The Rise Of The Obama Crimelords

Springtime – crime blooms.

This past January we discussed Bill Moyers’ interview with Kevin Phillips (Celestial Dirge, with interview videos HERE) . The purpose of the interview was to discuss the latest Phillips book Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism.

Kevin Phillips was an author we have previously discussed and featured in our articles. The Bill Moyers interview was particularly relevant as it took place in September 2008 when the financial crisis, which Phillips had forseen, was in its most public stage yet. Phillips said:

But Americans, ordinary Americans don’t have much of a role in this partly I think because they don’t really know the dimensions of what’s involved here. This is the denouement of the 25-year debt buildup which was undertaken mostly by the financial sector putting themselves on steroids to get bigger and bigger and bigger. And we’ve finally gotten to the point where the bubble isn’t sustainable anymore but a lot of Wall Street is dedicated to minimizing the spattering of the bubble, so to speak.

Phillips described “seven sharks”. The first was “financialization”. Bill Moyers observed, “Obama’s trademark rhetoric of inspiration seems to desert him when he talks about economic affairs.” Phillips answered:

He doesn’t seem to have anything very specific to say. That’s part of the problem. [snip]

I mean, one of the Chicago people was a major financer of his. He gets a guy to pick his vice-president. Turns out to be somebody who was part of the Fannie and Freddie mess.

Asked if he was at the point of “despairing”, Phillips replied “my sense of histories previous goes to the one or two percent leading world economic power is you don’t get back on the right track.”

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Today we sort of have a follow-up to Celestial Dirge.

The rise of the oligarchs and The Quiet Coup:

The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States. One of the most alarming, says a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government—a state of affairs that more typically describes emerging markets, and is at the center of many emerging-market crises. If the IMF’s staff could speak freely about the U.S., it would tell us what it tells all countries in this situation: recovery will fail unless we break the financial oligarchy that is blocking essential reform. And if we are to prevent a true depression, we’re running out of time.

Simon Johnson, the author of The Quiet Coup was the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund in 2007 and 2008. As Johnson boasts, “the IMF specializes in telling its clients what they don’t want to hear. I should know; I pressed painful changes on many foreign officials during my time there…” Johnson worked in Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Asia and Latin America, the hyperinflationary Ukraine , short-term-rollover crisis in Russia, Thailand, currency near collapse in Indonesia, credit crisis South Korea, and Johnson conclues “all of these crises looked depressingly similar.”

Johnson continues, “Almost always, countries in crisis need to learn to live within their means after a period of excess….” The steps to be taken (budgets, money supply) might be complicated but “the economic solution is seldom very hard to work out.” The hidden problem, the “biggest obstacle to recovery” turns out to be “almost invariably the politics of countries in crisis.”

We have written repeatedly that Obama’s economic “plans” and his fake “stimulus” scam were not genuine economic programs – they were political plans with political objectives – primarily directed at the 2010 elections. We also warned repeatedly that Obama cannot be trusted and his loyalties are only to himself and his advancement and well being. Obama has laughed in the faces of those who supported him most worshipfully and most reverendly during last year’s political campaigns and made his alliance with the powerful oligarchs clear. The Obama alliance with the ugliest and dirtiest forces in America are long-term and based on a simple quid-pro-quo: they help Obama and Obama will do their bidding. Whether it is Big Media or the wealthy and powerful, the Kennedys or the Kerrys, the compact remains the same: if you are rich and help Obama then Obama helps you.

Democrats, before they became Dimocrats and targeted Hillary Clinton for abuse, – for years, agreed with us that George W. Bush advanced himself with the aid of “other peoples money”; lacked any experience to captain the ship of state, and effectively let others run things for him – Obama is the Third Bush Term.

Simon Johnson describes why countries fall into disrepute when these powerful and wealthy ogliarchs seize power:

Typically, these countries are in a desperate economic situation for one simple reason—the powerful elites within them overreached in good times and took too many risks. Emerging-market governments and their private-sector allies commonly form a tight-knit—and, most of the time, genteel—oligarchy, running the country rather like a profit-seeking company in which they are the controlling shareholders. When a country like Indonesia or South Korea or Russia grows, so do the ambitions of its captains of industry. As masters of their mini-universe, these people make some investments that clearly benefit the broader economy, but they also start making bigger and riskier bets. They reckon—correctly, in most cases—that their political connections will allow them to push onto the government any substantial problems that arise.

Johnson describes the oligarchs in Russia and their gambles and how they grew in importance to “political elites”.

But inevitably, emerging-market oligarchs get carried away; they waste money and build massive business empires on a mountain of debt. Local banks, sometimes pressured by the government, become too willing to extend credit to the elite and to those who depend on them. Overborrowing always ends badly, whether for an individual, a company, or a country. Sooner or later, credit conditions become tighter and no one will lend you money on anything close to affordable terms.

Then the steep downward spiral begins.

Enormous companies teeter on the brink of default, and the local banks that have lent to them collapse. Yesterday’s “public-private partnerships” are relabeled “crony capitalism.” With credit unavailable, economic paralysis ensues, and conditions just get worse and worse.

In the end, the government finds a need to “squeeze at least some of its oligarchs.”

But “the squeeze” is not the choice at the beginning.

Quite the contrary: at the outset of the crisis, the oligarchs are usually among the first to get extra help from the government…. [snip]

Under duress, generosity toward old friends takes many innovative forms. Meanwhile, needing to squeeze someone, most emerging-market governments look first to ordinary working folk—at least until the riots grow too large. [snip]

the government cannot afford to take over private-sector debt completely.

Eventually the government in trouble wakes up to economic reality and the need to “wrest control of the banking system from the hands of the most incompetent and avaricious “entrepreneurs.’”

The oligarchs fight back. “They’ll mobilize allies, work the system, and put pressure on other parts of the government to get additional subsidies.”

From long years of experience, the IMF staff knows its program will succeed—stabilizing the economy and enabling growth—only if at least some of the powerful oligarchs who did so much to create the underlying problems take a hit. This is the problem of all emerging markets.

Johnson, after describing what typically happens, then gets down to the American Obama scams and the proximity to Banana Republic status:

In its depth and suddenness, the U.S. economic and financial crisis is shockingly reminiscent of moments we have recently seen in emerging markets (and only in emerging markets): South Korea (1997), Malaysia (1998), Russia and Argentina (time and again). In each of those cases, global investors, afraid that the country or its financial sector wouldn’t be able to pay off mountainous debt, suddenly stopped lending. And in each case, that fear became self-fulfilling, as banks that couldn’t roll over their debt did, in fact, become unable to pay. This is precisely what drove Lehman Brothers into bankruptcy on September 15, causing all sources of funding to the U.S. financial sector to dry up overnight. Just as in emerging-market crises, the weakness in the banking system has quickly rippled out into the rest of the economy, causing a severe economic contraction and hardship for millions of people.

But there’s a deeper and more disturbing similarity: elite business interests—financiers, in the case of the U.S.—played a central role in creating the crisis, making ever-larger gambles, with the implicit backing of the government, until the inevitable collapse. More alarming, they are now using their influence to prevent precisely the sorts of reforms that are needed, and fast, to pull the economy out of its nosedive. The government seems helpless, or unwilling, to act against them.

The core problems should not be confused with the symptoms.

But these various policies—lightweight regulation, cheap money, the unwritten Chinese-American economic alliance, the promotion of homeownership—had something in common. Even though some are traditionally associated with Democrats and some with Republicans, they all benefited the financial sector. Policy changes that might have forestalled the crisis but would have limited the financial sector’s profits—such as Brooksley Born’s now-famous attempts to regulate credit-default swaps at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, in 1998—were ignored or swept aside.

Johnson adds dollar signs to the Kevin Phillips “financialization”.

From 1973 to 1985, the financial sector never earned more than 16 percent of domestic corporate profits. In 1986, that figure reached 19 percent. In the 1990s, it oscillated between 21 percent and 30 percent, higher than it had ever been in the postwar period. This decade, it reached 41 percent. Pay rose just as dramatically. From 1948 to 1982, average compensation in the financial sector ranged between 99 percent and 108 percent of the average for all domestic private industries. From 1983, it shot upward, reaching 181 percent in 2007.

The great wealth that the financial sector created and concentrated gave bankers enormous political weight—a weight not seen in the U.S. since the era of J.P. Morgan (the man). In that period, the banking panic of 1907 could be stopped only by coordination among private-sector bankers: no government entity was able to offer an effective response. But that first age of banking oligarchs came to an end with the passage of significant banking regulation in response to the Great Depression; the reemergence of an American financial oligarchy is quite recent.

Hopium addled addicts rejoice that their Lord Obama has at his side the world’s “most advanced oligarchy”.

In a primitive political system, power is transmitted through violence, or the threat of violence: military coups, private militias, and so on. In a less primitive system more typical of emerging markets, power is transmitted via money: bribes, kickbacks, and offshore bank accounts. Although lobbying and campaign contributions certainly play major roles in the American political system, old-fashioned corruption—envelopes stuffed with $100 bills—is probably a sideshow today, Jack Abramoff notwithstanding.

We laughed when we read that analysis of modern American style corruption. It reminded us of when we wrote REZKO For Dummies, back in January 11, 2008. We wrote:

In olden days, corrupt Chicago politicians would simply take a bag full of money. Usually the bag of money was passed under the table while corrupt politician and corrupt fixer lunched or dined. Those were simpler times. [snip]

Now imagine this: A Chicago politician, in modern day Chicago, who wants things he can’t afford. Wifey likes expensive things and wants a big mansion to live in. What new clever system would said modern day Chicago politician devise? Said Chicago politician first acquaints himself with ethics laws and how to skirt them.

Chicago politician and Chicago fixer come up with this scheme: Funnel tens of millions of dollars in government money to the Chicago Fixer and get him to somehow buy you a house, among other amenities. Yes, you have to turn your back on freezing Chicago constituents, African-Americans mostly, but hey, it’s the Chicago way.

Simon Johnson follows up on our 2008 ruminations:

Wall Street is a very seductive place, imbued with an air of power. Its executives truly believe that they control the levers that make the world go round… Throughout my time at the IMF, I was struck by the easy access of leading financiers to the highest U.S. government officials, and the interweaving of the two career tracks.



Wall Street’s seductive power extended even (or especially) to finance and economics professors, historically confined to the cramped offices of universities and the pursuit of Nobel Prizes. As mathematical finance became more and more essential to practical finance, professors increasingly took positions as consultants or partners at financial institutions… This migration gave the stamp of academic legitimacy (and the intimidating aura of intellectual rigor) to the burgeoning world of high finance.

Regular Americans should not be intimidated by the high-blown flim-flam of Obama and his cohorts looting the American economy. Obama and his cohorts want to pretend they are playing “three-dimensional chess” but they are simply playing the same three card monte cheap hustlers use to loot on a small profit basis.

By now, the princes of the financial world have of course been stripped naked as leaders and strategists—at least in the eyes of most Americans. But as the months have rolled by, financial elites have continued to assume that their position as the economy’s favored children is safe, despite the wreckage they have caused.

While others praised Obama’s “honest” budget and Obama’s amazing ability to explain and communicate we yelled it was not so. We opposed the bailouts and the scam “stimulus” and the pork 2009 budget and the lie which is the 2010 budget. We saw Obama for the flim-flam man he is and said so. Now our view is increasingly echoed:

Yet the principal characteristics of the government’s response to the financial crisis have been delay, lack of transparency, and an unwillingness to upset the financial sector.

The response so far is perhaps best described as “policy by deal”: when a major financial institution gets into trouble, the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve engineer a bailout over the weekend and announce on Monday that everything is fine.

It’s all one huge scam fronted by the biggest scam artist con man flim-flam artist in American history, Barack Obama:

Throughout the crisis, the government has taken extreme care not to upset the interests of the financial institutions, or to question the basic outlines of the system that got us here. [snip]

As the crisis has deepened and financial institutions have needed more help, the government has gotten more and more creative in figuring out ways to provide banks with subsidies that are too complex for the general public to understand.

Johnson agrees with us on the myriad scams and their ineffectiveness. Johnson also agrees with us on the need for a comprehensive economic plan which Obama refuses to produce let alone explain. Johnson states that big banks “have only gained political strength since the crisis began.”

At the root of the banks’ problems are the large losses they have undoubtedly taken on their securities and loan portfolios. But they don’t want to recognize the full extent of their losses, because that would likely expose them as insolvent. So they talk down the problem, and ask for handouts that aren’t enough to make them healthy (again, they can’t reveal the size of the handouts that would be necessary for that), but are enough to keep them upright a little longer. This behavior is corrosive: unhealthy banks either don’t lend (hoarding money to shore up reserves) or they make desperate gambles on high-risk loans and investments that could pay off big, but probably won’t pay off at all. In either case, the economy suffers further, and as it does, bank assets themselves continue to deteriorate—creating a highly destructive vicious cycle.

Johnson makes a strong case for nationalization of the banks. But with a corrupt BOob in charge is that a wise prescription?

Johnson persists. Yes, nationalization, he says, is absolutely necessary.

Johnson does not address directly our “BOob” question. But Johnson does obliquely discuss what he calls the “second problem the U.S. faces – the power of the oligarchy. Johnson wisely calls for the break up of big banks, and the “reemergence of dangerous behemoths” using Teddy Roosevelt style “trust-busting”.

Johnson, like us (in The Emerging Coaltion Against Barack Obama’s Flim-Flam Stimulus Bill in which we discussed the “creative destruction” value of economic downturns ) refers to Joseph Schumpeter and the need to change elites from time to time.

Johnson is troubled that the United States might just “stumble along for years” because it is so powerful.

Our future could be one in which continued tumult feeds the looting of the financial system, and we talk more and more about exactly how our oligarchs became bandits and how the economy just can’t seem to get into gear.

There is a second scenario:

It goes like this: the global economy continues to deteriorate, the banking system in east-central Europe collapses, and—because eastern Europe’s banks are mostly owned by western European banks—justifiable fears of government insolvency spread throughout the Continent. Creditors take further hits and confidence falls further. The Asian economies that export manufactured goods are devastated, and the commodity producers in Latin America and Africa are not much better off. A dramatic worsening of the global environment forces the U.S. economy, already staggering, down onto both knees. The baseline growth rates used in the administration’s current budget are increasingly seen as unrealistic, and the rosy “stress scenario” that the U.S. Treasury is currently using to evaluate banks’ balance sheets becomes a source of great embarrassment.

Under this kind of pressure, and faced with the prospect of a national and global collapse, minds may become more concentrated.

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The day following our Kevin Phillips article, January 22, 2009, we wrote Blind Hope Hits a Wall – The Mulligan Man On Day 1. We wrote on that first day what is glaringly truer today:

Big Media will not investigate their tool – Barack Obama. The economy will be looted. Obama will be the Mulligan Man forever.

The voters will eventually fight back.

But for the next few months, the rats will loot and feed.

The Obama Crimelords are in charge.

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175 thoughts on “The Rise Of The Obama Crimelords

  1. As JanH said, I wouldn’t worry about Kerry going to Mexico. He’s not undercutting Hillary. Senators take foreign policy trips often, and he IS chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

  2. Admin, this is one of your best to date. Without Hillary as POTUS, our only chance right now is for the American people to get angry enough that the bastards begin to fear us. And I mean all of us – Democrat, Republican, Green, Libertarian, whatever.

