall if Moore was a Hillary supporter or a bot. Better her than Sarandon who belongs with Bush on Mars.

  189. Tonight, Steve Kroft on 60 minutes asked Obama if he was Punch Drunk?

    I haven’t been able to find a video with that part of the interview workable.

    This is the only commentary (audio).

    h’s and w’s
    politico.com/news/stories/0309/20339_Page2.html

  190. Of course Obama isn’t worried about the economy. He thinks the average person in Arkansas and Iowa makes $75,000. He can’t figure out why everyone’s bitching at him and harshing his mellow.

    Does anyone think Kroft is about to get his balls handed to him by Obama’s worshippers?

  191. If “The Queen” is any indication of the writer’s integrity – this new movie might be interesting. Of course who knows what direction the movie will ultimately go in. This man did not direct “The Queen,” he only wrote it. Stephen Frears (a very fine director who also gave the world “Dangerous Liaisons” among a few other great films) directed “The Queen.” This upcoming Blair/Clinton movie will be directed by the writer, making his directing debut.

  192. DYB,

    I just waiting to see how the bots and media intend to spin this one in his favor.

    Word to the wise…it can’t be done.

  193. Its funny the govt. did not know how much back taxes that the companies that received the bailouts owed, but I got a letter and they sure are keeping up with mistakes on mine.
    They hit the middle class anyway they can and let the big shots slide on millions!

  194. DYB Says:

    March 22nd, 2009 at 11:09 pm
    Of course Obama isn’t worried about the economy. He thinks the average person in Arkansas and Iowa makes $75,000. He can’t figure out why everyone’s bitching at him and harshing his mellow.

    Does anyone think Kroft is about to get his balls handed to him by Obama’s worshippers?

    —————————————————————————————————

    I heard that portion of the interview. What BO was saying, was that the bankers needed to go outside their finance world, to see how the rest of America lives. He said that people living in North Dakota, Iowa, or Arkansas would be happy making 75,000 with no bonus. It was more of a reality check for the investment bankers. He doesn’t think that the average worker in those states makes that much, but if they did, they would be happy with 75,000/yr, with no bonuses.

    Kroft was very serious during the interview. I wondered, if BO was on drugs or nervous, because some of the laughter was definitely inappropriate for the seriousness of the subject.

  195. A few minutes ago I wrote a long comment that failed to post. In it I tried to correllate specific behaviors by barack to the checklist for a sociopath. From what I can tell it was a 90% match. Here are a couple examples within the past three days:

    His derrogatory joke about the disabled on the Jay Leno borefest,

    His gallows humor toward those who are suffering as a result of the economic crisis which he wants to avoid correllate with several criteria of a sociopath, but this two seemed especially apt:

    6. Shallow Emotions

    When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

    9. Callousness/Lack of Empathy

    Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others’ feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

  196. Mrs. Smith Says:
    March 22nd, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Tonight, Steve Kroft on 60 minutes asked Obama if he was Punch Drunk?

    I haven’t been able to find a video with that part of the interview workable.

    This is the only commentary (audio).

    h’s and w’s
    politico.com/news/stories/0309/20339_Page2.html

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

    I’ve seen what look like direct trasncriptions of that part at various PUMA sites. See DailyPuma.com

    Here is a place to comment on it:

    h…./…w
    politico.com/news/stories/0309/20339.html

  197. He has never been seriously into this job. He wants the privileges of the job, the book rights, but he does not have a clue as to what he is doing. The American voters think this will all work out, as the party will take care of it.
    —————————-
    Exactly what they said about him at the Harvard Law Review. Wanted the title but not the work.

    I bet that is the same thing he said about him when he was a state and us senator. Wanted the title but not the work. Makes a nice political epitaph.

  198. “I heard that portion of the interview. What BO was saying, was that the bankers needed to go outside their finance world, to see how the rest of America lives. He said that people living in North Dakota, Iowa, or Arkansas would be happy making 75,000 with no bonus. It was more of a reality check for the investment bankers. He doesn’t think that the average worker in those states makes that much, but if they did, they would be happy with 75,000/yr, with no bonuses.”
    ***********
    That was my “take” from reading the transcript…I didn’t see a problem with what he said..

  199. birdgal,

    I agree that was the overall point of Obama’s argument. However his mistake was in choosing a figure as high as 75,000. Many regular people would be thrilled to make … 50,000? 40,000?

  200. He didn’t have his best friend and brain crutch aka “bozo the teleprompter” with him to tell him what to say.

    Probably thought no one would dare ask him anything other than fluff questions.

  201. I agree that was the overall point of Obama’s argument. However his mistake was in choosing a figure as high as 75,000. Many regular people would be thrilled to make … 50,000? 40,000?
    ***********
    Exactly!!! He has never been in a position where words did matter and even the “throw-away” comments need to be thought out. It’s too late to learn.

  202. $75,000 is still an extremely high estimate. If Obama is trying to give Wall Street bankers a reality check he should have said that people in Arkansas and Iowa would be happy making $40,000 with no bonuses. Frankly, most people don’t get bonuses anyway.

  203. SHV,

    I can imagie how one of the Clintons could have made that point, even using the same 75,000 figure.

    ‘You know, in Arkansas half the employed people make under X and 3/4 of them make under Y, and any of these people would be thrilled to make $75,000. So the bankers need to know that etc etc….”

    Because the Clntons would KNOW what salaries are in Arkansas … or Alaska!

  204. It’s like talking about high prices and using an example of the price of argula at Whole Foods! I always thought that must have been ironic, but now I’m not so sure….

  205. Exactly!!! He has never been in a position where words did matter and even the “throw-away” comments need to be thought out. It’s too late to learn.
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    Ohhhhhh yes. Trouble in River City. We three. My tele. My groper. And me. I bet the Mills Brothers could do wonders with that.

  206. DYB Says:

    March 22nd, 2009 at 11:43 pm
    $75,000 is still an extremely high estimate. If Obama is trying to give Wall Street bankers a reality check he should have said that people in Arkansas and Iowa would be happy making $40,000 with no bonuses. Frankly, most people don’t get bonuses anyway.

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    Yes, he could have made his point using 40-50,000/year with no bonuses. I don’t even know what a bonus is, but I have always been union.

  207. Puppetmaster Axelgease–Just words? (repeat after me)

    Deval Patrick: Just words? Just words?

    Barack Obama: Just words? Just words? Just words?

    Teleprompter: you would be lost without me

  208. Ohhhhhh yes. Trouble in River City.
    **********
    The “thing” that people like Rich, the NYT editorial board, etc. don’t get or afraid to admit it that these early “bumps in the road” are not a problem with advisors or “learning curve”, this is Barak Obama. He is showing the pattern of behavior that has done well for him his whole life. He doesn’t know anything else and he never put in the time and effort to acquire the “internal” database that would allow him to change directions. Doing these tv “shows” is just digging the hole deeper.

  209. SHV,

    I think another way that this “is Barack Obama” is that he’s used to talking to one special audience at a time, but now the whole world is watching — or rather, the whole world soon hears it.

    “Bitter, clinging” — not like US elite people at the reception.

    “Bamboozle, hoodwink” — not like us Bro’s at this rally.

    Leno and Leno’s studio audience laughed at the “Special Olympics” thing. While he was with Leno,he was on Leno’s wavelength, which might have influenced him to say such an offensive thing in hte first place.

    Choosing $75,000 might have been ignorance of fact — or might have been a figure that his audience at that moment could relate to (or both).

  210. SHV, exactly right: The “thing” that people like Rich, the NYT editorial board, etc. don’t get or afraid to admit it that these early “bumps in the road” are not a problem with advisors or “learning curve”, this is Barak Obama. He is showing the pattern of behavior that has done well for him his whole life.

  211. The “thing” that people like Rich, the NYT editorial board, etc. don’t get or afraid to admit it that these early “bumps in the road” are not a problem with advisors or “learning curve”, this is Barak Obama.
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    Oh, I think they know it now. And that is what scares them. They know they put their own credibility on the line, vouched for him and they told us his leadership failings did not matter,

    They got swept up in the fairy tale, failed to perform due diligence and suppressed relevant evidence. Strangely they assumed if he could campaign then he could govern, and they would be there to help him.

    But now the world is seeing him for what he is and has always been. Their past support for him becomes increasingly farcical, as he slips on one banana peel after another and moves to the next act.

    In addition, there were business incentives for them to destroy Hillary and promote him, as you have adroitly pointed out. And in a corporation directives like that start at the top and pass down the line.

    Could it possibly be that the smartest people in the world, i.e. big media are really the dumbest people in the world. They have promoted the big lie and the consequences are staring them right in the eye.

    The lack of an effective president may adversely affect our ability to avoid a depression and all the misery that ensues. If that is to be our fate then the responsibility rests directly with Big Media.

  212. Oh, I think they know it now. And that is what scares them.
    *********
    Perhaps they do..but the increasing explanation of Obama’s bad policy and behavior is that “He is so smart, that even if what he is doing looks stupid, it is part of a brilliant plan to fight the right wing.” Obama’s repeated stupidity is the latest “Wunderwaffen” for the Obots.

