Startling News

Startling news came today from a Newt, a Dodd, and the New York Times with respect to a certain BOob.

The news on the Chris Dodd front is that the 2010 elections have started, advertisements included. Hillary backstabber Dodd is in trouble and the Dimocrats are in damage control and on the attack.

Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd trails former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, a possible Republican challenger, 50 – 34 percent in the 2010 Senate race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today, as voters disapprove 58 – 33 percent of the job the Democratic incumbent is doing, his lowest approval rating ever.

Matched against two other possible Republican challengers, Sen. Dodd trails both State Sen. Sam Caligiuri 41 – 37 percent and former ambassador Tom Foley 43 – 35 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. [snip]

A total of 35 percent of voters say they definitely or probably will vote for Dodd for reelection next year, while 59 percent say they probably won’t or definitely won’t vote for him.

“A 33 percent job approval is unheard of for a 30-year incumbent, especially a Democrat in a blue state. Sen. Christopher Dodd’s numbers among Democrats are especially devastating.

Dimocrats are already attacking Simmons in an advertisment. The ad is a joke because it attacks Simmons for the Dodd reality – being too close to the financial services industry.

Any doubt that the 2010 elections are in full swing are shattered in Pennsylvania where “stimulus” bill Republican Arlen Specter is already airing advertisements statewide. The Specter ads attack Pat Toomey, a Republican conservative, as being too close to the financial services industry. The last Quinnipiac poll showed Specter losing to Toomey 41 to 27 percent.

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Newt Gingrich agreed with us today that Barack Obama is the Third Bush Term. Newt also warned Republicans to get honest or get out. This is refreshing news. The Republicans must admit their errors if Americans are ever to take them seriously. Some day, Newt will also have to admit his utter hypocrisy in persecuting Bill Clinton and waging a sex witch hunt. But for today, Newt startled Americans and his Republican friends with the truth.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is warning fellow Republicans that conservatives may leave the GOP for a third party in 2012.

“If the Republicans can’t break out of being the right wing party of big government, then I think you would see a third party movement in 2012,” Gingrich said Wednesday during a speech at the College of the Ozarks in Missouri, the local television station KY3 reported.

Gingrich thrashed Republicans for allowing increased spending during the Bush administration and for not doing enough to block President Barack Obama’s early initiatives.

“Remember, everything Obama’s doing, Bush started last year,” Gingrich said. “If you’re going to talk about big spending, the mistakes of the Bush administration last year are fully as bad as the mistakes of Obama’s first two, three months.”

Obama, in other words, is the Third Bush Term.

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The most startling news of the day came from the New York Times. The New York Times, stepping into Big Pink shoes, went behind the curtain and discussed Obama’s bamboozling words, words, words:

When President Obama briefed Congressional leaders at the White House last week on his plans to send more troops to Afghanistan, Senator Harry Reid offered some advice: Whatever you do, he told the president, don’t call it a “surge.”

Not to worry. Mr. Obama didn’t and wouldn’t. The exchange, confirmed by people briefed on the discussion, underscored the sensitivity about language in the new era. Mr. Obama and his team are busily scrubbing President George W. Bush’s national security lexicon, if not necessarily all of his policies.

It took the New York Times this long to finally publish what has been evident for oh so long. It’s another way of saying Obama is the Third Bush Term.

They may be sending 21,000 more troops to Afghanistan, much as Mr. Bush did to Iraq, but it is not a “surge.” They may still be holding people captured on the battlefield at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, but they are no longer “enemy combatants.” They may be carrying the fight to Al Qaeda as their predecessors did, but they are no longer waging a “war on terror.”

So if not a war on terror, what then? “Overseas contingency operations.”

And terrorist attacks themselves? “Man-caused disasters.” [snip]

Now Mr. Obama is coming into office determined to sweep all that rhetoric away, even if he is keeping much of the policy that underlies it. [snip]

Indeed, for all the shifting words, Mr. Obama has left the bulk of Mr. Bush’s national security architecture intact so far. He has made no move to revise the Patriot Act or the eavesdropping program. He has ordered Guantánamo to be closed in a year but has not turned loose all the prisoners. The troop buildup in Afghanistan resembles the one Mr. Bush ordered in Iraq two years ago.[snip]

Gordon Johndroe, the last National Security Council spokesman for Mr. Bush, said he detected a great degree of overlap in actual policy between the two presidents that is not masked by different words. “A change in rhetoric is fine as long as they don’t lead people to believe the threat from violent extremists is over,” Mr. Johndroe said.

If it was anyone but “media darling” Obama, the outraged headlines and screaming cable pundits would attack the lies and hypocrisy without cessation.

They seem more interested in the war on the English language than in what might be thought of as more pressing national security matters,” said Shannen W. Coffin, who served as counsel to former Vice President Dick Cheney. “An Orwellian euphemism or two will not change the fact that bad people want to kill us and destroy us as a free people.” [snip]

Still, the degree to which the Obama team seems intent on distancing itself from any language associated with Mr. Bush has drawn ridicule even from the left. On “The Daily Show” on Tuesday night, Jon Stewart vigorously mocked the Obama administration after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said “the administration has stopped using the phrase” war on terror.

Mr. Stewart showed repeated clips of Mr. Obama’s budget director, Peter R. Orszag, referring instead to “overseas contingency operations.”

“Yeah, that’ll catch on like Crystal Pepsi,” Mr. Stewart joked.

Summoning one of the most memorable moments of the Bush presidency, Mr. Stewart then showed a mocked up photograph of Mr. Obama in a pilot’s flight suit on the deck of an aircraft carrier under a banner proclaiming, “Redefinition Accomplished.”

Almost as if timed to buttress the New York Times article, as well as Part III of our Obama is the Third Bush Term, a federal judge today issued a ruling.

A federal judge this morning cleared the way for three detainees at a U.S. military prison in Afghanistan to challenge their confinements in the federal courts.

The ruling came in a series of lawsuits brought by detainees held at the prison at the Bagram Air Force Base. The detainees had been captured elsewhere in the world and brought to Bagram by U.S. authorities, their lawyers say. Some have been held there for at least six years. U.S. District Judge John Bates ruled in a 53-page opinion that three of four men suing the U.S. government may proceed with their cases under the centuries-old legal doctrine of habeas corpus. [snip]

“This is a great day for American justice,” Kassem said. “Today, a U.S. federal judge ruled that our government cannot simply kidnap people and hold them beyond the law.”

The Hopium addled will dispute what we say, but if they bother to try to understand what we are saying, if they have the capacity to understand what we are saying, they will begin to see that Obama is indeed the Third Bush Term:

The decision came as a blow to the Obama Justice Department, which had agreed with the position of the Bush administration that the Bagram prisoners were not entitled to question their detention in U.S. civil courts. On Jan. 22, the court invited the new administration to “refine” the Bush position, but a month later, Justice informed Bates that it would “adhere to its previously articulated position” that the men had no habeas rights.

Both administrations had argued that Bagram’s location in a “war zone” made it different from Guantanamo. Bates ruled that while the sites were “not identical,” the “objective degree of [U.S.] control” was not “appreciably different.”

Obstacles to resolving the detainees’ rights “are not as great as respondents claim,” Bates said of the U.S. position. “And importantly,” he wrote, the obstacles “are largely of the Executive’s choosing,” because the men “were all apprehended elsewhere and then brought (i.e. rendered) to Bagram for detention now exceeding six years.”

The Hopium addled are… um… addled – so we have to explain things to them clearly. This is not some brilliant three dimensional chess Obama is playing. Obama is simply more of the same, the Third Bush Term. The Obama lawyers have admitted this in a court of law. In an earlier rendition and state secrets privilege case the following exchange too place between a startled District court Judge and embarrassed Obama lawyers:

Is there anything material that has happened” that might have caused the Justice Department to shift its views, asked Judge Mary M. Schroeder, an appointee of President Jimmy Carter, coyly referring to the recent election.

No, your honor,” Mr. Letter replied. “The change in administration has no bearing?” she asked.

No, your honor,” he said once more.

The “change” in administration has “NO BEARING” because Obama is the Third Bush Term. That is startling news at the New York Times and the Hopium dens.

We are startled that they are startled.

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183 thoughts on “Startling News

  1. The Hopium addled will surely be upset with the AFP report JanH brought to our attention. It appears that wonderful Bill Clinton supports “my Secretary of State’ and did not mention the boob. Hooray for Bill.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5igfS6p9qpdnbQMuuccWMT9y8DmTQ

    World leaders must not use the current economic crisis as a pretext to cut back on aid to the world’s poorest, former US President Bill Clinton said Thursday.

    Clinton was speaking at the EU parliament in Brussels while G20 leaders in London ordered a huge economic rescue package, including hundreds of billions of dollars for the IMF and a pledge to spend five trillion dollars on the world economy by the end of 2010.

    I support my secretary of state, we can’t walk away from the world,” said Clinton, referring to his wife Hillary Clinton.

  2. Admin from previous post had a link to Bot jeralyn, who now has Obama Regret Syndrome:

    “My latest post on Obama’s intent to ratchet up the drug war in Afghanistan is here.
    I hope this is change the American people will make clear they don’t believe in.”
    &&&&&&&

    Well said, jeralyn. Too bad this jeralyn wasn’t around before the election.

  3. reposting another admin link, here’s that whole spiel below. More folks starting to realize that Hillary, while a very good campaigner, is even better when she has a job to do.

    When obama has a job to do, he starts looking for his next job…

    theweek.com/article/index/94878/What_the_heck_happened_to_Hillary

    What the heck happened to Hillary?
    What has gotten into Hillary Clinton?

    Since taking office on February 2, Clinton has gone from being one of the most guarded public figures in the history of hemming and hawing, to one of the straightest-talking secretaries of state imaginable. Over a few weeks and even more time zones, Clinton has not only told a number of hard truths, but told them in public and apparently on purpose.

    In the Netherlands, on March 30, on the billions of U.S. aid dollars wasted in Afghanistan: “heartbreaking.”

    In Mexico, on March 26, on America’s war on drugs: “Clearly, what we have been doing has not worked.”

    In South Korea, on February 19, on human rights in China: “Our pressing on those issues can’t interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis, and the security crisis.”

    Who is this woman and what has she done with the old Hillary?

    When I covered her first race for the New York Senate in 2000 –the template for her later presidential bid — the real Hillary was a fake Hillary, or rather, a Hillary who had long since had the authenticity drummed out of her by a relentless media beat. For years, she had been legitimately probed on matters such as Whitewater, cattle futures, and health care — but also mercilessly punished for nothing at all. After making an off-the-cuff remark about preferring a career to staying at home baking cookies, she had to spend a decade swearing that she didn’t hate homemakers. Every time she changed her hair, she was accused of trying to change her personality. For every Gennifer, Paula or Monica who surfaced, she had to . . . enough said. By the time Clinton ran for office, she was such a lightning rod that her whole mission was to avoid generating heat.

    The result was a determined lack of substance that was shocking in a woman renowned for her command of policy. One example: In the course of her Senate campaign, she devoted speeches, sound bites, everything but sonnets to the notion that she had spent “more than thirty years” fighting for poor children. She devoted a total of less than two minutes, at the very end, to (sort of) addressing the impact of her husband’s sweeping welfare reform on poor children. In her presidential race, the candor deficit owed less to Clinton saying nothing than to her apparent willingness to say anything. “In making different cases against Obama,” James Fallows observed in The Atlantic Monthly, “she reinforced the strongest argument against herself: that she would say whatever she thought might work at the moment.”

    Becoming Secretary of State might have exaggerated these tendencies. The gutsiest marks Condoleeza Rice made were fashion statements, as when she wore those fab black knee-high boots to the army airfield in Wiesbaden, Germany. Colin Powell was ever circumspect – except for that time he carried water for the Bush administration on WMDs and destroyed his credibility.

    Perhaps Clinton has been freed by speaking for an administration that is not her own, as well as an administration that expressly wants to break the mold. (It’s easier to bemoan the waste of Afghan aid money when an unpopular predecessor has done the wasting.) Or perhaps it’s because when she’s on the world stage, she looks out at cheering audiences, secure in the knowledge that nobody thinks she killed Vince Foster. Whatever the reason, it seems as if Clinton has stopped holding her breath at last.

    Of course, Clinton is hardly a source of candor all the time. Some of her highest-profile international appearances have been made on the celebrity softball field, such as Indonesia’s version of MTV, or the Turkish equivalent of The View. And she can still break into fluent non-speak when she wants to. Besides, just because a statement is true does not mean it’s right. One can applaud the U.S. for honesty about its stance on human rights in China, and still decry the stance as wrong.

    But for a position to be challenged, it has to be articulated in the first place. “Maybe this is unusual because you are supposed to be so careful that we spend hours avoiding stating the obvious,” Clinton said, explaining her acknowledgement, in February, that a thorny succession question was likely to flow from the stroke suffered in August by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il. “I think it’s worth, perhaps, being more straightforward, trying to engage other countries on the basis of the reality that exists.”

    I still don’t know who this woman is or what she’s done with the real Hillary. But, then again, I don’t care. This one can stay.

  4. Admin,

    My fingers are crossed that Dodd among many other dimwitted dims who are coming up for reelection lose…lose…lose…

  5. What the heck is m.o. wearing???

    dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1166336/First-Ladys-fashion-sense-falters-Michelle-Obama-Sarah-Brown-meet-day-G20-summit.html

  6. Mr. Obama and his team are busily scrubbing President George W. Bush’s national security lexicon, if not necessarily all of his policies
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    Not necessarily all his policies?? more weasel words from a news organization that is so compromised by its own lies that it cannot tell the truth anymore without qualifying it to the point of irrelevance. This is tribute that vice pays to virtue. The New York Times.

  7. World leaders must not use the current economic crisis as a pretext to cut back on aid to the world’s poorest, former US President Bill Clinton said Thursday.

    Clinton was speaking at the EU parliament in Brussels while G20 leaders in London ordered a huge economic rescue package, including hundreds of billions of dollars for the IMF and a pledge to spend five trillion dollars on the world economy by the end of 2010.

    “I support my secretary of state, we can’t walk away from the world,” said Clinton, referring to his wife Hillary Clinton.
    —————————————–
    Wise words. If the have nations ignore them they will turn the have not nations into a petrie dish for terrorism.