    This is too big a danger to this country to worry at this time about our other differences, real and important as they may be.

    I plan to be attending the protest Tea Party here in san Antonio on April 15th. And yes, I may have to stand shoulder to shoulder with everything from rabid pro-lifers, to global-warming deniers, to crazy total free-marketers, to Ron Paul loonies. But I will. Because it’s important.

    Here’s the promo for the event here in San antonio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXGrQ9uiLSo

  3. trying this again:

    Admin, this is one of your best to date. Without Hillary as POTUS, our only chance right now is for the American people to get angry enough that the bastards begin to fear us. And I mean all of us – Democrat, Republican, Green, Libertarian, whatever.

    This is too big a danger to this country to worry at this time about our other differences, real and important as they may be.

    I plan to be attending the protest Tea Party here in san Antonio on April 15th. And yes, I may have to stand shoulder to shoulder with everything from rabid pro-lifers, to global-warming deniers, to crazy total free-marketers, to Ron Paul loonies. But I will. Because it’s important.

    Here’s the promo for the event here in San antonio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXGrQ9uiLSo

  4. Sen. Gregg no longer in Obama’s corner

    By DAVID LIGHTMAN

    Sen. Judd Gregg agreed to join President Barack Obama’s cabinet as Commerce Secretary, but then he abruptly withdrew his name, saying he and the president were “functioning from a different set of views on many different items of policy.” Saturday, Gregg drove the point home when he warned that Obama is engineering an “extraordinary move of our government to the left.”

    Gregg, one of the Senate’s leading voices on budget issues, charged in the GOP’s weekly radio and Internet address that Obama’s proposals would “dramatically grow the size and cost of government and move it to the left.”

    Obama proposed a $3.55 trillion fiscal 2010 budget that increases non-defense discretionary spending, which includes most domestic programs, by 10.1 percent. Congressional committees reduced that number slightly last week.

    The Senate is scheduled to begin debating the budget Monday, with the House of Representatives taking it up later in the week. Both Houses are expected to pass a budget Thursday or Friday, and congressional negotiators are likely to work on a compromise after that. Final action is expected in late April.

    That budget, said Gregg, “spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much.” Republicans have not presented a detailed alternative of their own but expect to in the coming days. The GOP, Gregg said, believes “you create prosperity by having an affordable government that pursues its responsibilities without excessive costs, taxes or debt.” In other words, he said, “it is the individual American who creates prosperity and good jobs, not the government.” Taxes will go up and the national debt will rise to record levels, he warned. Obama’s proposed deficit would be about $1.38 trillion next year, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, while the Democratic-authored budget plans would trim that to about $1.2 trillion. Democratic lawmakers counter that President Bush inherited a surplus when he took office in 2001, and it was his budgets that helped the deficits soar.

    The solution, according to Gregg, is to limit the growth of government “in a manner that is affordable not only today, but for the next generation, through limiting spending and addressing core issues like the cost of entitlements.”

    In his weekly Saturday address, Obama did not discuss the budget, focusing instead on flooding that has ravaged parts of North Dakota and surrounding areas. “Even as we face an economic crisis which demands our constant focus, forces of nature can also intervene in ways that create other crises to which we must respond – and respond urgently,” the president said. “For the people of North (Dakota) and South Dakota and Minnesota who live along rivers spilling over their banks, this is one such moment.” He noted that he granted a major disaster declaration request for North Dakota Tuesday and ordered federal support for the region. He also issued an emergency declaration for Minnesota, and said Saturday the government is also “keeping close watch on the situation in South Dakota as it develops.”

    kansascity.com/444/story/1111681.html

  5. Editorial: Senate budget blueprint must shrink

    March 27, 2009

    Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson is right. The $3.5 trillion budget blueprint the Senate Budget Committee has produced for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 is better than President Barack Obama’s $3.55 trillion proposal. But that revised blueprint must lead to deeper cuts when the full Senate takes it up this week.
    Nelson’s assertion stands out because he’s a Democrat who believes spending is out of control, with Obama’s initiatives on health care, education and energy piling atop massive outlays to rescue banks and stimulate the economy.

    Only Nelson and other moderate Democrats can restrain the budget; Republicans will have little influence in either chamber. (The House is supposed to consider its budget resolution this week, and chances for compromise with Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi are even worse.)

    Why does all this budget talk matter now?

    The Senate and House will not produce an actual budget this week. They will do that later, when they approve a series of spending bills. This week’s budget resolutions will serve as road maps to write those spending bills.

    Think about a family heading off on a trip. The parents agree to spend a certain amount, but they don’t know the final tally until they see the bills for gasoline, food and hotels.

    Right now, Congress is in the agreeing stage. Yet these resolutions are crucial because they set parameters. If those parameters are too wide, taxpayers take a beating. And that’s the problem with the current Senate resolution, which will expand public debt by about $4 trillion by 2014. Someone eventually must pay, and the likeliest candidates are you young people sitting in cafes, sipping coffee and tapping on laptops. You will be the majority of Americans when these bills come due. For their sake, and everyone else’s, Nelson and other moderate Democrats must keep pressing to keep the Senate resolution only a starting point toward a more realistic budget.

    dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/editorials/stories/DN-budget_0330edi.State.Edition1.27d5989.html

  6. LOL…I loved this letter to the editor:

    Obama’s performance to date has been dismal
    March 27, 2009

    His performance is dismal. He cannot put together a Cabinet. His most notorious cabinet secretary is Timothy Geithner. secretary of the Treasury. Mr. Geithner and congress knew about the AIG bonuses before the bail out and allowed them. He is unable to fill the positions under him in the Treasury Department. Would anyone want to work under someone who cannot figure out his own taxes? Obama has time to go on a comedy show, pick winning basketball teams, go bowling in the White House while the confidence in his treasury department falls, he does not have a plan to save the banks and his stimulus bill and budget raise the deficit to $1.8 trillion. The Democrat party had cows when the Bush deficit was $400 billion. The people who blindly support Obama and who think of him as nothing more than a cool celebrity, don’t have an idea what a budget is, much less a deficit.

    President Barack Obama is a man of little substance. He is an angry, cold, gaffe-machine without the teleprompter.
    Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the Democrats in congress spend money like drunken sailors. This disrespects drunken sailors; they spend their own money. Populist rage should be directed at the Obama administration and the Democrat led congress not the AIG employees.

    Individuals are our countries greatest asset. The government cannot give you what you need. The leftist, Marxist, deficit spending, money-printing liberals need to destroy individual thinking to make their agenda work. We want freedom, liberty, and the capitalist system.

    Sallie Helmer

    thenorthwestern.com/article/20090327/OSH0603/903270435

  7. I have to say that all this spending is very, very scary, and seems so inappropriate at the current time.

    Bravo admin., another great article.

  8. The demonstrators protesting the G20 meeting in London are using the Bill Clinton slogan “Put People First” as their primary message.

    The London Times is reporting German Chancellor Merkel is not willing to spend more money:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/G20/article5993184.ece

    Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, last night led the assault on the prime minister’s “global new deal” for a $2 trillion-plus fiscal stimulus to end the recession.

    “I will not let anyone tell me that we must spend more money,” she said.

    The Spanish finance minister, Pedro Solbes, also dismissed new cash being pledged at Thursday’s London summit.

    “In these conditions I and the rest of my colleagues from the eurozone believe there is no room for new fiscal stimulus plans,” he said. [snip]

    The assault by European Union leaders also represents a defeat for President Barack Obama, who is desperate for other big economies to copy his $800 billion stimulus plan.

    There will be a very long communiqué, but there won’t be much in it,” said a Washington economist.

    Adding to the disarray, a draft of the agreement Brown hopes to secure was leaked to a German news magazine, prompting suggestions of “dirty tricks” by Berlin.

    The draft stated that Britain wanted a “$2 trillion” global fiscal stimulus. However, the figure appeared only in brackets, indicating agreement on the package had yet to be reached.

  9. New York Times says the same thing – Boob Obama is getting punked:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/29/washington/29global.html

    President Obama is facing challenges to American power on multiple fronts as he prepares for his first trip overseas since taking office, with the nation’s economic woes emboldening allies and adversaries alike.

    Despite his immense popularity around the world, Mr. Obama will confront resentment over American-style capitalism and resistance to his economic prescriptions when he lands in London on Tuesday for the Group of 20 summit meeting of industrial and emerging market nations plus the European Union.

    The president will not even try to overcome NATO’s unwillingness to provide more troops in Afghanistan when he goes on later in the week to meet with the military alliance.

    He seems unlikely to return home with any more to show for his attempts to open a dialogue with Iran’s leaders, who have, so far, responded with tough words, albeit not tough enough to persuade Russia to support the United States in tougher sanctions against Tehran. And he will be tested in face-to-face meetings by the leaders of China and Russia, who have been pondering the degree to which the power of the United States to dominate global affairs may be ebbing.

    Mr. Obama is unlikely to push for specific commitments from other countries on stimulus spending to bolster their own economies, White House officials acknowledged Saturday in a teleconference call, despite the fact that administration officials would like to see European countries, in particular, increase their spending to try to prompt a glo-bal economic recovery.

  10. I hope the EU leaders will slap Obama around enough that he comes to his senses. But I doubt it. Maybe if they balk enough, it will make it more publicly evident what a boob he is, and help the groundswell of sentiment against him.

    I LOVE that they are using Bill’s slogan!

  11. I never get quite use to watching Hillary having to stand behind Obama at those type of announcements like yesterday’s on Afghanistan. It is not only personally painful for me to watch/listen, but I know Hillary, god bless her, must still be thinking I cannot f—–g believe I lost to this incompus mentus. The contrast in what is and what should have should have been is stunning.

  12. admin Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    New York Times says the same thing – Boob Obama is getting punked:

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    admin… finally, we’re playing BO’s game. Obama (portable teleprompter, cochlear implant) vs The World. Thanks for posting this ray of HOPE!

  13. Well if obama thinks he is going to take a leadership role at G20 he can think again. Telebobo might take a leadership role but obama can’t take one if he doesn’t know the first thing about leading in the first place.

    What an embarassment.

  14. HillaryforTexas Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    I hope the EU leaders will slap Obama around enough that he comes to his senses.

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    Thats the fun of it all.. He can’t!!! If he does come to his senses.. The World Bankers insist on validating his “citizenship” …. OMG.. I can hardly breathe… if this all comes to pass. The World joining hands to SHUT Obama and Geithner down… yes!

  15. HillaryforTexas Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 8:24 pm
    I plan to be attending the protest Tea Party here in san Antonio on April 15th. And yes, I may have to stand shoulder to shoulder with everything from rabid pro-lifers, to global-warming deniers, to crazy total free-marketers, to Ron Paul loonies. But I will. Because it’s important.
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    hillaryfortexas
    i will be attending the tea party in here in manchester, NH on april 15th. i’d be a liar if i said i wasn’t feeling a bit uncomfortable about going. all i can say is, it can’t be any worse than attending events during the presidential campaign surrounded by chanting bots. those encounters turned out to be some of the creepiest experiences of my life.

  16. alcina, it helped me to think back to the Iraq War protests. I had moderate Republican and Libertarian friends who were just as apalled with that war, and how it was being conducted as I was. But none of them ever attended a protest. Why?

    Because all the protests were organized by the far Left. And even though they agreed with our stand, they felt really uncomfortable standing around hearing Republicans in general being trashed along with the war. At the time, I remember thinking, “How asinine! How selfish! How short-sighted! People are dying! Bush is grabbing power hand over fist, and they KNOW it!”

    But now the shoe is on the other foot, and the country I love is in danger. Now the same type of choice is MINE. Will I not join hands with whatever resistance I can find, in this time of peril? I’ve decided that I will. In hopes that in the days and years to come, I may once again be arguing with them, and railing against some of their policies. Because if I DON’T, we may not have a country left to argue over. Because if I don’t, I am really no different from the good sensible Republicans who sat silent while Bush began the destruction that Obama looks set to finish.

  17. He’s campaigning again. Apparently while overseas he plans on making key speeches in France, Czech Republic.

    I hope they have earplugs over there.

  18. Jan, I hope he discovers that European crowds can turn on a dime, and that the Hopium cloud has blown away leaving him naked and shivering under the eye of their scorn.

  19. Clinton: Diplomacy plays key role in Afghanistan

    By MATTHEW LEE

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the new U.S. strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan relies heavily on civilian efforts, and she is calling for all U.S. diplomats to contribute.

    In a cable to U.S. embassies and consulates abroad, Clinton says the success of President Barack Obama’s plan depends on the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, whose ranks in Afghanistan and Pakistan are in line for boosts. “Whether this strategy succeeds or not depends in large part on all of us,” she said in the cable to employees of the two agencies late Friday after Obama announced the results of his administration’s review of policy for the region.

    The plan does have a significant military component and calls for sending thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan. But Clinton noted that the most recommendations fall under the purview of the State Department and the aid agency.

    “The major shift in this strategy is to emphasize our diplomatic and civilian efforts to achieve our objectives,” she wrote in the cable, obtained by The Associated Press on Saturday. “That means more civilian expertise working on the ground; it means pursuing greater regional diplomacy; and it means sustained high-level attention and focus in Washington,” she said.

    Clinton leaves Monday for the Netherlands where she said she will seek foreign support for the program at an international conference on Afghanistan.

    But the U.S. part of the strategy aimed at defeating al-Qaida, the Taliban and other extremists will see hundreds more diplomats and aid workers deployed in Afghanistan and provide $1.5 billion in annual development aid to Pakistan.

    The White House has not released an estimate of the total cost. It is expected to run into the billions of dollars just on State Department and foreign assistance programs.

    In the cable, Clinton said money for the effort was critical and would mean “changing the way we do business” to ensure congressional support. “This new strategy makes clear that we must implement significant changes in the management, resources and focus of our foreign assistance,” she said. She did not elaborate, but noted that the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, would play the main role on overseeing the civilian parts of the plan. “I ask for all of your ideas, talent, creativity, hard work and sacrifice to help make this new strategy succeed,” she wrote. “The ability of the Afghan and Pakistani people to build peaceful and prosperous lives — and the future national security of the United States — requires nothing less.”

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iWxiu65iLP4CvDJ7BEsBOx-u_vdwD977BDMO0

  20. Pelosi and Reid ratings plummet, who’s next

    March 28, 2009

    House Speaker, and San Francisco Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi may imagine herself as the queen of America — she does have some resemblance to a SF “queen”– but the nation sees otherwise. A new poll shows the rest of America have a 60% unfavorable rating of madame speaker.

    The Friday Rasmussen poll has more bad news for the lady. Near 42% have a “very unfavorable” view. Now that’s an achievement. Just a couple of weeks ago 36% had the checked the “Very Unfavorable” box. She’s in free fall.

    She’s not alone.

    Her partner in crime, Harry Reid, who heads up the Senate, has a 45% unfavorable reading. Good job, you two, even your own party members are growing tired of your arrogant, incompetent leadership.

    The duo have seen their positive ratings among Democrats drop from 65% to 57% (the Speaker) and 51% down to 43% (Reid).

    Meanwhile, Republican’s ratings have remained flat.