  213. Perhaps they do..but the increasing explanation of Obama’s bad policy and behavior is that “He is so smart, that even if what he is doing looks stupid, it is part of a brilliant plan to fight the right wing.” Obama’s repeated stupidity is the latest “Wunderwaffen” for the Obots.
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    The bots are a separate case. They fail to understand the inherent danger in defending an indefensible position. It kills credibility. But a worse future awaits them: the day they wake up from this stony dream and realize for the first time that the messiah they believed in and defended so persistently and passionately is really darth vader, i.e. a sociopath controlled by big business.

  214. If Big Media got together in a closed room, couldn’t they rein in Obama? Or give him some orders through Axelrod?

    Bush claimed principles and wouldn’t listen to anybody. Obama isn’t that delusional, or not in the same way. He knows he needs the media.

  215. A friend of mine is a tribal elder in one of the great Native American tribes, and a strong Hillary supporter.

    She and I wrote a letter to pro Hillary and undeclared superdelegates stressing the fact that when the truth about Obama came to light as it is doing now, it would be very disillusioning to the young people who put their faith and trust in him.

    The tragedy is the young people have a valid grievance but they put their bet on the wrong horse. Hillary would have pressed their case successfully, whereas with a sociopath like Barack they are simply there to be used.

    My friend has meditated at some length and foresaw many of the events which have occurred in the meantime, including the financial traps, the buyers remorse, and his utter failure as a leader.

    She has warned me repeatedly that there will be tough sledding and has taken steps to prepare for it. But no one can really prepare.

  216. If Big Media got together in a closed room, couldn’t they rein in Obama? Or give him some orders through Axelrod?

    Bush claimed principles and wouldn’t listen to anybody. Obama isn’t that delusional, or not in the same way. He knows he needs the media.
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    There have been times when NASA or the Russians have sent probes or stations into space and lost contact and control over them. That may be true here.

    Can you imagine naming an aircraft carrier after him? The USS Barack Obama (CVN 0). It would look great, it would sound great, and it would never leave drydock.

  217. Mr. Obama has a plethora of advisors.

    The ones he listens to are Axelrod, Emanuel and Michelle.

    If he is a true sociopath then no one can control him.

    Drug therapy may be indicated.

    Work is contra-indicated.

  218. Brazile finally reappeared. She wrote an article in praise of Obama. Expect Clyburn to do the same soon.

  219. turndownobama-com Says:
    March 22nd, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Mrs. Smith Says:
    March 22nd, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    I’ve seen what look like direct trasncriptions of that part at various PUMA sites. See DailyPuma.com

    Here is a place to comment on it:

    h…./…w
    politico.com/news/stories/0309/20339.html

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    Yes, thanks tdo, I read the transcript. When I located the you-tube of the interview, the audio had been blocked. I really need to hear turdblossem’s eloquence yucking it up just before Koft asks him if he’s Punch Drunk…

    The Bama seems to be cracking under the pressure of having millions of people po’d at him. Surprisingly, I think Biden sees an opportunity, he may be in line, in direct line, for a promotion! heh-

  220. Looks like Murtha who not only went against his constituents during the primaries but referred to them as rednecks or something of the sort is now under investigation for rec’g money from lobbyists.

  221. Could it possibly be that the smartest people in the world, i.e. big media are really the dumbest people in the world.

    Intelligence does not necessarily lead to wisdom.

  222. admin Says:

    March 23rd, 2009 at 5:47 am
    Brazile finally reappeared. She wrote an article in praise of Obama.

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    What a surprise! (insert sarcasm and rolling of the eyes here)

  223. The U.S. needs to unmix the message in Mexico

    When Hillary Clinton visits the country, she needs to clearly state what Washington wants and what it will do.

    By Denise Dresser
    March 23, 2009

    Writing From Mexico City — As Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton prepares for her trip this week to Mexico, she needs to pack not only goodwill but a consistent U.S. position.

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Jeffrey Davidow has compared Mexico to a porcupine because of the country’s prickly nationalism, and right now its worst symptoms are on full display. After weeks of U.S. congressional hearings on Mexico’s drug-related violence and front-page news stories focused on its many ills, the country is feeling badgered and bruised. Mexican President Felipe Calderon has even suggested that a concerted effort to discredit Mexico is taking place in the United States.

    Mexico’s quills are standing straight up, and Clinton will need to placate Mexicans with a good dose of public diplomacy. The best way to accomplish this goal would be to arrive with what has been lacking so far: a clear, unified message from the Obama administration regarding the sort of relationship it wants with Mexico.

    Undoubtedly, Mexico’s crime-related problems have become a focus of attention among lawmakers, law enforcement and the media in the United States. Over the last several months, there have been more than six congressional hearings, a segment on “60 Minutes” and numerous public statements made by key people in the U.S. intelligence community stressing Mexico’s plight. Although this sort of attention is welcome — given the seriousness of the problems — a panoply of inconsistent, disjointed, contradictory stances has generated ill will south of the border. Mexico doesn’t know whether it should pay more attention to those who advocate militarizing the border or to those — like President Obama — who have come out against it. Mexico doesn’t know whether the United States will make a concerted effort to stem the illegal smuggling of guns into its territory, or whether the “right to bear arms” argument will shelve that issue. Mexico doesn’t understand if it’s being bashed in order to generate congressional support for further aid and deeper collaboration, or if recent criticism is just political posturing by those who would welcome a bigger wall between the two countries. Members of the U.S. government talk about the need for a “new paradigm” in the U.S.-Mexico relationship, but then lop off $150 million from the Merida Initiative, which is designed to enhance military cooperation and intelligence-sharing. Members of the Obama team talk about a “strategic partnership,” but then Congress ends a demonstration project to allow some Mexican trucks onto American highways, as required under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexico then retaliates by placing tariffs on 90 goods affecting $2.4 billion in U.S. trade. And so the binational bickering goes on, while the Mexican porcupine moves into attack position.

    Clinton needs to set the record straight and tell both the Mexican government and the Mexican people what the U.S. wants, what it is prepared to do and what it expects in return. The current void is being filled in a way that doesn’t bode well for joint solutions to shared problems. July’s midterm elections in Mexico are pushing Calderon to adopt knee-jerk nationalistic stances, because nothing unites Mexicans more than a good dose of anti-Americanism. And in the U.S., the message vis-a-vis Mexico is often dominated by Republican hard-liners who would like to turn the border into the next political battleground.

    But beyond issues of wounded pride south of the Rio Grande and gung-ho stances north of it, Mexico and the U.S. face a critical situation. As Arizona Atty. Gen. Terry Goddard said in a recent hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs: “We are not winning the battle.” U.S. efforts to help Mexico deal with drug trafficking and organized crime networks are not enough, and the problem is spilling over into American cities and streets, where consumption continues unabated.

    Clinton should view the crisis as an opportunity to reframe the relationship and espouse the language of commitment and co-responsibility. She should understand, as Mexican author Carlos Fuentes has suggested, that Mexico does not have a monopoly on drugs, bribes or corruption. And although Mexico has plenty to be criticized for, U.S. demand for drugs simply aggravates its neighbor’s preexisting institutional flaws and weaknesses. Clinton undoubtedly will be greeted with open arms in Mexico if, among the things she brings with her, are a recognition of U.S. responsibilities; a willingness to reduce drug consumption at home; a commitment to disrupt financial flows and money-laundering that explain why Mexican drug chieftain Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is on the Forbes list of the world’s richest people; a promise to limit the flow of high-caliber weapons across the border; and a disposition to accompany drug interdiction with a more comprehensive approach.

    The secretary of State has proved to be a nimble and effective diplomat; the challenge for her in Mexico is to turn a defensive, resentful porcupine into a collaborative partner.

    latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-dresser23-2009mar23,0,3466683.story

  224. Where’s The ‘Change’?

    Lorne Gunter, National Post
    Monday, March 23, 2009

    The White House has tried to hang Senator Chris Dodd out to dry over the AIG bonuses. So much for “change.” Will Barack Obama’s pledge of “hope” be the next to go? If this week’s scandal in the United States over $165-million in retention bonuses paid to executives of the failed American International Group (AIG) insurance company proves anything, it’s that politics as usual — rather than the politics of change–dominates in Washington.

    President Obama’s promise to bring a new, bipartisan and meritocratic philosophy to government was an illusion. His vow to take money out of policy calculations and replace it with fact and reason was a farce.

    Just who was the U. S. Senate’s second-largest recipient of donations from AIG in the 2008 election cycle? Why, then-senator Barack Obama of Illinois, with over $100,000 received. And who was number one? Democratic Senator Chris Dodd ($103,000), who, as chairman of the Senate’s banking committee, was responsible for inserting an amendment into President Obama’s stimulus bill last month exempting all bonuses “executed on or before Feb. 11, 2009.”

    (John McCain was third on the AIG donations list at $59,000. So it’s clear the company was trying to cover itself, no matter who won last fall’s presidential race.) Essentially, the AIG bonuses that have provoked such outrage among ordinary Americans were legal because the White House’s own stimulus bill made them so. Only the handful of bonus packages negotiated between companies and their executives in the five weeks since the stimulus bill passed would have been forbidden. And how many of those could there possibly be?

    I’m not trying to say none of this is the Republicans’ fault, or that all of it can be pinned on the Democrats. My point is simple: No new clean-sweeping broom followed Mr. Obama into office. The same old feather duster that merely redistributes the particles every four or eight years is still in use.