  8. From admin above, “The most startling news of the day came from the New York Times. The New York Times, stepping into Big Pink shoes, went behind the curtain and discussed Obama’s bamboozling words, words, words:

    That link to the NY Times article had this little gem:

    Indeed, for all the shifting words, Mr. Obama has left the bulk of Mr. Bush’s national security architecture intact so far. He has made no move to revise the Patriot Act or the eavesdropping program. He has ordered Guantánamo to be closed in a year but has not turned loose all the prisoners. The troop buildup in Afghanistan resembles the one Mr. Bush ordered in Iraq two years ago.
    &&&&&&&&

    We here at Big Pink are not surprised at obama’s “say one thing to get elected, do completely otherwise once in power” attitude.

    We saw it coming, because our eyes were open.

    Misinformed, underinformed, and uninformed voters didn’t bother to critique the candidate. Hopium dazed supporters saw in Obama what they wanted to see. Slowly, those willing to confront reality can start to open those lazy eyelids. The first step to correcting a problem is to admit it exists.

    Admin, nice job pulling together these ideas.

    A little too good of a job, for just one person, if you ask me… How many people is “admin”??? If just one, when do they eat, and are you getting enough rest, and do you take your vitamins, and did you remember to put on a sweater because you’ll catch a death of a cold outside. :^)

  9. Rgb44hrc, sweaters are great but not Mary Todd type sweaters.

    We might as well further startle and infuriate the Hopium addled by reposting this sweater related reply to JanH from the previous article:

    JanH, those outfits, including Brown’s, are horrid. The Mail article is very funny. Brown’s dress is too tight and ill fitting. Mary Todd’s is an embarrassment – of note because she advertises herself as a fashion icon. Fashion icon wannabees should also learn to wear heels if they are going to wear heels. Mary Todd reminds us (particularly in her official portrait wherein her fingers on a table keep her from toppling over) of the 1950s science fiction mess here:

  10. admin,

    the color alone looks awful on m.o. not to say that every once in a while she actually dresses appropriately, but I can’t understand the comparisons being made to Jackie O.

  11. I’m sooooo happy to read about Dodd’s problems. But I’m wondering WHEN karma’s gonna catch up with BO and whether it will be in time to save the US!

    About the blue-woman group – absolutely HIDEOUS! And it’s it just me or does MO’s sweater look like she missed a buttonhole or is that a deliberate asymmetrical fashion statement??????

    She is just so embarrassing! And her bad style sense seems to be contagious. What’s with Tina’s black tights?

  12. The British are pretty funny in their commentary re: MO and Mrs. Brown’s fashion faux pas. Both outfits are awful and ill fitting. They both looked much better yesterday.

  13. Via HillBuzz, this startling video of Obama bowing to Saudi Arabia’s monarch. Since the American revolution Americans do not bow to monarchs – respect yes, bowing no.

    (watch Obama bow and scrape – 58 seconds in):

  14. I’m sorry but if the American are not pissed off that their leader just bowed down to the king, whose country spawned practically all the bombers that took part in the 9/11 attacks, then frankly, i wash my hands of them.

  15. Quote of the day from a republican on another site…..

    Hmmmm…

    To Prime Minister Gordon Brown: “Here’s a bunch of DVDs that won’t work in your player.”

    To the Queen of England: “Here’s an iPod with movies of you on it, even though you already have an iPod and probably don’t want to watch footage of yourself.”

    To the Saudi King: “I bow at your feet, your Majesty.”

  16. Jan, thats just not a protocol fluf, thats like a great big What the Fuck are you doing, it just slapped the face of every family that lost people to islamic terrorism and he just signalled to the whole Middle East that he is subserviant to the King of Saudi Arabia.

    I mean this is not just a fluff, this is a major international embarrassment.

  17. Yes, bow to the oil barons, those who secretly funded the 9/11 attackers.

    No, don’t bother with learning protocol about our closest ally.

    Didn’t I read somewhere that BOMO brushed up on etiquette before meeting the Queen? If so, who is in charge of prepping the Boy King for such important engagements? Who is advising, or not overruling, him when he makes completely insulting decisions like returning Winston Churchill’s bust.

    “Uh, um, we’re returning it. We weren’t sure if it was overdue, and we’d get charged 10 cents a day”.

    Somebody “handler” at that point should say: “Sir, I know your intentions are good, but maybe sending Winston’s bust back might be taken the wrong way. If there isn’t enough room for it in your office, I have room in mine”.

  18. I hope Dodd gets his arsh kicked out of the senate, as far as I am concerned it could not have happened to a nicer guy, now for Pooplosi, and Kerry they have to be next.

    That idiot in chief bowing to Saudi, just like GW holding hands with him. DISGUSTING!
    BO sure did not bow to the Queen, he is an embarassment.

  19. JanH Says:

    April 2nd, 2009 at 5:27 pm
    Ditto, Moon. How many protocol flubs does that make now???
    &&&&&&&&&&

    The Cray supercomputer is trying to keep up, but it’s started to heat up and smoke…”Meps, meps, too many calculations!!!”

  20. moon,

    I didn’t mean to minimize his barbaric actions. Just tired of him making an idiot of himself. I’m not sure who prepped him for this job, but he needs to step down asap and go back to being a nonexperienced non-working dim.

  21. That bow made me ill. Contrast that sweeping low obesiance with the polite little head nod he gave the freaking Queen of England.

    Admin: We are startled that they are startled.

    Any fool could have seen this coming, if the BIg Media and blogger boobs had actually LOOKED at and LISTENED to this man and his history, rather than seeing who could fluff his pillow with more zeal, so as to prove they were enlightened and not racists.

  22. And this came from the WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE, so the Hopium addled are sure to blame Hillary:

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/04/02/an_unusual_press_briefing.html

    We were excited about this e-mail yesterday from the White House press office.

    Subject: ADVISORY: NATO Summit Briefing Call Today
    Today at 1:30PM BST, we will hold an on-the-record briefing call with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security Advisor Jim Jones to discuss the NATO summit. The call will be embargoed until 5AM BST//12AM EST Friday.
    WHEN: Thursday, April 2nd at 1:30PM BST
    DIAL-IN:
    United States: (800) 398-9388
    International: (612) 332-0720
    Audio from the conference call will be piped into the press file at the Thistle Marble Arch. Please note that questions will only be taken from media members who dial into the call.

    But when we called the 800 number, a very alluring woman’s voice intoned (click through for audio): “Do you have any hidden desires? Well, if you feel like getting nasty then you came to the right place.”

    Sure didn’t sound like Clinton. And it definitely wasn’t Jones. The White House said it later corrected the number, which had been mistyped.

    “A transcript will be distributed when ready following the call,” the advisory promised.

    Can’t wait.

  23. Dimocrats beware how you vote.A sitting POTUS has issued a warning that he and his people are keeping score on the Dems that vote against him on any issue that he pushes forward.The Emperor has spokenThis,Americans is what you face in your futures.Empty out Guantanamo and put him in it for safety’s sake.
    Get ready Hillary we are keeping the Oval Office ready for you in 2012 if not much sooner.Buyers remorse is picking up and he is in a panic and loose tongue syndrome has set in.

    By ABM90 Keep up the great blogs folks we may soon be the only source of truth available in the days ahead.

  24. Sorry been away and not online so much, we got burgled a few weeks back and lost both our laptops, bastards wrecked the place, so I been a little preoccupied.

    I’m back though now and as i can see, Obama still racking up the dopiness on an epic scale.

  25. In the NY district 20 race, Republican Tedisco is winning. The new numbers come from recounting the voting machine results not from as yet not counted absentee ballots.

    http://www.politickerny.com/2903/tedisco-now-leading-12

    As voting machines are re-canvassed, Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco has picked up 37 votes, evaporating Democrat Scott Murphy’s lead in the race to replace Kirsten Gillibrand in Congress, according to county election officials who are conducting a recanvass.

    Tedisco now has 77,236; Murphy has 77,224.

    Tedisco trailed by 25 votes yesterday after a recanvass in Columbia County. Elections workers in Rensselaer, Dutchess, Columbia and Otsego counties looked over their tallies today. Other counties will do so in the coming days.

    Murphy led on election night by 59 votes.

    Larry Bugbee, one of the commissioners of the Rensselaer County Board of Elections said that during a recanvass of machines today, Tedisco picked up 15 votes. Bugbee said machines in the towns of Hoosick, Schaghticoke and Brunswick will be recanvassed tomorrow.

    David Gamache, a commissioner in Dutchess County said Tedisco gained 22 votes. All the machines are impounded.

    Otsego’s recanvass resulted in no changes. Columbia County will report tomorrow morning.

    Paper ballots are impounded until an April 6 court hearing.

  26. whats your guess the person writing it has been using that porn number and just subconciously wrote it instead…..

  27. HI Moon, haven’t talked to you in a while, sorry for your loss of property.

    I personally think Hillary has a traitor in the mix. Someone there to make her look kind of bad once in a while, like that reset button and now this!! I smell a rat!

  28. of course confloyd, Obama I am sure has put a spy in the mix somewhere but no doubt Hillary probably knows this and will give them enough rope to hang themselves with.

  29. Oh, and BTW, may I just add that I think Bill is so cleverly subtle, and I LOVE BIG DAWG! WOOOOF!

    Okay, carry on.

  30. yes well, robbers and burgulary certainly dont make you feel good, its the personal things and the fact someone has been through your private property.

  31. HillaryForTexas, that is what is so amazing and laughter inducing. Bill and Hillary do and say these things right out in the open and the Hopium addled don’t even get it. Republicans never understood Bill and Hillary either.

  32. Hi moononpluto,
    sorry about your problems. I’d be lost without my pc. i hope you had a desktop, as well.

    admin, great news about tedisco. not that i know all that much about him but anyone who can give the bo party a kick in the a$$ is welcome in my book. i’m in greene county but haven’t heard much about the results here.

    bo bowing to the saudis is nauseating. it’s like he nad his crew have amnesia about 911. any american woman who is not worried about the islamic stance on us is out of her mind. now that karzai has relegalized marital ‘rape’ and portions of sharia law any additional kowtowing to the arabs flips me out.

  33. Those outfits, Ouch!

    Notice how mo is standing. Girlfriend needs some serious wakeup calls.

    The other one forgot to look in the mirror after she got dress.

  34. Has the press said anything about the bowing? I couldn’t believe he did that.

    Moon: Sorry about the burgulary. It can make one feel very violated.

  35. I try not to overpost here but women’s rights are a particular sore spot for me. From Marie Coco’s article about Karzai’s reimposition of anti-woman law.
    ‘It was only a few years ago that Laura Bush, who normally shied from causes that could be considered controversial, took up their banner. “The brutal oppression of women is a central goal of the terrorists,” the first lady said in a radio address shortly after President Bush launched the U.S-led invasion to overthrow the Taliban following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “The plight of women and children in Afghanistan is a matter of deliberate human cruelty, carried out by those who seek to intimidate and control.”
    ********************************************************<
    That was then. This is now: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has just signed a law that forces women to obey their husbands’ sexual demands, keeps women from leaving the house — even for work or school — without a husband’s permission, automatically grants child custody rights to fathers and grandfathers before mothers, and favors men in inheritance disputes and other legal matters. In short, the law again consigns Afghan women to lives of brutal repression.
    Among other provisions, it guarantees that married men can have sex once every four nights and wives must submit. In effect, it legalizes marital rape.
    ******************************************************************
    Afghanistan’s women are, apparently, the latest casualty of the Obama administration’s tilt toward realpolitik

  36. HillaryforTexas Says:

    April 2nd, 2009 at 6:13 pm
    Hi neeta! *waves* Haven’t seen you around a lot.

    ———————————————————-

    Hi there

    I have been popping in and out. It is tax season have been really busy. Can’t wait until April 14th.

    April 15th i will not be working. I will be downtown on Public Square for the Tea Party

  37. Am I alone in the belief that the flagrant insults with regards to the gifts were intentional. His fans pay zero respect to history and experience. So insulting the Queen of England isn’t a far stretch from what his minions did to a former first lady and sitting US Senator. No respect. Little do they know respect is an earned thing. Today yahoo had a bit about 9 people costing the state of texas nearly 9 million. Had anyone listenned then we wouldn’t be were we are now with regards to health care.

  38. Obama the big loser at the G20

    by Norman Spector

    He came looking for an international agreement to pursue stimulus measures, convinced that the approach he’s pursuing domestically is the way to end the global economic crisis. In the weeks leading up to the summit, his officials had already backed off their demand for a commitment to a specific figure; namely, the IMF recommendation of 2 per cent of GDP.

    Still, arriving in London, U.S. President Obama was quite isolated. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was sympathetic, but the Governor of the Bank of England had already warned the Labour government that it was out of fiscal running room and that a visit from the IMF was just around the corner.

    As the OECD reported this week, Canada does have fiscal room to pursue further stimulus measures. And, aside from his own objectives related to the regulation of financial institutions, Prime Minister Stephen Harper tried to help Mr. Obama. The reality, however, is that Canada has very limited clout at these meetings.

    In the end, Mr. Obama had to give way – principally to French and German objections. Worse, from the American point of view, the stimulus that was agreed to at the meeting is particularly costly for U.S. taxpayers.

    Special Drawing Rights – or SDRs are they are known in the jargon – are essentially pieces of paper printed by the IMF that can be exchanged for real money. In practice, they are loans to developing countries that are rarely paid back. They won’t show up as part of the U.S. budgetary deficit, but there is a real cost to taxpayers who must pay the interest costs that Washington incurs to finance SDRs for use by other countries.

    Politicians being politicians, the G20 leaders were looking in London for a way to reflate the global economy with the least political cost to themselves. Nations being nations, each was looking to minimize its budgetary deficit and allow others to do the heavy lifting in turning around the economy. For both reasons, Barack Obama emerges as the big loser of this meeting – which is not an auspicious launching pad for the NATO meeting that begins tomorrow.

    theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090402.WBSpector20090402123910/WBStory/WBSpector

  39. ‘Am I alone in the belief that the flagrant insults with regards to the gifts were intentional’

    imho it’s a combination of stupidity, ignorance, spite, arrogance and propoganda.
    BO is trying to remake the US according to his vision which means suppressing the past, historical precedent, pre-BO heros and sheros . . .if he could, i have no doubt he’d proclaim himself emperor of the world and restart the calendar. he agrees with the brazilian presidents remarks that the worlds’s problems are the result of policies insituted by blue-eyed whites.

    he insults the queen the same way he insulted hrc – he thumbs his nose at the constitution. and if we’re not careful, he’ll replace our laws with those of his own. i’ve also noticed he’s especially vicious against white women.

  40. Obama bows to Saudi king
    Greeting called ‘most unbecoming for president of the United States’

    April 02, 2009

    President Obama greeted the king of Saudi Arabia with a full bow from the waist yesterday, a move one commentator described as a violation of protocol and not worthy of the office he holds.