    These numbers are a warning to the President. All honeymoons end.

    examiner.com/x-431-SF-Politics-Examiner~y2009m3d28-Pelosi-and-Reid-ratings-plummet-whos-next

  21. JanH Says:

    March 28th, 2009 at 11:10 pm
    Pelosi and Reid ratings plummet, who’s next

    —————————————————————————————

    Pelosi’s ratings may be down, and she might lose the speakership, but SF will continue to elect her. She won the last election with approx 90% of the vote (something like that).

  22. This is in reply to the concerns raised in the prior thread about Hillary being boxed in by Barack and Hatchetface.

    First, with respect to Barack–the way you handle him is with memoranda which document the advice you are giving and the concerns you may or may not have about what he is proposing. I suspect he has received a few memos like that. And to be clear, the goal is not to trap him but to give him the best possible advice, and to prevent him from being used as a scapegoat. Also, she has selected the people at State, and they are loyal to her–which is further insurance against scapegoating.

    Second, Michelle is ill suited to the world of politics. She has an ungovernable temper and is half nuts. It would be easy for Hillary to take her down by pushing one of her buttons but there is no advantage in it. Michelle will self destruct on her own.

    Contrary to what has been suggested I think Hillary is in the strong position. She has the title, she has picked her people, foreign leaders respect her, the foreign press is not succumb to Clinton hate, she is a breath of fresh air after Condi, and she is seen as a good american, a good democrat and a good secretary of state with a 71% rate. Big media is effectively stymied, and their hit job will be thwarted by the international press corps and foreign leaders.

    Obama on the other hand is being accused of wrecking the country. The party itself may be fracturing. And the elites are losing faith in Obama–even before G-20. It may be original amateur hour in the white house, but at the Dept. of State there is solid effective leadership at state. And everyone knows it.

  23. Pelosi’s ratings may be down, and she might lose the speakership, but SF will continue to elect her. She won the last election with approx 90% of the vote (something like that).
    ———————
    Obama has no hope for survival if he keeps that lush as Speaker. She will destroy the country and then him. If it was only the latter I would say keep her.

  24. The other thing that the world is seeing is Hillary without Bill. That is important as well. You may recall perhaps Bambis petty comment during the campaign that he could not tell which of them he as speaking too, and until the latter part of the campaign he was there with her. Seeing her standing on her own and representing the country effectively takes a big argument away from the opposition that a Hillary Presidency would be Bills third term. And while you and I belive a third term with a return to peace and prosperity would be a good thing, other would be supporters do not. And the press can no longer manipulate them because she is standing on her own and everyone can see that.

  25. The duo have seen their positive ratings among Democrats drop from 65% to 57% (the Speaker) and 51% down to 43% (Reid).
    —————————
    N.B. : AMONG DEMOCRATS

  26. Sorry it took so long to answer. The march on Washington is being discussed at TexasDarlin’s site. It is supposed to be November 9th. I think Glenn Beck is helping, although I hate him. He had terrible things to say about our girl.
    Mrs. Smith, I do wonder how this movie will portray Hillary. I hope in a good light, since she was/is the ROCK in the Clinton family. She is amazing and I hope that will come out. It could possibly be a good thing for her.

  27. Admin: your assessment continues to be right on the money. The saddest irony of all is that the very people who would a Hillary Clinton presidency would have protected and whose interests would have been advanced–namely blacks, youth, were undoubtedly, unequivocally and totally taken in and seduced into believing that he was one of them and would represent their interests. That was the BIG LIE. And many of them continue to believe it. Pathetic.

  28. No confloyd it is michelle. Would scoop jaw be better. Kerry reminds me more of a morose, teduius circus clown.

  29. Mrs. Smith, I do wonder how this movie will portray Hillary. I hope in a good light, since she was/is the ROCK in the Clinton family. She is amazing and I hope that will come out. It could possibly be a good thing for her.
    ——————————–
    That is what I am hoping for too. The law of averages says sooner or later the truth will come out. Not much of it came out sooner–thanks to big media traitors. So now it is getting later and it must come out, according to the law of averages.

  30. Hollywood certainly owes Hillary a good piece, they were terrible to her in the primary. The guy who is producing the moving is he an Obama supporter or a Right Wing Nut??

    I believe the Monica thing was a set up, I wish I knew who set him up??

  31. He has only to compose a theme on empire, and people will say that these plain men say great things on great occasions. He has only to drift in the large loose notions common to all artists of the second rank, and people will say that businessmen have the biggest ideals after all. All his schemes have ended in smoke; he has touched nothing that he did not confuse.

  32. confloyd Says:
    March 29th, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Hollywood certainly owes Hillary a good piece

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

    Is Hollywood producing this? It’s a British author who wrote “The Queen”, it’s about a British PM….

  33. Confloyd,

    Monica was a sincere if foolish person, who told her secret to too many people, one of whom set her and him up, the vile and excreable Linda Tripp.

    Moral: if you do blowjobs, keep your mouth shut.

  34. I gave it away to my Cuban friend, but I once had a book called The Art of Worldly Wisdom which was written by a Spanish monk named Baltisar Gracian four hundred years ago and purports to advise someone who aspires to be a leader how to proceed. It was given to me by one of my college teachers.

    One of the things it advises the aspirant to do is never proclaim your private thoughts to the world, but to save them for a small circle of trusted friends, and to proclaim to the world what they want to hear consistent with the image you seek to project.

    I think of that passage when I watch Hillary discuss the campaign, most recently in the discussion with Kaye Bailey Hutchison.

    What she describes or in this case makes benign references which never touch on all the corruption betrayals and disenfranchisement of voters which occured. She never mentions these nor should she, but I doubt they are far from her private thoughts.

  35. I been looking up some of those Obama Crimelords that work with Soros for Obama. I have some names and looked them up, they are truly scarey people and have done bad things worldwide with economies. They mirror what we are going thru now.
    Anders Aslund, Jeffry Sachs, Katz, and the worst so far is this Shaul Eisenberg. They all belong to this Soros club, called The Club of Isles! A nasty group.
    I read that Soros is predicting a depression in America that will be worse than the Great depression. I guess he should know since he is causing it. He predicts it if the G20 groups makes the wrong decisions. I bet its to get rid of the dollar!

  36. Obviously she cannot. But it bothers me, it seems hypocritical. Still she is doing great things, such as preventing WWIII, which is worth a little hypocrisy. I suppose.

  37. merica and its suffering people.

    By ABM90. Start today and shun the MSM.Cancel your news papers and mags that support him and continue to vilify her and choose your networks wisely.Boycott is a nasty word to them and their paid shills.It is working folks.Pay attention.

  38. Sorry :I lost most of my comments.Big boomers moving in and power is becoming erratic.Will return later in the day.

    By ABM90

  39. wbboei Says:
    March 28th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    “First, with respect to Barack–the way you handle him is with memoranda which document the advice you are giving and the concerns you may or may not have about what he is proposing. I suspect he has received a few memos like that. And to be clear, the goal is not to trap him but to give him the best possible advice, and to prevent him from being used as a scapegoat. Also, she has selected the people at State, and they are loyal to her–which is further insurance against scapegoating.”

    Perfect… insurance, leaving nothing to the imagination or without clarification. Well done!

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    “Second, Michelle is ill suited to the world of politics. She has an ungovernable temper and is half nuts. It would be easy for Hillary to take her down by pushing one of her buttons but there is no advantage in it. Michelle will self destruct on her own.”

    Agreed. Media is running out of plausible excuses explaining her bizarre behavior. Digging a vegetable garden in dress clothes is not done, not even by the Queen of England. Elizabeth is well acquainted with her Wellies and a good 3/4 Barbour jacket.

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

    “Obama on the other hand is being accused of wrecking the country. The party itself may be fracturing. And the elites are losing faith in Obama–even before G-20. It may be original amateur hour in the white house, but at the Dept. of State there is solid effective leadership at state. And everyone knows it.”

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

    Yes, wbb… I’m sure World Leaders are more than comfortable with Hillary, they’re happy and they trust she is dealing with them in good faith. The friendships the Clintons have developed over the years has evolved almost into a family reunion type atmosphere where they’ve experienced amicable relations with the US and enjoyed an 8 yr history of peace and prosperity.

    Soros appeared on tape this morning on the BBC broadcast. He is in London for the G-20 Summit and claims the outcome of the Summit will ‘make or break’ the Global economy. I didn’t have a problem with his suggestion of auctioning off ‘Toxic Assets’ to private investors which seems to be a logical progression for insolvent businesses. The caveat added by Geithner to that formula is the guarantee of a percentage of matching funds by the US government and the US Taxpayer covering any losses experienced by the private investors. To me, that is taking disposal of worthless financial instruments too far, where the majority of risk is placed on the US Taxpayer is an unacceptable solution and shouldn’t be agreed upon at the Summit.

    If the investors need their risk made more attractive to them at the expense of US Taxpayers then where is the protection for the Taxpayers? Soros needs to rethink his game plan for Toxic Assets. The US Taxpayers aren’t dead people who’s wallets are available to him or his cohorts for the taking. We’re alive and we bite. If he’s so brilliant, let him think of a way of recouping the money lost by bankers gambling with Taxpayer 401k’s, retirement funds , pension funds and stock holders money, when he bet against them in the first place.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    confloyd:

    “I believe the Monica thing was a set up, I wish I knew who set him up??”

    Bob Dole set up Bill Clinton. Dole lived next door to Monica Lewinski at the WaterGate apts. I’m sure there were operatives in his aptment with recording devices monitoring everything ML said in her room and on the telephone.

  40. Two things…

    wbboei Says:

    March 29th, 2009 at 12:15 am
    The other thing that the world is seeing is Hillary without Bill. That is important as well. You may recall perhaps Bambis petty comment during the campaign

    ————————-

    Everything that comes out of this moron’s mouth is rooted in petty jealousy.

    ———————-

    Thinking back to the time of Lewinsky…none of my friends ever thought she was as “innocent” as she played it. Conniving, yes. Innocent no.

  41. Just wondering if the owners of tobacco shops will be eligible for any bailout money when thier sales decrease due to exhorbitant taxes. I agree smoking is assinine but it is my choice and I resent the government attempting to strong arm the populace. Couple that with mandatory public service and it looks like gov’t has gone from big brother to officious controlling parent. Next thing you know they’ll be listenning in on phone calls surrepticiously. Oops to late.

  42. Obama may find Europe reticent on some US goals

    By JENNIFER LOVEN

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s first European trip could dampen his hopes that a new diplomatic style will convert once-reluctant allies into cooperative global partners.

    From taking in Guantanamo Bay prisoners to sending more troops into Afghanistan’s most difficult regions and spending their way out of economic crisis, European nations remain reticent about some of the toughest U.S. priorities.

    Obama jets across the Atlantic on Tuesday on an eight-day, five-country trip that will be dizzying even by the usual peripatetic standards of presidential foreign travel. The overseas tour will introduce him to the world stage. He will attend international summits on complex, urgent topics — the global financial meltdown and the downward-spiraling fight against terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He plans individual meetings with leaders important to U.S. strategic interests, from nations including Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and India. Obama also will make his first stop in a Muslim nation, Turkey.

    Wildly popular around the globe but relatively inexperienced in foreign affairs, Obama also will squeeze in a Buckingham Palace audience with Queen Elizabeth II, joined by his wife, Michelle; deliver a speech in France on the trans-Atlantic relationship and an address in Prague on weapons proliferation; and holding a round-table session with students in Turkey.

    The week before the president’s departure was a whirlwind as well. His administration released long-awaited plans to restart lending by helping banks shed bad loans, overhaul financial industry rules and revamp strategy for the 7-year-old Afghanistan war. Each rollout was crucial to Obama’s agenda, but also readied him for discussions with fellow leaders.

    When Obama went to Europe last summer as a presidential candidate, he was received like a rock star. His welcome this time is expected to be no less enthusiastic. Since taking office, Obama has made down payments on several campaign promises that had endeared him to Europe, such as addressing global warming, ending the Iraq war and closing the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Each had stoked acrimony toward former President George W. Bush. Obama also pledged to listen and consult rather than lecture and dictate. The implication was that countries and their leaders would be more be willing to help if asked differently. “It is important for us to understand that the way we are perceived in the world is going to make a difference, in terms of our capacity to get cooperation,” then-candidate Obama said in a presidential debate. That sort of talk will meet reality this week.

    “This is a real test of his leadership,” said Reginald Dale, a Europe scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Nile Gardiner, once a foreign policy researcher for former British Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher and a Europe expert at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said the divide between the U.S. and Europe on stimulus spending, for instance, threatens to be “as big as the trans-Atlantic divide over the Iraq war.” He criticized the administration for poorly handling both trip preparations and its relations with traditional allies. “Obama remains a superstar in the eyes of European publics, and I think that rather drab figures like (German Chancellor) Angela Merkel, for example, or (British Prime Minister) Gordon Brown, like to bask in that sort of limelight,” Gardiner said. “But that doesn’t take away, I think, the fact that we are seeing some significant divisions now emerging.”

    Obama aides say the president has laid a huge amount of groundwork in a short time for the upcoming meetings and already has seen some success, while noting that fresh cooperation takes time.
    “The president and America are going to listen in London as well as to lead,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.

    One of Obama’s first tasks will be to repair a possible rift with Brown. Whether slights by Obama were real or imagined during Brown’s Washington visit this month, they have ballooned from the British public’s perspective into fears that the staunch U.S. ally is getting short shrift.

    Obama’s separate meetings, also Wednesday, with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have even higher stakes. Both countries have been newly aggressive toward the U.S., calling for a new global currency to end the dollar’s dominance.

    The main event in London is Thursday’s summit on the global financial crisis among the Group of 20 wealthy and developing nations that together represent 85 percent of the world’s economy. European countries are emphasizing a toughened regulatory system in the U.S., where the problems began, and calling for more internationalized oversight. The U.S. is on board, though officials stress that more robust regulations on exotic financial products and companies’ risk-staking should be coordinated internationally rather than controlled.

    The Obama administration has talked about roughly commensurate levels of stimulus spending by all wealthy nations. But that idea holds little interest for debt-wary Europeans, and the White House has sought to lower expectations. Obama’s deputy national security adviser for international economics, Michael Froman, said that G20 nations already have enacted recovery and stimulus plans equaling about 1.8 percent of each nation’s economic output, about the same as just one piece of the recovery efforts in the U.S., the $787 billion stimulus plan. So, Froman said, “Nobody is asking any country to come to London to commit to do more right now.”

    The meetings also could present Obama with his first exposure to serious protests, with anti-globalization demonstrators planning a major show of force in London’s streets.

    By Friday, Obama will be in Strasbourg, France, for a NATO summit heavily focused on Afghanistan. Obama’s new strategy will have about 60,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan by summer. He also is sending in hundreds of civilians and increased aid, while setting new benchmarks for that aid for both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Obama said he expects new troop commitments from other NATO nations, too. But few expect those announcements will involve combat troops going to fight alongside America and just a handful of other countries in dangerous southern Afghanistan. Instead, it is likely that nations will offer mostly more trainers for building up Afghan forces and civilian experts.

