World Leaders And North Korea To Barack Obama: “Sucker”

The BOob is a pushover – that is the message from Barack Obama’s European vacation. The news from Asia is not much better as North Korea sizes up Obama and sees a dwarf.

World leaders sized up Obama and decided he is a celebrity wannabee. So world leaders gave Obama the soul craving celebrity he wants for himself and then smartly picked the pockets of Uncle Sam while Obama grinned.

This is all in keeping with the Obama history of self-agrandizement and doing nothing, zero, for anyone else. During the European Vacation Obama backslapped as if he was back at Harvard University bamboozling conservatives and liberals in order to advance himself. During the European Vacation Obama grinned and laughed and cameras popped but Americans were about as comforted as Obama’s freezing Chicago constituents. During the European Vacation Obama insulted America in order to make himself more popular.

World leaders took a page from Madame Mao, the “White-boned Demon” and flattered and built up Obama on a pedestal so high Obama became irrelevant.

Social power and popularity can be potent weapons if you are Louis XIV of France, the “Sun King”. But Obama’s yearning for celebrity, social power, and popularity are to fill a void in his fatherless self not to help America nor Americans.

Big Media won’t say Obama was made a fool of and mocked by real world leaders. Big Media prefers to focus on the sleeveless scowler and praise her clumsy protocol pratfalls.

World leaders saw Obama, shuttered their eyelids, smiled, and whispered “Sucker”.

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Obama is whining and wants the Security Council of the United Nations to do something about North Korea’s latest slap in the Obama face. Obama whines that North Korea violated international “rules”. This risible plea from Obama made us laugh because Obama, of all people, now wants words to “mean something”. Here is what Obama yelped: “This provocation underscores the need for action, not just this afternoon at the Security Council but in our determination to prevent the spread of these weapons,” Mr. Obama said. “Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something.”

Any doubt that North Korea wanted to deliberately slap Obama in the face, throw a shoe at him, is dispelled by the timing (which the hapless New York Times labels an “irony”).

Mr. Obama’s comments on North Korea were delivered here at the end of a historic speech before more than 20,000 people that, in a twist of irony, was planned in advance to lay out Mr. Obama’s plans to stop the spread of nuclear arms. That North Korea had fired a rocket over Japan and into the Pacific just hours before Mr. Obama’s speech lent his message an added urgency, Mr. Obama said, although White House officials disputed any suggestion that the secretive government in the North timed its rocket launch to coincide with Mr. Obama’s speech.

It is clear to anyone allowed to tell the truth or who wishes to accept reality that the North Korea missile launch, ready and able to be fired for days, was designed to “coincide” with yet another Obama speech.

Will the United Nations provide Obama with another heaping helping of celebrity but zero action?

The Security Council resolution bans ballistic missiles for military use, and some suggest it would be tough to come down hard if there was any sign that a satellite really was the payload, even if the technology could also be used to launch a nuclear warhead.

The ambiguity means any decision on how to respond will be political, said Daniel Pinkston, a Seoul-based analyst for the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think tank that provides detailed analysis about North Korea.

“It’s pretty clear already: I think the Chinese and the Russians, but particularly the Chinese, are not going to support additional sanctions,” he told reporters Friday.

“It really depends upon the views of the permanent five members of the Security Council. And if China or Russia do not support this, then nothing’s gonna happen.”

The North Korean launch early Sunday morning “was a bold act of defiance against President Barack Obama, Japanese leader Taro Aso, Hu Jintao of China and others who pressed Pyongyang in the days leading up to liftoff to call off a launch they said would threaten peace and stability in Northeast Asia. “I urge North Korea to abide fully by the resolutions of the U.N. Security Council,” Obama said in Prague, Czech Republic, calling on Pyongyang to refrain from further “provocative” actions.”

Perhaps it is time for Obama to make matters worse and hold one of his naive promised meetings with North Korea’s dictator “without preconditions”.

The long-range North Korean rocket hit Obama squarely on the nose, with impunity. International condemnation will amount to Obama style words, words, words. North Korea, with nuclear weapons and a missile delivery system, will no doubt be considered by Big Media to be an Obama triumph.

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Obama’s European Vacation reminds us of a bar scene in the film Casablanca in which a “dark European” warns a fellow bar patronI beg of you, Monsieur, watch yourself. Be on guard. This place is full of vultures, vultures everywhere, everywhere.” The warning coincides with the expert pick pocketing of the hapless bar patron by the “dark European”.

Barack Obama went to Europe to bask in the celebrity spotlight and opportunity for myriad publicity stunts. Obama will temporarily satisfy his need for celebrity adulation but Americans will get nothing other than bills from this Obama concert tour.

President Barack Obama is learning the limits of personal diplomacy.

Warmly greeted by European leaders and the public alike as a welcome relief from his predecessor, Obama’s appeal hasn’t enabled to him to bridge differences on key economic and military issues with American allies.

Obama left the G-20 summit in London without securing any further commitment by individual countries to enact more stimulus spending. And Saturday he departs from NATO’s gathering in this French-German border town without a pledge by allies to send further combat troops to Afghanistan to bolster the American military surge there.

Obama will get applause and frat-boy style back-slapping. Americans will get the bills from the “sucker”.

But in his first real taste of diplomacy, Obama is finding out that, like in domestic politics, the gushing praise that other leaders may bestow doesn’t necessarily translate into support for the entirety of his agenda. In other words, simply not being George W. Bush wasn’t enough.

At NATO, the president touted the 5,000 additional trainers and security forces and dismissed questions about why nations weren’t sending additional combat forces – even though the contribution is dwarfed by the 21,000 new American troops Obama has committed to the conflict since taking office.

Obama will get applause to his face from world leaders, and mockery and “sucker” behind closed doors.

Even France’s Nicolas Sarkozy managed to disappoint, despite gushing over Obama as “a U.S. president who wants to change the world and who understands that the world does not boil down to simply American frontiers and borders.”

At the same news conference Friday, Sarkozy said bluntly that, no, there would be no French boots on the ground.

Obama received a similar reaction from Germany’s Angela Merkel – a warm embrace and a cold shoulder to a big combat presence there.

The summit in London was equally disappointing. There, Obama had hoped European allies would pump cash directly into their economies to reverse a global economic meltdown, just the way Obama did with a $787 billion stimulus package at home. But the individual countries stopped short and only committed another $1.1 trillion in new International Monetary Fund lending and other guarantees for poor nations – not at all what Obama had in mind.

The embarrassment that is American Big Media continues to make excuses for the bumbling clod and continues to praise and sing for Obama:

To be sure, Obama can come home feeling like he notched some significant accomplishments on his European tour so far – not least of which was holding his own comfortably on his maiden voyage onto the world stage. He also began to forge personal relationships that he said several times he believes will pay off down the road.

Obama got alleged fans to say nice things about him in public and that is supposed to be a “significant” accomplishment. Obama got back-slapping smiles; Americans got back-stabbing hefty bills from Obama and his 500 aides.

Even Obama at some level knows he has been taken and treated as a rube. A good case can be made that Obama knows he indeed is a clod, a rube, an inexperienced, unqualified boob:

But Obama couldn’t completely disguise that his first trip abroad as the American president was a bit of an eye-opener. He hinted at this Welcome to The NFL moment in taking an open-ended question from an Austrian reporter at NATO about his impressions so far of the continent.

It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate,” he noted. There’s a lot of – I don’t know what the term is in Austrian– wheeling and dealing. And people are pursuing their interests and everybody has their own particular issues and their own particular politics.”

Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and this website have long known what Obama is only now beginning to discover, but still not fully understand nor fully appreciate – Lord Palmerston’s truism “Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.”

World leaders will be more than happy to dump “praise” of Obama in public in exchange for doing as they please and doing nothing to help American policy aims.

The summit’s co-hosts, French President Nicholas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, both were quick to offer support for Obama’s new Afghan strategy of sending American reinforcements and bolstering the training of Afghan forces. But they would go no farther.

Obama received applause during his European vacation for his publicity stunts. Americans received insults from Obama when he spoke to European students, who are in Obama’s fan base.

“President Barack Obama has declared that America has “failed to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world” and has “shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive” towards its allies. ”

His speech in Strasbourg went further than any United States president in history in criticising his own country’s action while standing on foreign soil. But he sought to use the comments, which amount to a mea culpa for recent American foreign policy, as leverage to alter European views of America and secure more troops for the war in Afghanistan.

Obama insulted Americans in order to get more troops for his war in Afghanistan and to get applause from students. No additional troops are coming for Obama’s war.

Obama received applause, America got nothing.

But though he continued to dazzle Europeans on his debut international tour, the Continent’s leaders turned their backs on the US President.

Gordon Brown was the only one to offer substantial help. He offered to send several hundred extra British soldiers to provide security during the August election, but even that fell short of the thousands of combat troops that the US was hoping to prise from the Prime Minister.

t two other allies made firm offers of troops. Belgium offered to send 35 military trainers and Spain offered 12. Mr Obama’s host, Nicolas Sarkozy, refused his request.

The derisory response threatened to tarnish Mr Obama’s European tour, which yesterday included a spellbinding performance in Strasbourg in which he offered the world a vision of a future free of nuclear weapons.

Obama received applause for his “spellbinding performance”. America got nothing.

Obama begged. “Europe should not simply expect the United States to shoulder that burden alone,” he said. “This is a joint problem it requires a joint effort.”

Obama threatened and fear-mongered: He said that failing to support the US surge would leave Europe open to a fresh terrorist offensive. “It is probably more likely that al-Qaeda would be able to launch a serious terrorist attack on Europe than on the United States because of proximity,” he said.

Obama failed:

The presidential charm offensive failed to move fellow Nato countries. President Sarkozy told Mr Obama that France would not be sending reinforcements to bolster its existing force northeast of Kabul.

Germany, Italy, Poland, Canada and Denmark said that they were considering their positions. After a meeting with Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, Mr Obama tried to apply further moral pressure. “I am sure that Germany, as one of the most important leaders in Europe, will be stepping up to the plate and helping us to get the job done.”

Obama is only now, when it is too late, beginning to learn that nations have interests, not friends.

World leaders this week pretended to be Obama’s “friend”.

Behind his back, world leaders whisper: “Obama is a boob. Obama is a sucker. Let’s roll him.”

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316 thoughts on “World Leaders And North Korea To Barack Obama: “Sucker”

  1. This Mary Todd speech reminds us of Obama’s speech to students and says more about Mary Todd and Barack Obama than it does of their targets:



  2. Obama insulted Americans
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    Just like he did during the primaries and will continue to do. He is an enemy of state, possibly the most damaging one in history.

    Admin,

    Well said!

  3. In any competitive endeavor, whether it be boxing, tennis, or statescraft, you evaluate the skill level of your adversary, and what it will take to penetrate his defenses.

    Admin. what you say here is the Gods truth. The kinda knew what to expect going in with the Poland gaff, the secret deal he tried to make with Russia, etc. But G-20 was the confirmation. They fleeced him on the soverignty issue and big media covered for him.

    Everyone talks about sportsmanship, etc. but the truth is any honest competitior wants to win–what else is there. If you have a strong adversary you look at ways to weaken him. And if you have a weakling like Obama–who has no values and will give you whatever you want as long as you make him look good, then you let nature take its course.

    Le bon temps roule say Iran, North Korea. Nature abhors a vaccum and that is what we now have at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. A leadership vaccuum.

  4. wbboei said;
    The problem we have with the string pullers here is they are motivated strictly by self dealing and they canibalize the nation in the process. Obama is simply the latest front man behind whom they operate.

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    interesting article here:
    h,,,/ no w’s
    edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2009/04/05/jrjr-a-necessary-rotation-of-management/

  5. World leaders saw Bush as an idiot.
    World leaders see Obama as a joke.
    Their judement is correct on both counts.

  6. Obama spends big, talks austerity later — as in 10 years later:

    freep.com/article/20090405/NEWS15/90405012

  7. “It’s pretty clear already: I think the Chinese and the Russians, but particularly the Chinese, are not going to support additional sanctions,” he told reporters Friday
    ————————
    I am no expert, but that much is obvious. Why should either of those countries come to the aid of Obama when a third world dictator is proving to the rest of the world that Obama is a paper tiger? To bring the United States down a notch or two in the eyes of the world is not a bad thing from their perspective. If I were in their shoes (not that I would be) my message to him would be this: hey big guy, you are the messiah, go kill your own snakes. And what would the flake tell them in response? . . . puleeeeeeez can’t we all just get along. This loss of face is critical because Japan disarmed in 1945 and has remained disarmed because it had confidence that the United States would come to its aid if it was threatened. Obamas whine about this obvious slap in the face and his running to mommy–the Security Counsel which will likely not do what he is demanding will be watched by friends and foes alike. In other words Bambi its show time.

  8. When does the Media Ignore a President’s Bow to Royalty?

    Posted by Kim Priestap
    Published: April 4, 2009

    When the bow, and a deep waisted one at that, is performed by Obama to the Saudi King. When it’s performed by Bill Clinton to the Emperor or Japan, then the media is all over it. The New York Times in 1994 took Mr. Clinton to task for his sorta, kinda bow:

    “It wasn’t a bow, exactly. But Mr. Clinton came close. He inclined his head and shoulders forward, he pressed his hands together. It lasted no longer than a snapshot, but the image on the South Lawn was indelible: an obsequent President, and the Emperor of Japan.

    Canadians still bow to England’s Queen; so do Australians. Americans shake hands. If not to stand eye-to-eye with royalty, what else were 1776 and all that about? But Mr. Clinton, alas, is not the only one since George Washington who has seemed not quite to know what to make of monarchs.

    But the “thou need not bow” commandment from the State Department’s protocol office maintained a constancy of more than 200 years. Administration officials scurried to insist that the eager-to-please President had not really done the unthinkable.

    “It was not a bow-bow, if you know what I mean,” said Ambassador Molly Raiser, the chief of protocol. White House officials described Mr. Clinton’s tilt as something of an improvisation. Because Emperor Akihito broke with tradition in turn to raise his glass at the state dinner, some even said Mr. Clinton had managed something of a breakthrough.

    Where’s the Times now? Barack Obama’s bow was quite demonstrative, so it’s hard to explain why the Times or any other media news outlet for that matter refuses to report Obama’s chucking of 200 years of protocol, except that perhaps they’ve sold their souls to The One.

    wizbangblog.com/content/2009/04/04/when-does-the-media-ignore-a-bow-to-royalty.php

  9. Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.”
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    And the sad truth is Obama is utterly incapable of defending the interests of the United States. His dance card is full. The only close dancing he will do is with the special interests that put him there. The rest is just smoke and mirrors.

  10. They know how to play him. He gives the game away. Make him look good and he will give you whatever you want.

  11. wbboei Says:
    April 5th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.”

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    That was Obama’s policy as a ‘community organizer.’

  12. Turdown: con su permiso . . .
    —————————–
    The Smooth Criminal Transition from Bush/Cheney to Obama

    and throughout

    Beneath his seemingly boundless charisma and charm, Barack Obama has always been an utterly ruthless politician. He has been a compromiser who has danced with the darkest forces of political and criminal power, while winning over common people; a consensus-abiding chameleon and a “pragmatist”

    As some of us saw from the start

    The signs were clear from the early days of the presidential contest that Obama was, like every presidential candidate, a handpicked puppet.

    B0bots get some ink as well

    The naïve, the hopeful and the ignorant have continued to harbor fantasies about “change”, even as Obama promptly destroyed every single hope, starting with the composition of his administration.

    Here’s how the stimulus plan is described

    “This is a ‘War Budget’. The austerity measures hit all major federal spending programs with the exception of: 1. Defence and the Middle East War: 2. the Wall Street bank bailout, 3. Interest payments on a staggering public debt.

    “The Obama stimulus program constitutes a continuation of the Bush administration’s bank bailout packages. The proposed policy solution to the crisis becomes the cause, ultimately resulting in further real economy bankruptcies and a corresponding collapse of the standard of living of Americans.

    “Both the Bush and Obama bank bailouts are intended to come to the rescue of troubled financial institutions, to ensure the payment of ‘inter-bank’ debt operations. In practice, large amounts of money transit through the banking system, from the banks to the hedge funds, to offshore banking havens and back to the banks.

    ending with

    “…the arrival of Obama as the new imperial figurehead of the Anglo-American empire is not a victory of, or for, the people. It will not signify a dramatic upheaval, in any way, and by no means is any sort of revolution at hand. This election was a necessary rotation of management, scripted at the highest levels of the Anglo-American elite.

    The ending is a bit ironic

    For those who have spent the past eight hellish years opposing and resisting the crimes of Bush/Cheney, prepare yourselves for worse: the “friendliest” fascism, and the most dangerous stealth messenger in history.

    Considering Larry Chin has NOT been one of those….

    Update

    In the incompetence department, this startling diplomatic breakthrough as posted by Pips at The Confluence

    B0 also on Saturday showed his alleged great talent for negotiating. (Did he drag them into a corner?) He convinced the Turks to agree to the appointment of the Danish PM as new General Secretary of Nato. The price:
    A Turk must be appointed second in command in Nato.
    A Turk must be appointed Head of disarmament.
    The special envoy to Afghanistan must remain Turkish.
    The Danish PM must apologize for – not just explain – the Muhammed Cartoons.
    And the Danish government must shut down the Kurd TV station ROJ, which broadcasts from DK.
    To me it sure looks like the Turks are the better negotiators.

    Way to go, Barack! I wonder if the CEOs from AIG gave the Turks some pointers or they found their way by themselves. And was there any bowing?(err – picking stuff off the floor at meeting time as our media put it)

    And in the same incompetence department, from Annie NYC what happens when TOTUS is on leave

    The question that flummoxed the great orator
    read the hillarious transcript,

    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] …

  13. Turndown: re reading this business about a cadre of elite interests who pick the presidents who in turn operate as their puppets is undeniably true. The answer is a third party, but the obstacles are high. The largest obstacle is money. But if the elites prove themselves incapable of saving the nation from economic calamity, then the door will swing open for a third party if the case can be made that the two existing parties are as Lou Dobbs says wings of the same bird. If neither party is capable of saving the American People then neither party deserves their support. If the elites then resort to force, well then I say lets deal with that bridge when we come to it. For now the watchword should be give them no quarter–because they are the destroyer of worlds.

  14. The world of diplomacy is a world of symbolism, inuendo and treachery.

    The TIMING of this launch over Japan is everthing.

    It says to Japan either arm, or get yourself an alliance with a power that can control North Korea, and protect you: China.

    Obama is not someone you Japan or anyone else can ever trust to do what he says. I have to believe they have studied him and reached the identical conclusion that we have on that subject.

    It is the flaw no media shill can hide.

  15. B0 also on Saturday showed his alleged great talent for negotiating. (Did he drag them into a corner?) He convinced the Turks to agree to the appointment of the Danish PM as new General Secretary of Nato. The price:
    A Turk must be appointed second in command in Nato.
    A Turk must be appointed Head of disarmament.
    The special envoy to Afghanistan must remain Turkish.
    The Danish PM must apologize for – not just explain – the Muhammed Cartoons.
    And the Danish government must shut down the Kurd TV station ROJ, which broadcasts from DK.
    To me it sure looks like the Turks are the better negotiators.
    ——————————————-
    Makes you wonder whom he represents–the United States or the Muslim world.

  16. The reason big media attacked bill and gave obama a pass is simple. They are corrupt. But equally important, the American People elected Bill Clinton whereas big media elected Obama.

  17. Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.

    That will not matter to Obama, because his army of hopium addicts are of the school of thought that believes it is shameful and unjust for our country to even have “self interests”. In their minds, the only “interest” allowed by America is the world’s. They persist in the delusion that if America only completely stops looking out for herself in any fashion, the world will be at peace.

    They are morons of the highest order.

  18. Wbboei, that is the best explanation of Clinton hate we have heard.

    “American People elected Bill Clinton whereas big media elected Obama.”

    As to the Turkish demands Obama kow-towed to – astounding.

  19. Dead on, wbboei:

    The TIMING of this launch over Japan is everthing.

    It says to Japan either arm, or get yourself an alliance with a power that can control North Korea, and protect you: China.

    Bingo, my friend.

  20. WOW, Admin!
    :shaking head in admiration:
    I hadn’t thought of this!
    “It is clear to anyone allowed to tell the truth or who wishes to accept reality that the North Korea missile launch, ready and able to be fired for days, was designed to “coincide” with yet another Obama speech.”
    My other fav comments;
    “Big Media prefers to focus on the sleeveless scowler and praise her clumsy protocol pratfalls.”
    ‘World leaders saw Obama, shuttered their eyelids, smiled, and whispered “Sucker”.

  21. Barack Obama is putting the state in charge of the economy in the land of free enterprise. Are the ‘best and the brightest’ up to the task?

    JOHN IBBITSON
    April 4, 2009

    WASHINGTON — “I see light at the end of the tunnel.” Walt Rostow, National Security Adviser, December, 1967, on the situation in Vietnam.

    In the space of a few months, the United States of America has been transformed from the most entrepreneurial society on Earth to one so state-directed that even the Europeans are raising their eyebrows.
    The government has become deeply enmeshed in the banking and insurance sectors, a chunk of which it now owns. It holds or guarantees $5-trillion worth of mortgages. It is directing the future of the automotive industry.

    Conservatives accuse President Barack Obama of being a socialist. “The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics may be dead,” Mike Huckabee, former candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, said recently, “but the Union of American Socialist Republics is being born.” It’s a wild claim. But Mr. Obama is an interventionist. He believes he can restructure the American economy and heal this recession while also transforming the health care, education and energy sectors, even as he ramps up the war in Afghanistan. Mr. Obama is the most activist president since Lyndon Johnson. Mr. Johnson’s presidency failed.

    The best and the brightest is how author David Halberstam dubbed those who advised Mr. Johnson and John F. Kennedy before him. They believed they could win the war in Vietnam while reshaping health care, education, housing and civil rights -the Great Society, it was called. But they didn’t know what they didn’t know, as former defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld liked to say. They failed to appreciate the complexity of the issues, and they paid the price in quagmires. Is Mr. Obama leading the U.S. into a domestic Vietnam? Is the ambition and complexity of his agenda bound to overwhelm an administration that has taken on more than any White House could possibly handle?

    continued at…

    theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090404.OBAMA04/TPStory/Comment

  22. WTF!!!!!!!

    Are you kidding?

    ‘The Danish PM must apologize for – not just explain – the Muhammed Cartoons.’

    OTOH, Bo probably thinks those cartoons are RACIST!!!!!!

  23. Another Chicagoan tapped for Obama administration

    April 5, 2009

    John Q. Easton, the executive director of the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago, will be nominated by President Obama to a six-year term as Director of the Institute of Education Sciences.

    The Institute of Education Sciences is the nation’s engine for educational research, evaluation, assessment and statistics — instrumental to scholars, education policy makers and practitioners, according to a release from the University of Chicago. As Director of IES, Easton will oversee four major national centers, a staff of about 200 and partnerships with institutions nationwide. The Institute funds hundreds of research studies on ways to improve academic achievement, conducts large-scale evaluations of federal education programs and reports a wide array of statistics on the condition of education, such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the release said.

    The Consortium, under Easton’s leadership, has enjoyed a productive relationship with Arne Duncan, who spent seven years as chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools before his appointment this year as Secretary of Education.

    suntimes.com/news/politics/obama/1512290,w-chicago-obama-administration-040509.article

  24. wbboei Says:
    April 5th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Turdown: con su permiso . . .
    —————————–
    The Smooth Criminal Transition from Bush/Cheney to Obama

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    I don’t think ANY of this was mine originally.

  25. Obama is not someone you Japan or anyone else can ever trust to do what he says. I have to believe they have studied him and reached the identical conclusion that we have on that subject.

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

    Heh, they’re probably reading us right now.

  26. Admin:

    “But Obama couldn’t completely disguise that his first trip abroad as the American president was a bit of an eye-opener. He hinted at this Welcome to The NFL moment in taking an open-ended question from an Austrian reporter at NATO about his impressions so far of the continent.”

    “It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate,” he noted. There’s a lot of – I don’t know what the term is in Austrian– wheeling and dealing. And people are pursuing their interests and everybody has their own particular issues and their own particular politics.”

    Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and this website have long known what Obama is only now beginning to discover, but still not fully understand nor fully appreciate – Lord Palmerston’s truism “Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.”

    Obama’s European trip was an embarressment to America. Obama is clueless regarding the historical interaction of Europe and the resolve of the great presidents that preceided him and George Bush. If Obama thinks he is an improvement over Bush then he is seriously delusional as well as his counterparts floating him out there as a decoy for stripping Europe’s Treasurys as well.

    Europe’s War budget was expended long ago because their money is backed by Gold, ours is not. We print FIAT money which is as worthless as the paper it’s printed on and we are lucky they accept our currency when we are travelers abroad. A friend told me the Chinese pay their laborers in our (fiat money) USD and laugh about it because they then consider their labor cost is free.

    Obama is in for a rude awakening, he’s playing poker with the pros. Obama’s only accomplishment from his European tour is galvanizing the Europeans against us after they’ve learned he is bending over for banking interests, dragging his feet drafting key legislative elements regulating Hedge Funds and reinstating long gone restrictive banking regulations. Might as well make iThe next meeting the G19 and work around him until it occurs to him he is irrelevant to their success.

  27. admin Says:
    April 5th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Good one, TurndownObama.

    “That was Obama’s policy as a ‘community organizer.’”

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    Pretty much a quote from Obama himself. Iirc it was in some old serious profile, Chi Trib or Lizza.

  28. The signs were clear from the early days of the presidential contest that Obama was, like every presidential candidate, a handpicked puppet.

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    Bill Clinton wasn’t. Jimmy Carter? The losers, Dukakis, Mondale, etc?

    McCain?

  29. Turndown: it was from the link you directed me to which is referenced at the bottom of this comment. I thought it was good worth posting the text. But since you found the link I wanted to give you credit.

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    wbboei Says:
    April 5th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Turdown: con su permiso . . .
    —————————–
    The Smooth Criminal Transition from Bush/Cheney to Obama

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

    I don’t think ANY of this was mine originally.
    —————————————-

    turndownobama-com Says:

    April 5th, 2009 at 12:00 pm
    wbboei said;
    The problem we have with the string pullers here is they are motivated strictly by self dealing and they canibalize the nation in the process. Obama is simply the latest front man behind whom they operate.

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

    interesting article here:
    h,,,/ no w’s
    edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2009/04/05/jrjr-a-necessary-rotation-of-management

  30. Mrs. Smith, Europe’s money is not backed by gold. No one’s is. Every country currently in existence uses fiat money.

  31. stupid question time from the economically challenged..

    if have $1,000 in the bank and it’s currently valued at $1,000 and if inflation occurs so that it now takes
    $2000 to equal $1000 does that mean the original $1000 is now valuied at only $500?

    I mean, i get how a house bought at the top of the bubble could now be worth less than the original mortgage but does that same rule apply to currency?
    And, if so, WTF is the point of saving money???????

  32. basil said; I mean, i get how a house bought at the top of the bubble could now be worth less than the original mortgage but does that same rule apply to currency?
    And, if so, WTF is the point of saving money???????

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

    Many people think it’s better to keep one’s savings in something more solid than money, such as land, house, tools … even gold.

  33. Wouldnt it be grand to get the name of MO’s habidasher. His or her style may strart a new trend called early twentieth century garrish.

    I was over at the Getty Images site and every day it gets worse. The last posting had her in one of those black sweaters pulled up past the elbows, a tied together with a velvet whip belt, pumps and a white blouse with a ribbon so large it looks like a genetically reengineered albino butterfly has landed on her front. It is not cute, it is not smart and it is not stylish. It uncoodinated, it is garish and is so lacking in good taste that they will have to start a new trend in fashion to explain it away as anything more than a tasteless venture, an embarrassment.