    “I am quite certain that this is not the protocol, and is most unbecoming a President of the United States,” writes Clarice Feldman in an American Thinker commentary.

    The situation developed as leaders of the world attending the G20 summit in London assembled for a photograph to mark the event.

    The U.S. State Department’s office of protocol did not respond to a WND request for the proper etiquette for two heads of state meeting, but the online Travel Etiquette website for Saudi Arabia said handshakes are common greetings between members of the same sex.

    “You should expect to undertake a considerable amount of small talk, and learning a few Arabic greetings would be well received. Saudis will stand closer to each other than many westerners are used to, and members of the same sex will often touch arms when postulating or emphasizing a point. You should not draw away from this as it would be considered rude and rejecting. Be aware that due to the conservative nature of Saudi Arabian society, it is not considered proper etiquette for men and women to greet each other in public,” the site advises. “It is proper etiquette to refer to a royal as Your Highness, and any members of the government ministries as Your Excellency,” it said.

    Many of the proper procedures for meeting royalty are set by the British monarchy, since its members carry probably the highest royal profile around the world today. The website for the British queen advises men who are from the United Kingdom to provide a neck bow (from the head only) “whilst women do a small curtsy. Other people prefer simply to shake hands in the usual way.”

    “On presentation to The Queen, the correct formal address is ‘Your Majesty’ and subsequently ‘Ma’am’,” the site advises.

    ABC reported Obama and his wife, Michelle, were less formal meeting Queen Elizabeth II earlier this week, when they exchanged handshakes. The queen briefly touched Michelle Obama on the back, and she returned the contact. Pundits were surprised, since in 1992 Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating was criticized when he put his arm around the queen in violation of a general “no-touch” rule regarding royalty.

    But the traditional Miss Manners book of etiquette advises: “One does not bow or curtsy to a foreign monarch because the gesture symbolizes recognition of her power over her subjects.”

    worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=93696

  41. # JanH Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    What the heck is m.o. wearing???

    dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1166336/First-Ladys-fashion-sense-falters-Michelle-Obama-Sarah-Brown-meet-day-G20-summit.html
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    early this morning that article had a different title…….something about “fluff”?? i can’t quite remember now
    but it definately had the word “fluff” in it LMAO!

    I think it was something like ” first lady’s fashion fluffies”?? LMAO

    I guess obama didn’t like that and made them change the title

  42. Moon, sorry to hear about your loss. Unfortunately, the dude behind the desk right now isn’t going to make us any safer.

    Bowing to those barbaric bastards. HE HAS forgot about 9/11. Look at all the new kinky phrases they have come up with .. overseas contigency, man made disasters .. or whatever the hell they are saying. This just belies normal speak.

    What’s he gonna call them when they attack us again and kill more of us. Will he bow to their monarch again.

    HE IS NOT WORTHY TO HOLD THE OFFICE. It’s obvious that he is not taking anything the handlers tell him to heart. There is protocol and he is representing all of America. HE SHOULD BE ASHAMED BUT I KNOW IT IS BENEATH HIM.

  43. I had to go hunt that gaffe photo of MEschelle. Gawd she looks hideous.

    Also, all the Yahoo headlines are trying to soften the damage she done by touching the Queen. Using words like “she charmed” “hugs the queen”. Softball. How am I going to make it through till the next election. I just cannot stand either one of them.

  44. ADMIN…you are on a roll…keep educating the ‘addled’ and brainwashed…

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    Love our Bill…and our Hill…also from time to time try to stop in at Madame Secretary/Hill.foreign press and give Hill her props…they often try to slip in slights at Hill…very calculating and deceptive at times, but usually have great photos of Hillary….I go on the S-Angeltour there…

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    btw…that lawyer website you refer to opened up a discussion on MO’s wardrobe and I happen to add my two blunt cents which of course were censored and not printed…the female end of that site that is/was so obsessed with Palin and could not control her relentless daily attacks is very protective of BO/MO…

    …such PINOS make me laugh…last year was a ‘startling’ eye opener…the height of hypocrisy and contradictions…very ‘selective’ progressives, as long as it fits with their agenda and their ‘side’

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  45. Why is anybody surprised that he bowed to the Saudi King:

    Who helped fund his camapaign?

    Who – consciously or sub-consciusly – thinks himself as aprt of the moslem brother bood?

    Oh yeah!!!! you got it…It is the TOTUS

  46. I can’t believe the idiot bowed to the King of Saudi, OMG, who in the heck is advising the idiot from the hood when, how, what to do as a head of State. Maybe the two idiots think they know everything and need not be advised, we shall see what the folks say come 2012.

  47. OMG!! BLAGO INDITED!!!

    get the popcorn and fasten your seat belts kids….. blago is sure to put on a very informative show!!! 😀

  48. Maybe, BO and MO are not listening to their advisors. How else does one account for this blatant faux pas? A child knows that the POTUS does not bow from the waist to a sovereign power.

  49. Obama bows to Saudi king
    Greeting called ‘most unbecoming for president of the United States’
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    Privately, he got on his knees.

  50. although admin has already reported this, I love the last comment by Burton in this article:

    White House Corrects Conference Call Number After Directing Reporters to Sex Line

    In a press release, the White House accidentally listed a phone sex number for journalists seeking an “on-the-record briefing call with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security Advisor Jim Jones to discuss the NATO summit.”

    Journalists seeking to talk a little foreign policy with high-profile Obama administration officials live from the G20 meetings in London this week were solicited for phone sex instead after ringing up the toll-free number given by the White House. In a press release, the White House accidentally listed a sex line number for journalists seeking an “on-the-record briefing call with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security Advisor Jim Jones to discuss the NATO summit.”

    But after dialing, a soft-voiced female recording that was clearly not Clinton asked for a credit card number if you “feel like getting nasty.”

    After several efforts to make sure that the phone number was correctly dialed, a call to the White House resulted in a corrected press release. “If you are having trouble dialing into the call, please try this number as an alternative,” and listed the international line included for reporters abroad to dial.

    By this time, the conference call was already under way.

    Asked for comment about this mishap, Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton responded: “A corrected phone number on a press release is probably one of the stupider things FOX News has covered lately.”

    foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/04/02/white-house-corrects-toll-free-number-mishap/

  51. House Passes Obama’s $3.5 Trillion Spending Plan: Party-Line Vote Permits Work to Begin on President’s Key Agenda Items

    By Lori Montgomery
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, April 2, 2009; 7:23 PM

    Congressional Democrats overwhelmingly embraced President Obama’s ambitious and expensive agenda for the nation this evening, endorsing a $3.5 trillion spending plan that sets the stage for the president to pursue his most far-reaching priorities.

    The House voted 233 to 196, along party lines, to approve a streamlined version of Obama’s budget request that would trim his spending proposals for the fiscal year that begins in October and curtail his plans to cut taxes. But it would permit work to begin on the central issues of Obama’s presidency: an expansion of health care coverage for the uninsured, more money for college loans and a cap-and-trade system to reduce gases that contribute to global warming.

    Senate leaders predicted that a similar version of the budget blueprint would win approval in that chamber around midnight. If so, the two measures would then move to a House-Senate conference committee, where the harder work of implementing Obama’s goals would begin. While Democrats have sanctioned the president’s vision for transforming huge sectors of the economy, they remain fiercely divided over the details. There is no agreement, for example, on how to pay for a costly overhaul of the health care system, and there is no consensus on how to spend the vast sums that could be generated if the government forces industry to effectively buy permits to pollute.

    “Democrats in the House and, I think, the Senate are shoulder to shoulder with the president in trying to make the big decisions we need to make in this country,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). But, he said, “Hammering out the details will require everyone to roll up their sleeves.”

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/02/AR2009040203473.html

  52. S Says:

    April 2nd, 2009 at 7:41 pm

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    Woah! You didn’t warn us that we would have to look at that godawful teal dress again…lol…

  53. U.S. eases accounting rules as G20 acts

    Thu Apr 2, 2009
    By Toni Clarke and David Ljunggren

    BOSTON/LONDON (Reuters) – World leaders agreed on Thursday to tighten financial regulations and increase funding for poor nations, while a U.S. accounting body moved to ease rules for banks that forced billions of dollars of writedowns.

    Optimism that G20 leaders meeting in London will find ways to temper the economic crisis drove stocks higher, overshadowing disappointment over a smaller-than-expected interest rate cut by the European Central Bank and data showing a sharp jump in U.S. jobless claims.

    As world leaders were meeting to find solutions to the financial crisis, the U.S. Financial Accounting Standards Board moved to give banks more flexibility in valuing troubled assets. The changes, to take effect in the second quarter, could reduce writedowns and soften blows to bank earnings.

    The Dow Jones industrial average gained 3.2 percent while the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose 3.3 percent. Shares in Europe and Japan also rose.
    The gains came even as the number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless benefits rose to their highest level in more than 26 years last week and the European Central Bank cut its main financing rate by half an expected 50 basis points to 1.25 percent.

    The moves by the Group of 20 major developed and emerging economies, combined with expected easing of accounting regulations for U.S. banks, gave investors a modicum of comfort.
    “It’s also the symbolism of the G20 that there will be coordinated efforts to stimulate the world economy,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Harris Private Bank in Chicago.

    In London’s heavily guarded Docklands region, world leaders were set to triple the war chest of the International Monetary Fund to fight the worst economic crisis since the 1930s and impose new curbs on financial markets, monetary sources said.

    continued at:

    uk.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUKTRE5315IA20090402?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0

  54. For the above bill to have passed strictly along party lines the blue dog coalition would have to have collapsed. The reference to trimming costs is superfulous. A few billion off a 3.5 billion dollar budget is superfulous. They should have save the effort and just rubber stamped it. This makes every blue dog vulnerable in his district. They are more afraid of the chicago thugs than the voters. These people are a nauesating group of cowards. If the voters reelect these theives and their accomplices they should have their heads examined. This sets things up nicely for 2010, when none of this prolifergate spending solves our economic problem. Wrong spending bill, in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

  55. Thats right he bowed to his fellow muslim that just happens to be a king, but he truly hates older white women. Geez, do we have to be punished because he hates his mother.

  56. Why would anyone expect individuals who sat in a church for more than ten years which attacked the anglican heritage of the US to exhibit the proper decorum given to a dignity of another country. They did not err they meant each and every slight and action. As a citizen I’d probably shun a queen but as a representative of a people he does not have that luxury. has HRC issued a response to the deliberate actions of waffles?

  57. Wbboei, there are some bright spots which indicate that the Blue Dogs might have something up their collective sleeves.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0409/20789.html

    But the victory for President Barack Obama could prove hollow, especially in the Senate, and Republicans are betting that the president’s very activism will work against him as he takes ownership of more and more difficult economic issues. [snip]

    Some of this nervousness already seemed evident Wednesday night in a Senate fight over how to proceed on Obama’s climate change legislation. On two successive votes, one as large as 67-31, a solid bipartisan coalition blocked efforts by liberal environmental interests wanting to use expedited budget procedures to circumvent Senate filibuster rules on cap-and-trade revenue provisions.

    The defeat raises the stakes further for health care reform as the big remaining prize for the White House in the budget debate. And to a remarkable degree, Obama has been willing to blur the lines between himself and fellow Democrats to help move the process forward with this goal in mind.

    The House resolution, brought to the floor Wednesday night, instructs health and tax committees to act on the issue no later than Sept. 29 and would trigger the very same expedited process rejected by the Senate in the case of climate change legislation.

    The administration and Democratic allies hope to see this language included in the final budget resolution that emerges from House-Senate talks in the coming weeks.

  58. admin,

    forgot to mention that I love that you posted the clip from the 50 ft woman…lol…so appropriate!

  59. Wbboei, if they turn out to be the nauseating cowards we all suspect them to be they will be in trouble in 2010. As today’s article notes, Dodd and Specter are already in trouble.

  60. Jan-wonderful article you posted by Norman Spector highlighting Obamas failure of leadership at G-20. Isolated, alone, seeking a global stimulus plan no one would agree to, outmaneuvered by the Germans and French and forced to agree to a bailout plan through the IMF which will be even more costly to taxpayers (SDRs), while big media proclaims how great he is. Which begs only one question . . . .

    How do you measures success? Oh, . . . . ah, er, that. Well, he met the Queen, acted like a buffoon, slummed around with lame duck gordo, bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia as subjects customarily do, furnished an all expenses paid by the taxpayers vacation to 500 staff people who had never seen London before, eased accounting rules on banks to facilitate more fraud in re, troubled assets, channeled reporters anxious to discuss g-20 events to a phone sex line, underwhelmed foreign leaders with his forensic skills, let them see what a touchable god feels like and played the propped up fool so big media could prop him up and tell everyone how great he is. As his Chicago cronie banking buddy says: the symbolism here is important.

    The way most people measure success is not nearly so complicated. They ask two basic questions: first what were your goals going into the meeting, and second, did you achieve those goals as a result of the meeting. The answer here is simple: he failed to achieve his goals, and failed to exert decisive leadership over the process, in contradistinction to what the United States has done ever since World War II. Granted, it is more complicated now, but even so he had advantages that no one else had going in, including but not limited to the largest economy in the world, the reserve currency, a legacy of US leadership but notwithtanding these advantages he managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and emerge as the big loser of G-20. Nato is next and then its time for another well earned vacation.

  61. Just got a look at ME-schelle’s clothes for the first time.

    Wonder why she has this propensity for rear end expanding, full skirted house dresses that she throws a sweater on top of.

    Back during the depression, there are pics of women down south with the same look except without the sparkles and without the can can skirts.

  62. Admin: thanks for the subtle insight here. I had missed it in my research and do agree it is important, and quite possibly a tell on where this thing is going. The blue dogs are the ones who have the interests of the country clearly in mind, and for that reason it is important that they not fail. Dont get me wrong, there are good republicans too, but they lost my respect when they did not stand up to Bush. That said, I did like their budget proposal, as a rallying point at a future time–the path not taken when the dim budget proves ineffectual and disasterous.

  63. wbboei,

    unfortunately the G20 mobsters are trying to pat each other on the backs and for the most part, those media morons are going along with it. Spector always tells it straight.

  64. wbboei, I know so many Democrats who got furious because they personally knew Republicans who were well aware that Bush was absolutely wrong, and could not for the life of them understand why few would stand up and oppose him.