    Czech leaders were so eager to host Obama that a U.S.-EU summit was hastily scheduled for Prague on Saturday. The Czech Republic holds the rotating European Union presidency.
    But since the visit was put together, Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek called Obama’s economy-boosting spending “the road to hell.” And his government fell — the third Eastern European government to do so in six weeks and a major embarrassment for the Czechs.

    Still, a major issue there will be whether the United States, in its enthusiasm for “resetting” prickly relations with Moscow, will abandon a Bush plan to build a new missile defense system in Eastern Europe. Poland and the Czech Republic agreed to U.S. requests to base the system in their countries, risking significant ire from Moscow in doing so.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jb0LJgJN9Q23kmiQG4ttl8RObsvQD977NHUG0

  43. I cannot read this gushing New York Times crap–immense popularity around the world, etc. without saying out loud, immense popularity base on what–screwing his constituents and bending over for big money interests–same as NYT. If he is popular as they say then it is because they too have failed to examine the facts. The definition of a celebrity–famous for being famous applies in spades to him. In this life the thing rational people judge others by is not some faux images or his ability to read someon elses speeches through a teleprompter but by his proven ability to deliver concrete results, whereas in his case the record is bare as a goats ass. That is the stark reality. And when he proves again that he cannot deliver what then?

  44. Admin. great read.

    I will be in Dallas on April 15th at a tea party. I think my sign will say on the front side

    The voters will eventually fight back.

    But for the next few months, the rats will loot and feed.

    The Obama Crimelords are in charge.

    And on the back side

    Put People First

  45. Obama may find Europe reticent on some US goals
    —————————————–
    That AP headline is a case of not saying shit when you have a mouthful. Reticent is a ridiculous euphemism which understates the reaction, and ignores the antipathy toward the United States, and the way it is attempting to manage this economic crisis. It is intended to provide cover for him when he fails and to set the stage for blaming others for his failure. Hell, the American people do not like his economic prescriptions and see them for the thinly veiled excuse to loot the economy and rig another election. The rest of the world must be wary of this guy and sooner rather than later they will begin to see that he is not Bush I or II but Bush III. The initial reaction will be based on the assumption that he is not. But it will be short lived.

  46. just read this on redstate. any truth to it?

    Florida Gov’t Cancels Tea Party Fearing ‘Too Many Attendees’

  47. wwoebi,

    it’s a sad case of one idiot becoming the “ugly American” character and the whole country being tainted by the same brush. obama is the “ugliest American” of all (and I mean it figuratively speaking, although his smarmy looks do nothing for me).

  48. Wow, I am well informed because I can come here to become so. Thanks Admin and posters.

    Alcina, first I heard of this, but will definitely check it out.

    TurboTax Geithner was on Meet the Presss this am. Do they place the camera just so he looks like a buffoon, like they sometimes try to do to Hillary, or what? He skated around the truth that he knew designed, implemented and ignored the bonus thing, saying that the IMPORTANT THING IS….we do not do this going forward. He does not have a strong delivery and is not effective.

    John McCain was also on Meet the Press. He is just too nice of a guy; I want him to do like Krushchev and take his shoe off and beat it on the table!!!!! He made good points, and they showed his clip where he did show some anger which was good. His comments made sense, except I do not like that he praises the huckster so much or gives him more credit than he deserves. When asked if he would support Sarah Palin in a run for PUTUS in 2012, he pussyfooted around the question. I want him to say, I support her in any effort to run for POTUS. But maybe he can not do that and hurt Jindal, Pawlenty, etc. He never mentioned Crist.

  49. Thinking back to the time of Lewinsky…none of my friends ever thought she was as “innocent” as she played it. Conniving, yes. Innocent no.
    ————————————————————-
    Jan H. It so happens that a friend of mine and I are working on a project to determine the true roots of a friend of mine who was raised as an orphan, badly abused by his stepfather, ran away from home and road the rails to Los Angeles, and lived in a flophouse there during the Depression. He went on to become successful but for eighty he has been wondering what the real story is and who his true parents are. I think my friend has managed to figure it out, and will tell him today. But it is shouded in family myth and the dim recollections of a time when the racuous mining and railroad town he grew up in was in the words visitor from the civilized east “rued by day, and lewd by night”

    My friend is a recognized expert in the field and has taught a course in family myths at one of our major universities. She tells me there are myths in many families, and what they are often designed to do is to provide to cover up some kind of scandal, and often it involves some kind of sexual dalliance. The society remains puritanical about this, the church is still a powerful force, and if there are young children then that is something else to consider. Beyond that, the question you have to ask is how important is it and is it really that important in the overall scheme of things when it is weighed against all the good they do. And if it is important then let him who has not sinned cast the first stone.

    This is the kind of weighing many people cannot do. The issue is either black or white. Until they have something of their own to hide and then of course it is different. I remember when I was canvassing in Pennsylvania, I went to the house of a man and wife who could have been the very people who posed for the famous American Gothic painting. She glared at me as I approached. She told me to get off her property, I asked why and she said because she should have divorced him. That is what I mean.

    Now then, if you are married, you have a situation like that to deal with and you want to continue to serve the country–and you know many other people in public life have similar scandals to deal with then you do damage control. That is what I saw in this instance, and I can live with it. It is what most people do in similar circumstances. And that is what I see Hillary as doing, both for the sake of her family, and the country both of whom she loves. The press wants to reduce all this to a power equation, but as usual they are wrong:

    On the garter of the French Knights there was a saying: Honi soit qui mal y pense: evil be to him who thinks evil.

  50. maybe the FL Gov is doing what it may appear to be the best thing…

    Try banning something and then more folks will notice the event…amd more people will come out …..saying it is their constitutional right to protest/party etc….as long as it is done without too much chaos/riots….

  51. for those of you who can not attend a TEA PARTY, here is a great idea to show your support!!

    TIE A TEA BAG TO YOUR REAR VIEW MIRROR!!! 😀

  52. Florida Gov’t Cancels Tea Party Fearing ‘Too Many Attendees’
    ——————————————————
    According to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution which is incoroprated into the law of each state through the due proceess clause of the fourteenth amendment:

    Congress (the state) shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, or of the press, or THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE PEACEABLY TO ASSEMBLE TO PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES.

    Three time loser Crist needs to read the Constitution. McCain meanwhile is pathetic. He is no leader. I sent some info Boehners office Friday. Let us hope there is leadership there. If Hillary does not run for President, our best bet may be Evan Bayh. I hope he holds Ilsa Koch McCaskill at arms length. Ugly and evil are not a good combination.

  53. it’s a sad case of one idiot becoming the “ugly American” character and the whole country being tainted by the same brush. obama is the “ugliest American” of all (and I mean it figuratively speaking, although his smarmy looks do nothing for me).
    ———————————————-
    It is a bad thing. But if the world can see him not as an American but as a representative of global financial interests, and heed the wise words of Admin, and the economist for the world bank, then perhaps they will realize that he has nothing to offer them but blood, tears, toil and sweat, with no light at the end of the tunnel.

  54. Since Crist did flunk the bar examine twice, it is possible that he never read or understood the constitution.

  55. # alcina Says:
    March 29th, 2009 at 10:45 am

    just read this on redstate. any truth to it?

    Florida Gov’t Cancels Tea Party Fearing ‘Too Many Attendees’
    ***************************

    I was just reading about this on glenn becks 9-12 project site as well…….. it seems ligit

  56. Obama’s deck stacked in billed ‘open’ forum
    President picks campaign supporters to ask questions at ‘online’ town hall

    worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=93194

  57. Germans Wreck Global “NEW DEAL”

    prisonplanet.com/germans-wreck-‘global-new-deal’.html

    Luke Rudowski Arrested for Attempting to Question Mayor Bloomberg

    WeAreChange founder and activist Luke Rudowski was arrested at the Hilton Hotel on Manhattan today for attempting to question New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg about his refusal to pay for the health care of 9/11 first responders. Rudowski had Infowars press credentials and a video camera when he was singled out by Bloomberg’s security in the lobby of the hotel located at West 53rd Street and Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue).

    SNIP
    WeAreChange were confronted and asked questions by hotel security and Bloomberg’s security detail. Rudowski was apparently singled out and forcibly detained at the hotel and subsequently handed over to the New York Police, who arrested him on a charge of trespassing. Rudowski was also charged with impersonating a member of the press.

    Infowars is a bona fide press organization

    SNIP

    Alex Jones and Infowars are requesting calls be made to the police asking about Luke Rudowski’s whereabouts and the trumped up charges against him. The New York Police and Mayor Bloomberg need to be made aware of the fact there is a First Amendment in this country and it is an egregious violation of that amendment when members of the press are unduly arrested and charged.

    prisonplanet.com/luke-rudowski-arrested-for-attempting-to-question-mayor-bloomberg.html

  58. djia Says:

    March 29th, 2009 at 12:27 pm
    Obama’s deck stacked in billed ‘open’ forum
    President picks campaign supporters to ask questions at ‘online’ town hall
    ————————————————————————————

    Doesn’t surprise me. Everything that BO does is staged.

  59. My husband just got the following email from the two faced “show me” Senator Toad.

    “Right now as our nation faces the most serious economic crisis in decades, Congress and the President worked together inorder to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This recovery package will energize and uplift our state’s economy and I want to talk to you about the many exciting opportunities for Missourians: thousands of jobs for our state, improvements to our infrastructure, much needed aid for small business, help for our schools and neighborhoods, and assistance for homeowners to name a few.

    Join me for this importantant discussion.

    My husband says that with that great, rosy scenerio, probably dear Claire and Barack will have a cure for cancer by the end of the month AND will promise that any guy who agrees and works for them will have 20 virgins waiting for them under the Arch in St Louis by Easter.

    I’m ashamed that I ever worked to help get her elected. We can hardly wait to vote against her now.

  60. Re Michelle O:
    Media is running out of plausible excuses explaining her bizarre behavior. Digging a vegetable garden in dress clothes is not done, not even by the Queen of England. Elizabeth is well acquainted with her Wellies and a good 3/4 Barbour jacket.

    ————————

    Did MO really do that???? I heard BO wore a suit to a flood.

  61. confloyd: “I believe the Monica thing was a set up, I wish I knew who set him up??”

    Mrs. SMith: Bob Dole set up Bill Clinton. Dole lived next door to Monica Lewinski at the WaterGate apts. I’m sure there were operatives in his aptment with recording devices monitoring everything ML said in her room and on the telephone.

    ———————–

    For goodness sakes! That might have set up a positive feedback loop and made Monica’s phone lines whistle, as her ‘friend’ Linda Tripp was ALREADY recording her calls!

    Why postulate a redundant hypothetical Dole, when we already have the very well confirmed excreble Tripp?

  62. djia Says:
    March 29th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Obama’s deck stacked in billed ‘open’ forum
    President picks campaign supporters to ask questions at ‘online’ town hall

    worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=93194

    —————————

    World Net Daily isn’t very credible but I saw a cite to similar content at WaPo iirc! It was on some small blog at DailyPuma.com

  63. World Net Daily isn’t very credible but I saw a cite to similar content at WaPo iirc! It was on some small blog at DailyPuma.com
    *************

    Barack Obama
    Obama Town Hall Questioners Were Campaign Backers

    /voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/03/27/obama_town_hall_questioners_we.html?hpid=topnews

  64. Dija,

    Woops, I was wrong. I found the small blog and it just references the same World Net Daily article. There are quotes from Wash Post but not links to it.

    h…../ no w’s

    countusout.wordpress.com/2009/03/28/president-picks-campaign-supporters-to-ask-questions-at-online-town-hall/

  65. turndown:

    “Why postulate a redundant hypothetical Dole, when we already have the very well confirmed excreble Tripp?”

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

    No, you’re wrong. I’m not postulating anything. Linda Tripp is after the fact.

    Bob Dole was the catalyst and the enabler. He shared a wall with ML. The Republicon operatives had all the facts in real time long before Linda Tripp came on the scene.

  66. Oh wud some pow’r
    The giftie gie us
    To Obama
    As other nations of the world
    See him–

    Which is not at all the way the America hating, Hillary hating big media wants the American people to see him.

    So now Russia, whom he trusted enough to just sign a nuclear pact with, is turning on him and seeking to weaken out economy by backing a world reserve currency which causes the dollar to plunge.

    Meanwhile Obama compounds the damage with the mindless comment of Obamas hand picked secretary of treasury and the Obamas Pelosi spending plan which is designed increase our debt and make our T-bills even more worthless than they currently are.

    Obama is a gift to the world–damnosa hereditas.

    Dear Taipan Daily reader,

    China and Russia, acting together, are calling for a new world reserve currency.

    As President Obama cranks up the printing press to enact his stimulus plan and bring down the deficit, both countries fear the U.S. dollar will be worthless.

    What’s odd about this situation is that China and Russia aren’t necessarily “friendly nations” to one another. In fact, unknown to most Americans, an energy battle is brewing between the two nations.

  67. Mrs. SMith said:
    [Dole] shared a wall with ML. The Republicon operatives had all the facts in real time long before Linda Tripp came on the scene.

    ——————-

    Certainly the Ken Starr crowd was after Monica before Tripp started taping; that is WHY Tripp started taping.

  68. wbboei,

    Not long ago some news media in or around Turkey wrote an article about Hillary titled “Beautiful American.”

    Before then iirc some China big banker quoted as saying colorfully, “We hate you guys” at the prospect of the US treasury bonds they were buying losing value because of US planned actions. So it makes a lot of sense that China would be trying to create a new world currency to invest their money in.

  69. turndown..

    The original question was per confloyd:

    confloyd:“I believe the Monica thing was a set up, I wish I knew who set him up??”

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

    The correct answer is Bob Dole. Not Linda Tripp

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

  70. Admin,

    Bravo on another eye-opening article.
    I have learned so much from your postings and I’m even beginning to understand a bit about economics and finances.

    Mrs. Smith,
    What did you mean by this?????

    Are the Europeans questioning his COLB?

    “Thats the fun of it all.. He can’t!!! If he does come to his senses.. The World Bankers insist on validating his “citizenship” …. OMG.. I can hardly breathe… if this all comes to pass. The World joining hands to SHUT Obama and Geithner down… yes!

  71. US envoy: Don’t expect warmer relations with Iran

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A top American diplomat is not getting his hopes up for a breakthrough with Iran during an upcoming international conference.
    Richard Holbrooke is the U.S. envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. He says that 30 years of bitter disagreements between the U.S. and Iran won’t be erased in one meeting.

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Iranian diplomats will be together at The Hague, in the Netherlands, for a U.N.-sponsored meeting Tuesday on Afghanistan. The official U.S. position is that Iran is a neighbor of Afghanistan and shares U.S. concerns for its future. Yet the U.S. and Iran are divided by stark differences over Iran’s nuclear ambitions and many other issues.

    Holbrooke appeared Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hjfQHjVC0Nd22zJBgEuCRyGD-p7QD977PRBG0

    ——————————-

    I’m thinking that while obama and his woman do their photoshoots overseas, Hillary will be digging in and getting the real work done.

  72. House Speaker, and San Francisco Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi may imagine herself as the queen of America — she does have some resemblance to a SF “queen”– but the nation sees otherwise. A new poll shows the rest of America have a 60% unfavorable rating of madame speaker.
    —————–
    Queen of the damned. Chopped liver to the rest of us–and six unsuccessful face lifts for bad measure. Early Times and water bartender, and when the glass is empty fill it as fast as you can.