    On the other hand it would be a perfect outfit to wear if you were bent on digging an unmarked grave in the white house yard to bury a rival–in this case a teleprompter who got too close to hubbie.

  34. LOL!

    I saw that ridiculous costume, too.

    And the belt looked like it was patent leather or, even worse, vinyl.

    It’s unbelievable how MSM has crowned her fashion queen.
    Isn’t there a name for this habit of glorifying the ungloried? Mass Stockholm Syndrome, maybe?
    I watched the ORIGINAL Manchurian Candidate yesterday and i swear sometimes I really do think the public water supply has been kool-ade spiked. Makes me glad I have a well. 👿

  35. Isn’t there a name for this habit of glorifying the ungloried?
    ——————————
    Groucho Marx said it best: who ya gonna believe: me (big media) or your lying eyes?

  36. MO’s makeup does look good, imo. I wish someone would find out the salary of her makeup person, cost of her wardrobe, etc — as they did with Palin. The difference is Palin didn’t choose any of that expense, she just accepted what the RNC arranged for. MO could say no if she wanted to.

  37. I’ve reconsidered MO’s fashion IQ and decided it could be worse.

    She could dress like one of those whose-the-baby-daddy characters on Maury Povich-type shows and favor skin-tight butt-hugging capris with stiletto heels and bright red lipstick.

    Those unflattering ensembles she wears remind me of the ghetto-queen going-to-church-outfits.

    Better that than the alternative.

  38. um…m.o….I have no words…her fashion sense is comical and just keeps getting worse and worse.

    huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/05/michelle-obama-sunday-in_n_183220.html

  39. She could dress like one of those whose-the-baby-daddy characters on Maury Povich-type shows and favor skin-tight butt-hugging capris with stiletto heels and bright red lipstick.
    ———————————
    Basil–that would be an improvement. But still a nightmare.

    Where is that USELESS WashPo hypocrite Robin Givhan now, the supposed fashion editor of WashPo now–who made an issue out of Hillarys neckline. Givhan is definitely one of the biggest farces out there–who can take anything she says seriously. Even their Ombudsman concluded that Givhans opinion did not carry enough weight or intellectual credibilty to take what she said seriously, but just for the sake of argument it would be interesting to see how she lies her way of of this one. The word I would use is early 21st century vulgar–a new fashion trend for bots, Givhan and others who have no panache.

  40. wbboei

    I guess I am not really into fashion, but I am into inequality. If you apply the same standard they do in the movie magazines to who was great and who was not, you have to wonder what it going on here. I think they are concerned about what will happen if they apply the standards used against the Hollywood starlets against MO.

    Very similar to the people who were afraid to say in public that the emperor had no clothes.

  41. WBBOEI!

    ROTF!

    I should known you’d prefer the ghetto-queen look to the church-lady one.

    hehehehe

  42. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren is trying her damnedest to do her oversight job, but is being stonewalled by the Treasury on a daily basis:

    Elizabeth Warren, chief watchdog of America’s $700bn (£472bn) bank bailout plan, will this week call for the removal of top executives from Citigroup, AIG and other institutions that have received government funds in a damning report that will question the administration’s approach to saving the financial system from collapse.

    She’s calling for the banks themselves to be saved, and the depositors, but the shareholders to be wiped out. She’s got TITS! (I no longer say balls.)

    guardian.co.uk/business/2009/apr/05/useconomy-regulators

  43. Great job highlighting Obama’s unsuccessful European trip. The American media focuses on Michelle’s J.Crew clothing but fails to see the bigger picture here. Go to the news sites for entertainment and fashion but if you need news on the future of our economy and world stability, don’t bother. I see Obama’s trip as a failure. If it wasn’t, I’d be more than willing to give him his due. But this seriously scares me to the core. I often have a good time making fun of Obama but when it comes to the economy and getting ourselves into another war I am dead serious. Obama’s inexperience as an effective leader and his lack of knowledge in diplomacy and foreign policy has made him look like a joke to the rest of the world’s leaders. I keep picturing Obama in the second row of that group photo that was taken with the Queen of England seated center front and I see that as a symbol of the way America is now viewed by world leaders. We are a joke and those smart enough and experienced enough in politics and dealing with masters like Bill Clinton see the writing on the wall. I wonder what Hillary is thinking. I’m sure she sees the writing on the wall as well and is just trying to make sure that she is in a good position to escape this mess when the time comes.

  44. The worse the better. The sooner everyone with any maturity and judgment in Europe sees just what idiots the Obamas are — the more support the Europeans will give the Clintons. (Same for people in the US, if any are still in doubt.)

  45. Has he resigned yet? I keep hoping I will log on and find that he’s finally decided he is not man enough for the job.

  46. I was reading a comment on another blog, from a poster from the EU. He said that the media in the EU are in love with BO, and they cannot get enough of him. The praise is ongoing and the crowds are large. I don’t get it.

  47. birdgal – It depends on who you speak to. Just from what I’ve read, the press seems more impressed with Michelle than Barack. Michelle because of her fashion. The media loves to cover trophy wives. But for the most part, at least with the British media, I’ve seen a lot of criticism of Obama. And I’ve only seen protesters. I’ve seen crowds but not really large ones. Euro Puma from France has been covering Obama’s visit: http://www.europumas.over-blog.com/

  48. I’m in moderation. Trying again:

    birdgal – It depends on who you speak to. Just from what I’ve read, the press seems more impressed with Michelle than Barack. Michelle because of her fashion. The media loves to cover trophy wives. But for the most part, at least with the British media, I’ve seen a lot of criticism of Obama. And I’ve only seen protesters. I’ve seen crowds but not really large ones. Euro Puma from France has been covering Obama’s visit: europumas.over-blog.com/

  49. China, Russia Rebuff U.S. at UN on North Korea Launch

    By Bill Varner and Jeff Bliss

    April 5 (Bloomberg) — China and Russia resisted a U.S. call for tougher sanctions against North Korea at an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council today after the communist country launched a rocket, prompting international condemnation. Chinese and Russian envoys urged restraint, saying further study was needed to determine whether, as the U.S. asserts, the launch violated UN resolutions prohibiting North Korea from developing missile technology. The positions of the two nations, which can veto any sanctions resolution, signaled the likelihood of protracted negotiations on a UN response.

    The launch of the Taepodong-2 rocket represents an early test for Barack Obama’s young presidency and may complicate efforts to get North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to return to six- nation talks aimed at eliminating his nation’s nuclear weapons program. The U.S., Japan and South Korea have accused the reclusive country of developing long-range missile technology to carry a nuclear device.

    “All countries concerned should show restraint,” and any response should be “cautious and proportionate,” Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yesui told reporters after the Security Council held a three-hour closed meeting. “We think that we should take some time to understand the technical parameters of this launch,” Russian Deputy Ambassador Igor Shcherbak said. “Our technical experts are going to continue to study it.”

    bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aFlx6l8VGO18&refer=home

  50. US wants limits on Antarctic tourism

    By MATTHEW LEE

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is pushing to protect Antarctica’s fragile environment by imposing mandatory limits on the size of cruise ships sailing there and the number of passengers they bring ashore.
    At a conference set to begin Monday in Baltimore, U.S. diplomats will propose amending the 50-year-old Antarctic Treaty. The move would seek to mandate, under international law, the current voluntary restrictions on tourism.
    A U.S. document provided to The Associated Press by the State Department says the plan would “minimize the likelihood of marine oil spills” in the Antarctic and “ensure that tourism is conducted in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.”

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was to kick off the conference in Washington on Monday by hosting the first joint meeting of Antarctic Treaty signatories and the Arctic Council, which covers the northern polar region. More than 400 officials and observers are expected to attend from the Baltimore meeting, which runs to April 17.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i0EQEgZ8Dnwjrc0Z8_fTqFYq7Q6QD97C888O0

  51. HighlyEducatedHillarySupporter Says:

    April 5th, 2009 at 8:45 pm
    —————————————————————–

    Thank you. LOL! The first part of the blog was in French, but then I scrolled down and started reading the English version. I was hoping that the foreign press might be more critical than the American “news” media.

  52. Oh, Boy- Obama’s little King World is beginning to crumble. His major benefactor George Soros is having a problem with a lawsuit accusing him of Money Laundering and Bankruptcy Fraud.

    The RICO charges against Soros include a multitude of well known personalities including Donald Trump and Fortress Investments.. at:

    h…pumasunleashed.wordpress.com

  53. You’re welcome, Birdgal. If you want to see some criticism from the British media, here are a few links:

    Video of Obama imploding after BBC political analyst asks him a simple question: youtube.com/watch?v=CA6bDSCaRKE

    Snarky response from Guardian UK: guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/03/g20-barack-obama-nick-robinson-question

    The Daily Mail (UK): dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1166498/QUENTIN-LETTS-Obama-told-joke-Brown-laughed–laughed–laughed–laughed.html

    I’ve read much more from liberal British publications criticizing Obama but I don’t have the time to look for the links right now. Also, don’t forget that Obama gave Gordon Brown DVDs that weren’t compatible with UK DVD players. The IPod gift wasn’t criticized as much because at least he gave a collectible item along with that gift. But it still looks bad.

    Anyway, I think admin has hit the nail on the head. Politicians are sneaky and they always smile to your face while they stab you in the back (or turn their back on you). Obama thinks he’s smart but he’s a petty thief compared to those in the big leagues who have more experience, class, and intelligence than he’ll ever have. Those people at the G-20 summit know who Obama is and they know he’s bamboozled his way to the White House while the real hard worker, Hillary Clinton, is working behind the scenes. They will hug his wife and pat him on the back and smile because they know he’s the media darling and they don’t want to appear racist in the American press for not being super nice to Obama. They know that while they pose for the photo-op they are able to get away with a lot more stuff behind the scenes that the media won’t focus on. Admin has done a good job explaining what really went on in Europe this week. Michelle, J.Crew clothes, and photo-ops are just more distractions so Americans don’t freak out over what is about to happen to us in the next several years.

  54. Hillary4Texas:

    Thanks for the heads up on the Fiat money!

    In doing my own research…:

    h… mises.org/money/3s12.asp

    “At present, the world is enmeshed in a chaotic welter of exchange controls, currency blocs, restrictions on convertibility, and multiple systems of rates. In some countries a “black market” in foreign exchange is legally encouraged to find out the true rate, and multiple discriminatory rates are fixed for different types of transactions. Almost all nations are on a fiat standard, but they have not had the courage to admit this outright, and so they proclaim some such fiction as “restricted gold bullion standard.” Actually, gold is used not as a true definition for currencies, but as a convenience by governments: (a) for fixing a currency’s rate with respect to gold makes it easy to reckon any exchange in terms of any other currency; and (b) gold is still used by the different governments. Since exchange rates are fixed, some item must move to balance every country’s payments, and gold is the ideal candidate. In short gold is no longer the world’s money; it is now the governments’ money, used in payments to one another.”

  55. In my few meetings with Generals, the decsions were not made at the meeting, but with the group of people afterwards who wrote the notes for the meetings. I know that HRC is taking notes, and attending those meetings. O probably never takes notes, and can’t find them if he did take them, like he said during the debates.

  56. I was offended at the inordinate amount of attention and praise for MO, whom apparently has become “proud” of her nation for the first time now that her “peeps” are ion power. Her lack of any real knowledge and experience compared to when Hillary was first lady is ignored, while her wardrobe (which imho is average at best) is considered teh new “American Standard” in fashion.
    As for BO, like most Presidents who are in trouble at home, the G20 came at a most opportune time to distract his nationalization of the auto-industry and total incompetence of the AIG mess. Americans have a short attention span, and this “publicity” tour will give him a slight bump.
    Nonetheless, reality struck quickly when N. Korea, a country with a leader “crazy as a fox” launched a “satellite” despite our warnings and anticipated sanctions. As the administrator pointed out, as did “know it all Joe”, Obama is being tested very early on. It looks to me like much like Jimmy Carter, the world sees a weak leader whose willing to pacify and appease our worst enemies to will favor will his concept of a “newe world order”. I am afraid and fear that N. Korea is only the beginning, and absent BO showing that we (USA) will not tolerate rogue nations threatening the world’s security, IIran, Russia, China, and others will see a green light to pursue their objectives with little resisrtance.

  57. This is a good thing:

    ” In February, President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates overturned a policy that dated back to the first Persian Gulf war.
    They agreed to allow reporters to observe the remains of American troops being returned to the U.S. military mortuary at Dover, as long as families agreed. ”

    ww.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/05/war.dead.media.coverage/index.html

  58. # HillaryforTexas Says:
    April 5th, 2009 at 10:27 pm
    Yes, it is, SHV. I will be honest and say I’m glad he did that.
    ***********
    I have to assume that the “he” is Robert Gates. I doubt if Obama knew or cared about the ban. If Afghanistan heats up, Obama will be sorry that he listened to Gates. Or maybe I’m just cynical.

  59. I am afraid and fear that N. Korea is only the beginning, and absent BO showing that we (USA) will not tolerate rogue nations threatening the world’s security, IIran, Russia, China, and others will see a green light to pursue their objectives with little resisrtance.
    ——————————————
    Bambi put a kick me sign on his own rear end when he said there is nothing we can do about North Korea acquiring a nuclear bomb. Even if that is true you never say it. It is saying in effect I am powerless. And it invites a bully to attack you. Make no mistake about it, the missile over Japan was a shot across Bambis bow.

    The other reason you never concede that there is nothing you can do is because it is not true–even if he has the bomb does not mean he will be allowed to keep it. Holy Statue of Liberty Batman, Bambi never thought of that possibility– even though he is a Harvard grad, a law review editor, a thoughful man and all that ridiculous malarky.

    For a different take on this kind of surrender consider what Colonel Hal Moore who won the medal of honor in Nam (We Were Soldiers Once And Young):

    ” A leader can either inspire confidence in his unit or contaminate the environment by his attitude and actoions. . . In a battle, there is always one more thing a leader can do to influence a situation in his favor-then one more, then one more, then one more . . . When there is nothing wrong there is nothing wrong except there is nothing wrong–and that is when a leader must be most alert”–rather than signing communiques that imperil our economic future.

    Simply put, Bambi is not a leader, he is a schoozer and a sociopath. The danger is the next time something like this happens instead of underreacting he will overreact. That is when things will get dicey.

  60. SHV Says:
    April 5th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    This is a good thing:

    ” In February, President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates overturned a policy that dated back to the first Persian Gulf war.
    They agreed to allow reporters to observe the remains of American troops being returned to the U.S. military mortuary at Dover, as long as families agreed. ”

    ww.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/05/war.dead.media.coverage/index.html

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

    What bets Obama allows this with soldiers who died in Iraq but not in Afganistan.

  61. Is Obama really going into these places of decision all by himself, no teleprompter, no handlers? I doubt that. I can see him staying out of Hillary’s shadow, but surely he would have a few nannies along, experienced people….

    Hm, like the ones who briefed him on protocol….

  62. FBI InfraGard warns of a crescendo of public concern about Obama’s eligibility
    by DefendUSx April 05, 2009 11:14
    Tasked by the FBI to provide “informational analysis” on conditions which could be construed as potentially harmful to civil order and national security, InfraGard, of the FBI’s National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC), issued an unclassified Protective Intelligence Communication report in March 2009 regarding the “crescendo” of public concern about Obama’s presidential eligibility.

    Authored by Dr. Lyle J. Rapacki, Protective Intelligence Specialist and Agent, the report summarizes the substance of legal challenges to Obama on the question of his constitutional eligibility and concludes that if it “should be discovered Mr. Obama is ineligible, a constitutional crisis would ensue attempting to determine which of his executive branch orders should be valid.” It goes on to warn that “if…Mr. Obama fights revealing his documentation, there is growing concern of civil unrest, or worse, being unleashed in the streets of our nation. The economic crisis coupled with this type of a constitutional crisis could prove to be a flashpoint that would test conventional law enforcement and elements of homeland security.”

    The stream of law suits, the most recent of which have been tendered by high ranking military officers and state legislators, to compel Obama to prove his eligibility have been unremitting and increasingly vocal. A request for “quo warranto” action, an apparent last-ditch legal remedy, was recently delivered to both the US Attorney for the District of Columbia and to the Attorney General.

    Dovetailing with this unsettling assessment, and pretty much out of public view, are the following national security developments which, in their totality, could well signal acute domestic instability in the period ahead.

    Upon the recommendation of the Army’s Strategic Studies Institute, The Army Times reported that a somewhat euphemistically dubbed “Consequence Management Response Force (CCMRF),” currently the role of the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, but which, reportedly, might eventually comprise upwards of 80,000 troops, is being trained and readied to deal with what could be widespread civil disorder resulting from an “unforeseen economic collapse” or “loss of a functional political and legal order.”

    Symptomatic of festering civil unrest are the many “tea parties” springing up around the country, growing fears of economic disintegration and of both crippling terrorist attacks and even of perceived federal overreaching. Add to this the very real threat of a rogue nuclear EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) attack on the homeland which could instantaneously reduce the country to a paralytic pre-industrial condition, plus the unrest on our southern border, and there appears to be ample and justifiable cause for concern and appropriate contingency planning at every level of government.

    Posted by Dr. Orly Taitz at 4/5/2009 3:45 PM

    defendourfreedoms.us/2009/04/05/fbi-infraguard.aspx#Comment

  63. Turndown: I suspect he consulted 200 advisors, got conflicting opinions and decided to rely on his own infallible judgment which he told us in the debate was more important than experience.

    It is the same thing I spoke about before when a friend of mine and I were sent to Kitani Pennsylvania to open a campaign office and ended up 100 miles off course. We came to the proverbial fork in the road the garman said go north, the map said go south and the roadsign said go west, we did and ended up at the Ohio border. Three advisers with conflicting opinion and no experience from having been there before. Its worse with Bambi because he is a sociopath.

  64. djia,

    What amazes me is that this issue about obama’s eligibility or lack thereof refuses to die. No matter how much the media, dims, obama-friendly judges, etc… try to hide, threaten, distort facts/evidence and ridicule anyone who even suggests any impropriety by this man it’s still out there.

    For the FBI to now be part of the mix, makes me even more nervous.

  65. Secretary Of State Clinton Criticizes Controversial Afghan Women Law

    April 06, 2009

    PRAGUE (RFE/RL) — Answering questions from listeners of Radio Free Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed her hope that a controversial new Afghan law, which critics say will restrict the rights of women, will be overturned. During a visit to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Prague headquarters on April 5, where she answered Afghan listeners prerecorded questions, Clinton argued forcefully for the rights of Afghan women and stressed the administration’s “enduring commitment to Afghanistan.”

    The controversial law, which has not yet been published, was reportedly signed by President Hamid Karzai earlier this month. According to the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights, the legislation says that Afghan Shi’ite women will not have the right to leave their homes except for “legitimate” purposes, and forbids women from working or receiving education without their husbands’ express permission. The legislation explicitly permits marital rape by saying that a wife is bound to satisfy the sexual desires of her husband.

    The U.S. secretary of state expressed her surprise at the law’s passage and said she hoped that after review, it would be overturned. “I was deeply concerned because I do not think it reflects the values of the vast majority of the people of Afghanistan. This was a law, as I understand it, that was aimed at a minority of a minority, and it does impose harsh restrictions on women and children,” Clinton said. “I’ve expressed my concerns and objections about this law directly to President [Hamid] Karzai, and our president, President [Barack]Obama, has spoken about the fact [that] it truly is not in keeping with the direction that Afghanistan has been following.”

    Radio Free Afghanistan received more than 1,000 listener questions for Hillary Clinton. A recurring concern was the continuing harm being caused to civilians, especially women and children, by American and NATO air raids. One listener from Kabul noted that these civilian casualties were “damaging the international community but strengthening the opposition.”

    Clinton said she deeply regretted all loss of life and said that “if those who are perpetrating this violence in the first instance were to stop — that is what we are seeking — then there would be an end to military action by the United States, our allies, and the Afghan National Army.” “We hope with this new strategy that President Obama has outlined, we will be more successful in convincing members of the Taliban, other extremists that might not be 100 percent committed to the cause, to rejoin society, to be part of building a new, strong, secure Afghanistan, and to isolate those who are irreconcilable to defeat them,” Clinton said.We hope with this new strategy that President Obama has outlined, we will be more successful in convincing members of the Taliban, other extremists that might not be 100 percent committed to the cause, to rejoin society, to be part of building a new, strong, secure Afghanistan

    Corruption was another topic addressed by many listeners. One woman listener from Kabul told Clinton that if she wanted to solve the Afghan conflict, she should talk to ordinary people, especially women, claiming that “80 percent of the government is made up of murderers, irresponsible people, smugglers, drug dealers, and dishonest people.” Clinton said the new U.S. administration was well aware of the issue and had made its concerns clear.
    “I have spoken out about it, President Obama has spoken out about it, our special representation [to Afghanistan and Pakistan], Richard Holbrooke, has spoken out about it. And we’re going to do all we can to take steps to try to prevent and eliminate corruption,” Clinton said. “It’s a cancer. It eats away at the confidence and the trust of the people in their government. And we’ve said that to the government representatives, and we will continue to do everything we can to try to work with the people of Afghanistan to eliminate corruption.”

    rferl.org/content/Secretary_Of_State_Clinton_Criticizes_Controversial_Afghan_Women_Law__/1602529.html

  66. So Gibbs woke obama up at 4:30 a.m. to tell him about North Korea? That must have please m.o. no end.

    And then we got a soundbite from obama that fell flat. Russia and China laughed in his face. And once again he slithered away to lick his wounds in Turkey.

    I wonder how much of America he’ll give up there.

  67. What amazes me is that this issue about obama’s eligibility or lack thereof refuses to die. No matter how much the media, dims, obama-friendly judges, etc… try to hide, threaten, distort facts/evidence and ridicule anyone who even suggests any impropriety by this man it’s still out there.

    For the FBI to now be part of the mix, makes me even more nervous.
    —————————————————-
    If Bambi was born in this country then all he has to do is produce a certificate of live birth so stating. His continuing refusal to do that and his prior posting of forged birth certificate makes it all the more imperative that he do so. Yet he refuses to do so. Why? Because he was not borne in this country, Barack Obama is not his real father or both. Also, as a matter of pure speculation, he may be tied to the Saudis in some way given the fact that a Saudi got him into Harvard Law School and that deep bow to the King of Saudi Arabia, which was more like that of a subject than a head of state.

  68. So Gibbs woke obama up at 4:30 a.m. to tell him about North Korea? That must have please m.o. no end
    ——————————–
    It was no problem. He sleeps in a separate bed—-with Tele. This is like an old world marriage–a wife and a mistress.

  69. “It was no problem. He sleeps in a separate bed—-with Tele. This is like an old world marriage–a wife and a mistress.”

    ————————-

    Oh my god! The visual I got from that!

    LMAO!!! 🙂

  70. So now Bambi lulls himself to sleep by thinking not about cows jumping over the moon, but missiles flying across the night sky of Tokyo. Say goodnight Bambi.

  71. Jan and wbboei

    the scope of the “conspiracy” and “accomplice” to keep his birth certificate among other pertinent info known is what is so scary!!

    there is the question that is most often asked as you wbboei asked above “If Bambi was born in this country then all he has to do is produce a certificate of live birth so stating. His continuing refusal to do that and his prior posting of forged birth certificate makes it all the more imperative that he do so. Yet he refuses to do so. Why?”

    but the BIGGER QUESTION IS……. WHY IS EVERYONE WITH ANY AND ALL POWER SO COMPLACENT & WILLING TO DISMISS/ COVER UP THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE ISSUE?

    why is so important to all them that his birth certificate remain in lock down?? why would they all do that??? what’s in it for them????

  72. Yet he refuses to do so. Why? Because he was not borne in this country, Barack Obama is not his real father or both.
    ***********
    If there is a problem, I subscribe to the hypothesis that he was born in HI, Barak Obama was his father. He was legally adopted by Lolo Soetoro and HI re-issued his BC with the last name of Soetoro. When he went back to HI at age ten to live with his GM. He started using his birth name again. He never legally changed it. That would be typical of Obama; not bother with the “legal” niceties.

  73. hmmm I wonder if he called Hillary at 4:31am to find out what he should do??

    I can just picture it now………….

    Obama : damn…… I got Hillary’s answering machine it says…..if this is a real emergency and you need to reach me Please call The boob in crisis (TBIC) hotline at 1-800-gfyourself

    lmao!!

  74. Again on the BC issue..With more thought, I think that everything is OK with the BC but Obama, the sociopath is showing another aspect of that disorder, ODD.

    ODD..”.Oppositional defiant disorder”

    symptoms of ODD:

    A pattern of negativistic, hostile, and defiant behavior lasting at least 6 months, during which four (or more) of the following are present:
    Note: Consider a criterion met only if the behavior occurs more frequently than is typically observed in individuals of comparable age and developmental level.

    1. often loses temper
    2. often argues with adults
    3. often actively defies or refuses to comply with adults’ requests or rules
    4. often deliberately annoys people
    5. often blames others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior
    6. is often touchy or easily annoyed by others
    7. is often angry and resentful
    8. is often spiteful or vindictive

  75. djia,

    If we are talking conspiracies, then just think what would happen if this unravelled obama’s dynastic plans. How many were caught in the net of this federal crime? How far and how deep does it go? And finally, what would the repercussions be?

  76. and the ridiculous part is

    Why doesn’t he just show his REAL birth certificate? Why all the phonies?

  77. SHV: if your hypothesis is correct, then why does he not produce the original birth certificate showing his name Barack Obama, the name of his mother and father, the hospital and witnesses to settle the issue and rebut the testimony of his paternal grandmother that he was born in Kenya. As the president of the United States, charged with faithfully enforcing the law why would he stonewall on that issue, especially with all this momentum building and the shadow it casts on his legitimacy. My prosecutorial instints tell me there is more to the story. And I do not understand the Saudi connection. Any thoughts on why he is stonewalling this inquiry?

  78. djia Says:
    April 6th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    hmmm I wonder if he called Hillary at 4:31am to find out what he should do??

    I can just picture it now………….

    Obama : damn…… I got Hillary’s answering machine it says…..if this is a real emergency and you need to reach me Please call The boob in crisis (TBIC) hotline at 1-800-gfyourself

    lmao!!

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

    And it’s the sex line number!

  79. My suspicion is that there is no birth certificate but merely a certificate of live birth filed by his mother several weeks afterwards. I had a friend of mine who does geneological work check into this one, and it was her conclusion that he was born in a home for unwed mothers on Oak Street in Vancouver. She deduces this from an inside knowledge of how those homes worked in those days, and the fact that she showed up two weeks after the birth at the home of a high school friend and the friend was shocked to see she did not know how to change the babys diapers or take care of it. If the baby had been with her for those two weeks then she would have known all about this, whereas the fact she did not indicated to my friend that he was taken away from his mother following birth, she was asked to give up the child, and she had a change of heart. So she was discharged from the home and had to learn how to take care of him thereafter. My friend believes that there is no certificate of live birth in Hawaii but merely a registration of birth which she filed after returning to Hawaii so she could apply for welfare in that state.

  80. turndownobama-com Says:
    April 6th, 2009 at 12:24 am

    And it’s the larry sinclairsex line number!

    that’s better LMAO!

  81. wbboei..

    you forget the part about his grandmother in kenya has stated (on audio tape) that she was present at Baracks Birth IN KENYA

    His sister has said barack was born at 2 hospitals in HI

    THE entire obama family is under a kenya gag order (still to date) and must be under one here in the US as well as they do not speak here either.

    the kenya government (an official) has also stated that they have a birth record on file for obama but it is in lock down by court order.