    But now, are they any different? Are THEY the ones making excuses for a dangerous power-grabbing disaster of a president, just because he has a “D” beside his name? They are NO BETTER than the spineless “moderate” Republicans who they raked over the coals as cowards for failing their country in a time of need, simply from party loyalty.

  65. Let me add: I will always and ever cleave to my Democratic principles. That is a far different thing than cleaving to the party brand.

    It is precisely my Democratic principles that COMPEL me to oppose this “Democratic” president.

  66. Few Funds Are Eligible For Geithner’s Public-Private Partnership

    Joe Weisenthal
    Apr. 2, 2009,

    Have you downloaded the form yet to apply for the public-private partnership? The Treasury is offering great terms, you may have heard.

    Well, it’s probably just as well that you haven’t. You probably won’t be eligible. The entry requirements pretty much rule out all but the biggest and most well-connected. It’s not just that you have to have $10 billion in assets under management — a lot of funds have that — but you have to be managing at least $10 billion of a specific asset type.

    As WSJ notes, several big firms won’t be eligible:

    Hedge Fund Intelligence recently estimated total assets under management at Avenue Capital Group at $16.4 billion, King Street Capital at $15.8 billion, Fortress Investment Group at $13.7 billion, and Elliott Associates at $12.8 billion. Presumably, the portion of these portfolios devoted to toxic assets is significantly smaller. “It’s difficult to imagine why most firms would even bother to apply now,” one hedge fund manager told us.

    What’s this mean for the future of the plan? You guessed it. Another payout for a few preferred players.

    The new details simply suggest that Geithner wants to avoid a bidding war between “PIMROCK” and other hedge funds. This clearly helps “PIMROCK”.

    Ironically, this helps taxpayers too as the smaller number of bidders, the less taxpayer risk there is.

    The Big Boy’s Club

    Remember that banks can refuse the bids. And remember that the big boys involved are all aligned in one goal: To dump $500 billion of toxic assets on to unsuspecting taxpayers to bailout both the banks and the bondholders.

    The whole scheme is not really a bidding process at all but rather backroom political dealing by the “Good Ole Boys” on how to split the pie.

    businessinsider.com/few-funds-are-eligible-for-geithners-public-private-partnership-2009-4

  67. wbboei, I know so many Democrats who got furious because they personally knew Republicans who were well aware that Bush was absolutely wrong, and could not for the life of them understand why few would stand up and oppose him.

    But now, are they any different? Are THEY the ones making excuses for a dangerous power-grabbing disaster of a president, just because he has a “D” beside his name? They are NO BETTER than the spineless “moderate” Republicans who they raked over the coals as cowards for failing their country in a time of need, simply from party loyalty.
    ————————–
    HillaryforTexas: I wrote them off in a prior blog as succumbing to the Chicago thug and throwing their constituents under the bus. Then it was pointed out to me that the environmental vote signals that the resistance is there, and may yet make its voice heard despite the ubiqitious threats. If they do that then they are better than the republicans who lacked the courage to intercede. I am an independent voter and feel that neither party is on the side of the American People. Gingrich is now making noises about conservatives pulling out of the Republican Party in 2012 because that party too is too tied to the global financial and manufacturing interests. If these politicians want to survive then they had better listen to their constituents.

  68. unfortunately the G20 mobsters are trying to pat each other on the backs and for the most part, those media morons are going along with it. Spector always tells it straight
    ——————————–
    It is understandable that the G20 mobsters would pretend that this was a success. Most of them are riding low in the polls and have domestic populations who are anxious to know that something constructive is being done to rectify the economic problem. It is a year and a half before the 2010 election in this country. A lot of time for the economic situation to get worse as it almost certainly will. The trap is closing around Bambi.

  69. wbboei, it has long been my contention that if the Republicans could drag themselves out of the 19th century on social issues, stress TRUE fiscal responsibility without the crony ties, and balance personal responsibility with some government responsibility for giving opportunity to the poorest, they would be almost unstoppable. Even if they only did the first one, they’d be dangerous.

    Of course, I’d prefer if the Dems did all that first. We did it with Bill, but it’s been a circus since then.

  70. MoonOnPluto.. sorry to hear of your misfortune. Happy you are back posting again..

    Also, I am as upset as you are at Obama waist bow to the Saudi, King. The news papers should crucify him for that gesture… It just isn’t done and is considered an insult to the American people.

    How can we ever forget Osama’s video predicting ‘the US will fall from within’..

    If Obama, in light of his handling of our economic crisis, isn’t the essence of a Trojan Horse, I don’t know what it will take for everyone to see him for what he is… a dupe and a banking interest puppet with an allegiance far and away from our country’s best interest.

  71. LMAO! It seems that in addition to video of her majesty’s visit to the US, the Boob included two other things on that iPod:

    His 2004 convention speech, and his inaugural speech. LMAO! My gawd, how narcissistic do you have to be to think the Queen of Freakin’ England wants to watch your bony ass doing your preacher imitation off a teleprompter?

    I have news for you, Bambi, she’s no Obama Girl, she’s an old lady who has seen it all. Her highness actually KNEW John F Kennedy, and Bobby too. I doubt she’s impressed with your schtick.

  72. OMG………did you all see the picture of obama on drudge right now???

    under the headline ” saved the world today”…….. he is pictured giving the “thumbs up”…… i kid you not!!

  73. djia, great pic of the fraud, but did you see Pooplosi’s pic? Her eyebrows are nearly on her hairline!

  74. HillaryforTexas Says:

    April 3rd, 2009 at 12:05 am
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    I was shocked that BO had his speeches and inauguration loaded into the IPOD. The epitome of narcissism and self-absorption. I thought pictures and videos of the Queen’s trip to the U.S. was okay, but to include the other material, is at the least, inappropriate and gauche. What were they thinking? Is anyone talking to them about protocol? Obviously, they are not listening.

  75. # confloyd Says:
    April 3rd, 2009 at 12:15 am

    djia, great pic of the fraud, but did you see Pooplosi’s pic? Her eyebrows are nearly on her hairline!
    *******************

    wouldn’t you love to have all the money her taxidermists has made off her LMAO

  76. HE’S SO RIGHT……but what court would ever listen seeing as they won’t even hear a single case on BHO’s birth certificate

    Our Government Engaged In EXTORTION With Our Banks!

    By Judge Andrew Napolitano
    FOX News Senior Judicial Analyst

    The Federal government committed extortion and they’re not being held accountable. What’s next? Listen to this: I recently met with the Chair and CEO of one of the country’s top 10 bank holding companies. His bank is worth in excess of $250 billion, has no bad debt, no credit default swaps, no liquidity problems, and no subprime loans. He told me that he and others were forced by Treasury and FDIC threats to take TARP funds, even though he did not want or need them.

    There is simply no authority in the U.S. Constitution for Congress to exercise the level of control it now seeks over private industry.

    The FDIC — with Treasury backing — threatened to conduct public audits of his bank unless his board created and issued a class of stock for the Feds to buy. The audit, which he is confident his bank would survive, would cost it millions in employee time, bad press, and consequent lost business.

    He pleaded with the Feds to leave his successful bank alone. He begged his board to let him tell the Feds to take a hike. But they gave in. The Feds are now just a tiny shareholder, but want to begin asserting more and more control. This is a classic extortion: Controlling someone’s free will by threatening to perform a lawful act. (Blackmail is the threat is to perform an unlawful act in order to control someone else’s free will.) There are no exceptions in the statutes prohibiting extortion for government persons

    This happened in September 2008, but the demands for more control are more recent. It sounds to me like Paulson, Geithner, Bernanke, and Sheila Blair have all read a biography of Benito Mussolini. I guess they skipped the last chapter.

    There is simply no authority in the U.S. Constitution for Congress to exercise the level of control it now seeks over private industry. In fact, this level of control will wind up costing the businesses that took TARP (voluntarily or involuntarily) money since they will lose key employees who will go to work elsewhere and because the reporting requirements will take time and time is money. The Constitution basically says that if the government wants to take time or freedom or money from someone or something, it must sue for it. It cannot just give itself the authority to do so via legislation.

    Our liberties are slipping away right before our eyes.

  77. djia, this whole thing is to get rid of the dollar. They first have to have the American down and out and hungry before anything like this could happen. This is an orchestrated effort to have this happen! Obama doesnt care about America, he proved that yesterday by bowing to King Abdullah, so he is the perfect puppet for them power elites to make this happen. They knew Hillary loves her country and its people to much to let this happen to them! She was not selected. They gave her this post to appease us, her 18 million cracks. Well these cracks just might gang up and kick their asses!

  78. “Democrats in the House and, I think, the Senate are shoulder to shoulder with the president in trying to make the big decisions we need to make in this country,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). But, he said, “Hammering out the details will require everyone to roll up their sleeves.”

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/02/AR2009040203473.html

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    Better put their noses to the grindstone, too.

  79. confloyd Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Thats right he bowed to his fellow muslim that just happens to be a king, but he truly hates older white women. Geez, do we have to be punished because he hates his mother.

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

    Or his grandmothers, or both. He didn’t help his aunt. He described his white grandmother negatively in DREAMS (at least once).

  80. turndown, I believe he truly has a problem with powerful women, what do you think??
    The bowing thing has really pist me off, what about all our soldiers that have died so this country bows to no other country??

  81. confloyd Says:
    April 3rd, 2009 at 1:37 am

    turndown, I believe he truly has a problem with powerful women, what do you think??

    ==========

    Alice Miller….

  82. Democrats in the House and, I think, the Senate are shoulder to shoulder with the president in trying to make the big decisions we need to make in this country,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). But, he said, “Hammering out the details will require everyone to roll up their sleeves.”
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    Nice to know there is a brown noser or two in congress. If all the dems voted for this rape of the american taxpayer and all the republicans voted against it, why would butt boy Hollen find it necessary to say all the dems stand shoulder to shoulder with bambi? Is it because they are afraid to turn their backs on him? Will they be saying that a year from now or will they end up under the bus?

  83. By Judge Andrew Napolitano
    FOX News Senior Judicial Analyst
    —————————-
    This guy strikes me as a little bit of a wack job. Is he the one who was saying negative things about Hillary? If so he is another one who is not worth listening to. The guy who really nailed Bambi is Tom Sowell.

  84. Wbboei, this is interesting: the Senate budget resolution passed with no Republicans voting for it. Let’s hope we are all wrong about the Blue Dogs being spineless. But no bets. There’s more here.:

    The House and Senate approved competing $3.5 trillion Democratic budget plans Thursday night, each tracking the priorities of President Barack Obama but also falling short of the bold mandate he could need to move his ambitious agenda through Congress.

    No Republican in either chamber backed the president, but the 233-196 House vote surpassed the size of budget victories for either party over the last decade. And Democrats lost only two of their members on the 55-43 vote in the Senate.

    This unity came with a price, as the leadership first shaved back many of the bolder proposals in the president’s budget——and thereby lessened his momentum going forward.

    The House remains closer to Obama’s agenda, especially in the case of healthcare reform. The Senate resolution is an almost status-quo document when compared with the tax and spending outline the president put forward in February.

    Adopted shortly before midnight, the Senate plan calls for large, unspecified cuts of $221 billion from Obama’s requests for non-defense appropriations over the next five years. Unlike the House, no deadline is set for committee action on healthcare reform. And down to the wire, senators fought a see-saw battle over estate-tax relief even as Democrats never made a firm commitment to the president’s signature “Making Work Pay” tax break targeted to working class families. [snip]

    Final House passage followed the defeat of three competing proposals on the left and right that dramatized the huge political divide still over how to cope with this sea of red ink. [snip]

    For example, Obama’s budget in February pledged to come up with nearly $634 billion in 10-year savings and revenues as a down payment toward health care reform. Nothing like that is spelled out in either the House or Senate resolutions, and on a 59-38 roll call vote Thursday, only one Democrat, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), supported an amendment asking higher-income Medicare beneficiaries to pay more for their prescription drugs — a reform backed by Obama. [snip]

    On a 51-48 roll call, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) narrowly lost control to a coalition of Republicans and centrist Democrats demanding a higher $5 million exemption rate for the estate tax—up from $3.5 million– and a lower maximum rate of 35%, compared to 45% under the budget plan.

  85. Wbboei, this is interesting: the Senate budget resolution passed with no Republicans voting for it. Let’s hope we are all wrong about the Blue Dogs being spineless. But no bets. There’s more here.:
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    Admin: then Spectre, Collins and Snowe did not defect to the Obamamonster this time around. All three of them should be challenged and eliminated in the next primary, for rolling over to him last time. Evidently, Mitch McConnell has got things under control now, finally. I am sure the repatriation of Gregg was helpful in that respect.

    Like you, I remain sceptical that the blue dogs will have the vision and courage to stand their ground. But if they do not, then they must be driven from office and replaced with Republicans. I give them no credit for the budget cuts they negotiated. Compared to the massive 3.5 billion dollar budget, these cuts were a drop in the bucket. What matters more is their failure to challenge Obamaecnomics in two material respects: a bailout plan which robs voters and rewards oligarchs, and a stimulus plan predicated on pork as opposed to legitimate investments which again robs voters and rewards obligarchs.

  86. Dodd really should resign. He is a corrupt public official. For the good of the party, and the county, Chris Dudd should do the right thing and just step down. He makes the party look corrupt, reflects poorly on everybody and has consistently used his public office to enrich himself at taxpayers expense. He is an embarrassment.

  87. Just wanted to mention this, then gotta run today. The man who is running against Dodd was on tv last night. He needs $ to fund his campaign. Out of my love for Hillary I’m planning to hunt him down once I get a minute or to and make a donation to him.

    I’d like to challenge everyone here to contribute. Lets do the 44 numbers again. Even if it’s only $4.44 if we do it in mass we can help him out.

    I’m gonna honor Hillary with a donation and try to oust Dodd who is a Dudd.

  88. More hope for the sane:

    …Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, wants to defuse heady expectations in his party for more gains in next year’s midterm elections after too-close-to-call results in this week’s election for a vacant Democratic seat in New York.

    The Maryland congressman said Wednesday he has personally talked with “certain individuals” from liberal organizations who have begun raising money to finance challenges to centrist Democrats. He warned the efforts threatened to split the party and allow Republicans to pick up seats….

    w w w.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Infighting-could-hurt-Dems-in-2010-party-official-says-42359127.html

  89. What really irritate me is that the msn has all the scoop on the phone sex line in Hillary office mistake, but not a word on Odrama bowing to King Abdullah. I bet that little craphead speechwriter did that somehow or some other little smartass. Thought it would be a funny April fools day joke!