  73. Mrs. SMith and Confloyd,

    Bill was set up for many things at many different levels at many different stages of the excreble Impeachment of 1998 — by many different people. Certainly Tripp was one of them. Probably Dole’s common wall would have been used at some point.

    But I don’t quite see Dole whispering hypnotic suggestion through it: “Monica … Bill is sexy … sexy Bill … go snap your thong at him … good snap … good thong….”

  74. Gates reveals schism in Obama White House

    Sun, 29 Mar 2009

    Pentagon chief and Defense Secretary Robert Gates reveals a rift in the Obama White House over overtures to Iran.
    US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has signaled a rift in the Obama administration by opposing the president’s diplomatic overtures to Iran.

    Appearing on “Fox News Sunday”, Secretary Gates said he believed Iran was more likely to be persuaded by economic sanctions rather than diplomacy to halt its nuclear activities.
    With enough pressure placed on Iran, diplomacy might provide “an open door” for the Iranian government to choose to change its nuclear plans, the Pentagon chief explained.

    Iran says the only objective of its program is to make use of the civilian applications of nuclear technology. The US, however, accuses the country of having military intentions in its pursuit.

    Gates’ remarks come in contradiction with President Barack Obama’s diplomatic overtures to Iran.
    Acknowledging the strain in Tehran-Washington relations, Obama sent a “special message to the people and government of Iran” on the occasion of the Persian New Year and extended an olive branch.

    “For nearly three decades relations between our nations have been strained. But at this holiday we are reminded of the common humanity that binds us together,” President Obama said. “We seek instead engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect.”

    In response to the move which was welcomed around the globe, Iran said the US must demonstrate its change in practice before any reconciliation can take place. “Iran loathes the languages of threats and incentives. But we have no experience with the new president and the new US administration. Thus, we will reserve judgment and will base it on their actions,” Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said in response to Obama.
    “If you change your attitude, we will change our attitude,” the Leader reaffirmed.

    The United States and Iran severed diplomatic ties in the aftermath of the 1980 American embassy takeover in Tehran.

    Defense Secretary Gates, meanwhile, told Fox News that the prospects of reconciliation through diplomacy alone were slim. “I think frankly, from my perspective, the opportunity for success is probably more in economic sanctions in both places (Iran and North Korea) than it is in diplomacy,” he said. Gates, who was former President George W. Bush’s last defense chief, added that Iran is nowhere close to obtaining a nuclear weapon – contrary to Israeli estimates on Iran’s nuclear drive. He said Tehran lacks the capability at this point to enrich enough uranium to the levels needed for a weapon, the Associated Press reported.

    According to the latest International Atomic Energy Agency figures, Iran has produced nearly 1,010 kilograms of low enriched uranium (LEU) — a level “less than 5 percent.” Uranium, the fuel for a nuclear power plant, can serve military purposes if enriched to high levels of above 90 percent. Tehran is a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and, according to the UN nuclear watchdog, has not opted to violate the treaty.

    presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=89956&sectionid=3510203

  75. # turndownobama-com Says:
    March 29th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    World Net Daily isn’t very credible but I saw a cite to similar content at WaPo iirc! It was on some small blog at DailyPuma.com
    ****************

    tell me who is credible these days??? if it wasn’t so sad i would be LOL

    but then the national enquirer was more credible than the NYT this last election season [edwards afair/baby]

    i’ll bet they were right about bambi and michelle fighting over his “affairs” gay or other wise too.

  76. Media is running out of plausible excuses explaining her bizarre behavior. Digging a vegetable garden in dress clothes is not done, not even by the Queen of England. Elizabeth is well acquainted with her Wellies and a good 3/4 Barbour jacket.
    ————————-
    Mrs. Smith, Irving Berlin said it best (with a little editing):

    Folks like us they never fus
    With hav’n too much learnin
    They do fine behind a tree
    Do’in what comes naturally

    You don’t have to come
    From a great big town (Chicago?)
    NOT TO DIG A GARDEN
    IN YOUR EVENING GOWN

    You don’t have to come
    From the Vanderbilts
    Not to take off your panties
    When your wearing kilts

    That comes naturally–
    Unless you have a chip
    On your shoulder, and
    A to the Manor Borne
    Attitude to the world.

  77. In moderation. grrrrrrrrrrrr……

    One more time.

    WHOA!!!!!!
    ADMIN! Can you embed?

    Can you say BUYER’S REMORSE???????

    Check this clip of a young AA man PO’d about BO!
    (warning – xxx language)

    www. youtube. com/ watch?v=NXVQK4j9T00&feature=channel_page

  78. Sunday, March 29, 2009; Page A03

    NOMINATIONS: Three Senior Nominees Announced for Treasury

    President Obama announced three senior Treasury Department nominees Saturday.

    Helen E. Garrett, an economist and lawyer who is vice president of academic planning and budget at the University of Southern California, is Obama’s choice for assistant secretary for tax policy. Garrett, who was a member of President George W. Bush’s 2005 bipartisan tax reform advisory panel, is a former professor at the University of Chicago Law School.

    Obama has tapped Michael S. Barr, an adviser to Clinton administration Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, as assistant secretary for financial institutions. He is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and the Brookings Institution.

    George W. Madison is Obama’s pick for general counsel at Treasury. Madison is a former executive vice president and general counsel at TIAA-CREF. He was a partner at Mayer, Brown & Platt in New York, where he practiced banking and finance law.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/28/AR2009032802013.html

  79. D@MN!!!!!!
    WHOA!!!!!!
    ADMIN! Can you embed?

    Can you say BUYER’S REMORSE???????

    Check this clip of a young AA man PO’d about BO!
    (warning – xxx language)
    Go to u tube then dot com slash watch ? v equals and the numbers

    NXVQK4j9T00&
    then feature = channel _ page

  80. Mrs. Smith, Irving Berlin said it best (with a little editing):
    wbboei Says:
    March 29th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    “Folks like us they never fus
    With hav’n too much learnin
    They do fine behind a tree
    Do’in what comes naturally

    You don’t have to come
    From a great big town (Chicago?)
    NOT TO DIG A GARDEN
    IN YOUR EVENING GOWN

    You don’t have to come
    From the Vanderbilts
    Not to take off your panties
    When your wearing kilts

    That comes naturally–
    Unless you have a chip
    On your shoulder, and
    A to the Manor Borne
    Attitude to the world.’

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

    hahahahaha! in Vox Emphatica..

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    turndown..

    If you can’t accept what is truth, then I don’t know what to tell you…

    Bob Dole.

  81. Hiding a Mountain Of Debt

    By David S. Broder
    Sunday, March 29, 2009; Page A15

    With a bit of bookkeeping legerdemain borrowed from the Bush administration, the Democratic Congress is about to perform a cover-up on the most serious threat to America’s economic future.
    That threat is not the severe recession, tough as that is for the families and businesses struggling to make ends meet. In time, the recession will end, and last week’s stock market performance hinted that we may not have to wait years for the recovery to begin.

    The real threat is the monstrous debt resulting from the slump in revenue and the staggering sums being committed by Washington to rescuing embattled banks and homeowners — and the absence of any serious strategy for paying it all back. The Congressional Budget Office sketched the dimensions of the problem on March 20, and Congress reacted with shock. The CBO said that over the next 10 years, current policies would add a staggering $9.3 trillion to the national debt — one-third more than President Obama had estimated by using much more optimistic assumptions about future economic growth. As far as the eye could see, the CBO said, the debt would continue to grow by about $1 trillion a year because of a structural deficit between the spending rate, averaging 23 percent of gross domestic product, and federal revenue at 19 percent.

    The ever-growing national debt will require ever-larger annual interest payments, with much of that money going overseas to China, Japan and other countries that have been buying our bonds. Reacting to this scary prospect, the House and Senate budget committees took the paring knife to some of Obama’s spending proposals and tax cuts last week. But many of the proposed savings look more like bookkeeping gimmicks than realistic cutbacks. The budget resolutions assume, for example, that no more money will be needed this year to bail out foundering businesses or pump up consumer demand, even though estimates of those needs start at $250 billion and go up by giant steps.

    Republicans on the budget committees offered cuts that were larger and, in some but not all instances, more realistic.

    But the main device the Democratic budgeteers employed was simply to shrink the budget “window” from 10 years to five. Instantly, $5 trillion in debt disappeared from view, along with the worry that long after the recession is past, the structural deficit would continue to blight the future of young working families. The Democrats did not invent this gimmick. They borrowed it from George W. Bush, who turned to it as soon as his inherited budget surpluses withered with the tax cuts and recession of 2001-02. But Obama had promised a more honest budget and said that this meant looking at the long-term consequences of today’s tax and spending decisions.

    There are plenty of people in Congress for whom the CBO report was no surprise, and some of them have proposed a solution that would confront this reality. Kent Conrad, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, and Judd Gregg, its ranking Republican, have offered a bill to create a bipartisan commission to examine every aspect of the budget — taxes, defense and domestic spending, and, especially, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Congress would be required to vote promptly, up or down, on its recommendations, or come up with an alternative that would achieve at least as much in savings.

    In the House, Democrat Jim Cooper of Tennessee and Republican Frank Wolf of Virginia have been pressing a similar proposal but have been regularly thwarted. The roadblock in chief is Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House. She has made it clear that her main goal is to protect Social Security and Medicare from any significant reforms. Pelosi has not forgotten how Democrats benefited from the 2005-06 fight against Bush’s effort to change Social Security. Her party, which had lost elections in 2000, 2002 and 2004, found its voice and its rallying cry to “Save Social Security,” and Pelosi is not about to allow any bipartisan commission to take that issue away from her control.
    The price for her obduracy is being paid in the rigging of the budget process. The larger price will be paid by your children and grandchildren, who will inherit a future-blighting mountain of debt.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/27/AR2009032702507.html

  82. Click here to view this email as a web page

    Insider Report from Newsmax.com

    Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
    1. Hezbollah Smuggling Across U.S.-Mexican Border
    2. Archbishop: Catholics for Obama ‘Cooperated’ With Evil
    3. Specter Trails Badly in GOP Senate Race
    4. CNBC’s Larry Kudlow Won’t Run for Senate
    5. Obama, Israel Differ Sharply on Iran
    6. Political Fundraising Hits Hard Times
    7. We Heard: Chris Matthews, Tom Tancredo, Harry Reid

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    1. Hezbollah Smuggling Across U.S.-Mexican Border

    America’s porous southern border is an entry point for more than Mexican cartels and their illegal drugs — the Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah has been smuggling drugs and people into the U.S. as well.

    Hezbollah has long been involved in narcotics and human trafficking in South America, and is now using the same routes into the U.S. that the Mexican cartels use for smuggling, according to an exclusive report in The Washington Times.

    The group relies on “the same criminal weapons smugglers, document traffickers, and transportation experts as the drug cartels,” said Michael Braun, who recently retired as assistant administrator and chief of operations at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

    “They work together. They rely on the same shadow facilitators. One way or another, they are all connected,” he said.

    Hezbollah, which fought a 34-day war with Israel in 2006, funds its operations in part from a large Lebanese Muslim diaspora, and some of that funding comes from criminal enterprises.

    Salim Boughader Mucharrafille, a Mexican of Lebanese descent, was arrested in 2002 for smuggling 200 people, including Hezbollah supporters, into the U.S. He was sentenced last year to 60 years in a Mexican prison.

    But the cross-border flow of drugs and people has intensified since the U.S. reduced access to the country by air and water following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. And the drug wars between the cartels have claimed the lives of more than 8,000 people since January 2008, destabilizing Mexico along the border and prompting President Barack Obama to send additional agents there.

    Adm. James Stavridis, commander of U.S. Southern Command, recently told a House committee that the connection between drug traffickers and “Islamic radical terrorism” is a growing threat to the U.S.

    Braun said members of the Quds force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have been operating in South America and “could be commanding and controlling Hezbollah’s criminal enterprises from there.”

    And a senior U.S. defense official said that in addition to Hezbollah,
    al-Qaida could also use the Mexican cartels’ trafficking routes to smuggle operatives into the U.S.

    “The Mexican cartels have no loyalty to anyone,” another official told the Times. “They will willingly or unknowingly aid other nefarious groups’ [entry] into the U.S. through the routes they control. It has
    already happened. That’s why the border is such a serious national security issue.”
    —————
    The United States and Israel are fighting the same war against the same enemy in opposite sides of the globe.

    Question: whose side is Obama on in this war on terror

    Answer: the bankers side, of course.

    It is noteworthy that he has strong ties to Soros who is on record favoring open borders and legalization of drugs. If we knew what was on the video in praise of Arab extremism which the Los Angeles Times refused to produce, then we could gain further insight.

  83. A real estate friend mine says it is going to get WORSE before it gets better all over the country. Their analysis is below. I don’t really know what is going to happen, but I think this slow of turn around in real estate MARKET will hurt O.

    —————————————————–

    · It will in all likelihood take between two and four years for the real estate market to get back to “normal”.

    A few factor

    · An ailing economy where GDP is declining.

    · An economy where jobs are being lost faster than jobs are being created, especially at the high end.

    o This significantly impacts home sales above the “median price point”.

    · Mortgage resets: the result of “resetting” option ARMs from two to five years ago in the next three years.

    o This will cause more and more short sales and foreclosures.

    · More and more REO (bank-owned) homes on and coming on the market.

    · More and more “short sales” on the market, reducing values in almost all neighborhoods, towns and states.

    · More and more foreclosures

    o Neighborhood values decline on average “about 9%” if one foreclosure occurs!

    o Neighborhood values decline anywhere from 5% to 19% if even ONE foreclosure occurs.

    · More and more “Devalued” houses even in strong markets because of the aforementioned foreclosures.
    ———————

  84. Hiding a Mountain Of Debt

    By David S. Broder
    Sunday, March 29, 2009; Page A15
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    Tippacanoe and Tyler too, I swear a dim light bulb just went on between the ears of Washpos old jowels and spittles debonaire david broder.

  85. NewMexicoFan Says:March 29th, 2009 at 2:29 pm
    A real estate friend mine says it is going to get WORSE before it gets better all over the country. Their analysis is below. I don’t really know what is going to happen, but I think this slow of turn around in real estate MARKET is going to hurt.

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

    NMF- Whenever I’ve entered a home that was For Sale, it was always important to me the home give off good vibes. A Foreclosed home would definitely not be a home I would want or purchase.

    The government is pushing those homes to be sold with Bush style financing packages. Low-income qualifiers with partial government subsidized mortgage payment incentives.

    Of course, others may see it as a once in a lifetime opportunity. May work for them.

    Never worth it to me..capitalizing on someone else’s pain.

    Deja Vu… all over again! yogi berra

  86. Mrs. Smith,

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Dole and many other Clinton haters were involved at the time.

  87. “Question: whose side is Obama on in this war on terror”

    —————————-

    wwoebi,

    This is what scares me most. Hillary I trust. obama is out for himself and his terrorist friends.