    Personally, I believe he was born in Kenya, his HI certificate is nothing more than a record of live birth with no other information

    and then there is the theory that he is actually malcom x’s “love child” and not born to Stanley Ann Dunham at all but merely
    placed with her for safe keeping hence why the saudi connection with obama….

    The only way to know the truth of course is for Barack Obama to just come clean with his birth certificate(s)

    now i understand obama’s resistance to showing it, but i do not understand everyone elses resistance to make him show it.

  82. Any thoughts on why he is stonewalling this inquiry?
    ************
    Sociopath and ODD. As far a not being born in HI, it’s had to explain the birth announcement in the Honolulu newspaper. IIRC, the notification of birth to the local newspapers is directly from the hospital and does not involve the parent/parents. I guess it is remotely possible that the birth announcement was retroactively planted the the newspaper’s “morgue” 40+ years after the fact but that doesn’t satisfy the the concept of “lex parsimoniae”.

  83. SHV

    you can ad to that list of alphabits ADHD

    my son (18 yr old) has ADHD, ODD(oppositional defiance) as well as OCD (obsessive compulsive)

    I see them both ADHD & ODD in obama..

  84. IIRC, the notification of birth to the local newspapers is directly from the hospital and does not involve the parent/parents.
    ————————————————–
    Good answer. Let me see what she says. She is pretty thorough, but I do not recall this coming up. I will let you know.

    ODD? Obsessive _____?________ Disorder

  85. wbboei Says:
    April 6th, 2009 at 1:05 am
    IIRC, the notification of birth to the local newspapers is directly from the hospital and does not involve the parent/parents.
    ————————————————–
    Good answer. Let me see what she says. She is pretty thorough, but I do not recall this coming up. I will let you know.
    **********
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    ttp: / / whatreallyhappened.com/IMAGES/ObamaBirthStarBulletin.jpg

  86. Mayo Bros. had interesting info on ODD . . . and they do sound vaguely familiar . . . . .
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    OPPOSITIONAL DEFIANT DISORDER (ODD)
    Mayo Clinic Staff

    1. BEHAVIORS: Barack has a 100% correlation–nice!

    • Negativity
    • Defiance
    • Disobedience
    • Hostility directed toward authority figures

    2. SYMPTOMS: Barack has a 100% correlation–good job!

    • Frequent temper tantrums
    • Argumentativeness with adults (authority figures)
    • Refusal to comply with rules
    • Deliberate annoyance of other people
    • Blaming others for mistakes or misbehavior
    • Acting touchy and easily annoyed
    • Anger and resentment
    • Spiteful or vindictive behavior
    • Aggressiveness toward peers
    • Difficulty maintaining friendships
    • Academic problems (never at law review)

    (Note: stellar attributes to have in a POUSA!!!)

    3. RISK FACTORS (Barack slipping–only 90% correllation)

    • Having a parent with a mood or substance abuse disorder
    • Being abused or neglected
    • Harsh or inconsistent discipline
    • Lack of supervision
    • Poor relationship with one or both parents
    • Family instability such as occurs with divorce, multiple moves, or changing schools or child care providers frequently
    • Parents with a history of ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder or conduct problems
    • Financial problems in the family
    • Exposure to violence
    • Substance abuse in the child or adolescent

    (Note: way to go Barack!!!)

  87. I now see how futile it is to try to predict barack’s behavior based on a strictly rational model.

  88. I suspect Hillary knows how to handle someone with this profile. I think her father Hugh was a tough customer and may well have had some of these same symptoms. But unlike Bambi, he never became POUSA.

  89. Mayo Bros. had interesting info on ODD . . . and they do sound vaguely familiar . . . . .
    ————————————
    OPPOSITIONAL DEFIANT DISORDER (ODD)
    Mayo Clinic Staff
    ————————————-
    I find it passing strange that NARLY, NOW and the delusional wife of the delusional head the DNC would proclaim a man with these symptoms to be the first feminist president. At what point does projection cross the line into pure madness?

    Let the record show they gave up Hillary for Doctor Strangelove Obama (no, sorry Doctor Strangelove is Olberman) for Charlatan Obama. And to think they could have had Hillary who is a role model for women and in so many ways one of their own.

  90. From National Republican Trust PAC:

    Just five months ago, the Democratic congresswoman Guillbrand beat her Republican opponent by more than 23 points!

    And Obama even beat McCain last November — by about 5 points!

    When it looked like the liberal Democrat in the race, Scott Murphy, was going to win, there was press buzz that this was going to be a bellwether race showing how strong support was for Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi and their radical policies.

    Even liberal Chris Matthews reported that the race would show what people really are thinking.

    But guess what happened?

    Conservative Republican Jim Tedisco and the Democrat essentially tied. The latest tally shows Tedisco leading by 12 votes.

    With a reported 6,000 or so absentee ballots yet to be counted, the Republicans are confident that Jim Tedisco will be New York’s next congressman

  91. wbboei Says:
    April 6th, 2009 at 2:02 am

    I suspect Hillary knows how to handle someone with this profile. I think her father Hugh was a tough customer and may well have had some of these same symptoms.

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

    According to a good profile “Growing Up Rodham”, Hillary’s father was a very stable man who started his own drapery business and worked steadily and successfully at it all his life.

  92. Kalfin on a working visit to USA at Hillary Clinton’s invitation

    06.04.2009,

    The Bulgarian deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs Ivaylo Kalfin will make a working visit to the United States at the invitation of the US secretary of state Hillary Clinton. The visit will be conducted 7the – 9th April 2009. Kalfin’s meeting in the US state department with Hillary Clinton will be held on 8 April.

    This will be the first separate bilateral meeting Bulgaria – USA after the new American administration assumed office.
    A wide range of issues in the field of the bilateral and transatlantic relations will be discussed during the talks.

    international.ibox.bg/news/id_44711981

  93. Martha R Gore
    April 5, 2009

    Clinton works behind the scenes at NATO as Obama gets limelight:

    While President Barack Obama preens in the limelight, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s hard work at the NATO conference is overlooked by most of the American Press. However, on April 3, 2009, the Chicago Tribune provided an update and quotes about her activities in regard to the situation in Afghanistan. Clinton’s aim is said to be building a NATO consensus around the newly fashioned strategic reviews, composed of military, diplomatic and development components and U.S. strategy. She says that now the action can start and met with the Afghanistan donor’s conference in the Hague.

    Ms. Clinton said:

    “The NATO summit is not a pledging conference, but of course we will be talking about how our allies can match their resources to the needs identified in the strategic review.” She stressed that the resources she is talking about are not necessarily combat troops.

    “I think we’re trying to focus on what we think will work, and what we believe will work is moving as quickly as possible as it is feasible to having security taken over by the Afghans themselves.”

    According to Ms. Clinton, “There’s been very little credibility for what’s already been invested…a lot of which did not work….The new U.S. approach involves looking at every single dollar as to how it’s spent, and where it is going and trying to track the income.”

    While the work of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is usually overshadowed by the glamorous Obamas, the hard work she continues behind the scenes wins the respect of leaders from all over the world as she builds consensus around U.S. programs.

    examiner.com/x-2547-Watchdog-Politics-Examiner~y2009m4d5-Clinton-works-behind-the-scenes-at-NATO-as-Obama-gets-limelight

  94. Cyprus FM discusses Cyprus issue with the Secretary of State

    April 06, 2009

    USA supports the efforts for a solution in Cyprus, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assured Cyprus Foreign Minister Marcos Kyprianou during a half an hour meeting they hold yesterday in Prague, on the sidelines of the EU-USA Summit.

    Speaking after the meeting, Kyprianou said: “We talked mainly about the Cyprus problem. The USA expressed support to the ongoing process (of direct negotiation), and to the aim of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation in Cyprus”, he said. Kyprianou briefed Clinton about the latest developments in the direct negotiation process, the difficulties of the process, and the expectation from Turkey, which “has a crucial role to play”.

    According to an official announcement, Kyprianou and Clinton have agreed to find a date for a new meeting in Washington, in order to continue the discussion. “We found out that there are many other basic issues to discuss, like the bilateral relations between USA and Cyprus and issues that Cyprus can play a positive role as an EU member state, such as the Middle East problem”, he added.

    Cyprus Foreign Minister finally stated that during the meeting with Clinton he had the opportunity to refer to the Greek and Greek Cypriot community living in the USA. This community is an important link between Cyprus and the US, and is looking for a close relation and cooperation between the Cyprus and the US government, Kyprianou concluded. Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat have been engaged in direct negotiations since September last year, with a view to reach a settlement of the question of Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.

    financialmirror.com/News/Cyprus_and_World_News/14744

  95. I suspect Hillary knows how to handle someone with this profile. I think her father Hugh was a tough customer and may well have had some of these same symptoms.

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

    According to a good profile “Growing Up Rodham”, Hillary’s father was a very stable man who started his own drapery business and worked steadily and successfully at it all his life.
    —————-
    I have seen that profile and I have read other stuff too. The thrust of what I read somewhere was that he was tough on the boys and she protected them and even when she would get straight A’s it was never good enough. If this is true it makes her more of a heroine in my mind because it show a strength of character in her that will serve her in good stead in these difficult times, and helps explain why she is the great leader that she most definitely is–someone who can weather the toughest storms with courage and see a clear path ahead. One in a million.

  96. Isnt it amazing how sick and twisted big media is. Lots of world coverage of Hillary by the world press, but little or none from big media. They are bad losers, as well as losers. Perhaps you will recall how determined they were at the end of the campaign to write her obituary. But they got trumped and are now trying to pretend it never happened. They prefer to prop up this sociopath and hope no one besides them notices. I reasonably certain that he did not want her as sos because he is mentally unstable and felt threatened. I further believe that the trump card was to drag the dark movers behind the scenes of the democratic party into the light of day. My strong intuition tells me that Saudi and British financial interests were key among them. I could put together a compelling case, but one of the things I have learned over the years is that what seems logical is not necessarily true. So I prefer to call it intuition, and leave it at that. But I think I am right. Probably.

  97. Re: Obama’s European vacation, I agree with this poster on NQ;

    what people all over the world are seeing is a continuation of the Obama campaign – the same campaign most of us here at NQ know only too well. The only difference is that now he doesn’t need to raise the money . . . he’s got the entire U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve at his disposal.

    And tragically, in between campaign stops, he signs stuff which affects us all. God help us.

  98. wbboei,

    “Growing up Rodham” is the only bio I’ve read. I must have misread your post. I thought you were saying that her father and Obama had the same profile.

    That bio seemed to be painting her family as a microcosm of the Rightwing/Leftwing financial issues. The father a Goldwater Rightwinger, her mother talking like a bleeding heart liberal. So Hillary grew up finding constructive solutions that worked for both — which when she and Bill were in the White House in the 90s was called ‘Triangulation’ or ‘Third Way.’

    Growing up with boys, playing with boys by hardball rules — is something she and Palin had in common. Hillary’s father does sound harsh; never heard that about Palin’s. But they both grew up in tough,hardworking families where the girls were expected to perform as well as the boys.

    Wow, contrast that with Obama’s grandparents who raised him 10-college. Bleeding brain white guilt liberal drama queens, according to Steve Sailer, and a Communist as Knobe.

  99. I found the discussion last night very eye opening. My consistent error has been to impute rationality to what he does, when much of human behavior in general and his in particular comes from other sources. That flap about him being a muslim which big media went into a tizzy over, and never seemed too serious to me was obviously not just politics but a manifestation of his own insecurities and pathologies which reverberated through his campaign. Jesus what it must be like to have to work around someone like him. Behind this benign image which has been sold to the public like cheap perfume is Mr. Hyde. I must say we had glipses of it–flipping the bird at Hillary, little tells like that captured by the wayward camera. Behind closed doors it must be something else. Oh the stories on this much flawed character will come out some day–after the damage is done and it no longer matters. The only value at that point will be to provide just cause to go after those in the media and elsewhere who mislead us, and were the architects of this inevitable disaster.

  100. wbboei said:
    I reasonably certain that he did not want her as sos because he is mentally unstable and felt threatened. I further believe that the trump card was to drag the dark movers behind the scenes of the democratic party into the light of day. My strong intuition tells me that Saudi and British financial interests were key among them.

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

    Hm? Someone threatened to expose the dark movers?

  101. I must tell you I like that explanation of why he refuses to do what a rational human being and a mentally sound president would do to settle the birth certificate issue with finality, namely produce it. He has it but wont produce it because his pathology is such that he would much prefer to post false birth certificates, spend a million on legal fees and waste legal machinery just to play a game of fuck fuck with his adversaries. To me, that is an even more damning indictment of the man and his profound liabilities.

  102. Hm? Someone threatened to expose the dark movers?
    ———————————————–
    That is exactly what Bill was implying when he talked about writing a book on what happened in the primary–after the election. I see no other way to read it.

  103. wbboei,

    Bill threatening to expose the dark movers does make sense. I wonder where this power met its limit. Apparently it got HIllary, Summers, and Geithner appointed, and some others in a Clinton Restoration. But I don’t see her hand in the policies Obama is following. Too crazy?

  104. one quick post as i am out the door for work…..and i hadn’t seen anything discussed or posted on this one here yet…..I gotta say quickly that I am appalled by this!! grrrrrr

    I really can’t wait for the Tea Party here on April 15th!!!

    Bambi doesn’t care that we the tax payer are on the hook for generations for this debt and we are rising up in disgust and contempt for this government………revolution is brewing!! and this is exactly the kind of thing that will spark the first shot.

    Obama Wants to Control the Banks
    There’s a reason he refuses to accept repayment of TARP money.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB123879833094588163.html

  105. wbboei
    turndownobama-com

    With the hate I saw express against HRC in the party circles, she had to have something big to get that job. In addition, since he lies, cheats, and throws people under the bus, it had to be something that would have brought him down.

  106. # wbboei Says:
    April 6th, 2009 at 9:30 am

    I must tell you I like that explanation of why he refuses to do what a rational human being and a mentally sound president would do to settle the birth certificate issue with finality, namely produce it. He has it but wont produce it because his pathology is such that he would much prefer to post false birth certificates, spend a million on legal fees and waste legal machinery just to play a game of fuck fuck with his adversaries. To me, that is an even more damning indictment of the man and his profound liabilities.
    **********
    Also from what Gibbs says about Obama’s work habits, you can add Adult ADD into the alphabet soup. As Gibbs say “Obama is not a “micro-manager”..he can’t sit still and do work, he wanders the halls and sticks his head in an office for brief “chats”..he is a very restless “soul”…ADD. I suspect that he is very efficient in moving the required paper work because he can’t sit still long enough to read any of it..he just signs his name where they place the “sticky tabs”.

  107. Turndown–at the risk of sounding like Quisling Crist, we have only one president and the powers conferred upon that office are vast on the one hand and seductive to those with sociopathic tendencies on the other. That is the dynamic I see in play now, rather than the power of the threat. Also, it is rational to assume there are threats and counterthreats which inform the process.

    Insofar as the policies are concerned, there are similarities and profound differences between what this jackass is doing and what Hillary would be doing at a time like this. Their policy differences may be important but as she once said they are as nothing compared to the differences they have with the Republicans. But it is clear to me that she would go slower on the social spending stuff until we got the economy stabilized, whereas he is trying to do it all at once and that is a terrible mistake–symptomatic of his inexperience. She would never surrender our inherent power to determine our financial destiny to a group of global bankers–never, which is symptomatic of his stupidity, which comes pretty close to treason in my way of thinking. In sum, she would navigate the ship of state through this perfect storm. He on the other hand will not.

  108. Obama Wants to Control the Banks
    There’s a reason he refuses to accept repayment of TARP money.
    *********
    Obama doesn’t make any decisions…Summers et al are pumping money as fast as they can to their banker friends, including using AIG to launder money to Goldman, USB, Deutsche Bank, etc. Under existing federal law, the govt is required to take over the zombie banks, replace boards, replace management, etc. How many bankers have been fired???? Big Money payed the Obama campaign >$40 million and now they get to “play” with hundreds of billions.

    US Code: TITLE 12 > CHAPTER 16 > § 1831o, Prompt corrective action….one example of corrective actions is:
    (F) Improving management
    Doing 1 or more of the following:
    (i) New election of directors Ordering a new election for the institution’s board of directors.
    (ii) Dismissing directors or senior executive officers Requiring the institution to dismiss from office any director or senior executive officer who had held office for more than 180 days immediately before the institution became undercapitalized. Dismissal under this clause shall not be construed to be a removal under section 1818 of this title.
    (iii) Employing qualified senior executive officers Requiring the institution to employ qualified senior executive officers (who, if the agency so specifies, shall be subject to approval by the agency).

  109. Also from what Gibbs says about Obama’s work habits, you can add Adult ADD into the alphabet soup. As Gibbs say “Obama is not a “micro-manager”..he can’t sit still and do work, he wanders the halls and sticks his head in an office for brief “chats”..he is a very restless “soul”…ADD. I suspect that he is very efficient in moving the required paper work because he can’t sit still long enough to read any of it..he just signs his name where they place the “sticky tabs”.
    ————————————–
    SHV: I would be worried about all this if WashPo had not assured me that Obama has great abs. When I heard that sound bit of analysis from that estimable rag I found wisdom, understanding and perfect zen. If ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise.

  110. SHV: I agree with what you are saying. It echoes what Taipan has said, which I posted a few days ago:
    ————————————
    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.

  111. Sleight of hand, folks, sleight of hand. Kind of beautiful in a sick way.

    ===========

    Right. And use Geithner as a scapegoat. Obama’s friends get the money, and Hillary’s friend Geithner gets the blame.

  112. At what point does Hillary say the differences between the Fraud and the Republicans party are now the differences between America and the Fraud?

  113. President Obama, King Abdullah, and the end of Israel

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/04/president_obama_king_abdullah.html

    During the G-20 summit in London, Barack Obama took time out for a brief meeting with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia caught on video by two cameras, and by a still photographer, where the U.S. president bowed deeply in greeting the Saudi monarch. No major American media paid any attention to the startling, unreciprocated bow, gesture of subservience.

    In tandem, there was scant paid attention to a disquieting comment by Obama when he spoke effusively about a 2002 Saudi peace initiative for normalization of relations between the Arab world and Israel. The Saudi initiative, which would end Israel as a Jewish state, is now also the official position of the entire Arab League.

    In a brief press statement, the White House said “the President reiterated his appreciation for Saudi Arabia’s leadership in promoting the Arab peace initiative.”

    Later, President Obama’s Middle East Special Envoy, George Mitchell, said the U.S. intends to “incorporate” the initiative into its Middle East policy

    That stops short of an explicit endorsement of the Saudi-Arab plan, but it comes uncomfortably close. Either way, Obama’s gushing over the Saudi initiative hardly can be reconciled with his oft-repeated assurances that Israel can count on U.S “unwavering support” of its basic security interests.

    More @ link
    *******************************
    From Bitterpolitiz..

  114. LOL…I think someone has been visiting Hillary is 44…

    Barack Obama gets the 3am phone call in Prague – and so does Hillary Clinton

    Posted By: Toby Harnden, Apr 6, 2009

    Just arrived in Ankara with the White House bubble. It’s been a very long day, particularly for President Barack Obama who was woken in his suite at the Hilton in Prague in the early hours by Robert Gibbs, his Press Secretary. The bleary-eyed commander-in-chief was told that North Korea had launched a rocket over Japan.
    It wasn’t quite at 3am – the time was 4.30am – but it was exactly the kind of telephone call that became a big issue in the battle for the Democratic nomination when Hillary Clinton ran this ad a little over a year ago. In it, an announcer intoned portentuously: “It’s 3 am, and your children are safe and asleep. But there’s a phone in the White House, and it’s ringing – something’s happening in the world. Your vote will decide who answers that call.”

    So how did it happen in real life? A few minutes after the launch, White House staff were informed.

    According to Gibbs: “Shortly thereafter I woke the President up and gave him a very quick download. As we got more information from defense and intelligence officials, he spent a lot of time being briefed and understanding – getting an understanding of what had happened.”

    Ironically, Hillary Clinton – who would have thought a year ago that she’d end up as Obama’s Secretary of State? – was also woken up in Prague.

    From a transcript today:

    Q “Was the Secretary of State woken this morning, as well?”

    MR. GIBBS: “I believe so, yes. I don’t know who did that, but I know she was – I’ll double check, but I think that’s the case.”

    Q “The President talked about this with Secretary of State Clinton?”

    MR. GIBBS: “Yes. She’s here, they’ve talked about it, yes.”

    So who woke Mrs Clinton up? Perhaps it was Mr Obama himself. If so, this is something like how the conversation might have gone, as per a memorable Saturday Night Live spoof of the 3am ad:

    Narrator “It’s 3:00 a.m. across our country, kids are sound asleep. but somewhere in the nation’s capital, a phone is ringing. your vote will decide who answers that call.

    Operator: “Hello? Senator Clinton, I have President Obama on the line.”

    Clinton: “I’ll take it.”

    Obama: “Uh, Hillary, I’m sorry to call this late again but I need your help.”

    Clinton: “Mr. President, what can I do?”

    Obama tells her that the CIA has confirmed that Iran has finished a nuclear device and the Russians, the North Koreans and Venezuelans have been helping them.

    “I trusted them,” he complains. “They lied to me… What do I do, Hillary, what do I do?”

    “Mr. President,” Clinton says, “you can start by getting a hold of yourself.”

    “I can’t,” he replies. ” Don’t you see that I am in a panic, a blind, unreasoning inexperienced panic?”

    After Clinton has put him right, Obama thanks her: “Once again, I am amazed by the range and the depth of your experience,” he says. “This job is hard. I had no idea.”

    blogs.telegraph.co.uk/toby_harnden/blog/2009/04/06/barack_obama_gets_the_3am_phone_call_in_prague__and_so_does_hillary_clinton

  115. ‘Chia Obama’ booted from
    local stores
    Last Edited: Friday, 03 Apr 2009, 5:30 PM EDT
    Created On: Friday, 03 Apr 2009, 5:26 PM EDT

    TAMPA – Some local Walgreen’s stores are pulling a supposed likeness of President Barack Obama off their shelves. The ‘Chia Obama’ will no longer be sold there.

    Walgreen’s spokesman Michael Polzin explained to FOX 13 that local store managers have the ability to purchase and market products — like the Chia Obama — on their own.

    But now, the corporate office has asked stores to pull the product from their stores because, he said, it is not appropriate for the company’s corporate image.

    The Chia Obama is a version of the Chia Pet line, which features a ceramic figure upon which fresh greens are planted and allowed to grow, filling out the likeness of the subject.

  116. Hillary Clinton has a busy Monday

    Mon, 04/06/2009

    Secretary Clinton is back in the United States, and forget about those days last month when her official schedule was light. Today, her day is packed with meetings:

    9:40 a.m. Opening remarks at the Joint Session of the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting and the Arctic Council, 50th Anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty.

    12:20 p.m. Meeting with His Serene Highness Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco. [Yes, he’s the son of Grace Kelly.]

    2:30 p.m. Bilateral with His Excellency José Antonio García Belaunde, Minister of Foreign Relations of the Republic of Peru.

    3:30 p.m. Bilateral with His Excellency Gonzalo Fernández, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay.

    4:30 p.m. Bilateral with His Excellency Jonas Gahr Stoere, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway.
    hillary.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/04/06/hillary_clinton_has_a_busy_monday

  117. Obama thanks her: “Once again, I am amazed by the range and the depth of your experience,” he says. “This job is hard. I had no idea.”
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    No actually it is a whizz. All you need is a little this’a (ODD), a little that’a (ADD), with an emphasis on the latt’a (sociopath)–to paraphrase Gwen Verdon in the 1955 stage play Damned Yankees, which is being brought back to the Great White Way under the new title Damned Bambi.

  118. Right. And use Geithner as a scapegoat. Obama’s friends get the money, and Hillary’s friend Geithner gets the blame.
    ************
    I agree..Geithner is the front man. All of the “plays” are called out of the WH..Summers, Emanuel, and Jarrett. From Gibbs’s description of Obama’s relationship with Summers, Obama is not in the decision loop either.

  119. I dont know whether it is true or not but I understand that they are coming out with a dissolveable toilet bowl chip with his picture on it, and toilet paper to match. A new dog food brand with his picture on it will be on the shelves next month, which is highly recommended for canine critters and people on fixed income adversely affected by his economic policies. When asked he told them it is better this way. If you had to survive on Kobe steaks, caviar and champaign like I do it would be hard on your colesterol. I do it not for myself but for the good of the Saudi King–strike that the good of the country–dont ask me which one.

  120. I agree..Geithner is the front man. All of the “plays” are called out of the WH..Summers, Emanuel, and Jarrett. From Gibbs’s description of Obama’s relationship with Summers, Obama is not in the decision loop either
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    Two of the three you mention are primarily political operatives. What experience do Emanuel and the corrupt Jarrett have in economics? I think it is Summers and the bank cartel–and the other two are just there to try to understand what is happening and report back to their master. Do you see them as active players in shaping this? But it is important that they are there because this way Bambi cannot evade resposniblity for the looting. It is a damsite harder to blame Geithner alone for the inevitable fall-out and recriminations.

  121. Pritzker, Jarrett and Obama’s BFF Warren Buffett does well with TARP money.

    “Billionaire Buffett benefits from bailout he promoted”
    (snip)
    That total, The Bee found, ranks Berkshire fifth among all investors in TARP-assisted companies. Berkshire’s TARP holdings constitute 30 percent of its publicly disclosed stock portfolio. That proportion reflects at least twice as much dependence on bailed-out banks as any other large investor.
    Buffett increased his bank holdings in September, while openly pressing Congress to pass the bailout.
    “If I didn’t think the government was going to act, I would not be doing anything this week,” Buffett told CNBC, after investing $5 billion in Goldman Sachs. “I am, to some extent, betting on the fact that the government will do the rational thing here and act promptly.
    (snip)
    ww.sacbee.com/topstories/story/1756261.html

  122. At what point does Hillary say the differences between the Fraud and the Republicans party are now the differences between America and the Fraud?
    —————-
    When and if he decides to undermine her authority and the foreign policy interests of the United States in clear and unambiguous ways–which will probably happen, I am sorry to say.

  123. He wanted Prisker at commerce originally if memory serves. But she was floated and then pulled back within the day. Too dirty to pass muster before Congress was the consensus. Now this blight on the country is receiving bailout monies from taxpayers.

  124. When and if he decides to undermine her authority and the foreign policy interests of the United States in clear and unambiguous ways–which will probably happen, I am sorry to say.
    ****************************************

    And he hasn’t undermined American interests @ this conjecture?

  125. And he hasn’t undermined American interests @ this conjecture?
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    . . . in clear and unambigous ways (supra)

  126. fairly long, but I think food for thought…

    Blacks at Odds Over Scrutiny of President

    Jeff Johnson says “black folks, in particular, get irritated” when he calls for looking past “Obama the personality.” The commentator, who hosts a BET show, adds: “It starts with acknowledging he’s my president, and not my homie.”

    By Krissah Thompson
    April 6, 2009

    Jeff Johnson knows how to make his audiences squirm. The young, black radio and TV political commentator waits for the discussion to turn to the topic being talked about ceaselessly, incessantly, ad nauseam: the meaning of the barrier-breaking election of Barack Obama. Then, in his laid-back style, he says, “The real issue for me is that history is not enough.” That’s when the mood becomes tense. “Black folks, in particular, get irritated,” says Johnson, who travels the lecture circuit, hosts a half-hour show on Black Entertainment Television and has a weekly spot for social criticism on a radio program popular with black listeners. Get past “Obama the personality” and see “Obama the president,” he says. “Otherwise all you’re being is a political-celebrity groupie instead of a citizen. . . . It starts with acknowledging he’s my president, and not my homie.”