  90. The Maryland congressman said Wednesday he has personally talked with “certain individuals” from liberal organizations who have begun raising money to finance challenges to centrist Democrats. He warned the efforts threatened to split the party and allow Republicans to pick up seats….
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    He has talked to them but there is no way they will listen to a peon like him, believe me.

  91. What really irritate me is that the msn has all the scoop on the phone sex line in Hillary office mistake, but not a word on Odrama bowing to King Abdullah. I bet that little craphead speechwriter did that somehow or some other little smartass
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    I guarantee you the bots were behind this. Their love of bambi and hatred toward Hillary will never change. Which is why they need to be discredited, along with main stream media. The serial gaffs and buffoonery we are seeing from bambi now are as nothing compared to what we will see in the future where he is forced to deal with a real crisis and his teleprompter lets him down. At some point his lack of experience and character will lead to a disaster which the biggest liar in big media cannot hide and temporize over. As noted, g-20 was a failure for him, and given what he needed to accomplish a quiet disaster. His vaunted claim to global leadership was rejected, notwithstanding the relative size of our economy and his one time only ability to tell that audience your hour of redemption is at hand because I am not Bush. When they say that the g-7 nations agreed on a system of oversight do they particlarize what that regulatory system is and whether it will prevent the kind of practices that led to this crisis. The conspicous failure of Bambi to produce support for his socialist scheme and central government philosophy tells the real story here-failure marked by declining world influence in the days ahead. But this is a minor hiccup compared to what lies ahead for the Mr. Audacity of Inexperience. Tom Sowell is always right. If Obama fails, the party, the country and the world will succeed. It is just that simple.

  92. To continue for a moment, when I see the way the republicans have cowtowed to this fraud, I wonder what is the reason behind it. What we are fighting here is an effort establish combine rules at the pinnacle of government, where the two parties work together to enrich themselves and rape the American People. I might be sceptical of this were it not for the fact that this kind of system is not the figment of imagination but does in fact exist in Chicago, and introduced into Washington DC. I believe there is some inducement which has been quietly offered to Crist which has caused him to go wobbly and whatever it is will eventually come out. I am deeply suspicious of this move by the administration to exhonerate stevens, when what they should be doing is seeking a new trial–that is what Holder should be doing if he wants to live up to the oath he took and enforce the law. There is a political angle to this and Holder is well known for bending the law to achieve political goals. The effort here is to carve up turf between the two parties with the corrupt dims in charge and to extact from the taxpayers the greatest vig in history.

  93. confloyd Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    I personally think Hillary has a traitor in the mix. Someone there to make her look kind of bad once in a while, like that reset button and now this!! I smell a rat!
    &&&&&&&&

    Could someone fill me in on what incidents these are in reference to? The latest? The “reset button”.

    No one else can make Hillary look as bad as obama makes himself look bad.

  94. I get the impression that g-20 was a big success for Hillary. You can see from the pictures that while people were laughing under their breathe at the buffoonery of Obama, they were listening closely to what she was saying, and deferring to her leadership. She probably thought this sex line thing was a hoot, and it provided a moment of levity in an otherwise tense proceeding. The real denouemen is that Anglo American capitalism is on the wane now and the forces of global centalization and regulation are on the rise. Other nations will never again defer to leadership that has created this disaster under Bush and perpetuates it on sterioids under Massaobama. A consensus which has existed since world war II is dissipating under the non leadership of Obama and the rise of nation states with the collective power to challenge the old world order.

  95. Hehehehehehe!

    Guess Carla doesn’t like purple lips. Or maybe she doesn’t want to catch his ‘cold.’

    No kissy-poo for booboo.

  96. OMG!!!!!

    I just flicked on FOX in time to see BO’s town hall and he was and responding to questions about ‘carbon footprints’ saying ‘we’ have much bigger carbon footprints then indians.

    what a fooooooollllllllllll! UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    time for the weather channel.

  97. Sorry for this rant but WTF!!!!!!!

    WTF do US stations cover ALLLLL this MF’s ‘TOWN HALL” meetings??????
    This one is from FRANCE!!!!!!!!!!

    I swear i can’t stand it anymore.

    He’s such a swaggering POS with a toned down pimp=walk and arrogant and nasty and #$%$@#@!@#!!!i

  98. In the NY district 20 race, Republican Tedisco is winning. The new numbers come from recounting the voting machine results not from as yet not counted absentee ballots
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    Great news admin. It is more probable than not that the republican will win the seat. I do not know much about this Murphy character, but if I recall correctly he is a multi millionaire business man, and that makes me think of Laughtenberg for some reason. Not a good choice. But the larger issue is the repudiation of a candidate bambi and biden supported and made commercials for. To paraphrase his supposed hero–you can bamboozle some to the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time.

  99. AND!!!!!!

    Hasn’t anyone yet told MO not to go out in public wearing her great-aunt’s couch!

    She looks even more hideous next to the the sleek Bruni then she did next to her bobsie-twin Tina.

  100. I am unconcerned about this sexline business and the reset button stuff. But if either one of these is the work of some confederate in Hillarys camp then we need to know who they are and whom they are working for. This has broader national security ramifications. It is something the FBI should be looking into. People like this are capable of leaking sensitive information. They need to be tried and convicted.

  101. wbboei,

    The 20th is still a toss-up according to local papers with murphy holding a slim 6 vote lead.

    ‘Democrat Scott Murphy leads Republican Jim Tedisco by six votes out of more than 154,000 cast. State Board of Elections spokesman Bob Brehm said reporting Thursday from Dutchess and Warren counties show Tedisco closing the gap. The count is 77,208 for Murphy and 77,202 for Tedisco, Brehm said.

    The state board says nearly 3,000 ballots returned so far are from Republicans; about 2,200 are from Democrats.

    Party registration does not guarantee a party line vote. Most absentee ballots won’t be counted until April 7; Overseas ballots can be returned until April 13.

    Counties also have 940 absentees back from voters not registered as Republican or Democrat.

  102. wbboei,

    ‘To paraphrase his supposed hero–you can bamboozle some to the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time.’

    I want Murphy beat, too, but this is a very conservative area where repubs outnumber dems and gillibrand was considered a centrist dem so if tedisco wins it won’t be a referendum on peoples’ bamboozlement awareness quotient. (IMHO)
    It will be great to deny poopsie another vote.

  103. Basil–I do understand that this is a conservative area we are talking about. But that is the place where the resistance will begin and it will spread from there. I hope that it is bi partisan, because when it comes to the survival of the country which is implicated by the rise of this media darling socio path, we need to be Americans first, and party members second, if at all.

    I think Hillary is digesting the results of this g-20 meeting and playing a game of three dimensional chess on how to advance US interests through this labyrinth of competing interests, with the spectre of world depression and chaos looming in the background, never far from her mind. She has Holbrooke and other very talented people to rely on, and a reservoir of good will among foreign leaders. Bambi and his media circus are a minimal distraction. He is so unfocused and callow that he cannot engage in the merits of strategy beyond the shallow platitudes of the talking points. The contradictions which inhere in any complex problem elude him, but unless they can be reconciled no enduring solution to world problems can be forthcoming.

  104. Good morning all, I will be in and out today

    AOL has a banner story on the phone number mix up. A Day late and a dollar short. People are just not getting the news, they are not getting it in a timely manner.

  105. Townhall meeting campaign stop in France was a farce and resembled a campaign stop by Telebama.Most of the aplause came from young white kids and the blacks that were planted in that seating arrangement.The majority of atendees sat on their hands.The qestions from the audience and his long drawn out time consuming answers witout notes or Tele showed the world what a horrible mistake in allowing this miscarriage to lead our country.He actually did the oposite of what he had promised earlier.He lectured Europe and he will pay the price.
    I just can’t understand how he can attracted so many young and starstruck women other than he portrays the figment of their imagination and a fulfilment of their sexual fantasies to try an Oreo for a change.He has debased our political system and our once proud country.I think he will never survive his first four years of personal self grandisement and his goal to be the the great black hope of the world.Read his lips “Get Used To It Whitey”

    BY ABM90 Hillary,America and the world needs YOU

  106. ONE DAY OLD STORY: “HEY, IT’S STILL FRESH ENOUGH TO EAT”

    In yesterday’s NY Times was this article on our SoS. However, you get the feeling that the Times enjoys highlighting that obama is the alpha dog, with the comments about his plane and the ” her boss” (paragraphs 2 and 3), and paragraph 4 has the “Geithner is more important (at G20)” line.

    So it’s really “served cold”, but then goes on to make the points that we’d make, that she wields power effectively.

    And if you click on the link, there’s a great photo of her as well, flanked by Dumb and Dumber (obama and Geithner). Plus, I didn’t know about the “Hillary Clinton tulip” variety.

    $$$ indicate my comments.

    nytimes.com/2009/04/02/world/europe/02diplo.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

    Lower Profile for Clinton, but Her Influence Rises
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    By MARK LANDLER
    Published: April 1, 2009

    LONDON — For Hillary Rodham Clinton, arriving here on Tuesday night from The Hague was a lesson in the difference between being a supremely important person and just a very important one.

    Mrs. Clinton’s government plane was put into a holding pattern in the skies over Stansted Airport because air traffic had been backed up by Air Force One and other planes carrying world leaders to the economic summit meeting here. Once on the ground, her blue-and-white Boeing 757 taxied past President Obama’s much larger 747, parking at a respectful distance.

    $$$ Alpha dog obama. Ruff, ruff (pee…..)
    $$$ BTW, how much is this “huge entourage” costing the US Taxpayer to puff up BO/MO??? When the Clintons were the top two, I know they conducted themselves with much more humility. With obama, you get a, ahem, alleged “Democrat”, but with all the Look At Me crap that W. gave us for 8 yrs.

    After jetting around the world for the last two months as the chief emissary of the United States — conferring with presidents, announcing diplomatic overtures and getting rapturous receptions from Indonesia to Turkey — Mrs. Clinton has abruptly become a foot soldier again, in a squad led by her boss.

    $$$ Yes, keep trying to undercut her…

    The secretary of state is not even the president’s most important lieutenant at the Group of 20 meeting. That distinction goes to Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, who is responsible for the economic issues under discussion here and will serve as Mr. Obama’s right hand.

    $$$ The right hand does not know what the teleprompter head doesn’t know.

    Mrs. Clinton spent Wednesday accompanying Mr. Obama to meetings with Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Britain, President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia and President Hu Jintao of China. Six weeks ago, Mr. Hu received Mrs. Clinton in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

    The administration’s hierarchy was also on vivid display last week, when Mrs. Clinton flew home from Mexico late Thursday, so she could stand wordlessly behind Mr. Obama at the White House as he presented his Afghanistan policy on Friday. She then flew right to Texas to pick up an award from Planned Parenthood.

    $$$ And if she tried to speak up, you’d condone her for “not knowing her place”, or “making a spectacle of herself”.

    In The Hague, where Mrs. Clinton attended a conference on Afghanistan, she even took a back seat — in visibility, if not in substance — to one of her subordinates, Richard C. Holbrooke, the administration’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Mr. Holbrooke managed to grab a few words during a lunch break with an Iranian diplomat, marking the first face-to-face encounter of the Obama administration with the Iranian regime. It was the headline of the day, and Mrs. Clinton found herself confirming Mr. Holbrooke’s coup.

    Aides to Mrs. Clinton said she encouraged the meeting, largely because protocol prevented her doing it herself. Iran’s representative, Mohammad Mehdi Akhondzadeh, is only a deputy foreign minister.

    $$$ See, she’s smart, and knows a) how to delegate, and b) to *whom* to delegate. obama, not so smart…despite the “Smarter Than Einstein?” treatment from his toadies in the media.

    Mr. Holbrooke attributed the rendezvous to geographic happenstance: he was seated at a table next to Mr. Akhondzadeh’s and was able to table-hop for a two-minute chat about Persian architecture.

    “For her to cross the room to greet him would have been odd,” Mr. Holbrooke said Wednesday by telephone from Munich, where he was at a follow-up meeting on Afghanistan.

    Mrs. Clinton will be at Mr. Obama’s side for the next few days, as he travels to a NATO summit meeting in France and Germany, and a European Union gathering in Prague. Aides say it is entirely possible she will not utter a word in public during any of Mr. Obama’s appearances. She has sent her own plane home, kept only a handful of staff members and now views herself as the No. 1 member of the president’s staff, the aides said.

    $$$ Quite power. Exercised judiciously.

    White House officials said Mrs. Clinton’s collegial, pragmatic approach has enhanced her influence with Mr. Obama. On her trip to China, for example, she played down human rights concerns, saying she did not want them to interfere with priorities like climate change and the economy.

    $$$ Hey, he needs all the help he can get.

    That cost her with human-rights groups: Amnesty International said it was shocked by what it viewed as her backsliding. But it helped her with the White House. She laid the groundwork for Mr. Obama’s meeting with Mr. Hu on Wednesday, these officials said.

    At home, Mrs. Clinton has no shortage of access to Mr. Obama. In addition to their regular weekly meeting on Thursday afternoons, aides say, she sees him several times a week at the White House.

    $$$ …sees him smoking and playing basketball and posing, while she’s busy working on as much as can possibly be done with her position and power.

    When Mrs. Clinton travels, there are always reminders that she is no ordinary secretary of state. On her flight here from The Hague, a large bouquet of Dutch tulips occupied a seat in the press section, which was empty because most members of the traveling press corps had opted to fly home.

    A gift of the Dutch foreign minister, they were Hillary Clinton tulips, a variety that was especially cultivated and named for her in 1994, when she was first lady. (Barbara Bush also has her own.)

    $$$ I did not know this.

    Mrs. Clinton asked that the flowers be brought to cheer up her hotel room in central London. Mr. Obama has less need of that: he and the first lady, Michelle Obama, are staying at Winfield House, the magnificent residence of the American ambassador to the Court of St. James’s.

    $$$ Nice touch, end on a snarky note.

  107. wbboei Says:

    April 3rd, 2009 at 9:16 am
    I am unconcerned about this sex line business and the reset button stuff.
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    What was this line about?? I missed it.

  108. ADMIN: PRETTY GOOD ANALYSIS OF WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON HERE. IT CONFIRMS-EVERYTHING YOU HAVE BEEN SAYING . . . .
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    Friday, April 3, 2009

    Taipan Daily: The AIG Connection – Far Worse Than You Think
    by Justice Litle, Editorial Director, Taipan Publishing Group

    Many thanks for the outpouring of e-mails on the “Turbo Timmy” series outlining the dubious nature of the Geithner rescue plan. (If you missed it, you can find part one here and part two here.)