    Interestingly, though, the White House has tried to hang Senator Dodd out to dry over the AIG bonuses, and, specifically, the Feb. 11 exemption. But Dodd’s original amendment would have given the U. S. Treasury Secretary discretionary authority to roll-back bonuses negotiated — and even those paid — since last fall. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Feb. 11 limit was inserted into the final version under pressure from the Obama administration, which was eager to get bankers to accept money from the President’s stimulus package. The White House was afraid bankers would turn down bailouts if they contained too many restrictions on executive compensation, so it pressured members of Congress to insert the bonus-exemption clause.

    Also, according to the political donations monitoring site opensecrets.org, many of the biggest recipients of stimulus and bailout cash so far have been among the top-20 donors to Mr. Obama’s presidential campaign: Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, J. P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley and others.

    Now consider that Mr. Obama won last fall with a lot of help from unions, who mobilized their members to come out and vote for him. In return, President Obama is backing the cynically named Employee Free Choice Act, which permits unions to win certification on job sites without a secret ballot vote by workers. If union organizers can get enough workers to sign certification cards — something that can easily be achieved through intimidation–no vote need be taken. And the President has enlisted the voter registration group ACORN to help with the next U. S. census, the results of which determine not only federal funding to cities and counties by population, but also how many congressional districts each state will have and where. This is an interesting choice, considering ACORN was previously mired in controversy for adding people’s names to voters’ rolls without their knowledge and for allegedly added deceased and imaginary voters.

    It is little wonder, then, that many recent opinion polls show Mr. Obama losing the support not just of Republicans, but of independent voters, too. While still over 50%, his approval ratings are flirting with those of George W. Bush at the same early stages of his presidency.

    The more thing change …

    nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=1418340

  225. Follow the Bailout Cash

    There was plenty of outrage on Capitol Hill last week over the executive bonuses paid out by AIG after getting federal bailout money. But another money trail could make voters just as angry: the campaign dollars to members of Congress from banks and firms that have received billions via the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

    While a few big firms, such as Wells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase, have curtailed their campaign giving, others are quietly doling out cash to select members of Congress, particularly those who serve on committees that oversee TARP. In recent filings with the Federal Election Commission, the political action committee for Bank of America (which got $15 billion in bailout money) sent out $24,500 in the first two months of 2009, including $1,500 to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and another $15,000 to members of the House and Senate banking panels. Citigroup ($25 billion) dished out $29,620, including $2,500 to House GOPWhip Eric Cantor, who also got $10,000 from UBS which, while not a TARP recipient, got $5 billion in bailout funds as an AIG “counterparty.” “This certainly appears to be a case of TARP funds being recycled into campaign contributions,” says Brett Kappell, a D.C. lawyer who tracks donations. (A spokesman for Cantor did not respond to requests for comment. A spokeswoman for Hoyer said it’s his “policy to accept legal contributions.”)

    The cash flow is already causing angst inside the Beltway. “The last thing I want to do is wake up one morning and see our PAC check being burned on C-Span,” said one bank lobbyist, who asked not to be identified because of the issue’s sensitivity. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Financial Services chair Rep. Barney Frank both said recently they won’t take donations from TARP recipients. But House Democratic fundraisers have quietly passed the word that the party’s campaign committee will resume accepting them—but down the road, not right now. Said one fundraiser, who also requested anonymity, “These are treacherous waters.”

    newsweek.com/id/190363

  226. Tried to post the link but forgot about spam filter, but here’s a little tid bit from brazilla from the Parade section of the sunday paper

    parade.com/celebrity/slideshows/personality-parade/meryl-streep.html?index=8

    Q I’m impressed by CNN pundit Donna Brazile. What else is she up to?–Jacqueline Young, Richmond, Va.

    A Brazile, 49–who became the first African-American woman to manage a major Presidential campaign when she ran Al Gore’s 2000 race–is a professor, columnist, and political adviser. “While I was on the platform watching Barack Obama take the oath of office, for the first time in my life I visualized a woman there,” Brazile tells us. “I want to help chart that course.”

  227. Os laughter, as I remember he said his statement about O Hillary, you are likeable enough, like a joke also. There is time for jokes and then there are not time for jokes.

    I am also getting tired of hearing that he has a lot on his plate. Ready to lead on day one NOT.

  228. Thanks a million, Admin, for posting the vid… can’t wait to hear it!

    # turndownobama-com Says:
    March 23rd, 2009 at 6:04 am

    Mrs Smith,

    What, you think Obama might quit?

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

    I doubt he will ever admit he’s in over his head. His image and pride couldn’t bear the embarrassment. But if he is threatened with the “citizenship” exposure behind closed doors, we may hear he has a rare, physical ailment… (guffaw) and is forced to resign for health reasons.

    Don’t forget his election was premised on ‘ABC’… For all intents and purposes, he’s accomplished his mission.

    Relative obscurity will give him more time for writing Book #3, entitled “My 100 days in the White House”…or “I didn’t get The Chance to Watch my Garden Grow”…. right?

  229. Memo to Hillary Clinton:

    I think it’s time for those celestial choirs you were talking about. His “we are the ones we have been waiting for” message just defaulted.

  230. Henry: when that slob talks about charting a future course I think of what it must have been like to be first mate on the Titanic. That role suits her well, and I doubt she can swim. Too much body fat.

  231. What would Hillary do without the wise counsel of Denise Dresser. I read her misset and know less about what is needed than I did before. Losts of buzz words with little substance. Most seventh graders could do better than that. Thank you for that moment of clarity denise, and by the way I see you work for LA Times, so what exactly is your motive except to throw meaningless tripe at your readership.

  232. Admin…

    I hope you agree with me.

    Obama looks like he’s had a few ‘tokes’ on the way to the interview.. yes?

  233. Mrs. Smith Says:

    March 23rd, 2009 at 10:17 am
    Admin…

    I hope you agree with me.

    Obama looks like he’s had a few ‘tokes’ on the way to the interview.. yes?

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    When I saw the interview last night, I thought he was either on drugs or laughing nervously. It was very, very odd. OTOH, Steve Kroft looked very, very serious; the complete opposite from BO.

    Btw, just saw Christina Roemer on GMA. What is she smoking? She was acting like a giggly teenager and pollyannish. Everything is good. Jeez.

  234. “This certainly appears to be a case of TARP funds being recycled into campaign contributions,” says Brett Kappell, a D.C. lawyer who tracks donations.
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    This is hardly surprising. It is called sharing the loot. There has to be some honor, even among thieves.

  235. oh yes…..he was more likely on a little coke sniff….you know the kind he shared with his illegal pakistani room-mate while in columbia univ……yes….coke & mirrors!!!!

    “Punch drunk” was a polite term used by Kroft!!!!!

  236. Nigerian FM leads delegation for talks on Nigerian-US relations

    2009-03-23

    ABUJA, March 22 (Xinhua) — Regional security and Nigeria’s leadership role in Africa will top the agenda of the Nigerian-U.S. ties as Nigerian Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe leads a government delegation for bilateral talks on Monday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported on Sunday. The report said the meeting which is at the instance of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will also cover good governance.

    “We look forward to this meeting, not only for her important global role and message for us as the U.S. Secretary of State but also for deepening relations between the two countries,” the minister was quoted as saying. “The meeting will also enable both of us to lay a solid framework and foundation for discussions that will take place when President Umaru Yar’Adua and U.S. President Barack Obama meet on a date that will be mutually agreed,” he said. Maduekwe recalled that on assumption of duty, Clinton phoned to express her government’s desire to partner with the Nigerian federal government in support of the latter’s leadership capability.

    “She spoke highly of Nigeria, not only on the continent of Africa but also beyond in terms of the leadership we have shown on a number of issues pertaining to global security, particularly peacekeeping,” he said. On bilateral relations, Maduekwe noted that Washington had always maintained excellent relations with Nigeria since independence. The minister, however, expressed regret that the progress which the country had made over the years in spite of its difficulties had not been recognized adequately.

    Members of the delegation include the Senate Committee Chairman on Foreign Relations Jubril Aminu and his counterpart in the House of Representatives Bature Umar as well as Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Ufot Ekaette.

    The United State has long been the biggest buyer of Nigerian oil as well as one of the donors to the Africa’s major oil producer.

    news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-03/23/content_11054174.htm

  237. When I saw the interview last night, I thought he was either on drugs or laughing nervously. It was very, very odd. OTOH, Steve Kroft looked very, very serious; the complete opposite from BO.
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    It was surreal, I thought. He had nothing of substance to offer, so he turned on the humor. The contrast betweeen his levity and Krofts gravitas was as you say striking. Bambi seemed to be saying two things: I am cool. I do not care.

  238. US Greeks disturbed by Talat-Clinton meet

    WASHINGTON – Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat is expected to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington March 30 as U.S. Greek groups seek to prevent the visit from taking place. Talat is expected to arrive in Washington on March 29 and have talks with Clinton the next day, diplomatic sources told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review. The invitation for the visit has come from the U.S. State Department, they said. Deeply annoyed, 11 leaders of the National Coordinated Effort of Hellenes, or CEH, sent a letter to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden “to reverse the decision,” according to U.S. Greek paper Greek News.