  88. She has made it clear that her main goal is to protect Social Security and Medicare from any significant reforms.
    —————————————-
    That much is to her credit. When the reformers say reform Social Security they mean something else entirely. They mean loot. The language they deploy is Orwellian. And again, the beneficiaries are Wall Street and the bankers. They want it all. And they deal through their puppets Obama, Bush and others in both parties.

  89. NOMINATIONS: Three Senior Nominees Announced for Treasury
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    Too late Obama. You have allowed adverse opinions to form. They see your treasury deparment as disorganized and undermanned. In a business as usual setting that first impression could be overcome. But not in a crisis situation like this one. All this does is feed the growing perception not only here but around the globe that he is not up to the job and when his global stimulus plan falls short of its target, this failure to act quickly and decisively at a time when the crisis was manageable will be remembered, sure as god made little green apples.

  90. Obama is not Jesse Owens. He is slow and deliberative. When the starters gun went off on January 21 he was slow, very slow, off the starting block. When that happens, the runner never catches up. Especially when the crisis is spreading like wild fire. He is already in a far worse position going into G-20 than if he had played his cards the way Admin and others recommended. You can see that Big Media is waking up to that reality, but their chicanery has become transparent.

  91. In response to the move which was welcomed around the globe, Iran said the US must demonstrate its change in practice before any reconciliation can take place.
    —————————
    I have always liked Gates.

    Obamas strategy of outreach diplomacy invites the kind of ridicule and rebuke it has received from Iran. Their leaders see it as weak. Time is on their side. If they can rope a dope this fool until they have the bomb then they have got him.

    The people running Iran today are not Persians, they are Arabs. The Persians have a benign view toward the United States. Their leadership does not. Carter tried to deal with them the same way Obama proposes to and thirty years later you see where we end up. I am quite sure Hillary has a memo or two on Obamas desk on this issue.

    Rather than validating a corrupt regime that advocates the destruction of Israel in the name of global jihad, the smart strategy would be to accelerate the process, drive a wedge between the people and their ledership and impose economic sanctions I have mentioned before. Obama as usual has it ass backwards. He does what the bankers want, and it is clear in this case that their judgment is perverse.

  92. I still find it unfathomable that what its name didnot show up for the memorial on 9/11 and that the press completely excused it. If you want to lead the country I can not imagine what would be more important than commemorating the innocent that perished that day with your wife at your side. The fact that she was not present I believe speaks volumes about her attitude about it. Remember they attende a church which seemed to be celebrating the tragedy.

  93. Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism. The strategy we deploy against counties like that must have teeth. We are dealing with cannibals, and obama is too naive to realize that. Always bargain, but bargain from a position of strength. If we want Israel to assume the risks of negotiating a peace with the Palestinians on reasonable terms then we cannot leave them exposed to the threat by the mullahs who have set up shop in Iran. If we fail to confront that threat now, we will soon find that the pourous border championed by idiots like Pelosi and Gutteriz is in fact the gateway to arab terrorism within this country.

  94. wbboei, known hezbollah operatives have already entered this country via the Mexican border. I saw a special report on it.

  95. That Neopolitiano is a joke. The Southern Command needs to take an active role in this whole endeavor. Troops this side of the border, and serious aid to Mexico are much cheaper than the alternative.

  96. I still find it unfathomable that what its name didnot show up for the memorial on 9/11 and that the press completely excused it. If you want to lead the country I can not imagine what would be more important than commemorating the innocent that perished that day with your wife at your side. The fact that she was not present I believe speaks volumes about her attitude about it. Remember they attende a church which seemed to be celebrating the tragedy.
    ——————-
    Henry, I have been to that Church in Manhattan which is across the street from the site of the World Trade Center. That church goes back to Colonial Times, and the headstones in th courtyard mark its passing. Inside, pictures of the horror of 9/11. None of this is Obamas concern. His interests are focused on Wall Street and the Bull&Bear bar at the Waldorf.

  97. The Boob doesn’t have any idea how diplomacy works. You do not get a direct, public, open-ended overture from the POTUS without talks at lower levels laying groundwork first.

    The POTUS is not allowed those kind of mistakes, because they can’t be undone and they can’t be papered over and skated away from. Not at the presidential level, not in the dangerous waters of international diplomacy. This is why one does not ELECT a boob whose entire life has been papering over and skating away from things, because he will invariably continue to try to use the methods that have served him well so far.

  98. Helen E. Garrett, an economist and lawyer who is vice president of academic planning and budget at the University of Southern California, is Obama’s choice for assistant secretary for tax policy. Garrett, who was a member of PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH’S 2005 bipartisan tax reform advisory panel, is a former professor at the University of Chicago Law School.
    ——————————-
    Change you can believe in?

    Or two wings of the same bird as Lou Dobbs used to say?

  99. wbboei, I have hispanic friends here in San Antonio who have family/friends in Mexico. They tell me we don’t know the half of it. There is so much money, drugs, weapons, etc traveling back and forth across that border, and not all from Mexico itself but from other countries too, that it would blow your mind. Many of them are all in favor of putting troops down there and shutting that crap down.

    The far left tries to make it all about the poor pitiful field laborer (they love him), as does the far right (they hate and demonize him). Meanwhile neither side wants to look at the REAL problems looming from that open border, and it ain’t Jose coming over to pick some lettuce.

  100. wbboie
    I think you misunderstood me. I was talking about Michelle and the fact that she was not in NY on the anniversary of 9/11. And the church I was referring to was wrights. I am beyond complexed over how the press didn’t go ballistic and how none of the families of those who sacrificed thier lives that day did not scream that it was a smack in the face. For years after the attack they attended that “church” and only quit when it was politically expedient. I know this has been said before but when the question of national security comes up I am reminded of the press saying she had something to do with the girls that day in Chicago. I don’t buy it. Her thesis– proud of America for the first time- obama is going to make you work– et al. Anyone have a speech or a newspaper story which gives the neophyte’s response to the September attacks?

  101. henry, it was later reported that Me-chelle was not home with her girls as she claimed on the day of the 9/11 memorial. She was off doing a fundraiser luncheon for The Precious.

    Of course, the story was ignored, and quickly swept away.

  102. Hfor Texas
    If we were in Hollywood and I was trying to sell you a screenplay about an upstart unheard of running for the highest office in the land and I told you I would have the lead’s wife refuse to pay respects to the innocent people who died in the greatest American tragedy I would be shown the door.
    I wonder if there are any true journalists alive who actually quit thier jobs rather than puff up an empty piece. Do journalists have nondisclosure agreements?

  103. By the way I for one am glad that they dropped the name Freedon Tower for the new building. Always found it very distasteful, as we are not without our own flaws. I believe the building if it must be built should be named to reflect the sacrifice made by those who gave up thier lives walking into what many knew knew they would not walk out of. I am saddenned and flummoxed by the apparent short term memory of my fellow citizens. I remember visiting Pittsburgh weeks after 9/11 and being apalled by the flags in front of every home. There was a rabid palpable patioriotism which I found scary and gwb played it like a pro and now I have witnessed the flip. An eleven year old at the time of the attacks voted this year and all they have known is we have waged an unwarrented war.
    I would love to get my hands on a high school text to read how September 11th has been written.

  104. Mrs Smith

    I feel the same. It is kind of taking advantage of people who are down, and kicking them in the teeth. Many have become rich doing this. I would rather we try to keep people in their homes. I think most people want to work and pay their mortgage.

    It is not middle American fault that so much of business over extended themselves. The question is how do we best fix the situation.

    I don’t really think a person who let their own culture freeze in tenament in the winter cares let alone knows how to fix this.

  105. Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House. She has made it clear that her main goal is to protect Social Security and Medicare from any significant reforms.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/27/AR2009032702507.html

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

    At least she’s got one thing right. Well, two, counting her support for the family planning money in the Stimulus. Just what was the context of her saying Obama had put her under the bus and run it over her twice?

  106. wbboie
    I think you misunderstood me. I was talking about Michelle and the fact that she was not in NY on the anniversary of 9/11
    ————————
    Sorry Henry. I see what you mean. But I do not think 9/11 means much to either of them. It happened at a time when by her own admission she was not proud of this country. And that was after he had sold out the rights of his constiutents to rezko, and before he could sell the state out to nuclear power. For them, it is just a date.

  107. wbboei
    knew we were on the same page I just thought maybe mine was a little smudged so wanted to be more clear

  108. HillaryforTexas Says:

    March 29th, 2009 at 4:27 pm
    —————————
    If you are in San Antonio then you probably know The Dominion. A businesman from Mexico City took me out there a couple of times. It was an unforgettable experience I would just as soon forget.

    The first green is so tough that one of our players ten putted it. Greens the size of a football field, Bermuda grass that grows toward the setting sun, 15 on the stip meter with undulations.

    There is a time and a place to pick up, quit and head for the clubhouse. Bobby Jones did that in the British Open in the nineteen twenties. If it happens, it usually occurs late in the round.

    But on The Dominion it happens after the first hole. Garth Brooks had a home of the 15th hole for those who make it that far. For me, I preferred to see the inside of the bar.

  109. wbboei, George Strait lives in The Dominion, as well as bunch of the Spurs players. I hear the course is brutal.

    BTW, that video someone posted earlier is powerful The young man drops a lot of F-bombs, but he voted for Obama and is VERY ANGRY at how he was played.

    Go to youtube and search: “New World order plus screw the govt”

  110. TurndownObama and SHV, as you linked – Obama is the Third Bush Term and even Obama Hopium addicts at the Washington Post are slowly beginning to admit it:

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/03/27/obama_town_hall_questioners_we.html

    President Obama has promised to change the way the government does business, but in at least one respect he is taking a page from the Bush playbook, stocking his town hall Thursday with supporters whose soft — though far from planted — questions provided openings to discuss his preferred message of the day.

    Obama has said, “I think it’s important to engage your critics … because not only will you occasionally change their mind but, more importantly, sometimes they will change your mind,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs recounted to The Post’s Lois Romano in an interview Wednesday.

    But while the online question portion of the White House town hall was open to any member of the public with an Internet connection, the five fully identified questioners called on randomly by the president in the East Room were anything but a diverse lot. They included: a member of the pro-Obama Service Employees International Union, a member of the Democratic National Committee who campaigned for Obama among Hispanics during the primary; a former Democratic candidate for Virginia state delegate who endorsed Obama last fall in an op-ed in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star; and a Virginia businessman who was a donor to Obama’s campaign in 2008.

    Here are their stories:

    1. Sergio Salmeron: Self-description at the White House: “My name is Sergio Salmeron. I want to find out about health care.”

    Salmeron became engaged with the Obama campaign early in 2008, writing on his blog at my.barackobama.com, “We need to mobilize towards changing the trend of ‘2 to 1 Latinos favoring Hillary over Barack.’ [snip]

    He was a volunteer canvasser for the campaign, he told The Post, and did voter registration work and translated materials for the campaign, as well. A partner at Global Paradigm Strategies, Salmeron is volunteer “member of the Democratic National Committee” and continues to be active with the Obama campaign’s successor, Organizing for America, which is how he got the White House invite, he said. [snip]

    2. Tom Sawner: Self-description: “Sir, I’m Tom Sawner. I’m a service-disabled veteran, small-business owner in Arlington, Virginia. My company, Educational Options, works with public schools.”

    According to Federal Election Commission records, Sawner made a $250 donation to Obama’s campaign on Oct. 27, 2008. He also, as he noted Thursday, served as an adviser on Obama’s educational platform committee. [snip]

    3. Carlos Del Toro: Self-description: “My name is Carlos Del Toro. I served in the Navy for 26 years, retired four years ago, and started a small business.” [snip]

    “As a Virginia small-business owner, veteran, and Latino, I’m voting for Sen. Barack Obama for the same reasons as millions of other Americans: because I believe this country desperately needs change. Obama will change our economic policies to help middle-class families, promote the growth of small businesses, and increase funding for veterans’ affairs, so no member of our armed services goes without the medical treatment he or she needs and deserves,” he wrote.

    4. Linda Bock: “My name is Linda Bock and I’m a registered nurse just in Prince George’s County, Maryland — been there 34 years at a free senior health center. And I’m here with my fellow nurses from SEIU.”

    Bock, along with her chapter of the SEIU and her son and daughter, helped campaign and canvass for Obama, she said. [snip]

    5. Bonnee L. Breese: “Hi, Mr. President. Thank you so very much for having me, a public school teacher from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, here to be with you.[snip]

    She is a member of the 11,626-person Pennsylvania for Obama page on Facebook.

    A supporter of the president’s — “Of course!” she said

  111. Pleadings – James v. Obama

    Quo Warranto Cover Letter

    Motion for Leave to File Writ of Quo Warranto on

    Barack Hussein Obama II, President of the U.S.A., and

    Writs of Mandamus on Hawai’i Governor Linda Lingle, to provide evidence, and

    on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to provide and request evidence from the

    United Kingdom, and Republics of Kenya, Indonesia, and Pakistan.

    Dr. Orly Taitz ESQ

    Counsel of Record

    26302 La Paz

    Mission Viejo CA 92691

    Phone +1-949-683-5411

    . QUESTIONS PRESENTED

    [questions are listed ]
    listed here at : defendourfreedoms.us

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

    Posting this because Hillary was one of those listed in the above

  112. Thanks HillaryforTexas. I stand corrected. It was George Strait.

    They say memory is the second thing to go.

  113. President Obama has promised to change the way the government does business, but in at least one respect he is taking a page from the Bush playbook, stocking his town hall Thursday with supporters whose soft — though far from planted — questions provided openings to discuss his preferred message of the day
    —————————
    “At least in one respect”?–WashPo when he plants shills in the audience like Bush did, supports FISA like Bush did, disenfrancises voters like Bush did, caters to Wall Street like Bush did, preached reform and retained the status quo like Bush did—-in one respect?

    “Something of a political lesson?”–Brian Williams when Obam sold out his constituents for contributions from the nuclear industry, just as he had sold out his constitents to Rezko–a lesson he never leans perhaps?

    Question: when will they learn to say it straight out? Bush III, only worse because it is more consequential now in the midst of economic crisis.

  114. The U.S. Senate killed an amendment Thursday offered by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., that would have prohibited federal volunteer funds from going to the community group ACORN and its affiliates.

    Vitter singled out the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a nationwide community organization of low- and moderate-income people. He laid emphasis on the fact that group members have been arrested for fraudulent voter registration.

    Vitter contended that no charitable group with a political arm should receive the volunteer funding. “At the heart of this debate is whether this new federal bureaucracy would, in effect, politicize charitable activity around the country, which we certainly do not want,” Vitter said.

    The amendment was offered to the National Service Act being considered by the chamber.

    So the Senate will allow funding to ACORN, but they won’t allow any religious expression in the youth brigades?
    This is unbelievable!

    gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2009/03/senate-votes-to-allow-acorn-funding-in.html

  115. Over the years, many people have argued that taxation is theft–except in time of war. Until now none of those arguments have proven persuasive to many of us because if we are to have the benefits of civilation and social order then they must be paid for, and conspicuous wealth and consumption is not a good thing when other people in the society are struggling to make ends meet.

    But with people like Obama, Pelosi and Reid, the proponents of taxation have found the best argument against taxation ever since an irate Californian named Howard Jarvis started the taxpayers revolt which fueled the career of Ronald Reagan etc. When I look at the earmarks in that stimulus bill which Obama signed after previously promising us he was against earmarks for kennedy monuments and trains between las vegas and disney world and saving media outlets that corrupt our democracy, so the dimocrats can win the 2010 mid term election, it becomes obvious that this sort of taxation is theft not merely from us but from future generations of Americans.