    I am grateful for every single e-mail – especially the many and varied calls to “keep telling it like it is” and “keep sounding the alarm.” Until the guys in dark glasses come out of the shadows and hit me over the head, I promise to keep digging deep and sharing what I believe is true.

    Speaking of digging, I want to put this Washington-in-bed-with-Wall-Street story to bed, I really do. There are so many other interesting (and important) new developments to cover, my inbox feels near to bursting with critical market research.

    The trouble is, the story is just so damn interesting. Like a good detective, I feel compelled to follow the story line to its conclusion. And things just keep getting “curiouser and curiouser” as Alice in Wonderland once said.

    The Real Story Behind AIG

    Back in my student days, I had the privilege of living abroad in three countries. (I would say studying abroad, but there wasn’t a whole lot of studying taking place.)

    For one of those semesters I was based in a little town called Olomouc, on the Morava River in the Czech Republic. This was in the mid-nineties, when Eastern Europe was still amazingly cheap. You could get a seven-course meal in Prague, complete with drinks and dessert, for under 10 dollars. The best beer in the world was less than 50 cents a pint. A number of Americans working for U.S. corporations in Prague were earning $30K a year in after-tax income, saving $20,000 of that, and using the other ten grand to live like kings.

    One of the interesting things we quickly discovered about Olomouc – a fairly provincial town at the time, and a far cry from Prague – was the surprising number of bars, jewelry stores and restaurants. The locals had very little money for the most part. Besides students and backpackers, who was frequenting these places? The setup just didn’t make sense.

    A local Czech we befriended quickly clued us in. These were real businesses – as we knew from firsthand acquaintance with the bars and restaurants, though not the jewelry stores – but the real “business” wasn’t taking place up front. It was happening in the back.

    Most of the high-end joints in Olomouc were little more than mafia fronts.

    The whole town had a very strong organized crime presence. (Again, this was well over a decade ago. I don’t know if it’s the same way now.) Once we knew what to look for, the clues were easy to spot. On the battered San-Francisco-style trams that ran down the cobblestone streets of Olomouc, for example, you would notice that all the locals wore basically the same clothing… drab, post-communist-era type stuff… and then you would spot the bald guy with the black gloves and full-length Armani trenchcoat, talking on his new-model cell phone.

    Or if you watched the cars go by on the main thoroughfare, 19 out of 20 would be durable little Skodas – and then a shiny new Mercedes Benz would hulk along. That kind of thing.

    So what does this have to do with our Wall Street detective story?

    Well, as it turns out, the Washington guys seem to have taken a page from the Czech mafia guys. AIG has been made into a “false front,” like all those Olomouc joints – the real business of which is to hand out taxpayer dollars under the table.

    Flashback, September 2008

    The plot stretches back to that fateful weekend in September 2008 when Lehman Brothers collapsed. (I’ll never forget it – I was in Paris at the time, wondering what the hell just happened and how soon I could get home.)

    Immediately after letting Lehman go bust, the Fed and Treasury realized the magnitude of their error and announced a massive bailout of AIG. The amount was crazy – if I recall correctly, something like $80 billion right off the bat. (That number has since grown much bigger.)

    So here’s a picture of what AIG did with that money, and how they got into the “false front” business of spreading cash around to other players.

    As soon as the bigwigs at AIG realized they were hosed, they called up the Treasury and the Fed (Hank Paulson at the time, and Ben Bernanke still) and probably said something like the following:

    Listen, we’ve got payout exposure to credit default swaps and other exotic derivatives out the yin-yang here – hundreds of billions’ worth – and if you let AIG go the way of Lehman, it’s going to be full-on financial armageddon. You had better bail us out right now if you don’t want to see the global economy vaporized.

    Of course, Paulson and Bernanke gave in, authorizing an insanely massive lump sum of funds to go to AIG.

    So what do you think AIG did with the money? They gave it to the counterparties on the other side of their trades.

    As soon as the government stepped in to bail out AIG lock, stock and barrel, the AIG execs stopped caring about profitability. The game of being a viable business was toast, and the taxpayer was on the hook for everything. So it looks like AIG’s traders were ordered to unwind many of their mind-bendingly complex deals at fire-sale prices that were massively favorable to the parties on the other side of the trades.

    Highly Efficient

    Now, if you’re a muckety-muck high up in the Treasury Department, think how efficient this setup is.

    What you really want to do is write big fat taxpayer-funded checks for all your buddies. Billions for Goldman, billions for Morgan Stanley, heck, billions for those European guys who are always so nice when you hop across the pond… billions for everyone.

    The trouble is, writing all those checks would be a public relations disaster. People would be furious. Congress would go crazy. More than likely they’d give you major grief and try to block your efforts, just like they did with the multiple tries it took to pass the original TARP plan.

    So writing many checks is a political no-go… but what if you could just focus your bailout efforts on ONE player? What if you could shovel hundreds of billions into one overly complex black hole… and then let all that money trickle out to your friends via the back door?

    AIG offered the perfect set-up for this.

    As a huge global insurance firm, people intuitively accepted the notion that an AIG failure would be devastating to the financial world.

    As a firm with notoriously complex and impossible-to-read accounting records, AIG also acted as the perfect sinkhole in terms of being able to plausibly pour hundreds of billions in.

    As a scapegoat, AIG was almost perfect too. Instead of blaming all of Wall Street for this whole toxic mess, AIG allowed the powers that be to mop up all the public outrage and focus it on just one player.

    Last but not least, the whole $165 million bonus flap was icing on the cake. Congress got so lathered up over the bonuses, they forgot to notice that AIG itself had become a massive “false front” conveniently used to funnel billions of dollars to every major counterparty on Wall Street that had connections to AIG. (And that counts as most all of them.)

    Sleight of hand, folks, sleight of hand. Kind of beautiful in a sick way, no? They figured out how to concentrate all the outrage into one convenient spot, deflect it onto a trivial issue, and set up a powerful funnel that would let the real handouts (from AIG to various counterparties) go virtually undetected.

    Bravo, sirs. Bravo.

    Wagoner as Prop

    Think that’s wild? As the late night infomercials like to say, “But Wait! There’s More!”

    On Wednesday we scratched our heads over the way the White House came down on Detroit like a ton of bricks, not 72 hours from conducting a big-banker sitdown described as “cordial” by both sides.

    It seemed, at first, that this sharp contrast in treatment was merely due to political expediency… a case of the White House deciding that the banks had to be saved, but Detroit could be sacrificed. A sacrifice to the volcano gods, if you would.

    In flat-out firing Rick Wagoner, in other words, President Obama did a nice job of polishing his tough-guy credentials, as if to tell the world “I’m no pushover.” Tim Geithner followed that up with rough-and-tumble talk about how more CEOs – gosh, maybe even bank CEOs! – could get the axe.

    To which I say yeah, right. Various media outlets ate up this tough guy act, which was indubitably part of the plan. To those applauding Washington’s new display of backbone I say, “Psst… it’s called acting, people! John Wayne ain’t the only one who can mug for a camera…”

    But anyhow, if the beheading of General Motors were merely a political P.R. stunt, this story would be over. It’s not quite over, though, because our old friend AIG pops up once again.

    Bankruptcy? Sure, Why Not

    You see, the presence of AIG manages to conveniently solve a small “problem” for the Treasury and the Fed. That problem is how to keep Wall Street protected in the event of a GM bankruptcy.

    Scroll back in your mind for a minute here and remember that everything this administration has done, every last damn thing, has been favorable to one of Wall Street’s most entrenched interest groups: the bondholders.

    The bondholders, the bondholders. It’s always been about them. From what I hear even the Bear Stearns bondholders are going to get their money back. Treasury Secretary Geithner, with all the rest of the administration in tow, has practically bent over backwards to make sure that the connected financial interests in his Rolodex don’t lose their stakes, even in cases where they oh-so-richly deserve to.

    This, by the way, is why the Obama administration ruled out the nationalization option for the banks from day one.

    The cleanest option, and one we called for loudly in these pages – taking over the banks, throwing out current management, selling off the assets and starting over – was no-go because too many connected players would have taken a hit if their big bond positions went to zero. (Like the guys at PIMCO, for example – or PIMPCO as a reader so wonderfully put it.)

    Back to General Motors… the trouble with a GM bankruptcy is that, if GM goes bankrupt, some big bondholders are set to get wiped out there too. That would be a bad deal… those guys could lose a lot of money.

    Unless, of course, these same bondholders were able to make good on “insurance” bought from AIG – in the form of credit default swaps designed to pay off if GM goes bust.

    I can’t prove any of this obviously. But enough of the puzzle pieces are available that the final picture starts to make sense.

    In recent days the administration has gone on record as surprisingly open to a GM bankruptcy – maybe even in favor of one – because Geithner likely knows that his inside-baseball buddies holding GM bonds are protected… courtesy of smart bets placed with the taxpayer-funded casino known as AIG.

    All Wrapped Up With a Neat Little Bow

    A General Motors bankruptcy could go down as one of the most complex in history, according to various expert sources interviewed by The New York Times. A GM bankruptcy also has the potential to hurt a lot of Wall Street insiders.

    But if I’m right about this final AIG connection, the pain of zeroed-out GM bonds won’t matter because the connected bondholders could rake in even more money from their anti-GM bets. AIG doesn’t have the money to pay out those multibillion dollar bets of course. But you and I as taxpayers do.

    Like a stealthy octopus, the creative mafioso running (or should I say ruining) our nation’s finances have figured out a way to concentrate most of the blame into one place (AIG), pour most of the cash into one place (AIG), and leave John Q. Taxpayer none the wiser.

    After a few months of bumbling and fumbling, Operation Super Fleece is now running smoothly. The whole thing is slick… very, very slick… no wonder the markets are rallying.

    Warm Regards,

    JL

  109. 1 in every 10 Americans on food stamps and an 8.5% unempolyment rate!

    Anyone else thinking they should take some cash out of the bank and stuff it under the matress??????

    ABM..
    Agreed about the sham town hall. His lecturing is barf-worthy.

  110. I think JL has called the game on Obama. This article needs to get around the blogosphere. It would be a great turd to drop in the Daily Kooks punch bowel, or the Talk Left gin mill, but there is no sense casting pearls before swine. It would be far more useful if it was sent to PUMA. Turndown–are you up yet? Picture Obama and Geithner with masks on with the caption Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid–or better still Sacco and Vinzetti.

  111. wbboei Says:

    April 3rd, 2009 at 8:49 am

    “I get the impression that g-20 was a big success for Hillary. You can see from the pictures that while people were laughing under their breathe at the buffoonery of Obama, they were listening closely to what she was saying, and deferring to her leadership.”

    ——————————–

    I agree wholeheartedly!!! Hillary had no need to a teleprompter attached to her hip. She has such an amazing mental storage of relevant facts and figures and does not put both feet in her mouth during spur of the moment soundbites (as does the idiot).

    And no matter where she stayed in London, I am sure her grace and conduct far outweighed that of meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeechelle and her orangatang partner.

  112. WILDLY OFF TOPIC?? OR AN ANALOGOUS STORY?

    So how does a sports story relate to this site’s purpose? Find out…

    &&&&&&&&&&&
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP)—Jay Cutler got his wish Thursday: a ticket out of Denver. And the Chicago Bears have a franchise quarterback for the first time in decades.

    The Broncos on Thursday traded their disgruntled Pro Bowl passer to the Bears, who’ve gone through a bevy of quarterbacks without much success ever since Jim McMahon was calling plays in the 1980s.

    The Broncos get quarterback Kyle Orton in return, along with two first-round draft picks and a third-rounder.

    Cutler asked for a trade last month after his relationship with Josh McDaniels soured when the new 32-year-old coach talked to other teams about trading him. Cutler and his agent didn’t think McDaniels was upfront with them about the trade talks.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Aha. Lack of respect, and lack of awareness in dealing with others, caused Denver to lose their young star QB. The price of buffoonery and insensitiviy and ineptitude has a real price. Denver fans will be calling for this coach’s head, and he’ll have to explain his failure to future prospective employees. Denver will lose more games without Cutler, less seats will be sold, etc.

    So how does this relate to obama?

    Well, obama is the “head coach”. Rude comments, ignoring of diplomatic niceties, snubbing of allies, will come back to haunt him. It already has been seen in the snubbing of Israel, when obama’s first call as prez was to Abbas. Hopes for obama working across the aisle with Repubs in Congress is already DOA. He can’t even work with Dems in Congress.

    On the foreign front, what “miracles” can we expect from obama? Unconditional meetings with the dictators of the world? Snubbing China, our main creditor? Lack of savvy when dealing with tough guys like Medvedev (Putin’s lap dog). Feeble attempts to bully our European allies?

    Town hall meetings with foreign people, which seems like an end around of their leaders? Is he trying to be PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD???

    No tack. No savvy. No results.

  113. TD nails it! 😡

    Oh how clever. While Obama was prancing around Europe, bending low to kiss the hand of the King of a country which supplied most of the 9/11 terrorists….

    ….Congress passed a 3.5 trillion dollar spending spree in the dark:

  114. April 2nd, 2009

    White House pulls trigger early on budget praise

    Jeremy Pelofsky

    As the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate drew closer to wrapping up votes on their version of the fiscal 2010 budget, President Barack Obama’s staff appeared to pull the trigger a bit hastily on his congratulatory statements praising the Senate vote. At 7:50 p.m. EDT, about 40 minutes after the House of Representatives approved its budget plan that trims Obama’s $3.55 trillion budget proposal, the White House issued a statement from Obama praising the vote as “another step toward rebuilding our struggling economy.”

    But appended to the bottom was another statement from Obama — who probably was asleep since he’s in London — that looked like the statement the White House planned to issue after the Senate votes on its own budget plan: “Tonight, the Senate has joined the House of Representatives in taking an important step toward rebuilding our struggling economy. This budget resolution embraces our most fundamental priorities: an energy plan that will end our dependence on foreign oil and spur a new clean energy economy; an education system that will ensure our children will be able to compete in the economy of the 21st century; and health care reform that finally confronts the back-breaking costs plaguing families, businesses and government alike,” it said.

    “And by making hard choices and challenging the old ways of doing business, we will cut in half the budget deficit we inherited within four years. With this vote comes an obligation to pursue our efforts to go through the budget line-by-line, searching for additional savings. Like the families we serve, we must cut the things we don’t need to invest in those we do.”

    About 20 minutes later, the White House issued a revised statement with the words of praise for the House vote, and no mention of the yet-to-come Senate vote.

    reuters.com/frontrow/2009/04/02/white-house-pulls-trigger-early-on-budget-praise/

  115. rgb: I do not have the particulars of the pranks big media is talking about. Nor am I terribly interested in them UNLESS there is a culprit inside the state department, in which case my prior comments apply.