    They urged Obama and Biden “to intervene” before the visit causes the United States “problems that will take years to correct.” “Pursuing anything that suggests de facto recognition of the occupation regime would not only be contrary to countless U.N. Security Council resolutions, but it would perhaps force the Republic of Cyprus to reconsider its stance with regard to Turkey and the European Union,” the U.S. Greek leaders said. “Please overturn these misguided actions by people in your administration,” they said.

    Talat met with former secretary of state Colin Powell in Washington in 2004 in the wake of a failed U.N.-backed reunification referendum in Cyprus. In the April 2004 referendum, most Turkish Cypriots voted for reunification under a U.N. plan, while a vast majority of Greek Cypriots rejected the plan.

    If it takes place, the Talat-Clinton meeting will come about a week before Obama’s planned visit to Turkey. During a visit to Ankara earlier this month, Clinton called for the lifting of an international economic embargo on Turkish Cypriots. Biden, in his years as a prominent senator before becoming vice president, had supported the Greek position in numerous cases.

    hurriyet.com.tr/english/domestic/11265816.asp?gid=244

  239. mp Says:

    March 23rd, 2009 at 10:30 am

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    Maybe m.o.’s garden will include a marijuana plant here and there. I hear she is now including bee hives as well.

  240. news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-03/23/content_11054174.htm
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    If that is a chinese newspaper reporting on a partnership with Nigeria based on history, but more importantly oil, then I find it not so much curious as interesting. This is a world wide race between capitalists for that commodity. I wonder how this global monetary authority Geithner envisions would deal with that. Certainly global competition for oil drives up prices and adversely affects their prospects for development, so I wonder whether they would stick their noses into that too. Its a slippery sloge the Obama administration is embarking on–a race to the bottom. This business of laughing at our problems marks them as idiots and will get them only so far.

  241. wbboei Says:

    March 23rd, 2009 at 10:30 am
    When I saw the interview last night, I thought he was either on drugs or laughing nervously. It was very, very odd. OTOH, Steve Kroft looked very, very serious; the complete opposite from BO.
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    It was surreal, I thought. He had nothing of substance to offer, so he turned on the humor. The contrast betweeen his levity and Krofts gravitas was as you say striking. Bambi seemed to be saying two things: I am cool. I do not care.

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    While I was watching the interview, I kept thinking how differently Bill or Hillary Clinton would have handled the interview. Either one of them, would try to explain the situation in understandable and logical terms. It would have had depth. Last night was a superficial mismash of nothing. Bo couldn’t explain the situation with any depth or clarity, because he is just parroting what his advisors or briefing books have told him. He is no FDR. He may be Hoover instead.

  242. Not even a hoover!!!!!…unless you the vacuum type that never works…..spits out more dirt than it sucks in!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  243. mp Says:

    March 23rd, 2009 at 10:46 am
    Not even a hoover!!!!!…unless you the vacuum type that never works…..spits out more dirt than it sucks in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    LOL!!!! Touche’.

  244. Obama advisers split over bribes for the Taliban

    Alex Spillius in Washington
    March 24, 2009

    THE US President, Barack Obama, has been forced to delay the announcement of a new US strategy in Afghanistan because of disagreements inside his administration over paying “bribes” to the Taliban. Sharp divisions have emerged over the ethics and effectiveness of paying militants to lay down their arms.

    Mr Obama had hoped to unveil his plans for a troop surge well before the NATO summit on April 5, but may now have to wait until that meeting in Strasbourg.

    His main advisers on Afghanistan – including the special envoy to Afghanistan-Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, the chairman of the policy panel, Bruce Riedel, and the National Security Adviser, General James Jones – met late last week but were unable to reach an agreement. According to a source close to the deliberations, Mr Obama has received conflicting views about offering financial inducements to the Taliban.

    Foreign policy heavyweights, including Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security advisers working with the Administration, are said to believe that defeating the Taliban militarily is unlikely. They favour a system of inducements for “moderate” elements of the militia, which has made gains against NATO forces in the south and east of the country. But White House and Pentagon advisers are unhappy about dealing with the Taliban because of its associations with Osama bin Laden, and favour a tougher military approach.

    “There is a knowledgeable outside crowd harping on about this, but advisers in the White House think this begins to look like appeasement or failure,” said the source. “The divisions in opinion are striking.” Steve Clemons, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation thinktank, said: “Dealing with the Taliban will be complicated internally in the Administration. There needs to be a cohesive plan that will be compelling if the Europeans are to support it and if the American public is going to stay behind this war.”

    Supporters of paying “bribes” argue it has worked in Iraq, where Sunni insurgents were paid several hundred dollars a month to work alongside the Americans. “There is a standard series of inducements you use to stop people fighting you, and money is one of them,” said John Nagl, a former colonel who helped devise the surge strategy in Iraq. Colonel David Kilcullen, a former adviser to Condoleezza Rice, said: “In Iraq, only 10 per cent of insurgents were found to be motivated by radical religious reasons, 20 per cent by political disaffection and 70 per cent by economic circumstances. Financial inducement has a substantial impact at the lower level.”
    Inducements have been used in Afghanistan, such as paying locals to work on roadworks. But the policy could go much further now, with Taliban commanders paid larger sums of cash.

    A complication, said Colonel Kilcullen, was that the Taliban’s drug money gave it deep pockets to compete with US dollars.

    smh.com.au/world/obama-advisers-split-over-bribes-for-the-taliban-20090323-97i6.html?page=-1

  245. Maybe its just me but watching the clip from 60 minutes makes me think they have something up thier sleeves. I even wonder about the special olympics comment. Major actors do not walk on to talk shows blind so I seriously doubt the telepromptor of the US did. The shows are somewhat rehearsed if they were not we would see a lot more duds than we do. The War Room from the Clinton years has nothing on these people. Which makes me again think of Gibbs– how does he continue in his position?? Admin showed a great example of him the other day and I promise you I looked at several of his responses and it has to be with intent that he remains in his position. He flounders he is inept he is physically unfit(big contradiction to the rest of waffles admin) he even sweats. Yet not been the venom of news orgs. Why not?

  246. Okay call me paranoid but once again if bambi wanted to distract was he not pretty much guarenteed a pass from the special olympics people being that shriver runs it?

  247. henry Says:

    March 23rd, 2009 at 11:07 am
    Maybe its just me but watching the clip from 60 minutes makes me think they have something up thier sleeves.
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    I totally agree henry…imo, he’s not a total idiot…maybe he was trying to cover for the joking and laughter and stupidity on Leno’s show…”see, I laugh on serious shows too”… “need that gallows humor to get through these days”…

    Then again, it scares me to think what they’re up to with all these distractions!

    I think we should all be paranoid…and watch carefully!

  248. Obama’s Day: Workout, briefs, ‘anything’

    by Mark Silva

    President Barack Obama – allowing that he has gotten lost at times inside the sprawling executive mansion of the presidency – spoke of how he and his family are adjusting to life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in the interview that 60 Minutes aired.

    “I have a routine,” Obama said.

    “You know, I typically work out in the morning,” he said. “Michelle’s often there with me. We do our little workout, and then…after the workout, have breakfast, read the papers, read my morning security briefing. And then I come down here and talk to our National Security team. Then we talk to the economic team.

    “After that, who knows? Anything goes,” he said. “But typically, between Seven and Ten, I sort of know what I’m doing.”

    article continued at:

    swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2009/03/obamas_day_workout_briefs_anyt.html

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    He “sort of knows what he is doing?” Well that’s so inspiring…somebody take the sharp utensils away from this guy!

  249. When you are president, the country is facing difficult times, and they have hung a playboy image on you, it really doesnt help to go on a nationwide news program and laugh like you are a little giddy. I would be less worried about a southern redoubt here than the more likely possibility that there is no there there and the response you are seeing is sycopathic as opposed to calculated. Laughing as he did is a common reaction. I have a friend who has trouble with English and when he wants to pretend he follows something when he really doesnt he laughs the same way bambi does.

  250. jeleanoro
    they know days if not weeks in advance what the questions are, if they didn’t how either boring or exciting would these shows be. Can we believe that he just has such childish handlers that they did not see the heft to his response or did they say hey we’ll do something a little obnoxious we will make him look human and we will get Maria Shriver’s family to offer forgiveness even before it airs.
    Seperately I cannot believe he could be so callous on CBS as to make light of other people’s plights not with all of the money and people behind him that were able to orchastrate this coup, that he would go on 60 minutes and joke like that I think was with intent. People may be waking up up but I wonder if it will be too late?

  251. Question
    Since day one of icky’s presidency the conty has been in jeopardy so when has he had the time to practice his bowling skills? Or have they added a lane on airforce one as he has spent enough time on that to have perfected the game

  252. Already strong Democrats are beginning to speak out, a dangerous venture in this Hopium addled thug menacing atmosphere. The great and wonderful Democrat Maxine Waters (a strong Hillary Clinton supporter) says Obama is “not up to speed” and that he has “got some explaining to do” because the AIG story thus far is a big old Obama flim-flam lie.

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    From the last post, sorry worked all w/e
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    While I do support her statements on the Fraud, and her support of Hillary in the election under great duress, I can never forget her unfailing support for Fanny Mae and Mac. Either she was given erroneous information or chose not to question.

    By the way, why is the market up, after the disastrous 60 minute interview?

  253. so he’s saying that whatever is “mapped” out for him in a routine, he is fine doing. Things that just “happen” he has no clue. YEH, we knew that this time last year. What a fcuk up he is.