    As the nation’s first black president settles into the office, a division is deepening between two groups of African Americans: those who want to continue to praise Obama and his historic ascendancy, and those who want to examine him more critically now that the election is over. Johnson is one of a growing number of black academics, commentators and authors determined to press Obama on issues such as the elimination of racial profiling and the double-digit unemployment rate among blacks. But doing so has put them at odds with others in the black community. Love for the Obamas is thick among African Americans — 91 percent of whom view the president favorably, compared with 59 percent of the total population, according to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted last month — and as a result, the African American punditry finds itself navigating new ground.

    They are learning to negotiate what talk show host and author Tavis Smiley calls an “unfamiliar dance.” If you push too forcefully, he says he has learned, you risk your credibility in the community. That’s what happened to Smiley last year, when he was the one in the commentator’s chair that Jeff Johnson now sits in on Tom Joyner’s syndicated morning radio program. During the heated Democratic primary, Smiley questioned Obama’s decision not to attend his annual State of the Black Union conference and said he hoped Obama would make it through the campaign “with his soul intact.” The push-back was “brutal,” Smiley recalls. Angry listeners called him a “sellout,” an “Obama hater” and “Uncle Tom.” Surprised and hurt, Smiley left Joyner’s show but now uses the rough patch to make the case for a new book he co-wrote, “Accountable: Making America as Good as Its Promise.” The book, Smiley’s third about issues facing black Americans, has a picture of Obama on the cover and outlines the president’s promises during the campaign to elevate the status of his fellow African Americans. Smiley wants readers to use the book as a tool to measure the new administration. “If President Obama succeeds, there is the chance that we will have another person of color as president. If he succeeds, there is the chance that we will at some point have a woman as president. But if he fails . . . it may be another 400 years before we get another African American president,” Smiley says, arguing that tough questions will make Obama a better leader.

    “I know what I’m up against,” he continues, because he is still accused of “casting aspersion on Barack Obama or having some issue with Barack Obama.” In his book “Accountable,” talk show host Tavis Smiley says President Obama and black America will be better served if Obama is held to a high standard.

    Jeff Johnson says “black folks, in particular, get irritated” when he calls for looking past “Obama the personality.” The commentator, who hosts a BET show, adds: “It starts with acknowledging he’s my president, and not my homie.” What he is up against are people like Leutisha Stills, a regular blogger on the African American opinion site Jack and Jill Politics. She dismisses anything Smiley has to say about Obama because he is “always going negative.” “I cannot be on the Haterade fest,” Stills says. “It appears that whatever Mr. Obama tends to do, no matter what, somebody is going to put a negative spin on it. Whether I agree with his policies or not, from appearances’ sake he’s trying to do what he promised in his campaign.”

    Patricia Wilson-Smith also thinks Obama is deserving only of praise at this point.
    Wilson-Smith, who started the volunteer group Black Women for Obama just after he announced his candidacy, says it is way too soon for people to ask Obama to fix long-held racial disparities. “The fact that he is a black man doesn’t mean he’s going to get in office and wave a magic wand and solve all the black community’s problems,” she says. “To jump all over him at this point because they haven’t seen anything specific toward the black condition, when he has two wars to deal with and an economy failing, is a little silly.”

    The Obama team has further complicated the critical discussion by deftly managing relationships with the constituencies it ignited during the campaign, providing access and information and defusing complaints before they become public battles. African Americans are one of the groups to whom the team has catered. The president skipped schmoozing with the Washington press corps at the Gridiron Club last month, but he and the first lady hosted a reception in the State Dining Room for members of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, an organization of black newspapers. The group recently named the Obama family its Newsmaker of the Year. Obama also called black talk radio host Warren Ballentine’s show in late February to push his stimulus package. A couple of weeks later, the president appeared via satellite at Smiley’s State of the Black Union — the same conference he skipped last year.

    Members of his team have also been working closely with leaders of black civil rights groups, such as Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, who praised Obama for committing more money to job training and summer youth employment programs in the stimulus package. “It’s not about being a second-guessing cynic,” Morial says of his approach toward assessing Obama. “That’s not what brings change.”

    Political blogger Faye Anderson disagrees. “Black folks don’t know what to do with a black president,” she says. “We really can’t have a double standard.” She accuses the traditional civil rights groups of “not doing what they would do if it was someone other than a black man in office.” To hold Obama accountable, she created the Tracking Change wiki to follow the stimulus money and document whether a proportionate share reaches the black community.

    Glen Ford, who co-edits the left-leaning Black Agenda Report, says the pull to support Obama is powerful for blacks. When Obama ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004, Ford recalls, editors at the online publication endorsed him even though he was too middle-of-the-road for their tastes. “We did not want to be perceived as the proverbial crabs in a barrel trying to bring a brother down,” Ford says. But as Obama settles into his presidency, Ford says, it would be irresponsible not to look at him critically. He puts it this way: “We broke out of our cowardice.”

    Johnson, of BET and the Tom Joyner show, describes a similar transformation. He was so moved during the inauguration ceremonies that he cried on air while hosting BET’s coverage. But that was the day his celebration stopped and his question quickly became: “Now what’s he going to do?” “With the state of the economy, the fact that we’re at war on at least two fronts, we’re dealing with 50 percent dropout rates for some high school students, we’re losing jobs — we don’t have time to celebrate nothing,” Johnson says. “Anybody who cares about making history more than they care about the transformation of their community and their country has a real misplaced understanding of what making history is supposed to mean. . . . The person that I believe we voted for doesn’t want us to continue to celebrate him.”

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/05/AR2009040501894.html

  127. When pro forma stuff becomes the headline and critical changes are not even mentioned–i.e. the communique, you know big media is desperate to make chicken salad out of chicken shit. They can no longer deal with the truth. They say he was praised on the trip which begs the obvious question praised for what? For surrendering our economic sovereignty? For subsidizing the London hotel and restaurant industry with 500 staffers? For committing us to a huge stake in the global bailout package at a time when we can least afford it? For letting the other nations out negotiate him? For telling the Danes to apologize to the Turks for something they did not do? Yes, there is much to praise him for alright–if you are an enemy of the United States, or a big media whore propaganda merchant hoping to save your own job by perpertuating the big lie.

  128. Jan–in the end they will stick with him, regardless of what he does to the country. That much is a given. It cannot be otherwise. Heroes of mine like Thomas Sowell staked out a position based on principle and rejected the seductive pull of racial politics. Same with Shelby Steel and a few black politicians who showed courage and commitment to Hillary yes. But the critical mass will never get past his race, regardless of what they say now. Never.

  129. wbboei,

    With them playing the race card against Hillary and Bill over and over again, and as astounded as I was that media actually pushed this message, if “they stick with him regardless” then this era of “democratic leadership” is going to go down in history as a stained and tainted one.

  130. I just made what some might describe as a racist statement. I will now make a second racist statement. If white people had gone through what black people have gone through as a race in this country, it would be the same way with us. No different. And it will be that way one hundred years from today as well. As far as getting a woman president, if Hillary does not get it then it is an impossible dream. Smiley whom I like is right about where I am on that subject. This is frustrating stuff for those of us who want a change in substance as opposed to a change in appearance. The only hope I see is that a third party will emerge from this which will draw in the best centrists from both parties. By then many of the bots will have progressed from marijuana to heroin so they will be lesser players in the debate.

  131. I think the OJ trial will tell you something on the Black mindset.

    As one Jewish comedienne said,”we were slaves for 800 years, get over it”

  132. As one Jewish comedienne said,”we were slaves for 800 years, get over it”
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    Jackie Mason?

  133. Mary B // April 6, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    O.M.G.

    From CNN – new poll

    Should Michelle Obama run for president in 2020?
    Yes 16% 13206
    No 84% 68043
    Total Votes: 81249

    You can still go vote if you are so inclined.
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    Bitterpolitiz
    ****************************

    Just try I say!

  134. gonzotx,

    I am so glad I live in Canada. That is beyond bizarre. That even 1% would want her to run…sheesh!

  135. With them playing the race card against Hillary and Bill over and over again, and as astounded as I was that media actually pushed this message, if “they stick with him regardless” then this era of “democratic leadership” is going to go down in history as a stained and tainted one.
    ——————-
    Jan-the traditional base of the party has been displaced. The new leadership is black, with support from wealthy whites and college kids who know nothing about how the world works. But it is a fragile accomodation which is destined to shatter at some point over racial politics.

    The traditional base would bolt now if they had someplace to go. If the Republican Party could adopt an inclusive agenda or a viable third party could emerge then the Dimocratic Party will go the way of the dinosaur. But as neither of those things have happened yet, the prospect for real change are elusive. The overarching goal of reform would be a party which speaks for the people rather than elite groups whose goals are at variance with the best interests of the middle class. But even if this happened that party would be worthwhile for a few years before it succumbed to the same flaws as we see with the two existing parties. You see I have no confidence that human nature is perfectable, therefore human institutions are bound to reflect its flaws.

  136. I fear we are not a very cosmopolitan group here. We are low-information types, very provincial. I, for example, have never met a Saudi leader, much less bowed down to one.
    *************************************
    Found that in a comment section on Bitterpolitiz. Funny.

    You know I was thinking, the Fraud raced in that room and went directly to the Saudi Prince and bowed so low, so quick, as if he has done this many times before…. He knew the World was watching. Today he said we are not @ War with Islam, we will never be @ War with Islam.
    Sorry, we are @ war with Islam. As long as it supports terrorist organizations, abuses Women and adheres to the Arab treaty that does not recognize Israel and calls for it’s demise, we are @ war with Islam… just that our president is @ War with America…

  137. Should Michelle Obama run for president in 2020?
    Yes 16% 13206
    No 84% 68043
    Total Votes: 81249
    —————–
    President of what? Haute Coiture? How about in 2525? On Mars.

  138. I fear we are not a very cosmopolitan group here. We are low-information types, very provincial. I, for example, have never met a Saudi leader, much less bowed down to one
    ————————————–
    I am sorry to hear that because it is a rarified and life transforming experience Allah be praised. They are wonderful people–just folks as Barack would say. They sit on trillions of dollars of oil wealth, have personal jets with gold bathrooms, foreign bank accounts, crystal palaces, never pay taxes and rule their people in what some might describe as a ruthless manner. They definitely rate a deep bow.

  139. Sunday, April 05, 2009
    Scriptures From The Book Of Democrap

    Teleprompter Jesus is my shepherd, I shall not want.

    That One leadeth me beside the still factories.

    The Messiah restoreth my faith in the Republican, Libertarian or Green Party; ANYTHING but the bleeping “tax-and-spend” Democrap Party.

    Obambi guideth me in the path of unemployment.

    And yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of the bread line, I shall fear no ACORN.

    For the Lightbringer hath anointed my income with many taxes,

    Mine expenses overrunneth my income.

    Verily, poverty and a hard life will follow me all the days of his term in office,

    And henceforth we shall abide in a rented home with an Chinese landlord.
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    http://nosheepleshere.blogspot.com/

  140. In haste….

    Jarrett and other long time Obama people making the plans I can see, looting the nation for their Combine cronies. Geithner as the fall guy, yes.

    Summers — an old Clintonista? I don’t see Jarrett and the other bots trusting him or letting him do much. I’d guess him sort of in HIllary’s position: hanging in to help the country and the world as best he can. As with SOS, you need someone with some real brains in that loop to keep it from crashing too obviuosly or too soon.

  141. HR40; $8Million Commission On Slavery Reparations

    HR40

    Rep. John Conyers [D-MI]
    Cosponsors [as of 2009-03-07]
    Rep. Robert Scott [D-VA]
    Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN]
    Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL]
    Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act
    To acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to examine the institution of slavery, subsequently de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.

  142. wwboei said:

    The overarching goal of reform would be a party which speaks for the people rather than elite groups whose goals are at variance with the best interests of the middle class. But even if this happened that party would be worthwhile for a few years before it succumbed to the same flaws as we see with the two existing parties.

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

    At this period, imo a third party in its beginning stage is even more vulnerable to being taken over and run by some monied interests. It needs so much money to try to get on the ballot, etc etc. Also it has a viabilitly problem — sincere people don’t want to waste their vote and energy. If there are some sincere people in it, they’d have more trouble fightign the money interests than we had in theDimocrats.

    Sfaik, all the Dem nominees back through Carter have at least been honest till now. It was the GE where the money prevailed. I expect we’ll have an easier time takign back the Demo in 2016 (or 2012) than starting a third party that could really get on the ballots and elect a nominee of their own.

    Now becoming a permanent SPOILER voting bloc that both sides try to woo — is VERY practical. Party unity my ass.

  143. I think a Third party is doable if it is selective. The right states to get grounded, established.

  144. gonzotx Says:
    April 6th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I think a Third party is doable if it is selective. The right states to get grounded, established.

    ===========

    Even so, then what? Run Nader? Be a spoiler?

    We can be a spoiler without any stinking figurehead on any ballot.

  145. gonzotx,

    As usual I am in complete agreement with you.
    “we are @ war with Islam. As long as it supports terrorist organizations, abuses Women and adheres to the Arab treaty that does not recognize Israel and calls for it’s demise, we are @ war with Islam.”

    About HR40 – I knew Conyers was trying to steamroll it through the House. Maybe that’s why he’s also heading a supposed Acorn “investigation,” for distraction and cover.

    I will predict that if reparations ever passed that would guarantee Civil War.

  146. gonzo,

    As an un-party voting bloc, we have MORE power than as a registered party committed to a particular candidate. Everyone in the bloc is free to swing either way any time, depending on what they are offered.

  147. No. I think the time is right for a Third party if we can get people of cred, such as Hillary, wishful thinking, to come aboard.

    The big two parties would have to negotiate with the other parties(s) if they don’t have a majority. Like a real representational gov.

    It just seems different than when Perot was trying to formulate the Third party. Maybe because I have personally seen the light and talked with many coworkers, middle class all, that are so disillusioned and ready for real change.

  148. Lou Dobbs always promotes being an Independent. I am one now. It is liberating, but the candidates of Dem and Repub party get elected, see the money, have the screws put to them by the party elders and walk in lock step.

    I don’t know the answer, but I don’t trust either the Dem’s or Repub’s @ this point

  149. gonzotx Says:

    The big two parties would have to negotiate with the other parties(s) if they don’t have a majority. Like a real representational gov.

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

    Like in Europe, form a coalition government? But in the US the White House is winner take all, no party needs a majority for the WH, just a plurality.

    In 1992 and 1996, no one had a majority, Clinton won with a plurality. May have been the same with Bush in 2000.

  150. Someone states above that Hillary had better watch out, she may be scape goat someday, well I think so too. Pics of her during the State of the Union and pics of her with Michelle, folks to me, she looks scared of Bo and Mo.
    I still think she has been forced to do what she has done and is doing!

  151. Poll: Has Obama’s performance thus far met your expectations?

    usnews.com/polls/inner-circle-has-obamas-performance-thus-far-met-your-expectations/index.html

  152. Foreign cash ready to flow into U.S. if needed

    April 6, 2009
    FROM ASSOCIATED PRESS

    WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve said Monday it has expanded credit lines with the central banks of Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and European Union that will provide foreign currency to U.S. banks — if needed. Under currency swap arrangements, which were common last fall when the credit crisis intensified, the Fed provides dollars in exchange for reserves of the other nations’ currencies.

    “Should the need arise, euro, yen, sterling and Swiss francs would be provided to the Federal Reserve via these additional swap agreements with the relevant central banks,” according to the Fed release. “Central banks continue to work together and are taking steps as appropriate to foster stability in global financial markets.”

    The Fed said the expanded credit lines, authorized through Oct. 30, are worth the equivalent of up to $45 billion with the Bank of England, $108 billion with the European Central Bank, $99 billion with the Bank of Japan and $35 billion with the Swiss National Bank. Separately, the Fed said it will auction off $150 billion in short-term loans to nonbanks and other financial institutions under a program that began last year. The auctions provide loans to those institutions on similar terms that the central bank provides to banks, and are intended to stabilize the U.S. financial system.

    suntimes.com/news/nation/1513304,w-federal-reserve-credit-line-japan-eu040609.article

  153. JanH Says:
    April 6th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Poll: Has Obama’s performance thus far met your expectations?

    usnews.com/polls/inner-circle-has-obamas-performance-thus-far-met-your-expectations/index.html

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

    Someone expected him to PERFORM?

  154. gonzotx Says:
    It just seems different than when Perot was trying to formulate the Third party. Maybe because I have personally seen the light and talked with many coworkers, middle class all, that are so disillusioned and ready for real change.

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

    For many people, third party is probably an easier sell than my alternatives. Seeing people gathering into third party clumps (even if it’s more than one third party) will still show the bigwigs how many people are NOT going to vote for establishement candidates in the next election. — It’s all good.

    If your third party can actually elect some Congressmen, then you could directly influlence some legislation — as in Europe, and as Snowe and the other Moderates do already.

    Just be on guard from a third party being infiltrated VERY EARLY by big money (and/or bot) moles.

  155. “Someone expected him to PERFORM?”

    ——————————-

    LOL…yep! Like a trained seal!

  156. April 6, 2009 at 09:19:15 Permalink

    Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all

    by Jiesheng Li

    Michelle Obama’s bout of fame. Why should she be the next Jacqueline Kennedy?

    ::::::::

    “Michelle Obama takes Europe by storm”, “Carla Bruni meets her match” etc etc. She’s declared as the new JacqueLine Kennedy and even more, and rides a wave of popularity as if she’s the one creating change. Just why is and why should this First Lady be declared as a idol by the world? I’m blaming it on the media, well mostly the media. While there’s exciting politically and socially about a new President and his new agenda, much of the excitment is transferred to his wife because of the new coverage, whether it’s the tabloids, blogs or the formal media.

    And you can’t criticise her without being criticised by those swooning over her. It’s now acceptable for First Ladies to dress sleeveless to formal events. It wasn’t a faux pas when she touched the Queen (The ex Australian PM may be fuming). And a hug from her is the dream of every girl.

    It’s nice to have a first lady in the limlight but in reality, let’s face it, she’s not a something to be crazy over. So people were crazy over Jackie Kennedy. People liked her cause she was pretty. The French loved her for her impeccable command of their language. But How about Hillary Clinton? Was she on the same level as Mrs Obama? Isn’t she also an Ivy League Grad and a woman whofought for woman’s issues in China? Why wasn’t Hillary Clinton taken up by people back in the early 1990s?

    Oh yes, she wasn’t as pretty, Bill Clinton didn’t run for change, people in the 1990s weren’t as hyped up about the US etc etc……..

    Thus, neither should there be over hype about Michelle Obama. Yes you can admire her, yes you can take her as a role model, yes you can jolly well dress like her (unless you get scolded for being rude at a formal event). But swooning over her, declaring her a star, a “queen” the new Jacqueline Kennedy is overhyped. Hillary Clinton could have been elevated to the same status but she wasn’t. Other First Ladies could have been inthe same limelight if their husbands promised change, hope, looked young and so on.

    Mirror, Mirror on the wall, is she the fairest of them all? Or is she lucky to be thrust on the stage because of a President who is promising hope?

    opednews.com/populum/diarypage.php?did=12792

  157. Turkey: Obama’s Muslim Outreach

    Vidya Ram, 04.06.09

    The significance of the visit should not be underestimated — NATO, support for the emerging markets and Islamic diplomacy are all at stake. President Barack Obama pitched himself against his recently won European friends on Monday as he waded into the debate on Turkey’s European Union membership. Obama told the Turkish parliament that the U.S. “strongly” supported the country’s bid to join the European Union. Just the day before, France’s Nicholas Sarkozy had shot down Obama’s appeal to the E.U., saying it was up to member nations to decide.

    The comments were one of several pledges that Obama made on his visit to the Islamic majority state, designed to improve fractured relations between the two countries. He also called for a deepening of trade relations between the two countries. However, improving the business links between the two nations was unlikely to be the top of his mind: the U.S. is currently quite far down the ranks of Turkey’s trade partners: receiving around 5.0% of Turkey’s exports, with the European Union’s share representing the lion’s share at around 60.0% and this is unlikely to change. Still, it is no coincidence that Obama has chosen Turkey for his second formal bilateral state visit, after Canada, says Aliriza Bulent, head of the Turkey program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (the others such as with the British Prime Minister were all linked to the G-20 summit in London).

    Turkey fits nicely in with the earlier stages of his European trip: as a struggling emerging market economy – expected to shrink around 1.5% this year, and with unemployment at over 13.0% – its prime target for the kind of assistance that the G-20 is hoping to channel through the International Monetary Fund. As the second largest contributor to NATO forces after the United States, Turkey also fits in with Obama’s hopes of strengthening transatlantic relations, reiterated by him at the NATO conference in France last week. As an aspiring E.U. member, it also links with the third leg, his meeting with E.U. leaders over the weekend. However, the most important of all objectives is the obvious one: healing fractured relations with the Islamic world: though the very fact that he is not his predecessor will win him points with many, Obama’s own views, including his pledge during his electoral campaign to recognize the “genocide” committed on the Armenians by Turkey during the first world war, hasn’t won him many friends in the country. In addition to being a member of the western community it is also a country whose population is overwhelmingly Muslim and is therefore a member of the Islamic world,” said Bulent. “The intellectual premise of the visit is that there is a change in strategy for dealing with terrorism: he’s reaching out to the vast majority of Muslims to effectively say we have dropped the global war on terror. Its more about symbolism and a new beginning than anything else.”

    forbes.com/2009/04/06/turkey-obama-visit-markets-equity-trade.html

  158. Obama’s own views, including his pledge during his electoral campaign to recognize the “genocide” committed on the Armenians by Turkey during the first world war, hasn’t won him many friends in the country
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    In the entire puff piece above this one sentence is what stands out.

    Moon: if you are around what is your perspective. Does the forbes article reflect what you are seeing or is it an attempt to curry some kind of favor. At this point, we have to realize that neutral reporting is a thing of the past and nothing gets printed anymore without some motive or agenda behind it.

  159. Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all

    by Jiesheng Li

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    Unbelievably stupid writer. This but Brutus is an honorable man technique does not work. The suggestion that hatchetface is prettier than Hillary was is delusional. Good old ginsing needs an optical prescription.

  160. Just be on guard from a third party being infiltrated VERY EARLY by big money (and/or bot) moles.
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    Unless big money loyal to the country was behind it from the beginning. Someone with Bloomberg’s money who was not a globalist.

  161. Turkey: Obama’s Muslim Outreach

    Vidya Ram, 04.06.09
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    Jan- I have read that article twice and I do not think it is legitimate–which is why I asked Moon for is take. I believe it was written by one or more of the five hundred staff people whom he brought over there to Europe this last time around. It is too over the top, and uncritical to be real. If it came from Newsweek I might assume it came from some of their idiots but in this case it looks like obama propaganda. As a matter of fact I am sure of it.

  162. Poll: Has Obama’s performance thus far met your expectations?

    usnews.com/polls/inner-circle-has-obamas-performance-thus-far-met-your-expectations/index.html
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    If 45 percent of those polled (probably all Obama people) say they had high expectations and he has met them then the response is strictly pavolian. They are ignorant of what he is doing to the country and the adverse affect it will have in terms of liberty and economic security. They are ignorant as swans–like their counterparts in the Weimar Republic.

  163. At what point does Hillary say the differences between the Fraud and the Republicans party are now the differences between America and the Fraud?
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    Gonzo: I had coffee with the Arbitrator this morning and he says he thinks it was a mistake for Hillary to have taken the sos job. He wanted her to stay in the senate, but I reminded him that if she had done that then she would have had to have opposed him on some of these policies and big media would be screaming bloody murder about how she was trying to undermine the first black president because he won the primary-I can just hear them now. But it does raise the question of whether she is being marginalized now and none of us like to see her do the bidding of a sociopath like him. He reminded me that Gregg got in and the got out when he realized where this fool is taking the country. Hillary should do what she can to rebuild relationships, but when he goes down it will not help her legacy to be first mate on the Titanic. I cannot say when she will leave, or even whether she will, but I do believe there will come a point of no return. He is having his honeymoon on the world stage right now but it wont last. The psycohological deficiencies in the man, plus the seismic impact of future events precludes a happy ending. The exit question is a matter of timing. If she leaves before the election the Arbitrator fees her reputation will be unscathed and she can say I did what I could to protect the country, and stayed as long as I could.

  164. OBAMA RUSE: TRY FOR CHANGE HE KNOWS HE WON’T PASS

    Another example of obama “trying to do right”, but knowing it will never pass, but just start working on that fifth Rushmore head. From Saturday:

    nytimes.com/2009/04/04/us/politics/04farm.html

    Obama’s Farm Subsidy Cuts Meet Stiff Resistance
    ===================================

    By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    Published: April 3, 2009

    WASHINGTON — Among the audacious proposals in President Obama’s budget was a plan to save more than $9.7 billion over a decade by putting strict limits on farm subsidies that are disbursed regardless of market conditions or even whether the land is actively farmed.

    But Mr. Obama’s grand ambitions have run into political reality.

    The budget outlines approved by the House and Senate on Thursday night do not include limits on farm subsidies at all, and even champions of change say that if the president’s plan can be revived, it will have to be scaled back so significantly that the savings could amount to just several hundred million dollars.

    Some of the fiercest critics of farm subsidy programs say the new administration overreached in offering a proposal that could have cut off payment not just to large corporate agribusinesses, but also to medium-sized family farms that might not even be profitable, setting off a huge alarm in the powerful farm lobby.

    The White House plan would have prohibited so-called direct payments to farms whose annual gross receipts exceeded $500,000 — a large sum on the surface, but one that did not take account of whether those receipts yielded any real profits.

    Within days, the National Farmers Union, which represents roughly 250,000 farm families, forcefully denounced the president’s plan and urged Congress to oppose it. The group’s board also raised the issue at a meeting with officials at the White House

    While Mr. Obama’s Democratic allies on Capitol Hill adopted much of his budget template, the farm subsidy limits never got off the ground. In the House, farm-state lawmakers told the Budget Committee chairman, Representative John M. Spratt Jr., Democrat of South Carolina, that they would not support any budget plan that tinkered with hard-fought agreements they struck in passing last year’s omnibus farm bill.

    And in the Senate, Kent Conrad, Democrat of North Dakota, chairman of the Budget Committee and an ardent defender of agricultural interests in his state, quickly discarded the president’s proposal. Even some of the toughest critics of farm subsidies would not endorse the president’s approach.

    Representative Ron Kind, a Wisconsin Democrat and a major advocate of cutting subsidies, has been working with the White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, to revamp Mr. Obama’s plans. “There’s more that we can do to tighten up these programs,” said Mr. Kind, who is urging an eligibility cap of $250,000 in income.

    Other critics of farm subsidies said that the initial White House proposal, while bold, missed the mark.
    “It cast a cloud over the whole gesture to have something like that,” said Ken Cook, the president of Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit that has energetically lobbied to reduce farm subsidies.

    Mr. Cook suggested that the administration had done a more careful job in laying the groundwork for initiatives on climate change and health care. “In this case,” he said, “it was thrown out there and those of us on the reform side of the agenda really found ourselves in an awkward position.”

    Amendments to adopt some of Mr. Obama’s limits were defeated by the Budget Committees in both chambers. Congressional Democrats and the Obama administration said that the budget resolutions adopted Thursday protected Mr. Obama’s top priorities, on health care, energy and education, while also reducing the deficit.

    But administration officials also conceded that the president’s farm proposal was far more ambitious than lawmakers were willing to endorse. The officials said they had not given up on the idea of ending government subsidies for the wealthiest farmers just as they plan to end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

    “We look forward to continuing the conversation with the leadership and the relevant committees and the stakeholders in finding the best way to support rural America and get some savings and efficiencies out of agricultural programs,” said Kenneth S. Baer, a spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget.