    Question: is David Vitters the best one the Republicans can come up with to press this case?

  116. CAUTION: THIS WILL MAKE YOU SICK!!!

    Prospect of Barack Obama show causes UK to clear its decks

    With an entourage of 500 staff!!!! + MUCH MUCH MORE!!!!

    UN-FREAKIN BELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! & WHEN AMERICA IS HURTING SO BADLY ! Grrrrrrrrrr!

    guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/29/obama-london-visit-uk-g20

  117. Is obama so stupid, so inexperienced, so insecure, so phony…that he has to use a teleprompter, that he can’t talk about issues for at least 3 days after they happen, that he needs to pack his town hall and cyberspace meetings with tricks and bogus “independently picked” questions?

    What is he? A three year old???

    No I take that back. Three year olds have more brains than this stooge!

  118. I read somewhere that poor obama was getting very sensitive about the teletubby jokes going around and that is why he stationed his pal at the back of his town hall meeting in L.A.

    LOL…just a suggestion…I dare him to go cold turkey.

  119. djia,

    I wonder if teletubby has his own bedroom on Air force One. I bet the Brits are more excited about seeing obama’s best friend that they are seeing him! 🙂

  120. Dija
    I am curious as you have mentionned you have a dart league in your bar I assume you don’t sell 15 cosmopolitans but a beer and a shot at a decent price is busines increasing with the downturn in the economy? They say bars meaning a real bar and not a cocktail lounge are immune to the ups and downs of the market. Just wondering what your take is?

  121. Barack Obama fever gives way to protests on European trip

    Ian Traynor
    The Guardian, 30 March 2009

    Barack Obama leaves Washington tomorrow for his first transatlantic trip as president, less than a year after the US leader was embraced by fan fever on the campaign stump in a park in central Berlin. But whereas around 200,000 flocked to worship Candidate Obama in Berlin’s Tiergarten last July, President Obama will witness the first big protests of his White House term this week on the streets of London and on the banks of the river Rhine separating France from Germany.

    The presidential trip to Europe – taking in Britain, France, Germany, the Czech Republic and Turkey for the G20 summit, Nato’s 60th birthday bash, and first head-to-heads with Russian, German, and French heads of state or government – is keenly awaited by government leaders and publics alike across Europe. But the tidal wave of expectation and enthusiasm that Obama rode into the White House is giving way to a more cautious reception in Europe as the administration’s policies begin to take shape.

    The former Czech prime minister and current EU president, Mirek Topolanek, declared last week that European leaders were “alarmed” at the White House’s policies on the financial crisis, overstating but nonetheless reflecting EU anxiety at the direction of US policy. These differences will dominate the G20 summit in London on Thursday amid large demonstrations venting their anger at the financial meltdown.

    The following day Obama will again encounter angry and possibly violent crowds when he travels to Strasbourg and Baden-Baden for a Nato summit dominated by talks on what to do about Afghanistan. The summit has been preceded by a two-month US review of policy on the Afghan war, broadly applauded by European allies because of the scaled-back ambitions outlined by Washington. But despite European wariness of spurning Obama’s calls for greater commitment in Afghanistan, the Nato allies remain reluctant to match US plans to pour thousands of more troops into the conflict.

    guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/30/barack-obama-g20-nato-europe

  122. Henry

    I work as a bartender in 2 bars, one in south dakota and another 8 miles from that one in Iowa

    SD: you can still smoke IA you can not smoke,

    at the Iowa bar, we have a “smoke shack” off the back side of the place, most bars/rest. do not have the room for such a thing
    in the “smoke shack” we have picnic tables, tv/cable heaters and bar lights , it resembles a “apple bee’s restaurant”
    iowa law states you must have one open side, which we do, but have hung a curtain to keep the cold out 😀

    this has helped this bar alot , as we will get smokers in, not as we did before, but on band nights we still get packed although not like before the smoking ban..
    the ban has hurt this business a great deal…..with SD so close by iowa customers are going to SD bars. I would say 25 fell away with the ban and another 15% with the economy as well as a percentage from the heavy crack down by law enforcement looking to intimidate people at bars by sitting in their squads just down the street in plain sight.

    it’s just sad sad sad……we even have seen a decrease in dart players for all of the above reasons.

    now don’t get me wrong , i in way shape or form advocate drinking and driving…..but at some point the government needs to stop being a HUGE dictating big brother who is doing nothing but killing our businesses and rising poverty levels.

  123. Obama Faces Tough Issues on First Overseas Trip as US President

    By Paula Wolfson
    29 March 2009

    White House officials say U.S. President Barack Obama is going to Europe this week to consult and to listen. Although he is popular with the European public, Mr. Obama likely will face some tough talk from their leaders.

    As Barack Obama prepares for his first overseas trip as president, differences between the United States and Europe on major issues are coming to the fore.
    The global economy and Afghanistan are likely to dominate most of his discussions abroad. And while there is an international consensus that both issues need to be addressed, there is a wide range of views on how best to proceed.

    In London, Mr. Obama will represent the United States for the first time on the world stage when he sits down with the heads of 20 of the biggest leading and emerging economies – the G-20.

    Some countries have blamed the deregulation of financial markets in the United States for sparking the global economic crisis. And many with strapped budgets have little interest in the massive government spending Mr. Obama supports as economic stimulus.

    Top White House officials insist that the president has no desire to dictate spending targets to other nations. “There isn’t any single number that is sacrosanct,” said Michael Froman.
    Michael Froman is the president’s Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs. “I think the important thing is that there is broad agreement that was reflected in the finance ministers’ statement of a couple of weeks ago to do whatever is necessary to restore growth,” he said.

    While in London, President Obama will meet for the first time on a one-on-one basis with the leaders of China, Russia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and India.

    The day after their summit ends, Mr. Obama will join other NATO members near the French-German border to mark the 60th anniversary of the trans-Atlantic alliance. He will go before the NATO summit with a new strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan. In an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS television’s Face the Nation program, the president said the stakes are high.
    “We have seen deterioration over the last several years and unless we get a handle on it now, we are going to be in trouble,” said President Obama.

    But while President Obama is very popular in Europe, the prospect of sending more NATO troops to Afghanistan is not. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he has not given up on deploying more allied combat forces, saying that some NATO members may be willing to send troops to help in the run-up to national elections in August. But during an appearance on the Fox News Sunday television program, Gates stressed that more civilian help is also needed. “I think what we are really interested in for the longer term from our partners and our allies is helping us with this civilian surge in terms of experts in agriculture and finance and government and so on to help us improve the situation inside Afghanistan,” said Robert Gates.

    After the NATO summit, President Obama will travel to the Czech Republic, where he will deliver a speech on weapons proliferation and hold talks on U.S. ties with the European Union. His last stop will be Turkey – the first Muslim country to welcome the new U.S. president. There was speculation he might deliver a speech on U.S. relations with the Muslim world while in Istanbul. Instead, President Obama will launch a dialogue with young people in the region. Aides say he will take part in a question and answer session conducted, in part, on the Internet.

    voanews.com/english/2009-03-29-voa22.cfm

    ————————–

    Anyone want to bet that he will chant his “Bush is to blame” slogan over and over again on this trip to nowhere?

  124. JanH Says:
    March 29th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Mrs. Smith,

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Dole and many other Clinton haters were involved at the time.

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

    A good overall view of this is Joe Conason’s THE HUNTING OF THE PRESIDENT, which goes back to Bill’s enemies in Arkansas as Governor.

  125. henry said:
    An eleven year old at the time of the attacks voted this year and all they have known is we have waged an unwarrented war.

    ===========

    Sadly right. It’s hard now to remember Bush’s initial rationale: some international conspiracy of Muslim terrorists being sheltered by various coountries all over the world, funded mysteriously by a worldwide cabal of rich Muslims — so we have to punish the various countries that were supposedly sheltering them. Starting, for some convenient reasion, with Iraq.

    A recent article (wrapped in a bit of tinfoil) saying ‘al Qaeda’ was never anything except a database, and ll the terrorists have been locals, locally funded, just invokign that impressive name — almost seems more believable.

  126. Mrs.Smith, regarding the ML affair, I can’t understand how ML agreed to do what she did unless of coarse, they were keeping an eye on all of Bill’s female interns. I think that the repukes knew of his weakness as did all of America,(thanks to MSM) and they just kept putting young females interns in the right place and let nature takes its coarse.
    I don’t excuse BC in any way, what he did was appalling, but I do understand weakness and can understand that no one is perfect. We all have learned that Newt (the biggest mouth) was doing the very same thing, such hypocrites are running this country.
    Well, its all past history, but apparently for some reason a movie will be made about it to remind the people of the time, no doubt to diminish Hillary’s chances in 2012 or 2016. The repukes are definately afraid of another Clinton administration. They don’t want a successful democratic presidency again. I don’t think Hillary has any real weakness that they can concentrate on, so they have to make some up.

  127. Dija
    I perhaps worded my question wrong. What I was wondering is has business picked up since the economy took a nose dive as I have been told dollar stores and dive bars are not only recession proof but actually thrive during a down economy. Darts here are synonymous with no frills Irish pubs so just assumed you were employed in a like environment. A friend here works for one of the big national dollar stores and according to him they spent more money sprucing up the place in the last three months than they have in the last ten years in total. Making the stores more palatable to the new customers.

  128. Turndown…

    “A good overall view of this is Joe Conason’s THE HUNTING OF THE PRESIDENT, which goes back to Bill’s enemies in Arkansas as Governor.”

    ————————–

    Thanks for the suggestion. I am definitely going to look for that title.

  129. turndown
    All I know is that a lot of people who had zero to do with politics perished that day. Many knew they had a slim chance of survival and entered a building anywhow. Seven years seems to have made it all seem like ancient history, but I for one will never ever be able to stomach what what its name’s face for not giving those that lost so much as a few hours out of a day in respect. Attention should have and must be paid to those who were beyond generous with thier lives.
    Can anyone find a single instance of what’s its name every doing charity work? Did she get aid to attend college? Did he? Sorry working for and being PAID by a non-profit DOES NOT COUNT. As we have obviously seen it was nothing more than an internship. Few interns made want bambi did and I don’t know of any that got a mansion out of the deal. If we do a reverse oppurtunity cost analysis waffles hit the jackpot.

  130. The Hunting of The President is an excellent book. It was a large, concerted, years-long effort to bring Bill down. They feared him like no other, because they KNEW he would be successful as a true Democratic president.

    I have always known what the right wing did to him, as outlined in the book, but as the years have passed and I have watched the Democratic Party, I have come to believe that they fear him also. Despite his enormous success, and the love of the people for him, the party has never really held him up as an example, or venerated his record, or “enshrined” him in their political mythology the way, for instance, the Right has Reagan. And I have come to wonder why. I mean, it’s very odd, if you think about it. Why have they not trumpeted the praises of such a 2-term Dem who left us with prosperity, with peace, with a better America? Why have they not made a giant of him in memory, and created a cultural “myth” of sorts for the party to draw upon, like the conservatives do Reagan?

    Sadly, I am have concluded that the Democratic Party is just as afraid of a REAL Democrat as the Republicans are. They are just as invested in the status quo, just as indebted to the shadow government and the financiers. They are only another face of the same cabals.

    That sense had been growing for awhile, and these past two years have confirmed it for me. Bill, and Hillary, have worked within that power structure, and often compromised with it, but they have never been a real part of it. And both Right and Left are TERRIFIED of the both of them.

  131. One last thing I found it egregious that the payments to the families of those that died in the Towers was done on a scale as to what the individual may have earned during thier life. I was repulsed by that, My understanding of actuary science is limited but I have to wonder how many people accepted a low number out of a sense of patriotism without ever getting the advice of a competent attorney. How do you measure a life, had Madoff been there and i am sure there were more than a few like him, his family would have recieved hundreds if not millions more than a woman working two jobs mopping floors to make sure that her children had a chance. Sorry to go on about that time but I felt like I smelled it today( the towers burning) for a passing second and it horrified me.

  132. “Hunting of the President” is good. A lot of the information in there comes from David Brock who wrote the very excellent “Blinded by the Right”.

  133. Dodd is in very deep trouble in Connecticut:

    http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/news8391.html

    I have never seen U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd as humble as he appeared to be on the March 15 edition of Face the State on WFSB.

    He spent a full half hour with Dennis House acknowledging his low approval rating, explaining his real estate transactions, his mortgage, the presidential pardon he got for a friend, his run for the White House, his move to Iowa and how he senses the electorate is looking to make a change.

    He never showed a negative emotion throughout the entire exchange, even when House delicately brought up the memory of his father. No anger, resentment or arrogance. He was a public servant, there to answer any questions he needed to. Just a regular guy, like Dennis himself. If only it were that easy.

    Dodd had done a little media tour that weekend in the hope of stopping the bleeding following his handling of a mortgage scandal and a new series of articles about a cottage he owns in Ireland. But the damage done to Dodd’s standing with Connecticut voters can’t be recovered through a few select media appearances. It took 30 years to get here and it may take more than the 20 months he has before the next election to make things right. That’s why there’s nearly a half dozen Republicans running, or considering running against him in 2010.

    No matter how well Dodd can explain any of the individual strikes against him, his bigger problem is a pattern of behavior that has developed over the years. His judgment can now be brought into question. Was he really serving the best interests of Connecticut when he served as chairman of the national Democratic Party? Did it really make any sense for him to run for president? What did moving to Iowa tell us about his focus? When he sought a presidential pardon for Edward Downe, was he helping a man who had turned his life around, or abusing his position to help a friend? And what about his competing stories on AIG?

    The answers almost don’t matter at this point. That’s what the latest public opinion polls are saying. It’s not so much about job performance, it’s about staying so long at the game people are beginning to ask if there’s an alternative. It doesn’t help that so many of the questions around Dodd seem focused on life outside Connecticut. It’s about Washington, New York, Iowa and Ireland. Places far removed from where real people are getting pink slips and foreclosure notices in the state he is supposed to represent.

  134. I hope Dodd gets ousted in Connecticut, the traitor. I won’t forgive his cynical jump onto the Obama bandwagon, or how he eagerly helped take out Hillary.

    Perhaps he can retire to one of his homes and spend his days “drinking tea”.

  135. Someone anyone should start selling halloween ornaments with the likenesses of those that stood behind bambi and have fallen into disgrace. I’d hang the things on my Christmas tree.

  136. Henry

    the simple answer is “NO” business has not picked up, business is down over all

    I work in two different kinds of places……

    SD bar is a blue collar watering hole, cheap drinks, cheap band/karaoke type entertainment,the people are overly friendly living in a small town [1800 population] the people of this town mainly work in factories ,nursing homes or farming
    they didn’t make much money at all prior to the bad economy much less now… so they have never lived frivolously
    they complain some about jobs and economy, and obama but yet they do not want to watch the news and be informed or involved…….this frustrates me to no end!!

    the other bar in IA:

    its in a larger town [4000+ pop.] the bar is a larger place, old western dance hall type building
    bigger and more frequent and better entertainment… customers vary as in the SD town but do get a bit more that have $$$ to spend on whims and such and are self employed.

    how they are simular…..I see the same down ward turn in both places

  137. djia Says:
    March 29th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    The U.S. Senate killed an amendment Thursday offered by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., that would have prohibited federal volunteer funds from going to the community group ACORN and its affiliates.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Not a surprise, disappointing but not surprising. In the Bush installment of the Bail-Out package, ACORN was awarded funds for weatherstripping storm doors as part of an energy package…along with doing their ususal voter registration.