  116. rgb44hrc Says:

    April 3rd, 2009 at 10:26 am
    WILDLY OFF TOPIC?? OR AN ANALOGOUS STORY?

    ————————————-

    Definitely the 2nd. Great comparison!

  117. About 20 minutes later, the White House issued a revised statement with the words of praise for the House vote, and no mention of the yet-to-come Senate vote
    ——————–
    A professor of constitutional law–excuse me an adjuct professor of constiutional law–excuse me a mere instructor of constitutional law masquerading as a professor of constitutional law, who does not understand bicameralism, and believes there is only one chamber. This is not a failure to communicate, but a failure to understand.

  118. Apparently is was the WHITE HOUSE who arranged the conference call with Clinton and retired Gen. James Jones, Obama’s national security adviser, to discuss Friday’s summit, and sent reporters the number and screwed up…

    scroll down…

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hLXbFmF2WBRqfwo_95lgYs-hkjWAD97AJENO0

  119. JanH Says:
    April 3rd, 2009 at 10:32 am
    &&&

    Thanks Jan.

    As a lifelong Oakland Raiders fan, I like seeing Denver shoot themselves in the foot.

  120. Federal workers may get bigger raises

    By John Fritze, USA TODAY

    WASHINGTON — Despite President Obama’s call for federal employees to “do their part” and accept smaller-than-usual pay raises, Congress is considering a budget that could spend an additional $1.3 billion or more on pay for civilian federal workers.
    While some states and private companies are slashing jobs and pay, Congress is advancing a budget that could change a 2% raise proposed by Obama for 1.9 million non-military federal workers to at least 2.9% — which is the amount the president proposed for military employees.

    “It feels like this is not a good time to be taking a pay increase,” said Leslie Paige of Citizens Against Government Waste, a watchdog group that supports freezing pay for civilian federal workers. “Everyone else in the country is taking huge cuts, losing jobs.”

    The House and Senate are advancing versions of the budget that do not provide a specific pay raise amount, but call for equal raises for civilian and military workers.

    Lawmakers reached parity in the past by increasing civilian raises rather than cutting the president’s proposed military pay, which would be politically difficult in a time of war. If civilian pay jumps to 2.9%, it would cost $1.3 billion, the Office of Management and Budget estimates.

    usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-04-03-government-pay-raises_N.htm

  121. obama’s ultimate agenda:

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, April 3, 2009; Page A19

    Five minutes of explanation to James Madison, and he’ll have a pretty good idea what a motorcar is (basically a steamboat on wheels; the internal combustion engine might take a few minutes more). Then try to explain to Madison how the Constitution he fathered allows the president to unilaterally guarantee the repair or replacement of every component of millions of such contraptions sold in the several states, and you will leave him slack-jawed. In fact, we are now so deep into government intervention that constitutional objections are summarily swept aside. The last Treasury secretary brought the nine largest banks into his office and informed them that henceforth he was their partner. His successor is seeking the power to seize any financial institution at his own discretion.

    Despite these astonishments, I remain more amused than alarmed. First, the notion of presidential car warranties strikes me as simply too bizarre, too comical, to mark the beginning of Yankee Peronism.

    Second, there is every political incentive to make these interventions in the banks and autos temporary and circumscribed. For President Obama, autos and banks are sideshows. Enormous sideshows, to be sure, but had the financial meltdown and the looming auto bankruptcies not been handed to him, he would hardly have gone seeking to be the nation’s credit and car czar.

    Obama has far different ambitions. His goal is to rewrite the American social compact, to recast the relationship between government and citizen. He wants government to narrow the nation’s income and anxiety gaps. Soak the rich for reasons of revenue and justice. Nationalize health care and federalize education to grant all citizens of all classes the freedom from anxiety about health care and college that the rich enjoy. And fund this vast new social safety net through the cash cow of a disguised carbon tax. Obama is a leveler. He has come to narrow the divide between rich and poor. For him the ultimate social value is fairness. Imposing it upon the American social order is his mission.

    Fairness through leveling is the essence of Obamaism. (Asked by Charlie Gibson during a campaign debate about his support for raising capital gains taxes — even if they caused a net revenue loss to the government — Obama stuck to the tax hike “for purposes of fairness.”) The elements are highly progressive taxation, federalized health care and higher education, and revenue-producing energy controls. But first he must deal with the sideshows. They could sink the economy and poison his public support before he gets to enact his real agenda.

    The big sideshows, of course, are the credit crisis, which Obama has contracted out to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, and the collapse of the U.S. automakers, which Obama seems to have taken on for himself. That was a tactical mistake. Better to have let the car companies go directly to Chapter 11 and have a judge mete out the bitter medicine to the workers and bondholders. By sacking GM’s CEO, packing the new board, and giving direction as to which brands to drop and what kind of cars to make, Obama takes ownership of General Motors. He may soon come to regret it. He has now gotten himself so entangled in the car business that he is personally guaranteeing your muffler. (Upon reflection, a job best left to the congenitally unmuffled Joe Biden.)

    Some find in this descent into large-scale industrial policy a whiff of 1930s-style fascist corporatism. I have my doubts. These interventions are rather targeted. They involve global financial institutions that even the Bush administration decided had to be nationalized and auto companies that themselves came begging to the government for money. Bizarre and constitutionally suspect as these interventions may be, the transformation of the American system will come from elsewhere. The credit crisis will pass and the auto overcapacity will sort itself out one way or the other. The reordering of the American system will come not from these temporary interventions, into which Obama has reluctantly waded. It will come from Obama’s real agenda: his holy trinity of health care, education and energy. Out of these will come a radical extension of the welfare state; social and economic leveling in the name of fairness; and a massive increase in the size, scope and reach of government.

    If Obama has his way, the change that is coming is a new America: “fair,” leveled and social democratic. Obama didn’t get elected to warranty your muffler. He’s here to warranty your life.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/02/AR2009040203287.html

  122. We must do everything we can, individually and collctively, to help elect those who run against Dodd et al.

  123. And the last word on this…

    White House apologises after calls to Hillary Clinton were redirected to a sex line

    By Paul Thompson
    03rd April 2009

    White House officials have apologised after reporters trying to speak with Hillary Clinton were connected to a sex line.

    Instead of hearing the Secretary of State they heard a voice saying: ‘Do you have any hidden desires? If you feel like getting nasty, then you came to the right place’.
    Officials at the White House had been attempting to set up a conference call with Clinton and National Security Advisor Jim Jones who were in London at the G20 Summit.

    But an aide in Washington is believed to have mis-dialled a number and connected to the sex line. A White House spokesman said: ‘This will not happen again.’

    When a FOX News reporter asked about the gaffe, Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton said: ‘A corrected phone number on a press release is probably one of the stupider things FOX News has covered lately.

    ‘Lots of important issues to cover today!’

    White House spokesman Thomas Vietor added: ‘I haven’t dialed whatever number you’re referencing. Please call such numbers on your free time!’

    It is not the first time the White House has been involved in the telephone number mix up. In 2007 homeowners seeking advice on mortgages from a hotline set up by the White House instead reached a Texas-based group that provides Christian education. That time President Bush was to blame after giving out the wrong number at a press briefing.

    dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1167098/White-House-apologises-calls-Hillary-Clinton-redirected-sex-line.html

  124. The last three paragraphs of the Obamas Erstaz Capitalism are telling:

    What the Obama administration is doing, Mr. Stiglitz says, is far worse than nationalization: it is ersatz capitalism, the privatizing of gains and the socializing of losses. It is a “partnership” in which one partner robs the other, he writes. And such partnerships — with the private sector in control — have perverse incentives, worse even than the ones that got us into the mess, he argues.

    So what is the appeal of a proposal like this? Perhaps, Mr. Stiglitz says, it’s the kind of Rube Goldberg device that Wall Street loves — clever, complex and nontransparent, allowing huge transfers of wealth to the financial markets. It has allowed the administration to avoid going back to Congress to ask for the money needed to fix our banks, and it provided a way to avoid nationalization, he says.

    But we are already suffering from a crisis of confidence, Mr. Stiglitz says. When the high costs of the administration’s plan become apparent, confidence will be eroded further. At that point, he argues, the task of recreating a vibrant financial sector, and resuscitating the economy, will be even harder.

  125. I think Hillary needs to have her own secreatry test and review details on her behalf to avoid future gaffes…somebody is trying to set her up!!!!!!!

    And perhaps Hillary herself should slow down and take a much more hands-on approach to avoid these gaffes…….

    She sometimes packs too much in her schedule, is almost always late for events….

  126. JanH 11:02

    Since I have first hand knowledge of Federal Workers you need to know the following, before you take that propaganda hook line and sinker.

    1. The Federal workers do not have the same retirement and benefits as the elected officials. It is also a total retirement, and although many have paid into SS they are prevented from collecting from SS at anything but a small insignificant amount. If they take jobs after they retire, they still pay SS, and although they may have the quarters required to collect at Higher rates, they cannot. Some would say that is Taxation without being allowed the priviledge. They also pay taxes on their benefits after retirement, which means they are taxes on their health benefits.

    2. Thei index for figuring their raises somehow did not include the price of gas. So for years, their increase not only did not keep track with inflation, but went backwards as their contributions for medicare and health insurance went up. This year they got a nice healthy raise as some of the inflation we have seen finally made it into the index that counts. However for most of them, what they received was totally taken out by the increases in Medicare payments, and like for Blue Cross Blue Shield an increase in their mail in perscription program from $35 for a 90 day supply of drugs to over $60.

    I know we are upset about the Executives and their bonuses, and the Federal Legislatures and their benefits and planes. However this has never applied to the Civil Servant. I saw many people who could have worked in private industry for more, but were excited about the technologies and state of the art weapons systems they were dealing with, so they did not go for the buck.

    There might have been times in the past when they did make out at a slightly better level, but in the last 10 year, they have lost ground. Many of the civil servants are low graded and on their own. They are working into their 70s and 80s to make the rent and feed themselves.

    I totally disagree with the anaysis that this article presented, and it is very superficial.

  127. NewMexicoFan Says:

    April 3rd, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    ———————————

    LOL…don’t shoot the messenger. I wasn’t analyzing, just posting what had been reported.

    Thanks for the breakdown.

  128. wbboei,

    Which article? This one?

    Friday, April 3, 2009
    Taipan Daily: The AIG Connection – Far Worse Than You Think
    by Justice Litle, Editorial Director, Taipan Publishing Group

  129. wbboei,

    Which article? This one?

    Friday, April 3, 2009
    Taipan Daily: The AIG Connection – Far Worse Than You Think
    by Justice Litle, Editorial Director, Taipan Publishing Group
    —————————————
    Yes. Obama=Wall Street Pimp.

  130. Yes, the auto companies came begging for money so the government is requiring a means test and an emissions test.

  131. It is in a building called the American Civic Association, and there are 41 hostages. It is near NYC.

  132. JanH

    I did not mean to shoot you, but I am concern that many others will read that and not understand indepth how slanted and uninformed that article is. I think many see those articles other places, and since this blog is so widely read, I wanted to make sure the other information was available. I did not mean to come on so strong. Thanks for the opportunity to let me explain.

  133. wbboei,

    Okay, here’s how I put it at Boojum Post and PumaResponders:

    Litle: The AIG Connection – Far Worse Than You Think

    [E]verything this administration has done, every last damn thing, has been favorable to one of Wall Street’s most entrenched interest groups: the bondholders.

    The bondholders, the bondholders. It’s always been about them [….] to make sure that the connected financial interests in his Rolodex don’t lose their stakes, even in cases where they oh-so-richly deserve to.

    This, by the way, is why the Obama administration ruled out the nationalization option for the banks from day one.

    The cleanest option, and one we called for loudly in these pages – taking over the banks, throwing out current management, selling off the assets and starting over – was no-go because too many connected players would have taken a hit if their big bond positions went to zero.

    [ Too much good stuff to quote, see the article and scroll down a couple of screens to the meat. ]

    h…../..w
    taipanpublishinggroup.com/taipan-daily-040309.html
    EASY POST comment form at the bottom; no login, few comments so far.

  134. Jan and NMF,

    One of the great things about h44 is that things get posted that sound credible but need rebuttal and so we rebut them right here for the edification of the masses. Thanks Jan for posting it and thanks NMF for posting the other side.

  135. Some additional things on Civil Servants. There are few people that make any money at all, like at the SES or GS-15 level, and this is a very small %. Those at the lower level cannot live without another income, which I know is true of the private sector. Bonuses were so small, they were laughable. Occassionally they do buyouts at the $10K level. Somehow that just does not seem meaningful when private sector CEOs and top executive get $1M when the organization has failed. For a long time there were not even allowed to earn frequent flyer miles for work travel. The older system allowed for sick leave conversion, which mean if you had a years worth of sick leave, you could put it toward retirement. This was eliminated in the new retirement (401K program). This was modeled after the private sector retirement which has been proven to result in much more sick leave being used (must use within the year, and for most people it became an extension of the annual leave). They are trying to change the current program back to the older version, because they found they lost a lot of productive hours. Many knew this would happen, but as normal, the people in control were just plain stupid.

    Certainly, if you are out of work, working for the government makes sense, but don’t expect to get rich at it.

  136. Re Greta and Palin, here’s some worthwhile information if anyone wants to sort it out:

    h……/
    syd4.blogspot.com/2009/04/puma-alert-obots-going-after-john-coale.html

  137. But an aide in Washington is believed to have mis-dialled a number and connected to the sex line. A White House spokesman said: ‘This will not happen again.’
    &&&&&&&&&

    If this is the “gaffe” people are discussing, I don’t see how it reflects on Hillary.

    Also, NY Times has this:

    nytimes.com/2009/04/03/business/media/03adco.html

    Healthy Choice Tries a Humor Campaign
    ============================

    By STUART ELLIOTT
    Published: April 2, 2009

    REMEMBER that “reset” button presented by Hillary Clinton to the Russian foreign minister? A major food maker is pushing its own version on a leading brand.
    [snip]

    web page has photo, with caption:
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus is featured in ads providing information about Healthy Choice, in a humorous way. The spots echo the episodic form of the TV shows for which she is known.

    &&&&&&&

    The “reset button” sounds like a quirky peace offering, not a gaffe. It sounds like people who don’t like Hillary wanting to paint her as a whack job.

  138. Okay, this is being slanted as “crazy angry out-of-control McCain” by the media, but he basically just told a group of Hispanic leaders to stick it where the sun don’t shine.