    In the Senate, Mr. Conrad did help with approval of a budget provision that would save $350 million over five years by making modest cuts to crop insurance programs, but it was far short of the $2 billion in cuts to insurance programs that Mr. Obama had proposed.

    As part of his budget plan, Mr. Conrad also expressed a willingness to consider “targeted savings in agriculture” down the line.

    As usual, party lines in the debate over farm subsidies were blurred in some cases by geographic interests. In the House, Representative Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, joined Representative Earl Blumenauer, Democrat of Oregon, in offering an amendment to cap eligibility for farm subsidies at $250,000 in family income. Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, offered a similar amendment in the Senate. Both were defeated.

    In last year’s farm bill, the income eligibility cap was reduced to $750,000 in farm income or $500,000 in non-farm income, from $2.5 million. But even if the Obama administration succeeds in getting a $250,000 cap enacted, it is unclear that it will save much money.

    In 2007, when the Bush administration proposed a $200,000 income cap, a study by the Agriculture Department found that fewer than 2 percent, roughly 38,000 of more than 2.6 million farm proprietors or landlords of farm properties, reported gross income of more than $200,000 and received subsidy payments.

    One of those who studied the plan was Keith Collins, then the department’s chief economist and now an industry consultant. “There’s just not going to be a lot of savings on a $250,000 hard cap,” Mr. Collins said.

  165. RGB TIMES WANT AD:

    Wanted, smart efficient worker with ties to the financial sector. Pay: $2.6 million / year. Hours: 8 hours / week.

    nytimes.com/2009/04/06/business/06summers.html

    A Rich Education for Summers (After Harvard)
    ================================

    By LOUISE STORY
    Published: April 5, 2009

    Lawrence H. Summers plays down his stint in the hedge fund business as a mere part-time job — but the financial and intellectual rewards that he gained there would make even most full-time workers envious.

    Mr. Summers, the former Treasury secretary and Harvard president who is now the chief economic adviser to President Obama, earned nearly $5.2 million in just the last of his two years at one of the world’s largest funds, according to financial records released Friday by the White House.

    Impressive as that might sound, it is all the more considering that Mr. Summers worked there just one day a week.

    Much is known about Mr. Summers’s days in Washington and Cambridge, but little attention has been paid to his two years in New York, from late 2006 to late 2008, advising an elite corps of math wizards and scientists devising investment strategies for D. E. Shaw & Company.

    Mr. Summers said in an interview that his experience at Shaw, however brief, gave him valuable insight into the practical realities of Wall Street, insight he is now putting to use in shaping economic policy in the White House.

    “I have a better sense of how market participants sort of think and react to things from sort of listening to the conversations and listening to the way the traders at D. E. Shaw thought,” he said.

    Mr. Summers and Shaw executives say his role there was to be a sounding board for Shaw’s traders. But interviews with friends and former colleagues suggest that Mr. Summers’s role at D. E. Shaw was wider and more complex.

    Mr. Summers, these people say, was a marquee hire, a prized spokesman for Shaw. He routinely made himself available for private consultations with Shaw’s clients, an attractive perk for investing with the firm, as one client put it.

    Mr. Summers, who taught economics and public policy at Harvard while advising Shaw, also met with investors in the United States, as well as in the cash-rich Middle East and Asia. He spoke at industry conferences, mixing with officials from public pension funds, endowments and other large institutions with many billions of dollars to invest.

    While at Shaw, Mr. Summers also peered into the inner workings of the $2 trillion hedge fund industry, which the Obama administration is now relying on to buy billions of dollars of worrisome assets from the nation’s beleaguered banks.

    Some of his critics worry that such ties raise questions about whether the government’s ever-changing effort to bolster the financial industry will benefit Wall Street in general, and hedge funds in particular, at the expense of taxpayers.

    “This is what might be called contamination,” said Andrew Sabl, an associate professor of public policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Did Summers spend so much time with the hedge fund, or its investors, sovereign wealth funds and so on, that he started to think like them?”

    Mr. Summers joined the hedge fund world after his tempestuous, five-year term as the president of Harvard came to an unhappy end in February 2006, after a statement he made that women might lack an intrinsic aptitude for math and science.

    It was at that time, to the surprise of some colleagues, that Mr. Summers seriously contemplated his options on Wall Street in part because he believed his chances to return to a prominent position in Washington had dimmed, friends say.

    Although he once compared finance to ketchup sales, Mr. Summers discussed job possibilities with Goldman Sachs, long considered the premier Wall Street bank, and with Citigroup, where Robert E. Rubin, Mr. Summers’s predecessor as Treasury secretary, had become a senior adviser.

    Then a young Harvard graduate named Julius Gaudio, whom Mr. Summers had met at alumni events, raised another possibility: D. E. Shaw, where Mr. Gaudio is a managing director. As part of Shaw’s rigorous screening process — the firm accepts perhaps one out of every 500 applicants — Mr. Summers was asked to solve math puzzles. He passed, and the job was his.

    [snip] (that was the first half)

  166. WIGGLE ROOM: TECHNICALLY, HE’S NOT A LOBBYIST…

    More fun with Mr. Summers.

    nytimes.com/2009/04/04/us/politics/04disclose.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

    Financial Industry Paid Millions to Obama Aide
    ================================

    By JEFF ZELENY
    Published: April 3, 2009

    WASHINGTON — Lawrence H. Summers, the top economic adviser to President Obama, earned more than $5 million last year from the hedge fund D. E. Shaw and collected $2.7 million in speaking fees from Wall Street companies that received government bailout money, the White House disclosed Friday in releasing financial information about top officials.

    Mr. Summers, the director of the National Economic Council, wields important influence over Mr. Obama’s policy decisions for the troubled financial industry, including firms from which he recently received payments.

    Last year, he reported making 40 paid appearances, including a $135,000 speech to the investment firm Goldman Sachs, in addition to his earnings from the hedge fund, a sector the administration is trying to regulate.

    The White House released hundreds of pages of financial disclosure forms, which are required of all West Wing officials. A White House spokesman, Ben LaBolt, said the compensation was not a conflict for Mr. Summers, adding it was not surprising because he was “widely recognized as one of the country’s most distinguished economists.”

    Mr. Summers’s role at the White House includes advising Mr. Obama on whether — and how — to tighten regulation of hedge funds, which engage in highly sophisticated financial trading that many analysts have said contributed to the economic collapse.

    Mr. Summers, a former president of Harvard University, was Treasury secretary in the Clinton administration. He appeared before large Wall Street companies like Citigroup ($45,000), J. P. Morgan ($67,500) and the now defunct Lehman Brothers ($67,500), according to his disclosure report. He reported being paid $10,000 for a speaking date at Yale and $90,000 to address an organization of Mexican banks.

    While Mr. Obama campaigned on a pledge to restrict lobbyists from working in the White House, a step intended to reduce any influence between the administration and corporations, the ban did not apply to former executives like Mr. Summers, who was not a registered lobbyist. In 2006, he became a managing director of D. E. Shaw, a firm that manages about $30 billion in assets, making it one of the biggest hedge funds in the world.

    “Dr. Summers was not an adviser to or an employee of the firms that paid him to speak,” Mr. LaBolt said.

    He added, “Of course, since joining the White House, he has complied with the strictest ethics rules ever required of appointees and will not work on specific matters to which D. E. Shaw is a party for two years.”

  167. Cannon, Longworth, Rayburn. What do they have in common? Party elders whom they named congressional office buildings after. If they has an outhouse they could name it for Ted. Party loyalty may get an office building named after you. Loyalty to the American People is a much grander design. It does not get you a building, a place on Mount Rushmore, and the only curtain calls you receive after you retire will be your own. The sand washes away your footprint. But it is much better than baubbles, buildings and statues that pigeons roost on and despoil. It makes you one of the people who put country first, as young men and women do on the battlefield. Why should we tolerate anything less from our politicans who claim to be leaders.

  168. “The intellectual premise of the visit is that there is a change in strategy for dealing with terrorism: he’s reaching out to the vast majority of Muslims to effectively say we have dropped the global war on terror. Its more about symbolism and a new beginning than anything else.”

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    We have DROPPED the global war on TERROR…After the deaths of thousands of innocent American’s and thousands of others around the world. This man is dangerously naive and a danger to the United States of America

  169. More fun with summers:

    “Harvard Derivatives Whiz Fired For Emailing Larry Summers About “Frightening” Trades?”

    tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/04/larry_summers_ignored_frightening_trading_practice.php?ref=fp1

  170. wbboei Says:

    April 6th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    “Unbelievably stupid writer. This but Brutus is an honorable man technique does not work. The suggestion that hatchetface is prettier than Hillary was is delusional. Good old ginsing needs an optical prescription.”

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    I have tried very hard to only critique m.o. where warranted. While that one line about who is prettier than who didn’t impress me, I will say the following…

    The first time I saw/heard m.o. talk, she was attacking Hillary. Her facial expressions were nasty and totally unbecoming for a wannabe White House princess. Since then, her expressions, language, both verbally and body, permeate ugliness and bitterness combined. I have always believed that if you are ugly on the inside, then in shows on the outside. She uses race like drinking water. She talks down to others as well. I could go on and on, but my point is that I was prepared to like both her and obama at the very beginning simply because they are human beings. I learned quickly that neither could be trusted, neither falls into the “beautiful people” category, and neither has a clue how to treat others.

  171. wbboei,

    I also posted that article about obama and Turkey because I just couldn’t get a handle on what was being said.

    Thanks for your analysis.

  172. “The intellectual premise of the visit is that there is a change in strategy for dealing with terrorism: he’s reaching out to the vast majority of Muslims to effectively say we have dropped the global war on terror. Its more about symbolism and a new beginning than anything else.”

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

    We have DROPPED the global war on TERROR…After the deaths of thousands of innocent American’s and thousands of others around the world. This man is dangerously naive and a danger to the United States of America

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    In Obamaland the politically correct term is not terrorist but freedom fighter. And because he lacks perspective and values, he would probably compare them to George Washington just as Ayers would.

  173. In the obamaworld the Global War on Terror becomes Anger Management Therapy For The Trauma of Modernization. The code name for this program is: S.U.R.R.E.N.D.E.R.

  174. Oh how I absolutely abhor this President. Saying we have never been or will be ever be at war with Islam. Of coarse not, but what will the fundamentalists think==coward!!! We will really get hit now!!

    I could not stand GWB, not at least he was not seen as weak. Obama, la bamba a baby in a den of wolves==a joke!!

  175. Think of the lives we could have saved if we had just had the wisdom of Obama to drop the word terror from our vocabulary.

  176. wbboei Says:

    April 6th, 2009 at 5:19 pm
    *****************************************************

    I know I feel safer with her as SOS, but it bothers me much on the other hand to see her part of this circus.

    It is like the hospital I work at. There are people I am always glad to see on the schedule working with me because I know I can trust their judgment and that we have each others back in a very, very stressful setting. Then there are the Obama’s, who I cringe when I see their name and know that if we make it through the shift and no one dies it will be a miracle. I don’t even have to think if they have my back, I know they do not.

    I remember vividly the interview after the Dem convention and she said very seriously that her values were closely in line with the Frauds, not McCain, and if we did not know that then we did not know her. Meanwhile, people on the pro Hillary blogs were writing all sorts of things that alluded to reading between the lines, that BC and Hillary had a plan, on and on and I don’t know, reading her body language and tone, I believed she meant everything she had just said. People still, here on this blog think she was threatened. I don’t. I think she realized that people she trusted had been paid off, people she had trusted worked against her in her own campaign and that powerful forces she had either no knowledge of, or did not believe in, or minimized in the beginning to have the type of power or ability they ended up with actually did. She made her decision to parlay…

    Did that make sense?

  177. Don’t get me wrong, I still believe in Hillary and very much want her to be President. In my book, she won and the forces of evil stole it, but I don’t see her as a savior or saint. She’s human just like the rest of us. Smarter, scary smarter and appears to have a moral compass so lacking in politics today…….

  178. LA BAMBI
    (Whistle up Richie Valenz)

    Para votar por Bambi se necesita una poca estupido
    (To vote for Obama you must be a little stupid)
    Una poca estupido y sabe nada de particular acerca de mundo
    (A little stupid, and know nothing about the world)
    Y arriba y arriba
    Y arriba y arriba y arriba ire
    Yo no soy un bot, gracias de dios
    (Thank God I am not a bot)
    Yo no soy un bot, gracias de dios,
    Porque puedo pensar por mi.
    (Because I can think for myself)
    Y el no se puede
    (And he hasnt got what it takes)

    Bambi, bambi, bambi, bambi
    El es muy estupido tambien
    (And he is a little dumb too)
    Por un hombre quien se dice piensa muco
    (For someone they say is a thoughtful man)
    El senor Bambi un mal hombre por Los Estados Unidos
    (Not a good man for the country)

    (Note: its been forty years since I took Spanish, and I got a D in it so I may be off on some of this)

  179. Don’t get me wrong, I still believe in Hillary and very much want her to be President. In my book, she won and the forces of evil stole it, but I don’t see her as a savior or saint. She’s human just like the rest of us. Smarter, scary smarter and appears to have a moral compass so lacking in politics today…….
    ———————-
    I never doubted you were on her side and the side of the angels. But its hard to clean out the swamp when you are up to your you know what in allegators.

  180. wbboei Says:

    April 6th, 2009 at 7:22 pm
    *******************************************************

    Sometimes you have to drain it…

  181. I just saw a CNN poll on Lou Dobbs that showed that 95% of democrats approve of BO. It used to be 85%. Who are these people? Are they so few off us?
    I still think of myself as a democrat..it has been a lifelong affiliation, but I guess I am perhaps no longer. Perhaps I should call myself an Independent.

  182. I just saw a CNN poll on Lou Dobbs that showed that 95% of democrats approve of BO. It used to be 85%. Who are these people? Are they so few off us?
    I still think of myself as a democrat..it has been a lifelong affiliation, but I guess I am perhaps no longer. Perhaps I should call myself an Independent.
    ———————–
    Half a million layoffs per month and 95% of the Democrats are happy with Bambi? This is one of those polls that makes no sense–unless Democrats do not think layoffs are important. Is this a bona fide poll or the kind Lou typically runs which end up in the 97% range usually. It is Pavlovian. I think it is bogus. If you asked that same audience whether they are aware of the fact that he gave away our soverignty on economic affairs they the approval rating would be in the 102% range.

  183. I would like to see democrats who despise him united in some polling of our own..What kind of numbers do we really have? If we can make a stink and get some publicity as we did during the primary, perhaps we could become a force to be dealt with…before BO ets the nod again in 4 years.

  184. Carol Says:
    April 6th, 2009 at 7:33 pm
    I just saw a CNN poll on Lou Dobbs that showed that 95% of democrats approve of BO
    **********
    Obots aren’t Democrats…no real Democrat would approve of Obama’s latest addition to the American Police State:
    Monday April 6, 2009 14:33 EDT
    “New and worse secrecy and immunity claims from the Obama DOJ” ..ww.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/
    (snip)
    But late Friday afternoon, the Obama DOJ filed the government’s first response to EFF’s lawsuit (.pdf), the first of its kind to seek damages against government officials under FISA, the Wiretap Act and other statutes, arising out of Bush’s NSA program. But the Obama DOJ demanded dismissal of the entire lawsuit based on (1) its Bush-mimicking claim that the “state secrets” privilege bars any lawsuits against the Bush administration for illegal spying, and (2) a brand new “sovereign immunity” claim of breathtaking scope — never before advanced even by the Bush administration — that the Patriot Act bars any lawsuits of any kind for illegal government surveillance unless there is “willful disclosure” of the illegally intercepted communications.

    In other words, beyond even the outrageously broad “state secrets” privilege invented by the Bush administration and now embraced fully by the Obama administration, the Obama DOJ has now invented a brand new claim of government immunity, one which literally asserts that the U.S. Government is free to intercept all of your communications (calls, emails and the like) and — even if what they’re doing is blatantly illegal and they know it’s illegal — you are barred from suing them unless they “willfully disclose” to the public what they have learned.

  185. gonzotx // April 6, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Shame on TyraBanks or how to minimize a strong woman. Boy the left is sure afraid of this Woman…
    *********************************

    Palin Camp Fires Back at JohnstonAOL / Wire Services

    (April 6) — In an interview set to air Monday on the ‘Tyra Banks Show,’ Levi Johnston, the father of Bristol Palin’s infant son, described some tension with Alaska’s first family.
    He told Banks that his former fiancee lets him visit but won’t let him take the baby out, and that Bristol’s mother, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, probably knew the teenage couple were having sex. “Moms are pretty smart,” he told Banks.
    You can see a clip of the interview here.
    Skip over this content
    The Governor’s DaughterPaul Sancya, AP13 photos Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin appear together at the Republican National Convention in September. The couple were engaged at the time, but have since broken up. In an interview with Tyra Banks, Johnston talked about his relationship with his former fiancee. The Palins fired back in a statement, blasting Johnston’s “flat-out lies.”

    The Palin camp fired back in a statement from the family’s spokesperson, Meghan Stapleton, released Friday.
    Skip over this content “Bristol did not even know Levi was going on the show. We’re disappointed that Levi and his family, in a quest for fame, attention, and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion of their relationship,” says the statement.
    “Bristol’s focus will remain on raising Tripp, completing her education, and advocating abstinence. It is unfortunate that Levi finds it more appealing to exploit his previous relationship with Bristol than to contribute to the well being of the child.”
    “Bristol realizes now that she made a mistake in her relationship and is the one taking responsibility for their actions,” the statement concludes.

  186. Clinton pressing UN on North Korean launch
    1 hour ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she is lobbying key members of the U.N. Security Council to respond to North Korea’s missile launch. Clinton said Monday that she spoke with the foreign ministers from the four other countries that have been involved in negotiations with North Korea to end its nuclear activities. They include Russia and China, which hold veto power in the Security Council.

    Clinton called the launch “a provocative act that has grave implications.”

    But the United States appears to be struggling to achieve U.N. condemnation of Sunday’s launch by Pyongyang.
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    The last sentence tells the story. The strategic question which we must ask ourselves is why would Russia and China side with the United States on this one. They benefit from a loss of US prestige in the area, so there is no reason for them to side with us on the merits of this dispute. However, there may be a tradeoff we can offer them in some other area but I have no idea what it would be. Isnt it true that we just moved out of Okinawa. What if we spoke to the Japanese about moving back in. What if we spoke to other nations about building bases there. Such moves would enhance our influence in the South China Sea where China is now trying to establish hegemony, with the acquisition of carriers and a nuclear submarine fleet. We could tell China that we will do that unless they support UN sanctions to punish North Korea for this provactive act and to disarm their nuclear capability. We need leverage. Bambi and Tele would get the vaudville hook/

  187. The reason his approval is still good is because the media is STILL sugarcoating and hiding what is going on in Washington. Joe Blow in the coal mines here in WV does not have a clue to what the AIG and big boss bonues are getting and how it all goes around up there. NO CLUE. Most working people are trying to keep their head above water and they are totally lost in all of this.

    Most workers will see the blurb that Europe thinks MEShelle is the next JackieO and that his trip was a huge success.

    That is all they will hear about it and they won’t know that he went over there an sold us out.

    Just like the housing mess .. everyday Americans didn’t realize the mess till it hit them in the pocketbook.

    Washington DC knows that the average joe does not know what is going on. That is why it is a shame that the thieves are still in office.

  188. gonzotx Says:

    April 6th, 2009 at 7:59 pm
    Never believe the poles…
    &&&&&&&&&

    Or the czeks, or the slavs.

  189. Clinton called the launch “a provocative act that has grave implications.”
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    why did we not take the NK missile out?

  190. MS. HUFFPOST HERSELF SIDES WITH KRUGMAN/STIGLITZ:

    huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/the-obama-economic-teams_b_183744.html

    The Obama Economic Team’s Flawed Cosmology: Still Believing the Universe Revolves Around the Banks
    =========================================================================

    Arianna Huffington
    Posted April 6, 2009 | 07:17 PM (EST)

    A series of recent meetings with members of Barack Obama’s economic team (including running into Larry Summers on my way to an appointment in the West Wing, leading to a spirited back-and-forth that made me feel like I was back at Cambridge, debating the smarted kid in the class), left me with a pair of indelible impressions:

    1) These are all good people, many of them brilliant, working incredibly hard with the best of intentions to solve the country’s financial crisis.

    2) They are operating on the basis of an outdated cosmology that places banks at the center of the economic universe.

    Talking about our financial crisis with them is like beaming back to the 2nd century and discussing astronomy with Ptolemy. Just as Ptolemy was convinced we live in a geocentric universe — and made the math work to “prove” his flawed theories — Obama’s senior economic team is convinced we live in a bank-centric universe, and keeps offering its versions of “epicycles” and “eccentric circles” to rationalize their approach to the bailout. And because, like Ptolemy, they are really smart, they are really good at rationalizing.

    It’s easy to get lost debating the complexity of each new iteration of each new bailout, but the devil here is not in the details — but in the obsolete cosmology.

    If you believe the universe is revolving around the earth — when, in fact, it isn’t — all the good intentions in the world, and all the endless nights spent coming up with plans like Tim Geithner’s Public-Private Investment Program will be for naught.

    The successive bailout plans have been frustrating to many observers (yours truly included), but when you realize how fully the economic team is mired in a bank-centric universe, all the moves suddenly make perfect sense.

    Here is one example. Everybody agrees on the paramount importance of freeing up credit for individuals and businesses. In a bank-centric universe, the solution was a bailout plan giving hundreds of billions to banks. It failed because, instead of using the money to make loans, the banks “are keeping it in the bank because their balance sheets had gotten so bad,” as the president himself acknowledged on Jay Leno. As a result, the administration, again according to the president, had to “set up a securitized market for student loans and auto loans outside of the banking system” in order to “get credit flowing again.”

    But think of all the time we wasted while the first scheme predictably failed. And how much better off we’d now be if we had provided credit directly through credit unions or small healthy community banks or, as happened during the Depression, through a new entity like the Reconstruction Finance Corporation.

    Luckily, there is a plethora of economic Galileos out there who recognize that the old bank-centric cosmology is just plain wrong. But while Joseph Stiglitz, Simon Johnson, Jeffrey Sachs, Nassim Taleb, Niall Ferguson, Paul Krugman, etc. are not being imprisoned for life for their heretical views — they are also not being listened to. Which is really surprising for an administration that has prided itself on a “team of rivals” approach.

    Worse, as the fundamental flaw in the administration’s cosmology becomes more and more evident, the economic team around the president is closing ranks. Even David Axelrod, once the administration’s champion of a more skeptical view of a bank-centric universe, appears to be peering through the Geithner-Summers telescope.

    Back in February, he crossed swords with Geithner, arguing for executive pay caps. But there he was on Sunday, whiffing on a pro-populist softball offered up by Fox News’ Chris Wallace, who asked: “When taxpayers are putting up most of the money and taking more of the risk, why would the Obama administration allow some of these executives to get even richer?”

    Axelrod’s answer? “On some of these programs, we’re asking financial companies to come in and help solve this problem by providing more lending, by buying up toxic assets and so on. We don’t want to create disincentives and undermine the program.”

    “Asking” them? Aren’t we, in fact, bribing them with massive capital infusions and loan guarantees? That’s what being surrounded by a group of modern day Ptolemys will do to a person.

    Of course, it’s less of a surprise that Geithner and Summers believe in bank-centrism — they’re both creatures of it. Which is why it wasn’t a shock when it was reported this weekend that Summers had received $5.2 million for advising a hedge fund last year, or that he received hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees from some of the very banks — including J.P. Morgan, Citigroup, and Goldman Sachs — that have been on the receiving end of billions in taxpayers money. Billions that have come with very few strings attached — and almost no transparency.

    I am in no way suggesting there is anything corrupt about this or any quid pro quo involved. It’s just that in a bank-centric universe, funneling no-strings-attached money to too-big-to-fail banks is the logical thing to do.

    So is arguing that the banking crisis is just a liquidity problem rather than an insolvency one, as Geithner continues to do (and if the stress tests come back declaring Citi solvent, it will be high time to start stress testing the stress testers).

    In a bank-centric universe, it’s also no surprise that “mark-to-market” accounting rules, in which banks have to calculate and report their assets based on what those assets are actually worth, instead of what they’d like them to be worth, are being abandoned. A good name for the reworked accounting standards would be mark-to-fantasy, because that’s basically what balance sheets will be under these new rules. Of course, to a true believer in bank-centrism, the problem with mark-to-market is that it’s not good for the banks. It’s the accounting equivalent of Galileo’s telescope.

    Last week at the G-20 meeting, Gordon Brown proclaimed that “the old Washington consensus is over.” But when it comes to attacking the financial crisis, the zombie Wall Street/Washington consensus that has everything in America orbiting around the banks is still the order of the day.

    The longer bank-centrism is the dominant cosmology in the Obama administration — and the longer it takes to switch to a plan that reflects a cosmology in which the American people are the center of the universe and are deemed too-big-to-fail — the greater the risk that the economic crisis will be more prolonged than necessary. And the greater the suffering the crisis will continue to cause.

    There is an enormous human cost to this bank-centric dogma. Unemployment, already at levels not seen since 1983, is skyrocketing. In many places in the country, it’s approaching 20 percent (and in Detroit it’s 22 percent).

    Writing about the “grand book” that is the universe, Galileo declared that it “cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and interpret the characters in which it is written… without these, one is wandering about in a dark labyrinth.”

    That’s where we find ourselves today, wandering about in a dark financial labyrinth — being led by good men blinded by an obsolete view of the world.

    President Obama needs to open his inner economic circle to those untethered to this flawed way of thinking and acknowledge that navigating our economic crisis using maps based on a cosmology that places banks at the center of the universe can only lead to our being lost at sea for years to come.

  191. MORE HUFFPO-SOURCED NEWS:

    “Faith Council”? Bush III?

    huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/06/fumble-tony-dungy-drops-o_n_183644.html

    Tony Dungy Drops Out Of President’s Faith Council
    ====================================

    Former NFL coach Tony Dungy has fumbled his invitation to serve on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, according to CBN’s David Brody. A White House source tells Brody that Dungy couldn’t make two of the four faith council meetings.

    “Because of the time commitment needed I have respectfully declined,” Dungy said in a statement to Brody.

    The news should cheer the folks over at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, who tsked-tsked the president for the appointment in a March 31 statement:

    “Dungy, former coach of the Indianapolis Colts football team, has well-known ties with intolerant Religious Right groups. In 2007, for example, he spoke at a fund-raising dinner for the Indiana Family Institute, a James Dobson-affiliated group that opposes gay rights, reproductive rights and separation of church and state.”

    Dungy will work with the president instead on responsible fatherhood initiatives.

  192. …AND A HUFFPOSTER WHO CALLS TEAM OBAMA ON THEIR ORWELLIAN-SPEAK

    huffingtonpost.com/chris-kelly/dont-kid-yourself-the-f-2_b_183753.html

    Don’t Kid Yourself — The F-22 Lives
    ========================

    Chris KellyWriter, Real Time with Bill Maher
    Posted April 6, 2009 | 06:43 PM (EST)

    Defense Secretary Gates held a press conference today and laid out his plans for next year’s budget. America’s arms spending will increase. But it won’t increase as fast as it might have. That’s why the headlines say “MAJOR CUTS.” Defense Secretary Gates ordered four more F-22 fighter-bombers, today, in the budget he presented. But he said he won’t order any the year after that, in the budget he won’t present until 2010. This is why the headlines say “GATES KILLS F-22.”

    The budget is being cut in the sense that it’s going up. The F-22 has been killed in the sense that we’ve appropriated all the money we need to keep building them until we have to think about it again.

    The good news is that we’re calling bad news good news.