  254. God or some other higher power I hope is watching over us .. in the event of a serious disaster, Bambi will shit his drawers and be a complete nother disaster.

  255. By the way, why is the market up, after the disastrous 60 minute interview?
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    up from 14,000?

    I would say they are no longer surprised by him. His negatives have already been discounted by the market.

  256. How are are they going to ” remove it” , the bad debt…
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    Benahke thinks by doubling the money supply. LaRouche thinks by bankruputcy. Me, I dont know.

  257. This is along article but I posted it because of the discussion about the 9oo million Hillary promised for the Palestinians. I found it on Bitterpolitiz…
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    Palestine Is a Victim of Arab Betrayal
    March 20, 2009 · 132 Comments
    By Nonie Darwish

    International donors pledged almost $4.5 billion in aid for Gaza earlier this month. During the past few years it has been very painful for me to witness the deteriorating humanitarian situation in that narrow strip where I lived as a child in the 1950s. The media tends to attribute Gaza’s decline solely to Israeli military and economic actions against Hamas. But such a myopic analysis ignores the problem’s root cause: 60 years of Arab policy aimed at cementing the Palestinian people’s status as stateless refugees to use their suffering as a weapon against Israel.

    As a child in Gaza in the ’50s, I experienced the early results of this policy. Egypt, which controlled the territory then, conducted guerilla-style operations against Israel from Gaza. My father commanded these operations, carried out by Palestinian fedeyeen (Arabic for self-sacrifice). Back then, Gaza was already the front line of the Arab jihad against Israel. My father was assassinated by Israeli forces in 1956.

    It was in those years that the Arab League started its Palestinian refugee policy. Arab countries implemented special laws designed to make it impossible to integrate the Palestinian refugees from the 1948 Arab war against Israel. Even descendants of Palestinian refugees who are born in another Arab country and live there their entire lives can never gain that country’s passport. Even if they marry a citizen of an Arab country, they cannot become citizens of their spouse’s country. They must remain Palestinian even though they may have never set foot in the West Bank or Gaza.

    This policy of forcing a Palestinian identity on these people for eternity and condemning them to a miserable life in a refugee camp was designed to perpetuate and exacerbate the Palestinian refugee crisis. So was the Arab policy of overpopulating Gaza. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, whose main political support comes from Arab countries, encourages high birthrates by rewarding families with many children.

    Yasser Arafat said the Palestinian woman’s womb was his best weapon. Arab countries always push for classifying as many Palestinians as possible as refugees. As a result, about one-third of the Palestinians in Gaza still live in refugee camps. For 60 years, Palestinians have been used and abused by Arab regimes and Palestinian terrorists in their fight against Israel.

    Now it is Hamas, an Islamist terror organisation supported by Iran, that is using and abusing Palestinians for this purpose. While Hamas leaders hid in the well-stocked bunkers and tunnels they prepared before they provoked Israel into attacking them, Palestinian civilians were exposed and caught in the deadly crossfire between Hamas and Israeli soldiers. As a result of 60 years of this Arab policy, Gaza has become a prison camp for 1.5 million Palestinians. Both Israel and Egypt are fearful of terrorist infiltration from Gaza – all the more so since Hamas took over – and have always maintained tight controls over their borders with Gaza.

    The Palestinians continue to endure hardships because Gaza continues to serve as the launching pad for terror attacks against Israeli citizens. Those attacks come in the form of Hamas missiles that indiscriminately target Israeli kindergartens, homes and businesses. And Hamas continued these attacks more than two years after Israel withdrew from Gaza in the hope that this step would begin the process of building a Palestinian state, eventually leading to a peaceful, two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There was no cycle of violence then, no justification for anything other than peace and prosperity.

    But, instead, Hamas chose Islamic jihad. Gazans’ and Israelis’ hopes have been met with misery for Palestinians and missiles for Israelis. Hamas, an Iranian proxy, has become a danger not only to Israel but also to Palestinians as well as to neighbouring Arab states, which fear the spread of radical Islam could destabilise their countries. Arabs claim they love the Palestinian people, but they seem more interested in sacrificing them. If they really loved their Palestinian brethren, they would pressure Hamas to stop firing missiles at Israel.

    In the longer term, the Arab world must end the Palestinians’ refugee status and thereby their desire to harm Israel. It’s time for the 22 Arab countries to open their borders and absorb the Palestinians of Gaza who wish to start a new life. It is time for the Arab world to truly help the Palestinians, not use them.

    Nonie Darwish, who grew up in Gaza City and Cairo, is the author, most recently, of Cruel and Usual Punishment (Thomas Nelson).

  258. So “bad debt” gets removed and no punishment involved, while ordinary families still struggle with their debts and banks continue to raise their credit card interest rates, refuse to release money for loans…

  259. wbboei Says:

    March 23rd, 2009 at 11:59 am
    Bambi believes he can make people believe anything he wants them to believe.
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    Unfortunately he has been able to do that up to this point with the help of the Media. Present company not included of course!

  260. “This policy of forcing a Palestinian identity on these people for eternity and condemning them to a miserable life in a refugee camp was designed to perpetuate and exacerbate the Palestinian refugee crisis. So was the Arab policy of overpopulating Gaza. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, whose main political support comes from Arab countries, encourages high birthrates by rewarding families with many children.”

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    Years ago when I was in university, we debated this very issue. It was a fiery, finger-pointing debate that left much frustration.

  261. I don’t understand why the credit card companies are allowed to raise rates, cut limits and not loan. They all got Tarp money and are in most part refusing to help the consumer. We have very good credit, always paid and one of our Chase cards limit was lowered and our rate increased .. and it’s on a card that I hadn’t used for a long, long time. I used it for $68.49 in pet products online and wham, about 3 weeks later I received a notice that my limit was lowered. Just got the bill Saturday and I notice my rate went up as well. All for $68.49 on a card I hadn’t used in forever. Fuck them and thier credit cards. I am beginning to think I should hope they all fold, none of them are for the little man. Give AIG bonues out the ass and we get stuck with the bill and then have the credit card companies fleece us as well.

  262. dot48 Says:

    March 23rd, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    American Express Blue did the same to me TWICE! I only keep it now because I need only a few thousand more points to get an exercise bike. Ridiculous I know, but if I cancel it, nothing!

  263. gonzotx, they will remove it by dumping all the downside on us. This will NOT rein in their gamblers anonymous behavior, it will encourage more of it.

    Let’s say they were playing Blackjack, and going further in the hole with each hand. They keep losing, and if they win, they win $1, and if they lose, they lose $1. Instead of holding pat with a 17 like reasonable gamblers, they’ve spent the last years saying “HIT ME”, repeatedly, and getting further and further in.

    No one has stopped the game and made them take their losses yet. What Geithner’s plan does is to tell them “Guess what? the game is still in session, and we’re going to fix it so that if you take another card and win, you get the profit from your $1 bet. If you take another card and lose, you only lose .20, and the taxpayer is covering the rest.”

    Sweet deal, huh? So what will a gambler do in that situation? Amend his ridiculously risky behavior, or step it up a notch?

    Of COURSE Wall Street is thrilled with this news. Why wouldn’t they be?

  264. When it comes to defining obama and the dims, I keep going back to a term we used to use in the 70’s and 80’s: The Peter Principle.

    In a hierarchically structured administration, people tend to be promoted up to their level of incompetence,” or, as Dr. Peter went on to explain in simpler terms, “The cream rises until it sours.”

  265. gonzo, I’ve been reading online and it is happening to a lot of people. Yes, they do say to not cancel that card though as it adversly effects your credit score. I read that the credit limit lowering also effects your credit score. I am almost afraid to check mine now. We are paying off ours as fast as possible but it burns my ass to think of how much the government is giving and expect taxpayers to pony it up .. however, they allow these credit card companies to gouge. I am going to write my Senator.

  266. Unfortunately he has been able to do that up to this point with the help of the Media. Present company not included of course
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    True. But the campaign was about popularity–unfortunately. Bush was his foil. It was a one dimensional thing.

    Whereas now he is faced with the problem of govening, he hasnt a clue and even big media cannot hide that.

    If they try someone will call the game on him. The bloggers, the foreign press, the truth is in this arena they do not control the chessboard.

    He has alot of promises outstanding. That is his style. He makes them feel they are primums inter pares. When they find out otherwise the fun begins.

    The core problem that will not go away, and as fast as they try to hide it will crop up somewhere else is the man is first, last and always, a sociopath.

    Noonan is right. He has two big issues. The economy and safety. So far he is receiving an F on both. That may be hysterically funny to him, but many people are not laughing.

    Those people will turn away from media outlets who continue to promote The Big Lie about him.

  267. wbboei Says:

    March 23rd, 2009 at 12:36 pm
    primus inter pares= first among equals.
    *****************************

    Thanks! I was just going to look it up!

    I live in Fraud town, Austin, TX. They are still overwhelmingly supporting the “sour cream”, but I might say, with some surprise, a young-in I work with that drank the koolaid, and we had some colorful discussions prior to the election, told me she can’t stand him. She finally came to reason prior to Nov and voted McCain. Maybe there is “hope’ after all.