    Evidently they were whining to McCain that Obama is doing nothing for them, nothing on immigration reform, and won’t McCain step up to the plate.

    McCain pretty much told them “You wanted Obama, you voted for him 2 to 1, rather than the guy who had stuck his neck out to help you, so go ask him to help you now. You get what you voted for.” LMAO!!

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/pi_20090404_9431.php

  139. Okay, this is being slanted as “crazy angry out-of-control McCain” by the media, but he basically just told a group of Hispanic leaders to stick it where the sun don’t shine.

    Evidently they were whining to McCain that Obama is doing nothing for them, nothing on immigration reform, and won’t McCain step up to the plate.

    McCain pretty much told them “You wanted Obama, you voted for him 2 to 1, rather than the guy who had stuck his neck out to help you, so go ask him to help you now. You get what you voted for.” LMAO!!

    nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/pi_20090404_9431.php

  140. rgb,

    The sex line phone number seems to have come from a White House aide, not a Hillaryl/State Dept person.

    Here’s the UK Daily Mail version, not totally reliable:

    UK DailyMail: EASY POST – White House apologises after calls to Hillary Clinton were redirected to a sex line

    White House officials have apologised after reporters trying to speak with Hillary Clinton were connected to a sex line. [….]

    But an aide in Washington is believed to have mis-dialled a number and connected to the sex line.

    A White House spokesman said: ‘This will not happen again.’
    h…./…w

    dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1167098/White-House-apologises-calls-Hillary-Clinton-redirected-sex-line.html
    EASY POST. Form at the bottom, no login. Delay for moderation. 6 posts so far.

    The picture caption says Hillary “was forced to issue an apology” but the actual story says the White House apolotized and admitted the mistake came from one of their aide.

  141. rgb,

    The reset button mistake did happen on Hillary’s watch, but the mistake was in her staffer’s translation: ‘reset’ was translated as ‘overload’ or ‘overcharge.’ Yes, she seems to have trusted the wrong staffer. (Or maybe the Russian words are more ambiguous and ‘reset’ is another meaning of the same Russian word, because it’s what you usually do in an ‘overcharge’ or ‘overload’ situation.) Anyway the Russian dignitary seemed to think it was the wrong word.

    There was nothing wrong with the basic idea of a box with a ‘reset’ button; sfaik no one has criticized that.

  142. rgb,

    As you say, the reset box was a quirky peace offering and taken as such.

    There was nothing wrong with the basic idea of a box with a ‘reset’ button; other than the mis-translation sfaik no one has criticized that.

  143. turndownobama-com Says:

    April 3rd, 2009 at 2:45 pm
    rgb,

    As you say, the reset box was a quirky peace offering and taken as such.

    There was nothing wrong with the basic idea of a box with a ‘reset’ button; other than the mis-translation sfaik no one has criticized that.
    &&&&&&&&&&

    obama would have given them an ipod with some lovely pop tunes:

    99 Red Balloons (Nena)
    Eve of Destruction (Barry McGuire)
    It’s the End of the World as We Know it (REM)

    “Eve of Destruction” is a powerful song. The first “rough” take was so good and gruff, that they decided “That’s the cut!!”. Here are the lyrics:

    The eastern world, it is exploding
    Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’
    You’re old enough to kill, but not for votin’
    You don’t believe in war, but what’s that gun you’re totin’
    And even the Jordan River has bodies floatin’

    But you tell me
    Over and over and over again, my friend
    Ah, you don’t believe
    We’re on the eve
    of destruction.

    Don’t you understand what I’m tryin’ to say
    Can’t you feel the fears I’m feelin’ today?
    If the button is pushed, there’s no runnin’ away
    There’ll be no one to save, with the world in a grave
    [Take a look around ya boy, it’s bound to scare ya boy]

    And you tell me
    Over and over and over again, my friend
    Ah, you don’t believe
    We’re on the eve
    of destruction.

    Yeah, my blood’s so mad feels like coagulatin’
    I’m sitting here just contemplatin’
    I can’t twist the truth, it knows no regulation.
    Handful of senators don’t pass legislation
    And marches alone can’t bring integration
    When human respect is disintegratin’
    This whole crazy world is just too frustratin’

    And you tell me
    Over and over and over again, my friend
    Ah, you don’t believe
    We’re on the eve
    of destruction.

    Think of all the hate there is in Red China
    Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama
    You may leave here for 4 days in space
    But when you return, it’s the same old place
    The poundin’ of the drums, the pride and disgrace
    You can bury your dead, but don’t leave a trace
    Hate your next-door neighbor, but don’t forget to say grace
    And… tell me over and over and over and over again, my friend
    You don’t believe
    We’re on the eve
    Of destruction
    Mm, no no, you don’t believe
    We’re on the eve
    of destruction.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Here is the link for the lyrics, which conveniently has a youtube of the original video clip of Barry McGuire’s powerful rendition, with the set being a junkyard. Heavy, man.

    artists.letssingit.com/barry-mcguire-eve-of-destruction-s1m88lj

  144. Oh, and remember the idiot who blamed our economic ills on white people with blue eyes? Obama thinks he’s peachy keen. Trying to find the link, but saw this quoted supposedly from the AP:

    During a lunch at the Group of 20 Summit in London, President Obama shook hands with President Luiz Inacio da Silva and said: “This is my man, right here. I love this guy.” (AP, April 2, 2009).

  145. obama would have given them an ipod with some lovely pop tunes:

    99 Red Balloons (Nena)
    Eve of Destruction (Barry McGuire)
    It’s the End of the World as We Know it (REM)

    “Eve of Destruction” is a powerful song.

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

    Heh. If Hillary’s staff had fouled up a song, it would have been Kingston Trio:

    For man’s been endowed with a mushroom shaped cloud

  146. My brother lives in Binghamton, a couple of blocks from the massacre.

    His daughter goes to the HS just a block away.

    I’ve been to Binghamton many times. Just goes to show no one is safe anywhere.

    🙁

  147. HillaryForTexas, we recently wrote “you get what you voted for” several times HERE. Good to see McCain agrees with us.

    Good for McCain to tell the truth. Those Obama supporting Latino leaders are learning Obama can’t be trusted. Big Media will attack McCain to protect the fools who supported Obama and to protect Obama too.

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/pi_20090404_9431.php

    McCain’s message was obvious, the source continued: After bucking his party on immigration, he had no sympathy for Hispanics who are dissatisfied with President Obama’s pace on the issue. “He threw out [the words] ‘You people — you people made your choice. You made your choice during the election,’ ” the source said. “It was almost as if [he was saying] ‘You’re cut off!’ We felt very uncomfortable when we walked away from the meeting because of that.”

    In 2006 and 2007, McCain was a leader on immigration, but his efforts ran aground largely because his legislation included what many Republicans derisively characterized as “amnesty,” a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants if they took a series of steps to earn legal status.

    Having stuck his neck out in the past, McCain apparently is in no mood to do so again for an ethnic group he seems to view as ungrateful. On NBC’s Meet the Press on March 29, McCain repeated his message that the ball is in the Democratic president’s court. So far, the senator said, he has not seen much on immigration from the Obama White House, although the president recently met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and set the goal of launching the debate in the fall, a senior administration official said. [snip]

    “What I saw… was John McCain saying, ‘Look, I didn’t get a lot of support from the Hispanic community,’ which he deserved to have had,” Martinez said. “It frustrated me. It frustrated him. [McCain said,] ‘You guys thought this guy [Obama] was going to be your savior. Where is his leadership?’ I sort of echo that. It’s not like [the meeting] went badly, I don’t think.”

  148. Okay, you guys HAVE to read this Guardian article, a direct transcript of Dear Leader attempting to answer a simple question from reporter Nick Robinson. It NAILS Obama so accurately it’s too funny.

    Barack Obama: “I, I, would say that, er … pause [I HAVEN’T A CLUE] … if you look at … pause [WHO IS THIS NICK ROBINSON JERK?] … the, the sources of this crisis … pause [JUST KEEP GOING, BUDDY] … the United States certainly has some accounting to do with respect to . . . pause [I’M IN WAY TOO DEEP HERE] … a regulatory system that was inadequate to the massive changes that have taken place in the global financial system … pause, close eyes [THIS IS GOING TO GO DOWN LIKE A CROCK OF SHIT BACK HOME. HELP]. I think what is also true is that … pause [I WANT NICK ROBINSON TO DISAPPEAR] … here in Great Britain … pause [SHIT, GORDY’S THE HOST, DON’T LAND HIM IN IT] … here in continental Europe … pause [DAMN IT, BLAME EVERYONE.] … around the world. We were seeing the same mismatch between the regulatory regimes that were in place and er … pause [I’VE LOST MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT AGAIN]

    Go read the whole thing, it’s HILARIOUS!

    guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/03/g20-barack-obama-nick-robinson-question

  149. Having stuck his neck out in the past, McCain apparently is in no mood to do so again for an ethnic group he seems to view as ungrateful. On NBC’s Meet the Press on March 29, McCain repeated his message that the ball is in the Democratic president’s court. So far, the senator said, he has not seen much on immigration from the Obama White House, although the president recently met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and set the goal of launching the debate in the fall, a senior administration official said. [snip]

    &&&&&&&&&&&

    obama = Bush III. Rove and Cheney would suffocate good legistlation by bogging it down with “studies”, or whatever bureaucratic maneurvering it would take: procedural tricks in Congressional committees, filibusters, presidential signing statements, etc.

    obama regarding Topic X:

    “I know we’ve conducted ten studies on this, but before we do anything *hasty*, let’s conduct an eleventh study”

    “We’ll discuss this in ___ months”

    “The idea is good, but the timing is bad; you don’t know how much I have on my plate: fettucini alfredo, filet mignon, filet d’sole, fois gras, stuffed Peking duck with a mango chutney sauce. I tell ya, being president is tough”.

    “My people are already looking into this”.

    “We have to prioritize. Right now, my rich donors are calling in their chits”.

  150. HillaryforTexas Says:

    April 3rd, 2009 at 3:11 pm
    Oh, and remember the idiot who blamed our economic ills on white people with blue eyes? Obama thinks he’s peachy keen. Trying to find the link, but saw this quoted supposedly from the AP:

    During a lunch at the Group of 20 Summit in London, President Obama shook hands with President Luiz Inacio da Silva and said: “This is my man, right here. I love this guy.” (AP, April 2, 2009).

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    Hillary for Texas: I was watching some News Hour last night, and they showed a clip of Bo saying that to President da Silva. I couldn’t believe my ears. Bo was acting like a frat boy. Jeez.

  151. HFT,

    LMAO!

    Typical BO wandering through the rhetoridcal hinterlands in desperate search of a cogent thought.

    😉

  152. LOL @ basil! So true! I am shocked that people are shocked. This is how he has ALWAYS been off teleprompter.

  153. Grrrrrrrrr . . . .

    TOTUS betrays POTUS as BO loses place opn the teleprompter.

    youtube dot com slash watch ? v =

    j3zft6_mZjs&eurl

  154. wbboei,

    Okay, here’s how I put it at Boojum Post and PumaResponders:

    Litle: The AIG Connection – Far Worse Than You Think

    [E]verything this administration has done, every last damn thing, has been favorable to one of Wall Street’s most entrenched interest groups: the bondholders.

    The bondholders, the bondholders. It’s always been about them [….] to make sure that the connected financial interests in his Rolodex don’t lose their stakes, even in cases where they oh-so-richly deserve to.

    This, by the way, is why the Obama administration ruled out the nationalization option for the banks from day one.

    The cleanest option, and one we called for loudly in these pages – taking over the banks, throwing out current management, selling off the assets and starting over – was no-go because too many connected players would have taken a hit if their big bond positions went to zero.

    [ Too much good stuff to quote, see the article and scroll down a couple of screens to the meat. ]

    h…../..w
    taipanpublishinggroup.com/taipan-daily-040309.html
    EASY POST comment form at the bottom; no login, few comments so far.
    —————————————
    Turndown: thanks so much for posting.

    For me this article answers a number of questions, e.g.:

    1. why does Obama embrace a program whereby banks win and taxpayers lose when the presidents lawful role is to represent all of the people, not just the plutocrats? (Note: this was the assessment of a number of people, most recently a Nobel Prize winning economist.)

    2. why does Obama promote such a program when there are alternatives which would not be as costly to taxpayers or as lucrative to major financial players? (Note: bankruptcy, nationalization, guarantees, etc).

    3. why does Obama limit the parties who can bid on this bid on these toxic assets to a few large firms only? (Note: according to a recent Wall Street Journal article).

    4. why does Obama force healthy banks to accept TARP funds they do not want, on penalty of public audit, when the real problem is confined to five major US banks only? (Note: according to the article written by Fox legal analyst Judge Neopolitiano).

    5. why does Obama block independent efforts to determine how taxpayer monies have been spent, horded or wasted by these firms? (Note: his lame excuse of the Paperwork Reduction Act).

    Each of these questions may have more than one answer, but the common answer to all of them, and the truthful one is that he has some discrete group of people he is trying to protect at great cost to the American People. The Taipan article provides a comprehensive answer to a question which legitimate news organizations have barely scratched the surface on, and corrupt news sources like NBC, MSNBC and CNN avoid like the plague. If Obama is prepared to loot the net worth of Americans, they should at least know who the beneficiaries are.

  155. wbboei,

    I’ve added your latest post as a Comment at the Boojum entry. I’ve been quoting several of your comments there, sometimes as main entries, crediting ‘wbboei’. Let me know by email if you’d rather have your real name used, or something else.
    tdo@turndownobama.com

  156. ADMIN…4-4-09 cannot get on the latest post…it cuts off after your post of David Cook and Hillary and will not scroll or allow for comments…

    tried to get on last night to post the link for William Black, author of “the best way to rob a bank is to own one” he was on bill moyers

    pbs.org/moyers/journal/04032009/profile.html

    what mr. black had to say, combined with today’s news of summers getting paid millions, geithner not doing enough to stop the mess when he had a chance, and today in WP, that Obama is trying to loosen restrictions on bailouts for banks and wall st…is all beyond the pale…

    please take a look at what Mr Black is saying about the out and out fraud that is continuing with Obama admin…and Black was/is an obama supporter…

    we are being taken to big time…isn’t anyone going to stand up and stop this out and out fraud and robbery of the taxpayers from continuing…the media, what is left of it, is in a trance…everyone is so preoccupied with obama and his popularity that no one is questioning anything as our money is once again being subjected to continuing fraud

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