    We have 183 F-22s. (The world’s most expensive fighter aircraft. And one that’s never fired a shot in anger, except against Iron Man, and I’m pretty sure that was CGI, and even there, Iron Man won.) Obama wants four more.

    The money for the planes will come out of the 2009 war supplement, because the F-22 has never been used in war.

    William James would call it the moral supplement for war.

    Keeping the F-22 alive while claiming to kill it gives its friends in congress twelve months to come up with new reasons to build more.

    As aerospace analyst Richard Aboulafia explains:

    “It was a surprise but just enough of a tactical victory to keep the F-22 going and allow political pressure to be brought to bear.”
    But let’s say the F-22 should someday die, I mean for real. Not only would it leave America pathetically vulnerable to attack from Iron Men, it would also be a devastating economic blow to Lockheed, who builds it, and whose shares have barely tripled since September 11th.

    The comforting news is that they also build its replacement, the F-35.

    Today, Gates announced he was doubling orders for the F-35 from 14 in 2009 to 30 in 2010, at a cost of $11.2 billion.

    And Lockheed’s stock rose 8.9%.

    Here’s the thing about headlines about defense spending “cuts”: It’s like what Mondrian supposedly said about the neon lights of Times Square: “How beautiful! If I only couldn’t read English.”

  193. THE LEFT WRESTLING WITH CUTTING OBAMA SLACK VS. ASKING HIM TO TAKE ISSUES SERIOUSLY.

    This is a good analysis of the decriminalization/taxation mary jane topic from a few days ago, where obama laughed off a perfectly valid and serious question. And from a retired police chief, which removes the “wacko” label from the discussion.

    huffingtonpost.com/norm-stamper/obama-reefer-madness-to-t_b_183642.html

    Obama: (Reefer) Madness to Tackle Legalization?
    ===================================

    Norm Stamper
    Retired Seattle police chief, member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
    Posted April 6, 2009 | 05:28 PM (EST)

    Two themes emerge in response to my 3/28/09 post. Below, a shot at summarizing. Let’s call the competing views Camp Yes, as in President Obama should have tackled the marijuana issue during his recent online town hall meeting, and Camp No representing those who believe he was wise to shrug it off.

    Camp Yes
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    1. Barack Obama, along with at least two of his Oval Office predecessors, was a pot smoker (and cocaine snorter) in his younger days. “Youthful mistakes,” declaim all three. (Why don’t they, and multitudes of other public figures, just say they did it, they enjoyed it, they outgrew it. Or they calculated the risks of continued use vis-à-vis their upward mobility, and switched back to booze?) This president’s drug use did not slow his march toward global eminence (any more than Michael Phelps’s kept him from the gold). But if young Barry had been busted? For starters, you wouldn’t know the man’s name today. Camp Yes asks the president: Why not use your understanding of what a drug bust would have done to your own future to do right by tens of millions of unlucky others?

    2. Countless Americans suffering from terminal illness and/or excruciating pain find relief not from commercial pharmaceuticals, and their sometimes ghastly side effects, but from cannabis. Patients risk arrest for purchasing, growing, or possessing this analgesic, naturally occurring medicine. The president’s compassion for the sick and dying surely dictates action. Real change, Mr. President. Now, not later. Justice delayed is in fact justice denied.

    3. Hemp is a self-renewing, eco-friendly product with virtually endless industrial and commercial applications. The manufacturing of hemp products should be legalized posthaste, its growth encouraged.

    4. A casualty of the drug war has been our civil liberties, along with our faith in a system of governing that guarantees one’s right to the pursuit of happiness–as defined not by the government but by the individual. As adult Americans, we enjoy sovereignty over our own bodies, and that includes what we choose to put into them.

    5. It is the economy, stupid. Marijuana is the largest (untaxed) cash crop in 12 states, among the top three in 30 states, and far and away the country’s most valuable crop. At an annual value of over $35 billion, marijuana outstrips the combined value of corn and wheat. Its legalization, taxation, and regulation would provide many jobs and help grow the economy, not insignificantly.

    6. Legalization would deliver a devastating blow to Mexican drug cartels, and to street traffickers who sell to kids.

    7. Presumed opposition to marijuana reform is speculative, grossly overstated, and “overfeared.” The president was therefore shortsighted, politically, in dismissing the question of legalization. Further, his disregard of the vast online community that helped put him in the White House merely salted the wound.

    Camp No
    ======

    1. The president’s refusal to consider the marijuana issue was smart politics, the only thing he could have done in that situation. Obama is simply too new to the job, too busy with the economic crisis, too exposed politically. Pot legalization is a third-rail: Put a finger to it and Mitt Romney or Sarah Palin winds up in the White House in 2012.

    2. The subject of the Town Hall was the economy, stupid. If the president and his team are able to turn the economy around, and to win credit for it both here and abroad, he will have ample political capital to tackle controversial subjects like major drug policy reform. In his second term.

    3. It’s not his job. Congress makes law, the president executes it. Congress must muster the wisdom and courage to craft a bill, pass it, and put it on the president’s desk. Consensus? He’d sign it.

    Norm Stamper’s Take
    ===============

    The president did not diss his online supporters. He was simply having a little harmless fun with the question, actually helping to neutralize the exaggerated political baggage associated with pot.

    Many in Camp No thought I should (a) cut the president some slack, (b) develop a sense of humor, and (c) recognize the limits of what a new president, even one as gifted as Barack Obama, could possibly accomplish in less than a hundred days (assuming he had opted to embrace marijuana reform in the first place).

    For the record, I’m an Obama partisan. Like many others I was transfixed by his speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Who is this guy? Is he for real? His March ’08 speech on race (reacting to the Jeremiah Wright controversy) was, for me, the definitive political statement on the subject, honest, eloquent, inspiring. Many of his other speeches–and, yes, the sheer size of the crowds he drew–in Germany, in Portland, on election night in Chicago, at the inauguration filled me with awe and pride. I watched the returns on election night with dear friends, champagne mixing with tears and goosebumps (even as we understood our collusion with one another in setting unrealistically high expectations of the man).

    I’ve borne witness to 13 presidents (12 within memory), from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Barack Hussein Obama. I believe we’ve just said goodbye to the worst in U.S. history, and hello to one who could turn out to be among the best. No other president in my lifetime has offered greater hope across a wide range of social and economic issues–including meaningful and comprehensive drug policy reform–than this man. His earlier statements on marijuana decriminalization and the “utter failure” of the drug war combined with his decision to put a halt to DEA raids on medical marijuana dispensaries bode well for reform.

    The drug war rests on a constellation of harebrained laws, most of them enacted by earlier generations of frightened, ignorant, often racist lawmakers. It has been fueled by nonstop lies and propaganda, and kept alive over the years by a succession of eight U.S. presidents in concert with one generation after another of federal, state, and local law enforcers.

    Dismantling the decades-old, massively bureaucratized and financed drug war machine is a daunting task. Knowing this, given all he’s currently facing, shouldn’t we cut Obama some slack?

    On reflection, yes.

    I believe if we do our part, continuing aggressively to advance the populist cause of drug law reform–calling, writing, phoning, visiting our lawmakers at the state and national level–the president will do his part.

    But cutting him some slack does not mean letting Obama off the hook by indulging his tendency toward “extreme moderation.” He is our chief executive. He has authority. He has a bully pulpit. He has the constitutional power of Executive Order. And he has a duty to take seriously issues important to his constituents, and vital to the health and safety of his country.

  194. Minor correction:

    3. It’s not his job. Congress makes law, the president executes it. Congress must muster the wisdom and courage to craft a bill, pass it, and put it on the president’s desk. Consensus? He’d sign it.

    This was not Norm’s “take”, it appears to be the 4th bullet for “Camp No”

    4. The president did not diss his online supporters. He was simply having a little harmless fun with the question, actually helping to neutralize the exaggerated political baggage associated with pot.

    Norm Stamper’s Take
    ===============

  195. SHV: I found the article you posted at Salon to be hopeful. Perhaps some of the Obama supporters are waking up to the truth of what Admin has been saying for two years: Obama cannot be trusted.

    I have taken the liberty of posting the last paragraph of that article which summarizes the view of the author, and a few pertinent comments by readers. Too bad it is too late.
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    “What’s being asserted here by the Obama DOJ is the virtually absolute power of presidential secrecy, the right to break the law with no consequences, and immunity from surveillance lawsuits so sweeping that one can hardly believe that it’s being claimed with a straight face. It is simply inexcusable for those who spent the last several years screaming when the Bush administration did exactly this to remain silent now or, worse, to search for excuses to justify this behavior. As EFF’s Bankston put it:

    President Obama promised the American people a new era of transparency, accountability, and respect for civil liberties. But with the Obama Justice Department continuing the Bush administration’s cover-up of the National Security Agency’s dragnet surveillance of millions of Americans, and insisting that the much-publicized warrantless wiretapping program is still a “secret” that cannot be reviewed by the courts, it feels like deja vu all over again.

    This is the Obama DOJ’s work and only its work, and it is equal to, and in some senses surpasses, the radical secrecy and immunity claims of the Bush administration.”
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    COMMENTS

    • Is there anyone at DOJ willing to talk to you?
    I mean that literally. Is there someone at DOJ who might be willing to talk to you, maybe your next Salon Radio interview? Sometimes it seems there are two different administrations, one respectful of civil liberties and another run by the bushies.
    — webcelt (VERY NAIVE)

    • April 3
    Perhaps the scariest thing about this DOJ brief is that it was actually filed on April 3. I went to double-check the .pdf linked to the article, hoping against hope that it was only reported on April 3, but had actually been signed and filed on April 1. As a joke.

    May the courts reject this atrocious attack on everything we know to be true. It is not a basis for dismissal of a lawsuit against the government that the lawsuit might inconvenience the government.
    — What Constitution? [RIGHT ON]

    • Time to make another donation to EFF.org
    Nothing like a cup of Glenn Greenwald’s bitter truth to start off a Monday.

    The Obama defenders have a lot of ground to cover these days, between his obscene giveaways to Goldman Sachs, Citi et. al, the continuing harsh treatment at GITMO (link @ sig.), the escalation of hostilities in Afghanistan & Pakistan, and these indefensible legal positions on “state secrets.”

    We seem to have replaced one tyrant with another.
    — pointus (BRILLIANT)

    • So why aren’t reporters asking questions about this?
    Admittedly, they wouldn’t have had time to demand explanations (yet) for the most recent decision. But this isn’t the first dubious assertion of secrecy by the Obama administration, as Glenn points out.
    Where are the investigative reporters? There are some still left, right? Why aren’t they calling on AG Holder, on Obama’s press secretary, on Obama himself to explain this? Whay aren’t they pointing out the contradiction between campaign promises and actions in office? Glenn, to your knowledge, is ANYONE aggressively asking questions about this??
    — Psychbob (RIGHT ON)

  196. “Clinton pressing UN on North Korean launch”

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    I hate this! Every step of the way Hillary does the inside job just so obama can take credit. And the media lavish it on him. She is the one getting the job done. He is the one eating caviar and rugela (whatever the heck that is). And not once does he ever give her credit. Gibbs makes offhand comments about her as if she is an afterthought.

    I hope they both rot!

  197. Barack Obama really does go on a bit

    Isn’t it time for him to go home yet? It is good, in theory, that the new President of the United States is taking so much time to tour Europe. He arrived in London last Tuesday, has been to Strasbourg, Prague yesterday and now he’s off to Turkey. It shows, I suppose, that he cares about the outside world and that is ‘A Good Thing’. But his long stay means that we are hearing rather a lot from him, way too much in fact.

    Barack and Michelle Obama in the ‘Golden city’

    His speeches have long under-delivered, usually leaving a faintly empty sensation in this listener even though I welcomed, moderately, his victory last year as offering the possibility of a fresh start and a boost to confidence.

    Yet, we are told that he is a great orator and in one way he certainly is. He does have a preternatural calm in the spotlight and a mastery of the cadences we associate with the notable speakers in US history – such as JFK and MLK. But beyond that, am I alone in finding him increasingly to be something of a bore?

    His performance at the first press conference in London with Gordon Brown featured moments in which he sparkled – his riff on loving the Queen was a high-point. But most of the serious answers that I listened to were interminable, windy and not very impressive. At points there were pauses so long that it appeared he had simply lost his train of thought.

    Today, we were treated to another set-piece Obama speech, and my didn’t he go on a bit? The crowd in Prague was huge, and initially wildly enthusiastic, but what he served up was not any more impressive than his damp squib in Berlin last year. Is there a computer which churns this stuff out for him?

    “For over a thousand years, Prague has set itself apart from any other city in any other place. You have known war and peace. You have seen empires rise and fall. You have led revolutions in the arts and science, in politics and poetry. Through it all, the people of Prague have insisted on pursuing their own path, and defining their own destiny. And this city – this Golden City which is both ancient and youthful – stands as a living monument to your unconquerable spirit.”

    Empires rising and falling, destinies being defined and a Golden City standing as a monument to unconquerable spirit… goodness, what a ham. When he really gets going he’s worse than Tony Blair.

    But Obama was only warming up. “When I was born,” (Everything usually leads back to him, you’ll notice)… “the world was divided, and our nations were faced with very different circumstances. Few people would have predicted that someone like me would one day become an American President.” (Him again)…

    “Few people would have predicted that an American President would one day be permitted to speak to an audience like this in Prague. And few would have imagined that the Czech Republic would become a free nation, a member of NATO, and a leader of a united Europe. Those ideas would have been dismissed as dreams”. (Not by Ronald Reagan they wouldn’t have been, when most of Obama’s Democrat friends thought the then US President’s robust approach to the Cold War made him a loony on the loose).

    “We are here today because enough people ignored the voices who told them that the world could not change. We are here today because of the courage of those who stood up – and took risks – to say that freedom is a right for all people, no matter what side of a wall they live on, and no matter what they look like… (subtly this time, but right at the end the sentence leads back to him again).

    The Obamas have handled their trip well and in their public appearances have been a credit to their country. But I’ll wager that within a year or so he’ll be marked down as a wind-bag.

  198. JanH Says:
    April 6th, 2009 at 8:44 pm
    rugela (whatever the heck that is).

    &&&&&&&&

    online Dictionary says: a yellowish-flowered Mediterranean herb (Eruca vesicaria sativa) of the mustard family cultivated for its foliage which is used especially in salads —called also garden rocket rocket roquette rugola

    I sez:
    arugula is what fancy resturaunts server instead of boring iceberg lettuce. It’s soft, lightly bitter, definitely more for adult tastes.

    I love it. “mesclun” is a mix of these healthy leafy greens that include things like endive, fris. You can serve fancy stuff on top of a bed of arugula or mesclun.

    Yummy!

  199. wbboei Says:
    April 6th, 2009 at 8:43 pm
    SHV: I found the article you posted at Salon to be hopeful
    ***********
    Greenwald acts shocked by Obama’s DOJ. No one here is shocked…the only shocking thing is that Obama enabler Greenwald is shocked that a sociopath is extending the power of the Bush/Cheney American Police State.

  200. I hate this! Every step of the way Hillary does the inside job just so obama can take credit. And the media lavish it on him. She is the one getting the job done. He is the one eating caviar and rugela (whatever the heck that is). And not once does he ever give her credit. Gibbs makes offhand comments about her as if she is an afterthought.

    I hope they both rot!
    ——————-
    If she is able to solve this problem then she must receive credit. Whether she gets that credit with the public at large, or only with the obligarchy that decide elections contrary to the will of the majority is the question. I am happy she is not getting alot of press on this issue now because there may be no resolution for the reasons discussed. If there is no solution I do not want her to get tagged with failure, when as I previously pointed out he is the one who made the gaff of telling the world there is nothing we can do about them acquiring a nuclear weapon. But assuming she does solve this problem she must receive the credit for doing so.

  201. Greenwald acts shocked by Obama’s DOJ. No one here is shocked…the only shocking thing is that Obama enabler Greenwald is shocked that a sociopath is extending the power of the Bush/Cheney American Police State.
    ———————————–
    Right on. I have opined on the subject of Holder previouosly. Recall that he represented United Fruit in connection with some killings. He is not a big believer in civil rights. And that is a real danger. You will recall I am sure the famous dictim that a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich, etc. Holder himself is capable of that. Which is why Bambis people outed Edwards.

  202. The Obamas have handled their trip well and in their public appearances have been a credit to their country. But I’ll wager that within a year or so he’ll be marked down as a wind-bag’
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    Correct Blue. And even worse, A GOD THAT FAILED.

  203. SHV: it may be too little, it may be too late and lord knows I am not defending him because he was one of the deluded herd that supported Bambi in the election, but that said I still find this an important concession and a call to arms to fellow bots to take off the rose colored glasses before it is too late.
    ————————————————-
    “It is simply inexcusable for those who spent the last several years screaming when the Bush administration did exactly this to remain silent now or, worse, to search for excuses to justify this behavior.”
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    The bad news of course that it is probably too late to save the country as we knew it. That is the fear many of us are harboring.

  204. Wbboei, no one should miss the meaning of your words because they are subtle. The description of Obama as a GOD THAT FAILED recalls the great book – THE GOD THAT FAILED.

    In “The God That Failed” written in 1950 the great left intellectuals Andre Gide, Richard Wright, Ignazio Silone, Stephen Spender, Arthur Koestler, and Louis Fischer renounced the American left’s love of Stalin and soviet communism.

    The book shamed leftist intellectuals for their support of the ugly soviet communist regime and the slave East European states. It was a powerful book and had great influence. Someday those elements of the left and other fools that supported Obama will be forced to admit what those brave intellectuals in the 1950s finally admitted – they were fools in love with a mask.

    Foreign Affairs said this about the book The God That Failed:

    http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/53299/stanley-hoffmann/the-god-that-failed

    Conceived “in the heat of argument” between Crossman, a Labour intellectual and politician, and the leftist author Arthur Koestler, these essays by six intellectuals “describe the journey into communism, and the return.” The only comparable books about the appeals and delusions of communism on idealists outside the Soviet Union are Raymond Aron’s Opium of the Intellectuals (1957) and Francois Furet’s more recent Le pass‚ d’une illusion (1995). But Aron is more didactic — superbly so — and Furet concentrates on the French case. What makes The God That Failed so powerful is the ardent, bitter, irreplaceable testimony of men like Ignazio Silone, Stephen Spender, Koestler, and Richard Wright — men of very different backgrounds and experiences, all attracted by the “glimpse of the Promised Land” (Koestler), in search of a faith, indeed of “a conversion, a complete dedication” (Silone), of “a state of historical- materialist grace” (Spender). How the dream of fraternity and social justice turns into a nightmare of servility to party double talk and sudden turns, how the fellow traveler drops out and has to return to his own lonely road, is a story that forms a sad, major part of twentieth -century life, in Western Europe and elsewhere.

  205. wwoebi,

    I wasn’t talking in specifics. I meant that she works her heart out and I have yet to hear him praise her for it. Gibbs begrudgingly comments when asked but that is about it.

  206. admin and wobbei, that’s a great book. There is also another, written by a former Soviet…ambassador, I think he was? (can’t remember the name) who wrote of his experience with communism, and it was very similar on a more personal level.

    He clearly paints his initial idealism, and how the “dream” of communism became like a religion to him. And how hard it was for him to realize how wrong he was, how corrupt and harmful it was, because in many ways it was like losing one’s deepest faith. It was hurtful to lose that dream and have to face the ugly reality. I wish I could remember his name – it was a great book.

    People should learn from history. Having idealistic motives does not mean you are not buying into a dangerous pile of horseshit.

  207. She made her decision to parlay…
    Did that make sense?
    gonzotx Says:
    April 6th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    ===========

    This sounds kind of like my speculation. There are two theories about threats, both of which may be true.

    1. someone threatened her
    2. she or Bill threatened someone

    #2 would explain a lot of things. #1 does not seem necessary, since there were plenty of known reasons for her to drop out.

  208. The book shamed leftist intellectuals for their support of the ugly soviet communist regime and the slave East European states.
    ***********
    I was thinking about the same subject today; the similarity of the Stalinist apologists and the apologists for Obama flaunting the rule of law and enabling the “looters”. Whatever the “mind-set” that motivates these behaviors, it seems to be a human characteristic and independent of “political” philosophy. The “young” Republicans that enabled and rationalized the illegal wars and looting of the US treasury by Bush/Cheney are no different then the Obots rationalizing expansion of the American Police State. The “Red scare”, McCarthy, “Hitler’s Willing Executioners”, The cultural Revolution, “The Killing Fields”, etc…just people rationalizing behavior that shouldn’t be tolerated.

  209. Photo summary of Hillary at NATO summit

    hillary.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/04/06/photo_summary_of_hillary_at_nato_summit

  210. Sarkozy: STFU OBAMA!!! LMAO!!! 😀

    Leave Turkey’s bid to join EU to us, Nicolas Sarkozy warns Barack Obama

    The love-in between Nicolas Sarkozy and Barack Obama proved short-lived after the French President warned his US counterpart yesterday to keep his nose out of the issue of Turkey’s membership of the European Union.

    President Obama used his first EU-US summit, on the eve of his visit to Turkey, to encourage European leaders to embrace the Muslim country and “anchor it in Europe”. However, Mr Sarkozy, a long-standing opponent of full membership for Turkey, rebuffed the US leader in language that seemed to sour the revival of Franco-US relations.

    Support for Turkey in joining the EU, a process that it began formally in 2005 and hopes to complete before 2020, has long been an American foreign policy goal.

    Mr Obama, who flew to Turkey last night, clearly wanted to leave on a positive note. He told EU leaders: “The United States and Europe must approach Muslims as our friends, neighbours and partners in fighting injustice, intolerance and violence.

    “Moving forward towards Turkish membership in the EU would be an important signal of your commitment to this agenda and ensure that we continue to anchor Turkey firmly in Europe.”

    Mr Sarkozy, who has talked of offering Turkey a privileged partnership rather than membership, did not wait to hit back. “I have been working hand in hand with President Obama but when it comes to the European Union it is up to member states of the European Union to decide [on membership],” Mr Sarkozy said in an interview on French television. “I have always been opposed to this entry and I remain opposed,” he added.

    timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article6041404.ece#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=797093

  211. Carol,

    When the polls report a high percentage of Democrats approve Obama — remember that they are polling those who are STILL Democrats, after many of the anti-Obama Dems left the party. We Pumas all left, so the ‘Dem Party’ is left with the koolaid soaked dregs.

  212. wbboei….?

    rgb44hrc Says:
    April 6th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    MS. HUFFPOST HERSELF SIDES WITH KRUGMAN/STIGLITZ:

    huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/the-obama-economic-teams_b_183744.html

    The Obama Economic Team’s Flawed Cosmology: Still Believing the Universe Revolves Around the Banks

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

    Does this fit in with Litle’s theory that Obama’s actions revolve around serving the bondholders?

  213. Right on. I have opined on the subject of Holder previouosly. Recall that he represented United Fruit in connection with some killings. He is not a big believer in civil rights. And that is a real danger. You will recall I am sure the famous dictim that a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich, etc. Holder himself is capable of that. Which is why Bambis people outed Edwards.
    **********
    Greenwald defends Holder for working out a deal for Chiquita Brands. Chiquita payed >$1.7 million to Colombian death squads, Holder probably used his inside connection at DOJ to get them a “deal”. Greenwald thought that was OK and that Holder would be a good Atty. Gen.

    “The bulk of what I’ve read about and from Holder suggests, with a couple of ultimately marginal exceptions, that this appointment would be a very positive step.”
    ww.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/11/19/holder/.

    I am waiting for Greenwald and others to come out and say that they made a huge mistake by supporting sociopath Obama.

  214. Admin: nothing gets by you. That was precisely what I was referring to. A great book, which has been a useful tool against the radical left.

    Jan: I agree with you generally, and even if it was not your intent to apply that logic to the current situation it is equally applicable there. Gibbs is a lightweight, and everytime he opens his mouth and fields the softballs those white house press corps bozos throw him he manages to make what should be easy look difficult and painful. He is the General Burnsidie of the administration, who Lincoln once commended for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. On top of that he was a Hillary hater and finds it difficult to acknowlege her contributions.

    The question I have asked myself for months was what did Hillary or her camaign ever do to deserve this reaction. She ran a clean campaign. I looked for rational reasons to explain it and found none. But the brilliant posts I saw last night gave me the missing answer. It was not a question of anything she had done, but the alphabet soup of pathologies unique to Obama. And there is no doubt in my mind that his wife exploits those pathologies in the same manner as Lady MacBeth.

    If the leader of the organization harbors extreme views, then before long those views permeated the culture of the organizaton and they become a behavioral norm. That is what Gibbs is reflecting, without knowing exactly why. And the same pathology infects everyone else in team obama.

    The same terrible unthinking conformity afflicts the media, and they do not realize the why of it either. Olberman does not know why Immelt wanted Obama specifically even though I think we do. All he knows is that when he disses Hillary he gets a bonus same way a rat gets a sugar pellet. It is a conditioned response, just as my conditioned response if I ever meet him will be to find out whether he can fight as well as he talks. I think he is a loud mouthed coward.

    I was informed that Hillary wanted this job and I promoted it here for that reason. Others thought she should never work for Obama because he is jealous, sexist, racist, petty and pathological. The jury is still out, but I am less confident now than I was then that she or anyone else can keep him on the reservation.

    I now believe there will come a point where she has to decide whether she can still support him–a choice between party and country. The little quip by Michelle, the fact that Hillary dresses down when she appears with bambi or hatchetface, and the way she made herself inconspicuous at g-20 and some of the other tells that she is under pressure to just fade into the woodwork.

    I think policy differences are inevitable. For example, I cannot believe she would have gifted an important incident of our soverignty to foreign bankers without serious discussion and concurrence of stakeholders. I do not think she would have said there is nothing we can do about North Korea and the bomb. And I cannot ever imagine that she would have tried to do a deal with Russia behind Europe’s back. Finally, Barack Obama is a bold faced liar, and how do you defend a lie without losing credibility yourself. It is a riddle within a riddle and it will not get easier, especially when the settlements he envisions do not occur.

  215. rgb said:

    huffingtonpost.com/norm-stamper/obama-reefer-madness-to-t_b_183642.html

    Obama: (Reefer) Madness to Tackle Legalization?
    ===================================

    Norm Stamper

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

    So did this discussion get into Holder’s announcement that the DOJ would no longer raid medical mariuana groups in states that had legalized mm — followed by a new raid in San Francisco.

    Whatever Obama can or cannot say openly about the law, Holder’s idea of simply not enforcing it in those states is doable and is in the right direction. So was Holder telling the truth or not?

  216. CNN…Plot to assinate BO by stabbing him foiled in Turkey. Perhaps this has already been mentioned. I have not had time to read the previous comments.

    Supposedly it was mentioned that his chances of harm are higher BECAUSE HE IS BLACK???

  217. Mr Sarkozy, who has talked of offering Turkey a privileged partnership rather than membership, did not wait to hit back. “I have been working hand in hand with President Obama but when it comes to the European Union it is up to member states of the European Union to decide [on membership],” Mr Sarkozy said in an interview on French television. “I have always been opposed to this entry and I remain opposed,” he added.

    timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article6041404.ece#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=797093

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

    Let’s see. Obama wrote a letter to Pres Sarkozy but addressed it to former Pres Chirac instead. Then his staff told the press that Obama never had any intention of visiting Sar but took up time goign through the motions of ‘planning’ a visit they knew they weren’t really going to do.

    Now this.

    Maybe Obama should try to get Chirac to sponsor Turkey.

  218. “The United States and Europe must approach Muslims as our friends, neighbours and partners in fighting injustice, intolerance and violence”
    ————————————————————-
    The path to final peace lay hid in night
    God said let BAMBI be and there was light.