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

    turndownobama-com Says:
    March 29th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    JanH Says:
    March 29th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    “A good overall view of this is Joe Conason’s THE HUNTING OF THE PRESIDENT, which goes back to Bill’s enemies in Arkansas as Governor.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Also, don’t miss the move, “The Hunting of the President” it can be found on DVD.. Myself and a few others worked very hard with Joe doing Indy research when he and Gene Lyons began compiling information for the book. Here is a Conasn quote from the book:

    “Those who view history as an all-encompassing struggle between God and the Devil may find it natural to regard political opponents as agents of Lucifer.” – Joe Conason & Gene Lyson, The Hunting of the President” Of course, the reverse would serve as the rule of the day, seeing BC was the last duly elected president.

    Thanks for the reminder though. I loaned my copy out quite some time ago. I know my friend thought it was a real eyeopeners for the conspiratorial games that go on behind the scenes. If you want to learn more history, I suggest reading “The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk,” Susan McDougal. We supported her during her incarseration and deluged Ken Starrs office with letters demanding her release for his cruel and unusual punishment of her during the Impeachment hearings.

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    # confloyd Says:
    March 29th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Mrs.Smith, regarding the ML affair, I can’t understand how ML agreed to do what she did unless of coarse, they were keeping an eye on all of Bill’s female interns. I think that the repukes knew of his weakness as did all of America,(thanks to MSM) and they just kept putting young females interns in the right place and let nature takes its coarse.
    I don’t excuse BC in any way, what he did was appalling, but I do understand weakness and can understand that no one is perfect. We all have learned that Newt (the biggest mouth) was doing the very same thing, such hypocrites are running this country.
    Well, its all past history, but apparently for some reason a movie will be made about it to remind the people of the time, no doubt to diminish Hillary’s chances in 2012 or 2016. The repukes are definately afraid of another Clinton administration. They don’t want a successful democratic presidency again. I don’t think Hillary has any real weakness that they can concentrate on, so they have to make some up.

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    ML, I believe was very animated about her adoration of BC. She was the ideal, providing opportunity + motive… for the planned destruction of the Clinton presidency. GHWB never quite got over BC sweeping the presidency right out from under his feet. The Bushes were out for blood and thus began the hunting of the president… A very apt title for the Conason /Lyons book.

    When they (the Republicans) kept coming up empty in pursuit of Bill and Hillary they used the friendship of Bob Dole to assure the president they were prepared to heal the rift between the president and the GOP and indicated a promising future ahead for the Clinton presidency. The mistake BC made was letting his guard down, never questioning how this girl/ML came to be or who lived in close proximity to her. He never questioned and never payed attention to who, if anyone, was watching him and recoding the events.

    When presidents gain this kind of power, I think they begin to feel so protected, so insulated from harm, they tend to forget there are jealous people watching everywhere for something, anything, they can report back, and in some instances be paid operatives to continue the flow of information to be used at later time.

    I’m not in the habit of judging people, God knows, I’ve made enough mistakes in my life that would have you snoozing in about 5min…having heard the details.

    I’ve never thrived on that kind of, well, gossip…Of course being a president, his actions would be under a microscope. Even so, I think Hillary survived beautifully and is a stronger person because of it all. When you remember, at that time, the Republicans rushed to her side expecting her to divorce him, post haste… but she didn’t.

    If she used that old standby alternative, where would she be today? Where would they be today? Where would we be? The simple truth is, we’d be lost without her and the sage brilliance of BC.

    Hillary’s destiny always was for bigger and better things. She is all the stronger for what she has lived through. Theres nothing hidden that can come-out as scandalous about the Clintons…And perhaps this newest movie will portray the events from a different perspective, clearing the air once and for all. Hopefully, people will see Bill and Hillary as unique, gifted individuals, as the caring people they always were, who dedicated themselves to public service a very long time ago…

  138. Semi-personal. I’m reading Chesterton’s HERETICS at
    h…/..w
    ccel.org/ccel/chesterton/heretics.x.html

    A lot of his criticisms (of various people, including Chamberlin) could fit Obama. Also scary is that this book was copyrighted 1905. I’m not sure what that adds up to … except the contrarian idea that there are worse ways to fill in “World ___” than “World Bank” or even “World Government.”

  139. Barack Obama fever gives way to protests on European trip

    Ian Traynor
    The Guardian, 30 March 2009

    Barack Obama leaves Washington tomorrow for his first transatlantic trip as president, less than a year after the US leader was embraced by fan fever on the campaign stump in a park in central Berlin. But whereas around 200,000 flocked to worship Candidate Obama in Berlin’s Tiergarten last July, President Obama will witness the first big protests of his White House term this week on the streets of London and on the banks of the river Rhine separating France from Germany.
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    Robert Service said it best:

    From love’s close kiss
    To hell’s abyss
    Is one sheer flight, I trow,
    And wedding ring and bridal bell
    Are will-o’-wisps of woe,

    –The Harpy (The Spell of the Yukon, 1898)

  140. Mrs. SMith,

    Yes, Susan MacDougal is an inspiration to me to this day. IN certain problems, I remind myself “I’d rather be in trouble for something simple than something complicated.” She chose the simple trouble: jail for contempt for refusing to talk at all.

    Bravo to you for helping Conason! (Was Dole discussed in that book? I kept up with the Impeachment and after pretty close, don’t remember Dole being discussed much anywhere.)

  141. Before G-20 gets underway bambi and tele owe it to their 200,000 fans to go out and talk sense into them. Only a year ago he and tele were over there and baffled them with bullshit. Shouldnt be any problem to do it again now.

    He can invite all his little ninja friends into the hall to meet his banker friends and the heads of foreign nations. They can explain to the little nihilists the finer points of Kensyian theory and the nihilist can show the bankers the aero dynamics of death stars. At the end they could have a tear gas party at the end to commemorate the event.

    50,000 protesters cant be wrong.

  142. So ME-chelle is going with BO to meet the Queen of England. Wonder what kind of outfit ME-chelle will consider appropriate and will turn up in.

  143. Right now, Congress is in the agreeing stage. Yet these resolutions are crucial because they set parameters. If those parameters are too wide, taxpayers take a beating. And that’s the problem with the current Senate resolution, which will expand public debt by about $4 trillion by 2014. Someone eventually must pay, and the likeliest candidates are you young people sitting in cafes, sipping coffee and tapping on laptops. You will be the majority of Americans when these bills come due. For their sake, and everyone else’s, Nelson and other moderate Democrats must keep pressing to keep the Senate resolution only a starting point toward a more realistic budget.
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    The same young fools who voted for bambi will pay the price for their mistake. How ironic.

  144. If the people of Connecticut re-elect Christopher Dodd then there is only one plausable explanation: they are masochists. He should be retired so he can collect a fat pension and go to work for one of the lobbying firms or financial firms that have been paying him under the table illegally. Like that special loan arrangement he received from Countrywide because he is chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. Seems like his father had ethical problems too. But hey . . . what good is power if you don’t abuse it?

  145. Bambi + 500 staff? Who are they there to represent? Surely not the American People. It would not take that many if that were the case. So who praytell is this Cecil B. DeMille cast of thousands there to represent? Could it be the bankers who own him.

  146. The White House on Sunday pushed out the chairman of General
    Motors and instructed Chrysler to form a partnership with the
    Italian automaker Fiat within 30 days as conditions for
    receiving another much-needed round of government aid.

    The decision to ask G.M.’s chairman and chief executive, Rick
    Wagoner, to resign caught Detroit and Washington by surprise,
    and it underscored the Obama administration’s determination
    to take a hands-on role in the companies it is bailing out —
    a level of government involvement in business not seen since
    the Great Depression.
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    Another mistake by Obama in his misbegotten economic plan. If the business model is bad, why pour money down a rathole. Furthermore, what experience does Obama and his cronies have in running an automobile manufacturing company. In the end, after they have wasted even more taxpayer money idiot Obama will end up putting it into bankruptch as he should have done to begin with.

  147. Mrs. SMith,

    Yes, Susan MacDougal is an inspiration to me to this day. IN certain problems, I remind myself “I’d rather be in trouble for something simple than something complicated.” She chose the simple trouble: jail for contempt for refusing to talk at all.

    Bravo to you for helping Conason! (Was Dole discussed in that book? I kept up with the Impeachment and after pretty close, don’t remember Dole being discussed much anywhere.)

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    Yes, Dole was discussed in Conason’s book. IIRC…Dole attacking from the sidelines getting Fiske appointed as prosecutor, begins in Ch 8

    I highly recommend you read The Hunting of the President. Your sense of who the Clintons are will fill in your gaps of insecurity
    discouraging you from posting hurtful statements like this one:

    # turndownobama-com Says:
    March 29th, 2009 at 2:52 am

    “Obviously she cannot. But it bothers me, it seems hypocritical. Still she is doing great things, such as preventing WWIII, which is worth a little hypocrisy. I suppose.”

  148. So Obama has fired the head of GM, tommorrow the stocks will fall, how much, no one knows? My guess he is getting ready to go to the G20 and agree with Russia and China and a single monetary system and money is just what the doctor ordered. This is what Soros and his cronies want. Soros is the real man in charge.
    I did notice a statement from Obama that “WE” had only been in charge 60 days. How true that is, he has a battlion of helpers. What is 500 he wants transported to the G20. For what, to run up and down the corridors to threaten the other countries to do what he wants, as they did during the DNC convention????
    It also wont hurt that all his buddies will get to party after the meetings at our expense.

  149. Admin: I read your posting today a third time and am sending it out to influential people I know. It is flat brilliant.

    The people of this country are shaken. They thought Obama was the answer to their problems and now they see that what they thought was the cure is really worse than the disease. Where can they go to find the truth?

    I shake my head in bewilderment when I think of the hours they waste hoping to find answers from msnbc, cnn, nyt, washpo, la times, newsweek, etc. Those hours are wasted at best and at worst they lead them to false conclusions from these corrupt entities.

    The elegant, sustained argument you have made against Obama has been accurate from the beginning. I have agreed with you on every point except three, and even then you were proven right. You have been far more accurate than any other source.

    It is important that we continue to get the word out about this site. It should be on the daily reading list of anyone who wishes to be known as a serious journalist, political analysist, and forecaster. I say that because it is highly accurate, connects the dots and does not pull punches. It is the one stop shop on the subject of Obama and how we can resist his takeover of the country by him through big media.

  150. Mrs Smith,

    I was referring to Hillary’s silence about Obama’s cheating in the primaries when I said:
    “Obviously she cannot [talk about Obama’s cheating]. But it bothers me, it seems hypocritical. Still she is doing great things, such as preventing WWIII, which is worth a little hypocrisy [about the primaries]. I suppose.”

  151. I just read SEIU members are hopping mad at Obama. THere have many illegal layoffs, focusing on the older employees, as well as getting temp workers to fill spots. The SEIU employees were bamboozled into thinking their union would be like the one my dad worked for, instead these are the unions that Bush and friends have dreamed up to help big business and screw the middle class and screw them out of their vote. Just think people we could have had Hillary a real leader of the American middle class, instead we have this puppet of Soros and the pwer elite. We tried to tell you all, you would not listen, now its time to lay in the bed you made for us.
    What a completely thurough job of screwing the middle class has this man done. OMG, people believed they were really cared about by this man! What a joke!

  152. I did notice a statement from Obama that “WE” had only been in charge 60 days.
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    Au contraire. Nobody has been in charge. The wheelhouse has been empty, and the would be captain has been doing victory laps around the main deck as the vessel drifts through a sea of iceburgs, and the seals watch in amazement. Forget about this in charge crap. The operative word is responsible–a word he has spent a lifetime trying to avoid. Responsible. And the essence of responsibility is to stop trying to blame Bush. You have the con now bambi. You are directly responsible for what happens now.

  153. I was referring to Hillary’s silence about Obama’s cheating in the primaries when I said:
    “Obviously she cannot [talk about Obama’s cheating]. But it bothers me, it seems hypocritical. Still she is doing great things, such as preventing WWIII, which is worth a little hypocrisy [about the primaries]. I suppose.”
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    The tough part of it is we told it would go to the convention, we got hints that there would be a floor fight, Bill wanted to take them on but it did not happen. No satisfactory answer has been given. But that does not mean no satisfactory reason exists. If you believe in Hillary you have to trust her on this. That is where I have left it in my own thinking. The problem is the end result was disappointing and as either Riverdaughter of Anglachel said some are not sure they would throw their heart and soul into it the next time the way they did this time because it hurts. But as much as it hurts, it feels great to tear Obama a new one for his lies, deceit and corruption.

  154. So Obama has fired the head of GM, tommorrow the stocks will fall, how much, no one knows? My guess he is getting ready to go to the G20 and agree with Russia and China and a single monetary system and money is just what the doctor ordered
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    Confloyd: treat this as pure speculation:

    1. economy collapses

    2. bambi declares dollar worthless

    3. bambi issues the Amero as legal tender

    4. bambi declares North American union to lift economy out of doldrums

    5. eventally, the Amero and Euro are converted into a common currency

    6. after 2 the IMF establishes a new reserve currency backed by all G-20 members

    7. eventually world currency

    8. then centralized world government–the new level of sovereignty is: world constitution, then national constitution, then state constitution, with a revised supremecy clause.

  155. Wbboei,
    #9. End of all things as we have known them. Now, how long does it take to learn Chinese???

  156. wbboei,

    I have no complaint with Hillary about not fighting at the Convention. As of June 3 she didn’t have the delegates for a clear victory. I accept her decision not to fight

    What bothers me emotionally is her campaigning for Obama, and now her praising him and covering up for the corruption of the primaries. Her action seems to have worked out for the good of the world. It may work out for the good of a future POTUS run. If there does come some sort of world government or Amer-E-Union, she may be in line for its first President.

    My never glad confident morning again — is a very small thing compared to those good things. And if she does pull off a First Presdient of the World — and THEN denounces Obama and the primary corruption — then I will stand corrected for lack of faith. Gladly and confidently corrected.

  157. turndownobama, how in the world could there be a first president of the world. How would a person get elected to that position?? Gee, that is a scarey thought!

    I will never trust obama, he is corrupt, and stole the election from Hillary and I just would love to know how/why they got her to do what she has done for them.

    I saw a pic of her and Manchelle at the state dept. on womans day for something like that and Hillary was giving her a big hug, looked like Manchelle was just putting up with it and really looked uncomfortable. I just don’t know how she could make herself suck up to those two!!

  158. I just been over to the former Obama Love threads, and the love affair is definitely wilting. Alot of folk seem to think that GM and Chrysler will be a thing of the past soon.
    What kind of car does the Prez ride, isn’t it a GM cadillac?? I hope he will make sure there is still parts for it.

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