  268. Memo to Obama: Six reasons to cancel your $1 trillion toxic waste plan
    Peter Cohan
    Mar 22nd 2009 at 9:30AMText SizeAAAFiled under: Economy, Investing

    President Obama: It’s not too late to cancel the plan you’re floating to use taxpayer debt and a sliver of private money to buy $1 trillion in toxic waste from banks. Why cancel it? Because it won’t solve the problem and it will waste more taxpayer money. I know nothing about politics, but my hunch is that people won’t be too happy when they find out that more of their money is going to enrich further hedge funds and private equity firms whose partners make bigger bucks — one of them made $3.7 billion in 2007 alone — than the bankers who got $16 billion in bonuses from taxpayer pockets in 2008.

    Here’s what the toxic waste plan looks like to me. Three of the world’s wealthiest investors came up with an idea to use taxpayer money to enrich themselves even more. These three have already played the U.S. for suckers:

    PIMCO’s Bill Gross who already talked the U.S. into bailing out his investments in Fannie Mae (FNM) and Freddie Mac (FRE) and now manages two big government investment programs,
    Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.A) Warren Buffett whose 20 percent stake in Moody’s (MCO) makes him strangely mute about Moody’s role in giving toxic waste AAA ratings which fueled the financial crisis, and
    Goldman Sachs Group’s (GS) Lloyd Blankfein whose firm got $12.9 billion in bailout money from American International Group’s (AIG) $170 billion bailout fund.
    Their plan is simple: private investors get the profits from buying toxic waste and taxpayers cover the losses. How so? The FDIC would run an auction for a lender to sell, say, $10 million worth of residential mortgages. If the winning bidder — a hedge fund or private equity firm — paid $8 million, the FDIC would lend money to pay for those mortgages and then would cover 75 percent of the investor’s losses. Treasury would contribute 80 percent of the rest of the cost of the loans.

    As I see it, this means that hedge funds and private equity firms will pay virtually nothing for the assets, the taxpayer will incur most of the losses and all the profits, if any, from buying these assets will go to the hedge funds and private equity firms. And since the FDIC and the so-called Public Investment Corp. — the public/private partnership that will buy the assets — can only buy $500 to $750 billion worth of the loans, you’ll create two other programs whose details have not been worked out.

    What’s wrong with this idea? Here are six things that come to mind:

    It’s too small to buy enough of the toxic waste. If my estimate is correct, there is $13 trillion worth of toxic waste — mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations — that’s been issued. This $1 trillion program only buys up 8% of that total. This is not enough to make a difference.
    It does not deal with the pricing problem. As the example above suggests, pricing toxic waste is an enormous problem. Most banks have booked it at 60 cents on the dollar but it’s really worth five cents. If the banks sell it at five cents, they take a 55 cent loss which they have to make up for by raising new capital equal to the amount of the write-off in order to maintain regulatory capital levels. If investors buy at 60 cents, it will leave taxpayers with an enormous loss. The pricing problem could make the whole idea a non-starter since neither buyer nor seller will agree on a price.
    It’s a government program for the already wealthy. Berkshire Hathaway, PIMCO, and Goldman Sachs are already very wealthy and your program will grant such investors government contracts to manage these assets. And it looks like they could get to invest as well so there’s a good chance they’ll have inside information from their advisory role that they can use to enrich themselves further.
    Taxpayers are likely to lose money. This plan is too heavily skewed to enrich the private interests who will invest in these assets. As the example above illustrates, the government will take the risk if private investors overpay and the collateral for the government loans is illiquid and likely to be worth little — therefore government loan losses will likely be high as well.
    Lack of detail could spook investors. In February 2009, Treasury Secretary Timothy “job is secure” Geithner offered the outlines of a plan that was weak on details. After his speech, the stock market fell 380 points. As it stands now, the leaked plan is vague on details of pricing toxic waste and on how the other two programs will work. It might be better to complete those details before announcing another vague plan to investors.
    Money that could be lent directly will go into a black hole. Perhaps the worst part of the plan is that it’s not going to get credit flowing into the economy. By creating new banks, the money being used to prop up the zombie banks could be lent directly to those individuals and businesses who would be in a position to use that money wisely and pay it back. Instead, the hundreds of billions of dollars from your toxic waste proposal will go to zombie banks that will not get enough toxic waste relief to boost lending.
    President Obama, toxic waste is a problem but the bigger issue is getting money into the hands of people who can use it to fuel economic growth. Instead of propping up zombie banks, we need to get capital into the economy directly. This toxic waste removal plan will not achieve that goal and it creates more problems than it solves.

    Back to the drawing board.

    Peter Cohan is president of Peter S. Cohan & Associates. He also teaches management at Babson College. His eighth book is You Can’t Order Change: Lessons from Jim McNerney’s Turnaround at Boeing. He owns AIG shares and has no financial interest in the other securities mentioned.

  269. So we borrow a trillion (1.2 if you include the interest) and then we add a trillion to the money supply. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. What impact, if any, will this double hit have on the net worth and puchasing power of working Americans? Do I really want to know?

  270. I live in Fraud town, Austin, TX.
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    So tell me, what is Lloyd Doggett up to. I imagine he is kissing the ring consistent with the sentiments of his constituents.

  271. wbboei Says:

    March 23rd, 2009 at 1:38 pm
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    He is an interesting character. A little out there. A bit like a hippie child that still has on the rose tinged colored glasses. Yes, he indeed supported the fraud. I actually met him early in his elected life, actually wasn’t elected to anything yet. My father-in-law was holding a fundraiser for him @ his house, all Hispanic and Doggett looked like Ichabod Crane and was very uncomfortable socially I thought.

  272. He is an interesting character. A little out there. A bit like a hippie child that still has on the rose tinged colored glasses. Yes, he indeed supported the fraud. I actually met him early in his elected life, actually wasn’t elected to anything yet. My father-in-law was holding a fundraiser for him @ his house, all Hispanic and Doggett looked like Ichabod Crane and was very uncomfortable socially I thought.
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    Some things never change.

  273. JanH Says:
    March 23rd, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    When it comes to defining obama and the dims, I keep going back to a term we used to use in the 70’s and 80’s: The Peter Principle.

    In a hierarchically structured administration, people tend to be promoted up to their level of incompetence,”

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

    Which is close to the reason that I don’t like saying, of Bair or anyone else, “She is doing a good job at FCIS, let’s give her Sec of Treas.)

    Not that she or others might not have been a better Sec of T if she had been trained for that job for years, but right now if she is doing a good job where she is, don’t fix it. (And moving her would move up all her underlings up one Peter step….)

  274. It seems to me that the presumption here really ought to be that anyone Bambi selected to clean up this financial mess is suspect, and the burden of proof rests upon each of them to demonstrate by specific actions leading to concrete solutions that they know what they are doing. When the country is faced with this kind of a challenge, no one a free ride based on alot of hype. The response should be show me.

  275. gonzo,

    Search for ‘freecycle’. It’s not just about bikes. Exercise bikes often turn up to give away free, as do other big heavy things like appliances.

  276. Hillary Clinton To Deliver Commencement Address At NYU

    By: NY1 News

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will deliver the commencement address at New York University’s graduation this spring. During the May 13th ceremony at Yankee Stadium, Clinton will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

    Other recipients of honorary degrees this year are playwright John Patrick Shanley, White House journalist Helen Thomas, health advocate Jessie Gruman, and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Fert.

    Schools Chancellor Joel Klein will also be presented with the Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City.

    Last year, Clinton delivered a commencement address at Pelham Prep Academy at Fordham University.

    ny1.com/content/news_beats/politics/96092/hillary-clinton-to-deliver-commencement-address-at-nyu/Default.aspx

  277. Gonzo: thanks for posting that article. Peter Cohan is a pretty smart Irishman. I am sure he sees the irony of turning the white house fountains green (per idiot Michelle) and the taxpayers wallets red, thanks to this improvident scheme.

    If a scheme like this is to work it has to favor private investment. If we are to acquire the best talent we must pay for it. But why the hell is it that when Wall Street gets involved we end up expanding those otherwise benign concepts to the limits of their logic and creating a bad deal for everyone but them.

    Three points he makes are compelling:

    1. FIRST, IT WON’T WORK. If the total bad asset pool is 13 trillion (which is not the 60 trillion we were kicking around earlier, which is why I say “if”), and this would only raise a million, then that leaves 92% not addressed. If you double the money supply, as we are now doing, that still doesn’t get you there. So what you are left with is a program that costs the taxpayers a trillion and does not solve the problem. Maybe that is what Mr. Obama was really laughing about with his sociopathic snear.

    2. SECOND, IT WILL UNJUSTLY ENRICH the already wealth, and in particular the three culprits who had some role or responsibility for the creating the crisis. Berkshire, Goldman and PIMCO will be on both sides of these transactions as managers and investors. A built in conflict of interest which invites them to rob Peter to pay Paul.

    3. THIRD, IT IS A BAD BARGAIN. Wall Street interests have designed a program based on the principle of heads I win and tails you lose for the taxpayer. The ultimate threat is a financial Armagedon–I get that part. But the wealthy interests have a mutual interest in avoiding that scenario, so it is not sufficent consideration to force a bad bargain down taxpayers throats, or to reduce the value of their money through doubling the money supply.

  278. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will deliver the commencement address at New York University’s graduation this spring. During the May 13th ceremony at Yankee Stadium, Clinton will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree
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    Excellent–for alot of reasons.