    (note: nature and natures laws lay hid in night
    God said let Newton be and there was light–Alexander Pope. Or-

    Much have I travelled in the realms of gold
    And many goodly states and kindoms seen (snip)
    Yet never did I beathe the pure serene
    Til I heard BAMBI speak out loud and bold
    With the able assistance of Tele and Little Groper
    Then I felt like some watcher of the skies
    When a new planet swims into his ken
    Or like stout Cortez when with his eagle eyes
    Make that Rickie Cortez his wine steward
    He stared at the Pacific-and all his big media men
    Looked at eachother with wild surmise
    Silent, upon a peak in Darien

    (Note: Keats, On First Looking Into Chapmans Homer)

  219. “The United States and Europe must approach Muslims as our friends, neighbours and partners in fighting injustice, intolerance and violence”
    ————————————————————-
    The path to final peace lay hid in night
    God said let BAMBI be and there was light.

    (note: nature and natures laws lay hid in night
    God said let Newton be and there was light–Alexander Pope.

    OR–

    Much have I travelled in the realms of gold
    And many goodly states and kindoms seen (snip)
    Yet never did I beathe the pure serene
    Til I heard BAMBI speak out loud and bold
    With the able assistance of Tele and Little Groper
    Then I felt like some watcher of the skies
    When a new planet swims into his ken
    Or like stout Cortez when with his eagle eyes
    Make that Rickie Cortez his wine steward
    He stared at the Pacific-and all his big media men
    Looked at eachother with wild surmise
    Silent, upon a peak in Darien

    (Note: Keats, On First Looking Into Chapmans Homer)

  220. I’m too tired to look for it, but I saw a quote from Obama that sounded legitimate and sincere — and of course DEAD WRONG.

    He said he felt comfortable in EU because it was like the US Senate!

    Good lord. Little bleating lamb.

  221. well, tdb, that explains it, then. He didn’t do jack shit in the US senate because he was too busy doing photo ops. He views his European Vacation the same way – no actual accomplishments to show for it, but lots of “face time” for the cameras.

    BTW, Hannity tonight referred several times to “Obama’s European Vacation”. methinks we may have a reader, admin.

  222. We watched the Robert Redford movie last night, “SNEAKERS”… the gist of the movie in case you haven’t see it is this… “High-tech computer hackers are tricked into espionage.” The last 5 min of the movie provide a solution to our Banking problems.

    paraphrased: “It’s not powerful People who can control people, or money that can control people, it’s “information” that CAN control people.” Which led me to ask the ‘What if’ question.

    What if hackers hacked into the Central Bank and deleted all the derivative files virtually cleansing every bank of any and all toxic assets… including home foreclosures? There would be a biggest banking scramble in the history of the world, but in the end there is nothing they could do about it. Paper transactions and files are a thing of the past. There would be proof toxic anything ever existed. ha!

  223. What if hackers hacked into the Central Bank and deleted all the derivative files virtually cleansing every bank of any and all toxic assets… including home foreclosures? There would be a biggest banking scramble in the history of the world, but in the end there is nothing they could do about it. Paper transactions and files are a thing of the past. There would be [no] proof toxic anything ever existed. ha!

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

    What a great idea! That’s what I was fantisizing about a day or so ago: just wipe out ALL those crooked deals, whether they have defualted yet or not. Make them all null and void.

    Now you come up with the way to do it!

    Where are Obama’s teenyhackers when we need them?

  224. SHV, exactly right. These behaviors are mirror images of each other. The “young” and ideological Republicans and fake conservatives that enabled Bush are the mirror images of the “young” and ideological Dimocrats who think they are playing a game and they are oh, so, fabulous as they enable Obama.

    There is a World War II film called “The Young Lions” with a blond Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift which traces the lives of young soldiers from both sides and how they get caught up in the blood lust of war. They start full of dreams of glory and end up disillusioned and trying to cope with the real world and what they have done. Only when it is too late do they realize their foolishness. Many of the Bushies realized their mistakes but the Obama Hopium eaters are only now having glimmers of the wrong they have done.

    John Steinbeck wrote a novel which was turned into a film called “The Moon Is Down”. Steinbeck also explores the foolishness of unthinking believers, this time during the occupation of Norway. The young occupiers eventually realize the foolishness of what they have done. The film’s turning point is when one drunk soldier yells “The flies have conquered the flypaper”.

    Obama’s “young lions” and unthinking believers have what they wanted but now they are stuck – flies on flypaper -celebrating their victory.

  225. The supposed “knife assassination attempt” in Turkey was hoax, a Turkish official is saying. The man was well-known to them, and disturbed, but no danger to anyone and was released.

    What is interesting is that the “tip” came not from inside Turkey, but from an email address in the United States, who knew the man’s name and address.

  226. NY TIMES RELENTLESS IN THEIR JOB AS STATE MOUTHPIECE, FAWNING OVER OBAMA AND MAKING UP “FUN FACTS”

    Who are the interviewing, and what leading questions are they asking?

    Maybe they went to a playground and said, “If you think obama is a good president, you get this lollipop. If you have any criticism, that man over there will open his raincoat”.

    Hey, it’s that Adam Nagourney guy again. How many fluffy pillows has he written for obama?? Nuff said.

    $$$ indicate my criticisms of this love-fest that they call “reporting”.

    Poll Finds New Optimism on Economy Since Inauguration
    ========================================

    By ADAM NAGOURNEY and MEGAN THEE-BRENAN
    Published: April 6, 2009

    Americans have grown more optimistic about the economy and the direction of the country in the 11 weeks since President Obama was inaugurated, suggesting that he is enjoying some success in his critical task of rebuilding the nation’s confidence, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

    $$$ “Americans”? Or only “proud Americans”? I’m embarrassed to be in the same country as installed faux leader.

    These sometimes turbulent weeks — marked by new initiatives by Mr. Obama, attacks by Republicans and more than a few missteps by the White House — do not appear to have hurt the president. Americans said they approved of Mr. Obama’s handling of the economy, foreign policy, Iraq and Afghanistan; fully two-thirds said they approved of his overall job performance.

    $$$ Were these interviews conducted only in New York City? Harlem, and Park Avenue?

    By contrast, just 31 percent of respondents said they had a favorable view of the Republican Party, the lowest in the 25 years the question has been asked in New York Times/CBS News polls.

    It is not unusual for new presidents to enjoy a period of public support. Still, the durability of Mr. Obama’s support contrasts with that of some of his predecessors at the same point in their terms. It is also striking at a time when anxiety has gripped households across the country and Mr. Obama has alternately sought to rally Americans’ spirits and warn against economic collapse as he seeks Congressional support for his programs.

    $$$ Durable? It’s only 11 weeks. Let’s not forget how “popular” Bush was for some period of time, until the incompetency and evilness became too obvious to ignore.

    The poll found that 70 percent of respondents were very or somewhat concerned that someone in their household would be out of work and looking for a job in the next 12 months. Forty percent said they had cut spending on luxuries, and 10 percent said they had cut back on necessities; 31 percent said they had cut both.

    $$$ Yes, these optimistic people…

    For all that, the number of people who said they thought the country was headed in the right direction jumped from 15 percent in mid-January, just before Mr. Obama took office, to 39 percent today, while the number who said it was headed in the wrong direction dropped to 53 percent from 79 percent. That is the highest percentage of Americans who said the country was headed in the right direction since 42 percent said so in February 2005, the second month of President George W. Bush’s second term.

    The percentage of people who said the economy was getting worse has declined from 54 percent just before Mr. Obama took office to 34 percent today. And 20 percent now think the economy is getting better, compared with 7 percent in mid-January.

    “It’s psychology more than anything else,” Arthur Gilman, a Republican from Ridgewood, N.J., said in a follow-up interview to the poll. “President Obama has turned around the negative feeling in this country. He’s given everything an impetus because he’s very upbeat, like Roosevelt was. It’s too soon to tell if the spending stuff works, but some things have improved.”

    $$$ They had to have paid this guy to say this stuff.

    Frank Henwood, an independent from Amarillo, Tex., said: “Hopefully, the stock market has bottomed out and is on the rise. Once the stock market shapes up, I think the economy will come back, and then jobs will come back and people will start buying automobiles made in America.”

    With the poll finding that an overwhelming number think the recession will last a year or more, Mr. Obama may find he has a deep well of patience to draw on. The poll found that he shoulders virtually none of the public blame for the economic crisis: 33 percent blame Mr. Bush, 21 percent blame financial institutions, and 11 percent blame Congress.

    $$$ Yes, obama wondeful.

    By more than three to one, voters said they trusted Mr. Obama more than they trusted Congressional Republicans to make the right decisions about the economy. And by more than two to one, they said they trusted Mr. Obama to keep the nation safe, typically a Republican strong suit. Nearly one-quarter of Republicans said they trusted Mr. Obama more than Congressional Republicans to make the right decisions about the economy.

    “As far as acting like adults and getting things done, the Democrat Party has done better,” said Rachel Beeson, an independent from Wahiawa, Hawaii. “The Republican Party seems to have decided that they are going to turn down anything that comes out of the White House, and nothing will get done that way.”

    The poll showed signs of continued political division: 57 percent of people who said they voted for Senator John McCain in November said they disapproved of Mr. Obama’s performance. While Mr. Obama’s budget proposal enjoys the support of 56 percent of Americans over all, sentiments splinter along party lines: 79 percent of Democrats said his budget had the right priorities, compared with 27 percent of Republicans.

    The survey was conducted Wednesday through Sunday, while Mr. Obama was in Europe for the Group of 20 summit of the world’s largest economies. Two-thirds of respondents said leaders of other countries had respect for Mr. Obama; when a similar question was asked in July 2006, 30 percent of respondents said foreign leaders had respect for Mr. Bush.

    The national telephone poll was conducted with 998 adults. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

    Even as Americans strongly support Mr. Obama, they do not necessarily support all of his initiatives. For example, 58 percent disapprove of his proposal to bail out banks. But the percentage of respondents who said they thought it would benefit all Americans, rather than only bankers, jumped from 29 percent in February to 47 percent now, signaling that the White House might be making progress in changing perceptions of the plan.

    $$$ Ah. “We support obama. We just don’t like what he wants to do, or how he wants to do it. But yeah, Obama!!!”

    And as Mr. Obama has proposed a vast expansion in spending and programs, 48 percent of Americans said they preferred a smaller government providing fewer services, while 41 percent preferred a bigger government with more services.

    Americans remain concerned about the growing national debt being passed on to future generations, but in the face of the current economic troubles, they are divided over whether it is necessary to increase debt. Forty-six percent said the government should not incur further debt, but 45 percent said the government should spend money to stimulate the economy even though it would increase the budget deficit.

    $$$ Again, people don’t like where obama will be dragging us, if he is successful in getting congressional ***Democrats*** to support his schemes.

    Amid evidence of a surge of populism in response to abuses on Wall Street, respondents said by more than two to one that Democrats cared more about the needs of people like themselves than Republicans did. Seventy-one percent of Americans said Mr. Obama cared more about the interests of ordinary people than about large corporations.

    $$$ Dems like Dodd, and obama, who enriched themselves with cozy arrangements with lobbyists, and got really totally excellent deals on their home mortgages.

    Mr. Obama’s push to increase income taxes on people making over $250,000 a year was supported by 74 percent of respondents. When presented with the possibility that taxing those in the higher income bracket might hurt the economy, 39 percent of those polled still backed the plan.

    &&&
    Marjorie Connelly and Marina Stefan contributed reporting.

  227. “We support obama. We just don’t like what he wants to do, or how he wants to do it. But yeah, Obama!!!”

    ————————————

    And therein lies the crux of the problem and what makes me so darn frustrated. They will support him to the very end…to complete destruction.

  228. Stocks open lower, extend losses to second day
    04/07/09 10:01 EDT
    By SARA LEPRO

    NEW YORK (AP) – Wall Street extended its losses into a second day Tuesday as worries about banks’ balance sheets and poor first-quarter earnings reports intensified.

    The Dow Jones industrial average dropped more than 150 points while the broader indexes fell more than 1.5 percent.

    Word that the International Monetary Fund was set to forecast $4 trillion in bad assets on banks’ books added to concerns about the financial industry. Published by The Times of London, the report underscored investors’ fears that the U.S. government’s recent efforts to purge banks of troublesome loans might not work.

    Meanwhile, investors are bracing for the coming flood of first-quarter earnings reports. Aluminum giant Alcoa Inc. will kick off earnings season Tuesday after the close of the market.

    Investors have been more optimistic in recent weeks, sending the major indexes up more than 20 percent from 12-year lows in early March on increasingly positive news about the economy. But many analysts have warned that the rally might not be sustainable, especially as first-quarter earnings loom.

    “I don’t think anybody is making a bet on improvement yet,” said Jon Biele, head of capital markets at Cowen & Co. “There is still a very much wait-and-see attitude that is weighing heavily on the market.”

    The reports, which will likely give investors some sense of where the economy is headed over the next several months, could easily upset the market if they are worse than expected, analysts say.

    In early morning trading, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 155.07, or 1.9 percent, to 7,820.78. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 17.15, or 2.1 percent, to 818.33, while the Nasdaq composite index fell 29.17, or 1.8 percent, to 1,577.54.

    Financial stocks helped push the market to its first loss in five days on Monday, and are likely to remain a top focus for investors. Most analysts contend that an economic recovery is not possible until banks are restored to health.

    The industry was jolted Monday after the Treasury Department delayed a program designed to help banks unload soured loans from their books and a prominent analyst said losses at banks are likely to exceed Depression-era levels.

    Investors had been more upbeat about banks in recent weeks, buoyed by remarks from several bank CEOs last month that business was better than expected. But the latest news brought investors’ worries about rising loan losses and bad assets to the forefront once again.

    Alcoa, the first Dow component to post quarterly results, is expected to report a first-quarter loss on Tuesday, setting the tone for potentially more dismal results to come. Shares dropped 32 cents, or 4.1 percent, to $7.59 in early trading.

    Analysts and investors don’t anticipate the reports to be good, but are hoping that they at least meet or exceed already low expectations.

    There is little by way of economic data expected Tuesday.

    Bond prices rose, pushing the yield on the 10-year note to 2.90 percent from 2.93 percent late Monday.

    In other trading, the Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 7.03 or 1.6 percent to 440.53.

    Declining issues outnumbered advancers by about seven to one on the New York Stock Exchange where volume came to 129.3 million shares.

    The dollar was mixed against other major currencies. Gold prices rose.

    Light, sweet crude fell $1.35 to $49.70 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

    Overseas, Japan’s Nikkei stock average fell 0.3 percent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 0.5 percent. In afternoon trading, Britain’s FTSE 100 was down 1.8 percent, Germany’s DAX index was down 1.4 percent, and France’s CAC-40 was down 1.7 percent.

  229. Forty-six percent said the government should not incur further debt, but 45 percent said the government should spend money to stimulate the economy even though it would increase the budget deficit.
    *******************************

    I am sure that 45% think they are going to get something, like that AA woman who exclaimed during the Faux Dem primary “Obama’s going to pay my rent”

  230. It’s psychology more than anything else,” Arthur Gilman, a Republican from Ridgewood, N.J., said in a follow-up interview to the poll. “President Obama has turned around the negative feeling in this country. He’s given everything an impetus because he’s very upbeat, like Roosevelt was. It’s too soon to tell if the spending stuff works, but some things have improved.”

    $$$ They had to have paid this guy to say this stuff.
    ***********************************

    I AGREE, HE PROBABLY IS NOT REPUB EITHER!

  231. NQ always good for insightful material:

    noquarterusa.net/blog/2009/04/07/a-democrat-warns-more-trouble-ahead/#more-20378

    A Democrat Warns More Trouble Ahead
    ============================

    By Larry Johnson

    Roger Altman, Bill Clinton’s Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, presented a sobering and troubling warning about our economic future in the op-ed pages of Monday’s Financial Times. Altman writes (subscription required):

    ### Start of Financial Times quote
    The rare nature of this recession precludes a cyclically normal US recovery. Instead, we are consigned to a slow, painful climb-out, as are nations such as Japan and Mexico that depend on US demand. The implications for US policy include a likely second round of stimulus, much more federal capital for the banking system and stunning budget deficits that will slow key initiatives for President Barack Obama, such as healthcare and energy reform.

    What is unusual is that this is a balance-sheet driven recession, centred on the damaged financial condition of both households and banks. These weaknesses mandate sub-normal levels of consumer spending and overall lending for about three years. . . .

    In contrast, most postwar recessions had a different sequence – rising inflationary pressures, a monetary tightening to counter them and, then, a slowdown in response to higher interest rates. . . .

    None of that happened here. Instead, we saw a housing and credit market collapse that caused enormous losses among households and banks. The result was a steep drop in discretionary consumer spending and a halt to lending. . . . With reduced incomes, only cutting discretionary spending can produce higher savings. This explains why personal consumption expenditures fell at record rates at the end of 2008.

    Consumer spending, however, has approximated 70 per cent of US gross domestic product for the past decade and dominates our economy. But household balance sheets will not be rebuilt soon. Home values will keep falling through mid-2010 and there is no precedent for equity markets, still down 45 per cent from their peak, to make those losses up in just two years. It is illogical, therefore, to expect a full snap-back in the consumer sector in 2010 or 2011. This alone mandates a drawn-out, weak recovery.

    The second key sector is the financial one. According to the International Monetary Fund, western financial institutions, mostly in the US, have realised $1,000bn of losses on US-originated assets since the crisis began. . . . These losses are eating into banks’ capital and shrinking their capacity to add assets. Funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program are only replacing lost capital, not increasing it. When might they end? With key categories of toxic assets still losing value, the answer is: not soon. The scale of lending needed to support a normal cyclical recovery will not materialise.

    A third constraint on recovery may involve the federal balance sheet. The fiscal and monetary engines are currently on full throttle. But, within two years, concerns over budget deficits and inflation may revive, compelling the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates and Congress to adopt deficit reduction steps. These actions, contractionary by definition, could occur before a full recovery has asserted itself. On that basis, the federal balance sheet would also limit a full recovery.
    ### end Altman quote from the Financial Times

    It also is important to understand that the rapturous European welcome for Barack Obama was at best an empty gesture. Obama did not get a single thing he genuinely needed from what we might charitably characterize as European leaders.

    ###Altman’s op-ed also said:
    “The G20 failed to agree on Obama’s request for stronger fiscal expansion. NATO members rebuffed Obama’s request for a significant increase in European combat forces.”
    ###

    But hey, why worry about real results when we can focus on meaningless feel good moments, grab-ass photo ops and air kisses with hot models.

  232. It’s psychology more than anything else,” Arthur Gilman, a Republican from Ridgewood, N.J., said in a follow-up interview to the poll. “President Obama has turned around the negative feeling in this country. He’s given everything an impetus because he’s very upbeat, like Roosevelt was. It’s too soon to tell if the spending stuff works, but some things have improved.”
    ————————-
    We really dont know anything about this character other than the fact that he voted yes in a poll and claims to be a Republican.

    He seems to believe in the bread and circuses approach to politics. It about psychology as opposed to tangible results.

    He makes no effort to evauate the probable impact of looting the treasury, rewarding the wrongdoers, politicizing the budget and doubling the money supply. All he says is its too soon to tell.

    He is blind to the lies, reversals and threats to civil liberties, the loss of our sovereignty. He just loves Obama and its all psycology, he says.

    This man has the critical thinking skills of a four year old. In some circles they might even call him a rube.

  233. Mary B // April 7, 2009 at 5:58 am

    Just who are we at war with?

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/04/just_who_are_we_at_war_with.html

    Not certain who our enemy, in what used to be called the “War on Terror,” is anymore? President Obama has made it clear whom we are not fighting.

    According to the UK Times:

    President Obama extended the hand of friendship to the Muslim world yesterday, declaring: “Let me say this as clearly as I can: the United States is not at war with Islam.”

    He used a speech to the Turkish parliament to draw a line under what he described as “difficulties these last few years” when George Bush’s War on Terror was regarded by many as a clash between civilisations and between religions.
    By contrast, Mr Obama said that he sought both a partnership with the Muslim world in rolling back the ideology of al-Qaeda and a “broad engagement based upon mutual interests and mutual respect”. He added: “We will listen carefully, bridge misunderstanding and seek common ground.”

    After the Speaker of parliament had introduced him by his full name of “Barack Hussein Obama”, the President said: “The United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans. Many other Americans have Muslims in their family, or have lived in a Muslim-majority country – I know, because I am one of them.” [Italics added.]

    Now I understand. We are not at war with Islam because Obama would have to declare war on himself.

    Well, at least we have cleared up that conundrum.

    Here’s an idea. Let’s just surrender to whomever it is we are not fighting. Then there wouldn’t be a need for any war at all.
    *****************************************************

    Didn’t know this was a Muslim country…Just where did this guy grow up? Oh ya, Pakistan…..

  234. Big Media can’t really sell Meeeechelle!! LOL!!!

    Cover Girl Michelle Obama Doesn’t Always Deliver
    Magazines Fuss Over First Lady, but Newsstand Sales Are Mixed

    adage.com/mediaworks/article?article_id=135789

  235. It also is important to understand that the rapturous European welcome for Barack Obama was at best an empty gesture. Obama did not get a single thing he genuinely needed from what we might charitably characterize as European leaders.
    ——————————-
    This statement is spot on. Much of it can be explained by the simple observation that he is not George Bush. He got a headline and nothing else. He craves celebrity status and seeks it with maniacal desperation. But what good does it do for the country if it fails to produce tangible results. And what if, as here, he pursues it to the derrogation of the country’s interests, what then. Are we to say as Republican Gilman says pschology matters more than results–a sad comment on human nature, or are we to say we dont care about smoke and mirrors, we need results.

    Here is something I wrote on this at the end of last year. My thinking has not changed on iota.

    C. Why This Matters: we are deeply concerned about the future of the Democratic Party, our democracy and our nation. We believe that Obama and the dark forces behind him are a clear and present danger to our future. A voice from antiquity whispers this warning to those who would listen: “Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the people have abdicated their duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out high civic office, military command, Roman legions-everything, now restrains itself and hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.” (Satire X by the Roman Poet Juvenal, 1st Century A.D.).

  236. UMD Sends Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Regarding Macedonians in Greece

    On April 6, 2009, the United Macedonian Diaspora sent the following letter to the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton regarding the lack of civil and human rights of the Macedonian minority living in Greece.

    americanchronicle.com/articles/view/97424

    —————————————

    While m.o. probably just got bored with having to smile so much (face probably permanently cracked). Bo went to Turkey, got dissed by the French and told to butt out and Hillary is saving the world.

  237. “The United States and Europe must approach Muslims as our friends, neighbours and partners in fighting injustice, intolerance and violence.
    ——————-

    WHAT ABOUT SAYING THAT THE MUSLIM WORLD MUST ALSO RECOGNISE THE WOMEN’s RIGHTS and STOP SUPPORTING HOME GROWN TERRORIST BASES!!!!!!!!!!!

    BO IS A TRAITOR TO US AND EUROPE!!!!!!!!

  238. One question we need to ask ourselves is why did he take 500 staff people with him to the G-20. Here is my theory.

    Politics is all about coalitions. Shorn of the formalities Obama has three goals: i) first, to promote himself as a towering global figure, ii) second, to tear down the nation state and substitute global government, and iii) to loot the middle class and thereby level the playing field.

    Whether he intends these things at the cognitive level, or whether they are the consequence of his alphabet soup of pathologies is not so much the question. The practical question is where does his benighted leadership take us, and I believe it is there, i.e. i), ii), iii) above.

    Politics is all about coalitions. He knows sooner or later the middle class will object to being his sacrifical lamb. They will push back–with the obvious exception of Mr Gilman. When that happens, he wants to have coalitions in Europe and in the press who he can use against the middle class. The problem is this will not work. Europe will pursue Europes interests. Furthermore, they have some experience with charismantic leader who drag people down a path from which no one ever returns. In other words, they have a sense of history and destiny.

  239. He had another “student” town hall in Turkey and now he’s slipped covertly into Iraq. Most likely for more photo ops.

  240. ADAM NAGOURNEY is a lying scumbag. I could show you articles from last year which prove it. He is a propandist and is not taken seriously by serious people. He is one of the worst at NYT.

  241. TSUNAMI MEDIA Press Release
    April 6, 2009
    Mr. Obama Goes Abroad Again, International Skills Still Sorely Lacking

    “Islam has shaped the world for the better, including in the United States.” It must be true, because Barack Hussein Obama spoke those words in Turkey today, to a large Muslim audience over Al Jazerra TV. He also said that the “U.S. is not at war with Islam and will never be.” Jihadists will be so relieved to hear that. These statements were spoken the same day that Secretary Gates presented an austere military budget to Congress in the face of massive domestic expenditures to radically and rapidly provide new advantages to the “underprivileged.”

    MSNBC’s commentator assured viewers that Obama’s new view of the U.S. and its relationship to the Muslim world is being received with widespread approval and reflects the majority US view on this matter. Said commentator also pointed to Obama’s great advantage in having “Muslim” relatives. Evidently, no one has explained to this pseudo-journalist that to have Muslims in your family is like being “a little bit Jewish” – which is, itself, like being a “little bit pregnant” – ie, these modifiers all describe a condition that does not exist. If you are pregnant, Jewish or Muslim, you simple are. Period. Isn’t it odd that the same Presidential candidate who attacked any opponent for falsely claiming he is Muslim – or even referring to his own middle name, Hussein – now wears his affinity for the Muslim world on his sleeve for all the world to see.

    That Obama indeed has a Muslim heritage is long an establshed fact. However, his inability to accurately assess overseas reactions to his public presentations could be a danger to us all. Witness his full depth body bow and kiss on the hand of Saudi Arabian leader below. It doesn’t take a body-language expert to read those gestures. When combined with the language of his televised speech above- and insipid overlooking of North Korea’s aggression toward our Japanese allies, an undeniable signal is being sent – and it is not one of strength or leadership.

    Link to video of 2 Bows here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr6SiXRm6po

    Also today, North Korea’s of a missile over Japan was responded to with harsh words by Obama – but little else to back them up. As a North Korea expert on Lou Dobbs tonight pointed out, the tepid US reaction to North Korea’s flagrant UN violations is perceived by their Communist government – and the leadership of their ally, China, as further signs of U.S. weakness.

    While closer to home, it was announced today that, within 10 days, travel visas to Cuba will relax considerably. Bear in mind this is the same Cuba that is currently making plans for weaponry support off its coast by China, treacherously close to Florida’s shoreline. Simultaneously Cuba’s new Castro works closely with Chavez, who has been making plans for his dictator led country to receive similar support – off the Venezuelan coast – by none other than Russia.

    It’s now glaringly apparent, however unfortunate, that Joe Biden got it right in his puzzling, controversial pre-election statement. He stated that within 6 months of an Obama administration a danger to the U.S. would be posed from abroad and Americans would not be pleased with Obama’s response. Lest any forget, mark his words and this post. An unconscious U.S. is now being surrounded with building military maneuvers by adversaries at the same time Obama- whether due to lack of judgment or lack of interest – signals these same adversaries that the U.S. is now humble, apologetic and ready to defer to their interests. . . . so countdown is 3 months down and less than 3 more to go.

    Just days earlier, Obama assured the G20 – which offered no compliance of its own with his requests – that the US will comply with their demands for international controls to be placed on U.S. banks and related industries. This didn’t seem to concern him either. Could be he was still basking in the glow of the UK Queen’s gracious receipt of an ipod, loaded in advance with videos of his speeches, in case she missed some of them. Curtsy due same Queen for her finesse in restoring her equilibrium and grace after being unexpectedly manhandled by Mrs. Obama. Faux pas in Britain, apologias elsewhere and full bows to Islam…. and Main Stream Media wags on commending how Obama is recovering a US image tainted by an inept, distant Bush. There must be some humor in this . . . at least for a few more months to the countdown on our sovereignity, economic prosperity and national security. We can only suppose that Congress and MSNBC will appear to be appropriately surprised!
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Article obtained from Bitterpolitiz

  242. wbboei says:

    “I was informed that Hillary wanted this job and I promoted it here for that reason. Others thght she should never work for Obama because he is jealous, sexist, racist, petty and pathological. The jury is still out, but I am less confident now than I was then that she or anyone else can keep him on the reservation. ”

    That is point I made yesterday….I cannot stand her silence or these issues…

  243. wbboei Says:

    April 7th, 2009 at 11:26 am
    One question we need to ask ourselves is why did he take 500 staff people with him to the G-20.
    &&&&&

    50 to tell him how smart he is
    100 to tell him how good looking he is
    34 to tell MO that she’s smarter and better looking and more of a fashion icon than Jackie O
    42 to make snarky remarks about Hillary
    5 to cover for his quick smokes
    10 to promote that he’s completely kicked the habit this time
    60 to set up teleprompters EVERYWHERE
    the rest to fetch them fancy steaks and champagne.

  244. That is point I made yesterday….I cannot stand her silence or these issues…
    ———————-
    She found her voice in New Hampshire and we loved what we heard. She lost it at the Convention and on the general election campaign trail. When she returned to the Senate, they shut her down. I felt she was wise to move to the world stage where she could regain it, because of her global stature. But when she stands behind the fraud as he tries to bamboozle the world it conveys the impression that she is on board with everything he is saying. I do not want her to lose her voice. It is too important to the survival of our country.

  245. I believe that Hillary works hard behind the scenes to make changes. Her standing behind him does not bother me. Her body language says it all.

  246. But when she stands behind the fraud as he tries to bamboozle the world it conveys the impression that she is on board with everything he is saying. I do not want her to lose her voice. It is too important to the survival of our country.
    ******************************************
    That is the hardest part. Not having inside info as to what she supports and doesn’t of this Fraud. Obviously it will be a long time before the truth is ever revealed, if ever. I am glad she is running behind the scenes however trying to minimize the damage the fool is making on a daily bases.I just don’t know if it will be enough…

  247. I can’t believe some stupid media is printing that MEshelles should run for President after Bambi gets booted out.

    WTF has she ever done? She is trying to make herself a household name with her JackieO copycat routine. Her clothes are gaudy and I can say this to MEshcelle: “I knew Jackie O and you are no Jackie O”.

    They make me sick.

  248. I will read from the bottom up to get caught up. I got an email today that was interesting Karen Thurman of the FL Dems who says I am being rejected:

    Rejecting Short and Obama
    Dear Short,

    The Republican leaders in Tallahassee don’t want to take President Obama’s recovery money, but they do want you to pay more for a driver’s license. And, I’ve got to tell you, I can’t understand that thinking – making us miss out on hundreds of millions in recovery dollars while trying to tax us.

    Last November, we were part of electing President Obama, bringing change to the country. One of the President’s priorities was to pass the stimulus bill to get our economy going again, but what good can that do us if the Republicans in Tallahassee are rejecting the money? Floridians voted for change last November, but it seems that even that isn’t enough to convince them.

    We need your help to show the Republican leadership in Tallahassee you reject their obstructionist agenda that would block President Obama’s efforts to jumpstart Florida’s economy. Our goal is to have 204 people donate to the Florida Democratic Party – two donations per Republican member of the legislature- and help us fight their budget.

    Help us meet our goal: make a donation to show them that change is coming to Tallahassee:

    http://fladems.com/contribute

    In the past year, unemployment in Florida has nearly doubled – there are almost 2 million people unemployed in the state. But, there’s $1.1 billion from the federal recovery assistances specifically sitting on the table for these Floridians. And, if the Republican leadership has their way, Florida will just leave it there.

    What’s worse is that the Republicans are turning down money to help Floridians, while raising taxes on the rest of us. Now, that’s not what they’re calling them, but an extra $15.50 for a license plate or extra $2 on every rental car are taxes.

    Democrats in the legislature are fighting to protect our schools and ensure that every child can visit their family doctor – but the Republicans place blind ideology above helping Floridians. They would rather lay off teachers and police officers, rather than accept federal funds.

    Because Republicans in Tallahassee have slashed funding for our schools over the past few years, Florida currently doesn’t qualify for billions of education recovery dollars. Now the Tallahassee Republicans are begging the federal government for this money because they refuse to do what is necessary to provide Florida’s children a quality education.

    Thankfully Sen. Nelson and our Democrats in Congress are working with President Obama to ensure that Florida’s children don’t suffer because Republicans in Tallahassee refuse to do what is right.

    That’s why we need to show the Republicans in Tallahassee that their budget isn’t the change we voted for in November.

    Be one of the 204 donors: show the Republicans they can’t reject us.

    Our work isn’t done in Florida; we’ve got too many elected officials in this state rejecting the work that President Obama is doing. They wish they could turn the clock back on the 2008 election, but that’s not what Floridians need.

    Democrats are working hard in Tallahassee, but we need you standing with them to bring change to Florida. We’re working to hold Republicans accountable, but we need your help fighting for those dealing with the economic crisis. We need help bringing change to Florida to create new jobs, get better healthcare, and fund a first-class education system. To do all that, we need to stand together, and we need your help.

    Stand up and help us reach our goal of 204 donors:

    http://fladems.com/contribute

    Thank you for standing up and working to bring change to Tallahassee.

    Sincerely,

    Congresswoman Karen L. Thurman
    Chair, Florida Democratic Party
    ——————————————————————————–

    This email was sent to:
    ShortTermer@gmail.com

    To unsubscribe, go to:
    http://fladems.com/unsubscribe

  249. I confess, not sure where the responsibility lies…….i am sure US has some blame to shoulder, but this idiot should have NEVER
    coward to shoulder ALL THE BLAME ON THE USA!

    IMPEACH HIM NOW!!!!!

    ‘I TAKE RESPONSIBILITY’
    Obama’s G-20 Confession

    By Marc Hujer, Wolfgang Reuter and Christoph Schwennicke

    At the G-20 in London, world leaders tried their hand at global governance. The minutes of their final, decisive session reveal how hard it is to reach a worldwide consensus. But the group did break new ground: US President Barack Obama admitted his country was responsible for the current crisis.

    Something was missing and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi wasn’t about to accept it. For the past four hours, the heads of state and government of the world’s leading countries had squabbled, made amends and reached agreements. They could now go home.

    But there was a strange silence during this final phase, the silence of one man. Barack Obama, the president of the United States of America, the most important man at the G-20 summit in London, had remained silent for some time now.

    Berlusconi now spoke to him directly: “I would like to extend my congratulations to Barack Obama,” he said, adding that the economic crisis had begun in the US. “Now he has to address it,” he said and looked towards Obama. “We wish him all the best for the citizens of the US and the entire world.”

    Then everyone turned to the American president. The 18 men and two women were sitting in the drab ExCel Conference Centre, where red bouquets that resembled flower boxes had been placed on the tables. The world’s top politicians were waiting for a closing statement.

    “It is gratifying to see that good work has been done here,” Obama began. “Ten, 20, 30 years ago, it was not a matter of course that countries which were traditionally enemies solved problems together. After the Great Depression, a similar group did not convene until 1944. Also in 1982, following the Mexico Crisis, it took seven years before the problems were tackled together.” Now he spoke with urgency: “It is important that we do not sell short the results of this summit. The press would like us to have conflicts. Instead we have attained great achievements. And it is important that we exude confidence.”

    He then lowered his voice: “It is true, as my Italian friend has said, that the crisis began in the US. I take responsibility, even if I wasn’t even president at the time.” And he underscored how important it is for him “that we now genuinely make progress. Thank you.” Applause.

    The others couldn’t believe their ears. Was that really a confession of guilt from the US? Was it a translation error, or at least an inaccuracy? Afterwards, this sentence fueled long discussions among the members of the German delegation. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was so impressed by Obama’s statement that she rushed to tell her finance minister, Peer Steinbrück. Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso reacted immediately: The proposal to hold the next summit not in Japan, but rather in the US, is something that he no longer rejects, he says, “now that the US has shouldered responsibility.”

    continue to read: 3 page article here

    spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,617639,00.html

  250. First post went into moderation because I forgot to take out the hs and ws. I will read from the bottom up to get caught up. I got an email today that was interesting Karen Thurman of the FL Dems who says I am being rejected:

    Rejecting Short and Obama
    Dear Short,

    The Republican leaders in Tallahassee don’t want to take President Obama’s recovery money, but they do want you to pay more for a driver’s license. And, I’ve got to tell you, I can’t understand that thinking – making us miss out on hundreds of millions in recovery dollars while trying to tax us.

    Last November, we were part of electing President Obama, bringing change to the country. One of the President’s priorities was to pass the stimulus bill to get our economy going again, but what good can that do us if the Republicans in Tallahassee are rejecting the money? Floridians voted for change last November, but it seems that even that isn’t enough to convince them.

    We need your help to show the Republican leadership in Tallahassee you reject their obstructionist agenda that would block President Obama’s efforts to jumpstart Florida’s economy. Our goal is to have 204 people donate to the Florida Democratic Party – two donations per Republican member of the legislature- and help us fight their budget.

    Help us meet our goal: make a donation to show them that change is coming to Tallahassee:

    fladems.com/contribute

    In the past year, unemployment in Florida has nearly doubled – there are almost 2 million people unemployed in the state. But, there’s $1.1 billion from the federal recovery assistances specifically sitting on the table for these Floridians. And, if the Republican leadership has their way, Florida will just leave it there.

    What’s worse is that the Republicans are turning down money to help Floridians, while raising taxes on the rest of us. Now, that’s not what they’re calling them, but an extra $15.50 for a license plate or extra $2 on every rental car are taxes.

    Democrats in the legislature are fighting to protect our schools and ensure that every child can visit their family doctor – but the Republicans place blind ideology above helping Floridians. They would rather lay off teachers and police officers, rather than accept federal funds.

    Because Republicans in Tallahassee have slashed funding for our schools over the past few years, Florida currently doesn’t qualify for billions of education recovery dollars. Now the Tallahassee Republicans are begging the federal government for this money because they refuse to do what is necessary to provide Florida’s children a quality education.

    Thankfully Sen. Nelson and our Democrats in Congress are working with President Obama to ensure that Florida’s children don’t suffer because Republicans in Tallahassee refuse to do what is right.

    That’s why we need to show the Republicans in Tallahassee that their budget isn’t the change we voted for in November.

    Be one of the 204 donors: show the Republicans they can’t reject us.

    Our work isn’t done in Florida; we’ve got too many elected officials in this state rejecting the work that President Obama is doing. They wish they could turn the clock back on the 2008 election, but that’s not what Floridians need.

    Democrats are working hard in Tallahassee, but we need you standing with them to bring change to Florida. We’re working to hold Republicans accountable, but we need your help fighting for those dealing with the economic crisis. We need help bringing change to Florida to create new jobs, get better healthcare, and fund a first-class education system. To do all that, we need to stand together, and we need your help.

    Stand up and help us reach our goal of 204 donors:

    fladems.com/contribute

    Thank you for standing up and working to bring change to Tallahassee.

    Sincerely,

    Congresswoman Karen L. Thurman
    Chair, Florida Democratic Party
    ——————————————————————————–

    This email was sent to:
    ShortTermer@gmail.com

    To unsubscribe, go to:
    fladems.com/unsubscribe

  251. I can’t believe some stupid media is printing that MEshelles should run for President after Bambi gets booted out.
    ———————————–
    The media is enjoying their moment in the sun. Its heady stuff when you can steal an election and get away with it. They figure now they can select and elect future presidents as well. Character, qualifications and results are immaterial. All you need to do is create a celebrity and convince the rubes to buy it. William commented a year ago that we now live in a media controlled totalitarian state. Where is the republican party in all this. Where are the patriots?

  252. Congresswoman Karen L. Thurman
    Chair, Florida Democratic Party
    ——————————
    One of the more pathetic people to surface in the primary.

  253. BO’s idea of being President is to constantly go around the USA…and the world…continually reading, reading, reading the words on his teleprompter and when not reading then just talking, talking, talking…

    his job description…read whatever is on the teleprompter and just keep moving…stay in constant motion jumping from from one topic to another… he has to stay in front of the camera and feeding that ego no matter what…and he must keep distracting the public with his new ‘branding’ and redefinition and terminology of the old Bush policies…change the words…keep the policies…

    …in the meantime, more and more articles coming out exposing how close BO is to Bush and his secrecy, FISA, etc…Glenn Greenwald at Salon is all over this and other Obama supporters slowly starting to speak out…

    …and I tried to get on last week to post the amazing analysis of William Black (regulator during the S&L and author of ‘Best way to rob a bank is to own one’…I have heard him speak before, however he was on Bill Moyers on Friday and was very direct and blatant in his description of the fraud that has been going on with our banking system, he states Obama is trying to hide the truth and the banks are much worse than is being revealed…BO will just keep propping up failing banks with our money…our money going to Paulson/Obama ‘friends’ with no accountability…he was plain speaking in explaining how the fraud is now continuing with the Obama admin…and he is an Obama supporter

    …try to catch the video clip on Black on Moyers to get a simple breakdown of all the fraud and stealing towards the taxpayers that was and is going on…we are being played for such suckers…and Obama just continues to distract from this theft with his popularity tours, speeches and big grin…he is using his charm offense while our treasury is depleted and given to God knows who like a faucet that just keeps pouring to these elite people who created the whole mess

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

  254. Obama is a traitor to this country. The statement he made to G-20 is appalling. He has invited the world to feast on our bones.

  255. This is treason. He says the United States is responsible for the world economic crisis. Until he said that, everyone assumed it was wall street banks, London hedge funds, derivatives and the like. When he says the United States who exactly does he mean? Barney Frank who refused to listen to regulators, or Republicans who tried to warn them.

    Obama has betrayed the nation. What he said was a lie. And the practical effect of that lie is to assume responsibilty for cleaning up the global mess he says we created. Blame America First Barack. He has place our treasury at the worlds disposal, and made the American People as opposed to the bankers the villain of the peace.

  256. I applied for a job with the State Department. I have withdrawn that application based on what I just read.

  257. Also today, North Korea’s of a missile over Japan was responded to with harsh words by Obama – but little else to back them up. As a North Korea expert on Lou Dobbs tonight pointed out, the tepid US reaction to North Korea’s flagrant UN violations is perceived by their Communist government – and the leadership of their ally, China, as further signs of U.S. weakness.
    ————–
    Precisely.

  258. Obama has confessed to a crime which we did not commit. And he has blinked on North Korea. At some point, this behavior will make him a laughing stock. And at that point, he is likely to overreact the other way and start a war. He is a mentally unstable man.

  259. wbboei

    I confess….. i am scared to death about where our country is headed

    I believe with every fiber of my body that Obama is “THE ONE” the one that will will destroy this nation from with in
    just as professed by osama that they would bring down america from with in…… and as it seems obama will do it in less than one year.

    obama is a traitor, a tyrant and an enemy to this country and he needs to be exiled back to Kenya or Indonesia or better yet send him to Gitmo…along with anyone else who supports this BASTARD!!

  260. Obama is only now, when it is too late, beginning to learn that nations have interests, not friends.

    World leaders this week pretended to be Obama’s “friend”.

    Behind his back, world leaders whisper: “Obama is a boob. Obama is a sucker. Let’s roll him.”
    ———————–
    Admin. very well put.

    The amazing part of this however is they do not need to roll him at all. All they need to do is make him feel important and he will roll the American People all by himself. All they have to do is listen and applaud.

    As Napoleon said, never interrupt an enemy in the middle of a mistake.

  261. GM bankruptcy looks more likely
    Jonathan Berr
    Apr 7th 2009 at 12:00PMText SizeAAAFiled under: Company News, Columns, Economy

    The bankruptcy of General Motors Corp. (GM) is almost as inevitable as the sun rising or the New York Mets collapsing in September.

    GM is going beyond an earlier plan to slash debt by 46 percent and axe 47,000 jobs this year. The company has little choice but to consider more draconian measures after the Obama administration rejected its bid to keep $13.4 billion in loans. Both the United Auto Workers and bondholders are balking at further concessions.

    Now Bloomberg News is reporting that the automaker is “speeding up preparations for a possible bankruptcy filing even as directors scout for deeper savings this week to avoid that outcome.”

    At this point, General Motors may have little choice. It has about $47 billion in debt and burned through $1 billion every three weeks in 2008. Analysts have dismissed the automaker’s financial projections as being widly optimistic.

    Late last year, some analysts argued that a GM bankruptcy would have cataclysmic consequences for both the auto industry and the wider economy. Automotive News estimated that a bankruptcy would affect about 14,000 dealers, almost half of those that specialize in domestic vehicles. And the GM that emerges from Chapter 11 will no doubt be much smaller, with far fewer employees.

    About the only winner in GM’s bankruptcy will be the lawyers. Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP could net an estimated $230 million, beating the firm’s record take Bloomberg says it is likely to earn advising Lehman Brothers on the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.

    In November, CNN/Money quoted GM spokesman Dan Flores as saying, “Bankruptcy reorganization is not an option for GM because it would create more problems than it would solve.”

    Contrast that with newly appointed CEO Fritz Henderson saying on Meet the Press that while bankruptcy is not inevitable that the automaker would seek protection from creditors that it was preparing for all contingencies.

    What a difference (not even) six months makes.

  262. As Napoleon said, never interrupt an enemy in the middle of a mistake.
    ****************************
    wbboei, you always have such great quotes

    Your not applying to the State Dept,based on the Fraud’s comments or other things?

  263. wbboei

    where did the ideals and values of the 1950’s go??
    how could the American people have drifted so far in such a short period of time?

  264. djia Says:

    April 7th, 2009 at 1:14 pm
    wbboei

    where did the ideals and values of the 1950’s go??
    how could the American people have drifted so far in such a short period of time?
    *************************************************
    I think about that all the time…

    Some of this Fraud’s support, especially from the upper income professionals I have to believe is unresolved 60’s fight against the machine mentality. They voted for their love child against the man. Delusional. It’s probably why their kids are all running a muck too. No discipline, kumbiya(sp)…Can’t we all just get along and make love and not war?

  265. dot48 Says:

    April 7th, 2009 at 12:07 pm
    I can’t believe some stupid media is printing that MEshelles should run for President after Bambi gets booted out.
    &&&&&&&&&&

    Wasn’t that the precise reason that these same media idiots said that Hillary should NOT be elected president???

    1, “We don’t think it’s a good idea to have ‘ruling family’, a ‘dynasty’ “.

    What about Bush 41 and 43?? 41 was not so hot, but at least he was qualified. 43? Yeesh.
    Why is an Obama dynasty desirable, but a Clinton one not?

    2. “Hillary is not presidential material”

    Well if HRC isn’t, how the heck is MO better????
    * Hillary won her place in the Senate, she wasn’t *installed* like they tried with Caroline Kennedy.
    * What the heck has MO ever done? Yes, she was a lawyer. She doesn’t even practice any more.
    * How many female lawyers are there in the country?
    * How many of them are smarter than MO?
    * How many know law better than her?
    * How many of them know policy better than her?
    * Her “big experience” is being grossly overpaid to sit on the board for a hospital in Chicago that had her put there for access to a Senator, who just happened to be her husband.

    3. “The Clintons have a history of scandal behind them that will forever taint them”

    * The Republican slime machine wanted to thwart Bill by bogging him down in non-scandals.
    * Democrats trying to help BO were eager to recycle the Repub’s lies about the Clintons to say that Hillary would be unelectable
    * The Obamas are scandal-free???? WTF!!!! NOT! Too numerous to mention.

    4. “Hillary is not a natural politician”

    * Hillary grew as a person and as a politician.
    * Hilllary sought office to accomplish her goals. If MO wants to run for office, any office, it would be for her personal celebrity and ego-gratification. “Look, I made history too”.
    * Please tell me what office MO has ever won?
    * MO was constantly alienating people with her uncontrollable mouth. “First time proud”. Etc.

  266. djia Says:

    April 7th, 2009 at 1:14 pm
    wbboei

    where did the ideals and values of the 1950’s go??
    &&&&&&&&

    Arthur Fonzarelli’s garage is still open, he’s still fixing cars, still has the leather jacket, and he still picks up high school seniors on Saturday nights. Oh, and he can still do that coke machine thing, followed by “Ayyyy”.

  267. djia

    About the 50’s, I always said it was great if you were a white male, not so great for woman or people of color, but I think you were philosophizing on the strength and pride of this great country maybe?

  268. Your not applying to the State Dept,based on the Fraud’s comments or other things?
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    Gonzo: I applied because I wanted to work for Hillary. I believed she would be in charge and the foreign policy of the United States would be an enlightened one under her leadership. I am now convinced that she is being marginalized, and Obama will be in charge. And as I listen to Obamas comments, and see how badly he handles critical situations, I realize I cannot in good conscience be a part of it.

  269. I posted the video of this yesterday, but this is the article by that slime Dickie Morris.

    Can’t believe I agree with him on anything. Strange times!

    The Declaration of Independence Has Been Repealed
    A Commentary By Dick Morris

    On April 2, 2009, the work of July 4, 1776 was nullified at the meeting of the G-20 in London. The joint communiqué essentially announces a global economic union with uniform regulations and bylaws for all nations, including the United States. Henceforth, our SEC, Commodities Trading Commission, Federal Reserve Board and other regulators will have to march to the beat of drums pounded by the Financial Stability Board (FSB), a body of central bankers from each of the G-20 states and the European Union.

    The mandate conferred on the FSB is remarkable for its scope and open-endedness. It is to set a “framework of internationally agreed high standards that a global financial system requires.” These standards are to include the extension of “regulation and oversight to all systemically important financial institutions, instruments, and markets…[including] systemically important hedge funds.”

    Note the key word: “all.” If the FSB, in its international wisdom, considers an institution or company “systemically important”, it may regulate and over see it. This provision extends and internationalizes the proposals of the Obama Administration to regulate all firms, in whatever sector of the economy that it deems to be “too big to fail.”

    The FSB is also charged with “implementing…tough new principles on pay and compensation and to support sustainable compensation schemes and the corporate social responsibility of all firms.”

    That means that the FSB will regulate how much executives are to be paid and will enforce its idea of corporate social responsibility at “all firms.”
    The head of the Financial Stability Forum, the precursor to the new FSB, is Mario Draghi, Italy’s central bank president. In a speech on February 21, 2009, he gave us clues to his thinking. He noted that “the progress we have made in revising the global regulatory framework…would have been unthinkable just months ago.”

    He said that “every financial institution capable of creating systemic risk will be subject to supervision.” He adds that “it is envisaged that, at international level, the governance of financial institutions, executive compensation, and the special duties of intermediaries to protect retail investors will be subject to explicit supervision.”

    In remarks right before the London conference, Draghi said that while “I don’t see the FSF [now the FSB] as a global regulator at the present time…it should be a standard setter that coordinates national agencies.”

    This “coordination of national agencies” and the “setting” of “standards” is an explicit statement of the mandate the FSB will have over our national regulatory agencies.

    Obama, perhaps feeling guilty for the US role in triggering the international crisis, has, indeed, given away the store. Now we may no longer look to presidential appointees, confirmed by the Senate, to make policy for our economy. These decisions will be made internationally.

    And Europe will dominate them. The FSF and, presumably, the FSB, is now composed of the central bankers of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States plus representatives of the World Bank, the European Union, the IMF, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

    Europe, in other words, has six of the twelve national members. The G-20 will enlarge the FSB to include all its member nations, but the pro-European bias will be clear. The United States, with a GDP three times that of the next largest G-20 member (Japan), will have one vote. So will Italy.

    The Europeans have been trying to get their hands on our financial system for decades. It is essential to them that they rein in American free enterprise so that their socialist heaven will not be polluted by vices such as the profit motive. Now, with President Obama’s approval, they have done it.

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    Dick the toe sucker…from bitterpolitiz

  270. Remember the u-tube where it compared the reception’s by the Fraud and Bush and there was incredible silence @ the Fraud’s?

    Now they are saying his stop in Iraq was met with resounding cheers! I bet they were hand picked. Of course…

  271. yes gonzotx, i was speaking about the strength and pride but also i was referring to our moral values

    I don’t pretend that the 1950’s was with out it’s problems yet to be worked out, but it was the simpler times, a world full of moral values when we didn’t allow “sex” and “violence” or “bad lanquage” on our televisions.

    It was a time when we were not afraid to leave our doors unlocked at night, kids could safely walk to school each day
    parents could raise their children their way which resulted where the kids grew up to be respectful, well educated, and trusted with the future of our world.

    families had time to spend together around the dinner table , they were in touch with each others lives
    they lived and played together, there was respect between the family members.

    I have been saying for along time how America was getting off track and needed to go back

    it is how i have raised my kids for 25 years now, but i admit my kids are not like kids were when i was a kid….

    households require 2 incomes to make ends meet, families do not spend enough time with each other and the time we do spend together is filled with distractions.

    Todays indoctrinating liberal agenda movies,television, video games, cell phones, and the schools liberal education system has crept in and changed the out come.

    I believe, the CHANGE we seek today; is firmly rooted in the past.
    We just need to look backwards to find our way forward.

  272. I think Hillary is fine as long as the economy is BO main priority. This “meet and greet” the world was a opportune time for him to reverse the so-called “Ugly American” many felt Bush portrayed. However, back at home, despite some upswing in the market, real people are losing real jobs and that is what is comes down to. I think BO will let Hillary handle the details and implementations of our foreign policy and then be there for the photo opts and praise. I also think that Bill will have Hillary’s back as he learned a deeply painful lesson in the primaries. Bill Clinton “won’t get fooled again”.

  273. Ah the 1950’s…Teenage pregnancy peaked in the US in 1957. …Poverty rate 22%, with more than 33% of US elderly living in poverty…Murder rate about the same 1958 and 2008;

    “In the early 1950s, fully two fifths of American households had no automobile, about a third did not have a private telephone or a television, and the homes of about a third of all Americans were dilapidated or were without running water or a private toilet and bath. Only a small minority of families enjoyed such basics as a mixer or had a hot-water heater.”

    the 1950’s, an interesting topic, I’ll have to do more reading.

  274. gonzotx Says:
    April 7th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    MO did not gotoTurkey because she would have had to cover up in a muslim way would be my bet.

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    This is odd. She’s making such a big deal of going sleeveless that it’s even being noticed in western circles. And she posed for a photo right next to a ME lady in traditional nun-like coverup — Michelle wearing a tight tank top, low necked, just straps over the shoulder like a bathing suit.

    This seems like a deliberate slap at ME feelings. Obama ought to know about these cultural differences. Odd.

  275. SHV said:
    “In the early 1950s, fully two fifths of American households had no automobile, about a third did not have a private telephone or a television,

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    Er, wait a minute. I grew up in that period. We didn’t get a television till I was a teenager — because NO ONE had televisions yet. (I refused to watch it because I thought it was trying to hypnotize us.) I remember when we had a party line phone — because that’s all ANYONE had in the rural area.

    They can’t use as a measure of poverty, something like tv that hadn’t even been invented (or widely marketed) at that time.

  276. wbboei said:
    But when she stands behind the fraud as he tries to bamboozle the world it conveys the impression that she is on board with everything he is saying. I do not want her to lose her voice.

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    Her important words now are those being spoken in private to world leaders she has known personally since her days as First Lady.

  277. Er, wait a minute. I grew up in that period. We didn’t get a television till I was a teenager — because NO ONE had televisions yet.
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    I beg to differ. Joe Biden had a television set in 1932. He watched FDR on it. He was inspired.

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