  279. Appointment of Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Daniel Fried changed

    [ 23 Mar 2009 11:08 ]

    Washington. Zaur Hasanov – APA. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has appointed Daniel Fried, currently the assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, as special envoy to oversee closure of Guantanamo, APA’s US bureau reports. “In order to carry out President Obama’s commitment to close the detention facility at Guantanamo within one year, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has determined we need to intensify our efforts to facilitate the transfer of detainees. Secretary Clinton therefore has asked Ambassador Daniel Fried, a seasoned diplomat with a strong record of accomplishment, to lead a dedicated team to address this issue full-time. Ambassador Fried’s extensive experience will be an invaluable asset as we seek the assistance of foreign governments in moving toward closure of the detention facility,” states the Department of State.

    Daniel Fried has worked in the Department of State since May, 2005.

    He had worked in the National Security Council before.

    en.apa.az/news.php?id=99240

  280. Obama parties on TV while U.S. economy burns

    By MARTIN SIEFF
    March 23, 2009

    Reaction: Obama on 60 Minutes WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama has been in office less than two months, yet Steve Kroft of CBS said he’s already got a “punch drunk” problem of incurable lightness of being. Obama appeared on CBS’ prime time news show “60 Minutes” for more than half an hour Sunday evening. Most of the interview offered little new material, other than shots of the new White House swing set. But at one point Kroft asked Obama if he was “punch drunk” because the president, in Kroft’s estimation, was laughing and making jokes about the economic situation — which is certainly no laughing matter.

    Obama won the presidential election Nov. 4 over Republican candidate Sen. John McCain for one reason above all — because the American people were disgusted by the way President George W. Bush had blown it on the economy. McCain proved little more than illiterate on the subject. Yet since Obama took office, the U.S. economy has tanked far faster than it did under Bush. In the first six weeks of Obama’s incumbency, the Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 20 percent of its value. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao softly announced a couple of weeks ago that his government, which holds nearly $700 billion in U.S. treasury bonds, was concerned about the wisdom of Obama’s policies.

    Over the past week the combination of alarming economic news and lighter-than-air presidential showbiz appearances and gaffes has multiplied. Last Thursday the U.S. government announced a colossal $1.2 trillion bailout plan to rescue America’s banks. That same evening Obama appeared with Jay Leno on NBC’s “The Tonight Show.” The first sitting president ever to appear on the show made an unintentionally insulting gaffe, laughingly comparing his poor bowling skills to those of the physically disadvantaged competitors of the Special Olympics. The day before, on March 18, the president took part in the NCAA picks on ESPN. No sitting president has ever done that before either.

    Plenty of sitting U.S. presidents over the past quarter-century have reveled in showbiz glitz — including Harry Truman, John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. But they have usually done so when the times have been good. Obama now gives the impression he is partying like Bill Clinton. But Clinton presided over a booming economy, and he was the only president in the past half-century to run the federal government with a budget surplus for his last two years in office. Under Obama, the economic condition is becoming more terrifying by the day.

    President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who inherited the worst economic crisis in American history and eventually led the nation out of it, was famous for his joyous good cheer and infectious love of life. But his national media appearances, though many, were never trivial. FDR’s legendary fireside chats were all serious lectures to and engagements with the American people to discuss the nature of the many problems facing the country and explain why the president was taking the actions he regarded as appropriate to solve them.

    Obama’s rapidly developing “unbearable lightness of being” problem is also reflected in his unblinking support for his gaffe-prone Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Even before taking office, Geithner badly embarrassed the president with the revelation that he was a tax evader, if not a cheat. Only last week he unleashed a firestorm of criticism with the news that he and his Treasury Department either had not known — or had known and not cared — that the destitute American International Group (NYSE:AFF), after being bailed out with $170 billion of public funds, was paying top executives in its financial products division $160 million in bonuses. However, Sunday on “60 Minutes,” Obama told Kroft he would refuse to accept a resignation letter from Geithner were he to submit one, and the president said he continued to have full confidence in his treasury secretary. This was supposed to play as a strong, confident president riding high above the fray and shrugging off the politically motivated attacks of the Republicans in opposition.

    Instead, it sounded just like President George W. Bush’s famous — and ruinous — praise for Michael D. Brown, the worst head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in its history, after Brown had totally bungled relief operations for the drowned city of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005. On that occasion, Bush notoriously said, “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.” But the hapless Brown was only responsible for failing to rescue a single drowning American city from a flood crisis. Geithner is wrestling, so far ineffectually, with a crisis that has already thrown millions of Americans out of work and that threatens ruin for the entire nation of 300 million if it is not resolved successfully. This is a make-or-break week for Geithner with his unveiling of the $1.2 trillion plan to buy up bad debts from banks so the institutions can get them off their books. The theory is that this will help banks become looser with the credit purse strings. The plan would establish the Public-Private Investment Program that would buy about $1 trillion of bad debts.

    However, as one analyst told The New York Times (NYSE:NYT), markets often like Geithner’s plans before they’re announced, but once investors see the details, they aren’t impressed and another swoon occurs. If this gigantic project meets the same fate, the calls for Obama to fire Geithner will revive with redoubled force, and all the ESPN and “Tonight Show” appearances in the world won’t deflect them.

    upi.com/news/issueoftheday/2009/03/23/Obama_parties_on_TV_while_US_economy_burns/UPI-77921237830007/

  281. The New York Times claims that the success of this tarp program will determine Geithners fate. They forget the fact that as goes Giethners fate so goes Obama. It may not seem so now but in time it will, as more and more evidence of his lack of substantive leadership is presented by sources NYT cannot censor.

  282. # wbboei Says:
    March 23rd, 2009 at 2:40 pm
    raise only a trillion
    **********
    A trillion $$ is pis*ing in the ocean.

    .”The Size of Derivatives Bubble = $190K Per Person on Planet ”
    “the amount of outstanding derivatives worldwide as of December 2007 crossed USD 1.144 Quadrillion, ie, USD 1,144 Trillion.”
    1. The entire GDP of the US is about USD 14 trillion.
    2. The entire US money supply is also about USD 15 trillion.
    3. The GDP of the entire world is USD 50 trillion. USD 1,144 trillion is 22 times the GDP of the whole world.
    ww.siliconvalleywatcher.com/mt/archives/2008/10/the_size_of_der.php

    4. The real estate of the entire world is valued at about USD 75 trillion.

    5. The world stock and bond markets are valued at about USD 100 trillion.

    6. The big banks alone own about USD 140 trillion in derivatives.

  283. However, as one analyst told The New York Times (NYSE:NYT), markets often like Geithner’s plans before they’re announced, but once investors see the details, they aren’t impressed and another swoon occurs.
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    Correct.

  284. A trillion $$ is pis*ing in the ocean.
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    Years ago, I was wondering around Momarte looking for a restroom. Finally I found one that was not occupied. It was coin operated of course. And I had the coins. I put a pocketful of them into the slot and it would not open. My teeth were chattering. Finally, one of those nice matrons from French equatorial Africa cursed me up one side and down the other in French and opened the door. I must have put at least 10 dollars into that stall before that angel of mercy intervened.

    And I thought that was an expensive piss.

  285. Hey, JP Morgan is using 120 million of the bucks we gave them to buy brand new jets for their executives! And built a fancy new hanger for them! Woohoo!

    Party on the taxpayers dime!

    cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/index.php?cl=12619225

    It gets better! One of the f*&kers flying on them will be the b*stard who waxed all incensed over the “villification of corporate America” that he just “doesn’t understand” on the news a few days ago.

    Watch the clip. Your blood will boil.

  286. birdgal, I posted something earlier bout I figured the administration must have sent the “followers” out on Wall Street with orders to buy, buy, buy.

    Just watched Bambi on that 60 minutes interview. He looked goofy.

  287. Well..to commemorate the brilliant Summers/Geithner/Obama “bank plan”, I added “Coda do cisne negro” to my i-Pod.

  288. Well, you will be glad to know our relationship with Mexico is going very well, thank you.

    1. At the behest of the Teamsters, Pelosi terminated a pilot program which permitted mexican trucks to operate within the United States, in a limited area. The intent is to expand the program to a broader area.

    2. Whereupon, Mexico responded to the termination of the program by levelling a 2.4 billion dollar tariff on U.S. goods.

    3. Whereupon, U.S. exporters adversely affected by the tariff accused the government of caving in to the Teamsters, and insisting upon the reinstatement of that program.

    4. Whereupon, Obama dispatched Illionois Combine Repo and now Secretary of Transportation Ray-the-Hood to meet with the State Depatment to design a new program that will meet “the legitimate concerns of congress and the NAFTA requirements”–which is White House talk for–better luck next time Jim Hoffa.

    5. The pilot program involved only 30 Mexican trucks. Once it is expanded and the border is opened two results are foreseealble. A decline in safety and the demise of the remaining US LTL and truckload carrier industry. Our fleet will be reduced to gypy truckers.

    6. Hope, change, . . . .

  289. wwoebi,

    and lets not forget pelosi’s recent comments on mexican immigration and raids.

    you’ve got to hand it to her…she’s an equal opportunity public enemy.

  290. Obama parties on TV while U.S. economy burns
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    Excellent post Jan. Marty Sieff sure gets it. An excellent analysis/

  291. JanH Says:

    March 23rd, 2009 at 3:45 pm
    LOL…birdgal…too funny
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    One of the md’s that I work with showed me the video this a.m. I thought, we could use a laugh today.

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    dot48 Says:

    March 23rd, 2009 at 3:43 pm
    birdgal, I posted something earlier bout I figured the administration must have sent the “followers” out on Wall Street with orders to buy, buy, buy.

    Just watched Bambi on that 60 minutes interview. He looked goofy.

    He did look goofy. Earlier when I checked, the DOW was about 300, then the last time, it was over 400.

  292. Market optimism based of an undefined bank rescue program and utterly divorced from fundmentals is a transient thing. The devil is in the details, as they will soon find.

  293. wbboei Says:

    March 23rd, 2009 at 3:51 pm

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    I thought so too. His timeline is perfect and I don’t think he left out even one of obama’s gaffes.

  294. I finally watched the BO gallows humor clip.

    He is so friggin high! I know! I spent many a day during my performing-musician years in a similar condition but I wasn’t running for political office much less PEBO!

    This sh!t is sick!

  295. basil,

    I was really surprised that obama’s new best friend, telebobo wasn’t with him for the interview. I bet he felt naked without him.

  296. I was really surprised that obama’s new best friend, telebobo wasn’t with him for the interview. I bet he felt naked without him.
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    felt naked and sounded a little deranged.

  297. wbboei Says:

    March 23rd, 2009 at 4:12 pm
    Basil: whats he high on besides himself?
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    White powder?

  298. So on a grade scale of “A” being perfect and “F” being a total failure…

    obama’s recent campaign events, i.e. jay leno and 60 minutes = F minus

  299. You know I do think Bambi was on some kind of high in that interview. I’ve never seen him that goofy, laughing, showing all the whites. After I rewatched portions, it’s rather funny when the interviewer seems incredulous that he continues to laugh. Really though, he has no clue to whats happening and the laughter IMO fits his profile. I bet he’s thinking to himself, Oh, Shit, where is Hillary?

  300. Just went to Wikepedia and read the page on Gallows Humor:

    h t t p : / / en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallows_humor

    Guy on Fox saying Obama must “modify” his behavior LOL Double meaning.

  301. The thing with Bambi is that he is trying to copy so many other people because he does not have a real person inside of him. He can’t be himself because he is an empty suit. Everytime he tries to copy someone it comes back to bite him.

  302. His laughter IMHO opinion was intentional. Far far too many people school this guy for him to make that big of a mistake and then after he jokes about it the freaking teleprompter of the country the stocks go up almost 7%. Lay money on the markets being up before his speech tomorrow too.

  303. Here are the key passages in the Krugman article which jobstonesfan posted the link to above. He is on target until the final paragraph. He claims the country wants Obama to succeed. I believe the country is less concerned about whether he succeeds personally, than in whether the country itself survives and prospers. The two objectives are after all severable and it could even be argued that they are contrarian.

    This coincides with what Cohan said above and what Greenberg was saying the other day, and not what Geihtner is saying now. I bet you Bambi cannot even explain the difference. Not until telebobo comes off strike and tells him what to say.
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    As economic historians can tell you, this is an old story, not that different from dozens of similar crises over the centuries. And there’s a time-honored procedure for dealing with the aftermath of widespread financial failure. It goes like this: the government secures confidence in the system by guaranteeing many (though not necessarily all) bank debts. At the same time, it takes temporary control of truly insolvent banks, in order to clean up their books.

    That’s what Sweden did in the early 1990s. It’s also what we ourselves did after the savings and loan debacle of the Reagan years. And there’s no reason we can’t do the same thing now.

    But the Obama administration, like the Bush administration, apparently wants an easier way out. The common element to the Paulson and Geithner plans is the insistence that the bad assets on banks’ books are really worth much, much more than anyone is currently willing to pay for them. In fact, their true value is so high that if they were properly priced, banks wouldn’t be in trouble.

    And so the plan is to use taxpayer funds to drive the prices of bad assets up to “fair” levels. Mr. Paulson proposed having the government buy the assets directly. Mr. Geithner instead proposes a complicated scheme in which the government lends money to private investors, who then use the money to buy the stuff. The idea, says Mr. Obama’s top economic adviser, is to use “the expertise of the market” to set the value of toxic assets.

    But the Geithner scheme would offer a one-way bet: if asset values go up, the investors profit, but if they go down, the investors can walk away from their debt. So this isn’t really about letting markets work. It’s just an indirect, disguised way to subsidize purchases of bad assets.

    The likely cost to taxpayers aside, there’s something strange going on here. By my count, this is the third time Obama administration officials have floated a scheme that is essentially a rehash of the Paulson plan, each time adding a new set of bells and whistles and claiming that they’re doing something completely different. This is starting to look obsessive.

  304. IMHO either snow, weed or a combo of both.

    About the ‘gallows humor’ remark: If he’s referring to remarks made by the executioner, in this case, him, then he’s saying he’s responsible for tightening the noose around the neck of the the American people.

    If he’s referring to himself as the condemned man we’re in even more trouble!

    So which is it?

  305. Good link, Dot.

    This entry seems particularly relevant;

    “‘in his 1927 essay Humour (Der Humor) Freud puts forth the following theory of the gallows humor: “The ego refuses to be distressed by the provocations of reality, to let itself be compelled to suffer. It insists that it cannot be affected by the traumas of the external world; it shows, in fact, that such traumas are no more than occasions for it to gain pleasure”. Some other sociologists elaborated this concept further. At the same time, Paul Lewis warns that this “liberating” aspect of gallows jokes depends on the context of the joke: whether the joke is being told by the threatened person themselves or by someone else. [1]

    I repeat is BHO casting himself as the condemned or the executioner?

  306. When Mr. Obama promotes a toxic asset relief plan that benefits Wall Street over Main Street, as this one clearly does, can there be any doubt whom he represents? If you add that little nugget to the prior evidence that Wall Street interests (including Soros) planned his strategy and financed his campaign the conclusion becomes self evident. When he was a state senator he represented Rezko over his freezing constituents. When he was US Senator he represented nuclear power over constituents who did not like nuclear waste in their drinking water. And now that he is president he represents wall street and shafts taxpayers, when there are better and time honored ways to address this crisis without leaving the American People holding the bag.

  307. I repeat is BHO casting himself as the condemned or the executioner?
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    the latter, who seeks plausible deniablilty.

  308. Maybe I have bought a life long pass to the paranoia train but I think the stage is simply being set. Pray I am wrong and will spend the remainder of my days in a comfortably padded room but I think not.

  309. I wonder if Obama will take credit for the “Dead Cat” bounce in the stock market??? I hope he does!!!

  310. Your scenario assumes he will be successful and destroy the country. Others assume he will be unsuccessul and destroy the country. There is a third possibility that he will be unsuccessful and the country will survive.

  311. Wbboei
    I just think all of the past weeks guffaws would mean nothing if they happenned months apart but come on these people are far too good to make such errors and I think something is coming down stream. I think we all need to be asking what are they upto and not celebrating the little slips cause that is what I think they want us to do.

  312. I wonder if Obama will take credit for the “Dead Cat” bounce in the stock market??? I hope he does!!!
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    Let both hope that he does. That would tie him inexticably to the market forever, and with the bad news ahead that is right where we want him. It would eliminate all the arguments he will make that we should not judge his presidency by what the market does. If he accepts that indicator now then we are free to judge him by it later.

  313. I think someone was asking about this. Here’s somethihhng from another blog:

    Watch this video..it shows Obama’s giggling about the auto industry…this must have taken place before the punch drunk comment. It is so appalling, I cannot believe it.

  314. The great and wonderful Democrat Maxine Waters (a strong Hillary Clinton supporter) says Obama is “not up to speed” and that he has “got some explaining to do” because the AIG story thus far is a big old Obama flim-flam lie.

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    Oh, bravo for her! Even if she did fall for some of the early parts of this mess.

  315. wbboei Says:
    March 23rd, 2009 at 3:47 pm
    Well, you will be glad to know our relationship with Mexico is going very well, thank you.

    5. The pilot program involved only 30 Mexican trucks. Once it is expanded and the border is opened two results are foreseealble. A decline in safety and the demise of the remaining US LTL and truckload carrier industry. Our fleet will be reduced to gypy truckers.
    &&&&&&&&&&

    I heard it was like 97 trucks. Aha! That made all the difference! ;^)

  316. Well, to all those who made comments regarding the 60 Minutes interview, to the effect “He looked high”, etc., well… yeah.

    Let me guess, is it because he is so overworked, that he put in 41 hours last week?

    Or is this the ugly face of hopium addiction?

  317. wbboei Says:
    March 23rd, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Your scenario assumes he will be successful and destroy the country. Others assume he will be unsuccessul and destroy the country. There is a third possibility that he will be unsuccessful and the country will survive.

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    $10 on 3.

  318. henry Says:
    March 23rd, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    His laughter IMHO opinion was intentional. Far far too many people school this guy for him to make that big of a mistake and then after he jokes about it the freaking teleprompter of the country the stocks go up almost 7%. Lay money on the markets being up before his speech tomorrow too.

  319. Courtesy of SPEGA. Now I know how Rodney Dangerfield felt:
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    ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?

    WITNESS: No.

    ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?

    WITNESS: No.

    ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?

    WITNESS: No.

    ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?

    WITNESS: No.

    ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?

    WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.

    ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?

    WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

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